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  • Nevada

    Lake Tahoe Las Vegas Reno Wells

    Nevada, the Silver State, is one of the largest states in the USA. Its diverse terrain allows you to ski on world-class runs, play on championship golf courses, bike or hike the Tahoe Rim Trail, navigate a kayak on the Truckee River, take a jeep up Sand Mountain and snowmobile miles of wide open terrain… and all in one vacation!

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    • Tipis At Mustang Monument, Wells

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    • Bellagio, Las Vegas

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    • Las Vegas

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    • Lake Tahoe

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    Las Vegas, undoubtedly the most famous of Nevada’s locations is like nowhere else on earth! A near-perfect climate is nature’s gift to this breathtaking destination. The spectacular shows, unique hotels and magnificent facilities are Las Vegas’s gift to us. Whether looking for a short break to enjoy some winter sunshine, taking a couple of days for some fun in the desert or going to spend an entire two week vacation here, Las Vegas is a ‘must see’ destination.

    Day or night the options are plentiful and varied. Take a land or air sightseeing trip to the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead or Hoover Dam. Play a round or two of golf at one of the prestigious courses. Enjoy some retail therapy at Fashion Show Mall, Caesars Forum Shops or Venetians Grand Canal Shoppes. Spend an evening at one of the many shows or try your hand in the casino. Marvel at the dancing waters on the lake at Bellagio, watch the volcano erupt at Mirage or take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal at The Venetian. There is so much to do in the city that never sleeps.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Make sure you allow a couple of hours to include Hoover Dam in your itinerary. Take one of the guided tours deep down into the dam to see it from the inside and learn how it was built.

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      There's no denying that Vegas is the heartbeat of Nevada. Wander up and down 'The Strip' and experience the free shows put on by many hotels. Bellagio's dancing waters, ti Treasure Island's Sirens & Pirates, Mirage's erupting Volcano! Yes, it would only be Las Vegas!

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      When you're in Las Vegas, visit downtown one evening to see the laser light show on Fremont Street.

    • Top Tip 4

      Take a Maverick Helicopter night flight over The Strip in Las Vegas. The 12 minute flight is the best way to see the spectacle of neon lights.

    • Top Tip 5

      Treat yourself to dinner at the three Michelin Star Joel Robuchon restaurant at MGM Grand, but book well ahead, especially if you're there over a weekend (and be sure to arrange for them to send their gold stretched limousine to collect you from your hotel).

    • Top Tip 6

      If you're driving to Las Vegas from Los Angeles along I-15, stop in at Peggy Sue's Diner. Enjoy homemade food in surroundings that will take you back to the movie and television era of the 50s. It's great fun.

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      Include Lake Tahoe in your itinerary. Incline Village on the Nevada side of the lake is wonderful any time of year with great skiing in the winter and beautiful golf and lake activities in the summer... oh, and spectacular scenery year round.

    • Top Tip 8

      For the best value, plan your stay in Las Vegas for Sunday through Thursday nights - the hotels offer great deals for midweek stays and everything is quieter too.

    • Top Tip 9

      The roads in Las Vegas are always busy so, if you don't want to walk miles, the best way to get up and down The Strip is to use the monorail system with stops at all the major hotel.

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  • The Grand Circle

    Begins in and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: April to November

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    • 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

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    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

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    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. 

    Scenic Nevada Adventure

    Begins in Salt Lake City, Utah and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: April to October

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    • Nevada

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    • Lake Tahoe

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    • Carson Valley

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    • Genoa, Nevada's first settlement

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    • Kayaking the lakes

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    • Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City

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    • Tahoe's snow-capped mountains

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    • The Loneliest Road in America at sunset

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    • The Loneliest Road in America

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    Day 01

    Arrive Salt Lake City

    Depart the UK on your scheduled flight to Salt Lake City. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco, Salt Lake City

    Day 02

    Salt Lake City

    Salt Lake City combines unparalleled access to natural recreation with a remarkable history and warm, gracious hospitality. To make the most of your day in the city, we suggest taking a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour which provides the opportunity of visiting Olympic Cauldron Park, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Red Butte Gardens, Utah Museum of Natural History, Temple Square and more.

