Rating in Antarctica
$ 12014

Luxury Festive Season in Antarctica

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min $ 12014
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Tour details
Destinations: Antarctica
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 12014
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Luxury Christmas & New Year in Antarctica 17 days aboard Le Soleal

This luxury expedition gives a taste of the Falkland Islands with landings on New Island and Saunders, where there is not only some of the most beautiful scenery, but also lots of wildlife viewing with four species of penguins, albatross and dolphins. Then on to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, before continuing to the magnificent Antarctic Peninsula.

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.

In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.

Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.

After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.

Highlights

  • Rarely visited Falkland Islands
  • South Georgia, abundant birdlife and mammals, glacial scenery
  • Spectacular Antarctic icebergs and scenery
  • Marine mammals including whales and seals
  • Amazing birdlife
  • Historical sites

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
  • Flights Buenos Aires - Ushuaia and return
  • Transfers between airport and ship
  • Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
  • Entertainment and expert lecture programme
  • Optional excursion in Ushuaia pre-cruise
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Expedition parka

ITINERARY

16 Nights   17 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1   | Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
  • Day 2   | At sea
  • Day 3   | Falkland Islands
  • Days 4-5 | At sea
  • Days 6-8 | South Georgia
  • Days 9-10 | At sea
  • Days 11-14 | Antarctica
  • Days | 15-16 | At sea
  • Day 17 | Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

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1Day

Ushuaia

Meet at Buenos Aires airport for flight to Ushuaia, the world's southern-most city and also the main town in Tierra del Fuego.

Transfer to ship, board and set sail in the afternoon.



2Day

At Sea

Get used to life on board and spend time on deck watching for your first whale sightings and spotting the various seabirds following the ship.



3Day

Falkland Islands

Today, we plan to land at Saunders Island and New Island in the West Falklands. Here, amongst the rugged and beautiful scenery, you will have the opportunity to get close up with several species of penguin, black-browed albatross, petrels and other land and sea birds as well as colonies of fur seals.

4 - 5Days

At Sea

As we sail south, listen to interesting expert lectures and keep a look out for whales and other sea mammals as well as spotting sea birds for the deck.



6Day

South Georgia - Salisbury Plain, Fortuna Bay

We hope to disembark at the splendid Fortuna Bay among the penguins and be allowed to approach the sea elephants lounging in the weak southern sunshine. This glacial expanse of Salisbury Plain, surrounded by high mountains is home to over 250,000 king penguins and the spectacle is truly amazing.

7Day

Grytviken, St Andrews Bay

At Grytviken, we disembark and spend time looking at the ruins of this historic whaling station. Here, we will also pay our respects at the grave of the famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton and visit the museum, from where you can also send postcards home from one of the most remote places on earth.

8Day

Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay

Gold Harbor is home to not only king and gentoo penguins but also a large colony of elephant seals - walking amongst these leviathans is an amazing experience. This is also a great place for seein the beautiful light-mantled sooty albatross.

Cooper Bay is home to a large colony of macaroni penguins, distinctive because of their floppy bright yellow crests.

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9 - 10Days

At Sea

As we cross the Scotia Sea, there are lots of chances to see whales and seabirds.





11Day

Antarctica - Cruising the Weddell Sea & Brown Bluff

Our call at Brown Bluff on the Antarctic continent brings you to the foot of an imposing cliff where we'll find a colony of some 40,000 Adelie penguins. This area is also the habitat of the Weddell Seal, distinctive for its spotted belly.


12Day

Antarctic Strait - Neko Bay, Paradise Bay

Neko Bay is without doubt one of most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula! It was discovered by the Belgian explorer Gerlache, during his Antarctic expedition from 1897-99. Mountains, snow, ice and nature in the wild combine to offer a unique landscape. The wildlife here is as abundant as it is exceptional, with gulls, Cape petrels and cormorants, as well as sea mammals such as seals, orcas and whales. Zodiac excursions bring you into the closest contact with the icebergs, or take you into the heart of the penguin colonies, or to observe a sea elephant lounging on the shore as the Antarctic terns wheel about overhead.

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13Day

Port Charcot, Pleneau and Gerlache Strait

The Gerlache Strait is renowned for its pointed blue icebergs, set amongst spectacular mountain scenery.

14Day

Deception Island and Half Moon Bay

One of the best known of the South Shetland Islands because of its horseshoe shape, Deception has the black sand of volcanic beaches and the remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. Excursions aboard our 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.

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15-16Days

At sea, Drake Passage

We navigate the Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters way back in 1578. Last opportunities to see marine mammals and watch albatrosses and petrels swooping around the ship.

17Day

Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Disembark and transfer to airport for flight to Buenos Aires

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