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Program #1088RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
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Most elevations 4,500 to 5,000. 24 hours at 7,000 feet. Those with heart/lung conditions consult DR.

Itinerary for Apr 27 — May 3, 2013

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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

Additional nights before: Seasonal - $90.00 - $120.00
Call hotel for the rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, April 27 - Arrival & Check-In/Welcome & Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in after 3:00 PM. Program registration between 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel lobby.

Dinner: Dinner at Red Chopstick, adjacent to the hotel. Red Chopstick serves up variety of Chinese food entrees family style.

Evening: Your Northern Arizona University coordinator will lead Introductions and orientation in the motel meeting room following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants and get prepared for the action packed adventure you are about to embark on.

Lodging: Sedona La Quinta Inn

Meals Included: 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

Additional nights before: Seasonal - $90.00 - $120.00
Call hotel for the rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, April 28 - Natural History or Human History Lecture/Sedona R...
Note: Optional short hike during field trip.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast of pastries, coffee, juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, hot/ cold cereal, waffles, boiled eggs.

Morning: Learn about the fascinating geology of the Sedona area and the Grand Canyon through a presentation by a geologist. Learn what makes those rocks so darn red and why the Grand Canyon is called "The greatest open book of earth's history".

Lunch: Lunch at Redstone Cafe at Oak Creek Country Club, serving contemporary, health-focused cuisine. Lunch choices include soup, hearty salads, a variety of sandwiches, and a daily hot entree.

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 through Oak Creek Canyon and see other scenic vistas in and around Sedona; Enjoy either an optional visit to the Mexican inspired galleries at Tlaquepaque or to Uptown Sedona; OR a short hike in Sedona's red rock country. Discover why Sedona is referred to as "the most scenic city in America!"

Dinner: Dinner at Redstone Cafe. Entree choices include Spaghetti with Italian Sausage, Meatloaf with Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, and Braised Tuscan Chicken with Rosemary and Creamy Polenta.

Evening: Enjoy "Movies and Magic," a presentation about the film industry and its history in Sedona. Did you know that Elvis Presley made a movie in Sedona? Remember Jeff Chandler as Cochise in Broken Arrow with Jimmy Stewart? Reminisce, laugh, and learn how the movie industry played an important role in the discovery and shaping of Sedona.

Lodging: Sedona La Quinta Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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

Additional nights before: Seasonal - $90.00 - $120.00
Call hotel for the rates in effect during your stay.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, April 29 - Montezuma Castle/Ride the Scenic Verde Canyon Ra...
Note: 1/3 mile walk at Montezuma Castle, Short walk to and from train

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at La Quinta with choice of pastries, coffee, juice, yogurt, hot/cold cereal, fresh fruit, boiled eggs, waffles.

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 700 years ago by the Sinagua Indians. Enjoy a walk amongst beautiful sycamore trees and spring-fed Beaver Creek, one of only a few perennial streams in Arizona.

Lunch: Stop at Vintages Grille for lunch with a selection of a Burger, Chicken Sandwich or Portabello Sandwich; OR a Lunch Buffet.

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 a local restaurant.

Evening: Free Evening: rest up for tomorrow's long day.

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.


Day Four: Tuesday, April 30 - Depart Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon/Lunch on Canyon Ri...
Depart Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon/Lunch on Canyon Rim/Grand Canyon N.P. South Rim

Note: Several short walks to Grand Canyon viewpoints.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast - choice of pastries, hot/cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, waffles, boiled eggs, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: After early breakfast, learn about famous Oak Creek Canyon as you travel Hwy 89A, one of Arizona's most scenic highways, and up the famous switchbacks on a coach trip to the Grand Canyon's South Rim. En route, visit the southwestern corner of the Navajo Reservation and Cameron, site of the Cameron Trading Post. Stop at Desert View with its expansive view of the eastern Grand Canyon; and the Watchtower, designed by renowned architect Mary Jane Colter. 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 visit the Canyon's rim.

Lunch: Enjoy your sack lunch of a sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie while devouring incomparable views of Grand Canyon!

Afternoon: After lunch, you'll stop at a few more amazing view points, have the opportunity to walk along the rim, and visit Grand Canyon Village. Keep your eyes out for the endangered California condor soaring overhead as you gaze into the Canyon's depths below. Afternoon check-in to your south rim Grand Canyon Lodge. Option to ride the park's shuttle to a view point to view a Grand Canyon Sunset.

Dinner: Dinner in the Canyon Cafe at Grand Canyon National Park. The offerings in this cafeteria-style eatery range from burgers and salads to tacos, grilled fish, pasta dishes, and a phyllo-topped chicken pot pie. The dessert selection is plentiful, and includes cakes, pies, a serve-yourself ice cream machine, and fresh fruit and yogurt.

Evening: Option to watch a National Park Ranger evening program.

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.

