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America's Great Desert National Parks

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,894 per person
Joshua Tree National Park, California

Countries Visited

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)
  1. Day 1 Arrive 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 Harrah's Las Vegas
  2. Day 2 Red Rock Canyon – Death Valley National Park (2 Nights)

    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 Death Valley National Park Sightseeing

    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 Death Valley – Palm Springs (3 Nights)

    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 three local restaurants.

    meals Breakfast, Your Choice Dining
    hotel Palm Mountain Resort & Spa
  5. Day 5 Palm Springs Free Time and Sightseeing

    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 Joshua Tree National Park – Free Time

    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 Palm Springs – Yuma

    This morning, visit Salvation Mountain, a hillside visionary environment created by local resident, Leonard Knight, whose 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 Coachella Valley and past the Salton Sea, before heading 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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn Yuma Pivot Point
  8. Day 8 Sonoran Desert National Monument – Tucson (2 Nights)

    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. Indulge in desert flavours during an unforgettable guided Gastronomy Tasting Tour before enjoying the evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort
  9. Day 9 Saguaro National Park 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 followed by an evening with the stars. Gaze up at the Arizona skies and embark on an exclusive tour of the universe with a professional astronomer and a telescope that's all yours for the night.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Depart 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 End Phoenix
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunches
  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class 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
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • 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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • SCENIC DRIVE
  • VIEW
  • 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.

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