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Grand Circle of the American West

Price per person
from £2,278

Price based on
London Heathrow
27th Sep 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • USA

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

Mother Nature has loaded the West with stunning scenery, and on this National Parks tour, you’ll witness some of nature’s finest. From red-rock formations and breathtaking canyons to free-flowing rivers and alpine landscapes, you’ll marvel at magnificent scenery throughout this tour.

This National Parks tour features Colorado National Monument, with its towering monoliths and canyons; Arches National Park, with its 2,000 preserved sandstone arches; Canyonlands National Park, with its canyons, mesas, and buttes; Dead Horse Point State Park, where massive vertical cliffs intersect with canyons carved by ice and water; Capitol Reef National Park, with one of the most scenic drives in the U.S.; Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with its spectacular cliffs and terraces; Bryce Canyon National Park, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations; Zion National Park, a spectacle of massive stone formations; breathtaking Grand Canyon National Park; Monument Valley, where you’ll see the massive formations on a 4-wheel-drive tour; and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, with its spectacular narrow opening and sheer walls.

Step back in time as you visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll see the cliff dwellings that Ancestral Puebloans called home from 600 to 1300 AD. Just imagine what life was like living there! Other tour highlights include a scenic ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad through San Juan National Forest and a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where you can trace the footsteps of some of our nation's most respected leaders. These are just a few of the many highlights of this value-minded, picturesque holiday!

At a glance

Grand Junction Visit Colorado National Monument

Moab Visit Arches National Park; Canyonlands National Park; and Dead Horse Point State Park

Capitol Reef National Park Scenic drive

Escalante National Monument Scenic drive

Bryce Canyon National Park Sightseeing

Zion National Park Sightseeing

Navajo National Monument Visit the ancient cliff dwellings

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Visit the site

Grand Canyon National Park Sightseeing

Williams Historic Route 66

Monument Valley 4-wheel-drive excursion with Navajo guide

Mesa Verde National Park See the cliff dwellings and visit the museum

Durango Ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to Silverton

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Sightseeing

Colorado Springs Visit Garden of the Gods; Seven Falls; US Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Most of the holiday was brilliant. The guide and driver...

26th October 2018
Mr John `Stothard

Most of the holiday was brilliant. The guide and driver were excellent. The places we visited were wonderful. However, because we were moved to a time when it was out of season, several places - shops etc - were closed and we had cold, wet, snowy weather when we expected to have warm sunshine throughout. This was a great disappointment for what we hoped would be a holiday of a lifetime. We should have been warned. We were told while we were there that it is not unusual to have snow in the Rockies after Labour Day. The optional excursion to the Navajo dinner was a complete rip off and we felt robbed. We were taken out to a corrugated iron shelter and given an indifferent meal. We were left sitting while they organised the meal and cleared up and it was bitterly cold. The dancing and storytelling (which were the reasons we had decided to pay the $66 each!) never materialised. Cosmos needs to investigate this as it is not good enough and it does not reflect well on your company. The motel in Durango was very poor with no restaurant and no fridge or microwave. It was on a very busy road and it made it very difficult to get breakfast. The last couple of days of the trip felt as if they were filling in to get us back to Denver. The weather was cold and wet and we did not get much time off the bus. We still, however, had the trip up Pikes Peak to look forward to. On the last day, it was snowing and we thought it would be cancelled. However, the minibuses turned up and took us off to Pikes Peak. We got half way up the mountain and the road was closed because of the weather. They must have known that the road was closed and the trip should have been cancelled. We could then have gone on an alternative trip with our coach. Instead, we had an indifferent drive and hardly got off the bus. We would like to know how much we spent on this trip and believe that we should have had the cost refunded and their trip cancelled. It seems that they only took us in order to justify keeping the money. Sadly we did not even end up having lunch in Manitou Springs which was on the programme and looked a lovely town but went instead to Old Colorado City which had nothing much to offer. The last part of the holiday has cast a shadow over the wonderful start.

...

14th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Overview

Mother Nature has loaded the West with stunning scenery, and on this National Parks tour, you’ll witness some of nature’s finest. From red-rock formations and breathtaking canyons to free-flowing rivers and alpine landscapes, you’ll marvel at magnificent scenery throughout this tour.

This National Parks tour features Colorado National Monument, with its towering monoliths and canyons; Arches National Park, with its 2,000 preserved sandstone arches; Canyonlands National Park, with its canyons, mesas, and buttes; Dead Horse Point State Park, where massive vertical cliffs intersect with canyons carved by ice and water; Capitol Reef National Park, with one of the most scenic drives in the U.S.; Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with its spectacular cliffs and terraces; Bryce Canyon National Park, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations; Zion National Park, a spectacle of massive stone formations; breathtaking Grand Canyon National Park; Monument Valley, where you’ll see the massive formations on a 4-wheel-drive tour; and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, with its spectacular narrow opening and sheer walls.

