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LUXURY EXPEDITIONS 2018-2019

Must-see destinations in

Must-see destinations in Antarctica The icebergs The Sixth Continent, a faraway land of unimaginable beauty, is home to myriad treasures, which is why a cruise to this icy expanse promises to be a unique experience. During your cruise, you will sail amid icy giants standing in vertical lines like white ships draped in fog. Calved by the ice caps and composed only of fresh water, these crystal cathedrals draped in turquoise, snow white and azure blue, are a hallmark of polar landscapes and they carry not only the history of the ice cap and glacier they come from, but also the marks of the waves that sculpt their silhouette. Get close to these natural works of art aboard our Zodiac® inflatables. Sometimes you will see them toppling or crashing into one another and you will understand the complex nature of this powerful yet fragile environment. To follow in the footsteps of great explorers Although the existence of an Antarctic Continent was mentioned by Aristotle from the Antiquity, it wasn’t until 1773 that James Cook crossed the Antarctic Polar Circle for the first time. Other explorers would follow in his footsteps and undertake expeditions to the South Pole; Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien De Gerlache, Sir Ernest Shackleton and, later, Paul-Emile Victor would open the way to the most extreme of all continents. Aboard your ship, we invite you to retrace the journeys of these pioneers, who set out to conquer the final frontiers of the great South, and travel to the very ends of the Earth where there is still room to feed your dreams... Some journeys cannot be described, you simply have to experience them. Weddell Sea A lengthy sail in the Weddell Sea, a labyrinth in which majestic tabletop icebergs abound, will allow you to experience an extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere enhanced by true silence. Here, the gigantic platforms of ice and the ice caps sculpt a landscape like no other, home to fur seals, penguin colonies, wandering albatrosses and giant petrels. The lords of this realm, the Weddell seals, will welcome you to their lands as the roar of their cries occasionally disturbs the tranquillity of the place. Deception Island Nestling in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island rewards the traveller’s gaze with volcanic beaches and the vestiges of its abandoned huts. This was an important whaling port for a long time and in the early 19th century it became a refuge where sailors could wait for storms or icebergs to pass. The island's greatest asset is its exceptional wildlife. Today Deception Island is home to one of the largest colonies of chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as elephant seals and fur seals. 22 | Summer 2018 / Winter 2018 - 2019 Cruises +7 499 609 7070, info@unicorn-ponant.com

South Georgia Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there. You will go ashore at Gold Harbour or Fortuna Bay, walking amongst the penguins, and will be able to approach the elephant seals basking in the weak southern sun. The highlight will come at Salisbury Plain which is home to more than 250 000 King Penguins with their orange-yellow crowns. Your ship sails through waters that are sometimes frozen, and is often escorted by killer whales, humpback whales and other cetaceans… The Falkland Islands Located to the south-east of South America, the Falkland Islands, renowned for their wildness, were discovered by a Spanish expedition at the beginning of the 16th century. More than 200 years later, sailors from Saint-Malo occupied the island and gave it the name used until the British conquered these lands in 1833. Surrounded by a grey and often wild sea, the islands are a small country of moors and rugged coastlines carved by the South Atlantic, where the wildlife and plant life form a link between Patagonia and Antarctica. Take the time to observe and photograph the wildlife of these wild and stunning islands. Drake Passage If there is one place, one sea, one passage that visitors, scientists and other sailors fear in the Antarctic, it is Drake Passage. Lying at the latitude where the famous Furious Fifties are prevalent, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest way to reach the Antarctic. Seasoned travellers will tell you that you have to earn the right to see the White Continent… The “Antarctic Convergence” zone, where the northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet the warmer equatorial waters, is home to a rich variety of marine wildlife. But don’t forget to look up in order to spot elegant albatrosses and Cape petrels as they play on the wind around your ship. Tristan Da Cunha Archipelago 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 scattered islands isolated in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, most of these are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During your cruise aboard the Le Lyrial, you will discover the archipelago’s eponymous main island, offering visitors basalt land lulled by the swell and topped with a volcano. Further on, your ship will take you to discover Nightingale Island before heading towards the austere-looking Gough Island, where numerous colonies of sea birds have taken up residence. Antarctic Expeditions by | 23