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Explore the desert from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, with the Grand Canyon in between. From the flash and glam of Las Vegas to the serenity of Zion, this tour through some of the best national parks in the United States takes you from Sin City to the City of Angels. Take a walk among the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, gaze in awe at the Grand Canyon, sit around a Navajo campfire in Monument Valley, or visit Joshua Tree National Park's distinctive vegetation. Finish your desert adventure with a day and night in Los Angeles, where you can get your fill of sea, sand, and celebrity.
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Highlights
  • Discover the pinnacles of Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Hike to Emerald Pools in Utah's Zion National Park, past waterfalls and lush foliage.
  • Join the locals for a traditional Navajo meal and an evening of songs and stories.
  • Experience a bird’s eye view of the steep red-rock Grand Canyon
Places Visited
  • North America
  • United States
  • Alexis Park Resort
  • Arizona
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • California
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Nevada
  • Santa Monica
  • The Georgian Hotel
  • Utah
  • Zion National Park
Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.
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Day 1: Las Vegas, Nevada

Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas is a gambling and entertainment metropolis from a western outpost in the desert. A city of larger-than-life character but beyond the glitz. Vegas is home to diverse urban neighborhoods and a thriving arts scene. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby at 6 pm. As there's a great deal to do in Las Vegas, we recommend you arrive a day or two early to make the most of this city. Try your luck on the casino floors, hit up Fremont Street, soak up the gaudily of the strip, or catch one of the many shows on offer.

Day 2: Zion National Park, Utah

Today, leave behind the neon nightclubs and travel to Zion National Park (approximately 3 hours). Warm-up with a leader-led orientation or the park, and gentle walk to the lower end of the Emerald Pools, passing the sparkling waterfalls and streams along the way. Continue on a more difficult trail to the upper section, checking out another waterfall on the way to Zion's 'beach' After a picnic lunch, enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore more of the park's hiking trails or enjoy the strenuous hike to Scout Lookout.

Day 3: Zion National Park, Utah

Enjoy some free time in Zion National Park. This is a great opportunity to tackle any trails you may not have yesterday. The Narrows is a good choice, as it is probably the most popular hike in the park and one of the best slot canyon hikes on Earth. Trek through the gorge surrounded by cliff faces 300 meters high and cool off after in a river along the way. The Narrows hike can be tailored to suit various levels of skill and experience, so there’s a trek for everyone! If you wish for additional excursions during your time in Zion National Park, pick from the following optional activities and contact us for current excursion pricing.

Included Activities:
  • Zion National Park - Entrance Fee
Optional Activities:
  • Zion National Park - Walks
  • Zion - Narrows Hiking Gear Rental
  • Zion National Park - River tubing (seasonal)

Day 4: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

In the morning, drive to Bryce Canyon. Millions of years of wind and water erosion have formed the park's distinctive hoodoos – uniquely shaped rock spires rising out of the desert. Have heaps of time to explore the park's selection of hikes, from the easy Rim Trail to the moderate Queen's Garden Trail or the strenuous Peek-a-boo Loop. Wherever you walk, you'll encounter the canyon’s colorful landscapes. The group leader will join you on a hike and for lunch in the Canyon. If you’re feeling adventurous, book a horse-riding tour and experience the park differently. The accommodation tonight is not too far away, so you’ll be able to enjoy scenic views over the canyon into the night.

Included Activities:
    • Bryce Canyon National Park - Entrance Fee
    Optional Activities:
      • Bryce Canyon National Park - Hiking - Free

      Day 5: Monument Valley, Utah

      • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
      Today you’ll make the 6-hour drive to the spectacular Monument Valley, passing through the little city of Page, set on the shores of Lake Powell. If you’ve never been to Monument Valley before, you’ll surely still recognize it. The iconic landscape of red-toned spires, buttes, and mesas has been the set of countless films, TV shows, and photographs – and the real deal is even more impressive than what is on screen. Once arrive at Monument Valley, have the chance to explore the giant sandstone formations scattered across the desert as far as the eye can see. In the evening, ride by jeep through the valley with a Navajo guide. Join the locals for an authentic Navajo dinner around a campfire and settle in for an evening of traditional songs and stories.

