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California Dreamin

California Dreamin

*Our Newest 2018 Tour!

If you are looking for an extended get away this tour is for you.
With extended stays in Palm Springs, San Diego, and Las Vegas
Join us as we travel South to Sunny California, First to Las Vegas for 2 nights then on to San Diego for 5 nights and then to Palm Springs for 5 nights

Pick-up Points:
St. Albert Inn & Suites
Super 8 Edmonton South
Executive Royal Hotel, Leduc
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre, Calgary
Park Place Mall, Lethbridge

Tour Details by Day

Day 1 – St. Albert to Great Falls

Meals Included: None

Welcome aboard your deluxe coach as your tour begins in St. Albert. Travel south through Red Deer, Calgary, and Lethbridge. Stop at the Duty Free before entering the U.S.A. at Sweetgrass. Following Interstate 15 you make your way to Great Falls, your overnight destination at the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn.

Day 2 – Great Falls to Springville

Meals Included: Breakfast

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel south through the rugged mountains of Montana. You cross the Continental Divide south of Butte then the Monida Pass into Idaho. You travel through Idaho Falls, Pocatello then into the state of Utah for our stop this evening in Springville Utah. Overnight accommodations are the Days Inn. Enjoy supper on your own at the Cracker-Barrel next door.

Day 3 – Springville to Las Vegas

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you will see the ruggedness of Nevada as we travel through desert and mountains on your way to Las Vegas. Our Route takes us south along Interstate 15 before arriving in Las Vegas. Your accommodation for the next 2 nights will be the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street. Experience this vibrant street right outside your Hotel.

Day 4 – Vegas Free Day

Meals Included: None

Enjoy today by relaxing or enjoy gambling in Las Vegas’s spectacular casinos. Take the chance to visit some of the casino resorts such as the MGM Grand, the New York New York Hotel with an outdoor roller coaster, the Mirage Hotel and it’s evening volcanic show, The Bellagio and its outdoor fountain show, or just enjoy the Freemont Experience. The day is yours to enjoy all that Vegas has to offer.

Day 5 – Las Vegas to San Diego

Meals Included: None

We continue our journey south to Sunny California! We will stop in Old Town Temecula for lunch and browsing before heading onto San Diego for the next 5 nights. Little Italy is right next door to our Hotel, the Best Western Plus Bayside Inn, and can be enjoyed on your own any evening for the next 5 nights. As well the Gaslight District, Seaport Village, San Diego Pier, and the harbour front are all just a few short blocks away and can be enjoyed on your own by a short stroll or taxi.

Day 6 – San Diego Zoo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we will enjoy the day at the beautiful San Diego Zoo. The temperate, sunny maritime climate is well suited to many plants and animals. Besides an extensive collection of birds, reptiles, and mammals, it also maintains its grounds as an arboretum, with a rare plant collection. The botanical collection includes more than 700,000 exotic plants. Exhibits range from an African rain forest (featuring gorillas) to the Arctic taiga and tundra in the summertime (featuring polar bears). Some of the largest free-flight aviaries in existence are here.

San Diego Zoo
The zoo offers a guided tour bus that traverses 75% of the park. There is also an overhead gondola lift called the Skyfari, providing an aerial view of the zoo. The Skyfari was built in 1969 by the Von Roll tramway company of Bern, Switzerland. Exhibits are often designed around a particular habitat. The same exhibit features many different animals that can be found side-by-side in the wild, along with native plant life. Many exhibits are “natural” with invisible wires and darkened blinds (to view birds), and pools and open-air moats (for large mammals). The San Diego Zoo also operates the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which displays animals in a more expansive setting than at the zoo. Animals are regularly exchanged between the two locations, as well as between San Diego Zoo and other zoos around the world, usually in accordance with Species Survival Plan recommendations. As part of its gardening effort, it raises some rare animal foods. For example, the zoo raises 40 varieties of bamboo for the pandas on long-term loan from China, and it maintains 18 varieties of eucalyptus trees to feed its koalas.

