Colourful Trails of the Southwest

Immerse yourself in native American culture on this trip, taking in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona. Journey past the Grand Canyon, ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and natural arches near Moab. Explore the Old West as the sun sets against a sandstone backdrop.

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

Day 1: Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

Sun-kissed Phoenix kickstarts your journey through America’s stunning Southwest. You’ll have the day on your own to recover from your travels, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception later this evening.

Hotel: The Saguaro

Day 2: Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Your first stop today is in the artists’ enclave of Sedona – surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. You’ll travel through Oak Creek Canyon next, with its rocky red cliffs, then venture to the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon National Park, where a Local Specialist will share the canyon’s many geological marvels. Tonight, you’ll have an opportunity to overnight at one of the lodges inside the park.

Hotel: National Park Lodges

Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley Tribal Park – Bluff

Rise early for an optional flightseeing over the Grand Canyon and then trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and perhaps sample traditional fry bread. Continue to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park where you’ll board 4X4 vehicles to navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a member of the Navajo Nation and Local Specialist. Savour the flavours of the Southwest this evening with an included dinner.

Hotel: Desert Rose Resort

Day 4: Bluff – Canyonlands National Park – Moab

Sit back and watch the scenery unfold as you drive along Utah’s Scenic Byway 191 between Bluff and Moab. Arriving at Canyonlands National Park, we ascend the Island in the Sky mesa and admire the spectacular scenery below.

Hotel: Homewood Suites, 2 nights

Day 5: Arches National Park Excursion and Moab

This morning, discover how the forces of wind and rain have shaped the enchanting landscape of Arches National Park. Later, enjoy a free afternoon or consider a deeper exploration of the area with an optional guided hike to Delicate Arch if you’re feeling adventurous.

Day 6: Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango

We arrive in the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park to delve into the history and culture of the Ancestral Puebloan people. Explore their beautifully preserved sandstone dwellings and admire the massive Cliff Palace. This evening, in Durango, your ‘Stay with Story’ is historic Strater Hotel. You’ll have a choice of different restaurants for dinner, served with wine.

Hotel: The Strater Hotel, 2 nights

Day 7: Durango Free Time

Enjoy free time in Durango today. Perhaps, enjoy a truly unforgettable step back in time, on an optional ride aboard the coal-fired, steam-powered narrow-gauge train to the historic mining town of Silverton. The train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a spectacular wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. If you’re feeling more adventurous, opt for a white water rafting trip on the Animas River.

Day 8: Durango – Taos – Santa Fe

This morning’s drive takes you through the towns of Vallecito, Pagosa Springs and Chama before arriving in Taos, where there will be time at Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark. Then, meet a Navajo who lives in the pueblo, to explore the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The journey continues along the High Road, the Taos – Santa Fe Scenic Byway, rich in history, art and culture. Arrive at the hotel, ideally located two short blocks from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza.

Hotel: Inn and Spa at Loretto, 2 nights

Day 9: Santa Fe Sightseeing and Free Time

Join your Local Specialist this morning on a guided tour of Santa Fe. Experience this city where Spanish, Native American and Old West influences all combine to form a city with its own exclusive culture and character. See many of the city’s major sights before you have the rest of the day to pursue your own interests. Perhaps venture down the artistic hub of Canyon Road lined with galleries, visit some of the city’s top museums, or shop for Native American art and handicraft. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with wine at one of Santa Fe’s many restaurants.

Day 10: Depart Santa Fe or Albuquerque

Our journey through desert landscapes at its end, take a transfer to Santa Fe Airport. A group transfer to Albuquerque is also available.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 26$3,975.00$5,770.00
May: 10, 17, 24$3,975.00$5,770.00
June: 14$4,095.00$5,890.00
September: 06, 13, 20$4,095.00$5,890.00
September: 25$4,395.00$6,190.00
October: 02$4,395.00$6,190.00
October: 11$4,095.00$5,890.00
October: 18$3,975.00$5,770.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 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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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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The Magnificient Southwest

All the highlights and many of the secrets of the Southwest are revealed on this in-depth exploration of the canyons, deserts, cities and valleys of Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.

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

Day 1: Arrive Scottsdale

Sun-kissed Phoenix kickstarts your journey through America’s stunning Southwest. You’ll have the day on your own to recover from your travels, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception later this evening.

Hotel – The Saguaro

Day 2: Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Your first stop today is in the artists’ enclave of Sedona – surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. You’ll travel through Oak Creek Canyon next, with its rocky red cliffs, then venture to the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon National Park, where a Local Specialist will share the canyon’s many geological marvels. Tonight, you’ll have an opportunity to overnight at one of the lodges inside the park.

Hotel: National Park Lodges

Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley Tribal Park – Bluff

Rise early for an optional flightseeing over the Grand Canyon and then trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and perhaps sample traditional fry bread. Continue to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park where you’ll board 4X4 vehicles to navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a Local Specialist and member of the Navajo Nation. Savour the flavours of the Southwest at dinner this evening.

