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PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Southwest Landscape Photography With an Arizona Highways Photographer!

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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 May 19 — May 24, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Services include complimentary parking, weekday USA Today, on-site National/Alamo car rental desk, gift shop, room service and guest valet/laundry services. Also complimentary 24-hour BusinessLink business center with wireless high-speed internet access computer, printing and copying services. Including complimentary Managers Reception from 5:30 to 7:30. Buffet style breakfast made to order.

Contact info:
2577 West Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023 USA
phone: 602-375-1777
web: www.phoenixnorth.embassysuites.com

Room amenities: Enjoy the convenience of two flat screen television, two telephone lines, refigerator, coffeemaker, microwave, iron with ironing board, hair dryer, and well-lit work area. Complimentary High-speed Wi-Fi (in lobby only).access available including PrinterOn, allowing you to print from your laptop. Broadband connection in your room.

Facility amenities: Kick back under the desert sky before taking a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Work-out in the fully-equipped fitness center or just soothe tired muscles in the whirlpool while sipping a drink from the Cabana pool bar. Savor delicious Cajun specialties at LaFitte’s restaurant, the perfect place to catch up with friends and colleagues.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: AAA/AARP rate
Be sure to request the AAA/AARP rate for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 19 - 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: Dinner at the hotel. 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: Embassy Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Services include complimentary parking, weekday USA Today, on-site National/Alamo car rental desk, gift shop, room service and guest valet/laundry services. Also complimentary 24-hour BusinessLink business center with wireless high-speed internet access computer, printing and copying services. Including complimentary Managers Reception from 5:30 to 7:30. Buffet style breakfast made to order.

Contact info:
2577 West Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023 USA
phone: 602-375-1777
web: www.phoenixnorth.embassysuites.com

Room amenities: Enjoy the convenience of two flat screen television, two telephone lines, refigerator, coffeemaker, microwave, iron with ironing board, hair dryer, and well-lit work area. Complimentary High-speed Wi-Fi (in lobby only).access available including PrinterOn, allowing you to print from your laptop. Broadband connection in your room.

Facility amenities: Kick back under the desert sky before taking a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Work-out in the fully-equipped fitness center or just soothe tired muscles in the whirlpool while sipping a drink from the Cabana pool bar. Savor delicious Cajun specialties at LaFitte’s restaurant, the perfect place to catch up with friends and colleagues.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: AAA/AARP rate
Be sure to request the AAA/AARP rate for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 20 - 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: Embassy Suites

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, May 21 - Grand Canyon
Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary 7:00 am, just be sure to allow enough time to check out and enjoy breakfast.

Morning: Check out of Embassy Suites. Board bus and make your way through the breathtaking scenic Arizona landscape. Take a break in Flagstaff, and travel on to the Grand Canyon.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Historic Cameron Trading Post & Lodge, East of the Grand Canyon.

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

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a favorite local restaurant.

Evening: Check in to the Grand Canyon Inn.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Services include complimentary parking, weekday USA Today, on-site National/Alamo car rental desk, gift shop, room service and guest valet/laundry services. Also complimentary 24-hour BusinessLink business center with wireless high-speed internet access computer, printing and copying services. Including complimentary Managers Reception from 5:30 to 7:30. Buffet style breakfast made to order.

Contact info:
2577 West Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023 USA
phone: 602-375-1777
web: www.phoenixnorth.embassysuites.com

Room amenities: Enjoy the convenience of two flat screen television, two telephone lines, refigerator, coffeemaker, microwave, iron with ironing board, hair dryer, and well-lit work area. Complimentary High-speed Wi-Fi (in lobby only).access available including PrinterOn, allowing you to print from your laptop. Broadband connection in your room.

Facility amenities: Kick back under the desert sky before taking a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Work-out in the fully-equipped fitness center or just soothe tired muscles in the whirlpool while sipping a drink from the Cabana pool bar. Savor delicious Cajun specialties at LaFitte’s restaurant, the perfect place to catch up with friends and colleagues.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: AAA/AARP rate
Be sure to request the AAA/AARP rate for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 22 - Sedona
Breakfast: Check out of your room. . All breakfasts are made to order. Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary. Depart for Sedona by way of Scenic Highway 89 A

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 around 7:40p.m. Board for Phoenix by 8:00pm and check back in to the Embassy Suites by 10:00pm

Lodging: Embassy Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Services include complimentary parking, weekday USA Today, on-site National/Alamo car rental desk, gift shop, room service and guest valet/laundry services. Also complimentary 24-hour BusinessLink business center with wireless high-speed internet access computer, printing and copying services. Including complimentary Managers Reception from 5:30 to 7:30. Buffet style breakfast made to order.

Contact info:
2577 West Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023 USA
phone: 602-375-1777
web: www.phoenixnorth.embassysuites.com

Room amenities: Enjoy the convenience of two flat screen television, two telephone lines, refigerator, coffeemaker, microwave, iron with ironing board, hair dryer, and well-lit work area. Complimentary High-speed Wi-Fi (in lobby only).access available including PrinterOn, allowing you to print from your laptop. Broadband connection in your room.

Facility amenities: Kick back under the desert sky before taking a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Work-out in the fully-equipped fitness center or just soothe tired muscles in the whirlpool while sipping a drink from the Cabana pool bar. Savor delicious Cajun specialties at LaFitte’s restaurant, the perfect place to catch up with friends and colleagues.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: AAA/AARP rate
Be sure to request the AAA/AARP rate for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 23 - 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: Embassy Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 24 - 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
8 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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