Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands 2017/2018

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Best time to go: JanuaryDecember

19 Nights | from £17,820pp

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Holiday type: Private set departure

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise for 15 nights aboard the new luxury all-balcony expedition ship 'Le Lyrial' on an exclusive A&K charter
  • Gain a deep understanding of the region with enriching lectures by award-winning experts, including scientists, historians and those awarded the coveted Polar Medal
  • Learn about the fascinating life of one of Antarctica's greatest explorers, Ernest Shackleton, when you visit his gravesite in Grytviken
  • Visit an active research station and observe preservation efforts to protect Antarctica's one-of-a-kind habitat
  • Choose from two special A&K departures: Family Holiday (December 09) with children's programming, spirited celebrations and unforgettable landings; and a dedicated Photography Expedition (January 15), led by A&K's professional photography coaches, and designed for all levels of skill and equipment preferences

Day 1 London / Buenos Aires
Begin your journey to Antarctica with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina's chic capital city (international flights not included).

Day 2 Buenos Aires
You will be met at the International Airport by your A&K guide on arrival, and transferred to your hotel. Once settled in, you may like to explore the sights of the 'Paris of South America', tracing the history that has shaped this iconic city.

Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Arrive Buenos Aires Argentina
Arrive in Argentina’s capital city, where immediate check-in has been arranged. With its wide boulevards and classical buildings, romantic Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Relax before this afternoon’s tour of the city’s highlights, including the Plaza de Mayo, the stately Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. You may drive past the colourful La Boca District or San Telmo, the birthplace of tango. Get to know your fellow guests this evening at a welcome cocktail party.

Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau | Meals: B

Day 4 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 guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve or simply relax with a cappuccino and enjoy the 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. 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.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

Day 5 At Sea | Riches of the Southern Ocean
As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your Expedition Team begins their 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. While a professional photography enrichment coach is on hand to assist with questions, enthusiasts will especially enjoy A&K’s dedicated Photography Expedition departing January 16. The cool waters in these parts are rich in krill, making them a favourite with local wildlife searching for food. Alongside your naturalist guides, spot various species of whales and seabirds from ‘Le Lyrial’s’ deck.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

Day 6 Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Remote Archipelago
Today, ‘Le Lyrial’ arrives at the remote Falkland Islands. Disembark to visit Port Stanley, the tiny, quaint capital with its small shops, brightly painted houses and friendly locals. Choose from one of several sightseeing excursions of Stanley, including a city highlights tour, a nature trek or an excursion by 4x4 vehicles to visit a Gentoo penguin colony. History buffs may prefer a tour that visits some of the Falkland battlefields as well as the memorials to those who lost their lives in the conflict between Britain and Argentina in 1982.
Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

Days 7-8 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. Scan the seas to spot marine mammals and seabirds, as the ship cruises the nutrient-rich waters past the islands of Shag Rocks.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

Days 9-10 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. Visit Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay or Gold Harbour, all home to vast colonies of king penguins as well as fur and Southern elephant seals. You also have the opportunity to retrace part of the route taken by Ernest Shackleton during his historic crossing of South Georgia in 1916. Weather permitting, you may visit his gravesite in Grytviken alongside your on-board historian, an expert on the great explorer’s life.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

Days 12-13 Cruising the Scotia Sea | Antarctic Anticipation
During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — your expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia. They also share more enriching lectures, revealing more of what is to come on the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this dramatic environment.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

Days 14-16 Antarctica | The White Continent
The ship’s itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. Other possible island visits may include Cuverville, Paulet and Goudier. There are also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, the latter often referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its breath taking, picture-perfect beauty. Additional opportunities for exploration include a stop at a scientific research station. While on board ‘Le Lyrial,’ look for whales and birdlife from the deck or your own private balcony.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

Days 17-18 Cruising the Drake Passage | Epic Passage
Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cruise back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, where you find more opportunities to observe marine and birdlife. Reflect on your incredible journey with fellow guests and new friends.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

Day 19 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 the flight to Buenos Aires International Airport, where you will be met and taken to your hotel. Evening dinner and tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel.)

Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau | Meals: Breakfast

Day 20 Buenos Aires
Meet your Abercrombie & Kent representative in the reception area of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to UK, arriving back in the UK the following day.

Meals: Breakfast

Pricing

Guide price for this 20 day journey in Antarctica will cost from £17,820 per person based on two adults sharing with domestic flights subject to availability. International flights are not included. Terms and conditions apply.

**Please talk to our consultants about our Cruise-only packages.

Departure date options:

  • Antarctica, Falklands & S. Georgia - Family departure LL171213 Dec 11-29, 2017 - The A&K Family Friendly Holiday to Antarctica introduces young guests to the Seventh Continent with specially planned activities through A&K's Young Explorers Programme, led by dedicated Children's Activity Co-ordinators.
  • Antarctica, Falklands & S. Georgia: Photographic expedition LL180117 Jan 15-Feb 2, 2018

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Fly to

Buenos Aires - British Airways or Iberia (via Madrid) and onwards to Ushuaia

flying time

14 hours to Buenos Aires

time difference

GMT -3 hours

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area

Weather

The months that visits are feasible are the austral summer months of November to March, when daily temperatures average from -4°C to 7°C.

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