Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Antarctica Cruise

  • Fram
  • Scenic Exploration
  • 256 Capacity
  • 20 Days
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  • $10,851

Summary : Be captivated by the magic of this Antarctic voyage that includes the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, vital breeding grounds for seals, penguins, and albatross. To enrich your experience, MS Fram’s team of expedition staff and lecturers will offer presentations on the history, biology, and geology of Antarctica along the way. View mighty glaciers calving into the sea, flocks of thousands of excited penguins, pods of Humpback and Killer whales plying the icy ocean – encounters like these can be a part of the most memorable vacation of your lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Camping, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires and stay overnight at an included hotel. The evening is yours to explore at your leisure.

Day 2
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Discover for yourself what the birthplace of the Tango has to offer. Embark the vessel in the afternoon.

Day 3 – 5
At Sea

Over the coming days enjoy the opportunity to get more acquainted with the ship and your fellow travelers. Follow the lecture series, enjoy the fresh air out on deck, or simply relax on board as you sail south.

Day 6
At Sea / Falkland Islands

Thanks to a unique Sub-Antarctic ecosystem, more than 70 animal and bird species live on these islands. The landscape is majestic with cliffs and gentle beaches, while the settlements themselves have a distinctly British feel to them.

Day 7 – 8
Falkland Islands

Explore the northwest part of the Falklands. Continue to Port Stanley, the Islands’ capital, which makes a wonderful starting point for various excursions in the area. You can choose to take an optional excursion or explore the town on your own.

Day 9 – 10
At Sea

As you voyage towards South Georgia, you will have a chance to learn more about the history and the spectacular wildlife of the island known as the “Serengeti of the Southern Ocean.”

Day 11 – 12
South Georgia

The island of South Georgia with its alpine peaks has a variety and density of wildlife that will amaze. The largest king penguin colonies in the world are flanked by huge groups of fur and elephant seals, while all around, the history of South Georgia is very much in evidence. Discover a heritage steeped in whaling and exploration, with long abandoned whaling stations lying alongside the grave of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton - a spot that for many is one of the highlights of the island.

Day 13 – 14
At Sea

Set sail for the southernmost continent, learning more en route about this fascinating white land, through a series of exciting lectures and talks. Explore the ship and watch for wildlife as the voyage continues towards Antarctica!

Day 15 – 17
Antarctica

When you think you have seen it all, Antarctica turns around and shatters those beliefs. The last great wilderness left on Earth, with its crisp air, towering icebergs and endless white mountain ranges, Antarctica is home to millions of penguins and its seas provide sustenance for whales. With no permanent human inhabitants, the continent is dedicated to scientific research and peaceful cooperation. Simple words cannot truly convey the feeling of being here, looking upon the vast emptiness of the great white continent. The ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica, as well as your route. Every voyage is unique and your experienced crew endeavor to make each one an experience of a lifetime. The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage.

Day 18 – 19
Drake Passage

With the bow pointed north and an unforgettable collection of images and experiences safely stored in your memories, head back towards the South American mainland with a new understanding of the Antarctic Continent. Your sturdy vessel safely steers a course back across the legendary waters of the Drake Passage.

Day 20
Ushuaia / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning. Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city and the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego. Your Antarctic voyage has come to an end, and the journey back continues with a charter flight back to Buenos Aires.

Notes

The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Camping Option: Approximately $530 (rates will vary with exchange rate)
Depending on weather and land conditions, there will be an opportunity to sign up for camping during the voyage. Gear and all cold-weather needs supplied – except pajamas. Groups of 15 will be accompanied by 2 experienced expedition guides.

Included:
Flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires; one night pre-voyage hotel in Buenos Aires; transfers in Ushuaia with orientation tour; meals on board ship; free coffee and tea onboard; for Suite guests only - a welcome gift and a selection of drinks with meals on board; shore landings as outlined; professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities onboard and ashore; wind and water-resistant jacket.

Not Included:
Airfare except as mentioned; passport and visa fees; travel insurance; luggage handling; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; optional excursions and gratuities; items of a personal nature such as laundry; rubber boots, walking sticks and binoculars can be rented for an additional charge; fuel surcharge may apply.