Our Falkland Islands vacations

Small ship cruises, often accompanied by scientific researchers or photographers, offer an exciting and immersive introduction to the Falkland Islands – a remote Atlantic archipelago where you can admire dolphins, whales, seals and many noisy penguin colonies. Cruises are also a gateway to South Georgia and the vast expanses of Antarctica beyond. And because passenger numbers are limited, you won’t wait long to disembark for activities and tours, and the communities you visit won’t be overwhelmed. Meanwhile, expert local guides ensure that our Falklands Islands vacations have a minimal impact on the wildlife and the fragile habitats they depend on.

Our top Falkland Islands vacations

Falkland Islands wildlife tour

From £3382 to £4133
10 days ex flights
10 day Falklands birds and wildlife adventure

Falkland Islands tour, birds and wildlife

From £4832 to £5885
15 days ex flights
A comprehensive Falklands birds and wildlife adventure

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica cruise

From 11150
21 days ex flights
The Ultimate Antarctica Experience!
Small group2023: 21 Oct, 22 Oct, 24 Oct, 11 Nov, 23 Nov, 17 Dec, 2024: 4 Jan, 16 Jan, 1 Feb, 2 Feb

2023 Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands cruise

From US $9756
21 days ex flights
Delve into this in-depth polar expedition across Antarctica.
Small group

Antarctica ultimate expedition

From £11800
22 days ex flights
Follow the routes of bold & historic explorers to Antarctica
Small group2023: 22 Oct

Antarctic wildlife cruise, South Georgia & Antarctica

From £15400
16 days ex flights
Highlights of South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula
Small group

Antarctic wildlife cruise and penguin safari

From £11000
16 days ex flights
Highlights of South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula
Small group2023: 28 Dec

Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands cruise

From US $11920 to US $14310
21 days ex flights
Follow the trail of Sir Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica
Small group2023: 20 Nov, 2024: 8 Jan

Total Antarctic highlights cruise via Buenos Aires

From £24300
23 days ex flights
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Circle Crossing
Small group

About our Falkland Islands vacations

Bird watching vacations in the Falklands

You can hardly turn around in the Falkland Islands for falling over a penguin, but this sprawling archipelago has many other avian visitors, as well as an impressive cast of endemic species. Pack your binoculars to watch albatrosses making their (sometimes less than graceful) landings on Steeple Jason Island, or Southern giant petrels waiting for an opportunity to snaffle someone’s fish and chips in Stanley. Chirpy Cobb’s wrens – found nowhere else apart from the Falklands – thrive on Carcass Island, while striated caracara are birds of prey with a penchant for penguin chicks and lambs.

Antarctica cruises

Many Antarctica cruises make a brief stop in the Falkland Islands after navigating the Beagle Channel – or the notoriously choppy Drake Passage – from Ushuaia. However, our cruises are vastly different to the ‘all singing, all dancing’ mega vessels that most are familiar with. These are small ships, with passenger numbers limited to 250. There’s a lower impact on the environments and communities they visit, and greater flexibility when it comes to activities and accessing narrower bodies of water. Routes vary, but there really is no better way to explore this region and its spectacular landscapes than by sea.

Falklands War

Prompted by Argentinean forces invading the Falkland Islands and then South Georgia in 1982, the Falklands War saw Britain firmly stamp its authority over territory both countries claim as their own. Nearly 1,000 military personnel died in the two-month conflict and it was seen as a resounding victory for Britain, but has never been fully resolved. While the islanders largely consider themselves British citizens, Argentina still views ‘Las Malvinas’ as Argentinean. Most Falkland Islands vacations focus on the wildlife, but some do provide interesting history tours that take you from Port Stanley to key battlefields such as Goose Green.

Types of tours & vacations in the Falklands

Small ship cruising is the best way to see the Falkland Islands and its wildlife. There’s a range of itineraries available, but what they all have in common is a lower impact on the places they visit when compared to larger vessels. Trips typically focus on the two main islands, where penguins are in abundance, but there is much more to wildlife vacations in the Falklands than these charming flightless birds. The species here are a link between Patagonia and Antarctica, and they include vast seal colonies, whales, dolphins and both endemic and migratory marine birds.
[Bird watching: Fer Nando] [Antarctica cruises: Andreas Kambanis] [Falklands War: Farawayman] [Types of vacations: Chris Pearson]
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