The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Hike the National Parks of Americas southwest, walk with the Navajo, and explore within the Grand Canyon.
United States of America
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 44750
Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing.
You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m.
America is known as the home where portions are big but when talking about America’s beautiful national parks, their brand of super-sizing has never looked so good. Especially in the desert southwest. Each day serves up a multitude of different views, diverse scenery, obscure rock formations, Navajo culture, and a network of walking trails that are as beautiful as they are dramatic.
We begin in the neon city of Las Vegas, before leaving the bright lights behind in favour of the alpine valleys of Zion National Park. Here we discover a labyrinth of narrow canyons, steep walls, and amazing rock formations resembling cathedrals, temples, spires, and altars.
A short drive away is Bryce Canyon National Park, which is not actually a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. ‘Hoodoos’ (irregular columns of rock) cover the area which we admire from the rim, before walking into the belly of Bryce Canyon where they tower above. The whole experience feels like landing on the moon.
Next up is Arches National Park, where the main feature is, well, arches. More than 2,000 natural sandstone arches can be found here making it great for walking and photography. Around Canyonlands National Park, we walk the rim trail culminating in that iconic view of the Colorado River from Dead Horse Point.
In Colorado we hike to the lesser-visited Pueblo Indian ruins of Mesa Verde, followed by a visit to the sacred tribal lands in Monument Valley for a backcountry 4x4 and walking adventure; all this accompanied by a Navajo guide for cultural insights.
The main event is perhaps the Grand Canyon; possibly the most famous geological feature in the world. We have an afternoon to follow the rim trail and marvel at the setting sun, followed by a walk below the rim. This trip ends back in Vegas - a grand finale to an unforgettable trip!
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Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Depart London (Gatwick) to Las Vegas. The flight time is approximately 10 hours. The transfer time is relatively short and depending on traffic should not take much time to reach our hotel where we overnight.
This morning we make our way to Springdale where we stay for two nights. The journey takes about 3hrs, not including the stops we will make along the way. En route, we stop at Snow Canyon State Park for lunch which features a canyon carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone in the Red Mountains.
Springdale is the gateway to Zion National Park where we will discover a labyrinth of narrow canyons, steep walls, and amazing rock formations resembling cathedrals, temples, spires, and altars. On arrival, we enjoy an introductory walk beside the Virgin River, which carves its way through the canyon.
Today we set out to walk the Emerald Pools trail, focusing on the lower and middle pools. All hikes lead to sparkling waterfalls and glistening pools. Majestic sights can be seen all along the trails, including views of Lady Mountain, the Great White Throne, Red Arch Mountain, and cliffs in all directions. Those who want to visit the upper pool can do so, although this is above grade.
We have a short journey (90 mins) so we will have plenty of time to explore the highlights of Bryce Canyon National Park with its delicate sedimentary rock pinnacles, arches, and spires from our base by the park entrance (1nt). Rivalling and probably surpassing Zion for bizarre rock formations Bryce offers many trails through, around and amongst ‘hoodoos' - natural pillars created out of sandstone by the action of wind, rain, and ice.
We will walk the Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden with the option to extend onto Peek-A-Boo. This is your chance to walk amongst a canyon full of hoodoos, arches, and other interesting shapes. This truly is an unforgettable trail.
Distance: 2.7 miles
Ascent / descent: 190m
Duration: 2 hours
Morning departure to Moab for two nights. The journey is about 5-6 hours with stops, through stunning and ever-changing scenery. There is plenty to see on the way and you will be stopping regularly to enjoys the views, short trails, coffee and comfort stops. Moab is a welcoming town with a great selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. We head straight to Canyonlands area for a short and easy rim walk and the incredible vistas of Dead Horse Point; here we observe that iconic view of the Colorado River snaking through the canyon.
We will walk in the Devil's Garden in the Arches National Park and in the surrounding area. Arches certainly rivals Bryce for otherworldly scenery. We take in a selection of naturally formed rock arches. Names like Landscape, Wall, Navajo, Partition, Double O, Private, Pine Tree and Tunnel perhaps give some idea of what to expect. We cannot promise you will see every arch in the park, well there are over 2000, but we aim to show you the most unique!
