Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 15 miles throughout the day; about 2 hours including frequent stops and walks. Walking approximately 1.5 miles throughout the day; mostly paved pathways; short walks with stops; some cobblestones and uneven terrain. Opportunities for more activity according to personal interest.
At the hotel restaurant, we will have a buffet featuring a variety of choices including eggs, breakfast meats, French toast, hot and cold cereals, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, milk assorted fruit juices, water.
With both groups together in the hotel meeting room, everyone will receive an overview of the region’s geography put into context by a local expert. Then, we’ll split up into our groups for morning activities. In the afternoon, groups will swap activities. Group 1 will visit some of Sedona’s best-loved sites on a field trip via motorcoach led by the Group Leader. Along our journey, we’ll enjoy breathtaking overviews of Sedona and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Airport Mesa's spectacular vistas, and a stop in bustling uptown Sedona. Continuing, we’ll spend some time at Tlaquepaque, Sedona, Arizona's Arts & Crafts Village, which is authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village. Meanwhile, Group 2 will learn about the archaeology of the Verde Valley region from a local expert in the hotel meeting room.
At the hotel restaurant, we will have plated meals with a choice of entrée, plus coffee, tea, or water; other beverages available for purchase.
Groups 1 and 2 will swap activities from the morning session so everyone gets to do both.
Group 1: Hotel buffet. Group 2: At a local Sedona restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated dinner with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Group 1: In the meeting room, we’ll enjoy an evening of musical entertainment featuring Western ballads and folk tales – with a holiday twist – performed by local musicians who have been entertaining Road Scholar participants for two decades. From the sentimental to the hilarious, they will keep you wanting more. Group 2: We will then have some time to independently see the sights, soak in the festive atmosphere, and stroll Sedona's Uptown, decked out in unique southwestern holiday style. The Group Leader will be happy to provide suggestions. Afterwards, we’ll rendezvous at a predetermined time and place for transfer back to the hotel.