The Great Austral Loop

Ushuaia - Ushuaia

Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands
November - March
18 Nights

Choose Your Departure Date

Antarctica midnight sun
No Single Supplement
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Dec 20 2025 - Jan 07 2026
17 Nights

Price from per person

£16,550
No Single Supplement
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Dec 12 2025 - Dec 30 2025
17 Nights

Price from per person

£14,750
summer sea ice and sunset in Antarctica
No Single Supplement
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Feb 15 2026 - Mar 03 2026
17 Nights

Price from per person

£14,750
Le Austral expedition cruise ship with penguins in Antarctica
No Single Supplement
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 24 2026 - Feb 11 2026
17 Nights

Price from per person

£14,750
Gold Harbour King Penguins South Georgia
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Jan 11 2025 - Jan 30 2025
17 Nights

Price from per person

£16,210
Le Lyrial Antarctica
No Single Supplement
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Nov 10 2025 - Nov 28 2025
17 Nights

Price from per person

£14,750

Cruise Overview

Embark on an extraordinary 19 day polar expedition cruise, delving deep into the Southern Ocean from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia and the untouched wonders of Antarctica.

Kick off your adventure exploring the Falkland Islands, where sei whales gracefully glide alongside your vessel through the archipelago's 200 islands. Explore shores lined with white sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and windswept moors, offering a glimpse of raw, untouched beauty.

Continue your voyage to the mountainous terrain of South Georgia, where colossal glaciers stand as silent witnesses to history, including Sir Ernest Shackleton's iconic Endurance Odyssey in 1916. Here, amidst the towering peaks and black-sand beaches, king penguins and seals reign supreme, painting a picture of untouched wilderness.

Finally, set foot on the frozen shores of Antarctica, where the pristine white landscape unfolds in breathtaking beauty. Amidst icebergs and glaciers, you'll witness a myriad of wildlife, from playful penguins to majestic whales, creating an unforgettable experience in the heart of the world's last frontier.

Great Austral loop cruise map

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights

  • Set off on an unforgettable polar expedition cruise across the Southern Ocean, venturing through the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula, where you'll be immersed in the breathtaking natural scenery.
  • Explore the wonders of the region with exciting outings and shore visits aboard zodiacs, accompanied by experienced naturalist guides.
  • Dive into sea kayaking, led by certified kayak guides.
  • Discover the unique beauty of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, home to an incredible array of wildlife and stunning landscapes.
  • Engage in enlightening lectures and information sessions led by our knowledgeable naturalist guides, covering a wide range of topics from wildlife to history and environmental conservation.
  • Take advantage of hiking opportunities amidst diverse landscapes, from moss-covered moors and white-sand beaches to alpine vistas and suspended glaciers.
  • Encounter a wealth of wildlife, including majestic albatrosses, playful penguins, and seals in their natural habitats.
  • Experience the awe-inspiring sights of drifting icebergs and snow-capped mountains in the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Enjoy added comfort with a pre-cruise overnight stay in Buenos Aires and the included outbound flight to Ushuaia, ensuring a seamless and relaxing journey.

Itinerary

Itinerary

19-day journey beginning at the Falkland Islands, venturing through South Georgia, and culminating in the pristine wilderness of Antarctica.

Ushuaia harbour in Argentina
Day 1

Ushuaia

Ushuaia, often referred to as the southernmost city in the world, is located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in Argentina. It's a popular gateway for Antarctic cruises and known for its dramatic setting, surrounded by the Martial Mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south.

The city experiences a subpolar oceanic climate, with cool temperatures year-round and relatively mild winters compared to other regions at similar latitudes. Summers are cool with temperatures rarely exceeding 14°C (57°F), and winters are chilly but not freezing, making it unique compared to the harsh climates of other high-latitude regions.

Embarkation from 16:00 to 17:00

Departure at 18:00

 

Spa Le Lyrial
Day 2

At Sea

As you navigate the open waters, take advantage of the abundant amenities and activities available on your cruise. Indulge in a relaxing spa session or maintain your fitness routine in the gym. Depending on the weather, you might enjoy a dip in the pool or some sunbathing. With no stops that day, you'll have plenty of opportunities to engage in onboard events such as lectures and performances, based on the scheduled activities, or indulge in some retail therapy at the onboard shop.

Photographers from the cruise will also be available in their specialized area for those interested. For those who cherish the ocean, the top deck offers a prime spot to view the undulating waves and, if lucky, spot some marine species.

Hiking in the falkland Islands
Day 3

Grave Cove & New Island

Grave Cove is a remote and scenic location situated on the Falkland Islands, specifically in West Falkland. This cove is characterized by its rugged natural beauty and an interesting history. It's a place marked by tranquil waters surrounded by green, undulating hills that provide a stark contrast to the often grey, overcast sky typical of the region.

This location is known particularly for its wildlife. The beaches and surrounding areas are a habitat for various bird species, including penguins, which are a major attraction. Magellanic and Gentoo penguins are commonly observed here, making it a favored spot for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers seeking to capture the unique fauna of the Falklands.

New Island is one of the most remote and striking islands in the Falkland Islands archipelago. Located in the West Falklands, this island is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and as a sanctuary for a diverse range of wildlife, making it a crucial spot for conservation efforts and a paradise for nature lovers.

Le Boreal Ponant gastronomic restaurant
Days 4 - 6

At Sea

As you navigate the open waters, take advantage of the abundant amenities and activities available on your cruise. Indulge in a relaxing spa session or maintain your fitness routine in the gym. Depending on the weather, you might enjoy a dip in the pool or some sunbathing. With no stops on this voyage, you'll have plenty of opportunities to engage in onboard events such as lectures and performances, based on the scheduled activities, or indulge in some retail therapy at the onboard shop.

