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Program #7608RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Elevation Note
We travel from 2200 ft in Las Vegas to over 5500 ft. We walk/hike to see the natural beauty.

Itinerary for Oct 28 — Nov 2, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Welcome to the Alexis Park All Suite Resort, one of the most exciting resorts in Las Vegas. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort is the premiere all-suite, non-gaming resort in Las Vegas. Unrivaled in its Las Vegas Strip proximity (directly across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel) the Alexis Park All Suite Resort features all the hotel amenities along with casual boutique hotel services. From the moment you arrive at this oasis in the sun, you will experience all that makes Alexis Park All Suite Resort a special place to stay. Here, you’ll love strolling through the lush courtyard gardens surrounded by winding pathways that lead you to three sparkling pools. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort offers one-on-one personalized service, the privacy and convenience of a tropical oasis with immediate easy access to all that Las Vegas has to offer.

Contact info:
375 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89169 USA
phone: 702-796-3300
web: www.alexispark.com

Room amenities: The Alexis Park All Suite Resort was the first non-gaming resort property in Las Vegas. With a long history of boutique experiences and guests, the hotel has been providing quality hotel service and hosting events in Las Vegas for several decades. Guests may stroll beautifully landscaped gardens to access a variety of relaxing and stylish choices in accommodations. Boasting 10 uniquely different floor plans and guest amenities to suit a variety of hotel stays, our guests can count on a comfortable and memorable Alexis Park Hotel experience. All of our Las Vegas hotel rooms are two room suites providing guests with spacious accommodations and privacy along with amenities for both Extended Stays and Last minute Getaways alike. All Hotel Suites at the Alexis Park Las Vegas include: Two Telephone Lines Wet Bar Refrigerator 32" Flat Screen with Pay Per View Movies WIFI Availability for a fee Exercise Room Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service Available All Guests of Alexis Park have access to Room Service, Guest Services, Free Safe Deposit Boxes and Business Center Services

Facility amenities: The Alexis Park All Suite Las Vegas Resort is your oasis in the sun. Here, you'll enjoy walking along the lush courtyard garden pathways that lead you to our three sparkling pools. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort offers one-on-one personalized service, tropical landscaped grounds and FUN....LOTS OF IT. Resort Amenities include: Three Sparkling Swimming Pools Exercise Room Alexis Gardens Restaurant Pegasus Bar & Lounge Room Service Meeting & Banquet Service Las Vegas Comedy Showroom Free Airport Shuttle

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $90.00 for dbl, $65 for single
Based on availability, participants can book 3 days prior to program start date and/or 3 days after program end date at contracted suite price of $90 per night double occupancy or $65 per night single occupancy.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, October 28 - Arrive, check in, welcome and orientation
Afternoon: 3:00-4:00 Arrive and check-in

Dinner: Enjoy a plated dinner which includes mixed greens with julienned carrots, sliced cucumber, tomato & crisp croutons, rolls & butter, Chicken Cordon Bleu with Risi Bisi, fresh vegetables and Starbucks coffee or tea.

Evening: Welcome, introductions and orientation. Followed by an introduction to Geology in the hotel meeting room.

Lodging: Alexis Park Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Welcome to the Alexis Park All Suite Resort, one of the most exciting resorts in Las Vegas. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort is the premiere all-suite, non-gaming resort in Las Vegas. Unrivaled in its Las Vegas Strip proximity (directly across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel) the Alexis Park All Suite Resort features all the hotel amenities along with casual boutique hotel services. From the moment you arrive at this oasis in the sun, you will experience all that makes Alexis Park All Suite Resort a special place to stay. Here, you’ll love strolling through the lush courtyard gardens surrounded by winding pathways that lead you to three sparkling pools. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort offers one-on-one personalized service, the privacy and convenience of a tropical oasis with immediate easy access to all that Las Vegas has to offer.

