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Colorful Trails of the Southwest

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,723 per person
JUN - OCT 2021
Sunset in Sedona, Arizona

Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Phoenix (AZ), Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bluff (UT), Monument Valley, Moab, Arches National Park, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa Fe, Taos, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Albuquerque ...more Phoenix (AZ), Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bluff (UT), Monument Valley, Moab, Arches National Park, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa Fe, Taos, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Albuquerque
  1. Day 1 Arrive Phoenix – 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 Suites Gainey Ranch
  2. Day 2 Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

    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 Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley Tribal Park – Bluff

    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. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and perhaps sample traditional fry bread. Continue to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park where you'll board 4X4 vehicles to navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a member of the Navajo Nation and Local Specialist. Savour the flavours of the Southwest this evening with an included dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Desert Rose Resort
  4. Day 4 Bluff – Canyonlands National Park – Moab (2 Nights)

    Sit back and watch the scenery unfold as you drive along Utah's Scenic Byway 191 between Bluff and Moab. Arriving at Canyonlands National Park, we ascend the Island in the Sky mesa and admire the spectacular scenery below.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Homewood Suites
  5. Day 5 Arches National Park Excursion and Moab

    This morning, discover how the forces of wind and rain have shaped the enchanting landscape of Arches National Park. Later, enjoy a free afternoon or consider a deeper exploration of the area with an optional guided hike to Delicate Arch if you're feeling adventurous.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango (2 Nights)

    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 and admire the massive Cliff Palace. This evening, in Durango, your 'Stay with Story' is historic Strater Hotel. You'll have a choice of different restaurants for dinner, served with wine.

    meals Breakfast, Your Choice Dining
    hotel The Strater Hotel
  7. Day 7 Durango Free Time

    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 to the historic mining town of Silverton. 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 Durango – Taos – Santa Fe (2 Nights)

    This morning's drive takes you through the towns of Vallecito, Pagosa Springs and Chama before arriving in Taos, where there will be time at Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark. Then, meet a Navajo who lives in the pueblo, to explore the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The journey continues along the High Road, the Taos - 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 Santa Fe Sightseeing and Free Time

    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 Farewell Dinner with wine at one of Santa Fe's many restaurants.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Depart Santa Fe or Albuquerque

    Our journey through desert landscapes at its end, you will bid farewell and transfer to Santa Fe Airport or Albuquerque Sunport International Airport at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
Colourful Trails of the Southwest
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners

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 through Sedona's Red Rock Country, Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive, Grand Canyon National Park's Desert View Scenic Drive, Painted Desert Scenic Drive, Monument Valley Tribal Park's renowned scenic drives, Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway, the High Road Scenic Skyway from Taos to Santa Fe
  • VISIT Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Arches National Park, Moab, Durango, Taos, Santa Fe
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS At a local grill in Moab where you'll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest dinner. (Day 4)
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST For included sightseeing at the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Santa Fe. (Days 2, 3, 9)
  • STAYS WITH STORIES Stay at The Strater Hotel, Durango's Historic Landmark Hotel, showcasing stories of the old west and mining times. (Day 6)

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.

Sedona

Easy on the Asphalt

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, featuring many of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona. This is an on-road tour. The Chapel may be substituted during the busy season due to traffic. Approx. duration: 1 hour
Adult Price: $53

Old Bear Wallow

An exclusive experience as our jeep tour operator is the only company permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to take you on this historic trail - 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 2000ft below. Step onto Munds Wagon or Huckaby Trail and hear stories of Sedona's early pioneer days. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $53

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: $219

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 oversize 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: $159

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: $103

Mountain Waters Rafting

Take a 2-hour raft trip through Durango on the Animas River.
Adult Price: $41

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Trusted Customer
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
Service
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
Vacation
I WILL TRAVEL ON MY OWN IN USA FROM NOW ON, BUT WILL TRAVEL WITH YOUR TOURS OVERSEAS.
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