Antarctica & South Georgia Fly/Cruise 17 Days aboard Magellan Explorer
This fantastic itinerary offers you the chance to follow in the path of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton as you visit two of the Southern Hemisphere’s most enchanting and remarkable destinations. Flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica means you will skip out the Drake Passage sailing, allowing for more time to explore the mysterious icy waterways and spectacular landscapes of Antarctica. After a visit to the famous Elephant Island you will then sail on to the wildlife wonderland of South Georgia to discover a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords and grassy uplands swarming with millions of penguins! Exploring by Zodiac and on foot your time in these magical corners of the world will bring a new adventure each day, with up-close wildlife encounters, historical visits and unrivalled photo opportunities. Prepare to be truly amazed!
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn 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 >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy 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 >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA 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 >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn 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 >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive 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 >
- Discover the wonders of Antarctica and South Georgia in one fantastic itinerary
- Enjoy amazing wildlife viewing with seabirds, whales, seals and millions of penguins
- Spectacular scenery at every turn
- Exciting Zodiac excursions
- Visit historical sites and learn all about the great explorers of the past
- Fly the Drake Passage
- Kayaking & snowshoeing options available
- Full board accommodation on board ship, including wine/beer/soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Pre-cruise hotel stay in Punta Arenas with breakfast, dinner and drinks
- Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
- All shore and Zodiac excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of waterproof boots
- Transfers in Punta Arenas
ITINERARY16 Nights 17 Days
- Day 1 | Punta Arenas
- Day 2 | King George Island
- Days 3 - 5 | Antarctica
- Day 6 | Elephant Island
- Days 7 - 8 | At Sea
- Days 9 - 12 | South Georgia
- Days 13 - 16 | At Sea
- Day 17 | Ushuaia
Your Antarctica itinerary begins in the Chilean city of Punta Arenas where, after having arrived independently, a representative will greet you at the airport for your transfer to your hotel for your included overnight stay. An afternoon briefing will take place at the hotel which will offer an insight into what to expect on your expedition, guidelines for visitors to Antarctica and Zodiac boat procedures. In the evening you can enjoy a typical Magellan welcome dinner with your fellow expeditioners before enjoying a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead. Many guests choose to arrive in Punta Arenas, the gateway to Patagonia, a day before their tour starts in order to enjoy some of the nearby countryside and national park. If this is something that may be of interest to you please feel free to ask for details and special offers that may be available for extending your stay.
King George Island
This morning your adventure truly begins, and after breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. This scenic 2 hour flight will see you fly across Cape Horn and the famous Drake Passage, and will have you touched down in the heart of Antarctica in next to no time. Upon arrival you will be greeted with the awe-inspiring feeling of the clear Antarctica air filling your lungs and the sense that you have truly arrived in the greatest and most remarkable wilderness on the planet. After an exploration around the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located we will make our way to Fildes Bay to hop into Zodiac boats which will take you to your expedition ship for embarkation. As you settle in to your comfortable cabin and explore your new surroundings your ship will begin its sail towards the Antarctic Peninsula. We recommend some time on deck or in the observation lounge for your first spot of iceberg photography and perhaps some whale and Antarctic bird spotting.
As our exploration of Antarctica begins in earnest we will sail along the ice-filled fjords between the South Shetland Islands and the eastern coast of the Peninsula to discover a world of spectacular icebergs, penguins, whales and seabirds. As with any expedition to Antarctica, flexibility is the key, and your captain and experienced crew will take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature to chart the best course for unrivalled wildlife and scenic opportunities. Every Antarctica expedition is different but there are a number of particular iconic areas in the South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Sound that you can expect to visit over the course of your 3 days here. These locations will give you the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment and every day will bring a new adventure. We will explore each day by Zodiac and on foot to experience all that this remarkable area has to offer.
Throughout your voyage an engaging program of lectures and presentations will be offered on board, covering everything from the history of polar exploration to the wildlife and geological features that you will experience on your trip.
