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Grand Canyon National Park: Exploring the North and South Rims

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Program #2804RJ
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
Elevation 7,000 - 8,000 feet. Those with heart/lung concerns should consult a physician before

Itinerary for Aug 15 — Aug 21, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this hotel is convenient to freeways, light rail transportation and downtown Phoenix.

Contact info:
3838 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-phoenix-airport-north-PHXANGI/index.html

Room amenities: The Garden Sleep SystemT, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Complimentary WiFi access, LCD Flat Panel TV, TV-Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, Safe, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle. 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access, Photo Copying Service and Printer. Fitness center and outdoor pool, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Baggage Storage, Lounge, Coin Laundry, Elevators.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rates.
Hotel is offering 20% off best available rate for our clients. In order to get this discount you must contact the group sales manager, Kenya Griffith, direct. Her contact info: Phone: 602-293-0333; email: Kenya.griffith@hilton.com. Do note that this hotel sells out regularly during March - April period so if you are staying during that time period make your bookings well in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, August 15 - Registration/Program Orientation and introduction...
Afternoon: On site Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Hilton Garden Inn. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian and gluten free option for those that enrolled as such.

Evening: Introductions and orientation in the hotel meeting room following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants, review the schedule, and get prepared for the action packed adventure you are about to embark on.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The South Rim lodge (Maswik or Yavapai) was built within a quarter mile of the S. Rim. The lodge is convenient to all the shops, museums and restaurants within Grand Canyon Village. Free shuttle buses stop at the lodge.

Contact info:
S. Rim Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
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 Two: Sunday, August 16 - Travel to Grand Canyon National Park / Afternoon ...
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel that includes eggs to order, breakfast meat, cereals, muffins, fruit, whole grain breads, coffee, juice and more.

Morning: After breakfast the bus departs for Flagstaff en route to Grand Canyon. Marvel at the change of life zones and scenery as we move from the Sonora Desert to the high Colorado Plateau. Travel past the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field and the site of Arizona's highest point, Humphreys Peak, elev. 12,633 feet. Regional geography and natural history commentary will be provided on the bus by your naturalist guide.

Lunch: Lunch in Tusayan just outside Grand Canyon National Park.

Afternoon: After lunch the group arrives at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and on to the brink of the world famous chasm. Participants will receive an introduction and overview of the canyon at selected viewpoints, with additional time allotted to take in the grandeur and immensity of this natural wonder. Hotel check in after 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the Lodge's dining facility. Many entree choices to choose from as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts.

Evening: Free Evening.

Lodging: South Rim Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The South Rim lodge (Maswik or Yavapai) was built within a quarter mile of the S. Rim. The lodge is convenient to all the shops, museums and restaurants within Grand Canyon Village. Free shuttle buses stop at the lodge.

Contact info:
S. Rim Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
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 Three: Monday, August 17 - Grand Canyon National Park - Scenic Flight Over C...
Grand Canyon National Park - Scenic Flight Over Canyon, Rim Exploration and Free Time

Note: For those that registered for the Grand Canyon Overflight (Option 1) - today's 45 minute scenic flight over the Grand Canyon will employ a dual engine "Vistaliner" aircraft. The aircraft can comfortably carry 19 passengers. For more information regarding the Vistaliner and a complete listing of the aircraft's safety features and amenities, check out Grand Canyon Airlines equipment page at: www.grandcanyonairlines.com/equipment.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Canyon Cafe. Many options to choose from including scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt, juice,and coffee.

Morning: After breakfast the group will travel 8 miles to the town of Tusayan, just outside the boundary of the National Park and site of the Grand Canyon Airport and the National Geographic IMAX theater.
NOTE: When you enrolled in this program, you registered and chose between one of two activity options.
OPTION 1: GRAND CANYON OVERFLIGHT. This is a narrated 45 minute scenic (fixed wing aircraft) flight over the Grand Canyon. The many hued spires, buttes and temples and the Colorado River will be spread out below you in dramatic fashion. The flight will make a broad loop that will include a swing past the forested North Rim.
OPTION 2: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IMAX MOVIE - "THE HIDDEN SECRETS" (NO GRAND CANYON OVERFLIGHT). This movie plays on a 6-story tall screen with digital surround sound. This IMAX movie penetrates the innermost depths of the Canyon. The film moves through time, starting with the mysterious Anasazi people, to conquering the raging Colorado River with explorer John Wesley Powell and concludes with a bird's eye flight above amazing Canyon vistas.
Drop offs and pick ups will be made at both the Grand Canyon Airport and the IMAX. The group will reconvene and return to the rim by mid-morning.

