May 31 - May 31

Great Trains & Grand Canyons Trip #1

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 15 – 20, 2020. Package Includes: • Round-trip airfare from Raleigh-Durham International Airport • Five nights accommodations at one hotel – unpack once! • Nine meals • All sightseeing per

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 15 – 20, 2020.

Package Includes:

  • • Round-trip airfare from Raleigh-Durham 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

Itinerary Highlights:

  • • 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
  • • Jerome
  • • Chuckwagon supper and show

 

Detailed Itinerary

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.

(D) Overnight: Sedona

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.

(B,D) Overnight: Sedona

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. At the South Rim, meet with a local Grand Canyon expert to learn more about the formation of this fascinating and incredible national park. Later board your motor coach to see the Grand Canyon from other points of interest. Stop in Flagstaff for dinner before returning to Sedona.

(B,D) Overnight: Sedona

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.

(B) Overnight: 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.

(B,D) Overnight: Sedona

 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.

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