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Begins: Phoenix, Ends: Las Vegas
Day 1 – Phoenix, Arizona
See the greatest national parks of America's Southwest! Spend four nights in national park lodges, including two nights at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and two nights at Zion Park Lodge, the only lodging in Zion National Park. Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for a 6:00 p.m. welcome briefing.
Day 2 – Sedona, Grand Canyon
Drive through Scottsdale and along Camelback Mountain on your morning sightseeing. Next, visit Montezuma Castle, site of 12th and 13th century Native American cliff dwellings. Continue to the artist colony of Sedona, surrounded by towering red rock formations. You have free time in Sedona to explore galleries, shops and restaurants. Continue through scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Arrive at the Grand Canyon for a relaxing two-night stay. Your lodge is inside the Grand Canyon National Park, near the South Rim. Enjoy dinner at the Grand Canyon. Elevation at the South Rim averages 7,000 feet. BD
Day 3 – Grand Canyon National Park
Enjoy breakfast at historic El Tovar Lodge on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Entire day to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Almost 280 miles long, the Grand Canyon varies in width from one to eighteen miles, with the Colorado River winding below. You have a morning orientation drive of the Grand Canyon. Visit Desert View Lookout. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy Grand Canyon National Park. You can take a free shuttle bus to the many lookout points on the West Rim. You have plenty of time to hike on Bright Angel Trail into the Grand Canyon, or enjoy activities offered along the rim trails, including bike rentals. You also can visit the historic Grand Canyon Park buildings, Hopi House and Lookout Studio. Relax and enjoy Grand Canyon vistas, or attend one of the daily park ranger talks. Your two night stay inside Grand Canyon National Park allows you time for a comprehensive visit. Best of all, you will enjoy two opportunities to see Grand Canyon sunsets and sunrises. B
Day 4 – Monument Valley, Jeep Tour
Drive along the scenic East Rim of the Grand Canyon. Then, visit a Navajo and Hopi Trading Post. Here, you will find a large selection of high- quality Hopi Kachina dolls, fine Native American jewelry and handicrafts. Next, drive through the Hopi Indian Nation to the Navajo Indian Nation. Led by Navajo guides, enjoy a jeep tour of the restricted backcountry of Monument Valley, a beautiful, pristine area of buttes and arches. John Ford, the filmmaker, discovered the rugged beauty of Monument Valley in the 1930’s. Western classics, such as “Stagecoach,” “The Searchers,” and “Once Upon a Time in the West” were filmed in Monument Valley. Hollywood legends, such as Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart filmed Westerns here. Then, to Lake Powell Resort on the shores of picturesque Lake Powell. Enjoy a relaxing two-night stay. B
Day 5 – Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon Cruise
Breakfast in your resort’s famous Rainbow Room with 180 degree sweeping views of Lake Powell. This morning enjoy a scenic boat cruise through Lake Powell’s Antelope Canyon, lined with rich red sandstone walls. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy Lake Powell Resort. B
Day 6 – Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park
Enjoy breakfast in the Rainbow Room. Then, drive to Kanab, known as Little Hollywood. Over 100 western movies and TV shows were filmed here including “Gunsmoke,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Wagon Train,” and “How the West Was Won.” Next visit Bryce Canyon. See the Bryce “Hoodoos,” fantastic red, orange and pink limestone spirals. Stop at Bryce Point and Sunrise Point, overlooking the stunning Bryce Amphitheater. Continue to Zion National Park. With Caravan, enjoy a relaxing two night stay at the only lodging inside the park, Zion Lodge. Stroll the beautiful grounds of your lodge ideally situated in the center of the valley floor. Marvel at the cliffs towering above. B
Day 7 – Zion National Park
This morning enjoy a private tram tour of Zion Park. See a wonderland of rock monoliths. Zion features stunning scenery found nowhere else. Zion is a geological showplace with sandstone cliffs among the highest in the world. Early settlers were so inspired by Zion’s beauty that they bestowed exalted names on the park’s natural features. See East Temple, the Court of the Patriarchs and the Great White Throne. Afternoon at leisure to relax in your magnificent setting or pursue park activities. You may wish to take the free Zion Canyon shuttle or hike the Park’s scenic walking trails near your lodge. Enjoy dinner at Zion Lodge. BD
Day 8 – Zion Park to Las Vegas, Nevada
After breakfast at Zion Park Lodge, Caravan transfers you from Zion Park to Las Vegas, Nevada. Enjoy a brief sightseeing drive of the dazzling Las Vegas strip. Arrive at the Las Vegas airport at 11:30 a.m. Please schedule flights after 1:30 p.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. B
|Have you always wanted to walk a path in Zion Park? Hike in Zion Park is for you. The entire area is known as the Colorado Plateau. To see how the Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon are stairstepped see the Grand Staircase. Explore the Hoodoos and otherwordly shapes of dramatic Bryce Canyon. You may find, as many others do, the calm and soothing Zion Park is good for your nerves.|
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Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $216; Triple $199; Single $269
Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.
