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Exploration of Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

2020 - Example 23 Day Cruise aboard MS Fram
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This 23-day expedition cruise takes you on an epic journey: three days in the Falkland Islands, five days among the rich wildlife of South Georgia, and six days in Antarctica. All of it aboard the fully equipped MS Fram. Discover the breathtaking beauty of this unspoiled region on an adventure of a lifetime. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires
Day 2 : Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Embark
Day 3 : At sea
Days 4-6 : Falkland Islands
Days 7-8 : At Sea
Days 9-13 : South Georgia
Day 14 : At sea
Days 15-20 : Antarctica
Days 21-22 : At Sea
Day 23 : Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore Antarctica's unspoiled beaty
  • Visit during the season to see elephant seal pups
  • Admire the bird life and penguin colonies of the Falkland Islands
  • Visit South Georgia to observe king penguins and elephant seals

Ship

MS Fram

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Brilliant blue icebergs in Antarctic waters Congress building in Buenos Aires An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harbor Abandoned whaling village of Stromness, South Georgia Kayaking among the icebergs and bergy bits Nights in Ushuaia
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Day 1 Buenos Aires

Unescorted overnight in Buenos Aires. Guests can explore the capital of Argentina with its colorful neighborhoods and beautiful parks.
  
Included:
 
·  One-night bed and breakfast at a centrally located three-star hotel

Day 2 Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and where MS Fram awaits. Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill before the Captain’s introduction and welcome dinner.
 
In the evening, we sail through the Beagle Channel into the South Atlantic Ocean. Guests will be able to admire the stunning scenery as we sail past a maze of Chile’s islands, mountains, and fjords. 
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
·  Transfer from hotel to Buenos Aires airport
·  Flight in coach class from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
·  Transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship

Day 3 At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures about the upcoming destination in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, and gym.

Day 4-6 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory and guests can enjoy a pint of beer in one of the many typically English local pubs in the capital of Stanley. The ship will try to call at New Island, to the west of the Falkland archipelago and characterized by beautiful white-sand beaches. It is a habitat for Gentoo, Magellanic, and Rockhopper penguins, the black-browed albatross, and peregrine falcons. We may also visit Carcass Island. Its steep cliffs and pretty coves attract rich birdlife such as various species of songbirds, ducks, geese, caracaras, and wrens.

Included:
 
·  Stanley self-guided walk (1-2 hrs)
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
 
Included activity:
Stanley self-guided walk (1 - 2 t)
Take a short self-guided walk to get insight into life in the Falklands. Start at the historic Jubilee Villa gardens where local flora and fauna are found, stroll along Ross Road and visit Christchurch Cathedral and the Whalebone Arch before proceeding to the Historic Dockyard Museum. Take the tour as part of a group or on an individual basis.

Day 7-8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures about the upcoming destination in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, and gym.

Day 9-13 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
South Georgia’s unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem yet outside the sea ice makes it a haven for thousands of species. The density and variety of wildlife on display to photograph have earned South Georgia the nickname 'Serengeti of the Southern Ocean'. Guests can expect to see elephant seals, fur seals, albatross, and king penguins in their thousands. 
 
On each day here, we have a choice of ten possible sites to visit, including Fortuna Bay, Gold Harbour, abandoned whaling stations, and the Whaler’s Church and cemetery in Grytviken where guests can pay their respects to the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. 
 
Included:
 
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
 
Additional optional activities may include:
 
·  Kayaking in small groups with a guide
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints or wildlife habitats

Day 14 At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As we continue toward the great White Continent, learn more about the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica through lectures and research in the onboard Science Center. We will sail through the Washington Strait near Coronation Island before setting a course towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 15-20 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
As guests are limited to just 200 people on MS Fram, we have a much wider choice of 45 possible sites on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula to go cruising in small boats and to make landings. Each site offers opportunities to observe penguin colonies, seals, whales, glaciers, and icebergs up close.
 
If ice conditions and weather permitting, we will also attempt to sail south past the Antarctic Circle, at the Captain’s discretion.
 
All aboard are invited to participate in lectures on glaciology, climate change, and marine biology. Guests can also engage in Citizen Science programs like photographing leopard seals and spotting whale tails that contribute directly to scientific research.
 
Included:
 
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
 
Additional optional activities may include:
 
·  Kayaking near icebergs, and possibly seals and penguins
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints
·  Camping ashore possibly with penguins
·  Snowshoeing through pristine snowfields
·  In-depth photography lessons

Day 21-22 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Drake Passage connects the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans and is the shortest crossing to and from Antarctica. It is also nicknamed the ‘Drake Shake’ when the seas are stormy or the ‘Drake Lake’ when the waters are still. 
 
While at sea, and provided conditions are calm, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Guests will have time to learn more in the Science Center, attend lectures, enjoy the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, and gym, or just relax while bird and whale watching out on the deck.

Day 23 Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia, disembark the ship, and fly back to Buenos Aires
It’s time to return to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia. Guests can extend their trip with a choice of excursions or a post-voyage program.
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
•      Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport
•      Flight in coach class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires - Hotels

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Per person starting at
$19,709
Cabin I MS Fram
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Polar Inside I
113-140 square feet. Inside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc
Cabin FJ MS Fram
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Polar Outside 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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Polar Outside N
113-140 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc. (N-352 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin U MS Fram
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Arctic Superior 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 F MS Fram
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Arctic Superior F
183-248 square feet. Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc.
Cabin M MS Fram
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Expedition Suite 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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Expedition Suite MG
260-420 square feet. One room with private balcony, seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.

Notes

Included in Your Expedition
Flights
•      Return flights in coach class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
 
Hotel
•      Overnight at a centrally located three-star hotel in Buenos Aires before the voyage, including breakfast
 
Transfers
•      Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the voyage
•      Transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a short city tour
 
Voyage
•      Full-board expedition voyage aboard MS Fram in a cabin of your choice
•      A choice of three onboard restaurants
•      All meals include beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water in all onboard restaurants)
•      Complimentary tea and coffee
•      Free Wi-Fi onboard
•      Complimentary reusable water bottle made from aluminum to use at water refill stations located throughout the ship
•      No gratuities expected
•      English-speaking expedition team who organize and accompany activities aboard and ashore
 
Onboard Activities
•      Citizen Science program allows guests to help out with live scientific research
•      Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on sustainability, climate change, wildlife, glaciology, history
•      Use of the ship’s science center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
•      A professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
•      Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna, and indoor gym
•      Informal gatherings where the crew share stories, play a film or documentary, conduct a quiz, run art workshops, perform talents like fruit and ice carving, or teach guests how to tie sailor’s knots 
 
Landing Activities
•      Daily escorted landings in one of 45 possible sites while in Antarctica
•      Daily escorted landings while in the Falkland Islands and in South Georgia  
•      Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for included and optional activities
•      Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
•      Canon-certified Expedition Team members help with your camera settings before every landing

Not Included In Your Expedition
•      Travel insurance
•      International flight package to and from Buenos Aires
 •      Luggage handling
•      Additional landing activities such as:
       o   Small-boat cruising
       o   Kayaking
       o   Glacier hikes
       o   Snowshoeing
       o   Camping
       o   Photography course
•      Optional excursions
•      Pre and post-programs
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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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