Grand Circle Experience

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Explore the best parks in the Southwestern US on this journey through the Grand Circle of National Parks

Spend ten magical days exploring cascading petrified sand dunes, vibrant pine forests, and sunset-red deserts in seven national parks of the Southwest.  Join a small group of no more than 14 guests and a private guide on this 10-day luxury adventure. The Grand Circle of the Southwest National Parks with its hiking, scenic viewpoints, local eateries, hidden gems, and other fantastic experiences await you!

TAP Rating: TAP Superior


Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Las Vegas to Zion National Park

Your journey begins in the morning at your independently booked accommodations on the Las Vegas Strip, where you'll be met by your guide and embark on the journey to Zion National Park. Here, you'll explore sites like the Great White Throne, Angel's Landing, the Court of the Patriarchs, and the Narrows. After a full day, you'll enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants with the group before spending the night in one of the cozy hotels of Springdale, Utah. Lodging at La Quinta Inn & Suites or similar (D)


(If traveling between March 1st and May 15th (or when Grand Canyon North Rim is open), please refer to the alternative itinerary for day 1, 2 & 3 at the bottom of the page.)

Day 2: Zion National Park to Grand Canyon North Rim to Page, Arizona

Your morning starts with breakfast and a drive up the Zion switchbacks and through the east entrance toward Kanab, Utah, marveling at fantastic rock formations along the way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Visit Cape Royal, Point Imperial, and the visitor center for some incredible views of this natural wonder. Continue your journey to Page, Arizona, and cross the Navajo Bridge spanning the Colorado River, getting a glimpse of the Vermilion Cliffs, so named for their brilliantly crimson striations of sedimentary rock. Lodging at Courtyard Marriott or similar (B)
 


Day 3: Float Trip & Antelope Canyon

Another dramatic drive down an incline tunnel brings you to the base of Glen Canyon Dam for a 14-mile float trip down the Colorado River, surrounded by deep sandstone canyons, plus a stop to view some fascinating petroglyphs. To top the day off, you'll tour the mesmerizing undulations of Antelope Canyon with a Navajo local as your guide. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Page, Arizona with dinner at one of the local haunts. Lodging at Courtyard Marriott or similar (B)



Day 4: Monument Valley

Today you will head to Kayenta, Arizona, for a brief stop before entering Monument Valley in an open-air truck. Admire the gigantic formations up close or towering along the horizon; you'll also visit filming spots for classic Western flicks and lesser-frequented outcroppings in the backcountry. Returning to Gouldings Lodge, you'll enjoy scenic, Navajo-inspired fine dining before continuing on to 4-Corners National Monument where you will stop to shop and snap a shot at the famous Four Corners spot where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet. After a short drive to Cortez, Colorado, you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before arriving into Mesa Verde National Park where you will lodge for the night. Lodging at Mesa Verde Far View Lodge or similar (B)



Day 5: Mesa Verde National Park

Start your day with breakfast at the Metate Room or Far View Cafe and enjoy the view here at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Here, you'll tour the dramatic ruins of ancient Pueblo cliff houses, built into shallow caves and under rock overhangs. Then, stop at viewpoints and a museum along the mesa top before heading through the San Juan Mountains for Durango, Colorado. This frontier town offers plenty of restaurants and shopping—just the place to enjoy your free evening. Lodging at Strater Hotel or similar (B)



Day 6: Durango & Silverton Railroad

Score a true frontier experience with a steam engine train ride on the Durango and Silverton Railroad, an impressive track built in 1881 that snakes along the canyons of the Animas River Valley. It'll be lunchtime when you arrive in Silverton, and the Shady Lady, Bent Elbow, Grumpy’s, and Natalie's--all former bordello and current restaurants--will be happy to accommodate you. Then, trek the twisting turns of the Million Dollar Highway, stopping in Ouray for some shopping before the final leg to Moab. (If traveling from March 1 to May 1, the train ride will be only up to Cascade Canyon.) Lodging at Best Western Greenweel or similar (B)