Meals included are shown by:
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Grand Canyon Park Lodges:
Thunderbird / Maswik / Kachina
Lake Powell Resort
Zion Park Lodge
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Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.
Central to Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, Doubletree Guest Suites Phoenix-Gateway Center features beautiful, newly renovated two room suites within walking distance of boutique shopping and dining. Local golf courses and tennis courts are a short drive away. The hotel has a bar/lounge, swimming pool, fitness center, television, wetbar, speaker phones, high speed internet access, and data ports.
Stay two nights at a Grand Canyon National Park lodge. Caravan's lodges are all located inside the park, near the South Rim. All rooms are non-smoking. A free shuttle bus system operates within the park, offering free transport between all lodges, restaurants, the West Rim drive, Yavapai geology museum, and the Park Visitor Center. Elevation at the Grand Canyon's South Rim averages 7,000 feet.
Thunderbird Lodge is a contemporary lodge located a few feet away from the rim edge of the Grand Canyon. All of the rooms have either two queen beds or one king bed, in-room coffee, refrigerator, safe, cable television, telephone, full bath, and air conditioning. Handicap rooms are also available. At Thunderbird Lodge, it's just a three minute walk to the Bright Angel Restaurant, Arizona Room Restaurant, and El Tovar Restaurant.
Kachina Lodge is a contemporary "twin" lodge to the Thunderbird Lodge, located just a few feet away from the rim edge of the Grand Canyon. All of the rooms have either two queen beds or one king bed, in-room coffee, refrigerator, safe, cable television, telephone, full bath, and air conditioning. Handicap rooms are also available. At Kachina Lodge, it's just a three minute walk to the Bright Angel Restaurant, Arizona Room Restaurant, and El Tovar Restaurant.
Maswik North Lodge is a modern lodge surrounded by a Ponderosa pine forest. It's located one third of a mile from the rim edge of the Grand Canyon. All rooms have two queen beds or one king bed, in-room coffee, refrigerator, safe, cable television, telephone, full bath, and air conditioning.
Stay two nights at Lake Powell Resort. The resort is located on the shores of Lake Powell at Wahweap Marina, about 5 miles from the town of Page, Arizona and 2 miles from Glen Canyon dam. The modern lodges at Lake Powell Resort all have two queen beds, air conditioning, in-room coffee, cable television, telephone, hair dryer, full bath, and air conditioning. Lake Powell Resort has two pools, a jacuzzi, a small beach on the lake shore, 2 restaurants, and a bar. Your breakfast is included each day at the world famous Rainbow Room, with spectacular views of the Glen Canyon and Lake Powell.
