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The Sky at Night

Look to the heavens for a spectacle to remember

Stargazing Tours

Nothing quite compares to bedding down under a blanket of stars surrounded by quiet wilderness, or witnessing the colourful swathes of the Northern Lights as they bathe the night sky. From the magic of the aurora borealis to the Perseids Meteor Shower in Jordan or Geminid Meteor Shower in Morocco, the night sky offers endless possibilities.

Perhaps the most spectacular of Iceland’s incredible natural wonders is the famous Northern Lights. In winter months this phenomenon transforms the night sky into an ethereal display of multi-coloured lights. So escape the lights of the city for a day or two and venture into the darkness with your eyes skyward for a glimpse of this incredible natural event on tour with us.

Top 'Sky at Night' Experiences

Be star struck with our choice of the world's most impressive displays at night from downpours of celestial matter to dancing sheets of colour.

Iceland, Norway and Finland

Northern Lights

Scientifically known as the Aurora Borealis, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek name for the north wind, this incredible light show graces the skies of the north and south poles during the depths of winter. When daylight wanes to just a few hours of the day, electrically-charged solar particles collide miles above the planet to create dancing sheets of colour from neon green to vivid purple. Referred to as the Northern Lights in the northern hemisphere, we have a range of tours to Iceland, Norway and Finland that offer a glimpse of this spectacle.


Perseids Meteor Shower

The Perseids Meteor Shower is a spectacular celestial light show that has amazed sky watchers for nearly 2,000 years as the Swift–Tuttle comet ejects clouds of particles and dust. In August every year, the night sky is often lit up by over 60 meteors per hour, streaking across the darkness. As with all celestial events, the shower is best observed in a completely clear night sky and where better than at our desert camp in Jordan's Wadi Rum on our special Perseids Meteor Shower tour.


Geminids Meteor Shower

One of the only two major meteor showers not originating from a comet, the Geminids Meteor Shower is another celestial spectacle with a stunning 160 meteors per hour during optimal conditions. Occurring in the Gemini constellation in December each year, this meteor shower is slower than many others with speeds of 22 miles per second, which is a bonus for star gazers as it means the showers are much easier to spot. Keen observers will find few places as good to witness the show from than the expansive desert of the Sahara.

Further reading on the night sky

If all this talk of celestial showers and light displays has you reaching for your passport and telescope, have a browse through these articles for more inspiration and handy planning info:

Earth Sky - updates on the cosmos including our featured meteor showers
Aurora Service - forecasts and alerts plus tips on where best to see the show
Space - latest news on what's happening in the sky above us

Cultural Experiences, Local Partners OTG Handpicked
Cultural Experiences, Local Partners

On our OTG Handpicked range we bring you best-of-the-best cultural experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.

Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.

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Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

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Active Days, Rustic Nights

Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

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Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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