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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America’s Great Desert National Parks

Delve beneath the desert sands and see first-hand the abundant life that flourishes in its midst as you chart a course through some of America’s beautiful landscapes and soul-stirring sights.

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

Day 1: Arrive Las Vegas

America’s captivating desert landscapes take centre stage on this epic journey which begins in the playground of Las Vegas. Relax after your journey or tame Lady Luck. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and then soar 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, for sweeping 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.

Hotel: Harrah’s Las Vegas

Day 2: Red Rock Canyon – Death Valley National Park

Admire the towering red cliffs and sandstone peaks of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area this morning. Keep a keen eye out for its highest peak, La Madre Mountain, before continuing to Death Valley, on of the largest national parks in the USA. Aptly named for its unforgiving landscapes, Death Valley is a stunningly beautiful land of extremes. Join your travel companions for dinner with wine, before settling into your oasis hotel, located within the borders of the national park.

Hotel: The Ranch at Death Valley, 2 nights

Day 3: Death Valley National Park Sightseeing

Immerse yourself in the solitude and desolation of Death Valley on a guided tour of the park’s most famous sites including Zabriskie Point, and of course Badwater Basin and its massive salt flats – the lowest point below sea level in the western hemisphere. Today will be a photographer’s dream so bring your cameras. Free time this afternoon to enjoy our desert oasis and relax at one of the most remarkable spring fed swimming pools in the world.

Day 4: Death Valley – Palm Springs

Heading south today you leave Death Valley and travel along the Mojave National Preserve, visit the desert Ghost Town of Calico. Our destination tonight is gorgeous Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. Tonight, you’ll have a your choice dining experience at one of three local restaurants.

Hotel: Palm Mountain Resort & Spa, 3 nights

Day 5: Palm Springs Free Time and Sightseeing

Start your morning with a celebrity and lifestyle tour of Palm Springs shedding light on the city’s unique mid-century architecture, featuring an amazing collection of custom homes. This afternoon, join a ride on the Palm Springs’ Aerial Tramway and walk along the top of the mountain, with spectacular views of the valley. Then, don’t miss VillageFest in downtown Palm Springs this evening. A festive pedestrian street fair is located just across the street from the hotel.

Day 6: Joshua Tree National Park – Free Time

See the peculiar outstretched boughs of the Joshua Tree when you explore the national park that bears the name of this unusual-looking desert plant. Learn how the Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems come together here and keep an eye out for the incredible variety of plants and animals that find sanctuary in its vast protected wilderness. You’ll have some free time at the resort this afternoon to soothe body and mind at the Spa before an evening at leisure.

Day 7: Palm Springs – Yuma

This morning, visit Salvation Mountain, a hillside visionary environment created by local resident, Leonard Knight, whose passion has lovingly created this brilliant “outsider art” masterpiece resplendent with flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Travel on through the Coachella Valley and past the Salton Sea, before heading through the shifting patterns of the stunning Imperial Sand Dunes. ‘Connect With Locals’ at the Imperial Date Gardens in the Bard Valley, and you’ll enjoy an exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dinner where Medjool dates are the star of the show, all washed down with date beer, of course.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Yuma Pivot Point

Day 8: Sonoran Desert National Monument – Tucson

Spot the saguaros as you travel through the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Touted as the most biologically diverse of all North America’s deserts, the Sonoran Desert is also home to an array of significant archaeological and historic sites. Our next stop is Tucson, a culturally diverse town surrounded by mountains, which holds the distinction of being a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Indulge in desert flavours during an unforgettable guided Gastronomy Tasting Tour before enjoying the evening at leisure.

Hotel – El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort, 2 nights

Day 9: Saguaro National Park and Kartchner Caverns State Park

Celebrate the symbol of America’s west. The giant saguaro is America’s largest species of cacti and you’ll learn how this national park strives to protect this majestic plant. We trade the desert for caverns during our visit to Kartchner Caverns State Park with its colossal and colourful cave formations. Tonight, savour a Farewell Dinner followed by an evening with the stars. Gaze up at the Arizona skies and embark on an exclusive tour of the universe with a professional astronomer and a telescope that’s all yours for the night.

Day 10: Depart Phoenix

Our journey through desert landscapes is at its end as you take a transfer to Phoenix Airport, arriving at approximately 11:00 AM. Please be aware when booking your flights.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 19$4,075.00$5,470.00
February: 23$4,150.00$5,545.00
March: 15$4,195.00$5,590.00
September: 20$3,995.00$5,390.00
October: 11$3,995.00$5,390.00
December: 06$3,895.00$5,290.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 10$4,125.00$5,520.00
January: 24$4,295.00$5,690.00
February: 21$4,225.00$5,620.00
February: 28$4,250.00$5,645.00
March: 14, 28$4,250.00$5,645.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 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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