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Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Powell, Bryce & Zion tour
Arizona Zion National Park Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Powell, Bryce & Zion Trip

Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Powell, Bryce & Zion

Caravan Tours
4.7 . Excellent
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 1,395 $ 174 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore historic Grand Canyon Park
  • See the views of Lake Powell
  • Visit fascinating National parks like Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park and enjoy stunning scenery found
  • Visit Montezuma Castle, site of 12th and 13th century Native American cliff dwellings.

Short Description

Welcome to a great vacation at an affordable price. Your Grand Canyon tour features complete sightseeing, professional Tour Directors and great itineraries, operated by one of the country’s oldest and most respected guided tour companies. Discover for yourself why smart shoppers and experienced travelers have chosen their travel packages from Caravan Tours since 1952.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Arizona
End City Nevada

Trip Includes

  • Hotels
  • All meals
  • All of the activities described in the itinerary pages
  • Airport transfers in select cities
  • Gratuities to hotel porters
  • Restaurant staff and local guides.
  • Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local aguides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Phoenix, Arizona

See the greatest national parks of America's Southwest! Spend four nights in national park lodges, including two nights at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and two nights at Zion Park Lodge, the only lodging in Zion National Park. Your adventure begins in Phoenix, Arizona. Transfer from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Rooms are available for check-in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for a 6:00 p.m. welcome briefing.

Day 2: Sedona, Grand Canyon

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Drive through Scottsdale and along Camelback Mountain on your morning sightseeing. Continue to the artist colony of Sedona, surrounded by towering red rock formations. You have free time in Sedona to explore galleries, shops and restaurants. Continue through scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Arrive at the Grand Canyon for a relaxing two-night stay. Your lodge is inside the Grand Canyon National Park, near the South Rim. Enjoy dinner at the Grand Canyon. Elevation at the South Rim averages 7,000 feet.

Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park

Meals: Breakfast

Entire day to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Almost 280 miles long, the Grand Canyon varies in width from one to eighteen miles, with the Colorado River winding far below. Morning orientation drive of the Grand Canyon. Visit Desert View Lookout. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy Grand Canyon National Park. Relax and enjoy Grand Canyon vistas, or attend a park ranger talk. Free shuttles take you to the many lookout points on the West Rim. Visit historic Grand Canyon Park buildings such as Hopi House and Lookout Studio. Hike deep into the canyon on Bright Angel Trail, or enjoy less rigorous activities offered along the rim trails, including bike rentals. Your two night stay inside Grand Canyon National Park allows enough time for a comprehensive visit. Best of all, you will enjoy two opportunities to see Grand Canyon sunsets and sunrises.

Day 4: Monument Valley, Jeep Tour

Meals: Breakfast

Drive along the scenic East Rim of the Grand Canyon. Then, visit a Navajo and Hopi Trading Post. Here, you will find a large selection of high-quality Hopi Kachina dolls and fine Native American jewelry and handicrafts. Next, drive through the Hopi Indian Nation to the Navajo Indian Nation. Enjoy a Navajo guided jeep tour of the restricted backcountry of Monument Valley, a beautiful, pristine area of buttes and arches. John Ford, the filmmaker, discovered the rugged beauty of Monument Valley in the 1930’s. Western classics, such as “Stagecoach,” “The Searchers,” and “Once Upon a Time in the West” were filmed in Monument Valley with Hollywood legends, such as Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart. Then, to Lake Powell Resort on the shores of picturesque Lake Powell. Enjoy a relaxing two-night stay.

Day 5: Lake Powell, Canyon Cruise

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast in your resort’s famous Rainbow Room with 180 degree sweeping views of Lake Powell. This morning enjoy a scenic boat cruise through Lake Powell’s Antelope Canyon, lined with rich red sandstone walls. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy Lake Powell Resort.

Day 6: Bryce Canyon National Park

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast in the Rainbow Room. Then, drive to Kanab, known as Little Hollywood. Over 100 western movies and TV shows were filmed here including “Gunsmoke,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Wagon Train,” and “How the West Was Won.” Next visit Bryce Canyon. See the Bryce “Hoodoos,” fantastic red, orange, and pink limestone spirals. Stop at Bryce Point and Sunrise Point, overlooking the stunning Bryce Amphitheater. Continue to Zion National Park. With Caravan, enjoy a relaxing two night stay at the only lodging inside the park, Zion Lodge. Stroll the beautiful grounds of your lodge, ideally situated in the center of the valley floor. Marvel at the cliffs towering above.

