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Arctic Expedition

Voyage Under The Midnight Sun; Exclusively Chartered Five-Star L’AUSTRAL

Date: Tue, June 9, 2020 - Fri, June 19, 2020

Trip Status: Canceled due to low enrollment

Price: From $6,995 plus air

Activity Level: Active

Region: Arctic

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

Voyage through the pristine beauty of the Arctic Circle on this unique 11-day itinerary featuring an extraordinary seven-night cruise on the Five-Star, eco-friendly L’Austral, exclusively chartered for your expedition. Visit during the region’s most enchanting season, when shimmering ice basks in the midnight sun’s constant glow. Sail the shores of secluded Spitsbergen, the jewel of Norway’s seldom visited Svalbard archipelago; see glaciers crease and calve in luminous blues; and look for the “King of the Arctic,” the polar bear. Survey an ethereal topography of red sandstone mountain ranges, lush green tundra and awe-inspiring ice formations and enjoy Zodiac excursions led by a team of expert naturalists in diverse, serene terrains, where remarkable wildlife—including whales, walruses, seals, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, northern fulmars and Arctic terns—roam freely. Complimentary Wi-Fi and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise. The program’s round-trip flights to Longyearbyen originates in Paris; spend one night each in the deluxe Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport Hotel before and after your Arctic cruise. Extend your expedition with the Normandy/Rouen Pre-Expedition and Paris/Giverny Postlude Options.


Day     Destination

  1. Depart from the U.S. or Canada
  2. Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France
  3. Paris/Fly to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago/Embark L’Austral
  4. Hornsund for Burgerbukta/Samarin Glacier
  5. Bellsund for Calypsobyen and Camp Millar
  6. Cruise the Arctic Ice Pack
  7. Woodfjorden/Monaco Glacier
  8. Raudfjorden for Smeerenburgbreen
  9. Ny-Ålesund/Kongsfjorden for King’s Glacier
  10. Longyearbyen/Disembark ship/Fly to Paris, France
  11. Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris/Return to the U.S. or Canada

*Itinerary is subject to change.


  • An 11-day itinerary featuring an extraordinary seven-night Arctic.
  • Cruise the shores of secluded Spitsbergen, the jewel of Norway’s rarely visited Svalbard archipelago (slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia) and a dramatic island of sweeping contrasts and abundant wildlife.
  • Ocean-view accommodations aboard a Five-Star expedition ship, most with a private balcony—simply the optimal cruising experience.
  • Explore Spitsbergen’s protected fjords, bays and shores, where glacial sheets meet alpine peaks, red sandstone mountains and lush green tundra.
  • Cruise to seldom-seen areas in search of the polar bear, “King of the Arctic.”
  • Remarkable wildlife—whales, walruses, seals, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes, northern fulmars and Arctic terns.
  • Zodiac excursions led by an expedition team of naturalists with expertise spanning marine biology, ornithology, glaciology, conservation, history, photography and lectures aboard ship on natural wonders and wildlife.
  • Spontaneous opportunities for small ships to adjust course in order to maximize wildlife sightings.
  • Includes flights round trip between Paris and Longyearbyen.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi aboard ship (satellite reception permitting).
  • Best time of year to cruise the waters of Spitsbergen, under the midnight sun!
  • Normandy/Rouen Pre-Expedition Option and Paris/Giverny Postlude Option.
Normandy Pre-Expedition Option
Walk the hallowed grounds of the historic Normandy beaches where American, Canadian and British forces landed; contemplate the solemn crosses and Stars of David in the American Military Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach; see German emplacements at Pointe du Hoc and the engineered British “Mulberry Harbor” remnants at Gold Beach. Tour charming Honfleur, an inspiration to Impressionists such as Monet and Boudin, and in Rouen, view stunning stained-glass windows at Joan of Arc Church and the impressive Gothic architecture of the Notre Dame de Rouen Cathedral. Spend three nights in the deluxe Hôtel de Bourgtheroulde—ideally located in the heart of Rouen.
Paris Postlude Option
Experience the “City of Light” and Monet’s cherished gardens in nearby Giverny. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris, renowned for its historic and aesthetic influence, and see its most noted landmarks. Visit the Louvre, the world’s largest museum, for a guided tour. Enjoy a full‑day excursion to Monet’s Gardens—an exquisite living canvas—in charming Giverny. Visit the Impressionist Master’s house and admire his lily pond and iconic Japanese bridge. Spend three nights in the deluxe, ideally located Hôtel Scribe Paris Opéra. Visit the Louvre and the Giverny Museum of Impressionism and spend a night at the Paris Le Grand Intercontinental.
The Pre-Expedition and Postlude Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at travel@daa.duke.edu or 919-684-2988

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Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise: M.S. L’Austral

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