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World Academy Segment 3: Chilean Wine Country, Patagonia and Iguazu Falls

Program Number: 20768RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/3/2013 - 2/26/2013;
Duration: 23 nights
Location: Argentina/Chile/Falkland Islands
Price starting at: $7,497.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 62; 22 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 21 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Be a part of Road Scholar World Academy on this segment of the voyage that begins in Chile, where you experience world-class wines and a country fiesta, then continues through the fjords of Patagonia and around Cape Horn. Complete your journey by discovering magnificent Iguazu Falls and energetic Buenos Aires.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day. Dirt and stone paths and other uneven terrain. Stairs without railings. Hot and humid conditions.



This program is a part of Road Scholar World Academy 2013: Exploring South America (Program #20752), which begins on January 4, 2013.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Santiago (Chile), 3 nights; aboard mv Voyager, 17 nights; Iguazu Falls (Argentina), 1 night; Buenos Aires, 1 night.



Days 1-4: Arrival Santiago (Chile) / coach to Valparaiso / embark mv Voyager:

Enjoy three nights and two days to discover cosmopolitan Santiago and Chilean wine country’s historic vineyards. Experience a countryside fiesta of food, dance and horsemanship. Onboard, begin an expert-led academic course on the Age of Exploration. Lodging: Four-star Santiago hotel.



Days 5-20: At sea / Puerto Montt / Puerto Chacabuco / Punta Arenas / Cape Horn / Ushuaia (Argentina) / at sea / Stanley (Falkland Islands) / at sea / Puerto Madryn (Argentina) / at sea:

This leg of the journey explores the remote region of Patagonia. Visit Frutillar, a German settlement on the shores of a mountain lake. Venture to Coyhaique, a city surrounded by snowcapped peaks. Get an up-close view of a Magellanic Penguin rookery. Sail through labyrinthine fjords then around the famed Cape Horn, keeping an eye out for dolphins and seals. Experience the dramatic landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Learn about the Falkland Islands, where fishing and sheep farming are ways of life. Discover the Valdes Peninsula, home to intriguing creatures like Dwarf Armadillos and guanacos (a relative of the llama).



Days 21-23: Buenos Aires / disembark / flight to Iguazu Falls / flight to Buenos Aires / departure:

Disembark the ship for an overnight excursion to Iguazu Falls. Marvel at these spectacular falls that rise 100 feet higher than Niagara and walk through a tropical bird sanctuary. Enjoy a free afternoon to experience Buenos Aires independently. Lodging: Comfortable hotels at Iguazu Falls and in Buenos Aires.



Voyager

Sail aboard the 540-guest Voyager, Voyages of Discovery’s newest flagship.. Newly upgraded in 2012, Voyager boasts all the amenities and facilities of a large ocean liner while offering the convenience, flexibility, and intimate ambience of a small ship. It features spacious public areas, comfortable staterooms and balcony suites, a choice of open seating restaurants and al fresco dining, a variety of lounges and bars including the elegant Scott’s Lounge, a library and internet center, a swimming pool, two whirlpools, a beauty center and a gym. Voyager is your home at sea and you will be welcomed back warmly each time you return to the ship.


