Desert Oasis & S. California National Parks

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DEPOSIT BY 12/31/20 RISK FREE UNTIL BALANCE DUE DATE.

Package includes:
  • Roundtrip Air from IAD/BWI/DCA
  • 7 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Motorcoach Transportation
  • Hotel Transfers & Baggage Handling
  • 7 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners
  • Sightseeing & Admissions per Itinerary
Accommodations:
  • 2 Nights - Luxor Hotel & Casino, The Mirage Resort or New YorkNew York Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
  • 1 Night - The Ranch at Death Valley (Oasis), Death Valley
  • 2 Nights - Embassy Suites Palm Desert, Palm Springs area
  • 2 Nights - Hilton Mission Valley, Courtyard by Marriott Mission Valley, or Embassy Suites Downtown, San Diego
    On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrive las Vegas

Arrive in las vegas, meet your Tour Director and transfer to your Las Vegas resort hotel for a two night stay. Las Vegas is filled with exciting casino-resorts, amazing shopping opportunities, a variety of exciting shows, world renowned restaurants, and provides a great starting point to explore Southern California’s National Parks. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. (D) Overnight: las vegas

Day 2: Las Vegas - Hoover Dam - MOB Museum

This morning take a short ride southeast of Las Vegas through historic Boulder City, founded to house workers during the construction of Hoover Dam and one of only two towns in Nevada where gambling is illegal. Then visit Hoover Dam, the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere which backs up enough water in Lake Mead to cover Pennsylvania with a foot of water. At the Visitor’s Center learn the fascinating history of the construction of the mighty Hoover Dam. This afternoon experience the Mob Museum, officially the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a history museum located in Historic Old Downtown Las Vegas which showcases the history of famed gangsters. Here you’ll get an inside look at organized crime’s impact not only in Las Vegas, but its influence in America and the world. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. (B) Overnight: las vegas

Day 3: Las Vegas - Ash Meadows - Death Valley

This morning head west towards Death Valley. Enroute stop at Ash Meadows National wildlife Refuge, a desert oasis with a rare and unique ecosystem. The refuge is home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that do not exist anywhere else on earth, including desert fish that have existed since the time of the mammoths. Stroll the boardwalks and learn about the early pioneers and the mysterious Devils Hole. Continue on to Death valley National Park, the largest national park south of Alaska and known for extremes. It is North America’s driest and hottest spot and has the lowest elevation on the continent—282 feet below sea level. There are rocks sculptured by erosion, richly tinted mudstone hills and canyons, luminous sand dunes, lush oases, and a 200-squaremile salt pan surrounded by mountains, one of America’s greatest vertical rises. Visit famous Zabriskie Point, an elevated overlook of a colorful, undulating landscape of gullies and mud hills at the edge of the Black Mountains where from the viewpoint, the flat salt plains on the valley floor are visible in the distance. At Stovepipe Wells, witness the ripples and patterns of the breathtaking sand dunes that rise 100 feet above the Mesquite Flat. Later check into your hotel in Death Valley for a one night stay. (B,D) Overnight: Death valley

Day 4: Death Valley - Barstow - Palm Springs Area

This morning see more of Death Valley National Park as you visit Badwater Canyon, the lowest spot in North America, at 282 feet below sea level and home to a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. Then travel to Barstow, located on the famed Route 66. Take a step back in time with a visit to the Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum, home to vintage cars, signs, photos and other memorabilia. The Museum features a collection of artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert Communities. Displays include development of the United States Route 66 from early pioneer trails, railroads, automotive history and businesses. Continue onto the desert playground and mid-century architecture mecca of Palm Springs for a two night stay. The Palm Springs area is known as a winter snowbird destination as the population sky-rockets between November and March. Palm Springs is also noted for its design elements, arts, shopping, cultural scene and recreational activities. (B) Overnight: Palm Springs area

Day 5: Joshua Tree National Park - Palm Springs Tour

This morning head out with a local guide for an exciting day into the Mojave Desert as you explore the fascinating landscape of Joshua tree National park which contains more than 700,000 acres, two deserts & two ecosystems. This unique habitat is also home to the ancient Joshua Tree; twisted, spiky trees that oddly soar in all directions skyward. Learn about the area’s rich history, as well as the geology, flora and fauna of the California desert. This afternoon return to Palm Springs to enjoy a panoramic Palm Springs City tour and hear stories about the town’s famous celebrity residents & colorful past, and see some fine examples of its mid-century modern architecture. (B) Overnight: Palm Springs area

Day 6: Palm Springs - Temecula - San Diego

This morning take the Palm Springs Aerial tram to the top of Mount San Jacinto for amazing views of the valley below. The world’s largest rotating tram car travels over two miles in 10-minutes along breathtaking cliffs to the Mountain Station at an elevation of 8,516 feet. Later ride back down and travel to picturesque temecula to visit a local winery for a wine tasting experience. The Temecula area features over 30 wineries offering award-winning wines. Then travel south and arrive in San Diego, known as “America’s Finest City,” for a two night stay. Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is widely known for its beaches, parks and amazing weather. (B) Overnight: San Diego

Day 7: San Diego Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a San Diego City tour including the historic Gaslamp District, Downtown, the bustling Embarcadero, Balboa Park and historic Old Town San Diego. San Diego features the largest concentration of military personnel in the US which will be on display during your touring. This afternoon enjoy a San Diego Harbor Cruise featuring a narrated tour that takes you under the Coronado Bridge, past military ships, waterfront landmarks and marine life, for an upclose, in-depth look at San Diego’s beauty and fascinating history. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant in San Diego. (B,D) Overnight: San Diego

Day 8: San Diego - Flight Home

Fly home with wonderful memories of your Desert Oasis & Southern California National Parks travel experience. (B)

TRIP #2107

Dates: Feb 21 - 28, 2021

Cost: $2995

Deposit: $300

Balance due: 12/2/20

Discount offered: $200pp if balance is paid by check

Optional Insurance: +$285*

* Must be paid with deposit

Single Supplement: +$850

Tour Operator Activity Level:3

1 = Easy       4 = Active

Trip Director: Judy Carter

Unsold space release date: 9/18