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Canyon Country Showcase

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12 Days from $1,800 per person

Countries Visited

USA ...more USA

Locations Visited

Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Page, Monument Valley, Bluff (UT), Mesa Verde National Park, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park ...more Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Page, Monument Valley, Bluff (UT), Mesa Verde National Park, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park
  1. Day 1 Arrive Las Vegas

    An entertainment oasis surrounded by dry desert with a reputation almost as big as the fortune's many have made (and lost) here, Sin City is a place unlike any other. The entertainment capital of the world, Vegas is famed for its glittering casinos, all you can eat buffets and shot gun weddings ordained by none other than Elvis himself, so you really are starting as you mean to go on by kicking off your trip here! After settling in to your hotel and meeting up with your Travel Director this afternoon, the bright lights and bizarre antics of Vegas will undoubtedly lure you in. Take a walk down the Strip, where the city's finest hotels and grandest casinos can be found, or head over to the Downtown area to explore the artsy Freemont East district.

    hotel Rio All-Suites Hotel
  2. Day 2 Las Vegas – Flagstaff (2 Nights)

    We hope you're hungry as breakfast this morning is as Vegas as they come; a French themed buffet at Le Village Paris. Cooking up culinary delights from 5 different French provinces, the live action stations and multiple buffet areas will ensure you don't go hungry. Leaving Vegas with full bellies and a little lighter in the pocket, we then have one question for you - are you ready to get your kicks on Route 66? If the answer's yes, today's the day to do it. Heading east, you'll take your place in road tripping history as you cruise down America's most iconic road, stopping off at Seligman and Kingman on the way for a taste of all things Americana, complete with classic motels, kitsch petrol pumps and steaming slices of apple pie. Finally, you'll finish today in friendly Flagstaff.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Flagstaff East
  3. Day 3 Grand Canyon Excursion

    Nothing can quite prepare you for your first glimpse of the Grand Canyon. One of the world's 7 natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site, it's estimated to be around 2 billion years old, with a layer of rock at the bottom of the canyon said to be some of the oldest exposed rock on the planet. Take your time exploring the incredible geology of the land, or to make your visit extra special why not treat yourself to an Optional Experience that could see you flying in a helicopter or aircraft over the North and South rims. Feeling distinctly in awe you'll then visit the Grand Canyon Village, which boasts some impressive national historic landmarks and historical buildings.

  4. Day 4 Flagstaff– Lake Powell – Page

    This morning before you depart your Flagstaff hotel, enjoy an Iconic Breakfast at Charly's Pub & Grill. You will then make a stop at Wupatki National Monument, a landscape dotted with over 2700 pueblo ruins built by the ancestors of the Hopi, Zuni and Navajo people. Driving on through the Painted Desert, named for its rainbow of colourful sedimentary layers stretching some 260 miles into the horizon, you'll then arrive at sparkling Lake Powell. America's second largest man made reservoir and something of a mirage in an otherwise landlocked desert, you'll have the chance to board a cruise that will open up the fascinating geography of the area. Travelling through canyons and spotting towering Navajo sandstone formations that boggle the mind, this is an optional not to be missed. Tonight, you'll spend the evening in Page.

    meals Iconic Breakfast
    hotel Wingate by Wyndham Page
  5. Day 5 Page – Horseshoe Bend – Monument Valley – Kayenta

    Giving the term 'iconic' a whole new meaning, Horseshoe Bend is up first on today's roll call of phenomenal sites. Carving a perfect horseshoe shape through the 1000 feet sandstone cliffs, test your nerve as you peak over the edge before heading on to explore Monument Valley in an open air-vehicle. Immortalised as the setting for countless movies and TV shows, Monument Valley is an emblem of the wild west, its rusty red spindles and grand buttes thrusting 1200 feet skyward from the barren valley below. Named the 'Valley Between the Rocks' by the Navajo people who arrived here centuries ago, you'll likely feel very small and insignificant here as you learn about the geology and history of the area.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
  6. Day 6 Kayenta – Four Corners – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango

    Stand in the exact spot where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet at Four Corners, your first stop today, before heading on to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Mesa Verde National Park. Home to the Pueblo people for over 700 years, Mesa Verde protects nearly 5000 archeological sites including 600 cliff dwellings, and offers a fascinating insight into Native American history. Not done with historical insight just yet, you'll then finish today in the old Colorado mining town of Durango, which boasts tasteful hotels, lovely tree lined streets and Victorian-era saloons reminiscent of the town's wild west history.

    hotel Durango Downtown Inn
  7. Day 7 Durango – Silverton – Moab (2 Nights)

