Encompassing what will be the world's greatest natural lightshow in South America, this incredible 17-day once-in-a-lifetime holiday, from £6,490 per person, departs the UK on the 23rd June 2019. Featuring all the must-see sights in South America including Rio de Janeiro, Iguacu Falls, Buenos Aires, Valparaiso, Santiago and Machu Picchu this holiday also includes the very best experiences such as Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer in Rio; the Sacred Valley and city of Cusco in Peru and breathtaking scenery from the Vistadome train, high in the Andes Mountains. The highlight of this trip is the total solar eclipse on July 2nd where Wendy Wu Tours have chartered their own private aircraft to take guests on a one-hour VIP flight from Santiago to the Chilean Pacific Coastal town of La Serena, a distance that would normally take six hours by road. Once in La Serena guests will be taken to a dedicated viewing point in La Higuera, the closest point to the centreline of the eclipse, making it the best place in Chile to witness the eclipse and see this awe-inspiring spectacle in its entirety. Guests will also have their own private eclipse briefing from Dr Stuart Clark, a globally renowned expert astronomer and published writer for the European Space Agency, the New Scientist and BBC's The Sky at Night, on the eve of the eclipse as well as being accompanied throughout the eclipse day by Clark. In addition guests will enjoy lunch and Chilean wine tasting at the eclipse viewing site.

Commenting on his partnership with Wendy Wu Tours, Dr Stuart Clark said: “It's a great honour to be working again with Wendy Wu Tours. They expertly put together a comprehensive and detailed escorted tour for the China eclipse in 2009 and I'm confident that this South America tour will reflect one of the greatest spectacles of all time, played out against the backdrop of the spectacular Chile terrain.”

Wendy Wu, founder of Wendy Wu Tours, goes on to say: “Dr Stuart Clark is the leading authority when it comes to astronomy and in particular the science behind a total eclipse. Our guests will benefit enormously through Stuart's detailed knowledge and expert tuition, a factor that was very important to us when designing this tour. I'm so proud of this tour as not only are we giving guests this once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing a total solar eclipse in Chile but we're also giving guests the amazing opportunity to see the stunning highlights of South America.”

Wendy Wu Tours are also offering two alterative eclipse holidays for guests who have slightly less travel time but still want to experience the same once-in-a-lifetime eclipse experience. The 7-day 'Chile Eclipse' holiday, from £3,790 per person, includes time in Santiago and Valparaiso whilst the 12-day 'Eclipse & Atacama' holiday, from £5,990 per person, includes a more comprehensive touring experience in the Atacama Desert and Andes Mountains. All tours include the VIP Wendy Wu private charter flight to La Serena; the dedicated eclipse viewing point at La Higuera as well as the comprehensive eclipse briefing and programme with expert astronomer, Dr Stuart Clark.

Visit www.chileeclipse.co.uk for more information or call 0800 902 0888