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Overview

A family holiday of a lifetime, on this small group tour of the canyons of western America. Your expert tour leader will guide you through nine days of exploring, camping and fun activities. One night will be spent in a traditional Navajo mud hut, four nights will be camping under the stars in the middle of the stunning landscapes, and for three nights you can relax in hotels.

You will have your breath taken away with views of the Grand Canyon, the Valley of Fire, the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend and the Hoover Dam. You can choose from hiking various trails in the stunning National Parks of Bryce and Zion, and opt to go horseback riding or river tubing.

Highlights:

  • At the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, either stroll the West Rim Trail, hike to Plateau point or take a helicopter ride
  • Enjoy some water-based fun in Lake Powell, swimming, kayaking or paddle-boarding… or perhaps just sit back and relax in one of the coves
  • Discover the hidden secrets of the Native Americans from a Navajo guide in Monument Valley and sleep in a traditional mud Hogan
  • Travel along the original Route 66 for a true taste of Americana
  • Sunset pizza dinner overlooking the Grand Canyon
  • See the most amazing landscapes as you travel through the Valley of Fire, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Zion National Park

Details

Day 1

Las Vegas

Join your group this evening in Vegas. You will be heading west in the morning, so can you choose to add a few days in Vegas before the tour starts (or perhaps afterwards, at the end of the tour) if you would like to enjoy the attractions of this fun-filled city.

Overnight: Hotel included, with meals paid locally

Days 2 & 3

Valley of Fire State Park & Zion National Park

First stop on your journey west is the aptly named Valley of Fire State Park, with its red standstone formations which glimmer in the sun. Then you will head to the spectacular Zion National Park, where the adventurous can take a hike to the famed Angels Landing for amazing 360 degree view of the magnificent landscape. Or you can choose to take a different trail, through the narrows where you can wander in-between towering walls, enjoying the cool shadows of the canyon.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Day 4

Bryce National Park & Kodachrome Basin State Park

On arriving at Bryce National Park you will be blown away by the amazing stone structures sculpted over thousands of years into spires, arches, mazes and fantastical shapes known as “hoodoos”. The Native American myths describe these bizarre shapes as “Legend People” who were turned to stone for their sins. Here you can choose either to go horse riding or hike on a variety of trails ranging from easy to more strenuous. On the Navajo trail you can hike right through these unique rock formations. The easier Queen’s Garden trail is a lovely stroll. Or you can choose just to remain on the rim and take advantage of this amazing photo opportunity. You will spend the night at a lovely campsite in the nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Day 5

Lake Powell

En route to Lake Powell pause at Horseshoe Bend for one of the most spectacular views of the Colorado River. Lake Powell was created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, and has a shoreline which stretches longer than the west coast of the USA. The lake is a haven for watersports but if you prefer you can just relax in one of the many sandstone coves. After a day of fun in the sun, you will have another magical evening camping out under the stars.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Day 6

Monument Valley

You will spend today in one of the most iconic landscapes of the states – Monument Valley – used as the set for countless movies. You will have a Navago guide taking you through the backroads, teaching you about the rich Navajo history and be entertained by their stories and myths. After an fascinating day you will have an extraordinary night camping in one of their traditional mud huts – the mud Hogan.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Days 7 & 8

Grand Canyon National Park

Saving the best and certainly the biggest until last, it is now time to visit the Grand Canyon. Up to 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep, it is no wonder this is described as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You will be spending two nights here, so have lots of time to explore the cliff-top walking trails and observation spots. You can also opt for a helicopter flight for spectacular birds-eye views. Enjoy a beautiful sunset over the canyon whilst enjoying an included pizza dinner.

Overnight: Hotel included, meals paid locally

Day 9

Grand Canyon National Park – Route 66 – Hoover Dam – Las Vegas

The finale of this tour is a slice of pure Americana as you travel along a section of the original Route 66, stopping in the charming and quirky town of Seligman – full of Americana road trip memorabilia and the option to grab a bite at the Snow Cap Diner. Before reaching your final destination of Las Vegas, you will stop to enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Hoover Dam. You can either fly home this evening (please don’t book a flight departing before 9pm) or stay on for a few days to enjoy the spectacle of Las Vegas.

Flights home today must be booked for departure after 9pm.

 

spectacle of Las Vegas.

What’s Included

  • International flights
  • Travel on the tour in an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 4 nights camping, 1 night in a traditional mud Hogan and 3 nights in 3* hotels on a twin share basis
  • Please see Accommodation section below for more details
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • Entrance to and hiking in the National Parks

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to the joining point of the tour and away from the finishing point
  • Meals are paid locally (apart from when camping)
  • Zion – river tubing $15
  • Bryce – western horseback riding $40-$80
  • Grand Canyon – helicopter flight $254-$284
  • Grand Canyon – IMAX theatre $15

Four nights on this tour will be spent camping so that you can experience the most breath-taking natural scenery at close quarters. Campgrounds are selected either for their scenic beauty or for their convenience to the places you’ll explore.

All the necessary equipment will be provided including spacious dome tents, self-inflating sleeping mats, camp lights, and all kitchen & cooking equipment. You will need to bring a warm sleeping bag and a pillow.

You will have one night for a truly unique experience, sleeping in a traditional Navajo mud hut, and three nights will be spent in hotels, as shown in the itinerary.

 

All meals whilst camping are included in the price of the tour. The Tour Leader coordinates the local shopping and assists the group in creating healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners.

Breakfasts may include fresh fruits, cereal, toast, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Fried bacon or sausage, pancakes or eggs will also be available on more leisurely mornings. Lunches are typically picnic style. Evening meals range from grilled meat, fresh fish or chicken dishes, as well as occasional regional specialities such as Mexican food or BBQ’s. Vegetarian options will also be available. If you have a special diet, then feel free to bring any particular foods, beverages or whatever you need. Be sure to let us know at time of booking and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Three nights will be spent in hotels on this tour, as shown on the itinerary, and here you will be able to choose when and where you eat, with all meals payable locally.

 

An essential part of these family activity holidays is getting the whole group involved and helping out around the campground. With guidance from your tour leader, everyone sets up and packs down the camp together. The high quality tents are very easy to set up and take down on your own, and the tour leader will show you how. Typically it takes only 15 minutes to set up the tens and the camp kitchen.

Please don’t bring more than one medium sized suitcase, soft holdall or rucksack (maximum 20kg) and your sleeping bag. Small hand baggage may also be carried inside the vehicle.

When you are camping all your meals at the campsite are included so we recommend you budget for around $15 per day for snacks, drinks, tips and general spending

When you are staying in hotels we recommend an average budget of $50 per day to cover all meals, snacks, drinks, tips and general spending.

In addition to this you should also budget for optional activities you would like to participate in. Some sample costs are listed in the Whats Included section.

 

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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