USA – Pioneer Adventures of the Old West

Heading through the Old West, this family holiday reveals the excitement of the land of cowboys, Native Americans and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. This tour is particularly suitable for families as younger members are catered for with their own meal options and activities.

Highlights

  • Scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon
  • Desert View Drive in Arizona
  • Iconic train journey aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway
  • Visit to Sedona, Montezuma Castle, Grand Canyon National Park, Historic Cameron Trading Post, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park

What is Included

  • 7 nights accommodation, twin sharing on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 dinners
  • Transfers and excursions as specified
  • Audio headsets
  • VIP Entry to many sights
  • Porterage and local charges
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Services of a local T our Manager throughout

What is Not Included

  • Return flights
  • Travel Insurance €55.00 (+ 66 years - double premium)
  • Single room supplement €725.00 for duration of stay
  • Tips and gratuities for drivers and guide

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

Howdy partners. Check into your hotel and spend the afternoon getting to know this desert oasis. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel’s pool before gussying up for the 6 p.m. Kick-off Party where you meet your Travel Director and spend some time jawin’ with your travelling buddies. Overnight Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town.

Day 2 – Scottsdale – Sedona – Williams

A drive through the Sonoran Desert brings you to Montezuma Castle National Monument, one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Take a minute to ponder the Sinagua Indians life here in the desert before heading to Sedona in spectacular Red Rock Country. Today your choice sightseeing allows you to join in on an adventure with an included jeep ride to see the famous red rocks or join a Red Rock Magic Trolley tour that will show you the sites and tell you the local stories. After a drive through Oak Creek Canyon, arrive in the historic railroad town of Williams. This evening, join your fellow cowboys and cowgirls for a Be My Guest dinner where the adults can sample a delicious variety of Arizona wine or craft beer with their meal. The kids won’t be left out of the fun as they enjoy a pizza bar and games galore. Overnight Grand Canyon Railway.

Day 3 Williams – Grand Canyon Railway – Grand Canyon National Park

This morning, watch out for the infamous Cataract Creek Gang, as lowly a group of varmints that ever rode the range. Then, climb aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway; pass through majestic Ponderosa Pines, the high desert and the Kaibab National Forest while hearing tall tales and folklore about the area. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, as it’s not uncommon to spot elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope sauntering through this wild, woolly region. Nothing can prepare you for the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With a Local Specialist learn how the Grand Canyon was created and examine rock samples from the colourful sedimentary layers formed as the sea washed in again and again. Join your Travel Director for an unforgettable walk along the rim. Overnight National Park Lodges.

Day 4 – Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley – Lake Powell (2 Nights)

Ferde Grofe was so stunned by the spectacular beauty of the sunrise over the Grand Canyon that he composed his Grand Canyon Suite in 1931. But all you have to do is watch and maybe whistle in amazement as the skies glow and brighten with the coming day. Drive along Desert View Drive, featuring jaw-dropping views of the Grand Canyon, before entering Navajo Country. Here visit the historic Cameron Trading Post, see why Monument Valley is a favourite location for movie directors. Wrap up your exciting day at a lakeside resort tucked into the red rock at amazing Lake Powell. Kick off your boots and have some fun at a poolside pizza dinner. Overnight Lake Powell Resort and Marinas (Lake View Rooms).

Day 5 – Lake Powell

Enjoy a free day to roam the range. Optional activities include a fun float down the Colorado River or a cruise on spectacular Lake Powell to Antelope Canyon with views of Glen Canyon Dam. Or maybe dive in to some of the many aquatic activities at Lake Powell Marina - the choice is yours. Overnight Lake Powell Resort and Marinas (Lake View Rooms).

Day 6 – Lake Powell – Zion And Bryce Canyon National Parks

You will be awestruck by the towering cliffs and massive canyon walls of Zion Canyon. Riding the park’s shuttle, marvel at how the Virgin River cut through the sandstone to create one of Mother Nature’s most stupendous wonders. If you enjoy hiking, there’s an easy trek to the Emerald Pools, where splendid views and waterfalls will make the family happier than a crowd of cowpokes at chow time. Leaving Zion, drive along the Mount Carmel Highway and watch out for more spectacular formations like the Great Arch of Zion and the distinctive Checkerboard Mesa. Arrive at magical Bryce Canyon for the last two nights of your Western adventure. Overnight BW Plus Ruby’s Inn.

