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Program #1046RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevations up to 7,000 feet. Check with physician if you have heart/lung conditions.

Equipment Requirements
- Bring your own camera. digital SLR recommended. Point and Shoot Cameras welcome, as are film users. We will not be able to process film for critique during the week. - Wide angle (20-35 mm) lens, macro lens or close-up filter useful. - Short to medium (80-200 mm) telephoto lens also useful. - Tripod and cable release are invaluable. - USB Flash drive/jump drive at least 2 gig in size. To submit the images for the daily photo review. This device is important and only one device per couple or team is needed. A second memory card may be substituted. - Laptop computers are recommended. They are useful for participants reviewing their daily photos for submission for review, editing photos and organizing photo essay for the end of the week. I-Pads do not work as well as laptops due to inability to export files. - Printed copy of the Camera's full owner's manual - not just the Getting Start Manual, download from MFR's website if necessary; - Extra batteries, battery charger.

Itinerary for Oct 22 — Oct 27, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Escape to the Valley of the Sun when you stay at the non-smoking Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown hotel. Set on 1.5 acres of lush gardens and with easy access to the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, US Airways Center, and a wealth of Fortune 500 companies and government offices, this hotel north of downtown Phoenix boasts an enviable location close to businesses as well as attractions like the Heritage Square and Science Park, Desert Botanical Garden and Orpheum Theatre. And with an abundance of amenities, business and leisure travelers alike will find this upscale, yet casual hotel in Phoenix, Arizona a welcome respite during their travels. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

Contact info:
3600 N 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013 USA
phone: 602-604-4900
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/arizona/phoenix/wyndham-garden-phoenix-midtown/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Spacious standard room with two queen beds, wireless internet, fridge, microwave, Iron, Ironing board and 37 inch flat screen television.

Facility amenities: This Phoenix hotel boasts a myriad of amenities and leisure facilities. Relax in our heated outdoor pool or get active in the 24-hour fitness center. Or you can take to the tennis or beach volleyball courts for a different workout experience. Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel keeps you productive, and ample free covered parking, a 24-hour business center, local shuttle service and same-day dry cleaning services are thoughtful extras. The Liberty Kitchen restaurant serves up a complimentary hot breakfast buffet every morning and savory American-style cuisine for dinner. Celebrate with friends and colleagues in the Lounge. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal - Call hotel direct
Make advance bookings not with the national reservation system, but direct with the hotel. Call Rochelle Samms at (602) 604-4906 and let her know you part of a Road Scholar booking and the property should be able to offer you a discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, October 22 - Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel Check-In: After 4 PM. Early check-in subject to hotel availability.

Program Registration: 4:30-5:15 PM. After You have your room assignment, Come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby or meeting room to register with the program staff,and pick up your name tag.

Orientation: 5:30-7 PM. We will gather in the hotel meeting room. We will review the daily schedule and any changes, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you have. We will follow with quick introductions.

Please be aware that the program activities and schedule times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel conference room at 7 PM. If you wish you may also order "adult" beverages at your cost.

Evening: After Dinner, enjoy a free evening, get a good night's sleep for the full day ahead.

Lodging: Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Escape to the Valley of the Sun when you stay at the non-smoking Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown hotel. Set on 1.5 acres of lush gardens and with easy access to the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, US Airways Center, and a wealth of Fortune 500 companies and government offices, this hotel north of downtown Phoenix boasts an enviable location close to businesses as well as attractions like the Heritage Square and Science Park, Desert Botanical Garden and Orpheum Theatre. And with an abundance of amenities, business and leisure travelers alike will find this upscale, yet casual hotel in Phoenix, Arizona a welcome respite during their travels. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

Contact info:
3600 N 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013 USA
phone: 602-604-4900
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/arizona/phoenix/wyndham-garden-phoenix-midtown/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Spacious standard room with two queen beds, wireless internet, fridge, microwave, Iron, Ironing board and 37 inch flat screen television.

