June 3rd to 5th, 2019
$599 (Based Upon Double Occupancy)
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee and goodies on our way to enjoy lunch, on self, at Cameron Trading Post. A haven for travelers since 1916, this trading post boasts an expansive dining room, with a huge stone fireplace and tall picture windows, offering a view of the Little Colorado River Gorge. We’ll enjoy the ambience, along with an incredible menu that runs from burgers to salads, and includes local favorites, such as Navajo tacos and stews. After lunch it’s back on the bus and we’ll head for Kayenta, where we’ll check into the Hampton Inn. We’ll take some time for a refresh and head out for dinner, on self, with a couple of moderately priced restaurants to choose from. Relax on the hotel patio and enjoy a menu offering Navajo or Western style entrees at Reuben Heflin’s Restaurant, or join the locals at Amigo Café, offering an extensive menu of traditional Mexican dishes along with several American favorites. Later we’ll enjoy a free evening.
Day Two: Breakfast is included at the hotel. After breakfast it’s bags out and we’ll head for the visitor’s center where we’ll pile into jeeps for a 2.5 hour tour—more than 30 miles of secluded back-country to discover the restricted areas of Monument Valley— a sacred homeland to the Navajo, who are the Keepers of Monument Valley. We’ll learn about the history of the Anasazis, early Native American peoples, famously known for their petroglyphs, pictographs and their spectacular cliff dwellings. We’ll visit all of the famous monoliths of Monument Valley—The Mittens, John Ford’s Point, Three Sisters, North Window, Totem Pole, Yei Bi Cheis and Artist’s Point. These are the real life backdrops for Hollywood Westerns such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, How the West was Won, and so many more! Plenty of water will be provided, and be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and sun screen, and dress in layers. Afterwards we’ll enjoy lunch on self at the visitor’s center. Midafternoon it’s back on the bus, and we’ll head for Canyon de Chelly—pronounced canyon duh shay, where we’ll check into the Thunderbird Lodge. Owned and operated by the Navajo Nation, the historic Thunderbird Lodge will be our cozy headquarters for the night. We’ll take some time for a refresh before heading out. We’ll visit both the North and South Rim of Canyon de Chelly and we’ll experience the sunset highlighting Spider Rock. Later we’ll return to the hotel restaurant for dinner on self. Thunderbird Lodge sits on the site of a trading post that was built in 1896, and the cafeteria style restaurant is located in the trading post’s original building, serving Native American dishes, along with American favorites. After dinner we’ll enjoy a free evening.
Day Three: We’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel on self. After breakfast it’s bags out. Jeeps will arrive to take us on a half day tour of Canyon de Chelly. We’ll be led by our Navajo guide, who will explain the significance of man-made structures and symbols while also sharing the natural points of interest. Heavy duty six wheel drive touring vehicles are equipped with padded seats to provide a good experience. The tours stop frequently for photo opportunities, to visit ancient sites, Navajo farms and rock art. When the tour is over we’ll head back to the hotel for lunch, on self. After lunch it’s back on the bus, and we’ll head for home with plenty of great stops and sightseeing along the way. This whirlwind tour offers so much! Call in your reservations and join us!