We drive about 2hrs to the Mesa Verde National Park where we stay for two nights in Cortez on the Colorado Plateau. On the way we will stop just outside of Moab, to walk either the Fisher Tower trail, which displays a great variety of rock art, sculpted by the wind and the rain from the soft red sandstone or Negro Bill to Morning Glory Bridge trail, travelling alongside a scenic canyon and finishing at a stunning 243ft long natural bridge – the 6th largest natural rock span in the US. Whichever we choose neither will disappoint.
We explore Mesa Verde Park, established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and dedicated to protecting America's ancient manmade treasures. There are more than 4,000 archaeological sites within the park so plenty of trails for us to choose from, and we explore some of these by coach and on foot, including a guided ranger visit of the Cliff House which does involve ladders.
We travel about 3hrs to Kayenta (one night) situated just outside Monument Valley, immediately recognisable to anybody who has seen a Hollywood western circa 1950's. On arrival we will enjoy a 6-hour jeep and walking tour in the Monument Valley’s, Mystery Valley. For this tour we are led by a Navajo guide who will share his cultural and history with us.
We leave for the Grand Canyon with a stop en route visit to Desert View. The drive to Desert View will take around 2.5 hrs with a further 45 mins to the south rim. The Grand Canyon is truly immense, and nothing can prepare you for the experience of seeing it for the first time. The Colorado River has cut through many layers of rock over the millennia giving rise to the distinct colourful banding. We head directly to the South Rim, to walk the Rim Trail, ending in time to watch the sunsetting over the Rim – truly something quite spectacular.
Today we walk to Ooh Ah Point on the South Kaibab Trail which is located by Yaki Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, about a 10-minute drive from the Grand Canyon visitor’s centre. Each step of the hike offers breath-taking views, culminating at Ooh Ahh Point where you get to see panoramas, including the little-visited eastern Grand Canyon.
We drive back about 4hrs 30mins to Las Vegas (one night), the gambling capital of the world. There will be some time for sightseeing in this brash and artificial wonderland, which is in complete contrast to all the natural beauty you have just seen but completes the American travel story.
Transfer to Las Vegas Airport for the overnight flight to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
16th May 2021 - 29th May 2021 (13 Nights)
12th Sep 2021 - 25th Sep 2021 (13 Nights)
3rd Oct 2021 - 16th Oct 2021 (13 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
Is well located, close to the main strip without being too close to all the chaos!
La Quinta Inn Springdale is nestled in southwest Utah, surrounded by natural beauty near the borders of Nevada and Arizona, and only a mile from Zion National Park. Facilities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre and complimentary WI-FI is provided throughout. Rooms are equipped with a telephone, hairdryer, mini fridge, microwave, cable TV and coffee machine.
The Grand Hotel is family-owned an situated close by Bryce Canyon National Park. Despite its rural location it offers amenities such as shops, restaurants, pool and a cinema. Rooms are equipped with a TV, air conditioning, coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
The Hyatt Place Moab has a quirky design in keeping with the surrounding distinctive rocky landscape. It is ideally located for our programme of walks. Downtown Moab only a mile away and the Mesa Verde National Park five miles away. The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre, restaurant and bar. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, fridge, coffee machine, hair dryer and complimentary WIFI internet throughout.
Comfortable and convenient, the Holiday Inn Cortez is ideally located to allow us to explore the Mesa Verde National Park. The facilities include a spa and wellness area and WIFI internet is provided throughout. Rooms are equipped with iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini fridge, microwave, tea and coffee making facilities, TV and telephone.
