Located about 480 miles northeast of Cape Horn, the Falklands Islands are the most easily accessible sub-Antarctic islands. The English navigator, John Davis, aboard the Desire made the first confirmed sighting of the Islands in 1592. The Falklands have been a disputed area between Great Britain and Argentina. Argentina invaded and occupied the islands in April 1982, spurring a British counter-invasion that June. With all the charm of a rural English village, Stanley is characterized by its bright rooftops, red telephone boxes, shops, and local pubs. Nearby is the Grave Cove penguin colony.
As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
PRICE is per vehicle
This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.
The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.
Capacity: 2 guests
PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.
Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.
Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.
Begin with a scenic transfer to Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Visit the Christ Church Cathedral, a massive brick and stone monument with a colorfully painted metal roof and impressive stained glass windows. The Cathedral was completed in 1892 and now houses several plaques honoring those who died during the Falklands' war. See the 1982 Liberation Monument, the 1914 Battle Memorial and the town's most photographed landmark, Government House, which has been the home of the islands' London-appointed governors since the mid-19th century. Later, visit the histric Dockyard Museum.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, comfortable clothing and flat walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.
Take a scenic drive and pass some of the battlefields of the 1982 Falklands War en route to Long Island, a 22,000-acre sheep farm which belongs to a sixth generation Falkland Island family, the Watsons, who still live and farm in the traditional Falkland style. They farm using skilled sheep dogs and Falkland Island-bred horses; milk their own cows; make their own bread, butter and cream; and use the traditional fuel, peat, which is a tradition that has nearly died out in the Falklands. Observe a demonstration of skilled sheep dogs and sheep shearing. View peat cutting and an explanation on how peat has been integral to Falkland life. A horse gearing demonstration will take place explaining the horse's gear and how the farm uses horses to work. Enjoy some free time here to stroll along the nearby beach.
Please Note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking/standing over rough, uneven natural terrain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns. Warm, comfortable clothing, a warm cap and flat walking shoes are recommended.
After joining the coach at the pier, you will depart Stanley travelling west while your guide provides an overview of the political and socio-economic history of the Islands. The coach will travel directly to the epicentre of the main battles fought during the conflict in 1982, en route you will enjoy beautiful panoramas taking in the famous “Boot Hill” and the wind turbines that supply the capital with up to 40% of its energy requirements. During this part of the journey your guide will explain the events that led up to the 1982 conflict culminating with the arrival of British Forces at San Carlos on Landing Day as you arrive at Estancia Farm.
Estancia Farm became a base for hundreds of British troops from the beginning of June 1982. A large group of local men and women went to Estancia Farm to help look after the troops, even using their off road driving skills to move munitions under the cover of darkness up the mountain sides.
The coach will stop here and passengers can leave the bus to enjoy the views west while the Guide explains about the famous “yomp” from San Carlos and the battle for Goose Green. The coach will depart here heading east towards Stanley while the Guide explains how British forces moved forwards and positioned themselves around the mountains surrounding Stanley. The Coach will make 2 further stops, the first at the site of the wreckage of the Chinook and Puma and the second at a location where passengers can enjoy the view of Stanley and the surrounding five battle site mountains, while the Guide provides details about the final battles that took place in the run up to the Liberation of Stanley on 14th June 1982.
Please Note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking/standing, at times over unpaved surfaces. While the walking portion of the tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests, it is permissable to remain on the coach. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, comfortable clothing, a warm cap and flat walking shoes are recommended.
Explore the British heritage, architectural splendor and intriguing history of Stanley on this leisurely walking tour of the capital of the Falkland Islands.
After disembarking from the tender, you'll be met by a local guide who'll show you Stanley's most alluring attractions, beginning with the Christ Church Cathedral. Consecrated in 1892, it's the world's most southerly Anglican cathedral and features exceptional stained-glass windows from the 19th and 20th centuries. The surrounding lawn is dominated by a soaring arch made in 1933 from the jawbones of two blue whales to commemorate the centennial of British rule in the Falkland Islands. You'll encounter more evidence of the British influence at Victory Green, where the mizzenmast of the SS Great Britain is displayed, and in the design of the Victorian-style Police Station.
