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Passenger capacity is 240 but limited to 199 exclusively on A&K charters. This allows us to deliver an authentic small-ship cruising experience, optimised to offer comfortable, uncrowded access to beautiful public spaces.
Holiday Length

14 nights

Price guide

From £13,765pp

The price shown is a guide – based on two people sharing and excluding international flights. Please reference the Departure dates & prices box below for more details and ask your travel specialist for more information.
Holiday type



A&K expedition – Antarctica Discovery: Across the Antarctic Circle

Embark on the Luxury Expedition Cruise of a lifetime aboard Le Lyrial. Witness the beauty of Antarctica’s towering icebergs, blue glaciers and spectacular wildlife up close. Enjoy thrilling, expert-led excursions by Zodiac boat. Venture beyond the Antarctic Circle to the historic, rarely explored treasures of the Southern Ocean. Discover wildlife-rich Marguerite Bay, the southernmost region believed to have been visited by Palmer. A full programme of lectures affords you fascinating insights into the ‘White Continent’ throughout your voyage. Follow in the footsteps of the world’s greatest polar explorers, discovering famed islands and thrilling tales of adventure. 


  • Exclusively chartered, all-inclusive voyage led by A&K’s expedition team and local guides
  • Pre- and/or post-cruise stays at stylish, ideally located hotels and A&K-led city tours
  • Airport meet and greet and transfers
  • Private balcony with every on-board accommodation and butler service with every suite
  • Maximum personnel-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3
  • Culinary program featuring French-inspired cuisine, including house drinks, afternoon tea and pastries
  • 24-hour room service and breakfast in bed
  • Choice of curated, included shore excursions with expert guides
  • Traveller’s valet® laundry service
  • All gratuities, port charges and taxes
  • Complimentary wi-fi on board and in hotels
  • On-board service from an English-speaking staff, including an accredited physician
  • 24/7 A&K on-call support 
  • 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
 Cabin Per person from Special offer price
 Classic Stateroom £16,455 £13,765


Call for pricing and availability for other stateroom categories and suites.

Departure date

The departure date for this Luxury Polar Expedition is:

18 January – 1 February 2023 (15 days)


This departure is aboard Le Lyrial 

View Le Lyrial deck plan (PDF – 1,740 KB)

Journey details

Due to the nature of Luxury Expedition Cruises, itineraries are 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 onboard.

Featured experts

Dr. T.H. Baughman, Historian and Polar Exploration Expert

A professor emeritus from the University of Central Oklahoma and current teacher at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, T.H. is also the author of numerous books, including four on the polar regions.

Matt Messina, Marine Mammal Expert

A lifelong student of the natural world and the art of illustration, Matt is a graduate of College of the Atlantic and the author and illustrator of The Gulf of Maine: An Illustrated Field Guide.

Still looking for inspiration?

We have a huge range of destinations, experiences and hotel options available.

Learn more about our luxury tailor-made holidays and unparalleled escorted tours to Antarctica

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