Luxury Antarctic Peninsula 12 days
Antarctica, Chile

Luxury Antarctic Peninsula

Luxury Antarctic Peninsula 12 days aboard Le Boreal

A classic 11 day expedition on board the luxury expedition ship, Le Boreal down to the Antarctic Peninsula. See colonies of chinstrap, gentoo and Adelie penguins, along with seals and whales. Experience magnificent scenery and visit remote research stations on this unforgettable trip of a lifetime. Includes flights from Santiago and back to Buenos Aires.

Highlights

  • Spectacular icebergs and scenery
  • Marine mammals including whales and seals
  • Amazing birdlife
  • Historical sites

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
  • Flights Santiago-Punta Arenas and Ushuaia-Buenos Aies
  • Transfers between airport and ship
  • Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
  • Entertainment and expert lecture programme
  • Optional excursion in Ushuaia pre-cruise
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Expedition parka
11 nights 17/11/2017 - 28/11/2017
From Only £7,342pp
Gillian Landells
Gillian Landells
Antarctica, Chile Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Antarctica, Chile. Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

Single Occupancy Special . Offer applicable when booked before 16th November 2017. Subject to availability. Full terms & conditions apply.

ITINERARY

11 Nights   12 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Santiago to Punta Arenas
  • Day 2 | Magellan Strait and Glaciers Avenue
  • Days 3-4 | At Sea - Drake Passage
  • Day 5 | Weddell Sea
  • Day 6 | Port Lockroy
  • Days 7-8 | Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island
  • Day 9 | Deception and Half Moon Islands
  • Days 10-11 | At Sea - Drake Passage
  • Day 12 | Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
Santiago to Punta Arenas
1Day

Santiago to Punta Arenas

Meet at Santiago airport for flight to Punta Arenas.

Transfer to ship, board and set sail in the afternoon.

Magellan Strait and Glaciers Avenue
2Day

Magellan Strait and Glaciers Avenue

This mythical strait situated in the south of Chile and separating South America from Tierra del Fuego, awakens our imagination, stirring up a longing for adventure. For the first time, follow in the footsteps of the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, known for having organised the first circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century. Aboard your ship, cruise along the 600 km separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific and, before arriving in Ushuaia, discover the sea route which was long nicknamed “Strait of All Saints” because Magellan’s ships first entered it on All Saints’ Day. A fascinating adventure.

At Sea - Drake Passage
3-4Days

At Sea - Drake Passage

Take time as we cross the Drake Passage to watch albatrosses an petrels from the deck or lounge and keep an eye out for your first whale sightings. 

Weddell Sea
5Day

Weddell Sea

This calm area on the other side of the Peninsula is home to the Weddell seal, known for its ability to stay submerged for up to an hour at a time. It is also recognisable because of its spotted belly. Beautiful ice scenery here and myriad seabirds, especially albatross and petrels.

Port Lockroy
6Day

Port Lockroy

On the small island of Goudier, you will have the opportunity to visit Port Lockroy. Initially it served as a relief and repair base for whalers, but in 1944 Port Lockroy became a British base. You will be able to visit the small museum that retraces the life of the base in the 1950s. Since 1996, it has been open to the public during the short Southern Summer and is used for carrying out research on Gentoo Penguins. Nowadays, this base is the most visited site of the White Continent and, thanks to its little store and post office, it is the only place to offer you the opportunity to write to your friends and family and share this unique moment. 

Possible areas to visit in this part of the Peninsula are the mountainous landscape of Neko Bay, where we plan to set foot on the continent itself at Neko Harbour, and the glaciers and cliffs of Booth Island - great birding here

Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island
7-8Days

Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island

On Pleneau, there is a massive colony of gentoo penguins. Also, we hope to enter the scenic and beautiful Lemaire Channel, Wilhelmina Bay, Paradise Bay and Port Charcot.

Deception and Half Moon Islands
9Day

Deception and Half Moon Islands

One of the best known of the South Shetland Islands because of its horseshoe shape, Deception has the black sand of volcanic beaches and the remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. Excursions aboard our Zodiacs will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins, elephant seals and fur seals live side by side.

In the afternoon, continue to Half Moon Island

At Sea - Drake Passage
10-11Days

At Sea - Drake Passage

Last chances to relax and spend time looking for more seabirds and mammals.

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
12Day

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Arrive and disembark. Transfer to airport for flight to Buenos Aires.

Le Boreal

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Ann Macleod, Scotland Peggy & Thomas, Belgium Robert Hickinbotham, Pulheim, Germany Dave Martin, North Wales James and Pamela Chapman, Halifax David Coard, Exeter, UK Dr Lorna Mairs, Hampshire, UK Lucy and Simon Stern, Sussex, UK Shiyang Liu, Beijing, China Peter Reid, Lincoln, UK Celia Hills, Orkney Islands, UK Steve Sutton, Merseyside, UK Molly Quackenbush, Virginia, USA Sophie & Francois Couture, Quebec, Canada Mike and Berry Poulter, East Sussex, UK Jo Arden, London, UK
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We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
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I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
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We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
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