Canyonlands & Coastal California

from 

AU$10,465

per person
 
Duration: 15 Nights
Destination: Denver, USA
Region: North America
Deal Code: PA1AQ0K2

 

 

Description

Descend from the Mile High City into the foothills of the Rockies and through the badlands, canyons, and arches rising from desert landscapes. From Arches and Canyonlands National Parks tours and a traditional cookout with Navajo hosts to the Grand Canyon itself, it’s a best-of experience not to be missed.

The coast calls on this California tour. Enjoy Paso Robles’ wines and soul-stirring backdrops of the 17-Mile Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, driving right through Big Sur. Tour an olive oil farm, trace the history in Santa Barbara and Carmel, and experience Hearst Castle’s grandeur and Rodeo Drive’s glamour.


Your Holiday Package Includes:

  • $2000 flight credit
  • 7 day Best of The Canyonlands guided holiday with Trafalgar, Denver to Las Vegas
  • Includes accommodation, 9 meals, must-see sightseeing and surprise extras, all hotel tips, charges and local taxes plus more
  • 1 night in 5* accommodation in Las Vegas
  • Jack of Lights Strip Helicopter Tour including limo transfers
  • 9 day California & Big Sur guided holiday with Trafalgar, San Francisco to Los Angeles
  • Includes accommodation, 14 meals, an expert Travel Director and professional Driver, luxury air-conditioned coach plus more

Pricing is based on per person twin share for travel 13-28 May 2023

**Single traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details


Best of the Canyonlands Itinerary

Day 1

Discover Denver

Channel your inner pioneer as you embark on an epic encounter with the peaks, canyons and deserts of what was once the treacherous Wild West. We kick-start our expedition in Denver, exploring the Mile High City at your leisure before meeting our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception this evening.

Hotel - Hyatt Regency Denver At Colorado Convention Center

Included Meals - Welcome Reception

Day 2

Venture To Vail

Start off your trip with breakfast as you prepare for the day of exploration ahead.

Descend into the foothills of the Rockies and cross the Continental Divide en route to the alluring alpine village of Vail. The launch-pad to powder days enjoyed within a world of startling white, Vail’s enchanting old-world feel will linger in your mind as you journey to Moab, whose rugged beauty was immortalized on the big screen by the legendary John Ford in the 1940s. Admire the blazing rocky red cliffs as the sun sets or explore this gateway to a myriad of adventures – tonight is yours to enjoy on your terms. 

Hotel - Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 3

Explore Utah's Canyonlands

Tread lightly through the captivating landscapes of Utah’s Canyonlands and Arches as you explore Mother Nature’s profound mark on the surrounding geology. Deep canyons, towering spires and mesas give way to thousands of fiery sandstone arches during today’s encounter with two soul-stirring national parks.

See iconic Delicate Arch and if you like, take a short hike to the view point for an up close look. Reconnect with nature and admire how the land has adapted to the ravages of wind, water and time. Then, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 4

Pioneer Through Monument Valley

This morning, we'll arrive at the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park, we’ll enjoy a rare opportunity to delve into the history and culture of the once-flourishing community of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Explore their beautifully preserved dwellings hewn from the sandstone cliff centuries ago and look down at the massive Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in the world. This evening, we join our generous Navajo hosts for a traditional cookout Regional Dinner against the surreal backdrop of Monument Valley.

Hotel - Gouldings Lodge

Included Meals - Breakfast, Regional Dinner

Day 5

Roam The Grand Canyon

The arresting beauty of Monument Valley is ours to explore this morning as we join a Local Specialist for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience drive in an open-air vehicle past its towering sandstone buttes and mesas that rise up from the barren landscape. We continue through the ancestral home of the Navajo, arriving at Cameron Trading Post for a quick shopping stop and perhaps a taste of traditional fry bread. Driving along the scenic Desert View Drive, we skirt the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and gaze into its mesmerizing multi-colored depths before meeting another Local Specialist to gain insights into its geologic life. Our grand adventure almost at its end, we join our fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner to reminisce over the epic landscapes encountered along our journey.

Hotel - National Park Lodges

Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 6

A Scenic Journey To Las Vegas

Rise early to catch the first rays of light as they illuminate the canyon. Consider an optional helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft flightseeing trip to view this feat of nature from the sky or enjoy a leisurely morning, before we journey to Sin City.

Desolation gives way to a desert oasis as we cruise back in time past motels, diners and gas stations towards the dazzling lights of Las Vegas.

Hotel - Harrah's Las Vegas

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 7

So Long Vegas

Our exhilarating adventure through the canyon lands has unfortunately come to an end. Grab some breakfast as you prepare to say farewell to your friends, then take your transfer to Las Vegas International Airport or consider extending your stay at Harrah's.

Included Meals - Breakfast


California & Big Sur Itinerary

Day 1

Good Day San Francisco

The City by the Bay greets you today. You'll have the day to ease into its laidback, friendly vibe before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception this evening.

