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Antarctica expedition

From Penguins to Patagonia

Example 18 Day Cruise aboard MS Fram
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Starting in Ushuaia, cross the ocean to explore the wonders of the great white continent. Come ashore on isolated beaches, get close to huge colonies of penguins, hike in the haunting landscapes, and enjoy kayak trips in untouched waters with icebergs floating by. Continue to Cape Horn and the wild fjords of Chile and visit one of the most scenic national parks in the world. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans, with mountains plunging into icy waters. The steep valleys with snow-capped mountains make a striking contrast to an otherwise green area that is rich in wildlife. Spend time kayaking, hiking, and enjoying close encounters with penguins, birds, seals, and the rich wildlife of Patagonia before the voyage ends in Valparaíso, Chile.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Days 3-7 : Antarctica
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Cape Horn
Day 10 : Chilean Fjords in Patagonia
Days 11-12 : Puerto Natales, Torres Del Paine National Park
Day 13 : Puerto Eden, Chile
Day 14 : Chilean Fjords
Day 15 : Puerto Montt
Day 16 : At Sea
Day 17 : Valparaiso | Disembark
Day 18 : Santiago de Chile

Highlights

  • See Port Lockroy in Antarctica and glimpse into a 1950s base
  • Enjoy optional off-shore excursions like kayaking and hiking
  • Watch for wildlife in the richly-populated Chilean Fjords
  • Explore Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile
  • Visit the unique village of Puerto Edén, population 250
  • Sightsee in the colorful and poetic city of Valparaíso

Ship

MS Fram

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Antarctica expedition Chilean Fjords A huge colony of king penguins. Chilean Fjords Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine

Day 1 Ushuaia | Embark

If you have time, join the optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park before embarking on MS Fram

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy life on board and keep a lookout for wildlife, or join the Expedition Team as they start the onboard lecture series.

Day 3-7 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
As you reach Antarctica, gaze at the endless white wilderness full of vistas of nature and wildlife. Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem among these island treasures. Cuverville Island boasts the largest known colony of gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail through the narrow Errera Channel to and from Cuverville and see the icebergs that have become trapped and grounded in the nearby shallows. Danco Island lies peacefully among the icebergs in the Errera Channel, just a few hundred yards from the Antarctic mainland, and is a breeding site for gentoo penguins. Go ashore and explore, go kayaking to see the ice up close, or take a trip on one of the small boats. Port Lockroy is a British station from the World War II that was turned into a museum in 1996. It is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. Pleneau Island is situated just south of the Lemaire Channel and is a beautiful landing site, with many stranded icebergs in the bay area.

Day 8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After four unforgettable days in Antarctica, MS Fram takes you safely back across the famous Drake Passage.

Day 9 Cape Horn

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At almost 56 degrees south, Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America, and one of the most mythical places on Earth. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. The MS Fram does her best to land on Cape Horn, despite the high seas and challenging conditions.

Day 10 Chilean Fjords in Patagonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail through the Magellan Strait and the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords, and mountains plunging into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating the isolated islands and hidden bays that form the unique fjord landscape of Chile. Nature enthusiasts are excited by the Chilean fjords. The snow-capped mountains and steep valleys make a striking contrast to an otherwise very green area that is rich in wildlife. Come ashore and you might be able to spot sea lions, Andean condors, and several other birds that can only be found here. 

Day 11-12 Puerto Natales, Torres Del Paine National Park

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Puerto Natales is the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most attractive national parks in Chile. The ‘towers,' the impressive rock formations, both colossal and unique, called ‘Torres del Paine’ (Towers of Paine), are the main attractions of the park. The towers are made up of the Torre Central (9,186 feet high), Torre Sur (9,350 feet) and Torre Norte (7,375 feet). Enjoy hiking, glacier traversing, kayaking, and landings in these amazing surroundings. The diversity of environments here has led to very rich fauna and flora. While you are here you might see llamas, pumas, chilla foxes, and skunks – in addition to more than 100 species of birds such as the Andean condor and black-chested buzzard eagle. 

Day 13 Puerto Eden, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an unforgettable voyage through the Patagonian Archipelago, visit the unique village of Puerto Edén. Known for its geographical isolation, its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people. Stroll among the laneways or join the Expedition Team for hiking, mountain climbing, or kayaking. 

Day 14 Chilean Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy another day in the Chilean fjords. From the deck or the panorama lounge you have front-row seats to the majestic mountains and beautiful scenery.

Day 15 Puerto Montt

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Puerto Montt boasts great views of the ocean and the towering peaks of the Andes. Going ashore on one of these excursions gives you a great overview of the scenery, culture, and architecture of this area. You can also explore this city on your own. 

Day 16 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a day at sea. Relax on deck or join the lectures from the Expedition Team.

Day 17 Valparaiso | Disembark

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Described as both colorful and poetic, Valparaíso is a unique, artistic city undergoing an impressive cultural resurgence, although poets, painters, and philosophers have long been drawn to this place. After disembarkation, learn more about the city during a sightseeing tour before you are transferred to your hotel in Santiago de Chile.

Day 18 Santiago de Chile

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast in the hotel your expedition comes to an end.

MS Fram

Santiago - Hotels

Per person starting at
$10,231
Cabin I MS Fram
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I
113-140 square feet. Inside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc
Cabin FJ MS Fram
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FJ
172-226 square feet. Outside cabin: Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc, limited or no view. (FJ 503 with twin beds).
A comfortable twin cabin on the MS Fram
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N
113-140 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc. (N-352 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin F MS Fram
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F
183-248 square feet. Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc.
Cabin U MS Fram
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U
118-252 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc. (U-526 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin M MS Fram
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M
172-215 square feet. One room with seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.
Cabin MG MS Fram
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MG
260-420 square feet. One room with private balcony, seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.

Notes

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine your schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage.

Voyage price includes:
  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
Not included:
  • Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
  • Argentinian reciprocity fee from $160 for US citizens

Included

  • 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 17 Dinners
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