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  • Arizona

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    A wonderful mix of modern urban sophistication, the historic Old West and spectacular scenery. Arizona also boasts beautifully designed golf courses, fabulous hotels, wonderful food and excellent shopping.

    • Monument Valley

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    • Scottsdale

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    • Golfing in Phoenix

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    • Antelope Canyon

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    • Superstition Mountains

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    • La Encantada Shopping Center

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    • Riding through Monument Valley

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    • Lower Colorado River

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    • Scottsdale Saguaro

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    • Dining in Phoenix

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    • Sedona at Night

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    Visits to Arizona are generally limited to the northwestern corner of the state that encompasses one of the great natural wonders of the world - the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Although a major attraction, it need not be the only reason to visit the state.

    Arizona has 27 State Parks and numerous natural wonders that provide access to a wide variety of activities, fauna and flora, and landscapes. The Sonoran Desert and Sagauro National Park feature typical desert scenery, with canyons, red cliffs and sandstone pinnacles, and the giant multi-armed cacti that typify the Arizonian landscape. The Painted Desert and the magnificent sandstone spires of Monument Valley in the northeast, the spectacular Red Rock Country of Sedona, and the mountains and forests of Flagstaff are just some of Arizona's other natural attractions.

    The north of the state is crisscrossed with canyons, mountain streams, ponderosa pine forests, alpine meadows and snow-capped peaks. In the south and west are red deserts with stunning rock formations, Native American tribes, ghost towns from gold and silver mining days and deep blue skies.

    The desert is also home of the Wild West, the land of cowboys and Indians, prospectors, gamblers and dusty towns. The character of the Old West is epitomised in the old mining town of Tombstone, the site of the famous shootout at the OK Corral where staged gunfights, swinging saloon doors and old wooden buildings are reminders of the harsh past that respected the 'law of the gun'.

    But Arizona is not only about deserts, history and natural wonders. Two of the state's biggest metropolises are in the desert, the cities of Phoenix and Tucson, offering 21st century comforts such as luxurious resorts, shopping plazas and golf courses. The region's continuous sunshine and dry desert air attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year. Phoenix, the largest city in the state, shares borders with Scottsdale, the primary resort destination in Arizona. Both cities have a variety of accommodations and attractions, unique shopping, fine art galleries and many cultural events. Greater Phoenix boasts over 200 spectacular golf courses and a climate that attracts people from around the world.

    Outside the cities, the Native Americans who have lived in Arizona for centuries make up the majority of the population, and more than a third of the land is encompassed within Indian Reservations. Northeast Arizona is known as Indian country, where the Navajo and the traditional Hopi tribal groups reside, and is where the beautiful Canyon de Chelly, and numerous Ancestral Puebloan sites are to be found in the cliff walls and valleys.

     

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    • Top Tip 1

      Arizona positively teems with National Parks, not least the Grand Canyon. If you're planning to visit a number of national parks, save money by purchasing a National Park Annual Pass for just $80 per vehicle (it’s US$25 to enter the Grand Canyon, for example).

    • Top Tip 2

      Take time out in Sedona to enjoy lunch by the creek at L'Auberge de Sedona. We can think of no better way to lose an afternoon!

    • Top Tip 3

      The sunsets in Arizona are incredible. See as many as you can, camera at the ready, champagne in hand!

    • Top Tip 4

      If you're driving from Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon, make sure you don't miss Oak Creek Canyon, just north of Sedona. The views are magnificent.

    • Top Tip 5

      The Arizona desert is beautiful all year round, but if you want to see it in full bloom, visit during the spring when it's a carpet of colour.

    • Top Tip 6

      If you're in Tucson during the summer and want to cool off, take a drive up Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains. You'll ascend to 9,000ft and enjoy wonderful views and a perfect temperature.

    • Top Tip 7

      From Scottsdale, take the short 15-minute drive to Tempe Market Place for attractive shops in an outdoor setting, great water features, an open fireplace plus great places to eat. Go at the weekend for the bonus of some live bands. Fish lovers should eat at Kings Fish House.

    • Top Tip 8

      There are many ways to see the Grand Canyon but the best way is to take a rafting trip along the Colorado River. These are available from half days to almost two week trips.

    • Top Tip 9

      Take an early morning hot air balloon ride. It's well worth the early start to experience it and don't worry about heights. As strange as it may seem, you don't have that same sensation of height as you get standing on a tall building.