Hotel - Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

Included Meals - Welcome Reception

Day 2

Promenade Through San Francisco

See the highlights of one of America's favorite cities including: Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Union Square and The Presidio. A free afternoon to explore everything that San Francisco has to offer. Perhaps opt to take a walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge followed by a visit to trendy Sausalito or maybe hop on a bay cruise circling around famous Alcatraz Island. The evening is free to take in the city’s diverse dining scene. Or maybe join the optional Chinatown Walking Tour, dinner at a Chinatown restaurant, cable car ride, and evening Illuminations tour.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 3

Take A Scenic Drive To Monterey

Travel Pacific Coast Highway past the resort town of Half Moon Bay before arriving at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park featuring a 40-acre grove of towering old-growth redwood trees. This afternoon enjoy a lunch treat that is pure California. In-n-Out Burger was founded back in 1947 and was California’s first drive-thru hamburger stand. Enjoy their iconic double-double burger with fries and a milk shake. Get educated about organic produce during a private farm tour in Salinas Valley, considered "the Salad Bowl of the World", before arriving in Monterey.

Hotel - Pacific

Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Traverse Through Scenic Pacific Grove

This morning we enjoy perhaps the world’s most scenic 17-Mile Drive through Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. Hug the Pacific Coastline with views of famous Spyglass Hill and Cypress Point golf courses, and we will make a stop at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get your cameras ready for a shot of the Lone Cypress, the iconic symbol of 17-mile drive. Visit Mission Carmel which is the 2nd of California’s 21 Spanish Missions which dates back to 1797. Enjoy some time in quaint Carmel-By-The-Sea, a town of 4,000 with a rich arts history. Clint Eastwood served as the town's Mayor after being elected in 1986. The afternoon is free to explore popular Cannery Row. Perhaps wander over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or opt to take a whale watching excursion on Monterey Bay. Covering an entire 3 ½ city blocks, thousands of people flock to the weekly market featuring produce from all over Central California, arts and crafts, dozens of international food vendors, and a lineup of live music.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 5

Unwind With Wine In Paso Robles

Today features America’s most unforgettable drive, 90 miles of Pacific Coast Highway 1 between Carmel and San Simeon. Travel through Big Sur passing over the famous Bixby Bridge and admire the towering mountains on one side of PCH and the crashing Pacific Ocean on the other. This afternoon join a local expert for a walking tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose vision of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The massive home features 121 total rooms scattered over 90,000 square feet and is designated as National Historic Landmark. Later today arrive into Paso Robles where laid-back cowboy-country meets one of the country’s best wine regions. This evening head towards the town’s historic square for a regional dinner with wine.

Hotel - Paso Robles Inn

Included Meals - Breakfast, Regional Dinner

Day 6

Savour The Unique Taste Of Paso Robles

This morning link up with a Paso Robles resident and Local Specialist for a walking tour of the historic downtown corridor. Learn about the city’s connection to their thermal hot springs, the almond industry that once dominated the city, and why its quaint city square was chosen as the backdrop for a Christmas Hallmark movie. Next, join the mother-daughter duo of Karen and Jennifer Talent at the Groves on 41 Olive Oil Ranch where they host a Be My Guest feast featuring their award-winning olive oil in the different lunch dishes, even the ice cream! This afternoon visit a Paso Robles winery. After the sun sets visit Sensorio Light Field featuring 58,000 optic lights on a 15-acre field. Publications all over the USA are already declaring the experience as a Bucket List item that has to be seen to believe. (Subject to availability).

Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 7

Sink Your Toes Into Santa Barbara Before Hitting Los Angeles 

Travel to Los Angeles and arrive into the affluent beachside town of Santa Barbara, often referred to as the “American Riviera”. There will be plenty of time to wander trendy State Street. Considered the heart of Santa Barbara, the area is known for its great shopping, top-notch restaurants and incredible architecture.

This afternoon arrive into world-famous Beverly Hills - the playground of the rich and famous, home to some of the world’s priciest real estate, and the epitome of American luxury.

Hotel - Beverly Hills Marriott

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 8

Tour Tinsel Town

This morning join a Local Expert for a walking tour of one of the most famous streets on the planet, Rodeo Drive, as they share the secrets and stories behind some of the most expensive stores in the world. Visit Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the epicenter of America's movie industry, before hitting the handprints at Grauman's Theatre and the iconic Hollywood Sign. Snap a few pics before finishing off your day in Los Angeles with a Your Choice Sightseeing of museums.

Visit the car collections at the Peterson Automotive Museum, boasting one of the largest vintage car collections in the world. You’ll awe over the array of over 100 classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles displayed over three floors and 25 galleries - including famous vehicles from Back to The Future and Bladerunner! Or, art aficionados will want to head to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the western United States with a collection of more than 142,000 objects showcasing 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe from new and unexpected points of view. This evening join your fellow travelers for a celebratory Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant reflecting on all you’ve seen on California’s beautiful coast.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Voyage To Venice Beach And Santa Monica

Catch up with a Local Specialist for a walking tour of Venice Beach including the boardwalk, Muscle Beach, and the city’s unique canal system. Enjoy lunch on your own in popular Santa Monica before transferring to Los Angeles International Airport.

Included Meals - Breakfast


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Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking.  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 19 August 2021 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.