Southwest Native Trails

This complete immersion in Native American heritage will delight anyone who is interested in this rare opportunity to delve deeper into the captivating culture, traditions and history of the Ancestral Puebloans who once thrived in America’s Southwest landscapes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Albuquerque

Start your cultural encounter with New Mexico in its warm heart – Albuquerque. Spend your day recovering from your journey before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Hotel Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 2 nights

Day 2: Petroglyph National Monument and Acoma Pueblo

Trace centuries-old stories etched in stone by Ancestral Pueblo peoples and early Spanish settlers when you visit the Petroglyph National Monument this morning. Continuing your journey to Acoma Sky City Cultural Center & Haak’u Museum for a guided insight into one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States and the 28th Historic Site designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Head back to your hotel in Albuquerque where the rest of the evening is yours.

Day 3: Albuquerque – Chaco Canyon National Historical Park – Gallup

One of the highlights of your Southwest journey will be the visit to Chaco Canyon within Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Chaco Canyon is one of America’s most significant and fascinating cultural and historic centers of ancestral Puebloan culture. It was the central hub for ceremony, trade and administration for the entire Southwest area. See Pueblo Bonito, one of the most important ” Great Houses” representing the apex of Anasazi, renamed Ancestral Puebloan, in modern day culture. With its 5 stories high and almost 700 rooms it stood as the largest structure in North America until the 18th century. This evening, in Gallup, a special culinary treat awaits with dinner at Badlands Grill on old Route 66. (Should weather conditions render the dirt road to Chaco Canyon unsafe, your Travel Director will arrange visits to other safely accessible destinations of historical and cultural significance.) Tonight, your ‘Stay with Story’ is historic El Rancho Hotel, home to many movie stars filming Westerns in the area throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

Hotel: El Rancho

Day 4: Gallup – Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site – Canyon de Chelly National Monument

This morning, stop at Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation, where you’ll see the Window Rock geologic formation and the World War II Navajo Code Talkers’ Memorial and learn how Navajos helped the United States win WWII. Take a step back in time and visit the Hubbell Trading Post National Historical Site,and learn how the Navajo and settlers once traded. Delve into the story of Lorenzo Hubbell, who had a major influence on Navajo rug weaving and silversmithing. After a visit to the Canyon de Chelly Visitor Centre, meet your certified Navajo Local Specialist and board your 6X6 vehicle to marvel at the stunning scenery with sandstone cliffs, canyons, and beautiful artwork in the forms of pictographs, petroglyphs and ruins.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Chinle

Day 5: Canyon de Chelly National Monument – Monument Valley Tribal Park – Bluff

See an ancient community built into a sandstone cliff as you peer over the edge of the White House Overlook to see the mastery of Ancient Puebloan construction. Watch nature defy gravity when you encounter Spider Rock and hear the legend of the mythical Spider Woman who is said to live in this towering stone spire. Enter Monument Valley National Tribal Park where your Local Navajo Specialists will accompany you on a 4X4 adventure. Enjoy and authentic Navajo lunch prepared alfresco. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit an authentic Navajo hogan.

Hotel: Desert Rose Resort

Day 6: Hovenweep National Monument – Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – Mesa Verde National Park

Head for Hovenweep National Monument, one of the most intriguing pre-historic settlements in the Southwest, known for its six major villages and more than 300 additional sites within the National Monument. Travel across Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and wind along the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway. Visit the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum (formerly known as The Anasazi Center), known as Southwest Colorado’s leading archaeological museum, displaying exhibits on archaeology, local history and Native American cultures. Continue onto Mesa Verde National Park.

Hotel: Far View Lodge

Day 7: Mesa Verde National Park – Durango

This morning see some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites as you explore the park. Visit the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum, where you will also visit the park’s third largest cliff dwelling, Spruce Tree House. This evening, your ‘Stay with Story’ is the historic Strater Hotel and dinner is your choice dining in Durango.

