MS Fram
15 days

Panama and Peru – Through the Panama Canal and Along the Andean Coast

Price from
4290 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
15 days

Panama and Peru – Through the Panama Canal and Along the Andean Coast

Price from
4290 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • See different cities along South America´s Pacific Coast, each with their own character
  • Learn the distinct culture of four countries: Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites famous for archaeology or colonial architecture
  • Experience a transit of the Panama Canal aboard your expedition ship

Our journey begins with a transit through the famous Panama Canal, bringing our ship from the Caribbean Sea across to the Pacific Ocean. From there, we head south, visting stunning cities full of charming architecture in Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. Along the way, we’ll encounter beautiful beaches, archaeological mysteries, and UNESCO sites.

Panama and Peru – Through the Panama Canal and Along the Andean Coast
  • Day 1
    Colón, Panama

    Gateway to the Panama Canal

    Estimated time of departure is 5:00 AM

    Located at the entrance to the Panama Canal, Colón’s Canal Expansion Observation Center has viewing platforms over the Atlantic locks and Gatún Lake. Embark MS Fram and spend the night aboard in port.

    Day 1
    Colón, Panama

    Gateway to the Panama Canal

  • Day 2
    Panama Canal

    Connecting Two Oceans

    Early in the morning, we depart Colón and enter the Panama Canal, a marvel of modern engineering. We experience the canal transit and the ingenuity of the lock's system firsthand as MS Fram is lifted over 26 metres above sea level, bringing us from the Atlantic side over to the Pacific Ocean.

    Day 2
    Panama Canal

    Connecting Two Oceans

  • Day 3
    At Sea

    Crossing the Equator

    Spend time relaxing in the serenity of the sea. Join lectures as our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and meet our Expedition Team on deck to spot marine wildlife and sea birds. As we cross the Equator, it’s our tradition to hold a ceremony seeking King Neptune’s blessing. He may even make an appearance.

    Day 3
    At Sea

    Crossing the Equator

  • Day 4
    Manta, Ecuador

    Made in Montecristi

    As we cross the Equator, it’s our tradition to hold a ceremony seeking King Neptune’s blessing. He may even make an appearance before we reach our first call in Ecuador. Manta is a bustling port with high-rise buildings and lovely beaches. You can visit the city museum which showcases artefacts from local pre-Colombian culture, a collection of Ecuadorian art, and weird and wonderful fishing paraphernalia. We recommend an excursion to nearby Montecristi where traditional Panamanian straw hats are hand woven.

    Day 4
    Manta, Ecuador

    Made in Montecristi

  • Day 5
    Puerto Bolivar / Machala

    Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest

    Known as the banana capital of the world, this area is surrounded by banana plantations - approximately 80% of Ecuador’s bananas are shipped through Puerto Bolivar. Join an optional excursion to an organic plantation and learn about their unique process of growing their banana plants – by playing classical music for them. Further ashore you can explore the Buenaventura Reserve where you have the chance to observe hummingbirds, hawks and parakeets, or walk amongst fossilized trees, flowers, and plants in the Petrified Forest of Puyango on one of our optional excursions.

    Day 5
    Puerto Bolivar / Machala

    Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest

  • Day 6
    At Sea

    Better Photos

    Our Expedition Team will continue the lecture programme to share their knowledge and experience, as well as summarise the voyage so far and let you know about plans for the exciting days to come. Our onboard Expedition Photographer will be available to help you with the basics of expedition photography.

    Day 6
    At Sea

    Better Photos

  • Day 7
    Salaverry, Peru

    Ancient Kingdom

    Next is the port of Salaverry, the starting point for two optional excursions. Visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site of Chan Chan (`Sun Sun´) to see the mud-brick ruins of the ancient Chimú kingdom. Or tour the Mochican temples of the Sun and Moon, the former being the largest adobe pyramid in Peru.

    Day 7
    Salaverry, Peru

    Ancient Kingdom

  • Day 8
    Callao / Lima, Peru

    ‘The City of Kings’

    We dock in Callao and travel a short distance to Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital. From Plaza Mayor, stroll around the UNESCO-listed Historic Center, admiring the architecture of colonial cathedrals and Baroque buildings. Whether walking the spacious parks or enjoying top cuisine, you’ll understand why the city was once known as ‘The City of Kings’.

    • Included Callao - Scenic city tour of Lima
    Day 8
    Callao / Lima, Peru

    ‘The City of Kings’

  • Day 9
    Paracas, Peru

    Ballestas by Boat

    From Paracas, we explore the nearby uninhabited Ballestas Islands. The shores here have a range of wildlife, including sea lions, turtles, dolphins, pelicans, Peruvian boobies and Humboldt penguins. Paracas is also the near to Pisco valley, the site of mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs, which you can see on an optional excursion.

    • Included Paracas - Ballestas Island
    Day 9
    Paracas, Peru

    Ballestas by Boat

  • Day 10
    At Sea

    Fresh Salt Air

    As we sail further south, enjoy our lecture programme, the fresh salt air, and all the amenities the ship has to offer.

    Day 10
    At Sea

    Fresh Salt Air

  • Day 11
    Matarani, Peru

    ‘The White City’

    Matarani is a gateway to Arequipa, an exceptionally beautiful city with hectares of immaculate parks and gardens, and views of the dormant, snow-capped El Misti volcano. The UNESCO-listed historic centre is a treasure trove of impressive colonial architecture built with ashlar volcanic stone, inspiring Arequipa’s other name ‘The White City’.

    • Included Matarani - Peruvian Dance show
    Day 11
    Matarani, Peru

    ‘The White City’

  • Day 12
    Arica, Chile

    Where the Rain Never Falls

    Arica enjoys a constant desert climate and is one of the driest cities in the world. Walk along beaches, visit San Marcos Cathedral, or hike El Morro cliff for views over the port city. The local San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum contains artefacts from the Chinchorro culture and some of the world's oldest mummies.

    Day 12
    Arica, Chile

    Where the Rain Never Falls

  • Day 13-14
    At Sea

    Serenity at Sea

    Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso. The Expedition Team recaps our voyage and continues their lecture programme.

    Day 13-14
    At Sea

    Serenity at Sea

  • Day 15
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´

    Estimated time of arrival is 7:00 AM

    Our expedition ends in the seaport of Valparaíso. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, the UNESCO-protected city is a maze of monuments, churches, historical funicular lifts, cobblestone alleys and charming plazas. Arrange to stay longer to explore more or join a Post-Programme to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads.

    Day 15
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´

Departures

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Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise  

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrømincluded for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities 

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Centerwhich has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Scienceprogramme allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities 

  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected 
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

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MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
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