Historic Antarctica

15 days / 14 nights
    Expedition
    Historic Antarctica

    Cruise Antarctica

    from 19 November 2017 to 3 December 2017
    15 days / 14 nights

    Departure Port : Montevideo
    Arrival Port : Ushuaia

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y191117

    During a 15-day cruise to Antarctica, Ponant invites you to follow in the footsteps of the pioneers who set out to conquer the last territories of the far south.

    Leaving from Montevideo, you will set sail aboard Le Lyrial on a brand new itinerary combining two emblematic regions: the Falkland Islands and the unmissable Antarctic Peninsula.  

    Discovered by a Spanish expedition at the beginning of the 16th Century, the Falkland Islands will enchant you with their unique panoramas of undulating hillsides and lush green moors. Offering a fascinating panoply of wildlife, the islands have the largest population of black-browed albatrosses in the world.

    You will continue this Expedition cruise with the discovery of the magnificent landscapes of the Peninsula. Between vast expanses of ice floes, tabular icebergs and snow-capped peaks, you will be able to admire the captivating polar desert, home to penguins, rorquals, humpback whales and seabirds.

    You will also visit Elephant Island, the mountainous island covered in ice on which the crew of the Endurance, led by Ernest Shackleton, managed to survive for 129 days in 1916.

    Before reaching Ushuaia, you will call at Deception Island. Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, this volcanic outcrop with its beaches of black sand contains the remains of the abandoned huts of former whaling stations.

    • Free parka Free parka
    • Naturalists Naturalists
    • Free boot rental Free boot rental
    See the map

    Highlights

    • Outings and shore visits in a Zodiac® with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Possibility of hikes.
    • Landscapes: vast moors dotted with moss and lichen in the Falkland Islands. Chains of snow-covered mountains, lush meadows and numerous glaciers in South Georgia. Drifting icebergs and ice floe in the Peninsula.
    • Wildlife: Magellanic penguins and Commerson’s dolphins in the Falkland Islands. Gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins in the Peninsula.
    • Port of call at Camarones in Argentina and visit of a penguin colony.

    • program-451726
    • program-451727
    • program-451728

    Staterooms & Suites

      Back

      There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.

      LE LYRIAL

      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL
      • LE LYRIAL

      LE LYRIAL

      Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

       

      Interior Design
      We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

       

      Le LYRIAL

      Port of call & excursions

      19 November 2017 – At sea

      Montevideo

      Embarkation 19/11/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 19/11/2017 at 20H00 .

      Perched on the far southern tip of Uruguay, Montevideo is a white city, and one of the loveliest capital cities of South America. Come and admire the beautiful historical remains dating from Spanish rule; you’ll find the most interesting within the Cuidad Vieja, formerly fortified, its old town dates from the 18th century. The best preserved are the cathedral and the former governmental palace of the Cabildo, both listed historical monuments. In the crook of a vast blue bay, the city is also blessed with beautiful beaches.

      20 November 2017▸21 November 2017 – At sea

      20 November 2017▸21 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 20/11/2017 . Departure 21/11/2017 .

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      22 November 2017 – Camarones

      22 November 2017 – Camarones

      Arrival 22/11/2017 . Departure 22/11/2017 .

      Camarones is a small town located in Chubut Province, in Southern Argentina. Chubut stretches from the Atlantic to the Andes, the coast is marked by high cliffs and sandy beaches. Before the Spaniards arrived in the Americas, nomadic indigenous people had inhabited the Patagonia region. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Spanish missionaries settled. Camarones is the head town of the Florentino Ameghino department which is noted for its wealth of geological and paleontological features. People are attracted to the region by its lengthy unspoiled coastline and its fauna. Camarones means ‘shrimps’ in Spanish, once the town was well-known for the abundance of shrimps in its bay.

      23 November 2017 – At sea

      23 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 23/11/2017 . Departure 23/11/2017 .

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      24 November 2017 – The Neck, Saunders Island

      24 November 2017 – The Neck, Saunders Island

      Arrival 24/11/2017 . Departure 24/11/2017 .

      The Neck is a narrow stretch of land connecting the two sides of Saunders Island, located on the north-western edge of the Falklands. You'll safely enter these blustery surroundings with the assistance of your naturalist guides. And once there, a reward awaits you: a veritable paradise of endless shoreline lapped by turquoise waters. Several bird species, also attracted to this stunning location, have settled here. At the other end of The Neck, you'll encounter Magellanic penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and king penguins, all basking in the beauty of their surroundings.

      24 November 2017 – West Point

      24 November 2017 – West Point

      Arrival 24/11/2017 . Departure 24/11/2017 .

      25 November 2017 – Barren Island

      25 November 2017 – Barren Island

      Arrival 25/11/2017 . Departure 25/11/2017 .

      26 November 2017 – At sea

      26 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 26/11/2017 . Departure 26/11/2017 .

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      27 November 2017 – Elephant Island

      27 November 2017 – Elephant Island

      Arrival 27/11/2017 . Departure 27/11/2017 .

      This mythic island, one of the northernmost of the South Shetland Islands, served as a refuge for part of the crew of Shackleton's Endurance expedition. From there, the James Caird, a rescue boat from the Endurance, embarked on the perilous journey to South Georgia to rescue the men left behind. All survived despite the inhospitable nature of the island. Indeed, Elephant Island's steep, ice-covered mountainsides bear no trace of man. Yet these rough conditions haven't deterred a colony of chinstrap penguins from settling at Point Wild or gentoo penguins and elephant seals from taking shelter at Cape Lookout.