Day 7 – Bryce Canyon National Park

Exploring Bryce Canyon is like entering a weird and eerie world, with sandstone spires called hoodoos creating a landscape that is a playground for the imagination. Explore the rim of a great amphitheatre, stopping at various lookouts to snap pictures of fairytale castles, cathedrals, meandering trails and secret hideaways, all carved out of stone by Mother Nature. This afternoon you are free to blaze your own trail. Later, put on your cowboy boots and Stetsons for a Western Farewell Dinner filled with good food and good fun. Overnight BW Plus Ruby"s Inn.

Day 8 – Bryce National Park – Depart Las Vegas

Travelling down through the scenic Virgin River Gorge, make your way into southern Nevada to fabulous Las Vegas, where your adventures in the Old West come to an end. A transfer takes you to Las Vegas International Airport, or if you are extending your stay, to the Tropicana Las Vegas.

Accommodation

Marriott Suites Old Town, Scottsdale 4* or similar

Located in the heart of Scottsdale this hotel is within a 15 minute walk of Scottsdale Waterfront and its many museums. There is a bar/lounge, American grill, Starbucks, 24 hour fitness centre and an outdoor pool. 243 rooms with flat screen TV, mini-fridge, microwave and coffee maker.

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, Williams 4 * or similar

Designed to resemble a century-old train station, this hotel adjacent to the Grand Canyon Railway depot is 1 block from downtown Williams and Route 66. There are 2 restaurants, a bar/lounge, an indoor pool and a 24 hour fitness centre. 298 simple rooms with satellite TV, hair dryer and coffee maker.

National Park Lodges or similar

The Grand Canyon has been one of the world’s premier destinations for more than a century. Grand Canyon National Park Lodges — the primary provider of in-park lodging at the South Rim — manages six distinctively different hotel properties. Many of the structures at the canyon have become recognised for their historical significance.

Lake Powell Resort and Marinas (Lake View Rooms) 3* or similar

Right on the waters edge, in the National Park, this hotel is as mecca for watersports enthusiasts. It offers on-site dining and river cruises, a choice of dining options, a bar, gym and two outdoor pools. 348 rooms, with Native American inspired décor, with TV, refrigerator, hairdryer and coffee maker.

BW Plus Ruby’s Inn, Bryce Canyon 3* or similar

Just 1.6 km from the National Park in Utah, this rustic lodge features a cowboy-themed restaurant and diner, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centre, mountain bike rental, a gift shop and general store. 370 rooms with flat screen TV, microwave, mini fridge, coffeemaker and hairdryer.

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

British Airways

Dublin/London Heathrow

11.05 hrs.

12.35 hrs.

British Airways

London Heathrow/Phoenix

14.40 hrs.

17.25 hrs.

British Airways

Las Vegas/London Heathrow

21.30 hrs.

15.30 hrs. *

British Airways

London Heathrow/Dublin

21.20 hrs.

22.00 hrs.

*Next day arrival Flight times and details may be subject to change

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Sun 06 May 2018

Sun 13 May 2018

€1,995.00

Sun 13 May 2018

Sun 20 May 2018

€1,995.00

Sun 20 May 2018

Sun 27 May 2018

€2,195.00

Sun 27 May 2018

Sun 03 Jun 2018

€2,195.00

Sun 03 Jun 2018

Sun 10 Jun 2018

€2,250.00

Sun 10 Jun 2018

Sun 17 Jun 2018

€2,250.00

Sun 24 Jun 2018

Sun 01 Jul 2018

€2,250.00

Sun 08 Jul 2018

Sun 15 Jul 2018

€2,250.00

Sun 15 Jul 2018

Sun 22 Jul 2018

€2,250.00

Additional departures may be available on request. Early booking, groups of 5+, young traveller (5-17 yrs old) and triple room discounts may be applicable.


Important Information

  • Climate: March, April and May are some of the best months to visit Grand Canyon. In general, temperatures are mild, precipitation is light and the crowds are manageable. Early spring is also a great time to hike in Grand Canyon.
  • Passport: your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date
  • Visa: all passengers travelling to the United States are required to complete an online form used to screen passengers under the Visa Waiver Program. This is called ESTA - the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation. The Visa Waiver Program enables travellers of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism, business or transiting the U.S. for 90 days or less without obtaining a U.S. visa. To apply, travellers must have a valid e-passport, a credit card, an e-mail address and a contact address in the USA (such as your hotel). Each approved ESTA application is generally valid for two years and allows for multiple visits to the United States within that period without having to apply for another ESTA approval fee of $14 applies. All passengers are required to present a printed copy of the authorisation to Customs and Border Protection. Passengers can apply for an ESTA online at the ESTA website (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov).
  • Flights are not included – call us for a price

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €500.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.

In conjunction with Trafalgar Tours