Wonders of the American West (Summer 2014)

Wonders of the American West (Summer 2014)


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This most comprehensive exploration of the American West visits awesome natural wonders and stays at rustic lodges amid dazzling panoramas that no camera can ever quite capture. Your Tour Director Writes: “This sojourn provides an ideal pace, combining short jaunts and single overnight stays with longer, comfortable journeys and two-night stops. Altitude and level of activity are suitable for the reasonably fit traveller. Experience wonderful accommodations, from a ranch-style lodge along the Colorado River to right-inside-the-park historic lodges in Mesa Verde, Bryce and the Grand Canyon. Marvel at some of the most amazing views available in the West, right from your room in Lake Powell and Monument Valley.”

Day 1 Arrive Denver
Welcome to Denver! On arrival at Denver International Airport, your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel. Later join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception / Welcome Dinner)
The Westin Denver Downtown

Days 2-3 Over the Rockies to Moab and Canyonlands National Park
Stop at the quaint alpine village of Vail to stretch your legs in the pedestrian-only streets. Continuing on through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, enter the state of Utah and take in the spectacular red rock scenery of Castle Valley. Settle in at your ranch-style lodge, superbly located under lofty red rock cliffs on the banks of the Colorado River. Tonight enjoy a Cowboy BBQ dinner with all the fixin’s. The next morning visit Canyonlands National Park. Drive on to the ‘Island in the Sky’, a mesa resting 1,000 ft (305 metres) above the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views over the stark, dramatic sandstone formations. Back at the lodge, the afternoon is at leisure. A variety of optional activities will be available, including an exciting sunset jet boat ride on the mighty Colorado River.(Full Breakfast / Featured Dinner / Full Breakfast)
Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab

Day 4 Arches and Mesa Verde National Parks
Start the day with a visit to Arches National Park, housing the greatest concentration of natural arches in the world. Head south and re-enter Colorado. In Dolores, explore the Anasazi Heritage Center and learn about the history and culture of the Puebloans. The day draws to a close at Mesa Verde National Park, where your lodge inside the park offers sweeping vistas reaching into three states. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet dinner inspired by American Indian flavours.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde

Day 5 Monument Valley and the Navajo Nation
Enjoy an in-depth visit to fascinating Mesa Verde. Descend into a canyon for a visit to the impressive Spruce Tree House, an amazing dwelling built into a natural alcove containing 130 rooms and eight ceremonial chambers. Continue to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and board all-terrain vehicles for a guided tour of the valley floor, used as a backdrop for many Western films. Visit some of the legendary sites where these movies were made, as well as restricted areas with rock windows and arches of unique shapes and sizes. Finish your evening with a Navajo cookout amidst the giant buttes and mesas of this unique landscape, while listening to Navajo chanting and drumming.(Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
The View Hotel, Monument Valley

Day 6 A Leisurely Day to Lake Powell
Wake up this morning to the backdrop of Monument Valley right outside your window. Perhaps take a leisurely stroll on a portion of the Wildcat Trail adjacent to the hotel. Be prepared for a dramatic change of scenery as you head to Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in the United States. Board a ferry at Hall’s Crossing and cross the lake to Bullfrog Marina and your lodge, where the guaranteed views from your room overlooking Bullfrog Bay will take your breath away.(Full Breakfast)
Defiance House Lodge, Lake Powell

Day 7 Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks, a Symphony in Stone
Magnificent scenery awaits you at Capitol Reef National Park, best known for its Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile-long warp in the earth’s crust. Then journey along one of the most beautiful roads in the world, Scenic Byway 12, winding through the stunning Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Arrive at Bryce Canyon and travel the length of this great natural amphitheatre. The whimsical eroded rock formations which characterise this National Park are some of Utah’s most unusual shapes. Learn how wind, erosion and iron oxidation created the spellbinding ‘hoodoos’. Experience Bryce Canyon at sunset, when the light is at its best for picture-taking.(Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Bryce Canyon National Park Lodge.

Days 8-9 Zion National Park and the Wonders of the Grand Canyon
Enjoy a last look at Bryce Canyon’s orange and red rock formations glowing in the early morning light before heading to Zion National Park, one of the most scenic canyons in the United States. Here, join a guided tour by private shuttle with live commentary to view the park’s best sites. Later head south into Arizona to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the historic Grand Canyon Lodge. This evening, watch the colours change by the minute as the sun sets on the canyon. If you thought last night’s sunset was great, don’t miss sunrise for a completely different experience! After a leisurely breakfast, set out on a North Rim excursion, including Point Imperial, for dazzling panoramas over the Grand Canyon. This afternoon is completely at leisure; perhaps take a self-guided nature walk along one of the many trails, or simply relax at the lodge. This evening, join us for a Celebration Dinner in the lodge’s magnificent dining room with superb views over the canyon.(Full Breakfast / Full Breakfast / Celebration Dinner with wine)
Grand Canyon Lodge

Day 10 Depart Las Vegas.
Your tour ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport. For passengers extending their stay in Las Vegas the transfer continues to your hotel on the famous Strip. Please do not schedule flights before 5:30 p.m.(Full Breakfast)

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Additional Included Highlights

  • Vail: Stretch your legs in this famous ski resort town.
  • Arches National Park: Enjoy views of the natural formations
  • Lake Powell: Ferry across the second largest man-made lake in America to your lakeside hotel.
  • Scenic Drives: View the Rocky Mountains from Colorado’s Interstate 70. Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway, past Castle Rock. Scenic Highway 211 with superb views of earth-etched canyons. Travel the Trail of the Ancients, through the Ute Reservation. Take the All American Road Scenic Byway 12 through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Drive along Zion National Park Scenic Byway. Virgin River Gorge.

Premium Inclusions and Dining

  • Visit the ‘Island in the Sky’, a vast mesa that rises over the sandstone landmarks of Canyonlands National Park.
  • Learn about the American Indians pueblo cultures at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores.
  • Follow the winding path 100 ft (30 m) down to the ancient pueblo cliff dwelling known as the Spruce Tree House.
  • Board all-terrain vehicles with a Navajo guide for a tour through the mythical formations of Monument Valley.
  • Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Capitol Reef N.P.
  • See the whimsical sandstone hoodoos and enjoy the scenery of Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of Zion Canyon is by private shuttle which includes live commentary.
  • Enjoy a North Rim excursion, including Point Imperial, for dazzling panoramas over the Grand Canyon.
  • Journey along the winding Cape Royal Scenic Drive for dazzling panoramas over the Grand Canyon.
  • Chow down on a delicious Cowboy BBQ dinner that offers everything except John Wayne.
  • Listen to Navajo chanting and drumming at an authentic cookout amid the Monument Valley scenery.
  • Get together with your friends in the wonderful setting of the Grand Canyon for Celebration Dinner with wine.

Included First Class Services

  • Escorted by a professional Tour Director
  • Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours
  • Luxury air-conditioned, 40-guest coaches with extra legroom and onboard restroom
  • Complimentary bottled water on board your luxury touring coach
  • Complimentary coach and hotel WiFi
  • Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on Day 1 and Day 10

Included Quality Dining

  • At 6.00 pm on Day 1 join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WR,WD)
  • 9 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Featured Dinner (FD),1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 2 three-course table d’hote Dinners (D)

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