Have you ever seen a total solar eclipse? Or the Northern Lights? How about the treasures of the Southern Hemisphere sky? At Sky & Telescope, we 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 astronomy tours 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 to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Listed below are summaries for upcoming Sky & Telescope tours. Click on a tour's headline for itineraries, prices, and other information.

Clear skies and happy travels!


Iceland Aurora Adventure, September 2020

Iceland's dancing auroras

Join Sky & Telescope for a tour of Iceland’s dramatic geology — a visual feast of volcanic landforms, stark glaciers, and thundering waterfalls — and the chance to see the ever-changing "northern lights"! With our tour partner Spears Travel and a local Icelandic guide, we’ll explore this fascinating island’s unique culture and landscape during the day. Then each night we’ll venture into dark areas away from city lights to view the aurora borealis. The subtly colored, ever-changing aurora is a truly awe-inspiring spectacle not to be missed!

This will mark our 7th trip to Iceland, and we’re putting the final touches on an updated itinerary that features overnight stays at top-quality hotels far from city lights. Soon you’ll be able to check out the full itinerary and book the tour.


Astronomy Tour of the American West, October 2020

Grand Canyon by Diana Hannikainen

You're in for an adventure with Observing Editor Diana Hannikainen as you tour great American observatories, visit Meteor Crater, and even go stargazing at the gorgeous Grand Canyon!

Our journey will take us to sites of historical importance, including the Lowell, Palomar, and Lick Observatories, as well as sites of scientific significance, like Meteor Crater, that will take your breath away.

For full details and info on how to book the tour, see the tour itinerary.


Patagonian Total Solar Eclipse, December 2020

Lake Nahuel Hualpi

Where will you experience the total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020? Come along with Sky & Telescope to view this celestial spectacle (offering 2m 9s of totality) from our exclusive, carefully chosen location amid the breathtaking scenery of southern Argentina.

This "Paradise in Patagonia" eclipse adventure includes 4- and 5-star accommodations, fully escorted tours, and an exclusive, well-equipped eclipse viewing site with S&T staff on hand. And you’ll have the option of extending your trip to see Argentina’s world-famous Iguazú Falls.

For full details and a link to book the tour, see our itinerary.


Cruise Adventure: Totality and Antarctica, December 2020

Cruising through Antarctica

If you're a "go big or go home" kind of traveler, then you'll want to check out Sky & Telescope's 23-day expedition for the total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020 — a rare opportunity!

During our cruise, you’ll gaze on Chilean fjords and glaciers, sail the legendary Drake Passage, and drink in four days of Antarctic beauty. World-renowned science experts will share their knowledge of planetary science, oceanography, and space exploration while we're at sea. Then we'll revel in totality for an estimated 2m 7s off the coast of Argentina.

For full details and a link to book the tour, see our itinerary.


Australian Astronomy Tour, March 2021

Historic Sydney Observatory

Australia is an observing paradise and home to some of the world’s most famous observatories. So, building on the success of our trip Down Under in 2019, Sky & Telescope is once again partnering with the experienced team at Sydney-based Dark Sky Traveller for a return visit! You’ll tour historic Sydney, visit famous Siding Spring Observatory and Parkes Radio Telescope (“The Dish” of movie fame), and — of course — spend lots of time exploring the rich celestial treats of the southern sky.

Planning for this 9-day tour is still under way, but the anticipated dates are in March 2021. And you’ll have a chance to add visits to the Great Barrier Reef and to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Once all the pieces are in place, you’ll be able to check out the full itinerary and book the tour itinerary.


Italy: Astronomy, Science, and La Dolce Vita, May 2021

The Pantheon, Rome

Participate in an unparalleled astronomy tour of Italy in a one-of-akind opportunity, where you'll experience this beautiful country as an astronomy enthusiast.

Explore the culture and history of this beautiful country — from the heart of Rome to the hills of Tuscany and the Veneto — in luxury and comfort during a 10-day tour. For full details and a link to book the tour, see our itinerary.


African Safari and Stargazing Tour, July 2021

NOTE: This tour is has been postponed and will now occur July 2-7, 2021. Only a few spaces remain.

Lion safari

Join leading amateur astronomer and astronomy author Stephen James O’Meara for an unforgettable experience in the heart of southern Africa in July 2021. Undertake daytime safaris to see lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos — all the large, charismatic wildlife you’d expect from a classic African safari — and at night view the incomparable southern sky, including the Magellanic Clouds, Tarantula Nebula, Eta Carinae, and other celestial wonders rarely or never seen from the Northern Hemisphere. For details, see our itinerary.


Flight into Totality, December 2021

LATAM A321-200 in flight

Total solar eclipses are amazing enough, but can you imagine seeing 1¾ minutes of totality just after sunrise from an altitude of 39,000 feet? That's what awaits you on December 4, 2021, aboard Sky & Telescope's specially chartered aircraft. Opportunities to view this eclipse from sea level are limited, but the clouds below won't matter from our high-altitude view from a point east of Tierra del Fuego, off the tip of South America. Join sightseeing excursions to maximize your enjoyment of this remote but starkly beautiful setting.

Check back soon to see the full details of our 2021 eclipse flight and sightseeing tour.