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CLASSIC COPPER CANYON 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

Phoenix-San Carlos-El Fuerte-Cerocahui-Copper Canyon National Park- Casas Grandes -Phoenix

Overview

All Inclusive 9-Day Group Bus Tours offered by S&S Tours for a limited time only!
2015 Dates: Oct. 3-11, Oct. 17-25 & Nov. 6-14.
We cordially invite you to have the opportunity to experience these world famous canyons–which are some of Mexico’s natural, cultural and historic wonders–by a scenic train ride.  It has been publicized as “The most Dramatic Train Ride in the Western Hemisphere” by The Readers Digest, May 1974.  Because this is a remote area and it is difficult and expensive to access by plane, in addition to our small group offerings, S & S Tours is offering new 9-day all inclusive monthly group bus tours between Phoenix and Copper Canyon for a special package rate of $1,195 per person per double room. We utilize the best hotels in the canyon system, Balderrama Hotels.

Important:  This fascinating tour is suitable for those in good health who is prepared to walk on rocky paths at high altitude (optional walks at 7500 feet elevation) and who have a spirit of adventure to enjoy off-the-beaten-track places.  Four complete bus ride days to and from the Canyon.  (If you have a challenge with motion sickness, please bring your medication for it as we have seat rotation on the bus.)  As long as you are prepared for this you will experience a wonderful time!

Day 1

Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona: Hotel Sleep Inn Airport, Phoenix Airport North– 3838 E. Van Buren          Ph. 602 306 2323

Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by a courtesy shuttle to your hotel.  You room is available for check in after 3:00 p.m.

Day 2

Phoenix to San Carlos, Sonora by Bus                            Marinaterra Hotel and Spa

Breakfast at 6:00 and be ready to begin at 7:00 am your bus trip south through Tucson and Green Valley to Nogales. See large saguaro cacti en route. Enter Mexico this morning. Lunch en route included.  Continue on a modern four lane highway through huge expanses of rangeland and occasional pecan tree orchards. Then journey through the Sonora Desert to San Carlos on the spectacular Sea of Cortez.  Arrive in San Carlos around 5:30 pm.   Breakfast in Phoenix, lunch in Santa Ana at Elba’s, dinner in San Carlos.

Day 3

San Carlos to El Fuerte                                                            Posada del Hidalgo  Hotel

After a 7:00 breakfast depart at 8:00 am to continue your trip to the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte, founded in 1564.  Famous for being the legendary birthplace of Señor Diego de la Vega, you will meet the charming Zorro at 6:00 happy hour.   El Fuerte has been named a Pueblo Màgico (Magic town) by the Mexican Government because of the plaza`s beautifully preserved colonial architecture, and festive, romantic atmosphere. The hotel has a beautiful courtyard full of tropical vegetation, a swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and is well known for its superb cuisine.   Arrive in EF 5:00-6:00 pm. Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at Casa Torres, dinner in El Fuerte at 7 pm.

Day 4

Day in El Fuerte, Walking Tour, Optional River Float ($25/person, min.4pax) 

 Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel

 

A visit to the Mayo Indian museum is on the agenda today.  We will explore El Fuerte’s rich colonial history through a guided walking tour.  This town dates back to 1564 when a settlement was established along the river by the Spanish conquistador, Don Francisco de Ibarra. El Fuerte was the first capitol of the Western State (El Estado del Occidente), which combined the states of Sonora and Sinaloa. This territory extended as far north as the Grand Canyon. Depending on the season enjoy some free time swim and an optional river float.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Day 5

El Fuerte to the Copper Canyon National Park                                  Hotel Mirador on the Rim

Late morning transfer to the train station. All aboard the Copper Canyon train–the famous Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad (Chepe) The Copper Canyon train ride is an inspiring journey that took more than 100 years to construct. National Geographic calls it an engineering marvel. Imagine yourself riding a train that will take you from sea level to almost 8,000 feet elevation into the heart of the majestic, rugged western Sierra Madre Mountain Range (25,000 square miles of unspoiled landscape) via 86 tunnels and 39 bridges. The eight major canyons combined are collectively known as the Copper Canyon, which is four times the size of the U.S. Grand Canyon.   Meet the shy Tarahumara Indians that have made the Canyon their home for four centuries.

