Wonders of the American West - Insight Vacations

Wonders of the American West (Summer 2018)

Duration: 10 days Visiting: United States

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This comprehensive exploration of the American West, visiting awesome natural wonders and staying at rustic lodges amid dazzling panoramas that no camera could ever quite capture.

  1. Day 1

    Arrive in Las Vegas.

    Welcome to glittering Las Vegas. On arrival at Las Vegas International Airport, your transfer will take you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

  2. Day 2

    The Wonders of the Grand Canyon.

    In the morning, depart for the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the historic Grand Canyon Lodge. At night, watch the colours change by the minute as the sun sets over the canyon. Enjoy a fantastic dinner in the lodge's magnificent dining room with superb views of the canyon.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Grand Canyon and Lake Powell.

    (Relaxed Start) Wake up to the backdrop of the Grand Canyon as you depart for the majesty of Lake Powell. Stop at Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort. Check in to your room, with guaranteed lake views, and enjoy the evening at leisure.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    A Leisurely Day at Lake Powell.

    (Relaxed Start) Spend the day doing entirely as you please. Perhaps join an optional float trip down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River, or take a leisurely optional cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its steep, sandstone walls?

  5. Day 5

    Monument Valley and the Navajo Nation.

    In the morning, head to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and board all-terrain vehicles with a Navajo guide for a tour of the valley floor, used as a backdrop for many Western films. Visit some of the legendary sites where these movies were made. Enjoy a Navajo cookout Highlight Lunch amid the giant buttes and mesas of this unique landscape before making your way to Mesa Verde National Park, where the day draws to a close. Your lodge inside the park offers sweeping vistas reaching into three states.

  6. Day 6

    Mesa Verde and Moab.

    Enjoy an in-depth visit to fascinating Mesa Verde National Park. View the ancient pueblo dwellings known as Cliff Palace. Settle in at your ranch-style lodge, superbly located under lofty red rock cliffs on the banks of the Colorado River. Enjoy a cowboy-style barbecue and Highlight Dinner with all the fixings at your hotel.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Delve into Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, visit Canyonlands National Park for a drive onto the 'Island in the Sky' - a mesa resting 1,000 feet (305 metres) above the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views over the dramatic sandstone formations. Then it's on to Arches National Park, housing the greatest concentration of natural arches in the world. Back at the lodge, your afternoon is at leisure.

  8. Day 8

    Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

    Magnificent scenery awaits at Capitol Reef National Park, best known for its Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile-long (160 km) warp in the earth's crust. Journey along one of the most beautiful roads in the world, Scenic Byway 12, winding through the stunning Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Whimsical Bryce Canyon National Park.

    (Relaxed Start) Start the day travelling through Bryce Canyon, the great natural amphitheatre. The whimsical, eroded rock formations that characterise this National Park are some of Utah's most unusual shapes. Learn how wind, erosion and iron oxidation created the spellbinding hoodoos. In the evening, join your fellow travellers rim-side for a memorable Celebration Dinner overlooking the Canyon.

  10. Day 10

    Zion National Park, Back to Las Vegas.

    Enjoy a last look at Bryce Canyon's orange and red rock formations, glowing in 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 a private Zion Canyon Shuttle, with live commentary, to view the park's best sites. Your tour ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport. Airport arrival will be at 16:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Monument Valley: With a Navajo guide, board an all-terrain vehicle for a private tour through the mythical formation of the Navajo Tribal Park.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mesa Verde: See the ancient pueblo cliff dwellings, known as the Cliff Palace.
  • Arches National Park: See the towering natural arches at this majestic National Park.
  • Canyonlands National Park: Visit the 'Island in the Sky', a vast mesa that rises over the sandstone landmarks.
  • Capitol Reef National Park: Visit this majestic National Park that surrounds a long wrinkle in the earth known as the Waterpocket Fold with its layers of golden sandstone and striking rock formations.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: See the whimsical sandstone hoodoos and take in the stunning panoramas.
  • Zion National Park: The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of this canyon is by private shuttle, with live commentary.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arches National Park: Enjoy views of the natural formations.
  • 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.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Bryce Canyon: Get together with your new friends in a wonderful setting for a Celebration Dinner.
  • Moab: Chow down on a delicious cowboy barbecue dinner.
  • Monument Valley: Enjoy an authentic cookout and Highlight Lunch amid the majestic buttes and mesas of the surrounding landscape.
  • Included Quality Dining: 9 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Lunch (L), 5 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Bryce Canyon: Located right inside the National Park, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a landmark property.
  • Grand Canyon: Stay in rustic charm at the historic Grand Canyon Lodge.
  • Lake Powell: Relax and enjoy the superb views from your guaranteed Lake View Rooms at the Lake Powell Resort and Marinas.
  • Las Vegas: Where else would you want to stay other than ARIA Resort and Casino? A modern, luxury, upscale resort, located right along the famed Las Vegas Strip.
  • Mesa Verde: Enjoy sweeping views of the National Park from the Far View Lodge.
  • Moab: Get a real taste of the West at the ranch-style Red Cliffs Lodge, situated under the fiery red cliffs of Moab.
  • National Parks Hotels: Insight stays at the best available properties within National Parks where the hotels are much more rustic and typical of the natural environment.