    Before you depart Durango, railway fans can opt to board a traditional coal-fired locomotive to explore the remote wilderness in style. Afterwards, it will be all eyes to the horizon today as you make the spectacular drive through the San Juan Mountains, passing wildflower meadows and majestic peaks as you soak in some of the most glorious nature in all of the United States. Stopping first in Silverton, make a beeline for Empire, formerly known as Blair Street, which was once notorious for brothels and boozy establishments during the silver rush period. Journeying on, you'll pass through Ouray (pronounced you-ray), a little town sandwiched between towering peaks, before arriving into Moab, Utah's adventure capital. Surrounded by rugged, rusty red canyons, this place is basically a pilgrimage for mountain bikers and hikers alike looking to escape civilisation in the other worldly landscape.

    hotel Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Moab
  8. Day 8 Arches National Park and Free Time

    Another day, another blockbuster icon, this time courtesy of Arches National Park. Over 2500 naturally formed sandstone arches cover the landscape here, more than anywhere else on earth, and standing in absolute amazement the one question you'll likely be asking, is 'how?'. A highlight of the park and the most photographed of all the sites, is Delicate Arch. Standing 60 feet tall and in stark contrast to the horizontal planes surrounding it, this natural wonder is one of the enduring symbols of the American West. For an even better view, join us for an Optional Experience^ hike which steadily climbs 480 feet uphill for uninterrupted and unparalleled views which may require a moderate level of fitness.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Moab – Canyonlands National Park – Dead Horse Point State Park – Goblin Valley State Park – Torrey

    Strong coffee and a big breakfast are the two requirements this morning to prepare for another action packed day of sightseeing. First up is Canyonlands, Utah's largest national park that boasts sky high canyons, deep craters and majestic buttes, forming an other worldly landscape. Stopping by the 'Island in the Sky' mesa for sublime views and sheer sandstone cliffs, you'll then travel on to Dead Horse Point, another soaring mesa that sits 2000 feet above the Colorado River and is one of the most photographed vistas in the world. From one bizarrely named place to the next, strange, colourful and wonderful Goblin Valley State Park is your next stop, its sandstone goblins and twisted formations creating a striking resemblance to the surface of Mars. Enthralled, amazed and likely exhausted, you'll spend the night in quiet Torrey.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Broken Spur Inn
  10. Day 10 Torrey – Capitol Reef National Park – Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument – Bryce Canyon National Park (2 Nights)

    Once called the 'Land of the Sleeping Rainbow' by Native American settlers, Capitol Reef's colourful landscape, prominent domes and sedimentary canyons will be your first port of call today. It's here you'll also find Waterpocket Fold, a 100 mile long crack in the earth's crust that's well worth a look. Driving along Byway 12, we challenge you to drag your eyes away from the windows as you twist and turn through Dixie National Forest, its towering ponderosa pines stretching into the distance as far as the eye can see. As if the sights couldn't get any better, you'll then stop off at the 260 million year old Grand Staircase, named for its uniquely striped layers of rock, before finishing yet another spectacular day amidst the sunset coloured spires of Bryce Canyon.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Bryce View Lodge
  11. Day 11 Bryce Canyon National Park and Free Time

    Have we saved the best till (almost) last? That will be the question on everyone's lips as you venture into Bryce Canyon National Park, where repeated freezes and thaws of the parks soft sandstone and limestone landscape over millions of years have created the bizarre formations you'll find here. Stand in puzzlement in front of the multicoloured 'hoodoos' and vast amphitheatres that signify the environment of Bryce Canyon, then take a stroll along one of the many juniper lined trails to one of the view points hugging the rim of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Tonight, why not opt in for a dinner and show for some good old fashioned western fun and see out your trip in style.

  12. Day 12 Bryce Canyon – Zion National Park – Depart Las Vegas

    Travelling back to Vegas today you'll make one final stop at Zion National Park, where the soaring red and white cliffs and vast canyons stand in stark contrast to the soft wildflower meadows and hanging gardens that can also be found here, a result of the park's lower elevation in comparison to the others. Travelling along the Virgin River Gorge for your final drive, you'll no doubt be feeling reflective about the incredible sights and experiences you've witnessed over the past 12 days. Your trip will come to an end at McCarran International Airport, or at Rio All-Suites Hotel for those extending their stay in Sin City.

