Ultimate Antarctica Experience

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20 Days from from A$20,670 (Land & Sea package only)
Departure: 28 November 2016
Single Supplements available
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When embarking on one of our most ambitious voyages to Antarctica it’s best to travel with an open mind and expect the unexpected. This epic voyage takes you through the isolated Falkland Islands, stunning South Georgia, and the wild South Orkneys before exploring the great white continent of Antarctica.

Coming here, seeing the endless white landscape and hearing nothing but nature’s silence is a powerful experience. The ocean in these parts is unimaginably rich in bird and marine life and Antarctica’s surreal and haunting landscape is like nothing else on Earth. We look forward to taking you on an expedition of a lifetime.

150_BuenosAiresItinerary Highlights

DAY 1: Buenos Aires

Your voyage starts with an overnight stay at a first class hotel in lovely Buenos Aires. Enjoy your time here, either by joining our optional City Tour or by yourself.

DAY 2: Buenos Aires / Ushuaia

Leaving Buenos Aires in the morning gives you more time to explore once we reach 150_ushuaiaUshuaia in the afternoon. Our local representatives will greet you at the airport and take you on an orientation tour of the city. You can also participate in the optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. You embark MS Fram in the afternoon, and in the evening we set a course for Antarctica.

DAY 3: At Sea

Enjoy life on board as we set a course for the Falkland Islands lying some 770km away in the South Atlantic, north-east of Cape Horn and about 1,600 kilometres from Antarctica. En route, you can keep a look-out for wildlife or join our Expedition Team as they start our on board lecture series.

150_ElephantSealsDAY 4: Falkland Islands – Day 4 & 5

The Falklands consist of two large and around 700 smaller islands. Thanks to the unique sub-Antarctic ecology, over 70 animal species can be found on these islands including the black-browed albatross, brown-rumped caracara, Elephant seal, sea lion and five different species of penguin. Fauna-wise, there are about 347 wild plant species in the area. We will explore the northwest part of the Falklands, and then continue to Stanley, the islands’ capital, which makes a wonderful starting point for various excursions in the area.

DAY 6: At Sea – Day 6 & 7

During the time at sea, our lecture series will help prepare you for the wonders of South Georgia.

150_FortunaBayDAY 8: South Georgia – Day 8 & 9

There is nowhere quite like South Georgia. Its unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometre (1,500 sq mi) island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. We plan to into the mountainous Drygalski Fjord at the southern end of the island and visit Fortuna Bay. We also plan to visit some of South Georgia’s abandoned whaling stations and go ashore to hike if the weather is favourable.

DAY 10: At Sea

As we continue to Antarctica our lecture series includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

150_SouthOrkneyIslandsDAY 11: South Orkneys

We will spend a day exploring the South Orkney Islands. They were discovered by American and British sealers in 1821 and have since served as a base for Scottish, French and Argentine sealing and scientific expeditions.

DAY 12: At Sea

As we sail the Washington Strait to Coronation Island and Elephant Island on our way to the Antarctic Peninsula, you might want to sort the photos you have already taken, relax, go to lectures, watch the animal life and prepare yourself for our arrival in Antarctica.

150_HalfMoonIslandDAY 13: Antarctica – Day 13 to 17

Antarctica is a continent dedicated to peace and science. We are visiting a place that has evolved through millennia without human interference; a place where wildlife remains fearless of man. It is important to respect the pristine, fragile nature of Antarctica and to ensure that visitors don’t have a negative impact. Therefore we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints in the snow and take nothing but pictures.

On Deception Island a portion of the caldera wall has collapsed and created a navigable opening into the flooded interior. The natural harbour inside the island includes Whalers Bay where it might be possible to make a shore landing to see the relics on your own or 150_DrakePassage1join our expedition team for guided tours. Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem amongst these island treasures. Weather and sea conditions permitting we may organise a hike passing the Teniente Cámara Station and on to a view point that is a popular place to look out for whales in the bay facing towards the Bransfield Strait. The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic continent calve to mile-long tabular icebergs. The strong currents of the Weddell Sea conspire to bring these massive flat-topped bergs north into the Antarctic Sound at the north-eastern end of the Antarctic Peninsula. Brown Bluff has, as the name suggests, a landscape is dominated by a towering, rust-coloured bluff of volcanic origin and is home to a beach sprinkled with lava “bombs”.

DAY 18: Drake Passage – Day 18 & 19

After four magnificent days exploring Antarctica, MS Fram’s bow points north and we make our way back to the South American continent.

150_TierraDelFuegoDAY 20: Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

After this spectacular voyage to Antarctica with its endless vistas, we make landfall in Tierra del Fuego. Your voyage ends in the world’s southernmost town, Ushuaia and your journey back continues with a flight to lively Buenos Aires.

Ship Details

MS Fram

2500x1250_antarctica_27112013_147The MS Fram is one of the best purpose built expedition cruise ships ever constructed. Built in 2007, the ice-strengthened vessel combines ocean capabilities with safety, flexibility, environmental friendliness and comfort and her aim is to bring passengers closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. Due to her size, she is more stable in waters such as the Drake Passage than smaller vessels. Her reduced capacity on Antarctic voyages makes her a ship to consider.

1MS-Fram_LoungeThe ship is equipped with sonar and iceberg search lights. The 127 cabins and superior suites accommodate up to 318 passengers. Ship features include spacious outside decks, an observation lounge with large panoramic windows, restaurant with balcony, well-equipped fitness room with ocean views, sauna and outdoor Jacuzzis where you can watch icebergs floating silently past as 1Expedition-suite-3you relax in the warm waters. The ship even houses an exhibition of original artefacts from the historic Amundsen and Nansen expeditions. With a large, highly experienced expedition crew – personalised service is paramount. Shore landings are offered as well as a range of active options such as kayaking, snowshoeing and camping.

What’s included

  • 1-night Hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Roundtrip Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfers from Airport – Ship – Airport in Ushuaia
  • Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice.
  • Full board and free tea and coffee.
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket.
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats.
  • Activities on board and ashore.
  • Lectures and landings with Expedition Team.

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

20 Days from from A$20,670 (Land & Sea package only)
Departures: 28 November 2016
Single Supplements available
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