Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest

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18 Days / 17 Nights

Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest (Northbound)

This incredible expedition combines sensations of both tropical beaches and metropolitan city life with excursions into the Amazon rainforest. Your journey begins in Montevideo, Uruguay, and continues north along the coast of Brazil. Later, you will set sail on the Amazon River to Manaus, offering you a fantastic opportunity to learn about the country and it’s unique and impressive lush climate and diverse, fascinating history.

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This tour includes:

  • 18 Days Accommodations
  • Highlights:

    • Montevideo
    • Itajaí
    • Santos
    • Salvador
    • Fortaleza
    • Amazon River
    • Santarem
    • Manaus

    Montevideo city and palm trees

    Montevideo

    Day 1 /

    Spend the night in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital. The MS Fram does not depart until the following afternoon, so you have the entire night to dine and meet locals in the city.

    The Green Coast of Brazil Montevideo

    Montevideo & Departure

    Day 2 /

    In the afternoon, the MS Fram will set sail into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. When you leave Rio de la Plata, you will notice that it is an attractive shipping route, allowing you to spot vessels from all over the world.

    MS Midnatsol Green Coast of Brazil wildlife

    At Sea

    Day 3 /

    Explore the ship and meet other passengers as you sail along the open waters. The cruise ship deck allows you to experience the tropical temperatures and offers informational lectures from the Expedition Team.

    Hurtigruten MS Fram Expedition stop in Itajai Santos

    Itajaí & Santos

    Day 4 - Day 6 /

    Itajaí is a mix of modern and historical elements. Spanning over 140 years of history, there are plenty of buildings in Itajaí, Brazil, that are declared historic heritage sites. Visit the Public Market, the Itajaí History Museum, and the House of Culture.

    Next, visit Santos. Santos hosts one of the largest seaports in Latin America and encourages you to take a walk along its four-mile stretch of beach and lush promenades. Check out the Aquarium and the Orchid Garden with Zoo and Botanical Park. Or stop by the Dock Museum and the Coffee Stock Exchange to learn about the important role that coffee has played since the 19th century. To top off your busy day, visit the handicraft market for unique Brazilian souvenirs that you can bring home for friends and family.

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    At Sea

    Day 7 - Day 8 /

    Take some time to reflect during these two days at sea. Sip custom made cocktails on the open deck, or attend some of the lectures that are provided by the talented Expedition Team.

    The Green Coast of Brazil Salvador da Bahia Aerial

    Salvador

    Day 9 /

    The state of Bahia is full of culture. With an indigenous history dating back to 1549, Pelourinho, the historic center, has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see Portuguese colonial architecture and numerous churches here. Due to Salvador, once being a center for the slave trade, the music, religion, and cuisine has been influenced by Africa. You will experience the difference of cuisine by their use of dendà oil, coconut milk, and groundnuts.

    Hurtigruten Cruise MS Fram Exterior

    At Sea

    Day 10 - Day 11 /

    Embrace your peaceful time onboard as you continue your expedition to the Amazon. You might just experience a tropical rain shower!

    MS Fram Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest Stop in Fortaleza

    Fortaleza

    Day 12 /

    Fortaleza is Brazil's fifth-largest city, giving you plenty of things to do and see. While you're here, experience Centro, the oldest part of the city. Walk along the busy streets full of small stores and local restaurants. Indulge in the typical Brazilian food in one of the barracas (rustic restaurants) with beachside views. For history and art enthusiasts, check out the old fortress built in 1649 and Fortaleza?s Cathedral, the third-biggest church in Brazil.

    Hurtigruten Cruise MS Fram Exterior at sunset

    At Sea

    Day 13 - Day 15 /

    Join the expedition team for more lectures, or cozy up in your cabin for some peace and quiet.

    Blue and Gold Macaws in the Amazon Rainforest

    Santarém

    Day 16 /

    After three days on board, you may start to experience cabin fever, making today a perfect day for strolling along the waterfront in Santarém. Here you will see where the murky brown Amazon meets the dark blue-green Rio Tapajós. Like many cities, there is a pleasant part of this town and a more gritty side near the port. Santarém is the perfect starting point for several activities. The beautiful Tapajós Natural Forest offers many hiking trails and canoes for rent. You can also choose to explore the vast Amazon rainforest.

    Sunset reflecting off the Amazon River

    Amazon River

    Day 17 /

    The fierce Amazon River surrounds the Amazon rainforest, home to more than one-third of the world?s animal species. As you cruise this river, you will have a first-hand experience to the untamed rainforest and its exponential biodiversity.

    Hurtigruten MS Fram Expedition stop in Manaus

    Manaus

    Day 18 /

    Manaus is where our voyage comes to an end. The capital of the state is located in the middle of the rainforest and is also known as the gateway to the jungle. Continue to your own adventure, or make your way back home.

