Multi-Day Tours

Canadian Maritimes Tour
Featuring Acadia National Park in Maine, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island, and Nova Scotia
August 15 to 26, 2018

This 12-day and 11-night in-depth tour will leave you with memories of breathtaking landscapes and surreal natural phenomena, and a rich understanding of the Canadian Maritime history. We fly into Boston and then overnight in Ogunquit, Maine. A visit to Acadia National Park is planned before we move on to lovely Bar Harbor, Maine. After area sightseeing we travel to New Brunswick for an overnight in Saint John. En route to Prince Edward Island, visit Fundy National Park, and then travel on the Confederation Bridge, which takes us over the Northumberland Straight. Enjoy a guided tour of Charlottetown and then up to “Anne’s Land” where we visit the Green Gable House and attend a musical play of the “Anne of Green Gables”. We board the Northumberland Ferry and cross the Straight to Pictou and discover Cape Breton Island, where we visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Nature nuts and photographers alike will love the beautiful journey along the Cabot Trail, which is known for its rugged coast and mountains. We travel to Halifax and enjoy a cruise through their Harbor; the second largest natural harbor in the World. After a tour of Halifax we travel to Peggy’s Cove and Light. Journey along the Evangeline Trail and visit Grand-Pré National Historic Site. We then board the ferry to Portland, Maine and travel south through summer resorts and visit Cape Neddick Light for an overnight in Portsmouth, NH and then back to Boston for our flight to Tucson.

PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE FOR A DAY-BY-DAY WRITEUP OF THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME TOUR.
(Note: Your US Passport must be valid at least 6 months after exiting Canada.)

Price:
$5,247.00 per person/double
$6,342.00 per person/single
($200.00 per person deposit)

If you book and deposit prior to April 18, 2018 we’ll extend a $250.00 per person Early Booking Discount.

Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Boston), 11 nights lodging, 23 meals (11 breakfast, 1 lunch, 11 dinners), all transfers and motorcoach transportation, admissions as described above, “Anne of Green Gables” musical play ticket, services of a local tour director and a Pleasurebent Tours tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 

 

North Rim of the Grand Canyon Tour
August 24 to 27, 2018

Less visited and less developed than the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the North Rim is a spectacular treat! This 4-day and 3-night tour finds us heading to northern Arizona where we will be wrapped in cool temperatures and green mountain vistas. Day 1 we travel to Sedona – surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests, and noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. We visit the Museum of Northern Arizona, make a lunch stop and then continue up scenic Oak Creek Canyon into Flagstaff. We check-in to the Little America Resort/Hotel and have a delicious get-acquainted dinner at the hotel. Day 2 we climb higher onto the Kaibab Plateau until we reach the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We check-in to our very comfortable cabins for a 2-night stay and relax for the evening. Day 3 we board our motorcoach and take a narrated tour of this pristine area! Overlooks allow us to peer deep into this natural wonder and far beyond the San Francisco Peaks. The afternoon is free so that you can hike the trails and relax under the pines. This evening we will have a wonderful dinner in the Grand Canyon Lodge dining room. Day 4 finds us traveling back to Tucson, after a lunch stop at Cameron Trading Post, with many great memories of this area in Northern Arizona. Join us! The North Rim has an elevation of 8,200’.

Price:
$1,282.00 per person/double
$1,604.00 per person/single
($80.00 per person deposit)

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

 

 

Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills Tour
September 6 to 12, 2018

