This incredible 15 day voyage will allow you to explore the wonders of the Falklands and South Georgia. On board the Magellan Explorer, you will embark from Port Stanley on an amazing journey which perfectly combines beautiful natural landscapes with incredible wildlife experiences. Discover the immense raw beauty of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, dotted with a myriad of contrasting islands of dramatic cliffs, snow capped peaks and graceful sandy bays. Encounter wildlife including seals, whales, albatross, and some of the largest colonies of king penguin. This is a beautiful and raw experience which will expose you to some of the most dramatic beauty and incredible natural experiences the islands have to offer.
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.
We visit New Island, a classic West Falklands experience, with albatross & penguin colonies. Depending on local conditions, in the afternoon we could visit Weddell Island.. the third largest island in the Falkland Islands archipelago.
Morning landing at Bleaker Island. This is a natural reserve with a famous bird area featuring a large variety of birds, including massive cormorants. Bleaker Island is also known for its sustainable sheep and cattle farming. The Island is also features beautiful scenery such as the long stretch of beach known as Sandy Bay.
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.
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. The island bay is home to a large colony of fur seals that you may be lucky enough to see.
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”.
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 albatross here. In the afternoon, we visit Cooper Bay to see macaroni penguins during a Zodiac cruise.
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.
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. Enjoy incredible scenery of tussock-covered hills and studded bays where elephant and fur seals converge.
The following days will be spent at sea as you make your way to Islas Malvinas. Use this time top reflect on the incredible memories you have made on this journey. Enjoy interesting programs and educational presentations.
Before embarking on your voyage, why not experience the amazing wonders of two of South America’s most vibrant cities. A 9 Day Rio to Buenos Aires journey will be the perfect way to indulge in a mix of Latin American cultural experience and sights. From the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer, to the roaring cascades of Iguazu falls and the European avenues of Buenos Aires this is a spectacular way to experience this unique and dynamic corner of our world. Find out more
Amend your voyage to include the amazing wonders of untamed Patagonia. A 4-day itinerary at the amazing Las Torres Hotel, located right in the heart of the Las Torres Del Paine National Park is an incredible all-inclusive way to experience the indescribable beauty of Patagonia. Undertake hikes at the base of snow-capped peaks, discover pristine solitary lakes and valleys of far-reaching beauty as far as the eye can see. Find out more
Why not start your Journey with a visit to the “Paris of the south”? Discover the wonders of Buenos Aires on this 4-day itinerary. Explore a unique fusion of European elegance and Latin American energy as you explore the history of this magnificent city. Take part in a unique tango show or take a break from cities and visit the gaucho town of San Antonio de Areco. Find out more
Cabin accommodation on board Magellan Explorer
All meals whilst on board
All scheduled landings and excursions
Guiding and lectures by English speaking expedition leader & team
All port fees
All landing fees
Comprehensive pre and post voyage informational material
Loan of waterproof boots for landings
*Charter flight from Port Stanley to Chile
Airfares to embarkation/disembarkation city
Visa fees (if applicable)
Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
Optional activities not specified in itinerary
Pre or post cruise travel expenses
As a member of IAATO we follow guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants
We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.
For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE