Built in 2007 and modelled on the original Fram ship, MS Fram sets sail with a maximum of 318 passengers on board. The ship's advanced technology and design are perfect for expeditions in the Polar Regions. The spacious outdoor viewing decks bring you up close to nature and the Expedition Team further enhance your experience with lectures throughout the trip. Spend days afloat enjoying the tranquil atmosphere. Relax on the sun deck which is the ideal place to take in the passing views. The rooftop sauna is a great place to unwind and relax, or take a dip in one of the bubbling hot Jacuzzis. Enjoy a work out with a scenic passing view as you use the treadmills or bikes in the fitness room.
On board you'll find the Imaq Restaurant which offers open seating and buffet-style cuisine at breakfast and lunch. All tables in this restaurant have views of the outside scenery through the panoramic windows. Dinner varies between buffets, set menus, and barbeques; with the mode of dining announced daily in the on-board programme.
The observation deck offers a comfortable sitting area where you can enjoy a range of drinks while gazing at the incredible natural views from the top of the ship. The lounge also has a coffee service throughout the day.
The entertainment on board MS Fram is relaxed and low-key. Stroll along the several observation decks and enjoy the scenic views from all panoramic angles. Research the local area further and communicate with friends back home in the internet corner. The Framheim Lecture Hall and Polhogda Lecture Hall are where the on board lectures take place; learn about the passing polar areas, their history, and the residential wildlife. The ship also hosts occasional musical entertainment in the evening.
Day 1: Fly from the UK to San José, Costa Rica
Fly from selected UK airport to San José in Costa Rica and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2: San José, Costa Rica
After breakfast transfer to Puerto Limon and embark MS Fram. On your way, enjoy the Tortuguero Canals on an adventure tour
Day 3: Bocas del Toro, Panamá
Bocas del Toro, an archipelago off the northern Caribbean coast of Panama. See the island from all angles; take a zip line through the rainforest canopy or step back on the ground and stroll along the endless stretches of palm-lined beaches. From the water, sail around the coast, scuba dive in some of the most diverse tropical waters in the world, or learn to surf against the roaring waves. Head to Bocas Town to sample the local cuisine in an authentic street restaurant and browse the souvenirs and trinkets in the shops and boutiques. Known for its lush vegetation, ancient customs and biological diversity, the area is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and panama’s first National Marine Park.
Day 4: Panama Canal
Sail through the Panama Canal, an artificial 48-mile waterway in Panama which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. This most complex of engineering projects was constructed between 1904 and 1914 and is often referred to as 'The eighth wonder of the world' due to its impressive construction. As you transit the canal, gaze in awe at the spectacular panoramic views of rugged landscapes and lush emerald forests. From the Atlantic entrance you pass through Limon Bay, Gatun Locks, Gatun Lake, Gamboa, Culebra Cut, Pedro Miguel Locks, and Miraflore Locks en-route to the Bay of Panama.
Day 5: Puerto Piña, Panama
Puerto Piña is a small coastal community located in Panama near the border with Colombia. The town is rich in agriculture and fishing is the main industry. Head to the nearby beach of Piña Bay and gaze at the spectacular waves; you may even sight the humpback whales and dolphins which live in these waters. Take a stroll along the coastal area, which is lined with lush greenery and vegetation, to see the natural beauty of the region.
Day 7: Isla de la Plata, Ecuador
Isla de la Plata is a small island off Ecuador's central coast. This inhabited island boasts untouched beaches, rustic headlands, and stunning shrub lands. Discover the plethora of tropical wild life and birds that inhabit the island. Gaze in awe as you come face to face with masked and blue-footed boobies, Galapagos albatrosses, and Peruvian pelicans. Explore trails that run from Drake Bay all the way to cliff tops overlooking the roaring waters. On dry land, you can spot the occasional shark and dolphin popping above the waves or watch the turtles venture from the sea onto the stoned beach.
Day 9: Salaverry, Peru
Salaverry is an intimate town in Peru, the main point of interest here is the culture of the local Moche and Chimi people. Head to Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is rich in architectural history and explore the artistic palaces constructed by the Chimu kings. This is the biggest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the largest mud city in the world. Salaverry is also the gateway to Trujillo, Peru's second-largest city. Trujillo has colonial charm; visit the baroque cathedral to see some of the architectural beauty of the city.
Day 11: Callao/Lima, Peru
The capital of Peru lies on the country's Pacific coast. It’s a bustling metropolis and one of South America's largest cities. While visiting, explore ancient archaeological sites, or see the elegant cathedrals and palaces which date back to Spanish colonial times. Head to downtown Lima where you'll come across a busy beach and a range of dining options and shops. Experience the local culture by watching one of the live Folklore shows performed around the city.
Day 12: San Martin, Peru
Gateway to one of Earth’s archaeological mysteries, Puerto General San Martin is gateway to the Nazca Lines and geoglyphs believed to be carved out between 500 BC and 500 AD. Difficult to see from the ground they were spotted by aircrafts in the 1930s whilst surveying for water. These fascinating lines and forms come in a variety of shapes and sizes including triangles, spirals, circles as well as animals such as a pelican, monkey and spider. To fully appreciate these impressive mysterious lines and forms, they must be viewed from the air and you will have the opportunity to take to the skies on an optional excursion.
Day 15: Antofagasta, Chile
On the edge of the Atacama Desert, Antofagasta is one of the oldest cities in Northern Chile, known as ‘The Pearl of the North’. Join an optional excursion to see La Portada Natural Monument, visit one of the nearby fishing towns or explore the area on your own.
Day 17: Valparaíso, Chile
The expedition ends in the wonderful, colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso where you will be transferred to Santiago de Chile airport for your return flight to the UK.