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco, Salt Lake City

    230Mi/370Km

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    Elko

    Your adventure starts this morning, as you head west; skimming the south shores of Great Salt Lake and crossing Great Salt Lake Desert. Leaving Utah behind you cross the state line into Nevada. We suggest lunch in Wendover and a stop in Wells before arriving in Elko where you spend the next two nights. Elko sits in the heart of Cowboy Country. Here you can visit the California Trails Center; which presents the history of the Gold Rush, Western Migration, Pioneers and the Donner Party. Next visit historic downtown Elko and take time to see the amazing saddles and leather creations at Capriola’s Saddle Shop. Experience the sights and sounds of the Western Folklife Center and learn more of cowboy poetry and song. Just outside Elko, you can head to Lamoille Canyon and take a leisurely drive along the breathtaking twelve-mile canyon road - viewing spectacular vistas, wildlife, flowers, and rushing streams, through the glacially carved canyons of the Ruby Mountains.

    Hotel: Red Lion Hotel & Casino

    291Mi/468Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    Reno

    It is a fairly long drive today, but wonderfully scenic as you cross Cowboy Country - an area renowned for strapping on your hat and pulling on your boots and where nobody stands on ceremony. If you want to stretch your legs make a stop at Rye Patch State Recreation Area for a picnic beneath tall cottonwoods. If you’re feeling romantic, lock your love in Lovelock by fastening a lock on the never-ending chain at Lovers Lock Plaza, or simply admire the more than 1,000 locks that adorn the plaza. Reno, also known as ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’, was the original sin city where, at the beginning of the 20th Century, it gained national notoriety for being the city people came to for gambling, drinking and divorce. In recent years it has seen something of a cultural resurgence with shopping, galleries and restaurants. Enjoy your stay in Reno by visiting the world class spas, browsing the extensive selection of shops, trying out the largest outdoor climbing wall in the world, or visiting the National Automobile Museum which features some of the most famous cars from Bill Harrah’s collection. For a more active day, try the downtown white-water kayak course or if spectator sports are more your thing, stroll the Riverwalk area.

    Hotel: Silver Legacy Resort & Casino

    59Mi/95km

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    Lake Tahoe

    It is a short drive to Lake Tahoe, so we suggest you take a longer route along interstate 580 to visit some of the regions popular attractions; Carson City - Nevada’s Capital, Virginia City - a beautiful old Mining Town and Genoa - Nevada’s first settlement. Carson City, the state capital, is only half an hour south of Reno. Highlights along Main Street include the capitol building, Nevada state museum and Nevada state railroad museum which offers diesel or steam train rides for visitors. Carson City also boasts nine golf courses; whilst nearby Carson valley is home to vast ranches, antique shops and Victoria homes. Tahoe Ridge Winery, one of Nevada’s four wineries, has a tasting room and a restaurant in Carson Valley – a perfect place to stop for some lunch and wine tasting. Once a vital mining settlement, Virginia City is a gem of the Old West. Spend time walking the plank boardwalks, browsing the shops and dimly lit saloons, venturing into an old mine (preserved to its original layout) and ride on the Historic V&T Railroad to experience real history. Genoa is Nevada’s first settlement and a quaint little town, with beautiful scenery and “Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Palour” – Genoa Bar and Saloon, which is a key experience. Since 1853 drinks have been served at this bar which has welcomed presidents, actors and famous musicians through the years. Once in stunning Lake Tahoe, you will find picture postcard scenery of sparkling crystal clear water reflecting snow clad mountains. Lake Tahoe is a classic American lakeside resort, with log cabins, tall pine trees, soft, yellow sand beaches and a wealth of activities and water sports to keep you entertained. The north shore is anchored by the town of incline village, which boasts two golf courses, a ski resort, and two lake front hotels. The town of Stateline is situated on the south shore and is known for its large scale casino resorts, Heavenly mountain resort and Edgewood Tahoe Golf course. From South Lake Tahoe, you can board the M.S. Dixie II or the Tahoe Queen and enjoy a relaxing cruise, taking in the magnificent views of the azure coloured lake and rugged mountains. During the summer, Tahoe is perfect for water and beach activities, hiking and bicycling, whilst the winter months turn Tahoe into a skiers’ paradise, with winter sports such as tobogganing and ice skating.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort

