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Yellowstone, Grand Canyon & Tequila Mexico City - Banff

Trip Overview

If there is one continent that's designed for the great road journey, it has to be North America, and that is exactly what this trip is all about, a great North American road trip. Travelling from Banff in the Canadian Rockies, down to Mexico through the Rockies and the great deserts, this is a journey to show you the wilds of the Canada and the USA.

Exploring, hiking and horse riding in the plethora of national parks is fundamental to the tour; Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley, The Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks; the list seems endless. But the journey is not all about the great outdoors and we allow ourselves to embrace the culture of the good old US of A, whether it be the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, the zeal of Salt Lake City or the wild west culture of Arizona.

Moving into the northern states of Mexico is a continuation of the journey, and certainly the historical links are clear to see.

32 DAYS THROUGH Canada , Mexico (+ 1 more countries)
RATING:
of 7 reviews
PRICE FROM:
Was From: $3,320 USD + 1,030 KITTY USD
Now From: $2,822 (USD) + 1,030 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
32 days
TRANSPORT:
US style school bus, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
60%
40%
MEALS:
20 Breakfasts / 20 lunches / 20 Dinners
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZLM
DEPOSIT:
$700 USD

Highlights

  Explore scenic Banff National Park and Lake Louise

  Roam the lakes and mountains of Glacier National Park

  Watch Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

  From Jackson Hole drive through Grand Teton National Park

  Salt Lake City and the famous Temple Square

  Spot bison and longhorn at Antelope Island

  Go trekking in Canyonlands & Arches National Parks

  Overnight in Navajo country at Monument Valley

  Visit Antelope Canyon near Page

  Explore beautiful Bryce and Zion National Parks

  Try your luck in glitzy Las Vegas

  Visit the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon

  Try your hand at surfing in Saulita, Mexico

  Enjoy a shot of tequila in Tequila

  Explore Paricutin Volcano, with optional horseriding

  Immerse yourself in chaotic Mexico city

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This is definitely a camping trip, but with the great advantage that we are staying in North American camp sites and so the facilities are great. Plenty of easy hiking, horse riding and rafting opportunities, but there are huge distances to cover. It’s a road trip in a converted School Bus.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Mexico City ( 17th May 2020 )

Border information: if joining in Mexico City, you will most likely enter Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code: MEX).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore Mexico's incredible capital and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Mexico City before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Mexico City.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

See Mexico City's famous traditional mariachi bands in the evening around Garibaldi Square

MXN 30

Explore the magnificent ancient Mesoamerican ruins of Teotihuacan near Mexico City

MXN 75

Visit the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes and see it's immense murals by world-famous Mexican artists such as Diego Riviera

MXN 70
Day 2 - Mexico City ( 18th May 2020 )

We have a free day to enjoy Mexico City.

In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the vast system of waterways and flower gardens at Xochimilco, possibly including a visit to the creepy Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls)

Free

Visit some of Mexico City's other incredible landmarks, such as the Palacio Nacional, the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, and the Basilica de Guadalupe

Free

Freely explore the huge area of the Zocalo in Mexico City's centre, along with its famous Metropolitan Cathedral and the Temple Mayor (the last remains of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan)

MXN 75

Visit some of Mexico City's most important museums and galleries, such as the old house of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo, the former home of revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and the Museo Dolores Olmedo art gallery

MXN 250

Freely explore the colossal Chapultepec Park, one of the world's largest urban green spaces and a cultural hotspot where you can often see the pole-swinging 'Volador' dancers

Free
Day 3 - Angahuan ( 19th May 2020 )

Today we will leave the capital behind and have a full day drive to Angahuan. This village is inhabited by the Purépecha people, who have been indigenous to the area since one thousand years before the Spanish invasion. Angahuan is the gateway to the Parícutin volcano, the only volcano in the world to have been born in modern times.

In Angahuan we will camp at a campsite near to the volcano.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 4 - Angahuan ( 20th May 2020 )

Today we will have a free day to explore the village of Angahuan or to go for optional walks around the area of the Paricutín volcano. The creation of the volcano in 1943 buried two nearby villages, and it's still possible to see the spire of the cathedral of San Juan Parangaricutiro sticking up from the lava field.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Trek up the Parícutin volcano in Angahuan, the only volcano in the world to be spawned during modern times

USD 35

Explore the area of the Parícutin volcano on horseback

MXN 700
Day 5 - Tequila ( 21st May 2020 )

Today we will drive to the town of Tequila, where we will have time for an optional visit to the town's famous distilleries (either today or on the following morning).

In Tequila we will stay in a basic hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a guided tour of the famous Jose Cuervo tequila distillery

MXN 180
Day 6-7 - Sayulita ( 22nd May 2020 to 23rd May 2020 )

Today we will drive to the surfing town of Sayulita on Pacific coast and enjoy some free time on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the Playa Los Muertos beach and possibly try your hand at surfing!

