MacAstroTours

Overview

MacAstro Tours has arranged successful low budget tours in NSW and overseas for members, always with an an astronomy theme.

Tours are open to members, their family and friends. Three future tours are being planned, to Parkes; China; and USA.

Members and others wishing to travel with us should read our Tours Policy > Here <

 


 

Parkes Radio Telescope Tour

Saturday 18th-20th May 2018

Itinerary

Friday 18th May 2018

Morning: departure from Macarthur.
Afternoon: arrival in Parkes.
Evening: combined dinner in Parkes.

Saturday 19th May 2018

Morning: tour of Parkes Radio Astronomy facility with John Sarkissian OAM.
Afternoon: free.
Evening: 
weather permitting an observing night on the grounds of The Dish with the Central West Astronomical Society.

Sunday 20th May 2018

Morning: departure from Parkes.
Afternoon: arrival Macarthur

Accommodation

2 nights accommodation (Fri 18th and Sat 19th May) at the Hotel Gracelands in the city of Parkes.

Terry, the owner of Hotel Gracelands has graciously offered us 10% discount on all of their room choices.

Hotel Gracelands is really handy for those of use who want to walk through the streets and soak up the history and atmosphere of Parkes, visit the clubs and pubs (there's a few...) or just re-supply for the weekend.

Expressions of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

http://www.gracelandsparkes.com.au/ 

To book your rooms just ring Hotel Gracelands on 02 6862 3459 or 0418 138 097 and mention that you're with Macarthur Astronomical Society to get your discount. Then please advise Dave Manning of your booking.

Activities

Winery and lunch on the way to Parkes.

Full access to the Parkes Radio telescope, guided tour by John Sarkissian (OAM) - Operations Scientist.

We will also investigate having a viewing night with the local amateur astronomers of the Central West Astronomical Society.

Organisation

Further costs to be advised,

Transportation will be either a mini bus (with trailer) or self-drive.


Western Australia

5th-6th October 2018

We are seeking expressions of interest  concerning a proposed trip to The Murchison Radio Astronomy Observatory, located in Western Australia. 

The date will be on Friday-Saturday, 5th-6th October, 2018.

Further information will be forthcoming soon.

Please let Tony Law or John Rombi know if you are interested.


China Tour

2019

 

Initial quotation – dates and best itinerary to be confirmed by Roberto Soria and Dr YC Zheng.

Tour Type: Private & customized tour.

Tour Route:  Beijing, Xi'an, Guiyang, Nanjing, Shanghai.

Tour Dates: Wednesday, 15 May 2019 - Monday, 27 May 2019 (to be confirmed).

Vehicle: private air-conditioned vehicle and licensed driver.

Guide Service: private English-speaking guide.

Group Size: 8 adults- for quotation purposes (to be confirmed – there is no limit!).

Based on Shared twin rooms.

Tentative Day by day itinerary: 

Day 1 Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Arrival / Beijing 
Flight: Flight, arranged on your own (as of today’s date approx. AU$550 return).
Accommodation: Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel (Deluxe 4 star), Superior Room.
Activities for today: Transportation from the airport to the hotel (Beijing).

Day 2 Thursday, 16 May 2019

Beijing.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel (Deluxe 4 star), Superior Room.
Activities today: Visit Dr YC Zheng and Roberto Soria. Look at astronomical museum etc.

Day 3 Friday, 17 May 2019

Beijing.
Accommodation: Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch (allowance CNY65/adult).
Activities for today: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Longing Pearl Store.
Night show: Golden Mask Dynasty per person, Zone B, Middle Seat (Left, Middle, Right) on First Floor.

Day 4 Saturday, 18 May 2019

Beijing.
Accommodation: Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch (allowance CNY65/adult).
Activities for today: Great Wall(Mutianyu Section), Mutianyu Cable Car (round way), Chang Tomb.

