Beyond the Polar Circle

17 days / 16 nights
    Expedition
    Domestic flights included
    Beyond the Polar Circle
    Overnight in Buenos Aires + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + visit + flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

    Cruise Antarctica

    from 7 February 2021 to 23 February 2021
    17 days / 16 nights

    Departure Port : Ushuaia
    Arrival Port : Ushuaia

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : UUEZ45 - S070221

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    Discover the Antarctic with PONANT! 

    Cross the mythical line of the Antarctic Circle during this 17-day polar expedition cruise to the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere, brought to you by PONANT.  

    After boarding your ship in Ushuaia, you will set sail for the Falkland Islands, whose wild beauty is sure to captivate you.  

    You will then make your way to South Georgia. This subantarctic region formed by an underwater mountain chain is home to a diverse and wild fauna. King penguins, fur seals and elephant seals are its most emblematic representatives.  

    Before crossing the Antarctic Circle, the highlight of your cruise, you will be dazzled by your stops in the Antarctic Peninsula, realm of the unexpected.

    Weather and ice conditions permitting, the White Continent, an extreme environment where nature reigns supreme, will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries. Here, it is likely you will have the chance to observe Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds

    Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

    We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO. 

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    Highlights

    Discover the Antarctic with PONANT!

    • 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…
    • Antarctic Polar Circle crossing.
    • 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.
    • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.
    • New: for your comfort, your cruise package includes an overnight in Buenos Aires the day before embarkation and the flights to/from Ushuaia (for details, see the “cruise package” tab).

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      LE SOLEAL

      Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships 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. 

      Interior Design

      With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

      Port of call & excursions

      Formalities

      Overnight in Buenos Aires + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + visit + flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

      For your serenity, PONANT has organized the following included programme for you, which starts the day prior to embarkation

       

      The day before embarkation – Buenos Aires

      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 – Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

      An early morning breakfast will be served before leaving to the airport for you flight Buenos Aires – Ushuaia.

      Transfer to the airport.

      Flight Buenos Aires/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/Buenos Aires

      Disembarkation.

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

      Transfer to the airport in time for check-in of the flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires 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 Buenos Aires.
      • Return flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires 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 Buenos Aires, 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 Argentinian 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 Buenos Aires: 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.

       

      Programme is subject to change.

      To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

       

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