1Buenos Aires, ArgentinaArrive in Buenos Aires and spend the night
2Ushuaia, ArgentinaFly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia to board the ship in the afternoon
3 - 4At SeaSea Birds, onboard lectures
5Antarctic PeninsulaPenguins, humpback whales, minke whales, orcas
6Weddell SeaTabular icebergs, fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross, Weddell seal
7 - 8At SeaMake the most of the services on board, admire the views
9 - 11South GeorgiaKing and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals
12 - 13At SeaBirdlife, onboard lectures, ship facilities
14Falkland IslandsPort Stanley, explore the town, learn its history, exceptional birdlife
15 - 16At SeaEnjoy conferences, admire the view from the upper deck
17Puerto MadrynValdes Peninsula nature reserve
18 - 19At SeaCombine comfort, rest and entertainment on board for the remainder of your cruise
20Buenos AiresDisembark the ship and bid farewell to your fellow shipmates after an incredible experience


Le Boreal

The Le Boréal (200 guests) was launched in May, 2010. She features elegant design and innovative state-of-the-art marine technology. The vessel boasts a convenient layout, aided by three passenger elevators. She offers a single seating dining room, al fresco dining, an outdoor heated pool, and a modern lecture facility and theatre, as well as an ample and comfortable gathering area and library.


L’Austral (200 guests) was launched in May, 2011 and is a sister ship to Le Boreal and Le Soleal. She features 132 staterooms offering elegant design as well innovative state-of-the-art marine technology. The vessel boasts a convenient layout, aided by three passenger elevators. She offers a single seating dining room, al fresco dining, an outdoor heated pool, and a modern lecture facility and theatre, as well as an ample and comfortable gathering area and library.

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires and head to your hotel. Here you will be met by local representative. Check-in for the hotel is available from late morning. Enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing or exploring the city. Enjoy a dinner with some of your fellow travellers.

Day 2 Ushuaia, Argentina


In the morning, you will be given a light morning breakfast before leaving for the airport for your Buenos Aires/Ushuaia flight which you will be transferred to the airport for. You will be greeted at the airport in Ushuaia before transferring to either an optional (additional cost) Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion or choose to enjoy a lunch in Ushuaia.

In the afternoon you will board your ship in port and set sail.

Days 3 – 4 At Sea

Cape Petrel

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.  You will experience exceptional sailing moments on board and join the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Day 5 Antarctic Peninsula

Humpback Whale Fin, Antarctica

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.

Day 6 Weddell Sea

Weddell Seal

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you’ll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You’ll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

Day 7 – 8 At Sea

Weddell Sea Tabular Icebergs

During your journey at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This journey without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, depending on the activities offered, or to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Days 9 – 11 South Georgia

king penguins st andrew's bay south georgia

Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.

Days 12 – 13 At Sea

Whale and Antarctic Tern

This journey without a port of call will be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, depending on the activities offered, to do some shopping in the boutique, or many other activities.

Days 14 Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Red houses Stanley island

Situated at the far eastern end of the Falklands’ largest island, Port Stanley, is the capital of this remote archipelago in the South Atlantic, composed of nearly 700 islands and islets. In 1764, Louis Antoine de Bougainville settled the first pioneers here and the port grew rapidly. Placed under the Spanish crown in 1767, then under British sovereignty since 1833, the town has retained some South American features fused with the Victorian style that punctuate the city, and the houses with their colourful roofs brighten the moorland landscapes with their windy and harsh climate reminiscent of the Scottish islands of Orkneys or Shetland. In front of the Cathedral, built in 1933, an arch made of whale jaw bones reminds us that Port Stanley was once a whaling port.

Day 15 – 16 At Sea

Long Finned Pilot Whales

For lovers of the open sea, visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species.

Days 17 Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn patagonia

On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, in the Argentinian province of Chubut, stands the city of Puerto Madryn nestling in the Golfo Nuevo and surrounded by wild and abundant nature. You will be able to follow the narrow strip of land formed by the isthmus for a few kilometres, to reach the Valdes Peninsula nature reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its microclimate, protected from the extreme conditions of the Southern Atlantic, makes this an ideal breeding ground for southern right whales in winter, but also for southern elephant seals, southern sea lions, and orcas. You may get the chance to spot numerous birds, Magellanic penguins, guanacos and Patagonian maras living in this desert steppe.

Days 18 – 19 At Sea

Crossing the Drake

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. You will also have time to sort through your photos, use the onboard facilities, attend lectures, visit the spa, or relax in the lounge areas sharing stories with fellow travellers of your adventure for the remainder of your cruise.

Day 20 Disembark in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

After breakfast you will farewell the expedition team and crew in Buenos Aires. A port city built on the south-western shore of the Rio de la Plata, between the Atlantic Ocean and the vast Argentine Pampas, Buenos Aires is a unique city in Latin America. Nicknamed “the Little Paris of South America”, the Argentine capital is a clever blend of architecture with European influences and a joyful Latin American atmosphere. Designed on an orthogonal grid plan, it has 48 districts, all of which are as charming as they are different, with a range of styles such as Belle Époque, gothic and baroque. With its markets overflowing with treasures, its legendary cultural and architectural heritage, and tango providing its background music, the Argentine capital will delight you on every street corner.

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