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Check our trips by clicking on "Upcoming Trips & Presentations" above and mark your calendar! Be sure to give us your email address if you haven’t been receiving emails just from the Travel Club. Send your address to bjlechaix@gmail.com or leave in the travel mail box in the social area at the ARC. The travel email alerts you to the latest information plus printable brochures. We also always have flyers at the ARC. Questions—call Barb (480-893-2658) or Dee (480-496-0031).

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What is Travel Club?

Travel Club at ARC was organized to offer fun and informative trips to the Ahwatukee senior community. You will see our list of future trips when you click on "Upcoming Trips & Presentations" above. "Presentations" are meetings in the ARC Main Hall in which trip organizers give information about a trips. They are free and open to anyone planning a trip.

Who can travel on club trips?

Trips are planned with members of ARC in mind, but membership is not necessary to go on a club trip. On occasion space on a trip may be limited, and ARC members will be given priority for available slots.

What's special about Travel Club trips?

Travel Club trips are planned for members of the Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC). Since ARC is a 55 and older community where the majority of residents are of retirement age, the needs, desires and special requirements of seniors are taken into consideration. The special features of club trips include ...

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Who can travel on club trips?

Trips are planned with members of ARC in mind, but membership is not necessary to go on a club trip. On occasion space on a trip may be limited, and ARC members will be given priority for available slots.

A brief history of the Travel Club

In 1977, five years after the groundbreaking of the golf course country club, the ARC members made their first trip as a group when the Activities Director organized an excursion to Las Vegas. Other trips followed annually. In 1980 a Travel Committee was formed ...

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The Fine Print.

Trips are organized and planned by the ARC Travel Club. As verified by ARC audits, the club makes no profit from trips it sells, and neither ARC nor the club nor its officers ...

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San Diego

September 10, 2019

4 days/3 nights
$360
per person/double occupancy
$485 per person/single occupancy

Spend 4 days out of the heat and in a favorite location. Flyers are at the ARC with the details. We will stay at the Viejas Resort Casino which just happens to have an outlet mall across the street. Two days are spent in San Diego sightseeing. You will have choices. This is a great opportunity to spend 4 days out of the heat and in a very favorite location. Flyers are at the ARC with all the details. Sign up early by completing the reservation form. Full payment is due before August 9.

Colors of New England

October 8–15, 2019

7 days/6 nights
$3,999
per person/double occupancy

This is a scenic and tasty experience for the fall foliage season in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine—a beautiful area of our USA and the added fall foliage makes it even more spectacular. The details are in the booklet at the ARC. Call to find out if there is space available. Final payment is due August 9, 2019.

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Discover Washington D.C. PRESENTATION

Sunday, November 10 • 6:00 PM
Free Presentation • Refreshments Served

Trip Date: September 17–22, 2020

Hear all the details about this trip with highlights including U.S. Capitol Building Tour, World War II Memorial, White House Visitor Center, Smithsonian Institution, Choice on Tour, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington National Cathedral, and Ford's Theatre..

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FREE Discover Hopi PRESENTATION

Sunday, November 17 • 6:00 PM
Free Presentation • Refreshments Served

Witness life as it has been lived over centuries

Trip Date: April 6–8, 2020

Hear all the details about this trip to Northern Arizona from travel experts. Refreshments will be served.
Scroll down for details about the trip.

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FREE Travel Expo

Tuesday, November 19 • 10:00–11:15 AM

Free Spirit Vacations—a tour company we use for many regional trips—brings this Expo to ARC. See the many interesting trips they offer—some that the Travel Club may offer, and others for travel on your own. You will be able to make suggestions for club trips. Various vendors used by them will be at the expo. There is no obligation. To assure enough seating & refreshments, sign up in the Travel Notebook if you plan to attend.

Christmas Dinner Show

Saturday, December 14, 2019

$55 per person

The Silver Star Theater is located where the Broadway Palms Theater was. We attended a show and found an upgraded buffet and a great, fun show. Price includes dinner, show, transportation, driver gratuity, and an evening of holiday spirit & fun. Sign up in the travel notebook. Flyers are at the ARC. Payment is due November 25.

