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Arizona Explorer

Arizona Explorer

We have brought back our Mesa-Yuma vacation while adding 3 nights in Laughlin.

With extended stays in Mesa, Yuma and Laughlin 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: $3389.00
  • Twin: $2299.00
  • Triple: $2019.00
  • Quad: $1859.00

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 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. Overnight accommodations are the Days Inn. Enjoy supper on your own at the Cracker-Barrel next door.

Day 3 – Springville to Page

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we will continue our trek southward. We go through Cedar City and into Zion National Park for a very scenic drive through the winding roads and tunnels of Zion. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Then it’s on to Page, our destination for the evening. Accommodations are the Best Western Plus Lake Powell.

Day 4 – Page to Mesa

Meals Included: Breakfast

Making our way south, our first stop is Sedona where we will enjoy lunch and shopping on our own. Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that’s surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls, and pine forests. It’s noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Afterwards, we’ll continue south to Mesa, our destination for the next 7 nights at he Days Hotel.

Day 5 – Free Day In Mesa

Meals Included: Breakfast

After 4 days of travelling we will have a free day today. Feel free to relax at the pool or visit friends in the area.

Day 6 – City Tour and Shopping

Meals Included: Breakfast

We will be learning today with our local guided city tour which will include Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale as well as some outlet mall shopping afterwards.

Day 7 – Schnepfe Farms and Queen Creek Olive Mill

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

A visit to Schnepf Farms and 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 favorite 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 to 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 8 – Dolly Steamboat

Meals Included: Breakfast

Canyon Lake is our destination for a fantastic boat cruise aboard the Dolly Steamboat. View the majestic desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles and a host of other wildlife, waterfowl, and birds. Experience the unique ambiance that is created by the sounds of plying through the waters of the lake.

Dolly Steamboat
Nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains lies spectacular Canyon Lake, home of the Dolly Steamboat. Continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925, the Dolly Steamboat now cruises the secluded inner waterways of this beautiful lake.

Listen as your captain recounts the legends and lore of the mysterious Superstition Mountains. 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 – Orange Patch and Organ Stop Pizza

Meals Included: Breakfast

Freshly squeezed orange juice. Today we will visit the Orange Patch for a tour of their facility. After the tour you will have time to visit the gift shop and enjoy a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Later in the afternoon you will have dinner on your own at the Organ Stop Pizza, home of the world’s largest Wurlitzer theatre organ.

Organ Stop Pizza
In 1972, the original Organ Stop Pizza restaurant premiered in Phoenix, Arizona at the corner of 7th Street and Missouri Avenue with a Wurlitzer pipe organ which was originally built for Grauman’s Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This unique concept of a pizza parlor with a pipe organ was envisioned by William P. Brown, a Phoenix real estate developer whose enthusiasm for the theatre pipe organ and its music led to the creation of this landmark attraction.

The phenomenal success of the Phoenix restaurant prompted plans to open another Organ Stop in Mesa. It opened in 1975 near the corner of Dobson and Southern Avenue with a Wurlitzer organ from the Denver Theatre in Denver, Colorado. In the theatre, the Denver instrument had 15 ranks, or sets of pipes. The instrument was totally rebuilt, and the decision was made to enlarge the organ to 23 ranks for its debut in the new Mesa Organ Stop.

Day 10 – Mesa Marketplace and Rhythm Cats

Meals Included: Breakfast, Supper

The Mesa Marketplace as well as an evening dinner show with the Rhythm Cats is on the agenda for today.

Mesa Marketplace ‘Recreational Shopping!’ 1600 shopping spaces. More than a mile of great small businesses and shops (under one roof!) you won’t find in any other mall in Arizona. Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks! Free live entertainment, FREE admission, & FREE parking. RVs welcome! Handi-capped 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 & 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.

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 experience the Rhythm Cats Showband live for the thrill of a lifetime and an evening of entertainment you will bring friends and family back for again and again.

Day 11 – Mesa to Yuma

Meals Included: Breakfast

We depart Mesa today and head west to Yuma. This is a travel day and we will check into our hotel, The Shilo Inn, mid afternoon for the next 4 evenings where you can enjoy the pool.

Day 12 – Yuma City Tour & Territorial State Prison

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a City Tour today with a local guide who will highlight the area with its history. As well, we will pay a visit to Martha’s Date Farm for a delicious date hake and tour. We will then visit the Territorial State Prison, part of Yuma’s history dating back to 1876.

Territorial State Prison
On July 1, 1876, the first seven inmates entered the Territorial Prison at Yuma and were locked into the new cells they had built themselves. Thus began the legend of the Yuma Territorial Prison. A total of 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls during the prison’s 33 years of operation.

Day 13 – Los Algodones Mexico

Meals Included: Breakfast

For those interested we will take a trip down to Los Algodones Mexico for some shopping and local foods. The friendly community of Los Algodones is located in Baja California at the California – Arizona border. It is seven miles west of the city of Yuma, AZ.

Please note that Los Algodones is recognized by the American government as a safe community for tourists. It is a small community that offers a wide variety of curio shops, pharmacies, open air cafes, medical doctors, health professionals, optical dispensaries and a large number of dentists professionals catering to snowbirds and seniors. It has been said that Los Algodones is a safe as Disneyland. We park the bus on the American side and walk across the border approx. 1 block to shopping. You will need your passport with you.

Day 14 – Valentine's Day

Meals Included: Breakfast, Supper

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than relaxing by the pool, local shopping or visiting friends in the area.
We will be making a reservation for complimentary supper as a group for anyone who is interested.

Day 15 – Yuma to Laughlin

Meals Included: Breakfast

Time to say goodbye to Yuma and head North. En-route to Laughlin, we will stop at Oatman

Oatman is a fun place to visit – an authentic old western town with burros roaming the streets and gunfights staged on weekends. The burros are tame and can be hand fed. When my wife and I visited in January, I was surprised to see five old Model T Fords out for a Sunday drive down the main street of Oatman. The cars fit right in with the romantic image of this old town, taking us back to 1915 era old west.

Afterwards we’ll check in to our hotel, the Don Laughlin, for the next 3 evenings. Feel free to try your luck gambling or maybe a stroll down the river; the evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 16 – Day Trip to Bullhead City

Meals Included: Breakfast

For those interested we will cross the river to Bullhead, AZ for some shopping. If you wish you can enjoy the day in the Casino or maybe take a boat tour up the river.

Day 17 – Free Day in Laughlin

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy our last free day of the tour. Visit one of the other Casinos, play a game or two of Bingo or just enjoy the scenery. Check out Don Laughlin’s Classic Car Museum (Free with your players club card). Enjoy a stroll up the river or maybe take a boat tour.

Day 18 – Laughlin to Wendover

Meals Included: Breakfast (if choice buffet is used here), Supper

Time to head further North. Board the coach and sit back and relax and enjoy the desert and mountains as we travel back to Wendover for our overnight stay at the Rainbow Casino Resort and your last gambling opportunity.

Day 19 – Wendover to Helena

Meals Included: Farewell Pizza and Wine at the hotel

Time to gather your winnings and retrace your steps across the state of Idaho. Enter Montana to arrive in Helena, at the Comfort Suites, for the last evening. As this is our final night together, enjoy a complimentary Farewell Get Together Pizza Party in the hotel lobby.

Day 20 – Helena to Home

Meals Included: Breakfast

All good things come to an end. Time to gather your luggage, your shopping treasures, and hopefully your Casino winnings! (to book another tour with us of course) 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!