Join Our State on an excursion to one of America’s most spectacular red rock regions, Sedona, Arizona, including a visit to the Grand Canyon.
March 10-15, 2024
- Round-trip airfare — Raleigh-Durham International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
- Five nights’ accommodations at one hotel – unpack once!
- Nine meals
- All sightseeing per itinerary
- All admissions per itinerary
- Hotel transfers
- Professional tour director
- Our State host
- Wine and beer reception
- Motor coach transportation
- Baggage handling
- Two rail journeys: Grand Canyon Railway and Verde Canyon Railroad
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Oak Creek Canyon
- Black Bart’s Steakhouse
- Sedona trolley tour
- Chapel of the Holy Cross
- Uptown Sedona
- Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
- Montezuma Castle National Monument
- Chuckwagon supper and show
DAY 1: Phoenix – Sedona
Arrive at the Phoenix Airport and meet your tour director. Board a deluxe motor coach and travel north to beautiful Sedona. This upscale resort, retirement, and artist community is set amongst 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 wine and beer reception at the resort prior to your welcome dinner with fellow Our State travelers.
DAY 2: Sedona
Start a great day with a Sedona Trolley Tour, featuring the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Airport Mesa, with spectacular views of the Sedona area. The trolley guide will give 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 these wonderful areas full of art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Maybe take an optional guided Jeep Tour into the Sedona backcountry. This evening enjoy dinner at a popular local restaurant in Sedona with your fellow Our State travelers.
Meals: B, D
DAY 3: 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 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. 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 motor coach to see the Grand Canyon from other points of interest. Stop in Flagstaff for dinner before returning to Sedona.
Meals: B, D
DAY 4: Montezuma Castle – Jerome – Verde Canyon Railroad
This morning visit the Montezuma Castle National Monument which contains ruins of a cliff dwelling built in the 12th and 13th centuries by the Sinagua Indians. 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. Early evening return to Sedona.
DAY 5: Day at Leisure – 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 on 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 and Western Stage Show.
Meals: B, D
DAY 6: Sedona – Scottsdale – Flight 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.
$3,375 per person with a booking discount. (Double occupancy)
$3,475 per person regular rate. (Double occupancy)
Single supplement $875.
For reservations and more information:
Premiere World Discovery
(877) 953-8687, ext. 238 (Pacific Time)
What to expect on an Our State trip:
Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.
We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.
You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.
Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.
Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.
One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.
Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.
Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.
We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.
If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Travel Precautions – Update:
Effective January 1, 2023, Our State highly encourages, but no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters for travelers on our domestic tours. This policy goes into effect for international travelers on April 30, 2023. We will keep all participants updated of any changes to these requirements.