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Best of the Canyonlands 2014

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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USAGrand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USAMesa Verde National Park in Colorado, USADelicate Arch in Arches National Park, USAMonument Valley in Arizona-Utah, USAMonument Valley in Arizona-Utah, USA
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA
Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, USA
Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, USA
Monument Valley in Arizona-Utah, USA
Monument Valley in Arizona-Utah, USA
  • Duration: 7 Days
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  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: From the Mile High City of Denver to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of San Juan National Forest and the mighty Grand Canyon, you will be in awe throughout this tour. Enjoy an open-air vehicle ride through the iconic buttes and mesas made famous in America's favourite Westerns and try your luck in the "Entertainment Capital of the World" as your guided trip comes to an end in Las Vegas.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE DENVER

    Welcome to the Mile High City! Nestled between the High Plains and the majestic Rockies, Denver entices visitors and locals alike with sunny blue skies and snow-capped peaks. After settling in at your hotel, head out on your own to take in some of Denver's attractions. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (MD)

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  • Day 2

    DENVER – VAIL – MOAB (2 NIGHTS)

    Head toward the mountains this morning as you ascend into the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide on your way to the resort destination of Vail. Founded in 1966 at the base of the largest ski mountain in the United States, this pretty alpine village has an old-world feel that attracts outdoor enthusiasts. Your hotel for the next two nights is the Red Cliffs Lodge, an Authentic Accommodation. The ranch includes both the lodge and a museum, which documents the history of this hotel. In the late 40s the legendary John Ford discovered the rugged beauty of Moab's Canyonlands and filmed the first of many movies here. The first major motion pictures filmed in the Moab area were set on the Red Cliffs Ranch. Tonight is yours—perhaps opt for taking in the sunset over the red cliffs and a Western barbecue dinner at your ranch-style lodge. If you're in the mood for more excitement, try a jet boat ride along the mighty Colorado, with a tasty dinner included.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (F)

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  • Day 3

    MOAB – CANYONLANDS & ARCHES NATIONAL PARKS

    Today, embark on a journey to two National Parks. Discover stunning Canyonlands National Park and visit magnificent Arches National Park where the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches. Wander through a kaleidoscope of geologic time as you watch the light play upon the ancient, multi-coloured stone. Tonight, venture along the Colorado River for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner experience at a sandy beach alongside the water.


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

  • Day 4

    MOAB – MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK – MONUMENT VALLEY – KAYENTA

    Travel south this morning through a mesmerising landscape dotted with natural arches and rock formations, framed by the jagged Rockies in the distance. Crossing into Colorado, skirt the edge of the San Juan National Forest before arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park. Between 600 and 1300 A.D., the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone along the canyon walls. Explore some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world; then spend some time in the museum learning about the culture and traditions of this once-great civilisation. Next, tour the floor of Monument Valley in an open-air vehicle with a guide, learning about the famous buttes and mesas of this region. Arrive this evening at your hotel in Kayenta and enjoy a dinner with your travelling companions.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Hampton Inn Kayenta (MF)

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  • Day 5

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

    You might experience a feeling of deja vu when you enter the wide-open expanse of Monument Valley—this scenic location has been preserved forever in classic films such as Stagecoach and The Searchers. Get up close and personal with this magnificent landscape of towering sandstone buttes and lovely desert vistas in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. Then, wind your way through the ancestral home of the Navajo people, stopping at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe enjoy some tasty fry bread. On the way to the Grand Canyon, enjoy a sightseeing stop at the glittering Lake Powell, one of America's most beautiful lakes. This afternoon, follow scenic Desert View Drive before arriving at the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the stunning panoramic views from the South Rim.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: National Park Lodges (NP)

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  • Day 6

    GRAND CANYON SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    The day is yours to continue exploring Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. If you like, take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to see the canyon from the sky. This afternoon, meet with a Local Expert who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon and enjoy the chance to examine the multi-coloured rocks from different eras of the canyon's formation. Toast your grand adventure and your new life-long memories at a Farewell Dinner inside the park.


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

  • Day 7

    GRAND CANYON – DEPART LAS VEGAS

    Rise early to catch the first rays of light as they illuminate the canyon. Hit the road again, stopping along famed Route 66 hot spots in Seligman and Kingman. Driving through these desert oases is like cruising back in time to see the classic motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler time. Then, it's full speed ahead to glittering Las Vegas where you bid farewell to your Travel Director. A complimentary transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or to the Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel for those extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 6:30 p.m.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Delight in an exclusive dinner with wine at a sandy beach along the Colorado River. Toast your host under the fading sunlight.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Learn about the formation of the Grand Canyon with a specialist.
  • Authentic Accommodation Step back in time with your stay at Red Cliffs Lodge, truly a treasure of the West, featuring dramatic 20-foot ceilings, natural wood-paneled walls, rustic log furniture and hand-finished Mexican tile floors and a museum Lodge displaying a combination of early cowboy ranching and local movie memorabilia.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • DenverStay in the heart of America's Mile High City.
  • VailStretch your legs in this charming alpine village.
  • MoabSpend two nights in one of Utah's most adventurous cities and visit two National Parks.
  • Arches National ParkView amazing natural rock formations.
  • Canyonlands National ParkMarvel at the colourful landscapes of eroded canyons.
  • Mesa Verde National ParkLearn about the ancestral Pueblo people that lived for 700 years in these precarious cliff dwellings.
  • Monument ValleyJoin a guide and board an open-air vehicle to tour these iconic buttes and mesas made famous in America's favourite Westerns.
  • Lake PowellEnjoy views of the lake and its impressive rock formations.
  • Grand Canyon National ParkMarvel at the sights from the South Rim.

Dining

  • 6 full breakfasts
  • 4 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Denver
    • Be My Guest dinner with wine in Moab
    • 1 three-course dinner
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in the Grand Canyon

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 trip 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 trip
  • 6 nights First Class accommodation

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