    • Top Tip 10

      In north-eastern Arizona, visit Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Shay) to see the spectacular red cliffs and some ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings that date back at least 700 years.

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  • Arizona Highlights

    Begins in Tucson, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Arizona Landscape

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    • Cowboy

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    • Antelope Canyon

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    • Cattle

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    Day 01

    Arrive Tucson

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Tucson. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to Loews Ventana Canyon, your hotel for the first three nights.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    Day 02 Day 03

    Tucson

    Tucson is a modern and cultural city with much to offer its visitors. Visit the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, the Old Tucson Movie Studios, which has played host to many of Hollywood Westerns, and enjoy Tucson’s fabulous shopping and nightlife. Enjoy a leisurely drive to the Wild West town of Tombstone, nicknamed ‘The Town Too Tough to Die’, and see some of the most notorious streets of the old west. Your hotel has wonderful facilities so take some time to enjoy them.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    135Mi/217Km

    Day 04 Day 05 Day 06

    Scottsdale

    It’s not only an easy, but also a wonderfully scenic drive to Scottsdale. This cosmopolitan city offers a whole host of recreational opportunities and boasts a beautiful Sonoran Desert setting. Your accommodation for the next three nights is at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess; with five swimming pools, two golf courses, tennis courts and the Willow Stream Spa, it is the perfect place to relax. Be sure to explore Scottsdale’s historic downtown, visit the many shops in Fashion Mall, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime with a hot air balloon expedition over the desert; showcasing breathtaking views and desert wildlife.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    120Mi/193Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Sedona

    Travelling north today, the scenery changes from a desert landscape to the first views of the towering red rock mountains that surround Sedona. Although the Red Rock Scenic Byway is only 7.5 miles in length, it winds through the evergreen pinion-covered Coconino National Forest and is a spell-binding journey. Slide Rock, Red Rock and Dead Horse Ranch State Parks are all ideal for a wide range of recreational pursuits. A jeep tour is a great way to experience this picturesque red rock country, witnessing first hand its rugged nature. While in Sedona why not visit Sedona Heritage Museum, enjoy a spot of shopping or visit some of the local vineyards?

    Hotel: Enchantment Resort

    38Mi/61Km

    Day 09

    Flagstaff

    Following today’s short drive from Sedona, we suggest exploration of Flagstaff’s historic downtown, perhaps a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona and to enjoy the abundance of recreational opportunities. For something different this evening, visit the Lowell Observatory for views of Jupiter, the Moon, star clusters and much more.

    Hotel: Little America Flagstaff

    78Mi/126Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Grand Canyon

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning as it’s just another short drive today to the magnificent Grand Canyon, with scenic views of the San Francisco Peaks en route. The Canyon can be explored on foot, by descending the slopes to the majestic Canyon floor or witnessing spectacular views from the Grand Canyon Skywalk; a clear walkway out over the rim. For the ultimate experience, get a bird’s eye view on an aerial flight by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Your accommodation for two nights is El Tovar; a National Historic Landmark with breathtaking views over the Canyon’s rim.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    277Mi/446Km

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    Las Vegas

    Changing natural scenery for the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, today takes you to the Entertainment Capital of the World. There is nowhere on earth like it. See the pirate battle at ti Treasure Island, the volcano erupt at The Mirage and the dancing fountains at Bellagio, or enjoy one of the many theatre shows from Cirque de Soleil performances to singers, comedians and magicians. Test your luck in the opulent casinos, enjoy fine cuisines from around the world, and relax in the Nevada sunshine by the glistening pool.

    Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way to Las Vegas Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2055 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Pueblos & Canyons

    Begins in and ends in Phoenix, Arizona

    22 Days / 21 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
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    • Hot Air Ballooning

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    • Pueblo

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    • Whitewater Rafting

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    • Bryce Canyon

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    • Las Vegas

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    Day 01

    Arrive Pheonix

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    Day 02

    Scottsdale

    Today is a time for relaxation and enjoyment. Chill out by the pool, take in some shopping at the Fashion Mall or perhaps enjoy an early morning hot air balloon ride over the desert.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    117Mi/188Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Tucson

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before you leave for your drive south to Tucson. The Westward Look Resort sits in a stunning setting with lots of activities to keep you entertained, so we've allowed you a full day to enjoy them.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    71Mi/115Km

    Day 05

    Tombstone

    Today make the short journey to Tombstone, site of the famous ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral’. Your accommodation is a beautiful hill country ranch, which sits in 270 acres and offers unique Wild West themed rooms.

