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Arizona Explorer

Arizona Explorer

With extended stays in Mesa, Tucson and Yuma, you will be sure to find enough time to escape the Canadian Winter.
We have plenty of activities planned but feel free to either relax by the pool, go for a round of golf, or visit friends or family in the area.

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

Pricing

  • Single: $4089.00
  • Twin: $2749.00
  • Triple: $2339.00
  • Quad: $2199.00

Pricing is based on number of people in your group. Rates below are for the next upcoming departure date. For pricing details about other departures, please click the "View Prices" link next to your desired date in the Departure Dates block to the right.

Applicable taxes may be added at the time of booking.

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 brand new Sleep Inn Mainstay Suites.

Day 2 – Great Falls to Layton

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 Layton. Overnight accommodations are the LaQuinta Inn & Suites.

Day 3 – Layton to Mesquite

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we will continue our trek southward. We will have a short driving tour of Salt Lake City, then head South down the I-5 to Mesquite your overnight destination

Day 4 – Mesquite to Yuma

Meals Included: Breakfast

Making our way south, our first stop is Searchlight for a coffee break, then we are off to Lake Havasu and a stop at the famous London Bridge for a photo op, walk across the bridge if you are able and lunch at one of the many restaurants. We end our day in Yuma for the next 3 evenings.

Day 5 – City Tour & Shopping

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a City Tour today with a local guide who will highlight the area with its history as well as a visit to a Date Farm for a delicious date shake. The remainder of the day will be yours to relax on your own.

Day 6 – Free day or optional Territorial State Prison

*Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is an optional tour to Territorial State Prison. This tour is $5.00 per person for whoever is interested.
Or enjoy a free day in Yuma where you can enjoy the pool, visit friends, visit the mall a short walk away, or the multiple restaurants close by.

Day 7 – Yuma to Mesa

*Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we will make our way to Mesa! Along the way we will stop in Old Town Scottsdale for lunch and shopping, then we will make a stop at Walmart for shopping before our room check in for the next four evenings

Day 8 – Dolly Steamboat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Dolly Steamboat
Continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925, the Dolly Steamboat now cruises the secluded inner waterways of this beautiful lake.

Expect to be treated with outstanding service and personal attention to your every need. Feel free to ask questions, move about and mingle with the crew.

So join us on the Dolly Steamboat for an unforgettable “mini-vacation” and see for yourself why there’s nothing quite like a ride on Arizona’s Dolly Steamboat. We look forward to showing you what some call the Junior Grand Canyon.

Day 9 – Queen Creek Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a visit to Schnepf Farms and Queen Creek Olive Mill today for a guided tour and lunch. We will return to our hotel early afternoon for visiting and relaxing around the pool.

Schnepf Farms
Ray and Thora Schnepf moved to the desert community of what was then, Rittenhouse. The Schnepf’s joined other notable farmers to begin clearing the brush to prepare it for row crops. The farmers soon realized the sandy soil in this area was perfect for crops such as cotton, wheat, and vegetables. In the late 60’s, Ray Schnepf began growing potatoes used for potato chips. The Schnepf’s continued to diversify in the 70’s planting Queen Palms, Mexican fan palms and pine trees in a large field. Before long the Schnepf’s were farming over 5000 acres and shipping vegetables across the country. But his favourite crop was candy corn. As visitors drove out to the small farming community they would often stop and ask if they could pick a few ears of corn and some peaches. It wasn’t long until Ray realized that selling corn and peaches for U-Pick was the way to go. And Schnepf Farms began to grow….

Queen Creek Olive Mill
It typically takes 3 months for olive oil to arrive in the U.S. from Italy, Spain or Greece (the world’s major importers of olive oil). Then, it’s not uncommon for bottles to sit on a shelf for weeks or even months after. This does not happen at Queen Creek Olive Mill – Arizona’s family owned olive farm & mill. On average, our bottles remain on our shelves no longer than 14 days. We blend our oils every 6 weeks and bottle it every 3 weeks to ensure that our customers are getting the freshest olive oil. Please enjoy the fruits of our labor! “Fresh olives give you fresh oil, it’s as simple as that.”

Day 10 – City tour and Rhythm Cats

Meals Included: Breakfast, Supper

The Rhythm Cats set the new standard for entertainment the summer of 2015 in the “Valley of the Sun.” These “musical chameleons” successfully represent many different genres of music, and is why this season will showcase 15 different shows covering Rock & Roll to Country; Big Band to Broadway; Blues to Jazz; Pop Classics to Classic Rock; just to mention a few, all mixed with hilarious comedy to round out your evening of fun and excitement.

