Where ancient native people and pioneers walked in the shadow of majestic sandstone cliffs that soar into brilliant blue skies
Scottsdale - 2 nights
Monument Valley - 1 night
Moab - 3 nights
Bryce Area - 2 nights
Flagstaff - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night
Nature has endowed America with stunning landscapes preserved in her great national parks. The magnificent vistas, incredible backdrop and spectacular countryside provides a unique natural scenery and there are few more striking sights than the Canyonlands. Staying in specially selected properties this journey starts in Scottsdale with its almost year round sunshine and features the most colourful and impressive canyon scenery in the United States.
Providing an ideal combination of the best of the ‘Big Country’ the itinerary explores the Bryce area and the National Parks of Zion, The Grand Canyon, Canyonlands and Arches. In addition it explores Monument Valley, Sonaran Desert and Antelope Canyon, home to the native Indians of America where the cultural influence and artistic traditions of the Navajo are much in evidence.
No matter how much you have read or how many photographs you have seen of the region, nothing quite prepares you for the spectacle that is Canyon Country, with its unique natural scenery, it holds the most impressive and astounding landscapes. Our aim is to not only show you some of the finest scenery that America has to offer but we have ensured that you get to spend the optimum amount of time in the national parks to experience fully their extraordinary beauty. Photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and geologists alike will truly be captivated by this memorable journey.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Breakfast Daily and 3 Dinners
UK Tour Manager
Visit 4 National Parks
Included Gratuities for:
Group Size: 15 – 30
Day 1 Fly to Phoenix and transfer to the Comfort Suites Old Town Scottsdale for a two night stay. Welcome dinner. See the stirring beauty of the Sonoran Desert, the remarkable clarity of light, exotic cactus blossoms and lush desert landscape creating an environment that will leave you inspired. (D)
Day 2 Orientation tour of Scottsdale, once a tiny farming community carved out of the Arizona Territory, visit the Desert Botanical Garden. Discover 50,000 desert plants, explore the five thematic trails of the fascinating Sonoran Desert plant life, from cacti and alluring succulents to brilliant wildflowers and lush trees. (B)
Day 3 Travel to Monument Valley, viewing the multi coloured hues of the Painted Desert. Part of the Diné (Navajo) Nation, Monument Valley is renowned for its sandstone buttes and formations, its epic beauty heightened by the barren landscape surrounding it – a window into the culture of the Navajo Nation. Enjoy the beautiful sunset from Goulding’s Lodge, our spectacularly located accommodation overlooking the spectacular, iconic mesas of Monument Valley. (B)
Day 4 Enjoy Monument Valley's crimson sandstone formations as we explore the park by jeep. Visit the major scenic points and Backcountry monuments including arches and ancient Petroglyphs from the Anasazi people, then head into the heart of canyonland country. Stay three nights at Best Western Canyonlands Inn in the town of Moab, the perfect base from which to explore rugged southern Utah. (B)
Day 5 Spend the day at Arches National Park, discovering a landscape of contrasting colours, land forms and textures unlike any other, with over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. Witness millions of years of geological history in just a few moments. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 6 Centred on the Colorado Plateau at the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers, the magnificent Canyonlands National Park is a colourful landscape eroded by the rivers and their tributaries. The natural beauty of its acres of colourful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches and spires sits alongside human history, preserved in a primitive desert atmosphere. (B)
Day 7 Pass through a changing landscape as you leave the desert behind travelling to Bryce Canyon and Ruby's Inn for the next two nights. Set at the gateway to the park it is an ideal base for our exploration of this outstandingly beautiful area. The smallest of Utahs parks, this is possibly the most impactful. Proceed to the largest collection of hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rocks left standing from the forces of erosion) and spires in the world. Bring your sense of wonder and imagination when visiting, the sunset sets the ethereal formations ablaze. (B)
Day 8 Explore Zion National Park, where ancient native people and pioneers walked. The soaring cliffs of Zion Canyon are a dramatic natural wonder of sheer cliffs and massive sandstone monoliths but even in its grandeur the park offers delicate hanging gardens, grottoes, cascading waterfalls, meadows of wildflower and lush vegetation making it quite distinct. The abundance of endemic wildlife and fauna adds a further dimension to the park. (B)
Day 9 Depart for Flagstaff and experience the stunning views of the turquoise waters of Lake Powell contrasting with the surrounding vermillion cliffs. En-route visit Antelope Canyon, the most beautiful of slot canyons, with a fantastic combination of depth and breadth, rock colour and ambient light. Explore the geology, culture and history of the canyon. Proceed to the Little America Hotel, Flagstaff for your final two nights. (B)
Day 10 Visit the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, iconic and familiar. The sheer scale and size is staggering, layered with bands of rocks, this mighty gorge has been sculpted meticulously for several millions of years by the Colorado River. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner and recount the fabulous sights and experiences of the journey. (B, D)
Day 11 Travel through the 16-mile Oak Creek Canyon to the artisan town of Sedona, amid striking red stand stone formations. There will be time for independent exploration before continuing to Phoenix airport. Return flight with British Airways. (B)
Day 12 Arrive London Heathrow.
A 3-star all-suites hotel near Scottsdale Stadium, which is an MLB spring training ballpark. This smoke-free, family-suite Scottsdale hotel is conveniently close to several of the top Phoenix attractions, including Desert Botanical Garden and Taliesin West, home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Features include fitness centre and pool. 47 rooms with private facilities, mini-fridge, coffee maker and free WiFi.
3-star Goulding’s Lodge is located in Monument Valley. The Stagecoach dining room overlooks historic Goulding’s Trading Post and offers Navajo and American cuisine. Features also include a heated pool. 63 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, TV, coffee maker and free WiFi.
3-star Best Western Canyonlands Inn is located in the heart of downtown Moab, Utah. Amenities include a fitness centre and pool 80 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, TV, coffee maker and free WiFi.
3-star Best Western Ruby’s Inn is located 1 mile from Bryce Canyon National Park, this Utah hotel offers convenient amenities and comfortable accommodations just minutes from Scenic Byway 12 and the Escalante national Monument. 368 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, TV, coffee maker and free WiFi.
Just off I-40, this 3-star hotel is located on 500 acres of Ponderosa Pine forest. Amenities include, restaurant, bar and pool. 247 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, TV, coffee maker and free WiFi.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from London Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £995
World Traveller Plus from £585
Business Class from £1950
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation in 3/4-star hotels, breakfast daily, 3 dinners, gratuities for drivers and local guides, itinerary as described, entrance fees, park fees, services of UK Tour Manager, local guides and representative. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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