Day 7: Arches National Park

Spend the day exploring Arches National Park and its 2,000 natural sandstone arches, up to 50 of which you'll experience firsthand as you hike to the Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Devil's Garden, and Courthouse Towers. Returning to the hotel, you'll have the afternoon free before an early dinner at a local restaurant, giving you plenty of time to watch the sun set over the endless Canyonlands National Park from Grandview Point or similar. Lodging at Best Western Greenwell or similar (B)



Day 8: Capitol Reef National Park

Today, you're treated to another scenic drive into Canyonlands National Park to see and experience the majestic Mesa Arch in the morning.  This is the best time to photograph this formation. You will then enjoy the San Rafael Swell on the way to Capitol Reef National Park, where you'll hike up to Hickman Bridge, enjoy the Grand Wash, and look for Geodes and other activities within this little visited park.  Dinner and an enjoyable evening will be experienced at one of the local hotels in this area. Lodging at Capitol Reef Resort or similar (B)



Day 9: Grand Staircase Escalante Monument/Bryce Canyon

Today you will journey down Highway 12, known as the All American Road for its iconic vistas, and also the deep canyons that have been carved through the landscape before arriving at Bryce Canyon National Park, a Utah treasure filled with unearthly archways and rose-colored hoodoos. You'll spend the evening hiking the stunning canyon, relaxing, and dining in rustic elegance at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Restaurant. Lodging at Bryce Canyon Grand or similar (B)



Day 10: Bryce Canyon National Park

Your last day in the Southwest's fantastic landscape starts with a stellar sendoff of early morning sun lighting up pink cliffs during an unforgettable sunrise in Bryce Canyon. After hiking and exploring more of the canyon, you'll head back to Las Vegas, stopping for a few final views of Zion National Park from the Kolob Fingers and lunch at a local joint in Cedar City, Utah. (B)

 


Itinerary For The April 18th to 27th Tour:

Day 1: Las Vegas to Zion National Park

Your journey begins in the morning at your independently booked accommodations on the Las Vegas Strip, where you'll be met by your guide and embark on the journey to Zion National Park. Here, you'll explore sites like the Great White Throne, Angel's Landing, the Court of the Patriarchs, and the Narrows. After a full day, you'll enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants with the group before spending the night in one of the cozy hotels of Kanab, Utah. Lodging at BW Red Hills or Similar (D)

 



Day 2: Float Trip & Antelope Canyon Page, Arizona

Your morning starts with breakfast and a drive to Page, Arizona, for a 14-mile float trip down the Colorado River, surrounded by deep sandstone canyons, plus a stop to view some fascinating petroglyphs. To top the day off, you'll tour the mesmerizing undulations of Antelope Canyon with a Navajo local as your guide. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure in Page, Arizona, with dinner at one of the local haunts. Lodging at Courtyard Marriott or similar (B)



Day 3: Grand Canyon South Rim

Enjoy a day at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with stops at the Desert Watchtower, Grand Viewpoint, and the Geology Museum. You will have the option of hiking down into the canyon on the South Kaibab trail to OHH AHH Point or Cedar Rest, depending on how much hiking you are interested in. Optional stops at Mather Point, Powell Point, and others along the rim are also available depending on time. Once finished, you will return through the east entrance to Tuba City, Arizona, for a delicious dinner and a relaxing evening at your hotel for the night. Lodging at Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites or similar (B)

 

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Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Las Vegas, NV by Sunday Night via LAS


Departure Instructions

Depart from Las Vegas, NV after 6:00 PM via LAS


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 800.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 30 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

Payment and Cancellation Policy: Payment is due at the time of reservation. * Minimum 25% deposit is due at time of reservation. * Payment in full is due 30 days prior to departure. Please notify us in writing if you need to cancel or reschedule. * No refunds for cancellations within 30 days of departure for all multi-day tours. * Cancellations 31 days or more prior to departure receive a 10% cancellation fee the full price of the tour. * Any monies not refunded will be available to apply to a future tour or trip for 2 years from the day of the cancellation. * A 10% charge will be applied to all tours that are rescheduled within 30 days of the tour. This will be 10% of the full price of the tour.

