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Featuring Death Valley National Park, Two Night Stay at The Ranch in Death Valley, Local Guide

Tour Dates: October 24 - 26, 2021

3 Day Package
3 Meals Included
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Price:
$699 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$949 Per Person / Single Occupancy


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 at a delightful time of year – to walk on its soil, to gaze upon its eclectic geological formations and to relax under its horizon while enjoying a two-night stay at The Ranch at Death Valley in the heart of the national park.


Tour Highlights:

  • Extensive guided sightseeing with a local guide in Death Valley National Park to see the incredible “must see” 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
  • Enjoy an included lunch at the “Jewel of Death Valley,” the Inn at Death Valley  the historic four-diamond hotel that’s been an elegant hideaway here since 1927
  • Stay two nights in the heart of Death Valley National Park at The Ranch at Death Valley, the sprawling, recently renovated resort featuring deluxe rooms with a patio or balcony, a spring-fed swimming pool and recently built restaurants within a re-imagined Spanish Colonial Revival town square
Fine Hotels/Great Locations:
 
  • Nights 1-2: The Ranch at Death Valley – Death Valley, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 10/24/2021 - Arrive in Death Valley National Park
From our departure points this morning, we’ll travel onboard our deluxe motorcoach towards the Mojave Desert making a rest stop and stop for lunch on your own in Baker before entering Death Valley National Park this afternoon. As the hottest, driest, and lowest national park, Death Valley is a land of extremes and a remarkable natural treasure. From snow-capped peaks and blooming wildflow- ers to sweeping dunes and vast salt flats, this place of unexpected contrasts is a collection of natural wonders that can’t be found anywhere else in the world! Our first stop will be at Zabriskie Point, the most famous viewpoint in Death Valley which provides unparalleled views of the Valley and the iconic Manly Beacon. Late this afternoon we arrive at Furnace Creek and The Oasis at Death Valley, the lush oasis surrounded by the vast desert in the heart of the national park. We’ll enjoy a two-night stay at The Ranch at Death Valley, the western-themed resort that sits on land once owned by the Pacific Coast Borax Company and the now famous, Borax 20-Mule teams. With a true western atmosphere, the ranch is part dude ranch and part national park lodge. With a classic mid-century feel, the ranch accommodations are set in several two-story buildings arranged around broad lawns. The recently renovated rooms offer two beds and feature French doors leading to a patio or balcony so you can gaze upon the stars. And stars you shall see! Death Valley National Park is designated as a “Gold Tier” Dark Sky Park, the highest level awarded. And The Oasis at Death Valley, alongside the National Park Service, has taken measures to greatly minimize light pollution in the area. Enjoy the balance of the evening at leisure to visit the Borax Museum, take a swim in the spring-fed swimming pool that is always at 87 degrees, play games on the large grassy lawns and sports courts and enjoy dinner on your own at the recently rebuilt restaurants which are now part of a re-imagined Spanish Colonial Revival town square. Dining options include The 1849 Buffet featuring a full salad bar, a carving station and assorted desserts or The Last Kind Words Saloon, an updated version of the Ranch’s beloved and authentic Western-style saloon with swinging doors straight out of an old Western movie.
Day 2
Monday, 10/25/2021 - Death Valley National Park with Local Guide
After an included breakfast at the Ranch this morning, we’ll be joined by a local guide who will bring to life the geology, flora, fauna, history, legends and hidden wonders within this incredible national park. We’ll visit the National Park Visitor Center and then continue to lower Death Valley to admire the incredible landscape at Devil’s Golf Course. This vast stretch of salt rock has been heavily eroded by the wind, forming jagged spires across the floor where ‘only the devil could play golf on such rough links.’ We continue to the lowest point in the western hemisphere at Badwater (282 feet below sea level) where vast salt flats make up a serene white blanket spanning for miles. This afternoon we’ll enjoy an included lunch at the “Jewel of Death Valley,” the Inn at Death Valley  the four-diamond historic hotel that has been a elegant hideaway here since 1927. One of the National Park system’s premier historic hotels, the Inn features an expansive palm garden to stroll through. 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 upper Death Valley and the 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 600 feet deep. Enroute back to the Ranch, 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). We return to the Ranch in the late afternoon with the balance of the evening at leisure.
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 3
Tuesday, 10/26/2021 - Death Valley National Park, Journey Home
Following an included breakfast at the Ranch, we’ll visit the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. This is the largest dune field in the park – a vast area of mountain-fringed rolling sand dunes reaching 100 feet. Mesquite trees provide pockets for wildlife, while cracked clay that was once an ancient lake bed lies on the floor. After a convenience stop in Stovepipe Wells, we’ll 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. Death Valley’s flamboyant coloring, geologic phenomena and peaceful serenity providing distinct memories for years to come.
Breakfast
Tour Inclusions:
 
  • 2 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 3 Meals: 1 lunch, 2 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a local guide
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour


Additional Information:

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