The Emperor Penguins of Bellingshausen Sea

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The Emperor Penguins of Bellingshausen Sea

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Duration:
20 days - 19 nights
From:
AUD $ 42,590
p.p. Twin Cabin share, Excludes Flights

Beyond Peter I Island and Charcot Island, this exceptional cruise will take you into the heart of the Bellingshausen Sea.Named in honour of the Russian admiral and explorer who discovered Antarctica in 1820, this sea in the Southern Ocean, covered by ice floe most of the time, is hard to reach and practically unexplored.

But the reward lives up to the challenge: gigantic colonies of emperor penguins, a unique species endemic to the Antarctic and almost never observed, live here. This animal, elegant and majestic, is the promise of emotional encounters. In this season, as winter gradually gives way to the austral spring, the chicks, only a few weeks old, become independent and gather in immense “creches”: a magical spectacle to which you will be privileged witnesses.

Departures

Departure Return Duration Ship Price Range *
Departure: 31 Oct 2021
Return: 19 Nov 2021
Duration: 20 days - 19 nights
Ship(s): Le Commandant Charcot
AUD Price Range: $42,590 - $107,920
* All prices listed are per person in AUD based on a Twin cabin share. Contact us for Triple or Quad cabin shares for lower pricing.

Overview

Day 1

Arrival into Santiago
Overnight Santiago

Day 2

Fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt and embark cruise

Day 3 - 5

At Sea

Day 6

Crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle

Day 7

At Sea

Day 8 - 9

Expedition to Charcot Island

Day 10 - 11

Expedition to Peter I Island

Day 12 - 13

Cruising the English coast

Day 14

Marguerite Bay

Day 15

Stonington Island & Pourquio Pas Island

Day 16

The Gullet & Detaille Island

Day 17

At Sea

Day 18 - 19

Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 20

Disembark at Ushuaia and fly to Santiago

Itinerary

Map

Inclusions:

  • Transfer from airport to PONANT selected hotel in Santiago
  • 1-night accommodation in a 5* hotel In Santiago the night before embarkation
  • Return flights Santiago/Ushuaia/Santiago selected by PONANT, in economy class
  • Dinner in Santiago
  • Airport transfer from Santiago to Airport and from Ushuaia pier to airport
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection
  • Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • A PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with an expedition programme
  • Boot rental will be offered onboard on Expedition cruises
  • PONANT activities including: kayaking, hot air ballooning, snowmobiles, hovercraft activities and hiking

Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Tips for the local guide on the mainland
  • Personal expenses
  • Other meals and services not mentioned in the programme.
  • Ponant activities- polar diving is an optional extra
  • Mandatory waterproof and windproof over-trousers
  • Passport and visa expenses and any Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Staff gratuities
  • Personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)

Optional Extras:

  • Diving

*Note that we will quote flights for you when provided with your desired travel dates. Costs will vary depending on your travel dates. 

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