Canyons & Indian Lands

AT A GLANCE

Trip Code: APCz
Length: 7 days
Departs: Las Vegas
Location: Western USA
Style: Active
Accommodation: 6 hotel nights in 3 star accommodation
Meals: Paid locally

Is This Tour For Me?

Exploring some of the most spectacular settings in the Southwest, enjoy active days and comfortable nights, the perfect combination to sample the very best of this incomparable region. This tour is suitable for all, especially if you have an interest in Native American culture and exploring magnificent national parks.

overview

 

With its high cliffs and cascading waterfalls, Zion National Park is one of the South-West's most beautiful and dynamic places. There is a wide variety of trails to choose from and you will have plenty of opportunities to explore. “Mysterious”, “breathtaking” and “out of this world”, are only a few descriptions offered by past visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park. Wherever you walk, you will encounter a kaleidoscope of colours and a fantasy-land of rock spires that will leave you searching for your own way to describe this ‘indescribable’ place. Monument Valley is the ancestral home of the Navajo people and a perfect setting for incredible sunsets and sunrises. Take an optional guided 4x4 tour to seldom visited areas of the park and experience an incredible array of monumental rock formations and a rich Native American culture. Then on to the Grand Canyon National Park. Walk the rim or hike down a trail, seek inspiration from a beautiful sunset, take in a scenic flight or simply relax at the edge of this vast natural wonder. Head back to civilisation and the bright lights of Las Vegas for the end of our adventure.

highlights

 

  • The towering cliffs and hanging desert gardens of Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon’s mysterious sandstone hoodoos and spires
  • The awesome landscape and Navajo culture of Monument Valley
  • The Grand Canyon – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
  • Get your kicks on the historic Route 66 – America at her finest
  • The bright lights of Las Vegas, lively clubs, casinos and shows

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Day 1/2 - Las Vegas > Zion National Park

Just a few hours north-east of Las Vegas and into the State of Utah, lies Zion Canyon, named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their ‘promised land’. Some of the best hiking in the desert Southwest can be found here in the fertile Virgin River Gorge. Ascend 2500 feet to experience unbeatable panoramic views from atop Angels Landing, take a short hike from the valley floor to view the magical Emerald Pools, or cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Narrows section of the Virgin River. With an early arrival on Day 1 and two nights here you’ll have plenty of time to explore!

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 3 - Bryce Canyon National Park

Leaving Zion National Park we climb in elevation to almost 8000 feet and traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as 'hoodoos'. There are a variety of scenic overlooks and trails ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable you to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations; or perhaps you would prefer to remain on the rim, photographing the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky.

Options: Western horseback riding and hikes from easy to moderate

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 4 - Monument Valley 

Today we travel Southeast and past the Vermillion Cliffs along the border of Utah and Arizona to Lake Powell and Page, Arizona. Weather and time permitting, we’ll have a chance to do some sightseeing and have a swim before carrying on to Monument Valley. In the heart of the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley is sacred land to those who call it home. The red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless ‘westerns’ featuring cowboys riding off into the sunset. Explore the incredible array of rock formations on an optional guided 4x4 tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture.

Options: Swimming at Lake Powell, Navajo guided backroads tour and jewellery market

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 5/6 - Grand Canyon National Park 

Leaving Monument Valley we travel south through the Navajo Reservation to the Cameron Trading Post to browse and shop for local jewellery, crafts and cultural souvenirs. Then we traverse the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon and our first glimpse of it at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and over a mile deep. We highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon and catching the IMAX film to obtain perspectives you cannot achieve on foot.

Options: Various hikes from easy to strenuous, scenic Grand Canyon helicopter flight and IMAX theater

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

Day 7 - Grand Canyon National Park > Las Vegas

From the Grand Canyon we travel south to Williams and west to Seligman for a stop at the Snow Cap Diner along the iconic Route 66, then on to the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas. Las Vegas is growing at a rapid rate and the entertainment capital of North America, home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place! Nowhere else in the world will you find as many casinos, clubs and all-you-can-eat buffets. The tour will conclude upon arrival at our gateway hotel.

