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Finis Terrae: Exploring the Wilds of Southern Patagonia from the Beagle Channel to Torres del Paine

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Program #20614RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 27 — Mar 13, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, February 27 - Leave the U.S./Overnight Flights to Santiago, Chi...
Evening: Board international flights to Santiago, Chile.

Type: Hotel

Description: Comfortable hotel located in the Providencia neighborhood in Santiago, near stores and restaurants.

Contact info:
Av. Ricardo Lyon 322
Santiago, 00000 Chile
phone: +56-2-2342000
web: www.hoteltorremayor.cl

Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, Internet access, TV, telephones, hair dryer, and safety deposit box.

Facility amenities: Cafe, cocktail bar, conference facilities, pool, lounge, restaurant, room service, business center, laundry service, and currency exchange.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are subject to availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, February 28 - Arrivals in Santiago, Chile/Program Orientation/W...
Note: Travelers must undergo standard immigration and customs procedures upon arrival in Santiago, Chile. Before proceeding to the immigration counters, U.S. and Canadian citizens will need to pay the country's entry tax at an adjoining booth.

Morning: Arrivals at Santiago's international airport. Proceed through Immigrations and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport and meeting the Road Scholar representative in the arrivals hall.

Transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Early check-in is based on hotel availability and is at the discretion of the hotel. Participants will be able to store luggage at the hotel until their rooms become available. Early check-in can only be guaranteed by booking/paying for an additional night at the hotel. Those interested in reserving an additional night should contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or write to roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance.

Program orientation begins at 12:30 p.m. at the hotel.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to a local winery around Santiago. Learn about local viniculture and participate in a wine tasting.

Chileans have produced fine wines for over a century, although the conquistadors also planted vines. The origin of today's world-class Chilean wines stems from cuttings brought over from French vineyards in the mid-19th century before their stock was decimated by disease. Later, the European vines were grafted onto disease-resistant American stock. Chilean growers, however, had the advantage of original, non-grafted vines from France as well as an ideal climate in the Central Valley. Chilean wines are becoming more and more popular around the world as they continue to win prizes at prestigious international wine tasting competitions.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Torremayor

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Comfortable hotel located in the Providencia neighborhood in Santiago, near stores and restaurants.

Contact info:
Av. Ricardo Lyon 322
Santiago, 00000 Chile
phone: +56-2-2342000
web: www.hoteltorremayor.cl

Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, Internet access, TV, telephones, hair dryer, and safety deposit box.

Facility amenities: Cafe, cocktail bar, conference facilities, pool, lounge, restaurant, room service, business center, laundry service, and currency exchange.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are subject to availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, March 01 - Santiago - Plaza de Armas/Pre-Columbian Muse...
Santiago -
Plaza de Armas/Pre-Columbian Museum/San Cristobal Hill/Introduction to Local Cuisine.


Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: Chile, the Sleeping Giant of South America.

Visit to the Plaza del Armas and the Pre-Columbian Museum, followed by a funicular ride up to San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of Santiago and a site lecture. Site lecture by local guide: European Influences in the Growth and Development of Santiago.

Lunch: On your own to explore local fare. There are many dining options around the base of San Cristobal Hill, in the Bella District.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore the city at your leisure.

Pre-dinner social hour at a café in the Las Tarrias neighborhood of Santiago for a leader-led discussion on the cuisine of the region. Try some tasty local tapas (appetizers) while sharing stories of your independent explorations of Santiago earlier in the day (drinks at own expense).

Dinner: On your own to try local specialties.

Lodging: Hotel Torremayor

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Lodge

Description: This unique lodge is comprised of geodesic domes and takes its inspiration from dwellings once used by the ancient nomadic peoples of Patagonia. Every aspect of the camp's design was carefully planned to provide attractive and comfortable facilities with minimal impact to the local environment. Meals are served in the dining room, in a community dome, and the menu is a blend of Chilean and international cuisines prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. Guests have priviledged views of Torres del Paine National Park's breathtaking scenery, including the towering granite towers, from the comfort of their own domes or while lounging on the camp's terrace. The EcoCamp takes pride in being the first ISO14001 and ISO 9001 certified hotel in Patagonia. Energy for the camp is generated by solar panels and a micro-hydro turbine (power is 220 V AC). The domes are made of renewable materials and a sophysticated recycling system handles lodge waste.

