The Great Adventure: Antarctica

From Buenos Aires to Montevideo
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Cruise aboard the sleek and stylish L'Austral or Le Lyrial on a 17-day expedition cruise into the heart of the White Continent. 

Following in the footsteps of great explorers, like Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache, Ernest Shackleton, you will explore both South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Onboard enjoy your well appointed cabin, fine dining and educational lectures as you sail to Antarctica. Spend days exploring on foot and by zodiac, hike in Antarctica, perhaps kayak or take a polar plunge. Your days will be filled with activity and adventure. Wildlifeabounds; humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adélie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals and Weddell seals in the Antarctic Peninsula; king penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and macaroni penguins in South Georgia.

Visit South Georgia, with its awe inspiring glaciers and beaches teeming with king penguins and elephants seals. Perhaps call in at Salisbury Plain, home to more than 300,000 king penguins. You will be relaxing and reminiscing all the way to home ....and for many more years to come!


Viva's Best Bits...

Follow the footsteps some great explorers, however do so in comfort onboard you luxury vessel, explore both the Antarctica Peninsula and South Georgia in just 17 days.

Plenty of amazing wildlife spotting opportunities - including the beaches of South Georgia teeming with king penguins!

“During your cruise try to get up early to experience the morning atmosphere, stand outside if decks are open, quite often you may be the only one there.” Pia, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires

Arrive Buenos Aires at any time. Today is free for you to explore Buenos Aires at leisure. We recommend arriving at least 1 or 2 days in advance to allow time to explore this wonderful city. This afternoon there will be a pre-departure meeting held at your hotel confirming details for your departure tomorrow.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Day 2-3
Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia- Embarkation Day

An early morning breakfast will be served before leaving to the airport for you flight Buenos Aires – Ushuaia.

Transfer to the airport.
Flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia in economy class. Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.
Meet and greet at the airport (English-speaking assistance).

Depending on your choice made when booking your cruise (options not combinable):
You will be transferred to a restaurant for lunch.

OR Tierra del Fuego tour (additional cost)

When booking the cruise, guests willing to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park will be able to sign up for an optional group excursion, with extra cost. If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival at Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour.
Created in 1960, the park which covers 63 000 hectares (155 670 acres) is located in the south west of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia.
Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes. If you get lucky, you may encounter beavers, dams, birds, wild orchids, etc… This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers!
Lunch will be served in a local restaurant within the Park.
(Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure – In this case, you will be given the option to join the “Lunch in Ushuaia” programme.)

At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel.

Day 3-4
Drake Passage

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage

All meals included

Day 5-7
Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.
Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

All meals included

Day 8-9
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment

All meals included

Day 10-12
South Georgia

Discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: king and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there

All meals included

Day 13-16
At Sea

Leaving South Georgia behind, the ship sails across the Southern Atlantic Ocean bound for Montevideo. Relax on the outdoor decks scanning the horizon for wildlife. Look out for several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters, skuas and diving petrels as we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters.

All meals included

Day 17
Montevideo (Uruguay) - Disembarkation

Disembarkation is scheduled for 7am.

Breakfast is included prior to disembarkation.
Perched on the far southern tip of Uruguay, Montevideo is a white city, and one of the loveliest capital cities of South America. Come and admire the beautiful historical remains dating from Spanish rule; you’ll find the most interesting within the Cuidad Vieja, formerly fortified, its old town dates from the 18th century. The best preserved are the cathedral and the former governmental palace of the Cabildo, both listed historical monuments. In the crook of a vast blue bay, the city is also blessed with beautiful beaches.

Please note that the above itinerary is just a guide. Antarctica cruises are subject to weather, ice and other local conditions, as such, the actual itinerary is determined as the cruise progresses.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 15 nights on board
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires (Selected departures only)
  • Included Copy 20 All meals while on board the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Open bar & room service 24 hours (conditions apply)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia in economy class
  • Included Copy 20 Outings and shore visits in Zodiacs with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Included Copy 20 Parker to keep & boots to Loan while on the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, Gratuities / Tips are not included
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses, such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes and email service)
  • Included Copy 31 Option to kayak in Antarctica


264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Le Lyrial

260 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers


  • Included Outings and shore landings in Zodiacs
  • Included Lectures and information sessions hosted by naturalist-guides
  • Included Opportunities to walk and hike in Antarctica
  • Included Change to enjoy the magic of Antarctica with a sea kayak adventure
  • Included King penguins, elephant seals, fur seals and macaroni penguins in South Georgia.
  • Included Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins....
  • Included Landscapes: drifting icebergs, ice floe, glaciers and snow-capped mountains in Antarctica
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