Hotel: The Strater Hotel, 2 nights

Day 8: Durango Free Time

A full day at leisure in Durango to pursue your own interests. Perhaps take a trip aboard historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway. Return by coach via the spectacular San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway. Other options include mild to wild white water rafting along the Animas River or a visit to the outstanding Southern Ute Museum.

Day 9: Durango – Taos – Santa Fe

Drive on to Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark, where you’ll enjoy some free time before we visit the Taos Pueblo, the only living Native American community designated both as a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. Meet your native Taos Local Specialist who will share insights about the Pueblo. Stop at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church, a historic and architecturally significant church and one of the finest examples of a Spanish Colonial New Mexico mission church. Continue to the colourful artists’ retreat of Santa Fe.

Hotel: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, 2 nights

Day 10: Santa Fe Sightseeing

A Local Specialist reveals the secrets of Santa Fe, starting at the historic Santa Fe Plaza. A special treat awaits at Del Charro where you’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ and enjoy the rich flavours of a local favorite-Natillas. The afternoon is free. This evening, the dining capital of the Southwest puts its best foot forward with an unforgettable Farewell Dinner at one of Santa Fe’s most iconic settings.

Day 11: Depart Santa Fe or Albuquerque

Say a fond farewell to Santa Fe and take your transfer to the airport. A group transfer to Albuquerque is also available and will take approximately 1.5 hours depending on traffic. Please be aware when booking your flights.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 18$4,950.00$7,045.00
May: 02$4,950.00$7,045.00
June: 06, 13$5,075.00$7,170.00
September: 19$5,075.00$7,170.00
October: 09$5,495.00$7,590.00
October: 17$4,950.00$7,045.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Highlights of Route 66

Follow legendary Route 66 and see how Americans travelled from the 1920’s through the 1960’s. This historic route begins in Chicago, travels through eight states, and ends in Los Angeles. On this Route 66 tour, you’ll get the opportunity to travel to some of the cities along Route 66, visit many of the Route 66 museums, and step back in time to when the journey was part of the fun.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Chicago

Welcome to Chicago, the start of Route 66! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer questions.

Hotel: Inn of Chicago, 2 nights

Day 2: Chicago

Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago is home to one of America’s tallest buildings, legends such as Al Capone and his notorious gang, and countless jazz and blues clubs. Get to know this exciting city on a morning sightseeing tour that includes the sign marking the start of historic Route 66. This afternoon is at leisure. Ride the elevator to the top of the Willis Tower, formally known as the Sears Tower, explore The Magnificent Mile, or stroll along Navy Pier.

Day 3: Chicago – Pontiac – Springfield

This morning, immerse yourself in Route 66 memorabilia. Visit the Route 66 Hall Of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, housed in a historic fire station. See the large maps that will sketch out your Route 66 adventure for the coming days, and enjoy the nostalgic photos and postcards from the “Mother Road’s” heyday. On to Springfield and the former home of President Abraham Lincoln. Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

Hotel: Wyndham Springfield City Center

Day 4: Springfield – St. Louis

Cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St. Louis, “Gateway to the West.” Your orientation tour includes the towering Gateway Arch National Park. Ride to the top of the 193 metre( 630 foot) tall Arch for a panoramic view of the city and river.

Hotel: Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center

Day 5: St. Louis – Branson

Today, we travel through the Missouri countryside, then on to Branson, one of America’s biggest music centres. Your Tour Director will make suggestions for independent exploration.

Hotel: Comfort Inn Thousand Hills

Day 6: Branson – Arcadia – Oklahoma City

This morning, leave the Ozarks and travel through America’s “Bible Belt” into Cowboy Country. After a quick drive through Kansas, enter Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory. In Arcadia, on historic Route 66, visit POPS landmark diner and gas station. Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City.

Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

Day 7: Oklahoma City – Elk City –  Amarillo

Start the day with a city sightseeing tour of Oklahoma City, the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. From here, travel to Elk City and visit the National Route 66 Museum. Take a journey through each of the eight states Route 66 passes through – from Illinois all the way to California. Continue into Texas and on to Amarillo, the Yellow Rose of Texas.