    Hotel: Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch

    252Mi/406Km

    Day 06

    Las Cruces

    Your journey today takes you to some of the best preserved ghost towns, en route to Las Cruces. This city, also known as The City of Crosses, is rich in history, arts and scenic beauty.

    Hotel: Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

    252Mi/406Km

    Day 07 Day 08 Day 09

    White Sands & Albuquerque

    See the brilliant white dunes of White Sands National Monument en route to Albuquerque, where we recommend a visit to Old Town. Continue north to Santa Ana Pueblo, where your hotel has been built around the spirit of the Indian dwellings of the region.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

    252Mi/406Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Santa Fe, Taos & Durango

    Stroll the historic Plaza in Santa Fe before leaving to go on to Taos. Visit Taos Indian Pueblo, one of the oldest inhabited settlements, then cross the Sangre de Cristo Mountains into Colorado and the town of Durango.We suggest you take time to visit the Silverton Railway during your two night stay.

    Hotel: Strater Hotel

    191Mi/306Km

    Day 12

    Mesa Verde & Monument Valley

    Visit Mesa Verde National Park, then pass by Four Corners, the only place in the United States where four states come together at one point, then on to Monument Valley.

    Hotel: Gouldings Lodge

    123Mi/197Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Lake Powell

    After a morning sightseeing tour of Monument Valley, drive on to Lake Powell, where the desert meets the deep blue lake. We've chosen the only resort located on the water and given you a full day to explore the area's beauty. We would suggest a boat trip to the famous Rainbow Bridge as one of the best ways to see the region.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort

    160Mi/260Km

    Day 15 Day 16

    Bryce Canyon

    From Lake Powell and Kanab National Park you will ascend the Punsagunt Plateau to see the natural beauty of the arches and rock formations that make Bryce Canyon.

    Hotel: Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand

    240Mi/390Km

    Day 17 Day 18

    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    From one stunning national park to another, Zion National Park offers a spectacular contrast to Bryce. From here, head south to the 24-hour city of Las Vegas. You'll find some of the world's best dining and a myriad of sensational shows to choose from, so you'll have no problem filling your two night stay.

    Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas

    200Mi/320Km

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    Grand Canyon

    Leaving the glittering lights of Las Vegas behind, enjoy a tour of Hoover Dam before continuing on to the breathtaking sights of the Grand Canyon.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    240Mi/390Km

    Day 22

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute relaxation, sightseeing or shopping before returning your car to Phoenix Airport and checking-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2750 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Route 66

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California

    23 Days / 22 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Itinerary 2
    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

    Itinerary 3
    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    One of the most renowned driving routes in the world, historic Route 66 spans across North America, from Chicago in the east to Los Angeles in the west. Covering over 2,000 miles, it takes three weeks or longer to complete the journey in its entirety so we have created three options to choose from: the entire journey (Chicago to Los Angeles); Chicago to Albuquerque or Oklahoma City to Los Angeles. The journeys shown are based on car rental, however motorbikes or motorhomes can be substituted should you prefer them.

    • Route 66 Museum

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    • Gas Station on Route 66

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    • Giant Bottle on Route 66

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    Day 01 Day 02 Day 03

    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Chicago is one of the most popular US cities and it’s easy to see why. A myriad of attractions and the fabled ‘Magnificent Mile’ of shopping keep its visitors entertained and the cultural mix provides for fabulous dining options too.

    Hotel: Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel

    202Mi/325Km

    Day 04

    Springfield

    Make your way to Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive this morning, considered the official starting place of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Welcome Centre in Joliet, see a 28-foot-tall spaceman in Wilmington and have a bite to eat at the Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield before arriving at your hotel.

    Hotel: President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree, Springfield

    96Mi/155Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    St. Louis

    Have lunch at the Ariston Café in Litchfield, which is one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66. Stop at Henry’s Rabbit Ranch where a replica of a vintage gas station and displays of highway memorabilia can be found, and make a slight detour to walk across the old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Madison, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

    Hotel: St Louis Union Station DoubleTree

    289Mi/465Km

    Day 07

    Springfield

    Leaving the Mississippi River behind today, you’ll travel through the picturesque Ozark Mountains towards the small city of Springfield, Missouri. A stop at the Meramec Caverns near Stanton is a must.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by HIlton Springfield

