Carlsbad Caverns & Big Bend National Parks
March 2, 2023 thru March 8, 2023
Journey with us as we travel east by deluxe motorcoach this winter to explore magnificent White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns and Big Bend National Parks in Southern New Mexico and Western Texas, and wonderful spots in-between. We see starkly contrasting landscapes and scenery, from expansive white dunes to arrays of stalactites to roaring rivers and dramatic canyons, to night skies under telescopes and even experience modern art and splendid cuisine in El Paso and the small desert town of Marfa. You will love this tour!
7 days, 6 nights
Activity Level 3
11 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners) included
Roundtrip livery service included!
Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included
- White Sands National Park
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park
- Art in Marfa
- Big Bend National Park
- Museum of the Big Bend
- McDonald Observatory Solar Viewing & Guided Tour
- Cattleman’s Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch
- El Paso Museum of Art OR Mission Tour
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Pick-up/livery service
- 6 nights lodging
- 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
- Admissions & tours as described
- Services of a tour director
- Motorcoach refreshments
- Baggage handling where available
- All taxes and gratuities for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 – Home to White Sands National Park
This morning we depart from Tucson by motorcoach to New Mexico. We stop in Lordsburg for lunch at Kranberry’s Chatterbox. We continue through starkly contrasting landscapes before arriving at our first national park destination, White Sands – the largest gypsum crystal dune field on Earth. Afterwards, we travel on to Alamogordo for our one-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. (L)
Day 2 - Carlsbad Caverns
After returning to White Sands at dawn, we continue to Carlsbad Caverns National Park where our adventure begins with a self-guided tour hidden beneath the surface of the Chihuahuan Desert. The show cave, Carlsbad Cavern, includes a large limestone chamber, simply named the Big Room, which is almost 4,000 ft long, 625 ft wide, and 255 ft high at its highest point – the fifth largest chamber in North America and the twenty-eighth largest in the world. Once finished, we cross into west Texas, where we lodge for one night in Van Horn at the historic Hotel El Capitan. Tonight, we will enjoy our Welcome Dinner at the Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Marfa and the River Road
This morning we continue to the quirky, west Texas hill town of Marfa, known for its lively art scene, film festivals and exquisite dining. We will have some time in the walkable town exploring galleries, shops and an array of restaurants. After lunch we visit the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine where we learn about the distinctive natural history, human history and confluence of cultures before the arrival of the first Spanish explorations in 1535. Before heading to the McDonald Observatory, an affiliate of the University of Texas, Austin for our Evening Star Party we will check into the Prude Ranch in Fort Davis and enjoy an independent dinner. (B)
Day 4 – Big Bend National Park and Turlingua Ghost Town
Today, we travel the breadth of Big Bend National Park from the Persimmon Gap entrance to the Rio Grande Overlook to the east and up to Chisos Basin, the highpoint of the park. At Chisos Basin you can walk along the accessible boardwalk, take a short hike or enjoy the views from the visitor center. Enjoy lunch at the visitor center before boarding the motorcoach to visit continue through the west end of the park. Tonight, we check in for a 2-night stay at the Lajitas Resort, tucked away between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park. The resort is famous for its solitude, natural beauty, rugged desert environment and richness with Old West history. (B)
Day 5 - Big Bend National Park & Chisos Basin
Today we have a full morning exploring the scenery of majestic Big Bend National Park by motorcoach. The largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States, Big Bend protects more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles and 75 species of mammals. Wildlife, birds, rivers, limestone carved canyons, mountains and even a view of the Texas-Mexico border await us during our day as the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Rivers wind 118 miles through the park. You will have opportunity for short hikes along the Rio Grande. Before returning to the Resort, this evening we will visit the Ghost town at Turlingua and enjoy an independent dinner with live music at the Starlight Theater Restaurant and Saloon. (B,L)
Day 6 – Museum of the Big Bend & The McDonalds Observatory
This morning we drive one of the southwest’s most beautiful stretches of highway. The River Road snakes along the Rio Grande and Mexican border on one side and Big Bend Ranch State Park on the other with the twists and turns of a roller coaster. Tonight we enjoy our farewell dinner at the venerable Cattleman’s Steakhouse on Indian Cliffs Ranch, a working ranch that has provided the setting for some of our favorite movies (Lone Wolf McQuade and Courage Under Fire, just to name a couple). We continue to El Paso for a one-night stay at the Aloft Hotel in the heart of the city. (B,D)
Day 7 - El Paso to Home
Our tour concludes today with a visit to the El Paso Museum of Art and some time at the historic plaza for an independent lunch before boarding the motorcoach to return to Tucson. (B)
Itinerary subject to change.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
El Capitan Hotel
Van Horn, TX
Fort Davis, TX
El Paso, TX
$2,529 per person
$3,225 per person
Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
6 nights lodging
11 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
Admissions & tours as described
Services of a tour director
Baggage handling where available
All taxes and gratuities for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
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For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
The Activity Level for this tour is Moderate.
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Temperatures in New Mexico and Texas are usually sunny and mid-70's to low 60's during the day and lower 40's to low 30's at night. We advise you bring a light winter jacket, gloves and hat just in case of inclement weather and to wear layers for best insulation. Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy for walking in the National Parks. There are no dress codes to places we visit on this tour.
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