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Day 1: Las Vegas for 2 nights
Pick up car in LAX
Road to Las Vegas (around 5h), through arid desert.
After crossing the Mojave Desert, neon lights and casinos are slowly emerging.
The game capital and symbol of eccentricity, Las Vegas lights up the Nevada desert day and night. We go from gigantic malls to the famous Strip, then we find ourselves in Venice or Paris by taking only a few steps.
Pick up car in Las Vegas
Accommodation at Hotel Encore at Wynn*****
This luxurious resort hotel on the Las Vegas Strip offers modern and exotic experiences with a full-service spa, oasis style pools and a variety of exclusive brand name shops. Wynn Las Vegas is less than 8 km from McCarran International Airport.
Wynn Las Vegas features a full casino with more than 1,800 slots and 26 poker tables. A wide selection of table games is also offered, including poolside blackjack. A unique shopping experience is available at Wynn’s many boutiques, including Chanel and Louis Vuitton, and signature restaurants, buffets and cafes are open for dining. The nightclub, Intrigue, offers high-energy entertainment with state-of-the-art light and sound.
The upscale rooms of Wynn Las Vegas feature spacious windows with views over Las Vegas. Wynn Dream beds, flat-screen TVs and WiFi are available in each room.
The hotel’s dedicated concierge service can help arrange area tours, reservations and other items. A conference center is available for business guests.
The spa includes women’s and men’s facilities offering a broad range of treatments. A fitness center with a full gym and exercise classes is also provided. Outdoor activity is available within 1 of the 5 designer pools with cabanas.
Secret Food Tour of Las Vegas
Las Vegas food culture is as all about delicious cuisines and celebrity dining, which is exactly what you will find on our food tour. Explore the culinary wonder of Las Vegas with an experience highlighting premier celebrity chef restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, The Cake Boss, and Thomas Keller. This 3-3 ½ hour tour takes you to some of the most sought after chef restaurants, provides a history of Las Vegas, introduces you to how Las Vegas has become the mecca for culinary greatness, and teaches you the secrets to enjoying the best Las Vegas has to offer.
we take you on a tasting adventure from England to the Jersey Shore, Hawaii to Japan, and ending with a sweet Parisian treat, a glass of bubbly or wine, and a great photo-op of an iconic Vegas view. Plus, with all our tours, there is our Secret Dish, which will only be revealed on the tour.
Day 3: Zion National Park for 2 nights
Road to Zion National Park and its green valleys nestled in a 24 km long canyon. You can admire many species of birds and enjoy the beneficial freshness of the Virgin River.
Accommodation at Under Canvas Zion
Take glamping to a whole new level with a stay in these luxury tents under the stars at Zion. Located on 196 acres bordering Zion National Park, Under Canvas Zion offers a unique lodging experience just as incredible and unique as the park itself.
The camp seamlessly blends in with its dramatic surroundings (the majestic red rocks that make the park so famous) and the three options of luxury tents allow guests to enjoy Utah’s spectacular desert without giving up the comforts of home. There’s plenty to explore within the park, whether rock climbing, biking, cayoneering, hiking, safari tours, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, helicopter tours, kayaking or UTV/ATV guided tours. On-site massages and yoga sessions are also available to guests and an American or vegetarian breakfast is available every morning.
On the program – Cycling through Zion Park. Each on his mount, you set off on an 11 km trail (the Pa’rus Trail) to reach the canyon. It is also possible to take the shuttle to the top of the canyon, and return to the starting point by bike.
Fire pit and s’mores
Use of the private fire pit (subject to availability) includes s’mores-making kit
Full day hiking tour of Zion Park with a private guide
Your Day In Zion connects a series of short hikes that showcase the diverse splendor of the canyon’s geological, biological, historical and cultural wonders. Expect to do 3 or 4 hikes interspersed with an elegant picnic lunch, tasty snacks and ample opportunities to learn and appreciate why this place has been so special to so many generations of park visitors, pioneers and indigenous Americans.
We will begin the day by traveling to The Temple of Sinawava, the furthest point into the canyon. Here we will hike along the majestic Virgin River, perhaps dip our toes into its famous « Narrows, » and get your first up-close introduction to Zion’s iconographic Navajo sandstone.
From the Narrows, we’ll venture down-canyon where we’ll traverse the inspiring Kayenta Trail, which connects Zion’s serene Emerald Pools and provides excellent opportunities to learn its lessons of geologic time and get a tactile sense for its diverse layers of rock. Cap-off our Kayenta hike with a stroll beneath the refreshing waterfalls spewing from the mouth of Behunin Canyon.