That's not to say that the British rule has been without incident. You'll see a war memorial built as a tribute to the British forces and civilians who lost their lives during the 1982 Falklands Conflict and another memorial commemorating the naval action between the British and German fleets at the Falkland Islands in 1914. More naval history can be seen in the harbor, where the shipwreck of the Jhelum has been resting since 1870.
You'll have the opportunity to delve even deeper into the area's fascinating past at the Falkland Islands Museum, a treasure-trove of exhibits dedicated to the islands' social and natural history. The guided portion of your tour ends at the museum and you have the option of remaining in town to further explore on your own, or transferring directly back to the pier. For those who elect to remain in town, there will be a shuttle bus to take you back to the tender pier.
Please note: This tour includes nearly 2-hours of moderate walking and there is one small incline to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have an able-bodied and strong companion to assist them. The tour may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, waterproof clothing; cap; sunglasses; and flat, sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended.
Enjoy a relaxing walking tour of Stanley with a historical bent that traces the capital's origins, British influences and wartime contributions.
After disembarking from the tender, you'll follow a well-informed local guide who'll reveal the fascinating history of Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Walking east, you'll first encounter the Cross of Sacrifice, which commemorates those who lost their lives in World War I and World War II. It stands in front of the Stanley Cemetery, where some of the city's early settlers are buried. Many of the inscriptions on the tombstones record the courage and spirit of the pioneers, who started arriving in the mid-1800s.
Then, heading uphill along Davis Street, you'll be treated to a sweeping view of Stanley before reaching Cartmell Cottage, one of the city's first homes. It was erected in 1849 as one of 30 prefabricated kit homes sent from Britain for a detachment of military pensioners who came to settle the islands. The cottage's original ground floor is furnished in an 1850's style.
You'll also see the inside of a more recently constructed home that's become a guesthouse. Here, proprietor Kay McCullem will warmly welcome you with hot tea and freshly baked biscuits and cake, while chatting about everyday life in Stanley. Afterwards, you'll walk along the seafront before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes nearly 2-hours of moderate walking and one fairly steep hill to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Warm, waterproof clothing; cap; sunglasses; and flat, sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended.
With a backdrop of white sand beaches and craggy mountains against blue skies, Sparrow Cove is a spectacular location. Guests will be transferred to Sparrow Cove pontoon, where the adventure begins. Enjoy an off-road journey by 4x4 land rover to the penguin colony. Guests will be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable wardens who will be your guides around the penguin colonies and answer your questions. A walk of about 300 feet across rough terrain must be made, as vehicles are not permitted closer to the birds. The penguin colony has approximately 1,600 Gentoo penguins, as well as some King penguins. You will also encounter other fascinating wildlife such as red-backed hawks and Falkland skuas. There is a cabin where you may enjoy refreshments, homemade cakes and cookies, as well as locally crafted souvenirs. Photo stops will be made on the journey back to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking/standing over uneven and natural surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Due to the rough nature of the overland drive, it is not suitable for those with hip, back or neck problems. Guests are advised to wear sensible shoes and waterproof, warm clothing; a warm hat is also advisable.
This wonderful tour gives you an exclusive opportunity to observe the most whimsical members of the penguin world, the Rockhopper penguin, as they cavort in their natural environment.
Boarding your minibus at the pier, your excursion begins with a brief tour of Stanley, passing several of the town's main highlights before heading off on a newly constructed road to Murrell Farm. Due to this recent construction, visitors now have the chance to experience these delightful penguins which are rarely found in other destinations. Along the way, you'll view the interesting and varied landscape of the island, including the mountainous areas that were involved in the later stages of the Falklands conflict. A scenic vantage point along your route also allows for some excellent panoramic views of the capital Stanley and your ship in the harbor.
