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The Trailblazer

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,195 per person
Zion National Park

Countries Visited

USA ...more USA

Locations Visited

Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, LAKE POWELL PAGE, Springdale (UT), Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park ...more Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, LAKE POWELL PAGE, Springdale (UT), Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park
  1. Day 1 Arrive Las Vegas

    The dazzling lights of Las Vegas set the tone for an unforgettable encounter with some of America's most iconic natural sights - a soul-stirring array of canyons, mesas and rocky cliffs. Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of Sin City before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Tropicana Las Vegas
  2. Day 2 Las Vegas – Grand Canyon National Park

    Say goodbye to Vegas and journey east to Grand Canyon National Park. We hit the "Mother Road" as we journey past fifties-style diners, motels and general stores - colourful highlights on a journey that will take you through stunning desert landscapes. From the iconic to the unexpected, the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon is beyond anything you could have ever imagined. Meet your Local Specialist who will share insights into the canyon's geological marvels. Watch how the light plays on its layered cliffs, revealing a different story at every vantage point. Later, take a mental snapshot as you watch a mesmerising sunset over one of the world's seven natural wonders - its grandeur lingering far longer in our minds than the fading light glinting off its ancient rock-face.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel National Park Lodges
  3. Day 3 Grand Canyon National Park – Sedona

    Rise early to watch the first rays of sun hit the Grand Canyon and consider an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to view the canyon from the sky. Travel south through Kaibab National Forest, then wind your way along Oak Creek Canyon admiring its sea of ponderosa pines. Amidst the beautiful Red Rocks, we settle in to the artists' enclave of Sedona, our home for tonight. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or join an optional jeep experience into Red Rock Country. We dine at our hotel this evening.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Poco Diablo Resort
  4. Day 4 Sedona – Monument Valley – Lake Powell (2 Nights)

    Journey north, stopping at Cameron Trading Post to browse through Navajo handicrafts and perhaps a taste of traditional fry bread. Then, we venture forth to the badlands of the Painted Desert, whose rugged landscape changes hour-by-hour as the sun illuminates the eroded stone of the desert floor. Monument Valley is our next stop, where we'll board open-air vehicles, passing mesas and iconic rock formations that rise up from the red valley floor. We arrive on the shores of glittering Lake Powell next, surrounded by the rusty red walls of Glen Canyon. Enjoy dinner at your resort against the surreal backdrop.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Lake Powell Resort and Marinas (Guaranteed Lake View or Marina Rooms)
  5. Day 5 Lake Powell

    Enjoy a day to indulge your inner adventurer, spending the day exploring this exquisite lakeside setting on your terms. Perhaps rise early for an exhilarating hike, relax in the sun on the shores of this crystal-blue lake or kayak on its waters in search of secluded bays. Consider embarking on an optional raft experience^ down one of the prettiest sections of the Colorado River or take a scenic cruise on the lake, visiting exquisite Antelope Canyon.

    meals Full Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Lake Powell – Bryce Canyon National Park – Zion National Park (2 Nights)

    Continue your journey to the mesmerising pink, orange and red spires of Bryce Canyon National Park. Witness first-hand the eerie pillars that rise up from the desert floor - the world's largest collection of hoodoos that have eroded over millions of years. Keep a keen eye for one of the park's rare bristlecone pines, the longest-living trees known to man, then travel to Zion National Park, where we'll spend the next two nights.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn Express Springdale
  7. Day 7 Zion National Park

    A full day with the freedom to explore Zion National Park and take the same paths once travelled by America's early pioneers and Native Americans. Admire the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and jaw-dropping monoliths, all carved out over 200 million years from the orange sandstone. Stretch your legs on a leisurely stroll along the Virgin River from the Temple of Sinawava to the start of the Zion Narrows, or hike up to the three Emerald Pools. See if you can spot the park's resident Peregrine falcons, California condors and Bald eagles, or join a park ranger to learn more about the inhabitants who live there. This evening, share your adventures with your travel companions at a festive Farewell Dinner.

    meals Continental Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Zion National Park – Depart Las Vegas

    Head west and wind along the interstate that skirts the Virgin River Gorge traversing the vast arid expanses of the Mojave Desert. A transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport and to the Tropicana Las Vegas if you'd like to extend your stay.

    meals Continental Breakfast
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 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
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • 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 in Sedona, Monument Valley, along Desert View Drive, Oak Creek Canyon, along a portion of Route 66
  • See glittering Lake Powell
  • Visit Grand Canyon, Bryce National Park, Zion National Park

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
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.