This majestic 7-day and 6-night tour of National Parks and historic sites of South Dakota finds us on Day 1 flying to Denver, Colorado and transferring to the Doubletree. We’ll enjoy a get-acquainted dinner tonight. Day 2 we travel to Rapid City, South Dakota where we check-in to the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn for a 4-night stay. Day 3 we journey to Badlands National Park where millions of years of wind, water and erosion have left behind chiseled spires, deep canyons and jagged buttes. We visit Wall Drug Store, a 76,000 square foot roadside attraction, which started during the depression years offering free ice water to thirsty travelers. You haven’t lived until you’ve visited Wall Drug Store! The afternoon finds us exploring “The Journey”, which interprets the story of the Western Great Plains from the perspective of the Lakota people and the pioneers. Day 4 we take in the Borglum Historical Center to hear about the creation of Mt. Rushmore, before we view the 60-foot-tall granite faces of the four presidents. We’ll visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, designed to honor the culture, tradition and heritage of the North American Indians. Later, this evening we view the impressive illumination ceremony at Mt. Rushmore (weather and schedule permitting). Day 5 we’ll travel to the Black Hills Mining Museum located in the mile-high city of Lead and discover the rich mining history of the region. In Deadwood, a local guide will take us on a narrated driving tour of this city, full of Victorian charm. We’ll also visit “Tatanka”, a larger-than-life bronze sculpture featuring bison pursued by Native American horseback riders, and enjoy a group dinner this evening. Day 6 we travel to Custer State Park and the Black Hills where we board a jeep to visit some of the free-roaming buffalo and incredible vistas. We then have a delicious lunch at the historic State Game Lodge before we head to Cheyenne for an overnight stay at the Fairfield Inn. Day 7 finds us heading back to Denver International Airport for our flight back to Southern Arizona. Come along with us and explore this special part of the country!

Price:
$2,895.00 per person/double
$3,375.00 per person/single
($200.00 per person deposit)

Includes: Roundtrip air transportation, 6 nights lodging, 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners), all transfers and motorcoach transportation, jeep tour, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 

 

Utah National Parks Tour – Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands
September 20 to 26, 2018

Awesome, magnificent, awe-inspiring – these are just a few adjectives to describe the five National Parks and surrounding region viewed on this 7-day and 6-night, once-in-a-lifetime tour. Day 1 we journey to Henderson, Nevada to relax and enjoy a pleasant stay at the Hampton Inn. Day 2 we travel to Zion National Park in Utah, one of the nation’s oldest parks and known for spectacular canyons, colorful gorges and sheet rock walls, and we will take a breathtaking tram tour. We’ll overnight at the Springdale Hampton Inn. Day 3 we tour Bryce Canyon 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. Tonight, we check into the Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand. Day 4 finds us traveling to Capitol Reef National Park to discover the sandstone formations, cliffs, canyons and monocline – a 100-mile-wide long bulge in the earth’s crust. 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 location! Day 5 we visit both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Arches is home to over 2000 arches, spires, domes and fans that dazzle the eye and boggle the mind. Canyonlands is vast and breathtaking – Utah’s largest National Park, containing over 370,000 acres carved over millions of years. Day 6 we travel through Monument Valley and more fantastic scenery. This afternoon we board jeeps that take us to the most visited sandstone slot canyon in the Southwest, with sculptured and colorful rock formations. Make sure you have plenty of film for your camera! Our overnight destination is the Courtyard Marriot in Page. Day 7 we journey back to Southern Arizona with wonderful memories of this fantastic region!

Price:
$2,248.00 per person/double
$2,909.00 per person/single
($150.00 per person deposit)

Includes: Roundtrip transportation via motorcoach, 6 nights lodging, 16 meals, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 

 

Country Roads of Ireland Tour
September 30 to October 12, 2018

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. Experience the wild, enchanting coastal routes as you explore the Emerald Isle on our 13-day, 12-night tour. Along the way you will encounter ruined castles, quiet lakes, natural wonders and legendary characters. We fly into Dublin, and visit this amazing city, along with Belfast, Killarney, Waterford and many points in between. We use excellent hotels, expert tour escorts and local guides. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime tour!

