Antarctic Expedition Cruise

Luxury Expedition Cruise

An unforgettable voyage that will leave you with life-long memories...

The Antarctic is a once-in-a-lifetime destination. The surreal scenery here is stunning and absolutely breath-taking. There is nothing quite like it.

Begin your journey in Argentina’s vibrant capital city, Buenos Aires where you will choose from a selection of included excursions and experience the city’s best treasures, such as a panoramic city tour complete with a tango demonstration alongside local guides.

Enjoy daily Zodiac excursions to the White Continent, fascinating lectures by climate scientist James McClintock, and up-close encounters with rare and exciting wildlife, including animated flocks of penguins and several species of whales. Discover the effects of rising global temperatures first-hand.

Your Ship: This voyage to Antarctica offers the opportunity to experience the world’s most pristine region at its very best on board 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.-

12 Nights from £11,690pp

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  • An exclusively chartered, all-inclusive voyage led by A&K’s Expedition Team
  • Pre-cruise stays at stylish, ideally located hotels and A&K-led city tours
  • Culinary program featuring French-inspired cuisine, including house drinks, afternoon tea and pastries
  • 24-hour room service and breakfast in bed
  • Complimentary expedition parka, backpack and water bottle, and use of waterproof pants, boots and trekking poles
  • Zodiac excursions led by expert naturalist driver-guides
  • Discover rare yet abundant wildlife — such as Adélie penguins, humpback whales and giant albatrosses
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula for five action-packed days of adventure led by A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team
  • Experience a focus on climate change research, joined by special guest and noted Antarctic researcher Dr. James McClintock, who offers multiple lectures on the impact of rising global temperatures on this fragile ecosystem


Ports of Call

Arrive in Argentina’s vibrant capital city, Buenos Aires. Transfer to your luxury accommodation – the incredible Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau – and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. 

Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historical arts, and culinary pleasures. This morning, choose from a selection of included excursions and experience the city’s best treasures, such as a panoramic city tour complete with a tango demonstration alongside local A&K guides. Later this afternoon, meet with your fellow adventurers for a welcome cocktail reception and briefing.

A flight takes you to the port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and gateway to Antarctica. Touch down and enjoy a gourmet lunch at the beautiful Arakur Resort. Sample fresh local flavours against a scenic backdrop of the city and nearby mountains. Afterwards, take a guided scenic stroll through the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve or simply savour the mountains vistas. Later, board the exclusively chartered mega-yacht Le Lyrial and unwind in your luxurious accommodation. Soak up fantastic views of the Beagle Channel from your private balcony as you cruise out to sea.

The journey south toward Antarctica is an exciting one, enriched by singular, voyage-long access to our knowledgeable expedition team. Set out into the Drake Passage, an 800-kilometre-wide swath of water where the Southern Ocean currents squeeze between South America’s southern tip and Antarctica’s northernmost reaches. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, its stormy waters and icy conditions once made the journey a difficult one. However, the stabiliser-equipped Le Lyrial handles it with ease.

With the White Continent hovering on the horizon, a palpable excitement builds on board Le Lyrial. The diverse conditions of Antarctica make every expedition unique. Your on-board expedition team use their knowledge of the region to plan an exciting itinerary of excursions and activities designed to excite and astonish. Start each day a hearty breakfast, followed by morning and afternoon Zodiac boat excursions. Observe polar wildlife and soak up the tranquillity of the ice as you visit Antarctica’s best-kept secrets, cruising the Antarctic Sound, South Shetland Islands and the Danco Coast.

After five exhilarating days of exploration, it’s time to bid a fond farewell to Antarctica as Le Lyrial re-enters the Drake Passage. Use this leisure time to reflect on your incredible adventures and the magnificent photographs you’ve taken. By now, you’ll have observed colonies of penguin, discovered local research stations and delved into the long history of this icy wilderness. Relax and mingle with newfound friends you’ve made or head up to the observation deck with your binoculars to watch the seabirds swooping in the skies above.

Le Lyrial docks at Ushuaia this morning, bringing your extraordinary polar adventure to a close. After breakfast, wave goodbye to your fellow travellers and on-board expedition team as you disembark your luxury vessel for the final time. From here, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires and connect with your international flight to the UK. Alternatively, opt for a post-tour extension and set off to discover the wonders of Ushuaia.

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