2020 Total Solar Eclipse Expedition - Itinerary Tour B2
*Only 1 room and 1 MALE twin share room now remaining
(Standard Athens Deck Cabins only)
Day One - 10th December 2020 - Arrive Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.
Day Three - Fly west for our next two nights hotel accommodation in the town of Neuquen, regional capital of Neuquen Province.
Day Two - At leisure in Buenos Aires with local optional excursions available, including and evening Dinner and Tango Show.
Day Four - Local tours including the Limay River area and various lakes are available today.
Day Five - Eclipse Day. There is a very clear distinction in local weather patterns in this region, with moisture laden winds blowing inland from the Pacific Ocean on to the western slopes of the Andes. Moisture is lost as the air rises over the mountain range and the downward slopes to the east of the range have a dry desert climate. Deserts are usually good places to expect the clear sky we need to observe an eclipse so this is where we will locate our mid-day observation site. To reach our eclipse site follow the Limay River Valley across the arid Argentine Pampas. After the eclipse we travel south following the line of the Andes to Bariloche where we stay for the next two nights.
OBSERVATION SITE details and weather data are HERE *Eclipse observation from Fortin Nogueyra near Piedra del Aguila, Argentina.
Day Six - At leisure in Bariloche. The lakeside town of Bariloche has a distinctly German flavour, with architecture reminiscent of the Alps and many examples of a long established German culture. Excursions on the lakes are a highlight here.
Day Seven - Travel through the Patagonia Lakes area today and cross the Andes into Chile. You will have the choice to make the crossing either by land or by taking the "lakes crossing" route with boat trips across three lakes joined by precipitous mountain roads. Both routes travel through magnificent scenery, although the land crossing is the quicker journey. Overnight stay in Puerto Varas.
Day Eight - Today fly from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in Chile and capital of the region. Overnight in Punta Arenas.
Day Nine to Day Twelve - Skorpios Cruise 'Kaweskar' Itinerary. Travel overland into the mountain and fjord region to Puerto Natales and join the cruise ship Skorpios III. NOTE all meals are included on the cruise. Departing from Puerto Natales about 18.00 hrs and sailing through the Angostura Kirke, Morla, Vicuña, Unión, Collingwood and Sarmiento Channels.
Day Ten Arriving at Amalia Glacier the vessel approaches the glacier with a panoramic view from the ship. Disembark at a nearby beach and walk to a viewpoint over the magnificent glacier. This afternoon we visit the El Brujo Glacier. Weather and ice permitting, passengers can disembark and see this glacier from a nearby rock. Continue to the Calvo Fjord with an excursion on a small icebreaker to visit the Fernando, Capitán Constantino and Alipio glaciers amongst others, then sail onwards towards Montañas Fjord.
Day Eleven Visit Montañas Fjord, from where you can see four glaciers that slide down the Sarmiento Mountains to the sea (two of them are en route). A visit to the Alsina Glacier includes an excursion on boats to explore the small bay and its glacier before continuing sailing through Montañas Fjord. Disembark on Bernal Glacier for a walk in a small native forest, then cross a stream to a glacier water lagoon and arrive at the glacier. Here you can approach directly and touch the ice and see the iceberg melting. Continue sailing through Montañas Fjord and see Herman and Zamudio glaciers from the ship. Arrive at White Angostura and take a boat for another excursion around small islands before returning to the ship in preparation for the Captain’s Dinner and a Farewell Party. Tonight's navigation is through the Almirante Montt Gulf.
Day Twelve Arrive in Puerto Natales in the early hours depending on the wind conditions. Disembark from the ship this morning and join a full day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park. The Torres del Paine are the distinctive three granite peaks of the Paine Massif. They extend up to 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) above sea level, and are joined by the Cuernos del Paine. Return to Puerto Natales after the excursion for overnight hotel accommodation.
Day Thirteen Return to Punta Arenas today to join your onward flight to Santiago. Overnight hotel accommodation in the city.
Day Fourteen Join your flight home from Santiago today.
Tour Price £4,595 / $5,995 per person.
The price is for the tour from arrival on Day 1 to your departure on Day 14.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided in hotels throughout the tour and all transfers, transport and excursions as described are included. The Skorpios cruise is also included in the price and all meals are included whilst you are on the vessel. Accommodation is provided in twin or double bed hotel rooms with private bathroom. We are usually able to arrange shared accommodation with a person of the same gender or a limited number of rooms for sole occupancy are available at a supplement. Single Supplement £3,000 / $4,200 (this includes a single cabin on the Skorpios Cruise)..
Skorpios Cabin Upgrades The price is based on a standard two berth inside cabin with private facilities. Upgrades to superior cabins or suites are available at an additional cost of £125 to £650 per person. Deck plan and upgrade prices are HERE.
Local flights within South America are included but International flights are not included in the tour price.
Flight packages from London and the US will be offered about a year in advance of the tour departure or you can arrange your own International flights if you prefer. Current return air fares from London are between about £800 and £1,000 and from the US about $850 to $1,200
Provisional Reservations - Upon being able to confirm your Provisional Reservation we will invoice you for a deposit of 20% of the Tour Price per person. This deposit is due within 2 weeks of the invoice date to secure your space on the tour.
Tour Extension details are available HERE