2001 Canyons and Deserts of the Southwest



Experience the breathtaking
beauty of Monument Valley.
If the thought of marveling at Monument Valley, chowin' down at an old fashion "Western" Ho-Down, peering with awe into the Grand Canyon, or riding the Durango & Silverton Rail brings a sparkle to your eye, this may be the perfect vacation for you. With its canyons, deserts, and stone monoliths of unmatched natural beauty, the Southwestern United States has been the backdrop for hundreds of "Westerns" you have seen at the movies. And as an added bonus, we'll have several sessions of bridge throughout New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona.

Dates: April 18 to 30, 2001 - 13 days
Cost: $2,986.00 (land only)


Tour Schedule
Day 1 Albuquerque to Santa Fe, NM
 


Bryce National Park
Greetings! You will be met at the Albuquerque Airport and transferred to our hotel in Santa Fe. Tonight you’re invited to join Fred and our guide for cocktails followed by our Welcome dinner.
Hotel: Inn at Loretto Hotel
Meal(s): , Dinner
Day 2 Santa Fe, NM
  Today we’ll tour the city of Santa Fe by an open air tram ride and stroll through the Indian Market to shop for native arts and crafts. What a delightful day here in New Mexico's capital city.
Hotel: Inn at Loretto Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 We will feel the soul and charm of Santa Fe tonight as we enjoy dinner and bridge with the local players.
Day 3 Santa Fe to Taos, NM
  After a leisurely morning in Santa Fe we drive north to visit Chimayo, the home of the Native American weavers, and then continue on to Taos Pueblo. With Taos Mountain for a backdrop and its beautiful adobe dwellings, little has changed here since the first Spanish explorers arrived in 1540.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Don Fernando Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 4 Taos to Durango, CO
  We drive to Durango this morning alongside the awesome Rio Grande Gorge, plunging 600 feet into the rolling rapids of the Rio Grande River. Crossing the Continental Divide, we arrive in the Old West mining town of Durango in time to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.
Hotel: Doubletree Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 5 Durango, CO
  Our sightseeing continues today as we visit Mesa Verde. A score of large canyons seam the mesa, and in the shelter of the hundreds of alcoves eroded in the cliffs are some of the world's largest and best preserved Indian cliff dwellings. We’ll enjoy lunch chuckwagon style this afternoon.
Hotel: Doubletree Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 We are guests tonight of the friendly players in Durango for dinner and bridge.
Day 6 Durango to Moab, UT
  It is "all aboard" this morning for a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This delightful trip takes us through the Colorado Rockies between Durango and Silverton. The rugged peaks, alpine meadows, and crystal lakes take us back to the early days of the West. Upon arrival in Silverton, we will meet our motor coach and venture into Utah.
Hotel: Moab Valley Inn
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 7 Moab, UT
  A special breakfast is planned this morning at the top of Moab’s sky tram. Then, canyon country beckons us as we arrive at fascinating Arches National Park. We will continue on to Canyonlands National Park. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch viewing these stone fantasies from the most famous vantage point, Dead Horse Point.
Hotel: Moab Valley Inn
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Get ready for dinner and bridge tonight just with "our own group" of hardy travelers.
Day 8 Moab to Kanab, UT
 


Zion National Park
Our first destination today will be by 4-wheel drive vehicles through Monument Valley. Our next stop is Glen Canyon Dam, then it is on to Hollywood! (Little Hollywood, that is...) Kanab, Utah. This area has been the setting for more than 50 major motion pictures and TV series since the 1930's. This evening, enjoy an exceptional western cookout with a special surprise!
Hotel: Shilo Inn
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Kanab, UT
  Today our sights are set on Zion and Bryce. Zion National Park features narrow canyons, dramatic buttes and mesas, and soaring monoliths. Then, we pass through Red Canyon to enter Bryce Canyon National Park. Time and nature have created thousands of pillars (called "hoodoos") and rocky temples, all whimsically arranged in a huge amphitheater. We return to our hotel after this unforgettable day of sightseeing.
Hotel: Shilo Inn
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 10 Kanab to Grand Canyon, AZ
 


Zion National Park
The days of cowboys and Indians come alive as we enter the Navajo Indian Reservation of Northeastern Arizona. We will stop for lunch at the Cameron Trading Post. We drive on to the grandaddy of them all - The Grand Canyon.
Hotel: Maswik Lodge
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch

 Tonight Fred has planned a bridge evening of gaiety and merriment for our group.
Day 11 Grand Canyon to Sedona, AZ
  On this morning's guided tour of the Grand Canyon, we will make many photography stops to capture the canyon in all its glory. After lunch, we continue through Northern Arizona and into Oak Creek Canyon. Sedona is our final stop today.
Hotel: Poco Diablo Resort
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Tonight we are honored guests of the Sedona Bridge Club for dinner and bridge.
Day 12 Sedona, AZ
  Set off for Jerome, a historic old mining town. Enjoy spectacular views and the ghost town that houses art galleries, restaurants, and gift shops. We’ll return to Sedona where you can take a trolley from our hotel into town for shopping and browsing. Tonight, Fred Theurkauf invites you to a grand Farewell cocktails and dinner party.
Hotel: Poco Diablo Resort
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 Sedona to Phoenix, AZ
  Fly home from Phoenix this afternoon, knowing not only that you have seen some of nature's most incredible masterpieces, but that you have made many new friends with whom to share your memories.
Meal(s): Breakfast


Your 13-Day Package Includes

 First class air-conditioned motor coach transportation

 Twin or double bedded first class hotel accommodations

 23 meals 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 7 dinners


 Professional tour guides throughout; all entry fees included

 Airport transfers, porterage, and hotel service charges

 5 bridge sessions, including card fees, prizes, and quizzes


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