Spectacular Canyons and National Parks

Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon
13 Days from $1,795 per person

This CostSaver trip takes in the mighty Grand Canyon, the mesmerizing Monument Valley before venturing deep into Yellowstone National Park: look out for wildlife then cross into the Black Hills. 

The crimson-coloured rocks of Bryce and Zion National Parks will take your breath away. Visit Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt Rushmore and discover this area's important place in history.

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  1. Welcome to Las Vegas. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
    hotel:Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
  2. This morning, head east traveling along parts of Old Route 66. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, one of the Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive along Desert View Drive on the South Rim, covering 25 miles between Grand Canyon Village and the Desert View overlook on the park's southeastern edge. End at Grand Canyon Village, a National Historic District, with a small town feel and complete with restaurants and shops. Perhaps, take an optional plane or helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon. Pass through Williams, a charming town nestled at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest Ponderosa Pine Forests in the world, before arriving in Flagstaff.
    hotel:Days Hotel, Flagstaff
  3. This morning, sample the flavor of Flagstaff's pioneer beginnings at an Iconic Breakfast served up at the historic Hotel Weatherford, built in 1900. After, head out to explore the treasures of Monument Valley as you step aboard an all-terrain vehicle with your private Navajo guide and marvel at the immense monolithic rock formations jutting hundreds of feet from the valley floor. Stop and walk in the footprints of John Ford, John Wayne, and countless other historical figures of the Southwest. Arrive in Page, home to stunning Lake Powell where the evening is yours to relax; perhaps join in a Native American Dance Performance with dinner.
    meal(s):Iconic Breakfast
    hotel:Best Western (Lake Powell View)
  4. Head northwest toward Zion National Park where you get to explore the bottom of the main canyon showcasing a completely different perspective of sheer colorful sandstone walls rising thousands of feet above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. Continue onto Bryce Canyon National Park, where the first view of red standstone rock formations is barely enough to prepare you for the dazzling view which awaits.
    hotel:Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
  5. Explore Bryce Canyon National Park, a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations created by wind and water erosion, known as hoodoos, in all shades of reds, oranges and pinks. Head north to Salt Lake where you'll stop at historic Temple Square, home to the six-spired Salt Lake City Temple and the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The evening is at leisure.
    hotel:Sheraton Salt Lake City
  6. Today, head for rugged Wyoming and travel alongside some of the most beautiful mountain ranges before arriving in Jackson. On arrival, stop at Town Square, famous for its four iconic antler arches guarding the corners of George Washington Memorial Park. Wander around the square lined with restaurants, bars and stores selling genuine cowboy gear before perhaps trying one of the homey restaurants with country cooking.
    hotel:49'er Inn and Suites
  7. This morning, there is an optional gentle float trip along Wyoming's Snake River with spectacular mountain scenery. Later this morning, head north for magnificent Grand Teton National Park with stops at the Moran Lookout and along the scenic Jenny Lake Loop. Later, in Jackson, you have free time to relax. This evening, perhaps partake in an optional cowboy cookout complete with horse-drawn covered wagons and Wild West music.
  8. Cross the state border into Idaho and head north across the Targhee National Forest and enter Yellowstone National Park. The world's greatest concentration of geysers and a mountain wilderness, this park is home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk. Yellowstone's geothermal wonders are the focus of your sightseeing tour as you view Fountain Paint Pots, Lower, Middle and Upper Geyser Basins and, of course, Old Faithful with its roaring plume of boiling water and steam.
    hotel:320 Guest Ranch
  9. Begin the day with a visit to the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its turbulent river; 20 miles of twisted pink and yellow sheer rock cliffs carved 1,200 feet (365 meters) deep and up to 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) wide. View Lower Falls, plunging steeply into the canyon below. Then it's on to Mammoth Hot Springs, a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine, created thousands of years ago.
    hotel:Buffalo Bill Village
  10. Travel north through Montana's stunning Big Sky Country. Stop at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, memorialising the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Native Americans' last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Continue on to Sheridan, in the Bighorn Mountains.
    hotel:Best Western Sheridan
  11. Head through high country where open range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. On arrival in the beautiful Black Hills, visit Crazy Horse Memorial, commissioned over 50 years ago by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of all North American Indians. This evening, perhaps head to Mount Rushmore National Monument for an optional lighting ceremony.
    hotel:Mt. Rushmore's White Horse Resort
  12. Visit magnificent Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the largest statue-monument in the world. The faces of four American presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln—are carved into the granite mountainside as a priceless shrine to democracy. This afternoon is free in Keystone; perhaps join an excursion to the rugged Badlands National Park.
  13. Bid farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travelers as your tour comes to an end where a complimentary transfer to Denver International Airport is available.

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Meal Summary

5 Breakfasts.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Experience one of the great Natural Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Iconic Breakfast at Charley's Pub and Grill at the historic Hotel Weatherford—which welcomed presidents and gunslingers to a civilized oasis in the wild, dusty West
  • Explore the treasures of this area sacred to Navajo people
  • See the second largest man-made lake in the US
  • Have a look at some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States
  • Stare in awe at the multi-colored hoodoos in a spectacular natural amphiteatre
  • Visit Utah's high-elevation capital
  • See the giant elk antler arches
  • Visit the first National Park in the country
  • See this popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing
  • See the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • See the world's largest mountain carving, a memorial for all Native American tribes
  • See the massive sculpture depicting the faces of four U.S. presidents
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
9 May 17 20 May 17 $1,795pp
$1,795 pp
6 Jun 17 17 Jun 17 $1,995pp
$1,995 pp
13 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 $2,050pp
$2,050 pp
20 Jun 17 1 Jul 17 $2,075pp
$2,075 pp
11 Jul 17 22 Jul 17 $2,075pp
$2,075 pp
18 Jul 17 29 Jul 17 $2,075pp
$2,075 pp
1 Aug 17 12 Aug 17 $2,075pp
$2,075 pp
8 Aug 17 19 Aug 17 $2,075pp
$2,075 pp
5 Sep 17 16 Sep 17 $2,075pp
$2,075 pp
12 Sep 17 23 Sep 17 $2,075pp
$2,075 pp
19 Sep 17 30 Sep 17 $2,075pp
$2,075 pp
26 Sep 17 7 Oct 17 $1,975pp
$1,975 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,025.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $140 per person.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

     If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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