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Small Groups. Big Adventures. Spirited Friendships.

Celebrate the journey in small groups!
Since 1984 Kindred Tours has been exploring the world, with a particular focus on the American Southwest.
We also offer domestic travel, some international travel and cruises.
Safe and affordable tours designed for grown-up people.
Solo Travelers, Couples and Partners.

OUR COMMITMENT TO WELLNESS

We’re revving up our engines and planning a soft reopening of Kindred Tours in October, with more to come later this winter. The last six months have been tough on all of us, and the Corona Virus has changed the entire travel landscape, but it seems our desire to get out see the world with a like-minded group of friends, has not waned. Our phones are ringing, and we have come to believe that it is time to step into the new normal—mindfully, while employing a lot of common sense. Here at Kindred Tours, we hope to provide you with the confidence and peace of mind that is so essential to a great travel experience—knowing that we must remain flexible and responsive as changes arise. We believe that we will lead the way in our industry, where we have built a stellar reputation, offering small group tours to lesser-known destinations, since 1984—and always with an eye on safety! Our commitment to your wellness has been strengthened by these unprecedented times—with a focus on cleanliness, hygiene, and physical distancing.

We’re particularly excited to introduce BUBBLE TOURS!
Put your own group together.  No less than six, but no more than ten passengers to a van.  Choose a tour that we are currently offering, or call the office to discuss dates or special requests.  For our part, we are committed to having Kindred Tours guides and drivers, tested on a weekly basis.  Learn More

Safe. Affordable. Bus-loads of Fun!

Mission & History
People
Our Promise to You

Trips & Tours

Gallivant Series

Kindred Tours offers a wide variety of domestic travel, along with some international destinations and cruises.  Our tours are artfully planned, allowing you to really explore your destination, whether by river, road, rail for all three.
Working on your bucket list and don’t see your dream destination?
Call us—we can send you anywhere in the world.

Backyard Series

Sunny Phoenix is more than the land of Wile. E. Coyote and his Roadrunner sidekick.  There’s a trail for every skill level, cheap eats, ethnic cuisine, a burgeoning brewery scene, tranquil desert gardens, world class museums, a rich arts-and–culture environment, and so much more.   Big on adventure, easy on the pocketbook, the Backyard Series invites you to get out and explore your own city. 
Southwest Adventure Series
This is the Kindred Classic Tour, small group exploration of the Great Southwest—America’s playground!   We’re talking Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and Southern California, and  as luck would have it, we are strategically headquartered smack-dab in the middle of all of all this natural wonder!  These are driving tours, ranging from one-day trips to week-long journeys.   
Club Stylin' Series
Way back when, our bus driver took a wrong turn, which led to a hysterical day filled with big laughs and spontaneous side-trips.  Someone on the tour described that rolling party vibe as “Club Styling” and it just stuck.  Today we’re Club Styling whenever we get the band back together—festivals, parties, Camp TJ, and Broadway shows… because life’s a party and you don’t want to be the girl in the bathroom. 

Gallivants

Southern Harmony Southern Harmony
Southern Harmony

Featuring New Orleans & Mississippi’s Gulf Coast
March 7th – 12th, 2021

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New York City New York City
New York City

Featuring Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
November 23rd – 27th, 2021

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Landscapes and Lighthouses of Coastal Maine Landscapes and Lighthouses of Coastal Maine
Landscapes and Lighthouses of Coastal Maine

Featuring Five Nights in Kennebunkport
August 14th – 20th, 2021

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Washington, D.C. & Cherry Blossoms Washington, D.C. & Cherry Blossoms
Washington, D.C. & Cherry Blossoms

Featuring Five Nights in Washington, D.C.
April 8th – 13th, 2021

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Idaho Adventure Idaho Adventure
Idaho Adventure

a Lewis & Clark Discovery
June 6th – 12th, 2021

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Montreal & Quebec City Christmas Markets Montreal & Quebec City Christmas Markets
Montreal & Quebec City Christmas Markets

Featuring the Chateau Frontenac & The Queen Elizabeth Fairmont Hotels
December 2nd – 6th, 2021