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    17 Days / 16 Nights

    Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest (Southbound)

    Embark on a tropical journey of a lifetime. Your expedition will begin in Manaus, as you cruise along the Amazon River and venture into lush forests. Birdwatch, hike, canoe, and observe unique wildlife during your excursions off the ship. As you sail along Brazil's coastline, enjoy your relaxing time spent on deck, explore impressive nature and visit historic highlights in some of the cities. On this MS Fram Hurtigruten cruise, you will get to know Brazil, its local people, and culture a whole lot more.

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    Per Person Pricing Options

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    This tour includes:

  • 18 Days Accommodations
  • Highlights:

    • Manaus
    • Parintins
    • Santarem
    • Fortaleza
    • Paraty
    • Montevideo

    Hurtigruten MS Fram Expedition stop in Manaus

    Manaus, Amazonas

    Day 1 - Day 2 /

    Spend the night in the exotic Manaus. This city is in the middle of the tropical rainforest and is the complete opposite of the lush Amazon. After enjoying a relaxing breakfast, learn about Manaus from your expedition team and join a regional sight-seeing tour. Your tour will end at the pier where the MS Fram will be waiting for your arrival.

    Hurtigruten MS Fram Expedition southbound parintins

    Parintins

    Day 3 /

    Parintins, a tiny island, is full of quaint shops and eateries. While here, visit the local cathedral that towers over the city. Experience a day-in-the-life of the locals, as you enjoy their traditional drinks and soup. If you're feeling courageous, dance the "boi-dance" with the others or join the Expedition Team for a hike or kayak trip in the jungle.

    Amazon Jungle Gold and Blue Macaws

    Santarem

    Day 4 /

    After three days at sea, it will feel great to stretch your legs a bit! Take this opportunity to stroll along the waterfront in the lively port town of Santarém. Santarém is the perfect location for you to begin several activities in the National Forest Tapajós. Explore the beautiful national forest via hike or canoe. You can also explore the unique Amazon rainforest.

    Sunset reflecting off the Amazon River

    Sail the Amazon River

    Day 5 - Day 7 /

    For the next few days, you will cruise the Amazon River through the jungle before making your way to the Atlantic Ocean. Make sure to stay on deck with your camera and binoculars, as there is plenty of wildlife to see! Let the sounds of the jungle and songs of the wilderness guide you.

    MS Fram Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest Stop in Fortaleza

    Fortaleza

    Day 8 /

    Visit Centro, the oldest part of Fortaleza. While exploring, stop into the small shops around the city and meet the locals at traditional restaurants. Be sure to try typical Brazilian food in one of the barracas (rustic restaurants) next to the beach. You can also visit the old fortress built in 1649 as well as Fortaleza's beautiful Cathedral.

    MS Midnatsol Green Coast of Brazil sunset at sea

    At Sea

    Day 9 - Day 12 /

    Relax on deck as you sail across the blue sea. You will have plenty of time to catch up on some reading, browsing through photos, or talking amongst your crew members.

    The Green Coast of Brazil Paraty

    Paraty

    Day 13 /

    Anyone who appreciates history will love Paraty. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is incredibly gorgeous, with remnants of the past. Walk the cobblestone streets, and peak into the old colonial houses. Paraty was once known for its Gold Trail, though currently, it's famous for its coffee trade and production of Cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice. The forest filled coastline attracts hikers, botanists, and ornithologists from around the world for an unforgettable visit.

    MS Midnatsol Green Coast of Brazil wildlife

    At Sea

    Day 14 - Day 15 /

    A day at sea is opportune for winding down and reminiscing on the wonderful experiences you have had aboard the MS Fram. Toast to your journey with a delicious cocktail on board or listen in to one of the interesting lectures presented by your expedition team.

    Montevideo city and palm trees

    Montevideo

    Day 16 - Day 17 /

    You will arrive in Montevideo in the afternoon. A transfer will be waiting for you, and transfer you from the ship to your hotel. Enjoy Uruguay's capital for a night in the lively city.

    In the morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast as your adventure comes to an end.

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    Polar Inside

    Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest (Northbound) $ 8025

    Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest (Southbound) $ 6506

    The Polar Inside cabins are on all decks. These cabins include bathrooms with shower and WC. Most cabins have separate beds that also double as a sofa, while some other cabins have a double bed or upper and lower beds. All cabins have individual specifications.

    Polar Outside

    Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest (Northbound) $ 8728

    Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest (Southbound) $ 7097

    The Polar Outside cabins are mostly on the middle or lower deck. These have bathrooms with shower and WC. Some cabins have double beds and others have separated beds that double as a sofa bed, or lower and upper beds. All cabins have individual specifications.

    Arctic Superior

    Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest (Northbound) $ 10745

    Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest (Southbound) $ 8801

    Relax in the hallmarks of the Arctic Superior cabins. These are situated on both upper and middle decks and come with bathrooms and shower and WC. Most of these cabins have separate beds and one doubles as a sofa, some also have double beds. All cabins have individual specifications.

    Expedition Suite

    Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest (Northbound) $ 13479

    Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest (Southbound) $ 11109

    Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. These cabins are on the upper deck and offer guests the most comfortable accommodations. There is a seating area with a TV, bathroom with shower and WC and most have double beds. All the suites offer cabin kits that include bathrobes and slippers. All the suites have individual specifications.

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