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)

 

Chaco Canyon in the Summer

Chaco Canyon National Historical Park in the Spring

June 30th - July 2nd, 2017  Friday-Sunday

$399 (Double Occupancy) $108 (Single Supplement)

Day One:  We’ll head towards Payson with plenty of sightseeing and a stop for coffee and goodies, on our way to Heber, Arizona, for lunch on self at the Red Onion Restaurant—a true Travel Club favorite.  After lunch we’ll jump back on the bus headed for Farmington, New Mexico, where we’ll check into our hotel—our headquarters for the next two nights.  We’ll take some time for a refresh before gathering for our own Happy Hour, included, and afterwards we’ll make our way to Los Hermanito’s for a great New Mexican style dinner on self. 

Day Two: We’ll enjoy breakfast, included at the hotel.   After breakfast we’ll head for Chaco Canyon.  Chaco Canyon was an important Anasazi cultural center from about 900 through 1130 A.D. About 30 ancient masonry buildings, containing hundreds of rooms each, attest to Chaco’s importance.  Some structures are thought to serve as astronomical observatories or calendars.   Archaeologists discovered jewelry made from Mexican and Californian materials in ancient trash heaps.  Large well-constructed roadways thought to be built for pilgrims, subjects, or traders, lead from sites 50 miles away to the center of Chaco Canyon.  In a very real sense, all roads lead to Chaco.  Though there is substantial evidence that the Anasazi farmed here, they had to use many dry farming techniques to support themselves.  In fact, some archaeologists question whether Chaco Canyon supported itself, or whether outside farming sites sent supplemental food.  There is no written record of the Chacoans.  Most of what we know about them relies on inference and circumstantial evidence.   Almost everything about Chaco is shrouded in mystery.  Its structures are huge and its former importance is clear, but we know little about it.  Archaeology and speculation rule here.  Chaco is a park for the mind.  

We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch while exploring Chaco Canyon, included.  Late afternoon we’ll head back to our hotel in Farmington.  After a refresh we’ll again gather for our own Happy Hour, included, and then it’s off to enjoy dinner on self.  

Day Three:  We’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel, included, and then it’s bags out and we’re headed for home. We’ll make several great stops and do plenty of sightseeing on this relaxing journey back to the Valley.  This is an amazing tour, offered at a great price.  Don’t miss out on a destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. 

 

 

White Mountain Summer Getaway

White Mountain Summertime Getaway

June 27th-29th, 2017  Tuesday-Thursday

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

Cool off with us this summer in Arizona’s beautiful White Mountains.  This high-country destination offers scenery much like Canada or the Pacific Northwest; it is a land of thick pine forests, crystal mountain lakes, lush green meadows and abundant watchable wildlife.  At elevations of 6,500 to 9,000 feet, and temperatures that average 30 degrees cooler than the Phoenix area, the White Mountains are a terrific getaway.  This region is also home to ten sparkling lakes, our focus for this scenic driving tour, and we’ll  explore 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 lakes of Arizona’s beautiful White Mountains.  We’re keeping it scenic and easy, with a stop along the way for lunch on self.  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 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.  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 and you won’t want to miss out on the fun.  Call in your reservations and come with us. 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

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