    113Mi/182Km

    Day 08

    Tulsa

    You’ll cross three states today; you’ll leave Missouri, briefly drive through Kansas and arrive in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Along the way, stop at the ‘4 Women on The Route’ restored gas station in Galena, cross the Rainbow Curve Bridge in Baxter Springs, visit the Route 66 Packard Museum in Afton, see the world’s largest Totem Pole in Foyil and peruse the giant Blue Whale in Catoosa.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Tulsa

    107Mi/173Km

    Day 09

    Oklahoma City

    It’s a short drive today past the Cherokee Outlet towards Oklahoma City. Walk around the Oklahoma City Zoo or botanical gardens and visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma Downtown

    260Mi/419Km

    Day 10

    Amarillo

    Today’s drive brings you into the cowboy state of Texas. Stop en route at the entertaining Sand Hills Curiosity Shop in Erick, visit the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, the Devil’s Rope Barbed Wire Museum in McLean, the leaning water tower in Groom and the VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, where five VW Beetles are buried nose-down in the ground.

    Hotel: Courtyard Amarillo Downtown

    279Mi/449Km

    Day 11 Day 12

    Santa Fe

    Briefly taking the I-40 which replaced the old Route 66, you’ll witness ghost towns which were once thriving when Route 66 was a major highway. Stop at the Midpoint Café in Adrian, which marks the midpoint of the old Route 66, equidistantly 1139 miles from Los Angeles and Chicago. We have allowed a full day in Santa Fe, which is America’s oldest state capital, to relax and explore.

    Hotel: Inn & Spa at Loretto

    61Mi/98Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Albuquerque

    It’s a short but scenic journey to Albuquerque, so why not venture off the freeway along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway? You’ll enjoy breathtaking views from atop Sandia Crest, and pass through the mining towns of Los Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden. Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and is full of exciting attractions such as the historic downtown and city zoo.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque

    140Mi/226Km

    Day 15

    Gallup

    Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the 66 Diner on Central Avenue before getting back on the road. Stop at Grants, where some of the historic Route 66 motels and shops still exist, before arriving in the old railroad town of Gallup on the western edge of New Mexico. Visit the historic El Rancho Hotel and drive down motel row, which sparkles with vintage neon motel signs.

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Gallup

    186Mi/299Km

    Day 16 Day 17

    Flagstaff

    Crossing the border into Arizona, today’s drive promises some great sights. Stop at the Petrified Forest; the only National Park to contain a section of historic Route 66, pass through the ghost town of Two Guns, stop for a photo in Winslow and visit the Meteor Crater. In Flagstaff, we recommend you take time to explore the historic downtown area.

    Hotel: Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

    167Mi/269Km

    Day 18

    Kingman

    Back on the road, you’ll enjoy stops in Williams, where the Grand Canyon Railroad takes passengers to the Grand Canyon, and Seligman, which is rich in Route 66 nostalgia including the famous Snow Cap Drive-In. Kingman is home to the Route 66 Museum, as well as many scenic walking trails.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus, A Wayfarer's Inn

    207Mi/333Km

    Day 19

    Barstow

    Leaving Arizona behind, you cross the magnificent Mojave Desert en route towards California - which is the last state on the Route 66 journey. We suggest a stop at the small Wild West-style town of Oatman, where gift shops, saloon bars and live shows are sure to entertain, before crossing the Colorado River and arriving in California.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Desert Villa Inn

    131Mi/211Km

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    Santa Monica

    There is plenty to see on the final stretch of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Museum in Victorville, see the Wigwam Motel and the McDonald’s Restaurant Museum in San Bernardino and enjoy a fresh orange juice at Bono’s Big Orange in Fontana. You’ll drive through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before reaching Santa Monica Pier, the official end of Route 66! We have allowed a three night stay in Santa Monica for you to relax and enjoy the many attractions of Los Angeles.

    Hotel: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

    13Mi/21Km

    Day 23

    Journey home

    Take the short drive to Los Angeles Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    Itinerary 1
    From £2949 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Itinerary 2 & 3
    From £1675 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the route involved and locations visited, some hotels featured are tourist class only. Should you wish to stay in higher graded properties please let us know and we will amend the route accordingly. One way drop off fees are applicable on these routes and are payable locally.

