4 DAYS – DEPARTS May 1
& november 5, 2017
6 Included Meals
Rhyolite Ghost Town
Death Valley Tour
Amargosa Opera House
The Fremont Experience
Price Per Person
$199 Single Supplement
$300 deposit with balance due 45 days prior to departure.
Day 1: Death Valley / Amargosa Opera House
Head to Death Valley and stop at the Opera House in Amargosa that was restored by ballet-mime dancer Marta Becket. To assure she would always have an audience, she painted hundreds of faces and murals on the walls and ceilings which you will see on the tour.
Death Valley contains a wealth of geological wonders. Today, a driving tour will show you some of the highlights including the lowest point in the western Hemisphere at Badwater. You’ll also view the remains of the Harmony Borax Works and Ubehebe Crater, 2,400 feet in diameter and 500 feet deep. You’ll also, experience Zabriskie Point, noted for its unusual landscape. Visit the Inn at Furnace Creek, a luxury hotel built to change Death Valley from “hell-hole” to tourist mecca. The 66-room Inn sprawls across a low hill with views over Death Valley and the Panamint Mountains. Enjoy lunch back at the Ranch. (B,L)
Day 3: Las Vegas / Rhyolite Ghost Town
Travel to Rhyolite, one of the most photographed ghost towns in the West. Stop by the famous bottle house, built in the 1900s with 51,000 beer bottles and adobe mud since wood was scarce. Some of the bottles were medicine bottles, but most were Busch beer bottles donated from the 50 bars in town. Paramount Pictures restored it to film a silent movie, “The Air Mail,” starring Douglas Fairbanks. Then, visit the Goldwell Open Air Museum, an outdoor sculpture park. In 1984, Belgian artist Albert Szukalski created his life-size sculpture “The Last Supper” using live models from the town of Beatty.
A driving tour will show you some of the changes that have taken place in this exciting city before heading home. (B)