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Begins and Ends: Phoenix
Welcome to Mexico’s majestic Copper Canyon. Enjoy an exciting roundtrip Copper Canyon train ride in a first class chartered train car. Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for a 6:00 p.m. welcome briefing.
Drive south through Tucson and Green Valley to Nogales. See large saguaro cacti en route. Enter Mexico this morning. Enjoy lunch. Continue on a modern four lane highway through huge expanses of rangeland and occasional pecan tree orchards. Then journey through the Sonora Desert to Obregon for overnight. Enjoy dinner. BLD
This morning visit the Yaqui Indian Museum. Learn about the tribe’s traditions, costumes, art, and the famous deer dance. Enjoy lunch. This afternoon visit a Mayo Indian Village. See the remains of the old Tehueco Mission, dating from 1650 and the neighboring church built in 1811. Arrive in the picturesque colonial town of El Fuerte, founded in 1564. El Fuerte has been named a “Pueblo Magico” (“Magical Town”) by the Mexican Government because of the plaza’s beautifully preserved colonial architecture, romantic atmosphere and festive shows. Enjoy dinner. BLD
This morning, “All Aboard” for your Copper Canyon train trip, considered one of the top scenic rail journeys in the world. You start at sea level and climb to 7,500 feet. The entire railroad passes through 86 tunnels and 38 bridges in the 25,000 square mile canyons of the Sierra Madre. The five major canyons are collectively known as Copper Canyon. Journey through Temoris where you see three ascending levels of the railroad. Enjoy a box lunch. Your scheduled arrival is early afternoon at your hotel on the rim of Copper Canyon. See sweeping majestic views from your room directly overlooking the canyon. Overnight elevation approximately 7,500 feet. Enjoy dinner. BLD
Morning at leisure to enjoy spectacular views of Copper Canyon from your hotel. Walk to see the Tarahumara Indians who live in the canyon caves below, or mingle with the Tarahumara artisan vendors who gather in front of the hotel. After lunch, reboard your chartered train car for another thrilling train ride through the Canyon. As you descend from the top of the Sierra Madre, you may see cascading waterfalls. Sheer canyon walls give way to rolling hills and tropical farmlands. See palm, banana, papaya and mango trees. Copper Canyon sunsets are a delight. Dinner is in the dining car. Return to El Fuerte for a relaxing two night stay. Overnight elevation approximately 300 feet. BLD
On your El Fuerte River float trip this morning, you may see parrots, woodpeckers, kiskadees, kingfishers, doves, cormorants and other birds in their natural habitat (river and weather conditions permitting). Next, a brief walking tour to visit the 17th century cathedral and government palace. After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure to stroll the cobblestone streets and the charming plaza of El Fuerte, center of all social life. Before dinner, enjoy a colorful and festive Mexican ballet folklorico. BLD
This morning, see a demonstration of Paquimé pottery-making, made famous by the Casas Grandes Indians. Then, drive north. After lunch, continue to Hermosillo, the capital of the state of Sonora. Sightseeing drive of the government palace and Asuncion Cathedral. Visit Zaragoza plaza. Enjoy dinner. BLD
Drive north this morning through the vast Sonora Desert with sweeping views of the Sierra Madre. The Sonora’s ecosystem includes a unique variety of plants and animals. Box lunch. This afternoon, re-enter the United States at Nogales, Arizona. Arrive at your hotel in Phoenix. Please do not schedule flights for this evening as there are often long delays crossing the border. BL
The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. ¡Muchas Gracias! B
About The Copper Canyon Train
The Chihuahua-Pacifico Railway, completed in 1961 after 90 years of construction, is a modern marvel of engineering. The same rails are used by all trains going through the Canyon. With Caravan you travel both the south and north route in a spacious air-conditioned chartered first class train car.
The train is operated by Ferrocaril Mexicano, exclusive owners of the Copper Canyon rail route. In the rare event of a train stoppage. Caravan will make alternative arrangements.
Both of your Copper Canyon train rides are scheduled in the daytime for the best lighting for views and photography. Often the train can be delayed for up to a couple of hours. A roundtrip train ride doubles your chances of viewing the canyon during daylight. Also, by going roundtrip, you can see a different side of the canyon in each direction.
