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Death Valley Splendor Search Tour Calendar
Featuring a Ranch at Death Valley Stay, Furnace Creek Inn lunch, Badwater, Local-Guide

Tour Dates: March 4 - 6, 2018
Limited Space

3 Day Package
3 Meals Included

Price:
$599 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$819 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Additional Departure Dates:

Ever since the first immigrants saw Death Valley, fantastic tales have been told of its incredible temperatures and enormous riches. But the exaggerations may not be too far from reality in describing this narrow valley of strange, exciting beauty, cradled between towering, multicolored mountains. Now comes your opportunity to enjoy the inviting and alluring Valley that so many before have visited. To walk on its soil, to gaze upon its eclectic geological formations, to relax under its horizon at a delightful time of year.


Tour Highlights:

  • Extensive guided sightseeing with a local guide in Death Valley National Park to see the famous and unique sites including Ubehebe Crater, Harmony Borax Works, Zabriskie Point, Devil’s Golf Course, the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, the Inn at Death Valley and Badwater – the lowest point in the western hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level
  • An included lunch at the historic and elegant Inn at Death Valley
  • Stay two nights in the heart of Death Valley National Park at The Ranch at Death Valley featuring recently-renovated rooms with a patio or balcony, a spring-fed swimming pool and two restaurants

Fine Hotels/Great Locations:
 
  • Nights 1-2: The Ranch at Death Valley – Death Valley, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 3/4/2018 - Arrive in Death Valley
From our departure points this morning, we’ll travel towards the Mojave Desert making a rest stop and stop for lunch on your own in Baker before continuing to Death Valley National Park this afternoon.  Late this afternoon we arrive at the Oasis at Death Valley in the heart of Death Valley at Furnace Creek. We’ll check into The Ranch at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Ranch), our deluxe accommodations for the next two nights. The recently-renovated rooms here feature two beds and French doors leading to small patios or balconies so you can gaze upon the stars this evening. The Ranch offers two restaurants, a spring-fed swimming pool and tennis courts and is situated in a lush oasis in the heart of the National Park surrounded by the vast desert. The Ranch, which takes you back to the early West, has been an operating business since 1881 and was the original home of the now famous Borax 20-Mule teams. Enjoy the balance of the evening at leisure.
Day 2
Monday, 3/5/2018 - Death Valley Exploration
Enjoy an included breakfast buffet this morning – the perfect fuel for our day of touring in Death Valley. A place of unexpected contrasts, this valley of sand dunes and salt has an abundance of natural wonders that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Onboard today will be a local guide who will bring to life the geology, flora, fauna, history, legends and hidden wonders of this unique place. We’ll be on the look-out for wildflowers as this is the time of year that wildflowers in Death Valley are most likely (note that mother nature is at work here and the rains during the fall and winter prior will determine what flowers there are to see). In lower Death Valley we’ll admire the incredible landscape at Devil’s Golf Course and visit the lowest point in the western hemisphere at Badwater (292 feet below sea level). We’ll enjoy the views of Manly Beacon from Zabriskie Point, before an included lunch at The Inn at Death Valley (formerly The Inn at Furnace Creek). An elegant hideaway since 1927, The Inn is known as the “Jewel of Death Valley.” This four-diamond resort is one of the National Park system’s premier historic hotels. This afternoon we’ll visit Harmony Borax Works to learn how Borax was discovered in this area, how 20-mule teams transported it and what importance Borax still has to the world today. We continue to Ubehebe Crater, the largest in a series of craters found in the area. Around 6,000 years ago a powerful volcanic explosion created this crater which is half a mile in diameter and more than 500 feet deep. We return to the Ranch in the late afternoon with the balance of the evening at leisure. 
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 3
Tuesday, 3/6/2018 - Death Valley & Journey Home
After an included breakfast buffet, we’ll visit the National Park Visitor Center and then continue north to massive Mesquite Flat sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells. We continue west making a stop for lunch on your own in Ridgecrest. After an afternoon rest stop, we arrive back at our drop-off points in the evening. While we will have left the Valley, its flamboyant coloring, geologic phenomena and peaceful serenity will remain in our memories forever.
Breakfast
Tour Inclusions:
 
  • 2 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 3 Meals: 1 lunch, 2 breakfasts
  • Comprehensive sightseeing & services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director and a local-guide 
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour


Additional Information:

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