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Great Parks, Ghost Towns and Sedona's Red Rocks

Featuring Death Valley and Grand Canyon National Parks

8 DAYS • 14 MEALS Travel the lonely roads of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, from the salt pans of the lowest place in North America to ghost towns perched high atop mined-out mesas. You'll experience stark Death Valley, quirky Sedona, and the enchanting places in between.

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The Mayflower Tours Way
  • 14 Meals (5 dinners, 1 lunch and 8 breakfasts)
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Spend 1 night in Las Vegas, America's entertainment capital
  • Spend 2 nights inside Death Valley National Park
  • Tour Death Valley National Park including Badwater Basin,the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, Zabriskie Point for panoramic views of the park’s colored badlands and Stovepipe Wells with the extensive Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
  • Stop at the authentic ghost town of Rhyolite, once a "rip-roaring" gold mining community founded in 1904
  • Visit Manzanar National Historic Site, a moving reminder of the dark days of World War II
  • See the funky but highly photogenic old ghost town of Randsburg
  • Explore Route 66 and stop in Oatman, a colorful ghost town with wild burros and Seligman, “The Birthplace of Route 66”
  • Travel along Grand Canyon National Park’s magnificent South Rim with stops at several scenic overlooks including Mather Point, Grand View Point and Desert View
  • Explore the prehistoric ruins at Wupatki National Monument
  • Take an exciting “Red Rocks Jeep Tour” into Sedona’s back country and stop at the historic copper mining ghost town of Jerome
  • First class seating aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad excursion past striking rock formations, cottonwood forest and through a 680-foot tunnel
  • Fun-filled chuckwagon supper and live Western show at the Blazin' M Ranch
  • Narrated Trolley Tour of enchanting Sedona
  • Spend 1 night in Laughlin, Nevada’s casino resort center on the banks of the Colorado River
  • $45 in Mayflower Money
Day One — Arrive in Las Vegas Arrive in exciting Las Vegas, America's entertainment capital. We'll overnight at the center of the glittering "Fremont Street Experience." Meet your Tour Manager at 6:00 p. m. for a welcome dinner. Dinner Day Two — Death Valley National Park Today we head for the unique landscape of Death Valley National Park. Here, old tales of prospectors with burros, massive wagons pulled by 20-mule teams and long-deserted mines continue to fascinate. We stop at Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, Devil’s Golf Course with its jagged saline formations and Zabriskie Point for panoramic views of the park’s colored badlands, salt flats and distant peaks. Next we visit the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and the ruins of the Harmony Borax Works before checking in for a two-night stay. Breakfast and dinner Day Three — Goldwell Open Air Museum and Rhyolite Ghost Town We begin the day by returning briefly to Nevada to explore the huge outdoor sculptures created by Belgian artists at the Goldwell Open Air Museum. Then we visit the once "rip-roaring" gold mining community of Rhyolite, an authentic ghost town. Back in Death Valley, we head to the Stovepipe Wells area where we take a walk on the extensive Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. We also make a stop at the Salt Creek Interpretive Trail before returning to the lodge. Breakfast and lunch Day Four — Manzanar National Historic Site and Randsburg Ghost Town Leaving the park, we pass the dry Owens Lake which was drained to provide a water supply for the City of Los Angeles and come to Manzanar National Historic Site. This is an intensely moving and heartbreaking reminder of the remote internment camps created to house Japanese-Americans during the dark days of World War II. Later, we visit the funky but highly photogenic old ghost town of Randsburg before continuing to Barstow for our overnight stay. Breakfast Day Five — Route 66 and Oatman Ghost Town On historic Highway 66 we stop in Oatman, Arizona, the colorful ghost town and mining camp where ‘wild’ burros, descendants of those left behind by miners, greet tourists on Main Street. There are numerous gift, antique and craft shops, saloons and the historic Oatman Hotel to explore. We also stop in Seligman, “The Birthplace of Historic Route 66,” featuring 1950s-era stores and restaurants, including the Roadkill Café. Breakfast Day Six — Grand Canyon National Park and Wupatki National Monument Today we come to the South Rim of the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park. Truly one of the world's great spectacles, we travel along the rim with stops at several scenic overlooks, including Mather Point, Grand View Point and Desert View. Later, we explore the splendid prehistoric ruins at Wupatki National Monument, remains of a complex thought to have been occupied by ancestors of the modern-day Hopi Tribe before coming to the heart of Sedona’s renowned Red Rocks Country. Breakfast and dinner Day Seven — Red Rocks Jeep Tour and Verde Canyon Railroad This morning, a guided “Red Rocks Jeep Tour” takes us into Sedona’s enchanting backcountry where natural wonders include dramatic cliffs, towers, monoliths and mesas of bright red sandstone in fantastically carved shapes. We stop at the historic copper mining ghost town of Jerome before boarding our first-class car on the Verde Canyon Railroad, for a unique 40-mile rail excursion through a beautiful protected wilderness abundant in bald eagles, great blue herons, deer and javelinas. Tonight, we enjoy dinner before returning to the hotel. Breakfast and dinner Day Eight — Sedona Trolley Tour and Laughlin A narrated Trolley Tour of Sedona includes a stop at the inspiring Chapel of the Holy Cross, overlooking the town and neighboring red rocks. A visit to the Tlaquepaque arts and crafts complex is followed by a stop in the downtown area. Our afternoon begins with a scenic drive through splendid Oak Creek Canyon, before continuing to Laughlin, Nevada’s casino resort center on the banks of the Colorado River. Breakfast and dinner Day Nine — Travel Home This morning we have a group transfer to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport for flights out after 1:00p.m. Breakfast
Day One Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Days Two and Three Ranch at Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, California Day Four Country Inn and Suites, Barstow, California Day Five Drury Inn, Flagstaff, Arizona Days Six and Seven Sedona Real Inn and Suites, Sedona, Arizona Day Eight Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Laughlin, Nevada
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Rooms for the night before the tour are available. Cost for a room in Las Vegas is $99, tax included.

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LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs.