America's Canyonlands

America’s Canyonlands


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. 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… 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 favourite journeys anywhere in the world!

Travelling Well Includes:

  • 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 Zion
  • A private dinner cruise on stunning Lake Powell aboard the double-decked yacht Canyon Princess, complete with a champagne welcome
  • A private Lake Powell cruise and guided tour to view the area’s canyon landscapes
  • 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

Prices are in Australian Dollars

Date Triple Double Single
April 15, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
April 19, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
April 22, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
April 26, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
April 29, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
May 3, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
May 5, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
May 6, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
May 11, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
May 12, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
May 13, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
May 17, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
May 18, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
May 20, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
May 24, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
May 26, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
May 27, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
June 1, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
June 3, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
June 7, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
June 14, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
June 21, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
June 24, 2019 $4,548 $4,860 $5,998
June 28, 2019 $4,548 $4,860 $5,998
July 1, 2019 $4,548 $4,860 $5,998
July 15, 2019 $5,548 $5,860 $6,998
July 22, 2019 $4,548 $4,860 $5,998
August 5, 2019 $4,548 $4,860 $5,998
August 19, 2019 $4,548 $4,860 $5,998
August 24, 2019 $5,548 $5,860 $6,998
August 26, 2019 $4,548 $4,860 $5,998
August 31, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
September 2, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
September 6, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
September 8, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
September 9, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
September 13, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
September 15, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
September 16, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
September 20, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
September 22, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
September 23, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
September 27, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
September 28, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
September 30, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
October 4, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
October 5, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
October 7, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
October 11, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497
October 12, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
October 13, 2019 $5,921 $6,240 $7,372
October 18, 2019 $5,046 $5,360 $6,497

Small Group Departures – Select small group departures averaging 24 Tauck guests, priced from AUD $5,860 per person double; specific dates apply.

Special Solo Traveller Savings – save AUD $250 on the single room price of select departure dates; specific dates apply.

Note: Some accommodations within the national parks are operated by concessionaires for the National Park Service. Service staff in these facilities are often part-time and are relatively inexperienced; service may not compare to Tauck’s hotels in other locations.

Monument Valley Option – add AUD $250. View colourful 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.

*For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.

Note: Tours of May 3, Jun 21, Sep 20, and Oct 11, 12, 13 & 14 will stay at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on night 1.

For further detail on this or any other packages, please contact us on 1300 968 787

Day 1 Relax in Phoenix

Your Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour begins at 5:30 PM 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.


On this first full 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 check out this intriguing town shaped by early settlers, cowboys, artists and Hollywood celebrities. Later, 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.


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 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, a true highlight – a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard the sleek double-decked yacht Canyon Princess.


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 past some of the incredible sandstone slot canyons in the Navajo Nation, among the most beautiful in the Southwest. You also have the possibility today to take an optional four-hour excursion to Monument Valley* in the Navajo Nation (at an additional cost – see Pricing & Availability), 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.


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; 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.


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 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 – 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.


The morning is yours to explore Zion National Park’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 colours 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 for a memorable journey across the vast, colourful 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.


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.


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