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South Georgia Island, Shackleton walk

Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia

16 Day Sample Cruise aboard L'Austral
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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia / Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : New Island / West Point, Falkland Islands
Days 4-5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Salisbury Plain / Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
Day 7 : Grytviken / St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
Day 8 : Gold Harbour / Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Cruising in the Weddell Sea
Days 12-13 : Antarctic Sound - Deception Island & the South Shetland Islands
Days 14-15 : At Sea - Drake Passage
Day 16 : Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

South Georgia Island, Shackleton walk King penguins South Georgia, Salisbury Plain Penguins The sun sets over polar mountains Zodiacs during Antarctic tour in Paradise Bay

Day 1 Ushuaia / Embark

Regarded as the world’s southern-most city, Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego in the extreme South of Argentina at the end of Beagle Bay. This amazing little town of over 45,000 people is surrounded by mountains and fertile plains. The first inhabitants here were nomadic hunters and gatherers who arrived on foot to the Isla Grande over 10,000 years ago. Nature lovers will be bowled over by the Tierra del Fuego National Park and its amazing wealth of flora and fauna: beavers, albatrosses, guanacos, penguins... Here forests cover the slopes of the Andes mountains then give way to snow-capped peaks… a truly unique and unforgettable landscape.

Day 2 At Sea

Relax on board your ship as you embark for an exceptional journey with a team of passionate naturalists. Upcoming zodiac excursions to approach the unique wildlife in the majestic scenery of glaciers and tabular icebergs.

Explore your new home for the next couple of weeks while your ship cruises to the Falkland Islands.

Day 3 New Island / West Point, Falkland Islands

Not far from Cape Horn, located to the south east of South America, the Falkland Islands, which are renowned for their wildness, were discovered by a Spanish expedition at the beginning of the 16th century. More than two hundred years later, sailors from Saint-Malo, known as Malouins, occupied the island and gave it the name used until the British conquered these lands at the edge of the world in 1833. Scattered with tufts of grass, surrounded by a grey and often wild sea, the Islands are a small country of moors and rugged coastlines carved by the South Atlantic, where the wildlife and plant life form a link between Patagonia and Antarctica. Take the time to observe and photograph the abundant wildlife of these wild and very attractive islands.

Day 4-5 At Sea

Day 6 Salisbury Plain / Fortuna Bay, South Georgia

You will disembark at the splendid Fortuna site among the penguins and be allowed to approach the sea elephants lounging in the weak southern sunshine. his glacial expanse surrounded by high mountains is home to over 250,000 King penguins.

Day 7 Grytviken / St Andrews Bay, South Georgia

You will discover the first whaling station and the Grytviken museum which is home to the tomb of the famous navigator, Shackleton.

Day 8 Gold Harbour / Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia

Day 9-10 At Sea

Relax on board your luxurious ship while cruising towards the White Continent.

Day 11 Cruising in the Weddell Sea

A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea will allow you to experience true silence, an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, unrivalled calm...You will discover a secret reserve of preserved treasure: Fur Seals, penguin colonies, Wandering Albatross and other giant Petrels. Here the huge icebergs and the endless ice cap sculpt a landscape beyond compare. The lord of the manor is known as the Weddell Seal. It is a record breaker, able to remain submerged for more than an hour. Its pelage is dark grey and it has a spotted belly. To maintain its access to the sea and be able to fish, the Weddell Seal has special teeth allowing it to make a hole in the thick ice.

Day 12-13 Antarctic Sound - Deception Island & the South Shetland Islands

Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognise for its horseshoe shape. This island was once an active volcano whose crater collapsed some 10,000 years ago. This produced a caldera which was then flooded by the sea creating a natural port. Entrance to the port is via a narrow channel called Neptune’s Bellows. For a long time this was an important whaling port and the intensity of this activity has left traces that have withstood time.

On the black sand of the volcanic beaches, there are remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the extraordinary wildlife, part of the treasure that Nature offers there. It is on these beaches of ash that the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Excursions aboard your zodiacs will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins, Elephant Seals and Fur Seals live side by side.

Day 14-15 At Sea - Drake Passage

You will cross the notorious Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters way back in 1578.

Day 16 Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark this morning in Ushuaia, Argentina and transfer to the airport for your continued journey home.

L'Austral

Per person starting at
Superior Stateroom
Superior Stateroom
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8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
Deluxe Stateroom
Deluxe Stateroom
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28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
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200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
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200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
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200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
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3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
Prestige Suite - Deck 5
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398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Prestige Suite
Prestige Suite - Deck 6
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398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
Owners Suite
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484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Children welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Fares include:
• Port and safety charges
• Open bar
• Gratuities
• Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
• Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
• 24 hour room service (selected menu)
• Evening entertainments and events, and/or organized shows
• Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
• English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)

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• Flights and airport taxes
• Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
• Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
• Insurances
• Personal expenses
• Other drinks not included in open bar
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