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BEGINS IN: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

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Program #2803RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
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Except Phoenix, all sites 4 - 7,000 ft. Those w heart / lung concerns - check w Dr. before program.

Itinerary for Sep 21 — Sep 29, 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 suits 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.

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: Saturday, September 21 - Orientation and Introductions
Afternoon: On-site registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel lobby or meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner catered by the Cottonwoods Resort in the Conference Center. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian option. Entrees include salad, assorted rolls & butter, light desert, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: After dinner, we will have introductions and a program orientation, followed by questions and answers.

Lodging: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939

Room amenities: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Sunday, September 22 - Montezuma Castle National Monument/, visit Sedona...
Montezuma Castle National Monument/, visit Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon scenic drive.

Note: Several short walks in Sedona including 1/2 mile walk at Montezuma Castle.

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: Travel north through impressive stands of saguaro cactus as we climb in elevation through Black Canyon to the grassland plateau, then into Verde Valley. Visit the picturesque, wonderfully preserved 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling built by the Sinagua Indians 700 years ago at Montezuma Castle National Monument.

Lunch: Lunch at a local Sedona restaurant.

Afternoon: Tour of some Sedona's sights with stops including Chapel of the Holy Cross and Airport Mesa. Drive through Sedona's famed red rock splendor and up Oak Creek Canyon with towering cliffs on either side of rushing Oak Creek. Late afternoon check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at Taverna, a modern Greek fusion restaurant.

Evening: Evening presentation on a topic of local interest.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939

Room amenities: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, September 23 - Sinagua Cliff Dwellings/Walnut Canyon National Mo...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: A geologist will explain the forces which combined, over 1.8 years, to shape and form the Grand Canyon and the greater Colorado Plateau.The participant will come away from this geology presentation with the concepts and tools needed to better appreciate and understand the geologic formations that will be encountered on the remainder of the journey.

Lunch: Lunch in Flagstaff at Mandarin Buffet Restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the ancient Sinagua cliff dwellings and ruins at Walnut Canyon National Monument. Take a walk into the canyon on the Island Trail and/or walk the rim trail with its impressive overviews into the canyon. The 0.9 mile Island Trail descends 185 feet traveling past 25 cliff dwelling rooms. One of three national monuments in the Flagstaff area, Walnut Canyon National Monument was established in 1915 to preserve numerous Prehistoric archaeological sites which are spectacularly located in cliffs and along the rim of Walnut Canyon. Evidence of human use at Walnut Canyon can be traced back over 2,000 years. Based on ceramic analysis and tree ring dates, most Sinagua sites in the area date from 1100-1225 AD. The progression of cultural change and adaptation of the Sinagua is clearly evident at Walnut Canyon. Time to explore the monument's small museum, bookstore and displays will be offered.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: A discussion of native american culture follows dinner, or, another program of interest, or a free evening.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Adjacent to the Cameron Trading Post, the Inn is in the hub of activity for the western Navajo Reservation. It features an operating trading post with Native American arts and crafts.

Contact info:
466 N US Highway 89
Cameron, AZ 86020 USA
phone: 928-679-2231
web: www.camerontradingpost.com/

Room amenities: Satellite remote control TV, wi-fi, individually controlled AC/heat, phone, clock radio, irons, coffee/tea maker. Refrigerators and microwaves are available in suites.

Facility amenities: On site restaurant, convenience store, gas station, ATM.

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


Day Four: Tuesday, September 24 - Museum of Northern Arizona, Cameron Trading Post,...
Museum of Northern Arizona, Cameron Trading Post, Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments.

Note: Several short walks

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel and loading our luggage, we go on a docent lead tour the Museum of Northern Arizona's collection of anthropology, biology, geology, and fine arts of the Colorado Plateau region. Over its 75-year history in Flagstaff, MNA has evolved into a regional center of learning with collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research projects that serve more than 100,000 people each year. As the only accredited museum within 150 miles of Flagstaff and the only natural history museum within 150 miles, the Museum of Northern Arizona is the premier museum dedicated to the cultural and natural history of the Colorado Plateau. Free time to explore the museum on your own will be provided.

Lunch: Lunch at a Plaza Bonita, a festive Mexican restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart Flagstaff and head for Cameron. Enroute, visit Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments. Sunset Crater is the site of a volcanic eruption less than a thousand yeas ago, while Wupatki contains several Ancestral Puebloan dwelling sites; and historic Cameron Trading Post, a still-operating post on the Navajo Nation, with its displays of Navajo weavings, Native American pottery and American Indian jewelry. Afternoon check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining room at the Historic Cameron Trading Post.

Evening: Evening presentation by a local on a topic of interest.

Lodging: Cameron Trading Post

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard by Marriott overlooks the high desert sandstone walls and the blue waters of Lake Powell, as well as the Lake Powell National Golf Course. The property is situated on a mesa one mile from the lake, with its boating and fishing.

Contact info:
600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, AZ 86040 USA
phone: 928-645-5000
web: www.courtyard.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled A/C, remote cable TV, alarm radio, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron, voice mail / data port phones.

Facility amenities: The Courtyard by Marriott features 152 rooms, and on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, whirlpool, exercise room, on-site laundromat and coffee shop. Fax, copier and printer are available. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a secured unit through the hotel.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, September 25 - Raft trip on the Colorado River through Glen Cany...
Note: Board rafts and several short walks up to 1/3 mile.

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

Morning: Depart Cameron and drive to Page, AZ. for our raft trip on the Colorado. We drive past the Painted Desert and the deep red faces of the Echo Cliffs, to Page and Glen Canyon. Board rafts for a scenic float trip through the last remaining stretch of Glen Canyon below the dam and beneath the towering walls of Navajo Sandstone. Please note: Raft trip participation requires signature on a liability waiver as well as the ability to step in and out of a raft. Raft seating is on benches without back support.

Lunch: Float along on the smooth water of the river and enjoy your box lunch.

Afternoon: Continue the Colorado River float trip. Stop for a short walk to a well-preserved petroglyph panel. At the end of the float, drive by historic Lee's Ferry and Marble Canyon, balanced rocks, Vermilion Cliffs and the historic Navajo Bridge en route to Page. Return to Page in late afternoon.

Dinner: Catered dinner at the Marriott.

Evening: Enjoy a presentation of local interest such as Floating hogans of Lake Powell or Natural History of the Lake Powell area.

Lodging: Courtyard by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Full service, modern facility near Monument Valley

Contact info:
Jct 160-163
Kayenta, AZ 86033 USA
phone: 928-697-3221
web: http://www.kayentamonumentvalleyinn.com/

Room amenities: Individually controlled air conditioning, cable color TV, PPV movies, coffee maker, ironing board, wireless internet, room service from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Facility amenities: A/C Public Areas, Newsstand, Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk, High-Speed wireless Internet Access, on site restaurant with room service, self serve laundry, newsstand, gift shop, seasonal outdoor pool (Mid May - Late Sept.) treadmill, stationary bike, weight machine.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, September 26 - Navajo National Monument & Monument Valley Jeep e...
Note: Short walk up to 1/2 mile in length to scenic view points.

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

Morning: Depart for Navajo National Monument and Monument Valley. At Navajo National Monument walk to the overlook for the Betatakin Ruins, some of the best preserved ruins in the Southwest. Tour the small museum and view the park's informative video. Continue the spectacular drive through a remote part of the Navajo Reservation with sacred Navajo Mountain in view.

Lunch: Lunch at Goulding's Lodge.

Afternoon: Take the Monument Valley tour on Goulding's "jeeps" . Located on the northern edge of the Navajo reservation, Monument Valley is the literal iconic location of canyon country with its whimsical and wierd rock formations. It has been the setting of scores of western movies. The Mittens, the Totem Poles, Yei-bi-chei Pinnacle, and John Ford Point are just a few of the fantastic features that will be viewed on this once in a lifetime trip. On board narration will be provided by Native American guides. A stop at a traditional Navajo hogan with a Navajo rug weaving demonstration will be included. Photo opportunities will abound at frequent stops along the way. Following this afternoon of sensory overload, we have a late afternoon Check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at Kayenta Monument Valley Inn.

