America’s Magnificent National Parks

Discover America’s natural treasures on this two-week guided exploration of our national parks with Insight Vacations. Begin in Scottsdale and slowly meander up to South Dakota, with stops at the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, and more. Stay at park lodges, so that you’ll have more time to wander & appreciate your surroundings.

America’s Magnificent National Parks – Classic Departure (min 9 guests, max 40 guests)

Arrive in Phoenix on Sept 10, 2022 and travel to Scottsdale for 6pm Welcome Dinner at Zuzu with your Travel Director

Highlights: Galleries & shops in Sedona / Sunrise over the Grand Canyon / Zion National Park Private Open-air Tram / Cameron Trading Post / Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park / Monument Valley visit with Navajo Guide / Crazy Horse Memorial in Black Hills / Yellowstone National Park visit / Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone / Cody Buffalo Bill Center visit / Shoshone National Forest / Devils Tower in Black Hills / Horseback riding & fishing at UCross Ranch / Deadwood City Tour

This trip includes:

  • 14 nights accommodations (hotel or lodge)
  • Insight Vacations Travel Director/Tour Guide
  • Complimentary group airport transfers (at scheduled times or can purchase individually)
  • Transportation between cities and to parks
  • Meals (as listed in itinerary below)
  • Park and museum admissions
  • Personal radio headsets (so that you can always hear the Local Expert’s commentary)
  • Hotel and restaurant gratuities
  • Porterage
  • Complimentary coach and hotel WiFi
  • Navajo Local Expert
  • Lake Powell cruise
  • Private open-air tour of Zion National Park
  • Horseback riding in the Black Hills

Pricing

$6,700 per person (includes everything listed above) based on double occupancy*. Not included: flights, travel insurance (we will offer group pricing through Allianz), meals not mentioned in itinerary, optional activities, and tips for guides (these can be pre-paid for $272).

*A single supplement of $3,175 will be charged for single occupancy (single rooms may not be available at all accommodations). Young travelers (5-17) may receive a $663 reduction. Triple room reduction of $995 subject to availability.

DEPOSIT of $250 per person due by 13 March 2022 to reserve a spot. The deposit is nonrefundable.

FINAL PAYMENT of $6,450 per person due 1 April 2022.

To sign up you can fill out our Secure Payment Form and authorize your deposit. We will also need you to complete our Secure Passport Form for each person (if we don’t already have it on file). If you have questions please contact us at 843.279.0310 or office@mgatravel.com.

Airfare: While not included, we are happy to book air for you.

Travel Insurance: We always highly recommend travel insurance. It is also required by Insight Vacations. We offer competitive group pricing with Allianz’s Group Advantage Plan or we can assist you in purchasing an individual plan that is right for you.

Details

TOUR DIRECTOR

We will be joined by an Insight Vacations tour leader who will have knowledge of activities to do and things to see, local restaurants, and other pertinent information.

MEALS (see inclusions above & detailed itinerary below)

AIR

For your convenience, we offer airfare for purchase with all vacation packages. Your rates are subject to change until paid in full. Preassigned seats are limited and may not be available on every flight or departure date. **We recommend coordinating with us to ensure you can take advantage of the included group airport transfers.** Air estimates will include all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking and will be shown as a total amount. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For more information please check our website, the carrier’s website, or iflybags.com for up-to-date baggage pricing/restrictions.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Expect 4-star accommodations on average. The hotels provided will be of similar quality to those listed. Hotel taxes, service charges, and state and local taxes are all included in the tour price. “We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.”

Scottsdale – Hotel Valley Ho or similar
Grand Canyon – Grand Canyon National Park Lodge or similar
Lake Powell – Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas or similar
Zion National Park – Zion National Park Lodge or similar
Salt Lake City – Hilton Salt Lake City Center or similar
Jackson, WY – Springhill Suites or similar
Yellowstone – Yellowstone National Park Lodge or similar
Clearmont – Ranch at UCross or similar
Black Hills – Spearfish Canyon Lodge or similar
Custer State Park – State Game Lodge

TRANSPORTATION

“Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.”

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Available at scheduled times (per itinerary). If flights fall outside these times, individual transfers can be purchased.

SIGHTSEEING

While this tour includes pre-planned activities and travel between parks, it also provides “Relaxed Start” days to explore & relax on your own. Additional optional excursions include a flightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon, gentle float trip down the Colorado River, and scenic float down the Snake River.

