19D Expedition to Southern Lands

At A Glance

Embark on a 19-day polar expedition unveiling Antarctica Peninsula and South Georgia

PONANT brings you a 17 to 18 day itinerary between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula. An exceptional polar expedition cruise to discover the most beautiful sites of these southern lands,┬árenowned as the “Empire of King Penguins,” home to the world’s second-largest penguin species.
You will set sail from the fascinating city of Ushuaia, which the Argentinians call El fin del mundo (the end of the world). The ship leave Ushuaia for South Georgia. It is there, amid the snow-covered mountains, that Sir Ernest Shackleton miraculously ran aground during the famous Endurance Odyssey in 1916, before returning to rescue the rest of his crew, left behind on the remote Elephant Island.
Arrive in South Georgia, and witness its impressive glaciers and its black-sand beaches where large colonies of king penguins have taken up residence.

 

Destination Highlights

Antartica

  • Day 1 BUENOS AIRES (D)
    Welcome to Argentina. Meet at greet at by Ponant Representative and shuttle is provided from the airport to your hotel. Leisure time until evening. Meet other
    expedition members at dinner.
  • Day 2 USHUAIA (3hr 30mins flight) (B/L/D)
    Morning flight to Ushuaia. Upon arrival at Ushuaia, free at leisure to explore Ushuaia or sign up for an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park.
    Embarkation from 4.00pm to 5.00pm.
  • Day 3-5 AT SEA (B/L/D)
    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. This day no port of call. Do some shopping in the boutique.
  • Day 6-8 SOUTH GEORGIA (B/L/D)
    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.
  • Day 9-10 AT SEA (B/L/D)
    *19 days itinerary, 3 days at sea
  • Day 11-15 ANTARCTICA PENINSULA (B/L/D)
    Arrive at the mythical icy realm Antarctic Peninsula 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. Guests will go zodiac
    outings or landing.
  • Day 16-17 2 DAYS DRAKE PASSAGE – 48HRS (B/L/D)
    If there is one place, one sea, 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 connect Antarctica to South America.
  • Day 18 (Expedition end)
    DISEMBARKATION USHUAIA – BUENOS AIRES – KUALA LUMPUR (B)
    Cruise arrive in Ushuaia. Disembark 7am Relax and have a last stroll at Ushuaia, also best know as the ” Southern Tip of the world” the before boarding the intra-flight to
    Buenos Aires in the at afternoon. Relax & freshen up and prepare to depart to Kuala Lumpur on evening flight (recommend after 8-9pm)Notes :
    ~ Duration of itinerary / program exclude flying time and pre/post stay
    ~ 19 Days itinerary, additional one day at sea