Price:    Starting at $6,128 per person

Includes: Roundtrip air transportation (Tucson/Dublin) via American Airlines (Economy), transportation, motorcoach touring, 11 nights lodging, 11 days full breakfasts, 5 nights dinners, all transfers and motorcoach transportation, admissions as described above, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), services of an Insight Tour director and a Pleasurebent Tours director, motorcoach/livery driver tip, and door-to-door livery service. Optional Activities will be offered at additional price to enhance your Ireland experience.

 (Your US Passport must be valid at least 6 months after exiting Ireland.)

 

 

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta & Santa Fe Tour
October 11 to 14, 2018

Come with us on a 4-day tour to the “Get Carried Away” Balloon Fiesta, the largest balloon event in the US, with some amazing New Mexico scenery that serves as the backdrop for this celebration. Day 1 we board our motorcoach and travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon arrival we check-in to the Drury Inn for three nights. Unpack once, settle in and prepare for this colorful adventure! We rise early on Day 2 and head out to the Balloon Fiesta grounds where we will view hundreds of hot air balloons involved in a mass ascension. The array of color that fills your eyes when these magical balloons lift off is truly amazing! Late morning, we travel to Santa Fe. Upon arrival we’ll enjoy a hearty lunch, followed by 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 return to Albuquerque. Day 3 this morning we visit the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. We’ll enjoy lunch at El Pinto, one of Albuquerque’s favorite eateries and then visit The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. From the moment you enter this center you will feel as if you are in an ancient world. The Center houses exhibits on all of New Mexico’s nineteen Indian Pueblos. This evening we will be back at the Fiesta grounds to attend the Balloon Glow and Fireworks Show and enjoy more awesome balloons! On Day 4 we travel back to Southern Arizona with wonderful memories of the celebration of this 47th annual event!

Price:
$1,128.00 per person/double
$1,692.00 per person/single
($80.00 per person deposit)

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

 

 

Arizona Fall Colors Tour
October 19 to 23, 2018

Arizona has so many treasures that thrive during the fall months. Join us on this 5-day and 4-night tour to explore many of these unique areas! Day 1 we travel to majestic Sedona. After a no-host lunch in “uptown” we’ll travel to Flagstaff via Oak Creek Canyon. Once in Flagstaff, we’ll top off our day with a tour of the Riordan Mansion. Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, this is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. We’ll then check-in to Little America Flagstaff for a two-night stay. This is one of our favorite hotel properties, and we will have a delicious get-acquainted dinner. Day 2 we visit the Museum of Northern Arizona to see their annual “Celebraciones de la Gente,” – Day of the Dead Festival! After a no-host lunch in downtown Flagstaff we’ll travel to Arizona Snowbowl to enjoy a scenic chair-lift ride. Arizona Snowbowl is located on the western side of Mt. Humphreys and is what remains of an eroded, dormant stratovolcano. Enjoy the smell of fresh pine as we travel along the treetops. Early evening, we revisit the Museum for the viewing of the community altars with their shimmering candles and strolling mariachis. Day 3 we travel East to Meteor Crater and its Discovery Center and overlook platforms. This location is the breathtaking result of a collision of an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and Earth, 50,000 years ago. Next, we’ll travel to the La Posada Hotel to enjoy lunch in the Turquoise Room. After lunch we’ll join a local historian for a tour of this famous property! This afternoon we’ll check-in to the in Show Low Hampton Inn for a two-night stay and then have a group dinner. Day 4 we’ll take a ride along an aspen-laden highway to the tiny hamlet of Greer and visit the Butterfly Lodge Museum. The former mountain hunting lodge for author James Willard Schultz is a delight to visit. After we enjoy lunch we take a short hike to visit the Mogollon Rim overlook. Dinner is at a local establishment. Day 5 finds us enjoying a scenic ride to Payson for lunch and then along the B-line highway back to Southern Arizona with great memories of these special Arizona spots! Elevations of 7,000’ and higher.

