Le Soleal south georgia and antarctica cruise

The Antarctic Odyssey

  • Overview

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    Le Lyrial invites you to join her 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 and join our charter flight back to Buenos Aires. 



    Duration: 21 days
    Passengers: 200 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Montevideo, Uruguay
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Montevideo; Embarkation Day

      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.

    • Day 2/15 - AT SEA

      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 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.

    • Day 5 - New Island / Grave Cove

      This island with its distinctive jagged relief is located on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and is home to a tiny village of two families. Step onto the golden sand of its flower-lined beaches, beside which an old stone house still stands, and you'll feel like you've entered a natural paradise. A narrow pathway weaves around typical Falkland moorlands. Follow it and in under 20 minutes you'll find yourself at the heart of a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. It's the perfect opportunity to watch the albatross swoop down from the cliffs and skim the waves that crash against the rocks on the exposed side of the island.

      Make your way through the turbulent Woolly Gut strait and emerge in the stillness of Grave Cove. Located in the northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. As you step off the boat and onto the white-sand beach, you might find yourself escorted by a few hospitable Commerson's dolphins, elegantly adorned in black and white. A stroll along the grassy dunes will lead you to a vast plain of lush green grass, tended by a few sheep. On the other side of the island you'll find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area. With some luck, you'll also glimpse a sea lion scouring the waves for his next meal.

    • Day 6 - Volunteer Point

      A peninsula located at the far north-east of the Falkland Islands, Volunteer Point, named after the ship The Volunteer which called there in 1815, promises moving encounters in the heart of totally unspoiled nature. Due to its exceptional birdlife, the spot is identified as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) and is, above all, renowned as the home of the island’s largest king penguin colony. These elegant birds, which are expressive and not particularly timid, will offer you moments of pure awe and the opportunity to take magnificent photos. You’ll certainly be touched by the fledglings, dressed in their thick brown plumage.

    • Day 9/11 - South Georgia

      Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.

    • Day 13/14 - South Orkney Islands

      More than 85% glaciated, these remote mountainous islands are hidden in the Southern Ocean, some 600 km from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The archipelago is composed of four main islands: Coronation Island, Signy Island, Powell Island and Laurie Island. Discovered in 1821 by seal hunters, they were also explored in 1823 by the British navigator James Weddell, who gave them their current name. Despite the ravages caused by whale and seal hunting, today a sizeable leopard seal population can be found there, along with chinstrap penguins and snow petrels. Laurie Island is home to an old scientific station that is still in operation.

    • Day 16/18 - Antarctic Peninsula

      Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

      Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

    • Day 19/20 - Crossing the Drake Passage

      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.

    • Day 21 - Ushuaia; Disembarkation

      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.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities

    Shoot to your shutter's content!

    For aspiring photographers, the best time to shoot the Antarctic landscape is definitely October, November and March. At these times the sun is much lower in the sky and thus creates beautiful twilight hues and shadows, which contrast the landscape magnificently.

    Of course, if it is wildlife and Antarctica’s babies you are hoping to shoot, then January and February are the best times. Alternatively, consider an early season South Georgia & Antarctica expedition for the best of wildlife and photo opportunities in Antarctica.

    Wandering Albatross

    Spectacular in flight and on the ground, with the largest wingspan of any bird on the planet; gracefully and effortlessly glides for thousands of kilometres across the Southern Ocean to their nesting site on South Georgia.

    South Georgia; Wildlife Mecca

    One of the true wildlife experiences on our planet, often the wildlife displays here are referred to as the greatest on Earth. Set amongst awe inspiring scenery and home to King penguins, Wondering albatross and Elephant seals, it’s hard to imagine how early pioneers survived in this harsh landscape.

  • Inclusions

    Expedition Gear

    Comfortable expedition boots and a high quality expedition parka, specifically designed for the polar regions.

    Dynamic Cabin Pricing

    Cabin prices on board this vessel are dynamic, that is the cabin pricing fluctuates with changes in bookings and exchange rates. Cabin prices below are not guaranteed and are subject to change and availability at the operators discretion. Please feel free to contact us for the most accurate pricing on this voyage.

    Buenos Aires Flight

    After your voyage, we disembark in Ushuaia and join the charter flight back to Buenos Aires.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    Not included in your Expedition

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  • Vessel


    Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing. 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.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury accommodation
    • Open air bar
    • Sun deck
    • Pool
    • Internet
    • Library
    • Panoramic Lounge
    • Panoramic Terrace
    • Gym
    • Spa
    • Hairdresser
    • Leisure area
    • Theatre
    • Live Entertainment
    • Medical centre
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 200
    Crew #: 139
    Ice Class: 1C
    Speed: 16
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 142m
    Width: 18
    Tonnage: 10700
    Registry: Italy
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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l'austral superior stateroom

Superior Stateroom Deck 3

09 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
• One king-size bed or two single beds (180 x 200 cm) • A bathroom with shower • A window (except for stateroom 300: a round porthole only)
USD$ 18,277pp
USD$ 18,277pp
l'austral deluxe stateroom

Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3

09 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
• One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) • A bathroom with shower • A private 4 m² balcony • A window and panoramic glazed swing door
USD$ 19,698pp
USD$ 19,698pp
l'austral prestige deck 4 cabin

Prestige Stateroom Deck 4

09 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
• One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) • A bathroom with shower • A private 4 m² balcony • A panoramic sliding bay window
USD$ 21,996pp
USD$ 21,996pp
l'austral prestige deck 5 cabin

Prestige Stateroom Deck 5

09 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
• One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) • A bathroom with shower • A private 4 m² balcony • A panoramic sliding bay window
USD$ 23,074pp
USD$ 23,074pp
l'austral prestige deck 6 cabin

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6

09 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
• One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) • A bathroom with shower • A private 4 m² balcony • A panoramic sliding bay window
USD$ 24,200pp
USD$ 24,200pp
l'austral deluxe suite cabin

Deluxe Suite Deck 6

09 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
• Priority boarding • Champagne and fruit basket upon arrival • Butler service • An assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and a basket of fruit every day • One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) and TV • An armchair and a sofa (167 x 70 cm) • A bathroom with shower • A private 5 m² balcony • A panoramic sliding bay window
USD$ 33,667pp
USD$ 33,667pp
l'austral prestige suite deck 5 cabin

Prestige Suite Deck 5

09 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
• Champagne and fruit basket upon arrival • An assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day • A bedroom with king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) • A lounge with convertible sofa to a king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm), armchairs, second TV, and sliding courtesy door • Two bathrooms with shower • A private 8 m² balcony • Two panoramic sliding bay windows
USD$ 36,602pp
USD$ 36,602pp
l'austral owner's suite cabin

Owner's Suite Deck 6

09 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
• Concierge Service: tailor-made and fully customisable services, from your reservation until you return from your trip • Private return transfer • Priority boarding • Champagne and fruit basket upon arrival • Butler service • An assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day • A bedroom with one king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) • A living/dining room with a sofa, armchair, second TV, 4-seater table, and sliding courtesy door • A bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub • A one-hour spa treatments per person (for 2 people) in the well-being space, chosen from the facial and body treatments on offer • Premium drinks at the bar • A private 9 m² balcony • Two panoramic sliding bay windows
USD$ 51,033pp
USD$ 51,033pp