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The Antarctic Odyssey - With National Geographic

The Antarctic Odyssey - With National Geographic

20 night Montevideo to Ushuaia cruise onboard Le Lyrial

Antarctica, South America
Montevideo, Antarctica - Ushuaia, Argentina
19 Nov 2019
20 nights
Cruise Code Y191119
For sale until 19 November 2019
$57,219 AUD
$2,724.71 P/DAY


20 nights cruise accommodation onboard Le Lyrial
The PONANT ships are deliberately designed to welcome aboard a limited number of passengers
Aboard you will feel this "French Touch" in the design and decor
"Best Cruise Line Expedition" awarded by Luxury Travel Magazine's 2018 Gold List Awards
Afternoon tea including Laduree macarons, Lenotre sweet pastries and a selection of fine wines from Maison Taillevent and Veuve Clicquot champagne at gala dinners
Fragonard mood fragrances, Hermes bath products in all staterooms and Suites, spa care products and services by Sothy's
Stateroom decor designed by the French architect-designer Jean-Philippe Nuel and fabrics by Pierre Frey contribure to create a calming and luxurious atmosphere
Open bar from the moment you board and throughout your cruise, your unlimited drinks are included, at any time of the day
Port & government taxes

Cruise Description

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.

> Discover the Antarctic with PONANT!

PONANT invites you on an extraordinary 21-day adventure in the Antarctic. You will board Le Lyrial for an all-new polar expedition cruise with an extremely rich itinerary that will take you from Montevideo to Ushuaia.

First, you will chart a course for the Falkland Islands, whose wild beauty and lush moors are sure to captivate you, before heading to South Georgia, its impressive glaciers and its black-sand beaches where large colonies of king penguins have taken up residence.

Your ship will then make its way to the South Orkney Islands. These mountainous islands where impressive glaciers dominate the landscape are a major nesting site for chinstrap penguins and a favourite hunting spot of leopard seals.

On the final leg of your epic adventure, discover the Antarctic Peninsula, realm of the unexpected. There, weather and ice conditions permitting, you will most likely get the chance to see Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds, against a grandiose backdrop of icebergs, ice floe, and ages-old glaciers.

After crossing the mythical Drake Passage, you will disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.

Cruise Package

For your serenity, PONANT selects flights for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

Day 1 - Paris/Buenos Aires

Flight Paris/Buenos Aires selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 13 h 30.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Meet and greet at the airport arrival hall. Look for PONANT sign. After being welcomed by our local representative, you will be transferred to the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta Hotel 5* (or similar).

Morning and lunch at leisure.

In the afternoon, panoramic tour of Buenos Aires. Mainly in down town and in the central neighbourhoods, you will find testimonies of its glorious past. You will visit the heart of the city, May Square (Plaza de Mayo), with the Government House (Casa Rosada) on one side and the cathedral on the other side, and the City Hall. The Cabildo is right across the street, it is the Town Hall of colonial times. The square is also known as the -Mothers of May Square- (Madres de Plaza de Mayo), with their mute protests they started during the military government. From there, the coach drives you through San Telmo (a tango district) to La Boca, with its most famous colourful and picturesque houses on Caminito Street. La Boca is the oldest harbour of Buenos Aires and in the early 20th century, most Italian immigrants made here their first steps in their new homeland. Today, it is the favourite neighbourhood for these Italian families' descendants. At the end of the tour you will visit the northern part of Buenos Aires. The Recoleta neighbourhood with its French style wide avenues, parks and residential houses contrasts with the -Barrio de La Boca?. Here, you will visit the unique monumental cemetery, where Evita Perón and other historical people are buried.

At the end of the day, you will enjoy a typical dinner in a local argentine steakhouse restaurant. After tasting the famous grilled meat, part of the Argentine national identity, you will return to your hotel.

Day 2 - Colonia del Sacramento


After check-out, you will be transferred to the port of Buenos Aires to cross the Rio del Plata towards Colonia del Sacramento by ferry (approx. 60 minutes cruise time).

On your arrival, discover Colonia, founded in 1680 by the Portuguese from their Brazilian colonies. It is the oldest city in the whole country. Due to its highly strategic location on the Río de la Plata, Portuguese and Spanish competed for centuries. Today it is a city of nearly 30,000 inhabitants, its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.

