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Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands Cruise: Photography & Exploration

LIMITED TO 199 PEOPLE

18 DAYS | DATES TO BE DETERMINED

PRICES START AT $23,995 PER PERSON

Join this panoramic Luxury Expedition Cruise and explore the colorful Falkland Islands, unspoiled South Georgia with its rookeries of king penguins, and epic Antarctica — an ideal itinerary for photographers and explorers alike. Go ashore with your Expedition Team to visit areas rich in the history of polar exploration and experience the wildlife of the Southern Ocean region in all its glory.

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Cruise for 15 nights on an exclusively chartered voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falkland IslandsVoyage to the Falkland Islands to explore this remote archipelago’s colorful, storied history and abundant wildlifeExplore historic, wildlife-rich South Georgia, where you visit spectacular king penguin colonies and legendary sites that tell the tale of Antarctica’s greatest explorer, Sir Ernest ShackletonExperience the best of Antarctica during Zodiac excursions led by an award-winning Expedition TeamEnjoy additional photo coaching lectures and hands-on workshops from special guest lecturer and famed National Geographic photographer and conservationist Michael Melford.

ITINERARY

JAN 4: ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Arrive in Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel.

Palacio Duhau — Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

 

JAN 5: BUENOS AIRES | DISCOVERING A VIBRANT CAPITAL

Explore Buenos Aires with your local guides, choosing from excursions that include a guided tour with a tango demonstration or a tour of the city’s vibrant street art scene. In the evening, join your fellow guests and A&K staff for a welcome cocktail reception. Meet some of your expert expedition staff members, including National Geographic photographer Michael Melford.

Palacio Duhau — Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast

 

JAN 6: USHUAIA | AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve before boarding your luxurious expedition cruiser for the next 15 days of adventure. Watch from the comfort of your private balcony as ‘Le Lyrial’ heads out to sea.

'Le Lyrial'

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

JAN 7: AT SEA | RICHES OF THE SOUTHERN OCEAN

As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, A&K’s Expedition Team begins its exciting lecture series, covering everything from penguins to the formation of sea ice to thrilling personal accounts of living in Antarctica. Photography enthusiasts especially enjoy time with Michael Melford and your A&K photo team, who are on hand to exhibit extraordinary images, share tips and answer questions. The cool waters are rich in krill, making them a favorite 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

JAN 8: THE FALKLAND ISLANDS | HISTORIC OUTPOST

Today, ‘Le Lyrial’ arrives in the remote Falkland Islands. Conditions permitting, you may visit the tiny capital of Stanley, strolling its charming streets and exploring its surrounding wilderness areas, or land at the southeast Falkland Islands of Sea Lion and Bleaker, home to unspoiled wildlife habitats.

'Le Lyrial'

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

JAN 9–10: CRUISING THE SOUTH ATLANTIC | ABUNDANT WILDLIFE

As you head toward South Georgia, 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, leaving your knowledge of the region greatly enriched. The open ocean is a treasure chest bursting with life — scan the seas to spot marine mammals and seabirds as the ship cruises the nutrient-rich waters past the Shag Rocks islands.

'Le Lyrial'

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

JAN 11–13: SOUTH GEORGIA | WILDLIFE HAVEN

Explore South Georgia, the Southern Ocean’s crown jewel of wildlife. South Georgia is a nearly submerged continuation of the Andes Mountains, and your days here are spent exploring its glacier-carved coves and rugged shores — ideal for exploring with your naturalist guides on Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats). Weather and ice conditions permitting, excursions over the next three days include stops along the northeast coastline of the island, where we hope to visit vast colonies of king penguins and southern elephant seals. You may also explore iconic historic sites with your A&K historian, who shares tales of the whaling era and the heroic age of exploration. You also learn about the life and exploits of Antarctica’s greatest explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose final resting place is right here on South Georgia Island, at Grytviken. A photographer’s paradise, South Georgia is a locale where you’re sure to capture some of your very best shots.

'Le Lyrial'

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

JAN 14–15: SCOTIA SEA | LIFE AT SEA

Cruise the Scotia Sea while your expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia and hint at what’s to come in Antarctica. Prepare for your Antarctic arrival by learning more about the Seventh Continent from the experts who know it best, from its awe-inspiring terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits it.

'Le Lyrial'

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

JAN 16–18: ANTARCTICA | INCREDIBLE WHITE CONTINENT

Conditions permitting, your itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands. Your expedition team takes advantage of the best opportunities to set out on Zodiacs and explore the continent’s iconic shores, which teem with gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins. Antarctica’s stunning geography enhances the excitement of your experience here as dramatic snow-capped mountains, shimmering glaciers and icebergstrewn channels compete for your attention. At the evening’s recap, you might look through your photos with Michael Melford and his team as they make suggestions for how to improve your framing and techniques.

'Le Lyrial'

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

JAN 19–20: DRAKE PASSAGE | REFLECTIONS AT SEA

Bid farewell to Antarctica as ‘Le Lyrial’ points north for her return to Ushuaia. Enjoy more opportunities to observe birds and marine life while reflecting on an incredible journey with fellow guests and new friends.

'Le Lyrial'

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

JAN 21: DEPART USHUAIA

After breakfast, disembark ‘Le Lyrial.’ Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you board your flight home or join your Ushuaia post-tour extension.

Meals: Breakfast

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