Arriving at Murrell Farm, you'll transfer to a 4X4 vehicle where an experienced overland driver will expertly navigate the rugged terrain that brings you to the Rockhopper colony, all the while providing colorful commentary about the area and the penguins. No doubt you will watch in delight as these charismatic creatures entertain you with their antics and elegantly pose for your photos.
Your stop here spans just over one hour, allowing ample time to fully enjoy these utterly charming and playful penguins, in what will no doubt be one of the highlights of your trip. Coffee, tea and a light snack will be available before it's time to return to the pier in Stanley.
Please note: This tour consists of approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes of travel time, much of which is on a 4X4 vehicle, traveling at times over rugged terrain. Therefore, this tour may not be suitable for those who cannot sit for extended periods of time or suffer from motion sickness. While there is a moderate amount of walking, the terrain at the penguin colony is uneven and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes, warm waterproof clothing and a warm hat are recommended.
You will begin this award-winning (Seatrade's "Innovative Shorex of the Year 2009") excursion by boarding a comfortable minibus for the scenic 20-minute drive to Bluff Cove farm. En route, your driver will provide you with an informative tour of Stanley along with the battlefields from the 1982 Falkland Conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Arriving at the farm, you'll then transfer to a 4x4 Land Rover for an exhilarating 30-minute off-road adventure to the Bluff Cove Lagoon penguin colonies. As your convoy of vehicles navigate this rugged sheep farming country that includes stone-runs (rivers of rock), there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss the stunning vistas you'll be seeing and local Falkland's life with your driver.
Awaiting you at Bluff Cove Lagoon are 1,000 breeding pairs of Gentoo penguins and a growing colony of King penguins and their chicks. Down on the beach, you'll also find Magellanic penguins that visit the cove from a nearby island. Along with the fabulous penguins, the cove is also home to over 100 pairs of Ruddy headed geese, Upland geese, Snowy sheathbills and skuas.
Feel free to walk along the beautiful, white sandy beach, beach-combing and watching the penguins dart ashore, all the while appreciating Bluff Cove's pristine natural setting. You might even have a chance to see dolphins playing in the surf and sea-lions ambling along the beach. Further from the shoreline, you may spot nesting Pied oystercatchers and two-banded plovers, along with White-rumped sandpipers and Black-throated finches.
The delightful Sea Cabbage Café is located right by the beach and serves up tea, coffee, hot chocolate and delicious home-baked treats, all within the Café's cozy comfort, made more so by the warmth of a traditional peat stove. Relax and treat yourself to delicious fare while viewing the parade of wildlife on the beach.
A newly added feature of the exursion is the Bluff Cove Museum that is situated right by the beach. This interesting museum depicts life in the Falklands and tells the story of Bluff Cove. Here, you can find out all about the farm, the local Sugar Wreck, the 1982 war with Argentina and the fabulous Lagoon wildlife. You will also have the chance to watch live demonstrations of spinning and felting done with local wool. The museum also houses a small gift shop where you can purchase some truly unique Bluff Cove souvenirs.
After an unforgettable hour spent discovering the delights of Bluff Cove, you'll meet up with your driver and begin the return trek back to town. Drink in the spectacular views of the mountains, Stanley and your ship at anchor as you make your way back to the pier.
Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 hour of travel in a 4X4 vehicle, at times over rugged terrain. Therefore, it is not available to those guests with heart, back or hip problems, or pregnant women. Furthermore, it may not be suitable for those who suffer from motion sickness. The 300-yard walk down to the beach is over mostly flat ground and there are courtesy vehicles ready to drive any guests with mobility problems. Assistance is available for guests who utilize a wheelchair to enter and exit the vehicles. Comfortable, flat walking shoes, waterproof warm clothing and a warm hat is recommended. Modern restroom facilities are available at the beach.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.