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Highlights of the South West
Best time to go: April to June, September to November
11 Nights | from £5,350pp
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- Take an off-road adventure amongst the red rock monoliths of Sedona
- Explore the Grand Canyon with a private guide
- Take a float trip down the Colorado River
- Spend some time relaxing at Lake Powell amid spectacular scenery
- Tour Zion National Park with a private guide
- Experience Las Vegas in all its crazy neon glory
Days 1-2 UK/Scottsdale
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! Spend the next day exploring Scottsdale on your own. 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.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch | Breakfast
Days 3-4 Sedona
Take the scenic two hour drive through the beautiful desert canyon. Arrive at the Amara Resort &Spa where you will stay for the next two nights. After a leisurely early morning, 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 in a beautiful setting in the field.
Amara Resort & Spa | Breakfast (and lunch on tour)
Day 5 Sedona/Grand Canyon
After an early breakfast, drive to the Grand Canyon National Park. An experienced private guide will meet you for a morning 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. Lunch will be at the historic El Tovar Hotel overlooking the Canyon, followed by 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. Your home for the night is one of the National Park Lodges right on the Canyon Rim.
El Tovar | Breakfast and Lunch
Days 6-7 Lake Powell
Bid farewell to the Grand Canyon and drive 2.5 hours to Lake Powell. This afternoon enjoy a shared float trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon. On board, float down the river between the 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 the nearby Courtyard Page at Lake Powell, your home this evening. Spend the evening exploring Lake Powell and the surrounding area or sit by the pool and recharge.
Courtyard Page at Lake Powell| Meals: Lunch
Day 8-9 Zion National Park
Home is the stunning Zion Mountain Ranch, a true Western-style ranch and your hotel for the next two nights. Meet your private guide for a half day tour of Zion National Park. Your guide will take you on trails away from the crowds to some of the best rock formations and vista points. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the ranch's facilities, such as hiking and horse riding. Yee haw!
Zion Mountain Ranch | Breakfast
Day 10 Las Vegas
Bring your South West adventure to and end and head three hours through rugged desert scenery to Las Vegas;we recommend stopping at Hoover Dam en route. Spend your night in Vegas in style at one of the Strip's iconic hotels, such as Caesars Palace.
Caesars Palace | Room Only
Day 11- Depart for Home
Drive the short distance to Las Vegas Airport, return your hire car and head for home.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 12 day suggested holiday will cost from £5,350 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights, car rental and select 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.
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From -5 to -10 hours behind GMT
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