Navajo Nation Fair Tour from Phoenix | 6-Days, 5-Nights

Canyon de Chelly • Antelope Canyon • Window Rock • Navajo National Monument • Hubbell Trading Post • Route 66 • Sedona

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Journey through Native American lands, filled with culture and history.

Throughout Arizona are some of the best destinations for experiencing Native American culture. The Navajo Nation Fair tour celebrates Navajo culture with arts, crafts, dances and local food. This tour departs from the Phoenix, AZ area and explores Hubbell Trading Post, Window Rock, Canyon de Chelly, Navajo National Monument, Antelope Canyon, Route 66 and Sedona in addition to the Navajo Nation Fair. This 6-day, 5-night tour is guided by DETOURS Native America owner and Navajo, Donovan Hanley.

Why DETOURS?

  • Small group tour with up to 12 passengers – no crowds!
  • The best historical lodging available – no lines!
  • Custom touring vehicles with comfortable, individual captain’s chairs, plenty of legroom, and large picture windows to enjoy the views
  • Expert guides who are CPR and First Aid certified

Tour Dates & Pricing

FALL 2019 TRAVEL DATES:
SEPT 6th, 2019 – SEPT 11th, 2019

PRICING
$1,995 per person for double occupancy
$2,520 per person for single occupancy

Climbing the ladders of Lower Antelope Canyon | DETOURS Native America
Antelope Canyon

Packages Start at $1,995*

*Double Occupancy. Includes guided tour, lodging, some meals, entrance fees, and taxes

TRAVEL INFO

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Departure Location
Courtyard by Marriott Tempe Downtown, Tempe Mission Palms, and The Scott Resort

Cancellation and Payment Policy
Tours require a 10% non-refundable deposit by credit card at the time of booking. Final tour balance is due 36 days prior to tour departure date. Tours canceled less than 36 days prior to departure or no shows will be charged in full.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodations

For an additional cost, DETOURS can book pre and/or post tour accommodation packages at preferred hotels. We recommend booking pre and post tour accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott Tempe Downtown, Tempe Mission Palms, and The Scott Resort. We pick up and drop off at these hotels only. Guests staying at other hotels will be responsible for transportation to the nearest pick up location on the first day and from the nearest drop off location on the final day.

Group Size
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 12 passengers in individual leather captain’s chairs. Tour group size will range from 8 guests, which is our guest minimum to operate this tour, up to 12 guests in our custom tour vans.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 12 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities in the American West.

Transportation

DETOURS custom touring vehicles are specifically designed for small groups with individual leather captain’s chairs that recline for each guest.

Tour Guides
Our guides have many years of experience in leading tours throughout the American West. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure that everyone gets the most from each destination.

Accommodations/Lodging
The accommodations have been chosen to give guests the best access to the surrounding areas. For those traveling alone, there are single occupancy rates available.

Activity Levels

This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which requires a reasonable level of fitness, mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be tailored to almost all levels of fitness.

Third Party Activities
Any third party activities not listed in tour itinerary are not included. There will be free time on some days and if you wish to participate in any additional third party activities, there will be an additional out-of-pocket cost.

Baggage Allowance
Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one piece of luggage less than 50 pounds. It is recommended to travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sunblock, and other personal items. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.

Temperature/Weather
Temperatures range from very cool in the mornings and evenings, with warm days. A layered clothing approach works best. Temperatures across the American West vary by season and unexpected weather is always a possibility. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.

Private Tour Option
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.

Notes
A minimum number of guests must be met for this tour. You may be booked on stand by until the tour is confirmed.
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area, changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions that are severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk can alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns, and unforeseen circumstances. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track, but in the event that our schedule changes, they will try to keep disruption to a minimum, consider your wishes, and organize other options as far as it is reasonable and practical to do so.

TOUR ITINERARY

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NAVAJO NATION FAIR TOUR

Day 1:

The day starts with a scenic drive through the Sonoran Desert. Our group will travel by the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert to Hubbell Trading Post, acclaimed as the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. John Lorenzo Hubbell purchased the trading post in 1878 and created an empire for himself. We’ll have a guided tour where the local Navajo continue to trade, making it a living historic site. Next, it’s off to the capital of the Navajo Nation of Window Rock to attend the 71st annual Navajo Nation Fair. A local official will guide our group through the Council Chambers and explain how their nation is governed. The fair includes arts, crafts, dances and local food. The Navajo Nation Fair tour represents an authentic Tribal experience which your guide will make them most of, taking advantage of his Tribal connections and giving you the best access to this event.

