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

Continue on to the Lake Powell region, making stops along the way.

• Visit the Cameron Trading Post for a chance to browse the selection of Native American crafts

• Step inside the Navajo Interactive Museum, where you'll explore the exhibits as an expert shares more about the Navajo culture

Lster, 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

  • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States. 
  • In order to enter the United States, Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.

Tour Pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved trails and dirt paths, with some hills. Some activities will take place at high altitudes.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Phoenix and depart from Las Vegas. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Most domestic airlines impose charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region. 
  • Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling to altitudes as high as 6,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties 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.
  • 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.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • The cuisine of the American southwest combines influences from Spanish colonial settlers, Mexican staples and Native American tradition. Expect dishes spiced with chile peppers, like enchiladas, tacos and chili con carne.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • 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.

Connectivity

  • 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 mobile service provider for information on roaming charges. 

Time zones

  • Arizona, Utah and Nevada are on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). Please note that Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time and is on Pacific Standard Time (PST) from March through October.
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.

Currency

  • The U.S. dollar is the currency you will be using on this tour. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for puchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will 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 page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

EXHILIRATING ADVENTURE

We started out in Phoenix/Scottsdale area where the hotel accommodations at the Marriott were exceptional. The energy vortex was working in Sedona as we explored the Main area of the city as we made way for the Grand Canyon which superlatives Like "Grand" do not do it justice.The Breakfast View at Lake Powell wowed this traveler as one of the most spectacular places on the Planet. The views and culture of Natives at Monument Valley in Navajo Nation brought amazement at How people living off the land survived in such a barren land. The Canyons of Utah ( Bryce and Zion ) added to an extraordinary visual and hiking extravaganza and then the Valley of Fire and Las Vegas in Nevada. We are officially hooked on Go Ahead ( our 2nd tour ) and planning another trip for 2017 but only if we Reserve Mike W. as our Tour guide Our hats are off to him and Our Driver. Thank You Mike and Go Ahead for an Extraordinary 8 days.

 

Hi Ronald! We’re thrilled to read that you’re ‘officially hooked on Go Ahead!’ It’s great to learn that you enjoyed this tour and that you stood in awe of the breathtaking landscapes of the southwest. We’re glad to hear that your Tour Director and bus driver did a wonderful job guiding you through your tour. We will be sure to share that feedback with them. We thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next adventure!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 14, 2016

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