Grand Canyon & Monument Valley

RUGGED LANDSCAPES THAT TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER WORLD

Code: GCWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • History

Level

  • 2
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

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Challenge yourself by heading to the burnished red sand of the Grand Canyon, with its wild, rolling terrain studded with patches of green, and the rising sandstone spires of Monument Valley, stretching like rocky fingers into the sky. Expand your mind by wandering through the lush, green landscape of the Mesa Verde, home to some of the finest archaeological sites in the US, or the stunning natural amphitheatres carved out across Bryce Canyon.

Holiday highlights

  • Experience the majestic size of the Grand Canyon
  • Spectacular and varied national parks of Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, Mesa Verde and more
  • Walking at a relaxed pace – a great way to experience the landscapes of this famous region
  • Experience the bright lights of Las Vegas
  • See Native American history with the rich remnants of the Anasazi nation
  • Colorado river cruise on the Moab Queen
  • Stay in dramatic locations close to or inside the national parks

In pictures...

Accommodation

3 to 4-star standard modern hotels offering comfortable, spacious rooms with excellent facilities. All hotels have their own pool, some also offer spa. These are American spas, which often are hot tubs adjacent to a swimming pool, not spa centres as we would know them in the UK. Here you can relax in the evening after your day's walks. The hotels are set amidst magnificent scenery, offering us ideal locations for access to the national parks. 

 Tropicana-Hotel in Las Vegas, USA

Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas - 1nt at start and end of tour

We begin with the Tropicana Hotel, situated on the Las Vegas strip. We spend our first and last evenings here, enjoying large comfortable rooms and the opportunity for a dip in the pool, or the use of the fitness suite. Please bear in mind that Las Vegas is a casino city, and most hotels have active casinos within the hotel. 

 Best-Western-Ruby's-Inn, USA

Best Western Ruby's Inn - 2nts

Leaving the hubbub of Vegas, our next two nights are situated in the perfect location - right outside the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park.

 River-Terrace-Inn in USA

River Terrace Inn, Green River - 1nt

At Green River, we enjoy a short stay in the large, comfortable rooms of the River Terrace Inn. We have time to relax in the gardens or in the pool here, in this scenic setting on the banks of the river. 

 La-Quinta in USA

La Quinta, Moab - 3nts

We move on to Moab for 3 nights and a big warm welcome at La Quinta, perfectly located for our visits to the Canyonlands National Park. The hotel has a pool and hot tub, to help relax any weary limbs.  

 Best-Western-Turquoise-Inn in Cortez, USA

Best Western Turquoise Inn, Cortez -2nts

In Cortez we stay for 2 nights at the Best Western Turquoise Inn.

 Gouldings-Lodge in Monument Valley

Gouldings Lodge, Monument Valley - 1nt

Stay at Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley. Watch the sunlight dance and set from your room's balcony; the panorama here is phenomenal.  

 Canyon-Plaza-Resort in USA

Canyon Plaza Resort, Grand Canyon - 3nts

Finally, the Grand Canyon! 3 nights are spent here at the Canyon Plaza Resort, situated only a mile south of the entrance to the Grand Canyon itself. 


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

Grand Canyon & Monument Valley itinerary

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Walks are 2-6 miles (3.25-6.5km), with some ascent or descent. In the Grand Canyon, the choice of walks includes the option of walking on the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point. Some walks follow paved paths, others are on more rocky terrain.

Day 1: To Las Vegas

Fly to Las Vegas and transfer to our city centre hotel for 1 night, with some time to explore in the evening.

Rocky towers at Bryce CanyonDays 2-3: Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks

Journey to Zion National Park, a green oasis in the desert, for a leisurely walk following the Virgin River upstream into Zion Canyon and Emerald Pools. Continue to Bryce Canyon for 2 nights.

We spend the next day in the extraordinary landscapes of Bryce Canyon with walks on the Navajo Loop Trail and Rainbow Point for views of the cathedral-like formations.

 

Landcape of Capitol Reef National ParkDay 4: Capitol Reef National Park

Morning drive along Highway 21 to Capitol Reef National Park for walks along the Fremont River Trail. Continue to Green River for 1 night.