Facility amenities: This Phoenix hotel boasts a myriad of amenities and leisure facilities. Relax in our heated outdoor pool or get active in the 24-hour fitness center. Or you can take to the tennis or beach volleyball courts for a different workout experience. Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel keeps you productive, and ample free covered parking, a 24-hour business center, local shuttle service and same-day dry cleaning services are thoughtful extras. The Liberty Kitchen restaurant serves up a complimentary hot breakfast buffet every morning and savory American-style cuisine for dinner. Celebrate with friends and colleagues in the Lounge. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal - Call hotel direct
Make advance bookings not with the national reservation system, but direct with the hotel. Call Rochelle Samms at (602) 604-4906 and let her know you part of a Road Scholar booking and the property should be able to offer you a discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, October 23 - Photography Class/MacDonald Ranch
Note: Several walks, carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet catered by the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Anyone with one of today's cameras can take a picture; not everyone can be called a photographer. Many of today's cameras are so "smart" that a person can literally point and shoot with the results being very acceptable more often than not. The question regarding equipment is, do you run it or does it run you? Which route to take? Your path or the beaten path? Discover your own unique path to stunning photography under the guided tutelage of an Arizona Highways Photographer. Unlock the secrets of professional photographers and learn to capture the "soul" of a place as opposed to merely its physical appearance. View the world with the eye of a photographer and uncover the beauty and picturesque moments and scenes surrounding you during this photography class. Discuss Camera Basics and explore the controls on your camera. (Bring your Camera and printed manual with you to the session.)

Lunch: Lunch is a delicious green salad and build your own sandwich.

Afternoon: After lunch sit down for a review and critique session of photos submitted prior to the program by you and your fellow participants. Field trip to 1300 acre ranch in the lush Sonoran desert. Experience the magic of the desert in the true spirit of the west. Enjoy endless saguaros and fascinating wildlife.

Dinner: Enjoy a cowboy cookout in a rustic old-west setting.

Evening: Return to hotel upon conclusion of photo shoot and cowboy cookout.

Lodging: Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Escape to the Valley of the Sun when you stay at the non-smoking Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown hotel. Set on 1.5 acres of lush gardens and with easy access to the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, US Airways Center, and a wealth of Fortune 500 companies and government offices, this hotel north of downtown Phoenix boasts an enviable location close to businesses as well as attractions like the Heritage Square and Science Park, Desert Botanical Garden and Orpheum Theatre. And with an abundance of amenities, business and leisure travelers alike will find this upscale, yet casual hotel in Phoenix, Arizona a welcome respite during their travels. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

Contact info:
3600 N 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013 USA
phone: 602-604-4900
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/arizona/phoenix/wyndham-garden-phoenix-midtown/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Spacious standard room with two queen beds, wireless internet, fridge, microwave, Iron, Ironing board and 37 inch flat screen television.

Facility amenities: This Phoenix hotel boasts a myriad of amenities and leisure facilities. Relax in our heated outdoor pool or get active in the 24-hour fitness center. Or you can take to the tennis or beach volleyball courts for a different workout experience. Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel keeps you productive, and ample free covered parking, a 24-hour business center, local shuttle service and same-day dry cleaning services are thoughtful extras. The Liberty Kitchen restaurant serves up a complimentary hot breakfast buffet every morning and savory American-style cuisine for dinner. Celebrate with friends and colleagues in the Lounge. Full conference and event facilities are available at this Phoenix hotel, with four meeting rooms totaling 5,000 square feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Free Wi-Fi Internet access, audio-visual capability, catering and the services of the professional meetings team will ensure a successful event, whether it’s a business meeting, social event, seminar or conference.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal - Call hotel direct
Make advance bookings not with the national reservation system, but direct with the hotel. Call Rochelle Samms at (602) 604-4906 and let her know you part of a Road Scholar booking and the property should be able to offer you a discount.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, October 24 - Desert Botanical Gardens/Superstition Mountains/P...
Note: Several walks, carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet catered by the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Photo shoot at the Desert Botanical Gardens. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 250,000 visitors each year. The stunning exhibits provide endless photo opportunities.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Desert Botanical Gardens.

