Mexico’s Copper Canyon

9 Days Active Pace Tour Code: MCC
 

Overview

All aboard for an unforgettable train ride through the wondrous gorges of Mexico’s Copper Canyon! This impressive canyon system – comprised of six massive gorges – is four times larger than the Grand Canyon and more than 1,000 feet deeper in some places, and offers incredible views you will remember for a lifetime!

Before you board the “train ride in the sky,” you’ll travel from Arizona into Mexico, with stops in the Sonoran Desert and San Carlos. After sailing on the Sea of Cortez, you’ll explore the colonial city of Alamos and the 16th-century town of El Fuerte de Montesclaros.

The journey into Copper Canyon climbs to 7,000 feet through spectacular tunnels and bridges. But you’ll do more than just pass through this breathtaking area. You’ll meet the nomadic people who’ve lived here for centuries and learn about the geology of this dramatic landscape.

Stay in our selection of First Class accommodations and enjoy 21 meals including Welcome Dinner, 8 Full Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 2 Three-Course Dinners, 2 Highlight Dinners and 1 Farewell Dinner.

To ensure a comfortable travel experience, our motorcoaches are equipped with large panoramic windows, reclining seats, air-conditioning and restroom facilities.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

***This trip is operated by our sister company.

Your Price Includes

Professional Travel Director Private Town Car Transfer
First Class Hotels Airport Transfers
21 Meals Transportation
Local Expert Guide: Alamos Travel Documents
Loud & Clear ®

Included Highlights

Hermosillo Copper Canyon Train
San Carlos Posada Barrancas
Alamos Casas Grandes

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Phoenix

Private Town Car Transfer from your home to the airport for your flight to Phoenix. Take your complimentary transfer to the tour hotel. After checking in relax or perhaps take a swim at the hotel pool.
Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport

Day 2 Phoenix - Tucson - Hermosillo - San Carlos

Begin your adventure with a short stop in Tucson to pick up joining guests before crossing into Mexico. South of the border, the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti — this is the only place on earth they grow wild. After stopping for lunch in the small town of Santa Ana, travel on to Hermosillo to see the lovely colonial cathedral and the Government Palace, its walls bedecked with murals depicting the history of the Sonoran region. Arrive in San Carlos where the desert meets the glittering Sea of Cortez. Relax in your waterfront resort before gathering for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Marinaterra Hotel & Spa
Full Breakfast, Lunch and Welcome Dinner Included

Day 3 San Carlos - Sea of Cortez Cruise - Alamos

Wander among massive cacti at a stunning desert garden and learn about these fascinating plants. Then board a private boat for a scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez — keep a lookout for dolphins, seals, and exotic sea birds such as the blue-footed booby and the great blue heron. After lunch at a waterfront restaurant, visit the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about the local specialty of pearl oyster farming, pearl grading and quality selection. Next, travel south through rich farmlands to the foothills of the Sierra Madre and the quaint town of Alamos. A living museum, the city’s cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful Spanish colonial buildings. This evening, immerse yourself in the local culture at dinner with a colorful spectacle of music and folk dancing by performers in traditional costumes.
Casa De Los Tesoros/Casa Encantada/The Mansion
Full Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 4 Alamos - El Fuerte

Stroll the streets of Alamos as your local expert brings this town’s history to life. Visit some of the restored mansions built when Alamos’ silver mines were among the richest in the world. After lunch, journey farther into the Sierra Madre to the town of El Fuerte. This evening, the Torres family welcomes you to their beautifully restored 19th century mansion for a Highlight Dinner and entertainment. Enjoy a performance of traditional Spanish and native dances followed by a sumptuous dinner of delicious local dishes, including Black Bass caught fresh from the El Fuerte River.
Torres del Fuerte
Full Breakfast, Lunch and Highlight Dinner Included

