GLOBUS 2024: Lost Canyons of the Southwest (AC)
9 days from Phoenix to Las Vegas
Everything in life has its ups and downs, including this fascinating tour of Arizona that directs your eyes to ancient cliff dwellings, towering spires, the deepest of canyons, and the deepest of mysteries. Exactly how did the Sinagua Indians reach their cliffside, five-story, high-rise at Montezuma Castle? Explore these enigmas and more as you visit the lost canyons and cultures of the American Southwest. Guided jeep tours through Canyon de Chelly National Monument and the red rock scenery of Sedona get you closer to the secrets within the region's sandstone formations, as do adventuresome train rides on the Verde Canyon Scenic Railroad and the Grand Canyon Railway. From Phoenix to Vegas, you'll enjoy sightseeing in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Jerome - plus a visit to Boulder City's Hoover Dam Museum. A visit to Petrified Forest National Park as well as time in Meteor Crater Natural Landmark are additional sights sure to leave an impact.
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2022
- 9 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Phoenix||Welcome to Phoenix! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.|
|Day 2||Phoenix||Desert Dreams Spend the cooler hours of the morning at the Desert Botanical Garden. After exploring the gardens, enjoy [LF] lunch at the gardens. On to Scottsdale to experience the stirring beauty of the lush Sonoran Desert. Enjoy free time to explore before returning to Phoenix for a sightseeing tour and free evening. (B,L)LOCAL FAVORITE DESERT BEAUTIES Take in the desert beauty of Phoenix with a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden. Explore this tranquil garden with over 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks in 5 thematic gardens trails through towering cacti, alluring succulents, brilliant flowers, and more. Your visit of this desert oasis includes lunch in the gardens with ingredients sourced directly from the farm and pasture to plate. |
|Day 3||Sedona||Cliff Dwellings & Desert Canyons Travel north to visit Montezuma's Castle National Monument. See the 20-room high-rise pre-Columbian dwelling, nestled into a towering limestone cliff of Camp Verde, Arizona. Hear the incredible story of ingenuity, survival and, ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape. Then get an up-close adventure in the desert on a guided 4-wheel-drive Jeep tour of Sedona's red rock canyons. Tonight is free. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTNATURAL WONDERS Be surrounded by the stunning views of Sedona's iconic red rock formations on an adventure through spectacular scenery and unsurpassed panoramic views of the desert canyon landscapes. Join your knowledgeable local guide for a 4-wheel adventure in the American Southwest. |
|Day 4||Sedona||Historic Rides Visit the historic ghost-town-turned-artist-community. After a bit of free time, travel on the [LF] Verde Canyon Railroad scenic train ride onboard renovated vintage train cars traveling on a 20-mile journey through 110 years of history. Return to Sedona for a free evening. (B)LOCAL FAVORITE EPIC RIDE The Verde Canyon Railroad's historic route from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back - into Arizona's other 'Grand Canyon' - is an unforgettable adventure. Captivating panoramic views are revealed in every direction, exclusively from the relaxed atmosphere of the train. This historic ribbon of rail runs through a protected corridor at the river's edge, lined with towering red rock pinnacles, near ancient Indian ruins, over fortified bridges and through an invigorating 734-foot manmade tunnel carved through solid rock over a century ago. As far as the eye can see, wildlife, high-desert foliage and rugged terrain are visible on this year-round adventure into a lush riparian habitat.|
|Day 5||Canyon de Chelly National Monument||Where Heaven Meets Earth Take a scenic drive through the Coconino National Forest and the Painted Desert to Winslow. Visit Meteor Crater Natural Landmark, the world's best-preserved meteorite impact site. Then explore La Posada Gardens, Gallery, and Museum with lunch in the famed Turquoise Room at this historic Harvey Hotel. Continue to secluded Canyon de Chelly National Monument for an overnight at the historic Thunderbird Lodge. While rustic, the lodge offers a key location as the only hotel located inside the National Monument. (B,L,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT When you arrive at the historic Thunderbird Lodge, you're likely to be greeted with the Navajo word for welcome - 'Ya'at'eeh.' This rustic yet comfortable lodge situated in the stunning landscape of Canyon de Chelly National Monument is operated by the Navajo Nation and is the only lodge inside the park. Settle in and enjoy the otherworldly beauty of this natural wonder just outside your door. 'Ya'at'eeh and welcome to a place like no other!|
|Day 6||Williams||Ancient Mystery This morning, take a 4-wheel-drive tour with a Local Navajo Guide. Explore the canyon floor to visit sacred archaeological sites not open to the general public. Then visit Petrified Forest National Park to see giant ancient trees turned rock. Continue to Williams, the gateway to the Grand Canyon, for a stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and experience the luxury of a bygone era! (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURE & TRADITION For nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons - longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on the Colorado Plateau. Remains of their homes and images on the canyon walls tell us their stories. Today, the Navajo people (Dine) make their homes, raise their crops, and farm the lands in the canyon. Canyon de Chelly National Monument was established in 1931 to preserve the natural, archaeological, and cultural resources. The park is unique among National Park Service units, as it is comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land and embraces nearly 84,000 acres. The National Park Service continues to work in partnership with the Navajo Nation to manage park resources and sustain this living Navajo community.|
|Day 7||Williams||Rails and Trails Travel into Grand Canyon National Park via the Grand Canyon Railway. During free time, you may want to join the popular helicopter flightseeing tour, visit the museums and visitor centers, or grab a snack and take in the view. Return to Williams for a free evening. (B) TOUR HIGHLIGHT EPIC RIDE While on the unforgettable ride in the lovingly restored cars of the Grand Canyon Railway, hear folklore and tales from a crew who are still mesmerized by their spectacular surroundings. Be entertained by authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life. Once in the park, be mesmerized by the majesty of the Grand Canyon!|
|Day 8||Las Vegas||Amazing Feats Continue across the Mohave Desert to visit the [LF] Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum. Continue to Las Vegas for a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director. (B,D)LOCAL FAVORITE HISTORIC SITE Visit the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum and hear the heroic stories of the men and women who braved the desolation of the southern Nevada desert to build the monumental Hoover Dam and settled Boulder City. A true feat of extraordinary commitment and engineering completed with dedication and courage. |
|Day 9||Las Vegas||Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
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