Contact info:
000000000000000
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
phone: +800-901-6987
web: www.ecocamp.travel

Room amenities: Each Suite Dome (300ft² area) has comfortable bedding, a low-emission stove, a fully-equipped private bathroom with a state of the art composting toilet and a propane heater. Electricity is limited inside the domes, so hairdryers are not permitted (laptops and cameras are ok to charge). Ceiling windows are perfect for star gazing from the comfort of your cozy bed. An enclosed verandah provides a nice place to read or dry wet clothes inside your dome, while an outdoor terrace offers an inviting place to enjoy a glass of wine and chat after a full day of activities. Smoking is only allowed outdoors.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar, library, shop, a barbecue platform, and a terrace with lounge chairs. Raised walkways connect the domes.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, March 02 - Fly to Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales/Torres del Pai...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Punta Arenas.

Arrive in Punta Arenas in time for lunch.

Punta Arenas was originally set up directly on the sea, but later moved inland to a more hospitable spot along the Las Minas River. Once established, Punta Arenas grew as a port town and as a penal colony. Today, the city is vibrant and modern and serves as a gateway to both Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia--two regions notoriously rich in natural wonders.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park via Puerto Natales. The drive from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales takes approximately 3 hours and from there to the camp in Torres del Paine is another 2 hours.

Upon arrival in Puerto Natales, stretch your legs during a short exploratory walk down the city's quaint streets.

Continue the transfer to Torres del Paine. Along the way, admire Patagonia's breathtaking vistas, framed by snow-peaked mountains and rolling plains dotted with guanacos.

En route, visit the Monumento Natural Cueva de Milodon; a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890s. The site is located in a transition zone, where forests and arid plains meet, and is home to a large number of bird species.

Arrive at the camp and settle-in.

Dinner: At the camp's dining room.

Lodging: EcoCamp Patagonia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: This unique lodge is comprised of geodesic domes and takes its inspiration from dwellings once used by the ancient nomadic peoples of Patagonia. Every aspect of the camp's design was carefully planned to provide attractive and comfortable facilities with minimal impact to the local environment. Meals are served in the dining room, in a community dome, and the menu is a blend of Chilean and international cuisines prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. Guests have priviledged views of Torres del Paine National Park's breathtaking scenery, including the towering granite towers, from the comfort of their own domes or while lounging on the camp's terrace. The EcoCamp takes pride in being the first ISO14001 and ISO 9001 certified hotel in Patagonia. Energy for the camp is generated by solar panels and a micro-hydro turbine (power is 220 V AC). The domes are made of renewable materials and a sophysticated recycling system handles lodge waste.

Contact info:
000000000000000
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
phone: +800-901-6987
web: www.ecocamp.travel

Room amenities: Each Suite Dome (300ft² area) has comfortable bedding, a low-emission stove, a fully-equipped private bathroom with a state of the art composting toilet and a propane heater. Electricity is limited inside the domes, so hairdryers are not permitted (laptops and cameras are ok to charge). Ceiling windows are perfect for star gazing from the comfort of your cozy bed. An enclosed verandah provides a nice place to read or dry wet clothes inside your dome, while an outdoor terrace offers an inviting place to enjoy a glass of wine and chat after a full day of activities. Smoking is only allowed outdoors.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar, library, shop, a barbecue platform, and a terrace with lounge chairs. Raised walkways connect the domes.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, March 03 - Torres del Paine - Western Lakes.
Breakfast: At the camp's dining room.

