Witness the spectacular full solar eclipse in Antarctica, explore Buenos Aires and sample wine in Mendoza

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • View a spectacular total solar eclipse in Antarctica
  • Experience the wonder of Antarctica's frozen landscapes
  • Relax and sample some of the world's best wine in Mendoza
  • Visit vibrant Buenos Aires

What's included

  • Completely private tours in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

This truly unique adventure takes in the spectacular landscapes of Antarctica and the rare opportunity to see a total solar eclipse with your own eyes.

Your legendary journey begins in Buenos Aires before you set off on the voyage of a lifetime from Ushuaia. Lasting for up to 22 days, a luxury cruise through the icy waters of the Antarctic will bring you to some of the most remote and spectacular islands known to man.

The Falkland Archipelago is your first port of call where you’ll experience the island group’s unique and fascinating fusion of traditional British and South American culture. Next up is South Georgia Island, a dramatic landscape of ice and rock hewn by glaciers. Desolate but far from empty, South Georgia hosts more wildlife than even the Galapagos Islands and is inhabited by some of the world’s largest penguin and seal colonies. It’s also where the great explorer Shackleton’s final resting place can be found.

Leaving South Georgia your boat will be perfectly positioned to experience the full glory of the total solar eclipse on 4th December 2021.

We then sail on to the Antarctic Peninsula to discover dazzling ice formations and extraordinary natural sights. You’ll meet penguins, huge albatrosses, dolphins, whales and seals all along with way with exciting expeditions by specialist guides.

After disembarking in Ushuaia, head to the wine country of Mendoza for a couple of days of relaxation and exploration then enjoy one more night in Buenos Aires to finish off this memorable trip.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Buenos Aires

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires (from international airport)

Accommodation in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Morning
Three days exploring Buenos Aires Three days exploring Buenos Aires

Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.

Remember we can always organize you one of our privately-guided tours (history, culture, art...) to more specialist excursions such as personal shopping trips, helicopter tours, wine tasting and tango lessons. Feel free to discuss your options with your travel designer.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport


Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Days 3-5


Flights & transfers


Private transfer from Ushuaia airport to your hotel

Accommodation in Ushuaia

Full day tour exploring Ushuaia Full day tour exploring Ushuaia

You have an action-packed day of exploring today. Your private local guide will pick you up in the morning to first of all take a boat trip across the famous Beagle Channel, following in the (watery) footsteps of Charles Darwin on his expedition. Next you’ll board the Austral Fuegino (also known as the train at the end of the world); a historic, narrow gauge steam train that will take you along a scenic route into the Lapataia National Park. Here you will explore further before heading back to your hotel in Ushuaia.

Half day tour of the Beagle Channel Half day tour of the Beagle Channel

Board the comfortable and speedy catamaran at the pier in the downtown area of Ushuaia which moves off along the Beagle Channel. The town is rapidly left behind and appears, map-like, spread out on the lower slopes of the mountain that rises behind it, topped by the Martial Glacier. The catamaran glides along the channel, out of the Bay of Ushuaia, past the estancias originally belonging to the first settlers, set like miniatures against the towering grey mountain ranges. Pass the historic lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, the inspiration for Jules Verne’s novel 'The Lighthouse' at the End of the World, lying on a rocky promontory which stretches into the choppy waves. On the way back to Ushuaia, the catamaran passes small islands of rock rising from the wind-tossed waters, home to noisy communities of seals, sea lions, cormorants, giant petrels and many other species of sea-birds.

Train to the End of the World Train to the End of the World

This, one of the two narrow-gauge tracks left in Argentina - the Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino- used to ferry prisoners from the island’s prison into the National Park to fell and chop trees. The “Trencito de los Presos”, the Little train of the Prisoners departs from the Fueguino railway station with the stationmaster’s shrill whistle and steams slowly along the Pipo river until it reaches the Macarena waterfalls. A native Indian camp can be viewed at this point, recreated on the basis of evidence provided by today’s descendants of the tribes as well as documentation left by the early settlers. The train continues into the National Park with its stunning views of Monte Susana, the Martial Glacier and the large swamp where the relics of the prisoners’ logging tasks can still be seen.

Flights & transfers


Transfer from your Ushuaia hotel to your cruise ship

Days 5-26

22-day luxury Antarctica Cruise

22-day Antarctica Cruise of Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula 22-day Antarctica Cruise of Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula

Spend your time exploring the magnificent waters of Antarctica on a luxury expedition cruise. Only specific departures will be in the right place to view the eclipse on 4th December so speak to your travel designer to ensure you get a spot.

Extended Antarctica cruises usually last for around 22 days. Setting off from Ushuaia, you'll journey first to the remote and hilly Falkland Islands. Next up is South Georgia Islands, a dramatic landscape of ice and rock that's brimming with wildlife and where Shackleton's final resting place can be found.

From here it will be time to follow the path of the eclipse and your expert captain will do everything possible to ensure you get a good view.

A few days on the Weddell Sea will bring you to the glittering Antarctic Peninsula, composed of a 500 mile long mountain chain and numerous off-lying islands and offering some of the most dramatic scenery and the biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. Finally, you'll cross the Drake Passage, returning to Ushuaia to disembark. Your journey will bring you into contact with penguins, seals, whales and dazzling icebergs in one of the world’s most pristine natural environments. There's an abundance of exhilarating activities to enjoy during your cruise such as diving, swimming, hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, Zodiac expeditions and lectures and talks from experts both on board and on visits to research stations. The opportunity for photography is outstanding. Below is an example of some of the sights you will see aboard your cruise. Please speak to a Travel designer for full details.

