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Road Scholar World Academy 2015: From the Indian Ocean to the Northern Lights

Program Number: 21455RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/2/2015 - 3/18/2015;
Duration: 75 nights
Location: Mauritius/France/Madagascar/Mozambique/Tanzania/South Africa/Namibia/Saint Helena/Cape Verde/Canary Islands/Madeira Islands/Portugal/Spain/England/Norway
Price starting at: $24,699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 218; 74 Breakfasts, 71 Lunches, 73 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

How to explain a thundering waterfall of incomprehensible size? How to account for the mighty, moody volcano towering over you? How to understand the vivid green lights dancing in the night sky? For the people of the past, Victoria Falls, Mount Teide and the Northern Lights were explained by epic tales of gods, tricksters and valkyries. Fortunately, the scientific knowledge we possess today does not lessen their magic. On this 76-day odyssey from Africa to above the Arctic Circle, visit more than a dozen countries to learn, explore and be amazed by these wonders and so many more.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; uneven terrain and stairs without railings are common. Potential for extreme temperatures.



Please note that this program runs in tandem with the other segments and semesters of Road Scholar World Academy. We expect the total group size to be over 50 participants. The group will be split up for local Field Trips to facilitate the exploration of smaller venues. Lectures and meals will most often host the full group.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard Voyager, 7 nights; St. Lucia (South Africa), 1 night; aboard Voyager, 12 nights; Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park, 1 night; aboard Voyager, 4 nights; Johannesburg, 1 night; Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), 2 nights; aboard Voyager, 44 nights; London (England), 2 nights.



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


Days 2-3: Arrival Mauritius:

Begin your adventure on this idyllic Indian Ocean island. Visit the lively markets of Port Louis and the historic Champ de Mars Racecourse.



Day 4: Réunion:

Set sail to Réunion, an overseas department of France. Take a field trip to a vanilla plantation then continue to Salazie, a beautiful volcanic canyon where waterfalls tumble down the rocks.



Days 5-8: At Sea / Madagascar / At Sea:

Journey to the Nahampoana Reserve, a protected area home to colorful birds, reptiles and Madagascar’s famed lemurs.



Days 9-10: St. Lucia (South Africa):

Disembark the ship for an overnight shore excursion to the St. Lucia wetlands, where a sunset boat safari gives you the chance to see hippos and Nile crocodiles up close.



Day 11: Durban:

Explore the vibrant city of Durban. Visit the home of Mahatma Ghandi and the historical John Dube high school.



Days 12-13: At Sea / Port Elizabeth:

Enjoy an exclusive game drive through Addo Elephant Park - South Africa's third largest national park.



Days 14-17: At Sea / Cape Town:

Enjoy three days to experience Cape Town. Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, journey to the Cape of Good Hope and discover Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held.



Days 18-19: At Sea / East London:

An excursion in this town founded by the Royal Navy includes the Victorian town hall and the outstanding East London Museum.



Days 20-21: At Sea / Maputo (Mozambique):

Examine the fine art of Mozambique on field trips to the Chissano Museum and the National Museum of Art.



Days 22-23: Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park (South Africa):

Depart the ship for an overnight shore excursion to the oldest national park in Africa. Search for the Big Five (elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and more on evening and early morning game drives.



Days 24-26: Durban / At Sea:

Spend two days exploring this energetic city with a pleasant subtropical climate. Enjoy a stroll along the Golden Mile beachfront.



Days 27-30: Johannesburg & Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe):

Disembark at Port Elizabeth and spend a night in “Joburg,” where you visit the outstanding Apartheid Museum. Then fly to Zimbabwe for two nights to experience awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and learn the true story of Dr. David Livingstone. Fly to Cape Town to reunite with the ship.



Days 31-32: At Sea / Lüderitz (Namibia):

From Cape Town the ship sails up the coast to Namibia. Walk through Lüderitz to see its lovely German colonial architecture.



Days 33-34: Walvis Bay:

Experience the fascinating juxtaposition of the ocean and the vast Namib Desert on a drive through the dunes. Venture to the Bavarian-style town of Swakopmund.



Days 35-38: At Sea / Saint Helena:

Navigate away from the mainland to remote Atlantic islands. The first of these is Saint Helena, a British territory where Napoleon was exiled.



Days 39-41: At Sea / Ascension Island:

Discover this volcanic island’s lava flows and the thousands of Sooty Terns that nest among them. Take in the views from Green Mountain.



Days 42-46: At Sea / Cape Verde:

Go ashore on Santiago, home to half the population of this island country. Delve into its past as a major market of the Atlantic slave trade.



Days 47-49: At Sea / Gran Canaria (Canary Islands):

Experience this geologically spectacular island called a “miniature continent” because of its variety of environments.



Days 50-51: Tenerife:

Drive through vineyards and valleys to Teide National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the world’s third-tallest volcano.



Day 52: La Palma:

Explore the dramatic volcanic crater Caldera de Taburiente. This caldera (“cauldron” in Spanish) inspired the word to be adopted by geologists worldwide.



Day 53: Madeira:

On this Portuguese island, the “floating garden of the Atlantic,” a winemaker shows you his vineyards and cellars and discusses the traditions of Madeira wine.



Days 54-55: At Sea / Lisbon (Portugal):

Navigate through Atlantic waters to reach the Iberian Peninsula. In Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, learn about the Age of Discovery, when ships set out from here to explore the world.



Days 56-57: At Sea / La Coruña (Spain):

Make a shore excursion to Santiago de Compostela, the famous pilgrimage site. Visit the Romanesque cathedral and more.



Days 58-61: At Sea / Portsmouth (England) / At Sea:

Learn the story of the oldest commissioned warship in the world, the HMS Victory, and visit the Royal Naval Museum.



Day 62: Kristiansund (Norway):

Take an exciting drive along the Atlantic Ocean Road, a dramatically twisting route over islands and skerries linked by bridges.



Day 63: Bronnoysund:

Take a field trip to the Norwegian Aquaculture Center to learn about the important fish farming industry in Norway through interactive exhibits.



Day 64: Sortland:

Absorb the beauty of the Vesteralen islands, where rocky peaks rise from the sea. Learn why Sortland is known as “the blue city” on an expert-led excursion.



Days 65-66: Alta:

In the evening, leave the ship and travel to the best location for viewing the Northern Lights that evening based on the latest meteorological forecasts. The next morning, visit the amazing Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.



Day 67: Honningsvag:

Go ashore for a journey to the North Cape at Europe’s northernmost extreme. Here a 1,000-foot tall cliff overlooks the Barents Sea.



Days 68: Tromso:

Learn about the history of Arctic exploration in the city where so many expeditions were launched. Visit the stunning Arctic Cathedral, designed to reflect the nature of the region.



Day 69: Leknes:

At the Lofotr Viking Museum explore a faithfully reconstructed Viking chieftain’s village on the site of the largest Viking longhouse ever uncovered.



Days 70-73: At Sea / Bergen / At Sea:

Discover the Bryggen, the old Hanseatic League wharf of Bergen, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascend by funicular to the summit of Mount Floyen to take in spectacular views.



