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    • 09 Aug 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • 16 Aug 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Anchorage International Airport - Anchorage, Alaska
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    Explore Alaska


    Event Snapshot

    Physical Requirement Level:
    4 of 10 - Easy to Moderate

    Culture Shock Rating: 1 of 10 - None

    Length of Trip:
    8 Days, 9-16 Aug 2014

    Adventure Activities:
    Local Day Hikes, Beginner Ice Climbing, White Water Rafting(Class 3), ATV Tour, Glacier Boat Tours, Wildlife & Sea Life Viewing, Amazing Photography

    Minimum people needed for event:
    10 by 1 Feb 2014

    Experience:
    None!, No Prior Experienced Needed, all levels of fitness and outdoor experience welcome.

    Cost: $250.00 deposit upon registration with a final payment of $2249.00 due by 1 Febuary2014

    Payments: Phone, online, check, or cash with receipt. Partial payments are accepted.


      You have to try TAG’s 8-Day Alaskan Journey! Prepare yourself to experience the very best of Alaska in just over a week: the stunning seacoast teeming with marine wildlife; awesome glacier trekking and ice climbing; and action-packed, class-4, glacier-fed, white water rafting. Relax in a rustic, yet cozy, Eco-lodge nestled in Denali National Park, and explore the splendors of the largest city in Alaska: Anchorage.

      Alaska – it is like nowhere else on our planet. It cannot be replicated. It is unique, and will remain that way forever. It is hard to describe the feeling of inspiration when traveling across Alaska’s beautiful and wild lands. You will have to personally experience it to see what we mean. We hope you will join us on this wonderful and awe-inspiring Alaskan Adventure!

    What's Included (See details below)
    • *New* Pre-departure “meet and greet” lunch in a privately reserved room at restaurant located in Tampa.
    • *New* Professionally built beautiful hardcover photo & story book of the entire event mailed to you.
    • *New* A pre-loaded thumb drive with the events action-filled photos will be mailed to you as part of a thank you package.
    • Lodging, including 3 nights in a hotel in downtown Anchorage, 2 nights in beautiful rustic-like cabins in Denali, and 2 nights in a waterfront hotel in Seward.
    • 9 hour whale/sea-life cruise into the glacier filled bays.
    • 4 hour tour of the famous Denali National Park by ATV.
    • 4 hour class 3-4 action-packed white water rafting.
    • 6 hour day hike and ice climbing trek on a live glacier.
    • Gorgeous, digital pictures taken of you and the group throughout the trip.
    • TAG staff guiding the entire trip for safety and peace of mind, relax and enjoy the trip without worry.
    • Comfortable, new transportation, fully insured
    • Emergency and safety equipment on hand
    • GPS event tracking on-line. Friends and family can follow your location during the entire trip online.
    • TAG's quality event promise: relax and enjoy!


    About Alaska


     Before we go, let’s find out how Alaska came to be one of America’s most beautiful states. Although Alaska’s statehood is relatively recent, the state’s history is long and colorful.

      Dinosaurs once roamed the Great Land, followed by bison and woolly mammoths. Archaeologists believe that the first people moved across the Bering Land Bridge into northwestern Alaska more than 20,000 years ago. Europeans arrived about 260 years ago.

      A series of fur, timber, gold, fishing and oil booms and busts has marked Alaska’s history and culture. Each boom brought in a different set of people. Alaskan Natives, who make up 15 percent of the state’s population, maintain many traditions, such as whaling, subsistence hunting and fishing, and old ways of making crafts and art. Modern culture can be found in such diverse places as Ketchikan, Anchorage, and Kotzebue, as well as in hundreds of villages where people still live in traditional ways.

      While Native culture, as a whole, may define much of Alaska’s appearance, the State contains a broad mixture of cultures. In Anchorage, for example, the school district has found that its student body comes from homes that speak 83 languages.

      Anchorage, the State’s biggest city, has many Alaskan influences but is also sometimes called Los Anchorage for its Lower 48-style architecture and mannerisms. Most residents of Alaska were born outside the state, and when they came to Alaska they brought their own traditions with them, infusing them into the local cultures.

      There are European influences as well. Petersburg, on the Inside Passage, has a strong Scandinavian heritage; Cordova and Valdez bear names bestowed by a Spanish explorer; Cook Inlet is named for a British explorer and Russians left a legacy of the Orthodox Church in much of the State. Now that you know a bit about the great State of Alaska, let us get to what you will do there.

