- Luxury Coach & Train Tour 11 Days, 6 Cities
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Luxury Coach & Train Tour 11 Days, 6 Cities
Escorted Luxury Coach & Train Tour: Tours begin and end in Phoenix, Arizona. Journey on a deluxe coach bus to San Carlos, Sonora and onto El Fuerte, Sinaloa in Mexico. Ride the Chepe Express Train to the town of Cerocahui at Hotel Mision. Travel by bus to the rim of the Copper Canyon for a privileged three-night stay at Hotel Mirador on the rim. Ride the Chepe Express for your return passage to El Fuerte during the prime time of the day.
2020 Dates: Sept 8-18, Sept 20-30, Oct 6-16, Oct 18-28, Nov 3-13, Nov 15-25, Dec 1-11, Dec 13-23
INCLUDES: meals as indicated in itinerary, 10 nights lodging, Tourist train tickets, all non-airport transfers, tips – excluding guide and driver tips.
DOES NOT INCLUDE: Airfare to Phoenix, drinks, tourist card (approx. $30), optional tours, trip insurance, guide and driver gratuities.
Cost: $1495.00 usd per person double occupancy.
Add $350.00 single occupancy.
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ARRIVE IN PHOENIXBook now
Travel to Phoenix, Arizona (airfare not included). Transport to hotel is provided by Crowne Plaza’s 24-hour shuttle. Hotel rooms will be available at 3:00pm.
HOTEL: Crowne Plaza Phx Airport
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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 around 5:30pm. Dinner will be at the hotel with wonderful views of the beaches and peaks of the Tetas de Cobra.
MEALS: B in Phoenix, L at Elba’s in Santa Ana, D at Marinaterra
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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: B at Hotel Marinaterra, L in Navojoa, D at Hotel Posada del Hidalgo.
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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. El Fuerte was the first capital of the western state including what is now Sonora, Sinaloa, Arizona, and New Mexico. A visit to the Indian museum is on the schedule.
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). Views of the rails, tunnels, and rugged terrain remind travelers of the 100 years of construction to prepare for this experience. The Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad opened in 1961, after years of attempts to establish it were tried and failed. The 5-hour portion of the ride on El Chepe ends at Cerocahui (Bahuichivo Train Station) and a short van ride delivers travelers to Hotel Mision
MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch at Hotel Posada del Hidalgo, D at Hotel Misión.
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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).
MEALS: B at Hotel Posada Hidalgo, L&D at Hotel Misión.
Day 6 & 7
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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.
***Optional experiences are offered during these days.
HOTEL: Mirador on the Rim
MEALS: B, L, & D at Hotel Mirador
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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: B at Hotel Mirador, L on the train, D in Posada Hidalgo
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After a leisure breakfast today, we are on our homebound journey. We will again enjoy an overnight in San Carlos
MEALS: B at Hotel Hacienda de los Santos, L in Cd Obregon, D in San Carlos
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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: B Marinaterra, L in Elba in Santa Ana.