The Ultimate Expedition

From Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Expedition
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Your Ultimate Antarctica expedition cruise, 23 days to experience all the stunning Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica highlights!

Join in Buenos Aires, for a charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina, where you will set sail  to explore the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’, en route to the remote ice wilderness of Antarctica. Witness the seamless horizons and vast open spaces of the Falklands that are a haven for wildlife. Spend five days exploring South Georgia, taking in the incredible scenery, overwhelming wildlife and fascinating historic sites - king penguins as far as the eye can see, whilst albatross soar overhead. Next stop Antarctica, where you will encounter wildlife close-up against a backdrop of hauntingly beautiful and surreal landscapes. Take a zodiac excursion or opt to kayak alongside immense and beautifully carved icebergs, watch whales breaking the surface of the waters and follow in the footsteps of the great explorers as you land on the magical white continent of Antarctica. Spend time ashore, simple soaking it all in, hike or even camp on the world´s most isolated continent.

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Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers and camp out on the ice.

"Not only will you witness amazing wildlife, like thousands of penguins, whale, and seals, the Citizen Science programme will allow you to assist with live scientific research! Tara, Team Viva

Hike, kayak and go ice-cruising in stunning Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires

Arrive Buenos Aires at any time. Today is free for you to explore Buenos Aires at leisure. We recommend arriving at least 1 or 2 days in advance to allow time to explore this wonderful city. This afternoon there will be a pre-departure meeting held at your hotel confirming details for your departure tomorrow.

Overnight in Buenos Aires. Hotel is to be advised

NOTE: 22 November 2021 is a special Solar Eclipse departure

Day 2
Buenos Aires Ushuaia

Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fram awaits. Once onboard, we kick off our journey with a Welcome dinner.

Day 3
At Sea towards the Falklands

We cross the open sea towards the Falkland Islands. Enjoy our in-depth lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck.
The Falklands teem with wildlife, and offer clear blue skies, vast vistas and stunning white beaches. Here, the sheep graze alongside colonies of penguins, while caracaras patrol overhead and geese forage at the water’s edge. Penguins waddle close to take a look, then continue on their way, providing great photo opportunities! We hope to go ashore for exploring, hiking or taking a closer look at all the birds. Stanley makes an excellent starting point for our excursions. We will be docked in the capital the entire day, giving you time to discover on foot, as most shops and services are clustered around the port.


Day 4-6
Falkland Islands, Malvinas

The Falkland Islands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature, and offer fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white beaches. Here the sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper, king and macaroni penguins, while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. In the Falklands, penguins waddle close to take a look at us, then continue on their way, giving you some great photo opportunities! Stanley, the islands’ capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is easy enough to discover on foot, as most shops and services are centred on the port.

Included Excursion:
Stanley - Community Walk - Take this self-timed walk through the highlights of Stanley's Capital

Optional day tours can be booked. Please ask for more details. Limited availability. Additional costs may apply.

Day 7-8
At Sea - South Atlantic Ocean

We spend two days cruising to beautiful South Georgia. En route you can participate in lectures about the area’s wildlife, whaling and polar history. Our Expedition Team is well-versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of seals and the legends of the Norwegian whalers. One of the fascinating stories that will be told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the men of the ill-fated Endurance, and their amazing feats of bravery. You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible and you’ll join Citizen Science programmes to help collect data for current scientific research.


Day 9-13
South Georgia

We explore the thriving ecosystem and rich history of South Georgia. The area is known as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean and is a world-famous location for wildlife photographers.

South Georgia’s unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem - yet outside the limit of sea ice - makes an ideal home for tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. During our stay here, you will see adult seals lounge on the sand while their pups race in and out of the water, albatross soar overhead, and penguins cluster in their thousands. Enjoy the sight of hanging glaciers, cliffs, and scenic lagoons.

You will also visit a museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, and the grave of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. South Georgia also offers good hiking, and one of our favourite trails follows part of Shakleton´s route on his brave journey across rugged mountains to find help for the 22 men left on isolated Elephant Island.

Day 14-15
At Sea towards Antarctica

As we continue towards Antarctica you can learn more about the wonders of the Deep South, focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of the region. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can also analyse samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.

Day 16-20
Antarctica

Antarctica is wilderness on a massive scale. It is home to 90 per cent of the world´s ice, reaching up to 4,000 metres in thickness. Winter sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, Antarctica is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. No human activity permitted that can alter the perfect natural balance that has evolved through millennia without interference. That´s why we follow very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

Our Captain and Expedition Team will take advantage of the often-ideal conditions to take you ice-cruising, and to come ashore on landings for exciting activities. You may have the chance to kayak the icy waters in the company of whales, hike or even camp on the world´s most isolated continent.

Day 21-22
At Sea - Drake Passage

On our way back to civilisation, we will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 miles) or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

Day 23
Disembarkation in Ushuaia - Fly back to Buenos Aires Buenos Aires

We make landfall in Tierra del Fuego. Your expedition cruise ends in the world’s southernmost town, Ushuaia, and your journey back continues with a flight to Buenos Aires. If you crave even more exploration after exploring Antarctica, we recommend you extend your stay in Buenos Aires or join an optional post-voyage programme to the magnificent Iguazu waterfalls.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 21 nights onboard MS Fram
  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre-cruise hotel in Buenos Aires before the voyage including breakfast
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Included Copy 20 À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfers in Buenos Aires on day 2 & in Ushuaia on Day 2 and 23
  • Included Copy 20 Return economy flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings
  • Included Copy 20 Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Limited connection due to remote location. No Streaming
  • Included Copy 31 Gratuities not expected
  • Included Copy 7 Optional activities/excursions, Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, additional pre/post cruise arrangements not included
Transportation
MS Fram | Antarctic & Arctic Cruise Ship

max. 318 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Included Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best photos
  • Included Hiking opportunities, Zodiac cruising, shore landings in Antarctica
  • Included Enjoy landings to see thousands of animals: seals, penguins, birds and whales
  • Included Optional activity - kayak in Antarctica
  • Included Camping in Antarctica
  • Included Witness huge numbers of king penguins in South Georgia
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Duration

23 days

Price from

$12,605 USD

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