Antarctica & Falklands - From Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires

Antarctica & Falklands - From Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires

Antarctica & Falklands - From Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires

Antarctica & Falklands - From Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires

Travel information 24 days MS Fram
Departure
20 March 2026
Price from
13290 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

The frozen continent 

After a flight from Santiago de Chile, you’ll embark in Punta Arenas and head towards Antarctica. You’ll spend 10 days exploring the continent in its late summer months. At this time of year, beautiful sunsets paint the ice and snow in shades of gold, orange and pink. As always, nature is in charge. We’ll adjust our plans according to the elements to bring you the best possible landing sites and wildlife-spotting opportunities.  

The Falklands and Puerto Madryn 

Your adventure then continues with three days in the Falkland Islands. Visit the capital Stanley with its charming red buses, restaurants and pubs, and discover the variety of wildlife living on the more remote parts of the islands. You’ll then call at Puerto Madryn, known for its stunning beaches and nearby nature reserve, before your adventure comes to an end in vibrant Buenos Aires. 

Antarctica & Falklands - From Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires Antarctica & Falklands - From Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires
  • Day 1
    Santiago de Chile

    Santiago, Chile's capital

    The sights of Santiago de Chile 

    Welcome to Santiago, Chile’s bustling capital. With its colonial-era architecture, award-winning restaurants and fascinating museums, it’s the perfect place to start your expedition cruise. There’s a lot to see, from the Mercado Central to the Plaza de Armas and the Presidential Palace. Check out the Sky Costanera, which offers panoramic views of the city from 1,000 feet up.  

    With so much to discover in and around the city, you may want to arrive a few days early to join one of our optional Pre-Programmes.  

    Day 1
    Santiago de Chile

    Santiago, Chile's capital

  • Day 2
    Punta Arenas

    Depart from Punta Arenas

    Begin your expedition cruise in Punta Arenas 

    You'll have an early start today as we depart Santiago and fly to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost port, where your expedition ship awaits. Once you’ve boarded the ship, get settled in, explore, and meet your Expedition Team. 

    As well as being your guides, hosts and local experts, they’re also your travel companions for the next three weeks. Friendly and welcoming, they’ll answer any questions you may have during your adventure in Antarctica, the Falklands and Puerto Madryn. 

    Day 2
    Punta Arenas

    Depart from Punta Arenas

  • Day 3-4
    At sea

    Get set for Antarctica

    Centre on science before your Antarctic adventure 

    On the two-day crossing through the Drake Passage, the Expedition Team will equip you with all you need to make the most of your expedition cruise. 

    Visit the onboard Science Center and find out what lies ahead. Listen to experts talk passionately about Antarctica’s history, the science beneath the ice, and the impact of climate change and plastic pollution. You'll learn how to make your visit as safe and as low-impact as possible, and about the Citizen Science projects you can join.  

    There's plenty of time to relax, so unwind in the hot tub and panoramic sauna, enjoy some delicious cuisine and meet fellow travellers in the Explorer Lounge & Bar. 

    Day 3-4
    At sea

    Get set for Antarctica

  • Day 5-14
    Antarctica

    Antarctica: another world

    Experience Antarctica in all its majesty 

    Nothing quite prepares you for it. Surrounded by looming glaciers, and icebergs the size of cathedrals, Antarctica will fill you with wonder.  

    Large groups of penguins huddle on the ice floes, avoiding the cunning leopard seals that hunt them. Migrating whales glide among amazing icebergs as they feed on krill. Bird enthusiasts should look out for some of the 45 species of Antarctic seabirds that live here, such as skuas, cormorants, petrels and terns. 

    When we arrive, the Antarctic summer is coming to an end, so you can look forward to seeing the landscape beautifully illuminated by breathtaking sunsets. It’s a great time to see penguins in their final stage of moulting and its peak whale-watching season as large amounts of krill lure cetaceans to the area. 

    Here, nature is king, and we are mere observers. Our experienced Captain will continually monitor conditions to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure. You’ll spend an exciting 10 days busily exploring several of the many possible landing sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula based on when and where conditions are at their best. Wherever we go and whatever we do, each day will offer something different and thrilling. 

