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Costa Rica Adventure

Costa Rica Adventure

Featuring Three Multi-Night Stays

January 17th-25th, 2018

$3245 (Based on Double Occupancy)  Includes Round Trip Airfare from Phoenix


* Paos Volcano National Park

* Coffee Plantation Visit

* Jungle Crocodile Safari Cruise

* Arenal Volcano National Park

* Monteverde Cloud Forest

* Selvatura Park & Hanging Bridges

* Butterfly Garden

* Hummingbird Garden

* Orchid Garden Tour

* Sarchi Artisan Village

* Three Multi-Night Stays, Including 2-Night Coastal Resort Stay


* Roundtrip Airfare

* 16 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners

* Professional Naturalist Tour Director

* Motorcoach Transportation

* Hotel Transfers

* Admissions Per Itinerary

* Comprehensive Sightseeing

* Baggage Handling  

Day One:  Depart Phoenix—Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica

Arrive in San Jose, meet your Professional Naturalist Tour Director and transfer to you hotel.  In 1502, on the fourth voyage of Christopher Columbus, the explorer and his crew discovered the Caribbean side of a beautiful territory that he called “Costa Rica” or “Rich Coast.”  Costa Rica is Central America’s greatest hidden gem, a haven for eco-tourism, offering lush forests, magnificent waterfalls, rumbling volcanoes and diverse ecosystems.  Overnight: San Jose

Day Two: San Jose—Poas Volcano National Park

Today enjoy the scenery of the Central Valley, surrounded by soaring mountains, strawberry plantations and flower farms.  Visit a coffee plantation to sample fresh Costa Rican coffee and learn about the history and cultivation of the coffee bean.  Later travel past tropical landscapes for a visit to Poas Volcano National Park, and view the dramatic mile-wide crater from an overlook.  Also stop at the Sarchi Artisan Village, known as the cradle of craftsmanship and an ideal place to shop for an oxcart, Costa Rica’s best known craft & souvenir.  Overnight in the Arenal Volcano National Park area (La Fortuna) for the next two nights.  Tonight join your traveling companions for a Welcome Dinner.  Meals: B, D  Overnight: La Fortuna 

Day Three:  La Fortuna—Day of Leisure

Today enjoy the amenities of your resort and spa hotel.  The resort features a wonderful viewing angle of the Arenal Volcano and is surrounded by lush gardens, walking paths, excellent bird watching, swimming pools and hot springs.  Enjoy dinner at the resort.  Meals: B, D  Overnight: La Fortuna 

Day Four:  Arenal Volcano National Park—Monteverde

This morning visit the Arenal Volcano National Park, one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.  Its constant emissions of gases and lava will amaze you.  Later check into your hotel in the Monteverde Cloud Forest area for a two night stay and enjoy dinner.  Meals: B, D  Overnight: Monteverde

Day Five:  Monteverde

Today experience the conservation project at Selvatura Park.  Enjoy a unique opportunity to walk across Hanging Bridges & discover first hand the natural beauty of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the largest and most enchanting wildlife sanctuaries in the Americas.  Enjoy interesting visits to the Butterfly Garden, home to 50 different species, and the Hummingbird Gallery, home to many species from the cloud forest.  Meals: B, D  Overnight Monteverde

Day Six:  Monteverde—Jaco Beach/Puntarenas

This morning travel west via motorcoach to the Jaco Beach/Puntarenas Beach area, located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, for a two-night stay.  Jaco Beach/Puntarenas area is one of the most visited coastal destinations in Costa Rica, and is well known for wildlife viewing, sport fishing and surfing.  Enjoy a visit to the Carara National Park, a tropical bird and wildlife sanctuary and one the world’s few nesting places for the scarlet macaw.  Meals: B, D  Overnight: Jaco Beach/Puntarenas

Day Seven:  Morning at Leisure—Crocodile Cruise

Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities of the resort complex.  Maybe take an optional excursion view Tranopy or Zip Line.  Later set out for an exciting Jungle Crocodile Safari Cruise.  The 2-hour cruise highlights crocodiles and spectacular bird-viewing, while cruising the Tarcoles River.  Meals: B, D  Overnight: Jaco Beach/Punarenas

