Las Vegas to Las Vegas

8 days from 2,349pp

Take off on an adventure-filled eight days among the striking natural towers and red plateaus of the American canyonlands. Walk along the edge of the Grand Canyon with a recognized expert to view 2,000-year-old rock art, hike among the astounding rock formations of Zion National Park, and discover the beauty of Antelope Canyon alongside a Navajo guide. Find inspiration amid the beauty of these legendary landscapes.
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8 days Las Vegas to Las Vegas

From 2,349 per person

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Las Vegas

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities today until the evening welcome meeting, so check out the strip or get tickets to a show for this evening.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h19:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Stratosphere Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Las Vegas/Zion National Park

Depart early for Zion, Utah’s oldest national park, and observe some of the most beautiful canyon country scenes in the United States. Catch the shuttle into the park with our CEO and hike to the Emerald Pools and hanging gardens.

Private Vehicle
Las Vegas – Zion National Park2h30m-3h270km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Zion National Park Visit
Zion National Park

Admire monumental sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that tower into the sky. Experience diverse plant and animal life in this narrow slot canyon as the park transitions from desert to forest. Gaze at the awe-inspiring beauty of the high plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth’s tallest-known sheer sandstone walls.

Accommodation

La Quinta Inn & Suites at Zion Park (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Zion National Park

Enjoy a guided hike to the Narrows in Zion National Park. Splash and wade in the river that cuts through this stunning slot canyon. Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the high plateaus, towers, temples, mesas, and the earth’s tallest-known sheer sandstone walls of pinks and reds.

The canyon is narrow, and the river covers the bottom in many places, which means you will have to wade or swim to proceed. Prepare to get wet but the cool water makes this hike particularly pleasant during the hot summer months.

Hiking is not permitted when the river is high from runoff or flash flooding. Runoff mostly occurs in April and early May. Late summer thunderstorms can occasionally produce flooding. If the hike is not possible due to weather, it will be replaced with another activity.

This is a moderate level hike of 4 to 5 hours, during which you are wading through water which could be ankle or waist deep, depending on local conditions. As well, the terrain is often rocky and uneven. We recommend bringing water shoes with a hiking tread.

Should you choose to not do the hike, you can stay and relax at the lodge or discuss with your CEO other optional activities that may be available (at additional cost).

Narrows Hike
Zion National Park4h-5h 2-3km

Take a guided hike to the Narrows in Zion National Park. Splash and wade through the cool river which cuts though this stunning slot canyon. You’ll mostly be in up to your ankles and in some spots get waist-deep. The Narrows is one of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park, and is considered one of the world’s best slot canyon hikes.

Private Vehicle
Zion National Park

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

La Quinta Inn & Suites at Zion Park (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Zion National Park/Page

This morning, hike through Bryce Canyon National Park, famed for its multi-coloured rock pinnacles called ‘hoodoo’. Be sure to have your camera ready to snap shots of these spectacular, natural towers that cover the canyon floor. Continue on to Page, Arizona, stopping at Horseshoe Bend along the way.

Private Vehicle
Zion National Park – Bryce Canyon National Park2h140km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Bryce Canyon National Park Visit
Bryce Canyon National Park

See a sight like no other at this giant forest of stone made up of collection of massive natural amphitheaters. This park contains hundreds of thousands of eroded spires, pinnacles, and other shapes as far as the eye can see.

Private Vehicle
Bryce Canyon National Park – Page3h-3h30m250km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Horseshoe Bend Hike
Horseshoe Bend1h 1km

Take a short hike to this spectacular horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River. Stand atop steep orange-coloured sandstone cliffs and look out at Horseshoe Bend. Peer down more than 300m (1,000 ft) at the emerald river below.

Accommodation

Hampton Inn & Suites Page – Lake Powell (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Page/Grand Canyon National Park

Start the day with a visit to the incredible Antelope Canyon with a local Navajo guide. Located on Navajo land and accessible only with an authorized guide, this landmark is considered one of the most visually stunning slot canyon formations in the world. Next, travel to the Grand Canyon.

