Branson Musical Holiday Tour
November 9 to 14, 2016
The Christmas spirit rings throughout the Ozarks filling the air with holiday cheer. Visit Branson for a musical extravaganza and see for yourself why everyone has fallen in love with this town. Once a small and sleepy town, Branson has emerged as one of the country’s most popular entertainment destinations.
We begin our tour by flying to Kansas City, Missouri. We meet our coach and travel to our evening hotel – Drury Inn. Enjoy a great dinner and get acquainted with the nice folks who will be touring with us on this 6 day and 5 night trip.
Day 2 finds us traveling to Branson. We check into the Hilton Hotel which is located in the Promenade on Branson Landing and is the perfect spot to locate for a 4 night stay. Every year each entertainer devotes at least half of every show to holiday-themed music, complete with colorful sets and costumes.
While in Branson we have tickets to the following : "Moses" at the Sight N Sound Theatre, Daniel O'Donnell at Welk Resort, The Osmond Brothers and Lennon Sisters Show, Johnny Mathis, the Broadway musical - Million Dollar Quartet and of course the Shoji Tabuchi Show. What a great lineup! While in Branson we will enjoy some local sightseeing which will include an area tour and a special treat is to discover the College of the Ozarks, where the students work for their education.
Day 6 we travel to Kansas City for our early evening flight back to Tucson. We will fly home basking in the warmth and hospitality of the mid-western spirit that we will discover on this trip and of course we will be in the holiday mood! Join us for this trip to the “live entertainment capital of the world”.
$2,586.00 per person double
$2,957.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Kansas City), 5 nights lodging, 10 meals, all transfers and coach transportation, tickets to 6 shows, cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Death Valley Tour
November 14 to 18, 2016
Death Valley National Park contains a wealth of geological wonders! Awesome canyons and mighty mountains combine with sculpted rock formations and isolated valleys to provide an array of sightseeing on this trip.
Day 1 finds us traveling from Southern Arizona to Henderson, Nevada. En route we will enjoy a delicious lunch at the Rancho de los Caballeros Guest Ranch. Upon arrival in Henderson, we'll settle into the Hampton Inn for a very comfortable overnight stay.
Day 2 finds us taking in impressive Red Rock Canyon and their wonderful Visitor Center, then a lunch stop, before we make our journey to Death Valley National Park which encompasses over 3.3 million acres! Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley! The afternoon finds us checking into our comfortable accommodations for the next two nights at the Furnace Creek Ranch.
Day 3 we visit Scotty’s Castle which is an amazing location in this isolated region. A stop at the Ubehebe Crater is also on the agenda. While at Furnace Creek we will include free time so that you can relax, swim (their spring-fed, flow through pool is a constant 84 degrees) and enjoy the property.
Day 4 we will enjoy touring of the lower end of the canyon and discover such sights as Badwater (lowest point in the Western Hemisphere) and Devil’s Golf Course. We depart Death Valley and journey to Laughlin, Nevada for an overnight stay at the Golden Nugget Hotel/Casino. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise on the river.
Day 5 we'll travel to the Wickenburg area for lunch and a visit to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. This is the perfect place to explore your love for the Southwest and Arizona history! If you desire a unique getaway then this is the tour for you!
$1,128.00 per person double
$1,435.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging, 9 meals, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Thanksgiving at the Hotel Del Coronado Tour
November 23 to 26, 2016
This 4 day and 3 night tour combines some really special happenings in the San Diego, California area plus we lodge at “The Del” on Coronado Island!
We travel on Day 1 to “America’s Finest City” and check into The Hotel Del. This resort can be described as the quintessential San Diego vacation destination. Built in 1888, it combines gracious Victorian splendor with modern comfort. The magnificent lobby Christmas tree will be trimmed and of course the beach is right there!
Day 2 is Thanksgiving Day we will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving Day buffet meal in the Crown Room. What a special meal! We top off our afternoon with a delightful Harbor Cruise on San Diego Bay. We are sure you will find time to explore the hotel and walk the beach.
Day 3 we travel to La Jolla for a morning visit to the Birch Aquarium to discover the wonders of the ocean. A stop at Seaport Village for lunch at the Harbor House is on our agenda and we'll take time for a little holiday shopping. Back at The Del you'll have time to freshen up and relax before we head to the Cygnet Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol."
Our 4th day we travel back to Southern Arizona ready to take on the holidays after this memorable getaway.
