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  • Tucson

    Set in a picture postcard background of cacti, rolling hills and awe inspiring mountains, Tucson is Arizona's second largest city and is the epitome of a modern growing metropolis.

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    Tucson, Arizona's second largest city, is the epitome of a modern growing metropolis. Set in a picture postcard background of cacti, rolling hills and awe inspiring mountains and despite being very much 21st Century, it succeeds in retaining its desert frontier roots and historical charm.

    Tucson has a long history of settlement by the ancient Native American’s, European explorers and Anglo frontiersmen and women. Add to this the fusion of American and Mexican cultures, a place where the past meets the present adding to the richness and ambiance and variety of the city.

    With a wonderful climate for most of the year, Tucson is the perfect place for soaking up the sun, enjoying year round outdoor activities and absorbing the spellbinding landscapes that will inspire and take your breath away for years to come.

    A thriving city for arts, cultural events and festivals Tucson offers the visitor many opportunities to enjoy performing arts of all descriptions, world class dining whatever your culinary favourites may be, including many regional dishes which are as rich and colourful as the culture and people. Added to this, Tucson is most certainly recognised as being a golfers paradise with world-class courses, country clubs and municipal course that challenge players of all levels, plus a whole host of spa resorts to help you unwind and relax.

    However you choose to spend your vacation, you will be spoilt for choice, with something to suit all tastes, you will not be disappointed.

    Our suggestions for your stay in Tucson:

    Day 1 - Become familiar with Tucson's past, present, and future on a city tour including historic sites in the downtown area. Break for lunch and shopping at Old Town Artisans, located in downtown Tucson's El Presidio Historic District. Housed within the 150-year-old restored adobe buildings are several distinctive shops and galleries, featuring contemporary and traditional art and fine crafts from hundreds of local and national artists. Visit Mission San Xavier del Bac, the oldest intact European structure in Arizona and one of the finest examples of Spanish mission architecture in the United States. Founded in 1692 by a Jesuit missionary, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, the mission was created to serve, as it still does, the Tohono O'odham ("Desert People") of the village of Wa:k. Visitors can learn about the history, architecture, culture, and surroundings of the mission -- known as "The White Dove of the Desert" during docent-led tours, which are free (donations accepted) and last approximately 45 minutes.

    Day 2 - Take a drive-through tour of Saguaro National Park West and get a breathtaking view of thousands of saguaros, the giants of the desert. Break for lunch and a tour at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which tells the unique story of the Sonoran Desert region. More than 300 species of live animals and 1,400 species of plants indigenous to the Sonoran Desert are exhibited in naturalistic habitats. Stop at Old Tucson Studios, the famous movie location and theme park. Take a step back in time and enjoy watching a simulated gunfight and saloon show.

    Day 3 - Enjoy the views at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area-a true desert oasis. The narrated ground-tram ride lasts 45-minutes and travels through some of the most camera-worthy scenery in the Tucson area. Head west to DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, a unique adobe construction with beautiful decorative features and rooms exhibiting Ted DeGrazia originals on subjects such as Padre Kino, Cabeza de Vaca, and Yaqui Easter. Break for lunch at La Encantada and experience an upscale outdoor specialty shopping center that celebrates the splendor of old-world Spanish traditions alongside modern sophistication. Drive south to the Pima Air & Space Museum, where more than 300 aircraft are on display, representative of America's aviation history. This impressive aircraft collection ranges from the first (a replica of the Wright flyer) to the ultimate flying machine, the famous SR-71A Blackbird.

     

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    • Top Tip 1

      Arizona positively teems with National Parks, not least the Grand Canyon. If you're planning to visit a number of national parks, save money by purchasing a National Park Annual Pass for just $80 per vehicle (it’s US$25 to enter the Grand Canyon, for example).

    • Top Tip 2

      Take time out in Sedona to enjoy lunch by the creek at L'Auberge de Sedona. We can think of no better way to lose an afternoon!

    • Top Tip 3

      The sunsets in Arizona are incredible. See as many as you can, camera at the ready, champagne in hand!

