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Total Solar Eclipse: Antarctica and South Georgia

17 days
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£19,920
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Small Ship Cruises
Suitable for:
Age 17+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
ZVR
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Eclipse Holidays
Group size:
129–172
Min age:
17

Get engulfed in the moon's shadow while cruising the north-western tip of the southernmost continent.

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.

Highlights

  • Witness the magic of a Total Solar Eclipse at the bottom of the world, truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • View the vast penguin colonies of South Georgia—king, macaroni, gentoo, and chinstrap—as well as large numbers of elephant and fur seals crowding the beaches.
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent and revel in the incredible scenery of snow-capped peaks, mighty glaciers, and glistening icebergs—a photographer’s dream.
  • Learn about early polar exploration and whaling history, including a visit to the burial site of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

What's included

  • Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and cultural tours
  • 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

What's not included

  • Airfare from your home city/Buenos Aires/Ushuaia and Ushuaia/Buenos Aires/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Ushuaia, Argentina
to
Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    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

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Ushuaia / Embark the World Explorer

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 3-4

    Drake Passage

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 5-6

    Antarctic Peninsula

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 7-8

    Cruising the South Scotia Sea

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 10-12

    South Georgia

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 13-16

    At Sea

    Naturalists recap your memorable visit to South Georgia and join you on deck to search for seabirds and marine mammals.

    Accommodation: The World Explorer

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 17

    Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark

    Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your independent flights home via Buenos Aires.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

No visa required for holders of British passport.

If you are crossing the border into Argentina from Chile on your trip, we will need to know your profession in order to provide when entering Argentina.

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee which applies to Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows: Australians - US$100 (multiple entry). This fee must be paid before you enter Argentina. For full details, and to make the payment, please visit: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes

Vaccinations

Argentina

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Argentina with an update to the Health section – an outbreak of Hantavirus has been reported in Epuyén, Province of Chubut in southern Argentina; for more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers in Argentina, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever is also a known risk in Argentina. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Due to a recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Misiones province of Argentina, vaccinations are strongly recommended if you intend to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Is this trip for you?

 This tour is operated in partnership with our sister companies Zegrahm and Quark Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrham Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm and Quark Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This expedition will be operated by Quark Expeditions, leaders in polar exploration. You will be accompanied on board this voyage by a dedicated Zegrahm leader, who will be with you every step of the way, offering insights on the nature and wildlife of this pristine wilderness.

For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions. Ashore, you must be able to walk moderate distances, unaided, over rough terrain (rocky, uneven beaches in South Georgia, and occasional ice and snow on the Antarctic Peninsula). Temperatures will range from 45º – 55ºF in South Georgia and may get as cold as 30º – 40ºF on the Antarctic Peninsula itself.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

The World Explorer

Launched in 2019, this purpose-built expedition vessel boasts a 1B ice class, environmentally sustainable hybrid technology, and state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce engines and generators for reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. All ocean-view suites feature either a Juliet or a walk-out balcony, while public spaces include  a spacious observation deck, a large lounge with panoramic skyline views, an intimate library, and a dedicated lecture theater. Health and wellness facilities feature an outdoor running track, small gym and spa, plus a heated outdoor swimming pool. The World Explorer carries a fleet of Zodiacs, paddleboards, and sea kayaks.

WORLD EXPLORER FACT SHEET

GENERAL

  • Six decks of guest facilities.

 - Deck 3 – Zodiac landing platforms and mud room.
- Deck 4 – dining room, lounge, bar, reception, shop, and auditorium.
- Deck 5 – dining room, lounge, bar, reception, shop, clinic, and hydraulic viewing platforms.
- Deck 6 – guest suites and the bridge.
- Deck 7 – fitness center, spa, pool, sun deck, and observation lounge.
- Deck 8 – running track.

  • Stairs and an elevator service all decks.
  • The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.
  • Smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor areas.

SUITES

  • All suites feature ocean views, two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, a sitting area with sofa, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, closets, small refrigerator, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, bath robes, and toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and European style outlets at 220 volts.
  • Category 1 suites average 215 and have a 55-square-foot private balcony.
  • Category 2 suites average 270 square feet and feature a Juliet balcony.
  • Category 3 suites average 278 square feet and have a 110-square-foot private balcony.
  • Category 4 suites average 355 square feet and have a 110-square-foot private balcony.

DINING

  • The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.
  • Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must be made in advance.
  • Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style.
  • Dinner is served in the main restaurant with four, a la carte courses. When weather permits, meals can also be served on deck.
  • Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.

SERVICES

  • The World Explorer carries a fleet of Zodiacs (included) kayaks and paddle boards (additional charge).
  • Laundry services (no dry cleaning) and a small doctor’s office are available on board. Rates are posted.
  • The American dollar is the currency used on board. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard accounts.
  • Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the ship. Rates are posted.
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]