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California & the National Parks

17 days from £2399*
Departing: May 2017 - May 2018
* Price shown: 25 April 2018 from London Heathrow - LHR - FQB

North America's most startling landscapes

This wonderful tour is bookended by stays in beautiful San Francisco and desert playground Palm Springs. It takes in glittering Las Vegas, awe-inspiring Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and a quartet of stunning national parks. You'll also enjoy stays in western-themed hotels as you journey from scenic Northern California to the majesty of the West.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Discover glorious San Francisco, the 'City by the Bay'
  • Call at Steinbeck's Monterey and exquisite Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Stay overnight in California Gold Rush country
  • Yosemite National Park, one of America's natural wonders
  • Stay on a ranch in fabled Death Valley
  • Enjoy two nights in jaw-dropping Las Vegas
  • Stunning Zion and other-worldly Bryce Canyon
  • Enjoy a cowboy-style 'cookout'
  • Discover Canyonlands' sandstone wonders
  • Visit the awesome Grand Canyon
  • Enjoy two nights in Palm Springs
  • Hollywood, movie capital of the world
  • 15 nights room-only accommodation in San Francisco (2 nights), Tuolumne (1), Mammoth Lakes (1), Furnace Creek Ranch (1), Las Vegas (2), Bryce Canyon (2), Moab (2), Monument Valley (1), Prescott (1) and Palm Springs (2)
  • Return scheduled flights to San Francisco returning from Los Angeles
  • Coach touring as described in the itinerary
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Fly to San Francisco, meet your Tour Manager and transfer into the city. You'll rest and relax after the journey, and perhaps venture out to enjoy your first evening in one of America's most attractive cities.

Day Two

This morning's optional guided tour includes Union Square, quirky North Beach, 1960s hangout Haight-Ashbury and stylish Nob Hill. You'll then head across the photogenic Golden Gate Bridge to the bay-side artists' town of Sausalito. Return by Bay Ferry, taking in the sight of infamous prison-island Alcatraz.

This evening, why not head for bustling Chinatown or to Fisherman's Wharf's shops, bars and restaurants? Perhaps board the 'little cable car' to 'climb halfway to the stars' - or at least the enjoyable ride from Market Street over Powell and Hyde.

Day Three

Leaving your heart behind in customary fashion, board the coach to journey south, this morning, towards Steinbeck's 'Cannery Row' - fishing town Monterey. Take in the gorgeous 17-Mile Drive and visit exclusive Carmel-by-the-Sea, where Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood was once mayor.

You'll then head inland toward the historic towns and rugged landscape of 'mining country', where the desperate days of the California Gold Rush were played out in the 19th Century.

Day Four

An unforgettable day awaits, as you journey into the breathtaking Yosemite National Park. After the opportunity to take in the scenery - from plunging waterfalls and forested valleys to towering El Capitan and Half-Dome - you'll continue over the heights of Tioga Pass to stay in mountain resort Mammoth Lakes.

Day Five

In the air-conditioned comfort of your coach, take in otherworldly Death Valley's landmarks including Marble Canyon and Zabriskie Point. You'll stay overnight at Furnace Creek Ranch, one of only two 'oases' in the National Park. You might opt for a horseback tour while others enjoy a carriage ride, and don't miss the chance to star gaze here tonight.

Day Six

Today's journey continues through the desert landscape to Nevada - and your first experience of Las Vegas, the extraordinary man-made entertainment capital. An optional helicopter flight offers the chance to view the night-time spectacle from the air.

Day Seven

Today is free to enjoy more of Vegas' countless attractions. Check out the 'mega-resorts' of the Strip and Downtown, with their gaming rooms, shopping malls and restaurants, or join today's optional excursion to an 'engineering wonder of the world', the Hoover Dam. This evening don't miss the optional dinner show 'The Rat Pack is Back'.

Day Eight

Leaving Las Vegas, drive through another stunning landscape into southern Utah, passing from desert scrubland into wooded hills. Spend the afternoon in beautiful Zion National Park, where forests and waterfalls are a lush contrast to the desert's desolation.

Day Nine

Catch your breath today as you take in the surreal rock formations of Bryce Canyon. Millions of years of erosion by ice and water have left hundreds of weird, towering red, yellow and orange pinnacles, and these resemble nothing else on Earth.

Day 10

The towering rock walls and deep river valleys of the Capitol Reef National Park are not only spectacular but were also once the hiding place of outlaws Butch Cassidy and the 'Hole in the Wall' Gang. For the next two nights, stay in a mesa-dotted landscape straight out of a western movie.

Day 11

Another stunningly scenic day awaits, as you explore the staggering Canyonlands National Park, with its extraordinary Island in the Sky sandstone butte towering 1500 feet above the ancient valley. Rest and relax this evening in the resort hotel, enjoying an included traditional 'cowboy cookout' with food and entertainment.

Day 12

Rising from the flat desert floor, Monument Valley's towering red sandstone mesas are among the most iconic of all American images. Today, you'll journey through landscapes made famous by countless western movies, and the likes of John Ford and John Wayne.

Day 13

An unforgettable day awaits as you travel across Arizona to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, formed over millennia by the Colorado River. You'll have the chance to take an optional helicopter flight for even more stupendous views.

Day 14

Make the short journey back into California, where an optional excursion will introduce Palm Springs - millionaires' playground, desert-city and former home of a host of Hollywood stars. You'll also journey to the heights above on the world's longest revolving cable-car.

