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Canyons, Craters & Painted Deserts Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Single-Hotel Stay in Flagstaff, Grand Canyon & Petrified Forest National Parks, Sedona, Route 66

Tour Dates: May 15 - 20, 2022

6 Day Package
8 Meals Included

Price:
$1599 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$1999 Per Person / Single Occupancy


From the sheer drama of the Grand Canyon and the eerily strange Petrified Forest, to Sunset and Meteor Craters, Sedona’s red rocks and the colorful badlands of the Painted Desert, the natural wonders on this tour alone would make for an incredible tour. But we’ve coupled them with a five-night, single-hotel stay at a AAA Four Diamond Flagstaff hotel, a ride aboard the Grand Canyon Railway, the Lowell Observatory and other sites along the “Lunar Legacy Trail” and historic Route 66 to create a truly unique journey.


Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy a 5-night, single-hotel stay at the AAA 4-Diamond Little America Hotel set amongst 500 scenic pine-covered acres in Flagstaff
  • Ride Grand Canyon Railway’s turn-of-the-century train to the south rim of the Grand Canyon and explore Grand Canyon National Park
  • Visit Petrified Forest National Park to see world-renowned petrified logs amongst the colorful badlands of Arizona’s Painted Desert
  • Browse Sedona’s galleries and boutiques and take advantage of an optional 4-wheel drive Jeep adventure through Sedona’s red rocks
  • In Flaffstaff visit Wupatki National Monu- ment and explore the “Lunar Legacy Trail” at Meteor Crater, Lowell Observatory and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Visit charming towns along historic Route 66 including Williams, Kingman, Seligman and Winslow where you can be “standing on the corner” and enjoy an included lunch at the legendary La Posada Hotel

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-5: Little America Hotel – Flagstaff, AZ
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 5/15/2022 - Welcome in Flagstaff!
We set out from our departure points this morning for the high-country mountains of Northern Arizona. After several rest stops and a stop for lunch on your own, we’ll arrive in Flagstaff, Arizona this evening. At 7,000 feet elevation, Flagstaff has a spectacular setting in the shadow of the San Francisco Peaks and amongst the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the world! Our full-service, recently renovated, AAA Four Diamond hotel for the next five nights is situated on 500 pine-covered acres and features luxurious large guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and imported marble. Enjoy dinner at leisure at the hotels’ Silver Pine Restaurant.
Day 2
Monday, 5/16/2022 - Flagstaff
After an included breakfast, a local guide will join us onboard the motorcoach as we explore several sites around Flagstaff where Apollo astronauts trained. Visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, where the astronauts tested space suits, rovers and instruments. Learn about the dramatic series of eruptions here 900 years ago and see their aftermath for yourself on a short walk along the Lava Flow Trail. We continue to Wupatki National Monument, where the rock walls of 800-year-old pueblos dot a desert landscape once home to thousands of people. We’ll visit Lowell Observatory, the National Historic Landmark that was founded in 1894. Not only was Pluto discovered here in 1930, but the Apollo astronauts studied the moon through the telescopes here. This evening we’ll enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite.
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 3
Tuesday, 5/17/2022 - Sedona
After an included breakfast, we’ll travel south through Oak Creek Canyon – a magnificent steep-walled canyon considered to be one of the most scenic drives in the country. Welcome to Sedona, Arizona regularly described as one of America’s most beautiful places. Nestled amid striking red sandstone formations, Sedona’s truly spectacular landscape has long attracted spiritual seekers, artists and healers. Enjoy time at leisure at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, a village filled with 40 specialty shops and art galleries. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure in Sedona’s Uptown, home to numerous galleries and boutiques, restaurants, historic buildings, and outdoor sculptures. Or, take an optional Red Rocks Jeep expedition, available for an additional $170 per person (including taxes/gratuity). On this two-hour, backcountry tour aboard a state-of-the-art Jeep Wrangler, a knowledgeable driver-guide will take you off-road into Sedona’s famous red-rock landscape which offers adventure at every turn. We return to the hotel this evening with dinner at leisure.
Breakfast
Day 4
Wednesday, 5/18/2022 - Grand Canyon by Rail
After an included breakfast, we’ll travel west to Williams, Arizona – a Route 66 town steeped in nostalgia. Visit the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, designed to resemble the century-old train depot that housed the original Fray Marcos Hotel. Here, we’ll board the historic Grand Canyon Railway, featuring authentically-restored Pullman Coaches. The opulence of oversized reclining seats along with extra-large windows and refreshments served onboard will make for a memorable experience. Sit back and relax in the air-conditioned, first-class car and gaze out the window in search of prairie dogs, deer and antelope grazing the wooded flatlands. As we travel by train through the beautiful northern Arizona countryside towards Grand Canyon National Park, the terrain will dramatically shift from high desert to prairie and then from prairie to pine. Upon arrival at Grand Canyon’s authentic 1910 depot, you’ll find yourself gazing at the most awesome landscape that no postcard could ever 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 natural world. Enjoy time at leisure in the Grand Canyon Village for lunch on your own, browsing and admiring the Grand Canyon’s amazing gorges, buttes and colors. We return to Williams by train and reboard our motorcoach for Flagstaff where we’ll enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite.
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 5
Thursday, 5/19/2022 - Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest National Park
Following an included breakfast, we’ll be joined by our local guide and travel east to Meteor Crater – the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site. Measuring 1 mile across and 550 feet deep, this creator was created 50,000 years ago by a meteorite the size of a large house striking Earth at 28,000 miles per hour! We continue east to Winslow, Arizona – made famous by the Eagles when they sung about ‘standing on the corner’ here in their song “Take it Easy.” After we “stand on the corner” at Standin’ on the Corner Park, we’ll continue to La Posada Hotel. This legendary hotel first opened in 1930 as one of the jewels in the glittering string of railway hotels and restaurants along the Santa Fe Railroad – built and operated by one Fred Harvey. We’ll enjoy an included lunch in the hotel’s Turquoise Room, known as the finest restaurant in the Four Corners region. Continuing east, we’ll enter Arizona’s Painted Desert – a broad region of rocky badlands encompassing more than 93,500 acres. The vast landscape here features rocks in every hue – from deep lavenders and rich grays to reds, oranges and even pinks. We’ll visit Petrified Forest National Park and see one of the largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood in the world. A driving tour with a short nature walk will showcase this national park that is home to historic structures, archeological sites and 225 million-year-old fossils. We return to our Flagstaff hotel this evening.
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 6
Friday, 5/20/2022 - Route 66, Journey Home
After an included breakfast, we’ll journey home, making several rest stops and a stop for lunch on your own in Kingman, Arizona, a charming Route 66 town. We return to our drop-off points this evening with great memories exploring Arizona’s canyons, craters and painted deserts. 

While we make every effort to operate our tours as outlined in the itinerary, we ask for your patience, un- derstanding and flexibility and to retain a sense of adventure while traveling with us. Situations may arise that necessitate changes to the itinerary. Should we need to adjust the itinerary either prior to or while on tour, these changes will be communicated to you and only done when absolutely necessary.
Breakfast

Tour Inclusions:

  • 5 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 8 Meals: 2 dinners, 1 lunch, 5 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a local guide
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour
 

Additional Information:

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