Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands (2019)

Join this panoramic Luxury Expedition Cruise and explore the colorful Falkland Islands, unspoiled South Georgia with its rookeries of king penguins, and epic Antarctica — an 18-day adventure taking in the vast riches of the Southern Ocean.

Journey Overview

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise for 15 nights aboard luxurious 'Le Lyrial' with guaranteed balcony accommodations for all guests, an included amenity exclusively offered by A&K
  • Begin your journey with two nights at the luxurious Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt on elegant, historic Alvear Avenue in Buenos Aires
  • Sail with an exceptional team curated by A&K, featuring our award-winning Expedition Team, an experienced service staff and crew, and one of the best personnel-to-guest ratios at 1 to 1.3
  • Enjoy all-inclusive cruising with included gratuities, unlimited house drinks, onboard meals, all Zodiac rides and excursions, expedition gear, port charges, and — our newest offerings — complimentary Wi-Fi and Traveller's Valet laundry service
  • Explore historic, wildlife-rich South Georgia, where you visit with abundant king penguin colonies and the gravesite of one of Antarctica's greatest explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve before our January 1 departure with an optional, festive two-night package at Palacio Duhau — Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (December 30-31) or a special group extension in lguazu Falls (December 29-Jan 1)
  • Discover special family programming on our December 17 departure with exciting youth-focused workshops, events and excursions led by dedicated Young Explorers Guides, who are also experienced educators
  • Take advantage of A&K internal flights to and from Ushuaia, guaranteeing timely arrival to your ship

Note: This cruise includes regular Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes. Due to the nature of expedition cruising, this itinerary is subject to change and is for guidance purposes only.

*Prices for Children (7-18 years old) start from $16,525.

Dec 17, 2019 Departure | Explore Antarctica as a Family: Choose our Dec 17 cruise for added family programming that includes exciting workshops and special excursions led by engaging A&K Young Explorers Guides.


Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires

Arrive in Argentina's capital city and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy time at leisure before joining fellow travellers tonight for a welcome reception.
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Day 2: Buenos Aires, Latin Style and European Grandeur

With its wide boulevards and classical buildings, romantic and exciting Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Explore its best treasures with expert A&K local guides, choosing from a selection of included excursions. Opt to explore the city on a guided tour complete with a tango demonstration; spend a full day at an authentic estancia (ranch), where you pause for an authentic lunch; or dive into a burgeoning art scene on a guided tour focused on Buenos Aires street art. Tonight, enjoy the evening at your leisure.
B L | Palacio Duhua - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Day 3: Ushuaia, At the Edge of the World

Fly to the port city of Ushuaia, located at the southern tip of South America. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the Arakur resort and, time and weather permitting, take a nature walk in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve, or simply relax with a cappuccino and views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. Later, board 'Le Lyrial' and settle into your cabin, where you can take in views right from your own private balcony. Throughout your journey, benefit from immersive insight, with incomparable enrichment programs both aboard and on shore, and an Expedition Team that is second to none. Walk the decks and explore the common spaces as you familiarize yourself with the luxury cruiser, your home for the next 15 nights at sea. You may even want to toast to your journey in the bar with your fellow guests.
B L D | 'Le Lyrial'

Day 4: At Sea, Riches of the Southern Ocean

As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your Expedition Team begins an informal series of enlightening daily discussions on the flora and fauna, geology, and history of the region. These expert lectures span 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. Photography enthusiasts especially enjoy time with A&K's resident photo coach, who is on hand to share tips and answer questions. 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 Lyrial's' deck.
B L D | 'Le Lyrial'

Day 5: Falkland Islands, Remote Archipelago

Today, 'Le Lyrial' arrives in the remote Falkland Islands. Spend the day exploring the Falklands. This may include a visit to Stanley, the tiny colorful capital of the Falkland Islands, where you may stroll its charming streets and explore its surrounding wilderness areas; or the southeast Falkland islands of Sea Lion and Bleaker, home to unspoiled wildlife habitats.
B L D | 'Le Lyrial'

