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Sedona's Red Rocks & Grand Canyon

Sedona's Red Rocks & Grand Canyon

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Sedona's Red Rocks and the majestic Grand Canyon. Experience breathtaking landscapes, natural wonders and two of Arizona’s scenic railways.

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Sedona Red Rocks & Grand Canyon Featuring Two Historic Trains

Trip Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights

 

Starr has partnered with Mayflower Tours, a professional tour operator handling escorted tour arrangements. With 40 years experience, Mayflower's goal is to provide travelers with an unforgettable experience featuring sightseeing, history, culture, and fun!

 

 

Trip Inclusions:

  • Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

  • Tour Director upon arrival in Phoenix

  • Round Trip airfare EWR/PHL airport

  • Transfers between airport & hotel

  • Baggage handling and related gratuities

 

 

Trip Highlights:

 

Phoenix

The settlement that would become Phoenix was established on the banks of the Salt River in the early 1860s. According to legend, the city's name was inspired by one of its first settlers, Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa. Duppa predicted that a great city would emerge from the ancient Hohokam ruins, akin to the mythical phoenix bird rising from its own ashes. Arizona is also home to 22 sovereign American Indian tribes, each with its own rich heritage and cultural contributions.

 

Rustler's Rooste Steakhouse

Rustler’s Rooste Steakhouse offers an authentic cowboy western experience like no other. Guests are treated to a delicious dinner featuring a variety of mouth-watering steaks and southwestern specialties, all while enjoying live entertainment that captures the spirit of the Old West. The atmosphere is vibrant and fun, with unlimited drinks to complement your meal. The steakhouse also boasts stunning views of the city, adding a picturesque backdrop to your dining experience.

 

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument is a remarkable ancient cliff dwelling nestled in the rugged landscape of Arizona. This well-preserved five-story structure, intricately carved into a towering limestone cliff, was once home to the Sinagua people over 600 years ago. The castle, with its 20 rooms, stands as a testament to the ingenuity and adaptability of these early inhabitants.

 

Sedona

Sedona is a vibrant artist community set amidst the stunning red-hued rocks of Oak Creek Canyon. Known for its breathtaking beauty, Sedona captivates visitors with its dramatic landscapes, featuring towering sandstone formations that glow in brilliant shades of red and orange, particularly during sunrise and sunset. This enchanting destination not only fills the senses with its natural splendor but also soothes the soul with its serene atmosphere.

 

Sedona Trolley tour

Your narrated trolley tour takes you on an unforgettable journey through the vibrant south side of town. You'll explore the charming Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, where cobblestone paths and vine-covered stucco walls lead you to a variety of unique shops and galleries. Next, you'll visit Gallery Row, home to a stunning collection of art galleries showcasing works from local and international artists. The tour culminates with a stop at the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross, a breathtaking architectural marvel built into the red rock cliffs, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

 

Chapel of the Holy Cross

The Chapel of the Holy Cross, sitting high atop the red rocks in Sedona, Arizona, was inspired and commissioned by local rancher and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude. It is a place of great beauty and peace. Built to a twin pinnacled spur, about 250 feet high, jutting out a thousand foot rock wall, “solid as the rock of Peter” the building of the Chapel was completed in April, 1956.

 

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon South Rim, situated in the northwest corner of Arizona, is accessible by car, plane, and railway. The town of Tusayan, located at the South Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, serves as the gateway to this magnificent natural wonder. As the most popular rim of the park, the South Rim offers a quintessential National Park experience with an array of convenient visitor services, including a hop-on-hop-off shuttle bus, concierge services, dining options, and a variety of hotels just minutes from the entrance gate. The South Rim features free Ranger Talks, museums, shops, geological and historical exhibits, and the iconic Grand Canyon Railway. This area preserves the authentic National Park ambiance, ensuring guests have a safe and enjoyable experience. This area showcases the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, leaving all the awe-inspiring splendor to Mother Nature.

 

Grand Canyon Railway

The historic Grand Canyon Railway departs daily from Williams, Arizona, taking passengers on a breathtaking journey to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Since 1901, this railway has transported travelers to the heart of one of the seven wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon Railway offers more than just transportation; it's a nostalgic trip back in time on meticulously restored rail cars, complete with entertaining musicians and lively cowboy characters. As you gaze out the window, the landscape transforms from high desert to prairie, and prairie to pine forest, culminating in a view so magnificent it could very well change you.

 

Jerome

Nestled in Arizona's Verde Valley, Jerome is a captivating blend of history and modernity. Once a bustling mining town, it faced near-abandonment before experiencing a revival as a vibrant community. Perched on Cleopatra Hill, its historic buildings now house a diverse array of shops, galleries, and museums, offering a glimpse into its colorful past. Jerome's winding streets invite exploration, revealing a rich tapestry of art, history, and breathtaking views. Whether delving into its mining heritage or immersing oneself in its vibrant arts scene, Jerome offers a captivating journey through the heart of the American West.

 

Verde Canyon Railroad

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the stunning Verde Canyon aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad, where you'll experience first-class comfort while traversing historic trestles, passing by ancient Indian ruins, and journeying through a majestic 700-foot tunnel.

 

Blazin' M Ranch

Savor the authentic flavors of the Old West with a chuckwagon supper at the renowned “Blazin’ M Ranch,” where you'll feast on hearty cowboy cuisine served up with a side of Western hospitality. As you indulge in delicious fare, you'll be entertained by a lively Western stage show, featuring talented performers who bring the spirit of the Wild West to life with music, comedy, and thrilling performances.

