April 19 to 24, 2018This 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 (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 tour!Price:
$2,911.00 per person/double
$3,431.00 per person/single
($200.00 per person deposit)Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Nashville), all transfers and motorcoach 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 that 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 motorcoach, 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.
Washington DC & Annapolis Tour
Discover the past and present on this 7-day and 6-night tour to Washington DC and beyond. We begin our trip with a flight to the area and 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 Theater, 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 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 tour!
Includes: Roundtrip air (from/to Tucson), 6 nights lodging, 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners), all transfers and motorcoach transportation, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), 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. 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 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 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 tour!
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 motorcoach, 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.
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 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 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 and 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 hearlded 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 motorcoach transportation, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Three Trains an Ocean and the Redwoods Tour
We begin our 7-day and 6-night adventure with a flight from Tucson to Reno, Nevada. We’ll board our chartered motorcoach and travel to beautiful South Lake Tahoe for a two-night stay. We arrive at our hotel for the evening – The Lake Tahoe Hotel Resort. Day 2 we take a leisurely cruise on beautiful Lake Tahoe – the 2nd deepest lake in the US and the 10th deepest in the World. Crystal clear waters shimmer against the green pine tree clad mountains as we cruise along. The afternoon finds us further exploring the region. Day 3 we travel the shoreline to Truckee, CA. Here we’ll board the California Zephyr train and wind through the Sierra Nevada mountains. Our destination is Sacramento where we’ll visit the California State Railway Museum and discover the important role the “iron horse” made in connecting California to the rest of the nation. We’ll then travel to Napa for a two-night stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel. A group dinner is planned for tonight. Day 4 we board the Napa Valley Wine Train. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch as we travel in style through the Napa Valley. An afternoon wine tasting and tour at a local winery is planned. Day 5 we travel to Mendocino County and Willits, CA. Willits is known as the “Gateway to the Redwoods” and here we’ll board the historic Skunk Train. We’ll travel to Northspur, climbing the Eastern slope of the Coastal Mountain range before descending into the redwood-thick Noyo River Canyon and enjoy the pristine mountain air and a BBQ lunch before returning to Willits. We’ll reboard our motorcoach for the drive to Fort Bragg where we’ll check into the Beachcomber and our beachfront rooms. Day 6 we take in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens for a colorful, visual experience. Free time to stroll the charming coastal village of Mendocino. This afternoon we take in the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. This State Historic Park occupies spectacular headlands heading out into the Pacific and is a special spot to tour. Spend some time back at the Beachcomber exploring the beach and shoreline. A farewell dinner will be presented this evening for you to enjoy. Day 7 finds us traveling back to the Bay area airport for our flight back to Tucson. This trip is the perfect summer getaway. Book soon as it is sure to sell out!
Includes: Roundtrip air (Tucson/Reno/Oakland), 6 nights lodging, 12 meals, all transfers and motorcoach transportation, 3 train tickets, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling (air bag fee excluded), driver tips and pickup/livery service.
4th of July San Diego Style Tour
Join us on our tour to sunny, cool San Diego. Upon arrival via motorcoach from Tucson to San Diego we check into the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay – Downtown for a four-night stay. Day 2 of the tour finds us visiting Navy Pier and the Midway, which provides a look back at the history of America’s longest-serving Aircraft Carrier. Enjoy a self-guided tour that provides access to the mess deck, berthing spaces, hangar deck, flight deck and island superstructure. Spend some time this afternoon exploring the Hotel Del Coronado – a landmark 1880’s era hotel and it’s Queen Anne Revival style architecture. We’ll enjoy a group dinner this evening followed by the San Diego Symphony’s Star Spangled Pops! It will be a patriotic extravaganza with all-American hits from Main Street to Broadway – complete with John Phillip Souza marches, a tribute to the military and a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night sky! Relax in your reserved seats at the Embarcadero Marina Park and enjoy the sweet summer breeze off the harbor! On Day 3 we rise early and travel to Orange Avenue on Coronado Island for their 80th annual Independence Day Parade! If you are looking for flag wavers and patriots, this is the place! The parade has over 150 entries with high stepping bands, colorful floats and special groups. We’ll have a relaxing cruise on San Diego Bay this afternoon. What a great way to celebrate this special day! Day 4 we’ll travel to La Jolla for a visit to the Birch Aquarium and explore where wonders of the ocean come alive! Free time in downtown La Jolla is planned. This evening enjoy a delicious group dinner before we take our reserved seats for “Once” at the Lamb Player’s Theatre. This impressive ensemble of actors/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, “Once” tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Our final day we head back to Southern Arizona. This great tour offers patriotic events all wrapped in average 76-degree temps! Join us, won’t you?
