South West Family Explorer

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Best time to go: March to November

12 Nights | from £7,250pp

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  • Self- drive through magnificent Arizona and Utah
  • Enjoy the pools in sunny Scottsdale
  • Private off-road Jeep over the Famous Red Rocks of Sedona
  • Private guided exploration of the Grand Canyon
  • Navajo Guide in Monument Valley

Day 1 UK / Phoenix
Arrive at the Phoenix Airport and pick up your hire car. Drive to your hotel and check in at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Day 2 Scottsdale
Relax and enjoy the amentities and pools at the resort. If you wish to explore the area we recommend Old Town Scottsdale, where cowboys still roam the streets. 
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3-4 Sedona
Drive approximately 2.5 hours from Scottsdale to Sedona. Check into Enchantment where you will stay for the next two nights. The following day you will enjoy a private off-road Jeep ride over the famous red rocks of Sedona. A picnic lunch will be had in a beautiful setting. In the evening take in a star gazing experience with an astronomer that will show you the moons of Saturn and the rings of Jupiter. 
Enchantment Resort | Meals: Breakfast 

Day 5-6 Grand Canyon
In route on the 2.5-hour drive to the Grand Canyon go through Arizona’s most scenic stretch through Oak Creek Canyon. Upon arrival, check into the historic El Tovar for the next two nights. The following day your private guide will take you on a tour and hikes around the Canyon rim and into the Canyon on trails little-used by other hikers. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to the historic lodges and buildings on the Canyon rim, including the studio of photography pioneers Emery & Ellsworth Kolb. Lunch will be had in the famous El Tovar. 
El Tovar Hotel | Meals: Lunch 

Day 7 Lake Powell 
After breakfast, pack up your belongings and continue 3 hours to Lake Powell and check into Courtyard Page Lake Powell, your home for the next three nights. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. Perhaps take a sunset trip on Lake Powell whilst the sun sets.
Courtyard Page at Lake Powell | Meals: Breakfast 

Day 8 Monument Valley
Monument Valley is an area sacred to the Navajo Nation and its people. From your hotel, drive about two hours to Monument Valley. Meet your Navajo guide who will lead you through the area to view the unusual rock formations that are characteristic of this area. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon to relax by the pool. 
Courtyard Page Lake Powell | Meals: Breakfast 

Day 9 - Float Trip on Glen Canyon
Today you'll enjoy a shared float trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon. On board, float through sheer walls over 1,000 feet tall on the gentle waters of this portion of the river, with a stop for lunch in a beautiful natural setting. After your float trip, continue to the nearby Big Water Visitors Center for a private tour and learn the story of the local paleontologist, Merle Graffam, who discovered the fossilized skeleton of a dinosaur never before seen in North America. Merle may even be working at the Visitors Centre this day as the park ranger on duty and will tell you his amazing story of discovery. 
Courtyard Page Lake Powell | Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 10 Zion National Park
Depart your hotel and drive 2 hours to Zion. Zion National Park and its sister Bryce Canyon National Park are two gems on the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah. Here you'll spend a wholesome two days hiking amidst the forest of pinnacles, hunting for dinosaur fossils, learning about native tribes, or riding the trails on horseback. In the afternoon explore and hike with private guide at Zion National Park. 
In the late afternoon, a 30-minute drive will take you to Zion Mountain Ranch for the next two nights, a true western-style ranch
Zion Mountain Ranch | Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Canyoneering in Bryce National Park
Enjoy a two-hour scenic drive through the magnificent canyon country from the ranch to Bryce Canyon National Park, where you will meet your private guide for a day of canyoneering in Bryce's backcountry. The forest of pinnacles here is spectacular, and your private guide will lead you to some of the best vista points. Return to the ranch in the late afternoon and why not sit around the campfire for s'mores and stargazing.
Zion Mountain Ranch | Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Las Vegas / UK 
After breakfast, drive 3 hours to Las Vegas. Return your hired car and board your flight or extend your stay in Las Vegas.

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 13 day suggested holiday will cost from £7,250 per adult and £6,710 per child (under 12 years), including international flights. Private driver guides are also available if you prefer to step back from the driver's seat.

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