Day 1: Friday, September 6th
Hello! Today you’ll arrive to Flagstaff, either via Flagstaff Airport, or flying to Phoenix Airport and taking the shuttle north. For those who arrive earlier than 2 p.m., we will have the options of things to see and explore within the Flagstaff area.
In the evening over dinner we will begin our photography workshops will you will learn basics of photographing, framing, editing and how to take photos manually on your DSLR in any light. You will build on the training throughout the weekend.
Day 2: Saturday, September 7th – Grand Canyon Tour
Explore one of the 7 wonders of the world today: the Grand Canyon. Our professional Grand Canyon Guide will take us through the beauty of the Grand Canyon and ensure that we don’t miss a thing, covering nearly 25 miles of the South Rim, entering from the south and exiting the eastern end of Grand Canyon.
We will cover all of the best Grand Canyon views, as well as the famous historic buildings and ancient Anasazi Ruins.
- Wake up early to have breakfast at the hotel.
- Pickup at Flagstaff hotel around 8:30 am.
- Travel approximately 1 hour to Sedona.
- Spend an afternoon lunch in the Sedona area with view of famous red rocks before heading to Grand Canyon.
- Stops at 6-8 of the best scenic viewpoints along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
- Sunset toast at the Grand Canyon
- Optional stop at a Navajo trading post on return to Flagstaff
- Drop off at Flagstaff hotel at around 8:00 pm.
Options for dinner after the Grand Canyon will be presented, and we can decide independently as a group or as an individual what you’d prefer. Dinner is at your own expense.
Day 3: Sunday, September 8th
Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest – Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! This Lower Antelope Canyon tour takes you into the heart of one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world.
Afterwards, we visit the famous Horseshoe Bend, where you can peer off the edge at the mighty Colorado River and grab some truly incredible photographs.
— Wake up to have breakfast in the hotel.
— Pickup is at 8 a.m. from the hotel.
— Travel time is roughly 2 hours to reach the Arizona/ Utah border to visit the Lower Antelope Canyon. With the the help of our Navajo Partner Guides we will spend 90 minutes walking around through the Lower Canyon. **
— From here, travel a few miles to the Glen Canyon Dam visitors center for a picnic lunch with views of Lake Powell.
— Spend an hour at the famous Horseshoe Bend overlook
— Return to Hotel at 6 pm.
** Note, due to canyon restrictions, tripods are not allowed within the canyon. **
After the tour, we will return to the hotel and discuss dinner options. Dinner is at your own expense.
Day 4, September 9th: Departure Day
Today is the saddest day — the day you will choose to leave us! Let us know about your flight details, we will do airport drop offs. Choose to fly out of PHX or FLG.
What to Bring:
- Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
- Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
- Small backpack for personal items
- Gratuity for guide (industry recommendation is 10-20%)
What’s Included in this Tour?
- Photography workshop with noted expert
- Guided Tour of Grand Canyon with Expert Guides
- Tour of Lower Antelope Canyon with Expert Local Navajo Guides
- Tour of Horseshoe Bend
- Hands-on Photography Work During The Tours
- Hotel Accommodation
- Airport Pick-Up & Drop Off
- Breakfast & Lunch Each Day
- Champagne Surprises Throughout Tour
What’s Not Included?
- Gratuity for Tour Guides (optional)
- Dinner on Day 2 & 3
- Travel Insurance
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Yes, we recommend all participants to have insurance during our adventures. Check out World Nomads to get the process started.
How Much Money Should I Bring?
The amount of money you’d like to bring with you is totally up to you, but we recommend bringing $10/day to tip our tour guides + driver and an additional $20 per evening for dinner. $50/day will have you sitting pretty.
How Can I Connect to the Community?
We will set up a community page and exchange information with all of our participants, so you will be able to stay in contact, encourage + inspire one another long after the trip concludes.
Can I Fly Into Phoenix and Get Myself to Flagstaff?
Sure! If PHX is a more convenient or affordable option for you, Arizona Shuttle offers daily shuttle rides from Phoenix Sky Harbor to the Flagstaff Amtrak station, where we will come to pick you up. Shuttle rides are $43/per person each way. Make your reservation online here: http://www.arizonashuttle.com/schedules/flagstaff-phoenix/
How Intensive is the Workshop?
The tour will begin with a 2-hour workshop that will cover photography basics suited to your needs, whether you focus on shooting with your smartphone or a DSLR, or a point-and-shoot. The workshop leader will go into the basics of each element and throughout the next 2 days will show you hands-on techniques to get the best photos you can with various elements. While we will be doing a lot of traveling, make no mistake: this is a photography tour, and the emphasis here will be on perfecting photos from setup to edit. Questions and one-on-one discussions are encouraged, and everyone is invited to bring their own individual knowledge of these mediums to better the group experience.
What Hotel do we Stay in?
We stay at the La Quinta Inn in Flagstaff. The property is newly refurbished, and the hot tub is the perfect way to unwind after a day of sightseeing! If you are arriving the day before, please book your room here.