Best of Palm Springs & Death Valley
January 26 – February 1, 2021 (7 Days)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
6 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Admission to all listed attractions
Guided tours at selected attractions
Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
$1,495 Double occupancy, per person
$1,855 Single occupancy
DEPOSIT: $200 per person NOW holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: November 18, 2020
None – Through November 18, 2020
$200 – November 19 - December 22, 2020
$700 – December 23, 2020 - January 21, 2021
100% – After January 22, 2021
TRAVEL PROTECTION IS AVAILABLE
STARTING AT $112
Palm Springs is beautiful in the winter. It is truly an oasis in the desert. We see beautiful homes, gardens, and museums. The stark natural wonders of Death Valley create a wealth of dramatic scenery. Large sand dunes, wind sculpted rocks, isolated valleys, and volcanic craters form a landscape that fascinates us at every turn. Whether a photographer, a natural history buff, or a traveler interested in new vistas, Palm Springs and Death Valley have something for each of us.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
DAY 1 D
We drive west across the colorful deserts of northern New Mexico and Arizona. We cross the Colorado River to enter Nevada and reach Laughlin where we lodge one night.
DAY 2 B,D
We continue west, and after a stop for lunch, arrive at the Joshua Tree National Park, where we see rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, this national park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the higher, cooler Mojave. We continue to Palm Springs to check into our hotel for two nights.
DAY 3 B,L
A local guide joins us to tour Palm Springs. After lunch, we visit Moorten Botanical Gardens, established in Palm Springs in 1938 as a privately-owned arboretum featuring desert plants of every size! This evening we enjoy the Village Fest which offers more than 200 arts and crafts booths, unique food and street entertainment.
DAY 4 B,L
We check out of our hotel and start our drive to Death Valley, where we check into our hotel for two nights.
During our time in Death Valley, we see many attractions and vista points. Badwater, a salty pool, is the lowest point in the U.S.A. The Harmony Borax Works gained fame by the romantic image of the “20-mule team” which hauled borax over the long, overland route to Mojave. We can hike short trails in Mosaic Canyon, Golden Canyon, and the Salt Creek Nature Trail.
DAY 6 D
We check out of our hotel and continue our final exploration of Death Valley, as we head south through the Mojave National Preserve with its singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, and Joshua tree forests. We reach Flagstaff, Arizona this evening to lodge one night.
DAY 7 B,L
We tour Flagstaff’s 13,000-square-foot Riordan Mansion, built in 1904 by a local lumber baron. We enjoy lunch in the Turquoise Room of the fabulous La Posada Hotel in Winslow, watching the trains go by, and continue home to Albuquerque, viewing the beautiful scenery from a new perspective.
Itinerary subject to change depending on weather and road conditions