Antarctic Solar Eclipse

Start: Ushuaia

Finish: Ushuaia

Visiting:

Ushuaia

,

Beagle Channel

,

West Swan Island

,

Elephant Island

,

Weddell Sea

,

Antarctic Peninsula

,

South Shetland Islands

,

Drake Passage


Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Duration:

13 Nights

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

GQMEA

Group size:

1 - 200

Age range:

8-99 years

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:


Tour Overview

Discover what it means to be a true Antarctic explorer on a 14-day expedition to the Great White Continent. On board the sophisticated Ocean Endeavour, gain an insight into wildlife spotting, solar eclipse viewing, photo taking and weather watching with a series of lectures and workshops to make the most out of your voyage. On this special voyage you'll also be joined by a special guest – none other than eclipse enthusiast and all-round astrophysics, space exploration and geophysics expert John Mason MBE. Aside from the rugged icy landscapes, once-in-a-lifetime wildlife spotting and immersive Zodiac explorations, gear up for the main event: an early morning viewing of a total solar eclipse, captivating all eyes on the main deck. How could you eclipse that?

Highlights

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    Witness a rare total solar eclipse on board the Ocean Endeavour deep in Antarctic oceans. You’ll have onboard experts to not only explain this natural phenomenon, but also help you snap the perfect shot.

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    Get up close and personal with Antarctica’s incredible wildlife – Adelie and gentoo penguins, leopard seals, sea birds, whales and so much more will greet you along the way.

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    Hate looking from afar? With custom Zodiac boats to transport you close to the action and ashore on the Antarctic Peninsula, you’ll be waddling with penguins with all the gear (and some idea).

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    Discover the sweeping vistas and stunning sunsets of the South Shetland Islands, toasting to your multiple days exploring Antarctic inlets.

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    Sea days between Ushuaia and Antarctica aren’t just cooped up in a cabin. Get insider info with a series of presentations from expert guides, as well as an expedition vessel decked out with all the mod cons.

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    Witness a rare total solar eclipse on board the Ocean Endeavour deep in Antarctic oceans. You’ll have onboard experts – including the incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable Dr John Mason MBE – to not only explain this natural phenomenon, but also help you snap the perfect shot.

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Ushuaia

Location: Ushuaia

Meals Included: No Meals

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ushuaia. With nothing planned apart from an important welcome meeting this evening, you’ve got today to begin exploring the world’s southernmost city. Take a stroll down Avenida San Martin, or for the more adventurous, how about tackling part of the Martial Mountains for a killer view over the Beagle Channel. After meeting your local leader and fellow travellers at your welcome meeting, why not head out for an optional dinner. Tonight’s all about introductions, and what better place to do it than with a traditional asado – an Argentinean-style barbecue.

icon Day 2 : Ushuaia – Embarkation Day

Location: Ushuaia, Beagle Channel

Accommodation: Expedition cruise ship

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

You’ll jump aboard the Ocean Endeavour for your Antarctic expedition later in the day, so this morning, continue to explore Ushuaia. Perhaps check out the Museo Maritimo to brush up on local history, or just enjoy a morning strolling this languid town. Once you’ve boarded the ship, wave goodbye to Argentina and say hello to the Drake Passage. Next stop: the Antarctic.

icon Day 3 : At Sea

Location: West Swan Island

Accommodation: Expedition cruise ship

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The next three days are all about chilling out and learning about the wildlife, geography and natural weather events coming up. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy presentations from marine biologists, astrophysicists and meteorologists to get you up to speed on all things Antarctica. You’ll also have the chance to get to know your fellow explorers in the onboard bar and dining areas. There are things on at different times of the day, so do as little or as much learning (and chatting) as you like! The Ocean Endeavour is equipped with a gym, library, heated saltwater pool, jacuzzi, sauna and more, so there’s always something to keep you busy while crossing the open waters.

icon Day 6 : Total Solar Eclipse (Eclipse Point)

Location: Elephant Island

Accommodation: Expedition cruise ship

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning is your best chance to view an incredibly rare total solar eclipse in one of the best places to do so. Overnight, the ship will have travelled into what’s called the zone of 100% obscuration – a specific region of coordinates which will allow the eclipse to last the longest possible time. Early in the morning, you’ll be invited on deck to experience the eclipse in all its glory through (provided) specialised goggles. On deck and helping you to understand the phenomenon will be Dr John Mason MBE, who's been actively involved in science for over 40 years, with astrophysics, space exploration and geophysics as his main areas of expertise. For over 30 years he has been leading overseas expeditions all over the world to observe and record natural phenomena such as annular and total solar eclipses, the polar aurora and major meteor showers. There will also be expert photographers on hand to help you capture the magic moment. Afterwards, head back to your cabin to relax and take stock as the ship continues to head west to Elephant Island.

