September

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Catalina Island Getaway

4 Days, September 30th - October 3rd

Catalina Island isn’t a destination; it’s a state of mind. And early fall is the perfect time to visit, with mild temperatures and after the summer crowds are gone. Our annual escape to the island “26 miles across the sea” features three nights at the Pavilion Lodge, in the heart of Avalon, right on the harbor and within walking distance of countless shops and restaurants. Begin with a short flight to Southern California. Enjoy a tour and spectacular Sunday Brunch aboard the Queen Mary, moored in Long Beach Harbor. Travel aboard the high-speed Catalina Express ferry to the island. At your hotel, enjoy a wine reception each night and a continental breakfast each morning. The itinerary includes several NEW adventures on the island as well as plenty of free time to enjoy additional activities or time to relax on your own. Included in the package is the new Twilight in the Casino tour which showcases the ballroom, big band dancing and wine & cheese on the balcony! We’ll also experience the new Evening Avalon Scenic tour aboard a new state-of-the-art electric bus. Finally, catch a glimpse of the underwater world surrounding the island on board a semi-submersible vehicle. A final night dinner is just steps from your hotel. A mid-morning return to the mainland by ferry allows you time for lunch in Long Beach at Parker’s Lighthouse prior to your late afternoon flight home.

$2,080
$1,745
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October

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Moab, Gateway to Arches National Park

5 Days, October 1st - 5th

Featuring 3 nights at the spectacular Red Cliffs Lodge on the banks of the Colorado River

$2,895
$2,575
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May 5th - 9th
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Wildlife Viewing in British Columbia

6 Days, October 4th - 9th

Featuring Knights Inlet Lodge and Grizzly Bears in October 2018.

$7,120
$6,150
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Oktoberfest, Canadian Thanksgiving and Niagara Falls 2018

6 Days, October 5th - 10th

Festive celebrations of Canada with natural beauty

$3,230
$2,880
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New England Fall Foliage Spectacular 2018

8 Days, October 6th - 13th

Leaf peeping in Vermont, New Hampshire and along the coast of Maine

$4,480
$3,890
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New Mexico, Land of Enchantment

7 Days, October 9th - 15th

Featuring Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

$3,385
$2,955
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Leafin’ on a Jet Plane

6 Days, October 14th - 19th

There are lots of great places to catch the changing of the colors each year. Fall foliage is one of nature’s most spectacular shows and we think we’ve found a great place to see the leaves. New England? Too common and too easy to guess. Upper Michigan? Great guess, but we go to Mackinac Island most every year. No mystery there! Here are some clues to help you: Let’s all pray for world peace, then it’s “down the hatch!” It’s kinda chilly in here, maybe it’s a SIGN. Whole Foods is selling their ice cream. Pretty hot in this tavern and everything is brown, maybe gangsters hung out here? Hey, stop horsing around, because we can’t track that sort of behavior. OK, by now, you all know where we are going… or maybe not.

$2,965
$2,635
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Sedona & Grand A Canyon National Park

5 Days, October 21st - 25th

Featuring a visit to Bearizona Wildlife Park

$2,520
$2,190
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Route 66 West – A M Oklahoma City to Santa Monica

10 Days, October 23rd - November 1st

The western side of The Mother Road (a favorite Route 66 moniker) is more about wide open spaces and the people and places between them. It’s a journey to and through places you wouldn’t normally visit, absolutely one of life’s great USA travel adventures. Fly to Oklahoma City, fly home from Burbank. Take 10 days to cover 1,350 miles, an average of 135 miles a day.

$4,410
$3,885
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Route 66 – Western Side

9 Days, October 24th - November 1st

The second half of your journey down The Mother Road is very different from the eastern side. The spaces are more wide open in the west. There are national parks and the little towns are further apart and have a different personality. For the first time, the western half of the trip features two 2-night stays, in Albquerque and Winslow.

In Albuquerque, having extra time allows us to drive down the length of the longest Route 66 Main Street in the country, and take a side trip to Santa Fe (which was on the original route of the old highway). In Winslow, you’ll want your picture “Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona,” (like the lyric in the old Eagles song), and we’ll head out to Petrified Forest National Park, one of the most fascinating places in the country. Of course, the highlight of your Winslow stay, and perhaps your entire trip, is your time at La Posada, a restored Harvey House Hotel from the highway’s glory days.

See the old Cadillacs “rear ends up” in Texas and eat at the famous Big Texan in Amarillo. Meet legendary Angel Delgadillo, the retired barber in Seligman, Arizona, who is the man most responsible for the preservation of the old highway. He’s 91 now and still going strong.

Finish at the pier in Santa Monica, but not before a plethora of SoCal “attractions” make their way into your Mother Road memories. You’ll have a chance to sleep in a tepee if you so desire; and see where General Patton prepared his troops for WWII.

Whether you choose only this half of the journey, or combine it with the eastern side, you will discover the heartbeat of our country. It’s the opportunity to learn how other people in other places live and what they think. It’s a slice of America you will never, ever forget.

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November

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Death Valley and Nevada Ghost Towns

6 Days, November 7th - 12th

Two nights in Death Valley, be a part of an authentic ghost hunt

$2,645
$2,355
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December

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Christmas Markets on the Mighty Mississippi

9 Days, December 9th - 17th

Cruise aboard the grandest paddlewheeler ever, the American Queen

$7,305
$4,930
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January 2019

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Key West, Miami & The Everglades 2019

7 Days, January 26th - February 1st

Key West has become one of our most popular destinations with our annual tour selling out every year, months ahead of departure. It’s a top flight experience, limited to just 25-30 travelers. Here is your chance to get in early on the 2019 departure. All we are asking with your reservation is a $250 deposit. Next spring, we will bill you and give you the opportunity to take advantage of any Early Payment Di$counts.

Key West is a pedestrian-friendly destination, and because of that we walk to many attractions. For this reason, we do not recommend this tour for travelers with serious mobility issues.

Please click here for a short video about this tour.

$4,885
$4,195
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