Other Details:

  • Transport: Comfortable Transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter with Captain Chairs
  • Solo Travelers: $800 Single Supplement Fee (See Pricing). Solo travelers are not automatically matched up with other solo travelers. Inquire for more details.
  • Accommodations: 3-3.5 Star Hotels

Inclusions:

  • Knowledgeable Tour Guide
  • Comfortable Transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter with Captain Chairs
  • 9 Nights Lodging in 3+ Star Hotels
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Dinner
  • Antelope Canyon Tour (Upper or Lower)
  • Colorado River Smooth Water Float Trip
  • Monument Valley Tour
  • Mesa Verde Cliff House Tour (Seasonal)
  • Durango Silverton Railroad Train Ride
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Taxes, Fees, and Gratuity Associated With All Activities (Tour Guide Tips Excluded)

Itinerary

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Las Vegas to Zion National Park

Your journey begins in the morning at your independently booked accommodations on the Las Vegas Strip, where you'll be met by your guide and embark on the journey to Zion National Park. Here, you'll explore sites like the Great White Throne, Angel's Landing, the Court of the Patriarchs, and the Narrows. After a full day, you'll enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants with the group before spending the night in one of the cozy hotels of Springdale, Utah. Lodging at La Quinta Inn & Suites or similar (D)


(If traveling between March 1st and May 15th (or when Grand Canyon North Rim is open), please refer to the alternative itinerary for day 1, 2 & 3 at the bottom of the page.)

Day 2: Zion National Park to Grand Canyon North Rim to Page, Arizona

Your morning starts with breakfast and a drive up the Zion switchbacks and through the east entrance toward Kanab, Utah, marveling at fantastic rock formations along the way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Visit Cape Royal, Point Imperial, and the visitor center for some incredible views of this natural wonder. Continue your journey to Page, Arizona, and cross the Navajo Bridge spanning the Colorado River, getting a glimpse of the Vermilion Cliffs, so named for their brilliantly crimson striations of sedimentary rock. Lodging at Courtyard Marriott or similar (B)
 


Day 3: Float Trip & Antelope Canyon

Another dramatic drive down an incline tunnel brings you to the base of Glen Canyon Dam for a 14-mile float trip down the Colorado River, surrounded by deep sandstone canyons, plus a stop to view some fascinating petroglyphs. To top the day off, you'll tour the mesmerizing undulations of Antelope Canyon with a Navajo local as your guide. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Page, Arizona with dinner at one of the local haunts. Lodging at Courtyard Marriott or similar (B)



Day 4: Monument Valley

Today you will head to Kayenta, Arizona, for a brief stop before entering Monument Valley in an open-air truck. Admire the gigantic formations up close or towering along the horizon; you'll also visit filming spots for classic Western flicks and lesser-frequented outcroppings in the backcountry. Returning to Gouldings Lodge, you'll enjoy scenic, Navajo-inspired fine dining before continuing on to 4-Corners National Monument where you will stop to shop and snap a shot at the famous Four Corners spot where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet. After a short drive to Cortez, Colorado, you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before arriving into Mesa Verde National Park where you will lodge for the night. Lodging at Mesa Verde Far View Lodge or similar (B)



Day 5: Mesa Verde National Park

Start your day with breakfast at the Metate Room or Far View Cafe and enjoy the view here at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Here, you'll tour the dramatic ruins of ancient Pueblo cliff houses, built into shallow caves and under rock overhangs. Then, stop at viewpoints and a museum along the mesa top before heading through the San Juan Mountains for Durango, Colorado. This frontier town offers plenty of restaurants and shopping—just the place to enjoy your free evening. Lodging at Strater Hotel or similar (B)



Day 6: Durango & Silverton Railroad

Score a true frontier experience with a steam engine train ride on the Durango and Silverton Railroad, an impressive track built in 1881 that snakes along the canyons of the Animas River Valley. It'll be lunchtime when you arrive in Silverton, and the Shady Lady, Bent Elbow, Grumpy’s, and Natalie's--all former bordello and current restaurants--will be happy to accommodate you. Then, trek the twisting turns of the Million Dollar Highway, stopping in Ouray for some shopping before the final leg to Moab. (If traveling from March 1 to May 1, the train ride will be only up to Cascade Canyon.) Lodging at Best Western Greenweel or similar (B)



