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.
ST LOUIS & CHICAGO TOUR
June 11 to 17, 2017
Two great American cities are the focus of this 7 day and 6 night tour! We have flights and a motorcoach set up and will spend 3 nights in St Louis, MO (Drury Hotel at the Arch) and 3 nights (iconic Palmer House Hilton) will have us exploring the wonderful sights these cities offer as well as a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
While in St Louis we'll enjoy a city tour and visit the Missouri History Museum as well as the world famous Gateway Arch. A visit to the region is not complete without a tour of the Busch Brewery and a short Riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River. We'll travel to Central Illinois for a visit to the Museum dedicated to the 16th President - Abraham Lincoln. We'll settle into the city's inner loop Chicago hotel and while in the "Windy City" we'll enjoy a great double - decker bus tour, an informative architectural cruise on the Chicago River, a visit to the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and of course spend some time visiting the museums that make this city so great! It's time you explore these great American Midwestern cities with us.
$3,183.00 per person double
$3,930.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/St Louis & Chicago/Tucson), all transfers and motorcoach transportation, 6 nights lodging, 13 meals, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
4th of July Tour - Queen Mary style!
July 2 to 6, 2017
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. 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 delightful get acquainted dinner.
Day 2 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 (to be announced)! 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 3 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 you can tour that stately aircraft. After lunch we head back to the hotel to enjoy a wonderful fireworks show from the decks of the Queen Mary and known as one of the best displays in the West!
Day 4 the morning finds us traveling the short distance to board the Catalina Express Boat to sail "23 mile 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 5 travel back to Southern Arizona ready to tackle the rest of the summer and filled with pride as Americans!
$1,542.00 per person double
$1,831.00 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.
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
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.
LAGUNA PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS TOUR, California
July 17 to 21, 2017
We combine special events and sights to make this a really unique tour. 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 High Tea. 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 2017 Pageant of the Masters. This year's theme is "The Grand Tour" and this will be your Passport to experience spectacle, music, stories and grand illusions as masterpieces come alive. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the desire to experience the world's great art firsthand inspired the European tradition of continental travel on the "grand tour." Book your passage for this breathtaking theatrical journey! This is the 84th 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!
$1,463.00 per person double
$1,832.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging, 8 meals (4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 High Tea & 2 Dinners), 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.
Washington DC & Annapolis Tour
September 28 to October 4, 2017
Discover the past and present on this 7 day and 6 night trip to Washington, DC, US Naval Academy, Mt Vernon, the monuments, memorials, picturesque scenery and magnificent architecture await us on this trip as we tour landscapes that have seen centuries of historic events and walk in America’s footsteps.
We begin our trip with a flight to the area (currently booked on American Airlines). We transfer to the Holiday Inn Alexandra Carlyle for our 6 night stay.
Our second day we welcome aboard a local guide who will spend the morning giving us a DC city tour. We enjoy the sights of America’s capitol city from the comfort of our motorcoach. A stop at the White House Visitor Center is a must! This afternoon we stop at the National Archives. The Charters of Freedom are on display here – see the Declaration of Independence, The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights! A stop at the Newseum with its seven levels of history through the news and interactive exhibits you explore how the media has affected all of our historic moments and more! Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner followed by an evening tour of the Memorials to include: Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial.
Day 3 finds us touring Arlington National Cemetery. Thousands of veterans are interred at this spot and the tour allows for stops at the Kennedy grave sites, Tomb of the Unknowns and Arlington House. Dinner at the Historic Gatsby Tavern - established in 1770 - was a meeting spot for notable visitors such as Washington, Jefferson, Monroe and Adams.
Day 4 we'll visit George and Martha Washington's beloved Mount Washington located in Mt Vernon. A guided tour of the house is planned and a self guided tour of the grounds is part of our plan. Lunch today at the Mt Vernon Inn is a real treat. We'll board a vessel on the Potomac River and cruise back to Alexandria. At the dock we'll board the Metro for our journey back to the hotel.
Day 5 we travel to Annapolis to experience a tour of the US Naval Academy. See Lejeune Hall, Herndon Monument and the Crypt of John Paul Jones, the revolutionary War hero, as well as witness the Noon formation. Afternoon finds us traveling to the historic areas of Baltimore. A stroll along the Inner Harbor where we'll dine at a local seafood house.
Day 6 we'll devote the morning to exploring the Smithsonian museums at your own pace. Some options are; Natural History Museum, American History Museum, Air and Space Museum or the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture. This afternoon we visit the World War II Memorial. This Memorial honors the millions who served in the armed forces of the U.S. and all who supported the war effort from home. Late afternoon we'll visit Ford’s Theatre known perhaps as America’s most famous theatre. This historic site where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated has a wonderful museum filled with historic artifacts with background on the Civil War and the 1860’s Washington. A farewell dinner at Founding Farmers Restaurant, a DC icon, is planned. Join us for this wonderful trip as we discover Washington, DC, Mt Vernon and Annapolis.
$2,760.00 per person double
$3,270.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)
Early Booking Discount: If you book and deposit on this trip before April 3, 2017 we will extend a $150.00 per person discount.
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Washington Reagan), 6 nights lodging, 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, all transfers and motorcoach transportation, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (excludes air bag fee), driver tips, and pickup/livery service.
THE BEST OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL!
October 27 to November 11, 2017
Follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms as evidenced in their grand
castles, stupendous religious buildings and incredible works of art.
Based on popular request we are planning this truly unforgettable trip to Spain and Portugal and it is
scheduled for October 27 to November 11, 2017. We plan to take a group from Southern Arizona on a
14 night and 16 day tour of these countries to include Madrid, Salamanca, Seville, Torremolinos Granada,
Valencia and Barcelona - all in Spain and Porto and Lisbon in Portugal. We'll use excellent hotels in all
locations and expert tour escorts and local guides!
If you have Spain and Portugal on your "bucket list" then plan to join us in 2017!
Call or email us with your name and contact info and as soon as the pricing is complete we'll provide
you with the details.
All information subject to change