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Scenic Parks Explorer Summer 2017

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highlights
  • Scenic drive along Desert View Drive
  • Orientation of Salt Lake City
  • See Little Bighorn Battlefield
  • View Crazy Horse Memorial and iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
The Scenic Parks Explorer Summer 2017 tour starts and ends in Las Vegas. The Scenic Parks Explorer Summer 2017 is an Explorer tour that takes 15 days taking you through Las Vegas, USA and 19 other destinations in the USA.

The ultimate National Park adventure, visiting seven parks in the west and mid-west, diverse landscapes emerge, from Mesa Verde's carved canyon houses to Bryce Canyon's towering hoodoos.You'll enjoy Insider moments like… getting a glimpse of the Old West as you are treated to a good ol' fashioned stick-up before a cowboy dinner. You'll be entertained around the campfire by the songs and historical tales of cowboy poet, Happy Pappy.This once-in-a-lifetime experience gives you a fun, exciting snapshot of life in the Old West.
Day 1 Arrive Las Vegas 1 day

Welcome to Las Vegas. After checking in to the hotel, browse the exclusive shops, hit the slot machines or just lounge a while by the hotel pool. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception

Day 2 Las Vegas – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks 1 day

Depart Las Vegas for the graceful slot canyons and towering cliffs of Zion National Park. Then it's onward to Bryce Canyon, home to the world's largest concentration of hoodoos—tall limestone spires that rise majestically from the desert floor.Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Bryce Canyon – Salt Lake City 1 day

Leave the red rock canyons and travel north to Utah's capital. See the famed Temple Square, headquarters to the Mormon church and home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This evening, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to Brigham Young's former home, followed by dinner at the Roof Restaurant, Utah's premier gourmet dining location. Full Breakfast

Day 4 Salt Lake City – Montpelier – Jackson 1 day

Get a glimpse of the route of the pioneers as you cross the Oregon Trail and enter Wyoming. Stop in Montpelier at the Oregon Trail Center. Through interactive exhibits, glimpse the thrills and challenges of the Old Trail. Enjoy lunch at a covered wagon themed restaurant before departing to scenic Jackson, standing in the shadows of the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons. The evening is free for you to explore.Full Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Jackson – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (2 Nights) 1 day

Traverse through Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world's first National Park. (When the south entrance is closed due to weather conditions, the itinerary will travel west from Jackson via Idaho and enter Yellowstone National Park through the west entrance.) Enjoy a two night stay inside Yellowstone National Park, where each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. Lodges featured are the Old Faithful Inn, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Specific lodges will be confirmed in your documents.Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing and Free Time 1 day

Explore the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its stunning waterfalls and a chance to see bison and elk. Join a Local Specialist to explore the spouting geysers, bubbling hot springs and mud paint pots. Watch in wonder as Old Faithful's waters arc over 100 feet (30 metres) into the air. This evening, relax under the great basin of stars.Full Breakfast

Day 7 Yellowstone – Cody – Billings 1 day

Head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill, and get a glimpse into its lively history at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Then it's on to Big Sky Country for a Be My Guest dinner featuring local cuisine and a host who welcomes you with true Western hospitality.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 8 Billings – Little Bighorn – Rapid City (2 Nights) 1 day

Today begins with a visit to Little Bighorn, the infamous battlefield where the ill-fated Custer led his men against a battalion of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Then, travel east through the Black Hills to Rapid City.Full Breakfast

Day 9 Black Hills Excursion 1 day

Discover the natural and man-made wonders of the Black Hills with a drive through stunning scenery on your way to visit the base of Crazy Horse Memorial, a mountain carving of the famed war chief of the Lakota people. Then, visit Mount Rushmore and gaze in awe at this towering tribute. This afternoon, return to Rapid City before gathering with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive dinner featuring Stephen Yellowhawk who shares his tribe's history through dance and song. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Rapid City – Denver 1 day

Cross some of the West's most beautiful terrain today as you travel through the expansive grasslands of Wyoming on your way to Denver, the Mile High City. After getting settled in at your hotel, enjoy the evening to relax.Full Breakfast

Day 11 Denver – Vail – Moab (2 Nights) 1 day

Head toward the mountains this morning as you ascend into the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide on your way to the resort destination of Vail. Founded in 1966 at the base of the largest ski mountain in the United States, this pretty alpine village has an old-world feel that attracts outdoor enthusiasts. Then it's on to Moab where, in the late 1940s, the legendary John Ford discovered the area's rugged beauty and filmed the first of many movies here. Tonight is yours-perhaps opt for taking in the sunset over the red cliffs. If you're in the mood for more excitement, try a jet boat ride along the mighty Colorado River with an included dinner.Full Breakfast

Day 12 Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Excursion 1 day

Today, embark on a journey to explore two National Parks. Discover stunning Canyonlands National Park and visit magnificent Arches National Park where the wind and rain have eroded the sandstone into more than 2,000 natural arches. Wander through a kaleidoscope of geologic time as you watch the light play upon the ancient, multi-coloured stone. Enjoy the evening on your own.Full Breakfast

Day 13 Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Monument Valley 1 day

Between AD 600 and 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone of the canyon walls at Mesa Verde National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Regional Meal in Monument Valley before returning to your hotel.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 14 Monument Valley – Grand Canyon National Park 1 day

Marvel at Monument Valley's landscape of towering sandstone buttes in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. Visit the land of the Navajo people, stopping at historic Cameron Trading Post. Breathtaking views along scenic Desert View Drive just hint at the most spectacular of all vistas-the vast panorama of the Grand Canyon unfolding before you. Meet with a Local Specialist who will enlighten you about the more than 1.7 billion years of geology revealed in the canyon. Tonight, toast your grand adventure and your new lifelong memories at a Farewell Dinner inside the park.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 15 Grand Canyon – Depart Las Vegas 1 day

If you would like, take an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to view the canyon from the sky this morning. Hit the road again, stopping in Seligman and Kingman. End your journey back in Las Vegas where a transfer is provided to Las Vegas International Airport or to the Tropicana Las Vegas for guests extending their stay.Full Breakfast

what’s included
  • 14 full breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners
  • 1 lunch.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 15 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 5+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Las Vegas, USA/Las Vegas, USA
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customer reviews
4.8 - Excellent Based on 179 reviews
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“During the year of the 100th anniversary of our Nation Parks Service, we wanted to see the Parks in the west. I could not have selected a better group of parks to see. All the ones we wanted to visit were on this trip.”
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“The only thing that would have improved the itinerary was not stopping over in Denver. Instead a stay in Estes may have been better, with a visit to Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park.

On our last night, in Las Vegas, we bought tickets for a Vegas show from Trafalgar, and it was very disappointing. Definitely overpriced for the value.”
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“Sight-seeing venues were outstanding, I could not have expected more. The dinner venues were pretty bad, although I understand it goes with being in the middle of nowhere. Both barbecues - the "dinner theater" and "Happy Pappys" should be dropped. Food was terrible, as was the enterainment and service at the dinner theater. Food was ok at happy pappys, but could have done so much more for entertainment, or local history.”
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 256 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 12 August 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Scenic Parks Explorer Summer 2017 tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Scenic Parks Explorer Summer 2017 tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Scenic Parks Explorer Summer 2017 tour. You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 45 days of departure.
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