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America's Canyonlands by Rail

8 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

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 Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at one of Scottsdale's most popular resorts. (D)

Day 2 Art in Sedona, Lowell Observatory, and a wildlife safari
Depart Scottsdale this morning for Sedona, home to famous red-rock formations with whimsical names like the Mittens and the Rabbit Ears, the backdrop for many western movies and TV shows, and a history shaped by early settlers, cowboys, artists and Hollywood celebrities. Here you'll gain insights into the influence that Sedona and southwestern landscapes have on artistic inspiration at a Tauck Exclusive private talk by an artist in an art gallery. Have lunch at an award-winning landmark Sedona restaurant and then it's on to Flagstaff. Established in 1894, the Lowell Observatory is one of the oldest in the US; a privately guided tour provides a fascinating look at astronomy achievements past and present, including the discovery of the dwarf planet Pluto. Mid-afternoon you'll travel to a renowned wildlife park in Williams for a private Tauck wilderness safari with a local guide who tells you about the area's bears, cougars, bison, and other animals. At the end of the afternoon, a wildlife expert joins you at a Tauck Exclusive sundowner reception followed by dinner. Spend the night at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel near one of the most iconic North American byways, Route 66. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Grand Canyon Railway then on to Lake Powell
Since 1901, from early years transporting ore through remote western landscapes to the present day, steam-powered Grand Canyon Railway has played an important role in the story of Grand Canyon National Park. This morning you'll travel first class, in restored cars, on an unforgettable ride to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Built over 100 years ago, Williams Depot (at the south end of the train line, where you'll board) and the Grand Canyon Depot (the only "log" depot still in use, at northern end of the line) are national historic treasures. Along the way you'll hear folklore and tales from days gone by... and the Old West comes to life. The Colorado River has chiseled its way down the sandstone strata of the Grand Canyon - more than one mile deep and 277 miles long - for millions of years. Arrive midday at the famed South Rim where the magnificence of the park is fully felt; it encompasses and surrounds you. Your visit to the South Rim includes lunch at a restaurant overlooking the canyon; the views are spectacular. Following lunch, travel through more of Grand Canyon National Park and the Navajo Reservation en route to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, for a two-night stay. Dine as you please at the resort this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Flightseeing & a Lake Powell dinner cruise
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. Tonight, enjoy a true highlight - a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard the sleek double-decked yacht Canyon Princess. (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 Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks. Enjoy a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard a yacht... first class rail journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon... a private wilderness safari with a local guide at a wildlife park and a Sundowner reception... a private gallery visit and lecture by an artist in Sedona... guided tour of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff... a float trip on the Colorado River... aerial sightseeing over Rainbow Bridge... exploring Bryce Canyon's hoodoos... and a final night in Las Vegas. Please note - this journey is identical to America's Canyonlands with the exception of days 2 and 3; all departures of America's Canyonlands by Rail will stay at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, Arizona, night 2.
  • 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); ask at booking
  • Hear insider stories about the national parks during filmed narratives by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • Inside-the-park accommodations at Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks
  • First class rail journey aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim for a private lunch in a restaurant overlooking the canyon
  • Guided tour at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff
  • Private lecture by an artist and a gallery visit in Sedona
  • Lunch at a landmark, award-winning Sedona restaurant
  • Private wilderness safari at an Arizona wildlife park to observe local wildlife in their natural habitats followed by a Sundowner Reception with an animal expert
  • A private dinner cruise on stunning Lake Powell aboard the double-decked yacht Canyon Princess, complete with a champagne welcome
  • Flightseeing over sculpted landscapes to see Rainbow Bridge
  • A gentle float trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • 19 meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Highlights
  • Inside-the-park accommodations at Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks
  • Complimentary night before your tour begins at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
  • Filmed narratives by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • First class rail journey aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim for a private lunch in a restaurant overlooking the canyon
  • Guided tour at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff
  • Private lecture by an artist and a gallery visit in Sedona
  • Lunch at a landmark award-winning Sedona restaurant
  • Private wilderness safari and a Sundowner Reception with an animal expert
  • Private dinner yacht cruise on Lake Powell
  • Flight sightseeing over Rainbow Bridge
  • Float trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon
Accommodations
Scottsdale: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
Page: Lake Powell Resort
Bryce Canyon National Park: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon or Best Western Hotel 
Zion National Park: Zion Lodge
Las Vegas: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Notes
  • A complimentary night before the tour is available at the Four Seasons Scottsdale (subject to availability; deposit must be made at the time of booking).
  • Tour of June 25 will stay at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on night 1. 
  • May 13, 20, 27 and September 2, 9, and 16 departures are small group departures, averaging 24 Tauck guests.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.