Antarctica Discovery: Beyond the Antarctic Circle (2024)

Your once-in-a-lifetime Antarctica voyage is brimming with highlights, from epic wildlife sightings to landings first claimed by the best polar explorers to the chance to sail inside the Antarctic Circle.

Journey Overview

Embark on the Luxury Expedition Cruise of a lifetime to extraordinary Antarctica, witnessing the flawless beauty of towering icebergs and massive blue glaciers, encountering spectacular wildlife up close, and thrilling at the chance to venture beyond the Antarctic Circle to the most historic and rarely explored treasures of the Southern Ocean.

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise for 12 nights across the Southern Ocean to the White Continent, all from aboard a luxurious mega-yacht exclusively chartered by A&K
  • Join a rare group of explorers who attempt to voyage beyond the Antarctic Circle for further discovery of the fascinating Antarctic Peninsula
  • Search for some of the world’s most astounding wildlife, including gentoo penguins, wandering albatrosses, leopard seals, orcas and humpback whales
  • Experience a thrilling enrichment program of Zodiac excursions, lectures and time on shore with the 18-plus members of A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team
  • Begin your adventure with a two-night stay in Buenos Aires, exploring this fiery Latin city with your choice of shore excursion

Featured Experts

Rob Caskie, Historian
Born in South Africa, Rob is a master storyteller who has lectured around the world. His griping renditions of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition reveal the struggles and triumphs of the human spirit.

Russ Manning, Naturalist & Zodiac Driver
Born in Sussex, Russ served on the British Royal Marine Commandos for 15 years and as winter base commander at the British Antarctic Survey scientific station, the last of which earned him the Polar Medal.


Journey Itinerary

Jan 19: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in the energetic port city of Buenos Aires and transfer to your luxury hotel, with time to relax and experience the amenities of the beautiful Park Hyatt. This evening, enjoy time at leisure, perhaps to explore the city.

Palacio Duhau — Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Jan 20: Buenos Aires | Lively Port City

The gateway to Argentina for centuries, Buenos Aires has long brought porteños (locals) into its boundaries. Although reminiscent of a European city, the spirit of Buenos Aires is evident in its diverse local neighbourhoods. 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.

Palacio Duhau — Park Hyatt Buenos Aires | Meals: B

Jan 21: Ushuaia | Gateway to Antarctica

Fly to the southernmost city in the world, the charming port town of Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). On arrival, enjoy a nature walk (time and weather permitting) and a gourmet lunch. This afternoon, transfer to your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. From your private balcony or the outside decks, take in views as you cruise the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea.

‘ Le Lyrial’ | Meals: BLD

Jan 22–23: Drake Passage | Epic Passage

The first part of your adventure at sea and toward extraordinary Antarctica begins with a voyage across the storied Drake Passage, which functioned as an important trade route in the 19th and 20th centuries. Spanning 965 kilometres of open ocean, this passage is also the place where the humid, subpolar conditions of Tierra del Fuego meet with the frigid, polar reaches of Antarctica — and where the voluminous Antarctic Circumpolar Current presses from west to east. Notorious for its squalls, the Drake Passage once made for an unpredictable voyage; today, the stabilizer-equipped ‘Le Lyrial’ commands these waters comfortably.

As you travel on your remarkable luxury cruiser, enjoy life on board as well as several university calibre lectures every day — all part of the intriguing, ongoing conversations you have throughout your cruise with A&K’s Expedition Team and enrichment experts. Topics span marine biology, photography and history. After lunch, join your naturalists on deck to spot pelagic seabirds, which may include the wandering albatross and smaller storm petrels in their element. Later in the evening, look forward to a briefing in the theatre on the next day’s itinerary followed by dinner at your choice of restaurants.

‘Le Lyrial’ | Meals: BLD

Jan 24–30: Antarctica | The Incomparable White Continent

As Antarctica’s offshore islands appear on the horizon, first sightings of the Antarctic Peninsula become that much more moving, surreal and unforgettable. Your lecture program matches the excitement with poignant talks led by your captivating team of A&K experts and guest lecturers. Look forward to inspiring daily landings along the Peninsula, all of which are carefully designed by your Captain and Expedition Team.

This expedition has been designed with two additional days in Antarctica, specifically to allow for discovery beyond the Antarctic Circle and to areas rarely explored in Antarctica. Excursions via Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats) are also piloted by expert naturalist guides, joined by groups of no more than 10 guests and often accompanied by your lecturers.

Your Captain and Expedition Team carefully plan your active, curated itinerary, which is dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions. With that in mind, daily excursions may include exploration of the following areas:

South Shetland Islands: Remarkable history, amazing geological features and abundant wildlife define these islands offshore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Island visits may include Livingston, Half-Moon and Deception; the last of which is a flooded, historic caldera that you may cruise into for the chance to explore its geothermal black sand beaches and abandoned whaling stations.

