Expedition to Antarctica

Program Overview

Spend two nights in vibrant Buenos Aires, Argentina, and enjoy a nine-night, five-star cruise to “The White Continent.” Retrace sea lanes navigated by storied explorers Shackleton, Amundsen, and Scott. Be among the fortunate few to set foot on this pristine wilderness. Enjoy guided excursions led by an expedition team of naturalists aboard sturdy Zodiac crafts amid floating ice sculptures, intricate ecosystems and abundant wildlife—including humpback whales, leopard seals, and Adélie penguins. Extend your expedition with the Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option, which includes Buenos Aires/Iguazú round-trip airfare.

Program Details

January 4 to 17, 2023 (Le Boréal) January 17 to 30, 2023 (L’Austral)
From $9,995 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • This exclusively chartered cruise aboard the five-star, ice-class small expedition ship Le Boréal or L’Austral allows access to smaller ports and flexibility in course adjustments.
  • Unique, 14-day itinerary featuring a nine-night cruise to the world’s last great frontier and two nights in vibrant Buenos Aires.
  • Be among the fortunate few to discover “The White Continent,” where whales, seals, and penguins mingle among glaciers and icebergs.
  • Enjoy Zodiac excursions led by an expedition team of naturalists, with expertise spanning marine biology; ornithology; glaciology; conservation; history; and photography.
  • Complimentary boot rental during the trip. Souvenir polar-grade red parka provided.
  • Spectacular Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option.

Day 1 - Depart home city

Day 2-3 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 4 - Buenos Aires / Fly to Ushuaia / Embark Le Boréal or L’ Austral

Day 5-6 - Cruising the Drake Passage

Day 7 - Port Lockroy / Jougla Point

Day 8 - Petermann Island / Lemaire Channel

Day 9 - Neko Harbor / Paradise Harbour

Day 10 - Deception Island, South Shetland Islands / Half Moon Island

Day 11 - Cruising the Weddell Sea

Day 12 - Antarctic Convergence / Beagle Channel / Ushuaia, Argentinia

Day 13 - Ushuaia / Disembark ship / Buenos Aires

Day 14 - Arrive in home city

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Itinerary is dependent on weather, ice and sea conditions.

Le Boréal and L’Austral

Five-Star, Ice-Class Ships

Join us aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star Le Boréal and L’Austral, where distinctive French sophistication meets innovative nautical design. The ship’s efficient electrical propulsion system and custom stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet, and comfortable voyage. Each of the 110 ocean-view staterooms and suites range from 200 to 484 square feet, and most have a private balcony.

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Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazú Falls, among the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, is situated in one of South America’s last remaining virgin rainforests. Spanning nearly two miles along the Argentinian border of Brazil, with more than 275 waterfalls cascading from heights of 270 feet, Iguazú Falls is three times as wide and nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls. Visit Parque das Aves jungle reserve, a nature lover’s paradise, home to more than 350 species of birds, 66 varieties of mammals, and an outstanding array of reptiles, fish, butterflies and flora. This exclusive, three‑night Post‑Program Option features one night in the five-star InterContinental Buenos Aires Hotel and two nights in the five-star Meliá Iguazú Falls. Buenos Aires/Iguazú round-trip airfare is included.

The Post Program is available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Depart Home City

Your trip will begin by departing the U.S. or Canada.

Day 2-3 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires and check into the Five-Star InterContinental Buenos Aires Hotel, located in the historical San Telmo neighborhood within walking distance of the landmark Palace of the
Argentine National Congress. This evening, attend the Welcome Reception.

Buenos Aires is a city of diverse barrios (neighborhoods). See the colorful La Boca district, Monserrat’s grand public buildings, historical Plaza de Mayo,Palermo’s lavish parks, Puerto Madero’s lively riverfront community and the charming old quarter of San Telmo. Visit the city’s historical Recoleta Cemetery, famous for its ornate vaults and sculptures and as the final resting place of the legendary Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina.

Day 4 Buenos Aires / Fly to Ushuaia / Embark the ship

Fly to Ushuaia and embark the ship. This afternoon, cruise Beagle Channel, named for the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his South American voyages. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening.

Day 5 and 6 Cruising the Drake Passage

Cross the Drake Passage and, upon reaching the Antarctic Convergence, watch for breaching humpback whales and seabirds feeding on plankton and krill. Your expedition team will prepare you for your first landing in Antarctica. During the evening, enjoy the twilight of the Antarctic summer.

Please note that the ship’s cruising pattern and positionings are dependent on weather, ice, and sea conditions and are subject to change.

Day 7 Port Lockroy / Jougla Point

Visit Port Lockroy, built as a British intelligence port during World War II, then converted into a whaling station and scientific base. Observe the daily activities of past researchers at the living museum known as “Base A” and mail a postcard with an Antarctica postmark from the official British Post Office. Jougla Point on Wiencke Island offers a rare opportunity to view the skeletal remains of an adult blue whale and view populous colonies of gentoo penguins and kelp gulls that inhabit the region.

Day 8 Petermann Island / Lemaire Channel

Call at Petermann Island and watch its rookeries of Adélie and gentoo penguins and
blue-eye shags. Flanked by towering glacial cliffs between the Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island, cruise through the Lamaire Channel, where seven miles of mountains and interweaving patterns of ice floes brim with wildlife.

Day 9 Neko Harbor / Paradise Harbour

Listen for the low rumbling of Rudolf Glacier as it calves slabs of ice into Neko Harbor for a continental landing. Surrounded by soaring glaciers and snow-covered mountains, this spectacular harbor is one of the most dramatic sights on your expedition. In Paradise Harbor, crystal cliffs of ice descend from sky-bent mountains into the iceberg‑laden waters along the Antarctic Peninsula’s western coast. Named by 19th‑century whalers who sought shelter in its coves, it is an ideal sanctuary for marine wildlife including humpback whales, crabeater seals, and Cape petrels.

Day 10 Deception Island / South Shetlands Islands / Half Moon Island

Deception Island encircles the Port Foster caldera. In Pendulum Cove, see the geothermically heated shallows. The crescent-shaped Half Moon Island is known for its volcanic rock formations and tranquil lagoons. It houses Cámara Station, a base monitored by Argentine biologists studying regional wildlife. Here, observe the island’s colony of chinstrap penguins. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception.

Day 11 Cruising the Weddell Sea

Cruise below the 60th parallel south to the outer shores of the Antarctic Peninsula, Earth’s last frontier. Witness towering mountains of ice and volcanic rock create precipitous coastlines and islands. A vast array of marine wildlife flourishes, including millions of penguins, countless seabirds, and thousands of seals and whales. An otherworldly topography of volcanoes and glaciers, populated with historic outposts, captures the nuance of Earth’s most inaccessible continent for the complete Antarctic experience.

Day 12 Antarctic Convergence / Beagle Channel / Ushuaia, Argentina

Cross the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. The crossing is completed with the rounding of Cape Horn; the graveyard of hundreds of ships that once battled the westerly winds. Here, the ship will go East then turn north toward Beagle Channel back to Ushuaia.

Day 13 Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires. Continue on the Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires or depart for home city.

Day 14 Return to home city

Arrive back in your home city.