U.S. National Parks: The Grand Canyon to Zion

9 days
Discover the southwest corner of the U.S., defined by its in proud Native American history and the sun-soaked sandstone of its iconic national parks. Marvel at the rock formations outside Sedona, step out onto the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, take in the kaleidoscopic colors at Zion National Park—it all must be seen to be believed.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Nevada, Utah & Arizona

Phoenix Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Phoenix Region

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Arizona! Arrive in Phoenix and transfer to your hotel. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at an included welcome dinner.

The Grand Canyon 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Sedona visit & Grand Canyon sunset

  Included meals: Breakfast

Start your exploration of the Southwest among the landscapes of Arizona.

• Stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument to view cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans, an ancient culture with ties to the Hopi and Yavapai tribes

• Make photo stops at the majestic rock formations surrounding Sedona, including Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte

• Visit Sedona, a city known for its festive art scene, and enjoy free time to shop, eat and explore the many galleries

• Continue on to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for your first glimpse at the legendary fissure and admire its colorful rock walls

Day 3: Free day at Grand Canyon National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day at Grand Canyon National Park. You may choose to explore with your Tour Director, strike out on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride $199pp* Details

Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon aboard a thrilling half-hour helicopter ride. Soar over the massive canyon, taking in a unique perspective on the striated terrain far below. From high above the Canyon rim, you can begin to fully appreciate the immense scale of this natural wonder. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $209)

Optional Excursion - Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride (Extended Version) $289pp* Details

Allow yourself more time to admire this natural wonder on an extended ride which takes you flying over the eastern gorge of the Grand Canyon, the North Rim, the Dragon Corridor and the Little Colorado River’s confluence with the Colorado. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $299)

Lake Powell 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Lake Powell via Cameron Trading Post

  Included meals: Breakfast

Stop at Cameron Trading Post for a chance to browse the selection of Native American crafts before continuing on to Lake Powell.

Enjoy a free evening in the Lake Powell region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Powell Cruise & Dinner $125pp* Details

Explore majestic Lake Powell on a cruise through the flooded Glen Canyon, the country’s second-largest manmade reservoir. Take in panoramic views of the sandstone cliffs and rock formations at Gunsight Bay before returning to shore to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Please note: This optional is also seasonal and runs from late May through late September.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 5: Free day by Lake Powell

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Lake Powell area or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Monument Valley Jeep Ride $95pp* Details

Stop for lunch at the trading post of Gouldings, one of Monument Valley’s iconic western-style buildings that was used to shoot the film “Stagecoach,” starring John Wayne. Then, climb aboard a jeep to zip through the stunning red-sand scenery and past the towering sandstone buttes of Monument Valley. Please note: This excursion requires a 2-3 hour bus transfer in each direction.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Zion National Park 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Bryce Canyon National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way through scenic southwestern Utah to tour Bryce Canyon National Park by bus and on foot. Take in up-close views of the distinctive pink limestone and sandstone formations, including awe-inspiring arches, bridges and pinnacles known as hoodoos. Then, continue on to your hotel near Zion National Park.

Day 7: Zion National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, set off into Zion National Park, located at the intersection of the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateaus and the Mojave Desert. View the yellow- and orange-hued rocks during an open-air tram ride and hear commentary on the surrounding landscape from a local guide.

Las Vegas 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Las Vegas via Valley of Fire State Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada’s first state park, before continuing on to Las Vegas to toast your trip at a farewell dinner.

Day 9: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • Lake Powell, United States
  • Zion National Park, United States
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
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Passport & visa requirements

• Valid government-issued identification is required for air travel within the United States. 

• If you are not a U.S. citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.

Tour Pace

• This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

• If you have any mobility and/or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Relations Team at 800.597.0350 so that we can review all necessary information with you. 

Transportation & arrival information

• Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Phoenix, Arizona and depart from Las Vegas, Nevada. When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and escort you via private motor coach to your hotel. 

• Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers at your time of arrival.

• If you did not book your flights through Go Ahead, airport transfers are available upon request and at an additional cost. Please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350 for additional information.

• All included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

• Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Most domestic airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage, and you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight.

• Go Ahead travelers are allow one checked bag per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). 

• Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

• Please note there may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage.

Clothing & packing tips

• We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered.

• For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear.

• If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. 


• Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes between 7,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level on this tour. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health concerns for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.

• Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition with  symptoms that include headache, fatigue, nausea and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest drinking plenty of fluids and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol.

• There are no major health risks when traveling to the United States.

• During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat. 

• Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our included walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who choose to stay behind. 

• Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, motion sickness medication, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

• Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

• If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

• If you have any dietary restrictions and/or food allergies, please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350.


• The United States contains some of the most varied food in the world. Most of the cuisine on this tour is well-known to North Americans.

• Be sure to try delicious Mexican food in Arizona, such as fajitas, tacos and enchiladas.

Electricity & air conditioning

• All regions operate on the U.S. standard 110 volts.

• The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.

• Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed for hotels in more remote locations.


• Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 

• There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 

• Please contact your cell phone provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

• Most of your tour will fall within Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). Arizona is on Pacific Standard Time (PST) in the summer, which is three hours behind EST; and MST in the winter. 


• U.S. dollars will be the currency on your tour.


• At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity.

• We recommend tipping $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

• We recommend $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. 

• If applicable, we also recommend tipping $2USD/ CAD per local guide. 

• Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

• If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on your tour. Your Tour Director can only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.

• Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 

• Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See the separate “Optional Excursions” sheet for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent tour!

This was a magnificent tour of several iconic National Parks. Lyn was a great Tour Director & provided many extras that made the trip special. The Navaho guides on the jeep tour through Monument Valley were excellent and shared their knowledge and love of the area with us. Our very congenial group shared a special evening around the hotel's firepit in Zion, watching the sunset on the mountains of Zion. I would highly recommend this tour.


Hi Elizabeth! We’re happy to learn that you enjoyed exploring some of the most iconic national parks in America. We’re glad you felt the itinerary provided interesting sights and stops along the way and that your group shared some special memories together. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 05, 2016