Expedition to Antarctica

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JAN. 11-25, 2016 From $9,695
Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Antarctica
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Expedition to Antarctica

JAN. 11-25, 2016
Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Antarctica
Aboard Le Lyrial

Explore Earth’s last frontier on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise aboard the deluxe M.S. Le Lyrial, launching in 2015, and the finest vessel in Antarctic waters, featuring private balconies in 95% of the deluxe, ocean-view accommodations. On your 15-day journey, including two nights in Buenos Aires, you will be accompanied by UCLA professor of Environmental Law, Ann Carlson, as you glide amid turquoise glaciers, flourishing penguin rookeries and breaching whales. Venture on to shore by Zodiac watercraft, accompanied by a team of expert naturalists. Explore the volcanic topography and visit outposts of intrepid explorers while discovering the secrets of the White Continent.

Cost: From $9,695
Thomas P. Gohagan & Company
Activity Level: Active

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Ann Carlson
School of Law
Ann Carlson is the Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and the inaugural Faculty Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law. Professor Carlson is one of the country's leading scholars of climate change law and policy. Two of her articles have been selected by the Land Use and Environmental Law Review as among the top five environmental articles of the year and her work has been published in leading journals including the UCLA, California, Northwestern and Michigan law reviews. She is an outstanding teacher who was the 2011 recipient of the University's Eby Award for the Art of Teaching and the UCLA Distinguished Award, as well as the 2006 recipient of the Law School's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching.



DAY 1 | Jan. 11. Depart from the U.S.

DAY 2 | Jan. 12. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and check into the deluxe Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires overlooking the lovely Plaza San Martin park and adjacent to the chic boutique-lined Calle Florida. This evening, attend the Welcome Reception.

DAY 3 | Jan. 13. Buenos Aires
See Buenos Aires’ elegant and diverse barrios (neighborhoods) on a city tour including the colorful La Boca district, Monserrat’s historic Plaza de Mayo and grand public buildings, Palermo’s lavish parks, Puerto Madero’s riverfront community and the charming old quarter of San Telmo. Visit the historic Recoleta Cemetery, famous for its ornate vaults and sculptures and as the fi nal resting place of the legendary Evita Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina.

DAY 4 | Jan. 14. Buenos Aires / Ushuaia
Board an early morning flight to remote Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the gateway to Antarctica. This afternoon, embark M.S. Le Boréal and cruise through the Beagle Channel, named for the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his South American voyages. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening.

DAY 5 | Jan. 15. Cruising Drake Passage
Cross the legendary Drake Passage. Upon reaching the Antarctic Convergence, watch for breaching fin, humpback and minke whales and seabirds feeding on plankton and krill brought to the surface by the cold Antarctic currents merging with the warmer waters of the South Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The expedition team of naturalists will present insightful lectures to prepare you for your first landing in Antarctica.

DAY 6-11 | Jan. 16-21. Cruising Antarctica
The ship cruises below the 60th parallel to the outer shores and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula, Earth’s last frontier. Here, explore some of the world’s most pristine wilderness, where towering mountains of ice and lava create precipitous coastlines and islands, and constantly changing patterns of ice stretch as far as the eye can see. In this seemingly harsh environment, a vast array of marine wildlife flourishes, including millions of penguins, countless seabirds and thousands of seals and whales. From spectacular volcanic topography and majestic glaciers to fascinating wildlife and historic outposts, this itinerary reveals the highlights of the region for the complete Antarctic experience.

Please note that the ship’s cruising pattern and positionings are dependent on weather, ice and sea conditions and are subject to change.

One of the smallest but most beautiful of the South Shetland Islands, Half Moon Island, is a crescent shaped isle known for its craggy volcanic rock formations and tranquil lagoons. It is also the site of Cámara Station, a base monitored by Argentine biologists studying regional wildlife. Here, observe the antics of the island’s colony of chinstrap penguins and enjoy the lingering twilight of the Antarctic summer.

Deception Island is actually the rim of a massive dormant volcano crater that encircles a caldera known as Port Foster, where the ship enters through dramatic Neptune’s Bellows, a sublime harbor ringed by snowcapped peaks and sheer cliffs. In Pendulum Cove, see the steaming, geothermally heated waters of the Antarctic. Observe the amazing colony of tens of thousands of chinstrap penguins at Baily Head. Then walk along the black sand beaches of Telefon Bay to nearby craters, which offer fascinating insight into the volcanic activity that created the island and played a pivotal role in the natural history of the region.

In Paradise Bay, awesome cliffs of ice descend from the surrounding mountains into the floating iceberg-laden waters along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Named by 19th-century whalers who sought shelter in its coves, Paradise Bay is an ideal sanctuary for marine wildlife including humpback whales, crabeater seals and Cape petrels. Listen for the low rumbling of Rudolf Glacier as it calves chunks of ice into Neko Harbor, named for an early 20th-century whaling boat. The harbor is surrounded by soaring glaciers and snow-covered mountains and is one of the most dramatic and spectacular sights in Antarctica. Here, make your fi rst “continental landing” in Antarctica.

