Sedona & Grand Canyon North Rim
August 30, 2024 thru September 4, 2024
Embark on a captivating six-day journey through Arizona’s iconic landscapes. Discover spiritual sanctuaries like the Chapel of the Holy Cross, traverse the ancient Montezuma Castle, and ride through Arizona’s untouched wilderness aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad. As you inch closer to the tour’s crescendo, the majestic Grand Canyon awaits, with the North Rim offering unparalleled vistas and sunsets. Along the way, enjoy curated stops at Oak Creek Vista and delve into Navajo culture at Tuba City. Your heart and mind are enriched by the Southwest’s unparalleled beauty and history!
Verde Canyon Train Ride
6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level 4
8 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners) included
Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included
- La Posada’s Turquoise Room
- Meteor Crater
- Sedona’s Red Rock Formations
- Chapel of the Holy Cross
- Montezuma Castle
- Scenic Train through Verde Canyon
- Sedona Trolley Tour
- Sedona Heritage Museum
- Grand Canyon North Rim
- Guided Shuttle Experience to Cape Royal
- Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center & Tuba City
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 5 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
- Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
- 8 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners)
- Admission to all listed attractions
- Your Professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Journey to Sedona
We will depart Albuquerque via a deluxe motorcoach in the early morning and make comfort stops along the way. Our first big stop of the day is Winslow’s historic La Posada’s Turquoise Room, where we will indulge in highly-rated regional fare. After we’ve refueled, experience awe at the monumental Meteor Crater, a testament to nature’s raw power. The crater was formed approximately 50,000 years ago when a nickel-iron meteorite about 50 meters (roughly 160 feet) in diameter struck the Earth’s surface at a high speed. Conclude your day’s journey as we arrive in Sedona, backed by mystical red rock landscapes. Enjoy a welcome dinner to end our day and mark the start of our adventure.
Meals included: (D)
Day 2 - Uncover Sedona
Start your day with a rejuvenating breakfast buffet before setting off. Our first stop will be the spiritually enriching Chapel of the Holy Cross, seamlessly integrated into Sedona’s iconic red rock formations. Post this historic delve, gear up for a scenic adventure as we arrive at the Verde Canyon Railroad. Embark on a captivating train journey through the rugged beauty of Verde Canyon, witnessing Arizona’s untouched wilderness. As the train chugs back to the depot, and the day winds down, return to the comforts of the Hampton Inn. The evening is yours to explore Sedona’s culinary delights with an independent dinner.
Meals included: (B)
Day 3 - Sedona Trolley & History
Start your day indulging in a sumptuous breakfast buffet before seizing the opportunity to explore Uptown Sedona at your leisure. After an independent lunch in the heart of this vibrant town, hop on the iconic Sedona Trolley for a guided tour that unveils the city’s most mesmerizing spots. Dive deeper into Sedona’s past with a visit to the Sedona Heritage Museum. As the day progresses, witness panoramic views of Sedona’s red rock splendor from the Airport Overlook. Round off your exploration with an independent dinner at a Sedona restaurant, before settling in for the night.
Meals included: (B)
Day 4 - Adventure to Grand Canyon North Rim
Kick off your day with a delightful breakfast buffet. As we set out, we’ll take a brief pause at the Oak Creek Vista, offering enchanting views of the terrain. As one of the most popular viewpoints in the area, it provides visitors with breathtaking vistas of the canyon’s vibrant red rock formations, lush forests, and winding Oak Creek. Refuel with a meal at the charming Marble Canyon Restaurant. The highlight awaits as we arrive at the Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim. Explore this natural wonder, dine independently with the canyon as your backdrop, and conclude the day with a mesmerizing sunset, painting the sky with hues only the Grand Canyon can inspire.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 5 - Cape Royal & North Rim Exploration
Fuel up for an adventure-packed morning with a breakfast at the lodge. Board our shuttle, where we’ll be whisked away by expert guides from the renowned Kanab Tour Company. Enjoy an immersive shuttle experience to Cape Royal. It offers one of the most comprehensive panoramic views of the Grand Canyon, encompassing a wide expanse of the canyon, the Colorado River, and several iconic landmarks.
The afternoon is yours to explore. Maybe you’ll want to capture the canyon’s beauty through photography, take a serene walk along the rim, or simply relax and soak in the views. When evening descends, join us for a dinner at the Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 6 - Navajo Culture & History
Enjoy a breakfast before heading out on our last day of this tour. Our first stop of the day is at the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center in Marble Canyon, a historic bridge that offers picturesque views and insights into Navajo culture. From there, we’ll head to Tuba City for some leisure time and an independent lunch. Tuba City is located on the Navajo Nation reservation. It’s the largest city within the Nation and has a rich tapestry of Native American history and culture.
As we set course back to Albuquerque, we carry with us unforgettable memories, forever touched by the mesmerizing allure of the Grand Canyon and Sedona.
Meals included: (B)
Itinerary subject to change. Elevation in the Grand Canyon North Rim is around 8,000 ft.
The North Rim sits at an elevation of about 8,000 feet (2,438 meters), which is roughly 1,000 feet (304 meters) higher than the South Rim. This elevation difference results in cooler temperatures and a different array of plant and animal life.
The North Rim is less accessible than the South Rim, and as a result, it receives significantly fewer visitors each year. This makes for a quieter, more secluded experience.
The Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim is a historic structure offering lodging, dining, and stunning canyon views. It's the only in-park lodging available on the North Rim.
Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim
North Rim, AZ
$2,235 per person
$2,925 per person
Final Payment Due:
June 25, 2024
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 5 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 8 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners)
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Your Professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: June 25, 2024
- None – through June 25, 2024
- $200 – June 26 – July 9, 2024
- $1,300 – July 10 – July 23, 2024
- 100% – after July 23, 2024
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 4: Active
Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon experiences a different climate compared to the South Rim due to its higher elevation at over 8,000 feet. In August, the weather at the North Rim can be quite varied.
Temperatures: Daytime temperatures can be warm, ranging from 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C), but they are generally cooler than at the South Rim or the inner canyon. However, it can still feel quite warm in the sun during the day. Nighttime temperatures can drop significantly, sometimes going down to 40°F (4°C) or lower, so it’s important to bring layers.
Clothing: It's best to dress in layers for your comfort. Please wear shoes that are comfortable for walking on various terrains.
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