Astronomy Tours

Astronomy Tours

Part of the fun of astronomy is going places to see something you can’t see from home. We at Sky & Telescope have a passion for astronomy, and we want to share it with you in as many ways as possible — including bringing you with us on adventures around the world!

Sometimes we board a ship or fly to Africa to see a solar eclipse. Other times we travel to polar countries to see the northern lights. “Exciting destinations” isn’t just a buzz word when it comes to astronomy travel, because our aim is to take you to destinations that are thrilling both above and below the sky line. Here you’ll find information on our current vacation packages. Each trip has a Sky & Telescope editor traveling with you to answer your astronomy questions and make sure everything runs smoothly.

Clear skies and happy travels!

Chile Astronomy & Stargazing Tour   (March 2017)

Cerro Tololo at sunset

Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory is one of the amazing astronomical facilities in Chile  that our March 2017 tour will visit.
T. Abbott / NOAO / AURA / NSF

If you've always wanted to go south of the equator to observe the amazing celestial sights of the southern sky, here's your chance!

Sky & Telescope, in conjunction with Spears Travel, is once again heading to Chile for a 9-day, 8-night adventure to some of the most astronomical famous and stunning locales on the planet. Join S&T Senior Editor Kelly Beatty next March 18–26 on what promises to be an over-the-top astronomical adventure.

The trip combines rare, behind-the-scenes tours of major telescopes with four nights of stargazing at privately owned facilities that cater to amateur observers. And you can leave the telescope at home, because all the observing gear will be there waiting for you!

See the itinerary and booking information.

The Great American Solar Eclipse in Kentucky   (August 2017)

2016 solar eclipse composite image

Catalin Beldea / processing: Alson Wong

Come with Sky & Telescope to Kentucky to see this long-anticipated eclipse!

Leading up to eclipse day, we'll visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, see Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, and tour the Stones River National Battlefield. And on the day of totality, we'll travel to the Hopkinsville, Kentucky region for good viewing prospects at a site with all you'll need on a hot summer day.

See the itinerary and booking information.

Experience the Total Solar Eclipse in Wyoming   (August 2017)

Rocky Mountains

Collette Travel Services

Choose between two exciting options for a Sky & Telescope-led trip to view the eclipse on August 21, 2017, from in or near Glendo, Wyoming. This small, welcoming town lies right on the eclipse centerline, but we’ll be mobile in case of overcast. Guests on our 12-day tour will visit Rocky Mountain National Park and tour the historic city of Cheyenne before experiencing the amazing phenomenon that is a total solar eclipse. After the eclipse, they will continue on to see many breathtaking natural sights in Colorado and Utah, including Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and the ancient Pueblo Indian site at Mesa Verde National Park. The 5-day option will end after the eclipse. Have your camera ready for the astounding views offered while enjoying rides on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the famous Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highest cog railway in the world, reaching 14,110 feet!

See the itinerary and booking information for the 12-day tour.

See the itinerary and booking information for the 5-day tour.