8 Day Canyonlands, Arches & Mesa Verde National Parks Tours

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American Southwest

Arrive in Salt Lake City and enjoy some time at leisure perhaps by visiting Salt Lake Temple, centerpiece of the beautifully landscaped 10-acre grounds, and the domed Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Travel to Dead Horse Point State Park for a scenic drive through one of the most photographed panoramic vistas in the world, then continue to Moab, a unique city highlighted by beautiful red rock scenery, and gateway to three national parks and the exciting waters of the Colorado River.

Experience the spectacular Canyonlands National Park, set in over 300,000 acres of rugged terrain, divided by the Green and Colorado Rivers. See the iconic Mesa Arch, perfectly framing a set of snow-capped mountains, then continue to Arches National Park. Here, see the densest concentration of natural stone arches, along with hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks, and view various sites, including The Windows Section and Delicate Arch Viewpoint.

Travel on the Million Dollar Highway through the San Juan mountain range and the Uncompahgre Gorge to Silverton. Board the 19th century Narrow Gauge Railroad, named a National Historic Landmark, and arrive in Durango. Explore Mesa Verde National Park, renowned for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and offering a spectacular look into the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people who made this area their home. View the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, with its exhibits on the ancient Native American culture and Sun Temple, a large ceremonial structure.

Cross the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on the drive into Taos, New Mexico. Visit the multistoried Taos Pueblo, a typical Pueblo village, dating back to more than 1000 years and still inhabited by more than a hundred residents today, then enjoy time at leisure to explore the vibrant city of Santa Fe, with its lively street life, boutiques and superb restaurant scene. Lastly, visit the renowned Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, enjoy a city tour and depart for Canyon Road, a magical half-mile in the Historic District of Santa Fe containing more than 100 art galleries and artist studios.

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Package Includes

  • 7 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Salt Lake City
    • 2 nights Moab
    • 2 nights Durango
    • 2 nights Santa Fe
  • Hotel porterage
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

How to Book

Book by September 25, 2017 and save $200 per person off our regular price. Lowest price reflects $200 promotional savings in addition to the early Book By Savings.

8 Day Canyonlands, Arches & Mesa Verde National Parks
Discover the Southwest through three National Parks filled with wondrous iconic sites $1599 from $1399 (Land Only)

Lead Price Travel Dates: May 19 ’18
Promo Valid for Departures: May  October 2018

Contact our travel specialists to book today 

Live Chat or Email: Heather@IdealFamilyVacations.com

 

Walt Disney World Deals!

Disney Summer Sale!

cinderella-castle-sunnyWith Disney’s Summer Sale, your family can experience the Magic for less.

Save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights May 28-August 31, 2017 when you book by July 14, 2017

When you stay at a Disney Resort hotel, you are always in the middle of the magic. And, you’ll enjoy an array of special benefits to make your vacation magical.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

$124 per night at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

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$140 per night at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort

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Animal Kingdom Lodge

$198 per Night Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Your Summer Vacation Plans Just Became More Memorable and More Affordable!

$1000 off per kid and teen! Or $500 off per adult.

Make this summer vacation one they talk about the rest of their lives.

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Vist 8 unforgettable destinations in 4 amazing countries without ever re-packing your bags.  Your family will play amongst Unesco World Heritage Sites, learning and exploring all the way. Spend your family’s summer vacation on an Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise, and create a lifetime of memories.

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Travel – “Good”

One great way to keep the goodwill of the holiday season going: planning your family’s next vacation.

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12 supported projects. 12 destinations. 12 days.

These vacations connect local people to the global travel economy, helping them provide for their families, maintain their cultures, and live better lives…

BOOK BY DECEMBER 26TH, GET 15% OFF MORE THAN 80 TOURS!

Be sure to list Ideal Family Vacations as your travel agent or chat with us live to help find the best destination for your family.

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Do as the Whales Do… Frolic in the Warm Dominican Waters this Winter

December 2016 thru April 2017,
See and Hear Majestic Humpback Whales While Your Family Builds Sandcastles on the Beach

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This Winter one-third of the Atlantic Ocean’s Humpback whale population will journey to the warm waters off the coast of the Dominican Republic to mate and calve in the region’s protected Silver Bay.   The estimated 5,000 male and female whales gathered there, comprise the largest single grouping of whales worldwide.  Sperm and Pilot whales, as well as a variety of dolphins, including Bottlenose, Rissos, and Spinner, can also be found frequenting these coastal waters in the late Winter and early Spring months.

fullsizeoutput_19aeCave paintings of humpbacks found in the area have been dated to the Taino period; meaning, whales have been visiting this region for at least twenty centuries. In 1986, the Silver Bay area was established as a “Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic”.

Famous for ‘singing’ to attract mates or to challenge other would-be suitors, the songs of the Humpback whale can last up to 20 minutes and can be heard more than 20 miles away. The male may repeat the same song dozens of times over several hours and research shows that whales in the same geographic area sing in similar “dialects.”

humpbackwhales_image07_tailsupAt resorts on this beautiful coast, you can now see and hear these majestic animals while your family builds sandcastles on the beach. Open your windows and let the music of the whales sing you to sleep. Could Spring Break get any more magical?

For more information or to make this happen for your family! Contact Us or Book Yourself

 

Kids Stay Free! 4.5 star All Inclusive resort

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Prices listed reflect 65% off. Good for select September departure dates. Rates listed are person, based on adult double occupancy. Kids resort stay free! What you see is what you pay! All taxes and fees included. Transfers and/or travel insurance additional. Air rates round-trip from St. Louis (other cities available). Subject to availability, hurry while supplies last!