    The Grand Circle

    Begins in and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: April to November

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    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Monument Valley

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    • Las Vegas

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    • National Parks, Arches

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    • Zion Angels Landing

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    • Bryce

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    • Monument Valley

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    • Moab

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    • Lake Powell

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    • Grand Canyon Havasu Falls

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    Day 01

    Arrive Las Vegas

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Las Vegas. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, so even after a long journey you will be drawn to experience this amazing destination after dark with its incredible themed hotels and unique atmosphere.

    Hotel: The Cosmopolitan

    285Mi/459Km

    Day 02

    Grand Canyon

    From the city of entertainment to the awe inspiring Grand Canyon, truly one of the most spectacular sights in the world. En route, take time to stop and take a tour of the Hoover Dam, on the Nevada/Arizona border. When you arrive at the canyon the remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy either a hike into the Canyon or perhaps to take an aerial flight for a bird’s eye view. The restaurant at your hotel is popular for its incredible views, so make sure your table is booking in advance of your arrival.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    135Mi/216Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Lake Powell

    A leisurely morning at the Grand Canyon is followed by a short drive to Lake Powell. Enjoy two nights at the Lake Powell Resort overlooking the man-made lake, which was created when the Glenn Canyon Dam was built in 1966. Don’t miss taking the boat trip out to Rainbow Bridge, the tallest natural bridge in the world.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort

    125Mi/200Km

    Day 05

    Monument Valley

    Depart for Monument Valley, one of the most photographed places in America. Many parts of this visually stunning area can be better viewed by taking one of the escorted jeep rides which are offered with a Navajo Indian guide. Relax and experience the serenity of the incredible scenery in this beautiful part of the world.

    Hotel: Gouldings Lodge

    147Mi/237Km

    Day 06 Day 07

    Moab

    Some of the best scenery in the southwest can be viewed on the journey to Moab, so take some time to enjoy it. Two nights in Moab gives you plenty of opportunity to explore Utah’s majestic scenery and perhaps take a drive down to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. There’s a wide range of recreational choices including hiking, rafting, boating, four wheel drive tours and scenic air flights.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus, Canyonlands Inn

    153Mi/246Km

    Day 08

    Capitol Reef National Park

    Named for the enormous rock ridge that runs for more than 150 Km through it, Capitol Reef is a very peaceful and tranquil National Park with several hiking trails and scenic drives winding through it. Some of the sites not to be missed are Panorama Point; a scenic vista overlooking the Sulphur Creek goosenecks and Chimney Rock; a towering stone steeple. Also take a trip to Hickman Bridge which is a beautiful, photogenic natural bridge that can be seen at the end of a short hike.

    Hotel: Capitol Reef Resort

    153Mi/246Km

    Day 09

    Bryce Canyon

    Today’s short drive brings you to spectacular Bryce Canyon. Here you can see some of the earth’s most colourful rocks, sculpted by erosion into pillars and spires. You may choose to leave your car and take a hike along one of the many loop trails down into the Canyon and walk among the colourful stone monuments.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand

    245Mi/395Km

    Day 10

    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    The journey back to Las Vegas takes you through Zion National Park, where desert terrain and huge sculpted rock formations co-exist alongside waterfalls and blossoming gardens. Tonight, experience the sights and sounds of Las Vegas, with great restaurants and a wide range of shows and entertainment.

    Hotel: The Cosmopolitan

    Day 11

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way back to Las Vegas McCarran Airport to return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1399 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    The Classic West

    Begins in Los Angeles, California and ends in San Diego, California

    16 Days / 15 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
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    • Grand Canyon

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    • Beverly Hills

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    • Californian Coast

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    • San Diego

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    Day 01

    Arrive Los Angeles

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills

    Day 02

    Los Angeles

    Take the day to explore the many sights and sounds of the Los Angeles area. Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Marina del Rey - the list of possibilities is almost endless!

    Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills

    230Mi/370Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Las Vegas

    Today your journey will take you through the middle of the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas. En route, you may want to visit Calico Ghost Town.Viva Las Vegas! Try your luck in the casinos, relax by the pool, explore The ‘Strip’, shop or take in a breathtaking show. Whatever you desire,Las Vegas has it all - and more!.

    Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas

    240Mi/390Km

    Day 05

    Bryce Canyon

    An early departure from Las Vegas takes you via the shore of Lake Mead and through Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon. Explore some of the earth's most colourful rocks, moulded into spires by years of erosion

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand

    160Mi/260Km

    Day 06

    Lake Powell

    Having marvelled at the splendour of Bryce it’s now time to admire the spectacle of Lake Powell, a man-made lake created when the Glen Canyon Dam was built.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort

    90Mi/145Km

    Day 07

    Grand Canyon

    Why not start the day with a boat trip on Lake Powell before taking your short drive to the awesome Grand Canyon? Hike to the canyon floor, take a birds' eye view by helicopter or venture out onto Skywalk, a glass walkway with amazing views into the canyon.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    240Mi/390Km

    Day 08 Day 09 Day 10

    Scottsdale

    Head south through Oak Creek Canyon and the red rock area of Sedona to the Valley of the Sun – Scottsdale. Play golf, relax in the spa or by the pool, or perhaps go shopping. We suggest an early morning flight over the desert by hot air balloon, a memorable way to see the area's beauty.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

    285Mi/460Km

    Day 11 Day 12

    Palm Springs

    Today’s journey will take you through the high desert areas to Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Desert Resort of Indian Wells, a sun-worshipper's paradise as well as a golfers oasis! Relax and enjoy the laid-back desert lifestyle. A choice of magnificent dining awaits. Make sure you visit the Aerial Tramway, El Paseo for upscale boutique shopping, take a jeep ride to explore the area's geological wonders and spend and evening in downtown Palm Springs.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

    130Mi/210Km

    Day 13 Day 14 Day 15

    San Diego

    Today you leave the desert behind and head for the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the southern California resort of San Diego. Relax and enjoy some California sunshine or visit San Diego Zoo, Sea World or the Old Town State Park. Play some golf or perhaps take to the water to see the city, be sure to spend some time on the beach. With golden sands and warm lapping waters, it's the perfect way to end truly memorable holiday.

    Hotel: Andaz San Diego

    Day 16

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you return your rental car to the depot and check-in for your flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2625 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Red Rocks & Painted Canyons

    Begins in Phoenix, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: April, June, July and August

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
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    • Lake Powell

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    • Grand Canyon

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    Day 01

    Scottsdale

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix. Upon arrival transfer to the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. You'll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening, with your new fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (Dinner Included)

    Day 02

    Red Rocks & Grand Canyon

    Visit the picturesque town of Sedona, surrounded by towering red-rock formations with names like Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. The scenery is awe-inspiring. Next it is on to Grand Canyon National Park, the matriarch of national parks! Spend the night near the canyon’s rim from where you will be able to enjoy nature’s masterpiece after the day’s crowds depart. This is sure to be a highlight of your family's adventure. Dine at a choice of park restaurants this evening.

    Hotel: Kachina Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 03

    Grand Canyon

    If you choose to do so, watching the Grand Canyons glorious sunrise is worth the early start to your day. Enjoy some time exploring the area, whilst keeping an eye out for mule deer, squirrels and other wildlife roaming the cactus-studded landscape. Next it's a guided driving tour of the Canyon's East Rim and stops at several scenic points including Desert View Lookout. The next destination is a unique, man-made lake in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Lake Powell. Have fun at the evenings private pizza party taking place at your lakefront resort, followed by a campfire and s'mores!

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Lake Powell

    Take to the skies and discover Mother Nature's handiwork on a flightseeing excursion over the world's largest natural bridge; Rainbow Bridge spans 275 feet across Rainbow Creek in an almost perfect parabolic arch. This afternoon, there's a choice of fun ways to explore Lake Powell or the local area. Hop aboard a cruise on Lake Powell, where you'll discover spectacular views of Glen Canyon Dam, or perhaps take an off-road adventure in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to one of the mysterious slot canyons of the Southwest. You also have the option (at an additional cost) to go on a 4-hour flightseeing excursion to Monument Valley in the morning.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Glen Canyon Rafting & Kanab

    This morning is an adventure - floating along the Colorado River and through Glen Canyon aboard a pontoon raft. Next its a change of pace and scenery with a taste of western entertainment during lunch in Kanab, Utah, a favourite location for famous cowboy movies. You'll be staying in Bryce Canyon National Park tonight, naturally painted in shades of pink and orange.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Wake up to nature’s palette of brilliant colours in the canyon and get a closer look at the whimsical hoodoos and intricately carved pillars of rock just a short walk from your lodge. Weather permitting, you can saddle up for an exciting trail ride on a horse or a mule, accompanied by a cowboy who highlights hidden sights in this geologic fantasyland. Depart for Zion National Park this afternoon. On arrival enjoy a private tram tour of the parks highlights.

