Dinosaurs, The Ancients and The Ice Age

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                      Dinosaurs, The Ancients and The Ice Age
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                      Dinosaurs, The Ancients and The Ice Age
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                      Dinosaurs, The Ancients and The Ice Age

The Concept

When comparing the USA to Australia geographically, the USA is new. On this tour visit sites where the dinosaurs roamed, the ancient cliff dwellings where the Pueblo People lived and the soaring sandstone masterpieces of Monument Valley and Arizona. Enter the space age with a visit to the Lowell Observatory and meteor crater and view one of the 7 great geographical wonders of the world

Aimed at students of Environmental science, this tour will assist in understanding our Earth and its different facets.

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Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA -SALT LAKE CITY(D)

​Depart Australia for Los Angeles. On arrival transfer to your flight to Salt Lake City. On arrival meet your guide. Welcome to Salt Lake City, the capital of the state of Utah and most populous, known for the Mormon Community. Upon arrival, enjoy views of the State Capitol Building & downtown’s historic Temple Square, home to the 6-spired Salt Lake Temple & domed Tabernacle of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, prior to arriving at your hotel. Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 2 SALT LAKE CITY- VERNAL- DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT (BLD)

After breakfast, your journey begins with a visit to The Natural History Museum of Utah is not only an architectural jewel, but it is one of the finest natural history museums in the country. The museum continues to connect Utah residents and tourists with the natural landscapes and cultures of Utah. They house more than 1.5 million specimens and objects. We will be passing Park City and stop for lunch. Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 3 VERNAL- -GRAND JUNCTION (BLD)

Dinosaurs once roamed here. Their fantastic remains are still visible embedded in the rocks. Today, the mountains, desert and untamed rivers flowing in deep canyons, support an array of life. Petroglyphs hint at earlier cultures. Later, homesteaders and outlaws found refuge here. Whether your passion is science, adventure, history or scenery, Dinosaur offers much to explore. Visitors can see over 1,500 dinosaur fossils exposed on the cliff face inside the Quarry Exhibit Hall. Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 4 GRAND JUNCTION- DURANGO (BLD)

​Colorado National Monument - The Heart of the World Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles. After spending time at the park, doing a short Hike, and picnic lunch Travel to Durango for your next (2) nights Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 5 DURANGO (BD)

After breakfast travel to the Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde National Park -was established in 1906 to preserve and interpret the archaeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from 600 to 1300 AD. Today, the park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House can only be visited by taking a ranger-guided tour.Tours are strenuous. There are no height or age restrictions for tours, but students must be capable of walking the extent of the trails, climbing ladders, and negotiating steps independently. Return to Durango for an afternoon of fun activity at the Powerhouse Science Center/Makerlab: Located on the banks of the Animas River in an historic coal-fired steam-power AC generating plant, The Powerhouse presents a wide range of programs, exhibits, and activities designed to provide an entertaining and inspiring look at science — past, present, and future. The Powerhouse is Southwest Colorado’s premier hands-on, interactive science center for all ages. The science center is a dynamic place for school field trips, hanging around by the river, messing around with amazing technology, and just plain geeking out. The mission is to spark curiosity, ignite imagination, and power exploration Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 6 DURANGO-MONUMENT VALLEYNP-KAYENTA (BLD)

Depart Colorado and travel to the Utah/ Arizona border. Welcome to the Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley Park. Experience one of the most majestic – and most photographed – points on earth. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. Monument Valley, an area that embodies perhaps the most definitive and iconic images of the American West. Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 7 KAYENTA-ANTELOPE CANYON-FLAGSTAFF (BLD)

As your journey further today, you will have the opportunity to experience the beautiful Upper Antelope Canyon Tour, one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world. Followed by a visit to the famous Horseshoe Bend where you see the mighty Colorado River. Overnight in Flagstaff Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 8 LOWELL OBSERVATORY-METEOR CRATER (BD)

Today your journey continues and takes you to explore the Universe at Lowell Observatory, history and science comes together! Guided tours of the historic campus give students a chance to explore the famous path Clyde Tombaugh took the night he discovered Pluto. Experience the cosmos though widescreen multimedia shows, exhibits, and live presentations. Daily safe viewing of the Sun and nightly stargazing are offered during favourable weather. Lowell Observatory's mission is to pursue the study of astronomy, especially the study of our solar system and its evolution; to conduct pure research in astronomical phenomena; and to maintain quality public education and outreach programs to bring the results of astronomical research to the general public. Meteor Crater The world's best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth, Located just minutes from Interstate 40 and the old Route 66 in Northern Arizona near Winslow. Meteor Crater is the spectacular result of a collision that rocked the American Southwest approximately 50,000 years ago with the energy of more than 20 million tons of TNT. Take an awestruck moment to consider the meteorite that thundered into the Colorado Plateau at 26,000 miles per hour, blasting a cavity some 2.5 miles around and nearly 600 feet deep. Today, the crater is flush with observation trails and activities. Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 9 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK (BLD)

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the rim to fully experience this mile-deep colourful canyon’s plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River. Even though the average distance across the canyon is only 10 miles/ 16 km, it takes 5 hours to drive the 215 miles / 346 km between the park's South Rim Village and the North Rim Village. Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 10 FLAGSTAFF – PHOENIX-LOS ANGELES (BD)

After breakfast travel to Phoenix airport for your flight to Los Angeles. Pass through Sedona, a city situated in a unique geographical area Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 11 LOS ANGELES (B)

Today’s comprehensive tour of Los Angeles enables you to get a true taste of Southern California. You’ll explore the seaside communities of Marina Del Rey, Venice whose boardwalk is famous for its Muscle Beach, and Santa Monica, home to one of California’s oldest pleasure piers. You will also glimpse some of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood while checking out the Walk of Fame where more than 2,400 stars are embedded in the sidewalk, TCL Chinese Theatre, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills where you just might catch a celebrity shopper or two along Rodeo Drive. There is so much to see, perhaps a visit to the Motion Picture Museum, Griffith Observatory. Visit La Brea Tar Pits- in Hancock Park, the site of the richest discovery of Ice Age fossils in the world; more than 100 tons of fossilized bones representing 200-plus species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have been unearthed from pools of sticky asphalt dating back to prehistoric time. This is a uniquely favourite point of interest for sightseeing in L.A. Stroll the historic Farmers Market for lunch— the freshest produce, made-to-order peanut butter, gourmet meats and cheeses, and hot donuts — while adding a few extra touches (gluten-free pizza, gumbo, authentic Mexican food). This is a great LA attraction for everyone visiting and locals. Arrive at the airport for your flight to Australia 12/13 Arrive Australia

Inclusions
  • Return International economy airfares
  • 2 domestic economy airfares
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in 3 star hotels with breakfast daily (twin share)
  • Dinner daily
  • 6 lunches
  • Fully escorted
  • Exclusive use of coach for 11 days
  • Round trip porterage (1 bag per person)
  • All applicable taxes
  • Entrances and admissions as listed in itinerary