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Antarctica In-Depth

Program Number: 21170RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/15/2013 - 2/27/2013; 2/18/2015 - 3/5/2015; 3/2/2015 - 3/14/2015; 11/17/2015 - 12/1/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Antarctica
Price starting at: $9,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 31; 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Make one of the most thrilling adventures on earth — a crossing of the incomparably beautiful Drake Passage to the ethereal world of Antarctica. Journey past majestic mountains, deeply crevassed glaciers and massive icebergs, as naturalists illuminate the wildlife and the nutrient-rich waters that sustain this environment.




Activity Particulars

Descending and ascending a steep stairway to board Zodiacs; climbing in and out of Zodiacs; wet landings ashore; walking on rough, unpaved terrain.
February 18 date is longer and spends the additional time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula in greater depth. Please see Program Details for full schedule.



February 18 date is longer and spends the additional time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula in greater depth. Please see Program Details for full schedule.
Carriage by sea is provided by G Adventures. Please note that carriage by sea is covered by the carrier’s conditions of carriage which are available on request and which will be provided to you at least 14 days before departure. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THOSE CONDITIONS OF CARRIAGE AS YOU WILL BE BOUND BY THEM WHETHER YOU HAVE READ THEM OR NOT. They set out your responsibilities and those of the carrier. The liability of the Carrier and Road Scholar for loss of damage to property and or death and or personal injury will be limited in Accordance with the Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their luggage by Sea 1974 (The “Athens Convention”) as set out more fully in the conditions of carriage. The liability of Road Scholar will not under any circumstances exceed that of the carrier. All claims against the carrier must be brought in Canada and will be subject to Canadian law.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Ushuaia (Argentina) 1 nights; aboard M/S Expedition, 12 nights.



Day 1: Flight from the U.S.A., arrival in Buenos Aires


Day 2: Depart Buenos Aires and Arrive Ushuaia

Depart early from Buenos Aires for an early afternoon arrival in Ushuaia, enjoy lunch in the world's most southerly city before checking in to your hotel.



Days 4-5: Drake Passage:

Follow the course set by Captain James Cook in 1773 as you cross the Drake Passage. Along the way, our expedition staff discuss the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region. Look for albatross, petrels and other seabirds as we cross into Antarctica.



Days 6-7: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands:

Set foot on the great white continent! We’ll explore this extreme environment on Zodiac expeditions, discovering habitats of Minke Whales, Chinstrap Penguins and Gentoo Penguins. Look for seals basking on ice floes.



Days 8-9: Polar Circle Crossing:

Passing colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins, we push on with our goal in mind - crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle.



Days 10-12: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands:

Continue to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.



Days 13-14: Drake Passage / At Sea

Continue crossing the Drake Passage on your return to Ushuaia.



Days 15-16: Ushuaia / Disembark / Departure


M/S Expedition

Refurbished in 2009, this 345-foot, Finnish-Swedish Ice Class-rated expedition ship has lots of space for 132 passengers. A 360° Observation Deck and large common areas provide panoramic views of the sea and land around you. The ship boasts a fleet of 14 Zodiac boats. Complimentary Wellington boots provided for shore excursions.


Antarctica

In 1907, Shackleton led his crew into a place whose total ice-free area is estimated at little more than three tenths of a percentage. They came within one hundred miles of the South Pole and had to turn back for lack of supplies. Two hundred years later, slated from 2007 to 2009, an International Polar Year has been declared in order to allow researchers an opportunity to continue the tradition of discovering this wondrous land of ice and light.



