Plane, Train and Motorcoach Tour
highlights include; California Zephyr, Glenwood Hot Springs, CO, Red Cliffs Lodge, Colorado River, Antelope Slot Canyon and much more!
May 18 to 23, 2015
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 most 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 board Amtrak's California Zephyr. The 185-mile trip to Glenwood Springs takes us through 29 tunnels, acres of forest, water and canyon walls. This afternoon we arrive at the Glenwood Springs depot and transfer to the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, location of the world's largest hot springs pools. Don't forget your swim suit! You can also enjoy the afternoon exploring the charming boutiques and shops in "downtown."
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, located on the Colorado River and at the foot of the dramatic red rock cliff. We'll stay at this unique retreat for two nights.
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. This deep canyon has magnificent rock formations that are sculptured and colorful.
Day 6 finds us traveling back to Southern Arizona with great memories of many wonderful sights and great new friends.
$1,870.00 per person double
$2,280.00 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, coach 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.
Durango, Silverton and Ouray, Colorado Tour
June 1 to 6, 2015
This tour is filled with fantastic scenery and unique history. If you are ready to cool off and head to the mountains, this itinerary will suit you fine. We begin our 6 day and 5 night tour with a journey on the Beeline Highway to Payson for lunch. We wind our way through the mountain towns of Strawberry and Pine to Winslow for our overnight stay at the historic La Posada Hotel. Designed by noted architect Mary Jane Colter and built in 1929 this gem has been restored to its former glory!
Day 2 we travel to Gallup and Shiprock. Our afternoon finds us visiting Aztec Ruins National Monument. Our overnight will be at the Best Western Rio Grande Inn located 2 blocks from Main Street in Durango. Enjoy the evening exploring the heart of this charming, mile-high city.
Day 3 we board a closed car on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge. This 1880’s railroad route was built to carry supplies and people to the gold and silver mines, but today it carries tourists through some of the most magnificent high country scenery around. We end our train trip at Silverton with free time to explore before we travel the Million Dollar Highway to Ouray. We check into the Best Western Twin Peaks. We are here for two nights and you will be glad because this area is stunning. You'll see why folks call Ouray the "Gem of the Rockies".
Day 4 we will board jeeps and travel former stage and mining roads to explore a world of prospectors, adventurers and mountaineers. The majestic Rocky Mountains and breathtaking views of pine studded peaks makes for a special outing.
Day 5 we travel around the mountain for a brief visit to Telluride. As we descend through Lizard Head Pass and then Four Corners Monument we'll stop to inspect the only spot in the US where four states intersect; Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado! Then we travel to Flagstaff. Here we'll check into Little America Hotel. We'll enjoy a delicious farewell dinner before calling it a day.
Our 6th day we make our way back to Tucson ready to take on the late summer warmth of the desert. Join us for this fantastic trip! (Elevation - 8,750')
$1,574.00 per person double
$1,932.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 5 nights lodging, 12 meals, Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge train ticket, jeep tour, admissions as described above, service of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
4th of July Tour Queen Mary style!
July 1 to 5, 2015
Our annual trips celebrating the July 4th holiday are always popular and this trip to sunny, cool Southern California is sure to be a hit.
Day 1 we travel to Long Beach and check into our rooms (oops - cabins) for a 4 night stay. Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary which was once the grandest ocean liner in the world. Now a full service Long Beach hotel it gives visitors a unique glimpse into a bygone era of class, elegance and tradition. After check in we'll gather for a get acquainted dinner.
Day 2 the morning finds us traveling the short distance to board the Catalina Express Boat to sail "26 miles across the sea" to sunny Catalina Island. Avalon is our destination and is the only town on the island. Upon arrival we disembark for a scenic tour of Avalon to get our bearings straight. Free time to explore this charming town before returning to the mainland this afternoon.
Day 3 Enjoy a morning visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific. This fascinating place is home to 11,000 ocean animals, representing 500 species and celebrating the world's largest and most diverse body of water - the Pacific Ocean! Relax on the Queen Mary this afternoon before we travel to the Hollywood Bowl for an evening of music with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and guest performer Smokey Robinson! Celebrate the best of these days as the air is filled with patriotic music in a program that will certainly swell your heart. A delightful dinner will be provided pre-performance.
