What to Expect
Is This Adventure Right For You?
Each Vantage Adventure is designed to help you fully experience local culture and to get out and explore while keeping active. We find these are the two most fulfilling and rewarding ways to transform any trip into an adventure, and into the experience of a lifetime. To that end, we’ve rated each trip to indicate the level of cultural immersion and physical activity, with “1” being the lowest and “3” being the highest.
- You must be able to walk 2 miles unassisted on uneven ground in cold and windy conditions.
- You must be able to board a Polarcirkel boat to participate in the excursions onboard the ms Fram
- This is not a physically challenging trip, but you will be exploring some of the remote parts of the planet, so excellent health is essential for your own personal safety and that of the group.
- Travelers with serious health conditions or mobility issues are not suited for this adventure.
- 3 locations in 16 days
- Only one 1-night stay in Buenos Aires at the end of your trip
FLIGHTS: Most flights to/from South America travel overnight. There are 2 internal flights between Buenos Aires & Ushuaia (4 hrs. non-stop)
- EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS: Temperatures between the low 30s F and high 40s F, as you will be traveling during austral summer. Wind is the most challenging weather factor, commonly reaching 40 to 60 mph.
- UNEVEN TERRAIN: During your 2-hour off-shore excursions, you will be walking up to 1 mile in the very few snow-free areas. Loose rocks and penguin guano make surfaces quite slippery. You will be provided with rubber boots onboard ship.
- Travel by private, air-conditioned motorcoach
- Navigate onboard the deluxe expedition cruise ship ms Fram:
- Ship to shore excursion onboard new and comfortable Polarcirkel boats
HOTELS & EXPEDITION CRUISE: Your hotel in Buenos Aires is a deluxe property, conveniently located to make the best of your stay. You will explore the White Continent onboard the expedition cruise ship ms Fram. The ms Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind – to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. The spacious outside decks include access to the very front of the ship – a great place to observe marine wildlife.
FOOD: On board the ms Fram, a buffet of international specialties will be served for breakfast and lunch. Dinners will be three-course meals served at the tables. Some nights, dinner will be a buffet. A selection of wines is available for purchase at lunch and dinner. There is a bar (not included) with a selection of spirits, wines, beers, and soft drinks, and a lounge with coffee service. Water, tea and coffee are included thoughout the entire voyage.
Most dietary requests can be accommodated if the crew is notified well in advance.
The lack of an overarching culture in Antarctica makes it a truly unique environment. There are no permanent residents here: only explorers and scientists and a handful of intrepid souls—therefore, the continent is defined by its frontier spirit. Other destinations on this adventure, such as Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, exude a rich culture informed by the same frontier spirit and by a rich colonial past.
Sightseeing in Buenos Aires takes place on air-conditioned/heated coaches with guides. Shore excursions in Antarctica require walking on uneven terrain. Travelers must also be able to climb in and out of PolarCirkel landing boats, and sometimes wade through shallow water. (Waterproof boots are available for rent aboard ship; see below under "Landing on the Antarctic Coast.") This is a tour for active travelers.
If you purchase airfare from Vantage, the flight to South America will connect through Miami. Most flights from Miami to South America depart in the late evening. Depending upon your home city, you may have a shorter or longer layover in Miami before your flight departs. At the end of the trip, your flight from Buenos Aires will fly overnight to Miami, arriving the following day.
LANDING ON THE ANTARCTIC COAST:
Landings on the Antarctic Peninsula require heavy walking on natural, uneven terrain, including beaches with sand and rocks, trails up small hills, and ice and snow. There will be PolarCirkel expedition boat rides of about 15 minutes each way to reach the shore. PolarCirkel crafts hold eight passengers each. Getting in and out of these is safe and relatively easy. However, you must be able to step in and out of them at the ship's boarding platform and at the shore.
Boarding a PolarCirkel from the ms Fram takes place from a stable, water-level platform with handrails. Getting out of the boat on shore will sometimes require walking through shallow water, depending on the conditions of the landing site. The expedition team will assist travelers in getting out of the boat and onto the shore. Waterproof boots will be provided for exploring the Antarctic mainland. You will also receive a Hurtigruten water- and wind-proof jacket that you can keep at the end of your adventure.
: The Ms Fram is an expedition ship built especially to cruise to Antarctica. The ship is outfitted with art-filled public areas, exercise rooms, saunas, elevators and stabilizers. Unlike traditional cruises, however, there is no organized entertainment on board. In Antarctica, Mother Nature is the entertainer! Think of this adventure as your alternative to a traditional cruise. Though we stop in many ports, sightseeing time may be limited. Temperatures in Antarctica will change during the course of the voyage and even throughout the day. See "What to Pack for Antarctica" in the Travel Notes section for more information. In addition, the two-day crossing to and from Antarctica can be quite rough.
- 1 location in 3 days: 2 nights at the Panoramic Grand Hotel located in the heart of Puerto Iguassu (Argentina) with amazing views of the Iguassu River.
- One 1.5-hour flight from Buenos Aires to Iguassu
- 2 sightseeing excursions visiting both side of the Falls
- 5 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
- Vantage Adventures City Host in Iguassu Falls
- All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
- There is up to 2-3 miles of walking per day on metal catwalks and slippery rock stairs in hot and humid subtropical climate conditions.