     


    Daily Itinerary

    Note: Once you land in Alaska please check in with the TAG staff by calling 1-855-800-0824 so we can check you into a room. Most major cellular networks work in Anchorage. If yours does not work, just meet us in the hotel lobby.


    Saturday 9 Aug - Day 1

    Welcome to Alaska!


    Land at Anchorage International airport and meet the TAG staff in the lobby of the Coast International Inn near the airport. Please use the complimentary hotel shuttle which will pick you up from the airport, or hire a cab. Local taxi drivers know where the hotel is located. Please call before you arrive so we can meet you in the lobby to provide a hotel room key.  After everyone arrives we will meet for a final check-in, go over the itinerary, then relax for the night. (Required clothes: comfortable travel clothing. No Meals Included)


    Sunday - 10 Aug - Day 2
    Stunning Ice Climbing and Glacier Hiking 

    Sleep in, with the time zone change you may need to catch up on sleep. Breakfast, or lunch will be available at the on-site restaurant.  Be ready to leave the hotel at 12:00PM with a day- pack only and we will begin the 2-hour drive to the Matanuska Glacier where we will gear up for beginner ice climbing and a glacier hike. (Gear Included: guides, ice axes, harness, crampons, and boots)

    The ice climbing will begin with an introduction to using crampons and walking on ice. A short hike across the glacier leads to a spectacular view of more than 20 miles of ice. The guides will set anchors in the ice and prepare the ropes for easy climbing, as each person ascends the glacial walls. This is a beginner ice climbing trip, the guides will assist you as you climb a gentle ice slope, so no prior experience is needed. We will stop for dinner at the Long Rifle Lodge, known for its wildlife statues. After the meal, we head back or go for a short hike if your feeling up to it, then take a scenic ride back to the hotel for the night. (Required clothes: long pants, warm jacket, beanie/warm hat, and warm socks.  Meals Included: breakfast)



    Monday - 11 Aug - Day 3
    Action-Packed Class 4 White Water Rafting

    8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Re-pack your bags, we will check out of the Coast International Inn. After breakfast at the hotel, the fun begins with a scenic drive about 45 minutes south of Anchorage to the Six Mile River for a 3-canyon, class-4, glacier-fed white water adventure! Although the water is cold, we will be rafting in dry suits so you will be completely warm.

    After an epic ride down the river, we will continue driving south to Seward where we will stay in a waterfront hotel that has spectacular views of the bay. Seward has been featured in the television reality show The Deadliest Catch. After checking in to the Holiday Inn on the water, you are free to explore this real Alaskan fisherman’s town. Unique shops and restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel. (Meals: breakfast Included. Clothing Required: warm, soft long sleeve shirt and long pants to be worn under the dry suit.)


    White Water Rafting Video of "6 Mile Creek" taken when TAG when he was in Alaska.


    Click here to view the first video of the river you will raft

    Click here to view the second video of the river you will raft



    Tuesday - 12 Aug - Day 4
    Beautiful and Relaxing 9 Hour Glacier and Coastal Tour
    9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    After the exhilarating ride down the rapids yesterday, we will enjoy a more relaxing day 4 that begins with breakfast at Seward’s popular “The Bakery,” where many locals go to eat. After breakfast, we will walk across the street to the docks to board a comfortable mini-cruise ship headed for the Kenai Fjords.  We will enjoy a 9-hour cruise with awe-inspiring views of sea life and glaciers like nowhere else on earth. In the afternoon, the boat will take us to the edge of a glacier where we will have a front row seat to the spectacular sight of glacier calving, or the natural dropping of large chunks of ice into the water.

    This tour includes:
    • 8.5-hour cruise
    • 120 miles round-trip
    • Lunch on board
    • Step ashore at our private Fox Island Lodge Buffet style wild Alaska salmon and prime rib for dinner Add half a pound of Alaska king crab: $15 after boarding
    • National Park Ranger presentation
    • Wildlife guide on board
      After the glacier viewing, we will stop to watch whales and sea lions in their natural habitats and then continue to Kodiak Island for dinner. Kodiak Island is a private island where we will be greeted by park rangers who will provide a fascinating lecture on local wildlife and discuss the surrounding Alaskan Eco-system. Dinner is a world-class, all-you-can-eat fish, lobster, and prime rib buffet with a full assortment of sides and desserts. You will not go hungry! Once dinner is complete, we will re-board the ship for a relaxing ride back into the Seward harbor. The van will be waiting to shuttle us back to the hotel for the night.  (Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.  Required clothing: shoes or boots, warm jacket, hat or beanie, long pants, and long sleeve shirt with a short sleeve shirt underneath.)