    • Top Tip 4

      If you're driving from Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon, make sure you don't miss Oak Creek Canyon, just north of Sedona. The views are magnificent.

    • Top Tip 5

      The Arizona desert is beautiful all year round, but if you want to see it in full bloom, visit during the spring when it's a carpet of colour.

    • Top Tip 6

      If you're in Tucson during the summer and want to cool off, take a drive up Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains. You'll ascend to 9,000ft and enjoy wonderful views and a perfect temperature.

    • Top Tip 7

      From Scottsdale, take the short 15-minute drive to Tempe Market Place for attractive shops in an outdoor setting, great water features, an open fireplace plus great places to eat. Go at the weekend for the bonus of some live bands. Fish lovers should eat at Kings Fish House.

    • Top Tip 8

      There are many ways to see the Grand Canyon but the best way is to take a rafting trip along the Colorado River. These are available from half days to almost two week trips.

    • Top Tip 9

      Take an early morning hot air balloon ride. It's well worth the early start to experience it and don't worry about heights. As strange as it may seem, you don't have that same sensation of height as you get standing on a tall building.

    • Top Tip 10

      In north-eastern Arizona, visit Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Shay) to see the spectacular red cliffs and some ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings that date back at least 700 years.

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  • Pueblos & Canyons

    Begins in and ends in Phoenix, Arizona

    22 Days / 21 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Hot Air Ballooning

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    • Pueblo

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    • Whitewater Rafting

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    • Bryce Canyon

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    • Las Vegas

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    Day 01

    Arrive Pheonix

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    Day 02

    Scottsdale

    Today is a time for relaxation and enjoyment. Chill out by the pool, take in some shopping at the Fashion Mall or perhaps enjoy an early morning hot air balloon ride over the desert.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    117Mi/188Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Tucson

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before you leave for your drive south to Tucson. The Westward Look Resort sits in a stunning setting with lots of activities to keep you entertained, so we've allowed you a full day to enjoy them.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    71Mi/115Km

    Day 05

    Tombstone

    Today make the short journey to Tombstone, site of the famous ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral’. Your accommodation is a beautiful hill country ranch, which sits in 270 acres and offers unique Wild West themed rooms.

    Hotel: Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch

    252Mi/406Km

    Day 06

    Las Cruces

    Your journey today takes you to some of the best preserved ghost towns, en route to Las Cruces. This city, also known as The City of Crosses, is rich in history, arts and scenic beauty.

    Hotel: Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

    252Mi/406Km

    Day 07 Day 08 Day 09

    White Sands & Albuquerque

    See the brilliant white dunes of White Sands National Monument en route to Albuquerque, where we recommend a visit to Old Town. Continue north to Santa Ana Pueblo, where your hotel has been built around the spirit of the Indian dwellings of the region.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

    252Mi/406Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Santa Fe, Taos & Durango

    Stroll the historic Plaza in Santa Fe before leaving to go on to Taos. Visit Taos Indian Pueblo, one of the oldest inhabited settlements, then cross the Sangre de Cristo Mountains into Colorado and the town of Durango.We suggest you take time to visit the Silverton Railway during your two night stay.

    Hotel: Strater Hotel

    191Mi/306Km

    Day 12

    Mesa Verde & Monument Valley

    Visit Mesa Verde National Park, then pass by Four Corners, the only place in the United States where four states come together at one point, then on to Monument Valley.

    Hotel: Gouldings Lodge

    123Mi/197Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Lake Powell

    After a morning sightseeing tour of Monument Valley, drive on to Lake Powell, where the desert meets the deep blue lake. We've chosen the only resort located on the water and given you a full day to explore the area's beauty. We would suggest a boat trip to the famous Rainbow Bridge as one of the best ways to see the region.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort

    160Mi/260Km

    Day 15 Day 16

    Bryce Canyon

    From Lake Powell and Kanab National Park you will ascend the Punsagunt Plateau to see the natural beauty of the arches and rock formations that make Bryce Canyon.