      Included Activities:
          • Monument Valley Tribal Park Entry Fee
          • Monument Valley - Jeep Tour and Navajo Dinner

          Day 6: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

          • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
          In the morning, visit Horseshoe Bend, named for its loop of water surrounding an enormous sandstone escarpment. After some time to admire this famous sight, make the 3.5-hour drive to the Grand Canyon, one of the largest canyon systems in the world. Photos don't do this massive network of gorges, rivers, and cliffs justice. This is a real highlight of the trip, and you'll be spending two nights here to take it all in. After a picnic lunch, perhaps start with a stroll along the South Rim Trail, which gives great views over the park. While you can't hike to the Colorado River and back in one day, you can take a roughly 4-hour trail to Skeleton Point, which offers great views of the river. Ask the group leader for advice on which trails are right for you and your fitness level.

          Included Activities:
                • Grand Canyon National Park
                • Horseshoe Bend

                Day 7: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

                Today is as clear as an Arizona sky in summer. Explore at your own pace, but remember, always have a supply of water and high-energy snacks handy. Touch base with the group leader about optional activities available today – recommended is a helicopter flight over the gorges, providing a chance to see the entire park. If you rather get the bird’s eye view without leaving the ground, you can choose to watch a documentary on the canyon at the local IMAX theatre. Of course, there are myriad trails and treks to keep the active occupied. Bright Angel has wonderful views all along the trails and, Ooh-Aah Point is a favorite shorter hike on the South Kaibab Trail, offering another viewpoint to the park. In the evening, sit back and enjoy the sunset behind the red peaks. If you wish for additional excursions during your time in Grand Canyon National Park, pick from the following optional activities and contact us for current excursion pricing.

                Optional Activities:
                  • Grand Canyon - Helicopter flight (45 mins)
                  • Grand Canyon - Hiking - Free
                  • Grand Canyon - IMAX movie

                  Day 8: Joshua Tree National Park, California

                  In the morning, take the drive to Joshua Tree National Park (approximately 7 hours). You’ll spend some time driving the famous Route 66 and have a quick stop by the eccentric community of Seligman. Sitting between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, Joshua Tree is home to striking rock formations, many species of cacti, and varied desert wildlife such as coyotes, lizards, and bighorn sheep. Joshua Tree provides a considerable contrast to the wildlife and the natural scenery you have seen recently.

                  Included Activities:
                          • Joshua Tree National Park - Entrance Fee

                          Day 9: Los Angeles, California

                          There may be time to squeeze in a sunrise hike at Joshua Tree before making the approximately 3-hour journey to Los Angeles. Visit the Original Farmers Market for lunch before spending an afternoon at Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach for a few people watching. Then you’re free to discover LA at your own pace. Stroll Rodeo Drive, amp up the culture with a trip to the Getty Centre, or take a tour around the Beverly Hills mansions. You will have no problem finding a spot for dinner this evening – the cultural mishmash of LA provides excellent food wherever you are.

                          Day 10: Los Angeles, California | Return Home

                          • 1 Breakfast
                          This is the end of your adventure. If you're planning to stay in for a little longer, extend your trip and visit some iconic places LA.

                          Accommodations

                          Alexis Park Resort

                          Reception Area
                          Outdoor Pool
                          Outdoor Swimming Pool

                          The Georgian Hotel

                          The Georgian Hotel - Exterior
                          Bar and Lounge
                          The Georgian Hotel - The Veranda

                          Los Angeles - Hotels

                          St. George - Hotels

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                          Included
                          • 9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches
                          • 9 Nights Accommodations
                          • 9 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
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                          • Ground transportation as listed
                          • Activities as listed
                          • Meals as listed
                          • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
                          • Onboard lecture program from Expedition Team and Naturalists
                          • Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of your Antarctic cruise.
                          • Transfer from hotel to ship for embarkation
                          • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except paid adventure options with cost)
                          • Use of rubber boots on land and use of waterproof outer shell jacket
                          • Transfer from airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel
                          • All port taxes
                          • Use of onboard gym, sauna, pool, and jacuzzi and onboard yoga
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                          • Travel Insurance
                          • Personal Expenses
                          • Flight costs (please request a quote)
                          • Additional excursions during free time
                          • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
                          • Optional Activities
                          • Life jackets, waterproof outer shell jackets, insulated inner jackets, and boots for minors under 16 years of age at the time of travel
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                          • Airport transfers, taxes, and excess baggage charges, unless specified
                          • Visa and passport fees
                          • Laundry and communication charges
                          • Tobacco, alcoholic or special beverages

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