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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Program Number: 21169RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/15/2014 - 11/8/2014;
Duration: 24 nights
Location: Argentina/Falkland Islands/Antarctica
Price starting at: $12,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 63; 22 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 21 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Embark on a remarkable journey to Antarctica, amid bustling penguin colonies, singing humpback whales and the feats of legendary whalers and explorers of old.




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.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1 night; Montevideo (Uruguay), 1 night; aboard M/S Expedition, 20 nights.



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


Days 2-3: Arrival Buenos Aires (Argentina):

Experience the rich culture and history of Buenos Aires. Later, journey across the Rio de lat Plata to explore Montevideo. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 4-6: At Sea:

Watch for seabirds and whales en route to the Falkland Islands and enjoy introductory lectures from our expedition staff.



Days 7-8: Falkland Islands:

Learn about the people and maritime history of the Falklands. Delight in the island’s thriving birdlife, including the ubiquitous Southern Giant Petrel, Kelp Gull, and Falkland Steamer Duck.



Days 9-10: At Sea:

Lively lectures introduce the wildlife and ecosystems to be encountered during our expedition.



Days 11-14: South Georgia Island:

Explore a once-booming whaling station, visit Shackleton’s grave and search for wildlife.



Days 15-16: At Sea:

Sail towards Antarctica. Watch for whales and sea birds from the deck, or relax on board.



Days 17-20: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula:

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 21-22: Drake Passage:

Follow the course set by Captain James Cook in 1773 as you cross the Drake Passage.



Day 23: 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.


Meals and Lodgings
   Ayres de Libertad Recoleta
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 1 night
   Dazzler Hotel or similar
  Montevideo, Uruguay 1 night
   M/S Expedition
  Aboard the M/S Expedition, At Sea 20 nights
 Ayres de Libertad Recoleta
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
web: http://www.ayresdelibertad.com/en/index.php
  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.
  Facility amenities: 24hr room service, airport transfer, bar/pub, bicycle rental, business center, casino, coffee shop, concierge, accessible facilities, elevator, executive floor, family room, fitness center, indoor pool, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, nightclub, pets allowed, poolside bar, restaurant, safety deposit boxes, salon, shops, smoking area, Wi-Fi in public areas (free in the lobby).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates based on availability Please contact the program department to book an additional post night.

 Dazzler Hotel or similar
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Ship Information: Not applicable
  Contact info: 21 de Setiembre 2752 esquina Luis de la Torre
Pocitos
Montevideo,  C1420 Uruguay
phone: +54 11 5217-5799
web: https://www.dazzlerhoteles.com/en/hotels
  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
web: www.antarcticatravels.com/vessels/ms-expedition/
  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 Laundry service 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 at the program hotel in Buenos Aires You will be staying at Ayres de Libertad Recoleta that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on board the ship on Day 25 You will be staying at M/S Expedition the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. IMPORTANT: Argentina has an entry reciprocity fee for US Citizens. This tax must be paid online prior to entry into Argentina by credit card. The amount is USD160 and is not included in your program cost. The entry fee is valid for multiple entries into Argentina for up to 10 years, or until your passport expires. Currently this fee has not been collected for over-land crossings, but this can be instated by the Argentine Government at any time without notice. To pay this fee online, please follow these directions: 1. Register at https://virtual.provincianet.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/Default.aspx and obtain an entry code. You will need to register a username, password, email address, passport information, phone and date of birth. 2. Complete the form including personal and credit card details. This information and the entry code will be sent electronically to the Argentine Government. 3. After payment is processed, print the receipt. 4. Upon arrival in Argentina, the receipt will be scanned by passport control staff and the data will be validated to enable entry to Argentina. It is very important that you remember to print and bring your receipt.
  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 will be met at the airport in Buenos Aires and transferred to the program hotel. Taxis will be available at the airport for participants who are traveling independently. Pre-booked private transfers are available through Road Scholar.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard the M/S Expedition
  Transportation from site: All participants who pruchased their air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services, and are departing on the program end date, will be provided with a transfer from the ship to the airport. Taxis will be available for participants who are traveling independently. Pre-booked private transfers are available through Road Scholar.
Equipment Requirements: You may have read previous information for this program implying it is possible to rent gear in Ushuaia prior to departing. This information was incorrect. You must bring winter gear to this program, with the exception of waterproof boots and a parka which will be provided by the ship. Parkas are being provided by G Adventures to all passengers on this program. In order to receive your parka you must notify your program provider of your parka size. You may do so by calling 866-359-5966 or by emailing your size to programinfo@roadscholar.org . To make sure you receive the perfect sized parka, please refer to the sizing sheet at the back of this packet. The deadline for submitting parka information is August 31, 2014. If Road Scholar does not receive a parka size for you, you will not receive a parka on board the ship. Waterproof boots are provided on board for Men's USA size 8-14 Women's USA size 3-9
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 US for flights to Buenos Aires
(Wednesday, October 15)
   
