Snowy landscape of Mount Erebus
Snowy landscape of Mount Erebus
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From Dumont D'Urville to Mawson: Retracing Heroic Age Expeditions

Starting at:
Per Person
$ 59,400
27 Days
Santiago de Chile
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 59,400


  • The half-circumnavigation of the Antarctic, an unforgettable trip into the heart of the ice and a continent full of extremes.
  • Dive into the history of the French and Australian conquests of the South Pole, with the approach to Adelie Land and the Dumont d’Urville scientific station and the exploration of Victoria Land.
  • Set off in the footsteps of the famous Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott on Ross Island, which still guards vestiges of the time they spent there.

Transfer + Flight Ushuaia/Santiago

With featured guests Ian Dawson and Sue Flood, British Photo Ambassadors.

Humans have always looked toward what some would call the ‘impossible elsewhere’. With Le Commandant Charcot, which is capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, we can dream even bigger and glimpse new horizons. This polar odyssey at the boundaries of the world follows the path of the first to discover Antarctica and sharpens our senses to let us see all the riches of a long journey marked by the nuances of the ice.

In the incredible comfort of an exceptional ship, you will take the time to observe the world around you, the landscapes and the fauna whose radiant beauty makes them seem surreal. Set off on an all-new half-circumnavigation of Antarctica from the New Zealand shores to Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world.

Following in the wake of courageous pioneers, explore the southern seas, including Ross Sea, which is the world’s largest marine protected area, a kingdom of prodigious wildlife. As a privileged witness, keep a watchful eye and take the time to observe the Antarctic petrels, whales, orcas, seals and penguins that are to be found here. In the steps of Sir James Clark Ross, you will attempt to reach the South Magnetic Pole, that moving and mythical point if there ever was one.

The attraction exerted by the White Continent’s infinite territories and their mythical names will soon intensify further. Adelie Land, Victoria Land, Marie Byrd Land. The first will plunge you into the heart of the French polar adventure where Paul-Émile Victor founded the Dumont d’Urville scientific station, in honour of the eponymous explorer.

The second, claimed by the Australians, is forever linked to the name of the explorer Mawson, who defied the winds in Commonwealth Bay, which may exceed 240 km/h (150 mph).

As for the third, it is one of the planet’s rare Terra nullius – a territory cla...


Le Commandant Charcot

An uber-luxurious icebreaking vessel redefining responsible and refined polar exploration and research.

Standard Activities

Bird Watching
Bird Watching
Historic Hut Visits
Historic Hut Visits
*with limited places available
*with limited places available
Penguin Watching
Penguin Watching

Itinerary Day to Day

Day 1


On the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Lyttelton (or Te Whaka Raupo in the Maori language) served, thanks to its proximity with Ross Island, as the starting point for the British expeditions in the mythical age of the South Pole explorations. It takes its name from George Lyttelton (1709-1773), aristocrat and colonial governor of South Carolina. In this colourful port town full of history, you’ll be able to discover the Time Ball: constructed in 1876, it rang at 1.00 pm every day for 58 consecutive years to give Greenwich meridian time, enabling ship captains to set their chronometer and very precisely calculate their position.

Embarkation from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM and departure at 6:00 PM.

Embarkation Point
Days 2-6

At Sea aboard le Commandant Charcot

Day 7

Adélie Land

Days 8-9

Victoria Land

Days 10-13

The Ross Sea

Day 14

Crossing the International Date Line

Days 15-18

Marie Byrd Land Exploration

Day 19

Amundsen Sea

Day 20

Expedition to Peter I Island

Day 21

Bellingshausen Sea

Day 22

Expedition to Charcot Island

Day 23

Marguerite Bay

Days 24-25

Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 26

Ushuaia & Santiago de Chile

Route Map

There are 18 main destinations visited

Departure Dates

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February 6 - Mar 3, 2024
Lyttelton, New Zealand
$ 59,400 - $ 137,830
Photographer Sue Flood
Photographer Ian Dawson On Board

Special Departures

Explore 2 special departures on select dates

Photographer Sue Flood

Join award-winning photographer, filmmaker and public speaker Sue Flood aboard L’Austral. Her work takes her all over the world but she has a special passion for the wildlife and icy beauty of the Polar regions and is one of the very few women who chooses to return again and again to Earth’s harshest and mo...

Special Departure

Photographer Ian Dawson On Board

Join Photo Ambassador, award-winning photographer, film maker and guide with a passion for the remote regions of our planet, Ian Dawson aboard Le Commandant Charcot.

A fine art graduate, he has spent his career in the national media, both as a photojournalist and picture editor. He has covered everything from...

Special Departure

What's Included

  • Outbound flight Ushuaia/Santiago in economy class.
  • Services of local guides in Ushuaia.
  • Transfer as mentioned in the programme.

What's Excluded

  • Tips for the local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other services not mentioned in the programme.