22941
Antarctica
Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Antarctica and the Falkland Islands
Navigate through glittering waters on a one-of-a-kind expedition through the Antarctic Peninsula to South America as you search for wildlife and explore its magnificent landscapes.
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Program No. 22941RJ
Length
20 days
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9,995
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20 days
19 nights
51 meals
17 B 17 L 17 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
RS Exclusive: Tour of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
L,D
Hotel Intersur Recoleta

Activity note: Ealy hotel check-in from 6:00 a.m. This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Morning: Transfer to the hotel in Buenos Aires. If you arrive early, luggage can be left with the concierge until rooms are available. Maps will be available at the hotel and the concierge can offer suggestions and directions to local sites and restaurants.

Lunch: At a local restaurant. Lunch will include a welcome presentation and orientation briefing with your group leader.

Afternoon: Expert led 3.5 hour city tour of Buenos Aires by private motor coach.

Dinner: At a local restaurant including a glass of wine, coffee or tea and participants will watch a thirty-minute tango demonstration.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Transfer to Montevideo, Embark MS Midnatsol
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the Ferry Terminal to arrive in Montevideo. Depart the ferry terminal by private motorcoach with your local expert and Road Scholar Group Leader for a morning overview of the city of Montevideo. From the port, we drive along the coast and its beautiful beaches lie just outside the city. Entering Montevideo city, we’ll drive past the main points of interest which include the Old City, Constitution Square, the Cathedral, the Colonial Town Hall, the Solis Theater and Independence Square. We’ll make stops for photographs at the Legislative Palace and the impressive Parliament Building – the pride of Uruguay - which was constructed with 52 kinds of local marble and 12 types of native woods. Drive through Prado neighborhood, past the Soccer Stadium and the residential neighborhood of Carrasco. Stop briefly at Plaza Virgilio, at the monument of the Fallen Navy Soldiers, for a commanding view over the city. We end our exploration at our lunch venue, the unique Primuseum and restaurant. The museum's focal point is the Primus stove, the first pressurized-burner kerosene (paraffin) stove, the historic house and its collection of more than 3,000 articles dating from the late 1800s.

Lunch: At the historical Primuseum house restaurant. The two course plated meal will include soft drink, coffee or tea.

Afternoon: Embarkation on MS Midnatsol.

Dinner: Welcome dinner aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure. Leisure time aboard ship offers an opportunity to create the kind of experience that is most personally meaningful and memorable. You might enjoy spending time with your fellow Road Scholar participants in the panorama lounge or media room.

DAY
4
Wildlife viewing and lectures
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard Ship.

Morning: As we sail the Atlantic Ocean, we will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of presentations from the ship’s professional expedition staff including the history of exploration, wildlife, oceanography and climate change.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Attend lectures, engage in shipboard activities, spend time with fellow participants, feel the rhythm of the cruise.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Puerto Madryn
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Activity note: Getting in/out of zodiacs as expedition landing crafts.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship

Morning: The Valdez Peninsula is the first highlight on this expedition and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Puerto Madryn is known as the gateway to whales, penguins, elephant seals, and many birds.

Lunch: Aboard the ship

Afternoon: Attend lectures, engage in shipboard activities, spend time with fellow participants, feel the rhythm of the cruise.

Dinner: Aboard the ship

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Puerto Madryn
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Continue to enjoy Puerto Madryn with a wide variety of excursions.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

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

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
At Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Enjoy a day at sea, sharing experiences and photos with your other participants.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Continue sailing towards the Falkland Islands.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Falkland Islands
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Activity note: Getting in/out of zodiacs as expedition landing crafts.

Breakfast: Aboard 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: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: A favorite nesting site for Gentoo penguins, Cuverville and Danco Islands lie in the shallow, narrow, and beautiful Errera Channel. Icebergs caught in the shallow water and accumulated snowfall makes it difficult for penguins to reach their nesting sites, creating an intricate highway to tunnels carved into the ice and snow.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Falkland Islands
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Activity note: Getting in/out of zodiacs as expedition landing crafts.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: New Island is an beautiful island, with white-sand beaches and turquoise water. Except for the temperature, it could almost be mistaken for a Caribbean island. We will pass an old shipwreck on our way ashore to enjoy a day among the penguins, seals, and elephant seals.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Falkland Islands with your Group Leader and the expedition staff.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Falkland Islands
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Activity note: Getting in/out of zodiacs as expedition landing crafts.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will continue to explore the Falkland Islands. Optional hiking or kayaking will be available.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon attending a lecture or engaging in other activities.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Drake Passage
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today, start the 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: Aboard 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: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Antarctica
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will land several times for amazing experiences. Among the locations we may visit are Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbor, and Cuverville Island, home to a colony of Gentoo penguins.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Antarctica
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Activity note: Getting in/out of zodiacs as expedition landing crafts.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

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

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Antarctica
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Activity note: Getting in/out of zodiacs as expedition landing crafts.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

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

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Antarctica
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Activity note: Getting in/out of zodiacs as expedition landing crafts.

Breakfast: Aboard ship

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

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure

DAY
16
Antarctica
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Activity note: Getting in/out of zodiacs as expedition landing crafts.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

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

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
Crossing the Drake Passage
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After amazing days in Antarctica and the Falklands, the final days onboard are spent crossing the Drake Passage. Enjoy spending time with new friends and our Expedition Team.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

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

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
18
Drake Passage
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Continue crossing the Drake Passage.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

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

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
19
Depart Ushuaia
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Aboard 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
20
Arrival back to North America.
In Flight





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