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Wonders of the American West

Canyonlands National Park
10 Days from $3,048 per person

A comprehensive exploration of the American West visits awesome natural wonders and stays at rustic lodges amid dazzling panoramas that no camera could ever quite capture.

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  1. Welcome to Las Vegas. On arrival at Las Vegas International Airport, your transfer takes you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:The Cosmopolitan™ of Las Vegas.
  2. In the morning, head into Arizona to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the historic Grand Canyon Lodge. At night, watch the colours change by the minute as the sun sets on the canyon. Enjoy a fantastic dinner in the lodge's magnificent dining room with superb views of the canyon.
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    hotel:Grand Canyon Lodge.
  3. Wake up to the backdrop of the Grand Canyon as you depart for the majesty of Lake Powell. Stop at Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort. Check into your room with guaranteed lake views and enjoy the evening at leisure.
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    hotel:Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (2 nights).
  4. A full day to do entirely as you please. In the morning, perhaps choose to join an optional float trip down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River or in the afternoon, take a leisurely optional cruise though scenic Antelope Canyon with its dramatic, steep sandstone walls.
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    hotel:Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas.
  5. In the morning, head to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and board all-terrain vehicles with a Navajo guide for a tour of the valley floor, used as a backdrop for many Western films. Visit some of the legendary sites where these movies were made, as well as restricted areas with rock windows and arches of unique shapes and sizes. Then, enjoy a Navajo cookout Highlight Lunch amidst the giant buttes and mesas of this unique landscape before making your way to Mesa Verde National Park where the day draws to a close. Your lodge inside the park offers sweeping vistas reaching into three states.
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    hotel:Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde.
  6. Enjoy an in-depth visit to fascinating Mesa Verde National Park. Descend into a canyon for a visit to the impressive Spruce Tree House, an amazing dwelling built into a natural alcove containing 130 rooms and eight ceremonial chambers. Continue North into Dolores and explore the Anasazi Heritage Center and learn about the history and culture of the Puebloans. Settle in at your ranch-style lodge, superbly located under lofty red rock cliffs on the banks of the Colorado River. Enjoy a Cowboy BBQ and Highlight Dinner with all the fixins at your hotel.
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    hotel:Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab (2 nights).
  7. In the morning, visit Arches National Park, housing the greatest concentration of natural arches in the world. Then it's on to Canyonlands National Park for a drive onto the 'Island in the Sky', a mesa resting 1,000 feet (305 m) above the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views over the stark, dramatic sandstone formations. Back at the lodge, the afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, perhaps choose to join an exciting sunset jet boat ride on the mighty Colorado River.
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    hotel:Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab.
  8. Magnificent scenery awaits you at Capitol Reef National Park, best known for its Waterpocket Fold, a 100 mile (160 km) long warp in the earth's crust. Then journey along one of the most beautiful roads in the world, Scenic Byway 12, winding through the stunning Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
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    hotel:Bryce Canyon National Park Lodge (2 nights).
  9. Start the day, travelling through Bryce Canyon and the length of this great natural amphitheatre. The whimsical eroded rock formations that characterise this National Park are some of Utah's most unusual shapes. Learn how wind, erosion and iron oxidation created the spellbinding 'hoodoos'. In the evening, join your fellow travellers rim-side for a Celebration Dinner overlooking the Canyon.
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    hotel:Bryce Canyon National Park Lodge.
  10. Enjoy a last look at Bryce Canyon's orange and red rock formations glowing in early morning light before heading to Zion National Park, one of the most scenic canyons in the United States. Here, join a guided tour by private shuttle with live commentary to view the park's best sites. Your tour ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport.
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Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 9 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 2 Dinners (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Monument Valley: Board all-terrain vehicles with a Navajo guide for a tour through the mythical formation.
  • Mesa Verde: Follow a winding path down to the ancient pueblo cliff dwelling known as the Spruce Tree House.
  • Anasazi Heritage Center: Learn about the American Indians pueblo culture in Dolores.
  • Canyonlands National Park: Visit the 'Island in the Sky', a vast mesa that rises over the sandstone landmarks.
  • Capitol Reef National Park: Enjoy the magnificent scenery.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: See the whimsical sandstone hoodoos and enjoy the stunning scenery.
  • Zion Canyon: The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of this canyon is by private shuttle with live commentary.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Arches National Park: Enjoy views of the natural formations.
  • Scenic Drives: View the Rocky Mountains from Colorado's Interstate 70. Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway, past Castle Rock. Scenic Highway 211 with superb views of earth-etched canyons. Travel the Trail of the Ancients, through the Ute Reservation. Take the All-American Road Scenic Byway 12 through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Drive along Zion National Park Scenic Byway. Virgin River Gorge.

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.

Moab

Colorado Jetboat Cruise and Dinner

Adult Price: $95.00 | Child Price: $85.00

Take a ride aboard one of the newest and most modern fleet of jet boats for an excursion on one of the most scenic stretches of the river. You’ll glide across the flat water with every bend of the river, as the sun hides behind the canyon walls, producing cooler temperatures. Along the way you’ll discover an Indian granary, petroglyphs, arches, and beautiful scenery. Then your skillful guide will turn the boat around and upon your return,  you’ll enjoy a Dutch Oven dinner and have the beauty of the sunset for dessert. Includes gratuity.

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Float Trip Down the Colorado River

Adult Price: $115.00 | Child Price: $105.00

Today’s journey, a smooth water float trip will encompass 15 spectacular miles of Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and historic Lees Ferry, gateway to the Grand Canyon. Begin with an exciting ride down the two-mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. With the dam soaring 583 feet above you, you will board a motorized pontoon raft for your journey downstream, where you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river found in the western United States. Your experienced guide will tell the area’s story of soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, native cultures, Major John Wesley Powell’s exploration, and the river’s modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system. You’ll also stop to view ancient petroglyphs left by Ancestral Puebloan peoples.

Lake Powell

Antelope Canyon Cruise

Adult Price: $53.00 | Child Price: $33.00

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.

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27 Aug 17 5 Sep 17 checkmark $3,295pp
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17 Sep 17 26 Sep 17 $3,295$3,048pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
24 Sep 17 3 Oct 17 checkmark $3,295pp
1 Oct 17 10 Oct 17 checkmark $3,295pp

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 $1,350.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $107 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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