Description

Tour Dates: Oct 20-25, 2019

6 Day/5 Night Tour Features

  • 2 of Arizona’s scenic rail excursions: The Verde Canyon Railroad and The Grand Canyon Railway
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Narrated trolley tour of Sedona
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff
  • Visit the old mining town of Jerome
  • 3 nights lovely hotel in Sedona
  • 1 night at Maswik Lodge and 1 night at the Railway Hotel in the Grand Canyon
  • 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Fully escorted and narrated so you won’t miss a thing!

Price Per Person
$2399 per person, double occ. USD
$2319 per person, triple occ. USD
$3078 per person/single occ. USD

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1-Arrive in Phoenix
Upon arrival, our motorcoach will whisk you away to Williams, Arizona where you will experience the luxury of a bygoneera at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Designed to resemble the century-old train depot that housed the original Fray Marcos Hotel, this hotel is a relaxing retreat in a picturesque Western setting. After checking in to your hotel, join the group for a Welcome Dinner.(D)

Day 2-Rail to the Grand Canyon and Overnight
Enjoy a buffet breakfast this morning and then get ready for a fantastic adventure. From its yesteryears of transporting ore through the Wild West to present-day journeys in the heart of the canyon, the Grand Canyon Railway has enchanted millions of people from around the world since 1901-and now it’s time for you to experience the wonderful romance of a voyage by train. Take an unforgettable ride on a beautifully restored train car and hear folklore and tales from a crew who are still bewitched by their spectacular surroundings. Be entertained by authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life. And lose yourself in the majesty, the magnificence that is Grand Canyon National Park. Upon arrival you will see one of the wonders of the world! Stand at the rim and take in an expanse of rock representing one and a half billion years of the earth’s history. The different colored layers of sandstone, limestone and shale-all unveiled by erosion-tell stories of tropical seas, deserts with high dunes and lowlands covered with swamps and rivers. Spend the night in the heart of the Park! (B)

Day 3-Tour Grand Canyon-Lowell Observatory-Sedona
Sunrise in the Grand Canyon is fabulous. We will provide a wake-up call if you want to venture out in the early morning. After breakfast, a naturalist will take us on a tour to unveil the history and geology of this special place. In the afternoon, our exploration continues as we head to Flagstaff, Arizona for a daytime “Deep Space” Tour at Lowell Observatory. After a phenomenal day, another highlight awaits as we head to picturesque Sedona, Arizona our “home away from home” for three incredible nights. (B, D)

Day 4-Sedona Trolley Tour-Leisure Time in Sedona
Almost the entire world knows that Sedona is a unique place. Characterized by massive red-rock formations, as well as the contrasting waterways of Oak Creek Canyon, the area surrounding this beloved community is considered at least as beautiful as many national parks. After breakfast at our lovely hotel, we will board a trolley to see the sights. The tour is fully narrated with the history, geology, flora and fauna, and climate of the area. You’ll also learn about the Tlaquepaque arts and crafts as well as the best places for shopping and dining. A number of great photo ops are included, as well as a stop at the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure to shop, indulge in a spa treatment or crack
open a good book. (B)

Day 5-Jerome Ghost Town-Verde Canyon Railroad-Sedona
This morning, we stop in Jerome, an old mining town and melting pot for those who dreamed of making a quick fortune .Once virtually a ghost town, it is now restored with shops, museums and art. Later we climb aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad for a spectacular journey over old-fashioned trestles, past ancient Indian ruins and through a 700-foot tunnel. Enjoy the views from the comfort of your first-class seat or from one of the open-air viewing cars. From the moment you step aboard the fully-restored vintage train, you are whisked back to a time of luxurious and leisurely train travel. This four-hour excursion takes you on a 20-mile journey through 100 years of history. FP7 locomotives, two of only ten remaining in North America, are the muscle that pulls the renovated cars. Sandwiched between two protected sanctuaries, the Coconino National Forest and the Prescott National Forest, the Railroad runs a rare ribbon where
dramatic high desert meets a precious riparian area. Each car has panoramic windows and living room-style seating with love seats and bistro-style chairs and tables. First-class passage includes Champagne upon departure, full-service cash bars, beverage service at each seat and complimentary Southwestern-style appetizers. History, wildlife and great company make for an extraordinary day. (B, D)

