National Parks & Canyon Country
Five of the USA's most impressive National Parks are the focus of this sensational tour of the Wild West's natural splendours.
DAY 1: UK - Denver.
Fly to Denver where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
DAY 2: Denver.
'The Mile High City' of Denver is the capital of Colorado and the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. An attractive city with broad streets, a tree-lined pedestrian mall leading to the gold-domed State Capitol, and Larimer Square in the city's historic heart. It's also home to some fine museums and galleries.
DAY 3: Denver - Cheyenne - Black Hills of South Dakota - Keystone.
We travel first through Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming, then it's on through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, immortalised in a famous song from the musical 'Calamity Jane', to the historic frontier town of Custer. Late this afternoon, travel to see the ongoing construction of the Crazy Horse Memorial, a monumental statue carved out of a mountain, that pays respect to the great hero of the Native Americans, Chief Crazy Horse.
DAY 4: Keystone - Mount Rushmore - Deadwood.
Drive deep into the Black Hills, through what was once Sioux Indian territory, to see the magnificent granite face of Mount Rushmore, a giant monument to four great American presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Afterwards visit Tatanka, 'The Story of the Bison', and experience the richness of the Lakota Indian life as it was around the 1840's. Next it's on to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, where Wild Bill Hickok was murdered. Stay overnight in this historic town.
DAY 5: Deadwood - Sheridan - Cody.
This morning, head through the rich high country where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890's. Driving past Sheridan in the Bighorn Mountains, the scene of many fierce battles between the US Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, you'll arrive in Buffalo Bill's frontier town, Cody, for an overnight stay.
DAY 6: Cody - Yellowstone National Park.
Travel to splendid Yellowstone National Park, the USA's largest nature reserve, which contains more than 3,000 geysers and hot springs. You'll drive along the Grand Loop Road to Artist Point with magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon and the stupendous Lower Falls, twice the height of Niagara Falls. You'll also see geyser basins with bubbling mud paint pots and the regular 'blow' of Old Faithful.
DAY 7: Yellowstone - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson.
Head to the magnificent Grand Tetons. With saw-toothed, 13,770 feet high ridges crested with snow most of the year, it's one of America's last preserves of wild solitude. Arrive in the Wild West town of Jackson which with its wooden sidewalks and saloons with bat-wing doors, is just like a living film set! In the evening there's an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show.
DAY 8: Jackson.
Time to relax in Jackson or how about joining a scenic raft trip down the Snake River?
DAY 9: 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 where Brigham Young declared to his followers "This is the place". Your sightseeing will include Temple Square with its impressive six-spired temple, adjacent tabernacle and Beehive House.
DAY 10: Salt Lake City - Bryce Canyon National Park.
Journey through sagebrush landscape to Bryce Canyon National Park, with its 20 miles of breathtaking 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'.
DAY 11: Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Page.
First stop today is Zion National Park, its striking landscape of steep canyons and stone towers carved out by rushing streams over a period of millions of years. Then head to Page, originally built to house workers during the construction of the massive Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back the waters of 186 mile long Lake Powell.
DAY 12: Page - Painted Desert - Grand Canyon.
How about starting your day with an optional scenic flight over stunning Monument Valley? Then take a scenic drive through the Painted Desert and across the Kaibab National Forest, before arriving at the Grand Canyon in the early afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience breathtaking views. You'll have plenty of time to do some viewing before dusk as your accommodation is inside Grand Canyon National Park.
DAY 13: Grand Canyon - Las Vegas.
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take an optional 'flightseeing' excursion: a helicopter flight over the heart of the canyon with incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 4,800 feet into the Colorado River. Leaving the high country of Arizona, we pass through Williams on famous Route 66, and then the old Mohave gold strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns, to Las Vegas - a neon desert oasis, packed with spectacular hotels and casinos.
DAY 14: Las Vegas.
The day is yours to explore the original 'Sin City'. Stroll down the 'Strip', with its outrageous themed hotels or relax by the poolside. In the evening, why not get tickets to one of the famous Las Vegas shows?
DAY 15: Las Vegas - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay.
DAY 16: Home landing in the UK.
Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,033 ft.
Accommodation on Tour
Denver: Comfort Inn Downtown; Keystone: Mt Rushmore's White House; Deadwood: Comfort Inn at Gulches of Fun; Cody: Buffalo Bill Village; Yellowstone NP: Yellowstone Park Lodges or West Yellowstone: Brandin' Iron Inn; Jackson: The Painted Buffalo Inn; Salt Lake City: Red Lion; Bryce Canyon: Best Western Ruby's Inn; Page: Quality Inn Lake Powell; Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon Lodges; Las Vegas: Harrah's Las Vegas Casino and Hotel.
You could take an optional flight over Monument Valley on day 12
The Buffalo Bill Historical Centre, Cody
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Old Faithful, Yellowstone, Wyoming
Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah
Las Vegas, Nevada
To help you plan and make the most of your holiday, below is a list of optional excursions available to you.
Denver Mountain Parks Tour
This four-hour excursion includes a visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater, a famous and spectacular outdoor concert hall that is a millennia-old geological creation named after its red sandstone monoliths. You will also visit Lookout Mountain, the gravesite of Buffalo Bill Cody, Bear Creek Canyon, and drive past the home of Coors beer. This tour departs the hotel at 7:30 am.
$45 (US Dollar)
Denver City Tour
Experience two sides of Denver: a historic western town and thriving modern city--all in one trip. You'll journey back to the 19th century and experience the elegance of historic Larimer Square. You'll see beautiful Civic Center Park, the State Capitol Building, the United States Mint, The Denver Art Museum, bustling 16th Street Mall with its wide variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and street side entertainment. At the end of this tour, you'll no longer be a stranger to the Mile High City. This tour departs the hotel at 7:45 am or 1:15 pm.
