Falklands & Ascension Inc Flights from UK
18 day Falklands & Ascension. Please Note: that Ascension Island Runway is FULLY closed for the foreseeable future for repairs. The MOD will advise us once the repairs are made which will be sometime in 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience
The Falkland Islands are one of the best kept wildlife secrets in the world and when you can also call in at the remote South Atlantic island of Ascension, home to nesting green turtles and tropical bird life, you have a unique and unmissable combination. On the Islands, wildlife close encounters are literally everywhere you turn.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Visit nesting colonies of king, gentoo and rockhopper penguins plus, shags and giant petrels
- See other rare and endemic species
- Explore Stanley
- Close up encounters with elephant and fur seals
- Inter-island scenic flights by small aircraft
- Rarely-visited Ascension island
- Nesting green turtles on Ascension Island (January to May)
- £7866 per person (£8457 Single Occupancy)
- International flights and transfers
- Accommodation and meals as shown in itinerary
- Internal flights in Falkland Islands
- Services of Lodge & Private guides where stated
- Entrance to Stanley Museum
- Departure tax when leaving Falklands is £22 pp (not included)
- Baggage allowance 27 Kilos (Hand baggage must not exceed 9 kilos) unless otherwise stated.
ITINERARY17 Nights 18 Days
- Day 1 | Depart RAF Brize Norton
- Day 2 | Arrive Mount pleasant Airport, Falklands & transfer to Stanley
- Day 3 | Port Stanley
- Days 4-6 | Pebble Island
- Days 7-9 | Carcass
- Days 10-12 | Sea Lion Island
- Days 13-14 | Port Stanley & Volunteer Point
- Day 15 | Flight to Ascension Island
- Days 16-17 | Ascension Island
- Day 18 | Morning tour. Evening departure
- Day 19 | Arrive RAF Brize Norton
Depart RAF Brize Norton
Depart RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire by RAF transport plane at 2300 hours. Check-in 3 hours prior to departure. Arrives in Ascension the following day at 0810 hours. Short refuelling stop on Ascension Island then depart at 0955 hours. Arrives in to Mount Pleasant, Falklands at 1515 hours.
Luggage allowance 27 Kilos per person. Hand Luggage a maximum of 9 Kilos & cannot exceed 56cm 45cm x 25 cm. There are no duty free facilities at RAF Brize Norton. Please note this detailed information could change at any time, please check with one of our specialists.
Arrive Mount pleasant Airport, Falklands and transfer to Stanley
Arrive Mount Pleasant Airport in Falkland Islands at 1515 hours and welcomed by your WILDFOOT partner representative. 30 Minute transfer to Malvina Hotel in Port Stanley. Geese, ducks, petrels and other birds can be seen in the waterfront area.
Breakfast included the following morning before check out. May have time for shopping in Stanley subject to the Pebble Island flight departure time.
Transfer to Stanley Airport for flight to Pebble Island, named for its multi-coloured pebbles on eastern beaches. Warm welcome by Ricky and his team who run the lodge on Pebble. This is the third largest of the offshore islands. Three night’s full board at Pebble Lodge and two full day guided wildlife tours.
Colonies of rockhopper, gentoo, Magellenic and macaroni penguins, king and rock shags, giant petrels and striated caracaras to be seen, along with black-necked swans and ground nesting birds. Also aircraft wreckage from 1982 conflict and memorials.
Fly to Carcass island. Three nights full board at the Manager’s House. Warm Falklands welcome from Carcass Island Lodge. Your host here is renowned for her baking! Lots of land and sea birds to be seen close to the House, including Cobb’s wren, tussock birds and black-throated finches. Full board meals provided during your stay on Carcass.
West Point Island (please see notes on availability)
An Exceptional full day excursion to West Point Island by boat. Pack lunch provided at Carcass Lodge. Walk or ride to Devil’s Nose, home to large mixed colonies of black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper penguins. See turkey vultures, military starlings or Falklands thrush and striated caracaras.
Important Note: At this time (Feb 2017) the vessel which operates this trip has been sold and no longer included in the price. The new owner may start the West Point trips in the future, please speak to one of our specialists.
Carcass Island. Walk or take a land-rover excursion for more bird and wildlife spotting (there are no roads on the island!) See elephant seals on the shore and look out for Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins, often to be seen in the surf.
Sea Lion Island
Fly to Sea Lion Island. Three nights full board at Sea Lion Lodge. The Lodge is a short walk from the shoreline through heathland, which is home to snipe and other ground-nesting birds. Introductory Land Rover tour guided by your lodge keeper. Exceptional wildlife encounters.
Spend time observing and walking amongst the large colonies of elephant and sealions on the beach. See gentoo and Magellenic penguins plus skuas and southern giant petrels. Orca and Commerson’s dolphins can be seen from the shoreline, often close in.
Fly back to Stanley. Two nights at the Malvina Hotel on bed and breakfast basis. Free time to visit Stanley Museum (entry price included in your tour), take a local coastal nature walk from Stanley or time to take a walk in and around Stanley to meet the locals or shop for souvenirs.
