Pioneer Adventures of the Old West

8 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

This exciting family holiday reveals the land of cowboys, Native Americans and the Grand Canyon.

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About this trip

Heading through the Old West, this family holiday reveals the excitement of the land of cowboys, Native Americans and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… relaxing at 'The Garage', as it is known: a renovated 1953 Texaco gas station of 3,000 square ft., with four distinct areas to spend time and enjoy the wine, beer and food on offer. Inside The Garage, admire a fully restored Triple Black 1967 Pontiac GTO, the owner's pride and joy.


Trip type: Family Experience

Trip code: DCPA

7 Nights

accommodation

10 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.  

  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Scenic drives through Oak Creek Canyon and Desert View Drive in Arizona

    • Iconic train journey aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway

    • Visit Sedona, Montezuma Castle, Grand Canyon National Park, Historic Cameron Trading Post, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.
       

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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


Pioneer Adventures of the Old West

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

Day 2

Scottsdale – Sedona – Williams

Day 3

Williams – Grand Canyon Railway – Grand Canyon National Park

Day 4

Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Lake Powell (2 Nights)

Day 5

Lake Powell Free Time

Day 6

Lake Powell – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (2 Nights)

Day 7

Bryce Canyon National Park Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 8

Bryce National Park – Depart Las Vegas

Day 1

Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale Day 1 - Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

Howdy partners. Check into your hotel and spend the afternoon getting to know this desert oasis. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel's pool before gussying up for the 6 p.m. Kick-off Party where you meet your Travel Director and spend some time jawin' with your travelling buddies.

Hotel

Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town

Meals

  • Kick-Off Party

Hotel

Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town

Meals

  • Kick-Off Party

Day 1

Day 2

Scottsdale – Sedona – Williams Day 2 - Scottsdale – Sedona – Williams

A drive through the Sonoran Desert brings you to Montezuma Castle National Monument, one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Take a minute to ponder the Sinagua Indians' life here in the desert before heading to Sedona in spectacular Red Rock Country. Today your choice sightseeing allows you to join in on an adventure with an included jeep ride to get a front row view of the area's famous red rocks or join a Red Rock Magic Trolley tour that will show you the sites and tell you the local stories. After a stunning drive through Oak Creek Canyon, arrive in the historic railroad town of Williams. This evening, join your fellow cowboys and cowgirls for a Be My Guest dinner where the adults can sample a delicious variety of Arizona wine or craft beer with their meal. The kids won't be left out of the fun as they enjoy a pizza bar and games galore.

Hotel

Grand Canyon Railway

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Grand Canyon Railway

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 2

Day 3

Williams – Grand Canyon Railway – Grand Canyon National Park Day 3 - Williams – Grand Canyon Railway – Grand Canyon National Park

This morning, watch out for the infamous Cataract Creek Gang, as lowly a group of varmints that ever rode the range. Then, climb aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway; pass through majestic Ponderosa Pines, the high desert and the Kaibab National Forest while hearing tall tales and folklore about the area. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, as it's not uncommon to spot elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope sauntering through this wild, woolly region. Nothing can prepare you for the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With a Local Specialist learn how the Grand Canyon was created and examine rock samples from the colourful sedimentary layers formed as the sea washed in again and again. Join your Travel Director for an unforgettable walk along the rim.

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

National Park Lodges

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft

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. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and USD 6 local fees).

Adult Price: US$209.00

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft. Peak Time. Apr 1 - Oct 15

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. Included PRIMETIME Supplement applies from Apr 1-Oct 15 Flight duration: 25-30 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and USD 6 local fees).

Adult Price: US$229.00

Imperial - 45-50 Min. Ecostar Helicopter Flight PGG-2E

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. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

Adult Price: US$309.00

Imperial- 45-50 Min. Ecostar Helicopter Flight. Prime Time. Apr 1 - Oct 15 PGGE-2E

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. Approx. total tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and USD 6 local fees, and PRIMETIME Supplement for Apr 1-Oct 15th flights).

Adult Price: US$329.00

South Rim Airplane Tour - 45-50 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

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. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and USD 6 local fees).

Adult Price: US$159.00

South Rim Airplane Tour - 45-50 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight Primetime Apr 1-Oct 15

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. Included PRIMETIME Supplement applies from Apr 1-Oct 15 Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and USD 6 local fees).

Adult Price: US$179.00

Day 3

Day 4

Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Lake Powell (2 Nights) Day 4 - Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Lake Powell (2 Nights)

Ferde Grofe was so stunned by the spectacular beauty of the sunrise over the Grand Canyon that he composed his Grand Canyon Suite in 1931. But all you have to do is watch and maybe whistle in amazement as the skies glow and brighten with the coming day. Drive along Desert View Drive, featuring jaw-dropping views of the Grand Canyon, before entering Navajo Country. Here you can poke around the historic Cameron Trading Post and hunt for a great piece of Southwest Native American art. See why Monument Valley is a favourite location for movie directors. As you're bouncing along the valley floor in an open-air vehicle, you can just imagine John Wayne leading the U.S. Cavalry on a ride along the magnificent mesas. Wrap up your exciting day at a lakeside resort tucked into the red rock at amazing Lake Powell. Kick off your boots and have some fun at a poolside pizza dinner.

