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Wonders of the American West

Operated by: Insight Vacations

10 Days from $3,056 per person
Canyonlands National Park

Countries Visited

United States

Locations Visited

Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Moab, Zion
  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.(Dinner with Wine)

    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, where you will join your Local Expert, Canyon Tim, for an informative talk about the wonders of the phenomenon. With over seven years of experience in geology, you’ll be taught all about the origins of the five-million-year-old canyon, its rock formation and impact now. He’ll also talk to you about the local flora and fauna, and where you might be able to spot the land’s elk, mule deer, coyotes, grey foxes, bobcats and mountain lions. Dine at your lodge this evening after a sparkling reception at sunset taking in the incredible orange hues that light up this stunning natural wonder.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

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

    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 in to your room and enjoy the evening at leisure.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (Lake View or Marina View Rooms).
  4. Day 4 A Leisurely day at Lake Powell.

    Spend the day doing entirely as you please. Perhaps join an optional float trip (8) down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River, or take a leisurely optional cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its steep, sandstone walls?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
  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(8) to explore the valley with your Navajo guide. These sturdy 4 x 4 jeeps offer open sides for spectacular views and each comes with 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 none other than John 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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

    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 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton.
  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 meters) above the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views over the dramatic sandstone formations. Back at the lodge, your evening is at leisure.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
  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 km) warp in the earth's crust. Journey along one of the most beautiful roads in the world, Scenic Byway 12, winding through the stunning 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. You’ll take a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of the odd-shaped monoliths, known as hoodoos.(Breakfast)

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

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

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  10. Day 10 Zion National Park, back to Las Vegas.

    Enjoy a last look at Bryce Canyon, 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 a private Zion Canyon Shuttle, with live commentary, to view the park's best sites. Your journey ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport, arriving at 16:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 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 Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Monument Valley: Enjoy an authentic cookout and Highlight Lunch amid the majestic buttes and mesas of the surrounding landscape.
  • Moab: Enjoy a Dine-Around evening and choose from a hand-picked selection of 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 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 5 Dinners with wine (DW).

Insight Experiences

  • Grand Canyon National Park: Join Local Expert Canyon Tim for an informative and exclusive talk as you witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls.
  • Monument Valley: With a Navajo guide, board an all-terrain vehicle for a private tour through the mythical formation of the Navajo Tribal Park.

Stay in Style

  • Las Vegas: The luxurious Caesars Palace on the iconic Vegas Strip offers restaurants, nightlife, relaxation, and entertainment. It's distinct style is a tribute to Rome's opulence.
  • Lake Powell: Relax and enjoy the superb views from your guaranteed Lake View Rooms at the Lake Powell Resort and Marinas.
  • Mesa Verde: Enjoy sweeping views of the National Park from the Far View Lodge.
  • Moab: Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton is where modern luxury meets Western style. This new property is just minutes from Arches National Park and a block from Main Street. You can enjoy a relaxing stay and outdoor adventure.
  • Bryce Canyon: Located right inside the National Park, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a landmark property.
  • Grand Canyon: Stay in rustic charm at the historic National Park Lodges.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Mesa Verde: 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.
  • Scenic Drives: 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.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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John Blake
Travel date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
All questions were promptly and politely answered.
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