Zion Park Lodge
Stay two nights at historic Zion Park Lodge. This is the only lodging located inside Zion National Park. The lodge is situated in the center of the valley floor and surrounded by spectacular 2,000 foot sandstone canyon walls. The exterior of the lodge has been restored to its original 1920's classic appearance. Hotel rooms feature air conditioning, phones, flat-screen televisions with satellite reception, radio alarm clocks, iron and ironing boards, hairdryers, coffeemakers and complimentary wireless internet. Zion Park offers a diverse selection of picturesque trails ranging from short, easy jaunts to strenuous adventures. Some of the trails begin immediately outside the lodge.
Caravan’s Phoenix, Arizona hotel, the Doubletree Suites (320 North 44th St.) provides a courtesy shuttle from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Upon arrival, request a pickup using the Doubletree’s courtesy phone at the baggage claim area or call the hotel directly at: 602-225-0500. The shuttle operates 24 hours daily. Taxis cost approximately $15.00 and take 10 minutes.
Caravan's vacation packages include a departure transfer to McCarran Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, Nevada on the day the tour ends, arriving by 11:30 a.m. Please schedule flights after 1:30 p.m. If you wish to extend your stay in Las Vegas, taxis and shuttles are available from the airport. (Las Vegas regulations prohibit Caravan’s motorcoach from making stops at individual Las Vegas hotels.) Taxis cost $15.00 and take 25 minutes. There are several airport shuttle services located near the dropoff point. The airport shuttles depart every ten minutes and the cost is $5.00 per person each way. The shuttle transfer time to hotels is approximately 45 minutes. No advance reservations are necessary from the airport.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:
||AeroMexico, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, America West, American Airlines, American Transair, ATA, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Lufthansa, Mesa Airlines, Midwest Express, Skywest Airlines, Southwest, Sun Country, Ted, United Airlines, US Airways|
||AeroMexico, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Airtransat, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Aloha Airlines, America West, American Transair, ATA, British Airways, Champion Air, Comair, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jetblue, Mexicana, Midwest Express, Omni Air International, Singapore Airlines, Skyservice, Sun Country, Ted, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Westjet|
This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. A good pair of tennis shoes or hiking shoes is recommended for walking in the parks. Please bring a sweater or jacket to wear on the air conditioned motorcoach, and to wear at night at higher elevations such as the lodge at the Grand Canyon. Please bring a lightweight rain poncho in case of rain. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual.
Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.
Prices do not include air travel, airport porter fees, visas, phones, laundry, all items of a personal nature, food and beverages not on the regular menu. Tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver are not included. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.
Yes. Usually you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Caravan Tours. Most tours will be joined by adults of all ages. Childen age five (5) and over are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.
Yes. Park ranger programs are given nightly at the Grand Canyon National Park and at Zion Lodge.
A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. Tours usually depart in the mornings between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and arrive in the afternoon at your destinations. We do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.
Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the motorcoaches used. Usually, the tour group size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.
Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals in Latin America are included. Most meals are included in the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.
