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Wonders of the American West

10 Day U.S. Tour from Las Vegas to Moab

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10 Days
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United States

11 Cities

Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Moab, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley, Durango, Grand Canyon National Park

14 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 9 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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See the best of the American West on this 10-Day guided tour. Travel to Bryce Canyon National Park to explore its rock pillars and natural amphitheatres — then feast with your fellow travelers overlooking the park’s iconic orange rock formations. In Moab, see the ancient pueblo dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park, where the Ancestral Pueblo people once lived. Meet a Navajo guide in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you will board ATVs, explore the valley and learn about the tribe’s history. Later, eat a traditional Navajo meal amid the valley’s beautiful buttes and mesas. Then go off the beaten path into backcountry with your Navajo Guide. On the way to picturesque Lake Powell, stop at the Glen Canyon Dam, then lounge at the pool of your hotel. In Page, enjoy a Navajo inspired taco buffet dinner and performance. Join a Local Expert at Grand Canyon National Park for a one-of-a-kind experience: allow the expert to guide you through the park while teaching you about how this national treasure was formed.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Las Vegas

Welcome to glittering Las Vegas. At Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, see the City of Lights with the same passion, excitement and ambiance of Europe's most romantic city. This evening, savor dinner accompanied by wine in the company of your fellow travelers.

Las Vegas Nevada
Paris Las Vegas View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Paris Las Vegas

About the Hotel

Las Vegas, United States

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Room Service

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining
Welcome Dinner in Las Vegas

At 18:00, join your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Dinner with wine at Mon Ami Gabi perched directly off Las Vegas Boulevard.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Zion National Park

After a brief stop in St. George, arrive in Utah's first national park, Zion National Park. Follow the paths where Native Americans and pioneers once walked as you gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink and red. Learn about the park at the Visitor Center before taking a narrated tram ride along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive alongside the rushing Virgin River and soaring canyon walls. This winding road, closed to private vehicles during the summer, will take you to some of the most treasured spots in the park. This evening, go off the beaten path and into the woods of Bryce Canyon to view the color-changing hoodoos as the sun sets. Conclude the day feasting on a three-course dinner with wine while being entertained by local musicians.

The main road going up Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah, USA
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

About the Hotel

Bryce Canyon National Park, United States

Located right inside the National Park, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a landmark property. The Lodge and cabins were designed by famous park architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood and built in the mid-1920’s. This National Historic Landmark is the only one of the Union Pacific Railroad’s original lodges still standing.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Zion Canyon Tram Tour, Zion National Park, USA
Zion National Park Private Open-Air Tram

See the grandeur and natural features of the canyon in total comfort while traveling via private open-air tram with live on-board commentary.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Zion National Park, USA
Visit Zion National Park

Connect to history as you wander paths and trails, following in the footsteps of Native Americans and the earliest pioneers. Lush vegetation, wild ...

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 3

Whimsical Bryce Canyon National Park

Start the day by traveling through Bryce Canyon National Park, the great natural amphitheater. Encounter some of Utah's most unusual, whimsical eroded rock formations that characterize this National Park. With your Travel Director, learn how wind, erosion and iron oxidation created the spellbinding hoodoos. Opt to explore by horseback joining a ride in the Dixie National Forest and the rim of Water Canyon amphitheater, the first canyon in Bryce Canyon National Park. You'll then climb Bristlecone Pine Ridge lined with 1,500-year-old Bristlecone Pines (one of the oldest living things on the North American continent.) The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to explore the nearby trails and vistas as you please.

Amphitheater at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon View Hotel Details
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The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

About the Hotel

Bryce Canyon National Park, United States

Located right inside the National Park, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a landmark property. The Lodge and cabins were designed by famous park architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood and built in the mid-1920’s. This National Historic Landmark is the only one of the Union Pacific Railroad’s original lodges still standing.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Landscape, Bryce Canyon, USA
Bryce Canyon National Park Hoodoos Geology Orientation

The Park is home to the most spectacular collection of hoodoos - tall skinny shafts of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins. While hoo...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences View of Bryce Canyon National Park, USA
Ruby's Horseback Adventures

If you’re looking for a scenic tour of the Bryce Canyon area, our 1-hour horseback ride takes in the Dixie National Forest and the rim of Water Can...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef

Experience Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, an outstanding biological resource spanning five life-zones, from low-lying desert to coniferous forest. As you explore this rugged land of the Ancestral Puebloan and Fremont people, discover how they were experts at farming. Rock art panels, occupation sites, campsites and granaries built by their descendants still remain today. Venture to Capitol Reef National Park’s landscape of colorful canyons, ridges, buttes and monoliths. Admire its white sandstone cliffs resembling capitol building domes and reefs evoking barrier reefs of the sea.

