Death Valley Splendor
Featuring a Two-Night Stay at The Ranch in Death Valley in Death Valley National Park, Sightseeing With a Local Guide

Departing: Sunday, March 13, 2022

3 Day Package
3 Meals Included
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$749 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$999 Per Person / Single Occupancy

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Ever since the first immigrants saw Death Valley, fantastic tales have been told of its incredible temperatures and enormous riches. Surprisingly, these 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 typically 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:

  • Enjoy a two-night stay 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
  • Extensive guided sightseeing with a local guide in Death Valley National Park to see the incredibly 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
  • Enjoy an included lunch at the “Jewel of Death Valley,” the Inn at Death Valley the historic AAA Four Diamond hotel that’s been an elegant hideaway here since 1927

Fine Hotels/Great Locations:
  • Nights 1-2: The Ranch at Death Valley – Death Valley, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 3/13/2022 - Welcome to Death Valley!
From our departure points this morning, we’ll travel onboard our deluxe motorcoach through 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 wildflowers 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. 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 set 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 with towering date palms and mission-style California architecture.
Day 2
Monday, 3/14/2022 - Death Valley National Park With Local Guide
After an included breakfast at the Ranch, 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 AAA 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. We return to the Ranch in the late afternoon with the balance of the evening at leisure.
Day 3
Tuesday, 3/15/2022 - Death Valley National Park, Journey Home
Following an included breakfast at the Ranch, we’ll travel to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, the largest dune field in the park. This vast area features mountain-fringed rolling sand dunes reaching 100 feet in height. After a convenience stop in Stovepipe Wells, we’ll continue west making a stop for lunch on your own in Ridgecrest. We’ll make an afternoon rest stop and return to our drop-off points this evening with many fond memories of our time in Death Valley National Park surrounded by its flamboyant coloring, geologic phenomena and peaceful serenity.

While we make every effort to operate our tours as outlined in the itinerary, we ask for your understanding, flexibility and to retain a sense of adventure while traveling with us. While these have always been necessary traits for travelers, they are needed now more than ever! Situations may arise that necessitate changes to the itinerary. Should we need to adjust the itinerary either prior to or while on tour, these changes will be communicated to you and only done when absolutely necessary. Now more than ever, our 30 years of knowledge and tour planning experience helps us navigate a unique travel environment on your behalf. You can put your trust in us knowing we are experts in travel planning and will do everything possible to provide wonderful new experiences and create amazing new memories for our guests while on the road with us.
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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