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Emblematic Antarctica

Embark on the ultimate bucket list cruise, discovering the remote wilderness, staggering beauty and incredible marine wildlife of Antarctica. Experience the vibrant Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, and the scenic ‘End of the World’ city of Ushuaia, before setting sail across the might Drake Passage, en route to the White Continent. Spot humpbacks and orcas in the wild and climb aboard the Zodiac© for some unforgettable outings and landings on the ice. With the expert guidance of our Expedition Leader and the most knowledgeable captain and crew on board Le Boreal, this is guaranteed to be the most incredible cruise of a lifetime.

Your Tour Includes

  • 10 nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • One night’s hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • All drinks on board (excluding premium brands)
  • Welcome drink and Captain’s Gala dinner
  • Return flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac© inflatables
  • An attentive crew to take care of everything
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Itinerary

Overview

Today, you can arrive in Argentina’s capital at your leisure. You’ll be able to check-in to your hotel any time from the late morning onwards, where you’ll be met by the local Ponant Representative. Take the afternoon to explore vibrant Buenos Aires, a city alive with Latin passion and flare, with a touch of European opulence thrown in. Sample some succulent meat, freshly grilled in front of you at a street-side parrilla, sip a glass of mouth-watering Malbec and try your hand at the steamy Argentine tango – arguably Buenos Aires’ greatest contribution to the world. Then it’s back to your hotel to get a good night’s rest before the cruise begins tomorrow.

Includes Dinner

Overview

Our day starts bright and early this morning, with breakfast at the hotel followed by a transfer to the airport for our included three-and-a-half-hour flight to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. On arrival, you have the choice of heading to a local restaurant for an included lunch, or joining us on an optional excursion to the magnificent Tierra del Fuego National Park. This spectacular landscape is a nature lover’s dream, with beavers, wild orchids, exotic bird species and the exclusive Fuegian foxes all being common sight. At 4pm, our ship, will be waiting to welcome us aboard. Enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail reception, before we set sail for the undiscovered continent of Antarctica.

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Includes Lunch

Includes Dinner

Overview

The next two days give you the perfect opportunity to fully explore the ship and familiarise yourself with your surroundings. As we cross the mighty Drake Passage, you can grow your knowledge of the Antarctic and learn everything you need to know about the adventure that lies ahead. Your Expedition Leader will present the IAATO rules of conduct that you’ll need to follow for all landings in the region and will explain all about the Zodiac© outings. As well as relaxing and enjoying the ship, there’ll be fascinating lectures that you can attend, detailing the history and wildlife of the Antarctic. Visit the ship’s bridge for an exceptional vantage point of this magical region, or join the naturalist-guides up on deck and catch a glimpse of albatrosses, cape petrels and other seabirds making the crossing alongside us.

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Includes Dinner

Overview

For the next few days, we’ll experience the staggering beauty of the wild and remote White Continent. Undiscovered until the early 19th century, there’s something intriguing, unpredictable and extreme about Antarctica’s vast and breathtaking landscape, with its glassy mountain peaks, floating icebergs, volcanic beaches and rugged glaciers plunging deep into the depths of the icy ocean below. It just begs to be explored. The conditions will dictate each day’s activities, meaning no two cruises are the same. But trust in the knowledge and expertise of your Captain and Expedition Leader to pick the best landings and Zodiac© outings for you to enjoy. Discover penguins, humpback and minke whales, seals, orcas and other incredible marine wildlife frolicking in their natural habitats, sharing the charm and wonder of their mesmerising home with you.

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Overview

Our final two days at sea are spent sailing back across the Drake Passage, the shortest route connecting Antarctica to South America, where the Furious Fifties roar. After all, as any seasoned navigator will tell you, the unbeatable experience of the Antarctic has to be earned! Reward yourself with a relaxing treatment in the spa, enjoy a drink in the bar, indulge in a spot of retail therapy in the onboard boutique or meet the PONANT photographers. You can take advantage of the fun and informative shows or conferences put on for your pleasure, too, allowing you to continue learning about your time ‘On the Ice’, even after you’ve left.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Lunch

Includes Dinner

Overview

Today, we arrive back in Ushuaia, otherwise known as ‘El Fin del Mundo’ (The End of the World). We’ll enjoy a final breakfast together, then it’s time to bid farewell to your captain, crew and ship. A transfer will take you to the airport, ready for your return flight back to Buenos Aires.

Accommodation

You will cruise the Antarctica aboard the Le Lyrial and one nights hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?