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Program #21170RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Equipment Requirements
You may have read previous information for this program implying it is possible to rent gear in Ushuaia prior to departing. This information was incorrect. You must bring winter gear to this program, with the exception of waterproof boots and a parka which will be provided by the ship. Parkas are being provided by G Adventures to all passengers on this program. In order to receive your parka you must notify your program provider of your parka size. You may do so by calling 866-359-5966 or by emailing your size to programinfo@roadscholar.org . To make sure you receive the perfect sized parka, please refer to the sizing sheet at the back of this packet. The deadline for submitting parka information is September 15, 2014. If Road Scholar does not receive a parka size for you, you will not receive a parka on board the ship. Waterproof boots are provided on board for Men's USA size 8-14 Women's USA size 3-9

Itinerary for Mar 2 — Mar 14, 2015

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Day One: Monday, March 02 - Depart US for flights to Ushuaia
In Transit: In Flight

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Maipu 505,
Ushuaia, 9410 Argentina
phone: +54 2901 437 300
Room amenities: International direct dialinf. In-room electronic Safety Bookes. TV LCD with video cable. Minibar Hairdryer Wi-Fi Electrical currency: 220 V-0Hz.

Facility amenities: Event and conventions' rooms. Spa. Health Club. Gym Center . Bussiness Center. Parking. Internet Wi-Fi. Room Service. Ski room. Bilingual staff. Dry cleaning and laundry services. Medical emergencies service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: tbd
TBD


Day Two: Tuesday, March 03 - Arrivals / Ushuaia
Arrive To: Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina- the southernmost city in the world. Sitting on the shores of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia actually means "the bay facing westward", in the language of the original Yamna inhabitants. Once a penal colony (the presidio was disbanded in the 1940's) for political prisoners as well as hardened criminals, Ushuaia is now a major tourist attraction, particularly for people such as ourselves cruising to Antarctica. The town of 40,000 is also a major ski resort area for both alpine and cross country skiers and offers magnificent hiking in Parque Nacional Terra del Fuego the only coastal national park in Argentina.

Dinner: Join your study leader for the program orientation, followed by a welcome dinner.

Lodging: Albatros Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

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


Day Three: Wednesday, March 04 - Ushuaia / Embark the MS Expedition
Note: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day on board, the Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning is free explore Ushuaia on your own.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to experience the local flavors

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the port and board the MS Expedition for 9 nights. The evening will be spent at leisure, watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

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


Day Four: Thursday, March 05 - At Sea - The Drake Passage
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Our adventure begins with a 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th-century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The MS Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. At some point on the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer sub-antarctic water moving in the opposite direction. It is the largest biological barrier on earth and is marked by a change in temperature, salinity and nutrient levels. The north flowing Antarctic waters predominantly sink beneath southward moving sub-antarctic waters. While further south associated areas of mixing and upwelling creating an ocean very high in marine productivity. When we pass this zone, we have entered the most nutrient rich waters on earth- the Southern Ocean.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: As we make the passage, you have time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship's crew and expedition staff. We also begin the lecture and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

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

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

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


Day Five: Friday, March 06 - At Sea- Drake Passage
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Continue crossing the Drake Passage. Wandering Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrals are among some of the species of seabirds that may join us on your journey as we cross into Antarctica.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: The onboard educational programming will continue as you cross the Drake Passage.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

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

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

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


Day Six: Saturday, March 07 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to explore and step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next 6 days we will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to teh Antarctic Peninsula. Our goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while we navigate through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

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

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

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


Day Seven: Sunday, March 08 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Continue to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Our goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while we navigate through the area, but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

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

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

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


Day Eight: Monday, March 09 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Continue to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Our goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while we navigate through the area, but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

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

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

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


Day Nine: Tuesday, March 10 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Continue to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Our goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while we navigate through the area, but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

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

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

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


Day Ten: Wednesday, March 11 - At Sea - the Drake Passage
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Today we leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. in between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia. Remember, the best way to experience wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Educational programming at sea continues

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

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

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

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


Day Eleven: Thursday, March 12 - Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Continue to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Our goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while we navigate through the area, but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, March 13 - Depart Ushuaia
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Thirteen: Saturday, March 14 - Arrive in the US
Arrive To: Arrive back to the US.


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