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  • 5 days/4 nights
  • Next Departure: Feb 12, 2017
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($480 single supplement)

Death Valley Vacation Package

If you love irony, the greatest surprise in the West beckons to all explorers on this action-packed, small group adventure into the vibrant oasis of Death Valley National Park. Join our expert guides as they introduce you to rambling salt pans, rolling sand dunes, glorious palettes of rock rising from the valley floor and volcanic remnants showcased throughout the lower 48’s largest national park on our Death Valley Tour. Hike through golden canyons, bike on shockingly smooth roads, Jeep along remote, backcountry roads, explore the funky floors of Scotty’s Castle and, most importantly, kick back at the splendid Inn at Furnace Creek, your basecamp for the week. With our Death Valley Vacation Package, enjoy Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service on this adventure of a lifetime into one of America’s liveliest national parks.

Listen to founder Dan Austin and his daughter and VP of Operations, Kasey, explain why Death Valley is such an incredible experience here.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Don't let its name deceive you: Death Valley's monstrous mountain peaks, expansive salt pans and deep, multi-hued canyons offer the perfect playground for hikers, cyclists, four-wheel-drive enthusiasts and geology-buffs on our Death Valley Tour. Join us on this unforgettable five-day, custom itinerary through Death Valley National Park and be prepared for awe-inspiring vistas, espying resourceful wildlife and unraveling a most mysterious history in this sprawling, four-million-acre national treasure with our Death Valley Vacation Package.

  • Bike to Badwater Basin, North America's lowest point, to explore chalky, 282-feet-below-sea-level salt flats
  • Relish in the golden hues and graceful curves of the Mesquite Sand Dunes at sunset
  • Tear through Titus Canyon by four-wheel Jeep, winding down narrow paths and past towering cliffs
  • Enjoy the stunning overlook at Dante's View before saddling up for a 25-mile cruise down Coffin Mountain
  • Savor an afternoon of leisure at Furnace Creek Resort, a true desert oasis, opting for a round of golf, a massage or a rejuvenating swim in a spring-fed pool

Before you go, read this blog post: 10 Ridiculously Cool Things You Didn't Know About Death Valley

Death Valley
Photo: Death Valley
Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Las Vegas / Furnace Creek / Golden Canyon
Meals Included:  L,D

Pick-up in Las Vegas. A 2.5-hour drive through wide open desert brings us to the largest National Park in the lower 48 states, Death Valley. With bragging rights of being the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America, Death Valley is a playground for adventurers worldwide. Our first stop in the Valley will be the Visitor's Center, where you can walk inside among the fascinating displays while your guides prepare a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we'll enjoy our first activity together, a hike up the beautiful and surprisingly colorful Golden Canyon. Tonight, check into the Furnace Creek Resort, a true oasis standing out against a beautiful desert backdrop

Day 2: Badwater Basin / Furnace Creek / Mesquite Sand Dunes
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Overnight: Furnace Creek Resort

This morning, we hop on our bikes en route to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America at 282-feet below sea level. After taking a walk around the white salt flats at the Basin, you can choose to either bike back to the hotel with an optional (and strenuous) side trip up Artist Drive, or you may opt to ride back in the van, stopping along the way for a short hike to Natural Bridge. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawns of the Resort, and then take advantage of an afternoon on your own to check out Furnace Creek's amenities: spring-fed swimming pools, tennis courts, massage therapy and the world's lowest 18-hole golf course. Before sunset, we'll meet back up to drive over to the Mesquite Sand Dunes. With their rippled shadows and graceful curves, the Dunes are a photographer's dream during the "golden hour."

Day 3: Titus Canyon / Scotty's Castle / Ubehebe Crater
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Overnight: Overnight Furnace Creek Resort

Today, we do something a bit out of the ordinary and get our four-wheel-drive on with a Jeep tour of Titus Canyon. On a 26-mile, one-way dirt road, experience the adrenaline rush of motoring past steep-sided cliffs, tall canyon walls and winding narrow paths - all controlled by you and your jeep mate(s). After a morning of excitement, no visit to Death Valley is complete without a stopover at Scotty's Castle. A mirage in the desert, this seemingly random castle built in "the middle of nowhere" has its fair share of stories and history.

This afternoon, a walk around Ubehebe Crater is in store, a deep hole in the ground created by a maar volcano possibly as recently as 300-years ago. Back at the Resort, enjoy a BBQ under the setting sun.

Day 4: Dante's View / Mosaic Canyon
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Overnight: Furnace Creek Resort

Today, you're in for a treat of a bike ride. Our van will shuttle you to the top of Dante's View, a neat overlook along the crest of the Black Mountains, providing views of Death Valley from high up. After getting your fill of never-ending views, grab your bike and fly 25-miles down Coffin Mountain's winding road all the way back to the Resort. After a picnic lunch, we'll shuttle over to Mosaic Canyon for a hike in a geologic "outdoor museum" composed of smooth, water-polished marble. Tonight's farewell dinner will be held in the dining Room of Furnace Creek Resort as we relive memories of a vacation well-spent.

Day 5: Death Valley National Park / Las Vegas
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No Overnight

Take a last morning's hike with your guides or choose to sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Resort. Around 11:00, we'll take off for Las Vegas where you can choose a drop off at the airport or your post-trip hotel.

**Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 5 days/4 nights
  • Next Departure: Feb 12, 2017
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($480 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Feb 12, 2017
  • Feb 19, 2017
  • Feb 26, 2017
  • Mar 5, 2017

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m., depending on your hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Las Vegas airport 1:30 p.m. or your area hotel 2:00 p.m.
Activities
  • Hiking 3 to 5 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Biking 1 to 14 miles per ride, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Rock Climbing Introductory class on the basics of climbing. No experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on your own - are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on own your own.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

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  • 1. The contrast: on our Death Valley Tour you'll see Badwater Basin, the country's lowest point at 282-feet-below-sea-level, resting less than 100-miles from the country's highest point, Mt. Whitney, which rises over 14,000-feet-above-sea-level!
  • 2. The colors: between the change of colors in the various rock layers and the incredible sunrises and sunsets, Death Valley's palette will blow your mind!
  • 3. The superlatives: Death Valley National Park is the fourth largest national park in the US, with the three larger ones all located in Alaska, of course.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: the Inn at Furnace Creek is one of the premier park accommodations in the country, so, after a day of action, feel free to indulge poolside or on one of the many decks with a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides for the Death Valley Vacation Package keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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