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Program #1083RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Elevation Note
Sedona is at an elevation of 4,500 feet. Grand Canyon is at an elevation of 7,000 feet

Itinerary for Oct 4 — Oct 9, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Private and quiet off-highway location; red rock views

Contact info:
2545 W Hwy 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336 USA
phone: 928-282-1533
web: www.sedonasuper8.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air conditioning, mini refrigerator, cable TV, coffee/tea maker.

Facility amenities: Private patio area with heated (seasonal - about mid April to early October) outdoor pool; meeting room; airport shuttle; laundry facility with irons and ironing boards; free WiFi; 24 hour microwave available in lobby.

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 for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 04 - Registration/Orientation and Introduction
Afternoon: Hotel check in AFTER 3:00 PM. Drop in Road Scholar on site registration from 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room.
Beginning at 5:30 PM your Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will conduct a program orientation and group introductions in the hotel meeting room. Get to know your fellow participants and get prepared for the action packed adventure you are about to embark on.

Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, salmon/fish, meat loaf and pastas. Entrees will always include a vegetarian and gluten free option for those that enroll as such.

Lodging: Sedona Super 8 Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Private and quiet off-highway location; red rock views

Contact info:
2545 W Hwy 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336 USA
phone: 928-282-1533
web: www.sedonasuper8.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air conditioning, mini refrigerator, cable TV, coffee/tea maker.

Facility amenities: Private patio area with heated (seasonal - about mid April to early October) outdoor pool; meeting room; airport shuttle; laundry facility with irons and ironing boards; free WiFi; 24 hour microwave available in lobby.

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 for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 05 - Morning Natural History Presentation / Ride the S...
Morning Natural History Presentation / Ride the Scenic Verde Canyon Railway!

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, veggie omelet and fruit, oatmeal, etc.

Morning: Morning natural history presentation. Learn about the fascinating geology of the Sedona area and the Grand Canyon region through a presentation by Stan Beus, a noted Grand Canyon geologist, professor Emeritus of geology at Northern Arizona University and author of "Grand Canyon Geology." Find out what makes the red rocks red and explore the latest theories of how the Grand Canyon was formed.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Cottonwood Arizona.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon riding the Verde Canyon Railway from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back (about 20 miles each way). The train travels 10-15 mph and, for much of the trip, is deep in the Verde River Canyon (up to 2,000 feet deep) traveling very close to river level. Various wildlife is commonly seen, including bald eagles, other raptors, blue herons, deer, fox, coyote, and javelina (a wild pig-like desert animal). Participants will have a seat in an enclosed car plus access to an open observation car.

Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, salmon/fish, meat loaf and pastas. Entrees will always include a vegetarian and gluten free option for those that enroll as such.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Sedona Super 8 Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Private and quiet off-highway location; red rock views

Contact info:
2545 W Hwy 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336 USA
phone: 928-282-1533
web: www.sedonasuper8.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air conditioning, mini refrigerator, cable TV, coffee/tea maker.

Facility amenities: Private patio area with heated (seasonal - about mid April to early October) outdoor pool; meeting room; airport shuttle; laundry facility with irons and ironing boards; free WiFi; 24 hour microwave available in lobby.

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 for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 06 - Morning Presentation on Southwest Prehistoric Cul...
Morning Presentation on Southwest Prehistoric Cultures / Tour Sedona's Red Rock Country

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, veggie omelet and fruit, oatmeal, etc.

Morning: This morning hear a presentation on a topic of local interest. It may be a Native American speaker discussing life ways of the Hopi or Navajo or a historian retelling the early days of Sedona.

Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple entrees to choose from including hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, Caesar salad, etc.(vegetarian and gluten free option daily for those that registered as such).

Afternoon: Our afternoon field trip will take us on a journey to see and visit a few of Sedona's most majestic sights. Visit Airport Mesa for a geographic overview of the region, Travel on the Bell Rock Scenic Drive and see other scenic vistas in and around Sedona.

Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, salmon/fish, meat loaf and pastas. Entrees will always include a vegetarian and gluten free option for those that enroll as such.

Evening: Enjoy a lively performance with longtime local cowboy poets and musicians, Ken and Lynne Mikell. Ken and Lynne are a wealth of information on regional cowboy music and poetry. They will have you singing along to some of your favorite western and cowboy songs.

Lodging: Sedona Super 8 Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Just a quarter mile from the rim of the Grand Canyon in the heart of Grand Canyon Village. The village is the hub of Canyon activities for visitors from around the globe. In addition to many viewpoints of one of the world's geologic wonders, it provides restaurants, shops, museums, shuttles to other S. Rim viewpoints and trailheads.

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

Room amenities: TV, phone, clock radio, private bath.

Facility amenities: On site cafeteria and gift shop. Canyon shuttles pick up at the front of property. Near to coin op laundry and ATM. Refrigerators are available upon request for those participants who need them for medical reasons only.

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


Day Four: Wednesday, October 07 - Ride the Grand Canyon Railroad/Explore Grand Cany...
Note: Walking opportunities along the rim of the Grand Canyon or down into it's depths. Up to 2 miles or as little as 1/2 mile, depending on your preference.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the Cafe Jose. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, veggie omelet and fruit, oatmeal, etc.

Morning: Check out of hotel, load luggage and depart Sedona for Williams (65 miles) and the Grand Canyon Railway depot. Enjoy the Wild West Show before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway train for a scenic and entertaining ride across the Coconino Plateau to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon Railway first arrived at the Grand Canyon in 1901. It heralded in a new age of travel, development and some might say luxury at the canyon. Experience and relish this "classic" way of travel to the "doorsteps" of the El Tovar Hotel, the historic Grand Canyon Village and to the very rim of the canyon. On board, strolling musicians will provide entertainment during the ride. Enjoy lunch as you travel.

Lunch: Sack lunches en route to Grand Canyon aboard the train.

Afternoon: Arrive at Grand Canyon Village. Once at the south rim the group will gather for the first views of the canyon. Your naturalist guide will point out the canyon's many features with historic and natural significance. With your guide, tour the historical Grand Canyon Village, sometimes called "downtown Grand Canyon", the site of much of the human development on the canyon's south rim. Highlights of the village include the Kolb Brothers Photography Studio and the buildings of Santa Fe Railroad designer Mary Jane Colter including the Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio and the Hopi House. At the east end of the village visit the 100 year old El Tovar Hotel, one of the great hotels in the National Park System. From the village boardwalk you'll be able to see the North Rim and various spires and buttes rising from the canyon floor. There will be an option to walk part way down the famed Bright Angel Trail and time during the afternoon for exploration of rim trails, canyon vistas and shops. Check into one of the Grand Canyon south rim lodges.

Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the Lodge dining facility. Choices include hot entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts.

Evening: Optional National Park Service Evening Ranger Program.

Lodging: GC South Rim Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Private and quiet off-highway location; red rock views

Contact info:
2545 W Hwy 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336 USA
phone: 928-282-1533
web: www.sedonasuper8.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air conditioning, mini refrigerator, cable TV, coffee/tea maker.

Facility amenities: Private patio area with heated (seasonal - about mid April to early October) outdoor pool; meeting room; airport shuttle; laundry facility with irons and ironing boards; free WiFi; 24 hour microwave available in lobby.

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 for rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 08 - Continued Exploration of Grand Canyon / Return to...
Note: Optional hiking of up to 2 miles either along the Grand Canyon Rim or down into it's depths.