Morning: Drive across Torres del Paine National Park enjoying views of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, as well as Los Cuernos – the famous mountain with black granite horn-like spires. Walk along the shores of stunning Lake Pehoe and visit the furious Salto Grande Falls which pour the waters of Lake Nordenskjold into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until reaching its picture-perfect lookout point. After returning to the vehicle, back at Lake Pehoe, drive south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey.

Lunch: Box lunch by the lake.

Afternoon: After lunch, walk around Lake Grey to have a better view of the glacier. Leader-led site lecture: The Geological History of the Southern Andes.

Drive back to the camp.

Dinner: At the camp's dining room.

Lodging: EcoCamp Patagonia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: This unique lodge is comprised of geodesic domes and takes its inspiration from dwellings once used by the ancient nomadic peoples of Patagonia. Every aspect of the camp's design was carefully planned to provide attractive and comfortable facilities with minimal impact to the local environment. Meals are served in the dining room, in a community dome, and the menu is a blend of Chilean and international cuisines prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. Guests have priviledged views of Torres del Paine National Park's breathtaking scenery, including the towering granite towers, from the comfort of their own domes or while lounging on the camp's terrace. The EcoCamp takes pride in being the first ISO14001 and ISO 9001 certified hotel in Patagonia. Energy for the camp is generated by solar panels and a micro-hydro turbine (power is 220 V AC). The domes are made of renewable materials and a sophysticated recycling system handles lodge waste.

Contact info:
000000000000000
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
phone: +800-901-6987
web: www.ecocamp.travel

Room amenities: Each Suite Dome (300ft² area) has comfortable bedding, a low-emission stove, a fully-equipped private bathroom with a state of the art composting toilet and a propane heater. Electricity is limited inside the domes, so hairdryers are not permitted (laptops and cameras are ok to charge). Ceiling windows are perfect for star gazing from the comfort of your cozy bed. An enclosed verandah provides a nice place to read or dry wet clothes inside your dome, while an outdoor terrace offers an inviting place to enjoy a glass of wine and chat after a full day of activities. Smoking is only allowed outdoors.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar, library, shop, a barbecue platform, and a terrace with lounge chairs. Raised walkways connect the domes.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, March 04 - Northeast Torres del Paine.
Breakfast: At the camp's dining room.

Morning: Start the day with a drive towards Laguna Azul, in the northeastern side of the national park. Stop to take photos of the gorgeous landscapes and the local flora and fauna along the road, including a stop at Paine Waterfall.

Once at Laguna Azul, hike to a lookout point where there is a panoramic view of the lagoon and the famous granite towers that give the park its name. Continue along the eastern side of Lago Sarmiento, to the calcium formations on the lake’s shores where guanacos are often seen.

Lunch: Box lunch in the park.

Afternoon: After lunch, walk to Paso Las Corneas for beautiful views of Rio Paine, Lake Pehoe and the Paine Massif.

Leader-led site lecture: The Animals of the Southern Andes.

Return to the camp.

Dinner: At the camp's dining room.

Lodging: EcoCamp Patagonia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel Rey Don Felipe is located just two blocks from Punta Arena's main square, near local restaurants and shops. The cozy property has 45 spacious rooms distributed among three floors.

Contact info:
Armando Sanhueza 965
Punta Arenas, Chile
phone: +56-61-2295000
web: www.hotelreydonfelipe.com/

Room amenities: Rooms have private bathroom with hairdryer, heating and AC, electronic lock, direct dial phone, safety deposit box, mini bar, and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Cozy lounge with fireplace, restaurant, bar, guest computers with internet access, WiFi, gym, laundry service, conference room, and room service. The hotel is a smoke-free property (no smoking allowed).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, March 05 - Transfer to Punta Arenas via Puerto Natales.
Breakfast: At the camp's dining room.

Morning: Late this morning, say farewell to Torres del Paine and begin transfer to Punta Arenas via Puerto Natales.

