Travel from the edge of Argentina across the legendary Drake Passage before landing in Antarctica, which you explore for five days. At every turn on your 12-day voyage, your Expedition Team points you toward humpback whales, leopard seals and multitudes of penguins.

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

Highlights


• Travel with our 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 most experienced 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 our own award-winning experts, including authors, historians and professional photographers

• Leave the details to us - this all-inclusive journey includes onboard gratuities, unlimited house drinks and all port charges on 'Le Lyrial'

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. Meals: B
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. 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. Meals: B L D
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. Meals: B L D
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 penguinfilled 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, camera-ready 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, where 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. Meals: B L D
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. Meals: B L D
‘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: B
Due to the nature of expedition cruising, final itinerary is subject to change due to ice, weather, sea and other conditions and is at the discretion of the ships captain and Expedition Leader. This journey contains some active elements.

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$ 14495 USD pp
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BALCONY STATEROOMS Cabin: 18 sq. m. Balcony: 4 sq. m.

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$ 15995 USD pp
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BALCONY STATEROOMS Cabin: 18 sq. m. Balcony: 4 sq. m.

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$ 16995 USD pp
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BALCONY STATEROOMS Cabin: 18 sq. m. Balcony: 4 sq. m.

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$ 21995 USD pp
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PREMIER TWO-ROOM BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 36 sq. m. Balcony: 8 sq. m.

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PRESTIGE BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 27 sq. m. Balcony: 6 sq. m.

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PRIVILEGE TWO-ROOM BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 36 sq. m. Balcony: 8 sq. m.

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GRAND DELUXE TWO-ROOM BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 45 sq. m. Balcony: 10 sq. m.

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GRAND PRIVILEGE THREE-ROOM BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 52 sq. m. Balcony: 12 sq. m.

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$ 35995 USD pp
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OWNER’S BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 52 sq. m. Balcony: 12 sq. m

Category 1

$ 15995 USD pp
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BALCONY STATEROOMS Cabin: 18 sq. m. Balcony: 4 sq. m.

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BALCONY STATEROOMS Cabin: 18 sq. m. Balcony: 4 sq. m.

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BALCONY STATEROOMS Cabin: 18 sq. m. Balcony: 4 sq. m.

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PREMIER TWO-ROOM BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 36 sq. m. Balcony: 8 sq. m.

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PRESTIGE BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 27 sq. m. Balcony: 6 sq. m.

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PRIVILEGE TWO-ROOM BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 36 sq. m. Balcony: 8 sq. m.

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GRAND DELUXE TWO-ROOM BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 45 sq. m. Balcony: 10 sq. m.

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GRAND PRIVILEGE THREE-ROOM BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 52 sq. m. Balcony: 12 sq. m.

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$ 36995 USD pp
Category 9
OWNER’S BALCONY SUITE Cabin: 52 sq. m. Balcony: 12 sq. m

Additional charges:

Internal Air Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires Economy class from: 850 USD pp

Le Lyrial

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship

Length: 142 metres

Passenger Capacity: 224

Launched: 2015

A sleek silhouette, a welcoming intimate atmosphere, discover aboard this new ship the philosophy that has made our sisterships such a success: the spirit of Yacht Cruises.

Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 122 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, will join our fleet in April 2015. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the our destinations and the blue light of the Vega star in the Lyra constellation. The result is a subtle variation around a palette of blues, ranging from the  luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in  Mediterranean coves

A refined ambiance is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat’s hull, while the central sculpture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the loungebar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

Cabin layout for Le Lyrial

Pre-Tour Extension: Iguazu Falls. From (1595.00 USD)

Day 1: Fly to Buenos Aires, where you are met and transferred to your historic Art Deco hotel. Day 2: Fly to Iguazu Falls and explore the Brazilian side, with its hundreds of 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. 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. Day 4: Fly to Buenos Aires to begin your cruise. Internal Air: Buenos Aires/Iguazu/Buenos Aires (from $390)

Save $2500 on Classic Antarctica aboard Le Lyrial

Travel from the edge of Argentina across the legendary Drake Passage before landing in Antarctica, which you explore for five days.

From Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires - 12 days.

Aboard Le Lyrial.

27 December 2017 & 6 January 2018.

Savings: US$2 500

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