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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

17 nights

Price guide

From £16,580pp

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, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

Cruise the South Shetlands Islands in search of rare Antarctic wildlife, discover rich history in the Falkland Islands and explore abundant natural phenomena in South Georgia.  Experience the hidden treasures of Antarctica on this voyage, following in the footsteps of explorers such as Sir Ernest Shackleton. Journey through the polar wilderness aboard luxury mega-yacht, Le Lyrial, savouring the glacial beauty from the comfort of your guaranteed balcony accommodation.


  • Cruise for 15 nights on elegant Le Lyrial, enjoying guaranteed balcony accommodation and a guest capacity limited to just 199, only when exclusively chartered by A&K
  • Begin your journey with two nights at the beautiful Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau on Alvear Avenue in Buenos Aires
  • Sail with an exceptional crew hand-picked by A&K, featuring our award-winning expedition team, an experienced service staff and crew, and an impressive on-board ratio of one staff member to every 1.3 guests
  • Enjoy all-inclusive cruising covering on-board meals and house drinks, Zodiac excursions, expedition gear, port charges, tips, Traveller’s Valet® laundry service, and complimentary wifi
  • Voyage to the Falkland Islands to explore this remote archipelago full of cultural history and myriad wildlife
  • Explore historic, wildlife-rich South Georgia, visiting spectacular king penguin colonies and legendary sites that tell the story of Antarctica’s greatest explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Experience the best of Antarctica during excursions led by an expedition team deeply in tune with the local environment
  • Holiday Voyage: Celebrate an unforgettable Christmas and New Year’s Eve with spirited onboard festivities while exploring the Southern Ocean. Enjoy additional family programming led by dedicated Young Explorers Guides, including renowned young inventor and TEDx speaker Ann Makosinski
  • Photography trip: Enjoy additional photo coaching lectures and hands-on workshops from special guest lecturer and famed National Geographic photographer and conservationist Michael Melford on the Photography trip 
 Cabin  Per person from  Special offer price
 Classic Balcony Stateroom  £19,830  £16,580
 Deluxe Balcony Stateroom  £22,270  £19,020
 Premier Balcony Stateroom  £23,490  £20,240
 Prestige Balcony Suite  £31,620  £28,370
 Premier Two-room Suite  £36,905  £33,655
 Privilege Two-room Suite  £38,935  £35,685
 Grand Deluxe Balcony Suite  £43,410  £40,155
 Grand Privilege Balcony Suite  £49,505  £46,255
 Owner's Suite  £51,135  £47,880


Above prices valid for the 20 December 2021 departure. For 2022, £POA.

Departure date

The departure date for this Luxury Polar Expedition is:

Holiday voyage: 20 December 2021 – 6 January 2022 (18 days) 

Holiday voyage: 19 December 2022 – 5 January 2023 (18 days)

Photography trip with Michael Melford: 4 January 2022 – 21 January 2022 (18 days) 


This departure is aboard Le Lyrial.

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

Featured Expert for the Standard cruise

Dr. Marco Favero, Expedition Leader, Naturalist Guide

Marco currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Agreement on Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels. Marco is devoted to seabird conservation and offers lectures on ornithology and marine biology.

Featured Experts for the Holiday voyage 

Ann Makosinski, Inventor, Young Explorer's Guide

Ann is a famed student inventor and four-time TEDx speaker. She is best known for inventing the Hollow Flashlight, which runs off human heat, and she has also won the Gold Award at the Google Science Fair.

Kristin Wornson, Young Explorer's Guide

Kristin has served as a research associate and young explorer guide since 2005, beginning in Amazon with the Catalina Island Marine Institute and now in Antarctica with Abercrombie & Kent. 

Featured Experts for the Photography trip

Michael Melford, National Geographic Photographer

A renown photographer, Michael has completed 18 photo assignments for National Geographic. In addition, he spent 15 years at National Geographic Traveller and was the recipient of the World Press Photo Award for Nature.

Richard Harker, Photo Enrichment Coach

Richard has served as A&K’s resident photo coach since 2006. His images are featured in more than a dozen books, and he has shot everything from coral reefs in the Pacific to the frozen landscapes of Antarctica.

Pre & Post-tour extensions

Iguazu Falls pre-tour extension – available on selected departures.

Ushuaia post-tour extension – available on selected departures.

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.

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