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America's Great Desert National Parks

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $3,245 per person
JAN 2022 - MAR 2023
Joshua Tree National Park, California

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United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Las Vegas (NV), Death Valley, Palm Springs, Yermo, Palm Desert, Yuma, Winterhaven, Tucson, Benson, Phoenix (AZ) ...more Las Vegas (NV), Death Valley, Palm Springs, Yermo, Palm Desert, Yuma, Winterhaven, Tucson, Benson, Phoenix (AZ)
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  1. Day 1 See The Neon Lights Of Las Vegas

    America's captivating desert landscapes take center stage on this epic journey which begins in the playground of Las Vegas. Relax after your journey or tame Lady Luck. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and then soar 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip on the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel, for sweeping 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Ballys Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
  2. Day 2 Trek Through Vibrant Red Rock Canyon

    Admire the towering red cliffs and sandstone peaks of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area this morning. Keep a keen eye out for its highest peak, La Madre Mountain, before continuing to Death Valley, on of the largest national parks in the USA. Aptly named for its unforgiving landscapes, Death Valley is a stunningly beautiful land of extremes. Join your travel companions for dinner with wine, before settling into your oasis hotel, located within the borders of the national park.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel The Ranch at Death Valley
  3. Day 3 Venture Into Vast Death Valley

    Immerse yourself in the solitude and desolation of Death Valley on a guided tour of the park's most famous sites including Zabriskie Point, and of course Badwater Basin and its massive salt flats - the lowest point below sea level in the western hemisphere. Today will be a photographer's dream so bring your cameras. Free time this afternoon to enjoy our desert oasis and relax at one of the most remarkable spring fed swimming pools in the world.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Voyage To Palm Springs

    Heading south today you leave Death Valley and travel along the Mojave National Preserve, visit the desert Ghost Town of Calico. Our destination tonight is gorgeous Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. Tonight, you'll have a Your Choice Dining experience at one of two local restaurants.

    meals Breakfast, Your Choice Dining
    hotel Palm Mountain Resort and Spa
  5. Day 5 Feel The Vibes Of Palm Springs

    Start your morning with a celebrity and lifestyle tour of Palm Springs shedding light on the city's unique mid-century architecture, featuring an amazing collection of custom homes. This afternoon, join a ride on the Palm Springs' Aerial Tramway and walk along the top of the mountain, with spectacular views of the valley. Then, don't miss VillageFest in downtown Palm Springs this evening. A festive pedestrian street fair is located just across the street from the hotel.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Adventure Awaits In Joshua Tree National Park

    See the peculiar outstretched boughs of the Joshua Tree when you explore the national park that bears the name of this unusual-looking desert plant. Learn how the Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems come together here and keep an eye out for the incredible variety of plants and animals that find sanctuary in its vast protected wilderness. You'll have some free time at the resort this afternoon to soothe body and mind at the Spa before an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Visit Colorful Salvation Mountain

    This morning, travel through the Salton Sea before journeying to Salvation Mountain, a hillside visionary environment created by local resident, Leonard Knight. His passion has lovingly created this brilliant "outsider art" masterpiece resplendent with flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Travel on through the shifting patterns of the stunning Imperial Sand Dunes. Connect With Locals at the Imperial Date Gardens in the Bard Valley, and you’ll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest dinner where Medjool dates are the star of the show, all washed down with date beer, of course. In the case of excessive heat the event may be moved into the city's historic cultural center.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Yuma
  8. Day 8 Revel In The Diversity Of The Sonoran Desert

    Spot the saguaros as you travel through the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Touted as the most biologically diverse of all North America’s deserts, the Sonoran Desert is also home to an array of significant archaeological and historic sites. Our next stop is Tucson, a culturally diverse town surrounded by mountains, which holds the distinction of being a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Dive Into Culture and indulge in desert flavours during an unforgettable guided Gastronomy Tasting Tour before enjoying the evening at leisure. After dinner you'll meet a professional astronomer who’ll guide you as you use a telescope to gaze up at the stars, feeling a sense of awe at the beauty and majesty of the cosmos.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
  9. Day 9 The Saguaros and Kartchner Caverns State Park

    Celebrate the symbol of America’s west. The giant saguaro is America’s largest species of cacti and you’ll learn how this national park strives to protect this majestic plant. We trade the desert for caverns during our visit to Kartchner Caverns State Park with its colossal and colourful cave formations. Tonight, savour a Farewell Dinner to end your tour.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Depart The Desert In Phoenix

    Our journey through desert landscapes is at its end as you take a transfer to Phoenix Airport, arriving at approximately 11:00 AM. Please be aware when booking your flights.

    meals Breakfast
America's Great Desert National Parks
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Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 1 Your Choice Dining
  • 9 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Las Vegas, Red Rock, Canyon National Conservation Area, Death Valley National Park, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Coachella Valley, Yuma, Tucson, Kartchner Caverns State Park, Saguaro National Park
  • Connect With Locals Visit the Imperial Date Gardens in the Bard Valley, where you'll enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with Medjool dates appearing as the star of the show, all washed down with a date beer.
  • Dive Into Culture Join a foodie tour and taste your way through Tucson.

Dates & Prices

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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Palm Springs

Available on Day 5

Private Windmill Farm Tour

Welcome to the first operating wind farm in Southern California. The Palm Springs Windmill Tours take you on a journey in which you will learn about wind energy, how wind turbines work and the history of the wind farm. Not only will you be able to get up close to real operating wind turbines up to 400 feet high, you will quickly become a wind energy hack. Your expert guide will easily be able to describe the inner workings of wind turbines and how it contributes to our energy grid. From the novice tour participant to engineers-types, everyone will be able to leave the tour with a better understanding of how this renewable energy is fast becoming part of our energy solution.
Adult Price: $59

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