Multi-Day Tours  

 


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Durango, Silverton and Ouray, Colorado Tour
September 29 to October 4, 2014

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. Enjoy a short walk to explore the ruins. Our overnight will be at the Best Western Rio Grande Inn located in Durango and two blocks from their main street. 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 vintage train and railroad route was originally built to carry supplies and people to the gold and silver mines in the San Juan Mountains. Today it carries tourists through some of the most magnificent high country scenery around. Secluded and charming Silverton is where we end our train trip and you will have 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 that the region is known for. 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. Fill your lungs with the fresh mountain air. 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')

Price:  $1,556.00 per person double
$1,898.00 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.


 

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The Albuquerque 2014 Balloon Fiesta and Santa Fe Tour
October 9 to 12, 2014

This 4 day trip finds us boarding our motorcoach 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 our second day 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 a hearty lunch followed by free time to explore the famous Plaza in Santa Fe to discover the rich history and celebrated spirit of this wonderful city filled with historic architecture and famous characters.

Day 3 we'll enjoy a morning visit to the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. No visit to the area is complete without a meal at El Pinto, one of Albuquerque’s favorite eateries. We'll enjoy lunch at El Pinto. Afternoon we will enjoy a visit to The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. From the moment you enter this center you will feel as if you have entered into another, more ancient world. The center houses exhibits on all of New Mexico’s 19 living Indian Pueblos. This evening we will be back at the Fiesta grounds to attend the Balloon Glo and Fireworks Show and to enjoy more awesome balloons!

Our fourth day we travel back to Southern Arizona with wonderful memories of the celebration of this 42nd annual event!

Price:
$883.00 per person double
$1,123.00 per person single
$80.00 per person deposit)

Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 7 meals, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tip, livery/pickup service.


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Viva Las Vegas Tour
October 20 to 24, 2014

Travel with us on this trip to the "City of Lights" and "do" the sights in the casinos and around the town.  We lodge all 4 nights at the Tropicana Hotel/Casino which is located at Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd. A visit to Bellagio is on the agenda: of course a walk through their conservancy and seasonal gardens is a must! We head to The Venetian for the “Da Vinci Exhibit” which we know you will find fascinating.  We have also arranged for a guided tour on board an open-top double decker vehicle.

See all the famous landmarks as we learn the Las Vegas story through the history and facts that are shared during this ride!  A special adventure awaits as we board a pod on the new High Roller. The 550' observation wheel provides stunning views of The Strip and the surrounding mountains!

One day we will leave the Strip and tour Hoover Dam. The tour provides a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations. We'll also take in the Visitor Center and exhibit gallery.

We have reserved seats for three shows during our stay. We take you to The Westin Hotel/Casino for the “Red Skelton Tribute Show” performed by Brian Hoffman. This show will bring back many memories of "America's Clown Prince" and Mr Hofffman's ability to look, walk, and sound like Mr Skelton is amazing! Enjoy "Terry Fator; The VOICE of entertainment" at The Mirage. Lots of laughter as Terry Fator tickles our hearts and funny bones with his Ventriloquism in Concert Show. This man is funny! Also, the Tropicana Theater is the new home to the Broadway show "Mamma Mia!" This smash hit musical is a sunny, funny tale that unfolds on a Greek Island and is inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA'S timeless songs. So visit Lady Luck and check out all the hot spots in Las Vegas. Join us!

Price: 
$1,246.00 per person double
$1,424.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)

Includes:  Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging, 7 meals, all admissions as described above, show tickets to “Red Skelton Tribute Show”, “Terry Fator” and “Mamma Mia!”, services of a tour director, baggage handling, driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 

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New York City Tour
October 26 to 31, 2014

This is certainly one of America’s greatest cities and we have packaged this great trip to highlight all of the sightseeing and attractions you can imagine. Our flight takes us into Newark and from there we meet our motorcoach and transfer into Manhattan. We stay all 5 nights at the Hotel Novotel which is located in mid town Manhattan. This evening we will enjoy a get acquainted dinner!

Day 2 we are joined by a local step-on guide and we will have a morning tour of mid town Manhattan, driving by such sites as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Time Square’s Theater District, Fifth Avenue, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Radio City Music Hall. Afternoon enjoy free time for lunch and shopping. This evening is special as we begin it with an enchanting carriage ride through Central Park. Following the carriage ride, arrive at Carmine’s for a delicious dinner.

