Welcome to this week’s tour. We are off the rivers again this week visiting some of the greatest national parks of America’s Southwest. Spend four nights in national park lodges, including two nights at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and two nights at Zion Park Lodge. Hope you enjoy our tour this week as we start our park visits in the magnificent Grand Canyon. Take a look at our itinerary, it’s a good one.
Day 1 – Phoenix, Arizona
Our adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for a 6:00 p.m. welcome briefing.
Day 2 – Sedona, Grand Canyon
Drive through Scottsdale and along Camelback Mountain on your morning sightseeing. Next, visit Montezuma Castle, site of 12th and 13th century Native American cliff dwellings. Continue to the artist colony of Sedona, surrounded by towering red rock formations. You have free time in Sedona to explore galleries, shops and restaurants. Continue through scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Arrive at the Grand Canyon for a relaxing two-night stay. Your lodge is inside the Grand Canyon National Park, near the South Rim. Enjoy dinner at the Grand Canyon. Elevation at the South Rim averages 7,000 feet. BD
Day 3 – Grand Canyon National Park
Enjoy breakfast at historic El Tovar Lodge on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Entire day to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Almost 280 miles long, the Grand Canyon varies in width from one to eighteen miles, with the Colorado River winding below. You have a morning orientation drive of the Grand Canyon. Visit Desert View Lookout. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy Grand Canyon National Park. You can take a free shuttle bus to the many lookout points on the West Rim. You have plenty of time to hike on Bright Angel Trail into the Grand Canyon, or enjoy activities offered along the rim trails, including bike rentals. You also can visit the historic Grand Canyon Park buildings, Hopi House and Lookout Studio. Relax and enjoy Grand Canyon vistas, or attend one of the daily park ranger talks. Your two night stay inside Grand Canyon National Park allows time for a comprehensive visit. Best of all, you will enjoy two opportunities to see Grand Canyon sunsets and sunrises. B
Day 4 – Monument Valley, Jeep Tour
Drive along the scenic East Rim of the Grand Canyon. Then, visit a Navajo and Hopi Trading Post. Here, you will find a large selection of high-quality Hopi Kachina dolls, fine Native American jewelry and handicrafts. Next, drive through the Hopi Indian Nation to the Navajo Indian Nation. Enjoy a guided jeep tour of the restricted backcountry of Monument Valley, a beautiful, pristine area of buttes and arches, with Navajo guides. John Ford, the filmmaker, discovered the rugged beauty of Monument Valley in the 1930’s. Western classics, such as “Stagecoach,” “The Searchers,” and “Once Upon a Time in the West” were filmed in Monument Valley. Hollywood legends, such as Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart filmed Westerns here. Then, to Lake Powell Resort on the shores of picturesque Lake Powell. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay. B
Day 5 – Lake Powell, Canyon Cruise
Breakfast in your resort’s famous Rainbow Room with 180 degree sweeping views of Lake Powell. This morning, enjoy a scenic boat cruise through Lake Powell’s Antelope Canyon, lined with rich red sandstone walls. Rest of the day is at Leisure to enjoy Lake Powell Resort. B
Day 6 – Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park
Enjoy breakfast in the Rainbow Room. Then, drive to Kanab, known as Little Hollywood. Over 100 western movies and TV shows were filmed here including “Gunsmoke,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Wagon Train,” and “How the West Was Won.” Next visit Bryce Canyon. See the Bryce “Hoodoos,” fantastic red, orange and pink limestone spirals. Stop at Bryce Point and Sunrise Point, overlooking the stunning Bryce Amphitheater. Continue to Zion National Park. With Caravan, enjoy a relaxing two night stay at the only lodging inside the park, Zion Lodge. Stroll the beautiful grounds of your lodge ideally situated in the center of the valley floor. Marvel at the cliffs towering above. Enjoy dinner at Zion Lodge. BD
Day 7 – Zion National Park
This morning enjoy a private tram tour of Zion Park. See a wonderland of rock monoliths. Zion features stunning scenery found nowhere else. Zion is a geological showplace with sandstone cliffs among the highest in the world. Early settlers were so inspired by Zion’s beauty that they bestowed exalted names on the park’s natural features. See East Temple, the Court of the Patriarchs and the Great White Throne. Afternoon at leisure to relax in your magnificent setting or pursue park activities. You may wish to take the free Zion Canyon shuttle or hike the Park’s scenic walking trails near your lodge. Enjoy dinner at Zion Lodge. BD
Day 8 – Zion Park to Las Vegas, Nevada
After breakfast at Zion Park Lodge, Caravan transfers you from Zion Park to Las Vegas, Nevada. Enjoy a brief sightseeing drive of the dazzling Las Vegas strip. Arrive at the Las Vegas airport at 11:30 a.m. Please schedule flights after 1:30 p.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan and Cruise Like A VIP. B
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Thank you for your interest in visiting some of our countries magnificent national parks. The scenery is spectacular.
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