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SEDONA, ARIZONA

A Grand Christmas: Sedona’s Red Rocks and the Majesty of the Grand Canyon

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Program #10414RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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
7000 ft. elev. while at Grand Canyon. Those with medical concerns should consult their physician.

Equipment Requirements
Water bottle, sturdy walking shoes, sunglasses, day pack for personal gear.

Itinerary for Dec 21 — Dec 26, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, December 21 - Welcome to Sedona!/Program Registration/Participa...
Afternoon: On-site registration anytime between 4:30 and 5:15 PM.

Dinner: If lodging at Poco Diablo: Dine at T-Carl's, the resorts on site restaurant. T - Carl's specializes in health conscious fine dining with entrée selections rotating nightly to include: Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan; Turkey Breast Steak Served with Mashed Potatoes; Southwest Veggie Baked Acorn Squash on Brown Rice; Lasagna and season vegetables; etc. Vegetarian selections always available. If lodging at Sedona Super 8: Dine at the Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Rotating nightly entrées to include: grilled fish over rice with vegetables; Chicken Marsala; Baked Ham; meat loaf; eggplant or chicken parmesan ; vegetarian selections always available.

Evening: Your program coordinator will discuss the program's planned activities. Then get acquainted with your fellow holiday travelers.

Lodging: Sedona Poco Diablo Resort or Sedona Super 8 Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Two: Sunday, December 22 - Sedona Overview and Hopi Culture Presentation/Tla...
Sedona Overview and Hopi Culture Presentation/Tlaquepaque Village/Western Tales and Ballads

Note: Short walks at scenic overlooks. Tlaquepaque walking surface can be uneven at times.

Breakfast: If lodging at the Poco Diablo: Breakfast at the resorts restaurant, T-Carl's. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including scrambles eggs, bacon or sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc. If lodging at the Sedona Super 8: Full plated breakfast to include multiple options such as bacon/avocado scrambled eggs, spinach/feta scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, etc.

Morning: This morning you will either visit some of Sedona’s best-loved sites on a coach excursion OR hear about the Hopi People of northeast Arizona.

Take an excursion to enjoy breathtaking overviews of Sedona and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Airport Mesa's spectacular vistas and a stop in bustling uptown Sedona. Spend some time at Tlaquepaque, Sedona Arizona's Arts & Crafts Village, authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village. OR listen to a presentation by Ray Coin, a member of the Hopi Nation. The Hopi, descendants of the Grand Canyon's and Four Corners Ancestral Puebloans, live on three windswept mesas in villages northeast of Sedona. Hear about cultural beginnings, the clan system and some of the contemporary issues Hopi deal with as they live in both worlds.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel's restaurant. Multiple entrees to choose from including hot and cold sandwiches (vegetarian option daily), 1/2 sandwich and soup, chef or spinach salad, etc.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will either visit some of Sedona’s best-loved sites on a coach excursion OR hear about the Hopi People of northeast Arizona.

Take an excursion to enjoy breathtaking overviews of Sedona and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Airport Mesa's spectacular vistas and a stop in bustling uptown Sedona. Spend some time at Tlaquepaque, Sedona Arizona's Arts & Crafts Village, authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village. OR listen to a presentation by Ray Coin, a member of the Hopi Nation. The Hopi, descendants of the Grand Canyon's and Four Corners Ancestral Puebloans, live on three windswept mesas in villages northeast of Sedona. Hear about cultural beginnings, the clan system and some of the contemporary issues Hopi deal with as they live in both worlds.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local Sedona restaurant.

Evening: An evening of musical entertainment featuring Western ballads and folk tales -- with a holiday twist -- performed by Ken and Lynne Mikell. From the sentimental to the hilarious, they will keep you wanting more. Depending on the performance location, you may be transported to the program site.

Lodging: Sedona Poco Diablo Resort or Sedona Super 8 Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three: Monday, December 23 - Tuzigoot National Monument/Historic Jerome/A Chri...
Tuzigoot National Monument/Historic Jerome/A Christmas Carol with Michael Peach

Note: Tuzigoot is 1/2 mile total and up a paved hill to see the ruin site. Walking up to 1/2 mile in Jerome on steep, paved sidewalks. Watch for curbs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the respective hotel restaurants. See day two itinerary for example of entree selections.

Morning: Spend the first part of the morning at Tuzigoot National Monument. Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. The people left the area around 1400. Then travel to the historic mining town of Jerome. Located on Cleopatra Hill, Jerome was once the largest copper mine in the United States. Today, it is a magnet for artists with many interesting tourist attactions to offer. Enjoy a historic walking tour with a local guide and hear about the old mine, the "Sliding Jail" and other area attractions.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in one of Jerome's many restaurants. A list of options will be provided for you to explore while you walk the streets of this quirky historic town.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit Jerome State Historic Park. The Douglas Mansion was built in 1916 on a dramatic promontory and inside are maps, ore samples, historic photos and the story of the town's rise and fall and rebirth. On the second floor, the 3D model of the town with the tunnels beneath it merits the trip. The park shows a video of the history of Jerome continuously all day. Return to Sedona in late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at your hotel's restaurant.

