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Did you miss the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017? Perhaps you’re tired of listening to your friends rave about totality. Maybe you’ve seen a few partial solar eclipses and have decided that it’s time to see the “real deal.” Whatever the reason, you’ve looked at maps of future total solar eclipses, noticed that one crosses a country you’ve always wanted to visit, and have decided that it’s time to experience totality.

But how? If you’re a novice eclipse chaser, you might be unsure about how to reach the path of totality. Perhaps you’re an experienced traveler who knows that while non-group travel has its benefits, sometimes letting somebody else organize everything—hotels, meals, and a great eclipse-viewing site—is the way to go. So, if you’re thinking of joining an eclipse tour, welcome to TravelQuest.

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An Experienced Travel Company

Since its founding in 1996, TravelQuest has planned and fulfilled some 250 solar eclipse tours and astronomy-themed excursions to all seven continents. A few of our more unusual eclipse-viewing locations include an icebreaker near the North Pole, the Gobi and Libyan Deserts, Easter Island, Chaco Canyon, Svalbard, and on board aircraft flying over the Antarctic and the North Atlantic. Of course, we also see totality from more traditional sites, including several eclipse excursions on the luxurious MS Paul Gauguin sailing out of Tahiti. We do this because finding the best places to view an eclipse of the Sun invariably takes us to the extremities of our planet—from polar latitudes, to remote, seldom visited places, and even to bustling metropolises, all depending on the path of totality.

This is our craft; designing and executing eclipse travel packages that provide our clients with the opportunity to experience the wonders of our planet and stand in the shadow of the Moon. In so doing, TravelQuest has developed a loyal following—on most tours at least half of our guests have traveled with us before. Our experienced trip leaders are among the best in the eclipse travel industry, and our local guides and contacts open doors to sights and events that are often inaccessible to independent travelers.

Touring to Totality

Joining a TravelQuest eclipse trip means a worry-free travel experience, because we look after all the research, planning, and logistics. For each destination, we find the perfect balance of high-quality accommodations, great meals, and comfortable transport. This requires extensive long-range planning, particularly if the totality passes over a remote region of our planet where the amenities are limited.

Several years prior to the eclipse, TravelQuest scouts potential viewing sites along the path, reserves nearby hotel rooms, and arranges local transportation. In doing so, we lock in many of the core costs of the tour. Regrettably, local establishments have been known to dramatically hike prices for everything from hotel rooms to meals and car rentals once it is realized that being in (or near) the path of totality will result in a sudden influx of eclipse chasers. As a member of our eclipse tour, you’re protected from price gouging.

Another consideration is the weather—the sky must be clear during totality. Since we can’t magically part any clouds that appear on eclipse day, we work closely with long-time eclipse meteorologist Jay Anderson. He determines the weather prospects for our potential eclipse-viewing sites, monitors the weather constantly prior to totality, and can recommend an alternate site if weather at our prime viewing location doesn’t look ideal. Jay has created eclipse-weather forecasts since 1979, and he has been involved with TravelQuest since its inception. Thanks to his expertise, we have an unparalleled record of success when it comes to seeing totality.

New Knowledge

You don’t need to be an eclipse or astronomy expert to enjoy the trip. All TravelQuest solar eclipse tours have an experienced astronomer as one of the trip leaders. Each astronomer has seen numerous eclipses, will describe what to expect (very useful if this is your first totality), and how to photograph the event. Our astronomer trip leader is with us for the entire trip to answer your eclipse-related questions and, depending on the itinerary, lead some night-sky observing sessions.

In addition to our eclipse expert, we hire knowledgeable local guides who have fascinating tales to tell about the region we’re traveling through and the people who live there. Guide books can tell you only so much. It’s the personal touch and knowledge of our local guides that makes our journey to totality really come alive.

