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Ancient trail of the Four Corners region with Donovan – A&K insider experience
Best time to go: April to December
6 Nights | from £6,150pp
Holiday type: Tailor-made
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- Fully customer tour with A&K's most exclusive guides allowing guests to get under the skin of the region
- Great addition to an ultimate south west tour, visiting places not easily open to the public
- Experience off the beaten path iconic sites, difficult to access on conventional tours
- Opportunity to stay on Native Indian Land in authentic inn's
- Private Navajo Guided tour of Monument Valley
- Learn about the legacy of the ancestral peoples of the Southwest
The four corners region of the American Southwest was the home of thousands of Native American inhabitants between 800 and 1300 A.D. Although their disappearance was mysterious, their architecture and craftsmanship is clearly visible in the sprawling mazes of room blocks and towers that exist today. Take this opportunity to follow in the silent footprints along the pathways of these secluded ancient cities and experience the legacy of the ancestral peoples of the Southwest.
Day 1 Scottsdale / Winslow
From Scottsdale the terrain changes quickly as your private guide will begin introducing you to the area. Gaining over a kilometre of elevation through a startling change of scenery that moves from the giant Saguaro Cactus to massive Ponderosa Pine forests, you'll travel Route 66 from Flagstaff to Winslow, Arizona into the Navajo Nation, staying overnight at La Posada Inn.
La Posada Inn | Meals: Breakfast
Day 2 Winslow / Canyon de Chelly
The first stop today is the Hubbell Trading Post, the oldest trading post on the 40,000 square -kilometre Navajo Nation. In the earlydays, families would come for supplies, hear the latest territorial news and gossip, and visit with neighbours at the Trading Post. Into the heart of the Navajo Nation to Chinle your Navajo guide will take you on a spectacular off road tour into the heart of Canyon de Chelly.
Day 3 Chinle / Mesa Verde National Park
Heading into southwest Colorado you'll pass through the Ute Mountain Tribal Lands, on to the high plateau of the Mesa Verde National Park and two of the most significant cliff dwellings. You'll stay overnight in the park at Far View Lodge, which overlooks a seemingly never-ending wilderness.
Far View Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Mesa Verde / Bluff, Utah
A spectacular drive through southern Utah will take you past Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients National Monuments, with short walks to various isolated ruins, to the San Juan River Valley, and Bluff, Utah. One of the highlights today is Recapture Pocket on the San Juan, to view the hundreds of petroglyphs drawn on the red rock cliff faces by many different Ancient Visitors. Rest your head at Desert Rose Inn in Bluff.
Desert Rose Inn | Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Bluff / Monument Valley
A picturesque drive takes you to Natural Bridges National Monument to experience Sipapu Bridge, a natural arch, from above and beneath. Enjoy a memorable picnic lunch at Goosenecks State Park before heading back to the Navajo Reservation at Monument Valley, where your Navajo guide will lead you into Mystery Valley, not often seen by visitors. Stay for the incredible sunset before heading back to your lodge, Gouldings, in Monument Valley.
Gouldings | Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Monument Valley / Hopi Indian Nations
Thanks to your early start you may witness sunrise over Monument Valley from the Rim Outlook, before heading to the Navajo National Monument for a short guided walk overlooking the well-preserved Betatakin Ruins. The drive to the Hopi Nation is stunning, and here you'll join a Hopi guide for a trip into the Blue Canyon and Old Oraibi. You'll be spending the night at Moenkopi Legacy Lodge.
Moenkopi Legacy Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Hopi / Scottsdale
The Hopi have always been a private people and access to their lands has been limited. With their new resort, however, they are opening upsome new areas to the visiting public for the first time in many years. Your morning tour will take you on the Artists' Trail, accessing some of the amazing hidden corners of this mystical land. The journey back to Scottsdale will take you through areas of extensive volcanic activity with a visit to Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments, and then back into the Sonora Desert and Scottsdale to continue your journey.
This tour is a perfect detour on any South West itinerary
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 7 day suggested holiday will cost from £6,150 per person, based on two sharing including luxury custom SUV transport throughout with specialist Native Indian Guide, all private touring. Excluding flights.
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