Emblematic Antarctica
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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.


In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.> Discover the Antarctic with PONANT!PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.Your ship will then reach the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.On this uninhabited land, which wasn't explored until the 19th century, your encounters with the wildlife will no doubt be one of the highlights of your experience. The Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds will provide you with cherished lifelong memories.Highlight of your cruise: sailing on the Weddell Sea. Le Boréal will take advantage of a time of year when it is relatively free of ice to sail amid the free-floating pack ice in a magical setting. A top spot for polar exploration in the Antarctic, the Weddell Sea offers spectacular, unrivalled scenery. If luck is on your side, you may even get to see some emperor penguins.Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.

Trip highlights

Whether on land, aboard the ship or during a Zodiac outing, you will be able to experience the very best nature has to offer, ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

Witness a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains for the duration of the expedition.

Take part in the many lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate and environmental protection.

Experience the Antarctica alongside a National Geographic Photographer and Expert, who are specialised in the destination.

Sailing on the Weddell Sea and amid the free-floating pack ice, discovering one of the most famous places of polar exploration.

Robert Kunzig

Robert Kunzig is senior environment editor atNational Geographicmagazine, where he focuses on global environmental issues such as climate change and its effects on glaciers and ice shelves in Antarctica and elsewhere. He has been a science journalist for more than 30 years, and his magazine articles have appeared many times in theBest American Science and Nature Writing. He has also written two books:Fixing Climate(with Wallace Broecker) andMapping the Deep, a book about oceanography, which won the Aventis/Royal Society prize as science book of the year in 2001. Robert discussed the dramatic acceleration in the loss of ice from Antarcticas ice shelves in a recent PBS News Hour appearance.

Itinerary - 11 Days

1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is a busy port situated in Argentina's southernmost tip. The adventurous city is nestled between snow-capped Andean mountains and the shores of the Beagle Channel. The Tierra del Fuego National Park is a must-visit for those disembarking or a why not opt for a cruise on Ushuaia Bay which is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

2-3 Crossing the Drake Passage

Your first day at sea will allow you to familiarise yourself with the facilities and entertainment onboard. Take the opportunity to learn more about the Antarctic with the help of our expedition leader. 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.

4-8 Antarctic Peninsula

The mythical Antarctic Peninsula is an are many find fascinating. Find yourself in the heart of the icy seas, surrounded by breath-taking scenery and wildlife in their element. Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy 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.

9-10 Crossing the Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands and is the shortest route to Antarctica. Harbouring very unique and diverse marine fauna, Drake Passage is where the cold currents of the South Pole meet with the warmer equatorial waters making for a sometimes-interesting voyage. Looking up to the sky you may be lucky enough to see albatross and Cape petrels, playfully flying above the ship

11 Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark from where you started in Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province. Take the opportunity to explore the city some more, riding on the heritage railway which can take you on an excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park or visit the End of the World Museum which showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history.