GRATUITIES

Tips for hotels & restaurants are included, but gratuities for tour guides are not. These can be purchased in advance for $272 or paid later.

OTHER

  • This trip involves outdoor activities, and guests may need to deal with warm weather and rustic conditions. It is recommended to bring clothing appropriate for both hot days and cool nights.
  • We will share more helpful information on planning, what to wear and bring along, what to expect, etc.
  • Departure on the last day of your guided vacation is at leisure.
  • Maximum elevation for this trip is 9,000 ft (2,740 meters).
  • Bringing a flashlight or headlamp is recommended, as some of the walking trails are not lit at night.

COVID SAFETY & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (subject to change)

Safety Protocols: Insight Vacations requires that all guests be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for this trip. Children under 16 must provide a verifiable and negative COVID-19 test result taken 72 hours prior to the start of the tour until further notice. Insight Vacations’ tours now include a specially trained and dedicated Well-Being Director to provide additional support and assistance during your travels. The Well-Being Director will undertake daily monitoring and health checks of all guests, as well as the Travel Director and driver. They’ll also support the driver in daily sanitization of the coach and ensure all hygiene, physical distancing and well-being regulations are met each day. For detailed information on Insight’s wellness protocols, please click here.

Mask Mandates: You will need to wear a mask whenever your Travel Director or Wellbeing Director advises it is mandatory to do so, and as you wish for your own peace of mind. Please note that airlines and other establishments may not accept washable cloth masks but only medical masks. All tour groups will be required to comply with local travel requirements, which your Travel Director will clearly explain to you. See this webpage for Insight’s Covid FAQ.

Zion National Park Lodge

ITINERARY

DATEDESTINATIONLODGINGACTIVITY
Sat 10Sep22ArizonaHotel Valley HoWelcome dinner / explore Scottsdale
Sun 11Sep22ArizonaGrand Canyon NP LodgeSedona / Explore Grand Canyon with opt. flightseeing tour
Mon 12Sep22ArizonaLake Powell Resorts & MarinasATV ride / Navajo guide / Monument Valley / Lake Powell
Tue 13Sep22ArizonaLake Powell Resorts & MarinasColorado River float trip (opt) / Explore Lake Powell
Wed 14Sep22UtahZion NP LodgeLake Powell cruise / Bryce Canyon scenic drive
Thu 15Sep22UtahZion NP LodgeZion NP ATV ride / guided hike or museum visit
Fri 16Sep22UtahHilton Salt Lake City CenterSalt Lake City
Sat 17Sep22WyomingSpringHill SuitesScenic mountain drive / Shop & explore in Jackson
Sun 18Sep22WyomingYellowstone NP LodgeTetons / Snake River float trip (opt) / tour Yellowstone
Mon 19Sep22WyomingYellowstone NP LodgeTour Yellowstone: geysers, mudpots, & wildlife
Tue 20Sep22WyomingRanch at UCrossCody / view Bighorn National Forest / explore ranch
Wed 21Sep22South DakotaSpearfish Canyon LodgeDevils Tower / Black Hills / Spearfish Canyon
Thu 22Sep22South DakotaState Game LodgeDeadwood / Custer State Park
Fri 23Sep22South DakotaState Game LodgeMount Rushmore / Crazy Horse Memorial
Sat 24Sep22South Dakotan/aFly home from Rapid City

DETAILED ITINERARY
September 10, 2022 Depart Myrtle Beach or home airport and arrive in Phoenix, Arizona

Day 1: September 10 (Sat) – Arrive in Phoenix, Arizona

Complimentary group transfer from airport to hotel. Welcome dinner at Zuzu 6pm.

Welcome to Arizona, famous for its scenic road trips, towering Monument Valley, and of course the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Your airport transfer will whisk you to your hotel in Scottsdale where you can enjoy the facilities and grounds of this striking desert oasis. Why not head out and explore Old Scottsdale, a vibrant and unique urban downtown area that introduces you to the best of the state? Here, you’ll be surrounded by retro wooden buildings, rodeo-inspired artwork, and a selection of local stores, all radiating a classic Southwestern flair. At 6pm, join your Travel Director at Zuzu, where you will have the opportunity to mingle and get to know one another.

