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Set among the red-hued rocks of Oak Creek Canyon, this Interlude engulfs you in the upscale and spectacular ambiance of Sedona. A trolley tour provides insight into the amazing rock formations and history before embarking on an exploration of local art galleries, shopping opportunities and restaurants. Board the Grand Canyon Railway for a nostalgic journey to the utterly awesome South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park; filled with color and texture reflecting nature at it’s dynamic best. The Grand Canyon will be viewed from many points of interest, so be sure to bring you camera. Included is a visit a restored former ghost town from mining days- fascinating from today’s vantage point!
Later, board the Wilderness Train for a spectacular four-hour ride – totally First Class – through forests, cliffs and old-fashioned trestles and… through an exciting 680-foot tunnel. Time has been allocated to enjoy the amenities of our Sedona resort and an optional tour will be offered. This Interlude closes with a hearty Chuckwagon Supper and Western Stage Show for all to savor the sights, sounds and ambiance of the last few days.
Unforgettable memories are promised, so please read the complete itinerary and plan to pack your “bib and tucker” and enjoy this incredible and picturesque part of the country.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
|SAVE $100||Book by December 1st|
*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Payment schedule: 2nd deposit of $500 due 121 days prior to departure; final payment 76 days prior to departure.
Day 1: Fly to Phoenix / Coach to Sedona
Arrive in Phoenix and meet your Tour Director. Board a deluxe motorcoach and travel north to beautiful Sedona (altitude 4,350′). This upscale resort, retirement and artist community is set among the red-hued rocks of Oak Creek Canyon. Your home for the next five nights is a picturesque property in the Sedona area. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. Hilton Sedona, AZ or similar (D)
Day 2: Sedona / Free Time
Start a great day with a Sedona Trolley Tour featuring the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Airport Mesa for spectacular views of the Sedona area. The trolley guide will give you insight into the various rock formations, indigenous vegetation, and history of this remarkable area. Later visit Uptown Sedona and the Spanish-Mexican Village of Tlaquepaque to explore art galleries, shopping opportunities, and restaurants. Maybe take an optional Guided Jeep Tour into the Sedona backcountry. This evening enjoy Sedona at your own pace! (B)
Day 3: The Grand Canyon
Begin an unforgettable day with a drive through amazing Oak Creek Canyon, a sixteen mile long canyon known for its spectacularly colored white, yellow and red cliffs dotted with pine, cypress and juniper. Then arrive in Williams (altitude 6,765′) to board the Grand Canyon Railway for a nostalgic two-hour train journey that delivers you to the awe-inspiring South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park for free time and lunch on your own (altitude 6,800′). Six million years in the making the Grand Canyon’s dynamic colors and textures inspire reflection at nature’s power and beauty. Later board your motorcoach to see the Grand Canyon from other points of interest. Stop in Flagstaff (altitude 7,000′) for dinner before returning to Sedona. (B,D)
Day 4: Montezuma / Verde Rail
This morning visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, the ruins of a cliff dwelling built in the 12th and 13th c. by the Sinagua. Later visit the old mining town of Jerome, once a virtual ghost town, now restored with shops, museums and art galleries. Next travel to Clarkdale to board the Verde Canyon Railroad, also known as the Wilderness Train. The spectacular four-hour ride in a First Class Railcar takes you between two national forests, past crimson cliffs, over old-fashioned trestles and through a 680-foot tunnel. Return to Sedona for another free evening. (B)
Day 5: Free Day / Blazin’ M Ranch
Today is at leisure in Sedona. Enjoy the wonderful amenities of your resort. Maybe spend the day shopping, sightseeing on your own, or play a local golf course. An optional tour will be available.This evening experience a Farewell Dinner at the Blazin’ M Ranch where you will enjoy a hearty Chuckwagon Supper & Western Stage Show. (B,D)
Day 6: Fly Home
This morning travel to Old Town Scottsdale where Western storefronts recreate an aura of the past. Later arrive at the Phoenix Airport for your flight home filled with unforgettable memories of your Great Trains & Grand Canyons Tour. (B)
Note: This tour involves high altitude. Please check with your doctor, if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.