Price:
$1,669.00 per person/double
$1,998.00 per person/single
($150.00 per person deposit)

Includes: Roundtrip transportation via motorcoach, 4 nights lodging, 10 meals, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 

 

Northern Arizona Adventures Tour
November 2 to 5, 2018

Are you looking for a little soft adventure and spectacular scenery? Then this is the right tour for you. This 4-day and 3-night tour takes in some of the most impressive geology in Arizona, including Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, the Colorado River, and Antelope Slot Canyon, and we experience it by a float trip, a cruise and 4WD trucks.

Activity Level: Moderate – good for the active or semi-active individuals. Requires boarding motorcoach, boat rides and riding off-road vehicles, and walking on uneven surfaces.

Day 1 – after getting picked up at your home by our livery service, we board our luxury motorcoach and travel north to Navajo country and Page, AZ, where we will enjoy a delicious get acquainted dinner and a 2-night stay at the Courtyard Marriott in Page.

Day 2 – breakfast at the hotel, followed by a one-of-a-kind excursion – a ½ day cruise on Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest known natural bridge. We visit Warm Creek Bay, Padre Bay, Dangling Rope Marina, and Rainbow Bridge National Monument (optimal viewing requires a 1.25-mile roundtrip walk/hike). Witness firsthand the power of wind and water in their role that sculpted this remarkable landscape. We then visit Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and The Powell Museum, commemorating the leader of the first Colorado River exploration through the Grand Canyon.

Day 3 – breakfast at the hotel, followed by an incredibly scenic Antelope Canyon Tour in 4-Wheel Drive tour trucks. This area has stunningly colorful sculptured sand formations. After lunch, we head down the Colorado River on a glorious Glen Canyon smooth water Float Trip. It starts with a two-mile tunnel drive (and dinosaur tracks!) before you board your river craft. It continues to Petroglyph Beach and its fascinating artifacts. You’ll look up in awe at the soaring cliffs above Horseshoe Bend as you learn the stories of the ancestral Puebloan people who lived here. We stay overnight at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, which is a customer favorite.

Day 4 – breakfast at the hotel, followed by departure back to Tucson. Along the way we visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, which protects a set of well-preserved dwellings located in Camp Verde, Arizona that were built and used by the Sinagua people between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD. Upon arrival back in Tucson, you will be delivered home by our luxury livery service.

Price:
$1,298.00 per person/double
$1,511.00 per person/single
($80.00 per person deposit)

Includes: Pick-up/drop-off livery service, roundtrip transportation via luxury motorcoach, 3 nights lodging, 5 meals, boat cruise, float trip, 4wd truck tour, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments and driver tips.

 

 

Two Trains, Three Canyons and a Ghost Town Tour
November 12 to 16, 2018

This wonderful 5-day and 4-night motorcoach tour to Northern Arizona shows us inspiring scenery, shuttles us on majestic historic railways, and helps us discover quaint towns.

Activity Level: Moderate – good for the active or semi-active individuals. Requires boarding motorcoach, trains and a jeep, walking on uneven surfaces. Tour goes to higher elevations (approx. 7000 ft).

Day 1 – after getting picked up at your home by our livery service, we board our motorcoach and travel north to the historic “route 66” town of Williams, Arizona where we check into the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel for a two-night stay and enjoy a get-acquainted dinner.

Day 2 – breakfast at the hotel, then we ride the Grand Canyon Railway, with its celebrated observation dome car, 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 incredible National Park. After lunch at the charming El Tovar hotel, you can explore the canyon along the rim (requires walking short trails).

Day 3 – breakfast at the hotel, then we journey up Mingus Mountain to explore the ghost town of Jerome, which is overlooking the Verde Valley and filled with old buildings and quaint shops and galleries. After lunch in Jerome we travel to Clarkdale for the afternoon departure of the Verde Canyon Railroad and enjoy a scenic 4-hour ride through picturesque Sycamore Canyon wilderness area. Afterwards we settle in for a two-night stay at the Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock.

