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Pioneer Adventures of the Old West 2015

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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USAGrand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USATour Sedona by Jeep in Arizona, USAMonument Valley in Arizona-Utah, USABryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USABryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USAZion National Park in Utah, USA
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA
Tour Sedona by Jeep in Arizona, USA
Monument Valley in Arizona-Utah, USA
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA
Zion National Park in Utah, USA
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2015
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  • Style: Family Experiences
  • Description: Heading down through the Old West, this family holiday reveals the excitement of the land of cowboys, Native Americans and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. It’s Insider moments like… listening to tall tales of the Wild West on your historic rail journey to the Grand Canyon. Touching the layered rocks as our expert geologist explains how this natural wonder was formed over the course of 1.7 billion years, then discovering the West of the movies as you cruise through incredible Monument Valley during a four wheel drive exploration. Venturing into the ancient Montezuma Castle cliff dwellings, you imagine the life of the Sinagua Indians, and trace the steps of real life cowboys at the old Van Deren Cabin.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE PHOENIX – SCOTTSDALE

    Howdy partners! Check into your hotel and spend the afternoon getting to know this desert oasis. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel's pool before gussying up for the 6 p.m. Kick-off Party where you meet your Travel Director and spend some time jawin' with your travelling buddies.


    Meal(s): (Kick-Off Party)

    Hotel: Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town

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  • Day 2

    SCOTTSDALE – SEDONA – WILLIAMS

    A drive through the Sonoran Desert brings you to Montezuma Castle National Monument, one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Take a minute to ponder the Sinagua Indians' life here in the desert before heading to Sedona in spectacular Red Rock Country. Join in on an adventure with an included jeep ride to get a front row view of the area's famous red rocks. After a stunning drive through Oak Creek Canyon, arrive in the historic railroad town of Williams—right on old Route 66 and gateway to the Grand Canyon. This evening, join your fellow cowboys and cowgirls for a Be My Guest dinner where the adults can sample a delicious variety of Arizona wine or craft beer with their meal. The kids won't be left out of the fun either as they enjoy a pizza bar and games galore!


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dinner)

    Hotel: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

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  • Day 3

    WILLIAMS – GRAND CANYON RAILWAY – GRAND CANYON

    This morning, watch out for the infamous Cataract Creek Gang, as lowly a group of varmints that ever rode the range! Then, climb aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway; pass through majestic Ponderosa Pines, the high desert and the Kaibab National Forest while hearing tall tales and folklore about the area. Keep your eye out for wildlife—it's not uncommon to spot elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope sauntering through this wild and woolly region. Nothing on earth can prepare you for the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, more than 1.7 billion years in the making! With a Local Expert, learn how the Grand Canyon was formed and examine rock samples from the colourful sedimentary layers formed as the sea washed in again and again. Join your Travel Director for an unforgettable walk along the rim.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: National Park Lodges

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  • Day 4

    GRAND CANYON – MONUMENT VALLEY – LAKE POWELL (2 NIGHTS)

    Ferd Grofe was so stunned by the spectacular beauty of the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, he composed his Grand Canyon Suite in 1931. But all you have to do is watch—and maybe whistle—in amazement as the skies glow and brighten with the coming day. Drive along Desert View Drive, featuring jaw-dropping views of the Grand Canyon, before entering Navajo Country. Here you can poke around the historic Cameron Trading Post and hunt for a great piece of Southwest Native American art. Visit the Code Talkers Exhibit in Kayenta. Learn how the Navajos were one of America's greatest secret weapons in World War II and why GIs were ordered to protect the Wind Talkers with their lives. See why Monument Valley is a favourite location for movie directors. As you're bouncing along the valley floor in an open-air vehicle, you can just imagine John Wayne leading the U.S. Cavalry on a ride along the magnificent mesas. Wrap up your exciting day at a lakeside resort tucked into the red rock at amazing Lake Powell. Kick off your boots and have some fun at a poolside pizza dinner!


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

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

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  • Day 5

    LAKE POWELL FREE TIME

    Enjoy a free day to roam the range. Optional activities include a fun float down the Colorado River, a cruise on spectacular Lake Powell to Antelope Canyon with views of Glen Canyon Dam. Or maybe dive into some of the many aquatic activities at Lake Powell Marina—the choice is yours! This afternoon, enjoy a super cool slide show presentation by a Local Expert all about striking geology and survival strategies of the desert wildlife of the Canyonlands.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    LAKE POWELL – ZION AND BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS (2 NIGHTS)

    You'll be awestruck by the towering cliffs and massive canyon walls of Zion Canyon. Riding the park's shuttle, marvel at how the Virgin River cut through the sandstone to create one of Mother Nature's most stupendous wonders. Enjoy hiking? There's an easy trek to the Emerald Pools, where splendid views and waterfalls will make the family happier than a crowd of cowpokes at chow time. Leaving Zion, drive along the Mount Carmel Highway and watch out for more spectacular formations like the Great Arch of Zion and the distinctive Checkerboard Mesa. Arrive at magical Bryce Canyon for the last two nights of your Wild West adventure.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

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  • Day 7

    BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Exploring Bryce Canyon is like entering a weird and eerie world, with sandstone spires called hoodoos creating a landscape that is a playground for the imagination. Explore the rim of a great amphitheatre stopping at various look-outs to snap pictures of fairytale castles, cathedrals, meandering trails and secret hideaways, all carved out of stone by Mother Nature. This afternoon you're free to blaze your own trail. Later, put on your cowboy boots and Stetsons for a Western Farewell Dinner filled with good food and good fun.


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

  • Day 8

    BRYCE – DEPART LAS VEGAS

    Travelling down through the scenic Virgin River Gorge, make your way into southern Nevada and to fabulous Las Vegas, where your adventures in the great West come to an end. A complimentary transfer takes you to Las Vegas International Airport, or if you're extending your stay, to the Paris Las Vegas. Please do not schedule flights before 6:30 p.m.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy dinner with a wine and beer tasting and pizza and games for the whole family.
  • Local Expert Learn about the formation of the Grand Canyon with a specialist.
  • Local Expert Enjoy a slide show presentation about the striking geology and survival strategies of desert wildlife with a naturalist in Lake Powell.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Montezuma CastleVisit the site of an ancient Sinagua Indian cliff-dwelling.
  • SedonaExplore Dry Creek Basin on an exciting jeep adventure.
  • Grand Canyon RailwayTravel to the Grand Canyon on the historic Grand Canyon Railway.
  • Grand Canyon National ParkStay inside the park for one night and marvel at the sights from the South Rim.
  • Historic Cameron Trading PostBrowse for Native American arts and crafts.
  • Monument ValleyJoin an informative guided excursion in open-air vehicles through this spectacular region.
  • Lake PowellEnjoy views of the lake and the impressive rock formations along with the amenities at your lakeside resort.
  • Zion National ParkExplore the towering canyon walls and massive rock formations aboard the park shuttle.
  • Bryce Canyon National ParkDiscover this whimsical landscape; enjoy a Wild West evening, complete with a cowboy dinner and rodeo entertainment.

Dining

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 4 evening meals:

    Including Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Scottsdale, 1 buffet dinner, a  poolside pizza dinner at Lake Powell and a Farewell Dinner with drinks in Bryce.

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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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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