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Program #1046RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Equipment Requirements
Bring your own camera. 35 mm SLR or digital SLR recommended but not required. Wide angle (20-35 mm) lense, macro lens or close-up filter useful. Short to medium (80-200 mm) telephoto lense also useful. Tripod and cable release are invaluable. Program emphasis is on all phases of digital photography, but film and SLR users are also welcome to attend program and receive instruction from Arizona Highways Photographer. However, we will not be able to process SLR or print film for critique during the week; only digital photos will be critiqued during week.

Itinerary for Sep 29 — Oct 4, 2013

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Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Discover why the Crowne Plaza Phoenix hotel stands heads and shoulders above other Phoenix lodging destinations. Let us pamper you with luxuries and exceptional, personalized service. Start your morning with an invigorating dip in our indoor or outdoor pool. Enjoy a vigorous workout in our 24-hour fitness center, followed by a session in a hot tub. Are you in the mood to explore local attractions, stores, and restaurants? Take advantage of our complimentary shuttle, which travels within a five-mile radius.

Contact info:
2532 W. Peoria Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85029 USA
phone: 602-943-2341
web: www.cpphoenix.com/

Room amenities: A full complement of amenities awaits you in these refreshing Phoenix accommodations, including: Comfortable new beds, with pillow-top mattresses, Plush duvet and luxurious sheets, Seven soft, fluffy pillows, Guaranteed wake-up calls, Sleep amenities, including ear plugs, soft nightlight, and eye mask, Lavender spray, to promote relaxation, Sleep CD, provided in room free of charge, with music to suit your mood, Oversized bathrooms, with bath amenities, Two-line phone, with dataport and voice mail, Functional work desk, lamp, and chair, Premium-channel TV, stereo, and CD player, In-room movies and games, Hairdryer, iron, and ironing board, Complimentary wired Internet access, Free morning newspaper, and room service.

Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet access, in all guest rooms and suites, Wi-Fi access, in lobby, restaurant, and pre-function areas, 24-hour business center, for last-minute emergencies, Onsite laundry facilities and dry-cleaning pickup, Express check-in and check-out, Concierge services, ATM, Gift shop, offering souvenirs and toiletries, Safety deposit box, Complimentary shuttle, traveling within a five-mile radius, Room service available in room or poolside.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 per night, plus tax.
Contact hotel directly.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 29 - Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Please arrive at the hotel to register at 4:30pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 6:00 PM to settle into your room.

Dinner: Dinners may at the hotel or out a local restaurant. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.

Evening: After dinner we will have orientation. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions!

Lodging: Crowne Plaza North Phoenix

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Discover why the Crowne Plaza Phoenix hotel stands heads and shoulders above other Phoenix lodging destinations. Let us pamper you with luxuries and exceptional, personalized service. Start your morning with an invigorating dip in our indoor or outdoor pool. Enjoy a vigorous workout in our 24-hour fitness center, followed by a session in a hot tub. Are you in the mood to explore local attractions, stores, and restaurants? Take advantage of our complimentary shuttle, which travels within a five-mile radius.

Contact info:
2532 W. Peoria Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85029 USA
phone: 602-943-2341
web: www.cpphoenix.com/

Room amenities: A full complement of amenities awaits you in these refreshing Phoenix accommodations, including: Comfortable new beds, with pillow-top mattresses, Plush duvet and luxurious sheets, Seven soft, fluffy pillows, Guaranteed wake-up calls, Sleep amenities, including ear plugs, soft nightlight, and eye mask, Lavender spray, to promote relaxation, Sleep CD, provided in room free of charge, with music to suit your mood, Oversized bathrooms, with bath amenities, Two-line phone, with dataport and voice mail, Functional work desk, lamp, and chair, Premium-channel TV, stereo, and CD player, In-room movies and games, Hairdryer, iron, and ironing board, Complimentary wired Internet access, Free morning newspaper, and room service.

Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet access, in all guest rooms and suites, Wi-Fi access, in lobby, restaurant, and pre-function areas, 24-hour business center, for last-minute emergencies, Onsite laundry facilities and dry-cleaning pickup, Express check-in and check-out, Concierge services, ATM, Gift shop, offering souvenirs and toiletries, Safety deposit box, Complimentary shuttle, traveling within a five-mile radius, Room service available in room or poolside.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 per night, plus tax.
Contact hotel directly.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 30 - Photography Class/Desert Photoshoot Sonoran Deser...
Photography Class/Desert Photoshoot Sonoran Desert Photo Excursion and Photo Critique

Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Anyone with one of today's cameras can take a picture; not everyone can be called a photographer. Many of today's cameras are so "smart" that a person can literally point and shoot with the results being very acceptable more often than not. The question regarding equipment is, do you run it or does it run you? Which route to take? Your path or the beaten path? Discover your own unique path to stunning photography under the guided tutelage of an Arizona Highways Photographer. Unlock the secrets of professional photographers and learn to capture the "soul" of a place as opposed to merely its physical appearance. View the world with the eye of a photographer and uncover the beauty and picturesque moments and scenes surrounding you during this photography class.

Lunch: Lunch will either be a delicious meal at the hotel or a savory dish at a favorite local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to 1300 acre ranch in lush Sonoran desert. Experience the magic of the desert in the true spirit of the west. Enjoy endless saguaros and fascinating wildlife.

Dinner: Enjoy a cowboy cookout in a rustic old-west setting.

Evening: Return to hotel upon conclusion of photo shoot and cowboy cookout.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza North Phoenix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: www.grand-canyon-inn.com ♦ Heated swimming pool ♦ Handicap accessible rooms

Contact info:
317 South State Rd
Valle, AZ 86046 USA
phone: 928-635-9203
web: www.grand-canyon-inn.com

Room amenities: The Grand Canyon Inn is the perfect place to stay, dine, and shop during your Grand Canyon vacation. We offer 101 rooms in our motel complex. Almost all of our rooms have two queen-sized beds. The rooms are decorated in attractive Southwestern themes and offer many amenities such as in-room coffee service, hair dryers, and irons. All rooms are pet-free, have 32" flat-screen televisions, DirecTV digital satellite TV service, and direct dial phones. WiFi service is complimentary, and available in most rooms (please inquire). Individually-controlled heat and air conditioning is provided in all rooms for your comfort regardless of the time of year of your visit.

Facility amenities: In the late 1970s the family built the current Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, Arizona, and in 1977 built the first phase of the Grand Canyon Inn and restaurant as it exists today. In 1981 the motel expanded across the street with the A & B wing with 33 rooms. Expansions continued with two new wings and 40 more rooms as well as a swimming pool added in the mid-1990s. Today the Grand Canyon Inn has 101 rooms.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, October 01 - Grand Canyon
Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Enjoy an all day field trip as you work your way through the breathtaking scenic Arizona landscape towards the Grand Canyon.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch along the way.

Afternoon: Photo opportunities will arise as you travel along the rim. Also enjoy capturing once in a lifetime shots of the sun set.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a favorite local restaurant.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Discover why the Crowne Plaza Phoenix hotel stands heads and shoulders above other Phoenix lodging destinations. Let us pamper you with luxuries and exceptional, personalized service. Start your morning with an invigorating dip in our indoor or outdoor pool. Enjoy a vigorous workout in our 24-hour fitness center, followed by a session in a hot tub. Are you in the mood to explore local attractions, stores, and restaurants? Take advantage of our complimentary shuttle, which travels within a five-mile radius.

Contact info:
2532 W. Peoria Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85029 USA
phone: 602-943-2341
web: www.cpphoenix.com/

Room amenities: A full complement of amenities awaits you in these refreshing Phoenix accommodations, including: Comfortable new beds, with pillow-top mattresses, Plush duvet and luxurious sheets, Seven soft, fluffy pillows, Guaranteed wake-up calls, Sleep amenities, including ear plugs, soft nightlight, and eye mask, Lavender spray, to promote relaxation, Sleep CD, provided in room free of charge, with music to suit your mood, Oversized bathrooms, with bath amenities, Two-line phone, with dataport and voice mail, Functional work desk, lamp, and chair, Premium-channel TV, stereo, and CD player, In-room movies and games, Hairdryer, iron, and ironing board, Complimentary wired Internet access, Free morning newspaper, and room service.

Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet access, in all guest rooms and suites, Wi-Fi access, in lobby, restaurant, and pre-function areas, 24-hour business center, for last-minute emergencies, Onsite laundry facilities and dry-cleaning pickup, Express check-in and check-out, Concierge services, ATM, Gift shop, offering souvenirs and toiletries, Safety deposit box, Complimentary shuttle, traveling within a five-mile radius, Room service available in room or poolside.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 per night, plus tax.
Contact hotel directly.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 02 - Sedona
Arrive To: Check back into Embassy Suites.

Breakfast: All breakfasts are deluxe continental with a different hot options daily. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: For those interested, we are taking a trip to do sunrise photos at the Grand Canyon.

Morning: Enjoy an all day field trip to Sedona red rock country. Located in Arizona's high desert under the towering southwestern rim of the vast Colorado Plateau, the city of Sedona is blessed with four mild seasons marked by abundant sunshine and clean air. The rust-red color of the landscape, the burble of Oak Creek and the red mountains are an exquisite assault on the 5 senses. There is little wonder why the awe-inspiring views surrounding Sedona stir reverent feelings in its visitors. As the sun tracks across Sedona's turquoise-blue skies, the ageless mountains, spires, boulders, trees and occasional intermittent waterfalls that surround Sedona will display more colors than any ambitious rainbow, and provide endless opportunities for magnificent photos.

Lunch: Lunch will be on the way back.

Dinner: Enjoy exploring the local cuisine with a dinner on your own in red rock country.

Evening: Sunset shots in Sedona.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza North Phoenix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Discover why the Crowne Plaza Phoenix hotel stands heads and shoulders above other Phoenix lodging destinations. Let us pamper you with luxuries and exceptional, personalized service. Start your morning with an invigorating dip in our indoor or outdoor pool. Enjoy a vigorous workout in our 24-hour fitness center, followed by a session in a hot tub. Are you in the mood to explore local attractions, stores, and restaurants? Take advantage of our complimentary shuttle, which travels within a five-mile radius.

Contact info:
2532 W. Peoria Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85029 USA
phone: 602-943-2341
web: www.cpphoenix.com/

Room amenities: A full complement of amenities awaits you in these refreshing Phoenix accommodations, including: Comfortable new beds, with pillow-top mattresses, Plush duvet and luxurious sheets, Seven soft, fluffy pillows, Guaranteed wake-up calls, Sleep amenities, including ear plugs, soft nightlight, and eye mask, Lavender spray, to promote relaxation, Sleep CD, provided in room free of charge, with music to suit your mood, Oversized bathrooms, with bath amenities, Two-line phone, with dataport and voice mail, Functional work desk, lamp, and chair, Premium-channel TV, stereo, and CD player, In-room movies and games, Hairdryer, iron, and ironing board, Complimentary wired Internet access, Free morning newspaper, and room service.

Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet access, in all guest rooms and suites, Wi-Fi access, in lobby, restaurant, and pre-function areas, 24-hour business center, for last-minute emergencies, Onsite laundry facilities and dry-cleaning pickup, Express check-in and check-out, Concierge services, ATM, Gift shop, offering souvenirs and toiletries, Safety deposit box, Complimentary shuttle, traveling within a five-mile radius, Room service available in room or poolside.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $99 per night, plus tax.
Contact hotel directly.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 03 - Desert Botanical Gardens
Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Photo shoot at the Desert Botanical Gardens. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 250,000 visitors each year. The stunning exhibits provide endless photo opportunities.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Desert Botanical Gardens.

Afternoon: Photo critique.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza North Phoenix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 04 - Check-out
Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!

Morning: Photo workshop critique and review

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences

Ratings

4.7
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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