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Arizona Explorer

Arizona Explorer

With extended stays in Mesa 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: $3729.00
  • Twin: $2549.00
  • Triple: $2189.00
  • Quad: $2069.00

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 Helena

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 Helena, your overnight destination at the Super 8.

Day 2 – Helena 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 at the LaQuinta Inns and Suites.

Day 3 – Layton to Page

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 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. Next, it’s onto 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. Afterward, we’ll continue south to Mesa, our destination for the next 7 nights at the Days Hotel. We will take time to stop at the Walmart for those interested in getting groceries for their stay.

Day 5 – Free Day In Mesa

Meals Included: Breakfast

After 4 days of traveling, 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

Today we will be learning on our local guided city tour which will include Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, as well as some outlet mall shopping afterward.

Day 7 – Schnepf Farms and Queen Creek Olive Mill

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy 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 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 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

Enjoy some freshly squeezed orange juice while we visit the Orange Patch for a tour of their facility today. After the tour, you will have time to visit the gift shop. 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 (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.

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 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 5 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. We will pay a visit to Martha’s Date Farm for a delicious date shake 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 as 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 – Yuma

Meals Included: Breakfast, Supper

What better way to spend your 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.

More details TBA

Day 15 – Yuma

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy your last day in Arizona as a free day. Visit friends, go for a round of golf, some more shopping, or just relax by the pool.

Day 16 – Yuma to Cedar City

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we start our trek home as we travel North. En-route, we will have a short drive of the Las Vegas Strip ending up in Cedar City, Utah

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 ironworks and out of the floodplain 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 17 – 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 18 – Idaho Falls to Great Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast

Once again its time to head further north to our final evening of Great Falls.

Day 19 – Great Falls to Home Cities

Meals Included: Breakfast

All good things 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!