Days 74-76: Portsmouth (England) / disembark / coach to London / departure:

Bid farewell to the Voyager in Portsmouth then enjoy two nights in London to complete your adventure. Take a field trip to the British Museum, enjoy some free time for independent exploration and celebrate at a farewell dinner.



Voyager

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


Meals and Lodgings
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 7 nights
   Elephant Lake Hotel
  St Lucia National Park, South Africa 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 12 nights
   Hilltop Camp
  Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 4 nights
   Holiday Inn Sandton
  Johannesburg, South Africa 1 night
   Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Aboard the MV Voyager, USA
2 nights
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 44 nights
   Millennium Gloucester Hotel
  London, UK:England 2 nights
 MV Voyager
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Voyager, built by Spanish yard Union Navale le LeVante, is a spacious and well-appointed vessel offering 278 cabins, 86% of which are outside, 35 suites, 30 of which have balconies, open seating dining in three restaurants and the personal service and comfort levels that have been the hallmark of our cruises since 2003. Carrying just 550 passengers, Voyager has all the amenities and facilities of a larger liner while offering the convenience and flexibility of a small ship. She is able to visit and berth alongside where others have to pass by, yet is able to traverse the world's oceans with ease. On board, passengers will be able to relax in the comfortable public lounges, enjoy a drink in atmospheric Harry's Bar, in the sunshine on deck, at the Lido Bar. Alternatively, read a book in the well-stocked library.
  Ship Information: Owner / Operator: All Leisure Group Year Built: 1990 Builder: Union Navale de LeVante, Spain Former Names: Crown Monarch, Walrus, Jules Verne, Alexander von Humboldt Gross Tonnage: 15,271 Length: 152.5 meters (500.2 ft) Beam: 20.6 meters (67.6 ft) Passengers: 550 Crew: 215 Service Speed: 18.0 knots
  Contact info: Voyages of Discovery - North America
1800 S E 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-623-2689
web: www.voyagesofdiscovery.com
  Facility amenities: Three restaurants with option for open dining Al-fresco dining (Veranda) Third restaurant within Discovery Restaurant (Explorer Grill) Two lounges - Atlantic Lounge and Vista Lounge Four bars (Vista Lounge, Harry's Bar, Pacific Lounge, Lido Bar) Card/Function room Medical Centre Internet Centre Two Shops Swimming pool Two whirlpools Beauty Centre Gym
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Elephant Lake Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Elephant Lake Hotel St Lucia is located on the shores of the St Lucia Estuary in the town of St Lucia, Kwa Zulu Natal, surrounded Isimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. With its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, St. Lucia supports more species of animal than the better known parks and deltas in Southern Africa.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: McKenzie Street
St. Lucia,   South Africa
phone: +270355901001
web: www.elephantlakestlucia.co.za
  Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with DSTV, tea/coffee making facilities, electronic wall safes; hair dryer and full range of bathroom amenities.
  Facility amenities: Elephant Lake Hotel has a three star grading and with 56 upmarket, en-suite, air-conditioned rooms, all sharing a westerly view across the St Lucia Estuary. The Hotel has two levels. The ground level has 25 rooms, all with a private patio leading out to a sparkling pool, an upmarket restaurant, leading out to the pool patio, the Hotel lounge and Reception area. The Upper level has 31 rooms, all with private balcony, a spacious lounge bar that lead out the Hotel’s Estuary Viewing Deck, which forms part of the restaurant and a very popular venue for guests to enjoy some excellent lunches, dinners or a refreshing sundowner.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Hilltop Camp
Type: Lodge
  Description: Hilltop Camp is situated on the summit of a forested hill offers fine views of the surrounding countryside. Hilltop Camp is the oldest camp in KwaZulu-Natal and was extensively rebuilt and enlarged in the early nineties.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Hluhluwe Game Reserve,   South Africa
phone: + n/a
  Facility amenities: The facility features an a la carte restaurant, an attractive pub and lounge decorated with photographs and memorabilia of the history of Hluhluwe, as well as a gift shop and convenience store. A forest trail is available to guests at Hilltop. Hlaza Hide has been developed at the site of the old summerhouse in Hilltop Camp and it will shortly incorporate a waterhole with soft lighting at night to aid game viewing. Hilltop Camp's Mpunyane Restaurant offers a full English buffet breakfast every day. Lunches from Monday to Saturday are a la carte and on Sundays a hot and cold buffet. Dinners are either a hot and cold buffet or a traditional braai(barbeque) depending on the weather. Dinner arrangements do change according to guest profiles and holidays.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Holiday Inn Sandton
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located adjacent to the Village Walk Shopping Centre and one block away from the Sandton Gautrain Station, the Holiday Inn Sandton, Rivonia Road is also situated conveniently near the head offices of some of South Africa's most important corporate businesses, including Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro Bank and Nedbank. Holiday Inn Sandton, Rivonia Road is also central to the Sandton Convention Centre; Sandton City, one of the largest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere, and Nelson Mandela Square; which offers a diverse range of restaurants, shops, entertainment and vibrant nightlife. The Gauteng Train Station is a stone’s throw away. Therefore this Sandton hotel offers the ideal base for the business and leisure traveller.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: 123 Rivonia Road
Sandton
Johannesburg,  2148 South Africa
phone: +270112820000FREEendo
web: www.hisandton.co.za
  Room amenities: Each soundproof room (with blackout curtains) contains locally-sourced furniture of the highest quality, wood-paneled storage spaces, and granite-topped surfaces in the bathrooms. Each bedroom is also equipped with a plasma TV screen (24 channels) and a choice of ADSL or wireless Internet connectivity. Full 24-hour room service is provided. The Holiday Inn Sandton is a non-smoking hotel. Other features include: •Complimentary Wireless Internet •Individually controlled air-conditioning •Laptop-sized safes •Executive work desk and chair •International adapter plug points •Tea/coffee making facilities •Mini fridge (stocked on request) •Hairdryer •En-suite bathrooms
  Facility amenities: A full-service four-star hotel, Holiday Inn Sandton, Rivonia Road offers all the services and facilities that business and leisure travellers expect in a globalised world. For our leisure travellers we offer •An outdoor swimming pool with underwater lights and breathtaking views of the surrounding area •A fitness centre •Wireless connectivity throughout the hotel •A baby-sitting service (12 hour’s notice required) •Skye Bar For our business travellers we offer •A business centre (07:00 – 21:00) ◦Copying and fax services ◦Courier services ◦PCs ◦Printers (including colour) ◦High speed Internet acess ◦Secretarial services ◦Technical concierge •A shoe shine service •A dedicated lounge area with plush upholstery For everyone, of course, there are •24-hour, secure, underground parking* with direct access to the hotel lobby, controlled access gates, and CCTV monitoring •Safety deposit box at Front Desk •Laundry and valet services •Porter / bellman •Concierge that can assist you with sight-seeing, travel arrangements, and foreign exchange
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Contact info: Stand 471 Squire Cummings Rd.
Victoria Falls,   Zimbabwe
phone: +26 3 13 3202
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Three restaurants and one bar.
  Contact info: 4-18 Harrington Gardens
London,   UK:England
phone: +4402073736030
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumgloucester/
  Facility amenities: •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Exercise room •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine services •Doctor on call •Wifi •Disabled Access
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Rates vary depending on season Please contact Road Scholar if seeking additional nights.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins on Day 2 at 5pm at orientation on board the mv Voyager in Port Louis, Mauritius. Embarkation begins at 3pm. You will be staying at MV Voyager that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends on the morning of Day 76 with a transfer from the hotel to London-Heathrow, Airport You will be staying at Millennium Gloucester Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Voyages of Discovery requires all guests to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.voyagesofdiscovery.com - click on "Already Booked" then "Required Passenger Information" to enter your details. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Parking availability:
Driving is not recommended for this program.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Voyager
  Transportation to site: The MV Voyager will be docked in Port Louis. There will be a group transfer to the port in the afternoon. The group flight is currently scheduled to arrive in Port Louis at 3:40 pm. The group flight time is subject to change. Program-only participants who would like to take the group transfer should try to book a flight for the morning of the arrival day to arrive in time for the transfer. Final transfer details will be released in the final information packet.
  From End of Program
  Location:  London
  Transportation from site: Transfers will be provided from the hotel in London to London Heathrow Airport at the end of the program.
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 for overnight flight to Port Louis, Mauritius
(Friday, January 2)
   
