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SEDONA, ARIZONA

Best of Sedona: Verde Canyon Railway, Grand Canyon, and Montezuma Castle National Monument

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Dorothy from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
This program is in a beautiful location, has excellent instructors, great field trips, and good accommodations in Sedona.

Bonnie from Culpeper, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/14/14
Sedona is full of sunlight, energy and friendliness. The Grand Canyon is dramatic and beyond description. Only seeing it makes it believable. No picture gives the perspective that one enjoys seeing it. Just stay away from the edge! This is a wonderful educational trip. I recommend it highly!

Mary from Fort Collins, CO Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/14/14
Excellent, informative program that allows you to pick your level of physical effort.

Sharon from Olathe, KS Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
The scenery is breathtaking and the Pink Jeep Ancient Ruins tour was fantastic. Learned some interesting information on this trip, but also had to hear some biased 'preaching'. The group leader, Garrett, is fun and informative.

Jane from Canton, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Love Road Scholar tours. The convenience of only having to provide and plan transportation to and from tour sites is a PLUS for Road Scholar.

Veronica from norristown, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
This was my first Road Scholar program, so I did not know what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised by--everything! The outings to see spectacularly beautiful locations, lectures presented by very knowledgeable and entertaining teachers, accomodations and meals, absolutely lovely, friendly participants. Also, last, but not least, the cost was extremely reasonable. Talk about getting the most bang for your buck! I strongly encourage anyone sitting on the fence to take a step forward and sign up for a Road Scholar program. This may have been my first, but it certainly won't be my last! Ronnie

Louise from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
Definitely would recommend this program. The Grand Canyon, Sedona, and the surrounding area are well worth visiting with their breathtaking sites. Stan and Dennis were experts that made the program come alive!

Nancy from Avondale Estates, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
This program was the perfect combination of education and entertainment. Speakers and tour guides were excellent and well prepared. Lectures on geology, anthropology/archaeology, native American culture, and local “critters” were comprehensive and so interesting—the time flew by! Our coordinator (Dennis) went above and beyond to meet our needs. We enjoyed meeting fellow participants, who seemed as enthusiastic about the program as we were. We would not change a thing! This was our first Road Scholar experience, but we’re already starting to plan for our next.

Brenda from Roswell, GA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
Our Sedona trip was fabulous. This was only our second Road Scholar trip but both were exemplary. Well executed by everyone involved. If there weren't hundreds of other trips I wish to take, I would certainly do this one again. Dennis and Stan were great guides and wonderful people. We used Van Go Shuttle for an extended stay in Phoenix and Larry was hugely helpful in helping us chooose just the right things to do when we arrived. GO VAN GO.

Chee Sung from Gaithersburg, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
This Grand Canyon program allows one to not only view one of the true wonders of the world but also to gather deep knowledge on how this spectacular formation was created. Moreover those with an interest on spirituality will be drawn to the vortex surrounding this region.

Pamela from Fort Washington, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
This was my first time traveling alone and with the Road Scholars. The people I met were friendly and I felt welcome. Dennis is a wonderful group leader and the lectures be experts what a great learning experience. Sedona was awesome, I definitely recommend this program.

Cecelia from San Pedro, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/12/14
This program not only met, but far exceeded my expectations in all aspects.

Susan from Jurupa Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
I wanted to see more of Sedona & chose this program to stay at a resort. I wasn't disappointed. The speakers were interesting & Dennis was a terrific group leader. This was my first time going it alone, but thanks to my other RS experiences I was confident I'd meet a lot of friendlt people, & I did. I always felt welcome in whatever group I sat with at meals. Beautiful country & interestilng speakers I definitely reccomend this program.

Nancy from Yucca Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/04/14 - 05/09/14
Wow and double wow. This trip was perfect for me......the resort,the lectures by expert experts, transportation, pacing, beauty of area was incredible. I could not have asked for anymore to be added or deleted. I recommend it highly. Trip was as advertised. It was just too short, of course which maybe a popular comment for many trips. Can't wait for the Hawaii cruise in Jan. Thanks guys. Nancyann Williams

Megan from Santa Barbara, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Sedona and the Grand Canyon. It is such a beautiful area and the Grand Canyon is simply magnificent, all of which was truly enhanced by the informative lectures and presentations.

