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Arizona Discovery and the Grand Canyon end Las Vegas

Trafalgar
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Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
8 days
From: $ 3,213 $ 402 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • 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
  • Connect With Locals
  • Dive Into Culture
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
  • Stays With Stories

Short Description

The ultimate in Grand Canyon tours, discover Arizona and its heritage, ancient culture and stunning landscapes, tracing the centuries of Native American history and the outlines of Red Rock Country in a high-comfort Mercedes-Benz® sprinter vehicle. Traveling with maximum 17 guests on this small-group tour including the best places to visit southern and northern Arizona, you’ll experience the best of the Old West when it’s cool and quiet, learn all about Arizona wine and picnic in the desert.

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3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Phoenix (AZ)
End City Las Vegas (NV)

Destinations

United States

Attractions & Cities Visited

Arizona Grand Canyon Las Vegas

Activities & Interests

Culture Historic sightseeing

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Itinerary

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.     

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.   

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.      

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.      

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.

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.

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.

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 Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport with approximate arrival at 2pm. Alternatively, you can extend your stay in Las Vegas.

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I consider myself seasoned traveler

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I consider myself seasoned traveler, with visits to 75 countries so far. I travelled with all major travel companies either by car, bus, or boat/ship on river/ocean cruises. I travelled with Trafalgar many times in the past. I do a lot of research before deciding which travel company I shell spend my money with. Itinerary is THE most important point in my decision making. Many travel companies promise heaven and deliver hell! Here is my experience with Trafalgar promises and advertisements:
Let’s start with pre-departure info and requirements. Israel entry form, Jordan declaration form, Canada ArriveCAN and Mandatory health insurance WERE NOT REQUIRED NOR NEEDED!

After we met Trafalgar car/shuttle driver in Tel Aviv, he took off, started walking faaast... and we schlepped our luggage behind him…. even in Africa or India, drivers ALWAYS HELPED WITH LUGGAGE! Not this one!! Welcome to Tel Aviv and meet your Travel Director welcome reception was delayed more than two hours, because travel guide was late. We were given “smokers room” which reeked/smelled like a pig stay/bar. Change was not possible; hotel was fully booked. I requested at least the air freshener, deodorizer, they promised, never delivered! Originally, we requested 2 beds, however, one queen bed was provided! To add an insult to injury, when I complained in the morning about that horrible night, hotel manager offered a “free glass of orange juice for my trouble??!
Bus for Journey to Sea of Galilee didn’t have WIFI because it was not set up! Later we spent an hour in front of Jaffa Whale, trying to get whispers working, exchanging batteries, headphones, microphone. Guide didn’t bother to test/prepare equipment beforehand! Driver sold drinking water for 1$ and after I question it, guide explained that water is free and 1$ was the tip for driver!? Sail on the Sea of Galilee was the most embarrassing, pathetic experience. Boat sailed for about ten minutes into the sea and then captain started to sing, kept singing for more than hour, ship was not moving, sun was blasting. After more than an hour of his horrible singing, one traveler plucked up the courage and asked him to start sailing the bloody boat, instead of singing. He obliged and took us immediately back to shore!

