POLAR EXPEDITION Hin- und Rückflug inklusive

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9.560€ p.P.
(ggf. zuzüglich Flugzuschlag)

In der Antarktis, auf den Spuren der Belgica

10 Tage / 9 Nächte

09-02-2020 bis 18-02-2020

Ushuaia - Ushuaia

L'AUSTRAL



PONANT bietet Ihnen eine Polarexpeditonskreuzfahrt ins Eis der Antarktischen Halbinsel zu Ehren des berühmten belgischen Forschers und Entdeckers Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery (1866-1934). Zwischen 1897 und 1899 leitete er die erste wissenschaftliche Expedition und die erste Überwinterung in der Antarktis.

Kommen Sie 120 Jahre später an Bord zu einer unvergesslichen 10-tägigen Reise, die die Erinnerung an die heroische wissenschaftliche Expedition der Belgica wachrufen wird. Entdecken Sie das unglaubliche Abenteuer dieser Männer und erliegen Sie den atemberaubenden Landschaften, die von einer überraschenden Fauna bevölkert sind. 

Der Beginn Ihrer Kreuzfahrt wird von der Durchfahrt der mythischen Drakestraße geprägt, auf der Sie vermutlich von einer Vielzahl von Albatrossen und Kapsturmvögeln begleitet werden, Wächter dieser oft stürmischen Gewässer.

Dann erreicht das Schiff den "weißen Kontinent", Gebiet des Unerwarteten, so wie die 13-monatige Überwinterung der Belgica, die von März 1898 bis März 1899 im Packeis gefangen war. Eine große Premiere in der Geschichte: Der Mensch stellte sich dem antarktischen Winter und entdeckte seine Geheimnisse.

Abhängig von den jeweiligen Witterungs- und Eisbedingungen enthüllt diese extreme Umgebung, in der die Natur Herr und Meister ist, ihre schönsten Geheimnisse bei zahlreichen Entdeckungen, wie die von Adriende Gerlache und seiner Crew, die bemerkenswerte Arbeiten in den Bereichen Kartographie, Geologie, Klimatologie und Zoologie geleistet haben.

Auf diesem unbewohnten Land gehören Begegnungen mit der wilden Tierwelt sicher zu den schönsten Augenblicken Ihrer Reise. Eselspinguine, Adeliepinguine und Zügelpinguine, Buckelwale, Robben und Seevögel werden unvergessliche Erinnerungen hinterlassen.

Ob an Land, an Bord oder bei einer Ausfahrt mit dem Zodiac®jeden Tag bewegen Sie sich mitten in einer grandiosen Kulisse zwischen Eisbergen, Packeis und tausendjährigen Gletschern.

Wir sind die Gäste dieser extremen Regionen, wo Klima- und Eisbedingungen das Sagen haben. Die Anlandung an bestimmten Orten und die Beobachtung der Tierwelt kann nicht garantiert werden und variiert von Tag zu Tag. So wird jede Kreuzfahrt mit PONANT einzigartig. Der Kapitän und der Expeditionsleiter setzen alles daran, Ihre Erfahrung so reich wie möglich zu gestalten, unter Einhaltung der Sicherheitsregeln und der IAATO-Richtlinien.




Tag 1 09-02-2020 Ushuaia
Tag 2 10-02-2020 Crossing the Drake Passage
Tag 3 11-02-2020 Crossing the Drake Passage
Tag 4 12-02-2020 Antarctic Peninsula
Tag 4 12-02-2020 Antarctic Peninsula
Tag 4 12-02-2020 Antarctic Peninsula
Tag 5 13-02-2020 Antarctic Peninsula
Tag 5 13-02-2020 Antarctic Peninsula
Tag 6 14-02-2020 Antarctic Peninsula
Tag 6 14-02-2020 Antarctic Peninsula
Tag 7 15-02-2020 Antarctic Peninsula
Tag 8 16-02-2020 Crossing the Drake Passage
Tag 9 17-02-2020 Ushuaia
Tag 10 18-02-2020 Ushuaia

For your serenity, PONANT selects flights for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

Day 1 - Paris/Buenos Aires

Flight Paris/Buenos Aires selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 13 h 30.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Meet and greet at the airport arrival hall. Look for PONANT sign. After being welcomed by our local representative, you will be transferred to the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta 5* (or similar).

Morning and lunch at leisure.

In the afternoon, panoramic tour of Buenos Aires. Mainly in down town and in the central neighbourhoods, you will find testimonies of its glorious past. You will visit the heart of the city, May Square (Plaza de Mayo), with the Government House (Casa Rosada) on one side and the cathedral on the other side, and the City Hall. The Cabildo is right across the street, it is the Town Hall of colonial times. The square is also known as the ?Mothers of May Square? (Madres de Plaza de Mayo), with their mute protests they started during the military government. From there, the coach drives you through San Telmo (a tango district) to La Boca, with its most famous colourful and picturesque houses on Caminito Street. La Boca is the oldest harbour of Buenos Aires and in the early 20th century, most Italian immigrants made here their first steps in their new homeland. Today, it is the favourite neighbourhood for these Italian families' descendants. At the end of the tour you will visit the northern part of Buenos Aires. The Recoleta neighbourhood with its French style wide avenues, parks and residential houses contrasts with the ?Barrio de La Boca?. Here, you will visit the unique monumental cemetery, where Evita Perón and other historical people are buried.

