DURATION

17 Days/16 Nights

WHEN

Nov 17, 2023

DESTINATION

SOUTH GEORGIA
ANTARCTICA

TYPE

PER CABIN

South Georgia & Antarctica Air Cruise

Embark on an exclusive Antarctic air-cruise journey across the western Antarctic Peninsula, remote Elephant Island, and majestic South Georgia. Designed for those seeking to explore this icy realm without enduring the rough Drake Passage, our expedition offers daily shore excursions led by seasoned polar specialists. Choose from activities like hiking, snowshoeing, or kayaking in picturesque bays. Follow in the footsteps of legendary Antarctic explorers such as Ernest Shackleton as we journey towards South Georgia. Prepare to be amazed by the world’s largest penguin colonies, including the majestic king penguin, and vast breeding grounds of albatrosses. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure promises an unforgettable Antarctic experience in comfort and style, away from the sea’s turbulence.

Trip Highlights

Avoid the rough waters of the Drake Passage by flying over, guaranteeing the most comfortable experience while visiting the Antarctic.

Explore the picturesque and remote areas of Antarctica on board the ideal small-ship for the destination.

Travel with the best team of guides and expedition leaders currently in Antarctica.
Enjoy views of the outstanding animal species that inhabit South Georgia and Antarctica.
Best food and services on board guaranteed.

Find your ideal Antarctica cruise

South Georgie & Air Cruise

Itinerary

Day 1
Start of the Air-Cruise

Our staff welcomes you in Ushuaia, Argentina, at the pier. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards South Georgia.

Day 2
An organized flight to Antarctica

Offers a seamless journey from Punta Arenas to King George Island, located in the South Shetland Islands. Upon arrival, your Antarctic expedition commences as you disembark the aircraft, welcoming the crisp Antarctic air into your lungs. A brief ground transfer leads you to the shores of Fildes Bay, where a Zodiac awaits to transport you to your intimate expedition vessel.

Day 3 - 6
Experience the wonders of Antarctica

Aboard our expedition cruise, navigating between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail through stunning ice-filled fjords and amidst breathtaking icebergs while being surrounded by a plethora of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day brings new adventures as you disembark by Zodiac to explore the diverse landscapes alongside expert polar guides. Back on board, engage in educational presentations and enjoy panoramic views from the lounge while sharing your daily experiences with fellow travelers. Flexibility is key in Antarctica, and our Expedition Team meticulously plans each voyage to maximize encounters with the everchanging natural wonders. While specific itineraries vary, expect visits to sites including the South Shetland Islands, Gerlache Strait, Penola Strait, and Antarctic Sound, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of Antarctica’s unparalleled beauty and diversity.

Day 7
Elephant Island

Heading northward, we aim to make a visit to Elephant Island. This is the very place where Shackleton’s Endurance crew sought shelter while Shackleton and a select group of five men continued their journey to South Georgia. Due to the typically turbulent weather conditions in this region, shore landings are seldom feasible, but you will have the opportunity to observe the island from the deck of the ship.

Day 8 - 9
voyaging via South Georgia 

Our naturalist and historian experts provide a variety of talks as we cruise north. There is time to mingle in the ship’s lounge and see the plethora of birds in the area.

Day 10 - 13
Investigating South Georgia

The environment of South Georgia is varied, featuring deep fjords, green uplands, enormous glaciers, and stunning mountains. Visit the humble tomb of Ernest Shackleton at Grytviken, the ancient whaling outpost, and pay your respects. Be astounded by the sight of 150,000 king penguins at St. Andrew’s Bay. Thousands of black-browed albatrosses nest on Cooper Island, where you may also observe a sizable colony of macaroni penguins. It is claimed to contain the world’s highest concentration of wildlife per square meter during the height of the breeding season. There are also scheduled visits to Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay, weather permitting.

Day 14 - 16
traveling in the direction of South America 

The speeches continue while the ship sails toward South America. Make the most of this opportunity to learn more about the area and its past.

Day 17
At sea and Beagle Channel 

Approach the continent of South America and navigate the Beagle Channel. As you travel to Ushuaia, stop to admire the splendor of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island.

Day 18
End of the Air-Cruise 

Arrival to Ushuaia, where your journey ends.

Ships Description

Magellan Explorer

 The Magellan Explorer, a modern vessel tailored for air cruises to Antarctica, epitomizes luxury and comfort. Launched in 2019 and constructed in Chile according to the latest Polar Code standards, it offers diverse accommodations, including single rooms and double cabins with private balconies. Each cabin features amenities such as independently regulated heating, ample storage, and a private bathroom. The ship boasts impressive facilities including a glass-enclosed observation lounge, cutting-edge presentation room, spacious dining area, fully equipped bar, library, gym, sauna, and medical center. Notably, the observation deck provides an intimate view of aquatic life, while ten Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife exploration. Remarkably, Anytime Fitness, renowned for its global presence, designed and built the onboard fitness center, marking a unique collaboration and ensuring top-tier facilities for passengers embarking on this unparalleled Antarctic adventure.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 76 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 60
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, the capacity of 160)
  • Length: 90.7 m
  • Breadth: 16.2 m
  • Draft: 4.3 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW
  • Ice Class: LR PC6
  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots in open water


Deck Plan Magellan

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Dates & Prices

DURATION

18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS
(Mar 8-25, 2024)

PRICE FROM

$ 15,995.00

Single Supplement

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Note: All prices are in US dollars, per person, and based on double occupancy. If you need extra services, please contact your expedition advisor.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.

Wildlife

Antarctica is among the driest, coldest, and darkest places on Earth. It’s a lonely, incredibly beautiful ice desert.

But even in this vast desolation, wildlife is flourishing. Almost all cruisers to Antarctica do so specifically to experience the wide variety of wildlife that inhabits the area.

The coldest location on Earth is home to some of the most famous animals on the globe, including albatrosses, blue whales, orcas, leopard seals, and Emperor Penguins.

Throughout the summer, Antarctica receives an unparalleled mass inflow of marine species worldwide.

Nowhere else in the world can you feel the spray from a whale’s blowhole or sit two feet away from a penguin. Visitor interactions with fauna

Departures

Antarctica & South Georgia Air-Cruise - March 8, to March 25, 2026 - Magellan Explorer - USD 15,995

Extensions

 

Buenos Aires Pre-Extension

Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires

AM arrive in Buenos Aires. Meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Early check-in is guaranteed. Time to rest.Lunch on your own. PM the first half of the Buenos Aires city tour (Northern side). You will explore the Recoleta district, visit the Recoleta cemetery, and the Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore. Then you will visit the Palermo district. At Palermo, you will join the Argentine Experience Interactive dinner.

Day 2: Full exploration of Buenos Aires and Gala Tango Clases

AM the second half of your Buenos Aires city tour (southern side) including the San Telmo market and Colon Theatre (Colon Theater tour is on a shared basis due to local regulations) Back to the hotel to relax. You will visit one of the great restaurants in the city, but we recommend having a light lunch and rest or doing some shopping close to the hotel. At around 6:30 PM you will be picked up and transferred to Gala Tango. First, you will enjoy a Tango class. Then you will enjoy dinner at 8:30 followed by a superb Tango show. You will return to the hotel at around 11:45 PM

Day 3: Fly to Ushuaia to embark your vessel

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Ushuaia and embark your vessel

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