Falklands, S.Georgia, Antarctica Land & Sea
JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!
JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!
Unique Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica Land & Sea Combo 26 days
The Falkland Islands are one of the best kept wildlife secrets in the world. During your first 10 days, you can view a large variety of birds and other species close up; birds such as nesting black-browed albatross, five species of penguin, giant petrels, the endangered striated caracara and endemics such as Cobb's wren and the Falklands flightless steamer duck. On the beaches or offshore are elephant and fur seals, two species of dolphin and orca.
Combine this with a further 16 days' marine expedition to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia and spectacular Antarctica and you have a truly unique travel experience. We offer a selection of smaller expedition vessel depending on the date.
Please note, this is a sample itinerary. Details, duration and details and prices may change according to time of travel or ship/cabin availability and flight scheduled operating to The Falklands. Kayaking places may be available at extra costs depending on vessel.
- Spectacular & accessible birdlife / wildlife
- Wilderness & History of the Falklands & Polar Regions
- Accesss to expert wildlife guides at Falkland Island Lodges
- Scenic inter-island flights in the Falklands
- Epic South Georgia & Antarctica Expedition
- Up to three Zodiac landings per day whilst on board
- Expert polar guides & speakers on board
- Magnificent polar landscapes & wildlife
- All transfers between airports, hotels and lodges and to airport in Ushuaia
- All flights within the Falkland Islands
- One night at Darwin Lodge on full board basis
- Two nights at Carcass Lodge on full board basis
- Boat excursion to West Point Island
- Two nights at Pebble Lodge full board with one full and one half day excursion
- Two nights at Sea Lion Lodge full board with orientation tour
- Two nights at Malvina House Hotel on B&B basis
- Full day excursion to Volunteer Point with packed lunch
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Loan of rubber boots
- All Zodiac excursions and landings
- Programme of expert lectures
ITINERARY25 Nights 26 Days
- Day 1 | Darwin
- Day 2 | Carcass Island
- Day 3 | West Point Island
- Days 4-5 | Pebble Island
- Days 6-7 | Sea Lion Island
- Day 8 | Stanley
- Day 9 | Volunteer Point
- Day 10 | Stanley
- Days 11-12 | At Sea
- Days 13-16 | South Georgia
- Days 17-18 | At Sea
- Days 19-23 | Antarctica
- Days 24-25 | Drake Passage
- Day 26 | Ushuaia
Arrive at Mount Pleasant Airport, either from RAF Brize Norton or on scheduled LAN Chile flight from Punta Arenas. Transfer to Darwin House Lodge at Darwin. Remainder of day at leisure with dinner and breakfast.
Flight to Carcass Island for two nights at Carcass Island Lodge on full board basis. This island is cat and rat free, so many birds to be seen, including the endemic Cobb’s wren, striated caracara, etc. Elephant seals can be seen on the beach here plus Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins offshore.
West Point Island
Boat trip to West Point Island, where the highlight is a large nesting colony of black-browed albatrosses shared with rockhopper penguins.
Fly to Pebble Island for two nights on full board basis. Half day wildlife and historical site tour.
Full day wildlife and scenery tour, including the colourful pebble beach which gives the island its name. Gentoo, rockhopper, macaroni and Magellanic penguins nest here as well as waterfowl, southern giant petrels, ground nesting birds and king shags.
Sea Lion Island
Fly to Sea Lion Island for two nights on full board basis. Orientation tour included.
The lodge is within walking distance of various beaches, where elephant and fur seals can be seen, along with nesting gentoo, rockhopper and Magellenic penguins. There are also various ground-nesting and other birds to be seen. Orcas and dolphins can often be seen offshore.
Fly to Stanley and transfer to Malvina House Hotel. Remainder of day at leisure to visit the excellent museum and cathedral and to explore the colourful streets. Lots of birds are also seen within town.
Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion with expert guide by 4 x 4 vehicle to Volunteer Point to view breeding colonies of king, gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Other birds to be seen include Falklands thrush, blackish and Magellanic oystercatchers, terns, shags, ground tyrants and pipits. Includes packed lunch. On the drive, you will also see the unique stone runs, geological remnants from the ice age.
After breakfast, the remainder of your day is free, until you transfer to your ship, which will be advised to you in advance.
Home to many interesting sights (including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton), South Georgia has several former whaling stations and boasts plenty of wildlife. Visiting a huge colony of king penguins is a major highlight of this part of the journey. Weather permitting, spend three full days exploring the island.
Sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards on course towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the world while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting), and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history.
As we cross the Drake Passage, reflect on a memorable adventure and take in some final lectures on route back to Ushuaia. Keep a careful lookout for a last chance to spot whales
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to airport for onward or return travel.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Malvina House Hotel, Stanley
Located just a few minutes' walk from the historic centre of the world's southernmost capital this beautiful hotel offers sophisticated and comfortable accommodation for guests looking for a central and relaxing base from which to enjoy all that Port Stanley has to offer.
With fantastic views over the natural harbour, elegantly furnished bedrooms, unrivalled hospitality and a small but luxurious spa this hotel has all the necessary amenities to ensure a very pleasant stay at the start or end of your Falkland Islands adventure.
You may even be lucky enough to spot a stray seal or penguin across the harbour waters as you enjoy a relaxing dinner or drink in the hotel's spacious and welcoming bar and restaurant which serves delicious home cooked meals throughout the day.
