US National Parks Exploration Week to Grand Canyon, Zion & Bryce Canyon national parks
October 28-Nov. 4
Join us for a week of exploring some of the most beautiful spots in the US, as we visit the spectacular scenery of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. We will also enjoy the amazing red rock landscapes of Sedona Arizona, plus the marvel that is the Hoover Dam and the fun and excitement of the Las Vegas show and nightlife scene.
In Zion we will enjoy a scenic drive visiting several picturesque overlooks plus a visit to a scenic ranch bordering Zion including a jeep ride across more beautiful landscapes, plus optional horseback riding, ATV rides, ziplining and guided hiking to stunning Observation Point in Zion.
A full free day to explore Zion National Park at your leisure via the park’s free hop on hop off shuttle service or choose another optional guided hike to stunning Angel’s Landing, rounds out our 3 day visit to this incredible national park.
At Bryce we will enjoy a scenic drive to explore its unique “Hoodoo” rock formations and other natural attractions.
At the Grand Canyon we will enjoy a visit to three scenic overlooks spanning the incredible panoramic vistas of the canyon, as well as the option to walk on the one of a kind marvel that is the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass walkway suspended high above the Grand Canyon, with incredible panoramic vistas in all directions (including the most unique view of the canyon floor, seen through the glass floor you are walking on.)
Plus enjoy 2 nights on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip to enjoy its fabulous shows and nightlife, as well as a walk along the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip and a visit to the Hoover Dam for picturesque photos.
Wed. October 28th – Fly into Las Vegas on your own arrangement and make your way to the Treasure Island Resort Hotel and Casino, located in the heart of the famous Las Vegas strip.
At 5pm we will gather at our hotel for a trip orientation meet and greet.
Our hotel is an easy walk to the major casino resorts and shows on the strip, or you can enjoy the ease of the monorail system connecting the major resort casinos.
Our hotel also offers multiple bars including:
Kahunaville Party Bar at Treasure Island is a Las Vegas hot spot that delivers exotic island-infused drinks in a fun, festive atmosphere
Plus a Margarita Bar, a Mojito Bar, Breeze bar (in the center of the casino), poolside bar and steakhouse bar.
Thursday October 29th - This morning we will check out and our group will be taken by a private service for a four hour drive to Bryce Canyon National Park where we will enjoy a scenic drive through the park. We will witness the incredible rock formations called ‘Hoodoos” which are unique to Bryce.
Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. The hoodoos are whimsical rock which have been eroded into surreal spires. There is no place quite like Bryce Canyon. Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion)
Stop for breathtaking views at Fairyland Point and Inspiration point and marvel at the Natural Bridge.
Though the name tends to be misleading, Natural Bridge is one of several natural arches in Bryce Canyon and creates a beautiful scene at this viewpoint. This arch, sculpted from some of the reddest rock of the Claron Formation (rich in iron oxide minerals), poses a stark contrast to the dark green of the Ponderosa forest that peeks through the arch from the canyon below.
After leaving Bryce, we will drive three hours to Zion National Park,
Located just minutes from the highly acclaimed Zion National Park, our Springdale, UT hotel is convenient to all of the park’s attractions, as well as several restaurants. We also provide top-notch, attentive service and all the modern amenities you'd expect from resort-like accommodations and free Wi-Fi. Our free Bright Side Breakfast® will fuel your daily endeavors.
Each inviting guest room also features free Wi Fi, a 32 inch LCD TV, microwave, refrigerator and more. Get in a workout in our fitness center, featuring top quality equipment, relax in our outdoor pool and Jacuzzi hot tub poolside or stay productive at our 24-hour business center. After a long day of exploring the great outdoors, head back to your room for a great night sleep on our deluxe pillow top mattress.
Stay connected with your friends and family back home with our free high-speed Internet access. Enjoy some relaxing or inspiring music on our iPod radios, and our soft, pillow top beds will have you sleeping soundly all night long. After you wake refreshed, head on down to the main lobby to sample our exclusive free Bright Side Breakfast. From our “Make Your Own Waffles”, to hot and cold cereals, pastries, bagels, bread, cinnamon rolls, English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich with Bacon, scones, eggs with cheese, fresh fruit, yogurt, and hot chocolate, juice, and milk, you’ll find plenty of breakfast options to get your day off on the right foot. We're here to provide whatever you need; just let our courteous, attentive staff know what you need, and we'll make it so.
Friday October 30th
Lower Emerald Pool Trail – The National Park Service rates this as an easy walk, described as:
Paved trail leads to the Lower Emerald Pool and waterfalls.
The round trip distance is 1 mile.
While the pools and hanging gardens are the main attraction, visitors will enjoy sensational views all around. Towering above the trail on Zion Canyon's west side are Lady Mountain (6,945'), Mount Majestic (6,750') and Cathedral Mountain (6,930'). Looking east you'll easily identify Red Arch Mountain and The Great White Throne (6,744').
Riverside Walk – The National Park service rates this as an easy walk, described as:
Paved trail follows the Virgin River along the bottom of a narrow canyon
The round trip distance is 2 miles.
This paved trail is well maintained, but the wind does carry sand to the path where it accumulates in spots making it temporarily difficult for wheelchairs in spots, but nonetheless easy for all others.
This afternoon we will enjoy an excursion to Zion Ponderosa Ranch, a scenic ranch bordering Zion National Park.
The trail starts on the ranch and the enters the national park and meanders along mostly flat terrain through Echo Canyon to Observation Point, one of the most beautiful overlooks in Zion National Park, offering a stunning viewpoint of Zion Canyon.
This evening we will all enjoy a fun one hour sunset jeep ride at the ranch.
We will return to our hotel for the evening to relax, with restaurants a short walk from our hotel and a chance to soak in the outdoor hot tub at our hotel this evening under the stars.
Saturday October 31st.
Those wishing to explore at your leisure will be driven from our hotel by our private vehicle this morning to the Zion National Park visitors center from where you can hop on the regular free Zion Park Shuttle to take you at your own leisure to your choice of the many stopping points in Zion National Park, to explore the park’s overlooks and trails of all lengths and levels of difficulty, from an easy stroll to a strenuous jaunt, as per your own wishes. The shuttles run approx. every fifteen minutes so you can hop on and hop off at your leisure at as many points as you wish and then return via the free park shuttle back to the visitor’s center whenever you wish to end your day of exploring the park.
When you are ready to return to the hotel at a time of your own choosing, just return to the visitor’s center (via the regular free park shuttle and then from the visitor’s center you can return to the hotel via the free and regular service of the Springdale town shuttle which departs from the Zion Park visitor’s center approx. every fifteen minutes as well, and makes an easy stop just one half of a block walk from our hotel.
The Visitors center also has many exhibits to explore and is also the starting point of both an easy and a moderate rated trail, for those wishing to center their day around the visitor’s center.
Parus Trail – Rated Easy by the national park service, this trail starts at the visitors center and is described as follows
It is a round trip distance of three and one half miles and takes an average of two hours to complete the round trip loop.
Watchman Trail - Rated moderate by the national park service, this trail starts at the visitors center and is described as follows:
This trail contains some moderate drop-offs and ends at a viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon, and Springdale.
It is two and three quarters miles round trip.
Those wishing to take our trip leader guided hike will enjoy the panoramic views of the Angel’s Landing Trail. – This is one of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park and offers stunning views from its summit.
Rated by the national park service as Strenuous, this trail is described as follows:
Contains Long drop-offs. Not for young children or anyone fearful of heights. The last section is a route along a steep, narrow ridge to the summit. Strenuous uphill hike, but hiking is on a well maintained trail.
