EXPERIENCES - a TJ's Travel Club for Seniors
Promoting Friendship & Memorable Life Experiences through Travel
TJ's Travel Club for Seniors was founded in 1984, by Jeff Reed, a retired Gerontologist. Jeff has traveled more than one million miles on escorted tours with senior citizens since then. We have chapters throughout the State of Arizona.
We offer hundreds of one, two and three day tours throughout the Southwest, and several Extended Tours and Cruises every year. The Travel Club has chapters in the Phoenix area, the East Valley and the Sun City area. If you would like to know more about our shorter tours, click on "Newsletter" in the banner at the top of the page. You can download the latest E edition of "Experiences", our monthly newsletter.
If you would like, you can download the latest E Edition of "Experiences", our monthly newsletter by clicking on the tab "Newsletter" at the top of this web page. You will be directed to a PDF file download of the latest E copy. Once downloaded, you can print the newsletter, or you can send it to friends and family.
In addition to providing various trips and tours for our club members, we also customize tours to Arizona and the Southwest for senior groups from around the world.
TJ's Travel Club offers 1, 2 and 3-day tours throughout the Southwest.
We travel, on average, 12 to 14 days each month, visiting interesting destinations throughout Arizona and neighboring States. The Travel Club also sponsors several Extended Tours and Cruises every year to destinations worldwide.
You can download the latest E-issue of the monthly newsletter "Experiences" at the top of this page. Just click on the banner "Newsletter" You can download or email the newsletter to friends!
Why not join us, learning first hand why "we are off our rockers and traveling the world!"
It's easy. Call us at (480) 497-2478. You can also email us at the address on the home page of this web site.
Lake Havasu Balloon Festival
January 12th-14th, 2017, Thursday - Saturday
Final price per person and Festival Dates to be determined
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee and goodies, on our way to Quartzsite for lunch on self. After lunch we’ll sightsee our way to beautiful Lake Havasu City! We’ll check into our hotel and after a refresh, we’ll head out to enjoy a little “club style” touring of Lake Havasu City. Later that evening we’ll enjoy dinner on self at Javalina Cantina—offering fantastic Sonoran style Mexican food and wildly creative margaritas! Thursday night specials are $3 Coronas and half priced appetizers like delicious Baja shrimp cocktails, nachos grande, chicken quesadillas and so much more. Weather permitting, we’ll relax on the large outdoor patio dining area with a stunning view of the world famous London Bridge and Bridgewater Channel.
Day Two: Breakfast is included at the hotel, and after breakfast we’ll travel the short distance to the balloon field for the spectacular morning mass ascension. Afterwards we’ll spend the day enjoying the festivities offered around the fairgrounds, including an arts & crafts show, great vendor’s booth, live music and so much more. Our bus will be available to shuttle from the balloon field to the hotel and back throughout the day. As the sun sets we’ll rally again for the the incredible Glow Spectacular, one of the most dramatic events of the balloon festival; when the pilots ignite the burners of their tethered balloons simultaneously, and the colorful balloons glow like enormous holiday ornaments. That should complete our day at the balloon field and we’ll return to the hotel to freshen up before dinner at Shugrue’s Restaurant & Bar. The menu at Shugrue’s is large and impressive, certainly offering something for everyone. Chef’s Selections include a New York pepper steak topped with Jack Daniels sauce, baked Alaskan halibut in a dijon garlic crust, medallions of beef tenderloin with grilled shrimp, lump crab, fresh asparagus and Béarnaise sauce… just to name a few! This fabulous dinner, along with a glass of red of white wine, is included. Shugrue’s offers a relaxed atmosphere and a stunning view of the Bridgewater Channel and the world-famous London Bridge, and we’ve always had a great time there. Later we’ll enjoy a free evening.
Day Three: We’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel, included, and then it’s bags out and we’ll head for one of Arizona’s most interesting ghost towns—Oatman! This crazy town began as a mining tent camp, over 100 years ago, but quickly became a flourishing gold mining center in 1915, when two miners struck a ten million dollar gold find! Mining in Oatman was short lived, but Oatman survived by catering to travelers on old U.S. Route 66. The town nearly died when the route became what is now Interstate 40! Today tame burros roam the streets, descendants of the early mining burros. We’ll check out the Oatman Hotel, where Clark Gable and Carol Lombard honeymooned in 1939 and we’ll enjoy a little lunch on self. Then it’s back on the bus, as we head for home, with plenty of great sightseeing along the way!
The Havasu Balloon Festival just keeps getting bigger and better every year. Don’t wait to call in your reservations, as hotel rooms in Lake Havasu City are very limited the weekend of this popular festival!