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13 Nights Tour from £2,359 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

13 nights begins San Francisco, ends Los Angeles: 2 nights San Francisco; 1 night Reno; 1 night Twin Falls; 2 nights Yellowstone National Park; 1 night Salt Lake City; 2 nights Moab; 1 night Bryce Canyon National Park, 1 night Williams; 2 nights Las Vegas;

Witness the variety and grandeur of south west America’s landscape on this 14-day tour, which takes in nine protected National Parks and travels through many other scenic areas as well. You’ll also have a chance to see some of the region’s greatest cities. Starting in California, with two nights in San Francisco, you’ll head to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, stopping in Reno before crossing the Black Rock Desert and across to northern Nevada and along pioneer routes to Idaho. Stop at the lunar landscapes of Craters of the Moon National Monument and onto Yellowstone National Park to see all the most famous sights, like Old Faithfull and Mammoth Hot Springs.

Then it’s onto the snow-capped peaks of Grand Teton National Park before arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah. Next up is trips to the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Capitol Reef National Park, Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon. After all these natural wonders, you’ll drive along Route 66 to Las Vegas, the ’entertainment capital of the world’, then cross Death Valley to finish the trip with a tour of Los Angeles.

 

Details

Day 1

Fly to San Francisco

Arrive into San Francisco International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Fusion

Day 2

San Francisco

Take a city tour which includes Union Square, the Civic centre and Fisherman’s Wharf. Standing on a hilltop, watching the fog swirl in through the Golden Gate, it is easy to understand why many consider San Francisco the most beautiful city in America. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure, perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where one may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic and play. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and ”Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated.

Hotel: Hotel Fusion

Day 3

San Francisco – Lake Tahoe – Sierra Nevada Mountains – Reno

Depart for Sacramento, capital of the “Golden State.” A stop will be made in Old Town, once a bustling centre of the Gold Rush and terminus of the Pony Express. Continue to gorgeous Lake Tahoe, nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the afternoon you will visit Virginia City, a 19th century mining metropolis where the Old West comes to life. A short drive takes you to Reno and your hotel, where you may be tempted to try your luck in the casino.

Hotel: Harrah's Reno

Day 4

Reno – Black Rock Desert – Twin Falls

Journey through the Black Rock Desert and across the plains of northern Nevada. Follow the Humboldt River along the route that was once used by early pioneers on the Oregon and California Trails. Visit Elko, the formerly rough and tumble town that once sat at the end of the tracks laid from the west by the Central Pacific Railroad. Cross the state line at Jackpot and enter Twin Falls, located within Idaho’s Magic Valley region.

Hotel: Shilo Inn Twin Falls

Day 5

Twin Falls – Craters of the Moon – Yellowstone National Park

Leaving Twin Falls, you will cross the Snake River, known as “The River of No Return.” Then visit Craters of the Moon National Monument. This eerie desert landscape so closely resembles lunar conditions that the training for the first men on the moon actually took place here. Later this afternoon you arrive at Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant as the nation’s first National Park.

Hotel: Gray Wolf Inn or Brandin Iron Inn

Day 6

Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland. Highlights of your tour will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls (seasonal).

Hotel: Gray Wolf Inn or Brandin Iron Inn

Day 7

Yellowstone National Park – Grand Tetons – Jackson – Salt Lake City

This morning’s journey is through the rugged, snow-capped mountains which welcome you to Grand Teton National Park. Visit the Snake River Outlook and try your eye at capturing the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam’s iconic shot. This prairie land is home to wild buffalo (Tatonka!), moose and elk. Continue to Jackson Hole, the sophisticated “Crown Jewel” of the Rocky Mountains. Travel through southern Idaho to Salt Lake City in the Mormon State of Utah. See the State Capitol building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening. May we suggest dinner at the Roof Restaurant for panoramic views of Temple Square? (optional)

Hotel: Red Lion Hotel Salt Lake Downtown

Day 8

Salt Lake City – Moab

Spend the morning exploring Salt Lake City, one of the best planned cities in the country. Then travel to beautiful Moab, where the landscape is distinguished by the shady depths of thousand-foot-deep canyons as well as snow-capped peaks. Overnight in Moab.

