Day 1: London – Las Vegas
Fly into Las Vegas, pick up your hire car and make your way to the city’s famous Strip where you’ll be spending your next few nights. Stay 4 nights at the Excalibur Hotel & Resort (or similar).
Day 2-4: Las Vegas
Founded in 1905 and for many years just a small settlement in the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is now the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, with fantastically designed hotels, casinos and amusement parks all adorned with flashing neon lights. In one day you can ride a gondola down the Grand Canal at the Venetian, take a controlled free-fall jump off the 108th floor of the Stratosphere or browse the impressive fine art collection at the Bellagio. There might even be time for a flutter in one of the many, many casinos on offer.
Day 5: Las Vegas – Grand Canyon (approx. 270 miles)
It’s time to leave the bright lights of Las Vegas and head for the Arizona state line. At Kingman, you can join one of the oldest original stretches of Route 66 which will take you in a northern loop through the Hualapai Indian reservation to Seligman. Why not stop for lunch at the wacky Snow Cap Diner, one of the famous attractions along Route 66, built in 1953 out of scrap lumber from the nearby Santa Fe Railroad yard. Leaving Seligman, make your way into the Grand Canyon National Park. Stay 2 nights at Canyon Plaza Resort (or similar).
Day 6: Grand Canyon
You have a full day at leisure today to explore one of the great natural wonders of the world, the spectacular Grand Canyon. Spanning 277 miles in length, 10 miles on average in width from rim to rim and with a depth of up to 5,700 feet, this massive canyon was carved out by the Colorado River over a period of several million years. The best way to take in the epic scale of this natural wonder is to take a helicopter ride from the South Rim. But you can also hike along numerous trails, take a guided tour by donkey, or experience the white water rapids. Don’t forget to look upwards as it gets dark – the night sky here is one of the most spectacular on the planet.
Day 7: Grand Canyon –Las Vegas - London
Leave the Grand Canyon and head back to Las Vegas today. Here, make your way to the airport, drop off your hire car and catch an overnight flight back to London.