Four times bigger than the Grand Canyon, Mexico's spectacular Copper Canyon is the backdrop for part of this extraordinary trip, as you travel over soaring bridges on the Train in the Sky.
Cross the Sonoran Desert and less traveled regions of Mexico as you learn about cultured pearl farming, silver mining and the beautiful art of Mata Ortiz pottery.
This morning, meet with your Travel Director and traveling companions between 7 - 8 a.m. in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn, Phoenix Airport North. Due to your early morning (8 a.m.) departure, pre-trip overnights are available at the hotel. Begin your adventure by crossing the U.S. Mexico border and see the great Sonoran desert open up before you. Keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti—one of the few places 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.
This morning, visit the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas and learn all about pearl oyster farming, 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, enjoy the local flavors of Mexico while dining with your traveling companions in a traditional setting.
Stroll the streets of Alamos as your Local Specialist brings the 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. Tonight, experience ancient dances from the Yaquis. See the popular deer dance and other traditional Mexican folk dances.
Travel to the village of Guerrero, an area rich in culinary resources and apple orchards. Then, travel on to the bustling city of Casas Grandes. This evening, see local artisans who have adapted ancient traditions into a modern style called Mata Ortiz with a Local Specialist. Watch master craftsmen design fire pots and the techniques learned over several generations. Continue the evening with an optional dinner or return to your hotel.
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. 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. Continue across the Chihuahua Desert into the U.S. and your Phoenix hotel.
7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 1 Dinner.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|3 Oct 17||10 Oct 17||$1,395pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|7 Nov 17||14 Nov 17||$1,395pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|12 Dec 17||19 Dec 17||$1,395pp||Request Quote Book Now|
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 $395.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $89 per person.
AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.
Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Adult Price: $80.00 | Child Price: $80.00
Gary's Aquarium Cove Snorkeling Trip. These waters are unbelievably clear and beautiful, filled with colorful fish and aquatic life. Discover the nearby Aquarium cove to explore, snorkel or just relax. Includes snorkeling gear and complimentary soft drinks. Total duration approximately 3 hours. (Minimum 4 guests)
Adult Price: $29.00 | Child Price: $29.00
Restaurant Bonifacios is located on Cotton Club Beach and offers an eclectic fusion of flavors inspired by Mexico's seaside lifestyle. Be seated beachside for a three course dinner including the famous libation "Baby Mango". Total duration approximately 2 hours. (Minimum 4 guests)
Adult Price: $28.00 | Child Price: $28.00
Travel a short distance to the Adventure Park “Barrancas del Cobre”. The astonishing Copper Canyon Adventure Park is built on the canyon rim between Areponápuchi and Divisadero and features some of the world’s most profound canyon scenery. Board the teleférico (cable car) and travel downwards for 20 minutes, disembark and enjoy 360 degree views of the Copper Canyon. After viewing the natural beauty from the viewing platform, ascend to the top edges of the canyon walls. Visit the park center and see a fissure through the glass floor. Total duration approximately 2.5 hours. (Minimum 4 guests)
Adult Price: $85.00 | Child Price: $85.00
Our skippers know where the fish are so you can experience the thrill of bringing in the catch of the day! Fully equipped boats have everything you need including bait, rod and reel and tackle. Your experienced captain along with his deckhands will ensure the best fishing in the area. Catch and release or provide your bounty to local families. Complimentary soft drinks included. Total Duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 4 guests)
Adult Price: $25.00 | Child Price: $25.00
Experience a regional family meal at Casa Diaz. Doña Ermelinda is a great cook and loves to showcase her home style cooking. Watch as Doña Ermelinda, family and neighbors prepare and serve you their creations of the day. You will not know what is on the menu as there is no menu, however special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice. Total duration approximately 3 hours. (Minimum 4 guests)
Adult Price: $24.00 | Child Price: $24.00
This evening after learning about Mata Ortiz pottery, why not stay a while longer in Old Casas Grandes and dine with your fellow travelers. A home cooked traditional family Mexican buffet dinner will be served in Casa del Nopal including wine or beer or soft drinks - 2 per person. Total duration approximately 2.5 hours. (Minimum 15 Guests)
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