Day 4 – after a hearty breakfast, we ride take an awe-inspiring jeep tour of the red rocks and mountains of Sedona, where Arizona’s high desert promises an unforgettable journey. After lunch on your own in one of Sedona’s charming bistros, we tour the Sedona Heritage Museum, located at Jordan Historical Park. The Museum is focused on the lifestyles and works of the people who pioneered Sedona, from 1876 through present day.  Then we ride the motorcoach through Oak Creek Canyon, known for colorful rocks and unique formations, and famous the world around for its spectacular scenery.

Day 5 – after breakfast we depart back to Tucson, with wonderful memories of this beautiful part of the country. Upon arrival back in Tucson, you will be delivered home by our livery service.

Price:
$1,826.00 per person/double
$2,278.00 per person/single
($150.00 per person deposit)

 Includes: Pick-up/drop-off livery service, roundtrip transportation via luxury motorcoach, 4 nights lodging, 6 meals, trains and jeep tours, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments and driver tips.

 

 

Thanksgiving at the Hotel Del Coronado Tour
November 20 to 23, 2018

This 4-day and 3-night tour is the perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, without cooking or doing dishes! We spend 3 nights at one of America’s finest historic hotels – the Hotel Del Coronado – and enjoy really special happenings in beautiful San Diego and Coronado Island.

Activity Level: Easy – good for just about anyone.

Day 1 – after getting picked up at your home by our livery service, we travel via luxury motorcoach to “America’s Finest City” and check into The Hotel Del Coronado for our 3-night stay. This resort is the quintessential San Diego vacation destination. Built in 1888, it combines gracious Victorian splendor with modern comfort.  The magnificent lobby Christmas tree will be trimmed and of course the beach is right there!

Day 2 – after a sumptuous breakfast, we board an Old Town Trolley for an informative City Tour of San Diego, followed by a delicious lunch at The Harbor House Restaurant. Then we travel to the USS Midway for a self-guided tour. Located downtown in San Diego at Navy Pier, the Midway provides a look back at the history of America’s longest serving Aircraft Carrier.  A leisurely Harbor Cruise will round out our very busy day. It provides a unique perspective on San Diego that you can only get from the water. Your professional local guide will share entertaining facts and history that helped to shape the city’s distinctive waterfront.

Day 3 – today is Thanksgiving Day – after breakfast at the hotel we’ll visit the Cabrillo National Monument, which offers a superb view of San Diego‘s harbor and skyline and includes Old Point Loma Lighthouse, a San Diego icon since 1854. This afternoon we will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving Day buffet meal in the magnificent Crown Room at the “The Del”. What a special meal! We are sure you will find time to explore the hotel and walk the beach.

Day 4 – after breakfast we travel back to Southern Arizona ready to take on the holidays after this memorable getaway. Upon arrival back in Tucson, you will be delivered home by our luxury livery service.

Price:
$1,755.00 per person/double
$2,258.00 per person/single
($80.00 per person deposit)

IncludesPick-up/drop-off livery service, roundtrip transportation via motorcoach, 3 nights lodging, 5 meals, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments and driver tips.

 

 

Prescott Victorian Christmas Tour
December 6 to 9, 2018

Get into the holiday spirit with this trip that will bring Christmas lights, music and plenty of cheer.  Our destination is the mile-high city of Prescott, which is overflowing with Victorian charm during the holidays!

Activity Level: Easy – good for just about anyone.

Day 1 – after getting picked up at your home by our livery service, we board our luxury motorcoach and travel north for a factory tour of the 40-year-old Cerreta Candy Company. We’ll learn how the candy makers produce their wonderful chocolate and candies – and enjoy samples. We then travel to Wickenburg to enjoy a delicious lunch at Wickenburg Ranch and explore the Caballeros Western Museum, before we travel to Prescott for a welcome dinner and our 3-night stay at the Marriott Spring Hill Suites.