Day 7 – USS Midway Museum and Boat Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will visit the USS Midway Museum as well as take a 2 hour harbour cruise. Explore a City at Sea on this San Diego Navy Ship. Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory aboard San Diego’s top attraction. You’ll explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to over 60 exhibits throughout the historic aircraft carrier and 29 restored aircraft. Hornblower’s San Diego boat tours combine sightseeing and wildlife watching for a narrated, family-friendly, two-tours-in-one experience. Enjoy lunch as you view natural wildlife and world-renowned landmarks such as the Star of India, Midway and Cabrillo National Monument, Coronado Bay Bridge, and military ships and up to 50 San Diego Landmarks.

USS Midway Museum
Exhibits range from the crew’s sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship’s jail, officer’s country, post office, machine shops, and pilots’ ready rooms, as well as primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck. Especially popular are the museum docents you’ll meet throughout the ship. Each is eager to share a personal story, an anecdote, or amazing statistic, adding to your amazement throughout your adventure. Family-oriented activities for all ages abound: two types of flight simulators, short films, climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, interactive exhibits, “Ejection Seat Theater,” and much more.

Day 8 – Old Town San Diego, Seaport Village, and San Diego Pier

Meals Included: Breakfast

We will open the morning at Old Town San Diego and then go to Seaport Village for the afternoon. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park presents the opportunity to experience the history of early San Diego by providing a connection to the past. Learn about life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.

Seaport Village + Headquarters is a treasure of over 80 one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants where everyone can find a little something special. Built on 14 acres fronting San Diego Bay, meandering footpaths lead visitors by ponds, a graceful lagoon, beautiful fountains and lush, colourful landscaping. An adjacent eight-acre Embarcadero Park North provides visitors access to 22 acres of parkland.

Even today, life moves more slowly in this part of San Diego, where the hustle and bustle is balanced with history and fiestas. Visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. San Diego became California’s first Spanish settlement when a mission and fort were established here in 1769. Later, it passed into the hands of the newly made Mexican government before gaining statehood in the United States after the Mexican-American War.

The core of restored original historic buildings from the interpretive period are complemented by reconstructed sites, along with early twentieth century buildings designed in the same mode. Five original adobe buildings are part of the historic park, which include museums, unique retail shops, and several restaurants. The Historic Plaza remains a special place for gatherings and historic activities. Visitors can also experience a working blacksmith shop, enjoy music, see or touch the park’s burros, and engage in activities that represent early San Diego.

Seaport Village: Free entertainment, a restored 1895 Looff Carousel and an unforgettable waterfront ambience make Seaport Village the perfect “package” for your group! Seaport Village features more than 50 specialty shops, 4 major restaurants and 13 international eateries built on 14 acres fronting San Diego Bay.

The Headquarters at Seaport: Through the restoration of San Diego’s Old Police Headquarters, the city has reclaimed a majestic urban treasure by offering an extraordinary new experience; a delightful destination where restaurants on the order of Puesto & Eddie V’s and specialty boutiques such as Kitson and Seaside Paper I Home can make a lasting impression. Located directly adjacent to Seaport Village.

Day 9 – Coronado Island

Meals Included: Breakfast

What is a trip to Southern California without a visit to the beach. Today we will spend a few hours visiting Coronado Beach in San Diego, a 1.5 mile long, wide sandy beach set against the backdrop of the iconic Hotel del Coronado with its peaked red roof and classic Victorian architecture. The famous Hotel was built in 1888 and is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

Coronado Beach
“The beach is popular for swimmers, surfers, sunbathers and beachcombers. The beach is very flat, making it great for skim boarding and walking, and the sand has a silvery sheen because of the presence of mica. Families arrive in the morning, toting umbrellas, beach towels and picnic coolers for an all-day stay. A great team of lifeguards stands watch.” It runs along Ocean Boulevard with a back drop of fine homes and mansions. Restrooms and shower facilities. Lifeguards on duty. Tidepools, fishing in front of the Hotel del Coronado. Fire rings, dog run at north end. Free parking on Ocean Boulevard. Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the public, free of charge, at the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower.