Overnight at Thunderbird Lodge in Chinle, AZ

Day 2:

This morning we’ll attend the Navajo Nation Fair parade, taking in the sights and sounds of native culture. Next, we’ll head to Canyon de Chelly for an off-road tour through the canyon floor where families still farm and ranch in the valley. The White House Ruins and other historic sites will remind you of the Ancient Ones who originally inhabited the area. The tour ventures deeper into the canyon than other operators. We’ll experience rarely seen areas that include pictographs and petroglyphs often unseen by the casual visitor. In the afternoon, we’ll return to tour the Navajo Nation Fair, which goes into the evening with celebrations.

Overnight at Thunderbird Lodge in Chinle, AZ

Day 3:

Today we head north into Utah along the San Juan River to visit the Sand island Petroglyph site, a wealth of ancient rock art. It’s a wonderful place for a picnic along the banks of the river. A dramatic drive past the Valley of the Gods leads to Monument Valley for a tour into the heart of this collection of sandstone spires and monuments in the late afternoon light. For the Navajo people, Monument Valley is so much more than a movie background. Holding some of the precious stories of the Navajo people, Monument Valley was a strong hold for the Navajo Nation. Many great basket weavers come from this region, along with medicine people. Off in the distance you see Bears Ear monument, which was home land to a prominent Navajo leader. We’ll take our time to experience this timeless western destination, away from the crowds. Sunset overlooking Monument Valley is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Overnight at Goulding’s Lodge in Monument Valley

Day 4:

There is an optional sunrise walk before turning west to Navajo National Monument which offers a peaceful walk along the Sandal Trail to the Betatakin Ruins overlook. This was one of the major cities of the Ancient Ones, a sight to behold. The Navajo Interpretive Center houses stories of this Navajo region. View a traditional home on-site and interact with a rug weaver. Next, we’ll visit Horseshoe Bend, one of the most iconic and dramatic views of the Colorado River. A short walk to the overlook ends in stunning views of the only 270 degree turn of the river. Tonight, we’ll settle in at the Lake Powell Resort with unparalleled views of the calm waters. An optional boat tour of Lower Antelope Canyon through the twisting and turning sandstone formations is available upon request.

Overnight at Lake Powell Resort in Page, AZ

Day 5:

This morning we’ll join our Navajo guide to hike Lower Antelope Canyon, one of the most beautiful slot canyons in the American West. It’s always been a special place for the Navajo, much like a cathedral. After our Antelope Canyon tour, we’ll explore Navajo Museum in Tuba City for a detailed look into the Navajo culture and history. The afternoon leads us into the Hopi Nation’s First Mesa, the home of historic Walpi Village, continuously inhabited for more than 1100 years. Walpi stands above the valley at 300 feet, surrounded by awesome vistas of the sky and distant horizon. Our Hopi guide will enlighten the group as to the Tribe’s culture and history. Finally on to Route 66 and Winslow, Arizona for our last night at the famous La Posada Hotel. A hosted dinner tonight at the Turquoise Room will celebrate the journey and perhaps help you plan for your next one!

Overnight at La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ

Day 6:

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a beautiful drive along Route 66 to Flagstaff and onto the scenic views of Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona. The famous red rock formations surrounding Sedona are some of the most photographed on Earth. Sedona was home to several Native American Tribes including the Sinagua and the Yavapai. There are some beautiful short hikes available or just enjoy the shops and galleries of this beautiful town. The day ends as we travel back to the Phoenix area for your flight home or a continuation of your Arizona vacation at a local resort.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Lodging for five nights
  • Five breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner
  • Entrance fees to National Parks, State Parks, and Tribal Parks
  • Unlimited bottled water

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
  • Meals not listed above
  • Incidental hotel fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Guide gratuities

TRAVEL TIPS

It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes with good tread and travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sunblock, and other personal items. We advise guests to pack as lightly as possible. Temperatures across the American West vary by season. We recommend bringing a jacket in the event of changing weather patterns.

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