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Luxury Coach & Train Tour  11 Days, Two Luxury Train Journeys.

Luxury Coach & Train Tour 11 Days, Two Luxury Train Journeys.

Indulge in a comfortable, scenic ride from Arizona to Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Journey on a luxury bus accompanied by an experienced bilingual-guide. From Phoenix, Tucson or Green Valley in Arizona, the bus will take you to the magical, colonial town of El Fuerte, “the gateway to the Copper Canyon”, where you will hop aboard the Chihuahua al Pacífico railroad (“El Chepe”) on your way into the Copper Canyon. Each bus accommodates up to 50 passengers. There are four complete bus ride days to and from the Canyon.
INCLUDES: 27 meals, 10 nights lodging, Tourist Express Train Tickets, all non-airport transfers, tips – excluding guide and driver.
DOES NOT INCLUDE: Airfare, tourist card (Approx. $30), travel insurance, guide and driver tips.
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FIRST DAY

FIRST DAY

ARRIVE IN PHOENIX
Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona (airfare not included). Transfer from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by a courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Your room is available for check in after 3:00pm. Address: 4300 E. Washington St.
HOTEL: Crowne Plaza Phx Airport
MEALS: None

SECOND DAY

SECOND DAY

MOTOR COACH JOURNEY TO SAN CARLOS
Trip begins with breakfast 6:00am. Board the bus at 6:45am for ride through southern Arizona to border of Mexico at Nogales. After checking in through customs, travel to Santa Ana for lunch at Elba’s Restaurant, continue travelling through the Sonoran Desert to the Sea of Cortez and the beautiful seaside city of San Carlos. Arrive in San Carlos around 5:30pm.
HOTEL: Marinaterra or Plaza San Carlos MEALS: : Breakfast in Phoenix, Lunch at Elba’s in Santa Ana, Dinner at Marinaterra (or similar)

THIRD DAY

THIRD DAY

MOTOR COACH JOURNEY TO EL FUERTE
Breakfast is at 7:00am with departure at 8:00am for the all-day ride to El Fuerte. A possible stop at an award-winning Pearl Farm and store offers the opportunity to learn about natural pearls and purchase wonderful handmade pearl jewelry (closed Sunday). In Navojoa, lunch will be hosted by a local family in their beautiful home, Casa Torres. Arrival in El Fuerte will be around 5:00pm. After checking in, guests will gather at the pool area and be treated to a lively show featuring El Zorro.
HOTEL: Posada del Hidalgo
MEALS: Breakfast at Hotel Marinaterra, Lunch in Navojoa, Dinner at Hotel Posada del Hidalgo.

FOURTH DAY

FOURTH DAY

MORNING IN EL FUERTE, AFTERNOON EXPRESS TRAIN JOURNEY THROUGH THE CANYON – EL FUERTE TO CEROCAHUI
Breakfast at leisure at Hotel Posada del Hidalgo (6:30am – 9:30am). Be ready at 10am for a Historic Walking Tour of El Fuerte. El Fuerte was established as a settlement in 1564 as the exploration by Mexico of New Mexico and California began. The fort used then remains today, and the beautiful Hotel Posada del Hidalgo was one of the original haciendas, expanded over time as a hotel preserving the beautiful design of the community. Walking tours this day feature the various uses of trade, mining, and agricultural venture remains. Surrounding El Fuerte villages remain for the Mayo and descendants of the Yaqui Indians.
We return after our walking tour to turn in our keys at Hotel Posada Hidalgo and have lunch. After lunch at Hotel Posada Hidalgo, we will transfer to the train station for our first train journey into the Copper Canyon. Guide will direct travelers to reserved seats in car, and luggage will be loaded on the train. The trip is a spectacular climb from sea level to almost 8,000ft elevation (our train journey ends in Bahuichivo/Cerocahui at 5,000ft).
HOTEL: Misión
MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch at Hotel Posada del Hidalgo, Dinner at Hotel Misión.

FIFTH DAY

FIFTH DAY

URIQUE CANYON OVERLOOK – LAND TRANSFER TO COPPER CANYON
Breakfast at 7:00am at Hotel Misión followed by a van ride to the Urique Canyon Overlook. A spectacular view awaits over the deepest section and most expansive view of the canyon. A perfect occasion for photos and a first opportunity to purchase Tarahumara Indian wares. We continue on a short van ride to the beautiful Hotel Mirador, on the rim of the canyon where each room has a private balcony which looks out over the canyon. An optional wine tasting experience from the Balderrama vineyards available ($15usd).
HOTEL: Mirador on the Rim
MEALS:Breakfast at Hotel Misión, Lunch & Dinner at Hotel Mirador

SIXTH AND SEVENTH DAY

SIXTH AND SEVENTH DAY

DAYS ON THE RIM OF THE COPPER CANYON
Breakfast is at 7:30am at Hotel Mirador. At 9:00am, board the bus for a trip to Adventure Park and walk along the canyon rim. This is a day to experience cultural interaction with numerous Tarahumara Indians and observe their handiwork personally. These wares are also available for purchase. Optional experiences are offered at this time.
HOTEL: Mirador on the Rim
MEALS: Breakfast , Lunch , & Dinner at Hotel Mirador

EIGHTH DAY

EIGHTH DAY

EXPRESS TRAIN JOURNEY COPPER CANYON TO EL FUERTE
After breakfast, travel to the train station for your return journey to El Fuerte. Your 5 ½ hour train journey through the Sierra Madre Mountains takes you to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery during the prime time of the day. You begin at almost 8,000 ft and end at 600 ft above sea level in the colonial town of El Fuerte. We are scheduled to arrive in El Fuerte at 3:05pm. Take an afternoon river float or simply walk to the plaza to interact with the locals or an afternoon Mayo Village Tour (optional).
HOTEL: Posada del Hidalgo
MEALS: Breakfast at Hotel Mirador, Lunch on the train, Dinner in Posada Hidalgo

NNTH DAY

NNTH DAY

MOTOR COACH JOURNEY TO SAN CARLOS
After a leisure breakfast today, we are on our homebound journey. We will again enjoy an overnight in San Carlos.
HOTEL: Marinaterra
MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch at Hotel Posada Hidalgo, Dinner in San Carlos

TENTH DAY

TENTH DAY

MOTOR COACH JOURNEY TO PHOENIX
Travel homebound this day. Trip begins with breakfast 6:30am. Board the bus at 7:30am for a return ride through southern Arizona to border of Mexico at Nogales. After checking in through customs and immigration on both sides of the border, continue travelling through the Sonoran Desert to Phoenix, Arizona. Arrive at Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport between 6:30pm-8:30pm.
HOTEL:Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport
MEALS: Breakfast Marinaterra, Lunch in Elba in Santa Ana.

ELEVENTH DAY

ELEVENTH DAY

DEPART PHOENIX
The tour ends after breakfast at Crowne Plaza. Complimentary hotel airport shuttle available.
HOTEL: None
MEALS: Breakfast buffet at Crowne Plaza

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