    View pictures of this tour taken by TAG in Alaska.


    Keni Fjords Sea Life and Glacier Tour of Resurrection bay

    Wednesday - 13 Aug - Day 5
    Fun Road Trip Heading North to Denali National Park

    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Wake up, pack up your bags, and enjoy one last breakfast at Seward’s famous “The Bakery.”  After breakfast, we begin the 4-5 hour drive north, through Anchorage, and into Denali Park – stopping for views of Denali (also known as Mt. McKinley), if the weather allows. We should arrive at the Denali Cabins around 3:00 p.m.  The rustic park cabins have all the amenities for a comfortable stay to include Wi-Fi internet, heat/AC, bathrooms, and a small lounge area. After check-in, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you choose. We will drive to a local restaurant for dinner. (Meals: none included.  Required clothing: comfortable travel clothes)


    Thursday -  14 Aug - Day 6
    Adventure with the Beauty of Denali National Park Tour

    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  After breakfast, it’s time to jump on an ATV for a tour of Denali National Park. The ultimate back country exploration tour awaits!

      Join your guide as you drive your own 4-wheel, All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), on a truly exciting journey! Driving your own 4-wheel ATV is a wonderful way to experience of the vast wilderness of Alaska. You are in control of your own journey.  Stop whenever you want, the guides will wait for you; take pictures of the spectacular scenery in this National Park; enjoy experiencing Alaska as it was meant to be: rough and wild!  After the ATV tour, we will enjoy a rustic outdoor style dinner. 



    View pictures of this tour taken by TAG in Alaska, click the link below.

    Denali National Park



    After an amazing day in Denali with spectacular views, and rustic dinner, we will enjoy the late sunset as we drive south back into the big city of Anchorage for the night at the Voyager Hotel in downtown Anchorage.


    (Meals: dinner included.  Required clothing: long sleeve shirt, jacket, hat, long pants, shoes or boots.)



    Friday- 15 Aug - Day 7

    A Day in Anchorage, Alaska

     Free day, wake up and enjoy complimentary breakfast in the hotel lobby. Then enjoy a free day in Anchorage where you can shop, sightsee,visit museums, or try different cuisines. You can take local tours of the city or try some nearby hiking trails if your still feeling adventurous. 

      Our final dinner together as a group will be at the famous Glacier Brewhouse in downtown Anchorage. (Optional)


    (Meals: Breakfast. Required clothing: comfortable travel clothes)



    Saturday 16 Aug - Day 8
    Departure Flight - Heading Home

     Wake up in time to pack, enjoy complimentary breakfast in the hotel lobby, and check out of the Voyager Hotel with the TAG staff before the flight home.  The hotel shuttle or a taxi can be arranged to take you to the airport. Thank you for joining TAG on this once in a lifetime experience! We know you had an awesome adventure in Alaska!


    Important Travel Information


    Air Travel

    Please check with TAG before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of members registered for the trip to go. Do not book flights until you receive an email from TAG saying its ok to do so. We will send and email with suggested flights.


    Single Travelers

    All single travelers will be placed in rooms with other single travelers of the same sex, single room options are available, contact TAG for single room pricing options.


    Not Included in Price

    Airfare to/from Alaska, meals not included on the itinerary, any fees and taxes, insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature, and tips for guides


    Weather

    Summer daytime temperatures range from 45° to 65°F and night time temperatures dropping into the 30's at times. During the summer, days are long: August has 15:25 daylight hours. Coastal areas have a marine climate which means you should be prepared for rain.


    General Information

    Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information will be sent upon registering.


    Pre-Event Meetup

    Additional instructions, directions, times will be provided for the pre-event meet and greet after registering for the event.


    Packing List:

    Note: The weather in Alaska can be extreme. Please pack for rain, cool night-time temps (50's), and warm daytime temps (70's). Though it is a week-long trip, please limit your luggage to one or two bags at the most. Like any other transportation service, our vans only have a set amount of storage. Excess baggage will reduce the amount of space you have in the van while traveling.


