Grand Circle of the American West

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Grand Circle of the American West

Discover a magical world of spectacular red rock sandstone formations, deep canyons and towering mesas in the 'Four Corners' region - home to the most glorious National Parks of the American West.

16 days from

£2,686

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 22/09/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

View Dates
  • Grand View, Colorado National Monument Grand View, Colorado National Monument
  • North Window, Arches National Park North Window, Arches National Park
  • Black Canyon, Gunnison National Park Black Canyon, Gunnison National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park Mesa Verde National Park
  • Durango-Silverton Railway Durango-Silverton Railway
  • Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park Zion National Park
  • The Grand Canyon, Arizona The Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • The Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon
  • Monument Valley, Arizona Monument Valley, Arizona
  • Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods public park Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods public park

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Denver.

Fly to Denver where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 2 : Denver - Vail - Grand Junction.

Depart Denver this morning for Grand Junction, visiting the pretty alpine resort of Vail en route. Continue through the massive, craggy gorges of Glenwood Canyon to the awe-inspiring red rock landscape of Grand Junction, Colorado's wine country. Includes Breakfast

DAY 3 : Grand Junction - Colorado National Monument - Arches National Park - Moab.

First stop this morning is Colorado National Monument, offering one of the grandest landscapes of the American West. Admire the rusty coloured monoliths, canyons and plateaux before travelling to Arches National Park, which features over 2,000 natural sandstone arches and interesting rock formations. Catch a glimpse of the world famous Delicate Arch, known as 'The Chaps' from a designated viewpoint. The evening is free in Moab, a small town on the Colorado River.

DAY 4 : Moab - Canyonlands National Park - Dead Horse Point State Park - Moab.

The day begins with a trip to magnificent Canyonlands National Park, a colourful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers which divide the park into three districts. Next, visit Dead Horse Point State Park to learn about the legend behind the name. Stroll along the Rim Walk to the mesa of Dead Horse Point which affords breathtaking views of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. The rest of the evening is free.

DAY 5 : Moab - Capitol Reef National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park.

Enjoy a scenic drive along Capitol Reef National Park, one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the United States and the Grand Staircase to Bryce Canyon National Park, where slow erosion has created fantastically sculptured rock formations which glow with different light depending on the time of day.

DAY 6 : Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Page.

Today, descend into Zion National Park. Once a refuge for Mormon Pioneers, its striking landscape of steep canyons and stone towers were carved out by rushing streams over millions of years. There is time to admire the beauty of the park, before heading to Page.

DAY 7 : Page - Williams.

First stop this morning is the Wupatki National Monument, a site preserving the pueblos of ancient peoples. Continue to Sunset Crater Volcano. Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape. Later, arrive in Williams where the evening is free to explore this picturesque mountain town with one of the best preserved sections of Route 66, featuring vintage neon signs and shops selling memorabilia. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8 : Williams - Grand Canyon National Park - Williams.

Travel to the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The day is free to enjoy the park at leisure. Wander along the canyon rim and experience spine-tingling views of its flame-coloured walls or for the thrill of a lifetime, take an optional 'flightseeing' helicopter trip.

DAY 9 : Williams - Monument Valley - Kayenta.

To experience the American West that has been immortalised on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to Monument Valley. On the Arizona-Utah border, the valley's scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. Take a memorable four-wheel drive tour before enjoying a Navajo cookout with entertainment. Overnight in Kayenta.

DAY 10 : Kayenta - Four Corners - Mesa Verde - Durango.

Begin the day with a visit to the famed 'Four Corners' monument, where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico all converge and where a person can stand in four states at the same time. Next, travel to Mesa Verde National Park, an area protecting over 4,000 archaeological sites. After exploring the mysterious cliff dwellings, arrive at Durango, nestled in the Animas River Valley. Founded in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, this charming town was once run by gunslingers. Tonight, why not explore the historic downtown?

DAY 11 : Durango - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - Durango.

Board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad this morning for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. Enjoy the experience of travelling by a coal-fired steam-powered vintage locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the old west took over a century ago. The legendary steam train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through vistas of snow-capped peaks. The locomotives are 1923-25 vintage and are maintained in their original condition. This historic train has been in continuous operation for over 125 years. Enjoy free time in Silverton, once a major mining town, which owes its name to the bragging statement of an early miner who said "We have no gold, but silver by the ton!"

DAY 12 : Durango - Ouray - Montrose - Black Canyon National Park - Gunnison.

Journey northwards through the San Juan Mountains, stopping at Ouray, a small community nestled amongst some of the most rugged peaks of the Rockies. Then on to one of America's newest national parks, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Featuring sheer cliffs of up to 2,250 feet and a canyon floor which is at its narrowest only 40 feet wide, it is very dramatic.

DAY 13 : Gunnison - Buena Vista - Colorado Springs.

