Across the Southern Ocean with Richard Polatty | Day by Day

 

Detailed Itinerary


 Day 1

Day 1

Arrive Buenos Aires

Arrive in Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where early check-in has been arranged. 

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.

Enjoy a day of leisure. This evening enjoy a welcome cocktail reception to meet your fellow travelers.

Hotel:  Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt  B


 Day 2

Day 2

Buenos Aires

Enjoy a full day in Buenos Aires with a choice  of included excursions. 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.

Hotel: Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt BL


 Day 3

Day 3

Ushuaia and embarkation

This morning, you'll fly to the port city of Ushuaia, located at the southern tip of South America. On arrival, you'll 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.

In the late afternoon, you'll board ‘Le Lyrial’ and settle into your cabin, where you can enjoy the views from your own private balcony. Explore the common spaces as you familiarize yourself with your luxury home for the next 15 nights at sea. Join your fellow guests in the bar to toast the adventure that lies ahead.  

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


 Day 4

Day 4

At Sea

As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your host Richard Polatty, along with the A&K expedition team begin 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 Richard and the other naturalist guides, spot various species of whales and seabirds from ‘Le Lyrial’s’ deck.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


 Day 5

Day 5

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Today, you'll arrive at the remote Falkland Islands. Disembark to visit Port Stanley, the tiny, quaint capital with its small shops, brightly painted houses and friendly locals. Richard will lead our INCA group to visit a gentoo penguin colony as well as explore the diversity of flora and fauna to be found on the island. 

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


 Days 6-7

Days 6-7

Cruising the South Atlantic

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 Richard and the A&K expedition team. Scan the seas to spot marine mammals and seabirds, as the ship cruises the nutrient-rich waters past the islands of Shag Rocks.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


 Days 8-10

Days 8-10

South Georgia

South Georgia is home to the largest colonies of king penguins and Southern elephant seals on the planet.  Your days here are spent exploring glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. While weather and ice conditions determine the schedule, stops may include Eleshul Bay to see nesting, wandering albatrosses as well as Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour.  You may also have the opportunity to visit Ernest Shackleton’s gravesite in Grytviken, and learn more about the moving story of heroism and survival during hii ill-fated voyage aboard the Endeavor.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


 Days 11-12

Days 11-12

The Scotia Sea

During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — Richard will recap your adventures in South Georgia as well as present what is to expect when you reach the Antarctic Peninsula, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this dramatic environment.

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


 Days 13-15

Days 13-15

Antarctica

Always subject to weather conditions, you will cruise the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. You will go ashore whenever possible and shore landings may include 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. 

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


 Days 16-17

Days 16-17

Cruising the Drake Passage

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

Ship: Le Lyrial, BLD


 Day 18

Day 18

Depart Ushuaia

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.

 

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