 Depart From: Depart from home for overnight flight to Port Louis, Mauritius

Day 2: Arrival in Port Louis / Embark the mv Voyager
(Saturday, January 3)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive to Port Louis, Mauritius. Transfer to embark the MV Voyager.
 Afternoon: We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and give a brief program overview.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Port Louis, Mauritius
(Sunday, January 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark the ship to explore the city of Port Louis. Visit a local Pagoda, Marie Reine de la Paix, Champ de Mars, the only race course, and the Citadel with a panoramic view of Port Louis. Transfer by coach to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. Constructed by Pierre Poivre in 1770, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is the oldest in the southern hemisphere. While the garden is most famous for its giant water lilies, the garden features spices, ebonies, sugar canes as well as 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean. Close to the botanical garden you will discover an old sugar cane factory, which now houses a museum and interactive exhibitions highlighting the history of sugar production in Mauritius.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: This afternoon, meet with your group leader and fellow participants for a detailed program orientation and welcome party. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pointe des Galeis, Reunion, Mauritius
(Monday, January 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Depart from the northern part of the island, taking the coastal road to Saint Denis, the capital, to discover the east coast. This is an area of intensive sugar cane farming, the majority of the population descending from Tamil Indians, who came in the thousands as indentured servents after the Abolition of Slavery in 1848. One of the evocative signs of the Tamil culture is the number of colorful temples you will see built around the area. You will see the outside architecture of "Temple du Petit Bazar" in Saint Andre, and you will discover the fantastic story of the famous "Bourbon Vanilla" with a visit to a vanilla plantation. On your way to Salazie, you will stop at the Niagara Cascade, a real open air theater, where the star is a 180 foot waterfall. Salazie is situated wettest and greenest part of the island. It is an imposing garden with towering cascades - the most impressive of which is the "Voile de la Mariee" (wedding veil). Continue on to the village of Hell-Bourg. Hell-Bourg is a small community in the Salazie, founded in the mid-1800's as a spa town, built up around thermal hot springs that were discovered in the area. European colonists from as far as South Africa ventured to Hell-Bourg, believing the hot springs to be a cure for the numerous diseases and health problems that afflicted Europeans living in the colonial tropics.
 Lunch: Creole lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, explore the "Folio House" museum. This beautiful home and garden will give you a glimpse of life as a 19th century French colonist.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: At Sea
(Tuesday, January 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Port D'Ehoala, Madagascar
(Wednesday, January 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: This morning, arrive in Port D'Ehoala, Madagascar and discover Nahampoana Reserve. The road leading to the reserve is in poor condition, but the drive will be well worth it. Located approximately 7 km from Fort Dauphin, this well maintained garden, formerly named Garden of Acclimatisation, covers an area of 50 hectares. Here you will find a variety of plant species endemic to southern Madagascar, picture plants, ferns, palm-trees and exotic plants. You will also see endemic birds and reptiles, and every species of Lemur found in Madagascar, can be found at Nahampoana.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At Sea
(Thursday, January 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At Sea
(Friday, January 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Richard's Bay, South Africa / Overnight in St. Lucia National Park
(Saturday, January 10)

Note: Please note you will disembark the ship for an overnight excursion to St. Lucia National Park. Please bring an overnight bag, plus any medications or items you will need while you are away from the ship.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship with an overnight bag, for an extended overnight excursion to St. Lucia National Park. Depart by coach for the Veyane Cultural Village. This location will give you the opportunity to study the customs and rites of traditional Zulu life, from the lobola (bride's price) to the fortune tellings and magic of the Sangoma (witch doctor). You will also have the opportunity to see the creation of the amazing Zulu handicrafts, like their beadwork, grass baskets, mats, walking sticks and much more.
 Lunch: Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the St. Lucia Ski Boat Club situated on the banks of the St. Lucia Estuary with views over the Indian Ocean and Mapelane. Look for hippos and crocodiles, which are commonly found in the estuary.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel, where you will have some time to relax before a sunset boat safari. During this 2 hour boat cruise, you will have the opportunity to get up close to the resident Hippos and Nile Crocodiles of the St. Lucia Estuary. The total length of the estuary is 85km and one of the largest in Africa. It is estimated that more than 800 hippos and 1200 crocodiles reside in the area. The bird-life in the area is magnificent with 450 species seen throughout the year. Hear the calls of African Fish Eagles, watch newly born hippos display child like tendencies and more.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Elephant Lake Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: St. Lucia National Park / Richard's Bay, South Africa
(Sunday, January 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge after sunrise game drive.
 Morning: After breakfast, depart for the eastern shores of iSimangaliso. iSimangaliso Wetland Park (or St. Lucia as many of the residents affectionately refer to this ecological paradise), was declared as South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site. The declaration was by UNESCO protocol and the official ceremony took place on December 1, 1999. The large size of iSimangaliso Wetland Park includes five major ecosystems. This 328,000 ha (3,280 sq km) Natural World Heritage Site stretches for 280 km along the northern part of South Africa's east coast. The park plays a vital role in the survival of migratory animals and is home to an incredible variety and populations of birds, mammals, plants, insects, fish, reptiles, and scenic beauty. Historically the birthplace of the famous Huberta (the hippo that travelled from St. Lucia to King William's Town) and base for missionaries and Second World War Catalina Flying Boats - even an ancient burial lake of a local tribe - there is much more here than meets the eye!
 Morning: Rise early for an early morning game drive. The western shores are part of the iSimangaliso wetland park. As the name suggests it is on the western side of the St. Lucia estuary. The gate into the iSimangaliso western shores is only 2km from the town of St. Lucia. There are two species of animals that one can see on the western shores of iSimangaliso that you will not see on the eastern shores, namely Nyala antelope and the giraffe. The elephant of iSimangaliso wetland park spend 90 percent of their time on the western shores of the park. So this is where you have the best chance of seeing the elephant when staying in St. Lucia. Other special animals that we see there are the hippo, hyena, side stripe jackal, leopard, rhino and buffalo. Then all the other general game of the area are also there. The only animal of the Big Five that can not be found in the park are lions.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch enroute.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon you will coach back to the ship to re-embark the MV Voyager. The ship will be in port until 10:00 pm, so you will have some free time to explore Richard's Bay independently. Use caution if going out after dark.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Durban, South Africa
(Monday, January 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Durban is an intriguing blend of East, West and Africa. With it's endless summer climate, effervescent and lukewarm ocean lined with golden beaches, it offers a subtropical carnival atmosphere all year round. Today you will set off on a full day exploration of this vibrant and diverse city. With a local guide, you will explore the Durban City Center, learn about the city's troubled past at the KwaMhule Museum, the Juma Mosque (said to be the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere), KwaMashu Township, the Home of Mahatma Ghandi and John Dube High School.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring the city of Durban with your expert guide.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At Sea
(Tuesday, January 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
(Wednesday, January 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Now the third largest park in South Africa, Addo Elephant Park has expanded to conserve a wide diversity of biodiversity, landscapes, flora and fauna. Stretching from semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River and Bushman's River mouth, addo covers about 180,000 hectares (444,700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix island groups. The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only sixteen elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopards, a variety of antelope and zebra species as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship..
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea
(Thursday, January 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Cape Town, South Africa
(Friday, January 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Drive to the through spectacular views of Chapman's Peak and pass the town of Noordhoek to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. A botanical and scenic delight, the reserve is home to several antelope species as well as a great diversity of flowering plants and birds. A highlight is sure to be the walk to the summit of Cape Point, where it is said the stormy waters of the Atlantic are met by the calming influence of the Indian Ocean.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: The Cape which has played a central role in the tales and legends of the ocean was and remains an important landmark situated at the south western edge of Africa, proclaiming that this is where the two halves of the world, east and west meet. You will trace the Indian Ocean Seaboard on the way back to Cape Town with a visit to Boulder's Beach. An attractive secluded haven, Boulder's Beach comprises a tumble of huge round rocks on a sandy shore. The boulders are an ideal vantage point for watching the antics of the colony of mainland-based African Penguins.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Cape Town, South Africa
(Saturday, January 17)

