Whether your speed is aerial adventures or 18 holes, hiking desert trails or touring homes of the stars, few places offer the blend of scenic beauty, amazing year-round weather, historic interest, resort comfort and stimulating, short-excursion attractions you’ll find in Palm Springs. “Golf Capital of the World,” playground of Hollywood stars and iconic industrialists, and healthful desert oasis boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year, Palm Springs is an ideal vacation hub especially for snowbirds and city refugees seeking a variety of activities without quite so much mileage. We’ll enjoy excellent accommodations, spa and sports amenities at the Hyatt Palm Springs hotel, a gorgeous desert retreat conveniently located in walking distance from downtown. From this comfortable base, explore the area’s bountiful entertainment venues, scenic locations, and outdoors activities, from the nearby Village street fest to stunning mountain trails and amazing golf courses.
- Unpack once for all 6 nights
- Enjoy a guided tour of Joshua Tree National Park
- Visit San Gorgonio Wind Park, Celebrity homes and Palm Springs Walk of Stars
- See the largest crop-growing region in the state at Coachella Valley
- Taste delicious dates, extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars with local farmers
- See flying WWII, Korean and Vietnam War aircrafts
- Enjoy time to relax and enjoy the spa, pool, and gorgeous desert views all within walking distance of downtown Palm Springs
- Fees/tips for included attractions/meals
- Welcome reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach
- Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
DAY 1–WELCOME TO PALM SPRINGS
Upon arrival, settle into your comfortable room at the Hyatt Palm Springs hotel, conveniently located within walking distance to downtown Palm Springs and numerous restaurants and shopping. Tonight, you will meet your fellow travelers and learn about the activities for the next week.
DAY 2–WIND FARM/CELEBRITY HOMES
This morning after a delicious breakfast, we will visit the San Gorgonio Wind Park, a mature project boasting four generations of technology and over two dozen types of turbines in operation. Your expert guide will discuss a host of environmental issues, such as bird strikes, bat kills, noise, land use, and more. Then you will learn the history and facts about the playground of the stars. You will see dozens of celebrity homes all right in the City of Palm Springs. Dean Martin, Liz Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, Marilyn Monroe and dozens more came to bask in the warm sun and soak in the free and easy desert lifestyle. After a delicious lunch at a local country club you will have free time to enjoy in Palm Springs. B, L
DAY 3–LIVING DESERT/COACHELLA VALLEY/DATE GARDEN
This morning it’s off to the Living Desert. We will discover bighorn sheep, cheetahs, leopards, golden eagles, and Mexican wolves in a remarkable zoo and botanical garden representing the deserts of North America and Africa. After lunch at the Living Desert Zoo we will head to Palm Desert and Coachella Valley, which is among the largest crop-growing regions in the state, renowned for its dates, citrus, grapes and bell peppers. At Coachella Valley Water District we will learn about the distribution of water to the local farmlands and have a guided tour of some of the facilities.. We will visit a working date garden, home of the superb Medjool date and many other interesting and delicious date varieties. You will learn about the date’s history and cultivation and get to taste some delicious samples. B, L
DAY 4–JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK/PALM SPRINGS
Today we will visit nearby Joshua Tree National Park. Humans have occupied the area encompassed by Joshua Tree National Park for at least 5,000 years. You will see 1.5 billion year old rock walls thrust up by the San Andreas Fault. This wildlife sanctuary is home to coyotes, eagles, and Big Horn sheep. We will have a tasty lunch before heading back to Palm Springs for a relaxing afternoon at your leisure.B, L
DAY 5–AERIAL TRAMWAY/WALK OF STARS/VILLAGE FEST
This morning, we will depart for Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. We will rise 2½ miles, taking a ten-minute ride up to the mountains on the world’s largest rotating tramcars and experience the threshold of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Then we will explore the historic palm-tree lined Palm Springs Walk of Stars. We will walk among the golden palm stars of Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, Chevy Chase and others, embedded in the sidewalks. This afternoon, visit the Palm Springs Air Museum, which features one of the largest collections of flying WWII aircraft. Our veteran guide will share his experiences and will emphasize the importance of the Air Power in the victory of WWII. This evening if you’d like, join the locals downtown for Palm Springs Village Fest. Stroll the streets taking in the artisan booths, listen to a concert and enjoy delicious food. B, L
DAY 6–TEMECULA VALLEY
This morning we will visit Sunnylands Center and Gardens. Sunnylands was the home of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, entrepreneurs, ambassadors, and philanthropists. At the center you can learn more about the Annenbergs, and stroll through the gardens, inspired by the Annenberg collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Then it’s on to Temecula Valley. We will stop at Temecula Olive Oil Ranch, where you will learn about the sustainable agriculture, growing olives, harvest techniques, milling and pressing olives. You will get to taste some extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars too! Spend some free time strolling through Old Temecula’s many unique shops. B, L
DAY 7–GOOD BYE PALM SPRINGS
Today, after breakfast, we will say farewell to our fellow travelers and this desert paradise. B.
Nights 1-6: Hyatt Palm Springs
Feb 2-8, 2020
Price Per Person:
Double $1,927; Single $2,495
Depart/Return: Palm Springs, CA
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $228/night
Highs in the low 70's /lows in the low 50's
Schedule your flight to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule your flight home anytime after breakfast on Day 7.
Starting hotel offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle service.
Complimentary for duration of tour.
Moderate to moderately extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking can be on uneven surfaces.
Refrigerators, microwaves, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, Coffee makers, swimming pools and exercise rooms throughout tour.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.
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