Variety is the spice of the Southwest.
You wake each morning looking forward to a new adventure. What will the day bring? The soft light filtering through Antelope Canyon? The glitz of the Vegas Strip? A relaxing cruise along Lake Powell? A charming shop in Sedona?
Perhaps it will be a stop to Lowell Observatory, the place where the erstwhile planet Pluto was discovered. Or perhaps Kitt Peak, a modern observatory tasked with mining the sky for new treasures.
And what will the nights bring? Brilliant skies welcome you with every sunset, the calm darkness surrounding you and the heavens themselves ablaze as you listen to the stories of those pinpricks of starlight.
Every day brings something different, something new, something unexpected.
7 nights in first class hotels
Group airport transfers in Tucson and Las Vegas
All visits and excursions
All entrance fees
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
3 national parks: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion
4 Evening stargazing sessions
Kitt Peak & Lowell Observatories
Tucson, Sedona, Flagstaff, Las Vegas
Oak Creek Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell
Professional tour director
Expert science storyteller
Your Science Storyteller
Co-Host of AstronomyCast
Author, educator, and podcaster
“The American southwest is where my heart is from. My childhood summers were spent in New Mexico. I observed Shoemaker-Levy/9 From Kitt Peak as an undergrad, and went on to fall in love with refactors at Lowell Observatory.
I can't wait to share these painted deserts and the grandeur of the canyon lands with you.”
Each day brings new vistas, new wonders, and new mysteries:
August 22: Arrive in Tucson • Kitt Peak National Observatory • Welcome Dinner • Overnight: Tucson, AZ
August 23: At leisure in Uptown Sedona • Oak Creek Canyon & Kaibab National Forest • Lowell Observatory • Dinner • Evening Stargazing at Buffalo Park • Overnight: Flagstaff, AZ
August 24: Grand Canyon National Park • Evening Stargazing at Grand Canyon • Overnight: Flagstaff, AZ
August 25: Cameron Trading Post • Lake Powell Cruise • Antelope Canyon • Dinner • Overnight: Lake Powell Resort
August 26: Monument Valley w/ Navajo Guide • Lunch •Evening Stargazing • Overnight: Lake Powell Resort
August 27: Bryce Canyon National Park • Dinner • Evening Stargazing • Overnight: Springdale, UT
August 28: Zion Canyon National Park • Tram Tour • Las Vegas City Tour • Farewell Dinner • Overnight: Las Vegas, NV
August 29: At leisure in Las Vegas • Depart for home
Please note: Itinerary and hotel selection are subject to change due to weather and other factors beyond our control.
$3,563 per person
Double occupancy. Limited single occupancy rooms available; surcharges apply. Flights are not included.
Reserve your spot today with a deposit of $300.
(Deposit increases to $550 when early registration ends on February 22, 2019.)
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 "Cosmic Stories in the Southwest" tour.
Tour logistics provided by Premiere World Discovery.
Travel agency support provided by Mermaid Travel.
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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.
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A deposit of $300 per person is due upon reservation. Final Payment due 75 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
Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund.
Cancellation protection 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 waivers, and you need to cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure, the Cancellation Fees are as follows:
For cancellation more than 180 days prior to departure: full refund less $50 handling fee.
For cancellation between 179-75 days prior to departure: the deposit will be retained.
For cancellation between 74-45 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 25% of total price. For cancellation between 44-15 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 50% of total price. For cancellation after 14 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 100% of total price.
The Travel Protection Plan Fee 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.