    You'll go on landings and ice cruises. You may even get a chance to go kayaking among the icebergs. Back on board, the Expedition Team will continue their lectures, giving you a deeper insight into the frozen continent.  

    Day 5-14
    Antarctica

    Antarctica: another world

  • Day 15-16
    At sea, Scotia Sea

    Heading to the Falklands

    Relax and prepare for more adventures ahead 

    As you savour your Antarctic experiences, prepare for more adventures ahead as we cruise towards the Falkland Islands. Your Expedition Team will brief you about the history and biology of the islands. In the Science Center, you can look through the microscope at the tiny krill and phytoplankton that sustains so much of the region's wildlife.  

    Enjoy all the amenities on the ship and get tips on how to improve your images from our professional photographer, or join workshops on topics such as wildlife painting and nautical knot tying. 

    Day 15-16
    At sea, Scotia Sea

    Heading to the Falklands

  • Day 17-19
    Falkland Islands

    Wildlife of the Falklands

     Enjoy birding and hiking in these green islands 

    The Falkland archipelago is filled with seamless horizons and white sands teeming with birdlife. Only the occasional farm dots the landscape. You’ll find grassy hills and wildflowers, in contrast to the vast whiteness of Antarctica. Enjoy a community walk around Stanley, taking in the Jubilee Villas gardens, Christ Church Cathedral and the Historic Dockyard Museum.  

    Landings, hikes and excursions are, as always, guided by the conditions. We hope to visit albatross and penguin colonies, which are often found sharing space with seals, and getting as close as we can without disturbing them. 

    Day 17-19
    Falkland Islands

    Wildlife of the Falklands

  • Day 20
    At sea

    The South Atlantic

    Relax and get ready for Puerto Madryn 

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as we sail towards Puerto Madryn. You’ll have experienced so much in Antarctica and the Falklands that your head will likely be a swirling kaleidoscope of special memories and new knowledge.  

    Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center to examine special interests in more depth. Learn more about photography, or simply relax on deck, mulling over the highlights of a memorable adventure.  

    End the day in the Explorer Lounge & Bar with the new friends you’ve made on your trip, sharing experiences over a relaxing drink. 

    Day 20
    At sea

    The South Atlantic

  • Day 21
    Puerto Madryn

    Puerto Madryn

     Visit a UNESCO wildlife haven 

    Puerto Madryn boasts warm temperatures and beautiful beaches. It’s also the gateway to the dramatic Valdes Peninsula, and while we’re here, you can explore a stunning nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

    You might get the chance to see marine mammals. There are also no less than 180 species of birds living on the peninsula, so don’t forget to bring your binoculars. Stroll through the tranquil natural beauty of the reserve, enjoy a delicious bite to eat and browse the local arts and crafts shops. 

    Day 21
    Puerto Madryn

    Puerto Madryn

  • Day 22-23
    At sea

    Cruise the Argentine Basin

    Time at sea to rest and reflect 

    As we sail the final leg from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires, enjoy your final day at sea. 

    This is the perfect time to go through your pictures and relive your experiences in Antarctica, the Falklands and Puerto Madryn. Enjoy the onboard comforts one last time. Relax in the hot tubs or panoramic sauna or unwind in our Explorer Lounge & Bar. And you can join the Expedition Team in the Science Center for further investigations and contribute to Citizen Science projects. 

    Day 22-23
    At sea

    Cruise the Argentine Basin

  • Day 24
    Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires

    Enjoy an expedition finale in Buenos Aires 

    Your expedition cruise to Antarctica, the Falklands and Puerto Madryn comes to an end in Buenos Aires. 

    Home to a proud and diverse community of porteños, or ‘people of the port’, Buenos Aires is a sensuous fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache. If you have time before your onward journey, enjoy exploring this vibrant city. 

    And if you're not ready to end your adventures just yet, why not join one of our optional Post-Programmes.  

    Day 24
    Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires

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What’s included

Hotel  

  • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise, including breakfast 

Flights

  • Flight in economy class from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas before the expedition cruise 

Transfers  

  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise 
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship in Punta Arenas before the expedition cruise 

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Lindstrøm 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.  

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscapes and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym  
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

Notes 

  • 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  
  • No gratuities expected 
  • Depending on your flight arrival an additional overnight might be needed (not included) 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

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