Day 2 – after breakfast at the hotel, we visit the beautiful and historic Sharlot Hall Museum, opened in 1928 as the Old Governor’s Mansion Museum, it is dedicated to preserving the history and folklore of Yavapai County. We then visit the Courthouse Plaza, a historic jewel that has been recognized as one of the Great Public Spaces in America. After lunch we then tour the Prescott Elks Theater and Performing Arts Center, a classically designed turn of the 20th century opera house, completed in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historical, it is the only one of many “Elks’ Opera Houses” that still exists. 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 while strolling around Courthouse Plaza enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas.

Day 3 – after breakfast at the hotel, we travel to the ghost town of Jerome, once home to over 15,000 people and known as the “wildest town in the west”. We visit Jerome State Historic Park, which provides fantastic views of the city and the phenomenal Verde Valley and is a fantastic historical resource devoted to the preservation of the city of Jerome. We will have free time on the main street to shop and enjoy a group lunch. After heading back to Prescott for a delicious dinner we will then enjoy an evening performance of the Three International Tenors Christmas Concert at the Elks Theatre.

Day 4 – after breakfast at the hotel, we head back to Tucson and 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. Upon arrival in Tucson you will be delivered home by our luxury livery service. 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!

Price:
$1,280.00 per person/double
$1,531.00 per person/single
($80.00 per person deposit)

Includes:  Pick-up/drop-off livery service, roundtrip transportation via luxury motorcoach, 3 nights lodging, 8 meals, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments and driver tips.

 

 

The Best of the Bay Area Tour
December 12 to 17, 2018

This 6-day and 5-night tour immerses you in San Francisco and the surrounding area, which is especially festive around the holidays. View breathtaking scenery, eat fantastic meals, and explore one of the world’s spectacular cities. We spend 5 nights at a wonderful hotel in a terrific locale, and experience the Bay area and its wonders.

Day 1 we fly to the Bay and transfer to our rooms at the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco. Overlooking the Bay, this highly rated hotel is in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf – the perfect location for exploring the area. We will have a splendid welcoming dinner this night. Day 2 we take a guided driving tour of the ever-changing and majestic city with so many notable landmarks. This afternoon we have a group lunch and then head across the Golden Gate Bridge and into the picturesque coastal town of Sausalito, and on to visit the famous redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument Park. We will have free time this evening to dine and explore San Francisco. Day 3 we go north for the day to Napa, starting with a gourmet lunch and ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Established in 1864, it is part distinctive Napa Valley fine dining restaurant and part museum – made up of exquisitely and faithfully restored vintage early 20th century Pullman cars. With its Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions, and plush armchairs, the Wine Train also evokes the elegant glory days of luxury train travel of the early 1900s. You get to sit back, relax, and savor every delicious bite and extraordinary scenery. We get back in time for you to explore San Francisco at night, seeing the beautiful holiday lights and shops at Union Square and the waterfront. Day 4 we journey south for the day to the Monterey and Carmel area. Driving along Highway 1, we are treated to the Pacific Ocean and mountain views, and quaint towns along the way to the Monterey Bay, where we will drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, a beautiful stretch of land and sea with stops at the famous Seal Rock, the majestic Cypress Point, the unique Pebble Beach and the Lone Cypress Tree. After a tasty group lunch we’ll visit the charming Carmel-by-the-Sea to stroll along the streets and enjoy some of the best specialty shops and art galleries, and then Monterey to stop at Cannery Row, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Day 5 we further explore San Francisco’s magnificent parks and museums, including Golden Gate Park, an urban park that’s over 1,000 acres and home to gardens, museums and recreation areas. We take in the California Academy of Sciences, with its astronomical exploits, dazzling gems and minerals, and living examples of extraordinary plants and animals, and the Japanese Tea Gardens, awakening of the senses with the sounds of an azalea-covered waterfall and the intoxicating scent of sweet wisteria. Then we visit the architecturally stunning de Young Museum, made from copper and complete with a 144-ft observation tower. It is like a beacon calling art lovers to this primitive-yet-futuristic mothership. Their permanent collection is ambitious and includes 27,000 paintings, sculptures, artifacts and crafts ranging from African textiles to pre-Columbian art to modern paintings. We then have a group dinner celebration in Little Italy. Day 6 we travel back to Arizona with great memories of this tour of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Price:
$3,275.00 per person/double
$3,996.00 per person/single
($200.00 per person deposit)

