Explore six National Parks in Red Rock Country - including the Grand Canyon! You’ll thrill to towering rock formations in Sedona, explore the natural rock bridges of Arches National Park, and see vast canyons in Zion. You’ll also stop at Bryce Canyon National Park and get up close to the radiant cliffs at Capitol Reef National Park and Canyonlands National Park.
DAY 1—WELCOME TO ARIZONA!
This evening, meet your friendly travel companions for a welcome dinner in Phoenix. D
We start our canyon experience by visiting the historic Indian ruins of Montezuma Castle. Then, thrill to a scenic desert drive to Sedona, a city surrounded by unbelievable towering rock formations. Enjoy a visit to Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village to explore the eclectic shops and galleries on your own. Join us on the optional Sedona Trolley tour where you will get an up-close view of the desert! Later relax at our hotel in Sedona. B
Take in all the best places around town on a fun-filled trolley tour, including a stop at the remarkable Chapel of the Holy Cross. Price: $38 per person.
DAY 3—GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
This morning, travel through Oak Creek Canyon, a steep, and very colorful gorge, then get ready for our visit to the south rim of the Grand Canyon! After receiving a detailed history of the park at Mather Observation Point, enjoy some free time at the rim and maybe even do some hiking if you choose. Cap off the day with the Park’s famed Sunset Tour to catch the canyon sunset. B, L
DAY 4—GRAND CANYON/LAKE POWELL
Venture on to Desert View Watchtower for a last breathtaking look at the Grand Canyon before heading north. After lunch we’ll tour Glen Canyon Dam, a vital link in the Colorado River Storage Project, which is a series of dams and reservoirs crucial to life in several southwestern states. This afternoon, enjoy the beautiful rock formations, painted walls and amazing colors on a cruise around Lake Powell. B, L
DAY 5—ZION NATIONAL PARK
Today at Utah’s spectacular Zion National Park, we see an unusual combination of plummeting canyons, wide plateaus, and soaring multicolored sandstone cliffs. Relax as we ride along on a guided tram tour along the park’s Scenic Drive. Settle in for a two-night stay at our hotel near Bryce Canyon. B, L
DAY 6—BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
In Bryce Canyon National Park, pinnacles of limestone, sandstone and mudstone shoot toward the sky in fanciful formation. Then, enjoy free time to explore Bryce Canyon on your own before we head back to our hotel. Tonight we will enjoy a tasty dinner near Bryce Canyon. B, D
DAY 7—CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK/MOAB
Start the day with the grand mesas, buttes and pinnacles of Escalante National Monument and explore a replica of a six-room, 1,000 A.D. dwelling in an Anasazi Indian Village. Next, we’ll admire the radiant cliffs of Capitol Reef National Park. Tonight you're free to explore downtown in Moab, where we unpack for the next two nights. B, L
DAY 8—ARCHES AND CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK/DEAD HORSE STATE PARK
We will embark on guided tour of Arches National Park. With more than 1,500 arches, this geographic wonder of the world awaits! We have a chance to see and photograph dozens of these sandstone arches during our tour of the park. In the afternoon, we will tour both Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. Filled with red rock and dramatic views of the Colorado River. B, L
Option—Sounds and Light Show Boat Tour and Dinner
Come enjoy a cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner and a slow moving evening boat ride on a calm part of the Colorado River. Price: $120 per person.
DAY 9: NAVAJO NATION/WWII “CODE TALKERS”
Today, head to the heart of Navajo Country. Get your camera ready for a picture postcard view of Monument Valley. Learn about the “Code Talkers” of World War II and the important role they played in military communications. B, L
DAY 10: PHOENIX
This morning return to Phoenix where we say farewell to the Southwest’s rugged beauty. B
Night 1: Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport, AZ
Night 2: Courtyard, Sedona, AZ
Night 3: Red Feather Lodge Grand Canyon, AZ
Night 4: Lake Powell Resort & Marina, Page, AZ
Nights 5-6: Best Western Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon City, UT
Night 7-8: Moab Valley Inn, Moab, UT
Night 9: Cameron Trading Post, Cameron, AZ
Apr 21-30, 2024
Sep 08-17, 2024
Price Per Person:
Pre/Post Tour Hotel:
Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling at most hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
Our Welcome Dinner on Day 1 is at our hotel, Radisson Phoenix Airport, starting at 6:30 p.m. We recommend scheduling your flight to arrive by 4:00 p.m.
Schedule your flight home to depart the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport any time after 2:00 p.m. on Day 10.
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our starting hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. If you are driving to the starting location, they also offer complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will also be on uneven paths and sand. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.
April – high of 85°, low of 55°
September – high of 95°, low of 75°
October – high of 85°, low of 65°
Each hotel has a hair dryer, iron, ironing boards, swimming pool (except Cameron Trading Post) and Wi-Fi.
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Dress on tour is casual. Closed toe shoes that you’re comfortable walking in are highly recommended. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat will add to your enjoyment of this tour.
Travel Protection Available?
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.