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Beyond the Polar Circle with National Geographic

**SPECIAL OFFER** Save up to 30% on full prices. The earlier you book the better the discount available. Please call for latest special offers. Pricing shown here reflects full brochure price only. The state-of-the-art mega-yacht, L’Austral launched in May 2011, bringing a unique blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being to small ship cruising. With just 132 cabins, L’Austral’s sleek design and small size means she can offer exclusive itineraries featuring ports of call that are inaccessible to larger ships. The yacht’s distinctive shape features smooth contours and large, arched windows, opening up to the sea and letting in the light. Precious materials in soothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of colour to create a discreet elegance reminiscent of a private yacht.

 

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Embark

Board your flight in Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Transfer from airport to hotel for excursion (pre-booked). Later embark the ship in Ushuaia.

Day 1: Ushuaia

Board your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia where you will be greeted at the airport and transferred (depending on your choice when booking) to the Arakur Hotel. Join your chosen excursion or enjoy time at leisure before transferring to the ship in Ushuaia. The capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike.

Day 2: At Sea

Spend the day at sea making 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.

Day 3: New Island - Grave Cove

Arrive at this distinctive jagged island on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and home to a tiny village of two families. Here you will find a great many birds including a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. Continue onto Grave Cove situated on northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. On the other side of this pretty island you'll find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area.

Day 4: At Sea

Spend the next two days at sea as the ship sails towards South Georgia.

Days 6-8: South Georgia

Discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. You will find King and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might even 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.

Day 9: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards the Antarctic Peninsular.

Days 10-12: Antarctic Peninsular

Spend the next three days exploring the magic of this region. 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. 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.

Day 13: Crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle

Weather permitting, the ship will cross the mythic line of the Antarctic Polar Circle, located along 66°33’ south of the Equator. This iconic area demarcates the point from which it is possible to view the midnight sun during the December solstice. Within this circle, the sun remains above the horizon for 24 consecutive hours at least once a year. Crossing this line, an experience known to few people, is sure to be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise through the polar regions.

Day 14: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards the Drake Passage.

Days 15-16: Drake Passage

The 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 Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent!

Day 17: Ushuaia

Your voyage comes to an end in Ushuaia. Transfer from the ship to the airport to board your return flight to Buenos Aires.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Ushuaia, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires.

Includes

  • Return flights Buenos Aires / Ushuaia plus transfers and excursion (choice to made upon booking)
  • 16 Nights' accommodation on board L'Austral
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port Taxes
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides
  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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