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 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a cable-car trip up Table Mountain, although you might have to wait for the famous "table cloth" to clear first. The cable-car rotates 360 degrees during the ascent, affording you fantastic views over the city. Once at the top, you may catch a glimpse of the resident dassies - an animal that resembles a large and fluffy hamster, although it is in fact related to the elephant. Your local guide will point out the highlights of one of the world's most famous views. After the descent, you will continue on through "Bo-Kaap", also known as the Malay Quarter. The architecture of this area is typical of what Cape Town was like 200 years ago. You will also see the imposing Castle of Good Hope, a fortress built to protect the early Dutch Settlers and the South African Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Or return to the ship for an included lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to explore Cape Town independently. The ship will be docked just steps away from the Victoria & Alfred waterfront. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with Table Mountain in the distance, is a focal point of Cape Town and is home to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, as well as markets, restaurants, hotels, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and the Iziko South African Maritime Museum. You will find plenty of ATM's and Internet cafes in the V&A Waterfront, as well as two information centers, found on Dock Road (alongside Ferryman's Pub) and at the Waterfront information kiosk in Victoria Wharf.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Cape Town, South Africa
(Sunday, January 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: From Nelson Mandela Gateway in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, board a catamaran for the half-hour crossing to Robben Island, which was used as an isolation prison for poltical prisoners. During the crossing, view a video giving you an overview of this island. Take a guided visit of the prison which includes seeing the cell where Nelson Mandela spent most of his incarceration; it has been left exactly as it was.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is at leisure to continue to explore Cape Town.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At Sea
(Monday, January 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: East London, South Africa
(Tuesday, January 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Today will give you the opportunity to visit South Africa's largest township. Mdanstane has its story to tell of the experiences under the homeland system, the forced removals, the jazz musicians and strong Xhosa traditions, still practiced today. Taste a freshly brewed African Beer and visit Mans Tavern for a braai and a chat with the local people.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is at leisure to continue to explore East London.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: At Sea
(Wednesday, January 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Maputo, Mozambique
(Thursday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Today's field trip will take you to Maputo's highlights - these include the historical fortress, Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, which was completed in 1787, an optional stop at the colorful Central Market, where everything from fresh fruit to handcrafts are available, the beautiful Museum of Natural History and the Maputo's historical Railway Station. On your way you will see the impressive Maputo Prefeitura, or City Hall, and the Tunduru Botanical Garden.
 Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is at leisure to independently explore Maputo.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Richard's Bay, South Africa / Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
(Friday, January 23)

Note: Please note you will disembark the ship for an overnight excursion to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. Please bring an overnight bag, plus any medications and/or items you will need while you are away from the ship.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: The morning is at sea, sailing towards Richard's Bay. The ship is scheduled to arrive at 12:00 noon.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Disembark the ship and transfer by coach to Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve. Established in 1895, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game park in Africa and is the only under formal conservation in KwaZulu Natal where the big 5 occur. This evening, venture out into the park on a night drive. Go in search of the elusive Leopard, Hippos, Buffalo, Elephants, Rhino and more.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge
   
Accommodations: Hilltop Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Richard's Bay, South Africa
(Saturday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: You will have an early start to the day in order to ensure the best game viewing possible. Against the backdrop of rolling hills, thick bush and open plains, the Big 5 await you, Impala scatter and Giraffe frolic in the open plains. Travel with your knowledgeable guide to find and observe the wildlife.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer back to the Richard's Bay to re-embark the MV Voyager.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Durban, South Africa
(Sunday, January 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Set on the shores on the east coast of South Africa, the city of Durban is the largest city of KwaZulu-Natal, and the third largest in South Africa. It's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches make it a popular holiday spot. The Voyager will be in port for 2 days giving us plenty of time to explore this interesting city and it's surrounding areas.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Durban, South Africa.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Durban, South Africa
(Monday, January 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: At leisure.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: At Sea
(Tuesday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Port Elizabeth / Disembark / Fly to Johannesburg
(Wednesday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights to Johannesburg.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the airport.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will transfer from the airport to the Apartheid Museum. The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the preeminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the story of the rise and fall of the Apartheid. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. After your visit, you will transfer to the hotel to check in for 1 night.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Sandton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 28: Johannesburg / Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
(Thursday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
 Lunch: At the hotel - MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel to check in for 2 nights.
 Dinner: Transfer to the waterfront and board the boat for your sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Game viewing may be possible as you enjoy your complimentary snacks and drinks. Dinner will be served at the hotel upon your return.
   
