Parks and Canyons Spectacular

  • 16 Days

  • Western USA

  • On the go pace

An Old West adventure of gold-rush towns and Native American heritage, with journeys along mighty canyons and through rich national parks. Experience the beauty of Yellowstone, the awesome scale of the Grand Canyon and the stillness of Little Bighorn Battlefield.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 10th May 2018

Meals included: 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners

Overview

An Old West adventure of gold-rush towns and Native American heritage, with journeys along mighty canyons and through rich national parks. Experience the beauty of Yellowstone, the awesome scale of the Grand Canyon and the stillness of Little Bighorn Battlefield.

At a glance

  • Mount Rushmore See the massive sculptured memorial to America's greatest presidents.
  • Tatanka'The story of the Bison' Journey through an authentic Lakota Encampment with Native American interpreters.
  • Little Bighorn Explore the battlefield location of ‘Custer’s Last Stand’.
  • Old Faithful Geyser Stand way back for this cone-shaped geothermal spectacular.
  • Grand Canyon See this epic natural spectacle in all its glory.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Las Vegas
  • 7 nights Mexican Riviera cruise

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

 

Day 1

UK - Denver

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Denver - Rapid City

Join your Tour Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Drink. Journey through the grand scenery of Colorado and Wyoming past the pine-wooded Black Hills to Rapid City in South Dakota. Get to know your travelling companions and tour director this evening with a welcome drink.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Rapid City

Start your day with an orientation tour of Rapid City, with its Native American heritage. Afterwards travel to see the ongoing construction of the Crazy Horse Memorial, a monumental statue carved out of the mountain that pays respect to the great hero of the Native Americans, Chief Crazy Horse. Continue to Mount Rushmore, where enormous carvings of four US presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt - stare out across the land.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Rapid City - Deadwood - Sheridan

This morning travel through the Black Hills National Forest to Deadwood for a guided tour of this old gold-mining town - once home to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Next head to Tatanka, 'The Story of the Bison', and experience the richness of Lakota Indian life as it was around the 1840s, before travelling to Sheridan which lies in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Sheridan - Little Bighorn Battlefield - Cody

Journey to the site of ‘Custer’s Last Stand’ at the Little Bighorn Battlefield, where 7,000 Sioux warriors defeated the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army and killed the US general in June 1876. Visit the museum and battlefield and see the places where the soldiers fell. Then drive through the Bighorn Mountains to Cody, Buffalo Bill's frontier town. There is time in the afternoon for an optional raft trip.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Cody - Yellowstone National Park

Your first stop is at the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West, which charts the life and times of the great showman. Afterwards, venture through the Shoshone National Forest to Yellowstone National Park, the USA's largest nature reserve. Established in 1872, this natural wonderland of geysers, canyons and forests is home to grizzly bears, elk and buffalo. Keep your camera ready, especially at 'Old Faithful', Yellowstone's fabled geyser.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Yellowstone

Spend the day soaking up the natural beauty of the park and the superb views as you follow the Grand Loop Road to Artist Point on the rim of Yellowstone Canyon. Perched above this gigantic gorge, the viewpoint commands impressive vistas over the Lower Falls - twice the height of Niagara Falls. Other sights include the bubbling mud at Fountain Paint Pots and steaming limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Yellowstone National Park - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

Head into the magnificent year-round playground of the Grand Tetons. With saw-toothed ridges crested with snow most of the year, it's one of America's last preserves of wild solitude. Walk along glacial Jenny Lake at the foot of the soaring mountain pillars. Your tour then continues on to Jackson. This evening relive the days of the cowboys with dinner at the Bar T-5 Chuck Wagon Cookout and Wild West show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Jackson

Time to relax or explore Jackson and its stunning surroundings, perhaps taking an optional float trip down the Snake River or spend some time in the shops and swing-door saloons along the town's western-style boardwalks.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Jackson - Salt Lake City

Today, leave Jackson and drive to Salt Lake City, Utah's vibrant capital. Magnificently set on the edge of a salt desert and surrounded by mountains and forests, this is the centre of the Mormon religion. Enjoy the capital city’s historic monuments on a sightseeing tour.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon National Park

