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All-inclusive Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

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$25,299
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Typically $27,299
Explore Antarctica, Falklands Islands and South Georgia: The “Galapagos of the Poles” on this All Inclusive 27 day epic expedition in 2024 / 2025. A once-in-a-lifetime trip!

the tour

Explore the All Inclusive Falkland Islands, Antarctica and South Georgia on an expedition journey of a life time. Sail onboard luxurious MS Fram who was fully upgraded in summer 2022. With your return international flights included, this 27 day epic trip will take you to the ends of the Earth, as seen in David Attenborough documentaries.

You will explore stunning South Georgia, which is also know as the ‘Galapagos of the Poles’ or the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’. Walk amongst colonies of King Penguins, Elephant Seals and various types of seabirds. See endless ranges of snow-coated mountains and the majesty of icebergs sculpted by sun, wind and waves in Antarctica. Delve into the natural beauty and history of the desirable Falklands Islands.

Experience walking on glaciers with daily landings in any of 22 possible sites while in Antarctica. Take the opportunity to kayak through chunks of floating ice, or for the very brave… a polar plunge! Be led by an experienced expedition team who will guide you by zodiac boat to land on the ice. An experience one never forgets.

INCLUSIONS

Hurtigruten expedition to Falkland Islands, Antarctica and South Georgia on MS Fram. 21 Nights in a Polar Inside cabin (upgrades available).  All meals daily while onboard, plus beers, wines and soft drinks at meal times. Return international economy airfares. 2 nights pre cruise and 1 night post cruise accommodation in Santiago with all transfers. Secure your expedition from just *25% DEPOSIT and travel until February 2025. Call us to find out more.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart Australia

After your flight from Australia or New Zealand, arrive in Santiago de Chile and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

MEALS: None

OVERNIGHT: Santiago 4 Star Hotel

DAY 2: Santiago de Chile

Enjoy an overnight stay in Santiago, the energetic and cultural core of Chile. Filled with museums, beautiful architecture and top-notch restaurants, the city has all the high notes you would expect of a capital. There is a wealth of sites and attractions to see, and you’ll only be limited by time, not choice.

Ride the historic funicular up to Cerro San Cristóbal for commanding views of the city and the Andean glaciers beyond. This is the largest park in the city and the site of the national zoo and botanic gardens. Surrounding the park is the hip Bella Vista neighbourhood which is great to wander around for chilled-out cafés by day and Latin-inspired bars and clubs by night. A walk to the 18th century presidential palace and historical heart Plaza de Armas will ensure you have enough snaps of the main landmarks.If you’ve time, head to Mercado Central fish market to sample classic Chilean seafood stew caldillo de congrio.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Santiago 4 Star Hotel

DAY 3: Santiago de Chile ~ Punta Arenas

You leave Santiago early in the morning, so make sure to set your alarm. From the airport, you fly to Punta Arenas, the capital of Chile’s southernmost region located on the Brunswick Peninsula, just north of the Strait of Magellan. What began as a penal colony boomed during the gold-rush and sheep-farming periods of the 1880s and early 1900s and is now one of only two low-tax ports in Chile.

MS Fram is waiting here for you, ready to get you started on your expedition cruise to Antarctica. Aboard the ship, you’ll meet and greet the Expedition Team and crew members. They’ll conduct a health and safety meeting for all guests before we set sail. Head out on the observation deck to catch a last glimpse of Punta Arenas as we begin our course south. Then sip on drinks and turn your eyes towards Antarctica while you enjoy views from the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fram

DAY 4: At Sea ~ Strait of Magellan

Long after your epic voyage is over and you’re flicking through your pictures, you’ll realise that it was here, the Strait of Magellan, where your adventure truly began. It was named after Portuguese explorer Fernando de Magallanes who discovered it when he captained a Spanish expedition to circumnavigate the world in 1520. As you soak up the mesmerising views all around you, spare a thought for Fernando and his crew charting these waters in a rickety ship 500 years ago.