$1,474.00 per person double
$1,959.00 per person single
($80.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 5 meals, admissions as described above, theatre ticket, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
San Antonio Holiday Tour
December 13 to 17, 2016
Light up your holidays with this 5 day and 4 night trip that finds us exploring this city famous for its rich history and richly decorated Riverwalk.
We take an enjoyable flight to San Antonio and once we arrive are met by our chartered motorcoach and transfer to Drury Plaza located on the Riverwalk for a 4 night stay. This evening join with the other tour participants in our group and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Our second day finds us joining a local step-on guide who will give us a delightful city tour. You will discover many fascinating sights and insight in “The Alamo City”. We then visit The Alamo, the old mission, where a small band of Texans held out for 13 days against the army of Santa Anna, still stands. This evening we’ll enjoy a delightful dinner at the Tower of Americas.
The third day we’ll travel to the San Antonio Shoe Store or SAS for a tour of this American shoe manufacturer which was established in 1976. A delicious lunch is planned before we head to the South Texas Heritage Center. Here we’ll dive into the history of this wild and vivid land! Early evening finds us boarding a riverboat for a cruise on the Rio de San Antonio. This river gently winds through the city center. The restaurants, shops, holiday decor and festive mood that line the Riverwalk all make for a lively scene.
Our fourth morning finds us touring the LBJ Ranch and the Texas White House. We will explore this State Park and learn about President Johnson’s heritage, life and legacy. Lunch will be in the quaint town of Fredericksburg. Enjoy some free time on their main street absorbing the German themed shops and buildings. Our fifth morning, before we board our flight to return home, we’ll enjoy a tour of the restored Steves Homestead in the King Williams Historic District. What a wonderful way to cap off this special tour.
Dust off your boots and don your hat and join us, won’t you?
$1,711.00 per person double
$2,026.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip air via Southwest Airlines, 4 nights lodging, 7 meals, all transfers and coach transportation, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Tournament of Roses Parade Trip
December 30, 2016 to January 3, 2017
This 5 day and 4 night adventure is always popular, so do not hesitate to reserve your space now. The 128th Tournament of Roses Parade will indeed be a once in a lifetime happening.
Day 1 finds us traveling to
Sherman Oaks, California to check into the Courtyard Marriott for the next 4 nights. We know you will enjoy your stay here.
Day 2 we take you to The Getty Center Museum. This world renowned museum presents the Getty's collection of art from the Middle Ages to present. After some time to relax and freshen up at the hotel we'll enjoy a delicious dinner as we prepare to ring in the New Year! Tonight we take our reserved seats at the impressive Walt Disney Concert Hall for a wonderful concert experience as we settle in to enjoy the unique music of "Pink Martini." The fun-loving sound of Pink Martini and their hip blend of Brazilian samba, '30's Cuban dance and Parisian cafe is the perfect way to celebrate! This group has become an international phenomenon by mixing glamour and sophisticated easy listening with mutli-lingual songs and the unexpected!
Day 3 we take a trip to watch float making. View the actual assembly of some of the flower-laden floats that you will see in the parade. Afterwards we travel to Burbank to the Warner Brothers Studios for a behind-the-scenes tour. Along with a guide we'll visit the back lot and sound stages to learn about the motion picture industry. Early morning of
Day 4 finds us traveling to Pasadena to take our reserved grandstand seats that will afford us a great view of the most photographed event in the world! All of America’s eyes will be on Pasadena as the breathtaking floats roll down Colorado Blvd. This year’s theme is “Echos of Success” and it promises to be a parade full of fun, flowers, music and of course memories! After the parade, we will enjoy a hearty lunch. This afternoon we'll head to the iconic Santa Monica Pier for a stroll. What a great people watching place this is and not a bad spot for communing with the waters of the Pacific! Then it’s back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.
Day 5 finds us traveling back to Tucson with many happy memories of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Ring in the New Year with us!
$1,520.00 per person double
$1,898.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging, 6 meals (4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner), Walt Disney Concert Hall concert ticket, pre parade float viewing ticket, parade ticket and souvenir seat cushion, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips, pickup/livery service.
Los Angeles And Area Tour
featuring Reagan Presidential Museum, "King and I" at the Pantages and Huntington Library/Gardens
January 19 to 23, 2017
Treat yourself to a great vacation with this 5 day and 4 night tour to California. We've combined unique attractions, a great show and our favorite hotel - Courtyard Marriott in Sherman Oaks for you to enjoy.
