Geek Nation Tours has come up with an exciting vacation trip this summer just for Trekkies. Their new "Exploring Trek Sites: Hollywood to Vegas" tour will visit a number of iconic Star Trek locations and culminate with a trip to the annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, with Trekspert Larry Nemecek along as your tour guide. Details below.
New Tour Will Explore Star Trek Sites And Bring You To Vegas Con 2012
Geek Nation Tours (with the motto "Holidays for Geeks, by Geeks") has announced an Trek-ified excursion for this August called “Exploring Trek Sites: Hollywood to Vegas.” The nine-day tour visits famous (and obscure) Star Trek shooting locations in the LA area and Southern California, ending up in Las Vegas for the big annual Star Trek con. And Geek Nation are teaming up with “Dr. Star Trek" (and author of "Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion") Larry Nemecek, who will be the tour guide all along the way. The tour promises "a front-row seat as Larry makes the pilgrimage to filming sites of The Original Series , The Next Generation and their movies, as well as Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise." The journey will stretch from Hollywood and surrounding Los Angeles up to the Trona Pinnacles to the base of Mount Whitney, then on through Death Valley and into Las Vegas for the convention.
Nemececk tells TrekMovie “We have crafted a great schedule of sites that will lead fans to not just the obvious, like Vasquez Rocks, but the obscure as well. Personally, it will be exciting to share info and fun with our Trek fans in-between the tour stops—a group experience where no book or convention talk has ever gone before. Plus, it’s a great Hollywood/Vegas vacation, to boot.”
The nine day long tour tour begins on Saturday August 4th in Hollywood with three days of touring famous locations used to shoot Star Trek over the years along with a visit to Paramount Pictures. While in LA you will visit the Griffith Observatory (from Voyager’s "Future’s End"), The Tillman Water Plant and Japanese Garden, (used for various Trek locations, including Starfleet Academy and HQ), Franklin Canyon Park (TOS "The Paradise Syndrome"), Bronson Caves (Rura Penthe from "Star Trek VI"), and more.
After the initial days in LA, the tour goes on the road for a couple of days and visits more Star Trek locations in California, including the iconic Vasquez Rocks Park (where you will be joined by the original Gorn, Bobby Clark). You will also visit "Club Ed" Movie Ranch (the Q’ Continuum for Voyager’s "Death Wish", Trona Pinnacles (God Planet from Star Trek V), Mount Whitney (mountain Quark and Odo climbed in DS9’s "The Ascent"), Lone Pine (home of Kirk’s Nexus cabin from Generations), Owens Dry Lake (Nimbus III from Star Trek V), and more.
The tour then hits Vegas for days 6-9, where you will attend the annual big Star Trek convention, where the Geek Nation Tour umbrella remains active right through the five convention evenings. And always with the option to explore on their own most any time.
The tour will be limited in size to 35 (to be able to fit on a single bus) in order to keep it a tight-knit group. Geek Tours CEO says the company’s mandate is to "give people the opportunity to revel in their Geekiness and to travel the globe seeking those things that they love to do, joined by like-minded persons who are just as interested in that specific geeky thing. So it’s not only a holiday vacation but also the chance to develop long-lasting friendships.” And they also work to take care of the non-geek spouse as well. “If a partner would rather go to a museum, ball game or shopping mecca, we can take care of that too,” he says. “Everyone wins. The ‘non-geek’ can re-meet up in the evenings, of course—where participants get together to talk about the day’s events and to share hints on the excitement of the next day. In fact, we offer several options to further tailor-make this great adventure for any fan’s taste and budget.”
Price for the tour is $2500. For more information or to sign up, visit www.geeknationtours.com.