After our thrilling exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, today we will be sailing north of the Peninsula towards Elephant Island where we hope to make a stop to discover more about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition. It was here where Shackleton’s crew sought refuge while he and five crew members used a small open lifeboat to cross the 1,300 km of wild seas to South Georgia to arrange their rescue. Due to the stormy conditions that often surround Elephant Island, a shore visit may not be possible, but we will be able to see the island from our ship and learn all about Shackleton’s exceptionally brave feats.
Over the course of the next 2 days we will be sailing northwards towards the wildlife paradise of South Georgia. As we sail your informative lecture and presentation programme will keep you entertained, whilst some time on deck with your cameras should reward in excellent sightings of seabirds and maybe various whale species.
Welcome to the wildlife wonderland wilderness of South Georgia, where a spectacular diverse landscape of massive glaciers, majestic mountains, deep fjords and grassy uplands play host to millions of penguins, birds and marine animals. Over the course of the next 4 days we will explore this remarkable area on foot and by Zodiac to get up close to the action and experience all that this wonderful island has to offer. Places we expect to visit include St Andrew’s Bay where we will be greeted by the overwhelming sight of over 150,000 king penguins, and Cooper Island where we will find thousands of black-browed albatrosses and a large colony of macaroni penguins. Continuing our Shackleton theme, we will also visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken to pay our respects at Shackleton’s grave and learn more about his remarkable feats. Other places we hope to visit include Elsehul Bay, Sailsibury Plains, Prion Island and Fortuna Bay, where the photo opportunities and wildlife encounters will be boundless.
As our exploration of South Georgia and Antarctica comes to an end it will be time to head back towards South America as we set sail for Ushuaia in southern Argentina. These 4 days will be the perfect time to relax and let the unforgettable experiences you will have had sink in. Spend some time on deck looking out for the wandering albatrosses that are often spotted on this crossing, attend the last of your fantastic lecture series, or simply relax in the lounge with a drink and a book from the library and enjoy your last days on board. As we sail into the scenic Beagle Channel we recommend spending some time on deck to see the beautiful Tierra del Fuego to the north and Navarino Island to the south.
Arrival into the port of Ushuaia, Argentina sadly signals the end of our journey and after breakfast it will be time to disembark and bid a fond farewell to your expedition team and new-found friends.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
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!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
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.
• I wanted to send you a quick thank you email. We had a fantastic trip, the boat, staff, scenery, itinerary, and pretty much everything else was incredible! Thank you so much for arranging the cabin upgrade, we were delighted to have our own room! We had a really brilliant time, and wanted to say thanks so much for being so helpful throughout, we're lucky to have found you.
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
I just want to thank you for all your help with my Ross Sea trip. It was really the trip of a lifetime & the ship & crew were excellent.
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.
I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
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.
We had the most fantastic time! Everything exceeded our expectations - the ship, the expedition team, the scenery and the most amazing wildlife experiences - 15 humpback whales around the ship one sunset was particularly stunning. Thank you so much to you and your colleagues for your expert advice (the cabin choice was just perfect, especially for the bumpy days!) and guidance and helping made this experience so great. My lifetime's ambition was to visit Antarctica and you all helped make that possible. I should also say that the arrangements in Buenos Aires worked really well too. I think we all have ideas about the next trip - Svalbard or the NorthWest Passage - but maybe in a couple of years, although we do each have $1500 in vouchers from Quark! I am not on Facebook myself but will try to put a review on either of the links below. I've received the new brochure already.
A great big thanks to all at Wildfoot Travel for making my Antarcti Expediton an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. A truly mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken. Looking forward to the next trip with you.
Just came back from a trip aboard the Ortelius to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Thank you Wildfoot for organising it so well. We had the trip of a lifetime and everything ran very smoothly and stress free so many, many thanks
I travelled to the Antarctica Circle with Wildfoot. It was a memorable trip. The MS Expedition was definately the right choice. The ship is very nice, very comfortable, very clean, the crew is fantastic, the meals were very good, the expedition staff very kind and extremely knowledgeable and professional. All activities were very well and timely organized in a safety manner. Besides that, despite haveing had a rough sea on the Drake on way in, we were quite lucky with the weather (we got some cloudy days but also snow, bright sunshine and beautiful sunsets,) making every landing a wonderful happening. All in all, it was less than perfect.
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