7 days

Canyons & Indian Lands

Canyons & Indian Lands

Las Vegas

Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion National Park

Grand Canyon

Monument Valley

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  • Head out west into the wilds of America to discover stark desert scenery, multi-hued canyons, towering hoodoos and one of the most breathtaking chasms in the world. Along with the natural beauty of Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon national parks, meet Navajo locals and learn about the ancient culture of the area. With all this sandwiched between the bright lights of Las Vegas, get a unique taste of the USA's contrasts on this unparalleled journey.

    Why we love it

    • We head to dynamic Zion National Park, with its high cliffs and cascading waterfalls. There are many walking trails to choose from and plenty of opportunities to explore
    • ‘Mysterious’, ‘breathtaking’ and ‘out of this world’ best describes Bryce Canyon National Park. Wherever we walk, we encounter a kaleidoscope of colours and a fantasyland of rock spires that will leave us awe-struck
    • Monument Valley is the ancestral home of the Navajo people and a perfect setting to witness incredible sunsets and sunrises
    • Grand Canyon National Park is certainly one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders
    • We end our adventure amidst the bright lights and glamour of Las Vegas


    Day 1 - Las Vegas - Zion National Park

    • Your tour starts at 7:30 am in Las Vegas. As this is an early start we recommend that you book a night's pre-tour accommodation at the gateway hotel, which can be booked at the same time you book this tour.
    • After leaving Las Vegas, you will drive northeast for just over three hours into the State of Utah and your destination - Zion National Park.
    • Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their ‘promised land’. Some of the best hiking in this desert terrain of southwest USA can be found here in and around the fertile Virgin River Gorge.
    • With an early arrival today and two nights here, you will have plenty of time to explore. You'll stay at either Pioneer Lodge, Zion Lodge or in a similar standard of accommodation.
    Alexis Park or similar

    Day 2 - Zion National Park

    • You'll have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to chose from, ranging from easy to strenuous.
    • Warm up your legs by taking a short hike from the valley floor to view the magical Emerald Pools.
    • You can also cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk.
    • The challenging option is to ascend 760 metres (2500 feet) to experience unbeatable panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing.
    • If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows.
    • There is also a chance to partake in some horse riding.
    Pioneer Lodge Zion or similar

    Day 3 - Bryce Canyon National Park

    • Leaving Zion National Park you'll climb to almost 2438 metres (8000 feet) and traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park.
    • Bryce Canyon is a fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as ‘hoodoos’. There are a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty.
    • The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable you to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations.
    • Remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky.
    Pioneer Lodge Zion or similar

    Day 4 - Monument Valley

    • Today you'll travel southeast and past Vermillion Cliffs along the border of Utah and Arizona on your way to Lake Powell and Page, Arizona. Weather and time permitting, you may have a chance to do some sightseeing and have a swim in the lake.
    • In the heart of the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley is sacred land to those who call it home. The red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless ‘westerns’ featuring cowboys riding off into the sunset.
    • Explore the incredible array of rock formations on a guided 4WD tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture.
    BW Bryce Grand Hotel or similar

    Day 5-6 - Grand Canyon National Park

    • Leaving Monument Valley you will travel south through the Navajo Reservation to the Cameron Trading Post to browse and shop for local jewellery, crafts and cultural souvenirs.
    • Traverse the eastern entrance of Grand Canyon and catch your first glimpse of it at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven US states and two Mexican states.
    • Included is a session at the IMAX Theater which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed.
    • In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offer perspectives that you cannot see by just visiting on foot.
    • There are many walks that you can enjoy ranging from easy to moderate ones.
    Kayenta Mon Val Inn or similar

    Day 7 - Historic Route 66 - Hoover Dam - Las Vegas

    • From Grand Canyon you'll travel south to Williams and west to Seligman and stop for an optional lunch at the Snow Cap Diner along the iconic Route 66.
    • You will then continue on and stop to look at Hoover Dam.
    • Complete your journey back in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of North America – home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place! Nowhere else in the world will you find as many casinos, clubs and all-you-can-eat buffets.
    • Your tour concludes upon arrival at the gateway hotel at approximately 5pm. Optional post-tour accommodation is available at the gateway hotel - the Alexis Park Resort Hotel. Please inquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Las Vegas tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
    Canyon Plaza Grand Canyon or similar
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of a professional tour leader
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon IMAX Theater
    • Transport in a customised vehicle

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Meals
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Canyons & Indian Lands

    Olivia - United Kingdom, 20 Feb, 2012
    Overall Rating

    The packing list you supplied was not adequate for the trip I was on. For example, it said that trainers and jeans would be fine for hiking in - this was not good advice for a February trip and if I had not been able to borrow clothes and boots from other travellers I would not have been able to do some of the hikes.

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Trip Code PNPCZ
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
End City: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Style: Small Group

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