United States, Arizona
5 nights/6 days
Home to the Grand Canyon, Arizona is blessed with unique rock monoliths and stunning desert landscapes amidst majestic mountains and more than 200 miles of nature trails, all infused with a vibrant southwest culture.
Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below. or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.
Day 1: Your Home City/Phoenix, Arizona
Upon arrival in Phoenix, secure your Hertz rental car and be quickly on your way to the historic landmark hotel, the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. With stylish influences from the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright and a coveted vacation spot for discerning VIPs, check into your 1920s-inspired Ocatilla Club guestroom for five elegant nights. Revel in Club Lounge access and exclusive amenities such as daily breakfast, evening cocktail hours, dessert and preferential services. In addition, delight in a dedicated concierge, richly furnished interiors, fine dining options, sparkling pools, luxury spa, championship golf courses and enticing seasonal activities, recreation and guided experiences for a memorable stay. This evening, immerse in a culinary experience that reveals the story of the Arizona desert, savoring the fresh ingredients and bold flavors of the region's rich heritage and culture, showcasing the foods of the land with a la carte offerings or tasting menu at Wright's At The Biltmore.
Day 2: Phoenix
Experience the incredible natural wonders of Arizona today on the full day Colors & Canyons Excursion. Discover scenic desert and mountain panoramas as the changing elevations of the Sonoran Desert unfurl on your journey to Sedona and the Oak Creek Canyon. Savor the towering red-faced rock formations and cliffs, with photo opportunities and picnic lunch along the way. Then, continue to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon where you will board a helicopter for an informative, awe-inspiring flight above the rugged canyon below including views of the North Rim, Colorado River and the Dragon Corridor - the widest and deepest part of the famous canyon. Upon landing, meet your guide to explore the rim of the canyon, showcasing the greatest vistas, before proceeding to the historical Navajo Nation and the striking Painted Desert, with a final stop at an authentic Navajo trading post before your return to the hotel.
Day 3: Phoenix
Known for its countless trails all over the valley, discover the beauty of Arizona's nature by foot or by bike at your leisure. Explore the Phoenix Mountain Preserve on the Desert Hike or ascend the famed Camelback Mountain for the breathtaking views at the top. North Mountain and Shaw Butte trails boast beautiful wildflowers and great birding for the moderate climber, while McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a sustainable desert habitat, offers multiple trails with unique rock formations, scenic desert flora and a good work out.
Days 4 - 6: Phoenix/Your Home City
For a bird's eye view of Arizona's most famous national wonder and lands sacred to the Hualapai tribe, embark on the Grand Canyon Discovery Excursion on an exclusive helicopter flight. Boasting several major ecosystems and home to protected plant and animal species, experience the colorful grandeur and majestic expanse as you descend and land 3,500 below the rim, just 300 feet above the lively Colorado River. Savor this inspiring setting for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.
The following days, enhance your nature adventures with a custom picnic basket or backpack filled with everything you need for the great outdoors. After your day exploring the trails or playing the fairways, cool off in one of the resort's eight sparkling pools, including a 92-foot waterslide at the Paradise Pool. Or, restore both body and spirit in the spa's 22,000 feet of pure indulgence with a soothing treatment. For those who wish a classic treat, sip and savor traditional afternoon tea, complete with special pastries, cakes and sandwiches, or sample seasonal dishes in Frank & Albert's, with the ambiance that reflects the Arizona terrain and natural elements.
In the morning, depart from this incredible natural landscape to the airport where you will board your homebound flight and plan your next spectacular outdoor escape.
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