Experience a true celestial spectacle—a total solar eclipse—during this new specialty journey through Argentina.
Solar Eclipse 2020: Argentina with Los Glaciares National Park and the Path of Totality
11 days from $8,290
Experience a true celestial spectacle—a total solar eclipse—during this new specialty journey through Argentina.
- A Q&A with Expert Ross King
- A Q&A with Expert Cassandra Potts Hannahs
- A Q&A with Expert Grant Nel
- A Q&A with Expert Michelle Thaller
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Located within walking distance from the Plaza San Martin, and a short walk to the Plaza de Mayo, Teatro Colon, and Recoleta neighborhood, the hotel shares the area with art galleries, restaurants, bars and beautiful parks and features an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and fitness area as well as on-site restaurant and bar. Guest rooms are spacious and stylishly appointed with full marble baths, in room safes and complimentary WiFi.
Number of nights: 2
El Calafate, Argentina
Situated on the shores of Lake Argentino, the hotel offers stunning views of this remote and rugged region. Guest rooms are spacious and feature underfloor heating, complimentary WiFi and modern private baths. There is a full service restaurant, lobby bar, and coffee shop on site. There is also a small indoor/outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and a menu of spa services available.
Number of nights: 3
Lakes District, Argentina
This small, stunning property features just 27 guest rooms each with a lake view, complimentary WiFi, kitchenette with microwave, small refrigerator and in-room safe. An onsite restaurant uses locally grown produce and features delectable Patagonian specialties. There is a lounge as well as an indoor pool and spa services on site.
Number of nights: 3
Activity Level 3: Moderate / Active
Expectations: This trip will feature three in-country flights, long touring days with several full-day excursions, a faster pace, and longer distances and several hotel changes. Walks will be from one to two miles and at times over snowy, icy, dusty and uneven terrain. The pace of the walks and excursions will be leisurely. Since we will be traveling at the southern end of the Andes range we will not climb higher than 3,000 feet in elevation. Motorcoaches will be heated and air-conditioned when necessary. Some roadways can be narrow. Drives can be up to four hours depending on the excursion. There will be lake excursions by boat and an excursion by 4x4 vehicles. Clothing that can be layered, as well as sunblock, sun hat, sunglasses, and comfortable walking shoes with a sturdy tread, will be essential on this trip. Eclipse watching sunglasses will be provided for Eclipse Day.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities at a more vigorous pace and expect some physical exertion.
Weather: It will be summer in Argentina so expect daytime temperatures in the upper 60’s to low-70’s during the day in Buenos Aires with cooler to cold temperatures at night, sometimes dropping to the low 40s. Expect cooler temperatures in some of the more remote locations of Argentina we will be visiting. Also, due to the glaciers, ice fields and associated microclimates expect temperatures at Los Glaciares National Park to be cold, possibly with wind, rain, and even snow/ice showers while visiting. The eclipse viewing will take place on the Patagonian steppe which is typically very dry most of the year but can also be quite chilly. Please keep in mind that viewing the eclipse will be weather dependent. Since we have no control over the weather, there is always a chance that we will not be able to view it or only for a short period of time. A suggested packing list will be included with your pre-tour documents
For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.
Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.
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What Is Provided With Your Tour
- Expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys Expert, Tour Director, and local guides throughout the tour.
- An experienced Travel Director throughout the program
- All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
- Meals and beverages as noted in the itinerary (B-breakfast; L-lunch; R-reception; D-dinner).
- All excursions, sightseeing, and visits as noted in the itinerary.
- Pre-tour information, including a reading list.
- All on-tour transportation, unless otherwise noted.
- WiFi in hotels (availability and speed subject to local conditions at time of us)
- Gratuities for all on-tour staff, local guides, drivers, porters, and waitstaff
- Airport transfers for those arriving to Buenos Aires on the group arrival dates and/or departure transfer on group departure date
- Baggage handling
- Entrance fees
- Welcome and farewell dinner with wine and farewell reception
- Bottled water on motocoaches
What Is Not Provided With Your Tour
- Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required
- International and in-country airfare. The three on-tour in-country flights include: Buenos Aires to ElCalafate on December 10; El Calafate to Bariloche on December 13; and Bariloche to Buenos Aires on December 16. Economy class seating/anticipated cost for all three flights is expected to be $690 per person.
- Departure taxes
- Transfers to and from airports for individuals not using or meeting group flights
- Private airport transfers, or transfers on dates other than the group arrival and departure dates
- Personal items such as wines, liquors, à-la-carte orders, meals other than specified
- Expenses incurred by our tour operators in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour
- Baggage in excess of one suitcase
- Other items not specifically mentioned as included
- Medical expenses and immunizations
- Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tours
- Excess baggage charges, laundry or dry cleaning, room service, email, telephone, fax charges, or other items of a personal nature
- Optional Travel Insurance
For tours that include round-trip international airfare, rates are based on economy class from designated departure cities as shown. Airfares from other cities are available upon request. Airline upgrades at additional cost may be available on request for the international portion of your flight. If an air schedule requires an overnight stay in a gateway city, the cost of the overnight will be at your expense. For tours that include round-trip international airfare, we will be happy to help with arrangements.
Individual Arrivals and Group Transfers
A designated group flight is not included on most tours. Your first tour bulletin will thoroughly explain the details of the options available for your individual flights. Airport transfers (when applicable) are complimentary for both Flex Air participants and participants who are able to meet the scheduled group departure times. Reservations are required.
Air Service/Tickets Purchased Independently of the Tour
International and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time. If you make your own airline reservations, we recommend that you do not purchase nonrefundable tickets or tickets with high penalties for changes. We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.
