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From Dumont d'Urville to Mawson: retracing Heroic Age expeditions
14 Feb - 12 Mar
26 Nights
8 Ports
Ponant

From Dumont d'Urville to Mawson: retracing Heroic Age expeditions

14 February - 12 March 2023
Call us for prices - you'll never pay more than the price advertised by the cruise line

Duration

26 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

8 Ports

14 February

Setting sail from Dunedin

It's an odd concept - Edinburgh, but on New Zealand's South Island. Visitors are amazed by the extraordinary Victorian and Edwardian buildings dating back to the gold rush, which bring to mind the city's Scottish roots - not least when the sound of the pipes echoes through the streets. Of course the region was inhabited by Māori long prior to the European arrival, so a rich history abounds. Meanwhile outside the city, the extraordinary natural beauty and wildlife of the Otago peninsula are on hand, home to New Zealand fur seals, Hooker's sea lions, yellow-eyed penguins, and the only mainland royal albatross colony in the world.

Our tip

Rail buffs will love the Taieri Gorge railway, the perfect way to see the fantastic scenery.

15-16 February

At sea

17 February

Australia: Macquarie Island

18-19 February

At sea

20 February

Antarctica: Adélie Land

21-24 February

Antarctica: Terra Nova Bay

25-27 February

At sea

28 February - 2 March

Antarctica: Marie Byrd Land

3-5 March

At sea

6 March

Antarctica: Peter I Island

7 March

At sea

8 March

Antarctica: Charcot Island

9-11 March

At sea

12 March

Arriving in Ushuaia

Ushuaia is sometimes described as 'the city at the end of the world', though its rugged beauty is far from apocalyptic. Perched on the ragged southern edge of Argentina, where the snow-capped Andes fall away into the churning sea, the city has a frontier town feel to it, and serves as the base for expeditions into the icy waters of Antarctica. There are also plenty of outdoor pursuits on offer here, including hiking, skiing and fishing, and the Tierra del Fuego National Park is home to spectacular scenery and wildlife including penguins, guanacos, sea lions and condors.

Don't miss

What can we say? You can’t miss anything in the town, it’s so small!

The Ship

Your home from home

Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot in Greenland
Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot - Helipad
Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot - Infinity pool

The world's first electric hybrid polar expedition ship, Le Commandant Charcot promises to be the most exciting addition yet to the Ponant fleet.

What we love

Jean-Baptiste Charcot was a true polar pioneer, and Ponant's icebreaker will explore the parts of the Arctic and Antarctica that other expedition vessels can't reach. On board you can expect Ponant's customary French flair, and the ship is also designed to have a minimal effect on the environment, with technological innovations such as hybrid propulsion and an advanced waste water treatment system.

Capacity 245 Guests
Crew 187 Staff
Style This will be the world's most luxurious icebreaker, blending contemporary decor with a refined French flair.
Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All soft drinks
  • Tea, coffee and pastries
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Centre
  • Excursions by zodiac
  • Complimentary WiFi
More about Le Commandant Charcot

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Pen-y-bryn Lodge, near Dunedin, New Zealand

Our favourite hotel near Dunedin

Up the coast at Oamaru, the charming Pen-y-bryn Lodge is a heritage homestead - and perfectly placed to visit the blue penguins!

Curio Bay, New Zealand

Explore the South Island

Visit the Catlins Coastal Rain Forest and Curio Bay – next stop Antarctica!

Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa, Ushuaia

Where to stay in Ushuaia

Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa is your best option, if you have time to stay.

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tours from Ushuaia

What you choose to do on tour will need to supplement whatever cruise you are taking. So if you are heading to Antarctica, whilst here you will want to go to the Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Get your free Antarctica guide

Our expedition cruising guide to Antarctica will tell you everything you need to know, including when to visit, what to see and how to get there.

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From Dumont d'Urville to Mawson: retracing Heroic Age expeditions

14 February - 12 March 2023
Call us for prices - you'll never pay more than the price advertised by the cruise line

Duration

26 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

8 Ports

Ship

Le Commandant Charcot of Ponant

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Why Mundy?

Who we are

Mundy Adventures is the intrepid little brother of Mundy Cruising plc, the UK's very first cruise specialist, and one of the leading companies in its field.
Edwina Lonsdale
Sharon Trigg
Hayley Meades
Cathy Ellis - Cruise Consultant, Mundy Cruising
Helen Fensom
Matthew Lonsdale

We specialise in travel by ship and have been doing so for over 50 years. By providing expert, personal service, insightful ideas and fascinating add-ons we aim to make your adventure holiday truly unique and special.

We're happy to do all of that on the telephone. But, if you prefer to chat face to face, then why not visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street - we'd be delighted to see you.

Mundy office, Wells Street, London