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Program #1062RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Elevation 4,000 feet to 7,000 feet. Check with physician if you have heart or respiratory problems.

Itinerary for Sep 13 — Sep 18, 2015

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Type: Resort

Description: The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa is Sedona’s Luxury Golf Resort located amidst the spectacular beauty of Northern Arizona’s Red Rock Country in the heart of Sedona. Sedona. The location is simply magical and has been called "The Most Beautiful Place in America." Our Guests enjoy stunning views of the majestic Red Rock formations surrounding the Hilton Sedona Resort – giving the Resort a feeling of a High Desert Lodge.

Contact info:
90 Ridge Trail Dr.
Sedona, AZ 86351 USA
phone: 928-284-4040
web: www.hiltonsedonaresort.com

Room amenities: Our Guest Rooms are beautifully decorated with Hand-carved Mexican Alder Wood and Wrought Iron furnishings. Each Guest Room features items from the Hilton Serenity Collection. The Serenity Bed includes an exclusive Suite Dreams Mattress, Super Topper Mattress Pad, Down-Filled Comforters, Touch of Down Pillows, 250 thread-count sheets and Duvet Cover, along with custom Southwest Decorative Bed Throws and Bolster Pillows. 32-inch LCD Flat Screen TV Small Refrigerators & Wet Bar High-Speed Internet Access is available Desk & Work Area with 2-Line Phone Small Sitting Area Cozy Gas Fireplace Private Patio or Private Balcony with spectacular views of stunning Red Rock formations or our perfectly manicured Championship Golf Course Fairways Microwave Oven

Facility amenities: Fitness Center: 2,500 Square-Feet of Fitness Center, PreCor Equipment: Weight Machines, Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bikes, Olympic Free Weights, Rowers, etc. Spa: 1,300 Square-Feet Aerobic Room with Wood Floor; 25-Meter Heated Lap Pool; Outdoor Hot Spa & Wading Pool; 3 Lighted Tennis Courts; Luxury Men's and Ladies' Locker Rooms with Large Spas, Saunas and Steam Rooms Golf: Spectacular Championship Golf Course designed by Gary Panks to blend this challenging Golf Course within the natural beauty of the Red Rocks of Sedona. The Sedona Golf Course at The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa has been named, "Top 10 New Public Golf Course" by Golf Magazine, "Best Par-3 Golf Course in the State" by the Arizona Republic, and "One of the 100 Most Women-Friendly Golf Courses in America" by Golf for Women Magazine.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $200 - $300/night
Please call ahead for seasonal pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 13 - Arrival & Registration/Introductions & Orientatio...
Afternoon: Brief on site program registration between 4:30 - 5:15 PM adjacent to the hotel lobby. Hotel rooms available after 3:00 PM, early arrivals will only be able to get rooms if they call ahead and pre-arrange.

Dinner: Dinner on site at the hotel. Entrees will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian and gluten-free option for those that enroll as such.

Lodging: Hilton Sedona Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa is Sedona’s Luxury Golf Resort located amidst the spectacular beauty of Northern Arizona’s Red Rock Country in the heart of Sedona. Sedona. The location is simply magical and has been called "The Most Beautiful Place in America." Our Guests enjoy stunning views of the majestic Red Rock formations surrounding the Hilton Sedona Resort – giving the Resort a feeling of a High Desert Lodge.

Contact info:
90 Ridge Trail Dr.
Sedona, AZ 86351 USA
phone: 928-284-4040
web: www.hiltonsedonaresort.com

Room amenities: Our Guest Rooms are beautifully decorated with Hand-carved Mexican Alder Wood and Wrought Iron furnishings. Each Guest Room features items from the Hilton Serenity Collection. The Serenity Bed includes an exclusive Suite Dreams Mattress, Super Topper Mattress Pad, Down-Filled Comforters, Touch of Down Pillows, 250 thread-count sheets and Duvet Cover, along with custom Southwest Decorative Bed Throws and Bolster Pillows. 32-inch LCD Flat Screen TV Small Refrigerators & Wet Bar High-Speed Internet Access is available Desk & Work Area with 2-Line Phone Small Sitting Area Cozy Gas Fireplace Private Patio or Private Balcony with spectacular views of stunning Red Rock formations or our perfectly manicured Championship Golf Course Fairways Microwave Oven