icon Day 7 : Elephant Island

Location: Elephant Island

Accommodation: Expedition cruise ship

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Catch a glimpse of the first stretch of land since the Beagle Channel as Elephant Island comes into view today. This land mass sits in the outer reaches of the South Shetland Islands, close to the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The island is where British explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 28 landed in 1916 after losing their ship – the Endurance – far off the coast. You’ll pass by a monument on Point Wild commemorating Captain Luis Alberto Pardo who led the rescue – survivors used the point as refuge for over four months. Icebergs, jagged mountaintops and marine life – you’ve definitely hit the Antarctic now.

icon Day 8 : Weddell Sea

Location: Weddell Sea

Accommodation: Expedition cruise ship

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue your exploration further south towards the Antarctic Peninsula and stop by the eastern shores of Joinville Island. Here you’ll go in search of Adelie penguins, easily recognised by the white ring around their eyes. Adelies nest at this time of year, and if you’re lucky you might get to witness some hatchlings scattered across the shores. This is one of the largest Adelie penguin colonies in the world, and as a result attracts other, predatory, marine life such as leopard seals.

icon Day 9-10: Antarctic Peninsula

Location: Antarctic Peninsula

Head towards the main Antarctic Peninsula today – this is where the south really comes to life. During the summer months, tens of thousands of gentoo penguins find a piece of rock that they can nest on and incubate their eggs. You’ll get the chance to jump on a Zodiac and land on shore beside the wildlife – an unforgettable experience deep in the Antarctic wilderness. Over the next two days, you’ll also catch sight of rugged glacial faces, icebergs and a heap more wildlife, including many seal species. The onboard expedition team will also be scouting for humpback whale sightings off the boat, with thousands migrating to Antarctic waters at this time of year to feed. Make sure your camera is fully charged and you’ve got ample image storage available – you won’t want to miss a thing!

icon Day 11: South Shetland Islands

Location: South Shetland Islands

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

The Antarctic adventure isn’t over just yet. Your ship will head north towards the Shetland Islands, known for their elephant and fur seal colonies, water-bound volcanos and a number of scientific bases. Be sure to spend twilight out on deck, too – the Shetlands have some of the best sunsets in the south. With a drink in hand and surrounded by your shipmates, toast another Antarctic day in style.

icon Day 12-13: Drake Passage

Location: Drake Passage

It may be time to cross the Drake Passage and head back to civilisation, but these sea days on board the Ocean Endeavour are not without things to do. Gaze out to the horizon to spot orca and seabirds, participate in onboard workshops, learn a thing or two about photo editing, and catch up with some travel pals over a drink, sharing your best memories of the expedition.

icon Day 14: Ushuaia – Disembarkation Day

Location: Ushuaia – Disembarkation Day

Meals Included: breaksfast

Arrive in Ushuaia port early in the morning for disembarkation. With no other activities planned for the day, you are free to depart from the port at any time for another day of exploring Ushuaia or to catch a connecting flight. Arriving back doesn’t mean your adventure has to come to an end! If you would like to spend more time in Ushuaia, we’ll be happy to book additional accommodation (subject to availability).

What's Included

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    Meals

    13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners

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    Accommodation

    1 night comfortable hotel, 12 nights expedition cruise ship

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    Transport

    Expedition Cruise Ship, Zodiac

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    International Travel

Transport

  • Expedition cruise ship , zodiac

Accommodation

  • 1 night comfortable hotel, 12 nights expedition cruise ship

Check out our Q&As

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No

Are international flights included in this tour?

No

Are all entrance fees included in the price?

No

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

    What are the Flexible booking conditions in place for Covid-19?

    Lock your trip in with a deposit, then you just need to pay in full by 21 days prior to departure. If you cancel your trip up to 21 days before departure, you can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely (excluding Polar). We are an accredited member of ATOL, AFTA, ABTA, TICO, USTOA and the US Travel Association, so your booking is protected.

    What are the Safety Policies in place for Covid-19?

    We have reviewed all our health and safety policies and are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation. These are in line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation and following the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators, for which we have received a 'Safe Travels Stamp'

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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Antarctic Solar Eclipse

Start: Ushuaia

Finish: Ushuaia

Visiting:

Ushuaia

,

Beagle Channel

,

West Swan Island

,

Elephant Island

,

Weddell Sea

,

Antarctic Peninsula

,

South Shetland Islands

,

Drake Passage


Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Duration:

13 Nights

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

GQMEA

Group size:

1 - 200

Age range:

8-99 years

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:


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