Travel through beautiful Buena Vista, a picture-postcard town nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, which has retained its Wild West charm. Continue to Colorado Springs where the view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose 'America the Beautiful'. Visit the Garden of the Gods, featuring outstanding geological sandstone and limestone formations including the Kissing Camels and the Cathedral Spires. Includes Breakfast

DAY 14 : Colorado Springs - Pikes Peak Cog Railway - Denver.

Conclude the journey with a train ride on the fabulous Pike's Peak Cog Railway, the world's highest cog railroad. Travel along Ruxton Creek in Englemann Canyon, then over Four Mile Switch for a first glimpse of Pikes Peak. At about the five mile point, the grade steepens as you climb above the timber line and reach the 14,110 feet summit of Pikes Peak. Return to Denver in the late afternoon where the evening is free.

DAY 15 : Denver - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Las Vegas. Includes Breakfast

DAY 16 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 14,114 ft.

NOTE: Colorado, Utah and Arizona are blessed with exquisite mountain scenery and extraordinary outdoor attractions. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favourable weather and/or road conditions.

Hotels on Tour

  • Kayenta:Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
  • Durango:Durango Downtown Inn
  • Gunnison:Comfort Inn Gunnison
  • Colorado Springs:Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Centre
  • NOTE:Accommodation as stated or similar
  • Denver:Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Downtown
  • Grand Junction:Grand Vista
  • Moab:Big Horn Lodge
  • Bryce Canyon:Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
  • Page:Quality Inn at Lake Powell
  • Williams:La Quinta Inn & Suites

Alaska Cruise Extension

Why not extend your tour with a seven night Alaska Cruise on Holland America Line?

After your tour, fly to Seattle for an overnight stay before embarking MS Eurodam to discover the stunning Alaskan scenery and wildlife. The cruise itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: Seattle to embark

Day 2: Scenic Cruising

Day 3: Juneau

Day 4: Glacier Bay

Day 5: Sitka

Day 6: Ketchikan

Day 7: Victoria

Day 8: Seattle to disembark

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option on tour only

Holiday Highlights

  • Glenwood Canyon
  • Dead Horse Point
  • Arches National Park
  • Four Corners Monument
  • Durango & Silverton Railroad
  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday
Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Denver.

Fly to Denver where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 2 : Denver - Vail - Grand Junction.

Depart Denver this morning for Grand Junction, visiting the pretty alpine resort of Vail en route. Continue through the massive, craggy gorges of Glenwood Canyon to the awe-inspiring red rock landscape of Grand Junction, Colorado's wine country.

DAY 3 : Grand Junction - Colorado National Monument - Arches National Park - Moab.

First stop this morning is Colorado National Monument, offering one of the grandest landscapes of the American West. Admire the rusty coloured monoliths, canyons and plateaux before travelling to Arches National Park, which features over 2,000 natural sandstone arches and interesting rock formations. Catch a glimpse of the world famous Delicate Arch, known as 'The Chaps' from a designated viewpoint. The evening is free in Moab, a small town on the Colorado River.

DAY 4 : Moab - Canyonlands National Park - Dead Horse Point State Park - Moab.

The day begins with a trip to magnificent Canyonlands National Park, a colourful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers which divide the park into three districts. Next, visit Dead Horse Point State Park to learn about the legend behind the name. Stroll along the Rim Walk to the mesa of Dead Horse Point which affords breathtaking views of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. The rest of the evening is free.

DAY 5 : Moab - Capitol Reef National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park.

Enjoy a scenic drive along Capitol Reef National Park, one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the United States and the Grand Staircase to Bryce Canyon National Park, where slow erosion has created fantastically sculptured rock formations which glow with different light depending on the time of day.

DAY 6 : Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Page.

Today, descend into Zion National Park. Once a refuge for Mormon Pioneers, its striking landscape of steep canyons and stone towers were carved out by rushing streams over millions of years. There is time to admire the beauty of the park, before heading to Page.

DAY 7 : Page - Williams.

First stop this morning is the Wupatki National Monument, a site preserving the pueblos of ancient peoples. Continue to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape. Later, arrive in Williams where the evening is free to explore this picturesque mountain town with one of the best preserved sections of Route 66, featuring vintage neon signs and shops selling memorabilia.

DAY 8 : Williams.

Travel to the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The day is free to enjoy the park at leisure. Wander along the canyon rim and experience spine-tingling views of its flame-coloured walls or for the thrill of a lifetime, take an optional 'flightseeing' helicopter trip.

DAY 9 : Williams - Monument Valley - Kayenta.

To experience the American West that has been immortalised on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to Monument Valley. On the Arizona-Utah border, the valley's scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films. Take a memorable four-wheel drive tour. Perhaps join an optional excursion at a Navajo cookout with entertainment. Overnight in Kayenta.

DAY 10 : Kayenta - Four Corners - Mesa Verde - Durango.