Landscape view of Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Included Meals Breakfast

Element

About the Hotel

Moab, United States

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Concierge
  • Gym
Top Rated Highlights Capitol Reef National Park, USA
Visit Capitol Reef National Park

Join your Travel Director to see the natural sights along Capitol Reef's Waterpocket Fold, known as “a geological wrinkle on earth”. The geologic ...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Hiker in Canyonlands National Park, USA
Toadstools in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Hop into all-terrain vehicles to explore The Toadstools with a Local Expert. Admire the scenery as you drive out on sandy trails. A short hike (1.5...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 5

Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park

Visit Arches National Park, housing the greatest concentration of natural arches in the world. View the iconic, 52-foot, freestanding natural arch, the most widely recognized landmark in Utah. Then it's onto Canyonlands National Park for a drive onto the Island in the Sky, a mesa resting 1,000 feet above the countryside. Your sightseeing tour includes spots at various lookout points including the Grand Viewpoint with sweeping views of the Colorado River carving through the red-rock landscape. Tonight, take your pick from a selection of local restaurants to customize your evening dining experience.

Aerial Canyonlands National Park in Utah, USA
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Element

About the Hotel

Moab, United States

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Concierge
  • Gym
Top Rated Highlights Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, USA
See Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Enjoy views of the natural formations, including the iconic Delicate Arch.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Island In The Sky In Canyonlands National Park, Utah
See Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park

Venture to Canyonlands National Park for a drive onto the Island in the Sky - a mesa resting 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the surrounding countrys...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining
Western Flavors in Moab

Enjoy a Dine-Around evening as you choose from a hand-picked selection of mouthwatering restaurants.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 6

Mesa Verde National Park

Enjoy a deep discovery of the fascinating Mesa Verde National Park. Learn how the park protects some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the United States and is considered one of the top cultural attractions in the Western United States. Among 600 historic cliff dwellings, view the ancient pueblo dwellings known as Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in the country. This evening, settle in for a relaxing stay inside Mesa Verde National Park.

Tree House ruins at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA
Far View Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Far View Lodge

About the Hotel

Set inside Mesa Verde National Park, this seasonal, casual hotel with a Southwestern vibe is two miles (three kilometers) from the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and three miles (five kilometers) from the ancient dwellings at Cliff Palace. Your stay here at the Far View Lodge will leave you enjoying sweeping views of the National Park.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Restaurant
  • Bar

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Mesa Verde National Park, USA
See Mesa Verde National Park

Make your way to Mesa Verde National Park, See the ancient pueblo cliff dwellings, known as the Cliff Palace. As the day draws to a close, your lod...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 7

Durango Free Time and Monument Valley

This morning, amble through the streets of historic Durango before stopping near the iconic backdrop of Forrest Gump's last run featured in the film. Deepen your knowledge and your connection with the first peoples of this land as you travel to Monument Valley for an Authentic Cookout Dinner with members of the Navajo Nation. Hop in an off-road, open-air vehicle to the cookout site where you’ll enjoy a delicious barbeque grilled dinner with a chance to try traditional Navajo fry-bread. Bask in the stunning red rock scenery and take in the sounds of nature as you enjoy your picnic style dinner with members of the Navajo Nation. Savor each moment of this insightful MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience that provides a sustainable workforce for the Navajo people.

Navajo Native American Sisters in Monument Valley Tribal Park, USA
Goulding's Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Goulding's Lodge

About the Hotel

Monument Valley, United States

Enjoy endless views with resort-style amenities at Goulding’s Lodge, including an indoor pool and sun deck. More than just a place to rest, maybe visit the Goulding’s Trading Post Museum or catch a Western in the Earth Spirit Theater? 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool

Style

  • Traditional
Make Travel Matter Monument Valley BBQ Cookout, Monument Valley, Arizona
Monument Valley BBQ Cookout

Deepen your knowledge and connection with the first nations of this land as we travel to Monument Valley by way of off-road vehicles to the cookout...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Motorcycle in Monument Valley, USA
Forrest Gump Backdrop

View the iconic backdrop of Forrest Gump's last run.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 8

Monument Valley to Mystery Valley

Embark on an exclusive Insight Experience into Mystery Valley’s relatively unknown haven of Anasazi Ruins and rock art. Explore this intriguing stretch of desert full of graceful geological formations, petroglyphs, scattered artefacts like broken pottery shards and breath-taking views of the spectacular buttes of neighbouring Monument Valley Tribal Park. A true hidden gem, your visit accompanied by a local Navajo (Diné) guide is a unique opportunity for a guided tour among ancient Indigenous ruins. Continue through the barren beauty of the desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park where you will board off-road open-air vehicles to explore the valley. This 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.

Famous landscape of the Lake Powell, Arizona, USA
Goulding's Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Goulding's Lodge

About the Hotel

Monument Valley, United States

Enjoy endless views with resort-style amenities at Goulding’s Lodge, including an indoor pool and sun deck. More than just a place to rest, maybe visit the Goulding’s Trading Post Museum or catch a Western in the Earth Spirit Theater? 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Landscape, Monument Valley, USA​
Monument Valley Visit

Meet your Navajo Local Experts and board all-terrain vehicles with open sides for a private, off-the-beaten path exploration of this magical valley...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences View of Monument Valley, USA
Mystery Valley Tour

Embark on an exclusive Insight Experience into Mystery Valley’s relatively unknown haven of Anasazi Ruins and rock art. Explore this intriguing str...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Optional Experiences Dream Catchers in Monument Valley, USA
Dreamcatcher Kit Workshop

Spend the afternoon with a local tribal member of the Diné (Navajo Nation) on this optional Make Travel Matter Experience. You will venture off the...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

The Wonders of the Grand Canyon

Begin your final day visiting the historic Cameron Trading Post to pick up some Navajo jewelry, baskets, pottery and artwork. Continue to Desert View for one of the best views of the Grand Canyon from its watchtower. Admire this iconic building inspired by ancient Native American watchtowers and decorated with murals by a Hopi artist. Our visit and MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience contributes to the development of the Desert Viewpoint Intertribal Cultural Heritage Site which will allow guests to interact with Native Americans representing the 11 Indigenous tribes traditionally associated with the Grand Canyon. Journey on to Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. 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, the local flora and fauna and how you might be able to spot local wildlife. End your vacation inside Grand Canyon featuring a three-course dinner with wine and spectacular sunset views over the canyon.

Vista, Grand Canyon National Park, USA
Grand Canyon National Park Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Grand Canyon National Park Lodge

About the Hotel

Grand Canyon National Park, United States

Centrally located within the National Park, guests will get to enjoy the beauty of the Grand Canyon in every moment of their visit.

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Grand Canyon National Park​, Grand Canyon, USA​
Meet a Local to Discover the Grand Canyon

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, ...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Choice Hike Along Grand Canyon, Arizona
Hike Along the 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 kilometers) roun...

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Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Top Rated Highlights Cameron Trading Post Cameron, Arizona
See the Cameron Trading Post

Stop at the historic Trading Post, established in the early 1900s as a place where Native Americans traded wool and livestock.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Scenic Drive Along Desert View Drive, Arizona
Desert View Inter-tribal Heritage Center

Trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. See the historic Watchtower built by Mary Colter in the Puebloan style and ...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Visit The Grand Canyon National Park in USA
Explore Grand Canyon National Park

Arrive at one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the second most visited national park in the United States, the Grand Canyon. Encompass...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining
Dinner with Grand Canyon Views

Enjoy dinner at the Thunderbird Room with an incredible view overlooking the South Rim.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 10

Return to Las Vegas

Wake up to the backdrop of the Grand Canyon and enjoy some peace and tranquillity before the day trippers arrive. You may take an optional flight-seeing helicopter ride for stunning views over the Grand Canyon before your journey ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport, arriving at 16:00. For those extending their stay in Las Vegas, a complimentary hotel transfer to the Las Vegas post-night hotel is included.

Glen Canyon Dam on Colorado River, Arizona, USA
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim on a fascinating 45 minute aerial tour, USA
Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

There’s no better way to experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim than on a fascinating aerial tour offering unobstructed views. Sit b...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Take a Helicopter ride to the top of Tower butte, Grand Canyon, USA
Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Soar across the canyon rim on a helicopter flight, watching as the bottom seemingly drops out from under your feet. Gaze deep into the core of the ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a memorable 25-30 minute helicopter experience over the southern and northern rims of the Grand Canyon, USA
North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft - 25 minutes

The Grand Canyon opens up before you on a memorable helicopter experience over its southern and northern rims. After flying over the Kaibab Nationa...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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Top rated highlights

Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Zion National Park Private Open-Air Tram

See the grandeur and natural features of the canyon in total comfort while traveling via private open-air tram with live on-board commentary.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Zion National Park

Connect to history as you wander paths and trails, following in the footsteps of Native Americans and the earliest pioneers. Lush vegetation, wild ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Bryce Canyon National Park Hoodoos Geology Orientation

The Park is home to the most spectacular collection of hoodoos - tall skinny shafts of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins. While hoo...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Capitol Reef National Park