With our course set for the Falkland Islands, you’ll now be in the hands of the expert Expedition Team. You’ll find that they are not just inspirational teachers and attentive hosts, but bonafide adventurers who’ve got their share of stories to tell. Whether it’s about marine biology, Arctic survival, oceanography or photography, you’ll feed off their enthusiasm in each lecture. You can join them in the lecture hall and in the Science Center to learn about the Falklands interesting history and fascinating wildlife. If you are interested in art, you can attend art classes and even learn how to tie knots for when you go on landings.

Good times are also to be had in our restaurants which are located in the aft of the ship. You’ll note that wherever your table is placed, you’ll be able to gaze on the views outdoors. The strait also looks great while soaking in the outdoor hot tubs on deck 7.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fram

DAYS 5-7: The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are probably best known for their chequered past. Discovered by the British, settled by the French and the Spanish,they were then fought over by Argentina and Great Britain in the Falklands War. You will understand why these islands are so desirablewhen you see the natural beauty hidden in these islands across the three days we explore here.

The windswept green hills are home to large farms that have been family-owned for generations. And the beaches! The white sands and clear waters could easily be mistaken for the Caribbean.You will see penguin colonies alongsidegrazing sheep, while caracaras patrol overhead and geese forage at the water’s edge.

There are close to 800 islands here and the list of possible places to visit is pretty long. Rather than be forced into a fixed itinerary, we prefer to keep your exploration loose and spontaneous. This is an adventure after all!The Expedition Team and Captain will look at the sea and weather conditions at the time and then pick the safest sites for that day. So, whether it’s Saunders Island, West Point, Carcass Island, or another location that we visit, you can be sure it’ll be the best option for your expedition.

One place that we will likely be able to visit is Stanley, the capital of the archipelago on East Falkland. It’s a great little town to explore on foot and an excellent starting point for the optional excursions you can pick from. While in the town centre, you’ll likely want to visit its array of local shops and maybe even stop in at an Englishpub to share a pint with the friendly locals.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fram

DAYS 8-9: At Sea ~ Cruising the South Atlantic

Sailing from the Falklands, we spend two days cruising towards beautiful South Georgia. Known as the Galápagos of the Poles, you can look forward to seeing an archipelago of impressive and diverse wildlife.

But that’s still a couple of days away, so meet up with your friends in the Expedition Team and listen as they give you a heads up on what you can expect. They will tell you everything they know about South Georgia, including information about the area’s wildlife, polar history, its geology, glaciology and legends of Norwegian whalers.

One of the fascinating stories in their canon is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the crew of the ill-fated ship 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 can join Citizen Science programmes to help collect data for current scientific research.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fram

DAYS 10-14: South Georgia

If you love wildlife, you’re going to love South Georgia. Nicknames like ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and ‘Galápagos of the Poles’ promise a lot, but the islands more than live up to their reputation. Coming here, you’ll understand why South Georgia is a top spot for wildlife photographers from all over the world.

Uniquely positioned inside the Antarctic ecosystem yet outside the reach of sea ice, South Georgia is an ideal home for thousands of breeding penguins and seals. There are notable populations of king penguins who prefer the warmer weather here than their emperor cousins in Antarctica. Both South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands have also been identified as Important Bird Areas, supporting many seabirds including albatross, penguins, petrels, shags, skuas and terns.

We spend five days in South Georgia, and plan to go ashore at several possible places to take you closer to the wilderness and wildlife. One such place is the settlement of Grytviken, home to a Norwegian seaman’s church built in 1913 and the final resting place of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

However, like the Falklands, our itinerary is not set in stone. We know all the interesting sites and penguin colonies to take you to, but we always adjust our plans according to the weather conditions. That’s what makes our expedition cruises so memorable.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fram

DAY 15: At Sea ~ Towards Antarctica

With lengthy stays in both the Falklands and South Georgia, you have had time to really immerse yourself in the destinations and their wildlife. Our Expedition Team now focuses your attention on the main event of your expedition – Antarctica. You’ll take in comprehensive lectures and presentations covering polar explorer history, environment and, of course, the wildlife of the region.

Throughout our journey, the Expedition Team will also be taking water samples for you to study under the microscopes in the Science Center, allowing you to see wildlife at the cellular level.

