An unforgettable journey through a grand tradition of astronomy.
You can almost feel the weight of history around you, of the centuries of stargazers who have come before you and looked up at the same dark skies with the same feelings of awe, wonder, and intense curiosity.
As you stroll through the picturesque gardens of the historic Birr Castle and wander through the ruins of stone-age Newgrange, you wonder if your ancestral sky watchers had the same questions as you. What forces shape the points of light in the night sky? How are we connected to them? Are we alone in this seemingly endless cosmos?
Kerry Reserve. Killarney National Park. Lough Gur. So many treasured corners in this country to savor unfettered access to rich, dark skies.
The food. The people. The culture. The sights and sounds of a gorgeous country. A potent mix that pulls you in, draws you skyward, and makes you feel at home.
Tours of Newgrange, Birr Castle, and Blackrock Castle Observatory
Guided stargazing sessions at the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve, Killarney National Park, and Lough Gur
7 nights hotel lodging
All tour transportation in Ireland
Group airport transfers in Ireland
Scenic sightseeing and tours
All entrance fees
7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Local expert tour guide
Exclusive presentations by Dean Regas
Your Science Storyteller
“Star gazing at a castle. Am I dreaming? That sounds like the coolest thing ever. And not only that, I can’t wait to travel over the rolling green hills and dark skies, knock back a pint or two, explore a 5,200 year-old tomb that measured the seasons, and see a 173 year old telescope with the nickname ‘The Leviathan.’ It’s a trip of a lifetime for me!”
Rich cultural heritage, historical astronomy sights, and dark sky reserves are just some of the hidden gems that await you in Ireland:
- May 1: Overnight flight to Dublin
- May 2: At leisure in Dublin • Welcome dinner • Overnight: Radisson Blu Royal
- May 3: Dublin city tour • Newgrange Neolithic astronomy monument • Overnight: Radisson Blu Royal
- May 4: Ring of Kerry • Gap of Dunloe • Sheepdog demonstration • Stargazing at the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve • Overnight: The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens
- May 5: At leisure in Killarney • Blackrock Castle Observatory • Stargazing in Killarney National Park • Overnight: The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens
- May 6: Dingle Peninsula • Slea Head Road • Stargazing in the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve • Overnight: The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens
- May 7: Jaunting car ride • At leisure in Adare • Birr Castle • Limerick city tour • Stargazing at Lough Gur • Overnight: Radisson Blu Limerick
- May 8: Cliffs of Moher • Farewell dinner • Overnight: Cabra Castle
- May 9: Depart from Kingscourt
Please note: Itinerary, hotel selection, and stargazing sessions are subject to change due to weather and other factors beyond our control.
$4,259 per person, double occupancy
Limited single occupancy rooms available; surcharges apply. Flights and airport transfers are not included.
This tour will book quickly.
Reserve your spot with a deposit of $250.
Begin your reservation by submitting this form so our travel agents can contact you, or you can immediately register online.
You can also talk to our agents directly by calling 740.407.2157 and asking for the "Irish Dark Skies" tour.
Tour logistics provided by Collette.
Travel agency support provided by Mermaid Travel.
+ CODE OF ETHICS
We are all explorers – on a journey of discovery, sharing in the natural wonder of our planet and the Universe, and seeking extraordinary science experiences together.
We are committed to and actively promote diversity in our community, and we believe the future of science and research, culture and art, depend upon the inclusion of and respect for individual perspectives.
We will always be considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful with each other, and promote a collaborative environment of safety, security, and friendship within our community.
We prohibit the use of any demeaning, discriminatory, threatening, or harassing speech toward any member of our AstroTouring community.
Your participation is contingent on upholding these ethics and standards of integrity as we travel together in search of our own unique connections with the cosmos.
+ Terms & Conditions
The deposit amount as indicated above is due upon reservation. Final payment is due 60 days before departure.
Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees
Payment of deposit indicates constent to these Terms and Conditions. After deposit you have 7 days to withdraw consent and receive a full refund.
Purchase of a Travel Protection Plan is highly recommended and must be purchased at time of deposit. Payment of a per-person waiver fee guarantees a full refund of all payments (including deposit) except for the waiver fee itself, in case of cancellation of travel plans for any reason prior to the day of departure.
Any name changes are subject to penalty.
A handling fee of $25 per change will be assessed for any change or revision made to a reservation.
If you have not purchased a Travel Protection Plan, and you need to cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure, the Cancellation Fees are as follows:
Six months prior to departure the non-refundable deposit will be retained.
For cancellation between 60-16 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 30% of total price. For cancellation between 15-1 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 50% of total price. For cancellation on the day of departure and after: 100% of total price.
The Travel Protection Plan does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual’s traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure.
AstroTours reserves the right to cancel any reservation, and that person will be responsible for any cancellation fees that apply, if our CODE OF ETHICS for the Astrotouring community are not upheld and adhered to.
For tours including airfare
Air rates are subject to change until tour is paid in full. If Travel Protection Plan has not been purchased and a reservation is cancelled for any reason prior to departure, Air is 100% non-refundable once paid in full.
Air rates, schedules, taxes and fees are subject to change until passengers have paid in full. If air is cancelled within 120 days of deposit, penalties may apply. Name changes are subject to penalties within this time period.
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