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Colorful Trails of the Southwest

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $3,048 per person
MAR - OCT 2022
Sunset in Sedona, Arizona

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Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bluff (UT), Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Moab, Arches National Park, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa Fe (NM), Taos, Las Cruces, Alamogordo ...more Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bluff (UT), Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Moab, Arches National Park, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa Fe (NM), Taos, Las Cruces, Alamogordo
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Phoenix and Scottsdale

    Sun-kissed Phoenix kickstarts your journey through America's stunning Southwest. You'll have the day on your own to recover from your travels, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception later this evening.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Sonesta Gainey Ranch
  2. Day 2 See The Red Rocks Of Sedona

    Your first stop today is in the artists' enclave of Sedona – surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. You’ll travel through Oak Creek Canyon next, with its rocky red cliffs, then venture to the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon National Park, where a Local Specialist will share the canyon’s many geological marvels. Tonight, you’ll have an opportunity to overnight at one of the lodges inside the park.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel National Park Lodges
  3. Day 3 Take In The Sights Of The Grand Canyon

    Don’t miss an unforgettable experience: Rise early for an optional flightseeing over the Grand Canyon and then trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. Visit the Desert View's Pueblo-style Watchtower offering views of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, and the Painted Desert. We’ll all stop at Cameron Trading Post, founded in 1916 for Navajo and Hopi trading, to browse through handicrafts and perhaps sample traditional Native American fry bread. Take a walk to the rim of Glen Canyon to Horseshoe Bend Lookout point where the Colorado River has carved a horseshoe-shaped river meander on the sandstone canyon walls. This evening, join an optional experience for a bird’s eye view from atop one of the desert Southwest’s most fascinating features with a helicopter flight to the top of Tower Butte. Begin by flying eastward taking in views of Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, and incredible Horseshoe Bend before ascending Tower Butte. Stand 5,000 feet above sea level and marvel at the 360-degree views as Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, Padre Bay, the Grand Staircase Escalante, and the LeChee Rock unfold before you.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Courtyard by Marriott Page at Lake Powell
  4. Day 4 Take A Scenic Drive To Canyonlands National Park

    Depart Page and drive through Navajo Tribal Lands to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, the largest reservation in the United States with over 17 million acres of land between Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Dive Into Culture as you board a 4x4 vehicle and navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a member of the Navajo Nation and Local Specialist. Pause and settle in surrounded by buttes and mesas in this sacred land for a Connect With Locals outdoor chicken and steak barbeque lunch prepared by a Navajo tribe member as they share stories about the Dineh (Navajo) people and their connection to Monument Valley. Then continue to Moab on a scenic drive from Monument Valley where your Travel Director will share intel on some of the sights you’ll see along the way.  Sit back and enjoy views of the San Juan River, Mexican Hat, Bluff, and the Abajo "Blue Mountain" and La Sal Mountains. Your time in Moab—the gateway city to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National park, and the Colorado River—kicks off with a hearty Be My Guest Dinner at Canyon Steak and Waffle. So much more than a place to refuel after a day of exploring, this is your chance to sit down and learn about local life through our host and restaurant owner Shawn Welch. Shawn shares her story and connection to the diner as you learn about growing up in Moab and how she’s come to own and operate an authentic American diner.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Be My Guest
    hotel Springhill Suites by Marriott Moab
  5. Day 5 Admire The Landscape Of Arches National Park

    This morning, discover how the forces of wind and rain have shaped the enchanting landscape of Arches National Park. Later, journey to Canyonlands National Park.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Springhill Suites by Marriott Moab
  6. Day 6 Discover The History Of Mesa Verde

    We arrive in the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park to delve into the history and culture of the Ancestral Puebloan people. Explore their beautifully preserved sandstone dwellings. This evening, in Durango, your Stay With Story is historic Strater Hotel. You’ll have the evening at leisure to explore the historic town of Durango.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Strater
  7. Day 7 Dive Into Durango

    Enjoy free time in Durango today. Perhaps, enjoy a truly unforgettable step back in time, on an optional ride aboard the coal-fired, steam-powered narrow-gauge train. The train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a spectacular wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. If you're feeling more adventurous, opt for a white water rafting trip on the Animas River.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Unlock The Legacy Of The Pueblo

    This morning’s drive takes you through the towns of Pagosa Springs and Chama. Then you will visit one of the greatest Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the Southwest. Immerse into the fascinating cliff dwellings and take a walk along the canyon and volcanic mountains that surround this park and learn about the history of the people that inhabited this area around 1,000 years ago. The journey continues along the High Road – Santa Fe Scenic Byway, rich in history, art and culture. Arrive at the hotel, ideally located two short blocks from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Inn and Spa at Loretto
  9. Day 9 Taste The Unique Culture Of Santa Fe

    Join your Local Specialist this morning on a guided tour of Santa Fe. Experience this city where Spanish, Native American and Old West influences all combine to form a city with its own exclusive culture and character. See many of the city’s major sights before you have the rest of the day to pursue your own interests. Perhaps venture down the artistic hub of Canyon Road lined with galleries, visit some of the city’s top museums, or shop for Native American art and handicraft. This evening enjoy a Be my Guest Farewell dinner hosted by Stephanie Ramirez at her Flamenco Cabaret. Enjoy a lively evening celebrating Santa Fe's Spanish heritage with music, dancing and great food. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® with your visit, as Stephanie runs a Non-profit organization Entre Flamencos that teaches the art of Flamenco to disadvantaged children in her community.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  10. Day 10 End Your Journey In Albuquerque

