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Situated in some of the most spectacular National Parks of the Southwest, this popular trip provides fabulous walking and sightseeing opportunities.
Destinations > Texas & South West USA > Canyons & Indian Lands
Seven nights hotel accommodation, transportation by private vehicle, services of a professional tour leader and free wifi in the vehicle.
Maximum group size is 13.
Selected dates, 17 Jan - 16 Dec '18
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 breathtaking Grand Canyon, a truly unrivalled natural wonder.
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Experience an unforgettable sunrise or sunset at the magnificent Grand Canyon, an incredible spectacle you’ll never forget.
Stroll through the landscape of Zion National Park, best known for its beautiful sandstone cliffs, canyons and valleys.
Enjoy a visit to the spiritual heart of the Navajo Nation - Monument Valley and discover Navajo myths and modern life.
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Arrive in Las Vegas
Depart Las Vegas early in the morning and head towards Zion National Park. 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'. It offers some of the best hiking in southwest USA.
You have a full day to explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to choose from, ranging from easy to strenuous, but the most famous of these walks, and probably the most challenging, is the hike to Angel's Landing. Once you have conquered this epic trail you will be greeted with the most breathtaking panoramas you will ever see. 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.
Leaving Zion National Park you climb in elevation to almost 2438 metres (7999 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 rock spires that will leave you searching for your own way to describe this place.
Today you travel southeast along the border of Utah and Arizona and 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 browse and 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 445 kilometres long, up to 29 kilometres wide and over 1.6 kilometres deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres through seven US states and two Mexican states.
The tour includes a session at the IMAX Theatre, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that you cannot see by just visiting on foot (at own expense). 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 (at own expense). 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. Your journey ends on arrival.
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