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Travel, Trips & Tours (Single-Day & Multi-Day)

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Special Travel, Trips and Tours for 2018

Trip registration is available Monday—Friday 8a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Travel and Resource Room at the Senior Center in Central Park. Unless otherwise noted trips depart form the
HB Sports Complex parking lot on Goldenwest and Talbert next to the Central Library. You will be provided with a free parking pass for the day of your trip.
For any trip related questions please contact the resource room at (714) 374-1572

2018 Single Day Tours

COVERED WAGON TOUR & COOKOUT - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Get ready for a real Old West experience! Enjoy an authentic chuckwagon meal, accompanied by the sounds of live cowboy western music and panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. The delicious buffet lunch includes barbeque tri-tip beef and chicken, coleslaw, cowboy beans, garlic bread and apple pie. Then, board mule-drawn covered wagons for a fun and fascinating narrated tour through the pristine 30,000-acre Coachella Valley Desert Preserve. There is no better way to get a close-up look of the desert than out on the trail – just like the early settlers experienced! While drawing your wagon across long-established desert trails, the onboard knowledgeable naturalist guide will share much about the wildlife, flora and fauna, San Andreas Fault, and local Indian customs on this unique adventure. The covered wagons have padded seats and rubber tires for a smooth, comfortable experience.
Member Price: $116; Non-Member Price: $126 = Depart: 8:00 a.m. = Return: 5:30 p.m.

 

PIE, POTTERY & POMONA - With Included Buffet Lunch Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Take a step back in time on this driving tour led by a step-on guide from the Pomona Historical Society. One of the oldest cities in Southern California, Pomona is celebrating 100 years of heritage preservation. On a docent-guided tour of a prominent adobe, you’ll see how it appeared 150 years ago, complete with the furnishings of the period that create one of the finest collections of the “early days.” Also, enjoy a guided tour of the Phillips Mansion, an excellent example of a Second Empire-style historic house. Owned in the 1890’s by the “wealthiest man in L.A. County,” it was saved from the wrecking ball in 1966 and has recently been restored. Also experience a docent-guided tour of the American Museum of Ceramic Art which is focused exclusively on the art of clay and was founded here due to the area’s rich ceramic and arts tradition. While various styles and traditions of ceramic art are on view, a highlight is the Mettlach Collection – pottery founded in 1836 in Mettlach, Germany by François Boch that merged with another founded by Nicolas Villeroy, to form the famous ceramic company called Villeroy & Boch. This collection of steins plaques, vases, jardinières, table wares, and more was made possible by a couple who accumulated a huge number of these renowned German pieces (dated 1840-1915) over a 30-year period and is the largest of its kind in the world! Enjoy an included buffet lunch at the Cal Poly Pomona campus’ Kellogg West restaurant and a visit to the campus Farm Store to purchase fresh produce and local products. An included sweet treat from a local favorite pie shop tops off our day.
Member Price: $86; Non-Member Price: $96 = Depart: 8:00 a.m. = Return: 6:30 p.m.

 

GO AHEAD, BAKE MY DAY! With Step-On Guide Curt With Tam O’Shanter Inn Lunch - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Today we are joined by professional step-on guide Curt for this much-loved L.A. ‘foodie’ tour in which we literally “eat” our way through the city! Curt is a history buff with an expertise on the evolution of L.A., and is especially loved by our passengers for his charismatic personality and fun stories. There’s no better smell or taste than that of fresh bread from a bakery and today we are visiting some of the most wonderful bakeries in L.A. to sample their delicious baked goods. Visit Asian, European, Mexican, Armenian and Cuban bakeries to sample everything from churros to their finest breads. Visit a bread lounge to do some olive oil tasting. Enjoy an included lunch at the historic Tam O’Shanter Inn, a charming replica of a cozy Scottish Inn which was established by Lawrence Frank and Walter Van de Kamp, founders of the Van De Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakeries and Lawry’s. Enjoy a choice of prime rib sandwich, turkey sandwich or cobb salad. All visits subject to change.

