Classic Antarctica (2020/21)

Embark on an award-winning Luxury Expedition Cruise to the centrepiece of the Southern Hemisphere, extraordinary Antarctica, where towering icebergs, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife make for the adventure of a lifetime.

Journey Overview

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise for 10 nights aboard luxurious ‘Le Lyrial’ with guaranteed balcony accommodations and a guest capacity limited to just 199, only when exclusively chartered by A&K
  • Begin your journey with a two-night stay at luxury Palacio Duhau — Park Hyatt on 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 onboard meals and house drinks, Zodiac excursions, expedition gear, port charges, gratuities, Traveller’s Valet laundry service, and complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Discover rare yet abundant wildlife on a voyage ideally timed with the peak of the austral summer
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula for five action-packed days with excursions led by the region’s best guides
  • Enjoy an enhanced photography voyage on the Dec 7 departure with additional programming led by dedicated A&K photo coaches
  • Experience an A&K Philanthropy focus on climate change research on the Jan 3 departure, joined by special guest and noted Antarctic researcher Dr. James McClintock, who leads a behind-the-scenes tour at Palmer Station (conditions permitting)

Looking to travel earlier? Check out our 2019 dates Here.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where you spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires  

Day 2: Buenos Aires | Vibrant Latin American City

Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary pleasures and parrillas (steakhouses). This morning, choose from a selection of included excursions and experience the city’s best treasures alongside local A&K guides. You may, for example, choose a panoramic city tour complete with a tango demonstration, or a tour focused on Buenos Aires’ lively street art scene. Later this afternoon, meet with your fellow adventurers for a welcome cocktail reception and briefing.
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires | Meals: B 

Day 3: Ushuaia | Gateway to Antarctica

Fly to the charming port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. On arrival, enjoy a gourmet lunch at the Arakur resort, enjoying panoramic city and mountain vistas while you dine. Time and weather permitting, take a guided walk in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve or simply relax with a cappuccino and enjoy scenic views of Ushuaia. 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 

Day 4-5: The Drake Passage | Legendary Waters

The journey south toward Antarctica is an exciting one, furthered by singular, voyage-long access to our knowledgeable Expedition Team and enrichment experts — both on board and on shore. Set out into the Drake Passage, 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. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the waters and icy conditions that define this passage once made the journey a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped ‘Le Lyrial’ handles it with ease. After lunch, enjoy a stimulating presentation from one of your expert lecturers or join your naturalists on the deck to look for whales and abundant seabirds, which join other mammals in feasting on the Drake’s krill-rich waters. It’s all just a taste of the educational enrichment and wildlife you will encounter in the days to come. Later, chat with your Expedition Team about the next day’s itinerary.
‘Le Lyrial’ | Meals: BLD

Days 6-10: Antarctica | The White Continent

As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. Travel in the comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoying enriching lectures from members of the Expedition Team on topics ranging from birdlife to photography and history. Dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions, Antarctic expeditions demand spontaneity and no two are ever the same. With that in mind, your Captain and Expedition Team carefully plan your active, curated itinerary and daily excursions that may include the following areas: 

Antarctic Sound: At the northernmost tip of the Antarctic mainland, this body of water features some of the best sightseeing on the peninsula and a proliferation of giant icebergs. Noted for its vast numbers of bird species, the sound is home to the largest breeding colonies of Adélie penguins in Antarctica. Look forward to opportunities to land on remote, wildlife-laden islands as well as possible opportunities to experience a continental landing on the Northwest tip of the Antarctic peninsula. 

South Shetland Islands: Antarctic research stations, remarkable history, amazing geological features and abundant wildlife define these islands off the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our expedition team will look for opportunities to visit a wide range of sites including working research stations, volcanic islands, and historic sites as well as gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguin rookeries. 

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 some of its most stunning and photogenic channels, straits and bays. 

Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast followed by a morning excursion on swift Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats). Piloted by expert A&K drivers, each excursion is accompanied by lecturers and joined by groups of no more than 10 guests. After mornings discovering native species and striking terrain, return to ‘Le Lyrial’ for lunch, and time to relax and observe the wildlife-rich waters that surround you, searching for everything from fin whales, humpback whales and orcas, to Antarctic and imperial shags. By afternoon, set out for the day’s second excursion, which may include visiting a scientific research station, hiking on a sheltered beach packed with basking Southern elephant seals, or circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. After full days of adventure, evenings aboard your luxury cruiser invite you to unwind over cocktails in the cosy lounge before dinner in the elegant dining room. At night, choose to recap the day’s discoveries with your naturalist guides; chat 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: BLD

Days 11-12: 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 your own private balcony 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 approaching 12 feet and are capable of gliding through the air for hours at a time in search of food.
‘Le Lyrial’ | Meals: BLD 

Day 13: Depart Ushuaia

‘Le Lyrial’ docks at Ushuaia this morning. After breakfast, bid farewell to your crew and fellow guests before disembarking. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect to your international flight home; or join our new Ushuaia Post-Tour Extension.
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.

Minimum age is 7 years old.
Categories 4-9 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.
First group event: welcome reception on Day 2.
Last group event: disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on Day 13.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 7, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Classic Balcony Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$17,950pp was AU$24,475 Single Supplement AU$8,330 was AU$16,660 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Deluxe Balcony Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$20,850pp was AU$27,375 Single Supplement AU$9,780 was AU$19,560 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Premier Balcony Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$22,300pp was AU$28,825 Single Supplement AU$10,088 was AU$20,175 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Prestige Balcony Suite - Category 4 Price AU$33,895pp was AU$40,420 Single Supplement AU$14,345 was AU$28,690 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 5 Price AU$39,690pp was AU$46,215 Single Supplement AU$17,098 was AU$34,195 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Privilege Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$42,590pp was AU$49,115 Single Supplement AU$18,475 was AU$36,950 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Grand Deluxe Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 7 Price AU$46,935pp was AU$53,460 Single Supplement AU$20,503 was AU$41,005 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Grand Privilege Three-Room Balcony Suite - Category 8 Price AU$54,185pp was AU$60,710 Single Supplement AU$23,983 was AU$47,965 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Owner's Balcony Suite - Category 9 Price AU$57,080pp was AU$63,605 Single Supplement AU$25,358 was AU$50,715 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jan 3, 2021 - Jan 15, 2021 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Classic Balcony Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$21,575pp was AU$25,925 Single Supplement AU$18,400 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Deluxe Balcony Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$24,475pp was AU$28,825 Single Supplement AU$20,570 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Premier Balcony Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$25,925pp was AU$30,275 Single Supplement AU$21,730 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Prestige Balcony Suite - Category 4 Price AU$37,515pp was AU$41,865 Single Supplement AU$30,140 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 5 Price AU$44,765pp was AU$49,115 Single Supplement AU$36,950 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Privilege Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$47,660pp was AU$52,010 Single Supplement AU$39,705 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Grand Deluxe Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 7 Price AU$50,560pp was AU$54,910 Single Supplement AU$42,455 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Grand Privilege Three-Room Balcony Suite - Category 8 Price AU$59,255pp was AU$63,605 Single Supplement AU$50,715 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Owner's Balcony Suite - Category 9 Price AU$62,155pp was AU$66,505 Single Supplement AU$53,470 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Notes:

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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