Canyonlands of the American Southwest - 2018

Saturday to Saturday Itinerary: Scottsdale • Sedona • Williams • Grand Canyon • Lake Powell • Kanab • Bryce Canyon • Zion • Las Vegas
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DAY 1:

Depart home / Arrive Phoenix, AZ / Transfer to Scottsdale, AZ

Arrive in Phoenix today to begin your tour of America’s canyon lands. You’ll be greeted by a Vantage representative, who will assist with the transfer to your luxury resort spa in Scottsdale. Enjoy the resort’s glorious natural setting and generous on-site amenities — or explore Scottsdale on your own — during an afternoon at leisure. This evening, join your Adventure Leader and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and briefing at the hotel, followed by dinner on your own.



DAY 2:

Scottsdale / Sedona / Williams, AZ

Following a buffet breakfast at the hotel, set out on a scenic drive to the stunning desert town of Sedona. Cultural Discovery: Known as much for the striking red rock formations that surround it as for the vibrant arts and New Age community that thrives within it, Sedona is a true gem of the American Southwest. Enjoy a guided trolley of the town's south side, including a stop at the famous Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in the upscale Gallery District and a stop at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, before seeking out lunch on your own. Multigenerational Feature: From Sedona, visit the Bearizona Wildlife Park — a large, drive-through park in Arizona’s pristine wilderness, featuring black bears, wolves, elk, deer, sheep, bison, goats and other native wildlife. You’ll stay the night in Williams, Arizona, a small town located on historic Route 66, perhaps the most iconic of American highways. After arriving at our hotel late this afternoon, we'll gather for a Welcome Happy Hour and Dinner at a nearby local restaurant.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3:

Grand Canyon

Today, you’ll experience one of our country’s — and the world’s — greatest natural wonders: the Grand Canyon. Unforgettable Moment: Even better, you'll arrive there by train, following a legendary rail route. After breakfast and checkout, take a short walk to the nearby Grand Canyon Railway station to board the train for today’s excursion. Multigenerational Feature and Cultural Discovery:  Witness a spirited performance of the local Wild West Shootout show prior to boarding the train, then hear the history of the railroad and view historic local station houses during your journey. You'll ride in first-class style thanks to oversized, reclining seats and picture windows perfect for admiring the grand landscapes that surround you. 

Arriving in Grand Canyon National Park, you’ll transfer to your lodge among the pine woods on the canyon's South Rim. Then, set out for an afternoon of leisurely sightseeing in this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, learning about its layers of geological history as you explore. For a truly unforgettable experience, sign up for a thrilling bird’s-eye view of the canyon landscape on our optional Grand Canyon Helicopter Sightseeing tour. Following an amazing day of discovery, transfer back to your lodge for an included dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride

  • Approximate Cost: $259 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour
  • Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • When: Afternoon tour
There’s no better way to truly grasp the scope and utter splendor of our national treasure than to soar over the canyon on a narrated helicopter tour. You’ll marvel at the sight of the tiny green thread of the Colorado River surrounded by layer after multi-colored layer of geologic time. Your aerial viewpoint enables you to view the details and complexity of the Grand Canyon and its tributaries and side canyons in a way that is simply not possible from any other vantage point. Rather than replacing your sightseeing from views from the rim, this very special optional tour is the perfect complement to it, deepening your wonder and appreciation for this crown jewel of our National Parks system. Vantage works only with the top helicopter-tour companies that show the highest marks for safety, equipment, experience, and overall customer satisfaction.

