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Holiday Season in Phoenix, Arizona

Includes a 2-day excursion to the Grand Canyon and Sedona
On this special Holiday Season tour we will enjoy the sunshine in Phoenix - Arizona's foremost resort town. 
Phoenix (located in what is known as the “Valley of the Sun”) is one of North America's most popular vacation areas with spectacular desert scenery, lakes, canyons, mountains and 4000 hours of sunshine annually.  

Our accommodation will be at the First Class Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Biltmore Hotel located in Arizona’s most prestigious community. Enjoy the finest dining and shopping experience at the nearby Biltmore Fashion Park with over 70 of the finest shops and restaurants just steps away. Close by is Downtown Phoenix, Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Fashion Square, Biltmore Golf and Country Club - a great nearby option for golf enthusiasts, and Camelback Mountain - a top attraction in Phoenix less than 1 mile from the hotel with great hiking and biking possibilities to enjoy the local flora and fauna.  

This well equipped all-suite hotel offers a lovely open atrium with a full-service restaurant, lounge, state of the art exercise facility, outdoor pool, sundeck, complimentary cooked to order breakfast, complimentary daily Manager's Reception, and a 24 hour Fitness center.  

For Christmas we will enjoy a special Christmas Eve Dinner and a Christmas Day brunch at the Hilton. There will also be a New Years Eve dinner-show and a New Year's Day BBQ. A number of other special meals and some fantastic excursions (including a 2-day excursion to the Grand Canyon and magical red-rock Sedona) are also included.

Itinerary / Excursions

The area is called the Valley of the Sun because it receives over 4,000 hours of sunshine annually. On our tour we see the man-made lake at Tempe, the pleasant downtown area, the beautiful campus of Arizona State University, Camelback Mountain and more. We finish in Old Town Scottsdale for a walk around the pedestrian streets with art galleries, boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants.
One of the Great Natural Wonders of the World. We will have plenty of time to wander along the brink of the chasm and enjoy the various vantage points. On the way there we will visit the artists’ colony town of Sedona, where our trolley tour will show us the incredible red desert rock formations. We’ll also see beautiful Oak Creek Canyon en route to our overnight in Flagstaff. 
A day of spectacular scenery as we enjoy an old-fashioned paddleboat ride on Canyon Lake. We will see the interesting rock formations resembling people and animals while listening to the riverboat captain's fascinating yarns of the area and its legends. Dinner follows at Zappone’s. 
Whisk back to a time of luxurious train travel, and step aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad - a fullyrestored diesel-powered vintage train with plush coaches and open-air viewing.  This four-hour excursion will take us on a 20-mile journey through 100 years of history, as well as an abundance of native fauna and flora, rugged high desert rock faces and spectacular vistas, all of which is only accessible by rail. The trip includes educational narration and a great selection of entertaining classic railroad tunes.  A day to remember!  
The world’s only global musical instrument museum.  With state-of-the-art technology you can hear, see and feel the sounds of more than 6500 instruments from all over the world.  Then we will enjoy some excellent western entertainment, line dancing and a western style dinner!  
A visit to the internationally acclaimed Heard Museum. Millions of visitors have stepped through the graceful arches to discover the rich Native American heritage of the southwest.  Exhibits include an extensive collection of jewelry, pottery, textiles, arts and crafts.   
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