Meals and Lodgings
   Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
  Santiago, Chile 3 nights
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 17 nights
   Hotel Amerian Portal del Iguazu
  Iguazu Falls, Brazil 1 night
   Ayers de Libertad
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 1 night
 Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: One of the city's most elegant hotels, its located in the financial district. Upscale shops and restaurants share the neighborhood, and top attractions such as San Cristobal Hill, Plaza de Armas and La Moneda Presidential Palace are nearby.
  Contact info: Ave Vitacura 2885
Las Condes
Santiago,  7550024 Chile
phone: +56 2 394 2000
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/overview/santiago
  Room amenities: Cable/Satellite TV, mini bar, high speed internet access (at an extra charge), phone, bathrobe, hairdryer, in room safe, individually controlled A/C.
  Facility amenities: 2 Restaurants, bar, health & fitness center, indoor pool, spa, gift shop, business center staffed between 8:00AM & 10:00PM (e-mail & internet, fax), self laundry facilities, laundry/dry cleaning service, wireless data connection available at an extra cost, concierge,
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 MV Voyager
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Voyager, built by Spanish yard Union Navale le LeVante, is a spacious and well-appointed vessel offering 278 cabins, 86% of which are outside, 35 suites, 30 of which have balconies, open seating dining in three restaurants and the personal service and comfort levels that have been the hallmark of our cruises since 2003. Carrying just 550 passengers, Voyager has all the amenities and facilities of a larger liner while offering the convenience and flexibility of a small ship. She is able to visit and berth alongside where others have to pass by, yet is able to traverse the world's oceans with ease. On board, passengers will be able to relax in the comfortable public lounges, enjoy a drink in atmospheric Harry's Bar, in the sunshine on deck, at the Lido Bar. Alternatively, read a book in the well-stocked library.
  Ship Information: Owner / Operator: All Leisure Group Year Built: 1990 Builder: Union Navale de LeVante, Spain Former Names: Crown Monarch, Walrus, Jules Verne, Alexander von Humboldt Gross Tonnage: 15,271 Length: 152.5 meters (500.2 ft) Beam: 20.6 meters (67.6 ft) Passengers: 550 Crew: 215 Service Speed: 18.0 knots
  Contact info: Voyages of Discovery - North America
1800 S E 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-623-2689
web: www.voyagesofdiscovery.com
  Facility amenities: Three restaurants with option for open dining Al-fresco dining (Veranda) Third restaurant within Discovery Restaurant (Explorer Grill) Two lounges - Atlantic Lounge and Vista Lounge Four bars (Vista Lounge, Harry's Bar, Pacific Lounge, Lido Bar) Card/Function room Medical Centre Internet Centre Two Shops Swimming pool Two whirlpools Beauty Centre Gym
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Just where 2 rivers and 3 countries meet...With its unique location, just a few metres from the Hito Tres Fronteras, Amerian Portal del Iguazú Hotel has a stunning view of the joint of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers.. Originally, it was at this point where the outstanding waterfalls were formed but due to an eruption occurred millions of years ago, the waterfalls went backwards to their current position. Therefore, the Hotel is considered to be positioned at a good energy point
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Av. Tres Fronteras 780 y Av Eduardo Arrabal
Puerto Iguazu,   Argentina
phone: +03757498200
web: http://www.portaldeliguazu.com/eng
  Room amenities: Disability accessible rooms. Air conditioned rooms and LCD 32 inch TV by cable. WiFi internet access. Mini Bar and Room Service. Laundry service. Dressing gowns in all categories. Safety deposit box. Carpet and natural wooden floors. Bathtubs
  Facility amenities: Business Centre with wireless internet access and a reading room Outdoor lap swimming pool and solarium. Indoor heated lap pool. Spa View details Gymnasium. La Misión Restaurant. View details Regional Lobby Bar. Tango thematic Bar. Meetings and events rooms.View details Outdoor BBQ close to the pool. View details Tennis court and football pitch. Free Wi-Fi access in all rooms. IDD/ NDD. Smoking areas. Playroom. Playground, Wii and PlayStation. Vegetable garden and nursery. Transfers.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Ayers de Libertad
Type: Hotel
  Description: Conveniently located in Buenos Aires, Ayres De Libertad Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Teatro Coliseo, British Arts Centre, Palacio San Martín. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Ayres De Libertad Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Libertad 1283 Street
Recoleta,  Buenos Aires Argentina
phone: +541145118420
  Room amenities: Experience high quality room facilities, including hair dryer, television, balcony/terrace, daily newspaper, microwave, to help you recharge after a long day. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including fitness center, indoor pool. When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Buenos Aires, make Ayres De Libertad Hotel your home away from home.
  Facility amenities: 24hr room service airport transfer babysitting bar/pub bicycle rental business center casino coffee shop concierge disabled facilities elevator executive floor family room laundry service/dry cleaning meeting facilities nightclub pets allowed poolside bar restaurant room service safety deposit boxes salon shops shuttle service smoking area tours Wi-Fi in public areas
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Rates based on availability Please contact the program department to book an additional post night.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program beings on the afternoon of Day 2 at the hotel in Santiago, Chile. You will be staying at Intercontinental Hotel Santiago that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast at the hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You will be staying at Ayers de Libertad the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Voyages of Discovery requires all guests to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.voyagesofdiscovery.com - click on “Already Booked” then “Required Passenger Information” to enter your details. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: A yellow fever vaccine is required for this cruise. The CDC recommends that you are up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website for more information: www.cdc.gov/travel
  Parking availability:
Driving is not recommended
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santiago
  Nearest airport:  Santiago Airport (SCL)
  Transportation to site: If you purchased your air through Road Scholar Travel services and are arriving on February 4th, 2013, you will be provided with a transfer from the airport to the hotel in Santiago. Program Only Participants are welcome to join the group transfer if it coincides with your flight time.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Buenos Aires
  Transportation from site: The group flight from Buenos Aires departs at approximately 10:30pm on February 26. Participants departing on the group flight will have a tour of Buenos Aires that morning, with a free afternoon. Pick-up from the hotel will be at 6:30 for transfers to the airport. Participants who have made independent flight arrangements can join this transfer if their flight time coincides with the group flight.