    Personal Items:

    • Jacket for the glacier tour

    • Shirts

    • Shorts

    • Hiking or long pants

    • Beanie or Hat

    • Toiletries

    • Flip flops/sandals

    • Pajamas or comfortable warm soft clothes to wear under the dry suits when rafting

    • Warm socks for ice climbing

    • Hiking shoes

    Outdoor Gear:

    • Sunglasses

    • Small backpack for day hikes and walking

    • Sunblock

    • Bug repellent

    • Comfortable shoes or hiking boots

    Accessories:

    • Mask, eye cover, or something to cover your eyes from the sun light when trying to sleep

    • Batteries and chargers

    • Camera, batteries, and charger

    • Snacks

    • Memory cards for cameras

    • Cellular phone charger

    • Cash for souvenirs, tips, and snacks


     Pictures and Videos 
    Pictures below were taken by TAG guide David in Alaska.















































    Click on a link below to view the picture albums

    Glacier Trek and Ice Climbing

    Keni Fjords Sea Life and Glacier Tour of Resurrection bay

    Denali National Park and Hike


    White Water Rafting Videos of "6 Mile Creek"

    Click here to view the first video of the river you will raft

    Click here to view the second video of the river you will raft


    Member Costs

    Note: Total cost does not include airfare, alcoholic beverages, some meals, and personal purchases.


    To ensure hotels and activities are reserved on time, full payment at the time of registration is required, we offer a partial payments and pay later option when you register and checkout to pay, choose "Bill Me Later" if you wish to make payments for this event.


    Non-refundable deposit when registering: $250.00


    Total Cost with deposit: $2499.00 per person


    Final Payment Due: 1 Feb 2014


    Payment and Cancellation Policy
    Cancellations received at any time after making your trip reservation are subject to a non-refundable $250 per person service charge. When a trip cancellation is received at least 91 days from departure, your deposit is always 100% non-refundable.

    When a trip cancellation is received inside of 90 days from departure, and you have made the full payment, all trip costs are 100% non-refundable. If the event is canceled, your deposit will be returned to you within 5-10 working business days.


    Methods of Payment


    Phone:

    Pay securely by phone by calling 1-855-8000-TAG and we will process your debit or credit card with you on the line without using paypal.


    Online:

    Register for the event and follow the instructions or pay directly through Paypal by sending your payment to: paypal@tampaadventuregroup.


    Check or Money Order:

    Pay by check or money order by sending a check or money order made out to Tampa Adventure Group. Mail to:

    Tampa Adventure Group

    4644 West Gandy Blvd. Suite 4,  Box 149

    Tampa, Florida 33611


    Payment Options:
    When you register and pay online, you have the option to make payments by using the bill me later option when checking out.



    Contact TAG

    Contact TAG, click on the red "Support" button on the left side of the page to access the support portal. Search existing questions for quick answers, or send TAG a message. We strive to respond to support tickets as quickly as possible.


    support@tampaadventuregroup.com


    Toll Free: 1-855-8000-TAG (824)




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    • 26 Oct 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • 01 Nov 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport - Phoenix, Arizona
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    7 Day / 6 Night

    Premier Grand Canyon Adventure

    Explore Amazing Havasu Falls

    Hike the Famous Kaibab Trail

    1 Night Grand Lodge Overlook

    Dinner at Bright Angel Lodge



    This tour packs a full Grand Canyon experience into a relatively short amount of time. Join TAG on an amazing and unforgettable journey across the epic Grand Canyon! TAG provides everything you need to know from A-Z we have you covered and strive to create the most enjoyable trip for those who join the adventure.



    Event Snapshot

     

    Cost: $1975.00

    ($500.00 deposit due at registration)

    Final payment due by 1 Aug 2014



    Physical Requirement Level: 5 of 10 - Moderate Hiking

    Culture Shock Rating: 4 of 10 - Some Remote Wilderness, 3 days camping with exclusive gear.

    Length of Trip:
     7 Days, 26 Oct - 1 Nov 2014

    Adventure Activities:
     Backpacking, photography, exploring, swimming, camping, waterfalls, caves, slot canyons, amazing star-gazing, day hikes, tour Phoenix.

    Minimum people needed for event:
    15 by 1 April 2014

    Experience:
    None! No Prior Experience Needed. Required adventure gear is included in the price.

    Payments: Phone, online, check, or cash with receipt.

    Final Payment Due: 1 Aug 2014

    Children: Yes, Age 15+ 

    Pets: Sorry, No pets allowed on this hike



    What's Included - Just about everything!

