America’s Great Desert National Parks

Las Vegas, Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Natl Park, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Yuma, Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Saguaro National Park, Kartchner Caverns State Park

Delve beneath the desert sands and see first-hand the abundant life that flourishes in its midst as you chart a course through some of America's harshest landscapes and soul-stirring sights.

Our prices start from

$ 2,850 LAND ONLY

10 Days • GUIDED • 14 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Services of a well-being director
  • Services of a travel director
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Arrive Las Vegas

Harrah's Las Vegas

America's captivating desert landscapes take centre stage on this epic journey which begins in the playground of Las Vegas. Relax after your journey or tame Lady Luck. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and then soar 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip on the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel, for sweeping 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.

Day 2 - Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area – Death Valley National Park

The Ranch at Death Valley

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Admire the towering red cliffs and sandstone peaks of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area this morning. Keep a keen eye out for its highest peak, La Madre Mountain, before continuing to Death Valley, the largest national park in the USA. Aptly named for its unforgiving landscapes, Death Valley is a stunningly beautiful land of extremes. Join your travel companions for dinner with wine, before settling into your oasis hotel, located within the borders of the national park.

Day 3 - Death Valley National Park Sightseeing

The Ranch at Death Valley

Breakfast Included

Immerse yourself in the solitude and desolation of Death Valley on a guided tour of the park's most famous sites including Ubehebe Crater, Dante's View, Zabriskie Point, and of course Badwater Basin and its massive salt flats - the lowest point below sea level in the western hemisphere. Today will be a photographer's dream so bring your cameras. Free time this afternoon to enjoy our desert oasis and relax at one of the most remarkable spring-fed swimming pools in the world.

Day 4 - Death Valley National Park – Palm Springs

Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Heading south today you leave Death Valley and enter into the Mojave National Preserve in the desert Ghost Town of Kelso. Our destination tonight is gorgeous Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. Tonight, you'll have your choice dining experience at one of three local restaurants.

Day 5 - Palm Springs Free Time And Sightseeing

Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

Breakfast Included

Start your morning with a celebrity and lifestyle tour of Palm Springs shedding light on the city's unique mid-century architecture, featuring an amazing collection of custom homes. This afternoon, join a ride on the Palm Springs' Aerial Tramway and walk along the top of the mountain, with spectacular views of the valley. Then, don't miss VillageFest in downtown Palm Springs this evening. A festive pedestrian street fair is located just across the street from the hotel.

Day 6 - Joshua Tree National Park – Free Time

Learn how the Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems come together here and keep an eye out for the incredible variety of plants and animals that find sanctuary in its vast protected wilderness.

Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

Breakfast Included

See the peculiar outstretched boughs of the Joshua Tree when you explore the national park that bears the name of this unusual-looking desert plant. Learn how the Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems come together here and keep an eye out for the incredible variety of plants and animals that find sanctuary in its vast protected wilderness. You'll have some free time at the resort this afternoon to soothe body and mind at the spa before an evening at leisure.

Day 7 - Palm Springs – Yuma

Connect With Locals at the Imperial Date Gardens in the Bard Valley, where you'll enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with Medjool dates appearing as the star of the show, all washed down with date beer.

Hilton Garden Inn Yuma Pivot Point

Breakfast, Dinner Included

This morning, visit Salvation Mountain, a hillside visionary environment created by local resident, Leonard Knight, whose passion has lovingly created this brilliant "outsider art" masterpiece resplendent with flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Travel on through the Coachella Valley and past the Salton Sea where you'll meet a park ranger, before heading through the shifting patterns of the stunning Imperial Sand Dunes.

Day 8 - Sonoran Desert National Monument – Tucson

El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Spot the saguaros as you travel through the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Touted as the most biologically diverse of all North America's deserts, the Sonoran Desert is also home to an array of significant archaeological and historic sites. Our next stop is Tucson, a culturally diverse town surrounded by mountains, which holds the distinction of being a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Indulge in desert flavors during an unforgettable guided Gastronomy Tasting Tour before enjoying the evening at leisure.

Day 9 - Saguaro National Park And Kartchner Caverns State Park

El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Celebrate the symbol of America's west. The giant saguaro is America's largest species of cacti and you'll learn how this national park strives to protect this majestic plant. We trade the desert for caverns during our visit to Kartchner Caverns State Park with its colossal and colorful cave formations. Tonight, savor a Farewell Dinner followed by an evening with the stars. Gaze up at the Arizona skies and embark on an exclusive tour of the universe with a professional astronomer and a telescope that's all yours for the night.

Day 10 - Depart Tucson Or Phoenix

Breakfast Included

Our journey through desert landscapes is at its end as you take a transfer to Tucson Airport. A group transfer to Phoenix is also available.

2021 Tour Dates

October
17
|
$2,850
December
5
|
$2,850

2022 Tour Dates

January
9, 23
|
$2,850
February
20, 27
|
$2,850
March
20, 27
|
$2,850
October
9
|
$2,850
December
4
|
$2,850

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on March 14, 2021 travel date.

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