Alumni Journeys Red Rocks

Red Rocks and Painted Canyons
A Family Based Itinerary by Tauck Bridges

Dates subject to availabilty  – 7 Nights

Day 1

Welcome to Arizona, the "Grand Canyon State"

Your family's Arizona vacation begins at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North at 5:30 PM. A transfer is included from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Arrive early and enjoy the amenities of your desert resort. Meet new friends who will join your family on this Arizona vacation adventure at our welcome reception and dinner tonight.



Off-road in Sedona & on to the Grand Canyon

Stunning red-rock formations like Coffeepot Rock, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock form an awesome backdrop for your visit to Sedona – just like they've provided the backdrop for many Western movies. You can choose to enjoy some free time to explore this beautiful, historic town with its own unique energy, loved by artists, New Agers and Old West fans alike, or set off into the Sedona hill country on a guided Pink Jeep off-road excursion. Continue on to incredible Grand Canyon National Park, where you'll check out the Grand Canyon Overlook and Mather Point, guided by instructors from the Grand Canyon Field Institute. More than one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is connected with Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon by a series of cliffs known as the Grand Staircase. Your family will spend the night at an inside-the-park lodge right on the canyon's South Rim, from which you can experience one of nature's masterpieces after the crowds depart – and be sure to watch the sun set over the canyon! Enjoy dinner at a choice of restaurants on the South Rim tonight.

Day 3

Explore the Grand Canyon & on to Lake Powell

If you choose to, watching the glorious sunrise at the Grand Canyon makes getting up very early well worth it! Enjoy some time to explore the South Rim of the canyon as you please; keep an eye out for mule deer, squirrels and other wildlife on the cactus-studded landscape. Later, on a guided driving tour of the canyon's East Rim as you depart Grand Canyon National Park, stop at several points including Desert View Lookout, each offering a different view of the canyon, en route to your next destination... unique, man-made Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Have fun at tonight's private pizza party at your lakefront resort, followed by a campfire and s'mores!

Day 4

Flightseeing over Rainbow Bridge & more

Your adventures at man-made Lake Powell, formed from the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s, will be a highlight of your family's Arizona vacation. Get a bird's-eye view of the amazing Rainbow Bridge, Glen Canyon and Lake Powell itself on a flightseeing expedition* (weather permitting) – or you can take an optional 4-hour flightseeing excursion* to explore famous Monument Valley with a Navajo guide, available at an additional cost (see Pricing & Availability or ask at booking for details). Later in the day, take a private lake cruise and guided tour to view Antelope Canyon, one of the colorful slot canyons in the Navajo Nation; difficult to reach and explore on your own, they are revered for their special beauty and change color as the sun moves overhead.

Day 5

Glen Canyon rafting & on to Bryce Canyon

No Arizona vacation would be complete without a canyon rafting experience – and your family will never forget floating along the Colorado River through Glen Canyon together aboard a raft* today, quietly spotting the animals who live amid the unique sandstone landscapes; pack your spirit of adventure – and your sunblock! Enjoy real Old-West-style entertainment during lunch in Kanab, Utah, this afternoon, another town you may recognize as the setting for many "cowboy" movies likeStagecoach and western TV shows from My Friend Flicka to Gunsmoke. Continue on to an overnight inside Bryce Canyon National Park, where you're treated to spectacular views of natural bridges, limestone cliffs and astounding stone spires, known as hoodoos, in shades of pink, red and orange.

Day 6

Riding Bryce Canyon's trails, then off to Zion

The hoodoos, spires, pinnacles and other amazing geologic formations of Bryce Canyon put on a magnificent "performance" as the rising sun plays over them – so you may want to get up extra early at your rustic lodge and walk ashort distance to catch the show! Weather permitting, you'll saddle up and share the adventure of a trail ride*, on either a horse or a mule, escorted by a cowboy guide who will point out hidden sights within Bryce Canyon's ever-changing world of naturally carved amphitheaters, rocky spires, gravity-defying bridges, balanced rocks and sculpted limestone cliffs. After lunch, it's off to Zion National Park, where your family joins us for a private tram tour of the park's highlights; overnight inside the park at historic Zion Lodge.

Day 7

Zion's natural treasures to Vegas's neon wonders

Spend the morning exploring Zion National Park's remarkable features – deep canyons, lush valleys, sandstone cliffs, mountain peaks, emerald pools and pink-colored gorges – as you please; eight different rock strata, deposited over 200 million years and creamy-pink Navajo Sandstone cliffs soaring 2,200 feet in height, tell the story of Earth’s history here. This afternoon, journey across a corner of the Mojave Desert from Utah to Nevada, arriving in legendary Las Vegas, a neon-bright world crafted by visionaries and entertainers. Take in the man-made wonders of this "city that never sleeps" before joining us for a farewell dinner as your family's Nevada, Utah and Arizona vacation comes to an end.

Day 8

Journey home from Las Vegas

Tauck's family Utah, Nevada and Arizona vacation ends: Las Vegas. Red Rocks & Painted Canyons ends today as you say goodbye to the friends you've made. Check-out time is 12:00 noon. Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. Allow yourself a minimum of two hours to check in for your flight.

Pricing begins at $3,890 Per person, based on double occupancy and is subject to change. Please contact the Alumni Journeys Expert Travel Consultants for more information.