Monument Valley Inn situated in the heart of Monument Valley. The classic views can we enjoyed from the hotel. Facilities include a heated outdoor pool, fitness facilities, and a restaurant serving both Native American cuisine and typical American dining. Rooms are equipped with flat screen TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, safe and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Well located close to the entrance of the Grand Canyon South Rim park entrance, the Red Feather Lodge comprises of two distinct buildings, a motel and a hotel. Our groups will be accommodated in the hotel section. Facilities include laundry facilities, fitness room, coffee available in the lobby area 24hrs, a nearby restaurant and seasonal outdoor pool with jacuzzi. Rooms are equipped with TV, radio, hairdryer, coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, fridge and microwave. Complimentary WIFI internet is included but access can be limited due to its rural location.
This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which includes walks with plenty of breaks with an element of sightseeing, There are many outstanding walks through beautiful scenery on the holiday. It is generally the case that the pace of walking will be relaxed as at every turn there is an amazing geological feature to be marvelled at. The walks are often short with a few different trails be taken in one day. The maximum altitude that we reach on this holiday is 905m (2970ft).
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in United States of America
United States of America use US Dollar.
Tipping is a part of life and expectations are fairly high. The drivers accompanying the tour on transfers and excursions tend to be mines of information relating to all aspects of local life and the country, and are also excellent travelling companions. Should you wish to tip our American colleagues, you may wish to consider an allowance of $3 per day for each of our drivers. In restaurants it is customary to add a 15% tip to the bill throughout North America.
It must be stressed however that such tips are at your own discretion.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Return flights are from London Gatwick to Las Vegas with Virgin Atlantic or British Airways.
Travel in America will be by road and foot.
The transfer from Las Vegas airport to Las Vegas will take approximately 30mins
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Passport Information for United States of America
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
The VWP (Visa Waiver Programme) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country.
All travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP now need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). Your passport is an ePassport if it carries the internationally recognised e-passport symbol on the front cover.
You won’t qualify for entry to the USA under the VWP, and will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate, if:
- you have a British passport that describes your nationality as something other than ‘British Citizen’
- you’ve been arrested for certain crimes, even if it didn’t result in a criminal conviction
- you’re a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria
- you’ve travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011
Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011. For more information about these exemptions, see the website of the US Embassy.
If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify for the VWP, or if you’re concerned that an existing ESTA may have been cancelled, you should contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.
Those travelling under the VWP arriving by air or sea should provide details online at least 72 hours before travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. For more information, and to apply online, visit the official ESTA website (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta).
If you’re arriving by land, you don’t need to complete an ESTA before you arrive at the border. Getting an ESTA is a separate process to providing your airline with advance passenger information (details of your passport, country of residence, address of your first night’s accommodation in the US etc).
The VWP is intended to be used for occasional, short visits to the US. If a US immigration officer thinks you’re trying to ‘reset’ the clock by making a short trip out of the US and re-entering for another 90-day period, you can be denied entry. If you travel from the US to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean you can usually re-enter using the ESTA and admission stamp you were issued when you first arrived in the US, although the time you spend outside of the country is included in the 90 days allotted for your visit. Make sure you’re clear about the length of time the immigration officer has authorised you to remain in the US if you re-enter under the same ESTA.
When you arrive in the USA you will need to be able to show that you have enough funds available to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends. Further details on the VWP and other aspects of US immigration rules are available from the Customs and Border Protection website.
The US Customs and Border Protection programme Global Entry gets pre-approved travellers through border control faster at some US airports. If you’re a British citizen you can now register to get a UK background check on GOV.UK. If you pass the background checks, you’ll be invited to apply for Global Entry.
In more remote places the meal selection may be more limited and you may not find a large number of fresh items are available. As this is America portions sizes should always be adequate. All breakfasts, eleven lunches and seven dinners are also included during the holiday; please see the itinerary schedule for details. Remaining dinners and lunches are not included, but there are always plenty of dinning options to suit all budgets. On nights where dinner is not included the leader will make a reservation at a local restaurant for those that still prefer to eat together. Nobody is under obligation to join the group if they prefer not to.
The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.
Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in United States of America
Electricity is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for United States of America
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to the US.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
Zika virus also exists in the US; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy. You should also take precautions against Tick bites, particularly in Eastern USA.
Further Travel Advice
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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