    343Mi/552Km

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    Ely

    Todays drive takes you from Tahoe to Ely. We suggest a stop for lunch in Eureka followed by a tour of the 1881 Eureka Opera House. Your journey continues along the ‘Loneliest Road in America’ to your base for the next two nights in Ely. Tonight why not have dinner in a jail cell at Cell Block Steak House at the Jail House Casino Motel? We have allowed you a full day to explore the area. Start by riding the rails on Nevada Northern Railway, also known as the Ghost Train before exploring the East Ely Railroad Depot museum which is home to Nevada’s Official State Locomotive Engine #40. Don’t miss out on a visit to Renaissance Village, where homes built in 1908 have been restored to portray different ethnic backgrounds, showing the diversity of cultures that settled in the area. Follow a detailed map of Ely’s magical outdoor art and you will find masterful works of art from artists around the world who have depicted the history and variety of cultures that shaped this historic mining town.

    Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites Ely

    242Mi/389Km

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    Las Vegas

    In complete contrast to the small towns, quaint villages and serene picture-postcard settings, today brings you south to the entertainment capital of the world - Las Vegas! You may choose to take a slightly longer route and take the renowned Extraterrestrial Highway, calling at the small town of Rachel en route. Las Vegas is home to some of the worlds best restaurants, theatre productions and of course, bars and clubs.

    Hotel: ARIA Resort & Casino

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Spend your last morning relaxing before your short drive back to Las Vegas, where you will return your rental car, before checking in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2350 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Due to the nature of the locations featured, certain hotels are tourist class only. Park admission fees are not included. 

    A one way drop off fee on the car hire is not included and is payable locally.

    West Coast Golden Triangle

    Begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles

    10 Days/9 Nights

    Departures year round

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    • Alamo Square, San Francisco

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    • Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

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    • Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles

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    • Las Vegas Strip

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    • Las Vegas Welcome Sign

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    Day 01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Handlery Union Square Hotel, where you will be staying for the next 3 nights.

    Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel

    Day 02 Day 03

    San Francisco

    One of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world, San Francisco has something to offer for every taste. The next two days are yours to explore the city and take in the many sights it has to offer. Take a ride on a famous cable car as they climb one of the 50 steep hills which make up San Francisco. Why not cycle across the iconic Golden Gate bridge and have lunch across the bay in one of the cafes in Sausalito, before taking the ferry back to San Francisco? Of course, no trip to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to Alcatraz.

    Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel

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    Las Vegas

    Today, you will head back to San Francisco International Airport for your flight down to Las Vegas. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, grab a taxi to The Cosmopolitan, which will be your accommodation for the next 3 nights. Las Vegas is truly a 'must see' destination offering a near perfect climate year round. Experience the shopping, dining and nightlife of the strip, or head down to Fremont Street and see the glitz and glamour of the past. Don't forget to pre book a helicopter trip out to the Grand Canyon, to give you a birds eye view of one of the most iconic sights in the world.

    Hotel: The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

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    Los Angeles

    Leaving Las Vegas and taking the short flight to Los Angeles, you will spend the next 3 days experiencing the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Head down to Hollywood to see the 'Walk of Fame' or the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where the imprints of celebrities adorn the floor outside. Beverly Hills offers you to take a stroll down the famous Rodeo Drive and maybe glimpse someone famous. No trip would be complete without a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Take a studio tour or spend the day on thrilling rides in the theme park.