Day 2: September 11 (Sun) – Sedona and the Grand Canyon

Optional activity: flightseeing over the Grand Canyon. Breakfast, and dinner with wine included.

Travel through world-renowned Red Country along the Red Rock Scenic Byway: one of only 20 designated All-American Roads nationwide. Explore bohemian Sedona with its shops and galleries, or simply take in the exceptional beauty of Red Rock Country before you make your way to the Grand Canyon. Follow Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Byway through Coconino National Forest: a breathtaking stretch of road recognized by Rand McNally as one of the Top Five Most Scenic Drives in America. On arrival, you can take an optional flightseeing tour over the Grand Canyon. Whether you prefer a helicopter or a fixed-wing plane, you’ll enjoy magnificent scenery with aerial views from above. Meet your Local Expert “Canyon Tim” at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to discover its wonders. You’ll learn all about the origins of the five-million year-old canyon, its rock formations, and the human impact on this natural masterpiece. He’ll also talk to you about the local flora and fauna, and where you might be able to spot them. This evening, dinner with wine will be served in the Thunderbird Private Room. With a perfect location overlooking the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, settle down with a glass of wine on the private terrace while taking in flawless sunset views.

Grand Canyon National Park Lodge

Day 3: September 12 (Mon) – Monument Valley and Lake Powell

Breakfast included.

Early risers will take advantage of the lodge location to witness one of Mother Nature’s grandest shows on earth: a sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Travel along the South Rim Desert View Drive, skirting the South Rim of the canyon until you exit the park. Head to the Cameron Trading Post, one of the oldest and most historic general stores in Arizona. Enter Monument Valley Tribal Park, where you’ll join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience as you meet your Navajo Local Experts and board all-terrain vehicles with open sides for a private, off-the-beaten path exploration of this magical valley. Learn about Navajo history, culture, and heritage from your expert as you travel deeper into the natural wonders of this unique landscape. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your lakefront resort.

Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas

Day 4: September 13 (Tue) – Leisurely Lake Powell – Relaxed Start

Optional Activity: Colorado River float trip. Breakfast included.

Today is entirely yours to do as you please. Partake in one of our popular optional experiences, explore on your own, or simply relax by the resort swimming pool with views of Lake Powell. As an optional activity this morning, let yourself be tempted by a gentle float trip down the Colorado River. Calmly float down the Colorado, past some of the most awe-inspiring sites, like the iconic Horseshoe Bend and Petroglyph Beach.

Day 5: September 14 (Wed) – Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks

Breakfast included.

Take a cruise on Lake Powell to get an up-close view of the beautiful blue waters while you enjoy breakfast. Journey across a wide-open landscape punctuated by colorful sandstone cliffs, sagebrush-covered flats, and high ridges dotted with pinon pine and juniper. Travel through Bryce Canyon Country on a portion of the Scenic Highway 89, recognized by National Geographic as the No. 1 Driver’s Drive in the world. You will be struck by the beauty of Bryce Canyon National Park, an otherworldly landscape of red rock pillars known as hoodoos, pink cliffs, and endless vistas.

Zion National Park Lodge

Day 6: September 15 (Thur) – Zion National Park – Relaxed Start

Breakfast, and dinner with wine included.

Enjoy a Relaxed Start this morning, as you have a full day to explore the park. After a leisurely breakfast, you will tour the canyon aboard a privately chartered open-air vehicle, with live commentary from a Local Expert to show you the many scenic highlights of the canyon. This afternoon, enjoy an Insight Choice. Choose to join your Travel Director for a guided hike to the Emerald Pools. Alternatively, visit the Zion Human History Museum. Later, join your fellow travelers for a Highlight Dinner hosted at the lodge.

Day 7: September 16 (Fri) – Salt Lake City

Breakfast and dinner with wine included.

This morning you’ll make your way out of Zion National Park with a transfer to Salt Lake City, the capitol of Utah. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a relaxing and delicious dinner at your hotel.

Day 8: September 17 (Sat) – Jackson and the Tetons

Breakfast included.

Before leaving Salt Lake City, take in the State Capitol building. Drive along the scenic Logan Canyon, over the Wasatch Mountain Range, and up to the Bear Lake Summit. Stop for lunch at Garden City, Utah, while enjoying the views of the beautiful turquoise waters of Bear Lake. You will then head north across the Oregon Trail to historic Jackson. Have your cameras ready for the famous elk antlers in the central square, where eager shoppers will find a number of charming traditional boutique galleries to browse. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure, with your hotel located only a short walk away from Jackson’s Town Square.

