Summary : Sail on the Magellan Explorer to the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas), South Georgia and Antarctica with this 19-day expedition. Start in the Falklands and enjoy watching interesting native wildlife like the Rockhopper Penguin and Black-browed albatrosses. Also, meet the people who have made this island home for generations. From there, set sail for South Georgia. Visit one of the world’s largest king penguin colonies and watch elephant seals relaxing on the shores. Then cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula and among the South Shetland Islands, visiting sites in the Antarctic Sound and in the Gerlache Strait. This is an expedition like no other.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Pick up at the airport in Port Stanley, town visit, and embarkation.
During a morning visit to Saunders Island, enjoy the long white-sand beach and look out for rockhopper penguins, nesting black-browed albatross, and sub-Antarctic gentoo penguins. In the afternoon, visit Carcass Island. Enjoy an easy hike to the settlement, bird watching, and a typical Falklands tea experience.
This morning land at Bleaker Island, a natural reserve with a famous bird area featuring a large variety of birds. In the afternoon, head to South Georgia.
As you sail toward South Georgia, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of knowledgeable guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whale.
Depending on sea conditions, arrival is planned for the afternoon—you may take an evening Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay.
Your first landing is at Grytviken. Clear Customs and then visit the historical site, which includes a small museum and Ernest Shackleton’s grave site. In the afternoon, land at Fortuna Bay / Stromness to see king penguins. Here you will learn more about Shackleton and his expedition. There is also an optional 2-3 hour “Shackleton walk."
In the morning, visit Prion Island to see the nesting wandering albatross. In the afternoon, head to Salisbury Plain for more king penguins and stunning landscapes.
St. Andrews Bay is the destination for a morning excursion. See a large king penguin colony and elephant seal bulls. In the afternoon, take a Zodiac cruise and land at Ocean Harbor. The highlights here are a shipwreck and remains of the whaling industry.
As the ship makes its way to Antarctica, the program of lectures and presentations continues.
Sailing south, you will hopefully have the opportunity to stop at Elephant Island. It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on to South Georgia. While stormy conditions rarely allow a shore landing, you will see the island from the ship.
As you navigate historic waterways and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and neighboring South Shetland Islands, the goal is to attempt 1-2 excursions per day. Your Captain and Expedition Leader continually monitor weather and ice conditions, working together to insure you experience the best of Antarctica whether you’re exploring Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Deception Island, or the many other locations available for landings and Zodiac cruising in the region.
Sailing in the wake of the 19th century’s great explorers—Sir Ernest Shackleton, Adrien de Gerlache, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen (to name just a few)—you’ll photograph the same towering mountain peaks they saw, hear raucous penguin colonies as you go ashore, see dazzling shades of blue and white as you navigate bays with impressive ice sculptures, and gain a new perspective of what it takes for wildlife—from penguins and giant petrels to elephant seals and humpback whales—to thrive in the beauty of this environment.
The forecast for conditions across the Drake Passage will determine when you’ll say a fond farewell to Antarctica and sail back to South America. Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coastline drifts out of view, take time for bird watching and searching the horizon for whales, and enjoy final presentations by the expedition staff as you relax and reflect upon your Antarctic adventure.
Arrive in Ushuaia, where your journey ends.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase insurance that includes medical evacuation and repatriation in remote areas, including Antarctica. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Minimum age for children aboard these departures is 12 years old.
From whale sightings and identification to seabird surveys, each trip offers the opportunity to assist in data collection to benefit a variety of research studies. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
Hotel & Transfer Packages:
For your convenience, on a request basis packages are available that include an airline ticket in economy class for the commercial flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Port Stanley, and/or return, and hotel accommodation in either Santiago or Punta Arenas. These packages are
designed to facilitate your arrival to and departure from the Falklands (Malvinas). Scheduled flights are operated on Saturdays by Latam Airlines. Please note that premium economy, business class, and first class service is not available. Please request further details at time of reservations.
Transfer between ship and airport in Falkland Islands; shipboard accommodations; guided shore excursions; onboard lectures and entertainment; comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material; gear on loan (waterproof boots); all meals onboard the ship; wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner aboard the ship; coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and snacks aboard the ship throughout the expedition; IAATO passenger fee. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare, accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary; preferred seating on Antarctic flights; optional activities in Port Stanley; mandatory medical evacuation/repatriation insurance; personal travel insurance; recommended travel protection policy; personal expenses (beverages purchased at the ship’s bar, communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.); gratuities; visas for Chile, Argentina, and/or the UK; passport expenses; any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable; fuel surcharge may apply.
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