Desert Oases: Death Valley & Palm Springs
February 11, 2024 thru February 16, 2024
Surprising sights await on this tour of our beautiful Southwest deserts. We begin our journey in the Las Vegas area with a visit to spectacular Red Rock Canyon. We explore a wealth of geological wonders, awesome canyons, and mighty mountains in Death Valley National Park, which straddles eastern California and Nevada. Tour Joshua Tree National Park and enjoy highlights of Palm Springs during this scenic and serene desert experience.
Roundtrip Air LAS/PSP
6 days, 5nights
Level 4: Active
8 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner) included
- Red Rock Canyon
- Death Valley National Park
- Ubehebe Crater, Badwater, & Devil’s Golf Course
- Oasis Ranch in Furnace Creek
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway & Dinner
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ to LAS/PSP
- Transfers & motorcoach transportation
- 5 nights lodging
- 8 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner)
- Baggage handling at hotels (1 piece where available)
- Services of a Professional Tour Director
- Admissions & tours as described
- All taxes and gratuities for included items (excluding hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Albuquerque to Las Vegas to Death Valley
We begin our journey by flying into Las Vegas. Our first stop is Red Rocks National Conservation Area, lying in the Mojave Desert the area is known for towering sandstone peaks, Native American Petroglyphs and other astounding geological features. We then venture west into Death Valley. We lodge right inside the park at The Ranch at Death Valley for a 3-night stay.
Meals included: (D)
Day 2 - Death Valley National Park
Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel before exploring Death Valley National Park today. Encompassing over 3.3 million acres, there is much to discover in this isolated region. Visit Ubehebe Crater- a large volcanic crater 600 feet deep and half a mile across, Zabriskie Point- the most famous viewpoint in the park overlooking colorful badlands, and so much more! While exploring, enjoy a picnic lunch.
Meals included: (B)
Day 3 - Death Valley National Park
This morning we continue our tour of Death Valley taking in such sites as the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and historic Harmony Borax Works. This afternoon, return to the Ranch to relax, swim in the spring-fed pool, and enjoy all that the property has to offer.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 4 - Death Valley to Palm Springs
We depart Death Valley and journey to Palm Springs via the iconic Joshua Tree National Park. Named for the twisted, bristled Joshua Trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and Mojave Desert. Explore the rugged rock formations that were formed by the elements. We arrive at our lodging for 2 nights, the Palm Mountain Resort.
Meals included: (B)
Day 5 - Palm Springs & the Coachella Valley
After breakfast, we will enjoy a guided tour of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, with a stop at Shield’s Date Garden, an institution since 1924. This afternoon we will take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of Mount San Jacinto where we enjoy a delicious lunch and picturesque views. This evening stroll the Palm Springs Village Fest, a street fair featuring arts, crafts, food and entertainment!
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Return Home
Today we depart Palm Springs and travel back to our own desert oasis called home.
Meals included: (B)
Itinerary subject to change.
Lake Las Vegas was created in 1991
The community features a quaint village complete with cobblestone roads, shops and restaurants
282 Feet Below Sea Level
Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America
Ranch at Death Valley
Furnace Creek, CA
Palm Springs, CA
$2,625 per person
$3,395 per person
Final Payment Due:
November 7, 2023
• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ to LAS/PSP
• Transfers & motorcoach transportation
• 5 nights lodging
• 8 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner)
• Baggage handling at hotels (1 piece where available)
• Services of a Professional Tour Director
• Admissions & tours as described
• All taxes and gratuities for included items (excluding hotel housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: November 7, 2023
- None thru November 7, 2023
- $200 – November 8 thru December 5, 2023
- $900 – December 6 thru January 9, 2024
- 100% after January 9, 2024
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events and hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Please be sure to bring a sweater and / or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you to on this tour.
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