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Classic Grand Canyon and The South West
Best time to go: April to June, September to November
16 Nights | from £7,590pp
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- Self-drive through magnificent Arizona and Utah
- Time to relax and enjoy local activities and phenomenal hotel spas in Scottsdale
- Private guided exploration of the Grand Canyon
- Half-day float trip through the Canyon
- Private guides throughout at National Parks, including SUV & driver-guide for three days of exploration in the remote Utah National Parks & Monuments
- Time to explore Sin City, Las Vegas
Day 1 UK / Phoenix
On arrival in Phoenix airport, collect your hire car and head to the stylish Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort &Spa at Gainey Ranch. Put your feet up and shake off that jetlag. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
Day 2 Scottsdale
With the freedom of your hire car you can drive into the countryside, visit Old Town Scottsdale or simply enjoy the fantastic pools and facilities at your hotel. We also recommend visiting the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch | Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 – 5 Sedona
Take a short drive through a desert canyon to the Amara Resort &Spa, where you will stay for the next two nights. Relax by the pool or perhaps explore Sedona. The following day you can walk the short distance from your hotel to meet your shared off-road adventure tour through the red rocks of Sedona with a stop at a Native American cliff dwelling. Enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to your hotel for an afternoon to do as you please.
Amara Resort & Spa | Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Grand Canyon
Drive to the Grand Canyon National Park through the desert canyons that characterize Arizona. Stop in historic Flagstaff along Route 66 before arriving at the canyon. Visit the park's Visitor Centre and IMAX theatre before a shared helicopter flightseeing tour. Your home for the next two nights is the dramatic El Tovar.
El Tovar | Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 – Grand Canyon
This morning, meet your guide or a hike along the canyon rim to discover trails little used by other hikers; this is one of the best ways to appreciate this stunning area. Your guide will explain the geology, flora, fauna and history of the canyon before a guided visit to the historic lodges and buildings on the canyon rim. This afternoon enjoy a private tour of the photography studio of pioneers Emory and Ellsworth Kolb, first to photograph the canyon in the late 19th century.
El Tovar | Meals: Lunch
Day 8 Lake Powell
This morning enjoy a shared float trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon. On board, float through sheer walls over 300 metres tall on the gentle waters of this portion of the river, with a stop for lunch in the wilderness. After your tour, continue to your nearby hotel. Spend the day exploring Lake Powell and the surrounding area or sit by the pool and recharge.
Courtyard Page at Lake Powell| Meals: Lunch
Day 9 Slot Canyon Adventure
Hop into a luxury Hummer and drive with your guide deep into the canyons surrounding Lake Powell. Hike into a sunset-hued slot canyon, 20 meters deep, and admire the beautiful and unique natural features created from millions of years of erosion. This afternoon, head west to Bryce Canyon National Park, and settle into the Stone Canyon Inn.
Stone Canyon Inn | Meals: Breakfast
Day 10 Bryce Canyon
Today, enter Bryce Canyon National Park, where your guide will take you exploring. Visit the forest of pinnacles and hoodoos and look out over some of the best vista points. Enjoy a free afternoon to further explore the otherworldly landscape.
Stone Canyon Inn | Meals: Lunch
Day 11 – 12 Zion
Leave Bryce and head to Zion National Park, where your guide will take you on trails away from the crowds to some of the best rock formations. You'll be spending the night at Zion Mountain Ranch, a true western-style homestead with excellent equestrian facilities.
Zion Mountain Ranch | Meals: Breakfast
Day 13 – 15 Las Vegas
Bring your South West adventure to an end and drive through the rugged desert scenery to Las Vegas; we recommend stopping at Hoover Dam en route. Drop off your hire car and check in to the Mandarin Oriental, your base in Sin City for the next three nights.
Mandarin Oriental | Meals: Breakfast
Day 16 – Las Vegas / UK
You'll be driven to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 17 day suggested holiday will cost from £7,590 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights, car rental and plus magnificent guided tours.
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Best time to be there
At 38 times the size of the UK, there is always a part of the country having great weather. The peak season is from June to September.
British Airways fly to all the major cities in the States.
From -5 to -10 hours behind GMT
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