    • Grand Hotel stay on the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Pack mules and horses to carry all camping gear.
    • Guided 3 day hike with all gear included to Havasu Falls
    • Guided amazing views on the Kaibab South Rim day-hike 
    • Private VIP round trip shuttle from airport in Phoenix, AZ to the lodge in Flagstaff, AZ.
    • 2-3 Local Experienced Grand Canyon trail guides and back-country chefs, and historians.
    • All camping and hiking gear included (Lightweight tent, backpack, sleeping bag, pad and other equipment)
    • 4 days of gourmet cooked meals while on the trek in the grand canyon
    • Beautiful Flagstaff AZ Hotel set in a Ponderosa Pine Forest
    • Pre-departure “meet and greet” lunch in a privately reserved room at restaurant located in Tampa.
    • Professionally built beautiful hardcover photo & story book of the entire event mailed to you.
    • A pre-loaded photo thumb drive with the events action-filled photos, express mailed to you
    • Professional fun-filled digital pictures taken of you and the group throughout the entire trip.
    • Emergency satellite communication and safety equipment on hand at all times.
    • GPS event tracking on-line. Friends and family can follow your location during the entire trip online.
    • TAG staff guiding the entire trip for safety and peace of mind, relax and enjoy the trip without worry.
    • TAG's quality event promise: relax, enjoy, and have fun!
    • And more, see details below...


    About the Grand Canyon and Havasu Falls Trek

    Have you ever seen a sunset over the Grand Canyon or swam in the emerald green waters? Do you want to see the best of the Grand Canyon all in one trip? If so, this tour is for you! 


    This is THE Grand Canyon trip, combining the magic of Havasu Falls with an experience of Grand Canyon National Park, we hit the top highlights of the Grand Canyon in just four days. This trip features 2 nights of camping at Havasu Falls, a night of lodging near the South Rim, dinner on the rim, and finally the quintessential views of a hike down the famous South Kaibab Trail.

    Join TAG as we begin this tour with a hike into the incredible turquoise waters of Havasu Falls, where we camp for two amazing nights. Day two features a hike past the stunning 200-foot-tall Mooney Falls into lower Havasu Creek Canyon, hiking as far as Beaver Falls (7 miles round trip). The next day we hike out of Havasu Falls and make our way to our Lodge that sits just a ten minute drive from the rim of the Grand Canyon. That night we enjoy dinner in a lodge perched literally on the edge of the Canyon. The next morning we continue our journey and find ourselves at the helm of the most picturesque views in all of Grand Canyon - those in Grand Canyon National Park. The final top-off on this tour is a four to six hour round trip hike on the South Kaibab Trail, the single must-do hike in all the Grand Canyon Park. See the details below...


    Grand Canyon Fun Facts

    • The Grand Canyon was established as a national monument by Teddy Roosevelt in 1908 - Congress upgraded the monument to a national park in 1919.
    • It’s famous - it’s a World Heritage Site and one of the 7 natural Wonders of the World.
    • It’s big - approximately 1.2 million acres, 277 miles long, 10 miles across and 1 mile deep.
    • It’s old - at least according to the geologists. The Vishnu Schist rock type at the bottom is 1.4 - 1.7 billion years old.
    • With each step below the rim, you travel back approximately 60,000 years in the earth’s history.
    • 5 of the 7 life zones and 3 of the 4 desert types in North America are present.
    • Over 1,500 plant, 355 bird, 89 mammal, 47 reptile, 9 amphibian, and 17 fish species make the park their home.



    Itinerary

    Note: Weather and traffic conditions may change the itinerary slightly.




    Day 1 - Sunday - 26 Oct 2014 - Fly into Phoenix, Arizona


    Hello and welcome to Arizona the land of adventure and amazing sights. You will land in Phoenix Arizona before 5 PM, collect your bags and meet the TAG guide just outside the baggage area.  Next, board a private VIP shuttle which will take us too our hotel (Little America Lodge) in Flagstaff, Arizona. After we check-in we will meet in the lobby for a pre-hike meeting and meet the guides. After we can walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner or eat at the hotel.


    Meals Included: None

    Travel: 2 hour shuttle






    Day 2 - Monday - 27 Oct 2014 - Begin the Hike into the Canyon


    Wake up and enjoy a delicious cook-to-order breakfast before a very adventurous and inspiring day; our descent into the Grand  Canyon. After breakfast the excitement of this Grand Canyon adventure begins with our hike into Havasu Falls. We depart from Hualapai Hilltop, where you'll enjoy the luxury of hiking with only a light daypack as we hire pack horses to carry the bulk of our gear.
     We hike downhill steeply through a series of switchbacks before leveling off in a beautiful red sandstone canyon. After hiking 4.5 miles this canyon intersects with Cataract Canyon and Havasu Creek, whose enchanting turquoise waters are some of the most inviting in the world. 
     
