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Young travelers must be under the age of 18 years on the date of departure, and must be accompanied by an adult (limit of one Young Traveler Discount per room). Please see below for a detailed breakdown of age groups for individual brochures. Asia 5 - 11, At Leisure 5 - 18 (5 -15 for Australia and New Zealand), Australia and New Zealand 5 - 15, CostSaver 5 - 17, Europe and Britain 5 -17, Family Experiences 5 - 17, Hidden Journeys 5 - 18 (5 - 11 for Asia), South America 5 - 17, trips to Costa Rica and Panama 5 - 12, trips to Mexico 5 - 12, USA and Canada 5 - 17.
Triple room reductions are based on sharing a twin or a double bedroom with an extra bed, which may be a roll-away. Discount may not apply to all itineraries, countries, regions or travel types, ask your travel consultant for full details. Additional restrictions may apply.
Please note that there is no guarantee roommates will be of a similar age group. If you are unable to be matched, you will be provided a single room at no extra cost. This service does not apply to City Breaks, extra nights' accommodation and all Eastern Mediterranean vacations - with the exception of Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and the Best of Turkey. Additional restrictions may apply.
Only one credit is available per person. Not available on extra night stays, airfares, taxes and fees, flights supplements and surcharges and airport transfers. Conditions apply.
Please note that vacations must be booked at the same time. The discount is per person only and does not apply to City Breaks, extra nights' accommodation, extensions and airfares, taxes and fees, and airport transfers. Europe - excludes all Eastern Mediterranean vacations except the Greek Island Hopper, the Best of Greece (without cruise), the Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and the Best of Turkey. Autumn, Winter and Spring Europe - excludes Real Britain, Jordan, Egypt and Israel. Asia - excludes Highlights of China and the Yangtze, and China Tibet and the Yangtze.
Not applicable to Hidden Journeys, Israel, vacations with trains, Greek Island Hopper, Solo Traveler Discount and extra nights’ accommodations. Discount is combinable with Triple room and Young Traveler discounts. Discount limited to one group per coach.
Mexico’s spectacular Copper Canyon is four times larger than the Grand Canyon. For spectacular views ride the ‘Train in the Sky’ an aereal tram that when at its highest, cabins are 1475 feet (450 meters) above the ground – 50 meters shy of being half a kilometer off the earth! Visit beautifully restored colonial mansions, cruise the Sea of Cortez and meet local Mayo and Tarahumara Indians on this timeless tour which will reveal ancient cultures merged with majestic, cactus-strewn mountain scenery.
Day 1 - ARRIVE PHOENIX
Welcome to Phoenix! Take your complimentary transfer to the hotel. After checking in relax or perhaps take a swim at the hotel pool.
Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport (First Class)
Day 2 - PHOENIX - TUCSON - SAN CARLOS
Begin your adventure with a short stop in Tucson to pick up joining guests before crossing into Mexico. South of the border, the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti—this is the only place on earth they grow wild. After stopping for lunch in the small town of Santa Ana, travel on to Hermosillo to see the lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez just in time for sunset. Relax in your waterfront resort before gathering for a Welcome Reception and dinner.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Welcome Reception)
Marinaterra Hotel and Spa (Moderate First Class)
Day 3 - SAN CARLOS - SEA OF CORTEZ CRUISE - ALAMOS
Wander among massive cacti at a stunning desert garden and learn about these fascinating plants. Then board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez—keep a lookout for dolphins, seals, whales and such exotic sea birds as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. After lunch at a waterfront restaurant, embark on a guided tour of the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the Local Speciality of pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city's cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colourful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional costumes.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Casa de los Tesoros (Moderate First Class)
Day 4 - ALAMOS - EL FUERTE
Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Guide brings this town's history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos' silver mines were among the richest in the world. You can also meet local Mayo Indians and learn about their language, culture and customs. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. This evening, the gracious Torres family personally welcomes you to their beautifully restored 19th century mansion for a Be My Guest dinner and entertainment. You'll enjoy a performance of traditional Spanish and native dances followed by a sumptuous dinner of delicious local dishes, including Black Bass caught fresh from the El Fuerte River.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Be My Guest)
Torres del Fuerte (Moderate First Class)
Day 5 - EL FUERTE - COPPER CANYON - POSADA BARRANCAS (2 NIGHTS)
Mexico's Copper Canyon—four times as large as the Grand Canyon of Arizona—looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your private rail car and start your journey on the "Train in the Sky," travelling from sea level to 2,285 metres (7,500 feet) in less than 240 kilometres (150 miles), passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and labourers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain, and now the spectacular views make this one of the world's most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyons as you travel into the heart of Copper Canyon. Disembark in Posada Barrancas situated right on the rim of the Urique Canyon, your home for the next two nights.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Mansion Tarahumara (Moderate First Class)
Day 6 - COPPER CANYON SIGHTSEEING
Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as Copper Canyon. Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon's caves for thousands of years, and learn about their natural remedies from a local medicine man. Later, board the new aerial tram and descend into the canyon to experience its grandeur in a way few have done before.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 7 - COPPER CANYON - CASAS GRANDES
Travel to the pleasant village of Creel via Oteros Canyon before descending into the stark Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Casas Grandes. This evening, visit a pottery studio where local artisans have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style and Local Speciality called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsmen design and fire pots and learn about the archaeological finds at Paquime that inspired their style. This evening, gather for a festive Farewell Dinner.(Full Breakfast / Lunch / Farewell Dinner)
Hotel Hacienda (Moderate First Class)
Day 8 - CASAS GRANDES - PAQUIME - PHOENIX
Today, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime, a great trading centre in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. You can see ceremonial mounds; the House of the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory; and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Travel across the Chihuahuan Desert into the U.S. and stop in Tucson before arriving back in Phoenix late this afternoon.(Full Breakfast / Lunch)
Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport (First Class)
Day 9 - DEPART PHOENIX
Take a complimentary transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home (not included in holiday price).(Full Breakfast)
First Class Travel Highlights
Please note: This spectacular region of Mexico is still off-the-beaten path. Meal choices may not be as extensive as on other Trafalgar holidays and hotel facilities in some towns may be limited. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps. Occasionally, the itinerary may be subject to delays or variations due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health who can take such variations in stride. 7 Sep 2012, 14 Sep 2012, 21 Sep 2012, 5 Oct 2012, 12 Oct 2012, 19 Oct 2012, 2 Nov 2012, 9 Nov 2012, 16 Nov 2012, 23 Nov 2012, 7 Dec 2012, 25 Jan 2013, 8 Feb 2013, 8 Mar 2013, 15 Mar 2013 and 22 Mar 2013 departures operate as per the 2012 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.2014 dates are subject to price and itinerary modifications. Details will be available July 2013.Please note: Guaranteed Room Share is not available.
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