2805
Arizona

Grand Canyon Odyssey: River Journeys and Canyon Vistas

Within the Grand Canyon’s mile-high walls lies a wealth of natural history and culture. Explore the Canyon's 277 mile length and rim via raft trips, excursions and a helicopter ride.
Rating (4.96)
Program No. 2805RJ
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8 days
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1,699
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4.96 Average
Dotty
(5)

This trip gave me a wonderful way to explore the Grand Canyon, both its natural and human history and to experience it first hand on and below the rim. Our leader, Don Lago, has an extensive knowledge of the Canyon and was eager to share it with our group. Two rafting trips on the Colorado River, a beautiful still water float and an exciting white water adventure (We sure did get wet!) made this trip an experience of a lifetime.

Joseph
(4)

I enjoyed this educational journey very much. I learned a lot and had fun in the process. Our group leader, Don, was superb.

Harvey
(5)

This was our first Road Scholar trip, and our first time to Grand Canyon. We had an incredible time. Very different from our ususal vacations. Mush more in depth, rather than here it is, now lets get on to next destination.

Margaret
(5)

We thoroughly enjoyed the program and will look at other Road Scholar programs as we make travel plans. Seeing the Grand Canyon was on our "bucket list." Doing this with Road Scholar eliminated a lot of planning and hassle. The trip leader and bus driver kept the group organized and informed. The places we stayed all had a comfortable bed in a clean, pleasant room. The activity level on the trip was comfortable for us, reasonably active seniors. There was no pressure to participate in every activity and lecture. Options were offered for those who might have difficulty. We learned much about the diversity of life in Arizona and about how Native Americans use wild plants. I highly recommend this program.

Pearl
(5)

A trip of a life time. If you care about our planet and specifically about our country, this is an important experience for you.

Joseph
(5)

This program is quite exciting, interesting and educational. I loved the experience on the river and learned so very much about the culture of Northern Arizona, especially Native American culture. I highly recommend it. Our two guides were wonderful, very knowledgable people who went to considerable lengths to ensure that the needs of all participants were met.

Barbara
(5)

Outstanding program! I feel like I experienced the Grand Canyon in most every way possible! The final day was awesome!

Gwyneth
(5)

This program exceeded my expectations! We had so much fun on both rafting days and learned so much in the process. We covered a lot of area this week, but the trips were comfortable. I enjoyed staying in the Grand Canyon National Park and being able to get around after the introductory tour. Definitely recommend this trip for anyone wanting more than just a quick trip to the Grand Canyon.

Carmen
(5)

Everything came together so good for this adventure; the participants, the leaders, the weather, accommodations, the timing. It was strenuous in parts, but we all made it w/o a scratch and was well worth the effort!

Grace
(5)

Best trip I have been on so far. The smooth water float on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon on Monday, 4/15 was amazing. Met many good friends and beautiful lodges we stayed at were really educational. Hopi House at the south rim held so many beautiful turquois pieces that it was hard to know which one I should buy. The one I really liked the most was $680, which I could not afford. Bruce and Amanda were excellent guides and very knowledgeable about the area we traveled. Karen Landis, Arizona cowboy gave a hour and half lecture on ranching in Arizona. Wish I could have recorded her words. She was excellent. She needs to write a book about that hour and half talk and use graphics to show what she wrote on the blackboard. I took notes, but didn't have time to draw. Will need to pick out another Grand Canyon trip. Maybe one in the fall sometime around Sept/Oct and see what the difference in weather might be. Once I print my photos, I will relive the trip and be more convinced I need to go again. The only thing I lost somewhere along the way was my black jacket liner with pair of gloves in the pockets. Guess it gives me a chance to buy a new coat. Tiny price to pay for such a wonderful trip to the Grand Canyon. Thanks for those memories folks! Grace

Karen
(5)

Great program! Hiking, rafting, and a helicopter ride into the Canyon. What a great way to explore the Grand Canyon from the rim to the river. So many unexpected delights along the way!

Marcia
(5)

This program was absolutely wonderful. The sights, the education, the guides, the whole experience was a life highlight. This trip opens your eyes to the absolute vastness of the Grand Canyon.