Day 4 finds 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 we have arranged for you to tour that stately aircraft. After lunch we head back to the hotel to enjoy a wonderful fireworks show presented by the Queen Mary and known as one of the best displays in the West! Day 5 travel back to Southern Arizona ready to tackle the rest of the summer and filled with pride as Americans!
$1,376.00 per person double
$1,629.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging, 7 meals, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Canadian Rockies and Big Sky Country Tour
July 11 to 19, 2015
Get out your passport - we are headed to Canada! What a fabulous 9 day and 8 night trip we have planned as we explore Idaho, Montana and the Canadian Rockies!
Day 1 finds us boarding an early flight that will take us to Salt Lake City, Utah where our motorcoach will meet us and take us to Idaho Falls, Idaho. After a hearty dinner we'll overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Day 2 we travel to Butte, Montana where we'll explore this mile high basin which was once known as "The Richest Hill on Earth". Then we make our way to Gates of the Mountains where we'll board a boat to travel a portion of the Missouri River. With every bend in the waterway, the towering rock formations magically change shape and oh, the history - wow! This evening we check into the Helena Great Northern Hotel.
Day 3 we'll visit the Smoke Jumpers Visitor Center before heading around beautiful Flathead Lake and into Kalispell, Montana for an overnight at the Hampton Inn. Day 4 board the Red Buses in Glacier National Park and enjoy a tour of Glacier National Park along the "Going-to-the-Sun" Road. As much of the park's scenery is vertically oriented, the roll back tops are perfect for providing views of the area's signature Big Sky. Keep an eye peeled for mountain goats! Then cross the Canadian border into Alberta for an overnight stay at The Bay Shore Inn in Waterton - the gateway to the Canadian Rockies.
Day 5 we travel to Banff National Park and take a cruise on the peaceful blue waters of Lake Minnewanka. Don't forget your camera because the lake and surrounding mountains are stunning. The next two nights we'll lodge at the Banff Park Lodge conveniently located in the town of Banff. A gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain is also on our agenda.
Day 6 enjoy the morning sightseeing along the magnificent Columbia Icefield Parkway into Jasper National Park to Athabasca Glacier for a thrilling Snocoach ride. Jasper National Park is Canada's largest! Then, return to Banff to enjoy free time exploring the town.
Day 7 we'll travel to the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for lunch. Then, continue thru Kicking Horse Pass and take the Trans-Canada Highway into Yoho National Park and over Roger's Pass. Tonight finds us at the Hillcrest Hotel in Revelstoke.
Day 8 finds us traveling through Kamloops and Cache Creek for a late afternoon arrival at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort which is located along the shores of Harrison Lake located in the southern Coast Mountains.
Day 9 we go through Customs before crossing into the U.S. Our destination today is SeaTac airport where we catch an evening flight back to Tucson. Come along and explore wide open spaces, glacial cliffs, gleaming lakes and soaring mountain peaks on this adventure deep into the natural beauty of North America!
$3,982.00 per person double
$4,832.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Salt Lake City & Seattle/Tucson), all transfers and motorcoach transportation, 8 nights lodging, 17 meals, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (excludes air bag fee), bus refreshments, driver tips and pick-up/livery service
Santa Fe, New Mexico Tour
July 24 to 28, 2015
Highlights include:Santa Fe Opera and Summer Spanish Market
This wonderful trip finds us traveling to Santa Fe (elevation 7,250') and we will lodge all four nights at the Drury Inn Plaza Hotel. Ideally located, the Inn is within easy walking distance of the historic Santa Fe plaza.
Day 1 we travel to Santa Fe and unpack for our stay.
Day 2 we enjoy a guided walking tour of the plaza area. Discover this wonderful National Historic Landmark which has been the commercial, social and political center since 1610 when it was established by Don Pedro de Peralta. Spend the afternoon exploring the plaza which will be the location of the annual Spanish Market. The market features handmade traditional art from over 350 local Hispanic artists, as well as music and dance and regional foods.
This evening we'll make our way to the Santa Fe Opera where we will have a delightful pre-opera dinner buffet. Then we'll take our reserved seats (Section 2) in the opera house for the evening performance of La Finta Giardiniera. This opera, sung in Italian, is one of young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's lesser known early comedies. It is a wildly improbable story about love, double identities, the hero and heroine believing they are Greek gods, and finally everyone revealing their true selves. Performed in an open-air setting we'll hope for a lovely sunset before the performance begins.
