|Prescott Victorian Christmas Tour – highlighting the JS Acker Musical Showcase
December 7, 8 and 9, 2017
Get into the holiday spirit with this trip that will bring Christmas lights, music and plenty of cheer. Our destination on day one will be the mile-high city of Prescott. Especially at this time of year Prescott really drips in Victorian charm! We begin our visit to this lovely town by traveling to the Cerreta Candy Company to enjoy a factory tour of this 40 year old business. We’ll learn how the candy makers produce their wonderful caramels, Camelbacks and caramel popcorn as well as many other sweet items. We’ll even have a chance to sample some of the finished product! We then travel to Wickenburg to enjoy a delicious lunch at Wickenburg Ranch. A stop to explore the Caballeros Western Museum is a must before we travel to Prescott. Afternoon finds us checking into the Prescott Resort, which is perched high upon a hill overlooking the city, for a two night stay.
Day 2 we’ll enjoy some local touring. We begin with a visit to the Phippen Museum. This museum highlights the Western way of life of the cowboy and the rancher. Then we’ll take a walking tour, with a local docent, of Prescott’s historic courthouse square! After a hearty dinner we head to “downtown” Prescott for the JS Acker Musical Extravaganza. Here you will find close to 80 shops, boutiques and other businesses around the town square hosting different musical venues. You will hear Jazz, classical, country, pop and bluegrass! Take a leisurely stroll around Courthouse Square enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas.
Our final morning finds us enjoying a leisurely breakfast before we journey towards Southern Arizona. A stop en route at The Musical Instrument Museum which covers over 200,000 square feet and truly celebrates the universal language of music by exhibiting instruments from every country in the world. The MIM celebrates the contributions each and every country has made to our musical heritage via their approximately 5,000 instruments and with the use of the most technologically advanced wireless headsets and high-resolution video screens. We look forward to having you join us on this holiday tour that will certainly be filled with the sights AND sounds of this beautiful holiday season!
Includes: Roundtrip Transportation via coach, 2 nights lodging, 4 meals, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
San Antonio Holiday Tour
Light up your holidays with this 5 day and 4 night trip that finds us exploring this city famous for its rich history and richly decorated Riverwalk. We take an enjoyable flight to San Antonio and once we arrive are met by our chartered motorcoach and transfer to Drury Plaza located on the Riverwalk for a 4 night stay. This evening join with the other tour participants in our group and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Our second day finds us joining a local step-on guide who will give us a delightful city tour. You will discover many fascinating sights and insights in “The Alamo City”. We then visit The Alamo, the old mission, where a small band of Texans held out for 13 days against the army of Santa Anna, still stands. This evening we’ll enjoy a delightful dinner at the Tower of Americas.
The third day we’ll travel to the San Antonio Shoe Store or SAS for a tour of this American shoe manufacturer which was established in 1976. A delicious lunch is planned before we head to the South Texas Heritage Center. Here we’ll dive into the history of this wild and vivid land! Early evening finds us boarding a riverboat for a cruise on the Rio de San Antonio. This river gently winds through the city center. The restaurants, shops, holiday decor and festive mood that line the Riverwalk all make for a lively scene.
Our fourth morning finds us touring the LBJ Ranch and the Texas White House. We will explore this State Park and learn about President Johnson’s heritage, life and legacy. Lunch will be in the quaint town of Fredericksburg. Enjoy some free time on their main street absorbing the German themed shops and buildings.
Our fifth morning, before we board our flight to return home, we’ll enjoy a tour of the restored Steves Homestead in the King Williams Historic District. What a wonderful way to cap off this special tour. Dust off your boots and don your hat and join us, won’t you?
