10414
Arizona
A Grand Christmas: Sedona’s Red Rocks and the Majesty of the Grand Canyon
Celebrate the holidays in Sedona and the Grand Canyon, where you’ll attend a candlelight service, explore festively decorated Sedona and enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner.
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Program No. 10414RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sedona, AZ
D
Hilton Sedona Resort

Afternoon: Check-in: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: Anytime between 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., come over to the Road Scholar desk, located in a hotel meeting room, to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and place of the session. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Transportation during the week will be provided by motor coach. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may be changed due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant, we will have a plated meal that incudes an entrée that varies by night, plus a choice of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Your program coordinator will discuss the program's planned activities. Depending on the group size, you may have your orientation either before or after dinner. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Sedona Overview, Hopi Culture,Tlaquepaque Village
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Hilton Sedona Resort

Activity note: Motorcoach to view Sedona sites with short walks at scenic overlooks on 1/2 day excursion. Tlaquepaque walking surface has cobblestones in places and can be uneven. Walking up to 1 mile throughout the day.

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant, we will have a buffet featuring a variety of options including eggs, breakfast meats, French toast, hot and cold cereals, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, assorted fruit juices, water.

Morning: This morning you will either visit some of Sedona’s best-loved sites on a coach excursion OR hear about the Hopi People of northeast Arizona. Take an excursion to enjoy breathtaking overviews of Sedona and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Airport Mesa's spectacular vistas and a stop in bustling uptown Sedona. Spend some time at Tlaquepaque, Sedona Arizona's Arts & Crafts Village, authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village OR listen to a presentation by Ray Coin, a member of the Hopi Nation. The Hopi, descendants of the Grand Canyon and Four Corners Ancestral Puebloans, live on three windswept mesas in villages northeast of Sedona. Hear about cultural beginnings, the clan system and some of the contemporary issues Hopi deal with as they live in both worlds.

Lunch: At the hotel restaurant, we will have a plated meal with a choice of entrée, plus coffee, tea, or water.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will either visit some of Sedona’s best-loved sites on a coach excursion OR hear about the Hopi People of northeast Arizona. Take an excursion to enjoy breathtaking overviews of Sedona and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Airport Mesa's spectacular vistas and a stop in bustling uptown Sedona. Spend some time at Tlaquepaque, Sedona Arizona's Arts & Crafts Village, authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village. OR listen to a presentation by Ray Coin, a member of the Hopi Nation. The Hopi, descendants of the Grand Canyon's and Four Corners Ancestral Puebloans, live on three windswept mesas in villages northeast of Sedona. Hear about cultural beginnings, the clan system and some of the contemporary issues Hopi deal with as they live in both worlds.

Dinner: One group will enjoy a plated dinner at a local Sedona restaurant while the other will have a plated meal at the resort's restaurant before the evening program. Other beverages available for purchase at each location.

Evening: 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. OR, for the group enjoying a dinner in Sedona, you will have time, either before or after dinner, to see the sights and stroll the shops in Sedona's Uptown, decked out in unique southwestern holiday style.

DAY
3
Tuzigoot National Monument, Historic Jerome
Sedona, AZ
B,D
Hilton Sedona Resort

Activity note: Travel about 25 miles (40 minutes) to Tuzigoot NM. Walk at monument is 1/2 mile total and up a paved hill to see the ruin site. 15 minute travel time to Jerome. Walking up to 1/2 mile in Jerome on steep, paved sidewalks. Watch for curbs. Return time is 40 minutes to hotel.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: Spend the first part of the morning at Tuzigoot National Monument with your group leader. Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. The people left the area around 1400. Then travel to the historic mining town of Jerome. Located on Cleopatra Hill, Jerome was once the largest copper mine in the United States. Today, it is a magnet for artists with many interesting tourist attactions to offer. Enjoy a historic walking tour with a local guide and hear about the old mine, the "Sliding Jail" and other area attractions.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in one of Jerome's many restaurants. A list of options will be provided for you to explore while you walk the streets of this quirky historic town.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit Jerome State Historic Park. The Douglas Mansion was built in 1916 on a dramatic promontory and inside are maps, ore samples, historic photos and the story of the town's rise and fall and rebirth. On the second floor, the 3D model of the town with the tunnels beneath it merits the trip. The park shows a video of the history of Jerome continuously all day. Enjoy this piece of Jerome's history on a self-guided exploration. Return to Sedona in late afternoon.

