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Memorial Day Weekend trip to the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and the Red Rocks of Sedona
THURSDAY MAY 24-MONDAY MAY 28, 2018

Description: Rainbow over Cathedral Rock Pictures             Description: A VIEW FROM NEAR MOHAVE POINT ON THE WEST RIM DRIVE. GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. D7498      Description: USA Antelope-Canyon.jpg
Sedona’s Red Rocks                 The Grand Canyon                 Light shining on Antelope Canyon

Join us for a fun filled holiday weekend of stunning scenery!  We will spend four nights in awe inspiring Sedona Arizona.  We will enjoy a full day guided tour of the Grand Canyon and another full day guided tour highlighted by the mesmerizing sights of Antelope Canyon, plus the scenic Glen Canyon, Horseshoe bend, Echo Cliffs and Vermillion Cliffs.  We will also enjoy one free day to choose between guided tours of Sedona’s scenic red rock formations by jeep or by hike, or just enjoy a leisurely day to explore the fabulous shopping of Sedona’s trending streets.

Sedona is known for its mesmerizing red rock formations creating stunning landscapes and its mystical energy spots (called Vortexes).

Our hotel, The Best Western Aroyo Robles Hotel Creekside, is an award winning hotel offering great value to each guest by providing amenities typically found in larger resort properties. As our guest you will enjoy:

Location: Conveniently situated in the heart of Uptown Sedona- just a few steps from fine art galleries, shopping and restaurants for which the area is known. The hotel also offers over 600 feet of private frontage on sparkling Oak Creek. Surround yourself with ancient Sycamore trees and sounds of the Creek- a hidden gem in Uptown Sedona!

World Famous Red Rock Views: As the tallest building in Sedona, the hotel provides five floors of unobstructed panoramic views of Sedona’s famous red monoliths from your private balcony or patio.

Free breakfast: We treat our guests to a complimentary hot breakfast buffet of freshly prepared scrambled eggs, meats, potatoes, cheese, waffles, cold cereals, yogurt, bakery breads, fresh fruits and a full complement of beverages.

Comfort: Each guest room is tastefully appointed with Simmons® plush pillow top mattresses together with quality linens and a variety of pillows. Hotel rooms include 46-inch LED TV offering over 60 channels, DVD Player, free Wi-Fi high speed internet, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and in room safe.  The hotel also features an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, fitness center and daily free USA Today.

Daily itinerary
Thursday May 24th – Fly in on your own arrangement into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX).  You can reserve a shuttle service from there for $53 per person each way with pickups at the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport every 75 minutes from 5am til midnight.  The ride to Sedona is just over two hours and the shuttle will drop you off at our hotel. (for shuttle reservations call 520-795-6771).  We will have a group orientation at our hotel this evening.

 

Friday May 25th - Today is a free day to explore Sedona at your leisure.  Choose between a leisurely stroll of the many trendy shops which are an easy stroll from our hotel, or choose a tour of the scenic red rocks in Sedona itself.  Numerous guided tours of Sedona’s stunning red rocks are available for every interest ranging from jeep tours starting at just $45 to guided hiking tours starting at just $78, to guided tours of Sedona’s mystical energy spots called ‘vortexes’ starting at just $75.  Whatever you choose, you will enjoy a spectacular experience along the scenic red rocks which make Sedona famous.   


Description: Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona        Description: Hikers on Trail to Bell Rock, Sedona, Arizona      
Cathedral Rock in Sedona                             The trail to Bell Rock

Saturday May 26th
Today we will enjoy a full day tour to the incomparable Antelope Canyon, as well as, enjoying  an included lunch overlooking scenic Glen Canyon, plus a photo stop at Horseshoe Bend and views of the Echo Cliffs and Vermillion Cliffs during our scenic drive from Sedona.   
Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed spots in the US, but because it is on an Indian reservation and not part of one of our US national parks, it does not gain the same fame and immediate name recognition.   

