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Colourful Trails of the Southwest

9 Days 1 Country 8 Cities

Immerse yourself in native American culture on this trip, taking in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona.

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9 Days, 1 Country, 8 Cities

Colourful Trails of the Southwest

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Phoenix (AZ), USA

Ends

Albuquerque, USA

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About this trip

Quaint western towns, like Santa Fe and Durango, meet the famous natural icons of the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde and Arches National Parks on this trail into the Southwest's colourful landscapes.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… staying between rapids and rugged cliffs at the aptly named Red Cliffs Lodge, settled in the late 1800s and has been a working ranch ever since - raising cattle and horses to this day. Spend time at the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage at Red Cliffs Lodge. While cattle raising has been a major part of the ranch history, many films have been shot at the ranch, and the museum houses memorable displays and photos of the colorful cowboy life from the early films.


Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: DCTS

8 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 8 full breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • Scenic drives through Sedona, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and along Oak Creek Canyon

    • Visit Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Arches National Park, Moab, the quaint Colorado towns of Silverton and Durango, Taos and Santa Fe


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 full breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


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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


Colourful Trails of the Southwest

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

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Day 2

Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

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Day 3

Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Bluff

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Day 4

Bluff – Mesa Verde National Park – Moab (2 Nights)

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Day 5

Arches National Park Excursion and Moab Free Time

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Day 6

Moab – Ouray – Silverton – Durango

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Day 7

Durango – Taos – Santa Fe (2 Nights)

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Day 8

Santa Fe Sightseeing and Free Time

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Day 9

Santa Fe – Depart Albuquerque

Day 1

Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale Day 1 - Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

Welcome to the Valley of the Sun. Check into your hotel, get acquainted and spend some time relaxing. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park Day 2 - Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Leaving behind the Saguaro cacti of the Sonoran desert, ascend into the stunning red rock formations announcing your entrance to the artists' enclave of Sedona. If you like, trade your motorcoach for a rough-and-ready jeep on an optional adventure into Red Rock Country. Get a taste of the old cowboy days where you encounter stunning landscapes. Travel onward and be sure to have your camera ready as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. At the Grand Canyon, meet a Local Specialist who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon.

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

Easy On The Asphalt

This alternative is good for those who do not wish to go off-road, as you will still ride aboard open-air Jeeps, but only on surfaced public roads. This informative and relaxing excursion will give you a good snapshot of Sedona with great photo opportunities from some of the most magnificent overlooks, including Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona and the Chapel of the Holy Cross perched high above Sedona. Gratuity included. Approx. duration: 1 hour

Adult Price: US$53.00

Old Bear Wallow

An exclusive experience as our jeep tour operator is the only company permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to take you on this historic trail - climb this early stagecoach route along Schnebly Hill Road through Bear Wallow Canyon, just below the Mogollon Rim to enjoy stunning views of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon 2000ft below. Step onto Munds Wagon or Huckaby Trail and hear stories of Sedona's early pioneer days. Approx. duration: 60 minutes

Adult Price: US$53.00

Day 2

Day 3

Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Bluff Day 3 - Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Bluff

Rise early for an optional flightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon or spend more time in the National Park. 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 the magnificent landscape of towering sandstone buttes and lovely desert vistas in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. Later, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Regional Meal dinner in Monument Valley.

Hotel

Desert Rose Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Desert Rose Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

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

Day 3

Day 4

Bluff – Mesa Verde National Park – Moab (2 Nights) Day 4 - Bluff – Mesa Verde National Park – Moab (2 Nights)

Travel east this morning through a mesmerising desert landscape before arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park at the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Between 600 and 1300 A.D., the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone along the canyon walls. Tour some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world. End your day's journey in the outdoor mecca of Moab. Your hotel for the next two nights is a scenic ranch. Tonight is yours-perhaps opt for taking in the sunset over the red cliffs or a Western barbecue dinner at your ranch-style lodge. If you're in the mood for more excitement, try an optional jet boat ride along the mighty Colorado that includes dinner.

