Travel Challenge: Draconids meteor shower
Saturday 04 June 2011
Every week we invite three competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a holiday in Turkey to coincide with the Draconids meteor shower in early October, which this year is expected to be a particularly radiant display of "shooting stars". Prices are for two people and include flights to Istanbul.
On the Go Tours
£1,718: Draconids Meteor Shower tour
Departing from Luton on 1 October, this 10-day group tour visits the battlefields of Gallipoli, Troy, the thermal pools of Pamukkale and then Cappadocia, to witness the meteor shower. EasyJet flights are included, as well as B&B, some dinners, all sightseeing excursions plus a talk and telescope viewings on the night of the shower. "Cappadocia is an extraordinary national treasure and a stunning place to potentially witness upwards of 750 meteors an hour," says Pru Goudie of On the Go Tours (020-7371 1113; onthegotours.com).
Explorers Astronomy Tours
£2,698: Rain of Shooting Stars tour
Departing from Heathrow on 4 October, this eight-day group tour includes flights with Turkish Airlines, accommodation with breakfast, transport and some meals, guided tours of Istanbul and the ancient city of Bogazkale, Cappadocia and more. A live planetarium show and talks from an astrophysicist also feature. "The spectacular geology and clear skies of Cappadocia, coupled with the rich history and warm climate of Turkey, will provide an ideal backdrop to view this magnificent meteor display," says David Phillips of Explorers Astronomy Tours (0845 609 1591; astronomytours.co.uk).
Cox & Kings
£1,920: Istanbul and Cappadocia
Departing from Heathrow on 3 October, this seven-day private tour includes BA flights, three nights in a converted Ottoman mansion in Istanbul, three nights at Yunak Houses Hotel in Cappadocia, breakfast and all transfers. "The tour ends in Cappadocia in time for the shower on 7-8 October, which is considered to be one of the best places to watch the natural phenomenon unfold," says Michael Fleetwood of Cox & Kings (020-7873 5000; coxandkings.co.uk).
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