Today we are joined by professional step-on guide Curt for this much-loved L.A. ‘foodie’ tour in which we literally “eat” our way through the city! Curt is a history buff with an expertise on the evolution of L.A., and is especially loved by our passengers for his charismatic personality and fun stories. There’s no better smell or taste than that of fresh bread from a bakery and today we are visiting some of the most wonderful bakeries in L.A. to sample their delicious baked goods. Visit Asian, European, Mexican, Armenian and Cuban bakeries to sample everything from churros to their finest breads. Visit a bread lounge to do some olive oil tasting. Enjoy an included lunch at the historic Tam O’Shanter Inn, a charming replica of a cozy Scottish Inn which was established by Lawrence Frank and Walter Van de Kamp, founders of the Van De Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakeries and Lawry’s. Enjoy a choice of prime rib sandwich, turkey sandwich or cobb salad. All visits subject to change.
Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 = Depart: 8:30 a.m. = Return: 6:00 p.m.

HISTORIC DISTRICTS OF L.A. With Step-On Guide “Hoffy” - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Today we are joined by local professional step-on guide and architectural historian, Bill “Hoffy” Hoffman. You’ll love Bill’s fun personality and his vast knowledge – he once helped to designate L.A.’s first residential historic district. His passion is showing others the fascinating features of towns and cities that they would otherwise not notice, as well as sharing enjoyable stories and fascinating local anecdotes. While many outsiders may view L.A. as an imposing megalopolis, just slightly off the beaten path in communities throughout the city, are remarkably intact historic neighborhoods. In fact, L.A. is home to over 27 historic districts that each have their own rich heritage, and this intriguing narrated driving tour showcases some of these wonderfully preserved neighborhoods. In downtown, we'll cruise through the Arts District, which is an area of formerly abandoned industrial buildings that has become a thriving mecca for young professionals in creative industries, including L.A.'s huge television and film industry. We’ll see the beautiful Beaux Arts classics in the Spring Street Financial District. The popular Broadway Theatre and Commercial District is the nation’s first and largest concentration of cinemas, with ten famous movie palaces built before 1931.  See the wonderful hidden Victorian-era mansions of the Angelino Heights area in Echo Park. On iconic Wilshire Boulevard, we’ll see the Art Deco classics of the Miracle Mile, Museum Row and the historic districts of gorgeous Hancock Park and Windsor Square – known for their Tudor, French, Colonial, Gothic Revival and Italianate homes from the 1920s. The charming Spanish Colonial homes of South Carthay will delight you. While in the Fairfax District, enjoy lunch on your own at the Original Farmers Market or The Grove.
Member Price: $62; Non-Member Price: $72 = Depart: 8:30 a.m. = Return: 5:30 p.m.

THE LIVING DESERT ZOO & GARDENS With Tram Tour & Included Lunch - Thursday, April 12, 2018

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For over 40 years, The Living Desert has been engaged in the important work of preserving, conserving and interpreting the desert and all its varied plant and animal life. It is one of the most unique institutions in the U.S. and it’s located right here in Palm Desert! This wonderful oasis is a combination of zoo, endangered species conservation center, botanical gardens, natural history museum and wilderness park. Upon arrival, enjoy an included boxed lunch. Then, embark on a two-hour safari tram tour of the grounds led by nature guides. You’ll see remarkable plants, animals and natural phenomena associated with deserts and discover how The Living Desert is helping to interpret and protect them. Stops will be made at the major animal exhibits, such as giraffe, zebra, cheetah, jaguar, and many more. You will also get to walk through the Wildlife Hospital to see some of the equipment the veterinarians use to keep these animals happy and healthy. We top off the day with “Wildlife Wonders Show” which introduces us to animals that are not on exhibit. A highlight of the day will be a private viewing of the Amur Leopard from the District Commissioner’s House which is closed to general admission guests. Enjoy time at leisure to explore exhibits on your own and see the spectacular “G-Scale” model train exhibit that includes more than 3,000 feet of track with six different loops running through historic scenes. We’ll also make a stop at Hadley’s, famous for their breads, nuts and date shakes. Suggested: walking shoes.
Member Price: $86; Non-Member Price: $96 = Depart: 8:00 a.m. = Return: 6:30 p.m.

