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Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

Example 18 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial
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Explore the Antarctic on this spectacular 18-day voyage. Stop at wildlife-rich South Georgia, the unspoiled Falklands, and the vast, wild shores of Antarctica. Visit Port Stanley, the tiny, quaint capital of the Falkland Islands, with its small shops, brightly painted houses, and friendly locals. Spend two magical days in South Georgia exploring its glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. 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. Visit Ernest Shackleton's gravesite in Grytviken and gain a deep understanding of the region through enriching lectures by award-winning experts.
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  • Learn about the fascinating life of the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton
  • Set off for exciting shore excursions in swift Zodiacs
  • Visit an active research station and observe preservation efforts
  • Enjoy enriching lectures by award-winning experts
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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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 classical buildings, romantic Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Relax before this afternoon’s 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: 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 | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 guests.

Day 4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your Expedition Team begins their 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. While a professional photography enrichment coach is on hand to assist with questions, enthusiasts may especially enjoy this unique Photography Expedition departing January 16. 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 6-7: Cruising the South Atlantic

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 8-10: South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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 11-12: Cruising the Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 13-15: Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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 16-17: Cruising the 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 18: Disembark | 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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Classic Balcony Stateroom
Cabin: 200 sq. ft. Balcony: 43 sq. ft.
Le Lyrial Stateroom
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Deluxe Balcony Stateroom
Cabin: 200 sq. ft. Balcony: 43 sq. ft.
Le Lyrial Stateroom
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Premier Balcony Stateroom
Cabin: 200 sq. ft. Balcony: 43 sq. ft.
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Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite
Cabin: 388 sq. ft. Balcony: 86 sq. ft.
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Prestige Balcony Suite
Cabin: 291 sq. ft. Balcony: 65 sq. ft.
Le Lyrial Premier Suite
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Privilege Two-Room Balcony Suite
Cabin: 388 sq. ft. Balcony: 86 sq. ft.
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Grand Deluxe Two-Room Balcony Suite
Cabin: 484 sq. ft. Balcony: 108 sq. ft.
Prestige Stateroom
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Grand Privilege Three-Room Balcony Suite
Cabin: 581 sq. ft. Balcony: 129 sq. ft.
Le Lyrial Stateroom
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Cabin: 581 sq. ft. Balcony: 129 sq. ft.


*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.

*Minimum age is 7 years old on the December 12 departure and 10 years old on the January 16 departure. Special pricing is available for children 7-18 on Dec 12 departure.

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


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