Day 1 finds us traveling to Southern California to check into the Courtyard Marriot.
Day 2 find us traveling to Simi Valley to visit the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Here you will find many exhibits showcasing Reagan’s early years and up to the 1980’s as the nation’s 40th president. Housed here is a retired Air Force 1 and you will have the opportunity to tour that stately aircraft. This museum is worth the visit! After a delicious lunch we'll take a scenic ride along the Pacific Coast highway to enjoy a shoreline drive on Highway 1. The sandy hills and rocky ledges make way to the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Day 3 in the morning, spot the Hollywood Sign during your sightseeing tour, view Grauman's Chinese Theatre and stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Spend some time at the historic L.A. Farmers Market before we take our reserved seats at the matinee performance of The King and I at the Pantages Theatre. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, The King and I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as, "Getting To Know You," "Shall We Dance," and "Something Wonderful." Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher! What a special afternoon.
Day 4 we travel to visit The Huntington. Founded in 1919 by Henry E Huntington, who’s special interests in book, art and gardens led him to collect rare and unusual manuscripts, art and plants. Here you will discover a Gutenberg Bible, Gainsborough’s ‘Blue Boy’ and 120 acres of park like gardens. We will treat ourselves to a delicious English Tea served buffet style. Afternoon we'll join a delightful docent for a guided tour of an American Arts and Crafts style home – The Gamble House. This Charles and Henry Greene 1908 masterpiece is located in a peaceful Pasadena neighborhood and is a treat to visit.
Day 5 we return back to Southern Arizona rested and refreshed ready to tackle this new year! Make travel a high priority on your New Year's resolution list!
$1,470.00 per person double
$1,841.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging, 7 meals, all admissions as described above, reserved theatre ticket for "King and I, "services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Jekyll Island, Savannah, Charleston and
Myrtle Beach Tour
March 26 to April 2, 2017
Beauty, excitement and history, we offer it all in this great Springtime tour. Savannah, the gracious “City of the South”; Charleston, a city of history and charm both combine to make this area a popular destination. Step into another era as you capture the beauty of the azalea-bordered streets and the elegant Victorian homes. Other highlights on this 8 day and 7 night trip include Jekyll Island, Georgia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
On day 1 our flight arrives in Jacksonville, Florida in the late afternoon and after we gather our bags and board our charter motorcoach we travel to the beautiful Jekyll Island Club and settle in for a two night stay.
After a good night’s rest we enjoy on the morning of day 2 a guided tour of the Island’s celebrated Historic District. and then spend some time touring the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Meet the patients (the turtles) who are rehabbing from illness or injury at this unique facility.
Day 3 we travel to Savannah and upon arrival we will transfer onto a trolley for a tour. Savannah’s famed landmark Historic District is the largest urban landmark district in the US. Within this 2.5 square mile area you will discover natural beauty, charm, architecture and the history of the Old South. Our trolley guide will take us by several historic squares (there are 21) featuring streetscapes of live oaks, brick lined thoroughfares and Victorian-era homes. Finish the day by touring one of the stately old mansions that makes Savannah so charming. The evening is yours to browse historic River Street and City Market. We lodge tonight at the Hilton Savannah Desoto ya’ll.
After a hearty breakfast, day 4 finds us traveling to Charleston. Before arriving in town we have a tour and lunch planned for the Charleston Tea Plantation which is located on Wadmalaw Island. You will learn first-hand how tea is made and take a ride through the tea fields. Upon arrival in Charleston we board a horse-drawn carriage for a tour where you will discover the cobble stoned streets and flower laden corners that are just dripping with history. From the Revolutionary War, the Civil War or the Civil Rights era this American city has really embraced its past. We lodge for two nights at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Day 5, strap on your walking shoes because we will be joined by a walking history tour guide who will help us further explore Charleston. Spend free time exploring the historic City Market before we enjoy a relaxing Charleston Harbor cruise.
Day 6 we treat ourselves to a delightful tour of Hopsewee Plantation followed by a scrumptious lunch at the same location. We travel this afternoon to Myrtle Beach and check into the Island Vista, which is an oceanside property, for a two night stay.
Day 7 we visit Brookgreen Gardens which is the world’s largest outdoor collection of American sculpture all tucked into beautiful surroundings. This evening finds us taking our reserved seats at the Carolina Opry for a great show filled with a mix of gospel music, comedy, drama and Broadway.