Canyon Country Showcase
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 6 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Arches National Park View the park that boasts the greatest concentration of stone arches in the world
  • Bryce Canyon National Park Stare in awe at the multi-coloured hoodoos
  • Canyonlands National Park Drive along the vast area carved out by the Colorado River
  • Capitol Reef National Park Discover this gem in the heart of red rock country
  • Dead Horse Point State Park Marvel at the stunning Colorado River
  • Escalante National Monument Stop at this large wilderness park with canyons, rivers, arches and fossils
  • Goblin Valley State Park See hoodoos and their unique, mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles
  • Grand Canyon Experience one of the great Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Horseshoe Bend Visit one of the most photographed areas on the Colorado River
  • Lake Powell See America's second largest man-made reservoir
  • Las Vegas Visit the entertainment capital of the world
  • Mesa Verde National Park See Native American cliff dwellings and this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Monument Valley Explore the treasures of this area sacred to the Navajo people with a guide in a 4- wheel drive tour
  • Zion National Park Revel in one of the most scenic canyons in the U.S.

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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.

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight, Bell Aircraft (April 1 - October 31)

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 min
Adult Price: $220 

Grand Kingdom EcoStar Helicopter Flight

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.
Adult Price: $310 

Grand Discovery South Rim Airplane Tour

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. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversized windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for postcard-quality pictures! 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.
Adult Price: $160 

Lake Powell

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 destinations for sightseeing cruises. Be sure to bring your camera on this scenic 90-minute cruise through the Canyons. View towering Navajo Sandstone geologic formations with stunning red and burnt orange rocks, sandy beaches, and sapphire blue waters. Learn about the famous slot canyons and 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, the second largest concrete arch dam in the United States which is more than 600 feet above the Colorado River. approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $68 

Durango

Durango And Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway

This historic train constructed in 1882 has been in continuous operation for 135 years. The Durango train winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million-acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable adventure. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a truly spectacular journey. Approx. duration: 3.5 hours.
Adult Price: $102 

Arches National Park

Delicate Arch Hike

Delicate Arch is one of the most famous arch formations in the country, it is on the Utah license plates and is one of the most enduring symbols of the American West. The trail to see Delicate Arch up close and personal is 3 miles round trip and climbs 480 feet. It is a steady uphill trail with some uneven terrain and rocks. Dramatic views abound and include Wolfe Ranch Cabin and a wall of Ute Indian petroglyphs. A waiver will be required to partake in this optional hike and guests must consider weather conditions, their health and fitness levels in addition to carrying adequate water (2-3 liters pp is recommended), a hat, appropriate footwear and plenty of sunscreen. Approx. duration: 2 hours
Adult Price: $30 

Bryce Canyon

Ebenezer's Dinner and Show

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of old-fashioned western fun, music and great cowboy food in Bryce Canyon! This is a favorite among visitors of Bryce Canyon who come from all over the world. A fun experience to enhance your visit to Bryce Canyon! Approx. duration: 2 hours
Adult Price: $39 

Reviews
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Naran & Gira Patel
Saturday, October 12, 2019
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Canyon Country showcase Guided Cost saver tour of Southwest and its beautiful National,state Parks, Monuments and vistas on the road was wonderful experience and was enjoyed by all 42 companions. It was wonderful to experienced the beauty of the deserts, small towns,vista points & and all parks & monuments along with meeting wonderful travel companions- not driving but relaxing, listening all nice appropriate narratives by our well prepared tour director of course we had very nice and safe driver along with us. The time & motion principal was successfully executed. We are outdoorsy type who likes to hike and enjoy nature. When we grab a motel/hotel we just need the basic- cost saver nothing fancy but cost saver type trip that fit the bill perfectly. this trip was good example of that cost saving We came to know all and we have to depart so in future arrange trip to Canadian Rockies area and invite this group see how many want to repeat this kind of trip together. all our stops for lunch were well planned and turned out satisfactory. Only suggestion before tour starts have HAPPY HOURS and have some together to know each other little bit before we embark on the bus next morning
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and suggestions. We are happy to see that you enjoyed Canyon Country.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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Barbara in your Seattle office is good source of suggesting and giving information on this kind of trip. plus very nice other staff also. keep up with good work Thanks
Trusted Customer
Monday, May 20, 2019
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Kaitlyn did a great job of working through some unique factors with our booking. Kudos!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for letting us know. We will be sure to share your comments with Kaitlyn and the rest of the team.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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This trip was everything I had hoped for, and more. I'd give it 6 stars!
Trusted Customer
Thursday, June 8, 2017
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efficient and smooth
Vacation
Everyday was more awesome than the day before. The scenery was beautiful. Our guide knew this area very well which made the trip even better
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for your comments.  We're glad you enjoyed the services of our Travel Director!
Friday, June 9, 2017
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