Escorted Journey with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations
14 Nights From €3850 (Per Person)
May 2015 - September 2015
Prices from €3850
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Grand Canyon: Join a local expert for an informative presentation and witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls.
Lake Powell: A testament to the power of water over rock, glide through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon during your cruise.
Monument Valley: Join a guide in a special vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park, made famous in America's favourite Western movies.
Zion Canyon: The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of the canyon is by private shuttle which includes live commentary.
Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin boasts the highest concentration of spouting geysers, hot springs, and steaming fumaroles in the world. Join a local expert for an informative walk through these natural wonders.
Cody: Explore the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West, known for its excellent Western art collection, firearms and natural history.
Custer State Park: Relive Custer's Last Stand at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and learn all about Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and the history of the Indian Wars.
Deadwood: Historical Wild West figures such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane called Deadwood home. Learn about the Gold Rush and the town's notable residents aboard Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour including an audience with Chief Bald Eagle who regales with a narrative of the Sioux Nation.
Sedona: Visit this Red Rock Country artists' colony.
Grand Canyon: Enjoy stunning views.
Cameron: Stop at the Historic Trading Post.
Countryside: Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon's South Rim, Painted Desert and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Glen Canyon: Visit the dam.
Black Hills: Witness the huge Crazy Horse Memorial and the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Bryce Canyon National Park: Enjoy the rugged beauty with a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the hoodoos.
Salt Lake City: View the headquarters for the Mormon religion.
Jackson: See the town's iconic antler arch.
Grand Teton National Park: Enjoy views of Jenny Lake.
Yellowstone National Park: See Old Faithful and the other natural wonders.
A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WD), 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 3 three-course table d’hôte Dinners, or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)
Bryce Canyon or Zion National Park: Stay in rustic charming lodges, located right inside the National Parks.
Lake Powell: We guarantee lake-view rooms with picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets at no extra charge!
Las Vegas: Where else would you want to stay, but the Cosmopolitan. A modern, luxury, upscale, resort, overlooking the heart of the strip!
Estes Park: The Stanley Hotel is a truly unique, heritage hotel, with classic architecture, a magnificent setting, and famous visitors. This stunning hotel continues to "shine" today, as it did when it first opened in 1909.
Grand Tetons: Stay right inside the National Park at the desirable Jackson Lake Lodge. One of the largest of all the eco-friendly resorts, with breathtaking views.
An expert Insight Tour Director - at the pinnacles of their careers and will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges’, expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land
Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
Hotel and restaurant tips included - you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus Insight hotels include all taxes and porterage.
Personal radio headsets - these give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert’s fascinating insights and commentaries
Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination
Insight motor coach - enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
Complimentary WiFi - the majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas. You will also find that WiFi is generally availably on most touring coaches.
Airport transfers at scheduled times on the first and last day of your escorted journey.
Day 1 Arrive Phoenix - Scottsdale
Welcome to Arizona! Your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy the superb facilities and grounds of this desert oasis. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Day 2 Sedona and the Wonders of the Mighty Grand Canyon
Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, where you can browse the stores and galleries. Enjoy one of Arizona's finest drives through Oak Creek Canyon, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park, where you can take an optional flightseeing tour by helicopter or plane over this natural wonder. Spend the night inside the park, enjoying the peace and quiet after the crowds have departed. Take time to experience the breathtaking vistas and sunset on the canyon walls. During your stay, join a local expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the Thunderbird Room while taking in the magnificent views of the Grand Canyon's South Rim.
Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Day 3 Excursion to Monument Valley and Lake Powell
Today, move on to the Historic Cameron Trading Post, featuring Southwest American Indian arts and crafts. The journey carries on through the Painted Desert, a colourful fantasy land of mesas, buttes and badlands, and through the Navajo Indian Reservation. Later, join an excursion to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for a guided tour. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort. Check into your room which has guaranteed lake views.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Leisurely Lake Powell
Today is entirely yours to do as you please. Relax and enjoy the resort's facilities or join an optional float trip down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River. Take a leisurely cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its dramatic steep, sandstone walls.
Day 5 Bryce Canyon's Stony Symphony
Head to Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah today and enjoy a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of odd-shaped monoliths known as hoodoos. In the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a Highlight Dinner including drinks.
Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Day 6 Zion to Las Vegas - from Nature to Neon
Travel through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle with live commentary to experience the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some time to explore at your own pace. A complete change of scenery awaits you in the afternoon when you arrive in Las Vegas; a collection of bright lights and shopping malls, huge themed hotels of unbelievable design and the omnipresent slot machine. Your hotel is a breath of fresh air - modern and luxurious.
Day 7 Salt Lake City
Travel to Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city in the State of Utah, and headquarters of the Mormon faith.
Day 8 Jackson and Grand Teton National Park
This morning, join an orientation tour of Salt Lake City seeing the famous Temple Square. Then travel north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to your lakeside lodge overlooking Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks and glaciers of Grand Teton National Park.
Day 9 Nature on the Boil at Yellowstone National Park
The Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 ft (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Stop to admire some of the incredible views at Jenny Lake. Then enter Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park and known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife. You are joined by a local expert for an informative stroll through Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 Geysers and Colourful Mudpots at Yellowstone
After breakfast, walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. There is plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mudpots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120 ft (37 metres) in the air. View free-roaming deer, elk and bear in their natural habitat. Then experience the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls as they thunder down the steep canyon walls.
Day 11 Buffalo Bill, Billings and Bills of Fare
Depart Yellowstone National Park and travel through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to reach the Wild West town of Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, built in honour of one of America's great Western legends. Head onward to the old cattle town of Billings, Montana. For your dining pleasure this evening, there are a selection of restaurants to choose from.
Full Breakfast, Dine Around
Day 12 Deadwood, Custer State Park and the Black Hills of South Dakota
Relive Custer's Last Stand, learn all about Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and the history of the Indian Wars at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. With a local expert, hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous during the gold rush of the 1870s. Also meet Chief Bald Eagle who will share a living narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife. Look out for buffalo, deer and elk, or stroll through the pristine pine forest. After dinner, relax on the porch and take in the serenity.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 South Dakota and the Presidents
Today, view the Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all American Indians. Move on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Perhaps get up close and personal with herds of buffalo on an optional jeep safari, followed by an authentic chuckwagon cookout at a secluded canyon.
Day 14 Live like a King at Estes Park
Leave South Dakota to travel across the grasslands and high plains of Wyoming. This area witnessed the sweeping saga of America's western expansion during the 19th century. Once over the Colorado border, head for your hotel in the shadow of Rocky Mountain National Park. Boasting spectacular views in every direction, your neoclassical heritage hotel is most famous for being the inspiration for the fictional ‘Overlook Hotel' in Stephen King's novel ‘The Shining'. In the evening, tantalize your taste buds and toast the culmination of a fantastic adventure at a Celebration Dinner.
Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
Day 15 The Rocky Mountains National Park - Denver
Travel south and climb high into the breathtaking Rocky Mountain National Park, across the Continental Divide and over Trail Ridge Road to follow the beginnings of the great Colorado River (weather permitting). Your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport. Please do not schedule any flights before 3.00 pm.
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The accommodation on this tour, as with all Insight Vacations tours is of a very high standard, ranging from four star to de-luxe hotels in great locations. Accommodation where appropriate is within the National parks. You won't be disappointed !
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