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.
Program No. 22941RJ
Length
18 days
Starts at
9,495
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Flights start at
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18 days
17 nights
48 meals
16 B 17 L 15 D
Getting There
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
L,D
Hotel Intersur Recoleta

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Fly to Ushuaia, Embark MS Midnatsol
Ushuaia
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) for flight to Ushuaia.

Lunch: At a local restaurant

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
Drake Passage
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard Ship.

Morning: As we sail the Drake Passage to Antarctica, we will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of presentations from the ship’s professional expedition staff on a variety of topics such as the Antarctic’s history and wildlife. In addition, learn the guidelines for visitors to this untouched landscape. The Antarctic Treaty has made the continent an area without military activity and it is the treaty, which regulates all activities in the area. Signed on December 1, 1959 by the twelve countries that had significant interest in the continent, Hurtigruten follows the strict scientific and environmental regulations established by the Antarctic Treaty System.

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
Drake Passage
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard the ship

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

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
Antarctica
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

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

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
7
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
8
Yankee Harbour and Cuverville Island
Cuverville Island
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: A natural, half mile wide haven, Greenwich Island’s Yankee Harbor was a perfect base for sealers in the early and mid 1800’s. Today the harbor serves as a resting spot of tired seals, weddell, and crabeater with the outlawing of hunting marine mammals, though remnants of the sealing era can still be found. At the harbor, visitors can watch the struggle of nature unfold both on land and in the water. Greenwich Island is home to an estimated 4,000 breeding pairs of Gentoo penguins and the predatory skuas, each trying to feed their young. Beyond the harbor is the Bransfield Strait, a common feeding area for whales.

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
Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbor
Paradise Harbor
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Neko Harbor is located in the innermost portion of Andvord Bay and is one of the few places where the coast features a beach instead of calving glaciers and steep cliffs. A popular breeding site for Gentoo penguins with leopard seals and minke whales commonly found in the water, Neko is an ideal landing site with capturing the essence of the Antarctic continent.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: The base for Chilean station Gonzàlez Videla, the harbor’s name comes from the whalers of history who would hide in the bay’s natural shelter from Antarctica’s unpredictable weather. Waterboat point lies on the northern tip across from Lemaire Island and was an early base for daring expeditions.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Half Moon Island
Half Moon Island
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem. Go ashore with the Expedition Team to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery, penguins, and fur seals, and enjoy kayaking and visits to the most interesting places.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

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

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Continue Antarctica Exploration
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The expedition team aboard the Midnatsol will continue to explore the Antarctic peninsula and it's islands.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

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

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: During our return to South America, we will reflect on our experiences in this untouched, natural landscape. As we exit Antarctic waters, we will be making our way towards the Falkland Islands.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

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

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Stanley, Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Arrive in Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. With a population of around 2,100 residents, it makes up the majority of the population of the islands. A local guide will meet us at the harbor and give an introduction to the small and charming capital. As the coach drives down Ross Road, the main street that runs along the seafront, the guide will tell you about everything of interest that we pass along the way. See the Cathedral with its whalebone arch, the 1982 Battle Memorial, wrecks of old sailing ships, a private whalebone display, the Stanley Airport, the Government House, the Community School, and the Mizzen Mast from the famous ‘SS Great Britain’. These stories will provide additional insight into the Falklands’ heritage, social habits, and economy, and, at the same time, be quite entertaining.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We also drive out of town to see the stunning views of Stanley from the bottom of the harbor and the shipwreck, the Lady Elizabeth. Various species of flora and fauna can also be seen on this tour, including the upland goose and flightless steamer duck. Then you have the opportunity to visit the Museum at Britannia House to learn all about the Falklands’ interesting maritime history and other aspects of the local history before returning to the ship or the drop off point at the Jetty Visitors Centre.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Falkland Islands, New Island
Falkland Islands
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 nature and wildlife of the Falkland Islands.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
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
16
At Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Spend the day at sea sailing towards Montevideo, Uruguay.

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
17
At Sea
At Sea
B,L
MS Midnatsol

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Disembark ship and collect luggage. Depart the port by private motorcoach. We will enjoy a 3 hour city tour of Montevideo with a local guide. From the port, we will drive along the coast and its beautiful beaches just outside the city. Entering the city of Montevideo, we will visit main points of interest such as the Old City, and Constitution Square. There will be photograph opportunities at the Legislative Palace and the Parliament Building.

Lunch: Plated lunch in the historical Primuseum house restaurant.

Afternoon: Coach transfer to Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (MVD) for departure flights. 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. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

DAY
18
Disembark Montevideo
In Flight
B,L

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Depart the port 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: The program ends after lunch in the historical Primuseum house restaurant. (2 courses, plated, 1 soft drink, coffee or tea)

Afternoon: Coach transfer to MVD Airport (Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport) and check in for flight departures to USA.

DAY
19
Arrival back into North America.
In Flight





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