“We had an outstanding tour director. His depth of information and knowledge on the locations was amazing. His daily handouts about what we were to see that day were very informative and a great idea. The teamwork and interaction between he and the driver were excellent. It was a first class tour well planned in every respect This was our second Caravan tour and we are already thinking about the next one.”Mr. & Mrs. T.K., Hillsborough, North Carolina
“All of the meals were great! I enjoyed the food and the friendly staff. I would recommend this tour along with our same tour director and driver. The tour was the most amazing trip on which weve ever been! This was our first trip out West and we could not have asked for a better, more enjoyable and more valued tour! The hotels were great, the sights were breathtaking, and the meals were excellent. We never felt rushed and we cant wait to go on another Caravan tour! Thank you for a truly memorable and extremely valued tour. Keep up the good work”Mr. & Mrs. S.P., Harrisonburg, Virginia
“The whole trip was one wonderful sightseeing adventure. I am so glad we took a bus tour as opposed to driving so both of us could see the sights rather than one driving and missing it all. The tour director and driver were excellent in alerting us in advance of upcoming views. I had no idea how beautiful the area was and how unique each park would be. Being able to see the diverse areas on the tour made it even more spectacular than I could have imagined. This trip was way beyond my expectations. I have only done day tours so I was not sure what to expect. By the end, I felt like everyone was family. I have never been so sorry to see a trip end. I have always been a cruise person, but you have converted me! If all the tours are as good as this was and the tour directors are as knowledgeable as ours, we will be on more Caravan tours. I have read about all the canyons, but I never imagined the beauty of each of them and the other areas we visited. ”Mr. & Mrs. J.R. Yorktown, Virginia
“I first used Caravan on the Canadian tour and loved it. I really enjoyed this tour a lot.”Mr. & Mrs. R.C., Centreville, Virginia
“The tour director and driver provided far more quality of care and efficiency than expected. Having a four member party, including children, this was a very welcomed surprise. I would recommend Caravan to my friends.”Mr. & Mrs. R.O., Ashburn, Virginia
“The sightseeing and activities were very good. Plenty to see and absorb. To me, it was the right amount to see. Lake Powell was great! The motor coach was nice. It was clean, new and comfortable. I was concerned about this before the tour, but that soon went away! It was an absolutely great coach tour. I am recommending it back home. I will do it again somewhere next year. Please let us know if our tour director moves to another tour. We would like to take one with her again! Thanks for a great vacation!”Mr. & Mrs. M.S., Elkton, Florida
“The hotels were terrific! Loved not having to deal with luggage. Once on the tour, they treated us like Royalty! The meals were all EXCELLENT! I was so impressed that Caravan provided such wonderful meals in our tour cost. We absolutely had the dream team with our tour director and driver! It was our first bus tour, but it wont be the last. Caravan is so value packed and has attended to the most minute detail to get the most value for our money. Thank you. I wouldnt choose another company if Caravan has a package of where we want to go. Some friends drove from Oklahoma and made the same trip. They spent twice the money and didnt see half of what we did. Thank you for making it so great for so many for so long! It was a great trip and we would choose Caravan in the future! The meals were fine. I particularly like the coupon plan which allowed us to eat on our own schedule and not walk in with a big group. I enjoyed the sightseeing activities and I also enjoyed the free time in each National Park. The tram system allowed each of us to do as much as we wanted. This was my first Caravan tour and it will not be my last. It was exactly what was described in the brochure. It was smoothly run and enjoyable!”Mr. & Mrs. J.W., Downers Grove, Illinois
“Great bargain! Im recommending it to everyone, especially if they get our same tour director.”Ms. J.T., West Palm Beach, Florida
“This is my fourth tour with Caravan. An added feature, and the most important to me is your choice of tour directors. The contract system you have for tour leaders certainly seems to bring out high quality people. I am thinking about trip number five in the near future.”Ms. C.D., Honolulu, Hawaii
“I thought the sightseeing and activities we did at the Grand Canyon were AMAZING. I loved hiking through the narrows and up the side of the mountain in Zion National Park. The hotels were great! I will definitely recommend this tour to my friends!”Mr. & Mrs. R.O., Hashburn, Virginia
“We will definitely use Caravan in the future. Thanks!”Mr. & Mrs. I.L., Miami, Florida
