Upcoming Trips

Colorado Rail Adventure

Colorado Rail Adventure

September 28th-October 6th, 2017

$2285 (Double Occupancy) $2910 (Single) Land Only 

We will purchase our air as you sign up for this tour.  Call the office for more information. 

Teddy Roosevelt described a train journey through Colorado as "the trip that bankrupts the English language." Find out for yourself! Beginning and ending in Denver, this extraordinary itinerary makes a great circle of the Rockies and includes six remarkable train rides that fully justify President Roosevelt's enthusiasm.

Due to an early start on Day 1 of the tour, we’ve arranged for a pre-tour overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn, in vibrant downtown Denver.  Located just one block from the 16th Street pedestrian mall, the hotel is within walking distance of hundreds of restaurants, as well as many entertainment options. 

Day 1 - Denver / Georgetown Loop Railroad

Your tour begins in Denver this morning, as you board your deluxe motorcoach for the drive up to spectacular Clear Creek Canyon to Georgetown. Enjoy lunch followed by the first scenic rail excursion of the tour: a journey on the narrow gauge Georgetown Loop Railroad. The train's route connected the mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume and was designed as a corkscrew and includes horseshoe curves and four bridges across Clear Creek. It was completed in 1884 and operated by the Colorado & Southern Railway for both passengers and freight from 1899-1938. After your picturesque journey along the narrow gauge railroad, embark on a scenic drive south along the Front Range to Colorado Springs, your home for the next two nights. Dinner is included this evening. Overnight Colorado Springs, CO (L, D)

Day 2 - Pikes Peak Cog Railway / Garden of the Gods

This morning board the world's highest cog railway, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and ascend to the 4,300-metre summit of Pikes Peak, which inspired the lyrics to “America the Beautiful.” After this breathtaking excursion, proceed to the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Centre where there will be time for lunch on your own before enjoying a film on the amazing natural wonders of this National Natural Landmark. Your day continues with a drive through the towering red rocks of the “Garden” and a stop at the renowned Garden of the Gods Trading Post where there will be time to shop for American Indian art at one of the finest Native American stores in the west. Overnight Colorado Springs, CO (B)

Day 3 - Scenic Drive to Durango

Prepare for bountiful scenery today! The drive west over the Rockies is an incredible one as you cross Ute, Trout Creek, Poncha and Wolf Creek Passes en route to the glorious San Juan Mountains and today's destination of Durango. Traveling from Colorado Springs to Durango, we look for wildlife as we enjoy relaxing views of the parks and mountains of central Colorado while traveling over Ute Pass, the Continental Divide, and Trout Creek Pass to the base of the Sawatch Range. After lunch in Salida, we note the changes in the landscape as our guide explains the history, culture, and geology of southern Colorado while we cross Poncha Pass and enter Luis Valley, skirting the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains. Overnight Durango, CO (B)

Day 4 - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Today embark on the grandest of all Colorado rail journeys, the steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad's ascent of the Animas River Canyon to the ghost town of Silverton. The train travels 45 miles north from Durango through scenery that resembles that of Switzerland. The climb begins in the valley of the Animas River before the canyon narrows, all roads vanish, and for 30 miles there exists only the railroad, the glacial green waters of the Animas and the 3,657 to 4,267-metre peaks of the San Juan Mountains. There will be time for lunch on your own in Silverton as well as time to explore the shops before returning to Durango this afternoon by coach with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Durango, CO (B)

Day 5 - The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Early this morning the group will drive to Chama, New Mexico where you'll board the longest narrow gauge steam railway in North America: the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The route follows the former Denver & Rio Grande San Juan Extension for 64 miles over the 3,058-metre Cumbres Pass through the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Past the divide the train enters the deep canyon of the Rio de Los Pinos (River of Pines), and for 50 miles no paved road crosses the tracks. There will be a stop for lunch in Osier, after which the train's journey continues with a steep descent past Toltec Gorge. Your day concludes in Alamosa, where the evening is at your leisure. Overnight Alamosa, CO (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Today's excursion takes us along Colorado's standard gauge Rio Grande Scenic Railroad from Alamosa to La Veta. This line restores passenger service to the wildly beautiful La Veta Pass, a summit last crossed by regularly scheduled passenger trains over 50 years ago. We will enjoy our lunch onboard. Continue by coach to Great Sand Dunes National Park, where the endless easterly wind across the San Luis Valley has created towering sand dunes which rise to 228 meters above the valley floor against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Overnight Alamosa, CO (B, L)