After breakfast at Malvina Hotel a full day 4x4 excursion with packed lunch (provided by the hotel) to Volunteer Point to see the largest colony of king penguins on the islands, plus more gentoos and other birds. Pass through an area of stone runs, a unique geological feature described by Charles Darwin. The area near Stanley also includes battlefield sites from 1982.
Last chance to do some last minute souvenir shopping in Stanley.
Ascension Island. Suggested guided tours or self drive
Breakfast at The Malvina Hotel. Transfer from Stanley to Mount Pleasant Airport for 8 hour flight to Ascension Island departing at 1015 hours. Arrive Ascension Island at 2050 hours and a short transfer to Obsidian Hotel. Bed and breakfast. Guided tours may be arranged (not included in the price) through WILDFOOT with The Ministry of Tourism. An official Ascension Island Tourist Office guide will accompany you on tours and guided walks to share wildlife, conservation and history knowledge with you. Please speak to one of our specialists. Self drive can also be arranged in advance by WILDFOOT so you can make a tour independently.
Suggested guided tours to Wideawake tern colony
Guided tours are available (not included but can be arranged through WILDFOOT) by the Ministry of Tourism. Wideawake tern colony. Masked & brown boobies, tropic birds, frigate birds fairy terns and more to be seen, plus land crabs. Evening and/or dawn visit to beach at Georgetown to carefully observe nesting and newly hatched turtles.
Suggested morning tour. Evening departure
We can arrange a guided tour around Green Mountain with a Ministry of Tourism expert (not included in the price). We have arranged for you to keep your room until you leave for the Airstrip and evening flight departure from Ascension at 2235 hours
Arrive RAF Brize Norton
Arriving in at 0730 Saturday morning.
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 views over the natural harbour, unrivalled hospitality, elegantly furnished bedrooms, and a small but welcoming 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.
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.
Obsidian Hotel, Ascension
The Obsidian Hotel is the only hotel on the island and offers a range of accommodation, including singles and doubles in the main building and hostel type accommodation in separate units. The hotel has a restaurant and car hire facility
17 rooms and apartments, each with en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and either balcony or patio. Rooms have fridge, direct-dial telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Chargeable wifi is available in the reception and public areas.
What Our Customers
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
The Falklands is an incredible place with so much more wildlife than I expected, I consider myself very privileged to have been there. Sitting on the beach amongst hundreds of rock hopper penguins and huge elephant seals is a moment I will treasure forever.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
Thank you very much for the part you both played in making my holiday such a wonderful adventure, everything went well and I have come back with some very happy memories and a decent number of photos of penguins!! Great fun!
Just a quick note to say that my Falkland trip was absolutely fantastic - with amazing opportunities for wildlife photography. Organisation of the trip was excellent - each island was different but all were equally good; with everyone clearly working hard to make sure visitors got the most out of their time. The flight back was delayed by 16 hours due to fog at Brize Norton (and even then was diverted to Birmingham); but I didn't mind because it meant I had an extra day there! I'm full of praise for your local representatives. They were very efficient and went out of their way to make sure I got the most of my holiday and, in particular, that extra day. I'm still working my way through the many thousands of photos I took - just started on day 6!! Many thanks to Wildfoot Travel, and particularly yourself, for your organisation and for giving me the idea and inspiration for this trip.
I just got back from my trip. It was fabulous. The Falklands were perfect for me. Lots of birds, few people, lots of time to wander around on my own. All the islands were wonderful. The only day that was not excellent was the trip to Dolphin point. A long drive, few birds and few sea lions. I was very lucky with the weather. Lots of wind but hardly any rain. I debated whether to do this or go to antarctica, and am delighted I did this. La Yegua Loca in PA was a delight. I usually could care less about hotels and restaurants on trips like this, but La Yegua Loca was wonderful. The new restaurant they have - a glass enclosed space on the terrace in front of the hotel with old tools as fixtures and views out to the straights and delicious food was great. The only change I would make doing it again was to work with you better on flights. I wanted to use frequent flyer miles on American Airlines so I made reservations from Boston to Santiago and you did the rest. I didn't know there was a flight from Santiago to Mt. Pleasant (by way of PA). And I could have left PA and come all the way home without another night and say in Santiago. But that was minor. Thanks again. Danny
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time my daughter and I had on our jaunt to the Falklands. The wildlife was absolutely stunning ( who could ever forget the caracaras! ) and all your arrangements went like clockwork. I'll certainly recommend you to my long list of friends who now want to visit. Thank you all very much, Gill Waterson
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday? Sitting next to penguins and elephant seals 2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday? Do it! Bring warm clothes. 3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation? Hosts at various lodges were very warm and obviously loved what they do and wanted to help with all aspects of our trip 4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall? Excellent. Is there a rating above 5? Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall? 5 *****
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A great big thanks to all at Wildfoot Travel for making my Antarcti Expediton an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. A truly mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken. Looking forward to the next trip with you.
Just came back from a trip aboard the Ortelius to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Thank you Wildfoot for organising it so well. We had the trip of a lifetime and everything ran very smoothly and stress free so many, many thanks
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