Pioneer Adventures of the Old West - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

8 days

from $1845 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"Service is above excellent"
Lynette , Jul 2014

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

It’s Insider moments like… listening to tall tales of the Wild West on your historic rail journey to the Grand Canyon. Touching the layered rocks as our expert geologist explains how this natural wonder was formed over the course of 1.7 billion years, then discovering the West of the movies as you cruise through incredible Monument Valley during a four wheel drive exploration. Venturing into the ancient Montezuma Castle cliff dwellings, you imagine the life of the Sinagua Indians, and trace the steps of real life cowboys at the old Van Deren Cabin.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    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.


    Kick-Off Party


    Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town

  • 2.


    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. Join in on an adventure with an included jeep ride to get a front row view of the area's famous red rocks. After a stunning drive through Oak Creek Canyon, arrive in the historic railroad town of Williams—right on old Route 66 and gateway to the Grand Canyon. 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 either as they enjoy a pizza bar and games galore!


    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dinner


    Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

  • 3.


    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 eye out for wildlife—it's not uncommon to spot elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope sauntering through this wild and woolly region. Nothing on earth can prepare you for the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, more than 1.7 billion years in the making! With a Local Expert, learn how the Grand Canyon was formed 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.


    Full Breakfast


    National Park Lodges

  • 4.


    Ferd Grofe was so stunned by the spectacular beauty of the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, 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. Visit the Code Talkers Exhibit in Kayenta. Learn how the Navajos were one of America's greatest secret weapons in World War II and why GIs were ordered to protect the Wind Talkers with their lives. 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!


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Lake Powell Resort & Marinas (Guaranteed Lake View Rooms)

  • 5.


    Enjoy a free day to roam the range. Optional activities include a fun float down the Colorado River, a cruise on spectacular Lake Powell to Antelope Canyon with views of Glen Canyon Dam. Or maybe dive into some of the many aquatic activities at Lake Powell Marina—the choice is yours! This afternoon, enjoy a super cool slide show presentation by a Local Expert all about striking geology and survival strategies of the desert wildlife of the Canyonlands.


    Full Breakfast

  • 6.


    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. 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 Wild West adventure.


    Full Breakfast


    BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

  • 7.


    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 look-outs 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.


    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 8.


    Travelling down through the scenic Virgin River Gorge, make your way into southern Nevada and to fabulous Las Vegas, where your adventures in the great West come to an end. A complimentary transfer takes you to Las Vegas International Airport, or if you're extending your stay, to the Paris Las Vegas. Please do not schedule flights before 6:30 p.m.


    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy dinner with a wine and beer tasting and pizza and games for the whole family.
  • Local Expert

    Learn about the formation of the Grand Canyon with a specialist.
    Enjoy a slide show presentation about the striking geology and survival strategies of desert wildlife with a naturalist in Lake Powell.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bryce Canyon National Park

    Discover this whimsical landscape; enjoy a Wild West evening, complete with a cowboy dinner and rodeo entertainment.
  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Stay inside the park for one night and marvel at the sights from the South Rim.
  • Grand Canyon Railway

    Travel to the Grand Canyon on the historic Grand Canyon Railway.
  • Historic Cameron Trading Post

    Browse for Native American arts and crafts.
  • Lake Powell

    Enjoy views of the lake and the impressive rock formations along with the amenities at your lakeside resort.
  • Montezuma Castle

    Visit the site of an ancient Sinagua Indian cliff-dwelling.
  • Monument Valley

    Join an informative guided excursion in open-air vehicles through this spectacular region.
  • Sedona

    Explore Dry Creek Basin on an exciting jeep adventure.
  • Zion National Park

    Explore the towering canyon walls and massive rock formations aboard the park shuttle.


  • 4 evening meals:

    Including Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Scottsdale, 1 buffet dinner, a  poolside pizza dinner at Lake Powell and a Farewell Dinner with drinks in Bryce.

  • 7 full breakfasts

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • 7 nights First Class Accommodation
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • 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.

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).

Lake Powell

  • Float Trip Down the Colorado River

    Adult Price: $115.00 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'll 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) Duration: 4 hours. (Minimum: 6 guests).

Lake Powell/Page

  • Antelope Canyon Cruise

    Adult Price: $47.00 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. Duration: 2.5 hours. (Minimum: 20 guests).
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