Antarctica Luxury Expedition | Across the Southern Ocean | Day by Day

 

Detailed Itinerary


Days 1-2

Days 1-2

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged. Enjoy some time to relax before a leisurely walking tour and perhaps an optional evening Tango show.  

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 heart. Although it is reminiscent of a European city, the spirit of Buenos Aires is evident in its diverse and distinctly local neighborhoods.

The following morning is at your leisure. An afternoon tour of Buenos Aires' iconic sites is planned followed by a welcome cocktail reception to meet your fellow travelers.

Hotel:  Brick Hotel or Four Seasons Buenos Aires  B


Day 3

Day 3

Ushuaia 

Fly to the port city of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, 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 Alarken Nature Reserve or simply stroll the lively streets of Ushuaia. Later, board ‘Le Lyrial’, settle in to 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 ship, 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.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


Day 4

Day 4

At Sea 

As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your expert lecturers begin their informal series of enlightening discussions on the flora, fauna, geology and history of the region. Lectures cover topics as diverse as seabirds and penguins of the Southern Ocean, the formation of sea ice over thousands of years, marine mammals and personal accounts of living and working in Antarctica. The cold waters in these parts are rich in krill making them a favorite with local wildlife searching for food. With your naturalist guides, spot various species of whales and seabirds from Le Boreal’s deck.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


Day 5

Day 5

Falkland Islands

Spend the day exploring the Falklands. 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.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


Days 6-7

Days 6-7

Cruising the South Atlantic 

Time spent cruising is 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. As you approach South Georgia, deck-side sightings of whales and other wildlife become more frequent. 

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


Days 8-10

Days 8-10

South Georgia in the footsteps of Ernest Shakleton

South Georgia is a nearly submerged continuation of the Andes mountain range. Your days are spent exploring its glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. You visit Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay or Gold Harbour home to vast colonies of king penguins, 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 with your onboard historian, an expert on the great explorer’s life.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


Days 11-12

Days 11-12

Cruising the 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 will share more enriching lectures revealing more of what is to come on your visit to the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this dramatic environment.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


Days 13-15

Days 13-15

Antarctica

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. Additional opportunities for exploration include a stop at a scientific research station. While on board ‘Le Boreal,’ watch for whales, seals and birdlife from the deck or your own private balcony.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


Days 16-17

Days 16-17

Cruising the Drake Passage

Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cruise back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, where you find more opportunities to observe marine and birdlife. There are lectures and you have time to reflect on your incredible journey with fellow guests and new friends.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD

 


Day 18

Day 18

Depart Ushuaia

Disembark Le Lyrial after breakfast and transfer to the airport, where you board your flight to Buenos Aires International Airport and connect to your flights home.

Meals: B

 

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