 

 

 

Incredible rock arches at Arches National ParkDays 5-7: Canyonlands & Arches National Parks

A morning visit takes us to the 'Island in the Sky' area of Canyonlands National Park. An easy walk leads us to the canyon rim. Afterwards we continue to Moab for 3 nights.

On the following day we'll walk in Arches National Park, an area that contains the world’s largest concentration of stone arches.

The next morning walk follows a trail into William Granstaff Canyon before we return to Moab for a free afternoon.

 

Rock houses at Masa Verde National ParkDays 8-9 Canyonlands & Mesa Verde National Parks

A short journey takes us to the Needles area of Canyonlands. We walk the Slickrock foot trail to view pinnacles, arches, spires and Indian ruins before continuing to Cortez for 2 nights.

Mesa Verde National Park, which occupies part of a large plateau rising high above the Montezuma and Mancos Valleys, preserves a spectacular remnant of the Ancestral Puebloans' thousand year old culture.

 

Stunning landscape of Monument VallleyDay 10: Monument Valley

Take the scenic highway 163 into the breathtaking Monument Valley, for the famous sights of the huge red sandstone monoliths. In the afternoon take a 4-wheeled drive tour deeper into the valley and overnight nearby.

 

 

 

Inspirationl scenery of the Grand CanyonDays 11-13: Grand Canyon 

Journey to the extraordinary Grand Canyon for a 3 night stay. Visit the Desert View watchtower, with an evening visit to the Imax theatre for the history of the great canyon.

We include a day of walks on the south and west rims with visits to the Yavapai Museum and visitor centre.

The following day's walks include the option to descend into the canyon following the South Kaibab trail, for views of the Colorado River 1,360ft below. There is also the option to take a scenic flight over the canyon, approx $219 for 30 mins, payable locally.

Skyscaper hotels at Las Vegas at nightDays 14-16: Las Vegas & return flight

Drive via Kingman to Las Vegas for a final night in this famous, exciting city before our return flight to the UK.

 

Please Note:  No flight holidays finish on day 15.

General Information

Passport
A full passport is required and must be valid for the duration of your stay.

As of June 2017 Immigration processes will now take longer due to enhanced security screening.

Visas

You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the entry rules before you travel.

Visa Waiver Programme (VWP)

The VWP allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country. Other nationals should check with their nearest United States embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements.

You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the entry rules before you travel.

You’ll generally qualify to enter the USA using the VWP if your British passport:

  • describes your nationality as a ‘British Citizen

(From 1 April 2016 all passengers entering the US under the VWP will need to have an ePassport with an integrated chip)

If your current British passport is not an ePassport you can contact Her Majesty’s Passport office for a replacement to allow you to use the VWP. Otherwise, you’ll need to apply for a visa to enter the United States on your current passport.

and you:

  • aren’t a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen.
  • haven’t travelled to Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since March 2011
  • have received authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation at least 72 hours before you travel (see below)
  • can show that you have enough funds available on arrival to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends

Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011. For more information about these exemptions, see the website of the US Embassy in London or contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

You will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

If you’re arriving by air or sea you should provide details online at least 72 hours before travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. Getting an ESTA is a separate process to providing your airline with advance passenger information (details of your passport, country of residence, address of your first night’s accommodation in the US etc). For more information, and to apply online, visit the official ESTA website. Please note that this is the only official ESTA website. There are third-party companies that operate websites which look like the ESTA application site, but which charge a processing fee on top of the official fees.

Health advice
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk

Visitors must pay for all medical services. Adequate health insurance is therefore essential.

Vaccines: Tetanus vaccine is recommended.

Climate
We have chosen dates that are the best for walking in the southwestern states. The climate is generally sunny and dry. Temperatures can be high, generally between 20° - 30°C (70° - 85°F) during the day, with cooler evenings.

Money
The local currency in the United States of America is the US Dollar. ATMs are widely available across the country. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Time

In the months of our travel to this part of the USA, Las Vegas is GMT - 7hrs, Cortez, Colorado is GMT - 6 hrs

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday.