    Hotel: The Garland

    Day 10

    Journey Home

    Spend some time in the morning doing some last minute sightseeing or shopping before heading back to Los Angeles International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1599 per person based on two sharing a standard room. Other prices 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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    • 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
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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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    • 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.

    Spirit of the Desert: The National Parks of the Southwest

    Begins in Grand Junction, Colorado and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: May, June, August & September

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    Your Escorted Tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 9 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Mesa Arch

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    • Monument Valley

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    • Angels Landing, Zion National Park

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    • Ampitheatre at Bryce Canyon National Park

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    • Las Vegas

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    • Grand Canyon

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    Day 01

    Grand Junction

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Grand Junction, Colorado. Upon arrival, independently transfer to DoubleTree by Hilton at Grand Junction.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton. Grand Junction (No meals)

    Day 02

    Moab

    Transfer from Grand Junction to Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, Utah, your base for the next three nights. This evening, join Tauck and your traveling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Dinner)

    Day 03

    Arches National Park

    An early start this morning to witness the sun rise in the Windows section of Arches National Park; the first light of day on Turret Arch and Double Arch creates picture-postcard photography. Arches National Park holds the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches with over 2,000 throughout the park. View Delicate Arch, the amazing Balanced Rock, and a variety of sensational geological formations during guided sightseeing before returning to the lodge for lunch.

    Get set for adventure this afternoon when you depart on a scenic float trip along on the Colorado River. There is an optional Sunset Scouts walk, before spending your evening in the lodge, where you dine at your leisure and are steeped in the authenticity of an architectural style that defines the West.
     

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    Day 04

    Canyonlands National Park

    Enjoy a morning trip to Castle Rock with spectacular views of Book Cliffs and Arches National Park – from the top of a mesa, enjoy views that extend out to Arches National Park, Colorado, and the La Salle Mountains. A lecture by a local Navajo connects you to the sacredness of the desert, to the ancient spiritual life that transcends today’s world. Depart for the little town of Moab, then on to Canyonlands National Park, whose countless canyons, mesas and buttes shadow the Colorado River and the Green River. These rivers divide the park into four districts – today you’ll explore the northern section, Island in the Sky, where among other formations you’ll see a famed pothole arch, Mesa Arch, overlooking Buck Canyon. There is no better way to experience Canyonlands than at sunset – and the setting sun, during a picnic dinner at Dead Horse Point overlooking the U-turn in the Colorado River, is nothing short of inspirational.

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast and dinner)

    Day 05

    Bryce Canyon

    Enjoy some free time this morning – go on an optional Dawn Patrol or visit the Film Museum at the lodge. For the past 70 years, many of the most famous western movies were filmed in and around Moab – learn about the filming locations and the stars who brought them to life. Gain insight from Dayton Duncan as to the best way to access the major sights in the national parks; some are available at a turnout, while others are inaccessible and require back-country hiking or an aerial overview – and that is exactly how you’ll tour Capitol Reef National Park today. Cross the Waterpocket Fold, which is sort of a “warp” in the Earth’s crust that runs nearly 100 miles, and see Strike Valley, the spectacular sandstone Capitol Domes that give the park its name, colourful cliffs and soaring spires. Arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park, home to some of Earth’s more whimsical geologic formations; spend some time at the Visitor Centre and enjoy some free time before dinner – there is an optional Sunset Scouts this evening.

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

    Day 06

    Zion

    Another independent Dawn Patrol is available this morning – a hike along the rim of Bryce Canyon to catch the shocking array of colours illuminated by the first rays of light on the hoodoos below. More of a series of horseshoe “amphitheatres” than a canyon, morning walks reveal millions of pinnacles positively glowing. This afternoon, depart for Zion National Park; en route you’ll learn about the park’s complicated creation via a film  by Ken Burns, who shares his favourite memories of the park. Upon arrival, Ryan Paul, Curator of Frontier Homestead State Park Museum (formerly Iron Mission State Park), entertains with a lecture on “singaways” and the contribution of the Union Pacific Railroad to the story of the national parks. There is an independent Sunset Scouts opportunity tonight to the historic Virgin River bridge located at the mouth of the canyon.

