9 Day Canyon Country Jamboree

Trafalgar Family Holiday starting in Las Vegas and finishing in Grand Junction

Countries Visited: USA 
2015 Trafalgar USA & Canada Tours
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Duration: 9 Days    Compare Tour
From: Las Vegas to Grand Junction    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: DCYN

Tour Description

Watch a film on The Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre, one of the largest theatre screens in the world. This family experience tour will exhilarate the senses during a Hummer ride in Moab and entertain all ages with the goblin-like hoodoos at the unique Goblin Valley State Park. Tour through the magnificent Arches National Park, the home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches and see a geologic wrinkle at Capitol Reef National Park.

Sightseeing Highlights:

  • Las Vegas Spend a night in the glittery city at the heart of the desert.
  • Zion National Park Discover the Valley of Fire, Checkerboard Mesa, Zion Canyon, the Giant Screen Theater and the other breathtaking sites of this National Park.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park Explore the park that is home to the world's largest concentration of hoodoos.
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument See the multi-coloured rocks at this National Monument.
  • Anasazi State Park Discover the ruins of an ancient Native American village.
  • Capitol Reef National Park See an actual geologic wrinkle on earth, the Waterpocket Fold, at this National Park.
  • Goblin Valley State Park Learn how soft sandstone has eroded into interesting shapes, somewhat resembling goblins.
  • Arches National Park Discover a place with more than 2,000 imposing natural stone arches punctuating this sandstone plateau, like a gigantic pop-up book.
  • Canyonlands National Park See the Island in the Sky, the remote canyons of the Maze and the thunderous rapids of Cataract Canyon.
  • Moab Enjoy a ride in a Hummer, horseback riding, river excursions and more in the Old West town of Moab.

Insider Highlights

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Take a guided walk with a naturalist in Zion.
  • Local Expert Enjoy a presentation on the ecology of the southwestern desert in Moab.

First Class Travel Highlights

  • First class hotel accomodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and onboard restroom.
  • The services of one of our professional Travel Directors throughout your journey.
  • 8 nights First Class accommodation.
  • Just 4 Kids Surprise Pack.
  • Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 9.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book.
  • Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing.

Dining Highlights

  • 8 full breakfasts
  • 5 evening meals:
  • Kick-Off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Las Vegas
  • Farewell Dinner with drinks in Moab
  • 3 three-course dinners

