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Ultimate Western USA - Small Group Tour

18 nights from £5,399 per person Including Flights

Overview

Embark on an 18-night small-group escorted tour beginning and ending in Los Angeles, taking you to amazing spots in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. Dive deep into the American’s west with trips to sensational national parks including Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Sequoia, alongside vibrant cities and towns including Palm Springs, San Francisco and Las Vegas. With a small group size of 13 people per tour, you will traverse the national parks on fully guided tours throughout as well as offering an intimate and immersive journey into these magnificent landscapes. This dynamic and engaging experience allows you to tick off bucket-list locations while sharing the adventure with a group of individuals who share your enthusiasm. (TM/ GA)

We’ve added an extra night pre-tour in Los Angeles, so you have some time to explore this dynamic city before meeting your team leader and fellow travellers on day two.

Tour departs between May - September. Speak to our travel experts today to discuss your tour.

Highlights

  • Explore the unique rock formations on a hike through Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Experience the panoramic views from Horseshoe Bend and explore the depths of Antelope Canyon.
  • Embark on a Navajo-led jeep tour through the iconic landscapes of Monument Valley.
  • Catch a spectacular sunset from the rim of the Grand Canyon.
  • Journey through America's historic Route 66 and feel the spirit of the classic highway.
  • Traverse Death Valley, the lowest point in the U.S. national park system, and marvel at the expansive views of Yosemite National Park.
  • Travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the scenic Pacific coast, with stops in picturesque Monterey and Santa Maria.

Tour departs between May and September. Speak to our sales experts today to discuss your tour.

 

Itinerary Overview

Fly into Los Angeles 1 night - Palm Springs 2 nights - Zion National Park 2 nights - Bryce Canyon National Park 1 night - Antelope Canyon - Monument Valley - Grand Canyon National Park 2 nights -  Las Vegas 1 night - Death Valley 1 night - Sequoia National Park 2 nights - Yosemite National Park 2 nights - San Francisco 1 night - Monterey 1 night - Santa Maria 1 night - Fly out of Los Angeles

2024 Departure Dates
Oct: 12

2025 Departure Dates
May: 03
Aug: 02
Sept: 06

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Day 1

Los Angeles

Fly into LA today and enjoy a day in this dynamic city before your escorted tour begins tomorrow.

Pre-Tour Hotel: Los Angeles Hotel

Day 2

Los Angeles - Palm Springs

You’ll meet with your tour group and guide in Los Angeles today for a brief orientation, before transferring to your Palm Springs hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Caliente Tropics Resort, or similar

Day 3

Palm Springs - Joshua Tree National Park - Palm Springs

Today, delve deeper into the desert with a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Marvel at its famed rock formations and capture the unique beauty of the Joshua trees. After exploring, return to Palm Springs, where the evening is yours to refresh and relax. Experience the park's distinctive landscape, keeping an eye out for its diverse wildlife, all with the comfort of a private vehicle. Later, unwind by your hotel pool to cool down or explore downtown Palm Springs, where trendy dining and leisure options await.

Overnight: Caliente Tropics Resort, or similar

Day 4

Palm Springs - Las Vegas - Zion National Park

First port of call today is Las Vegas, where you’ll have time to explore the strip or enjoy a long lunch. You’ll be departing late afternoon to a hotel near Zion National Park.

Overnight: La Quinta Inn & Suites at Zion Park/Springdale, or similar

Day 5

Zion National Park

In the morning, take a shuttle to Zion National Park and spend the day exploring and hiking with your group. Adorned with magnificent sandstone cliffs of pink, cream and red, alongside narrow slot canyons and diverse wildlife, this is a wonderful spot to experience. Afterwards, you’ll head to your hotel for more time at leisure.

Optional excursion: A tour of one of Utah’s best slot canyon hikes. The Narrows Hike takes you along the Virgin River, including walking in the water, so be sure to bring appropriate footwear. Hiking distance: 6.4km (4 mi) Elevation change: 102m (334 ft).

Breakfast included.

Overnight: La Quinta Inn & Suites at Zion Park/Springdale, or similar

Day 6

Zion National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park

Leave Zion in the morning for Bryce Canyon National Park. There, you'll have the freedom to explore the unique hoodoo rock formations. Choose to wander the Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop trails, or enjoy breathtaking views from the rim. After dinner, return to the park to witness a stunning sunset and gaze at the stars in one of the International Dark Sky Parks. Bryce Canyon offers a landscape unlike any other, with its vast forest of stone spires and natural amphitheaters. Spend your evening enjoying the wonders of the park, from Inspiration Point to the captivating hoodoos.

Option excursion: The Queen’s Garde and Navajo Loop Hike is a popular trail and is home to the park’s famous hoodoos. Hiking distance: 4.6km (2.9 mi) Elevation change: 183m (600 ft).

