New York Brooklyn Bridge & Malibu Beach in Los Angeles
New York Brooklyn Bridge & Malibu Beach in Los Angeles
Central Park, Independance Hall & Washington D.C Monument
Central Park, Independance Hall & Washington D.C Monument
Gettysburg & Niagara Falls
Gettysburg & Niagara Falls
Chicago, Mount Rushmore & The Badlands National Park
Chicago, Mount Rushmore & The Badlands National Park
Yellowstone, Salt Lake City & Grand Teton
Yellowstone, Salt Lake City & Grand Teton
Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell & The Grand Canyon
Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell & The Grand Canyon
Route 66, Las Vegas & The Mojave Desert
Route 66, Las Vegas & The Mojave Desert
Optional Excursions to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara & San Francisco
Optional Excursions to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara & San Francisco

The Great American Crossing

16 nights from £3,579 per person Including Flights

Overview

Journeying from the east coast to the west, this amazing American tour visits some of the nation’s top highlights, beginning with a night in New York. Following on from that, you’ll visit Philadelphia, Washington and the Gettysburg battleground before visiting the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls on the New York side. From here, make you way to Detroit and Chicago, before moving westwards to the Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore and the Old West history of the Black Hills. Take in the sights of Yellowstone National Park and Teton Mountains on your way to Salt Lake City, then it’s Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and Grand Canyon itself. Venture to Las Vegas down Route 66, before heading back into the desert and into California to arrive in Los Angeles.

If you would like to explore more of the West Coast, you can also extend this tour to continue to San Francisco. Spend two more days travelling up the California coast, ending in San Francisco. (ATI)

Highlights:

  • Visit the city of Philadelphia with a city tour including a visit to the Liberty Bell and the Independence National Historic Park
  • Tour the capital with a sightseeing trip around Washington, D.C.
  • Witness the thunderous beauty of Niagara Falls
  • Spend some free time in Chicago, sampling the local cuisine and wandering along Magnificent Mile
  • Visit iconic Mount Rushmore
  • Explore the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park
  • Soak up the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas

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

Itinerary Overview

Fly into New York 1 night – Washington DC 2 nights – Niagara Falls, NY 1 night – Detroit 1 night – Chicago 2 nights – Sioux City 1 night –  Rapid City 1 night – Cody 1 night – Yellowstone National Park 1 night – Salt Lake City 1 night – Bryce Canyon National Park 1 night – Flagstaff 1 night – Las Vegas 1 night – Los Angeles 1 night - Fly home from Los Angeles

Or optional 3 night extension from Los Angeles

+ Los Angeles 1 night – Central Coast 1 night –  San Francisco 1 night – Fly home from San Francisco

2024 Departure Dates
Jun: 14
Jul: 05, 19
Aug: 09

2025 Departure Dates
May: 09
Jun: 13
Jul: 04, 18
Aug: 08, 22
Sep: 05, 19

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Day 1

New York

On arrival into New York, transfer independently to your hotel and meet up with your dedicated Tour Manager

Overnight: Hyatt Grand Central New York or similar

Day 2

New York – Philadelphia – Washington, D.C.

Today you will depart from New York for Philadelphia, where you’ll spend the morning exploring the historic district of the "City of Brotherly Love" and the National Constitutional Centre. You’ll see the Liberty Bell, the Independence National Historic Park and the Mall. Continue on to Washington D.C – the nation’s capital - for a two night stay.

Overnight: Washington Hilton/Omni Shoreham Hotel or similar

Day 3

Washington, D.C.

Enjoy a city tour today with such highlights as the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery, the site of the John F.Kennedy Memorial. Spend the remainder of the day exploring some of the many museums comprising the Smithsonian Institute.

Overnight: Washington Hilton/Omni Shoreham Hotel or similar

Day 4

Washington, D.C. – Gettysburg – Niagara Falls, Upstate New York

Today, visit Gettysburg National Military Park, site of one of the most decisive battles during the American Civil War and the place where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address in 1863. You’ll then travel through upstate New York to Buffalo where the thunderous sound and mist of Niagara Falls permeates the air.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Niagara Falls-Scenic Downtown or similar

Day 5

Niagara Falls – The Great Lakes – Detroit

Spend the morning sightseeing at Niagara Falls. Stroll along Table Rock and view the thundering waters of Horseshoe Falls. Travel onwards to Detroit, known as motor city USA. Detroit is home to the country’s automobile manufacturing centres. The evening is yours to spend at leisure.

Overnight: Best Western Greenfield Inn or similar

Day 6

Detroit – Chicago

Starting with the Rouge Factory and then visiting the Henry Ford Museum is a great way to explore the rich history of the automotive industry. You'll witness the modern techniques used in the assembly line and learn about the advancements in automotive manufacturing as well as visiting the Ford plant nearby to witness a modern production vehicle being assembled. Leaving the Motor City behind and travelling inland to the south of Lake Michigan to reach Chicago. Check into your hotel for a two night stay.

Overnight: Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile or similar, breakfast included

Day 7

Chicago

A full day at leisure in Chicago awaits you, giving you chance to explore the museums, architecture or perhaps enjoy a river cruise (optional). The Tour Manager will have plenty of suggestions and recommendations for you.

Overnight: Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile or similar, breakfast included

Day 8

Chicago – Mississippi River Crossing - Sioux City

Travel through Midwest farm country abundant in corn fields, wheat fields and dairy farms. Then you’ll cross the mighty Mississippi River and travel into the state of Iowa to arrive just as Lewis and Clark did 200 years ago on the banks of the Missouri River where you’ll overnight in Sioux City.