The visit of the city will begin with its colonial part. You will discover the gateway, the ramparts of the city, the numerous cobbled streets and colonial houses like Santa Rita and San Gabriel, and the Calle de los Suspiros where many films have been shot. You will continue to Iglesia Matriz, the oldest church in Uruguay, the Plaza Mayor, very shaded and covered with vegetation, the Bastion Del Carmen and very nearby the Real de San Carlos Bullring, last bullfight took place in 1912. Do not miss the bright lighthouse that dominates this small colonial town.

After lunch, re-board your coach for the 2-hour drive to Montevideo in time for embarkation.

- Cruise on board your ship -

Disembarkation Day - Ushuaia/Buenos Aires


Meet and great at the port (English-speaking assistance).

Transfer to the airport for check-in of the flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires/Paris selected by PONANT.

Ushuaia/Buenos Aires approximate flight duration: 3 h 30.

Connecting flight in Buenos Aires to your airport.

Paris/Buenos Aires approximate flight duration: 13 h 30.

The day after your disembarkation - Paris

Arrival in Paris.

Your programme includes:

  • Flight Paris/Buenos Aires/Paris in economy class.
  • Flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires in economy class.
  • 1-night accommodation at the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta (or similar), with early check-in on day 2 (from 11 a.m.), including breakfast.
  • Meals and beverage package (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 beer or 1 glass of wine + 1 tea or 1 coffee) as mentioned in the programme.
  • Transfers and visits mentioned in the programme.
  • Ferry crossing.
  • Services of a local English-speaking local guide.

Your programme does not include:

  • Tips for the guide and the driver - we suggest the amount of USD 1 per person per day, as per local custom.
  • Personal expenses and other services not mentioned in the programme.

Please note:

  • This package is included by default in your cruise. However, it is possible to combine your cruise with other flights or pre/post programmes. Please contact your travel adviser for more information.
  • The local currency is the Argentinian Peso. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM's.

Your hotel:

The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta 5* (or similar)

In the sophisticated neighbourhood of La Recoleta, known for its neoclassical architecture, The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta stands out thanks to its contemporary style and imposing brick façade. The hotel offers easy access to the main tourist attractions in Buenos Aires and features elegant, spacious rooms, a pool, restaurant and bar, ensuring a luxurious, authentic and exclusive experience for our guests.

Contacts of your hotel:

The Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta

Posadas 1232

1011 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Phone number: (+54) 11 4819 1100

Duration of the visits is given as a guide only. The order of the visits may be reversed.

To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. CDP advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. CDP 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.


1 - 19 Nov 2019MontevideoEmbark6pm
2 - 20 Nov 2019At sea
3 - 21 Nov 2019At sea
4 - 22 Nov 2019At sea
5 - 23 Nov 2019Grave Cove
5 - 23 Nov 2019The Neck, Saunders Island
6 - 24 Nov 2019Volunteer Point
7 - 25 Nov 2019At sea
8 - 26 Nov 2019At sea
9 - 27 Nov 2019South Georgia
10 - 28 Nov 2019South Georgia
11 - 29 Nov 2019South Georgia
12 - 30 Nov 2019At sea
13 - 01 Dec 2019South Orkney Islands
14 - 02 Dec 2019South Orkney Islands
15 - 03 Dec 2019At sea
16 - 04 Dec 2019Antarctic Peninsula
17 - 05 Dec 2019Antarctic Peninsula
18 - 06 Dec 2019Antarctic Peninsula
19 - 07 Dec 2019Crossing the Drake Passage
20 - 08 Dec 2019Crossing the Drake Passage
21 - 09 Dec 2019Ushuaia7amDisembark



Privilège Suite (PV)$57,219 AUDSOLD OUT$22,239 AUD
* All prices are quoted in Australian dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise, and inclusive of all taxes and discounts. All prices & itineraries are current at time of publishing & subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Taxes are correct at time of publication and subject to change due to airline fluctuation, currency fluctuation, government changes, departure city and stop overs. Prices may vary until full payment is received, please ask your consultant for details. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. Conditions apply.
* Free upgrades are on selected categories and subject to availability.
* Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

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