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Pioneer Adventures of the Old West - A Trafalgar Escorted Tour
Heading down through the Old West, this family holiday reveals the excitement of the land of cowboys, Native Americans and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. You'll enjoy Insider moments like… listening to tall tales of the Wild West on your historic rail journey to the Grand Canyon. Touching the layered rocks as our expert geologist explains how this natural wonder was formed over the course of 1.7 billion years, then discovering the West of the movies as you cruise through incredible Monument Valley during a four wheel drive exploration. Venturing into the ancient Montezuma Castle cliff dwellings, you imagine the life of the Sinagua Indians, and trace the steps of real life cowboys.
Tour price includes:
Flights from the UK to Phoenix and return from Las Vegas
UK Private door to door airport transfers and transfers in the USA
7 nights accommodation in superior hotels in sought-after locations
7 full breakfasts/3 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
Early booking discounts are available on this tour - please call for details. Solo Traveller? Offers may be available, please call for details. To request a full colour brochure click here.
FREE DOOR TO DOOR UK TRANSFERS
We believe your holiday should be a relaxing and hassle free experience from start to finish. With that in mind, 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 for a relaxing journey home.
No worries. No hassle.
7, 14, 21 28; June
11, 25; July
9, 16, 23; August
6, 13, 27; September
3, 10, 17
Day 1 : Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale
Howdy partners. Check into your hotel and spend the afternoon getting to know this desert oasis. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel's pool before gussying up for the 6 p.m. Kick-off Party where you meet your Travel Director and spend some time jawin' with your travelling buddies. Kick-Off Party
Hotel: Marriott Suites Old Town Scottsdale
Day 2 : Scottsdale – Sedona – Williams
A drive through the Sonoran Desert brings you to Montezuma Castle National Monument, one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Take a minute to ponder the Sinagua Indians' life here in the desert before heading to Sedona in spectacular Red Rock Country. Today your choice of sightseeing allows you to join in on an adventure with an included jeep ride to get a front row view of the area's famous red rocks or visit the Sedona Heritage Museum who works with the community to preserve the ever-growing history of Sedona. After a stunning drive through Oak Creek Canyon, arrive in the historic railroad town of Williams—right on old Route 66—and gateway to the Grand Canyon. This evening, join your fellow cowboys and cowgirls for a Be My Guest dinner where the adults can sample a delicious variety of Arizona wine or craft beer with their meal. The kids won't be left out of the fun either as they enjoy a pizza bar and games galore.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Hotel: Grand Canyon Railway
Day 3 : Williams – Grand Canyon Railway – Grand Canyon
This morning, watch out for the infamous Cataract Creek Gang, as lowly a group of varmints that ever rode the range. Then, climb aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway; pass through majestic Ponderosa Pines, the high desert and the Kaibab National Forest while hearing tall tales and folklore about the area. Keep your eyes open for wildlife—it's not uncommon to spot elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope sauntering through this wild and woolly region. Nothing can prepare you for the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, more than 1.7 billion years in the making. With a Local Specialist, learn how the Grand Canyon was formed and examine rock samples from the colourful sedimentary layers formed as the sea washed in again and again. Join your Travel Director for an unforgettable walk along the rim. Full Breakfast
Hotel: National Park Lodges
Day 4 : Grand Canyon – Monument Valley – Lake Powell (2 nights)
Ferde Grofe was so stunned by the spectacular beauty of the sunrise over the Grand Canyon that he composed his Grand Canyon Suite in 1931. But all you have to do is watch—and maybe whistle—in amazement as the skies glow and brighten with the coming day. Drive along Desert View Drive, featuring jaw-dropping views of the Grand Canyon, before entering Navajo Country. Here you can poke around the historic Cameron Trading Post and hunt for a great piece of Southwest Native American art. See why Monument Valley is a favourite location for movie directors. As you're bouncing along the valley floor in an open-air vehicle, you can just imagine John Wayne leading the U.S. Cavalry on a ride along the magnificent mesas. Wrap up your exciting day at a lakeside resort tucked into the red rock at amazing Lake Powell. Kick off your boots and have some fun at a poolside pizza dinner. Full Breakfast, Dinner.
Hotel: Lake Powell Resort and Marinas (Guaranteed Lake View rooms)
Day 5 : Lake Powell Free Time
Enjoy a free day to roam the range. Optional activities include a fun float down the Colorado River, a cruise on spectacular Lake Powell to Antelope Canyon with views of Glen Canyon Dam. Or maybe dive into some of the many aquatic activities at Lake Powell Marina—the choice is yours. This afternoon, enjoy a super cool slide show presentation all about the striking geology and survival strategies of the desert wildlife of the Canyonlands with a Local Specialist.Full Breakfast
Day 6 : Lake Powell – Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (2 nights)
You'll be awestruck by the towering cliffs and massive canyon walls of Zion Canyon. Riding the park's shuttle, marvel at how the Virgin River cut through the sandstone to create one of Mother Nature's most stupendous wonders. Enjoy hiking? There's an easy trek to the Emerald Pools, where splendid views and waterfalls will make the family happier than a crowd of cowpokes at chow time. Leaving Zion, drive along the Mount Carmel Highway and watch out for more spectacular formations like the Great Arch of Zion and the distinctive Checkerboard Mesa. Arrive at magical Bryce Canyon for the last two nights of your Western adventure. Full Breakfast
Hotel: Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Day 7 : Bryce Canyon National Park Sightseeing and Free Time
Exploring Bryce Canyon is like entering a weird and eerie world, with sandstone spires called hoodoos creating a landscape that is a playground for the imagination. Explore the rim of a great amphitheatre stopping at various lookouts to snap pictures of fairytale castles, cathedrals, meandering trails and secret hideaways, all carved out of stone by Mother Nature. This afternoon you're free to blaze your own trail. Later, put on your cowboy boots and Stetsons for a Western Farewell Dinner filled with good food and good fun.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 8 : Bryce – Depart Las Vegas
Travelling down through the scenic Virgin River Gorge, make your way into southern Nevada to fabulous Las Vegas, where your adventures in the Old West come to an end. A transfer takes you to Las Vegas International Airport, or if you're extending your stay, to the Paris Las Vegas. Full Breakfast
Want to extend your escorted tour?
Bon Voyage can suggest and pre-book many interesting and unusual pre and post tour options for you. How about time on the beach? A rail journey? A cruise? Or city stopover?
Please do call the North American experts at Bon Voyage to discuss the choices available to you.