Antarctica Great Adventure

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

Travel from Montevideo to Ushuaia (or visa versa) sail aboard the Le Lyrial or L'Austral for a 16-day expedition cruise into the heart of the White Continent.  Cruise into the heart of Neko Harbour, a beautiful bay in the Antarctica Peninsula.  Travel in Zodiacs to get close to the amazing icebergs & wildlife which surrounds you. Visit Deception Island, rich in history & ruled by wildlife. Then there is South Georgia, where you will discover the sublime landscapes of Gold Harbour, with its blue-tinged glaciers, volcanic beaches and snow-capped mountains, and Fortuna bay, a perfect arc colonised by a joyous troop of king penguins

Viva's Best Bits...

Follow the footsteps some great explorers

Plenty of amazing wildlife spotting opportunities

“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. Hotel is to be advised

NOTE: Please note the itinerary is a guide and can vary depending on weather conditions.

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

Early morning flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (included). Free day to explore Ushuaia at leisure or pre-book the Tierra del Fuego day tour (additional costs apply). Boarding will be in the afternoon

Breakfast and dinner is included today

Overnight on board L'Austral in your chosen cabin

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

Overnight on board L'Austral in your chosen cabin

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

Overnight on board L'Austral in your chosen cabin

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

Overnight on board L'Austral in your chosen cabin

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

Overnight on board L'Austral in your chosen cabin

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

Overnight on board L'Austral in your chosen cabin

Day 17
Montevideo (Uruguay) - Disembarkation

Disembarkation is scheduled for 9am.

Breakfast is included prior to disembarkation.

Montevideo is the historic yet cosmopolitan capital of Uruguay. Situated on the east bank of the Rio de la Plata it is home to half of Uruguay’s population.

**Want to extend your stay. Please ask us for more details.

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 16 or 17 nights Superior Stateroom on board - Le Lyrial or L'Austral (Depending on departure)
  • 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 One way flight to/from Ushuaia/Buenos Aires - depending on departure (conditions apply)
  • Included Copy 20 All tours mentioned with professional English speaking guide (subject to weather conditions)
  • Included Copy 20 Parker to keep & boots to Loan while on the cruise
  • Included Copy 31 Euro Currency on board
  • 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)
Le Lyrial

260 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

L'Austral | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers


  • Included Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables
  • Included Lectures and information sessions hosted by naturalist-guides
  • Included Hiking opportunity
  • Included New: Explore the magic of Antarctica with a sea kayak adventure (Selected departures)
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17 days

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$9,907 USD

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