Facility amenities: Fitness Center: 2,500 Square-Feet of Fitness Center, PreCor Equipment: Weight Machines, Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bikes, Olympic Free Weights, Rowers, etc. Spa: 1,300 Square-Feet Aerobic Room with Wood Floor; 25-Meter Heated Lap Pool; Outdoor Hot Spa & Wading Pool; 3 Lighted Tennis Courts; Luxury Men's and Ladies' Locker Rooms with Large Spas, Saunas and Steam Rooms Golf: Spectacular Championship Golf Course designed by Gary Panks to blend this challenging Golf Course within the natural beauty of the Red Rocks of Sedona. The Sedona Golf Course at The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa has been named, "Top 10 New Public Golf Course" by Golf Magazine, "Best Par-3 Golf Course in the State" by the Arizona Republic, and "One of the 100 Most Women-Friendly Golf Courses in America" by Golf for Women Magazine.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $200 - $300/night
Please call ahead for seasonal pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 14 - Geology Presentation/Visit Sedona's Best-loved Si...
Note: Today there will be minimal walking required while enjoying stops during a tour of Sedona.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Daily options to include: fresh fruit; eggs; breakfast meats; potatoes; French Toast; hot and cold cereals; assorted fruit juices; coffee; etc.

Morning: Hear the geologic story of the Sedona area and the Grand Canyon 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."

Lunch: Lunch is served at the hotel restaurant. Daily plated options to choose from include: Southwest veggie wrap; Chicken Diablo Pasta, soup of the day and 1/2 club sandwich. Vegetarian and gluten free option for those that enroll as such.

Afternoon: This afternoon, embark on an exploration of Sedona, including a stop at the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. During the afternoon's excursion you'll receive information on the history, geology, climate, flora and fauna of the area. Stop for photo opportunities at scenic vistas.

Dinner: For tonight's dinner we will walk the short distance over to the Golf Club and eat at their restaurant where we can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding red rocks and beautiful layout of the golf course.

Evening: Enjoy a hands-on presentation about some of the Southwest's best-loved desert critters.

Lodging: Hilton Sedona Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa is Sedona’s Luxury Golf Resort located amidst the spectacular beauty of Northern Arizona’s Red Rock Country in the heart of Sedona. Sedona. The location is simply magical and has been called "The Most Beautiful Place in America." Our Guests enjoy stunning views of the majestic Red Rock formations surrounding the Hilton Sedona Resort – giving the Resort a feeling of a High Desert Lodge.

Contact info:
90 Ridge Trail Dr.
Sedona, AZ 86351 USA
phone: 928-284-4040
web: www.hiltonsedonaresort.com

Room amenities: Our Guest Rooms are beautifully decorated with Hand-carved Mexican Alder Wood and Wrought Iron furnishings. Each Guest Room features items from the Hilton Serenity Collection. The Serenity Bed includes an exclusive Suite Dreams Mattress, Super Topper Mattress Pad, Down-Filled Comforters, Touch of Down Pillows, 250 thread-count sheets and Duvet Cover, along with custom Southwest Decorative Bed Throws and Bolster Pillows. 32-inch LCD Flat Screen TV Small Refrigerators & Wet Bar High-Speed Internet Access is available Desk & Work Area with 2-Line Phone Small Sitting Area Cozy Gas Fireplace Private Patio or Private Balcony with spectacular views of stunning Red Rock formations or our perfectly manicured Championship Golf Course Fairways Microwave Oven

Facility amenities: Fitness Center: 2,500 Square-Feet of Fitness Center, PreCor Equipment: Weight Machines, Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bikes, Olympic Free Weights, Rowers, etc. Spa: 1,300 Square-Feet Aerobic Room with Wood Floor; 25-Meter Heated Lap Pool; Outdoor Hot Spa & Wading Pool; 3 Lighted Tennis Courts; Luxury Men's and Ladies' Locker Rooms with Large Spas, Saunas and Steam Rooms Golf: Spectacular Championship Golf Course designed by Gary Panks to blend this challenging Golf Course within the natural beauty of the Red Rocks of Sedona. The Sedona Golf Course at The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa has been named, "Top 10 New Public Golf Course" by Golf Magazine, "Best Par-3 Golf Course in the State" by the Arizona Republic, and "One of the 100 Most Women-Friendly Golf Courses in America" by Golf for Women Magazine.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $200 - $300/night
Please call ahead for seasonal pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 15 - Full-Day Field Trip to Grand Canyon National Park
Note: Today there will be required walking at the Grand Canyon of about 1 mile total, mostly on flat, paved or dirt trails. Longer walking/hiking opportunities available in the afternoon where participants have a little free time to explore rim trails or descend into the canyon along the Bright Angel Trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. .

