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Luxury Expedition
Le Soleal - 264 Guests
The Great Austral Loop
Antarctica Expedition

PONANT brings you a 16-day itinerary between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula. An exceptional polar expedition cruise to discover the most beautiful sites of these southern lands.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection…
  • Spending Christmas & New Year’s Day in Antarctica.
  • Hiking opportunity.
  • Landscapes: moors scattered with moss and lichen, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters in the Falkland Islands; alpine landscapes, lush green plains and suspended glaciers in South Georgia; drifting icebergs, ice floe, glaciers and snow-capped mountains in the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Wildlife: black-browed albatrosses, snowy albatrosses, Magellanic penguins, Gentoo penguins and southern rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands; king penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and macaroni penguins in South Georgia; humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals and Weddell seals in the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • The unspoiled treasures of the Weddell Sea.
  • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.
  • New: for your comfort and convenience, an optional premium package including one night in Ushuaia on the eve of boarding your ship and an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park (Please contact us for more information and bookings).

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateSuperior StateroomDeluxe StateroomPrestige Deck 4Prestige Deck 5Prestige Deck 6Deluxe SuitePrestige Deck 5 SuitePrestige Deck 6 SuiteOwner\'s Suite
Nov 03, 2020Nov 18, 202013,17514,07515,54516,22516,95522,97524,84525,98541,535
Nov 28, 2020Dec 13, 202014,16518,20516,69517,42518,20524,62526,61527,84541,825
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:
For your serenity, PONANT has organized the following included programme for you, which starts the day prior to embarkation

The day before embarkation – Santiago

Meet and greet at the hotel by our local representative. Check-in from late morning.

Lunch on your own and time at leisure in the afternoon.  

Dinner.

Overnight at the hotel.

Embarkation Day – Santiago / Ushuaia

An early morning breakfast will be served before leaving to the airport for you flight Santiago / Ushuaia.

Transfer to the airport.

Flight Santiago / Ushuaia selected by PONANT in economy class. Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.

Meet and greet at the airport (English-speaking assistance).

Depending on your choice made when booking your cruise (options not combinable):

You will be transferred to a restaurant for lunch.

OR

When booking the cruise, guests willing to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park will be able to sign up for an optional group excursion, with extra cost. If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival at Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour.

Created in 1960, the park which covers 63 000 hectares (155 670 acres) is located in the south west of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia.

Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes. If you get lucky, you may encounter beavers, dams, birds, wild orchids, etc… This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers!

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant within the Park.

(Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure – In this case, you will be given the option to join the “Lunch in Ushuaia” programme.)

At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel.

– Cruise on board your ship

Disembarkation Day – Ushuaia / Santiago

Disembarkation.

Meet and greet at the port (English-speaking assistance).

Transfer to the airport in time for check-in of the flight Ushuaia / Santiago selected by PONANT in economy class.

Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.

Your programme includes:
  • 1-night accommodation in a 4* hotel the night before embarkation.
  • Early check-in available from late morning.
  • Hospitality desk at the hotel in Santiago.
  • Return flight Santiago / Ushuaia / Santiago selected by PONANT, in economy class.
  • Services of local guides, in Ushuaia.
  • Meals as mentioned in the programme and beverage package.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the programme.

For your optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion, your programme includes:

Please note if you choose this excursion, it is not combinable with “Lunch in Ushuaia” programme and therefore replaces it.
  • The excursion by local bus and the entrance fees to the National Park
  • The lunch including beverage package.
  • Transfers and visit as mentioned in the programme
  • The services of a local English speaking guide

Your programme does not include:
  • Transfer between airport and hotel in Santiago, the day before embarkation.
  • Tips for the local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other meals and services not mentioned in the programme.

