Highlights of the Canyonlands (8520)

9 Day Tour from Las Vegas to Las Vegas

2016 Tour Details

Explore the captivating canyonlands on this unforgettable vacation! Your trip begins among the neon lights of Las Vegas before heading east to experience the Grand Canyon, where you’ll overnight in the park and have time to wander along the canyon rim. While at the Grand Canyon, enjoy a spectacular sunrise or sunset. From the Grand Canyon, continue into Navajo country and Monument Valley to admire the beauty around you. Have your camera ready for some spectacular shots during your 4-wheel-drive tour of mystical Monument Valley. Then, head west for Page and Lake Powell.

After Page, a day of contrasts leads you to Bryce Canyon National Park, where years of erosion have carved colorful sandstone into thousands of spires, arches, and mazes. Finally, head to Zion National Park and enjoy the beauty and peace offered at this park—with its massive canyon walls ascending toward the blue sky. You’ll have time in Zion National Park to explore, hike, bird watch, or join a park ranger to learn more about the animals, geology, plants, and human history within the park. Return to the excitement of Las Vegas and visit the shops and casinos—a perfect way to end your canyonlands vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
Grand Canyon Railroad, Orientation tour in St. George and 4-wheel-drive tour in Monument Valley. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Scenic Highlights:
Route 66, Grand Canyon National Park, Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park.

NOTE:
On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Grand Canyon National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
One-way rail journey on board the Grand Canyon Railroad in Coach Class; Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

2 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Las Vegas

Welcome to exciting Las Vegas, also known as “Sin City!” Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Las Vegas–Williams

Cross the desert and the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation old Mojave gold-strike country to Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Enjoy one of America’s best preserved stretches of the Mother Road. Walk Main Street and you’ll find vintage neon on buildings that are preserved to their original character, and restaurants that have the character of the Route 66 heyday.

Day 3 Williams–Grand Canyon Railroad–Grand Canyon National Park

Take an unforgettable journey into the canyon on the GRAND CANYON RAILROAD. From your 1950s-era passenger car, while strolling musicians roam playing tunes of yesteryear, marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. There’s plenty of free time to wander along the canyon rim and lose yourself in the majesty and magnificence that is National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. There is time for an optional helicopter flightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon—definitely the thrill of a lifetime. Accommodations for this evening are inside the park.

Day 4 Grand Canyon National Park–Monument Valley–Kayenta

If you miss the sunset over the canyon, sunrise is just as impressive! To experience the American West that’s been immortalized on the silver screen, journey across the Navajo Nation to MONUMENT VALLEY. Situated on the Arizona/Utah border, the valley’s scenic desert vistas and iconic buttes have appeared in countless classic Western films.

Day 5 Kayenta–Lake Powell–Page

This morning, your 4-WHEEL-DRIVE TOUR is a memorable way to experience Monument Valley. Afterward, head to Page and visit the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Glen Canyon Dam, holding back the waters of the Colorado River in Lake Powell, the country’s second-largest man-made lake. This afternoon, consider an optional Antelope Canyon cruise, which takes you onto the lake and into the tight, winding canyons.

Day 6 Page–Bryce Canyon National Park

Our optional early morning flights provide another unique perspective of Lake Powell. This beautiful sightseeing flight also includes Glen Canyon Dam, Wahweap Marina, Tower Butte, and Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural arch on Earth. Then, travel into Utah along the Grand Staircase to National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK. Bryce is famous for its unique geology; erosion has created bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos.” Tinted with numerous colors, these rocks create a wondrous landscape. Make sure to have your camera on hand today!

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 7 Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park–St. George

“Zion” is an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary. Once a refuge for Mormon pioneers, National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation ZION NATIONAL PARK’S striking landscapes of steep canyons and stone towers carved out by rushing streams over millions of years will mesmerize you. There is plenty of time to explore the park: take the park shuttle, see the Visitor’s Center and the museum, take a leisurely hike, bird watch, or join a park ranger to learn more about the animals, geology, plants, and human history. You’ll overnight in St. George.

Day 8 St. George–Las Vegas

This morning begins with an orientation tour of St. George, the most important Mormon community in southern Utah. We continue to Las Vegas, with a mid-afternoon arrival.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 9 Las Vegas

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore “Sin City” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

BRUCE FRITZGES

Years of Experience: 6

I believe the path to becoming a Tour Director started for me as a young teenager when our family loaded up the car and embarked upon a cross-country road trip from Virginia to California and back. We did our own "vacation" long before the Griswolds came along! Born, raised and educated in Virginia, I have slowly but surely made my way west with each career opportunity and job transfer, rediscovering many of America's most beautiful National Parks, forests and recreation areas that I first fell in love with on that family road trip back in the day. The chance for a career change came in 2010, when I became a Tour Director, and now reside in Denver, Colorado. This area provides great proximity to National Parks such as Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Bryce Canyon. Having become very familiar with this beautiful part of our country, I look forward to sharing it with you on a tour of America's spectacular National Parks and Canyons.

