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Road Scholar World Academy Semester 2: Victoria Falls to the North Cape

Program Number: 21457RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/26/2015 - 3/18/2015;
Duration: 51 nights
Location: South Africa/Namibia/Saint Helena/Cape Verde/Canary Islands/Madeira Islands/Portugal/Spain/England/Norway
Price starting at: $14,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 142; 49 Breakfasts, 45 Lunches, 48 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

While shorter than the full Road Scholar World Academy itinerary, this seven-week semester is still a grand odyssey. Begin at magnificent Victoria Falls then meet your ship for a voyage up the coast of Africa and to some of the Atlantic’s most remote and fascinating islands. Then prepare for an in-depth exploration of Norway that brings you north of the Arctic Circle and, with luck, gives you a look at the brilliant Northern Lights.




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

Johannesburg (South Africa), 1 night; Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), 2 nights; aboard Voyager, 44 nights; London (England), 2 nights.



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


Day 2: Arrival Johannesburg (South Africa):

Meet your group leader and fellow participants for program orientation.



Days 3-4: Flight to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe):

Experience awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and learn the true story of Dr. David Livingstone.



Day 5: Flight to Cape Town (South Africa) / embark Voyager:

Enjoy some free time to explore this lovely coastal metropolis before setting sail.



Days 6-7: 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 8-9: 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 10-13: 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 14-16: 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 17-21: 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 22-24: At Sea / Gran Canaria (Canary Islands):

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



Days 25-26: Tenerife:

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



Day 27: 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 28: 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 29-30: 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 31-32: At Sea / La Coruña (Spain):

Journey to Santiago de Compostela, the famous Spanish pilgrimage site. Visit the Romanesque cathedral and more.



Days 33-36: 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 37: Kristiansund (Norway):

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



Day 38: Bronnoysund:

At the Norwegian Aquaculture Center, learn about the important fish farming industry in Norway through interactive exhibits.



Day 39: 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 40-41: 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 42: 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.



Day 43: 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 44: 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 45-48: 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 49-51: 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
   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
 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

 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

 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: http://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 at orientation on Day 3 at the Holiday Inn Sandton in Johannesburg You will be staying at Holiday Inn Sandton that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on Day 52 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London 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:  Johannesburg
  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 Johannesburg, South Africa
(Monday, January 26)
   
 Depart From: Depart from home for overnight flight to Johannesburg

Day 2: En route
(Tuesday, January 27)
   
 In Transit: In transit en route to Johannesburg

Day 3: Arrival in Johannesburg
(Wednesday, January 28)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive to Johannesburg, South Africa. In the late afternoon meet your group leader for a program orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. 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. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Sandton
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: 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: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel to check in for 2 nights.
 Afternoon: 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: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 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 colourful 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 6: 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. 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 7: 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 8: Luderitz, Namibia
(Monday, February 2)

Note: Moderate walking is required. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes, a sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.



   
 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 at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: 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 enjoy 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Walvis Bay, Namibia
(Wednesday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark the ship, and board a 4x4 vehicle for a desert adventure to Walvis Bay Lagoon. The greater wetlands area supports over 40 species of birds; it's population of over 150,000 is the greatest concentration of shorebirds and seabirds in southern Africa. From the lagoon, you'll have the chance to properly stretch your legs at Dune 7 - the highest dune in the area. If you are up to the challenge of climbing to the top, the views of the Skeleton Coast is fascinating. Moon-walk down the dunes and set off to explore the desert area behind the dunes known as the Lunar Landscape. Gently undulated hills and gulllies, covered with a crust of stone and aeon-hardened sand, present yet more other-worldly impressions.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 inhabitnat - Johathan the Tortoise. Stop for a photostop at Ladder Hill whereyou 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 Flort and "Pilourinho" - a slavery monument at the center of the city. Concluding your tour will be a stop for refreshements 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 23: 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 24: 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 25: 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: 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 26: 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 centre 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 27: 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 photostop 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 awareded 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 28: 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, modelled 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 29: 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 centre, 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 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 30: 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 31: 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 32: 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 33: 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: Enjoy some free time in town before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34: 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 35: 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 36: 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 37: 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 38: 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 folksongs, 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 39: Bronnoysund, Norway
(Thursday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Most of Norway is ocean, and utilising 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. The groups will be served fresh, grilled salmon.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: The ship is scheduled to depart Bronnoysund at 2:30PM. Your afternoon is at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 40: 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, historically, 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, Dinner

Day 41: Alta, Norway
(Saturday, March 7)

Note: This excursion is dependent on good weather conditions and will be cancelled if they are unfavourable. 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 colourful 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 1:00AM.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 42: 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 43: 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 44: 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 aslo 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 45: 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 46: 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 47: 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 warf buildings (reconstructed in teh 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 48: 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 49: 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. You may want to spend this time packing as we disembark in the morning for our journey in London.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 50: Portsmouth / Disembark / London
(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 on your own.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free to explore London on your own, or relax and unpack at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own in London. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions and local favorites.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 51: London
(Tuesday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Wrap up your adventure with a visit to the British Museum. The African Gallery, the world's largest (and best in terms of range and quality) with over 200,000 objects from across the continent, is on display, including a brass head of a Yoruba ruler from Ife 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 a nearby restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 52: London / Departures
(Wednesday, March 18)

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 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 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.



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.



Ghosts of Spain


Author: Giles Tremlett


Description: Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.



Lonely Planet Pocket London


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: A practical city guide to the city of London that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map.



Norway Map


Author: Michelin Travel Publications


Description: A handsome map of Norway at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with a place index and shaded relief.



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 Body in the Fjord


Author: Katherine Hall Page


Description: A Faith Fairchild mystery, distinguished by its intricate plot and its setting along the fjords of Norway. Hall Page, as usual, includes a section of recipes at the end (part-time sleuth Faith Fairchild is, after all, a caterer).



The Emperor's Last Island, A Journey to St. Helena


Author: Julia Blackburn


Description: Not simply a travelogue, this book is a wonderfully written portrait of the island and its culture by an inventive novelist. Blackburn displays her impressive historical research in this account of Napoleon's final six years



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 Story of England


Author: Christopher Hibbert


Description: Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion.



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.



Through the Eyes of the Vikings, An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands


Author: Robert B. Haas


Description: In this captivating collection of oversized aerial photographs, Haas (Through the Eyes of the Gods) reveals the surprising diversity of color and life in the arctic landscape, including Norwegian fjords, Alaskan tundras and Swedish waterscapes.



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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