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Western Explorer

12 Nights Tour from £2,569 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

For 12 days you will explore the natural and the man-made wonders of the west, beginning in San Francisco and ending with a flourish in Las Vegas. You will experience some of the most spectacular National Parks and Monuments, including Yosemite, Death Valley, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.

Each departure has a maximum party size of 13, transportation is by private air-conditioned vehicle with wi-fi and you’ll have a professional tour leader which means you can enjoy an authentic travel experience on this truly awe-inspiring journey through the western states.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy two days hiking in Yosemite National Park, admiring the towering mountains, Giant Sequoia trees, and spotting elk, deer and perhaps even bears
  • Experience one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth when you drive through Death Valley National Park
  • Admire the multi-coloured cliffs and spring-fed hanging gardens of Zion National Park
  • In Bryce National Park, walk the Rim Trail at sunset to experience the remarkable changing lights on the sandstone hoodoos
  • Enjoy a traditional Navajo meal, after you have had a fascinating guided tour of the Monument Valley backroads
  • At the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, either stroll the West Rim Trail or hike along the Bright Angel Trail deep inside the canyon
  • Choose from several optional activities, such as a Western horseback ride at Bryce Canyon, a Grand Canyon helicopter flight, bike rental in Yosemite and a Las Vegas Strip evening flight

Details

Day 1

San Francisco

Meet with your tour leader this evening in San Francisco to meet your tour leader and group and begin your Western adventure

Overnight: Hotel included, with meals paid locally

Day 2

San Francisco – Yosemite National Park

The tour sets off from San Francisco travelling to Yosemite National Park. If you would like to spend some time in the fascinating and vibrant city of San Francisco, then you can opt to add on a couple of days prior to the start of this tour.

Overnight: Yosemite lodge (meals paid locally)

Days 3 & 4

Yosemite National Park

You have two days to enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Yosemite, set in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. You will take a trip to see the amazing giant sequoia trees, then you can choose to cycle the Yosemite Valley, or take a float trip along the Merced River, or perhaps stroll through the pretty meadows. You will find breath-taking views from every vantage point, such as the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks. As you explore, keep your eyes open for sightings of wildlife, like elk, deer and perhaps bears

Overnight: Yosemite lodge included, meals paid locally

Day 5

Death Valley National Park

Today you will cover some long distances, but this is more than compensated for by the astonishing scenery you will see. Death Valley is blessed with some of the most extreme and beautiful landscapes, and is also one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth. You will have some amazing photo opportunities today, of this stunning landscape sculpted by erosion.

Overnight: Hotel included, meals paid locally

Day 6

Zion National Park

Head to Utah and the Zion National Park, where you will find spectacular multi-coloured cliffs and spring-fed hanging gardens. The early Mormon settlers named the Zion Canyon after the “promised land”, and it is truly like an oasis rising up from the desert floor. You will be spending two nights in Zion, so have a great opportunity to explore this unique destination. Some of the best hiking in the south west states can be found here around the Virgin River Gorge.

Overnight: Hotel included, meals paid locally

Day 7

Zion National Park

You have a full day to continue your explorations of Zion National Park. You will have various hikes to choose from, ranging from easy to strenuous. The Emerald Pools trail is an enchanting hike, with just a short hop from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald poo, continuing past a stunning waterfall until you reach the sparkling Upper Emerald pools and discover Zion’s “beach”. If you’re feeling more ambitious, why not choose the park’s more challenging option and ascend 2,500 feet to enjoy unbeatable panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing. A strenuous but beautiful hike along the knife-edge ridge culminates in one of the most breath-taking panoramas you can experience. If weather conditions allow, you can also choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows.

Overnight: Hotel included, meals paid locally

Day 8

Bryce Canyon National Park

Leave Zion National Park and head upwards to traverse the high plateau into Bryce Canyon National Park. A natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as “hoodoos”, you will have the opportunity to explore at your chosen pace. The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trains take you right in amongst these unique rock formations. Or you may prefer to remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing hues as the sun makes its way across the wide open sky. Or perhaps just take the short, popular hike through the Queen’s Garden

Overnight: Hotel included, meals paid locally

Day 9

Lake Powell & Antelope Canyon

You will now return from the high plateau along Scenic Highway 89, past the Vermillion Cliffs en route to Lake Powell. This lake was created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, and unbelievably has a shoreline that is longer than the western coast of the USA. Lake Powell is a haven for watersports but equally popular for relaxing in one of the many sandstone coves. You will take a Navajo guided visit to stunning Antelope Slot Canyon, where your guide will show you how flash flood carved and sculpted this beautiful area. Late afternoon, you will have the opportunity to swim, before spending the night in this beautiful location.

Overnight: Hotel included, meals paid locally

Day 10

Monument Valley

As you head towards Monument Valley, you will stop at Horseshoe Bend for an amazing view of the Colorado River. Continue to the heart of the Navajo Nation – Monument Valley. The spectacular sunrises & sunsets against the red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless Westerns. You will have a guided backroads tour in a 4x4  to explore the incredible rock formations, and learn the stories and histories of the rich Native American culture. Then you will sample the “Navajo Taco” – the local speciality.

Overnight: Hotel included, meals paid locally

Days 11 & 12

Grand Canyon National Park

You will begin the day with a spectacular sunrise in Monument Valley, then will head towards the Grand Canyon. You’ll catch your first glimpse of this truly awe-inspiring phenomenon at Desert View. Created over several thousands of years, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long up to 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep. You have the option to take a scenic flight over the canyon, which really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can also choose to see the film show at the IMAX theatre, which is a fascinating insight into the area. You could take a stroll along the South Rim Trail or alternatively take the more challenging trail to Plateau Point.

Overnight: Hotel included, meals paid locally

Day 13

Route 66, Hoover Sam & Las Vegas

This morning you will journey along a section of the original Route 66 and visit the charming town of Seligman, before stopping for a view of the mighty Hoover Dam. Your destination is Las Vegas, where your tour will officially end this afternoon. But you can opt to spend the night or indeed several nights in this exciting and fun city, to enjoy a taste of the casinos, shows and attractions.

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

What’s Included

  • International flights
  • Travel on the tour in an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 12 nights 3* hotel and lodge accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • Guided tour of Antelope Slot Canyon
  • Entrance to Yosemite, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Death Valley and Grand Canyon National Parks

 

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to the joining point of the tour and away from the finishing point
  • Meals are paid locally
  • 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
  • Grand Canyon – IMAX theatre $15
  • Las Vegas – helicopter flight $115
  • Las Vegas – clubs, casinos and shows

 

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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