Painted Canyons of the West
featuring Utah’s Five National Parks
April 19 — April 27, 2020 • 9 Days • 11 Meals
Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah’s Scenic Byways 12 & 24, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Las Vegas.
Spend two nights in Moab with time to explore Arches and Canyonlands national parks.
Take in the thrilling and mesmerizing scenery on Utah’s most Scenic Byways.
Climb aboard Zion's open-air tram with an expert guide.
Itinerary at a Glance
Apr 19, 2020: Denver, Colorado - Tour Begins
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver,Colorado
If the Colorado River is a necklace, Utah’s five national parks are its jewels that sparkle with some of the most captivating scenery in the western United States. But first, you’ll start in the mile-high city of Denver and meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception.
Apr 20, 2020: Denver - Grand Junction
Doubletree Hotel Grand Junction, Grand Junction,Colorado
The wild and unscarred Rocky Mountains are your traveling companions on the drive to Grand Junction. Look out at the romantic scenery as you drive past Glenwood Canyon, a product of the Colorado River, carved more than 3 million years ago. Dine together as guests of our friends, the West family, and enjoy a wine tasting in the midst of Colorado wine country.
Apr 21, 2020: Grand Junction - Colorado National Monument - Moab, Utah
Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab,Utah
Set out to explore the Colorado National Monument this morning along the Rim Rock Drive. On what’s referred to by the locals as the “River Road,” the Upper Colorado Byway delivers you to Utah. As the iconic Fisher Towers loom over breathtaking mesas, make your way to the Red Cliffs Lodge, nestled along the banks of the Colorado River. Relax tonight at a cowboy BBQ where grilled steak is at the top of the menu.
Apr 22, 2020: Moab - Arches - Canyonlands - Dead Horse Point - Moab
Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab,Utah
Your journey through the otherworldly oases of two national parks begins today. Explore and discover the geological nuances of the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches on a hike* at Arches National Park. At the heart of the Colorado Plateau, Canyonlands National Park is a sublime and solitary wilderness of rock; a color wheel of canyons, mesas, buttes, and arches that work together to create Utah’s largest national park. Close by, in the Island in the Sky District, the canyons of the Green and Colorado rivers are dreamily showcased. Your journey through these national parks ends today atop the sheer sandstone cliffs of Dead Horse Point State Park. Legend says the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs that roamed the mesa top.
Apr 23, 2020: Moab - Capitol Reef National Park - Bryce
Best Western PLUS Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Bryce Canyon National Park
Travel through the dramatic Utah desert on Utah’s Scenic Byway 24 to Capitol Reef National Park. Named in part for the Navajo Sandstone’s resemblance to the U.S. Capitol building, to stand inside its desert landscape is to find it virtually impossible to tell where the earth stops and the sky begins. Over Boulder Mountain on Scenic Byway 12, known as the Million Dollar Road, views of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are anything but scarce. The mountain is North America’s highest timbered plateau. Spend the night in Bryce tonight, at the gateway to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Apr 24, 2020: Bryce Canyon National Park - Springdale
Majestic View Lodge, Springdale, Utah
Fairy chimneys and goblins: the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park are famous. These red and orange hued rock formations – products of thousands of years of wind and water exposure – dominate the park’s landscape. Take some time this morning for an optional hike.* Consider circuiting the Navajo Loop or Queens Garden trails. Just outside of Zion National Park, Springdale offers views from its main street that are almost equally as grand as the ones inside the park.
Apr 25, 2020: Springdale - Zion National Park - Springdale
Majestic View Lodge, Springdale, Utah
There are few places on earth that match the beauty of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Zion. In this ethereal paradise, spend the entire day exploring. On Zion’s open-air tram, wind along the Virgin River through the 2,400 feet deep, half-mile wide Zion Canyon. This afternoon, it’s your choice! You may choose to hike* independently -OR- visit Zion’s Human History Museum. Tonight, enjoy the company of your travel companions at a farewell dinner.
Apr 26, 2020: Springdale - Las Vegas, Nevada
Golden Nugget, Las Vegas,Nevada
Nature’s spectacle is replaced by a spectacle of lights – a neon culture where everything is glamorous. Viva Las Vegas!
Apr 27, 2020: Las Vegas - Tour Ends
Golden Nugget, Las Vegas,Nevada
Memories of an unforgettable journey accompany you on your voyage home today.