Back on the rim your guide will direct you to the many famous Grand Canyon Village 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. A discussion and a handout on free time options and activities for the upcoming afternoon will be included.

Lunch: Enjoy either a lunch or dinner on your own allowing more time to experience the Canyon on your own terms and at your own pace.

Afternoon: After lunch, the afternoon is free to explore the South Rim and environs. Along with the park "Guide" newspaper and map, and a "free time options" handout participants can choose from a variety of activities and viewpoints.The historic Grand Canyon Village, Hermit's Rest West Rim shuttle, Yavapai Point, and rim walks are all popular activities. The group will employ the free park shuttle to access various points on the South Rim.

Dinner: Dinner at the Canyon Cafe. Choices include hot and cold sandwiches, salads, hot entrees, pasta dishes, and desserts.

Evening: Shuttle to Mather Point for a Grand Canyon sunset! Mather Point will offer late evening shadows and light in the canyon and sweeping rim views.

Lodging: South Rim Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The only lodging available on the North Rim, this old lodge of rough hewn logs and rocks is chiseled into the limestone of the rim itself, offering broad views of the Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Canyon, the South Rim, and the San Francisco Peaks nearly 100 miles south. Rooms are in nearby cabins on the same grounds, within walking distance of the lodge. These historic cabins are both rustic and romantic.

Contact info:
North Rim
Grand Canyon, AZ 86052 USA
phone: 928-638-2611
web: www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim/lodging.htm

Room amenities: Be prepared to step into the past in these quaint rustic historic cabins that have basic necessities including electricity, hot and cold running water, shower, hair dryer, ice bucket, heat, a telephone and screened windows that open up to let in fresh mountain air.

Facility amenities: Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room has magnificent views of the Grand Canyon through its huge picture windows. Lodge Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, Deli in the Pines for fast service dining, espresso coffee bar with fresh baked goods, Rough Rider Saloon, gift shop, camper store, self serve guest laundry facilities. Immediate access to Rim views and hiking trails from the lodge.

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


Day Four: Tuesday, August 18 - Grand Canyon East Rim / Marble Canyon / Lee's Fer...
Grand Canyon East Rim / Marble Canyon / Lee's Ferry / North Rim Lodge/Kaibab Plateau and Grand Canyon North Rim

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Canyon Cafe.

Morning: Board the bus after breakfast and begin an epic day filled with surreal landscapes and other worldly views en route to the North Rim. The journey begins along the Grand Canyon's "East Rim". The first stop will be at the Desert View overlook. Desert View has the best views of the Colorado River, and is the location of the famous Mary Jane Colter's Watchtower. After exiting the park we will enter the western edge of the Navajo Reservation and travel through the Painted Desert. We will cross the Colorado River at Marble Canyon. Lunch will be enjoyed at the base of the towering Vermilion Cliffs.

Lunch: Lunch at Marble Canyon Lodge. Make-your-own sandwich bar, with choices of meats, cheeses, salad and condiments.

Afternoon: After lunch travel to historic Lee's Ferry and the banks of the Colorado River where you will have the opportunity to dip a toe into the cold water, watch the rigging of boats preparing to go through the Grand Canyon, and join in discussions of western water issues. Continue along the base of the Vermilion Cliffs and rise onto the cool, verdant Kaibab Plateau, with its spruce, fir and aspen forest. Arrive and check in at the North Rim Lodge in the late afternoon. Accommodation Note: The Frontier Cabins on the North Rim are historic log cabins built in the 1930s. They enhance the rustic ambiance of the North Rim. Please be aware that the cabins are much smaller and more cozy than modern day lodgings.

Dinner: Dinner in the majestic dining room of North Rim, with magnificent views through huge picture windows. Entree choices include Roasted chicken, Prime Rib, Roasted Salmon Filet or Whole Wheat Mushroom Pasta with bay spinach and Oven Roasted Tomatoes.

Evening: The Grand Canyon Lodge sits right on the rim of the canyon and is an easy walk from the cabins. Relax on one of the lodge patios. After dinner there is an optional National Park Service ranger presentation in the lodge auditorium. Topics are Grand Canyon related and change nightly.

Lodging: North Rim Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The only lodging available on the North Rim, this old lodge of rough hewn logs and rocks is chiseled into the limestone of the rim itself, offering broad views of the Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Canyon, the South Rim, and the San Francisco Peaks nearly 100 miles south. Rooms are in nearby cabins on the same grounds, within walking distance of the lodge. These historic cabins are both rustic and romantic.

