An exclusive tour of the Navajo and Hopi Nations. Tour the treasures of the Four Corners, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, Hopi Mesas and more with your own Navajo guide, Donovan Hanley. Donovan’s 7-day, 6-night Detour is based on availability.
Donovan Hanley, a native of the Bita’hochee, grew up on the Navajo Nation, near Bita’hochee Trading Post. Born to the Towering House Clan, and born for the Water Flowing Together Clan, Donovan has dedicated most of his professional life to the preservation and advancement of Navajo Culture and the Navajo way of life. His efforts in the tourism community and on Navajoland are appreciated and recognized around the world. During your exclusive detour with Donovan, you will explore the legendary Four Corners landmarks and Navajo and Hopi culture. This unparalleled tour with Donovan will bring together both the old and new with his insight and experience into one of America’s cultural treasures. Amazing scenery, ancient history and a modern Navajo perspective will bring this remote, beautiful landscape to life for those who want a deeper understanding of the Native American story.
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 13 passengers on individual leather captains’ seats, and groups range from 8-13 passengers. This tour can also be operated as a private charter for groups from 2-13 passengers for an additional cost.
Our guides have many years of experience in leading tours throughout North America. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure that everyone gets the most from each destination.
The hotel in Sedona will be 3-4 stars. The accommodation has been chosen to give passengers the best access to the Sedona area. For those traveling alone there single occupancy rates available.
This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which require a reasonable level of fitness mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be suited to and catered for almost all levels of fitness. It is not an activity holiday, just an active holiday.
Health and Vaccinations
It is imperative that you have both a dental and medical check-up and we recommend that you ensure your Tetanus inoculations are up to date. Our drivers and guides are first aid qualified and a comprehensive medical kit is carried at all times.
It is a good idea to bring broken in hiking/walking shoes. It is wise to have a light but waterproof rain jacket and a fleece or good sweater for nights and mornings. A hat and a good daypack are important. Overall the tour is very casual but there will be the opportunity for smart, casual dress at dinner on a few nights.
Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one piece of luggage less than 50 pounds or one daypack less than or equal to 40 litres. It is recommended to travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sun block, and clothing. It is recommended to plan ahead and arrange to store bulky items pre-tour. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.
June temperatures during the tour may range from a high of 75-80°F in the day to a low of 40-50° F at night. October temperatures for this area are a bit more temperate. The temperature during the day average to a high of 70°F but then may drop to 32-40°F at night.
Post Tour Accommodation Packages
Post tours packages are available through your travel agent.
Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking.
Day 1: Scottsdale/Phoenix to Window Rock, AZ
With a morning departure from the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, today’s route climbs from the valley floor through the Ponderosa forests and across the plains east of Flagstaff. Indian Wells is our first destination, stopping at the historic Bitahochee Trading Post. The trading post, combined with Donovan’s personal experience, provides excellent insight into the local culture. After, we travel to the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, AZ. Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest continuously operated trading post in the U.S. and has been a part of the Navajo landscape for over a century. Our final destination for today is the Capital of the Navajo Nation; visiting the Council Chambers, Navajo Veterans Memorial Park, and dinner with a Navajo dignitary.
The Council Chambers is the meeting place for the Navajo Government to discuss critical issues determining the future of the Navajo people. Incidentally, the interior of the Council Chambers is decorated with beautiful murals depicting Navajo life, culture and history.
Overnight in Window Rock, AZ
Day 2: Toadalena Trading Post to Canyon de Chelly
Today begins with a scenic mountain pass route to Toadlena Trading Post in New Mexico. Toadlena displays authentic Native arts and crafts. Examples include local jewelry, pottery, rugs, sand paintings, and clothing which reflect the superb craftsmanship and cultural traditions of the artist. The mountain summit, Red Valley, offers fantastic long range views of the famous Shiprock Monolith. From the summit we tour North rim overlooks of Canyon de Chelly/Del Muerto before traversing into Canyon de Chelly. Included in the three hour guided tour of this living National Monument highlights Antelope House, and White House ruins, displaying both Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto.
Overnight in Chinle, AZ
Day 3: Monument Valley to Shonto to Lake Powell
The designated scenic byway of route 59 past Rough Rock delivers us to one of the treasures of the Navajo Nation. Monument Valley is one of America’s most recognized natural wonders. The Navajo name for Monument Valley is Tse’ Bii’ Ndzisgaii – which translates to “light around the mittens.” No other place on earth has the colors of an icy blue-sky contrasting so prominently against a crimson earth. With such an awe-inspiring panorama, it is the Wild West epitomized. Our three hour guided tour highlights some iconic images made famous by John Wayne’s movies like “Stagecoach” and “The Searchers.” From Monument Valley we visit Shonto Trading Post, one of only a few remaining locations that offer real trading of goods.
Overnight in Page, AZ at Lake Powell Resort
Day 4: Page to Antelope Canyon to Colorado River Rafting
Page and Lake Powell awaits you today. The morning will begin with an early check in for a half day rafting excursion of the Colorado River. After spending the morning on the water, the afternoon will be a chance to return to dry land as we take a fascinating tour of Antelope Canyon, a photographer’s paradise. Today’s tour will provide you with phenomenal views and outstanding textures of Navajoland.
Overnight in Page, AZ at Lake Powell Resort
Day 5: Horseshoe Bend to Kaibito to Navajo Fair to Hopi Mesas
The Horseshoe Bend scenic hike is an option for this morning with views of the Colorado River far below the rim of Glen Canyon as well as looking down on the same location you were looking up from yesterday. The road to the Hopi Mesas takes us through Kaibeto for a look at the Navajo way of life. During an October departure, we will arrive for one of the busiest day of the annual Navajo Fair in Tuba City and a chance to tour one of the oldest villages on the Hopi Mesas. During the June departure, guests will be treated to a full tour of this iconic village and one of the oldest on the Hopi Mesa.
Overnight in Winslow, AZ at La Posada
Day 6: La Posada to Sedona
From Winslow, the scenic highway of Oak Creek Canyon welcomes us to Sedona for a scenic highlight tour on the way to Phoenix/Scottsdale with an approximate 5pm arrival.
Overnight in Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe Area
Double occupancy lodging in a 3-4 star hotel or lodge throughout the tour
Meals: Lunch on day two
Entrance fees to National Parks, State Parks, Tribal Parks, or other named activities
Experienced and professional tour guide
Third party tours: Antelope Canyon tour, Colorado River rafting, Canyon de Chelly jeep tour, Monument Valley jeep tour
Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
Meals not listed above
Incidental hotel fees
DETOURS Tours offers small group touring in our custom vehicles featuring leather captain’s chairs for maximum comfort.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 13 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities in Grand Canyon and Sedona.
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions, sometimes severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk, can also alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this, and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns and unforeseen opportunities. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track and 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.