Classic Antarctica 2017/2018

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Best time to go: JanuaryDecember

14 Nights | from £10,730pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise in style for 10 nights in comfort on board Le Lyrial the only all-balcony luxury expedition cruiser in Antarctica on an exclusive charter by A&K
  • Discover some of the world's rarest wildlife and terrain on excursions led by the region's most seasoned guides
  • Gain a deep understanding of the region with enriching lectures by award-winning experts that include leading scientists, published authors and historians, and professional photographers
  • Leave the details to us - this all-inclusive journey includes on-board gratuities, unlimited drinks (except premium wines, premium liquors and champagne) and all port charges on Le Lyrial
  • Choose from two special A&K departures: the new Family New Year with dedicated children's programming (26th December ); and A&K Philanthropy's Understanding Climate Change, led by noted climate expert, Dr. James McClintock (4th January)

Day 1 UK
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 the luxury Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau. 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. Early check-in confirmed.

Park Hyatt - Palacio Duhau | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Arrive Buenos Aires Argentina
Enjoy a tour this morning in Buenos Aires, joined by your fellow Antarctic travellers, exploring the sights clustered around the central Plaza de Mayo: Casa Rosada, home of the executive branch of the federal government; the Cabildo, city council during the colonial era; and the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral. Stop at the legendary Café Tortoni before wandering through the beautiful parks and gardens of Palermo. Explore the famous cobbled streets and local cafés of colonial San Telmo, the oldest barrio in Buenos Aires, before continuing to the La Boca, where the first Italian immigrants settled and an area full of vividly coloured buildings and cobbled streets. Meet up with your fellow Antarctic travellers at a welcome cocktail reception in the evening.

Park Hyatt - Palacio Duhau | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Ushuaia / Gateway to Antarctica
After an early morning coffee at the hotel, transfer to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport for the A&K charter flight to Tierra del Fuego and the world's southernmost town of Ushuaia. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the Arakur Resort. Time and weather permitting the opportunity to take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve or simply relax with a coffee and enjoy the scenic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. This afternoon, arrive at "Le Lyria"l and settle in for your first night on board. Stylish and comfortable, 'Le Lyrial' features all-balcony staterooms and suites only on A&K journeys to Antarctica. This afternoon familiarise yourself 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.

Le Lyrial | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 5 - 6 Drake Passage
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 around Cape Horn a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped Le Lyrial handles it with ease. As you travel in the comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoy several enriching lectures on both days by leading experts 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.

Le Lyrial | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 7 - 11 Antarctica
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 the 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. Afterwards, venture out in swift and sturdy Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats) - guided by expert drivers and accompanied by lecturers, in groups of no more than 10 guests - to a number of sites, which may include: the penguin-filled 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. "Le Lyrial" also plans to 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 stations, a sheltered beach teeming with basking 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 cosy, 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.

Le Lyrial | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 12 - 13 Cruising the Drake Passage / Memorable Return
Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back to Ushuaia. 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 new found friends in the comfortable common spaces of Le Lyrial", relax in your spacious cabin and absorb the fascinating lectures by your excellent expedition team. While cruising through this historic passage, you may spot various species of whales and seabirds such as skuas and albatrosses. The latter are an especially beautiful sight to behold - these birds boast a wingspan of 11.5 feet on average, using their powerful wings to glide through the air for hours at a time in search of food.

Le Lyrial | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
Early this morning disembark Le Boreal and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires International Airport. Enjoy a traditional evening dinner and tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel before returning to the Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau overnight.

Park Hyatt - Palacio Duhau | Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Buenos Aires / London
Today your journey ends as you take your memories back home with you on an overnight flight from Buenos Aires back to London.

Meals: Breakfast

Important Note: The weather conditions and wind speeds in the Antarctic region can change very quickly and all itineraries must be flexible to account for this extreme climate, especially when operating in such a remote region. Therefore, the following daily schedule may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, ice and sea conditions. Flight schedules are also subject to change.

Pricing

Guide price for a 15 day journey in Antarctica will cost from £10,730 per person based on two adults sharing with domestic flights subject to availability and a programme of pre and post tours and transfers. International flights are not included. Terms and conditions apply.

**Please talk to our consultants about our Cruise only Packages

Departure Dates

  • 26 December 2017 - 8 January 2018: Family New Year
  • 5-18 January 2018: AKP Climate Change Expedition

 

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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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