Journey to Bryce Canyon National Park, with its 20 miles of distinctive sandstone cliffs and ever changing colours. Marvel at some of the earth's most brilliant shades of rock which have been sculpted by erosion into pillars called 'hoodoos'. The rest of the day is free.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Lake Powell

This morning travel to Zion National Park, famous for its incredible canyons and bizarrely shaped cliffs. Drive to Page, originally built to house workers on the construction of the massive Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back the waters of 186 mile-long Lake Powell. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Lake Powell.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Lake Powell - Painted Desert - Grand Canyon National Park

Get a unique bird's eye view of Monument Valley on an optional helicopter flight. Later, drive through the Kaibab National Forest and the Painted Desert with its ever shifting colours before catching your first sight of the epic Grand Canyon. You have the opportunity to walk the canyon rim which is even more spectacular at sunset. Your hotel is located near the rim of the canyon, giving you the bonus of spectacular views during your stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas

Take an optional morning flight over the Grand Canyon. Leaving Arizona we travel on part of the legendary Route 66 to Las Vegas, America's entertainment capital. The rest of the day is yours to explore the mega-casinos and attractions. Enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your tour director this evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Las Vegas - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Denver: Sheraton Denver Downtown
  • Rapid City: Rushmore Hotel
  • Sheridan: Best Western Sheridan Centre
  • Cody: Holiday Inn at the Buffalo Bill Village
  • Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone NP Lodges
  • Jackson: Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa
  • Salt Lake City: Radisson Salt Lake City Downtown
  • Bryce Canyon: Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon
  • Lake Powell: Lake Powell Resort
  • Grand Canyon National Park: Grand Canyon NP Lodges
  • Las Vegas: Treasure Island

Notes

Yellowstone National Park 2017: First night will be at the following hotels Lake Yellowstone hotel - 11 May Grant Village - 19 May Canyon Lodge - 1 Jun, 15 Jun, 22 Jun, 20 Jul, 27 Jul, 24 Aug, 31 Aug, 01 Sep, 03 Sep, 07 Sep, 08 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep, 22 Sep Mammoth Hot Springs - 4 May NOTE: 25 May, 02 Jun will be at Holiday Inn West Yellowstone for First and Second nights. This is outside of the park. The included meal will be inside the park before leaving for West Yellowstone and scheduled inclusions will not be missed. Second night in the park will be at the following lodges and departures Old Faithful Inn: 04 May, 11 May, 19 May, 27 Jul, 31 Aug, 01 Sep, 08 Sep Old Faithful Snow Lodge: 01 Jun, 15 Jun, 24 Aug, 07 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep Grant Village: 22 Jun, 20 Jul, 22 Sep. 2018 National Park Lodges will be advised as soon as possible

Grand Canyon National Park 2017 Accommodation will be at the following lodges and departures. Maswik North: 04 May, 11 May, 25 May, 01 Jun, 22 Jun, 20 Jul, 27 Jul, 24 Aug, 31 Aug, 14 Sep Thunderbird Lodge: 15 Jun, 01 Sep Kachina Lodge: 19 May, 02 Jun, 08 Sep, 22 Sep Yavapai West: 07 Sep, 21 Sep. 2018 National Park Lodges will be advised as soon as possible

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

This holiday visits National Parks and other remote locations where facilities may not be up to the first-class standard expected from a Globus tour. Some lodges within the parks do not have air-conditioning, T.Vs and other amenities expected from most Globus hotels.

Latest customer reviews

21st September 2017

Very good, hotels of a good standard except Best Western Sheridan which can only be classified as a 2 star hotel. The breakfast was non existent. Hotel room clean I would rate this hotel as unsatisfactory.

14th August 2017

Well organised tour with excellent tour guide and very comfortable bus.

21st June 2017

The content of the holiday was first rate apart from their being a tour group of 20 with their travel agent increasing our tour to 38 in total and she took over from our tour director as she had prebooked additional features for them Also there were only 2 4star hotels when they should all have been of this standard. One was only 2 star.

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