Evening: Kick back and relax - an evening on your own.

Lodging: Kayenta Monument Valley Inn

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.

Additional nights after: Seasonal.
Check welcome letter for rates. Note that room requests must be made to Lodge management company, Xanterra, in writing to secure the Road Scholar rate for extending your personal stay.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Friday, September 27 - Grand Canyon/Cameron Trading Post/Watchtower
Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast prior to departure from the hotel.

Morning: Depart Kayenta, traveling past Black Mesa, en route to the Grand Canyon. Arrive to Grand Canyon in late morning.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the rim of the canyon.

Afternoon: Travel to the Canyon's east entrance, stopping at Desert View. Climb the famed Watchtower designed by Mary Jane Colter. Enjoy Canyon views along the South Rim's eastern expanse as you travel to Grand Canyon Village and the lodge. Arrive at Grand Canyon's Visitor Information Plaza for a brief orientation. Walk to the South Rim for your first views of the Canyon. At this point there will be no doubts why they call this one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Time will be allowed to share first impressions and thoughts. Your guide will point out some of the famed spires, altars and features in the canyon and orient the group to the canyon's geography.

Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.

Evening: Optional presentation by a Grand Canyon National Park Service ranger at the Shrine of the Ages, or, relax after another full day.

Lodging: GC South Rim Lodge

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.

Additional nights after: Seasonal.
Check welcome letter for rates. Note that room requests must be made to Lodge management company, Xanterra, in writing to secure the Road Scholar rate for extending your personal stay.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Saturday, September 28 - Guided Walk Along South Rim/Program wrap up and r...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: 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. Near the east end of the village sits the 100 year old El Tovar Hotel, one of the greatest hotels in the National Park System. Hear discussion of the Village's development. Stop in at Verkamps Curios Park Visitor Center, formerly the only independent Native American Arts store, a Grand Canyon institution for over 100 years. Take in many viewpoints of the Canyon from the village rim walk.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the Grand Canyon on your own. Options may include a return to the Village, taking a free shuttle to view points on the West Rim, a hike on your own along the rim trails or into the canyon, or just find a quiet spot on the rim and take in the splendor of the canyon away from the crowds. A "Free Time Option Sheet" and a copy of the "Park Guide" newspaper will be reviewed by the coordinator to better enhance the understanding of available transportation and activities.

Dinner: A special celebratory dinner.

Evening: Program wrap up and reflections. Option to attend the Grand Canyon National Park Service ranger presentation at the Shrine of the Ages.

Lodging: GC South Rim Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Sunday, September 29 - Departures at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: Board the coach for the trip to Phoenix and Sky Harbor Airport.

Lunch: A box lunch en route to Phoenix.

Afternoon: Participants flying home will be dropped at their departure terminals by 1:00 PM. Those who are driving or who are extending their stays will then be dropped at the starting hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Flagstaff, AZ
General OverviewPoints of Interest w/in 2 hours of Flagstaff: Walnut Canyon NM, Wupatki NM, Sunset Crater NM, Museum of Northern Arizona, Downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Red Rocks and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Montezuma’s Castle NM, Tuzigoot NM, Jerome, AZ Ghost Town, San Francisco Peaks and the Kachina Wilderness, Hopi & Navajo Reservations, La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ, Grand Canyon Railroad @ Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park.
For additional information, visit: www.flagstaffarizona.com
Cameron, AZ
General OverviewWithin 2 hours of Cameron: Sinagua ruins at Wupatki National Monument & Walnut Canyon National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, Sunset Crater National Monument, Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area, Lowell Observatory, Museum of Northern Arizona, Northern Arizona University.
For additional information, visit: www.nau.edu/Road Scholar

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