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Zion National Park

    The morning is at leisure to explore as you wish. Read the rocks in Zion's cliff-and-canyon landscapes, take a hike through narrow pink-coloured gorges and dramatic canyons or discover creamy-pink Navajo Sandstone cliffs that reach up to 2,200 feet in height! Travel to Las Vegas for an overnight stay and a farewell dinner amidst the city's blazing neon lights..

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Journey home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
    Breakfast included

    Prices

    From £3139 per person sharing a standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, seperate room for children and other dates are available on request.

    America’s Canyonlands

    Begins in Scottsdale, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    9 days / 8 nights

    Departures: April, May, June, July, August, September and October.

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation (days 3-8)
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director (days 2-8)
    • Classic tour
    • America's Canyonlands

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    • Monument Valley

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    • Bryce Canyon National Park

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    Day 01

    Arrive Phoenix

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North. Scottsdale is the ideal place to start to relax and acclimatise before the start of your Tauck vacation. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North (no meals)

    Day 02

    Scottsdale

    Enjoy a relaxing day by the pool, exploring the grounds of the hotel, or perhaps take a shopping trip to one of Scottsdale’s fabulous malls. This evening, join Tauck and your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North (Dinner included)

    Day 03

    Sedona

    This morning you set out to the Red Rocks of Sedona, renowned for its stunning array of red sandstone formations which glow orange at dawn and sunset. Enjoy a guided walk taking you back in time to the days of the early settlers and meander around town, a favourite with artisans. Your journey continues through Oak Creek Canyon to the Grand Canyon. 

    Hotel: Kachina Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Grand Canyon & Navajo Islands

    The Grand Canyon both inspires and captures the imagination and is very special at sunrise, so enjoy an early morning view. Today you travel through the Navajo Indian Reservation and the Painted Desert en route to Page. This evening is a true highlight with a private dinner cruise on Lake Powell.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Lake Powell

    Glen Canyon Dam transformed the Colorado River into a massive lake 186 miles long fringed by fjord-like canyons that are accessible only by boat. For sheer spectacle, there is no lake like it on earth! Tower over the unusual rock formations and view Rainbow Bridge on a 30 minute flight. 

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Glen Canyon Float Trip & Bryce Canyon

    Enjoy a morning float trip through Glen Canyon on the Colorado River, then drive to Kanab for lunch, before continuing on to Bryce Canyon National Park. 

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park

    Take the morning and early afternoon to explore Bryce at your leisure. After lunch you’re off to neighbouring Zion National Park. 

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    Today is a day of contrasts. Zion is noted for narrow canyons and colourful mesa scenery. Wind deep into the canyon where great red precipices rise on either side, leading into a beautifully carpeted valley. Although a contrast from the rest of the tour, Las Vegas is the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’. See the casinos and drive the length of the Las Vegas ‘Strip’. This evening we invite you to a farewell reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Las Vegas (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 09

    Journey Home

    Following check-out you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay in Las Vegas!  

    Prices

    From £3095 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

     

  • Grand Canyon Rail Tour

    Grand Canyon

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    • Grand Canyon Depot

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    • Parlor Deck Views

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    • Unforgettable Journeys

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    • Williams Depot

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    • Parlor Deck Toast

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    • Dome Exterior

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    • First Class Seat

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    • Parlour Car

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    • Grand Canyon Hotel

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    Travel back in time on a trip that offers a relaxing way to take in the breathtaking scenery of the northern Arizona countryside. Enjoy the Williams Depot with its free railroad museum, then climb onboard the authentic locomotive, sit back and watch the panoramic views roll by. Grand Canyon folklore, strolling musicians and even an old-fashioned shoot out and train robbery will keep you entertained along your journey. Choose from a range of train-car types, from Economy Class to Parlour Car services, each offering something a little bit different. Whichever car you choose, you'll enjoy professional service as the steam train meanders leisurely through pine forests and desert plains, all the way to the Grand Canyon Depot where it arrives a little over two hours later. There's a return service the same day, but if a few hours at this awesome natural wonder is not enough you may decide to spend the evening and return to Williams the following day!

    Prices

    Return fares between Williams and Grand Canyon start at:
    Economy Class £64 per person
    First Class £127 per person
    Observation Car £155 per person
    Parlor Car £185 per person

    We offer a range of Grand Canyon packages which include rail transportation, nights in Williams and/or the Grand Canyon, motorcoach tours of the Canyon and various meals. Please call for full details.