Day 3 we'll enjoy a leisurely day exploring some of the impressive museums located in the area. This morning we'll join a docent for a guided tour of the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. O'Keefe was known as the Mother of American Modernism and found a home in New Mexico in 1949. We'll learn about this fascinating artist during our visit. Afternoon finds us heading to Museum Hill to visit the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on a self guided basis. This evening we have a tapas dinner and Flamenco show planned at El Farol Restaurant, a Santa Fe tradition!
Day 4 we'll make a stop at Shidoni which is an art gallery featuring 8 acres of sculpture gardens as well as a gallery. Enjoy browsing this unique spot! We'll then travel to the mountain village of Chimayo where we make a visit to the Santuario de Chimayo. Here the healing power of the “miraculous dirt” is found. A delicious lunch at Rancho Chimayo Restaurant is planned before we head back to Santa Fe. Our Day 5 finds us heading back to Southern Arizona with great memories of Santa Fe!
$1,486.00 per person double
$1,926.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging, 9 meals, all admissions as described above, opera ticket, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Laguna Pageant of the Masters Tour
August 3 to 7, 2015
We combine special events and sights to make this a really unique tour.
Day 1 we motorcoach to Southern California where we check into the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa for a 4 night stay. We will enjoy a get acquainted group dinner this evening.
Day 2 we begin our morning with a short journey to Long Beach, California. A visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is indeed a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean, is on our agenda! Afterwards we will board a sightseeing boat and enjoy a wonderful harbor cruise. This narrated cruise takes us past the Queen Mary, the Los Angeles Harbor and along the downtown shoreline. You will see ships from all over the world and maybe a sea lion or two.
Day 3 we travel to visit The Huntington, founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington. His special interest in books, art and gardens led him to collect rare and unusual manuscripts, paintings and plants. We will treat ourselves to a delicious English Tea served buffet style in the lovely Rose Garden. Afternoon finds us back at the hotel to freshen up before we head to Laguna Beach.
Early evening we enjoy a delightful dinner at Tivoli Terrace followed by some free time to browse the "Festival of Arts". Marvel at the beautiful works of fine art on display at this location. Then we settle into our reserved seats for the 2015 Pageant of the Masters. This year's theme is "The Pursuit of Happiness" and will explore the many sources of happiness, both ancient and modern. Tonight's presentation will take audiences on a sentimental journey through depictions of pastimes and activities that give people joy. This is the 82nd year that the pageant has provided a unique blend of breathtaking theatrical "living pictures" and combines a live symphony orchestra and narration.
Day 4 finds us visiting the Richard Nixon Presidential Library/Museum in Yorba Linda. Enjoy a look at the exhibits that display items relating to President Nixon's career, family life and public service. A look at Nixon's birthplace home is possible as it is still standing on the former sight of a citrus ranch his family operated. Afternoon finds us traveling to Santa Ana and the Bower Museum to explore their current exhibition and permanent displays!
Day 5 we journey to Southern Arizona with great memories of a world class event and superb sights!
$1,262.00 per person double
$1,620.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging, 7 meals, admissions as described above, Laguna Pageant of the Masters reserved seat, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pick-up/livery service.
North Rim of the Grand Canyon Trip
August 7 to 10, 2015
This 4 day and 3 night trip finds us heading to Northern Arizona where we will be wrapped in cool temperatures and green mountain vistas.
Day 1 we travel to Sedona. We will make a lunch stop and then continue up scenic Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff. An afternoon visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona is planned. We check into the Little America Resort/Hotel. Freshen up because we will gather for a delicious get-acquainted dinner.
Our second day we climb higher onto the Kaibab Plateau until we reach the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Less visited and less developed than the South Rim, the North Rim is a real treat! We check into our very comfortable "Western Cabins" for a 2 night stay and relax for the evening. These cabins are spacious and contain all of the modern conveniences you'd expect - however, no TV.
Day 3 we board our motorcoach and enjoy a tour of this pristine area! Overlooks allow us to peer deep into this natural wonder and far beyond the San Francisco Peaks. The afternoon is free so that you can hike the trails out to Bright Angel Point and relax under the pines. We know that you will enjoy the quiet serenity of the North Rim! (Not to mention the cool temperatures!) This evening we will have a wonderful dinner in the lodge dining room.
