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Program #21455RJ
76 Days | 75 Nights
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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.
How to explain a thundering waterfall of incomprehensible size? How to account for the mighty, moody volcano towering over you? How to understand the vivid green lights dancing in the night sky? For the people of the past, Victoria Falls, Mount Teide and the Northern Lights were explained by epic tales of gods, tricksters and valkyries. Fortunately, the scientific knowledge we possess today does not lessen their magic. On this 76-day odyssey from Africa to above the Arctic Circle, visit more than a dozen countries to learn, explore and be amazed by these wonders and so many more.


• On a special two-night shore excursion experience the power and beauty of Victoria Falls and hear the true story of Dr. Livingstone.
• Learn about the volcanic geology of the Canary Islands and go ashore on some of the most remote islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
• Sail into the fjords of Norway, experience life north of the Arctic Circle and, with luck, see the Northern Lights illuminate the night sky.

Program Notes

Please note that this program runs in tandem with the other segments and semesters of Road Scholar World Academy. We expect the total group size to be over 50 participants. The group will be split up for local Field Trips to facilitate the exploration of smaller venues. Lectures and meals will most often host the full group.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles per day; uneven terrain and stairs without railings are common. Potential for extreme temperatures.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Port Louis (Mauritius), embark Voyager, 7 nights (ports of call Pointe des Galets (Réunion), Port d’Ehoala (Madagascar)); disembark Richards Bay (South Africa), coach to St. Lucia, 1 night; reembark Voyager, 12 nights (ports of call Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, East London, Maputo (Mozambique)); disembark Richards Bay, coach to Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park, 1 night; reembark Voyager, 4 nights (port of call Durban); disembark Port Elizabeth, flight to Johannesburg, 1 night; flight to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), 2 nights; flight to Cape Town, reembark Voyager, 44 nights (ports of call include Lüderitz (Namibia), Walvis Bay, Jamestown (Saint Helena), Georgetown (Ascension Island), Mindelo (Cape Verde), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Funchal (Madeira), Lisbon (Portugal), La Coruña (Spain), Portsmouth (England), Kristiansund (Norway), Bronnoysund, Sortland, Alta, Honningsvag, Tromso, Leknes, Bergen); disembark Portsmouth, coach to London, 2 nights; departure.

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74 nights of accommodations
217 meals: 74 breakfasts, 70 lunches, 73 dinners
21 Expert-led lectures
39 Field trips
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