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.

Watch this space for itineraries, prices, and other information on Sky & Telescope tours.

Clear skies and happy travels!

Botswana Stargazing Safari, August 2018

Elephant in Botswana

Elephant on drive from Savute camp.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime in Botswana with Sky & Telescope!

We'll take safaris to explore the Khwai Private Concession on the edge of the Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, and Savute in Chobe National Park — plus an optional two-night, pre-safari trip to Victoria Falls.

And once night falls, the adventure turns celestial: Explore the Southern Hemisphere sky with experienced stargazers at your side. This will be a vacation you won't forget!

Take a look at the itinerary and book today!

Observatories of the American West, October 2018

Meteor Crater
NASA Earth Observatory

Join Sky & Telescope Associate Editor JR Johnson-Roehr for an observing tour of the great observatories of the American West!

Our journey will take us from the desert of the Southwest to coastal California. You'll visit the historic Lowell Observatory, where Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto, and enjoy an exclusive observing session with the 60-inch telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory. You'll spend a day at Caltech's Palomar Observatory, home of the 200-inch Hale Telescope, and an evening observing with the famous 36-inch refractor at Lick Observatory. Along the way you’ll stop at significant (and breathtaking) sites of scientific significance: Barringer Crater, JPL, and the California Science center . . . just to name a few!

Take a look at the itinerary!

Finland Northern Lights Tour, March 2019

© Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort / Valtteri Hirvonen

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to see the shimmering Northern Lights dancing overhead? To find out, join Sky & Telescope’s Observing Editor Diana Hannikainen on a journey above the Arctic Circle deep in Finnish Lapland for a Northern Lights tour.

The trip kicks off with a couple of days in Finland’s capital city, Helsinki, where among other things you will see unique architecture, Finland’s own brand of Jugendstil known as the National Romantic style. You will then have the opportunity to explore the ruggedness of Finnish Lapland, learn all about the local Sámi culture, and enjoy a sauna the traditional, Finnish way. Reindeer sleigh rides and husky safaris as well as a visit to Santa Claus's lair are all in the program. But all of this is just added bonus — on clear spring nights, there is a good chance of witnessing the Northern Lights.

Want to know more? View our preliminary itinerary.

Chile 2019: Total Solar Eclipse & Southern Stargazing Tour

Totality's path in 2019

Jay Anderson

Did you witness the total solar eclipse in August 2017? Are you one of the millions of onlookers who are eagerly awaiting the next one?

Your next chance to stand in the Moon's shadow will be here before you know it — on July 2, 2019. What better way to see totality in 2019 than to join Sky & Telescope's total eclipse tour? You'll be able to view this much-anticipated event inland from the Pacific Coast, where the climate predictions are very favorable.

Better yet, you'll get to view the eclipse while being pampered at the only 5-star property positioned in the path of totality. Our tour's carefully chosen viewing site, Casa Molle Villa & Golf, is a brand-new resort situated in the lush and picturesque Elqui Valley. This exclusive venue, nestled along the river, provides excellent viewing prospects for the eclipse.

Check out the preliminary itinerary.