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

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Program #10414RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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.
Catherine from Liberty Township, OH Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 12/21/13 - 12/26/13
Amazing trip of a lifetime.

mark from Springboro, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/21/13 - 12/26/13
This was the first time we ever did anything like Road Scholar. So we chose something where we haven't been, but not so far away that we would be nervous about what we were getting into (from a cost vs adventure stand point). I am glad we chose the this program. We stayed at PocoDiablo and we got the upgrade to one of the Garden Units (single story units about 50 years away from the main building). It was a great unit with a fire place and extremely roomy. The trip to jerome was interesting, however there was way too much free time for the group. I felt that things we did on the road seemed to been planned in someone's mind, but often we were more seat of the pants. The biggest concern I had was how often we eat while in transit, and it was decided while we were "in transit". This resulted in many people having food without anything to drink. Oddly the item I learned the most and wished we had more time was Ray Coin's discussion on the Hopi Indians. Mark from Ohio

Andrew from Bakersfield, CA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 12/21/13 - 12/26/13
We had a wonderful time on the Road Scholar Sedona/Grand Canyon trip. It certainly was a big plus that the weather was perfect. Our leader, Dennis, and our driver, Lonny, were a pleasure to be with. Dennis was a font of fascinating information. I think we spent the right amount of time on our various excursions given the total amount of time we had. We would like to have spent more time at Sedona, Jerome and at the Grand Canyon but we can always return again and now know what we would like like to see more of. The Super 8 was a good value but we usually choose value hotels like Super 8, Quality or Days Inn. The food at the adjoining restaurant where we ate most dinners and breakfasts and dinners was very good. Our breakfast at the restaurant at the El Tovar Hotel was superb. We usually had several choices on the menu. The 2 occasions where the meals weren’t quite as good or there was a last minute change didn’t bother us. The hearing transmitters that we all had to use for lectures was great. The transmitters weren’t needed on the bus, but the sound system on the bus was very good. It can be very frustrating when you can’t hear much of what is said. Some participants thought the tour could have been better organized but it very much met our expectations. We prefer some flexibility. We look forward to more NAU Road Scholar trips in the southwest.

Carol from Lafayette, LA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 12/21/13 - 12/26/13
nice program. Christmas Eve service was unusual, not inspiring, Christmas Eve dinner-buffet was not at all nice. Too large a group-restaurant not equipped or ready to handle that many people.

Antoinette from Del Mar, CA Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 12/21/13 - 12/26/13
Beautiful setting - fun to be with others who share your desire to enjoy a stress free Christmas

Francisco from Del Mar, CA Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 12/21/13 - 12/26/13
My honest opinion, the group was much too large, over 40 participants, Christmas Eve religious service option not inspiring, Christmas Eve dinner-buffet like eating at your high school cafeteria, and too much free time in Jerome. On the bright side, Garrett Roberts, the leader was fun, funny and well organized and the presentations by Ray Coin, Hopi history from a Hopi, Michael Peach, actor, and Ken Mikel, western troubadour, were outstanding, and you can't beat the enduring majesty and beauty of the Grand Canyon. Frank Wong

Gail from Norwalk, CT Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 12/21/13 - 12/26/13
Loved the trip even with the poor organization/communication. Most Super 8 participants missed out on a great Thai meal because of poor communication between program leadership and Restaurant. This is a very full program. Highlights (besides the amazing scenery) were The Cowboy Christmas evening and the amazing people I got to meet. Thanks to everyone for making this Holiday trip so special

Natalie from Jackson, MS Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 12/21/13 - 12/26/13
Though this program seemed a bit disorganized compared to my other experiences with Road Scholar and I found little things about it odd (e.g., we were urged to drink lots of water, yet there was not the usual -- usual in my experience with Road Scholar trips -- cooler in the front of the bus with water for us), I definitely enjoyed it. One of my favorite things about it was the other participants. What a great group of people. Highlights of the program for me were Ray Coin's presentation about Hopi culture and, of course, our visit to the Grand Canyon with its spectacular scenery. When I signed up for this program, the only lodging choice was the Super 8 because the Poco Diablo Resort was full. I'm glad it worked out that way: it meant that I didn't have to make the decision, and I was very happy with the Super 8. Those of us staying in the Super 8 ate most of our meals at the nearby (shared parking lot) Golden Goose, a restaurant with good food, good service, and a friendly bar. Except for our being too crowded, especially at breakfast, the Golden Goose was quite good. Our Christmas Eve dinner near the Grand Canyon was NOT good, but I'm guessing that it was an experiment and that future groups won't have to endure that unpleasant meal. Dennis, our leader, was friendly and interesting, and Lonnie, our bus driver, was super -- a great driver and a likable person.

Beth from Altamonte Springs, FL Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 12/21/12 - 12/26/12
The Sedona area is definitely a fun place to spend the Christmas Holidays. We started with a stop at Airport Mesa to view the dramatic scenery the Red Rocks provide. Saturday evening's Red Rock's Fantasy Of Lights provided a dazzling holiday spectacle. Our trip to Jerome was a chance to visit a small town perched on the edge of a mountain. The walking tour of Jerome was very informative. Both our group leader, Bill, and bus driver, Ray, provided much information about the history of the area, the people and their customs. And, Ray is a fabulous driver. He was able to get us safely to the Grand Canyon in the midst of a snow storm. And of course, my favorite part of this program was experiencing the sunrise at the Grand Canyon. Truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. I would agree that the Super 8 motel was very basic, but clean. And staff friendly. Meals at the Golden Goose were very nice. The other restaurants also provided very nice menu options. The El Tovar hotel probably being the best. Perhaps a future program might offer a second day at the Grand Canyon.

Willie from Fresno, CA Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 12/21/12 - 12/26/12
I enjoyed this program very much. The Super 8 lodging was clean and quiet. The Golden Goose was well organized and effiecent in their serivce for a group of 40 travelers. We had a choice of 4 menu selections at meals. The food was good. The subsitue guide, Bill, was excellent with information and people skills. His sense of humor got us thru a lot since this was RS first Christmas trip to Sedona. The snow storm on the way to Grand Canyon was delightful. We woke Christmas morning to sunny quiet weather. I and another traveler sat at El Tovar, window seat, and watched the sunrise. After hiking the south rim it was time to return to Sedona. The only suggestions I have is to make the group size not larger than 20, not try to do activities with another group that is currently at Sedona and include visiting the rock church.

Rebecca from Ann Arbor, MI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 12/21/12 - 12/26/12
I found the trip delightful. Of course our shuttle bus from Phoenix stopped at the church on the Red Rocks because she saw it wasn't on the itinerary. But the other tours were well paced and interesting. Our speech by Ray Coin, a Hopi Indian was very inspiring and Bill K. was interesting and reassuring as a tour director. There were some glitches caused by a snow fall at the Grand Canyon, but we saw a lovely sunrise over the canyon--mighty cold. And had a wonderful brunch at the hotel. Most of the people were a cheerful bunch and went with the flow.

Susan from New Cumberland, PA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 12/21/12 - 12/26/12
If this were my first R.S. program, I would never go on another. Fortunately, I've had 3 previous trips that were outstanding. This experience was more like being in a cattle car...there were way too many people, and the Sedona Super 8 is like a Super 8 anywhere else. It seemed apparent that this was simply a money making trip for NAU. That being said, our guide, Bill, (who was a substitute), and especially our bus driver/Hopi leader Ray, did what they could to make the trip educational and enjoyable. I really wish Ray could have presented more than one time about Hopi culture; he has so much information to share. The Grand Canyon was the absolute highlight - so beautiful.

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