Breakfast: This mornings breakfast is left unscheduled so participants can choose from the variety of options up at the South Rim, including the historic El Tovar hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel and continued exploration of Grand Canyon. Your coordinator will present many guided activities as well as free time options. One of the many options presented may include riding the free National Park Service shuttle along the West Rim Drive to Hermit's Rest. The West Rim Drive shuttle offers access to numerous fantastic viewpoints (Hopi, Mohave and Maricopa points to name a few) with sweeping views the canyon and the Colorado River. Other activities may include rim walks, ranger programs, exploration of the Visitor Center or just finding a quiet spot on the rim to contemplate and gaze out at the canyon - soaking up all of its grandeur.

Lunch: Lunch at the Grand Canyon.

Afternoon: After lunch board vans or coach and depart for Sedona via Flagstaff and the San Francisco Peaks. Check into Sedona Hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in Sedona at a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a select evening program on a topic of regional interest followed by program reflections and a wrap up.

Lodging: Sedona Super 8 Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 09 - Departures /Program Wrap Up
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, veggie omelet and fruit, oatmeal, etc.

Morning: Program ends after breakfast and farewells by 9:00 AM. Hotel check out by 11:00 AM. 

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Grand Canyon - South Rim
General OverviewWithin 2 hours of the Grand Canyon: Kachina Wilderness, Cameron Trading Post, Museum of Northern Arizona, historic downtown Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory, Northern Arizona University, Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki and Walnut Canyon (Sinagua ruins) National Monuments, Northern Arizona University. Within 3 hours: Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona redrocks and wilderness areas, Sedona galleries and restaurants, La Posada railroad hotel and restaurant in Winslow.
Sedona, AZ
Jeep ToursSeveral Sedona companies offer rugged and scenic 4x4 tours of the beautiful red-rock country surrounding Sedona. Choose from a number of different daily tours that vary in length from approximately 1½ hrs to three hours. Ride over, around, and up the red rocks, through scenic canyons and the wild outback. Great photo opportunities. For additional information, visit www.redrockjeep.com
For additional information, visit: www.redrockjeep.com
Red Rock State ParkThe Red Rock State Park was opened to the public in 1991. Arizona's famous Oak Creek meanders through this scenic park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. Park Facilities include: self-guided and Ranger-led interpretive walks, video and slide programs, hands-on educational exhibits, hiking trails, visitor center, Ramada, restrooms. For additional information, visit www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/redrock.html
For additional information, visit: www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/redrock.html
Sedona Historical SocietyThe Museum is focused on the period from 1870 to 1950. Experience the stories of Sedona pioneers, how they lived and the things they used. Visit an exhibit of more than 80 feature movies made in Sedona — many during the Golden Age of westerns. Another room shows the life of the real cowboys and how they worked. There's also an interesting US Forest Service exhibit provided by the Friends of the Forest. A well-stocked gift shop offers items hand-made by Sedona artists and crafts specialists.
For additional information, visit: www.sedonamuseum.org
Sedona TrolleySee all of Sedona on two scenic and informative excursions. "The Sedona Highlights" (Tour A) itinerary visits the south side of town highlighted by Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the Gallery District and a 20-minute visit at the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. Tour B leaves town entirely and heads out west into the gorgeous scenery of the Dry Creek Valley with great photo opportunities and access to the Enchantment Resort. The tours are fully narrated with lots of good information on the history, geology, climate, flora and fauna of the area, as well as good tips on hiking and biking trails, where to be for sunset and the best places for shopping and dining.
For additional information, visit: www.sedonatrolley.com
Tlaquepaque VillageTlaquepaque is an authentic re-creation of a Mexican town center, set in the old sycamores on the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona. Tlaquepaque is home to upscale galleries offering Native American arts and crafts and statuary, woven goods, jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics and hand-tooled items from other cultures.
For additional information, visit: www.tlaq.com
Uptown shops/galleries/restaurantsConveniently located in the middle of Uptown Sedona, Sedona Center is home to shopping, dining, lodging, and free parking. With stunning red-rock views, Sedona Center offers a wide array of items from jewelry and apparel to home furnishings and art. For additional information, visit www.sedona-center.com
For additional information, visit: www.sedona-center.com

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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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips

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