Our industry-leading cancellation waiver offers travellers a full cash refund for the price of the tour, right up to the day prior to departure, minus the small cost of the waiver. Travel worry-free knowing if anything changes, you're protected.
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Our cancellation waiver and insurance plan covers you on tour. If you have to stop your trip or return home early, need medical assistance or evacuation, suffer a baggage loss or delay; or are delayed on tour for 12 hours or more, you're covered.
Cancellation Waiver and Insurance is just $275 per person.
* Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Monterey Peninsula, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
* Not Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $275 per person
At the time of booking, you will be asked what type of room you would like.
A double room has either one large bed or two smaller ones. Double rooms are perfect for couples or if you’re travelling with a companion and wish to share a room. There are plenty of double rooms available on our tours.
A single or solo room has only one bed and may be smaller in size. These rooms are first come, first-served, as most properties have only a certain amount of these available.
A triple room usually consists of a standard double room with two beds. A cot or fold-up bed may be added, but it depends on the room size and local fire codes. Triples are first come, first-served, as they are also very limited. If you booked a triple and only a double and single room is available at a hotel, appropriate charges for the single and double accommodations will be assessed.
We will forward your request to the hotel and do our best to accommodate your needs; however, please know that we cannot make any guarantees.
On every tour, we look to provide the highest quality accommodations in the best location. If you’re visiting a city, we want you in the heart of it. In certain countries, the hotel rooms may not be as large as standard hotel rooms in North America.
Here are a few details to keep in mind:
Check-in times are set by individual hotels and can vary, but most hotels offer afternoon check-ins. Depending on your arrival time, you may have to wait before you can get into your room. Some hotels may be willing to store your luggage in a secure location until your room is ready. In these instances, the hotel will not be responsible for lost or stolen items and there may be a charge for this service.
Please observe check out times at all properties. Hotels designate these as well.
Some hotels require a credit card imprint or your passport information upon check in in order to activate telephones in the rooms and for potential incidental charges. Most hotels charge an access fee for using phones in hotel rooms. Please check with the front desk personnel at each hotel for specific policies. You will be responsible for all incidental fees occurred during your stay, and these must be paid at time of check out.
Hotel membership programs are not applicable.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of all our guests. However, if you require individual assistance you must be accompanied by a companion who is capable of, and totally responsible for, providing the necessary assistance. Neither our personnel nor the personnel of companies we work with on tour may physically lift or assist our guests onto transportation vehicles. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour guest who has special mobility or other like needs.
Arrival Day Suggestions
Your hotel is located in the heart of downtown Denver, just steps away from the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, a beautiful property lined with outdoor cafes, renovated historic buildings, boutiques and plenty of shops. The city's Visitor’s Center is located at the corner of 16th Street and California at the Mall.
Try the unique and diverse food at Coors Field, located in the lower downtown area. With over 300 breweries in the state, Colorado has become a burgeoning haven for beer lovers. Check out local brewery tours to get a behind-the-scenes look and see the innovative ways they are reinventing craft brews.
Free tours at the State Capitol building are conducted Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm. The Denver Art Museum, located downtown, houses the world’s largest collection of Native American art plus 68,000 diverse art objects; it is a must see attraction for visitors. Ask your concierge for other recommendations for dining and sightseeing.
Due to varied flight schedules and arrival times of our tour guests, there are no scheduled activities prior to dinner on arrival day. Should your flight schedule allow for an early arrival, enjoy this opportunity for some independent exploration.
If you are staying post tour, your Tour Manager will be available to offer suggestions for your additional time in the area.
Due to varied flight schedules and arrival times of our tour guests, there are no scheduled activities prior to the welcome reception on arrival day. Should your flight schedule allow for an early arrival, enjoy this opportunity for some independent exploration.
If you are staying post tour, your Tour Manager will be available to offer suggestions for your additional time in the area.
Clothing & Packing Tips
When you’re deciding what to bring on your trip, we have a few suggestions for you.
In regards to clothing, think layers. It’s much easier to maintain a level of comfort if you can add or remove a layer at a time, especially if you’re travelling to a destination where the temperature can vary widely. So always bring a light jacket or sweater. Fleece or wool is best. We recommend staying away from cotton sweaters or jackets as they won’t keep you warm if they get wet.
Comfortable footwear is crucial. Make sure you bring a pair of shoes that fit well and give you the necessary support. If you decide to purchase new shoes for your trip, we suggest you wear them a number of times before your leave to break them in. Your feet will thank you.