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Arrive Las Vegas
Welcome to exciting Las Vegas! After settling in at your hotel, explore the famous Las Vegas Strip, do some shopping or take a refreshing dip in the pool. Tonight, gather with your Travel Director and fellow adventurers for a Kick-Off Party at the hotel. Stay: Tropicana Las Vegas
Las Vegas - Zion National Park (2 Nights)
Depart the glittering oasis of Sin City for the Valley of Fire, named for its red sandstone formations. This is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. Continue on to the gorgeous wonderland that is Zion National Park. Inside the park marvel at the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and awe-inspiring monoliths, all carved out of the orange sandstone over the course of 200 million years. On to The Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater to see the film Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods. The theatre's screen is the largest in Utah and one of the largest in the world measuring 18 metres (60 feet) high and 25 metres (82 feet) across. After the film, enjoy dinner with your travelling companions. (B/D) Stay: BW Zion Park Inn
Zion National Park Sightseeing & Free Time
Take the entire day to immerse yourself in the beauty of Zion. Begin with a guided naturalist walk with a Local Expert, and be amazed at the otherworldly Zion Canyon. Later, enjoy time on your own to hike the park, wander trails or use the park shuttle to explore further. Stretch your legs on a leisurely stroll along the Virgin River up to the Temple of Sinawava to peek at the start of the Zion Narrows slot canyon or hike up to the three Emerald Pools. Spot some of the more than 200 species of birds that call the park home. Or join a park ranger to learn more about the park on one of the many daily programs. (FB)
Zion National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park
Leaving behind the splendour of Zion, head into the scenic area of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. A photographer's delight, the dunes of warm, pink sand are also a favourite place to ride off-highway vehicles. Continue the journey into Bryce Canyon National Park, home to the world's largest concentration of hoodoos, those towering limestone spires that seem to rise majestically from the desert floor. From the rim of the amphitheatre, gaze down upon thousands of pink, orange and yellow pinnacles, the result of millions of years of erosion. You may even spot one of the park's bristlecone pines, the world's longest-living trees! This evening, gather with your travelling compadres for a Western dinner and show. (B/D) Stay: BW Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Bryce Canyon National Park - Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument - Torrey
This morning, depart Bryce Canyon for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which spans eons of time and is a territory of multi-coloured cliffs, plateaus, mesas, buttes, pinnacles, and canyons. The tilted terraces of the Staircase step up in great technicolor cliffs of vermilion, white, gray and pink. Next visit Anasazi State Park, sheltering the ruins of an ancient Native American village, one of the largest Ancestral Puebloan communities found west of the Colorado River. Head to Torrey this evening, travelling scenic Highway 12, and wander the quaint town's shops and galleries. Butch Cassidy once visited and legend has it the town was named after one of Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, Colonel Torrey. (FB) Stay: BW Capitol Reef Resort
Torrey - Capitol Reef National Park - Moab (3 Nights)
Travelling through the heart of red rock country, arrive in Capitol Reef National Park. See cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 160 kilometres (100 miles). The area has been a homeland to people for thousands of years. Petroglyphs etched in rock walls and painted pictographs remain as sacred remnants of the ancient Indians' saga. Then it's onward to Goblin Valley State Park, one of Utah's most popular parks. It offers incredible scenery and the goblin-like hoodoos here are unique and fun for all ages. Today you'll also see a naturalist presentation, from a Local Expert on the ecology of the southwestern desert. End your day's journey with a Cowboy Cookout at the lodge. (B/D) Stay: Red Cliffs Lodge
Moab - Arches National Park - Canyonlands National Park
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. Discover the destinations Canyonlands National Park has to offer. From scenic overlooks at the Island in the Sky, to the remote canyons of the Maze, to the thunderous rapids of Cataract Canyon, a lifetime of exploration awaits. Explore the shops and outfitters in Moab before returning to your lodge overlooking the river. If you're feeling adventurous this evening, take an optional jetboat ride along the Colorado River with dinner included. (FB)
Moab Free Time
Start the day with an exhilarating Hummer ride along the steep and slick rock climbing to the top of spectacular Moab overlooks. This off-road adventure is sure to create memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own. Lounge by the river, play some horseshoes or take a hike. Horse-back ride along trails made famous by John Wayne. If you'd rather stay indoors visit the on-site, award-winning winery for a tasting or browse the museum displaying early cowboy ranching and local movie memorabilia. Tonight, enjoy an exclusive Farewell Dinner where your host welcomes you at a sand beach along the Colorado River, with the fading sunlight framing towering red sandstone cliffs above. (B/D)
Moab - Depart Grand Junction
This morning, say goodbye to your newfound friends and travel to Grand Junction where your journey comes to an end. Take a complimentary transfer to the airport or to the hotel for guests extending their stay. (FB)
Operating since 1947, Trafalgar offers a wide range of holidays to Europe, Britain, Egypt, USA, Canada, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. They hosted over 2 million travellers worldwide and many return year after year.
Region: USA Guided: Tour Host & Driver Average Age: 35-60
Style: Premium Coach: 5 Star Flights: Not Included
Accommodation: 4 Star Max Group Size: 49 (Avg. 40) Airport Transfers: Included
Hotels: Central - Mostly Free Coach WiFi: Yes Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
* Source: Trafalgar for tours in USA . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Tour Type: Family Holiday

Trafalgar's tailored Family Experiences are the perfect way to introduce your children to the diverse cultures and traditions of the USA. They will be just as eager to explore as you are, their world expanding as they discover amazing sights, action-packed activities and captivating learning experiences that are fun for everyone. And as you share your adventures with other families on your trip, you'll all make lifelong friends. Trafalgar take care of every last detail to ensure your entire holiday is hassle-free & easier than travelling independently.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Trafalgar different from other escorted touring companies?

  • We have over 60 years of knowledge & expertise in the design of unforgettable touring holidays
  • We are international, award-winning for our unrivalled quality, service and reliability
  • We provide perfectly planned and balanced itineraries
  • We have the finest Tour Directors in the industry
  • You will stay in quality hotels carefully selected and conveniently located
  • You will enjoy authentic dining experiences
  • You will enjoy savings of up to 40% when compared with travelling independently

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including any air tickets, tour itinerary, hotel lists, and helpful hints and other information are sent approximately 20 days prior to your tour departure. Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant can organise these earlier if you are travelling before your holiday starts.

Who else will be travelling with me?

Good company enriches any travelling experience and your group will be made up of English-speaking people from around the world. On a Trafalgar tour you will take away far more than just fantastic memories – together you will share great times, swap terrific stories and form new lifelong friendships.

How many people will be on tour with me?

There will be a maximum of 49 people on your coach, however a Trafalgar coach carries an average of just 40 guests.

Will the coach be modern and comfortable?

With Trafalgar it's as great to travel as it is to arrive - we insist on using only the latest models of air-conditioned, luxury coaches, as well as high quality trains and cruise ships. For your comfort, smoking is not allowed onboard our coaches, however, there are plenty of rest stops for you to stretch your legs. You'll be chauffeur driven, door to door by a professional driver who will make your journey a relaxing pleasure. We use a state-of-the-art sound system for mood music with fascinating commentaries by your tour director.

Where will my hotel be located and what will it be like?

