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Wonders of the American West

Operated by: Insight Vacations

10 Days from $4,069 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Moab, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park ...more Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Moab, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Las Vegas

    Welcome to glittering Las Vegas. On arrival at Las Vegas International Airport, your transfer will take you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.
  2. Day 2 The Wonders of the Grand Canyon

    Journey on to Grand Canyon National Park. Choose to hike along the scenic Rim Trail with your Travel Director. Alternatively join a Local Expert, Canyon Tim, for a fascinating discussion on the wonders of this natural phenomenon, and learn about the local flora and fauna, and find out how you might be able to spot the local wildlife. After a sparkling wine reception at sunset, dine at your canyon-side lodge, where you'll take in the incredible orange hues that light up this stunning natural wonder.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Canyon National Park Lodge
  3. Day 3 Grand Canyon and Lake Powell

    Wake up to the backdrop of the Grand Canyon and enjoy some peace and tranquility before the day trippers arrive. 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 in to your room and enjoy the evening at leisure. Watch the sunset as you dine or relax by the pool.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas.
  4. Day 4 A Leisurely day at Lake Powell Relaxed Start

    Spend the day doing entirely as you please. Perhaps join an optional float trip (signed liability waiver required)down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River, or take a leisurely optional cruise through the scenic Antelope Canyon and its steep, sandstone walls.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas.
  5. Day 5 Monument Valley and the Navajo Nation

    Journey on through the barren beauty of the desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you will board all-terrain vehicles to explore the valley with your Navajo guide. These sturdy 4x4 jeeps offer open sides for spectacular views and a roof to protect you from the sun. Learn about Navajo history from your guide and more about life on their beautiful land. The area is also the backdrop for many Western Hollywood hits, including Stagecoach and Fort Apache. Inspired by these iconic movies, you’ll find John Wayne’s cabin at nearby Goulding’s Lodge. This small structure was used for exterior shots in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, starring Wayne himself. The venue also holds a cinema dedicated to Wayne and his impressive movie portfolio. Enjoy a Navajo cookout Highlight Lunch amid 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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde.
  6. Day 6 Mesa Verde and Moab

    Enjoy an in-depth visit to the fascinating Mesa Verde National Park. View the ancient pueblo dwellings known as Cliff Palace. Settle in for a relaxing stay at your modern hotel with Western flair, superbly located just a block away from Main Street. Enjoy a Dine-Around evening and choose from a hand-picked selection of restaurants.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Homewood Suites, Moab.
  7. Day 7 Delve into Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

    In the morning, visit Arches National Park, housing the greatest concentration of natural arches in the world. Stop and take a short hike to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint to view the iconic arch. Then it's on to Canyonlands National Park for a drive onto the Island in the Sky - a mesa resting 1,000 feet (305 metres) above the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views over the dramatic sandstone formations. Back at the hotel, your evening is at leisure. Perhaps enjoy the outdoors or relax in this beautiful natural setting.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Homewood Suites, Moab.
  8. Day 8 Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks

    Magnificent scenery awaits at Capitol Reef National Park, best known for its Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile-long (160 kilometre) warp in the earth's crust. Journey along scenic Byway 12, one of the most beautiful roads in the world, winding through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Head to the sandstone cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Here you will be met by pine trees and red rock pillars. Take a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of the odd-shaped monoliths, known as hoodoos.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Lodge at Bryce Canyon.
  9. Day 9 Whimsical Bryce Canyon National Park Relaxed Start

    Start the day travelling through Bryce Canyon National Park, also known as the great natural amphitheatre. The whimsical eroded rock formations that characterize this National Park feature some of Utah's most unusual shapes. With your Travel Director, learn how wind, erosion and iron oxidation created the spellbinding hoodoos. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a memorable Celebration Dinner set overlooking the park's orange and red rock formations.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel The Lodge at Bryce Canyon.
  10. Day 10 Zion National Park, back to Las Vegas

    Enjoy a last look at Bryce Canyon, glowing in the early morning light. Head on to Zion National Park - one of the most scenic canyons in the United States. Here, join a guided tour by a private Zion Canyon Shuttle, with live commentary, and views of the park's best sites. Your journey ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport, arriving at 16:00.

    meals Breakfast
Wonders American West Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Grand Canyon National Park: Join your Local Expert, Canyon Tim, for an informative talk about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. With over seven years of experience in geology, you'll learn about the origins of the five-million-year-old canyon, its rock formation and its current impact. You'll also discover the local flora and fauna, and find out where you might be able to spot elk, mule, deer, coyotes, grey foxes, bobcats and mountain lions.
  • Grand Canyon: Join your Travel Director for a relaxed hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon from Mather Point to Yavapai Point. 1.4 miles (2.25 kilometres) roundtrip, this scenic hike will provide spectacular views of the canyon's unique geology.

Well-being

  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.

Summary

  • Monument Valley: Take a journey through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal park, meeting Navajo Local Experts on a guided journey across tribal land. Learn about Navajo history, culture and heritage, plus the careful balance maintained here between the tribes and the land.