“Our tour director did an excellent job. He worked hard to make everyone feel comfortable. We enjoyed his availability and willingness to mingle with those on tour. We were a little apprehensive about a tour as my family usually likes to do their own thing. With eight of us, we decided to try it. We liked the itinerary, planned activities and leisure time. When you have that many people, it takes sometimes half the trip to figure out the plan. This was nice, because everyone knew the plan and we still had time to do things we wanted to do. We could have done more, but felt we had a nice relaxing vacation that was very informative and a great learning experience for the kids and us. Besides, it was beautiful. The boys were excellent and all the people on the bus tour seemed to enjoy them, as they did everyone. We had a very nice group of people which helps to make or break a trip. We enjoyed meeting them and will treasure all of the new friendships we made. We will definitely consider another Caravan tour in the future.”Mr. & Mrs. G.S., Fort Wayne, Indiana
“We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and plan to take other Caravan tours as a result of this wonderful experience.”Mr. & Mrs. R.E. Montgomery, Texas
“The hotel accommodations were good. Every place we visited was different and beautiful. The driver got us to each destination on time. He kept the motor coach clean and supplied with water.”Mr. & Mrs. M.M., San Jose, California
“I enjoyed the variety of hotel styles from elegant to rustic. All were comfortable and wonderfully clean. During the sightseeing and activities, I was delighted and amazed at the magnificence of our surroundings. Our tour director was exceptionally good. He adapted quickly to the expectations of all on the motor coach. He was careful to watch over all of us.”Ms. G.E., Lubbock, Texas
“We recommend this trip to all. Looking forward to traveling next year to the North Parks, hopefully with our same tour director. This was our first tour and he made us realize that a lot would be missed if we had tried this trip alone. He made us all so comfortable and our driver made our trip feel safe. We had heard nightmare stories about tour buses, which you proved were all tales. Thank you for a very enjoyable experience.”Ms. H.M., Selden, New York
“We particularly liked having ironing boards and irons in most of the hotel rooms. The tour director was excellent. He was efficient and well informed. We would travel with him anytime.”Ms. B.D., Londonderry, New Hampshire
“The hotels were all fine. It was such a thrill to stay at Grand Canyon and Zion Parks. This was our tenth Caravan tour, the first in the U.S. As you can see, we enjoy traveling with you!”Mr. & Mrs. R.S., Appleton, Wisconsin
“The hotels were all clean and quiet. I didnt once have to use my ear plugs. The hotel at Zion was wonderful with the fireplace. We sat and talked with some of the other tourists.”Mr. & Mrs. G.H., Flint, Michigan
“I enjoyed the hotel in Phoenix, Lake Powell and Zion National Park. The Grand Canyon hotel was also nice. It was a great trip. We loved it. Would use Caravan again.”Mr. & Mrs. H.K., Old Bridge, New Jersey
“Looking forward to a third trip with Caravan.”Mr. F.W., West Seneca, New York
“The hotels were all great and clean. The tour director was outstanding! He was not boring, yet explained points of interest. He has a great sense of humor. We were always right on schedule. He was always in control and had our keys. Id go again with the driver and tour director. I was pleased with all the people on the tour. I highly recommend Caravan. It was a great vacation.”Ms. L.I., Grand Island, Florida
“I think our tour director was the most gifted tour guide. He was organized, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He had a wonderful personality, very friendly and thoughtful. He gave individual attention to each participant. This is my third Caravan trip in a year, and I found this tour to be an excellent value. I enjoyed the sightseeing, the activities, the group, the driver but mostly our tour guide who made us see the beauty and value of nature.”Ms. N.S., Queens Village, New York
“The trip was excellent! Our first time out West! What a great country and an excellent tour company who helped us enjoy it to the fullest. We saw a lot for a seven-day vacation. It was well planned and not too fast paced. We enjoyed our tour director. He had a lot of information to share about areas we traveled and was always courteous and concerned for each of us personally. He got us to church Saturday and we also greatly appreciated this! We really enjoyed the trip! Thank you.”Mr. & Mrs. T.C., North Royalton, Ohio
“This is a ‘five star’ trip that everyone should take the time to do. Enjoyed leisurely pace, delicious meals, and outstanding side trips. Not only was this breathtaking scenery in the Grand Canyon, but everyday promised more and better things to see. Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, I can’t say enough good things. Thanks to our tour director, we learned SO MUCH about our country’s history in the West. This was our first Caravan tour. Caravan is a very organized, efficient tour group that we will take again. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! ”Mr. & Mrs. J.G., Venice, Florida These are only the first 25 reviews of this tour... Read all 174 Reviews »
Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel.
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
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Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
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Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.