Highlights of Antarctica

From Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Expedition
View Similar Tours

Tour Description

Experience the highlights of the Antarctica Continent; polar landscapes, glaciers, icebergs, penguins, whales and other Antarctica wildlife on this cruise package, starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Fly to Buenos Aires, where your adventure begins, soak up the local Latin American vibes in this funky city, often referred to as the Paris of South America. Join a charter flight to Ushuaia, where either the MS Fridtjof Nansen or MS Roald Amundsen (depending on departure date) will be waiting to take you to Antarctica. Both are state of the art, next generation expedition vessels, using a battery hybrid powered propulsion system.  They are specifically designed to take you to remote regions like Antarctica in comfort; with an onboard science centre, 3 restaurants, gym, wellness centre, large indoor and outdoor observation decks, infinity pool and hot tubs. All cabins onboard are outside cabins and over half of them have private balconies.

After crossing the Drake passage, five awe inspiring days will be spent in Antarctica, the peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, with plenty of time for shore landings on the frozen white continent. We explore the icy bays, looking for penguins colonies, seals, whales, sea birds and more. Explore by zodiac and get up close to wildlife, glaciers and more! Land in Antarctica, perhaps even opt to kayak or hike in Antarctica. See the outstanding sights of Antarctica on this Highlights of the Frozen Continent expedition.

Viva's Best Bits...

Cruise Antarctica on a hybrid-powered expedition ship. Emissions are cut by sailing with electrical propulsion. Innovative sustainable technology reduces fuel consumption and CO2-emissions on the ships by 20 percent. Travel more sustainably

Landings & activities led by our professional English-speaking Expedition Team; hike, walk, camp, photograph, and cruise Antarctica, witness glaciers, icebergs, seal, penguins and other outstanding wildlife!

"Everything is taken care of, so just relax and enjoy, including 5 full days in Antarctica, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty!" Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Buenos Aires

This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover `Paris of South America´ for yourself on a warm spring/summer day or extend your stay by an optional pre-excursion to explore more of Argentina, just ask us for ideas!

Day 2
Buenos Aires Ushuaia

Late nighters beware, we fly early in the morning to Ushuaia where your hybrid-powered expedition ship awaits you. This port city competes with Chilean Puerto Williams for the seemingly coveted title of the southernmost city in the world. The Martial Glacier sits north of the city, creating an impressive mountain backdrop for the ‘end of the world’.

After a mandatory health and safety meeting on board the ship, kick off your journey with a welcome dinner hosted by the Expedition Team. You can then spend some time getting to know the ship that will be your home for the next several days.

Day 3-4
Crossing the Drake Passage

In order to get to Antarctica, we have to cross the infamous Drake Passage. It was named after the English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake who discovered it by chance in 1578 when his ship was taken south by heavy winds. Since there is no landmass at this latitude, wind and water roam freely, making it hard for ships to sail here. But don’t worry, even the ‘Drake Shake’ isn’t a big deal for our modern expedition ship.

It takes two days to cross the roughly 1000-km-wide Drake Passage. So, you’ll have some time on your hands, which is definitely a good thing as there is plenty to do to get ready for your Antarctic adventure. The Expedition Team will start their lecture programme in the Science Center, drawing on decades of experience to teach you how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible. As per IAATO guidelines, we will all wear sterilised rubber boats when ashore and ensure we vacuum our clothing beforehand to remove any possible foreign contaminants. You will also learn about the various hands-on Citizen Science projects you can get involved in, all of which feed into live research and current science.

MS Fridtjof Nansen, lies at your feet to be explored as well, quite literally. Work out in the indoor or outdoor gym, or order a spa treatment in our Wellness Area. There are also three superb restaurants on board where you can enjoy delicious meals that are a treat for your eyes and your taste buds. But even with all these mod cons, don’t forget to head out on deck from time to time to look for your first iceberg, and to spot wildlife like whales, numerous types of petrels and albatrosses.