Hotel: Super 8 Moab

Day 9

Moab – Arches National Park – Canyonlands National Park – Moab

Journey today to two of America’s most spectacular National Parks. Your first stop, Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the awe-inspiring Delicate Arch. Then it’s on to Canyonlands National Park, where you will explore the colour drenched landscape of sandstone eroded into hundreds of canyons, mesas and buttes by the forces of time and the Colorado River. This evening enjoy an optional Jet Boat Float trip on the mighty Colorado River.

Hotel: Super 8 Moab

Day 10

Moab – Capitol Reef National Park – Bryce Canyon National Park

Visit Capitol Reef National Park, a destination of extraordinary natural beauty, established in 1937 to protect a unique geological feature. Continue to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles, “hoodoos”, will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and the aroma of pinewood campfires.

Hotel: Bryce View Lodge

Day 11

Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff

Travel to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red rock canyon walls. After crossing the Colorado, enter the Navajo Indian Reservation and drive through the Painted Desert via Cameron Trading Post. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, 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. Overnight in Flagstaff.

Hotel: Days Hotel Flagstaff

Day 12

Flagstaff – Seligman/Route 66 – Las Vegas

Descend the high Coconino Plateau into the Mojave Desert. Along the way, pass through Seligman, a town built along the famed historic Route 66 that looks as if it were frozen in time 60 years ago. Onward to Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

Hotel: Luxor Hotel & Casino

Day 13

Las Vegas (Optional trip to Death Valley)

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. In addition to world-class shopping, bustling casinos, and world-class shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip or take an optional trip to Death Valley, one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places on the surface of the Earth.

Hotel: Luxor Hotel & Casino

Day 14

Las Vegas – Mojave Desert - Beverly Hills - Los Angeles

Today starts with a stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory. Travel to Los Angeles via the Mojave Desert. Clusters of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy a tour including Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel. Tour ends upon arrival at hotel at approximately 17:00 hours.. Independent transfers back to the airport for your return flight.

If returning from Los Angeles today a late evening departure flight is required

Day 15

Arrival back home

Day 1

Fly to San Francisco

Arrive into San Francisco International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Carlton

Day 2

San Francisco

Take a city tour which includes Union Square, the Civic centre and Fisherman’s Wharf. Standing on a hilltop, watching the fog swirl in through the Golden Gate, it is easy to understand why many consider San Francisco the most beautiful city in America. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure, perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where one may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic and play. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and ”Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated.

Hotel: Hotel Carlton

Day 3

San Francisco – Lake Tahoe – Sierra Nevada Mountains – Reno

Depart for Sacramento, capital of the “Golden State.” A stop will be made in Old Town, once a bustling centre of the Gold Rush and terminus of the Pony Express. Continue to gorgeous Lake Tahoe, nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the afternoon you will visit Virginia City, a 19th century mining metropolis where the Old West comes to life. A short drive takes you to Reno and your hotel, where you may be tempted to try your luck in the casino.

Hotel: Harrah's Reno

Day 4

Reno – Black Rock Desert – Twin Falls

Journey through the Black Rock Desert and across the plains of northern Nevada. Follow the Humboldt River along the route that was once used by early pioneers on the Oregon and California Trails. Visit Elko, the formerly rough and tumble town that once sat at the end of the tracks laid from the west by the Central Pacific Railroad. Cross the state line at Jackpot and enter Twin Falls, located within Idaho’s Magic Valley region.

