Total Solar Eclipse & Antarctica

Drake Passage - South Orkney Islands - Antarctica

Date: Sat, November 27, 2021 - Fri, December 10, 2021

Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Price: From $12,995

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Arctic & Antarctic

Arrangements: Gohagan & Co.

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Experience one of Earth’s most wondrous cosmic events in pristine Antarctica. Join us aboard the exclusively chartered L’Austral and be among the privileged few to witness the total solar eclipse from the Weddell Sea on December 4, 2021.

Your Five-Star, ice‑class ship will be precisely positioned in the path of totality, revealing the spectral glow of the corona, an evocative moment for both umbraphiles and first-time observers. Cruise for 10 nights to the unspoiled wonders of the White Continent to enjoy fantastically shaped icebergs, sparkling turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and awe-inspiring whales.

Duke's Study Leader is Dr Andy Read, Stephen A. Toth Professor of Marine Biology, MSC Division Chair, and Director, Duke University Marine Lab. Duke is also sharing the departure with Colorado College,Harvard University, MIT, and Smithsonian Journeys with their expert lecturers. Accompanied by the ship’s expert team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac watercraft for excursions ashore and to observe Antarctica’s abundant marine wildlife. Spend one night in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina. Extend your journey with the Buenos Aires Pre‑Program and Iguazú Falls Post‑Program Options.


  1. Depart the U.S.
  2. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  3. Buenos Aires/Fly to Ushuaia/Embark L'Austral
  4. Cruising the Drake Passage
  5. King George Island
  6. Elephant Island
  7. Coronation Island, South Orkney Islands
  8. Total Solar Eclipse, Weddell Sea
  9. Heroina Island
  10. Brown Bluff, Antarctic Continent/Bernardo O'Higgins Station
  11. Deception Island
  12. Crusing the Drake Passage
  13. Ushuaia, Argentina/Disembark ship/Fly to Buenos Aires/Depart for the U.S.
  14. Arrive in the U.S.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and mail to Duke Travels, Box 90572, Durham, NC 27708, or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone and let us know you are mailing your reservation form to hold your space.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at or 919-684-2988

Duke Leaders

Dr. Andrew Read

Stephen A. Toth Professor of Marine Biology; Chair, Marine Science & Conservation Division, and Director, Duke Marine Lab

Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise

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