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The Trailblazer

8 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

Visit glitzy Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, the rugged desert landscapes of Arizona and more on this trip.

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    • Check out our similar 'Canyon Country Showcase' trip. With fewer inclusions on our CostSaver itineraries, you decide what you want to experience. Visit www.costsaver.trafalgar.com
    • These departures will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Airport arrival will be at 1:30 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.
    • Note: For rafting on Day 5, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required
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    • 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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    15 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

    Iconic Rockies With Western Canada

    Departure date

    Las Vegas, USA

    Return date

    Las Vegas, USA

    Book by:

    i Flights available

    Early payment discount

    Was: PP

    Save: PP

    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

      Easy Quote View Trip Book Now Please call +27 011 280 8440

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • Check out our similar 'Canyon Country Showcase' trip. With fewer inclusions on our CostSaver itineraries, you decide what you want to experience. Visit www.costsaver.trafalgar.com
      • These departures will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
      • Airport arrival will be at 1:30 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.
      • Note: For rafting on Day 5, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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 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

      Colour outside the lines on this brush with the brilliant hues of some of America's most spectacular natural wonders, from the golden pink and yellow sunrise over the Grand Canyon to the red and lavender shades of the Painted Desert and Sedona's red rock cliffs and buttes.


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      Trip code: DTRA

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      10 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 3 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      What's Included

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        • Scenic drives in Sedona, Monument Valley, along Desert View Drive, Oak Creek Canyon, along a portion of Route 66

        • See glittering Lake Powell

        • Visit Grand Canyon, Bryce National Park, Zion National Park


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      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 3 dinners


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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

        • 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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      Arrive Las Vegas

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      Las Vegas – Grand Canyon National Park

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      Grand Canyon National Park – Sedona

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      Sedona – Monument Valley – Lake Powell (2 Nights)

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      Lake Powell

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      Lake Powell – Bryce Canyon National Park – Zion National Park (2 Nights)

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      Zion National Park

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      Zion National Park – Depart Las Vegas

      Day 1

      Arrive Las Vegas Day 1 - Arrive Las Vegas

      Welcome to Las Vegas. Check in to your hotel, then enjoy the afternoon to take in the sights and sounds of Las Vegas with a stroll down the Strip. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

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      Tropicana Las Vegas

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Tropicana Las Vegas

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Day 2

      Las Vegas – Grand Canyon National Park Day 2 - Las Vegas – Grand Canyon National Park

      Say goodbye to Sin City and depart for Grand Canyon National Park. Along the way, hit the "Mother Road" on historic Route 66. Watch the classic motels and restaurants of a simpler time roll by, framed by stunning desert landscapes. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meet with a Local Specialist who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon. You'll become a rock expert yourself as you examine the multi-coloured rocks from different eras of the canyon's formation. This evening, gather to watch the sunset and the fading light gilding the canyon and casting enchanting shadows.

      Hotel

      National Park Lodges

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      National Park Lodges

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 3

      Grand Canyon National Park – Sedona Day 3 - Grand Canyon National Park – Sedona

      Rise early to catch the first sunlight washing over the canyon. If you like, perhaps take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to view the canyon from the sky. Then, travel south through the fragrant pine groves of the Kaibab National Forest and down Oak Creek Canyon where you can admire the stunning red cliffs amid the pristine forests of ponderosa pines on your way to the artists' enclave of Sedona, a lovely town situated in the high desert of Arizona. Enjoy some free time or, if adventure is your thing, take part in an optional jeep experience into Red Rock Country. Relax during a leisurely dinner at your hotel this evening.

      Hotel

      Poco Diablo Resort

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Poco Diablo Resort

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 4

      Sedona – Monument Valley – Lake Powell (2 Nights) Day 4 - Sedona – Monument Valley – Lake Powell (2 Nights)

      Back on the road, head north and stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe sample some tasty fry bread. Traverse the badlands of the Painted Desert, the rugged landscape changing hour-by-hour as the sun illuminates the eroded stone of the desert floor. Continue on to striking Monument Valley where you'll hop aboard an open-air vehicle to explore the magnificent mesas and iconic rock formations. Even more spectacular vistas await as you arrive on the shores of glittering Lake Powell, one of America's most beautiful lakes. Enjoy dinner at your resort among the stunning scenery tonight.

      Hotel

      Lake Powell Resort and Marinas (Guaranteed Lake View Rooms)

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Lake Powell Resort and Marinas (Guaranteed Lake View Rooms)

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 5

      Lake Powell Day 5 - Lake Powell

      The day is yours. Rise early for an adventurous hike or relax in the sun on the shores of this 186 mile (300 kilometre) long lake, formed by the Glen Canyon Dam. Gather with some of your travelling companions for an optional raft experience down one of the prettiest sections of the Colorado River or a scenic cruise on the lake, visiting magnificent Antelope Canyon*. If you want, hit the water on a kayak on one of the lake's glittering bays.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 6

      Lake Powell – Bryce Canyon National Park – Zion National Park (2 Nights) Day 6 - Lake Powell – Bryce Canyon National Park – Zion National Park (2 Nights)

      Continue your journey into Bryce Canyon National Park, home to the world's largest concentration of hoodoos, those towering limestone spires that rise majestically from the desert floor. From the rim of the amphitheatre, gaze down upon thousands of pink, orange and yellow pinnacles, the result of millions of years of erosion. You may even spot one of the park's bristlecone pines, the world's longest-living trees.

      Hotel

      Holiday Inn Express Springdale

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Holiday Inn Express Springdale

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 7

      Zion National Park Day 7 - Zion National Park

      Join a Local Specialist and naturalist in Zion, for a guided walk and introduction to the flora and fauna of the area. You'll be amazed by the petrified sandstone formation of Checkerboard Mesa and the otherworldly Zion. The rest of the day is yours to immerse yourself in the surrounding beauty. Marvel at the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and awe-inspiring monoliths, all carved out over 200 million years from the orange sandstone. Stretch your legs during a stroll along the Virgin River from the Temple of Sinawava to the start of the Narrows slot canyon or hike up to the three Emerald Pools. Spot some of the more than 200 species of birds or join a park ranger to learn more about the inhabitants who live there on one of the many daily programs. This evening, share your adventures with your travelling companions at a festive Farewell Dinner.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Zion National Park – Depart Las Vegas Day 8 - Zion National Park – Depart Las Vegas

      Head west and travel along one of the windiest sections of interstate ever constructed as you wind your way through the Virgin River Gorge on your way to the flat expanses of the Mojave Desert and the neon lights of Las Vegas. A transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport and to the Tropicana Las Vegas if you'd like to extend your stay.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

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        • Scenic drives in Sedona, Monument Valley, along Desert View Drive, Oak Creek Canyon, along a portion of Route 66

        • See glittering Lake Powell

        • Visit Grand Canyon, Bryce National Park, Zion National Park


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 3 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

        • 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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        Service rating : This was a well planned tour as we have found all of the Trafalgar tours to be. Our tour director and local guides were very knowledgeable and informative. We saw everything we wanted to see and then some. The driver was very courteous and safety conscious and the bus was kept

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        Service rating : Some bad venues, e.g. Sedona. Tour guide was a bit on the overbearing side until confronted. I blame this on management as he came to our tour DIRECTLY from a 14 day tour. He was tired. I also had a past tour guide, Korie *personal information removed by Feefo*, who was a

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