Afternoon: Gather in the resort meeting room for an afternoon photo critique and review session. Depart for a sunset photoshoot in the Superstition Mountains.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant.

Evening: Late return to the hotel after dinner and photoshoot.

Lodging: Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Location! The hotel is surrounded by red rock vistas including the monumental buttes and landmarks of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and Apache Leap. Major hiking trailhead less than 1/4 mile from the hotel and the surrounding area is located on the escarpment where the Colorado Plateau meets the Sonoran Desert. Over thousands of years, Oak Creek has carved a red rock paradise which surrounds the property. Bell Rock Plaza and the Sedona Outlet Mall are adjacent to the property, providing ample shopping opportunities. Sedona's two top public golf courses are less then 1 mile away.

Contact info:
6176 Hwy 179
Sedona, AZ 86351 USA
phone: 928-284-0711
web: www.laquintainnsedona.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, free wi-fi internet access, alarm clock radio, coffee maker, hair dryer, dataport phones, iron w/board.

Facility amenities: This facility offers 103 guest rooms on two floors. Heated outdoor pool, hot tub, free local calls, free WiFi, computer room, and complimentary continental breakfast. Nearby to premier hiking trail, art/tourist stores, outlet mall and golf courses.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Sunday, October 25 - Sedona all day photo field trip
Note: Several walks, carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet catered by the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Pack up and load the vehicles. Enjoy a field trip to Sedona red rock country. Located in Arizona's high desert under the towering southwestern rim of the vast Colorado Plateau, the city of Sedona is blessed with four mild seasons marked by abundant sunshine and clean air. The rust-red color of the landscape, the burble of Oak Creek and the red mountains are an exquisite assault on the 5 senses. There is little wonder why the awe-inspiring views surrounding Sedona stir reverent feelings in its visitors. As the sun tracks across Sedona's turquoise-blue skies, the ageless mountains, spires, boulders, trees and occasional intermittent waterfalls that surround Sedona will display more colors than any ambitious rainbow, and provide endless opportunities for magnificent photos. We will spend time in the towering confines of Oak Creek Canyon photographing the flowing waters and riparian community of the creek as well as some of the historic structures left behind by homesteaders. Oak Creek Canyon was designated as Arizona's first official Scenic Byway and is considered one of the most dramatic drives of our state as it drops from the Ponderosa Pine country of Flagstaff to the high elevation desert of Sedona. Numerous stops capturing Sedona's famous red rock views as well as its beautiful high desert Flora. Visit Sedona's iconic Church of the Holy Cross.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Continue our visit to beautiful locations in Sedona.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Following an early dinner, we will head out to capture sunset photos of the red rocks and towering buttes/cliffs.

Lodging: Sedona La Quinta Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The South Rim lodges (Maswik, Yavapai or Bright Angel) are within a half mile of the S. Rim. The lodges are convenient to all the shops, museums and restaurants within Grand Canyon Village. Free shuttle buses stop at each lodge.

Contact info:
S. Rim Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com/

Room amenities: Television, phone, bath. Refrigerators available upon request for medications.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Monday, October 26 - Drive Oak Creek Canyon to Grand Canyon/Sunset Sho...
Note: Several walks carry your own equipment up to one half mile each.

Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Drive up scenic Oak Creek Canyon, and the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field on the way to the Grand Canyon. View the grandeur of the Grand Canyon at various scenic view points.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the rim.

Afternoon: Continue our grand exploration of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Gather in a meeting room for a photo critique and review session.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Watch the Sunset over the Grand Canyon and maybe take a few photos, too.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Tuesday, October 27 - Sunrise Photoshoot on the rim of the Grand Canyo...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge's Cafeteria. Enjoy a wide selection of choices.

Morning: Get up early for a sunrise photo shoot at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Pack up and depart to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, arriving by 12:30PM, followed by a stop at the starting hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
10 Hands-on experiences

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