Morning: After an early breakfast, travel Hwy 89A, one of Arizona's most scenic byways, through Oak Creek Canyon, and up its famous switchbacks en route to the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Visit the southwestern corner of the Navajo Reservation and the Cameron Trading Post. Then enter Grand Canyon National Park at its east entrance where the Desert View Watchtower comes into view. This stunning stone structure was designed by Mary Jane Colter, a renowned architect and designer for the Fred Harvey Company and Santa Fe Railroad. The view of the Colorado River from here is unmatched anywhere else along the rim. A naturalist will accompany you on your journey, revealing the Grand Canyon's unique geologic, biologic and historic features while you have the opportunity to walk along the Canyon's rim. You'll see Grand Canyon Village, where you may tour historic buildings and see Native American arts/crafts and other souvenirs in village shops. Colter also designed of some the most impressive structures in the historic Grand Canyon Village including Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge and Lookout Studio. You may even see an endangered California condor soaring overhead as you gaze into the Canyon's depths below.

Lunch: Sack lunch at Grand Canyon.

Afternoon: After a full afternoon exploring and learning about the Grand Canyon with some free time, you will board the motorcoach for the return trip to Sedona with a stop in Flagstaff for dinner. Don't forget to take one last look across to the Canyon's North Rim, 10 miles away as the raven flies, before settling into your seat and recapping the 1.8 billion year layer cake of earth's history you've just seen in person!

Dinner: Dinner in Flagstaff at a local restaurant.

Evening: Return to Sedona hotel in the late evening to enjoy some rest after your full day at the Grand Canyon.

Lodging: Hilton Sedona Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa is Sedona’s Luxury Golf Resort located amidst the spectacular beauty of Northern Arizona’s Red Rock Country in the heart of Sedona. Sedona. The location is simply magical and has been called "The Most Beautiful Place in America." Our Guests enjoy stunning views of the majestic Red Rock formations surrounding the Hilton Sedona Resort – giving the Resort a feeling of a High Desert Lodge.

Contact info:
90 Ridge Trail Dr.
Sedona, AZ 86351 USA
phone: 928-284-4040
web: www.hiltonsedonaresort.com

Room amenities: Our Guest Rooms are beautifully decorated with Hand-carved Mexican Alder Wood and Wrought Iron furnishings. Each Guest Room features items from the Hilton Serenity Collection. The Serenity Bed includes an exclusive Suite Dreams Mattress, Super Topper Mattress Pad, Down-Filled Comforters, Touch of Down Pillows, 250 thread-count sheets and Duvet Cover, along with custom Southwest Decorative Bed Throws and Bolster Pillows. 32-inch LCD Flat Screen TV Small Refrigerators & Wet Bar High-Speed Internet Access is available Desk & Work Area with 2-Line Phone Small Sitting Area Cozy Gas Fireplace Private Patio or Private Balcony with spectacular views of stunning Red Rock formations or our perfectly manicured Championship Golf Course Fairways Microwave Oven

Facility amenities: Fitness Center: 2,500 Square-Feet of Fitness Center, PreCor Equipment: Weight Machines, Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bikes, Olympic Free Weights, Rowers, etc. Spa: 1,300 Square-Feet Aerobic Room with Wood Floor; 25-Meter Heated Lap Pool; Outdoor Hot Spa & Wading Pool; 3 Lighted Tennis Courts; Luxury Men's and Ladies' Locker Rooms with Large Spas, Saunas and Steam Rooms Golf: Spectacular Championship Golf Course designed by Gary Panks to blend this challenging Golf Course within the natural beauty of the Red Rocks of Sedona. The Sedona Golf Course at The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa has been named, "Top 10 New Public Golf Course" by Golf Magazine, "Best Par-3 Golf Course in the State" by the Arizona Republic, and "One of the 100 Most Women-Friendly Golf Courses in America" by Golf for Women Magazine.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $200 - $300/night
Please call ahead for seasonal pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 16 - Sedona Special Interest Presentation/Free Afterno...
Sedona Special Interest Presentation/Free Afternoon/Western Ballads & Tales

Note: A free afternoon gives participants the opportunity to explore Sedona on their own. Numerous hiking trail abound for those that want to stretch their legs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: This morning hear a presentation on a topic of local interest. It may be an archaeologist providing information on the prehistoric peoples of the Sedona region, a local artist or historian, or information about Sedona's film history.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon in Sedona to explore Sedona's spectacular red rock country on your own or visit the many art galleries and attractions. Visit Sedona's unique shops and impressive art galleries. Sedona is home to over 80 galleries and several annual arts festivals that attract hundreds of recognized exhibitors from throughout the entire Southwest. You may also opt to take a short hike.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Evening entertainment with Ken and Lynne Mikell's Western Ballads and Tales. Ken and Lynn are frequent performers at southwest cowboy poet festivals and have been delighting Road Scholar participants for over a decade.

