Best of the Canyonlands - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

7 days

from US$1575 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Trafalgar thought of everything"
Norman , Jul 2014

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

It's Insider moments like... becoming an expert in the Grand Canyon's history and nature as a geologist reveals the eras behind the multi-layered rainbow-coloured rocks. Once the unfathomable vastness and beauty of this natural wonder has been absorbed, your rim-side walk gives you more than most visitors get to experience. You learn about the towering canyon walls by exploring with our expert, who can answer your questions on anything from the people who've lived here to the mighty Colorado River below.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    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.


    Welcome Reception


    Sheraton Denver Downtown

  • 2.


    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. Discover magnificent Arches National Park where the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches. 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 tasty dinner included.


    Full Breakfast


    BW Plus Canyonlands Inn

  • 3.


    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. This evening, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Regional Meal on the floor of Monument Valley before returning to your hotel.


    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal


    Goulding's Lodge

  • 4.


    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 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.


    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner


    National Park Lodges

  • 5.


    Rise early to catch the first rays of light as they illuminate the canyon. If you like, take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to see the canyon from the sky. 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.


    Full Breakfast


    Tropicana Las Vegas

  • 6.


    Today is yours for sightseeing in this entertainment capital. Visit one of the world's most recognisable sites and one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders with an optional tour of the Hoover Dam. The evening is at leisure for you to take in a show, dine at one of the city's delectable restaurants, or simply explore the famous Las Vegas Strip.


    Full Breakfast

  • 7.


    After breakfast, say goodbye to your fellow travel companions. A transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or perhaps choose to extend your stay.


    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Expert

    Learn about the formation of the Grand Canyon with a specialist.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Scenic drive along Desert View Drive.
  • Visit the Mile High city of Denver, Vail, Arches National Park, the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon National Park.


  • 2 dinners

    (including Regional Meal and Farewell Dinner).
  • 6 full breakfasts.

  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 6 nights First Class accommodation
  • 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Scenic Jetboat Ride on the Colorado River with Dinner

    Adult Price: $85.00 Begin the evening with a delicious barbecue dinner with views of Moab’s red rocks and the Colorado River. Then, 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 will experience calm water sections down river from Moab, with remote canyons and exquisite beauty. View spectacular red rock cliffs, Indian ruins, arches and ancient petro glyphs – a photographer’s and nature lover’s delight! Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 10 guests).

Grand Canyon

  • North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight

    Adult Price: $229.00 Experience the magnitude of the Grand Canyon and its splendor of ever-changing color in a perspective incomparable to any other method of seeing this “Wonder of the World.” 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. Total Duration: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).
  • Imperial Ecostar Helicopter Flight

    Adult Price: $319.00 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. Total Duration: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).
  • South Rim Airplane Tour - Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

    Adult Price: $199.00 The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. 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. Total Duration: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

Las Vegas

  • Rat Pack is Back Dinner Show

    Adult Price: $129.00 Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – The Rat Pack is indeed back and alive and kicking in Sin City! Enjoy a buffet dinner before the show, a throwback to the Golden Era of Las Vegas showrooms when booths were the norm and doormen walked you to your table. The Los Angeles Times might have said it best when they claimed, “Some would swear they’ve stepped into a time machine!” Neither the original gang, nor the Sands Hotel, is still around – but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive some of the most memorable times in Las Vegas history. Duration: 4 hours.
  • Michael Jackson Live Dinner Show

    Adult Price: $120.00 Featuring all his biggest hits including Bad, Billie Jean, Beat It, Dangerous, Smooth Criminal, Black & White, I Want You Back and many others. Relive the energy, excitement, spectacle and pure joy of this legendary superstar and his music. Witness the awesome sound, lighting and effects. Feel the energy from the mega talented MJ LIVE dancers. Sing along to some of the greatest hits of all time. Price includes dinner. Duration: 4 hours

Las Vegas

  • Indian Country Adventure with Skywalk

    Adult Price: $364.00 Enjoy breathtaking bird’s eye views of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Grand Was flightseeing airplane with oversized viewing windows allowing the best photo and video opportunities. Visit the Indian Village, an exhibition of Native American dwelling buildings and techniques, and walk the Grand Canyon Skywalk, an incredible glass-bottomed cantilever observation deck that spans 70 feet over the canyon’s rim that allows you to look straight down over 4,000 feet to the bottom of the canyon. The tour includes a light meal before your return flight. Tour length: 6.5 hours.
  • Vegas Night Helicopter Flight

    Adult Price: $124.00 Join this exciting night on the town in the ‘City That Never Sleeps!’ You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the other. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises! Then, 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 (Duration: 3.5 hours; flight time approximately 12-15 mins).
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