DAY 4:

Lake Powell

This morning, depart the Grand Canyon by motorcoach for Lake Powell, the great reservoir created by the damming of the Glen Canyon. Unforgettable Moment: Because the transfer to Lake Powell is especially picturesque, you’ll have several opportunities to stop for photographs along the route. Arrive at the Lake Powell Resort, in Page, just in time to enjoy an included lunch — along with lovely lakeside views. This afternoon, you’ll have an opportunity to view some of the Lake Powell area’s uniquely magnificent scenery during a cruise through the lake’s wondrous Antelope Canyon arm. Touring the narrow canyon in an open boat, enjoy an up-close look at the stunningly sculpted walls and colorful geological formations for which the lower end of Lake Powell is well known. Be sure to bring your camera! This evening, recall your adventures in and around Lake Powell over dinner at the lodge.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5:

Lake Powell / Kanab, AZ

Waking up today, you have another exciting experience in store! Active Feature and Unforgettable Moment: After breakfast, join your fellow adventurers for a leisurely float trip along the Colorado River. You won’t see any white-water rapids as you’re transported downstream aboard a safe, comfortable raft, but you will enjoy an unrivaled perspective on this scenic waterway. From prehistoric petroglyphs and richly hued canyon walls reaching as high 1,000 feet, to majestic wildlife along the riverbanks, the surroundings will leave you awestruck. 

Upon returning to your lodge at Lake Powell, you'll have time to enjoy lunch on your own. Active Feature: Then, explore the property at your own pace — or take advantage of some of the many activities available on-site, from lounging by the pool to hiking nearby trails. Leave mid-afternoon for the southern Utah town of Kanab, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Known by locals as “Little Hollywood” for its past as a popular filming location for movie and TV Westerns, Kanab is a charming town from a bygone era. Here, you’ll stay at its legendary Parry Lodge — whose neon sign, classic western décor, and long list of illustrious former guests will add a touch of romance and nostalgia to your visit. This evening, seek out dinner on your own and enjoy time at leisure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 6:

Bryce Canyon

Get an early start today, as another glorious canyon awaits you! Following breakfast at the lodge, take a scenic ride to Southern Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. Known for its distinctive hoodoo rock formations — also known as tent rocks or fairy chimneys — Bryce Canyon isn't a true canyon but a collection of naturally occurring amphitheaters along a plateau. And rather than being water-carved, the parks strange shapes are actually sculpted by thousands of years of wind erosion. Enjoy some leisurely sightseeing in this strangely beautiful setting before sitting down for an included lunch at the Bryce Lodge. Return to Kanab later this afternoon to savor some down time before a festive evening of Western-style Americana.

Multigenerational Feature and Cultural Discovery: Tonight, put on your Western gear and cross the street to Kanab’s Iron Horse Restaurant in the iconic Big Wigwam — where you’ll enjoy happy hour, a hearty Farewell Dinner, and “Cowboy Karaoke.”

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7:

Kanab / Zion / Las Vegas, NV

This morning after breakfast, board your deluxe motorcoach for the short but scenic trip to another of Utah’s great canyons: Zion. Arriving in Zion National Park mid-morning, you’ll explore its crown jewel during a guided tour and independent exploration. Up to a half-mile deep and a million years in the making, Zion Canyon is the brilliant result of the Virgin River’s path through red Navajo sandstone. And thanks to its uniquely diverse geography, the canyon is home to multiple life zones and great ecological variety — including countless bird species, mammals, reptiles, and plant life. After a morning of discovery on a guided tour, enjoy free time and lunch on your own in the Zion Village area. This afternoon, arrive in the legendary city of Las Vegas — a different kind of American landmark and the final destination of your southwestern adventure. With a wealth of entertainment options, sights, dining establishments, and of course casinos, to choose from, enjoy the balance of the day as you please.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 8:

Las Vegas / Return home

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, this morning. Then transfer to the airport for your flight home — or stay on in Las Vegas on our post-trip extension.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Please Note: All sightseeing is subject to change due to road conditions, repairs, and weather conditions. Seasonality may affect the frequency and availability of ranger activities within the National Parks.

Please Note: In the National Parks, and in some of the more remote areas, you will stay in lodges that are basic but comfortable. Although not rated by the Hotel & Travel Index, they have been personally inspected by Vantage staff. On some departures, your hotel accommodations may be substituted with similar accommodations. 

*All park and hotel accommodations are non-smoking.

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