      28 November 2017 – Weddell Sea

      28 November 2017 – Weddell Sea

      Arrival 28/11/2017 . Departure 28/11/2017 .

      Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you'll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You'll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

      29 November 2017 – Neko Harbour

      29 November 2017 – Neko Harbour

      Arrival 29/11/2017 . Departure 29/11/2017 .

      A little corner of paradise in the shadow of a towering glacier, Neko Harbour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by Belgian navigator Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-1899 expedition. Mountains, ice and wildlife combine to form a truly unique landscape. Animals are as abundant as they are exotic: among others, you'll encounter seabirds (gulls, Cape petrels, cormorants) and marine mammals (seals, orcas and other whale species). Head out on a Zodiac® excursion to get up close to the icebergs, stop over near a penguin colony, watch a leopard seal sunbathe between dives and enjoy an impromptu aerial show from passing Antarctic terns.

      29 November 2017 – Paradise Bay

      29 November 2017 – Paradise Bay

      Arrival 29/11/2017 . Departure 29/11/2017 .

      With its spectacular landscapes composed of towering glacial peaks plunging down into the icy waters of the Antarctic, Paradise Bay is true to its name. Discovered and named by whalers in the early 20th century, this protected natural site is currently home to a wide variety of fauna, from Antarctic cormorants and leopard seals to sheathbills and gentoo penguins, who mingle on the long stretch of rocky beaches. With some luck, you'll even be privy to an unforgettable underwater dance between passing humpback whales. During your excursion, head off to discover the old Argentine base Almirante Brown, which is only occupied for a few weeks each year, during the austral summer.

      30 November 2017 – Deception Island

      30 November 2017 – Deception Island

      Arrival 30/11/2017 . Departure 30/11/2017 .

      Situated just above the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easily recognisable thanks to its distinctive horseshoe shape. The crater of this former volcano caved in 10,000 years ago and the resulting caldera was flooded, creating a natural harbour. Deception Island still bears traces of its past as a longtime hub of the whaling industry. The vestiges of abandoned sheds that line the black sand of its volcanic beaches share space with the island's spectacular fauna: it is home to the Antarctic Peninsula’s largest colony of chinstrap penguins, as well as numerous elephant seals and fur seals.

      30 November 2017 – Half Moon

      30 November 2017 – Half Moon

      Arrival 30/11/2017 . Departure 30/11/2017 .

      Nestled among the South Shetland Islands in the icy waters of the Antarctic, Half Moon plunges visitors into a surreal and mystical setting. Long, jagged coastlines alternate with gently sloping bays, overlooked by petrified volcanic pipes. Camara, a former Argentine research station built at the centre of the island in 1953, still stands in the crook of a vast, crescent-shaped beach of large ash-coloured pebbles battered by icy electric-blue waves. Half Moon's wild lunar landscape is home to a number of animal species, including chinstrap penguins, fur seals, Weddell seals and Antarctic terns.

      1 December 2017 – Drake Passage

      1 December 2017 – Drake Passage

      Arrival 01/12/2017 . Departure 01/12/2017 .

      If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

      2 December 2017 – Ushuaia

      2 December 2017 – Ushuaia

      Arrival 02/12/2017 at 18H30 . Departure 02/12/2017 .

      Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

      3 December 2017▸2 December 2017 – Ushuaia

      Ushuaia

      Disembarkation 03/12/2017 at 00H00 .

      Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • Argentina: should you require a visa to travel to Argentina, we recommend you apply for a double-entry visa as a technical stop in Chile might be scheduled.

      • We remind you that all our ships, with the exception of Le Ponant, have a doctor on board and medical facilities. However, these cannot, under any circumstances, be compared to any medical structure on land. Given the remote areas in which we will be sailing for a number of days, safety requirements mean that we are obliged to ask each passenger signing up for this program to provide us, no more than 45 days before departure, with a medical certificate from their GP, as well as the completed medical questionnaire received during registration.

      Theme

      POLAR EXPEDITION

      POLAR EXPEDITION

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, polar specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Important information

      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (often with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Calls, landings & zodiac® cruises will depend on weather conditions, position of ice (during polar cruises) and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

       

      Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

       

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid for with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.

       

       

       

      Dressing tips:



        • Water-resistant parka offered on board (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Parka gift” appears

       

        • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to land in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. You can also bring water-resistant hiking boots. A boots rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Boots offered” appears

       

        • Comfortable pants: classic Winter pants, warm cotton tracksuit

       

        • Water-resistant windbreaker over pants - COMPULSORY

       

        • Winter pants with water-resistant over pants is the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort suitability of pants are essential

       

        • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket

       

        • Thermal sweater

       

        • Fleece muffler and fleece cap or thermal beanie covering ears (avoid scarfs which do not stand still)

       

        • Water-resistant and supple gloves

       

        • Polarized sunglasses with high UV filter

       

        • Walking sticks (highly recommended)

       

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        Montevideo, Showcase of the beginning of the 20th Century (1 day)
        19/11/2017

        130.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

        More information

      2. After your cruise

        Iguazu Falls (5 days/4 nights)
        03/12/2017

        1950.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

        More information

      3. Your packages

        Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Montevideo, Showcase of the beginning of the 20th Century (Pre)
        18/11/2017

      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
      Need information ?