Desert Escapes of California

Start: Palm Springs Finish: Phoenix (AZ)

Visiting: Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Scottsdale, Tucson, Tombstone, Phoenix


Duration: 7 Nights

Tour Operator: Insight Vacations


Prices From: $2856 $2570

Tour Overview

A holiday for the adventurous, delve into the USA’s desert lands with your travel companions, as you journey from the Golden State to Arizona. Along the way taste and create your own Southwestern flavours, learn about the lives and homes of Hollywood greats and take in the wild terrains and untamed beauty of its national parks. You'll be joined by your expert Travel Director who will be on hand to guide you throughout your trip.

Highlights

  • iconPalm Springs: A history and architectural expert will take you on a mid-century architecture tour. Learn about those who have shaped the landscape of Palm Springs.
  • iconPalm Springs: Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner.
  • iconPalm Springs: Later, you’ll experience the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram car, as it travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs and transports you to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. As you ascend on your ten-minute journey, the tram car rotates slowly, offering amazing vistas of the valley floor below.
  • iconSaguaro: This afternoon you'll visit Saguaro National Park. Situated in southern Arizona on either side of the city of Tucson, this beautiful park seduces visitors with its wild, rugged features and striking views of the desert landscape.
  • iconTucson: There will also be time for stargazing after your meal with a professional astronomer. Look up to the stars through the largest moving compound telescope in the world, as an expert explains the science behind what you’re seeing.
  • iconPalm Springs: A Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant introduces you to the best of what Palm Springs has to offer.
  • iconTucson: Later this evening, toast to your travels with your new friends at your Celebration Dinner before your trip comes to an end tomorrow.
  • iconTombstone: In the morning you’ll make your way to historic Tombstone, where a guided tour will introduce you to the once bustling boomtown of the Wild West. Then it offered much-needed entertainment to the many miners that spent hours underground.
  • iconTucson: Tucson is known for its farmer’s markets, annual food festivals and fairs that specialise in southwestern cuisine. Meet a Local Expert who will guide you through the city on a Foodie Tour, which will be included as your lunch.
  • iconScottsdale: Later, meet with the chef of this evening's experience for a walk through the stalls of the Old Town Farmers Market.
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Places You'll See

Countries:
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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Arrive in Palm Springs.

Location: Palm Springs

Accommodation: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Palm Springs.

Meals: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to Palm Springs. A star-studded city nestled in the Sonoran Desert of southern California, it was the getaway for Hollywood legends Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Dean Martin and Loretta Young in the 1950s and 60s. It now prides itself on its glory years with a nod to its glitzy past evident in its retro architecture. Once you have arrived at the airport a transfer will take you to your hotel, where you will meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 2: Out and about in Palm Springs.

Location: Palm Springs

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Start the day with a tour of Palm Springs’ mid-century architecture with a history and architectural expert. Learn about the architects that have shaped the landscape of Palm Springs, including Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Donald Wexler and the Alexander brothers. Later, you’ll experience the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram car, as it travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs and transports you to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. As you ascend on your ten-minute journey, the tram car rotates slowly, offering amazing vistas of the valley floor below. A Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant introduces you to the best of what Palm Springs has to offer.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 3: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park.

Location: Joshua Tree

Meals: Breakfast

This morning you’ll depart from your hotel for an excursion to Joshua Tree National Park, which is characterized by the strangely shaped Joshua trees, rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. The ecosysytems of the Mojave and the Colorado come together here with a variety of plants and animals that thrive in this surreal environment shaped by winds and occasional rainfall. Your knowledgeable Travel Director will bring the park’s history and geology to life. Enjoy some time at leisure this evening and get to know this desert oasis on your own terms.(Breakfast)

icon Day 4: Palm Springs and Scottsdale.

Location: Scottsdale

Accommodation: Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale.

Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll move from Palm Springs to Scottsdale. Once you’re in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area stop at the Heard Museum for a guided tour. The museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art.(Breakfast)

icon Day 5: Flavour of Arizona.

Location: Scottsdale

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Start the day with a guided tour of your famous hotel, Valley Ho. Meet a Local Expert who will take you on a guided tour of the property and talk to you about its glitzy Hollywood history and architecture. Later, meet with the chef of this evening's experience for a walk through the stalls of the Old Town Farmers Market. This afternoon enjoy an Insight Choice between a small-group tour of Old Town Scottsdale on golf carts or a visit to the Museum of the West. In the evening, you’ll be introduced to the authentic flavours of the region as you head to a cooking demonstration and hands on experience. You’ll learn to cook classic Southwestern and Mexican staples such as enchiladas, spicy meat dishes and Spanish rice. Once you’ve learnt from the expert, sit and indulge in your tasty masterpiece.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 6: Gastronomic Tucson.

Location: Tucson

Accommodation: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Tucson.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Wake for a hearty breakfast at your hotel before joining a guided tour of Taliesin West, the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards move on to Tucson. Meet a Local Expert who will guide you through the city on a Foodie Tour, which will be included as your lunch. Tucson is known for its farmer’s markets, annual food festivals and fairs that specialise in southwestern cuisine.(Breakfast / Lunch)

icon Day 7: Tucson and Saguaro National Park.

Location: Tucson, Tombstone

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

In the morning you’ll make your way to historic Tombstone, where a guided tour with a Local Expert will introduce you to the once bustling boomtown of the Wild West. Then it offered much-needed entertainment to the many miners that spent hours underground. This afternoon you'll visit Saguaro National Park. Situated in southern Arizona on either side of the city of Tucson, this beautiful park seduces visitors with its wild, rugged features and striking views of the desert landscape. Later this evening, toast to your travels with your new friends at your Celebration Dinner before your trip comes to an end tomorrow. There will be time for stargazing after your meal with a professional astronomer. Look up to the stars through the largest moving compound telescope in the world, as an expert explains the science behind what you’re seeing.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 8: Depart Phoenix.

Location: Phoenix

Meals: Breakfast

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Take our organised transfer to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport arriving at 11:00.(Breakfast)

What's Included

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    Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.

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    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

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    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

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    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

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    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

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    From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

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    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

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    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

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    Low Deposit

    Insight Vacations requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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    Personalise your trip

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    Increased safety during COVID

    Spend the majority of time amongst your group to reduce exposure to others

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Tuesday Sep 14, 2021

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Tuesday Dec 07, 2021

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