Day 15

Enjoy a day of rest and relaxation in the California sunshine. Perhaps take the chance to explore Palm Springs and enjoy some shopping in the iconic shops and boutiques.

Day 16

Enjoy a brief visit to the star-studded streets of Hollywood, where landmarks include Mann's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After this final highlight of a memorable tour, you'll transfer back to Los Angeles Airport and your return overnight flight.

Day 17

Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a truly wonderful holiday.
Departure Airport Date Price From Code
Aberdeen 17 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7FQJ14
Aberdeen 06 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQJ14
Aberdeen 20 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQJ14
Aberdeen 11 October 2017 £2599.00 NF7FQJ14
Aberdeen 25 April 2018 £2599.00 F18FQJ14
Aberdeen 16 May 2018 £2649.00 F18FQJ14
Belfast City
Belfast City 17 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7FQH14
Belfast City
Belfast City 06 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQH14
Belfast City
Belfast City 20 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQH14
Belfast City
Belfast City 11 October 2017 £2599.00 NF7FQH14
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 April 2018 £2599.00 F18FQH14
Belfast City
Belfast City 16 May 2018 £2649.00 F18FQH14
Edinburgh 17 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7FQF14
Edinburgh 06 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQF14
Edinburgh 20 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQF14
Edinburgh 11 October 2017 £2599.00 NF7FQF14
Edinburgh 25 April 2018 £2599.00 F18FQF14
Edinburgh 16 May 2018 £2649.00 F18FQF14
Glasgow 17 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7FQE14
Glasgow 06 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQE14
Glasgow 20 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQE14
Glasgow 11 October 2017 £2599.00 NF7FQE14
Glasgow 25 April 2018 £2599.00 F18FQE14
Glasgow 16 May 2018 £2649.00 F18FQE14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 May 2017 £2449.00 NF7FQB14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 September 2017 £2599.00 NF7FQB14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 September 2017 £2599.00 NF7FQB14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 October 2017 £2399.00 NF7FQB14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 April 2018 £2399.00 F18FQB14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 May 2018 £2449.00 F18FQB14
Manchester 17 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7FQC14
Manchester 06 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQC14
Manchester 20 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQC14
Manchester 11 October 2017 £2599.00 NF7FQC14
Manchester 25 April 2018 £2599.00 F18FQC14
Manchester 16 May 2018 £2649.00 F18FQC14
Newcastle 17 May 2017 £2649.00 NF7FQG14
Newcastle 06 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQG14
Newcastle 20 September 2017 £2799.00 NF7FQG14
Newcastle 11 October 2017 £2599.00 NF7FQG14
Newcastle 25 April 2018 £2599.00 F18FQG14
Newcastle 16 May 2018 £2649.00 F18FQG14

San Francisco and National Parks Touring Hotels 

The hotels used on this tour will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

Passports and visas

When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.


Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.


Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver and tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 15-20 per cent of the bill and in a bar leave a dollar or so per drink.

Casino age restrictions

Local laws stipulate that that there must be at least one person aged 21 or over occupying each room booked. Casino floors cannot be entered by under 21s unless they are accompanied by an adult aged over 21.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Helicopter flights

Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Hotel rooms

Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

San Francisco, the Grand Canyon & National Parks of the West reviews verified by reevooReevoo

San Francisco, the Grand Canyon & National Parks of the WestScores 9.3 out of 10 based on 26 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Essex Couple
After having a fantastic holiday to Canada last year with Newmarket did not think it could be beaten! How wrong was i. Mary the courier and Bernard the driver absolutely made the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 15 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


Wadebridge, Cornwall Couple
It was a very exciting holiday where ever we went was always something different to see ,
our fellow traveler's were good fun to be with .
The canyon's were awsome the colours amazing each one was so different ,Vegas L.A was also good but liked Palm Spring was very relaxing after the long trips .
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 15 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


Masseret, france Couple
We had a wonderful holiday. Mary our courier was excellent and very interesting. Bernard our driver was superb, he was an excellent caring driver and so friendly and helpful. All the hotels were very very good. We have fabulous memories which will stay with us for ever. We are looking forward to booking our next holiday with you.
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 10 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


Aylesbury Couple
Very hectic but very worthwhile. Great organisation by Newmarket
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2016
Published on: 09 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


Glasgow Couple
Great holiday with fantastic tour guide and coach driver. The only downside was the coach, this could have been more comfortable for travelling over 2,500 miles.
Confirmed traveller: 03 June 2016
Published on: 18 June 2016
(10 out of 10)


Cheltenham Couple
We have already traveled with Newmarket on four occasions and have always been satisfied. On this trip to California and the National Parks, the organisation was superb and the route chosen was beyond our expectations.

The Tour Manager and Driver were top notch.
Confirmed traveller: 03 June 2016
Published on: 15 June 2016
(10 out of 10)


This was a wonderful holiday, I would have no reservations recommending this trip. It is not a relaxing holiday, more an incredible mind blowing experience. All of the places that one lists as hoping to see one day were visited on this trip, every day just got better and better. The hotels were very nice, especially Furnace Creek and Red Cliffs Lodge where it would have been lovely to have had a free day to relax and enjoy the hotel and its excellent facilities. Both the tour guide and coach driver were very knowledgable, which helped to make the most of the experience.
Confirmed traveller: 03 June 2016
Published on: 15 June 2016