Upon arrival in Puerto Natales, stretch your legs during a short exploratory walk down the city's quaint streets before sitting down for a hearty lunch at a local restaurant, featuring local cuisine.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Puerto Natales.

Afternoon: Continue with the transfer to Punta Arenas.

Punta Arenas was originally set up directly on the sea, but later moved inland to a more hospitable spot along Las Minas River. Once established, Punta Arenas grew as a port town and as a penal colony. Today, the city is vibrant and modern and serves as a gateway to both Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia--two regions notoriously rich in natural wonders.

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Rey Don Felipe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MV Via Australis was built in 2005 and is able to hold up to 136 passengers in its 64 comfortable, outside cabins.

Ship Information: Construction year: 2005 Passenger capacity: 136 5 Decks (Patagonia deck/B – Magallanes deck/A-Tierra del Fuego Deck/AA – Cabo de Hornos/AAA-Darwin Deck) Total cabins: 64 B Cabins (Patagonia Deck): 7 A Cabins (Magallanes Deck): 10 AA Cabins (Tierra del Fuego): 18 AAA Cabins (Cabo de Hornos): 29

Contact info:
0000000000000
000000000, Argentina
phone: +877-678-3772
web: www.australis.com/site/en-us/fleet/via-australis/

Room amenities: Carpeted floors, bedside lamps, safety deposit boxes, onboard phone, small dresser, private baths with shower and hairdryer. Smoking only allowed on outer decks.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar, lounges, panoramic deck and gift shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Thursday, March 06 - Magdalena Island Penguin Rookery/Embarkation.
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Weather permitting enjoy a boat ride to Magdalena Island located in the Strait of Magellan.

Magdalena Island was first declared a forest reserve in 1967, before being reclassified as a national park in 1983. The park is home to unique vegetation including fuinques, arrayáns, tiacas, female mañios, tineos, quilas, tepas, voquis, and coicopihues. Although resident Magellanic penguins tend to steal the show with their comical appearance and noisy antics, visitors should not overlook the island's other interesting inhabitants. Mammals found in the park include marine and river otters, guiñas, pudús, sealions, and fur seals. Magdalena also has a rich avian population which includes petrels, cormorants, ducks, gulls, sandpipers, tyrant flycatchers, thrushes, and plovers.

Return to Punta Arenas.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Punta Arenas.

Afternoon: Free time to do some independent explorations in Punta Arenas before heading to the port for embarkation procedures.

Embark on the MV Via Australis.

Enjoy a cocktail reception hosted by the MV Via Australis’ captain and crew.

Dinner: On board the MV Via Australis.

Lodging: MV Via Australis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MV Via Australis was built in 2005 and is able to hold up to 136 passengers in its 64 comfortable, outside cabins.

Ship Information: Construction year: 2005 Passenger capacity: 136 5 Decks (Patagonia deck/B – Magallanes deck/A-Tierra del Fuego Deck/AA – Cabo de Hornos/AAA-Darwin Deck) Total cabins: 64 B Cabins (Patagonia Deck): 7 A Cabins (Magallanes Deck): 10 AA Cabins (Tierra del Fuego): 18 AAA Cabins (Cabo de Hornos): 29

Contact info:
0000000000000
000000000, Argentina
phone: +877-678-3772
web: www.australis.com/site/en-us/fleet/via-australis/

Room amenities: Carpeted floors, bedside lamps, safety deposit boxes, onboard phone, small dresser, private baths with shower and hairdryer. Smoking only allowed on outer decks.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar, lounges, panoramic deck and gift shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Friday, March 07 - Ainsworth Bay and Tucker's Islets.
Breakfast: On board the MV Via Australis.

Morning: Early this morning we will set sail to Ainsworth Bay, navigating through the Almirantazgo Sound. Ainsworth Bay, in the Alberto de Agostini National Park, is a great spot from which to view the Marinelli Glacier and observe the way in which glaciers have sculpted the landscape.

Walk to a local beaver dam in the sub-polar Magellan Forest. Keep your eyes open for possible sightings of southern elephant seals that occasionally congregate along the beach.