    We hike along this creek for 2 miles to the village of Supai before continuing on another 2 miles to the campground. En route to the campground we pass three of the five major waterfalls, Rock Falls, Fifty Foot Falls, and Havasu Falls. 


    Once we reach the campsite relax, everything will be setup for you and a gourmet dinner will be served. The rest of the day is available for photographing, swimming, relaxing, exploring the area, and enjoying the amazing Havasu Falls. 




    Travel: Shuttle 3.5-hour drive from Flagstaff
    Hiking Mileage: 10 miles downhill
    Elevation Loss: 2,400 feet
    Meals: B, L, D





    Day 3 - Tuesday – 28 Oct 2014 - Explore the Falls and Canyon


    It doesn't get better than waking up to delicious breakfast and the soothing sound of a waterfall nearby. We will spend Day 2 exploring the stunning waterfalls that make Havasu a world-renown Grand Canyon destination. We'll hike downstream to Mooney Falls which is perhaps the most magnificent of all of them Mooney Fallsat 200 feet tall, it's taller than Niagara Falls! We'll then continue hiking downstream another 2.5 miles to Beaver Falls, where the canyon becomes increasingly dramatic with small waterfalls cascading under ash and cottonwood trees. Big horn sheep are often an added bonus, as this area provides them with rare, valuable grazing habitat. Beaver Falls makes for a fantastic and relaxing lunch spot before we hike back to camp for the evening.

    Hiking Mileage: 7 miles (optional day hiking)
    Elevation Change: 500 feet
    Meals: B,L,D





    Day 4 - Wednesday – 29 Oct 2014 - Hike out - Lodge on rim

    Another amazing morning in the Grand Canyon. We wake up and repack the gear on our pack horses and mules. After hiking back through the Supai Village, Cataract Canyon and up to Hualapai Hilltop we conclude the Havasu portion of our trip. The drive to Grand Canyon National Park is a time for reflection as the next phase of our journey unfolds. We'll check in at the beautiful and cozy Grand Hotel and get cleaned up before driving 5 minutes to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a short evening walk along the Rim Trail as the sun goes down. Afterward we'll enjoy dinner at the famous Bright Angel Lodge overlooking the depths of the Grand Canyon.

    Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
    Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
    Shuttle to the South Rim: 3.5-hours 
    Meals: B, L, D





    Day 5 - Thursday – 30 Oct 2014 - Grand Canyon rim hike

    We'll get a fairly relaxed start before spending the day hiking on the South Kaibab Trail. It is a 4 to 6 hour moderate hike with BIG Grand Canyon views, and amazing natural and cultural history. The South Kaibab Trail is one of the most photographed trails in the country because it descends the spine of a long ridge with 360-degree views. Exciting hiking, fascinating geologic history and, with any luck, a California Condor will round out the day on this classic Grand Canyon hiking experience. After an unforgettable hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon we make the 1.5 hour trip back into Flagstaff to our hotel (Little America Lodge) reflecting on the past 5 days. 


    Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
    Elevation Gain: up to 2,200 feet
    Shuttle to Flagstaff: 1.5-hour drive to the Flagstaff, AZ hotel
    Meals: B, L




    Day 6 - Friday – 31 Oct 2014 - Travel back to Phoenix

    Wake up and enjoy a delicious cook-to-order breakfast then pack up and have your bags ready for the private VIP shuttle taking us back to Phoenix for our final night's stay in Arizona. Once we reach Phoenix and check in to the hotel (Hilton Phoenix) you are free to explore the city, relax and catch up, or enjoy the hot tub. You're welcome to join everyone for a final dinner in Phoenix.

    Hiking Mileage: 3-6 miles
    Elevation Gain: up to 2,200 feet
    Shuttle to Flagstaff: 1.5-hour drive to the Flagstaff, AZ hotel
    Meals: B,L





    Day 7 - Saturday – 1 November 2014 - End of tour

    You're free from here, enjoy another day in Phoenix or catch the shuttle or taxi to the airport to fly home. Safe Travels.


    Meals: B






    Packing List and Hiking Information

    Note: The weather in the Grand Canyon can be extreme. Please pack for rain, cool night-time temps (50's), and warm daytime temps (70's). Though it is a week-long trip, please limit your luggage to one or two bags at the most. Like any other transportation service, our shuttles only have a set amount of storage.


    The following items are required for your trip. They are a
    must for your safety and comfort. When shopping, think
    layered clothing systems that work together.


    No cotton Please! It gets wet and just makes you cold. You can find no-cotton sports-like clothing at Walmart or Target if you want to save money.