Finally, we’ll culminate our Day in Zion with an invigorating hike of the Watchman Trail, where our vantage point offers stunning views of the dramatic West Temple cliff face under the playful colors on the sinking sun. Descending the Watchman, your guide will make a few insider’s dinner recommendations so you’ll be sure to enjoy your evening-out in the canyon country town of Springdale.
Full day private guided Canyoneering
This is a multisport activity where everyone works together to hike, climb, swim, squeeze, rappel, support, laugh, cry, listen and be in a canyon created by nature. Half-day canyon trips will take place in dry canyons, full-day canyon trips will be in wet canyons. All canyoneering trips are located outside of Zion National Park.
Day 5: Capitol Reef for 1 night
We take the scenic road Byway 12, one of the most beautiful in the country, which allows us to get to Torrey through spectacular panoramas. Along the way, a stop at Bryce Canyon National Park is a must. As far as the eye can see, hundreds of orange fairy chimneys, also called hoodos, rise to the sky. You get back behind the wheel and join your hotel
Accommodation at Capitol Reef Resort***
Located at the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park, this Torrey, Utah hotel features an outdoor pool and hot tub. All of the spacious guest rooms include free WiFi. BBQ facilities are available.
A flat-screen satellite TV with extended cable channels is offered every contemporary room at Capitol Reef Resort. Guest rooms include an iPod docking station, a hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities. All rooms feature garden and mountain views. The property also offers unique accommodations such as teepees and Conestoga wagons.
A business centre with fax and photocopying services and a fitness center are offered on site. For convenience, a guest launderette is available.
Guests at this hotel can visit the Prehistoric Petroglyph, which is 16 km away. Hickman Natural Bridge is 10 km from the hotel.
Day 6: Moab for 2 nights
Road to Moab.
You will follow the Fremont River, then take Route 24 which winds through the Goblin Valley populated by amusing stone gnomes – a futuristic landscape adored by sci-fi film directors.
Accommodation at Under Canvas Moab
Located on 40 acres of land, these tents offer spectacular views of Arches National Park, 4.8 km away. Select tents offer private en suite bathrooms. BBQ facilities are offered on-site.
Guests of Moab Under Canvas can chose to stay in a basic tent with a shared bathroom or stay in a luxury tent complete with a shower, sink and lounge area with a sofa bed. The luxury tents include a private patio with deck lounger chairs, ceramic sinks and spa products. All tents come equipped with a lantern, bedding and towels.
Horse riding opportunities are offered to guests of Moab Under Canvas. Guests can hire bicycles to explore desert bike trails in the surrounding area. Free parking is provided to all guests.
The mining town of Moab is renowned for being a location for films like Star Wars and Mission Impossible. The surrounding national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, reveal grandiose landscapes against the backdrop of canyons, plateaus, valleys and lunar landscapes.
Helicopter flight over Canyonlands.
We can see better the arches, the potassium cultures in the middle of the desert, the groove of the Colorado River, but also the famous Dead Horse Point and the Island in the Sky: true symbols of the park of Canyonlands, which is wonderfully named. An unforgettable experience.
4 hour private hiking tour
Our professional guide will provide the most amazing private hikes in the Moab area. Half day private guided tours including hiking, scenic, archeology, and dinosaur findings. Perfect for all types of hikers!
3 hour private Hummer Safari Tour
The most popular off-road experience in Moab, UT! Within minutes of departure you’ll be scaling one of Moab’s famous red rock fins on your way to an area known as Hell’s Revenge. Weave in and out of rock canyons, feel the excitement of climbing unbelievable sandstone hills. Learn about the geology and unique history of the area. Experience a spectacular overlook into the Colorado River and Arches National Park where you’ll have time to get out and take photos of the incredible surroundings, including awesome views of the La Sal mountains.
Sunset & Dinner Jet Boat Float
Leisurely glide through the canyons of the Colorado River at the most magical time of day. You will be whisked away into a different world, filled with beautiful redrock cliffs canyon scenery. Your guide will explain local geology and history of the Canyonlands area. As the desert sun paints the canyon walls, reflects across the tranquil waters, and fills the evening sky, you’ll bask in the impressive views that accompany you around every bend. Top off the evening with delicious Dutch-oven dinner.
