14 days
Duration
2/3
Difficulty level
USA
Location
1161 miles
Distance

Blazing Saddles

Saddle up, all you western fans, and experience the spirit of the Old Wild West, and the cowboys who rode the trails in the lawless 1800s. Visit Tombstone, the town that’s too tough to die, and the scene of the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral. Ride your motorcycle through a slice of American history, from pioneer days in Apache country; along with the heart of Route 66; to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION  Las Vegas/LAS – Las Vegas/LAS
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 1 hour before tour start
TOUR GUIDE LANGUAGE
INCLUDED
Motorcycle/Car rental Accommodations 3/4 stars
Gas at designated stops Multi-lingual Tour leader
Support van w/ luggage Entrance fees National parks
Hotel breakfast Transport to rental company
1st.  choice of vehicle Helmet rental
Tour book w/route descr. T-shirt & neck scarf/buff
Tour certificate Pictures from the tour
Loss Damage Waiver MC State minimum SLI insurance
Welcome Reception Farewell barbeque
NOT INCLUDED
Airfare
Optional attractions
Food and beverages
Insurance/LDW upgrades
Anything not listed in “Included” above

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Day 1: Arrival Las Vegas, Nevada

At last! You’ve arrived in Las Vegas, and settled into our themed hotel on the city’s famous Strip. This evening, we’ll meet & greet in the hotel bar, and celebrate the start of the adventure! Afterward, you’re free to take in the fantastic sights of Las Vegas – from the beautiful dancing waters of the Bellagio to the calm canals complete with singing Gondoliers at the Venetian. Check it all out, maybe have a little flutter, lose your jetlag and acclimatize to the dry, desert heat.
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Day 2: Las Vegas

(Fun & Explorer day)

This morning, you’ll wake bright and early, then we’ll all get together for a Welcome Brunch, and later in the afternoon, we’ll collect our trusty mounts. We’ll be looking forward to riding across deserts, through canyons, and over mountains in the coming days.   And you have another evening to enjoy the razzle-dazzle of Sin City, and prepare for an early start in the morning.

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Day 3: Las Vegas - Williams

(Driving day 1: 268 miles)

Our adventure begins in earnest today as we leave the city traffic behind, & with a twist of the throttle, we’ll get some miles under our belts, and be in Boulder City for breakfast. From here we’ll ride the desert highway, along the edge of the McCullough Mountain Range. Then we’ll stop for lunch in the very heart of Route 66, for a real taste of what “the Mother Road” was like back in the day! Staying on Route 66 a while, we head east towards Williams, for our two-night stay in this cool old railway town.

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Day 4: Williams

(Fun & Explorer day)

Williams is a quirky little town with a strong Route 66 identity. You could easily spend the day wandering around the place absorbing the atmosphere. Perhaps you’d like to do some shopping, or experience the adrenaline rush of a Zipline Ride high above the rooftops! You may like to visit Bearizona, the nearby wildlife park, to see Bison, Black Bears, Wolves, and more. We’re only 70 miles from the Grand Canyon, so you could easily ride there to see this wondrous sight. If you want a complete day off your bike, take the train from directly outside our hotel to Grand Canyon Village.

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Day 5: Williams - Jerome

(Driving day 2: 108 miles

We’re on the road again today for a beautiful ride through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona, famous for its massive red rock formations. Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at shooting a real cowboy gun, or even a Magnum .45 at a local gun range. Then enjoy one of the west’s most famous biking roads, the 89A which twists and sweeps up the Mingus Mountains in spectacular fashion, arriving at Jerome, a completely different kind of ghost town. The gold, silver, and copper mines around this once prosperous corner of Arizona have long since closed, but Jerome’s rich history is still evident in the quaint old streets and buildings. We overnight in a historic hotel which is almost as it was back in the 1800s – apart from the modern home comforts!

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Day 6: Jerome - Scottsdale

(Driving day 3: 158 miles)

Mount up and twist your throttle to cross the Mazatzal Mountains this morning towards the sweet little town of Strawberry. As we continue today’s ride, you’ll know you’re in cowboy country when you see the iconic southwestern Saguaro cacti, standing tall and proud, silhouetted on the hillsides.

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Day 7: Scottsdale - Tombstone Ranch

(Driving day 4: 223 miles)

Today’s ride sees us heading further south as we pass through  Tucson. Look out for Mount Lemon rising behind Catalina at 9157 ft on our way there. Take time to enjoy the wide-open landscapes of the Saguaro National Park and the Coronado National Forest.  You’ll notice the Mexican influence coloring the names of the towns we ride through such as Casa Adobes and Sonoita as we near the Border and our destination of Tombstone.

