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Geminids Meteor Shower & Tenerife At Leisure

Europe
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TOME8428

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

8 days

Wednesday - Europe 2018

PRICE FROM ? £950 per person
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Description

Join us for the Geminids meteor shower – an annual highlight of the night sky calendar. Active between 4th and 17thof December, the shower reaches its peak on the nights of 13th/14th and 14th/15th December when its zenithal hourly rate reaches 120 meteors per hour.

For the best views a dark, clear location is essential which is why we have selected an observing site at the Parador Hotel in the spectacular Teide National Park on the island of Tenerife. Here the skies are dark and often clear, offering spectacular views of the stars and constellations.

Geminid meteors are of medium speed and sometimes incredibly bright. The shower offers an unforgettable experience for visual observers as well as a great opportunity for astrophotographers to obtain photographs of elusive meteor trails. Meteor showers are best seen with the naked eye and require no specialist equipment to view.

Our expert astronomer on this trip will be TV presenter and award winning astrophotographer Pete Lawrence. He will be on hand to tell you all about the Geminids, how to observe them and offer guidance on how to photograph them. Set against the incredible volcanic landscape surrounding Mount Teide and with an excellent chance of clear skies, this is one astronomical highlight you really won’t want to miss.  

Air Itinerary

Wednesday
Check in for our flight. On arrival, we are met and transferred to the Grand Muthu Golf Plaza Hotel & Spa in San Miguel de Abona. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Thursday       
Breakfast first, then we board the coach for the transfer to our sky-watching hotel in Teide National Park. In the afternoon Pete provides an informative talk about the Geminids. After dinner we head outside and, in the marvellous dark sky of the area around Mount Teide, relax and enjoy watching for the Geminids which will be at their most active tonight and tomorrow night. Pete is on hand to guide us around the night sky and to help with any astrophotography questions and techniques.

Friday 
A leisurely start after your late night, then after breakfast we have free time to explore our resort. In the afternoon Pete will review the previous night’s activities and prepare us for another night viewing the Geminids. After dinner we head outside again to enjoy another superb show courtesy of nature.


Saturday        
Another relaxed start, then a final breakfast and a last opportunity to explore this unique area before boarding the coach for the transfer back to San Miguel de Abona and our hotel, Grand Muthu Golf Plaza Hotel & Spa.

Sunday-Tuesday
Enjoy breakfast at our hotel each day, and then the time is free to spend at leisure and enjoy the local area.      

Wednesday
Breakfast at the hotel, then we are transferred to the airport for our flight home.

Please note: You will be required to bring your own camera. Meteor photography requires the use of a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) or MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) type camera. A fast lens with a short focal length between 15-50mm is recommended. A tripod and lockable shutter release are required.

Air Bullets

  • Return flight to Tenerife*
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport and hotel transfers in Tenerife
  • 5 nights bed and breakfast at the Grand Muthu Golf Plaza Hotel & Spa, San Miguel de Abona
  • 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide, Teide National Park
  • Complimentary wine and water with dinner at the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide
  • Astrophotography tuition and guidance by Pete Lawrence
  • Night sky observing with Pete Lawrence

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  • 5 nights bed and breakfast at the Grand Muthu Golf Plaza Hotel & Spa
  • 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide
  • Astrophotography tuition and guidance by Pete Lawrence & Night sky observing

Flight Information

*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available and the final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of checked-in hold luggage PER PERSON is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

Hotel transfers may be in shared vehicles. You may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum.

Holiday operated by Omega Holidays under ATOL No.6081

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