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Arizona Discovery and the Grand Canyon

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $3,182 per person
OCT 2022 - JUN 2023
Usa Grand Canyon Woman With Knit Cap Watching Sunset

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Scottsdale, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon ...more Scottsdale, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Scottsdale

    Welcome to Scottsdale! You’ll begin your small-group tour – Arizona Discovery & the Grand Canyon, at this stunning desert oasis. Set against the rusty red of the Sonoran Desert and Red Rock mountains, Scottsdale more than earns its reputation as the Beverley Hills of the Desert, offering an eclectic mix of art galleries, spas, and golf courses. This evening, you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception to set the tone for all the things to see in Arizona to come.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Sonesta Suites Gainey Ranch
  2. Day 2 Desert Discovery in Scottsdale

    Discover what blooms in the desert, kickstarting your Arizona tour with an unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the famous Desert Botanical Garden, one of the best places to visit in Arizona. Immerse yourself in this desert discovery, seeing first-hand how some of the world’s toughest plants thrive in this unbelievably hot and harsh environment. Strolling along one of the garden trails, you’ll see an incredible collection of agave and cacti, learning how many of these plant species have been used by generations of locals for food, medicine, and building materials. There’s a fascinating back-story about the complex cultural relationship between plants and people just waiting to be uncovered and you’ll hear all about it, as well as how your visit supports the Garden’s efforts to conserve the desert plants of the Sonoran Desert and the world. You may even be lucky enough to spot desert wildflowers, blooming cacti, and hummingbirds along the way. It’s a desert kind of day, so your next stop at Papago Park will tick the box and more for a tasty dessert picnic lunch with new friends. You’ll learn about its interesting history as a reservation for indigenous tribes and a POW camp during World War II, while you admire the backdrop of massive buttes and giant saguaro cacti. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Scottsdale your way. You’ll want to visit Old Town Scottsdale and experience its rich Western heritage with a visit to the Museum of the West, or perhaps enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many eateries in town. Sonoran-style Mexican food is a local favorite and there are plenty of popular spots serving up delicious tacos, burritos, and enchiladas that will make your mouth water.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Day 3 Journey to Sedona

    Tread lightly on today’s MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in Arcosanti, an urban laboratory experimenting with how to live frugally and with a limited environmental footprint. Since the 1970s, volunteers and residents of Arcosanti have been focused on leaving a limited footprint and you’ll Dive Into Culture on this fascinating Arcosanti tour, learning all about how the community’s history and values, perhaps inspiring you to adopt those same practices in your own life when you return home. Today’s lunch stop is one of the best wine tours in Sedona and a special opportunity to Connect With Locals at Javelina Leap Vineyards on the steep slopes of an extinct volcanic mountain in Page Springs. You’ll meet your warm host who’ll share what it takes to make the excellent wines of this region. As you tour the vineyard on this Be My Guest experience, you’ll learn how elevation, volcanic soil, hot days, and cool nights make Arizona the perfect environment for grape growing and see how the grapes go from vine to bottle right here at the boutique winery before settling down for a delicious locally sourced lunch. You’ll know that you’ve had a rare behind-the-scenes look at Arizona’s thriving winemaking traditions before continuing to Sedona, a charming blend of Old and New West set against the jaw-dropping backdrop of Red Rock country. Beyond its extraordinary natural setting, Sedona is held sacred by the Native American people. You’ll feel at one with your stunning surroundings on your Sedona tour as you watch the light play on its rocky red backdrop as afternoon turns into evening, imagining an era when cowboys roamed this land. The evening is yours to explore the town at your pace. You may want to seek out some of those famous southwestern flavors for which the town is famous before settling into your home for the evening Arabella Hotel Sedona, with its incredible red monolith backdrop and cozy environment.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Arabella Hotel
  4. Day 4 Explore Red Rock