    Our journey through desert landscapes at its end, take a group transfer to Albuquerque.

    meals Breakfast
Colorful Trails of the Southwest End Albuquerque
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Dining Highlights

  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 2 Be My Guests
  • 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

  • Explore the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bandelier National Monument and Santa Fe with a Local Specialist.
  • Visit Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Arches National Park, Moab, Durango, Taos and Santa Fe
  • Scenic Drive through Sedona's Red Rock Country, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park's Desert Scenic Drive, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway and the High Road Scenic Byway from Taos to Santa Fe
  • Connect With Locals Enjoy a hosted BMG dinner at Canyon Steak and Waffle hosted by Shawn Welch. She worked as a server for many years before purchasing her own old-style diner.Enjoy Spanish culinary and a passionate performance of music and dance celebrating the Spanish heritage of Santa Fe.Enjoy an outdoor BBQ cookout prepared by a Navajo surrounded by buttes and mesas in their sacred lands at the Monument Valley Tribal Park.
  • Dive Into Culture Board a 4x4 vehicle and navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a member of the Navajo Nation and Local Specialist.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Stephanie runs a Non-profit organization Entre Flamencos that teaches the art of Flamenco to disadvantaged children in her community.
  • Stays With Stories Stay at The Strater Hotel, adorned with beautiful handcrafted woodwork, housing the largest collection of American Victorian walnut antiques. It's Durango's Historic Landmark Hotel, showcasing stories of the old west and mining times.

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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.

Sedona

Available on Day 2

Old Bear Wallow (60 minutes)

Climb this early stagecoach route along Schnebly Hill Road through Bear Wallow Canyon just below the Mogollon Rim to enjoy STUNNING VIEWS of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon 2000 Feet below. Step onto Munds Wagon or Huckaby Trail and hear stories of Sedona’s early pioneer days.
Adult Price: $49

Easy on the Asphalt (60 minutes)

A “Sedona snapshot” with great photo opportunities! Join us on this informative and relaxing, yet breathtaking, tour of some of Sedona’s most magnificent overlooks including Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona. On-road tour
Adult Price: $49

Grand Canyon

Available on Day 3

Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight GGG-1

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 oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allow 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: $164

Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight HGG-2

You will head toward the Tower of Ra and then fly north through the Dragon Corridor and over the mighty Colorado River towards the North Rim of the canyon. View the Tower of Ra and the Vishnu Schist rock formation as you fly back through the Dragon Corridor, the widest and deepest section of the Grand Canyon. From this point, you can see some of the oldest exposed rock layers in the world.
Adult Price: $339

North Canyon Tour - 25-30 Min. Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft. PGG-1 (April 1 - October 31)

Experience exhilarating helicopter sightseeing at the Grand Canyon. This Grand Canyon helicopter tour departs from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon over the Kaibab National Forest.
Adult Price: $229

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Available on Day 3

Top of the World Tour (HPHT-2)

Helicopter Landing on Tower Butte with flyover Horseshoe Bend (45-50 minutes)
Adult Price: $259

Red Heritage Dinner Show

Navajo-owned and operated; Red Heritage is a Native American Performing Arts Theater. They showcase local dancers talented in colorful powwow dancing, flute playing, and live drum music; PLUS culturally inspired food and an unforgettable show!  A buffet with base options of frybread, rice or lettuce. Then there will be Southwest-inspired chicken, pork, beef, traditional chili, and vegetarian chili for protein. Sauteed vegetables with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, and green chili are offered as toppings or sides. Served with pudding parfait for dessert and 1 drink included. There will be a cash bar available. This is part of TreadRight's Make Travel Matter global initiative for sustainable tourism.
Adult Price: $70

Durango

Available on Day 7

Mountain Waters Rafting

This is our most popular raft trip through Durango! It is about 1 hour on the river and goes through fun Class II-III rapids. Perfect for beginners and fun for every experience level. We’ll splash through Smelter, Sawmill and Santa Rita Rapids. When the water levels drop after the spring runoff there are opportunities for swimming and horseplay as you float along with the raft.
Adult Price: $65

Durango & 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
Adult Price: $107

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Sunday, October 13, 2019
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This was my 3rd trip with GET - Trafalgar. Fourth is already booked. Love everything about GET. Cost, discounts, schedules, ease of reserving. You get it right.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your kind words and repeat business. We are so happy you enjoyed yourself. Here's to trip number 4!
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Vacation
Kept moving and doing. That is my kind of trip.
Trusted Customer
Monday, June 18, 2018
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MORE TIME AT NATURAL ATTRACTIONS AND LESS TIME AT GIFT SHOPS.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. We do try to keep a balance on our trips that appeal to the interests of all guests in the group. We do hope that you were able to come home with some happy memories of the Southwest.
Monday, June 18, 2018
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I WILL TRAVEL ON MY OWN IN USA FROM NOW ON, BUT WILL TRAVEL WITH YOUR TOURS OVERSEAS.
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