The hike distance is five and a half miles round trip and takes an average of four hours to complete. This hike is a personal favorite of your trip leader for the panoramic views at the summit. After we have completed the hike we will return to the hotel for the remainder of the day at leisure to relax or if you wish, take a soak in the hotel’s outdoor Jacuzzi, or for anyone wishing more activity, you may also return to the park at any time of your choosing via the free Springdale and Zion Park shuttles.
Best features of the hike - The last half mile of the trail is fun and the views along the way are impressive. The point at the end of the Angels Landing trail allows for unlimited views of Zion Canyon in both directions and the Great White Throne seems only a jump away. When standing on the peak of Angels Landing the Great White Throne is at eye level. From the top many landmarks of Zion National Park can be seen including the Virgin River, Big Bend, the Organ, Cathedral Mountain, Observation Point and Cable Mountain. Angels Landing is one of the most famous hikes in the world and it deserves it place with the best.
Monday November 1st – This morning our group will be driven by private vehicle from Zion to Sedona Arizona, (approx. a 4 hour drive). Sedona is known for its mesmerizing red rock formations creating stunning landscapes and its mystical energy spots (called Vortexes).
Features & Amenities
Breakfast Made Easy
This afternoon, we will enjoy a short driving tour to visit Cathedral Rock - Visit the famous Cathedral Rock, seen in several films, walk along the beautiful Oak Creek, visit Bell Rock, and more.
The trail to Bell Rock
This evening is at leisure to wander the chic shops, galleries and dining opportunities of uptown Sedona.
Tuesday November 2nd – Today we will enjoy a full day visit to more of Sedona’s famed Red Rock formations including
This evening is again at leisure to walk amidst the shops, galleries and dining opportunities that are all walking distance from our hotel.
Wednesday November 3rd – Today we will leave the energy behind in Sedona and our group will be driven to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon (approx. 4 hours drive). Upon arrival we will be transferred to a park services minibus which will take us to visit three of the most impressive overlooks of the Grand Canyon.
How could man connect with nature while protecting the Hualapai nation, their culture and values which are deeply engraved in the canyon walls and proudly displayed for the world to see? Explore first-hand the beauty of the Grand Canyon from top to bottom. Soak in nature's beauty at your own pace.
For those wishing more excitement, choose an optional 15 minute helicopter adventure over the canyon ($145).
At the end of our Grand Canyon visit, we will depart the Grand Canyon and return by our private vehicle to Las Vegas, approx. two and half hours drive. Enroute, we will make a short stop at Hoover Dam (just 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas) for photos of this engineering marvel. (If time does not permit the stop at Hoover Dam today, due to time spent at the Grand Canyon, we will make the visit to Hoover Dam tomorrow morning, on a short 45 minute drive from Vegas).
Upon arrival in Las Vegas, we will check into our hotel, the Luxor Resort and Casino, right in the center of the fabulous Las Vegas strip.
How many times in your life will you be able to say you stayed and played in a pyramid? Luxor features comfortable and spacious accommodations ranging from standard rooms to extravagant suites. Plus, Luxor offers everything you’d expect from a Las Vegas hotel – from fabulous entertainment and dining, to non-stop Las Vegas casino action.
Luxor features 13 restaurants and six nightclubs
Wed. Nov. 4th – This morning is at leisure to relax (or if time yesterday did not permit the visit to the Hoover Dam, it will be visited this morning). At midday, we will return together to the airport. Passengers should plan to book their flights home from Vegas departing at 1pm or later. Passengers wishing to book flights earlier than 1pm may do so and book their own transfer from our hotel to the airport (passengers booking a morning flight may miss the Hoover Dam visit if it is run this morning)
Trip cost: Only $1199 plus $45 tax with a roommate of the same gender assigned
Your trip includes:
1 night at the Treasure Island Resort and Casino on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip
Horseback riding at Zion Ponderosa Ranch: $55 for a guided 2 hour ride
A $200 deposit is due within 7 days of your reservation. This is refundable if cancelled by July 31st and non-refundable if cancelled thereafter. Balance payments are due August 20th and are non refundable.