Travel Insurance- Cancellation/Delay/Lost Baggage
Smithsonian Journeys recommends that all participants purchase travel insurance.
Travel Documents and Information
Participants are responsible for obtaining any documents required for their participation in the tour such as a valid passport, all visas, vaccination certificates, and any other documents. If your tour requires a visa or other entry documents, we will send you the appropriate information after you make a reservation. Failure to obtain documents does not negate the terms and conditions, and any extra costs incurred for rerouting or delay due to travel without the necessary documents will be the participant’s responsibility. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact your embassy or consulate to ensure you obtain the proper documentation.
For all international departures, a passport valid for at least six months after the completion of your tour, and with at least six blank visa pages, is required for U.S. citizens on all tours. Applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport. For more information on how or where to apply, please visit Travel.State.Gov/ApplyEarly or call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778/1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TTD).
For more information about traveling to destinations abroad, we recommend the “Learn about your destination” section on the U.S. Department of State travel website www.travel.state.gov. For medical information, we recommend contacting the Centers for Disease Control at (877) FYI-TRIP or www.cdc.gov/travel
Physical and Medical Considerations
To enjoy the travel experience, participants should be in good physical and mental health. All tours require an element of walking (up to two miles per day over uneven terrain) and of climbing stairs, often without handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of participants on long days of touring. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a tour, please call us at 855-330-1542. Any physical condition, diet, or special request for accommodation must be identified in writing on the Personal Information Form when the reservation is made. Some tours have additional information regarding physical and medical considerations, which may be discussed with the Reservation Specialist at 855-330-1542.
Please be aware that health care standards, facilities, and services abroad may be different or even inadequate for treating certain health conditions. It is essential that you inform us in writing (on the provided Personal Information Form) of any existing condition for which you may require medical attention or accommodation during the tour. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the needs of our participants; however, services of a personal nature cannot be expected or guaranteed. By forwarding the deposit for pre-registration or registration in full, you affirm that you do not have any physical or other limitations that would create a hazard for yourself or other participants or would require adjustments to the tour for other participants.
Itinerary or Tour Modifications
Smithsonian Journeys strives to improve tour itineraries and their features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, at our sole discretion, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute elements of the tour. These elements include, but are not limited to: hotels, staff, speakers, experts, and services for any stated in the itinerary.
Every effort will be made to carry out the tour as planned but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary has been sent to you. Please note that weather and other conditions may force changes to the advertised sailing schedule on cruise tours. The ship’s captain has the authority to change the ship’s schedule. Smithsonian Journeys and the tour operator reserve the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical, or other conditions beyond their control.
Smithsonian Journeys chooses hotels based on a combination of location, service, atmosphere, and price. On adventure tours and tours in out-of-the-way places, best-available hotels are used. Tour prices are based on two persons sharing a room with a bathroom.
Singles and Roommates
Hotel rooms are always reserved for single participants, however, the number of single rooms available on a tour may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you register early. Please note that a single supplement will most likely apply for a single room. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room/cabin, we will do our best to find someone of the same gender and smoking preference to share with you. If you are matched with a non-smoking roommate, it is mutually agreed that you cannot smoke in your hotel room/cabin. When a roommate cannot be found, a single supplement will be charged. Please note that the single rooms in many foreign hotels may be smaller than those to which you are accustomed.
All tours, except family journeys, are designed for adults. Some may be suitable for children 16 and older. Regardless of age, children must pay full price unless otherwise noted, moreover, a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.
Special Travel Arrangements
Participants may wish to extend their stay in the group hotel either before or after the tour. Our tour operator will work with you on these arrangements, dependent upon space availability. Your pre-tour bulletins will further explain all options.
Should you decide not to participate in certain parts of the tour or use certain goods included in the tour, no refunds will be made for those unused parts of the tour or goods.
If a complaint arises, the participant should first inform a member of the on-tour staff, so that the staff can attempt to rectify the matter. If the issue remains unresolved, the individual should submit the complaint in writing to Smithsonian Journeys within 30 days of the completion of the tour.
The Smithsonian Journeys staff will make a good faith effort to resolve any dispute. In the event that the parties are unable to resolve the dispute, the parties may agree to use a method of non-binding Alternative Dispute Resolution to resolve the dispute. In the event that the parties are unable to agree on the method of Alternative Dispute Resolution to use, or in the event that either party is dissatisfied with the outcome of that alternative dispute resolution method, such efforts shall not constitute a waiver by either party of the right to file suit.
Photography and Video
Participants on tour may be photographed or recorded (audio and video) for the educational and promotional purposes of the Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian authorized third parties. This content may be used in marketing publications and posted on websites to promote Smithsonian Journeys without compensation to the participant. Participants who prefer that their name, voice and/or image not be used must notify us in writing prior to the beginning of the tour.
For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals. On certain cruises, there is no smoking aboard the ship. Your pre-tour bulletins will provide further information.
READ CAREFULLY: RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER
Smithsonian Journeys tours are organized and administered by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors. The use of designated tour operators allows the Smithsonian to offer participants a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.
The Smithsonian Institution and its designated tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time (including, but not limited for inappropriate, or offensive behavior) when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant.
Dates, schedules, tour details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication on the website, in the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.
AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE OF ANY APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO THE STATEMENT SET FORTH BELOW:
The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour materials, and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour materials. The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including, but not limited to, weather, flooding, and high/low water levels, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, bites from or attacks by animals, insects, or pests, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release the Smithsonian Institution, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and the tour operator and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour. By registering for a Smithsonian Journey, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein.
Updated August 13, 2019