presents…A DELUXE TOUR:
SOUTH AMERICA AND ANTARCTICA EXPLORER
Tour start date Sunday January 3, 2016
Tour end date Sunday January 24, 2016
Land Tour per person $16,340
Revel in the rich history, culture and spectacular natural splendor of South America.
Our tour will show us the very best of South America including Rio de Janeiro, the
beauty of Iguassu Falls & Buenos Aires the “Paris of South America”. Days of scenic
cruising bring you up close to tabletop icebergs, growlers, drift or pack ice... the
Antarctic has its own language, which you’ll soon speak fluently! We are offering you
a chance to sail through the Heart of the Peninsula offering our travellers an
enchanting polar desert and a final frontier surrounded by a gigantic sheets of ice.
Day 1: Sunday 3 Jan, arrival Rio de Janeiro Arrival to Rio de Janeiro the most
beautiful city in Brazil and one of the most beautiful in the world. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Monday 4 Jan, Rio de Janeiro
Sightseeing day tour of this beautiful city. The book “Wonders of the World”
describes the shore, the inlets and the mountains of Rio de Janeiro as the most
beautiful anywhere, and names the city as “The Beauty Queen of the World”.
We’ll stroll through the Copacabana quarter, Ipanema, Labron and Sambodromo. We
continue along the beaches, and pay a visit to the famous gem manufactory complex
of H. Stern and more.
Day 3, Tuesday 5 Jan, Rio de Janeiro
Today ascend by train through Tijoco
Jungle (a rain forest by the city) to the
famous Corcobado Mountain, site of the
iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of
the New Seven Wonders of the World.
The view from the top is surely one of
the most impressive ever encountered.
We will have a special favela tour and
see how daily life happens in this part of
the city. In the evening we recommend
to feel the spirit of Rio's world-famous
Carnival as you're treated to a lively
extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance.
Day 4, Wednesday 6 Jan, Iguazu - Brazil side
This morning we take a flight to magnificent Iguassu Falls, straddling the border of
Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iguassu National
Park boasts one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls and is home to
many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. We will visit the Parque das
Aves - a tropical bird preserve that's home to more than 500 species of Brazilian
Day 5, Thursday 7 Jan, Iguazu - Buenos Aires
After breakfast we leave Brazil and cross the border into Iguazu National Park on the
Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls.
We will explore the Lower Circuit, Upper Circuit and Devil's Throat.
The Lower Circuit is composed of a trail approximately 0.8 miles (1.3 km) long that
allows you to get close to some of the smaller waterfalls on the Argentinean side.
Walk along the trail, which is equipped with both restrooms and snack bars, and get
close to the Carlos Bozzetti
Waterfall, where you can take some
The Upper Circuit, which is
wheelchair accessible, allows you to
see the top of the majestic falls on
the Argentina side and enjoy a
breathtaking panoramic view of the
area. The view stretches from the
Argentinean falls to San Martin
Island and parts of the Brazilian
falls. After this amazing day we will
fly to Buenos Aires.
Day 6, Friday 8 Jan, Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
This morning we will fly to Ushuaia the southernmost town in the world. Upon arrival
we will travel to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This National Park was created to
protect the southern portion of sub-Antarctic forest. Today it provides visitors with
the opportunity to enjoy the Andes and the region’s forests, rivers, lakes and peat
bogs. It is also home to a large variety of birds.
After the tour we will drive to the pier and board our luxurious ship for an
unforgettable 10 night voyage and start preparing for Shabbat.
In May 2011, l'Austral joined
PONANT's fleet. This superb
mega-yacht with 132 cabins is
the result of the expertise of the
Italian Fincantieri shipyard and
French sophistication, as
interpreted by designer Jean-
Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains
faithful to our philosophy - to
create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows
opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give
L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect
balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your
own private yacht.
You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and
elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic
Day's 7-8, Saturday-Sunday 9-10 Jan, at Sea –Drake Passage
Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck
with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by. On Shabbat after the meal and
services we will enjoy some interesting lectures.
Day 9, Monday 11 Jan, Neko/Paradise Bay
Deep in Andvord Bay, we find this little corner of paradise at the foot of an immense
glacier. Neko Bay is without doubt one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic
Peninsula. Wildlife is as abundant as it is exceptional: sea birds such as gulls, Cape
Petrels and Cormorants, as well as marine mammals like seals, orcas and whales.
Excursions aboard our Zodiac® dinghies allow you to sail close to blue-tinged
icebergs or disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on
the shore or watch the Antarctic Terns flying overhead.
Day 10, Tuesday 12 Jan, Pleneau Island/Port Charcot
Land on Plיneau Island, where Elephant
Seals haul-out on the beaches and Gentoo
Penguins, Kelp Gulls and South Polar Skuas
breed. Plיneau Island was first charted by
the French Antarctic Expedition of 1903-05
of Jean-Baptiste Charcot and was named
after his expedition’s photographer Paul
Day 11, Wednesday 13 Jan, Port Lockroy
On the small island of Goudier, you will have the
opportunity to visit Port Lockroy, discovered by the French
explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903. Initially it served as
a relief and repair base for whalers, but in 1944 Port
Lockroy became a British base. It owes its name to Edouard
Lockroy, a French politician and the partner of Jean-
Baptiste Charcot during his expedition. 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.
Day 12, Thursday 14 Jan, Deception Island
Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland
Islands, in the north of the Antarctic
Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to
recognise for its horseshoe shape. On the
black sand of the volcanic beaches, there are
remains of abandoned huts that have been
overrun by the extraordinary wildlife, part of
the treasure that Nature offers us there. It is
on these beaches of ash that the largest
colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic
Peninsula has taken up residence.
Day 13, Friday 15 Jan, The Weddell Sea
A lengthy sail in the Weddell
Sea will allow you to
experience true silence, an
extraordinary and enchanting
calm...You will discover a
secret reserve of preserved
treasure: Fur Seals, penguin
Albatross and other giant
Petrels. Here the huge
icebergs and the endless ice
cap sculpt a landscape
beyond compare. The lord of
the manor is known as the
Weddell Seal. It is a record
breaker, able to remain submerged for more than an hour. Its pelage is dark grey
and it has a spotted belly. To maintain its access to the sea and be able to fish, the
Weddell Seal has special teeth allowing it to make a hole in the thick ice. Shabbat
Day's 14-15, Saturday-Sunday 16-17 Jan, at Sea - Drake Passage
Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding
facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and
watch unmatched scenery glide by. On Shabbat after
the meal and services we will enjoy some interesting
Day 16, Monday 18 Jan, Ushuaia - El Calafate
Today we disembark in Ushuaia. Transfer to the
airport for flight to El Calafate, the city that is famous for its glaciers.
Day 17, Tuesday 19 Jan, El Calafate - Torres del Paine
Today we will Witness
one of the world’s only
advancing glaciers at
Perito Moreno. The
spectacular location in
National Park provides
the setting for a day
watching nature at its
most miraculous. After
the tour we will drive
to Torres del Paine
The park was established in 1959, and is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The park
centers on an alpine massif of three imposing granite towers (Torres) reaching more
than 10,000 feet, together with several lesser horns, or cuernos, formed of black
shale, and a variety of glaciers, lakes, and wild rivers.
Day 18, Wednesday 20 Jan, Torres del Paine
Your drive within the park will offer incredible vistas,
including Lago Sarmiento and the intensely blue Laguna
Amarga. Across Nordenskjold Lake, you will ha