EXPEDITION CRUISE | CRUISETOUR

Antarctica, South Georgia, and The Falkland Islands (17 Days)

Cruise Line: Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC - Cruises
Ship: Le Lyrial
Buenos Aires, Argentina to Buenos Aires, Argentina
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
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, Argentina
Air travel
Ushuaia, Argentina

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 guided trek in the Cerro Alarkén 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
Day-at-Sea

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. 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 4
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Today, 'Le Lyrial' arrives at 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
Day-at-Sea
DAY 6
Shag Rocks, South Georgia, British Overseas Territory

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. 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
Elsehul, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 8
Salisbury Plain, United Kingdom
DAY 9
Grytviken, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
Saint Andrews Bay, United Kingdom
Gold Harbour, United Kingdom

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. While weather and ice conditions determine the schedule, stops may include Elsehul Bay to see nesting wandering albatrosses as well as Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, and Gold Harbour, all three of which are home to vast colonies of king penguins and southern elephant seals. You may also visit Ernest Shackleton's gravesite in Grytviken alongside your onboard historian, an expert on the great explorer's life.

DAY 10
Scotia Sea

During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — your expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia. They also share more enriching lectures, revealing more of what is to come on the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this dramatic environment.

DAY 11
Scotia Sea
DAY 12
Penguin Island, Antarctica
DAY 13
Half Moon Island, Antarctica
DAY 14
Deception Island, Antarctica
Paulet Island, Antarctica
Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica
Cuverville Island (Cruising), Antarctica
Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Goudier Island, Antarctica
Lemaire Channel (Cruising), Antarctica

Your itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of the South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin, and Deception. You may also visit Deception, Cuverville, and Goudier Islands, and sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, also known as "Kodak Alley" for its picture-perfect beauty. Further adventures may include a visit to Wilhelmina Bay, noted for its prolific humpback whale activity. As you cruise along Antarctica, scan the seas daily for these gentle giants, all from the comfort of your private balcony and the outer decks of your ship.

DAY 15
Drake Passage (Cruising)

Bid farewell to Antarctica as 'Le Lyrial' points north for her return to Ushuaia. Enjoy more opportunities to observe marine and birdlife while reflecting on an incredible journey with fellow guests and new friends.

DAY 16
Drake Passage (Cruising)
DAY 17
Ushuaia, Argentina
Air travel
Buenos Aires, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark your luxury expedition ship in Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect to your flight home.

Antarctica, South Georgia, and The Falkland Islands map

About the Ship

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Le Lyrial

An A&K voyage to Antarctica offers an opportunity to experience the world's most pristine region at its very best, all from aboard the comfortable and sophisticated 'Le Lyrial.' Enjoy its stunning blue palette inspired by the Vega star, all-balcony staterooms and suites, and the finest expedition staff cruising the Southern Ocean today.

What's Included

Included

  • Complimentary standard bar drinks, beer, house wine, soft drinks, coffee drinks, juices and bottled water (excluding premium wines, spirits and Champagnes) while on board;

  • All shore excursions and full lecture program while on board;

  • Services of an A&K Expedition Staff and local guides;

  • Gratuities for the ship's crew and A&K Expedition Staff

  • A post-cruise expedition logbook; and a complimentary expedition parka and backpack provided on board Antarctica/Arctic cruises.

Not Included

  • A&K's Guest Protection Program;

  • International and internal airfares, unless otherwise noted;

  • Costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas; reciprocity and other border fees; airport departure taxes, unless otherwise noted; excess baggage charges;

  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary; beverages other than those noted .

  • Sightseeing not included in the published itinerary; and personal expenses such as laundry (except for A&K's Traveller's Valet as noted), communication charges, Internet access for all cruises; and optional activities

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Cancellation policy:  
Cancellation policies are not the same for every product and you should check with A&K at the time of booking.  In general, cancellations received by A&K 90 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a $500 per person/per tour cancellation fee.  Cancellations received less than 90 days prior to departure will be subject to the following forfeit of tour costs:  89-60 days – 20% of tour cost; 59-30 – 50% of tour cost; 29-0 days – 100% of tour cost.    A 100% cancellation charge applies to internal air cancelled less than 90 days prior to departure, where applicable.  For some tours, permit costs may not be refundable.    

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