A RIDE DOWN MEMORY LANE With Vintage Car Ride, Proud Bird & Old Town Music Hall - Sunday, April 29, 2018

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A flashback Sunday awaits you! Welcome to the Automobile Driving Museum, one of Southern California’s premier destinations for car enthusiasts to experience a wide range of vehicles from years gone by. With over 130 vintage, antique and muscle cars on view, the museum is committed to the preservation and maintenance of these cherished age-old automobiles. Along with a docent-guided tour of this beautiful collection, you’ll have the unique opportunity to take an actual ride in one of these vintage vehicles! You may also want to visit the museum’s retro-style ice cream parlor. We continue to The Proud Bird, the aviation-themed restaurant located on the LAX flight-line that recently reopened after a multi-million-dollar renovation. The former dining room is now a food hall with a variety of food and beverage vendors offering diverse artisanal cuisine so you may “depart” on a culinary journey around the world. Enjoy lunch on your own within this open-air space featuring industrial accents to celebrate the power of flight and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide extraordinary views of approaching airplanes. Take time to explore the historic aircraft parked out back and relish in the sounds and sights of the aircraft making their final approach to LAX. Next, step back in time at Old Town Music Hall – an authentic 1920s music house in Marina Del Rey that is a living tribute to classic Hollywood cinema and music. Sit back and enjoy a live musical concert, or a silent film with organ accompaniment.
Member Price: $76; Non-Member Price: $86 = Depart: 9:30 a.m. = Return: 5:00 p.m.

WHAT’S NEWER IN L.A. The Broad & Italian American Museum With Step-On Guide Johnathon - Thursday, May 17, 2018

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Our expert and beloved Los Angeles step-on guide, Johnathon, joins us on this popular ever-changing tour that focuses on the newest developments in Downtown. Los Angeles is in the midst of a cultural renaissance and building boom – in fact it’s the largest in over a century and has to be seen to be believed. See the newest developments on Bunker Hill and in the Historic Core including the recently opened ‘The Bloc’ – the open air mall that was a $160 million transformation of the old Macy’s Plaza. In the Civic Center area see the new $340 million federal courthouse and the latest developments in Grand Park. See the latest artwork and the newest buildings in the burgeoning Arts District and see the Wilshire Grand Center – now the tallest building on the West Coast! Visit The Broad, the new $140 million art museum that is housed in a spectacularly unique building and featuring an extensive contemporary art collection, including 2,000 pieces from the Broads’ personal collection including pieces by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Visit the new Italian American Museum located in the Italian Hall – the oldest remaining building from L.A.’s historic Little Italy. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch and browsing on your own at Olvera Street, and an included sweet treat at Grand Central Market, which has seen some of its own new developments and is celebrating its 100th anniversary. An included ride on the historic Angels Flight, the historic funicular that opened in 1901 to carry wealthy residents up and down Bunker Hill (if operating).
Member Price: $76; Non-Member Price: $86 = Depart: 9:00 a.m. = 6:30 p.m.

2018 Multi-Day Tours

WASHINGTON, D.C. BLOSSOMS - April 5-10, 2018 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,599 / Single $1,999/ Deposit $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $545

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Embark on a journey to our nation’s capital during the time of year when the weather is usually pleasant and the cherry blossom trees are likely in bloom. Our nation’s history and some of it’s most iconic sites and monuments are on full display as we enjoy a leisurely single-hotel stay and enjoy touring our capital city with local guides.

VIVA LAS VEGAS! - April 15-17, 2018 (3 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $299 / Single $399/ Deposit $75

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Enjoy two nights at the elegant AAA four-diamond, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino (TI), located in the heart of the Las Vegas “Strip” connected to the Mirage by tram and the Venetian, Palazzo and Fashion Show Mall by a pedestrian walkway

SWEET, SAVORY & S.L.O - April 18-20, 2018 (3 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $579 / Single $729/ Deposit $100

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On this new rail journey to the Central Coast, we’ll be in search of the tastiest treats – from cookies, pastries and ice cream to artisan cheeses, wine and Santa Maria-style barbecued ribs. e edible sightseeing will showcase the unique and varied avors amongst the small towns and back roads of California’s Central Coast. As we eat and drink our way through Pismo Beach, Cayucos, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande and Solvang, you’ll not only get to taste at each destination, but you’ll get to tour each establishment to learn “how it’s made.” All the while we’ll enjoy a relaxing stay at a charming oceanfront inn on a blu overlooking Pismo Beach. Sit back, relax and enjoy the “fruit of the vine” as we make a toast to the coast!

YOSEMITE SPRING FLING - April 22-24, 2018 (3 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $589 / Single $779/ Deposit $100

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Yosemite is magnificent in the Spring! Renowned for its magnificent valley, great granite domes and peaks, waterfalls and giant trees, Yosemite National Park is a national treasure. is 3-day getaway offers a truly wonderful combination of natural wonders, spring bloom and rustic elegance with two nights at the secluded, 4-star Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.