    Grand Canyon Sightseeing Tours from Phoenix & Scottsdale

    Scottsdale

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    DETOURS' approach to exploring is one of flexibility and creativity, sharing their knowledge of the area's many hidden gems and unique cultures. Pursuing the real experiences that can only be found by experts, they are passionate about exposing the greatest treasures of the region and sharing the area they love. The spell-binding landscapes and the unique cultures captivate guests from around the world, and an escorted DETOURS sightseeing expedition treats you to its best kept secrets, many of which are not found on traditional routes.

    Journeying in custom-made vehicles, accommodating up to just 13 guests in captain-style leather seats, accompanied by huge windows for the best views and a DVD entertainment system, ensures utmost comfort during your exploration.

    We have provided a selection of one day and longer duration itineraries departing from Phoenix and Scottsdale for you to choose from. However, we understand how precious every moment of your holiday is, and that the pre-planned options may include locations you have already seen or don't include a particular place you've always wanted to visit. With our partners at DETOURS we are delighted to offer the opportunity to customise your own exclusive guided Platinum Tour, creating a unique, personalised journey. Whether opting for a sightseeing tour or multi-day itinerary, your private, knowledgeable guide will ensure it encompasses all your requirements, and of course, delivered with the highest levels of personalised service.

     

     

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    One Day Tours from Phoenix & Scottsdale

    Grand Canyon, Sedona & Navajo Nation
    This 13 hour itinerary includes visits to both Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon, a guided tour of the Canyon South Rim, sightseeing along a 30-mile scenic rim drive and a stop at the Navajo Nation Trading Post. A 45-minute helicopter flight over the Canyon is also available at an additional cost.
    From £155 per person.

    Sedona Highlights
    This 11 hour itinerary includes a visit to one of two Sinaguan Indian Ruins, Montezuma Castle or Tuzigot National Monument, and Sedona town, where shopping and art galleries can be enjoyed, plus sightseeing at Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Chapel of the Holy Cross and Airport Mesa. 
    From £120 per person.

    Apache Trail, Lakes, Deserts & Mountains
    This 9 hour itinerary follows the Apache Trail - Arizona's first historic highway and scenic byway, and includes the Superstition Mountains, Goldfield Ghost Town, Tortilla Flat, Tonto National Monument, Cliff Dwelling Ruin Site, Roosevelt Dam, Apache Lake and Canyon Lake.
    From £120 per person.

    Tombstones Highlights & Ok Corral
    This 12 hour itinerary includes some of the historic town's most loved attractions, including Big Nose Kate's Saloon, Birdcage Theatre, Boot Hill Cemetery, Tombstone Courthouse and the OK Corral and also includes a stop at Mission San Xavier del Bac.
    From £135 per person.

    Phoenix City Highlights
    This five hour itinerary features the highlights of Phoenix and Scottsdale. The tour includes Arizona’s State Capitol, downtown Phoenix, Old Town Scottsdale, Camelback Mountain, Tempe Town Lake and South Mountain Park.
    From £79 per person.

     

    Scottsdale & Las Vegas

    Scottsdale & Las Vegas

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    • Scottsdale

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    • Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Double Guest Room

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    • Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Lobby

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    • Las Vegas Sign

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    • Encore Resort Suite

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    • Encore Casino

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    Enjoy a relaxing stay in the desert resort of Scottsdale, before heading to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas for world class shows, dining and many other attractions.

    Includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Internal flight between Phoenix and Las Vegas
    • Accommodations as stated

    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

    Days 1 - 4 Scottsdale

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix International Airport, before transferring independently to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. This cosmopolitan city offers a whole host of recreational opportunities and boasts a beautiful Sonoran Desert setting. Be sure to explore Scottsdale’s historic downtown, visit the many shops in Fashion Mall, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime with a hot air balloon expedition over the desert; showcasing breathtaking views and desert wildlife.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

    Days 5 - 8 Las Vegas

    Today, you will take your chosen internal flight from Phoenix to Las Vegas. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, you will transfer independently to the Encore Las Vegas hotel, where you will spend the next 3 nights. Explore the glitz and glamour of the 'Entertainment Capital of the World' or perhaps take a helicopter tour out to visit the majestic Grand Canyon.

    Hotel: Encore Las Vegas

    Depart back to the UK on your chosen scheduled flight from Las Vegas International Airport.

    Prices

    From £1159 per person based on two sharing a Standard Room. Other room categories are available on request.