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  • Lake Powell

    Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona offering stunning flora, fauna and scenery.

    • Rainbow Bridge

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    • Canyon Pricess with wake

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    The second largest man-made lake in the United States is the playground for Page, Arizona, and nearly three million visitors annually. The lake, which lies mostly in Utah, but partly in Arizona is more than 500 feet deep in places and whilst Utah has the lion share of Powell’s crystal clear water, Arizona lays claim to the most important part – Glen Canyon Dam.

    Lake Powell is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States. There are 96 major canyons to explore though you'll need a water craft to see the majority of them. If you’d like to take a boat onto the lake, you can rent one from Page or at any of four marinas or you can enjoy one of the tour boat cruises available to visitors. Other lake activities include swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and water skiing. There are also countless photographic opportunities in the area and you can even take a scenic flight by plane or helicopter over the lake, which provides a bird's eye view of how far some those 96 canyons extend.

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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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  • Pueblos & Canyons

    Begins in and ends in Phoenix, Arizona

    22 Days / 21 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • 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

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    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.

    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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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • 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

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    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.

    The Grand Circle

    Begins in and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: April to November

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • 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. 

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  • 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.

     

    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.

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