Photo Tour Phoenix/Scottsdale, Sedona & the Grand Canyon
with Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney February 1-8, 2017 February 8-15, 2017
Join Patrick Mahoney for a week of photography in lively and inspiring Phoenix/Scottsdale, beautiful and colorful Sedona and the majestic and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon!
Scottsdale, Arizona, located in the Valley of the Sun, and the Sonoran desert area surrounding greater Phoenix as well as Sedona and the Grand Canyon are among Patrick's favorite places in America's great Southwest! During the course of the week we will enjoy photographing the wonders of the Sonoran desert in and around greater Phoenix's mountain preserves such as Papago Park and North Phoenix Mountain Preserve. During our two-day stay in Sedona we will visit several areas of special photographic interest! We will also take a full-day tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim where winter white snow may still offer a beautiful contrast to the rich colors of the canyon walls. Numerous varieties of cactus, flowers, birds and natural geologic formations are all part of this southwest desert environment. But that is not all! Scottsdale is vibrant and brimming with activity! During the week we will also explore Scottsdale's Old Town area and Arts district! We will also experience American Indian culture via the Native Trails dance & costume program!
This is a small-group experience open to all levels of photographers. Participants should plan to bring all photographic gear including plenty of battery, memory cards, laptop and downloading gear. All capturing devices are excepted...from digital SLRs to point and shoot to smartphones!
Plan to dress for variable conditions! Phoenix/Scottsdale is warm/hot by day and cool evenings. Sedona can be cold, and the Grand Canyon can still experience a mix of winter conditions!
*Does not include transportation travel to or from Phoenix before and after the workshop. Price includes workshop tuition, accommodations, transfers, and meals as shown on the itinerary**. Note: We do not book shared rooms for guests unfamiliar with each other without their mutual consent. All individuals occupying a single room will be charged the single room rate.
Enrollment includes: -Transfer from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to hotel on arrival day* -Transfer from hotel to Phoenix Sky Harbor airport on departure day* -Excursions with ample time in -Old Town Scottsdale & desert areas -Sedona -Day visit to Grand Canyon South Rim -Seven nights accommodations -All meals** -Transfers during the week to Scottsdale, Sedona & Grand Canyon
*Meet-up & departure at designated time only on arrival day and on departure day. Arrival day: Meet-up location TBA. Departure time 1:00pm Departure day: Departure from hotel at 9:00am **Meals included from first evening dinner to final day breakfast
NOTE: The itinerary for each week may change based on special events or conditions not known as of August 28, 2016.
Day 1 - Wednesday Arrival Day at Scottsdale (see arrival info below) -2:00p Group transfer from Sky Harbor airport (PHX) to Scottsdale hotel -4:00p Meet-up and transfer to Papago Park for sunset -6:00p Transfer to Old Town Scottsdale -7:00p Welcome Reception & dinner in Scottsdale
Day 2 – Thursday Scottsdale
-9:00-12:00p Morning Session in a Old Town Scottsdale
-12:00-1:00p Native Trails traditional native music, dance and art
-1:00p lunch in Old Town Scottsdale -3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session -7:00p Dinner
Day 3 – Friday Sedona -Travel to Sedona -lunch -Afternoon Session in Sedona -7:00p Dinner
Day 4 – Saturday Grand Canyon day trip -Full-day trip to South Rim area with lunch -Evening dinner in Sedona
Day 5 – Sunday Sedona -Morning session Sedona -lunch -Afternoon session in Sedona -7:00p Dinner
Day 6 - Monday Travel day -Return travel to Scottsdale with stops -7:00p Dinner
Day 7 - Tuesday - Scottsdale -Morning session North Mountain desert preserve -Afternoon session at TBA -7:00p Dinner
Day 8 - Wednesday Departure day -Early breakfast -9:00am - departure transfer to Sky Harbor airport -Lunch is not included
NOTE: Walking is required each day. Moderate hiking trails.
No littering, no alcoholic beverages, and no glass containers in parks.