Dates

December 8 to 16, 2020

Starting Price

$4,595 + Air; Singles $5,220

Deposit per Person

$1,000

8 Days
Exclusive U-M Departure, Land
Holbrook
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Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064

Trip Highlights

The vast country of Chile stretches 3,000 miles through varied terrain and spans half of the South American continent, in a narrow band that in most areas is only 100 miles wide. Its cities reflect a thoughtful blend of old world and new, from the bustling capital Santiago to the “neo-colonial” town of La Serena. In the countryside, two of Chile’s diverse environments bring international prominence: fertile vineyards yield a world-class wine industry and clear skies above remote deserts support the southern hemisphere’s leading astronomy research. Join U-M astronomy professor David Gerdes as you travel from Santiago to Pucon to discover the beauty of Chile and its culture, capping your experience with a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the 2020 total solar eclipse.

Exclusive Departure: this departure is considered exclusive and the participants are U-M travelers, who consist of alums, family and friends.

Itinerary

Day 1

Flight to Santiago

Day 2

Santiago

On arrival meet our representative and transfer from Santiago airport to the hotel to drop off your luggage and receive a quick program orientation before heading out for a city tour of Santiago. Since 1541 till today, Santiago has grown so much, especially in the last 40 years, from a few thousands in the 1500´s to almost 6 million; today is the main economic and political centre, come and discover the old and new part of our city. Santiago of Chile is a mix between historic and modern; this excursion offers a complete panoramic vision of the city, passing through places like Constitution square and Government Palace. Driving through popular and crowded streets in downtown Santiago we will see the National Theater and reach Plaza de Armas, heart of the city since 1541, around this square there are many important buildings like, Santiago Cathedral, City Hall, National Historic Museum and Post Office. We will continue towards The Central Market, Mapocho Train Station and Fine Arts Museum crossing the river we will reach Bellavista neighborhood, bohemian area where we start to climb San Cristobal hill, highest picks inside the city, in one of his many viewpoints we will stop for photos of the newest part of the city that we will visit afterwards, areas like Providencia, Las Condes and Vitacura, from there we will start our return to the hotel. Lunch at local restaurant then enjoy the afternoon on your own to see and do what interests you the most suggesting to visit the Lastarria, the trendy neighborhood of Santiago with lots of cafes and restaurants. After checking into the hotel (3pm check in time) enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Room type – Standard
Hotel Atton (L)

Full Itinerary
Your Journey
Meet Your Trip Host

David Gerdes

David Gerdes is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Chair of Physics and Professor of Astronomy in the College of LSA. His recent research centers on the solar system beyond Neptune, a region known as the Kuiper Belt, which contains thousands of small, icy worlds that are remnants from the solar system’s formation billions of years ago. Using large optical telescopes high in the Chilean Andes, Gerdes and his collaborators have discovered hundreds of new members of the solar system, including the dwarf planet 2014 UZ224 (“DeeDee”) located over 90 times Earth’s distance from the sun. His group has also discovered several trans-Neptunian minor planets that have been studied by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on its journey through the Kuiper Belt. He witnessed his first total solar eclipse in 1979, when he managed to persuade his middle school science teacher to drive 1300 miles to Canada in the middle of February. He’s very much looking forward to sharing the magic of totality in the beautiful country of Chile.

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Dates

December 8 to 16, 2020

Starting Price

$4,595 + Air; Singles $5,220

Deposit per Person

$1,000

8 Days
Exclusive U-M Departure, Land
Holbrook
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064