Day 9: September 18 (Sun) – Yellowstone National Park

Optional Activity: Snake River float trip. Breakfast included.

Wake up to a mountainous view like no other, and witness the striking Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 meters) from the valley floor. This morning, you have the opportunity to partake in an optional scenic float down the Snake River (signed waiver required) inside Grand Teton National Park. In keeping with today’s rustic country charm, you’ll enter Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park. Known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes, and abundant wildlife, you’ll experience Wyoming in all its glory. Keep an eye out for black bears and wolves. Tonight you’ll stay in the National Park Lodges, allowing you to experience the park after hours, in its natural habitat.

Yellowstone National Park Lodge

Day 10: September 19 (Mon) – Geysers and Colourful Mudpots – Relaxed Start

Breakfast included.

Savour the surreal surroundings of Yellowstone with a relaxed start. Walk among the rainbow-tinted hot springs and watch the erupting geysers as you take in the history of the park on an informative stroll with your Travel Director. Catch the renowned colorful bubbling mud pots and observe Old Faithful geyser shooting water over 120 feet (37 meters) into the air. In the afternoon, enjoy the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone as you take in stunning natural wonders. While driving through Hayden Valley, famous for its wildlife, keep an eye out for wolves, bears, elk, and hundreds of bison. The rest of the evening is at leisure for you to relax.

Day 11: September 20 (Tue) – The Ranch at UCross – Relaxed Start

Breakfast and dinner with wine included.

Set off on your travels through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains, leading you to the Wild West Town of Cody. Channel your inner showman and learn more about America’s great Western legends at the Buffalo Bill Centre, known for its Western art collection, firearms, and natural history. Travel through the Bighorn National Forest to the Ranch at UCross. Take in the rustic charm as you’re hosted at a traditional Wyoming Family ranch. Start off the evening with a cocktail hour in the historic Ranch House bar. After a home-cooked dinner, enjoy a fire pit with live entertainment, including country, folk, and bluegrass music.

Day 12: September 21 (Wed) – Devils Tower into the Black Hills

Breakfast included.

Live the American frontier dream and begin your day with a scenic country horseback ride accompanied by a Ranch Hand. If playing cowboy isn’t your thing, perhaps go fishing or merely relax and take in your beautiful surroundings, the choice is yours. Make your way to Devils Tower: an astounding geological feature that protrudes out of the surrounding Black Hills. This symbolic landmark is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes. Experience Spearfish Canyon: a favored spot among wildlife enthusiasts and one famous for its elvish woodland beauty. The limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon itself.

Spearfish Canyon Lodge

Day 13: September 22 (Thur) – Custer and the Wild, Wild West

Breakfast included.

A day for those looking to explore the Wild West. Try spotting the fastest mammal in North America: the pronghorn antelope, as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Once in Deadwood, you’ll have the opportunity to join Kevin Costner’s Original Deadwood Tour. A Local Expert will tell you tales of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this once lawless town famous during the Gold Rush of the 1870s. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife.

Day 14: September 23 (Fri) – Mountain Monuments of the Black Hills – Relaxed Start

Breakfast and dinner with wine included.

Travel to the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here, carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt overlook the landscape. Next, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience as you head on to the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is dedicated to protecting and preserving the culture, tradition, and living heritage of the North American Indians. An exclusive Insight Experience awaits as you are taken up to stand face-to-face with this impressive sculpture. At 641 feet (195 meters) long and 563 feet (172 meters) tall the piece takes the record for the world’s largest mountain carving. Join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner with wine, as you reflect on your adventure across the wide-open spaces of America’s national parks.

Day 15: September 24 (Sat) – Depart Rapid City

Breakfast included.

Those ending in Rapid City may depart at any time.

Additional Information

PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL ADVISEMENTS FOR YOUR TOUR

 Due to the rapid change of travel restrictions, we recommend you check insightvacations.com/travel-requirements frequently and verify travel requirements up until your departure. Airline requirements may vary for boarding, please validate directly with the airline prior to check-in.
 On April 27, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on REAL ID, visit www.dhs.gov/real-id.

Cancellation Charges for this Trip

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