Day 3 we enjoy a tour of lower Manhattan with our local step-on. This will include a driving tour of Greenwich Village, So Ho, China Town, Little Italy, and Wall Street. We will also show you Washington Square, Saint Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church. Visit the World Trade Center Visitors Center commemorating the events of September 11, 2001. Enjoy free time for lunch and then in the afternoon you can explore the city on your own. We gather this evening for dinner before seeing Broadway’s hit musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”. This is a 2014 Tony Award Winner!

Day 4 we head to Battery Park to board a ferry for a ride to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Enjoy time exploring these two historic sites where early immigrants first landed. We take the ferry back to Battery Park and visit South Street Seaport for lunch on your own. Then we'll make a planned visit to the 9/11 Memorial; a national tribute of remembrance and honor to the men, women and children killed in the terror attacks. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner followed by a visit to Rockefeller Center’s “Top of the Rock” observation deck for spectacular views of the city.

The morning of Day 5 we will journey to the Hudson Valley for a guided tour of the United States Military Academy at West Point along with a visit to the Academy Museum. Then we’ll visit the world renowned Culinary Institute of America for a delicious 3 course luncheon prepared by the students. This afternoon we return to the city where the balance of the evening is yours to enjoy.

Day 6 we check out of the hotel and transfer back to the airport taking fond memories of our vacation to the “Big Apple.”

Price: 
$3,337.00 per person double
$4,298.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)

Includes:  Roundtrip air via American Airlines, 5 nights lodging 10 meals, all transfers and coach transportation, ticket to a Broadway show, admissions as described above, services of a Pleasurebent Tours tour director and a local guide, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 


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Death Valley Tour
November 10 to 14, 2014

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. Ubehebe Crater is also on the agenda as is a visit to Zabriskie Point. 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.

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!

Price:
$968.00 per person double
$1,193.00 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.

 

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Thanksgiving at the Hotel Del Coronado Tour
November 26 to 29, 2014

This 4 day and 3 night tour combines some really special happenings in the San Diego, California area plus we lodge at “The Del” on Coronado Island! 

We travel on Day 1 to “America’s Finest City” and check into The Hotel Del. This resort can be described as the quintessential San Diego vacation destination. Built in 1888, it combines gracious Victorian splendor with modern comfort. 

Day 2 is Thanksgiving Day and a visit to Cabrillo National Monument is always refreshing as is a delightful Harbor Cruise on San Diego Bay. We will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving Day buffet in the Crown Room. What a special meal! We are sure you will find time to explore the hotel and walk the beach. 

Day four we travel to La Jolla for a morning visit to the Birch Aquarium to discover the wonders of the ocean. A stop at Seaport Village for lunch at the Harbor House is on our agenda and we'll take time for a little holiday shopping. Back at The Del you'll have time to freshen up and relax before we head to the Cygnet Theatre for their holiday classic “A Christmas Carol”. Set on a Victorian stage this new musical carol is a 19th Century tradition with a 21st Century twist.

Our fourth day we travel back to Southern Arizona ready to take on the holidays after this memorable getaway.

Price: 
$1,334.00 per person double
$1,812.00 per person single
($80.00 per person deposit ) 

Includes:  Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 5 meals, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service. 


 

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Reagan Library, Solvang and Mission Inn Festival of Lights Holiday Tour
December 5 to 9, 2014

This festive 5 day and 4 night tour will focus on Southern California sights plus help get us in the holiday spirit! We depart Southern Arizona and travel to Ventura County and the Conejo Valley to the city of Thousand Oaks. We'll check into the very comfortable Hyatt Westlake Plaza for a three night stay.

Day 2 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 a delicious lunch we find ourselves visiting historical Santa Paula. This region is known as the "Citrus Capital of the World" and is one of the early centers of California's enormous petroleum industry. Step back in time as we visit their historic downtown.

Day 3 we'll travel up the Pacific coast and make a morning stop to enjoy a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission which was founded in 1786. Our destination is the town of Solvang, aka "Danish Capital of the World" which is located in the scenic Santa Ynez Valley. Browse this charming town and discover the galleries, boutiques and of course, the bakeries. This is a great spot to pick up that perfect Christmas gift! While in the area we'll enjoy a tour and tasting at Firestone Winery. What a perfect way to end our perfect day!

