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St Andrew, South Georgia

Falklands (Malvinas) & South Georgia

Punta Arenas roundtrip - Example 17 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 17-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.
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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
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Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Punta Arenas | Embark

From 9:00 hrs., make your way to Explorers House in Punta Arenas and enjoy the facilities. At 16:00 hrs., a group transfer will take you to the port for embarkation. As we sail along the Strait of Magellan, our Expedition Team will introduce the history of this fabled sea route.

Day 2: At Sea

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the ship’s hospitality as we make our way to the Falklands (Malvinas). Our engaging series of lectures and presentations begin.

Day 3: Saunders Island | Carcass Island

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 4: Port Stanley

Join our expedition team on guided walking tours of Port Stanley or Gipsy Cove. Or explore on your own and absorb the atmosphere, grabbing lunch at the local pub, visiting the maritime museum, the church, hunting for souvenirs, or walking down Ross Road, paying tribute at the war memorials at the waterfront.

Day 5-6: At Sea

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

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

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 | Cooper Bay

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

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

  • 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

As the ship makes its way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) the program of lectures and presentations continues onboard.

Day 15: Bleaker Island

Evening landing at Bleaker Island, a natural reserve with a famous bird area featuring a large variety of birds.

Day 16: At Sea

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Day 17: Punta Arenas | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Upon arrival at Punta Arenas, we disembark and take a group transfer to the town center, where the expedition will end. Explorers House remains available to you for the day.

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Magellan Explorer

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-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.

Fly cruises: Children admitted from 8 years old
  • Classic Antarctica Air Cruise
  • Polar Circle
  • Antarctica Express
Sea voyages: Children admitted from 12 years old
  • Patagonia & Chilean Fjords
  • Falklands (Malvinas) & SG
  • Falklands (Malvinas), SG and Antarctica
  • Antarctic Small Ship Expedition
Optionals
  • Kayaking: Children admitted from 16 years old.
  • Hiking & snowshoeing: Children admitted from 12 years old.
Included
  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
  • 16 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 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
  • IAATO passenger fee 
  • Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
  • Comprehensive Pre- and Post-voyage Information Materials
     
  • Lectures and entertainment onboard.
     
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board the ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
  • Dinner served daily on board the ship offering a choice between one of three main courses.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Special access to Explorers House for guests in Punta Arenas.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Beverages purchased at the bar 
  • Parkas are not provided on your cruise. Please bring your own windproof, waterproof, insulated parka with you. You will want to make sure it is roomy enough to fit warm layers underneath. Click here for information about parka rental.
  • All participants in an Antarctica 21 expedition are required to have a travel insurance policy.  A comprehensive policy is recommended but, at a minimum, Medical Evacuation coverage up to $100,000 USD is required.

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