Country of Tourism
based: Moscow, Russia
Space adventures in Russia, from the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center they offer a range trips from spacecraft landing trips to suborbital flight training, to a to 2-week cosmonaut space training experience. They also arrange tours to Cosmodrome Baikonur during space launches.
| astronomy/space | Russia |
based: Lapland, Sweden
For an even closer look at the Northern Lights in Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, this very unique space tourism flight starts with a briefing at the famous IceHotel (where you can also stay). Spaceport Sweden has been set up to advance Swedish space tourism, so expect more amazing tours like this in the future!
| astronomy/space | Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis | Sweden |
located: Waterberg, South Africa
An utterly unique and amazing luxury property with its own research-grade telescope and observatory tower from which to view the stars or watch surrounding game. This exceptional and exclusive bush villa is available to one couple/group at a time and sleeps 4–6 adults and 4–5 children.
| astronomy/space | South Africa |
based: Santiago/Nunoa, Chile
Astronomy tour packages in San Pedro de Atacama and Elqui Valley, Chile.
| astronomy/space | Chile |
COAA – Centro de Observacao Astronomica no Algarve
based: Algarve, Portugal
Astronomy holiday centre, the Algarve, giving amateur astronomers the opportunity to use larger telescopes under exceptionally favourable observing conditions.
| astronomy/space | Portugal |
based: Virginia, USA
The World's leading space tourism company, go into space or experience space travel from the earth.
| astronomy/space | USA | Russia | Space |
Sun Star France
based: Provence, France
Astronomy holidays in a renovated Provence-style farmhouse with its own observatory.
| astronomy/space | France |
based: Florida, USA & Moscow, Russia
Fighter jet flights in four countries, space adventures at Star City, three different great white shark dives, military adventures around the world, and much more.
| astronomy/space | planes | parachuting/skydiving/parascending | swimming with sharks | military vehicles | USA | Russia | Space |
The Travelling Naturalist
based: Dorset, UK
Specialist tour operator, with an aim to provide the most enjoyable guided wildlife holidays possible!
| animals/safari | bird watching | bear watching | astronomy/space | Worldwide |
Virgin Galactic, the world's first spaceline, operating its own privately built spaceships and offering opportunities for ordinary people to go into space as non-professional astronauts.
| astronomy/space | Space |
based: Bristol, UK
Packed with ideas and holidays covering all the continents and oceans.
| bird watching | whale/dolphin watching | theme cruises | astronomy/space | Worldwide |
SOUTH AFRICA: Bush villa with research-grade telescope
For an independent astronomy holiday, what about this spectacular and utterly unique luxury bush villa, with its own 20-inch, computer controlled, research-grade telescope and observatory tower, from which to view the night sky or watch the local wildlife? Located in Waterberg in the north Limpopo Province of South Africa, The Observatory is surrounded by 12,000 acres of private game reserve for guest use (with game viewing vehicle and ranger on hand).
The accommodation is let exclusively and is available to just one couple/group at a time. It sleeps four to six adults plus four to five children in exceptional luxury and comfort.
The Observatory is serviced by its own butler, chef and maid and comes fully catered. It has a heated infinity pool, expansive deck and a jacuzzi on the roof. A huge range of additional activities are available to guests, from quad bikes to fishing and riding. For night game viewing thermal imaging equipment is available.
Taking a look at what Galactic Suite Group are planning gives us a glimpse into the future for space tourism, they plan the Galactic Suite Spaceresort – the first space hotel housed within a mini space station orbiting in low earth orbit and dedicated to accommodating private passengers. Guests would experience weightlessness and amazing views into space, with 16 sunrises and sunsets a day on offer. It's envisaged that space tourists would stay in the space hotel for short periods of 4 to 6 days. Galactic Suite Group's ultimate goal is to develop the world's first space hotel chain, making space tourism truly accessible to the public.
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