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America's Great Desert National Parks

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $3,117 per person
JAN - DEC 2023
Joshua Tree National Park, California

Countries Visited

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Locations Visited

Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Yuma, Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Saguaro National Park, Phoenix ...more Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Yuma, Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Saguaro National Park, Phoenix
  1. Day 1 See the Neon Lights of Las Vegas

    America’s captivating desert landscapes take centre 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 travellers 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 Horseshoe Las Vegas
  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, one 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
    hotel The Ranch at Death Valley
  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
    hotel Palm Mountain Resort and Spa
  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
    hotel Palm Mountain Resort and Spa
  7. Day 7 Around the Salton Sea to Yuma Connect with Locals

    This morning, travel around the Salton Sea before journeying to Yuma stopping at the stunning Imperial Sand Dunes before arriving at Yuma Territorial Prison. Rich in controversial history, the prison is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Later this evening head to Martha's Date Gardens and enjoy a tour of the farm and an exclusive Be My Guest dinner and Connect With Locals where Medjool dates are the star of the show. 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 & Suites Yuma
  8. Day 8 Revel in the Diversity of the Sonoran Desert Dive Into Culture

    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. Discover unique flavors and aromas during an exclusive lunch at a local restaurant that has been family-owned and operated since 1922. Here you'll find traditionally inspired foods typical of the state of Sonora, Mexico.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Lodge On The Desert
  9. Day 9 Saguaro National Park and Mission Garden Make Travel Matter

    This morning, join a Make Travel Matter® Experience with a visit to the birthplace of Tucson, Arizona known as Mission Garden. Archaeologists have documented 4,100 years of continuous cultivation here and we will learn about the multi-cultural, ethno-agricultural heritage plots, each representing one of the many ethnic groups that farmed the Tucson Basin over the last four millennia. After lunch, celebrate the symbol of America’s west at Saguaro National Park. The giant saguaro is America’s largest species of cacti, and you’ll learn how this national park strives to protect this majestic plant. Tonight, savour a Farewell Dinner to end your tour.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Lodge On The Desert
  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
Americas Great Desert National Parks Las Vegas Phoenix Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • 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

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 9 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Your Choice Dining (YC)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Palm Springs: Visit the Martha's Date Gardens in the Bard Valley. On arrival, guests will be treated to a date farm tour of Martha's Gardens Date Farm. The farm tour give guests a first-hand and in-depth look at what it takes to grow and harvest this delicious fruit. Our guests will receive not only an education on date farming, but a much better appreciation for the dedication and hard work it takes to get the dates from the farm to our customer's kitchen tables. Guests will then be hosted to a three-course date inspired dinner inside the headquarters of Martha’s Gardens Date Farm! Guests will be hosted by Chef Alex and Leslie McClendon from Visit Yuma. When possible, Nels and/or Martha will greet guests and welcome them to the date farm and provide the tour.

Iconic Experience

  • Las Vegas: Get a glimpse of Las Vegas from the sky as you hop on the High Roller, North America's tallest observation wheel standing 550 feet tall. The 30-minute ride offers breathtaking, 360-degree views of the glittering lights and neon of the Strip below.
  • Death Valley: You’ll truly feel the solitude and vastness of Death Valley today as you head out on a guided tour of the park’s most famous sites. You’ll discover the unique geological features of Death Valley, a land of sand dunes and volcanic craters, intriguing weather-patterns, and the highest-recorded temperatures in the United States.
  • Yuma: Visit The Yuma Territorial Prison, a living museum of the Old West with structures over a century old, you will be transported to the past. Now one of the territory’s most recognizable historic landmarks.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Visit Las Vegas, Red Rock, Canyon National Conservation Area, Death Valley National Park, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Coachella Valley, Yuma, Tucson, Saguaro National Park

Whats Included

  • : 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

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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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 4

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, but you will also 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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