Day 8 we travel to Charlotte, North Carolina for an afternoon flight back to Tucson. Join us for this wonderful Springtime adventure.
$3,269.00 per person double
$3,860.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Jacksonville & Charlotte/Tucson), 7 nights lodging, 14 meals, all transfers and motorcoach transportation, show ticket to Carolina Opry, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (does not include the air bag fee), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Two Trains, Two Canyons and A Ghost Town
April 10 to 13, 2017
All aboard! for this wonderful tour to Northern Arizona where the sights are awesome and the people are friendly.
We travel our first day to the historic “route 66” town of Williams, Arizona where we check into the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel for a two night stay. Before we settle in for the evening we'll visit Bearizona Wildlife Park. Here we'll make a drive through 3 miles of Arizona wilderness and get a rare chance to see North America wildlife up-close and personal! A delicious dinner at the hotel is planned.
Our second morning we take our seats in the Observation Dome aboard the Grand Canyon Railway for a historic and fun journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The vintage glass-enclosed steamliner car is really a great way to go! From the high desert to prairie, prairie to pine and then on to this special National Park. Upon arrival at the South Rim (elevation 7,000’) we will provide you with a coupon for lunch on your own in the elegant dining room of the 1905 charming El Tovar hotel. You will have several hours to dine and explore the canyon along the rim from this location. (Note; you will need to be able to walk the short trails to these locations to enjoy this visit). Afternoon finds us boarding our motorcoach and traveling back to Williams.
Our third day we journey up Mingus Mountain to Jerome, which is filled with quaint shops and galleries, and we take time to explore the old buildings. This ghost town is perched high on a hill overlooking the Verde Valley where the views never end. After lunch we arrive in Clarkdale for the afternoon departure of the Verde Canyon Railway to enjoy a scenic 4-hour ride through picturesque Sycamore Canyon wilderness area. We've arranged 1st Class which offers living room style seating with large windows providing panoramic views! Train buffs and lovers of the outdoors will enjoy this narrated journey. After the train returns to the station, we load into our motorcoach and head to Sedona. After dinner we'll check into the Hampton Inn.
Enjoy a leisurely morning to explore Sedona before we journey back to Southern Arizona with great memories of our travels.
$1,234.00 per person double
$1,527.00 per person single
($80.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 7 meals, two train rides (observation dome on GC Train and 1st class on VCRR), admissions to attractions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF LAND AND SEA TOUR
Seattle, Victoria, Mt Saint Helens & Portland
April 18 to 24, 2017
This 7 day and 6 night tour to the "Great Northwest" explores beautiful cities, lush flora and fauna as well as mighty waterways!
Day 1 of our adventure begins with our flight from Tucson to Seattle. We'll be met by our transfer vehicle and make our way to the Hotel Andra located in downtown. After dinner we'll settle in for a good night's rest.
Day 2 we rise early to board the high-speed Victoria Clipper Ferry for a day trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Enjoy the sights of the Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca. After clearing customs, we'll board a motorcoach for a brief tour of Victoria's highlights and then take a short drive to The Butchart Gardens. This is one of the world's premier show gardens and is lovely to behold. This beautiful city and Gardens is worth the trip! Back in Seattle we'll enjoy another night at the Hotel Andra.
Day 3 finds us visiting the delightful Chihuly Garden and Glass. This amazing exhibition of craft glass is a must see! Then we are off to tour the farms and gardens of the fertile Skagit Valley. April is the month for the annual Tulip Festival! Discover the displays of tulips and other springtime blooms. If mother nature cooperates we should see an explosion of color. We then check into the Country Inn for a two night stay. It is located in the lovely town of La Conner which is located on the Swinomish Channel.
Day 4 we'll board a boat at the La Conner dock and enjoy a cruise/tour on board the Viking Star. Our route will take the group south through the beautiful Swinomish Channel, then north along Saratoga Passage to view the Deception Pass Bridge. Wonderful scenery and history awaits us as well as a Dungeness cracked crab meal! Afternoon is free to explore La Conner!
Day 5 we'll board our coach and travel to Portland, Oregon. En route we stop to explore Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument. This active stratovolcano is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire to include over 160 active volcanoes. Learn about the 1980 explosion and the current state of activity. We'll check into The Benson for a two night stay.
