USA and Canada
Featuring the grand national parks of Montana and Wyoming
Chris Galloway is the latest Sports Leisure staff member to fall in love with The Windy City. Join him on this “city adventure.” Stay 4 nights at the Embassy Suites, just off The Magnificent Mile downtown. From the views atop the Hancock Building to the Polish Museum and the Polish dinner that goes with it, to the magnificent collection at the Art Institute and the 32,000 “friends in residence” at Shedd Aquarium, you won’t run out of great things to do. (Plus, Chris knows all the important secrets, like where the Magnolia Bakery is and how to get that famous Garrett’s Popcorn).
Featuring three rail experiences across Canada on board VIA Rail
Featuring the best of BC’s Interior
Featuring Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly and Lake Powell
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This is truly an incredible opportunity and a must on your bucket list if you are a nature enthusiast! Featuring the Knight Inlet Lodge and Grizzly Bear viewing.
Celebrations of Canada with natural beauty
Leaf peeping in Vermont, New Hampshire and along the coast of Maine
The most photographed special event in the world featuring reserved upgraded seating in the Chasers Lounge!
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Featuring a visit to Bearizona Wildlife Park
The Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains in Fall majesty
Many of you have traveled with us to the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle, in the summer months. Some have stayed in the elegant Davenport Hotel in Spokane. Now, we offer you the opportunity to return and see the town and the hotel in all its Christmas grandeur. Fly to Spokane via Seattle, arriving in time for a late lunch at a beautiful spot, overlooking the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
The Davenport Hotel is your home for two nights. Recently added to the Marriott Autograph Collection of Classic Hotels, the Davenport is one of the most historic and to this day, finest accommodations in the Pacific Northwest. The Davenport hosts a magnificent display of Christmas Tree Elegance, something that is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. We’ve also included a guided historical tour of the property; so many wonderful nooks and crannies, all over the hotel. You’ll enjoy beautiful accommodations, with a treat on your pillow at night. Sunday Brunch at the Davenport is a special occasion and it is part of our itinerary. During our full day in the Spokane area, we’ll visit a Christmas festival and nearby Green Bluff (similar to our Apple Hill) for some seasonal treats. Also on the agenda: A horse and carriage ride through downtown Spokane. Those registering early have an option to include a performance of The Nutcracker (additional charge of $56).
Travel by coach to Leavenworth on Day 3. It’s a 4-hour ride, with a stop for lunch at Moses Lake, arriving at the Bavarian Village in mid-afternoon. Stay two nights at the Bavarian Inn and take in the sights, lights and sounds of Christmas. At night, the entire town turns into a holiday wonderland, with over a half million lights. During the day, we’ll take you to a very special candy store where Applets and Cotlets are made, and give you the chance to learn more about Leavenworth, and of course, time to explore the shops.
Featuring Hearst Castle all decked out for Christmas
First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.
This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.
The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.
Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.
The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.
Here’s your chance to check-off two of those items on your bucket list! Experience the nation’s premier New Year’s Day event, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and celebrate the New Year with the spectacular A Salute to Vienna at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Only Sports Leisure has exclusive access to ticket locations to offer you right now! This is the event at which the U.S. Olympic Team will be chosen. Your ticket allows you to see not only the evening programs, but the daily skating events at the SAP Center in San Jose. Friday morning you’ll have the opportunity to visit one of San Jose’s museums, including the Tech Museum of Innovation or the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. We will provide a sightseeing tour of Silicon Valley on Saturday morning, and enjoy a great brunch on Sunday. In the afternoons and evenings, you can enjoy the country’s best skaters in action.
Your accommodations are at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Milpitas, where you will enjoy a full cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and complimentary cocktails if you are onsite in the evenings. Shuttle transportation to/from the arena will be provided on a daily basis. There will also be a guest skating speaker one morning at the hotel, to give you an insider’s look.
Key West has become one of our most popular destinations with our annual tour selling out every year, months ahead of departure. Key West is a pedestrian-friendly destination, and because of that we walk to many attractions. During your extended stay in Key West, your accommodations are in the very best location in town, at the historic La Concha Crowne Plaza. The hotel is a landmark building and it’s right in the middle of famous Duval Street, allowing you to make the most of your free time in town, because you can walk to just about everything. Restaurants and shops are close and best of all, your breakfast is included every morning! We do not recommend this tour for travelers with serious mobility issues.
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Sail from Florida to California on one of Holland America’s best-known ships, the m/v Westerdam. Spend one night in Fort Lauderdale before boarding the ship. Sailing from east to west provides you the advantage of getting the long, cross-country flight out of the way first, leaving just a short hop home from San Diego at the end of the cruise.
The 15-night cruise stops at Holland America’s private island, Half Moon Cay, and Cartagena, Columbia before its full transit of the Panama Canal, called by some the Eighth Wonder of the World. Workers in Panama recently completed a nearly 10-year expansion project that doubled the canal’s maritime traffic. Additional port calls include Puerto Caldera/Puntarenas (Costa Rica), where you can experience a tropical rainforest, Corinto (Nicaragua), Puerto Quetzal (Guatamala), and Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas (Mexico).
We continue to partner with Holland America Line for this adventure because of its commitment to service and because we know and believe in the quality of its ships, programs and shore excursions. The m/v Westerdam is a midsize ship which carries passengers with style and grace – it’s large enough to offer a host of exciting amenities but more personal and intimate than the “floating cities” of other cruise lines.
This trip is a Sports Leisure Vacations’ favorite! And the focus is all about the Ahwahnee Hotel… recently re-named The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. But for this writer, and many others, it will always be the Ahwahnee!