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Solar Eclipse - USA National Parks

17 Nights Tour from £3,469 per Person Including Flights

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Presenting a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Total Solar Eclipse, this unique 17 night small group escorted tour will take you through the USA’s most incredible natural wonders. Starting in San Francisco and ending in Las Vegas, you’ll be taken on a scenic journey through numerous National Parks, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Arches, Grand Canyon and Zion, witnessing unforgettable monuments and hiking through diverse landscapes.

Camping amongst the stars and the differing plains of these National Parks will be sure to take you back to nature, with the prospect of breath-taking sunsets and sunrises across deserts and mountain ranges on most days. On 21st August 2017, the phenomenon of the Total Solar Eclipse will take place, and you will seek out an unbeatable view of the spectacle in either Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park – an experience to treasure. 


  • Witness the spectacular Total Solar Eclipse at either the Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Park
  • Full day wolf and wildlife tracking tour in Yellowstone
  • Tours of Monument Valley with a Navajo guide
  • Wander amidst Giant Sequoias in Yosemite
  • Marvel at Old Faithful erupting in Yellowstone National Park
  • Watch a Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Optional excursions include a helicopter ride across Grand Canyon, a sunset catamaran cruise and an exhilarating hummer tour through the desert


Day 1

San Francisco

Fly to San Francisco for the start of your tour. You may want to add on a night or two to explore this fabulous city before you start your tour. It begins with a welcome meeting in your hotel at 6pm.

Hotel included, meals paid locally

Day 2

Yosemite National Park

Take a scenic journey to Yosemite National Park, renowned for its magnificent, ancient sequoia trees and stunning granite cliffs. You’ll have the afternoon to explore the park’s soaring landscapes, including crystal blue rivers and alpine forest, before setting up camp just outside the park and sleeping under the stars.

Camping, lunch and dinner included

Day 3

Yosemite National Park

While away the day by exploring the diverse sceneries of Yosemite Valley, either by hiking, or choosing an optional bike hire. Throughout the day you’ll find sweeping meadows, the cascading sights of Nevada, Yosemite and Vernal Falls and the gorgeous Mirror Lake and Half Dome cliff, as well as the opportunity to take a dip in the Merced River.

Camping, all meals included

Day 4

Lake Tahoe

You’ll journey through verdant forests before arriving at the emerald hues of Lake Tahoe - the second deepest lake in the USA with a maximum depth of 1645 feet. You’ll have the afternoon to explore this striking area, surrounded by magnificent rocks and picture-perfect trees. There’s also the option of a sunset champagne cruise on a catamaran in the early evening. 

Camping, all meals included

Day 5

Great Basin Desert

Day five will be spent delving deep into the rolling plains of Great Basin Desert that expands across California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. After witnessing the sweeping landscapes you’ll be driven to a hotel in Elko.

Hotel, breakfast and lunch included

Days 6-8

Yellowstone National Park

Wilderness and wildlife waits for you at Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first and largest National Park in continental USA. Over the next couple of days you’ll discover the natural beauty of this amazing park, spotting wolves, bison, elk and maybe even a grizzly bear, plus witnessing the fantastic Old Faithful geyser erupting and seeing the colourful hot springs. On day eight a wildlife and wolf tracking guide will take you to unspoiled parts of the park most visitors don’t have access to.

Camping, all meals included

Day 9

Yellowstone or Jackson/Grand Teton National Park

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for – the Total Solar Eclipse. The itinerary depends on the weather; you’ll either drive to the best vantage point in Yellowstone for the eclipse before departing for Grand Teton National Park, or you’ll drive straight to Jackson for the spectacle (this may change the itinerary for Day Eight, too). Taking place 21st August 2017, this is a rare opportunity to witness one of the world’s greatest phenomenons. The eclipse will be viewable from both locations, and the private vehicle will endeavour to get you to the centre line of the eclipse track if possible. Depending on time, you’ll even get the chance to hike up to Inspiration Point in Yellowstone for incredible views of the landscape.

Camping, all meals included

Day 10

Flaming Gorge

In the morning you’ll drive to Flaming Gorge for a day of exploring its spectacular mountains and the crystal clear reservoir. Amble along the water’s edge, or hike through its lush green forests.

Camping, all meals included

Days 11 - 12


Marvel at the vibrant orange plains of Moab and the magnificent Arches National Park - a beautiful natural wonder full of free-stand arches created over millions of years by the wind beating down the west slope of the Rocky Mountains. Moab has a variety of restaurants and attractions to see, or you have the opportunity to hike to the arches, including the towering Landscape Arch and Delicate Arch. In the afternoon there are plenty of optional activities to choose from, including a guided hummer tour across Slickrock, a float trip down the winding Colorado River, or simply hire a mountain bike for the day.

