MS Fram
15 days

Panama and Peru – Through the Panama Canal and Along the Andean Coast

Price from $ 7,017
$ 5,263
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
15 days

Panama and Peru – Through the Panama Canal and Along the Andean Coast

Price from $ 7,017
$ 5,263
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Panama and Peru – Through the Panama Canal and Along the Andean Coast
Departures 01 October 2021
  • See different cities along South America´s Pacific Coast, each with their own character
  • Learn the distinct culture of four countries: Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites famous for archaeology or colonial architecture
  • Experience a transit of the Panama Canal aboard your expedition ship

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Itinerary

Our journey begins with a transit through the famous Panama Canal, bringing our ship from the Caribbean Sea across to the Pacific Ocean. From there, we head south, visting stunning cities full of charming architecture in Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. Along the way, we’ll encounter beautiful beaches, archaeological mysteries, and UNESCO sites.
Day 1
Colón, Panama
Gateway to the Panama Canal
Colón´s scenic setting.
Colón´s scenic setting.
Photo: Shutterstock

Located at the entrance to the Panama Canal, Colón’s Canal Expansion Observation Center has viewing platforms over the Atlantic locks and Gatún Lake. Embark MS Fram and spend the night aboard in port.

Colón´s scenic setting.
Colón´s scenic setting.
Photo: Shutterstock
Enjoy Central America’s beautiful coast with us.
Enjoy Central America’s beautiful coast with us.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
The marvel of the famous Panama Canal crossing.
Day 2
Panama Canal
Connecting Two Oceans
Front-row seats as we cross between oceans.
Front-row seats as we cross between oceans.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 2
Panama Canal
Connecting Two Oceans
The marvel of the famous Panama Canal crossing.
The marvel of the famous Panama Canal crossing.
Photo: Getty Images

Early in the morning, we depart Colón and enter the Panama Canal, a marvel of modern engineering. We experience the canal transit and the ingenuity of the lock's system firsthand as MS Fram is lifted over 26 metres above sea level, bringing us from the Atlantic side over to the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3
At Sea
Crossing the Equator
Scout for rich avian life from deck.
Scout for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Spend time relaxing in the serenity of the sea. Join lectures as our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and meet our Expedition Team on deck to spot marine wildlife and sea birds. As we cross the Equator, it’s our tradition to hold a ceremony seeking King Neptune’s blessing (he may even make an appearance!).

Scout for rich avian life from deck.
Scout for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Learn from the experts in the Science Center.
Learn from the experts in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Manta´s fishing port and waterfront.
Manta´s fishing port and waterfront.
Photo: Shutterstock
The home of the Panama hat.
The home of the Panama hat.
Photo: Jesper Nielsen
Learn about the craftmanship from local experts.
Learn about the craftmanship from local experts.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 4
Manta, Ecuador
Made in Montecristi
The home of the Panama hat.
The home of the Panama hat.
Photo: Jesper Nielsen

As we cross the Equator, it’s our tradition to hold a ceremony seeking King Neptune’s blessing. He may even make an appearance before we reach our first call in Ecuador. Manta is a bustling port with high-rise buildings and lovely beaches. You can visit the city museum which showcases artefacts from local pre-Colombian culture, a collection of Ecuadorian art, and weird and wonderful fishing paraphernalia. We recommend an excursion to nearby Montecristi where traditional Panamanian straw hats are hand woven.

Day 5
Puerto Bolivar / Machala
Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest
Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Photo: Shutterstock

Known as the banana capital of the world, this area is surrounded by banana plantations - approximately 80% of Ecuador’s bananas are shipped through Puerto Bolivar. Join an optional excursion to an organic plantation and learn about their unique process of growing their banana plants – by playing classical music for them. Further ashore you can explore the Buenaventura Reserve where you have the chance to observe hummingbirds, hawks and parakeets, or walk amongst fossilized trees, flowers, and plants in the Petrified Forest of Puyango on one of our optional excursions.

Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Photo: Shutterstock
Discover the Puyango Petrified Forest.
Discover the Puyango Petrified Forest.
Photo: Shutterstock
Learn in our Science Center.
Learn in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Get photo tips and tricks for better shots.
Get photo tips and tricks for better shots.
Photo: Maximilian Schwarz
Day 6
At Sea
Better Photos
Learn in our Science Center.
Learn in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Our Expedition Team will continue the lecture program to share their knowledge and experience, as well as summarise the voyage so far and let you know about plans for the exciting days to come. Our onboard Expedition Photographer will be available to help you with the basics of expedition photography.

