7 hour private tour including lunch with a NASA astronaut, guided by your friendly space expert
Your 7 hour private tour will give you an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the history, current programs and future plans for space exploration. Your guide, "Rocket Man" Bill, will explain everything you see and answer all of your questions in a way you will easily understand.
You will visit the NASA Space Center which is the most popular tourist destination in Houston. The highlight of this tour is lunch with a real astronaut. ONLY AVAILABLE ON CERTAIN FRIDAYS OR SATURDAYS. In addition, you will see the actual hardware used to go to the moon, touch a moon rock, go inside a space station, visit Mission Control to watch real time operations of the International Space Station, and visit the Space Shuttle. There will be ample free time for space souvenir shopping.
Your guide will pick you up at your local area hotel (within 10 miles / 16 km of the Space Center) and return you to the hotel. You can customize this tour to be dropped off at an alternate location such as the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU).
1. Pick up by private van at your local area hotel.
2. Drive to the Space Center Houston.
3. View an excellent movie introducing NASA's vision for human space flight.
4. Visit the Starship Gallery, touch a real moon rock and walk through an actual space station.
5. Go inside the Space Shuttle at Independence Plaza. Your guide worked on this engineering marvel for 17 years.
6. Lunch with a real NASA astronaut.
7. Take a tram ride through the Johnson Space Center.
8. Visit Mission Control and see the live, real time operation of the International Space Station.
9. Visit the Rocket Park, including a guided walk around an actual Saturn V rocket that launched the Apollo astronauts to the moon. It's the length of a football field…very impressive!!
10. Personal time for souvenir shopping, and wandering around spacesuits and spacecraft.
11. Gather at the main entrance and get ready to board the van.
12. Drive back to your local hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up will be at your local area hotel within 10 miles / 16 km of the Space Center. Please meet your guide at the main hotel entrance. Look for a silver Town and Country van. Your guide will be wearing a red NASA baseball cap.
End location: Drop off will be at your local area hotel within 10 miles / 16 km of the Space Center. You may make advanced arrangements with your guide for an alternate drop off location such as the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). Extra charges will apply for alternate drop off locations, depending on the time and distance involved.
Duration: 7 hours
Times may vary due to traffic and weather conditions.
9:30 am Pick up at your local area hotel.
10:00 am Start your guided tour at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
12:00 am Lunch with a real NASA astronaut.
4:30 pm Drop off at your local area hotel.
2012 Chrysler Town & Country 7 passenger van
Your private tour price includes the friendly, helpful services of a real space expert as your guide plus transportation in a safe, comfortable van. The tour starts at your local area hotel (within 10 miles / 16 km of the Space Center), goes to the Space Center, and then back at your hotel. Your private guided tour of the Space Center Houston includes a tram tour through NASA's John Space Center and narrated visits to NASA's Mission Control Room, the Rocket Park, Starship Gallery, Shuttle Independence Plaza and much more. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS TOUR IS LUNCH WITH A REAL ASTRONAUT, which is included in the price. There will be ample free time for souvenir shopping at the Space Center Houston. For an additional charge, you can customize this tour to include a drop off at another location such as the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) or a bus terminal.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4 usd - This tour provides general admission tickets to the Space Center Houston plus lunch with beverages, taxes and tips included. The only additional costs might be bottled water during the tram tour.
Drinks and snacks at Space Center food court will be at your own expense.
For an additional charge, you can be dropped off at an alternate location such as the airport or a downtown Houston hotel. Please coordinate these additional tour features and the extra charges with your guide in advance.
If desired, your guide will be happy to suggest hotels, restaurants, shopping venues, ground transport and airline flights that fit your needs and your budget, and will gladly adjust the details of your tour itinerary accordingly.
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We had all been looking forward to this tour and it did not disappoint. After a tasty breakfast we were fascinated with the exhibits. Then a great tour of the space shuttle. Lunch with an astronaut was a interesting personal insight. The tram tour gave a chance to relive something from the past-mission control. Finally, my personal favourite was the rocket park. All the time our guide, Bill the rocket man, added so much with personal knowledge and was always very helpful. What a memorable, great day!