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Luxury Expedition Cruises

Classic Antarctica 2017-18


12 Days from $14,495

Limited to 199 guests

Join A&K's renowned Expedition Team on luxurious 'Le Lyrial' for an unforgettable voyage to the White Continent, which you explore for five days during the best of the Antarctic spring and summer seasons.

A&K Advantages

Cruise for 10 nights aboard luxury all-balcony expedition ship 'Le Lyrial' on an exclusive A&K charter

Travel with A&K's renowned Expedition Team, featuring passionate scientists that include an ornithologist, marine biologist and geologist, all deeply familiar with Antarctica

Discover some of the world's rarest wildlife and terrain on exciting excursions led by the region's best guides

Learn about Antarctica's environment - and efforts to conserve it - on a visit to a scientific research station

Gain a deep understanding of the region with enriching lectures by A&K's own award-winning experts, including authors, historians and professional photographers

Enjoy an all-inclusive journey includes onboard gratuities, unlimited house drinks and all port charges on ‘Le Lyrial’

Stay at the luxurious Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt on beautiful Alvear Avenue in Buenos Aires

Enjoy the convenience of A&K charter flights to and from Ushuaia

Choose from two A&K departures: our Family New Year with dedicated children’s programming (December 27); and A&K Philanthropy’s Understanding Climate Change, led by noted climate expert, Dr. James McClintock (January 6)

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2
Ushuaia | Gateway to Antarctica
Days 3-4
Cruising the Drake Passage | Epic Passage
Days 5-9
Antarctica | The White Continent
Days 10-11
Cruising the Drake Passage | Memorable Return
Day 12
Depart Ushuaia

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Iguazu Falls 4 Days from $1,695 Learn More
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December 27, 2017- January 7, 2018 departure  | Family New Year departure featuring an A&K Young Explorers Guide, with special pricing available for children 7-18. Contact A&K for details

January 6-17, 2018 departure | Understanding Climate Change: An A&K Philanthropy departure with special guest and noted Antarctica researcher Dr. James McClintock. Contact A&K for details.

Due to the nature of expedition cruising, final itinerary is subject to change due to ice, weather, sea and other conditions outside of A&K's control and is at the discretion of the ships captain and Expedition Leader.
This journey contains some active elements.

Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive this morning in Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged. As complex as it is energetic, this port city has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries, bringing many porteños (locals) into its boundaries. Although reminiscent of a European city, the spirit of Buenos Aires is evident in its diverse local neighborhoods. Experience it firsthand during an afternoon tour of the city that includes the Plaza de Mayo, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Tonight, meet your fellow adventurers for a welcome cocktail reception.

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast
Day 2
Ushuaia | Gateway to Antarctica

Fly to the charming seaside town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the Arakur resort and — time and weather permitting — the opportunity to take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve or simply relax with a cappuccino and enjoy the scenic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. This afternoon, arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Stylish and comfortable, ‘Le Lyrial’ features all-balcony staterooms and suites only on A&K journeys to Antarctica. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. On departure, enjoy cruising through the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea.

'Le Lyrial'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3-4
Cruising the Drake Passage | Epic Passage

The southward journey toward Antarctica is an exciting one. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Drake Passage is a 600-mile-wide swath of water where the Southern Ocean currents are squeezed between South America’s southern tip and Antarctica’s northernmost reaches. Its stormy waters and icy conditions often made the journey a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped ‘Le Lyrial’ handles it with ease. As you travel in the comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoy enriching lectures from members of the Expedition Team on topics ranging from birdlife and geology, to photography and history. After lunch, join your naturalists on the deck to look for various species of whales and abundant seabirds, which join other mammals in feasting on the krill-rich waters of the Drake Passage; it’s all just a taste of the wildlife you will encounter in the days to come. Later in the evening, chat with experts about the wildlife spotted today and discuss the next day’s itinerary.

'Le Lyrial'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-9
Antarctica | The White Continent

As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. While day-to-day itineraries depend on weather, water and wildlife conditions, two excursions are carefully planned for each day by the captain and Expedition Leader. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast. Afterward, venture out to a number of sites in swift Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats). You’ll be guided by expert drivers and accompanied by lecturers, in groups of no more than 10 guests. These sites may include the penguin-filled islands in the South Shetlands of Half Moon, Penguin or Deception; islands off the continental coastline such as Cuverville, Paulet or Vortex; and, weather permitting, the fabled Antarctic Peninsula. You may also sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its stunning, cameraready vistas of towering icebergs and deep blue waters. After a morning exploring native species and striking terrain, return to ‘Le Lyrial’ for lunch and perhaps some time to relax and scan the wildlife-rich waters that surround you; you may spot everything from fin whales, humpback whales and orcas, to imperial shags and the Southern giant petrel. In the afternoon, set out for the day’s second excursion, which may include a visit to a working scientific research station, the remains of a turn-of-the-century whaling and sealing station, a sheltered beach teeming with basking Southern elephant seals, or simply circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. Return to your cruiser to relax and chat over cocktails in the cozy, comfortable lounge and enjoy dinner in the dining room. Afterward, you may choose to recap the day’s discoveries with your naturalist guides, enjoy time on deck with fellow guests or seize the opportunity to capture photos in the stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica’s long, ethereal twilight.