Day 4 finds us departing Thousand Oaks and traveling to the Pacific Palisades region for a morning visit to the Getty Villa. Visit the ancient world of Greece and Rome and explore the museum's extensive collection of objects and antiquities. The Villa main building is an impressive recreation of an ancient Roman Country house. 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. For over 20 years this hotel has hosted this event which is said to be one of the largest collections of lights in the nation.

Our fifth and final day finds us traveling back to Southern Arizona ready to tackle the rest of the joyous holiday season! Join us.

Price: 
$1,285.00 per person double
$1,597.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)

Includes:  Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights lodging,  8 meals, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 

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Prescott Victorian Christmas Tour
Highlighting the JS Acker Musical Showcase
December 11 to 13, 2014

Get into the holiday spirit with this trip that will bring Christmas lights, music and plenty of cheer. Especially at this time of year Prescott really drips in Victorian charm!

We begin our visit to Prescott 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 sample some of the finished product! We then travel to Wickenburg to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the Rancho de los Caballeros. Then we travel to Prescott to check into the Prescott Resort which is perched high upon a hill overlooking the city. Tonight we'll take our seats in the historic Elk's Theater to enjoy the good old fashion country "Prescott Opry" show.

Day 2 finds us traveling to the Phippen Museum where we join a docent tour that will show us their extraordinary exhibit of quality Western American art. This afternoon we've arranged a tour of the Sharlot Hall Museum. This museum has exhibits and collections of artifacts that tell the stories of those who settled Arizona and the West. 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. Experience 5,000 instruments with the use of technologically advanced wireless headsets and high-resolution video screens. We look forward to having you join us on this holiday tour.

Price:
$639.00 per person double
$756.00 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.

 

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126th Tournament of Roses Parade Tour
December 29, 2014 to January 2, 2015

This 5 day and 4 night adventure is alway popular, so do not hesitate to reserve your space now.

Day 1 we travel to Sherman Oaks, California for a 4 night stay and the Courtyard Marriott.

Day 2 we take you to downtown LA for an exterior tour of the stunning Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. A stop for a no-host lunch and shopping at the popular Farmer’s Market is a must! This afternoon visit the world renowned Getty Center Museum.

Day 3 we take a trip to view the actual assembly of some of the flower-laden floats that you will see in the parade. Then we travel to The Huntington to see rare and unusual manuscripts, paintings and plants. Tonight we celebrate the upcomming New Year with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Early morning of Day 4 we head to Pasadena to take our reserved grandstand seats that afford us a great view as the breathtaking floats roll down Colorado Blvd. After the parade we enjoy a hearty lunch then to Victory Park for the up close post parade viewing.

Day 5 we travel back to Tucson.

Price:
$1,307.00 per person double
$1,644.00 per person single
$150.00 per person deposit)         

Includes:  Roundtrip transportation via coach, 4 nights, 6 meals (4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner), pre parade and post float viewing ticket, parade ticket and souvenir seat cushion, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pick-up/livery service.

 


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Winter Magic in Yellowstone National Park Tour
February 5 to 10, 2015

Jackson, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park in the middle of the winter is a unique and magical landscape that is like no place else on Earth. Entirely different from the summer, the crowds are gone and the wildlife is easier to view.

We begin our 6 day and 5 night adventure with a flight to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Upon arrival we will board our coach and travel to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Their impressive collection of American Art from the 19th and 20th centuries is vast and records the European exploration of the American West. This afternoon we'll check into the Wyoming Inn - one of our favorite hotel properties! It’s rustic but contemporary and you'll love the antler chandelier and roaring fireplace in the lobby. A group dinner will help us get acquainted.

Day 2 we travel to Flagg Ranch marveling at the craggy pinnacles that make up the Grand Teton mountain range and serve as a backdrop for our morning ride. We'll transfer onto the over-snow transportation vehicle known as a "snow coach". These unique vehicles have front skies and rear tracks, they are equipped with windows on the side and are heated. We will enjoy some sightseeing en route to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge which makes for the perfect home base! We'll enjoy a three night stay.

Day 3 we'll spend the day exploring the Lower Loop of Yellowstone National Park in our snow coach driven by and narrated by capable driver/guides. Marvel as you observe steam and boiling water erupt from natural cauldrons in the park's ice-covered surface ... snow-dusted bison exhale vaporous breaths as they lumber through drifts of white ... foxes and coyotes paw and pounce in their search for prey in the deep snow... gray wolves bray beneath the frozen moon .... and much, much more!

