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CLASSIC COPPER CANYON 10 DAYS
Phoenix-San Carlos-El Fuerte-Cerocahui-Copper Canyon National Park- Casas Grandes -Phoenix
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Breakfast included at hotel.
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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.