Next day the bus WIFI didn’t work again, and promises were made to have it fixed tomorrow... yada, yada...we
We didn’t get to see Dome of the Rock up close because gates to Dome of the Rock were to close at 2pm and we wasted our time strolling thru market. Guide spent more time talking with bus driver than narrating history, sightseeing etc.
Allenby Bridge to Jordan Crossing was a total disaster. We started early morning and after arriving at the border, guide couldn’t locate her Jordanian counterpart, our bus kept cruising back and forth in front of border crossing, we were told that we shall have to shlepp all our luggage by hand!… finally, we arrived at the passport/visa/fee payment building... nobody knew what to do... how to verify the passports. There were many lines for passport verification, visa payment, crossing fee... thanks god there were very few other travelers... so, after couple of hours of mayhem, we were cleared, and learnt that our luggage was actually transferred to Jordanian bus, but bus was too small for 23 people and unable to stove all luggage into the compartment hold of the bus, so some luggage was loaded into the bus itself!
Intriguing problem was the repeated situation with drinking water not being included with quite amazing, sumptuous dinners. Guide explained that it was the confusion of hotel personnel with her requests?!
I inquired three days before end of our trip about airport transfer and was told it was too early... then day before departure I was told that I was not on transfer list! Later I was told that I should join travelers leaving at 5am for their 9 am flights, but my flight was at 12:05pm!! After frantic e-mails to Trafalgar, I was assured that all should be ok. And it was. But I found it very unprofessional and petty to throw me under bus! Then the guide inquired about TIP!? OMG!
Well, this trip was an adventure and exercise in stupidity, amateurism, and lack of professionalism! AC worked on and off, after repeated requests, driver obviously hated AC. His window was opened all the time. He was speeding and passing other traffic over speed bumps, run red lights, sneezed, coughed without covering his mouth and was quite annoyed when travelers begged to stop for washroom stop!
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We were with a group of primarily older couples guided by a much younger marathon runner tour guide for our Exploring London Tour. 1. Daily activities schedules were not provided to members of the group but were posted only in the hotel lobby. Guide provided updates once by email at 11:27 p.m. while most were sleeping. 2. No rating of difficulty for daily excursions whether included or paid additional excursions was provided. Our guide was much too fast making the excursioins either moderate or difficult at best. 3. Much too long on busses with inadequate convenience stops for older people. Parking was an issue at many venues where significant distances had to be covered just to get to the area that was of interest. Routes were changed with little or no notice and one venue on a paid excursion was closed. 4. No effort to provide transportation to closed venue the next day nor was any refund offered, however, on other days the bus was re-routed to accommodate drop-offs of others near venues not included in our tour. 5. One older gentleman was left behind because our guide did NOT count those on the bus prior to telling the driver to go ahead and depart. Gentleman had to take a cab back to our hotel. 6. Hotel accommodations were much less than expected. Tower Hotel, located near the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge, is very dated with bath tubs that were literally unsafe for seniors. No air conditioning or heating control available in individual rooms. Rooms were much too warm to sleep well at night. Hotel offered a fan which we accepted but no fan ever showed up at our room.

Expected a much better and well prepared overall tour package from a tour company as old and experienced as Trafalgar.
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I used Trafalgar for the Contrasts of…

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I used Trafalgar for the Contrasts of Italy and it was an amazing experience. I travel host was wonderful and had no issues with Trafalgar. This was my first time using them and I can say it was the absolute best time of my life! I am planning another trip with them for next year.
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I along-with my wife took a trafalgar’s tours - capitals of scandinavia.. i would like to share that though trafalgar charges a good amount of money for the tour, the rooms provided by trafalgar were like dormitories / hostel rooms. Very small with sagging mattresses. Not even air cooled.. very uncomfortable. And no redressal even after repeated observations by travelling passengers.

I raised up the issue. My review has not been put up on their website despite my repeated requests.. Thats why writing here now.. Reply recd after one month and that too is very diplomatic and unreasonable.

I was told very good abt them by makemytrip.com when i was booking my trip but unfortunately, had a bad taste.. guys be aware..
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A despicable and terrible experience

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A despicable and terrible experience. I booked their Best of Israel tour and paid $4,000 up front. Four days before departure my mother was rushed to the hospital and had emergency surgery. She is now in critical condition with a second surgery scheduled for the day the tour was to start, and I cannot leave home at this time. I contacted Trafalgar to tell them I needed to reschedule the trip due to these circumstances, and I would happily take the trip later. Trafalgar told me they "cannot reschedule the trip" but only cancel it; refund me 10%; and KEEP 90% OF THE MONEY AS A CANCELLATION FEE! They want to keep $3,600 for DOING NOTHING!!! These people are complete pigs. I travel two or three times a year and this was my first -- and last -- experience with this company. There is zero justification for a policy like this. Trafalgar brags about how it's been around for a hundred years and gives tours all over the world, and maybe their tours are good. I'll never know. The Best of Israel trip looked good, but this kind of despicable business practice amounts to thievery and I personally will not tolerate it. Yes, I can and will put in an insurance claim for the money but I'm going to sue them anyway. Please do not patronize a company that treats people like this. If we don't insist on an end to these kinds of predatory business practices, they will only get worse. I mean think of it: would you do this to a customer in my situation? Only a depraved company would act this way.
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It is very very doubtful that I will…

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It is very very doubtful that I will ever travel with Trafalgar again. I took my first trip with Trafalgar last month (Aug 2022).
Many of the overnight stops could be provided in hotels that are closer to the centre of the cities/towns. I did not see some cities that were on the agenda.
The chosen outer suburb hotels were not near any shops or noted historical sights. Nor were there any nice views from the hotel windows. And the 'added extras' were too expensive.
I have done tours with other agencies and had plenty of time to walk around and view the central areas of the visited cities.
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  • Little America Flagstaff

Additional Information

  • 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

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Meals Included

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