The Antarctica Experience

Buenos Aires + Ushuaia + Antarctica

There aren’t very many places in the world where you can feel like you’re in outer space, enjoy majestic views champagne in hand from a beautiful deck, and gather your expedition crew to explore the freezing sea and wildlife. 

Join us on our 13-day luxury expedition cruise to Antarctica. Experience the perfect mix between Latin passion and European romance in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires before heading to the breathtaking South Pole to explore  the world’s highest, driest, windiest, coldest, and iciest continent. You can’t call yourself a globetrotter until you have seen the massive glaciers and abundant wildlife of the seventh continent.

Do you hear that? It’s the song of thousands of beautiful penguins in their black and white little suits gathering in Antarctica. Come back to the luxury cruise to pop a bottle of your favorite champagne and get warmed after an incredible day in the wild. 

And you didn’t come snatched for nothin’! The pics you will snap of your melanin poppin’ when posing against a Buenos Aires sunset on the best rooftop bars in the City or making your first continental landing Neil Armstrong-like steps over the ice, it’ll be enough to get those likes flooding in on the gram… no caption needed.

Whether you are soaking it up on the cruise or exploring the beautiful streets of Buenos Aires, the breathtaking scenery will make you feel blessed to experience the beauty of the southernmost region of the planet.

Priceless moments with your crew, insta-worthy pictures, and incredible discoveries you won’t see anywhere in the world await on your Up in the Air Life journey to the Seventh Continent.

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WHERE YOU'LL GO

From exploring the seductive city of Buenos Aires to embarking on a luxury cruise to the end of the world, this trip offers a wide variety of exotic (and selfie) options. You will be able to tick must-see sites like Caminito’s neighborhood, Evita’s tombstone in the cemetery of Recoleta, Ushuaia town, and finally, Antarctica off your bucket list.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

This trip is your chance to be a fearless explorer like in those documentaries you watched as a child. From dining in top-notch bars in Argentina with award-winning bartenders to discovering Antarctica on an all-inclusive cruise, you will experience the sharp contrast between one of the most vibrant cities in South America and an out-of-this-world experience on the Seventh Continent.

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

Our accommodations are so extra. After a long day exploring the City you will relax in a resplendent palace in Buenos Aires, enjoying the sights and sounds of South America's most well known City. Then, as we head South, your every need is catered to on an award-winning luxury cruise over 10 nights, the perfect home away from home after a day of admiring the majesty of whales and sea lions or sliding down snowy hills. Only the best for Lifers!

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Day 1

Welcome to Antartica!

Arrive in Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where you spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

Meet your fellow adventurers for a welcome cocktail reception in the evening.

Day 2

Buenos Aires is a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, culinary pleasures and parrillas (steakhouses). Dive into its best treasures under the wing of expert A&K local guides, choosing from a selection of included excursions.

Opt to explore the city on a guided tour complete with a tango demonstration; spend the day at an authentic estancia (ranch), where you pause for a traditional lunch; or discover a burgeoning art scene on a guided tour focused on Buenos Aires street art.

Day 3

Fly to the charming port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. On arrival, enjoy a gourmet lunch at the Arakur resort, enjoying panoramic city and mountain vistas while you dine. 

In the afternoon, transfer to your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Wander the decks to become acquainted with your surrounds, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. 

From your private balcony or the outside decks, take in views as you cruise the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea.

Day 4-5

The journey south toward Antarctica is an exciting one, furthered by singular, voyage-long access to our knowledgeable Expedition Team and enrichment experts — both on board and on shore. 

Set out into the Drake Passage, 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. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, its stormy waters and icy conditions once made the journey a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped ‘Le Lyrial’ handles it with ease.

After lunch, join your naturalists on the deck to look for various species of whales and abundant seabirds, which join other mammals in feasting in 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 learn about the next day’s itinerary.

Day 6-10

As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. Travel in the comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoying enriching lectures from members of the Expedition Team on topics ranging from birdlife to photography and history. Your Captain and Expedition Team carefully plan your active, curated itinerary, which is dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions. With that in mind, daily excursions may include exploration of the following areas:

Antarctic Sound: At the northernmost tip of the Antarctic mainland, this body of water features some of the best sightseeing on the peninsula and a proliferation of giant icebergs. Noted for its vast numbers of bird species, the sound is home to the largest breeding colonies of Adelie penguins in Antarctica. 

Landings here may include Paulet, Vortex or Terror islands. You may also make your first continental landing at sites such as Brown Bluff or Esperanza Station at Hope Bay.

Day 6-10

South Shetland Islands: Antarctic research stations, remarkable history, amazing geological features and abundant wildlife define these islands off the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Island visits may include Penguin, Half-Moon and Deception, where you may cruise into this flooded caldera to explore geothermal black sand beaches and abandoned whaling stations.
Danco Coast: Bordering the South Shetland Islands along the Antarctic continent, the Danco Coast is famed for its scenic, jaw-dropping waterways. From the comfort of ‘Le Lyrial,’ you may sail through the Gerlache Strait, Paradise Bay and photogenic Lemaire Channel. Landings may include Neko Harbour, Cuverville Island and Wilhelmina Bay.

Day 11-12

Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back to Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina. 

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 newfound friends in the comfortable common spaces of ‘Le Lyrial,’ enjoy quiet relaxation on your own private balcony or absorb more fascinating lectures by your captivating Expedition Team.

Day 13

Le Lyrial’ docks at Ushuaia this morning. 

After breakfast, bid farewell to your crew and fellow guests before disembarking. 

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect to your international flight home.

No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.

YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO:

Connect with amazing people.

We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.

Experience attentive
and authentic hospitality.

Not only is the staff of Up in the Air Life dedicated to making sure your trip is flawlessly executed, but we are also intentional about choosing locales and vendors who celebrate Black travelers.

Be pampered with only the best.

There is no need to take a break from your baller lifestyle when you travel with us. Our lodging, excursions, and dining are pure luxury.

Feel safe and secure.

Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.

Say "goodbye" to FOMO.

Our trips are anything but basic. While we make sure you see well-known main attractions, we also develop itineraries that will give you unique stories to share with your friends back home.

HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

The Antarctica Experience

What is included:

Our trips get you close to that Beyoncé-on-a-boat lifestyle. Let us handle your travel style glow up.

  • Up in the Air Life Onsite Staff
  • A&K Local Tour Guide
  • 2 nights stay at Palacio Duhau — Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
  • 10 nights stay on luxury mega yacht — Le Lyrial
  • Roundtrip Airfare on Charter Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Tea and Coffee all day on board
  • Access to the Up in the Air Life Trip App
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception
  • Private Balcony with Every Stateroom and Suite
  • Shore Excursions Led by Expert Expedition Team
  • Full enrichment and education program
  • Butler Service on Suite Accommodations
  • All-inclusive Cruising; Includes All Meals, House Drinks, Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed
  • Pre-Cruise Hotel Stays and Sightseeing
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Complimentary Gear and Equipment
  • Complimentary Onboard Wi-Fi* & Traveller’s Valet
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support

What is not included:

We take care of all the details on your itinerary once you land. If you want to further personalize your experience, go off!

  • Round trip International Airfare to Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Passport & Visa fees

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