Discover the ruins of the Chimu Kingdom.
Day 7
Salaverry, Peru
Ancient Kingdom
Day 7
Salaverry, Peru
Ancient Kingdom
Discover the ruins of the Chimu Kingdom.
Discover the ruins of the Chimu Kingdom.
Photo: Michael Zysman/Shutterstock

Next is the port of Salaverry, the starting point for two optional excursions. Visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site of Chan Chan (`Sun Sun´) to see the mud-brick ruins of the ancient Chimú kingdom. Or tour the Mochican temples of the Sun and Moon, the former being the largest adobe pyramid in Peru.

Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.
Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.
Photo: Christian Wilkinson/Shutterstock
Superb ancient craftmanship on display.
Superb ancient craftmanship on display.
Photo: Jess Kraft/Shutterstock
History and architecture in Lima.
History and architecture in Lima.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Modern art and palm trees in the city.
Modern art and palm trees in the city.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A wide variety of handicrafts are available.
A wide variety of handicrafts are available.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 8
Callao / Lima, Peru
‘The City of Kings’
Modern art and palm trees in the city.
Modern art and palm trees in the city.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

We dock in Callao and travel a short distance to Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital. From Plaza Mayor, stroll around the UNESCO-listed Historic Center, admiring the architecture of colonial cathedrals and Baroque buildings. Whether walking the spacious parks or enjoying top cuisine, you’ll understand why the city was once known as ‘The City of Kings’.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Callao - Scenic city tour of Lima
    An overview of Peru’s famous city Lima visiting parks, trendy neighbourhoods, the beautiful Cathedral of Lima and UNESCO World Heritage site, Plaza Mayor. 
  • Discovering the Palomino Islands
    Spot wildlife and learn about local history and culture on an excursion by boat!
  • Grand Tour of Lima
    Explore the sights and sounds of the Peruvian city of Lima.
  • Callao - Pachacamac, Larco Museum & Paso Horses
    Enter an ancient world that will continually fascinate you as over 3,000 years of Peru’s pre-Columbian history unfold before us.
Desert meets fertile valleys in Peru.
Day 9
Paracas, Peru
Ballestas by Boat
Day 9
Paracas, Peru
Ballestas by Boat
Desert meets fertile valleys in Peru.
Desert meets fertile valleys in Peru.
Photo: shutterstock

From Paracas, we explore the nearby uninhabited Ballestas Islands. The shores here have a range of wildlife, including sea lions, turtles, dolphins, pelicans, Peruvian boobies and Humboldt penguins. Paracas is also the near to Pisco valley, the site of mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs, which you can see on an optional excursion.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Paracas - Ballestas Island
    Explore one of Peru’s most beautiful natural attractions, the Ballestas Islands, often referred to as the Galapagos of Peru, the volcanic islands are home to an array of wildlife and dramatic scenery.
  • Nazca Lines Overflight
    An unforgettable flight over the mysterious Nazca lines.
  • Tambo Colorado
    Journey to the 15th century and earlier, visiting the Inca and Chincha in the Pisco River Valley.
  • Pisco Route
    During this half-day Land Adventure, you will travel to the heart of the Pisco Valley and visit two ‘bodegas’ to learn about the pisco-making process and taste - and enjoy - its different varieties.
The mysterious Nazca lines.
The mysterious Nazca lines.
Photo: shutterstock
Sea lions bask in the Ballestas Islands.
Sea lions bask in the Ballestas Islands.
Photo: Shutterstock
Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Scan for avian and marine life from deck.
Scan for avian and marine life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 10
At Sea
Fresh Sea Air
Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

As we sail further south, enjoy our lecture program, the fresh salt air, and all the amenities the ship has to offer.

Day 11
Matarani, Peru
‘The White City’
Colonial grandeur and natural wonder near Matarani.
Colonial grandeur and natural wonder near Matarani.
Photo: shutterstock