    Clothing Checklist

    • Sturdy hiking boots, mid-weight, lug-soled, above the ankle, and ideally well broken in, no new boots
    • Brimmed sunhat and bandana
    • Rain shell, waterproof/breathable jacket
    • Warm fleece jacket or warm insulated shell
    • Beanie hat
    • Two t-shirts (may be long-sleeved) for protection from the sun, light colors are nice because they're cooler than dark colors. No Cotton!
    • Long pants, one pair of leggings or lightweight trousers to block sun and give warmth at night
    • Long underwear for cold days
    • Shorts, one pair, nylon is nice for light weight and to substitute as a bathing suit
    • Bathing Suit
    • Underwear
    • Supportive sport sandals or water shoes like Chacos® or Tevas® for walking in and out of the creek. No flip-flops please!
    • Hiking socks, one pair for every two days of your trip. Recommended brands include Bridgedale®,Smartwool®, or similar padded socks (wearing a thin liner sock under your hiking socks is highly recommended). No cotton socks!!!


    Hiking Gear

    • Water bottles or bladder (3 liters total capacity)
    • Camp Towel, lightweight, quick-drying camp towel for drying off after swimming
    • Contact lenses and glasses if you wear contact lenses please also bring a pair of glasses - your contacts are likely to become dirty and may be difficult to clean
    • Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+ SPF), lip balm
    • Headlamp, spare batteries (preferably an L.E.D. type that works with AA or AAA batteries)
    • Toiletries, and a small washcloth in stuff sack (bandana can serve as a washcloth)
    • Vitamins (optional)
    • Notebook, drawing supplies, or paperback book (optional)
    • Camera, spare batteries (optional)
    • Prescription medicine (please inform trip leader of any medications you are taking)
    • Knee braces, if needed
    • Money, for tipping your guide (generally 10-15% of trip cost based on your experience) and for any souvenirs

    Non-Hike Accessories:

    • Travel clothes like jeans and shirts

    • Batteries and chargers

    • Camera, batteries, and charger

    • Snacks

    • Memory cards for cameras

    • Cellular phone charger

    • Cash for souvenirs, tips, and snacks

    • Other vacation items


    Do not pack the following gear, its already provided and included in your cost:


    • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
    • Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
    • Sierra Designs sleeping bags
    • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
    • Leki trekking poles
    • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
    • Mountain Safety Research cookware
    • Mountain Safety Research cups and utensils

      How to Pack your Mule Gear Bag

      Please pack the above hiking items into a single duffel or stuff
      sack weighing no more than 10 pounds per person and
      clearly label it with your name. 

      Note: *Please be aware that 10 lbs is the maximum allowed weight per person per mule bag. *

      The above listed items will likely weigh less than that. We'll secure this duffel from you at the trailhead for transport to the Havasu Campground on the mules to carry down to the campsite.

      Hold on to your rain jacket, an extra layer, water bottles, sunscreen, camera, and anything you need on the trail - these items will be carried in your day pack. Your daypack should be light, with the majority of your gear in the mule sack.


      Meals during the Hike
      We provide a diversity of foods containing the necessary
      nutrition for sustained energy output. Meals are made from
      staples that travel well in the backcountry - rice, pastas,
      lentils, beans, couscous, oatmeal, granola, etc. Meals are also
      supplemented with trail foods such as crackers, cheese,
      granola, energy bars, fresh and/or dried fruit, and energy
      drink mixes.


      Training

      The enjoyment received from any physical activity is largely dependent on the shape you're in. The physical demands of
      hiking the canyon are in sharp contrast to those found in mountain climbing or hiking on relatively flat terrain. The first part of your hike will be a knee-jarring descent, and the climb out will come when your legs are most tired. We cannot stress enough that the fitter you are the more fun you’ll have. A combination of cardiovascular fitness, strength in all muscle groups and flexibility will help ensure an enjoyable experience. As such, we recommend you prepare for your trip with a moderate training program focused on walking and hiking. 

      We understand we live in Florida and it's hard to train for hills, but any activity will help you prepare.

      Spend time strengthening your legs and knees through lunges, squats, and step-ups. 

      Boost your cardio by walking longer distances, jogging, and then sprinting for short spurts to increase your overall well rounded cardiovascular health. 

      Pictures and Video of this Adventure


      Click here to view a great video of how amazing the Grand Canyon, and its waterfalls are. This trip has spectacular views throughout. 



      Exploring the famous Havasu Falls on Day 2.



