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Wonders of the American West. USA Escorted Tour

Wonders of the American West

Bookended by the glamour of Las Vegas, this comprehensive exploration of the American West visits awesome natural wonders and captivating landscapes made famous by classic Western movies

Wonders of the American West

$ 3,318 from, per person

Bookended by the glamour of Las Vegas, this comprehensive exploration of the American West visits awesome natural wonders and captivating landscapes made famous by classic Western movies. Overnight at rustic lodges inside the National Parks, set among dazzling panoramas that no camera could ever quite capture.

Magnificent natural wonders and some of America’s greatest national parks await on this premium exploration of Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Amongst the highlights is a private tour in Monument Valley with a Navajo guide through the mythical formation of the Navajo Tribal Park.

Stay in wonderful accommodations including a ranch-style lodge along the Colorado River and historic lodges on Mesa Verde, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon set among dazzling panoramas that no camera could ever quite capture. Smaller group sizes allow the perfect balance of free time and escorted sightseeing, alongside your knowledgeable Travel Director, there to tailor your trip to your interests.

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Important Notes
    Bring a reusable water bottle on this trip and we will identify where you can top up your bottle with potable drinking water.
  • Main Destinations
    Las Vegas | Grand Canyon | Lake Powell | Monument Valley | Mesa Verde National Park | Moab | Arches National Park | Canyonlands National Park | Capitol Reef National Park | Bryce Canyon National Park | Zion National Park
  • Incredible Moment
    Enjoy views of the incredible natural rock formations, including the iconic Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Guide
    Meals
    Transport
  • Not Included
    Flights
    Insurance
    Internal Flights

Day to Day Itinerary

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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.
Included Meals: Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.
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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.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: National Park Lodges, Grand Canyon.
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DAY 3: Relaxed Start - 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.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (Lake View or Marina View Rooms).
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DAY 4: Relaxed Start - 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?
Included Meals: Breakfast
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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.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde.
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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.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton.
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DAY 7: Relaxed Start - 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.
Included Meals: Breakfast
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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.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon.
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DAY 9: Relaxed Start - 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.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
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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.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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Wonders of the American West, Tour Highlights

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.
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.
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