Falklands Highlights

from £2500
excluding flights *
7 nights Oct-Apr

Overview

Wildlife watching and hill walking are the focus of this island-hopping itinerary offering a fantastic overview of these remote islands. Enjoy time on Carcass Island and Sea Lion Island, as well as the capital Stanley.

Highlights

  • Experience the incredible wildlife of Sea Lion Island
  • See colonies of king, gentoo and rockhopper penguins
  • Search for rare, edemic bird life on Carcass Island
  • Encounter elephant seals hauled out on sandy beaches
  • Discover the fascinating culture and history of Stanley
  • Spend a night at Goose Green

What's Included

  • Flights between islands
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Excursions as per itinerary

Full description

Enjoy a week exploring the best of the Falkland Islands, from the charming capital Stanley to some of the more remote islands of the archipelago.

An overnight stay at Darwin House, Goose Green, is the perfect introduction to the islands, before moving on to a two-night stay on predator-free Carcass Island. Here you have the opportunity for an optional boat trip to West Point Island, followed by two nights on Sea Lion Island for incredible bird watching (including large penguin colonies) and an up-close and personal encounter with elephant seals.

A final two nights in Stanley includes a full day tour to visit the king penguins at Volunteer Point – a real highlight of this memorable holiday to the Falklands.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
Oct 2017 - Apr 2018, every Sat 7 nights £2,500

What's Included

  • Flights between the islands as per itinerary with FIGAS, excluding any excess luggage charges
  • Transfer from Mount Pleasant Airport to accommodation in Darwin/Goose Green
  • 1 night accommodation on a BB basis at Darwin House, Darwin
  • 2 nights accommodation on a BB basis at Malvina House Hotel, Stanley
  • 2 nights accommodation on a Full Board basis on Carcass Island
  • 2 nights accommodation on a Full Board basis on Sea Lion Island
  • Transfer from Stanley hotel to Mount Pleasant Airport
  • Introductory tour with driver/guide of Sea Lion Island
  • Full day guided 4WD excursion to Volunteer Point
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Stanley

Arrive at Mount Pleasant International Airport and transfer to Darwin/Goose Green settlement for an overnight stay at Darwin House.

Days 2-3: Stanley - Carcass Island

Transfer to Stanley Airport for your FIGAS flight to Carcass Island. Named after HMS Carcass, the island has remained free from predators and consequently has an abundance of wildlife. Magellanic penguins nest around the settlement and a Gentoo colony is a short walk away. There is also a large colony of striated caracara (Johnny Rook), a small Elephant Seal colony, King Cormorants and Night Herons to be found on the Island.

During your 2-night stay on a full board basis you may wish to join an optional boat trip to nearby West Point Island (additional cost). Take to the seas on the MV Condor, watching out for dolphins and sea birds on the way. Once at West Point you are free to explore the settlement and surrounding areas, such as Devils Nose Cliffs where wildlife includes Rockhopper penguins, Black-browed Albatross and much more.

Days 4-5: Carcass Island - Sea Lion Island

Board a FIGAS flight to Sea Lion Island for a 2-night stay on a full board basis. Sea Lion Island, the most southerly inhabited island of the Falklands group, is five miles long and just over a mile wide at its widest point, - just the right size for exploring. Beautiful plantations of the spectacular tussac grass cover one fifth of the island and provide a perfect habitat and protection for much of the islands' varied fauna and wildlife, including elephant seals (the largest population on the Islands, with up to 1,800 seals) and sealions.

Besides the tussac, there are dazzling white sand beaches, cliffs, fresh water ponds and heath land, all with their own populations and all within walking distance. The 47 different species of birds which can normally be seen on the Island include five species of penguins and five birds of prey (including the Striated Caracara, one of the rarest birds of prey in the world). In addition, every year brings exciting sightings of vagrants. Pods of killer whales circle the Island in pursuit of the elephant seals and sea lions which breed there. Leopard seals and larger whales are also seen from time to time.

All wildlife locations are easily accessible on foot, however an introductory tour with driver/guide is included to help familiarize you with the islands layout and wildlife locations, you may then explore the island at leisure.

Day 6: Sea Lion Island-Stanley

Fly with FIGAS to Stanley and transfer to the Malvina House Hotel for your final 2-night stay on a BB basis.

Day 7: Stanley & Volunteer Point

Join a full day guided 4WD excursion to Volunteer Point. Named after the ship Volunteer, the Point is home to a 2 mile long white sandy beach, bordered by high grassy banks that provide ideal habitats for three species of penguins: Gentoo, Magellanic and King.

The Volunteer point King penguin colony is the largest in the Islands, with around 1,300 adults, rearing 400 chicks each year. Over 1,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins are resident all year round and many other bird species have been recorded in the area.

Day 8: depart Stanley

This afternoon transfer to Mount Pleasant International Airport for your flight home.

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