 In Transit: In Flight

Day 2: Arrivals / Buenos Aires
(Thursday, October 16)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfer to the program hotel. Morning and afternoon at leisure to rest or explore Buenos Aires.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for the program orientation, followed by a welcome dinner at the program hotel.
   
Accommodations: Ayres de Libertad Recoleta
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Buenos Aires / Montevideo, Uruguay
(Friday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Join your group leader for an exploration of Buenos Aires. 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.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the Ferry Terminal where for a journey across the Rio de la Plata to the city of Montevideo, Uruguay. The ferry ride takes approximately 3 hours. Check into the Montevideo Hotel for 1 night.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample local flavors.
   
Accommodations: Dazzler Hotel or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Montevideo / Embark MS Expedition
(Saturday, October 18)

Note: While it is the intention to adhere to the itinerary described, travel to Antarctica is highly dependent upon local weather and sea conditions, which can change daily. The itinerary provided in this booklet is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Your morning is free to explore Montevideo independently.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Meet back at the hotel for the transfer to the MS Expedition. Embark the ship for 20 nights.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
 Evening: The ship will set sail for the Falkland Islands.
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: At Sea
(Sunday, October 19)

Note: Please note that on board activities and lectures are subject to change.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: As we make the passage south, you will have time to become acquainted with the ship and the onboard crew and staff. Spend time on the deck spotting wildlife including albatross and always keeping your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins. We also begin the lecture and information sessions to learn extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Educational programming continues on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: At Sea
(Monday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: The educational program will continue with lectures and presenations from the on board crew as you make your way toward the Falkland Islands.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Educational programming continues on board the ship
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At Sea
(Tuesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Enjoy the educational programming on board as you continue sailing towards the Falkland Islands.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue sailing towards the Falkland Islands. Your study leader will be among the ships lecturers on some days.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: The Falkland Islands
(Wednesday, October 22)

