Best of Sedona: Natural & Cultural Landscapes in Red Rock Country

Immerse yourself in the story of Sedona as you join local experts to learn about and explore ancient cliff dwellings, iconic Red Rocks, a heritage railway and the majestic Grand Canyon.
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This was the best RS trip I've ever been on! Ashley our coordinator was caring, energetic, kind, organized and smart: in sum, perfect! Only tweak I would make is to the Grand Canyon day - think it might work better to eliminate 1-2 stops while in the National Park and allow folks more time, especially at the first location (Watchtower on our program). Otherwise, everything in Sedona and Northern AZ was outstanding. This is a great trip. FIVE STARS!


Our first Road Scholar trip was an amazing success. From the landscape of Arizona to the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon, it was all we had hoped for. We are already planning another trip!


Our Best of Sedona Experience was wonderful. It sets the bar for our future trips! Ashley Hardy was a great leader with great relationship and management skills. The daily activities were exciting and memorable. I'm so glad we participated in this wonderful program.. We stayed at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa for a wonderful 5 nights with our Road Scholar group. The customer service we experienced was exceptional. Our room was very comfortable. The meals served to our group were delicious and varied. Our dietary needs were taken into account each meal. My commendations to your staff in each area of service - from the front desk to housekeeping to catering to the barkeepers. All spot on. THANK YOU!!!


I always learn new facts and have new experiences even when I am familiar with the topics and locations.


This was a great program introducing participants to Northern Arizona and Sedona. The participants were very interesting and pleasant. There was a good balance of educational offerings and sight-seeing with a little down time built in. Our group leader was excellent, and she really came through for us when several people became ill at the same time. The Hilton at Red Rocks is a beautiful venue and I particularly liked the gas fireplace in the room. it made it very cozy. There was a nice kitchen set up including small frig, microwave, coffee maker and lots of storage.


Ashley Hardy is a gem! Wonderful spirit and extraordinary knowledge. Truly enhanced the trip!


Time for you to consider traveling with RoadScholar! If you want to learn something about your destinations, want to have excellent accommodations and good food, and want a reasonably-priced adventure, this is the right travel company! I've been on three outings with RoadScholar and all three of the team leaders were absolutely great - they made sure we experienced each destination as much as possible and learned a more in-depth appreciation of each location.


we are 2 seniors who experienced the great wonder of Sedona Arizona with the guidance of ROAD SCHOLAR. no other way to go!!!everything was planned for us including the tours, meals & lecturers & we did not miss anything. their knowledge of the area was so complete we went home with a great education & a desire to go on many more ROAD SCHOLAR trips.


I've driven across the country 3 times and railroaded across once. The Road Scholar journey through Sedona and the Grand Canyon greatly added to my knowledge and appreciation of the Great Southwest!


This was my first trip with Road Scholar and it was one of the best vacations I have ever taken. Even though I was traveling alone, I was welcomed into the group by the program leader and the other participants. The educational program, tours, lodging, food and transportation were all very high quality. Our program leader, Ashley Hardy, was friendly, organized and made sure every day went smoothly. I am excited to plan my next trip with Road Scholar.


This program is different from others in that it is educational in nature and is shared with people who have an interest in learning more about the subject matter.

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Stimulating and inspiring.


Excellent trip - Ashley Hardy was a dynamic and very efficient leader. We enjoyed all the excursions and presentations.


Our leader, although new to Road Scholar, performed wonderfully. The geologist offered in-depth lectures on the rock formations as we traveled, and in the Grand Canyon. He was wonderful. Go on this trip soon, as he is over 90 years old. The train ride is a bit long but we were offered a running commentary on the landscape from a local who was informative and humorous. The gent who gave the lecture on archaeology and prehistoric peoples had an in-depth knowledge which he very effectively shared. I will certainly not remember all the information he presented but it gave me an idea of the settlement of this part of the country.


