Travelers wishing to stay within the borders of the United States and Canada will be rewarded with the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful sights in the world! Reduced travel times allow you to not only save more money but also allow more time to visit these magnificent natural wonders of the world! You can’t go wrong booking any of the outstanding “Bucket List” tours. Many of these tours are still available this year so call us for dates and details.
Winter Festivals of the Canadian Rockies – Featuring The Ice Magic and Jasper in January Winter Festivals
January 19 – 25, 2019 – 7 days
Welcome to Calgary, one of North America’s most rugged and beautiful cities, known for its cowboys and spectacular beauty. A narrated city tour highlights the Old and New City Halls, Olympic Plaza, Chinatown, Scotsman Hill and Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Located amid the rugged alpine beauty of the Rocky Mountains, Banff is the site of Canada’s first national park. When there, enjoy a gondola ride to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views. Then, it’s onward to Lake Louise for the “Ice Magic Festival,” to see the International Ice Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. Travel the Icefields Parkway to beautiful Chateau Lake Louise and a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the lake. When in Jasper, explore the frozen waterfalls, ice caves and incredible ice formations found in the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park. In the afternoon, attend one of the many activities of the “January Winter Festival.” On yet another day, visit the famed Edmonton Mall. With 5.3 million square feet, over 800 stores and nine major attractions, the Mall is the size of a small city! Bring lots of digital space on your camera, as you are sure to fill more than an album’s worth of pictures on this fantastic winter vacation! Sign up today! From $1759
Winter in Yosemite – Featuring San Francisco and Mariposa Grove February 1-6, 2019 – 6 days
Claimed to be the most beautiful city in America, San Francisco plays host to your first two nights in California. Enjoy a welcome dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf as you watch the sunset across the Bay. While in San Francisco, enjoy the guided tour featuring Fisherman’s Wharf area, the Ferry Building, Union Square, and Chinatown. A trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito is also part of the day as is a Bay Cruise featuring the beautiful skyline and Alcatraz Island. After spending time in the City by the Bay, travel to the rambling hills of the San Joaquin Valley to begin your ascent into the Sierra Nevada Mountains for Yosemite National Park. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadow, and forest that include groves of giant sequoias. When in Yosemite National Park, see the park’s grandeur and natural treasure in all their winter glory. See El Capitan, the thundering Yosemite Falls, North America’s tallest waterfall and Mariposa Grove, with its Giant Sequoia trees. On the way back to the coast, a stop is made at the unique Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. This 160-room mansion features bizarre architectural attributes. Sign up today for this spectacular tour! From $1998
Great Trains & Grand Canyon – 5 Nights in Sedona
May 5-10, 2019 – 6 Days
If you have limited time and have always wanted to see Sedona and the Grand Canyon, plus you to like to unpack only once, then this tour is for you! You will fly round trip Phoenix, Arizona, and be transported for a scenic ride north to Sedona for your 5-night stay. This upscale resort, retirement and artist community is set amongst the red-hued rocks of Oak Creek Canyon. Enjoy a Sedona Trolley Tour featuring the Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Spanish-Mexican Village of Tlaquepaque. Travel north to Grand Canyon National Park where you will board the Grand Canyon Railway for a nostalgic two-hour train journey that delivers you to the awe-inspiring South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Dinner this night is in Flagstaff for dinner at the lively Black Bart’s Steakhouse & Saloon. Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, the old mining town of Jerome, and on to Clarksdale, to board the Verde Canyon Railroad. This spectacular 4-hour ride in First Class Railcar takes you between two national forests, past crimson cliffs, and through at 680-foot tunnel. This tour includes plenty of time to explore Sedona and will end with a hearty Chuckwagon Supper and Western Stage Show.
America’s Canyon Country – Featuring Four National Parks
June 20-28, 2019 – 9 days
An early fall visit to America’s legendary canyons is the ultimate time to take this three-state tour of our nation’s rugged and majestic grandeur! Bryce, Glen, and the mighty Grand Canyon join a list of national parks and monuments that will delight and amaze. Arrive in Las Vegas for an exciting night in the “City of Lights!” Touring takes you into Arizona to visit the Old Mormon fort at Pipe Spring National Monument and is followed by a two-night stay at the North Rim of magnificent Grand Canyon National Park. Experience the Grand Canyon with an excursion to Cape Royal and Point Imperial! A scenic drive along Vermilion Cliffs National Monument brings you to the impressive Colorado River Gorge. Visit Utah’s incredible Glen Canyon Dam followed by a scenic cruise on beautiful Lake Powell. Travel to the Navajo National Monument to view Betatakin Ruins, Cliff Dwellings of the Hopi Indians. Visit Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for a traditional Navajo lunch and guided four-wheel drive jeep tour. Visit Natural Bridges National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park, where white sandstone “domes” cap massive reef-like cliffs. A visit to the Puebloan Ruins in Edge of Cedars State Park, Utah precedes sightseeing and a picnic lunch. Later this day, take a scenic drive to the impressive Capitol Reef National Park. The final two days highlight two well-known canyons . . . Bryce Canyon National Park, with its “Pink Cliffs,” and Zion National Park, where the Virgin River carved out this dramatic multi-hued sandstone, shale, and limestone. Look up at the towering rock walls surrounding you on all sides as you tour this incredible natural wonder aboard open-air sightseeing trams. These landscapes, unseen by most of America, are worth their weight in Gold!
Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park – Featuring Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise!