As we are getting closer to Antarctica, the Expedition Team will talk about the very strict environmental guidelines and sustainability rules outlined by IAATO that we follow. This is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism. No human activity is permitted that might interfere with the natural balance that exists here. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. And even then, sometimes we’ll wipe away our footprints to prevent penguins from getting stuck in them!

As always, the amenities of the ship are there for you to enjoy. If you haven’t yet worked up a sweat in the gym or the sauna, now is your opportunity. Don’t forget to go out on deck from time to time on your way to Antarctica. Spotting that first huge iceberg is always a real highlight.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fram

DAYS 16-20: Antarctica ~ A World of Ice & Wonder

Forget everything you have ever experienced before. Antarctica is in a league of its own. No matter how high your expectations are, Antarctica never disappoints. Holding 90% of the world’s ice, it’s massive in every sense of the word. The only country in the world with more surface area is Russia. There is actually land to be found underneath all the ice, but in some places, you would have to dig your way through four kilometres of snow and ice to reach it.

You will probably see your first seals and penguins from the ship, and that in itself is a fantastic experience. But wait until you stand on the very same shore as a colony of thousands of penguins. Or if a seal showsup beside you as you enjoy an optional activity of kayaking among the icebergs. Caught up in the thrill of the moment, you might not even remember to reach for your camera to take a picture!

Just as the icescapes of Antarctica change through its seasons, so does its wildlife. In early spring there will be much more snow, making the landscapes even more pristine. This is when the penguins are meeting up. We rarely see whales at this time of year, in October and November. In December, however, whales become more frequent. That’s also when the first penguin chicks hatch, which is always a charming sight. February and March are the peak of whale-watching opportunities, as the large amount of krill in the waters attract the most whale species who come for a veritable feeding frenzy.

There will be less snow then, and you will be able to see the clumsy penguin chicks are running around. If you are interested in birds, however, there are 46 species of birds here, including various petrels, albatrosses and terns.

Our Expedition Team will take very good care of you while you enjoy everything that Antarctica has to offer over the next five days. You can join them in ice-cruising and landings to really explore the icescapes of this frozen continent. If you are here early in the season when snow conditions are good, you may even get the chance to go snowshoeing. As before, there is no set list of sites we will definitely visit. We submit to the elements, allowing wind and sea ice to guide us in picking the best landing zones.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fram

DAYS 21-23: Drake Passage & Beagle Channel

Five unforgettable days in Antarctica are over, and MS Fram has turned around to take you back north over the Drake Passage. Known for its potentially high winds and strong currents, the passage can also be silent and still, inspiring the nicknames ‘The Drake Shake’ and ‘The Drake Lake’ respectively. But don’t worry, even if we experience rough seas, you will be perfectly safe on our purpose-built expedition ship.

During our crossing, the Expedition Team will recap our experiences of Antarctica, making it possible to keep your head in Antarctica for a little while longer. As your cruise is coming close to its end, this is also the perfect time to go through the pictures you have taken on your cruise. And for all the things you have loved to do so far on the ship, there is still time to do all of them a couple of times more.

When we have put the Drake Passage behind us, we enter the scenic Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains plunging straight into the icy water. Watch for rare endemic Peale’s dolphin and other wildlife as we sail in this wild and remote area that seems almost undisturbed by humans.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Fram

DAY 24: Punta Arenas ~ Santiago de Chile

We arrive in Punta Arenas in the morning, back to civilisation again. You’ll transfer to the airport for a flight back to Santiago where you’ll have a second chance to explore the capital of Chile. Or maybe you would rather extend your vacation with a Post-Programme adventure to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads? The choice is yours.Before that though, you’ll first make your fond farewells to one another, the crew and the Expedition Team.

How do you end an experience of 23 days at sea surrounded by some of the most remote, awe-inspiring scenery known to humankind? The answer is: you don’t. The experience will continue on with the memories and knowledge you now carry with you. It lives in the photos and stories you’ll bring back to your friends and family. We hope your experience of sustainable expedition cruising has been an inspiring one, renewing your awe for nature and reigniting a passion to protect it.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Santiago 4 Star Hotel

DAY 25: Depart Santiago de Chile

Enjoy a day at leisure in Santiago de Chile before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia or New Zealand.

