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Casinos and Canyons

10 days Self Drive Tours

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If ever two worlds shouldn’t survive side by side, it’s the canyons and casinos of America’s West. Las Vegas’s Bellagio fountains defy its desert setting. Its people-packed Strip defies its remoteness. And its manmade masterpieces defy the natural splendour of its surroundings. But that’s all part of the excitement.

Las Vegas is the ultimate love it or hate it destination. To some it sends shivers of trepidation, to others shivers of excitement, but you’ll never know which until you rock up and ride the experience.

A complete contrast to the encircling wilderness, it’s an unlikely city of faux-global landmarks and genuine luxury. Every inch of its famous Strip is lined with exclusive malls and themed hotels, each vying to beat the next for the best shows and restaurants, the biggest star residencies, the greatest casinos, and the wackiest attractions, from fake beaches to sky-scraping theme park rides.

Step away from the city, and nature, solitude and silence reign. Five nights out in the wilds in three national parks opens your eyes to nature’s own overthe-top creations, like the shadow-throwing hoodoos of Bryce Canyon; the light-catching turrets of Monument Valley; the endlessly changing terrains of Canyonlands; and the eye-defying depths of the Grand Canyon.


Day 1: Las Vegas

Fly to Las Vegas from the UK and on arrival pick up your hire car. Upon check in; please ask the hotel reception for your ATI Tour documentation pack which will include your tour essentials. Today experience the fun, attractions and the atmosphere of this glittering 'Entertainment Capital of the World'. Try your luck at gambling or see one of the famous Las Vegas shows. Accommodation stay – 1 night in Las Vegas.

Day 2: Las Vegas – Grand Canyon

Depart early this morning and make your way to Kingman, one of Arizona’s hidden treasures. En route, Hoover Dam makes for an awe-inspiring stop. Once in Kingman, join Route 66 and travel along the longest stretch that remains of this historic route to Seligman. Evidence of the old road can be seen all along Seligman’s main street where motels, cafés and numerous gift shops beg to be explored. Continue to Grand Canyon National Park, a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Spend time discovering the distinct South Rim of the canyon. Accommodation stay – 1 night in Grand Canyon. Driving distance 450 km.

Day 3: Grand Canyon - Kayenta

Drive to the trading post of Cameron, through the Navajo Indian reservation and end in the famous Monument Valley to see its red sandstone spires and monoliths. Accommodation stay – 1 night in Kayenta. Driving distance 450 km.

Day 4: Kayenta – Moab

Kayenta, the gateway to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. This great valley is framed by scenic clouds that cast shadows on the desert floor and boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower to heights of 400 to 1,000 ft. These fragile pinnacles are surrounded by miles of mesas, buttes and windblown sand, and the angle of the sun accents their graceful formations providing colorful scenery that is simply spellbinding. Accommodation stay – 2 nights in Moab. Driving distance 297 km.

Day 5: Moab

Spend a full day at leisure at Arches National Park see the awesome power of natural erosion. Moab’s unique combination of small town hospitality and beautiful scenery has made it one of the most sought after destinations in the Southwest.

Day 6: Moab – Bryce Canyon

Drive into Kodachrome Basin State Park and pass by the Anasazi Indian Village and through Capitol Reef National Park before arriving in Bryce Canyon. Accommodation stay – 1 night Bryce Canyon. Driving distance 450 km.

Day 7: Bryce Canyon – Zion

Today your adventure begins in earnest. Leave the impressive Bryce Canyon where wind and rain have carved spires from the red rocks behind as you travel to the magnificent Zion National Park. The stunning sandstone cliffs surround you as you explore the majesty of the park. Visitors to Zion park at the Visitor Center and then ride environmentally friendly shuttles through the most scenic areas of the park. There are many hiking trails that allow you to explore at your own pace. Accommodation stay – 1 night in Zion. Driving distance 135 km.

Day 8: Zion – Las Vegas

Return to Las Vegas for one final night of fun and excitement before you return home the next day. Accommodation stay – 1 night in Las Vegas. Driving distance 275 km.

Day 9: Depart Las Vegas

Return your rental car to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK (arriving on Day 10).


Meals: This tour is based on a Room Only basis.

*Denotes local charge – Optional trips and excursions suggested on the itinerary are bookable and payable locally.

This is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

All hotels and locations are subject to change based on availability, final hotel list will be confirmed 25 days before departure.

Dates & prices

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

GMT -8 hours

Tour inclusions

  • Accommodation listed above
  • Welcome phone call from American Tours International on Day 1
  • Virgin Holidays branded rucksack with tour documentation and Atlas, please ask when you check in at your first hotel for your ‘ATI Pack’
  • National Parks Pass

Tour exclusions

  • All flights and airport transfers in the UK
  • Travel Insurance
  • Car hire and insurance unless this has been booked by the sales consultant
  • Items of a personal nature such as food, snacks, drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities
  • The required ESTA application
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Dining inclusions

Room only basis

Included activities

Tours listed in the itinerary.


Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.


Grand Canyon West Rim (by Ground and Helicopter)

Staying in Las Vegas? The Grand Canyon is so close that it would be verging on criminal not to see it with your own eyes. This exceptional experience offers a magnificent change of scenery from the glittering distractions of The Strip – a helicopter ride that gives you spectacular aerial views of the Mojave Desert, Hoover Dam and adjacent Bypass Bridge, and Black Canyon. And all of this as a prelude to an exhilarating flight below the rim of the Grand Canyon itself. You’ll also land at Grand Canyon West for a two-hour visit, where you can meet members of the indigenous Hualapai Tribe and visit the scenic West Rim for yet more amazing photo ops.