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A Grand Canyon Odyssey: River Journeys and Canyon Vistas

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Program #2805RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
3,600 feet at Marble Canyon, 7,000 feet at Grand Canyon and 5,000 feet Hualapai Lodge.

Itinerary for Sep 20 — Sep 26, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Twenty five acre resort green landscaped on the Sonora Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain in uptown Scottsdale, AZ.

Contact info:
6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com

Room amenities: Plush top mattress, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk, wifi, whitewashed wood beamed ceilings, safes in every room, microwaves available in suites or upon request.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, 2 outdoor whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, jogging, fitness and nature trails, hammocks. Borgata Shopping Center steps away, Scottsdale Fashion Square, largest mall in the Southwest, two miles south.

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

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Rates vary widely; winter/spring is peak season with rates from $150 - $250/night.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Friday, September 20 - Check-In / Registration and Orientation
Afternoon: On site Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM adjacent to the hotel lobby.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entrees include salad, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will direct a program orientation, review the weekly schedule and lead group introductions after dinner in the meeting room. Get prepared for the exciting adventure lays ahead and meet your fellow participants.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful, modern facility. 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


Day Two: Saturday, September 21 - Depart for Peach Springs/Museum Of Northern Arizo...
Depart for Peach Springs/Museum Of Northern Arizona/Travel Route 66 to the Hualapai Lodge.

Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the resort, which includes: scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal or cereal, coffee,tea and juice.

Morning: Depart for Peach Springs (260 miles) via Flagstaff. Enroute to Flagstaff, via Interstate 17, you will encounter an amazing transition in life zones and topographic features. Witness the heart of the Sonoran Desert in Phoenix, transition to high-desert grassland, and then up into the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world in Flagstaff. Travel through the San Francisco Peaks volcanic field, which contains the highest point in Arizona, Humphreys Peak, elev.12,633 feet. Once in Flagstaff we will visit the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Colorado Plateau's premier museum featuring the the natural and cultural history of the region.

Lunch: Lunch in Flagstaff at a local eatery.

Afternoon: After lunch we continue our travel toward Peach Springs. The group will travel along one of the longest and arguably best preserved sections of historic Route 66 (look for the Burma Shave signs!). Travel through Seligman, Arizona, the birthplace of the Route 66 revival movement. Arrive at Hualapai Lodge for a late afternoon check-in.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant.

Evening: Evening program on Hualapai culture presented by a tribal member.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Beautiful, modern facility. 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


Day Three: Sunday, September 22 - Travel to Grand Canyon West. Helicopter to River...
Travel to Grand Canyon West. Helicopter to River and Smooth Water Raft Trip on the Colorado River through Western Grand Canyon.

Note: See Activity Details and Raft Logistics Above.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant. Enjoy eggs, a meat side (either bacon or sausage), cereals, yogurts, bagels, oatmeal, juice, coffee, etc.

Morning: After breakfast depart for Grand Canyon West (a Hualapai Nation enterprise). Travel along the Grand Wash Cliffs, the western most edge of the Colorado Plateau and the world class Joshua Tree forest en route to Grand Canyon West, and the start of a Colorado River raft trip. Travel time approximately 2.5 hours.

Lunch: Sack lunches on rim or at the Colorado River in the bottom of Grand Canyon (depending on helicopter schedule).

