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Explore the history, way of life, and wildlife of the Falklands on this week-long tour. Visit historic battlefields, museums, and remnants of the gaucho culture of the 1800s. Spend an afternoon visiting one of the largest working sheep farms in the Islands, and another day taking a city tour of the capital, Stanley. A trip to the Falklands would not be complete without a visit to wildlife-rich Sea Lion Island, where elephant seals, giant petrels, and the endangered Johnny Rooks can be seen along with the sea lions. A week-long Falklands adventure!
The pristine and remote landscape of the Falkland IslandsUp close with the penguinsWild King Penguins and domestic sheep coexist in the Falkland Islands An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harborShip in the treesMarching band in StanleyKing Penguin colony on Volunteer Point, East Falkland IslandBirdlife may be as curious about you as you are about them during your Falkland Islands tourblackish oystercatchers at Goose GreenShipwrecked anchor of Norwegian steamer, GUVERNOREN, ex IMOGoose Green, East FalklandFalkland Islands flag and Kelp Geese at West Point IslandWalk along the seafront in Stanley on your Falkland Islands tourShip graveyard in Stanley, Falkland Islands
Highlights
  • Tour Darwin and learn about Falklands' gaucho history and the 1982 conflict
  • Visit one of the Falklands' few remaining large working farms
  • Explore wildlife-rich Sea Lion Island, with 47 breeding bird species
  • Take in a battlefield tour of Stanley or visit Volunteer Point beaches
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive Falkland Islands

Arrive at Mount Pleasant Airport in the early afternoon and transfer by private vehicle to Malvina House Hotel.

A half day tour takes you to San Carlos and nearby Goose Green for a whistle stop battlefield and general interest tour. Darwin, named after the famous naturalist Charles Darwin who visited the Islands in the 1830s, provides its visitors with a selection of Falklands history. There is plenty to see from the 1982 conflict, and then going back some 200 years remnants of the gauchos’ occupation in the 1800’s.

Day 2-3: Port Howard, West Falkland

After breakfast, transfer by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) 8-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft to Port Howard, where you spend the next two days. The relatively low-level flying provides passengers with stunning views of the Falklands' coastlines and inland scenery.

In the afternoon, visit one of the Falklands' few remaining large--and one of the most picturesque--working farms. A guided walking tour of the settlement includes stops at the shearing shed where the farm's 47,000 sheep are shorn, the 1982 war museum, the local school room, and the harbor, where you may have the chance to see a local pod of dolphins.

On Day 3 travel by Land Rover to the Fox Bay settlement, be on the lookout for some 18 species of freshwater fowl, including the black-necked swan. Included in this full-day excursion are a peat cutting demonstration, a visit to two 1982 aircraft crash sites, and one of the Falklands' richest fossil beds.

Day 4-5: Sea Lion Island

Morning transfer by FIGAS to wildlife-rich Sea Lion Island.

Sea Lion Island is the most southerly inhabited island and one of the smallest in the Falklands archipelago, but it is still a prime destination due to the sheer abundance of wildlife found in such a small area.

Upon arrival, a 2-hour orientation tour by vehicle acquaints you with the principle areas of interest. During the rest of your time on the island, you can explore on foot, as most of the sites are within walking distance of the lodge.

Forty-seven different species of breeding birds make their home on Sea Lion Island, including the endangered Striated caracara, Antarctic skuas, southern giant petrels, and a host of passerines. But birds aren’t the only wildlife here! Southern sea lions play in the waters around East Loafers, and the elephant seals bask on the white sandy beach at the aptly named Elephant Corner. The latter are close enough to be seen from the lodge bar! If you keep your eyes open, you may be fortunate enough to see a killer whale off shore as well.

Day 6: Stanley, East Falkland

Morning transfer by FIGAS to Stanley on East Falkland.

Following arrival at Stanley Airport and prior to your arrival at your hotel, a city tour takes in both the historic and most modern parts of this small and remote capital city, 

Day 7: Explore Stanley

Today, you have two options to choose from to explore Stanley.

Option One
A full-day guided battlefield tour takes you around some of the Stanley Mountains such as Tumbledown, Two Sisters, Mt. Harriet, Sappers Hill – some of the places that became household names during the 74-day conflict in 1982 between Argentina and England over the sovereignty of the Falklands. Experienced guides really bring these events to life.

Option Two
A full-day guided excursion in 4x4 vehicle to Volunteer Point is a highlight of this trip. With the white sandy beach and turquoise waters this destination has a Caribbeanesque feel to it, but the king and gentoo penguins bring you back to the Falklands. There is a host of other wildlife to be seen along the beach and on the lagoons, as well as spectacular scenery as you traverse the north of East Falkland.

Day 8: Fly Chile and return home

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This afternoon, transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport by private vehicle. Your route takes you past many of the 1982 battlefields, and more historic relics from the gaucho era of the 1800s. Return to Chile and continue home or on to further South American adventures.

Accommodations

Port Howard Lodge

port howard lodge
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Beautiful gardens

Sea Lion Lodge

Sea Lion Lodge
Sea Lion Lodge
Sea Lion Lodge

Malvina House Hotel

Malvina House Hotel
Malvina House Hotel
Malvina House Hotel

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Rates based on current exchange rate GBP/US dollars.

Travelers can also fly from Punta Arenas, Chile, or from Rio Gallegos, Argentina, to get to the Falkland Islands.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.

Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Internal Flights in the Falklands
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • All guests traveling to Falkland Island must take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance with a minimum value of USD 2,000,000 for medical evacuation. 
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Airport Departure Tax

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