Click here to view the flyer: Rhythm Cats Christmas at The Silver Star Theater

Lake Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair

January 10–12, 2020

$320 per person/double occupancy

This trip includes 2 nights at the Golden Nugget in Laughlin, their discount Fun Book, dinner at Claim Jumpers, plus a full day at the Balloon Festival & the Gondola Club VIP Tent with gourmet breakfast & dinner, and seating in their Skybox, bus, driver's gratuity, luggage handling, and much more. Complete the reservation form and submit to ARC Travel Club with a $50 per person check payable to ARC Travel Club. Final payment is due Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.

Click here to view the flyer:  Lake Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair

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AFRICA!

Sunday, January 19 • 6:00 PM
Free Presentation • Refreshments Served
PRESENTATION CANCELLED

A few years ago the travel club journeyed to Kenya for a total safari experience. It was a “trip of a lifetime”. Now, we have the opportunity to learn about a trip to Southern Africa which includes several safaris, the spectacular southern gardens, Victoria Falls, and more. This will be a small group experience, and ARC Travel Club will have first opportunity to book. We know this trip is not for everyone; however, it was too good not to offer. Come hear the details even if you just want a travel experience at the ARC.

MIM Music Instrument Museum

The Top Attraction in Phoenix

Monday, February 24, 2020

Day Trip

$44 per person

Phoenix’s #1 attraction invites guests to experience the world through music. The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is the world’s only global musical instrument museum, with exhibits featuring musical heritage, cultures, and instruments from more than two hundred countries. Watch videos and listen to music by iconic performers in different genres, including country, jazz, pop, classical, and more. Enjoy beautiful architecture and landscaping which harmonize with the desert environment and set the stage for this adventure. Guests walk away understanding the powerful connections we share through music.

Everything below is included in this trip:

  • MIM Tickets.
  • Guided Tour. A one-hour tour offering an overview of the world’s music, focusing on cultures in each geographic region of the globe. The tour highlights some of the 7,000 Musical Instruments & Objects from, 200 Countries: One Unforgettable World Journey. You will be entertained and inspired as you travel the world through music and global cultures — no passports required for this adventure.
  • Time on your own. After the tour you will have time to explore at your leisure.
  • Headsets for your own exploration of the museum, which automatically give you information as your location changes, and provide the sound to HDTV demonstrations of instruments playing.
  • Coach transportation.
  • Lunch (on your own) in the museum café.
  • Driver’s gratuity.

Sign up in the travel notebook. Flyers are at the ARC. Payment is due Monday, February 10.

Click here to view the flyer: Music Instrument Museum Flyer.

Discover Hopi

Witness life as it has been lived over centuries

April 6–8, 2020

3 Days/2 Nights

$695 per person/double occupancy
$895 per person/single occupancy

Visiting Hopi is a unique experience. The Hopi people and their ancestors have lived in the mesa country of the high desert of Arizona for over a thousand years and the current lifestyles and beliefs preserve the unique heritage of the Hopi culture. Visiting Hopi is a privilege and Native guides make the history and culture come alive.

What's included:

  • Motorcoach transportation from ARC.
  • Tour Montezuma’s Castle National Monument on I-17, Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Old Oraibi, walking tour of Walpi, meet Kachina doll carvers, basket weavers and potters, tour Hornolovi State Park Ancestral Hopi Villages, and drive through the Petrified Forest National Monument.
  • One night in the Moenkopi Legacy Inn n Suites in Tuba City, and one night in the restored historic La Posada hotel in Winslow.

If you want to go, sign up in the ARC Travel Notebook, complete the reservation form and submit with $50 per person deposit to hold your space. Final payment is due March 1, 2020. Make checks payable to Free Spirit Vacations.

Click here for the FLYER (which you can read or print):  Discover Hopi Flyer.
Click here for the RESERVATION form (which you can print):  Discover Hopi Reservation Form.

Trip arranged through Free Spirit Vacations.

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The Best of Eastern Canada

Sunday, March 15 • 6:00 PM
Free Presentation • Refreshments Served

Trip Date: May 11–19, 2021 (9 days/8 nights)

Come hear the Collette representative give a multimedia presentation with all the details about this trip including these highlights including Niagara Falls • Niagara-on-the-Lake • Winery Tour and Tasting • Ottawa • Quebec City • Choice of Tour • Maple Sugar Shack • Montmorency Falls • Montreal.