Step back in time as you visit Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll see the cliff dwellings that Ancestral Puebloans called home from 600 to 1300 AD. Just imagine what life was like living there! Other tour highlights include a scenic ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad through San Juan National Forest and a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where you can trace the footsteps of some of our nation's most respected leaders. These are just a few of the many highlights of this value-minded, picturesque holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts

UK - Denver

Day
1

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

Welcome to Denver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Denver - Vail - Glenwood Canyon - Grand Junction

Day
2

Travel west into the Rockies and stop in Vail, one of America’s most popular mountain resorts. Continue through the massive 1,800-foot-high walls of Glenwood Canyon before reaching the awe-inspiring natural beauty and dramatic red-rock landscape of Grand Junction.

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

Day
3

This morning, visit COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT with its canyons that drop as much as 500 feet deep. On to ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, with more than 2,000 preserved natural sandstone arches. Overnight in Moab.

Moab. Excursion to Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Point State Park

Day
4

The day begins with magnificent CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, a colourful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers. The remote Maze, the rugged Needles, and our destination today, the “Island in the Sky.” Continue on to DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK, where your Tour Director tells you the legend behind the name. Stroll along the Rim Walk, towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River. The Mesa provides breathtaking views of southeastern Utah’s canyon country and the pinnacles and buttes of Canyonlands National Park. The afternoon is free for independent activities.

Moab – Capitol Reef National Park – Escalante National Monument – Bryce Canyon National Park

Day
5

Today’s route past Capitol Reef National Park and Escalante is one of the most spectacular, yet unknown, scenic drives in the USA. The majesty of Capitol Reef will intrigue you with its twisting canyons, massive domes, monoliths, and spires of sandstone. Next, travel along Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, where slow erosion over the ages has created fantastically sculpted rock formations resembling castle towers and cathedral spires. The natural amphitheatres and canyons glow with different lights throughout the day.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Page

Day
6

Today, descend into half-mile-deep ZION NATIONAL PARK. “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. Enjoy the colourful sandstone walls that rise thousands of feet above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. Later travel to the shores of Lake Powell, and join the optional cruise on the waters of America’s second-largest man-made reservoir. Overnight in the northern Arizona town of Page, located on the southern shores of magnificent Lake Powell.

Page - Williams

Day
7

Visit NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT, located within the Navajo Nation, and established to preserve three prehistoric cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan People. After lunch, SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT! Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape. Afterwards, our journey continues to Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Enjoy one of the best-preserved stretches of the Mother Road in America. Walk Main Street and you’ll find vintage neon on buildings that are preserved to their original character, and restaurants that have the character of the Route 66 heyday.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Williams. Excursion into Grand Canyon National Park

Day
8

Today, experience one of the Natural Wonders of the World and see the beauty and splendour of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. The day is free to enjoy the park at your leisure. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views. For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Williams – Monument Valley – Kayenta

Day
9

To experience the American West immortalized on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to MONUMENT VALLEY. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, the valley’s scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. See the massive formations on a memorable 4-WHEEL-DRIVE TOUR. Then, on to Kayenta, or join the optional Navajo cookout for dinner, surrounded by red-rock canyons.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Kayenta – Four Corners – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango

Day
10

First stop this morning is MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you walk in the footsteps of Ancestral Puebloans and see their mysterious, centuries-old cliff dwellings. Spend time at the park’s museum and visitor centre, depicting the story of these people who mysteriously disappeared almost 700 years ago. Afterwards, head to Durango in the Animas River Valley, surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. Tonight, maybe explore the historic downtown.

Durango. Excursion on The Durango & Silverton Narrow - Gauge Railroad

Day
11

Board the DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW-GAUGE RAILROAD this morning for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks that miners, cowboys, and settlers of the Old West took more than a century ago. This historic train has been in continuous operation for more than 125 years, and the locomotives used to pull today’s train are 1923-1925 vintage. The train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through the Rio de las Animas Canyon, with vistas of snowcapped peaks. Free time in Silverton, once a major mining town that owes its name to the bragging statement by an early miner, “We have no gold, but silver by the ton!”

Durango - Ouray - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park - Gunnison

Day
12

Travel north through the San Juan Mountains, stopping in Ouray, a small community nestled in some of the Rockies’ most rugged and towering peaks. This afternoon, visit one of America’s newest national parks: BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK. The unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths that you will see here.

