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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USASedona in Arizona, USAMonument Valley in Arizona-Utah, USABryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USAZion National Park in Utah, USA
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA
Sedona in Arizona, USA
Monument Valley in Arizona-Utah, USA
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA
Zion National Park in Utah, USA
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: America and Canada 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: From glitzy Las Vegas to the red rocks of Sedona to the dramatic Grand Canyon, this exciting program will leave you with a lifetime of memories. Travel along a portion of Route 66 into the rugged desert landscapes of Arizona and wind your way through the ancestral home of the Navajo people. Explore the incredible national parks of Utah, filled with unusual sandstone spires and breathtaking trails for you to discover on this magnificent trip.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Las Vegas! Check into your hotel and then enjoy the afternoon to familiarise yourself with the sights and sounds of Las Vegas with a stroll down the Strip. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Say good-bye to Sin City and hit the "Mother Road" on historic Route 66. Watch the classic motels and restaurants of a simpler time roll by, framed by stunning desert landscapes. Travel south through the fragrant pine groves of the Kaibab National Forest on your way to the artists' enclave of Sedona, a lovely town situated in the high desert of Arizona.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Poco Diablo Resort (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    This morning, enjoy some free time to stroll the pedestrian-friendly streets, browse a gallery full of local art inspired by the striking landscapes and pure mountain light, or just relax with a cup of coffee and a croissant at a cosy bakery. If adventure's more your thing, take an optional excursion by jeep into Red Rock Country. Then depart for Grand Canyon National Park with a drive through Oak Creek Canyon where you can admire the stunning red cliffs amid the pristine forests of ponderosa pines. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon, meet with a Local Expert who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon — you'll become a rock expert yourself as you examine the multi-coloured rocks from different eras of the canyon's formation. If you like, take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to see the canyon from the sky. This evening, gather to watch the sunset and the fading light gilding the canyon and casting enchanting shadows.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Rise early to catch the first sunlight washing over the canyon. Then, follow Desert View Drive and wind your way through the ancestral home of the Navajo people. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe enjoy some tasty fry bread. Traverse the badlands of the Painted Desert—the rugged landscape changing hour by hour as the sun illuminates the eroded stone of the desert floor. Visit the Code Talkers Exhibit in Kayenta and learn how the Navajos were one of America's greatest secrets during World War II. Continue on to striking Monument Valley where you'll hop aboard an open-air vehicle to explore the magnificent mesas and iconic rock formations. Even more spectacular vistas await as you arrive on the shores of glittering Lake Powell, one of America's most beautiful lakes.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort & Marinas (Guaranteed Lake View Rooms) (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    The day is yours. Rise early for an adventurous hike or relax in the sun on the shores of this 186-mile (300-kilometre) long lake, formed by the Glen Canyon Dam. Gather some of your travelling companions for an optional raft excursion down one of the prettiest sections of the Colorado River or a scenic cruise on the lake, visiting magnificent Antelope Canyon. If you want to hit the water, go kayaking or fish for striped bass and bluegill in one of the lake's glittering bays. Tonight, meet with a naturalist, your Local Expert, for a fascinating slideshow about the ecology and survival strategies of the desert wildlife of the Colorado Plateau.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Continue your journey into Bryce Canyon National Park, home to the world's largest concentration of hoodoos, those towering limestone spires that rise majestically from the desert floor. From the rim of the amphitheatre, gaze down upon thousands of pink, orange and yellow pinnacles, the result of millions of years of erosion. You may even spot one of the park's bristlecone pines, the world's longest-living trees. Depart Bryce Canyon for the gorgeous wonderland that is Zion National Park. You'll be amazed by the petrified sandstone formation of Checkerboard Mesa and the otherworldly Zion Canyon. Throughout your stay, you'll never be far from the natural glories of Zion; even your room has a view of the canyon.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: The Majestic View Lodge (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    You have the entire day to immerse yourself in the beauty of Zion. Marvel at the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and awe-inspiring monoliths, all carved out over 200 million years from the orange sandstone. Stretch your legs during a stroll along the Virgin River up to the Temple of Sinawava to peek at the start of the Narrows slot canyon or hike up to the three Emerald Pools. Spot some of the more than 200 species of birds that call the park home. Or join a park ranger to learn more about the park on one of the many daily programs. This evening, share your adventures with your travelling companions at a festive Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 8


    From Zion, head west to the thriving town of St. George, nestled between the Mojave Desert and the cool Pine Valley Mountains, and home to Utah's first Mormon temple. Travel along one of the most expensive sections of interstate ever constructed as you wind your way through the Virgin River Gorge on your way to the flat expanses of the Mojave Desert and the neon lights of Las Vegas. A complimentary transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport and to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas if you'd like to extend your stay. Please do not schedule flights before 3 p.m.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Join a Local Expert to learn about the geology of the Grand Canyon.
  • Local Expert Learn about the desert wildlife and ecology of Lake Powell.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Las VegasTry your luck in the "Entertainment Capital of the World."
  • Route 66Travel along a portion of this historic highway.
  • SedonaJourney through scenic Red Rock Country.
  • Oak Creek CanyonTravel through the stunning natural beauty of stunning red cliffs and gorgeous ponderosa pine.
  • KayentaLearn about the Code Talkers of World War II.
  • Grand Canyon National ParkStay inside the park; marvel at the sights from the South Rim.
  • Monument ValleyJoin an informative guided excursion in open-air vehicles through this spectacular region.
  • Lake PowellImmerse yourself in the natural beauty of this desert lake.
  • Bryce Canyon National ParkTravel along the amphitheatre of pink, orange and red hoodoos.
  • Zion National ParkExplore the towering rock formations of Zion Canyon.


  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 4 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Las Vegas
    • 2 three-course dinners
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Zion

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation

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