Shirley from Johnson City, TN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
This is a great program with great leaders. They were very knowledgeable of the area. We were hesitant about Super 8 Motel, but the service there was very good also. The Sedona area and Grand Canyon are just unbelievable. Shirley Barrett

Kate from Kensington, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 02/28/14
This was truly an unforgettable experience. I made sure to pick a date when the program was based at the Poco Diablo Resort, rather than the Super 8 Hotel, and I'm glad I did. Staying at Poco Diablo made it so easy to immerse oneself in Sedono's amazing landscape--red rock buttes in all directions. In addition to the spectacular setting, the resort offers comfortable rooms(everyone had their own balcony), delicious food, an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, and spa services. I came home feeling energized by the fabulous Road Scholar program (Grand Canyon visit, Verde Valley train ride, great travelling companions, etc) and, at the same time, totally relaxed from my stay at Poco Diablo. Who could ask for anything more?

Beverley from Corvallis, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 02/28/14
You will be delighted if you pick this program. You'll get an educational perspective of the Grand Canyon, see a cliff dwelling and petroglyphs, and much, much more, always being informed and entertained by knowledgeable staff.

C. from Ashland, OR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/14/14
Did not like the Super 8 motel...at all! It was sooooooo noisy with constantly slamming doors and people talking loudly in the hallway. Could easily hear the neighbors TV. The bathroom was the tiniest I have ever seen. The blankets were torn and had holes in them. The thermostat did not work; I set it at 70 and soon the room was at 76 and humid with condensation running down the window. The room felt generally dirty. Loved the activities and people, they were all great. Especially liked the critter lady, the musical duo and Garrett's old west movies demo, as well as the scenic features around the area. The geology professor talked way over my head since I have no background, so it was boring for me. They were very efficient at the Golden Goose restaurant but jammed too many people in too small of a space. My eggs were cold every morning, served with burnt toast and my husband's french toast was too horrible to describe. Everyone else seemed to enjoy the food and gave compliments so it must just be us. We ordered from the regular menu (fruit plate and toast) on the two additional mornings we stay and that was good. So bottom line -- the activities were very good, the accommodations, not good at all.

Helene from Charlotte, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/10/13 - 11/15/13
An absolutely marvelous trip. Garrett is the consummate tour leader - informative, flexible, and fun! We experienced the Grand Canyon and Sedona areas in a variety of ways - and I loved every moment!

Linda from Kingwood, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/01/13 - 11/06/13
Great first trip experience. Very well planned and organized. Hope to experience another one sometime in the future.

Joe from Mc Alisterville, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/20/13 - 10/25/13
This is a great program. The weather is wonderful and the scenery is outstanding. It is a treat.

Polly from Apex, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful rock formations. The train ride through Verde valley was the highlight of the trip. With the government shutdown changes were made to fill in the gaps for the places we could not go. This did cause us to be rushed through the museums. Even with the changes, I would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

George from Vienna, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
This program was very good, but was adversely affected by the shutdown of the National Parks. Road Scholar did an excellent job of making changes on the fly—it substituted a flight over the Grand Canyon for a day in the park, pun intended-- and the trip through the Verde Canyon was great. However, we did not visit Montezuma National Monument; instead visiting Douglas mansion in Jerome, AZ. The lecture by Dr. Stan Beus regarding the geology of the Grand Canyon was fantastic.

Deborah from Kempton, PA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/14/13
I was a very interesting program. I would reccommend it to any one interested in Geology and animals in Grand Canyon. We learned a lot about the previous peoples who inhabited this area a very long time ago at Montezuma's castle and elsewhere in the Southwest.

Barbara from Janesville, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/27/13
Sedona and the Grand Canyon are beautiful beyond words. I was in a new world nothing like my lovely midwest home. I'm so happy to have had this experience!

Evelyn from Easthampton, MA Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 09/09/13 - 09/14/13
I found this to be an excellent program in a fascinating part of the United States, and suggest that anyone who has not experienced the Southwest, consider participating.

