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Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands (2014-15)

Luxury Expedition Cruises: Expert-led expeditions to exotic locales, with shore excursions

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Argentina’s capital city, where immediate check-in has been arranged. With its wide boulevards and European-style buildings, romantic Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Relax before this afternoon’s optional 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.

Sofitel Buenos Aires   |   Meals: B
Day 2: Ushuaia | At the Edge of the World

Fly to the port city of Ushuaia, located at the southern tip of South America. Take in some sightseeing (time permitting) and enjoy a Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later, board ‘Le Boreal’ and settle in for a first night on the water. Walk the decks and explore the common spaces as you familiarize yourself with the luxury cruiser, your home during your Antarctic voyage. You may even want to toast your journey in the bar with your fellow guests.

'Le Boreal'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 3: At Sea | Riches of the Southern Ocean

As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your expert lecturers begin their informal series of enlightening daily discussions on the flora, fauna, geology and history of the region. In the past, lectures have covered 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. Although a professional photography enrichment coach is on hand to assist you with specific camera and composition questions and lead lectures on various skills, the January 5 departure in particular focuses on photography. 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 Boreal’s’ deck.

'Le Boreal'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 4: Falkland Islands | Remote and Rugged Archipelago

Spend the day exploring the Falklands. Depending on your itinerary, you either visit Stanley, the Falklands’ capital, and stroll its charming streets or explore the surrounding wilderness areas. You may also discover the southeast Falkland islands of Sea Lion or Bleaker, home to unspoiled wildlife habitats.

'Le Boreal'   |   Meals: B L D
Days 5-6: Cruising the South Atlantic | Abundant Wildlife

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 like an expert on day six, as the ship cruises the rich waters along shag rocks.

'Le Boreal'   |   Meals: B L D
Days 7-9: South Georgia | Footsteps of Ernest Shackleton

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. Visit Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay or Gold Harbour, all home to vast colonies of king penguins as well as 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 alongside your on-board historian, an expert on the great explorer’s life.

'Le Boreal'   |   Meals: B L D
Days 10-11: Cruising the Scotia Sea | Antarctic Anticipation

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, enlightening you with what’s to come on the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this dramatic environment.

'Le Boreal'   |   Meals: B L D
Days 12-14: Antarctica | The White Continent

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. You also enjoy additional opportunities for exploration, including a stop at a scientific research station. While on board ‘Le Boreal,’ you may view whales and birdlife from the deck or from your own cabin’s private balcony.

'Le Boreal'   |   Meals: B L D
Days 15-16: Drake Passage

Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cruise back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, where there are plenty of opportunities to observe more marine and birdlife. Reflect and compare notes on your incredible journey with your fellow guests.

'Le Boreal'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 17: Depart Buenos Aires

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport.

Meals: B

*Please note: This itinerary is provisional and subject to change due to ice, weather, wildlife and other conditions beyond A&K's control. The final itinerary will be determined at the sole discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader.

Iguassu Falls Pre-Tour Extension

3 days, priced from $1,295; internal air priced from $390
Available on all departures.

Day 1: Fly to Iguassu Falls and explore the Brazilian side, with its hundreds of cascades along a gulf. Join your guide on a tour through the national park to a catwalk within arm’s reach of the falls. Hotel Das Cataratas
Day 2: Explore the Argentine side of the park, and walk the trails above and along the falls. You may choose to venture out on a catwalk that extends 3,600 feet over the tropical basin of Devil’s Throat. Enjoy an afternoon at lesiure. Hotel Das Cataratas | Meals: B
Day 3: Board your flight back to Buenos Aires. Meals: B