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Falkland Islands Holidays

British history, incredible wildlife and nature

15 Night Itinerary from  £8,534

Islanders Tour

This far-flung archipelago of rocky, windswept islands in the South Atlantic is home to a huge variety of wildlife including sea lions, albatrosses and penguins. British heritage is visible in the islands, towns and people.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Departing the UK on Wednesdays and Sundays on RAF flights from Brize Norton
  • Our definitive tour across the far-flung archipelago of islands in the South Atlantic
  • Start at Darwin and visit infamous Goose Green and the Gentoo Penguin colony at New Haven
  • Explore Saunders Island and live like a local for 2-nights
  • Enjoy 2 nights on picturesque Carcass Island for fantastic birdwatching opportunities
  • Sea Lion Island, staying close to abundant wildlife and white sand beaches
  • Explore Bleaker Island, home to over 8000 pairs of breading King Cormorants
  • Finish at Stanley and explore the memorials and Christchurch Cathedral
  • Travel to Volunteer Point to observe the largest King Penguin colony in the islands

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

Goose Green cemetery

Darwin - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Depart the UK on flight to the Falkland Islands

Day 2 - Darwin

Day 3 - Goose Green and San Carlos

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Sunday, 21 April 2024

Fly to the Falkland Islands

Depart on an overnight RAF flight from Brize Norton Airport, Oxfordshire, to the Falkland Islands (via Senegal).


Monday, 22 April 2024

Darwin

Arrive at Mount Pleasant International Airport meet and greet and transfer overland to Darwin House for 2 nights on full board basis. Located in the peaceful, historic Darwin settlement, Darwin House is a great place to start your wildlife watching and Falklands Adventure. The lodge located by the waters edge, every window offers great views.

Enjoy a scenic coastal walk or for a more challenging experience venture nearby Mt Usborne, which is the highest mountain in the Falkland Islands. View the two listed buildings within the settlement: the Galpon and the Stone Corral. Visit the farm settlement at Goose Green, once home to the largest sheep shearing shed in the world. The remains of the 19th century gold rush ship, the Vicar of Bray, lie at the end of the jetty.

Look out for dolphins in the harbour, hares in the gorse bushes and a rich variety of birds along the shoreline and ponds: Falklands Flightless Steamer Ducks, Oyster Catchers, Blackish Oyster Catchers, Night Heron, Kelp Geese, Upland Geese, Brent Geese, Turkey Vulture, Southern Great Petrel and Red Backed Hawk, to name just a few.

Visit the Gentoo penguin colony at New Haven. Go fishing along the shore or in the nearby creeks. There are 1982 memorials within walking distance from the lodge and the British and Argentine cemeteries are accessible via car . Visit Bodie Creek Bridge, the world’s most southerly suspension bridge Or simply relax and enjoy the views.


Tuesday, 23 April 2024

Goose Green and San Carlos

Choose a Full day trip with driver/guide from: Taking in the battle sights/memorials of Goose Green and San Carlos – both Argentine and British cemeteries will be visited, the small museum dedicated to the conflict.  This tour is a wonderful insight into the islands conflict and a must even for non-military minded visitors – superb scenery. Learn about the history of the area and how the first settlers move from Hope Place, to Darwin to Goose Green and how sheep farming has developed over the years. Visit the Gentoo colony at New Haven and you might see the only Ferry service in the Islands as it commutes to Port Howard on the West Island.

Birdlife, Falkland Islands

Saunders Island - 2 Nights

Day 4 - Fly to Saunders Island

Day 5 - Exploring Saunders Island

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Wednesday, 24 April 2024

Fly to Saunders Island

Take an internal flight to Saunders Island. Transfer to your chosen accommodation including breakfast for a 2-night stay on a full board basis. The rest of the day is free to explore at your leisure.