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FAQ’s

OUR COMMITMENT TO WELLNESS2020-10-01T16:27:38-07:00

BUBBLE TOURS:  We are super excited to offer Bubble Tours to groups of no less than six, but no more than ten passengers, and you put your own group together.  Choose a tour that we are currently offering or call the office with special requests.   For our part, we are committed to having Kindred Tours Tour guides and drivers, tested on a weekly basis. 
PRE-TOUR WELLNESS: Cancel for a full refund, up until the morning of your tour.  If you wake up with so much as a sniffle, please opt out.  We are asking travelers to complete a brief wellness form before their tour.
SMALLER GROUPS:  Our small group tours have just gotten even smaller!  Fewer passengers allow for more elbow room.  Empty seats offer some distancing and comfort.
TOUR GUIDES & DRIVERS:  We have enhanced our company-wide training to include hygiene and physical distancing guidelines.  Our Tour Guides are tour management experts—highly trained to handle unexpected situations—including illness and emergencies. 
FACE MASKS:  Kindred Tours will be providing face masks to every guest, driver and tour guide.  While masks are mandatory, we do understand that many passengers will prefer to wear face coverings of their choice.  Additionally, airlines and many local attractions will require face masks. 
VANS & BUSES:  We have developed disinfecting protocols to enhance our existing cleaning regimen.  Vehicles will be sanitized often, and high-touch surfaces will be wiped down throughout the tour.  Hand sanitizer will be available to everyone.
TOUR EXPERIENCES:  We are steadfastly working with partners to ensure adequate physical distancing throughout dining experiences, activities and sightseeing.   
WE ALWAYS INVITE YOUR OPINIONS AND FEEDBACK! 

How do I sign up for a tour?2019-01-24T12:56:36-07:00
Check out online for one-stop shopping, or call the office to make a reservation.  You may reach our voicemail, after all we are in the travel business, but leave us a message and we’ll always call you back to confirm.  
What if the trip is full?2018-12-14T13:10:39-07:00
We’ll always encourage you to USE THE WAIT LIST!  When a trip fills, and it can happen very quickly, we begin a wait list. If there’s enough participation to fill a second bus, we’ll let you know.  We’ll also check with our wait list, should we have any cancellations, fielding those requests in the order in which they were received.
How do I pay for my tour?2019-01-24T13:02:57-07:00
Use your credit card when you sign-up online, or when you call the office to make a reservation.  We do not keep your card credit information on file.  You can also sign up for a tour, receive confirmation of your reservation from the office, and then pop a check into the mail.  Most reservations for extended tours require a $100 deposit, with the balance to be paid closer to the date of the tour.
Can you find me a roommate?2018-12-14T13:10:26-07:00
We get asked this question a lot, and the answer is always yes!  Don’t let the fact that you are single keep you from signing up for a tour.  The majority of people who travel with Kindred Tours are single.  They sign up for a tour, we assign them a roommate, and they often go on to become lifelong friends.  We have decades of success matching roommates.
Can I pay a Single Supplement?2018-12-14T13:10:21-07:00
If you really feel that you’d like to have your own hotel room, consider paying a single supplement.  A single supplement is just the additional 50% on the hotel room expense that you would have shared with a roommate.
How do I know if the Activity Level is right for me?2018-12-14T13:10:14-07:00
Kindred Travelers range in age from 50 to over 100 years old, an enormous span that encompasses a huge range of abilities.  We work hard every day to provide great tours to meet the needs and the interests of our entire group.  If  you are unsure if a tour is right for you, we invite you to call the office  to discuss your concerns.  We’re happy to provide you with more detail about a tour and answer your questions.  We’ll work with you to find your perfect tour.
Do you have bathrooms on your buses?2019-01-24T13:18:44-07:00
We get this one a lot!  But you needn’t worry about bathroom breaks.  We make a stop for coffee and doughnuts early into every tour, usually at a roadside rest-area, and always conveniently located near a restroom.  We make regular pit stops through the day, and our drivers brag that they know every public restroom in the American Southwest.  Ask any Kindred Traveler and they’ll say that they all had concerns about bathroom breaks heading into their first tour that were quickly forgotten.
Can I arrange a Kindred Tour for my group?2019-01-24T13:11:55-07:00
Absolutely!  And there are so many great ways that we can work together.  Select a tour from our newsletter or website, and we’ll take care of all the details—providing marketing materials, sending a representative to speak with your group, and collecting payments.  If you need help selecting a tour, give us a call.  And you’re not limited to our current selection of tours.  We’ll work hard to customize or plan a tour specifically for your group.  Just give us a call, and we’ll get started.

Where do I meet the bus?

East Valley:
Mesa Hilton Hotel
1011 W. Holmes Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210

This is the Fiesta Mall region, and the Hilton Hotel is easily viewed from the U.S. 60/Superstition Freeway. Exit the freeway at Alma School and head east to Holmes. Park and wait for the bus at the west end of the hotel parking lot.

Scottsdale:
La Quinta Inn & Suites
8888 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

The Scottsdale pickup location can be easily reached via AZ 101/Pima Freeway. Exit the freeway at Shea. The La Quinta Hotel is located at the northeast corner of AZ 101 and Shea Blvd.

Phoenix:
Paradise Valley Community Center
17402 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032

The Paradise Valley Community Center is easily found on 40th Street, north of Bell Road.

Northwest Valley:
Springhill Suites Hotel
at Arrowhead Town Center

7810 W. Bell Road
Glendale, AZ 85308

This is the Arrowhead Mall region.  Springhill Suites Hotel is on Bell Road, east of AZ 101/Pima Freeway.  Turn north on 79th Ave and use the parking lot on the west side of the hotel, facing the Old Country Buffet. 

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