Trafalgar goes to great lengths to seek out the very best hotels because we know that where you stay each night is important to the enjoyment of your holiday. We, therefore, select hotels with great care. We only select hotels that are:

  • Perfectly located so that you are as close as possible to the most important attractions.
  • Monitored by our Quality Control team who rigorously check every little detail to ensure the service is impeccable and your enjoyment is complete.
  • Reputable brands, such as Hilton and Novotel, as well as high quality, privately-owned hotels.
  • Great value through our enormous buying power which enables us to negotiate deeper discounts and pass these savings on to you, our clients.

As part of your hassle-free holiday, when you arrive at your hotel, we will ensure that you are already checked in, your luggage is taken directly to your room and all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities are included.

What are Trafalgar Tour Directors like?

Sightseeing is fun but it's a Trafalgar Tour Director that really brings a destination to life. Our Tour Directors are the finest in the industry. Their local knowledge and unfailing friendliness provides you with a personalised “concierge” service which ensures you get the very best out of every single day. They are experienced travellers, learned historians and culture buffs. Through their in-depth expertise, you'll discover the history and be immersed in cultures of the places you visit.

Your Tour Directors can help interpret, show you how to get good value while shopping and how to spot a fake from the real deal. They make things smoother, more interesting and ultimately more enjoyable. They are your friend in an unfamiliar place.

Trafalgar also uses expert local guides to further enhance your sightseeing experience. When you are travelling on your own it's all too easy to pass through a place without touching the sides. That's why our expert local guides are so invaluable – they tell the less well known tales, relate the more curious stories, recall the most obscure events and reveal the best guarded secrets to ensure every moment is full of discovery and brimming with surprises.

What does the tour cost include?

The prices listed cover all accommodations, all applicable sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary, motorcoach, cruise or rail transportation, services of a professional Trafalgar Tour Director, all meals as shown in the itinerary and luggage handling.

Are tips included?

Trafalgar Tours has pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you such as all baggage handling at hotels and ports. Tips to restaurant staff for meals are also included in the price of your tour. Tips are customarily given to your Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides at your discretion. The recommended amounts are: Tour Directors $4 per day, Drivers $2.50 per day and Local Guides $1 per day. The option to prepay these tips prior to departure is possible. Please ask your consultant to include this in your quote.

What is an 'Optional Activity'?

The ultimate way to personalise your Trafalgar experience. Our expertly crafted itineraries strike the perfect balance between making sure you visit all the “must see” highlights, whilst still enjoying ample free time to explore on your own or take one of our great value optional excursions. Our extensive variety of optional excursions are designed to work perfectly with your tour. They let you experience more of what you choose to see, but ensure that you don't pay for activities you are not interested in, allowing you more time to do what you enjoy most.

Do you have a share program for singles?

Many of our holidays are ideally designed for single or solo travellers. Every detail is taken care of, from start to finish, so all you need to do is enjoy your holiday in the company of like-minded travellers from around the world. Meals, activities and sightseeing are all shared with your new friends, so you will never be alone - unless you choose to do some exploring or relaxing by yourself. Accommodation can be booked as a private single room or like many of our clients, you may wish to share a twin room by taking advantage of our 'Room Mate Matching Service'. You will share a room with someone from your tour (same gender), so you can avoid paying a single room supplement, in addition to making a new friend.

What is Gold Seal Protection?

Gold Seal Protection is the most effective tool to give you peace of mind. For only $A 99 should you choose to cancel your guided holiday for any reason, prior to departure from Australia, we will refund your deposit and/or guided holiday payment. Gold Seal Protection must be paid with the deposit and cannot be added at any later date. Read Details. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completeing the 'Quote Request'.

Where can I find out more information on Trafalgar?

We have a dedicated section on our website providing more detailed information on Trafalgar including FAQ's on what you need to know before, during and after your travel; as well as information on their 'Touring Styles', and a comprehensive search facility to enable you to easily find more of their tours. Read more> (NB: This link will take you away from this tour itinerary page).

Know Before You Go

Trafalgar USA - Know Before You Go GuideDownload this “Know Before You Go” Guide, filled with all the essential information you need to assist you in preparing for your tour Trafalgar. A complete guide to the USA and Canada including pre-tour information, on-tour facts, a state-by-state guide to the USA, a province-by-province guide to Canada and a city-by-city guide to Mexico. (PDF 2MB)

Airport Transfer Information

With Trafalgar you will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by scheduled shuttle, minivan, private car, or taxi between designated airports and Trafalgar hotels on the scheduled starting and ending day of your tour. We regret that we are unable to provide complimentary transfers for anyone arriving before the scheduled starting day of the tour and/or leaving after the scheduled ending day of the tour. You may however purchase these transfers from Trafalgar provided that you also purchase your extra night(s) from Trafalgar. Flight information must be provided for our Treasure of the Yucatan and all Hawaii programs.

Please note: We regret that we are unable to provide complimentary transfers for passengers booking extra night accommodation.

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