Day Eight:  Jaco Beach/Punarenas—San Jose

This morning enjoy a bit of  leisure time before departing for San Jose.  Enroute visit an Orchid Garden and gain insight into the stunning diversity of orchids.  Tonight enjoy a special Farewell Dinner.  Meals B, D  Overnight: San Jose

Day Nine:  San Jose—Return to USA

Fly home filled with wonderful memories of Costa Rica.  Meal: B



Another Thanksgiving in Bisbee

Thanksgiving in Bisbee

November 23rd-25th, 2017

$559 Per Person (Based Upon Double Occupancy)

The Copper Queen Hotel was built in the late 1800’s by the Phelps Dodge Mining Company, to host the increasing number of dignitaries and investors visiting the booming mining town of Bisbee.  Despite the use of the most modern equipment and materials available at the time, construction of the hotel took four long years, and involved blasting much of the mountainside, and pumping water uphill to mix concrete.  The Copper Queen was famously opulent, with Italian tile installed throughout the lobby, a Tiger Oak front desk surrounded by a wrought iron security cage, and two-foot thick walls with an open-air hallway that acted as climate control.  In 1902, when the doors finally opened, the Copper Queen Hotel was the most modern in the American West. 

Day One: We’ll hit the road headed for Bisbee on Thanksgiving morning, with a stop for coffee & goodies, as we make our way to Tombstone to enjoy lunch on self.  After lunch we’ll take some time to explore the streets of Tombstone before jumping back on the bus for the last leg of the journey. Upon arrival in Bisbee we’ll check into the historic Copper Queen Hotel—our headquarters for the next two nights—we’ll take some time to refresh and then gather again in the hotel dining room for Thanksgiving dinner in the Copper Queen Café.  The Café should be looking sharp, having undergone an impressive dining room remodel, and a newly modernized kitchen.  Famous for their Thanksgiving buffet, we’ll settle into a private dining room to enjoy the traditional turkey and ham spread, with all the side dishes and pies galore.  Later we’ll enjoy a free evening, always fun in lively downtown Bisbee.

Day Two: Coffee is available on the second floor, and the restaurant opens at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast on self.  Later we’ll set out to enjoy the 35th annual Bisbee Historic Home & Building Tour.  We’ll stay together on our bus to explore ten homes, all remarkable, including a rammed earth and straw bale house, a Christmas house, and a historic Territorial home… just to name a few.  This fun treasure hunt of a tour always takes us into the most hidden and historic corners of Bisbee, once the richest and largest community in the west.  Bisbee’s mining boom led to the construction of many buildings, using several different architectural styles that are now historic and considered to be very special.  Volunteer docents will be onsite to explain the features of the homes and share some of the history.  We’ll also spend some time exploring historic downtown Bisbee, where we’ll enjoy lunch on self, at the restaurant of your choice.  Bisbee has many great restaurants to choose from, along with several art galleries, interesting  book shops, cozy coffee houses, antique stores and so much more.  Later we’ll enjoy dinner on self and a free evening, along with an opportunity to join the locals for the Festival of the Lights, an annual street party kicking off the holiday season. 

Day Three: Breakfast is on self at the hotel.  After breakfast we’ll gather again to explore the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.  Not just any small town museum, this National Registered Landmark was once the headquarters for the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company, later to be known as Phelps Dodge Corporation.  Although the mines closed in the 1970’s, the town’s legacy has been preserved not only in its architecture, but in the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum—a prestigious member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliations Program.  Now that we’ve seen how it was done, we’ll head over to the Queen Mine Tour, get into our hard hats, headlamps and slickers and head into the mine.  Retired Phelps Dodge employees will lead us 1,500 feet underground and recount mining days, techniques, dangers and dramas.  Afterwards we’ll begin our journey back to the Valley, with a stop for lunch on self, and plenty of great sights along the way.  Our Thanksgiving in Bisbee Tour is always a great success, and it fills quickly, Don’t wait to call in your reservations! 


