Countdown to Pre-Festival Arizona Tour:
The maximum number for the tour is 56.
We already have sign-ups for 8
Registration closes Jan 1st, 2020
-We will spend the first two nights in Sedona. Both days after that you will need to get dressed in the morning for the day, check out of the hotel and leave luggage with the bus before check out time as we will be in a different hotel every night from then on.
-One month before the trip you will receive a form where you can express interest in specific things that are not included in the trip. If interest is high enough to get a group rate we will organize that for you. This same form will be used to make dinner selections for the dinner milongas.
-We have planned this as a relaxing trip to absorb the stunning scenery of this wonderfully diverse state and dance. Please enjoy it in what ever way you wish. Every stop will have lots of hiking, mountain bike riding and other activities so you can make it as vigorous as you wish, or you can sit on a bench and just vegetate.
Note that some meals are included but some are on your own so you can enjoy some alone or small group time and not be held to a schedule. Under each date the meals included are listed. Entrance to all areas as a group are included. Included is all transportation once we board the bus, all hotels with taxes and fees, tango workshops, milongas and food listed for each milonga, entrance to sites as a group.
April 18th 2020
Lunch and dinner included.
10:00 am Board bus in Phoenix
Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved dwellings located in Camp Verde, Arizona which were built and used by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture closely related to the Hohokam and other indigenous peoples of the southwestern United States, between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD.
1:30 pm Arrive Sedona
Check into Sedona Real Inn and Suites
3:00-5:00pm Jeep tour. You will see the major sites with the best views and get a feel of where every thing is for your day on your own tomorrow.
Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that’s surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. It’s noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries. On the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking and picnicking spots.
Our favorite thing to do in Sedona is to just take in the views but others may spend the day in the amazing art studios.
7:00-11:00 pm Welcome dinner and Milonga Relics Restaurant
April 19th 2020
Hot breakfast at the hotel. All other meals on own.
Free day in Sedona.
Hot breakfast at hotel. Light milonga snacks included.
10:00 am load bus and depart for Grand Canyon
Drive through Oak Creek Canyon
Oak Creek Canyon is a river gorge located in northern Arizona between the cities of Flagstaff and Sedona. The canyon is often described as a smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon because of its scenic beauty. State Route 89A enters the canyon on its north end via a series of hairpin turns before traversing the bottom of the canyon for about 13 miles (21 km) until the highway enters the town of Sedona. The Oak Creek Canyon–Sedona area is second only to Grand Canyon as the most popular tourist destination in Arizona.
12:30 pm enter Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, United States. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile.
Tour east rim road with group. Check into Maswik Lodge. Tour on own.
Make sure to work your way to Hopi Point, west of the hotel, for sunset at 6:30 pm. Position your self looking east for the best pictures of sunset in the canyon.
Dinner on own.
8:00-11:00 pm Milonga in Maswik Lodge with light snacks.
April 21st, 2020
All meals on own. Light snacks at the milonga.
Tour Grand Canyon on own.
11:00 am Depart Grand Canyon
Check into St Michaels Hotel and check out Whiskey Row, still a vibrant bar and live music scene.Prescott was the original state capital of Arizona.
4:00 pm 75 min workshop with Oscar Casas in St Michaels Ballroom
April 22nd, 2020
Breakfast and lunch on own. Dinner at Milonga.
11:00 am Depart Prescott for Tucson
3:30 pm Arrive Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson, check into hotel.
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Dinner and Milonga in Old Tucson Saloon with festival instructors
April 23rd, 2020
Meals on own.
Enjoy Casino Del Sol spa, pool and golf course on own.
Starting at 10:00 am Shuttles will leave the hotel for local sites: Old Tucson, Desert Museum, Pima Air and Space Museum. Entry included to which ever venue you pick.