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The 298-ft (90.7m) M/V Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom build for Antarctic Air-Cruise Expeditions. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications to start service in 2019. The Magellan Explorer has a maximum passenger capacity of 100, which is limited to 69 passengers for her Antarctica expeditions, further increasing the comfort afforded to her Antarctic explorers. The smaller group size allows for fast and efficient disembarkation, so travelers may take full advantage of more time ashore for wildlife observation – often having the capability to include additional and/or longer excursions. The Magellan Explorer complies with the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea) regulations, has Lloyds Register ice class rating: LR PC6 and travels at a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Itinerary (Magellan Explorer Inaugural Air-Cruise)
Itinerary (Antarctica Express Air-Cruise)
Itinerary (Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise)
Itinerary (Polar Circle Air-Cruise)
Itinerary (Antarctica & South Georgia Air Cruise)

Magellan Explorer Inaugural Air-Cruise

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America

Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America

Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America

Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America

Antarctica & South Georgia Air Cruise

Included in tour cost
  • Antarctica cruise accommodations
  • All meals onboard Antarctica cruise
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • Airfare (King George Island/Punta Arenas) - Included for some departures
  • 2 nights' accommodations in Punta Arenas - Included for some departures
  • All shore excursions throughout voyage by zodiac
  • Rubber boots available onboard – must be pre-reserved
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • International airfare to/from Argentina and/or Chile
  • Hotel accommodations in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Meals in Argentina and/or Chile - unless otherwise noted
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Expedition parka and other personal gear
  • Personal expenses (gratuities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunication charges, laundry, airport taxes, etc.)
  • Kayaking available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Snowshoeing available at additional cost - includes all gear
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America

Magellan Explorer Inaugural Air-Cruise

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Thursday, November 28, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019

Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Thursday, January 16, 2020 to Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Friday, December 6, 2019 to Friday, December 13, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 to Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019 to Monday, December 23, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019 to Saturday, December 28, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019 to Thursday, January 2, 2020
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 to Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Sunday, January 5, 2020 to Sunday, January 12, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020 to Sunday, January 26, 2020
Friday, January 24, 2020 to Friday, January 31, 2020
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 to Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Monday, February 10, 2020 to Monday, February 17, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020 to Saturday, February 22, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020 to Thursday, February 27, 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 to Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 to Friday, February 7, 2020

Antarctica & South Georgia Air Cruise

Trip Dates
Availability changes constantly on Antarctica cruises. Please contact us for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
Sunday, March 1, 2020 to Monday, March 16, 2020
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antarctica travelMarisa, we've been back a week and I'm writing to say how wonderful our trip was. Thanks you for all your guidance and planning. Buenos Aires was so interesting. Our tour guide, Alejandro, was top notch-- and very funny. The hotel was in a good location and the all-day tour in Ushuaia was memorable. The ship was well-run and the food was both interesting and plentiful. The crew was professional. The expedition leaders were kind, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.  I can't give you credit for the fantastic weather and incredible scenery but it was an amazing trip. Thank you. - Susan Ogden/Rose Marie Wilson (Akademik Ioffe) 


The trip was fantastic of course! South Georgia is an amazing place! After docking at Ushuaia, the driver was waiting there on the pier and coordinated well with the ship and the port officials, provided me with useful materials and delivered me to the Alto Andino. I liked the Alto Andino. It was quiet, clean and has a nice secure luggage store, which I used when I arrived, as it was too early to check in. They did let me check in early, shortly after lunch, when a room became available. And, when I came back to the hotel after dinner with friends, there was a message from my driver about the pickup time for departing to the airport. The transfer at BA went without a hitch, nice driver and nice car, and being Saturday, light traffic as well! Anyway, thank you! Your planning and support is greatly appreciate and I will be sure to let my friends know about your great company! - Philip H. Walters (South Georgia In Depth onboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov)

Carrie and Jonathan, we arrived back from Antarctica over the weekend.   I just wanted to thank both of you for arranging such an outstanding trip!  The guides, hotels, and logistics were all excellent—and we thoroughly enjoyed it all.  Fortunately, despite my foot injury, I was able to fully partake in all the sightseeing and activities and didn’t feel that I had to curtail anything I wanted to do.  We’ll be sure to contact you for future trips in South America.  - Nancy Voye (Antarctic Peninsula onboard NG Explorer)

Carrie and Justin, I just wanted to send the two of you a message to thank you for all your help putting together our trip to the Antarctic.  The trip was absolutely fantastic – definitely the best trip we have ever taken! I would strongly recommend the Akademik Ioffe team to anyone that asks. The places we visited and the excursions we were able to participate in were definitely first-rate, and I would credit the staff for making this happen.  They selected great places to visit, and really made each zodiac or on-shore excursion a special experience. The Antarctic is just mind-blowing.  We did get south of the Circle – which sounds like it was a bit of an accomplishment – and had really great weather for the entire trip.  So again, thanks for making a totally fabulous trip a reality for us. -Ron & Bonnie Milzer (Antarctic Circle Voyage onboard Akademik Ioffe)