Arizona Cactus Country Escape
February 9, 2024 - February 26, 2024
February 9 - February 26, 2024 ( 18 Days )
ARIZONA CACTUS COUNTRY ESCAPE
Date: February 9 – February 26, 2024 (18 Days)
Activity Level: Low
Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime with our amazing itinerary to ARIZONA – CACTUS COUNTRY!
We’ve carefully curated a route that includes breathtaking natural attractions such as the stunning Arches in Moab, the majestic Monument Valley, the picturesque Grand Canyon Village, and the awe-inspiring Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.
But that’s not all! We’ve also planned extended stays in Mesa and Tucson, which will serve as our hubs as we dlve deeper into Cactus Country. Get ready to witness the beauty of the Southwest as you’ve never seen it before!
Escape the harsh Canadian winter and join us on this escape filled with unforgettable experiences and natural wonders. So, pack your bags and get ready to embark on an adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
- St Albert – St Albert Inn and Suites
- North Edmonton – Lowes/Petro Canada
- Sherwood Park – Super 8
- South Edmonton – TBD
- Leduc – Royal Hotel
- Red Deer – Radisson Hotel
- Calgary – Doubletree Hilton
- Lethbridge – Park Place Mall
Price includes all applicable taxes
Deposit required: NA
Final payment due date: January 5, 2024
Pricing is based on room occupancy.
Rates are for the departure date specified above.
- Transportation on an air-conditioned, washroom-equipped motorcoach
- Services of an experienced Pro Tours Tour Director & Professional Driver
- Meals Included: 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners, 3 Meal Vouchers
- 17 nights accommodation
- 2 nights Great Falls @ Sleep Inn and Suites
- 2 night Layton @ Holiday Inn Express
- 1 night Moab @ MainStay Suites
- 1 night Grand Canyon Village @ Red Feather Lodge
- 4 nights Mesa @ Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites
- 3 nights Tucson @ Desert Diamond Hotel
- 2 nights Yuma @ Shilo Inns Suites Hotel
- 1 night Mesquite @ CasaBlanca Mesquite
- 1 night Bryce Canyon City @ Ruby’s Inn
- Welcome Dinner
- The Arches National Park
- Monument Valley
- Grand Canyon Village
- The Olive Mill including Lunch
- Local guided Mesa City Tour
- Mesa Marketplace
- Valentines Dinner
- Woochi Buffet
- Visit Organ Stop Pizza (Pizza on own)
- Tohono Chul Tucson
- Locally guided Tucson city tour
- $30 in meal vouchers Tucson
- Bisbee, AZ
- Date Shake in Yuma
- Zion National Park
- Bryce Canyon
- Monida Pass
- Berkeley Pit
- Farewell Pizza and Wine Dinner
- Miles of Smiles!
- Optional Add On Dolly Steamboat Cruise extra $
- Meals not specified
- Gratuity for your Tour Director
- Gratuity for Step on Guides
- Gratuity for your Driver
- Optional Add On Dolly Steamboat Cruise extra $TBA
Tour Details by Day
Meals Included: None
Welcome aboard our luxurious coach as we embark on an exciting journey starting from St. Albert! We’ll begin our trip by heading south, passing through beautiful cities such as Red Deer, Calgary, and Lethbridge. Before we cross the border into the United States at Sweetgrass, we’ll make a stop at the Duty Free for some shopping and refreshments.
As we cross the border and continue along the scenic Interstate 15, we’ll take in stunning views and enjoy the company of our fellow travelers. In Great Falls, we’ll be staying at the Sleep Inn and Suites, where we can unwind and relax after a long day on the road.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Relax and take in the breathtaking scenery as we journey south through the rugged and majestic mountains of Montana. As we cross the Continental Divide, we’ll be treated to stunning panoramic views that will leave you in awe. Our journey will take us through the picturesque Monida Pass, leading us into the beautiful state of Idaho and on to Utah.
As the day draws to a close, we’ll arrive at our final destination for the evening, the city of Layton, Utah. Here, we’ll be treated to a Welcome Dinner before settling into our comfortable abode at the Holiday Inn Express. Rest and recharge as we gear up for another thrilling day on our unforgettable adventure. Get ready to be swept away by the enchanting landscapes and discover the hidden treasures that await us!
Meals Included: Breakfast
After an included breakfast we embark on an unforgettable journey starting from Layton where we’ll head towards the charming town of Spanish Fork where we will turn east along the picturesque US 6 towards Green River. From there, we’ll continue our journey towards the enchanting Moab, where we’ll begin our adventure by visiting the iconic Arches National Park Visitor Center.
