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Enchanting Canyonlands (Summer 2018)

Duration: 7 days Visiting: United States

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The American Southwest is a vast panoramic stage for Mother Nature’s most majestic performance. After a colourful canyon curtain call, her epic show draws to a close under a spotlight of Las Vegas neon.

The amazing and diverse scenery of America's canyonlands is concentrated in a relatively small area surrounding the Colorado River. Travelling just short distances each day, this fascinating tour allows plenty of time for exploring the incredible landscapes.
  1. Day 1

    Arrive in Phoenix and travel to Scottsdale.

    Welcome to Arizona. Your airport transfer will take you to your hotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy the facilities and grounds of this desert oasis. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to mingle over a delightful dinner with wine.

  2. Day 2

    Sedona and the Wonders of the Grand Canyon.

    Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, to browse the shops and galleries. Then travel to the Grand Canyon, perhaps take an optional flightseeing tour by helicopter or plane over this natural wonder. Spend the night inside the park, enjoying the peace and quiet once the crowds have departed. Take time to experience the breathtaking vistas and sunset on the canyon walls. During your stay, join a Local Expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. In the evening, enjoy a private Highlight Dinner with wine in the Thunderbird Room, while taking in the magnificent views of the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

  3. Day 3

    Monument Valley and Lake Powell.

    Head to the historic Cameron Trading Post, featuring Southwest American Indian arts and crafts. The journey carries on through the colourful Painted Desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you meet your Navajo guide and board all-terrain vehicles for a tour of the valley floor, used as a backdrop of many Western films. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Leisurely Lake Powell.

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, choose to enjoy the resort's facilities or perhaps join an optional float trip* down the scenic Colorado River. Later, take an included leisurely cruise through stunning Antelope Canyon with its dramatic steep, sandstone walls.

  5. Day 5

    Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.

    Head to Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah for a leisurely walk along Sunset Point, to view the great amphitheatre of odd-shaped monoliths known as hoodoos. Travel through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. In the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner with drinks.

  6. Day 6

    Zion to Las Vegas.

    Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle, with live commentary to experience the scenic highlights of the park, followed by free time to explore. A complete change of scenery awaits you in the afternoon when you arrive in Las Vegas; bright lights, shopping malls and huge themed hotels.

  7. Day 7

    Depart Las Vegas.

    Your Enchanting Canyonlands adventure ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Grand Canyon: Join a Local Expert for an insightful talk and witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls.
  • Monument Valley: Join a Navajo Guide in an open-air vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park, made famous in America's favourite Western movies.
  • Lake Powell: A testament to the power of water over rock, glide through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon during your cruise.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Monument Valley: Join a Navajo Guide in an open-air vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park, made famous in America's favourite Western movies.
  • Lake Powell: A testament to the power of water over rock, glide through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon during your cruise.
  • Zion Canyon: The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of the canyon is by private shuttle.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sedona: Visit one of the most scenic cities in the Southwest
  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy outstanding views
  • Cameron: Stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post featuring a collection of Native American arts and crafts
  • Glen Canyon: See the dam
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Explore the rugged beauty of the National Park with a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the unusual rock spires known as hoodoos
  • Scenic Drives: Oak Creek Canyon.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Thunderbird Room, while taking in views of the South Rim.
  • Zion: Toast to the finale of your tour at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine, in the natural beautiful surroundings of Zion National Park.
  • Included Quality Dining: 6 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 4 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Scottsdale: Wander the grounds of this desert oasis, leaving behind your hectic lifestyle to relax and renew.
  • National Park Hotels: Insight stays at the best possible properties within the National Park. In these cases, the hotels are much more rustic and typical of the natural environment.
  • Lake Powell: We guarantee Lake View rooms with picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets.
  • Las Vegas: Sleek modern decor, stone accents, luxurious furnishings and Roman-inspired artwork make every guest feel like royalty.

ADDITIONAL 5 STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from Phoenix Airport and to Las Vegas Airport are available only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

*Hot Air Ballooning Experience

Your Arizona flight begins with the inflation of the balloon by motorized fans. Upon inflation, you will join your pilot in the beautiful hand-crafted wicker basket. The luxurious, over-sized basket has plenty of room to allow everyone to enjoy the Arizona flight to the fullest. As you gently leave the Earth, you'll be amazed at how light the balloon feels. During the flight you have unobstructed 360-degree views, allowing for breathtaking photographs. Your pilot will explore a variety of altitudes, up to 3,000 feet in the air for a marvelous overview of the valley. While in flight, commonly seen are jackrabbit, quail, roadrunner and coyote, and from time to time encounter deer, javalina and other desert animals. Your pilot will point out exotic desert plant life below and descend within inches of trees and cacti, much to everyone's delight. Breakfast, champagne and juice is included. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 3 hours

Adult Price: USD 209.00

Code: PHX0001

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight, Bell Aircraft (April 1 - October 31)

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Duration: 25-30 minutes.

Adult Price: USD 219.00

Code: GCN0001a

Grand Kingdom EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Adult Price: USD 309.00

Code: GCN0004

Grand Discovery South Rim Airplane Flight

The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for post card quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.