Matarani is a gateway to Arequipa, an exceptionally beautiful city with hectares of immaculate parks and gardens, and views of the dormant, snow-capped El Misti volcano. The UNESCO-listed historic centre is a treasure trove of impressive colonial architecture built with ashlar volcanic stone, inspiring Arequipa’s other name ‘The White City’.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Matarani - Peruvian Dance show
    Today you will enjoy a wonderful show on board. Perú has many different cultural traditions and one of the most important and representative is dance.
  • Matarani - Mollendo & Mejia
    During this excursion, we will visit the resort community of Mollendo for a panoramic town tour. Afterwards, we head to the Mejia Lagoon, a national sanctuary and home to 141 species of birds.
  • Arequipa and Santa Catalina Convent
    This tour takes us to Arequipa's historic centre, which captures the beauty and glory of the colonial era. We start by visiting Santa Catalina monastery which is the most important and impressive religious monument in Perú.
Colonial grandeur and natural wonder near Matarani.
Colonial grandeur and natural wonder near Matarani.
Photo: shutterstock
Rich contrasts near Santa Catalina.
Rich contrasts near Santa Catalina.
Photo: Shutterstock
Discover the treasures of Arica´s beaches and museums.
Discover the treasures of Arica´s beaches and museums.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Visit the ornate San Marcos cathedral.
Visit the ornate San Marcos cathedral.
Photo: Camille Seaman
El Morro hill overlooks the city´s beaches.
El Morro hill overlooks the city´s beaches.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 12
Arica, Chile
Where the Rain Never Falls
Visit the ornate San Marcos cathedral.
Visit the ornate San Marcos cathedral.
Photo: Camille Seaman

Arica enjoys a constant desert climate and is one of the driest cities in the world. Walk along beaches, visit San Marcos Cathedral, or hike El Morro cliff for views over the port city. The local San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum contains artefacts from the Chinchorro culture and some of the world's oldest mummies.

Day 13-14
At Sea
Serenity at Sea
Enjoy one of our many restaurants and share adventures.
Enjoy one of our many restaurants and share adventures.

Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso. The Expedition Team recaps our voyage and continues their lecture program.

Enjoy one of our many restaurants and share adventures.
Enjoy one of our many restaurants and share adventures.
Take the  vistas from deck while at sea.
Take the vistas from deck while at sea.
Photo: Dietmar Denger
Cityscape of historical Valparaíso.
Cityscape of historical Valparaíso.
Photo: Shutterstock
Valparaiso, Chile.
Valparaiso, Chile.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 15
Valparaíso, Chile
UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´
Cityscape of historical Valparaíso.
Cityscape of historical Valparaíso.
Photo: Shutterstock

Our expedition ends in the seaport of Valparaíso. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, the UNESCO-protected city is a maze of monuments, churches, historical funicular lifts, cobblestone alleys and charming plazas. Arrange to stay longer to explore more or join a Post-Program to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise  

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrømincluded for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities 

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Centerwhich has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities 

  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights 
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected 
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11647
Length 114 m / 374 ft
Beam 20.2 m / 66 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

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.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Optional Excursions

Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

Included
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Callao - Scenic city tour of Lima

South America

Duration

4 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-CLL1

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A seal on a rock next to a body of water A seal on a rock next to a body of water

Callao - Discovering the Palomino Islands

South America

Duration

3 hours 30 mins

Price per person

From $ 216

Booking Code

A-CLL9

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A large building A large building

Callao - Grand Tour of Lima

South America

Duration

8 hours

Price per person

From $ 183

Booking Code

A-CLL10

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A man riding a horse A man riding a horse

Callao - Pachacamac, Larco Museum & Paso Horses

South America

Duration

8 hours

Price per person

From $ 266

Booking Code

A-CLL15

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Included
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Paracas - Ballestas Island

South America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-GSM1

See Excursion
Monkey geoglyph, Nazca lines, Peru Monkey geoglyph, Nazca lines, Peru

Paracas - Nazca Lines

South America

Duration

4h

Price per person

From $ 749

Booking Code

A-GSM5

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A large brick building A large brick building

Paracas - Tambo Colorado

South America

Duration

4h20

Price per person

From $ 216

Booking Code

A-GSM7

See Excursion
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Paracas - Pisco Route

Duration

5 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From $ 166

Booking Code

A-GSM1

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Included
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Matarani - Peruvian Dance show

Duration

30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-MRI1

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Matarani - Mollendo & Mejia

Duration

2 hours 50 minutes

Price per person

From $ 316

Booking Code

A-MRI1

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Matarani - Arequipa and Santa Catalina Convent

Duration

8 hours

Price per person

From $ 333

Booking Code

A-MRI2

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Extend Your Cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-Program before or after your expedition cruise.

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Santiago - Chilean Folk Show & Dinner (21/22)

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 199

Booking Code

SCL02

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Santiago Post-Excursion: Maipo Valley Vineyard Tour (20/21, 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

$ 105

Booking Code

SCL05B

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Valparaiso/Santiago: Post-programme Easter Island (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

5 Days

From

$ 4,196

Booking Code

VAPIPCPOST

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