Hotel: Shilo Inn Twin Falls

Day 5

Twin Falls – Craters of the Moon – Yellowstone National Park

Leaving Twin Falls, you will cross the Snake River, known as “The River of No Return.” Then visit Craters of the Moon National Monument. This eerie desert landscape so closely resembles lunar conditions that the training for the first men on the moon actually took place here. Later this afternoon you arrive at Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant as the nation’s first National Park.

Hotel: Gray Wolf Inn or Brandin Iron Inn

Day 6

Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland. Highlights of your tour will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls (seasonal).

Hotel: Gray Wolf Inn or Brandin Iron Inn

Day 7

Yellowstone National Park – Grand Tetons – Jackson – Salt Lake City

This morning’s journey is through the rugged, snow-capped mountains which welcome you to Grand Teton National Park. Visit the Snake River Outlook and try your eye at capturing the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam’s iconic shot. This prairie land is home to wild buffalo (Tatonka!), moose and elk. Continue to Jackson Hole, the sophisticated “Crown Jewel” of the Rocky Mountains. Travel through southern Idaho to Salt Lake City in the Mormon State of Utah. See the State Capitol building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening. May we suggest dinner at the Roof Restaurant for panoramic views of Temple Square? (optional)

Hotel: Little America Hotel

Day 8

Salt Lake City – Moab

Spend the morning exploring Salt Lake City, one of the best planned cities in the country. Then travel to beautiful Moab, where the landscape is distinguished by the shady depths of thousand-foot-deep canyons as well as snow-capped peaks. Overnight in Moab.

Hotel: Moab Valley Inn

Day 9

Moab – Arches National Park – Canyonlands National Park – Moab

Journey today to two of America’s most spectacular National Parks. Your first stop, Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the awe-inspiring Delicate Arch. Then it’s on to Canyonlands National Park, where you will explore the colour drenched landscape of sandstone eroded into hundreds of canyons, mesas and buttes by the forces of time and the Colorado River. This evening enjoy an optional Jet Boat Float trip on the mighty Colorado River.

Hotel: Moab Valley Inn

Day 10

Moab – Capitol Reef National Park – Bryce Canyon National Park

Visit Capitol Reef National Park, a destination of extraordinary natural beauty, established in 1937 to protect a unique geological feature. Continue to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles, “hoodoos”, will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and the aroma of pinewood campfires.

Hotel: Bryce View Lodge

Day 11

Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff

Travel to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red rock canyon walls. After crossing the Colorado, enter the Navajo Indian Reservation and drive through the Painted Desert via Cameron Trading Post. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, 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. Overnight in Flagstaff.

Hotel: Days Hotel Flagstaff

Day 12

Flagstaff – Seligman/Route 66 – Las Vegas

Descend the high Coconino Plateau into the Mojave Desert. Along the way, pass through Seligman, a town built along the famed historic Route 66 that looks as if it were frozen in time 60 years ago. Onward to Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

Hotel: Luxor Hotel & Casino

Day 13

Las Vegas (Optional trip to Death Valley)

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. In addition to world-class shopping, bustling casinos, and world-class shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip or take an optional trip to Death Valley, one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places on the surface of the Earth.

Hotel: Luxor Hotel & Casino

Day 14

Las Vegas – Mojave Desert - Beverly Hills - Los Angeles

Today starts with a stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory. Travel to Los Angeles via the Mojave Desert. Clusters of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy a tour including Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel. Tour ends upon arrival at hotel at approximately 17:00 hours.. Independent transfers back to the airport for your return flight.

If returning from Los Angeles today a late evening departure flight is required

Day 15

Arrival back home

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights from the UK
  • Professional Tour Director Service
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach transportation throughout the tour
  • Hotel accommodation as per hotels listed above (or similar standard)
  • Porterage of one bag per person
  • San Francisco City Tour
  • Virginia City
  • Old Town Reno
  • Craters of the Moon
  • Yellowstone
  • Salt Lake City Tour
  • Colorado River
  • Canyonlands
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Grand Canyon

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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