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson to San Antonio), 4 nights lodging, 7 meals, all transfers and coach transportation, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Viva Las Vegas Tour
Travel with us on this great trip to the “City of Lights.” This is not your typical gambling trip because we are going to “do” many sights in the casinos and around the town. We lodge all 3 nights at the Paris Hotel and Casino which is located in the heart of “the strip.” During our stay we’ll keep you busy touring but you’ll have free time to explore the nearby places. A visit to the Bellagio is on the agenda of course a walk through their conservancy and seasonal gardens is a must! A special adventure awaits as we board a pod on the High Roller. The 550′ observation wheel provides stunning views of The Strip and the surrounding mountains! A drive out to beautiful Red Rock Canyon is planned where the boulders and pinnacles in this park range in color from deep sandstone red to white! Also, we’ll visit the Ethel M Chocolate Factory to participate in a Chocolate Tasting Class and take a gondola ride at The Venetian. We’ll take in a matinee performance of “Mac King – Comedy Magic Show.” This show is a breath of fresh air in a town nicknamed “Sin City” because this man is funny without being vulgar! Eye popping tricks and good-natured jokes are the reason Mr. King has been a headliner at Harrah’s for over a decade. So if you feel a need to visit Lady Luck and check out some of the hot spots in Las Vegas this tour is for you! Join us!
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 6 meals, admissions as described above, show ticket to “Mac King – Comedy Magic Show”, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
BEST OF SOUTHERN CALFORNIA TOUR
This 7 day and 6 night vacation will take you to so many wonderful towns and sights in Southern California and we’ll handle the traffic from the comfort of the motorcoach and the Amtrak Train! San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Solvang and Palm Springs are all on our radar! We begin our adventure by traveling on Day 1 to San Diego. We’ll check into the Embassy Suites which is conveniently located in “downtown” for a two night stay. A delicious get-acquainted dinner is planned for this evening.
Day 2 finds us boarding an Old Town Trolley for an informative City Tour to explore this 2nd largest city in California. Our tour will end at Old Town where you’ll have free time to browse the historic grounds. We’ll top the day off with a delightful harbor cruise.
Day 3 we’ll board a morning Amtrak train that will whisk us through busy California towns and we’ll disembark in Los Angeles at iconic Union Station. After a delightful lunch we’ll board a fast elevator and ride to the 70th floor of OUE Skyspace. The views from the top of the iconic US Bank Tower building are worth a million bucks! Tonight we lodge at the Courtyard Marriott in Sherman Oaks.
Day 4 we board another Amtrak train for a leisurely and scenic trip to Santa Barbara. Some free time at the foot of Stearns Pier to visit the weekly Santa Barbara Arts and Craft Festival is planned. We’ll also plan visit to the Santa Barbara Mission which was founded in 1786. We’ll check into the Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel for a two night stay.
Day 5 we’ll journey to 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. Afternoon finds us enjoying a tasting at the Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos.
Day 6 finds us traveling to Palm Springs. We’ll join a step on guide who will show us the sights of this valley. You’ll be surprised how much there is to discover here.
Day 7 we’ll travel back to Southern Arizona with wonderful memories of this great tour of Southern California!
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 6 nights lodging, 10 meals, 2 train tickets, all admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Lake Powell & Rainbow Bridge Boat Trip, Colorado River Float Trip & Antelope Slot Canyon Tour
Looking for a little soft adventure and spectacular scenery? Then you have the right trip! This 4 day and 3 night tour takes in some of the most impressive geology in Arizona. We begin our motorcoach journey with a drive to Navajo land via Flagstaff. This afternoon we visit the Glen Canyon Dam Visitors Center before we check into our hotel for the next two nights which will be the Courtyard Marriott in Page. We will enjoy a get-acquainted dinner at a local restaurant before settling in for the night.
Day 2 we enjoy a ½ day cruise on Lake Powell and our destination is remarkable Rainbow Bridge. Lake Powell is a stunning 186 mile long lake surrounded by exceptional red rock scenery and full of cool blue water and is our pathway to Rainbow Bridge National Monument. This is the largest natural bridge in the world at 290 feet tall and 270 feet across and it is considered sacred by the Navajo culture. (For optimum viewing of the bridge a roundtrip walk/hike a total of 1.25 miles is necessary.) This afternoon we will enjoy a visit to a museum which is dedicated to the famous river explorer John Wesley Powell.
Day 3 we board jeeps that take us to the most visited sandstone slot canyon in the Southwest. This deep canyon has magnificent rock formations that are sculptured and colorful. Make sure you have plenty of film for your camera! Late morning has us boarding the large 20 person pontoon rafts that take us on a half-day smooth water float trip. We begin at the Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel, at river level, with the dam soaring 700 feet above us. For the next 15 miles, we will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river in the western United States. You will not believe your eyes! Our trip ends at Lee’s Ferry but will live on in your memory forever. This afternoon we travel to Flagstaff for our overnight at Little America Hotel.