Be prepared for all types of weather. For warm, sunny weather, pack a swimsuit, sunscreen, a hat or a bandana/scarf to protect your neck from sunburn. For cool, rainy weather, pack a light rain coat, travel umbrella, waterproof shoes and a thin pair of gloves.
For your toiletries, pack anything that could leak in plastic bags or a waterproof case. And you might want to bring a washcloth or two. Not all hotels provide them.
If you take prescription medication, make sure to bring enough for your entire tour plus a few additional days in the original prescription containers.
Medication should be packed in your carry-on bag, never your checked luggage; this is in case your luggage gets delayed. You don’t want to be without your medication. You could also bring extra medication in a separate bag in case any gets lost.
In general, we recommend not to pack anything of value in your checked bag.
You’ll want to take pictures of everything, so make sure to bring a camera as well as extra memory cards and batteries for your entire trip. If you decide to bring a video camera, don’t forget an extra battery for it plus a charger. Be sure to pack chargers and cords for all your electronic equipment.
It’s also a good idea to bring a travel alarm clock, a travel sewing kit, a portable scale to weigh luggage, and some hand sanitizer for when soap and water aren’t readily available.
If you are travelling with a companion, we suggest dividing the contents of your suitcase with them, that way if one bag is delayed, some of your belongings are still available to you both.
If that is not an option for you, you could put a change of clothing in your carry-on if there’s room. That will give you something to wear if your checked luggage is delayed as well.
Last but certainly not least, leave room! You’ll need it to fit all the souvenirs you want to bring home.
As you prepare to explore the Painted Canyons of the West, enjoy a casual dress style and be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes. If you decide to spend additional time in the great outdoors exploring Zion National Park, make sure to pack hiking shoes.
During the spring and fall the weather tends to get cooler. It is recommended to bring clothing that may be worn in layers and can be added or removed as the temperature changes.
You may want to have a few dollars on hand for smaller purchases. You can find ATMs in airports, hotels, and banks.
You can also pay with a debit or credit card in most places. Some merchants charge a fee for this service, but it adds an extra guarantee on your purchase, so it’s a nice option.
If you have a credit or debit card with a chip in it, it is recommended you use it rather than a card with a magnetic stripe. The chip adds an extra layer of protection against fraud.
Many of our tours include optional excursions that are available for purchase. If you decide to go on one of these during your trip, please note, the credit card you use for payment must have an expiration date greater than 30 days from the start of the tour.
In North America, the voltage is 120V using plug types A & B, which has two flat parallel pins. If your plugs do not match this description, you will need an adaptor.
If you plan to bring a sleep apnea machine, please remember to bring an extension cord along with the adaptor and voltage converter, if necessary.
The highest elevation encountered on this tour is 8,726 feet in Zion National Park.
Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation, but it can be confusing when you’re trying to decide how much to give different people you interact with. Please know that tipping is completely voluntary. If you feel the Tour Manager or motor coach driver deserves something for exceptional professionalism and service, feel free to give as a way to show your appreciation.
Gratuities for hotel housekeeping staff, transfer drivers, motor coach drivers and Tour Managers have not been included in the price of your tour. With this in mind, we have created a guide to help you:
Tour Manager: 5-8 US Dollars (or equivalent in local currency) per person for each travel day;
Motor Coach Driver: 3-5 US Dollars (or equivalent in local currency) per person for each travel day;
Hotel Housekeeping Staff: 2-3 US Dollars (or equivalent in local currency) per room per day.
Here is a list of entities we recommend you contact before you depart on your tour:
1.) Your cell phone/mobile carrier if you are planning on using your device. You will want to confirm you will have access in the area(s) you will visit and inquire about any charges you may incur.
2.) Your credit card company for any card(s) you plan to use. Make sure the card company knows when and where you will be traveling to avoid any charges being declined.
3.) Your bank, so you can use your ATM/Debit card worry-free. If you are travelling to another country, your bank will be able to tell you if your card will work at the ATM machines to dispense local currency, including if your PIN will be accepted. Also indicate if you plan to use your Debit card as a Credit card if your card has that option. Your bank will advise you of any charges for each transaction as well.
Leave a copy of your itinerary, hotel list (included in your tour documents bundle) and a contact number with a designated person in case an emergency comes up while you’re away and someone needs to reach you.
