15 days / 14 nights
A wilderness experience in the Southern Ocean
The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
In-depth visit to South Georgia
Aboard Magellan Explorer
Day 1: Port Stanley, embarkation
Pick up at the airport in Port Stanley, town visit, and embarkation.
Day 2: Saunders Island, Carcass Island
During a morning visit to Saunders Island, we enjoy the long white-sand beach. A wilderness experience, the main attractions there are rockhopper penguins, nesting black browed albatross, and sub-Antarctic gentoo penguins. In the afternoon, we visit Carcass Island.
There is an option for an easy hike to the settlement, bird watching, and a typical Falklands tea experience.
Day 3: New Island, Weddell Island
We visit New Island, a classic West Falklands experience, with albatross and penguin colonies. Depending on local conditions, in the afternoon, we could visit Weddell Island.
Day 4: Bleaker Island
Morning landing at Bleaker Island. This is a natural reserve with a famous bird area featuring a large variety of birds. In the afternoon, we head to South Georgia.
Day 5-6: At Sea
As we sail toward South Georgia, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales.
Day 7: Elsehul Bay
Depending on sea conditions over the previous days, arrival is planned for the afternoon. Provided we receive approval from the South Georgia government, we plan to do an evening Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay.
Day 8: Grytviken, Fortuna Bay
Our first landing is at Grytviken. We clear Customs and then visit the historical site, with the museum and Ernest Shackleton’s grave. In the afternoon, we land at Fortuna Bay / Stromness to see king penguins. Here we learn more about Shackleton and his expedition. There is also an optional 2-3 hour “Shackleton walk”.
Day 9: Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay
In the morning, we plan a landing at Gold Harbour. This is a spectacular location with king penguins, elephant seals and hanging glaciers. There are also sooty albatrosses here. In the afternoon, we visit Cooper Bay to see macaroni penguins during a Zodiac cruise.
Day 10: St Andrews Bay, Ocean Harbour
St Andrews Bay is the destination of our morning excursion. We see the largest king penguin colony, and elephant seal bulls. In the afternoon, we plan a Zodiac cruise and landing at Ocean Harbour. The highlights here are a shipwreck and remains of the whaling industry.
Day 11: Prion Island, Salisbury Plain
In the morning, we plan to visit Prion Island to see the nesting wandering albatross. In the afternoon, we head to Salisbury Plain for more king penguins and stunning landscapes.
Day 12-14: At Sea
As we make our way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) our program of lectures and presentations continues.
Day 15: Port Stanley, Disembarkation
Upon arrival at Port Stanley, we disembark and transfer to the airport for the ongoing flight.
Included in the Rate:
-Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
-For guests visiting Punta Arenas, special access to Explorers House
-Ship cruise as indicated in the itinerary corresponding to each expedition.
-Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
-Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
-Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
-Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
-Loan of waterproof boots for landing.
-All guided shore excursions.
-Presentations and entertainment on board.
-Landing fees and IAATO passenger fee.
Specifically not Included in the Rate
-Flights, accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary corresponding to each voyage.
-Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
-Personal travel insurance.
-Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
-Visas for Chile, Argentina, and/or the UK, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
KAY = Sea Kayaking in Antarctica. We recommend booking the Sea Kayaking program upon reservation of your trip.
HS = Hiking and Snowshoeing in Antarctica. Available for
booking on board the ship at
$85 per person, per excursion.