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Antarctica Expedition to an Ethereal World: A Family Voyage

Program Number: 21459RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/17/2013 - 12/30/2013;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Argentina/Antarctica
Price starting at: $3,890.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising; Family Programs
Meals: 31; 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 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. Share an unforgettable expedition to Earth’s last frontier with your family. 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:

Look for Albatross, Cape Petrels and whales that may accompany the ship as it sails through the Drake Passage toward Antarctica.



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 presentations 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
   Arakur Resort and Spa
  Ushuaia, Argentina 1 night
   Corinthian
  At Sea, At Sea 2 nights
   Arakur Resort and Spa
  At Sea, At Sea 1 night
   Corinthian
  At Sea, At Sea 7 nights
 Arakur Resort and Spa
Type: Resort
  Description: Arakur Resort & Spa, nestled on a natural balcony 820 feet above sea level, dazzles the spectator with its panoramic views. It is surrounded by ancient woodlands, natural terraces and green areas harmoniously blended into the surrounding landscape.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Cerro Alarkén 1 (9410) Ushuaia
Tierra del Fuego,   Argentina
phone: +54 (2901) 44 2900
web: www.arakur.com/eng
  Room amenities: Each room and suite offers impressive views of Ushuaia Bay and Beagle Channel and to the north of the Andorra and Rio Chico Valleys, the Vinciguerra glacier, the mountain ranges and Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén The rooms and suites are elegantly decorated with contemporary design details and outfitted with leading-edge comfort technology. > LT radiation heating system. > Geothermal cooling system. > Air renewal and humidification. > Fuegian Lenga hardwood flooring. > International plugs and sockets (220 voltage system). > Large partitioned bathrooms, with in-floor heating and natural light
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Corinthian
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites.
  Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 4,077 Overall Length: 290 feet Beam: 50 feet Draft: 12 feet Flag Malta
  Contact info: 132 East 70th Street,
New York ,, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com/
  Room amenities: All accommodations aboard the Corinthian are suites. And include a bedroom with two twin-sized beds or one queen sized bed, sitting area, mini bar, VCR/DVD/CD player, color TV, Marble appointed bathroom with spacious shower and other amenities.
  Facility amenities: Public facilities include a restaurant tha accomodates guests at a single, unassigned seating, two lounges, expansive library with Internet access, state-of-the-art gym/spa, beauty salon, boutique,Jacuzzi, hospital and ample deck areas for sunbathing and relaxing.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program starts in Ushuaia, Argentina at 6:00 pm at the program hotel You will be staying at Arakur Resort and Spa that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends in Ushuaia, Argentina in the morning on board the ship You will be staying at Corinthian 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 Road Scholar participants who are arriving in Ushuaia on December 18th, 2013 will be provided with a transfer from Ushuaia's Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (USH) to the program hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  Transportation from site: All participants will be provided a transfer from the port in Ushuaia to Airport on the morning of December 29th. Disem
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 Ushuaia
(Tuesday, December 17)
   
 Morning: Flights from the US to Buenos Aires
 Evening: Arrive in Buenos Aires. Group transfer to the Novotel Hotel for the night.

Day 2: Arrive in Ushuaia
(Wednesday, December 18)
   
 Morning: Flights arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina. Transfer to Arakur Resort & Spa, perched 820 feet above sea level with spectacular views of Ushuaia Bay and Beagle Channel.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the resort. Choose from several dining options available.
 Afternoon: Join your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants for a group orientation and group dinner.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Arakur Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Ushuaia / Tierra del Fuego National Park / Ushuaia / Embark
(Thursday, December 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost protected region of Argentina. This splendid wilderness is celebrated for the beauty of its 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: After lunch, continue to the pier to embark Corinthian and set sail. As the ship navigates the Beagle Channel, enjoy a stunning vista of glacier and misted mountains.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: At Sea
(Friday, December 20)
   
 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
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: At Sea
(Saturday, December 21)

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: Arakur Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Antarctic Peninsula & Islands
(Sunday, December 22)
   
 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
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Antarctic Peninsula & Islands
(Monday, December 23)
   
