Trains, planes, boats and buses – C.A.L.L. inviting community for international journeys

February 13, 2009

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – From the glory of the Roman Coliseum, to the glorious wonder of the Grand Canyon, Central Arizona College’s Lifelong Learners (C.A.L.L.) program is on the move in 2009 when its Central Arizona Travelers (CATS) begin a Tour de World of sorts.

The first trip begins this March with a rail sojourn south of the border to Copper Canyon.

Copper Canyon (Mexico) by Rail - March 29-April 9

Guests will immerse themselves in the diverse culture and incredible beauty, history and art of northern Mexico by visiting the famous Mata Ortiz potters, exploring the archaeological ruins of Paquime, and viewing the waterfalls of Basaseachic and Cusarare.

In the heart of the Sierra Madre, visit a Tarahumara cave dwelling, primitive missions, beautiful Arareko Lake and valleys filled with strange rock formations.

Then climb aboard for what has been described as the most spectacular train ride in the world. This engineering feat passes through 85 tunnels and over 37 bridges as it descends from 8000 feet to sea level.

Travelers will stay in the charming colonial town of El Fuerte, visit a Mayo Indian village, learn to make tortillas, and take a guided boat excursion along the El Fuerte River.

Trip Fee: $2,549 (C.A.L.L. Member) / $2,638 (Non-member; includes one-year membership in C.A.L.L.). Trip fees include all transportation (plane, bus, train and boat), lodging for 11 nights, all meals, snacks and bottled water, bilingual guides and entrance fees.

Grand Canyon by Boat – May 19-21 / Sept. 18-20

Experience the number one adventure tour in the United States – seeing the Grand Canyon by boat on the Colorado River.

Participants will travel through 40 miles of scenic beauty in pontoon boats, stopping to have lunch on a sandy beach under towering cliffs before finishing with a 4,700-foot helicopter ascent from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to its majestic rim.

The adventure includes exciting rapids as well as smooth water, an optional hike to Travertine Falls, and views of some of the most spectacular rock formations in the world.

Trip Fee: $559 (C.A.L.L. Member) / $648 (Non-member; includes one-year membership in C.A.L.L.). Trip fee includes transportation, two nights lodging sharing a double room, lunch on the river, eight-person pontoon boat for one day, tip for the boatman, helicopter ride to the rim, and guide services. Other meals are not included.

Exploring the Canadian Rockies by Rail - Aug. 10-16

C.A.L.L. will revisit the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies in August when Central Arizona College returns to the Great White North to explore Western Canada by rail.

The trip was wildly popular in 2008. Participants will travel by train and private coach to enjoy spectacular scenery in the world such as the Columbia Glacier.

The journey begins with a flight from Phoenix to Vancouver where travelers will board the Rocky Mountaineer to head east toward the Canadian Rockies.

The excursion by private coach will usher travelers to Jasper National Park that features a narrated cruise on Maligne Lake and a journey on the Ice Fields Parkway to the Columbia Ice Glacier for a memorable ride on the Ice Explorer.

Guests will experience the vibrant blues and greens of glacier-fed Lake Louise, explore Banff and Yoho National Parks, and see beautiful Emerald Lake. Side trips also include stops at the Hoodoos along the Bow River, regional waterfalls, and Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the gondola.

Trip Fee: $3,511 (C.A.L.L. Member) / $3,600 (Non-member; includes one-year membership in C.A.L.L.). A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration. Trip fee includes all transportation (airfare from Phoenix to Vancouver and from Calgary back to Phoenix), train transport, private motor coach, tour guide, 12 meals, quality hotels and entrance fees.

Italy Sights and Splendors - Sept. 12-24

C.A.L.L. will journey to Italy in September, visiting Rome, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Venice and more.

Rome will be highlighted by stops at the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum and the Vatican, while guests will travel by boat to the enchanting Isle of Capri, ending the day at the Amalfi Coast.

The trip will meander through the excavated ruins of Pompeii before traveling to Sorrento and Salerno. The northern region of Tuscany is known for its vineyards while Florence is renowned for its art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s David.

The tour will make a stop at Pisa to hold up the leaning tower before journeying across central Italy through the Apennine Mountains to Venice. Additional stops will include Verona and the breathtaking lake district of Italy, the lakeside resort of Locarno, and Lake Maggiore in Switzerland. Depart from Stresa after a memorable tour.

Trip Fee: $5,549 (C.A.L.L. Member) / $5,638 (Non-member; includes one-year membership in C.A.L.L.). A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration. Trip fee includes round trip airfare from Phoenix, private motor coach and tour guide, quality hotels, boat excursions, all entrance fees and most meals.


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