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Overview

A 12-night family adventure, exploring some of the most beautiful National Parks including Yosemite, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon. Most nights you’ll be camping, allowing you to experience the real beauty of these landscapes at close quarters. You can choose from a range of family friendly activities, from swimming in Lake Powell to a float trip on the Merced River, from western horseback riding in Bryce Canyon to cycling in Yosemite.

With a maximum party size of just 13 and the services of a professional tour leader, you can be confident of some fabulous experiences on this two week family camping holiday in the western states of America.

Highlights:

  • At the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, either stroll the West Rim Trail, hike to Plateau point or take a helicopter ride
  • Enjoy some water-based fun in Lake Powell, swimming, kayaking or paddle-boarding
  • In stunning Zion National Park, you can take a leisurely stroll to the sparkling Emerald Pools, or a more strenuous climb up to Angels Landing
  • Discover the hidden secrets of the Native Americans from a Navajo guide in Monument Valley
  • Spend a night in a traditional mud Hogan - the traditional dwelling of the Navajo people
  • Enjoy two days in the Yosemite National Park, hiking, biking and floating down the river

Details

Day 1

Las Vegas

Join your group this evening in Vegas. You will be heading west in the morning, so can you choose to add a few days in Vegas before the tour starts if you would like to enjoy the attractions of this fun-filled city.

Overnight: Hotel included, with meals paid locally

Days 2 & 3

Route 66 – Grand Canyon National Park

This morning begin your authentic American journey on an original section of Route 66, stopping in the charmingly historic town of Seligman to enjoy a real slice of Americana. You will then head to the iconic Grand Canyon, so prepare to have your breath taken away by its epic proportions. Break free from the crowds and venture deep into the canyon, walking either down to Ooh Aah Point or to Plateau Point for incredible views looking both up and down. Or you can choose to take a stroll along the rim trail. Another option is to take a scenic helicopter flight to enjoy another perspective on this natural wonder of the world. In the evening, you have the opportunity to visit the IMAX Theatre to learn the history of the Canyon.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Day 4

Monument Valley

Follow in the tracks of Forrest Gump along the famed stretch of road to Monument Valley. With a Navajo guide, learn more about the Native American culture and way of life on a tour of the backroads. Tonight the adventure continues when you sleep in a traditional mud Hogan – the traditional dwelling of the Navajo people made from wooden poles, tree bark and mud.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Day 5

Lake Powell

Today you’ll be heading east towards the mighty Colorado River, taking a break at Horseshoe Bend to marvel at the amazing views. You destination this afternoon is Lake Powell where you can all take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters. Once here, those who are ready to relax can do just that in one of the secluded coves, but for the more energetic there are plenty of watersports to enjoy. Try our stand-up paddle boarding or rent a kayak to explore this pristine lake.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Day 6

Bryce Canyon National Park – Kodachrome Basic State Park

This morning you will drive to Bryce Canyon, a natural adventure playground. Weave your way between the colourful hoodoos – magnificent stone sculptures created by the elements over thousands of years – on the Queens Garden Trail. After a day of exploration, take the short drip to beautiful Kodachrome Basin State Park which will be your campsite for the night.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Days 7 & 8

Zion National Park

With two nights in Zion National Park, you will have time to explore this astonishingly beautiful area, with soaring mountain peaks and deep valleys. Opt for the easy, pretty hike to the Emerald Pools or the more adventurous can climb to Angels Landing for 360 degree views of the spectacular scenery.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Day 9

Great Basin Desert

Today you will drive west into California, travelling along the Extraterrestrial Highway, skirting the eerie shores of Mono Lake and traversing the 10,000 foot Tioga Pass in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Overnight: Hotel included, meals paid locally

Days 10, 11 & 12

Yosemite National Park

The next two days will be spent in the stunning setting of the Yosemite National Park. The hiking in the park is spectacular, and a must is a walk along the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls. You can opt to go cycling in the valley, or float down the Merced River on an inner tube. All the time, remember to keep your eyes peeled for some wildlife spotting.

Overnight: Camping with meals included

Days 13

Yosemite National Park – San Francisco

The final day takes you into San Francisco, where you will have a brief tour of the highlights and a chance to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Your tour may come to an end, but you can choose to add-on a few more days in this captivating city.

Flights home today must be booked for departure after 9pm, a post night in San Francisco may be required.

 

What’s Included

  • International flights
  • Travel on the tour in an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 10 nights in campsites and 2 nights in 3* hotels on a twin share basis
  • Please see Rooms & Accommodation section below for more details
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • Entrance to and hiking in the National Parks

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to the joining point of the tour and away from the finishing point
  • Meals are paid locally (apart from when camping)
  • Yosemite – Bike rental $12-$32
  • Yosemite – Float trip along the Mercer River $30
  • Bryce – western horseback riding $40-$80
  • Grand Canyon – helicopter flight $254-$284

The majority of nights on this tour will be spent camping so that you can experience the most breath-taking natural scenery at close quarters and enjoy a truly authentic experience. Campgrounds are selected either for their scenic beauty or for their convenience to the places you’ll explore.

All the necessary equipment will be provided including spacious dome tents, self-inflating sleeping mats, camp lights, and all kitchen & cooking equipment. You will need to bring a warm sleeping bag and a pillow.

A key part of this tour is helping out around the campground and everyone sets up and packs down the camp together. The tents are very easy to set up and take down and your tour leader will give you all the guidance you need.

Two nights will be spent in hotels, as shown in the itinerary.

 

All meals whilst camping are included in the price of the tour. The Tour Leader coordinates the local shopping and assists the group in creating healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners.

Breakfasts may include fresh fruits, cereal, toast, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Fried bacon or sausage, pancakes or eggs will also be available on more leisurely mornings. Lunches are typically picnic style. Evening meals range from grilled meat, fresh fish or chicken dishes, as well as occasional regional specialities such as Mexican food or BBQ’s. Vegetarian options will also be available. If you have a special diet, then feel free to bring any particular foods, beverages or whatever you need. Be sure to let us know at time of booking and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Two nights will be spent in hotels on this tour, as shown on the itinerary, and here you will be able to choose when and where you eat, with all meals payable locally.

An essential part of these family activity holidays is getting the whole group involved and helping out around the campground. With guidance from your tour leader, everyone sets up and packs down the camp together. The high quality tents are very easy to set up and take down on your own, and the tour leader will show you how. Typically it takes only 15 minutes to set up the tens and the camp kitchen.

Please don’t bring more than one medium sized suitcase, soft holdall or rucksack (maximum 20kg) and your sleeping bag. Small hand baggage may also be carried inside the vehicle.

When you are camping all your meals at the campsite are included so we recommend you budget for around $15 per day for snacks, drinks, tips and general spending

When you are staying in hotels we recommend an average budget of $50 per day to cover all meals, snacks, drinks, tips and general spending.

In addition to this you should also budget for optional activities you would like to participate in. Some sample costs are listed in the What's Included section.

 

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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