We recommend you leave a copy of your passport at home in a secure location and bring an additional copy with you as a precaution.
During your flight, make sure to stand up and walk around as much as possible, and drink plenty of water. These simple suggestions will help you stay comfortable, particularly during long flights.
Thank you for choosing to travel with us and allowing us to guide you along this adventure! From the moment you step out your door, we strive to provide a comprehensive, stress-free, and unforgettable travel experience. To that end, the following features are included with your tour: motor coach transportation, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (porterage), meals, admission to attractions as outlined in your itinerary, and gratuities for bellmen, door attendants and wait staff.
You're in for a treat as you enjoy the comforting taste of typical American cusine throughout your tour through the Painted Canyons and the wild, wild West!
Enjoy the unique, casual "Cowboy Dinner" on tour which offers you a chance to sample an authentic old-fashioned cowboy meal! If you're feeling adventurous during meals on your own, perhaps try the elk, buffalo, or venison.
In Colorado try their Mexican cuisine, Midwestern American cuisine, Rocky Mountain oysters, green chile and bison.
In Utah try out the fry sauce, an alternative dipping sauce for French fries. Some other iconic foods in Utah include Bear Lake Raspberries, Green River Melons, fried scones, and funeral potatoes.
In Las Vegas, check out the buffets. There are many buffets that offer a great value and wide variety of delicious foods from around the world.
Remember the 3-1-1 rule: Each airline passenger is allowed to bring 1 quart-sized bag containing no more than 3 ounces of any liquids, gels, and aerosols in their carry-on bag. Any liquids, including water bottles, that don’t fit in the one quart-sized bag or are larger than 3 ounces will be discarded by security. Common items that must comply with this rule include toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. For a complete list of what is allowed and not allowed to bring on a plane, visit www.tsa.gov.
Your day of departure is almost here, and it’s time to think about what to pack. We have a few guidelines to help you. But before you pack anything, you must check with your airline for any luggage fees or restrictions. These can vary widely depending on your carrier and destination.
Let’s begin. The first thing to consider is how many bags to bring. We recommend one large bag that will be checked on the plane and onto the touring bus and one carry-on bag. It’s very important you keep this in mind. We have limited space on our buses, so limiting the bags ensures there’s room for everyone’s luggage.
Your larger bag can’t be more than 62"/157 cm in length, height and width and cannot weigh more than 50lb/23kg. Your carry-on cannot be bigger than 17" x 12" x 10" (43cm x 30cm x 25cm) so it will fit under the seat or in the overhead racks on the buses. Your carry-on should be a size that you can carry comfortably. You will use this bag to hold your personal items during sightseeing trips.
Please note that if you bring more than one checked bag and one carry-on, we cannot guarantee there will be room for them on the bus. You’ll need to store or ship any additional luggage at your own expense. If there is room for your additional luggage, we will charge a fee of 4 USD per bag per hotel. It’s also very important that all your bags be labeled clearly. In your packet you will find a plastic luggage tag. Please attach it to the bag you plan to check.
There is also a paper luggage tag. This tag must be attached to your checked bag once you arrive at the first hotel. The name on this tag should match the information on your reservation exactly, so the Tour Manager and all baggage handlers can properly identify the bag as yours. This will ensure the bag gets delivered to you quickly and efficiently.
Finally, we recommend you purchase travel insurance to ensure peace of mind while you’re on tour. We cannot assume liability or accept claims for loss or damage to luggage and personal effects due to breakage, theft or normal wear and tear that results from hotel, airline and group carrier handling. But we offer comprehensive “No Worries Travel Protection” for your convenience. With insurance, you’ll be able to focus on creating wonderful memories, not worrying about your luggage.
Guests flying to the United States from all international destinations will require extra screening when carrying powdered products weighing 12 oz./ 350 ml or more in carry-on luggage for security reasons. This added security measure will apply to all powders, with the exception of baby formula and medications. For your convenience, please consider packing any non-essential powders in your checked bag. Items that cannot be verified by a TSA officer risk being confiscated. Please visit www.tsa.gov for more information.
The food people eat is a window into their history, traditions, and values, and sharing food brings people together. One of the many wonderful aspects of travel is to experience as much of the regional cuisine as possible. Your tour includes many meals as outlined on your itinerary. Our team has carefully chosen restaurants that feature local ingredients and offer regional flavors.