Day 4 we stop to visit Montezuma Castle National Monument before we journey back to Southern Arizona after our unique adventure on the Colorado Plateau.
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, 6 meals, Lake Powell ½ day Rainbow Bridge boat trip, Float trip on the Colorado River, Jeep trip to Antelope Slot Canyon, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips, and pickup/livery service.
This great American city, known as “Music City”, is ours to explore on this 6 day and 5 night tour! We have acquired a block of rooms (all Atrium view) at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel where you will unpack once and really settle in. This hotel is big (it has over 9 acres of indoor gardens) and you’ll have plenty of time to explore it and to absorb the Southern hospitality on display here.
Our Day 1 finds us flying to Nashville and transferring to the Opryland Hotel. Enjoy a hearty dinner before settling in.
Day 2 we’ll enjoy a local sightseeing tour of “Music City” and of course we’ll greet singing tour guides on board as they show us around the area. This afternoon we visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and we’ll take in historic Studio B. Return to the hotel to freshen up before we board the General Jackson Showboat for a delightful dinner cruise. We’ll cruise along the Cumberland River enjoying good food and toe-tapping entertainment.
Day 3 we’ll take in Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. “America’s President” called this Greek Revival mansion home and the house, museum and historic site are worth a visit. A free afternoon back at the hotel is planned before we attend the evening performance of the Grand Ole Opry. 90 years ago the first Grand Ole Opry show was broadcast over the radio and the show is still going strong. After the performance we’ll enjoy a backstage tour of the Opry. What a treat!
Day 4 we’ll enjoy a tour of the Ryman Auditorium. This was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry and it simply oozes with musical history. Enjoy some free time in downtown Nashville before we take in the new Johnny Cash Museum. This paradise of music has a huge collection of items depicting the life of “The Man In Black.” Dinner at the Lovelace Cafe is on the agenda.
Day 5 finds us spending a leisurely morning exploring the Opryland Hotel. Did you know that you can take a Delta River Flatboat Cruise in the hotel? This afternoon we’ll take a tour of the Fontenel Mansion – the former home of Barbara Mandrell. Can you say “Country Royalty?” 20 rooms, 13 bathrooms, 5 fireplaces and 2 kitchens adorn this mansion and the stories of the Mandrells and their famous guests are fun to hear. Tonight we’ll attend the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater. This large dinner theatre features down-home cooking and great country entertainment.
Day 6 we fly back to Tucson with great memories of this relaxing musical trip!
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Nashville), all transfers and coach transportation, 5 nights lodging, 10 meals, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips, and pickup/livery service.
Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley Tour
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 the 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 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 and a stop at Cameron Trading Post, we head into Flagstaff where we treat ourselves with lodging at Little America Resort. We’ll enjoy a relaxing farewell dinner.
Day 4 we visit the Museum of Northern Arizona before we travel back to Tucson with great memories of our adventure!
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.
Durango, Silverton and Ouray, Colorado Tour
This springtime tour to the mountains is filled with fantastic scenery and unique history – if you like both then this itinerary will suit you fine. We begin our 6 day and 5 night journey with a trip through the Salt River Canyon. After a stop for lunch in the White Mountains we head to Gallup, New Mexico where we check into the Hilton Garden Inn. Enjoy a delicious group dinner before retiring for the evening.
Day 2 finds us exploring Mesa Verde National Park. This park is filled with cliff dwellings, rock art and panoramic canyon views. Our hotel for this night is the historic Strater Hotel, built in 1887 and is a prominent downtown landmark in Durango, Colorado.
Our 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 ore from the mines in the San Juan Mountains. Today it carries tourists through some of the most magnificent highcountry 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 Twin Peaks Lodge for a two-night stay. You’ll be glad because this area is stunning and understand 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, spring flower carpeted meadows and awesome views of pine studded peaks makes for a special outing.