Lodging: Hilton Sedona Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa is Sedona’s Luxury Golf Resort located amidst the spectacular beauty of Northern Arizona’s Red Rock Country in the heart of Sedona. Sedona. The location is simply magical and has been called "The Most Beautiful Place in America." Our Guests enjoy stunning views of the majestic Red Rock formations surrounding the Hilton Sedona Resort – giving the Resort a feeling of a High Desert Lodge.

Contact info:
90 Ridge Trail Dr.
Sedona, AZ 86351 USA
phone: 928-284-4040
web: www.hiltonsedonaresort.com

Room amenities: Our Guest Rooms are beautifully decorated with Hand-carved Mexican Alder Wood and Wrought Iron furnishings. Each Guest Room features items from the Hilton Serenity Collection. The Serenity Bed includes an exclusive Suite Dreams Mattress, Super Topper Mattress Pad, Down-Filled Comforters, Touch of Down Pillows, 250 thread-count sheets and Duvet Cover, along with custom Southwest Decorative Bed Throws and Bolster Pillows. 32-inch LCD Flat Screen TV Small Refrigerators & Wet Bar High-Speed Internet Access is available Desk & Work Area with 2-Line Phone Small Sitting Area Cozy Gas Fireplace Private Patio or Private Balcony with spectacular views of stunning Red Rock formations or our perfectly manicured Championship Golf Course Fairways Microwave Oven

Facility amenities: Fitness Center: 2,500 Square-Feet of Fitness Center, PreCor Equipment: Weight Machines, Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bikes, Olympic Free Weights, Rowers, etc. Spa: 1,300 Square-Feet Aerobic Room with Wood Floor; 25-Meter Heated Lap Pool; Outdoor Hot Spa & Wading Pool; 3 Lighted Tennis Courts; Luxury Men's and Ladies' Locker Rooms with Large Spas, Saunas and Steam Rooms Golf: Spectacular Championship Golf Course designed by Gary Panks to blend this challenging Golf Course within the natural beauty of the Red Rocks of Sedona. The Sedona Golf Course at The Hilton Sedona Golf Resort & Spa has been named, "Top 10 New Public Golf Course" by Golf Magazine, "Best Par-3 Golf Course in the State" by the Arizona Republic, and "One of the 100 Most Women-Friendly Golf Courses in America" by Golf for Women Magazine.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $200 - $300/night
Please call ahead for seasonal pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 17 - Montezuma Castle and Verde Canyon Railroad/Progra...
Note: About one mile walking on flat, paved trails, while at Montezuma Castle National Monument.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart on a field trip to Montezuma Castle National Monument (cliff dwellings). Montezuma Castle is a 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling nestled in a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, constructed 600 years ago by the Sinagua Indians.

Lunch: Lunch will be at "Vintages Grill" in the village of Rimrock.

Afternoon: Ride the Verde Canyon Railroad! The Verde Canyon Railroad is often referred to as the finest train ride in Arizona and acclaimed as Arizona’s longest-running nature show. The remote wilderness of the Verde Canyon, located west of Sedona and below Jerome, is renowned for its towering red rock pinnacles and clean, green waters. The train rolls past Indian ruins, through a 680-foot man-made tunnel, over old-fashioned trestles and under clear azure skies. This picturesque setting is further enhanced by the variety of indigenous flora and fauna and many migrating waterfowl. Over thirty bald and golden eagles winter in this riparian respite each year. The 40 mile trip travels very slowly (10-15 mph) and mostly near the canyon bottom. Passengers enjoy this four-hour scenic train ride in style aboard renovated passenger coaches and open-air viewing cars pulled by vintage locomotives. Participants have inside seats and access to outdoor observation cars.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Following dinner, recap the week's activities along with farewells to your new friends.

Lodging: Hilton Sedona Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 18 - Program Conclusion and Farewells
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Independent departures following breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Sedona, AZ
General OverviewPoints of interest within two hours of Sedona: In the Flagstaff area, 30 miles north: Sinagua period ruins at Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments; Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument; the Native American artifacts and collections housed at the Museum of Northern Arizona, which also presents Native American performances and demonstrations; the Kachina Wilderness on the 12,600 ft high San Francisco Peaks; old downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66; Lowell Observatory, which discovered the planet Pluto. In the Oak Creek / Sedona area: Massive sandstone cliffs and riparian beauty of Oak Creek Canyon; Sedona red rock monoliths and the surrounding Secret Mountain Wilderness; Sedona’s fine art and jewelry galleries and its international cuisines; the New Age Sedona vortex offerings; Jerome, AZ a mining ghost town. In other outlying areas: Hopi & Navajo Reservations; the Mary Colter designed La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ; Grand Canyon Railroad at Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park (2.5 hours north.)

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
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
1 Performances

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