Your 5-hour train journey today takes you through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery in the Sierra Madre Mountains.  It is the most dramatic part of the railroad for engineering feats—the longest bridge, the longest tunnel (over a mile long), the highest bridge, the tri-level track at Temoris and the 180-degree turn inside the mountain. Breakfast in EF, lunch and dinner at Hotel Mirador included.


Day 6

Day on the Rim, Optional Cable Car Ride ($25/person)      Hotel Mirador on the Rim

At 9:00 a.m. board the bus for a tour to the Balancing Rock area and walk along the canyon rim.  An optional cable ride across the chasm is available .This is an experience at Copper Canyon that you  will not want to miss!! If you are adventuresome, there is an optional zip line course which you would pay directly. ($50 with a one way cable car ride.)    Breakfast, lunch, dinner included at the hotel.


Day 7

Copper Canyon National Park to  Casas Grandes                      Hotel Hacienda

Following a 7:00 am delicious breakfast buffet, board a bus at 8:00 am for your journey to the town of Casas Grandes and its famous pottery.   On the way there is a pottery making demonstration in a private home.  This pottery is in museums all over the world.  Arrive at the hotel around 6:30 pm.   Breakfast in Mirador, lunch at Maria’s Restaurant in Namipique and dinner in hotel included.


Day 8

Casas Grandes to Phoenix, Arizona   Hotel Sleep Inn Airport, Phoenix Airport North                           

We are on the homeward stretch today.  Breakfast at 7:00 am and departure at 8:00 am.  Lunch is at the Real de Agua Prieta.  We cross the border at Naco, Arizona.  Please do not schedule flights for this evening as there are often delays crossing the border.  Breakfast in Casas Grandes and lunch in Agua Prieta along the way. Dinner on your own.   Arrive in Green Valley around 4:00 -6:30 pm and Phoenix around 6:00- 8:30 pm.

 

Day 9

The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel.  Transfer to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle.  Breakfast included at hotel.

The package price is $1,195.00 per person per double room.  Please add $200 more for a single room.  This tour package includes:  8 nights of hotels, all meals except 2 dinners in Phoenix (2 breakfasts included), airport transfers, all transfers between train stations and hotels, first class express train tickets, normal tips such as luggage, maid and meals.

The package does not include airfare to Phoenix, trip insurance, river float in El Fuerte, cable car ride or zip lining in Copper Canyon National Park, bar bills, guide and driver tips.

$1,195 9D/8N Phx - Phx  

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CLASSIC COPPER CANYON 10 DAYS 

Phoenix-San Carlos-El Fuerte-Cerocahui-Copper Canyon National Park- Casas Grandes -Phoenix

Overview

10-Day Group Bus Tours offered by S&S Tours now!

2016 Dates $1395/person (add $250 single): Oct. 2-11, Nov. 6-15, Dec 4-13

We cordially invite you to have the opportunity to experience these world famous canyons which are some of Mexico’s natural, cultural and historic wonders--by a scenic train ride. It has been publicized as “The most Dramatic Train Ride in the Western Hemisphere” by The Readers Digest, May 1974. Because this is a remote area and it is difficult and expensive to access by plane, in addition to our small group offerings, S & S Tours is offering an incredibe 10-day monthly 20-50 passenger bus tours between Phoenix and Copper Canyon for an extradionary package rate at $1395 per person per double room. We utilize the best hotels in the canyon system, Balderrama Hotels.

Important:  This fascinating tour is suitable for those in good health who is prepared to walk on rocky paths at high altitude (optional walks at 7500 feet elevation) and who have a spirit of adventure to enjoy off-the-beaten-track places. Four complete bus ride days to and from the Canyon. (If you have a challenge with motion sickness, please bring your medication for it as we have seat rotation on the bus.) As long as you are prepared for this you will experience a wonderful time!

Day 1

Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona Sleep Inn at the Airport 2621 S. 47th Place (480)967-7100 | www.airportsleepinn.com

Note: Upgraded hotel available for an added fee; please inquire.

Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by a courtesy shuttle to your hotel.  You room is available for check in after 3:00 p.m.