Return to the ship and sail towards Tucker’s Islets.

Lunch: On board the MV Via Australis.

Afternoon: After lunch, board Zodiacs for an exploration a boat exploration of Tucker’s Islets. As we navigate around the islets we will search for the Magellanic Penguins and Rock Shags (also known as Magellanic Cormorants) that nest along the rocky shores.

Return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the MV Via Australis.

Lodging: MV Via Australis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MV Via Australis was built in 2005 and is able to hold up to 136 passengers in its 64 comfortable, outside cabins.

Ship Information: Construction year: 2005 Passenger capacity: 136 5 Decks (Patagonia deck/B – Magallanes deck/A-Tierra del Fuego Deck/AA – Cabo de Hornos/AAA-Darwin Deck) Total cabins: 64 B Cabins (Patagonia Deck): 7 A Cabins (Magallanes Deck): 10 AA Cabins (Tierra del Fuego): 18 AAA Cabins (Cabo de Hornos): 29

Contact info:
0000000000000
000000000, Argentina
phone: +877-678-3772
web: www.australis.com/site/en-us/fleet/via-australis/

Room amenities: Carpeted floors, bedside lamps, safety deposit boxes, onboard phone, small dresser, private baths with shower and hairdryer. Smoking only allowed on outer decks.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar, lounges, panoramic deck and gift shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Saturday, March 08 - Pia Glacier and Garibaldi Glacier.
Breakfast: On board the MV Via Australis.

Morning: This morning the ship will navigate the Beagle Channel and Pia Fjord in preparation for activities around the Pia Glacier.

Disembark near Pia Glacier. A short hike to a local lookout point will culminate in spectacular views of towering mountains and glaciers.
Return to the ship.

Lunch: On board the MV Via Australis.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will continue navigating the historic Beagle Channel and journey past the impressive Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France, and Holland glaciers (also known as “Glacier Alley”).

Dinner: On board the MV Via Australis.

Lodging: MV Via Australis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MV Via Australis was built in 2005 and is able to hold up to 136 passengers in its 64 comfortable, outside cabins.

Ship Information: Construction year: 2005 Passenger capacity: 136 5 Decks (Patagonia deck/B – Magallanes deck/A-Tierra del Fuego Deck/AA – Cabo de Hornos/AAA-Darwin Deck) Total cabins: 64 B Cabins (Patagonia Deck): 7 A Cabins (Magallanes Deck): 10 AA Cabins (Tierra del Fuego): 18 AAA Cabins (Cabo de Hornos): 29

Contact info:
0000000000000
000000000, Argentina
phone: +877-678-3772
web: www.australis.com/site/en-us/fleet/via-australis/

Room amenities: Carpeted floors, bedside lamps, safety deposit boxes, onboard phone, small dresser, private baths with shower and hairdryer. Smoking only allowed on outer decks.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar, lounges, panoramic deck and gift shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Sunday, March 09 - Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay.
Breakfast: On board the MV Via Australis.

Morning: This morning we will navigate through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay on our way to Cape Horn National Park.

Group leader lecture: Life at the End of the Earth.

Lunch: On board the MV Via Australis.

Afternoon: Disembark at Wulaia Bay (weather permitting) for a walking exploration of Cape Horn National Park. Walk through a Magellanic forest of lengas, coihues, canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.

Cape Horn is located in the southern part of the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago and is considered by most to be the southernmost point in South America. The gale force winds, strong currents, and unpredictable weather around Cape Horn make it especially challenging to sail these waters. This was an important route for trade ships until the Panama Canal was completed and began operating in 1914.

Optional activity (at additional cost): kayaking in Wulaia Bay with the ship's expedition guides.

Return to the ship.

Dinner: On board the MV Via Australis.

Lodging: MV Via Australis

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The NH Latino Hotel is located in downtown Buenos Aires, within walking distance of the Obelisk, Plaza de Mayo Square, Teatro Colón, and Florida Street.

