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America's Canyonlands

8 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

Tauck Offers for this Trip

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Phoenix
Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. A transfer is included from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Join us for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner tonight. (D)

Day 2 From the red rocks of Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park
Stop today in Sedona - home to famous red-rock formations with whimsical names like the Mittens and the Rabbit Ears, and the backdrop for many western movies and TV shows - and check out this intriguing town shaped by early settlers, cowboys, artists and Hollywood celebrities. America's Canyonlands sets the stage for the week's travels with some awe-inspiring sights on your drive through Oak Creek Canyon to your lodge on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Choose from fine dining at El Tovar, or more casual fare at the Arizona Room or Bright Angel Café. (B, D)

Day 3 The Grand Canyon and a private Lake Powell cruise
The Colorado River chiseled its way down the sandstone strata of the Grand Canyon, over one mile deep and 277 miles long, on a journey that has lasted millions of years. You may wish to start your own journey just a few steps from your lodge with a Grand Canyon sunrise, a truly magical spectacle that defies comparison anywhere! A local geologist is on hand today to share expert insights on the canyon's history and ecology, before we cross the Navajo Reservation and the Painted Desert en route to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area for a two-night stay at Lake Powell. Tonight, a true highlight - a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard the sleek double-decked yacht Canyon Princess. (B, D)

Day 4 Flightseeing & canyon views at Lake Powell
See remote corners of 186-mile-long Lake Powell - created from the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s - from a variety of perspectives. First take an included early morning, 45-minute flight* to see the unusual red-rock formations reflecting in the lake; see Rainbow Bridge, the world's largest natural arch. Then take a private boat cruise and guided tour past some of the incredible sandstone slot canyons in the Navajo Nation, among the most beautiful in the Southwest. You also have the possibility today to take an optional four-hour excursion to Monument Valley* in the Navajo Nation (at an additional cost - see Pricing & Availability), made famous as a setting of many westerns by director John Ford; combine aerial sightseeing with a land tour by a Navajo guide through rock buttes and spires - ask at time of booking. (B, D)

Day 5 Colorado River rafting & on to Bryce Canyon
This morning's float trip on the Colorado River takes you through Glen Canyon; your experienced river adventure guide imparts a wealth of knowledge about the canyon as you glide past colorful walls of Navajo sandstone. Utah's iconic landscapes have served as ideal locations for movie and TV westerns over the years; view them on an afternoon drive to Bryce Canyon National Park - a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations known as hoodoos, resembling the towers of fairy-tale castles. Magnificent spires, tinted with shades of pink, orange and red, put on a captivating show as the light changes throughout the day. Keep an eye open for the park's abundant wildlife, including elk, coyotes, marmots, and prairie dogs, as you explore the park from your sought-after accommodations at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon. Listed on the National Historic Register, The Lodge is nestled in a forest of towering ponderosa pines in the heart of the park. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Explore Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks
If you rise early this morning, you'll be rewarded with an awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon sunrise, as the light of dawn slowly spreads across the hoodoos and other unique geological features steps from your room at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon! Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps venturing out on one of the park's renowned hiking trails to observe a great variety of bird species, beautiful wildflowers and diverse wildlife. After lunch, travel across southwestern Utah to Zion National Park, where colorful sandstone canyons and 3,000-foot-high palisades tower above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. The park's shuttle system and network of hiking trails afford access to its key geologic features - thriving vegetation includes cottonwood trees and dry desert plants; wildlife ranges from mule deer to hundreds of bird species. Spend the night at the restored Zion Lodge, the only hotel accommodation inside the park. (B, L, D)

