CANYON DE CHELLY & MESA VERDE
The Petrified Forest • Route 66 • Durango • Navajo & Pueblo Culture

5 Days - Tour Dates: September 13 - 17, 2022
7 Meals Included


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Activity Level:

Activity Level 3: Moderately Active Pace - Active walking daily, some hiking, uneven terrain, hills, and steps. Less rest options available. Active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, and significant travel times possible.

Price Per Person:

$1899.00 Double Occupancy
$1869.00 Triple Occupancy
$2299.00 Single Occupancy

Cash Early Booking Discount
SAVE $50 - First 1-20 Clients

Prices include airfare from SAN/LAX. Please call or refer to our catalog for prices from your home city.

Tour Highlights:

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Round Trip Home Pick-up*
  • Round Trip Airfare
  • 7 Meals: 4-Breakfasts, 3-Dinners
  • Visit 4 Remote National Parks & Monuments: Petrified Forest & Painted Desert, Canyon de Chelly Navajo Park, 4 Corners, and Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings
  • Route 66 in NM & AZ
  • 2 Nights in the famous Thunderbird Lodge
  • Canyon de Chelly SUV Tour
  • Acoma Sky City Pueblo
  • Hubbell Trading Post & Homestead
  • Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque
  • Deluxe Motorcoach with Restroom
  • AFC Tour Manager Pat Conway (Sept)
  • Hotel Transfers & Baggage at Hotels

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1 - Tuesday, 9/13/2022 - Fly to ABQ / Coach to Gallup
Arrive in Albuquerque (altitude 5,300’) and meet your Tour Manager. After lunch on your own, coach west to Acoma “Sky City” Pueblo for a guided tour of this active, 800 year old Pueblo adobe town built high on a mesa. Then, motor west along Interstate #40 (formerly Route 66) to the historic western town of Gallup, NM (altitude 6,500’). Enjoy your Get Acquainted Dinner at a local restaurant. - Dinner
Day 2 - Wednesday, 9/14/2022 - Gallup to Chinle
A scenic drive west brings you to Petrified Forest & Painted Desert National Monuments (altitude 5,600’). Learn about the lush tropical forest that existed here 225 million years ago, only to die due to climate change. The tree trunks were buried while minerals soaked into them and hardened over time into rock fossils. Then, see the colorful formations of the badlands of the Painted Desert, with its red, pink, purple, and yellow bands of rocks. Later continue to Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, an authentic 1878 homestead & trading post where local Navajo people still bring their blankets, jewelry, and art to sell. Continue to the highlight of our tour, Canyon de Chelly, located near Chinle (altitude 5,500’). Spend 2 nights in the Navajo Park at the famed Thunderbird Lodge! - Breakfast
Day 3 - Thursday, 9/15/2022 - Full Day Canyon de Chelly
Today, explore the impressive canyons, rock formations, and cliff dwellings here. Native Americans call this Tsegi, which means “inside the rock,” and have been living here over 5,000 years. Board specially outfitted SUV’s for a half day drive through the river bed that lies along the floor of the canyon. Learn the history and legends from your Navajo guide and enjoy stops like White House  ruins. Return to the lodge for lunch on your own. This afternoon, coach along South Rim Drive, with scenic stops at many of the overlooks. From this perspective, look down on famous Spider Rock, a sandstone rock “chimney” standing 750 feet above the spot where 3 canyons converge. Return to your hotel before dinner at a local restaurant. - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 4 - Friday, 9/16/2022 - Chinle to Farmington
Drive north, stopping at the famous “Four Corners” Monument. Stand in the exact spot where four states all come together: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado. Next, visit Mesa Verde National Park (altitude 7,000’-8,500’) for lunch on your own plus an extensive driving tour of the massive cliffs that house the world’s largest collection of 700 year old cliff dwellings. A guided walking tour to famous Cliff Palace is included. Continue on into Colorado to visit the historic old western town of Durango (altitude 6,500’), home to the famous Durango to Silverton narrow gauge mining train. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner here at a fine local restaurant. Then, motor to your hotel in Farmington, NM (altitude 5,400’). - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 5 - Saturday, 9/17/2022 - Farmington to ABQ / Fly Home
This morning, drive south back to Albuquerque.  Stop here for lunch on your own at the historic 1793 Old Town Plaza. Then, arrive at the airport for your flights home.

Note: This tour involves high altitude, with overnights at 5500’ to 6500’. Please check with your doctor, if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude. - Breakfast

Additional Tour Information:

FEATURED HOTELS
  • Gallup, NM (1) - Holiday Inn Express
  • Chinle, AZ (2) - Thunderbird Lodge
  • Farmington, NM (1) - Hampton Inn
Alternate hotels may be used

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