White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns & Big Bend National Parks
January 17, 2022 thru January 22, 2022
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!
6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level 3
9 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners) included
Hold your space today!
Roundtrip livery service included!
Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included
- White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, Big Bend NP
- McDonald Observatory
- Ft. Davis Historic Site
- National Park
- Indian Cliffs Ranch
- El Paso Museum of Art
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Pick-up/livery service
- 5 nights lodging
- 9 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
- Admissions as described
- Services of a Tour Director
- Baggage handling
- Motorcoach refreshments
- Taxes & gratuities for included items
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
Today 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, named simply 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 Fort Davis. We’ll have dinner at the Black Bear Restaurant, and then our night is filled with a huge Star Party at the McDonald Observatory, which is affiliated with the University of Texas, Austin. (B,D)
Day 3 – Marfa
This morning we continue to the western Texas hill town of Marfa, known for its lively art scene, film festivals and exquisite dining. We tour the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art museum with renowned architecture in a serene setting, and enjoy strolling the walkable town, exploring galleries, shops, and an array of restaurants. Then we are on to Lajitas, where we lodge for two nights at the Lajitas Resort, tucked away between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park. The resort famous for its solitude, natural beauty, rugged desert environment and richness with Old West history. (B)
Day 4 – Big Bend National Park
We meet our local expert guide this morning for a full day 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. (B,L)
Day 5 – Big Bend National Park to El Paso
This morning we visit the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, we learn about the distinctive natural history, human history, and confluence of cultures before the arrival of the first Spanish explorations in 1535. Later we tour 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) and enjoy our farewell dinner at the venerable Cattleman’s Steakhouse. We continue to El Paso for a one-night stay at the Aloft Hotel, in the heart of the city. (B,D)
Day 6 - El Paso to Tucson
Our tour concludes today with a visit to the El Paso Museum of Art and some time at the historic plaza before boarding the motorcoach to return to Tucson. (B)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Ft. Davis, TX
El Paso, TX
$1,863 per person
$2,295 per person
Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
5 nights lodging
9 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
Admissions as described
Services of a Tour Director
Taxes & gratuities for included items
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We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP CHOICE
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$137 costs trip costs from $1,501 to $2,000. $187 covers trip costs from $2,001 to $3,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
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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-50'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.