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Begins: Phoenix, Ends: Las Vegas
Book a fully escorted, all inclusive Grand Canyon tour with Caravan Tours and along with a visit to the artist colony of Sedona, you’ll get to enjoy Montezuma Castle National Monument as part of the tour.
From Phoenix Arizona, this leg of your Grand Canyon tour includes a drive along Camelback Mountain, a stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument and some time in Sedona, an exceptional artist colony located in the heart of Arizona’s red rock formations.
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Montezuma Castle, which is not actually a castle, is a series of ancient, well preserved cliff dwellings (an early apartment complex) that were built and lived in by the Sinagua as early as 1100 AD. The ruins of Montezuma Castle span over 4000 square feet and were not discovered until the 1860’s. The “Castle” was inaccurately named after a real Aztec emperor, Montezuma, who was actually born almost half a century after the cliff dwellings were abandoned.
Archeologists believe that for some unknown reason the Sinagua abandoned the pre-historic high-rise dwellings around 1425 AD, after having lived in them for over three centuries! Montezuma Castle consists of twenty rooms spread over five stories and is carved directly out of the limestone cliffs about 90 feet above the canyon floor; not far from the existing town of Camp Verde in Arizona.
Montezuma Castle is amazingly well preserved, but nearly all the artifacts it may have housed were looted in the early 20th century. Most of the artifacts from the Sinagua people have since been discovered in a second, even larger castle structure (called Castle A), which was discovered in 1933.
Unfortunately, very little remains of the original Castle A structure except for the original stone foundations.
Theodore Roosevelt declared the ruins of Montezuma Castle a National Monument in December of 1906. Montezuma Castle is now part of an 860 acre National Park and attracts nearly a half a million visitors each year.
Caravan’s all inclusive Grand Canyon tours are amazingly popular and exceptionally well priced and each year they sell out. We encourage you to book your Grand Canyon tour early.
Call Caravan Tours at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826).
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Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $229; Triple $209; Single $289
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.
$99 Travel Protection Plan
Caravan’s $99 travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage.
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.
“You guys have your act together. It was like a dream come true for a first timer traveling along. Nothing went wrong, it all went right. You can't go wrong with Caravan. It's an adventure without the risk. Pure fun, and the new friends you will make are priceless.”Ms. K.P., Boynton Beach, Florida
“This tour was the most amazing trip on which we've 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. I enjoyed the food and the friendly staff. I would recommend this tour along with our same tour director and driver. We never felt rushed and we can't 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
“This is a 'five star' trip that everyone should take the time to do. Enjoyed the 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
“I have always been a cruise person, but you have converted me! The whole trip was one wonderful sightseeing adventure. I am so glad we took a guided 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. 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
“Caravan is so value packed and has attended to the most minute detail to get the most value for our money. 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! 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. It was our first guided tour, but it won't be the last. I wouldn't 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 didn't see half of what we did. 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. 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!”Mr. & Mrs. J.W., Downers Grove, Illinois
“The entire tour lived up to and exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed the fact that I didn't have to drive. The hotels and meals were taken care of as well as luggage handled professionally and in a very timely manner. We really enjoyed this tour and are of the opinion that we would struggle to duplicate it entirely on our own. Very enjoyable, a good mix of people from different parts of our country who became our friends on the road. In terms of bang for the buck, it is a deal hard to beat in today's world of high gasoline prices. We look forward to another trip with Caravan, next year to Yellowstone, hoping to see our same tour guide again.”Mr. & Mrs. B.W., Monroe, North Carolina
“Overall, a wonderful eight days, during which I was exposed to sights I never thought existed. The tour was well conducted, the accommodations were excellent and the food was great. Don't know how you do it for what you charge. Will strongly consider other Caravan offerings, and recommend this tour to others.”Mr. & Mrs. D.B., Pinellas Park, Florida
“My favorite part of the tour was walking around the Grand Canyon, horseback riding at Zion, just enjoying the beauty of nature on this trip, the changing colors of the season! I would recommend Caravan tours to others. The driving, the hotels and most meals are planned out for you. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.”Mr. & Mrs. E.L., Temecula, California