Includes Roundtrip air transportation, pick-up/drop-off livery service, 5 nights lodging, 10 meals (5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners) admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments and driver tips.

 

 

Tournament of Roses Parade Tour
December 29, 2018 to January 2, 2019

This 5-day and 4-night adventure is always popular. The highlight of this tour is the Tournament of Roses Parade, in Pasadena, California; one of the most widely recognized parades in the world. We take in the Rose Parade, see float decorating and have a festive New Years Eve celebration dinner.

Activity Level: Easy – good for just about anyone.

Day 1 – after getting picked up at your home by our livery service, we board our luxury motorcoach and travel west to Sherman Oaks, California and check into the Courtyard Marriott for the next 4 nights.

Day 2 – breakfast at the hotel and then we’ll visit The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, which houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography from its beginnings to the present, gathered internationally. Afterwards we visit the top of the OUE Skyspace LA, nearly 1,000 feet above the city and the premiere destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles. Then we will head to the iconic Santa Monica Pier to connect with the Pacific Ocean, stroll the beach and peoplewatch.

Day 3 – today is New Year’s Eve. We have breakfast at the hotel, and then we spend the morning at a favorite event – observing float creation and decorating. View the actual assembly of some of the flower-laden floats that you will see in the parade. This afternoon we visit the incredible California Science Center and take in the King Tut Exhibit. This King Tut exhibition—the largest ever to leave Egypt—features more than 150 real objects from King Tut’s tomb, including 60 that have never been on display outside of Egypt. Tonight we celebrate the upcoming New Year with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – Happy New Year! After breakfast, we travel to Pasadena to take our reserved grandstand seats that provide us a great view of the most photographed event in the world – the Tournament of Roses Parade! All of America’s eyes will be on Pasadena as the breathtaking floats roll down Colorado Blvd. This year’s theme is “The Melody of Life”, celebrating music, the universal language. It promises to be a parade full of fun, flowers, music and memories! After the parade, we will enjoy a hearty lunch and then visit Descanso Gardens, which features nine botanical collections, boasting a redwood forest, streams, a lake, a bird sanctuary and the largest camellia garden in the United States.

Day 5 – after breakfast, we travel back to Tucson with many happy memories of the Tournament of Roses Parade and other festivities. Upon arrival back in Tucson, you will be delivered home by our luxury livery service. Ring in the New Year with us!

Price:
$1,757.00 per person/double
$2,260.00 per person/single
($150.00 per person deposit)

Includes: Pickup/dropoff livery service, roundtrip transportation via luxury motorcoach, 4 nights lodging, 6 meals, pre-parade float viewing ticket, parade ticket and souvenir seat cushion, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments and driver tips.

 

 

Texas Hill Country and Presidential History Tour
January 22 to 28, 2019

Join us on a 7-day, 6-night tour that shows you the best of the Hill Country and immerses you in presidential history. The Texas Hill Country is one of the most beautiful regions in the country, with rolling hills, spring-fed rivers and lakes, diverse art and music offerings, and a wide variety of food. Texas is the only state with three presidential libraries and we will tour them all, while enjoying great food and hospitality along the way.

