Duration - 8 days / 7 nights
Darwin: 2 nights. Pebble Island: 2 nights. Port Howard: 1 night. Stanley: 2 nights.
Day 1 - 2 : Arrive Mount Pleasant Airport early afternoon, reception by International Tours & Travel Ltd., and transfer with proprietor of Darwin House to Darwin, a drive of approximately 40 minutes. Darwin, named after the famous naturalist Charles Darwin who visited the Islands in the 1830s, provides its visitors with a selection of Falkland’s 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. Darwin House, where you will spend your first two nights in the Falklands, is a modern farmhouse with its bedrooms having views over Choiseul Sound, the picturesque settlement and Wickham Heights. Its waterfront setting means that it is a great place to start your wildlife watching – Night herons, Ruddy-headed and Upland Geese, and Blackish Oystercatchers are almost certainties. On Day 2 a guided tour of the San Carlos, Goose Green and Darwin area will take you to both the British and Argentine war cemeteries as well as across many of the 1982 battlefields with an insight into the fierce battle for the reinstatement of a British flag over Goose Green.
Day 3 - 4 : Transfer by Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) 9-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft to Pebble Island. The relatively low level flying provides passengers with exceptional views of the Falklands coastlines and inland scenery. Pebble Island is one of the larger outlying islands, and the landscape varies greatly from large ponds and moorland, to long sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. The island was the site of one of the most dramatic events of the Falklands War when a group of British SAS raided the island’s Argentine-occupied airstrip. Wreckage of the destroyed aircraft can still be seen, and visitors to Pebble Island today land on the same airstrip. Further afield memorials to the HMS Coventry and to a crashed Argentine Learjet can also be seen. This diverse countryside offers shelter and protection to an equally wide-ranging breeding population of birds and mammals. Many thousands of Gentoo, Rockhopper and Magellanic Penguins breed each Summer along with raucous congregations of Southern Sea Lions. 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 offers ample opportunity to see the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery further afield from the settlement, as well as hunting for the semiprecious stones that give the island its name. Alternatively relax in the comfortable lodge, previously the farm manager’s house, which offers views across the island to Elephant Beach that has even doubled as an airstrip for the Islander aircraft. Your accommodation on Pebble Island will be at Pebble Lodge, previously the farm manager’s house and situated in the centre of the farm settlement. The island’s 25 residents were locked up in this house during the 82 Conflict. Now, although ideally adapted to the needs of the visitor, it retains the warm and friendly atmosphere of a large farmhouse.
Day 5 : Transfer by FIGAS to Port Howard. Port Howard Lodge with its well-manicured lawns, including a putting green, will be the ideal location from which to explore farming life Falkland’s style and the considerable amount of aircraft wreckage that remains - 10 or 11 planes (Mirages, Skyhawks, Dagger and a few helicopters) were destroyed on West Falkland during the war. A chance to see one of the Falklands few remaining large farms (and one of the most picturesque) in action, with a guided walking tour of the settlement taking in a visit to the shearing shed where the farms 47,000 sheep are shorn, the 1982 war museum, the local school room and dolphin spotting in the harbour.
Day 6 - 7 : Transfer by FIGAS to Stanley. Following arrival at Stanley Airport and prior to you arrival at the Malvina House 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. First and Second World War and 1982 history abounds around Stanley. On Day 7 a full-day guided excursion in 4x4 vehicle of the Fitzroy and Stanley area will take in the mountain sites (Tumbledown, William, Harriet and Two Sisters) that became household names during the 1982 conflict, before moving onto Fitzroy to see the memorials to the troops lost when the logistic ships Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram were bombed.
Day 8 : Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport by private vehicle. Your route will take you past many of the 1982 battlefields and, more historically, relics from the gaucho era of the 1800’s. Keep your eyes open for Red-backed Hawks en route!
Included in the itinerary:-
• Full board accommodation (all meals included) at Darwin House, Pebble Lodge, and Port Howard Lodge.
• Hotel accommodation including breakfast at Malvina House Hotel, Stanley.
• All domestic flights.
• Airport transfers as listed.
• Excursions as listed : - Full day guided tour of San Carlos, Goose Green and Darwin area - Full day and half day guided tour on Pebble Island - Half day guided tour at Port Howard - City tour & museum visit in Stanley - Full day guided tour of Stanley Mountains and Fitzroy area.