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Welcome to the capital of Arizona. Check into your hotel and explore a city "reborn from the ashes" in the midst of the Sonoran Desert. This evening, we'll meet our Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
The Valley of the Sun shines brightly as you traverse desert landscapes, passing sanguaros and red rock formations en route to the artists' enclave of Sedona. Consider an optional jeep adventure into Red Rock Country, then admire the epic natural beauty of Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. We arrive at the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon this afternoon where we'll meet a Local Specialist who will share insights into the canyon's geological marvels. Skirt the South Rim, staring into its depths to see the Colorado River, and watch how the light plays on its layered cliff-face.
Rise early for a bird's-eye view over Grand Canyon during an optional sunrise flightseeing tour. Continue to Monument Valley where we'll board open-air vehicles to navigate the iconic landscape immortalized in such classics as Stagecoach and The Searchers. Journey past towering sandstone buttes and mesas that rise up from the red valley floor before joining your Navajo hosts for a traditional cookout Regional Meal against the surreal backdrop of Monument Valley.
We continue east through a mesmerizing desert landscape before arriving at UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park at the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Delve into the history and culture of the once-flourishing community of the Ancestral Puebloan people whose well-preserved dwellings we will see first-hand today. See how these homesteads were hewn from the sandstone cliffs centuries ago and look down at the massive Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in North America. Our final stop today is in the outdoor mecca of Moab where our Stay with a Story is also home to a winery and the Moab Movie Museum, revealing the region's film-making history.
Witness the effects of wind erosion on the natural stone arches of Arches National Park and, if you like, take a short hike to the iconic Delicate Arch view point for an up-close and personal look. Enjoy a free afternoon, then Connect with Locals during an exclusive Be My Guest dinner in Moab at a local grill.
Journey to the San Juan Mountains and into a small-town wonderland that deserves its status as the "Switzerland of America". Soak up friendly Ouray vibes as you admire this outdoor recreation hub's classic Victorian architecture and exquisite views. We'll embark on a road-trip along the Million-Dollar Highway next, winding our way along tight hairpin turns that reveal scenic snow-capped peaks. Stake your claim in Silverton, a former silver mining camp turned center for extreme sports. Consider an optional steam train ride from Silverton to Durango, chugging your way along the Narrow Gauge Railroad route through the wilderness. Enjoy an evening at leisure at your Stay with a Story, built in the 1800s as a winter retreat.
Head south to UNESCO-listed Taos Pueblo this morning displaying the traditional lifestyles and beliefs of the local Taos people, members of the Native American Pueblo Indians. Visit the striking adobe chapel of San Geronimo, whose walls reveal the remnants of tumultuous conflicts that shaped the state of New Mexico. We'll continue travelling along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the colorful artists' retreat of Santa Fe. Enjoy an evening at leisure to soak up its humble surroundings, sampling sizzling Southwest flavors at your leisure. Our Stay with a Story is built in the local adobe style and reflects the true spirit and history of the city of Santa Fe.
Join your Local Specialist this morning on a private trolley tour to see the iconic and unexpected sights and sounds of Santa Fe. Immerse yourself in its warmth and the richness of its heritage, arts and culture. Delve into the mysteries of the spiral staircase in Loretto Chapel. Then, enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore old downtown, including the Eldorado Hotel and St. Francis Cathedral. Admire the local artwork as you stroll along the quaint streets. This evening, we'll toast to our Southwest sojourn over a festive Farewell Dinner.
Our journey comes to an end after breakfast. Bid farewell to newfound friends and take a transfer to Albuquerque International Airport or consider extending your stay in Albuquerque at the BW Plus Rio Grande Inn.
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.
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 including Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona. On-road tour. Approx. duration: 1 hour
Adult Price: $54
An exclusive experience as our jeep tour operator is the only company permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to take you on this historic trail - climb this early stagecoach route along Schnebly Hill Road through Bear Wallow Canyon, just below the Mogollon Rim to enjoy stunning views of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon 2000ft below. Step onto Munds Wagon or Huckaby Trail and hear stories of Sedona's early pioneer days. Approx. duration:1 hour.
Adult Price: $54
Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 min
Adult Price: $220
Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.
Adult Price: $310
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 allows for post card 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: $160
This historic train constructed in 1882 has been in continuous operation for 135 years. The Durango train winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable adventure. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a truly spectacular journey. Approx. duration: 3.5 hours.
Adult Price: $102
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