8 Day Canyonlands, Arches & Mesa Verde National Parks

$1999
Land Only
$2199*
Air & Land
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8 Day Canyonlands, Arches & Mesa Verde National Parks
Little America Hotel Salt Lake City, UT
Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab Moab, UT
DoubleTree by Hilton Durango Durango, CO
Eldorado Hotel & Spa Santa Fe, NM

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Wed, Sep 13  (Sold Out) $2329* $2159
$2199* $1999
$2269* $2059

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, nor are the transfers included if flight schedule does not meet the schedule below:

Passengers departing to Albuquerque (ABQ) on Day 8 should select flights that depart no earlier than 11:00 am. Shuttle transfers to Albuquerque (ABQ) will depart at approximately 8:00 am, 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Timing advised locally by Tour Manager. Albuquerque (ABQ) is approximately a 1 hour drive from Santa Fe.

Santa Fe transfers are available through Vacation Builder


Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, steps and slopes. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Hotels in National Parks provide limited amenities.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Arrive in Salt Lake City
Arrive in Salt Lake City and transfer to your hotel. During your free time perhaps visit Salt Lake Temple, centerpiece of the beautifully landscaped 10-acre grounds, and the domed Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Manager on the adventure filled tour that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting at approximately 7PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Salt Lake City

 

DAY 2, Thursday - Travel to Moab, Dead Horse Point State Park
Morning drive along scenic winding roads in the magnificent high desert of Southern Utah, stopping en route for leisure time and lunch. Continue to Dead Horse Point State Park for a scenic drive through one of the most photographed panoramic vistas in the world. Millions of years of geologic activity create the spectacular view that cannot be missed. Continue to Moab, a unique city highlighted by beautiful red rock scenery, and gateway to three national parks and the exciting waters of the Colorado River. This evening, a Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival in Utah
Overnight: Moab
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 3, Friday - Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Parks
Arrive in spectacular Canyonlands National Park, set in over 300,000 acres of rugged terrain, divided by the Green and Colorado Rivers. You’ll be astonished by your first sweeping spectacular views from the Green River Overlook in the Island in the Sky district that sits atop a massive 1,500 foot mesa. From this lofty viewpoint, see distant miles in any direction of Canyon Country. At Grand View Point, the southernmost spot on the high mesa, view markers for the Totem Pole, the confluence of the rivers and White Rim Road. See the iconic Mesa Arch, perfectly framing a set of snow-capped mountains. Return to Moab for lunch at leisure. Continue to Arches National Park. Here, see the densest concentration of natural stone arches, along with hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will truly amaze you with its formations and inspire you with its beauty. See various sites, including The Windows Section and Delicate Arch Viewpoint. This evening, perhaps join the optional Evening Dinner & Boat Tour on the Colorado River
Optional: Evening Dinner & Boat Tour on the Colorado River
Overnight: Moab
Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 4, Saturday - Travel to Durango, Million Dollar Highway
Morning drive via the mountain town of Ouray, known as the “Switzerland of America” situated in a river valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. From here, travel on the Million Dollar Highway through the San Juan mountain range and the Uncompahgre Gorge to Silverton – one of the most breathtaking drives in the U.S. After leisure time for lunch in the mountaintop resort of Silverton, board the 19th century Narrow Gauge Railroad, named a National Historic Landmark. Arrive in Durango and  transfer to the hotel for an evening at leisure in this delightful town with its historic buildings, trendy restaurants and art galleries
Overnight: Durango
Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 5, Sunday - Mesa Verde National Park
Today explore Mesa Verde National Park, renowned for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. Mesa Verde offers a spectacular look into the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people who made this area their home. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites. See the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum, with its exhibits on the ancient Native American culture and Sun Temple, a large ceremonial structure. Return to Durango for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Durango
Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 6, Monday - Travel to Sante Fe, Taos Pueblo
A vast change in scenery as you arrive in Taos, New Mexico. Cross the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on your drive into Taos. This community of talented artists and crafts people were attracted here by the scenic beauty of the contrasting forests and deserts. Lunch at leisure in this eclectic town. Then, on to multistoried Taos Pueblo*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a unique way of life is revealed that has remained untouched for many generations. This typical Pueblo village dates back more than 1000 years and is still inhabited by more than a hundred residents. Now a National Historic Landmark, Taos Pueblo is dedicated to preserving its ancient way of life. Free time this evening in Santa Fe to explore this vibrant city’s lively street life, boutiques and superb restaurant scene
Overnight: Santa Fe
Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 7, Tuesday - Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Canyon Road
Today's highlight is a visit to the renowned Georgia O'Keeffe Museum** displaying major works by this 20th century artist, including over 1,000 paintings, sculptures and drawings. A tour of the city follows including a visit to the adobe Palace of the Governors that chronicles the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico and the region. After a tour of the New Mexico History Museum, lunch at leisure in town. This afternoon, depart for Canyon Road, a magical half-mile in the Historic District of Santa Fe containing more than 100 art galleries and artist studios. Visit a local gallery containing historic Western and Southwestern works of art. Enjoy some time at leisure to independently explore Canyon Road before returning to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: Santa Fe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 8, Wednesday - Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Sante Fe is approximately a 1 hour transfer to the Albuquerque International Sunport
Meals: Breakfast

 

*Please note the visit to Taos Pueblo is subject to unexpected closures that occur for religious activities, and/or tribal ceremonies in the community.

**Please note the visit Georgia O'Keefe Museum may have unexpected closures for renovations and routine maintenance.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Featured Hotels

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Optional Tours

Experience a memorable evening complete with a cowboy-style dinner and boat tour on the Colorado River. Begin your evening by enjoying dinner while overlooking the Colorado River. Afterwards, embark on a flat-bottomed boat as you travel up river. Once darkness settles in, the formal part of the evening begins with 40,000 watts of natural light illuminating the canyon walls. Lights, shadows, music, and narration make the stories of the canyon’s formation, creation, and history come to life on the walls above the river. Learn about the storied history from the early settlers of the area (the Catholic conquistadors, Native Americans, and Mormon pioneers).

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours including transfers from your hotel. Details to be advised locally.

Day #3 01 Jun 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $69.00
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