Note: While it is the intention to adhere to the itinerary described, travel to Antarctica is highly dependent upon local weather and sea conditions, which can change daily. The itinerary provided in this booklet is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Nesting Albatross, penguins and elephant seals are abundant. Port Stanley provides an opportunity to meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters. The islands consist of 700 small and mostly uninhabited islands and 2 main islands- East and West Falklands. Located 490km east of Patagonia, the Falklands have always been a land of hot debate. Officially discovered on August 14, 1592 by John Davis, they remained uninhabited until 1764 when the French built a garrison at Port Louis, disregarding the Spanish claim to the islands. From that moment there have been many disputes between Spain, France, Great Britain and Argentina over the following 200 years until the end of the Falkland War between Great Britain and Argentina in 1982. This resolution brought the islands firmly under British control. Now with a human population of only 2,491, the islands are the first stop in your journey. Here, hope to catch your first glimpses of penguins, including the Magellanic, rockhopper, gentoo and king penguins. With a little luck it is possible to see elephant seals, sea lions, king cormorants, black-browed albatross, skuas, night herons, giant petrels, striated caracaras and of course, sheep.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the Falkland Islands
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Falkland Islands
(Thursday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Continue exploring the Falkland Islands with your study leader and the expedition staff. Mingle with fellow travellers, both Road Scholar and non-Road Scholar.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the Falkland Islands
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At Sea- the Great Southern Ocean
(Friday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Sailing east now, set course for South Georgia Island. Days at sea will be filled with lectures to prepare for South Georgia. Enjoy plenty of time on deck to identify the abundant sea birds of the south ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for the whales that inhabit these waters.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The educational program will continue with lectures and presentations from the on board crew. On deck, continue to keep your eye out for whales and sea birds.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At Sea- the Great Southern Ocean
(Saturday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Continue to sail towards South Georgia on the Southern Ocean.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The educational programming continues on board as the ship sails towards South Georgia island. Continue to watch for sea birds and whales from deck or relax on board.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: South Georgia Island
(Sunday, October 26)

Note: While it is the intention to adhere to the itinerary described, travel to Antarctica is highly dependent upon local weather and sea conditions, which can change daily. The itinerary provided in this booklet is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: South Georgia Island is home to many marvels including Shackleton's grave, former whaling stations, incredible scenery and prolific wildlife. Weather permitting enjoy 3 full days to explore this island. A huge colony of king penguins is the highlight of this part of the journey. On nearby islands try to spot wandering albatross in their nesting grounds. Known for its brutal whaling and exploratory history, this 170 km long and 40 km wide island is considered the gateway to Antarctica and was the center of the huge Southern Ocean whaling industry from 1904 to 1966. The famous captain James Cook was the first to land on South Georgia on January 17, 1775 and named the island after King George III. During the 62 years of whaling activities, any number between 183 whales the first year and the record 7825 whales in 1925-1926 season were killed annually for their oil. Whales weren't the only animals hunted for their oil at that time. A total of 498,870 seals - mostly giant elephant seals- were also slaughtered. Since the end of whaling activities 40 years ago, wildlife has slowly returned to the island.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue exploring South Georgia Island
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: South Georgia Island
(Monday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Continue your exploration of South Georgia Island. Today the island's wildlife is extraordinary, not only in it's variety but also in its sheer abundance. South Georgia is home to roughly 300,000 elephant seals, 3 million fur seals, and 25 species of breeding birds, including wandering albatrosses. The gravel beach at St. Andrews Bay has a king penguin rookery of 100,000 penguins strong. The British explorer Sir Ernest H. Shackleton and his crew landed at King Haakon Bay on the southwest coast after the 800-mile journey in a 20-foot open boat from Elephant Island. They proceeded to hike the ice covered mountainous terrain, arriving to Stromness whaling station on May 20, 1916. Shackleton returned to South Georgia in 1922 for one last assault on Antarctica but passed away after suffering a major heart attack while in his cabin. He was buried at the whaler's cemetary at Grytviken station at the request of his wife.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue your 3 day exploration of South Georgia Island.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: South Georgia Island
(Tuesday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Continue exploring the many extraordinary cultural and natural facets of South Georgia Island.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of South Georgia Island.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: South Georgia Island
(Wednesday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Continue exploring the many extraordinary cultural and natural facets of South Georgia Island.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue exploring South Georgia Island
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At Sea
(Thursday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Plotting a southwesterly course we make way towards legendary Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands. The waters are rich with nutrients and the long summer days provide the ingredients that is missing most of the year. The result is a complex food chain topped by several species of whales, seals and seabirds.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue sailing towards the South Shetland Islands.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At Sea
(Friday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: The educational programming continues on board as you sail towards the South Shetland Islands. Watch for whales and sea birds from the deck, or relax on board.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Enjoy expert lectures on board as you sail Antarctic waters.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: South Shetland Islands and Antarctica
(Saturday, November 1)

