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Amazing science-inspired tours across the globe

With experts on board and in the company of fellow travellers who enjoy the discovery of science

Darwin’s Galapagos with Jo Ruxton: Ecuador

11 days from £6,995 (approx $8,535)

Departing 7th June 2020

Join our special island yacht charter accompanied by marine conservationist and documentary producer Jo Ruxton.

A paradise for natural history, animal and geology lovers, we have curated a distinctive trip which includes the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Quito followed by 8 days exploring at sea and exclusive behind the scenes access at the Galapagos Science Centre. The spacious and stylish yacht Natural Paradise is small enough to get into bays that larger expedition ships cannot go near, so you get to experience Galapagos as Darwin did.

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Science of pro cycling: Mont Ventoux

5 days for £2,199

Grand Départ 21st May 2020

A highly immersive expert-led training camp with sports scientists from Sheffield Hallam University and former Olympian and ex-Team Sky rider Phil Deignan, based near France’s stunning Mont Ventoux.

A unique ride experience, in the company of experts giving deeply insightful seminars and 1:1 consultation. Plus, a full ride itinerary, road support, recovery sessions and plenty of those special touches that pro-cyclists enjoy. Staying in a delightful 4-star chateau in the heart of Provence.

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Competition: Design a science holiday to win a science holiday

Is there a scientific holiday, tour or experience in your bucket list that you dream of making a reality? We might just be able to help with that!

We are crowdsourcing ideas for new tours, and the winner will recieve two free places on their tour when it's launched.

No matter how big or small, we are looking for brilliant unique ideas. It can be complex multi-location overseas holiday tour or a simple walking tour or a weekender (and everything in between).

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Cruise Hawaii with Richard Dawkins

9 days from £8,495 (approx $10,365)

Departing 22nd October 2020

Accompany the evolutionary biologist and highly-regarded author Richard Dawkins on this cruise around the fascinating islands of Hawaii.

From the Volcanic National Park to abundant rare wildlife and stunning landscapes, this is a truly unique expedition. Discover Hawaii’s unique culture and history whilst cruising aboard the Safari Explorer, a rugged expedition yacht small enough to explore where larger ships can’t. Then in the evenings, thought provoking seminars from Richard.

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Space: Past and future: USA

15 days from £5,279 departing 6th May 2020

14 days from £4,799 departing 14th September 2020

A comprehensive tour visiting key sites in the history and future of space exploration. Covering NASA space centers and several museums in Washington DC, Orlando and Houston plus the Very Large Array, Roswell and the stunning natural landscapes of New Mexico.

You will end up at Virgin Galactic Spaceport America, shortly to start commercial space flights. Joining the tours will be leading academics and journalists to add depth and insight to this highly engaging tour.

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The science of the Renaissance: Italy

7 days for £1,825 (approx $2,229)

Departing 3rd March and 3rd November 2020

Encounter the great scientific minds and discoveries of the Renaissance on a cultural adventure across the pre-eminent cities of science - Florence and Bologna. Led by art and architecture expert Andrew Spira and accompanied by scientific historian Professor David Wootton.

From astronomic, anatomic, architectural, medical and mathematic perspectives, the tour will look at the wondrous collections, buildings and churches that demonstrate the burgeoning of knowledge of the period whilst enjoying these beautiful cities.

In partnership with Travel Editions

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Kepler’s Prague: Music of the spheres: Czech Republic

6 days from £1,968 (approx $2,479)

Departing 14th April and 14th September 2020

Follow in the footsteps of Johannes Kepler & Tycho Brahe, as we unearth the connection between music and orbits of the planets in the city of a hundred spires. Accompanied by author, broadcaster and science writer Jane Green.

We shall discover what remains of the legacy of Kepler and Brahe, and will also explore the medieval centre of Prague and its surrounding regions. Home to the world’s oldest astronomical clock, Prague Castle and the Lobkowicz Palace, we will journey to the heart of early modern science.

In partnership with Kirker Holidays

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Track snow leopards in the Himalayas: India

13 day tour

Departing 22nd March 2021 for £6,295

Endangered, beautiful and elusive, snow leopards are rarely seen in the wild. In an effort to promote their well-being and to offer the chance to glimpse these solitary creatures, we’ve built this once-in-a-lifetime expedition.

As one of the only animals that have eluded Sir David Attenborough, snow leopards are highly endangered. The tour works with the Snow Leopard Conservancy Trust India in Ladakh and uses a team of expert trackers to help you spend five full days exploring the Ulley Valley searching for 'The Ghost of the Himalayas'.

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CERN and Mont Blanc: Explore Dark and Frozen Matter: Switzerland and France

6 days from £2,698 (approx $3,295)

Departing 18th May and 17th September 2020

One of the world’s most important centres of science and innovation, Geneva is also a charming lakeside town with a fascinating history. The tour focuses on CERN, where they operate the famous Large Hadron Collider, and Mont Blanc to investigate receding glaciers and what they reveal about history. Accompanied by particle physicist Kate Shaw and science journalist Laura Spinney.

During your stay in Geneva you will also explore the old town, visit the Museum of the History of Science and learn about watchmaking at an historic workshop.

