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From Antarctica to Africa

Example 22 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial (CDP)
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Discover this new voyage between Ushuaia, located in the mythical Tierra del Fuego and commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world, and Cape Town, South Africa at the entrance gate of the Cape of Good Hope. Embark on a 22-day expedition cruise, including the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, a sub-Antarctic region formed by a chain of underwater mountains. These places of adventures are home to a rich and fascinating wildlife including king penguins, humpback whales, elephant seals, and fur seals. Discover three of the most isolated islands in the world: Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic and mountainous land remarkable for its 2,000-meter peak; Gough Island, home to one of the world’s largest seabird colonies and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site; and Nightingale Island, a refuge for many penguins.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : New Island | Grave Cove, Falkland Islands
Day 4 : Saunders | Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands
Days 5-6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Salisbury | Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
Day 8 : St Andrews | Grytviken, South Georgia
Day 9 : Gold Harbour | Cooper Bay, South Georgia
Days 10-13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Tristan Da Cunha, British Overseas Territories
Day 15 : Nightingale Island, British Overseas Territories
Day 16 : Gough Island, British Overseas Territories
Days 17-20 : At Sea
Day 21 : Cape Town, South Africa
Day 22 : Cape Town | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the unspoiled islands and emblematic sites of Antarctica
  • Marvel at seals, dolphins, whales, and vast colonies of penguins
  • Explore the isolated islands of the Tristan da Cunha Archipelago
  • Tour the port city of Cape Town, situated at the base of Table Mountain
  • Enjoy closer looks at the landscapes and wildlife in guided zodiac outings

Ship

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

An aerial view of Cape Town A group of penguins in the Falkland Islands A specatular iceberg off the coast of Antarctica Black-browed albatross pair, Falkland Islands I'm bigger than you! Gold Habour, South Georgia

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina. Transfer directly on board or transfer to Arakur Resort, located inside Cerro Alarken Natural Reserve. Enjoy time at leisure, lunch, and/or an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park prior to a late afternoon embarkation on Le Lyrial.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Become acquainted with fellow passengers and the crew as Le Lyrial cruises to the Falkland Islands.  

Day 3 New Island | Grave Cove, Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Falkland Islands are an archipelago lost at the tip of the South American continent. They are composed of over 700 islets and two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, both declared nature reserves. As Le Lyrial finds its way towards New Island and Grave Cove, lying in the west of the archipelago, the coastlines, carved by the wind and sea, form numerous isolated inlets with beaches of golden sand. These faraway lands, which once attracted seal and whale hunters, have become the last sanctuary of the elegant black-browed albatross, which glides gracefully through the air against the blue sky, while southern rockhopper penguins and elephant seals bask on the shore. 

Day 4 Saunders | Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Saunders Island is the fourth largest of the Falkland Islands. A small colony of elephant seals can be found on the island as well as many sea and endemic land birds. Cruise west to marvel at Steeple Jason Island, home to the largest colony of black-browed albatrosses in the world as well as rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins, gentoo penguins, slender-billed prions, caracaras and tussac birds.

Day 5-6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy the luxury and amenities aboard Le Lyrial. Experienced naturalist guides share their knowledge about the flora and fauna of the unique region. 

Day 7 Salisbury | Fortuna Bay, South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Salisbury Plain, located on the north coast of South Georgia, is best known as the breeding site for a large colony of king penguins. The beaches are also covered with elephant and fur seals, making it an extraordinary wildlife viewing site. Another excellent area to spot penguins and seals in the thousands is Fortuna Bay. Coupled with a breathtaking view of mountains and glaciers reaching for the ocean, Fortuna Bay does not disappoint. 

Day 8 St Andrews | Grytviken, South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The journey's next stop is St. Andrews Bay in South Georgia. The bay is home to the largest king penguin colony in the world. Next explore Gryviken, a settlement established as a whaling station in the early 20th century. 

Day 9 Gold Harbour | Cooper Bay, South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The last stops on South Georgia are Gold Harbour and Cooper Bay. Blending fabulous scenery with a variety of wildlife, Gold Harbour hosts king and gentoo penguins as well as elephant seals and light-mantled sooty albatross. Cooper Bay offers the most accessible macaroni penguin colonies for viewing. 

Day 10-13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Share photos and stories with fellow travelers as Le Lyrial continues across the South Atlantic Ocean. 