Afternoon: Arrive at Grand canyon West and raft the lower portion of the Colorado River from Grand Canyon West to Lake Mead with HUALAPAI RIVER RUNNERS. Access to the boat ramp will be via a short helicopter ride from the rim. The Hualapai River Runners operate inflatable eight-passenger motorized pontoon rafts piloted by a Hualapai boatman.The group will be split between multiple rafts. Conditions on the river change throughout the year, so dress for the season. Prepare for hot (we start our raft trip in a desert environment) and possible cool weather conditions. Bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and river shoes or tennis shoes with a good sole that can get wet. Embarkation on raft trip involves a short steep walk down a series of stairs to the loading dock area. (assistance will always be provided if needed). This is a smoothwater stretch of river with no rapids but for added safety, life jackets will be fitted to each person before boarding the rafts. Passengers will sit on top of the raft tubes on a long flat metal sitting decks that are apart of the boat frame. The trip covers about 20 river miles through the lower end of the Grand Canyon before "exiting" through the Grand Wash Cliffs then taking out at Pearce Ferry boat ramp. Time spent on the river is typically 2.5 hours. There are porta-johns at the raft loading area. While on the river bathroom breaks will be au natural along the shore upon request. Water and drinks will be available at all times on the rafts. WIND AND SAFETY ADVISORY: Please note the ability to fly helicopters to the Colorado River and the start of the raft trip is dependent on wind conditions on the rim and in the canyon. On extremely windy days, due to safety concerns, helicopters will not be allowed to fly. Although this is always a possibility, it happens very infrequently. Your coordinator will provide an alternative activity in the area if this occurs.

Dinner: Enjoy a well deserved dinner at a local restaurant in Kingman before returning to the Hualapai Lodge.

Evening: Late arrival back at Hualapai Lodge.

Lodging: Hualapai Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Walking distance to canyon rim and other Grand Canyon Village attractions.

Contact info:
various locations
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2625
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com/static/64.htm

Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning

Facility amenities: Walking paths to canyon rim; full-service cafeteria plus other restaurant options available. Note: we will stay in one of three different facilities under the same management, all pretty much equal in layout and amenities.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Monday, September 23 - Grand Canyon National Park.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the Hualapai Lodge Restaurant. Enjoy eggs, a meat side (either bacon or sausage), cereals, yogurts, bagels, oatmeal, juice, coffee, etc

Morning: Depart for Grand Canyon National Park. We will head east to Williams, AZ. and then turn north to enter into the Grand Canyon. Your first view of the Grand Canyon from the rim is an unforgettable experience. Your trip leader will introduce you to the geography, geology and land forms visible within the canyon while referencing some of the things you saw on the river. Then we head over the park's Visitor Center where we will watch the 20 minute "The Grand Canyon Story" multi-media presentation.

Lunch: Lunch at either the Maswik Cafe or Canyon Cafe.

Afternoon: After lunch we will take a walking tour of the historic Grand Canyon Village. Your guide will discuss the many characters that help develop the rim facilities and point out famous village area landmarks including the Kolb Brothers Photo Studio and the buildings of Fred Harvey designer Mary Jane Colter - including the Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio and the Hopi House. To the east, visit the El Tovar Hotel, one of the great lodges in the National Park system. Check into Grand Canyon lodging.

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

Evening: After dinner, a National Park Service ranger program will be offered at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium. An interesting Grand Canyon topic, which change nightly, will be presented.

Lodging: Grand Canyon National Park Lodges

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Page Courtyard overlooks the high desert sandstone walls and the beautiful scenery of the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, and is on the beautiful Page National Golf Course. This property is 1.6 miles from Lake Powell, with its boating, water skiing and fishing. Native American arts and crafts are on sale nearby. Wilderness hiking locations surround the Lake Powell Recreation Area. Within 3 hours driving time are Zion and Bryce National Parks, the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley , Escalante and Canyonlands National Monuments.

Contact info:
600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5000
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pgacy-courtyard-page/

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, clock radio, refrigerator, voice mail/ data port phones, coffee maker and hair dryer. Microwaves are available upon request.

Facility amenities: The Marriott features 152 rooms, an on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, outdoor pool (seasonal - usually from mid Apr to mid October) and whirlpool, exercise room, on-site laundromat and coffee shop. Fax, copy and printer service available. Complimentary WiFi.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, September 24 - Morning Exploration of Grand Canyon / Desert View...
Morning Exploration of Grand Canyon / Desert View Watchtower / Travel to Page.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge cafeteria. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and load luggage before heading out for Grand Canyon activities. Mid-morning we will depart Grand Canyon Village and travel along the "East Rim Drive" to the famed "Desert View Watchtower." Enjoy sweeping views of the Colorado River, the North Rim and Mary Jane Colter's Watchtower. The Watchtower is an interpretation of a prehistoric "tower kiva" with lavishly painted interior walls by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie. Continue along the "East Rim Drive" with diverse and unforgettable canyon views.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field.

