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Wildlife and the South Atlantic Coast

18 days
17 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 7,775.00 (double occupancy)

Dates:

Oct 29, 2017 - Nov 15, 2017 

Ships & Cabins:

Itinerary:

Day 1: Montevideo
Late in the evening MS Fram sails out of the Rio de la Plata into the open waters of the Atlantic. The river mouth is a very busy shipping route and you can spot vessels from all over the world.

Day 2: At Sea
Enjoy life on board. Relax in the Panorama Lounge, keep a lookout for wildlife from the deck, or join the lectures.

Day 3: At Sea
Enjoy life on board and lectures from the Expedition Team.

Day 4: Península Valdés
The Península Valdés is one of the wildlife high­lights of Argentina, where you can experience some of the largest marine animals in their natural environment. We will also pay a visit to the amazing Puerto Madryn. The Península Valdés is a fauna reservation and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on Argentina’s barren eastern Pata­gonian coast, this oddly shaped peninsula is home to some of the country’s richest wildlife, with elephant seals, Magellanic pen­guins, the southern right whale, and a great variety of birds.

Day 5: At Sea
Keep a lookout for wildlife from the deck. Join our Expedition Team’s onboard lecture series.

Day 6: Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands consist of two large islands and approximately 700 smaller ones with an estimated 3,000 inhabitants. Stanley, the islands’ capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is easy enough to explore in a day on foot, as shops and services are all centered on the port, including Stanley’s lively pubs.

Day 7: At Sea
We cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the colder waters of the Southern Ocean.

Day 8: At Sea
Spend another relaxing and interesting day at sea.

Day 9: South Georgia
There is nowhere, in any latitude, quite like South Georgia. It offers magnificent mountain scenery with majestic glaciers and beaches teeming with wildlife. Salisbury Plain is best known as the breeding site for as many as 500,000 king penguins, and the beaches here are also covered with elephant seals and southern fur seals.

Day 10: South Georgia
Our Expedition Team is well versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of the sooty albatross and the legends of the Norwegian whalers. We plan to visit Fortuna Bay and some of South Georgia’s abandoned whaling stations.

Day 11: South Georgia
During our stay here, you will see elephant seals lounging on the sand, fur seal pups racing in and out of the water, albatross soaring overhead, and thousands of king penguins. In Grytviken you will see abandoned whaling stations, a whaling museum, the Norwegian seaman’s church, and the tiny graveyard where we can pay our respects to the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Day 12: South Georgia
In South Georgia, king penguins form huge breeding colonies, and the one at St. Andrews Bay has over 100,000 birds. Because of the long breeding cycle, colonies are continuously occupied.

Day 13: South Georgia
Today we will visit Elsehul. The island is a breeding ground for fur seals, macaroni penguins, petrels, and albatross.

Day 14: At Sea
A day at sea is perfect for relaxing in the Panorama Lounge, keeping a lookout for wildlife from the deck, or joining the lectures.

Day 15: At Sea
Enjoy another relaxing and interesting day at sea.

Day 16: Falkland Islands
The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is a pristine environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces, and stunning white-sand beaches. The penguins will come close to you to stop and take a glance before continuing on their way in total disregard to your presence, giving you some great photo opportunities! Bird lovers will rejoice as we reach Carcass Island, a bird paradise with a rich variety of ducks, geese, penguins, albatross, caracaras, and wrens. It is also one of the few islands this far south with trees. We use our small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking, or taking a closer look at all the birds.

Day 17: At Sea
Enjoy life on board. Relax in the Panorama Lounge, keep a lookout for wildlife from the deck, or join the lectures.

Day 18: Ushuaia
After a spectacular journey, we make landfall at the world’s southernmost town.