Day 4 is a free day to enjoy at your leisure. The hotel offers a spacious lobby with board games and cozy chairs. Settle in and observe the outdoors as mother nature presents a winter day! Layer up and head outside to watch the Old Faithful Geyser erupt and take a stroll along the pathways that connect to other geysers. The Visitor Center is nearby and open in the winter. Then head back to the Snow Lodge and warm yourself by the lobby fireplace. (*) snowshoeing, cross country skiing and optional day tours are available at an extra charge.

Day 5 we transfer out of the park and back to Flagg Ranch via snow coach. Transfer into our motorcoach for a trip back to Jackson. We have an afternoon sleigh ride planned through the National Elk Refuge. This refuge is the winter home to the approx 11,000 elk in the Jackson herd and here they feed on native vegetation. Check back into the Wyoming Inn for a good night's rest.

Day 6 we'll have some free time to enjoy some last minute shopping and exploration of the Jackson square before we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the desert! This is an active and adventurous vacation!

Price: 
$3,517.00 per person double
$4,221.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit
)

Early Booking Discount: If you book and deposit on this trip prior to October 15, 2014 we will extend a $100.00 per person early booking discount.

Includes:  Roundtrip air (Tucson/Jackson Hole, WY), 5 nights lodging, 13 meals, all transfers and transportation via motorcoach and/or snow coach, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.

Important: Temps in winter in this region often range from zero to 20F throughout the day. Sub zero overnight temps are common and snowfall is highly variable. Cold weather gear is important. Warm Layers (heavy sweater and winter jacket), hat, scarf, gloves and boots are required.

 

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Death Valley Tour
March 16 to 20, 2015

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. Ubehebe Crater is also on the agenda as is a visit to Zabriskie Point. 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!

Price:
$1,107.00 per person double
$1,387.00 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.


 

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New Orleans and Natchez Spring Pilgrimage Tour
March 28 to April 2, 2015

Join us for this 6 day and 5 night trip to visit two special cities located in the South. Springtime is a wonderful time of the year for this trip and combined with the charm that these regions are known for we are sure you'll enjoy this tour! We fly, our first morning to New Orleans, via American Airlines (our current air carrier).

After our arrival in “America’s Most Unique City” we will transfer to the Drury Inn located in downtown. This evening we will enjoy a get acquainted dinner with your fellow travelers.

Our second day we start out with a visit to Mardi Gras World. This place is truly magical as it is the location of the building and storing of many of the floats, props and sculptures used by the many krewes who participate in the various parades. Then  board a carriage for a ride through the French Quarter as you are leisurely led past many landmarks of New Orleans’ heritage. We then treat ourselves to a delicious meal at the Court of Two Sisters followed by free time to wander on your own to explore the shops, restaurants, unique streets and courtyards that make up the Quarter and Jackson Square.

Day 3 we enjoy a visit to the National World War II Museum. The exhibits here recognize the significance of World War II and the men and women who led us to victory in this war that changed the world. This afternoon we take in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The exhibits here contain penguins, sharks and other deep sea creatures from all over the world. After freshening up at the hotel we treat ourselves to dinner at Antoine's Restaurant located in the French Quarter. Since 1840 this world renowned French-Creole inspired establishment has graciously welcomed diners!

Day 4 we travel to Baton Rouge to discover the history of the region contained within the Old State Capitol Building. We travel "up river" to the town of St Francisville. Established in 1809 it was known as the commercial and cultural center of the surrounding plantation country. A visit to their Historical Society Museum will prove to be interesting. This afternoon we arrive in Natchez, Mississippi and check into the Natchez Grand Hotel for a two night stay. This evening we’ll attend “Southern Exposure”. This hilarious 1952 Broadway satire of the Natchez pilgrimage will be performed in the Natchez Little Theatre.

Annually, this lovely city by the river hosts the Spring Pilgrimage of Antebellum Homes and our 5th morning we'll enjoy touring several of the mansions. All of the mansions on the tour are private residences and the guides are costumed family friends and/or descendants of the original owners whose stories are as real as the bricks and mortar in their hearths. Enjoy time in downtown Natchez visiting the charming shops and boutiques. We’ll enjoy a lovely farewell dinner tonight.

Our 6th and final day finds us traveling back to New Orleans to board our afternoon flight back into Tucson. We're sure you will find this trip to be special and you'll come home with many great memories of this region of our country ya'll!

