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Western Jamboree - Family Self-Drive

12 Nights Tour from £1,349 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

This western states adventure has been created for families, offering plenty of outdoor fun, iconic sights and glitzy Las Vegas. Prices are based on two adults and two children and include the rental of an SUV vehicle.

Begin the family fun at Pirate Cove Resort set on the mighty Colorado River, then continue east along Route 66 into Arizona. Marvel at the iconic Grand Canyon, and then enjoy a couple of fun days in Las Vegas. Head out to the desert to see spectacular Death Valley, then continue onto the more hospitable Mammoth Lakes. After a couple of days around Yosemite, finish your holiday in the wonderful city of San Francisco.

If you are looking for the ultimate West Coast experience, why not combine this itinerary with the “California Classic” and take the iconic Highway 1 southbound from San Francisco, enjoying the California beaches en route, and ending with the theme parks and attractions of Anaheim.

Highlights

  • Admire awe-inspiring views of the mighty Grand Canyon, and perhaps opt to take a rafting trip on the Colorado River running through it
  • Have fun in Vegas, taking exhilarating rides, floating on the Venetian gondolas, indulging in some shopping or just lazing by the pool
  • Take in the contrasting scenery as you travel through Death Valley, Mammoth Lakes and
    Yosemite National Park

Details

Day 1

Fly to Los Angeles

Fly to Los Angeles airport. You can either pick up your car on arrival or choose to take the complimentary shuttle to the nearby hotel and pick your car up the following morning.

Overnight: Embassy Suites El Segundo

Day 2

Los Angeles – Needles (284 miles)

Start your road trip by heading east through California, skirting along the southerly edge of the Mojave Desert to reach the Colorado River and the fun resort of Pirates Cove – a riverfront resort in Park Moabi. Relax on the beach in the afternoon and perhaps enjoy a BBQ in the evening outside your cabin

Overnight: Pirates Cove Resort & Marina (Needles)

Day 3

Needles – Flagstaff (200 miles)

Today you will continue east into Arizona, travelling along the iconic Route 66 to the town of Flagstaff. A great stop to make en route is at the Bearizona Wildlife Park, where you can enjoy a “Drive-thru" experience to spot wolves, bears and bison or and also enjoy a walkabout through the section with the smaller, cuter animals. Flagstaff is just a 30 minute drive from here, which will be your home for the next two nights giving you lots of options to explore the Grand Canyon.

Overnight: Embassy Suites Flagstaff

Day 4

Grand Canyon

With Flagstaff as your base, you can choose to enjoy the Grand Canyon in any number of ways, either river rafting along the base of the Canyon, take a guided hike, have a scenic helicopter ride or simply drive to the viewing points along the south rim for awe-inspiring views of this amazing place.

Overnight: Embassy Suites Flagstaff

Day 5

Flagstaff – Las Vegas (279 miles)

Return along Route 66 heading north at Kingman in the heart of Mohave County, towards your destination - the glitz & glamour of Vegas. Pause just south to make a worthwhile visit to the Hoover Dam, which has a fantastic visitor centre and spectacular views of this engineering marvel. Continue to Las Vegas where you will stay for two nights, a fun place for all ages.

Overnight: Blue Green Club 36 Resort (or similar)

Day 6

Las Vegas

Whilst Las Vegas was built as a playground for adults, there are plenty of attractions for families away from the casinos (where children are not permitted). Adventure Dome is America’s largest indoor theme park, there is the Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel, the Discovery Children’s Museum and Madame Tussauds to name just a few of the varied attractions.

Overnight: Blue Green Club 36 Resort (or similar)

Day 7

Las Vegas – Mammoth Lakes (323 miles)

Leave the bright lights of Vegas behind and head to Death Valley, a vast National Park of desert and mountains, and continue north until you leave the desert and discover craggy mountain peaks and alpine forest to arrive in Mammoth Lakes. If you’re feeling energetic then Mammoth’s famed Bike Park is worth a whirl. Or you can hop on the gondola which takes you to the summit at 11,053 feet to admire the absolutely stunning views stretching over 400 miles

Overnight: Village Lodge or Juniper Springs Resort

Day 8

Mammoth – Yosemite / Bass Lake (163 miles)

Today take the breath-taking drive through Yosemite over Tioga Pass, admiring the glacier carved granite rock formations and alpine lakes, taking time to stretch your legs with a hike through meadows. Exiting at Yosemites South Entrance, you will then take the short drive to Bass Lake.

Overnight: The Pines Resort on Bass Lake

Day 9

Yosemite

A day to explore Yosemite at your own pace, perhaps include Glacier Point where you can park and take a mile long hike to get the best views, or you can arrange horse riding or biking in the Yosemite Valley. Return to the peaceful shores of Bass Lake for another evening in this beautiful setting.

Overnight: The Pines Resort on Bass Lake

Day 10

Yosemite – San Francisco (223 miles)

This morning head through Gold Rush country along Highway 49 to Columbia State Historic Park  - a living gold rush town where you can experience the sights, smells and sounds of a nineteenth century mining town, with fun activities for the whole family. Continue onto San Francisco, where you will have the final three nights of your epic holiday.

Overnight: Handlery Union Square (or similar)

Days 11 & 12

San Francisco

Enjoy two full days of sightseeing in San Francisco – view the iconic Golden Gate bridge, ride on the cable car. Perhaps you’ll want to visit Alcatraz, or spend time exploring the interesting neighbourhoods of Chinatown, Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. A wonderful city to bring your holiday to a close

Day 13

Depart San Francisco

Day 14

Arrive home.

What’s Included

  • Flights to Los Angeles and return from San Francisco
  • SUV vehicle rental with fully inclusive insurance
  • 12 nights accommodation as described above
  • Fly drive guidebook and documentation

 

What’s not included

  • Car parking fees
  • Entrance fees and charges for activities

 

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.

TODAY 38ºC
THU 35ºC
FRI 31ºC
SAT 26ºC
SUN 21ºC
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17ºC
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21ºC
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Jun
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Jul
37ºC
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Aug
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Sep
34ºC
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Oct
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Dec
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