Options:  Lunch at the Snow Cap Diner, Las Vegas casinos, shopping and shows

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

 

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book your post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

 

included

 

  • Services of professional tour leader
  • Transportation in customised vehicle
  • All 6 nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis
  • Entrance to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon National Parks

optional-extras

 

There are many opportunities for optional activities during your tour. Your tour guide will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. Featured activities and approximate prices are listed below:

  • Navajo Guided Jeep tour US$50-95
  • Western horseback riding US$55-115
  • Entrance to Grand Canyon IMAX Theater US$12
  • Scenic helicopter flights ( ) over Grand Canyon US$234-264

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fitness

Our active tours are suitable for people of all levels of experience and fitness. Active tours embrace the nature of the explorer and usually include a range of adventurous activities, such as walking and hiking as well as city sightseeing. Walks, hikes and activities cater to everyone from beginner to expert, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous. There will often be a wide variety of options available depending on your interest, budget and ability.

itin-variation

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

Please also ensure that you download an up-to-date copy of this information before you depart to join your tour to ensure you have the most up to date information as occasionally our itineraries may be amended either in response to feedback from customers or for operational reasons. This dossier was last updated on 26/11/2012.

preparing-to-travel

 

FLIGHTS

We recommend you book your flight to arrive into the departure city at least one day prior to your tour’s departure; this will allow you some adjustment time and opportunities for sightseeing. We also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour finishes. If you do have to return home on the day your tour finishes, please make sure that your flight does not depart
before 9pm.

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on flights departing from most UK airports.

Please note that all international and domestic flights are your own responsibility. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour early due to your flight times. In the event you must leave the tour
early for your return flight, you need to inform us at least two weeks before your tour’s departure, in addition it will be your responsibility to organize your own transportation to the airport.

travel-insurance

 

It is a condition of joining any of our tours that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue service). You will be asked to provide details of your insurance policy, including insurer, policy number and phone number before embarking on the trip.

We offer an insurance policy that is designed specifically to cover the potential risks on our tours - particularly the many optional activities offered. If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. There may be cheaper policies available, but this does not mean it may be better value - we strongly advise you check fully what will and won’t be covered. Any claims concerning matters for which you are insured must be directed to your insurers.

visa-information

 

PASSPORT AND VISAS

You will need a valid passport with six months validity following the end of your trip, together with the necessary visa(s) for the country/countries you are visiting. It is important that you apply for each of the necessary visas while in your home country. Please keep in mind that some tours may spend time in more than one country. For specific visa information, please consult the relevant embassies. Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have valid passport and the correct visas for your tour.


VISA AND RULES FOR ENTRY TO THE USA

Travellers from the EU and certain countries are eligible to travel to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program. All eligible travellers who wish to travel under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for an 
ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) before travelling to the USA. At the time of compilation there is a CAD$14 fee for the electronic visa (ESTA]. The ESTA will be valid for a period of two years, or until a person’s passport expires. You should apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours before you travel, and we recommend you carry your ESTA approval with you. You can apply for an ESTA at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

Passengers that have not applied for and received travel authorisation via ESTA prior to travel may be denied boarding, experience delayed processing or be denied admission at the US port of entry. However, neither possession of a visa nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visa-free on the VWP, guarantees admission to the United States. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the port of entry. 

Important reminder: If you are refused boarding or denied admission at the US port of entry you will still be subject to our cancellation charges in accordance with the terms of our contract with you.

 

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HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

If you have any medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy or asthma, take prescribed medicines, or have a condition that will affect your participation in the tour, you must tell us or your travel agent at the time of booking. Please be aware we may require a doctor’s note prior to travel for some conditions. This information is essential in case of emergency. All of our vehicles carry a basic first-aid kit, but for everyday use you should bring your own medical supplies, such as pain relievers, antibiotic cream and upset stomach relievers, in addition to sunscreen and insect repellent.

VACCINATIONS

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for North America. However Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, TB, Tetanus and Typhoid are recommended. Please consult your doctor or vaccination centre for up-to-date information.

 

 

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SPENDING MONEY

We recommend you take at least CAD$65 dollars per person per day to cover local expenses, but it’s better to bring more than you need rather than run short on tour. Your spending money needs to cover meals and drinks, optional activities, personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs and snacks along the way. ATM/Cash points are widely available in all major cities and small towns, but may be limited in some off the beaten track destinations, so we suggest you have CAD$150 with you in cash. Please ensure that your credit or debit cards have international access and a PIN number to access your funds at the start of the tour. Travellers Cheques are accepted and can be a safe way to take your funds but aren't always the most practical.

TIPPING

Although it may not be customary in your country, it is normal and expected in North America to tip waiters, bar staff and taxi drivers or any type of guide. Service workers are paid a low wage and depend upon their tips for their livelihood. A minimum of 15-18% is standard in restaurants. Your tour leader also works long and hard for you, so if the leader’s performance meets or exceeds your expectations, we recommend you consider a tip of CAD$5-7 per person, per day, in appreciation of the service you receive.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Each passenger will be allowed one bag, backpack or suitcase (20kg maximum). A small daypack and camera may also be carried in our vehicle.