July 20-28, 2019 – 9 Days
Lush forest, mighty rivers, and immense glaciers welcome visitors to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Your flight to Calgary begins an unforgettable tour offering majestic beauty in every direction! Your tour begins with a two-night stay in Calgary. Highlights here include lunch at the Prince of Wales Hotel in an alpine chalet atmosphere. Enjoy a relaxing Cruise on Upper Waterton Lake in Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Spend the night in the historic Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier and travel the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road in an iconic 1930’s Red Jammer Touring Car. Many consider this the most beautiful highway in the world! Travel north for a two-night stay in the town of Banff inside Banff National Park, Canada’s first National Park. Take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a breathtaking view of the Banff Village Valley and surrounding mountains. Visit Chateau Lake Louise located on the vibrant blue glacier-fed waters of Lake Louise. Next, trade in your motorcoach, for a “sno-coach” and venture onto North America’s largest glacier, the Columbian Icefield’s Athabasca Glacier. Walk on the incredible Glacier Skywalk, a glass-floored observation platform perched 918 feet above spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Travel further north to the town of Jasper and Jasper National Park, the Canadian Rockies largest park. Enjoy a Narrated Cruise on Maligne Lake with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies. Travel back to Calgary along one of the world’s most beautiful mountain highways, the Icefields Parkway. Unsurpassed scenery paralleling the Great Divide in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, the Columbia Icefields, Bow and Crowfoot Glaciers, Athabasca Falls and Peyto Lake, come into view. Be sure to bring your camera for this tour! Sign up today!
Colorado’s Historic Trains – Featuring Five Scenic Rail Excursions and Three National Parks
August 2-10, 2019 – 9 Days
ALL ABOARD!!! Follow the historic routes of the Old West with excursions on FIVE scenic railroads. Then see amazing rock formations and the natural beauty of three national parks. Travel north along Arkansas River Valley aboard the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad; Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad voted one of the “Top Ten Most Exciting Rail Journeys in the World.” Ride through the Rockies aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad takes you across the famous Hanging Bridge. Climb 7539 feet on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park and Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. Travel via motor coach to the U.S. Air Force Academy and its famous Cadet Chapel (when available.) See the stunning Garden of the Gods, a 1,300- acre park where flora and fauna reflect the rich diversity of the terrain. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be an amazing journey!
Journey Around Lake Michigan – Featuring Shipwrecks, Sand Dunes and Mackinac Island’s The Grand Hote
August 10 – 18, 2019 – 9 Days Airfare Only $249 per person
Embark on a journey around Lake Michigan to discover its giant sand dunes, quaint villages of Door County, shipwrecks of Lake Superior and the crown jewel of Mackinac Island, The Grand Hotel. Starting in Chicago, enjoy a guided city tour featuring the “Bean” of Millennium Park and views of Lake Michigan. While in Door County, take in the amazing views of Sturgeon Bay from the waterfront hotel. Visit the quaint villages of Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, and Sister Bay and enjoy lunch at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, a unique Door County experience. In Marquette, the novel and critically acclaimed movie, Anatomy of Murder are featured in this 165-year-old harbor town. Another day begins with a Shipwreck Tour aboard a Glass Bottom Boat on Lake Superior. See a fully intact, pre-Civil War wooden sailing ship in this unique underwater museum. Stop at Seul Choix Lighthouse, reputed to be one of the most haunted on the Great Lakes. Later ferry to Mackinac Island’s The Grand Hotel, built in 1897, the world’s largest summer hotel for a two-night stay. Visiting the island is like a trip back in time to a more genteel era. Travel through the famed Tunnel of Trees on the way to the quaint town of Charlevoix to see the Mushroom Houses. Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The golden dunes stretch for more than 35 miles along the blue waters of Lake Michigan. Don’t miss these wonderful venues and so much more on this special Journey Around Lake Michigan! Sign up today!
Yellowstone & Grand Teton and Mount Rushmore!
September 5-13, 2019 – 9 Days
Experience all the greatness of Mount Rushmore. Watch Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park. Explore the rugged landscapes of the magnificent Grand Tetons. Tour historic mining towns and discover treasures of the Old West. This tour is packed with all the best the Northern Parks have to offer! Your tour begins with a two-night stay in Rapid City, South Dakota. While here enjoy an exciting open-air Jeep Tour through Custer State Park to view the herds of American Bison. Tour the Black Hills that include Crazy Horse Memorial, the largest statue in the world. See the amazing lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore National Park, the largest monument in the world, the historic town of Deadwood and the awe-inspiring Devils Tower National Monument. Work your way west into Wyoming and enjoy two nights in Yellowstone National Park for all the best sightseeing. Travel south to Jackson, Wyoming, for two nights. While here, bask in the beauty of the Grand Teton National Park’s majestic landscape. A Snake River float trip is included as well as dinner and entertainment at the Chuckwagon Supper and Western Show. Your tour ends in Salt Lake City, Utah, and includes a tour highlighting Temple Square and Pioneer State Park. This is a one of a kind vacation with too many exciting venues to list. Be sure to sign up today for this exceptional tour!
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – Featuring Santa Fe and Taos
October 4-9, 2019 – 6 Days
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air Balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine-day event and has over 500 balloons each year. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the US! Just viewing this spectacular is unlike anything you have ever seen. The balloons make the sky become a pallet of multicolored orbs dancing in the cool morning light. Later in the day enjoy an Albuquerque City Tour with time in Old Town. Next, travel to Santa Fe for a three-night stay. While here visit Bandelier National Monument which protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as ancestral Pueblo dwellings. Travel north via the “High Road to Taos” passing through ancient villages founded in the 1700s. Enjoy a guided tour of Taos, a beautiful area that has lured artist and writers since the 19th Century. Enjoy time in Santa Fe, an upscale resort and artist community with Spanish-Pueblo roots. See the Plaza, Loretto Chapel and the Palace of the Governor’s, a Santa Fe landmark built in 1610.