Day 2

Phoenix to San Carlos, Sonora by Bus (450miles), Marinaterra Hotel and Spa

Breakfast at 6:00 and be ready to begin at 7:00 am your bus trip south through Tucson and Green Valley to Nogales. See large saguaro cacti en route. Enter Mexico this morning. Lunch en route included.  Continue on a modern four lane highway through huge expanses of rangeland and occasional pecan tree orchards. Then journey through the Sonora Desert to San Carlos on the spectacular Sea of Cortez.  Arrive in San Carlos around 5:30 pm.   Breakfast in Phoenix, lunch in Santa Ana at Elba’s, dinner in San Carlos.

Day 3

San Carlos to El Fuerte by Bus (275miles), Posada del Hidalgo Hotel

After a 7:00 breakfast depart at 8:00 am to continue your trip to the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte, founded in 1564.  Famous for being the legendary birthplace of Señor Diego de la Vega, you will meet the charming Zorro at 6:00 happy hour.   El Fuerte has been named a Pueblo Màgico (Magic town) by the Mexican Government because of the plaza`s beautifully preserved colonial architecture, and festive, romantic atmosphere. The hotel has a beautiful courtyard full of tropical vegetation, a swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and is well known for its superb cuisine.   Arrive in EF 5:00-6:00 pm. Breakfast at hotel, Lunch in Navajoa and dinner in El Fuerte.

Day 4

Day in El Fuerte, Walking Tour, Optional River Float ($25/person, min.4pax) Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel

 Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel

A visit to the Mayo Indian museum is on the agenda today.  We will explore El Fuerte’s rich colonial history through a guided walking tour.  This town dates back to 1564 when a settlement was established along the river by the Spanish conquistador, Don Francisco de Ibarra. El Fuerte was the first capitol of the Western State (El Estado del Occidente), which combined the states of Sonora and Sinaloa. This territory extended as far north as the Grand Canyon. Depending on the season enjoy some free time swim and an optional river float.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Day 5

Train Journey through the Canyon to Cerocahui, Hotel Mision
Optional Winery Tour ($10/person)

Transfer to the El Fuerte train station (15 min) late morning . All aboard the Copper Canyon train--the famous Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad (Chepe) The Copper Canyon train ride is an inspiring journey that took more than 100 years to construct. National Geographic calls it an engineering marvel. Imagine yourself riding a train that will take you from sea level to almost 8,000 feet elevation into the heart of the majestic, rugged western Sierra Madre Mountain Range (25,000 square miles of unspoiled landscape) via 86 tunnels and 39 bridges. Even though we are only one day on the train, it is the part of the railroad with the most dramatic scenery. Your hotel is a charming Spanish-style lodge with lovely gardens. Breakfast in El Fuerte, lunch and dinner at Hotel Mision.  

Day 6

Morning Bus Tour to Urique Canyon Overlook
Tranfer from Mission Hotel to the Divisadero Area, Hotel Mirador on the Rim

A world-class view awaits you today at the top of Urique Canyon overlooking the deepest canyon iin the system provides the most expansive photo opportunities on the trip.  

A short bus ride to the Divisadero Area will take you to the beautiful Mirador Hotel on the rim of the Copper Canyon. This hotel is the very best hotel location in all of the Copper Canyon area.  The breathtaking view from your balcony is worth the whole trip.  Breakfast in Mission Hotel, sack lunch along the way and dinner at Hotel Mirador included.

Day 7

Day on the Rim, Optional Cable Car Ride ($25/person), Hotel Mirador on the Rim

At 9:00 a.m. board the bus for a tour to the Balancing Rock area and walk along the canyon rim. An optional cable ride across the chasm is available .This is an experience at Copper Canyon that you will not want to miss!! If you are adventuresome, there are optional zip line course which you would pay directly. ($50 with a one way cable car ride. )Breakfast, lunch, dinner included at the hotel.

Day 8

Copper Canyon to Casas Grandes (312miles) Hotel Hacienda

Following a 7:00 am delicious breakfast buffet, board a bus at 8:00 am for your journey to the town of Casas Grandes and its famous pottery. On the way there is a pottery making demonstration in a private home. This pottery is in museums all over the world. Arrive at the hotel around 6:30 pm. Breakfast in Mirador, lunch at Maria’s Restaurant in Namipique and dinner in hotel.

Day 9

Casas Grandes to Phoenix, Arizona (380miles), Sleep Inn at the Airport.

