2020 Total Solar Eclipse Expedition - Itinerary Tour E3

This unique tour offers a combination of a total solar eclipse, a visit to the Argentine Lakes district and an expedition to Antarctica, celebrating Christmas on board the expedition ship. We have very limited space and advise early reservation.

Day One - 11th December 2020 - Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to a local hotel for overnight accommodation.

Day Two - Fly from Buenos Aires to Bariloche in the Argentine Andes today.  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.  Two night hotel accommodation are provided here.

Day Three - At leisure in Bariloche.  Excursions on the lakes are a highlight here.

Day Four - 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. After the eclipse we continue along the Limay River Valley to the town of Neuquen 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 Five - At leisure in Neuquen with local tours available.

Day Six - Return flight to Buenos Aires with a two night stay in this colourful city.

 

Day Seven and Day Eight - At leisure in Buenos Aires, local excursions available include the Tigre Delta boat tour and the evening Tango Dinner Show.

Day Nine - Fly to the town of Ushuaia in the far south of Argentina. Overnight at a hotel in this remote frontier town.

 

Day Ten -  Embark on your expedition ship USHUAIA in the afternoon.  Meet your expedition and lecture staff and sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Day Eleven and Day Twelve Crossing the Drake Passage. 

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters.  The USHUAIA's open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered during the voyage.

Day Thirteen to Day Sixteen Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

A haven for wildlife there are vast penguin rookeries and beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals.  Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day and attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island.  Further exploration may take you to the Melchior Island group, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island.

Celebrate Christmas on board on Day Fifteen.

Day Seventeen and Day Eighteen  We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures.

Day Nineteen We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast, then transfer to the airport for a return flight to Buenos Aires and overnight in a hotel.

 

Please note: The Antarctic cruise itinerary is a guide only. The exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions.

Day Twenty - Depart Buenos Aires for return home.

 

Tour Price £9,385 / $12,135 per person.

  • The price is for the tour from arrival on Day 1 to your departure on Day 20. 

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided in hotels throughout the tour and all transfers, transport and excursions as described  are included.  The Antarctic cruise aboard The Ushuaia is 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 may be able to arrange shared accommodation with a person of the same gender (twin share option) or a limited number of rooms for sole occupancy are available at a supplement.  

  • Single Supplement £7,825 / $10,150 (this includes a single cabin on the Antarctic Cruise).

  • The Ushuaia Cabin Upgrades The price is based on a standard twin cabin with shared facilities. Upgrades to superior cabins or suites are available at an additional cost. Details 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 one week (*due to Antarctic cabin allocations) of the invoice date to secure your space on the tour. 

  • Tour Extension details are available HERE