See The Best of Eastern Canada below for more information about the trip.

Danube River Cruise

Budapest to Nuremberg

Optional Prague Extension

May 17 – 24, 2020

8 Day/7 Night Trip
From $3,295 per person/double occupancy
Plus air $395 per person/round trip from Phoenix

ITINERARY INCLUDES
GERMANY: Nuremberg ● Regensburg (Sister City of Tempe, AZ) ● Passau
AUSTRIA: Linz ● Melk ● Durnstein ● Vienna
SLOVAKIA: Bratislava
HUNGARY:Budapest

Optional EXTENSION [$600 per person/double occupancy]
CZECH REPUBLIC: Prague

Join your ARC friends for this incredible value from Emerald Waterways – Cruise Critic gave Emerald it's 2017 Editor's Pick for Best River Cruise Line for Value.

Call Barb [(480) 893-2658] ASAP if you are interested. If there are cancellations, other cabins may become available. If you want on the waiting list, fill out a form and submit to Barb. Since few cabins are left, the November presentation was canceled.

If you have booked the Danube River Cruise, there will be a meeting on January 8 [tentative date] you will want to attend. There will be a very interesting video about Prague. In addition, we will have information from Emerald Waterways about what we need to do before February to prepare for the trip. Barb will have more information about the trip and answers to your many questions. Hope to see you then!

Click here to view the flyer:  Danube River Cruise

Trip arranged through Emerald Waterways.

Mazatzal Casino, Payson

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Day Trip: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

$13* per person
*$10 CASH BACK upon boarding the bus!

Here's a day to enjoy some cooler weather. You will arrive at the casino about 9:30 (depending on traffic). While there you have lots of opportunities to gamble. (Sorry, no Bingo.)

Included:

  • Transportation round trip from ARC on the Mazatzal Fun Bus.
  • A $10 refund when you board the bus!
  • On Tuesdays (the day the trip is scheduled) you can earn points from playing the machines. Get extra points if you come to the casino with a Mazatzal logo item (hat, t-shirt, coffee mug, etc.). 250 points gets $10 MazCash and a Lunch Buffet Voucher.

Want to go? Sign-up in the Travel Club notebook in the Social Area using your legal name. See additional information including sign-up/payment procedures, deadlines and other important information in Mazatzal Flyer available online (see below), or at the Travel Club rack in the Social Area at ARC.

Click here for the FLYER (which you can read or print):  Mazatzal Casino Flyer.

Trip arranged through Mazatzal Casino.

Discover Washington D.C.

September 17–22, 2020

6 Days/5 Nights

$2,349* per person/double occupancy
$2,749* per person/single occupancy
* If booked by March 17, 2020

Price includes: Round Trip Air from Sky Harbor Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $275 per person

Exploring America's Capital. The days are filled with seeing the wonderful sights of the city plus a day to visit Mt. Vernon, home of our first President. A $500 deposit will hold space on this trip (this deposit and the additional optional insurance is refundable until March 2020). Brochures will give you the details.

Highlights: U.S. Capitol Building Tour, World War II Memorial, White House Visitor Center, Smithsonian Institution, Choice on Tour, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington National Cathedral, Ford's Theatre.

Culinary Inclusions:

  • Experience international cuisine in local restaurants throughout the city.
  • Dine by candlelight at historic Gadsby’s Tavern in Old Town Alexandria.

Must-See Inclusions:

  • Spend 5 memorable nights in the heart of Washington, D.C.
  • Tour the iconic and storied U.S. Capitol building.

Collette Experiences

  • Peek into the life of America’s first president at Mount Vernon.
  • Behold the impressive Washington National Cathedral.
  • Stop at Ford’s Theatre where President Lincoln was assassinated.

Click here to view the flyer: Discover Washington D.C.

Trip arranged through Collette.

Rocky Point, Mexico

October 28, 29 & 30, 2020

3 Days/2 Nights

$295 per person/double occupancy
$412 per person/single occupancy

Puerto Peñasco, a.k.a. Rocky Point, is one of Sonora’s most popular vacation destinations, and has seen a boom in tourism over the last decade or so. This once sleepy fishing town in northern Mexico is now full of adventure activities, enclaves of expats and luxury resorts.

