Trip Name: The Best Of Las Vegas, Grand Canyon & Rocky Mountains
Thursday August 17th 2017
Trip Length: 8 days
Trip Type: College
Destination Continent: North America
Destination Country: USA West Coast
Tour Fee: $1300
Tour ID: 170817T91b8
Upfront Deposit: $300
Welcome to Las Vegas. There is more to Las Vegas than the Strip. Head out to Grand Canyon. See stuff. Big stuff like the Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon. Experience the best of Las Vegas and Grand Canyon such as Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge as well as South and West Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Continue to discover the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park, a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Embark on a memorable journey with wildlife watching, hiking, and visiting historic sites. See the continental divide, the backbone of North America and the world’s largest mountain barrier. Enjoy the great outdoors with many stops to view the magnificent views, wildlife, and take pictures of the remarkable scenery.
DAY 01: LAS VEGAS
Arrive today in the exciting city of Las Vegas. Individual transfer to your hotel. Have fun during the night when the Las Vegas or the “Neon City” radiates. Today is at your leisure. Relax and enjoy the free entertainment presented on Fremont Street or try to test your chances at the slot machines or gaming tables. Dinner on your own. Overnight stay in Las Vegas
DAY 02: LAS VEGAS (B)
Full day at leisure in Vegas. Be aware that there are plenty of the spots where you can have tons of fun without ever opening your wallet. Watch water dance in a fountain show that's as exquisitely choreographed as a professional ballet. Or lights that fly to music above your head on the world's largest LED screen. You can even witness the fall of Atlantis at Caesars Palace , see a volcano erupt and tour a chocolate factory in one afternoon. Plus you can do it all without ever buying a ticket.
Visit the Aquarium at the cozy Silverton Hotel, a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium provides entertainment on a scale one can enjoy only in Las Vegas.
Jugglers, unicyclists, trapeze artists and acrobats perform death-defying stunts and exciting acts every half-hour at the World's Largest Permanent Circus and more, and more, just ask your Tour Manager.
Optional Activity: Vegas by NIGHT Helicopter Tour
Las Vegas lights up at night, and there's no better way to see the neon on the Strip and downtown than from the air. You arrive at helicopters terminal 30 minutes prior to departure time. Start with a champagne toast before your flight. Includes a complete breathtaking night flight over the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Glitter Gulch. Tour includes transportation to and from hotel.
DAY 03: LAS VEGAS (B)- GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK (L)
Today after breakfast in the hotel, we launch a journey to the Grand Canyon's South Rim and capture the beauty this majestic wonder offers. Your tour begins from your hotel by bus. Then, it's off to the Grand Canyon for an adventure of a lifetime. On your way to the destination, your experienced driving tour guide shares fascinating facts of the South Rim's history and geological features.
Upon arrival, enjoy lunch just outside of Grand Canyon National Park. Continue the journey to the Grand Canyon's South Rim and capture the beautiful scenery. The stops include both Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge. At Bright Angel Lodge, you can take the free shuttles to multiple viewpoints including Mather Point, and many others or you may enjoy walking the beautiful 2.5 mile trail between points. Continue your trip with a visit inside the park and stop at several viewpoints throughout the South Rim. You'll have plenty of photo opportunities, so make sure to have your camera ready. Overnight in hotel near Grand Canyon.
DAY 04: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK (L)
Today we will discover Grand Canyon West Rim. On your way, you can enjoy delicious breakfast snack. There is also a brief stop at the incredible Hoover Dam for a spectacular photo opportunity.
Once we arrive at the Grand Canyon West Rim you will be dropped at the Welcome Center where you can catch the free hop on/hop off shuttle that will transport you to Eagle Point, where the Skywalk is located (the Skywalk entrance fee is not included in this tour package but is available for purchase at the Welcome Center upon arrival) and of course, the breathtaking Guano Point, where you may choose to use your free meal ticket for the barbecue lunch.
After our group returns to the Welcome Center we will head back to Las Vegas. For one final incredible memory, keep your eyes open and enjoy the breathtaking views of Hoover Dam as we path through the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and see fabulous Las Vegas lit up as we descend into the valley. Overnight in Las Vegas.
DAY 05: LAS VEGAS & DENVER (B)
Today after breakfast and check-out from your hotel, we head to the Denver, the capital of Colorado which is a metropolis dating to the Old West era. We visit the Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, features landmark 19th-century buildings as well as museums like the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Denver is also a jumping-off point to explore the nearby Rocky Mountains. Overnight stay in Denver.
