Grand Circle of the American West

Offer

Price per person
from £2,686

Price based on
London Heathrow
17th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

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

  • 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.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • 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.

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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.

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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:

  • 4 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 - Archers 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. Once inside the national park, get a glimpse at the world-famous Delicate Arch, known as “The Chaps,” from the designated viewpoint. Overnight in Moab, with time to stroll through the downtown shops for a great selection of Southwestern art and jewellery.

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. Dead Horse Point Mesa provides breathtaking views of southeastern Utah’s canyon country and the pinnacles and buttes of Canyonlands National Park. Return to Moab, where 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. Afterward, head east into Page and CRUISE the waters of America’s second-largest man-made reservoir.

Page–Wupatki National Monument–Williams

Day
7

First stop this morning is the WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, one of several sites preserving pueblos (villages) of ancient peoples. Take time to imagine the past before visiting one of the five largest prehistoric pueblos, the Wupatki Pueblo. Afterward, SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT! Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape, forever changing the lives of people, plants, and animals. 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

Today, continue through Utah to the “FOUR CORNERS” region, where Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico converge, and you can stand in four states at the same time. Next, wondrous 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. Afterward, 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- Pikes Peak - Denver

Day
14

This morning travel along the PIKES PEAK HIGHWAY to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak, one of the most famous summits in the United States. Enjoy 19 miles of mountain terrain, breathtaking views, and unique animal sightings, like the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, yellow-bellied marmots and (rumored) Big Foot. Remember your camera, you’ll absolutely want to snap photos of Pikes Peak’s incredible scenery. On the clearest days, you can see five states Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Kansas. Return to Denver in the late afternoon for an evening at leisure.

Denver

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.

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

Things to note

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

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

Grand Canyon National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

 

Transportation:
Two scenic train journeys; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


DENVER Holiday Inn Cherry Creek

GRAND JUNCTION Grand Vista Hotel

MOAB Big Horn Lodge

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn

PAGE Quality Inn Lake Powell

WILLIAMS La Quinta Inn and Suites-Grand Canyon Area

KAYENTA Kayenta Monument Valley Inn

DURANGO Durango Downtown Inn

GUNNISON Comfort Inn Gunnison

COLORADO SPRINGS The Academy Hotel

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