Join your Travel Director to see the natural sights along Capitol Reef's Waterpocket Fold, known as “a geological wrinkle on earth”. The geologic ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Toadstools in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Hop into all-terrain vehicles to explore The Toadstools with a Local Expert. Admire the scenery as you drive out on sandy trails. A short hike (1.5...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Enjoy views of the natural formations, including the iconic Delicate Arch.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park

Venture to Canyonlands National Park for a drive onto the Island in the Sky - a mesa resting 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the surrounding countrys...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Mesa Verde National Park

Make your way to Mesa Verde National Park, See the ancient pueblo cliff dwellings, known as the Cliff Palace. As the day draws to a close, your lod...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Monument Valley BBQ Cookout

Deepen your knowledge and connection with the first nations of this land as we travel to Monument Valley by way of off-road vehicles to the cookout...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Forrest Gump Backdrop

View the iconic backdrop of Forrest Gump's last run.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Monument Valley Visit

Meet your Navajo Local Experts and board all-terrain vehicles with open sides for a private, off-the-beaten path exploration of this magical valley...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Mystery Valley Tour

Embark on an exclusive Insight Experience into Mystery Valley’s relatively unknown haven of Anasazi Ruins and rock art. Explore this intriguing str...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Meet a Local to Discover the Grand Canyon

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, ...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Hike Along the 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 kilometers) roun...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Cameron Trading Post

Stop at the historic Trading Post, established in the early 1900s as a place where Native Americans traded wool and livestock.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Desert View Inter-tribal Heritage Center

Trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. See the historic Watchtower built by Mary Colter in the Puebloan style and ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Explore Grand Canyon National Park

Arrive at one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the second most visited national park in the United States, the Grand Canyon. Encompass...

See More
Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 9 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Welcome Dinner in Las Vegas

At 18:00, join your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Dinner with wine at Mon Ami Gabi perched directly off Las Vegas Boulevard.

Western Flavors in Moab

Enjoy a Dine-Around evening as you choose from a hand-picked selection of mouthwatering restaurants.

Dinner with Grand Canyon Views

Enjoy dinner at the Thunderbird Room with an incredible view overlooking the South Rim.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park Lodge

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Ruby's Horseback Adventures

If you’re looking for a scenic tour of the Bryce Canyon area, our 1-hour horseback ride takes in the Dixie National Forest and the rim of Water Can...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dreamcatcher Kit Workshop

Spend the afternoon with a local tribal member of the Diné (Navajo Nation) on this optional Make Travel Matter Experience. You will venture off the...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

There’s no better way to experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim than on a fascinating aerial tour offering unobstructed views. Sit b...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Soar across the canyon rim on a helicopter flight, watching as the bottom seemingly drops out from under your feet. Gaze deep into the core of the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft - 25 minutes

The Grand Canyon opens up before you on a memorable helicopter experience over its southern and northern rims. After flying over the Kaibab Nationa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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USA

  • Official Languages across USA: English the official language of USA.
  • Currency used in USA: The currency of USA is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital:: The capital of USA is Washington, DC.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA: Several time zones are used across different regions of the USAs to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Standard Time (AKST), Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

The climate and weather in the United States vary greatly due to its large size and diverse geography. The country experiences a wide range of climate types, including temperate, Mediterranean, subtropical, arid, and alpine climates. In general, the eastern and central parts of the United States have a humid continental climate, characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The western coastal regions, such as California and the Pacific Northwest, have a more Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The southern states have a subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The southwestern and western regions, including states like Arizona and Nevada, have a desert or arid climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. The northernmost parts of the country, particularly Alaska, have a subarctic and alpine climate, with extremely cold winters and cool summers.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. North and Central America, along with Canada, offer a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling on Hawaii's beaches to dining at a sophisticated restaurant in Toronto.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the steamy jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while traveling.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include COVID, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Randi Kampf
Review date: Wednesday, October 4, 2023
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This was my second booking thru GET. They are terrific. Easy to get to, always available & knowledgeable for answering questions. I always recommend them!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate the vote of confidence. Thank you very much. Looking forward to trip number 3!
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Vacation
America is amazing. Great to have someone else drive & worry about directions while we were given a heads up for where we were going & what we would be seeing.
Faye Stowell
Review date: Friday, May 27, 2022
Service
Good response time and attention to detail. You helped us with flying and got us lower prices than we could get!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad we were able to help you with this Wonders of the American West vacation. It sounds like the parks were spectacular. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your positive comments.
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Vacation
We visited so many of the National and State parks in AZ, CO and UT. Bus was safe and comfortable. Other travelers very nice
Trusted Customer
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Service
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
Review 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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