Day 6 finds us exploring Portland with a local step-on guide. We'll discover the history of this region which was originally inhabited by a band of Chinook Indians. Other settlers developed the trapping and logging industries. Today this city is known for its lush green parks, polished gardens, urban forests and flower filled spaces. A stop to visit the International Rose Test Gardens located in Washington Park is planned. This evening we treat ourselves with a farewell dinner served on board the Portland Spirit. We'll cruise on the Willamette River as the city of Portland's lights sparkle in the background. What a great way to end a lovely day of touring!
Day 7 we travel home with lasting memories of this spectacular region of the "Great Northwest!" Join Pleasurebent Tours and our many travel companions that love to explore with us!
$2,656.00 per person double
$3,310.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip air , 6 nights lodging, 11 meals, all transfers and coach transportation, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (does not include air bag fee), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Important: You'll need a valid Passport for the day trip to Victoria, BC.
Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley Tour
April 26 to 29, 2017
Grab your camera and join us on this 4 day and 3 night adventure as we travel to the Northern part of Arizona to discover an enchanting territory.
Our first day, we depart Southern Arizona and travel, via Salt River Canyon, to the White Mountains. We have a lunch stop before continuing on to Chinle and the Thunderbird Lodge, located at the mouth of Canyon de Chelly. We settle in for the evening.
The morning of Day 2 we will board jeeps that take us onto the canyon floor where pueblo style ruins tucked into the caves and rock shelters abound. These ruins were occupied during a period of 348 to 1300 AD. Today Navajo families make their living by farming and ranching the valley floor. All of this is surrounded by marvelous geologic formations and stunning scenery. After the Jeep Tour we travel to Goulding's Lodge in Monument Valley for an overnight stay.
Day 3 finds us boarding specially designed jeeps that take us on a 17-mile scenic loop drive of Monument Valley, along with entering restricted areas which include beautiful arches, ancient ruins, and rock art. We will also visit a Navajo Hogan where we will watch a rug-weaving demonstration by a local artist. After lunch we'll stop at Cameron Trading Post and then we head into Flagstaff where we treat ourselves with lodging at Little America Resort. Dinner tonight is at Black Bart's Steakhouse - a Flagstaff favorite!!!
Day 4 we visit the Museum of Northern Arizona before we travel back to Tucson with great memories of our adventure!
$1,089.00 per person/Double
$1,307.00 per person/Single
($80.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 7 meals, jeep tours of Canyon de Chelly & Monument Valley, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO TOUR
Featuring Spaceport America, White Sands, Inn of the Mt Gods, Carlsbad Caverns and Much More!
May 8 to 12, 2017
We've combined many unique attractions (above AND below the earth) to help you explore Southern New Mexico on this 5 day and 4 night adventure.
Our Day 1 finds us traveling to Las Cruces, New Mexico. After a delicious dinner we'll check into the Hampton Inn for a two night stay. Stretch your legs with a stroll around charming Old Mesilla before we end the day.
Day 2 we'll travel to Truth or Consequences to welcome on board our coach a guide who will take us around Spaceport America which is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport. This facility was designed to make space travel as accessible to all as air travel is today. This place is where we will have a hands on, fun experience inside a real commercial space launch facility. We are back in Las Cruces for another enjoyable dinner this evening.
Day 3 we'll travel to White Sands National Monument. Great waves of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert creating a spot like no place else on earth! Then we'll travel to the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort/Casino for a two night stay. Situated high in the picturesque mountains of Mescalero, New Mexico we are quite certain you will enjoy it here!
Day 4 is full of adventure as we make our way to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Upon arrival we'll board the elevator and descend to the cave's floor to discover it's magnificent geology and history. Located in the Guadalupe Mountains the underground worlds preserved under the desert above are awesome. We'll enjoy a box lunch here.
Day 5 we travel back to Southern Arizona with many great memories of this part of Southern New Mexico! Join us won't you?
$1,165.00 per person double
$1,422.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging, 11 meals, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pick/livery service.
Plane, Train and Motorcoach Tour
Highlights include; Georgetown Loop Train, Glenwood Hot Springs, CO, Red Cliffs Lodge, Colorado River, Antelope Slot Canyon
and much more!
May 20 to 25, 2017
This 6 day and 5 night trip finds us boarding a plane, a train, a boat, a motorcoach and even a jeep to explore some of the fascinating scenery imaginable! We begin
Day 1 of our tour with a short flight to Denver where we will meet our motorcoach. We'll enjoy the afternoon exploring this Mile High city! After a delicious get-acquainted dinner we'll settle in for the night at the Drury Inn.