Evening: Tonight enjoy one of the season's best-loved stories -- A Christmas Carol -- performed by Michael Peach, Sedona's own award-winning actor, playwright and historian. Enjoy Peach's rendition of Dickens' holiday classic that has become as much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths. Depending on the performance location, you may be transported to the program site.

Lodging: Sedona Poco Diablo Resort or Sedona Super 8 Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located in the heart of Grand Canyon Village on the rim of the Canyon, the lodge offers easy walking access to the many historic buildings in the village. Kolb Studio, The Hopi House, and El Tovar Hotel are all just a short stroll away. For those that wish to do some hiking, the famed Bright Angel Trail is very close and rim trails take off both directions. Ideal for sunset and sunrise viewers. All rooms booked are on canyon view side of lodge.

Contact info:
Grand Canyon Historic Village
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/kachina-lodge-410.html

Room amenities: Beds are triple sheeted, in-room coffee, refrigerator, safe, television, telephone, and full bath.

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


Day Four: Tuesday, December 24 - Oak Creek Canyon/Colorado Plateau to Grand Canyon...
Oak Creek Canyon/Colorado Plateau to Grand Canyon South Rim/Christmas Eve Dinner

Note: Today there will some required walking at the Grand Canyon of up to 1 mile total, mostly on flat, paved sidewalk/trails. Longer walking/hiking opportunities may be available in the afternoon where participants have a little free time to explore the rim trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the respective hotel restaurants. See day two itinerary for example of entree selections.

Morning: Travel through scenic Oak Creek Canyon en route to the Grand Canyon. Some of the douglas fir and ponderosa pines may be frosted with snow as you make your way onto the Colorado Plateau and past the snow-capped San Francisco Peaks.

Lunch: Enjoy a sack lunch along the Canyon rim.

Afternoon: Visit Desert View's famed Watchtower designed by Mary Jane Colter, a renowned architect and designer for the Fred Harvey Company and Santa Fe Railroad. Take in the sweeping views of the mighty Colorado River visible a mile below. NOTE: the trip to Desert View is weather dependent. Then continue to the Visitor Center at Mather Point. Aside from the view, the Visitor Center has maps, exhibits and multi-media presentations which tell the story of this world wonder. If time permits, view the Peter Coyote-narrated film "Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder". Then check in to your Grand Canyon National Park lodging. Your lodging is on the rim of the Canyon with opportunity to enjoy sunset from your rooms or just a short walk to the rim to take in the Canyon's stunning panorama and color display as evening descends.

Dinner: Board the coach to travel to a special Christmas Eve dinner at the Squire Inn in Tusayan, just outside the national park. Both groups will partake of this feast together. This sumptuous Christmas buffet will include a salad bar as well as a number of entrees including a prime rib carving station and ham along with the traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a selection of vegetables. Dessert? Of course!

Evening: Following dinner, attend the annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at Grand Canyon National Park (optional).

Lodging: Grand Canyon Rim Lodges - Kachina or Thunderbird Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day at Grand Canyon/El Tovar Breakfast/...
Note: Walk a short distance to the El Tovar for breakfast. Other walking on your own along the rim or down the Bright Angel Trail which could be icy.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the most famous of all Grand Canyon eateries, the El Tovar hotel. Take in the historic ambiance, large picture window views of the canyon, and a full selection of breakfast entrees.

Morning: Wake up this morning to a Grand Canyon sunrise (optional for those who want to sleep in!). Then spend a leisurely morning enjoying breakfast at the historic El Tovar Hotel on the Canyon's rim. Following breakfast, on your own or with a guide, you can choose to take a brisk or leisurely walk along one of the Canyon's rim trails, or stroll the historic village and enjoy the holiday decorations in the many historic structures, some designed by Mary Jane Colter -- Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge and Lookout Studio. Visit the Kolb Studio where the Kolb brothers began taking photos of mule riders over 100 years ago. Take in a few more views from from the rim across the canyon to the North Rim -- 10 miles as the raven flies -- then depart for Sedona.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch en route to Sedona.

Afternoon: Return to Sedona this afternoon. Be on the lookout again for the snowcapped San Francisco Peaks, with Arizona's highest peak -- Mt. Humphreys -- at 12,633'! Arrive in Sedona in time for an optional social hour before dinner.

Dinner: Christmas dinner this evening will be served at the respective hotel restaurants. See night one itinerary for example of entree selections.

Evening: Enjoy a final evening with new friends, recapping your experiences during this holiday to remember.

Lodging: Sedona Poco Diablo Resort or Sedona Super 8 Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Thursday, December 26 - Program Farewells/Happy Holidays!
Breakfast: Breakfast at the respective hotel restaurants. See day two itinerary for example of entree selections.

Morning: Farewell to all this holiday season! Departures following breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Sedona, AZ
General OverviewPoints of interest w/in 2 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; the Sinagua ruins at Montezuma’s Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments; 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.)

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