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Unspoiled Antarctica, with South Georgia

Oct 29 - Nov 17, 2021

20 days | Antarctica | Expedition Cruise

Antarctica remains the world’s greatest wilderness realm. On this extraordinary voyage of discovery, we explore three important and contrasting regions straddling the great Southern Ocean that surrounds the White Continent. We begin on the ‘doorstep’ of Antarctica – the Falkland Islands – where we embark our exclusively chartered vessel and spend two and a half days exploring this surprisingly varied and interesting archipelago, home to various signature Antarctic wildlife and wonderful landscapes. From there, we head to the Antarctic Peninsula but not before going east to the amazing South Georgia Island. This is a dream destination that most Antarctic itineraries miss. Dubbed the “Serengeti of the Southern Ocean”, it is home to many thousands of King Penguins along with gargantuan elephant seals and more! The landscapes around us are amazing and we become acquainted with the story of Antarctic exploration, notably of one Ernest Shackleton. We also plan to visit an active colony of albatross as these huge mythical birds are pairing up at this time. It’s a period of great activity! We think you will have been amazed by South Georgia even before we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula itself, where springtime conditions mean that the land is pristine and gleaming white. Wildlife there is just setting up shop for the long days of the summer season. In addition, there will be massive glaciers and icebergs, imposing mountains, and all the rest that makes Antarctica excellent.

Our vessel is the brand-new M/V Magellan, a custom-built ship designed for maximum comfort while maintaining an expeditionary feel. We are hosting a maximum of only 88 travellers aboard this exclusively chartered departure. We enjoy excellent access to landing sites and Zodiac explorations in very small groups. All along we’ll be in the close company of a stellar roster of Canadian university study leaders, naturalists, historians, and expedition staff. There will be options for more extensive walking and sea kayaking as well. Little can compare to this small-ship, custom experience for curious and adventurous travellers! Please join us for this magnificent once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Expedition Cruise Quest Nature Tours Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$15990 - US$23960 (depending on cabin)
Group Size:
Maximum of 88 participants on board a 100-passenger vessel

What’s included: Details coming soon.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Santiago, Chile. Briefing, Welcome Dinner, and hotel overnight.
2Fly to Stanley, Falklands. Town visit. Embark the M/V Magellan.
3Visit Saunders Island, home to a multitude to various penguins and albatross, then Carcass Island for a walk.
4Enjoy the famous nature reserve at Bleaker Island, then set sail toward South Georgia.
5-6At sea. We enjoy presentations by our study leaders.
7Introductory Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay in South Georgia.
8Morning landing at Grytviken, visiting Ernest Shackleton's grave. Afternoon landing at Fortuna Bay/ Stromness, seeing King Penguins and learning about explorations.
9Visit to the famous Salisbury Plain for penguins and stunning landscapes, then Prion Island to see the courting Wandering Albatross (biggest wingspan in the world!).
10Visit to the largest King Penguin colony with elephant seals at St. Andrews Bay and afternoon Zodiac cruise at Cooper Bay to see Macaroni Penguins.
11-12At sea. We enjoy more presentations by our study leaders.
13In the afternoon, we will see Elephant Island, just above Antarctica. Zodiac cruise, conditions permitting.
14-17Cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula and among the South Shetland Islands with various landings and Zodiac rides at signature sites.
18-19At sea. We enjoy more presentations by our study leaders.
20Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina. Disembark and fly home.
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Ship Information

Our vessel is the brand-new M/V Magellan, a custom-built ship designed for maximum comfort while maintaining an expeditionary feel.

Your Tour Leaders

Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips around the world.

Justin Peter is Quest Nature Tours' Director of Programs and senior naturalist. Justin was most recently the senior naturalist at Ontario’s world-renowned Algonquin Park, where he coordinated the park’s interpretive program and acted as lead howler for the celebrated Public Wolf Howl events.

Catherine Jardine is a staff ornithologist and data analyst with Birds Canada, based at the organization’s National Data Centre in Delta, B.C. She has conducted field projects in remote locations around the world and is the Bander-in-Charge at the Iona Island Bird Observatory.

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Or call 1-800-387-1483 with any questions or to reserve your spot!

Expedition Cruise Quest Nature Tours Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$15990 - US$23960 (depending on cabin)
Group Size:
Maximum of 88 participants on board a 100-passenger vessel

What’s included: Details coming soon.

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