Total Solar Eclipse: Antarctica and South Georgia
Get engulfed in the moon’s shadow while cruising the north-western tip of the
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Large Group
Get ready for the wonder of a Total Solar Eclipse at the bottom of the world! You’ll also set foot on the Antarctic continent, cruise by Zodiac to search for abundant wildlife, photograph amazing polar scenery, and mingle with the vast penguin colonies of South Georgia Island.
* Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and
* All gratuities
* All accommodations
* World-class lecture and expedition team
* All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and
wine with lunch and dinner
* All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
* Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
* Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
* Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance
Transfer to the hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.
Transfer to the hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. Join your leader and fellow guests at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner and briefing. *Accommodation*: Standard Hotel
Choose to relax at the hotel this morning, or explore Ushuaia on your own.
Choose to relax at the hotel this morning, or explore Ushuaia on your own. Board the /World Explorer/ this afternoon and set sail down the historic Beagle Channel.*Accommodation*: The World Explorer
As the ship navigates the legendary Drake Passage, watch for wandering and
black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels.
As the ship navigates the legendary Drake Passage, watch for wandering and black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels. Whales are also frequently seen in these waters. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend lectures on the natural and historical highlights ahead.*Accommodation*: The World Explorer
Explore the world of dramatic scenery and massive icebergs by Zodiac and on
When cruising the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. Explore the world of dramatic scenery and massive icebergs by Zodiac and on foot. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater, and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minke, humpback, orca, which feed near the offshore islands. We hope to cruise through the beautiful Lemaire Channel, one of the most visually impressive areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the waters are often choked with icebergs and frequented by crabeater seals. There is also the possibility that you may visit a research station and witness the scientific activities conducted by the multinational community of scientists working there.*Accommodation*: The World Explorer
The ship cruises toward the best viewing area for the Total Solar Eclipse.
As the ship cruises toward the best viewing area, lecturers recap your experiences and prepare you for the Total Solar Eclipse. *Accommodation*: The World Explorer
Rise early this morning, and gather on deck to witness the extraordinary,
much-awaited moment of experiencing a Total Solar Eclipse.
Rise early this morning, and gather on deck to witness the extraordinary, much-awaited moment of experiencing a Total Solar Eclipse. The very brief period (1 minute, 40 seconds) when the moon blocks the sun’s light and plunges everything into darkness. You will be provided with a pair of eclipse glasses before the momentous event. Savor the stillness of this magical moment with your fellow umbraphiles (eclipse chasers), knowing you’re among the few to have witnessed this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon at the bottom of the world. As with all eclipse sightings, visibility is influenced by the weather and cloud conditions. Unique to this experience will be its location at sea, and the more extreme latitude which places the eclipse low on the horizon, making a successful sighting that much more difficult, and more rewarding should all the stars align for the eclipse to be visible. After the eclipse concludes make a special celebratory toast and head into the dining room for a hearty breakfast. Spend the rest of the day attending lectures from the team, scanning the skies for seabirds, and enjoying the ship’s many amenities.*Accommodation*: The World Explorer
South Georgia is a nature lover’s paradise, with massive colonies of king
penguins, as well as healthy populations of gentoo, macaroni, and chinstrap.
South Georgia is a nature lover’s paradise, with massive colonies of king penguins, as well as healthy populations of gentoo, macaroni, and chinstrap. You’ll step ashore on beaches covered with elephant and fur seals and discover a wealth of breeding seabirds. We plan to visit several islands, bays, and coves, however flexibility in this area is a must. Your leaders will take advantage of every opportunity for exploration, if the weather is in our favor, they may offer a landing before breakfast or even after dinner. While we can never guarantee specific stops, the following is a list of places we hope to visit on South Georgia; some of them are pending final government approval:*Gold Harbour* – At the foot of the Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the “jewel in the island’s crown.” In addition to a large king penguin colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, gentoo penguins, giant petrels, and with luck, light-mantled albatross.*Grytviken* – Go ashore to discover the ruins of this abandoned whaling station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Seabirds, penguins, and marine mammals can also be found here.*Stromness Bay* – The site of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his party’s arrival after their harrowing crossing of the island’s glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs and a glacier from which the adventurer and his companions descended.*Salisbury Plain* – Two glaciers flank Salisbury Plain on South Georgia’s north coast. Here, more than 200,000 king penguins congregate and breed, and you are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights—and sounds—on Earth.*Accommodation*: The World Explorer
Naturalists recap your memorable visit to South Georgia.
Naturalists recap your memorable visit to South Georgia and join you on deck to search for seabirds and marine mammals.*Accommodation*: The World Explorer
Disembark in Ushuaia.
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your independent flights home via Buenos Aires.