CALIFORNIA VINES, RAILS & REDWOODS - April 29-May 4, 2018 (3 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $579 / Single $729/ Deposit $100

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Embark on a journey that covers three of the most beautiful and bountiful regions of California – the Central Coast, Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. We will not only travel through these incredibly beautiful regions on two memorable train journeys, but we’ll take pleasure in the “fruit of the vine” and explore the spectacular sights they feature including majestic old growth redwoods, the winding Russian River Valley and San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

NATIONAL PARKS OF NEW MEXICO & TEXAS - May 8-14, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,499 / Single $1,999/ Deposit $200 Roundtrip group airfare available from $395

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On this new journey, our geographer-guide leads the way as we explore the diverse mountain and desert landscapes and learn about the geologic and geographic phenomena in New Mexico and Texas. While the highlights are certainly the magni cent wilderness of Big Bend National Park, the massive yet delicate caves at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the glistening white sand dunes at White Sands National Monument, we’ll also visit unique museums, stroll through the eclectic small towns and taste the Southwestern cuisine as we admire Mother Nature’s handiwork in the American Southwest.

NEW YORK CITY - May 24-28, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,599 / Single $2,199 / Deposit $250 Roundtrip group airfare available from $695

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Welcome to America’s, if not the World’s, most excit- ing metropolis – New York, New York – a city so great they named it twice! is tour features four nights at a deluxe Times Square hotel and o ers the best of New York City’s sights, sounds and tastes. A perfect tour for those venturing to the City their first time, repeat visitors or native New Yorkers.

PORTLAND ROSES & OREGON TRAIL - June 6-11, 2018 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,499 / Single $1,999 / Deposit $200 Roundtrip group airfare available from $395

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Single-Hotel Stay in downtown Portland, Rose Festival Parade, Columbia River Gorge, Mt. St. Helens and Astoria. Embark on a unique Oregon adventure that features a single-hotel stay and reserved seating for the Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade! Each day you’ll visit the coast, mountains, waterfalls and volcanoes within a day’s drive while unpacking once at an upscale downtown Portland hotel. From the Columbia River Gorge and the Mt. Hood Railroad to Mt. St. Helens, Astoria and picturesque Cannon Beach, this new itinerary features some of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest sights!

CANADIAN ROCKIES & CALGARY STAMPEDE - July 12-19, 2018 (8 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $2,899 / Single $3,999 / Deposit $300 Roundtrip group airfare available from $595

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Majestic and sublime, the Canadian Rockies is a region of scenic wonders. Towering mountain peaks, tranquil lakes, cascading waterfalls, spectacular scenic routes...and to top it off, this comprehensive itinerary includes the Calgary Stampede –“The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”!

SUMMER BREEZES & STINKING ROSES BY RAIL Featuring the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Coast Starlight Train, Santa Cruz Beach Train, Monterey - July 25-28, 2017 (4 Days) Per Person Price: Double $899 / Single $1,199 / Deposit $150

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Embark on an eclectic adventure that combines two spectacular train rides with a culinary spectacle.  Ride along the California Coast aboard the deluxe Coast Starlight Train. Then ride the rails from trees to shining seas as you travel through California redwoods to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Join in the celebration of all things garlic at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. All the while, enjoy a leisurely single-hotel stay on the Monterey Peninsula at a deluxe oceanfront hotel.

ALASKA EXPLORER, Featuring Denali National Park, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Alaska Railroad - August 6-12, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Land Price: Double $1,799 / Single $4,399 / Deposit $250 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $795

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Take a moment to imagine this: rugged, glacial landscapes of white, the feeling of delight if you spot a grizzly bear with a cub or two in tow, the majestic sight of Mt. Denali as you ride along the famous Alaska Railroad. This is the essence of Alaska. Embark on this adventure of a lifetime to discover our nation’s largest, and perhaps most beautiful, natural wonder.

GLACIER, LAKES & LODGES - August 16-22, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,799 / Single $2,499 / Deposit $250 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $595

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Featuring Glacier & Wateron Lakes National Parks, Coeur D’Alene & “Lewis & Clark Country”

NATIONAL PARKS OF THE DAKOTA - August 26-31, 2018 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,599 / Single $1,999 / Deposit $250 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $595

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Featuring Theodore Roosevelt, Badlands & Windcave National Parks, Mt. Rushmore & Medora

GRAND ALASKA - August 31-September 9, 2018 (10 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $2,449 / Single $3,299/ Deposit $300 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $795

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Featuring Denali National Park, Prince William Sound, Alaska Railroad, Anchorage, Fairbanks.

