Anyone ever done a S&T chartered trip? (Iceland)
Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:09 PM
Has anyone ever done one of these types of sponsored trips before? Are they worth it? Fun?
Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:31 PM
You could probably get a similar guided tour of wherever you are going for less money. They generally stay in pretty nice (expensive) places. And all is taken care of.
What they do offer is some flexibilty and prior research. They know where you can observe the eclipse, or the aurora. (Of course, with a little homework, you could find this out yourself.) And they have the transportation to move you from one site to another.
Take a few of the trips and see how you like them.
Posted 28 January 2014 - 06:59 AM
I believe we can make it more cost effective this way, while adding some freedom to it.
Posted 28 January 2014 - 10:30 AM
Posted 28 January 2014 - 10:42 AM
For instance, in our trip to Egypt, the big astro trips were selling for $3995. They included transportation, five star hotels, special site at the eclipse, cruise on the Nile. Twelve days or something. I googled "Egypt travel" and found several trips with exactly the same itinerary (except the eclipse site) for half that price. (And I mean exact except that we took a different boat on the Nile cruise (there are hundreds of very similar boats) and they were at the Cairo Hilton while we were at the Cairo Marriott (or something.....)) But all our hotels were fives, just as their's were.
I called one of the providers, and asked him what it would cost to do that itinerary with me and six or eight of my friends WITH THE ADDITION of the eclipse site. It was $1795.
We were in a group of a dozen eventually, in a small bus/big van. The astro-tour had four busses of 52 people each. THey had a special dinner and astro-talks at various points. We did not. We had belly dancers on the dinner cruise. They did too. Several nights, and on eclipse day itself, we were in the same locations. (I have pictures of my buddies from our group and from the astro-trip group taken as we waited for the eclipse.)
So, it can be done in a variety of ways.
Posted 28 January 2014 - 03:53 PM
Posted 14 February 2014 - 03:49 PM
My wife and I had never been on any type of tour like this and were a little bit apprehensive, but we were so pleased with this one. Everything was handled to perfection! Everything was delivered as promised. Insight Cruises focus is usually educational based tours and trips. If they ever sponsor a trip we're interested in we would not hesitate to sign up.
There were about 15 of us on the trip and by the end of the week, we all felt like we were longtime friends.
Neil Bauman the CEO of Insight Cruises was on the entire trip with us making sure all arrangements were as planned. Greg Bryant, editor of Sky & Telescope Australia joined us as we visited the Parkes Radio Dish, Siding Spring Observatory and the total solar eclipse.
The entire trip was so perfect, once we got home we asked ourselves if it had all been a dream. More than a year later I think about it almost every day.
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