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Totally Texan Total Solar Eclipse - SOLD OUT

Want more than a total solar eclipse with Fred Watson? What if we add in a visit to two great NASA Space destinations - NASA's Houston and Cape Canaveral Space Centres- and Dark Skies in Texas!

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Totally Texan Total Solar Eclipse - SOLD OUT
Totally Texan Total Solar Eclipse - SOLD OUT

Time & Location

01 Apr 2024, 7:00 pm GMT-6 – 11 Apr 2024, 4:00 pm GMT-6

Houston, 5701 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA

About the event

DATES:

1 - 9 April 2024 -  Texas

9 - 11 April Cape Canaveral

STYLE: Fun and light adventure

ACCOMMODATION: 4 – 5 star

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​DAY 1 – Monday 1 April 2024 – Houston

Our tour begins with a welcome dinner to get everyone ready for the journey ahead. Make your own way to the hotel, with check in availble from 4pm.  Hotel ZaZa Museum District (D)

​DAY 2 – Tuesday 2 April 2024 – Houston

Houston hums with an energy all of its own. With our hotel within the museum district, we'll explore the museums of your choice, including the Burke and Baker Planetarium, Museum of Natural Sciences. The Museum District houses 19 museums, all within walking distance. This evening we undetake a fun walking and dining tour, visiting the underground tunnels of Houston and an array of local dishes.   ( (B,D)

DAY 3 – Wednesday 3 April 2024 – Houston

"Houston we have a problem..!" there are probably few statements as well known. We'll have a full day to visit the Houston Space Centre today, getting behind the scenes and the stories that make space exploration so exciting. The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) is NASA's center for human spaceflight (originally named the Manned Spacecraft Center), where human spaceflight training, research, and flight control are conducted. This afternoon, we travel to the George Observatory before returning to Houston in the afternoon. The day ends with a visit to the Twilight Epiphany Skyspace on the University Campus. (B)

DAY 4 – Thursday 4 April 2024 – San Antonio

We head west towards the United States popular town of San Antonio, Texas, - a colourful blend of Mexican and Texan culture.  On the way we'll take in some of the Hill Country wineries, in New Braunfels. Once we've checked in we’ll take the RiverWalk tour and discover the history and highlights of San Antonio stopping at several landmarks, history and architecture. We'll visit the Alamo - an 18th-century Franciscan mission. The site of a historic resistance effort by a small group of determined fighters for Texan independence (1836) from Mexico. (B,D) 

DAY 5 – Friday 5 April 2024 – San Antonio

We’ll take a road trip out of San Antonio today visiting the natural beauties in Fredericksburg; and cowboys in Bandera - the Cowboy Capital of the World.  To make it a truly Texan experience theres opportunity to head into the Cowboy shops, or out on the trail with a horse ride, before dinner and some stargazing under the wonderful dark skies at Enchanting Rock National Park. Renowned for its massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas, the scenery, rock formations and legends are magical.  We return late that evening to San Antonio. (B,D)

DAY 6 – Saturday 6 April 2024 – San Antonio

Making our way south, we'll visit the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions. Remains of 18th-century Spanish structures dot the city, contrasting with modern office buildings, drawn together by the  The evening is free for you to find the best rib, Tex-Mex, Brazilian or Steak restaurant. (B)

DAY 7 – Sunday 7 April 2024 – Dallas

Departing early we'll board an early train and travel the distance with Amtrack to Austin. Arriving into town, we'll meet our guides who will transfer us around the vibrant mural art scene. There are dozens of super creative murals all around Austin and we got a chance to see a few of them . We'll depart late for our hotel in Dallas - the Drey Hotel. (B)

DAY 8 – Monday 8 April 2024 – Dallas

Wahoo - Eclipse day! You have the choice of spending the day at our conveniently located hotel for a 3.30 min eclipse. Spend the morning relaxing by the pool, take a walk or sleep in before watching the big event. Or drive to Ennis where you can experience genuine Texan Hospitality in a Winery and a whopping 4.26mins of eclipse directly on the centre line. . After an early morning start we will raise a glass to the moon.  Lunch drinks and eclipse glasses will be included wherever you chose to view the eclipse.(B,L,D)

DAY 9 – Tuesday 9 April 2024 – Orlando Florida or home

Choose to travel home from here by finishing the Texan part of the tour. 

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Alternatively head back towards Dallas for our flight to Orlando after lunch (*not included) we'll reach the sunny state early evening. We have two nights booked at the Hilton Hotel Cocoa Beach (B,D)

DAY 10 - Wednesday 10 April 2024– Orlando Florida

Today we get entry to Cape Canaveral the home of space flight. Since December 1968, KSC has been NASA's primary launch centre of human spaceflight including launch operations for the Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs. With so many projects going into space now... we may even see a launch. No visit to Florida is complete without a visit to Disneyworld. Children of every age love it! Our big day out ends with rides, fun and dinner in this famous park.(B)

DAY 11 - Thursday 11 April 2024– Orlando Florida

Every great journey must come to an end.  Transport will be provided to meet flights after 12pm. (B)

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 Inclusions: 

· Tour Host – Fred Watson

· Tour Manager – Marnie Ogg

· Accommodation as listed

- Amtrak Train San Antonio to Austin

· Breakfast and Dinner daily (B,D)

· Entry to all sights, and activities listed

· Air-conditioned coach and driver

· Local Guides, behind-the-scenes experiences

 Not included: 

· International Flights - into Houston // out of Orlando 

· Domestic Flights Dallas to Orlando  - AA1760 depart 14:25 arrive 18:09

· Tips ($200 aud)

· Drinks

· Items of personal nature

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​Texas and Cape Canaveral

Cost: $9,545 per person (16 - 20 guests)^

Single Supplement: $3595

*Tour will operate with a minimum of 16 /maximum 24 guests

Texas only

​Cost: $8,045 per person (16 - 20 guests)^

Single Supplement: $2595

Payment schedule

$500 pp - nonrefundable

$5000 pp- 1 October 2023

finals - 2 January 2024

NOTES

Tour itinerary and pricing are subject to change at any time. #You may participate on the Texas Tour dates only. Please contact us for information and pricing.  Your place is confirmed on receipt of a non-refundable deposit. Participants travelling on the Maple Glow Tour will arrive into Houston off flight UA750 - departing Calgary at 13.55 arrive Houston at 19:00 on 1 April. 

Finals are due 80 days prior to departure. Please see our terms and conditions for cancellation details. All prices are in Australian dollars and based on an exchange of 1 AUD = 0.669818 USD and are subject to currency fluctuations. Final pricing will be determined 90 days prior to departure and subject to the number of guests. ^^ Prices are in Australian Dollars and are converted from $6480USD / Single sup $2030 USD. or $5350 USD for Texas only

If the minimum numbers (16 pax) are not met prior to 1 October 2023, alternative travel arrangements may be made, however in the instance that this is not possible, the tour may be cancelled. and your deposit returned. Please note twin rooms are based on two co-travellers sharing a room - if you choose this option as a single traveller, you may be required to pay the full supplement in the event no other single traveller wishes to share. Travel insurance is required to participate.

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