Get ready to experience the ultimate adventure as we embark on a breathtaking drive up to the mesmerizing Windows trailhead. As we step out of the bus and walk towards the majestic arches, we’ll be surrounded by an unparalleled natural beauty that will leave us speechless.
The best part? We’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these stunning arches and if conditions permit even stand inside some of them for the most magnificent photos. With every step we take, we’ll be immersed in the awe-inspiring grandeur of Moab’s breathtaking landscapes, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to be swept away by the sheer beauty of this unforgettable journey!
We end our day checking in to the MainStay Suites. The evening is on your own to dine at one of the nearby restaurants and settle down in your comfortable room for a great night’s sleep.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Get ready to rise and shine, feeling refreshed and ready for another exciting day of adventure! Start your morning off right with a delicious included breakfast before we hit the road for a journey that promises to be truly unforgettable. Our breathtaking drive will take us through the mesmerizing Monument Valley, where we’ll be surrounded by stunning vistas and incredible natural wonders. And that’s just the beginning!
Next up, we’ll embark on a fantastic visit to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, a true wonder of the world. Get ready to be blown away by the sheer magnitude of this incredible landmark, as we take in the panoramic views of the canyon’s majestic beauty at Grand Canyon Village. After enjoying the stunning view, we will depart for the Red Feather Lodge just a few short minutes away where we will check in and you can enjoy their pizza restaurant on site or choose one of the other dining options beside the hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Get ready for another exciting day on our adventure! After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we’ll depart from the Red Feather Lodge and make our way towards the City of Mesa. As we make our way towards Mesa, we’ll make a detour to the charming town of Sedona, a true gem of the region. Here, we’ll have a few hours to immerse ourselves in the town’s unique atmosphere, explore the local shops, and indulge in some delicious food on your own. The town is nestled in the heart of the stunning Red Rock Country, surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty that is sure to take your breath away. Sedona has something for everyone! After our memorable stop in Sedona, we’ll continue on our journey toward the vibrant city of Mesa. The drive will take us through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the region, as we wind our way through rugged canyons and majestic rock formations.
As we approach Mesa, we’ll be greeted by the vibrant energy of the city, known for its rich history, cultural attractions, and world-class amenities. We will make a stop for some groceries, so you can stock up on your favorite snacks and drinks to enjoy in the comfort of your own room. Our home for the next four evenings is the luxurious Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Mesa, where we’ll check in and settle in for a truly unforgettable stay.
The hotel offers the finest amenities, including comfortable and stylish rooms, exquisite dining options, and world-class leisure facilities. Take a dip in the sparkling pool, relax in the hot tub, or unwind in the fitness center, as you prepare to experience the best of what Mesa has to offer.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Valentine’s Day Dinner
Get ready for a fun-filled day exploring the vibrant city of Mesa, Arizona! After a delicious breakfast, we’ll embark on a locally guided city tour of Mesa, where we’ll discover the hidden gems and top attractions that this incredible city has to offer. From historic landmarks to bustling markets, our expert local guide will take us on a journey that is both informative and entertaining.
After the tour, you’ll have the entire afternoon to yourself, so get ready to relax and unwind from the last 5 days on the road. Take a refreshing dip in the hotel pool, catch up on some reading, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of your cozy room. This evening we will have an included Valentine’s Day Dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Enjoy breakfast and a relaxing morning and get ready for a fantastic day filled with mouth-watering flavors and unique experiences! First, we’ll take a scenic drive to the Queen Creek Olive Mill where we’ll immerse ourselves in the world of olive oil production. From a fascinating presentation to a chance to shop for the finest olive oils, you’ll learn about the art of olive oil-making and even get to take home some of the best olive oil you’ve ever tasted! And let’s not forget about the included lunch – a delectable feast that will tantalize your taste buds.
Tonight, after the day winds down, if you would like to join us, we’ll take you to Organ Stop Pizza, a place that will truly amaze you. Picture this – delicious pizza, surrounded by the majestic sounds of the largest Wurlitzer pipe organ in the world! As the organist skillfully plays tunes from different eras, you’ll feel transported to a world of pure magic. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that you simply can’t miss! So, come along and let’s create unforgettable memories together. You may also choose to just enjoy the hotel for the evening if you would rather relax or visit friends in the area.
Meals Included: Breakfast, WooChi Buffet Dinner
Get ready for a day filled with stunning natural beauty and unforgettable experiences! Today, you have the option to enjoy a free day on your own or add on a breathtaking cruise on The Dolly Steamboat for a scenic nature cruise of Canyon Lake – often called the mini-Grand Canyon.