“This was our first motor coach tour and I am sure it will not be our last with Caravan. Caravan made it so enjoyable that we are sure that we are going to sign up for the Canadian Rockies. We met such wonderful people and enjoyed being catered to that there is no other way to travel to see America and it's beauty as far as we are concerned. We enjoyed the Lake Powell Resort, it added to the vacation. The Zion Park Lodge, again, what can I say? It's a great place to stay. The scenery was beautiful as well as the room. We saw deer outside the deck! The sightseeing and activities were just great! We enjoyed the Jeep and boat tours. Our tour director was so well informed and he actually cared about his touring team. We cannot imagine another tour without him! The motor coach was always clean and very nice. We really felt that we got our money's worth. Thanks!”Mr. & Mrs. J.H., Carmel, Indiana
“I was impressed with it all. Every place we went was a learning experience and the Grand Canyon was spectacular. It was everything I wanted it to be, so impressive and majestic. I have recommended the Caravan Tours to all my friends. I think the choice of hotels you use are quite excellent. Have been on two tours now and I have had no problems. Security is excellent. This trip, I had my good friends with me who had never been on a motor coach tour before. I think they are planning on a few more now with Caravan.”Ms. M.G., Broomall, Pennsylvania
“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
“Still can't believe we stayed within a stone's throw of the Grand Canyon. The sunrise tour we took was breathtaking. The boat ride at Lake Powell, going up through the narrow channel, was unforgettable. But my favorite was Zion - have never seen anything like it. Absolutely awe-inspiring. I would love to go back there, pictures don't do it justice. This was a wonderful tour that exceeded my expecations. We have already discussed taking more Caravan tours, even this one again. This was our second Caravan your. The natural beauty of our sites were awesome, words can’t accurately describe it.”Mr. & Mrs. W.D., Henderson, North Carolina
“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
“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
“This is a beautiful trip. What great meals! We enjoyed every one of them. The last night at Zion Canyon was the best. The sightseeing and activities were wonderful. The tour director was the best of any trip I've made in the past. My wife and I have traveled all over the US and overseas, thirteen overseas trips. I highly recommend Caravan Tours. They meet all of your expectations and more. We had been to the Grand Canyon before but did not see half of what was offered on this tour. You won't be disappointed with any of the Caravan trips.”Mr. & Mrs. W.P., Tuscaloosa, Alabama
“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 coaches, which you proved were all tall tales. Thank you for a very enjoyable experience.”Ms. H.M., Selden, New York
“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
“I highly recommend Caravan. It was a great vacation. 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. I'd go again with the driver and tour director. I was pleased with all the people on the tour.”Ms. L.I., Grand Island, Florida
“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. 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.”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
“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
“This trip was the experience of a lifetime. I can honestly say our TD and driver made it so special. But no words can truly express the beauty of Zion, a natural wonder. I will not forget entering the park through the tunnel, I think all our eyes were misty. Each activity was nicely spaced to not have too much time on the bus, and the rest and photo stops were amazing. We could rest and stretch and get a preview of the mind-blowing scenery we would be surrounded by shortly. It was wonderful to have a former park ranger as our guide. He was fantastic. I also found the staff at each hotel very friendly and helpful, and staying in the parks themselves added a great deal to the feeling of awe and beauty of each place. This was my first Caravan tour but it won’t be my last. Best wishes to you. Thank you for taking such pride in your company. It shows in the quality of those you work with and the quality of the tours.”Ms. W.R., Lynden, Washington
“Please share with your staff that I was impressed with the organization of the tour and how well it is planned out. If my husband and I would have traveled these same areas on our own, there would have been so much we would have missed, history, traditions, culture, etc. Thanks so much for all the behind the scene work that goes into planning and coordinating these tours. All in all, it was a wonderful tour. The people on our particular tour were great. We had such a good time together!”Ms. J.A., Waterford, Wisconsin
“There were a variety of places to see and things to do. After our stop in Sedona, the tour took us through Oak Creek Canyon to see the spectacular scenery. The jeep ride through Monument Valley was dusty and awe-inspiring. It was interesting to see such imposing formations in the vast spaces of the West. We felt so small in the presence of natural wonders. We got a close up view of the Grand Canyon at the Watch Tower and Grandview Point. Both locations provided stunning vistas of the Grand Canyon. Our did a great job during the trip. He drove carefully through the narrow winding roads in the parks and along the canyon roads. There was always water available to us. The coach gave us a smooth, quiet ride. Overall, we had a great trip to see the vast, natural beauty of the American Southwest. The colors, shapes, and variety of the rock formations were impressive to see. We want to thank Caravan for a nice send off at the end of our trip.”Mr. & Mrs. J.C., McLean, Virginia These are only the first 25 reviews of this tour... Read all 194 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.
Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).
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.
The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.
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.