Mesa/Yuma/Laughin 20 day vacation.
We have brought back our Mesa-Yuma vacation while adding 3 nights in Laughlin.
Keep your eye on our website and new brochure for more details
- Single: $3389.00
- Twin: $2299.00
- Triple: $2019.00
- Quad: $1859.00
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Day 1 – Edmonton to Helena
Welcome aboard your deluxe coach as your tour begins in Edmonton. Travel south through Red Deer, Calgary & 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.
Day 2 – Helena to Springville
Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel south through the state of Montana and 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 Page AZ
This morning after complimentary breakfast 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.
Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.
Then on to Page Arizona our destination for the evening.
Accommodations are the Best Western Plus Lake Powell.
Day 4 – Page to Mesa
Today after breakfast we will make 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. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries.
Afterwards We continue South to our destination for the next 7 nights Mesa.
Day 5 – Free day
After 4 days of travelling we will have a free day today.
We will make a trip to Walmart for some shopping for those who wish.
Feel free to relax at the pool or visit friends in the area.
Day 6 – Schnepf Farms and Queen Creek Olive Mill
Today we will visit Queen Creek Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms for a guided tour and Lunch
We will be back at the hotel early afternoon for visiting and relaxing around the pool
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 7 – City Tour and Shopping
Today we will have a local guided city tour as well as some outlet mall shopping
Day 8 – 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.
Today we will head out to Canyon Lake for a fantastic Boat cruise aboard the Dolly Steamboat
View the majestic desert big horn sheep, bald eagles and a host of other wildlife, water fowl and birds. Experience the unique ambiance that is created by the sounds of plying through the waters of Canyon 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
Today we will visit the Orange Patch as well as an afternoon visit to 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 Theater. 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 theater 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 Theater in Denver, Colorado. In the theater, 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
Today we will enjoy the Mesa Marketplace as well as and Evening dinner show with the Rhythm Cats.
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-Yuma
We depart Mesa today and head West to Yuma.
En-route we will stop at Martha’s Date Farm for a tour and you can enjoy a delicious Date Shake.
Tucked on the edge of the Yuma & Mesa between the railroad tracks and the Gila Gravity Canal, Martha’s Garden Medjool Date Farm is not exactly on the beaten path.
But for those who find their way to the family-owned farm at 9747 S. Avenue 9-3/4E, there are varied surprises in store.
Of course, that includes date shakes — Martha’s Garden took top honors for its creamy confection at the first annual Yuma Medjool Date Festival — along with a full menu of sandwiches, soup and non-date drinks.
But the bigger treat is a 90-minute tour of the farm that includes everything you ever wanted to know about dates — and quite a few things you would never think to ask.
Afterwards we will check into our hotel for the next 4 evenings.
Day 12 – Yuma city tour Territorial State Prison and Quartermaster Depot
Today we will enjoy a city tour with a local guide who will highlight the area with its history and then visit the Territorial State Prison and Quartermasters Depot
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.
For nearly 20 years beginning in 1864, all the military posts in the Southwest traced their lifelines to the Yuma Quartermaster Depot.
Here on the high ground above the Colorado River, the U.S. Army’s warehouses held a six-month supply of clothing, food, ammunition and other goods for forts in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas – and were surrounded by as many as 900 mules and their teamsters.
Ocean vessels brought goods to the Gulf of California, where they were loaded onto steamboats for the trip upriver to Yuma. Supplies were shipped farther upriver or overland in wagons pulled by the 20-mule teams of Western lore.
Pause for old-fashioned refreshments at the Back In Time Pie Shoppe, located in the historic adobe corral house
Day 13 – Los Algodonez Mexico
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, Mexico 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.
Please note 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 – VALENTINES DAY
What better way to spend Valentines 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.
Afterwards we will enjoy a glass of wine by the pool. Weather permitting
Day 15 – Yuma to Laughlin
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.
We then check in to our hotel for the next three evenings.
Feel free to try your luck gambling or maybe a stroll down the river is in order.
Day 16 – Bullhead City
For those interested we will cross the river to Bullhead 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 – Laughlin free day
Enjoy our last free day of the tour.
Visit one of the other Casinos, Play a game or two of Bingo.
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
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 and your last gambling opportunity.
Day 19 – Wendover to Helena
Time to gather your winnings and retrace your steps across the state of Idaho. Enter Montana to arrive in Helena for the last evening. As this is our final night together enjoy a complimentary pizza party in the hotel lobby.
Day 20 – Helena-Home
All good things come to an end.
Time to gather your luggage, all your shopping treasures, hopefully your Casino winnings! (to book another tour with 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 fond memories of new friends, great destinations and wonderful memories!