Tour Director - BRUCE FRITZGES

 Accommodations

LAS VEGAS Harrah’s Las Vegas (F)
WILLIAMS Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (F)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (NP)
KAYENTA Kayenta Monument Valley Inn (MF)
PAGE Quality Inn Page (ST)
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn (ST)
ST. GEORGE Best Western Plus Abbey Inn & Suites (MF)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Grand Canyon National Park
Monument Valley
Page

Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing - North Canyon Tour

Explore impressive Dragon Corridor, the deepest and widest part of the Canyon, and one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Grand Canyon. The Tower of Ra, a 6,076-foot butte named in the 1800s after the Egyptian sun god, comes into view, as do other fanciful rock formations resembling temples and shrines. Fly in a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with specially designed windows for optimum viewing. (25-30 minute) Subject to favorable weather conditions.

Approximate value: $200 USD per person

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Grand Canyon Imax

Fly like a condor over the rim and into the Canyon, be drenched in the power of the raging Colorado River without ever leaving your seat at the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center. And relive the history and mystery of one of the most storied natural wonders of the world. From the mysterious Anasazi who inhabited the Canyon 4,000 years ago, viewers at The National Geographic Visitor Center will travel through Grand Canyon history to join Major John Wesley Powell as he challenges the unexplored Canyon and raging Colorado River in 1869. (40 minute multimedia presentation)

Approximate value: $14 USD per person

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Imperial on EcoStar

The Imperial Air Tour with EcoStar helicopter features awe-inspiring views of the beautiful Eastern gorge of the Grand Canyon aboard our environmentally friendly, EcoStar EC130 aircraft. With forward-facing stadium seating and a nearly 180 degree field of view, you'll enjoy unobstructed sights of the eastern portion of Grand Canyon, the Little Colorado confluence, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Dragon Corridor. These areas, the widest and deepest of the Grand Canyon, offer guests the most comprehensive views and experiences only available from the air! (45-50 minutes) This excursion is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Approximate value: $294 USD per person

Monument Valley

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Navajo Cookout

This evening you'll enjoy a dinner and Navajo entertainment in a beautiful outdoor area surrounded by red rock canyons. Dinner is a casual BBQ including some Navajo specialties.

Approximate value: $59 USD per person

Page

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Antelope Canyon Cruise

On this 90-minute cruise of Lake Powell, you'll glide through the narrow walls of Antelope Canyon, famous for its tapestry colors and unusual rock formations. Includes transportation to and from your hotel in Page and the Glen Canyon National Park entrance fee.

Approximate value: $50 USD per person

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Antelope Canyon Slot Tour

Come with your guide to a spectacular petrified sand dune, created by wind, water and sand, presenting a sculptured masterpiece. Nothing can describe this work of Mother Nature. Experiencing this beauty will leave you breathless. Trips are approximately one and a half hours long and you will travel in a 4-wheel drive vehicle to the Canyon entrance. From there you will walk into the Canyon, you will be at the bottom of the Canyon looking up 130 feet to the top. There is no hiking or climbing involved, only easy walking on the Canyon floor which is level for the most part. Your experienced Navajo guide will show you great places to take photographs as you explore this awe-inspiring wonder.

Approximate value: $40 USD per person

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Over the Rainbow and Lake Powell 25-30-Minute Flight

During one of our Rainbow Bridge tours you will discover that the remote regions of northern Arizona hold one of the world's largest natural wonders. Tucked among the rugged and isolated canyons, and spanning over 275 feet wide and 290 feet high, the Rainbow Bridge is an attraction no visitor can miss. Accessibility to the Bridge is limited to hiking, by permit only, a 13-mile trail or a two-hour boat ride from Lake Powell. A place for prayer and worship in the Navajo culture, the Bridge signifies good fortune and is considered a sacred place for tribal members. Rainbow Bridge was not discovered by outsiders until 1909 by two parties who joined together in search of the towering sandstone formation. President Howard Taft declared it a national monument in 1910. (30-35 minutes)

Approximate value: $163 USD per person

TowerButteHelicopterTour

Tower Butte Helicopter Tour

Rising 5,000 feet above sea level, Tower Butte is one of Mother Nature's most unique formations, providing the perfect setting for your Helicopter Landing adventure! After boarding your state-of-the-art helicopter, you will fly eastward over Antelope Canyon, Land of the Navajo Nation and Lake Powell as your Helicopter ascends Tower Butte. You won't believe your eyes when you touch down and disembark. The 360-degree panoramic view is absolutely breathtaking - see Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, the Kaiparowitz Plateau, the Grand Staircase and the Vermillion Cliffs. Enjoy approximately 20 minutes on the Butte for sensational photo opportunities and interpretive information about the Navajo culture and the ties to their Land. Only accessible by Helicopter, this helicopter adventure offers incredible memories, spectacular photographs and bragging rights to an exclusive view of the American Southwest and Land of the Navajo Nation.

Approximate value: $249 USD per person

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