DISCOVERING THE GREAT WHITE CONTINENT

DISCOVERING THE GREAT WHITE CONTINENT
Antarctic Peninsula

from 22 December 2024 to 04 January 2025
14 days, 12 nights on board

Ushuaia – Ushuaia (via Buenos Aires, Argentina)

From 12 480 € 9 360 €*
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YOUR EXPEDITION

YOUR EXPEDITION

DISCOVERING THE GREAT WHITE CONTINENT

All hands on deck! Your dream of sailing south towards Antarctica is finally coming true. This cruise has been specially designed to allow our passengers to take in all the riches that this “great white continent” has to offer, in only ten days. 

The best of the continent, all in one trip: ice and snow as you’ve never seen them before, colonies of emperor penguins, marine mammals, the history of the heroic exploration of these lands, and much more. 

An unmissable trip for any wildlife lover or adventure traveller.


Why choose this expedition?

<p>Crossing the Drake passage alongside sooty shearwaters</p>

Crossing the Drake passage alongside sooty shearwaters

<p>Sailing through the icy straits of the Lemaire Channel</p>

Sailing through the icy straits of the Lemaire Channel

<p>Seeing historical sites and the scientific stations that track the constant evolution of these fragile environments</p>

Seeing historical sites and the scientific stations that track the constant evolution of these fragile environments

<p>The observation full of surprises of the giant colonies of penguins</p>

The observation full of surprises of the giant colonies of penguins

<p>Following in the footsteps of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French « polar gentleman ».</p>

Following in the footsteps of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French « polar gentleman ».

Itinerary

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Day 1 Sunday 22 December 2024

Buenos Aires, Argentina

You will stay at the 5* Palladio MGallery Hotel (or equivalent). Check-in from 4 pm.

Free evening

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Day 2 Monday 23 December 2024

Ushuaia, Argentina

In the morning, you will take a domestic flight to Ushuaia.

Before boarding Exploris One, you’ll have the chance to go on an excursion to discover the Tierra del Fuego, after which you’ll make your way back to the ship which will be docked off Ushuaia’s shore. Its captain and crew will welcome you aboard for the first night of your Antipodean stay. Being at “land’s end” allows us to shift perspectives: the city looks tiny in contrast to the never-ending horizon. On our first night aboard the ship, we will begin our navigation on the Beagle Channel, one of the most important maritime routes of the Tierra del Fuego, second only to the Magellan Strait.

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Day 3 Tuesday 24 December 2024

At sea – Drake Passage, Antarctica

Depending on weather conditions, we will have two days – perhaps even less – to prep for the day when we will finally step onto the “great white continent”. During the first conferences and information meetings, our expedition team will further hone your explorer’s spirit. Our common desire for exploration goes hand in hand with our desire to preserve this environment.

As environmentally conscious sea travellers, we put into practice what we preach: for example, our equipment is cleaned so that no foreign elements can reach Antarctic lands.

As we edge closer towards the continent, beanies and gloves will be needed as we go out onto the deck to admire the waves and the birds’ synchronised movements. Cape petrels, southern giant petrels and albatrosses follow our ship as we head towards land.

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Day 4 Wednesday 25 December 2024

At sea – Drake Passage, Antarctica

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Day 5 Thursday 26 December 2024

Sailing in the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

During five whole days, Exploris One will sail from one natural wonder to the next. Our itinerary is dictated by sea and weather conditions: our expedition leader will decide which stops to make based on these factors. The itinerary laid out below is subject to change.

We might come across some interesting marine animals, for example. Indeed, we’re not the only ones who are aware that Brabant Island and Anvers Island form a shield against the tumult of the Antarctic Ocean. Both humpbacks and minke whales seek shelter in the tranquil waters of the Gerlache Strait. There, we will delight in the majestic sight of these mammals, as delicate as they are gigantic.

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Day 6 Friday 27 December 2024

Sailing in the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

A little bit further, a ride on a Zodiac will allow us to get up close to an ice sheet that has detached from the continent, with Southern Hemisphere summer heat. Our naturalist guides will help us to decipher this icy geometry, and with their help, we might spot some blue-eyed cormorants hiding in the nooks of the surrounding cliffs.

The Antarctic is full of sounds: the crackling of a humongous glacier as it melts; the yelps of the gentoo penguins as they build their nests. Their constant bickering is probably not the best example of cooperation…! You might spot a Weddell seal – which you will be able to correctly identify, thanks to our naturalists’ lessons – lounging on the ice. Cameras at the ready! Today, we are in intimate conversation with the wildlife.

This program is subject to change: depending on the weather conditions and the flora and fauna we encounter, our itinerary may vary.

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Day 7 Saturday 28 December 2024

Sailing in the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarcticas

As often as possible, we’ll disembark via our Zodiacs. This allows us to explore more remote areas, without the need for a quay or pontoon. For example, at Port Charcot, we have to navigate through a maze of icebergs to reach the shores on which the members of the first French Antarctic expedition spent their first winter, in 1905.

Weather conditions might prevent us from using the dinghies. In this case, we sail up Lemaire Channel aboard Exploris One. An unforgettable moment, that our captain and his officers make us privy to as they allow us to take in the sights from the bridge.