 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
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Antarctic Peninsula & Islands
(Tuesday, December 24)
   
 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
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Antarctic Peninsula & Islands
(Wednesday, December 25)
   
 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
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Antarctic Peninsula & Islands
(Thursday, December 26)
   
 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
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At Sea
(Friday, December 27)
   
 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
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At Sea
(Saturday, December 28)
   
 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
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Ushuaia / Disembark / Fly to U.S.
(Sunday, December 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: Arrive to the U.S.
(Monday, December 30)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flights from Ushuaia arrive in the U.S.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List


A Trip to the Bottom of the World With Mouse


Author: Frank Viva


Description: Inspired by his journey to the Antarctic, Viva includes penguins and whales and fellow tourists and a dip in the thermal waters of Pendulum Cove in this brightly illustrated tale of adventure for ages four and up.



Antarctic Explorer Map


Author: Ocean Explorer


Description: A full color map of the Antarctic Peninsula, including Tierra del Fuego, the Falklands and South Georgia, at a scale of 1:2,750,000. With a map of the Antarctic continent on the reverse.



Antarctic Peninsula and Scotia Sea Map


Author: British Antarctic Survey


Description: One in series that also includes the South Shetlands (ANT300), the Gerlache (ANT228) and South Georgia (ANT221), this excellent map shows the cruise from Ushuaia on one side, with a detail of the Peninsula on the other.



Antarctic Wildlife


Author: James Lowen


Description: Produced by a shipboard naturalist, this handy identification guide focuses on the Beagle Channel, Drake and Peninsula regions.



Antarctica Cruising Guide


Author: Peter Carey, Craig Franklin


Description: This all in one parka-pocket guide includes concise introductory chapters on Antarctica along with detailed information on the most popular visitor sites but its real value is in the wildlife guide: a beautifully photographed roundup of the most common penguins, seabirds, seals and whales that you'll encounter.



Antarctica, A Call to Action


Author: Sebastian Copeland


Description: Copeland's collection of striking photographs includes a three-page list of sensible suggestions to protect the planet.



Antarctica, A Guide to the Wildlife


Author: Tony Soper, Dafila Scott (Illustrator)


Description: Designed for the field, this compact handbook features all the species of birds, seals and whales the traveler is likely to encounter on an Antarctic voyage, each with a few paragraphs, range map and masterful color paintings by the granddaughter of Captain Robert Scott.



Antarctica, Secrets of the Southern Continent


Author: David McGonigal


Description: Expedition leader McGonigal's strikingly illustrated Antarctic primer features 600 color photographs and excellent maps along with essays on history, exploration, wildlife, science and conservation by fellow Antarcticans.



Antarctica, The Heart of the World


Author: Coral Tulloch


Description: Parents and grandparents take note! Kids ages 10-12 will devour this illustrated primer on Antarctica, its wildlife, research and history. With hundreds of color photographs, profiles of Antarctic scientists, clever drawings and an excellent chapter on life at the Antarctic research stations.



Arctic and Antarctic Life Coloring Book


Author: Ruth Soffer


Description: Big, easy-to-color drawings depict dozens of seals, penguins, birds and whales from both ends of the Earth in this delightful roundup.



Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage


Author: Alfred Lansing


Description: Lansing's gripping day-by-day story of Shackleton's legendary perseverance is essential reading for any Antarctic traveler; it captures all the fortitude, drama and cheer of this most famous Antarctic expedition.



Eyewitness Arctic & Antarctic


Author: Barbara Taylor, Geoff Brightling (Photographer)


Description: Young readers will enjoy this snazzy, illustrated survey of life and nature at high latitudes.



Fraser's Penguins


Author: Fen Montaigne


Description: Montaigne turns a summer working alongside ecologist and penguin biologist Bill Fraser at Palmer Station (we know many of you have visited!) into a captivating tale of hard work, camaraderie and penguins, deftly capturing the allure and grandeur of the Antarctic Peninsula.



Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine


Author: Jason C. Anthony


Description: Posted to the Transantarctic and other remote field camps over eight Antarctic summers, Jason Anthony understands that cold, isolated explorers dream of food. From the celebrated Hoosh of early days (a porridge of fat, melted snow and dried meat) to the cafeteria fare at McMurdo, Anthony traces the history of Antarctica through it stomach.Suprisingly appetizing, the book opens with Anthony's great good fortune of discovering an expert baker at McMurdo, who slipped 12 delicious loves of crusty olive bread into his rations for a three-month stint at a field camp. Yum! With a nod to Roland Huntford, David Walton, Charles Swithinbank, Paul Dalrymple and many other legendary Antarcticans, the book is as well-researched as it is a delight to read.



In Search of the South Pole


Author: Herbert Kari, Huw Lewis-jones


Description: Kari Herbert (daughter of polar explorer Sir Wally) and husband Huw Lewis-Jones collared an international who's who of explorers, historians, scientists and polar experts for this irresistible portrait of place. It's a scrapbook of Antarctic exploration, featuring excerpts from the logbooks, journals and books, a timeline, color reproductions of period posters and other arcana. With 150 photographs, this new book is an essential reference for all Antarcticans.



Life in the Freezer


Author: David Attenborough


Description: This informative, stirring BBC documentary with David Attenborough, set largely along the Antarctic Peninsula, features amazing footage of the marine environment, penguins, birds and people of the Antarctic.



Lonely Planet Antarctica


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: Alexis Averbuck, author of the new edition of this compact, surprisingly handy guide, expands coverage of Ushuaia, the Falklands and South Georgia. With a wildlife guide and contributions from 26 Antarctic experts on the history, geology, wildlife and future of Antarctica.



Lost Antarctica, Adventures in a Disappearing Land


Author: James Mcclintock


Description: A marine biologist who first traveled to the Kerguelen 30 years ago, James McClintock offers an intimate tour of the continent and his many voyages south, covering his field seasons at Palmer and McMurdo, his work on marine invertebrates and looming environmental challenges with equal, feet-on-the-ground aplomb. McClintock leads an annual expedition cruise to the Antarctic on climate change (some of you may havea traveled with him).



Mr. Popper's Penguins


Author: Florence Atwater, Richard Atwater


Description: The comic adventure of Antarctic-obsessed Mr. Popper and his houseful of penguins, originally published in 1938. Though he always dreamed of exploring the polar regions -- and he keeps in touch with Admiral Drake -- Mr. Popper and his family never expected a penguin to appear on their doorstep. Geared for ages 8-to-10, this Newbery Honor book is also perfect to read aloud (or to entertain adults).



Penguin


Author: Frans Lanting


Description: For this gorgeous collection of 114 color photographs, Lanting loitered among the Magellanics, rockhoppers and gentoos of the Falklands, spent time with the king penguins of South Georgia and, famously, camped on the sea ice to follow the life cycle of the emperors and their young.



Penguins of the World


Author: Wayne Lynch


Description: Lynch weaves delightful tales of penguins, their habitats and habits, with hundreds of glorious full-color photographs.



Race to the South Pole Coloring Book


Author: Patricia J. Wynne


Description: Ross MacPhee (Race to the End) collaborated with illustrator Patricia Wynne for this historically accurate, thrilling account of Antarctic exploration in 30 ready-to-color illustrations.



Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, The True Story of the Endurance Expedition


Author: Jennifer Armstrong


Description: This book retells the story of the Endurance for kids ages 12 and up.



The Crystal Desert


Author: David Campbell


Description: A biologist with the heart of a poet, Campbell focuses on fossils, glaciers, history and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula in these vivid essays.



The Oceanites Site Guide to the Antarctic Peninsula


Author: Ron Naveen


Description: With descriptions, full-page maps and stunning aerial photographs of visitor sites.



The Storied Ice


Author: Joan Boothe


Description: A frequent visitor to the Antarctic over the past decade, Joan Boothe recounts the thrilling adventures of whalers, sealers, explorers and scientists along the Antarctic Peninsula. With abundant quotes, 100 illustrations, 30 maps and a chronology.



Trapped by the Ice, Shackleton's Amazing Antarctic Adventure


Author: Michael McCurdy


Description: An illustrated retelling of the Endurance expedition geared for children.





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