Day 5 Sunday, 19 May 2019

Beijing.
Transfer via: Private vehicle, arranged by Odyssey Tours.
Accommodation: Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.
Activities for today: Xinglong Observatory.
Note: it is about 4 hours one way from Beijing to Xinglong, if you only pay a visit, then time is enough to drive back to Beijing. If not, you have to stay overnight nearby Xinglong.  (to be confirmed with Roberto Soria).

Day 6 Monday, 20 May 2019

Beijing / Xi'an.
Transfer via: High speed G train, first class seat, arranged by Odyssey Tours(G87,14:00-18:40).
Accommodation: Grand Noble Hotel Xian (Deluxe 4 star), Superior Room.
Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch (allowance CNY65/adult).
Activities for today: Summer Palace (included boat cruise), Transportation to the railway station (Beijing), Transportation from the railway station to the hotel (Xian).

Day 7 Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Xi'an.
Accommodation: Grand Noble Hotel Xian.
Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch (allowance CNY55/adult).
Activities for today: Terracotta Warriors , Jade Gallery, The Ancient City Walls.

Day 8 Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Xi'an / Guiyang.
Transfer via: Bullet D train, first class seat, arranged by Odyssey Tours(D1701,08:00-15:41).
Accommodation: Hotel Novotel Guiyang Downtown (Deluxe 4 star), Superior Room.
Meals: Breakfast.
Activities for today: Transportation to the railway station (Xian), Transportation from Railway station to Hotel (Guiyang).

Day 9 Thursday, 23 May 2019

Guiyang.
Accommodation: Days Hotel (Deluxe 4 star), Standard Room.
Meals: Breakfast, Set menu lunch.
Activities for today: Pintang FAST Telescope.
Note: about 2 hours drive from Guiyang.

Day 10 Friday, 24 May 2019

Guiyang / Nanjing.
Transfer via: Flight, economy class, arranged by Odyssey Tours(Duration: 2 hours).
Accommodation: Central Hotel (5 star), standard Room.
Meals: Breakfast.
Activities for today: Transportation from Hotel to Airport, Transportation from Airport to Hotel (Nanjing).

Day 11 Saturday, 25 May 2019

Nanjing.
Accommodation: Central Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch.
Activities for today: Purple Mountain Observatory, Yangtze Rvier Bridge, Zhonghua Gate, Qinhuai River.

Day 12 Sunday, 26 May 2019

Nanjing / Shanghai.
Transfer via: High speed G train, first class seat, arranged by Odyssey Tours.
Accommodation: Sunrise on The Bund (Deluxe 4 star), Deluxe Room.
Meals: Breakfast, Set menu lunch.
Activities for today: Confucius Temple, Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Transportation to the Railway Station(Nanjing), Transportation from railway station to hotel (Shanghai).

Day 13 Monday, 27 May 2019

Shanghai / Exit.
Transfer via: Flight, arranged on your own.
Meals: Breakfast.
Activities for today: Transportation to airport (Shanghai).

Hotel details at each destination: 

 

City

Hotel Name

Room Type

Hotel Rating

Hotel website

Beijing

Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel

Superior Room

Deluxe 4 star

> click here <

Xi'an

Grand Noble Hotel Xian

Superior Room

Deluxe 4 star

> click here <

Guiyang

Hotel Novotel Guiyang Downtown

Superior Room

Deluxe 4 star

> click here <

Pingtang

Days Hotel

Standard Room

Deluxe 4 star

N/A

Nanjing

Central Hotel

standard Room

5 star

> click here <

Shanghai

Sunrise on The Bund

Deluxe Room

Deluxe 4 star

> click here <

 

Quotation:

Total cost per person twin share is approximately AU$3000.00 plus your flights.

UPDATE: Based on the current numbers wishing to join this trip, 15, the cost has dropped to approximately $2,500.00 based on twin share, plus airfaire (+/- $500.00).

If you are interested please contact Tony Law.

 


 

 

USA Tour

2021

Visiting JPL and could be combined with a Space X launch. 

Estimate: $4000 each needed. 

 

 

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