Stargazing Tours and Trips
Somewhere out there, light years away, one of the universe's most spellbinding creations twinkle away. The sensation of looking up into a sky bespeckled with stars fills us with a wonder for which words have yet to be invented. If you crave the feeling of looking into the glittering cosmos as far as the eye can see, a stargazing vacation will bring you that much closer to these celestial beauties.
How to find the perfect stargazing trip on TourRadar
As cities grow and become busier, the opportunities to gaze up at starry skies have become limited. Thankfully, there are destinations in the world where light pollution is purposely limited to provide ample opportunities for you to feast your eyes on the Milky Way at night. To find a stargazing trip based on your preferences with TourRadar, browse through our selection of hand-picked tours.
Best Stargazing Tours in 2020
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Northern Lights Escape6 days • (32)From $1,620 $1,377
Exclusive Lapland Experiences with Glass Igloo4 days • (2)From $1,683
African Sky19 days • (4)From $1,830
Swags Under Stars 3 Day Tour3 days •From $0
Perseids Meteor Shower - 8 days8 days • (1)From $2,295
Unspoiled Sahara & Berber lifestyle Experience - 5 Days5 days • (23)From $499
Cape & Dunes Northbound: Wildlife & Starry Night Skies13 days • (9)From $1,487
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What you need to know about astronomy travel
When is the best time for stargazing?
For optimum visibility – while stargazing – you should go in the days during a new moon, and before and after. The bright glow of a full moon dims the lights of stars. Summer months are also not ideal for stargazing, as it takes longer for night to fall – as a result, winter, spring and autumn are the best seasons.
Where can I see the darkest skies in the world?
Most countries now have dedicated spaces with lower light pollution and dark sky reserves for stargazing. Remote destinations lend themselves more easily to night skies. Start your search for the perfect stargazing tour in destinations like Finland, Jordan, Morocco and Iceland. Read more on Stargazing in Europe.
How much does a stargazing tour cost?
The price of a stargazing tour will vary based on location, operator and duration. For example, a five-day vacation in the Sahara starts at about $400 USD, but a stargazing tour in Africa will cost you upwards of $2000 USD. The best thing is you'll find a stargazing tour to fit most budgets on TourRadar!
What equipment do I need for stargazing?
Nothing out of the ordinary but the following will help: an app or sky map that can help you pinpoint constellations, warm clothes, blankets or chairs to sit on, a thermos filled with a hot drink, a camera and of course, astronomy binoculars.
Are there stargazing tours for kids?
There are no specialised tours for kids, but some operators and tours are better for little ones. You can talk to one of our Travel Experts for more information on this!
How can I take the perfect snapshot of the night sky?
To capture the night sky, you need to use the stars as a focal point for light and use as wide an f/stop as your lens allows with low shutter speed. For a more comprehensive answer, please see this article: How to Photograph the Northern Lights with iPhone, Smartphone or Camera.
The best places to stargaze
Yosemite National Park, USAAll-year-round Yosemite National Park is the perfect place to get obstruction-free views of our breathtaking galaxy at night. Go hiking while the sun is up and stargazing once it goes down. This destination is an incredible place day and night.View Tours
Mount Cook, New ZealandThe dark skies above the Mount Cook National Park region of New Zealand are spectacular. Like other destinations ideal for stargazing, this is also a year-round destination, and you'll find tours that depart every evening.View Tours
Hawaii, USAMauna Kea is a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii. The climate in this region is noted for being cloud-free, allowing for a high number of clear nights. The volcano summit is one of the top destinations in the world for stargazing.View Tours
Lapland, FinlandLapland is a famous destination where people can track down elves, hang with reindeer and chase northern lights. But when that cosmic light show doesn't come out to play, you can take yourself to the stars.View Tours
Okavango Delta, BotswanaThese wetlands are renowned for their wildlife, but at night, the African sky becomes as mindblowing as the scenes that unfold on land. Go from observing beasts in their natural habitat to looking up at the sparkling universe.View Tours
Wadi Rum, JordanThis colossal desert brings mythic stories to life with its red plains, but at night, you can turn to the Wadi Rum sky to uncover the history of the ages as told by the stars. This is the place to have a date with destiny.View Tours