In partnership with Kirker Holidays

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Total Solar Eclipse 2020: Adventure in Argentina

11 days for earlybird price of £2,549

Departing 6th December 2020

A rare celestial event in one of the most spectacular locations on earth. Enjoy the magnificent show that is a total solar eclipse along with the stunning scenery of Patagonia and vibrant culture and sensory delights of Buenos Aires.

Renowned astronomer Dr John Mason will lead the eclipse experience at an exclusive viewing location as well as giving evening seminars on his eclipse-chasing adventures plus stargazing in the crystal-clear skies of Bariloche

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Japan: nature, culture, science: Tokyo to Kagoshima

12 days from £6,695 (approx $8,169)

Departing 18th October 2020

Discover Japan on a 12-day journey taking in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Kagoshima. Travel from a buzzing metropolis to snow-capped mountains; from hot springs to volcanic islands.

A burgeoning centre for technology and countless areas of spectacular natural beauty, Japan is a must-see destination for science and nature lovers. Join us on a special journey across Japan in during its glorious autumn colours to see exceptional landscapes, visit leading institutions and explore space, robotics and AI. Accompanied in Tokyo by Rowan Hooper, New Scientist's features editor and author of Superhumans.

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Land of fire and ice: Iceland

8 days from £2,249 (approx $2,745)

Departing 31st October and 7th November 2020

Join an unforgettable tour of Iceland’s majestic landscapes, timed to maximise days filled with volcanic and geological adventure, and evening opportunities to see the Aurora Borealis.

Spend time with a leading volcanologist Tamsin Mather, discovering the might of the planet as you marvel at the sights, sounds and smells of erupting geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud. Plus stunning glaciers, waterfalls and visible tectonic plates pulling apart. Staying at 4 different hotels to reduce travelling and see more of Iceland.

In partnership with Intrepid Travel

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Tiger conservation safari: India

12 days

Departing April 2021

Visit the reserves of Kanha, Pench, and Satpura in search of the Bengal tiger, staying in award-winning lodges. Learn how to identify tracks, set camera traps and understand the tiger’s habitat and prey species. Explore the parks by jeep, canoe and on foot.

Encounter India's varied wildlife and hear from guest lecturers regarding conservation issues, the challenges they face in modern India and using tourism as a force for good. Rich with flora and fauna in landscapes with unique beauty, this tour discovers wilderness at its best.

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Ancient caves, human origins: Northern Spain

7 days from £2,249 (approx $2,699)

Departing 18th May and 7th September 2021

Step back more than 10,000 years to discover how our ancestors played, lived and worked. See the oldest known cave painting in the world at El Castillo and experience the wonders of Las Monedas, La Peña Cave, El Pindal and Tito Bustillo in small groups by torchlight. Accompanied by New Scientist editor Emily Wilson plus other editorial and local archaeological experts, you’ll enjoy specialist talks along the way.

Plus, the beautiful towns and cities of Bilbao, Santander, Santillana and Oviedo. Topped off with the Guggenheim Museum and tuition in the tasting of Rioja wine.

In partnership with Intrepid Travel

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Wildlife of Madagascar

13 days for £6,595 (approx $7,915)

2020 sold out.

2021 departing 11th September

Experience Madagascar’s unique and richly diverse ecosystem by plane, boat and authentic bush camps. Visit the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust team and accompany community rangers on daytime patrol.

Explore Andasibe Forest which is packed with lemurs, and discover the fossas of Kirindy Reserve, Amber Mountain National Park and Tsingy. Canoeing, sunset hill walks and night-time exploration give a unique experience of this stunning country with landscapes like nowhere else.

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Kenya: Cradle of humanity

9 days for £3,299

Departing 5th February 2021

Explore the origins of humanity on this unique and adventurous archaeology and wildlife tour in the heartland of Kenya. Travelling by private coach, plane and pedal power, and accompanied by expert archaeologist Louise Leakey and African cycling legend David Kinjah. The trip supports the charity


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Great itineraries with a science focus, to appealing destinations, curated by us.


Drawn from our extensive network of editors, journalists, academics and authors


We choose our tour-operating partners very carefully ensuring they hold ATOL licences and/or they have relevant bonding in place to provide financial protection.


You will be travelling with like-minded guests who enjoy the discovery of science. This leads to better interaction with our tour experts and deep organic conversations with fellow guests.


We want to help you discover science through the joy of travel. We want to achieve that in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, people, cultures or wildlife.

Hence, we have set out the following guidelines around impacts, relationships and sustainability for how Discovery Tours operates.

  • We will include carbon offsetting for every flight sold. Using our partners existing schemes and also the flight offsetting scheme. This is on top of the carbon offsetting schemes that most airlines operate.
  • Many of our tours do not include flights, which gives you the option to choose how you travel to join the tour.
  • We only work with tour operating partners who have clear published sustainable tourism policies and/or are members of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (or similar body) who work with their members to embed sustainable tourism practices.
  • Our tours operate with full respect for local cultures, animal welfare, and the scientific, ecological and cultural significance of the places we visit.
  • We will not undertake any tours or experiences that in the view of the New Scientist editorial team contradict best practice or our values. For an issue were there isn’t clear cut best practice, we will err on the side of caution.

We aim to tread lightly and help our guests appreciate and protect this beautiful world we live in.


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