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  • Sedona

    Located in Arizona's high desert, under the towering southwestern rim of the vast Colorado Plateau, the city of Sedona is a premier tourism destination for recreation, art and local culture.

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    Located in Arizona's high desert, under the towering southwestern rim of the vast Colorado Plateau, the city of Sedona is a premier tourism destination for recreation, art and local culture, and today it is the setting for many television shows, films and advertisements making it a location that seems familiar even upon your first visit.

    Sedona is blessed with a mild climate combined with abundant sunshine and clean air, making this the ideal destination to visit at any time of year. A part of Arizona that offers a respite from the hot desert climate with convivial cool high-desert nights which are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. When it comes to dining, there’s a wide choice of outstanding restaurants offering you many and varied dining styles, atmospheres and flavours. In other words, whatever you desire, you will find something in Sedona to “tickle your tastebuds”.

    Strategically situated at the mouth of the spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona is a unique place which is characterized by huge red-rock formations, as well as the contrasting riverside areas of Oak Creek Canyon. It is an area that is at least as beautiful as many of the national parks offering a multitude of spectacular sights and outdoor activities, including golf and tennis. To enjoy the vistas and surroundings of this “Red Rock Country” there are many opportunities to sightsee, for example, jeep tours, airplane or helicopter rides, hot-air ballooning or scenic railroads.

    Be assured - however you choose to spend your time in Sedona - you will not be disappointed and you will carry the image and memories of this beautiful region with you for your lifetime. 

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    • Top Tip 1

      Arizona positively teems with National Parks, not least the Grand Canyon. If you're planning to visit a number of national parks, save money by purchasing a National Park Annual Pass for just $80 per vehicle (it’s US$25 to enter the Grand Canyon, for example).

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      Take time out in Sedona to enjoy lunch by the creek at L'Auberge de Sedona. We can think of no better way to lose an afternoon!

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      The sunsets in Arizona are incredible. See as many as you can, camera at the ready, champagne in hand!

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      If you're driving from Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon, make sure you don't miss Oak Creek Canyon, just north of Sedona. The views are magnificent.

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      The Arizona desert is beautiful all year round, but if you want to see it in full bloom, visit during the spring when it's a carpet of colour.

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      If you're in Tucson during the summer and want to cool off, take a drive up Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains. You'll ascend to 9,000ft and enjoy wonderful views and a perfect temperature.

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      From Scottsdale, take the short 15-minute drive to Tempe Market Place for attractive shops in an outdoor setting, great water features, an open fireplace plus great places to eat. Go at the weekend for the bonus of some live bands. Fish lovers should eat at Kings Fish House.

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      There are many ways to see the Grand Canyon but the best way is to take a rafting trip along the Colorado River. These are available from half days to almost two week trips.

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      Take an early morning hot air balloon ride. It's well worth the early start to experience it and don't worry about heights. As strange as it may seem, you don't have that same sensation of height as you get standing on a tall building.

    • Top Tip 10

      In north-eastern Arizona, visit Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Shay) to see the spectacular red cliffs and some ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings that date back at least 700 years.

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  • Arizona Highlights

    Begins in Tucson, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
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    Arrive Tucson

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Tucson. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to Loews Ventana Canyon, your hotel for the first three nights.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

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    Tucson

    Tucson is a modern and cultural city with much to offer its visitors. Visit the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, the Old Tucson Movie Studios, which has played host to many of Hollywood Westerns, and enjoy Tucson’s fabulous shopping and nightlife. Enjoy a leisurely drive to the Wild West town of Tombstone, nicknamed ‘The Town Too Tough to Die’, and see some of the most notorious streets of the old west. Your hotel has wonderful facilities so take some time to enjoy them.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    135Mi/217Km

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    Scottsdale

    It’s not only an easy, but also a wonderfully scenic drive to Scottsdale. This cosmopolitan city offers a whole host of recreational opportunities and boasts a beautiful Sonoran Desert setting. Your accommodation for the next three nights is at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess; with five swimming pools, two golf courses, tennis courts and the Willow Stream Spa, it is the perfect place to relax. Be sure to explore Scottsdale’s historic downtown, visit the many shops in Fashion Mall, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime with a hot air balloon expedition over the desert; showcasing breathtaking views and desert wildlife.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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    Sedona

    Travelling north today, the scenery changes from a desert landscape to the first views of the towering red rock mountains that surround Sedona. Although the Red Rock Scenic Byway is only 7.5 miles in length, it winds through the evergreen pinion-covered Coconino National Forest and is a spell-binding journey. Slide Rock, Red Rock and Dead Horse Ranch State Parks are all ideal for a wide range of recreational pursuits. A jeep tour is a great way to experience this picturesque red rock country, witnessing first hand its rugged nature. While in Sedona why not visit Sedona Heritage Museum, enjoy a spot of shopping or visit some of the local vineyards?

