I'm active and in decent shape and not looking to experience a place just through a bus window. I'm happy to slow down on the trail, soak it in and breathe in the fresh air.
Walking: 2-3 hours per day on gentle-gradient trails.
Other activities: On these trips, you'll be taking part in a range of other activities that focus less on building up a sweat and more on enjoying the finer things in life.
Activity Level 2
On the Move
Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.
Walking: 2-4 hours per day on gentle to moderate gradient trails. No multi-day hikes.
Biking: 1-3 hours, cruisy rides achievable by anyone, even first-timers.Kayaking: 1-3 hours, entry-level sea kayaking with specialist guides and stable boats.
Other activities (i.e. snorkeling): Always optional and very little exertion required. A highlight for many!
Activity Level 3
Earn Your Lunch
I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.
Hiking: Typically, 3-6 hours per day on well-formed backcountry trails. Expect some significant gradient inclines and declines.
Altitude: Your trip may include some moderate altitude areas, though these don't form the focus of the trip and are generally manageable.
Biking: 1-3 hours on well-formed paths or roads where you can expect some hills with moderate climbs and descents.
Kayaking: 1-3 hours, entry-level sea kayaking with specialist guides and stable boats.
Other activities (i.e. caving): Always optional and very little exertion required. A highlight for many!
Activity Level 4
I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.
Hiking / Trekking: Typically, 4–6-hour hikes with options for more, sometimes with limited or no vehicle support and nearly always with ascents and descents.
Altitude: Some trips at this level will reach a significant altitude. We are here to help you manage that and make your experience one to cherish for a lifetime.
Biking & Kayaking: If one, or both, of these activities are 'your thing,' there are trip options in this range, allowing you to be on two wheels or with a paddle in your hand for most of the day.
Activity Level 5
The Upper Limit
I'm ready to put in the hard work to reap the rewards. I'm a seasoned adventurer, not afraid to get my boots wet.
Trekking & Altitude: This is classic trekking, at altitude. Some might even call it 'expedition-style.' We've had folks from all walks of life achieve their dreams on our grade 5 trips, so if you're in for a challenge get in touch to find out if this is for you.
Enjoy quieter trails, pleasant weather, and snow-dusted landscapes, and celebrate the holidays in Sedona, and Scottsdale.
On this winter adventure, you explore the wonders of Arizona including the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Scottsdale with snowcapped scenery and pleasant daytime temperatures prime for outdoor adventure. Float down the Salt River, hike through Prescott's Granite Dells, take the train on the Grand Canyon Railway and hike the famous South Rim of the Grand Canyon. See Sedona dressed up for the holidays and cap off a trip with a thrilling jeep tour of the region.
Day 3Hop on the Grand Canyon Railway, hike the rim of the Grand Canyon
Day 4Hike South Kaibab Trail, explore Yavapai Geology Museum andTrail of Time
Day 5Explore Cameron Trading Post and Sunset Crater, Transfer to Sedona
Day 6Broken Arrow Jeep Tour, say your goodbyes
Meet in Scottsdale, float the Salt River
Your winter Grand Canyon adventure begins in Scottsdale where we’ll meet up and shuttle to the nearby Salt River for a float trip in oar rafts. This relaxing float is the perfect way to enjoy Arizona’s desert landscapes. As you glide along lush green riverbanks and towering red cliffs, keep alert for sightings of wild horses and bald eagles. Following lunch, we transfer to Prescott, a small city nestled amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the United States Our centrally located hotel is in the perfect location for wandering the streets of this historic destination. Enjoy your first night’s dinner in the Peacock Room with your fellow travel companions.
Hassayampa Inn (Lunch, Dinner)
Rafting: 2 hours
Hike Watson Lake, explore Bearizona
Begin the day with a hike around Watson Lake through Prescott’s beautiful Granite Dells north of town. This oasis is surrounded by beautiful rock formations and unique history. After a one-hour transfer to the town of Williams, enjoy lunch at Bearizona. You’ll experience this drive-thru and walk-around wildlife park with your knowledgeable guide who will give you a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibits and animals who call this place home. You’ll see bears, bighorn sheep, bison, wolves, and many more animals who once roamed wild across the American West. After checking into your hotel, the night is free for you to explore and eat dinner in the funky town of Williams, located on historic Route 66!
Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)
Hiking: 3-5 miles (4.8-8 kilometers)
Hop on the Grand Canyon Railway, hike the rim of the Grand Canyon
All aboard! This morning, you’ll board the Grand Canyon Railway en route to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. As you cross the Colorado Plateau, be on the lookout for elk, pronghorn, and bald eagles as your knowledgeable train conductor shares the history of this fascinating region. Upon arrival, enjoy a delectable picnic lunch prepared by your guides. This afternoon, you’ll check out the fascinating architecture of Hermit’s Rest before embarking on a “wow-inducing” hike skirting the rim of the Grand Canyon. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the Arizona Steakhouse at Bright Angel Lodge.
Kachina or Thunderbird Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hiking: 2-3 miles
Hike South Kaibab Trail, explore Yavapai Geology Museum andTrail of Time
Get a different perspective of the Grand Canyon today when you make the first few switchbacks of the South Kaibab Trail, looking up at the rim from below. Afterwards, visit the Yavapai Geology Museum which not only offers one of the best vantage points of the canyon but also an array of information on the unique geology of the park. You’ll then follow the Trail of Time where each meter equals one million years of the Grand Canyon’s geologic history with rock samples along the way and fantastic views of the canyon. We’ll meet back up for dinner in the restaurant of the famous El Tovar Hotel.
Kachina or Thunderbird Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hiking: 3-4 miles
Explore Cameron Trading Post and Sunset Crater, Transfer to Sedona
Today you’ll say goodbye to the Grand Canyon; and head toward Sedona with a few stops along the way. You'll first stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post before discovering the unique terrain and lava flows of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. You’ll continue to Sedona where you’ll enjoy lunch in town before having the afternoon to relax and explore. This evening, gather with your travel companions one last time for dinner at a lovely local spot in town.
Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Broken Arrow Jeep Tour, say your goodbyes
Before you say goodbye, say hello to some heart-pumping fun on an exhilarating off-road jeep adventure atop Sedona’s iconic red-rock formations. Explore the past at Montezuma Castle as you observe some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. After a short hike, it’s time to head back to Phoenix for goodbyes.
Grand Canyon Adventure Departure Dates
USD $4299/per adult
21 Dec 2023
21 Dec26 Dec
28 Dec 2023
28 Dec2 Jan
4 Jan 2024
4 Jan9 Jan
Photos From the Grand Canyon Trip
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On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town at 7:30amor at the Hyatt Place Scottsdale Old Town at 7:45am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Phoenix for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.
Where does the trip end?
Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Phoenix Airport at 1pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Phoenix around 1:30pm.
What flights do you recommend?
Arrival: We recommend arriving in Phoenix at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Phoenix after 3pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.
Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?
Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.
What should I bring with me on the first day?
When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.
What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?
You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.
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