Antarctica and South Georgia Air Cruise

Exploring Antarctica and South Georgia Island by Air and Sea Aboard the Magellan Explorer


Travel in the footsteps of explorer Ernest Shackleton to the far south! Visit the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia aboard Magellan Explorer. Enjoy views of spectacular mountains and towering icebergs, and visit extraordinary snowy landscapes and remote penguin rookeries.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.


Day 1, Nov 17, 2023
Start of the Air-Cruise

Our staff members welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel, visit Explorers House, and attend a mandatory briefing. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers.

Day 2, Nov 18, 2023
Scheduled flight to Antarctica

A two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. You then walk 2-km (1.25-mi) to reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will take you to your expedition vessel.

Days 3-5, Nov 19-21, 2023
Exploring Antarctica

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides.

No journey is the same and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. You will explore several spots in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Sound that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 6, Nov 22, 2023
Elephant Island

Sailing north, we hope to stop at Elephant Island. It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on to South Georgia. While stormy conditions rarely allow a shore landing, you will see the island from the ship.

Days 7-8, Nov 23-24, 2023
Sailing to South Georgia

As we sail northward, our expert guides offer a series of presentations. There is time to socialize in the ship’s lounge, while keeping an eye out for the region’s birdlife.

Days 9-12, Nov 25-28, 2023
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. Each visit is unique. If the weather is favorable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.

Days 13-15, Nov 29-Dec 1, 2023
Sailing towards South America

As the ship heads to South America, the program of presentations continues. Use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history.

Day 16, Dec 2, 2023
At sea and Beagle Channel

Approach South America and sail along the Beagle Channel. Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island as you head to Ushuaia.

Day 17, Dec 3, 2023
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrival to Ushuaia, where your journey ends at the pier upon disembarkation.



Fly to King George Island in Antarctica (and avoid the crossing of the Drake Passage)
Revel in outstanding scenery and a wealth of wildlife, from millions of penguins to seabirds, seals, and whales
Enjoy cruising in Antarctica and South Georgia Island aboard the comfortable expedition vessel
Thrilling shore landings and Zodiac excursions


Length: 17 days
Cost From: $14,395  
Arrive: Punta Arenas, Chile
Depart: Ushuaia, Argentina
Lodging: 15 nights aboard expedition vessel, 1 night hotel
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Sea Kayaking, Wildlife and Natural History, Photography, Whale Watching, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

17-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, often rough seas and cold weather