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America's Great Desert National Parks

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Delve beneath the desert sands and see first-hand the abundant life that flourishes in its midst.

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America's Great Desert National Parks

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    • 2021 dates: Subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed in the 2021 brochure.
    • "Travel up to Keyes View in Joshua Tree National Park to see the actual San Andreas fault line. On a clear day, you can see to Mexico."Alex Forbes, Operations Manager
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, 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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      • 2021 dates: Subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed in the 2021 brochure.
      • "Travel up to Keyes View in Joshua Tree National Park to see the actual San Andreas fault line. On a clear day, you can see to Mexico."Alex Forbes, Operations Manager
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, 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. 

      About this trip

      Delve beneath the desert sands and see first-hand the abundant life that flourishes in its midst as you chart a course through some of America's harshest landscapes and soul-stirring sights.


      Trip type: Regional Explorer i

      Trip code: DGDN

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 9 breakfasts

      • 2 lunches

      • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • VISIT Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Death Valley National Park, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Coachella Valley, Yuma, Tucson, Kartchner Caverns State Park.

        • VIEW

        • SCENIC DRIVE


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 breakfasts

        • 2 lunches

        • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)


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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

        • Handcrafted Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All 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


      1. Arrive Las Vegas

      America's captivating desert landscapes take centre stage on this epic journey which begins in the playground of Las Vegas. Relax after your journey or tame Lady Luck. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and then soar 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip on the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel, for sweeping 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      Harrah's Las Vegas

      2. Red Rock Canyon – Death Valley National Park (2 Nights)

      Admire the towering red cliffs and sandstone peaks of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area this morning. Keep a keen eye out for its highest peak, La Madre Mountain, before continuing to Death Valley, the largest national park in the USA. Aptly named for its unforgiving landscapes, Death Valley is a stunningly beautiful land of extremes. Join your travel companions for dinner with wine, before settling into your oasis hotel, located within the borders of the national park.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      The Oasis at Death Valley

      3. Death Valley National Park Sightseeing

      Immerse yourself in the solitude and desolation of Death Valley on a guided tour of the park's most famous sites including Ubehebe Crater, Dante's View, Zabriskie Point, and of course Badwater Basin and its massive salt flats - the lowest point below sea level in the western hemisphere. Today will be a photographer's dream so bring your cameras. Free time this afternoon to enjoy our desert oasis and relax at one of the most remarkable spring fed swimming pools in the world.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      4. Death Valley – Palm Springs (3 Nights)

      Heading south today you leave Death Valley and enter into the Mojave National Preserve in the desert Ghost Town of Kelso. Our destination tonight is gorgeous Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. Tonight, you'll have a your choice dining experience at one of three local restaurants.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Your Choice Dining
      Hotel
      Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

      5. Palm Springs Free Time and Sightseeing

      Perhaps, find your prana this morning during a calming yoga practice at the resort or indulge in a little lie-in. Either way you'll be refreshed for your celebrity and lifestyle tour of Palm Springs shedding light on the city's unique mid-century architecture, featuring an amazing collection of custom homes. This afternoon, join a ride on the Palm Springs' Aerial Tramway and walk along the top of the mountain, with spectacular views of the valley. Then, don't miss VillageFest, in downtown Palm Springs this evening. A festive, pedestrian street fair, is located just across the street from the hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      6. Joshua Tree National Park – Free Time

      See the peculiar outstretched boughs of the Joshua Tree when you explore the national park that bears the name of this unusual-looking desert plant. Learn how the Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems come together here and keep an eye out for the incredible variety of plants and animals that find sanctuary in its vast protected wilderness. You'll have some free time at the resort this afternoon to soothe body and mind at the Spa before an evening at leisure.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      7. Palm Springs – Yuma

      This morning, visit Salvation Mountain, a hillside visionary environment created by local resident, Leonard Knight, whose passion has lovingly created this brilliant "outsider art" masterpiece resplendent with flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Travel on through the Coachella Valley and past the Salton Sea where you'll meet a park ranger, before heading through the shifting patterns of the stunning Imperial Sand Dunes. 'Connect With Locals' at the Imperial Date Gardens in the Bard Valley, and you'll enjoy an exclusive 'Be My Guest' dinner where Medjool dates are the star of the show, all washed down with date beer, of course.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Be My Guest
      Hotel
      Radisson

      8. Sonoran Desert National Monument – Tucson (2 Nights)

      Spot the saguaros as you travel through the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Touted as the most biologically diverse of all North America's deserts, the Sonoran Desert is also home to an array of significant archaeological and historic sites. Our next stop is Tucson, a culturally diverse town surrounded by mountains, which holds the distinction of being a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Indulge in desert flavours during an unforgettable guided Gastronomy Tasting Tour before enjoying the evening at leisure.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Lunch
      Hotel
      El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort

      9. Saguaro National Park and Kartchner Caverns State Park

      Celebrate the symbol of America's west. The giant saguaro is America's largest species of cacti and you'll learn how this national park strives to protect this majestic plant. We trade the desert for caverns during our visit to Kartchner Caverns State Park with its colossal and colourful cave formations. Tonight, savour a Farewell Dinner followed by an evening with the stars. Gaze up at the Arizona skies and embark on an exclusive tour of the universe with a professional astronomer and a telescope that's all yours for the night. 

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast
      Farewell Dinner

      10. Depart Tucson or Phoenix

      Our journey through desert landscapes is at its end as you take a transfer to Tucson Airport. A group transfer to Phoenix is also available.

      Meal(s)
      Breakfast

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-au/tours/americas-great-desert-national-parks?tripcode=dgdn for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        at the Imperial Date Gardens in the Bard Valley, where you'll enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with Medjool dates appearing as the star of the show, all washed down with date beer. (Day 7)

      • LOCAL SPECIALISTS
        at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. (Day 5)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • VISIT Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Death Valley National Park, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Coachella Valley, Yuma, Tucson, Kartchner Caverns State Park.

        • VIEW

        • SCENIC DRIVE


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 breakfasts

        • 2 lunches

        • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)


      AmericasGreatDesertNationalParks DiningHighlight Getty May2022 857422642

      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

        • Handcrafted Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All 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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