5 independent reviews for Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon holiday

Reviews for Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon holiday

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review 20 Feb 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Zion & Bryce Canyons were new to me and quite spectacular, esp with a light covering of snow on the peaks and in some gullies. The trip allowed plenty of time for hiking / walking and also for taking photographs which was really great.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Get fit so that you can enjoy the walking. The treks down into Bryce & Grand Canyons as well as the walks in Zion Canyon involve quite a lot of climbing at altitude - not hard climbing at all but definitely climbing which needs a minimum level of fitness to really enjoy. Also take your camera and have spare batteries & SD cards. The scenery is fabulous.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The trip used a local Indian guide in Monument Valley and our guide Ron always advised us which trading posts (souvenir shops) benefited the local people. As we were doing a lot of walking and minimal driving, the trip did minimise environmental impacts where possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The trip itself is excellent, giving a reasonable amount of time in each place to see something of it and appreciate It's beauty. I think an extra day could be added very easily, to take in Antelope Canyon as you pass so close to it and people say it is also very beautiful.

review 29 Oct 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I loved walking the canyon river in Zion National Park but my most memorable thing was a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. It was excellent! I'd never been in a helicopter and this flight has convinced me that this is a fantastic way to get close to big places. It was an extra on the tour but definitely worth it.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

This holiday is focused on a very beautiful environment. The scenery is splendid. Be in healthy physical condition so you can go out and enjoy it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The tour company was focused on all of the above. They encouraged us to go out into the community. As far as environmental impact and conservation went, the care of the canyons is everywhere and they encouraged us to take notice.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. Good tour. Well planned and organised. Excellent itinerary with a good balance between travel time and time at the location. Great guide, knowledgeable. Tour group was relaxed enough for people to go on their own or stay in small groups. It was great from start to end.

review 2 Sep 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Lots of lovely places and "interesting" weather - walking down the Grand Canyon at dawn in the rain, the lightning acting as a backdrop to the Navajo evening in Monument Valley, almost getting up to Angel's Landing at Zion NP.... lots of lovely memories and great photos.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take an open mind, be prepared for small changes to your itinerary and keep in touch with your guide. Be sociable. Be ready for any weather. Take the optional trips.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, tipping presumably supported local people/industries, and lots of recycling opportunities everywhere.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent, great bunch of fellow travellers (tour was full at 13). Our tour guide, Dan, was great and made the holiday work really. He was always available to us and coped well with our different needs/wants and the unpredictable weather.

review 11 Apr 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

First view of Bryce Canyon; trekking down to Cedar Ridge in the Grand Canyon.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Have good hiking boots and take your walking poles.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

These tours are not cheap and I hope a considerable amount of what we pay goes to the local businesses that are used e.g hotels, local tour guides. These tours tend to attract people who appreciate the need for conservation and therefore try to reduce their environmental impact e.g obeying national park rules, not leaving any litter.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great itinerary enhanced by a very experienced tour leader who used his knowledge to maximise our opportunities e.g. visit to Horseshoe Bend Overview. Had great picnics which greatly reduced extra expenditure. Hotels/lodges very good quality. Shame about the bus: very cramped and uncomfortable especially on long journeys (last day 7 hours).

review 27 Feb 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Hiking through Bryce Canyon with snow capping the rocks. One group member said as we hiked down amongst the structures "We need to invent new superlatives". It was stunning.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

While there are disadvantages in travelling through the Canyons in winter - cold, ice on paths, weather the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages - few people, sight of snow capped canyons, and if the weather is clear the views are superb.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

As much as it can in the USA - recommend travellers bring own keep-cup as even accommodation uses disposable cups and glasses. Tour uses local Navajo tour in Monument Valley which was wonderful.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic, recommended. Great tour guide from this tour operator.

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