In Sayulita we will stay in a hostel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Try your hand at surfing at the relaxed coastal town of Sayulita

USD 20
Day 8-9 - Guaymas, Mazatlán ( 24th May 2020 to 25th May 2020 )

Over the next two days we will drive north along the Pacific coast, staying close to the towns of Mazatlán and Guaymas en route.

In Mazatlán and Guaymas we will camp in well-equipped campsites.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-11 hours each day.

Day 10 - Nogales ( 26th May 2020 )

Border information: Exit Mexico at Nogales, enter USA at Nogales.

Today we will cross the border into the US state of Arizona.

In Nogales we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours (heavily dependent on the time taken to cross the border).

Day 11 - Phoenix ( 27th May 2020 )

Today we start to drive north through Arizona to the area near Phoenix.

In the Phoenix area we will most likely stay in multi-share accommodation, where we may have the opportunity to take some short horse rides.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 12-13 - The Grand Canyon ( 28th May 2020 to 29th May 2020 )

Today we will continue north to one of the most spectacular highlights of the USA - the world-famous Grand Canyon. On arrival we will head up to one of the stunning viewpoints over the Grand Canyon for sunset.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the Grand Canyon area and take optional treks and scenic helicopter flights over the canyon. The entrance to the Grand Canyon is included on the trip, but as there are many options once inside the National Park the day will be free to explore in your own way.

At the Grand Canyon we will camp at a well-equipped campsite in the Grand Canyon Village.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit some of the spectacular viewpoints over the world-famous Grand Canyon and the Colorado river

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on one of the incredible trekking trails around the Grand Canyon

Free

Take an unforgettable scenic helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon

USD 300
Day 14-15 - Las Vegas ( 30th May 2020 to 31st May 2020 )

Today we will have a full day drive to the bustling and energetic city of Las Vegas.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to fully explore the fascinating city of Las Vegas and enjoy its world-famous all-night entertainment options, including its casinos and shows!

In Las Vegas we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a dazzling helicopter flight over Las Vegas at night

USD 124

Explore the incredible casinos and resorts of Las Vegas

Free

Visit the collosal Hoover Dam near Las Vegas, one of the most important architectural projects of the 1930s

USD 30

Visit some of the fascinating museums and exhibitions in Las Vegas, such as the Titanic Exhibit, Madame Tussauds, and the Mob Museum

USD 30

Head out on an exhilarating ATV quad biking tour of the deserts surrounding Las Vegas

USD 150

Kayak down the Colorado River to the scenic Black Canyon

USD 160

Go on a fantastic horse riding trip through the rock formations and deserts around Las Vegas

USD 130
Day 16-17 - Zion National Park ( 1st Jun 2020 to 2nd Jun 2020 )

Today we will have a short drive into the state of Utah to the stunning Zion National Park, where we will have free time to explore, trek or take scenic drives through the spectacular deserts and rock formations.

In Zion National Park we will camp at a well-equipped campsite just outside the park.

On Day 17 we have a day to explore Zion National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the spectacular canyons and rock formations of Zion National Park

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Go on a horse riding trip through the magnificent Zion National Park

USD 90

Head out on some scenic trekking routes in Zion National Park

Free
Day 18 - Kodachrome Basin State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park ( 3rd Jun 2020 )

Today we will head on a very scenic drive out of Zion National Park and on to the incredible Bryce Canyon National Park. We will have a few hours here to take some optional treks to its hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion), before taking another short drive to the wonderful Kodachrome Basin State Park.

In Kodachrome Basin State Park we will camp in a scenic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the beautiful and scenic Bryce Canyon National Park and the nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park

Included in Kitty
Day 19 - Page ( 4th Jun 2020 )

Today we will continue our drive to the beautiful town of Page near the stunning Lake Powell.

In Page we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the iconic Antelope Canyon on a trip from the town of Page

USD 32
Day 20 - Monument Valley ( 5th Jun 2020 )

Today we will drive to the incredible Monument Valley, the iconic landscape symbolic of the American West. On arrival we will head out on an included jeep tour of the Monument Valley Tribal Park, seeing the stunning rock formations up close and learning about the local Navajo culture.

In Monument Valley we will spend the night in a traditional Navajo ‘Hogan’ (an igloo-shaped dwelling of wood and earth where 6-8 people sleep together on the ground in a circle).

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend a night sleeping in a traditional Navajo hogan and take a jeep tour of the spectacular Monument Valley

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the ancient Navajo National Monument in Arizona

Free
Day 21-22 - Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Moab ( 6th Jun 2020 to 7th Jun 2020 )

Today we will have a full day drive to the town of Moab, perfectly located next to the rugged wildernesses of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

We will spend the next day exploring and trekking in Arches National Park or Canyonlands National Park, and taking part in some optional activities in and around Moab.

