Falklands (Malvinas) & South Georgia - 17 Days

Onboard Magellan Explorer – 96 passengers

Combine the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and South Georgia with this 17-day expedition starting from Punta Arenas, Chile. In the Falklands (Malvinas), enjoy watching rockhopper and gentoo penguins in their native habitat. From your zodiac spot Black-browed albatrosses and petrels high above. Hike into the local settlements and meet the people who have made this island home for generations.

From there, set sail for South Georgia and its mountains, which are permanently covered in thick layers of ice and snow. On this island, wildlife is king. Visit one of the world’s largest king penguin colonies and watch elephant seals relaxing on the shores. As we sail from bay to bay, watch out for whales and beautiful seabirds flying overhead.

Tour Dates

Itinerary

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Embarkation
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
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
We enjoy the long white-sand beach during a morning visit to Saunders Island. A wilderness experience, the main attractions are rockhopper penguins, nesting black-browed albatross, and sub-Antarctic gentoo penguins. In the afternoon, we 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
As we sail towards South Georgia, attend presentations on the history and fauna of the archipelago. 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 over the previous days, arrival is planned for the afternoon. Provided we receive approval from the South Georgia government, we plan to do an evening Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay.

Day 8: Grytviken, Fortuna Bay
Our first landing is at Grytviken. We clear Customs and then visit the historical site with the museum and Ernest Shackleton’s grave. We land at Fortuna Bay / Stromness in the afternoon to see king penguins. Here we learn more about Shackleton and his expedition, and there is also an optional 2-3 hour “Shackleton walk.”

Day 9: Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay
In the morning, we plan a landing at Gold Harbour, a spectacular location with king penguins, elephant seals, and hanging glaciers. There are also sooty albatrosses here. In the afternoon and on a Zodiac cruise, we visit Cooper Bay to see macaroni penguins.

Day 10: St Andrews Bay, Ocean Harbour
St Andrews Bay is the destination of our morning excursion. The highlights here are a shipwreck and the remains of the whaling industry. We see the largest king penguin colony and elephant seal bulls. We plan a Zodiac cruise in the afternoon and landing at Ocean Harbour.

Day 11: Prion Island, Salisbury Plain
In the morning, we plan to visit Prion Island to see the nesting wandering albatross. In the afternoon, we head to Salisbury Plain for more king penguins and stunning landscapes.

Day 12-14: At Sea
Our education program continues as we make our way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas).

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

Day 17: Punta Arenas, Disembarkation
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.

Please note the itinerary and route map are only tentative outlines of what you may experience. No specific itinerary, routing or landing sites can be guaranteed in advance. Where the ship actually sails will depend on a lot of factors including, but not limited to, the weather & ice conditions and the captain & expedition leader. Every trip is different, which adds to the excitement of expedition cruising in the polar regions. 

Route Map

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD
Triple
$16,995
$1000 Save
$15,995
Full
Porthole
$9,995
$1000 Save
$8,995
Limited
Veranda
$12,995
Full
Deluxe Veranda
$13,995
$1000 Save
$12,995
 
Penthouse Suite
$15,995
$1000 Save
$14,995
Limited
Suite
$25,990
Full

Single Travelers: 

  • Can book a Twin Cabin for single use at 1.85x the per person share price in Porthole & Veranda Cabins. For all other categories the single use price is 2x the per person price.
  • If willing to share a cabin, we can match you with another passenger of the same gender in either a Porthole or Veranda Cabin. Note: Single travelers who use CPAP machines or other assistive devices, as well as those who have conditions that can be disrupting to others (loud snoring, sleepwalking, etc.), can only book their air-cruise in a Single Cabin or a Twin Cabin for single use. They cannot book on a twin-share basis.

Adventure Options:

  • Full Kayaking program: $995/person for 2024-25 season

Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Suite

Two-room suite with bedroom, sitting room, two bathrooms and two balconies. The bedroom can be arranged with 1 king or 2 twin size beds. The sitting area has a queen sized sofa bed. Located on deck 4. 

Approx. size: 480 sq. ft (44 sq. m)

Penthouse Suite

Suite with sitting room, bedroom area and balcony. Located on deck 5. 

Approx. size: 360 sq. ft (33 sq. m)

 

 

Deluxe Veranda

Cabin with sitting area, bathroom and balcony. Some cabins can be arranged with either 1 king or 2 twin size beds and several cabins towards the aft of deck 4 have 1 fixed queen bed. Located on deck 4. 

Approx. size: 240 sq. ft. (22 sq. m)

Veranda

Cabin with sitting area, bathroom and balcony. Can be arranged with 1 king or 2 twin sized beds. Located on deck 3. 

Approx. size: 210 sq. ft (19 sq. m)

Porthole

Cabin with sitting area, bathroom and porthole. Can be arranged with either 1 king or 2 twin beds. Located on deck 3. 

Approx. size: 200 sq. ft (18 sq. m)

Triple Suite

Suite with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two balconies. The main bedroom can have either 1 king or 2 twins and the second bedroom has a queen size sofa bed. Located on deck 4. There is only 1 Triple Suite on the ship and it sells out very far in advance. 

Approx. size: 480 sq. ft (44 sq. m)

Single Veranda

Cabin with sitting area and balcony. Located on deck 3. 

Approx. size: 210 sq. ft (19 sq. m)

Deck Plan

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions: 

  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • For guests visiting Punta Arenas, special access to Explorers House.
  • Ship cruise as indicated in the itinerary corresponding to each expedition.
  • 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.
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board the ship.
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and snacks on board the ship throughout the expedition.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • Landing fees and IAATO passenger fee

Exclusions: 

  • Flights, accommodation, meals, excursions, and transfers other than those included in the itinerary corresponding to each voyage.
  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Gratuities.
  • Visas for Chile, Argentina, the UK and/or other destinations included in your itinerary, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.