Day 10 – San Diego To Palm Springs

Meals Included: Breakfast

Time to Pack up and head for Palm Springs. On the way we will stop and visit Mission San Juan Capistrano, a California landmark and cultural icon. Known as the home for its world famous swallows, the Mission was founded in faith and continues today to serve as a reminder of the past, a destination for learning, and a place where life-long memories are made. Afterwards its time to head to Palm Springs and the Palm Mountain Resort, our accommodations for the next five evenings.

Day 11 – Palm Springs City Tour and Shopping

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we will have a local step on guide give us a two hour city tour. Afterwards, we will enjoy some local shopping before heading back to the hotel late afternoon where you can enjoy the evening at your leisure. Enjoy the pool or go for a stroll.

Day 12 – Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will have the opportunity to experience the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. This is a remarkable zoo and botanical garden representing the desert environments of North America and Africa. With over 1200 protected acres, 450 wild animals, tranquil gardens, tram rides, and much much more. Box lunch is included.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
For almost four decades 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. Even as we take immense pride in our accomplishments over the last forty years, we remain as dedicated as ever to the goals that initially inspired us when we first began operations in March of 1970.

Day 13 – Aerial Tramway and Shopping

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a breathtaking journey aboard the worlds largest rotating tram. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tramcar—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below. Followed by some local shopping. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theatres, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails.

Day 14 – Free day and Evening Village Fest

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day around the pool or some local shopping. Tonight enjoy the Village Fest just a few short steps away from the hotel. Village Fest takes place in downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive every Thursday night. The street is closed to vehicular traffic and is transformed into a festive, pedestrian street fair. Vendor booths are set up on both sides of the street and visitors are able to stroll through the traffic-free event. The perimeter of the event consists of Indian Canyon Drive to the east and Belardo Road to the west.

Day 15 – Palm Springs to Cedar City

Meals Included: Breakfast

Time to start our journey home. Pack up our things and make our way north to our first stop of Cedar City

Cedar City was originally settled in late 1851 by Mormon pioneers originating from Parowan, Utah, who were sent to build an iron works. The site, known as “Fort Cedar” or “Cedar City,” was equidistant from vast iron deposits 10 miles (16 km) west and coal resources 10 miles (16 km) up Cedar Canyon, but was named after the abundant local trees (which are actually Junipers instead of Cedar). Two companies of men led by Henry Lunt reached the fort site in a blizzard on November 11, 1851, making that date the official founding. In 1855, a new site, closer to the iron works and out of the flood plain of Coal Creek. Established at the suggestion of Brigham Young; present day Cedar City is located at this site. Cedar City was incorporated on February 18, 1868.

Day 16 – Cedar City to Idaho Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we will head further north to the town of Idaho Falls. Although just a short stopover, it is a beautiful place to see.

Idaho Falls
What became Idaho Falls was the site of Taylor’s Crossing on the Montana Trail which was a timber frame bridge built across the Snake River. The 1865 bridge was built by Matt Taylor who was a Montana Trail freighter who built a toll bridge across a narrow black basaltic gorge of the river that succeeded a ferry seven miles upstream by several years. Taylor’s bridge served the new tide of westward migration and travel in the region that followed the military suppression of Shoshone resistance at the Bear River Massacre near Preston, Idaho in 1863. The bridge improved travel for settlers moving north and west and also for miners, freighters, and others seeking riches in the gold fields of Idaho and Montana and especially the boom towns of Bannack and Virginia City.

Day 17 – Idaho Falls to Great Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast

Once again we load up and continue north to our overnight destination of Great Falls, MT. Great Falls straddles the Missouri River and is known as the “Electric City” because of its numerous dams and power plants. Great Falls is a community with grand traditions, rich history and superb recreational and cultural amenities for the entire family. When you visit, take a moment and remember to reflect on the fact that you’re walking in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, the Blackfeet Indians, the buffalo and the grizzly bear.

Day 18 – Great Falls-Home

Meals Included: Breakfast

As great as it is touring its always great to come home. Gather all your belongings for our last leg of our journey! We will stop at Duty free for some last minute tax-free shopping before heading back to the Great White North, hopefully just in time for the snow to be melting!