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The Trailblazer

Duration:8 days 7 nights
Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:National Parks
Tour Region:Mountain Region, Southwest Region

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The Trailblazer

Duration:8 days 7 nights
Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:National Parks
Tour Region: Mountain Region, Southwest Region

Tour Information

The Trailblazer tour begins in Las Vegas and ends in Las Vegas.

Blazing a trail around the natural wonders of the west, you'll see canyons, monuments and monoliths from Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks. You'll enjoy Insider moments like: listening to the fascinating accounts of university-educated regional experts, including former rangers. Using visual aids, show-and-tell, pass-around items of interest and colourful handouts, they give you an insider's perspective on the Grand Canyon.

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Tours and holidays in Usa - ARRIVE LAS VEGAS

Day 1

ARRIVE LAS VEGAS

Welcome to Las Vegas. Check into your hotel, then enjoy the afternoon to take in the sights and sounds of Las Vegas with a stroll down the Strip. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Tours and holidays in Usa - LAS VEGAS - GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Day 2

LAS VEGAS - GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Say goodbye to Sin City and depart for Grand Canyon National Park. Along the way, hit the "Mother Road" on historic Route 66, including the famous Kingman and Seligman outposts. Watch the classic motels and restaurants of a simpler time roll by, framed by stunning desert landscapes. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon, meet with a Local Specialist who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon, you'll become a rock expert yourself as you examine the multi-coloured rocks from different eras of the canyon's formation. This evening, gather to watch the sunset and the fading light gilding the canyon and casting enchanting shadows.

Tours and holidays in Usa - GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - SEDONA

Day 3

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - SEDONA

Rise early to catch the first sunlight washing over the canyon. Then, travel south through the fragrant pine groves of the Kaibab National Forest and down Oak Creek Canyon where you can admire the stunning red cliffs amid the pristine forests of ponderosa pines on your way to the artists' enclave of Sedona, a lovely town situated in the high desert of Arizona. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at your hotel this evening.

Tours and holidays in Usa - SEDONA - MONUMENT VALLEY - LAKE POWELL

Day 4

SEDONA - MONUMENT VALLEY - LAKE POWELL

Back on the road, head north and stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and maybe sample some tasty fry bread. Traverse the badlands of the Painted Desert, the rugged landscape changing hour-by-hour as the sun illuminates the eroded stone of the desert floor. Continue on to striking Monument Valley where you'll hop aboard an open-air vehicle to explore the magnificent mesas and iconic rock formations. Even more spectacular vistas await as you arrive on the shores of glittering Lake Powell, one of America's most beautiful lakes. Enjoy dinner at your resort among the stunning scenery tonight.

Tours and holidays in Usa - LAKE POWELL FREE TIME

Day 5

LAKE POWELL FREE TIME

The day is yours. Rise early for an adventurous hike or relax in the sun on the shores of this 186 mile (300 kilometre) long lake, formed by the Glen Canyon Dam. Gather with some of your travelling companions for an optional raft experience down one of the prettiest sections of the Colorado River or a scenic cruise on the lake, visiting magnificent Antelope Canyon. If you want to hit the water, go kayaking or fish for striped bass and bluegill in one of the lake's glittering bays.

Tours and holidays in Usa - LAKE POWELL - BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Day 6

LAKE POWELL - BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Continue your journey into Bryce Canyon National Park, home to the world's largest concentration of hoodoos, those towering limestone spires that rise majestically from the desert floor. From the rim of the amphitheatre, gaze down upon thousands of pink, orange and yellow pinnacles, the result of millions of years of erosion. You may even spot one of the park's bristlecone pines, the world's longest-living trees.

Tours and holidays in Usa - BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK - ZION NATIONAL PARK

Day 7

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK - ZION NATIONAL PARK

Join a Local Specialist and naturalist in Zion, for a guided walk and introduction to the flora and fauna of the area. You'll be amazed by the petrified sandstone formation of Checkerboard Mesa and the otherworldly Zion. The rest of the day is yours to immerse yourself in the surrounding beauty. Marvel at the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and awe-inspiring monoliths, all carved out over 200 million years from the orange sandstone. Stretch your legs during a stroll along the Virgin River up to the Temple of Sinawava to peek at the start of the Narrows slot canyon or hike up to the three Emerald Pools. Spot some of the more than 200 species of birds or join a park ranger to learn more about the park on one of the many daily programs. This evening, share your adventures with your travelling companions at a festive Farewell Dinner.

Tours and holidays in Usa - ZION NATIONAL PARK - DEPART LAS VEGAS

Day 8

ZION NATIONAL PARK - DEPART LAS VEGAS

Head west and travel along one of the most expansive sections of interstate ever constructed as you wind your way through the Virgin River Gorge on your way to the flat expanses of the Mojave Desert and the neon lights of Las Vegas. A transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport and to the Tropicana Las Vegas if you'd like to extend your stay.

Prices, Dates and Conditions

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DEPARTURES 2017 PRICE FROM
APR 23, 30 1883
MAY 7, 14 1883
MAY 21, 28 1933
JUNE 4, 11, 18 1933
JULY 9 1933
AUG 6 1933
AUG 27 1910
SEP 3, 10, 17, 24 1910
OCT 1, 8 1910

YOUR ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR INCLUDES
- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS
- Scenic drives in Sedona, Monument Valley, along Desert View Drive and Oak Creek Canyon and travel a portion of Route 66
- See glittering Lake Powell
- Visit Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
- 7 full breakfasts
- 3 dinners

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- Hidden Treasures: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
- Local Specialists: For included sightseeing in Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks

NIGHT CITY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
1 Las Vegas Tropicana Las Vegas
2 Grand Canyon National Park Lodges
3 Sedona Poco Diablo Resort
4-5 Lake Powell Lake Powell Resort & Marinas - Lake View Rooms
6-7 Bryce Canyon BW Plus Grand

PRE & POST HOTELS
PRE: Las Vegas, Tropicana Las Vegas
POST: Las Vegas, Tropicana Las Vegas

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
We offer a range of optional experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip.