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Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial
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Embark on Le Lyrial for a 17-day luxurious, panoramic expedition across the Southern Ocean, stopping at wildlife-rich South Georgia, the unspoiled Falklands, and the vast, wild shores of Antarctica.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia | Embark
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Days 5-6 : Cruising the South Atlantic
Days 7-9 : South Georgia
Days 10-11 : Cruising the Scotia Sea
Days 12-14 : Antarctica
Days 15-16 : Drake Passage
Day 17 : Depart Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

Highlights

  • Learn about the fascinating life of explorer Ernest Shackleton
  • Set off for exciting shore excursions in swift Zodiacs
  • Visit an active research station and observe preservation efforts
  • Enriching lectures by award-winning experts

Ship

Le Lyrial

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Three amigos Pristine Antarctic landscape A group of penguins on an iceburg The rippled effect of Antarctic ice The zodiac takes us closer to iceburgs

Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Argentina’s capital city, where immediate check-in has been arranged. With its wide boulevards and European-style buildings, romantic Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Relax before this afternoon’s optional tour of the city’s highlights, including the Plaza de Mayo, the stately Casa Rosada, the Cabildo, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. You may drive past the colorful La Boca District or San Telmo, the birthplace of tango. Get to know your fellow guests this evening at a welcome cocktail party.

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly to the port city of Ushuaia at the southern tip of South America. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the Arakur resort and, time and weather permitting, take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve. Or simply relax with a cappuccino and enjoy the 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. 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 guests.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your lecturers begin their informal series of enlightening daily discussions on the flora, fauna, and the history of the region. In the past, lectures have covered 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. A professional staff photographer is on hand to assist you with specific camera questions and lead lectures focusing on various photo skills throughout your cruise. The waters here are rich in krill, making them a favorite with local wildlife searching for food. Alongside your naturalist guides, spot whale and seabirds from the cruiser's deck.

Day 4 Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day exploring the remote Falkland Islands. Disembark to visit Port Stanley, the tiny, quaint capital with its small shops, brightly painted houses and friendly locals. Choose from one of several sightseeing excursions of Stanley, including a city highlights tour, a nature trek or an excursion by 4x4 vehicles to visit a gentoo penguin colony. History buffs may prefer a tour that visits some of the Falkland battlefields as well as the memorials to those who lost their lives in the conflict between Britain and Argentina in 1982.

Day 5-6 Cruising the South Atlantic

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the ship approaches South Georgia, deck-side sightings of whale, seal and other wildlife become more frequent. Time spent cruising is once again filled with informative lectures and casual talks with your guides. Scan the seas to spot marine mammals and seabirds, as the ship cruises the nutrient-rich waters past the islands of Shag Rocks.

Day 7-9 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Visit Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, or Gold Harbour, all home to vast colonies of king penguins as well as fur and elephant seals. You also have the opportunity to retrace part of the route taken by Ernest Shackleton during his historic crossing of South Georgia in 1916. Weather permitting, you may visit his gravesite in Grytviken alongside your on-board historian, an expert on the great explorer’s life.

Day 10-11 Cruising the Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — your expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia. They also enlighten you with more enriching lectures of what’s to come once you set foot on the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this forbidding but beautiful environment.

Day 12-14 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship’s itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin, and Deception. Other possible island visits may include Cuverville, Paulet, and Goudier. There are also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, the latter often referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its breathtaking, picture-perfect beauty. You may also enjoy additional opportunities for exploration, including a stop at a scientific research station. While on board Le Lyrial, you may view whales and birdlife from the deck or from your own cabin’s private balcony.

Day 15-16 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cruise back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, where there are plenty of opportunities to observe more marine and birdlife. Reflect and compare notes on your incredible journey with your fellow guests and new friends.

Day 17 Depart Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Ushuaia after breakfast and transfer to the airport to fly to Buenos Aires for your independent 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

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $850 (min.) Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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