THE FALKLANDS AND SOUTH GEORGIA

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15 DAYS

ITINERARY SUMMARY

 

Day Place Highlights
Day 1 Port Stanley, Falklands Transfer from the Airport in Stanley to the Magellan Explorer
Day 2 Saunders Island, Carcass Island Rockhopper penguins, black browned albatross, sub-Antarctic gentoo penguins
Day 3 New Island, Weddell Island Albatross and penguin colonies 
Day 4 Bleaker Island Visit the famous bird area here 
Days 5-6
At Sea Sail towards South Georgia listening to engaging lectures and presentations
Day 7 Elsehul Bay Evening zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay
Day 8 Grytviken, Fortuna Bay Museum visit, Ernest Shackleton’s Grave, King penguin colony 
Day 9 Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay King penguins, elephant seals and hanging glaciers 
Day 10 St Andrews Bay, Ocean Harbour Largest king penguin colony, elephant seal bulls, shipwreck, whaling industry remains
Day 11 Prion Island, Salisbury Plain Nesting wandering albatross, king penguins, stunning landscapes
Days 12-14 At Sea Program of lectures and presentations
Day 15 Port Stanley Disembark and transfer to the Mt Pleasant airport.
Magellan Explorer - Falklands & South Georgia

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Magellan Explorer
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The Magellan Explorer is a new (currently under construction – all images are renders) purpose built polar expedition vessel. She will offer almost exclusively Fly-Cruise voyages from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island on the Antarctic Peninsula. The Magellan Explorer is capable of carrying 100 guests, however she will take just 73 passengers on her fly cruise voyages. Not only does this allow all the guests for one cruise to arrive and depart on the same flight (flights are limited to 75 passengers) it also affords all guests to get off the ship for excursions quickly and efficiently.

Day 1 Port Stanley, Embarkation

British Phone Box Stanley
Overview:

Be picked up at the the airport in Port Stanley and enjoy a visit around this fascinating town. You will be transferred to the Magellan Explorer where you will begin your Falklands and South Georgia adventure.

Note: A package is available which includes an airline ticket in economy class for the commercial flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Port Stanley, and/or return, and hotel accommodation in either Santiago or Punta Arenas.

Day 2 Saunders Island, Carcass Island

King Penguins Saunders Island, Falklands

During a morning visit to Saunders Island enjoy the long white-sand beach here. A wilderness experience, the main attractions there are rockhopper penguins, nesting black browed albatross, and sub-Antarctic gentoo penguins. In the afternoon you will make a visit to Carcass Island. There is an option for an easy hike to the settlement, bird watching, and a typical Falklands tea experience.

Day 3 New Island, Weddell Island

albatross Falkland Islands

Visit New Island, a classic West Falklands experience with albatross and penguin colonies. Depending on the local conditions, in the afternoon you could visit Weddell Island.

Day 4 Bleaker Island

Imperial Shags, Bleaker Island, Falklands

Take part in a morning landing at Bleaker Island. This is a natural reserve with a famous bird area featuring a large variety of birds. In the afternoon, head to South Georgia.

Days 5-6 At Sea

Weddell-Sea-tabular-icebergs

As you sail toward South Georgia, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. 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

Elsehul Bay, South Georgia

Depending on sea conditions over the previous days, an arrival is planned here for the afternoon.  If approval is granted from the South Georgia Government, plan to do an evening Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay.

Day 8 Grytviken, Fortuna Bay

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Your first landing is at historical Grytviken. Here you will clear Customs and then visit the historical site, with the museum and Ernest Shackleton’s grave. In the afternoon, you will land at Fortuna Bay / Stromness to see king penguins. Here you can learn all about Shackleton and his expedition. There is also an optional 2-3 hour “Shackleton walk”.

Day 9 Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay

Bull Elephant Seal Gold Harbour

In the morning the plan is a landing at Gold Harbour. This is a spectacular location with king penguins, elephant seals and hanging glaciers. There are also sooty albatross here. In the afternoon, visit Cooper Bay to see macaroni penguins during a Zodiac cruise.

Day 10 St Andrews Bay, Ocean Harbour

St Andrews Bay is the destination of your morning excursion. Here you will see the largest king penguin colony and the large elephant seal bulls. In the afternoon, the plan is a Zodiac cruise and landing at Ocean Harbour. The highlights here are a shipwreck and remains of the whaling industry.

Day 11 Prion Islands, Salisbury Plain

South Georgia King Penguins

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

Days 12- 14 At Sea

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As you make your way back to the Falkland Islands, the program of in depth on board lectures and presentations continue.

Day 15 Port Stanley, Disembarkation

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Upon arrival at Port Stanley, disembark and transfer to the airport for the ongoing flight.

Note: A package is available which includes an airline ticket in economy class for the commercial flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Port Stanley, and/or return, and hotel accommodation in either Santiago or Punta Arenas.

To book this voyage call 1300 668 112 or email contact@antarcticatravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.