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From Sedona: Vintage Railroad Car Tour of Verde Canyon

1. From Sedona: Vintage Railroad Car Tour of Verde Canyon

Travel along a wild and scenic river, only accessible by rail that was first built in 1912. Enjoy comfort and style, exceptional amenities and outstanding service. Wind your way through a red rock paradise, with tracks that hug the curves of the Verde River.Relax in spacious living room-style seating near panoramic windows. Individually packaged, freshly made snacks of meats, cheeses, fruits and brownie bites are served at your seats. Full bar service is available in every car. Stroll around the train to open-air viewing platforms. Take in astonishing views of a wild and vibrant frontier, historic trestles, bridges, and a 7,000-foot tunnel. See nature tucked into unusual rock formations, red rock pinnacles, and towering crimson cliffs. Look up to see bald eagles and hawks float effortlessly on the breeze above Javelina. Keep an eye open for wild burros, jackrabbits and many other canyon creatures who have been peacefully coexisting with this heritage railroad for more than 100 years.

From Sedona: Jerome and Tuzigoot National Monument Day Trip

2. From Sedona: Jerome and Tuzigoot National Monument Day Trip

Discover Arizona’s unique heritage on a day trip from Sedona. After pickup at your hotel, head to the Tuzigoot National Monument by the Verde River. Learn about the people who once occupied this settlement as you explore the ancient Sinagua ruin. Continue to Jerome, a former mining town now home to a vibrant community of artists. Enjoy lunch at your own expense before touring the sights. Admire the quirky homes built into the side of the Black Hills, and learn the folklore of this haunted town. See relics from the town’s mining days and enjoy some time to check out the local boutiques or shop for arts and crafts. At the end of a fun day out, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in Sedona.

From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

3. From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

This Sedona full-day tour gives you a chance to explore the rich culture and history of the area's ancient Native American civilizations. Travel in a 9 or 13-seat vehicle on this small-group tour and enjoy a more personalized experience. The tour features one of two Sinagua Indian ruins that existed along a busy trade route over 1,000 years ago. You'll also have 2 exploration options - either the ruins at Tuzigoot National Monument or Montezuma Castle National Monument. While in Sedona you'll have approximately 2-3 hours to explore on foot, visit galleries and shops, or get a psychic reading. Helicopter or jeep tours are also available. Guests will be guided to unique photo spots and your guide will help you choose from an extensive list of scenic options, including The Chapel Of The Holy Cross, Bell Rock Vortex, Oak Creek Canyon, and Airport Mesa.

From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Valley Day Tour

4. From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Valley Day Tour

Get picked up at 8 AM from your hotel in Scottsdale or Phoenix. From there, drive to Montezuma Castle in a private SUV or Van. Detailed narration of all the historical sites and areas along the way will be provided. Spend roughly 40 minutes walking around the Native American monument. From here, go to another prevalent Native American monument, Tuzigoot. Spend about 30 minutes exploring this great wonder. Continue to the historical mining town of Jerome. Here you will have time to discover this great town in Arizona for approximately 1 hour. Then, head to Sedona to have lunch in the uptown area. After lunch, enjoy time to walk around the downtown area of Sedona for 1 more hour. Hit some great red rock photo stops on the way out of town. Finally, be driven back to your hotel, where you will be dropped off around 6 PM.

From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Canyon Rail Day Tour

5. From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Canyon Rail Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel lobby at 6 AM the morning of the tour from your accommodation in Phoenix or Scottsdale. Travel deep into the famous Verde Valley for your first stop at Montezuma Castle. This wonderous Native American delight is one of the most highly preserved monuments in the USA. Spend 40 minutes here and walk the grounds of this relic as you learn about its rich history. Then, head to the 2nd monument of Tuzigoot which was constructed by the same local Sinagua tribe as Montezuma Castle. Spend another 40 minutes here and walk around the grounds of the 40-room fortress.  Next, continue on to the historic copper mining town of Jerome where you can gaze upon the spectacular views of the Verde Valley down below. Spend about 1 hour walking around marveling at this well-preserved town which takes you back to the heyday of mining in the 1920s.  Finally, be taken to the depot for the grand finale of the tour - the historic Verde Valley Railroad. Board this iconic sightseeing train, traveling first class, at 1 PM. In the first-class cabin, enjoy a luxurious glass of champagne, sandwich, and chicken wing bar. Experience the Redrock sights and the local history shared by the narrator during a 3.5-hour train ride. Keep your eyes peeled for mines and Native American ruins. Return at around 4:30 PM and head straight back to your hotel.

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The guide was extremely knowledgeable. There were 13 of us on the trip. We were not picked up at our hotel, but took a lift to a nearby hotel. It was a hot day, but we had a wonderful time. I would recommend a tour rather than trying to do this on your own. Sedona, Montezuma's Castle, Tuzigoot and the Chapel of the Holy Cross were a wonderful experience. It's an early morning, but well worth the time.

It was a wonderful trip. Great service and personal attention. Tasty appetizer onboard. The train car was extremely comfortable, great improvement from many years ago. We will repeat the trips with friends.

We had a great time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us some great information. I just wish we could have been to one of the actual vortex sites.

Aldo was amazing! The trip was amazing! Had a fun day! Thanks

Sam is a very goof tour guide. We enjoy the trip very much!