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Astronomy Travel

The ASP is pleased to partner with MWT Associates in their unique astronomy-focused tours and expeditions – a travel experience enriched by the expertise and knowledge of a distinguished lecture team. Please review their upcoming trips below, and follow this link for more details and booking information.

As a corporate partner, MWT Associates makes a profound investment in education via ASP programs and services. We are very grateful to them, and encourage you to support all of ASP’s corporate partners. When you do, you join in our mission to foster science literacy through astronomy for tomorrow’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders.

2015 Destinations

Chile’s Giant Telescopes
June 16 – 26, 2015

Nowhere on earth is there a place more suitable for powerful astronomical ground-based observatories than Chile. The dry air of the Atacama Desert and the flat land and high mountains offer the perfect place for building these giant telescopes. Here is the center of the galaxy with the Milky Way so distinct it looks like a gossamer ribbon weaving its way past the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and Southern Cross. The tour visits two telescopes: Cerro Tololo and Paranal with cultural sites along the way, including wine tasting, meteorite museum, El Tatio Geysers. The team of astronomy experts will offer their expertise. No background in science is expected.

Galapagos Islands Cruise
September 6 – 14, 2015

The archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, born from volcanoes, offers abundance of wildlife and a rare wilderness that was isolated from the mainland for millions of years. Cruise the pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by humans. Observe the giant tortoises. Snorkel amid shimmering fish, sea turtles, and penguins and explore the crystal waters by kayaking or swimming.

Japan: Ring of Fire
November 1-12, 2015

Please join the MWT team on this remarkable journey which reveals the exciting hidden gems of Japan. From the sheer energy of Tokyo with the historic shrines and peaceful parks’ natural beauty, Hakone’s abundant hot springs and breath-taking view of Mt. Fuji to southern Japan and Mt. Sakurajima. Join us for a look at Japan’s natural beauty, its science activities and the Ring of Fire of Japan volcanoes.

2016 Destinations

The Great Java Sea Total Solar Eclipse
February 27 – March 10, 2016

The Great Java Sea Total Eclipse 2016 offers diversity of astronomy, the majestic Borobudur temples and the wild nature of Borneo. The ornate temples of Borobudur and Prambanan are the most photographed in the world. Borneo’s Tanjung Puting National Park has the largest wild but gentle orangutan population with nine species of primates, three species of primates endemic to Borneo and two hundred and thirty species of birds. Belitung Island affords snorkeling or diving in the clear, turquoise Java Sea. Here in this exotic island setting is the 2016 total eclipse path and captivating crimson sunsets. Distinguished astronomical lecturers along with the naturalists will guide you through the total eclipse tour. No background in science is expected

2017 Destinations

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse Tour
August 14-23, 2017

Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

The 2017 total solar eclipse path crosses some of North America’s most rugged and most beautiful landscapes. Take a ride on the river-of-no- return as you jet boat through Hells Canyon down the Snake River and white water raft a full day on the Salmon River. Explore America’s greatest parks: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. The team of astronomical lecturers will guide you through the USA northwest night sky as you travel the Old West with hip cowboy roundups, rushing rivers and stunning National Parks. No background in science is expected.