Day 6-Sedone-Phoenix-Home
Our Arizona adventure comes to a close today with a group transfer to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for flights home. Return refreshed, relaxed and tan! (B)

 

 

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(B)= Breakfast (L)= Lunch (D)= Dinner (R)= Reception

Tour Features

8 Day/7 Nights

June 20th – 27th or Sept 12th-19th 2020

  • 7 nights wonderful hotel accommodations
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation or touring
  • 13 Meals (6 dinners, 1 lunch, 6 breakfasts)
  • Experience five scenic train rides following historic routes of the Old West:
    1. Royal Gorge Scenic Railway
    2. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, voted one of the “Top ten most exciting train journeys in the world”
    3. Ride through the Rocky Mountains aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
    4. Georgetown Loop Railroad and Devil’s Gate High Bridge
  • Visit the U.S. Air Force Academy and its Cadet Chapel (when available)
  • Garden of the Gods Park
  • Denver city tour

Price Per Person
$2499 per person, double occ. USD
$2419 per person, triple occ. USD
$3086 per person, single occ. USD

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in DenverWelcome to colorful Colorado. Upon arrival, transfer on your own to our hotel. Tonight mix and mingle with your fellow traveling companions at our “Welcome Dinner”. (D)
Day 2 – Colorado Springs – Garden of the GodsLet the grand journey begin as we see the highlights of Colorado Springs. Begin with the U.S. Air Force Academy and its famous Cadet Chapel (when available). Next, imagine towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies and you will know that you’re in the Garden of the Gods. Relax as we get ready to hit the Colorado mountain passes by rail.
Day 3 – Royal Gorge Scenic RailwayA fun day awaits as we journey to Canon City, home of the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway. A century ago, this was the busiest train route through the Rockies; a ribbon of rail down the 1,000-foot-deep canyon, a granite gorge so narrow that at one point, engineers hung a bridge from the walls to suspend the rails over the rushing waters of the Arkansas River. Today, air horns echo off the hard rock walls as the train passes through the gorge pausing on the Hanging Bridge. You can look down 20 feet and watch rafters battle the rapids and then squint to the sky and see the underbelly of the Royal Gorge Bridge, the world’s highest suspension bridge, strung almost a quarter-mile overhead. Tonight enjoy a fabulous dinner together. (B, D)  
  Day 4 – Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RailroadAll aboard America’s most spectacular narrow gauge steam railroad as we ride the original Rio Grande Line over the Rockies aboard the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. A long time has passed since the railroad hauled precious metals over Cumbres Pass. But its steam locomotives still labor up steep grades carrying passengers over high trestles, through tunnels, and along narrow shelves above yawning gorges. Relive the history of the miners and loggers that traveled the same route years ago. You may also think about Harrison Ford as this railroad was featured in several movies including Indiana Jones. Lunch is included in historic Osier. (L)
Day 5 – Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad TrainGet ready for one of the top ten most exciting train journeys in the world as we board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the old west took over a century ago. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest. Tonight, enjoy another wonderful dinner. (B, D)
  Day 6 – Georgetown Loop RailroadEver wonder what train travel through the mountains might have been like 100 years ago? The beauty of the rugged Rocky Mountains surround you as an old-time narrow gauge steam locomotive chugs its way up and down the canyon, hauling you past the remains of several gold and silver mines. To connect the mines the railroad’s builders designed a corkscrew route that traveled nearly twice that distance, slowly gaining more than 600 feet in elevation. It included horseshoe curves, grades of up to 4 percent, and four bridges across Clear Creek, including the massive Devil’s Gate High Bridge. Marvel at the scenery and the tremendous engineering feat. After a fun day we’ll continue to Denver, our home for the next two nights. (B, D)
Day 7 – DenverAfter breakfast, enjoy a fun city tour of Denver, the capital of Colorado. The afternoon is free to explore Denver. Tonight join us for our festive farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 8 – Denver & HomeThe last day of your holiday includes breakfast. Take a moment to reflect on the exciting memories you’ll cherish forever. Then continue sightseeing on your own or join our group transfer to the Denver International Airport. (B)

(B)= Breakfast (L)= Lunch (D)= Dinner (R)= Reception