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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Solar Eclipse in Antarctica

This incredible expedition voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkland Islands gives you the best chance of witnessing a full solar eclipse over the Weddell Sea, and includes exciting Zodiac landings

Cruise Only
21 nights from £20076pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Chinstrap Penguins
  • Antarctica scenery
  • Icebergs in Antarctica
  • Icebergs in Antarctica
  • Penguins in South Georgia
  • Whaler's Church, South Georgia
  • Falkland Islands

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Solar Eclipse in Antarctica Special Offer

You may be lucky enough to observe a full solar eclipse over the Weddell Sea during this unique voyage taking in the breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Experience late spring in Antarctica, when penguins are busy building their nests, whales feed and icebergs glisten, before heading north where you'll hopefully witness the Solar Eclipse. In South Georgia, observe elephant seals guarding their harems, fur seals battling for supremacy and visit some of the largest king penguin colonies on earth. The remote Falkland Islands are a fitting finale to this amazing expedition cruise. Soak up the distinctly British atmosphere and keep an eye out for albatross, sea lions and penguins.

An experienced Expedition Team will deliver insightful lectures on board and accompany exciting Zodiac landings in search of wildlife.

AE107 Operated by Aurora Expeditions

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Solar Eclipse in Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Arrive in Ushuaia where you will be met and transferred to the hotel (preferred flights only). Upon arrival, please ask the hotel check-in staff for Aurora Expeditions cabin tags, and fill them in.

Day 2 - Ushuaia

Check-out of the hotel and head to the port to embark your ship. Settle into your cabin, before important briefings.(D)

Day 3 - Drake Passage

Your ship begins to cruise the famous Drake Passage towards the South Shetland Islands. Enjoy lectures on board about the region's history, wildlife and environment. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Drake Passage - South Shetland Islands (Antarctica)

After finishing cruising the Drake Passage, arrive in the South Shetland Islands, surrounded by majestic icebergs. Weather permitting, you may be able to enjoy your first landing in Antarctica late afternoon. (B,L,D)

Days 5-9 - Antarctic Peninsula

Arriving in Antarctica is an unforgettable experience. You'll explore the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. As you are so far south, you'll experience around 18-24 hours of daylight. The Expedition Team will design each day taking into account weather and ice conditions. You may be able to enjoy two landings or Zodiac excursions everyday, during which you may be lucky enough to spot whales, seals and penguins. Ashore, walk along pebbled beaches or up snow-covered ridges for stunning panoramic views. There will be optional activities available and the chance to take a polar plunge. In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, the ship may be able to cruise narrow straits and linger in sheltered bays to watch whales. (B,L,D)

Days 10-11 - Elephant Island

Weather permitting, the ship will set sail for Elephant Island in the South Shetlands. Learn about Shackleton and how his ship, Endurance, was crushed by pack ice, resulting in his crew spending 16 months at sea in open boats, before reaching Elephant Island. You may be able to cruise past Cape Valentine to see the beach where the crew first stepped ashore over 100 years ago. Weather permitting, continue to Point Wild where they set up camp and potentially enjoy a landing. According to NASA, the Weddell Sea is the best place to observe the solar eclipse. The full solar eclipse will only be visible in Antarctica. Hopefully you will be able to witness this natural phenomenon. (B,L,D)

Days 12-13 - At sea

Cruise the Scotia Sea en route to South Georgia, following in the footsteps of Shackleton. Learn more about the Shackleton story from the onboard historian. (B,L,D)

Days 14-17 - South Georgia

South Georgia is renowned for its snow-capped mountains, large congregations of wildlife and remarkable history. Cruise down the east coast, taking in the glaciated scenery. As always, the Expedition Team will plan the days based on weather and ice conditions. You may be able to enjoy two landings or Zodiac excursions a day. Visit some of the largest king penguin colonies on earth, enjoy a walk among fur seals and elephant seals, and wander alongside pebbled streams. In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, the ship may cruise through fjords or into bays. (B,L,D)

Days 18-19 - At sea

As the ship cruises towards the Falkland Islands, witness the ceaseless flight of the seabirds that follow in its wake. The lecture program will continue on board and you will have plenty of time at leisure. If time and weather conditions permit, the ship will cruise close to Shag Rocks. (B,L,D)

Day 20 - Falkland Islands (UK)

The Falkland Islands are made up to two large islands, East and West Falkland. These barren islands are true wildlife havens with an impressive diversity of birdlife, including the largest black-browed albatross colony on earth. As always, the Expedition Team will plan the day based on weather and ice conditions. You may be able to enjoy two landings or Zodiac excursions a day. You may be able to visit albatross colonies and penguin rookeries, and enjoy a traditional English tea at a local cottage. You may also be able to visit Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands. It has a distinctly British character with terraced houses and a post office. (B,L,D)

Day 21 - At sea

Enjoy the onboard facilities or listen to a lecture. Celebrate the end of the voyage at the Captain's Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 22 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

After breakfast, disembark the ship. (B)

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 20-night cruise
  • Hotel stay in Ushuaia as specified in the itinerary
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Unlimited tea and coffee on board
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from Expedition Team
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights – we can arrange these for you
  • Overseas transfers not mentioned in itinerary
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (outside of dinner service)
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes

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Map for Solar Eclipse in Antarctica