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Great Western American Adventure

14 Nights Deluxe Tour from £4,229 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

A deluxe escorted tour exploring glorious cities, lush wine country, dramatic canyons and coastal resorts. With highlights including a private wine tasting in Napa, guided tours of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, San Francisco, a cruise on Lake Powell and much more you will experience the great west in style.

  • Visit Benziger Winery for a private tram tour and tasting
  • Guided tour of Heart Castle, one of America's greatest estates
  • Behind the scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre
  • Visit the Grand Canyon and enjoy an informative presentation by a local expert
  • Cruise Lake Powell, gliding through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon
  • Join a local expert to explore iconic Monument Valley
  • Take a private shuttle through Zion Canyon with live commentary
  • Walking tour through Chinatown in San Francisco with authentic chinese dinner

Details

Day 1 San Francisco

Enjoy your complimentary private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Welcome to California! On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your transfer takes you to your tour hotel. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.

Welcome Dinner included

Hotel: Omni San Francisco

Day 2 Exploring San Francisco

Spend the morning taking in the sights of the city - the bustling activity in Union Square and the beautiful Golden Gate Park. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow passengers for an informative walking tour through Chinatown followed by an authentic Chinese banquet Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.

Full Breakfast, Dinner included

Hotel: Omni San Francisco

Day 3 Napa Valley

Drive to the Napa Valley in California's lush premier wine country and visit the Benziger Family Winery for a fabulous private tram tour. Take a close up look at the vines and learn about the biodynamic farming approach and the history of the winery. Enjoying the breathtaking views and see the terraced vineyards. Visit the crush pad, barrel ageing caves and Tasting Room where you'll enjoy an exclusive tasting. In the afternoon you will be able to peruse the quaint shops at Sonoma's historic plaza. The evening is at leisure.

Full Breakfast

Hotel: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Day 4 Yosemite National Park

Journey through California's Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and abundant wildlife. Tonight, a hotel stay inside the park, close to North America's highest waterfall.

Full Breakfast

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge

Day 5 Monterey

Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley, and buy local fresh fruit at an historic fruit stand en route to picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey. Enjoy a customised food tour upon arrival in Carmel where you'll learn about local flavour, culture, art, architecture, and history. This evening, you are offered a selection of local restaurants to choose from.

Full Breakfast, Dine Around dinner option

Hotel: Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

Day 6 Hearst Castle and the American Riviera

Head southwards to La Cuesta Encantada, ‘The Enchanted Hill' high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle - the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south through the vineyards of the Central Coast to the resort town of Santa Barbara, known as the ‘American Riviera'. Check into your beachfront hotel.

Full Breakfast

Hotel: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort

Day 7 Santa Monica and Los Angeles

Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 missions along California's El Camino Real. Then drive along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu. Take time to stroll along the popular Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Have a guided tour of the stunning Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house.

Full Breakfast

Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE

Day 8 Los Angeles Sightseeing

This morning, spot the Hollywood Sign during your sightseeing tour, view Grauman's Chinese Theater and stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and join a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony.  Spend the afternoon at the historic LA Farmers Market with a Local Expert to take you through the collection of restaurants and shops for a tasting before taking time to explore on your own,  In the evening enjoy a Highlight Dinner of American comfort classics with a Southern twist at Engine Co 28, a renovated firehouse from 1912.

Full Breakfast and Highlight Dinner

Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE

Day 9 Across the Mojave to Scottsdale

Travel across the Mojave Desert wilderness. Arrive in Scottsdale, where you can spend the afternoon relaxing in the lovely resort hotel

Full Breakfast

Hotel: Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

Day 10 Sedona and the Grand Canyon

Northbound to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, and browse the shops and galleries. Enjoy one of Arizona's finest drives through Oak Creek Canyon, before travelling onto the Grand Canyon National Park. Spend the night inside the park, enjoying the peace and quiet after the crowds have departed. During your stay, join a local expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. This evening, you will have a private dinner in the Thunderbird Room while admiring the magnificent views.

Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Hotel: National Park Lodges

Day 11 Monument Valley and Lake Powell

Head to the Historic Cameron Trading Post. The journey carries on through the Painted Desert, a colourful fantasy land of mesas, buttes and badlands, and through the Navajo Indian Reservation.  In Monument Valley at the Navajo Tribal Park board all-terrain vehicles for a guided tour of the valley floor. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort. Check into your room which has guaranteed lake views before taking a leisurely cruise on spectacular Lake Powell.

Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Lake Powell Resort and Marinas

Day 12 Leisurely Lake Powell

Today is entirely yours to do as you please. Relax and enjoy the resort's facilities, or join an optional float trip down the scenic Colorado River.  Take a leisurely cruise through the scenic Antelope Canyon with its dramatic steep, sandstone walls.

Full Breakfast

Hotel: Lake Powell Resort and Marinas

Day 13 Bryce Canyon

Head to Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Enjoy a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of odd-shaped monoliths known as hoodoos.

Full Breakfast

Hotel: Zion National Park Lodge

Day 14 Zion to Las Vegas

Travel through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle with live commentary to experience the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some time to explore at your own pace. Later, arrive in Las Vegas, a collection of bright lights and shopping malls, huge themed hotels of unbelievable design and the omnipresent slot machine.  In the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner including drinks before seeing all the lights and glitz that Las Vegas has to offer.

Full Breakfast and Celebration Dinner

Hotel: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Day 15 Depart Las Vegas

Your adventure ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport or extend your stay in Las Vegas.

Day 16 Arrive Home

 

What's Included

  • VIP return transfers from home to your UK departure airport
  • Return transatlantic flights
  • Airport to hotel transfers in America

SIGNATURE DINING

  • San Francisco: Enjoy a walking tour through Chinatown, followed by an authentic Chinese banquet.
  • Monterey: Dinner with wine is available from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
  • Los Angeles: A dazzling Highlight Dinner.
  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Thunderbird Room while taking in views of the South Rim.
  • Las Vegas: Celebration Dinner
  • Welcome Reception (WD), 14 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD), and 1 table d'hôte dinner (D)

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Napa Valley: Visit Benziger Winery for a private tram tour including the barrel aging caves and an exclusive tasting.
  • Hearst Castle: Ascend the ‘Enchanted Hill' for a guided tour of one of America's grandest private estates.
  • Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, an historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.
  • Los Angeles: Enjoy a guided tour of the Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house.
  • Los Angeles: Step beyond the red carpet! A behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre.
  • Grand Canyon: Join a local expert for an informative presentation and witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls.
  • Lake Powell: A testament to the power of water over rock, glide through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon during your cruise.
  • Monument Valley: Join a guide in a special vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park, made famous in America's favourite Western movies.

HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS

  • San Francisco: Your boutique Omni hotel is a sophisticated, urban retreat located only a short walk to Union Square.
  • Sonoma Mission: The Fairmont hotel is the ultimate Wine Country resort, surrounded by lush vineyards and blessed with natural hot springs.
  • Yosemite: Insight has worked behind the scenes to ensure you receive only the newly renovated rooms at the Valley Lodge.
  • Bryce Canyon or Zion National Park: Stay in rustic charming lodges, located right inside the National Parks.
  • Lake Powell: We guarantee lake-view rooms with picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets at no extra charge!
  • Las Vegas: Where else would you want to stay but the Cosmopolitan. A modern, luxury, upscale, resort, overlooking the heart of the strip!
  • Los Angeles: Located In the heart of the city and setting a new standard of luxury, the stunning JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE Hotel is the focal point of L.A.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • San Francisco: See the cable cars, Union Square, Alamo Square and Golden Gate Bridge. Chinatown walking tour.
  • Sonoma: Explore the shops of this Spanish Plaza.
  • Yosemite National Park: Experience the natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops.
  • Santa Barbara: Drive down State Street, view the Court House and Stearns Wharf.
  • Santa Monica: Stroll along the Third Street Promenade.
  • Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theater.
  • Sedona: Visit one of the most scenic cities in the Southwest.
  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy outstanding views.
  • Cameron: Stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post.
  • Glen Canyon: Visit the dam.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Walk to Sunset Point to see the hoodoos.
  • Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive. Oak Creek Canyon. Desert View Drive on the Grand Canyon's South Rim. The Painted Desert.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • Your expert Insight Tour Director will smooth your way throughout your vacation. Acting as a 'travelling concierge', he or she is also an expert guide, a consummate organiser and your friend in a foreign land
  • The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas and WiFi is also generally available on most touring coaches.
  • We include Personal radio headsets - these give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing an authentic food or beverage of the region
  • We'll handle your Baggage everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
  • Your Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • Luxury air-conditioned, 40-guest coach with extended legroom and onboard restroom.

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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