Antelope Canyon is one of the most spectacular -- yet little known attractions of Northern Arizona. Located on a Navajo Indian reservation, it is one of the most tranquil, unique and breathtaking places which Mother Nature has to offer, making it a popular destination for photographers and sightseers.  It is best known for the unique rays of light which penetrate the canyon from April through September, making for awe inspiring views and photos.

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Inside of the Upper Antelope Canyon

Travel through a gently carved red sandstone canyon. Walk with a Navajo guide through the beautiful and graceful curves of this slot canyon, with walls illuminated by unique shafts of natural sunlight that shine down from above, creating unique effects to be observed and photographed.

As the angle of the sun changes, your opportunity for photos changes.  The colors are rich and deep, with the famous light beams occurring from April to September.

We will enjoy a tour through the Navajo Reservation as our guide shares with you stories of this ancient culture and information about the amazing geology and vistas along the way. 

Your Antelope Canyon Tour starts off with pick up at our hotel and then a scenic and narrated ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon (from Sedona – this drive is considered one of the top 10 scenic drives in America) and through the towering Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff.

Your Antelope Canyon Tour will take you past the dormant volcanoes which make up the ‘San Francisco Peaks’, a volcanic mountain range in north central Arizona and through the Navajo Nation. Throughout your travels, you'll receive informative and entertaining narration about the areas through which you pass from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable tour guides from the Sedona and Flagstaff areas. Travel through the Navajo Reservation as our guide shares with you stories of this ancient culture and information about the amazing geology and vistas along the way.
We will make a stop at Horseshoe Bend for a short stroll and photos and then we head to Glen Canyon where we will enjoy an included picnic box lunch overlooking scenic Glen Canyon.  Like the Grand Canyon to the south, Glen Canyon is part of the immense system of canyons carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The deep, 15-mile-long, narrow gorge below the dam at Glen Canyon provides a glimpse of the high canyon walls, and ancient rock art which form an impressive viewpoint.

Description: A houseboat winds through high cliffs.
Glen Canyon – where we will stop for our included picnic lunch on our tour today

After our lunch overlooking Glen Canyon, we will continue our drive, passing the impressive Vermillion Cliffs and Echo Cliffs.
Upon our arrival in Page, Arizona, we will be checked in for our Antelope Canyon tour and then we will meet our Navajo Indian guide for a spectacular tour of Antelope Canyon. Guests are only permitted to walk through Antelope Canyon with an official Navajo Indian guide and reservations for spaces on the Navajo guided tours are highly sought after.

The official Navajo Indian guide who will be assigned to our group at check in, will walk us through the incredible sites within the upper ANTELOPE canyon, as well as giving us the fascinating history behind its wonders.  As the angle of the sun changes, you are given unique and changing opportunities for stunning photos, as we walk with our Navajo guide.  

The Upper Antelope Canyon is more frequently sought after by tourists and photographers than the lower canyon for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing whereas the lower canyon requires climbing. Second, the unique beams of direct sunlight radiating down from openings at the top of the canyon are much more common in Upper than in Lower, thus offering better & more dramatic views & photo opportunities in the upper canyon than in the lower canyon.


After our 90 minute walking tour of the amazing Antelope Canyon, our return drive will pass by the western edge of the Painted Desert as you re-cross the Navajo Reservation for a brief stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post to shop for souvenirs.


We will be driven back to Sedona and dropped off back at our hotel for the evening at leisure. The driving time of today’s tour is approx. three hours each way.

 

Sunday May 27th – Today we will enjoy a private tour to the legendary Grand Canyon.  We will be picked up at our hotel in our private chartered sprinter van with air conditioning and a local professional driver.  The van seats 14 passengers in comfort, all with their own individual seats and even a table in the middle with cup holders.  The van even has a DVD player for driving entertainment if desired.  The drive is about 2 hours.

Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, is home to the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and her Desert View Watchtower.  Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is also one of the most scenic spots in the park, especially at sunrise and sunset.

 

 We enter at the South Entrance and at the end of the day we will be exiting via the East entrance so we do not backtrack or waste any of our precious time in the Grand Canyon.   

