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Best of the Canyonlands

7 Days 1 Country 2 Cities

Take in the Mile High City of Denver and San Juan National Forest on this Regional Explorer trip.

"This was our first Trafalgar tour and we would not travel any other way now!"

Ann

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7 Days, 1 Country, 2 Cities

Best of the Canyonlands

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Denver (CO), USA

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Las Vegas, USA

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About this trip

Taking you inside America's impressive canyon country, we explore the incredible natural structures of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... visiting 'John Wayne's Cabin' at Goulding's Lodge, which was actually Mike Goulding's potato cellar and once used to store fruits and vegetables. Inside the cabin, you'll find a mockup of the Hollywood set and a vast array of still shots from 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon ', filmed here in 1949 by director John Ford.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DBOC

6 Nights

accommodation

8 Meals
  • 6 full breakfasts.

  • 2 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • Scenic drive along Desert View Drive and Route 66

    • Visit Vail, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Moab, the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon National Park and Las Vegas


What's Included

Dining

    • 6 full breakfasts.

    • 2 dinners.


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Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


 

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Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Denver

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Denver – Vail – Moab (2 Nights)

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Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Excursion

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Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley

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Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas

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Depart Las Vegas

Day 1

Arrive Denver 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 snowcapped 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.

Hotel

Sheraton Denver Downtown

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Sheraton Denver Downtown

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Denver – Vail – Moab (2 Nights) 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.Then it's on to Moab where, in the late 1940s, the legendary John Ford discovered the area's rugged beauty and filmed the first of many movies here. Tonight is yours - perhaps opt for taking in the sunset over the red cliffs. If you're in the mood for more excitement, try a jet boat ride along the mighty Colorado River with a dinner.

Hotel

BW Plus Canyonlands Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

BW Plus Canyonlands Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Colorado Jetboat Cruise and Dinner

Take a ride aboard one of the newest and most modern fleet of jet boats for an excursion on one of the most scenic stretches of the river. You’ll glide across the flat water with every bend of the river, as the sun hides behind the canyon walls, producing cooler temperatures. Along the way you’ll discover an Indian granary, petroglyphs, arches, and beautiful scenery. Then your skillful guide will turn the boat around and upon your return, you’ll enjoy a Dutch Oven dinner and have the beauty of the sunset for dessert. Includes gratuity. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

Adult Price: US$95.00

Day 2

Day 3

Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Excursion Day 3 - Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Excursion

Today, embark on a journey to explore 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-hued stone. Enjoy the rest of the day to discover on your own.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

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Day 4

Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley Day 4 - Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley

Travel south this morning through a mesmerising landscape dotted with natural arches and rock formations, framed by the jagged Rockies in the distance. Crossing back 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 learning about the culture and traditions of this once-great civilisation. This evening, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Regional Meal in Monument Valley before returning to your hotel.

Hotel

Goulding's Lodge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Goulding's Lodge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 4

Day 5

Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park Day 5 - Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park

This morning, after a tour of the Monument Valley floor in an open-air vehicle, 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. 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. This afternoon, meet with a Local Specialist who will walk 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 lifelong memories at a Farewell Dinner inside the park.

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes.

Adult Price: US$219.00

Grand Discovery South Rim Airplane Tour

The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-50 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for post card quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Adult Price: US$159.00

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Day 6

Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas Day 6 - Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas

Rise early to catch the first rays of light as they illuminate the canyon. Perhaps take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to view the canyon from the sky. Hit the road again, stopping along famed Route 66 hot spots, 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.

Hotel

Tropicana Las Vegas

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Tropicana Las Vegas

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Grand Kingdom EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Adult Price: US$309.00

Vegas Night Helicopter Flight

Enjoy the "City of Lights" from the best view possible – the sky - aboard a helicopter, flying over the megaresorts of the Las Vegas Strip from the New York-New York skyline to the Bellagio fountains and the never-fading light of the Luxor pyramid. You will be collected from your hotel to the Las Vegas heliport and returned to your hotel; prior to your departure from the Las Vegas heliport, you will be served champagne. Then, you will experience breathtaking sights from inside an ECO-Star helicopter, the "limousine of the sky." Approx. duration: 3.5 hours; flight time is approximately 12-15 mins

Adult Price: US$124.00

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Day 7

Depart Las Vegas Day 7 - Depart Las Vegas

This morning, a transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or perhaps choose to extend your stay at the SLS Las Vegas.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • Scenic drive along Desert View Drive and Route 66

    • Visit Vail, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Moab, the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon National Park and Las Vegas


What's Included

Dining

    • 6 full breakfasts.

    • 2 dinners.


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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    Service rating : I already filled out a survey on the trip but I want to add two things. Our guide, Greg Martin was superb. He was quite knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. I liked the way the seats were rotated on the bus with our names on the seats. My only complaint and the reason I

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    Service rating : Very goodProduct : All fine. All would enjoy the stunning scenery which is also very varied .

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    Service rating : Our tour was run seamlessly by our Tour Director Tyson. We will definitely travel with Trafalgar in the future!Product : Our tour covered all the locations we were wanting to visit and included wonderful excursions along the way.

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    Great value. Well planned itinerary and the guide personal and well versed in the history and importance of the sites we visited. Despite the heat, we enjoyed ourselves and will certainly explore other trips with Trafalgar.

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