    Hotel: Enchantment Resort

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    Flagstaff

    Following today’s short drive from Sedona, we suggest exploration of Flagstaff’s historic downtown, perhaps a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona and to enjoy the abundance of recreational opportunities. For something different this evening, visit the Lowell Observatory for views of Jupiter, the Moon, star clusters and much more.

    Hotel: Little America Flagstaff

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    Grand Canyon

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning as it’s just another short drive today to the magnificent Grand Canyon, with scenic views of the San Francisco Peaks en route. The Canyon can be explored on foot, by descending the slopes to the majestic Canyon floor or witnessing spectacular views from the Grand Canyon Skywalk; a clear walkway out over the rim. For the ultimate experience, get a bird’s eye view on an aerial flight by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.

    Hotel: Kachina Lodge

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    Las Vegas

    Changing natural scenery for the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, today takes you to the Entertainment Capital of the World. There is nowhere on earth like it. See the pirate battle at ti Treasure Island, the volcano erupt at The Mirage and the dancing fountains at Bellagio, or enjoy one of the many theatre shows from Cirque de Soleil performances to singers, comedians and magicians. Test your luck in the opulent casinos, enjoy fine cuisines from around the world, and relax in the Nevada sunshine by the glistening pool.

    Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas

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    Journey home

    Time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way to Las Vegas Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2599 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    One way drop off charge on car hire is not included and payable locally.

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  • America’s Canyonlands

    Begins in Scottsdale, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    8 days / 7 nights

    Departures: April, May, June, July, August, September and October.

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    Your escorted tour includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
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    Arrive Phoenix

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North. Scottsdale is the ideal place to start to relax and acclimatise before the start of your Tauck vacation. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North (no meals)

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    Sedona

    This morning you set out to the famous Red Rocks of Sedona, renowned for its stunning array of red sandstone formations which glow orange at dawn and sunset. Enjoy a guided walk taking you back in time in this intriguing town shaped by early settlers, cowboys, artists and Hollywood celebrities, a favourite with artisans. Later, your journey continues through Oak Creek Canyon en route to Grand Canyon National Park. Arrive at your 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.

    Hotel: Kachina Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Grand Canyon & Navajo Islands

    Take advantage of your lodge's ideal location on the South Rim by waking early enough to watch the spectacular sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Learn about the geology and wildlife of the region from a local geology expert and no exploring the canyon rim and Canyon Village at your leisure, witnessing the rugged landscape's vast grandeur and changing colours 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, take a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard the sleek double-decked yacht 'Canyon Princess'.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Lake Powell

    See the remote corners of the 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 early morning flight to see the unusual red-rock formations reflecting in the lake and see Rainbow Bridge, the world's largest natural arch. Later, take a private boat cruise and guided tour past some of the incredible sandstone slot canyons in the Navajo Nation, among the most beautiful in the Southwest.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Glen Canyon Float Trip & Bryce Canyon

    This morning’s float trip on 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 colourful walls of Navajo sandstone. Utah’s iconic landscapes have served as ideal locations for movie and TV westerns over the years, which you can view on an afternoon drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon hosts 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.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park

    Wake up early this morning and be rewarded with an awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon sunrise, as the light of dawn slowly spreads across the hoodoos and other unique geological features of the park. Take time to explore 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 colourful 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. The thriving vegetation includes cottonwood trees and dry desert plants and wildlife ranges from mule deer to hundreds of bird species.

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    Today is a day of contrasts. Zion is noted for narrow canyons and colourful mesa scenery. Wind deep into the canyon and diverse geological features, from dramatic peaks and cliffs, odd geologic formations, desert oases featuring abundant pools to waterfalls and mighty canyons splashed with vivid colours. Depart Zion for a memorable journey across the vast, colourful vistas of the northeastern Mojave Desert. Although a contrast from the rest of the tour, Las Vegas is the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’. See the casinos and drive the length of the Las Vegas ‘Strip’. This evening you are invited to a farewell reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Las Vegas (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    Following check-out, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay in Las Vegas! 

    Prices

    From £4133 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

     

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