Day 7: Zion National Park

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning enjoy a private tram tour of Zion Park. See a wonderland of rock monoliths. Zion features stunning scenery found nowhere else. Zion is a geological showplace with sandstone cliffs among the highest in the world. Early settlers were so inspired by Zion’s beauty that they bestowed exalted names on the park’s natural features. See East Temple, the Court of the Patriarchs and the Great White Throne. Afternoon at leisure to relax in your magnificent setting or pursue park activities. You may wish to take the free Zion Canyon shuttle or hike the Park’s scenic walking trails near your lodge. Enjoy dinner at Zion Lodge.

Day 8: Zion Park to Las Vegas, Nevada

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at Zion Park Lodge, Caravan transfers you from Zion Park to Las Vegas, Nevada. Enjoy a brief sightseeing drive of the dazzling Las Vegas strip. Arrive at the Las Vegas airport at 11:30 a.m. Please schedule flights after 1:30 p.m. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan.

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24 Caravan Tours Travel Reviews & Ratings

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4.7 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 18
Great 5
Average 1
Disappointing 0
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Activities
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Lodging
4.6
Transportation
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Meals
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Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Powell, Bryce & Zion

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Very organized trip that allowed us to see all the sites AND stay in all the parks.

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation5.0
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The trip was very organized from booking through getting everyone back to the airport at the end of the trip. All of the lodges were inside the parks, really wonderful for experiencing the parks every moment of the day. Some of the lodges are a bit older (why I gave 4 stars), but what they lack in modern shine, they more than made up for in location; I would not have exchanged the lodging. The tour guide, Greg, was knowledgeable in where to stop for rest breaks, photo and shopping ops as well as how to get around in and how best to see the parks. We travel a lot and this was one of our best trips. We are going to travel more with Caravan and recommend friends and family.
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Great trip with Caravan Tours!

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Value4.0
Guide4.0
Activities4.0
Lodging4.0
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Meals4.0
We took the Caravan tour of Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, etc. in April 2012. It is a real value for the money. We had visited most of the sites on our own before, but this time did not care to do the driving.

The tour had 45 people where Tauck in the same size bus had 35. They had more leg room. Tauck also provided many more meals. However, we stayed at the same lodge at the south rim; we were both at Lake Powell Resort; we were with them at Zion Lodge. The breakfasts were the same for both. They two dinners that were provided were excellent - a catered dinner in an events room at Bright Angel & a meal at Zion where we could choose anything on the menu.

Our tour guide did a marvelous job; the fellow tour members were a diverse, well-traveled group of unpretentious people. The ages ranged from 11-80.

The only lodging that was not ideal was the Comfort Inn in Kanab, which offered very few dining options.
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Best Tour Director!

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Value5.0
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My wife and I really enjoyed the Grand Canyon tour we took with Caravan Tours, with Kelly Thomas as our tour director. Without Kelly the trip would have been only 1/2 as good. He's a teacher of geology, history, and current events, an entertainer with wit and good timing, and a very caring person. Overall the tour is planned very well with enough time at all the sites and is very good value.
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Nothing like sitting back and taking in the "Big Hole" trip!

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Lodging4.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Caravan Tours did all the driving, and man was I ever glad! We started to drive out from Tennessee, but after getting there and see all the hills and valleys, and the things to see along the highway, I'm sure glad we left it all to our Caravan driver. What a great trip!
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Really Amazing tour, we were well cared for!

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
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Meals4.0
We went on the tour with Pedro the tour director and David, our driver. We departed on the 15th and were there for a week. We toured the canal top to bottom. I'll be honest- if you're looking for lots of nature time, this isn't your tour. HOWEVER, we knew that going in AND we still picked up over 80 species of birds, lots of monkeys, etc. We toured Panama City for a day and a half, spent two days in Gamboa, 2 days at the beach and then one last day in Panama City.