 

Need to Know:

 

Proof of Citizenship Requirement: Government Issued Photo ID

 

Deposit/Payment Policy:

  • Deposit is $300.00 non-refundable per person

  • Final payment is due by 03/9/2025

 

Cancellation Policy:

If cancellation occurs from booking date to 3/9/25, a $300.00 per person penalty will be assessed.

If cancellation occurs between 3/10/25 and 4/18/25, a $1,050.00 per person penalty will be assessed.

If cancellation occurs between 4/19/25 and 5/18/25, the passenger is in full penalty and no refund will be granted.

 

*In addition to the cancellation polices listed above, if additional payments have been made to Starr for the purpose of securing your airline reservation, these monies are non-refundable once received. Any name changes after final payment is made will be assessed a per person change fee. The amount of the fee will be determined by the airline.

 

Flight Schedule (subject to change):

5/18/25 UNITED #1847 Departs EWR 10:59am/Arrives PHX 1:18pm

5/23/25 UNITED #2467 Departs PHX 12:50pm/Arrives EWR 8:35pm

 

Only 1 piece of checked baggage is allowed on this trip and there will be a charge by the airline to check any luggage.

 

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance provides protection for your travel investment and it should always be considered. We recommend The National Tour Association's (NTA) Travel Protection Plan administered by Aon Affinity. You can purchase the enhanced plan within 14 days of deposit to cover preexisting conditions or 'cancel for any reason' coverage.

For more information: https://www.starrtours.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/NTA-Plan-Flyer-Starr-Tours.pdf

For frequently asked questions: https://www.starrtours.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/NTA-Plan-Flyer-FAQ_2023.pdf

To purchase: Call 800-388-1470 or log onto: nta.aontravelprotect.com

Starr's Tour Operator location # for AON is 306035.

 

Gratuities:

Gratuities to individuals noted below are not included in the price of your tour package. Customary recognized guidelines are as follows:

*Motorcoach Driver – $4-$6 per tour guest, per day

*Tour Director – $4-$6 per tour guest, per day

 

 

Accessibility:

Starr has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

Day 1

Kick off your Arizona adventure as you arrive in Phoenix and settle into your hotel. Later this evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a 6:00 p.m. transfer to Rustler’s Rooste Steakhouse where a total cowboy western experience awaits, complete with a mouthwatering dinner, live entertainment, and unlimited drinks.

Day 2

This morning, visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, an ancient five-story Indian dwelling carved out of a great limestone cliff. In Sedona, explore the picturesque south side of town on a narrated trolley tour, taking in highlights like the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Gallery Row, and the iconic Chapel of the Holy Cross.

Day 3

Today, journey to the awe-inspiring South Rim of the Grand Canyon and soak in breathtaking views along the rim. Later, board the Grand Canyon Railway for an unforgettable ride through diverse landscapes, from pine forests to prairies to high desert.

Day 4

Spend a leisurely day in Sedona, an artist community nestled among the red-hued rocks of Oak Creek Canyon. Whether you choose to bask in the Arizona sun, explore eclectic art galleries and craft shops, or opt for a guided jeep tour through the Sedona backcountry, the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace.

Day 5

This morning, stop in Jerome, an old mining town and melting pot for those who dreamed of making a quick fortune. Once virtually a ghost town, it is now restored with shops, museums and art. Later, climb aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad for a spectacular journey over old-fashioned trestles, past ancient Indian ruins and through a 700-foot tunnel. Enjoy the views from the comfort of your First Class seat or from one of the open-air viewing cars. Watch for wildflowers, blooming cacti and wildlife in their natural habitat. Tonight, chow down with a chuckwagon supper at the “Blazin’ M Ranch” and Western Stage Show.

Day 6

After breakfast today, your Arizona adventure comes to a close with a group transfer to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Note

Ininerary is subject to change.

Accommodations:

 

Accommodations Day 1:

Hilton Garden Inn, Scottsdale, AZ or similar

 

Accommodations Days 2 and 5:

Element Sedona, Sedona, AZ or similar

 

Note: Hotels are subject to change until tour's departure.

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available for this tour. Pick up points vary by departure date so to see which date(s) your preferred location(s) is available, click “view” below.

Note: Not all pick-up points are available for all tours or all departure dates. Also, with less than 3 people booked from a pick-up point, that pick-up point may be changed or eliminated. If so, we will alert you approximately 30 days prior to departure.

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City, State Address
Bensalem, PA (MAIN) Best Western Plus Phila Bensalem (MAIN)
3499 Street Rd Bensalem, PA
Cherry Hill, NJ (MAIN) Cherry Hill Train Station Parking Lot (MAIN)
Next to ShopRite at 2240 W Marlton Pike
Chester, PA (MAIN) Harrah's Philadelphia Casino (MAIN)
777 Harrah's Blvd
Hamilton, NJ (MAIN) Hamilton Station Park & Ride Garage (MAIN)
800 Sloan Avenue Hamilton, NJ
Iselin, NJ (MAIN/HUB) APA Hotel Woodbridge (MAIN/HUB)
120 S Wood Avenue Iselin, NJ
Phila (NE), PA (MAIN) Phila (Northeast) KleinLife (MAIN)
10100 Jamison Ave (at Red Lion Rd) Philadelphia PA
Phila (South), PA (MAIN) Oregon Diner 302 W Oregon Ave (at 3rd St) (MAIN)
Philadelphia, PA
Toms River, NJ (SHUTTLE) Toms River Park & Ride (SHUTTLE)
400 Highland Parkway S. Toms River, NJ
Wall Twnship NJ (SHUTTLE) Judy Blume Service Area (SHUTTLE)
100 Garden State Parkway Wall, NJ

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