Hotel: Desert Rose Resort

Day 4: Bluff – Canyonlands National Park – Moab

Sit back and watch the scenery unfold as you drive along Utah’s Scenic Byway 191 between Bluff and Moab. Arriving at Canyonlands National Park, we ascend the Island in the Sky mesa and admire the spectacular scenery below. This evening, we ‘Connect With Locals’ over an exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with wine at a local grill in Moab.

Hotel: Homewood Suites, 2 nights

Day 5: Arches National Park Excursion and Moab

This morning, discover how the forces of wind and rain have shaped the enchanting landscape of Arches National Park. Later, enjoy a free afternoon or consider a deeper exploration of the area with an optional guided hike to Delicate Arch if you’re feeling adventurous.

Day 6: Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango

We arrive in the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park to delve into the history and culture of the Ancestral Puebloan people. Explore their beautifully preserved sandstone dwellings and admire the massive Cliff Palace. For dinner, enjoy a your choice dining option and choose from several different restaurants in town.

Hotel: The Strater Hotel, 2 nights

Day 7: Durango Free Time

Enjoy free time in Durango today. Perhaps, enjoy a truly unforgettable step back in time, on an optional ride aboard the coal-fired, steam-powered narrow-gauge train to the historic mining town of Silverton. The train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a spectacular wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. If you’re feeling more adventurous, opt for a white water rafting trip on the Animas River.

Day 8: Durango – Taos – Santa Fe

This morning’s drive takes you through the towns of Vallecito, Pagosa Springs and Chama before arriving in Taos, where there will be time at Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark. Meet your local Navajo resident guide and explore the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The journey continues along the High Road, the Taos – Santa Fe Scenic Byway, rich in history, art and culture. Arrive at the hotel, ideally located two short blocks from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza.

Hotel: Inn and Spa at Loretto, 2 nights

Day 9: Santa Fe Sightseeing and Free Time

Join your Local Specialist this morning on a guided tour of Santa Fe. Experience this city where Spanish, Native American and Old West influences all combine to form a city with its own exclusive culture and character. See many of the city’s major sights before the rest of the day is yours to pursue your own interests. Perhaps venture down the artistic hub of Canyon Road lined with galleries, visit some of the city’s top museums, or shop for Native American art and handicraft. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at one of Santa Fe’s many restaurants.

Day 10: Santa Fe – White Sands National Park – Las Cruces

Leave Santa Fe bound for White Sands National Park, driving along scenic drives that capture the spirit of this Land of Enchantment. This is Billy the Kid country, where legends play against a spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, rolling rivers, orchards and ranchlands. Stop at White Sands National Monument – like no other place on earth, the great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand form the world’s largest gypsum dune field. Walk these dreamy parabolic dunes barefoot, which unlike conventional sand stays cool to the touch. Next is Las Cruces on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert. ‘Dive Into Culture’ as you learn about the production of New Mexico’s renowned spicy chilli and major-league pecan production. Dinner is at a local restaurant in town this evening.

Hotel: Encanto de la Cruces

Day 11: Las Cruces – Tombstone – Tucson

Blazing a trail across the Southwest, continue to Tombstone, a trip back in time to the days of the old Wild West. Meet with Arizona Bill, your guide for a private tour of the town. Here in “The Town Too Tough To Die,” hear the tales from this legendary frontier mining camp, make a stop by the OK Corral and hear about the infamous shootout, which some have called the world’s most famous 30-second gunfight. See inside the home of Wyatt Earp and his gunfighting friend Doc Holliday. Arrive at the AAA Four Diamond, 500 acres resort with amazing desert and mountain views in the Southwest.

Hotel: El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort, 2 nights

Day 12: Saguaro National Park and Tucson Foodie Tour

Start the morning with a visit to Saguaro National Park East, home to 1.6 million of the nation’s largest cacti – the giant saguaro. As you enter the park you’ll see large stands of gigantic saguaro cacti creating a breathtaking saguaro forest in the middle of a desert environment. Drive along the Cactus Forest Loop before heading to Downtown Tucson to ‘Dive into Culture’ and become a Tucson Foodie. Sample dishes from various restaurants and you’ll understand why Tucson was named the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the USA. Back at the resort there is time to relax before a farm-to-table Farewell Dinner concocted by Chef Joshua Willett. After dinner, go on a date with the stars. Tucson is recognized as Dark Sky City by the International Dark Sky Association and Local Specialist Ben Loker and his team of astronomers will reveal the secrets of the universe with their customized, transportable computerized telescopes.

Day 13: Depart Tucson or Phoenix

Your journey through the American Southwest comes to an end as you are taken to Tucson Airport. There is also an option aboard the coach to Phoenix International Airport, where you will arrive around 11 am.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 26$5,625.00$7,700.00
May: 10, 17, 24$5,625.00$7,700.00
June: 14$5,495.00$7,570.00
September: 06$5,495.00$7,570.00
September: 13, 20$5,750.00$7,825.00
October: 11$5,750.00$7,825.00
October: 18$5,625.00$7,700.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 12 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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