      Views of Mooney Falls on your day-hike on Day 4




      Views while hiking the Rim Trail on days 5 and 6



      This is the way hiking should always be. Mules will carry our gear so we get to hike with just a light day pack.



      Lodging


      Flagstaff - Little America


      Grand Canyon - Bright Angel Lodge


      Phoenix - Hilton



      Pricing and Payment Policies


      Deposit due when registering: $500


      Total Cost with deposit: $1975.00


      Final Payment Due: 1 Aug 2014 - No Exceptions or Late Payments accepted!



      Note: Total cost does not include, airfare, alcoholic beverages, some meals, any baggage fees, tips for guides, personal purchases, or personal emergencies.


      To ensure hotels and activities are reserved on time, a deposit is due at the time of registration. TAG offers partial payments using the pay later option when you register and checkout to pay, choose "Bill Me Later" if you wish to make payments for this event.



      Payment and Cancelation Policy
      Cancellations received at any time after making your trip reservation are subject to a non-refundable $250 per person service charge.

      When a trip cancellation is received inside of 90 days from departure, and you have made the full payment, all trip costs are 100% non-refundable. If the event is canceled, your deposit will be returned to you within 5-10 working business days.



      Methods of Payment


      Phone:

      Pay securely by phone by calling 1-855-8000-TAG and we will process your debit or credit card with you on the line directly with our bank.


      Online:

      Register for the event and follow the instructions or pay directly through Paypal by sending your payment to: paypal@tampaadventuregroup.


      Check or Money Order:

      Pay by check or money order by sending a check or money order made out to Tampa Adventure Group. Mail to:

      Tampa Adventure Group

      4644 West Gandy Blvd. Suite 4, Box 149

      Tampa, Florida 33611


      Payment Options:
      When you register and pay online, you have the option to make payments by using the bill me later option when checking out.




      Important Travel Information & FAQ's

      Meals

      All of our backpacking meals are packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more. For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, energy bars, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion. We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. Please note any dietary restrictions or food you don't like when registering for the event.


      Non-hiking meals will include continental or hot breakfasts at hotels, lodges, or restaurants. Some meals are not included in your costs.


      Flights
      Your flight into Phoenix Sky Harbor must land before 5PM so you can meet the shuttle to Flagstaff. If your flight is delayed please contact TAG as soon as possible. If you have questions about a flight please contact TAG.

      Final Payment
      Due 1 Aug 2014 - No Exceptions or Late Payments accepted!
      Checks, credit cards, money orders, paypal, and cash accepted.

      What's not included
      Flights
      Tips for guides and tour coach drivers
      Some meals
      Personal items
      Some hiking items (See list above)

      Luggage
      Please limit your luggage to now more than one large bag or two smaller bags or pieces of luggage. The tour shuttles only have enough room for so much luggage. This is a 7 day trip with the majority hiking, you shouldn't need more gear than what one large suitcase can hold.

      Average Weather
      Phoenix, AZ
      Average weather at the end of October is a high of 84 and a low of 60 with low rain chances.
       
      Flagstaff, AZ
      Average weather at the end of October is a high of 58 and a low of 28 with low snow chances.

      Top rim of the Grand Canyon
      Average weather at the end of October is a high of 55 and a low of 27 with low rain chances.

      Bottom of the Grand Canyon
      Average weather at the end of October is a high of 84 and a low of 60 with low rain chances.

      Water
      Carry 3 x 1-liter bottles of water on you. Water will be available during the hike, but its suggested you carry a camelbak or enough water on you for the hike about.  See details about packing above.

      Where to Meet

      Please check in with the TAG guide after you pick up your check bags at the Phoenix Airport. The TAG tour guide will be wearing a green TAG hat and white TAG shirt. If you are unable to find him please call 1-855-800-0824.


      Single Travelers

      All single travelers will be placed in rooms with other single travelers of the same sex, single room options are available but reflect an increase in price, contact TAG for single room pricing options.


      General Information

      Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information will be sent upon registering. If you don't see your question answered here please call TAG at 1-855-800-0824 and we will be happy to help.


      Pre-Event Meetup

      Additional instructions, directions, and times will be provided by email after registering.




      Waiting List

      Waiting list in order that we received reservations. Please email TAG to be added to the waiting list.


      1. No one on waiting list




      Contact the Tampa Adventure Group

      Contact TAG, click on the red "Support" button on the left side of the page to access the support portal. Search existing questions for quick answers, or send TAG a message. We strive to respond to support tickets as quickly as possible.


      support@tampaadventuregroup.com


      Toll Free: 1-855-8000-TAG (824)



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