22058
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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Program No. 22058RJ
Length
11 days
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13,499
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11 days
10 nights
22 meals
8 B 6 L 8 D
DAY
1
Flights depart North America
In Flight
DAY
2
Flights arrive in Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas
D
Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: At leisure.

Lunch: On own.

Afternoon: You will be joined by your Study Leader and fellow participants arriving from #21788. Together, you will all attend a 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 shoreline 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 company 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
Hotel Cabo de Hornos

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
10
Punta Arenas - Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

DAY
11
Flights return to North America
In Flight





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