With 4 July, American Independence Day, celebrating the pioneering spirit of the people who made this vast country their own, why not take the spirit of adventure a step further on a Ramblers Walking holiday in the heart of America’s Canyonlands.
Covering scenic gems made recognisable by great American westerns and blockbusters, such the John Wayne classic ‘Stagecoach’, Ridley Scott’s ‘Thelma and Louise’ and Sean Penn’s ‘Into the Wild’, walk one of the world’s top 10 hikes in the Grand Canyon and through other vast natural ‘sets’ to discover a new found independence.
The spectacular rim-to-rim walk of the Grand Canyon is one of the top ten hikes in the world. Setting out early morning through the fir, spruce, juniper and cottonwood, the sweeping grandeur of this vast canyon stands raw and majestic with its time weathered ochre rock formations cut through by the Colorado River. Spending 5 days exploring its trails on the South and North Rim with an overnight at the much sought after Phantom Ranch – the only lodge with the most spectacular position at the bottom of the canyon, America’s Canyonlands also takes in the other great canyons of Utah. These include the alpine valleys of Zion and the sci-fi rock pillars of Bryce, Devil’s Garden with its bizarre buttresses and balanced rocks in the Arches National Park, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and Monument Valley - a familiar setting for just about every Western film. In complete contrast to days spent hiking through spectacular vistas of vast natural scenery, the trip culminates with a night in Las Vegas, an artificial wonderland with a nature all of its own.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk).America’s Canyonlands 18 daytour starts from £4,325/person including flights and airport transfers, all travel for walking and sightseeing excursions, B&B en-suite accommodation, seven dinners plus meal at Phantom Ranch, services of a dedicated leader and National Park entrance fees. Departures: 3, 18 & 23 September 2017, 5, 12, 19 September 2018.
Ramblers Walking Holidays is one of the holiday brands from RWH Travel (formerly known as Ramblers Worldwide Holidays), the experts in guided walking adventures. With over 70 years’ heritage, other brands within the group include the newly launched Chapters Experience Holidays – memorable experiential holidays around the world; Adagio – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace; Load Off Your Back – a self-guided UK walking programme and Cruise & Walk Holidays – cruise ship based walking holidays in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
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Each of the Ramblers Walking Holidays has been graded to help clients choose their preferred pace, with categories ranging from Grade 1-3/Leisurely (usually two hours walking); to Grade 4-6/Moderate (a combination of full and half day walks); and Grade 7-9/Challenging (full day walks where stamina is key).
On some dates, there is the chance to experience more than one walking grade with two leaders. Perfect for couples who prefer to walk at a different pace or have different walking abilities.
To help clients choose the type of walking holiday that will appeal to their interest, Ramblers Walking Holidays also uses symbols that depict the main interest on the walks. Categories include: Pioneer; Continuous Walks; Flora & Walking Holidays; Bird Watching & Walking; Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History; Hutting; Rail & Walk; Sightseeing.
The company’s mission is to generate funds for walking charities by the provision of outstanding outdoor activity holidays worldwide.
With its not-for-profit philosophy, the company contributes monies to the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust which supports walking related and environmental projects in the UK. The company also funds Heart & Sole - an initiative managed by company staff, with the aim of reaching into the heart of the communities visited both in the UK and overseas.
RWH Travel also runs The Walking Partnership - an initiative which champions walking at the 'grass roots' level by providing funding and support to walking groups and clubs throughout the UK.
Ramblers Walking Holidays is the Walking Holiday Partner of the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity which drove the recent Big Pathwatch project, and has been pioneering and championing walking and ‘rights of way’ for over 70 years across England, Scotland and Wales.
Customers travelling on all holidays operated by RWH Travel are fully protected via the company’s membership of ABTA (No V5094) and as holders of an ATOL licence
(No 990). RWH Travel is also a member of AITO and ETOA.