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip bus transportation from ARC.
  • Two nights at the Penasco del Sol Hotel (pictured) right on the sandy beach. Rated 4.0 out of 5 Very Good by .
  • Welcome Lunch at the Penasco del Sol Restaurant.
  • Two Breakfasts at the Penasco del Sol Restaurant.
  • Luggage handling (one suitcase per person).
  • Fiesta Dinner at La Curva.
  • Sunset Cruise & dinner (following cruise).
  • Taxes and Tips for all included activities
  • Transportation for optional activities
  • Bus Driver Tip
  • And……..ARC Hosts

A current passport or passport card is required for this trip. Attach a copy with your reservation form.

Complete reservation form with a $50.00 deposit (per person) along with a copy of your passport (picture page) or passport card to reserve your spot. Please pay by check. (Made payable to ARC Travel Club). By submitting the registration form with your deposit you are officially signed up. REGISTRATION DEPOSIT DUE NO LATER THAN SEPT. 8, 2020. Leave reservation form with check and passport copy in the ARC Travel Box located in the fireside room. Final payment due on September 28. Payment must be on time. No one will call to remind you that payment is due.

Click here to view the flyer: Rocky Point 2020
Flyer is also available at ARC at the Travel Club display in the Social Area.


Golden Nugget, Laughlin, Nevada

December 2, 3 & 4, 2020

3 Days/2 Nights

$145 per person/double occupancy
$183 per person/single occupancy

Trip Includes:

  • Two nights accommodations at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel Laughlin with 300 luxury guest rooms and suites located on the bank of the Colorado River. The high-energy casino features nearly 900 of the most popular slot and video poker machines, over 22 table games, Race and Sports Book and Keno. Additionally, the casino also offers live entertainment, bars and lounges and stylish retail offerings.
    Hotel Rated 3.5 Very Good by
  • Transportation: Luxury non-smoking Coach.
  • Luggage Handling.
  • One Dinner (including tax).
  • Snacks and beverages on the bus.
  • Games, Prizes, Fun on the bus.
  • Video on the trip.
  • Driver’s tip.
  • ARC Host Couple.

Want to go? Sign-up in the Travel Club notebook in the Social Area using your legal name. Payment due November 1, 2020. See additional information including sign-up/payment procedures, deadlines and other important information in Laughlin Flyer available online (see below), or at the Travel Club rack in the Social Area at ARC.

Click here for the FLYER (which you can read or print): Laughlin Flyer.

Trip arranged through Golden Nugget Casino.

The Best of Eastern Canada

May 11–19, 2021 • 9 days/8 nights

$3,249 per person/double occupancy
$3,999 single occupancy
$3,219 per person/triple occupancy
Travel Insurance: $269 per person

Includes: Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Quebec City & Montreal

Trip includes:

  • Round trip air fare including air taxes/fees/surcharges from Phoenix.
  • Niagara Falls—a view from the top of the falls and a boat cruise on the river below to see the thundering water up close.
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake—"the loveliest town in Canada".
  • Ontario—Canada's most populous province. Experience the region's 300-year-old wine-making history with a winery tour and tasting.
  • Ottawa—Canada's culturally rich capital, a blend of French and Canadian customs. See the Prime Minister's residence, the Gothic Revival buildings of the Canadian Parliament, multiple embassies, and the National Art Gallery.
  • Quebec City—the heart of Canada's French heritage. See old Quebec City on a foot tour with a local guide or enjoy a panoramic coach tour of old and new Quebec City.
  • Quebec countryside—seeing maple syrup making, and enjoy samples of traditional foods, including maple taffy on the snow. See Montmorency Falls, 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  • Montreal—the second most populous city in Canada. Experience a fantastic sightseeing city tour highlighting Jacques Cartier Square, McGill University, and Mount Royal's spectacular view.

Click here to view the flyer & reservation form: The Best of Eastern Canada

Trip arranged through Collette.

AFRICA!

Fall, 2021

A few years ago the travel club journeyed to Kenya for a total safari experience. It was a “trip of a lifetime”. Now, we have the opportunity to learn about a trip to Southern Africa which includes several safaris, the spectacular southern gardens, Victoria Falls, and more. This will be a small group experience, and ARC Travel Club will have first opportunity to book. We know this trip is not for everyone; however, it was too good not to offer.

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