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The Falklands & South Georgia

Overview

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.  

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACAXFSG

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise 

Location: Falkland Islands & South Georgia.

Ship: Magellan Explorer

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Encounter incredible wildlife experiences including seals, whales and the incredible king penguin. 

  • Enjoy your on board experience on the Magellan Explorer, a new and modern expedition vessel, purpose-built for Antarctic voyages. 

  • Discover the immense beauty of South Georgia, dotted with snow capped peaks, hardy tundra grass and vistas of perpetual snow.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Pick up at the airport in Port Stanley, town visit,
and embarkation

Port Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Island. Explore the historic Dockyard Museum with its galleries of maritime exploration, or visit the Magellanic penguins of Gypsy Cove.

Embarkation in Port Stanley

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.

Saunders Island, Carcass Island

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.

New Island, Weddell Island

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.

In the afternoon we head to South Georgia.

Bleaker Island

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.

At Sea - Day 5 & 6

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.

Elsehul 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”.

Grytviken, Fortuna 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 albatross here. In the afternoon, we visit Cooper Bay to see macaroni penguins during a Zodiac cruise.

Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay

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.

St Andrews Bay, Ocean Harbour

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.

Prison Island, Salisbury Plain

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.

At Sea - Days 12 to 14

Upon disembarkation at Port Stanley we will disembark. Here you may say farewell to your crew and fellow passengers before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Disembarkation in Port Stanley

We specialise in Tailor Made Journeys in Latin America. All Tailor-Made journeys depart daily and can be customised around your cruise. Contact us for today to discuss.

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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • 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

Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration
03 Oct 2020 17 Oct 2020 15
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Important Information

  • 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

    Exclusions

    *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 
    Travel insurance 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

    *Contact us for pricing on Charter flight package from Port Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago.

  • Departure date, season and availability. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

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