Adult Price: USD 159.00

Code: GCN0006

*Float Trip Down The Colorado River

Today’s journey, a smooth water float trip will encompass 15 spectacular miles of Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and historic Lees Ferry, gateway to the Grand Canyon. Begin with an exciting ride down the two-mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. With the dam soaring 583 feet above you, you will board a motorized pontoon raft for your journey downstream, where you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river found in the western United States. Your experienced guide will tell the area’s story of soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, native cultures, Major John Wesley Powell’s exploration, and the river’s modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system. You’ll also stop to view ancient petroglyphs left by Ancestral Puebloan peoples. (Includes $6 National Park Fee) Approx. duration: 4 hours

Adult Price: USD 115.00

Code: LKP0002

Las Vegas Sights & Lights

Join this exciting night on the town in the ‘City That Never Sleeps!’ You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the next. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises! Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

Adult Price: USD 35.00

Code: LAS0001

Accommodation

 

The McCormick Scottsdale

Scottsdale (Scenic) - USA

National Park Lodges Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim (Scenic) - USA

Grand Canyon National Park is home to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. And while most of the visitor’s leave the park at the end of the day and overnight outside the park – the saying goes “When you stay at Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, you’re not just close – you’re there!” Stay at well-appointed lodges that maintain the character of the Grand Canyon. All rooms feature air conditioning and television with dining options always nearby. And of course the rim of the grand canyon is never far away. A complimentary shuttle system is available to help get around to various points inside the national park.

Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas

Lake Powell (Scenic) - USA

Lake Powell Resort is located at Wahweap Marina in Page, Arizona - right in the heart of all your "down-lake" activities and adventures. With comfortable hotel rooms and suites, spectacular meals, and all the comforts of home, there's no better place on the down-lake shores of Lake Powell.

Zion National Park Lodge

Zion (Traditional) - USA

The name “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion is well-named. Its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet, offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection for all who visit - and Zion Lodge offers the only in-park lodging inside this hiker’s paradise. Enjoy a selection of comfortable and spacious accommodations, a year-round restaurant serving local favorites and a wide variety of ways to keep you entertained during your stay in Zion National Park.

Aria Resort and Casino Las Vegas

Las Vegas (Contemporary) - USA

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10959 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 17 September, 2018

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    Trip: Saw a lot. As good as Alaska trip.

    Service: Great. Planning another Insight trip next year.

  • 10 September, 2018

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    Trip: Canyonland tour was fine. Basically what I expected. Two free drinks of beer and wine is nothing 'special' for me since I don't drink either of these beverages. An alternative would have been nice to have had.

    Service: I felt Lynn, our travel guide, was excellent. She was not only very professional - taking care of all concerns that arose on the trip in a timely and courtesy manner but was fun and presented interesting 'distractions' on the bus travel. I would highly recommend any tours she was the guide for within the agency of Insight Vacations. Her personality and friendliness to all tour members was GREAT! I would give Lynn 5-stars!!! The overall customer service is highly rated at good. Some improvements within the front office staff could be a bit more on-top-of-things. P.S. Our bus driver, Jazz, was the best driver! THIS REVIEW IS FOR INSIGHT VACATIONS ONLY! NOT TO BE POSTED ON ANY ADVERTISEMENT FOR INSIGHT VACATIONS OR OTHER WEBSITE LOCATIONS SUCH AS FACEBOOK, TWEES, ETC.

  • 10 September, 2018

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    Trip: Everything was well planned. The scenery at stops were awe inspiring.

    Service: They did everything well! The tour director was outstanding. as was our driver. Lynne's knowledge and presentation, as well as her humor made the trip very enjoyable.

  • 10 September, 2018

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    Trip: Great trip. Only suggestion would be a few photo stops in Sedona. Less time in town.

    Service: Outstanding staff. Comfortable accommodations. Really outstanding.

  • 04 September, 2018

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    Trip: This was just a 7 day trip but included so much and was very well organized to include the best experiences in each of the parks. Our travel director and coach driver (Linda and Kevin) went out of their way to make this a memorable vacation.

    Service: Booked our trip through AAA. All aspects of the trip went smoothly, including airport transfers.

  • 04 September, 2018

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    Trip: Beautiful vistas! It was great to see so many sights in such a short period of time.

    Service: The trip was great! We saw so many wonderful sites in a short period of time. The itinerary was well planned and accommodations were great, especially the location of our hotel at the Grand Canyon, which was on the edge of the South Rim. We were able to walk out of our hotel in the morning and watch the sunrise over the Canyon. It was awesome! Thanks for a great vacation!

  • 03 September, 2018

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    Trip: Just what we were looking for. To see as much as possible in a short time frame.

    Service: Yes a great trip. Extremely professional tour guide, knowledgeable about history of area and sights. She was fun and personable. The tour and stops for viewing were perfect, would never see all sights on our own. Driver was safe, courteous and knowledgeable. Would def recommend and tour again with Insight

  • 03 September, 2018

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    Trip: Brilliant landscapes especially Bryce

    Service: Good itinerary. Excellent transport. Responsive .

  • 03 September, 2018

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    Trip: Sensory overload.....it's mind boggling what nature can do

    Service: Linda did an excellent job, AND, her 1 joke every morning were all funny.

  • 03 September, 2018

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    Trip: Varied and exciting! Simply stunning scenery.

    Service: Service and itinerary were both excellent.

  • 20 August, 2018

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    Trip: Everything catered for, wonderfull

    Service: Everything was arranged and worked great, would use again.

  • 25 June, 2018

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    Trip: The Canyons where are the incredible experience

    Service: At times it seemed the left-handed know what the right hand was doing but generally it was a great experience overall

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