In Moab we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the phenomenal 'Islands in the Sky' region of Canyonlands National Park and walk on some of it's stunning trails

Included in Kitty

Explore the other-worldly landscapes of Arches National Park and see the iconic Delicate Arch at sunset

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Hire mountain bikes to explore the canyons around Moab

USD 40

Head on an amazing rafting trip to Fisher's Tower near Moab

USD 65

Visit the Moab Museum and the Museum of Western Film and Heritage

USD 5
Day 23 - Salt Lake City ( 8th Jun 2020 )

Today we will drive to Utah's state capital of Salt Lake City, where we will have some time to explore the city centre and its famous Temple Square. We will then head to the nearby Antelope Island State Park, known for its abundant population of American bison and pronghorns.

In Antelope Island we will camp at a basic campsite with few facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the rugged Antelope Island State Park and go in search of American Bison and Longhorns

Included in Kitty
Day 24-25 - Jackson Hole ( 9th Jun 2020 to 10th Jun 2020 )

Today we will drive north into the state of Wyoming and the beautiful town of Jackson Hole.

In Jackson Hole we will stay in quad rooms in a comfortable hostel.

We then have a full day for white water rafting or to visit Jackson.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

White water rafting near Jackson

USD 70
Day 26-27 - Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park ( 11th Jun 2020 to 12th Jun 2020 )

Today we will drive north through the stunning Grand Teton National Park and take a stop at the spectacular Jenny Lake, where we'll have some free time to explore the lake and possibly take a short boat trip. We will then continue to the famous Yellowstone National Park, home to magnificent landscapes, fantastic treks, and the incredible Old Faithful geyser.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to fully explore Yellowstone National Park and take part in optional treks and other activities.

In Yellowstone National Park we will camp at a campsite in the Madison area of the park.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the highlights of the famous Yellowstone National Park, including its hiking trails and the iconic geyser of Old Faithful

Included in Kitty

Drive through the stunning Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, stopping at the picturesque Jenny Lake

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a short trek or boat ride at Jenny Lake in the heary of Grand Teton National Park

USD 15
Day 28-30 - Glacier National Park ( 13th Jun 2020 to 15th Jun 2020 )

Today we will have a long drive north into the state of Montana, to our campground on the eastern shore of the Hungry Horse Reservoir in the Flathead National Forest

Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours.

On the following two days we will have free time to fully explore the pristine ecosystem of Glacier National Park and take some optional treks or scenic drives up the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass and other scenic points. 

We will camp in a basic campsite.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the spectacular lakes and mountains of Glacier National Park in the state of Montana

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, used for around 5,500 years by the indigenous peoples of the plains to kill buffalo by driving them off the 11m-high cliff

Free

Trek along some of Glacier National Parks magnificent walking trails

Free
Day 31 - Banff ( 16th Jun 2020 )

Border information: Exit USA at Chief Mountain, enter Canada at Chief Mountain.

Today we will have a full day drive over the Canadian border to the town of Banff, stopping en route at the fascinating Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a cliff that aboriginal people used for hunting for almost 6000 years.

In Banff we will stay in dormitory rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 32 - Banff ( 17th Jun 2020 )

Border information: if leaving in Banff, you will most likely exit Canada at Calgary International Airport.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Banff. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the scenic and colourful Lake Louise near Banff

Free

Take the gondola up to the fantastic viewpoint on Sulphur Mountain that looks out over Banff

CAD 40

Explore the wonderfully-scenic Banff National Park and see its famous lakes and walking trails

CAD 10

Relax in the sulphuric hot springs near Banff

CAD 8

Drive past the mighty Athabasca Glacier, part of the vast Columbia Ice Field between Jasper and Banff

Free

Head out on a horse riding trip through the mountains and forests near Banff

CAD 100

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Departing: 17 May 2020
Returning: 17 Jun 2020
Duration: 32 days
Route: Mexico City - Banff
$2,822 USD + $1,030 Kitty (USD)
Was $3320.00 - Save $498
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Departing: 14 Aug 2020
Returning: 14 Sep 2020
Duration: 32 days
Route: Banff - Mexico City
$2,822 USD + $1,030 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $700 USD
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

Enjoyed most the US rocky mountains section - the itinerary provided a good range of activities
Gillian W
I think that the trip was good value for money and that I saw a lot of N. American parks
Jeremy G
Excellent itinerary. solar eclipse was a big bonus.
Aaron K
The canyons and Banff area were my high lights, as I was able to go trekking
Collin L
Spend less time in Moab, 3 days there was too much and I would have prefered to use some of that time elsewhere otherwise excellent.
Adam H
Seb was very caring of the bus. Good maintanance, and a careful and good driver. Lou was a great all round leader.
John W
Both Lou and Seb worked very hard throughout this leg and the following on what was an extremely fast paced journey with a very diverse set of passengers. I would have no hesitation in going on further trips with either of them as leader or driver.
Deborah P