Day 5 El Fuerte - Copper Canyon - Posada Barrancas

Mexico’s Copper Canyon—four times as large as the Grand Canyon of Arizona—looms large in the culture and imagination of this proud country. Board your rail car and start your journey on the “Train in the Sky,” traveling from sea level to 7,500 feet in less than 150 miles, passing through tunnels and over soaring bridges. Engineers and laborers spent nearly 100 years laying tracks into this rugged terrain, and now the spectacular views make this one of the world’s most exciting train journeys. Pass alongside the jagged Barranca Septentrion and Urique Canyons as you travel into the heart of Copper Canyon. Disembark in Posada Barrancas situated right on the rim of the Urique Canyon, your home for the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with the Barriga family and learn all about the culture of the Tarahumara Indians while delighting in traditional Mexican cuisine.
Hotel Posada Mirador
Full Breakfast, Lunch and Highlight Dinner Included

Day 6 Copper Canyon

Spend the entire day exploring this dramatic area, one of the greatest natural treasures of North America. Learn about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons, collectively known as Copper Canyon. Meet the local Tarahumara Indians, a semi-nomadic tribe whose ancestors have lived in the canyon’s caves for thousands of years, and learn about their natural remedies from a local medicine woman. Later, board the new aerial tram and descend into the canyon to experience its grandeur in a way few have done before.
Hotel Posada Mirador
Full Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 7 Copper Canyon - Casas Grandes

Travel to the pleasant village of Creel via Oteros Canyon before descending into the stark Chihuahuan Desert and the city of Casas Grandes. This evening, see the local artisans who have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style and local specialty called Mata Ortiz. Watch master craftsmen design and fire pots and learn about the archeological finds at Paquime that inspired their style. This evening, gather for a festive Farewell Dinner.
Hotel Hacienda
Full Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner Included

Day 8 Casas Grandes - Paquime - Phoenix

Today, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paquime, a great trading center in the 14th and 15th centuries before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. You can see ceremonial mounds; the House of the Cross, believed to be a temple and observatory; and the House of the Serpent, where animals were raised. Travel across the Chihuahuan Desert into the U.S. and stop in Tucson before arriving back in Phoenix late this afternoon.
Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport
Full Breakfast and Lunch Included

Day 9 Depart Phoenix

Take a complimentary transfer to Phoenix International Airport for your flight home.
Full Breakfast Included

Please Note: This spectacular region of Mexico is still off-the-beaten path. Meal choices may not be as extensive as on other guided vacations and hotel facilities in some towns may be limited. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps. Occasionally, the itinerary may be subject to delays or variations due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveler in good health who can take such variations in stride.

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Pricing Details

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $350

At times we offer discounted departures where the price has been discounted to reflect savings. Discounted rates are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other offers.

Please Note: This trip is operated by our sister company.

*This trip may have more than 40 guests per departure.

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Accommodations

Day

City

Hotel

1 Phoenix Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport

Location: This four-story hotel is three miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Arizona State University. Complimentary airport transportation is available around the clock, and shuttles to downtown Tempe and the Arizona Mills Mall operate upon request.

2 San Carlos Marinaterra Hotel & Spa

Location: Located in the heart of San Carlos, adjacent to Mexico’s largest natural marina and in front of Tetakawi Hill. San Carlos is 1 hour from Hermosillo, Sonora’s capital.

3 Alamos Casa De Los Tesoros

Location: Located in a 236-year old restored convent, the Casa de los Tesoros offers the services of a luxury hotel and the intimacy of a bed & breakfast. Centrally located near the town cathedral and plaza, the hotel is an ideal place to experience the beauty and charm of Alamos.

4 El Fuerte Torres del Fuerte

Location: Completely restored antique hacienda Mansion that has been in the family for over 200 years.

5,6 Estacion Posada Barrancas Hotel Posada Mirador

Location: Poised like an eagle's nest at the canyon's edge is the Mirador Hotel, near the highest point of the canyon. Overlooks awe-inspiring scenery from the rim of Copper Canyon. This deluxe hotel is surrounded by pine trees and appears to be "etched out" of the natural rock iteself. The Mirador Hotel is actually an extension of the well known Rancho Hotel. This beautiful structure is unique in architecture and decor and each of its 48 luxurious rooms and suites has a private terrace...

7 Casa Grandes Hotel Hacienda

Location: The largest hotel near the Paquime ruins and is built hacienda style with the rooms centered around a large courtyard with a pool and garden area, ideal for relaxing.