Required innoculations:

Yes: A yellow fever vaccine is required for this cruise. The CDC recommends that you are up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website for more information: www.cdc.gov/travel

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures
(Sunday, February 3)
   
 Depart From: Depart North America for flights to Santiago, Chile

Day 2: Arrive in Santiago
(Monday, February 4)

Note: CHILEAN RECIPROCITY FEE Upon arrival in Chile, you will be asked to pay a Reciprocity Fee by Chilean customs officials. A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment of a reciprocity fee, currently US $160. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport. Payment can be made in U.S. currency or by credit card.



   
 Morning: Group flights arrive in Santiago in the morning. After clearing customs and immigration, meet your guide. On your way to the hotel, enjoy a panoramic overview of Santiago.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to explore Santiago on your own or relax at the hotel
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Santiago, Chile
(Tuesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Free time in the morning to explore Santiago.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Field Trip "Cosmopolitan Chile": Experience the cosmopolitan city life of Chile. Drive up the hillside to Los Cerros and experience contrasting views of mansions, tattered houses and shacks in utter confusion spread along the narrow streets. Via funicular continue to "La Sabastiana", the house of Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for literature, astonishing in its construction, and also for the enormous variety of objects found here. Then head to the fashionable seaside resort of Vina del Mar. Pass the resort's famous landmark, the floral clock, en route to the steep bluff of Cerro Castillo, location of the summer palace of the Presidents of the Republic. Drive across the central valley and through the coastal range to reach Santiago (approximately 2 hours). Upon arrival in the city take a panoramic drive to see the most important highlights of historic and modern Santiago.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Santiago, Chile
(Wednesday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field Trip "Wines of Chile": Start at the famed Santa Rita Winery in the Maipo Valley. A visit to the Santa Rita installations in Alto Jahuel constitutes a fascinating trip through Chilean history and viticulture. Santa Rita was founded in 1880, and was owned for many years by one of the country's most famous poets. They pioneered the planting of Bordeaux varietals and now are considered one of the best wineries of the country. In the May 2007 issue of Wine Spectator their 2002 flagship Cabernet was rated 92 points. (Tastings will be done during lunch.) Next you will visit the Museum of the Andes; the museum houses a stunning private collection of indigenous art and culture of Chile.
 Lunch: Lunch at La Casa de Dona Paula Restaurant, currently a National Monument named after Ms. Paula Jaraquemada, the former manor owner of Santa Rita estate over 200 years ago. She sheltered 120 of General Bernardo O'Higgins soldiers in the manor cellar after a fierce fight against Spanish Crown soldiers. The well-known 120 brand was created in the honor of those 120 patriots.
 Afternoon: Continue your field trip: Visit one of the most important and productive wineries in Chile, Concha y Toro Vineyard. Founded in 1883 near the picturesque little town of Pirque, it still maintains all the traditions of Chilean wines. The Wine Advocate awarded their icon Carmenere wine, Carmin de Peumo 2005, 97 points.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the cuisine of Santiago
   
Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Santiago
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Santiago, Chile
(Thursday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field Trip "Fiesta Linda (The Beautiful Festival)": Gain insight into Chilean culture, customs, traditions and the celebratory side of Chilean country life as you join a ‘fiesta linda’ – a beautiful party in the countryside. See Chile’s national dance, the cueca, performed and try it out yourself. ‘Huasos’ (Chilean cowboys) dressed in traditional costume demonstrate their art on horseback. Enjoy an assorted selection of traditional Chilean snacks (Empanadas, choripan, sopaipillas with pebre, tortilla de rescoldo with Chancho en Piedra) while listening to Chilean music performed by a folkloric group.
 Lunch: Typical Chilean lunch at Fiesta Linda
 Afternoon: Depart the ranch and coach back to the ship in Valparaiso.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: At Sea
(Friday, February 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #1: Today's lecture will begin the first educational theme of this program: The Age of Exploration
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon on board the ship to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At Sea
(Saturday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #2: "Age of Exploration". Join your study leader for a lecture on the first lecture theme
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon on board the ship to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Puerto Montt, Chile
(Sunday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Puerto Varas & Frutillar": Head north through beautiful, lush countryside dotted with weathered clapboard barns and churches. Stop and stroll to Petrohue Falls, with Mt. Osorno in the background. Continue on to Puerto Varas, a charming German-style village situated on Lake Llanquihue, South America's third-largest natural lake. Enjoy the ambiance as you browse the local handicraft market before lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Puerto Varas
 Afternoon: Field Trip continues: In Frutillar visit to the interesting local museum provides an insight into the life of German settlers who colonized the area.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
(Monday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: The morning is free to relax on board the ship. The ship is scheduled to arrive in port at 1:00 p.m
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Field Trip "Discover Coyhaique": Make a brief photo stop at the Cascade of the Virgin. Continue to Coyhaique by paved road, crossing the Andes Mountains from the coast to the East arriving in Coyhaique, located at about 1,476 feet. The road goes along the Simpson river during all the way by a narrow mountainous valley with varied and abundant birds. Make a short stop for about 10 minutes at the Alto Baguales viewpoint, where we will have a superb sight of Coyhaique city. Arrive in Coyhaique, visiting the center of the city, and the Regional Museum of Patagonia. Although small, this museum features interesting exhibits with photos of early settlers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Laguna San Rafael
(Tuesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: From the Voyager you will embark a modern comfortable catamaran and cruise into the Laguna via a narrow opening. As you emerge enjoy fantastic views of floating pieces of ice and the San Valentin Glacier. The spectacular glacier is one of a group of four that flow in all directions from San Valentin Mountain. Amongst the world's glaciers San Valentin Glacier has the distinction of being one of the closest to the equator. Creating a dramatic backdrop, San Valentin Mountain rises from this massive ice field, which is part of the Laguna San Rafael National Park. During the cruise you will enjoy hot and cold beverages as well as a snack. You can relax in the warm and cozy interior, or spend time in the clear and invigorating air out on deck. During the cruise the catamaran will anchor in front of the glacier and it is simply thrilling to be out on deck to watch and listen to the horrendous noise should any huge chunks of ice calve off this magnificent glacier.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At Sea / Cruising the Chilean Fjords
(Wednesday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #3: "The Age of Exploration". Enjoy a morning lecture led by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The southern pacific coast Chile offers up a spectacular landscape where glaciers, forests, snow capped mountains, and remote villages meet the sea. From the confort of the ship, cruise though a wild labyrinth of channels and straits, inlets and bays. Keep your eye out for dolphins, elephant seals, sea lions and other marine mammals along the way.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Punta Arenas, Chile
(Thursday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Punta Arenas & Fort Bulnes": Get an introduction to points of interest in Punta Arenas, and have the chance to see the rugged scenic beauty outside of the port with a visit to Fort Bulnes. Board your coach pier side for a sightseeing drive around this bustling frontier town, the capital of the Magallanes Region. Discover the charm of this southerly city, situated by the Strait of Magellan. See the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and to the Cerro la Cruz, a viewpoint of the city and the Magellan Strait, the port and the legendary Tierra del Fuego Island, Fireland. Visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum, founded by Salesian missionaries. This museum gives a comprehensive overview of the regional flora and fauna, the habitat of indigenous people of the region and regional history Also part of this visit is the pioneer cemetery with avenues lined by tall cypress and splendid mausoleums. A solemn tombstone indicates the place where the last of the now-extinct Ona Indians is buried.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue your field trip: Travel on to Fort Bulnes, the first Chilean settlement in Patagonia. Fort Bulnes was founded in 1843, and had only 21 inhabitants as the first colonists. Due to lack of fresh water and poor pastures, the colony was moved to the site of modern day Punta Arenas only five years after its original settlement. The reconstruction of this settlement will demonstrate the lives and hardships of these first men and women living in a rugged frontier land. Next, head southwards on a very scenic road, always skirting the Strait of Magellan. Arrive at a small "hosteria" where you will sip a typical pisco sour - or distilled wine - drink and see a shearing show.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At Sea / Cruising the Chilean Fjords
(Friday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #4: "The Age of Exploration". This morning, join your study leader for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities, as you continue to sail through the maze of islands, inlets and straits of the Chilean Fjords.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea / Cruising Chilean Fjords
(Saturday, February 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #5: "The Age of Exploration". Join your study leader for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities, as you continue to sail through the maze of islands, inlets and straits of the Chilean Fjords.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: At Sea / Cruise Cape Horn
(Sunday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #6: "The Age of Exploration". Enjoy a morning lecture led by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Cape Horn (named after the city of Hoorn in the Netherlands) is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of Southern Chile and is located on the small island of Hornos. Cape Horn marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage. The need for ships to round Cape Horn was greatly reduced by the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. The cape lies within Chilean territorial waters, and the Chilean Navy maintains a station on Hoorn Island, consisting of a residence, utility building, chapel, and lighthouse. Large waves and gale force winds can make for rough sailing, so it is recommended that you take something for seasickness if you are susceptible.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At Sea
(Monday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #7: "The Age of Exploration". Join your study leader for a lecture themed on the Age of Exploration.
 Afternoon: Lunch on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
(Tuesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Port Stanley Overview": Get a sense of life in the Falklands in the 1840s, 1940s and 1970s -three distinctly different areas each with their own special character and each showing a way of life that has now all but vanished. See the major highlights, including the Cathedral with its Whale Bone Arch, the 1982 Battle Memorial, wrecks of old sailing ships, a private whalebone display, Stanley Airport, the hospital, Government House, the Community School and the mizzen mast from the famous SS Great Britain, and minefields. Visit Nutt Cartmell Cottage, one of the earliest residential buildings in Stanley, and the museum at Britannia House, covering the Falklands' maritime and local history. Then visit Gypsy Cove - an area of outstanding natural beauty where there are many species of birdlife as well as a colony of magellanic penguins. Spend approximately 30 minutes here admiring the views and taking memorable photographs of the wildlife before returning to the drop off point at the Jetty Visitors Centre.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch
 Afternoon: Afternoon free to explore Port Stanley
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At Sea
(Wednesday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #8: "The Age of Exploration". Meet up with your study leader on board for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: This afternoon is free to enjoy the amenities and activities on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Puerto Madryn, Argentina
(Thursday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Punta Tombo": Punta Tombo is a 3km long and 600 meter wide peninsula off the southern coast of Argentina. Between September and April a large number of Magellanic Penguins come here to lay their eggs and prepare their offspring for migration.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: At Sea
(Friday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #9: "The Age of Exploration". Enjoy a morning lecture led by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: This afternoon is free to enjoy the amenities and activities on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: At Sea
(Saturday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #10: "The Age of Exploration". This morning, join your study leader for a lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: This afternoon is free to enjoy the amenities and activities on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Buenos Aires, Argentina / Fly to Iguazu Falls
(Sunday, February 24)

