Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

In the Realms of Great Explorers

This once-in-a-lifetime expedition on Fram takes in the isolated Falkland Islands, the awe-inspiring vistas of South Georgia and the vast wilderness of Antarctica, with landings ashore and an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires

Cruise Only
22 nights from £9543pp

Expedition Holiday
  • King Penguins
  • Antarctica
  • Chinstrap Penguin
  • Crabeater Sea
  • Penguin colony

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Special flight-inclusive package - now from only £10390pp! Flights are from London Heathrow. Regional departures available at a supplement. Applies to 10 Nov; 1, 22 Dec 2020 and 12 Jan; 2, 23 Feb departures. Subject to availability. Book by 31 Jul 2019

Exclusive £100pp discount!

No single supplement on 8 Dec 2019! Offer is not combinable. Subject to availability

In the Realms of Great Explorers  Special Offer

Enjoy a hotel stay in Buenos Aires before joining expedition ship Fram for a special voyage showcasing the amazing landscapes and adbundant wildlife of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

Explore lively Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of South America, before flying to Ushuaia to embark Fram and cruise the picturesque Beagle Channel. Discover the remote Falkland Islands renowned for its stunning white beaches, penguin colonies and albatrosses. Enjoy a visit to the fascinating capital of Stanley with its English pubs and iconic red phoneboxes.

Fram cruises into the rugged Drygalski Fjord at the southern tip of South Georgia to see the abandoned whaling stations, including the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Solitary icebergs greet your arrival to Antarctica, a peaceful continent which has evolved without human interference. Possible landings include stunning Whaler's Bay, Half Moon Island and Brown Bluff, all home to an array of wildlife from penguin colonies to herds of seals.

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In the Realm of the Great Explorers Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Check in to your hotel for an overnight stay. Discover the Paris of South America for yourself and get a taste of what the birthplace of tango has to offer during time at leisure.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires - Ushuaia

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia. On arrival, perhaps enjoy time at leisure in this fascinating city or take the optional tour to the picturesque Tierra del Fuego National Park. Later, embark Fram. This evening, she will cruise through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3 - At sea

Acquaint yourself with the ship and fellow travellers, follow the on-board lecture series, enjoy the fresh air on deck or relax in the keep-fit area or observation lounge. as Fram heads south to the Falkland Islands.

Days 4-6 - Falkland Islands

Thanks to a unique sub-Antarctic eco-system, more than 70 animal and bird species live on these islands. The landscape is majestic, with cliffs and gentle beaches. You'll spend three days in this archipelago and enjoy a visit to the lively capital of Stanley. This is the starting point for optional excursions.

Days 7-8 - At sea

Spend two days at sea cruising to South Georgia. Onboard there will be a series lectures on whaling and polar history. Learn about Sir Ernest Shackleton and his ill-fated expedition.

Days 9-13 - South Georgia

The alpine-peaked island of South Georgia, known as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean, has a variety and density of wildlife that will overwhelm even the most blase visitor. The largest king penguin colonies in the world are flanked by groups of fur and elephant seals. There are long-abandoned whaling stations and the poignant highlight for many visitors, the grave of Ernest Henry Shackleton. We will attempt to visit Fortuna Bay and Gold Harbour during our five days here.

Day 14 - At sea

We set sail for the southernmost continent and en route learn more about this fascinating white land through exciting lectures. Fram cruises Washington Strait and Coronation Island, before continuing towards Elephant Island and the White Continent.

Days 15-20 - Antarctica

When you believe you have seen it all, Antarctica will make you re-consider. The last untouched place on earth, with crisp air, icebergs and endless white mountain ranges, this continent is dedicated to science and peace. There are no permanent human inhabitants but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. Words simply cannot describe the feeling of being on the Great White Continent. The ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica as well as our route. Every voyage is unique and our experienced crew will make all voyages an experience of a lifetime. The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage. Possible landings include Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff and Port Lockroy.

Days 21-22 - Drake Passage

With our bow pointed north and a collection of unforgettable images and experiences, Fram sails across the famous Drake Passage.

Day 23 - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires

We arrive in Ushuaia in the morning. Ushauaia is the world's southernmost city and the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego. Your Antarctic voyage has come to an end, and the journey back continues with our charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Please note: 2021 departures sail to the Antarctic Circle and the itinerary may vary slightly. This is an expedition where the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine the final schedule. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience.

