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The Falklands and South Georgia

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Magellan Explorer
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A journey like no other awaits as you embark on your ship in Port Stanley for this 15-day cruise aboard the Magellan Explorer. Explore the Falkland islands, making stops at Saunders Island, Carcass Island, New Island, Weddell Island, and Bleaker Island before sailing southeast toward South Georgia. The region is known for its prolific birdlife, you will see multiple penguin, albatross, and petrel species as well as varied marine life that call these sub-Antarctic waters home. Learn the history of the early expeditions to the region and visit Ernest Shackleton’s grave. You will bring home indelible memories, and tales of your journey will arouse the curiosity and admiration of your friends and family.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Port Stanley | Embark
Day 2 : Saunders Island | Carcass Island
Day 3 : New Island, Weddell Island
Day 4 : Bleaker Island
Days 5-6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Elsehul Bay
Day 8 : Grytviken, Fortuna Bay
Day 9 : Gold Harbour and Cooper Bay
Day 10 : St Andrews Bay, Ocean Harbour
Day 11 : Prion Island, Salisbury Plain
Days 12-14 : At Sea
Day 15 : Port Stanley | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore Saunders Island and admire its unique wildlife
  • Visit the West Falklands known for the massive penguin colonies and albatross sightings
  • Discover Bleaker Island, identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area
  • See king penguins at Fortuna Bay

Ship

Magellan Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Grytviken, South Georgia Rockhopper penguins Gold Harbour, South Georgia A war memorial in the Falkland Islands Grytviken, South Georgia
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Day 1 Port Stanley | Embark

You will be picked up at the airport in Port Stanley and transferred into town for a tour before embarkation.

Day 2 Saunders Island | Carcass Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Saunders Island, where you can enjoy the long white-sand beach. The main attractions here are the rockhopper penguins, nesting black-browed albatross, and the sub-Antarctic gentoo penguins. In the afternoon, 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit New Island, a classic West Falklands experience, with albatross & penguin colonies. Depending on local conditions, in the afternoon visit Weddell Island.

Day 4 Bleaker Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, land at Bleaker Island. This is a natural reserve is a famous bird area and is home to over 49 species. In the afternoon, begin sailing to South Georgia.

Day 5-6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sail toward South Georgia, attend engaging programs 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depending on sea conditions, plan to arrive in South Georgia sometime this afternoon. Upon receiving approval from the South Georgia Government, go for an evening Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay.

Day 8 Grytviken, Fortuna Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The first landing is at Grytviken. Clear Customs and then visit the historical site, with the museum and Ernest Shackleton’s grave. In the afternoon, land at Fortuna Bay and 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”.

Day 9 Gold Harbour and Cooper Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning land 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, visit Cooper Bay to see macaroni penguins during a Zodiac cruise.

Day 10 St Andrews Bay, Ocean Harbour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your morning excursion will take you to St Andrews Bay where you will see the largest king penguin colony and elephant seal bulls. In the afternoon, take a Zodiac cruise and land at Ocean Harbour. The highlights here are a shipwreck and abandoned remnants of the whaling industry

Day 11 Prion Island, Salisbury Plain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 12-14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
As the ship makes its way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) the program of lectures and presentations continues onboard.

Day 15 Port Stanley | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Upon arrival at Port Stanley, disembark and transfer to the airport.
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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.
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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")
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Included in the Rate
· Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
· 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.
· Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
· Loan of waterproof boots for landing.
· All guided shore excursions.
· Lectures 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.).
· Gratuities.
· Visas for Chile, Argentina, and/or the UK, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.

Optional Flight and Hotel Package Inclusions:

Round-trip Santiago Package - $2,095(Double Occupancy)
October 2, 2021 Departure
- Welcome service at the Santiago airport on Oct 1, 2021
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport hotel on Oct 1, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star airport hotel in Santiago on Oct 1, 2021, with breakfast
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport on Oct 2, 2021
- Ticket for roundtrip fight between Santiago and Port Stanley, outbound on Oct 2, return Oct 16, 2021
- Welcome service at the Santiago airport on Oct 16, 2021
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport hotel on Oct 16, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star airport hotel in Santiago on Oct 16, 2021, with breakfast
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport on Oct 17, 2021

October 16, 2021 Departure
- Welcome service at the Santiago airport on Oct 15, 2021
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport hotel on Oct 15, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star airport hotel in Santiago on Oct 15, 2021, with breakfast
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport on Oct 16, 2021
- Ticket for roundtrip fight between Santiago and Port Stanley, outbound on Oct 16, return Oct 30, 2021
- Welcome service at the Santiago airport on Oct 30, 2021
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport hotel on Oct 30, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star airport hotel in Santiago on Oct 30, 2021, with breakfast
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport on Oct 31, 2021


One-Way Santiago Package - $1,255(Double Occupancy)
October 2, 2021 Departure
- Welcome service at the Santiago airport on Oct 1, 2021
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport hotel on Oct 1, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star airport hotel in Santiago on Oct 1, 2021, with breakfast
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport on Oct 2, 2021
- Ticket for one-way fight from Santiago to Port Stanley on Oct 2, 2021

October 16, 2021 Departure
- Welcome service at the Santiago airport on Oct 15, 2021
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport hotel on Oct 15, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star airport hotel in Santiago on Oct 15, 2021, with breakfast
- Airport shuttle to the Santiago airport on Oct 16, 2021
- Ticket for one-way fight from Santiago to Port Stanley on Oct 16, 2021

Round-trip Punta Arenas Package - $1,425(Double Occupancy)
October 2, 2021 Departure
- Welcome service at the Punta Arenas airport on Oct 1, 2021
- Group transfer to the Punta Arenas hotel on Oct 1, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star hotel in Punta Arenas on Oct 1, 2021, with breakfast
- Group transfer to the Punta Arenas airport on Oct 2, 2021
- Ticket for roundtrip fight between Punta Arenas and Port Stanley, outbound Oct 2, return Oct 16, 2021
- Welcome service at the Punta Arenas airport on Oct 16, 2021
- Group transfer to the Punta Arenas hotel on Oct 16, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star airport hotel in Punta Arenas on Oct 16, 2021, with breakfast

October 16, 2021 Departure
- Welcome service at the Punta Arenas airport on Oct 15, 2021
- Group transfer to the Punta Arenas hotel on Oct 15, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star hotel in Punta Arenas on Oct 15, 2021, with breakfast
- Group transfer to the Punta Arenas airport on Oct 16, 2021
- Ticket for roundtrip fight between Punta Arenas and Port Stanley, outbound Oct 16, return Oct 30, 2021
- Welcome service at the Punta Arenas airport on Oct 30, 2021
- Group transfer to the Punta Arenas hotel on Oct 30, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star airport hotel in Punta Arenas on Oct 30, 2021, with breakfast


One-Way Punta Arenas Package - $1,045(Double Occupancy)
October 2, 2021 Departure

- Ticket for a one-way flight from Port Stanley to Punta Arenas on Oct 17, 2020
- Welcome service at the Punta Arenas airport on Oct 17, 2020
- Group transfer to the Punta Arenas hotel on Oct 17, 2020
- Accommodation at a 4-star airport hotel in Punta Arenas on Oct 17, 2020, with breakfast

October 16, 2021 Departure
- Ticket for one-way fight from Port Stanley to Punta Arenas on Oct 30, 2021
- Welcome service at the Punta Arenas airport on Oct 30, 2021
- Group transfer to the Punta Arenas hotel on Oct 30, 2021
- Accommodation at a 4-star hotel in Punta Arenas on Oct 30, 2021, with breakfast
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