At the end of the day, you will enjoy a typical argentine dinner in a local steakhouse restaurant. After tasting the famous grilled meat, part of the Argentine national identity, you will return to your hotel.

Day 3 - Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Breakfast

Transfer to Buenos Aires airport, in connection with the flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia.

Flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 3 h 30.

Meet and greet at the airport (English-speaking assistance)

Depending on your choice made when booking your cruise (options not combinable):

Departure from the airport for your transfer to the Arakur Hotel, one of the newest hotels built in Ushuaia. It overlooks the town and its bay.

In the Yamanas? language, ?Ushuaia? means ?the bay which looks towards the east?. This native tribe was established here long before the arrival of the ?white? people. At the tip of the Beagle Channel, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Ushuaia is a unique place in this world and is proud to be the southernmost city. Rising on an island, it seems to float between two oceans. The snow-capped mountains draw the border with Chile in the background. Here you truly feel at the end of the world?

After lunch at the Arakur Hotel you will have some time at leisure and/or will be invited to join a walk through the Natural Reserve of the Cerro Alarken. Arakur is a unique starting point for discovering a preserved area which covers 100 hectares (248 acres); this is a sheltered place for flora and fauna species typical to the Tierra del Fuego area (please note that the observation of fauna is not guaranteed). The unique location of the Arakur close to the Mount Alarken makes it as well the perfect setting to enjoy lovely panoramas over the bay.

The walk is selected in order to suit most guests? walking ability. You will be escorted by a guide to discover the park.

OR

When booking the cruise, guests willing to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park will be able to sign up for an optional group excursion, with extra cost. If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival in Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour.

Created in 1960, the park which covers 63 000 hectares (155 670 acres) is located in the south west of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia.

Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes. If you get lucky, you may encounter beavers, dams, birds, wild orchids, etc? This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers!

Lunch will be served in a restaurant within the Park.

(Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure ? in this case, you will be given the option to join the Arakur programme.)

At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel.

 

? Cruise on board your ship -

 

Disembarkation Day ? Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Disembarkation.

Meet and great at the port (English-speaking assistance).

Transfer to the airport for check-in of the flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires/Paris selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 3 h 30.

Connecting flight upon arrival in Buenos Aires to Paris.

Buenos Aires/Paris, approximative flight duration: 13 h 30.

The day after disembarkation - Paris

Arrival in Paris from Buenos Aires

 

Your programme includes:

  • Flights Paris/Buenos Aires/Paris in economy class
  • Flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires in economy class
  • 1-night accommodation at the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta (or similar), with early check-in on day 2 (from 11 a.m.), including breakfast.
  • Meals as indicated in the programme
  • Beverage package (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer or a glass of wine + 1 coffee or tea)
  • Transfers and visits mentioned in the programme
  • English-speaking local guide during the transfers
  • The walk through the Cerro Alarken Reserve starting from the Arakur Hotel and led by an English speaking guide (except if you select optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion)

For your optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion, your programme includes:

Please note that if you choose this excursion, it is not combinable with Arakur Hotel programme and therefore replaces it.

  • The excursion by local bus and the entrance fees to the National Park
  • The lunch with the beverage package including: 1 mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + tea or coffee
  • Transfers and visit as mentioned in the programme
  • The services of a local English speaking guide

Your programme does not include:

  • Tips for the guide and the driver - we suggest the amount of USD 1 per person per day, as per local custom.
  • Personal expenses and other services not mentioned in the programme.

Please note:

  • This package is included by default in your cruise. However, it is possible to combine your cruise with other flights or pre/post programmes. Please contact your travel adviser for more information.
  • The local currency is the Argentinian peso. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM?s.
  • Summer season: temperatures vary between 5 °C et 15 °C  (41 °F and 65 °F)
  • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes either for the visit to the Reserve or if you book the optional excursion to the National Park.

Your hotel:

The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta 5* (or similar)

In the sophisticated neighbourhood of La Recoleta, known for its neoclassical architecture, The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta stands out thanks to its contemporary style and imposing brick façade. The hotel offers easy access to the main tourist attractions in Buenos Aires and features elegant, spacious rooms, a pool, restaurant and bar, ensuring a luxurious, authentic and exclusive experience for our guests.

Contacts of your hotel:

The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta

Posadas 1232

1011 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Phone number: (+54) 11 4819 1100

Duration and order of the visits may vary. For the times of your PONANT flight, please contact your adviser; they are also shown on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.