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America's Canyonlands

May 30, 2016 – June 6, 2016

Tauck Tours / Courtesy

Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Tauck Tours / Courtesy

travels-canyonlands-antelope-canyon-vAmerica’s Canyonlands, hosted by CapRadio's Environment Reporter, Amy Quinton, and TAUCK World Discovery – May 30, 2016 through June 6, 2016.

The Grand Canyon is somewhere on a lot of peoples' "place I simply must visit" list. Make 2016 the year to cross off the Grand Canyon – and in the process, explore two other national parks – Bryce Canyon and Zion – as well as Sedona, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon and even Las Vegas! With just about every travel expense included, Tauck Value makes your dream adventure a reality.

America’s Canyonlands is one of our most popular trips, year after year. We’ve made great friends with local experts who have opened their hearts to us, warmly inviting us to learn more about their traditions, rich history, and beautiful landscapes, contributing to our unique access to this region. Memorable experiences like insights into the Grand Canyon’s ecology from a geology expert – right on the rim of the canyon itself! – flightseeing over sculpted landscapes to see Rainbow Bridge, a private dinner cruise on Lake Powell (with a champagne welcome!), a float trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon, a fascinating lecture on Southwestern flora and fauna, a private boat cruise and guided tour to view slot canyons of the Southwest… make for a truly exceptional travel experience. And enjoy a Tauck On-tour Exclusive – filmed narratives by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that share personal stories of the visionaries who defined the national parks – behind-the-scenes commentary by the creators of The National Parks: America's Best Idea.

We’ve built our business on one principle – to provide guests with the very best travel experience possible, with an uncompromising focus on personalized service, quality experience and inclusive value. Just about every travel expense is included in one up-front price; there are no hidden costs, no surprises – and no options sold on tour. Traveling with Tauck is peace of mind travel at its best.

Thank you – and I encourage you to book soon to ensure you get your preferred departure date as space is filling quickly! Registration deadline is January 25, 2016. Call Gloryvette Lichtman with Cruise Planners at 916-985-2900.

I look forward to welcoming you on this amazing adventure!

Sincerely,

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Daniel W. Mahar, CEO


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 America's Canyonlands

Stories by Ken Burns Tauck takes you behind-the-scenes with filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan – creators of The National Parks: America's Best Idea – who share personal stories of the dreamers, visionaries, and unsung heroes who shaped the preservation of three great national parks of the American West – Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion.

travels canyonlands mapThanks to our travel partner, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, enjoy a complimentary night before your tour begins at this fabulous resort, one of the Southwest's finest (subject to availability, deposit must be made at time of booking); your complimentary night can be combined with other savings and promotions – ask for details!

Stay at sought after lodges in the heart of the parks. Enjoy an ecological talk on the Grand Canyon's rim by a geology expert... a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard a yacht... an interpretive lecture on Southwestern ecology... a float trip on the Colorado River... aerial sightseeing over Rainbow Bridge... a private lake cruise and guided tour to view colorful slot canyons... Bryce Canyon's hoodoos... and a final night in Las Vegas. Discover why our popular Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon tour is one of Tauck's favorite journeys anywhere in the world!


Trip pricing. Departing on May 30, 2016:
  • Single occupancy - $4,457
  • Double occupancy - $3,630
  • Guest Protection Plan - $199 per person
Deposit $350 
Early registration is advised due to limited availability.
Registration deadline: January 25, 2016
Final payment due: March 31, 2016

Reserve Your Trip

For direct access to CapRadio American Canyonlands Tauck Tours registration and general information, please click here.

Questions?

Contact Gloryvette Lichtman at glichtman@cruiseplanners.com or 916-985-2900.

Cruise Planners is managing all registrations for the American Canyonlands Tour.


ITINERARY
Trip Includes:
  • Enjoy a complimentary night before your tour begins at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, one of the Southwest's finest resorts (subject to availability); ask at booking
  • Hear insider stories about the national parks during filmed narratives by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • Inside-the-park accommodations at three national parks – Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Ziontravesl bryce canyon small
  • A private dinner cruise on stunning Lake Powell aboard the double-decked yacht Canyon Princess, complete with a champagne welcome
  • A private lake cruise and guided tour to view colorful slot canyons in the Navajo Nation
  • Insights into the Grand Canyon’s ecology from a geology expert from the perfect vantage point – looking out over the rim of the canyon
  • Flightseeing over sculpted landscapes to see Rainbow Bridge
  • A gentle float trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon; a fascinating lecture on Southwestern wildlife, geology and plants
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • 17 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

Day 1 - Relax in Phoenix

Your Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour begins at 5:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. A transfer is included from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Meet your travel companions at the welcome reception and dinner tonight at your luxury desert resort.