Day 4 finds us traveling back to Tucson, after a lunch stop at Cameron Trading Post, with many great memories of this area in Northern Arizona. Join us! (Very Important: The North Rim has an elevation of 8,200’)
$1,019.00 per person double
$1,296.00 per person single
($80.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 7 meals, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
San Juan Islands and Mount Rainier
National Park Tour
August 31 to September 6, 2015
Here is a vacation you'll want to take!
This trip combines two stunning Pacific Northwest works of nature and many, many more items. We begin this 7 day and 6 night adventure 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 join up with a local city tour guide who will show us the many sights and sounds of The Emerald City. The city shoreline runs along Puget Sound to the West and Lake Washington to the East. We'll make sure you get a good look at Seattle from the comfort of our coach. This afternoon we travel to La Conner, Washington which is a charming and picturesque Skagit Valley community. Settle into your comfortable rooms at the Country Inn. You'll have time this evening to wander their historic water-front.
Day 3 we travel to Bellingham and board the M/V Viking Star, our 60 foot motorized yacht which will be our vessel for day cruising for the next 3 days! After our baggage is loaded on board, we'll clear Bellingham Bay and begin exploring the San Juan Islands.
Our first day we'll take in the Northern end of the San Juan archipelago and head to Sucia Island. After a short nature walk and a freshly prepared picnic on the beach we'll continue on to Friday Harbor. Then we'll transfer to the Earthbox Inn for a two night stay, giving you free time to explore the restaurants, galleries and shops. We're sure you'll love the ambiance of this San Juan Island town.
Day 4 will be a full and exciting day aboard the M/V Viking Star as we make our way north in San Juan Channel to our first stop of the day, historic Roche Harbor Resort. Around noon we'll explore the more central Islands, while searching for wildlife including Orca and Minke Whales - and we'll enjoy an Old Fashioned Cracked Crab Feast. At Rosario we'll enjoy a musical concert presentation complete with photos that walk us through the history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate. Afternoon finds us returning to Friday Harbor. Catch a beautiful sunset before settling into the hotel.
Day 5 we explore the Southern San Juan Islands again searching for Orca Whales, Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals or the Dall's Porpoise. After a hearty lunch on board we'll make our way to Port Townsend where we plan to disembark. Say goodbye to the captain and crew of the M/V Viking Star! We transfer onto our motorcoach and explore this Victorian seaport. Situated in the extreme northeastern end of the Olympic Peninsula this port city is a treat to discover. We'll travel around the Puget Sound and check into the Cedarbrook Lodge for the next two nights. This lodge is nestled on 18 acres of restored natural wetlands and our folks who have stayed here on our tours before tell us they never want to check out!
Day 6 we head to the mountains. Our destination today is Mount Rainier National Park. This massive stratovolcano, the highest in Washington and in the Cascades, is the most glaciated mountain peak in the contiguous United States, spawning six major rivers. Rainier's ancient forests are intriguing.
Day 7 we'll check out of the Cedarbrook Lodge and transfer to Seatac where we'll catch our flight back to Southern Arizona ready to tackle the remainder of the Summer! Come and explore with us.
$2,990.00 per person double
$3,420.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Seattle), 6 nights lodging, 13 meals, all transfers and transportation via motorcoach, day cruising on the Viking Star, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Country Roads of Ireland!
September 13 to 25, 2015
Only 2 Seats Left!
From the haunting beauty of the pure, unspoiled landscapes and the drama of spectacular coastlines, to the urban buzz of the country's dynamic cities mixed with the magic of thousands of years' worth of culture and history, Ireland is a country that never fails to inspire.
Based on popular demand we are planning this truly unforgettable trip to Ireland for September of 2015. We plan to take a group from Southern Arizona on a 11 night and 12 day tour of the island and to include Dublin, Belfast, Killarney, Waterford and many, many points in between! We'll use excellent hotels in all locations and expert tour escorts and local guides!
If you have Ireland - the Emerald Isle - on your "bucket list" then plan to join us in 2015.
Call or email us with your name and contact info and we'll send you our literature and details. Embrace your Celtic soul in 2015!
"May the Irish hills caress you, may her lakes and rivers bless you, may the luck of the Irish enfold you, may the blessings of St Patrick behold you"
- old Irish quote
Fall Color Tour To Chicago, Mackinaw Island
and Niagara Falls
October 5 to 12, 2015
The splendor of fall is ours, as we explore bustling cities and quiet harbor towns in the heart of America and the region around Niagara.
