Top Breakaway Destinations for Stargazing 

Join the growing trend in travelers seeking out dark sky destinations for their holidays. Ideal for astronomers interested in admiring the night sky, dark sky locations are also recognized in having a beneficial impact on our health and mental well-being.

Escape the light pollution with a Breakaway tour to one of these top dark sky destinations and enjoy peace-of-mind and a great night time view too…

French Pyrenees
The French Pyrenees

 The wild Pyrenees in southern France is a fabulous region for stargazing. The region is home to the Pic du Midi Observatory. Established in the 1870s, it is now a state-of-the-art, research institute surrounded by the Pic du Midi International Dark Sky Reserve, which aims to protect the dark sky views.

Explore the Pyrenees for yourself on the Heart of the Pyrenees Walk self-guided Breakaway tour and discover dramatic gorges, beautiful lakes and picturesque, lush green valleys in addition to astronomical wonders..

  • From USD$1,905 pp based on 2 people sharing a double room
  • 7 nights accommodations (hotel to hotel) in a mix of *** hotels
  • All continental breakfasts and four evening meals
  • Self-guided route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Choice of walking routes each day (Level 2 or Level 3)
  • Transfers from Tarbes train station; return to Lourdes train station (at designated times)

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Sierra de Gredos Spain
Sierra de Gredos Spain

The Regional Park of Sierra de Gredos has a special dark sky designation from the Starlight Foundation. The mountains provide many excellent view points to get out your telescope or camera. And with spectacular Spanish weather, the park averages 220 optimal days of stargazing a year.

Explore this largely undiscovered region of Spain for yourself on our self-guided walking holiday, Walking in the Sierra de Gredos. Our hotel here even has its own observatory! Expect gastronomic cuisine, fine wines, abundant nature and fabulous night skies.

  • From USD$2,085 pp based on 2 people sharing a double room
  • 7 nights centre based accommodations in beautiful 21-room hotel
  • All gourmet breakfasts, 5 a la carte picnic lunches and all evening meals
  • Self-guided route directions and maps
  • Car rental included (pick up and drop off at Madrid airport, min 2 people)

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Kerry Ireland
Kerry, Ireland

County Kerry, which stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean, is one of Ireland’s most remote regions. The sparsely populated area is home to the Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve, the first reserve founded by the International Dark-Sky Association.

The region’s wind-swept and ethereal landscapes are the perfect backdrop to a night spent viewing the stars. You can enjoy the night sky of Kerry on our Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way holiday, which follows Ireland’s longest trail.

  • From USD$1,855 pp based on 2 people sharing a double room
  • 7 nights inn to inn accommodation in a mix of *** hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Self-guided route directions and maps
  • GPS Device
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers

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Loch Ness

You don’t have to travel far for great views of the night sky. Scotland has one of the largest dark sky areas in Europe with the Highlands. The Abriachan Forest Trust, near Loch Ness was awarded ‘Milky Way class’ dark sky status due to it’s spectacular night sky views.

Explore the region on the Loch Ness & the Caledonian Canal Walk. Encounter the beautiful and mysterious landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and witness the wonders of the galaxy when you gaze up at the sky at night.

  • From USD$1,505  pp based on 2 people sharing a double room
  • 6 nights inn to inn accommodation in *** and **** hotels & inns
  • Full Scottish Breakfasts
  • Self-guided route notes & maps
  • Luggage moving service

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