$35 (US Dollar)
Denver City & Mountain Tour
Spend the morning seeing all that Denver has to offer: Larimer Square, Civic Center Park, the United States Mint, the 16th Street Mall and more. Then take an excursion through Bear Creek Canyon to Evergreen, to the top of Lookout Mountain, the site of Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum. This is a fully narrated tour showing you the best of Denver city and Denver's mountain parks.
$75 (US Dollar)
Custer State Park Tour
This four hour tour goes through Custer State Park (world's largest herd of free-running bison), and the amazing granite spires of the Needles Highway. Plus you'll visit General Custer's first expedition site, and Sylvan Lake. Your tour by minibus takes you to areas of the Black Hills that are inaccessible to large coaches. The tour ends at Mount Rushmore.
$53 (US Dollar)
Deadwood City Tour
As we travel down Deadwood's cobblestone streets, you will hear about an era gone by. Recount local history beginning with Custer's expedition followed by the Gold Rush and lots more. Hear the stories of legendary Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and other notable characters from local guides that are almost as entertaining as the history itself.
$9 (US Dollar)
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Visit the world's finest western museum. This five-museum complex includes the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and the Natural History Museum.
$18 (US Dollar)
Shoshone River Raft Trip
On this scenic white-water float trip down the Shoshone River, your guide maneuvers you through striking red canyons. See native wildlife and hear about the geology, mountain men, and pioneers of the area as you experience the thrill of the occasional rapid. You will be on the water for approximately 45 minutes. This river is a level 2 with occasional rapids, participants must be comfortable paddling, and it is very likely you will get wet. Note: Life jackets are provided and required. (Available Mid-May to Mid-September; subject to favorable weather & water conditions)
$37 (US Dollar)
Chuckwagon Cookout & Show
Experience the thrill of bygone years when covered wagons crossing over Teton Pass in Jackson were a common sight. Traveling by horse-drawn covered wagons, you are swept away from the Town of Jackson into beautiful Cache Creek Canyon. Keep your eyes open; you never know whom you may encounter on the trail-after all, this is the west. You'll pull in to 'camp,' where you'll enjoy a delicious barbecue meal and the riotous entertainment of mountain men and cowboys.
$47 (US Dollar)
Wildlife Scenic Float Trip
The 8-Mile Scenic Float begins at Pritchard Creek and travels past the nesting areas of both bald eagles and ospreys. The trip is a great way to see the beauty of the river and the geology that forms the Grand Canyon of the Snake River, without getting wet. The river is home to a variety of waterfowl and native animals including moose, deer and river otters. Early morning is the watering time for most animals along the river, and affords the best opportunity for wildlife viewing. Feel free to bring your camera with you! (3 hours)
$70 (US Dollar)
Dinner at Temple Square Roof Restaurant
Start the evening with a visit to the Temple Square garden. Then experience Utah's premier gourmet buffet at The Roof Restaurant. Groups arriving on Thursday nights will have the opportunity to see the Tabernacle Choir rehearse. If you are not visiting Temple Square on a Thursday night you will have the opportunity to see the Family Search Center and get a lesson on genealogy. (Not available on Sunday nights)
$50 (US Dollar)
Temple Square Experience dinner at the Lion House
Start the evening with a visit to the Temple Square garden. Then experience the exceptional home-style fare as you dine amidst the history that surrounds you, in Brigham Young's personal residence the Lion House. Groups arriving on Thursday nights will have the opportunity to see the Tabernacle Choir rehearse. If you are not visiting Temple Square on a Thrusday night you will have the opportunity to see the Family Search Center and get a lesson on genealogy. (Not available on Sunday nights)
$20 (US Dollar)
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.
$245 (US Dollar)
Antelope Canyon Cruise (tour 8600)
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.
$56 (US Dollar)
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.
$35 (US Dollar)
Monument Valley 90-Minute Flight
You will experience everything seen on the shorter Rainbow Bridge flight, plus much, much more! This is your only chance to see Monument Valley, the site of many well-known Western movies. The rock formations you will see on this surrealistic flight are totally different from those in the Grand Canyon. (90 minutes, weather dependent)
$255 (US Dollar)
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. (30 minute flight, weather dependent)
$179 (US Dollar)
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)
$14 (US Dollar)
Eco-Star Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing
This experience will be a highlight of your vacation. Fly over the widest and deepest portion of the Grand Canyon. You will see the amazing views of the Dragon Corridor, Colorado River and other geologic features and formations over a billion years old. If you have ever wanted to see the Grand Canyon from a birds eye view this is the trip for you. Fly in our first class state of the art ECO-Star helicopter with specially designed windows and seating for 180 degrees of virtually unobstructed views. This is a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with quiet ride technology for a more comfortable Grand Canyon helicopter tour experience. Grab your camera and enjoy this spectacular journey to the Grand Canyon. (30 minute flight)
$233 (US Dollar)
Please note that optional excursions and prices are subject to change.
Join us on our special departures to visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield that commemorates one of America's most significant and famous battles, or our Wild West themed departure.
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- Start & Style door to door local pick up service to and from the airport (within 50 miles of the airport)
- Flights UK - Denver; Las Vegas - UK
- Accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities
- Services of a tour director on tour and local representative at other times
- Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
- Transfers between overseas airports and hotels
- All local and airport taxes/service charges
- Single share option no supplement to pay
- Mount Rushmore and Tatanka 'Story of the Bison'
- Yellowstone National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Lake Powell
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Las Vegas
- London Heathrow
- Tuesdays - 2013
- Wednesdays - 2013
- Thursdays - 2013
04 Jun 2013 to 02 Oct 2013