Kathy from Greeley, CO Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
Wonderful mix of lectures/programs and field trip activities! Professor of Geology Dr. Beus was fantastic in explaining information re: layers, continental drift etc., and then accompanied our group to the Grand Canyon the next day - what a treat! Also enjoyed Chio, learned so much about the Hopi tribe, customs etc - very illustrious woman! And the pet snakes and tarantulas were fascinating - some people held them (not me!) Food great, weather wonderful. Garrett a good humored, knowledgable leader also...who was in the movies and ads! Great class & experience! Also enjoyed the 40 friendly people for the week...Kathy S., Greeley, CO

James from La Selva Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
This program was wonderful in its content and the knowledge of the group coordinator.. Everything was geared to improving the the knowledge of the participants through the use of the knowledgable speakers and the choice of locations visited. Great job.

Edward from Broken Arrow, OK Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/29/13 - 05/04/13
A great experience!!!!

Sue from St Petersburg, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/29/13 - 05/04/13
This was our first Road Scholar experience. It will not be our last. The geological information was fascinating, the other presentations excellent, the field trips outstanding. The very good company of the other participants really made the trip exceptional.

Beth from Harrisonburg, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/29/13 - 05/04/13
I really enjoyed this program and would recommend it to anyone. I was fascinated by the geology of the area as well as the differences in plant speces across the wide variation in altitude in Arizona. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly and we all were both enlightened and entertained. It was fun meeting people from all over the U.S., sharing stories and making new friends. I was travelling alone and felt a part of the group from the beginning of the session to the farewell.

Galen from Boise, ID Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/29/13 - 05/04/13
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was my first Road Scholar experience. The lecturers, field trips and the settings were magnificent. The thing that made this trip even better was our fellow participants. It is always a pleasure to be in a community of other lifetime learners. Kudos to Road Scholars and to all of my traveling companions. See you all on the 'next' trip!

Kathryn from Potomac, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/29/13 - 05/04/13
Sedona is beautiful and the trip was excellent............well-organized, informative and vast in scope. I enjoyed it tremendously and highly recommend this trip, 1062. Kathy from Maryland

Gary from Arlington, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/13 - 04/20/13
Wonderful program. I am already planning my next trip for sometime in the fall.

Eileen from Arlington, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/13 - 04/20/13
Our trip to see the Grand Canyon was our first experience with Road Scholar. It was fabulous. The scenery was spectacular, The accommodations were wonderful, the food great, the educational information was informative and the fact that everything was planned for you made the experience more relaxing and fun. We are definitely hooked and planning our next trip!!

Marilyn from Monroe, OH Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 04/15/13 - 04/20/13
This was a great learning experience in a beautiful part of our world. We loved the many activities, and the instructors were top notch! One of the best programs we have attended.

Maggie from Auburn, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/17/13 - 03/22/13
This trip is excellent value -- I like to be a bit more physically active --but opportunities did arise for walking. the food was excellent -- and plentiful -- helpful instructors -- the Canyon stand on its own! Sedona is fantastic and the rock formations which were abundant -- are magnificent -- I am happy I participated in this programme!! Maggie Stevens --

Nancy from Clarkston, MI Number of programs attended: 25
Date attended: 03/03/13 - 03/08/13
I have attended 24 Road Scholar (Elderhostel)programs thru the years and i think this was one of the best. I was so happy to finally see the grand Canyon.

Steven from Princeton, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/17/13 - 03/22/13
-belief Grand Canyon, the beautiful desert rock formations, all lodging and food pre-arranged. Authentic educational experience, availability of companionship by fellow group members. Lodging safety and cleanliness. Non-commercial. Many thanks!

Marlene from Rapid City, SD Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 03/03/13 - 03/08/13
This program exceeded our expectations! The area is beautiful, the lectures and field trips were outstanding--we would highly recommend it!

Diane from La Habra, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/10/13 - 02/15/13
When you try and try to think of ways a program could be improved and can't think of a single thing that could have been better, you know you had an excellent adventure. Breathtaking scenery, interesting and brain-building lectures, enjoyable musical entertainment and a warm and knowledgeable host. This program had it all.


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