Explore national parks of the American Southwest from the immense Grand Canyon and the sandstone spires of Bryce to the red-rock cliffs and chasms of Zion. 

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 Bryce National Park, Utah   The Grand Canyon and the Colorado River  Swirling rock formations of Upper Antelope Canyon  Zion National Park  Hillside of saguaro cactus, Arizona  Close-up view of saguaro cactus  Bobcat at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum  Mountain Lion at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum  San Xavier del Bac Mission, Tucson  Sedona landscape  Cathedral Rock, Sedona  Panorama of the Grand Canyon  The Grand Canyon  Upper Antelope Canyon  Hoodoos of Bryce National Park  Overlook, Zion National Park  Along the water, Zion National Park  The massive sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park

Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon

Featuring Tucson and Sedona

12 days from $3,995

Explore national parks of the American Southwest from the immense Grand Canyon and the sandstone spires of Bryce to the red-rock cliffs and chasms of Zion. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active


Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart for Tucson, Arizona

Depart today for Tucson, Arizona. As arrival times may vary, you may have the day at leisure to explore Arizona’s second largest city. This afternoon, check in to your hotel, where you enjoy a welcome briefing and dinner together. (D)

Day 2 — Tucson

Your exploration of this city with 350 days of sunshine a year begins at the one-of-a-kind Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, considered one of the best museums in the country. More than simply a museum, the 98-acre tribute to the natural world comprises a zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, aquarium, and art gallery. You have time to explore this unique conservatory, walking along its two miles of outdoor paths through desert habitats and viewing some of the 230 animal species and 1,200 plant varieties on display. Then travel south to see the finest surviving example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the U.S.: Mission San Xavier del Bac. Founded in 1692 and named for St. Francis Xavier, the brilliant white stucco mission you see today was built in the late 1700s and is the oldest European structure in Arizona. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon; the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 3 — Tucson, Phoenix, Sedona

Leave Tucson today, bound for the red-rock town of Sedona. En route, stop in Phoenix to visit the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art. Founded in 1929 to house a personal art collection, the museum has grown to include exhibits, performance spaces, and more than 40,000 items that tell the story of the native peoples of the Southwest. There is time to explore the museum and enjoy lunch here on your own. Then continue on to Sedona, stopping along the way at scenic overlooks to take in the beautiful desert landscape. Arrive late this afternoon at your hotel, where tonight you enjoy dinner together. (B,D)

Day 4 — Sedona

Today encounter Sedona, one of the most striking regions in the American Southwest. Famed for its range of towering red sandstone formations, Sedona ranks as a popular destination for artists, filmmakers, photographers, hikers, and mountain bikers. Explore this dazzling landscape in style, as you take a Pink Jeep tour for an exciting off-road excursion. Winding through trails and over dirt roads, enjoy stunning panoramic views. Also visit the Honanki Heritage Site, a 700-year-old Sinaguan cliff dwelling. Your tour ends in downtown Sedona, where you have time for lunch on your own and an afternoon at leisure before dining together tonight. (B,D)

Day 5 — Sedona, Grand Canyon

It’s a day to remember, as you visit what is arguably one of the country’s most famous natural landmarks: the Grand Canyon. Often considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world, this World Heritage site stretches nearly 300 miles through the Arizona desert. See truly awe-inspiring vistas: banded layers of rock rise to plateaus and bluffs thousands of feet overhead, while the mighty Colorado River rushes below. Learn about the canyon’s history and geological significance on a guided tour. Lunch is on your own here, amid the simply beautiful scenery, then you have time to appreciate the magnitude and beauty of the six-million-year-old canyon as you wish. After this bucket-list attraction, check in to your hotel just outside Grand Canyon National Park. (B)

Day 6 — Grand Canyon, Page, Antelope Canyon

Today we travel to Page, Arizona, gateway to the imposing Glen Canyon Dam and its reservoir, Lake Powell. After reaching Page early this afternoon, we have lunch on our own then visit the sinuous – and spectacular – Upper Antelope Canyon. We travel onto Navajo land to reach this slot canyon, known to local tribes as “the place where water runs through rocks.” Our tour through this stunning passageway reveals red-orange walls of “flowing” rock rising to heights of nearly 120 feet – the narrow canyon’s hard edges smoothed away by eons of water and sand erosion. Check in at your hotel this afternoon then enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 — Page, Colorado River, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Take your touring to the water today, as you embark on a thrilling motorized rafting excursion on the smooth waters of the Colorado River. Controlled by a series of dams and reservoirs, the river provides hydro-electric power, irrigation, and municipal water supply to nearly 40 million people in the western U.S. Your adventure begins at the base of one of these structures: the 710-foot-high Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back man-made Lake Powell. As you drift downstream between soaring sandstone cliffs on either side, you’re on the lookout for ancient Native American petroglyphs on the canyon walls, as well as local wildlife. After this exhilarating excursion, return to Page for lunch then depart for southern Utah and Bryce Canyon National Park. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Bryce Canyon National Park

Despite its name, Bryce isn’t truly a canyon at all, but a series of natural cliffs and amphitheaters carved into the region’s plateaus. The result: a stunning array of hoodoos, natural stone pillars, and spires reminiscent of a child’s drip sand castle. Thousands of these delicate structures stand side by side along the ridgelines, a veritable forest of stone etched by time. In the park’s visitor center, you see a film about the unusual geology here then have the day free to explore at your own pace. This full day of natural splendor concludes with dinner together tonight. (B,D)

Day 9 — Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park

Depart this morning for Zion National Park, another celebrated Utah destination. After reaching Springdale mid-day, have lunch on your own then walk to Zion’s nearby visitor center, where you learn about this inimitable region, which encompasses four separate biomes. Then you enter Zion National Park itself, so named for the 15-mile-long, 2,500-foot-deep Zion Canyon cutting through the park’s western half. Get your first taste of Zion’s wonders this afternoon then have the evening free for dinner on your own in Springdale. (B)

Day 10 — Zion National Park

Spend the day amid the wondrous natural world of Zion National Park. Despite its modest size, Zion counts as one of the most diverse national parks in the United States. Deserts and forests, rivers and canyons, buttes and natural arches all greet you here, along with numerous plant and animal species. As with most of the Southwest, the area is dominated by red-rock bluffs that show eons of sediment buildup; indeed, the rock formations here represent about 150 million years of geological history. Take a guided hike and enjoy ample free time for exploration and lunch on your own. This evening enjoy dinner together at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 11 — Zion National Park / Las Vegas

The glitz and glamor of the big city await today as you depart for Las Vegas, arriving early this afternoon in the “entertainment capital of the world.” Your afternoon here is free, and the sightseeing options are almost overwhelming. After your days touring canyons, caverns, and rivers, Las Vegas offers a contrasting feast for the senses. This evening gather to toast your Southwestern adventure at a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 12 — Depart Las Vegas

This morning transfer to the Las Vegas airport for your flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)