Contact info:
900 Highway Route 66
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.hualapaitourism.com/

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers

Facility amenities: Exercise room, private courtyard with seasonal outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Wednesday, May 01 - Free time to explore the Grand Canyon's south rim...
Free time to explore the Grand Canyon's south rim village/Rt 66 nostalgia tour /Evening Program

Note: Free time to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Breakfast: The Canyon Cafe offers a full breakfast, cafeteria-style, with traditional choices such as bacon & eggs, pancakes, toast, potatoes, and fruit, as well as cereal, pastries, and a Mexican breakfast burrito.

Morning: Before breakfast, option to ride the park's shuttle to a view point to view a Grand Canyon Sunrise. After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and load our vehicles with luggage. Then, spend the morning exploring historic Grand Canyon Village, or, walking rim trails to viewpoints, or walk part way into the canyon on the famous Bright Angel trail. Your trip leaders will lay out the options for your choosing after the vehicles have been loaded. Options will include both guided exploration or opportunities to strike out on your own for self discovery time.

Lunch: Lunch in the Maswik or Yavapai Cafe includes a wide selection of lunchtime favorites, such as fresh salads, sandwiches, several hot entrees, and more.

Afternoon: Depart the Grand Canyon National Park for Peach Springs and the Hualapai Nation. Enroute, stop at a classic location of Route 66 nostalgia, Seligman, with its focus on American road touring in the 1950's. After Seligman, check into our hotel by 4:30 PM. The Hualapai Lodge is a modern tribal run lodge offering comfortable accommodations and access to the more remote and wild western end of the Grand Canyon.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant will be served buffet style with salad and a different entree each night. Vegetarian options will be available.

Evening: Evening program on Hualapai Indian culture and traditions presented by Sylvia Jackson. Sylvia grew up with her Hualapai grandparents who influenced and fostered her love of her Hualapai culture and traditions. She enjoys sharing her firsthand experiences, knowledge of stories — such as the Creation Story of the Hualapai Tribe — and traditional dances with learners of all ages.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Tribal artwork displayed; some traditional Hualapai cuisine served in restaurant.

Contact info:
900 Highway Route 66
Peach Springs, AZ 86434 USA
phone: 928-769-2230
web: www.hualapaitourism.com/

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; hair-dryers; coffee-makers

Facility amenities: Exercise room, private courtyard with seasonal outdoor pool (state-of-the-art non-chlorinated purification system) and spa.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Thursday, May 02 - Peach Springs Canyon to Bottom of Grand Canyon/Pi...
Peach Springs Canyon to Bottom of Grand Canyon/Picnic Lunch Riverside in the Canyon/View Diamond Creek Rapid.

Note: 20 mile bumpy gravel road to bottom of Grand Canyon. Optional 3/4 mile wet walk to Colorado River

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant. Meals are served buffet style and include typical entree selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, cereals, muffins, yogurt, etc

Morning: Depart after breakfast for a field trip down Peach Springs Canyon on the Diamond Creek Road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. Stops will be made along the way at various points of interest. This is a true "Journey to the Center of the Earth" as the walls of the Grand Canyon rise higher and higher as you drive towards the Colorado River. Pass through hundreds of millions of years of geologic history culminating in the arrival to the 1.8 billion year old rock of the Granite Gorge. A 3/4-mile walk along Diamond Creek to the river will be offered.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Colorado River in the bottom of Grand Canyon.

Afternoon: Field trip continues in the bottom of the Grand Canyon after lunch. View Diamond Creek Rapids, look for desert bighorn sheep, and watch for river runners along the shores of the Colorado River. Interesting history, facts and management issues regarding the Colorado River will be shared with the group on the beach. Return in late afternoon to the Lodge.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant will be served buffet style with salad and a different entree each night. Vegetarian options will be available.

Evening: Evening program on the history of ranching in northern Arizona. This highly informative and entertaining talk will be presented by Karin Landis. Karen's front door has opened up onto Route 66 for the past 38 years and she has been actively ranching for 25 years. Karen's independent spirit and ropin' and ridin' skills have opened a new world to Road Scholar adventurers year after year.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Friday, May 03 - Departure Day
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hualapai Lodge restaurant. Meals are served buffet style and include typical entree selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, cereals, muffins, yogurt, etc

Morning: Following breakfast, Road Scholar van will return to Sedona for no charge. Sedona arrival by 11:45 AM. If connecting with commercial van to Phoenix airport, airport arrival approximately 2:30- 3:00 PM. /// A second option exists for those desiring express service to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. Van Go Shuttle (commercial) departs Peach Springs direct for express return to Phoenix Sky Harbor with arrival by noon. Choosing Van Go will save approximately 2.5 hours on the return to Phoenix for those concerned about meeting flight schedules.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Sedona, AZ
SedonaPoints 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.)
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.

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17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
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