Contact info:
375 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89169 USA
phone: 702-796-3300
web: www.alexispark.com

Room amenities: The Alexis Park All Suite Resort was the first non-gaming resort property in Las Vegas. With a long history of boutique experiences and guests, the hotel has been providing quality hotel service and hosting events in Las Vegas for several decades. Guests may stroll beautifully landscaped gardens to access a variety of relaxing and stylish choices in accommodations. Boasting 10 uniquely different floor plans and guest amenities to suit a variety of hotel stays, our guests can count on a comfortable and memorable Alexis Park Hotel experience. All of our Las Vegas hotel rooms are two room suites providing guests with spacious accommodations and privacy along with amenities for both Extended Stays and Last minute Getaways alike. All Hotel Suites at the Alexis Park Las Vegas include: Two Telephone Lines Wet Bar Refrigerator 32" Flat Screen with Pay Per View Movies WIFI Availability for a fee Exercise Room Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service Available All Guests of Alexis Park have access to Room Service, Guest Services, Free Safe Deposit Boxes and Business Center Services

Facility amenities: The Alexis Park All Suite Las Vegas Resort is your oasis in the sun. Here, you'll enjoy walking along the lush courtyard garden pathways that lead you to our three sparkling pools. The Alexis Park All Suite Resort offers one-on-one personalized service, tropical landscaped grounds and FUN....LOTS OF IT. Resort Amenities include: Three Sparkling Swimming Pools Exercise Room Alexis Gardens Restaurant Pegasus Bar & Lounge Room Service Meeting & Banquet Service Las Vegas Comedy Showroom Free Airport Shuttle

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $90.00 for dbl, $65 for single
Based on availability, participants can book 3 days prior to program start date and/or 3 days after program end date at contracted suite price of $90 per night double occupancy or $65 per night single occupancy.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, October 29 - Travel to the Valley of Fire for hiking among col...
Travel to the Valley of Fire for hiking among colorful rocks and unique formations.

Breakfast: Alexis Park Breakfast Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, french toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Travel with your geologist to the Valley of Fire. Geology lecture on the bus. Explore the unique formations and view fascinating petroglyphs!

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch as you listen to Darrell's "Let's get Wild" lecture.

Afternoon: Enjoy the brilliant landscape and learn about Desert Ecology with your instructor on short hikes/walks to include White Domes, Mouse Tank and Atlatl Rock.

Dinner: Enjoy a banquet dinner with fresh salad, Chicken Picatta, Oven Roasted Potatoes, hot vegetable, rolls & butter, and Starbucks Coffee or tea.

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Alexis Park Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Furnace Creek Ranch is family oriented 224 room facility situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California - just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. This resort presents a complete contrast to the desolate desert landscape and consists of an oasis 18-hole golf course (the world's lowest course at 214 feet below sea level), four restaurants, a saloon, a cocktail lounge, retail outlets, a Borax Museum, spring-fed swimming pools, tennis courts, horseback riding, horse-drawn carriage rides, massage therapy, a 3,000 foot airstrip, a service station and conference and banquet facilities for 10 - 120. (Some services are available only on a seasonal basis.) Furnace Creek Ranch Resort is the perfect vantage point from which to explore Death Valley National Park!

Contact info:
Furnace Creek Village Rte 190
Furnace Creek, CA 92328 USA
phone: 760-786-2361
web: www.furnacecreekresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have views of the beautiful surroundings, nicely decorated. Wireless internet access available for a fee.

Facility amenities: On site restaurants, adjacent to the Death Valley National Park Visitor Center and Borax Museum. Warm springs fed swimming pool and wireless internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 3:00 PM

Day Three: Wednesday, October 30 - Death Valley National Park/Hike Willow Canyon and...
Breakfast: Alexis Park Breakfast Buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, french toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, and assorted teas, juice and milk.

Morning: Check out 8:00 am - Depart and travel to Death Valley National Park. Hike Willow Canyon a beautiful 4 mile round trip hike up an alluvial fan and through a deep narrow canyon. The rock here is well polished with pretty bands of white, red, green, and gray.

Lunch: Box Lunch on the Trail.

Afternoon: After lunch explore Badwater basin, noted as the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 feet below sea level. After viewing a beautiful, colorful sunset check into the Furnace Creek Ranch, a hotel nestled against the Funeral Mountains in the heart of Death Valley.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Free Time

Lodging: Furnace Creek Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: The Furnace Creek Ranch is family oriented 224 room facility situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California - just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. This resort presents a complete contrast to the desolate desert landscape and consists of an oasis 18-hole golf course (the world's lowest course at 214 feet below sea level), four restaurants, a saloon, a cocktail lounge, retail outlets, a Borax Museum, spring-fed swimming pools, tennis courts, horseback riding, horse-drawn carriage rides, massage therapy, a 3,000 foot airstrip, a service station and conference and banquet facilities for 10 - 120. (Some services are available only on a seasonal basis.) Furnace Creek Ranch Resort is the perfect vantage point from which to explore Death Valley National Park!

