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Chasing Shadows: 2024 Total Eclipse Adventure

Chasing Shadows: 2024 Total Eclipse Adventure

Embark on a 5-day odyssey of discovery and wonder to Texas for North America's only total eclipse of the sun until 2045!

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Discover an odyssey of wonder culminating in a front-row seat for North America’s last chance to witness a total eclipse of the sun until 2045! Fly round-trip from San Diego and immerse yourself in Texan appeal with historic Grapevine as your base. Explore the vibrant heart of Fort Worth on a guided tour, delving into the storied Stockyards Museum and experiencing the iconic longhorn cattle drive. Honor trailblazing women at the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame and savor the flavors of the Lone Star State at the Texas Star Dinner Theater, indulging in local entertainment and cuisine. Delight in wine tasting, wander charming streets, and discover hidden treasures during your stay. Our VIP Eclipse Viewing Package on Grapevine's Main Street promises an unparalleled view of this cosmic ballet, which will remain etched into memory forever.

 

Tour Fare:

$2495 per person double occupancy

$2695 per person single occupancy

$2395 per person triple occupancy

$2345 per person quad occupancy

 

Deposit and Final Payment:

A deposit of $250 per person due with booking

Final Balance is due 1/5/24

5-day Vacation

All times and routing are approximate and subject to change without notice.

APRIL 5, 2024

Come along! Meet your Tour Manager at the Southwest Airlines check-in line at San Diego International Airport by 5:30 a.m. PST. You'll depart San Diego at 7:25 a.m. for a non-stop flight to Dallas Love Field in Texas, arriving at 12:20 p.m. CST. Our luxury motor coach will be waiting to transport you to Grapevine, where you'll unpack just once for a 4-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express. Enjoy a welcome reception at the hotel and get acquainted with your fellow travelers prior to dinner at Willhoite's Restaurant, one of the city's oldest and historically well-loved locations in downtown Grapevine.

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APRIL 6, 2024

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before we gallop off to Fort Worth. Journey through town on a guided tour, including a visit to the iconic Stockyards National Historic District. Get ready for a dose of cowboy culture as you explore the Stockyards Museum, including free time to shop for unique Texas souvenirs. Don't miss the chance to experience Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honky-tonk, for live country music, bull riding, and line dancing. Then, watch in awe as the Old West comes alive during the world's only daily cattle drive by the Fort Worth Herd. The fun continues with a visit to the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, where you'll discover the remarkable stories of women in the American West. The evening is reserved for entertainment at the Texas Star Dinner Theater, where you'll enjoy a scrumptious meal and a side-splitting, award-winning murder mystery show.

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APRIL 7, 2024

After a delicious hotel breakfast, we invite you to explore the charms of Grapevine. Our day begins at the Grapevine Visitor Information Center with a guided sightseeing tour and a visit to the Settlement to City Museums, delving into the city's fascinating history. Witness the whimsical Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower, a unique North American attraction featuring larger-than-life mechanical figures trying to pull off a perfect heist. Take an exhilarating ride 150 feet up to the Grapevine Main Observation Tower, which offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Lake Grapevine, Downtown Dallas, and Fort Worth. A leisurely lunch awaits you on Grapevine's captivating Main Street, followed by wine tasting at a local winery and a visit to Nash Farm, a historical site preserving the agricultural heritage of North Texas.

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APRIL 8, 2024

Savor a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before gearing up for a day of celestial wonder. Grapevine stands in the direct path of a once-in-a-generation event-the total eclipse of the sun! Join our VIP Solar Watch Party at Peace Plaza on Main Street, where you'll receive an exclusive Eclipse Swag Bag, including special solar viewing glasses and a $60 food and beverage card. As a DayTripper traveler, you'll enjoy reserved table seating and a front-row view of this awe-inspiring astronomical phenomenon that occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, completely blocking out the sun's light for a brief period. Day becomes night, roosters crow in confusion, and the world is briefly bathed in the eerie, otherworldly glow of the solar corona (the outermost part of its atmosphere), a sight both mesmerizing and humbling.

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APRIL 9, 2024

Take in a delicious breakfast at the hotel before it's time to say our heartfelt goodbyes to Texas as we embark on the journey back to San Diego. Your non-stop flight will bring you back mid-afternoon, accompanied by newfound friends and unforgettable memories of your unique, once-in-a-lifetime total eclipse adventure.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Manager:  Mark Jacobson*

 

Activity Level: High

This tour requires moderate physical activity. Days may be long and travelers should have the ability to stand or walk for extended periods of time. The Eclipse celebration in historic Grapevine may require travelers to navigate crowded pedestrian areas.

 

What Happens During a Total Eclipse of the Sun?