For meals that are not included in your itinerary, your Tour Manager will be happy to recommend eateries and local businesses that best fit your taste and needs.
The average price for meals in this region ranges from 10 to 15 US Dollars for lunch and 10 to 30 US Dollars for dinner.
The water is safe to drink. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout each day of your tour to stay hydrated.
Please let your Tour Manager know of any food allergies or dietary needs you may have at the beginning or your tour.
Included in your tour documents bundle is your personalized name tag. We ask that you put this on before your first gathered event and wear it throughout your tour. This helps your fellow travelers to get to know you and for your Tour Manager to better identify you in large groups.
One of the best parts of traveling is coming back home with souvenirs that really reflect the place you’ve just been.
While shopping in Colorado, you'll find many Native souvenirs that capture the long history of the Anasazi Indians.
As you make your way through the "American West," keep an eye out for authentic cowboy wear like the famous hat, boots and shirt -- as well as other cowboy memorabilia. Return home and show your friends and family the essence of your "wild, wild West" adventure.
Our tours are non-smoking throughout. If you require a smoking room, please let your Client Care agent know when you book your tour. Please note we cannot guarantee your request as many hotels prohibit smoking in rooms and on property.
Please be mindful of other locations where smoking is not allowed. These include the motor coach, at dining venues, and any other restricted areas on tour. Guests are responsible for any fines they incur for failing to comply with smoking regulations.
Colorado and Utah are 2 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and Eastern Daylight Time.
Nevada is 3 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and Eastern Daylight Time.
Peace of mind for our guests is our number one priority. When you’re on tour with us, your only thoughts should be to immerse yourself in creating lifelong memories. Your Tour Manager is a destination expert on the people, places, history and culture and ensures that you will have the best experience with us. Please utilize your Tour Manager’s expertise for any concerns or questions you may have while on tour.
Tour Package - Air & Land Incl
Tour Package - Air & Land Incl
If you have chosen our air-inclusive tour package, you have opted that we take care of all your air travels from your home to the destination and back. This also includes any inter-flights from city to city within the tour package if applicable. We ask that you keep the following in mind:
1) In order to comply with Homeland Security’s “Secure Flight” mandate, you must provide full name (including middle name or middle initial, if applicable), as it appears on your valid, non-expired, government issued photo ID that you will show at the airport. The name on your airline ticket must be an exact match to this ID, or you may prevent you from boarding the aircraft.
2) If you are a member of a participating frequent flyer program, make sure to provide the number when you book your trip and retain the copy of your ticket and boarding pass so you will receive proper credit for your mileage. Please note that some air tickets are not eligible for mileage accrual.
3) Whenever possible, we will add charges for air departure taxes to your invoice. Some international arrival and departure fees are not included in your air ticket and must be paid by you during the tour in the local currency.
Tour Package - Land Only
If you chose to purchase a land-only tour package, you have opted to purchase your own airline tickets to and from home and, if applicable to your tour package, flights from city to city (inter-flights). In this case, we ask that you keep a few important factors in mind when booking your round-trip flights:
1) Please make sure your round-trip flights work with your tour itinerary. There may be scheduled activities on these days.
2) You must provide us with your flight schedules for the entire tour upon final payment. This ensures that we can arrange any other services you may have purchased from us, including hotel transfers, and that your Tour Manager will know when to expect your arrival. This also allows us to maintain contact with you in case of an emergency.
We offer full-service transfers from start to finish. So when you arrive at the airport of your destination, arrangements will have been made to transfer you to your first hotel on the tour.
If you purchased our air-inclusive tour package, you will enjoy this service free of charge.
If you purchased your air ticket on your own (our land-only tour package), you may purchase a round-trip transfer for a fee.
Meeting locations and times will be set up to accommodate your transfer arrival and departure schedules, which will be provided to you in your documents packet. If you decide to arrange your own transportation to the hotel, please make sure to check in with your Tour Manager once you arrive.
Your comfort is important to us. With that in mind, we charter coaches that are temperature controlled and have toilet facilities onboard. However, in certain countries, coaches with toilet facilities may not be available or they are for emergency use only. If this is the case, please be assured that frequent stops will be made along the touring route for your comfort and convenience.
Change your seat, change your view! At least once a day, the Tour Manager will ask all guests to change seats. This ensures that every guest has an opportunity to enjoy a variety of views as they travel and a chance to get to know each other better. In fairness to all, there will be no exceptions to this policy.