DAY 06: DENVER (B,L)– ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Early in the morning we will drive 1.5 hours from Denver through Lyons to the east entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park just outside the town of Estes Park, Colorado. On the drive in, we stop to catch a glimpse of Longs Peak, arguably the most famous of Colorado’s 53 “Fourteeners,” the name mountaineers give to peaks above 14,000 feet. Drive by the Stanley Hotel, a beautiful historic building, famous for its inspiration for the book and movie “The Shining”.
Head into Rocky Mountain National Park which covers a total of 415 square miles. Renowned for its scenery, views and wildlife including elk, deer, moose, black bear, marmots, hawks, eagles and more, incredible alpine and subalpine vistas and 72 peaks above 12,000ft. Drive into the park and follow Trail Ridge Road all the way to the highest point of 12,183 feet. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. Stop at many sightseeing spots during this tour, to view and to take pictures of snow capped peaks, meadows and fantastic views of the valley. There are opportunities to walk around at various stops and take in the breathtaking scenery.
Overnight in the hotel at Estes Park.
DAY 07: ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK (B,L)
On this day we go to discover The East Side of the park, known for its beautiful and accessible subalpine lakes, with alpine backdrops that make for prime photo opportunities. Start from the Bear Lake trailhead and hike just the short 0.6-mile loop around popular Bear Lake or weather permitting we continue on to see Bierstadt Lake and Sprague Lake as well.
Now enjoy a magnificent drive over Trail Ridge Road, a true Rocky Mountain experience. A feat of 1930’s engineering, one of 10 America’s Byways in Colorado, and a nationally designated All American Road, Trail Ridge Road reaches from Estes Park to Grand Lake, but the real adventure comes when it climbs up to the tree line and above into the alpine tundra. Be sure to note where the road crosses the Continental Divide at Milner Pass (10,120 feet).
For many travelers, this road offers the best chance to see the alpine tundra up close, to observe its subtle colors and windswept wonders. We’ll stop at the many lookouts and short trails available here, such as the Tundra World Nature Trail beginning at the Rock Cut parking area. Mid-journey, you can take a breather, grab a snack, and learn more about the alpine tundra ecosystem at the Alpine. As the road descends on the west side, you’ll notice subtle differences from the east. This side of the park receives less traffic, and the heavier snows in winter mean greener meadows in summer. After exploring the East Side we head back to Denver. Overnight at Denver.
DAY 08: DENVER (B)
Breakfast in your hotel. After check-out individual transfer to airport to take your plane home. If you have enough time before your return flight you are invited in the morning for an extra tour of Denver.
Optional Activity: Guided downtown scooter tour. Duration is two hours. After a brief orientation by your guide, take some time to get comfortable as you drive around a safe parking lot before venturing out onto the roadways in the downtown of Denver.
After making your trip reservation, on My Account page, you can add any of below supplements to your trip.
An option to have your own room at the hotel while being on the trip and enjoy the total privacy.
- 7 night First Class accommodations- 3 night stay at Platinum Hotel and Spa Strip Vegas in Las Vegas or similar, 1 night stay at Quality Inn Grand Canyon or similar in Grand Canyon, 2 night stay at Quality Inn Denver Central or similar in Denver and 1 night stay at Discovery Lodge Estes Park or similar in the Rocky Mountain
- All transportation as per itinerary
- Meals as stated on the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L:Lunch, D: Dinner)
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern AC land transport
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.
- Services of English-speaking local guides.
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Toll and parking fees
Note: airport–hotel and hotel–airport transfers are not included unless you take a inbound and outbound flight through Above Zest Company
- Tour Fee
The total tour supplement fee for a single occupancy traveler is $450
- Roommate Matching
If you have a preference for a roommate, please let us know full first and last name. Otherwise, we will match you up with a roommate as long as you're a non-smoker. You must book at least 90 days prior to the tour date to take advantage of our free roommate match up service. Don't let not having a roommate keep you from going on this amazing trip!
- Flight Reservation Instructions
Depending on your departure point, you may experience a long flight, so we advise you to arrange your flight early enough to get to the McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas and to book a return flight from the Denver International Airport, often referred to as DIA, but the official code is DEN.
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