Day 6-7: 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, leaving your knowledge of the region greatly enriched. Scan the seas to spot marine mammals and seabirds, as the ship cruises the nutrient-rich waters past the islands of Shag Rocks.
B L D | 'Le Lyrial'

Day 8-10: 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. While weather and ice conditions determine the schedule, stops may include Eleshul Bay to see nesting, wandering albatrosses as well as Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour, all three of which are home to vast colonies of king penguins and Southern elephant seals. You may also visit Ernest Shackleton's gravesite in Grytviken alongside your onboard historian, an expert on the great explorer's life.
B L D | 'Le Lyrial'

Day 11-12: Cruising the Scotia Sea, Antarctica Anticipation

During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — your enrichment specialists recap your adventures in South Georgia. During additional, enriching lectures, learn more about the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits it. Ensuring your experience reaches far beyond that of everyday travellers, ongoing, informative discussions with your Expedition Team lend further context.
B L D | 'Le Lyrial'

Day 13-15: Antarctica, The White Continent

Conditions permitting, your itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. You may also visit Cuverville and Goudier islands, and sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, called "Kodak Alley" for its photogenic scenery. Further adventures may include a visit to Wilhelmina Bay, noted for its prolific humpback whale activity. As you cruise along Antarctica, scan the seas daily for these gentle giants, all from the comfort of your private balcony and the outer decks of your ship. Guests on our December 17 departure also enjoy an unforgettable New Year's Eve with a special onboard celebration to cap off a final day of exploration on the White Continent.
B L D | 'Le Lyrial'

Day 16-17: Cruising the Drake Passage, Time for Reflection

Bid farewell to Antarctica as 'Le Lyrial' points north for her return to Ushuaia. Enjoy more opportunities to observe birds and marine life while reflecting on an incredible journey with fellow guests and new friends.
B L D | 'Le Lyrial'

Day 18: Depart Ushuaia

After breakfast, disembark your luxury expedition ship in Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect to your flight home.

Journey Details

  • This journey contains some active elements.
  • Weather, wildlife, ice and other conditions beyond A&K's control may affect the final itinerary, which may be adjusted at the sole discretion of your Captain and Expedition Leader.
  • Minimum age is 7 years old on the Dec 17 departure and 10 years old on the Jan 1 departure.
  • Categories 4-9 include suite accommodations at the hotel and butler service on board the ship.
  • First group event: welcome reception on Day 1.
  • Last group event: disembarkation in Ushuaia at 9:00 a.m. on Day 18.


  • Private Balcony with Every Stateroom and Suite
  • Shore Excursions Led by Expert Expedition Team
  • Butler Service on Suite Accommodations
  • All-inclusive Cruising; Includes All Meals, House Drinks, Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed
  • Pre-Cruise Hotel Stays and Sightseeing
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Complimentary Gear and Equipment
  • New for 2019! Complimentary Onboard Wi-Fi & Traveller’s Valet
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 17, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020 Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Classic Balcony Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$26,495pp was AU$31,845 Single Supplement AU$11,498 was AU$22,995 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Deluxe Balcony Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$29,175pp was AU$34,525 Single Supplement AU$12,498 was AU$24,995 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Premier Balcony Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$30,495pp was AU$35,845 Single Supplement AU$12,998 was AU$25,995 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Prestige Balcony Suite - Category 4 Price AU$45,195pp Single Supplement AU$39,595 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 5 Price AU$51,875pp Single Supplement AU$45,595 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Privilege Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$54,525pp Single Supplement AU$47,995 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Grand Deluxe Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 7 Price AU$62,525pp Single Supplement AU$55,195 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Grand Privilege Three-Room Balcony Suite - Category 8 Price AU$67,875pp Single Supplement AU$59,995 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Owner's Balcony Suite - Category 9 Price AU$74,525pp Single Supplement AU$65,995 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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