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Take a journey on the Hans Hansson to the Falkland Islands, an archipelago teeming with wildlife and featuring beautiful scenery, white sand beaches and vast open spaces. As one of 12 passengers aboard the small exploration boat Hans Hansson, visit places larger boats don’t venture to, and explore the biodiversity of East and West Falkland from sea and land. Visit islands with no predatory species, where small bird populations thrive as a result. Take a hike and see elephant seals, southern sea lions, southern giant petrel, and gentoo and Magellanic penguins.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santiago, Chile
Day 2 : Stanley, Falkland Islands
Day 3 : San Carlos|Goose Green
Day 4 : Volunteer Point
Day 5 : Embark|East Jetty
Days 6-15 : Falkland Islands
Day 16 : Disembark|Fly to Santiago, Chile
Day 17 : Depart Santiago

Highlights

  • Visit Volunteer Point, home to the largest Penguin colony on the Island
  • Explore battlefields and memorials in San Carlos
  • Hike Beaver Island and see Patagonian Fox and Reindeer
  • Spot black-browed albatross and rock hopper penguins on West Point

Ship

Hans Hansson

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Day 1 Santiago, Chile

The largest city and capital of Chile, Santiago was founded in 1541. If you choose to book extra time here, there is a lot you can do in this beautiful city, including a visit to the exquisite Parque Metropolitano, one of the largest parks in the world, spanning four communities, or sample the local wine and cuisine; as a metropolitan center Santiago has enough of both to please any palate. You will be greeted on arrival and escorted to the airport hotel. Later this evening there will be a welcome briefing.

Day 2 Stanley, Falkland Islands

  • 1 Dinner
This is a travel day. As a group you, check in for your flight to the Falklands, and travel via Punta Arenas, Chile, 1,864 miles (3,000 km) south of Santiago. Fly from here to Mount Pleasant Airport, Falkland Islands, and transfer to your hotel in Stanley. Stanley is the capital city, main port and trading center of the Falklands. Located on East Falkland, it is sometimes referred to as Port Stanley.

Day 3 San Carlos|Goose Green

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full day exploration tour by land, including British and Argentine cemeteries, battlefields and memorials. See San Carlos, the site of the British Landing in 1982, and visit a small museum, which houses artifacts from the conflict and other items of historical importance. Goose Green was the site of the longest battle of the Falklands War, and the community hall where 114 islanders were held captive by Argentine forces, it is now home to the Goose Green Social Club. Return to Stanley.

Day 4 Volunteer Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There are Penguins abound on your tour of Volunteer Point. Located a couple of hours from Stanley, you may be surprised by the white sand beaches and turquoise water, but you’ll be amazed by the penguins! In addition to being home to the largest accessible king penguin colony on the island, Volunteer Point showcases gentoo and Magellanic penguins, and a large variety of other wildlife. Bring your camera and capture once in a lifetime shots of these spectacular birds in their stunningly beautiful natural habitat.

Day 5 Embark|East Jetty

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to East Jetty late in the afternoon and board the small exploration boat Hans Hansson. Then it’s time to depart for your circumnavigation of the Falkland Islands.

Day 6-15 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the rugged beauty of the archipelago during your 12-day circumnavigation.
Weather-permitting, one of the first landings will be on Sea Lion Island, the southernmost inhabited island of the archipelago, featuring abundant wildlife. An alternate landing site is Bleaker Island, internationally recognized as an important bird area.
Some islands are free of introduced predators such as rats, therefore small bird populations thrive. Penguins share the islands with elephant seals, southern sea lions and the southern giant petrel.
Westerly-facing sheer cliffs, sheltered coves and great hiking mark the Beaver Island group, which features the Patagonian fox and reindeer among its wildlife. Many of the islands are nature reserves, and home to more than 40 of the Falklands’ breeding bird species.
On West Point, you can explore Devil’s Nose and Mount Ararat, where you can spot black-browed albatross and rock hopper penguins. You may even see Commerson’s dolphins (also known as skunk or panda dolphins) playing in the surf.

Day 16 Disembark|Fly to Santiago, Chile

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving back in Stanley, you’ll disembark the Hans Hansson. Fly back to Santiago, Chile and enjoy a final night at the Santiago airport hotel.

Day 17 Depart Santiago

  • 1 Breakfast
After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers and head home.

Hans Hansson

Per person starting at
$12,995
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Twin Cabin
Averaging 45 sq. ft. (4 sq. m), a Twin Cabin is equipped with one lower and one upper berth. Located on the Lower Deck, all Twin Cabins have a wash basin, desk and wardrobe, and a porthole with exterior views. These four Twin Cabins share two bathrooms.
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Superior Cabin
Averaging 100 sq. ft. (9 sq. m), a Superior Cabin is equipped with one lower and one upper berth. Located on the Upper Deck, they have private bathrooms, a desk and wardrobe, and a porthole with exterior views.

Notes

Included:
-All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
-All meals during the stay in Stanley
-All shore landings per the daily program
-All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
-Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team
-Photographic journal documenting the expedition
-Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
-An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
-Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
-Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
-All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
-All luggage handling aboard ship
-Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
-Three nights’ pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Stanley with all meals
-Round-trip transfers between Mount Pleasant Airport and Stanley
-Two days of land-based excursions out of Stanley
-Round-trip hotel to ship transfer in Stanley
-Entry fees to Volunteer Point reserve
-All Falklands farm and homestead visit donations

Not Included:
-Mandatory transfer package*
-International airfare
-Passport and visa expenses
-Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
-Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
-Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
-Excess baggage charges
-Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
-Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
-Phone and internet charges
-Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
-Additional overnight accommodation
-Escort from Santiago airport hotel to airport terminal on departure day

Mandatory Transfer Package Includes:
-Arrival escort from airport terminal to airport hotel in Santiago
-One night pre-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Santiago, with breakfast
-Group escort from airport hotel to airport terminal in Santiago
-Group flight from Santiago to Stanley, and return
-Group transfer from Stanley airport to the ship, and return
-One night post-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Santiago, with breakfast
Total Package cost: $1,995 USD
 

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
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