Day 8: Page for 2 nights
Road to Monument Valley, a sanctuary managed by the Navajos, the most emblematic park in the West.
This is where scenes from movies filmed by John Ford where shot.
Imagine The Fantastic Ride, a stagecoach drawn by six galloping horses crosses a desert valley, raising clouds of dust which blind the column of cavalry escorting it in the back, while, outside the field, behind the monoliths, Geronimo and his men are preparing an attack – a legendary cinema plan which has given Monument Valley its iconic character.
Road through Hopi and Navajo Indian Reserves to Page and its artificial lake, Lake Powell (about 3 hours).
Accommodation at Amangiri Resort*****
A pocket of modernist luxury in a wild and wind-carved Utah landscape Amangiri hotel is a sleek sandstone hideaway at the heart of Navajo country – not the place you’d expect to find an incredible spa, excellent restaurant and every-whim-met indulgence. Choose from an array of minimalist suites or bed down in one of the canvas-roofed pavilions at Camp Sarika, a tented retreat set apart from the main hotel.
One of the highlights of staying in this unique resort is the world-class hiking and rock-climbing. Book a guided via ferrata excursion (Italian for ‘iron road’): there are five of these fixed climbing routes involving ladder rungs on Amangiri’s own mountain-sprinkled grounds. Or sign up for recreational or advanced biking. The expert in-house team of guides can teach guests the basics of GPS navigation, map reading, rope techniques and desert travel, as well as providing an introduction to the ecology, geology and human history of the area. For a relaxing dose of the Colorado River, seek out the peaceful stretch of river downstream of Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam, before the river takes its 250-mile journey through the Grand Canyon National Park; here you can experience the beauty of floating between 1,000-ft high walls of Navajo Sandstone.
With its 300 km long, 96 canyons and 3155 km of coastline, Lake Powell is the largest artificial lake in the United States and one of the flagship sites of the American West.
To explore this aquatic desert, a veritable ocean in the mineral desert, nothing beats a ride in a motor boat, which allows you to weave through the interlacing of canyons created by the rising waters, following the completion of the Glen dam Canyon.
Not to be missed – The Horseshoe Bend, a superb viewpoint overlooking a meander of the Colorado River, a few kilometers from Page.
Private Tour of Antelope Canyon
A Navajo guide who knows all the hot spots will guide you through an amazing natural wonder of Antelope Canyon. They will provide you with the secret knowledge of photographing the beams and dance with the sand. We will have little chance to be alone in the canyon on this tour, nor will we be able to hear the quiet that some of the other tour-times provide, but this tour is a photographic extravaganza.
Day 11: Grand Canyon for 1 night
Route through the « painted desert » which reveals red, orange, pink or gray rocks, up to the Grand Canyon. This exceptional geological phenomenon is the best known site in the West, and certainly one of the most impressive terrestrial phenomena. The 443 km long and 30 km wide fault is approached on foot – a glazed space allows the visitor to safely advance on the edge of the precipice and its disconcerting vastness.
Accommodation at The Grand Hotel at The Grand Canyon*****
Featuring a restaurant, bar, shared lounge and free WiFi, The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon is located in Tusayan, 10 km from Mather Campground and 12 km from Bright Angel Trail. This 5-star hotel offers a concierge service and a tour desk. The hotel features an indoor pool, fitness centre, evening entertainment and a 24-hour front desk.
All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a microwave, a coffee machine, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. Guest rooms include a wardrobe.
Day 12: Scottsdale for 1 night
Road to Scottsdale
The pine forest gradually gives way to the cactus expanses and desert areas characteristic of Arizona; temperatures also warm up markedly.
A last perfect evening to enjoy an authentic western decor.
Accommodation at Hotel Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain*****
Overlooking Paradise Valley and Camelback Mountain, this hotel is 10 minutes’ drive from Old Town Scottsdale. An Asian-inspired spa is located on site. A restaurant and bars are also offered.
Featuring free Wi-Fi, all air-conditioned rooms offer views, a seating area with a work desk and sofa and a flat-screen cable TV at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Paradise Valley. An en suite bathroom with a hairdryer and bathrobes is provided.
Elements, the on-site restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by Chef Beau MacMillan at Paradise Valley Sanctuary Camelback Mountain. Several bars, including edge, serve beer and cocktails each evening.
The Camelback Mountain Sanctuary spa offers indoor and outdoor treatment rooms. A fitness centre with Pilates, meditation and Yoga classes is available.
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