Hotel

Red Cliffs Lodge Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Red Cliffs Lodge Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Arches National Park Excursion and Moab Free Time Day 5 - Arches National Park Excursion and Moab Free Time

In magnificent Arches National Park, 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 morning light play upon the ancient, multi-coloured stone. Explore the shops and outfitters in Moab as you enjoy an afternoon on your own. This evening, venture along the Colorado River for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner at a sand beach along the water. The fading sunlight is framed by towering red sandstone cliffs over your head.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 5

Day 6

Moab – Ouray – Silverton – Durango Day 6 - Moab – Ouray – Silverton – Durango

Depart America's outdoor recreation capital for the "Switzerland of America." Friendly Ouray boasts classic Victorian architecture, awe-inspiring views and a homey, small-town vibe. Then it's time to take to the highway-the Million-Dollar Highway, that is-with its priceless views of snowcapped peaks and shimmering alpine lakes. Stake your claim in Silverton, a former silver mining camp that now occupies a spot on the National Registry of Historic Landmark Districts. Stroll the pleasant streets, seeing well-preserved Victorian homes, the pretty city hall and the Grand Imperial Hotel. If you like, take an optional ride from Silverton to Durango on the Narrow Gauge Railroad, which operates coal-fired steam engines through the San Juan National Forest. Later on, check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Hotel

The Strater Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

The Strater Authentic Accommodation

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

Durango And Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

This historic train constructed in 1882 has been in continuous operation for 131 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Approx. duration: 3.5 hours.

Adult Price: US$96.00

Day 6

Day 7

Durango – Taos – Santa Fe (2 Nights) Day 7 - Durango – Taos – Santa Fe (2 Nights)

Today, head south toward the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taos Pueblo, an ancient site that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years by members of the Native American Pueblo people. Learn about the traditional lifestyle and beliefs of the Pueblo Indians and visit the striking adobe chapel of San Geronimo. Continue travelling along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the foothills of the Rockies, to the colourful artists' mecca of Santa Fe. Check in to your hotel for the next two nights. Your evening is free to visit some of the many galleries, sample some renowned Southwest cuisine or just admire the adobe architecture on the vibrant plaza.

Hotel

Inn and Spa at Loretto Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Inn and Spa at Loretto Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Santa Fe Sightseeing and Free Time Day 8 - Santa Fe Sightseeing and Free Time

Embark on a private trolley tour with your Local Specialist to see the sights of Santa Fe and soak up the atmosphere of one of the West's most interesting towns - unparalleled in richness of history, heritage, arts and culture. Hear the story about the two mysteries surrounding the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel as you see them for yourself. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore old downtown, including the Eldorado Hotel and St. Francis Cathedral. Perhaps do some shopping at a local gallery, follow in the footsteps of Kit Carson on a walking tour or pamper yourself in one of Santa Fe's elegant spas. This evening, gather with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a festive Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

Santa Fe – Depart Albuquerque Day 9 - Santa Fe – Depart Albuquerque

After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to your fellow travellers. Extend your stay in Albuquerque or take a transfer to Albuquerque International Airport.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 9

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah, USA An Authentic Accommodation, this ranch includes both a lodge and a museum which documents the history of the property. In the late 1940s, the legendary director John Ford discovered the rugged beauty of Moab's Canyonlands and filmed the first of many movies here.
    Strater Hotel, Durango, Colorado, USA Opened in the late 1800s, this Authentic Accommodation became a popular winter retreat for Durango townsfolk who would close their homes for the winter and move in. Many noted personages called the Strater home, including renowned Western author Louis L'Amour.
    Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
    A fixture in the Santa Fe community, this Authentic Accommodation shares its grounds with the famed Loretto Chapel and has an ideal location only one block from Santa Fe's historic Plaza. The property embodies the culture of the region with its adobe-style architecture and reflects the true spirit and history of the city of Santa Fe.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy an exclusive dinner at a sand beach along the Colorado River.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    At the Grand Canyon and in Santa Fe for included sightseeing.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • Scenic drives through Sedona, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and along Oak Creek Canyon

    • Visit Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Arches National Park, Moab, the quaint Colorado towns of Silverton and Durango, Taos and Santa Fe


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 full breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


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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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The Trafalgar Experience

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 45 Reviews

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    Service:

    We were not given consistent advanced notice of time to next bathroom stop -- even though requested. When one traveler needed medical attention the whole busload of travelers spent hours waiting rather than the tour proceeding and the individual traveler needing care catching up to the tour

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    Service rating : the trip went very smooth The tour director Dave was so caring and full of knowledge and passed on so much information to us Our accommodations most were situated where we could get out on or own. they were so clean the rooms spacious and the personnel in all were so

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Tour guide and coach driver both excellentAccommodation what I expected and better and with character eg Red Cliffs RanchFood fresh and goodEnough time to see places and spare time

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Our tour director really deserves five stars, but some mistakes were made by Trafalgar (or others) that the tour director had to correct. Our hotel reservations (for fifty people!) for our Grand Canyon stay were accidentally cancelled, and other people with reservations had to be displaced in

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    Tour guide Dave Keigan was awesome and the tripextremely enjoyable!Highly recommend.

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