DAY 1, Sunday - Arrive in Las Vegas
Arrive in Las Vegas. Transfer independently to the hotel which is located in the "city that never sleeps" with its non-stop nightlife and fantasy-themed hotels. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible.
DAY 2, Monday - Hoover Dam
After breakfast, travel the border between Nevada and Arizona to view one of the biggest and best-known dams in the world, Hoover Dam. Upon arrival, begin a guided tour to learn about one of the modern engineering wonders in the US and a National Historic Landmark. After, take some time to explore the dam at your leisure. Perhaps venture out to the observation deck to see the stunningly beautiful Lake Mead. The reservoir covers 550 miles of shoreline and 247 square miles of area which is twice the size of Rhode Island. Continue on to Zion National Park where your will enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travel companions. (B,D)
DAY 3, Tuesday - 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. (B,L)
DAY 4, Wednesday - Bryce Canyon National Park
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 the 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. After a quick lunch, continue to your hotel. This evening, have dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 5, Thursday - Full Day in Page
Spend 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.
Optional: Full Day Excursion to Monument Valley with lunch. (B)
DAY 6, Friday - Grand Canyon
A memorable day awaits to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with its unrivaled awe-inspiring views and breathtaking beauty. As you approach the canyon, stop at the Desert Viewpoint to see the exceptional views. 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. The rest of the evening is yours to relax. (B)
DAY 7, Saturday - Sedona
Early morning drive to picturesque Sedona, known for its distinctive red sandstone formations, delightful artists' colony, and unforgettable scenery. Arrive in Sedona with time to explore the town or join the optional fun-filled Pink Jeep tour that takes you to an amazing 1,500 feet to the top of the Mogollon 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. Stop to visit Montezuma Castle, site of the 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. Continue to Scottsdale. Tonight, join your newfound friends and Tour Manager for a Farewell Dinner. (B,D)
Optional: Pink Jeep Excursion to Scenic Rim (PM).
DAY 8, Sunday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
National Parks route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.