Big Bend & Carlsbad Caverns National Parks
April 1, 2024 thru April 7, 2024
Discover the Southwest’s natural wonders and cultural gems on a seven-day journey exploring the wonders of Texas and New Mexico. Explore Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks, witness the enchanting dawn at White Sands, and immerse yourself in captivating experiences while enjoying comfortable accommodations and delightful meals.
7 days, 6 nights
12 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) included
Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included
- Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Cultural Center
- Fort Leaton
- River Road along Rio Grande
- Big Bend National Park
- Terlingua Ghost Town
- McDonald Observatory
- Carlsbad Caverns
- White Sands National Park
- Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
- Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
- 6 nights lodging
- 12 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners)
- Admissions & tours as described
- Services of a tour director
- Motorcoach refreshments
- Baggage handling where available
- All taxes and gratuities for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
- Tour Director, Local Guide & Driver gratuities
Day 1 – Arrive in El Paso
Depart Tucson and enjoy an independent lunch at Mesilla Plaza in Las Cruces. Explore the historical Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Cultural Center in El Paso on a mission tour. Check in for a one-night stay at Aloft Hotel in El Paso and savor an independent dinner in downtown El Paso at your leisure.
Day 2 - Fort Leaton & River Road
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at Hotel Aloft in El Paso. Afterward, depart from the hotel and relish an independent lunch in Marfa. Your journey continues with a visit to Fort Leaton and a scenic drive along the River Road alongside the Rio Grande. As the day winds down, enjoy a warm welcome dinner at Lajitas Resort. Conclude the day by checking in for a two-night stay at the picturesque Lajitas Golf Resort, where relaxation and adventure await.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 3 – Big Bend National Park & Terlingua Ghost Town
Start your day with a satisfying breakfast buffet at the hotel. Then, embark on a visit to the Barton Warnock Visitor Center, where you’ll have time to explore and learn about the natural history of the Big Bend region. Outside is a two-acre garden showcasing the plants of the Chihuahuan Desert. Next, dive into the natural wonders of Big Bend National Park. Big Bend is a geological marvel evidenced in sea fossils and dinosaur bones to volcanic dikes that mar the desert landscape. It’s a world of species diversity from the meandering river corridor that sidles across the desert floor to the sky island ridge tops that reach for the stars. It’s a place where you can still hear the whispers of pioneers, ranchers, miners, and Native Americans. And it’s a land of borders—a place where countries and cultures meet. Enjoy a boxed lunch as we take in the beauty of the park.
Continue your journey with a stop at the historic Terlingua Ghost Town. This spectacularly primitive Texas landscape and the ruins of the Chisos Mining Company are the setting for exploration, relaxation, and good times. Following, enjoy an independent dinner at The Starlight Theater Restaurant in Terlingua. Finally, return to the cozy Lajitas Golf Resort, where you can relax and unwind after a day of exploration
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 4 – Geology and History at Big Bend
Start your day with breakfast at Lajitas, gearing up for an exciting adventure in Big Bend National Park. This park boasts stunning landscapes, from rugged mountains to winding canyons. You’ll spend the majority of the day taking in the wonders of the park. Enjoy an independent lunch at Chisos Mountains Lodge for breathtaking views.
Continue your exploration, checking out the park’s geology and history at the Dig and Persimmon Gap Visitor Center. In the evening, savor an independent dinner in charming Alpine. Then, check in for a restful night at the comfortable Holiday Inn Express in Alpine.
Meals included: (B)
Day 5 - Cultural and Celestial Discoveries
Begin your day with breakfast at Hotel HIE Alpine, preparing for a day of exploration. Visit the Museum of Big Bend, where you’ll dive into the region’s history and culture. Then, journey to the renowned McDonald Observatory, enjoying a box lunch along the way. Experience the wonders of the sky on our solar tour.
Finally, check in at the cozy Hotel El Capitan in Van Horn for a one-night stay. Savor dinner at the hotel, reflecting on your inspiring day of cultural and celestial discoveries.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Carlsbad Caverns
Your morning begins with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. A box lunch, enjoyed amidst the breathtaking landscapes, fuels your journey to the awe-inspiring Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Here, you’ll descend into an underground masterpiece, where nature’s artistry comes to life in the depths of the Earth. Hidden beneath the surface are more than 119 caves—formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone leaving behind caverns of all sizes.
After your subterranean exploration, you’ll find respite and relaxation at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Alamogordo. As evening falls, savor a dinner in Alamogordo.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 7 - White Sands National Park & Home
Fuel up for the day with breakfast at Hotel HIE Alamogordo. Witness the enchanting dawn at White Sands National Park, where the dunes take on a mesmerizing beauty in the early morning light.
After your White Sands experience, embark on your journey back to Tucson. Enjoy an independent lunch in Deming. Finally, arrive back in Tucson, completing your memorable adventure.
Meals included: (B)
Itinerary subject to change.
The archaeologists who have examined the park estimate there are over 10,000 sites.
These include: Late Paleo-Indian (8000-6500 B.C.), Archaic (6500 B.C.-1000 A.D.), Late Prehistoric (A.D. 1000-1535), and Historic eras (A.D. 1535-present).
There are 120 caves known at this time in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
This number will change as exploration continues.
White Sands National Park is home to the largest gypsum dune field in the world.
The gypsum sand forms as a result of rainwater and snowmelt that dissolve the gypsum from nearby mountains and flow into the Tularosa Basin.
El Paso, TX
Lajitas Golf Resort
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alpine Southeast
Hotel El Capitan
Van Horn, TX
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alamogordo
$2,665 per person
$3,115 per person
Final Payment Due:
January 2, 2024
• Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
• Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
• 6 nights lodging
• 12 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners)
• Admissions & tours as described
• Services of a tour director
• Motorcoach refreshments
• Baggage handling where available
• All taxes and gratuities for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
• Tour Director, Local Guide & Driver gratuities
Final Payment Due: January 2, 2024
- None – through January 2, 2024
- $200 – January 2 – January 30, 2024
- $1,500 – January 31 – February 27, 2024
- 100%* – after February 27, 2024
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.
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For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
The Activity Level for this tour is Moderate.
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The average temperature in Texas in April for a typical day ranges from a high of 88°F to a low of 55°F. In New Mexico, temperatures are similar. Some would describe it as very warm with a gentle breeze. We advise you bring a light jacket, gloves and hat just in case of inclement weather and to wear layers for best insulation. Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy for walking in the National Parks. There are no dress codes to places we visit on this tour.
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