Emblematic Antarctica

11 days / 10 nights
    Close departure
    Domestic flights included
    Emblematic Antarctica
    Flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + visit or time at leisure + transfers + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    Cruise Antarctica

    from 10 December 2018 to 20 December 2018
    11 days / 10 nights

    Departure Port : Ushuaia
    Arrival Port : Ushuaia

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : UUBW45 - S101218

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    PONANT proposes an exceptional expedition cruise into the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice floes. Set sail on an unforgettable 11-day journey aboard Le Soléal and fall for the charms of the dreamlike landscapes, inhabited by rich and uncommon wildlife.  

    In Neko Harbour, a magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice, you will perhaps be lucky enough to see seals, whales, leopard seals and gentoo penguins.  

    On Pleneau Island, you’ll be amused by the original gait of the gentoo penguins going about their daily lives with a backdrop of magnificent icebergs. Don’t miss out on the visit to nearby Port Charcot. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French explorer who led many polar expeditions at the beginning of the 20th century, gave this name to the island as a tribute to his father.

    Your ship will then head north before arriving on the volcanic Deception Island, which was long an emblematic whaling site. Its sheltered bay also served as a refuge for sailors during heavy storms. 

    Before you return to Ushuaia, Le Soléal will clear a path through the impressive tabletop icebergs of the Weddell Sea, leaving you with an unforgettable memory of your Antarctic crossing.

    Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

    • Free parka Free parka
    • Naturalists Naturalists
    • Free boot rental Free boot rental
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    Highlights

    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Hiking opportunity: Neko Harbour, Port Charcot, Port Lockroy, Deception Island. 
    • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations. 
    • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floe, imposing icebergs, tall snow-covered mountains. 
    • Wildlife: Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, Minke and humpback whales, Weddell seals, sea leopards and sea birds. 
    • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.
    • Exclusive 4-night programme before the cruise Patagonia, a land of contrast to discover in "Pre/Post & Overlands" tab. For more information and reservation, please contact our travel agents.

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      LE SOLEAL

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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

      Flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + visit or time at leisure + transfers + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

      Embarkation day                    Buenos Aires / Ushuaia

      Flight Buenos Aires /Ushuaia.

      Flight details will be provided approximately 30 days before departure.

      We suggest you to be at the check in counter 1 ½ hour before flight departure time.

      Meet and greet at Ushuaia airport.

       

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

      Depart the airport for your transfer to the Arakur Hotel, one of the newest hotels built in Ushuaia. It overlooks the town and its bay.

      In the Yamanas’ language, “Ushuaia” means “the bay which looks towards the east”, this native tribe was established here long before the arrival of the “white” people. At the tip of the Beagle Channel, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Ushuaia is a unique place in this world and is proud to be the southernmost city. Rising on an island, it seems to float between two oceans. The snow-capped mountains draw the border with Chile in the background. Here you truly feel at the end of the world…

      After lunch at the Arakur Hotel you will have some time at leisure and /or will be invited to join a walk through the Natural Reserve of the Cerro Alarken. Arakur is a unique starting point for discovering a preserved area which covers 100 hectares; this is a sheltered place for flora and fauna species typical to the Tierra del Fuego area (please note that the observation of the fauna is not guaranteed). The unique location of the Arakur close to the Mount Alarken makes it as well the perfect setting to enjoy lovely panoramas over the bay.

      The walk is selected in order to suit most guests’ walking ability.

       

      OR

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

      Created in 1960, the park covers 155 acres, it is located 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; should 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 restaurant within the Park.

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

       

      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 Arakur programme.

      NB:

      The 4-night pre-cruise programme “Patagonia, land of contrast” found under the “pre/post & overland" tab and the programme scheduled on embarkation day detailed here above are not compatible. If choosing to participate on the “Patagonia, land of contrast” programme the amount of the included embarkation day programme, will be deducted from your invoice. Please call our travel agents for reservation and to have your invoice adjusted accordingly.  

       

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      Disembarkation day               Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

      Disembarkation and transfer to Ushuaia airport.

      Flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires.

      Flight number and time schedule are to be advised about 30 days prior to departure.

       

      Your programme includes:

      • Transfers, flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires in economy class
      • Lunch at Arakur Hotel
      • Beverages during lunch (bottled water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee) on embarkation day
      • The walk through the Cerro Alarken Reserve starting from the Arakur Hotel and leaded by English speaking guide (except if you select the optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion)
      • English-speaking local guide.

       

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

      Please note if you choose this excursion, it is not combinable with Arakur Hotel program and therefore replaces it.

      • The excursion by local bus and the entrance fees to the National Park
      • The lunch with the beverage package including: 1 mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + tea or coffee
      • Transfer and visit as mentioned in the programme
      • The services of a local English speaking guide

       

      NB:

      The 4-night pre-cruise programme “Patagonia, land of contrast” found under the “pre/post & overland" tab and the programme scheduled on embarkation day detailed here above are not compatible. If choosing to participate on the “Patagonia, land of contrast” programme the amount of the included embarkation day programme, will be deducted from your invoice. Please call our travel agents for reservation and to have your invoice adjusted accordingly.  

       

       

      Your programme does not include:

      • Gratuities for driver and local guide
      • Personal expenses, and other services not mentioned in the program
      • The optional excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park which has to be booked at the moment you book your cruise

       

      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 centers and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM’s.
      • Summer season: temperatures vary between 41F and 65F
      • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes either for the visit to the Reserve or if you book the optional excursion to the National Park.

       

      Seats are limited. Subject to availability.

      The duration of the tour is subject to change. The order of the visits may be reversed.

      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. PONANT advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations.

      PONANT specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure.

      PONANT invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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