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    Day 07

    Zion

    Zion’s most striking images are unique sandstone cliffs that range from towering monoliths to narrow canyons, changing in colour from light cream to pink to red. Tour the park, with walks to Weeping Rock and the Court of the Patriarchs, then have some free time to explore as you please. Late afternoon, internationally acclaimed environmental historian and author Alfred Runte gives a talk on the history of the railroad in the national parks. This evening, you may choose to do an independent Sunset Scouts’ visit to the Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado River that earned the designation “wild and scenic".

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast and dinner)

    Day 08

    Grand Canyon

    Leave Zion, and en route to Grand Canyon National Park get a guided tour of fascinating Pipe Spring National Monument to learn about Paiute Indian and Mormon pioneer history. Drive to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, a place more intimate and less crowded than the South Rim, with fewer than 10% of the park’s total annual visitors. Following lunch, explore the North Rim, including the vistas from Point Imperial. Dinner tonight is at the Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim.

    Hotel: Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    Day 09

    Grand Canyon

    Spend today exploring the Grand Canyon at your leisure. Optional activities include mule rides and additional ranger talks about history and geology.

    Hotel: Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim (Breakfast and dinner)

    Day 10

    Las Vegas

    Today you fly from Kanab over the western regions of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas for your return home. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

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

    Day 11

    Journey Home

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

    Prices

    From £4399 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

  • Flightseeing Tours from Las Vegas

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    Grand Canyon Western Territory Tour

    Experience the thrill of Grand Canyon West on a small plane flight and a wonderful ground sightseeing tour. After landing at Grand Canyon, the tour journeys to Guano Point and Eagle Rock, where an optional walk across Skywalk; a glass bridge suspended more that 4,000 feet above the Colorado River on the very edge of the Canyon’s West Rim, can be enjoyed. This six hour tour includes a Native American style BBQ lunch at Guano Point and the flight back to Las Vegas takes in the delights of The Strip.

    Duration: 6 Hours

    Soaring Eagle Flight Tour

    Take a spectacular flight to see the Grand Canyon from a soaring eagle’s perspective, on this four hour air-only excursion. Large windows and individual leather seating aboard your fixed-wing flight create the perfect setting to enjoy the amazing views. Aerial highlights include Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Fortification Hill, Temple Rock, historic Boulder City, the Colorado River and of course, the Grand Canyon.

    Duration: 4 Hours

    Prices

    From £315 per person for Grand Canyon Western Territory Tour

    From £199 per person for Soaring Eagle Flight Tour

    Scottsdale & Las Vegas

    Scottsdale & Las Vegas

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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.

    Helicopter Tours from Las Vegas

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    For over 15 years, Maverick has been operating the largest fleet of ECO-star helicopters in the world. These helicopters feature wrap-around glass for outstanding visibility, together with front-facing theatre style leather seats, noise reduction headsets and voice activated microphones, allowing everyone to interact and communicate with fellow passengers as well as the pilot. The departure terminal is located on the Las Vegas strip, so you only have a short transfer from your hotel, and you will enjoy a private check-in in a peaceful lounge environment. Your pilot will greet you and give a brief orientation of the helicopter and your chosen trip. With 23% larger cabin space than most helicopters flying today, this VIP level of service really is the limousine of the sky!

    Vegas Nights

    Experience the dazzling lights of Las Vegas on this 12 minute helicopter flight. Leaving after the sun has set, you’ll be served a glass of Champagne before flying over the megaresorts of the Las Vegas Strip, from New York New York to the Bellagio fountains and the Luxor Pyramid, as well as downtown and Fremont Street. Make sure your cameras are at hand! This trip can also be taken during the day time.