Hotel, one breakfast and two lunches included

Day 13

Monument Valley

The day will start with a drive into the heart of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, before arriving in the majestic Monument Valley - a sacred park with impressive sunrises and sunsets. The afternoon will be spent taking a tour with a Navajo guide, leading you through the Monument Valley Tribal Lands and delving you into its rich history and the culture of Navajo people. A desert sunset will end your day beautifully.

Camping, lunch and dinner included.

Days 14-15

Grand Canyon National Park

On your way to the Grand Canyon you’ll make a stop at the quaint Cameron Trading Post motel to shop for gorgeous local jewellery, handmade crafts and cultural souvenirs. Desert View is your first scenic spot near the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon, before spending the afternoon exploring the grounds at your own pace. An optional helicopter ride is thoroughly recommended, flying you high above the canyon for breath-taking views. You could even amble along the Bright Angel Trail to the outstanding Plateau Point, or take a less challenging hike along the West Rim Trail. In the evening, there’s the option to watch the excellent IMAX film ‘The Grand Canyon Experience’, before another stunning sunset over the canyon.

Camping, all meals included

Day 16

Zion National Park

The afternoon is at your leisure once you’ve arrived amongst the gigantic cliffs of Zion National Park, named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who saw the park as their promised land. We recommend hiking around the Virgin River, a picturesque rocky lake surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs and fringed by trees.

Camping, all meals included

Day 17

Zion National Park

Your whole day will be free to explore the whole of Zion National Park’s remarkable landscape today. There’s a variety of hikes to choose from, varying in ability. A walk along the valley floor offers an easy afternoon and beautiful views of the sparkling Lower and Upper Emerald Pools, plus sinking your toes into the beach. If you’re looking for true adventure, climb 750 metres for outstanding views of the park from Angels Landing, or mosey deep into the Zion Narrows.

Camping, all meals included

Day 18

Las Vegas

The bright lights and energetic ambience of Las Vegas will beckon you today, and your whole day will be free to experience everything the resort town has to offer. Try your hand at winning some money at one of the many casinos, shop ‘till you drop, or gawp at the open-air mall, before ending the tour at 5pm.  Depending on flight schedules an extra night may be required in Las Vegas.

Hotel, breakfast and lunch included

  • Transfers via coach
  • Tours as listed: Wildlife and wolf tracking tour in Yellowstone National Park, Total Solar Eclipse viewing in Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks, tour with a Navajo guide in Monument Valley
  • Accommodation and meals as shown: 13 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 11 dinners

What’s not included:

  • Return international flights
  • Alcatraz Prison (must be booked in advance with Alcatraz Cruises) - $30-37
  • Baseball game in San Francisco - $20
  • Bike rental in San Francisco - $8 per hour/$32 per day
  • Cable car ride in San Francisco - $5-13
  • Sunset sailboat cruise in San Francisco - $45
  • Bike rental in Yosemite - $12-34
  • Lake Tahoe sunset champagne cruise - $53
  • Mountain biking in Moab - $100
  • Float trip on Colorado River - $60-90
  • Extreme off-road hummer tour - $90-100
  • Grand Canyon helicopter flight - $254-284
  • Grand Canyon IMAX theatre - $15


The majority of nights on this tour will be spent camping so that you can experience the most breath-taking natural scenery at close quarters. Campgrounds are selected either for their scenic beauty or for their convenience to the places you’ll explore.

All the necessary equipment will be provided including spacious dome tents, self-inflating sleeping mats, camp lights, and all kitchen & cooking equipment. You will need to bring a warm sleeping bag and a pillow.

Four nights will be spent in a hotel, as shown in the itinerary.

Food & Drink

All meals whilst camping are included in the price of the tour. The Tour Leader coordinates the local shopping and assists the group in creating healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners.

Breakfasts may include fresh fruits, cereal, toast, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Fried bacon or sausage, pancakes or eggs will also be available on more leisurely mornings. Lunches are typically picnic style. Evening meals range from grilled meat, fresh fish or chicken dishes, as well as occasional regional specialities such as Mexican food or BBQ’s. Vegetarian options will also be available. If you have a special diet, then feel free to bring any particular foods, beverages or whatever you need. Be sure to let us know at time of booking and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Four nights will be spent in a hotel on this tour, as shown on the itinerary, and here you will be able to choose when and where you eat, with all meals payable locally.

Important Information

An essential part of these adventure holidays is getting the whole group involved. With guidance from your tour leader, everyone sets up and packs down the camp together. The high quality tents are very easy to set up and take down on your own, and the tour leader will show you how. Typically it takes only 15 minutes to set up the tens and the camp kitchen.

Please don’t bring more than one medium sized suitcase, soft holdall or rucksack (maximum 20kg) and your sleeping bag. Small hand baggage may also be carried inside the vehicle.

When you are camping all your meals at the campsite are included so we recommend you budget for around $15 per day for snacks, drinks, tips and general spending

When you are staying in hotels we recommend an average budget of $50 per day to cover all meals, snacks, drinks, tips and general spending.

In addition to this you should also budget for optional activities you would like to participate in.

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