The Sandhill Cranes of White Water Draw

Bisbee, Arizona & the Sandhill Cranes of Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area

February 4th-5th, 2018  Sunday-Monday

$299 (Double Occupancy)  $60 (Single Supplement)

Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee and goodies on our way to Tombstone, Arizona—the Town Too Tough To Die—where we’ll enjoy lunch on self.  Tombstone’s full of fun little restaurants, galleries and shops and we’ll explore the town’s historic streets before jumping back on the bus headed for Sierra Vista.  We’ll check into our hotel, and take some time for a refresh before heading into Bisbee to enjoy a fabulous three-course chicken dinner and a glass of wine, included, at award wining Café Roka.  After dinner we’ll head back to our hotel, knowing that we’ll be looking at a 5:00 a.m. wake-up on Day Two.  

Day Two:  We’ll hit the road by 6 a.m. headed for Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, one of the best places to view sandhill cranes, with an estimated winter population of over 30,000!  The Draw is in the Sulphur Springs Valley, a Chihuahuan desert grassland habitat, surrounded by Arizona’s sky islands. The sandhill cranes spend the night standing in Whitewater Draw’s shallow waters to evade predators, and then fly out each morning at the crack of dawn, to feed and socialize in the surrounding area. With an impressive wingspan of 6 to 7 feet, the early morning mass ascension of the sandhill cranes is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list!  There is no visitor’s center at the Draw, but there are restrooms, and we’ll be serving plenty of hot coffee along with a continental style breakfast.  In addition to sandhill cranes, the waters of Whitewater Draw attract many kinds of ducks, geese, herons, egrets, shorebirds, gulls and terns. We’ll also keep our eyes open for mammals using these grasslands as a source of food, water and shelter. Mammals seen here include mule deer, javelina, coyote, bobcat, desert cottontail and black-tailed jackrabbit. Formerly a cattle ranch, Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area was purchased in 1997 and is now managed to enhance wetland habitats and provide waterfowl  habitat, and wildlife viewing.  Later we’ll head back to our hotel for a quick refresh, then it’s bags out and we’re back on the bus headed for historic Bisbee.  We’ll take some time to explore this beautiful living ghost town, full of art galleries, coffee shops and antique stores.  Bisbee is also home to many wonderful little restaurants, and we’ll enjoy lunch on self.  Later we’ll head for home through the rolling grasslands of Southern Arizona—the beautiful San Raphael Valley—always an amazing driving tour.  This tour is a Travel Club Classic!  Call in your reservations and don’t miss out on the fun!



Lake Havasu Balloon Fest

Havasu Balloon Festival!

January 19th-21st, 2018 Friday-Sunday

$525 (Double Occupancy)

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—our headquarters for the next two nights—and after a refresh, we’ll gather again to head-out for the balloon grounds and the incredible Glow Spectacular.  This is one of the most dramatic events of the Balloon Festival—when pilots ignite the burners of their tethered balloons simultaneously—and the colorful balloons glow like enormous holiday ornaments—a fabulous way to kick-off the weekend.  Later we’ll head out to enjoy dinner on self at Shugrue’s, offering stunning views of  Bridgewater Channel and the world-famous London Bridge.  Shugrue’s is an American grill, known for their seafood and chops.  On Friday nights they offer a fantastic fish fry—moderately priced—complete with a big baked potato and slaw.  Later we’ll enjoy a free evening. 

Day Two: Breakfast is included at the hotel, and after breakfast we’ll travel the short distance to the balloon field for the breathtaking morning mass ascension.  Afterwards we’ll spend the day enjoying the festivities offered around the fairgrounds, including an arts & crafts show, great vendor’s booths, live music and so much more.  The 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 to enjoy dinner on self at Javelina Cantina—offering fantastic Sonoran style Mexican food and wildly creative margaritas!  Weather permitting, we’ll relax on the large outdoor patio dining area. After dinner 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! 


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