We are on the homeward stretch today. Breakfast at 7:00 am and departure at 8:00 am. Lunch is at the Real de Agua Prieta. We cross the border at Naco, Arizona. Please do not schedule flights for this evening as there are often delays crossing the border. Breakfast in Casas Grandes and lunch at the Historical Gadsen Hotel in Douglas. Dinner on your own. Arrive in Green Valley around 4:00 -6:30 pm and Phoenix around 6:00- 8:30 pm.

Day 10

Depart Phoenix

The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Breakfast included at hotel.

 
2016 package price is $1395 per person double room. Please add $250 more for a single room. This tour package includes: 9 nights of hotels, all meals except 2 dinners in Phoenix (2 hotel complimentary breakfasts included if lodging in Phoenix), Phx Airport transfers, all transfers between train stations and hotels, first class express train tickets, normal tips such as luggage, maid and meals, tour to spectacular overlooks at Hotel Mirador, tour to Urique Canyon.

The package does not include airfare to Phoenix, Tourist Card (around $30 cash), trip insurance, river float in El Fuerte, winery tour, cable car ride or zip lining in Copper Canyon, bar bills, guide and driver tips. Note: We must have a minimum of 20 people to make the bus go. We will not charge or cash your deposit until we have the necessary 20 enrolled. This is a bus tour with up to 50 passengers.

2017, 10-Day Bus Tours

Select Our Best Selling Tour Package Now!

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Selling Tour Packages Now!

CLASSIC COPPER CANYON 10 DAYS 

Phoenix-San Carlos-El Fuerte-Cerocahui-Copper Canyon National Park- Casas Grandes -Phoenix

Overview

10-Day Group Bus Tours offered by S&S Tours now!

2017 Dates $1395/person (add $250 single): Jan 8-17, Feb 5-14, Mar 5-14, Apr 2-11, Sept 3-12, Oct 8-17, Nov 5-14, Dec 3-12

We cordially invite you to have the opportunity to experience these world famous canyons–which are some of Mexico’s natural, cultural and historic wonders–by a scenic train ride.  It has been publicized as “The most Dramatic Train Ride in the Western Hemisphere” by The Readers Digest, May 1974.  Because this is a remote area and it is difficult and expensive to access by plane, in addition to our small group offerings, S & S Tours is offering new 10-day inclusive monthly group bus tours between Phoenix and Copper Canyon for a special package rate of $1395 per person per double room. We utilize the best hotels in the canyon system, Balderrama Hotels.

Important:  This fascinating tour is suitable for those in good health who is prepared to walk on rocky paths at high altitude (optional walks at 7500 feet elevation) and who have a spirit of adventure to enjoy off-the-beaten-track places.  Four complete bus ride days to and from the Canyon.  (If you have a challenge with motion sickness, please bring your medication for it as we have seat rotation on the bus.)  As long as you are prepared for this you will experience a wonderful time!

Day 1

Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona Sleep Inn at the Airport 2621 S. 47th Place (480)967-7100 | www.airportsleepinn.com

Note: Upgraded hotel available for an added fee; please inquire.

Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by a courtesy shuttle to your hotel.  You room is available for check in after 3:00 p.m.

Day 2

Phoenix to San Carlos, Sonora by Bus (450miles), Marinaterra Hotel and Spa

Breakfast at 6:00 and be ready to begin at 7:00 am your bus trip south through Tucson and Green Valley to Nogales. See large saguaro cacti en route. Enter Mexico this morning. Lunch en route included.  Continue on a modern four lane highway through huge expanses of rangeland and occasional pecan tree orchards. Then journey through the Sonora Desert to San Carlos on the spectacular Sea of Cortez.  Arrive in San Carlos around 5:30 pm.   Breakfast in Phoenix, lunch in Santa Ana at Elba’s, dinner in San Carlos.

Day 3

San Carlos to El Fuerte by Bus (275miles), Posada del Hidalgo Hotel

After a 7:00 breakfast depart at 8:00 am to continue your trip to the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte, founded in 1564.  Famous for being the legendary birthplace of Señor Diego de la Vega, you will meet the charming Zorro at 6:00 happy hour.   El Fuerte has been named a Pueblo Màgico (Magic town) by the Mexican Government because of the plaza`s beautifully preserved colonial architecture, and festive, romantic atmosphere. The hotel has a beautiful courtyard full of tropical vegetation, a swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and is well known for its superb cuisine.   Arrive in EF 5:00-6:00 pm. Breakfast at hotel, Lunch in Navajoa and dinner in El Fuerte.