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 and to Las Vegas International 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.

*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

Antelope Canyon Cruise

With a shoreline longer than the entire west coast of the United States, Lake Powell is the second largest man-made lake in the country and one of the top destinations for sightseeing cruises. Be sure to bring your camera on this scenic 90-minute cruise through the lower portion of Antelope Canyon. View the sandy beaches, sapphire blue water and incredible red rock scenery. Learn about the famous slot canyons, sculpted cracks in the sandstone that are often less than 10 feet wide but can be several hundred feet deep. A photo stop will also be made at the crest of the Glen Canyon Dam, more than 600 feet above the Colorado River. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours

Adult Price: USD 54.00

Code: LKP0003

Scenic Jetboat Ride On The Colorado River With Dinner

Take a ride aboard one of the newest and most modern fleet of jet boats for an excursion on one of the most scenic stretches of the river. You’ll glide across the flat water with every bend of the river, as the sun hides behind the canyon walls, producing cooler temperatures. Along the way you’ll discover an Indian granary, petroglyphs, arches, and beautiful scenery. Then your skillful guide will turn the boat around and upon your return, you’ll enjoy a Dutch Oven dinner and have the beauty of the sunset for dessert. Includes gratuity. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

Adult Price: USD 95.00

Code: CNY0003

Accommodation

 

Aria Resort and Casino

Las Vegas (Contemporary) - USA

Grand Canyon Lodge

Grand Canyon North Rim (Scenic) - USA

At the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, you can best experience the grandest of canyons. Here, you can experience the canyon's colors, shadows and formations in quiet reflection and repose. Settle into a western log cabin or a timbered guest room. Take an easy hike along the rim or ride a mule along steep trails into the canyon. Pause to watch the antics of a foraging squirrel. Head to the lodge and simply watch a summer storm roll up the canyon. Listen to the way a breeze blows through the pinions and ponderosas. The lodge's on-site restaurant doesn't just feature breathtaking views and great food, it has also been certified as a green restaurant since 2009. Feel free to enjoy your meal, take in the scenery, and rest easy knowing that we're doing everything we can to preserve the Grand Canyon Lodge for generations to come.

Lake Powell Resorts & 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.

Far View Lodge

Mesa Verde (Traditional) - USA

Far View Lodge is located 15 miles inside Mesa Verde National Park. The traditional Western decor of the lobby and dining room, fantastic views, warm hospitality and superb dining welcome you for an unforgettable vacation. The 150 rooms lodge was designed to reflect the true essence of Mesa Verde, with solitude all around you and freedom from the distraction of in-room TVs or cell phone service but plenty of wildlife watching. From your private balcony there are fabulous stargazing opportunities to enhance your vacation.

Red Cliffs Lodge

Moab (Traditional) - USA

Located 14 miles up the Colorado River on scenic Hwy 128 from downtown Moab, Red Cliffs Lodge is situated beside the river’s best white water rapids, at the foot of dramatic red rock cliffs. It’s a classic, rugged Western landscape worthy of Hollywood, and was in fact the site of numerous films, including Rio Grande with John Wayne. Red Cliffs Lodge offers the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. Red Cliffs Lodge is home to the Castle Creek Winery, the largest in Utah, with daily wine tasting. In addition, we maintain the Moab Movie Museum, which tells the rich history of movie making in the region and features fascinating facts and memorabilia from those films. The Cowboy Grill, our terraced dining room, offers delicious Western fare along with fabulous views of the Colorado River.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Bryce (Traditional) - USA

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11289 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: WE went everywhere that I wanted to go in the SW.

