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Arizona Discovery and the Grand Canyon end Las Vegas

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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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Arizona Discovery and the Grand Canyon end Las Vegas

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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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7 nights

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11 Meals

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

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The Trafalgar difference

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Welcome to Arizona and the Sonoran Desert! This morning visit the Desert Botanical Garden where you get the chance to see beautiful cactus and other desert plants in all their glory. Stroll along one of the trails inside the Garden and experience the unique and beautiful plants that thrive in some of the hottest and driest parts of the world. Learn how Sonoran Desert plants have been used by Native people for food, medicine and building materials through one of the largest exhibits of its kind dedicated to helping people understand the complex cultural relationships between people and plants in this part of Arizona. Our visit supports the Garden’s commitment to the community to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Sonoran Desert.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Visit the urban laboratory where volunteer and residents have been treading lightly since the 1970s. Learn how the experimental town of Arcosanti has evolved into a model of living frugally and with a limited environmental footprint. Your host will share the four core values on which Arcosanti has been built. You’ll leave knowing your visit has contributed to spreading the story and legacy of sustainability which Arcosanti and its residents have been advocating for over five decades. 

Connect With Locals

Javelina Leap Vineyards is located on the steep slopes of an extinct volcanic mountain in Page Springs. You’ll meet your warm host who’ll take you behind the scenes and 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 hear captivating stories about what it’s like to work at a small family-owned winery before settling down for a delicious locally sourced lunch.

Stays With Stories

Nestled amongst Sedona’s amazing Red Rock monoliths on the edge of town, this is the perfect place to experience unforgettable Sedona adventures right outside the hotel.

Dive Into Culture

This morning we will head to Red Rock State Park, a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock. The creek meanders through the park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. Join a guided nature walk with a park naturalist and learn about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk may include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life. Our groups will have their own naturalists and so any questions during the walk are welcome, which enhances the learning experience and gives our guest a really intimate introduction to Red Rock State Park.

Connect With Locals

Join Sedona locals Jim and Kathy for a guided sunset hike with an option to do guided meditation immersing yourself in your sacred spiritual surroundings much like the Native Americans have done in the area for many centuries.

Dive Into Culture

Discover the fascinating history and culture of the Sinagua and Verde Valley Pueblos which settled in the area over 1,400 years ago.

Wupatki National Monument

Guests get to see history and ancestry that is still honored and remembered, they get to see America as it was prior to being colonized and what kind of knowledge and tenacity it took to live in the southwestern deserts - gain appreciation for what these cultures achieved and how robust their traditions were that they are still revisited today. Today we are visiting Wupatki National Monument - nestled between the Painted Desert and ponderosa highlands of northern Arizona, Wupatki is a landscape of legacies. Ancient pueblos dot red-rock outcroppings across miles of prairie. Where food and water seem impossible to find, people built pueblos, raised families, farmed, traded, and thrived. Today, if you linger and listen, earth and artifacts whisper their stories to us still. Walk alongside history that dates back thousands of years as we visit The Citadel and Nalakihu as well as the Wupatki Pueblo and learn about the fascinating stories of how communities build and lived in these pueblos through a self-guided visit along the information plates. A ranger on site is happy to answer any additional questions. The pueblo settlements in Wupatki appear to follow a particular pattern of development. Small family structures with few rooms surround larger community pueblos with many rooms such as Wupatki and Citadel. It is because of this pattern that archeologists refer to different communities within the Wupatki basin which may have been settled by different clans or family groups and may have had somewhat different cultural and religious habits. There is evidence that people have lived in the Citadel area as far back as the Archaic period (8,000 - 500 BCE) using smaller sites as seasonal hunting camps.By the time Citadel and Nalakihu were constructed in the early 1100s, the community was a thriving agricultural society with trade reaching in all directions for hundreds of miles. Evidence of the mixture of cultural influences can be seen in the ceramic wares found in the area as well as the existence of different types of human burials, including one cremation which is a tradition from the Hohokam people to the south. Citadel Pubelo sits atop a small cinder hill and can be seen by any of the surrounding smaller pueblos such as Lomaki and Box Canyon. The walls were built to follow the outline of the hill and constructed with both sandstone and basalt (volcanic rocks).There are hundreds of smaller pueblo structures (1 - 20 rooms) surrounding Citadel as well as traces of agricultural fields, terraces, rock alignments, water catchments, and check dams. Soil samples from around these sites revealed pollen and seeds from domesticated plants such as corn, squash, beans, tobacco, and even cotton. Although it is no longer physically occupied, Hopi believe the people who lived and died here remain as spiritual guardians. Stories of Wupatki are passed on among Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and perhaps other tribes. Members of the Hopi Bear, Sand, Lizard, Rattlesnake, Water, Snow, and Katsina Clans return periodically to enrich their personal understanding of their clan history. These places are remembered and cared for, not abandoned.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

In the afternoon we make our way to Walnut Canyon National Monument - Among the remarkable geological formations of the canyon itself, the former homes of ancient inhabitants are easily evident. Along the trails you can imagine life within Walnut Canyon, while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before. Depending on the weather & ability (the trail is closed during icy or snowy conditions) marvel at the dwelling rooms from atop or explore the one mile round-trip Island Trail that provides closer access to 25 cliff dwellings. It has been more than 700 years since Walnut Canyon echoed with the voices and sounds of a robust pueblo community. Today, the Island Trail leads you back in time, and welcomes you into the world of the Native people archeologists call Sinagua. You'll experience 25 cliff dwelling rooms along the trail; and gaze at others visible across the canyon. During this visit guests can take it in at their own pace or spend time on things that fascinate them, marvel at the ingenuity of the original inhabitants.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

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.


Sightseeing highlights

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Visit Scottsdale, Desert Botanical Garden, Papago Park, Sedona, Flagstaff, Jerome, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Grand Canyon National Park

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Scenic Drive along Oak Creek Canyon Drive

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Hike in Sedona, Tuzigoot Pueblo, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument on the Bonita Vista Trail and Lenox Crater Trail, Grand Canyon

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View Red Rock country, Verde River, Tavasci Marsh, the Grand Canyon from the Rim Trail, Yavapai Point and Desert View

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