HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CANYONLANDS - 2017
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Independently explore the "Sin City" Las Vegas before your seven-day, canyon and park adventure begins. With an overnight in each destination, the highlights won't be missed. From the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Glen Canyon Dam to Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park the sightseeing is virtually endless.
Orientation tour in St. George and 4-wheel-drive tour in Monument Valley.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Route 66, Grand Canyon National Park, Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Snow Canyon State Park.
Local Guide for sightseeing in Monument Valley; services of a professional Tour Director.
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
- INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
2 continental breakfasts (CB).
Day by Day
Welcome to exciting Las Vegas, also known as "Sin City!" Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
LAS VEGAS-WILLIAMS-GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
Cross the desert and the old Mojave gold-strike country, passing through Williams on historic Route 66, and Kaibab National Forest, to arrive in the Grand Canyon by mid-afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience breathtaking views of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Accommodations this evening are inside the park.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK-NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT-KAYENTA.
If you miss the sunset over the canyon, sunrise is just as impressive! For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional flightseeing excursion over the heart of the Grand Canyon for incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 2,134 metres (7,000 feet) into the Colorado River. Later today, NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT. Visit villages built by prehistoric Ancestral Puebloans that date from 1250 to 1300 AD. See original architectural elements such as roof beams, masonry walls, and rock art. This evening, join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner, surrounded by the red-rock canyons of Monument Valley.
KAYENTA-MONUMENT VALLEY-LAKE POWELL-PAGE.
To experience the American West immortalised on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to MONUMENT VALLEY. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, the valley's scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-WHEEL-DRIVE TOUR. Afterward, visit the Glen Canyon Dam, holding back the waters of the Colorado River in Lake Powell, the country's second-largest man-made lake. This afternoon, consider an optional Antelope Canyon cruise, which takes you onto the lake and into the tight, winding canyons.
PAGE-BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
Our optional early morning flight provides another unique perspective of Lake Powell. This beautiful sightseeing flight also includes Glen Canyon Dam, Wahweap Marina, Tower Butte, and Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural arch on Earth. Then, travel into Utah along the Grand Staircase to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Bryce is famous for its unique geology; erosion has created bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos." Tinted with numerous colours, these rocks create a wondrous landscape. Make sure to have your camera on hand today! (CB)
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK-ZION NATIONAL PARK-ST. GEORGE.
"Zion" is an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary. Once a refuge for Mormon pioneers, ZION NATIONAL PARK'S striking landscapes of steep canyons and stone towers carved out by rushing streams over millions of years will mesmerise you. There is plenty of time to explore the park: take the park shuttle, see the Visitor's Centre and the museum, take a leisurely hike, bird watch, or join a park ranger to learn more about the animals, geology, plants, and human history. You'll overnight in St. George.
ST. GEORGE-SNOW CANYON STATE PARK-LAS VEGAS.
This morning begins with an orientation tour of St. George, the most important Mormon community in southern Utah. The journey continues to SNOW CANYON STATE PARK, a park featuring a canyon carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone in the Red Mountains of Utah. A stop at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 3 pm. The trip ends at your Las Vegas hotel for those guests with extra nights. (CB)
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