    Lace up your boots for a guided nature walk this morning in Red Rock State Park. You’ll Dive Into Culture and join a park naturalist who’ll explain the different life zones within the park as you wind your way through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Feed your soul as you take in the beauty of green meadows framed by red rock hills, learning as you explore about the area’s plants, wildlife, history and geology – an in-depth perspective you wouldn’t discover on your own. Choose how you wish to spend your afternoon, slowing it all down with a bit of retail therapy in downtown Sedona, or hopping on an optional jeep ride leading deep into the rocky red surroundings. There’s even the option to discover Arizona on the back of a bike, so gear up for a mountain bike trek if this morning’s walk has inspired you to stretch your legs and ask your Travel Director for trail suggestions. Later, Sedona’s intoxicating energy will leave you speechless as you meet your hosts, Sedona locals Jim and Kathy for a guided sunset hike. You’ll Connect With Locals as you walk along some of the area’s most scenic trails learning all about the area’s history, philosophy and geology. Jim and Kathy will share how the locals sensed the vortex energy of this place and chose it to do meditation and cleaning rituals, knowing that their prayers and intentions would amplify and manifest. Take the opportunity to follow their traditions during an optional meditation and mindfulness session, allowing the energy of this sacred place to enhance your own life.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Dive Into Pueblo History

    Today’s encounter with the centuries-old history and culture of the Sinagua and the Verde Valley Pueblos will leave you feeling enriched as you Dive Into Culture during your visit to the Tuzigoot National Monument. Explore the Tuzigoot Pueblo at your pace admiring how these distinctive homes were built over 1,400 years ago against the backdrop of the Verde River and Tavasci Marsh. You’ll embark on a self-guided exploration, learning about the community’s incredible trade connections reaching as far as the jungles of Central America. You’ll also see remnants of their rich culture at the Tuzigoot Museum, with its incredible collection of ceramics, textiles and tools. Your next stop is the infamous town of Jerome which was founded in 1876 as a mining town but soon became known as the Wickedest City in the West, at the time housing 37 bars, 13 bordellos, and four churches. Once its copper, gold and silver riches waned in the 1950s, it became a ghost town before being restored in the 1960s and revitalized as an arts community, a distinction it still holds today, reflected in its multiple art studios and galleries. This is the very best of the Old Wild West and you’ll enjoy some time to explore the nostalgia of this historic town before settling in for one of the area’s most scenic drives through the colorful rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon. The canyon is your gateway to Flagstaff, a top Arizona tourist attraction and historic and charming town located along the famous Route 66. A haven for lovers of all things outdoors. Flagstaff also the location for today’s Your Choice sightseeing experience and you’ll spend the afternoon either connecting with Native American culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona or touching the stars at Lowell Observatory, walking in the footsteps of famous astronomers and astronauts.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Little America Flagstaff
  6. Day 6 Explore National Monuments

    Go back in time and learn what it was like to live in the south-western deserts before America was colonized. On this special Dive Into Culture experience at Wupatki National Monument, you’ll learn how ancient pueblo communities made this harsh, but beautiful place their home. Your self-guided visit to The Citadel, Nalakihu and the Wupatki Pueblo reveals centuries of rich trading and agricultural history, as well as their cultural and religious traditions. Leaving with an in-depth understanding of the ancient culture and history of the clans that emerged from here, you’ll continue to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument where a short stroll will take you across a field of cinders to the epic views of Bonito Lava flow and the surrounding volcanoes. There’s plenty more to see so you may choose to take the mile-long Lava Flow Trail to the base of Sunset Crater Volcano or the 1.6-mile Lenox Crater Trail offering a glimpse between towering ponderosas. Get a deeper perspective on how the earth opened a thousand years ago to form Sunset Crater volcano with its distinct rim of red and yellow cinders when you visit the Visitor Center where interactive exhibits feature everything you need to know about volcanoes and the powerful forces behind them. We return to Flagstaff for lunch at leisure, then Dive Into Culture at Walnut Canyon National Monument where the former homes of ancient Sinagua inhabitants stand to this day. On this self-guided exploration, you’ll imagine what life was like here 700 years ago as you visit the remaining pueblos, admiring the dwelling rooms from atop or taking the one-mile round-trip Island Trail which will get you up close to the cliff dwellings should weather conditions allow.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Admire the Grand Canyon

