Discovering the 7th Continent

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Discover the world’s 7th continent over 11 or 12 phenomenal days*. If you have ever dreamt of travelling like an old world explorer then board our ice strengthened Antarctic cruise ship for an amazing journey tailor made for your adventurous spirit. Enjoy an action-packed adventure to the far south. This discover the 7th continent voyage is chock full of exceptional adventure, wilderness and wildlife spotting. You can be on the look out for migrating whales from the moment you cast off across the Drake Passage from Ushuaia while waiting to for the first moment you set foot on shore.

The South Shetland islands will put on a welcoming show like nowhere else on earth with the distinctive cache of penguin rookeries and seal colonies.  On this journey you’ll have three full days of on shore excursions both on the South Shetland islands and the Antarctic Peninsula itself.  Squeeze in as much action as possible while meeting the unique creatures who call this place home during the summer.  Whether you are a keen photographer, avid wildlife lover or just passionate about dramatic and pristine wildernesses this Antarctica tour is ideal.  You will have the opportunity to make shore landing in the Antarctica Peninsula and set foot on the 7th continent.  Even just an 11 or 12 day journey can be a life changing experience as you discover Antarctica.

*Available on 11 and 12-day itineraries* Prices will change depending on departure date and duration. A charter flight package from Buenos Aires can be added

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Great wildlife opportunities, visit penguin rookeries, spot seals lounging, whales breeching - plus options to add kayaking, paddling, camping or paddle-boarding.

"When I did this expedition we were fortunate enough with the weather and were able to sail through the stunning Lemaire channel, stunning scenery with steep mountains on either side of this ice filled narrow passage!" Tara, Team Viva

Explore Antarctica in zodiacs and get the opportunity to set foot on the 7th continent! Zodiac cruising and landing are included each day.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive any time today in Ushuaia, a port at the end of South America. Ushuaia is a fantastic gateway to explore the very end of Patagonia.

Overnight in Ushuaia.

* Please note some departures are 12 days, ask us for the full itinerary
**some departure dates include a mandatory charter flight from Buenos Aires, additional charge

Day 2
Ushuaia - Embarkation Day

Free morning to enjoy Ushuaia at leisure. Boarding your ship in the afternoon, you will soon set sail for Antarctica through the Beagle Channel

Day 3-4
Crossing the Drake Passage

Travelling to Antarctica we will first travel through the Drake passage; this crossing can be potentially rough, but we are always hopeful for a smooth journey, it is all part of the adventure! Get to know your fellow travellers & expedition team with lectures held on what lies ahead.

Day 5-8
South Shetland Islands Antarctic Peninsula

Now the adventure begins! Be wowed at your first sight of icebergs and an abundance of wildlife in its natural environment. You will appreciate why this region has captivated the attention of explorers & travellers alike.
Daily zodiac excursions will be enjoyed from the ship to explore local bays, channels & landing sites. You will walk in the Antarctic landscape and perhaps visit a research station. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback & minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

Day 9-10
Crossing the Drake Passage

Travelling back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, keep a look out for sea birds. Spend time with your new found friends, reminiscing about the wonderful things you have seen and experienced on your voyage to Antarctica.

Day 11

Arrive in the morning & disembark.

Important Reminder: Embrace the unexpected! This adds to the excitement of your Antarctic expedition. There are no guarantees that we can achieve all we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something you must bring along on your voyage. The weather, ice and sea conditions are notoriously changeable in Antarctica. There are nearly 200 recognised sites on the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland islands. On occasion the places mentioned need to be changed to something equally interesting.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Cabin onboard: Ocean Adventurer, Ultramarine, Ocean Diamond, World Explorer
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All shore landings per the daily program
  • Included Copy 20 All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Included Copy 20 Rubber boots for shore landings (to borrow)
  • Included Copy 20 Parka for your warmth & comfort (to keep)
  • Included Copy 20 On-board lectures and educational presentations from polar specialists
  • Included Copy 20 A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Included Copy 20 Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Included Copy 20 Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
  • Included Copy 7 Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance — travel insurance required
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Gratuities, Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
  • Included Copy 31 Camping in Antarctica (additional charge)
  • Included Copy 31 Kayaking, paddling, stand up paddle boarding (select departures, additional charge)
  • Included Copy 31 BA and Ushuaia flight & accommodation package

World Explorer

125 Passengers


199 Passengers

Ocean Explorer

138 Passengers


  • Included Camping overnight in Antarctica (Additional costs apply)
  • Included Kayaking or Paddling in Antarctica (Selected departures – Additional costs apply)
  • Included Stand-up Paddle boarding (Selected departures – Additional costs apply)
  • Included Photographer onboard to help you get the best out of your shots
  • Included Landings in the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
  • Included Lectures on all things Antarctica history, geology and wildlife
  • Included Spend time with Antarctic wildlife - meet Adelie, Gentoo and Chinstap penguins
  • Included Zodiac cruising through stunning landscapes
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11 days

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$11,395 USD

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