Gunnison - Buena Vista - Colorado Springs

Day
13

Our journey continues through beautiful Buena Vista, a picture-perfect town that has retained a Wild West charm and is nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Continue to Colorado Springs, where the view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose America the Beautiful more than 100 years ago. Visit the GARDEN OF THE GODS, a city park that is a garden of towering redrock formations.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Colorado Springs–Seven Falls–Us Olympic Training Center–U.S. Air Force Academy–Denver

Day
14

Visit SEVEN FALLS and discover why it has earned a spot on National Geographic’s list of International Waterfalls. At the OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER enjoy a guided tour of the flagship training facility where the USA Swimming and Shooting teams have their national headquarters on the complex. Conclude your vacation with a visit to the U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY and trace the footsteps of some of our nation’s most revered leaders. Return to Denver in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Denver - UK

Day
15

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Denver further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

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Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Denver - Holiday Inn Cherry Creek

Holiday Inn Denver-Cherry Creek is just minutes away from all of Denver's major attractions, landmarks, outdoor activities, world class shopping, museums, and events. Travellers can enjoy our newly renovated guest rooms that are spaciously appointed and include modern amenities, plush furnishings, rich colour schemes and stylish architectural features that reflect the lifestyle of historic Denver while offering sweeping skyline views and inspiring vistas of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

  • Location

    455 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Grand Junction - Grand Vista Hotel

The Grand Vista Hotel offers spectacular views of the Grand Mesa and Colorado National Monument, and features a pool, fitness room and restaurant on-site.

  • Location

    2790 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction, CO 81506, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Moab - Big Horn Lodge

The Big Horn Lodge is located in the heart of the Canyonlands, just a short distance from Arches National Park. The lodge has a heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, and guest laundry.

  • Location

    550 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Bryce Canyon National Park - Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn

We offer the finest in accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is also a destination in and of itself. We offer business centre, fitness centre, indoor pool and hot tub, large general store, currency exchange, and laudromat. Rooms include cable TV with movie channels, Ac, In-room coffee/tea maker, microwave, fridge, hair dryer, iron and board.

  • Location

    Highway U-63 26 South Main Bryce, UT USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Page - Quality Inn Lake Powell

The Quality Inn® at Lake Powell in Page overlooks Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, in the heart of Indian Country. This Page, AZ hotel provides business travellers with conveniences like computer hook-ups, high-speed Internet access and access to copy and fax services. The Quality Inn at Lake Powell invites you to experience our great location, superior guest accommodations and affordable rates.

  • Location

    287 N Lake Powell Blvd, Page, AZ 86040, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Williams - La Quinta Inn & Suites - Grand Canyon area

Nestled in breathtaking views of the pines, this hotel features comfortable guestrooms with pillow-top mattresses, free Wi-Fi, and cable TV, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and fitness centre.

  • Location

    1100 Cataract Lake Rd, Williams, AZ 86046, United States

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Kayenta - Kayenta Monument Valley Inn

Kayenta Monument Valley Inn is located on the largest Indian Reservation in the United States. It has a Native American feel once you step into the lobby, with the artwork displaying bright colours and designs along with traditional Native American music playing in the background, you get a real sense of the Native American culture.

  • Location

    US-160 & US 163, Kayenta, AZ 86033, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Durango - Durango Downtown Inn

This hotel is situated amidst the hustle and bustle of the downtown area of Durango. The hotel features a restaurant, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness centre, and guest laundry.

  • Location

    800 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301, USA

  • Facilities

    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Gunnison - Comfort Inn Gunnison

The Comfort Inn® hotel is located on the north edge of Gunnison, surrounded by the vast wilderness of Gunnison County. The Pioneer Museum, Western State College of Colorado, the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport, the Blue Mesa Reservoir and the Dos Rios Golf Club are minutes from this Gunnison hotel.

  • Location

    911 N Main St, Gunnison, CO 81230, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Colorado Springs - The Academy Hotel

Known for our famous complimentary breakfast with made to order omelets and waffle bar, The Academy Hotel Colorado Springs exhibits a warm atmosphere with luxurious atrium waterfalls, cozy fireside lounge, and indoor heated pool. Guest rooms feature plush, comfortable bedding and free DirecTV with over 100 channels, including HBO and Showtime for a pleasurable stay. We offer FREE high speed internet, business center, fitness centre, parking, sun deck, game room and complimentary Wii play station.

  • Location

    8110 Academy Blvd N, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, USA

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

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