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September 13-23, 2020

Wonders of the American West

Fresh air and epic landscapes await you at the Grand Canyon National Park. Don't miss this beautiful trip to one of America's most sacred spaces. This tour also includes Monument Valley, Arches National Park, and Zion National Park. Book your trip today!

Booking Deadline: July 1, 2020

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Pricing

Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $4,509
Single $6,359
Triple $4,029

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.

 

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 passengers.

Included Features

  • Free parking and roundtrip motorcoach transfers to Philadelphia International Airport
  • Roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia to Las Vegas
  • Roundtrip transfers – airport/hotel
  • Hotel accommodations for nine nights
  • Post-tour accommodations for one night at Caesars Palace Las
  • Vegas Hotel & Casino
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
  • Services of Professional Insight Vacations Tour Manager
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners with wine
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suit case per person
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

Highlights

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Monument Valley
  • Mesa Verde
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Moab
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Lake Powell
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Zion National Park

Itinerary

Sunday, September 13: Depart for Las Vegas

Depart Central PA and fly to Las Vegas, Nevada to start your incredible vacation. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the award winning Bacchanal Buffet. Hotel: ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada (Dinner with Wine)

Monday, September 14: The Wonders of the Grand Canyon

Journey to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, where you will join your Park Expert for an informative talk about the the phenomenon in geology, its rock formation and impact. Learn about the local flora and fauna, and where you might be able to spot the land’s elk, mule deer, coyotes, grey foxes, bobcats and mountain lions. Dine at your lodge this evening after a sparkling reception at sunset taking in the incredible orange hues that light up this stunning natural wonder. Hotel: Grand Canyon Lodges, Yavapai East at Grand Canyon’s South Rim (Breakfast, Dinner with Wine)

Tuesday, September 15: Grand Canyon and Lake Powell

Wake up to the backdrop of the Grand Canyon as you depart for the majesty of Lake Powell. Stop at Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort. Check in to your room and enjoy the evening at leisure. Hotel: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas, Lake Powell, Arizona (Breakfast)

Wednesday, September 16: A Leisurely day at Lake Powell

Spend the day doing entirely as you please. Perhaps join an optional float trip down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River, or take a leisurely optional cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its steep, sandstone walls. (Breakfast)

Thursday, September 17: Monument Valley and the Navajo Nation

Journey on through the barren beauty of the desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you’ll board an all-terrain vehicle to explore the valley with your Navajo guide. These sturdy 4 x 4 jeeps offer open sides for spectacular views and a roof to protect you from the sun. Learn about Navajo history from your guide. The area is also the backdrop for many western Hollywood hits, including Stagecoach and Fort Apache. Inspired by these iconic movies, you’ll find “John Wayne’s cabin” at nearby Goulding’s Lodge. This small structure was used for exterior shots in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, starring Wayne himself. The venue also holds a cinema dedicated to none other than John Wayne and his impressive movie portfolio. Enjoy a Navajo cookout Highlight Lunch amid the giant buttes and mesas of this unique landscape before making your way to Mesa Verde National Park, where the day draws to a close. Your lodge inside the park offers sweeping vistas reaching into three states. Hotel: Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde, Colorado. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine)

Friday, September 18: Mesa Verde and Moab

Enjoy an in-depth visit to fascinating Mesa Verde National Park. View the ancient pueblo dwellings known as Cliff Palace. Settle in for a relaxing stay at your modern hotel with Western flair, superbly located just a block away from Main Street. Enjoy a Dine-Around evening and choose from a hand-picked selection of restaurants. Hotel: Red Cliff’s Lodge, Moab, Utah (Breakfast, Dinner with Wine)

Saturday, September 19: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

In the morning, visit Arches National Park, housing the greatest concentration of natural arches in the world. Stop and take a short hike to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint to view the iconic arch. Then it’s on to Canyonlands National Park for a drive onto the Island in the Sky - a mesa resting 1,000 feet above the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views over the dramatic sandstone formations. Back at the lodge, your evening is at leisure. (Breakfast)

Sunday, September 20: Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks

Magnificent scenery awaits at Capitol Reef National Park, best known for its Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile-long warp in the earth’s crust. Journey along one of the most beautiful roads in the world, Scenic Byway 12, winding through the stunning Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Head to the sandstone cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Here you will be met by pine trees and red rock pillars. You’ll take a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheaters of the odd-shaped monoliths, known as hoodoos. Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon, Bryce, Utah (Breakfast)

Monday, September 21: Whimsical Bryce Canyon National Park

Start the day travelling through Bryce Canyon National Park, the great natural amphitheater. The whimsical eroded rock formations that characterize this National Park are some of Utah’s most unusual shapes. Learn how wind, erosion and iron oxidation created the spellbinding hoodoos with your Travel Director. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a memorable Celebration Dinner set overlooking the park’s orange and red rock formations. (Breakfast, Dinner with Wine)

Tuesday, September 22: Zion National Park and back to Las Vegas

Enjoy a last look at Bryce Canyon, glowing in early morning light, before heading to Zion National Park - one of the most scenic canyons in the United States. Here, join a guided tour by a private Zion Canyon Shuttle, with live commentary, to view the park’s best sites. Your tour ends in Las Vegas where you will enjoy an extra night in this thriving city. Hotel: Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. (Breakfast)

Wednesday, September 23: Depart for home

Transfer to the Las Vegas International Airport with fond memories of a beautiful trip.

Itinerary is subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

General Information

Travel Documents

U.S. State department and destination specific travel regulations at time of brochure printing required the following documents for your travel. A valid government issued REAL ID or passport is required. Travel regulations and state compliance requirements are subject to, and have been known to change. For the most current requirements, which due to potential changes may be other than this listed here, please consult with your travel agent.

Payment

A non-refundable deposit of $225 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by July 1, 2020.

Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to July 9, 2020 - $225 per person, plus...
From July 10 – August 22, 2020 - 25% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From August 23 - September 5, 2020 - 30% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From September 6 – 12, 2020 - 50% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
After September 12, 2020 - Non-Refundable

*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airline 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights schedules may contain code share agreements.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for this region in September averages in the 80’s with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered, comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended. A flashlight for use in the National Parks is recommended. Lighting is often limited on the walking paths at night.

Baggage

One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

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