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Day 8: Tomstone Ranch

(Fun & Explorer day)

The choice is yours for the next two days. Maybe you’d like to begin today like the old cowboys did, with a morning horseback ride through the old trails to breakfast out on the range. All meals, horse riding, Cowboy Cookout with entertainment, Breakfast Ride, and other activities are included at no extra charge. The Ranch also has a swimming pool. Today is yours to do as you please, whether it’s shopping in Tombstone, or just chilling out with a cool Margarita by the pool – you decide!

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Day 9: Tombstone Ranch

(Fun & Explorer day)

You can simply relax and enjoy the facilities, or go by minibus or bike into Tombstone. Imagine … you dismount your trusty steed outside Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, and walk up Main Street, squinting with the high noon sun in your eyes. If you’re very quiet, you may even hear the jangle of spurs as you retrace the steps of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp heading to the Gunfight at the OK Corral, where the ghosts of the Clanton brothers haunt the rafters. Stroll around Boot Hill, the most famous cemetery in the West, and learn the fate of the old town’s former inhabitants in the lawless days of the Old West.

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Day 10: Tombstone Ranch - Sonoran Desert

(Driving day 5: 185 miles)

Enjoy a last leisurely breakfast at the ranch, then it’s back on the road heading north towards Phoenix. As you settle in to riding the highways and byways of Arizona, spare a thought to the old cowboys and pioneers of yesteryear, who could only cover 20-30 miles on each long day in the saddle! This evening, why not take a short ride on the complimentary shuttle bus for a steakhouse dinner at a nearby 1880’s western town? Yeehaw!

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Day 11: Sonoran Desert - Lake Havasu

(Driving day 6: 220 miles)

This morning’s ride takes us past the Bighorn Mountains, and we’ll stop for lunch at a shiny 50’s diner. Later, we’ll enjoy a scenic ride skirting Lake Havasu before crossing London Bridge to reach our luxurious lakeside hotel for the next two nights.

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Day 12: Lake Havasu

(Fun & Explorer day)

We’re right on the beachfront, so make the most of it by taking a jet ski out on the lake, or perhaps try the crazy jet boots which shoot you straight up out of the water like a fountain! If you prefer things a little less energetic, you could take a boat out, fish, or just swim and enjoy the sunshine. If water sports aren’t your thing, Lake Havasu City is just a short bike ride away.

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Day 13: Lake Havasu - Las Vegas

(Driving day 7: 194 miles)

You’re in for a treat today as we visit Oatman, a real old gold mining town. Walk the wooden boardwalks, stop by the old saloon, and have your camera ready to snap the wild donkeys (burrows) as they roam the streets; this is their town! We’re riding on some of the twistiest stretches of Route 66, over the notorious Sitgreaves Pass, and crossing the Black Mountains for lunch at a famous Route 66 diner. Then we cross the spectacular Hoover Dam once more and mosey on back to Las Vegas. Time to return our trusty steeds, and hang up our cowboy hats, and later perhaps meet up for a farewell meal to swap stories of our adventures and rides on the trails of the old Wild West! 

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Day 14: Departure Las Vegas - Home travel

We say goodbye to California Gold Rush and Las Vegas and return home.  Group travel by shuttle to the airport. Thanks for a great ride, good times, and sincerely thank you for choosing to tour with Explorify. We wish you a safe trip home and hope to see you again on one of our other tours in the US, South America, Asia, Oceania, or Europe.

Note: Because of the time difference travelers from Europe will arrive home the date/day after departing the US.

Also: This program is a guideline for activities and experiences on the tour. Deviations may occur, but we guarantee that our positive tour leaders will do their utmost to execute the program as described – as far as it is feasible and circumstances allow. We are continually working to improve the program, thus you may experience positive surprises.

Prices per person (USD)

2 pers / 1 vehicle / 1 shared room:
From $4 745
2 pers / 2 vehicles / 1 shared room :
From $5 995
1 pers / 1 vehicle / 1 single room :
From $7 017
1 pers / 1 vehicle / 1 shared room :
From $5 995

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Tour category:
Blazing Saddles
Date from:
07 Sep 2022
Date to:
20 Sep 2022
Booking deadline:
08 Aug 2022