Canyonlands & National Parks of America’s West
luxury escorted rail tour
From Utah’s vivid red rock formations to the mighty Grand Canyon and the neon glow of Las Vegas, the western USA captivates. All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer as it chugs along its newest route from Denver to Moab. Red-rock valleys. Boundless deserts. Canyons gouged deeply into the earth. These barren but beautiful landscapes of the USA’s west come head to head with the magnificence of the Rockies. Add the bright lights of Las Vegas for a true cultural immersion into this fascinating part of the USA.
Canyonlands & National Parks of America’s West
Day 1 : UK - Denver
Fly Denver Colorado. Be met on arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel before a Signature Experience tonight. Set out on a private history tour of your accommodation, The Brown Palace Hotel, to uncover its fascinating past. A Welcome Dinner awaits this evening.
Two Night Stay: Denver, The Brown Palace
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Day 2 : Denver
Discover Denver’s downtown area and see sights including the giant Blue Bear sculpture, historic Larimer Square and the Colorado State Capitol. Later, head to the historic city of Golden, where you’ll visit the world-famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, as well as Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. The rest of the day is at leisure. B
Day 3 : Denver, Rocky Mountaineer, Glenwood Springs
Board the Rocky Mountaineer for your two-day journey through the Southwest in SilverLeaf Service. Enjoy breakfast on board as you take in views of the Gross Reservoir. The train slowly gains elevation before reaching the Continental Divide. Be sure to have your camera handy as your train travels alongside the Colorado River, passing through a series of canyons. Disembark in the resort town of Glenwood Springs, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Glenwood Springs, hotel as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer (three-star accommodation) BL
Day 4 : Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountaineer, Moab
Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer and continue along the Colorado River into Utah, taking in the stunning red rock formations lining the cliffs in Ruby Canyon. After crossing over the Colorado-Utah state line, look out for Mount Peale, the highest point of the La Sal Mountains. Your Rocky Mountaineer journey comes to an end in Moab. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Arches National Park, home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches.
Two Night Stay: Hoodoo Moab, Curio
Collection by Hilton BD
Day 5 : Moab
This morning, choose from a range of experiences. Hop aboard a custom 4x4 Hummer and discover Moab’s spectacular backcountry; try river rafting on the Colorado River, or take a scenic flight over Arches National Park. Afterwards, head to Canyonlands National Park for a tour of its Island in the Sky district, which sits on a huge flat-topped cliff, boasting panoramic views. B
Day 6 : Moab, Monument Valley, Lake Powell
Enjoy a Monument Valley tour and visit a traditional Navajo home before experiencing authentic Navajo entertainment over lunch. Later, continue to your resort at Lake Powell.
Two Night Stay: Lake Powell Resort,
in a Lake View Room. BLD
Day 7 : Lake Powell
Today, board a raft to explore the spectacular Colorado River, floating past iconic sights, including Horseshoe Bend. As you travel gently downriver you will also see 5,000-year-old wall carvings made by the Indigenous Puebloan people. BL
Day 8 : Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park
Journey to Bryce Canyon National Park today and see Horseshoe Bend from a totally different perspective – at the base of sheer cliffs, within the sweeping valley along the Colorado River. At Bryce Canyon, you’ll be left in awe by its exquisite geological wonders, including the sandcastle-like pinnacles known as hoodoos. Continue to your lodge in Springdale, located on the edge of Zion National Park.
Two Night Stay: Springdale, Cliffrose Lodge,
Curio Collection by Hilton BD
Day 9 : Zion National Park
Spend the day on your chosen activity in Zion National Park. Join a relaxing tram tour through the park, during which you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. For those feeling more active, perhaps head out on a guided hike in the
park’s Narrows and learn about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the region. B
Day 10 : Zion National Park, Las Vegas
Leave the desert behind as you travel to the neon-lit oasis of Las Vegas. An orientation tour provides the perfect introduction to this lively city. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Two Night Stay: Wynn Las Vegas B
Day 11 : Las Vegas
Take to the skies today for an exhilarating helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon. Soar over the iconic Hoover Dam and enjoy panoramic views of Lake Mead and the Mojave Desert as you head towards the Grand Canyon. After flying into the canyon, your helicopter will descend and land 3,500 feet below the rim. Then fly back to Las Vegas, where you will enjoy a night tour, including a visit to the fascinating Neon Museum. Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit organisation dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting vintage Las Vegas signs. Then, it’s time for a Farewell Dinner. BD
Day 12-13 : Depart Las Vegas - Arrive UK
Transfer to the airport today for your return flight to the UK. B