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8 Day Canyonlands, Arches & Mesa Verde National Parks - Saturday Departure

8 Day Canyonlands, Arches & Mesa Verde National Parks - Saturday Departure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Note: Your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and seasonality. In those instances, and until the roads are available for travel, often unpredictable until the last moment, roads, routes and sites will be amended.

DAY 1, Saturday - Arrive in Salt Lake City
Arrive in Salt Lake City. Transfer independently to the hotel. During your free time perhaps visit Salt Lake Temple, the centerpiece of the beautifully landscaped 10-acre grounds, and the domed Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Tonight at approximately 7 PM, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the adventure-filled tour that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Salt Lake City

 

DAY 2, Sunday - Travel to Moab, Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park
Morning drive along scenic winding roads in the magnificent high desert of Southern Utah, stopping en route for leisure time and lunch. Continue to Dead Horse Point State Park for a scenic drive through one of the most photographed panoramic vistas in the world. Millions of years of geologic activity create the spectacular view that cannot be missed. Arrive in spectacular Canyonlands National Park, set in over 300,000 acres of rugged terrain, divided by the Green and Colorado Rivers. You’ll be astonished by your first sweeping spectacular views from the Green River Overlook in the Island in the Sky district that sits atop a massive 1,500-foot mesa. From this lofty viewpoint, see distant miles in any direction of Canyon Country. At Grand View Point, the southernmost spot on the high mesa, view markers for the Totem Pole, the confluence of the rivers and White Rim Road. Continue to Moab, a unique city highlighted by beautiful red rock scenery, and gateway to three national parks and the exciting waters of the Colorado River. This evening, a Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival in Utah
Overnight: Moab
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 3, Monday - Arches National Park
In the morning, journey to Arches National Park. Here, see the densest concentration of natural stone arches, along with hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will truly amaze you with its formations and inspire you with its beauty. See various sites, including The Windows Section and Delicate Arch Viewpoint. Return to Moab for lunch at leisure. Later, join the optional Evening Dinner & Boat Tour on the Colorado River
Optional: Evening Dinner & Boat Tour on the Colorado River
Overnight: Moab
Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 4, Tuesday - Travel to Durango, Million Dollar Highway
Morning drive via the mountain town of Ouray, known as the “Switzerland of America” situated in a river valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. From here, travel on the Million Dollar Highway through the San Juan mountain range and the Uncompahgre Gorge to Silverton – one of the most breathtaking drives in the U.S. After leisure time for lunch in Silverton, board the 19th-century Narrow Gauge Railroad, named a National Historic Landmark. Arrive in Durango and transfer to the hotel for an evening at leisure in this delightful town with its historic buildings, trendy restaurants and art galleries
Overnight: Durango
Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 5, Wednesday - Mesa Verde National Park
Today explore Mesa Verde National Park, renowned for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. Mesa Verde offers a spectacular look into the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people who made this area their home. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites. See the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum, with its exhibits on the ancient Native American culture and Sun Temple, a large ceremonial structure. Return to Durango for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Durango
Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 6, Thursday - Travel to Sante Fe, Taos Pueblo
A vast change in scenery as you arrive in Taos, New Mexico. Cross the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on your drive into Taos. This community of talented artists and craftspeople were attracted here by the scenic beauty of the contrasting forests and deserts. Lunch at leisure in this eclectic town. Then, on to multistoried Taos Pueblo*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a unique way of life is revealed that has remained untouched for many generations. This typical Pueblo village dates back more than 1,000 years and is still inhabited by more than a hundred residents. Now a National Historic Landmark, Taos Pueblo is dedicated to preserving its ancient way of life. Free time this evening in Santa Fe to explore this vibrant city’s lively street life, boutiques and superb restaurant scene*The visit to Taos Pueblo is subject to unexpected closures that occur for religious activities, and/or tribal ceremonies in the community
Overnight: Santa Fe
Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 7, Friday - Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Canyon Road
Today's highlight is a visit to the renowned Georgia O'Keeffe Museum* displaying major works by this 20th-century artist, including over 1,000 paintings, sculptures, and drawings. A tour of the city follows including a visit to the adobe Palace of the Governors that chronicles the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the region. After a tour of the New Mexico History Museum, lunch at leisure in town. This afternoon, depart for Canyon Road, a magical half-mile in the Historic District of Santa Fe containing more than 100 art galleries and artist studios. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and newfound friends*The visit to Georgia O'Keeffe Museum may have unexpected closures for renovations and routine maintenance
Overnight: Santa Fe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 8, Saturday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

National Parks route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Salt Lake City, Albuquerque-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 1 night Salt Lake City
  • 2 nights Moab
  • 2 nights Durango
  • 2 nights Santa Fe
  • Hotel taxes, fees & services charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
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    Special Features

  • Visit spectacular Canyonlands National Park set in over 300,000 acres of rugged terrain
  • View the beautiful and iconic Mesa Arch in Canyonlands
  • Enjoy scenic Moab, highlighted by beautiful red rock scenery
  • Experience Arches National Park, with over 2,000 natural stone arches and soaring pinnacles
  • View historic Wolfe Ranch where a family lived in a primitive cabin in the late 1800s
  • Ride on the Million Dollar Highway – one of the most breathtaking drives in the U.S.
  • Travel on the 19th century Narrow Gauge Railroad, a National Historic Landmark, to Durango
  • In Mesa Verde National Park, discover the well-preserved ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings
  • Visit Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that reveals an untouched way of life
  • In Santa Fe, enjoy a city tour filled with history and art
  • *Not Included:
    Transfers, optional tours and gratuities.


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    Passengers arriving in Salt Lake City should select flights that arrive no later than 5 PM.

    For arrival and departure on North America packages with US gateways, transfers are not included with Air & Land packages nor available on an optional basis. See Trip Preparation -> Arrival & Departure for more information regarding options to transfer to your hotel.


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    Accommodations

    Little America Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated in downtown Salt Lake City.

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in downtown Moab.

    Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Durango Central
    This tourist class hotel is a short drive away from downtown Durango.

    Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in downtown Santa Fe.

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