It is rare to find a group that can do justice to so many different styles of music. Collectively the 6 core members boast over 250 years of performing experience and the stage setting incorporates over 200 musical instruments.
Come to experience the Rhythm Cats Showband live for the thrill of a lifetime and an evening of entertainment that you will bring friends and family back for again and again.

Day 11 – Mesa to Tucson

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today as we leave Mesa we will visit the Mesa Marketplace. Afterwards we will head to our magnificent hotel in Tucson the La Posada Lodge and Casitas! Are you ready for free unlimited Mimosas?? YUM!!

Mesa Marketplace ‘Recreational Shopping!’ 1600 shopping spaces. More than a mile of great small businesses and shops (all under one roof) you won’t find in any other mall in Arizona. Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks! Free live entertainment, FREE admission, and handicapped accessible! Misted in season. www.mesamarket.com. We’ve got 'Gotta have’ merchandise: hardware, tools, jerky, clothing, jewelry (everyday, costume and bling-bling!), golf equipment, cosmetics, crafts & supplies, cleaning supplies, in-and-outdoor home improvement, décor, plants, pools & spas, fountains, fishing gear, authentic Native American collectibles, health info, vitamins, hats, men’s & women’s shoes & clothing, rocks, crystals and so much more.

Day 12 – Tucson tour, Kartchner Caverns and Tombstone

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a City Tour today with a local guide who will highlight the area with its history as well as a visit to Kartchner Caverns where we will have a short film about the discovery of one of America’s most treasured stalactites caverns. We will also visit Tombstone on the way back to Tucson.

In November 1974 two young cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, were exploring the limestone hills at the base of the Whetstone Mountains. In the bottom of a sinkhole they found a narrow crack leading into the hillside. Warm, moist air flowed out, signaling the existence of a cave. After several hours of crawling, they entered a pristine cavern.

The formations that decorate caves are called “speleothems.” Usually formations are composed of layers of calcite called travertine deposited by water. The form a speleothem takes is determined by whether the water drips, flows, seeps, condenses, or pools.

Kartchner Caverns is home to:

One of the world’s longest soda straw stalactites: 21 feet 3 inches (Throne Room)
The tallest and most massive column in Arizona, Kubla Khan: 58 feet tall (Throne Room)
The world’s most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk (Big Room)
The first reported occurrence of “turnip” shields (Big Room)
The first cave occurrence of “birdsnest” needle quartz formations
Many other unusual formations such as shields, totems, helictites, and rimstone dams.
Please Remember: Many of the formations you will see have been continuously growing for tens of thousands of years. The formations grow very slowly and are extremely fragile. When visiting remember that formations damaged even by accident will stop growing. To avoid damage to the cave and injury to yourself please refrain from touching any of the formations.

Day 13 – Free day

*Meals Included: Breakfast

Finally a day all to yourself! Enjoy the lovely pool at the Resort! Go for a round of golf as the golf course is right out the gate of the hotel grounds, enjoy some shopping at the many stores nearby, or maybe a book on your balcony overlooking the pool and golf course!

Day 14 – Free day Pima Air and Space Museum

Meals Included: Breakfast

We know you enjoyed the Resort so much you may wish to have another free day at it! Or perhaps you would enjoy some shopping at the Mall or go to the Pima Air and Space museum. We will take you there for some free time on your own!

Day 15 – Journey home begins

Meals Included: Breakfast

It is time to start our journey home. We will make our way West and North ending at the East entrance to Zion National Park at Mount Carmel Junction. Enjoy a home cooked meal in the restaurant and do not skip on the dessert as the pies are amazing!

Day 16 – Mount Carmel to Layton

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our journey North continues but not before stopping at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center. We will make a stop at Sunset Point for a wonderful photo opportunity and then to the Visitor Center for a short film. We then make our way to Layton for our overnight stay at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites.

Day 17 – Layton to Great Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast

On the road again we will travel north on the Monida Pass then cross over the Continental Divide south of Butte. After a lunch stop we will end our day in Great Falls for our last evening with plenty of time to visit with new friends.

Day 18 – Great Falls to Home Cities

Meals Included: Breakfast

All good things must come to an end. Time to gather your luggage and shopping treasures and board the coach to head back to the Great White North! We will stop at Duty-Free for some last minute tax free shopping and then carry on home with new friendships and fond memories of your Arizona vacation!