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Situated in some of the most spectacular National Parks of the Southwest, enjoy active days and comfortable nights - this popular open age trip provides fabulous walking and sightseeing opportunities for those of all interests.
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Six nights camping accommodation with equipment (except sleeping bag), one hotel night accommodation, transportation by private vehicle and 4WD in Monument Valley, 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners, services of a professional tour leader and free wifi in the vehicle.
Maximum group size is 13.
29 Aug 2017
This seven day small group adventure from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon visits the best national parks and native American lands that the Southwest USA has to offer. Travel along the Grand Staircase taking in the towering red sandstone cliffs of Zion and the supernatural hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, before a two night stop at the breath-taking Grand Canyon, a truly unrivalled natural wonder.
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Experience an unforgettable sunrise or sunset at the magnificent Grand Canyon.
Strolling through the landscape of Zion National Park; known for its beautiful sandstone cliffs, canyons and valleys.
Enjoy a visit to the spiritual heart of the Navajo Nation - Monument Valley, where you'll learn how the landscape shapes Native American myths and modern-day Navajo life.
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Welcome to the `Neon City' in the Nevada desert, a place everyone should experience at least once in their life. The opportunities are endless here and you'll have a full day to explore so why not try your luck on the tables, see one of the many world-class shows or sample an all-American buffet? Join us at 18:00 hrs for a welcome meeting with your group and tour leader. Afterwards you're free to take in the cityscape at night; wander along the Strip and see the neon lights in all their colourful glory.
Zion effortlessly mixes peaceful beauty with powerful landscapes and the tree lined Virgin River supports fragile flora and fauna as it meanders below massive, cathedral-like sandstone walls. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their 'promised land' and it offers some of the best hiking in the southwest USA.
You have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to choose from, ranging from easy to strenuous ones, but the most famous of these walks and probably the most challenging is the hike to Angels Landing. Once you have conquered this epic trail you will be greeted the most breath-taking panoramas you will ever lay your eyes on.
For a less strenuous walk take one of the short hikes from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald pool and then continue on to the sparkling Upper Emerald pools, passing a waterfall along the way to discover Zion's "beach". Cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk section of the Virgin River. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. In The Narrows, dry feet are not an option as you are actually hiking through the Virgin River in between towering walls, and as the day heats up, the cool water and shadows of the canyon can be very pleasant indeed. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.
Leaving Zion National Park you climb in elevation to almost 2438 metres (8000 feet) and traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. "Mysterious", "breathtaking" and "out of this world" are only a few of the descriptions offered by past visitors to describe this fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as 'hoodoos'.
There are a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty. The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable you to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations. Wherever you walk, you will encounter a kaleidoscope of colours and a fantasy land of rock spires that will leave you searching for your own way to describe this 'indescribable' place. Some of you may prefer to remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky.
Today you travel southeast along the border of Utah and Arizona and make a stop at the immense Glen Canyon Dam en route to the most photographed location in the USA - Monument Valley in the heart of the Navajo Nation. This is sacred land to those who call it home and the red sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless 'westerns'. Explore the incredible array of rock formations on an included guided back roads tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture.
Continue south through the Navajo Reservation to the Cameron Trading Post to shop for local jewellery, crafts and cultural souvenirs. Traverse the eastern entrance of the mighty Grand Canyon where you'll catch your first glimpse of it at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 277 miles (445km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide and over one mile (1.6km) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 1450 miles (2330 km) through seven US states and two Mexican states.
Your tour includes a session at the IMAX Theater, which'll give you a good overview of the area and how it developed over time. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, offering perspectives you simply can't see by just visiting on foot. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's most fantastic natural wonders.
Another day to spend exploring this spectacular park.
From the epic Grand Canyon you'll travel south to Williams and west to Seligman where you'll stop for an optional lunch at the Snow Cap Diner along a section of the iconic Route 66. You will then continue on and stop for a view of the Hoover Dam, before you're greeted with the dazzling neon lights of Las Vegas. Sin City is America's entertainment capital and is home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place as nowhere else in the world quite compares, it sure does make for a memorable end to a fantastic 7 days.
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
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