Note: You will need to pack a small overnight bag for this extended field trip. Please note that porterage may not be available, and you will need to manage your own luggage



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights to Puerto Iguazu
 Lunch: Lunch on own at the airport
 Afternoon: Field Trip "The Argentine Falls": This afternoon enjoy a guided visit to the Argentine side of the falls. Following this up close view of the falls, check into the hotel for 1 night.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Hotel Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Iguazu Falls / Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina
(Monday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Continue to explore the Argentinian side of the falls at Devil's Troat. The train brings you to the entrance of Devil's Throat, as well as the upper and lower trails. The Paseo Garganta del Diablo is a 1-kilometre-long (0.6 mi) trail that brings the visitor directly over the falls of the Devil's Throat, the highest and deepest of the falls.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant near Iguazu Falls
 Afternoon: After lunch transfer to the airport for flights to Buenos Aires.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Ayers de Libertad
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Departures
(Tuesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning you will be met at the hotel by a local guide to get acquainted with Buenos Aires via the city’s major neighborhoods and attractions. Points of interest include the Main Square “Plaza de Mayo” surrounded by the “Casa Rosada” (Presidential Headquarters Office), the “Cabildo” (Colonial Town Hall) and the Cathedral. Drive through the charming streets of San Telmo and down the colorful roads of La Boca, famous for its multicolor tin houses. Later, go through elegant Barrio Norte on the way to the Recoleta Cemetery, an amazing aboveground cemetery lined with mausoleums and statues. Finally, visit Palermo and its magnificent mansions and parks.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore the neighborhood of Recoleta, near your hotel. Firmly established as the most cultured neighborhood of Buenos Aires, the tree-lined avenues will lead you to many fashionable restaurants, cafes, boutiques and galleries. Later in the day, you will make your way back to the hotel (where you can store your luggage for the day), and transfer to the airport for late night flights back to the U.S.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own. Many restaurants in Buenos Aires do not open for dinner until approximately 8:30 pm, so we recommend getting a bite to eat at the airport before your flight.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