Sit back, relax, and take in the breathtaking views of Canyon Lake on this one-and-a-half-hour, six-mile cruise. Keep your eyes peeled for desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles, and a host of other animals and local wildlife as you cruise the lake aboard the Dolly. You’ll also get to discover the beautiful flora of the area, from the majestic Saguaro cacti to the microscopic organism called desert varnish. This spectacular Canyon Lake cruise will open your eyes to the beauty of Arizona and show you that there’s more to this state than just desert.
After the cruise, we’ll make our way back into Mesa and make a brief stop at the hotel to pick up the passengers who stayed behind from the cruise. We will then head out for an early included dinner at the Woo Chi Buffet, where you’ll indulge in an array of delectable cuisine. Then, it’s back to our hotel for you to enjoy the evening on your own.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Get ready for another exciting day on our tour! After enjoying a delicious breakfast and late check out we will visit Mesa Marketplace – an open-air covered market that is simply brimming with excitement and adventure! Get ready to be immersed in a world of endless possibilities, where over 500 small business merchants await your arrival. From hardware to tools, jerky to clothing, jewelry to golf equipment, cosmetics to decor, cacti to Native American collectables, health information to hats, shoes to rocks and crystals, and arts to so much more, there is truly something for everyone at the Mesa Marketplace! As you wander through the market, you’ll be serenaded by the sweet sounds of live music, all completely free of charge, right in the heart of the food court. And the savings don’t stop there – be sure to check out our coupons, which you can easily print at home or show on your smartphone, so you can make the most of your shopping experience.
After shopping and exploring at the Mesa Marketplace, it’s time to head south to the beautiful city of Tucson, where our luxurious accommodations await at the Desert Diamond hotel for the next 3 evenings. Get to bask in the warm desert sun and take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The Desert Diamond hotel has everything you need to make your stay unforgettable. With comfortable rooms, world-class amenities, attached casino and unparalleled service, you’ll feel right at home from the moment you arrive.
Meals Included: Meal Voucher
Rise and shine! It’s time to embark on a thrilling adventure to Bisbee and Tombstone. Our day tour will take us through the picturesque landscapes of southern Arizona, as we make our way to the charming town of Bisbee. Nestled in the Mule Mountains, Bisbee is a historic mining town that’s bursting with character and charm. Stroll down Main Street and take in the Victorian-era architecture or explore the local art galleries and museums that showcase the town’s rich cultural heritage. After soaking up the sights and sounds of Bisbee, we’ll continue on to the legendary town of Tombstone. Known as “The Town Too Tough to Die”, complete with historic buildings, saloons, and gunfights. Take a step back in time and experience the thrill of the Old West as you wander through the streets and visit the many attractions, including the famous OK Corral and Boot Hill Cemetery.
Meals Included: Meal Voucher
Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty of Tucson! After enjoying a scrumptious breakfast at the Desert Diamond Hotel, we’ll set off on an unforgettable locally guided city tour of Tucson. With an expert guide leading the way, we’ll explore the city’s many highlights, including its historic landmarks, cultural hotspots, and breathtaking natural attractions.
On completion of our city tour we will break for lunch before heading to Tohono Chul, where we’ll spend a few hours learning about the fascinating desert ecosystem. With its beautiful gardens, art exhibits, and educational programs, Tohono Chul is the perfect place to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the unique flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert.
As the day winds down, we’ll head back to the Desert Diamond Hotel for a free evening. You can take a dip in the refreshing pool, sip a cool drink at the poolside bar, or even try your luck at the casino. Whatever you choose, you’ll be surrounded by the beauty and luxury of the Desert Diamond, making for a truly unforgettable evening.
Meals Included: Meal Voucher, Date Shake
As our time at the Desert Diamond Hotel comes to a close, we’ll start the day off right with a delicious breakfast before checking out and heading to our next destination. Our first stop will be the stunning San Xavier Del bac Mission, one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the United States. With its intricate architecture, stunning artwork, and rich history.
After our visit to the mission, we’ll hit the road and continue on to the vibrant city of Yuma, where we’ll be spending the next two evenings. Known for its warm climate, rich history, and stunning natural beauty. On our way into Yuma, we’ll make a special pit stop at the iconic Martha’s Gardens, this charming roadside stand to enjoy one of their famous date shakes. Made with locally grown Medjool dates, ice cream, and milk, these shakes are a sweet and creamy treat that are sure to satisfy. As we savor our delicious date shakes, we’ll take in the picturesque surroundings, with towering palm trees, lush greenery, and breathtaking mountain views. It’s the perfect way to break up the drive and enjoy a taste of local flavor.