Contact info:
North Rim
Grand Canyon, AZ 86052 USA
phone: 928-638-2611
web: www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/north-rim/lodging.htm

Room amenities: Be prepared to step into the past in these quaint rustic historic cabins that have basic necessities including electricity, hot and cold running water, shower, hair dryer, ice bucket, heat, a telephone and screened windows that open up to let in fresh mountain air.

Facility amenities: Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room has magnificent views of the Grand Canyon through its huge picture windows. Lodge Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, Deli in the Pines for fast service dining, espresso coffee bar with fresh baked goods, Rough Rider Saloon, gift shop, camper store, self serve guest laundry facilities. Immediate access to Rim views and hiking trails from the lodge.

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


Day Five: Wednesday, August 19 - Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim Viewpoints...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Lodge, includes fresh fruit, hot items, such as French toast, eggs, hash browns, and bacon, granola, yogurt, breakfast pastires, coffe and juice.

Morning: Watch sunrise over the Grand Canyon if you'd like. After breakfast, group will join the ranger lead "Nature Walk" or other optional activities. Mid-morning the bus departs for Point Imperial, the highest viewpoint in the park at 8803 feet. This quintessential Grand Canyon view will tax the capabilities of your camera to capture it all. You naturalist guide will point out Grand Canyon and regional landmarks (some up to 100 miles away). Discussions may include regional geography, canyon trails, aircraft over flights and fire ecology to name a few. Picnic lunch on site.

Lunch: Box lunch inclucdes a deli-style sandwich, chips, fresh fruit and cookie or granola bar.

Afternoon: Bus back to the North Rim Lodge. An optional hike walk down North Kaibab Trail (with a 600 foot elevation loss and a distance of 3/4 miles one way) will be offered, or enjoy free time on the North Rim. Park ranger programs will also be available in the afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner in the majestic dining room of North Rim, with magnificent views through huge picture windows. Entree choices include Roasted chicken, Prime Rib, Roasted Salmon Filet or Whole Wheat Mushroom Pasta with bay spinach and Oven Roasted Tomatoes.

Evening: After dinner enjoy an optional National Park Service ranger presentation in the lodge auditorium.

Lodging: North Rim Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Discover contemporary conveniences at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North. Set minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport, this hotel is convenient to freeways, light rail transportation and downtown Phoenix.

Contact info:
3838 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008 USA
phone: 602-306-2323
web: hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-phoenix-airport-north-PHXANGI/index.html

Room amenities: The Garden Sleep SystemT, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Complimentary WiFi access, LCD Flat Panel TV, TV-Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, Safe, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) Airport shuttle. 24-hour Business Center and complimentary WiFi access, Photo Copying Service and Printer. Fitness center and outdoor pool, 24 hr Pavilion Pantry Market, Baggage Storage, Lounge, Coin Laundry, Elevators.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for rates.
Hotel is offering 20% off best available rate for our clients. In order to get this discount you must contact the group sales manager, Kenya Griffith, direct. Her contact info: Phone: 602-293-0333; email: Kenya.griffith@hilton.com. Do note that this hotel sells out regularly during March - April period so if you are staying during that time period make your bookings well in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Thursday, August 20 - Depart Grand Canyon / Cameron Trading Post / Phoe...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the Lodge.

Morning: After breakfast, depart Grand Canyon and re-trace our steps with a stop at the historic Navajo Bridge. During our stop at the Navajo Bridge participants will be able to take a thrilling stroll across this now pedestrian bridge and marvel at the 500' chasm below and the muddy waters of the Colorado. Continue to the historic 1916 Cameron Trading Post. Native American arts and crafts galore will be available at Cameron Trading Post. Lunch on site.

Lunch: Lunch at Cameron Trading Post. In addition to standard lunch menu selections we will offer up and introduce you to the famous "Navajo Taco" - a light, crispy fry bread loaded with traditional taco toppings. It's a memorable experience!

Afternoon: After lunch in Cameron, travel to Flagstaff, through the Verde Valley, Cordes Junction and on to our Phoenix hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Hilton Garden Inn. Entrees will vary nightly and include a vegetarian and gluten free option for those that enrolled as such.

Evening: Dinner will be followed by a program wrap-up session, including reflections and farewells.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Friday, August 21 - Program Conclusion
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel that includes eggs to order, breakfast meat, cereals, muffins, fruit, whole grain breads, coffee, juice and more.

Morning: Departures after breakfast. Airport shuttle provided by hotel.

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.

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16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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