The Falkland Islands with Lindblad Expeditions

National Geographic Orion is back with more exciting destinations and the Falklands is one of them. Set sail to this unique destination with Lindblad Expeditions to see the region’s natural wildlife, learn about the area’s history and meet the local populations.

Set departure dates in October 2016

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred from Santiago airport to your hotel, Ritz Carlton Santiago Hotel, which is situated in the heart of El Golfo, one of Santiago’s most exclusive neighbourhoods and is among the finest hotels in Chile’s cosmopolitan capital. This luxury hotel combines old-world splendour with modern comforts and offers breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains.

You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to relax before explore the surroundings, such as Plaza de Armas, the main square, and the nearby Presidential Palace.

Stay: Ritz-Carlton Santiago

Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia, embark National Geographic Orion

Today you will fly by private charter flight from Santiago to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to embark National Geographic Orion. The morning’s charter flight offers impressive views of the stunningly rugged terrain of Patagonia as you venture further south. You will enjoy lunch during a catamaran cruise of the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking ship.

Stay: National Geographic Orion

Day 3: Visit Staten Island

Today you will visit the extraordinary Staten Island, one of the newest nature reserves in the southern hemisphere. National Geographic Orion and Explorer are the only expedition ships ever allowed to visit this area.

You will have a chance to experience colonies of seabirds and marine mammals rarely seen, and a chance to be one of the few expeditioners to set foot on and explore this remarkable island.

Stay: National Geographic Orion

Day 4: Explore Steeple Jason Island

Today you will start your adventure in Falkland Islands. Each Falkland Island has a variation on the theme of topographical beauty with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass. The Falklands boast thousands of irresistible gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as wallows of elephant seals, and relaxed South American sea lions and fur seals hauled out on the rocks.

The first island to visit will be the most remote, windswept and arguably most important wildlife conservation sites in all of the Falklands, Steeple Jason, where you will see the largest colony of black-browed albatross in the world. It is also home to gregarious and rarest species of raptor in the world, the striated caracara, locally known as Johnny Rooks.

Stay: National Geographic Orion

Day 5: From Carcass to Saunders Island

Your morning landing on Carcass Island provides the opportunity for a hike to view Magellanic penguins nesting among the tussock grass, a myriad bird life, local flora, and sweeping views of the harbor. You will stop for a lavish Falkland Islands tea with our longtime friends the McGill family, owners of the island.

You will continue your adventure in the afternoon to Saunders Island where you will  see a white sandy beach, only rivaled by the Caribbean. This island is home to gentoo and Magellanic penguins and you will be on the lookout for Conmerson’s dolphins surfing in the waves.

Stay: National Geographic Orion

Day 6: Stanley Island Tour

As the largest and most populated city in the islands, Stanley Island provides myriad options for exploration. You will enjoy a guided tour of the area to experience local “English” life; a visit to the family-owned and operated Long Island Farm with demonstrations of peat harvesting and sheep shearing along with a local tea service; a hike to Mount William, the historic site of a large battle during the Falklands War; or a short walk from the pier to the Stanley Growers Hydroponics Gardens that produces all the fresh produce for the small community of 2,500.

Stay: National Geographic Orion

Day 7: From George to Barren Island

Rarely visited by outsiders, you will have the unique opportunity to visit George and Barren Islands. The morning focus will be Zodiac rides and hikes to encounter sea lions, elephant seals, and Magellanic penguins. In the afternoon, you will see the local settlement to experience sheep-shearing and a typical English tea.

Stay: National Geographic Orion

Day 8: A Day in Fox Bay

Today you will enjoy a full day in Fox Bay and learn about the culture here. You will visit a local ranch for a superb barbecue and mix with locals to learn about their ways of life.

Stay: National Geographic Orion

Day 9: New Island Nature Reserve

Today you will visit New Island Nature Reserve, this large island is a prime spot for excellent nature watching. You will see Settlement Harbour, a mixed colony of rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross, and king shags. You will also visit the newly established historical museum.

Stay: National Geographic Orion

Day 10: At Sea

As you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the escort of seabirds. You will have a time to share photos with the on-board National Geographic photographer and the remainder of the day at leisure to relax.

Stay: National Geographic Orion

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast, you will disembark Ushuaia in the morning, where you will have time to explore the city before flying off to Buenos Aires and catching your return flight home.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival Ritz-Carlton Santiago
Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia, embark National Geographic Orion National Geographic Orion
Day 3: Visit Staten Island National Geographic Orion
Day 4: Explore Steeple Jason Island National Geographic Orion
Day 5: From Carcass to Saunders Island National Geographic Orion
Day 6: Stanley Island Tour National Geographic Orion
Day 7: From George to Barren Island National Geographic Orion
Day 8: A Day in Fox Bay National Geographic Orion
Day 9: New Island Nature Reserve National Geographic Orion
Day 10: At Sea National Geographic Orion
Day 11: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide

Not Included

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

Ritz-Carlton Santiago Ushuaia Isla de los Estados Falkland Islands

From USD 12,250 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.