Begin the day with a visit to the famed 'Four Corners' monument, where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico all converge and where a person can stand in four states at the same time. Next, travel to Mesa Verde National Park, an area protecting over 4,000 archaeological sites. After exploring the mysterious cliff dwellings, arrive at Durango, nestled in the Animas River Valley. Founded in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, this charming town was once run by gunslingers. Tonight, why not explore the historic downtown?

DAY 11 : Durango - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - Durango.

Board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad this morning for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. Enjoy the experience of travelling by a coal-fired steam-powered vintage locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the old west took over a century ago. The legendary steam train hugs steep canyon walls as it winds its way through vistas of snow-capped peaks. The locomotives are 1923-25 vintage and are maintained in their original condition. This historic train has been in continuous operation for over 125 years. Enjoy free time in Silverton, once a major mining town, which owes its name to the bragging statement of an early miner who said "We have no gold, but silver by the ton!"

DAY 12 : Durango - Ouray - Montrose - Black Canyon National Park - Gunnison.

Journey northwards through the San Juan Mountains, stopping at Ouray, a small community nestled amongst some of the most rugged peaks of the Rockies. Then on to one of America's newest national parks, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Featuring sheer cliffs of up to 2,250 feet and a canyon floor which is at its narrowest only 40 feet wide, it is very dramatic.

DAY 13 : Gunnison - Buena Vista - Colorado Springs.

Travel through beautiful Buena Vista, a picture-postcard town nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, which has retained its Wild West charm. Continue to Colorado Springs where the view from the top of nearby Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to compose 'America the Beautiful'. Visit the Garden of the Gods, featuring outstanding geological sandstone and limestone formations including the Kissing Camels and the Cathedral Spires.

DAY 14 : Colorado Springs - Pikes Peak Cog Railway - Denver.

Conclude the journey with a train ride on the fabulous Pike's Peak Cog Railway, the world's highest cog railroad. Travel along Ruxton Creek in Englemann Canyon, then over Four Mile Switch for a first glimpse of Pikes Peak. At about the five mile point, the grade steepens as you climb above the timber line and reach the 14,110 feet summit of Pikes Peak. Return to Denver in the late afternoon where the evening is free.

DAY 15 : Denver - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Las Vegas.

DAY 16 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 14,114 ft.

NOTE: Colorado, Utah and Arizona are blessed with exquisite mountain scenery and extraordinary outdoor attractions. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favourable weather and/or road conditions.

Hotels on Tour

  • Kayenta:Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
  • Durango:Durango Downtown Inn
  • Gunnison:Comfort Inn Gunnison
  • Colorado Springs:Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Centre
  • NOTE:Accommodation as stated or similar
  • Denver:Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Downtown
  • Grand Junction:Grand Vista
  • Moab:Big Horn Lodge
  • Bryce Canyon:Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
  • Page:Quality Inn at Lake Powell
  • Williams:La Quinta Inn & Suites

What's Included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday Highlights

  • Glenwood Canyon Journey through its rugged gorges high above the Colorado River.
  • Dead Horse Point Stand at its dramatic overlooks and discover the legend behind the name.
  • Arches National Park Home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches.
  • Four Corners Monument Stand in four states at once at the Southwestern quadripoint.
  • Durango & Silverton Railroad Take a panoramic train ride through the San Juan National Forest.
  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway Ride the world's highest cog railroad to ascend 14,115 feet Pikes Peak.

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (5 reviews)

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24-Sep-2016

Although we had visited Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon before, this trip took us to some outstanding and interesting places that we had never heard of before - Durango and Pikes Peak in particular, as well as some of the ancient places and pueblos....

13-Sep-2016

We had a fantastic holiday, seen lots of fabulous national parks and our driver Jose and guide Niles were always there to make our holiday special.

25-Jun-2016

A great holiday visiting the less well known canyons etc. A fantastic holiday, as we had already experienced the National Parks and Canyons holiday.

21-Jun-2016

An outstanding holiday with so to see and do. In fact, much more than was shown on the original itinerary. We were blown away by all that we saw.

21-Jun-2016

The brochure didn't do this holiday justice. From beginning in Denver all the way round was brilliant. We saw far more than we thought we were going to do.<br/>Airport at Denver however was not good. They changed the allocations of seats, and I fo...

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the Grand Circle of the American West

Sue Scott 22/06/2015

 I have recently returned from a tour of the Grand Circle of the American West. It was fabulous!

The Tour Guide Lisa was very organised, very informative and could not be faulted. The driver Ken was also very professional and was excellent. The quality and comfort of the coach was also excellent.

There is only one comment I would wish to make. Given the heat and high elevations, Lisa drilled into us the importance of hydration. Many of us queried why water was not available for us to purchase on the coach. We were informed that it was not company policy. Perhaps you would consider this for future tours?

 

Once again a brilliant holiday, thank you.

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