Hotel

Lake Powell Resort and Marinas (Lake View Rooms)

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Lake Powell Resort and Marinas (Lake View Rooms)

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Lake Powell Free Time Day 5 - Lake Powell Free Time

Enjoy a free day to roam the range. Optional activities include a fun float down the Colorado River or a cruise on spectacular Lake Powell to Antelope Canyon with views of Glen Canyon Dam. Or maybe dive in to some of the many aquatic activities at Lake Powell Marina-the choice is yours.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Float Trip Down The Colorado River

Today’s journey, a smooth water float trip will encompass 15 spectacular miles of Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and historic Lees Ferry, gateway to the Grand Canyon. Begin with an exciting ride down the two-mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. With the dam soaring 583 feet above you, you will board a motorized pontoon raft for your journey downstream, where you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river found in the western United States. Your experienced guide will tell the area’s story of soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, native cultures, Major John Wesley Powell’s exploration, and the river’s modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system. You’ll also stop to view ancient petroglyphs left by Ancestral Puebloan peoples. (Includes $6 National Park Fee). Approx. tour length: 3.5 hours (Minimum: 6 passengers).

Adult Price: US$115.00

Antelope Canyon Cruise

With a shoreline longer than the entire west coast of the United States, Lake Powell is the second largest man-made lake in the country and one of the top destinationsfor sightseeing cruises. Be sure to bring your camera on this scenic 90-minute cruise through the lower portion of Antelope Canyon. View the sandy beaches, sapphire blue water and incredible red rock scenery. Learn about the famous slot canyons, sculpted cracks in the sandstone that are often less than 10 feet wide but can be several hundred feet deep. A photo stop will also be made at the crest of the Glen Canyon Dam, more than 600 feet above the Colorado River. Tour length: 1.5 hours. (Minimum: 20 passengers).

Adult Price: US$48.00

Day 5

Day 6

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

You'll be awestruck by the towering cliffs and massive canyon walls of Zion Canyon. Riding the park's shuttle, marvel at how the Virgin River cut through the sandstone to create one of Mother Nature's most stupendous wonders. If you enjoy hiking, there's an easy trek to the Emerald Pools, where splendid views and waterfalls will make the family happier than a crowd of cowpokes at chow time. Leaving Zion, drive along the Mount Carmel Highway and watch out for more spectacular formations like the Great Arch of Zion and the distinctive Checkerboard Mesa. Arrive at magical Bryce Canyon for the last two nights of your Western adventure.

Hotel

BW Plus Ruby's Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

BW Plus Ruby's Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

Bryce Canyon National Park Sightseeing and Free Time Day 7 - Bryce Canyon National Park Sightseeing and Free Time

Exploring Bryce Canyon is like entering a weird and eerie world, with sandstone spires called hoodoos creating a landscape that is a playground for the imagination. Explore the rim of a great amphitheatre, stopping at various lookouts to snap pictures of fairytale castles, cathedrals, meandering trails and secret hideaways, all carved out of stone by Mother Nature. This afternoon you're free to blaze your own trail. Later, put on your cowboy boots and Stetsons for a Western Farewell Dinner filled with good food and good fun.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 7

Day 8

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

Travelling down through the scenic Virgin River Gorge, make your way into southern Nevada to fabulous Las Vegas, where your adventures in the Old West come to an end. A transfer takes you to Las Vegas International Airport, or if you're extending your stay, to the Tropicana Las Vegas.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Scenic drives through Oak Creek Canyon and Desert View Drive in Arizona

    • Iconic train journey aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway

    • Visit Sedona, Montezuma Castle, Grand Canyon National Park, Historic Cameron Trading Post, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.
       

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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 : It was the complete package--great itinerary, hotels, activities, pacing and most of all Tiffany Z. was a fantastic tour guide who made a great program into a fabulous memorable travel experience!!Product : A Power greater than us created the scenery (Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion,

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    Service rating : This was my second vacation with Trafalgar and it was as good as the first in 2005. The first trip was with my father to Ireland and Scotland and I worried that my USA trip may not be as good. I am glad to say it was as terrific as the first! This trip was with my friend of

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    Service rating : Our Guide Tiffany was fabulous, funny , personable and took great detail in making sure our every need was met. Joel are driver was amazing driving and serving our every need.Product : We covered so much territory in such little time, so some days felt really rushed and fast

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    Service rating : No real problems but several of the lodging places were not the bestProduct : Would like to have more choices on side trips

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    Service rating : We chose this tour as it was a family experience tour and we wanted something we could take our 2 children on. We had an awesome time. The tour director and coach driver were fantastic. They were both knowledgeable and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble. They were

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