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Le Lyrial

From Antarctica to Africa with National Geographic

**SPECIAL OFFER**Early Booking Savings of up to 30% may be applied to all cruises on this ship. These savings vary according to the number of available cabins on the ship so please call our agents to get the most up-to-date price on your cruise. The sleek and sophisticated Le Lyrial launched in May 2015. This latest addition to the fleet offers a welcoming intimate atmosphere with only 122 staterooms and suites. Its stylish decor, inspired by the Mediterranean coves and coastline is a subtle palette of blues and is complimented with sculptures and fabrics synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.





Board your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.

Day 1: Ushuaia

Board flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia where you will be greeted at the airport and transferred (depending on your choice when booking) to the Arakur Hotel. Join your chosen excursion or enjoy time at leisure before transferring to the ship in Ushuaia. The 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.

Day 2: At Sea

Spend the day at sea making 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

Day 3: New Island - Grave Cove

Arrive at this distinctive jagged island on the western edge of the Falkland Islands and 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. Here you will find a great many birds including a colony of southern rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and imperial shags. Continue onto Grave Cove situated on northern edge of the Falkland Islands, this bay owes its name to the vestiges of whalers’ graves that overlook the beach. On the other side of this pretty island you'll find one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area.

Day 4: Steeple Jason Island- The Neck, Saunders Island

Arrive at Steeple Jason Island, located at the extreme north-west corner of the Falklands, the island is home to the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. Photographers will delight in immortalising the endless ballet of the albatross, who soars majestically and then alights awkwardly amidst nests. Continue to the Neck, a narrow stretch of land connecting the two sides of Saunders Island, located on the north-western edge of the Falklands. You'll safely enter these blustery surroundings with the assistance of your naturalist guides. A veritable paradise of endless shoreline lapped by turquoise waters. Several bird species, also attracted to this stunning location, have settled here.

Days 5-6: At Sea

Spend the next two days at sea as the ship sails towards South Georgia.

Days 7-9: South Georgia

Aboard Le Lyrial, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. You will find King and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might even 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.

Days 10-12: At Sea

Spend the next three days at sea as the ship sails towards Tristan da Cunha.

Day 13: Tristan da Cunha

Arrive at the small British archipelago, Tristan da Cunha, made up of several islands scattered off the South-African coast. Most of these are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During your cruise, you will 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 14: Nightingale Island

Spend the day at Nightingale Island, a small active volcanic island belonging to the isolated Tristan da Cunha island chain. Uninhabited, the island is visited only by researchers for whom it offers a rich field of observation. The island is colonised by over a million birds, including great shearwaters and Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross, two iconic species of these Subantarctic waters.

Day 15: Gough Island

Located in the midst of the Roaring Forties winds, this small uninhabited volcanic island is the remotest of the Tristan da Cunha islands. Stopovers here are no easy feat and require authorisation. But even from your Zodiac®, you'll have a chance to take in the beauty of this wild island, lined by steep cliffs that plunge dramatically into the ocean.

Days 16-19: At Sea

Spend the next four days at sea making 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.

Day 20: Sailing around the Cape of Good Hope

After four days at sea the ship arrives at the southern tip of the African continent, the Cape of Good Hope. Originally dubbed the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, due to its position it is located at the confluence of two opposing ocean currents. One of the most iconic sites on the planet, the area is a veritable paradise for a number of marine animal species.

Day 21: Cape Town

Arrive at your final destination, Cape Town. Cosmopolitan and hip, Cape Town offers its visitors a most unique mix of cultures. Here, the locals like to say that their city is “the quintessential melting pot of South Africa”. Located in the heart of one of the most beautiful bays in the world and dominated by the famous Table Mountain, it is graced with extraordinary landscapes including sheer cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic Ocean and vast whitesand beaches. You may join a number of optional excursions including visiting Robben Island, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Table Mountain.

Day 22: Cape Town

Your voyage ends in Cape Town where you will disembark the ship.


Disembark the ship in Cape Town.


  • 21 Nights' accommodation on board Le Lyrial
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Flight Buenos Aires to Ushuaia plus transfer
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port Taxes
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides
  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection


  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional premium package including one night in Ushuaia on the eve of boarding your ship and an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park (please contact us for more information)

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