Southwest Explorer Private Journey

Experience the Epic Grandeur of the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce, Raft the Colorado River

Overview

Take a scenic flight over the Grand Canyon, float down the pristine Colorado River past iconic Horseshoe Bend, follow a zigzag trail down into Zion Canyon for panoramas across the towering Navajo sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park, and walk through a labyrinth of bizarre “hoodoos” (rock columns) in Bryce Canyon. The otherworldly landscapes of Arizona and Utah are a premier natural showcase of the history and wonder of our planet, and our week-long adventure is crafted to bring you to the best locations while avoiding the most heavily traveled sites—aided by the expertise of your own private local guide throughout the trip! You’ll have your choice of easy or moderate hikes each day, including a venture into The Narrows (one of the world’s best slot canyon hikes) and options for kayaking in the stupendous beauty of Lake Powell and walking in the geological fantasyland of Antelope Canyon. You’ll enjoy comfortable hotel accommodations along the way, along with the kaleidoscopic sunsets and incredible stargazing that make the American Southwest so unforgettable. Add-on options include a private sightseeing flight to the South Rim and a private boat and captain for the trip on Lake Powell. Join us!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Las Vegas / Grand Canyon Scenic Overflight / Colorado River Rafting

(Arrive in Las Vegas on your own the night before the trip starts.) Board a scenic one-hour flight early this morning for a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon. Landing on the South Rim, you’ll be met by your private guide for an afternoon hike on along the rim or into the canyon itself. The next day, raft the epic Colorado River, a “must-do” in this part of Arizona, with a half-day float past the soaring cliffs of Horseshoe Bend and to Petroglyph Beach, a fascinating archeological site. Additional options include a hike into the swirling sandstone realm of Antelope Canyon, one of the most photogenic slot canyons in the world, or kayaking below the rock cliffs of Lake Powell. If you wish, you can add on a private sightseeing flight to the South Rim and a private boat and captain on the Lake Powell (duration up to six hours).

Day 3
Bryce Canyon National Park

Head to Bryce Canyon National Park for a fantastic hike through its unique amphitheaters and labyrinths, among mysterious hoodoos (rock columns), and along stone canyons.

Days 4-6
Zion National Park / The Narrows / Depart

Utah brims with natural wonders, and Zion is at the top of the list. Sometimes called “a Yosemite dressed in red,” Zion Canyon is a spectacular gorge flanked by towering red and tan Navajo sandstone palisades. One of your options is a beautiful hike on a trail through the twisting red rock gorge of Echo Canyon right down to the floor of Zion, with panoramic views all the way. The next day, hike The Narrows, where Zion Canyon tapers to just 20 to 30 feet wide between thousand-foot-high walls. There is no trail on this “bucket list” adventure—just the shallow waters of the winding Virgin River (all special equipment, including footwear, is provided). Prepare to be wowed by Mother Nature in this legendary canyon. Depart on Day 6 via Las Vegas.

Desert Pearl Inn
Springdale, USA
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS INCLUDE:

  • Private sightseeing flight to the South Rim
  • Private boat and captain for the trip on Lake Powell

Highlights

Highlights

Take a spectacular scenic flight over the immense wonder of the Grand Canyon
Choose from multiple hiking options with your experienced private guide
Follow a labyrinthine trail among the hoodoos (rock columns) of Bryce Canyon National Park
Hike down into magnificent Zion Canyon and explore the incredible bucket-list slot canyon of The Narrows
Float down the Colorado River from Glen Canyon Dam past iconic Horseshoe Bend
Options to hike in dramatic Antelope Canyon and kayak on Lake Powell

Details

Length: 6 days
Cost From: $4895  
Arrive: Las Vegas, Nevada
Depart: Las Vegas, Nevada
Lodging: 5 nights hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included except 4 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Vehicle-based exploration, day hikes, and rafting