Day 4

Day in El Fuerte, Walking Tour, Optional River Float ($25/person, min.4pax) Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel

 Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel

A visit to the Mayo Indian museum is on the agenda today.  We will explore El Fuerte’s rich colonial history through a guided walking tour.  This town dates back to 1564 when a settlement was established along the river by the Spanish conquistador, Don Francisco de Ibarra. El Fuerte was the first capitol of the Western State (El Estado del Occidente), which combined the states of Sonora and Sinaloa. This territory extended as far north as the Grand Canyon. Depending on the season enjoy some free time swim and an optional river float.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Day 5

Train Journey through the Canyon to Cerocahui, Hotel Mision
Optional Winery Tour ($10/person)

Transfer to the El Fuerte train station (15 min) late morning . All aboard the Copper Canyon train--the famous Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad (Chepe) The Copper Canyon train ride is an inspiring journey that took more than 100 years to construct. National Geographic calls it an engineering marvel. Imagine yourself riding a train that will take you from sea level to almost 8,000 feet elevation into the heart of the majestic, rugged western Sierra Madre Mountain Range (25,000 square miles of unspoiled landscape) via 86 tunnels and 39 bridges. Even though we are only one day on the train, it is the part of the railroad with the most dramatic scenery. Your hotel is a charming Spanish-style lodge with lovely gardens. Breakfast in El Fuerte, lunch and dinner at Hotel Mision.  

Day 6

Morning Bus Tour to Urique Canyon Overlook
Tranfer from Mission Hotel to the Divisadero Area, Hotel Mirador on the Rim

A world-class view awaits you today at the top of Urique Canyon overlooking the deepest canyon iin the system provides the most expansive photo opportunities on the trip.  

A short bus ride to the Divisadero Area will take you to the beautiful Mirador Hotel on the rim of the Copper Canyon. This hotel is the very best hotel location in all of the Copper Canyon area.  The breathtaking view from your balcony is worth the whole trip.  Breakfast in Mission Hotel, sack lunch along the way and dinner at Hotel Mirador included.

Day 7

Day on the Rim, Optional Cable Car Ride ($25/person), Hotel Mirador on the Rim

At 9:00 a.m. board the bus for a tour to the Balancing Rock area and walk along the canyon rim. An optional cable ride across the chasm is available .This is an experience at Copper Canyon that you will not want to miss!! If you are adventuresome, there are optional zip line course which you would pay directly. ($50 with a one way cable car ride. )Breakfast, lunch, dinner included at the hotel.

Day 8

Copper Canyon to Casas Grandes (312miles) Hotel Hacienda

Following a 7:00 am delicious breakfast buffet, board a bus at 8:00 am for your journey to the town of Casas Grandes and its famous pottery. On the way there is a pottery making demonstration in a private home. This pottery is in museums all over the world. Arrive at the hotel around 6:30 pm. Breakfast in Mirador, lunch at Maria’s Restaurant in Namipique and dinner in hotel.

Day 9

Casas Grandes to Phoenix, Arizona (380miles), Sleep Inn at the Airport.

We are on the homeward stretch today. Breakfast at 7:00 am and departure at 8:00 am. Lunch is at the Real de Agua Prieta. We cross the border at Naco, Arizona. Please do not schedule flights for this evening as there are often delays crossing the border. Breakfast in Casas Grandes and lunch at the Historical Gadsen Hotel in Douglas. Dinner on your own. Arrive in Green Valley around 4:00 -6:30 pm and Phoenix around 6:00- 8:30 pm.

Day 10

Depart Phoenix

The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Breakfast included at hotel.

