Join this panoramic Luxury Expedition Cruise and explore the colorful Falkland Islands, unspoiled South Georgia with its rookeries of king penguins, and epic Antarctica — an 18-day adventure taking in the vast riches of the Southern Ocean.
Day 1 - Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive in Argentina's capital city and transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy time at leisure before joining fellow travellers tonight for
a welcome reception.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
With its wide boulevards and classical buildings, romantic and
exciting Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Explore its
best treasures with expert A&K local guides, choosing from a
selection of included excursions. Opt to explore the city on a
guided tour complete with a tango demonstration; spend a full
day at an authentic estancia (ranch), where you pause for an
authentic lunch; or dive into a burgeoning art scene on a guided
tour focused on Buenos Aires street art. Tonight, enjoy the
evening at your leisure.
Day 3 - Ushuaia
Fly to the port city of Ushuaia, located at the southern tip of
South America. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the Arakur resort and,
time and weather permitting, take a nature walk in the Cerro
Alarken Nature Reserve, or simply relax with a cappuccino
and views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. Later, board
'Le Lyrial' and settle into your cabin, where you can take in
views right from your own private balcony. Throughout your
journey, benefit from immersive insight, with incomparable
enrichment programs both aboard and on shore, and an
Expedition Team that is second to none. Walk the decks and
explore the common spaces as you familiarize yourself with the
luxury cruiser, your home for the next 15 nights at sea. You may
even want to toast to your journey in the bar with your fellow
Day 4 - At Sea
As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your Expedition
Team begins an informal series of enlightening daily discussions
on the flora and fauna, geology, and history of the region. These
expert lectures span diverse topics, such as seabirds and penguins
of the Southern Ocean, the formation of sea ice over thousands of
years, and personal accounts of living and working in Antarctica.
Photography enthusiasts especially enjoy time with A&K's
resident photo coach, who is on hand to share tips and answer
questions. The cool waters in these parts are rich in krill, making
them a favorite with local wildlife searching for food. Alongside your naturalist guides, spot various species of whales and
seabirds from 'Le Lyrial's' deck.
Day 5 - Falkland Islands
Today, 'Le Lyrial' arrives in the remote Falkland Islands. Spend
the day exploring the Falklands. This may include a visit to
Stanley, the tiny colorful capital of the Falkland Islands, where
you may stroll its charming streets and explore its surrounding
wilderness areas; or the southeast Falkland islands of Sea Lion
and Bleaker, home to unspoiled wildlife habitats.
Day 7 - Cruising the South Atlantic
As you approach South Georgia, deck-side sightings of whales
and other wildlife become more frequent. Time spent cruising
is once again filled with informative lectures and casual talks
with your guides, leaving your knowledge of the region greatly
enriched. Scan the seas to spot marine mammals and seabirds,
as the ship cruises the nutrient-rich waters past the islands of
Day 10 - South Georgia
South Georgia is a nearly submerged continuation of the Andes
mountain range, and your days here are spent exploring its
glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. While weather and ice
conditions determine the schedule, stops may include Eleshul
Bay to see nesting, wandering albatrosses as well as Salisbury
Plain, St. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour, all three of which
are home to vast colonies of king penguins and Southern
elephant seals. You may also visit Ernest Shackleton's gravesite
in Grytviken alongside your onboard historian, an expert on the
great explorer's life.
Day 12 - Cruising the Scotia Sea
During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine
mammals and fish — your enrichment specialists recap your
adventures in South Georgia. During additional, enriching
lectures, learn more about the Seventh Continent, from the
terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits it. Ensuring your
experience reaches far beyond that of everyday travellers,
ongoing, informative discussions with your Expedition Team
lend further context.
Day 15 - Antarctica
Conditions permitting, your itinerary calls for landings on the
Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands,
which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. You
may also visit Cuverville and Goudier islands, and sail through
Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, called "Kodak Alley"
for its photogenic scenery. Further adventures may include a
visit to Wilhelmina Bay, noted for its prolific humpback whale
activity. As you cruise along Antarctica, scan the seas daily for
these gentle giants, all from the comfort of your private balcony
and the outer decks of your ship. Guests on our December 17
departure also enjoy an unforgettable New Year's Eve with a
special onboard celebration to cap off a final day of exploration
on the White Continent.
Day 17 - Cruising the Drake Passage
Bid farewell to Antarctica as 'Le Lyrial' points north for her
return to Ushuaia. Enjoy more opportunities to observe birds
and marine life while reflecting on an incredible journey with
fellow guests and new friends.
Day 18 - Depart Ushuaia
After breakfast, disembark your luxury expedition ship in
Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos
Aires, where you connect to your flight home.