Emblematic Antarctica

From Buenos Aires / Ushuaia to Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

During your Antarctic Cruise, you will discover the polar desert with its grandiose landscapes. You will be able to admire the tabular icebergs whose immense dimensions have always held a deep fascination for the great explorers.

Penguins are the veritable emblem of this ice-bound region, living in colonies of many thousands of members. Sailing on the drifting ice floe or waddling over an icy beach, you will be able to watch these unusual animals going about their daily life. Razorback whales, humpback whales, Weddell seals, leopard seals and seabirds: This expanse of polar iridescence is home to many other species that you will encounter during your various excursions.

An essential stopping point on your Antarctic Expedition, Neko Harbour is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites in the Peninsula. Between the snow-covered mountains, the ice and the wildlife, you will be captivated by the magic of this unique destination.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires

Arrive Buenos Aires at any time. Today is free for you to explore Buenos Aires at leisure. We recommend arriving at least 1 or 2 days in advance to allow time to explore this wonderful city. This afternoon there will be a pre-departure meeting held at your hotel confirming details for your departure tomorrow.

Dinner is included tonight at your hotel

Overnight in Buenos Aires. Hotel is to be advised

NOTE: Selected departures are 8-10 night packages, therefore itinerary may vary. Please note the itinerary is a guide and can vary depending on weather conditions.

Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia and Board your Ship

This morning you will have a group transfer to the airport in time for your early morning flight to Ushuaia. Options add on a tour of Tierra Del Fuego National Park (additional charges apply at the time of booking), or you can enjoy the morning exploring Ushuaia. This afternoon, you will board your ship and set sail for Antarctica

Breakfast and Dinner is included today

Overnight onboard your cruise ship in your chosen cabin

Day 3-4
Sailing through the Drake Passage towards Antarctica

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise ship in your chosen cabin

Day 5-9

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.

All meals included

Overnight onboard your cruise ship in your chosen cabin

Day 10-11
Return to Ushuaia via 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 connect Antarctica to South America. 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.

Overnight onboard your cruise ship in your chosen cabin

Day 12
Disembarkation Ushuaia - Fly to Buenos Aires

Arrival back into Ushuaia this morning, and transfer to the airport for your departing flight to Buenos Aires. Services end upon arrival into Buenos Aires Airport.

Breakfast is included

We recommend you stay at least 1 night in Buenos Aires post-cruise, as we are unable to confirm the flight times until closer to travel.

Need help with pre or post cruise travel arrangements? Interested in extending your stay to visit other amazing destinations in Latin America. Be sure to ask your travel adviser for more details

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 8 or 9 nights Superior Stateroom on board - Le Boreal, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal or L'Austral (Depending
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Included Copy 20 All meals while on board the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Open bar & room service 24 hours (conditions apply)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Return flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (terms & conditions apply)
  • Included Copy 20 Return airport transfers in Ushuaia (terms & conditions apply)
  • Included Copy 20 All tours mentioned with professional English speaking guide (subject to weather conditions)
  • Included Copy 20 Parker to keep & boots to Loan while on the cruise
  • Included Copy 31 Selected dates includes National Geographic Crew (Please ask for details)
  • Included Copy 31 Euro Currency on-board
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, Gratuities / Tips are not included
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses, such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes and email service)
Le Boréal | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Le Soléal | Antarctic Cruise Ship

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

L'Austral | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Le Lyrial

260 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers


  • Included Explorations via Zodiacs to get close to glaciers and wildlife
  • Included Shore landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Included Hiking opportunity
  • Included Visiting research stations and former whaling stations
  • Included Lectures and information sessions hosted by naturalist-guides
  • Included Selected dates includes National Geographic Crew (Please ask for details)
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