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Sedona Arizona© Mike Koopsen
*Does not include sales tax or gratuity
(9th*) Guest Free, lunch included for all
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An intimate journey through the astounding beauty and mystical lands of Sedona, Arizona. No over crowded buses or vans here, a maximum of 8* guests travel in the comfort and luxury of Mercedes custom built touring vans. Optional leather console seat in front for a ninth guest, recommended for a small to medium size person only.
This is a narrative tour with a professional, knowledgeable tour guide who will tell you all about the history of Sedona, its geological formations, ancient Native American inhabitants and prehistoric Sedona when it actually was beneath the ocean.
Your excursion from Phoenix to Sedona begins with the Sonoran Desert. In this land before time where arthropods and dinosaurs once roamed, see legendary Saguaro Cactus in infinite variations of form and size. Absorb the history of ancient tribes, such as the Hohokam and the most feared of all Indians, the Tonto Apache, and how their reign of terror ended at Bloody Basin.
As you ascend from desert plains to high desert woodlands, notice the changes in the flora from Saguaro to Mesquite and Creosote to Juniper and Pinion Pines to Ponderosa Pine and Sycamore. Magnificent beauty entices the senses throughout the day.
View the “apartment type” ancient cliff dwellings the Sinagua Indians built into the sandstone cliffs along Beaver Creek. The Sinaguans farmed corn and beans during the day before climbing ladders to the safety of recessions in the cliffs high above the lands below.
Enter Sedona through the Village of Oak Creek and see monumental Bell Rock and its mysterious vortex. You will also get an up close view of Cathedral Rock, home to one of the most energetic vortexes in the area. Cathedral Rock is the major landmark icon in the Sedona area.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross was completed in 1956 and is considered Marguerite Brunswig Staudes’ masterpiece. Located on land in the Coconino National Forest, it took nearly 20 years of planning, congressional intervention for a special use permit, and 18 months of construction in order to build what today stands as one of Sedona’s premier attractions for travelers of all faiths.
The Chapel is a masterpiece of simplicity. Seated before the cross, visitors can gaze through stained glass windows at the valley beyond, which during the dramatic hours of sunrise and sunset creates images and color displays worthy of any museum. It is here that visitors, even those that come with no religious affiliation or spiritual connection, find the greatest sense of peace and wonder. Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock are both visible from the Chapel, and contribute to the feeling of breathtaking natural grandeur experienced by visitors.
Sedona’s “Uptown” is a shopping extravaganza with more than 50 art galleries, metaphysical shops, specialty stores, antiques and more. The main shopping area in Sedona is Uptown where you can take a brief stroll for souvenirs.
Fashioned after a traditional Mexican village, Tlaquepaque (pronounced “tla keh pah keh”), meaning the “best of everything,” is home to tasteful galleries and unique shops living in harmony under giant Sycamore trees. If shopping is not your “bag”, take a stroll along the serene banks of beautiful Oak Creek.
Rand McNally Calls It Spectacular. Ascend up Oak Creek Canyon described by Rand McNally as one of America’s Top 5 Most Scenic Drives. A brief stop at Vista Lookout Point over panoramic views. Descend back into the canyon with a stop at Sterling Springs, and narration about The West Fork Trail and Historic Indian Gardens, Sedona’s oldest country store, then continue along the edges of Oak Creek back into Uptown Sedona.
Proceed up Airport Mesa with wide angle views across Red Rock Country and the famous red rock monoliths. A scenic drive along the edges of picturesque Boynton Canyon where the Secret Mountain Wilderness contains the mysteries of past civilizations.
Tours originating out of Sedona and Flagstaff will journey to historic Jerome. Once home to Arizona’s largest copper mine, in the 1950′s Jerome became known as the largest ghost town in the country. Through time it has been plagued by fires that destroyed buildings and mines and gravity that has relocated structures moving them slowly down the mountain. Today Jerome is recognized as a National Historical Landmark and is surviving as an artist community. On your tour enjoy the scenic drive that winds up the mountain and provides wonderful views of the Verde Valley. Once you are there you can take a stroll through this historical town, shop creations from the local artists, and indulge in wine tasting from local vineyards.
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**Up one child ages 5 and under is free with the purchase of a minimum of four guests. Lunch and water bottle are not included for children ages 5 and under. Excessive messes or damage may result in additional charges.