Day 5 we travel around the mountain and descend through Lizard Head Pass for an afternoon visit to the Anasazi Heritage Center. This museum is of the Ancestral Pueblo culture and the other native cultures of the Four Corners region. This afternoon we’ll travel 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 6 we make our way back to Tucson ready to take on the Summer yet to come! Join us for this fantastic trip!
Note; There are elevations of 8,000’ and higher on this trip. Please note; some hotels on this tour do not have elevators.
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via coach, 5 nights lodging, 12 meals, Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge train ticket (closed coach car), jeep tour, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Washington DC & Annapolis Tour
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. We transfer to our local hotel 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! 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. 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 and government personnel are interred at this spot and the tour allows for stops at the Kennedy grave sites, Tomb of the Unknowns and Arlington House. A stroll along the historic cobblestone streets and time for shopping and lunch on your own is planned for this afternoon. 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 take in the new Museum of the Bible followed by time allotted to explore 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.
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. This tradition of mustering the troops is impressive. 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 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.
Day 7 finds us traveling back to Southern Arizona with many great memories of this wonderful trip having discovered Washington, DC, Mt Vernon and Annapolis.
Early Booking Discount: If you book and deposit on this trip before January 15, 2018 we will extend a $150.00 per person discount.
Includes: Roundtrip air, 6 nights lodging, 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners), all transfers and coach transportation, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips, and pickup/livery service.
Enchanting Islands of New England Tour
Just as the desert is heating up we’ll head East to escape and we’ll be sure to spend plenty of time nearby and on the water! We begin with a flight to Boston on Day 1 and transfer to an area hotel for the next two nights.
Day 2 finds us exploring Boston’s history! We’ll visit the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and then enjoy a tour along Boston’s famous Freedom Trail. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a narrated cruise around the Boston Harbor.
Day 3 we’ll travel to Plymouth and view the National Monument to the Forefathers, The Mayflower II and the Plymouth Rock before heading to Cape Cod. We arrive to the Red Jacket Beach Resort, located directly on the beach overlooking spectacular Nantucket Sound, for a three night stay.
Day 4 we’ll ferry to the enchanting Island of Nantucket. Enjoy Nantucket’s charm with its cobblestone main street, narrow roads, simple Quaker-style homes and handsome houses dating back to the whaling days of the early 19th century. A guided tour of the island is planned as well as free time to venture through the many shops and galleries before taking the ferry back to the mainland.
Day 5 we cruise to the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. This popular resort destination has a diversity of island towns where we’ll be sure to notice the leisurely pace. Oak Bluffs is on our agenda to tour, with its small Carpenter Gothic cottages as is Edgartown which is known for its stately Greek revival homes built by the sea captains of years ago. Back at the mainland we’ll enjoy a traditional lobster dinner.
Day 6 we travel to Aquidneck Island; more commonly known as Newport, Rhode Island – America’s first resort and yachting capital of the world. We’ll tour along the magnificent Ten Mile Drive where we’ll step back in time to the opulent era of the Gilded age. An afternoon tour of The Breakers is planned. This 70 room Italian style Renaissance-style villa was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. A classic schooner cruise around Narragansett Bay will top off our afternoon. We check into the Newport Harbor Hotel, located along Newport’s Harborfront, for a two night stay.
Day 7 we board an early morning ferry for a ride to the famous Block Island. This island is 12 miles off the coast of Newport and has been herald as “one of the twelve best unspoiled areas in the Western Hemisphere” and is known for its relaxing way of life. We’ll enjoy a guided tour and lunch at one of the Island’s grand hotels. After our return to the mainland we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 8 we transfer back to Boston and board our flight back to Southern Arizona ready to take on Summer!
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Boston), 7 nights lodging, 13 meals, all transfers and coach transportation, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
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 and it is scheduled for September 30 to October 12, 2018. We plan to take a group from Southern Arizona on a 13 day tour of the island and to include Dublin, Belfast, Killarney, Waterford and many, many points in between! We’ll use excellent hotels in all locations and expert tour escorts and local guides!
If you have Ireland – the Emerald Isle – on your “bucket list” then plan to join us in 2018.
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. Embrace your Celtic soul in 2018!
“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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