8 Phoenix Courtyard Marriott Phoenix Airport

Location: This four-story hotel is three miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Arizona State University. Complimentary airport transportation is available around the clock, and shuttles to downtown Tempe and the Arizona Mills Mall operate upon request.

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Mexico’s Copper Canyon — April, 2011
The trip planning we experience the small tours that were rich in history. Sergio our guide shared with us the history of his country. We visited many out of the way places that allowed us firsthand view of the real...


Mexico’s Copper Canyon — April, 2011
Very satisfied overall. Bus was very comfortable; accommodations and food were good, even in more remote areas. Tour guide was very knowledgeable on wide range of issues – culture, history, plants and trees. Small...


Mexico’s Copper Canyon — April, 2011
Glad to have the opportunity to see the various cities we visited, they were very typical and we saw how local people live. Liked the restaurants, the service and the food that was offered. All the local people are...


Mexico’s Copper Canyon — March, 2011
We have great appreciation for the thought that went into the itinerary, stops & entertainment. The pace was appropriate for the general age group. Our Tour Director, Carlos, was excellent. The information he gave...


Mexico’s Copper Canyon — March, 2011
We both very much enjoyed the trip. We go to Mexico often but had not visited this part of the country – it was very interesting.


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Due to limited motorcoach storage capacity, each guest is permitted one large suitcase not to exceed 50 pounds in weight nor 30"x22"x10" in dimension on European programs. Handling of this bag by hotel porters is included in the price. In addition, each person is allowed one small piece of carry-on size luggage that does not exceed the dimensions of 12"x11"x6" and is the complete responsibility of the guest and must be taken on the motorcoach with you. Carry-ons with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and therefore cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage for safety reasons. Other destinations have smaller baggage dimensions which are noted in your pre-tour documentation. Grand European Travel. does not assume any responsibility for loss or damage to baggage or passengers’ belongings. Please note: It is your responsibility to verify the baggage weight restrictions for the individual airlines that you will be traveling on as in some instances baggage is restricted. Airline baggage charges collected at check-in are not included and are at passengers own expense.

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The Private Town Car Transfer service is available on all 2014 departures for all guests departing from the 41 airports highlighted on page 12 and living within a 25 mile radius from point of departure to your chosen airport. It is an outbound service only. Mileage is based on journey information from www.mapquest.com. Should you not use the Private Town Car Transfer we will deduct $50 per person from your tour price (this must be advised at time of booking). Cancellation of service or changes must be made 72 hours before scheduled pick-up. This service is not included on 2015 Preview departures but can be purchased at an additional cost.

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If you wish to depart early or extend your stay in Europe, flight and hotel arrangements can be made by contacting our office. Airport transfers are not included but may be purchased through GET. On most programs you can reserve up to 3 additional nights at the hotel where your itinerary starts and ends, however space may be limited and is subject to availability. Please call for our low cost rates and availability. Luggage handling and breakfast is not included on North American program extensions.

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If you wish to make independent flight arrangements, you may still reserve the land portion. Hotel-airport transfers are subject to availability and flight details must be provided in writing at least 45 days prior to departure. See tour page for specific transfer times.

Airport Transfers:

Complimentary airport arrival and departure transfers are in cluded in the itinerary price when you purchase our land/air package and operate at fixed times on the first and last day of your itinerary. See the individual itinerary pages for details. Airport transfers are not included on Independent Vacations. For those making their own flight arrangements or extending at GET hotels, transfers can be purchased; please call for details. London Heathrow Airport Arrivals: For tours commencing in London, we have included a free group shuttle to/from LHR for clients that have booked our combined land/air packages (Excluding Indepen dent Vacations). For clients that have made their own flight arrangements GET has negotiated special rates for shuttle transfers from LHR to your London hotel (which must be booked through GET) at a price of $40 per person per single trip to/from LHR. London Gatwick Airport Arrivals: Clients arriving at LGW who have booked our combined land/ air packages are provided with a Gatwick Express train voucher to Victoria Station, and will need to make their own way from Victoria Station to the tour hotel (Excluding Independent Vacations). For clients that have made their own flight arrangements we suggest you visit www.gatwickexpress.com for transfer information. To purchase airport transfers for Independent Vaca tions please call 1-800-552-5545.

