The Falklands & South Georgia

The Falklands & South Georgia 17 Days

Prices From £8,260pp
September to October | 16 nights

Early Booking Discount!

Single Cabins Available

The Falklands & South Georgia 17 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 in Punta Arenas, Chile, from where you will sail to the beautiful Falkland Islands to enjoy two days amongst the 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. You will then return to the Falklands to discover more of the outer-lying islands before sailing back to Punta Arenas. With endless adventure both onboard and on land, this is the ultimate southern wildlife expedition.

Highlights

  • 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

Early Booking Discount!

Book select departures by 30th September and receive a £ discount off the published rates!

Offer applicable when booked before 1st October 2024

Applies to new bookings on select departure dates, subject to availability. Full terms & conditions apply. / Available on selected dates/vessels.

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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Punta Arenas - Embark
1Day

Punta Arenas - Embark

Your Falklands and South Georgia expedition cruise begins in the Chilean port city of Punta Arenas, where having arrived independently, you can make your way to the cruise operator’s exclusive Explorer’s House base, a purpose-built open space where you can prepare for your expedition by attending briefings, practicing your Zodiac-boarding skills, shopping for expedition gear, and more. A group transfer will then take you to the port for embarkation at 4pm. As you familiarise yourself with the ship, you will set sail through the beautiful Strait of Magellan where your expedition crew will introduce you to the history of this fabled sea route.

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.

At Sea
2Day

At Sea

Today will be spent at sea sailing towards the Falkland Islands. This is the perfect opportunity to relax before the adventures that lie ahead. Your programme of expert lectures and presentations will begin, offering fascinating insights into the wildlife, nature and history of the Falklands and South Georgia.

Falkland Islands
3 - 4Days

Falkland Islands

Your first day in the Falklands will take you to the western side of the archipelago, and it will be 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 we will make our way to Stanley, the charming capital of the Falkland Islands, where you can enjoy a guided walk of the town or nearby Gypsy Cove. Alternatively, you may choose to wander around the town at your own pace, stopping for lunch in a welcoming local pub, absorbing the unique atmosphere, or visiting the war memorials, maritime museum and church.

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 - 14Days

Back to The Falkland Islands

As we make our way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), our program of lectures and presentations continues. These days at sea are a great chance to relax with your new-found friends, collate the countless pictures you will have taken on your voyage, and enjoy the fantastic facilities onboard.

Bleaker Island (Falklands)
15Day

Bleaker Island (Falklands)

On our way back to Punta Arenas we will make one last stop in the Falklands to make an evening landing on the natural reserve and famous bird area of Bleaker Island where we can enjoy some fantastic birdwatching experiences.

Back to Punta Arenas
16 - 17Days

Back to Punta Arenas

We now may our way back to Punta Arenas, filled with memories of an unforgettable adventure. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, you can take a group transfer to the town centre where the Explorer’s House will remain available to you for the day, or make your way to the airport for your onward journey.

A view from Above

All Aboard

Magellan Explorer
First class vessel

Magellan Explorer

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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