Overnight: Comfort Suites Sioux City or similar

Day 9

Sioux City–Badlands National Park–Mt. Rushmore National Memorial-Deadwood/Rapid City

Travel westward through the grasslands of South Dakota and onwards to Badlands National Park, once home to the buffalo and antelope, and filled with strange shaped and colourful rock formations. Then you continue on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Indian Plains and home to Mount Rushmore, an enormous monument to four great American presidents – Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.

Overnight: Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center or similar

Day 10

Deadwood/Rapid City – Bighorn Mountains – Cody

Enter the state of Wyoming, which has twelve mountain ranges intermixed with deserts and rolling grasslands, and continue to Cody for the night. (If overnight in Cody is not possible due to weather or adverse road conditions in Yellowstone, overnight will be in Billings/Livingston, Montana.)

Overnight: Buffalo Bill Village / Holiday Inn Cody or similar

Day 11

Cody – Yellowstone National Park

Drive past the mountains in Wyoming to Yellowstone - America’s first National Park - and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland, including geysers, waterfalls, wildlife and canyons. Highlights of the park will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls, and the beautiful Hayden Valley.

Overnight: Kelly Inn West Yellowstone Hotel or similar, breakfast included

Day 12

Yellowstone National Park – Grand Teton National Park – Salt Lake City

Travel through Grand Teton National Park (weather permitting) and see awesome mountain peaks towering over 13,000 ft. Visit the Snake River Outlook and capture the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam’s iconic shot. This prairie land is home to wild buffalo (Tatonka), moose and elk. Later, arrive in the Mormon State of Utah and take a short city tour of its capital, Salt Lake City. See the State Capitol building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle, before arriving at the hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City or similar, breakfast included

Day 13

Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon National Park

Continue to Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured 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 & brilliant constellations and the aroma of pinewood campfires.

Overnight: Bryce View Lodge or similar, breakfast included

Day 14

Bryce Canyon National Park – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon National Park – Flagstaff

Depart Bryce Canyon this morning and journey to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Lake Powell is the second-largest man-made lake in America, and one in a series of lakes formed by the damming of the Colorado River. Then visit colossal Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the Canyon rim to fully experience this mile-deep canyon’s plunging gorges, rising spires, extinct volcanoes and, below the rim, the winding Colorado River. Overnight in Flagstaff, a famed stop on historic Route 66.

Overnight: Days Hotel Flagstaff or similar

Day 15

Flagstaff – Seligman/Route 66 – Las Vegas

This morning, depart Flagstaff and travel on to Las Vegas, the dazzling 'Entertainment Capital of the World'. 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. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore the famous Las Vegas strip.

Overnight: The STRAT or similar

Day 16

Las Vegas – Mojave Desert - Beverly Hills - Los Angeles

Travel to Los Angeles through the Mojave Desert, where clusters of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, you will enjoy a tour through the City of Angels including Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before arriving at approximately 6.30pm.

Overnight: Hilton LAX or similar

Day 17

Los Angeles Fly home OR optional 3 night extension

Today you have a full day at leisure, so we suggest you take an optional tour of the world's largest movie studio and theme park - Universal Studios. Here you can take an inside look at the sets and uncover the secrets behind the scenes or take a feature ride such as Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy.

Independent transfers back to the airport for your return flight.

Optional Extension Itinerary

Overnight: Hilton LAX or similar

Day 18

Los Angeles - Malibu - Santa Barbara - Central Coast

Leave Los Angeles and head north along the Pacific Coast, through the glamorous resort of Malibu up to the fabulous coastal city of Santa Barbara. Here you will find palm-lined promenades along the white sandy beaches, with the architecture influenced by the Spanish heritage.

Overnight: Historic Santa Maria Inn or similar

Day 19

Central Coast - San Francisco

Head north to the charming town of Carmel, home of Clint Eastwood, where quaint boutiques and art galleries are well worth browsing. Continue to Monterey and visit Old Fisherman's Wharf, the Pier and Cannery Row. Arrive in San Francisco late afternoon / early evening.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 20

Depart San Francisco

Today your tour comes to an end. It's time to head to the airport for your return flight home.

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights
  • Dedicated Tour Manager
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach throughout the tour
  • 16 nights accomodation in hotels as detailed or similar. Additional 3 night tour extension to San Francisco available at a supplement
  • 5 x breakfasts included as per itinerary*
  • City tour of Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
  • Sightseeing tour in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Badlands and Grand Canyon National Parks
  • Visit to Niagara Falls and Gettysburg National Military Park, visit the Henry Ford Museum and Ford production plant

*Please note the breakfast at each hotel are subject to change at any time and are not guaranteed meals. Your hotel may change which therefore will impact whether the hotel will offer a complimentary breakfast.

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Optional excursions

Experience More (Optional extras) from prices:

  • Manhattan Helicopter (13-15mins), New York - $270pp
  • Circle Line 2 Hour Harbor Cruise, New York - $40pp
  • Top of the Rock - $40pp
  • Washington D.C Evening Tour - $40pp
  • Niagara Helicopter Tour (8-10 mins flight) - $140pp
  • Niagara Falls by Day and Lunch - $80pp
  • Willis Tower Admission, Chicago - $40pp
  • Chicago Architectural Cruise - $50pp
  • Ebenezer's Dinner and Show, Bryce Canyon - $60pp
  • National Parks Triangle Flight (Canyon, Monument Valley and Page/ Lake Powell), Page - $510pp
  • Grand Canyon North Canyon Helicopter Flight - $260pp
  • Grand Canyon Majestic Helicopter Flight (25-30mins) - $310pp
  • Las Vegas Evening Tour - $40pp
  • Las Vegas Evening Tour + Strip Helicopter Flight - $170pp
  • Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Flight - $150pp
  • San Francisco Bay Cruise - $40p

Rates are approximate from prices and can be subject to change and availability. Speak to your Tour Director to book these locally.

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