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Colourful Trails of the Southwest - A Trafalgar Escorted Tour
Quaint western towns, like Santa Fe and Durango, meet the famous icons of the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde and Arches National Parks on this trail into the Southwest's colourful landscapes.You'll enjoy Insider moments like staying in authentic inns and lodges in the great outdoors. In Santa Fe, we stay in luxury at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, with its kiva fireplaces, adobe walls and Native American and Pueblo artwork. In the mining town of Durango, we stay in Old West style at the Strater Hotel, built in 1887. And along the Colorado River, we stay between rapids and rugged cliffs at the aptly named Red Cliffs Lodge. It's also dining alfresco by the river as the sun sets. And it's meeting a local landscape artist at his studio in Santa Fe.
Price per person includes:
Return flights from UK to Phoenix/home from Albuquerque
UK Private door to door airport transfers and transfers in the USA
8 nights accommodation in superior hotels in sought-after locations
Meals – 8 full breakfasts, 4 dinners
Insider Experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Travel in luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and on-board restroom
The services of professional Tour Directors throughout your holiday
All hotel service charges, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Audio headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing
Solo Traveller? Offers available, please call for details.
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Scottsdale and Grand Canyon National Park
Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, and Arches National Park
Moab, Silverton and Durango
Taos, Santa Fe and Sedona
The Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Oak Creek Canyon
FREE DOOR TO DOOR UK TRANSFERS
We believe your holiday should be a relaxing and hassle free experience from start to finish. This is why we include complimentary private UK airport transfers with every trip.
You will be collected from your home by a private chauffeur-driven car and taken to your departure airport. At the end of your holiday, you will be met at the airport upon arrival for a relaxing journey home.
No worries. No hassle.
Please phone Bon Voyage for the most up-to-date
departures for this itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale
Welcome to the Valley of the Sun. Check into your hotel, get acquainted and spend some time relaxing. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Welcome Reception.
Day 2 : Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park
Leaving behind the Saguaro cacti of the Sonoran desert, ascend into the stunning red rock formations announcing your entrance to the artists' enclave of Sedona. If you like, trade your motorcoach for a rough-and-ready jeep on an optional adventure into Red Rock Country. Get a taste of the old cowboy days where you encounter stunning landscapes. Travel onward and be sure to have your camera ready as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. At the Grand Canyon, meet a Local Specialist who walks you through the geologic life of the canyon. Full Breakfast, Dinner.
Hotel: National Park Lodges
Day 3 : Grand Canyon – Monument Valley – Bluff
Rise early for an optional flightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon or spend more time in the National Park. You might experience a feeling of deja vu when you enter the wide-open expanse of Monument Valley—this scenic location has been preserved forever in classic films such as Stagecoach and The Searchers. Get up close and personal with the magnificent landscape of towering sandstone buttes and lovely desert vistas in special open-air vehicles accompanied by a guide. This evening, enjoy a unique Navajo cookout Regional Meal on the floor of Monument Valley. Full Breakfast, Regional Meal.
Hotel: Desert Rose Inn
Day 4 : Bluff – Mesa Verde National Park – Moab (2 nights)
Travel east this morning through a mesmerising desert landscape before arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park at the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Between 600 and 1300 A.D., the Ancestral Puebloan people carved houses and entire communities out of the sandstone along the canyon walls. Tour some of the cliff-top buildings and look down at the massive Cliff House, the largest cliff dwelling in the world. Spend some time in the museum learning about the culture and traditions of this once-great civilisation. End your day's journey in the outdoor mecca of Moab. Your hotel for the next two nights is a scenic ranch. Tonight is yours—perhaps opt for taking in the sunset over the red cliffs or a Western barbecue dinner at your ranch-style lodge. If you're in the mood for more excitement, try an optional jet boat ride along the mighty Colorado that includes dinner. Full Breakfast.
Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge
Day 5 : Arches National Park Excursion and Moab Free Time
In magnificent Arches National Park, 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 morning light play upon the ancient, multi-coloured stone. Explore the shops and outfitters in Moab as you enjoy an afternoon on your own. This evening, venture along the Colorado River for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner at a sand beach along the water. The fading sunlight is framed by towering red sandstone cliffs over your head. Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day 6 : Moab – Ouray – Silverton – Durango
Depart America's outdoor recreation capital for the “Switzerland of America.” Friendly Ouray boasts classic Victorian architecture, awe-inspiring views and a homey, small-town vibe. Then it's time to take to the highway—the Million-Dollar Highway, that is—with its priceless views of snowcapped peaks and shimmering alpine lakes. Stake your claim in Silverton, a former silver mining camp that now occupies a spot on the National Registry of Historic Landmark Districts. Stroll the pleasant streets, seeing well-preserved Victorian homes, the pretty city hall and the Grand Imperial Hotel. If you like, take an optional ride from Silverton to Durango on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which operates coal-fired steam engines through the San Juan National Forest. Later on, check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure. Full Breakfast
Hotel: Historic Strater
Day 7 : Durango – Taos – Santa Fe (2 Nights)
Today, head south toward the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taos Pueblo, an ancient site that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years by members of the Native American Pueblo people. Learn about the traditional lifestyle and beliefs of the Pueblo Indians and visit the striking adobe chapel of San Geronimo. Continue travelling along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the foothills of the Rockies, to the colourful artists' mecca of Santa Fe. Check in to your hotel for the next two nights. Your evening is free to visit some of the many galleries, sample some renowned Southwest cuisine or just admire the adobe architecture on the vibrant plaza. Full Breakfast
Hotel: Inn and Spa at Loretto
Day 8 : Santa Fe Sightseeing and Free Time
Embark on a private trolley tour to see the sights of Santa Fe and soak up the atmosphere of one of the West's most interesting towns—unparalleled in richness of history, heritage, arts and culture. Visit a local artist's studio and learn how this Local Specialist captures the Southwest's magical light in his landscapes. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore old downtown, including the Eldorado Hotel, Loretto Chapel and St. Francis Cathedral. Perhaps do some shopping at a local gallery, follow in the footsteps of Kit Carson on a walking tour or pamper yourself in one of Santa Fe's elegant spas. This evening, gather with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a festive Farewell Dinner. Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 9 : Santa Fe – Depart Albuquerque
After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to your fellow travellers. Extend your stay in Santa Fe or take a transfer to Albuquerque International Airport. Full Breakfast.
to extend your escorted tour?
Voyage can suggest and pre-book many interesting and unusual pre and post tour
options for you. How about adding on a few days to see the famous International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, the world's largest and most photographed event of its kind.
do call the North American experts at Bon Voyage to discuss the choices available