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Antarctica and South Georgia Air-Cruise

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Follow in the footsteps of explorer Ernest Shackleton to the extremes of the Southern Hemisphere! Visit the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia aboard the Magellan Explorer. Enjoy views of spectacular mountains and towering icebergs, and visit extraordinary snowy landscapes and remote penguin rookeries.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 : Scheduled flight to Antarctica
Days 3-5 : Exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica
Day 6 : Elephant Island
Days 7-10 : Sailing to South Georgia
Days 11-12 : South Georgia
Days 13-15 : Sailing towards South America
Day 16 : At Sea | Beagle Channel
Day 17 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station
  • Sail along Antarctica's ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs
  • Keep an eye out for the region’s abundant bird life
  • Visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay

Ship

Magellan Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Air Cruise Flight Abandoned whaling village of Stromness, South Georgia Tour of research station in Antarctica Travel to Antarctica's icebergs Zodiac excursion in the Antarctic Penisula Wildlife experience during Antarctica tour
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Day 1 Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile. Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world. Please note: Passengers must be in Punta Arenas at 2 PM, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travelers arriving later than 2 PM.

Day 2 Scheduled flight to Antarctica

A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Day 3-5 Exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.
 
No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, explore several spots in the Gerlache Strait that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 6 Elephant Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sailing north of the Antarctic Peninsula, stop at Elephant Island. It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on in a small open lifeboat, crossing 1,300 km of open sea to South Georgia in order to arrange the rescue of their comrades. While the stormy conditions of this area rarely allow a shore landing, you are able to see the island from the ship.

Day 7-10 Sailing to South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
As we sail northward, our expert guides offer a series of presentations. There is time to socialize in the ship’s lounge while keeping an eye out for the region’s birdlife.

Day 11-12 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The island of South Georgia is a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, massive glaciers, grassy uplands and deep fjords. Visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you may pay your respects at the simple grave of Ernest Shackleton. At St. Andrew’s Bay be overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 King Penguins. At Cooper Island, the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses, see a large colony of macaroni penguins. If the weather is favorable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.

Day 13-15 Sailing towards South America

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
As the ship heads to South America, the Expedition Team will continue their program of presentations. Use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history. Enjoy the collection of themed books in the library, attend film screenings, and spend time socializing in the ship’s lounge. Take your binoculars to the outside observation decks and spot for the great wandering albatross that may be soaring in the proximity of the ship.

Day 16 At Sea | Beagle Channel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Approach the South American continent and sail along the Beagle Channel. Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego to the north and Navarino Island to the south as you make your way to Ushuaia.

Day 17 Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrival to Ushuaia, where your journey ends.
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Punta Arenas - Hotels

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Per person starting at
$14,395
Magellan Explorer Cabin
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Triple Suite
Located on Deck 4 (440 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78") Suite with two bedrooms, balcony, and sitting area.
Magellan Explorer Porthole Cabin
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Porthole Cabin
Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78")
Magellan Explorer Cabin
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Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78") With sitting area and balcony.
Magellan Explorer Cabin
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Deluxe Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 4 (220 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78") Private balcony and sitting area.
Magellan Explorer Cabin
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Penthouse Suite
Located on Deck 5 (330 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78"). Balcony and sitting area.
Magellan Explorer
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Grand Suite
Located on Deck 4 (440 sq. ft.). Bed can be configured as either one, king-size bed (2.1 × 2.0 mt. / 82" × 78") or two twin beds (1.05 × 2.0 mt. / 41" × 78") Two-room suite with balcony and sitting area.
Magellan Explorer Cabin
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Single Veranda Cabin
Located on Deck 3 (220 sq. ft.). 1 king-size bed. Sitting area and balcony.

Notes

-Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Cabin sharing, where solo travelers are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender is available in Porthole and Veranda Cabins. 
-Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.85x the double occupancy rate for Porthole and Veranda Cabins types. Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Suite, and Grand Suite cabins are 2x the double occupancy rate.
-Children ages 12 and up are permitted onboard accompanied by an adult.

Please note: Passengers must be in Punta Arenas at 2 PM, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travelers arriving later than 2 PM.

INCLUDED IN THE RATE
• For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.
• For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
• 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica. Please note: these complimentary hotel nights apply only to travelers staying in double occupancy rooms. Solo travelers will be charged a supplement.
• Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program.
• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• 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.
• All guided shore excursions.
• Lectures and entertainment on board.
• Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
• Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
• Contingency Plan as described below.
• IAATO passenger fee.
 
SPECIFICALLY NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATE
• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.
• Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
• Personal insurance.
• Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
• Gratuities.
• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
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