We begin this 8 day and 7 night trip with a flight to Chicago, Illinois on Day 1. We overnight at the Marriott Midway. While in the "Windy City" we'll explore by enjoying a narrated, double decker bus tour of this great American city, visit the Skydeck for the panoramic view from the 103rd story of Willis Tower and enjoy a Chicago Architectural Tour by cruise boat!
In the afternoon of Day 2 enjoy a leisurely journey around the south end of Lake Michigan. Our destination is Holland, Michigan and we'll check into the Doubletree Hotel.
Day 3 we'll enjoy a leisurely ride through the small towns and villages of Michigan. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be on display with fall color. Our destination is incredible Mackinaw Island. After a short ferry ride we'll take the horse drawn taxis to The Grand Hotel for a two night stay! A stay at the gorgeous Grand Hotel includes sumptuous and elegant dining and beautiful views of the water from the well manicured lawns and public areas of the hotel.
Day 4 we treat ourselves to a horse-drawn carriage tour of this nostalgic island. A free afternoon is planned to visit the shops, wander the streets lined with Victorian style buildings and of course - eat fudge!
Day 5 we travel to Frankenmuth. Spend some time exploring this Bavarian style community before checking into the Bavarian Inn for an overnight stay.
We travel to Bay City and enter Canada on Day 6 and travel to Niagara Falls located in Ontario. We will check into the Embassy Suites for a two night stay. This evening we'll enjoy dinner and a show at Oh Canada Eh. This musical is fun and patriotic and will make you proud to be a Canadian - even for just 1 night!
Day 7 we board a Hornblower cruise boat to discover this collection of three beautiful and powerful waterfalls that collectively make up Niagara. (ponchos provided) Take a stroll through Queen Victoria Park and admire the manicured gardens and wonderful views of this special spot which is located on the Canadian and New York State border. This afternoon we'll travel to the bustling city of Toronto for a tour and then dinner in the revolving restaurant located in the CN Tower!
Day 8 we travel back into the United States and board an afternoon flight in Buffalo. We arrive back in Southern Arizona with many happy memories of these special places all framed in the glory of fall! Join us.
Early Booking Discount - Book and deposit on this tour by June 8, 2015 and we will extend a $200.00 per person early booking discount.
$3,141.00 per person double
$3,930.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Chicago and Buffalo/Tucson), 7 nights lodging, 14 meals, all transfers and motorcoach transportation, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee not included), bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service. (Note: You must have a valid US Passport for this trip.)
The Albuquerque 2015 Balloon Fiesta Tour!
October 8 to 11, 2015
This 4 day trip finds us boarding our motorcoach on Day 1 and traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon arrival we check into our hotel for the next 3 nights – Drury Inn. Unpack once, settle in and prepare for this colorful adventure!
We rise early on Day 2 and head out to the Fiesta grounds where we will view hundreds of hot air balloons that will be involved in a mass ascension. The array of color that fills your eyes when these magical balloons lift off is truly amazing! Late morning finds us traveling to Santa Fe. Upon arrival in Santa Fe we will enjoy some free time on the famous Plaza to discover the rich history and celebrated spirit of this wonderful city filled with historic architecture and famous characters. This afternoon we'll take time to enjoy a self guided visit to the Museum of International Folk Art. This is the largest collection of folk art in the world! You'll be amazed at their vast and impressive collections. This afternoon we return to Albuquerque.
Day 3 we will enjoy a ride on the Sandia Tram which is on the world’s largest aerial tramway. The glass walled cable car transports us above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain. A delicious lunch at El Pinto, one of Albuquerque’s favorite eateries, is planned. This afternoon we'll enjoy a short walking tour with a local docent at the historic Old Town Albuquerque which was established in 1706. Here you'll find quiet hidden patios, winding brick paths and charming balconies. This evening we will be back at the Fiesta grounds to attend the Balloon Glo and Fireworks Show and to enjoy more awesome balloons!
Day 4 we travel back to Southern Arizona with wonderful memories of the celebration of this 43rd annual event!
$937.00 per person double
$1,199.00 per person single
($80.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 6 meals (3 breakfasts and 3 lunches), admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips, pickup/livery service.
Music of the Heartland Tour
Featuring Memphis, Nashville & Pigeon Forge
October 21 to 29, 2015
This 9 day and 8 night trip finds us exploring Memphis, Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Great Smokey Mountain National Park, The Biltmore Estate and spots in between. Music is the heart and soul of these great American cities and we will surround ourselves with the tunes of these towns.
