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Conference Nov 15-18, 2012 in Scottsdale
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Travel Classics West 2012
FAMILIARIZATION TOURS for ATTENDEES

The Arizona Office of Tourism, Scottsdale CVB and partners from around the State are excited to offer a variety of pre and post tours that will allow you to experience this amazing state firsthand. From cowboys and ranches to luxurious spas and world-class resorts, outdoor adventures to culinary and cultural delights -- Arizona truly has something for everyone. For more information please contact Mary Rittmann at mrittmann@azot.gov and Kara Woroniec at kworoniec@azot.gov.

Pre-Conference Tours:



Taliesin West

Art, Architecture and Artisanal Cuisine - Scottsdale

November 12-15, 2012
4 days, 3 nights (maximum of 8 journalists)
Scottsdale is a sophisticated city on the move where art flourishes around every corner. Stay at two of the city's most highly-acclaimed boutique hotels--the mid-century modern Hotel Valley Ho and its sister property Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. Experience top arts and cultural attractions, including Taliesin West, Palo Soleri's Cosanti and Cattletrack Art Compound. Indulge in celebrated restaurants featuring Arizona's wines and culinary bounty. We're sure your quest for culture and creative cuisine will be satiated.
yoga in Phoenix Mesa Arizona

Sonoran Desert Sojourn - Phoenix/Mesa

November 11-15, 2012
5 days, 4 nights (maximum of 8 journalists)
Wake up to nature with a morning hike and Sonoran Desert yoga class followed by paddle boarding down the ever-flowing Salt River. Then rejuvenate with a luxurious stay and spa experience at The Phoenician, a AAA Five Diamond resort. Enjoy the culinary attractions in Mesa and the Southeast Valley which will include visits to the Queen Creek Olive Mill, Agritopia, and Joe's Farm Grill and The Farm at South Mountain. This four-night tour will highlight the Sonoran Desert as well as the latest additions to Phoenix's skyline including the newly opened Musical Instrument Museum and CityScape Phoenix.
guest ranch

Guest Ranch Getaway - Tucson/Southern Arizona

November 12-15, 2012
4 days, 3 nights (maximum of 6 journalists)
Guest ranches in Tucson and Southern Arizona offer an escape from fast-paced modern life. While accommodations and surroundings vary, all feature informal ranch ambience, horseback riding, and spectacular scenery. The two properties in metropolitan Tucson -- Tanque Verde Guest Ranch and White Stallion Ranch -- sit on hundreds, even thousands of acres bordering public land, which provides easy access to open spaces and miles of trails in the protected Sonoran Desert terrain.
extreme activity

Mountaintop Getaway -- Your way! - Flagstaff

November 12-15, 2012
4 days, 3 nights (maximum of 8 journalists)
Spend three nights on a northern Arizona mountain top getaway in the ponderosa pines of Flagstaff, AZ and we want you to do it "your" way. This tour allows participants to choose from an itinerary packed with outdoor adventure including the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course and a guided mountain bike tour or a more leisurely tour of culture sites like the Museum of Northern Arizona and Riordan Mansion Historic Park. Whether you choose the adventure track or the culture track the groups will join up for meals and nightlife in Arizona's premier mountain town.

 

Post-Conference Tours:

kayaking outing

Rough it and Relax in the Sonoran Desert - Scottsdale

November 18-20 (21), 2012
3 days, 2 nights or 4 days, 3 nights (maximum of 8 journalists)
A rugged and untamed wilderness, the Sonoran Desert is a 120,000-square-mile reminder that the American West's frontier spirit is alive and kicking. Get in on the action with kayaking, rock climbing and hiking adventures then see the desert from high above in a hot air balloon and a seaplane. Then reward yourself for your outdoor feats with decadent spa treatments and luxury pampering at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North and the Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort.
art museum architecture

Sonoran Desert Sojourn - Phoenix/Mesa

November 18-20, 2012
3 days, 2 nights (maximum of 8 journalists)
Wake up to nature with a morning hike and Sonoran Desert yoga class followed by paddle boarding down the ever-flowing Salt River. Then rejuvenate with a luxurious spa experience at The Phoenician, a AAA Five Diamond resort and stay at the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore. Enjoy the culinary attractions in Mesa and the Southeast Valley which will include a visit to Queen Creek Olive Mill. This two-night tour will highlight the Sonoran Desert as while as the latest additions to the downtown Phoenix's cityscape.
luxury accommodations

Old Pueblo Luxury - Tucson

November 18-21, 2012
4 days, 3 nights (maximum of 6 journalists)
The Sonoran Desert region of Tucson and Southern Arizona offers opportunities for a luxury vacation like no other. The dramatic natural landscape, restorative climate, and casual pace create an ideal setting for the area's collection of spas, resort hotels and championship golf courses. Supporting these vacation headliners is a stellar cast of shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, and performance venues rivaling those of many larger and pricier cities.
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