Women Xplorers is a new option, providing custom made soft-adventure tours for women. Tours are designed by women for women, to enrich the lives of women by exposing them to new and exciting experiences through travel and friendship. Go with a small group of like-minded ladies to soak up the history, mystery, culture and adventure. The small-group size delivers a highly personalized and rewarding travel experience. Plus you can avoid the dreaded single supplement through Xplorers guaranteed room share (though you can always choose your own room if you like). The fully escorted itineraries cater to singles, sisters, friends, mother and daughters - and new friends you'll make along the way.
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Fly from your home city to Phoenix. Transfer to hotel is included.
This evening, meet your fellow Xplorers at the Welcome Meeting.
This morning, set out on a road trip to Sedona, travelling along the “Red Rock Scenic Byway”, past a dazzling display of nature and history, framed by towering red rocks. With a stop at Montezuma Castle, you’ll gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 800-year-old, 20-room high-rise “apartment”, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape. A short drive later, arrive at the historic ghost town of Jerome. Founded in 1876, Jerome was once the fourth largest city in the Arizona Territory, enjoy the stories told by a local guide as we stroll through this unique town once known as the “wickedest town in the west”. Enjoy free time to shop the many shops and art galleries before joining your fellow Xplorers for a Welcome Dinner at the Grand Hotel Jerome this evening.
The incredible sights and history of Sedona are brought to life by our local guide on our city tour this morning. This afternoon; wildlife, scenery and photo ops abound during your enjoyable initiation to the Sedona outback. Sedona’s remote canyons are just as stunning as its ascending trails, you’ll discover their mystery and beauty in its entirety today as your Jeep travels through the high desert topography. Stopping at the 19th century Van Deren Cabin, you’ll learn the story behind this famed filming location for the classic 1948 western “Blood on the Moon”. You’ll also head through Dry Creek, a shaded streambed with native Arizona trees and lush landscape. Listen closely as your local guide shares stories about the area’s history, many washes, canyons, trails and vegetation.
Today is your day. You might choose a spa treatment at one of the many relaxing spas in the area, do some shopping or venture out on one of the many hiking trails. Then it’s time to experience a different kind of off-road adventure. Hit the dusty trail, “Cowgirl” style for a fun, entertaining time at a “working ranch”. Saddle-up your trusted steed and head out for a 1-hour sunset trail-ride through scenic Verde Valley, this is one of the best ways to get out and explore the peaceful backcountry. Followed by a Cowgirl BBQ with entertainment at The Sedona Lookout. The Lookout offers spectacular views of Sedona, Verde Valley, and Mogollon Rim. Enjoy the amazing sunset and incredible stars.
We hit the open road early this morning, making a stop at historic Cameron Trading Post, as we head to one of the most majestic and photographed points on earth…Monument Valley, with mythical masterpieces that tower graciously from the desert floor. Monument Valley holds a special place to the Navajo People; it’s considered the heart of the earth. A sacred land with arguably some of the most beautiful views in the world. Our Navajo Guide will take us off-the-beaten track, deep into the valley, a place of eloquent beauty. You will marvel at the stories of the Navajo Culture, the history of the area and the lifestyle of both the Navajo and the Ancient Puebloan people. Monument Valley is a destination experience that gives you the freedom to connect with the priceless and discover the extraordinary, leaving you with a sense of peace and tranquillity
With a “magic hour” sunrise walk on the Wildcat Trail, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the “Wild West”. So, come-on y’all, it’s time to get all John Wayne - or in our case, all Jane Fonda “Cat Ballou” and wander around the Mittens talking with a drawl. This iconic place has been on the silver screen and on landscape posters around the world. Now it’s your turn to get up-close and personal to the monuments as you explore some of the most famous rock buttes in the park. At one point, find yourself standing in a spot where three towering buttes surround you as you take in this landscape’s peaceful majesty. The Navajo people have a custom that has endured, whenever a visitor comes you are treated as an honored guest, wishing you a safe and pleasant visit to their land. You are offered shelter, warmth and nourishment so you can continue your journey. Your journey isn’t over yet, on our way to Page, we stop for a photo at “Forrest Gump Point”, this is the iconic spot that Forrest stopped running in the film, turned around to face his followers and uttered “I’m pretty tired. I think I’ll go home now.” There is a lot more to explore and do before this journey is over. As we near Page, we stop for a short hike, to one of the most dramatic canyon views found in Arizona, Horseshoe Bend. Standing before this impressive scene, you’ll marvel at the beauty of this place, where the mighty Colorado River makes a dramatic 270-degree bend on the canyon floor, 1,000 feet below.
After breakfast, enjoy a short hike to Glen Canyon Dam Overlook. Glen Canyon Dam, sometimes called the White House, is one of the largest in the country, completed in 1966 it took 10 years of around the clock construction to complete. At 710 ft tall, 1560 ft wide, its an impressive structure. Once we reach the overlook we are treated to a striking view. The “white” dam contrasting against the red canyon walls, blue sky and Colorado River some 400 feet below is stunning. Next, we enter one of Pages infamous slot canyons for an unforgettable experience! Nature’s best kept secret and something so rare and beautiful that it took mother nature millions of years to create. When you finally have the chance to discover one of these earthly crevasses, you will be transported to a place so surreal and beautiful, that even when you are walking and climbing through one, it doesn’t seem natural or real. How do you top that you ask? Well, our next stop is one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world, the Grand Canyon! A five-million-year-old canyon bursting with magnificent views and scenic trails, exploring the Grand Canyon South Rim is like walking through an outdoor museum. Take advantage of your free time to enjoy the breathtaking views with a walk along the Rim Trail.
Williams is a quaint mountain town with the personality of an authentic Western village, it lies under the canopy of Ponderosa Pines of the Kaibab Forest on historic Route 66. The downtown streets sport old-fashioned street lamps and every other store sells a variety of Route 66 souvenirs, making the town much more than a pit stop to the Grand Canyon. Next stop Phoenix! After checking in to our hotel there is free time, you might choose; the shuttle to the Premium Outlet Mall for some last-minute shopping or get that last hike in on the trails, before joining your fellow Xplorers for a Farewell Dinner. Our last evening together is a perfect time to reflect on our Arizona adventure and ponder where our next Women Xplorers adventure will lead us!
Fly from Phoenix to home city, transfer arrangements to Phoenix airport are included.