Accommodations: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Victoria Falls
(Friday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast this morning, enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Victoria Falls is where the Zambezi River opens out into an extravaganza of roaring, spray-tumbled water known to the locals as “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, the smoke that thunders. Few sights are as awe-inspiring as this when the ground rumbles with the forces of the water.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After viewing the falls, visit the nearby crafts market, where local vendors display their hand-made wares. The market provides a wonderful opportunity to interact with locals and observe their colorful culture. You will have some free time before returning to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30: Victoria Falls / Fly to Cape Town, South Africa
(Saturday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Check out of the hotel, and transfer to the airport for flights to Cape Town. Re-embark the MV Voyager.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to explore Cape Town. The ship will depart this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31: At Sea
(Sunday, February 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32: Luderitz, Namibia
(Monday, February 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join a 2-hour guided walk through the town of Luderitz' barren streets, passing many colonial German-style buildings, with their domes, towers and turrets, steep roofs, oriel windows, embellished gables, bay windows and Wintergartens (sunrooms), which provide shelter from the wind. Pay a visit to the Luderitz Museum with its flora, history and ethnology exhibits. Other notable buildings visited include the Goerke Haus and Felsenkirche. Goerke Haus is a grand residence or "diamond palace" built in 1909, restored to its former glory and furnished with period pieces. Felsenkirche (Church on the Rocks) is the name given to the German Evangelical Lutheran Church built in 1912. The stained-glass windows and woodwork inside the church are impressive. The fine proportions of the church and its vertically of form represent the Vertical Gothic-style, which was popular in the Victorian era, rather than the neo-Gothic style which was preferred in the German Church at the time.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33: Walvis Bay, Namibia
(Tuesday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore the scenic beauty and Colonial past of Swakopmund during this orientation tour of the city, and a visit to the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Depart the pier for the scenic drive along the coastal road to Swakopmund, located 19 miles north of Walvis Bay at the mouth of the Swakop River. En route, you will take in magnificent views of sand dunes on one side, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Upon arrival, you will take a tour of this seaside resort, which resembles a Bavarian village. Along the way, you will see Swakopmund's Colonial past reflected in the early-19th-century Art Nouveau architecture; many of the charming buildings found here have been declared National Monuments. You will also see the Magistrate's Court, or Keiserliches Bezirksgericht, Lutheran Church and old Railway Station building, which is now the main reception area of the Swakopmund Hotel. You will then pass by the local Hansa Brewery and jetty before proceeding to the Kristall Galerie, a center displaying crystals weighing up to 14 tons, and considered the world's largest. Next, a visit will be made to the Swakopmund Museum, which depicts the local history of the town. It also features an interesting exhibit of the various people inhabiting Namibia. There will be some time to shop at the Brauhaus Gallery, a small shopping arcade in the center of town. You will then return to Walvis Bay via the gravel road. En route, a photo stop will be made at Dune 7, the highest sand dune in the Walvis Bay area. Returning to Walvis Bay, a brief visit will be made to the Walvis Bay Lagoon and tidal flood plains. A RAMSAR Natural Heritage Site and one of the most important wetlands along South Africa's West Coast, the Walvis Bay Lagoon is renowned for its abundance of marine life, flamingos, pelicans and other bird species.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34: Walvis Bay, Namibia
(Wednesday, February 4)

Note: Today's field trip is not recommended for participants with walking difficulties or back problems. It is generally extremely hot and dry in the desert and we recommend taking a sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. The vehicles drive over gravel roads which can be rather bumpy. There are no toilet facilities available for guests to use in the desert.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Today you will depart the ship and travel along the dune belt between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The drive along the foot of the dunes is slow. Along the way learn about the geological structure of the desert and conservation issues facing modern Namibia. Your expert guide will search for creatures like the Sidewinder Adder, the Sand Diving Lizard, the Namaqua Chameleon and the Palmetto Gecko, and frequently stop to look for tracks.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 35: At Sea
(Thursday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 36: At Sea
(Friday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 37: At Sea
(Saturday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 38: Jamestown, St. Helena Island
(Sunday, February 8)

Note: Not suitable for people with difficulty walking. At Napoleon's Tomb there is a slight incline which passengers can by-pass if they wish. Most of the walking areas are tarmac but entrances to Napoleon's Tomb, Napoleon's House and Plantation House grounds are grass surfaces.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Depart from Seafront Landing to discover St. Helena Island. You will stop at Napoleon's Tomb, where Napoleon Bonaparte was laid to rest before his body was taken to France in 1840. At Longwood House - Napoleon's last residence - explore the museum and the house which consists of 9 rooms and holds Napoleanic artifacts. At the Plantation House grounds, you may get to see the island's oldest inhabitant - Johathan the Tortoise. Stop for a photo stop at Ladder Hill where you can view down the 700-step Jacob's Ladder. Here you will also have a fantastic view of the ship in port.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to continue to explore Jamestown and St. Helena's Island independently.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 39: At Sea
(Monday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 40: At Sea
(Tuesday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 41: Georgetown, Ascension Island
(Wednesday, February 11)

