Lost Canyons of the Southwest ( AC)

9 days from Phoenix to Las Vegas

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Everything in life has its ups and downs, including this fascinating tour of Arizona that directs your eyes to ancient cliff dwellings, towering spires, the deepest of canyons, and the deepest of mysteries. Exactly how did the Sinagua Indians reach their cliffside, five-story, high-rise at Montezuma Castle? Explore these enigmas and more as you visit the lost canyons and cultures of the American Southwest. Guided jeep tours through Canyon de Chelly National Monument and the red rock scenery of Sedona get you closer to the secrets within the region’s sandstone formations, as does an adventuresome train ride on the Verde Canyon Scenic Railroad. From Phoenix to Vegas, you’ll enjoy sightseeing in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Jerome – plus a visit to Boulder City’s Hoover Dam Museum. A visit to Petrified Forest National Park as well as time in Meteor Crater Natural Landmark are additional sights sure to leave an impact.

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Notes:

On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

This vacation visits national parks and other remote locations where some facilities may not be up to the first-class standard you expect from Globus. Some lodges within the parks do not have televisions and other amenities you would expect from most Globus hotels.

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA Welcome to Phoenix! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

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Day 2

PHOENIX. EXCURSION TO SCOTTSDALE Desert Dreams Spend the cooler hours of the morning at the Desert Botanical Garden. After exploring the gardens, enjoy LF lunch at the gardens. On to Old Town Scottsdale to experience the unique and vibrant culture of the American Southwest. Enjoy free time to explore before returning to Phoenix for a sightseeing tour and free evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

LOCAL FAVORITE
DESERT BEAUTIES Take in the desert beauty of Phoenix with a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden. Explore this tranquil garden with over 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks in 5 thematic gardens trails through towering cacti, alluring succulents, brilliant flowers, and more. Your visit of this desert oasis includes lunch in the gardens with ingredients sourced directly from the farm and pasture to plate.


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Day 3

PHOENIX–MONTEZUMA CASTLE NATIONAL MONUMENT–SEDONA Cliff Dwellings & Desert Canyons Travel north to visit Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. See the 20-room high-rise pre-Columbian dwelling, nestled into a towering limestone cliff of Camp Verde, Arizona. Hear the incredible story of ingenuity, survival and, ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape. Then get an up-close adventure in the desert on a guided 4-wheel-drive Jeep tour of Sedona’s red rock canyons. Tonight is free.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Be surrounded by the stunning views of Sedona’s iconic red rock formations on an adventure through spectacular scenery and unsurpassed panoramic views of the desert canyon landscapes. Join your knowledgeable local guide for a 4-wheel adventure in the American Southwest.


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Day 4

SEDONA. EXCURSION TO JEROME Historic Rides Visit the historic ghost-town-turned-artist-community. After a bit of free time, travel on the LF Verde Canyon Railroad scenic train ride onboard renovated vintage train cars traveling on a 20-mile journey through 110 years of history. Return to Sedona for a free evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

LOCAL FAVORITE
EPIC RIDE The Verde Canyon Railroad’s historic route from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back – into Arizona’s other “Grand Canyon” – is an unforgettable adventure. Captivating panoramic views are revealed in every direction, exclusively from the relaxed atmosphere of the train. This historic ribbon of rail runs through a protected corridor at the river’s edge, lined with towering red rock pinnacles, near ancient Indian ruins, over fortified bridges and through an invigorating 734-foot manmade tunnel carved through solid rock over a century ago. As far as the eye can see, wildlife, high-desert foliage and rugged terrain are visible on this year-round adventure into a lush riparian habitat.


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Day 5

SEDONA–WINSLOW–CANYON DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT Where Heaven Meets Earth Take a scenic drive through the Coconino National Forest and the Painted Desert to Winslow. Visit Meteor Crater Natural Landmark, the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site. Then explore La Posada Gardens, Gallery, and Museum with lunch in the famed Turquoise Room at this historic Harvey Hotel. Continue to secluded Canyon de Chelly National Monument for an overnight at the historic Thunderbird Lodge. While rustic, the lodge offers a key location as the only hotel located inside the National Monument.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT When you arrive at the historic Thunderbird Lodge, you’re likely to be greeted with the Navajo word for welcome - “Yá’át’ééh.” This rustic yet comfortable lodge situated in the stunning landscape of Canyon de Chelly National Monument is operated by the Navajo Nation and is the only lodge inside the park. Settle in and enjoy the otherworldly beauty of this natural wonder just outside your door. “Yá’át’ééh and welcome to a place like no other!


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Day 6

CANYON DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT–PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK–WILLIAMS Ancient Mystery This morning, take a 4-wheel-drive tour with a Local Navajo Guide. Explore the canyon floor to visit sacred archaeological sites not open to the general public. Then visit Petrified Forest National Park to see giant ancient trees turned rock. Continue to Williams, the gateway to the Grand Canyon, for a stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and experience the luxury of a bygone era!
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION For nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons – longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on the Colorado Plateau. Remains of their homes and images on the canyon walls tell us their stories. Today, the Navajo people (Diné) make their homes, raise their crops, and farm the lands in the canyon. Canyon de Chelly National Monument was established in 1931 to preserve the natural, archaeological, and cultural resources. The park is unique among National Park Service units, as it is comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land and embraces nearly 84,000 acres. The National Park Service continues to work in partnership with the Navajo Nation to manage park resources and sustain this living Navajo community.


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Day 7

WILLIAMS. EXCURSION TO GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Views and Hues Travel into Grand Canyon National Park. During free time, you may want to join the popular helicopter flightseeing tour, visit the museums and visitor centers, or grab a snack and take in the view. Return to Williams for a free evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
EPIC HUES While visiting Grand Canyon National Park, set your sights on the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows of the canyon walls that seem to be set ablaze by the sun. While admiring the beauty of the Grand Canyon, you may be lucky enough to spot grazing elk or bighorn sheep. As the day comes to a close, the golden hour bathes the landscape in an ethereal glow, casting long shadows and illuminates the canyon with a warm embrace. The majesty of the Grand Canyon will truly captivate your mind.


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Day 8

WILLIAMS–BOULDER CITY, NEVADA–LAS VEGAS Amazing Feats Continue across the Mohave Desert to visit the LF Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum. Continue to Las Vegas for a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

LOCAL FAVORITE
HISTORIC SITE Visit the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum and hear the heroic stories of the men and women who braved the desolation of the southern Nevada desert to build the monumental Hoover Dam and settled Boulder City. A true feat of extraordinary commitment and engineering completed with dedication and courage.


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Day 9

LAS VEGAS Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. You may also choose to extend your time in Las Vegas and explore more on your own. Extra nights are available for purchase.
Breakfast Breakfast

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LISA PERLA

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

" It's my passion for travel that led me into the Travel Industry. Originally from New England, I love sharing the area's historical significance and quaint appeal, especially when the Fall colors are at their most brilliant. My heart especially lies in the West, though, with the overwhelming beauty of our parks and canyonlands. I truly enjoy sharing what this wondrous country has to offer, and my goal is for our guests to leave with once-in-a-lifetime memories."

Tour Director -  LISA PERLA

 Accommodations

PHOENIX

POINTE HILTON TAPATIO CLIFFS RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

SEDONA

SKY ROCK SEDONA

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
  Free Wifi

CANYON DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT

THUNDERBIRD LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
Tourist Class
  Free Wifi

WILLIAMS

GRAND CANYON RAILWAY HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

LAS VEGAS

TREASURE ISLAND

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).
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