PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
We can’t quite believe that it’s been 20 years since Omega Breaks first started offering flights to see the amazing phenomenon that is the Northern Lights, and the legendary Sir Patrick Moore was our expert astronomer.
To celebrate our 20 years of providing these exclusive flight excursions, we are offering the chance to join one of our special anniversary flights, which include a pre-flight 3-course dinner, a guest appearance by Jon Culshaw, famous impressionist and comedian, and a glass of prosecco on board.
The Aurora Borealis, or as it's more commonly known, the Northern Lights, is a natural light show resulting from an interaction between the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun. The Aurora’s appearance can vary from a weak glow to a breath-taking, sky-filling spectacle, and even though the best views may be had from ground level, visibility can be hampered by surrounding light pollution, bad weather or an inconveniently cloudy night.
We are delighted that once again our main guest astronomer for these excursions will be Pete Lawrence. Pete appeared regularly in the first series of the BBC’s long-running Sky at Night programme as their observing expert, and is now being seen on our screens as one of the main presenters since the second series which launched in February 2014.
Joining Pete on Omega’s expert astronomy team will be Nigel Bradbury, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an active amateur astronomer for over 40 years, as well as Dr Lee Sproats, who has also appeared on the BBC Sky at Night programme and was on the live Giotto spacecraft Halley encounter broadcast from the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
This really is a unique and special experience not to be missed!
*During the period of darkness on the flight the cabin toilets will be temporarily taken out of service for safety reasons and to prevent the internal light inside each toilet from disturbing passengers’ night vision.
If any passenger would like sole use of a row of two or three seats, or if a party of two would like sole use of a row of three seats, this can be requested for an additional charge.
Regrettably Omega Breaks cannot be held responsible in the very unlikely event of the non-appearance of Pete Lawrence, Jon Culshaw or any of the other named astronomers and no refunds will be given in this event. A suitably qualified astronomer would be provided as a replacement in such circumstances.
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Make your own way to the Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel and enjoy a welcome drink. Before dinner we enjoy illustrated briefings given by our expert astronomers with the help of Jon Culshaw who will entertain us and reflect on the historic first flight of 1998. Our briefing concludes with a forecast of our chance of seeing a display on our flight - though we should emphasise that what actually proves to be visible might be completely different from the forecast! We then enjoy our 3 course dinner before making our own way to the airport for the flight.
About 25 minutes before we reach our holding point the cabin is made as dark as possible, allowing time for our eyes to adapt to the darkness for optimal viewing of the night sky*.
In order to give all passengers an equal chance of viewing the aurora from a window seat, everyone is required to rotate seats with the other passengers in their row of two or three seats. Please be aware that this needs to be done in virtual total darkness. Instruction will be given when it is time to swap seats, and this is normally repeated several times to ensure that everyone gets a chance to see what’s being described outside. As we head southwards a glass of complimentary bubbly will be served to celebrate the occasion.
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- 3-course dinner at the Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel. (Choice from a set menu)
- Pre-flight presentation by expert astronomers Pete Lawrence, Nigel Bradbury & Dr Lee Sproats
- Appearance by Jon Culshaw during dinner and the flight
- Flight excursion (approximately 3-3 ½ hours)
- Services of astronomers on board
- Glass of bubbly on board
- Airport taxes
- Services of an Omega Holidays tour manager
- 3-course dinner at the Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel
- Pre-flight presentation by expert astronomers, including Pete Lawrence
- Glass of bubbly onboard
- Guest appearance by impressionist and astronomy enthusiast Jon Culshaw
- Flight excursion (approximately 3-3 ½ hours) & services of astronomers on board
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