The new Discovery Tours will incorporate a range of scientific themes led by an expert from New Scientist's expansive network of editors, science specialists, academics and authors.
Highlights of the tours for 2020 will include a cruise through Hawaii led by evolutionary biologist and renowned author, Richard Dawkins; tracking snow leopards in the Himalayas, or exploring Argentina whilst observing the total solar eclipse along with the stunning scenery of Patagonia.
Travellers on the New Scientist Discovery Tours will have the opportunity to learn about astronomy, wildlife, volcanology, space travel, particle physics and pre-historic culture, by interacting in unique science-inspired activities. Guests will also be able to engage with the experts as they share their extensive scientific knowledge during each uniquely curated travel experience.
Track Snow Leopards in the Himalayas, India
12 days from £5,995 per person, departing on 14th February 2020.
Endangered, beautiful and elusive, snow leopards are rarely seen in the world. This expedition works with the Snow Leopard Conservancy Trust India in Ladakh and is accompanied by naturalist, trekker and guide Jennifer Nandi. It uses a team of expert trackers to help visitors search for 'The Ghost of the Himalaya' as they explore the Ulley valley. Excludes international flights. Includes all accommodation, ground transport, some meals and entry to some attractions. https://www.newscientist.com/tours/india-track-snow-leopards-in-the-himalayas/
Tigers of India
12 days from £4,995 per person, departing on 26th March 2020.
On this tour, visitors will search for the Bengal tiger, while staying in award-winning lodges at the Kanha, Pench and Satpura reserves. Guests will become experts in how to track these elusive creatures, while exploring India's diverse wildlife with conservationist Julian Matthews. Guest lecturers will share insight into the challenges conservationists face in modern India and how tourism can be used a force for good. Excludes international flights. Includes domestic transport, some meals and entry to all attractions. https://www.newscientist.com/tours/tigers-of-india/
Kepler's Prague: Music of the Spheres, Czech Republic
Six days from £1,968 per person departing on 14th April and 14th September 2020.
Accompanied by science writer and broadcaster Jane Green, visitors can follow in the footsteps of astronomer, mathematician and astrologer Johannes Kepler and astronomer, Tycho Brahe, as they unearth the connection between music and orbits of the planets in the city of a hundred spires. Visitors will discover what remains of the legacy of Kepler and Brahe, while exploring the medieval centre of Prague and its surrounding regions. Includes return flights from London, ground transport, some meals and entry to all attractions. https://www.newscientist.com/tours/keplers-prague-music-of-the-spheres/
Space: Past & Future, USA
14 days from £4,799 per person, departing on 6th May 2020 and 15 days from £5,279 departing on 14th September 2020.
This comprehensive tour visits key sites in the history and future of space exploration: from NASA Space Centres, several museums across Washington, Orlando and Houston to the Very Large Array, Roswell and the stunning natural landscapes of New Mexico. The tour will culminate at the Virgin Galactic Spaceport America, which will soon be launching commercial space flights. Joining the tour will be Astronomer Chris Impey, journalist Rebecca Boyle and journalist/presenter Sarah Cruddas. Excludes international flights. Includes all accommodation and domestic transport, daily breakfast, entry to all attractions and a guide throughout. https://www.newscientist.com/tours/space-past-and-future/
Explore dark & frozen matter, CERN & Mont Blanc, Switzerland
Six days from £2,698 per person departing on 18th May and 17th September 2020.
Accompanied by particle physicist Kate Shaw and science journalist Laura Spinney, this tour focuses on CERN, where the famous Large Hadron Collider operates, and Mont Blanc to investigate receding glaciers and what they reveal about history. During the stay in Geneva, visitors will also explore the old town, visit the Museum of the History of Science and learn about watchmaking at a historic workshop. Includes UK return flights,ground transport, all accommodation, some meals and entry to all attractions. https://www.newscientist.com/tours/geneva-explore-dark-and-frozen-matter/
Darwin's Galapagos, Ecuador
10 days from £6,995pp, departing on 7th June 2020.
Known as a paradise for natural history and a haven for animal and geology lovers, visitors will experience the hidden bays of the Galapagos, just like Darwin. Led by marine conservationist and documentary producer, Jo Ruxton, the tour will start in Quito, Ecuador's capital and UNESCO world cultural heritage site, before attendees embark on an eight-day yacht charter around the islands. Excludes international flights. Includes domestic transport, some meals, entry to attractions and a guide throughout. https://www.newscientist.com/tours/darwins-galapagos/
Japan: nature, culture, science, Tokyo to Kagoshima, Japan
12 days from £6,695 per person departing on 18th October 2020.
This tour will take visitors on a journey through Japan, exploring the burgeoning technology centres and spectacular landscapes in Tokyo, Hakone and Kagoshima. The tour will take place during winter, where participants will visit snow-capped mountains, buzzing metropolises, hot springs and volcanic islands. Visitors will visit leading institutions and explore space, robotics and learn about AI.
Eight days from £8,495pp, departing on 22nd October 2020.
This cruise around the fascinating islands of Hawaii is led by evolutionary biologist and renowned author, Richard Dawkins. Participants will embark on an experience of history and culture, exploring sites including the Volcanic National Park and observatories on Mauna Kea. In the evenings, attendees will engage in thought-provoking seminars from Richard. Excludes flights. https://www.newscientist.com/tours/cruise-hawaii-with-richard-dawkins/
Land of fire and ice, Iceland
Six days from £2,698 per person departing on 31st October and 8th November 2020.
This tour is filled with volcanic and geological adventure, and opportunities to see the Aurora Borealis. Visitors will spend time with a leading academic volcanologist, Tamsin Mather, as they marvel at the sights, sounds and smells of erupting geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud. Travellers will also visit glaciers, stunning waterfalls and see visible tectonic plates pulling apart. Excludes international flights. Includes all accommodation and domestic transport, daily breakfast and entry to all attractions. https://www.newscientist.com/tours/iceland-land-of-fire-and-ice/
Total Solar Eclipse 2020: Adventure in Argentina
11 days for earlybird price of £2,549 per person, departing on 6th December 2020
A rare celestial event in one of the most spectacular locations on earth where the renowned astronomer Dr John Mason will lead the eclipse experience at an exclusive viewing location. Dr Mason will also give an evening seminars on his eclipse chasing adventures and astronomy. Visitors will enjoy the magnificent show that is a total solar eclipse along with the stunning scenery of Patagonia and vibrant culture and cuisine of Buenos Aires. Includes accommodation, domestic transfers, meals, flights between Buenos Aires and Bariloche, eclipse viewing glasses.
Those who want to get inspired ahead of the trips next year can join the New Scientist Live festival on 10th – 13th October. The interactive event will be packed with more than 140 speakers and 150 interactive experiences. For more information and tickets please visit: www.live.newscientist.com