Highlights of the Canyonlands (8520) - 2016 / 2015

9 Day Tour from Las Vegas to Las Vegas


Highlights of the Canyonlands
The strange shaped hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
The strange shaped hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
Enjoy the spectacular views of Bryce Canyon
Stay on the famed Las Vegas strip
Zion National Park located near Springdale, Utah
Monument Valley in southern Utah
Gorgeous Lake Powell in Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park
Lake Powell, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona
Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

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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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.

Guides:

Local Guide for sightseeing in Monument Valley; services of a professional Tour Director.

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.


Day 1Las 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 2Las Vegas–Williams

Cross the desert and the [FP] 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 3Williams–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 [FP] 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 4Grand 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 5Kayenta–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 [FP] 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 6Page–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 [FP] 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! (CB)

Day 7Bryce 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, [FP] 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 8St. George–Zion National Park–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. (CB)

Day 9Las 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.

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


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)

2 continental breakfasts


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: 2014 years

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



UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Highlights of the Canyonlands:

  • Grand Canyon National Park


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