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Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial
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Join a world-renowned Expedition Team on Le Lyrial for a 12-day voyage to the unparalleled White Continent, which you explore for five days during the very best of the Antarctic spring and summer seasons. Admire the scenic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. Enjoy enriching lectures from members of the Expedition Team on topics ranging from birdlife and geology, to photography and history. Observe various species of whales and abundant seabirds, which join other mammals in feasting on the krill-rich waters of the Drake Passage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-4 : Cruising the Drake Passage
Days 5-9 : Antarctica
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage
Day 12 : Disembark in Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

Highlights

  • Discover some of the world's rarest wildlife and terrain
  • Enjoy a guided trek across the wonderful Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve
  • Gain a deep understanding of the region with enriching lectures
  • Visit the famous South Shetland Islands & admire their geological features
  • Hike along a sheltered beach packed with basking southern elephant seals

Ship

Le Lyrial

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

An iceburg curves with the horizon Penguins walk on their snow trails Cruising the icy waters in a zodiac A group of penguins enjoys the sunshine A group of penguins on an iceburg

Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive this morning to Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged. As complex as it is energetic and seductive, this port city has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries, bringing many porteños (as locals are known) into its boundaries. Although it is reminiscent of a European city, the spirit of Buenos Aires is evident in its diverse and distinctly local neighborhoods. Experience it firsthand during an afternoon tour of the city that includes the Plaza de Mayo, the Cabildo, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Meet your fellow adventurers this evening for a welcome cocktail reception.

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the Arakur resort and — time and weather permitting — the opportunity to take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve. Or simply relax with a cappuccino and enjoy the scenic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. This afternoon, arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board the stylish and comfortable Le Lyrial, featuring all-balcony staterooms and suites. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship, relax in the lounge, and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. On departure, enjoy cruising through the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea.

Day 3-4 Cruising the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The southward journey toward Antarctica is an exciting one. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Drake Passage is 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. Its stormy waters and icy conditions often made the journey a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped Le Lyrial handles it with ease. As you travel in the comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoy enriching lectures from members of the Expedition Team on topics ranging from birdlife and geology, to photography and history. 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 encounter in the days to come. Later in the evening, chat with experts about the wildlife spotted today and discuss the next day’s itinerary.

Day 5-9 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. While day-to-day itineraries depend on weather, ice and wildlife conditions, twice-daily excursions carefully planned by your Captain and Expedition Team 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 Adélie 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 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: Separating the South Shetland Islands from 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 Harbor, Cuverville Island, and Wilhelmina Bay.

Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast followed by a morning excursion on swift Zodiacs. 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 imperial shags and the southern giant petrel. 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 a beautiful 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 twilight.

Day 10-11 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 new-found friends in the comfortable common spaces of Le Lyrial, enjoy quiet relaxation on the private balcony of your cabin, 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 of 11.5 feet on average and use their powerful wings to glide through the air for hours at a time in search of food.

Day 12 Disembark in Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast
Le Lyrial docks at Ushuaia this morning. Enjoy breakfast, and then say goodbye to your Expedition Team and ship’s crew before disembarking. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect to your international flight home.

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Notes

Due to the nature of expedition cruising, final itinerary is subject to change due to ice, weather, sea and other conditions outside of our control and is at the discretion of the ships captain and Expedition Leader. This journey contains some active elements.

Included in cruise fare:
- Cabin accommodations as chosen on board Le Lyrial
- Other accommodations as noted in the itinerary
- Full board meal service on board Le Lyrial, including soft drinks, coffee drinks, juices, bottled water, and open bar (excluding premium wines, premium liquors and champagnes)
- All shore excursions and full lecture program while on board
- Fully guided sightseeing (including park and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary
- Arrival and departure grouped transfers - may be included on start and end dates only
- On board services of the expedition team including cruise director, expedition leader, naturalists and lecturers
- Local wine and beer at welcome and farewell dinners
- Local bottled water during sightseeing
- Porterage of two pieces of baggage
- Hotel taxes
- Gratuities for the ship’s crew and expedition staff
- A post-cruise expedition logbook
- A complimentary expedition parka and backpack

Not included in cruise fare:
- Passenger Travel Protection Plan
- International and internal airfares, unless otherwise noted
- Costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas
- Airport departure taxes
- Ushuaia Customs & Migration Tax
- Reciprocity and other border fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Meals and beverages other than specified in the itinerary/inclusions
- Sightseeing not included in the program itinerary
- Hotel room service
- Personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges, Internet access, and optional activities
- Gratuities to the Tour Director

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $850 Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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