Upcoming Trips

Lake Havasu Balloon Festival 2017

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! 

 

 

Santa Fe at Christmas

Santa Fe Christmas

December 1- 5 (five days)

$1399 Double Occupancy per person  $499 Single Supplement

 

Tour Highlights

•Albuquerque City Tour

•Old Town Albuquerque

•Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

•Santa Fe City Tour

•Loretto Chapel

•Taos City Tour

•Taos Pueblo

•High Road to Taos

•4 Nights in Santa Fe - One Hotel

Inclusions

•Roundtrip Airfare

•Tour Director

•6 Meals:

4 - Breakfasts & 2 - Dinners

•Motorcoach Transportation

•Admissions per Itinerary

•Sightseeing per Itinerary

•Hotel Transfers

•Baggage Handling

Accommodations

•4 Nights Accommodations

4 - Inn of Governors, Santa Fe

5 Days  December 3, 2014

Day 1: Flight - Albuquerque, NM - Santa Fe Today fly to Albuquerque, founded in 1706, where you will meet your Tour Director. Travel to Santa Fe, the upscale resort and artist community with Spanish-Pueblo roots and check into your hotel for a four night stay. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. Santa Fe is famous for its holiday season decorations featuring a Southwestern flair.  The Plaza is the holiday hub featuring luminarias (or fralitos) and other colorful seasonal displays.

Meal - (D)      Overnight - Santa Fe

Day 2: Santa Fe City Tour

After breakfast enjoy a wonderful Santa Fe

City Tour including details about the history,

culture and unique architecture of this artist’s mecca.  See the Plaza, Loretto Chapel and the Palace of the Governor’s, a Santa Fe landmark built in 1610. Also visit The Shop-A Christmas Store, located near the Plaza and one of the country’s oldest year-round Christmas stores.  The store is well known for its inventory of holiday lights especially electric Luminarias and Chile Peppers. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your own pace in historic Santa Fe. During your Santa Fe leisure time maybe visit one of the many museums, stop by a few art galleries, explore the shops or relax at your hotel.

Meal - (B)           Overnight - Santa Fe

Day 3: Albuquerque City Tour

Today enjoy an Albuquerque City Tour featuring the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center depicting the history and culture of New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblos. Stop in historic Old Town giving you the opportunity to stroll the historic adobe buildings that house over 150 shops, galleries and restaurants. Also see the icon of Old Town, the San Felipe de Neri Church.  Old Town is wonderfully decorated during the holiday season. Later return to Santa Fe for an eve- ning at your own pace.

Meal - (B)            Overnight - Santa Fe

Day 4: Taos City Tour

Depart this morning and travel north via the “High Road to Taos” passing through ancient villages founded in the 1700’s. Stop in the Spanish village of Chimayo to visit El Santuario, revered by pilgrims for the healing power of dirt found inside the chapel. Arrive in Taos, the historic home of the Pueblo Indians that sits atop a plateau between the Rio Grande and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visit the Taos Pueblo, the only living Native American community designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. Enjoy a brief Taos City Tour and learn about this fascinating city rich in culture and scenery.  Enjoy time and shopping in the Taos Plaza, also well known for its traditional holiday decorations.  Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in the Santa Fe area.

Meals - (B,D)      Overnight - Santa Fe

Day 5: Santa Fe - Albuquerque - Home Today travel to Albuquerque for your flight home. Return with wonderful memories of your Santa Fe Holiday Tour.

Meal - (B)

Costa Rica

Costa Rica: A World of Nature

Featuring toruguero National Park, Tenorio Volcano and Manuel Antonio national Park

October 9 - 19, 2016

$3549 per person, double occupancy

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https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/709398

Smooth Water Rafting and Antelope Canyon

Smooth Water Rafting on the Colorado River & Antelope Canyon

October 25th-27th, 2016 Tuesday-Thursday

...................$629 (Based upon Double Occupancy)

Day One:  We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies on our way to enjoy lunch on self in downtown Flagstaff.  Charming and historic, Flagstaff is loaded with great little restaurants, shops and galleries, and we’ll spend some time there before jumping back on the bus headed for Page, Arizona.  With the mighty Colorado River and Lake Powell right on its doorstep, Page—our headquarters for the next two nights— is a land of spectacular beauty.  We’ll check into our hotel and after a refresh we’ll all gather for our own Happy Hour.  Later we’ll head to The Dam Bar, an old Travel Club favorite, for dinner on self.  The Dam Bar’s menu runs from burgers and sandwiches to steaks and seafood, pasta and so much more.  After dinner we’ll enjoy a free evening.

Day Two:  After breakfast, included, at the hotel, we’ll head out to explore this incredibly scenic region, offering some of the most heart stopping views in Northern Arizona.  Early afternoon we'll stop by the River’s End Café to pick up our yummy sack lunches before making our way to the Colorado River Discovery Welcome Center.  This is where we’ll begin our half-day rafting adventure.  Plenty of bottled water and lemonade will be available aboard our rafts and we’ll settle in to enjoy our lunch on the Colorado River.  Our jouney begins with an exciting ride down the two-mile long Glen Canyon dam access tunnel.  With the dam soaring 700 feet above us, we’ll board a motorized pontoon raft for our river adventure downstream, through one of the most dramatic stretches of river found in the American West.  Our experienced guide will tell the area’s story of former Native American inhabitants, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell, and the Colorado River’s modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system.  We’ll relax in the beauty of soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue waters and abundant wild life.  Afterwards we’ll return to our hotel for a refresh and our own Happy Hour.  Later still we’ll head out to explore the town of Page and enjoy dinner on self. 

Day Three:  After breakfast, included, at the hotel, it’s bags out and we’re off to explore the amazing natural beauty of Antelope Canyon.  Our guides are well-versed on how to best photograph the beams and dance of light on sand and stone that Antelope Canyon is known for around the world.  Antelope Canyon is a spiritual wonderland—a majestic blend of color, light and shape.  This is a bucket-list adventure!  Later we’ll begin our journey back to the Valley, with a stop for lunch and self, and plenty more great sightseeing along the way.  Don’t miss out on this incredible tour!

 

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