A total eclipse of the sun is a stunning astronomical event that occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, completely blocking out the sun's light for a brief period. Here's what happens during this phenomenon:

  1. Partial Eclipse: The eclipse begins as a partial solar eclipse when the moon starts moving across the sun's disk, gradually covering a portion of it. At this stage, you may need special eye protection or solar viewing glasses to safely observe the event, as looking directly at the sun can be harmful to your eyes.

  2. Totality: The total eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun, creating a momentary darkness in the daytime sky. The sky may darken significantly, and the temperature can noticeably drop. During totality, the sun's outer atmosphere (called the solar corona) becomes visible. The corona appears as a faint, pearly-white halo surrounding the obscured sun and extends into space.

  3. Baily's Beads and the Diamond Ring Effect: Just before and after totality, you might observe a phenomenon known as Baily's Beads. These are caused by sunlight shining through the rugged lunar landscape, creating a series of bright spots resembling beads along the moon's edge. Immediately before the total eclipse begins, there's a brief flash of intense sunlight known as the "Diamond Ring Effect," where one last bead of sunlight shines brightly, resembling a diamond ring.

  4. Darkness and Planetary Visibility: Totality can last for a few minutes, during which the sky becomes dark as if it were nighttime. Stars and planets may become visible, and some animals may react as if it were twilight or evening.

  5. Second Diamond Ring and Partial Eclipse: After totality, the moon gradually moves away from the sun, revealing another Diamond Ring Effect on the opposite side of the eclipse. The eclipse then reverts to a partial solar eclipse as the moon continues to move away from the sun's disk.

  6. Return to Normalcy: As the moon's shadow departs, the sun returns to its full brightness, and the eclipse comes to an end. The entire eclipse event, from partial eclipse to totality and back to partial eclipse, can last several hours, depending on the location and the specific eclipse.

Total solar eclipses are relatively rare and occur only when the alignment of the Earth, moon, and sun is just right. These awe-inspiring events have fascinated humans throughout history and continue to captivate people around the world whenever they occur.

 

What's Included in the Tour Fare

  • Round-trip air from San Diego to Dallas

  • Baggage handling from airline check-in to return baggage claim area

  • Luxury motor coach transportation and touring in Texas

  • Professional Tour Manager throughout the trip

  • Complimentary bottled water and snacks on the coach

  • 4 nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Grapevine, TX

  • 7 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, & 2 dinners

  • Server gratuities for included meals

  • Stockyards National Historic District and Stockyards Museum

  • Longhorn Cattle Drive

  • National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame

  • Texas Star Dinner Theater Murder Mystery Show

  • Nash Farm

  • Local wine tasting

  • Eclipse Solar Watch Party in Grapevine's historic Main Street District with entertainment, guest speakers, and great food

  • Grapevine Texas 2024 Eclipse Swag Bag valued at $200

  • $60 food and beverage card for use at Harvest Hall during Eclipse Watch Party

 

What's Not Included in the Tour Fare

  • Meals not listed on the itinerary

  • Transportation to and from San Diego International Airport

  • Travel Insurance

  • Gratuities for the Tour Manager and driver

 

Flight Information

4/5/24 - Southwest 6045 Departs San Diego 7:25 a.m., Arrives Dallas 12:20 p.m.

4/9/24 - Southwest 970 Departs Dallas 1:00 p.m., Arrives San Diego 2:10 p.m.

 

How to Make a Reservation

Making your reservation is easy. Simply click the Book Now button above to select your date and confirm your space online, 24/7. You can also call the DayTripper Tours reservations department at (619) 334-3394 during business hours of M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Smartphones

Although not necessary to fully enjoy your trip, a personal smartphone can greatly enhance your tour experience. Take high-quality photos, share your experience on social media in real time, search for nearby restaurants and topics of interest, set reminders, and more.

 

90-Day Cancellation Deadline

You may cancel your booking ninety (90) or more days prior to the tour’s departure date to receive a refund, less a $100 per person cancellation fee. Alternatively, when you cancel your booking ninety (90) or more days prior to the departure date, we can waive the cancellation fee and transfer the full amount to another tour or a non-refundable voucher, which can be applied to any future excursion booked within one year of the original tour date.

Passenger name changes, deviations, or other changes made by the passenger after the final payment deadline has passed will be assessed a $50 per person change fee plus any fees incurred by the service providers. No refunds, transfers or credits can be issued for any reason on bookings canceled after the cancellation deadline.

 

Protect Your Investment with Travel Insurance

At DayTripper Tours, we recommend you purchase insurance to help protect against unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss, or even sudden sickness or injury, all of which could impact your excursion. In today’s ever-changing travel environment, you can relax and enjoy your trip with the security of knowing those unexpected circumstances are covered by a travel protection plan. You can purchase travel insurance from any company you choose; however, for your convenience we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services (CA Agency License #0D10209). For more information and to receive a quote, click here. Please note: Your policy must be purchased on or before the date you submit your final payment for the tour in order to be eligible for the pre-existing medical condition exclusion waiver.

 

* Tour Manager is subject to change without notice.

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