Montevideo (Uruguay)- Ushuaia (Argentina)
15 days / 14 nights
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 for 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.