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Antarctica: Expedition to an Ethereal World

Program Number: 20765RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/29/2012 - 1/12/2013; 12/17/2014 - 12/29/2014;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Argentina/Antarctica
Price starting at: $9,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 36; 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Far to the south lies a land of dazzling snowfields and dramatically carved ice mountains, of whales, seals and seabirds: Antarctica. Experience an unforgettable expedition to Earth’s last frontier. Joining you are seasoned expedition leaders and naturalists who teach you about Antarctica’s terrain, bird life, sea life, geology and glaciology during Zodiac landings and lively onboard presentations.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; uneven and potentially slippery terrain. Shore landings by Zodiac boat.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Ushuaia (Argentina), 1 night; aboard Corinthian, 11 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-3: Arrival Ushuaia (Argentina) / embark Corinthian:

Journey to “the end of the world,” a city surrounded by jagged mountains and glaciers. Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost protected region of Argentina. Eembark Corinthian and set sail; as the ship navigates the Beagle Channel, enjoy a spectacular vista of glaciers and misted mountains. Lodging: Newly opened, environmentally friendly resort hotel with marvelous views.



Days 4-5: At Sea:

Take part in lively lectures as you sail through the Drake Passage toward Antarctica. Look for the whales and seabirds that may accompany the ship on its passage.



Days 6-10: Antarctic Peninsula:

Follow a flexible itinerary based on wind and ice conditions that allows you to see the best of the Antarctic Peninsula. Witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers and snow-capped mountains. Board Zodiacs to see penguin rookeries up close and visit scientific research facilities. Possible landing sites include Paradise Harbour, where humpback and minke whales are often sighted offshore; Petermann Island, the habitat of Gentoo and Adelie Penguins; and Deception Island, known for its volcanically-heated hot springs.



Days 11-12: At Sea:

Continue to enjoy onboard lectures and observe wildlife as you make your return to Argentina.



Day 13: Ushuaia / disembark / departure on overnight flight to the U.S.A.


Corinthian

Launched in early 2009 after extensive refurbishment, redecoration, and other improvements, the private yacht-like Corinthian accommodates a maximum of 100 passengers in 50 suites, all offering ocean views. Public facilities include a single-seating restaurant, two lounges, expansive library, gym, spa, Jacuzzi and spacious sundeck.


Meals and Lodgings
   Novotel Hotel
  In Flight 1 night
   Las Hayas Resort Hotel
  Ushuaia, Argentina 2 nights
   Corinthian II
  Corinthian II, At Sea 10 nights
 Novotel Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Novotel Buenos Aires is ideally located in the heart of Buenos Aires, on the prestigious Avenida Corrientes, next to the Tribunales district. Only two blocks from the Obelisk, it is surrounded by the city's main theaters and cultural attractions. At Patio#378, you will discover our restaurant, bar and outdoor patio with swimming pool, sauna and fitness center. It is an oasis of calm in this bustling city. For business guests, there are function rooms, a business center, free Wi-Fi and a private car park. Buenos Aires is one of Latin America's main destinations and business hubs. The hotel is two blocks away from the Obelisk in the business and commercial district of the city, surrounded by the best cultural and tourist attractions the city has to offer.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: Av. Corrientes 1334
C1043ABN BUENOS AIRES
Buenos Aires,   Argentina
phone: +54 (11) 4370 9545
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Las Hayas Resort Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: Not a Ship.
  Contact info: Luis Martial 1650 - (Camino al Glaciar)
Ushuaia,   Argentina
phone: +5429014307108
  Room amenities: The Beeches is equipped with the latest technology: locks and safes with magnetic cards, sheets and towels 100% cotton imported from Portugal, towels thread Peruvian Luxury Suites, 100% pure wool blankets, thermal windows (licensed Bayer Germany), air conditioning through thermostatic valves, the latest European technology of fire prevention
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Corinthian II
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The deluxe Corinthian II is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Corinthian II can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 75 officers and crew ensure personalized service.
  Ship Information: Length: 297 feet / Beam: 50 feet / Draft: 12 feet / Gross Tonnage: 4, 200 / Suites: 57 The Corinthian II is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology and with retractable fin stabilizers.
  Contact info: Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th St.
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com
  Room amenities: Individually Controlledl A/C, Sea view, Satellite TV, DVD/CD player, Telephone, Mini-refrigerator, Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries, 225 square feet or more, 24-hour room service, safe.
  Facility amenities: Afternoon Tea and all day coffee in The Club, Library with Internet access, Lounge with audiovisual facilities, wraparound sundeck with Jacuzzi, Exercise room, Beauty Salon, Medical facilities with available doctor, Dining room, Elevator serving all passenger decks, Swimming platform.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program starts in Buenos Aires, Argentina at 8:00 pm at the program hotel You will be staying at Novotel Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends in Ushuaia, Argentina early in the morning on board the ship You will be staying at Corinthian II the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport for U.S. Citizens is required and must be valid 6 months beyond the program end date. IMPORTANT: As of January 7, 2013, Argentina will now require all tourists from the U.S., Canada, and Australia who arrive to Argentina by airport, land, or cruise to pre-pay a Reciprocity Fee ($160 USD) via the internet prior to arrival and to have a printed copy of the receipt showing payment. Previously, this reciprocity fee was only charged to tourists arriving at one of the two Buenos Aires airports (Ezeiza and Aeroparque). This fee is now required prior to entering through any of the countrys borders. The payment must be made online before arrival into the country: 1)Enter the website www.migraciones.gov.ar or www.provinciapagos.com.ar of Provincia Pagos and register to start the process. 2)Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information. (the fee is now $160 US dollars and is subject to change, your payment will automatically be converted and sent in Argentine Pesos depending on the conversion rate that day) 3)Print and save the Payment Receipt. 4)On arrival in Argentina, this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control. The receipt will be scanned by Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and the travelers entry to the country will be registered. Thank you for your attention to these details. If you have any questions, please call the Road Scholar Program Department at 1.866.359.5966 or email us at info@roadscholar.org
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Taxis are available from the airport
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ushuaia
  Transportation to site: ALL participants who booked their air through Road Scholar and will be arriving on Dec 29th at the Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) will be provided a transfer from the airport to the Novotel Hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Corinthian II
  Transportation from site: All participants will be provided a transfer from the cruise port in Ushuaia to the Ushuaia International Airport on January 11th.
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: Departure from the US for flights to Buenos Aires.
(Saturday, December 29)
   