Afternoon: After lunch we will stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post, a favorite place to buy souvenirs and view the Little Colorado River and its canyon. We then depart for Page, traveling in the shadows of the towering Echo Cliffs and the western edge of the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Dinner: Dinner catered by Pepper's Restaurant. Meals vary nightly and are generally served buffet-style. Salad and dessert nightly. A vegetarian option is available with advanced notice.

Evening: An interesting evening program will be offered. Subjects will include one of the following based on the availability of regional experts: the Vermilion Cliffs California Condor re-introduction project, Colorado River history or regional geology.

Lodging: Page Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Historic Lodge, first opened in 1927. All original rock masonry structures are still in use today with additional lodging facility and restaurant area added since. Many walking and hiking possibilities originate right on the lodge property.

Contact info:
Highway 89A at Lees Ferry Junction
Marble Canyon, AZ 86036 USA
phone: 928-355-2225
Room amenities: Cable TV and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Trading post; gas station; market; post office; guest laundry on site.

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

Additional nights after: Call for rates.
Early arrivals not recommended for participants utilizing shuttle service due to extremely limited schedule.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Wednesday, September 25 - Smooth Water Colorado River Raft Trip through Gle...
Smooth Water Colorado River Raft Trip through Glen Canyon to Lee's Ferry.

Note: See Activity Notes and Raft Trip Logistics Above.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet to include: scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, fresh fruit/bananas, toast, cereal option/oatmeal, orange juice, coffee.

Morning: Check out of hotel and load luggage. Enjoy a guided tour of Glen Canyon Dam and visitor center, with views of Lake Powell. The massive regional topographic map in the center of the visitor center is a must-see feature. Continue to the Colorado River Discovery Store to check in for our rafting trip. A bus will transport the group through a 2 mile long man-made tunnel to the base of the dam where the group will board rafts. Embark on the Colorado River just before lunchtime. On board narration will be provided by knowledgeable boatman guides. Weather conditions on the river change throughout the year, so dress for the season. In general, wear layers. Spring and Fall months, we can experience cooler temps and windy days, jackets and long pants are appropriate. During the summer months, shorts and light weight clothing are acceptable. Bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and river shoes or tennis shoes with a good sole that can get wet.

Lunch: Lunch (sack lunches) will be at your leisure aboard the rafts.

Afternoon: The base of 710 foot high Glen Canyon Dam is the starting place for our spectacular raft trip. Colorado River Discovey utilizes inflatable, motorized pontoon rafts comfortably carrying a maximum of 22 passengers and piloted by an experienced guide. Passengers will sit on top of the raft tubes on long flat metal sitting decks that are apart of the boat frame.The rafts navigate fifteen river miles between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry. The time spent on the river is typically about 3.5 hours. At the half way point the rafts will pull to shore for a restroom break. The restrooms are well maintained vault toilets. Each raft carries emergency communications and safety equipment. Cold water and lemonade will be available at all times. Because this is a smoothwater stretch of river (no rapids), the wearing of lifejackets by adults is optional While on the river keep an eye out for California Condors, Peregrine Falcons and bighorn sheep. On board narration of natural features and area history will be provided by the boatman guide. The bus will meet the group at Lee's Ferry and transport group to Marble Canyon Lodge for check in.

Dinner: Marble Canyon Lodge serves a selection of American classic meals including lime chicken, pot roast and select pasta dishes. For vegetarians there will be vegetarian options available.

Evening: Program wrap up and reflections. Get ready for our final departure the next morning back to Phoenix.

Lodging: Marble Canyon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Thursday, September 26 - Travel back to Phoenix airport or Scottsdale hote...
Travel back to Phoenix airport or Scottsdale hotel in Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coach or van.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Marble Canyon Lodge restaurant. Hot and cold buffet items will be available.

Morning: Load luggage. The Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coach will provide return transportation to Phoenix, arriving at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by 1:00 PM; continuing to starting hotel with arrival by approximately 1:30 PM.

Lunch: "Lunchy" food and snacks en route to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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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6 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips

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