King penguin crowd the beaches of South Georgia

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia: Magellan Explorer

Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands and South Georgia

This extended small ship expedition takes you to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. Experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, unprecedented wildlife viewing and a luxurious expedition experience. Optional kayaking and hiking excursions extend your adventure. The Magellan Explorer provides a stylish base for your adventures, with spacious cabins and boutique hospitality

  • State-of-the-art luxury vessel with just 100 passengers
  • All travellers able to step ashore quickly and at once
  • See many species of penguins, seals, whales and Antarctica’s natural beauty
  • Astonishing wildlife and scenery of South Georgia
  • Remote island outposts of the Falklands with impressive birdlife
  • Expert guides and a modern, comfortable, ice-class Antarctic cruise ship
  • Optional kayaking and hiking excursions
  • Outstanding value for a comprehensive and in-depth Antarctic vo

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A fantastic opportunity for a longer and luxurious Antarctica expedition at value rates

Overview

This extended small ship expedition takes you to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. Experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, unprecedented wildlife viewing and a luxurious expedition experience. Optional kayaking and hiking excursions extend your adventure. The Magellan Explorer provides a stylish base for your adventures, with spacious cabins and boutique hospitality.
Day 1 / Ushuaia Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Magellan Explorer and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Antarctica. Day 2-3 / Crossing the Drake Passage As you sail through the Drake Passage, attend an engaging program of presentations. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready for icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Day 4-6 / Exploring Antarctica The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, disembarking each day by Zodiac to explore the landscape. Explore several spots in the Gerlache Strait that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Enjoy the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales, as you travel along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs. Day 7 / Elephant Island Sailing north, we hope to stop at Elephant Island. It was here that the crew of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on to South Georgia. While the stormy conditions of this area rarely allow a shore landing, you will see the island from the ship. Day 8-9 / Sailing to South Georgia As we sail northward, our historian and our naturalists offer a series of presentations. There is time to socialize in the ship’s lounge, while keeping an eye out for the region’s abundant birdlife. Day 10-12 / South Georgia The island of South Georgia is a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, massive glaciers, grassy uplands and deep fjords. Visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you may pay your respects at the simple grave of Ernest Shackleton. At St. Andrew’s Bay be overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 king penguins. At Cooper Island, the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses, see a large colony of macaroni penguins. If the weather is favourable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, and Elsehul Bay. Day 13-15 / Sailing towards the Falklands As the ship heads to the Falklands (Malvinas), the program of shipboard presentations continues. Use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the outside decks. Day 16-17 / The Falkland Islands Visit Port Stanley, an outpost of British culture in the South Atlantic. At Saunders Island and West Point, important birding areas, you can expect to see rockhopper penguins, macaroni penguins, black-browed albatrosses, among others. Day 18 / At sea and Beagle Channel Approach the South American continent and sail along the Beagle Channel. Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island as you make your way to Ushuaia. Day 19 / Ushuaia, Argentina Arrival to Ushuaia, where your journey ends. - Note: Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather. We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason the vessel operator reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond control without consulting the participants.

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Luxury expedition Vessel: Magellan Explorer

Magellan Explorer expedition vessel

Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications to start service in 2019. Magellan Explorer has capacity for 100 passengers in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower. The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

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Included
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • Ship cruise as indicated in the itinerary corresponding to each expedition.
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • IAATO passenger fee.
Excluded
  • 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 and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
Payments Reservations require a non-refundable deposit of US$2500 per person at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. The $895 extra fee for kayaking is due in full at time of reservation. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card alternatively bank transfer. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment by bank transfer (balance payments may be made by credit card subject to a 2% surcharge). All prices shown are per person on a shared basis and based on USD. Payments may be made in other currencies on request and subject to exchange rate variations. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Since all payments are non- refundable, for cancellation received more than 120 days prior to departure = loss of deposit. After final payment there will be no refund whatsoever. We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance to protect you if you need to cancel. In the case of cancellation of the kayaking option 120 days or more prior to departure, we will refund 50% of the participation fee. After this time, there will be no refund. Insurance Emergency medical evacuation insurance is required for this expedition and must be obtained prior to departure. We strongly recommend that your insurance cover also has adequate trip cancellation insurance should you need to cancel your participation for any unforseen reasons. Sharing and Single Occupancy If you are travelling alone and wish to share, we can match you with someone of the same gender at the share rate. If a sole use cabin is desired, dedicated Single cabins are available - alternatively sole occupancy of a limited number of twin cabin costs 1.85 times the twin share rate. Children Children are admitted from the age of 12 years if accompanied by a fully responsible adult. There is no child discount available. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Antarctica21 and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
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