Colourful Trails of the Southwest

Colourful Trails of the Southwest

Start: Phoenix (AZ) Finish: Santa Fe (NM)

Visiting: Phoenix (AZ), Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bluff (UT), Monument Valley, Moab, Arches National Park, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa Fe, Taos, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Albuquerque

Duration: 9 Nights

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Trafalgar with any specific dietary requirements

Tour code: DCTSA16

Tour operator: Trafalgar

Tour operated in: English

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Tour Overview

Journey past the Grand Canyon, ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and natural arches near Moab. Explore the Old West as the sun sets against a sandstone backdrop.


  • iconLOCAL SPECIALIST For included sightseeing at the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Santa Fe. (Days 2, 3, 9)
  • iconCONNECT WITH LOCALS At a local grill in Moab where you'll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest dinner. (Day 4)
  • iconSCENIC DRIVE through Sedona's Red Rock Country, Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive, Grand Canyon National Park's Desert View Scenic Drive, Painted Desert Scenic Drive, Monument Valley Tribal Park's renowned scenic drives, Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway, the High Road Scenic Skyway from Taos to Santa Fe
  • iconVISIT Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Arches National Park, Moab, Durango, Taos, Santa Fe
  • iconSTAYS WITH STORIES Stay at The Strater Hotel, Durango's Historic Landmark Hotel, showcasing stories of the old west and mining times. (Day 6)


icon Day 1: Arrive Phoenix – Scottsdale

Location: Phoenix (AZ), Scottsdale

Accommodation: Sonesta Suites Gainey Ranch

Meals: 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.

icon Day 2: Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Location: Sedona, Grand Canyon

Accommodation: National Park Lodges

Meals: 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.

icon Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park – Monument Valley Tribal Park – Bluff

Location: Bluff (UT), Monument Valley, Grand Canyon

Accommodation: Desert Rose Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Rise early for an optional flightseeing over the Grand Canyon and then trace the scenic South Rim of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive. Stop at Cameron Trading Post to browse through handicrafts and perhaps sample traditional fry bread. Continue to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park where you'll board 4X4 vehicles to navigate the iconic red valley landscape guided by a member of the Navajo Nation and Local Specialist. Savour the flavours of the Southwest this evening with an included dinner.

icon Day 4: Bluff – Canyonlands National Park – Moab (2 Nights)

Location: Moab

Accommodation: Homewood Suites

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Sit back and watch the scenery unfold as you drive along Utah's Scenic Byway 191 between Bluff and Moab. Arriving at Canyonlands National Park, we ascend the Island in the Sky mesa and admire the spectacular scenery below.

icon Day 5: Arches National Park Excursion and Moab

Location: Arches National Park

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, discover how the forces of wind and rain have shaped the enchanting landscape of Arches National Park. Later, enjoy a free afternoon or consider a deeper exploration of the area with an optional guided hike to Delicate Arch if you're feeling adventurous.

icon Day 6: Moab – Mesa Verde National Park – Durango (2 Nights)

Location: Durango, Mesa Verde National Park

Accommodation: The Strater Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Your Choice Dining

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 and admire the massive Cliff Palace. This evening, in Durango, your 'Stay with Story' is historic Strater Hotel. You'll have a choice of different restaurants for dinner, served with wine.

icon Day 7: Durango Free Time

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy free time in Durango today. Perhaps, enjoy a truly unforgettable step back in time, on an optional ride aboard the coal-fired, steam-powered narrow-gauge train to the historic mining town of Silverton. 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.

icon Day 8: Durango – Taos – Santa Fe (2 Nights)

Location: Santa Fe, Taos

Accommodation: Inn and Spa at Loretto

Meals: Breakfast

This morning's drive takes you through the towns of Vallecito, Pagosa Springs and Chama before arriving in Taos, where there will be time at Taos Plaza, a Historical Landmark. Then, meet a Navajo who lives in the pueblo, to explore the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The journey continues along the High Road, the Taos - 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.

icon Day 9: Santa Fe Sightseeing and Free Time

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Join your Local Specialist this morning on a guided tour of Santa Fe. Experience this city where Spanish, Native American and Old West influences all combine to form a city with its own exclusive culture and character. See many of the city's major sights before you have the rest of the day to pursue your own interests. Perhaps venture down the artistic hub of Canyon Road lined with galleries, visit some of the city's top museums, or shop for Native American art and handicraft. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with wine at one of Santa Fe's many restaurants.

icon Day 10: Depart Santa Fe or Albuquerque

Location: Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Albuquerque

Meals: Breakfast

Our journey through desert landscapes at its end, you will bid farewell and transfer to Santa Fe Airport or Albuquerque Sunport International Airport at leisure.

What's Included

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    Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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    Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    9 breakfasts

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

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    VIP entry to many sights

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

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    5 dinners

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    All porterage and local charges included

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