PACKING TIPS

Clothing

Please keep in mind that our dress tends to be informal. It is advised that you take a practical selection of clothes for both warm and cool climates to suit the season. Please see the temperature guide showing the highs and lows that can be expected in key locations that your tour visits. However please remember that this is just a guide and you may encounter a wide variety of temperatures en route due to altitude and unforeseen weather conditions - so it’s best to be prepared! Besides your essential clothing, here’s a checklist of other items you should take:

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm sweater / fleece
  • Casual ‘evening out’ clothes
  • Hiking shoes / boots
  • Comfortable day shoes
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Warm hat / gloves
  • Swim wear
  • Sun hat / sunglasses
  • Camera / binoculars
  • Small flashlight / torch
  • Sunscreen / insect repellent (20% DEET)
  • Travel power adaptor (optional)
  • Toiletries / personal medicine 

Please note the airlines have various rules on what can be carried in your luggage - if in doubt check with your airline before travelling.

Footwear

We recommend walking shoes/boots, as comfortable shoes with good ankle support will make all walking more enjoyable. If you do not own a pair, then trainers/sneakers will suffice.

Clothes Washing

You will have the opportunity to wash your clothes whilst you are on tour, and this can often be done at the hotel or in a local town. Ask your tour leader for local information.

Battery Charging

Many of our travellers bring mobile phones, music devices and cameras that require frequent battery charging during a tour. For hotel tours your hotel room will have an electrical outlet (just remember your international adaptor!) and we recommend that you bring a car charger. Every vehicle has two outlets for your use, but please bear in mind that thirteen people travelling with multiple devices can mean very little charge time per person per day, so it may be useful to bring along extra batteries just in case!

joining-point

 

You will need to make your own way to the gateway hotel or joining point for your tour. Please find the details for this tour below:

Alexis Park Hotel
375 East Harmon
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel: 1-702 796 3300
Fax: 1-702 796 4334


Transfer: From the airport you may catch a taxi for approx. $10. The CLS Shuttle service is also available for approx. $7 per person. The trip takes about 5 minutes and transport services operate 24 hours a day.

Most of our tours start at our gateway hotels at 7.30am. There are some exceptions, so please check your vouchers. Make sure you have your bags packed, have eaten breakfast and have checked out of your room before meeting your tour leader in the hotel lobby. You will spend a few minutes filling out paperwork and meeting your fellow travellers before departing the hotel.

Arriv-complications

 

Sometimes the unexpected can happen; your plane may be delayed or you may even miss it! If you have missed your tour departure, first check with the hotel to see if your tour leader has left you a message. If not, call the relevant emergency number and speak to our staff who will be happy to help you catch up with the group. Please note that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred due to you missing your tour’s departure, so please be on time.

finishing-point

 

Alexis Park Hotel
375 East Harmon
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel: 1-702 796 3300
Fax: 1-702 796 4334

All tours end on arrival at the gateway hotel in the terminating city. Most tours end at our hotel between 5pm to 6pm on the final day. Some tour activities scheduled for the last day may preclude an earlier arrival at the gateway hotel, so you should not book a departure flight that leaves prior to 9pm. You will be responsible for any transportation costs if you have to arrive for an earlier flight and you must make us aware of this well in advance of your tour departing. If you require accommodation for the last night, it is essential that you book this before your tour departs.

transport

All of our private vehicles are designed to ensure your safety, comfort and enjoyment of the tour. In North America, our 15-seater Fords feature raised ceilings for more headroom, individual captain seats for added comfort and an open centre aisle floor plan, making it easier when getting in and out for those many photo opportunities. The size of our vehicles allows us to reach more remote destinations not accessible to larger vehicles.

All our vehicles are equipped with CD stereo systems (often iPod-compatible) and air-conditioning. Whilst in the USA our vehicles are also equipped with WiFi, so you can keep in touch from the road.

Accommodation

 

Hotel accommodation will be in clean, comfortable hotels or lodges with en-suite bathroom facilities, chosen for their friendly atmosphere and proximity to the highlights of the region. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple. There are no compulsory single supplements on our tours, however if you’d like your own space, you can request a single room for an additional fee when booking your tour.

 

 

responsible-travel

At Imaginative Traveller we love helping our clients experience the beauty and cultures of the destinations we visit. However, hand in hand with this we have always been aware that we have a responsibility to minimise any negative impacts that tourism can bring.

Responsible Travel is twofold. It's about taking people to the places they want to go in a safe and responsible manner but also about respecting and maintaining the natural and often delicate balance of the destination. Economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, but should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment.

Our Aims

  • It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit.
  • We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.
  • Whilst it is our aim to show destinations and cultures in a positive light, we do not believe in papering over the cracks or shielding visitors from the realities of life. This does not mean, however, that we condone or endorse certain situations or regimes that may be in place.

Our guidelines are meant not as rigid instructions but rather as suggestions to make our holidays more enjoyable – for everybody. As cultural and environmental sensitivities vary from country to country more specific guidelines can be found in our individual country and trip dossiers.

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