Day 1 we fly to Dallas and have a Guided City Tour, including the JFK Memorial, Pioneer Plaza (largest bronze collection in the world), Dallas City Hall (design by I.M. Pei), The Wilson Block (historic neighborhood, Queen Anne/Victorian Style Houses), The Art District (the largest in the world!), Dealey Plaza (JFK assassination Point) and much more. We check into a well-located Dallas Hotel for 2 nights and have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Day 2 this morning we visit the Sixth Floor Museum, which chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, and then visit Reunion Tower. This afternoon we visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center – Museum. Day 3 we depart for College Station and visit the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. Afterwards, we tour Royalty Pecan Farms. Tonight, we check in to an Austin hotel for a 3-night stay and then do three great Austin things in just one night! Join us as we feast on local BBQ, then head to the famous Broken Spoke for live music and a two-step lesson. Day 4 this morning we discover Austin’s musical heritage and what makes it the “Live Music Capital of the World”. This afternoon we visit the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. Day 5 today we travel to Texas Hill Country. First, we visit Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. The tour also includes viewing of the Junction School, the LBJ Birthplace, the “Texas White House” – the big ranch house on the river. We explore Downtown Fredericksburg, before heading back to Austin for dinner at a local restaurant. Day 6 this morning we head to Fort Worth and visit the stunning Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth – one of the foremost collections of international modern and contemporary art in the country. Afterwards we visit the Stockyards National Historic District and explore the Stockyards Museum, where legends are memorialized. We shop for unique Texas gifts and will watch a Longhorn Cattle Drive. Tonight, we check in to a Fort Worth Hotel for 1 night and have a farewell dinner at historic Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. Day 7 we fly back to Tucson directly from Dallas with terrific memories of the Texas Tour.

Price:
$2,981.00 per person/double
$3,643.00 per person/single
($200.00 per person deposit)

Includes:  Roundtrip air transportation, 6 nights lodging, 10 meals (6 breakfasts, 4 dinners), all airport transfers and motorcoach transportation in Texas, tours and attractions as described above, services of a tour director, hotel baggage handling, driver tips, and pickup/livery service.

 

 

New Orleans and Mardi Gras Parade (pre-Fat Tuesday) Tour
February 21 to 25, 2019

Have you ever wanted to go to New Orleans to attend a parade but did not want to hassle with the crowds and complicated logistics? Here is your chance to take in all the sights and sounds of this annual Carnival event! We will handle all the arrangements and you plan on a fun vacation.

Day 1 We fly to New Orleans. After our arrival in “America’s Most Unique City” we will transfer to the Drury Inn. This evening we will enjoy a get acquainted dinner with your fellow travelers. Day 2 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 we board a carriage for a ride through the French Quarter as you are leisurely led past many landmarks of New Orleans’ heritage. Free time to wander on your own to explore the shops, restaurants, unique streets and courtyards that make up the Quarter and Jackson Square. This evening we embark on a delightful dinner and jazz cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Day 3 this morning 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. Then we take position on St. Charles Avenue for lunch and the Mardi Gras parade that starts in the afternoon and stretches into the evening. This parade will contain three different krewes. Each krewe has their royalty, colorful floats, bands and various motorized units. And yes, the traditional beads will fly! (These parades are pre-Fat Tuesday events) Day 4 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. We then treat ourselves to a delicious and entertaining Jazz Brunch at the Court of Two Sisters Restaurant located in the French Quarter. Afternoon finds us taking part in a walking tour of the lovely Garden District. Enjoy the architectural splendor of this live oak-tree lined neighborhood as our guide shares the legend and lore of this sector of New Orleans. Day 5 we travel to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, which is located along Louisiana’s Great River Road. This restored antebellum mansion and the gardens are a delight to visit. We catch our afternoon flight back to Tucson with great memories of our visit to this unique area of America.

Price:
$2,489.00 per person/double
$2,893.00 per person/single
($200.00 per person deposit)

Includes:  Roundtrip air transportation, 4 nights lodging, 9 meals (4 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 3 dinners), all transfers and motorcoach transportation, parade seating on St. Charles Ave, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, driver tips and pickup/livery service.

 

 

All information subject to change