Arrive Buenos Aires (Argentina)
On arrival in the Argentinian capital today, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy some time at leisure. Stay Three Nights: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel
Enjoy a tour of Buenos Aires before visiting the city's oldest barrio (district). Explore La Boca's colourful houses and picturesque pedestrian street, the Caminito; drive along one of the widest avenues in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio; pass the parks, gardens and tree-lined streets of Palermo; and visit La Recoleta Cemetery. Later, head to Esquina Carlos Gardel to enjoy dinner and an exciting tango show. (B/D)
Buenos Aires, Freedom of Choice
This morning, embark on your chosen activity. Perhaps head to the island town of Tigre and enjoy a cruise over the waterways of the Paraná Delta. Alternatively, explore the ways in which Buenos Aires has been influenced by Paris during a walking tour, or perhaps head to Teatro Colón to absorb the remarkable ambience and grandeur of one of the finest opera houses in the world. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore this magnificent city at your own pace. (B)
Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Embark Antarctica Cruise
Fly to Ushuaia, South America's most southern city. Enjoy a city sights tour before being transferred to your luxury expedition ship, Le Lyrial, and greeted by your Expedition Leader and a team of expert naturalist guides. Take some time to settle in before enjoying the Captain's Welcome Dinner. Afterwards, head to the deck to take in the stunning scenery of the Beagle Channel. Stay 10 Nights: Le Lyrial
Sail across the Drake Passage, where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. To cross the Drake Passage, making your way ever closer to the White Continent, is to achieve one of the great travel milestones. During this time, you'll learn all about the adventures ahead as you participate in a range of informative, interactive and entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica delivered by your expert Expedition Team in your ship's theatre. (B/L/D)
On arrival in Antarctica, your itinerary becomes flexible in order to maximise your discovery of this enchanting world of ice and water. Utilising the knowledge of your Expedition Team, your Captain will charter a course based on the most exciting sightseeing opportunities available and the most favourable ice and weather conditions.
For the next six days, you'll enjoy morning and afternoon Zodiac rides. Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing in the world as you're taken to visit penguin rookeries and seal colonies. These chilly waters are often frequented by hunting orca and the breaching forms of humpback and minke whales, so be sure to keep an eye out.
Although landing sites will vary depending on conditions, the route will feature the most scenic bays and channels, including the stunning Lemeire Channel and Neko Bay. Head to the shores of Deception Island, an active volcano surrounded by distinctive black sand. Once an old whaling station, you will see giant barrels and bleached whale bones here as well as impressive elephant seals lounging along the shore. You may even get the chance to stop at Port Lockroy, a scientific base currently studying gentoo penguins. Here, you can send a postcard with a rare Antarctic stamp. (B/L/D)
The adventure, and the wildlife spotting, continues as you bid farewell to the beautiful waters surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula and return across the Drake Passage back towards the bustling Argentinian city of Ushuaia. Along the way, be sure to keep a keen eye out for the wildlife, including the many whales, dolphins, giant petrels, albatross and penguins that frequent these waters. (B/L/D)
Disembark Ship, Ushuaia, Fly to Buenos Aires
Today you'll disembark your ship in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport where you will board your included flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel (B)
Depart Buenos Aires
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)