Hotel: Country Inn & Suites Amarillo West

Day 8: Amarillo – Tucumcari –  Albuquerque

On the way out of Amarillo, see Cadillac Ranch, a quirky art sculpture consisting of a collection of 10 Cadillacs. Before crossing into New Mexico, reach Adrian, the halfway point on Route 66. Across the New Mexico border, visit Russell’s Car Museum, featuring classic cars and memorabilia. Next, stop in Tucumcari and shop for souvenirs at Teepee Curios. See the neon signs of the Blue Swallow Motel that has been serving travellers of Route 66 since 1939. Visit Central Avenue in Albuquerque, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. Afterward, there’s free time in this original Spanish town with its fine parish church and Spanish – style plaza.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn, 2 nights

Day 9: Albuquerque

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or sunbathe in the New Mexico sunshine. Consider a short walk to Old Town, site of the city’s original settlement. Hone your bargaining skills with the local craftsmen who line the square to sell their lovely silver and turquoise jewellery. After exploring more of this atmospheric city, seize the chance to ride the world’s longest aerial tramway up nearby Sandia Peak Mountain and witness spine – tingling views of the desert floor, forests, and canyons below.

Day 10: Albuquerque – Acoma Sky City – Gallup – Winslow – Williams

This morning, visit Acoma Sky City, home of the Pueblo Indians, situated on 112 metre (367 – foot) high sandstone rock. It is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States. Learn about this community and its inhabitants, and peruse Acoma pottery and jewellery. Then, cross the Continental Divide and continue to Gallup, which claims a longtime Hollywood connection. From classic westerns to the more recent adventures of Superman, the area has provided unequaled movie scenery. The next two nights are in Williams, gateway to the Grand Canyon, and listed in the National Register for Historic Places. The Historic Downtown District covers six square blocks and boasts a rich heritage that features the Old West and Route 66.

Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites Grand Canyon, 2 nights

Day 11: Williams – Excursion to Grand Canyon National Park

Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon National Park. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views and wildlife. Elk are frequently spotted grazing in the forested areas on the South Rim. Perhaps join the optional helicopter flightseeing tour? Return to Williams where the evening is free to explore the historic Americana – style shops and restaurants dating back to the early 1900s, and home of Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum, featuring highway memorabilia. Be sure to appreciate the neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.”

Day 12: Williams – Seligman – Las Vegas

Depart Williams for Seligman, home to the rebirth of Route 66. Detour once again from Route 66 to visit the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colourful “Strip.” This evening, join an optional night at a dazzling show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

Hotel: SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, 2 nights

Day 13: Las Vegas

A day at leisure to relax by the pool or explore the world – renowned Las Vegas Strip. Ride the world’s highest rollercoaster, float through a Venetian canal, or see man – eating sharks up close – it’s all possible in Las Vegas. Don’t miss downtown Las Vegas, where you’ll find the Fremont Street Experience, five city blocks enclosed in a glass atrium and filled with dazzling lights, sounds, and action. A variety of optional excursions are available, including a float trip through dramatic Black Canyon on the Colorado River.

Day 14: Las Vegas – Barstow – Los Angeles

Today, depart the man – made oasis of Las Vegas and cross the Mojave Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains en route to Los Angeles. Visit the Barstow Route 66 Museum, which displays a collection of historic photographs and artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities. Overnight in Los Angeles, the “City of Angels.”

Hotel: The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown, 2 nights

Day 15: Los Angeles

Join an exciting morning tour of the glamorous side of L.A. in Beverly Hills, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood, and Santa Monica, the ending point of Route 66. Return to Los Angeles where the rest of the day is yours to shop for souvenirs or relax by the pool.

Day 16: Depart Los Angeles

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Los Angeles further. Your Tour Director will have suggestions.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 09, 16, 30$3,639.00$5,200.00
June: 20$3,639.00$5,200.00
July: 11, 25$3,639.00$5,200.00
August: 08, 22$3,639.00$5,200.00
September: 05, 12$3,639.00$5,200.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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