A Wildlife Guide to Chile


Author: Sharon Chester


Description: Chester's splendid guide, featuring 120 color plates, covers the wildlife, plants and natural history of Chile from the Atacama Desert and Patagonia to Easter Island and Antarctica.



Argentina, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Jill Gibian (Editor)


Description: These choice stories introduce the landscapes and culture of Argentina, from the Andes to the Pampas, through the eyes of its writers.



Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica


Author: Martin D. la Pena, Maurice Rumboll


Description: With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide.



Chile, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Katherine Silver (Editor)


Description: These choice stories introduce both the country and a host of contemporary writers.



Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness


Author: Peter Matthiessen


Description: Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego.



Far Away and Long Ago


Author: W.H. Hudson


Description: Hudson's enthralling childhood remembrances are rich with descriptions of the landscapes, birds and nature of Argentina.



Forgotten Continent


Author: Michael Reid


Description: Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, and its prospects in the face of globalization.



In Patagonia


Author: Bruce Chatwin


Description: A masterpiece of travel, history and adventure, this award-winning book captures the spirit of the land, history, wildlife and people of Patagonia. There's no travel writer as engaging, insightful and just plain wonderful as Bruce Chatwin.



Insight Guide Argentina


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This profusely illustrated guide features concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture. With hundreds of photos and excellent maps.



Insight Guide Chile


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This glossy guide provides a full-color introduction by a team of experts to the land, people, history and attractions of Chile. Brief background essays highlight important topics. With many local and regional maps.



Moon Handbook Patagonia


Author: Wayne Bernhardson


Description: This practical guide covers where to go and what to do in southern South America from Puerto Montt and the Lake District to Perito Moreno, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. With chapters on Santiago and Buenos Aires.



Natural Patagonia, Argentina and Chile


Author: Marcelo D. Beccaceci


Description: An informative photographic journey through the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of Patagonia. Featuring 120 color photographs, presented in Spanish and English.



Night Flight


Author: Antoine de Saint Exupery


Description: Saint Exupery captures the thrill and mystery of early flight in this tale of a pilot alone in a storm over the Andes en route to Buenos Aires.



Patagonia, A Cultural History


Author: Chris Moss


Description: A journalist with the Buenos Aires Herald, Moss follows a colorful cast of characters -- from Magellan and Darwin to mad kings, gauchos, and Nazi fugitives -- in this vivid overview of the culture and history of Patagonia.



Rounding the Horn


Author: Dallas Murphy


Description: A sailor at heart, Dallas Murphy gets himself down to Ushuaia, embarks a sturdy vessel and heads out to experience the wind and weather of Tierra del Fuego. In his informative account, Dallas interweaves plenty of history, a little rather naive politics and the story of his own adventures.



The Whispering Land


Author: Gerald Durrell


Description: A sparkling account of an eight-month jaunt on the trail of fur seals, guanaco, parrots and other Patagonian marvels.



Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile


Author: Sarah Wheeler


Description: British author Sarah Wheeler deploys her wit, intelligence and powerful investigative skills on the Republic of Chile in this insightful travelogue.



Trekking in the Patagonian Andes


Author: Carolyn McCarthy


Description: With trail maps and route descriptions of walks and treks throughout Patagonia, including Torres del Paine and Glacier National Park.



Voyaging, Southward from the Strait of Magellan


Author: Rockwell Kent


Description: An illustrated account of Rockwell's foolhardy voyage with a madman through magnificent Tierra del Fuego in a jury-rigged lifeboat. Both the text and striking woodcut illustrations communicate this dangerous landscape's dynamic character.





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