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Western Bonanza

17 Nights Tour from £2,679 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Visit nine National Parks on this 19 day adventure of the western region. Starting In San Francisco you’ll travel to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and gorgeous Lake Tahoe en-route to Yellowstone National Park. Continue on to Salt Lake City and Bryce Canyon before arriving in dazzling Las Vegas. From there you’ll head to Los Angeles for two nights before travelling back up the coast to San Francisco visiting Santa Barbara and Carmel on the way.

17 night tour begins and ends San Francisco: 3 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; 2 nights Los Angeles; 1 night Central Coast

The maximum altitude on this tour will be 7970 Feet/2,429 Metres

Details

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

Enjoy a morning 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 world’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, 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. Continue to Jackson Hole, the sophisticated “Crown Jewel” of the Rocky Mountains. You then 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. Why not have 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. Then travel to Moab, where the landscape is distinguished by thousand-foot-deep canyons as well as snow-capped peaks.

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 today, a destination of extraordinary natural beauty. Established in 1937 to protect a striking geological feature, the “Waterpocket Fold,” a 100-mile long wrinkle in the Earth’s crust. Continue in the afternoon to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles 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 colorful 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 Route 66 that looks as if it were frozen in time sixty 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 all that Las Vegas offers. In addition to shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-caliber shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip. You may also 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. Strands 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.

Hotel: Marriott LAX

Day 15

Los Angeles

Today either spend the day further exploring Los Angeles at your leisure, or take an optional full-day tour visiting the world’s largest movie studio and theme park: Universal Studios.

Hotel: Marriott LAX

Day 16

Los Angeles – Malibu - Santa Barbara – Central Coast

Travel north along the beautiful Pacific coast this morning, passing through the iconic beach communities of Santa Monica and Malibu. Stop by the “finish line” of historic Route 66 and at an iconic Californian lifeguard tower made famous by “Baywatch” and on to Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Stop for lunch, and enjoy the Spanish architecture before continuing to a quaint central coast town.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Solvang

Day 17

Central Coast – Carmel/Monterey – San Francisco

Dip your toes into the cool refreshing waters of the Pacific during an early morning beach stroll. This morning we make our way north to Carmel. Enjoy browsing through the shops and galleries of this famous colony. Then, travelling further north, you visit Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Continue to San Francisco, the “City by the Bay.” The tour concludes upon arrival at the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Carlton

Day 18

Today is at leisure for some last minute shopping before you head to the airport independently for your flight home

Day 19

Arrive home.

Why not extend your stay in San Francisco or add a Hawaii Extension? Please call us for prices.

What's Included

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights
  • 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
  • Tour of the historic Old Town of Sacremento
  • Tour Yellowstone National Park, and witness the eruptions of the geysers
  • Guided visit of Temple Square in Salt Lake City
  • Walk through Arches National Park
  • Stop at an iconic California lifeguard tower
  • Travel along Route 66 and stop in the historic town of Seligman
  • Comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Hollywood and the famous stars in the sidewalk (Walk of Fame)
  • Visit the famous Cannery Row in Monterey and shops of Carmel.
  • Night tour of San Francisco with dinner in Chinatown
  • Cruise the Colorado on a float trip in Moab
  • Helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon
  • Fly over Lake Powell and enjoy a Monument Valley tour
  • Las Vegas by Night tour
  • Visit Universal Studios and learn how movies are made

All the above are paid locally

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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