'Le Lyrial'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 10-11
Cruising the Drake Passage | Memorable Return

Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back to Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina. The ship’s return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your expert lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. Spend time on board with newfound friends in the comfortable common spaces of ‘Le Lyrial,’ enjoy quiet relaxation on the private balcony of your cabin or absorb more fascinating lectures by your captivating Expedition Team. While cruising through this historic passage, you may spot various species of whales and seabirds, including the elusive albatross and the giant petrel, an opportunistic predator and scavenger nicknamed the “stinker.” The immense albatross is an especially stunning sight to behold. These wandering birds boast a wingspan of 11.5 feet on average and use their powerful wings to glide through the air for hours at a time in search of food.

'Le Lyrial'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
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. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect to your international flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

December 27, 2017- January 7, 2018 departure  | Family New Year departure featuring an A&K Young Explorers Guide, with special pricing available for children 7-18. Contact A&K for details

January 6-17, 2018 departure | Understanding Climate Change: An A&K Philanthropy departure with special guest and noted Antarctica researcher Dr. James McClintock. Contact A&K for details.

Pre-Tour Extension: Iguazu Falls

Pre-Tour Extension: Iguazu Falls

4 Days from $1,695

Internal Air: Buenos Aires/Iguazu/Buenos Aires (from $390)

DAY 1:

Fly to Buenos Aires, where you are met and transferred to your historic hotel in the heart of the city.

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
DAY 2:

Fly to Iguazu Falls and explore the Brazilian side, with its cascading waterfalls along a gulf. Join your guide on a tour through the national park to a catwalk within arm’s reach of the falls.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3:

Today, experience the Argentine side of the park, walking the trails above and along the falls. Choose to venture out on a catwalk that extends 3,600 feet over the tropical basin of the Devil’s Throat. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4:

Fly to Buenos Aires to begin your cruise.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • 2017
  • Dec 27 - Jan 08
    Call for Availability
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Classic Balcony Stateroom-Category 1
    Price
    $14,495
    Single Supplement
    $7,245
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Call for Availability
    Cabin Class
    Deluxe Balcony Stateroom-Category 2
    Price
    $15,995
    Single Supplement
    $7,995
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Premier Balcony Stateroom-Category 3
    Price
    $16,995
    Single Supplement
    $8,495
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite-Category 4
    Price
    $21,995
    Single Supplement
    $19,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Prestige Balcony Suite-Category 5
    Price
    $22,995
    Single Supplement
    $20,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Privilege Two-Room Balcony Suite-Category 6
    Price
    $24,995
    Single Supplement
    $22,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Grand Deluxe Two-Room Balcony Suite-Category 7
    Price
    $28,995
    Single Supplement
    $26,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Grand Privilege Three-Room Balcony Suite-Category
    Price
    $32,995
    Single Supplement
    $30,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Owner's Balcony Suite-Category 9
    Price
    $35,995
    Single Supplement
    $33,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    Family New Year departure with special child pricing available for children 7-18. Contact A&K for details

  • 2018
  • Jan 06 - Jan 18
    Call for Availability
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Classic Balcony Stateroom-Category 1
    Price
    $15,995
    Single Supplement
    $7,995
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Call for Availability
    Cabin Class
    Deluxe Balcony Stateroom-Category 2
    Price
    $17,495
    Single Supplement
    $8,745
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Call for Availability
    Cabin Class
    Premier Balcony Stateroom-Category 3
    Price
    $18,495
    Single Supplement
    $9,245
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite-Category 4
    Price
    $24,495
    Single Supplement
    $22,345
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Prestige Balcony Suite-Category 5
    Price
    $24,995
    Single Supplement
    $22,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Privilege Two-Room Balcony Suite-Category 6
    Price
    $26,995
    Single Supplement
    $24,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Grand Deluxe Two-Room Balcony Suite-Category 7
    Price
    $30,995
    Single Supplement
    $28,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Grand Privilege Three-Room Balcony Suite-Category
    Price
    $33,995
    Single Supplement
    $31,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out
    Cabin Class
    Owner's Balcony Suite-Category 9
    Price
    $36,995
    Single Supplement
    $34,845
    Internal Air From
    $850
    Availability
    Sold Out

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    An A&K Philanthropy departure with special guest and noted Antarctica researcher Dr. James McClintock. Contact A&K for details.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires (from $850)

This itinerary is subject to change based on weather, wildlife, ice and other conditions beyond A&K's control. The final itinerary will be determined at the sole discretion of the captain and Expedition Leader. This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 7 years old on the December 12 departure and 10 years old on the January 16 departure.

Special pricing is available for children ages 7-18 on the December 12 departure.

First group event: walking tour on Day 1. Last group event: disembarkation in Ushuaia at 9:00 a.m. on Day 17.

Reserve categories 4-9 for suite accommodations at Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires. Cabin butler service is included in categories 5-9.

December 27, 2017- January 7, 2018 departure  | Family New Year departure featuring an A&K Young Explorers Guide, with special pricing available for children 7-18. Contact A&K for details

January 6-17, 2018 departure | Understanding Climate Change: An A&K Philanthropy departure with special guest and noted Antarctica researcher Dr. James McClintock. Contact A&K for details.


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