Day 7 From Zion National Park to a finale in Las Vegas
The morning is yours to explore Zion National Park's diverse geological features at leisure; its dramatic peaks and cliffs, odd geologic formations, desert oases featuring abundant pools and waterfalls, and mighty canyons splashed with vivid colors are all equally compelling. The Paiutes believed this place to be the home of their coyote spirit, Sinawava, while early Mormon visitors referred to it as "the natural temples of God." Highlights include a trio of peaks known as the Three Patriarchs; the Emerald Pools, fed by waterfalls cascading over the canyon walls; and the veil of spring water trickling over Weeping Rock. Depart Zion for a memorable journey across the vast, colorful vistas of the northeastern Mojave Desert. Then get ready for a bit of culture shock as you arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada - a city that truly never sleeps, offering non-stop entertainment and fancifully themed casinos. Accommodations tonight are at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, providing easy access to the famed Strip - and yet the hotel is a welcoming oasis unto itself. Join us for a farewell reception and dinner as our journey to the great national parks of the Southwest comes to an end. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Journey home
Tour ends: Las Vegas. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Checkout time is 11:00 AM. Allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in. (B)
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All This Included
Stories by Ken Burns - Tauck takes you behind-the-scenes with filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan - creators of The National Parks: America's Best Idea - who share personal stories of the dreamers, visionaries, and unsung heroes who shaped the preservation of three great national parks of the American West - Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Thanks to our travel partner, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, enjoy a complimentary night before your tour begins at this fabulous resort, one of the Southwest's finest (subject to availability, deposit must be made at time of booking); your complimentary night can be combined with other savings and promotions - ask for details! Stay at sought-after lodges in the heart of the parks. Enjoy an ecological talk on the Grand Canyon's rim by a geology expert... a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard a yacht... an interpretive lecture on Southwestern ecology... a float trip on the Colorado River... aerial sightseeing over Rainbow Bridge... a private cruise to view colorful slot canyons... Bryce Canyon's hoodoos... and a final night in Las Vegas. Discover why our popular Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon tour is one of Tauck's favorite journeys anywhere in the world!
  • Enjoy a complimentary night before your tour begins at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, one of the Southwest's finest resorts (subject to availability, deposit is required at time of booking); ask for details!
  • Hear insider stories about the national parks during filmed narratives by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • Inside-the-park accommodations at three national parks - Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion
  • A private dinner cruise on stunning Lake Powell aboard the double-decked yacht Canyon Princess, complete with a champagne welcome
  • A private lake cruise and guided tour to view colorful slot canyons in the Navajo Nation
  • Insights into the Grand Canyon's ecology from a geology expert from the perfect vantage point - looking out over the rim of the canyon
  • Flightseeing over sculpted landscapes to see Rainbow Bridge
  • A gentle float trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon; a fascinating lecture on Southwestern wildlife, geology and plants
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • 17 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Highlights
  • Inside-the-park accommodations at Grand Canyon Bryce and Zion national parks
  • Private dinner cruise on Lake Powell
  • Float trip on the Colorado River
  • Private lake cruise and guided tour to view colorful slot canyons
  • Wildlife and ecology lectures
Accommodations
Scottsdale: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Grand Canyon National Park: Kachina Lodge
Page: Lake Powell Resort
Bryce Canyon National Park: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Zion: Zion Lodge
Las Vegas: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Notes
  • May 4 & 12, Junt 8 & 29, August 10, September 15 & 28 and October 5 & 12, 2018 are Small Group Departures – Select small group departures averaging 24 Tauck guests, priced from $4,390 per person double; specific dates apply – select "Small Group" in the pull-down menu above for complete pricing.
  • Some accommodations within the national parks are operated by concessionaires for the National Park Service. Service staff in these facilities are often part-time and are relatively inexperienced; service may not compare to Tauck's hotels in other locations.
  • Monument Valley Option – add $199. View colorful sandstone buttes, mesas and spires best appreciated from above on an optional flightseeing adventure* from Page, Arizona, to Monument Valley, iconic setting of many classic western films. Land near the valley within the Navajo Indian Reservation, where a Navajo guide takes you for a close-up view of the incredible monoliths rising from the valley floor; fly back to Page midday and return to Lake Powell.
  • *For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.
  • Note: Tours of Jun 22 & 25 will stay at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on night 1.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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