Note: Due to the heat on Ascension Island, it is strongly advisable that passengers keep hydrated. Bottled water will be on sale and the vehicles will have kegs of ice cold water on board. Passengers should wear sun protection, hat and wear sensible clothing and shoes. Also note that swimming off the beaches in Georgetown is strictly prohibited due to undercurrents.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Starting at Turtle Ponds and Long Beach, you will drive through Georgetown (the capital of Ascension Island), through the United States Air Force Base along to Mars Bay to see the thousands of nesting Sooty Tern birds there and an opportunity to view Ascension's endemic Euphorbia organoides and to photograph one of the impressive lava flows. You will have a chance to view the site of the British Orinthologists Union Camp, and Professor Gills Observatory. Continue on to Green Mountain National Park which hosts one of the oldest buildings on Ascension Island - Garden Cottage - which was built in 1817. There is a tunnel dug through the mountain by the British Marines to transport water in the 1800's. Unfortunately the tunnel has started to cave in and therefore entry is strictly prohibited. From the mountain there are spectacular views of the entire island, excellent for photographs. The Dew Pond, which is at the summit of Green Mountain and covered in Bamboo marks the island's highest points - 2,817 feet. Your expert guide will point out features of special interest including the endemic plant species on the brink of extinction. From Green Mountain, a wonderful view of Georgetown, Two Boats Village, Travellers Hill and the coastline can be seen on a clear day. This is an opportunity not to be missed. Return to the town square where you will have the some free time. You may return to the ship at any time.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 42: At Sea
(Thursday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 43: At Sea
(Friday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 44: At Sea
(Saturday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 45: At Sea
(Sunday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 46: Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands
(Monday, February 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Santiago Island is a remarkable historical island, due to its past as a slave market, and therefore full of colonial traces. Experience the inner side, places and monuments where the history of slavery on this island in connection with Africa, America and Europe take place. It is a truly unforgettable experience. You will leave the ship by coach where you will stop at Cidade Velha. Located off of Africa's northwest coast, this city center was the first European colonial settlement in the tropics. Some of the meticulously planned original design of the site is still intact, from a royal fortress to two towering churches to a 16th-century town square. You will stop at the San Felipe Del Rey Fort and "Pilourinho" - a slavery monument at the center of the city. Concluding your tour will be a stop for refreshments and to enjoy a traditional Batucadeiras de Santiago Batuco play and dance.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 47: At Sea
(Tuesday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 48: At Sea
(Wednesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 49: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
(Thursday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship and embark your coach for a full day exploration of Las Palmas. Discover why Gran Canaria is often referred to as a "miniature continent" due to the variety of landscapes and climates.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, continue exploring Gran Canaria. Have some free time in Las Palmas before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 50: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
(Friday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Drive through La Laguna and Tacoronte, some of the best wine growing areas of the island, arriving at the evergreen Orotava Valley. The first stop will be at “Mirador Humboldt” for a panoramic view over the Valley and Puerto de La Cruz. Continue to La Orotava, one of the loveliest towns on the island where the streets and buildings are monuments to its past and where you visit the House of Balconies, a handicraft center located inside a 17th century old house. Continue to Puerto de la Cruz, an old fishing port full of narrow cobbled streets lined with traditional colonial-style cafés and bars. Finally call at the famous Botanical Garden, founded in 1788 by King Carlos III as a stopover for the hundreds of species of plants brought from America, Asia and Africa.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to Santa Cruz to explore the Plaza de Espana. Visit the Archaeological Museum, and the 16th-century Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion- the city's oldest church built in 1502. You will have some free time in the Old Quarter before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 51: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
(Saturday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Discover Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain (12,200 feet) Enjoy a panoramic drive through the pine and eucalyptus trees of Esperanza Forest. A photo stop will be made to capture the volcanic landscapes before entering the National Park. Here enjoy a coffee stop surrounded by lava stone formations. Continue towards Los Roques in the Mount Teide National Park. This is a protected territory which covers an area of 18,990 hectares. In 2007 UNESCO awarded the park with World Heritage status. Stroll through the lava fields of Mount Teide, where you will see one of the most famous icons from Tenerife, "El Roque Cinchado", known as "God's Finger".
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore Santa Cruz de Tenerife independently.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 52: Santa Cruz de la Palma
(Sunday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy a scenic drive to the village of El Paso for views of the mountain peaks which form the "Caldera de Taburiente". The crater, whose walls reach up to 2000 meters, dominates the center of the island and it was declared a National Park in 1954. Before leaving El Paso visit the Silk Museum and stop at La Glorietta Square, modeled on the Parc Guell in Barcelona. Afterwards continue to the village of Los Canarios (Fuencaliente - "hot spring"), located on the southern tip of La Palma to admire the landscapes
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 53: Funchal, Madeira
(Monday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Visit the vineyards and wine cellars of Barbeito where a winemaker will give a presentation about Madeira wine and its history. Afterwards, depart to Cabo Girao, Europe's highest seacliff. Return to Funchal by Camara de Lobos, a fishing village harboring typical boats mainly dedicated for catching the locally famous black scabbard fish, well-known as the place Sir Winston Churchill used as scenery for painting during his visits to the island.
 Lunch: Stop for lunch at the restaurant of the Fort of Sao Tiago in the old quarters of the city. Located in the charming Funchal historical center, in the heart of the astonishing Madeira Island, the São Tiago Fort is a 17th century defensive construction in a irregular star shape, that today houses the town’s Contemporary Art Museum. The Fort was built back in 1614, in order to protect the town and the Island from the Pirate attacks that were becoming more frequent, as the own Island economy was developing and originating prosperity. During lunch enjoy a talk by a former journalist or former politician (ex member of regional parliament) about daily life in Madeira, history, politics, culture and local stories.
 Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a visit to the Park of Santa Catarina with a statue of Christopher Columbus and story behind him before his departure for the Americas. Then stop at the “Casa do Turista” a showplace / shop for local artifacts and the Madeira hand embroidery of the good old days.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 54: At Sea
(Tuesday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 55: Lisbon, Portugal
(Wednesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Depart for a guided panoramic drive of Lisbon. Stop in the Belem area from where the navigators of the 15th century have left their voyages along the African coast until India and Brazil. Visit the Maritime Museum and the Church of Jeronimos where Vasco da Gama is buried. Stop at the tower of Belem and the Monument to the Discoveries.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch you will have some free time to explore downtown Lisbon or take the old funiculars and discover the fancy Ciado neighborhood.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 56: At Sea
(Thursday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 57: La Coruna, Spain
(Friday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Visit the pilgrimage city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Santiago de Compostela where the relics of the Apostle St. James are supposed to have been discovered in the 9th century. Enjoy a guided visit to the magnificent Cathedral and Treasury, the cloister and the Museum of Tapestries.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: You will have some free time to explore the streets of Santiago de Compostela before returning back to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 58: At Sea
(Saturday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 59: Portsmouth, England
(Sunday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: HMS Victory is currently undergoing a period of restoration and visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the process taking place on the oldest commissioned warship in the world and a proud memorial to Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain's greatest Naval hero and his stunning victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Her topmasts and rigging have been struck, or taken down, and her planking is under investigation. This is nothing unusual as wooden ships like Victory needed constant care and attention from the day they were launched. These repairs are simply the latest in a long tradition of regular upkeep. The last time HMS Victory was seen without her top masts was back in 1944, so this really is a once in a life time opportunity to see HMS Victory under-going such extreme maintenance. Interestingly, with her topmasts down, Victory will look much as she did after the Battle of Trafalgar when she had to be towed to Gibraltar for repairs.”
 Lunch: Lunch at a local pub.
 Afternoon: The Royal Naval Museum, in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, is one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums. The Museum’s aim is to preserve and present the history of the 'Fleet' - the ships and the men and women who manned them. The history of the Royal Navy dates back over a thousand years to King Alfred's first battle at sea in 882. The Navy has defended Britain from invasion, attacked enemies and eventually established Britain as the dominant world sea power in the 19th century. Today's role involves peacekeeping, fighting piracy and the prevention of drug trafficking. The influence of the Navy can be felt at every level in our society: in our speech, literature, dress, music, character, culture and customs. The history of the Navy is to a remarkable extent the history of Britain.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 60: At Sea
(Monday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 61: At Sea
(Tuesday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 62: Kristiansund, Norway
(Wednesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: The Atlantic Road has been named as the world’s best road trip! Its dramatic bridges and exposed location mean weather conditions can create a spectacular sight. It is a unique experience in both summer and winter. Includes a visit to the 700 year old Stave Church at Kvernes. You leave Kristiansund by coach, heading for the Atlantic Road, and take the sub-sea tunnel to Avery Island, a fishing and farming society for generations. Drive along to the Atlantic Road built across islets and skerries, linked by bridges and Hustadvika, where a short photo stop will be made at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Here, in these waters which are dotted with underwater obstacles, boats have struggled throughout the years and shipwrecks abound. You tour continues to Kvernes Stave Church, overlooking the Kvernes and Frei Fjords. Dating from approximately 1300 it is one of the youngest and also one of the most adorned of the stave churches. Inside you can admire the choir screen with crucifix and royal monogram, the baroque pulpit and various painted decorations. A guided talk in the candle lit church is waiting for you and you will also listen to Norwegian folk songs, making this a truly charming experience. After your enchanting visit, return by coach to Kristiansund and your awaiting ship.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 63: Bronnoysund, Norway
(Thursday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Most of Norway is ocean, and utilizing the resources of the sea has been, and still is, one of the most important businesses for Norwegians. This visit starts in Brønnøysund with city sightseeing, before crossing the splendid Brønnøysund Bridge and continuing to Toft and the Aquaculture Centre. At the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre you can get a glimpse of the life in the sea, and learn about modern aquaculture, from fish egg to ready products of high quality. The Centre offers underwater cameras, feeding of fish, information films and professional guiding. You will have the opportunity to try fresh, grilled salmon.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: The ship is scheduled to depart Bronnoysund at 2:30. Your afternoon is at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 64: Sortland, Norway
(Friday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: The Vesterålen islands comprise of a group of five large islands, surrounded by many smaller ones and thousands of islets, down to the size of small rocks, where only birds and seals manage to find a home for themselves. Our trip will take us around ‘Langøya’, the main island of Vesterålen, on roads which, istorically, have always connected the oldest villages in the area. Trading was conducted by boat and the most important product was fish. This is why trading centers like Jennestad and villages like Holmstad are situated on the coastline. On the way, we will witness the beauty of Vesterålen. High mountains rising out of the ocean, the small islands of southern Bø and the highest peak in Vesterålen. ‘Møysalen’. At lunchtime, we can enjoy the view looking out to the sea and visit the town of Stokmarknes. We pass by the “birthplace” of the Norwegian Coastal Express where Ritchard With founded his company, before we finally end up again in Sortland, the blue city, and administrative center of this region. If you are wondering why we call Sortland “the blue city”, all will be explained when you visit one of our sculptures in the city center, which belongs to the ‘Sculpture project.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 65: Alta, Norway
(Saturday, March 7)