Liability waivers
Companies operating outdoor or adventure activities in the USA now commonly require their clients to sign a liability waiver form before participating in the activity. These forms have been introduced by American insurance companies as a means of offering protection against ‘frivolous’ or ‘opportunistic’ legal claims.

During the course of your holiday you may be asked to complete a liability form with your name, address and signature. This form indicates that by signing it you are waiving your rights to pursue legal action against our agents, in the event of personal injury or loss. However, as all of the activities included in your itinerary are part of a pre-arranged holiday, booked and paid for in the UK, this waiver form has no legal weight whatsoever. Your holiday contract is with HF Holidays and as stated in our Booking Conditions, is therefore governed by UK law.

We must ask you to sign the waiver forms presented to you by our agents, as not doing so could effectively invalidate other key aspects of the insurance cover they hold. But please be reassured that in the unlikely event that you had cause to make a claim for negligence arising from your holiday, your signing of these waiver forms would in no way undermine or alter your legal rights.

Meals
Meal arrangements for breakfasts and dinners in hotels and restaurants will vary. At some you may be able to select from the full menu, at others there may be a restricted choice, or there may be no choice (with the exception of course of previously advised special dietary requirements). These arrangements are dictated by the policy of the particular hotel or restaurant in dealing with groups – some feel that in order to provide efficient service, they need to concentrate on a limited menu. We endeavour where possible to ensure that a good choice is available, but find some venues more flexible than others.

Our choice of places to eat is reviewed for each tour based on the experiences of each group, with the aim of ensuring the optimum arrangements at each stop on the tour.

It is worth noting that portions may well be larger than you are used to – it is generally considered acceptable to share, for example, a pudding or cake. Meals are often not served as hot as in the UK.

Breakfasts at some hotels in America are now becoming large continental buffet affairs where you self-select items and eat them on disposable plates.

Evening meals are normally arranged for between 7pm and 8pm to save rushing the day’s activities and to give you time to refresh beforehand. 

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab 

Leaders

Cathy Swinbank

Cathy has been leading for HF Holidays since 2000, both in the UK and overseas. Cathy lives on the edge of the Peak District, and walks there regularly. Her favourite walking destination in Britain is the Lake District (when it’s not raining!) and her favourite walking area in Europe is the Pyrenees. Although she loves the mountains she also really enjoys a gentle stroll – preferably near the sea or by a river. She has led the trip to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley three times before – and the amazing scenery blows her away every time!

Cathy is leading our 11 May 2018 departure .

Sue Alcock

Sue has enjoyed leading for HF Holidays for many years. She has camped and walked in a number of the National and State Parks in the western parts of the USA and Canada, including Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks and Monument Valley. She has hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon from the South rim, and to the inner canyon from the North rim. 

She has a scientific background and has keen interest in plants, wildlife, geology and ecology. 

Sue is leading our 29 September 2018 departure.

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Dates & Prices

Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
11 May 2018 GCWHW - Grand Canyon & Monument Valley
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 11 May 2018, 4:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 11 May 2018, 7:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Las Vegas Mccarren International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 25 May 2018, 9:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 26 May 2018, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Las Vegas Mccarren International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £5,095.00 £5,094.00 Holiday Guaranteed to run - book now - few places left Book Now
11 May 2018 GCWHW - Grand Canyon & Monument Valley - Without Flights 14 £4,340.00 £4,339.00 Holiday Guaranteed to run - book now - few places left Book Now
28 Sep 2018 GCWHW - Grand Canyon & Monument Valley
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 28 Sep 2018, 4:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Sep 2018, 7:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Las Vegas Mccarren International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 Oct 2018, 9:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2018, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Las Vegas Mccarren International
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
14 £5,095.00 £5,095.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2018 GCWHW - Grand Canyon & Monument Valley - Without Flights 14 £4,340.00 £4,340.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Price includes

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on day of departure, plus 1 picnic lunch
  • A full programme of guided walks led by local guides and an HF Holidays' leader
  • All sightseeing, and entrance fees
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan
  • Tips

Other important information 

  • Single room: £780 (2017) £1,000 (2018)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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