Note: While it is the intention to adhere to the itinerary described, travel to Antarctica is highly dependent upon local weather and sea conditions, which can change daily. The itinerary provided in this booklet is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting), and encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history. During the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramaptic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Antarctica and South Shetland Islands
(Sunday, November 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Continue your exploration of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica. All excursions are mixed with Road Scholars and other passengers.
 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 20: Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands.
(Monday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Continue to explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctica Peninsula.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The Antarctic expedition goes on. Your expert guides will help identify unique geography, and wildlife in this frozen land.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands
(Tuesday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Join the staff and other passengers in a continuation of the Antarctic expedition.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: This is your last day in Antarctica before continuing on through the windy Drake Passage.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: At Sea- the Drake Passage
(Wednesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Today, start the 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 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 waters have created an ocean very high in marine productivity. In passing this zone, you will have entered the most nutrient-rich waters on earth- the Southern Ocean.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue sailing the Drake Passage. The educational programming on board will take place during days at sea. Your study leader will be among the speakers giving presentations to the whole ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: At Sea- Drake Passage
(Thursday, November 6)
   
 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 the species of seabirds that may join you on your journey into Antarctica.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Participate in the onboard educational programming as you cross the Drake Passage.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: M/S Expedition
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Depart Ushuaia
(Friday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 25: Arrivals back to North America.
(Saturday, November 8)
   
 Arrive To: Flights from Ushuaia to North America are overnight flights. Arrive back to North America.
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 Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia


Author: Robert Burton


Description: Featuring full-color, full page-photographs of the birds, marine mammals and plants of this most spectacular of the subantarctic islands this handy guide includes detailed descriptions of each species and a 30-page overview of geography, history and conservation. Author Richard Burton reeled in noteworthy experts to provide individual accounts, and WildGuides stalwart Robert Still (Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands) handled the expert layout of the 368 photographs and text. Bob Burton was for many years director of the South Georgia Museum at Grytviken.



A Visitor's Guide to South Georgia


Author: Sally Poncet, Kim Crosbie


Description: A convenient, comprehensive and full-color guide to exploring South Georgia by a dynamic duo who know the region intimately. With detailed maps of visitor sites and outstanding color photographs. Second edition.



Ambassador to the Penguins, A Naturalist's Year Aboard a Yankee Whaleship


Author: Ellie Mathews


Description: Robert Cushman Murphy's much-loved Logbook for Grace, nicely re-told, annotated and amplified by his granddaughter. His account of a year (1912-13) among the whalers of South Georgia is a classic.



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.



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 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.



Birds and Mammals of the Falkland Islands


Author: Robin and Anne Woods


Description: A comprehensive photographic guide to the wildlife of the Falkland Islands and surrounding waters, featuring 43 color plates. Published in conjunction with Falklands Conservation.



End of the Earth, Voyaging to Antarctica


Author: Peter Matthiessen


Description: In this fine book, the result of two voyages, Matthiessen captures the magic of polar landscapes and wildlife, along with the camaraderie of a ship-based polar expedition.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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 Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton, and Antarctic Photography


Author: Sophie Gordon, David Hempleman-Adams, Emma Stuart


Description: One hundred years ago, during the reign of King George V, Britain sent two great expeditions, that of Robert Falcon Scott in 1910, and four years later, that of Ernest Shackleton, into the great unknown. The rest is stuff of legend. Here in one handsome book are not only hundreds of haunting photographs by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley, drawn from the albums presented to the king, but also lively essays, maps, paintings and other ephemera from the Royal Collection.



What We Know About Climate Change


Author: Kerry Emanuel


Description: With the power of a polished lecturer, MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel outlines the issues, causes and concerns about the fate of our climate, updated for this second edition to cover the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and unfortunate lack of political and popular will in the United States to tackle this vexing issue.





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