Photographers from the cruise will also be available in their specialized area for those interested. For those who cherish the ocean, the top deck offers a prime spot to view the undulating waves and, if lucky, spot some marine species.

Days 7-9

South Georgia

South Georgia is a remote, rugged island in the southern Atlantic Ocean, celebrated for its majestic landscapes and rich biodiversity. Often described as the Alps in the mid-ocean, this British Overseas Territory features sharp peaks that rise dramatically from the ocean, enveloped in glaciers that carve through its terrain, creating a stunning visual spectacle.

The island's climate is cold and temperate, with weather that can shift rapidly, adding to the wild and untamed character of the landscape. Despite its harsh conditions, South Georgia is a hotspot for wildlife, serving as a breeding ground for a vast number of marine birds, seals, and other marine life. It is particularly famed for its dense colonies of king penguins and elephant seals, which attract researchers and nature enthusiasts from around the world.

Human history on South Georgia is equally compelling, marked by its past as a whaling station during the early 20th century, which has left behind ghostly relics and abandoned whaling equipment that dot the landscape. The island also played a pivotal role in the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's legendary Endurance expedition, with Shackleton's grave located in Grytviken, one of the island’s few human settlements, now mostly occupied by scientists and museum staff.

Le Lyrial Panoramic lounge
Days 10 - 11

At sea

As you voyage across the ocean, explore a variety of services and activities available on the ship. 

Pamper yourself with a session at the spa or keep fit at the gym. 

Those sea days, devoid of  stops, offer a perfect chance to participate in onboard activities such as lectures and live performances, or perhaps do a bit of shopping at the ship’s boutique.  

Days 12 - 17

 Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula remains a land of awe and wonder, captivating those who visit with its pristine moments of discovery. As you journey through this frost-laden landscape, immerse yourself in a world painted in hues of blues and whites, where the scenery is breathtakingly austere yet strikingly beautiful. This icy haven is home to a rich array of wildlife; from penguins and humpback whales to seals and giant petrels, each creature thrives in this frigid paradise, along with elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. The specific locations you explore will offer rare opportunities to witness these animals in their natural habitat, sharing in the stark beauty of these formidable environs.

Daily activities, tailored by the ice’s ebb and flow, will be curated by the Captain and Expedition Leader, proposing zodiac excursions or on-foot explorations to unveil the boundless treasures of the Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floes, towering icebergs, volcanic shores, research outposts, captivating bays, and remnants of bygone whaling operations compose the multifaceted visage of Antarctica. Here, amidst the silence and surrealism, you'll trace the paths of pioneering explorers like Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache, and Sir Ernest Shackleton, who ventured into these desolate yet mesmerizing terrains in the 19th century, seeking to uncover its secrets.

Albatross in flight over the Drake Passage
Days 18 -19

Crossing the Drake Passage 

Travelers crossing the Drake Passage are rewarded with some of the most dramatic oceanic scenes imaginable. The vast, open waters stretch endlessly, horizon to horizon, under the expansive skies. As the ship plows through the waves, seabirds such as albatrosses and petrels glide effortlessly overhead, taking advantage of the strong winds.

 

Ushuaia harbour in Argentina
Day 20

Ushuaia

The conclusion of a cruise in Ushuaia marks a poignant moment as travelers return from the remote wonders of Antarctica to the charming city known as the "End of the World." Nestled on the southern tip of Argentina, Ushuaia serves as the primary gateway for Antarctic expeditions and is enveloped by the dramatic scenery of the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel.

Arriving in Ushuaia at the end of a cruise is a transition from the stark, icy landscapes of the Antarctic to the lush, rugged wilderness of Tierra del Fuego. The city itself, with its colorful houses and bustling port, offers a warm welcome with its unique blend of local culture and international influences.

Disembarkation: 8am

 

Activities

Activities

Kayaking

Kayaking in Greenland PONANT

Discover the art of embracing the natural elements, where you'll seize every opportunity provided by the ever-changing weather and ice conditions to navigate the crystal-clear polar waters. Under the expert guidance of licensed professionals, you'll embark on a kayaking adventure, a craft cherished by the Inuit people for over four millennia. Initially designed for hunting and fishing, the kayak now becomes your gateway to immersing yourself in the unspoiled wonders of polar regions, whether it's the White Continent or the enchanting Far North.*

*Please note that limited spots are available for this exclusive experience.

Zodiac Cruising

Zodiac ride in Antarctica PONANT

Zodiac outings are included.

Your Ship

Your Ship

Le Boreal

Ship Highlights

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Medium-sized luxury ship with a relaxed atmosphere

An excellent choice for explorers looking for a 5* luxury expedition cruise with a laid-back atmosphere, excellent dining choices and homely suites on a spacious ship with no more than 200 guests in Antarctica.
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Outstanding expedition experience

Le Boreal is known for its outstanding expedition experience with a team of expert polar guides and naturalists who take guests exploring by Zodiac daily and offer enriching lectures onboard.
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Eco-friendly with a commitment to sustainability

With a deep commitment to environmental performance, Le Boreal is a huge advancement in eco cruising with the latest technologies, which include lower emissions and fuel consumption, waste reduction, waste recovery and recycling, an onboard environment officer, and a reduced underwater noise profile to minimize disturbance to wildlife.
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Unique Itineraries to Explore Greenland and the Canadian Arctic

One of the few ships offering in-depth voyages to the Thule region in the far north of Greenland or Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, Le Boréal is an excellent choice for guests looking to undertake deeper explorations of the remote Arctic.
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Great Option for Solo Travellers

Le Boréal offers a selection of no single supplement cabins on select voyages, making it an excellent choice for solo travelers looking to explore the polar regions in a friendly atmosphere.

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