Ship Information: 0

Contact info:
Suipacha 309
Buenos Aires, Argentina
phone: +541143216700
web: www.nh-hotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, soundproof windows, direct-dial phone, balcony, TV, alarm clock, desk with lamp, Internet access, safety deposit box, hair dryer, and minibar. Cots/roll-aways upon request.

Facility amenities: Currency exchange, baggage hold, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, elevators, wakeup service, wheel chair access, restaurant, café bar, laundry services, conference room, sauna, massage services, fitness center, and WiFi.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to availability.
Room type and prices are subject to hotel availability. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com.


Day Twelve: Monday, March 10 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia/Lago Escondido/Fly to B...
Note: The flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires usually takes 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: On board the MV Via Australis.

Morning: Morning disembarkation at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the Americas.

After disembarkation, set off on a field trip to Lago Escondido. Observe the Antiguo Presidio (now a museum) as you pass through the industrial sector of the town. Continue your journey through forested lands and past the Velo de Novia waterfall. The snowy peaks of Sierra Alvear and panoramic views of Lago Escondido and Lago Fagnano offer breathtaking photo opportunities.

Return to Ushuaia.

Lunch: Enjoy a typical lamb barbecue.

Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires.

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Before dinner, enjoy a wine tasting at a local cellar/bar. Learn about some of Argentina's famed regional wines.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: NH Latino Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The NH Latino Hotel is located in downtown Buenos Aires, within walking distance of the Obelisk, Plaza de Mayo Square, Teatro Colón, and Florida Street.

Ship Information: 0

Contact info:
Suipacha 309
Buenos Aires, Argentina
phone: +541143216700
web: www.nh-hotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, soundproof windows, direct-dial phone, balcony, TV, alarm clock, desk with lamp, Internet access, safety deposit box, hair dryer, and minibar. Cots/roll-aways upon request.

Facility amenities: Currency exchange, baggage hold, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, elevators, wakeup service, wheel chair access, restaurant, café bar, laundry services, conference room, sauna, massage services, fitness center, and WiFi.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to availability.
Room type and prices are subject to hotel availability. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com.


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, March 11 - Buenos Aires - Plaza de Mayo, La Boca and Re...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Orientation to Buenos Aires with stops at Plaza de Mayo, La Boca and Recoleta. On-site lectures by the group leader will discuss the cultural influence of immigrants in Buenos Aires and the phenomenon that is Evita.

Visit one of the city's oldest cemetery's in the wealthy Recoleta neighborhood for a look at Eva Peron's final resting place.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own, in Recoleta, to enjoy local fare.

Afternoon: Time at leisure to explore Buenos Aires at your own pace.

Lecture: The Tango, A Symbol of the Spirit of the City.

Dinner: Depart for a local restaurant for dinner and a Tango and Folkloric Show.

Lodging: NH Latino Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Wednesday, March 12 - Teatro Colon/Farewell Lunch/Departure Flights to ...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: Buenos Aires: The Heartbeat of Argentina.

Field trip to the Teatro Colon.

Since 1908 visitors have marveled at the imposing seven-story Teatro Colón, a truly world-class center for opera, ballet and classical music. The current building replaced the original Teatro Colon that was located in front of the Plaza de Mayo from 1857-1888. Some of the highly acclaimed artists who have graced the theater’s stage include Enrico Caruso, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, Yo-Yo Ma, Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Barishnikov, and Vaslav Nijinski.

Lunch: Farewell lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel, followed by time at leisure to get some rest, enjoy hotel amenities, and/or do some last minute packing.

Late afternoon refreshments at the hotel before heading out to the airport to catch international flights to the U.S.

Evening: Transfer to the international airport to catch overnight flights to the U.S.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Fifteen: Thursday, March 13 - Arrivals in the U.S.
Arrive To: International flight arrivals to the U.S.


Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
12 nights of accommodations
34 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
1 Performances
2 Flights during the program

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