THE NATIONAL PARKS OF THE WEST - THE PRIDE OF AMERICA

8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

Description

Discover the unique landscapes, history and cultures as you travel through America's finest national parks. Your tour begins in Phoenix and ends in Las Vegas with overnights at the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and Bryce. Spectacular scenery awaits you in Sedona, with the massive red-rock formations, and on one of America's most beautiful drives through Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon, home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone. Be humbled by Grand Canyon National Park and marvel at the magnificent scenery, and great views. Photographs cannot adequately do justice to the amazing landscape; you must witness it in person! Enjoy a 4-wheel-drive tour of Monument Valley with a knowledgeable Navajo guide, and marvel at the area's stunning rock formations, oddly shaped monoliths, and red sandstone. More splendid views await you in Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Watch the colors change on the massive stone formations and be awed by the impressive geology. Finally arrive to the entertainment capital of the world - Las Vegas. Time to make your fortune on the tables, take in a show or shop until you drop at famous designer shops. It now is your time to experience the beauty, culture and history of our homeland! Come visit our heritage!

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Phoenix, AZ 
Welcome to Phoenix, the largest city in Arizona - The Grand Canyon State! Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. This evening you will meet your fellow travelers for a welcome drink and enjoy a meet-and-greet with your Tour Director to get ready for your exciting adventure.

Day 2 Phoenix - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park
Fuel up this morning with breakfast at your hotel then depart Phoenix and enjoy the cactus-studded scenery on your way to Sedona, "Arizona's Scenic Sensation" for a short stop. Next, we will set out on one of America's most beautiful drives as you journey through Oak Creek Canyon, home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone. Our final destination of the day is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - Grand Canyon National Park. The beauty of this famous attraction draws more than five million visitors a year from around the globe. This evening, you will savor a hearty dinner at your hotel. Be sure to watch the brilliant sunset! (B,D)

Day 3 Grand Canyon National Park
After breakfast at your hotel today, we will set out to explore the Grand Canyon and learn about its geology and amazing history where the oldest human artifacts found date back nearly 12,000 years to the Paleo-Indian period. Here a billion years of the region's geologic history are showcased, from its Precambrian basement rocks at the Colorado River's edge to fossilized sand dunes only a million years old at the rim. Take your time to admire the magnificent scenery with photo stops at the best lookout points along the way. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace. You may wish to venture down part of the park's premier hiking trail, Bright Angel Trail, or take a nature walk with a ranger to learn about the region's native flora and fauna. (B)

Day 4 Grand Canyon National Park - Monument Valley - Lake Powell
After breakfast, head to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and see firsthand the famous sandstone spires and towers that rise 400 to 1000 feet from the valley floor that have been naturally carved by wind and water over eroding the surface for millions of year. Enjoy a 4-Wheel- Drive Tour of Monument Valley with a knowledgeable Navajo guide who shares their culture and how it is influenced by the area. Explore the area's red sandstone monoliths, buttes, and mesas depicted in countless movies and postcards starting with Stagecoach where John Wayne rides across the impressive terrain on horseback. Dinner this evening will be at your Lake Powell hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 Lake Powell - Bryce Canyon National Park
Rise and shine with breakfast at your hotel and free time this morning, an ideal opportunity for an invigorating stroll on Wahweap Marina situated along on the shores of Lake Powell, America's second largest man-made lake that was created in 1963 when the Glen Canyon Damn held back the waters of the Colorado River to form a beautiful open lake surrounded by picturesque sandstone walls. This afternoon depart from Lake Powell and head for Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park. This evening you will savor dinner at your hotel and time to relax. (B,D)

Day 6 Bryce Canyon National Park
After breakfast, a drive through Bryce Canyon National Park awaits, featuring photo stops to capture the magnificent contrasts of bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called "hoodoos." Years of erosion have carved colorful sandstone into thousands of spires, arches, and mazes for an unforgettable sight. Uniquely, this park is not a canyon. It is a series of more than a dozen amphitheaters carved at least 1,000 feet into the chromatic limestone of the Paunsaugunt Plateau that make for a surreal landscape to take in and enjoy. Tonight's dinner will be at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 7 Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Las Vegas
This morning, head to nearby Zion National Park, the oldest and most visited national park in Utah known for its massive stone formations whose colors change with the light of the day and the season. To the Mormon pioneers, it was a haven of beauty resembling natural temples and cathedrals, and they called it "Little Zion." This afternoon, continue along to Las Vegas, one of America's most popular vacation destinations. Your resort hotel is located in the heart of the "Strip" for easy access to the glitz and fun of Las Vegas including world-class restaurants, shows, mega-casinos, amusement parks and more! This evening, join with your group of fellow travelers to share in a delectable farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director. (B,D)

Day 8 Las Vegas or extend your stay with an optional Las Vegas extension
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading out via included transfer to Las Vegas Airport today for your flight home with cherished memories to relish for a lifetime from your National Park's adventure with Central Holidays West. (B)

OPTIONAL LAS VEGAS EXTENSION
Day 8 Las Vegas
Choose to extend your adventure for an extra day or two to discover Las Vegas. This vibrant city is known to be one of the most exciting places in the world with more to do than you can possibly imagine. From its expansive pools and award-winning spas to its celebrity-chef owned restaurants, famed nightlife and revered shows, and beyond that to its over-the-top resorts and mega-casinos, Las Vegas offers something for everyone. Consider a visit to Hoover Dam or continue your national parks journey with a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon to round-out this vacation full of discovery, excitement and moments to treasure at every turn! (B)

Day 9 Las Vegas
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading out via included transfer to Las Vegas Airport today for your flight home with cherished memories to relish for a lifetime from your National Park's adventure with Central Holidays West. (B)

Includes

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 12 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts and 5 dinners (with soft drinks)
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as per the day to day
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy, and interaction with locals
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDE - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Phoenix
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe airconditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

Notes

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ease of Travel
  • Traveling the USA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • U.S Premier National Parks
  • Sedona
  • Grand Canyon 
  • Monument Valley
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Zion
  • Breathtaking views 
  • Colorado River
  • Lake Powell, AZ, Navajo Nation
  • 4 wheel Drive Adventure
  • Las Vegas, NV