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Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks
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8 days

from $7,049 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($4,795 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Discover the wonders of three national parks—Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon—alongside a National Geographic expert.
  • Set out on an interpretive stargazing excursion along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
  • Hear an expert describe the geological events that shaped the regions, then delve into Zion’s magnificent sandstone slot canyons and Bryce Canyon’s surreal maze of red spires.
  • Stay in historic national park lodges, and learn about area wildlife from park rangers.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed here are some of the experts that will be joining departures on this trip.

Itinerary

Discover the geological treasures of the American Southwest, exploring Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Explore the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on foot, and learn about the powerful forces that have carved this mile-deep chasm over 200 million years. Hike amid Zion's wonderland of slot canyons, hanging gardens, and waterfalls, and explore Bryce Canyon's otherworldly maze of crimson-colored spires. Soak up the Old West atmosphere at historic park lodges.

Day 1: Las Vegas, Nevada or ST. GEORGE, UTAH

Arrive in Las Vegas* or St. George* and transfer to our hotel this afternoon. Meet your guides and fellow travelers at a welcome reception and enjoy a presentation with your National Geographic expert before dinner this evening.

*The St. George airport will be closed between May 25th and September 26, 2019. Arrival and departure transfers will be provided from/to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Please call for details.

Day 2: St. George, Utah/Grand Canyon, Arizona

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The next morning, travel into canyon country, stopping for a catered picnic lunch at Pipe Springs National Monument—a beautiful desert oasis. We arrive at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and get our first glimpse of this amazing natural wonder. Walk along the rim and view the colorful rock formations that reveal the region's geological history.

Day 3: Grand Canyon North Rim

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Set out to explore the canyon’s rim, peering into the multi-hued chasm carved by the Colorado River over millions of years. Stop at Point Imperial and Cape Royal for short walks and a chance to capture amazing photos. Choose from a variety of hikes for all levels and learn about the park’s unique ecosystems and geology while enjoying sweeping views at every turn. Return to the lodge this evening and capture the canyon’s dazzling colors at sunset from the stone balcony overlooking the canyon.

Day 4: Grand Canyon/Zion National Park, Utah

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Rise early this morning for a spectacular sunrise before journeying north across the Kaibab Plateau on the Mount Carmel Scenic Byway, passing the vermilion, white, and pink cliffs of Grand Staircase and the orchards of Long Valley. Later this afternoon, take a short hike before settling into our hotel in Zion Canyon. This evening, learn about the fascinating geological history of the Grand Staircase that stretches from Bryce, through Zion, and into Grand Canyon National Park.

Day 5: Zion National Park

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Spend today exploring Zion, a wonderland of sandstone slot canyons, lush hanging gardens, and cascading waterfalls. Choose from a variety of hiking options: the Emerald Pools Trail, which passes under the cool spray of a waterfall; Angels Landing; or the famed Narrows slot canyon.

Day 6: Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bid farewell to Zion this morning with one last hike before continuing to our final destination, Bryce Canyon National Park. A hike along the canyon rim from Fairyland Canyon to Sunset Point offers a breathtaking introduction to this natural wonder. Settle into our home for the next two nights near the rim of the canyon. This evening, join a park ranger for a starry telescope viewing on the canyon rim.

Day 7: Bryce Canyon National Park

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Spend the day exploring Bryce's famous hoodoos and learn about one of the world's geologic masterpieces. From the rim of the canyon, the ground falls away to reveal a gallery of hoodoos, fins, mazes, and spires in shades of red, orange, pink, yellow, and cream. Today's hikes wind along the rim and down into this striking landscape. Watch the sun set over the canyon and join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 8: Kolob Canyon/LAS VEGAS, NEVADA OR St. George, Utah

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Wind through Red Canyon to Kolob Canyon, a stunning, lesser known area of Zion National Park. Return to Las Vegas or St George this afternoon and connect with your flight home.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate and suits a range of interests and abilities. Travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods and navigating uneven or slippery terrain. A variety of hiking options will be available.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, we stay in comfortable hotels and historic lodges within the park.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Sep 21-28, 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,049 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,923 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Oct 5-12, 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,049 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,923 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date May 23-30, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,343 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,401 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Jun 13-20, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,343 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,401 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Jun 26-Jul 3, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,343 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,401 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Jul 25-Aug 1, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,343 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,401 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Sep 5-12, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,343 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,401 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Sep 19-26, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,343 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,401 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Oct 10-17, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,343 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,401 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include airfare to/from your destination. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
Kitty Coley
Birder Geologist Naturalist
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Kitty Coley is a geologist, naturalist, and avid birder who serves as a consultant to National Geographic magazine. As a professional geologist, she has worked in remote rain forests and rugged landscapes around the world. Her love of nature has inspired her to explore through scuba diving, backpacking, white-water and sea kayaking, and biking. A gifted and enthusiastic teacher and a popular National Geographic Expert, Kitty generously shares her knowledge of geology, flora, and fauna on every expedition.

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  • Oct 10-17, 2020
Stephen Cunha
Author Educator Geographer
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Geographer, educator, and author Stephen F. Cunha spent ten years as a national park ranger in Yosemite and Alaska. Recently retired as a geography professor at California's Humboldt State University, he studies diverse landscapes around the world. He is the author of National Geographic's Our Fifty States and How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: The Official Study Guide. For more than a decade, he directed the California Geographic Alliance, which promotes geographic education and literacy among California teachers, students, and the public. Stephen often travels to and lectures on U.S. and Canadian national parks with National Geographic Expeditions travelers, and on private-jet expeditions that circumnavigate the globe. He spent four years developing the Pamir National Park in eastern Tajikistan, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. He received the California State University system’s highest award for exemplary contributions and achievements in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service.

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  • Sep 21-28, 2019
Steve Kluge
Geologist Educator
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Award-winning Earth science educator, avid outdoorsman, and national parks aficionado Steve Kluge has taught New York Regents and college-level geology courses for more than 35 years. He’s planned and led day, week, and month-long field trips and expeditions that include geology and natural history, cave exploration, and backpacking. He has led a pre-college expeditionary science program on the Juneau Icefield in Alaska and taught geology on the flanks of Hawaiian volcanoes in a semester-long Cornell University field program. Steve has designed fun and rewarding standards-based instructional activities for kids and teens in partnership with National Geographic, the Geological Society of America, NASA, and New York public television. He has also built his own kayaks, one of which he's paddled along most of the coast of Maine. Kirk Johnson of the NY Times described him as a man of "rumbling enthusiasm,” and Steve brings that enthusiasm with him wherever he goes. He loves sharing his knowledge of and passion for America's national parks with National Geographic travelers.

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  • Oct 5-12, 2019
  • Sep 5-12, 2020
Jeremy Schmidt
Author Biologist
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Few people know North America's national parks better than wildlife biologist Jeremy Schmidt. He has worked and lived in and around Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons for more than 30 years, including stints as a park ranger, a naturalist, a photographer, and an author, writing several articles for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. Jeremy is a frequent visitor to Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. He has also written several books about national parks for National Geographic and others, including titles on Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and the Northern Rockies.

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  • Sep 19-26, 2020