18-day Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest

Expedition ship: Fram

15% Savings.  From $4,839* pp

March 13, 2017

cruiseNORWAY recommends: Hurtigruten Voyages

This is an amazing expedition that combines tropical beaches and metropolitan city life with excursions into the Amazon rainforest. We embark in Montevideo in Uruguay and travel north along the coastline of Brazil. We sail up the Amazon River to Manaus, giving you a great opportunity to really get to know the country and its unique and impressive tropical nature and rich history. While we are sailing along the Brazilian coastline, we will explore the rainforest, beaches, and endless rivers. Windsurfing and fishing are both popular activities and there are excellent opportunities for rock climbing and hiking. In addition, you will have plenty of time to explore some of the cities, which as great museums, UNESCO World Heritage sites, diverse architecture, the seductive sound of Bahian music, and the exotic and inviting scent and taste of the African-influenced food. As we sail up the Amazon River, you will have the chance to explore the Amazon rainforest. Learn more about the ecology, go birdwatching, and see the unique wildlife on hikes or from a canoe. The mix of jaw-dropping nature, friendly people, interesting culture, and fascinating lectures makes this expedition truly mesmerizing.

Your Voyage Price Includes:

  • Hurtigruten expedition voyage in the cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • One overnight hotel stay in Montevideo, including breakfast, before the voyage 
  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Montevideo, including an orientation tour
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket (yours to keep)
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Itinerary

Day 1: City Buzz

Your journey begins with an overnight stay in a hotel in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital. MS Fram does not leave until the next afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the city and its nightlife.

Day 2: Ship Ahoy!

In the afternoon, MS Fram sails out of the Rio de la Plata into the open waters of the Atlantic. The river mouth is a very busy shipping route and you can spot vessels from all over the world.

Day 3: Meet and Greet

A day at sea is the perfect way to begin your South American expedition. Take the time to explore the ship, meet other passengers, and relax on the open decks. Keep an eye out for birds including albatross and petrels – the expedition team will help you recognize the different species.

Day 4: Cultural Melting Pot

Itajaí is a mix of modernity and elements of the past. With over 140 years of history, Itajaí still shows traces of its Azorean colonization in the local architecture, as well as the cultural heritage from the Portuguese colonists and German immigrants that came in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Day 5: Historical Brilliance

Many buildings, such as the Public Market, the Itajaí History Museum, and House of Culture are former mansions and are listed as historic heritage sites. Surrounded by the wonderful Brazilian rainforest and several impressive beaches, it is an excellent starting point for our excursions that let you explore both the fascinating culture and the astonishing nature.

Day 6: Expert Exploration

Although it is the largest seaport in Latin America, Santos is also so much more. The city features a four-mile stretch of beach and a lush promenade that separates the beach from the seafront condos and hotels. The promenade is where the locals hang out, so take a walk here to feel the ambience of the city. Other places of interest include the aquarium and the orchid garden with zoo and botanical park. At the dock museum and the coffee stock exchange you will see the important role that coffee has played here since the 19thcentury. Lastly, you should be sure to visit the handicraft market, where you will find unique Brazilian souvenirs.

Days 7-8: Time to Reflect

Days at sea are ideal for winding down and reflecting upon the wonderful experiences you’ve had during the last week. You can sip cocktails on the open deck, attend interesting lectures presented by our expedition team, spend time with new friends, or read a good book.

Day 9: African Jewel

The state of Bahia has been populated for several thousand years, first by the Gê people and then by an indigenous tribe called the Tupinambá people. In 1549, the Portuguese colonial settlers established the city of Salvador. The historic center, the Pelourinho, is a UNESCO World Heritage site with impressive Portuguese colonial architecture and an amazing number of churches. As Salvador was a center for the slave trade, Africa’s influence is still evident in the music, religion, and, most noticeably, in the local cuisine, which makes lavish use of dendà oil, coconut milk, and groundnuts.

Day 10-11: The Sweetness of Doing Nothing

Embrace ‘dolce far niente’ – an Italian phrase that means the ‘sweetness of doing nothing’ – on a restful couple of days at sea. Perhaps a tropical rain shower will surprise us.

Day 12: Food and Fortresses

Fortaleza is Brazil’s fifth-largest city, and while you are here we recommend that you experience Centro, the oldest part of the city. This is a lively area to explore by day, with busy streets full of small stores. Try the typical Brazilian food in one of the barracas (rustic restaurants) next to the beach. If you are interested in history and art, you should visit the old fortress built by the Dutch captain Matias Beck in 1649 and Fortaleza’s cathedral, the third-largest church in Brazil.

Days 13-15: From the Atlantic to the Amazon

Join the expedition team for more lectures or spend time on the deck reading, birdwatching, and visiting with new friends.

Day 16: Where the Waters Meet

After three days at on board it will be great to feel land under your feet again. Stroll along the waterfront promenade in Santarém, where the murky brown Amazon meets the dark blue-green Rio Tapajós. Santarém is the perfect starting point for several activities in the beautiful Tapajós Natural Forest, where you can hike or canoe. You can also explore the unique Amazon rainforest.

Day 17: Untamed Forests

The mighty Amazon River surrounds the Amazon rainforest, home to more than one-third of the world’s animal species. As we cruise this river, you will have front-row seats to the untamed rainforest and its fascinating biodiversity.

Day 18: Gateway to the Jungle

In Manaus, our voyage comes to an end. Manaus is the capital of the state of Amazonas and is located in the middle of the rainforest. It is known as the gateway to the jungle.

About the MS Fram

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand. 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.

The ship is purpose built as an expedition vessel with a higher ice-class, chart drawing tools,ship depth sounding database, extractable forward sounding sonar, iceberg search lights, autonomous tracking system, oversized oil retention system for self-sufficiency, and a full ‘expedition tools-deck’ equivalent to a car-deck that holds 25 vehicles. We believe that as an explorer you need an ‘expedition base-camp’ that is comfortable – something that combines ‘all oceans capabilities’ with safety, flexibility and environmental friendliness. That’s Fram – simply the best expedition ship imaginable.

The observation lounge, with comfortable sitting areas at the top of the ship and large panoramic windows, gives you incredible views of nature. A pair of binoculars is installed for spotting wildlife and details of the ever changing landscape.

In the restaurant on deck 5, you can enjoy the finest cuisine. The floor has different levels, so no matter where your table is placed; there are views to the outdoors. The restaurant is located in the aft of the ship, on your way there you walk through an exhibition of original artefacts from the historic expeditions of Amundsen and Nansen. At the far end of the restaurant there is a balcony for taking pictures when wildlife show up during a meal. On deck 7 you will find a well-equipped fitness room, with its panoramic ocean view there is no better place to exercise. On top of the ship you can get warm and cosy in the sauna or bathe in one of the outdoor Jacuzzis. Let the warm water surround you while the icebergs float silently past the side of the ship.

With 127 cabins on MS Fram, you have a choice of comfortable cabins and a number of superior suites to choose from. Our suites are named after Norwegian polar heroes, MS Fram travels in the wake of these great explorers. We are very proud of the art commissioned for MS Fram – local artists from the Arctic have contributed to making her a modern masterpiece. The ‘tender pit’ is where we embark, fully dressed in suitable expedition and excursion gear, on our sturdy Polarcirkel boats to take you safely from ship to shore. The original Fram was a ship for broadening the understanding of the world – let the new MS Fram do the same for you.

Deck Plans

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Cabins

Expedition Suite

Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles.  Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.

Arctic Superior

Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both upper and middle deck, they all have bathrooms with shower and WC. They are also equipped with tea and coffee -making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, where one doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Inside

Our cosy Polar Inside cabins can be found on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/WC. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one doubles as a sofa, while some are equipped with a double bed or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Outside

Our Polar Outside cabins are situated mostly on middle or lower deck and all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Some have double beds, others offer separate beds (where one is a sofa bed) or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

* 50% off promotion reflects pricing of two guests sharing a cabin, with one guest at full price and the second guest at a savings up to 50% of the voyage-only price. All prices listed  are per person, double occupancy, in USD, in an inside cabin, unless otherwise specified, and valid for new FIT bookings. Prices are subject to change to change without notice. This offer can be combined with the Ambassador discount for past passengers and the Child discount. Offer is not combinable with Canada discount.