Antarctica Discovery: Across the Antarctic Circle - Antarctica

Embark on the Luxury Expedition Cruise of a lifetime aboard Le Lyrial. Witness the beauty of Antarctica’s towering icebergs, blue glaciers and spectacular wildlife up close. Enjoy thrilling, expert-led excursions by Zodiac boat. Venture beyond the Antarctic Circle to the historic, rarely explored treasures of the Southern Ocean. Discover wildlife-rich Marguerite Bay, the southernmost region believed to have been visited by Palmer. A full programme of lectures affords you fascinating insights into the ‘White Continent’ throughout your voyage. Follow in the footsteps of the world’s greatest polar explorers, discovering famed islands and thrilling tales of adventure. DAY 1 Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina Arrive in the energetic port city of Buenos Aires, which has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Transfer to your luxury hotel, the ornate Palacio Duhau, with time to relax and enjoy the amenities. DAY 2 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires has long brought porteños (locals) into its boundaries. Although reminiscent of a European city, the unique spirit of Buenos Aires is evident in its diverse local neighbourhoods. This morning, choose from a selection of included excursions to experience the treasures of Argentina’s capital, such as a panoramic city tour complete with a tango demonstration alongside local A&K guides. Later this afternoon, join your fellow adventurers for a welcome cocktail reception. DAY 3 Ushuaia Fly to the southernmost city in the world, the charming port town of Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego (‘Land of Fire’). On arrival, enjoy a night walk (time permitting) and a gourmet lunch. This afternoon, transfer to your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. From your private balcony or the outside decks, take in views as you cruise the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea. DAYS 4 - 5 Drake Passage En route to Antarctica, cross the storied Drake Passage, once an important trade route in the 19th century. Notorious for its squalls, this channel once made for an unpredictable voyage; today, the stabiliser-equipped Le Lyrial commands these waters comfortably. As you travel on your remarkable luxury cruiser, enjoy life on board as well as daily university-calibre lectures spanning marine biology, photography and history. After lunch, join your naturalists on deck to spot pelagic seabirds, such as wandering albatross and storm petrels. In the evening, look forward to a briefing in the theatre on the next day’s itinerary followed by dinner at your choice of restaurant. DAYS 6 - 12 Antarctica After your first sighting of the Antarctic Peninsula – an unforgettable experience – embark on a week of daily landings and thrilling Zodiac boat excursions, complemented by poignant talks from your team of experts. Depending on conditions, you may explore the South Shetland Islands, known for their remarkable history, geology and wildlife; the Danco Coast, famed for its scenic waterways; the protected waters of mountainous Marguerite Bay; Adelaide Island, home of the Rothera Research Station; as well as other inspiring and seldom visited areas. On each of these adventurous days, look forward to comfortable evenings aboard your luxury cruiser. Recap the day’s discoveries with your expedition team, enjoy entertainment in the theatre, and unwind with fellow guests in one of Le Lyrial’s lounges – ever on the lookout for late-night wildlife appearances. DAYS 13 - 14 Drake Passage You may still be catching your breath over Antarctica’s awe-inspiring sights as Le Lyrial turns around for the voyage back to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego. The ship’s return through the Drake Passage affords the perfect opportunity for peaceful reflection, more talks with A&K experts on Antarctica’s spectacular environment, and more opportunities to spot wildlife. Your expedition team will call you out on deck to witness everything from humpback whales frolicking and feeding to the gorgeous black-browed and wandering albatrosses – rare, prized sights for bird lovers. DAY 15 Depart Ushuaia Le Lyrial docks at Ushuaia this morning. Enjoy breakfast and then say goodbye to your expedition team and ship’s crew before disembarking. You are transferred to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, ahead of your flight home or post-tour extension. Holiday Name : Antarctica Discovery: Across the Antarctic Circle 
Reference : A&K
  • Capacity: 199
  • Departure date: 18th January to 1st February 2023
  • Holiday length: 14 nights
  • Guide price from: £13,455pp
  • Holiday Type: Cruise
  • Exclusively chartered, all-inclusive voyage led by A&K’s expedition team and local guides
  • Pre- and/or post-cruise stays at stylish, ideally located hotels and A&K-led city tours
  • Airport meet and greet and transfers
  • Private balcony with every on-board accommodation and butler service with every suite
  • Maximum personnel-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3
  • Culinary program featuring French-inspired cuisine, including house drinks, afternoon tea and pastries
  • 24-hour room service and breakfast in bed
  • Choice of curated, included shore excursions with expert guides
  • Traveller’s valet® laundry service
  • All gratuities, port charges and taxes
  • Complimentary wi-fi on board and in hotels
  • On-board service from an English-speaking staff, including an accredited physician
  • 24/7 A&K on-call support
  • Cruise for 12 nights across the Southern Ocean to the White Continent, all from aboard a luxurious mega-yacht exclusively chartered by A&K
  • Join a rare group of explorers who attempt to voyage beyond the Antarctic Circle for further discovery of the fascinating Antarctic Peninsula
  • Search for some of the world’s most astounding wildlife, including gentoo penguins, wandering albatrosses, leopard seals, orcas and humpback whales Experience a thrilling enrichment program of Zodiac excursions, lectures and time on shore with the 18-plus members of A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team
  • Begin your adventure with a two-night stay in Buenos Aires, exploring this fiery Latin city with your choice of shore excursion
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