Single Cabins Available
The Falklands & South Georgia 15 DaysAboard: Magellan Explorer
This exciting and unique itinerary takes you to two of the most fascinating wildlife destinations in the world. Sailing aboard a brand-new high-end expedition vessel, your adventure will start with four days amongst the beautiful Falkland Islands archipelago where stunning scenery, rich culture and prolific birdlife awaits. You will then sail on to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia for five full days of exploration amongst millions of penguins, spectacular landscapes and intriguing historical sites. With endless adventure both onboard and on land, this is the ultimate southern wildlife expedition.
- Explore in-depth around two spectacular destinations in one voyage
- Abundant wildlife and birdlife including millions of various breeds of penguins
- Stunning scenery throughout
- Sail aboard a brand-new Polar expedition vessel
- Hiking opportunities
- Full board accommodation on board ship, including wine/beer with meals
- Shore and Zodiac excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of waterproof boots
- Transfers from airport to ship and ship to airport in Stanley
Single Cabins Available
This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!
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Stanley, Falkland Islands
Having arrived independently to Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, you will join your transfer to the port to board the brand-new Magellan Explorer. Settle into your comfortable cabin, familiarise yourself with the ship and get ready for your once in a lifetime adventure.
Please note: Transfer packages including flights from Punta Arenas to Stanley are available. Please enquire for full details.
On your first full morning you will awake on the western side of the Falklands having sailed across top of the archipelago overnight, and it will time to get ready for your first of many shore excursions as you take an enjoyable walk along the remote white sandy beach of Saunders Island. Here we hope to have our first encounters with rockhopper and gentoo penguins along with nesting black browed albatross before moving on to Carcass Island. On Carcass there will be options available for a hike to the settlement to enjoy a typical Falklands tea experience and ample birdwatching opportunities.
The following day you will enjoy a classic West Falklands experience as you visit New Island in the morning to discover its impressive albatross and penguin colonies, followed by a trip to Weddell Island in the afternoon.
Our last day in the Falklands will see us enjoy a morning landing on the natural reserve and famous bird area of Bleaker Island where we can enjoy some fantastic birdwatching experiences before setting sail into the open seas towards South Georgia.
As we sail towards South Georgia you can spend some time relaxing in the comfort and style of your brand-new expedition vessel, including the two observation areas and spacious deck that will allow you a front row seat for spotting the magnificent seabirds including petrels and albatrosses that may be following the ship along with numerous species of whales. Your informative and entertaining lecture and presentation programme will also continue, covering everything from historical sea explorations to the wildlife and geology of the fascinating areas visited on your trip.
Depending on sea conditions over the previous days, we plan to arrive in South Georgia on the afternoon of day 7. Provided we receive approval from the South Georgia Government, we plan to do an evening Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay to celebrate our arrival in this wildlife paradise.
On day 8 we will make our first landing on South Georgia as we arrive at Grytviken to learn all about the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and to pay our respects at his final resting place. We will also visit the museum as well as some other important historical sites. In the afternoon our focus will turn to wildlife as we arrive at Fortuna Bay to witness the memorable spectacle of uncountable king penguins bustling along the shore. From here you will also have the opportunity to hike the “Shackleton Walk” from Fortuna Bay to Stromness which retraces the last part of his epic journey.
On the morning of day 9 we plan to land at the spectacular location of Gold Harbour where a blanket of penguins, huge elephant seals and sooty albatross amongst the backdrop of hanging glaciers creates the most unforgettable scene. We will spend some time exploring the area and photographing the wildlife before moving on to Cooper Bay to enjoy a Zodiac cruise in search of sightings of macaroni penguins.
The following day St Andrews Bay is the destination of our morning excursion. Here we see the largest king penguin colony on the island as well as huge numbers of elephant seal bulls. In the afternoon we plan a Zodiac cruise and landing at Ocean Harbour to see a shipwreck and some remains of the whaling industry.
On the morning of our last day in South Georgia we plan to visit Prion Island to see the nesting wandering albatross before heading to the famous Salisbury Plain for even more king penguins and stunning landscapes that will offer the perfect farewell to this incredible area.
Back to The Falkland Islands
As we make our way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) on days 12 to 14 our program of lectures and presentations continues. Upon arrival back in Stanley on day 15 a transfer will be provided to the airport for your return flights.
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The world’s first expedition ship custom designed for Antarctic air-cruise operations, the stylishly designed Magellan Explorer effortlessly combines boutique hospitality with expedition excellence to provide a supremely comfortable experience for your Antarctica adventures. Every element of this strong and agile expedition ship has been expertly designed to enhance guests’ expedition experience and it has been built to the very latest Polar Code specifications. Advanced features include Polar Class 6 ice-class rating, stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters and ice-detecting radar. An energy-recovery system that recycles the heat produced by the engines to warm up the ship and its water supply enables the ship to reduce its environmental footprint and allows guests to travel in a more eco-friendly and conscientious manner.
The Magellan Explorer offers five different accommodation categories, with each berth having been styled by a renowned interior design studio based in Santiago de Chile. The finest details have been carefully considered to provide a modern, comfortable and stylish environment in which to relax in after a long day of Antarctic adventures. Each cabin is spacious and bright and features large king-size or twin beds, private bathrooms and seating areas. The majority of cabins feature private verandahs or balconies.
The public areas of the ship include a grand dining room which offers buffet breakfast and lunch and table-service dinner, a BBQ deck for al-fresco dining, a spacious forward-facing observation lounge and bar that is also used to deliver briefings and educational presentations, an outdoor observation deck that has been designed to allow close contact with the surrounding environment, a library, gymnasium, sauna and gift shop.
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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!Dave Martin
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.Dr Lorna Mairs
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.Mr J Borg, Malta
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