Ashley Hardy was a wonderful tour director; her first time directing this trip and she did a great job! She always had a smile on her face and enthusiastic attitude. The hotel was gorgeous, but a little remote. However, you couldn't ask for a more amazing environment. The staff was wonderful/extremely accommodating. Food: I was disappointed in the food we had on this trip. Out of five dinners, although good, we had pasta twice (no protein). A Mexican food dinner at Maria's was the worst meal of the trip (expressed by several of the group and input from locals). Our farewell dinner was at the Juniper Grill (awesome views) on site; however, it was a buffet dinner which was very crowded and the food was marginal at best. A sliced chicken lunch was cold and tough. A Chinese food buffet lunch which was fair. Heading to the rest room, I noticed how dirty the walls and general area were. The best lunch we had was on our own! With a luxurious hotel such as this, I was surprised that breakfast although good was the same everyday: scrambled eggs, fruit, cold cereal, etc. Hot cooked oatmeal (not packaged) would have been great. I did request it but it never appeared. Activities: The trip to the Grand Canyon was wonderful! Dr. Stan Beus and his wife, Mary Jane, were great. The presentation by Maggie Mitchell was informative and fun. The singers, Ken and Lynne Mikell did not have a microphone so that made it less enjoyable. The tour of Montezuma’s Castle was thoroughly enjoyable; Ashley did a great job explaining the ruins and area. The tour guide on the Verde Canyon RR was great and very enthusiastic but it was a long/boring ride. I chose a Pink Jeep tour for my free afternoon; it was one of the highlights of my trip. After seeing the gorgeous scenery in a jeep, the train ride paled by comparison. Despite the negatives, the tour director, amazing hotel staff, fellow travel companions, speakers and the awesome beauty of Sedona made for a memorable journey.


This was my first Road Scholar program and it certainly won't be my last. It was a fulfillment of a lifelong dream to see and experience the Grand Canyon, and to have Dr. Beus share his knowledge of the geology of this wonder made it all the more rich an experience. Sedona was stunningly beautiful. Our leader Mary Hanson was the best...warm, knowledgeable, and incredibly well organized and skilled in her leadership. Thank you Road Scolar for the trip of a lifetime!


The Road Scholar program provides an interesting and stimulating opportunity to learn, re-learn places, events and cultural narratives of people and disciplines in a compressed wrinkle in time. The interaction among the participants from various backgrounds and regions is in itself a life-embracing surprising joy.


My very first Road Scholar program and my first time to Arizona. It couldn’t have been more perfect, a dream come true and items deleted from my bucket list. I feel that my spiritual component has been revitalized!


I just returned from The Best of Sedona program, and I highly recommend it! The panoramas are beyond beautiful. The program is varied : lectures, hikes, leisure walks, a train ride, gorgeous art and shopping. All while being surrounded by the most beautiful mountains. The motel was well located, facing the beautiful Red Rocks and accessible to public transportation for those who wanted to venture on their own. Can't say enough about the beauty of the locale, you have to see it for yourself! This program is leisurely enough for those with mobility issues, and moderately active for most participants. The leader and lecturers added to the experience by providing the background knowledge to understand the uniqueness of the geology/fauna/history of this incredible region. Caveat: My program was in October, and I was not expecting the weather to be as variable. It can get cold, specially as you visit some of the higher points. So come prepared with layers and rain gear just in case! And don't forget your camera!!!


If you've never seen the Red Rocks in Sedona,AZ and the Grand Canyon, this is the trip for you.


The Sedona program was fantastic! It was my first Road Scholar experience, and surpassed all my expectations! From our group leader to guest speakers to excursions to educational lectures to the camaraderie of our group members, the quality of the program was outstanding. Sedona itself is indescribable.


Excellent trip to Sedona and Grand Canyon-the South Rim. The group leader was excellent and so were all the presenters who shared their expertise with Sedona and the Grand Canyon with us. The scenery of Sedona and the Grand Canyon are stupendous!

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