Parks & Canyons Explorer

Parks & Canyons Explorer

UWF
from 5.219€.
Las Vegas - Snow Creek - Zion - Bryce - Bryce - Capitol Reef - Arches - Canyolands - Monument Valley - Chellly Canyon - Grand Canyon
16 days / 14 nights
6 Departures (from April 16 to October 15, 2023).
Starting and ending in Las Vegas, this trip will take us through canyons, valleys and unique natural monuments that we will be able to enjoy along the included walking tours.
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16 days / 14 nights

Day 1 Spain - Las Vegas
Departure by scheduled flight to Las Vegas. Arrival, transfer to the hotel and accommodation.

Day 2 Las Vegas - SA
Free day at your disposal. Lodging.

Day 3 Las Vegas - Colorado Plateau - 190 Km - MP
Breakfast. Departure to nearby Utah, where we already orient ourselves with our first hike in the Snow Creek Canyon. Here the trails lead over petrified sand dunes, lava tubes and interesting geological formations. Picnic lunch. Overnight stay.

Day 4 Colorado Plateau - Zion National Park - 120 Km - PM
Breakfast. We have a full day to enjoy the wonders of Zion National Park. Here, a small desert stream, the Virgin River, has carved an 800 meter deep canyon of dark red sandstone cliffs. Some of the most iconic hikes in the west can be found here, such as the famous Angel's Landing with its via ferrata and observation point. The group will hike to Observation Point, while those who want the Angel's Landing experience can hike out on their own on this trail. Picnic lunch. Lodging.

Day 5 Zion National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park - 220 Km - MP
Breakfast. Departure to reach Bryce Canyon National Park through winding mountain roads. Tectonic forces uplifted an ancient lake, exposing the soft sandstone deposit to the elements. Over time frost and wind continued to chisel and create a true rock wonderland. We walked through a giant amphitheater filled with purple, pink and dark red stone towers. In autumn, the fall colors contrast magically with the red rocks, while in spring the wildflowers enchant with their fleeting beauty. Picnic lunch. Lodging.

Day 6 Zion National Park - Capitol Reef National Park - 240 Km - PM
Breakfast. Continuing along the incredible Highway 12, we skirt Boulder Mountain. The Burr Trail is a little known deserted trail through stunning desert scenery. A remote hike takes us to one of the most amazing viewpoints: Strike Valley. From here we have great views over the Utah desert, the Henry Mountains and the striking Capitol Reef monolith. We continue to our hotel in Lake Powell. With a little luck, we have a beautiful sunset. Picnic lunch. Overnight.

Day 7 Capitol Reef National Park - Green River - 220 Km - MP
Breakfast. In Goblin Valley State Park we are surprised by the rock that forms a maze of mushroom rocks. Then we head to the amazing slot canyon of San Rafael Reef. Passing through squeezed passes through the narrows is required (this hike will not be possible if you hit a rainy day due to the danger of flash flooding). Our hotel is located in the quiet town of Green River. Picnic lunch. Lodging.

Day 8 Green River - Arches National Park - Monticello - 160 Km - MP
Breakfast. Arches National Park is famous among hikers. We found a maze of twisted fins of dark red sandstone eroded into over 2000 arches. Trails lead through this wonderland of rocks and offer endless photographic opportunities. We begin with a hike on the Primitive Trail to Double Arch O. We then head over slippery rock to Delicate Arch often framed by the snow-capped La Sal Mountains. Our hotel is in the small town of Monticello. Picnic lunch. Lodging.

Day 9 Monticello - Canyolands National Park - 160 km - MP
Breakfast. Canyonlands National Park is a large park of 3 different regions. Needles District is little visited but fabulous for hiking. Trails lead over rocky fins, through rock fissures and sometimes over stairs and polished rocks past dark red sandstone towers, walls and arches. Picnic lunch. Lodging.

Day 10 Canyolands National Park - Monument Valley - Chinle - 350 km - MP
Breakfast. We continue our journey south to the Grand Canyon. Arrival at Monument Valley. The local tribe offers guided tours by jeep, allowing you to discover the world of nomadic peoples who inhabit this area (optional visit). Then departure to Chinle, the small Navajo settlement in Canyon de Chelly National Monument. We stay in the historic trading post of 1896 built with adobe bricks. Picnic lunch. Overnight.

Day 11 Chinle (Canyon de Chelly) - PM
Breakfast. Canyon de Chelly is a very special place. This canyon has been inhabited for over 4000 years. The Anasazi lived in this canyon which supported a thriving farming community. The ancient inhabitants built their settlements on the canyon cliffs to protect themselves from enemies. The Navajo arrived in the area around 1400, proclaiming "Spider Rock" to be the most sacred place in their religion. The Navajos prospered in the valley until the arrival of the Europeans. After a protracted battle, Kit Carson accepted the largest surrender in U.S. history in 1864, when 8,000 Navajos surrendered. After being imprisoned at Fort Sumner, the Navajo returned to their beloved and sacred canyon to reestablish their farms and way of life. Today the Navajo continue to live on their farms, accessible only by 4×4 or on foot. Due to the culturally sensitive nature, tours are only allowed with local guides. We descend into the canyon on a bare rock trail passing farms, 1000 year old rock art panels, 800 year old cliff dwellings, and exploring the magic and silence of the canyons (some trails require creek crossings, wear appropriate footwear). Picnic lunch. Lodging.

