Low-Cost Summer Vacations

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An Anaheim vacation package includes five consecutive days unlimited entry in any or all of the following attractions: Sea World, San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park.

With the economic outlook still uncertain, many people feel that they cannot afford a summer vacation. We’re here to help you find the best value for your vacation dollar. If we eliminate air flights, that’s a big chunk of money saved right off the bat. So let’s look at destinations to which you can drive.

Contrary to what some people believe, a cruise is still the best value. For example, a family of four can cruise from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for four days for just over $1,300.

That’s accommodations, meals, entertainment and transport to a foreign port of call for approximately $325 per person, or less than $82 per person per day. You can’t stay in a motel and eat for that little in Phoenix. Seven-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera, Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta leave from Los Angeles at similar value prices. It’s worth the trip, even if you never get off the ship.

But if something closer to home appeals to you, there are two great train vacations right here in Arizona. We can book the Verde Canyon Railroad and nearby hotels for a very scenic train trip that leaves Clarkdale, near Cottonwood. Include a cowboy dinner and entertainment at the Blazin’ M Ranch and a side trip to Jerome, now an artist colony with a lot of history from its glory days as a copper mine, for a quick two-day getaway.

Or try the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the South Rim. We can book this as a day trip or several days overnight in the Grand Canyon Village. There’s a “Wild West Show” in Williams before the train departs, entertainment and refreshments on the ride, and even a train robbery on the return trip from the canyon. Meal packages are included.

Been there, done that? You can always find something new at Disneyland. And now it’s more affordable than ever with a special of five days and nights for the price of three! That’s a five-day Park Hopper pass and either a Disney Resort Hotel or a Good Neighbor Hotel stay of five days for the price of three. This offer is good until Sept. 26, 2009 when booked from now until Aug. 11, 2009.

We can also custom design an Anaheim vacation package including five consecutive days unlimited entry in any or all of the following attractions: Sea World, San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. Additionally, single tickets can be purchased for Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, and Universal Studios.

Call (928) 472-7878 or stop in at Cruise Port Travel, 408 S. Beeline Highway, Payson for advice on how you can afford a summer vacation.

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