21169
Argentina/Falkland Islands/Antarctica
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands
Join experts aboard an expedition ship as you discuss the vibrant culture of Buenos Aires, maritime history of the Falklands and pristine environments of Antarctic islands.
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Program No. 21169RJ
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26 days
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26 days
25 nights
66 meals
23 B 21 L 22 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrivals / Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
D
Intersur Recoleta

Lunch: On your own.

Dinner: Join your study leader for the program orientation. We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and contact numbers for key staff; and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather or other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After orientation, enjoy a welcome dinner at the program hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Buenos Aires / Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo
B,L
Dazzler Montevideo

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Join a local expert for an exploration of Buenos Aires. Get acquainted with Buenos Aires via the city's major neighborhoods and attractions. Points of interest include the Main Square, Plaza de Mayo, surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Presidential Headquarters Office), the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall) and the Cathedral.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel to pick up your luggage then transfer to the Ferry Terminal for a journey across the Rio de la Plata to the city of Montevideo, Uruguay. The ferry ride takes approximately 3 hours. Check into the Montevideo Hotel for 1 night.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample local flavors. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Montevideo / Embark MS Expedition
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,D
M/S Expedition

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

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Discover Montevideo: Get an overview of Montevideo’s monuments, parks and gardens. See the Old City, Constitution Square, Colonial Town Hall, Solis Theatre, and Independence Square at the center of which stands a monument dedicated to national hero, José Gervasio Artigas and his Mausoleum. Drive along the main commercial street, 18 de Julio Avenue, lined with shops, cafés and office buildings. Stop in front of the Congress Building: This immense building is the pride of Uruguay. It was constructed between 1908 and 1925 with local marble of 52 colors and 12 types of wood. Visit one of the oldest parks in the city which hosts the famous sculpture La Diligencia (The Stage Coach), Monument to the last Charrúa Indians. Then stop at Plaza Virgilio, with a monument dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of the Navy.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Meet back at the hotel for the transfer to the MS Expedition. Embark the ship for 20 nights.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: The ship will set sail for the Falkland Islands.

DAY
5
At Sea
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Activity note: Please note that on board activities and lectures are subject to change. With course set southeast, become acquainted with the ship. Enjoy the lecture and educational sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: As we make the passage south, you will have time to become acquainted with the ship and the onboard crew and staff. Spend time on the deck spotting wildlife including albatross and always keeping your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins. We also begin the lecture and information sessions to learn extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Educational programming continues on board the ship

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
At Sea
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: The educational program will continue with lectures and presentations from the on board crew as you make your way toward the Falkland Islands.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Educational programming continues on board the ship

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
At Sea
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Enjoy the educational programming on board as you continue sailing towards the Falkland Islands.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue sailing towards the Falkland Islands. Your study leader will be among the ships lecturers on some days.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
The Falkland Islands
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

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

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Nesting Albatross, penguins and elephant seals are abundant. Port Stanley provides an opportunity to meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colorful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters. Witness the biological diversity and spectacular scenery of the southern islands on a stop at the Falkland Islands. With any luck, catch a glimpse of penguins like the Magellanic, Rockhopper and Gentoo species. Keep a look out for some of the island's other wildlife like sea lions, king cormorants, black-browned albatross, skuas, night herons, giant petrels, striated caracaras, and sheep. Later, stop at Port Stanley for an opportunity to meet the locals. The town is the capital of the Falkland Islands and most locals head there to do their shopping, visit the post office, or go golfing. The bomb disposal unit from the Falklands War in 1982 is also in the town as well as several war museums.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Falkland Islands

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Falkland Islands
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue exploring the Falkland Islands with your study leader and the expedition staff. Mingle with fellow travellers, both Road Scholar and non-Road Scholar.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Falkland Islands

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
At Sea- the Great Southern Ocean
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Sailing east now, set course for South Georgia Island. Days at sea will be filled with lectures to prepare for South Georgia. Enjoy plenty of time on deck to identify the abundant sea birds of the south ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for the whales that inhabit these waters.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: The educational program will continue with lectures and presentations from the on board crew. On deck, continue to keep your eye out for whales and sea birds.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
At Sea- the Great Southern Ocean
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue to sail towards South Georgia on the Southern Ocean.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: The educational programming continues on board as the ship sails towards South Georgia island. Continue to watch for sea birds and whales from deck or relax on board.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
South Georgia Island
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

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

Breakfast: On board the ship.

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

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring South Georgia Island

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
South Georgia Island
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

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

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue your 3 day exploration of South Georgia Island.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
South Georgia Island
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue exploring the many extraordinary cultural and natural facets of South Georgia Island.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of South Georgia Island.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
South Georgia Island
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue exploring the many extraordinary cultural and natural facets of South Georgia Island.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring South Georgia Island

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
At Sea
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Plotting a southwesterly course we make way towards legendary Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands. The waters are rich with nutrients and the long summer days provide the ingredients that is missing most of the year. The result is a complex food chain topped by several species of whales, seals and seabirds.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue sailing towards the South Shetland Islands.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
At Sea
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: The educational programming continues on board as you sail towards the South Shetland Islands. Watch for whales and sea birds from the deck, or relax on board.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy expert lectures on board as you sail Antarctic waters.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
18
South Shetland Islands and Antarctica
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

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

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting), and encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history. During the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramaptic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
19
Antarctica and South Shetland Islands
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue your exploration of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica. All excursions are mixed with Road Scholars and other passengers.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
20
Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands.
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue to explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctica Peninsula.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: The Antarctic expedition goes on. Your expert guides will help identify unique geography and wildlife in this frozen land.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
21
Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Join the staff and other passengers in a continuation of the Antarctic expedition.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: This is your last day in Antarctica before continuing on through the windy Drake Passage.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
22
At Sea- the Drake Passage
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Today, start the 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th-century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The MS Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. At some point on the second day cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer sub-antarctic water moving in the opposite direction. It is the largest biological barrier on earth and is marked by a change in temperature, salinity and nutrient levels. The north flowing Antarctic waters predominantly sink beneath southward moving sub-antarctic waters. While further south, associated areas of mixing and upwelling waters have created an ocean very high in marine productivity. In passing this zone, you will have entered the most nutrient-rich waters on earth- the Southern Ocean.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue sailing the Drake Passage. The educational programming on board will take place during days at sea. Your study leader will be among the speakers giving presentations to the whole ship.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
23
At Sea- Drake Passage
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue crossing the Drake Passage. Wandering Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrals are among the species of seabirds that may join you on your journey into Antarctica.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Participate in the onboard educational programming as you cross the Drake Passage.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
24
At Sea- Drake Passage
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue crossing the Drake Passage.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Participate in the onboard educational programming as you cross the Drake Passage.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
25
Depart Ushuaia
In Flight
B

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Our adventure comes to a close. After breakfast, we will say our goodbyes as we disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

DAY
26
Arrivals back to North America.
In Flight





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