Price Includes

  • 22-night cruise in the cabin grade of your choice including full board
  • Return economy class flights between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers in Ushuaia including an orientation tour
  • House beer and wine, sodas and mineral water with meals on board (applies to Nov 2020 departures onward)
  • A La Carte restaurant (for suite guests only) (applies to Nov 2020 departures onward)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Landings ashore and lectures onboard by the Expedition Team
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board (applies to Nov 2020 departures onward)
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities (at guests' discretion on Nov 2020 departures onward)

Additional Information

  • Kayaking Adventure (Ushuaia) Glide through the white and blue beauty of Antarctica with experienced guides leading the way. Duration 2 - 4 hours; from £129pp
  • Falklands nature walk This is an ideal opportunity for the nature enthusiast in you to experience the flora and fauna of the Falkland Islands in detail. Walk in this beautiful landscape and enjoy spectacular views of Stanley. From £82pp
  • Bird watching in the Falkland Islands See and photograph some of the most enchanting birds in the world! On this exclusive trip to the Falkland Islands, you will experience the finest landscape, fauna and flora. From £82pp
  • Long Island Farm Experience authentic Falklands-style traditional farm life on this sheep farm outside Stanley. Learn about the everyday life of the Watsons, the sixth-generation Falkland Islanders on this farm, and enjoy coffee and cookies in the farmhouse kitchen. Duration - approx 4 hours; from £99pp
  • Stanley History Tour Expand your historical knowledge with this two hour guided walk through the capital of the Falkland Islands. From £61pp
  • Stanley Focus All the highlights of the capital of the Falklands. Duration - approx 1 hr 30 mins; from £46pp
  • Stanley Bleaker Island Wildlife & Scenic Flight Adventure flight to meet the penguins. Duration - approx 3 hours, from £412pp
  • Port Stanley - Flavour of the Falklands Discover the essential Falkland Islands by joining a gastronomical journey with traditional local flavours. Add stunning vistas and warm Islander hospitality and you’re in for an unforgettable experience! Duration - approx 4 hours; from £206pp
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 17th - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £10879
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10979 Brochure Price from: £12432 Brochure Price from: £14176 Brochure Price from: £17471
      Blue Water Price from: £10879 Blue Water Price from: £12332 Blue Water Price from: £14076 Blue Water Price from: £17371
  • December
    • Dec 8th - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £10879
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10979 Brochure Price from: £12432 Brochure Price from: £14176 Brochure Price from: £17471
      Blue Water Price from: £10879 Blue Water Price from: £12332 Blue Water Price from: £14076 Blue Water Price from: £17371
    • Dec 29th - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £11704
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11804 Brochure Price from: £13381 Brochure Price from: £15273 Brochure Price from: £18848
      Blue Water Price from: £11704 Blue Water Price from: £13281 Blue Water Price from: £15173 Blue Water Price from: £18748

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 19th - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £11704
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11804 Brochure Price from: £13381 Brochure Price from: £15273 Brochure Price from: £18848
      Blue Water Price from: £11704 Blue Water Price from: £13281 Blue Water Price from: £15173 Blue Water Price from: £18748
  • February
    • Feb 9th - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £11704
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11804 Brochure Price from: £13381 Brochure Price from: £15273 Brochure Price from: £18848
      Blue Water Price from: £11704 Blue Water Price from: £13281 Blue Water Price from: £15173 Blue Water Price from: £18748
  • November
    • Nov 10th - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £9543
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £9643 Brochure Price from: £11085 Brochure Price from: £12528 Brochure Price from: £15584
      Blue Water Price from: £9543 Blue Water Price from: £10985 Blue Water Price from: £12428 Blue Water Price from: £15484
  • December
    • Dec 1st - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £10293
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10393 Brochure Price from: £11835 Brochure Price from: £13278 Brochure Price from: £16335
      Blue Water Price from: £10293 Blue Water Price from: £11735 Blue Water Price from: £13178 Blue Water Price from: £16235
    • Dec 22nd - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £9955
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10055 Brochure Price from: £11568 Brochure Price from: £13081 Brochure Price from: £16285
      Blue Water Price from: £9955 Blue Water Price from: £11468 Blue Water Price from: £12981 Blue Water Price from: £16185

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 12th - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £9955
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10055 Brochure Price from: £11568 Brochure Price from: £13081 Brochure Price from: £16285
      Blue Water Price from: £9955 Blue Water Price from: £11468 Blue Water Price from: £12981 Blue Water Price from: £16185
  • February
    • Feb 2nd - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £9955
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10055 Brochure Price from: £11568 Brochure Price from: £13081 Brochure Price from: £16285
      Blue Water Price from: £9955 Blue Water Price from: £11468 Blue Water Price from: £12981 Blue Water Price from: £16185
    • Feb 23rd - Buenos Aires and back - Sailing on: Fram From: £9955
      Polar Inside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10055 Brochure Price from: £11568 Brochure Price from: £13081 Brochure Price from: £16285
      Blue Water Price from: £9955 Blue Water Price from: £11468 Blue Water Price from: £12981 Blue Water Price from: £16185

Price Information

  • Single supplements available, please call us for details
  • Pricing is based on a fluid system.
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