Malvina House Hotel offers 3 different levels of accommodation, all of which have en-suite bathrooms, large comfortable beds, flat screen TVs, fluffy white towels and comfortable seating areas. Each bedroom has been decorated and furnished to a very high standard and many of the bedrooms also offer fabulous views over the harbour.
Situated in the historic Darwin settlement on East Falkland Island this comfortable and welcoming guest house is located perfectly for those looking for a relaxing and tranquil stay close to Darwin's most famous sites.
The area surrounding this pretty lodge is bursting with history, with gaucho remains and memorials from the 1982 conflict visible throughout, and combined with top-class hospitality and welcoming accommodations this is a perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the remarkable scenery on offer.
The owners of the lodge know all there is to know about this wonderful area and can help you to arrange everything from battlefield tours to trips to visit Gentoo penguin colonies.
The area surrounding Darwin Lodge is fantastic for a wide range of walks where you can expect to witness a wide variety of flora and intriguing wildlife and birdlife such as the Southern Giant Petrel, the Falklands Steamer Duck and the Falklands Thrush.
After a long day of getting up close to the wonders of the Falklands' unique wildlife and history you can return to the calming atmosphere of Darwin House where a warm welcome awaits you. The lodge has a large dining room and bar where home-grown and home-cooked meals are served. Alternatively you can sit back and relax whilst enjoying some traditional Smoko and afternoon tea in the lounge or the sunny conservatory overlooking the Choiseul Sound waters.
There are 6 guest bedrooms at Darwin House, 2 of which have en-suite bathrooms and 4 which have en-suite shower rooms. Each comfortable bedroom has been decorated to a high standard and provides all the necessary comforts for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
Carcass Island Lodge
As its name suggests this beautiful lodge is located on the wonderful Carcass Island, a quiet, wildlife rich haven situated to the north west of West Island.
Often thought of as the most beautiful of the islands in the archipelago, Carcass Island is reached by a short flight from Stanley and upon arrival at Carcass Island Lodge you will receive a very warm welcome from your fantastic hosts who will aim to make sure your stay here is an unforgettable one.
Your hosts, who are the owners of the island, will be able to tell you the best places to spot the island's famous wildlife including large colonies of magellanic and gentoo penguins, elephant seals, dolphins and a plethora of birds such as Cobb's wren, the Falkland Thrush and the Falkland Skua amongst many others.
The lodge itself is cosy and welcoming with 5 homely bedrooms, 4 of which have en-suite facilities. Your hostess is renowned for her baking accompanying tea at any time of the day and this can be enjoyed in the comfortable lounge or outside as you listen for the sounds of the nearby magellanic penguins.
The lodge also has an honesty bar, a dining room and a sun room.
Carcass Island is also the access point to West Point Island and Grand and Steeple Jason Islands and your hosts will be happy to make arrangements for you to visit.
10 miles south of East Falkland lies the remarkable Sea Lion Island where an abundance of wildlife live and roam amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Falklands Archipelago.
Sea Lion Lodge is the only accommodation on this wonderful island and here you will find a welcoming, homely and exceptionally comfortable home-from-home to rest your bones after a long day of exploring.
Offering spectacular views of the South Atlantic this peaceful lodge is known as the most southerly British lodge hotel in the world and with the largest breeding colony of Southern Elephant Seals on its doorstep it is a wildlife enthusiast's paradise.
Sea Lion Island is accessible via a 40 minute flight from Stanley and upon arrival at your lodge you will be greeted with a warm welcome from your hosts who will ensure that you are superbly looked after throughout your stay.
The Lodge was recently upgraded to ensure a very high standard of accommodation and there are 5 twin rooms, 2 double rooms, 1 single room and 1 family room, all of which have been immaculately decorated and feature an en-suite bathroom, central heating and large comfortable beds.
The lodge has a welcoming lounge bar in which guests are invited to relax after a long day of exploring with a drink from the wide selection of wines, beers and spirits on offer. There are also 2 comfortable living rooms, a conservatory and a well stocked library.
Sea Lion Island is a popular destination mostly due to the sheer quantity of wildlife available to observe within a short distance. There is a large colony of southern elephant seals, which share the beach with sea lions and gentoo penguins, along with an abundance of birdlife such as Cobb's wrens, southern giant petrels, Falkland skuas, striated caracaras and short-eared owls. Offshore, pods of orca and Peale's dolphins can often be spotted, sometimes quite close in and your hosts will be delighted to let you know the best places for wildlife spotting and the best routes to take.
Pebble Island is the third largest offshore island in the Falklands archipelago and the main guest accommodation here is this bright and comfortable lodge which is ideally situated on a neck of land separating the two main land masses of this wildlife and history rich island.
Spend your days exploring the diverse terrain of magnificent sea cliffs surrounded by a plethora of birdlife, beautiful beaches filled with penguins and imposing mountains before returning to the warmth and comfort of this recently renovated traditional farmhouse.
A friendly and welcoming atmosphere awaits you along with well appointed bedrooms, cosy lounge areas and delicious home-cooked meals and Smoko.
The lodge accommodates up to 11 visitors in a mixture of single, double/twin and triple rooms. Fantastic home-cooked food is available throughout the say and there are welcoming and cosy social areas where guests can relax with a drink from the well stocked honesty bar and regale stories of their adventures.
Full and half day trips are available for wildlife viewing and to visit war sites from the 1982 conflict.
What Our Customers
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The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
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