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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. 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.

Style Group tour
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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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Arizona Discovery and the Grand Canyon end Las Vegas

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Should have read reviews before we traveled, have had same experience as many of the reviews, will never travel with Trafalgar or its other companies, they canceled a guaranteed departure ,then said they reimburse for expenses incurred with our having to rebook,absolute nightmare dealing with customer NO service. Trip was to Italy less than stellar, good but not great, go with anyone else.
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Back from our trip with Trafalgar…

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Back from our trip with Trafalgar (Scotland's Highlands Islands and Cities. Our accommodations were maybe two star and not designed for individuals over 50 as most had no elevators. Rooms were very small and not really designed for two individuals.
Our guide for the tour was very knowledgeable on the subject matter but was not responsive to individual requests. Our driver was excellent. On some days we spend a excessive time on the bus or ferries getting from one location to another. Tour description does not fully explain the amount and difficult in walking required for this tour.
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Best not to used Trafalgar

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Absolutely worst tour company

On a recent trip to Portugal:

I fell on the second day no report was given to me for my insurance company even when I asked for it. Wellness director was not worth her being on the tour

Optionals were shoved down your throat and if you did not go the travel tour Director made it known to others that you weren’t going. And he made it bad for you on the tour. Optionals very expensive and the local tour guides were mediocre at best

Food was pitiful especially at the locations where they said dinner was included

Solo travelers were made to feel a second class citizens getting bad spots in restaurants and being asked to move so couples can sit together

Never ever recommend Tralfagar to anyone single or a couple or friends
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Abandoned with Covid

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I’m writing a review of what really happens on Trafalger tours. My husband and I were on a 14 day Trafalger tour of Ireland called “Amazing Ireland”. We were on a bus with a number of people who were coughing and were repeatedly assured that it was just allergies. On the 6th day, I fell ill and tested positive for Covid-19. In Ireland, testing positive means that you are supposed to self-isolate for 7 days. Trafalger then pretty much abandoned us. The hotel Trafalger had booked for us refused to keep us saying they were full, meanwhile advertising vacancies online. Trafalger would not go to bat to help us. Their so called Trafalger Guest Support first emailed a great sounding note confirming our hotel room number, offering to help find other accommodations, and suggesting that we get in touch with our insurer and the airline. When we spoke directly with the Trafalger guest support person, he said that he wasn’t familiar with the area and would just be looking online for places and that we could do that ourselves. Trafalger said we should get a cab on the down low and quietly transfer to another hotel. They did not help us relocate or find a hotel. They suggested not to speak to the other Trafalger guests, even others who had tested positive (with whom we might have been able to problem solve). The Trafalger trip director said he would tell the group the next day, that there was no need to upset them before then. Trafalger was very happy to accept the substantial payment for our trip of a lifetime, that ended after only 6 days, but ensured no refunds would be issued. So we are now abandoned by Trafalger, left to our own devices, isolating in a hotel room (that we had to find ourselves), on the opposite side of Ireland from our final destination. No arrangements were made by Trafalger to support us or help house, feed, or transport us. We have also not heard a further peep from the Trafalger Guest Support person, nor the Trip Director (since he replied to a text asking him to give the other Covid guests our phone number). We’re very disappointed in Trafalger, to say the least, and recommend never to sign up for a Trafalger tour. Trafalger simply wants your money, and don’t really care at all about supporting their guests.
Trafalgar recently replied to my review on another site, stating that our concerns have been addressed. They haven’t!
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Western Frontiers 5/10/22

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Western Frontiers 5/10/22 – 5/19-22

Let me preface this by stating that this was the fourth time we traveled with Trafalgar but it will most certainly be the last. In 2019 we booked and paid for a trip to Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg for April 2020. Then the pandemic hit and we rescheduled our trip three more times before scheduling something in the states out of concern for quarantine measures. Had our money been refunded we most certainly would not have an issue with using Trafalgar in the future but now we will go elsewhere. After keeping our money for 2 and a half years we chose to go on their Western Frontiers trip. It was certainly not up to the standards that we had come to expect and Trafalgar offered nothing in return for keeping our money for so long. The least they could have done was honor pricing in effect at the time of our payment.


Food

Food was average at best. The “Welcome Reception” was at a decent looking restaurant in Las Vegas but consisted of about a half dozen different vegetarian appetizers, none that was fit to eat. The breakfast buffets each morning had a limited selection usually with scrambled eggs, potatoes, and bacon or sausage but little else.. It wasn’t until our last stay in Rapid City that you could have toast. These were feasts compared to the breakfast at Mountain Modern Motel (see below).



Hotels

The Mountain Modern Motel puts the Hole in Jackson Hole. It appears this motel caters more to skiers and climbers as the room is set up with hooks and areas marked “gear”. Rather than an actual bathroom sink it is equipped with a large kitchen style sink outside the actual bath area in somewhat of a kitchenette area. The floors squeak with every step you take and if you are unlucky enough to be on the first floor you can hear the floor squeak above you with every step they take. Apparently there is some remodeling going on at the motel as the restaurant was closed. As a result our breakfast consisted of an egg, a slice of cheese, and your choice of a slice of ham or sausage on a steamed hamburger bun and coffee. If we had been traveling on our own we would never have chosen to stay there. The remaining hotels were adequate but nothing to write home about.

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The dinner show in Bryce Canyon was good as far as the entertainment was concerned but the dinner left a lot to be desired.

The Buffalo Bill Center in Cody was a waste of three hours. I’m sure that the crew needed time to take care of logistics but when you take a trip of this nature you take it to experience the natural beauty and landscapes of the area you are in, not to spend three hours in a museum. You had the option of walking into town but it was a little bit of a hike and it looked like rain was on the way.
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Postponements over and over

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Postponements over and over. No help in refunds. Late payments to Air Carriers. No communication. Run away.

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Accommodations

  • 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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