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via motorcoach, 4 nights lodging, 8 meals, all admissions as described above, reserved seating for “Once” and the Star Spangled Pops concert, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Santa Fe & Taos Tour
“The City Different” is the perfect title for Santa Fe, New Mexico – a world-renowned travel destination unlike any other city in North America. This 5-day and 4-night motorcoach tour will show you this city known for its rich history, heritage, arts and culture. Day 1 we begin our tour with a pleasant drive from Southern Arizona to Albuquerque and check-in to the Drury Inn. Day 2 we ride the Sandia Tram – the world’s largest aerial tramway. The glass-walled cable car transports us above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain. After a planned lunch, we’ll travel to Santa Fe. Nestled into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe sits at a comfortable elevation of 7,260’. We lodge for 3 nights at the Drury Inn Santa Fe, which is within walking distance of the historic plaza with its many shops, restaurants and churches, and is a terrific location to spend your free time. A guided walking tour will help us discover the rich history and celebrated spirit of this wonderful city filled with famous characters and historic architecture, including Loretto Chapel, home of the miraculous staircase. Our 3rd day we explore world class museums in Santa Fe, starting with a visit to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. O’Keefe was known as the Mother of American Modernism and permanently moved to New Mexico in 1949. This afternoon we visit Museum Hill for a self-guided tour of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and tonight have a delicious group dinner. Day 4 we travel to Taos, established in 1615, and tour the Kit Carson Home and Museum. Mr. Carson was a famous Mountain Man and Indian Scout and built this simple home in 1843 for his new bride Josefa Jaramilla. We then have a delicious lunch at El Monte Sagrado before we travel to the Taos Pueblo. Taos Pueblo is an ancient pueblo – approximately 1000 years old – belonging to a Northern Tiwa speaking Native American tribe of Pueblo people, and we will have a local person conduct a walking tour of this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our 5th day we travel back to Southern Arizona with great memories of this special vacation – Santa Fe and Taos style!
Includes: Roundtrip transportation via motorcoach, 4 nights lodging, 9 meals, admissions as described above, services of a tour director, baggage handling, bus refreshments, driver tips and pickup/livery service.
Canadian Maritimes Tour
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.
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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
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
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!
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
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!
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
Experience the wild, enchanting coastal routes as you explore the Emerald Isle in our thirteen-day tour. Along the way you’ll encounter ruined castles, quiet lakes, natural wonders and legendary characters.
Day 1 – board your overnight flight from Tucson to Dublin. Day 2 – on arrival in Dublin, after settling in at your hotel, you will have a pleasant evening of dinner and wine hosted by your Tour Director. Day 3 – you will delve into Dublin’s elegant squares during a guided tour, visiting famous O’Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle and experience the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College with insight into its history. Then, enjoy fast-track entry into the 9th century Book of Kells exhibition. Your afternoon and dinner are free to explore in Dublin. Day 4 – travel from Dublin to Cork to visit one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centers and the acclaimed 100-year old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life’ during a walk through the beautiful surrounds. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world’s fastest field game. The ancient Celtic sport of Hurling is over 3,000 years old and Ireland’s national sport. Continue to your spa resort hotel in Cork. Day 5 – enjoy a guided tour around the compact university city of Cork, and then continue to ruined Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence. Next, cross the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the peaceful town of Killarney. Day 6 – start your day with a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local Jarveys. Then take a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is breathtaking beyond words. Journey past lush lakelands and around towering cliffs as you appreciate sweeping sea views. Continue through delightful villages like Sneem and cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll’s Gap to admire Queen Victoria’s Ladies View. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Day 7 – in the morning, take to the wide skies, peaceful towns and coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula. Drive to dramatic Slea Head at the peninsula’s far end, then continue through the picturesque thatched village of Adare to Limerick. At night, enjoy a special evening with a cooking demonstration and dinner. Day 8 – in Limerick, see the Treaty Stone, St. Mary’s Cathedral and medieval King John’s Castle. Move on to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. On arrival, see the Lynch Memorial and Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. See the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to President John F. Kennedy. Day 9 – spend a day at leisure to relax and enjoy Galway. Perhaps join an optional experience to the Aran Islands – a genuine highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way. With their cliffs and spectacular coastal views, the islands are a true Irish experience. Day 10 – continue to County Sligo, stopping at a peaceful churchyard in Drumcliffe to visit the final resting place of Ireland’s famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Admire the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal as you cross into Northern Ireland bound for the ancient walled city of ‘Derry.’ On arrival, sightseeing with one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall. Day 11 – journey to the legendary Giant’s Causeway, a breathtaking geological masterpiece. Next, prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty as you travel along the road clinging to the Antrim Coast. Continue onto your hotel, overlooking the golden sands of Ballygally Bay. In the evening, please join us for a finale Celebration Dinner, where old-fashioned hospitality is blended with good food and wine for an experience that delights the senses. Day 12 – continue around the Antrim Coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Then enjoy a local tour – seeing the City Hall, Queen’s University, Stormont and the Belfast Murals. Day 13 – depart Dublin back to Tucson.Price:
Includes: Roundtrip air (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 enchance your Ireland experience. (Your US Passport must be valid at least 6 months after exiting Ireland.)
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta & Santa Fe Tour
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!
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 Color Tour
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.
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.
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