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8 Day Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks (Sunday Departure)

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Sunday - Arrive in Phoenix, Transfer Independently to Scottsdale
Arrive in the colorful Old Town of Scottsdale, where the "Old West meets the New West". The Scottsdale/Phoenix area, with its captivating desert setting has inspired artists for generations. This region is also home to acclaimed museums and architectural masterpieces including Frank Lloyd Wright's elegant buildings created from desert rocks and sand. Tonight's Welcome Meeting introduces you to your Tour Manager and the exciting program that awaits you. Continue to a nearby restaurant for a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible. (Dinner)

DAY 2, Monday - Sedona
Early morning drive to picturesque Sedona, known for its distinctive red sandstone formations, delightful artists' colony and unforgettable scenery. Stop to visit Montezuma Castle, site of 12th and 13th century Native American cliff dwellings. Here, you will journey back in time at this preserved prehistoric Indian ruin with its excavated treasures from the mysterious Sinagua people of the southwest. Arrive in Sedona with time to explore the town or join the optional fun-filled Pink Jeep tour that takes you to an amazing 2,000 feet to the top of the Mongollon Rim. Your afternoon drive takes you through winding Oak Creek Canyon on your way towards the Grand Canyon National Park, carved over millions of years by the Colorado River, considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (Breakfast)

Optional: Pink Jeep Excursion to Scenic Rim (PM).

DAY 3, Tuesday - Grand Canyon, Lake Powell
A memorable day awaits to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with its unrivaled awe-inspiring views and breathtaking beauty. The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado plateau -- it is truly a momentous and unforgettable experience. Almost 280 miles long, the Grand Canyon varies in width from one to eighteen miles, with the Colorado River winding below. As you depart the canyon, stop at the Desert Viewpoint to see the exceptional views, including the Painted Desert - the colors are astounding. Travel to Page, in the Lake Powell region. The rest of the evening is yours to relax or explore Page independently. Perhaps, participate in this evening's optional Native American Dance Performance with dinner - it's definitely a highlight of the area! (Breakfast)

Optional: Native American Dance Performance with dinner.

DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day in Page
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Page. Consider joining the thrilling optional excursion to Monument Valley, including lunch. This great valley, with its rugged beauty, boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. Return to your hotel for dinner with the group. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Full Day Excursion to Monument Valley with lunch.

DAY 5, Thursday - Bryce Canyon National Park, Springdale
Morning drive to Bryce Canyon, a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations known as hoodoos, resembling the towers of fairy-tale castles, created by wind and water erosion over eons of time. Magnificent spires tinted with many colors of pink orange and red put on a captivating show as the light changes during the day. The sights are truly a delight for photographers. Perhaps you'll see some of the park's abundant wildlife, including elk, coyotes and much more. After a quick lunch, continue to charming Springdale, located outside Zion National Park. Upon arrival, evening is at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 6, Friday - Zion National Park
Today, discover the wonderland of Zion National Park, where red desert rocks splashed with vivid colors mingle with rolling rivers and lush green canyons. Its colorful sandstone canyons and dramatic peaks and cliffs are contrasted by desert oases with abundant pools and cascading waterfalls. Look to the sky -- Zion is home to golden eagles, falcons and the endangered California condor. Highlights also include the famous trio of peaks known as the Three Patriarchs. After lunch at the Zion Lodge, perhaps some time for walking along the rustic trails. Tonight, Farewell Dinner together caps a wonderful journey. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7, Saturday - Las Vegas
Depart Zion National Park driving through colorful landscapes of the Mojave Desert to glittering Las Vegas. Orientation tour of this super energetic city introduces you to this "city that never sleeps" with its non-stop nightlife and fantasy-themed hotels. Balance of the day is at leisure to discover Las Vegas on your own. Tonight, dine at one of the endless buffets, or trendy restaurants, or, try your luck at the gaming tables or slot machines. (Breakfast)

DAY 8, Sunday - Return Home
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Hotel porterage
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Highlights
  • Stay in the Old Town of Scottsdale, where the "Old West meets the New West"
  • Visit picturesque Sedona, with its distinctive red rock formations and artist community
  • Stop at Montezuma Castle, site of prehistoric Native American cliff dwellings
  • Stand in awe at the rim of the Grand Canyon with its breathtaking beauty
  • View Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world
  • Tour Bryce Canyon, a wondrous land of pines and oddly sculpted Red Rock formations
  • Discover Zion National Park, enjoy short hikes and stunning views
  • Stay in glittering Las Vegas, with its non-stop nightlife and colorful theme hotel
Accommodations
Scottsdale: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Old Town Scottsdale
Grand Canyon Valley: Yavapai Lodge East
Page: Courtyard Page at Lake Powell
Springdale: Holiday Inn Express - Springdale Utah ot Majestic View Lodge
Las Vegas: Tropicana Las Vegas
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Arrival transfers via hotel shuttle are not included for flights arriving outside the hours of 7:00am to 9:00pm.
  • Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted on some departures. 
  • This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, steps and slopes. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Hotels in National Parks provide limited amenities.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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