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
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. Our destination is incredible Mackinac 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.
$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), 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.
$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.
Two Trains, Two Canyons and A Ghost Town
November 10 to 13, 2015
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. After we freshen up we enjoy dinner at the hotel to get acquainted.
Our second morning we take our seats aboard the Grand Canyon Railway for a historic and fun journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Vintage locomotives lead the cars from the high desert to prairie, prairie to pine and 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 charming 1905 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.
Day 3 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. This afternoon 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. Train buffs and lovers of the outdoors will enjoy this narrated journey. After the train returns to the station, we travel to Sedona to check into the Hampton Inn. A group dinner is planned for this evening.
Our final morning finds us visiting the Sedona Heritage Museum. Some free time to visit "uptown" Sedona which is filled with shops and galleries is planned before we journey back to Southern Arizona with great memories of our travels.
$1,047.00 per person double
$1,321.00 per person single
($80.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 7 meals, two train rides (coach class), admissions to attractions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, 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
Prescott Victorian Christmas Tour –
highlighting the JS Acker Musical Showcase
December 10, 11 and 12, 2015
Get into the holiday spirit with this trip that will bring Christmas lights, music and plenty of cheer. Our destination on day one will be the mile-high city of Prescott. Especially at this time of year Prescott really drips in Victorian charm! We begin our tour by traveling to the Cerreta Candy Company to enjoy a factory tour of this 40 year old business. We’ll learn how the candy makers produce their wonderful caramels, Camelbacks and caramel popcorn as well as many other sweet items. We’ll even have a chance to sample some of the finished product! We then travel to Wickenburg to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the Rancho de los Caballeros. You'll love the food at this iconic guest ranch! A stop to explore the Caballeros Western Museum is a must before we travel to Prescott. Afternoon finds us checking into the Prescott Resort for a two night stay.
Day 2 finds us visiting the Fort Whipple Museum which features exhibits of Arizona's military past to the present. This museum is housed in historic officers quarters. A walking tour around Prescott's historic Courthouse Square is planned for today as well. The 1916 era courthouse is surrounded by an extensive tree canopy and is the centerpiece for this historic district and Whiskey Row! After a hearty dinner we head to “downtown” Prescott for the JS Acker Musical Extravaganza. Here you will find close to 80 shops, boutiques and other businesses around the town square hosting different musical venues. You will hear Jazz, classical, country, pop and bluegrass! Take a leisurely stroll around Courthouse Square enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas.
Our final morning finds us enjoying a leisurely breakfast before we journey towards Southern Arizona. A stop en route at The Musical Instrument Museum which covers over 200,000 square feet and truly celebrates the universal language of music by exhibiting instruments from every country in the world. The MIM celebrates the contributions each and every country has made to our musical heritage via their approximately 5,000 instruments and with the use of the most technologically advanced wireless headsets and high-resolution video screens. We look forward to having you join us on this holiday tour that will certainly be filled with the sights and sounds of this beautiful holiday season!
$662.00 per person double
$782.00 per person single
($80.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 2 nights lodging, 4 meals, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
San Diego Holiday Tour – with 3 nights at The Hotel Del Coronado
December 15 to 18, 2015
This 4 day and 3 night tour combines some really special holiday happenings in San Diego, California plus we lodge at “The Del” on Coronado Island! We travel on Day 1 across the Coronado Bay bridge and check into The Hotel Del.
Day 2 finds us enjoying a docent guided tour of the "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 history that this building holds is awesome! This afternoon a harbor cruise is on our agenda. A cruise on this big bay affords us stunning views of San Diego’s skyline. We'll then take our reserved seats in the Cygnet Theatre for unique evening performance of "A Christmas Carol". This annual holiday tradition of hope and redemption is based on the Charles Dickens classic. This re-imagined, fully staged production features original new music, creative stagecraft and puppetry, and live sound effects.Step into a Victorian Christmas card for a unique storytelling experience! A new twist on an old tale! During your free time at The Del enjoy their fantastic Christmas Tree, take a walk on the beach or visit their specialty shops.
Day 3 finds us enjoying a trolley tour that shows us the highlights of “America’s Finest City”. We'll also make a stop at Cabrillo National Monument. In 1542 Juan Cabrillo stepped out of his boat and into history as he is believed to be the first European to set foot on the West coast of the US. What a special spot! Tonight we settle into a beautifully decorated ballroom at The Del for a multi-course dinner and a performance of "An American Christmas". We will be transported back to 1908 for a unique evening performance like none you’ve ever experienced. This performance is filled with music, dance, song and laughter!
Our fourth day we travel back to Southern Arizona ready to take on the holidays after this memorable getaway.
$1,421.00 per person double
$1,884.00 per person single
($80.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 5 Meals (3 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners), admission to attractions as described above, theatre ticket, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Tournament of Roses Parade Trip
December 29, 2015 to January 2, 2016
This 5 day and 4 night adventure is always popular, so do not hesitate to reserve your space now. The 127th 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, 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! A delicious lunch at Bubba Gump Restaurant is planned before we 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. Relax back at the hotel tonight.
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 Simi Valley for a visit to 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. Tonight we celebrate the upcoming New Year with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
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 “Find Your Adventure” 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. Then we head to Victory Park for the post parade viewing of the parade floats. Step up close and see the majestic beauty and splendor of the floral floats. 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!
$1,434.00 per person double
$1,780.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging, 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and New Year’s Eve dinner), pre & post 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.
Death Valley Tour
March 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 aboard the USS Riverside!
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.
All information subject to change