Price: 
$2,389.00 per person double
$2,812.00 per person single
($200.00 per person deposit)

Includes:  Roundtrip air (Tucson/New Orleans), 5 nights lodging, 10 meals, all transfers and transportation via motorcoach, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 

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Palm Spring Getaway Tour
March 31 to April 3, 2015

The desert resort town of Palm Springs, California is always a great place to escape to and this 4 day and 3 night trip will take us there! We lodge all three nights at the Palm Mountain Resort which is located in downtown Palm Springs within easy walking distance of many great shops and galleries. This evening we'll enjoy a group dinner.

Our second day finds us touring Sunnylands. Known as the West Coast version of "Camp David" this is a place where global leaders meet to discuss issues of the day. We'll tour the historic house and grounds on a comprehensive tour of Sunnyland, designed by A Quincy Jones. Our docent will share the buildings architecture and interior design as well as the history of the estate. Enjoy dinner tonight at Lulu's - one of our favorite restaurants!

Then we take our reserved seats at the McCallum Theater to enjoy "Dame Edna" & Brian Humphries' The Final Farewell Tour show. Australia's greatest entertainment export returns for more take-no-prisoners comedy and hijinks and no one in the audience is safe from the Dame's wicked tongue! Dame Edna Everage is celebrating (and ending) a 50 year career of sold-out venues, command performances for the Royal Family, TV specials and around the world tours.  You'll leave this show with a smile on your face - promise! 

Day 3 of the trip we welcome a local step-on guide aboard our coach for a delightful driving tour of the valley and celebrity homes. Our local step on is really good and you'll be glad he'll be with us this morning. No visit to the area is complete without a ride to the 8,516’ elevation of the San Jacinto mountains via the tramway this afternoon. Marvel at the sheet cliffs as the world’s largest rotating tram car whisks us to the summit.  Tonight enjoy free time to explore the weekly Villagefest. Music, entertainment, vendors and food booths line the main street and our hotel is within easy walking distance. 

Our fourth day finds us traveling back to Southern Arizona glad to have had a good visit in Palm Springs!

Price: 
$933.00 per person double
$1,107.00 per person single
($80.00 per person deposit)

Includes:  Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 5 meals, admissions as described above, show ticket, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 

 

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Utah National Parks Tour - Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Arches and Canyonlands
April 26 to May 1, 2015

Awesome, magnificent, awe-inspiring – these are just a few of the adjectives you will use to describe the scenery this trip offers. We have combined 5 National Parks to create this once-in-a-lifetime trip. This 6 day and 5 night journey is sure to fill quickly so sign up today!

Day one we journey to Kanab, Utah. We check into the Holiday Inn Express for a restive night.

Day 2 we travel to our destination of Zion National Park which is one of the nation’s oldest parks and it contains spectacular canyons, colorful gorges and sheet rock walls. A tram tour is planned to discover this unique spot. Then it’s on to our overnight hotel – Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel.

Day 3 we tour Bryce National Park. This park is famous for its unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe – shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. We then travel to Capitol Reef National Park. Here we will discover the sandstone formations, cliffs and canyons, and a 100 mile-wide long bulge in the earth’s crust known as a monocline. Late afternoon finds us checking into the Red Cliffs Lodge for a two night stay. Situated at the foot of dramatic red rock cliffs and near the shore of the Colorado River, you will love the beauty of this spot!

Day 4 finds us visiting both Arches National Park and Canyonlands. Arches is home to over 2000 arches, spires, domes and fans that dazzle the eye and boggle the mind. Canyonlands is vast and awe-inspiring. This is Utah’s largest National Park containing over 370,000 acres carved over millions of years.

Day 5 we travel through more fantastic scenery including Monument Valley. Our destination is the Courtyard Marriot in Page. This evening we board the Canyon Princess for a wonderful dinner cruise on Wahweap Bay. Lake Powell is just special. This is the perfect way to cap off this fantastic tour.

Day 6 we journey back to Southern Arizona.

Price:
$1,569.00 per person double
$1,952.00 per person single
($150.00 per person deposit)        

Includes:  Roundtrip transportation via coach, 5 nights lodging, 14 meals, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 

 

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IRELAND!

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 in September of 2015. We plan to take a group from Southern Arizona on an 11 night and 12 day tour of the island and will 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 as soon as the pricing is complete (early Fall) we'll provide you with the 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

 

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