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The Falklands & South Georgia Explore

The Falklands & South Georgia 15 Days aboard Magellan Explorer

Prices From £8,325pp
14 nights
Saturday 3 OCT, 2020
Saturday 17 OCT, 2020

The Falklands & South Georgia 15 Days aboard 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.

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >

Andy Pollard

Wildlife Guide & Photographer

Andy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >

Chris Coe

Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awards

A fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >

Doug Allan

Special Guest Lecturer

Exclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >


  • 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

What's Included

  • 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
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14 Nights   15 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Stanley, Falkland Islands
  • Days 2 - 4 | Falkland Islands
  • Days 5 - 6 | At Sea
  • Days 7 - 11 | South Georgia
  • Days 12 - 15 | Back to The Falkland Islands
Stanley, Falkland Islands

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.

Falkland Islands
2 - 4Days

Falkland Islands

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.

At Sea
5 - 6Days

At Sea

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.

South Georgia
7 - 11Days

South Georgia

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
12 - 15Days

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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