Note: This excursion is dependent on good weather conditions and will be cancelled if they are unfavorable. Walking is not expected to exceed 400 yards. Warm clothing is essential as most of the time will be spent outside. Torches will be provided. The only toilet facilities may be those on board the coaches. **Sightings of the Northern Lights cannot be guaranteed.**



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: The morning is at sea, sailing the coast of Norway. Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar presentation.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: The ship is scheduled to arrive in Alta at 4:30 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: Join this included excursion for the best chance of seeing the amazing natural phenomena of the Aurora Borealis, world renowned as the “Northern Lights”. After an early dinner on board the ship, attend an interesting lecture by your expert guide. As a group, you will plan and decide on the best location for viewing the Northern Lights that evening, based on the latest meteorological forecasts. Then board the coach and travel to your selected spot, far away from any light pollution. Enjoy a campfire out in the wilderness as you hunt for a glimpse of this incredible natural phenomenon, a colorful display of light created by emissions of photons in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Take in the quiet and beautiful scenery of your secluded position as your guide tells you stories of the region and gives tips on how to take good photographs of the light phenomena. Warm drinks and snacks will also be served while here. One by one the coaches will then depart for the return journey back to the ship, with the last coach returning around 0100.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 66: Alta, Norway
(Sunday, March 8)

Note: This field trip is by coach and involves limited walking in and around the Igloo Hotel but it will be over ice and snow.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Discover the enchanting Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel on this excursion, a truly remarkable structure which is made entirely of ice and snow. Board your coach and travel to the hotel, which is about 13 miles from Alta and should take approximately 30 minutes to reach. Along the way your guide will give a talk on the history, culture and day-to-day life in this area. The Igloo Hotel is constructed anew every year, and is only able to stay open from January to April, before it begins to melt in the warmer weather. This fascinating structure can accommodate 60 guests who sleep on reindeer furs to keep warm in the icy temperatures, which usually average between minus 4 and minus 7 degrees Celsius. The public lounges and bar are decorated with ice sculptures carved by local artists, and you will be able to enjoy a drink in the bar served, of course, in an ice-glass. Take a fascinating look around the hotel before heading back to Alta through picturesque winter landscapes.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 67: Honningsvag, Norway
(Monday, March 9)

Note: Today's excursion is unguided, allowing you to explore the North Cape site at leisure. Most of the walking in the center and out to the cliffs is optional, and at your own discretion, but you will encounter a few steps.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Honningsvag - the true gateway to the North Cape - is the world's northernmost village. It's a modern fishing harbor in a spectacular landscape of forests, fjords, and waterfalls on the southern side of the island of Mageroy, connected to the North Cape by a 35km road. From mid-May to the end of July, the Midnight sun remains above the horizon leading to 24 hour daylight. Occassionally there is a spectacular sight of a carpet of low clouds over the sea. Today, you will journey along the coastline, past a flat mountain plateau, to the bleak North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland in Europe. Once at the North Cape, enjoy an independent visit where you can stand on the 300m high cliffs and admire the views and also visit the extraordinary North Cape Hall, cut into the rock. Here you can visit the small ecumenical St. John's chapel, joined by tunnel to the visitor's center, and watch an excellent film (repeated every 30 minutes) showing the region through the seasons.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 68: Tromso, Norway
(Tuesday, March 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Drive to the stunning Arctic Cathedral, designed to reflect the nature of the region; the spires, for example, are said to represent crevasses and the whole eastern wall is constructed of glass. After an independent visit, continue to the interesting Polar Museum where a guided visit will introduce you to Arctic life, hunting and the polar explore Roald Amundsen. You'll also enjoy a short sightseeing drive through the city including a photoshop at attractive Lake Prestvannet.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 69: Leknes, Lofoten Islands, Norway
(Wednesday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: This tour takes you around one of the islands of Lofoten which has some of the most spectacular scenery in Norway as well as some of the world’s richest fishing waters. Vestvågøy - where the village of Leknes is situated - is the second largest island in Lofoten. First the coach drives through the small village of Leknes which is the administrative centre of the island, with approximately 3000 inhabitants. This is a round-trip on the island, driving through rich farm land to the beautiful white sandy beaches on the west side of the island, a dramatic contrast to the cragged, weather-beaten rocks and mountains behind them. The coach continues to Borg for a visit to the Lofotr Viking museum. At Borg archaeologists have discovered a chieftain’s farmstead containing sensational finds bearing witness to a centre of power during the Viking period. The main house is the largest Viking building ever uncovered (83 metres long and 9 metres high). A copy has been built next to the excavation ground and you will feel as if you were transported back to the year 900. Before ending the tour there is a drive up to the viewpoint at Unstad for a beautiful view of the little settlement far below. Unstad is just a cluster of farms on the west side of the island facing the Atlantic Ocean without any protection at all. You tour will end at the pier in Leknes.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 70: At Sea
(Thursday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 71: Bergen, Norway
(Friday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Walking from the quay you'll pass Bergenhus Fortress, dating from 1261 when Bergen was the capital of Norway, and continue along the Bryggen to admire its wooden wharf buildings (reconstructed in the 18th century after a fire in 1702 reduce the city to ashes). You'll visit the Assembly Rooms, "Schotstuene", where Hanseats enjoyed their food and social life. You will also visit the Hanseatic Museum, which provides an authentic picture of the working life of the German merchants and their apprentices. Continue on foot to the lower station of the funicular, and then ascend by funicular to the summit of Mount Floyen. Despite being only 320m above sea level, on a clear day you will have wonderful views of Bergen and out to the North sea. Descend by funicular and walk back to the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 72: At Sea
(Saturday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 73: At Sea
(Sunday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 74: Portsmouth / Disembark / London, UK
(Monday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to London. Check in to the hotel for 2 nights.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local pub.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to explore London on your own, or relax and unpack at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 75: London, UK
(Tuesday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Wrap up your adventure with a visit to the to the British Museum. The African Gallery is the world's largest (and best in terms of range and quality) with over 200,000 objects from across the continent on display, including a brass head of a Yoruba ruler from Iife in Nigeria and the Tree of Life sculpture, made of weapons from Mozambique’s 17-year civil war. Have some free time at the museum to explore the exhibits.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Have some free time to explore on your own before transferring back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel or a nearby restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 76: London / Departures
(Wednesday, March 18)

