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The Great Sunny Southwest * April 12 - 30, 2013
Star 19 MAGNIFICENT DAYS Star
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Featuring Phoenix, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Sedona, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 19 Days, 18 Nights
Departs From: Columbiana, OH - Salem, OH - Alliance, OH – Canton, OH – Akron, OH


Price:
Single Room - $5,368.00
Double Room - $3,998.00
Triple Room - $3,858.00
Quad Room - $3,858.00

Tour Description:

Travel out of the cold and into the Sunny Southwest. We will travel all over this part of the United States seeing sights including the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, the Grand Canyon, Historic Rt. 66 and more! Our days will be filled with activities and our nights will be filled with entertainment. There are a lot of surprises along the way so come along for the ride and enjoy the Southwest.

  • Highlights of this Tour Include:
  • Big Texan Steakhouse and Amarillo
  • 3 Nights in Sunny Phoenix, AZ Hotel in Old Town Scottsdale!
  • 2 Nights in Scenic Sedona with Trolley Tour - “Red Rock Country”
  • 2 Nights at a Popular Las Vegas Casino Resort
  • 3 Days Guided Sightseeing in New Mexico  including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Bandelier, Jemez Trail, San Miguel Mission, Historic Plazas, Frijoles Canyon, The Amazing Acoma Pueblo, Window Rock, National Park and more!
  • Relaxing Days in Phoenix with Beautiful Botanical Gardens  
  • Breath-Taking Verde Canyon Railroad Trip
  • The Awesome Grand Canyon - Indescribable!!
  • Painted Desert and Petrified Forest
  • Bask in the Glory of the Awesome Grand Canyon  
  • Travel the “Mother Road”, Historic Rt. 66 
  • Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial
  • Murray's Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock 
  • Fabulous Opryland Hotel in Nashville
  • Optional Tour of Cleveland Indians' Spring Training Ballpark

Package Includes:

  • Eighteen Nights First-Class Accommodations
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • 27 Meals:
    • 16 Breakfasts
    • 2 Lunches
    • 9 Dinners
  • Canyon Train Ride
  • All Touring & Activities Listed in the Itinerary
  • Luggage Handling & Taxes
  • The Best “Get-Away-Vacation” You’ve Ever Had!!

Tour Itinerary:

 

                                   

Day One: Our first day together is spent getting acquainted with our new Gad-About Adventurers and Tour Team! We overnight in Evansville, Indiana at the regal Aztar Casino Resort where you can have fun at the gaming machines and tables, or just enjoy the lovely accommodations and rest up for tomorrow’s travels.

Day Two: Today it’s on to Ft. Smith Arkansas where we will enjoy a lovely dinner together.  (B, D)

Day Three: It’s “The Lone Star State” we’re heading for today, and a wonderful dinner awaits us at the Big Texan Hotel in Amarillo, Texas.  Our overnight hotel is right down the road.  (B, D)

Day Four:  This morning, we'll make a fun stop at the Famous "Cadillac Ranch" (where the cars stick out of the ground) and the give you time to get lunch in Tucumcari, nestled on historic Rt. 33.  This afternoon, we arrive in Albuquerque, New Mexico, founded in 1706, where we will meet our local guide who will be with us for the next three days as we begin a great scenic adventure.  Enjoy a guided driving tour of Albuquerque, and then dinner at El Pinto tucked away behind high adobe walls with splashing fountains and  Southwestern courtyards.  Overnight in Albuquerque, steps off historic Rt. 66.  (B,D)

Day Five: This morning, we'll begin the day with a scenic ride to Santa Fe, New Mexico, founded in 1610.  Upon arrival, you will have a guided walking tour to see such things as the Historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, Loretto Chapel  with its famous "miraculous" staircase, and the san Miguel Mission.  Today Santa Fe is the heart and soul of the Southwest and "Santa Fe-Style" is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer.  Its winding streets, covered arcades, hidden gardens and courtyards, and Pueblo-style architecture reflect the blending of Indian, Spanish and Anglo cultures.  Explore on your own, or indulge in a southwestern shopping spree at the many unique specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza.  Nearly all the city's main cultural attractions are within walking distance, including the Governors Palace.  Then it's on to Bandelier National Monument, best know for mesas, sheer-walled canyons and ancestral Pueblo dwellings.  Frijoles Canyon is famous for its extensive Anasazi ruins and cliff dwelling that date back to 1100 AD. The anasazi lived in multi-storied stone and mud structures or in caves carved in the cliffs.  Experience a guided walk to the pueblo ruins as well as photo ops.  Then we'll re-board our coach and ride along one of the Southwest's most spectacular routes - the Jemez Mountain Trail, a National Scenic and Historic Byway that follows the Jemez River.  Climbing west through the mountains, we'll pass by Valles National Preserve situated at 8,500 ft. above sea level and one of the largest volcanic craters in the world - awesome!  Back in Alburquerque, enjoy a free evening with dinner on your own.  What a fabulous day!! (B,L).