    Hotel: Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand

    240Mi/390Km

    Day 17 Day 18

    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    From one stunning national park to another, Zion National Park offers a spectacular contrast to Bryce. From here, head south to the 24-hour city of Las Vegas. You'll find some of the world's best dining and a myriad of sensational shows to choose from, so you'll have no problem filling your two night stay.

    Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas

    200Mi/320Km

    Day 19 Day 20

    Grand Canyon

    Leaving the glittering lights of Las Vegas behind, enjoy a tour of Hoover Dam before continuing on to the breathtaking sights of the Grand Canyon.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    240Mi/390Km

    Day 22

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute relaxation, sightseeing or shopping before returning your car to Phoenix Airport and checking-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2750 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Arizona Highlights

    Begins in Tucson, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Arizona Landscape

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    • Antelope Canyon

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    • Cattle

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    Day 01

    Arrive Tucson

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Tucson. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to Loews Ventana Canyon, your hotel for the first three nights.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    Day 02 Day 03

    Tucson

    Tucson is a modern and cultural city with much to offer its visitors. Visit the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, the Old Tucson Movie Studios, which has played host to many of Hollywood Westerns, and enjoy Tucson’s fabulous shopping and nightlife. Enjoy a leisurely drive to the Wild West town of Tombstone, nicknamed ‘The Town Too Tough to Die’, and see some of the most notorious streets of the old west. Your hotel has wonderful facilities so take some time to enjoy them.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    135Mi/217Km

    Day 04 Day 05 Day 06

    Scottsdale

    It’s not only an easy, but also a wonderfully scenic drive to Scottsdale. This cosmopolitan city offers a whole host of recreational opportunities and boasts a beautiful Sonoran Desert setting. Your accommodation for the next three nights is at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess; with five swimming pools, two golf courses, tennis courts and the Willow Stream Spa, it is the perfect place to relax. Be sure to explore Scottsdale’s historic downtown, visit the many shops in Fashion Mall, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime with a hot air balloon expedition over the desert; showcasing breathtaking views and desert wildlife.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    120Mi/193Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Sedona

    Travelling north today, the scenery changes from a desert landscape to the first views of the towering red rock mountains that surround Sedona. Although the Red Rock Scenic Byway is only 7.5 miles in length, it winds through the evergreen pinion-covered Coconino National Forest and is a spell-binding journey. Slide Rock, Red Rock and Dead Horse Ranch State Parks are all ideal for a wide range of recreational pursuits. A jeep tour is a great way to experience this picturesque red rock country, witnessing first hand its rugged nature. While in Sedona why not visit Sedona Heritage Museum, enjoy a spot of shopping or visit some of the local vineyards?

    Hotel: Enchantment Resort

    38Mi/61Km

    Day 09

    Flagstaff

    Following today’s short drive from Sedona, we suggest exploration of Flagstaff’s historic downtown, perhaps a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona and to enjoy the abundance of recreational opportunities. For something different this evening, visit the Lowell Observatory for views of Jupiter, the Moon, star clusters and much more.

    Hotel: Little America Flagstaff

    78Mi/126Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Grand Canyon

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning as it’s just another short drive today to the magnificent Grand Canyon, with scenic views of the San Francisco Peaks en route. The Canyon can be explored on foot, by descending the slopes to the majestic Canyon floor or witnessing spectacular views from the Grand Canyon Skywalk; a clear walkway out over the rim. For the ultimate experience, get a bird’s eye view on an aerial flight by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Your accommodation for two nights is El Tovar; a National Historic Landmark with breathtaking views over the Canyon’s rim.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    277Mi/446Km

    Day 12 Day 13 Day 14

    Las Vegas

    Changing natural scenery for the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, today takes you to the Entertainment Capital of the World. There is nowhere on earth like it. See the pirate battle at ti Treasure Island, the volcano erupt at The Mirage and the dancing fountains at Bellagio, or enjoy one of the many theatre shows from Cirque de Soleil performances to singers, comedians and magicians. Test your luck in the opulent casinos, enjoy fine cuisines from around the world, and relax in the Nevada sunshine by the glistening pool.

    Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way to Las Vegas Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2055 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.