Las Vegas

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 Canyon

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight

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 minutes.
Adult Price: $219

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 oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for post card 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

Soldiers Pass Trail

Join this off road thrilling adventure to view spectacular scenery beyond words. Your colorful western guides will open doors for you to inner sanctuaries and secrets of the magical, mystical lands of Sedona - a place for your soul, and joy for your heart! Gratuity included. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $67

Easy on the Asphalt

A “Sedona snapshot” with great photo opportunities! Join us on this informative and relaxing, yet breathtaking tour of some of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona. On-road tour. The Chapel may be substituted during the busy season due to traffic. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $68

Canyons and Cowboys (90 minutes)

Your Red Rock Western Guide takes you through a scenic wonderland surrounded by seven majestic canyons into historic Dry Creek Basin. Relive early cowboy days in this fun outing in Sedona. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $68

Lake Powell

Float Trip Down the Colorado River

This float trip lets you enjoy all the sights and stops of Glen Canyon in a convenient half-day format. It starts with a two-mile tunnel drive (and dinosaur tracks!) before you board your river craft. It continues to Petroglyph Beach and its fascinating artifacts. You’ll look up in awe at the soaring cliffs above Horseshoe Bend as you learn the stories of the ancestral Puebloan people who lived here. Afterward, you’ll enjoy a stunning motor-coach ride back from Lees Ferry to Page, passing Vermillion Cliffs, beautiful orchards, and historic structures along the way. Approx. duration: 3.5 hours
Adult Price: $98

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

Independent Reviews
Nancy Kline
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Service was great! Mike, our tour guide and our bus driver, Roderick, made the trip very enjoyable.
This is a trip not to be missed! Bryce and Zion National Parks provide breathtaking scenery. Lake Powell is just gorgeous!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We completely agree - The Trailblazer is a wonderful tour through America's West and we are glad you enjoyed it!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 31, 2016
Our trip was actually handled by Traflagar and the arrangements couldn't have been more perfect.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We'll take near perfection any day of the week! Thank you so much for your business and for taking the time to write. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Near perfection! We would love to have been aware of a couple of sightseeing activities that were outside the general arrangements, but other than that, we have no complaints. Our tour director, Tyson W., was fantastic and I would consider, in a heartbeat, taking another trip where he is in charge. Thank you.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 15, 2016
The service that was provided was all very good.
We really enjoyed our trip. However, we would have liked more time to hike in the Grand Canyon. Could have done without the stops in Sedona although it is very nice (and especially in Seligman which actually was a waste of time).
Trusted Customer
Friday, June 3, 2016
The trip was with sister group, Trafalgar. The tour director was excellent, young and enthusiastic and made the trip a lot of fun. We covered a lot of ground over 1,300 miles in 8 days and saw a lot. I am 80 so might have been a little too fast for me.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounded like you had a wonderful time. We will look into the poor meals at some locations and try to make improvements. Thank you for sharing your comments with us. Grand European Travel
Friday, June 3, 2016
The Sedona facilities were outstanding and food excellent. Our breakfast at Grand Canyon was bad. Also enjoyed the facilities at Lake Powell and good food, but dinners were rather slow. Overall I would do the trip again.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 12, 2015
Wonderful trip! I loved it!
Very well planned and easy way to travel. Thank you!
Trusted Customer
Friday, September 18, 2015
Too many people on the bus; lost so much time waiting to get off. Never reached front of bus.
Liked everything except Grand Canyon accommodations and dirt buggy ride in Monument Valley. Very much enjoyed other travelers. As a single, would have liked own seat or rotating seatsMates.
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 3, 2015
They made everything so easy, all we had to do was show up.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Bob Powell is one of the most loved Travel Directors on the Trafalgar team. We're so pleased you could see him in action and that he made the trip so much better for you. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Grand European Travel
Monday, July 6, 2015
I am hooked, going to book the Northern California tour. The guide Bob Powell, was excellent.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, May 23, 2015
I appreciate your referral to Trafalgar for this vacation. They were gracious and welcoming.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Our sister company Trafalgar Tours does a fantastic job with The Trailblazer Vacation. We're so pleased that you enjoyed yourself. Grand European Travel
Monday, May 25, 2015
Well organized. Top notch guide/driver.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Things were well planned and the guide was terrific.
Worthwhile sites to see.
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 15, 2015
We enjoyed our trip very much. Tom Williams did an excellent job as teacher and director for Trafalgar. The rooms and food were great. I was surprised by how nicely the rooms had been updated in the national parks.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you very much for your recommendation, and we hope we can welcome you on another of our trips soon. Grand European Travel
Thursday, May 21, 2015
We look forward to doing another trip as soon as we can.
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