Early morning on Day 2 we'll travel into the Rocky Mountains and board the Georgetown Loop Train and travel along it's narrow gauge line that was completed in 1884. The spectacular scenery which includes hair-pin turns, bridges and a horseshoe curve is worth the trip. This afternoon we arrive at the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge. Located on the grounds of the world's largest hot springs pools, we'll find it filled with rich minerals that soothe and restore. Our travelers will have access to the pools so don't forget your swim suit!
Day 3 finds us boarding our motorcoach and heading to SunCrest Alpaca Ranch for a really fun tour. Learn about this fascinating critter "crop". Afternoon finds us traveling to the Moab, Utah region. A visit to Arches National Park is on our agenda before we check into our favorite place in the whole wide world - Red Cliffs Lodge. We'll stay at this unique retreat for two nights. We promise you will love this place which is located on the Colorado River and at the foot of the dramatic red rock cliffs.
Day 4 we'll board an open air jet boat for a "cruise" on the Colorado River. Get lost in the beauty of the canyons and marvel at the scenery around the next bend. Afternoon is free to enjoy the Lodge. Located on their property is a winery and the Moab Movie Museum, which tells the rich history of movie making in the region.
Day 5 finds us traveling to Goulding's Lodge located near Monument Valley. Lunch is planned at that location. Our destination is Page, Arizona where we board jeeps that take us to the most visited sandstone slot canyon in the Southwest, Antelope Canyon. This deep canyon has magnificent rock formations that are sculptured and colorful. Make sure you have plenty of film for your camera!
Day 6 finds us traveling back to Southern Arizona with great memories of many wonderful sights and great new friends. And as Ralph Waldo Emerson said "Life is a journey, not a destination".
$2,056.00 per person double
$2,531.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: 1 way airline ticket (Tucson/Denver) transfers and transportation via coach, 5 nights lodging, 11 meals, train ticket, boat tour on the Colorado River, jeep tour to Antelope Canyon, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
MACKINAC ISLAND AND THE GRAND HOTEL TOUR
June 1 to 6, 2017
One of the loveliest areas in the United States is the highlight of this 6 day and 5 night tour!
Morning of Day 1 we'll board a flight in Tucson and fly to Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is Michigan's 2nd largest city and has earned the recent distinction as being on the list of "52 best places to go" by the New York Times! Afternoon finds us enjoying a tram tour at the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This is one of our nation's premier horticultural display gardens and it combines sculpture art to present an array of visual intrigue. We'll check into the Hampton Inn - Downtown Grand Rapids. A hearty get-acquainted dinner is planned.
Day 2 we take in the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum. Explore the 38th President's life. Ford was not born here but he was raised here and represented Michigan in the US House. Afterwards, we travel upstate to Mackinaw City where we'll board a ferry and travel to Mackinac Island. We lodge three nights at the gorgeous Grand Hotel! Constructed in the late 19th century the hotel advertises that it houses the world's largest porch. During our stay at the Grand you will be treated to sumptuous and elegant dining and marvelous views of the water from the well manicured lawns and public areas of the hotel. The rooms are comfortable too!
During our stay on the island (Day 3 & 4) we'll enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of the island and visit Fort Mackinac. The Fort was built by the British Army during the American Revolutionary War to control the strategic Straits of Mackinac between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The US Army controlled the area during the War of 1812 and during most of the 19th Century it was under the direction of the US Army. The history here is fascinating. Ample free time to enjoy the charming shops, eateries and fudge establishments is planned! Horse drawn tour carriages, taxis, bikes and on foot - those are the only ways to get around for no automobiles are allowed on the island. The lilacs should be bursting during this time and on Mackinac they are especially large due to the wonderful growing conditions and their fragrance and appearance are celebrated indeed.
Day 5 we'll make our way back to Grand Rapids but we'll go "the long way" to explore the lovely communities that make up West Michigan. We overnight at the Holiday Inn.
Day 6 our flight back to Tucson brings us back cooled and rested and ready to handle the remainder of the Summer temperatures in Southern Arizona!
$2,884.00 per person double
$3,584.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Grand Rapids), all transfers and motorcoach transportation, 5 nights lodging, 11 meals, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
July 10 to 17, 2017
This 8 day and 7 night land tour of Alaska is the perfect way to explore the wonderful sights of the 49th state. This “great land” is known for its majestic landscapes, magical wildlife and magnificent discoveries.