Cruise through breathtaking, glacier-lined Neumayer Channel to Port Lockroy. Originally constructed in 1944 by an eight-man team as an intelligence post for British espionage during World War II, Port Lockroy was converted into a whaling station and scientific base in the 1950s. It is nestled among glistening mountain peaks as high as 6,000 feet, and the surrounding grounds are populated by blue-eyed shags and gentoo penguins. Gain insight into the lives of past explorers at the British Antarctic Survey Museum and mail a postcard stamped with an Antarctica postmark from the official British Post Office. Just beyond Port Lockroy, enjoy an excursion to the rocky shores of Jougla Point on Wiencke Island. Experience this rare opportunity to view the nearly intact skeleton of a full-size blue whale, and see populous colonies of gentoo penguins and kelp gulls. Flanked by sheer cliffs of towering glaciers between the Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island, Lemaire Channel offers views of seven majestic miles of mountains and wildlife combined with fascinating patterns of ice fl oes. Call at Petermann Island, the southernmost point of your journey, and watch its thriving rookeries of Adélie and gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. Cruise the Weddell Sea and see the enormous tabular icebergs that have calved from the Larsen Ice Shelf. See Brown Bluff’s spectacular 2,450-foot-high promontory jutting into the Antarctic Sound. Observe the area’s flourishing colony of friendly Adélie penguins, who may approach you for an up-close encounter.

DAY 12-13 | Jan. 22-23. Cruising Drake Passage / Cape Horn
Relax and reflect on board as the ship turns north and crosses the Drake Passage. Enjoy lively, informative discussions with the ship’s naturalists. Watch for endangered albatross and the many different species of petrels as you cruise across the Antarctic Convergence and past Cape Horn, the most southerly point of South America and a milestone on world trade routes from the 19th century until the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening.

DAY 14 | Jan. 24. Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
Disembark and fly to Buenos Aires. Continue on the Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, or depart for the U.S.

DAY 15 | Jan. 25. Arrive in the U.S.


M.S. Le Lyrial

Five-Star, Ice-Class Ship, State-of-the-Art Design
The highly acclaimed, exclusively chartered M.S. Le Boréal, launched in 2010, represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 120 Suites and Staterooms and distinctive French sophistication.

Chic and Casual
Each deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet) features a private bathroom with shower and luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities. Most accommodations have two twin beds that convert to one queen bed, individual climate control, satellite fl at-screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.

Dining Spacious 100% Ocean-View Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies
International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious La Licorne dining room in single, unassigned seatings; in the casual La Boussole Restaurant; or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a four-course dinner are served daily. Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.

Spacious Public Areas / World-Class Service and Facilities
Inviting and spacious public areas accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge, and lectures, cultural performances and film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath-style steam room, full range of fitness equipment and two elevators. The infirmary is staffed with a doctor and nurse. The highly trained and personable, English-speaking, international crew provides attentive service.

Respect for the Environment
The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage by minimizing vibration and engine noise. By design, the ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” rating,
an extreme rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. The ship has 10 Zodiacs.


Pricing: $9,695-$20,695
Thomas P. Gohagan & Company

What’s Included

  • Two nights in the deluxe Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires.
  • City tour featuring the popular neighborhoods of Palermo, Monserrat, La Boca, Puerto Madero and San Telmo, and visit to the historic Recoleta Cemetery. On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, ice-class M.S. Le Boréal
  • Nine nights round trip Ushuaia, Argentina, cruising to Antarctica’s Half Moon Island, Deception Island, Paradise Bay, Neko Harbor, Port Lockroy, Wiencke Island, Lemaire Channel, Petermann Island and Brown Bluff, conditions permitting.
  • Spacious, Five-Star, ocean-view Suite or Stateroom accommodations, each with a private bathroom.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • All meals—continental breakfast, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.
  • Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.
  • Exploration by Zodiac landing craft, accompanied by an expedition team expert naturalist.
  • Shore landings to explore Antarctica’s diverse wildlife habitats, including major penguin rookeries.
  • Onboard expedition team of naturalists who provide a series of lectures about local wildlife and topography.
  • Souvenir polar-grade red parka to wear.
  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad for participants whose arrival(s) / departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with experienced local guides and expedition team.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Hospitality desk in the hotel and aboard ship.
  • The services of an experienced team of Gohagan & Company Travel Directors throughout the program.
  • Travel document wallet, name badge and pre-departure information.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.
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310.206.0613 (P)
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  • Antarctica is exhilarating, pristine and beautiful! A destination that is truly different and special. Met many new friends and enjoyed Antarctica to its fullest. "
    Alan ’64, M.B.A. ’65 and Lisa Horwitz
  • It was the most amazing trip I have ever taken. The first time with UCLA Alumni Travel – but not the last!"
    Denise Ganulin ’70
  • This once-in-a-lifetime tour...is simply an optimal cruising experience that has sold out quickly year after year. Call me personally if you have any questions about Antarctica as it is one of my favorite destinations."
    Christel Pailet, Director of UCLA Alumni Travel

Book this Tour

How to Book

Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Thomas P. Gohagan & Company. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:

UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.5 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
  • Antarctica is exhilarating, pristine and beautiful! A destination that is truly different and special. Met many new friends and enjoyed Antarctica to its fullest. "
    Alan ’64, M.B.A. ’65 and Lisa Horwitz
  • It was the most amazing trip I have ever taken. The first time with UCLA Alumni Travel – but not the last!"
    Denise Ganulin ’70
  • This once-in-a-lifetime tour...is simply an optimal cruising experience that has sold out quickly year after year. Call me personally if you have any questions about Antarctica as it is one of my favorite destinations."
    Christel Pailet, Director of UCLA Alumni Travel