Discover Buenos aires with your private guide, before you experience the planet’s last untouched continent from one of the most advanced expedition ships ever built. This voyage will take you through the renowned stretch of the Drake Passage, escorted by albatrosses and storm petrels, before arriving at the magical white landscape of Antarctica. You will experience the continent in summer with its incredible wildlife including seals, penguins and whales. Make landings on small expedition skiffs to explore the landscape and animals in a more intimate way than ever imagined. A true once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Cruise Departure Dates:
2014: Nov 19
2015: Jan 4, Jan 16
A private transfer between the airport (International) and city of Buenos Aires with a professional driver and an English-speaking guide is provided.
Loi Suites Recoleta is located in the most elegant area of the city, at walking distance from museums, art galleries and shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks. A tropical Winter Garden with swimming pool and restaurant complete the relaxing atmosphere anyone would wish for in an upscale hotel. International cuisine is also served in La Fuente restaurant, intimate and warm.
The recently discovered ancient tunnels of Buenos Aires are one of the city’s best kept secrets. Enjoy a private half day city tour including a visit of the ancient passages and get to know Buenos Aires from the ground up. After meeting your private guide (with driver and private vehicle) at the hotel, you’ll visit the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s founding site and genuine starting point of Buenos Aires’ urban development. Next is San Telmo, a former enclave for local aristocracy. This charming colonial district, with its cobbled streets, has many artists' studios and is one of the trendiest neighborhoods of the city. In San Telmo lies a recently unearthed treasure: the ancient subterranean tunnels. The construction of tunnels started in the colonial era, and continued well into the 19th century. From ancient times, many myths have been created around the tunnels: people said they witnessed secret encounters, disappearances, murders or even political conspiracies.Enjoy visiting one of these tunnels, a part of a 3,000 square meter labyrinth below the streets of San Telmo, made up of a long corridor with vaulted ceilings and display cabinets exhibiting many items and utensils recovered during the excavation. Other areas that are included in your tour include La Boca, (which was strongly shaped by the working class Italian immigrants, with its make shift houses made from scrap materials found in local shipyards), Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires’ latest and most sophisticated neighborhood, and La Recoleta, where a short stop is made at the gorgeous Plaza San Martín, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, (the city’s second oldest church), and the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, an imposing labyrinth of ornate graves and mausoleums where some of the most important characters of Argentina’s political and cultural life (including Eva Peron) are buried. The last stop on the tour is at the area known as Palermo Woods. Next to the woods lie the splendid palaces built by the wealthy classes in the early 20th century to rival with Paris. After having gained deep insight in this culturally rich city, you will return to our hotel.
A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Buenos Aires' hotels and domestic airport or vice versa)
Fly from Buenos Aires domestic airport to Ushuaia. Note flights are subject to changes based on availability. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hour.
Upon arrival, you'll be greated by cruise representatives, and take a group transfer to port, with an orientation tour of Ushuaia on the way. An optional (not included) excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park will also be offered. Time permitting, you will have a chance to explore Ushuaia on your own before embarkation at 4:00PM.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your cabin, and explore the facilities on your ship. Tonight's welcome dinner will offer an ideal opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
M/S Fram is named after the ship used by famous Norwegian Explorer Fridtjof Nansen, M/S Fram’s interior has been inspired by Greenland and the Arctic region; with a glass-enclosed observation lounge and excellent leisure facilities including a gym, sauna and two heated outdoor Jacuzzis. M/S Fram is a purpose built 12,700-ton vessel that incorporates all the best of both practical and traditional design. Items of the original Fram are also be displayed throughout the vessel, linking the present MS Fram with the rich history of its illustrious past.
You're encouraged to join some of the onboard educational lectures as you begin your journey south to the Antarctic Convergence. Also, keep your eye out for whales, as they can certainly be spotted in these waters.
Named after Sir Francis Drake this stretch of water between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula has numerous myths and legends connected to it. The extraordinary seaworthiness of MS Fram ensures you a safe and comfortable passage.
Once you have crossed the Antarctic Convergence you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg.
There are no permanent human inhabitants but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. Words simply cannot describe the feeling of being on the Great White Continent. Throughout your time cruising Antarctica, you'll make landings by skiff for exploration.
The ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica, as well as your route. Every voyage is unique and your experienced crew will make all voyages an experience of a lifetime. The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage by your captain.
During the course of your expedition, you'll get some spectactular once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Landings will get you closer to wildlife than you could ever imagine.
Learn the history of the great explorers as we travel in their footsteps and see the landscape as they saw it - unchanged, remote, and awe inspiring.
When conditions allow, hikes or other activities on land and sea may be offered. Participation on any hike requires a good level of fitness, and that you are accustomed to hiking on uneven terrain.
Most importantly, bring your adventurer's spirit, be ready to go with the flow, and expect the unexpected. Your final sailing schedule will be decided by the ship's captain during the voyage.
As the bow points north you will have time to reflect on your Antarctic experience with its unforgettable sights and sounds.
Today you'll sail the final stretch of the Drake Passage, aka the "Drake Shake", as you set your sights on the land ahead; South America.
After a spectacular voyage with countless impressions, you disembark from your ship at the world’s southernmost town before transferring to Ushuaia airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires.
Fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires domestic airport. Not flights are subject to changes based on availability. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hrs.
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