For the ultimate adventure, combined with a sense of surreal tranquillity, you can't beat navigating the mighty Colorado River aboard dories, specially designed row boats. One moment you'll feel the surge of the current beneath your feet as you listen for the thunder of approaching rapids; and the next you'll drift through calm pools, exploring lesser known side canyons and enjoying the most in-depth Grand Canyon experience you could possibly imagine. This is your chance to feel as John Wesley Powell did on the first expedition down the Grand Canyon's Colorado River!
Meet the group in the lobby of the departure hotel at 5:00 hrs for a transfer to historic Lees Ferry to begin your journey. There'll be some time to sleep along the way and you'll make a stop to stock up on any alcohol (no glass allowed), which you can keep cool in the Colorado River. The journey will take roughly three hours. Once you arrive you'll be suited up and provided with a safety briefing before you head out on the Colorado River.
Meals Included: Lunch and dinner included
The Grand Canyon offers the most spectacular geological extravaganza on earth. Despite being a desert setting, plants and wildlife thrive. Cacti, wild flowers, Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, coyotes and Ringtail Cats may be seen along the banks, while overhead many species of bird may be observed, including hawks, Golden Eagles, falcons, Great Blue Herons and egrets.You'll have the opportunity to hike and swim inside canyons, as well as running class IV white-water rapids. Due to the length of river covered in 15 (or 17) days, specially crafted rafts are used for safety and comfort. These allow ample supplies to be carried for the entire journey so travellers of all fitness levels can enjoy this incredible experience.You can travel light - the climate is mild, so just a few changes of clothes are needed. We supply waterproof river bags and camera boxes, so that you can focus on enjoying the sights and sounds of the river, its hidden trails, secluded riverside campsites and stunning canyon sunrises and sunsets. A TYPICAL DAY ON THE RIVER7:00 AMYou awaken to the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee. Although the sun will not flood our camp for some time, the tops of the Grand Canyon's walls are already aglow with sunlight. While eggs, sausages and muffins cook, sleeping bags are being packed.9:00 AMYou enter a series of rapids and a great Blue Heron takes off down-river, wings pumping; both bird and its surroundings seem somehow prehistoric. Embrace the coolness of the shadow, tilt your head back and see the sunlight slowly making its way down the epic canyon walls.11:00 AMSouth Canyon intersects the river, signalling that Vasey's Paradise is just ahead. A paradise, indeed! Sunlight seems to explode from the fountains of water gushing from the Grand Canyon's walls. Lush growths of moss and ferns seem strangely out of place in this desert setting. You drift close to the gushing water, giving everyone aboard a welcome shower.12:00 NoonOur boats stop for lunch in the shade of Redwall Cavern. Inside this great cave, there's room enough for a game of softball!2:00 PMAs two Golden Eagles soar lazily overhead, you drift quietly along soaking in your surroundings and your boatman tells you the story of Bert Loper's historic river run in 1949. You feel the heat, but soon a roller coaster rapid refreshes you. We sight moon lilies abloom at the mouth of Saddle Canyon. A hike to explore Saddle is topped off with a cold soda.6:00 PMYou make for Nankoweap, a site of ancient Indian ruins and your campsite for the night. After a dinner of fillet, Dutch-oven potatoes, green salad and cherry cobbler, we hike to the ruins and view the river below.9:00 PMThose who cannot stay awake find their sleeping bags. Bed tonight is beneath the Milky Way and a canopy of stars that dwarfs even the Grand Canyon.
Meals Included: All meals included
Your journey comes to an end with an exhilarating jet boat ride along Lake Mead and transfer back to Las Vegas, where your adventure must sadly come to an end.
Meals Included: Breakfast included
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Trip Name: Grand Canyon Dory Expedition
Duration: 14 Days
From Price: £3,299
Supplier Tour ID: FGD/208621
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