Marvel as the Grand Canyon unfolds before you but don’t get too close. The land drops almost straight down for more than 1,000m (3,280 ft) into the serpentine canyons below! The gorge is filled with rocky buttes, sheer limestone cliffs, and deep canyons all arrayed in a rainbow of colors. Words defy. This is truly one of the most magnificent sights on earth.

Antelope Canyon Tour
Antelope Canyon2h

Named for the pronghorn that used to roam the land, Antelope Canyon is a natural sandstone cathedral created by years of flash flooding, wind, and rain. Tour this breathtaking canyon to discover beams of light, flowing rock walls, and spiral arches and soak in the natural beauty of this surreal place.

Private Vehicle
Page – Grand Canyon National Park3h-4h220km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Grand Canyon National Park

Spend the day exploring the Canyon with an expert from the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute. Enjoy a walk along the South Rim discussing the unique geology and botany of the Canyon, as well as human history here. After, visit the Historic Village District viewing iconic park structures then continue down the Bright Angel Trail below the canyon rim and view two-thousand-year-old rock art and 250-million-year-old fossils. Also visit the historic Kolb Studio, home to photography pioneers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, who shared with the world the first pictures of the epic Canyon.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Grand Canyon Exclusive

As part of a specially designed experience for National Geographic Journeys travellers, spend a day with a researcher from the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute. Begin with a walk with our expert along the South Rim to hear about the unique geology of the canyon and history of Native Americans here. Then visit the Historic Village District for a stroll past a number of iconic park structures including Hopi House, El Tovar Hotel, and Lookout Studio. Continue down the historic Bright Angel Trail to get a real sense of the feel of the canyon below the rim, viewing 2000-year-od rock art and 250-million-year-old fossils. Also visit Kolb Studio, the home and offices of photographer brothers Ellsworth and Emory Kolb from 1904 to 1976. National Geographic has long supported exploration of the Grand Canyon with the belief that celebrating and studying this iconic naitonal park better equips us in protecting its many natural wonders.

Optional Activities – Day 6

Grand Canyon IMAX Movie
Grand Canyon National Park

14USD per person

On a giant six-story movie screen, watch the most viewed IMAX film of all time, “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets”. Escape, fly, and discover the history and beauty of this awe-inspiring landscape.

Grand Canyon Sunset
Grand Canyon National Park

Free

Head to the rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset. Point your camera in any direction and capture memorable shots as the shifting light plays off the layers of red, yellow, and brown rock. This is truly one of the great wonders. Enjoy the moment.

Accommodation

Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas

This morning, visit Lowell Observatory for a tour of the giant telescopes and to learn about the study of astronomy, as well as a lecture on Mars. Continue back to Las Vegas, but not before getting your kicks on Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona — the birthplace of this famed highway.

Private Vehicle
Grand Canyon National Park – Flagstaff2h150km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lowell Observatory Experience

Visit the highly renowned Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona for a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility alongside an educator. Established in 1894 (making it one of the oldest observatories in the United States), this centre focuses on educating the general public in astronomical research. Learn about the Clark and Pluto telescopes and enjoy a presentation on their study of Mars. National Geographic has long supported space research and featured impressive images of our solar system in the pages of National Geographic magazine. As far back as the 1950s, National Geographic has provided funding to astronomers based at the Lowell Observatory to gather important photographic data of Mars.

Private Vehicle
Flagstaff – Las Vegas5h-6h400km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Seligman (Route 66) Visit
Seligman

Take a trip back in time to the birthplace of Route 66. Check out the historic general store, original motels, as your CEO shows you the highlights of this quintessential American town.

Accommodation

Stratosphere Hotel (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Las Vegas

Depart at any time.

Want to spend more time in Sin City? Ask your GCO or Travel Agent about booking post-tour accommodation in the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Grand Canyon Exclusive, Grand Canyon National Park
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lowell Observatory Experience, Flagstaff
  • All national park fees
  • Zion NP visit and guided hike
  • Bryce Canyon NP visit
  • Antelope Canyon guided visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

This adventure boasts vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.

Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Allow USD390-510 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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