21788
Antarctica
Expedition Antarctica: Fly to and Discover This Icy World
Join us on the only study cruise that flies over the Drake Passage instead of sailing it! Discover the fantasy-like wonders of Antarctica on this one-of-a-kind adventure.
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Program No. 21788RJ
Length
15 days
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14,995
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15 days
14 nights
36 meals
12 B 12 L 12 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Flights arrive in Santiago, Chile
Santiago
L,D
DoubleTree Santiago - Viticura

Lunch: Arrive in Santiago, Chile, and transfer to the hotel. A light lunch will be served. Check in and take the afternoon to unpack and relax.

Afternoon: Chile's capital city is a sophisticated, sprawling metropolis wedged between the Andes and mountainous coastal range, and is home to 6 million Santiaguinos - one third of Chile's population. On an overview of the city by private motorcoach, we'll discover the city's main landmarks including the La Moneda presidential palace. Originally a colonial mint, it was designed by Italian architect, Joaquín Toesca. Walk through the Plaza de Armas main square, surrounded by beautiful buildings. Then drive up San Cristobal Hill, where you'll get a panoramic view of the city and the omnipresent Andes.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance of the hotel.

DAY
3
Santiago, Chile - Wines of Chile
Santiago
B,L,D
DoubleTree Santiago - Viticura

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Orientation, followed by an excursion to Chile's wine country. Start at the famed Santa Rita Winery in the Maipo Valley. A visit to the Santa Rita installations in Alto Jahuel constitutes a fascinating trip through Chilean history and viticulture. Santa Rita was founded in 1880, and was owned for many years by one of the country’s most famous poets. They pioneered the planting of Bordeaux varietals and now are considered one of the best wineries of the country. In the May 2007 issue of Wine Spectator their 2002 flagship Cabernet was rated 92 points.

Lunch: Enjoy a gourmet 3-course lunch paired with Medalla Real wines in the winery's Doña Paula restaurant, housed in one of the estate's historic buildings, itself a National Monument.

Afternoon: After lunch explore the Museum of the Andes (Museum Andino), which houses a stunning private collection of indigenous art and culture of Chile.Then discover one of the most important and productive wineries in Chile, Concha y Toro Vineyard. Founded in 1883 near the picturesque little town of Pirque, it still maintains all the traditions of Chilean wines. The Wine Advocate awarded their icon Carmenere wine, Carmin de Peumo 2005, 97 points.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Evening at leisure.

DAY
4
Santiago, Fly to Puerto Natales, Transfer to explora lodge
Torres del Paine National Park
B,L,D
explora Patagonia

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Transfer to the airport for a group flight to Puerto Natales, Chile

Lunch: Lunch en route

Afternoon: Arrive in Puerto Natales and transfer to Torres del Paine National Park in the heart of Chilean Patagonia. Overnight at explora Patagonia, located by Lake Pehoé, at the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, explora Patagonia has a privileged location from where to go out and explore the park.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge

DAY
5
Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park
B,L,D
explora Patagonia

Activity note: Programming activities at explora.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge

Morning: Programming activities at explora. Briefing on Torres del Paine National Park and the day’s activities. Depart for Torres del Paine National Park with packed lunches be prepared for all seasons – hats, sunscreen, raingear, binoculars, cameras, etc. What you don’t need can be left in the vans.

Lunch: lunch dependent on activities

Afternoon: Continue activities through explora.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge

DAY
6
Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park
B,L,D
explora Patagonia

Activity note: Programming activities at explora.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge

Morning: Programming activities at explora. Briefing on Torres del Paine National Park and the day’s activities. Depart for Torres del Paine National Park with packed lunches be prepared for all seasons – hats, sunscreen, raingear, binoculars, cameras, etc. What you don’t need can be left in the vans.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge

Afternoon: Continue activities through explora.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge

DAY
7
Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas
B,L,D
Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge. Bag lunches to take on bus to Punta Arenas

Morning: Coach to Punta Arenas.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Arrive in Punta Arenas. In the afternoon, you will attend a briefing to provide important information about your upcoming voyage and review the essential guidelines for your Antarctic voyage.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner to meet your Antarctica expedition staff and travel mates. Up until today, you have traveled exclusively as a Road Scholar group. The following voyage to Antarctica aboard the Ocean Nova will also include non-Road Scholar passengers from around the world.

DAY
8
Punta Arenas - Fly to Antarctica
At Sea - Antarctica
B,L,D
M/V Ocean Nova

Activity note: The distance between the airfield and the shoreline is a downhill 15-20 minute (1.5 mile) easy walk. Staff is available to drive those passengers who prefer not to walk. The transfer to the ship is done by Zodiac boat. Mobility is essential for getting on and off the ship.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Morning at leisure as you prepare for your flight to Antarctica. Transfer to the airport. Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands.

Lunch: Lunch en route

Afternoon: Arrive in Antarctica! As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the surrounding Chile's Frei Station and Russia's Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your vessel. At Frei Base, facilities are quite essential - do not expect an air and a sea terminal as you may find in most cities of the world. The airfield, called Aerodromo Teniente Marsh, is located in the heights of Frei Base. At a distance of about 3km (1.5miles) downhill, close to the horeline of Fildes Bay, passengers can take advantage of transit facilities. Here hot drinks are available, as well as toilets. The "Ocean Nova" is anchored in the middle of Fildes Bay. Since at Frei Station there are no docking facilities, the transfer of passengers and their luggage between the coast and the vessel is performed by Zodiac Boats. Staff will take care of transporting participant luggage on board the aircraft and the ship. Participants are required to take care only of their personal carry on luggage. At Frei Base you will be provided with a lightweight life jacket that must be worn at all times in the Zodiac while cruising.

Dinner: Dinner on board the MV Ocean Nova

DAY
9
Antarctica
At Sea - Antarctica
B,L,D
M/V Ocean Nova

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: No journey to Antarctica is the same, and flexibility is the key to a successful voyage. The on board Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel or many other magnificent places.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow Road Scholar participants and ship guests.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
10
Antarctica
At Sea - Antarctica
B,L,D
M/V Ocean Nova

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the compnay of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow Road Scholar participants and ship guests.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
11
Antarctica
At Sea - Antarctica
B,L,D
M/V Ocean Nova

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the compnay of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow Road Scholar participants and ship guests.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
12
Antarctica
At Sea - Antarctica
B,L,D
M/V Ocean Nova

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the compnay of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow Road Scholar participants and ship guests.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

DAY
13
Antarctica / Fly to Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas
B,L,D
Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to pack and prepare for your flight home.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

DAY
14
Punta Arenas - Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

DAY
15
Flights return to North America
In Flight





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