Thursday, 25 April 2024

Exploring Saunders Island

Situated off the North West coast of West Falkland, Saunders is rich in wildlife most notably with extensive Black browed albatross colonies. At The Rookery on the northern cliffs, fresh water runs down the cliff sides creating a ‘shower’ where you can marvel at Rockhopper penguins preening themselves under the clear droplets. A photographer’s paradise with infinite subject matter comprising natural scenic beauty and captivating wildlife. Saunders Island was the site of the first British settlement in 1765 and the ruins of the settlement at Port Egmont can still be seen today. In addition to hosting visitors, Saunders is still run as a family owned sheep farm.

Rockhopper penguin

Carcass island - 3 Nights

Day 6 - Fly to Carcass Island

Day 7 - Explore Carcass Island 

Day 8 - Carcass Island

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Friday, 26 April 2024

Fly to Carcass Island

Fly to Carcass Island, one of the most picturesque in the Falklands. Transfer to Carcass Island House, a farmhouse with comfortable accommodation with a friendly atmosphere, where we stay for 2 nights on a self-catering basis. Rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps help out with a few farm tasks!


Saturday, 27 April 2024

Explore Carcass Island

The island is easily explored at leisure with the owners offering “drop off” trips as required. Opportunity to take the boat trip across to West Point Island for the day, this can be included in your itinerary or purchased on island directly. The only boat tour across to one of the largest Black-Bowed Albatross and Rockhopper colonies, spectacular scenery and the chance to see dolphin and Whales.

Aptly named after the sloop HMS Carcass that visited in 1766, Carcass settlement is a wonderful almost tropical escape, with its New Zealand cabbage palms and flax, Monterey cypress trees and attractive flower gardens. The island boasts mature tussac plantations and is cat and rat free enabling smaller birds such as the endemic Cobb’s wren to flourish. Away from the settlement Gentoo and Magellanic penguins can be found along with Yellow-billed pintail duck, the endemic Flightless steamer duck, Magellanic oystercatcher, Striated caracara and Variable hawks. From Mount Byng (304m) you can see Pebble and New Island and as far away as the Jason Islands. Closer to the settlement is Stanley Hill which provides clear views across Byron Sound to West Falkland. With its rolling hills, low cliffs and sandy beaches – Carcass is waiting to be explored.


Sunday, 28 April 2024

Carcass Island

A day free to enjoy this delightful and friendly island.

2754 Sea Lion Island

Sea Lion Island - 3 Nights

Day 9 - Fly to Sea Lion Island Nature Reserve

Day 10 - Exploring Sea Lion Island 

Day 11 - Exploring the island

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Monday, 29 April 2024

Sea Lion Island Nature Reserve

This morning fly to Sea Lion Island Nature Reserve, where we stay for 3 nights at the Sea Lion Lodge on a full board basis. Rest of the day at leisure.

Sea Lion Island is a designated national nature Reserve and Ramsar site and is guaranteed to delight. Teeming with everything the Falklands has to offer in terms of wildlife (bar black browed albatross) visiting Sea Lion is a must. The island is small and relatively flat which affords easy independent exploration for visitors. From mid-November until late December there is the unique opportunity to witness pods of killer whales patiently waiting in the shallow pools for the weaned pups to venture further than they should. Large numbers of Elephant seals and Southern Sea Lions can be found on the island’s beaches whilst 47 different species of birds can also be seen including three species of breeding penguin and five birds of prey including the internationally endangered Striated caracara.

 


Tuesday, 30 April 2024

Exploring Sea Lion Island

Sea Lion Island is totally environmentally friendly with no introduced livestock for over 10 years and all fences removed to encourage the indigenous wildlife to roam freely. As such, an abundance of wildlife can be seen within easy walking distance from the lodge, including elephant seals which often bask on the white sandy beach near the lodge. Explore the deserted beaches or take an optional 4 x 4 tour with the resident guide. 

With only 5 staff at the lodge, you can expect to have the entire island to yourself.


Wednesday, 01 May 2024

Sea Lion Island

The day is free to enjoy at your leisure or interests.

Penguins

Bleaker Island - 2 Nights

Day 12 - Fly to Bleaker Island 

Day 13 - Explore Bleaker Island

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Thursday, 02 May 2024

Fly to Bleaker Island 

Fly to Bleaker Island for a 2-night stay on a full board basis. 