7 Must “Do” Travel Experiences…

You’ve saved, planned, and traveled to get there… Why see the destination through tour bus windows?  These must “do” travel experiences will have your family off the tour bus and on the ground, in the air, or in the sea.  On these Must “do” vacations, adventure seeking families will be touching the ice cold tundra, splashing through cavernous lakes, hiking historic awe inspiring trails, and creating memories as unique as the destinations themselves.

  1. Learn Howler Monkey Calls in Costa Rica

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2. Traverse New Zealand’s Southern Alps

3. Touch Two Continents at the same time in Iceland’s Silfra fissure

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4. Swim the Galapagos

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5. Cycle thru China

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6. Hike the Inca Trail and cool off with a Kayak Lake Titicaca

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7. Float the Dead Sea

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St. Louis’ Forest Park Is Voted Best City Park in US

Voted The Nations’ Best City Park; St. Louis’ Forest Park celebrates it’s 140th Birthday, this June. Were it not for all the historical monuments; this park’s vast number of modern family friendly venues, would have you fooled about it’s real age. There are enough free, world class amenities in this park to keep you and your kids entertained for days.

A trip to the award winning St Louis Zoo, will have your children up close St Louis Zooand personal with their favorite animals;  from tunnels where playful sea lions glide; above, behind, and all around your child; to cool interactions with penguins and polar bears; your child is sure to see their favorite animal and some they didn’t even know existed. Discover endangered species like the Addax, that can go almost it’s entire life without drinking water, and how you can help save them. With educational blurbs and maps at each exhibit, keeper chats, and interactive features; your family can spend the day learning while they explore. The St Louis Zoo is open year round, has plenty of cool buildings and misters for even the hottest of St Louis days and  is truly a do not miss destination. You can easily spend an entire day here without seeing everything this amazing place has to offer.

Venture into The St Louis Art Museum for an exploration into the past. Imagine your child’s excitement searching the museum’s underground, finding real Ancient Egyptian Mummies and Suits of Armor.  View artifacts dating back to years so small even your littles can read the numbers; and of course famous works of art, up so close you can see the brush strokes. Create a scavenger hunt or bingo sheet and get everyone exploring.

The St Louis Science Center and Planetarium is nothing short of a STL Science Centerwonderful adventure. Dig for Dinosaur Bones beside a life size animatronic Dinosaur exhibit, feel the force of a hurricane wind, build an arch, and utilize the hundreds of hands on learning exhibits for all ages.  Stop by the History Museum on a Make and Take day where kids can learn and create at the same time.

If you’re not tired yet, take a relaxing stroll through the park with the downloadable walking tours complete with music, history, and humor. Walk, bike, hike or skate through the park’s many nature trails. Go sledding in the winter, bird watching year round, or wildflower spotting in the spring. With a little expense your family can have a sunset paddleboat picnic near the gorgeous Grand Basin Fountains.  You can play a round of golf and take a simulated trip to space!

Summers in Forest Park offer a plethora of amazing opportunities. Score yourselves some of the 1,500 daily free tickets to the Muny and enjoy a top of the line, live musical theater production.  Bring your picnic and a blanket and take in a little Shakespeare in the park, at the Shakespeare in the Park Festival; arrive early for the child centered pre-play activities, making Shakespeare accessible to even the youngest of audience members. Sit on Art Hill for the outdoor movie nights or wake up early for some outdoor yoga in the Grand Basin. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race rounds out the summer season in the park, in style, with a Family friendly Balloon Glow, music, and entertainment.

With so much to do all in one location, your family can have a great vacation or stay-cation on any budget. Happy 140th birthday to America’s number one City Park; it’s easy to see why you’re the best, after all isn’t family togetherness what parks are all about.

For help planning or to book your hotel stay visit: IdealFamilyVacations.com

For information on the experiences discussed or even more Forest Park activities visit: http://www.forestparkforever.org,

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Stay in SpongeBob’s Pineapple Under the Sea!!!

By Heather OverKamp, Ideal Family Vacations

Okay, okay let’s get technical, it’s actually near the sea; but how much fun would it be to stay in SpongeBob’s Pineapple Villa? The-Pineapple_Nick ResortAt the newly opened Nick Resort in Punta Cana families can do just that, but that’s not the best part… the best part is this resort is Green, Gourmet Inclusive and dedicated to making stays for every member of the family, from 0 to 99, perfect.

The resort had it’s soft opening last week and it’s first guests began experiencing all Karisma and Nickelodeon have to offer. The Karisma
brand, known for it’s luxurious El Dorado & Azul properties announced last year it’s partnership with Nickelodeon, this Punta Cana location is the first to open with another slated to open in Mexico.

This new resort is yet another example of contemporary parents changing the travel paradigm. Gone are the days of sticky fingers and bad pizza at Chuck E Cheese. No longer will you have to choose to leave your smoothie nick
children behind or be forced to succumb to all that is child centered entertainment. Children will be sipping delicious organic fresh fruit smoothies or hand squeezed lemonade with their favorite Nickelodeon characters, creating works of art, making new friends and even learning Spanish while Moms, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas enjoy the luxury they would expect at an adults only resort.

This resort stands to create an experience where no member of the family is foregoing their wants.  Moms and Dads want to crack open a book while lounging in the sun, take a run on a beach, visit the spa, and stay in a beautifully appointed rooms. With supervised fun for the kids included,Adult Dining Nick Resort parents can have a high caliber date night, grabbing a pre-dinner cocktail at a piano bar followed by a quiet gourmet dinner, prepared by world renowned chefs with organic locally grown veggies and herbs.

What we liked about Karisma for our honeymoons and anniversaries we can now enjoy with our budding families.  This resort truly offers the best of both worlds all in one place.  When parents are rejuvenated and refreshed and kids are engaged and happy, families can make the kind of vacation memories they will want to last a lifetime.

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