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BEGINS IN: PHOENIX, ARIZONA

On the Road: Hopi Mesas, Canyon de Chelly, and Monument Valley-Exploring Lands of the Hopi & Navajo

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Program #18591RJ
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
Up to 7,000 feet. Those with heart/lung concerns should consult a physician before attending.

Itinerary for Mar 30 — Apr 5, 2014

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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, air conditioners.

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 a discount off the best available rate for our clients. In order to get this discount you must contact the group sales manager, Crystal Peters, direct. Her contact info: Phone: 602-293-0338; email: crystal.peters@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: Sunday, March 30 - Registration/Program Orientation and Introduction...
Afternoon: On site program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Your coordinator will lead a session of introductions and orientation, followed by questions and answers.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Being part of the overall Hopi Cultural Center, the motel is in the center of cultural and economic events on the Hopi Reservation.

Contact info:
US Highway 264
Second Mesa, AZ 86043 USA
phone: 928-734-2401
web: www.hopiculturalcenter.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, individually controlled AC/heat, phone, clock radio, individual bath, free wifi.

Facility amenities: On site restaurant, museum, native arts and crafts workshops and vending areas.

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


Day Two: Monday, March 31 - Visit Heard Museum travel from Phoenix to Hopi Me...
Note: Docent guided walking tour of Heard Museum

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Bring all luggage to the Bus or Van for loading. Enjoy a docent lead tour of the Heard Museum. Since its founding by Dwight and Maie Heard in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, its educational programming and its festivals. Dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard is an institution that successfully combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art. Through innovative programs, world-class exhibitions and unmatched festivals, the Heard Museum sets the standard nationally for collaborating with Native people to present first-person voices. Partnerships with American Indian artists and tribal communities provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art and cultures of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart Phoenix and ascend from the Basin and Range region towards the San Fransisco Peaks and the Colorado Plateau. On our way to the Hopi Mesas begin our discussion of Hopi Culture.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant. Vegetarian options include salad, hopi bean taco, grilled cheese and cottage cheese.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy a Hopi culture presentation by a Hopi Native. Topics could include the Hopi's creation story, how they came to reside on their present day lands on the mesas in northeastern Arizona, the Hopi Ceremonial cycle, Hopi land issues, or other Hopi art or culture presentations.

Lodging: Hopi Cultural Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Being part of the overall Hopi Cultural Center, the motel is in the center of cultural and economic events on the Hopi Reservation.

Contact info:
US Highway 264
Second Mesa, AZ 86043 USA
phone: 928-734-2401
web: www.hopiculturalcenter.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, individually controlled AC/heat, phone, clock radio, individual bath, free wifi.

Facility amenities: On site restaurant, museum, native arts and crafts workshops and vending areas.

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


Day Three: Tuesday, April 01 - Hopi Mesas. Cultural talk, art demonstration, vi...
Note: Walking tour of Oraibi or Walpi village

Breakfast: Breakfast in Hopi Cultural Center restaurant.

Morning: Enjoy an art demonstration of traditional Hopi craft by an artisan. Your demonstration will either be on traditional basket weaving, Kachina Doll carving, or silver smithing.

Lunch: Lunch in the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant. Vegetarian options available.

Afternoon: After lunch, tour one of the oldest continuously inhabited villages in the United States. Oraibi, also referred to as Old Oraibi, is located on Third Mesa on the Hopi Reservation near Kykotsmovi Village. Oraibi was founded sometime before the year 1100 AD, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements within the United States. Your exposure to Oraibi is a chance to see and feel the pulse of a Hopi Village. Not typically open to tourist's, we ask that all participants remain sensitive to their surroundings and the cultural beliefs of the locals. Please no photography during this visit.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hopi Cultural Center restaurant. Vegetarian options include salad, hopi bean taco, grilled cheese and cottage cheese.

Evening: Review your experience with the Hopi with an open Q and A session with a Hopi member.

Lodging: Hopi Cultural Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.

Contact info:
Indian Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/chinle/chnaz/hoteldetail

Room amenities: AC, coffee/tea makers, remote control cable TV. Free high speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly. Small refrigerator in each room.

Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic American Indian cuisine and traditional American fare. Room service available. Gift shop with authentic Native American art and jewelry. Fax service. Seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guest laundromat. Limited cell phone service available in Canyon de Chelly / Chinle.

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


Day Four: Wednesday, April 02 - Navajo Culture / Canyon de Chelly South Rim Tour
Note: Several short walks to rim viewpoints. Optional 2.5 mile 600 feet hike.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the Hopi Cultural Center

Morning: Depart the Hopi Reservation after breakfast. Our journey to Canyon de Chelly will take us through some of the wildly stark and expansive lands of the Hopi and Navajo Reservations. Enroute we will visit the Hubble Trading Post National Historic Site in Ganado, Arizona, where you will step back in time and experience history first hand. Feel the old wooden floor give slightly and squeak beneath your feet as you enter the oldest, continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. As your eyes adjust to the dim lighting of the "bullpen" you might catch the trader negotiating a deal with a Native American artist for their art. John Lorenzo Hubbell purchased a trading post here in 1878, and Hubbell family members operated this trading post until it was sold to the National Park Service in 1965.

Lunch: Lunch in Canyon de Chelly at Garcia's Restaurant. The restaurant features a casual southwestern atmosphere that serves local native american and regional cuisines.