Meals and Lodgings
   Novotel Buenos Aires
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 1 night
   Albatros Hotel
  Ushuaia, Argentina 1 night
   M/S Expedition
  Aboard the M/S Expedition, At Sea 9 nights
 Novotel Buenos Aires
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

 Albatros Hotel
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 M/S Expedition
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 allowed: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program starts in the late afternoon of Day 2 at the program hotel in Ushuaia. You will be staying at Novotel Buenos Aires that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on board the ship on Day 14. You will be staying at M/S Expedition the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. IMPORTANT: The Government of Argentina will now charge American, Canadian and Australian Citizens visiting Argentina a $160 USD per person Reciprocity Fee, which will be required upon arrival in Argentina. (The amount of this fee is subject to change.) Currently this fee is set to go into effect for participants entering the country via the international Buenos Aires airport (EZE) as of December 29, 2012 and via the domestic Buenos Aires airport (AEP) as of October 1, 2012. The Reciprocity Fee may also be required for entry via other means (land, sea) but this has not been officially determined at the time of this printing. It is now possible (and advisable) to pay this fee online prior to travel and the Direction National of Migration (DNM) has incorporated the following procedure to pay online: 1. Go to the following website: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/ 2. Mid-way down the screen you will see a box “Log in” and below that box you can choose the option “Sign Up”. Click that option and you will be brought to a webpage that will ask you create a username and choose a password. 3. Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information. The information provided by you and the income code is sent to the DNM online. 4. Print the payment receipt and bring it with you as you travel on your program as you will asked to present it on arrival before immigration procedure. You may also be asked to present the receipt when you check in for your flight in the USA. 5. If you have lost your receipt but paid on line, your record of payment can be retrieved as long as you have the same credit card with you that was used to pay the fee. In this case, you will not need to pay the fee again.
  Parking availability:
We do not recommend driving to the site
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Buenos Aires
  Transportation to site: All participants who purchased their air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services, and are arriving on February 14, 2013, will be provided with a transfer from Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) to the hotel at the start of the program. Transfer times will be confirmed in your final mailing approximately 5 weeks prior to the start of your program. Taxi's will be readily available at the airport for participants arriving independently.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Ushuaia
  Nearest city or town:  Ushuaia
  Nearest airport:  Ushuaia International Airport
  Transportation from site: All participants who prucahsed their air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services, and are departing on February 26, 2013, will be provided with a transfer from the ship to the airport.
Equipment Requirements: The most important item that you will need to bring on your voyage is a parka. It is possible to rent gear in Ushuaia for the expedition, but the quantity and quality of gear varies greatly depending on the demand. For the location of a rental shop consult with the front desk of the hotel. Road Scholar is unable to coordinate equipment rentals.
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: Depart Miami, Day flight to Buenos Aires and Arrival Buenos Aires
(Friday, February 15)
   
 Arrive To: Late evening arrival in Buenos Aires. Transfer to the hotel. We expect to check in to our hotel around 10 PM depending on delays and customs on arrival.
 Dinner: Snack box will be provided in the hotel
   
Accommodations: Novotel Buenos Aires
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning flight to Ushuaia
(Saturday, February 16)
   
 Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel (Breakfast boxes may be needed)
 Morning: Early departure from the hotel to the Domestic airport and check in to flight to Ushuaia.
 Lunch: Lunch near the hotel in Ushuaia
 Afternoon: After lunch we will check in to our hotel and you can enjoy some time to walk around the town before we have our Orientation and Welcome dinner at the Hotel
 Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel in Ushuaia
   
Accommodations: Albatros Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ushuaia / Embark the MS Expedition
(Sunday, February 17)

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 join the group to explore Terra del Fuego national park.
 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.
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: At Sea - The Drake Passage
(Monday, February 18)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: At Sea- Drake Passage
(Tuesday, February 19)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
(Wednesday, February 20)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
(Thursday, February 21)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
(Friday, February 22)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
(Saturday, February 23)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At Sea - the Drake Passage
(Sunday, February 24)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At Sea- the Drake Passage
(Monday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Continue crossing the Drake Passage on your return to Ushuaia.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Use your time this afternoon to pack your belongings, and prepare for disembarkation the following morning.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Depart Ushuaia
(Tuesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark the ship and enjoy a morning at leisure in Ushuaia. Your luggage can be stored for the morning.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in Ushuaia
 Afternoon: Early afternoon transfer to the airport for flights returning to Buenos Aires and onward overnight to Miami
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13: Arrival in the US
(Wednesday, February 27)
   
 Arrive To: Early Morning arrival in Miami
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