Desert Escape

February 4, 2018 - February 10, 2018
7 days / 12 meals
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The desert oasis has something for everyone- 350 days of sunshine in Palm Springs and elaborate 24-hour casinos in Las Vegas, this tour is sure to spark the desire to escape the dreary winter for the warm, sundrenched desert!

Day 1: Flight to Nevada
Arrive in Las Vegas and unpack for a 2-night stay at the famed Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. D

Day 2: Las Vegas
Enjoy a full breakfast buffet before heading out to take in the sights and sounds of glitzy Las Vegas. As featured on CBS Sunday Morning, enjoy The Neon Museum’s guided tour showcasing 7 restored and 200 historic signs representing decades of Vegas history. This afternoon, explore the strip at your leisure. Will you try your hand at lady luck or shop the many outlets? Dinner is planned before an evening drive down the strip under the sparkling lights. B, D

Day 3: Joshua Tree National Park/Palm Springs
Enroute to Palm Springs, visit Joshua Tree National Park where two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together. Explore its rich cultural history and surreal geologic features that add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. At the Keys View vista, the sightline extends beyond the Salton Sea to Mexico! Descend upon the dramatic desert resort community of Palm Springs, CA. Unpack your bags for a 3-night stay at the Las Brisas Hotel located in the heart of the city. B, D

Day 4: Palm Springs, CA
A local guide will share the glamour, beauty and history of this playground of the stars. See where Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Monroe and more have lived. Tour Shield’s Date Farm and learn insightful stories about the beautiful Coachella Valley while traveling to a vast array of Wind Turbines sprouting from the desert floor. Get up close and examine the enormousness of these windmills. Rated one of the best aviation museums by CNN Travel, explore the Palm Springs Air Museum with an aviation expert. After dinner, relax and enjoy the hotel’s amenities in the evening warmth. B, D

Day 5: Palm Springs, CA
Board the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram car, and travel along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon up 8,516 feet to the Mountain Station of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. What a memorable view of the picturesque vistas! After lunch, the afternoon is yours to soak in the golden sun, shop, lounge by the pool or visit the Palm Springs Art Museum. This evening, in the heart of downtown, stroll along the weekly Palm Springs Village Fest an evening street fair featuring arts, crafts, food and entertainment and a “must-see”! B, L

Day 6: Riverside, CA
Say good-bye to the desert and begin the trek west. Riverside, CA, is the birthplace of the citrus industry and home to the largest Mission Revival Style building in the US. Tour the Mission Inn Hotel including major rooms that are not accessible to the public. Be sure to perch in the oversized chair built for President Taft’s 1909 visit! Explore California’s Citrus State Historic Park, a site that recaptures the time when “Citrus was King” in CA. Overnight in the Los Angeles airport area. B, D

Day 7: Return flight home B

Per person rates*
double $1999
triple/quad $1843
single $2369
* Includes roundtrip airfare from IND.
**If you would like a home pickup and transportation to the airport (and you live in one of the zipcodes listed here), just add $50 per person to the listed rate.

Desert Escape