MEALS: Breakfast

DAY 26: Transit

As you cross the international date/time line, your clock will jump forward 24 hours.

MEALS: In Flight

DAY 27: Arrive Australia

Arrive home and your adventure has come to an end.

MEALS: In Flight

Description

Explore the All Inclusive Falkland Islands, Antarctica and South Georgia on an expedition journey of a life time. Sail onboard luxurious MS Fram who was fully upgraded in summer 2022. With your return international flights included, this 27 day epic trip will take you to the ends of the Earth, as seen in David Attenborough documentaries.

You will explore stunning South Georgia, which is also know as the ‘Galapagos of the Poles’ or the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’. Walk amongst colonies of King Penguins, Elephant Seals and various types of seabirds. See endless ranges of snow-coated mountains and the majesty of icebergs sculpted by sun, wind and waves in Antarctica. Delve into the natural beauty and history of the desirable Falklands Islands.

Experience walking on glaciers with daily landings in any of 22 possible sites while in Antarctica. Take the opportunity to kayak through chunks of floating ice, or for the very brave… a polar plunge! Be led by an experienced expedition team who will guide you by zodiac boat to land on the ice. An experience one never forgets.

INCLUSIONS

Hurtigruten expedition to Falkland Islands, Antarctica and South Georgia on MS Fram. 21 Nights in a Polar Inside cabin (upgrades available).  All meals daily while onboard, plus beers, wines and soft drinks at meal times. Return international economy airfares. 2 nights pre cruise and 1 night post cruise accommodation in Santiago with all transfers. Secure your expedition from just *25% DEPOSIT and travel until February 2025. Call us to find out more.

INCLUSIONS

 

Return economy international flights from select Australian cities

Return flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas

2 Nights Santiago de Chile pre-cruise

1 Night Santiago de Chile post-cruise

Round-trip transfers between Santiago de Chile airport and your hotel on arrival and departure day

Round-trip transfers between your hotel and Santiago de Chile airport, before and after the cruise

Round-trip transfers between Punta Arenas airport and the ship, including one orientation tour and lunchbox

21 Night expedition on MS Fram in an inside cabin (unless otherwise stated)

Explore South Georgia aka “Galapagos of the Poles”

Walk amongst colonies of King Penguins

Experience the vast beauty of Antarctica

Daily glacier landings in Antarctica by zodiac boat

Kayak between floating ice

Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily while on board

All meal time drinks: Beer, wine, softdrinks

Complimentary tea & coffee

Free WiFi on board.

Complimentary resuable water bottle

English speaking expedition team

Complimentary wind and water resistant jacket

Expedition photographers to help you with camera settings for the perfect shot

Citizen science programme

Hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym on board

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES (extra cost)

Snow Camping in Antarctica

Kayaking Adventure

Extended Hikes

EXCLUSIONS

 

Travel insurance

Luggage handling

Optional shore excursions with our local partners

Optional small group activities with our expedition team

Personal expenses

Anything else not mentioned in inclusions

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2024:

February: 14

November: 8, 29

December: 20

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2025:

January: 10, 31

February: 21

SHIP & CABINS

 

MS FRAM:

This expedition is on board the Hurtigruten MS Fram. The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of her time, and the achievements of her Arctic and Antarctic expeditions are the stuff of legend. In this spirit, the comfortable surroundings and advanced technology on today’s MS Fram – which was fully upgraded in summer 2022 – make her exceptionally well suited for modern expedition cruising.

ABOUT THE SHIP:

Purpose-built as an expedition cruise ship, MS Fram is an exceptional base camp for explorers.On board, comfort is a top priority, so after a day of exploration you can relax in a hot tub ,dine in your choice of two restaurants or at the outdoor BBQ and catch up with your fellow guests with a cocktail in hand as you watch the scenery glide past in the Explorer Lounge & Bar. In the Science Centre, at the heart of the ship, you’ll discover more about the places you sail to and listen to talks by the Expedition Team.  With key expedition features and technology, MS Fram is primed to bring you on a journey of discovery to our planet’s most alluring and unspoiled regions.