Meals: D

Lodging: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

 

Day 2 - From Sedona's red rocks to the ultimate Grand Canyon tour

On this first day of your Southwest and Grand Canyon tour, stop in Sedona – home to famous red-rock formations with whimsical names like the Mittens and the Rabbit Ears, and the backdrop for many western movies and TV shows – and have lunch on your own in this intriguing town shaped by early settlers, cowboys, artists and Hollywood celebrities. Wind through Oak Creek Canyon en route to Grand Canyon National Park. Arrive at your inside-the-park lodge on the South Rim of the amazing Grand Canyon, carved over millions of years by the Colorado River, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants on the canyon's rim at El Tovar, the Arizona Room or Bright Angel Café.

Meals: B, D

Lodging: Kachina Lodge

 

Day 3 - The Grand Canyon and a Lake Powell cruise

You just might want to take advantage of your lodge's ideal location on the South Rim by waking early enough to catch one of nature's grandest shows – a Grand Canyon sunrise! Learn about the geology and wildlife of the region from a local geology expert in a perfect location, right on the rim. And no Grand Canyon tour would be complete without exploring the canyon rim and Canyon Village as you please, witnessing the rugged landscape's vast grandeur and changing colors as the sun climbs in the sky. Travel through the Navajo Reservation en route to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, for a two-night stay. Tonight, a true highlight – a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard the sleek double-decked yacht Canyon Princess.

Meals: B, D

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort

 

Day 4 - Flightseeing and canyon views at Lake Powell

See remote corners of 186-mile-long Lake Powell – created from the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s – from a variety of perspectives. First take an included early morning, 45-minute flight* to see the unusual red-rock formations reflecting in the lake; see Rainbow Bridge, the world's largest natural arch. Then take a private boat cruise and guided tour to view Antelope Canyon, one of the incredible sandstone slot canyons in the Navajo Nation – among the most beautiful in the Southwest, hidden to most visitors – where beams of sunlight put on an amazing show. You also have the possibility today (at an additional cost of $199) to take a four-hour excursion to Monument Valley* in the Navajo Nation, made famous as a setting of many westerns by director John Ford; combine aerial sightseeing with a land tour by a Navajo guide through rock buttes and spires – ask at time of booking.

Meals: B, D

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort

 

Day 5 - Rafting on the Colorado River and on to Bryce Canyon

This morning’s float trip* on the muddy waters of the Colorado River takes you through Glen Canyon; your experienced river adventure guide imparts a wealth of knowledge about the canyon as you glide past colorful walls of Navajo sandstone. Utah’s iconic landscapes have served as ideal locations for movie and TV westerns over the years; view them on an afternoon drive to Bryce Canyon National Park – a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations known as hoodoos, resembling the towers of fairy-tale castles. Magnificent spires, tinted with shades of pink, orange and red, put on a captivating show as the light changes throughout the day. Keep an eye open for the park’s abundant wildlife, including elk, coyotes, marmots, and prairie dogs, as you explore the park from your sought-after accommodations at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon. Listed on the National Historic Register, The Lodge is nestled in a forest of towering ponderosa pines in the heart of the park.

Meals: B, L, D

Lodging: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

 

Day 6 - Explore Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks

If you rise early this morning, you’ll be rewarded with an awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon sunrise, as the light of dawn slowly spreads across the hoodoos and other unique geological features steps from your room at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon! Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps venturing out on one of the park’s renowned hiking trails to observe a great variety of bird species, beautiful wildflowers and diverse wildlife. After lunch, travel across southwestern Utah to Zion National Park, where colorful sandstone canyons and 3,000-foot-high palisades tower above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. The park’s shuttle system and network of hiking trails afford access to its key geologic features – thriving vegetation includes cottonwood trees and dry desert plants; wildlife ranges from mule deer to hundreds of bird species. Spend the night at the restored Zion Lodge, the only hotel accommodation inside the park.

Meals: B, L, D

Lodging: Zion Lodge

 

Day 7 - From Zion National Park to a finale in Las Vegas

The morning is yours to explore Zion’s diverse geological features at leisure; its dramatic peaks and cliffs, odd geologic formations, desert oases featuring abundant pools and waterfalls, and mighty canyons splashed with vivid colors are all equally compelling. The Paiutes believed this place to be the home of their coyote spirit, Sinawava, while early Mormon visitors referred to it as “the natural temples of God.” Highlights include a trio of peaks known as the Three Patriarchs; the Emerald Pools, fed by waterfalls cascading over the canyon walls; and the veil of spring water trickling over Weeping Rock. Depart Zion National Park for a memorable journey across the vast, colorful vistas of the northeastern Mojave Desert. Then get ready for a bit of culture shock as you arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada – a city that truly never sleeps, offering non-stop entertainment and fancifully themed casinos. Accommodations tonight are at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, providing easy access to the famed Strip – and yet the hotel is a welcoming oasis unto itself. Wrap up your Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour with a farewell reception and dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, one last chance to share travel memories with new friends.

Meals: B, L, D

Lodging: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

 

Day 8 - Journey home

Tauck's comprehensive Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour ends in Las Vegas. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Checkout time at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is 12:00 PM; allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in at the airport.

