Are you interested in a private guide? A private guided tour is booked specifically for you and your friends and family. You choose the dates that work best for you and choose the itinerary that feels right. We can help you make any custom changes you like to our guided Northern Arizona Highlights itinerary and we will take care of all the details. Hotels are booked, park passes ordered, and your own private guide will be waiting, so all you need to do is show up and enjoy your trip!
After arriving in Phoenix, an easy 2 hour shuttle delivers you to Prescott, to our comfortable downtown hotel. Prescott, once the capital of Arizona, is a pleasant walk-able small town with a rich history, surrounded by ponderosa pine forests and towering granite peaks. We’ll spend two nights here before transferring to Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village via the vintage Grand Canyon Railway. We’ll spend two days and nights at a comfortable lodge here at the South Rim, while exploring some of the most popular hikes the park has to offer. Next we’ll head south to Flagstaff, stopping along the way to explore ancient Anasazi ruins or one of our favorite hikes in the Coconino National Forest before spending the night in Sedona. With two nights here we’ll have ample time to marvel at the unforgettable landscape of striking red canyon walls and lush riparian corridors. We’ll take you on a variety of our favorite guided hikes and leave plenty of opportunity for free time to explore the towns, museums and archeological sites along the way.
Our days will start with a full breakfast at our hotel which gives us the energy needed for the day ahead. Then we’ll be out on the trail, exploring the wonderful landscapes Arizona has to offer. Each morning, you’ll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we’ll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches – making them something to look forward to as well!
We should finish our hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax at the hotel, or perhaps do a bit of sightseeing on your own. Later, we’ll enjoy delicious dinners together at our hotel or another local restaurant. There are many great restaurants to choose from, and our dinners will all feature fabulous food.
Prescott – The Northern Arizona Highlights tour starts with arrival at the Phoenix airport, where you can transfer by shuttle to our meeting point in Prescott.
Prescott is a charming small town tucked at the base of the Bradshaw Mountains. Wander by Victorian homes and Old West bars in the quaint downtown shopping district. We’ll meet in the evening for a welcome dinner and introduction to Prescott before settling in to our lovely downtown hotel.
Prescott – – Prescott is surrounded by 1.25 million acres of national forest and has been named one of the next great adventure towns by National Geographic Adventure—and for good reason! Granite Mountain is one of Prescott’s iconic landmarks and not to be missed. Naturally, one of our favorite hikes on the edge of town is through Granite Basin; a beautiful moderate hike through forests of Ponderosa pine, oak, juniper, and agave with the imposing boulders of Granite Mountain towering above us at 7,626 feet. For an added challenge we can continue steeply up to Blair Pass, the main saddle on Granite Mountain for expansive views of the basin and Skull Valley below.
Grand Canyon Village – We’ll transfer in the morning to Williams, Arizona, the gateway to the Grand Canyon, where you’ll board the vintage Grand Canyon railway train for an historic ride on their panoramic observation deck to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon is an extraordinary sight – one of the wonders of the world. Enjoy an easy walk along the rim of the canyon, with many beautiful views into this geologic wonder. Stay at a comfortable lodge at the rim with a gourmet dinner at the historic El Tovar lodge.
Grand Canyon Village – Our second day in this national park gives us a chance for a full day-hike so we can appreciate its beauty from below as we hike down into the canyon on one of many beautiful trails. One of the Grand Canyon’s classic hikes leads down the South Kaibab trail into the canyon for fabulous views of the Tonto Platform and upper formations from Ooh-Ah Point. Return along the gorgeous rim trail for a second night at Grand Canyon Village.
Sedona via Flagstaff – Leaving the Grand Canyon, we’ll have the option to explore the Anasazi ruins at Wupatki, near Flagstaff, or hike through the aspen along Humphrey’s Peak, Arizona’s highest mountain at over 12,000 ft. Our favorite time of year for this hike is in the fall–when the leaves on the aspen start changing the inner basin becomes quite magical. We’ll continue south winding through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona, one of the prettiest locations in the Southwest, where we’ll stay the night.
Sedona – Sedona is surrounded by a brilliant landscape of red buttes, natural arches, ancient archeological sites, and lush streams. The sunsets here are simply unforgettable! We’ve found that there is so much to do in Sedona that many of our clients enjoy a day free to explore on their own. Mountain biking, hot air balloon rides, and jeep tours are just a few of the options for the day. Or you can relax and check out the many art galleries and spas in town.
For a taste of Arizona’s surprising local wines, you may want to head over to nearby Page Springs Winery and enjoy lunch and a glass overlooking the vineyard. Although we won’t have a guided hike for this day, your guide will certainly help get you set up for a great hike on your own, or assist with logistics for any of these other activities. Our hotel here is the impeccable Arroyo Roble Hotel, with fabulous views of the red rock scenery.
Depart – After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll leave for our post-trip destinations. A shuttle can be arranged to take you back to Phoenix.
Small group guided tour with guaranteed departures, max size 14 people.