Please note:
  • The local currency is the Chilean Peso. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM’s.
  • Summer season in Santiago: temperatures may be very hot, but often between 68 °F (20 °C) and 95 °F (35 °C).
  • Summer season in Ushuaia: temperatures vary between 41 °F (5 °C) and 65 °F (15 °C)
  • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Superior Stateroom
(Mid-range)
Prestige Deck 6
(High-end)
Owner\'s Suite
Nov 03, 2020Nov 18, 202013,17516,95541,535
Nov 28, 2020Dec 13, 202014,16518,20541,825
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:
For your serenity, PONANT has organized the following included programme for you, which starts the day prior to embarkation

The day before embarkation – Santiago

Meet and greet at the hotel by our local representative. Check-in from late morning.

Lunch on your own and time at leisure in the afternoon.  

Dinner.

Overnight at the hotel.

Embarkation Day – Santiago / Ushuaia

An early morning breakfast will be served before leaving to the airport for you flight Santiago / Ushuaia.

Transfer to the airport.

Flight Santiago / Ushuaia selected by PONANT in economy class. Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.

Meet and greet at the airport (English-speaking assistance).

Depending on your choice made when booking your cruise (options not combinable):

You will be transferred to a restaurant for lunch.

OR

When booking the cruise, guests willing to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park will be able to sign up for an optional group excursion, with extra cost. If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival at Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour.

Created in 1960, the park which covers 63 000 hectares (155 670 acres) is located in the south west of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia.

Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes. If you get lucky, you may encounter beavers, dams, birds, wild orchids, etc… This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers!

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant within the Park.

(Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure – In this case, you will be given the option to join the “Lunch in Ushuaia” programme.)

At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel.

– Cruise on board your ship

Disembarkation Day – Ushuaia / Santiago

Disembarkation.

Meet and greet at the port (English-speaking assistance).

Transfer to the airport in time for check-in of the flight Ushuaia / Santiago selected by PONANT in economy class.

Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.

Your programme includes:
  • 1-night accommodation in a 4* hotel the night before embarkation.
  • Early check-in available from late morning.
  • Hospitality desk at the hotel in Santiago.
  • Return flight Santiago / Ushuaia / Santiago selected by PONANT, in economy class.
  • Services of local guides, in Ushuaia.
  • Meals as mentioned in the programme and beverage package.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the programme.

For your optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion, your programme includes:

Please note if you choose this excursion, it is not combinable with “Lunch in Ushuaia” programme and therefore replaces it.
  • The excursion by local bus and the entrance fees to the National Park
  • The lunch including beverage package.
  • Transfers and visit as mentioned in the programme
  • The services of a local English speaking guide

Your programme does not include:
  • Transfer between airport and hotel in Santiago, the day before embarkation.
  • Tips for the local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other meals and services not mentioned in the programme.

Please note:
  • The local currency is the Chilean Peso. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM’s.
  • Summer season in Santiago: temperatures may be very hot, but often between 68 °F (20 °C) and 95 °F (35 °C).
  • Summer season in Ushuaia: temperatures vary between 41 °F (5 °C) and 65 °F (15 °C)
  • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes.


ITINERARY

Day 1: USHUAIA
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Day 2: AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3: NEW ISLAND
This island with its distinctive jagged relief is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and you'll feel like you've entered a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands. Follow it and in under 20 minutes you'll find yourself at the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. It's the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.

Grave Cove
Make your way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerge in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. As you step off the boat and onto the white-sand beach, you might find yourself escorted by a few hospitable Commerson's dolphins, elegantly adorned in black and white.  A stroll along the grassy dunes will lead you to a vast plain of lush green grass, tended by a few sheep. On the other side of the island you'll find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. With some luck, you'll also glimpse a sea lion scouring the waves for his next meal.

Day 4: AT SEA

Day 6: SOUTH GEORGIA
Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.

Day 9: AT SEA

Day 10: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Day 14: AT SEA

Day 15: CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE
If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 17: USHUAIA

Le Soleal (Luxury Expedition, 264-guests)

Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soleal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant's signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Gratuities are included
  • Free Expedition Jacket to Keep and boots are available for rent
  • Bottled Water, Bar Drinks, Beer, House Wines and Soft Drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary onboard WiFi (beginning in 2019)
  • Complimentary Traveler's Valet laundry servicce (beginning in 2019)

 
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