After arriving in Phoenix, an easy 2 hour shuttle delivers you to Prescott, to our comfortable downtown hotel. Prescott, once the capital of Arizona, is a pleasant and walkable small town with a rich history, surrounded by ponderosa pine forests and towering granite peaks. We’ll spend 2 nights here before transfering to Williams, where we’ll catch the vintage Grand Canyon Railway train to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. After 2 nights at a comfortable lodge at the South Rim, we’ll finish with 2 nights in Sedona, America’s best kept secret, where striking red canyon walls and lush, riparian areas create an unforgettable landscape. We’ll have guided hikes each day, as well as plenty of opportunity for free time to explore the towns, museums and archeological sites along the way.
Our days will start with a full breakfast at our hotel – your choice of eggs, pancakes, cereal, fruit, coffee, juice – which gives us the energy needed for the day ahead. Then we’ll be out on the trail, exploring the wonderful landscapes Arizona has to offer. Each morning, you’ll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we’ll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches – making them something to look forward to as well!
We should finish our hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax at the hotel, or perhaps do a bit of sightseeing on your own. Later, we’ll enjoy delicious dinners together at our hotel or another local restaurant. There are many great restaurants to choose from, and our dinners will all feature fabulous food.
If you are looking to come to Arizona in the summer, check out our very similar Arizona Red Rocks tour, visiting Prescott, the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and Sedona, with guaranteed departures.
Prescott – The Northern Arizona Highlights tour starts with arrival at the Phoenix airport, where you can transfer by shuttle to our meeting point in Prescott.
Prescott – We’ll explore the area around Prescott, named one of the next great adventure towns by National Geographic Adventure.
Grand Canyon Village – We’ll transfer in the morning to Williams, Arizona, the gateway to the Grand Canyon, where you’ll board the vintage Grand Canyon railway train for an historic ride on their panoramic observation deck to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon Village – Our second day at the Grand Canyon gives us a chance for a full dayhike, so we can appreciate its beauty from below as we hike down into the canyon on one of many beautiful trails.
Sedona – Leaving the Grand Canyon, we’ll have the option to explore the Anasazi ruins at Wupatki, near Flagstaff, or hike through the Aspens along Humphrey’s Peak, Arizona’s highest mountain at over 12,000 ft. Then we’ll wind through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona, one of the prettiest locations in the Southwest.
Sedona – With towering sandstone formations in every direction, countless canyons and numerous creeks, we have many hikes to choose from today. We enjoy the quiet hike over Sterling pass to Vultee arch, through forests of pine and juniper, with beautiful views all day.
depart – After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll leave for our post-trip destinations. A shuttle van can take you back to Phoenix.