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Antarctica

Mission to Antarctica: Fly to an Icy World of Discovery

Enjoy a rare flight over the Drake Passage to board an expedition ship, discovering the gleaming fjords, unique wildlife, pristine waters and legendary explorations of Antarctica.
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Antarctica

Mission to Antarctica: Fly to an Icy World of Discovery

Enjoy a rare flight over the Drake Passage to board an expedition ship, discovering the gleaming fjords, unique wildlife, pristine waters and legendary explorations of Antarctica.
Length
12 days
Starts at
15,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 22058 RJ
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Jan 15 - Jan 26, 2022
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DATES & PRICES

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Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Jan 15 - Jan 26, 2022
Micro group
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 20,599
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Nov. 30, 2021 for free air from Miami!

At a Glance

Discover the otherworldly, frozen realm of Antarctica on a study cruise that flies over the Drake Passage rather than sailing it. Crossing the Drake Passage takes more than two days in each direction, a voyage often made unpleasant by rough seas. Fly over the passage instead on a plane from Chile to an Antarctic base, where you meet the ship and immediately get started exploring.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Mobility is required to get in and out of Zodiac inflatable boats. Walking on uneven, hilly and slippery terrain.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Make the most of your journey to Antarctica by flying over the Drake Passage in just two hours rather than spending four days at sea sailing across it.
  • Marvel at fjords, icebergs and wildlife like whales, seals and penguins from hand-picked landing sites by Zodiac boat and from aboard your ice-strengthened vessel.
  • Spend two nights in Punta Arenas, a launching point of Antarctic expeditions located on the Straight of Magellan.

General Notes

Flights to Antarctica can be delayed due to weather conditions. There is a contingency plan in place in the event of a multi-day delay that will be sent with your first mailing.
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Robyn Steegstra
Since her first experience leading learning adventures in the Soviet Union almost 30 years ago, Robyn Steegstra has never stayed home in Boston for long. She has worked aboard a riverboat in Russia, managed shore excursions on an ocean liner and now spends winters on ships in the Antarctic. She was honored to spend five years leading groups of World War II veterans around European battlefields, and regards having been in Normandy for the 50th anniversary of D-Day as a highlight of her career.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Since her first experience leading learning adventures in the Soviet Union almost 30 years ago, Robyn Steegstra has never stayed home in Boston for long. She has worked aboard a riverboat in Russia, managed shore excursions on an ocean liner and now spends winters on ships in the Antarctic. She was honored to spend five years leading groups of World War II veterans around European battlefields, and regards having been in Normandy for the 50th anniversary of D-Day as a highlight of her career.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Penguins, The Ultimate Guide
by Tui De Roy
Featuring more than 400 photographs, this is the traveler's ultimate guide to the world's 18 species of penguins. Includes scientific discussions on penguin conservation, profiles, facts and tips on where to see them in Antarctica.
Lonely Planet Antarctica
by Lonely Planet
Alexis Averbuck, author of the new edition of this compact and surprisingly handy guide, expands coverage of Ushuaia, the Falklands and South Georgia. With a wildlife guide and contributions from 26 Antarctic experts on the history, geology, wildlife and future of Antarctica.
The Crystal Desert
by David Campbell
A biologist with the heart of a poet, Campbell focuses on the fossils, glaciers and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula in these vivid essays.
The Last Viking, The Life of Roald Amundsen
by Stephen R. Bown
Bown plumbs newspaper archives, Amundsen's own words and contemporary accounts for this tale of the unusual and hugely accomplished explorer, first to the South Pole, first across both the Northeast and Northwest passages and a pioneer of polar aviation.
1912, The Year the World Discovered Antarctica
by Chris Turney
Turney looks at the great leap forward in Antarctic science that was made 100 years ago with the expeditions of not just Scott and Amundsen but also those of Mawson, Filchner and Shirase. A brisk and engaging history of science and exploration in the Antarctic. An Australian scientist himself, Turney sees Mawson as the scientific hero of the age.
Alone in Antarctica, The First Woman to Ski Solo Across the Southern Ice
by Felicity Aston
In this inspirational memoir, Felicity Aston describes her pioneering journey -- skiing across the whole of Antarctica -- while meditating on human vulnerability, struggle and the experience of solitude in the Information Age.
The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography
by Sophie Gordon, David Hempleman-Adams, Emma Stuart
Here in one handsome book are hundreds of haunting photographs by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley, drawn from the albums they created during the two most famous Antarctic explorations. The stunning images are accompanied by lively essays, maps, paintings and other ephemera from the Royal Collection.
Melting Away, Images of the Arctic and Antarctic
by Camille Seaman
In her masterful series of 75 portraits and essays, Camille Seaman shows how climate change has wreaked havoc on both the North and South Poles.
Southern Light, Images from Antarctica
by David Neilson (Photographer)
Photographer David Neilson has turned his six journeys to the ice over the last 20 years, often with the Australian Antarctic Program (and sometimes lugging a 30-pound large format camera), into a coffee-table tribute to the continent and its wildlife. Includes 130 color and 100 rich black-and-white oversized photographs, gate-folds and double-page spreads that portray the drama and beauty of the Antarctic.
Antarctica, A Guide to the Wildlife
by Tony Soper
Designed for the field, this compact handbook features all the species of birds, seals and whales the traveler is likely to encounter on an Antarctic voyage.
Antarctic Explorer Map
by Ocean Explorer
A full-color map of the Antarctic Peninsula, including Tierra del Fuego, the Falklands and South Georgia, at a scale of 1:2,750,000. With a map of the Antarctic continent on the reverse.
The Oceanites Site Guide to the Antarctic Peninsula
by Ron Naveen
The guide, which supports the Antarctic Site Inventory Project, covers 40 prime visitor sites in detail. It also includes some of the best photography we've seen. Second edition.
The Last Place on Earth, Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole
by Roland Huntford
Igniting huge controversy when it first appeared, Huntford's rousing dual biography contrasts Amundsen's well-planned campaign to achieve the Pole with Scott's ill-fated quest.
Antarctica, A Call to Action
by Sebastian Copeland
Copeland's collection of striking photographs includes a three-page list of sensible suggestions to protect the planet.
Where the Earth Ends, A Journey Beyond Patagonia
by John Harrison
A spirited tale of adventures in the southern tip of South America, south from the Pampas and Patagonia to Punta Arenas, the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia -- and Antarctica.
End of the Earth, Voyaging to Antarctica
by Peter Matthiessen
In this fine book, the result of two voyages, Matthiessen captures the magic of polar landscapes and wildlife, along with the camaraderie of a ship-based polar expedition.
Antarctic Wildlife
by James Lowen
Produced by a shipboard naturalist, this handy identification guide focuses on the Beagle Channel, Drake and Peninsula regions.
Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing
Lansing's gripping day-by-day story of Shackleton's legendary perseverance is essential reading for any Antarctic traveler. This 100th anniversary edition is outfitted with maps, an expanded selection of Frank Hurley's photographs and an introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick.
The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning, A Polar Journey
by Carol Devine, Wendy Trusler
An insightful miscellany from a 55-person environmental cleanup expedition in Bellingshausen, Antarctica. The authors’ travelogue is supplemented by 42 recipes, anecdotes, journal entries, vignettes and captivating photography.
Penguins of the World
by Wayne Lynch
Lynch weaves delightful tales of penguins, their habitats and habits, with hundreds of glorious full-color photographs.
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12 days
11 nights
25 meals
9 B 8 L 8 D
DAY
1
Flights depart North America
In Flight
DAY
2
Flights arrive in Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas
D
Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Activity note: You will have to change planes in Santiago de Chile. Follow Immigration and Custom procedure. Please note that you may have to collect your luggage and check it through to the final destination.

