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The great adventure MONTEVIDEO • USHUAIA / USHUAIA • MONTEVIDEO LE LYRIAL - 3rd November 2018 L’AUSTRAL - 27th February 2019 16 days / 15 nights - from 7 610 € (see page 86) From Antarctica to Africa USHUAIA • CAPE TOWN LE LYRIAL 22 days / 21 nights 3rd March 2019 from 7 420 € (see page 86) URUGUAY Flight to Buenos-Aires ARGENTINA Drake Passage Deception Island Port Lockroy MONTEVIDEO USHUAIA Fortuna Bay Grytviken Gold Harbour SOUTH GEORGIA ANTARCTIC PENINSULA Neko Harbour Flight from Buenos-Aires Atlantic Ocean Tristan da Cunha Island ARGENTINA Nightingale Island New Island Fortuna Bay Gough Island Saunders Island Grytviken USHUAIA Gold Harbour SOUTH AFRICA CAPE TOWN NATURALIST PARKA GIFT FREE RENTAL DAY ITINERARY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE 1 Montevideo (Uruguay) Embarkation from 16.00 to 17.00 19.00 2 to 5 At sea 6 Fortuna Bay - (South Georgia) 7 Grytviken - (South Georgia) 8 Gold Harbour - Cooper Bay (South Georgia) 9, 10 At sea 11 Deception Island (Antarctica) 12 Wilhelmina Bay - Port Lockro (Antarctica) 13 Paradise Bay - Neko Harbour (Antarctica) 14, 15 At sea - Drake Passage (Antarctica) 16 Ushuaia (Argentina). 07.00 Disembarkation. Transfer to the airport. Flight Ushuaia/Buenos-Aires International (Pistarini). Highlights* : This itinerary can be done in both directions • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with naturalist guides; • Hiking opportunity: Grytviken, Deception Island; • Landscapes: mountain chains, imposing glaciers and lush green pastures in South Georgia, drifting icebergs and sea ice in the Peninsula ; • Wildlife: king penguins, elephant seals and fur seals in South Georgia, Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins in the Peninsula ; • Educational discovery in the respect of environment. * Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. DAY ITINERARY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE Flight Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia (Argentina). Meet and greet and transfer for 1 lunch and time at leisure in the Arakur resort. Optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park before embarkation. Embarkation from 16.00 to 17.00 18.00 2 At sea 3 New Island - Grave Cove (Falkland Islands) 4 The Neck - Saunders Island - Steeple Jason Island (Falkland Islands) 5, 6 At sea 7 Salisbury Plain - Fortuna Bay - Stromness (South Georgia) 8 St Andrews Bay - Grytviken (South Georgia) 9 Gold Harbour - Cooper Bay (South Georgia) 10 to 13 At sea 14 Tristan da Cunha Island (British Overseas Territories) 15 Nightingale Island (British Overseas Territories) 16 Gough Island (British Overseas Territories) 17 to 20 At sea 21 Navigation in front of the Cape of Good Hope Cape Town (South Africa) 10.00 22 Cape Town (South Africa). Disembarkation. 07.00 Highlights* : • Sailing from Antarctica to Africa on the same cruise; • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with naturalist guides; • Hiking opportunity: Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha; • Wildlife: Magellanic penguins and Commerson’s dolphins in the Falklands, colonies of king penguins, elephant seals and fur seals in South Georgia; • Discovering the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, many of whose islands are UNESCO World Heritage Sites; • Sailing around the Cape of Good Hope. * Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. 30 | Summer 2018 / Winter 2018 - 2019 Cruises

Formalities FOR ALL CRUISES The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information. Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, PONANT will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip. SPECIFIC FORMALITIES Argentina: ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: Australian and Canadian citizens entering/exiting Argentina must have a valid passport and pay a RECIPROCITY TAX. Fee may be paid online in US dollars by credit card. Consult At time of print, the fees were as follow (subject to change without notice) Australia: U$D 100*- (multiple entry valid for one year). Canada: U$D 75* (one entry) or U$D 150 (multiple entry valid for 5 years from first entry). Argentina: should you require a visa to travel to Argentina, we recommend you apply for a double-entry visa as a technical stop in Chile might be scheduled. IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CRUISES INTO THE ANTARCTIC POL AR EX PE DITIO N FREE RENTAL PARKA GIFT • Travelling to Antarctica, Falkland and South Georgia Islands is an exhilarating experience and an expedition at first. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities and evacuation can take several days thus necessary medical help may not be immediately available. • Given the inaccessibility of the White Continent, this is an obligation to choose your insurance company carefully. Evacuation costs from the Antarctic Peninsula are up to more than 130 000 US$ plus medical costs. Therefore, please be particularly prudent when choosing an insurance company, especially if you are insured by your credit card. In addition, it is mandatory to return the medical questionnaire, provided at time of booking, between 90 and 45 days departure. This questionnaire is very important in order to respect mandatory safety rules in polar zones. Any false information on this questionnaire may lead prior departure to a refusal of your embarkation at the port of departure, without any possible recourse. • These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programmes, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions. • Due to the exceptional nature of this itinerary, the calls/sites listed are only a guide. The final route will be confirmed by the ship’s Captain with priority being given to passenger safety. Pack ice may also force the Captain to change course at the last minute. His decision will be based on advice from expert pilots who are present on board during our cruise in South Georgia and Antarctica. Zodiac® landings or outings accompanied by your expedition team offer plenty of opportunities to discover and experience what Antarctica and/or South Georgia have to offer at close range. These will of course depend on the weather conditions, the ice, the wind and the sea state. • A PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with the logo «parka gift» (in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka). We also recommend you follow the clothing instructions and advice you will find in your travel documents. • Complimentary boot hire: Save space and lighten your baggage by booking your boots until 7 days prior departure on our dedicated website You will find them in front of your stateroom at embarkation. For more information, please contact us. • By choosing an expedition cruise, passengers agree to follow the rules of good conduct presented by the expedition team during the cruise. • We remind you that being properly equipped is essential (clothing, sunglasses, etc.) and we recommend bringing binoculars to enable you to observe the wildlife comfortably and respectfully during your excursions and shore visits. PONANT is a full and proud member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). IAATO is an industry group organisation that sets the highest possible tourism operating standards in an effort to ensure appropriate, safe and environmentally sound travel to Antarctica. This effort is unique, and the challenge to maintain environmentally responsible tourism exists to this extent in no other region of the world. Antarctic Expeditions by | 31