Grand Canyon New Year

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Trip Dates:

December 29, 2015 through January 3, 2016

NPCA Member Price From

$2,595 - $2,995 per person double occupancy; $800 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

December 29, 2015-January 3, 2016

Capture “the Grand” at the grandest time of year as you ring in the New Year along the southern rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoy a few surprises as you connect with current stewards of the park and stop in Sedona where the red-draped, hardstone backdrop perfectly frames the end of the tour.

Enjoy the benefit of great guides and unique moments on this naturalist-led journey filled with exploration and adventure. Head to Grand Canyon National Park, where we spend the first three nights. Our time in the Grand Canyon will be spent exploring the best hikes as our guides share interesting geological facts and lead the group to unique locations along the south rim. Wrap up your time in the park taking in the New Year from the historic El Tovar Hotel, situated directly on the rim.

We make our way into Sedona, embraced by stunning red sandstone cliffs. In this gorgeous red-rock outdoor playground we experience a jeep tour adventure through steep and narrow passages and are joined by an astronomer for a spectacular night of stargazing.

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Tour Highlights

Active Outdoor Adventure

Hiking, exploring, jeep touring and star gazing make for an exciting adventure throughout this journey.

Memory Maker

There is something implicitly special about the Grand Canyon but add to this the allure that comes only during this “quiet” time of year, and you have all of the makings for superlative lifetime memories!

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Phoenix, Arizona

Length of Tour

6 days/5 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Information on a comprehensive travel insurance coverage plan will be included with trip confirmation packets.

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Daily Itinerary

December 29: Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park

Your guide meets you this morning at a central hotel location near the Phoenix airport and you head straight for Grand Canyon National Park. We’ll do some “guide’s favorite” short hikes along the way. Thunderbird Lodge (L, D) 

December 30: Grand Canyon National Park

Today we spend the whole day exploring and hiking Grand Canyon National Park. Our guides know the area’s history and natural wonders inside and out, making for a real insider’s experience of the South Rim and its famous viewpoints and features. Catching the sunset is something of a ritual in the park, and our guide gets us to the best vantage point to enjoy the show. Thunderbird Lodge (B,L,D) 

December 31: Grand Canyon National Park

If you loved the sunset last night, set your alarm for the optional pre-breakfast sunrise photo opportunity. After breakfast, we have another full day exploring and hiking in the park. Ring in the New Year this evening with dinner at the fabulous El Tovar Hotel, which opened its doors in 1905 as the Grand Canyon’s luxury lodging right on the rim.  Thunderbird Lodge (B,L,D) 

January 1: Grand Canyon to Sedona

An early departure this morning gets us on our way to Sedona! En route we make a stop in Flagstaff for lunch before continuing on through Oak Creek Canyon with a stop to see a natural waterslide, hike along the creek, and savor the ambience of this beautiful and fertile high desert canyon. This evening we’re joined by a special guest astronomer who literally will put stars in our eyes! We’ll view planets and stars through high-powered telescopes and learn about the composition of constellations scattered through the night’s sky. Orchards Inn (B,L,D) 

January 2: Sedona, AZ

Set out this morning on a wonderful hike among the red rock monoliths of Sedona. Our outing leads to a natural bridge that offers a perfect set-up for fabulous photos from both under and atop the bridge. We have lunch back in Sedona before this afternoon’s exciting, 2-hour jeep tour. The strong little rigs display their climbing ability as they carry us to superlative viewpoints and descend steep, narrow passages. Many of your explorations on this journey will take us over the famous Southwest “slickrock,” smooth swaths of sandstone that, despite the name, provide great traction for hiking and biking. Orchards Inn (B,L,D)

January 3: Departures home from Phoenix, AZ

After breakfast and some last deep breaths of the high desert air, we drive back to Phoenix for early afternoon flights home. (B)

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$2,595 - $2,995 per person double occupancy; $800 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

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Special Note

NPCA requires individual arrivals the day before your trip begins, allowing the opportunity to start with a full day on the first day of your tour. NPCA will advise on pre-departure lodging options in confirmation material.

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Our Travel Partner

The National Parks Conservation association is delighted to be partnering with Off the Beaten Path (OBP) to bring you excellent, insider experiences in our cherished national parks. This well-respected travel company shares our love of national parks, and understands the significant role they play in safeguarding America’s most majestic landscapes. Off the Beaten Path also shares our travel philosophy of small group sizes and unique itineraries.

NPCA’s collaboration with Off the Beaten Path allows us to open up an even broader range of opportunities through which you can appreciate and enjoy your national parks. Off the Beaten Path is offering additional dates with similar kinds of experiences to the trip described in this official ParkScapes departure.

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Lodging Info

Thunderbird Lodge

Orchards Inn

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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