Comfort and Safety, First Class Car
Caravan has reserved an entire first class train car. For your comfort, there are always more seats in your car than there are clients. For your safety, the seats in your train car are only available to Caravan clients and are not open to the general public. For your health, Caravan spends only one night on the rim which has an elevation of 7,500 feet.
|Jan||9*, 16*, 23**, 30**|
|Feb||1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27|
|Mar||1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31|
|Apr||2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30|
|May||7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30|
|Jun||18, 20, 25, 27|
|Jul||9, 16, 23|
|Sep||1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29|
|Oct||1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31|
|Nov||2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30|
|Dec||1, 3, 5, 21, 22, 28, 29|
*indicates Super Value date
**indicates Great Value date
|Room Type||Super Value||Great Value||Special Value|
|Double||$ 995||$ 1,095||$ 1,195|
Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $188; Triple $169; Single $228
Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.
In Latin America, Caravan transfers you between the airport and hotel on the starting and ending dates of your tour.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.
All meals included in Mexico
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix
El Fuerte, Mexico
Rio Vista Lodge
Canyon Rim, Mexico
El Fuerte, Mexico
Posada del Hidalgo
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Caravan’s very reasonably priced travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason prior to departure of the tour and also includes comprehensive medical air and baggage insurance. Caravan strongly recommends purchasing this plan. The cost is $99. Find out more
Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
The Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North hotel is located one mile from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The hotel opened in 2009. The hotel offers complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service, complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access, a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool and spa. The Great American Grill, the hotel's casual restaurant, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Room service is available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The lounge is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Fiesta Inn is a newly opened, modern hotel located in Obregon, Mexico. Located in the Yaqui Valley, Obregon is the second largest city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. The Fiesta Inn has a fitness center, a large outdoor swimming pool, a lobby bar and the Café La Fiesta restaurant. All guest rooms have air-conditioning, cable TV, coffee and tea makers, and hairdryers.
Rio Vista Lodge
The Rio Vista Lodge is located in the colonial town of El Fuerte. The lodge is situated on a hill above the town, adjacent to the historic fort. From the patios, you can see the El Fuerte River and the Sierra Madre Mountains. Sunsets can be spectacular.
Posada Barrancas Mirador
The Posada Barrancas Mirador is located at the canyon's edge, near the highest point of the canyon. The Posada Barrancas Mirador is the premier hotel on the canyon rim and is the only hotel where each guest room has a spectacular view overlooking the canyon. From the hotel you may walk to see the Tarahumara Indians who live in the canyon caves below. You can also shop for native crafts from the Tarahumara artisan vendors who gather in front of the hotel.
Posada del Hidalgo
The Posada del Hidalgo is centrally located for exploring El Fuerte. This beautiful hotel is a former colonial mansion built by Señor Rafael Almada in 1890 for 100,000 gold pesos. Most of the original pine beams and furniture were brought by boat from San Francisco, California. The hotel features a swimming pool, restaurant, high ceilings with wood beams and two story balconies. Most of the rooms are air conditioned and all have private tile baths.
The Fiesta Americana hotel is located in Hermosillo, the modern capital of the Mexican state of Sonora. This full service hotel has two restaurants and a lobby bar. Hotel amenities include a fitness center and and outdoor swimming pool.
Caravan's Phoenix, Arizona hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North (3838 East Van Buren Street) provides a courtesy shuttle from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) to the hotel. Upon arrival, request a pickup using the Hilton Garden Inn North's courtesy phone at the baggage claim area or call the hotel directly at: 602-306-2323. The shuttle operates 24 hours daily. Taxis cost approximately $25 and take 10 minutes.
Caravan's Phoenix, Arizona hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North provides a courtesy shuttle from the hotel to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). The shuttle operates every half hour on the hour, 24 hours daily. You can sign up for a shuttle at the hotel's front desk. Taxis cost approximately $25 and take 10 minutes.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:
|AeroMexico, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, America West, American Airlines, American Transair, ATA, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Lufthansa, Mesa Airlines, Midwest Express, Skywest Airlines, Southwest, Sun Country, Ted, United Airlines, US Airways|
This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual.
Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.
Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.
From the scenic Canadian Maritimes to the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, Caravan has a tour for every one. Passengers requiring special assistance must be accompanied by an able companion.
Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the ships, trains, and motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.
Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals within Latin America are included. Most meals are included within the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.
As of October 1, 2006, the currency exchange rate is 10.82 Mexican pesos to 1 U.S. Dollar.
We strongly caution against purchasing real estate or timeshares during your vacation with us. Instead, we suggest you use the experience for the purposes of orientation and information gathering. If you are interested in such a purchase, we suggest you return for at least one more visit and seek the guidance of a lawyer.
