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Desert Escapes of California & Arizona - end Tuscon, Summer 2020

Desert Escapes of California & Arizona - end Tuscon, Summer 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

A holiday for the adventurous, delve into the USA’s desert lands with your travel companions, as you journey from the Golden State to Arizona. Along the way taste and create your own Southwestern flavours, learn about the lives and homes of Hollywood greats and take in the wild terrains and untamed beauty of its national parks. You'll be joined by your expert Travel Director who will be on hand to guide you throughout your trip.

Day 1 - Arrive in Palm Springs.
Welcome to Palm Springs. A star-studded city nestled in the Sonoran Desert of southern California, it was the getaway for Hollywood legends Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Dean Martin and Loretta Young in the 1950s and 60s. It now prides itself on its glory years with a nod to its glitzy past evident in its retro architecture. Once you have arrived at the airport a transfer will take you to your hotel, where you will meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Andaz Palm Springs.
Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2 - Out and about in Palm Springs.
Start the day with a tour of Palm Springs’ mid-century architecture with a history and architectural expert. Learn about the architects that have shaped the landscape of Palm Springs, including Richard Neutra, John Lutner, Donald Wexler and the Alexander brothers. Enjoy some time at leisure. Tonight, a selection of restaurants is available on your Dine-Around evening in Palm Springs.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 3 - Exploring Joshua Tree National Park.
This morning you’ll depart from your hotel for an excursion to Joshua Tree National Park, which is characterized by the strangely shaped Joshua trees, rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Your knowledgeable Travel Director will bring the park’s history and geology to life. Later, you’ll experience the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram car, as it travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs and transports you to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. As you ascend on your ten-minute journey, the tram car rotates slowly, offering amazing vistas of the valley floor below. In the evening head to Palm Springs Village Fest, a street fair featuring arts, crafts, food and entertainment, based on Palm Canyon Drive.(Breakfast)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Palm Springs and Scottsdale.
Today you’ll move from Palm Springs to Scottsdale. Once you’re in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area stop at the Heard Museum for a guided tour. The museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Flavour of Arizona.
Start the day with a guided tour of your famous hotel, Valley Ho. Meet a Local Expert who will take you on a guided tour of the property and talk to you about its glitzy Hollywood history and architecture. Later, meet with the chef of this evening experience for a walk through the stalls of the Old Town Farmers Market. This afternoon enjoy an Insight Choice between a small-group tour of Old Town Scottsdale on golf carts or a meeting with artists at Cattle Track, an artist compound. In the evening, you’ll be introduced to the authentic flavours of the region as you head to a cooking demonstration and hands on experience. You’ll learn to cook classic Southwestern and Mexican staples such as enchiladas, spicy meat dishes and Spanish rice. Once you’ve learnt from the expert, sit and indulge in your tasty masterpiece.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - Gastronomic Tucson.
Wake for a hearty meal at your hotel before joining a Taliesin West guided tour and moving on to Tucson. Named as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy, you day of tasty treats continues. Meet a Local Expert who will guide you through the city on a Foodie Tour, which will be included as your lunch. Tucson is known for its farmer’s markets, annual food festivals and fairs that specialise in their southwestern food options. Later, check in to your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening. Ask your expertly trained Travel Director for tips on where to head or for places to eat.(Breakfast / Lunch)
Accommodation: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Tucson.
Start the day with a morning visit to Saguaro National Park. Situated in southern Arizona, this beautiful park seduces visitors with its wild, rugged land and striking views of the desert landscape. The park is split into two sections on either side of the city of Tucson. In the afternoon you’ll make your way to historic Tombstone, where Dr. Jay Clark, the foremost expert on Tombstone history, will lead a guided tour. Enjoy leisure time in the afternoon back at your hotel before heading to your Celebration Dinner. Toast to your travels with your new friends before your trip comes to an end tomorrow. There will also be time for stargazing after dinner with a professional astronomer. Look up to the stars through the largest moving compound telescope in the world, as an expert explains the science behind what you’re seeing.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - Depart Tucson.
It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Take our organised transfer to Tucson Airport. Guests will also have the option to extend their stay at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.(Breakfast)
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Authentic Dining

  • Palm Springs: Experience Palm Springs Village Fest, a street fair featuring arts, crafts, food and entertainment, based on Palm Canyon Drive.
  • Scottsdale: Get to know the authentic flavours of this region as you head to a cooking demonstration and hands on experience. You’ll learn to cook classic Southwestern and Mexican staples such as enchiladas, spicy meat dishes and Spanish rice. Once you’ve learnt from the expert, you'll indulge in your tasty masterpiece.
  • Tucson: Tucson is known for its farmer’s markets, annual food festivals and fairs that specialise in southwestern cuisine. Meet a Local Expert who will guide you through the city on a Foodie Tour, which will be included as your lunch.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 4 Dinners with wine (DW).

Insight Experiences

  • Palm Springs: A history and architectural expert will take you on a mid-century architecture tour. Learn about those who have shaped the landscape of Palm Springs.
  • Tucson: Meet with friendly astronomers who will bring a mobile observatory equipped with large telescopes to your resort. You'll be presented with an exclusive tour of the universe - an extraordinary experience that will leave lasting memories.

Stay in Style

  • Palm Springs: The newest hotel in Palm Springs is the heart of downtown. Discover vintage boutiques, fine dining destinations, and the mid-Century modern landmarks of the Uptown Design District, all walking distance from your hotel, which is conveniently situated upstairs from luxury retailers and Exhale Spa.
  • Scottsdale: Experience Hotel Valley Ho, a mid-century modern oasis in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale with plenty of amenities and nearby attractions.
  • Tuscon: A magnificent view of the Catalina Mountains and indigenous saguaro cactus greets you from the moment you arrive at this luxury resort in Tucson. With the distinct Sonoran Desert smell filling the air around you, you get a sense that Loews Ventana Canyon is a luxury hotel unlike any other. Here, you’ll find amenities and services that make you feel like you’ve just checked into paradise. During your stay, we encourage you to enjoy the sunshine, the miles of hiking trails, the 80-foot waterfall, and all of our other relaxing, indulgent offerings. Find your perfect balance at the Lakeside Spa & Fitness Center, where we invite you to escape everyday distractions and discover a haven for rejuvenation, restoration and indulgence.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Scottsdale: Stop at the Heard Museum for a guided tour. The museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art.
  • Tombstone: Visit Tombstone, a historic city founded in 1879 by prospector Ed Schieffelin and best known as the site of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It became one of the last boomtowns in the American frontier.
  • Tucson: Tucson, Arizona is home to the giant saguaro, a symbol of the American west. Found only in a small portion of the USA, Saguaro National Park protects these amazing plants, to the east and west of the modern city of Tucson. Here you'll have the chance to see enormous cacti in a magnificent desert.
  • Palm Springs: Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tram and visit Mt. Jacinto State Park.

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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Insight Vacations Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
3.9

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Our Insight tour was excellent in every way. The accommodations, meals, bus, were all very high quality. The tour director and bus driver were experienced and friendly. The tour itself was fascinating as were many of the optionals.

Everything about this Insight tour was excellent. Great hotels/locations, wonderful choices for the included dinners and the included excursions were all great. Little or no options needed for this trip. Best of all was the Tour Manager, Keith McKenzie. His time management, knowledge of the areas where the hotels were located and the sites we visited were above and beyond our expectations. He was very knowledgeable and especially entertaining and his love for his job was evident at all times.

Loved my trip with Insight Tours. Absolutely wonderful.

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