Bleaker is a low lying island characterized with wide sandy bays and sheltered coves. It is easy to explore on foot and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a rich variety of wildlife in a relatively small area. Some 8,000 breeding pairs of king cormorants are close to the main settlement whilst in the north of the island (which is a national nature reserve) approximately 3,000 breeding pairs of Gentoos can be found. One of the highlights of the island is the Rockhopper penguin colony; approximately 750 pairs can be found just a short walk away from your accommodation! Long Gulch (lying to the east of the settlement) is bordered with tussac grass which provides a great playground for smaller varieties such as the endemic Cobb’s wren, Grass wren and of course – tussac birds. Bleaker is privately owned and operated as an organic cattle and sheep farm alongside its tourism offering. It also has an interesting maritime history with some five ships lost in the early part of the 20th Century, including the French barque Cassard wrecked in 1906.


Friday, 03 May 2024

Explore Bleaker Island

Today is free to enjoy this remote island's birdlife, beaches and sea life.

Stanley Cathedral

Stanley - 3 Nights

Day 14 - Stanley

Day 15 - Volunteer Point 

Day 16 - Stanley

Day 17 - Travel back to the UK

Day 18 - Arrive back in the UK

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Saturday, 04 May 2024

Fly to Stanley

Fly to Stanley, where we stay for 2-nights at your chosen hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

In the afternoon, enjoy an included guided tour of this small, remote yet very historic capital city. We will visit the Falkland Islands Museum, Christ Church Cathedral (the world's most southerly Anglican Cathedral), the Dockyard Museum, as well as seeing a colony of Magellanic Penguins at nearby Gypsy Cove.

Our guide will also show you The Governor’s residence, workplace and beautifully-kept gardens at Government house. In this area, memorials also feature along the seafront commemorating the Battle of the Falklands, World War II, the 1982 conflict and a special monument for the Royal Marines.


Sunday, 05 May 2024

Volunteer Point

Today enjoy a full day excursion by 4 x 4 vehicle with driver/guide to Volunteer Point, the home of the world’s largest accessible colony of breeding King Penguin colony.

Volunteer Point was named after the ship Volunteer which called at the islands in 1815 and is a privately owned nature reserve which forms part of Johnson’s Harbour Farm. Being able to experience the sheer abundance of wildlife in their natural environment is beyond compare – there are colonies of Gentoo and Magellanic penguins here too; along with over 40 bird species including the South American tern, oyster catchers and rock cormorants to name but a few. Another jewel in the crown inviting your footprints is the remarkably stunning 2 mile long white sandy beach with its rolling waves and clear waters resembling somewhere altogether tropical on a sunny day. You may even get the chance to share the sand with the odd basking sea lion! All your senses will be captivated and positively overwhelmed whilst forging everlasting memories. Exceptional photographic opportunities abound wherever you cast your eye.

The first hour of your journey (approximately 2.5 hours each way) is on undulating gravel roads passing through the mountains lying to the north-west of Stanley. The unusual rock formations locally known as stone runs will not escape your attention as they effortlessly flow down the hillsides. En-route your driver-guide will talk you through the highlights and will be more than happy to answer any questions that spring to mind. Once you reach Johnson’s Harbour Farm the adventurous part begins with the remaining 12 miles (approximately one and a half hours) driven overland on an uneven white grass route. Your driver-guide will expertly navigate the terrain, but please be aware that your vehicle will undoubtedly bump and sway whilst encountering small ditches, streams and peat bogs along the way.


Monday, 06 May 2024

Stanley

You last day to relax and enjoy local life in Stanley.


Tuesday, 07 May 2024

Fly back to the UK

Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.


Wednesday, 08 May 2024

Arrive back in the UK

Arrive back to Brize Norton RAF Airport in the morning.

Price Guidelines

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Room Arrangement First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £8,534

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 18 days/15 nights
  • Accommodation as described
  • 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners 
  • Internal flights in the Falkland Islands
  • All transfers
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Transport and meals as shown
  • Prices exclude international flights

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