Day 14 Tristan Da Cunha, British Overseas Territories

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A small British archipelago discovered in the 16th century by the Portuguese sailor after whom it was named, Tristan da Cunha is made up of several islands scattered off the South African coast. Most of these are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During your cruise aboard Le Lyrial, discover the archipelago's eponymous main island, offering visitors basalt land lulled by the swell, home to the only village in the chain of islands, and topped with a volcano. 

Day 15 Nightingale Island, British Overseas Territories

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A refuge for many penguins, Nightingale Island is an active volcanic island and part of the Tristan da Cunha Archipelago. The island is known as a breeding ground for various types of sea birds and endemic land birds. 

Day 16 Gough Island, British Overseas Territories

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The second largest of the Tristan da Cunha Islands, the volcanic Gough Island is one of the least disrupted island and marine ecosytems in the cool temperate zone. The spectacular cliffs of Gough Island host some of the most important sea bird colonies in the world. The island's undisturbed nature makes it particularly valuable for biological research. Gough Island became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Day 17-20 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Making its way toward the final destination, Le Lyrial cruises to the southernmost tip of the African continent. Battered by the waves of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, the Cape of Good Hope is considered to be one of the most inspiring locations in the world. Paradise for many marine animals, today it is one of the three headlands that dominate the Table Mountain National Park, a vast green expanse stretching out over 7,000 kilometers. From the ship, admire the spectacle of clear waters crashing against the tall, steep cliffs and relive the excitement of the sailors of old. 

Day 21 Cape Town, South Africa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A port city on South Africa's southwest coast, Cape Town sits on a peninsula beneath the majestic Table Mountain. 

Day 22 Cape Town | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast on board, disembark in Cape Town and transfer to the airport for your homeward journey.

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Per person starting at
$11,650
Cabins on the Le Lyrial
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq. ft. located on Deck 3. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, desk, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. balcony located on Deck 3. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, desk, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
35 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
37 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
1 cabin, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Deluxe Suite
3 cabins on Deck 6, 290 sq. ft. + 54 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, sofa, armchair and pedestal table, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
11 cabins, 398 sq. ft + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk, sofa, armchair & table, 2 TVs, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Privilege Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Privilege Suite
8 cabins, 398 sq. ft + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk, sofa, armchair & table, 2 TVs, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
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Grand Deluxe Suite
1 cabin, 484 sq. ft. + 96 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, desk, TV, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Grand Privilege Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Grand Privilege Suite
7 cabins, 398 sq. ft. + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with bathtub and shower, desk, minibar, TV, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Owner's Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Owner Suite
On Deck 6, 592 sq. ft. + 129 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, desk, sofa, table with 4 chairs, armchair and table, 2 televisions, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.

Notes

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship 
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner, featuring Veuve Clicquot Champagne
• “Open Bar” (Pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands. List available upon request.)
• Evening entertainment and events
• 24-hour room service (special selection)
• Ladurée macarons served aboard
• English-speaking lecturer on selected sailings
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
• Park entry fees into protected areas
• Port and safety taxes
• Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
• Direct flight Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia- in Economy class
• Meet and Greet by representatives in Ushuaia and luggage direct transfer from the airport to the ship for port clearance
• Choice between one full day in Arakur Resort located inside Cerro Alarken Natural Reserve, time at leisure, lunch and/or optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park OR direct transfer to the port for embarkation, buffet lunch and access to the Main Lounge (cabins/suites will not be accessible before 5pm)
• On disembarkation days in Ushuaia: direct transfer from the ship to the airport
• Complimentary boot rental (except for guarantee deposit)
• Complimentary polar parka for you to keep (no children sizes available, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka is provided)

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates do not include:
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request. 
• Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
• Luggage handling
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable

Please Note:
Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise. 

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

Due to the exceptional nature of this itinerary, the calls/sites listed are only a guide. The final route will be confirmed by the ship’s Captain with priority being given to passenger safety. Pack ice may also force the Captain to change course at the last minute. Zodiac® landings or outings accompanied by your expedition team offer plenty of opportunities to discover and experience what Antarctica and/or South Georgia have to offer at close range. These will of course depend on the weather conditions, the ice, the wind and the sea state.

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  • 21 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 21 Dinners
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