 

                                                                                

Day Six:  Our morning begins heading west over the Colorado Plateau to the Acoma Pueblo.  Often called "Sky City", it is 350 ft. above an out-stretched valley atop a massive sandstone mesa at 7,000 ft. above sea level.  It is the oldest continuously-inhabited settlement in the United States whose initial occupation dates from around 1150 AD.  A Pueblo member will takes us on a tour of the village to learn of the culture and history of the tribe.  Later we'll make our way to Window Rock, AZ and spend the night on a Navajo Reservation.   (B,L,D)

Day Seven:  Heading west this morning, we visit Hubbell's Trading Post National Historic Site founded in 1876, and the oldest continuously-working trading post on the Navajo Reservation.  Then we head south to see first-hand the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park where dinosaurs once roamed possibly 225 millions years ago.  We'll have a guided tour and stop at some breath-taking overlooks along the way.  Later, travel through the lower Sonoran Desert and arrive at the lovely Hilton Garden Inn on the edge of Phoenix in Scottsdale, and right in the heart of "Old Town"!  You'll be within walking distance to everything from Native American crafts and hand-woven Navajo rugs to Zuni silver jewelry.  Our folks love this location and it will be our home for the next three nights!  Grab your sunglasses and enjoy your free time here in all kinds of wonderful ways. (B)                                     

                       

Days Eight and Nine: Breakfast is included each morning here, and we have planned these days with plenty of relaxed, free time to enjoy the Arizona weather and sunshine!! The location of our hotel is excellent - less than one block away from the main area of Old Town - and features an outdoor pool, sundeck, whirlpool, microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, TV, hairdryer and daily newspaper.  Right outside the doors is a myriad of "things to do" if you want a break from relaxing in the sun.  Scottsdale offers some of the finest galleries, specialty retail, cultural attractions and dining in the Valley of the Sun!  Downtown Scottsdale is a the heart of the city's art scene, with Contemporary and Western Art, and a wide variety of outdoor sculptures set amid the lush green lawns and sparkling fountains of Civic Center.  Perhaps you'll want to take the trolley to visit the Main Street Arts District, or maybe ride to one of the fashion mall Scottsdale is known for - so many choices!  And as if that weren't enough, we are including a couple of activities of our own to add to the fun.  One evening we'll have dinner at Pinnacle Peak Patio, the largest southwestern steakhouse in the US!  Another side trip during our Phoenix visit will be to their famous Desert Botanical Gardens nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, to see one of the world's finest collections of desert plants.  And for those interested, one morning we will also offer a trip to the Goodyear Stadium, home to the Cleveland Indians for their Spring Training, where a guided tour will await us - Fun, Fun!  (2-B, 1-D)

                                                             

Day Ten: We will bid farewell to Phoenix and depart for the home of America’s national symbol, the majestic bald eagle. Verde Canyon is a unique geological wonderland featuring rugged, high desert rock faces and spectacular panoramic views. You will board the Verde Canyon Railway for a ride along the historic route from Clarksdale to the ghost ranch of Perkinsville and back into Arizona’s “other Grand Canyon” – a truly unforgettable experience!! On this popular excursion train, you will be thrilled as the eagle-decorated vintage engines roll past towering, crimson cliffs, near ancient Indian ruins, over old-fashioned trestles and through a 680-foot man-made tunnel on a four-hour round trip through Arizona’s longest-running nature show.  We have seating in "first class" - Great!  Eventually it will be time to board our coach again, and drive on into the base of Oak Creek Canyon in the spectacular “Red Rock Country” of northern Arizona for our time in Sedona, Arizona’s second most popular tourist spot. Sedona’s cultural richness and diversity make it a Mecca for artists, writers, entrepreneurs and visitors from all over the world. Our hotel for the next two nights is in the Arroyo Roble, with breathtaking Redrock views and a perfect location.  Stroll around and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many unique choices here! (B)

                                                                 