 Morning: Flights from the US to Buenos Aires
 Evening: Arrive in Buenos Aires. Group transfer to the Novotel Hotel for the night.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Hotel

Day 2: Early morning flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.
(Sunday, December 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Novotel hotel
 Morning: Transfers from the Novotel Hotel to the Jorge Newbery Airport for flights to Ushuaia. Upon arrival in Usuaia, you will be met by a Road Scholar / Travel Dynamics International Representative, and transfered to the the Las Hayas Resort Hotel, beautifully situated amidst beech forests below the mountain of the Martial Glacier. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your group and group leader
 Lunch: Lunch at the Las Hayas Resort
 Afternoon: Join your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants for a group orientation and group dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Las Hayas Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ushuaia
(Monday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Take a half-day tour aboard a catamaran along the Beagle Channel to view Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and the nearby Sea Lion Island. Continue to Bird Island, home to Magnificent, Imperial, and Magellan cormorants; Fullman and Giant petrels; and other seabirds
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Dinner: In the evening, join fellow expedition members for a special New Year's Eve dinner celebration.
   
Accommodations: Las Hayas Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ushuaia
(Tuesday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Explore the Tierra del Fuego National park. The southernmost protected region of Argentina, this splendid wilderness is celebrated for its stunning scenery. Ride to Ensenada Bay and take a short walk to view Redonda and Estorbo Islands, backed by the snow-white mountains of Chile's Sampaio Chain. Continue to Lake Roca, the Green and Black Lagoon, and Lapataia Bay.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue to the pier to embark on Corinthian II and sail. As the ship navigates the Beagle Channel, enjoy a spectacular vista of glaciers and misted mountains.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: At Sea
(Wednesday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Sail the Drake Passage and cross the Antarctic Convergence. Educational program of lectures or discussions by accompanying guest lecturers offered.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Shiboard activities and lectures continue
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: At Sea
(Thursday, January 3)

Note: Traveling to Antarctica requires flexibility. The ship's itinerary is heavily dependent upon local weather, wind and ice conditions. The intinerary provided is only meant to be a representation of where you will stop, and may change at any time.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Spend the day at sea; educational program of lectures or discussions by accompanying guest lecturers offered.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Weather permitting, we expect to make our first landing in Antarctica this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Antarctic Peninsula & Islands
(Friday, January 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy five days exploring the pristine wilderness of Antarctica. As you sail through scenic waterways, witness a panorama of icebergs, glaciers and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Aboard the ship's Zodiacs, cruise among ice floes, explore penguin rookeries and visit with scientists at research stations. Although the itinerary varies according to local ice and wind conditions, we plan to land at such places as Paradise Harbour, where humback and Minke whales are often sighted offshore, Petermann Island, the habitat of Gentoo and Adelie Penguines; and Deception Island, known for its volcanically-heated hot springs. Voyages through the magnificent Lemaire, Errera, Neumayer, and other protected channels are also planned.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue the exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Antarctic Peninsula & Islands
(Saturday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Continue discovering the Antarctic Peninsula.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Antarctic Peninsula & Islands
(Sunday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Continue exploring and viewing the wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula and its islands.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue the excursion of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Antarctic Peninsula & Islands
(Monday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Continue discovering the Antarctic Peninsula.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue discovering the Antarctic Peninsula.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Antarctic Peninsula & Islands
(Tuesday, January 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Continue discovering & viewing the wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue with the excursion of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At Sea
(Wednesday, January 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Whale-watch and enjoy lectures and the ship's amenities as you make the 600-mile return trip to Ushuaia.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Shiboard activities and lecture program continue.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At Sea
(Thursday, January 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Spend the day at sea cruising towards Ushuaia, Argentina; educational program of lectures or discussions by accompanying guest lecturers offered.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities and lectures continue
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Ushuaia / Disembark / Fly to U.S.
(Friday, January 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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