SHIP FEATURES:

MS Fram has passed stringent safety tests and is accredited by Bureau Veritas (BV), a leading independent certification body. BV’s strict and thorough safety audit ensures the ship complies with industry and international best practices in terms of health, safety and hygiene. You can feel confident when you see the SafeGuard label, as this means your vessel met the highest standards to achieve certification. SafeGuard also entails following best practice guidelines with regard to hygiene and sanitation and limiting the spread of infectious diseases on board.

PREMIUM EXPEDITION COMFORT:

MS Fram gets you closer to nature creating an unforgettable expedition experience.The 2022 upgrade has injected a fresh Nordic look and feel across all seven decks, while exploration and learning remain front and centre. There’s an expanded and improved Science Center, a larger fleet of small expeditions boats for off-ship exploration, upgraded lecture areas and the ability to stream Expedition Team talks to your cabin.   Designed to bring the outside in, take in panoramic views from the revamped Explorer Lounge & Bar, gym, sauna and hot tubs. Dine al fresco at the top-deck BBQ and savour local flavours in our signature onboard restaurants. Numerous artworks commissioned from local artists based around the Arctic adorn the interior, adding an extra sense of inspiration to your voyage.

INTERIOR & CABINS:

Fully refurbished from bow to stern in 2022, including the 125 cabins and suites, MS Fram’s interiors are bright and airy with a Nordic vibe.

 

POLAR OUTSIDE CABIN:

Enjoy sea views from our Polar Outside cabins, situated on the middle or upper decks. Most of them feature flexible sleeping arrangements with double bed that can be divided into two single beds. Our Polar Outside concept includes TV and an amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee. These cabins have a window, some may have a limited view. Note: To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

 

ARCTIC SUPERIOR:

Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins which are situated on both the middle and upper decks. Most of them feature flexible sleeping arrangements with a double bed that can be divided into two single beds. Our Arctic Superior concept includes a TV and amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee. These cabins have a window. Note: To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.

 

EXPEDITION SUITE:

Our Expedition Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper decks, the suites feature double beds, some with extra sofabeds, a seating area and TV. Our Expedition Suite concept includes a bathrobe, espresso maker and more. A welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

 

Click here for more details on the ship > MS Fram 

OPTIONS & UPGRADES

 

CABIN UPGRADES:

Upgrade your cabin. Prices vary per departure dates and cabin type:

 

POLAR OUTSIDE:

– from $3,000 per person

 

ARCTIC SUPERIOR:

– from $4,000 per person

 

EXPEDITION SUITE:

– from $10,000 per person

 

Please note the prices below are based on the lead in cabin in that category. Prices will increase for specific cabins requested. Please contact us to purchase an upgrade. Upgrades will be invoiced separately and priced per person.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid until 22 February 2025

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 60 days prior to travel

 

SINGLE TRAVELLERS:

Single travellers are requirement to pay a supplement. Prices start $7,500 and vary per departure date and cabin type so please contact MyHoliday2 for an accurate quote and any additional required will be invoiced separately.

*Contact us for single supplement offers.

 

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS:

Terms and conditions of this deal are provided by Hurtigruten. The deposit is non-refundable. Please see this link for full details of their terms: Hurtigruten terms & conditions.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Your booking is not confirmed until you receive confirmation from MyHoliday2.

If our advertised availability is not there after purchase, you will be require to choose another date.

Hurtigruten Expeditions reserve the right to remove availability at any time, which may affect your booking if it is not yet confirmed.

Hurtigruten Expeditions pricing is dynamic and may change at any time. Hurtigruten reserve the right to increase the sale price at any time due to availability

The Single Supplement may be subject to change. We will be in contact if the single supplement changes after purchase. This is at the discretion of the Huritgruten Expedition Cruise, not MyHoliday2

All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

Excursions and activities are subject to change

Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements

Departure dates are set by current airline schedules. Should airline schedules change, we may be required to alter the departure and return dates to suit new schedules.

7 Day Money Guarantee does not apply to this package

All travel documents are non-transferrable / non-changeable

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

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