    As Grand Canyon tours go, you’ll be thrilled to be exploring this natural wonder outside of summer, so you can fully admire its immensity which will leave you spellbound. One of the unmissable things to see in Arizona and a real highlight of your trip, the Grand Canyon spans 277 miles from end to end and plunges more than a mile down to the canyon’s floor where the wild Colorado River’s tan-colored waters snake southwest. Discover the Grand Canyon from a bird’s eye perspective, perhaps choosing to see it from the air this morning on an optional helicopter flight. Later, with your Travel Director leading the way, watch how the light changes on the ancient cliffs and consider the sheer enormity of one of the world’s largest canyons you’ve probably only ever seen on film. You’ll visit Yavapai Geology Museum perched at the end of the canyon rim; the perfect spot at which to learn all about the canyon’s fascinating geology which spans over 1.8 billion years. Then head to Desert View and its mural-clad watchtower inspired by ancient Native American watchtowers, where you’ll get the best views of the canyon and learn about the Southwest’s diverse and rich cultural heritage. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, you’ll discover the heritage of 11 tribes associated with this region, meeting artisans who’ll share their crafts and stories about their heritage and diverse culture. You’ll leave with a deep understanding of the fabric of these communities and their link to the land. Pay a visit to Mother’s Road Brewery next, a locals’ favorite where you’ll enjoy an unforgettable Farewell Dinner with new friends. You’ll learn how, through your visit, you are helping Mother’s Road help conserve more than 800 wildlife species, with a portion of all its sales donated to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It’s a heart-warming end to your epic journey across the Southwest and you’ll want to raise a toast to celebrate all you’ve seen and learnt along the way.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Farewell Arizona

    From Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon, your Arizona tour has sadly come to an end. Say a warm farewell to your Travel Director and new friends, taking your transfer to Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG).

    meals Breakfast
Arizona Discovery and the Grand Canyon end Flagstaff
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Lunch
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Hike in Sedona, Tuzigoot Pueblo, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument on the Bonita Vista Trail and Lenox Crater Trail, Grand Canyon
  • Scenic Drive along Oak Creek Canyon Drive
  • View Red Rock country, Verde River, Tavasci Marsh, the Grand Canyon from the Rim Trail, Yavapai Point and Desert View
  • Visit Scottsdale, Desert Botanical Garden, Papago Park, Sedona, Flagstaff, Jerome, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Grand Canyon National Park
  • Connect With Locals Javelina Leap Vineyards is located on the steep slopes of an extinct volcanic mountain in Page Springs. You’ll meet your warm host who’ll take you behind the scenes and share what it takes to make the excellent wines of this region. As you tour the vineyard on this Be My Guest experience, you’ll hear captivating stories about what it’s like to work at a small family-owned winery before settling down for a delicious locally sourced lunch.
  • Connect With Locals Join Sedona locals Jim and Kathy for a guided sunset hike with an option to do guided meditation immersing yourself in your sacred spiritual surroundings much like the Native Americans have done in the area for many centuries.
  • Dive Into Culture Discover the fascinating history and culture of the Sinagua and Verde Valley Pueblos which settled in the area over 1,400 years ago during your visit to Tuzigoot National Monument.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit the urban laboratory where volunteers and residents have been treading lightly since the 1970s. Learn how the experimental town of Arcosanti has evolved into a model of living frugally and with a limited environmental footprint. Your host will share the four core values on which Arcosanti has been built. You’ll leave knowing your visit has contributed to spreading the story and legacy of sustainability which Arcosanti and its residents have been advocating for over five decades.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Encounter the art and traditions of 11 local tribes associated with the Grand Canyon region at Desert View, introducing you to the Southwest’s diverse and rich cultural heritage.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Learn about the strong relationship between the people and plants of the Sonoran Desert on this at Arizona’s Desert Botanical Garden. You’ll leave knowing that through your visit you are helping to support the garden’s efforts to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants not only for those species from the Sonoran Desert, but indeed from the world.
  • Stays With Stories Nestled amongst Sedona’s amazing Red Rock monoliths on the edge of town, the Arabella Hotel Sedona is the perfect place to experience unforgettable adventures right outside the hotel.

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Available on Day 4

Easy on the Asphalt (90 minutes)

A “Sedona snapshot” with great photo opportunities! Join us on this informative and relaxing, yet breathtaking, tour of SOME OF SEDONA’S MOST MAGNIFICENT OVERLOOKS, some of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona. On-road tour. The Chapel may be substituted during the busy season due to traffic.
Adult Price: $62

Grand Canyon

Available on Day 7

Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight GGG-1

The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allow for postcard quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.
Adult Price: $164

Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight HGG-2

Experience exhilarating helicopter sightseeing at the Grand Canyon. This Grand Canyon helicopter tour departs from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon over the Kaibab National Forest.
Adult Price: $339

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft. PGG-1 (April 1 - October 31)

Experience exhilarating helicopter sightseeing at the Grand Canyon. This Grand Canyon helicopter tour departs from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon over the Kaibab National Forest.
Adult Price: $229

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