Day 7 - Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Today explore the Royal Gorge canyon's depths aboard the restored Royal Gorge Route Railroad in the first-class vista-dome car. A highlight of the journey is the stop at “Hanging Bridge” the narrowest point in the chasm. The excursion concludes with a visit to the soaring Suspension Bridge and the inclined railway from the rim to the river's edge. After such a fantastic day, the group will drive back to Denver, where the evening will be at your leisure. Overnight Denver, CO (B, L)

Day 8 - Denver

Your tour comes to a close after breakfast this morning. Your tour manager can assist you with transfers to Denver Airport . (B)

 

New Orleans Holiday 2017

New Orleans Holiday

Featuring 4 Nights in the French Quarter

November 28th-December 2nd, 2017

$1799 (Based upon Double Occupancy) Includes Round trip Airfare Phoenix

Day One:  We’ll arrive in New Orleans for a four-night stay in the exciting French Quarter—famous for jazz clubs and fabulous restaurants!  Early evening we’ll enjoy a Reveillon Welcome Dinner, a traditional Creole holiday feast, included. 

Day Two:  Breakfast is included at the hotel, and then we’re off to enjoy an easy walking tour of the French Quarter, featuring the Saint Louise Cathedral with adjoining Cabildo and rectory, Bourbon Street, Pirates Alley and the French Marketplace.  We’ll visit the famous Café du Monde for café au lait and beignets, and later in the afternoon we’ll board the Steamboat Natchez for a relaxing cruise on the Mississippi River.  The evening finds us at the New Orleans School of Cooking, to enjoy a remarkable dinner, included, with our fellow travelers. 

Day Three:  Breakfast is included at the hotel, and then we’re off to explore the city of New Orleans.  We’ll travel along historic Saint Charles Avenue, past Tulane University, visit a unique above ground cemetery, and then drive through the Garden District—which features one of the best preserved collections of historic southern mansions in the United States.  We’re also have an opportunity to experience some of the incredible rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina.  Later we’ll travel beyond the city limits to tour Oak Alley Plantation, one of the state’s most visited antebellum homes, featuring a quarter-mile long canopy of giant live oak trees believed to be 300-years old.  Later we’ll return to the hotel, and enjoy a free evening.

Day Four:  Breakfast is included at the hotel, and then we’ll have an opportunity to explore the French Quarter and the city of New Orleans at our leisure!  Stroll the cafés and art galleries, visit the Mardi Gras Museum, Santa’s Quarter a super-popular holiday shop, the World War II Museum… we could go on and on!  Later in the day we’ll enjoy a magnificent farewell dinner, included, at the Court of Two Sisters, one of the French Quarter’s oldest and most famous restaurants.  After dinner we’ll board a motorcoach for a short ride to the New Orleans City Park to visit the Celebration in 

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Includes One-Night Stay at Twin Arrows Casino Resort

August 14th & 15th, 2017  Monday & Tuesday 

$285 Per Person (Double Occupancy)

Day One:  We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies, on our way to enjoy lunch on self, in Flagstaff, at the 1899 Bar & Grill—a true Travel Club favorite!  After lunch we’ll jump back on the bus and head into the high pine forests of the Flagstaff area, and Walnut Canyon National Monument!  We’ll enjoy a relaxing driving tour through Walnut Canyon’s amazing geological cliff formations, where the former homes of ancient inhabitants are easily evident.  Walnut Canyon is six-miles long and encompasses 360 acres.  The ledges formed by winding Walnut Creek left natural alcoves that were perfect for sheltering native people from the wind and snow that reaches the Monument’s higher elevations.   Sometime between 1100 and 1250, over 100 people called Walnut Canyon their home; growing crops along the rim and in crevices along the walls.  Walnut Creek flowed down the canyon floor, sustaining a unique community of cliff dwellers whose homes can be seen from the visitor’s center.  After this incredible stop, we’ll make our way to another remarkable destination—Meteor Crater—the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site.  Meteor Crater is the result of a collision between a piece of an asteroid traveling at 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth; approximately 50,000 years ago.  Nearly 1 mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep, this world-class tourist venue offers an outdoor observation trail, air conditioned indoor viewing, and an interactive discovery center.  Later we’ll hop back on the bus and head for Twin Arrows Casino Resort—our home base for the night!  After checking in we’ll be free to enjoy the evening.  Twin Arrows—home to four restaurants—offers something for everyone—from a quick bite to a fine dining experience.  Dinner is on self, and we’ve always enjoyed The Grand Falls Buffet, which features a great assortment of American, Asian and Navajo entrée choices—including authentic Navajo fry bread and mutton stew, a fresh salad bar, cake and soft drinks.  The evening is yours to enjoy; check out the pool, swing by the lounge for a cocktail, or hit the casino if you are so inclined! 