 
Tour Dates PHX SC EF MIS MIR CG PHX OUT
2017
Sept. 3-12 3 4 5, 6 7 8, 9 10 11 12
Oct. 8-17 8 9 10, 11 2 13, 14 15 16 17
Nov. 5-14 5 6 7, 8 9 10, 11 12 13 14
Dec. 3-12 3 4 5, 6 7 8, 9 10 11 12
Tour Dates PHX SC EF MIS MIR CG PHX OUT
 
2017 package price is $1395 per person double room. Please add $250 more for a single room. This tour package includes: 9 nights of hotels, all meals except 2 dinners in Phoenix (2 hotel complimentary breakfasts included if lodging in Phoenix), Phx Airport transfers, all transfers between train stations and hotels, first class express train tickets, normal tips such as luggage, maid and meals, tour to spectacular overlooks at Hotel Mirador, tour to Urique Canyon.

The package does not include airfare to Phoenix, Tourist Card (around $30 cash), trip insurance, river float in El Fuerte, winery tour, cable car ride or zip lining in Copper Canyon, bar bills, guide and driver tips. Note: We must have a minimum of 20 people to make the bus go. We will not charge or cash your deposit until we have the necessary 20 enrolled. This is a bus tour with up to 50 passengers.

2018, 10-Day Bus Tours

Select Our Best Selling Tour Package Now!

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CLASSIC COPPER CANYON 10 DAYS 

Phoenix-San Carlos-El Fuerte-Cerocahui-Copper Canyon National Park- Casas Grandes -Phoenix

Overview

10-Day Group Bus Tours offered by S&S Tours now!

We cordially invite you to have the opportunity to experience these world famous canyons–which are some of Mexico’s natural, cultural and historic wonders–by a scenic train ride.  It has been publicized as “The most Dramatic Train Ride in the Western Hemisphere” by The Readers Digest, May 1974.  Because this is a remote area and it is difficult and expensive to access by plane, in addition to our small group offerings, S & S Tours is offering new 10-day inclusive monthly group bus tours between Phoenix and Copper Canyon for a special package rate of $1395 per person per double room. We utilize the best hotels in the canyon system, Balderrama Hotels.

Important:  This fascinating tour is suitable for those in good health who is prepared to walk on rocky paths at high altitude (optional walks at 7500 feet elevation) and who have a spirit of adventure to enjoy off-the-beaten-track places.  Four complete bus ride days to and from the Canyon.  (If you have a challenge with motion sickness, please bring your medication for it as we have seat rotation on the bus.)  As long as you are prepared for this you will experience a wonderful time!

Day 1

Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona Sleep Inn at the Airport 2621 S. 47th Place (480)967-7100 | www.airportsleepinn.com

Note: Upgraded hotel available for an added fee; please inquire.

Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by a courtesy shuttle to your hotel.  You room is available for check in after 3:00 p.m.

Day 2

Phoenix to San Carlos, Sonora by Bus (450miles), Marinaterra Hotel and Spa

Breakfast at 6:00 and be ready to begin at 7:00 am your bus trip south through Tucson and Green Valley to Nogales. See large saguaro cacti en route. Enter Mexico this morning. Lunch en route included.  Continue on a modern four lane highway through huge expanses of rangeland and occasional pecan tree orchards. Then journey through the Sonora Desert to San Carlos on the spectacular Sea of Cortez.  Arrive in San Carlos around 5:30 pm.   Breakfast in Phoenix, lunch in Santa Ana at Elba’s, dinner in San Carlos.

Day 3

San Carlos to El Fuerte by Bus (275miles), Posada del Hidalgo Hotel

After a 7:00 breakfast depart at 8:00 am to continue your trip to the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte, founded in 1564.  Famous for being the legendary birthplace of Señor Diego de la Vega, you will meet the charming Zorro at 6:00 happy hour.   El Fuerte has been named a Pueblo Màgico (Magic town) by the Mexican Government because of the plaza`s beautifully preserved colonial architecture, and festive, romantic atmosphere. The hotel has a beautiful courtyard full of tropical vegetation, a swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and is well known for its superb cuisine.   Arrive in EF 5:00-6:00 pm. Breakfast at hotel, Lunch in Navajoa and dinner in El Fuerte.