    Service: The choice of locations was what I was looking for. Some of the unexpected stops were great (Pine Creek, the Mormon town museum, overlooks, picnic and pie). The trip was tarnished by the Aria Hotel & Resorts accusing me of taking chocolate almonds for $20.00, which I did not do. We were cautioned by Carol K. not to touch anything, which I did not do. I think it is a cheap trick to get more money. To make matters worse, it showed up on my travel companion, Lynn Newell's credit card. Can you fix it? or use another hotel?

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: Perfect journey through parks...not too long on the bus. Loved the start and end in Las Vegas...easy to travel to.

    Service: Planned trip through AAA...all went smoothly

  • 13 October, 2018

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    Trip: As mentioned due to the lack of communication regarding the total lack of communication regarding the meet and greet at the airport on day one and the airport transfer to the hotel.

    Service: The trip overall was excellent but my rating failed to match 5 stars due to the total lack of communication regarding the meet and greet on the first day at the airport and the airport to hotel transfer.

  • 13 October, 2018

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    Trip: I was so impressed with the sights that we saw and coupled with Lynn's knowledge this trip was a winner!

    Service: Our tour guide, Lynn Hedricks, was fabulous, informative, knowledgable, friendly...just darn great!!! We took a trip with her in May and were so impressed with her that we scheduled this tour. We were delighted that Lynn, was again our tour director. The bus driver, Jazz, added to the greatness with his knowledge of bus driving, always keeping us safe, very friendly and pleasant personality, and pride of "drivership". Jazz was always cleaning and keeping the coach as neat and tidy as possible.

  • 12 October, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent itinerary with some of the most scenic National Parks in this country. Some of the very best the west has to offer.

    Service: It was obvious from the start that the customer is always their number one concern.

  • 12 October, 2018

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    Trip: We went to some very spectacular places that I would not have been able to travel to myself. The pace was fast but still gave us enough time to rest and get to know each other.

    Service: I've already done a detailed survey. Basically the tour director is excellent -- everything runs smoothly and services is great. It's not an understatement to say that the tour director made this trip memorable -- she came across as a warm and sincere person who really cared about the customers, the land and the people we visited. Some tour operators simply repeat some prepared text and only care for the tip.

  • 12 October, 2018

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    Trip: The parks we visited on this tour were more than I ever expected. I always thought the Grand Canyon would be the most amazing natural wonder I would ever see, but Bryce and Zion were over the top.

    Service: Lynne and Jazz are the best! They are very knowledgable and personable people. They always went out of their way to make sure we were safe, comfortable and having a good time.

  • 10 October, 2018

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    Trip: We heard and saw far more than expected. Carol Kendrick gave us information about the area inside and out--lots of rock info., very good. We took the trip because you cover more places than any other tour of 10 days. More than well worth it.

    Service: The entire trip was over the top. Tour director Carol Kendrick and driver Joe Esparza were world class. We really had two tours in one with all the extra historical places we got to be part of.

  • 10 October, 2018

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    Trip: Awesome driver and tour director, great team...professional and entertaining...gave us information and pleasure

    Service: Accommodations were awesome, motor coach was comfortable and very well maintained, driver exceptionally proficient and very companiable, tour director was very well versed, informative, professional, humorous, creative with “flourishes”, and a true pleasure. Driver and director were a totally compatible duo, a remarkable combination which made our trip relaxed and pleasant. ,

  • 10 October, 2018

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    Trip: The miles and locations covered in our 10 day excursion were packed with great experiences!

    Service: Fabulous tour director, Carol Kendrick, whose organization, information, "flourishes" and many other details made this experience a joy from start to finish! This was our first group tour, and we feel fortunate to have had such a marvelous experience right out of the gate!

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: Full on saw everything that we booked for.

    Service: Organisation and personnel very professional couldn’t fault anything.

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent itinerary over 1,700 miles of incredible scenery.

    Service: Excellent trip through Amazing America. There's no way not to be awed by the grandeur of our state parks. Not sure what you mean by customer service, but I have no complaints about the trip. It was well planned and well executed, and enhanced by our tour director, Carol and driver, Joe.

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