Smoking:

Please note that we do not permit smoking on our motorcoaches, however, frequent stops are made while traveling.

Surface Travel & Sightseeing:

Ground arrangements are provided by Grand European Operations Ltd., a separate company, and include inter-city travel by private motorcoach with air-conditioning and an emergency restroom*, ferry, train, and ship as per the itinerary. Activities on days indicated in the itinerary as being “at leisure or optional” are left to your discretion. *Some exceptions apply.

Holidays:

During local or national holi days some museums, restaurants or sightseeing may be limited or not available. Alternatives will be offered wherever possible. At times, some itineraries may be operated in reverse; you will be advised at the time of booking.

Hotels:

The hotels reserved for our programs are rated as European Standard First Class. All hotel rooms provide a private bath (and/or shower) and toilet. These hotels are clean, comfortable and located so as to best facilitate guided sightseeing of the area. Hotels reserved for each program are indicated in the Day-By-Day Itinerary. If, for any reason, it becomes necessary to use other hotels, they will be of a similar standard, where possible. We only contract non-smoking rooms. All accommodations, meals and services have been designated as first class in Russia, Eastern Europe and provincial areas though some tourism facilities are less developed than what might normally be expected in this category. Tours in North and South America use Standard First Class hotels.

Single Rooms:

A limited number of single rooms are available at a supplement. While single rooms provide privacy, they are often smaller than twin-bedded rooms. We do offer the option to join our nonsmoking Room Share Program (subject to availability). The Room Share Program is not available on programs to Greece, Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Peru, South America, China, Indepen dent Vacations, European River Cruises, Small Groups and all pre or post extensions.

Triple Rooms:

Triple room accommodations are available on a limited basis at a reduced price. Triple rooms usually consist of a twin-bedded room with an additional folding bed or cot for the third person. They may not be comfortable for three adults. Triple rooms are not available on cruises.

Wi-Fi:

Complimentary Wi-Fi service is available in many Grand European Travel hotel guestrooms. When such a service is not available complimentary Wi-Fi will be available in the public areas of most hotels. In most countries complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided onboard the coaches. The Wi-Fi on the coaches uses the mobile phone network and as a result the connection will be slower than standard broadband and at times may not be available. In some countries this service will not be available. Please note that it is not available on Hosted Tours or on local transfer/relief coaches when the main Grand European Travels coach is not being used. For further information please refer to www.GETours.com.

Meals:

Please note in cases of early morning departures, FB (full breakfast) may not be available. We are unable to accept requests for special menus to meet dietary or religious requirements.

Price Does Not Include:

Beverages and meals not detailed in the itinerary. Personal expenses including passport and visa fees, alcoholic beverages, optional sightseeing tours, laundry, phone calls, traditional end of the trip gratuity to your Travel Director and Motorcoach Driver, tips to local city guides, crew tips and all other items of a personal nature, airport tax, service & security charges and port taxes. (Subject to change.) Travel Insurance is also not included but is highly recommended.

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These trips are arrang ed by Grand European Operations Ltd. (“Operator”) in conjunction with Grand European Tours (2003) Inc. It has made the travel arrangements as agent for the transportation carriers and other suppliers of services connected with the tour (“suppliers”) all of which are independent contractors. The Operator in no way owns or operates the vehicles or facilities to be used during the trip, and does not guarantee or assume responsibility for the acts and/or omissions of suppliers, their employees, agents, etc. Transportation com panies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Con ven tion for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to passengers and luggage. Enrollment in and payment for a program shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the passenger of the terms and conditions set forth in this catalog which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. All bookings are accepted subject to the conditions imposed by suppliers and Operator, including airline, cruise line, rail, coach, hotel, restaurants, insurance and other companies, firms or persons concerned with the trip, and the Operator will make no refund in the event of their delay, cancellation, overbooking, strike, force majeure or for elements of the package not used by customer.

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