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Antartica Solar Eclipse

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Experience Earth’s most wondrous cosmic event in pristine Antarctica when you witness a total solar eclipse in December. Cruising far out into the Weddell Sea, your Five-Star, ice-class ship will be positioned in the path of totality, revealing the spectral glow of the corona, an evocative moment for both umbraphiles and first-time observers. During your 8-night journey to the White Continent, you’ll also witness fantastically shaped icebergs, sparkling turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries, and awe-inspiring whales. All combined, this is a voyage to Antarctica unlike any other!

Antartica Expedition Youth Travel

The ultimate whale watching and wildlife expedition.  By March, the short Antarctic summer is drawing to a close. Penguin chicks are almost fully-grown and quickly shedding their downy coats in preparation to take to the sea before the long winter. March is a time of great activity in and under the water where we have historically encountered a high concentration of whales, in particular, Humpback and Minke. Crabeater, Weddell, and Leopard seals also often grace us with their presence, as they rest and store energy that will sustain them over the cold months ahead.

For this special expedition, you will be joined by several world-renowned cetaceans (whale) and marine mammal specialists. They share with us unique underwater footage and scientific data, and help us interpret the behavior, migration characteristics and feeding patterns of adult whales and their calves. For those with a passion for whales, this unique voyage should not be missed. Did we mention it’s also a favorite time of the year for electric orange and pink Antarctic sunrises and sunsets?

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  • Total Solar Eclipse at Sea
  • Ushuaia
  • Drake Passage
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • King George Island
  • Elephant Island
  • Wildlife
  • Zodiac Activities
  • Land Excursions


Day 1 : Arrival in Ushuaia

We arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s most southerly city, where you board the expedition ship. Upon arrival, set out on an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Here, the southernmost peaks of the Andes—known as the Darwin Range—are interspersed with lagoons, bogs, and rivers. Discover the park’s flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes on a nature walk with our guides, and, with luck, encounter beavers, birds, wild orchids, and more.

Day 2 : Ushuaia Tour

Enjoy lunch in the park before returning to Ushuaia in the afternoon to embark the ship. Then set sail on the Beagle Channel, named after the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his South American voyages. In the early evening we set sail, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a lifetime.

Day 3 - 4 : Drake Passage

Cross the legendary Drake Passage, enjoying time to get familiar with the ship and deepen your knowledge of Antarctica. Our Smithsonian Experts and the team of naturalist guides on board will present insightful lectures on the history and wildlife of the world’s oldest continent. Watch the crew navigate on the ship’s bridge, and spend time on deck with our naturalists observing seabirds such as albatrosses and cape petrels. Once we reach the Antarctic Convergence, where cold Antarctic currents merge with warmer waters of the South Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, watch for breaching fin, humpback, and minke whales as well as seabirds feeding on plankton and krill.

Day 5 : King George Island

King George Island is the largest of the South Shetland Islands, named after King George III. The coastal areas of the island are home to a comparatively diverse selection of vegetation and animal life, including elephant, Weddell, and leopard seals, and Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins. Several other seabirds, including skuas and southern giant petrel, nest on this island during the summer months. Human habitation of King George Island is limited to research stations.

Day 6 : Elephant Island

Elephant Island, located in the Weddell Sea near the outer reaches of the South Shetland Islands, gets its name from the many elephant seals that cover the island. This tiny island played an important part in Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance story.

Day 7 : Coronation Island / South Orkney Islands

Coronation Island is the largest of the South Orkney Islands. Named in 1821 in honor of the Coronation of King George IV of England, this large island is full of bays, glaciers, and a high central peak of over 4,000 feet. Chinstrap Penguins and the Southern and Cape Petrels are prominent here.

After departing Coronation Islands we cruise east towards our point to view the Total Solar Eclipse. Enjoy onboard amenities, a full lecture series, informal discussions, and time to check equipment.

Day 8 : Total Solar Eclipse / At Sea

Weather permitting, L’Austral will cruise to the ideal location to view the Total Solar Eclipse.

We’ll arrive at a region with a reasonable prospect of clear skies at the center line.

Day 9 : Heroina Island, The Danger Islands

Cruise to the Danger Islands, a group of islands lying 13 nautical miles east-south-east of Joinville Island near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The Danger Islands have been identified as an "important bird area" by BirdLife International because they're home to over 1.5 million Adélie penguins and a host of seabirds.

Day 10 : Brown Bluff & Bernardo O’Higgins Station / Antarctic Continent

Brown Bluff is a towering, ice-capped volcanic cliff located on the southeast side of the Antarctic Sound. Brown Bluff is an Antarctic Continent landing, and after seeing the elephant seals on the shoreline, you will encounter an active colony of Adelie Penguins. Paulet Island is a small circular volcanic island located to the northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. On Paulet Island, there are over 100,000 Adelie Penguins thriving and also the blue-eyed shag and the Southern Giant Petrel.

Weather permitting, enjoy your second continental landing at Bernardo O'Higgins Station, named in honor of Bernardo O'Higgins, a Chilean independence leader who freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. The permanently staffed Chilean research station is located in Antarctica and is the capital of Antártica Commune. It lies about 30 km south-west of Prime Head, the northernmost point of the Antarctic Peninsula, at Cape Legoupil.

Day 11 : Deception Island

Deception Island is merely the top of a previously much larger volcano that is mostly submerged. Port Foster is a breached caldera that formed when the center of the volcano collapsed below sea level after a huge prehistoric explosive eruption. Eruptions have continued at irregular intervals, the first historically recorded by Wilkes in 1842, which saw the entire south rim of the crater on fire.
On the way out of the caldera of Deception Island of the South Shetland Islands, weather permitting, we will stop at Bailey Head, home to a colony of Chinstrap Penguins, located on the black sand beaches of this headland.

Day 12 : Departure - Ushuaia, Argentina

In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia. After disembarkation you are transferred to your Ushuaia hotel or the airport for your onward journey.


  • Accommodations in Cabin
  • All Meals on Board
  • Educational Presentations & Photography Advice
  • Zodiac, Hiking, Walking, Photography Workshops, Yoga Activities
  • Expedition Gear for Duration of Voyage
  • Transfers to/from Ship
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Visas & Passport Fees, Airport Taxes
  • Pre or Post Cruise Hotel Accommodation
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Medical Expenses & Travel Insurance (Mandatory)

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Payment Policy :
Initial Booking Amount - 10% of the tour cost
15 days prior to the departure date - 50% of the remaining tour cost
10 days prior to the departure date - 100% of the tour cost required.
Cancellation Policy :
If you Cancel your Holiday,
15 days or more prior to departure date, Initial Booking Amount and additional amount of visa fee will be forfeited (in case visa has been applied)
Between 15–10 days: 50% of total tour cost will be charged as penalty.
Less than 10 days: 100% of total tour cost will be charges as penalty.


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