Great Trains and Grand Canyons
Relax on this one-hotel program featuring the Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona. Stay five nights at a first-class Sedona property with many included sights and ample free time to enjoy the great weather and beautiful surroundings. Travel to Williams and board the Grand Canyon Railway for a nostalgic trip to view the Grand Canyon which Theodore Roosevelt said “is the one great sight which every American should see.” The Sedona area will be highlighted by a Trolley Tour featuring the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, and Uptown Sedona. A highlight of the trip will be the four hour Verde Canyon Railroad taking you through unspoiled wilderness along the Verde River. Visit the ruins of Montezuma Castle and Jerome, formerly a bustling mining town. The trip concludes with a fun Chuckwagon Supper & Stage Show before heading home with lots of great memories of trains and amazing scenery from Sedona and the Grand Canyon!
Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.
Sedona Arrive at the Phoenix Airport and meet your Tour Director. Board a deluxe motorcoach 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 Welcome Dinner with fellow travelers. Meal – (D) Overnight: Sedona
Start a great day with a Sedona Trolley Tour featuring the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Airport Mesa for spectacular views of the Sedona area. The trolley guide will give you 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 shopping opportunities and restaurants. Maybe take an optional Guided Jeep Tour into the Sedona back country. This evening enjoy Sedona at your own pace. Meal – (B) Overnight: Sedona
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 motorcoach to see the Grand Canyon from other points of interest. Stop in Flagstaff for dinner before returning to Sedona. Meals – (B,D) Overnight: Sedona
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. Meal – (B) Overnight: Sedona
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) Overnight: Sedona
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. Meal – (B)
Meet Your Trip Host
Allen Samuels spent 34 years at The University of Michigan as Professor and Dean (1993-1999) of The Stamps School of Art and Design. For over 50 years he also worked as an Industrial Designer creating concepts and product designs for over thirty corporations. His work has earned a number of national and international awards to include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a Reddot International Design Award. Upon retiring from the university in 2008 he now designs products that deal with aging, poverty, disasters and the disabled.
In addition to his design work and teaching he has interests in Archaeology and how our human history of designing has contributed to our progress as humans as we create cultures that serve our needs. He has taken part in a number of archaeological excavations in Michigan and in the American Southwest. Although a novice, he has worked to understand how first peoples came to invent processes and images, objects and spaces that served them as they lived their daily lives.
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