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Project USA - Post Tour B Extension
Southwest Special (FULLY BOOKED)

Price:         *GB£2,235 / US$2,795 per person (Single Supplement GB£945 / US$1,175)

Duration:     9 Days from 10th April 2024

Highlights:   Albuquerque, Socorro, Very Large Array, Meteor Crater, Lowell Observatory, Grand Canyon,                      Tucson, Kitt Peak Observatory

Includes:     See below Day 9 of itinerary for full details of all inclusions

Grand Canyon South Rim - 2024 Total Eclipse Tour
Very Large Array - 2024 Total Eclipse Tour
Meteor Crater

Day 1 (10 April 2024) - Day at leisure in Albuquerque

Having arrived in Albuquerque in New Mexico from Dallas Texas yesterday, enjoy a day at leisure in this fascinating city. Albuquerque sits in the high desert. Its modern Downtown core contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, and shops selling Native American handicrafts.

Day 2 (11 April 2024) - Travel by coach to Socorro

Today travel by coach to Socorro for an overnight stay. Socorro lies along the Rio Grande. The site (originally occupied by a Piro Indian village) was visited by a Spanish expedition led by Juan de Oñate, who gave the village the Spanish name Socorro, meaning help or aid, after the Indians fed his company.

Day 3 (12 April 2024) - Travel by coach to Eagar Arizona via the Very Large Array (VLA)

Today visit the VLA (80km west of Socorro) before continuing on for an overnight stay in Eagar, Arizona. The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array is one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consisting of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin.

Day 4 (13 April 2024) - Today visit Meteor Crater before arriving in Flagstaff.  Visit Lowell Observatory later in the evening

Today visit Meteor Crater en route to Flagstaff where we overnight. Meteor Crater is a meteorite impact crater east of Flagstaff in the northern Arizona desert. Later today enjoy an evening tour of Lowell Observatory, established in 1894 and placing it among the oldest observatories in the USA.

Day 5 and 6 (14 and 15 April 2024) - Travel towards the Grand Canyon South Rim for a two-night stay

Today make the journey to the Grand Canyon South Rim and spend two nights in the area to explore the national park. Day 6 is at leisure in the park with plenty of trails to explore. Perhaps enjoy a helicopter ride over the canyon.

Day 7 (16 April 2024) - Onward to Tucson Arizona during the afternoon

Enjoy the morning in the park before travelling to Tucson early this afternoon. Tucson is situated in a high desert valley surrounded by 4 mountain ranges - the Santa Catalinas, the Rincons, the Santa Ritas and the Tucsons. The area is famous for its dramatic beauty and the Sonoran Desert covers this region with spectacular cacti.


Day 8 (17 April 2024) - Visit to Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO)

Enjoy a day out to Kitt Peak, a mountain in Arizona and the highest point in the Quinlan Mountains. It is the location of the Kitt Peak National Observatory, 88km west-southwest of Tucson. The observatory houses a collection of two radio and 21 optical telescopes, the largest of which is the 13-foot (4-metre) Mayall Telescope. Return to Tucson for your last evening of the tour.

Day 9 (18 April 2024) - Join your homeward flight and depart Tucson

Today is the last day of the post tour extension. Join your return flight home.


Extension Tour Price GB£2,235 / US$2,795 per person

*Please note these costings have been updated in February 2023 and are governed by the Price Guarantee in our Terms and Conditions

*The Rate of Exchange used in this project is GB 1 = US 1.19


  • The price is for the extension tour from arrival on Day 1 to your departure on Day 9.

  • This tour extension starts with a flight from Dallas on 9th April 2024 and an overnight in Albuquerque.  It then picks up the above details on 10th April 2024 and ends in Tucson on 18th April 2024.

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided in hotels throughout the tour and all transfers, transportation and local excursions as outlined in the itinerary (if applicable) are included. Other meals are not included, and some excursions are offered on an optional basis closer to the tour departure date (the word 'optional' is used to describe these).

  • A limited number of rooms for sole occupancy are available at a single room supplement of GB£945 / US$1,175.

  • International flights to connect to this tour can be requested by you when fares and schedules are available, or you can arrange your own International flights if you prefer. *Please note that the flight from Dallas to Albuquerque at the end of USA Tour B is included in the tour extension cost.

  • Current return air fares from London (into San Antonio and out of Tucson) are between about GB£1,100 and GB£1,350 and from the US about US$450 to US$750 (depending on the departure point within the US).

  • Flights and transfers between Waco and Albuquerque (via Dallas) are included but this extension tour ends at the Tucson hotel after check out (from 10am) on the final day.   

  • You will find further details about what to expect on the Project Mexico/USA FAQ page here.

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