Scenic Parks Explorer Summer 2018

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Carve a trail through America's National Parks-past mystical chimneys in Bryce Canyon, imposing mesas rising up from the red floor of Monument Valley, and the rock-hewn faces of former presidents. Complete your adventure with Happy Pappy's cookout and the vast panorama of Grand Canyon before you.

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Scenic drive along Desert View Drive
    • Orientation of Salt Lake City
    • View Crazy Horse Memorial, iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
    • Visit Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon National Parks, Jackson, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Little Bighorn Battlefield, the Mile High City of Denver, Monument Valley, Las Vegas

What's this trip about?

    Carve a trail through America's National Parks-past mystical chimneys in Bryce Canyon, imposing mesas rising up from the red floor of Monument Valley, and the rock-hewn faces of former presidents. Complete your adventure with Happy Pappy's cookout and the vast panorama of Grand Canyon before you.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityLas Vegas (NV)
End CityLas Vegas (NV)

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning

Destinations

  • North America
  • United States

Attractions

  • Denver
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Moab
  • Monument Valley
  • Yellowstone National Park

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Welcome Reception

Day 2: Las Vegas – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

Depart Las Vegas for the graceful canyons and towering cliffs of Zion National Park. Then it's onward to Bryce Canyon, home to the world's largest concentration of hoodoos-tall limestone spires that rise majestically from the desert floor. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Bryce Canyon – Salt Lake City

Travel north to Utah's capital to see the famed Temple Square, headquarters to the Mormon church and home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Meet Local Specialists, sister missionaries, who introduce the basic beliefs and history of the Mormon pioneers which bro...

Day 4: Salt Lake City – Montpelier – Jackson

Get a glimpse of the route of the pioneers as you cross the Oregon Trail, stopping in Montpelier at the Oregon Trail Center. Enjoy lunch at a covered wagon themed restaurant before departing to scenic Jackson, standing in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. The evening is free for you to explore. Full Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Jackson – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (2 Nights)

Traverse through Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone, the world's first National Park. (When the south entrance is closed due to weather conditions, the itinerary will travel west from Jackson via Idaho and enter Yellowstone National Park through the w...

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing

Explore the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls and a chance to see bison and elk. Join your Travel Director to explore the spouting geysers, bubbling hot springs and mud paint pots. Watch in wonder as Old Faithful's waters arc over 100 feet (30 metres) into the air. Full Breakfast

Day 7: Yellowstone – Cody – Billings

Head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill, and get a glimpse into its lively history at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Then it's on to Big Sky Country for a Be My Guest dinner featuring local cuisine and a host who welcomes you with true Western hospitality. Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 8: Billings – Little Bighorn – Rapid City (2 Nights)

Today begins with a visit to Little Bighorn, the infamous battlefield where the ill-fated Custer led his men against a battalion of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Then, travel east through the Black Hills to Rapid City. Full Breakfast

Day 9: Black Hills Excursion

Discover the wonders of the Black Hills on your way to visit the base of Crazy Horse Memorial before a visit to Mount Rushmore. This afternoon, gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive dinner featuring a Cultural Insight, Stephen Yellowhawk, who shares his tribe's history through dance and song. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Rapid City – Denver

Travel through the expansive grasslands of Wyoming on your way to Denver. Enjoy the evening to relax. Full Breakfast

Day 11: Denver – Vail – Moab (2 Nights)

Ascend into the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide on your way to Vail. Founded in 1966 at the base of the largest ski mountain in the United States, this pretty alpine village has an old-world feel. Then it's on to Moab where tonight is yours. Full Breakfast

Day 12: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Excursion

Discover stunning Canyonlands National Park and visit magnificent Arches National Park where the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into natural arches. Full Breakfast

Day 13: Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley

Between AD 600 and 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone of the canyon walls at Mesa Verde National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Regional Meal in Monument Valley before returning to your hotel. Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 14: Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park

Marvel at Monument Valley's landscape in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a Local Specialist. Visit the land of the Navajo people, stopping at historic Cameron Trading Post. Breathtaking views hint at the most spectacular of all vistas-the vast panorama of the...

Day 15: Grand Canyon – Depart Las Vegas

Perhaps take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip this morning before hitting the road again. End your journey back in Las Vegas where a transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or to the Tropicana Las Vegas for guests extending their stay. Full Breakfast

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Last Updated: 10/9/2018

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Meals Included
  • 14 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 6 dinners
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  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
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  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
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