Your journey begins in Buenos Aires with an overnight hotel stay before flying to Ushuaia where MS Fram awaits. From here, we set sail through the Drake Passage, notorious among the early polar explorers, before arriving at the end of the Earth. As the ship closes in on Antarctica, lectures on history, environmental issues and wildlife prepare passengers further for the adventure to come.
Like nothing else on earth
In Antarctica, we land at different historical places like the ring-shaped Deception Island that used to harbour whaling ships until 1905, Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of Chinstrap penguins, the British station Port Lockroy from the 2nd World War; and Wilhelmina Bay, often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large numbers of humpback whales spotted here. Brown Bluff is recognisable by the 750 metre cliffs that dominate the landscape.
The landings offer you the chance to go hiking in alpine mountains, take kayaks out on the water among whales breaching the surface, meeting the local penguins and traversing glaciers.
From Antarctica we head north to the island of South Georgia, where en route you may attend a number of presentations on the area’s wildlife, as well as whaling and polar history. Among all the intriguing places to visit in South Georgia, we call on Grytviken and the great Shackleton’s final resting place, which provides ample food for thought.
MS Fram then sets course for the Falkland Islands. In this British settlement you will find a world of contrasts from the red buses and English pubs in Stanley, the capital, to seamless horizons, vast open spaces, stunning white sand beaches and a rich wildlife with penguins and albatrosses.
After an amazing journey of discovery and activities, we make landfall at Uruguay's capital, Montevideo.