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“The hotels were fabulous, service was great, and personnel was courteous and helpful. The meals, there were absolutely no complaints. The restaurants were clean and unique. Very nice! ”Mr. & Mrs. R.D., St. Ann, Missouri
“We enjoyed our trip very much and we are looking forward to our next trip.”Mr. R.J., Newbury Park, California
“We are looking forward to going on other Caravan tours later next year.”Mr. & Mrs. R.S., Hideaway, Texas
“Each of the hotels were clean, comfortable, we enjoyed them all. The meals were all excellent and the service was superb. We enjoyed the spectacular scenery, especially the canyons (Copper Canyon). We enjoyed all phases of this trip very much. Caravan does an excellent job! ”Mr. & Mrs. R.R., St. George, Utah
“Your tour director made the trip worthwhile; in fact, all the tour directors whom we have had on our three trips with Caravan are exceptional. I have been on your tours three times and all were excellent. Love to see more tours outside the U.S. Thank you for wonderful trips!”Mr. & Mrs. J.S., Raleigh, North Carolina
“I enjoyed the float and seeing the birds, the views from the trains were excellent. Based on our experience on this trip, will want to go with Caravan again.”Mr. & Mrs. M.K., San Diego, California
“I was pleased with the entire trip and will continue to recommend Caravan Tours to others. Excellent value.”Mr. & Mrs. V.F., Metaireie, Louisiana
“We will recommend Caravan to our friends. I think supplying all the food and bottled water was a real plus! This was a fun time as well as informative. This has been a favorite planned trip to take. I will certainly consider Caravan in future trips.”Mr. & Mrs. J.M., Kingsport, Tennessee
“This trip was a wonderful experience, as I have never traveled with Caravan before, but will certainly be looking at your other tours for the future. It was just amazing. We got everything for the money we paid, accommodation, three meals a day, transportation and a great tour director. Keep up the good work!”Ms. B.C., Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
“Our tour director served as a great historian, had good sense of humor and was accommodating. I would travel with Caravan again with no hesitation!”Ms. M.B., Las Cruces, New Mexico
“This was our first experience with Caravan Tours and we would certainly recommend it to all.”Mr. & Mrs. J.H., Hampstead, Maryland
“We usually go on cruises for eighteen or more days at a time, or go to Hawaii for five to six weeks at a time, so this tour was relatively short in our way of vacationing. It was most enjoyable and very relaxing.”Mr. & Mrs. G.B., Atascadero, California
“All of the hotel locations were great. The buffet breakfasts at El Paso. Posada del Hidalgo, Barrancas Mirador and Palacio del Sol were excellent. Most memorable steak was at Barrancas Mirador. Great combination of guided tours and free time to roam. Fantastic view from the sunrise and canyon! This alone was worth the trip if you did nothing else.”Mr. & Mrs. J.T., Louisville, Kentucky
“This was my first guided tour, and I enjoyed the tour guides knowledge of the local people and places. Would recommend this tour to our friends.”Mr. & Mrs. R.M., Eugene, Oregon
“The trip was beautifully organized and each step of the way, our comfort seemed to be considered. Although there were forty people on the trip, it could have been five with all of the attention we were given. I also liked having the daily itinerary booklet. I thought it was very useful. It was a wonderful trip!”Ms. J.Y., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“My favorite part of the tour was our history lessons given by our tour director.”Mr. & Mrs. W.T., Las Cruces, New Mexico
“It was a great tour, well planned, and I will use you again!”Mr. & Mrs. R.C., Saint Charles, Illinois
“An educational experience not to be missed!”Mr. & Mrs. P.M., La Habra Heights, California
“Caravan Tours personnel made the trip a complete success by being able to adapt to any difficulties encountered by the weather or transportation changes.”Mr. & Mrs. S.B., Bernet, Texas
“This is a great place to see some fabulous scenery!”Ms. A.W., Denver, Colorado
“I have traveled extensively in all fifty states and more than ninety countries. I dont usually take tours, but this tour was very well run and a very good value for our money.”Ms. J.C., Chapel Hill, North Carolina
“I would be glad to recommend this trip by Caravan to anyone. It was great!”Mr. & Mrs. F.B., Carbondale, Illinois
“The hotel service was good. They did an excellent job of making check in as easy as possible. The restaurants selected were great. The meals were well chosen to give us a taste of Mexico without too much spice. The selection of stops during sightseeing was good and the scenery was beautiful. Our tour director couldnt have been better. I appreciated his knowledge of the history and culture of the area. He was pleasant and had a great sense of humor. Very well organized. The time spent on the rim at the Mirador, awesome!”Mr. & Mrs. W.E., Ellinwood, Kansas
“An extremely interesting tour, beautiful scenery and I learned a great deal about the Northern part of Mexico. Very good value for the cost.”Ms. S.M., Calgary, AB Canada These are only the first 25 reviews of this tour... Read all 145 Reviews »
Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel.
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Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
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Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.