Join this panoramic Luxury Expedition Cruise on beautiful ‘Le Lyrial’ 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. Transfer to your hotel and
enjoy time at leisure.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
With its wide boulevards and classical buildings, romantic
and exciting Buenos Aires boasts a contagious energy.
Today, explore its treasures with expert A&K local guides,
choosing from a selection of included excursions. Opt to
see Buenos Aires on a guided tour complete with a tango
demonstration or dive into a burgeoning scene on a guided
tour focused on the city’s street art. Tonight, join your
fellow travellers and A&K staff for a welcome cocktail
reception and briefing.
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 stateroom, 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 your 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 guests.
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
Arrive in the Falkland Islands and enjoy opportunities
to explore. You may visit its remote western islands, home
to Magellanic and rockhopper penguins as well as striking
hourglass dolphin species, such as the Commerson and
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 Shag Rocks.
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.
Weather and ice conditions determine our schedule,
which may include stops along the northeast coastline of
the island and opportunities to see the nesting wandering
albatross, as well as vast colonies of king penguins and
Southern elephant seals. You may also visit iconic historic
sites alongside your A&K historian, where you learn about the whaling era; the Heroic Age of polar exploration; and
Antarctica’s greatest explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, who’s
final resting place is right here on South Georgia Island at
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
Gargantuan icebergs, mountains thrusting out of the ocean
and glaciers curling from the tops of seaside cliffs — count
these among Antarctica’s many magical displays. Arrive
today at the shores of the incredible White Continent for exciting days of exploration. Conditions permitting, your
itinerary includes the Antarctic Peninsula and a number
of South Shetland Islands. Deeply familiar with the region,
your A&K Expedition Team plots landings that offer the
best opportunities to see the continent’s iconic wildlife,
including gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins as well
as a wide variety of whale and seal species. Serving as
the backdrop for these amazing wildlife experiences,
Antarctica’s spectacular geography reveals sherbet-colored
glaciers, snowy mountain peaks, and iceberg-laden channels
and bays. As you cruise, scan the coast and seas daily for
more wildlife showings, all from the comfort of your private
balcony and the outer decks of your ship.
Day 17 - The Drake Passage
Bid farewell to Antarctica as ‘Le Lyrial’ points north for
Ushuaia. Enjoy more opportunities to observe wildlife while
reflecting on an incredible journey.
Day 18 - Depart Ushuaia
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia. Transfer to the
airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you
connect to your flight home.