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Red Rocks, Canyons & Rail Holiday Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Grand Canyon, Sedona, Verde Canyon Railroad, Las Vegas & Laughlin

Tour Dates: December 2 - 7, 2018
Waitlisted!

6 Day Package
7 Meals Included

Price:
$999 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$1399 Per Person / Single Occupancy


Join us as we embark on a journey that takes you to some of nature’s most majestic canyons, peaks and valleys at a festive time of year when light displays and holiday decorations abound! Never have you seen colors so brilliant, nature so lustrous, and skies so magnificent as we explore Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon. The heart of Sedona will  welcome you with the holiday spirit as the town is spectacularly decorated for the holidays.  With a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad and a holiday-themed chuck-wagon dinner, you’ll travel back in time on this magnificent tour that combines the spirit of the holidays with the wonders of nature!


Tour Highlights:

  • Visit Grand Canyon National Park – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – with time to explore the Grand Canyon Village and sightseeing along the south rim of the Grand Canyon
     
  • Enjoy three nights in the heart of Uptown Sedona at a hotel that’s not only within walking distance of the shops and galleries but also offers spectacular views of the red rocks from your room
     
  • Visit Jerome, ride aboard the historic Verde Canyon Railroad through Arizona’s “other grand canyon,” and experience a “Cowboy Christmas” with a holiday-themed western stage show and chuckwagon supper 
  • Take a narrated trolley tour of Sedona to learn about its geology, history and vortexes and visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • Travel through Oak Creek Canyon featuring brilliantly hued cliffs
  • Optional 4-wheel drive jeep ride through Sedona’s red rocks backcountry

  • Stay overnight in the heart of the Las Vegas “strip” and on the Colorado River in Laughlin


  Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Night 1: Aquarius Casino Resort – Laughlin, NV

  • Nights 2-4: Best Western Arroyo Roble – Sedona, AZ

  • Night 5: Treasure Island Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV

Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 12/2/2018 - Travel to Laughlin
We set off on our journey from our departure points this morning and head towards northern Arizona’s Canyon Country via Laughlin and its picturesque river setting.  After a morning rest stop and a stop for lunch on own in Barstow, we’ll arrive at Laughlin’s Aquarius Casino Resort this afternoon. The largest and highest-rated hotel in Laughlin with the newest rooms, the Aquarius is located along Laughlin’s Riverwalk and features a 60,000 square foot casino so you can try your hand at lady luck. Enjoy the balance of the evening at leisure.
Day 2
Monday, 12/3/2018 - Grand Canyon, Sedona
After an included breakfast, we continue on our journey east arriving in awe-inspiring Grand Canyon National Park. You’ll soon find yourself gazing at the most awesome landscape for which no postcard could do justice. Eons of time are represented in the many colors of earth uncovered by millions of years of erosion by the Colorado River. At 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and one mile deep, it’s easy to see why the Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Following time at your leisure for lunch in the Grand Canyon Village, we’ll take in some of the most scenic views in the National Park as we continue east along the South Rim towards Flagstaff. We’ll stop at several of the most picturesque viewing sites including Lipan Point, often said to be the most spectacular viewpoint of the Grand Canyon. We’ll make a stop at Desert View where we’ll find the Watchtower, a re-creation of the unusual towers erected by the ancient native peoples of the Southwest. The view of the Grand Canyon from atop the Watchtower is nothing short of breathtaking.   Later this afternoon we travel through Oak Creek Canyon – a magnificent steep-walled canyon considered to be one of the most scenic drives in the country. Every rock-bordered curve, every tree-formed tunnel, every climbing turn of this road features more natural beauty than the one before, and the romance that shrouds this area hangs from the giant, creek-side cottonwoods and sycamores. This evening we arrive in picturesque Sedona – said to be unparalleled for its scenic beauty – you’ll be amazed by the spiraling towers of red sandstone. Enjoy a relaxing three night stay at our hotel with views of the red rocks from your room. Our hotel is located in the center of uptown Sedona –  ideal for strolling among the boutiques and art galleries. This evening, enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite.
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 3
Tuesday, 12/4/2018 - Jerome, Verde Canyon
After an included breakfast we’ll make the short drive west climbing the twisting road up Cleopatra Hill to the spectacular setting of Jerome with time for lunch and browsing at your leisure. Once a roaring copper mining camp between the late-1880s and early 1950s and a boomtown of 15,000 people, Jerome was abandoned to become Arizona’s largest ghost town. Today it lives again as a thriving artist’s community known for its “billion dollar view.”  This afternoon we arrive in Clarksdale and the depot for the Verde Canyon Railroad. Here we’ll board this wilderness train that will take us into Arizona’s other “grand canyon” and along the upper Verde River – a lush riparian habitat blessed with astonishing beauty,  Verde Canyon, accessible only by train, features spectacular, panoramic views totally distinctive to this unique, geological area. You’ll be enthralled as your vintage train rolls past towering, crimson cliffs, high-desert rock faces, and ancient Indian ruins. All these spectacular views can easily be seen from the train’s five open-air viewing cars.  We complete our day with a holiday-themed western stage show and chuckwagon supper of chicken and ribs, potato, cowboy beans, coleslaw, biscuits and homemade caramel apple crisp  with ice cream.
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 4
Wednesday, 12/5/2018 - Sedona
This morning, following an included breakfast, we’ll board a trolley for a fully-narrated tour of the Sedona area highlighting the area’s history, geology, climate, flora, fauna and vortexes! A number of great photo opportunities are included, as well as a stop at the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. We return to downtown Sedona and visit the spectacular Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Named after a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico, this village is filled with 40 specialty shops and renowned art galleries.  Enjoy the balance of the afternoon at your leisure to browse the many galleries, relax or take an optional Red Rocks Jeep expedition, available for an additional $125 per person. You’ll venture into Sedona’s backcountry with your knowledgeable driver-guide and go off-road to get up close and personal with the scenic beauty. Enjoy the balance of the evening at  leisure with multiple restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
Breakfast
Day 5
Thursday, 12/6/2018 - Arrive in Las Vegas
This morning, enjoy an included breakfast at the hotel before we depart and head towards Las Vegas. We’ll make a stop for lunch at leisure on historic Route 66 in Kingman. Continuing on, this afternoon we come face-to-face with the mighty Hoover Dam as we travel over the new Hoover Dam bypass bridge on our way to Las Vegas. This bridge is the highest and longest arched concrete bridge in the Western Hemisphere and the second-highest bridge of any kind in the United States. Its setting is what sets it apart it − it is perched 890 feet above the turquoise Colorado River, only 1,500 feet from the Hoover Dam. Las Vegas welcomes you this evening and invites you to discover its many resort hotels and gaming options. Our accommodations at the deluxe Treasure Island Hotel & Casino makes it easy for you to access the many nearby hotels including the Wynn Encore, Venetian, Pallazo, the Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace and Mirage – each of their lobbies exquisitely decorated for the holidays.  Enjoy the balance of the evening at your leisure in Las Vegas.
Breakfast
Day 6
Friday, 12/7/2018 - Journey Home
Following an included breakfast and a late morning departure, we begin our journey home, arriving in the evening. Mother Nature’s scenic wonders, jeep rides, geologic phenomena and Old West towns have filled our days.  Add in the holiday displays and twinkling holiday lights along with the good company and the good times we have shared and our journey home today should be filled with some great memories of our Red Rocks, Canyons and Rail Holiday. 
Breakfast

Tour Inclusions:

  • 5 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 7 Meals: 2 dinners and 5 breakfasts
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and services of a professional Good Times tour director
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:

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