Day 5-9
Antarctica & South Shetlands

Welcome to Antarctica. Being here, surrounded by icy waters, glaciers and icebergs big as cathedrals will probably make you feel like you’ve landed in a completely new world. Antarctica is magnificent, mesmerising and massive. You might need to stop for a moment to be able to take it all in. That awe-inspired silence is inevitably broken though when you see the first signs of wildlife like penguins, whales or seals and enthusiastic cheers erupt spontaneously all across the ship.

Just as the icescapes of Antarctica change through its seasons, so does its wildlife. In late spring from October to November, there will be much more snow, making the landscapes seem even more pristine. This forms the backdrop of penguin courting and nest building. Whales are still few and far in between during this time, most of them still on their way and beginning to arrive in greater numbers by December and January. Arrival of more whales marks the height of summer which is also when the first penguin chicks hatch. Seeing the clumsy clumps of feathers run around and is always a charming sight. February and March are the peak of whale-watching opportunities, when large amounts of krill lure them to the area.

When we get here, the Expedition Team will seize every chance to take you ice-cruising and on landings to get closer to the impressive scenery and wildlife. Spotting penguins from the ship is already an experience, which becomes even more wonderous when you go ashore to see them. It’s the same if a seal or whale suddenly appears next to you when cruising in our smaller explorer boats or when kayaking as part of an optional activity. Needless to say; keep your camera close at all times. To enhance your feeling of discovery, the Expedition Team will talk expertly about fascinating subjects like the frozen continent’s history, the biology of local wildlife, and glaciology.

Day 10-11
Cruise back to Ushuaia

After having explored remote and wild Antarctica over five days, we will be due to sail back for home. By this point, both your head and your heart will be filled with lifelong memories. You’ll hopefully also have captured many of these special moments on your camera. Crossing back over the Drake Passage, you’ll probably spend the next couple of days going through those pictures just to try and stay in Antarctica a little longer. The Expedition Team will also be doing the same as they recap the journey’s many experiences over in the Science Center. Working out is also a great way of processing everything you have seen, or maybe let your mind wander back to Antarctica in the Explorer Lounge and Bar?

Day 12
Ushuaia Buenos Aires

Your expedition cruise reaches its end as we return to Ushuaia. From here, you join a transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires and a second chance to experience the Argentine capital. Since you are here already, why not extend your stay to keep your adventure going for a little while longer …we suggest visiting the magnificent Iguazu waterfalls.

You will now have travelled to the bottom of the world and back. You’ve journeyed to the fabled Seventh Continent and have enchanting stories and photos of penguins to prove it. Antarctica will likely hold a place in your heart which few other places can match. Together with the other explorers who have been there, may we do all we can to preserve its unique beauty.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre-cruise hotel in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen or MS Roald Amundsen
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades/suites available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 31 À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfers in Buenos Aires & in Ushuaia as listed
  • Included Copy 20 Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • Included Copy 20 Range of included activities
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Rejuvenating wellness areas: treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track, gym, sauna
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary Wi-Fi on board, limited due to remote region
  • Included Copy 31 Gratuities not expected
  • Included Copy 20 Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Included Copy 31 Optional activities (kayaking, camping & snowshoeing booked onboard), wellness and spa treatments
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, additional pre/post cruise arrangements not included
Transportation
MS Fridtjof Nansen

500 in Antarctica (530) Passengers

MS Roald Amundsen

530 (500 in Antarctica) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Science Center with fascinating lectures and activities on board
  • Included Explorations on Zodiacs
  • Included Shore landings in Antarctica
  • Included Amazing wildlife opportunities, whales, seals, penguins and more!
  • Included Options to snowshoe, camp, hike or kayak in Antarctica
  • Included Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks
  • Included Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
Click here for dates & prices
Duration

12 days

Price from

$6,956 USD

Per person, sharing

Based on a polar outside cabin

Select Date