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Arizona – Valley of the Sun Adventure - 9 Days


February 20, 2022 - February 28, 2022 $2,599
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Arizona – Valley of the Sun Adventure

Save $100 with deposit by 11/15/2021 – Arizona is vast and ancient, with a history defined by Native Americans, larger-than-life adventurers, and diverse landscapes. It is a destination that defies the limits, embracing the bold and welcoming the new. The Sonoran Desert sunshine illuminates the mosaic of human influences – those dating back thousands of years as well as those from the leaders of tomorrow – all which contribute to a contemporary and authentic destination where indigenous and immigrated experiences are celebrated. Escape the cold weather and experience the unique beauty and splendor of Arizona.

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Highlights & Inclusions:

  • Desert Botanical Gardens
  • Guided Tour of the Heard Museum
  • Old Town Scottsdale
  • Dinner at the Old Town Tortilla Factory
  • Free Time to Explore
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West
  • Musical Instrument Museum
  • Queen Creek Olive Museum
  • Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour
  • Goldfield Mine Tour
  • Superstation Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Dolly Steamboat Twilight Dinner Cruise
  • Sedona
  • Bell Rock
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • Bumble Bee Ranch
  • 10 Meals & 4 Drury Inn Happy Hours
  • 7 Nights Resort Lodging
  • 7 Days Local Motor Coach Transportation
  • Professional Tour Manager

Day 1
Sunday, February 20, 2022

Arrive at the Phoenix, Arizona airport for an eight-night staycation at the Drury Inn Happy Valley, just north of downtown. Happy Valley overlooks the mountains of the Sonoran Desert and provides a great location for sightseeing. Take advantage of Drury Inn’s Happy Hour known as “the 5:30 Kick-back” (HH) featuring a rotating menu of hot foods and cold beverages. (HH)

Day 2
Monday, February 21, 2022

This morning visit the Desert Botanical Gardens. This 55 acre Garden is home to thousands of species of cactus, trees and flowers from all around the world. Next take a guided tour at the Heard Museum featuring 12 exhibition galleries, an outdoor sculpture gardens, a contemporary art gallery and trading-post style shopping. The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities and provides visitors with a perspective on the art of Native people. Take time for a Southwest-inspired lunch (on own) at the Museum’s Courtyard Café, featuring American Indian and locally sourced all-natural ingredients. Your afternoon is filled with exploring Old Town Scottsdale with its many art galleries, shops and boutiques. There are contemporary public art installations, world-class museums and historic sites from the late 1880s. It’s an effort-less blend of urban chic and Old West charm, and it gives this city’s downtown a one-of- a-kind flair. Included dinner is at the Old Town Tortilla Factory. Built from an historic 75-year old Scottsdale adobe home. it captures the timeless charm of the Southwest. This restaurant boasts a 1400 square foot flagstone patio that is sur-rounded by green vegetation. In the winter months the patio is heated to spring like temperatures. (B,D)

Day 3
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Today is scheduled for individual re-ort-type activities, our motor coach will shuttle golfers to a course where you can rent clubs, carts and enjoy the day. Transportation also provided to those looking for a day at the spa. Or enjoy a shopping opportunity. Phone numbers to call for tee times and spa services will be provided well in advance. (B, HH)

Day 4
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Begin with a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s, Taliesin West. This beloved winter home and desert laboratory, was established in 1937 and diligently handcrafted. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the his creations. Next, visit the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. The collection of over 15,000 musical instruments and associated objects includes examples from nearly 200 countries and territories, representing every inhabited continent. It is a unique experience of sight, touch and of course sound. The afternoon feature is a Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour. You will learn how extra virgin olive oil is made, how to use it in the kitchen, and why it's so darn good for you! Experts will teach you how to correctly taste olive oil (no bread) and help you shop in the gourmet Marketplace. Continue your culinary experience with a farm-to-table style dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients masterfully paired with olive oil to a savory perfection. (B,D)

Day 5
Thursday, February 24, 2022

Today is set aside for Adventure Options (costs not included). Well before your trip we will send you info on Hot Air Balloon Rides, Horseback Riding, Segway Tours and Aerial Tours to the Grand Canyon. It's a day set aside to experience adventures you never thought possible. We will use the motor coach (as possible) for shuttles to the options. When you return to the Drury Inn this evening, share your experiences with others at the 5:30 Kickback Happy Hour with Free Food and Drink. (B,HH)

Day 6
Friday, February 25, 2022

Today is almost completely off-road as you ride a jeep, boat and train. It begins with the Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour. With hundreds of species of plants and animals, the Sonoran desert is the most bio-diverse desert in North America. See and learn about the stunning scenery that you saw in Old Western movies in au natural, full-color panoramic views. (Weight limit 275 pounds) The afternoon features the valley’s favorite ghost town…Goldfield. See historic buildings and hear the extensive mining history of the town. Excellent exhibits of the mining tools that old timers used to extract gold and silver are everywhere. The Goldfield Mine Tour is an underground guided tour that takes you back in time 100 years. Taste the history of the mine, town, gold mining equipment and procedures. Hang on tight as an exploding dynamite simulator shakes the mineshaft. Also included today is a ride on the Superstition Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 36″ gauge train consists of a Plymouth diesel pulling a passenger car and a caboose. A mile and a half of track circles the town, and the narrated journey lasts 20 minutes. The engineer tells of the history of Goldfield, the Superstition Mountains, and the desert southwest in general. Ending the day, dine in style on the Dolly Steamboat Twilight Dinner Cruise. At this magical time of day you should see Canyon Lake wildlife, like bighorn sheep and bald eagles as they settle in for the night. Capture memorable photos of incredible rock formations framing Canyon Lake and enjoy a delicious meal under the Arizona night sky. (B,D)

Day 7
Saturday, February 26, 2022

A guided tour takes in the breathtaking landscapes of a desert playground around Sedona. Explore ancient Native American ruins and stop at Bell Rock a most popular formation. During free time in Sedona, check out art galleries, do some souvenir shopping, or even get a psychic reading. Visit the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. There is one more great experience today. Nothing says the Old West quite like a hearty meal cooked over flames and served under the stars, accompanied by live country music. Savor the flavors of the Arizona West at an authentic cowboy supper on Bumble Bee Ranch.

Day 8
Sunday, February 27, 2022

Today is free to relax by the pool and just savor that last day of sunshine before heading home. (B HH.)

Day 9
Monday, February 28, 2022

After breakfast, check out of your hotel. Take a motor coach to the Phoenix airport where you meet your flight home. Thanks for traveling with Custom Holidays( B)

Trip Facts

  • February 20-28, 2022
  • $2599
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