You’ll feel like an old-school explorer as you watch small icebergs (also known as “growlers”) sink under the ship. These are usually less than 1 metre tall and 5 metres long.

This program is subject to change: depending on the weather conditions and the flora and fauna we encounter, our itinerary may vary.

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Day 8 Sunday 29 December 2024

Sailing in the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

The British researchers who spend the whole Southern Hemisphere summer doing research in their base of Porto Lockroy seem just as heroic as old-school explorers. They welcome us into the only available shop for thousands of kilometres, from which you can send postcards via the southernmost postal service in the world. They spend a few hours with us on board Exploris One, describing the daily life of their “summering” under a sun that never really sets.

We have one last stopover in the Peninsula at Cuverville Island before heading towards the South Shetland Islands. Atop the island’s highest hill, we’ll enjoy a breathtaking panorama that looks onto the Gerlache Strait. Our stopovers, however, are never set in stone: deviations from our itinerary are not only likely – they are welcome!

This program is subject to change: depending on the weather conditions and the flora and fauna we encounter, our itinerary may vary.

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Day 9 Monday 30 December 2024

Sailing in the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Exploris One is already heading North, towards civilisation. We’ll find traces of civilisation already at Deception Island, where the defunct whaling station of Whalers Bay is still standing. Even from afar, the vestiges of this now-decried activity are impressive: there are ovens to melt whale fat, wooden houses for the workers, and cemeteries for those who perished while working this perilous job. This era of mass whale hunting has long since ended in Antarctica, an industry as damaging to men as it was for the survival of these species. All that remains is the melancholy poetry of these ruins.

This completes the animal panorama of our cruise. Weather permitting, the expedition team might suggest a hike to reach the summit of the island, so that we can be at one with this beautiful nature for a few more hours.

This program is subject to change: depending on the weather conditions and the flora and fauna we encounter, our itinerary may vary.

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Day 10 Tuesday 31 December 2024

At sea – Drake Passage, Antarctica

Exploris One once is heading once again for the Drake Passage. As we pass the Antarctic Convergence (the line beyond which the water temperatures rise) we leave the Southern Ocean for the South Atlantic. We enter the world of the Furious Fifties and the Roaring Forties. Every so often, these wild winds are tamed, and the crossing becomes much more peaceful.

A few last conferences will be given by our naturalists as you and your fellow passengers exchange photos, addresses, contacts... The end of this journey  – to quote a classic of the silver screen – could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

 

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Day 11 Wednesday 01 January 2025

At sea – Drake Passage, Antarctica

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Day 12 Thursday 02 January 2025

Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembarkation in the morning.

Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Buenos Aires.

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Day 13 Friday 03 January 2025

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Day 14 Saturday 04 January 2025

Activities on board

Zodiac©  Cruises

Zodiac© Cruises

Explore inaccessible zones, admire spectacular glaciers and icebergs. Our Zodiacs© allow you to get as close as possible to nature, in complete safety.

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

Silent, discreet, and easy to handle, kayaks are perfect to explore less accessible areas and to get closer to places of incredible beauty.

Guided Hikes

Guided Hikes

Hikes for all levels will be offered during your expedition. Explore historic landmarks, walk on gorgeous sandy beaches or pack ice. Admire the fauna and flora and take in the spectacular sights.

Photography Workshop

Photography Workshop

Our photography experts will offer conferences and workshops on board the ship and on dry land so you can get the best out of your camera and capture the most incredible landscapes.

Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

The polar plunge is a rite of passage for daring explorers. Dive into waters reaching -3 degrees Celsius for a (brief) swim that you’ll never forget. This activity is available on a limited number of expeditions, weather permitting.

Paddling

Paddling

Cross unexplored bays and coves, drift between rocks and glaciers and let yourself go as the water caresses the coral reefs around you.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Feel like an adventurer of the past as you put on snowshoes and discover how the explorers of yesteryear travelled through the polar regions.

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Observe the most beautiful species of birds in their natural habitat, alongside renowned ornithologists and wildlife specialists.

Informative lectures

Informative lectures

Our experts, scientists, naturalist guides, historians and special guests will offer unique lectures on the fauna, flora, history and biology of the regions we visit

Staterooms & Fares

Select your cabin on board Exploris One

Cabine PREMIUM

Cabine PREMIUM

Au pont 3, à l'avant du navire

Cabine SUPERIEURE

Cabine SUPERIEURE

Au pont 4, à l'avant du navire

OCEAN Stateroom

OCEAN Stateroom

Deck 3

DELUXE  Stateroom

DELUXE Stateroom

Deck 4

BALCONY Stateroom

BALCONY Stateroom

Deck 5

NAVIGATOR Suite

NAVIGATOR Suite

Deck 7

DISCOVERY Suite

DISCOVERY Suite

Deck 5

GRAND Suite

GRAND Suite

Deck 7

SHIPOWNER'S  Suite

SHIPOWNER'S Suite

Deck 7

* This price is per person based on double occupancy, including our “Discovery Offer -25%” - Limited time offer.

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