Nancy
(5)

Excellent trip for viewing the Grand Canyon from the east, south and west, and also from the rim to the river. The Helicopter and raft rides were breathtaking and also lots of fun. We enjoyed seeing a great variety of scenery from all different perspectives and our knowledgeable guide made the trip even more meaningful and enjoyable.

Daniel
(5)

The website is nicely done. It is the member portal that totally sucks

Susan
(5)

Road Scholar plans well and makes exploring the world fun and interesting. I love not having to make all the arrangements and decisions and actually spending my time learning and having a good time. Thank you Road Scholar!

Elaine
(5)

Great trip, value for money. Recommend for anyone who has dreamed of seeing the Grand Canyon from different perspectives (rim, below rim, river, air).

Barbara
(5)

I thoroughly enjoyed this program and would highly recommend it. It had the right balance of activities and learning experience, as well as some free time built in. All the Road Scholar staff were welcoming and open to questions, and shared their passion for the sights and the local people.

Becky
(5)

This was a great experience. Don't let the white water rafting scare you off. It was a lot of fun, and I felt safe on the trip. I had never been to the Grand Canyon and firmly believe everyone should go if they can. Because I have balance issues, I passed on some activities, but still enjoyed every minute of my time there.

Dorothy
(5)

If your bucket list includes a whitewater raft trip and a helicopter flight, this is the trip for you. I am almost 87 and this trip is right at the top of my list for adventure and thrills. I highly recommend this one (if you don't mind getting drenched!) Dorothy Garrett

Becky
(5)

I fulfilled a life-long dream by seeing the Grand Canyon both from the rim and at the Colorado River. Excitement and Adventure abound in this program!

Sandra
(5)

Our group of 23 enjoyed perfect weather Sept 8-15th with warm sun and blue skies. The raft trips were delightful and exciting. The hike into the Travertine Grotto was amazing but challenging with rope ladders to maneuver. Waking up at 5 am to walk 1 1/2 miles from my room to the Geological Musem point to watch the sunrise both mornings on the South Rim was a memorable experience. Watching the stars fade from the night sky and the first rays of sunlight hit the canyon walls is unforgettable. Thank you, Amy and Karen, for keeping us together and safe.

Thomas
(5)

It is a trip you will always remember and wish it could have lasted longer.

Lana
(5)

I just returned from my first Road Scholar trip and I was very impressed with the whole experience. We had an outstanding tour leader; Don Lago was very interesting and had great organizational skills. He made his job look very easy, which I am sure it wasn't! We always had the information we needed and Don was very patient with our group of 32 people. The Grand Canyon tour was a lot of fun and the people on the trip were very friendly. I especially liked the white water rafting trip, seeing Horseshoe Bend and of course, the Grand Canyon. I plan to do more Road Scholar trips as I was very happy with the format and quality of the trip.

Sara
(5)

This was a wonderful trip with a terrific guide. I highly recommend it!

Joanna
(5)

I've participated in three Road Scholar Trips, two in major cities and the last one on the Grand Canyon. All have been run efficiently with excellent accommodations, good food, excellent activities with an educational consideration, and adequate consideration of personal needs of the older generation. Now retired and ready for my 81st birthday, I will definitely go on more Road Scholar Trips.

Lanell
(5)

I find this program to be very educational and interesting. As a matter of fact, I have done this program twice; once in 2012 and again last week. I learned somethings this time that I did not before.

Jane
(5)

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and all that we saw, did, and experienced. Our leader, Matt Turner, was an excellent facilitator very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and personable. He not only presented a wealth of information on various topics, but provided us with books to supplement our knowledge. We took in sights in nearly every portion of Arizona through which we traveled. The only dissappointment was that occasionally we did not have sufficient time to thoroughly partake of a particular site (such as the Museum of Northern AZ). However, if we had spent more time at some sites, it would have been at the loss of others. The accommodations, food, rest stop frequency, activity plans were all conducted very well and efficiently. Our driver, Rick, was also excellent. If anything, this trip just made us anxious to see more of the American Southwest. Kudos to Road Scholar!! We look forward participating in more offerings in the future. Nicholas and Jane DeRensis P.S. We tried to complete the official survey form and were unable because it did not come through on our iPad.

Susan
(5)

We were delighted with the entire experience with our leader and group. We highly recommend Road Scholar.






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