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Best Western Ruby’s Inn, or similar

Day 7

Antelope Canyon & Monument Valley

Start the day driving to Page, Arizona, the gateway to Antelope Canyon. Once there, you’ll be joined by a Navajo guide and taken through this incredible natural sandstone slot canyon.

Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a short hike at Horseshoe Bend, overlooking the Colorado River. End your day in Monument Valley to unwind and relax.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Overnight: Hampton Inn Kayenta, or similar

Day 8

Monument Valley & Grand Canyon

Wake early this morning for a sunrise Navajo guided jeep tour of Monument Valley. After soaking up the sunrise, you’ll move on to the Grand Canyon, stopping on route for lunch at a family-owned Navajo food truck. Your meal here helps give back to the community. You’ll arrive at the Grand Canyon in time for sunset.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Overnight: Red Feather Lodge, or similar

Day 9

Grand Canyon National Park

Today will be spent exploring the South Rim, choosing from a selection of hikes that showcase this incredible canyon. You could even opt to book an optional helicopter tour for a bird’s eye view.

Lunch included.

Overnight: Red Feather Lodge, or similar

Day 10

Las Vegas

Journey to the bright lights of Las Vegas and spend the day and evening exploring the strip.

Overnight: Golden Nugget Las Vegas – Carson Tower, or similar

Day 11

Death Valley and Bakersfield

In the morning you will depart Las Vegas for Death Valley. Known as the land of extremes, this is the hottest and driest national park in the USA, and you can explore the Furnace Creek, Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point.

Overnight: Four Point Sheraton Bakersfield, or similar

Day 12

Sequoia National Park

The morning will be spent travelling to Sequoia National Park, where you’ll spend the afternoon hiking and marvelling at the tallest trees in the world. Be sure to walk down to General Sherman to see the world ‘s largest tree at a whopping 275ft high.

Overnight: Wyndham Visalia, or similar

Day 13

Sequoia National Park

Spend the whole day hiking in this beautiful park. For 360-degree views, embark on the two mile round-trip along the Buena Vista Peak trailhead to witness the High Sierra and the valley.

Lunch included.

Overnight: Wyndham Visalia, or similar

Day 14

Yosemite National Park

Today you’ll be hitting the road again and travelling to the south entrance of Yosemite National Park. You’ll see some of the iconic sights today, including the Half Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall.

Overnight: Oakhurst Inn, or similar

Day 15

Yosemite National Park

A fantastic day of hiking. From the valley floor, you’ll take the park shuttle system to one of the most well-known trails. The trail takes you past the Merced River to the Mist Trail, getting sprayed by the Vernal Fall before climbing the steps to Nevada Fall. From here, you’ll enjoy amazing views of the High Sierra.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore as you wish. Or you could even rent a bike.

Lunch included.

Overnight: Oakhurst Inn, or similar

Day 16

San Francisco

Depart Yosemite in the morning and travel across the Central Valley to San Francisco. Once there, you’ll enjoy a driving tour of the city, before heading to the Haight Ashbury neighbourhood for lunch and a drive through Golden Gate Park. The evening is free for you to explore Fisherman’s Wharf.

Optional activities include a cable car ride in San Francisco, or a sunset sailing cruise.

Overnight: Stanford Court Hotel, or similar

Day 17

San Francisco – Monterey

The morning is free for you to explore the city. In the afternoon, you’ll travel to the coastal town of Monterey for more free time. Why not head down to Cannery Row to browse through the boutique shops and art galleries.

Overnight: Hotel Abrego, or similar

Day 18

Santa Maria

Spend the morning driving down Highway 1 to Santa Maria, stopping at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park for gorgeous views of the Pacific Coast.

Santa Maria is known for its incredible wines and barbecue. The afternoon is free to explore the area for yourself and enjoy the sunny climate.

Overnight: Historic Santa Maria Inn, or similar

Day 19

Los Angeles

Today marks the end of your tour. You’ll be transferred to Los Angeles for your departing flight*.

*You must depart no earlier than 2pm.

  • International return flights
  • 1 night pre-tour hotel
  • 17 nights tour accommodation as listed in the itinerary or similar
  • 4 breakfasts and 5 lunches as listed in the itinerary
  • Transport to each destination
  • CEO guide throughout your trip
  • Small group size of max 13 people
  • G For Good Moment: Native Grill Food Truck Experience
  • Guided visits to: Joshua Tree National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Horsehoe Bed and Antelope Canyon, Death Valley National Park, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Navajo guided Monument Valley jeep tour, Sunset along the rim of the Grand Canyon, Full Day hiking in Grand Canyon National Park, Route 66 drive

What's Not Included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Additional activities and excursions not listed in the itinerary

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