The entire trip we were well cared for. The food was really good (though if you're bringing kids on the trip, the Gamboa Resort is the only one that has more typical kid fare) David and Pedro kept us well hydrated, educated on all things Panama (historical, ecological, etc). Pedro also went out of his way to be sure our 5 year old was well cared for including time in the captain's cabin during the canal transit, telling them jokes, etc. He says he doesn't get to see many kids on this tour, so he seemed as excited as our son!

The accomodations are great with the exception of the Intercontinental Miramar. The food there is average and the rooms need updated. However, The Westin was an all inclusive day and amazing. The Gamboa resort is something out of a magazine - and the pool there is fabulous (though their bartenders need a little extra motivation it seems).

On our free day, Pedro even helped us organize a tour out to the Pipeline so we could get some extra birding in. He called a few different locals that were trustworthy and affordable so we could get more time in the rainforest.

Overall, it was worth every penny and we're excited to take other Caravan Tours!
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Money Hungry Tour Director

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My husband and I just returned from the guided tour of Panama with Caravan. This was the first time and the last time we have travelled with Caravan. We go away twice a year and like to take guided tours and have travelled with many tour companies including very large and prestigious travel company such as Trafalgar. Many companies we travelled with have a Tour Director/Bus Driver tipping recommendations - but those are only recommendations and not the expectations of a tour director. Pedro - our Caravan Tour Director expected to get $8/day/person - so for the bus of 41 people (this was the number of people on our tour), for 8 days he should get $2,624 - well if you make this kind of tax-free cash in one week - please go ahead and give him his $64/person for one week. My husband and I do not know anyone who makes this kind of tax-free cash, hence we decided to give him less generous tip. Pedro was so cheeky that he opened the envelope (that he himself provided to each couple on the bus) as he received it and checked the amount of money given to him by each couple. It become quite clear to us that Pedro did not appreciate our tip as he returned the envelope with cash to us. SHAME ON YOU PEDRO! SHAME ON YOU CARAVAN FOR HAVING PEDRO WORKING FOR YOU!!!! I wonder if Pedro did this because both my husband and I are of Polish descent and have an accent? I guess to Pedro having an accent is equal to being stupid and English language illiterate, hence being unable to complain and/or write a review. Well - Pedro - we just proved you wrong!
Throughout entire trip Pedro was hinting how great he is and how he made very special arrangements for us and how this trip would have been a totally insignificant without him. He made a point of telling us that Caravan build stairs and washroom facilities , so that Embera Village can be visited, he also claimed that because of Caravan, there is now ramp to access Kuna Indian Marketplace. Yet, Caravan was not powerful enough to ensure that we get take-out breakfast on the last day when we were being transferred to the airport at 5:00 a.m.! Interesting!!! No matter where we travelled to, if we had to leave early to the airport - every hotel has provided us with a "take-out" breakfast - after all we paid for this. But not at the Intercontinental Miramar - no breakfast, no apology, no explanation! Well - having travelled with many travel companies the hotels, food, services provided by Caravan and Pedro were average. We certainly had better Tour Directors, better hotels, better food and much better experience with other tour companies then with Caravan. We had much better caliber of Tour Directors then Pedro but no one was ever so cheeky as Pedro and did not return his/her tip to us - this was a hit below the belt - disgusting!!!
Maybe inexperienced travelers find Caravan and Pedro great - but we did not.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Arrival Transfers
Caravan’s Phoenix, Arizona hotel, the Doubletree Suites (320 North 44th St.) provides a courtesy shuttle from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Upon arrival, request a pickup using the Doubletree’s courtesy phone at the baggage claim area or call the hotel directly at: 602-225-0500. The shuttle operates 24 hours daily. Taxis cost approximately $15.00 and take 10 minutes.

Departure Transfers
Caravan's vacation packages include a departure transfer to McCarran Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, Nevada on the day the tour ends, arriving by 11:30 a.m. Please schedule flights after 1:30 p.m. If you wish to extend your stay in Las Vegas, taxis and shuttles are available from the airport. (Las Vegas regulations prohibit Caravan’s motorcoach from making stops at individual Las Vegas hotels.) Taxis cost $15.00 and take 25 minutes. There are several airport shuttle services located near the dropoff point. The airport shuttles depart every ten minutes and the cost is $5.00 per person each way. The shuttle transfer time to hotels is approximately 45 minutes. No advance reservations are necessary from the airport.

Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 44

Accomodations

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.

Day 1 – Phoenix, Arizona

Doubletree Suites

Central to Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, Doubletree Guest Suites Phoenix-Gateway Center features beautiful, newly renovated two room suites within walking distance of boutique shopping and dining. Local golf courses and tennis courts are a short drive away. The hotel has a bar/lounge, swimming pool, fitness center, television, wetbar, speaker phones, high speed internet access, and data ports.

Day 2 & 3: Grand Canyon

Stay two nights at a Grand Canyon National Park lodge. Caravan's lodges are all located inside the park, near the South Rim. All rooms are non-smoking. A free shuttle bus system operates within the park, offering free transport between all lodges, restaurants, the West Rim drive, Yavapai geology museum, and the Park Visitor Center. Elevation at the Grand Canyon's South Rim averages 7,000 feet.

Thunderbird Lodge is a contemporary lodge located a few feet away from the rim edge of the Grand Canyon. All of the rooms have either two queen beds or one king bed, in-room coffee, refrigerator, safe, cable television, telephone, full bath, and air conditioning. Handicap rooms are also available. At Thunderbird Lodge, it's just a three minute walk to the Bright Angel Restaurant, Arizona Room Restaurant, and El Tovar Restaurant.

Kachina Lodge is a contemporary "twin" lodge to the Thunderbird Lodge, located just a few feet away from the rim edge of the Grand Canyon. All of the rooms have either two queen beds or one king bed, in-room coffee, refrigerator, safe, cable television, telephone, full bath, and air conditioning. Handicap rooms are also available. At Kachina Lodge, it's just a three minute walk to the Bright Angel Restaurant, Arizona Room Restaurant, and El Tovar Restaurant.

Maswik North Lodge is a modern lodge surrounded by a Ponderosa pine forest. It's located one third of a mile from the rim edge of the Grand Canyon. All rooms have two queen beds or one king bed, in-room coffee, refrigerator, safe, cable television, telephone, full bath, and air conditioning.

Days 4 & 5: Lake Powell

Stay two nights at Lake Powell Resort. The resort is located on the shores of Lake Powell at Wahweap Marina, about 5 miles from the town of Page, Arizona and 2 miles from Glen Canyon dam. The modern lodges at Lake Powell Resort all have two queen beds, air conditioning, in-room coffee, cable television, telephone, hair dryer, full bath, and air conditioning. Lake Powell Resort has two pools, a jacuzzi, a small beach on the lake shore, 2 restaurants, and a bar. Your breakfast is included each day at the world famous Rainbow Room, with spectacular views of the Glen Canyon and Lake Powell.

Day 6 & 7: Zion National Park

Zion Park Lodge

Stay two nights at historic Zion Park Lodge. This is the only lodging located inside Zion National Park. The lodge is situated in the center of the valley floor and surrounded by spectacular 2,000 foot sandstone canyon walls. The exterior of the lodge has been restored to its original 1920's classic appearance. Hotel rooms feature air conditioning, phones, flat-screen televisions with satellite reception, radio alarm clocks, iron and ironing boards, hairdryers, coffeemakers and complimentary wireless internet. Zion Park offers a diverse selection of picturesque trails ranging from short, easy jaunts to strenuous adventures. Some of the trails begin immediately outside the lodge.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Fees

If you do not purchase Caravan’s Travel Protection Plan at time of deposit, cancellations will be charged the per person fees listed below. In fairness to others and because of expenses incurred, we cannot make exceptions:

61 or more days prior to start of tour: Fee is $300

60-8 days prior to start of tour: Fee is 50% of tour price.

7 days or less prior to start of tour or during tour: Fee is 100% of tour price.

Time of cancellation will be when notice is received in Caravan’s office. Cancellation fees apply even if a person transfers to another tour or start date

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Air travel
  • Airport porter fees
  • Visas, phones, laundry, all items of a personal nature
  • Food and beverages not on the regular menu.
  • Tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver are not included.
  • General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners

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