Day 4

Day in El Fuerte, Walking Tour, Optional River Float ($25/person, min.4pax) Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel

 Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel

A visit to the Mayo Indian museum is on the agenda today.  We will explore El Fuerte’s rich colonial history through a guided walking tour.  This town dates back to 1564 when a settlement was established along the river by the Spanish conquistador, Don Francisco de Ibarra. El Fuerte was the first capitol of the Western State (El Estado del Occidente), which combined the states of Sonora and Sinaloa. This territory extended as far north as the Grand Canyon. Depending on the season enjoy some free time swim and an optional river float.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Day 5

Train Journey through the Canyon to Cerocahui, Hotel Mision
Optional Winery Tour ($10/person)

Transfer to the El Fuerte train station (15 min) late morning . All aboard the Copper Canyon train--the famous Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad (Chepe) The Copper Canyon train ride is an inspiring journey that took more than 100 years to construct. National Geographic calls it an engineering marvel. Imagine yourself riding a train that will take you from sea level to almost 8,000 feet elevation into the heart of the majestic, rugged western Sierra Madre Mountain Range (25,000 square miles of unspoiled landscape) via 86 tunnels and 39 bridges. Even though we are only one day on the train, it is the part of the railroad with the most dramatic scenery. Your hotel is a charming Spanish-style lodge with lovely gardens. Breakfast in El Fuerte, lunch and dinner at Hotel Mision.  

Day 6

Morning Bus Tour to Urique Canyon Overlook
Tranfer from Mission Hotel to the Divisadero Area, Hotel Mirador on the Rim

A world-class view awaits you today at the top of Urique Canyon overlooking the deepest canyon iin the system provides the most expansive photo opportunities on the trip.  

A short bus ride to the Divisadero Area will take you to the beautiful Mirador Hotel on the rim of the Copper Canyon. This hotel is the very best hotel location in all of the Copper Canyon area.  The breathtaking view from your balcony is worth the whole trip.  Breakfast in Mission Hotel, sack lunch along the way and dinner at Hotel Mirador included.

Day 7

Day on the Rim, Optional Cable Car Ride ($25/person), Hotel Mirador on the Rim

At 9:00 a.m. board the bus for a tour to the Balancing Rock area and walk along the canyon rim. An optional cable ride across the chasm is available .This is an experience at Copper Canyon that you will not want to miss!! If you are adventuresome, there are optional zip line course which you would pay directly. ($50 with a one way cable car ride. )Breakfast, lunch, dinner included at the hotel.

Day 8

Copper Canyon to Casas Grandes (312miles) Hotel Hacienda

Following a 7:00 am delicious breakfast buffet, board a bus at 8:00 am for your journey to the town of Casas Grandes and its famous pottery. On the way there is a pottery making demonstration in a private home. This pottery is in museums all over the world. Arrive at the hotel around 6:30 pm. Breakfast in Mirador, lunch at Maria’s Restaurant in Namipique and dinner in hotel.

Day 9

Casas Grandes to Phoenix, Arizona (380miles), Sleep Inn at the Airport.

We are on the homeward stretch today. Breakfast at 7:00 am and departure at 8:00 am. Lunch is at the Real de Agua Prieta. We cross the border at Naco, Arizona. Please do not schedule flights for this evening as there are often delays crossing the border. Breakfast in Casas Grandes and lunch at the Historical Gadsen Hotel in Douglas. Dinner on your own. Arrive in Green Valley around 4:00 -6:30 pm and Phoenix around 6:00- 8:30 pm.

Day 10

Depart Phoenix

The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Breakfast included at hotel.

 
Tour Dates PHX SC EF MIS MIR CG PHX OUT
2018
Jan. 7-16 7 8 9, 10 11 12, 13 14 15 16
Feb. 4-13 4 5 6, 7 8 9,10 11 12 13
March 4-13 4 5 6, 7 8 9, 10 11 12 13
April 1-10 1 2 3, 4 5 6, 7 8 9 10
Sept. 2-11 2 3 4, 5 6 7, 8 9 10 11
Oct. 7-16 7 8 9, 10 11 12, 13 14 15 16
Nov. 4-13 4 5 6, 7 8 9, 10 11 12 13
Dec. 2-11 2 3 4, 5 6 7, 8 9 10 11
Tour Dates PHX SC EF MIS MIR CG PHX OUT
 

The package does not include airfare to Phoenix, Tourist Card (around $30 cash), trip insurance, river float in El Fuerte, winery tour, cable car ride or zip lining in Copper Canyon, bar bills, guide and driver tips. Note: We must have a minimum of 20 people to make the bus go. We will not charge or cash your deposit until we have the necessary 20 enrolled. This is a bus tour with up to 50 passengers.

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