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Spotting the continent of Antarctica

Antarctic Peninsula and Falkland Islands

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Le Soleal
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Join this epic 16-day voyage to discover the iridescent colors of the Antarctic Peninsula's landscape. But save some film for the Falkland Islands, whose vast moors, grassy tussocks, undulating hills, and craggy coastline offer a breathtaking addition to the unique Antarctic icescape.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea - Drake Passage
Day 4 : Neko / Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Day 5 : Port Charcot / Port Lockroy, Antarctica
Day 6 : Wilhelmina / Enterprise, Antarctica
Day 7 : Deception Island, Antarctica
Day 8 : Weddell Sea, Antarctica
Day 9 : Sailing towards South Shetland Islands
Day 10 : At Sea - Drake Passage
Day 11 : Port Stanley / Volunteer Point, Falklands
Day 12 : Saunders / Grave Cove, Falklands
Days 13-15 : At Sea
Day 16 : Disembark in Montevideo, Uruguay

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

Arrive in Ushuaia, transfer to the port and embark Le Soleal. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.

Day 2-3 At Sea - Drake Passage

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
To reach the mythical White Continent, your ship must cross the notorious Drake Passage, named after the famous explorer Sir Frances Drake who sailed these waters way back in 1578. Then traverse the Polar Front which marks the area where waters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans meet.

Day 4 Neko / Paradise Bay, Antarctica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Deep in Andvord Bay, you can find this little corner of paradise at the foot of an immense glacier. Neko Bay is without doubt one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife is as abundant as it is exceptional: sea birds such as gulls, Cape Petrels and Cormorants, as well as marine mammals like seals, orcas and whales. Excursions aboard Zodiac dinghies allow you to sail close to blue-tinged icebergs or disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on the shore or watch the Antarctic Terns flying overhead.

Day 5 Port Charcot / Port Lockroy, Antarctica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the small island of Goudier, you have the opportunity to visit Port Lockroy, discovered by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903. Initially it served as a relief and repair base for whalers, but in 1944 Port Lockroy became a British base. It owes its name to Edouard Lockroy, a French politician and the partner of Jean-Baptiste Charcot during his expedition. You may be able to visit the small museum that retraces the life of the base in the 1950s. Since 1996, it has been open to the public during the short Southern Summer and is used for carrying out research on Gentoo Penguins. Nowadays, this base is the most visited site of the White Continent and, thanks to its little store and post office, it is the only place to offer you the opportunity to write to your friends and family and share this unique moment.

Day 6 Wilhelmina / Enterprise, Antarctica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wilhelmina Bay is found between the Reclus Peninsula and Cape Anna along the Antarctic Peninsula. Called "Whale-mina" Bay by travelers, this is known to be a great place to spot the humpback whales who frequent the bay. The surrounding landscape is sure to inspire you as the bay is encircled by steep, snow-filled cliffs and glaciers.

Day 7 Deception Island, Antarctica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognize for its horseshoe shape. 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 us 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 our Zodiac dinghies 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 8 Weddell Sea, Antarctica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea allows you to experience true silence, an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, and unrivalled calm. 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 9 Sailing towards South Shetland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rest up for the next leg of your journey as your ship sails on towards the Falkland Islands.

Day 10 At Sea - Drake Passage

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail northward, take time to reflect on your extraordinary adventures. Share memories and photos with your fellow passengers or simply relax and take advantage of your ship's amenities as you prepare to return.

Day 11 Port Stanley / Volunteer Point, Falklands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Port Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands. Located on East Falkland Island, this port is home to roughly 2,000 inhabitants. One of the most historical locales in the region, spend some time exploring to learn about the impact of industries such as whaling and exploration on this unique destination.

Day 12 Saunders / Grave Cove, Falklands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Saunders is the fourth largest of the Falkland Islands. With an area of just over 50 square miles, the island runs as a sheep farm today. Identified as a significant area for births, you may encounter a number of species here including Gentoo Penguins, Rockhopper Penguins, Macaroni Penguins, and Albatrosses.

Day 13-15 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend your last days on board the Le Soleal reflecting on your once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Share memories and photos with your fellow travelers or simply relax and take advantage of your ship's amenities before returning home.

Day 16 Disembark in Montevideo, Uruguay

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast on board, disembark in Montevideo. Transfer to the airport to continue your travels.

Le Soleal

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Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

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