Trips and Tours – December 2014

Tucson, A Tri-Nation Holiday Celebration

December 13-14, 2014; price is $250 pp/double, $299 pp/single

Experience Winterhaven in Tucson, now in its 63rd year, making it one of the longest running holiday lights festivals in the country. Ride the trolley through the magnificently decorated neighborhood; also shop ‘til you drop at the Fourth Avenue Holiday Street Fair which brings together 400 plus arts and crafts booths, 35 plus food vendors, two stages of live entertainment, street musicians, food, jugglers and street performers. This is Tucson’s largest arts venue.

Rose Bowl Parade Mini Getaway

December 31, 2014–January 2, 2015; price is $550 pp/double, $675 pp/single

Join Free Spirit Vacations for the granddaddy of them all – The Rose Bowl Parade. The Parade of all Parades will be making its way down Colorado Boulevard in grand style on New Year’s Day and you’ll have great seats along the parade route for up-close-viewing. It’s a sensory event you won’t want to miss. See the giant floral floats. Smell the aroma of the millions of roses and other flowers and hear the marching bands fill the air with robust sounds.

Verde Canyon Railroad

January 24, 2015; price is $125 pp (coach), $175 pp (first class)

Board the Verde Canyon Railroad for a four hour diesel train journey to places only accessible by rail. See crimson cliffs, eagle nests, white water rapids and abandoned gold mines.

Branson’s Harley Worthit in Tucson

February 4, 2015; price is $69 per person

Harley has been Branson’s premier comedian since the 1980s. He has worked with The Presleys, Pam Tillis and Clay Cooper, along with other great performers. He will keep you laughing from the minute he arrives on stage. He will be performing at Casino del Sol, so there will also be time for trying your luck in the casino.

Florence Old West and Wine Country

February 5, 2015; price is $79 per person

Florence, Arizona, is a time steeped in history and wonder. One of the oldest towns in Arizona, Florence is both the historical and cultural center of Pinal County. Tour the St. Anthony Greek Monastery founded by six Greek Orthodox Monks in 1995. Tour the many buildings, churches, vineyards, gardens and orchards. This afternoon, tour McFarland State Park and Museum followed by wine-tasting at the Windmill Winery.

Tubac Arts and Crafts Festival

February 7, 2015; price is $75 per person

The Tubac Arts and Crafts Festival showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists, craft persons and musicians from around the country and Canada.

San Diego Value Tour

February 7-9, 2015; price is $399 pp/double, $499 pp/single

With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches and major attractions, San Diego is known worldwide as one of the best visitor destinations. Visit SeaPort Village, Balboa Park, Old Town, the Gaslamp District, Coronado Island, Little Italy and enjoy a whale-watching cruise.

Panama Canal Cruise Aboard Holland America ms Veendam

February 7-21, 2015; price is $2950 pp/double (inside), $3150 pp/double (outside) and $4695 pp/double (balcony)

Transiting the Panama Canal vaults you into the highest category of world travelers. But a Holland America Line Panama Canal cruise is much more than a trip through the locks. The price includes transportation from Phoenix to San Diego – return Ft Lauderdale.

Tucson’s SOLFEST (formerly BransonFest Out West)

February 16-18, 2015; price is $395 pp/double, $550 pp/single

Head to Tucson for a celebration of sun, song and dance. Our most popular getaway of the year, BransonFest Out West, has a new look and a new location. It will take place at the luxurious four-diamond Casino del Sol in Tucson. It will still include five shows, dance lessons, fitness class and many other activities. Golf and Spa are also available (additional cost). You will love the deluxe sleeping rooms and amenities of this property. Space is limited so early reservations are a must.

Palm Springs Red White and Blue

February 18-20, 2015; price is $495 pp/double, $650 pp/single

Enjoy a lighthearted musical tribute to those USO Shows that lifted the spirits of America’s troops, featuring comedian Bill Johnson as Bob Hope, the harmonies of the Company B with a tribute to the Andrews Sisters and big band tunes led by Ken Dahleen and his band staff. Also included are the Air Museum and Sunnyland Estate Botanical Gardens, often called “the West Coast Camp David.”

Tucson Rodeo

February 25-26, 2015; price is $250 pp/double, $325 pp/single

Experience the Wild West in the Heart of Tucson. Rodeo found its way to Tucson in 1925 and Arizona’s premier western heritage event was born. Witness the world’s best cowboy athletes compete in bull riding, bareback riding and more. Reserved seats are also included for the Rodeo Parade.

Discover Navajo

March 16-19, 2015; price is $695 pp/double, $850 pp/single

Ya’ at’ ‘eeh. Hello. And welcome to the Navajo Nation. This cultural kaleidoscope takes you to Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Experience the culture, traditions and history of the Navajo.

California Coast

March 21-25, 2015; price is $999 pp/double, $1350 pp/single

Travel the length of the majestic California Coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco and discover the diversity of the coast from the bustling cosmopolitan cities with an intriguing ethnic mix to quiet coastal retreats. Fly home from San Francisco.

Pacific Coastal Cruise Aboard Crown Princess

March 21-18, 2015; price is $1159 pp/double (inside). $1339 pp/double (outside) and $1575 pp/double (balcony)

Price includes roundtrip motor coach transportation from Phoenix to Los Angeles. You don’t have to sail around the world to escape completely. Hug the scenic shores of the sun-kissed California coast where inviting beaches, fascinating cities and exciting attractions await. This relaxing seven day California coastal cruise offers a truly memorable vacation option with minimal planning for West Coast cruisers! Sail along the Pacific Coast and visit the ports of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico.

San Francisco and Wine Country

March 24-28, 2015; price is $1395 pp/double, $1695 pp/single

Arrive in the City by the Bay for five days of adventure. San Francisco is California’s Casablanca, a bubbling bouillabaisse of exotic ingredients. Discover the diversity of this bustling cosmopolitan city with an intriguing ethnic mix as well as the quiet, natural vineyards of Napa Valley. Sip and swirl to your heart’s content as you enjoy two winery tours and tastings.