Colourful Trails of the Southwest End Albuquerque

Colourful Trails of the Southwest End Albuquerque

10 Days



Colourful Trails of the Southwest End Albuquerque

10 Days Starting in Phoenix (AZ) and ending in Albuquerque

Visiting: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Page, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango, Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque

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$3031 (USD) Operator discount: -$705 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$160 -22%
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Tour Overview

On this Southwest USA tour, each day is a cultural and natural adventure. You’ll stay inside Grand Canyon National Park, explore ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park and natural arches near Moab, and ride a 4x4 through Monument Valley’s landscapes with a member of the Navajo Nation.


  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • 9 Breakfast (B)

  • 2 Lunch (L)

  • 2 Dinner (D)

  • Moab: Enjoy a hosted Be My Guest dinner at Canyon Steak and Waffle hosted by Shawn Welch. She worked as a server for many years before purchasing her own old-style diner.

  • Grand Canyon National Park: Meet a geologist at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to learn about how this natural marvel was formed and all the different layers that make up the Colorado Plateau.

  • Grand Canyon National Park: Arrive at one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the second most visited national park in the United States, the Grand Canyon. Encompassing 278 miles (447 km) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands, Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world and offers unmatched vistas along its rim.

  • Oak Creek Canyon: Drive through Coconino National Forest on one of the most scenic drives in the U.S., offering a picture perfect view of the surrounding red-rock and Ponderosa Pine forest between Sedona and Flagstaff, Arizona.

  • Glen Canyon Dam: Enjoy a walk to the rim of Glen Canyon where you will get the chance to visit Horseshoe Bend.

  • Monument Valley: Board a 4x4 vehicle and navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a member of the Navajo Nation and Local Specialist.

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Day 1: Welcome To Phoenix And Scottsdale
Location: Phoenix, Scottsdale
Accommodation: Sonesta Suites Scottsdale Gainey Ranch
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Sun-kissed Phoenix kickstarts your journey through America’s stunning Southwest. You’ll have the day on your own to recover from your travels, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception later this evening.

Day 2: See The Red Rocks Of Sedona Connect With Locals
Location: Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park
Accommodation: National Park Lodges Grand Canyon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your first stop today is in the artists' enclave of Sedona – surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. You’ll travel through Oak Creek Canyon next, with its rocky red cliffs, then venture to the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon National Park, where a Local Specialist will share the canyon’s many geological marvels. Tonight, you’ll have an opportunity to overnight at one of the lodges inside the park.

Day 3: Take In The Sights Of The Grand Canyon Make Travel Matter
Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Page
Accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott Page at Lake Powell
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 4: Take A Scenic Drive To Moab Make Travel Matter
Location: Page, Monument Valley, Moab
Accommodation: Hyatt Place Moab
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Page and drive through Navajo Tribal Lands to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, the largest reservation in the United States with over 17 million acres of land between Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Dive Into Culture as you board a 4x4 vehicle and navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a member of the Navajo Nation and Local Specialist. Pause and settle in surrounded by buttes and mesas in this sacred land for an outdoor chicken and steak barbeque lunch prepared by a Navajo tribe member as they share stories about the Dineh (Navajo) people and their connection to Monument Valley. Then continue to Moab on a scenic drive from Monument Valley where your Travel Director will share intel on some of the sights you’ll see along the way.  Sit back and enjoy views of the San Juan River, Mexican Hat, Bluff, and the Abajo "Blue Mountain" and La Sal Mountains. Your time in Moab—the gateway city to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National park, and the Colorado River—kicks off with a hearty Be My Guest experience dinner at Canyon Steak and Waffle. So much more than a place to refuel after a day of exploring, this is your chance to sit down and learn about local life through our host and restaurant owner Shawn Welch. Shawn shares her story and connection to the diner as you learn about growing up in Moab and how she’s come to own and operate an authentic American diner.

Day 5: Admire The Landscape Of Arches National Park
Location: Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Moab
Accommodation: Hyatt Place Moab
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, discover how the forces of wind and rain have shaped the enchanting landscape of Arches National Park in the stunning formations that they are, with countless perfect photo opportunities. Later, journey to Canyonlands National Park to connect with nature even more.

Day 6: Discover The History Of Mesa Verde Stays With Stories
Location: Moab, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango
Accommodation: Strater Hotel, Durango
Meals Included: Breakfast

We arrive in the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park to delve into the history and culture of the Ancestral Puebloan people. Explore their beautifully preserved sandstone dwellings. This evening, in Durango, your Stay With Story is historic Strater Hotel. You’ll have the evening at leisure to explore the historic town of Durango.

Day 7: Dive Into Durango
Location: Durango
Accommodation: Strater Hotel, Durango
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy free time in Durango today, or you may take a scenic drive along the Million Dollar Highway from Ouray and Silverton. If you’re lucky, enjoy a truly unforgettable step back in time, on a ride aboard the coal-fired, steam-powered narrow-gauge train (booked independently). The train chugs along rails that were originally laid at the end of the 19th century, winding through a spectacular wilderness which would be inaccessible by car. If you're feeling more adventurous, opt for a white-water rafting trip on the Animas River.

Day 8: Unlock The Legacy Of Taos And Nambe Pueblo Make Travel Matter
Location: Durango, Taos, Santa Fe
Accommodation: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

The journey continues along the High Road – Santa Fe Scenic Byway, rich in history, art and culture. Arrive at the hotel, ideally located two short blocks from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza. Enjoy a locally hosted dinner tonight.

Day 9: Explore The Unique Culture Of Santa Fe Make Travel Matter
Location: Santa Fe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit one of the greatest Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the Southwest. Be immersed in the fascinating adobe dwellings and take a walk through Taos Pueblo, a Native American community that has been continuously inhabited for the last 1,000 years. Meet your Taos tribal resident guide and explore the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. Get ready for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with a visit to the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden. See many of the city’s major sights before you have the rest of the day to pursue your own interests before gathering together for a fantastic farewell dinner.

Day 10: End Your Journey In Albuquerque
Location: Santa Fe, Albuquerque
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our journey through desert landscapes comes to an end, make your own way to Albuquerque Airport.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • All transport and transfers shown

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

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    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

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  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

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    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..


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    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

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