After entering, we will divide into two groups, based on your interest.  One group will enjoy a hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon and the other group will enjoy a scenic drive along the rim of the canyon this morning, before enjoying lunch together and then being picked up at our lunch spot by our chartered private van for an afternoon of private guided sightseeing to some of the lesser known but just as scenic overlooks and photo stops.

Those choosing the hike this morning will enjoy panoramic views along the 2.5 mile Rim Trail. The trail is easy and has a slight downhill slope.  The hike is a one way hike, as we will be met at the end of the hike at the El Tover Hotel where you will enjoy lunch at your leisure (not included in today’s tour) and then be picked up by our chartered sprinter van for this afternoon’s private tour.  Along the hike, you will have numerous opportunities for dramatic photos.    

Those choosing this morning’s scenic drive instead of the hike, will be taken to the start point of the hop on hop off national park service operated shuttle with the flexibility to get off at various photo stops and get back on the shuttle just a few minutes later.  The shuttle stops at each photo stop every 15 minutes, so you can hop off at as many stops as you wish for photos or a short stroll and then hop back on the next shuttle stopping there just a few minutes later.    The last stop is the El Tovar hotel where you will enjoy lunch and meet up with those who enjoyed this morning’s hike.  (Before you get on the shuttle at the first stop, our private group guide will tell you what time to meet back up at the El Tovar hotel with those who took this morning’s hike, so those choosing the hop on hop off shuttle this morning, know how much time you can take in planning the stops you choose to get off at along your hop on hop off shuttle tour.)

After lunch at your leisure at the El Tovar hotel, (not included on today’s tour) we will all together be picked up again by our chartered private sprinter van for an afternoon of private guided sightseeing to the lesser known, but just as astounding scenic overlooks in the Grand Canyon.  Nothing seen in the morning by either group will be repeated in the afternoon, as we will be going to other parts of the Grand Canyon for views and photo opps. of areas that neither the morning hike nor the park service shuttle goes to.  Lipan Point and Desert Watch Tower are two of the most scenic points we plan to visit on our afternoon private guided drive through the park.

 

“In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which, so far as I know, is absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world.”
                              — FORMER U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt

 

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  The Grand Canyon

 

As we exit the national park we will see the Painted Desert in the distance and we will enjoy a scenic drive in our private chartered van back to Sedona (approx. 2 hours) where we will be dropped off at our hotel.

 

                                        

Monday May 28th – Today is Memorial Day and you are free to make your own shuttle plans back to the Phoenix airport.  You can reserve a shuttle service from our hotel to the Phoenix airport for $53 per person with pickups at our hotel approx. every 75 minutes from 5am til midnight.  The ride to the airport is just over two hours. (for shuttle reservations call 520-795-6771). 
 

Your Memorial Day Holiday Weekend trip includes

  • 4 nights accommodations at the Best Western Arroyo Robles Hotel with 2 queen beds and your choice of town or red rock view.  All rooms are non-smoking and include hot breakfast daily
  • Full day guided tour to Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend as described in the trip itinerary with transport in 14 seat van including hotel pick up and drop off & lunch included
  • Full day guided tour to the Grand Canyon as described in the itinerary with transport in private chartered 14 seat van with hotel pick up and drop off
  • Free non-smoking roommate assignment of the same gender.
  • Singles trip escort plus professional local guide on each full day tour

Trip cost: $1479 with Red Rock view rooms or $1449 with Town View rooms
Optional Single room supplement for anyone not wishing our free roommate matching: $499 in Red Rock view rooms or $478 in town view room.

A deposit of $400 is due within 7 days of booking this trip.  The remainder is due April 5th.

Cancel policy for this trip:  If you have travelled on at least one of our group trips before, then you are part of our Ohana, a Hawaiian term for family.  Our Ohana are allowed to cancel for a full refund until the designated cancel date for the tour.  The cancel date for this tour is February 24th.  Cancelations made after this date will be non refundable.
If you have never traveled with us before then any cancelations made by the cancelation date will allow you to transfer your deposit to any other group trip on our site within 2 years of your cancelation, but will not be refundable.  Cancelations made after this date are non-refundable nor transferable. 

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