Danco Coast: Bordering the South Shetland Islands along the Antarctic continent, the Danco Coast is famed for its scenic, jaw-dropping waterways. From the comfort of ‘Le Lyrial,’ you may sail through the Gerlache Strait, Paradise Bay and photogenic Lemaire Channel. Landings you may experience include Neko Harbour, Cuverville Island and Wilhelmina Bay.

The Antarctic Circle: The most southerly of the five primary circles of latitude, the Antarctic Circle was first crossed by Captain James Cook on January 17, 1773. On any given date, the lengths of day and night here are the exact opposite of those at the Arctic Circle. Conditions permitting, you may cruise beyond the Antarctic Circle at 66°34’S 65°44’W, sailing along the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Marguerite Bay: You may also sail to the protected waters of mountainous Marguerite Bay and experience landings on Adelaide Island, which was discovered by British Explorer John Biscoe. You may also visit the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) station at Rothera.

Mornings spent discovering the White Continent’s rare and remarkable treasures from the shore to terra firma are followed by lunch aboard ‘Le Lyrial.’ Enjoy time to relax and observe the surrounding abundance of wildlife, searching for everything from humpback whales and porpoising penguins to Antarctic and imperial shags.

By afternoon, set out for the day’s second planned excursion, which may include hiking on spectacular beaches teeming with braying gentoo penguins, or circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals.

On each of these seven adventurous days, look forward to comfortable evenings aboard your luxury cruiser, sipping cocktails in the Panoramic Lounge before dinner. At night, recap the day’s discoveries with your Expedition Team, enjoy entertainment in the theatre, and chat with fellow guests in one of ‘Le Lyrial’s’ lounges, ever on the lookout for late-night wildlife appearances just off deck.

‘Le Lyrial’ | Meals: BLD

Jan 31–Feb 1: Drake Passage | Reflective Return

You may still be catching your breath over the awe and inspiration discovered in Antarctica as ‘Le Lyrial’ turns around to begin the voyage back to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego. The ship’s return through the Drake Passage affords the perfect opportunity for peaceful reflection, and more conversations and lectures with A&K experts on Antarctica’s spectacular environment. You may also enjoy more time with newfound friends in the common spaces of ‘Le Lyrial,’ or quiet relaxation in the comfort of your stateroom. The Drake Passage is a rich source of krill, which fuels the heart of Antarctic food webs and draws wildlife at every turn. Your Expedition Team continues to call you out on deck to witness everything from humpback whales frolicking and bubble-net feeding to the gorgeous black browed albatross and the wandering albatross, a rare prize for bird lovers known for its remarkable wingspan, which can be as wide as 12 feet.

‘Le Lyrial’ | Meals: BLD

Feb 2: Depart Ushuaia

‘Le Lyrial’ docks at Ushuaia this morning. Enjoy breakfast and then say goodbye to your Expedition Team before disembarking. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you board your flight home.

Meals: B

Journey Details:

This journey contains some active elements, including Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires Economy Class flights included.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4–9 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: excursion on Jan 20.

Last group event: disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on Feb 2.

Note: Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required for this journey, including a booster shot if vaccination was received more than four months prior to departure (two months for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Included in this Luxury Expedition Cruise

  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team
  • Pre-Cruise Stay at Stylish, Ideally Located Hotel and A&K-Led Excursion
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3 and ship occupancy limited to 80 percent
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board
  • Complimentary Expedition Parka, Backpack and Water Bottle, and Use of Waterproof Pants, Boots and Trekking Poles
  • Zodiac Excursions Led by A&K Expert Naturalist Driver-Guides
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service on board
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Le Lyrial

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jan 19, 2024 - Feb 2, 2024 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Classic Balcony Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$26,605pp was AU$31,535 Single Supplement AU$22,710 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Deluxe Balcony Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$29,420pp was AU$34,350 Single Supplement AU$24,825 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Premier Balcony Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$30,830pp was AU$35,760 Single Supplement AU$25,880 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Prestige Balcony Suite - Category 4 Price AU$45,620pp was AU$50,550 Single Supplement AU$42,150 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 5 Price AU$51,255pp was AU$56,185 Single Supplement AU$47,500 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Privilege Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$53,365pp was AU$58,295 Single Supplement AU$49,500 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Grand Deluxe Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 7 Price AU$61,110pp was AU$66,040 Single Supplement AU$56,865 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Grand Privilege Three-Room Balcony Suite - Category 8 Price AU$68,155pp was AU$73,085 Single Supplement AU$63,555 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Owner's Balcony Suite - Category 9 Price AU$73,085pp was AU$78,015 Single Supplement AU$68,230 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Limited Availability Enquire
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