We begin our tour on Day 1 with a flight to Memphis, Tennessee. We transfer to our Memphis area hotel for a 2 night stay.
Day 2 we will enjoy a Memphis sightseeing tour and included will be a stop to witness the famous Peabody ducks! This afternoon we visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland for a tour. Elvis is the undisputed King of Rock and Roll and many people annually visit his beloved Graceland. Tonight we dine on Beale Street and experience some of the local cuisine.
Day 3 finds us traveling to Nashville and upon arrival we will enjoy a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The museum presents the crown jewels of its vast collection to illustrate country music's story as told through the turns of two centuries. This evening we check into the Opryland Hotel for a two night stay. Southern hospitality is unsurpassed at the Opryland Hotel and the lushly-landscaped interior is amazing.
Day 4 we enjoy a local sightseeing tour of “Music City” including Music Row. Evening finds us attending a performance of the Grand Ole Opry.
Day 5 our motorcoach takes us to the town of Pigeon Forge which is nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. We check into the Clarion Hotel for a 3 night stay. This evening we take our reserved seats for the Country Tonite Show.
Day 6 enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and a visit to Gatlinburg. The beauty of its ancient mountains and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture make this America's most visited National Park.
Day 7 we spend visiting Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park. Tonight we'll enjoy the Smoky Mountain Opry Show. Day 8 we travel to Ashville, North Carolina and arrive at the Biltmore Estates and take time to tour this National Historic Landmark which is considered one of America's largest private homes, boasts 65 fireplaces and was designed to resemble a chateau built in 16th century France. We check into a local hotel for our overnight.
Day 9 we travel to Charlotte, North Carolina for a tour of the Billy Graham Library before we transfer to the Charlotte airport and board our afternoon flight for our trip back home.
Early Booking Discount - Book and deposit on this tour by June 24, 2015 and we will extend a $250.00 per person early booking discount.
$3,552.00 per person double
$4,248.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip air via American Airlines (Tucson/Memphis & Charlotte/ Tucson), 8 nights lodging, 13 meals, all transfers and motorcoach transportation, reserved seating for 3 shows, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee not included), driver tips, and pickup/livery service.
Thanksgiving - Santa Barbara Style
November 24 to 29, 2015
Our annual Thanksgiving Tours are very popular and this 6 day and 5 night trip will sell out quickly! We make our journey via motorcoach to Southern California on Day 1. We'll check into our comfortable rooms at the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa. Enjoy a hearty get-acquainted dinner tonight.
Day 2 we journey to historic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles where we join a docent for a walking tour of this Mission Revival style cultural monument. We then board the Pacific Surfliner Amtrak train. What a relaxing - and scenic way to travel! Our destination is Santa Barbara, California. This beautiful piece of paradise is well know for its Spanish and Mediterranean architecture and gorgeous sandy beaches. We transfer to the Fess Parker Doubletree for a 3 night stay! This lovely hotel is a perfect spot for our stay and it is a short two blocks to the beach.
Day 3 is Thanksgiving Day! Relax by the pool, walk the beach and of course we'll join together for a wonderful feast in their restaurant!
Day 4 we travel to Solvang. “Velkommen” to this little Danish replica village. Windmills, Danish bakeries and architecture all can be found in this charming community. We top off this day with a visit to the Fess Parker Winery. Enjoy a tasting before traveling back to Santa Barbara. While in the area we will enjoy a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission which was founded in 1786.
Day 5 we travel to Descanso Gardens where we will enjoy a box lunch. Tucked into the San Rafael hills, this 150 acre garden is an oasis and is a pleasure to explore. Our afternoon finds us traveling to Moreno Valley to check into the Ayres Hotel. Freshen up because we are headed to Riverside where we will enjoy an evening at the Mission Inn. Originally built in 1876 it has stood as the cornerstone of downtown Riverside ever since! Will Rogers called it “the most unique hotel in America.” It’s a monastery, a museum, a fine hotel, a home, a boarding house, a mission, and an art gallery. We’ll enjoy dinner before taking in their Festival of Lights. Allow yourself to be swept away by more than 3.6 million and brilliant lights that transform Riverside’s historic hotel into pure magic.
Our 6th and final day finds us traveling back to Southern Arizona ready to tackle the rest of the joyous holiday season! Join us.
$1,894.00 per person double
$2,561.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 5 nights lodging, 9 meals, train ticket, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
All information subject to change