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Hosted Independent Tour
ITINERARY (Subject to change without notice):
Day 1 - Thursday - Depart Miami: Evening departure on overnight flight to Chile.
Day 2 - Friday - Arrive Santiago: Morning arrival and meeting and transfer to the Ritz Carlton Santiago. Afternoon visit to the main points of interest in Santiago including the Pre-Columbian Museum, a drive up Cerro San Cristobal for a bird's-eye panoramic view of the city and wine tasting at the Wine House.
Day 3 - Saturday - Santiago - Falkland Islands - Port Howard: Lan Chile's once-a-week flight from Santiago to the Falklands leaves in the morning and makes a stop in Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas (for Chilean customs and immigrations) before proceeding 400 miles out into the Atlantic to the Falkland Islands. Upon arrival at Mount Pleasant Airport on East Falkland Island, meeting and assistance with getting your local flight on FIGAS to Port Howard, a flight time of about 25 minutes aboard 8-seater Britten Norman Islander aircraft. Upon arrival at Port Howard airport (yes, there is a sign stating so), you'll be met by the lodge and transported to the Lodge just 3 minutes from the airstrip. This afternoon your hosts will show you around Port Howard and introduce you to the traditional camp hospitality. (B/D)
GETTING AROUND THE ISLANDS: FIGAS (Falkland Island Government Air Service) is the way to get around. FIGAS flies Islander aircraft - twin engine 8-seater aircraft with wings above the windows for excellent viewing as you fly at an average altitude of 500 to 1000 feet. There are weight restrictions - you are allowed only 14 kilos (28 pounds) of luggage; if you have more and IF there is weight allowance to carry it, you will be allowed to take it at an overweight charge; if weight allowances do not allow transport, it will be left behind. Therefore, pack to take only 28 pounds with you. You will also be weighed and seats in the aircraft will be assigned based on weight distribution.
In order to know what time your flight leaves and what routing it will take, listen to the radio the evening before. Flight schedules and passengers' names are announced following the news report. Generally flights leave Stanley around 8:30 AM so arrivals and departures at Camp destinations will be based on routing. Generally the hotel or lodge where you are staying will be paying attention to the flight announcements as it is their responsibility not only to pick you up or take you to the airstrip, but also to act as airstrip managers - put up the wind sock, open up the shed with the fire equipment, talk to the pilot on approach, swap paper work with the pilot, receive and deliver the mail for transport, etc.
One tradition you need to know right away and are asked to follow everywhere in Camp: be prepared to take your shoes off and leave them at the door; indoors you walk around in socks or slippers but your outdoor shoes stay outside the house. All houses have sun rooms facing north that provide a barrier between the outdoors and the inside and provide a comfortable way for this tradition to be followed.
ABOUT PORT HOWARD LODGE: Port Howard is one of the few remaining large farming settlements in the Islands and offers an excellent introduction into life in the Falklands countryside. Home to a community of 40 persons, Port Howard supports 42,000 purebred Corriedale sheep, 800 cattle, raised for beef, and a herd of 80 Ayrshire dairy cows. The Lodge was originally the farm manager's house. There is a large living room with peat fireplace, an honesty bar-lounge, dining room with fireplace, and 8 rooms, several of which have private facilities and the rest share two large, spic & span bathrooms. The Lodge is well known in the islands for its cuisine and meals are not only sufficient but country-gourmet.
During your stay your local "ghillie" (Falkland-speak for fishing guide) will help you experience some of the best sea trout and Falklands mullet fishing the islands has to offer. You will also have the opportunity to explore farming life Falklands style with a chance to see one of the 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 4 - Sunday - Port Howard: Today you will be fishing in the area.
, situated about a 40 minutes drive from Port Howard Lodge, will be your destination for two days fishing. This is quite a short river but offers great sport fishing with a reputation for the size of its fish rather than for the numbers of them. The Warrahs main tributary, Green Hill Stream, offers an alternative with several excellent pools. Warrah River
, just over one hours drive from Port Howard, is known for its consistent numbers of 3 to 6 pounders rather than the size of its fish. A pool not to be missed on your one days fishing on this river is Mrs Macs. Chartres River
Closer to Port Howard settlement the tidal waters of Bold Cove and Many Branch Creek and Harbour can also be fished.
Day 5 - Monday - Port Howard: Fishing in the area
Day 6 - Tuesday - Port Howard: Fishing in the area
Day 7 - Wednesday - Port Howard - Stanley: Morning return flight back to the Stanley airport. Meeting upon arrival and transfer about 10 minutes to town and the Malvina House Hotel where you will stay for three nights. En route from the airport you'll visit the main points of interest in this small town including the excellent musuem and a visit to picturesque Gypsy Cove. (B)
ABOUT THE MALVINA HOUSE HOTEL: Malvina Felton gave her name to the original Malvina House back in the 1890's. The modern Malvina House, built in the late 1960's, was converted into a hotel in 1983 and has since been extensively renovated. Located on Ross Road, it is within easy walking distance to all points of interest. With 18 rooms, it is the largest of the two hotels in Stanley. All rooms have private bathrooms. There is a bar-lounge and the Conservatory Restaurant provides dining in a relaxing atmosphere of plants and shrubs in the renovated original 19th century conservatory, with full a la carte menu.
Day 8 - Thursday - Stanley: Whilst based in
Day 9 - Friday - Stanley: More fabulous fishing in the area. (B)
Day 10 Saturday - Falkland Islands - Santiago: Day at leisure until mid-afternoon transfer back to Mount Pleasant airport for departure flight on Lan Chile back to Punta Arenas. The hotel will hold your luggage until you are ready to depart so you'll have time to shop, take the Maritime History trail and explore at your own pace. Fly from the Falklands back to Santiago, arriving in the evening. Meeting and transfer to the Ritz Carlton for overnight stay. (B)
Day 11 Sunday - Depart Santiago: Morning at leisure. Mid-day check-out and transfer about one hour to Santa Rita Vineyards where you will enjoy lunch at the very popular Dona Paula's. After lunch enjoy a visit to the installations of the winery. Late afternoon return transfer directly to the airport for your overnight departure flight. (/B)
Day 12 - Monday - Arrive Miami: Morning arrival in Miami and make connections to your home city.
RATES and DETAILS:
|SAMPLE LAND RATE PER PERSON: (All rates subject to verification at time of confirmation of space.)|
|YEAR||Single Occupancy||Twin Occupancy - P/P||Triple Occupancy - P/P|
|Sep 2011 - Mar 2012||request||$7,900 to $9,400||request|
|Sep 2012 - Mar 2013||estimate + 10%|
|Plus Air fares and USA Departure Taxes|
|Rates subject to change without notice|
|PAYMENTS: By credit card; special form required & must carry Card Holder's signature|
|Deposit - Per Person||2nd deposit - Per Person||Full Payment Due|
|$1000 in order to confirm||To complete 30% deposit upon confirmation of all space||65 days prior departure|
|After reservations confirmed||If new documents are required|
|$100 per change||$100 per change + $100 re-issue documents|
|Cancelled Between||Up to 91 days||89 to 61 days||60 to 31 days||30 to 00 days|
|Fees Per Person||$1000||30%||50%||100%|
|TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE: Highly reccomended.|
|RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:|
|NOTE: Information was last updated January 01, 2012. Information & rates subject to change.|