Contact info:
Furnace Creek Village Rte 190
Furnace Creek, CA 92328 USA
phone: 760-786-2361
web: www.furnacecreekresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have views of the beautiful surroundings, nicely decorated. Wireless internet access available for a fee.

Facility amenities: On site restaurants, adjacent to the Death Valley National Park Visitor Center and Borax Museum. Warm springs fed swimming pool and wireless internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 3:00 PM

Day Four: Thursday, October 31 - Scotty's Castle, Stovepipe Wells, Mosaic Canyon, ...
Scotty's Castle, Stovepipe Wells, Mosaic Canyon, and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

Breakfast: Furnace Creek Ranch Breakfast Buffet includes fresh fruit, yogurt, hot & cold cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, roasted potatoes, biscuits & gravy, toast, muffins, pastries, coffee, tea, milk and assorted juices.

Morning: 8:10 am - Depart and travel to Scotty's Castle. Enjoy a living history tour of this fascinating land mark! After tour hike Ubehebe Crater.

Lunch: Box Lunch at Stovepipe Wells.

Afternoon: After lunch hike Mosaic Canyon walled with both mosaic conglomerates and smooth marbleized rocks. We then proceed on to explore the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. These dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies including the Star Wars series.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Free Time

Lodging: Furnace Creek Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Description: The Furnace Creek Ranch is family oriented 224 room facility situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California - just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. This resort presents a complete contrast to the desolate desert landscape and consists of an oasis 18-hole golf course (the world's lowest course at 214 feet below sea level), four restaurants, a saloon, a cocktail lounge, retail outlets, a Borax Museum, spring-fed swimming pools, tennis courts, horseback riding, horse-drawn carriage rides, massage therapy, a 3,000 foot airstrip, a service station and conference and banquet facilities for 10 - 120. (Some services are available only on a seasonal basis.) Furnace Creek Ranch Resort is the perfect vantage point from which to explore Death Valley National Park!

Contact info:
Furnace Creek Village Rte 190
Furnace Creek, CA 92328 USA
phone: 760-786-2361
web: www.furnacecreekresort.com

Room amenities: Rooms have views of the beautiful surroundings, nicely decorated. Wireless internet access available for a fee.

Facility amenities: On site restaurants, adjacent to the Death Valley National Park Visitor Center and Borax Museum. Warm springs fed swimming pool and wireless internet access available for a fee.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 3:00 PM

Day Five: Friday, November 01 - Natural Bridge, Gowers Gulch, and Borax Works & M...
Breakfast: Furnace Creek Ranch Breakfast Buffet includes fresh fruit, yogurt, hot & cold cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, roasted potatoes, biscuits & gravy, toast, muffins, pastries, coffee, tea, milk and assorted juices.

Morning: 8:00 am - Depart for exploration of Death Valley's Natural Bridge and Gowers Gulch.

Lunch: Box Lunch on the Trail.

Afternoon: After lunch learn about the fascinating human history, 20 mule teams, Borax Works and Borax Museum. Hike through the palm grove to visitor center.

Dinner: Closing Dinner at Wrangler's Steakhouse which provides a large western buffet, consisting of a soup & salad bar, oven roasted chicken, baked cod, and delicious hand-carved prime rib. Full cocktail service, espresso service and a selection of California varietal wines are also offered.

Evening: Free Time

Lodging: Furnace Creek Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, November 02 - Depart for Las Vegas.
Breakfast: Furnace Creek Ranch Breakfast Buffet includes fresh fruit, yogurt, hot & cold cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, roasted potatoes, biscuits & gravy, toast, muffins, pastries, coffee, tea, milk and assorted juices.

Morning: 8:00 am Depart for Las Vegas, arriving at Las Vegas Airport at 11:30 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Las Vegas, NV
LasVegas.com**PLEASE NOTE: There is very little free time during this program. The free time options noted here are helpful if you plan to spend additional time before or after the program.
For additional information, visit: www.lasvegas.com
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical GardensIf you have time to sightsee, this is an extraordinary place to go! A 13,573 square foot, indoor, glass-domed garden abounding in fragrance just beyond Bellagio's lobby. Exotic plants and flowers highlight every season and holiday. Do not miss the evening outdoor Bellagio Foutains and light show all set to music. Be sure to stroll into the lobby to see the stunning display of hanging blown glass flowers!
For additional information, visit: www.bellagio.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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