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Intimate Falklands: Bespoke Expedition

17 days

Welcome to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), an archipelago teeming with wildlife and featuring beautiful scenery, white sand beaches and vast open spaces. As one of 12 passengers aboard the small exploration boat Hans Hansson, you’ll visit places larger boats don’t venture to, and explore the biodiversity of East and West Falkland from sea and land. Visit islands with no predatory species, where small bird populations thrive as a result. Take a hike and see elephant seals, southern sea lions, southern giant petrel, and gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Once back on board, recount your adventures, dine family style with the Captain and crew and savor the local knowledge they share, making your trip a once in a lifetime adventure!

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Circumnavigate the islands with generous shore trips
  • Enjoy stunning scenery and the biodiversity of archipelago wildlife
  • Taste delicious locally-grown Falklands cuisine
  • See four species of penguins along with whales, dolphins and a wide variety of birds

Day 1 — Santiago, Chile

The largest city and capital of Chile, Santiago was founded in 1541. You will be greeted on arrival and escorted to the airport hotel. Later this evening there will be a welcome briefing.

Day 2 — Fly to Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and Embark

This is a travel day. As a group you’ll check in for your flight to the Falklands, and travel via Punta Arenas, Chile, 1,864 miles (3,000 km) south of Santiago. Fly from here to Mount Pleasant Airport, Falkland Islands, and transfer to your hotel in Stanley. Stanley is the capital city, main port and trading center of the Falklands.

Day 3 — San Carlos and Goose Green

Stanley is the capital city, main port and trading center of the Falklands. Located on East Falkland, it is sometimes referred to as Port Stanley. Enjoy a full day exploration tour, including British and Argentine cemeteries, battlefields and memorials.

Day 4 — Volunteer Point

Penguins abound on tours of Volunteer Point. Located a couple of hours from Stanley, you may be surprised by the white sand beaches and turquoise water, but you’ll be amazed by the penguins!

Day 5 — Board the Hans Hansson

Embarkation day is the next exciting step in your adventure. Travel to East Jetty late in the afternoon and board the small exploration boat Hans Hansson.

Days 6 to 15 — Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Exploring the rugged beauty of the archipelago during your 12-day circumnavigation, you will truly appreciate traveling in a small vessel. In addition to providing longer shore excursions, your adventure can be more readily tailored to meet your expectations, and to visit areas larger cruise ships can’t access.

Day 16 — Disembark Stanley and Fly to Santiago, Chile

Arriving back in Stanley, you’ll disembark the Hans Hansson with amazing stories and photographs of your adventure. More than that, having spent nearly two weeks in the Falklands, you will leave with a new group of friends, knowing you’ve been on the adventure of a lifetime!

Day 17 — Depart Santiago

After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers and head home.
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