Day Two:  Breakfast is on self at the hotel, and then it’s bags out and we’re back on the bus— headed for The Desert View Entrance of the Grand Canyon, sometimes called, “The Other South Rim.”  This lesser known east entrance to the Grand Canyon, as with all sides of the Grand Canyon, features breathtaking, heart stopping views of one of the world’s Seven Wonders!  Less accessible, offering fewer amenities, the Desert View entrance is also less mobbed by tourists.  We’ll begin our Grand Canyon tour with a stop at the iconic Desert View Watchtower.  This is what you will see from there: to the east the Painted Desert, then follow the Colorado River and watch it make a big loopy turn to the west, The North Rim is 10 miles ahead and we’ll explore a panoramic view that stretches more than 100 miles!  We’ll enjoy a leisurely driving tour, with plenty of stops at the scenic overlooks along the Desert View Drive—a spectacular 25-mile stretch running east to west along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Eventually we’ll arrive in Grand Canyon Village for lunch on self, with several wonderful restaurants to choose from, including the world famous El Tovar Dining Room.  After lunch, we’ll hightail it for home, enjoying spectacular scenery and some great stops along the way!  This is going to be a remarkable tour, offered at a great price.  Don’t miss out on the fun!

 

 

 

 

Exploring Arizona'sHigh Counry and the White Mountain Trail System

Exploring Arizona’s High Country & The White Mountain Trail System

September 19th-21st, 2017  Tuesday-Thursday

$399 (Based Upon Double Occupancy)  $64 (Single Supplement)

Come September, with the heat of the Valley still upon us, Arizona’s White Mountains are the perfect destination for nature lovers of all stripes.  At elevations of 6,500 to 9,000 feet, this high country setting offers crystal mountain lakes surrounded by pine forests and lush green meadows.  It is also the home of The White Mountain Trail System—a series of 25-30 interconnecting, multi-use trail loops—an excellent trail system that has been nationally ranked as one of the nation’s premier hiking destinations.  Tranquil and scenic, most trails are also inhabited by watchable wildlife, including elk, deer, antelope, turkey, quail, rabbit and more.  A unique feature of the Trail System is the loop concept.  Traditional trails take us from point A to point B, requiring a return trip over the same terrain.  The Trail System takes us from point A to point A, along a loop offering connector loops that vary in length, and level of difficulty—a great system for all ages.  Clubbies have long been requesting more time at Fools Hollow Lake, Woodland Lake Park, Big Springs Environmental Study Area and Billy Creek—five fabulous parks connected  to the trail system—and we’ll go with the flow, exploring as much as time allows. 

Day One:  We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies in Payson, on our way to enjoy lunch on self in Heber, at The Red Onion.  A true Travel Club favorite, The Red Onion is famous for their cheeseburgers, homemade chili and daily lunch specials.  After lunch it’s back on the bus and we’ll enjoy the most remarkable scenery on our way to Hon-Dah Casino Resort, our headquarters for the next two nights.  Nothing fancy, the Hon-Dah hotel rooms are clean and cozy, and buffet style dinner is included, at the Indian Pine Restaurant.  After dinner we’ll enjoy a free evening.  Check out the casino if you are so inclined, kick back with a cocktail in Spirits Bar, or enjoy the heated pool, spa or sauna. 

Day Two:  Breakfast is included at the hotel, and then it’s back on the bus and we’re off to explore The White Mountain Trail System.  With an eye on scenic and easy—feel free to participate to whatever level you feel comfortable.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Arizona’s White Mountains, and we’ll see as much of it as time allows.  Late afternoon we’ll return to our hotel, where we’ll enjoy dinner, included, and another free evening.

Day Three:   Breakfast is included at the hotel, and then it’s bags out and we’re back on the bus headed for home.  We’ll enjoy a scenic loop tour back to the Valley taking us through the Salt River Canyon, a 2,000 foot-deep river canyon, so gorgeous and loaded with history that it is often referred to as the Little Grand Canyon.  This stretch of highway is broad and well-paved offering some of the most dramatic views ever seen from a bus window!  We’ll make our way into Globe, where we’ll stop for lunch on self at Guayo’s Mexican Restaurant, where the price is right and the food is great.  After lunch it’s back on the bus, and we’ll hightail it for home with plenty more great sights to enjoy along the way.  This affordable tour includes so much!  Don’t miss out on the fun.  Call in your reservations and come with us. 

 

 

 

 

 

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