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King Penguins, South Georgia

South Georgia and Antarctica Fly-cruise


Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Days 2 - 4
    At sea
  • Day 5 - 8
    South Georgia
  • Day 9 & 10
    Sailing to the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 11
    Elephant Island
  • Day 12 - 15
    Exploring Antarctica
  • Day 16
    Fly Antarctica to Punta Arenas
  • Day 17
    Punta Arenas
King penguins with Bertrab Glacier, South Georgia
South Georgia
The grave of Shackleton
Grytviken, South Georgia

South Georgia

South Georgia is famed for its stunning scenery and spellbinding wildlife. It would be remiss of us to allow you to travel so far south and not visit this staggering island. Huge numbers of fur seals and the larger elephant seals can be found on the dark, volcanic sandy beaches. Seabirds are abundant. However, it is the vast penguin colonies that are perhaps the most enthralling – the visual spectacle of hundreds of thousands of king penguins is extraordinary.

Added to the landscape and wildlife of South Georgia is its history. In particular that of Shackleton and his remarkable crossing of South Georgia.

Icebergs, Antarctica
Icebergs, Antarctica

Heading further south

The Antarctic Peninsula is breathtakingly beautiful. Such magnificence is best epitomised by Paradise Bay. Wildlife on the peninsula is remarkable and at this time of year chinstrap, gentoo and Adelie penguins can be seen rearing young chicks. Marine wildlife is also rich in this area with humpback, minke and orca whales frequently seen.

Flight landing on King George Island

Fly cruise

At the end of the epic voyage fly from King George Island in the South Shetland Islands to Punta Arenas in Chile. Fly in around two hours rather than the conventional two-day sail across the idiosyncratic waters of the Drake Passage. This trip will appeal to those wanting to make the most of their time on the peninsula, or without good sea legs.

Zodiac, Iceberg, Antarctica
Zodiac, Iceberg, Antarctica

Expeditionary cruising

Expeditionary cruising is about making the most of every opportunity; stopping to see wildlife when it appears and changing the order of landing sites to better suit weather and sea conditions. The emphasis on our Antarctic cruise is to get you off the ship as much as possible, to get Antarctic snow on your boots. We aim to get you off the ship at least twice a day when not at sea. Zodiac safaris, hiking, kayaking, camping on the ice and polar plunges are all possible on our Antarctic cruise.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Voyage onboard Magellan Explorer on a full board basis
  • Onboard expert lectures throughout
  • Meals onboard
  • Charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • 1 night in Punta Arenas post voyage
  • Transfers to and from the boat
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions
  • Gratuities on board the Magellan Explorer

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Pre voyage accommodation


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Magellan Explorer £££££

An 100-passenger expedition ship launched in 2019, Magellan Explorer specialises in fly-cruise itineraries to Antarctica. With a minimised carbon footprint, including state-of-the-art low emission engines, Magellan Explorer is renowned for its eco-credentials.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Like-minded travellers

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people; interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours, usually consisting of eight to ten travellers, aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

4.Peace of mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

3.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

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For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

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