Day 1-2 Arrive Mt Pleasant
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
Arrive Mount Pleasant Airport early afternoon, transfer by private vehicle to Darwin, a drive of approximately 35 minutes.
For the rest of today and Day 2, enjoy exploring Darwin and the surrounding area. Visit the cemeteries and battlefields from the 1982 conflict between Britain and Argentina, walk on the world's southernmost suspension bridge, learn about the area's long history of sheep farming, and begin your life wildlife watching by looking for night herons, ruddy-headed geese, and blackish oystercatchers. A visit to the nearby Gentoo penguin colony at Newhaven is also a possibility.
Darwin House, where you will spend your first two nights in the Falklands, is a modern farmhouse whose bedrooms boast views of Choiseul Sound, the picturesque settlement, and Wickham Heights.
Day 3-4 Pebble Island
- 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After breakfast, transfer by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) 8-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft to Pebble Island, where you'll spend the next two days. Pebble Island was the site of one of the most dramatic events of the Falklands War; a British Raid on the Argentine-occupied airstrip. You can see wrecked aircraft and land on the same original airstrip. Other memorials to the HMS Coventry and a crashed Argentine Learjet can also be seen.
Pebble Island is one of the larger outlying islands of the archipelago, and the landscape varies greatly from large ponds and moorland to long sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. The deep ponds on the east of the island, many of which are within walking distance of the lodge, are home to Chiloe wigeon, Grebes, Black-necked swans and a multitude of other wildfowl and wading birds. The full day guided tour in 4x4 vehicle offer ample opportunity to see the abundant wildlife and outlying war sites, as well as to hunt for the semiprecious stones that give the island its name.
In the evenings, relax in Pebble Lodge. The island's 25 Falklands residents were locked up in this old farmhouse during the war. Now it has been adapted to host guests and retains the friendly and warm atmosphere of a large farmhouse.
Day 5 Port Howard
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, transfer by FIGAS to Port Howard. The relatively low-level flying provides passengers with stunning views of the Falklands' coastlines and inland scenery.
The Island is home to the wreckage sites of 10 aircraft from the war, including a Mirage, Skyhawk, Dagger, and a few helicopters. Enjoy as well the chance to 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.
Day 6 Transfer to Stanley
This 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 will take in both the historic and most modern parts of this small and remote capital city, as well as a visit to the museum and the Magellanic penguin colony at Gypsy Cove. First and Second World War and 1982 history abounds in Stanley.
Day 7 Stanley Conflict Sites
Take a 4x4 vehicle to the Fitzroy and Stanley areas and see the well-known mountain sites of Tumbledown, Harriet, William and Two Sisters. These became household names during the 1982 war. Continue on to Fitzroy and see the memorial to fallen troops when the logistic ships of Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram were bombed.
Day 8 Return Home
Transfer back to Mt. Pleasant airport for your return flight to Santiago. The route takes you past more battlefields and relics from the war era and Gaucho period in the 1800s.