I did the 7 days Southwest Highlights trip (camping) back in early October 2019 and had the best time! I normally would just rate a company without leaving additional comments, but with this company I almost feel urged to do so as the level of personal attention, professionalism & overall fun during the tour really made the difference for me. I think it’s safe to say it is among the best, if not the best, excursion experiences I’ve ever had! Would definitely recommend them and will surely look them up again for a next trip to the US myself!
Our guide, Marie, was all you’d expect in a tour guide, but unfortunately rarely get; enthusiastic, passionate about all the sights we’ve seen, she gave plenty of personal attention, she was part of the team and not ‘only’ a tour guide, she was respectful & told us lots of interesting stories & bits on all sights and things along the way. Whenever I had a question, she had an answer. Our tour being the last one before winter season, a cold front headed towards the camping sites in the last 2 days of our tour, and Marie felt more than responsible to upgrade us to hotel rooms & constantly checked on us and our needs. She arranged it and kept us constantly up to date on all developments, this is where she really made the difference for me.
Camping grounds & services are of good level, most of them have complimentary Wi-Fi, plenty of charging points & good restroom facilities. The vehicle in which we made this trip was comfortable, has good air conditioning, several charging points for electronic devices, so we’d always arrive full of energy at the next destination. Based on each destination, a specific playlist was played on the radio to completely indulge you into the moment of seeing and experiencing a destination for the first time. To me, this showed eye for detail & helped in creating the best memories possible of all these places.
The itinerary itself is simply great. A lot of things are covered in one week & leaves time for some relaxation, mostly in the evenings, as well. Multiple options for the day -varying on e.g. intensity of a hike, either hiking or visiting a town- are given as option to you upfront, so you can just go ahead and pick whichever you like most or plan a ‘day off’ from hiking if you’re in need of some rest. For me, my only (really minor) issue with the itinerary was that I really liked the delicious picnic style diner at Dead Horse Viewpoint, but it sort of had an overlap with Canyonlands the next day in terms of views on the scenery. Just Dead Horse Viewpoint would’ve been enough for me, but this is personal, and the next guy might completely disagree with me here. The rest of the itinerary is perfectly planned, and my best memories remain the carefully planned sunset moments – Every night, we were exactly at the right place when the sun was about to set. Great photo opportunities as well! Biggest highlights for me were Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park & Monument Valley. Especially the hike in Bryce Canyon is one of a kind!
Thanks, for this wonderful experience. I just feel my Southwest USA experience, a bucket list trip for almost 30 years, would not have been the same when booked through another tour provider, and that’s exactly the feeling I hope to conclude any tour with.