Dinner: One group will enjoy a plated dinner at a local Sedona restaurant while the other will have a plated meal at the resort's restaurant before the evening program. Other beverages available for purchase at each location.

Evening: 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. OR, for the group enjoying a dinner in Sedona, you will have time, either before or after dinner, to see the sights and stroll the shops in Sedona's Uptown, decked out in unique southwestern holiday style.

DAY
4
Oak Creek Canyon, Colorado Plateau, South Rim Christmas Eve
Grand Canyon
B,L,D
Grand Canyon Rim Lodges - Kachina or Thunderbird Lodge.

Activity note: Drive is about 115 miles to Grand Canyon, taking approximately 2.5 hours. Walking approximately 1 mile on mostly flat, paved or dirt roads. Today there will some required walking at the Grand Canyon of up to 1 mile total, mostly on flat, paved sidewalk/trails. Longer walking/hiking opportunities may be available.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: Travel through scenic Oak Creek Canyon en route to the Grand Canyon. Your group leader/naturalist are long-time locals who interpret and point out many points of interest during your journey. Some of the douglas fir and ponderosa pines may be frosted with snow as you make your way onto the Colorado Plateau and past the snow-capped San Francisco Peaks.

Lunch: Enjoy a sack lunch along the Canyon rim including a sandwich, chips, and fruit.

Afternoon: Visit Desert View's famed Watchtower designed by Mary Jane Colter, a renowned architect and designer for the Fred Harvey Company and Santa Fe Railroad. Take in the sweeping views of the mighty Colorado River visible a mile below. NOTE: the trip to Desert View is weather dependent. Then continue to the Visitor Center at Mather Point. Aside from the view, the Visitor Center has maps, exhibits and multi-media presentations which tell the story of this world wonder. If time permits, view the Peter Coyote-narrated film "Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder". Check in to your Grand Canyon National Park lodging in late afternoon. The 2-story Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges were built in the 1960's and are located on the Canyon's rim. Your lodging allows easy access to the rim -- you're just steps away -- with opportunity to enjoy sunset along the paved sidewalk at the rim to take in the Canyon's stunning panorama and color display while evening descends.

Dinner: Enjoy a Christmas Eve buffet dinner on the Canyon's rim. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Following dinner, attend the annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at Grand Canyon National Park sponsored by the Grand Canyon Community Church (optional), gaze at the stars from the Canyon's rim or get to bed early with 'visions of sugar plums' dancing in your head.

DAY
5
Christmas Day at Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Village
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Hilton Sedona Resort

Activity note: Walk a short distance (3-5 minutes) to the El Tovar for breakfast. Other walking on your own along the rim or down the Bright Angel Trail which could be icy. Return to Sedona, about 2.5 hours.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the most famous of all Grand Canyon eateries, the El Tovar hotel, using a prepaid voucher. Take in the historic ambiance, large picture window views of the canyon, and a full selection of breakfast entrees on Christmas Day.

Morning: Wake up this Christmas morning to a Grand Canyon sunrise (optional for those who want to sleep in!). Then spend a leisurely morning enjoying breakfast at the historic El Tovar Hotel on the Canyon's rim. The El Tovar is a short walk (less than 5 minutes) from either the Kachina or Thunderbird on the paved rim walkway. Following breakfast, on your own or with a guide, you can choose to take a brisk or leisurely walk along one of the Canyon's rim trails, or stroll the historic village and enjoy the holiday decorations in the many historic structures, some designed by Mary Jane Colter -- Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge and Lookout Studio. Visit the Kolb Studio where the Kolb brothers began taking photos of mule riders over 100 years ago. Take in a few more views from from the rim across the canyon to the North Rim -- 10 miles as the raven flies -- then depart for Sedona.

Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch en route to Sedona. We will provide an array of snacks and fruit which should be plenty after that El Tovar breakfast!

Afternoon: Return to Sedona this afternoon. Be on the lookout for the snowcapped San Francisco Peaks, with Arizona's highest peak -- Mt. Humphreys -- at 12,633'! Arrive in Sedona in time for an optional social hour before dinner.

Dinner: Christmas dinner this evening will be a holiday buffet, served at the resort, and offering traditional holiday fare for you on this most festive of holidays.

Evening: Enjoy a final evening with new friends, recapping your experiences during this special week.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Sedona, AZ
B

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: The program concludes with breakfast. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys and happy holidays!