Day 12 Chinle - Grand Canyon - 350 Km - MP
Breakfast. The White House ruin is a remarkable cliff dwelling built into the canyon walls in Canyon de Chelly. We hike into the canyon to marvel at the 800-year-old cliff-hanging settlement. Our next destination: the Grand Canyon. With a little luck we enjoy an incredible sunset on the rim of the canyon. Picnic lunch. Overnight.

Day 13 Grand Canyon - MP
Breakfast. We have all day to spend in this incredible place. The Grand Canyon is a United Nations (UNESCO) World Heritage Site and although many tourists visit the area few are seen on the trails. If you prefer, you can hike the Canyon to Plateau Point or hike the West Rim, where incredible views await. (Hiking in the National Park is self-guided due to permit regulations). There will be time to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Picnic lunch. Lodging.
* Due to park regulations, all hikes are self-guided within the Grand Canyon National Park.

Day 14 Grand Canyon - Las Vegas - 400 Km - MP
Breakfast. Departure back to Las Vegas via Route 66. Brief stop in Seligman. Arrival in the city that never sleeps. Picnic lunch. Lodging.

Day 15 Las Vegas - Spain - B
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for departure by scheduled flight to the city of origin. Overnight on board.

Day 16 Spain
Arrival and end of the trip.

Planned accommodation

Zone Hotel Nights
Las Vegas La Quinta (Tourist) 3
Colorado Plateau Ramada (Tourist) 2
Bryce Bryce View Lodge (Tourist) 1
Lake Powell Defiance House / Ticaboo Lodge (Tourist) 1
Green River America Best Value Inn (Economy) 1
Monticello Inn of the Canyons (Tourist) 2
Chinle Thunderbird Lodge (Tourist) 2
Grand Canyon Red Father Lodge (Tourist) 2

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Prices

Minimum fare:
The indicated minimum price of €5,219 is per person and corresponds to double occupancy travel (€4,864) traveling with United Airlines, in economy class (level K) and including air taxes (€355).

Prices according to occupancy option (1) (2):

Double Triple Individual Child
(8-11 years old)
Child
(12-16 years old)
4.864 4.097 5.980 3.940 4.051

Extra (additional) night in Las Vegas (per person):

Double Triple Individual Child
8 to 16 years old
111 96 222 63

 

Seasonal airfare supplement:
Prices shown are calculated based on United Airlines flights, economy class (level K). Please consult the corresponding supplement for other dates and airlines.
Air taxes:
Air and fuel taxes for this trip, based on United Airlines flights in economy class, are approximately 355 . Consult rates for other airlines.

(1)The price includes

  • Regular airline ticket, as indicated in the itinerary, in economy class with United Airlines, level K (taxes not included).
  • Transfers as indicated (minimum 2 persons).
  • Accommodation in tourist hotels in standard rooms. Lunches are picnic lunches (bread, cold meats, cheeses, sandwiches, fruit, etc.) made by yourself.
  • Transportation in vans with or without trailer or any type of vehicle depending on the size of the group with bilingual guide.
  • Visits to the parks and hikes, with guide.
  • Entrance fees to National Parks and Monument Valley.
  • VIP Plus 2000 Experiencetravel insurance.

(2)The price does not include

  • Personal expenses.
  • Air fares.
  • Tipping.
  • Electronic ESTA authorisation.
  • High season supplement (airfare and/or accommodation).
  • Local accommodation tax where applicable (direct payment).
  • Resort/Facility fee on accommodation where applicable (direct payment).
  • Any charges not specified as included.
  • Drinks at meals.
  • Gratuities to the tour guide.

Remarks

  • Some hikes are self-guided due to permit regulations.
  • All departures are accompanied by English and German speaking bilingual guides.
  • Minimum number of participants: 6 people. 
  • To travel to the United States you need to carry a valid passport and:
    (a) entry visa or
    (b) ESTA electronic authorisation (the latter option only for citizens of a country included in the US visa waiver programme, such as Spain).All passengers travelling to the United States, or connecting at one of its airports travelling to/from another destination, must obtain a valid electronic authorisation to travel through the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) application, by accessing the Internet (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov) and filling in the form in Spanish. You can formalise the application as soon as you have confirmation of your trip, although we recommend that you do not wait until the last minute, as the authorisation can take up to 72 hours. It is valid for two years, as long as you travel with the same machine-readable passport; if you renew your passport, you must reapply for this authorisation. A fee of USD 14 must be paid. Only the following credit/debit cards are accepted for payment: Mastercard, VISA, American Express and Discover.
    PERSONS WHO HAVE TRAVELLED TO IRAN, IRAQ, SUDAN, SYRIA, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SOMALIA, YEMEN, CHAD, VENEZUELA or NORTH KOREA SINCE MARCH 2011, OR HAVE DUAL NATIONALITY FROM ANY OF THESE COUNTRIES, MUST APPLY FOR THE CORRESPONDING VISA AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN MADRID.
  • Tipping in the United States is a measure that is applied to supplement the wages that employers pay to their waiters. For employers, it is a way of ensuring that the employee will serve the customer properly and correctly. They are therefore an obligation.

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