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Duration: 10 days Visiting: United States
Bookended by the glamour of Las Vegas, this comprehensive exploration of the American West visits awesome natural wonders and captivating landscapes made famous by classic Western movies. Overnight at rustic lodges inside the National Parks, set among dazzling panoramas that no camera could ever quite capture.
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 Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Dinner with wine.
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 colors change by the minute as the sun sets over the canyon. Take in the views while dining at your lodge this evening.
Grand Canyon and Lake Powell.
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 and enjoy the evening at leisure.
A Leisurely day at Lake Powell.
Spend the day doing entirely as you please. Perhaps join an optional float trip (waiver required) 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?
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.
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 the lofty red rock cliffs on the banks of the Colorado River. Enjoy a cowboy-style barbecue with all the fixings during a Highlight Dinner at your lodge.
Delve into Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.
In the morning, visit Arches National Park, housing the greatest concentration of natural arches in the world. Stop and take a short hike to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint to view the iconic arch. Then it's on to Canyonlands National Park for a drive onto the Island in the Sky - a mesa resting 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views over the dramatic sandstone formations. Back at the lodge, your afternoon is at leisure.
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.
Whimsical Bryce Canyon National Park.
Start the day travelling through Bryce Canyon National Park, the great natural amphitheatre. The whimsical, eroded rock formations that characterize 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 for a memorable Celebration Dinner set overlooking the park's orange and red rock formations.
Zion National Park, back to Las Vegas.
Enjoy a last look at Bryce Canyon, 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 journey ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport, arriving at 16:00.
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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
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
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
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
Las Vegas (Contemporary) - USA
Grand Canyon (Traditional) - USA
Lake Powell (Traditional) - USA
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.
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.
Bryce (Traditional) - USA
Our guests rate us
11508 independent user reviews received during the past year.
01 November, 2018
Trip: Good trip beautiful scenery.
Service: I thought the tour guide was very knowledgeable and handled every aspect of the trip excellent. The driver was great also. The food at the Red Cliff lodge was the worst and most expensive of the trip. Would not reccomend them, service was bad also. Would reccomend Insight to anyone.
26 October, 2018
Trip: Daily wonders of natural beauty
Service: I would absolutely recommend your company to anyone family or friend alike The vacation was very well organized and the pace was very good; tour director Lynne and driver Jazz were fun and caring people
26 October, 2018
Trip: Only about one of the days out of the 10 was a waste of time. I can't think of which day that was. A lot of the days were wake up call for 6am, breakfast 7am and on the bus 8am. Apparently the early starts were to bet the queues to get into each of the parks. I loved the free time/early nights that could be had though.
Service: Lynne the tour guide helped make it a great trip. She was of a quiet disposition along with an air of professionalism which suited us older group of 28 persons.
23 October, 2018
Trip: Scenery amazing. Some long drives but worth it
Service: Very Good tour guide. Fantastic driver. Our every need attended too
23 October, 2018
Trip: although the temperature dropped lower than we expected we still did all on the agenda.
Service: we had a terrific tour with Lynne and Jazz and the group blended well together .
23 October, 2018
Trip: Covered numerous worthwhile destinations and sights in a trip of moderate (9 nights) length.
Service: Everything went completely smoothly thanks to the tour manager and driver.
23 October, 2018
Trip: The Tour Director with her knowledge and stories added to the beauty of this journey.
Service: We were treated like Diplomats without portfolio.
23 October, 2018
Trip: Saw all the Nationals Parks I wanted to see. Good pacing
Service: very professional. Yes we wil travel with them again
23 October, 2018
Trip: Just absolutely great!!!! Every day was a new adventure.
Service: Well organized, knowledgeable, friendly. Carol, our tour director, went above and beyond her duties. Very upbeat and energetic. We have already recommended Insight Vacations to friends and would definitely use your company again
20 October, 2018
Trip: We really enjoyed it.!!!!!
Service: Loved just about everything. Monica and Willis did an outstanding job!
19 October, 2018
Trip: I thought it was fantastic. The scenery was spectacular. The river raft, OMG I recommend "Mick" as the tour guide on the river float
Service: The planning, the scheduling, first rate hotels (well, maybe not the Grand Canyon cabins) but every other place we stayed was great.
18 October, 2018
Trip: Perfect itinerary.Saw everything in the area.
Service: A tour guide and bus driver make or break a tour. I enjoyed the tour because both were very professional.