Meals: B


Monument Valley Option - add $199

View colorful sandstone buttes, mesas and spires best appreciated from above on an optional flightseeing adventure* from Page, Arizona, to Monument Valley, iconic setting of many classic western films. Land near the valley within the Navajo Indian Reservation, where a Navajo guide takes you for a close-up view of the incredible monoliths rising from the valley floor; fly back to Page midday and return to Lake Powell.

 


Registration deadline: January 25, 2016
Early registration is advised due to limited availability.


ACCOMMODATIONS
 
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Night 1 - Scottsdale, Arizona
 
travels four seasons scottsdaleIn the foothills of Pinnacle Peak high in the Sonora Desert, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is surrounded by spectacular scenery. Guest rooms, located in Southwestern-style casitas, have a private patio or terrace, custom furnishings and handmade Huichol Indian yarn art. A 42-inch LCD TV with a DVD player, an MP3 docking station, a deep soaking tub and separate shower, coffee/tea-making facilities and a gas fireplace are just some of the amenities provided to make guests feel at home. The freeform, bi-level outdoor swimming pool adjusts its water temperature, depending upon the air temperature at any given time. Tennis players will find two courts and golfers enjoy special privileges at both The Pinnacle and the Monument championship courses at Troon North Golf Club. Or, take advantage of the full range of weight-training and cardiovascular equipment in the Fitness Center. Crescent Moon specializes in regional cuisine influenced by the flavors of the Sonora Desert and Mexico while Talavera puts a new spin on the traditional steakhouse with intriguing steak and seafood pairings. The readers of Travel + Leisure have included the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North on their list of America’s best hotels.

Kachina Lodge
Night 2 - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
 
travels kachina lodgeSituated within Grand Canyon National Park, close to the rim of the Grand Canyon, the modern Kachina Lodge is an excellent staging point for exploration. Comfortable guest rooms have a full bath, a safe, a refrigerator, television, telephone and in-room coffeemaking facilities. Its ideal in-the-park location, surrounded by nature’s spectacular masterpiece, makes a stay here memorable.

 


Lake Powell Resort
Nights 3, 4 - Page, Arizona
 
travels lake powell resortLocated right on the shores of Lake Powell, Lake Powell Resort puts guests in the midst of all the wonders of this incredible spot. Guest rooms feature TV, coffee maker, refrigerator and a hair dryer. Enjoy the two swimming pools and other resort facilities in between your Lake Powell explorations and adventures.

 


 
The Lodge At Bryce Canyon
Night 5 - Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
 

travels lodge at bryce canyonThe only “in-park” lodging at Bryce National Park, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon offers a rustic 1920s elegance – down to replicas of the lodge's original hickory furniture – this beautiful "in-the-park" lodge is on the National Historic Register. Cozy, rustic guest cabins feature a gas log fireplace and a private porch. This quiet and relaxed atmosphere, without televisions, allows the guest to get reacquainted with nature. Dine in the Bryce Canyon Dining Room, surrounded by the majestic Ponderosa Pine forest and the inspiring beauty of the park.


Zion Lodge
Night 6 - Zion National Park, Utah
 

travels zion lodgeZion Lodge is the only hotel in Zion National Park. Designed in the classic national park lodge style by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood in the 1920s, rebuilt after a fire in the 1960s and beautifully restored to its original rustic glory in the 1990s, Zion Lodge features hotel-style accommodations as well as historic cabins with two double beds, full bath, gas log fireplace and private porch. While there may be no TV to distract one from nature’s beauty, all guest rooms feature air conditioning, phones, radio alarm clocks and hairdryers, as well as a private balcony or porch. Red Rock Grill, Zion Lodge's restored dining room, boasts spectacular views of the park's magnificent surroundings.


Four Seqsons Hotel Las Vegas
Night 7 - Las Vegas, Nevada
 

travels four season las vegasLocated at the south end of the Strip steps from Las Vegas’ famous nightlife, entertainment to world-class gaming, the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is a non-gaming oasis of tranquility in the midst of the city’s “glitz, gambling and glamour.” Generously proportioned guest rooms abound with thoughtful Four Seasons touches, such as the signature marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub, separate shower and thick terry bathrobes, and amenities including a 42-inch plasma screen TV, in-room coffee and tea maker, CD player, down duvets and pillows (hypo-allergic pillows are available on request), hair dryer, refrigerated private bar, in-room safe, iron and ironing board. The outdoor pool, with arbors for shade, is inviting after a long day, as is the Health Club with its Workout Room overlooking the pool. Four Seasons guests also have access to the adjacent Mandalay Bay Beach offering a wave pool, a lazy river, three pools and 2,700 tons of real sand. Or perhaps you’ll seek relaxation and rejuvenation at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The elegant and cozy Verandah Bar and Lounge is the perfect place to end the day with a nightcap.


Registration deadline: January 25, 2016
Early registration is advised due to limited availability.
 

For direct access to CapRadio American Canyonlands Tauck Tours registration and general information, please click here.

Questions?

Contact Gloryvette Lichtman at glichtman@cruiseplanners.com or 916-985-2900.

Cruise Planners is managing all registrations for the American Canyonlands Tour.