Grand Circle of the American West

  • 16 Days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

Experience aspen forest panoramas aboard steam locomotives and journey across the Navajo Nation to see the desolate beauty of Monument Valley. Discover Old West tales of mining towns and Mormon pioneers and peer into the awesome Grand Canyon.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

Accommodation
Flights
Porterage
Services of a tour director
Single share option
All local and airport taxes/service charges
Transfers
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 31st May 2018

Meals included: 4 breakfasts,

Overview

Experience aspen forest panoramas aboard steam locomotives and journey across the Navajo Nation to see the desolate beauty of Monument Valley. Discover Old West tales of mining towns and Mormon pioneers and peer into the awesome Grand Canyon.

At a glance

  • Glenwood Canyon Journey through its rugged gorges high above the Colorado River.
  • Dead Horse Point Stand at its dramatic overlooks and discover the legend behind the name.
  • Arches National Park Home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches.
  • Four Corners Monument Stand in four states at once!
  • Durango & Silverton Railroad Take a panoramic train ride through the San Juan National Forest.
  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway Ride the world's highest cog railroad to ascend 14,115 feet Pikes Peak.

Day 1

UK - Denver

Fly to Denver where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Denver - Vail - Grand Junction

Depart Denver this morning for Grand Junction, visiting the pretty alpine resort of Vail en route. Continue through the massive, craggy gorges of Glenwood Canyon to the awe-inspiring red rock landscape of Grand Junction, Colorado's wine country.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Grand Junction - Colorado National Monument - Arches National Park - Moab

First stop this morning is Colorado National Monument, offering one of the grandest landscapes of the American West. Admire the rusty coloured monoliths, canyons and plateaux before travelling to Arches National Park, which features over 2,000 natural sandstone arches and interesting rock formations. Catch a glimpse of the world famous Delicate Arch, known as 'The Chaps' from a designated viewpoint. The evening is free in Moab, a small town on the Colorado River.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Moab - Canyonlands National Park - Dead Horse Point State Park - Moab

The day begins with a trip to magnificent Canyonlands National Park, a colourful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers which divide the park into three districts. Next, visit Dead Horse Point State Park to learn about the legend behind the name. Stroll along the Rim Walk to the mesa of Dead Horse Point which affords breathtaking views of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. The rest of the evening is free.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Moab - Capitol Reef National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park

Enjoy a scenic drive along Capitol Reef National Park, one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the United States and the Grand Staircase to Bryce Canyon National Park, where slow erosion has created fantastically sculptured rock formations which glow with different light depending on the time of day.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Page

Today, descend into Zion National Park. Once a refuge for Mormon Pioneers, its striking landscape of steep canyons and stone towers were carved out by rushing streams over millions of years. There is time to admire the beauty of the park, before heading to Page.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Page - Williams

First stop this morning is the Wupatki National Monument, a site preserving the pueblos of ancient peoples. Continue to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape. Later, arrive in Williams where the evening is free to explore this picturesque mountain town with one of the best preserved sections of Route 66, featuring vintage neon signs and shops selling memorabilia.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Williams - Grand Canyon National Park - Williams

Travel to the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The day is free to enjoy the park at leisure. Wander along the canyon rim and experience spine-tingling views of its flame-coloured walls or for the thrill of a lifetime, take an optional 'flightseeing' helicopter trip.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Williams - Monument Valley - Kayenta

To experience the American West that has been immortalised on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to Monument Valley. On the Arizona-Utah border, the valley's scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. Take a memorable four-wheel drive tour. Then, on to Kayenta or join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner and Navajo entertainment surrounded by red-rock canyons. Overnight in Kayenta.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Kayenta - Four Corners - Mesa Verde National Park - Durango

Begin the day with a visit to the famed 'Four Corners' monument, where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico all converge and where a person can stand in four states at the same time. Next, travel to Mesa Verde National Park, an area protecting over 4,000 archaeological sites. After exploring the mysterious cliff dwellings, arrive at Durango, nestled in the Animas River Valley. Founded in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, this charming town was once run by gunslingers. Tonight, why not explore the historic downtown?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Durango - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - Durango

Board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad this morning for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. Enjoy the experience of travelling by a coal-fired steam-powered vintage locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the old west took over a century ago. The legendary steam train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through vistas of snow-capped peaks. The locomotives are 1923-25 vintage and are maintained in their original condition. This historic train has been in continuous operation for over 125 years. Enjoy free time in Silverton, once a major mining town, which owes its name to the bragging statement of an early miner who said "We have no gold, but silver by the ton!"

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Durango - Ouray - Black Canyon National Park - Gunnison

Journey northwards through the San Juan Mountains, stopping at Ouray, a small community nestled amongst some of the most rugged peaks of the Rockies. Then on to one of America's newest national parks, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Featuring sheer cliffs of up to 2,250 feet and a canyon floor which is at its narrowest only 40 feet wide, it is very dramatic.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Gunnison - Buena Vista - Colorado Springs

Travel through beautiful Buena Vista, a picture-postcard town nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, which has retained its Wild West charm. Continue to Colorado Springs where the view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose 'America the Beautiful'. Visit the Garden of the Gods, featuring outstanding geological sandstone and limestone formations including the Kissing Camels and the Cathedral Spires.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Colorado Springs - Pikes Peak Cog Railway - Denver

Conclude the journey with a train ride on the fabulous Pike's Peak Cog Railway, the world's highest cog railroad. Travel along Ruxton Creek in Englemann Canyon, then over Four Mile Switch for a first glimpse of Pikes Peak. At about the five mile point, the grade steepens as you climb above the timber line and reach the 14,110 feet summit of Pikes Peak. Return to Denver in the late afternoon where the evening is free.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Denver - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Las Vegas.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Denver: Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Downtown (2017) / Holiday Inn Denver - Cherry Creek (2018)
  • Grand Junction: Grand Vista
  • Moab: Big Horn Lodge
  • Bryce Canyon: Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
  • Page: Quality Inn at Lake Powell
  • Williams: La Quinta Inn & Suites
  • Kayenta: Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
  • Durango: Durango Downtown Inn
  • Gunnison: Comfort Inn Gunnison
  • Colorado Springs: Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Centre (2017) / The Academy Hotel (2018)

Notes

Colorado, Utah and Arizona are blessed with exquisite mountain scenery and extraordinary outdoor attractions. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favourable weather and/or road conditions

Accommodation as stated or simillar

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11th October 2017

What we saw of the places were good,but some of the hotels were not up to standard.

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