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Grand Tour of Arizona (plus Las Vegas)

USA
• Tucson  • Phoenix  
• Grand Canyon  • Las Vegas
Spectacular scenery, arid desert lands, a clear sunny    climate with very low humidity, fascinating Spanish and  Indian cultures, the romantic allure of the Old West and an easy-going lifestyle are just a few of the reasons why Arizona has become such a popular resort area. 

We begin with 4 days in Tucson - the “City of Sunshine” with a fascinating mix of Wild Western, Spanish, Mexican and Indian cultures. Tucson is known for the flourishing beauty of the surrounding Sonoran Desert.

Next is Phoenix in the “Valley of The Sun”, which boasts more than 300 days of sunshine every year. The city is rich in arts, culture and a wide array of culinary delights. The         surrounding desert and the nearby Superstition Mountains offer an incredible diversity of wildlife.

After Phoenix we explore Northern Arizona (see Highlights). and finish in the desert playground of Las Vegas - a lively way to end our tour!    

Tour Highlights:
 
 • Tombstone - “The Town Too Tough too Die” home to the legendary Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and the OK Corral

   • Sonora Desert Museum - world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one 

   • Musical Instrument Museum - a world of music       focusing on cultures all over the world.

   • Canyon Lake - wonderful scenery along the red rock cliffs with various wildlife sightings 
 
  • Sedona - stunning “Red Rock” monoliths
 
  • Grand Canyon - one of the World’s Natural Wonders

   • Antelope Canyon - most-photographed canyon in the Southwest. One of the world’s most beautiful canyons.
 
  • Las Vegas - The Entertainment Capital of the World.

Itinerary / Excursions

We depart for Phoenix. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel in Tucson (about a 2 hour drive). This evening is our Welcome Dinner.
We have a full day of sightseeing in and around Tucson. We see the city sights first and then on to Sabino Canyon, a desert oasis in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The highlight here will be a tram tour through the stunning canyon.
Today we visit Tombstone - nicknamed “The Town Too Tough to Die”. As one of the most famous of all the old Arizona Mining towns, many treasure hunters came here to strike it rich. The town gained a reputation for lawlessness, culminating with the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. An entertaining guide in period costume will bring the town to life with fascinating stories of the Old West, and the likes of “Big Nose Kate”, the Wyatt Brothers, The Bird Cage Theatre and more. We’ll have a chance to walk among the tombstones and read the unusual and clever epitaphs.
We travel through beautiful Saguaro National Park to the Sonora Desert Museum, a unique zoo for the animals and birds that live in the desert, and also a botanical garden displaying the various cacti and other flora which inhabit the desert. Afternoon at leisure.
We transfer to Phoenix. Before we check-in at our hotel we will visit the Musical Instrument Museum. With state-of-the-art technology this unique museum allows one to hear and feel the sounds of more than 10,000 instruments from all over the world.
This area is known as the Valley of the Sun because it receives more than 4,000 hours of sunshine annually. Our city tour includes the beautiful campus of Arizona State University, the Capital Building and Camelback Mountain. We also enjoy a walking tour of Old Town Scottsdale - a great place to revisit on a free day.

This evening we enjoy a dinner and show at the Arizona Opry Theatre.
Morning at leisure. This afternoon we will enjoy some spectacular scenery as we take a boat ride on Canyon Lake, known for its interesting rock formations that resemble people and animals. Listen to the tales and legends of the area told by the captain.
Two days of leisure in which to soak up some sun, swim, shop or just explore more of the Valley of the Sun. Your Tour Manager will offer suggestions. A wonderful western BBQ, with live country and western music is included one of these evenings.
A very scenic day as we first visit Oak Creek Canyon, enjoying views of the marvellous strands of red rocks, and beautiful streams and valleys. Then we stop in Sedona - a lovely artist colony town known for its magnificent red rock formations. We will enjoy a trolley tour of the most fantastic sights, and learn about the Western movies made here as well as Native American history. After our tour we proceed to Flagstaff.
Today we visit the fantastic Grand Canyon, one of the Great Natural Wonders of the World. The canyon is 15 miles wide, a mile deep and formed over millions of years by the erosion of the Colorado River. The most wondrous aspect of the canyon is that the walls change hue with every change of light from sunrise to sunset. There are plenty of scenic lookouts, so bring those cameras. We return to Flagstaff for our overnight.
On this marvellous day of sightseeing we pass two Indian reservations and the vibrant Painted Desert. We enter the spectacular Antelope Canyon and enjoy a Navajo guided jeep tour through the Canyon’s petrified sand dunes - a natural marvel created by wind, water and sand! We overnight in Page.
We travel to Las Vegas and check into our First Class hotel right on The Strip. The rest of the day is at leisure.
This morning we enjoy a tour of Glitter Gulch - the older downtown section, and also The Strip with all its theme hotels. Look out for volcanoes, pyramids, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Afternoon at leisure. This evening is our Farewell Dinner.
We fly home from Las Vegas.

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