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 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights returning to the US.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  London British Museum
England's largest museum and one of the oldest in the world, this famous museum boasts vast Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, European and Middle Eastern galleries, among many others. Begun in 1753 with a 'cabinet of curiosities' bequeathed by Sir Hans Sloane to the nation on his death, the collection mushroomed over the ensuing years partly through plundering the empire. Among the must-sees are the Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Egyptian hiero­glyphics, discovered in 1799; the controversial Parthenon Sculptures, stripped from the walls of the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin (the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire), and which Greece wants returned; the stunning Oxus Treasure of 7th- to 4th-century-BC Persian gold; and the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo burial relics. For additional information, visit http://www.britishmuseum.org/
  London Eye
The London Eye began spinning at the southwestern end of Jubilee Gardens in 2000. Not only has it fundamentally altered the South Bank skyline but, standing 135m tall in a fairly flat city, it is visible from many parts of the city. A ride – or 'flight', as it is called here – in one of the wheel's 32 glass-enclosed eye pods holding up to 28 people draws 3.5 million visitors annually. At peak times (July, August and school holidays) save money and shorten queues by buying tickets online. Alternatively, visit before 11am or after 3pm to avoid peak density. A ride takes 30 minutes and, weather permitting, you can see 25 miles in every direction from the top. Together with its 23m-tall spindle, the hub of the London Eye weighs 330 tonnes, more than 20 times the weight of Big Ben. For additional information, visit http://www.londoneye.com/
  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
The original Globe theatre was erected in 1599. Rival to the Rose Theatre, all was well but did not end well when the Globe burned down within two hours during a performance in 1613 (a stage cannon ignited the thatched roof). Its present-day incarnation is the vision of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker who sadly died before the opening night in 1997. Admission includes the exhibition hall and guided tour of the theatre (departing every 15 to 30 minutes), faithfully reconstructed from oak beams, handmade bricks, lime plaster and thatch. Tours shift to the nearby Rose Theatre instead when matinees are being staged in season. From April to October plays are performed, and while Shakespeare and his contemporaries dominate, modern plays are also staged. As in Elizabethan times, seatless 'groundlings' can watch in all-weather conditions for the best views. There's no protection from the elements and you'll have to stand, but it's an unforgettable experience. For additional information, visit http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/
  Tower of London
One of London's four World Heritage Sites, the Tower offers a window on to a gruesome and quite compelling history. In the 1070s, William the Conqueror started work on the White Tower to replace the castle he'd previously had built here. By 1285, two walls with towers and a moat were built around it and the defences have barely been altered since. A former royal residence, treasury, mint and arsenal, it became most famous as a prison when Henry VIII moved to Whitehall Palace in 1529. The most striking building is indeed the central White Tower, with its solid Romanesque architecture and four turrets. Today it houses a collection from the Royal Armouries, including Henry VIII's commodious suit of armour. On the 2nd floor is St John's Chapel, dating from 1080 and therefore the oldest church in London. To the north stands Waterloo Barracks, which now contains the spectacular and newly redisplayed Crown Jewels, including the platinum crown of the late Queen Mother, set with the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) diamond and the Imperial State Crown. On the far side of the White Tower rises the Bloody Tower, where the 12-year-old Edward V and his little brother were held 'for their own safety' and later murdered. Sir Walter Raleigh did a 13-year stretch here, when he wrote his History of the World. On the small green in front of the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula stood Henry VIII's scaffold, where seven people, including Anne Boleyn and her cousin Catherine Howard (Henry's second and fifth wives) were beheaded. Enjoy an entertaining free guided tour with any of the Beefeaters (Yeoman Warders). Hour-long tours leave every 30 minutes from the bridge near the main entrance. Book online for cheaper rates for the Tower. For additional information, visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/
  Victoria & Albert Museum
The Victoria & Albert Museum has the finest collection of decorative art and design ever assembled and galleries are being redeveloped and reinvented all the time. Visitors are particularly drawn to the fashion displays and the Islamic and Asian galleries with their carpets, ceramics, and ornate arms and armour. For additional information, visit http://www.vam.ac.uk/
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Suggested Reading List


Africa, a Biography of the Continent


Author: John Reader


Description: With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.



Cry, The Beloved Country


Author: Alan Paton


Description: The deeply moving story of Reverend Kumalo's quest for justice. First published in 1948, it is a striking, poetic tribute to the power of the individual and a trenchant indictment of apartheid.



Eyewitness Guide Canary Islands


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: This compact, visually appealing guide features excellent short essays on the history, nature and attractions of the islands, color photographs and many maps.



Eyewitness Guide Norway


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: This handsome, illustrated guide covers nature, culture, history and attractions.



Fodor's London's 25 Best


Author: Louise Nicholson


Description: This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops.



Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


Author: Jonathan Kingdon


Description: A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. Includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps.



Lonely Planet Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles


Author: Tom Masters


Description: This excellent practical guide includes maps, travel details and a good overview of the culture, history and nature of the islands.



Long Walk to Freedom


Author: Nelson Mandela


Description: An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela's autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout.



Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitors Guide


Author: Hilary Bradt, Nick Garbutt, Derek Schuurman


Description: This handy guide describes and illustrates in color photographs 250 species of Malagasy animals, not just the lemurs, fossas and other endemic mammals but also birds, reptiles and invertebrates. With chapters on habitats, ecology and conservation. Third edition.



Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings


Author: John Haywood


Description: The history of the Vikings told through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. This book traces the routes of the ninth-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and onto the New World.



The Fellowship of Ghosts, Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun


Author: Paul Watkins


Description: Novelist Watkins tries his hand at travel, interweaving a memoir of his own experiences in Norway with those of early eccentric visitors. His solo wanderings also take into account the beautiful Norwegian countryside, with vivid descriptions of dramatic cliffs and expansive snowfields.



The Northern Lights, The True Story of the Man Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Aurora Borealis


Author: Lucy Jago


Description: The compelling story of Kristian Birkeland, the turn-of-the-century Norwegian scientist who devoted his career to understanding the aurora borealis, this book also covers the science, history, myth and romance of the phenomenon.



The Song of the Dodo


Author: David Quammen


Description: Clearly written and engaging, Quammen narrates his adventures on the trail of natural wonders in Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Galapagos and Komodo and explains complex evolutionary phenomena with humor, wit and understanding.



The Zambesi Expedition, To the Zambesi River and Its Tributaries


Author: David Livingstone


Description: Livingstone's original account of his second expedition to Africa, first published in 1864 -- a sympathetic portrait of African peoples, rich in nature, culture and politics.



Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide


Author: Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)


Description: This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.





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