An Odyssey in the Footsteps of Jean-Baptiste Charcot

We invite you to venture beyond the Southern Arctic Circle in the company of professional guides on the new luxury icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot.

We will touch the greatness of sparkling glaciers and icebergs, observe the amazing wildlife of Antarctica and listen to the ringing silence of Marguerite Bay.

On this cruise, we are also waiting for walks with a landing on the Antarctic Peninsula, participation in a scientific program, wildlife and outdoor activities: kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing, diving without a spacesuit, swimming in a dry suit.

Location

Chile, Santiago
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US$ 23 325
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Duration
16 Days
15 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 26 Nov – 11 Dec
    • 10 – 25 Dec
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    1 night
  • Cabin on the boat
    14 nights
Comfort
  • Premium
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 200 people
Minimum age
8 years old
Group meet at
Chile, Santiago
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Active recreation in the heart of the ocean
We will go kayaking, walk around the island on snowshoes and swim in the Southern Ocean
Amazing animal world
Seagulls, penguins, fur seals and humpback whales — we will see a variety of representatives of marine fauna
Beyond the Southern Arctic Circle
We will be one of the few who crossed the Southern Arctic Circle and we will definitely celebrate this event!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Santiago, accommodation at the hotel according to the program

    Arrival in Santiago.

    Arrival time is free, check-in at the hotel is possible from 12:00 local time.

    The exact name of the hotel will be known closer to the date of the cruise.

  • Day 2 - Santiago – Ushuaia
  • Day 3 - Drake Strait and security briefing
  • Day 4 - Drake Strait
  • Day 5 - Crossing the Southern Arctic Circle
  • Day 6 - Gullet Island
  • Day 7 - Charcot Island
  • Day 8 - Charcot Island
  • Day 9 - The Bellingshausen Sea
  • Day 10 - Marguerite Bay
  • Day 11 - Purqua Pa Island
  • Day 12 - The Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 13 - The Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 14 - Drake Strait
  • Day 15 - Drake Strait
  • Day 16 - Arrival in Ushuaia and charter to Santiago
Difficulty
For any person
Tour organizer's comments

No special physical training is required, but tourists must adequately assess their condition in order to participate in zodiac landings or program activities.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    1 night
  • Cabin on the boat
    14 nights
Comfort
  • Premium
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The tour includes accommodation for one night in a hotel in Santiago and 14 nights on a luxury icebreaker "Le Commandant-Charcot".

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the accommodation, euros:

Cabin categoryCost per person, euro
Prestige on the 6th deck21 710
Prestige on the 7th deck22 090
Prestige on the 8th deck22 480
Deluxe Suite on the 6th deck23 050
Deluxe Suite on the 7th deck24 010
Deluxe Suite on the 8th deck24 780
Prestige Suite on the 7th deck31 300
Prestige Suite on the 8th deck32 260
Grand Prestige Suite on the 6th deck33 220
The Privilege Suite on the 8th deck35 140
Deluxe Duplex47 620
The Shipowner's Suite

The price is based on a 25% discount on early booking.
The price is given for 1 passenger with double occupancy.
The cost can be changed at any time without prior notification.

On a cruise with dates from December 12 to 27, there is a "Single occupancy without additional charges" promotion — the cost of accommodation in a single cabin is equal to the cost per passenger for double occupancy. Please check the relevance of the promotion when booking.


LE COMMANDANT-CHARCOT

This is the new and most luxurious icebreaker in the world. It is equipped with a hybrid engine combining the use of liquefied natural gas and electric generators, which minimizes the impact of tourist cruises on the nature of remote regions.

With a total of 135 cabins, including 31 suites with panoramic balconies, Le Commandant-Charcot invites you to plunge into a cozy and sophisticated atmosphere. The unsurpassed cuisine of two restaurants awaits you, relaxation in the indoor pool surrounded by a winter garden and relaxation in the spa area with a sauna.

COMMON AREAS

Le Commandant-Charcot has a large number of common areas designed and equipped to meet all your needs, while protecting the personal space of each passenger.

In the reception area with an area of 177 sq. m. there are:

  • reception desk/concierge service;
  • Expedition Bureau;
  • ship's administrative services;
  • sales office headed by a tourism manager;
  • a boutique where you can buy clothes, jewelry, beauty products, postcards and accessories;
  • photo stand.

LOUNGE AREAS

  • the main lounge with an area of 302 sq. m. includes a cigar room with an area of 28 sq. m., a tea corner and a bar with live music on selected evenings;
  • panoramic bar and lounge area of 400 sq. m.;
  • an outdoor bar.

RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT AREAS

Fitness and Beauty zone:

  • fitness room: elliptical machines, treadmills, bicycles;
  • beauty salon and spa: hairdresser, massage rooms, sauna, snow room, manicure room.

Swimming area:

  • indoor swimming pool with winter garden;
  • outdoor swimming pool.

Lecture hall:

  • capacity 270-276 people;
  • venue for conferences and live concerts;
  • the latest audio and video technologies.

Other common areas:

  • library;
  • medical center;
  • 16 Zodiac boats.
 Hotel in Santiago 1 night

The tour provides accommodation for one night in Santiago before the cruise. Check-in is available for guests on 12.12.2023 from 12:00 local time. The exact name of the hotel will be known closer to the start of the tour.

Prestige on deck 6-8 or Deluxe Suite on deck 6-8 or 14 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 200 tourists
Minimum age
8 years old
Duration
16 days 15 nights
Group meets at
Chile, Santiago

Included in price

  • charter flight Santiago – Ushuaia – Santiago;
  • overnight at a hotel in Santiago before the cruise;
  • transfers in Ushuaia; 
  • accommodation in a cabin of the selected category; 
  • all inclusive meals on board (including dinner on the first day and breakfast on the last); 
  • welcome cocktail with the captain and farewell gala dinner; 
  • evening entertainment program; 
  • open bar; 
  • services of an experienced expedition team; 
  • drop-offs according to the program; 
  • expedition jacket as a gift; 
  • rubber boots rental; 
  • airport charges; 
  • port charges. 

Paid extra

  • international flights to and from Santiago;
  • tips — 12 € per day per person, paid before the cruise;
  • compulsory medical insurance — 10 € per day per person;
  • Personal expenses: laundry, communication, spa, doctor's services on board;
  • visa support (if required).

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • A waterproof jacket is offered on board for all shipments with an expedition program (without children's sizes).
  • Rubber ankle boots with non-slip soles that will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walking and entering steep paths. Boot rentals will be offered on board (adults only) on expedition cruises.
  • Comfortable trousers: classic winter trousers, warm cotton tracksuit, wool leggings.
  • Waterproof and windproof trousers are a MUST.
  • Winter trousers with waterproof upper trousers are the perfect combination: water resistance and comfort of trousers are important.
  • A pullover, sweatshirt or fleece jacket.
  • Woolen or thermolactyl thermal underwear.
  • A warm hat, wool or fleece headphones, fleece or wool neck insulation (avoid scarves that do not sit still) is a MUST.
  • Wool or silk glove linings, waterproof and elastic gloves.
  • Thick warm socks (ideally woolen).
  • A small waterproof backpack (to protect the camera from water).
  • Binoculars (highly recommended for wildlife observation).
  • Sunglasses with a high degree of protection.
  • Walking sticks (highly recommended).
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    26 Nov – 11 Dec 16 days 15 nights
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