Day Eleven: This morning we will enjoy a grand “Trolley Tour” of this artisan village, showcasing the upscale Gallery District including the famous Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village and highlighted by as stop at the inspirational Chapel of the Holy Cross.  The views form the chapel are spectacular!  The rest of the day is free and on your own to shop the multitude of delightfully eclectic shops and galleries, savor the flavors and scents of the local restaurants, and stroll among the cobblestone walks and picturesque fountains.  With stunning views of the red rocks from every angle, Sedona gives a whole new meaning to the term "window shopping."  The choices are all yours -- have fun in this beautiful place of God's country!.  (B)

  

Days Twelve and Thirteen:  Today we're off on scenic Rt. 89-A through more of Oak Creek Canyon on "The Mother Road", Rt. 66, as we make our way to "The Entertainment Capital of the World".  We arrive early afternoon in Las Vegas for a two-night stay at one of the popular casino resorts, TBA.  Las Vegas welcomes 35 million people a year as visitors of all ages enjoy luxurious hotels, unique shopping experiences, dazzling and unusual stage shows, first rate restaurants, and world-class gaming. Of course, Las Vegas is also a golfer's paradise, with plenty of championship golf courses. There is so much to see and do here, that you can have a fabulous time and never spend a penny in a casino. A local trolley and also bus service is available 24 hours a day to take you to any place you want to go along the strip and elsewhere in the Vegas entertainment district. Plus there are all kinds of optional day trips and excursions available during your stay, and plenty of time for lounging around the pools and soaking up the desert sun! All of your Ohio friends will be green with envy, to be sure!! Just relax and have an excellent time!! (1-B)

                                               

Day Fourteen:  This morning, we say good-bye to glitzy Vegas and embark on Rt. 55 to the majestic, powerful and inspiring Grand Canyon! Carved by the Colorado River, it is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile - WOW!!    Our lovely hotel is just outside the Park entrance, and dinner is included in our hotel's dining room.  Later we'll drive to enjoy a spectacular sunset view of the Canyon in all its majesty.  (D)

                                                

Day Fifteen:  Our hotel is just outside the Grand Canyon National Park entrance and we'll make the easy drive to the South Rim of the Canyon this morning so that you can enjoy an included breakfast at the wonderful El Tovar Lodge located right on the rim!  When you're done, you will enjoy a coupe of hours of free time here to explore this area any way you wish.  Some may simply choose to sit at one of the many viewing spots and contemplate the vast panorama of fathomless grandeur - truly a glistening, multi-hued inspiration that no one can measure when standing in its presence.  This afternoon we depart for Gallup, New Mexico, know as the "Indian Capital of the World" because of its location in the heart of Native American lands. After checking into our hotel, we'll drive downtown where you can get dinner at the Historic El Rancho Hotel which exudes the rustic charm of the Old West!  Movie stars have stayed here while filming in the area, including John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart and many more  The rest of the evening is free back at the the hotel.  (B)

       

Days Sixteen:  Today is mainly a day of travel as our coach is pointed east, arriving in Clinton, Oklahoma late afternoon, after which you can get dinner at a steakhouse beside our hotel!  (B)

                                                                             

Days Seventeen: Before leaving town, we will drive by the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial.  Mid-afternoon, we arrive in Little Rock, Arkansas where we have a lovely evening of dinner and entertainment at Murray's Dinner Playhouse waiting for you.  (B, D)  

Days Eighteen & Nineteen: Today we make our way to "Music City USA", Nashville, Tennessee.  Our last evening and overnight will be spent at the outstanding Opryland Hotel where we include deluxe, atrium garden-view rooms, a ticket to ride the Delta Riverboats inside the complex, a lovely dinner, and breakfast in the morning.  The Opryland Hotel is recognized around the world for its extraordinary service, elegant surroundings and luxurious accommodations.  What a perfect ending to our fabulous "SUNNY SOUTHWEST" Super-Deluxe Vacation!!  (2-B, 2 D)                   

                                                          

INCLUDES: Eighteen nights first-class accommodations, deluxe motorcoach transportation, 16 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 9 dinners, Canyon train ride, all touring and activities as listed, luggage handling and taxes – and the best “Get-Away-From-Winter Vacation” you’ve ever had!!


Terms and Conditions:

PAYMENT:
For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
  • Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
The balance of an overnight tour is due 30 days prior to departure (unless otherwise notified). A confirmation will be sent to you after we receive your deposit. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover if you are making your reservation by phone, or you can send a check to our office (please call first to check availability). If you are booking online, payment must be made in full.

REFUNDS:
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.

CANCELED TOURS:
Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.

TRANSPORTATION:
All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)

LODGING:
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.

LUGGAGE:
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.

TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.

SEATING:
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.

SMOKING:
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.