Afternoon: After checking in to the hotel and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas
B,L,D
Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Activity note: Our city exploration by motorcoach and on foot will last approximately three hours. Walking up to one mile and standing for about one hour at a time on paved cobblestone streets.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Discover the best of Punta Arenas and learn about the history of this patagonian city which was Founded in 1848. It flourished as a port of call and coaling station until the opening of the Panama Canal (1914) and the replacement of coal (still mined nearby) by fuel oil as a maritime fuel. Some beautiful building are the prove of that time of wealth. Now it is the service centre of a large sheep-raising area, it processes and exports hides, wool, and frozen mutton.

Lunch: Light Lunch.

Afternoon: Briefing with the expedition staff 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 other Antarctica travelers. The following voyage to Antarctica aboard the Ocean Nova will also include non-Road Scholar passengers from around the world.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
Antarctica / Fly to Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas
B,L,D
Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Activity note: The distance between the shoreline and the airfield is an uphill 15-20 minute (1.5 mile) easy walk. Staff is available to drive those passengers who prefer not to walk. The transfer to the shore is done by Zodiac boat.

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: served on the plane.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

DAY
10
Field trip to a local Estancia
Punta Arenas
B,L
Cabo de Hornos Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; total driving approximately two hours, 100 miles. Walking short distances and standing; unpaved ground at the ranch. Hat and sunblock strongly recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Our local expert will take us to a local Sheep Estancia located one hour from the city. On the way, we will learn about local flora and fauna. Upon arrival at the Estancia, the owners will welcome us and walk us through the facilities. We will learn about everything from shearing the sheep to cleaning and processing the wool.

Lunch: Lunch during field trip. We will have a typical lamb BBQ with vegetarian options available. After lunch, we will be go back to the hotel in Punta Arenas.

Afternoon: At leisure to pack for your flight back home.

Dinner: On your own to explore the local cuisine.

DAY
11
Punta Arenas - Departures
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 11am. You will have to change planes in Santiago de Chile. Please note that you may have to collect your luggage and check it through to the final destination.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel.

Morning: This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!

DAY
12
Flights return to North America
In Flight





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