Travel Director

  • : "It’s magical to see how a group of guests come together over the course of our trip. I can always tell when that’s happening because they start planning their own ‘post-arrival’ activities before the travel day has finished."

Authentic Dining

  • Las Vegas: At 18:00, join your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet.
  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy classic regional dishes featuring fresh local ingredients at the Grand Canyon Lodge.
  • Monument Valley: Enjoy an authentic cookout during your Highlight Lunch, set amid the majestic buttes and mesas of the gorgeous surrounding landscape.
  • Moab: Enjoy a Dine-Around evening as you choose from a hand-picked selection of mouthwatering restaurants.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Get together with your new friends for a memorable Celebration Dinner within the park's beautiful surroundings.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfast (B), 1 Dinner (D), 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 1 Lunch (L)

Insight Experiences

  • Grand Canyon National Park: Join your Local Expert, Canyon Tim, for an informative talk about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. With over seven years of experience in geology, you'll learn about the origins of the five-million-year-old canyon, its rock formation and its current impact. You'll also discover the local flora and fauna, and find out where you might be able to spot elk, mule, deer, coyotes, grey foxes, bobcats and mountain lions.

Insight Choice

  • Grand Canyon: Join your Travel Director for a relaxed hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon from Mather Point to Yavapai Point. 1.4 miles (2.25 kilometres) roundtrip, this scenic hike will provide spectacular views of the canyon's unique geology.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Glen Canyon Dam: Later today, you’ll stop by the Glen Canyon Dam where you’ll learn about its history and impact on the Colorado River.
  • Mesa Verde National Park: Make your way to Mesa Verde National Park, as the day draws to a close. Your lodge inside the park offers sweeping vistas that reach into three states.
  • Mesa Verde National Park: See the ancient pueblo cliff dwellings, known as the Cliff Palace.
  • Arches National Park: Enjoy views of the natural formations, including the iconic Delicate Arch.
  • Canyonlands National Park: Venture to Canyonlands National Park for a drive onto the Island in the Sky - a mesa resting 1,000 feet (305 metres) above the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views over the dramatic sandstone formations.
  • Capitol Reef National Park: A hidden treasure in the heart of red rock country, discover the incredible cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges nestled in the Waterpocket Fold.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Head to the sandstone cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Here you will be met by pine trees and red rock pillars. Take a leisurely walk along Sunset Point while you view the great amphitheatres of the odd-shaped monoliths, known as hoodoos.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Travel through Bryce Canyon National Park, the great natural amphitheatre. The whimsical eroded rock formations that characterize this National Park feature some of Utah's most unusual shapes. With your Travel Director, learn how wind, erosion and iron oxidation created the spellbinding hoodoos.
  • Zion National Park: See the grandeur and natural features of the canyon in total comfort while traveling via private open-air tram with live on-board commentary.

Make Travel Matter

  • Monument Valley: Journey through the barren beauty of the desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you will hear about Navajo heritage from your guide and learn more about life on their beautiful land.

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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Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Monday, October 4, 2021
Service
Booking was easy and they answered our additional questions before we left home.
Vacation
Excellent service from tour guide, driver, and wellness coordinator. Had a great group of fellow tourists. Loved the spacing and the big windows on the coach.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 4, 2021
Service
Booking was easy, and our additional questions were answered promptly and fully.
Vacation
Our tour director, Kaari, kept us informed and entertained, and made it possible for us to see as much as possible during our tour. Adrian, our wellness coordinator, helped keep us all safe. Mark’s driving skills were exceptional, and we always felt safe.
Patricia Sorgi
Monday, October 4, 2021
Service
Originally we booked before Covid and it was for two couples living in two states paying separately. Customer service was very helpful in scheduling and rescheduling when travel resumed.
Vacation
Good itinerary. Saw everything I wanted plus more. Nice little surprises along the way. Bus was comfortable and spotless.
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 30, 2021
Service
I strongly recommend GET and I would definitely book another vacation with them. Very professional and they take the time to explain every singly detail related to the trip and the booking process.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your kind words. We couldn't be happier that you enjoyed your trip and look forward to helping you plan your next one!
Friday, July 30, 2021
Vacation
Great trip! Very enriching, would definitely recommend it.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Service
Excellent tour
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so pleased that you enjoyed yourself. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Vacation
Excellent vacation. Recommended
James Emmett Fisher
Saturday, October 5, 2019
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Great rep who explained our trip options extremely well
Vacation
Wonderful trip and outstanding tour director. Would recommend having final day of trip not end at 4 PM at the airport when most people could not get flights home.
John Blake
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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Tour Director was exceptional.She was helpful, educational and made the trip fun. Rooms were excellent. Luxury coach was comfortable and our stops were well planned. If we ever take another coach trip again, I would not hesitate to book with you once more.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your travel experience. We're so glad we could be a part of your vacation and help to make it extra special. Happy travels and trails!
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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All questions were promptly and politely answered.
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