Day 1 - We begin our tour with a flight from Tucson to Anchorage (via Seattle) on board Alaska Airlines. Upon our late arrival in Anchorage we transfer to our overnight hotel – The Crowne Plaza.
Day 2 - This morning we'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Anchorage which will include the historic downtown area, the Ship Creek fish ladder and Lake Hood – the largest float plane base in North America. Then we travel south along the scenic Turnagain Arm on the Seward highway, designated an All-American Road. The Kenai Peninsula is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Along the way we stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center which is a spot dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through public education. Then we'll enjoy a scenic drive into Kenai Fjords National Park to Exit Glacier. We’ll walk the easy trail to discover how glaciers like this have reshaped the landscape of Alaska and how plant life reclaims the barren land exposed by a glacier’s retreat. We check into our hotel for the evening – The Seward Windsong Lodge. (B,D)
Day 3 - This morning we travel into Seward which lies at the head of Resurrection Bay and is a year-round port surrounded by beautiful mountains. We climb aboard a sightseeing cruise to explore the spectacular Alaskan marine ecosystem. You’re likely to encounter Stellar sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals and multiple seabirds like puffins and cormorants. With luck, we may even catch glimpses of humpback whales, orcas and porpoises traveling through Resurrection Bay. This cruise will take us alongside active tidewater glaciers, where we will hopefully see chunks of glacier ice “calving” into the water. Then we travel North back to Anchorage. Then we check into the hotel – The Days Inn – for a good night’s rest. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - All aboard for an unforgettable rail adventure on the Alaska Railroad! Travel in style on the Denali Star domed railcar, complete with an open-air viewing deck and first class dining service. Enjoy the scenery as you pass through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Enjoy lunch on the train. We make a brief stop in the small town of Talkeetna, best known as the staging area for expeditions to Mt McKinley. Once we leave Talkeetna, the train will take you into the Alaska Range where you will have views of mountains, glaciers, rivers and canyons. The remainder of the ride to Denali is considered the most scenic, passing over the incredible Hurricane Gluch, all the while in the shadow of Mt McKinley. Once we arrive at Denali National Park entrance we check into our hotel, Grande Denali Lodge for a two night stay. (B,L)
Day 5 - Denali National Park encompasses the heart of the 600-mile long Alaska Range, a stunning chain of peaks with many over 10,000 feet tall. The crown jewel of these mountains is Mt McKinley, popularly known as Denali. Traveling deep into the park, the Tundra Wilderness Tour offers a sub-artic experience like no other. Incredible scenery, a narrated history of the park and some of the best opportunities to view and photograph wildlife like Dall sheep, moose, caribou, and grizzly bears. When Mt McKinley is visible, it may be possible to travel to Stony Hill Overlook and view the entire mountain from base to summit. A boxed lunch has been included today. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Today we travel onboard our motorcoach northeast towards Fairbanks which is situated in the heart of the Tanana Valley. Fairbanks is the second-largest city in Alaska and combines modern amenities with a frontier atmosphere. Commonly referred to as “Gateway to the Artic,” Fairbanks has a long and colorful history dating back to the late 1800s and the discovery of gold. We enjoy some local Fairbanks touring and a visit to "Tails of the Trails" with celebrated musher and author Mary Shields. This evening we check into The Bear Lodge in Fairbanks. (B,D)
Day 7 - Today we board the Riverboat Discovery, a restored sternwheeler, to enjoy a Chena River cruise filled with scenery, history and culture. Afternoon is free to explore Fairbanks. We are booked on an evening flight to Seattle. Upon arrival at Seatac we'll transfer to The Hilton for a good night's rest. (B,L)
Day 8 - This morning we depart Seattle on board a non-stop Alaska Airlines flight with great memories of this beautiful part of the world! We look forward to showing you Alaska! (B,)
$4,578.00 per person double
$5,456.00 per person single
(Early Booking discount: If you book and deposit
by December 15, 2016 we'll extend
a $300.00 per person discount.)
Payment Policy: We require a $200.00 per person (non-refundable) deposit. A second payment of $500.00 (non-refundable) per person is required by February 24, 2017 and the final payment is due to our office by April 3, 2017.
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Anchorage and Fairbanks/Seattle - Seattle/Tucson), 7 nights lodging, 15 meals, dome car train to Denali, all transfers and motorcoach transportation, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
All information subject to change