The Falkland Islands The Falkland Islands

Divided by the Falkland Sound strait, the Falkland archipelago is composed of two island groups, the West and East Islands. Hilly and tree-less, the islands are frequented by marine mammals such as the southern elephant seal and the South American fur seal. On the west side, you'll encounter breeding Magellanic and Gentoo penguins, numerous waders and passerine birds on Carcass Island. On Saunders Island, you'll meet the majestic Black-browed albatross and watch their sometimes-clumsy landings, breeding Imperial shags and Rock hopper penguins. East Falkland is where you'll find the capital Port Stanley and will experience Falkland culture, a wonderful mixture of South American characteristics and Victorian charm with colourful houses, well-tended gardens and English style pubs. In Stanley and the surrounding area, you can see a number of stranded clippers from a century ago bearing witness to the hardships of sailors in the 19th Century. The small, but very interesting museum is well worth a visit featuring an exhibition covering the early days of settlement up to the Falklands War of 1982. Of the smaller Falkland Islands, New Island is a wildlife and nature reserve where you can hike into the rocky cliffs to a rookery where Rockhopper Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags nest. You can also watch for Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white Commerson’s dolphin on the approach to West Point Island. Once ashore, walk on rolling moorland and learn about the island’s unique vegetation including the rare Felton plant.

South Georgia Island South Georgia Island

With a wild and dramatic scenery formed by snowcapped mountains and huge glaciers, South Georgia Island is one of the wildest and most remote places on earth. As you sail up the rugged Drygalski Fjord on the island's far east side, you'll see how ice and rock dominate the landscape. This island is far from desolate however. It's also known as the 'Galapagos of the South' because of the huge numbers of penguins and seals that breed here. You'll want to have your camera ready for outstanding wildlife photo opportunities. Exciting activities on South Georgia can include retracing sections of the historic Shackleton route by ski; visits to Prion Island to see Wandering Albatross chicks (season dependant); excursions to see penguin colonies and Southern Elephant seals at Salisbury Plain, St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour; trips to the abandoned whaling stations of Stromness and Grytviken; stunning hikes at Godthul; and a visit to Shackleton's grave.

The Weddell Sea The Weddell Sea

Sailing the Weddell Sea, you'll experience true silence and an extraordinary and haunting atmosphere of unparalleled serenity. Discover the fur seals, penguin colonies, albatross and giant petrels that inhabit these waters. The lord of the manor, also known as the Weddell seal, can remain underwater for over an hour and dive more than 600 meters deep. Its coat is dark gray and his belly is dotted with dark spots. Watch as giant icebergs and icecaps carve a unique landscape.

Port Lockroy Port Lockroy

On reaching the small island of Goudier, we will head for Port Lockroy which was discovered by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1903. Originally a base for whaling boats, Port Lockroy became a British base in 1944. Here you'll find a small museum detailing life on the base in the 1950s and research on Papua penguins. The port is the most visited place of the White Continent and is also the only port with a post office where you can send letters to loved ones. Close to Port Lockroy is Jougla Point where Gentoo penguins and Blue-eyed shags can be found and leopard seals, crabeater seals and whales inhabit the waters.

Neko Bay Neko Bay

At the bottom of Andvord Bay, lies a little corner of paradise at the foot of a huge glacier. Neko Bay is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites in the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife is also abundant here, with seabirds such as gulls, Cape petrels, cormorants, and marine mammals such as seals, orcas and whales. Your guides will take you aboard the Zodiacs to get closer to the icebergs or land nearby to the penguin colonies, to observe a sea leopard, lounging on the beach or watch swoop of the Antarctic Terns.

Deception Island Deception Island

Nestled in the heart of the Shetland Islands, north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easily recognizable by its horseshoe shape. On the black volcanic sand beaches, the ruins of the abandoned cabins now give way to a rich wildlife. The largest colony of chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence on these beaches. Trips aboard the Zodiacs allow you to land here to observe the 100,000 pairs of penguins, elephant seals and fur seals up close.

The Drake Passage The Drake Passage

Your journey to the "White Continent" begins by crossing the famous Drake Passage, considered by many as a rite of passage on a voyage to Antarctica. Named after the celebrated explorer Sir Frances Drake who first sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage extends between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands and takes about 2 days to cross in favorable conditions. You'll pass the Polar Front, a fascinating area of the sea where waters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans meet. Keep your eyes open for seabirds and gulls such as albatrosses and petrels. It's near the South Shetland Islands that you'll spot your first icebergs.

Flights & transfers


Private Transfer from Ushuaia Town Pier to Ushuaia airport


Flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires


Flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza

Days 26-29


Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in Mendoza

Accommodation in Mendoza

Days exploring Mendoza Days exploring Mendoza

Spend your time enjoying the beautiful Mendoza region. Visit wineries, enjoy the restaurants or simply relax at your hotel.

Full day wine tour with lunch and tasting in Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu Valley Full day wine tour with lunch and tasting in Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu Valley

You will be collected from your hotel after breakfast by your local expert guide to begin your private full day's tour of the best wineries situated in Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu valleys. This tour will be tailored on the day to your preferences, as there exists a nice variation of larger to more boutique and family-owned wineries to choose from in this area. At each winery you do visit there will be a tour and wine tasting session. Lunch will be at a restaurant or bodega of your choice along the tour, with helpful recommendations made by your guide too. You will be delivered back to your hotel at the end of the day.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Mendoza airport


Flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires


Private transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires

Days 29-30

Buenos Aires

Accommodation in Buenos Aires

Overnight in Buenos Aires Overnight in Buenos Aires

Enjoy your evening in this lively, sultry city. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of your stay.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Buenos Aires International Airport

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