Take a moment to imagine this: rugged, glacial landscapes of white, the feeling of delight if you spot a grizzly bear with a cub or two in tow or that instant when the silence of a misty fjord is shattered by a pod of giant humpback whales breaching high into the air before crashing back against the sea. This is the essence of Alaska. Embark on this adventure of a lifetime to discover our nation’s largest, and perhaps most beautiful, natural wonder.

YOSEMITE, MAMMOTH & THE SIERRA - September 3-7, 2018 (5 DAY TOUR) Per Person Price: Double $1,099 / Single $1,399 / Deposit $150

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Featuring a Single Hotel Stain in Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Alabama Hills and Mono Lake

CENTRAL COAST LIGHTHOUSES, REDWOODS & RAILS - September 9-13, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,199 / Single $1,599 / Deposit $200

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Join us on this unique journey along California’s Central Coast traveling by train along the back roads and on the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway. For centuries artists, poets, explorers and novelists have been drawn to the rugged beauty of the California Coast. The crashing surf...the towering redwoods...the unspoiled wildlife...the historic lighthouses...the embodiment of the quintessential California spirit. We’ll experience it all as we enjoy stays at waterfront hotels, tours of historic lighthouses and relaxing walks on the beaches – providing a true sense of timelessness and reconnection.

NATIONAL PARKS OF THE FOUR CORNERS - September 21-27, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,799 / Single $2,399 / Deposit $250 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $495

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Featuring Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde National Parks, Durango & The Silverton Train

CALIFORNIA VOLCANOES, REDWOODS & RAILS - September 30-October 6, 2018 (7 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,399 / Single $1,859 / Deposit $200 / Roundtrip group airfare available from $295

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Featuring Lassen and Redwoods National Parks, Skunk Train, Mendocino, Burney Falls and Eureka

YOSEMITE, SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON - October 15-19, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,299 / Single $1,849 / Deposit $200

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Welcome aboard this unique journey to discover the three majestic national parks within California’s Sierra Nevada at a delightful time of year when fall foliage is on display. Imagine a place where even the earliest creations of Mother Nature have been perfectly preserved...where the scenery can only be described as larger than life...in a setting so peaceful, everyday worries have become virtually extinct. This five-day journey features three iconic parks bringing their ancient story to life. A truly wonderful combination of natural wonders and rustic elegance with all four nights in National Park lodges.

NATIONAL PARKS & WESTERN WONDERS - October 22–30, 2018 (9 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $1,899 / Single $2,449 / Deposit $250

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Embark on a spectacular journey to discover a treasure chest of National Parks, Monuments and natural wonders in Arizona, Utah and Nevada. We’ll visit some of the most well known sights as well as some of the least visited and most unique. The incredible sights and wealth of geologic phenomena within this majestic wonderland are breathtaking. The hues of red, orange and brown will amaze you. Spectacular vistas of rock formations that date back millions of years will provide a unique perspective of one’s place in time and space.

ARIZONA’S VALLEY OF THE SUN - November 11-15, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Double Price: $1,149 / Single $1,499 / Deposit $200

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Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay, Saguaro National Park, Pima Air & Space Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

SANTE FE “CHRISTMAS” - November 27-December 1, 2018 (5 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $999 / Single $1,299 / Deposit $150 Roundtrip group airfare available from $395

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Featuring a Single-Hotel Stay, Tao, Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument

RED ROCKS, CANYONS & RAIL HOLIDAY - December 2-7, 2018 (6 Day Tour) Per Person Price: Double $999 / Single $1,399 / Deposit $150

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Join us as we embark on a journey that takes you to some of nature’s most majestic canyons, peaks and valleys at a festive time of year when light displays and holiday decorations abound! Never have you seen colors so brilliant, nature so lustrous, and skies so magnificent as we explore Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon. The heart of Sedona will welcome you with the holiday spirit as the town is spectacularly decorated for the holidays. With a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad to a chuck-wagon dinner, you’ll travel back in time on this magnificent tour that combines the spirit of the holidays with the wonders of nature!