Head for Antarctica, the mythical White Continent, legendary land of ice and icebergs. Throughout the austral summer, three ships from the cruise line PONANT, an expert in the destination, will criss-cross these remote territories. First departure of the 2024-2025 winter season on October 19.
26! This is the number of departures to Antarctica that PONANT has just opened up for sale for winter 2024-2025. With 30 years of experience in this region, the company offers expeditions covering the entire austral summer period, from October to March, and in particular the entire breeding cycle of the penguins that inhabit the Continent. White.
Each month its privilege
November is when penguins breed and nest in the Antarctic Peninsula. In the background the peaks of the mountains are covered with snow, the icebergs are drifting in the distance. In January, the births of penguins are an unforgettable sight. In February, the chicks are already growing and the snow at the end of the southern summer makes hiking easier…
On board of Lyrialof The Austral or even boreal, three small-capacity ships, PONANT experts – captains, expedition leaders, naturalist guides – share their passion and knowledge with passengers. Thanks to them, the discovery of Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins, but also killer whales, seals, elephant seals, albatrosses, or silver fulmars is done with the greatest respect for the environment.
Among the essentials of the coming season, The austral adventure promises fifteen days of polar expedition in the highest latitudes, between the Falkland Islands and the pristine lands of Antarctica; The great adventure sets sail for the most beautiful sites in the southern regions; as to the Austral Lands Expedition, she follows in the footsteps of the greatest explorers, in South Georgia and on the shores of the White Continent, for a journey through time of 17 or 18 days. So many promises of polar adventures.
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Focus on four exclusive routes:
The austral adventure
This polar expedition to the southernmost lands of the planet begins with the discovery of the Falkland Islands. Escorted by Rudolphi’s whales, the ship traces its wake in this archipelago of two hundred islands. The ship will then approach the frozen shores of the – almost – inaccessible Antarctica. We discover in particular that white is actually available in a thousand shades. Outings and landings in zodiacs and sea kayaks, always supervised by professionals, bring passengers as close as possible to the ice.
Ushuaia – Ushuaia, aboard the Lyrial and boreal. Two departures, 1er and November 16, 2024, 16 days – 14 nights on board.
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The great adventure
The Austral And Le Lyrial travel back in time by heading to South Georgia. It is there, in the middle of the black sand beaches overhung by snow-capped mountains, that Sir Ernest Shackleton miraculously ran aground during the famous Endurance Odyssey in 1916. Further south emerge the South Orkney Islands aboard The Australbeyond the mythical latitude of 60are breaking waves. Along the journey, the immense territory of penguins, albatrosses, seals and whales is revealed.
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At the boundary between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the ship enters the Drake Passage. 50are screaming, 60are breaking waves, the wind is blowing and the waves are beating the bow. From the sky, the checkerboards of the Cape lead him to their kingdom, to the first lands of the White Continent. The ice is there and evolves throughout the summer, in all its forms, to give life to the reproduction cycle of Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins. Mountainous terrain opens up to make way for huge calving glaciers, tabular icebergs drift in the middle of the Southern Ocean and sea ice glistens in the distance.
Ushuaia – Ushuaia, on board The Austral, of boreal and Lyrial. 16 departures, from November 2024 to March 2025, 12 days – 10 nights on board.
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Falkland, South Georgia & Peninsula Valdés: Into the Wilderness
Le Boreal will set sail for the southern seas for a polar expedition to discover a sumptuous fauna, in the heart of three rich and singular ecosystems: in South Georgia, on the Falkland archipelago and its two hundred islands, and in the province Argentina from Chubut. Magellanic, gentoo and king penguins, elephant seals, fur seals, albatrosses, and killer whales inhabit these wild lands. The richness of the scenery will waver between the black sand beaches hemmed in by the snow-capped mountains of South Georgia and the rich beauty of the shores of the Falkland Islands, where white sand beaches, sharp cliffs and windswept moors intermingle, before to give way to the desert lands of the province of Chubut.
Ushuaia – Buenos Aires, aboard the boreal. From March 11 to 30, 2025, 20 days – 18 nights on board.
From €10,570, Buenos Aires-Ushuaia flight included – Discover the trip