Embark on an award-winning Luxury Expedition Cruise for the centerpiece of the Southern Hemisphere — extraordinary Antarctica, where towering icebergs, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife make for the ultimate adventure destination.
Day 1 - Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive in Argentina's capital and transfer to your hotel, where
you spend the rest of the day at leisure. Meet your fellow
adventurers for a welcome cocktail reception this evening.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
Latin passion and European Romance define the beautiful city
of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging
architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and
culinary pleasures and parrillas (steakhouses). Dive into its best
treasures under the wing of 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
the day at an authentic estancia (ranch), where you pause for a
traditional lunch; or discover a burgeoning art scene on a
guided tour focused on Buenos Aires street art.
Day 3 - Ushuaia
Fly to the charming port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city
in the world. On arrival, enjoy a gourmet lunch at the Arakur
resort, enjoying panoramic city and mountain vistas while you
dine. Time and weather permitting, take a guided walk in the
Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve or simply relax with a cappuccino
and enjoy scenic views ofUshuaia. This afternoon, transfer to
your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Wander the
decks to become acquainted with the ship, relax in the lounge
and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage.
From your private balcony or the outside decks, take in views as
you cruise the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to
Day 5 - Cruising the Drake Passage
The journey south toward Antarctica is an exciting one,
furthered by singular, voyage-long access to our knowledgeable
Expedition Team and enrichment experts — both on board
and on shore. Set out into the Drake Passage, a 600-mile-wide
swath of water where the Southern Ocean currents are
squeezed between South America's southern tip and Antarctica's
northernmost reaches. An important trade route in the 19th and
early 20th centuries, its stormy waters and icy conditions once
made the journey a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped
'Le Lyrial' handles it with ease. After lunch, join your naturalists
on the deck to look for various species of whales and abundant
seabirds, which join other mammals in feasting on the krill-rich
waters of the Drake Passage; it's all just a taste of the wildlife you
will encounter in the days to come. Later in the evening, chat
with experts about the wildlife spotted today and learn about the
next day's itinerary.
Day 10 - Antarctica
As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on
the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. Travel in the
comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoying enriching lectures from
members of the Expedition Team on topics ranging from birdlife
to photography and history. Your Captain and Expedition Team
carefully plan your active, curated itinerary, which is dependent
on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions. With that in mind,
daily excursions may include exploration of the following areas:
Antarctic Sound: At the northernmost tip of the Antarctic
mainland, this body of water features some of the best
sightseeing on the peninsula and a proliferation of giant
icebergs. Noted for its vast numbers of bird species, the sound
is home to the largest breeding colonies of Adelie penguins in
Antarctica. Landings here may include Paulet, Vortex or Terror
islands. You may also make your first continental landing at sites
such as Brown Bluff or Esperanza Station at Hope Bay.
South Shetland Islands: Antarctic research stations, remarkable
history, amazing geological features and abundant wildlife
define these islands off the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Island visits may include Penguin, Half-Moon and Deception,
where you may cruise into this flooded caldera to explore
geothermal black sand beaches and abandoned whaling stations.
Danco Coast: Bordering the South Shetland Islands along the
Antarctic continent, the Danco Coast is famed for its scenic,
jaw-dropping waterways. From the comfort of 'Le Lyrial,'
you may sail through the Gerlache Strait, Paradise Bay and
photogenic Lemaire Channel. Landings may include Neko
Harbour, Cuverville Island and Wilhelmina Bay.
Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast followed by a
morning excursion on swift Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats).
Guided by expert drivers, each Zodiac excursion is accompanied
by lecturers and joined by groups of no more than 10 guests.
After mornings discovering native species and striking terrain,
return to 'Le Lyrial' for lunch, and time to relax and observe the
wildlife-rich waters that surround you, searching for everything
from fin whales, humpback whales and orcas, to Antarctic
and imperial shags. By afternoon, set out for the day's second
excursion, which may include visiting a working scientific
research station, hiking on a sheltered beach packed with
basking Southern elephant seals, or circumnavigating colossal
icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. After
full days of adventure, evenings aboard your luxury cruiser
invite you to unwind over cocktails in the cozy lounge before
dinner in the elegant dining room. At night, choose to recap the
day's discoveries with your naturalist guides; chat on deck with
fellow guests; or seize the opportunity to capture photos in the
stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica's long, ethereal
Day 12 - Cruising the Drake Passage
Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back
to Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina. The ship's
return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and
reflection, with time to compare notes with your expert lecturers
on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent.
Spend time on board with newfound friends in the comfortable
common spaces of 'Le Lyrial,' enjoy quiet relaxation on your
own private balcony or absorb more fascinating lectures by
your captivating Expedition Team. While cruising through this
historic passage, you may spot various species of whales and
seabirds, including the elusive albatross and the giant petrel, an
opportunistic predator and scavenger nicknamed the "stinker."
The immense albatross is an especially stunning sight to behold.
These wandering birds boast a wingspan approaching 12 feet and
are capable of gliding through the air for hours at a time in search
Day 13 - Depart Ushuaia
'Le Lyrial' docks at Ushuaia this morning. After breakfast, bid
farewell to your crew and fellow guests before disembarking.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires,
where you connect to your international flight home.