Post Tour extension on request basis
OTHER 2019 SOLAR ECLIPSE TOUR OPTIONS:
1. Discover Chile & Total Solar Eclipse Tour – 10 Days
2. Best of Chile & Total Solar Eclipse Tour – 14 Days
Your Journey Begins:-
Day 01: Jun. 27, THU- Arrive Santiago, Chile
Welcome at Santiago airport and transfer to the hotel. (Note- Arrival transfer is provided to participants taking our international group air travel. Participants making own international air arrangements or arriving on non group flight plans can either purchase a private transfer or make own arrangements to reach group Hotel.) Encounter Santiago, Chile’s capital, nestled in the central valley, right below the imposing Andes. This city mixes the “Mapuche” legacy- (the natives that inhabited this land during the Pre-Columbian era), our Spanish colonial past and the modernity of any thriving city of the world. Walk its streets, visit its museums, engage with its architecture and become a part of it. Historical and contemporary features combined in the heart of Chile. Rest of the day is at leisure. SOLACE HOTEL (standard room)
Day 02: Jun. 28, FRI- Santiago City Tour
Begin our journey towards the city center, where we will get to know its main attractions. First, we will visit the Santa Lucia Hill, where the city of Santiago was founded in 1541. Continue to the Plaza de Armas, to see the Cathedral of Santiago, the Municipality, the Post Office Building and National History Museum. Later visit the Cerro San Cristobal, where we can enjoy a panoramic view of Santiago. The experience continues with a panoramic tour through the Providencia neighborhood and finally, along the Costanera Highway until reaching the elegant Vitacura neighborhood and the Alonso de Córdova Avenue. Lunch at local restaurant. Rest of the afternoon is free to explore the city and the sights or to shop on own.
This evening join Prof. Jay Pasachoff & Mark Sood for a welcome dinner and tour briefing. Post Dinner, David Sliski, an expert on discovering planets around other stars, so-called exoplanets will give a talk on the current situation in exoplanet studies, from the ground and from NASA and other spacecraft.. David is a graduate student in astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is building a new device for a giant telescope to study exoplanets. Before that, he was working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on digitizing the over 100 years of astronomical photographic plates. David was part of our tour: 2017 eclipse expedition to Salem, Oregon where he obtained some of the sharpest and best coronal images.
SOLACE HOTEL – BLD
Day 03: Jun. 29, SAT- Tour of Valparaiso & Wineries
After Breakfast travel along the Pacific coast, crossing the Coastal Mountain Range and the Casablanca and Curacaví Valleys. Our first stop will be Viña del Mar, known as the Garden City;
because of its great number of parks and nice gardens. We will visit the Quinta Vergara, Palacio Carrasco, and see an original Moai from Easter Island. Then, we continue along the bay, forming part
of the most important central coastline, and get to know the city’s famous flower clock. Next, we arrive at the city of Valparaíso, World Heritage Site and main commercial port and home to the Congress of Chile. During the tour, visitors are greeted by the multi-colored houses on the hills, parks and diverse historic monuments, traditional bars and restaurants. We will have lunch at a typical seafood restaurant and get to know the Plaza Sotomayor, the most important civic square of the city, located on the shore. Finally we will sail across the bay, in order to appreciate the best views of Valparaíso. Return back our hotel in Santiago. SOLACE HOTEL – BL
Day 04: Jun. 30, SUN- Santiago – La Serena
Breakfast in the hotel and fly to La Serena, the second oldest city in Chile. After settling in at the Hotel tour the city. Our first stop is near the 28 m (91 ft) high La Serena lighthouse, where you get the opportunity to photograph the area´s sweeping views. We then visit La Serena´s main plaza, site of the city´s founding in 1544, and walk three blocks through the high street area to visit the archaeological museum. This museum houses a genuine Moai statue from Easter Island and a complete collection of artifacts from pre-Hispanic cultures including the Diaguita and Molle people. Located one block away is La Recova Market, which offers an abundance of interesting shopping opportunities including handicrafts like lapis lazuli (Chile’s famous semi-precious blue stone), pottery and ceramics with Diaguita motifs, and alpaca wool. HOTEL ENJOY (Standard room)-BD
Day 05: Jul. 1, MON- Tour of Isla Damas
Breakfast at the hotel. This fascinating excursion is an invitation to nature lovers and adventurers alike. The tour starts in the morning from La Serena driving north along the Pan-American Highway through the “Norte Chico,” a semi-desert area with scarce vegetation dominated by cacti. The route continues over long curving hill roads and low accesses that allow you numerous perspectives of the rocky coast. Arriving in the small fishing village of Caleta Punta Choros, which is 122 kilometers from La Serena, from here the Gaviota, Choros and Damas Islands can be seen: they form part of the Humboldt Penguin Natural Reservation and are administered by the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF). From Caleta Punta Choros the tour departs in a small-motorized fishing boat, with life jackets supplied, the wearing of which is compulsory. The boat navigates around the three islands in safe waters depending on weather conditions. There is the opportunity to admire the marine life of this area. In the waters surrounding Choros Island lives a colony of bottlenose dolphins, unique in that this is one of only three colonies in the world. Usually they can be seen often performing jumps and pirouettes, but they do occasionally migrate to the surroundings. In the rocky shoreline of Choros Island are handsome sea lions and a large variety of seabirds, often penguins can be spotted The tour disembarks at Isla Damas with time to enjoy its beaches of white sand and surroundings before returning by boat to the Caleta Punta Choros. In the village on the coast lunch is provided in a typical fish and shellfish restaurant in the simple fishing village. On return to La Serena visit our exclusive site for eclipse viewing at La Higuera. Rest of the afternoon is free.
This evening join Prof. Jay Pasachoff for a pre-eclipse briefing & Dinner. Post Dinner our Photography expert, Kyle Adler will present “A practical guide to shooting a total solar eclipse without losing your mind”.
HOTEL ENJOY– BLD
Day 06: Jul. 2, TUE- Eclipse viewing
Breakfast at the hotel. Travel early to our exclusive eclipse viewing site in Elqui province. We will have plenty of time to set up before this afternoon’s total solar eclipse. Food, drinks, tables and chairs are provided for a comfortable eclipse viewing experience. After the eclipse join fellow tour members for a celebratory Dinner & a report by our Eclipse experts. HOTEL ENJOY – BLD
|EVENT||UNIVERSAL TIME||LOCAL TIME||SUN’S ALT.||SUN’S AZ.|
|Start of partial eclipse (C1)||19:23:03||3:23:03||25°||320°|
|Start of total eclipse (C2)||20:38:25||4:38:25||13°||307°|
|Maximum eclipse (mid-totality)||20:39:36||4:39:36||13°||307°|
|End of total eclipse (C3)||20:40:46||4:40:46||13°||307°|
|End of partial eclipse (C4)*||21:46:40||5:46:40||1°||297°|
Day 07: Jul. 3, WED- La Serena – Santiago- Depart
Breakfast in the hotel. Time free until transfer to the airport to board flight to Santiago and connect international flights. B
LAND TOUR: $ 5,090.00 per person sharing
Single Room- $ 5,990.00
PLEASE NOTE: Group air rates from major US cities will be negotiated with the airlines and offered to participants (usually 11 months prior to departure). Airlines may require purchase of International air to receive low domestic travel rates or rates may be combined for both International and Domestic travel.
Arrival transfer in Santiago is included for participants arriving on group travel flights or at same time as group travel airline. Those making own International travel arrangements can either join at Hotel on own or purchase a private transfer. Additional costs apply. Higher rates for Internal Chile flights may also apply (subject to Airlines rules)..
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