    Duration: 15 Minutes

    Wind Dancer

    A ‘must do’ flight experience, taking you over Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the extinct volcano, Fortification Hill. You may see wildlife as you soar above the desert, so keep you eyes peeled along the way. Descend 3,500 feet below the rim and land in the Grand Canyon, alongside the Colorado River in the Hualapai Indian Territory. Within one of the great natural wonders of the world you will be served champagne, beverages and a light snack. Finally, fly back through the Canyon and witness the spectacular red rock formations. With your tour almost coming to an end, you’ll enjoy a quick flight over downtown Las Vegas and ‘The Strip’ before arriving back at Maverick headquarters.

    Duration: 4 hours.

    Maverick Rafting Experience

    This wonderful tour combines all the great sights of the Wind Dancer with a unique rafting experience. Following your helicopter adventure through the Grand Canyon, the ECO-Star helicopter will transport you to Boulder City Airport to meet your rafting crew. Departing from the base of Hoover Dam, the fully-motorised raft adventure takes you 12 miles through scenic Black Canyon on the Colorado River. Several stops are enjoyed en-route, including one for lunch, before arrival at Willow Beach Arizona, from where you are transported back to your Las Vegas hotel.

    Duration: 9.5 hours.

    Prices

    From £110 per person for the Vegas Nights Tour

    From £480 per person for the Wind Dancer Tour

    From £570 per person for the Maverick Rafting Experience

    Grand Canyon Sightseeing Land Tours

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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 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.

    Personalised Journeys

    We have provided a selection of one day itineraries departing from Las Vegas 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 you 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 is of course, delivered with the highest levels of personalised service.

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    One Day Tours From Las Vegas

    Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim
    This 13 hour itinerary travels through the Mojave Desert, across the Colorado River and along historic Route 66 before arriving at the Grand Canyon South Rim. Included in the tour is the opportunity to enjoy several South Rim overlooks, including Mather Point, Yavapai Point and Grand Canyon Village. A 30 or 45 minute helicopter flight over the Canyon is also available at an additional cost.
    From £225 per person

    Grand Canyon National Park, West Rim & Hualapai Nation
    This 10 hour itinerary visits the magnificent West Rim of the Grand Canyon, with the opportunity to enjoy the short trails overlooking Eagle Point and Guano Point. Included in the tour are four hours on the Hualapai Indian Nation and your route includes a memorable journey through the Mohave Desert, over the rugged Canyons of the Black Mountains, past Joshua Tree National Park and the Grand Wash Cliffs. A stop at Hoover Dam concludes the tour. A helicopter flight to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and a Pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River, are also available at an additional cost.
    From £235 per person

    Hoover Dam & Dam Bridge
    This 4 hour itinerary is focused on the spectacular Hoover Dam and affords fabulous views from both the Arizona and Nevada sides of the Colorado River. Enjoy live presentations, an informative film about the history and construction of the Hoover Dam, the exhibit gallery, observation deck and a trip down to the observation room in the power plant where the colossal generators are housed. An optional helicopter tour; either over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead or to Grand Canyon West Rim, are also available at an additional cost.
    From £90 per person

    Death Valley National Park
    This 10 hour itinerary includes an in-depth journey through Death Valley National Park, visiting Borax Museum at Furnace Creek Ranch; the oldest structure in Death Valley. En route stops are made at Artist Palate and Zabriskie Point Badlands, and wonderful views can be enjoyed of 20 Mule Team Canyon and the Funeral and Black Mountain Ranges.
    From £225 per person

    Bryce Canyon National Park
    This 13 hour itinerary visits one of Utah’s most awe-inspiring parks - Bryce Canyon National Park. The incredible rim views and scenic trails around the park’s towering pines and dramatic vistas can be enjoyed during the three hour stay within the park.
    From £225 per person