Day 7: Arches National Park

Spend the day exploring Arches National Park and its 2,000 natural sandstone arches, up to 50 of which you'll experience firsthand as you hike to the Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Devil's Garden, and Courthouse Towers. Returning to the hotel, you'll have the afternoon free before an early dinner at a local restaurant, giving you plenty of time to watch the sun set over the endless Canyonlands National Park from Grandview Point or similar. Lodging at Best Western Greenwell or similar (B)



Day 8: Capitol Reef National Park

Today, you're treated to another scenic drive into Canyonlands National Park to see and experience the majestic Mesa Arch in the morning.  This is the best time to photograph this formation. You will then enjoy the San Rafael Swell on the way to Capitol Reef National Park, where you'll hike up to Hickman Bridge, enjoy the Grand Wash, and look for Geodes and other activities within this little visited park.  Dinner and an enjoyable evening will be experienced at one of the local hotels in this area. Lodging at Capitol Reef Resort or similar (B)



Day 9: Grand Staircase Escalante Monument/Bryce Canyon

Today you will journey down Highway 12, known as the All American Road for its iconic vistas, and also the deep canyons that have been carved through the landscape before arriving at Bryce Canyon National Park, a Utah treasure filled with unearthly archways and rose-colored hoodoos. You'll spend the evening hiking the stunning canyon, relaxing, and dining in rustic elegance at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Restaurant. Lodging at Bryce Canyon Grand or similar (B)



Day 10: Bryce Canyon National Park

Your last day in the Southwest's fantastic landscape starts with a stellar sendoff of early morning sun lighting up pink cliffs during an unforgettable sunrise in Bryce Canyon. After hiking and exploring more of the canyon, you'll head back to Las Vegas, stopping for a few final views of Zion National Park from the Kolob Fingers and lunch at a local joint in Cedar City, Utah. (B)

 


Itinerary For The April 18th to 27th Tour:

Day 1: Las Vegas to Zion National Park

Your journey begins in the morning at your independently booked accommodations on the Las Vegas Strip, where you'll be met by your guide and embark on the journey to Zion National Park. Here, you'll explore sites like the Great White Throne, Angel's Landing, the Court of the Patriarchs, and the Narrows. After a full day, you'll enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants with the group before spending the night in one of the cozy hotels of Kanab, Utah. Lodging at BW Red Hills or Similar (D)

 



Day 2: Float Trip & Antelope Canyon Page, Arizona

Your morning starts with breakfast and a drive to Page, Arizona, for a 14-mile float trip down the Colorado River, surrounded by deep sandstone canyons, plus a stop to view some fascinating petroglyphs. To top the day off, you'll tour the mesmerizing undulations of Antelope Canyon with a Navajo local as your guide. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure in Page, Arizona, with dinner at one of the local haunts. Lodging at Courtyard Marriott or similar (B)



Day 3: Grand Canyon South Rim

Enjoy a day at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with stops at the Desert Watchtower, Grand Viewpoint, and the Geology Museum. You will have the option of hiking down into the canyon on the South Kaibab trail to OHH AHH Point or Cedar Rest, depending on how much hiking you are interested in. Optional stops at Mather Point, Powell Point, and others along the rim are also available depending on time. Once finished, you will return through the east entrance to Tuba City, Arizona, for a delicious dinner and a relaxing evening at your hotel for the night. Lodging at Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites or similar (B)

 

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Other Details:

  • Transport: Comfortable Transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter with Captain Chairs
  • Solo Travelers: $800 Single Supplement Fee (See Pricing). Solo travelers are not automatically matched up with other solo travelers. Inquire for more details.
  • Accommodations: 3-3.5 Star Hotels

Inclusions:

  • Knowledgeable Tour Guide
  • Comfortable Transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter with Captain Chairs
  • 9 Nights Lodging in 3+ Star Hotels
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Dinner
  • Antelope Canyon Tour (Upper or Lower)
  • Colorado River Smooth Water Float Trip
  • Monument Valley Tour
  • Mesa Verde Cliff House Tour (Seasonal)
  • Durango Silverton Railroad Train Ride
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Taxes, Fees, and Gratuity Associated With All Activities (Tour Guide Tips Excluded)


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