An Unforgettable Experience

Totality is an immersive experience. For mere moments, it engenders a sense of wonder and awe in all who view it. Those who have seen totality will travel thousands of miles to see another and relive this emotional celestial spectacle. Participating in a TravelQuest eclipse tour connects like-minded folks who share this passion. During the trip, many friendships are forged, friendships that are rekindled when participants meet again sometimes many years later, during another TravelQuest solar eclipse tour.

It’s often said that seeing totality is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case. There is a total eclipse somewhere on Earth once every 18 months or so. You’ll find TravelQuest at each one, perfectly positioned somewhere along the centerline of totality. So join us, and share in the wonder as we stand in the shadow of the Moon.

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Guided travel tours are amazing. They are cost-effective travel and take the stress out of travel planning. Best of all—groups often go places, or view sights, that is difficult for individuals to reach or see. This is the case with TravelQuest tours, as our specialties are solar eclipse trips and astronomy-themed excursions to see the wonders of the night sky or the dancing northern lights.

Finding the ideal locations to view a total eclipse of the Sun invariably takes us to the extremities of our planet—from polar latitudes to tropical islands or to remote, seldom-visited places. Chasing the aurora borealis also takes us off the beaten path, to uninhabited, dark-sky regions in Iceland or a ship off the Norwegian coast. This is what we excel at: Designing astronomy-themed tour vacations that provide travelers with the opportunity to experience the wonders of the heavens.

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What to Expect on a TravelQuest Tour

When it comes to group travel tours with TravelQuest, just book a trip, get yourself to our Day One rendezvous point, and leave the rest of your journey to us. As a tour company, we take care of all the details. For each destination, we find the perfect balance of quality accommodations, great meals, and comfortable transportation.

If you’re joining us for a solar eclipse expedition tour, we voyage where the path of totality takes us. This means our journey will not be the usual travel trip, because we often journey to extraordinary destinations—ones well off the beaten path. Some of these locales are in regions of the world you might never have considered visiting, were it not for the lure of totality. For views of the stars and northern lights, our small group travel tours head for more familiar regions, but our desire for dark skies takes us to unfamiliar locales.

On an eclipse tour, we’ll get you to the perfect spot to witness totality. (Photo by Paul Deans/TQ)
The northern lights are elusive, but spectacular when we catch them. (Photo by Paul Deans/TQ)

When on an international travel tour with us, you can leave your guidebook at home. Our local guides provide the background, history, and inside knowledge of the region we’re visiting, and will answer all your questions. They take you inside their city and country by sharing their lives, experiences, and even their own personal stories. Our expert guides are among the best in the travel industry, and their local contacts open doors to sights and events that are often inaccessible to independent travelers.

TravelQuest’s eclipse, aurora, and night sky group vacation tours always include an accompanying astronomer, so you have your own personal guide to the heavens. On eclipse trips, our astronomer’s presence is particularly important. They have witnessed numerous totalities, and if you’ve never seen a total solar eclipse, they’ll help you get the most out of this overwhelming experience.

You may find yourself exploring a strange landscape on our tour group trips. (Photo by Paul Deans/TQ)
On our expedition tours, you may find yourself fording a river in our tour bus. (Photo by Paul Deans/TQ)
You’ll find yourself with like-minded travelers on our various international tours. (Photo by Paul Deans/TQ)

Share in the Wonder

As a specialized travel and tour company, we are proud that TravelQuest has developed a very loyal following during the past quarter century. Within most of our travel tour groups, at least half of our guests have journeyed with us before. We are honored by that loyalty, because it means people appreciate the enthusiasm and attention to detail that we bring to crafting and operating each unique group adventure tour.

On a TravelQuest tour you explore the world with fellow travelers, from all walks of life, who share a deep passion and respect for nature. At the same time, you enjoy a worry-free travel experience, because we take care of all the research, planning and logistics. Join us and share in the wonder of this amazing planet we call Earth while exploring the majestic starry sky overhead. Contact TravelQuest today for more information about our upcoming group tours.

Celebrating success—a common occurrence on our group adventure tours. (Photo by Jay Anderson/TQ)

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