Meals Included: None
It’s time to kick back and enjoy a leisurely day in Yuma! Our driver and guide have certainly earned a day off, and now it’s your turn to take some time for yourself.
Whether you choose to relax by the pool and soak up the sun, indulge in some retail therapy at the local shops and boutiques, or catch up with friends in the area, the choice is yours! With its warm and inviting atmosphere, Yuma is the perfect place to slow down and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation. So, sit back, put your feet up, and let the stress melt away as you enjoy a day of pure relaxation in beautiful Yuma.
After all, you deserve it!
Meals Included: None
As our trip begins to wind down, we’ll start the day off with a delicious breakfast before hitting the road North. But before we say goodbye to the Southwest, we have a few more adventures in store!
Our first stop will be the stunning Lake Havasu, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch and take in the breathtaking scenery. With its crystal-clear waters, towering mountains, and tranquil desert landscapes, Lake Havasu is a true oasis in the heart of the Southwest.
After our visit to Lake Havasu, we’ll continue on to the glittering city of Las Vegas, where we’ll take a driving tour of the famous Vegas Strip. From the iconic neon lights to the world-renowned casinos and attractions, the Strip is a feast for the senses and a true spectacle to behold.
As the day draws to a close, we’ll make our way to CasaBlanca Mesquite for the evening. With its elegant accommodations, world-class dining, and exciting entertainment options, CasaBlanca is the perfect place to hang our hats for the evening.
Meals Included: Cowboy Dinner Buffet
Hold onto your hats and get ready to experience a jaw-dropping adventure like no other! We’re embarking on an unforgettable journey through the spellbinding landscapes of Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon City, where Mother Nature’s most incredible wonders await. Get ready to be dazzled by some of the most breathtaking views in the United States and prepare to have your senses awakened by the sheer magnificence of these two awe-inspiring natural marvels.
As the sun sets on our unforgettable adventure, we’ll arrive at the charming Ruby’s Inn, where an evening of pure Western magic awaits us. Get ready to chow down on a scrumptious cowboy dinner buffet, filled with savory delights and mouth-watering treats that will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. And as we settle down for the evening, surrounded by the rustic charm of our surroundings, we’ll bask in the warmth of our memories and revel in the excitement of the day’s adventures.
Meals Included: Breakfast
As you fuel up on a delicious breakfast, prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey as you leave behind the charming Bryce Canyon City and continue northward. Watch out your window as the sheer grandeur of the surroundings will leave you in awe.
The landscape in this part of the world is truly unique and special, with its pristine wilderness, colorful rock formations, and panoramic vistas.
As the day comes to a close, it’s time to unwind and relax as we check back in to the Holiday Inn and Suites Layton UT. Just steps away from multiple dining options.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Pizza & Wine Dinner
As you start your day with breakfast on your own, get ready to embark on another exciting leg of your journey northward as we traverse back through stunning landscapes.
As we journey further north, we will once again cross over the awe-inspiring Monida Pass, where rugged mountains and rolling hills provide a dramatic backdrop right outside your window. We will make a stop in Butte for a lunch break, and if conditions permit, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the breathtaking Berkeley Pit, a massive open-pit copper mine that has been a prominent feature of the Butte skyline for over a century. Take in the awe-inspiring size and scope of this remarkable engineering feat, and marvel at the sheer scale of the operation.
As the day comes to a close, you’ll arrive at the Sleep Inn and Suites in Great Falls, where you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and a sweet treat. Delight in the smell of freshly baked cookies as you step into the cozy lobby and enjoy a warm reception from the friendly staff.
After settling in, indulge in a scrumptious pizza party, a perfect way to say farewell to your fellow travelers and friends. Settle in for your last evening of the tour as tomorrow is Canada bound!
Meals Included: Breakfast
As you wake up on the final day of your Arizona Cactus Country Escape, savor the last few moments of your adventure. Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast before boarding the coach and embarking on your journey home.
As we are crossing the border back into Canada, make sure to have your passport handy and be prepared for a bit of duty-free shopping. Take advantage of this opportunity to stock up on some souvenirs or treats to bring back home with you. After a bit of shopping, you’ll cross back into Canada at Sweetgrass border crossing. As we retrace our steps and drop off customers at their pickup locations, take comfort in the knowledge that you’ve experienced something truly special.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey home, knowing that the memories of your Arizona Cactus Country Escape will stay with you for a lifetime.