Afternoon: Visit the Canyon de Chelly National Monument Visitor Center's excellent exhibits. Then take the guided tour of the canyon's South Rim with stops at overlooks including Spider Rock, a formation which has great symbolism in Navajo cosmology. For those who want more physical activity, we offer an unguided optional hike instead of the guided bus/van tour. White House Ruin Trail is 2.5 miles Round Trip, 600 vertical feet down and back up.

Dinner: Dinner at Garcia's, featuring a casual southwestern atmosphere that serves local native american and regional cuisines.

Evening: Hear a presentation on the history of the Dine' (Navajo) people and their special connection to Canyon de Chelly.

Lodging: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, the Holiday Inn Chinle stands at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon is the second largest in the USA. In huge hollows at the base of the canyon's vertical walls, ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people stand well preserved since their construction more than 10 centuries ago. Petroglyphs both in and near the ruins clearly depict events of the canyon's early inhabitants. The remote location deep within the Navajo Nation removes it from the impact of the modern world and retains the canyon's sense of timelessness.

Contact info:
Indian Rt 7
Chinle, AZ 86503 USA
phone: 928-674-5000
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/chinle/chnaz/hoteldetail

Room amenities: AC, coffee/tea makers, remote control cable TV. Free high speed internet access in rooms; bring your own laptop. Limited cell phone service available in Chinle / Canyon de Chelly. Small refrigerator in each room.

Facility amenities: 108 guest rooms. Full service restaurant featuring authentic American Indian cuisine and traditional American fare. Room service available. Gift shop with authentic Native American art and jewelry. Fax service. Seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Guest laundromat. Limited cell phone service available in Canyon de Chelly / Chinle.

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


Day Five: Thursday, April 03 - Canyon de Chelly North Rim Tour, and inner canyon...
Canyon de Chelly North Rim Tour, and inner canyon tour via 4 wheel drive truck.

Note: Several short walks to rim viewpoints

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.

Morning: Board the bus for the morning tour of Canyon de Chelly's starkly beautiful North Rim and viewpoints with many views into Canyon del Muerto; or enjoy a lecture on Navajo culture.

Lunch: Traditional Navajo lunch buffet at Garcia's restaurant in hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch, Participants will meet 4-wheel drive tour trucks for the trip into Canyon de Chelly with certified Navajo guides. Travel into the canyon on this afternoon's tour of Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto's ruins, sandstone cliffs and canyons, petroglyphs and stunning scenery.

Dinner: Dinner at Garcia's Restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax.

Lodging: Canyon de Chelly / Chinle Holiday Inn

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.

Additional nights after: Seasonal.
Contact the Cameron Inn for the rates applicable to your stay.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Friday, April 04 - 4 wheel drive tour of Monument Valley, visit Goul...
Note: Several short walks to viewpoints on 4wd tour in Monument Valley

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Garcia's.The buffet includes, on alternating days: 2 types of eggs; pancakes or biscuits & gravy; corned beef hash or bacon/sausage; cream of wheat, whole/cut fruit, cereal.

Morning: After breakfast, depart Canyon de Chelly for Monument Valley. Enjoy a four wheel drive tour of the backroads of Monument Valley with a Navajo guide. We explore all of the famous monuments including views of the Mittens, plus we visit the Monument’s restricted area. This area contains many rock windows and arches of unique shapes and sizes. Unparalleled photo opportunities in one of the West’s most photographed destinations.

Lunch: Picnic Lunches.

Afternoon: Depart Goulding's Trading Post after the tour for Cameron Trading Post.Drive through a scenic section of the Navajo Reservation past Comb Ridge, Tsegi Canyon, Black Mesa, the Elephant Feet, Tuba City, The Little Colorado River Canyon, the northern end of the Painted Desert, and wide open sweeping vistas.

Dinner: You'll choose from two entrees at the Cameron Inn Restaurant including Navajo taco, chicken florentine, chef's salad, beef stew and more. A salad and dessert are included every evening. The restaurant is decorated with beautiful Navajo rugs, baskets, Tiffany glass cabinets and pottery and has an antique pressed tin ceiling.

Evening: Program wrap-up, reflections on the week, and farewells.

Lodging: Cameron Trading Post

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, April 05 - Depart to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and starting...
Depart to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and starting hotel for program conclusion.

Breakfast: Choose from a number of breakfast selections at the Cameron Inn Restaurant. Eggs, oatmeal, waffles, toast and bacon are among the choices. Coffee or tea and juice included.

Morning: Board our motorcoach or van for the the trip to the Phoenix Airport(arrive by 1:00 PM), followed by a stop at the first program hotel.

Lunch: Sack Lunch provided during drive to Phoenix.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Chinle, AZ
Hiking in Canyon de Chelly: The White House Ruins TrailThis unforgettable hiking opportunity is not to be missed for those active people who want to see the canyon from top to bottom. The hike provides breathtaking views of the massive red cliffs with their caves and hollows and an amazing tree tunnel at the bottom near the ruin. The trail (1.5-miles each way) drops some 600 feet from the trailhead to the ruin. This is a well maintained and "manicured" trail. The trip down is more of an easy walk. The return is strenuous but there are adequate rest stops, with benches.
Horseback RidingRide horseback accompanied by a Native America Guide onto the floor of Canyon de Chelly. Approximate cost is $20 per hour per person plus $20 per guide per group; cost will depend on number of participants. 2 hour minimum. Justin’s Horse Rental (928) 674-5678.
For additional information, visit: www.totsoniiranch.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
Scottsdale, Arizona
GeneralAll of the cultural, sporting and shopping opportunities available in the 4 million resident Valley of the Sun are available via rental car, cab or the Phoenix bus system.

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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6 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips

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