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I will never forget the great experience and memories I will have forever and the great gals I met this week! — Carleen H., MN
|Arizona, USA||April 23 – 27, 2017||$1,495|
Northern Arizona is one of our favorite places out west and we want to share it with you! We start in the beauty and solitude of Sedona with a hike among the glorious red rocks. An amazing overlook at Horseshoe Bend and a visit to mystic Upper Antelope Canyon are fascinating. The Colorado River rafting trip will thrill you as we experience some of the most dramatic stretches of river found in the western US. No visit is complete to northern Arizona without the Grand Canyon, which we’ll take in from many viewpoints. We even throw in a nostalgic stop in Williams on Route 66. Back in Sedona we’ll have time to relax and reflect on the magic of this special corner of the world.
Arrive in Sedona by 3pm and your guide will meet you at the shuttle drop-off point which is the Arabella Hotel Sedona. Enjoy a tour of Sedona,one of the most beautiful places on earth, including a short hike with a visit to a vortex. Many people visit Sedona to explore its metaphysical dimensions, especially its vortexes. Page Bryant coined the name “vortex” in 1980 for areas in Sedona that have highly concentrated energies conducive to prayer, meditation and healing. Nonetheless, the term “vortex” has taken hold because it helps to explain people’s experiences of well being at the sites. Let’s see if you can feel the energy! We’ll enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at one of the many splendid Sedona restaurants.
After breakfast we’ll depart Sedona and drive up onto the Colorado Plateau through Flagstaff to Page, Arizona, where we’ll hike to an amazing overlook at Horseshoe Bend, and enjoy a picnic lunch. We’re off on a jeep ride to Upper Antelope Canyon to experience the most photographed slot canyon in northern Arizona! Over thousands of years, wind and water have formed a narrow crevice in the mesa measuring a quarter mile long and 130 feet deep. It’s beautiful and mystical. We’ll have dinner and tell stories at a local grill and return to our comfortable lodging in Page.
After breakfast it’s off on our Colorado River rafting trip, which begins with a ride down the two mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. With the dam soaring 700 feet above us, we will board a motorized pontoon raft for our journey downstream, where we will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river found in the western US. While underway on this relaxing raft trip, our experienced guide will tell the area’s story of soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, former inhabitation by native cultures, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell, and so much more. Our trip also includes a stop to view ancient petroglyphs left by Ancestral Puebloan peoples. This afternoon will be spent at the Grand Canyon, taking it all in from many viewpoints including Desert View and our favorite, Lipan Point, which has three views of the river. We’ll visit El Tovar, and enjoy the animals in the park. Dinner and lodging outside the Grand Canyon National Park.
After breakfast, we’ll drive to and spend some time in Williams enjoying this quaint Arizona town on The Mother Road – Route 66, and lunch on some of the best pizza around. This afternoon we drive back to Sedona. It will be a great time to reflect on all the amazing things we’ve seen and experienced. We’ll fit in time for a bit of shopping this afternoon in Sedona, and check into our hotel to clean up before our farewell dinner and overnight in Sedona.
Enjoy breakfast and the hotel’s amenities before you board your pre-arranged shuttle service back to Phoenix or choose to spend the weekend in beautiful Sedona or points beyond.
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