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- Fantastic holiday from start to finish.
Published on: 21 November 2016
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America's greatest hits
Discover the best of both coasts. Visit Washington DC and Philadelphia, and spend three nights in glittering Manhattan before you fly west to glorious San Francisco. See nature at its most spectacular at Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, and explore the man-made wonders of Las Vegas and colourful Hollywood.
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Washington DC to meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel in Washington's historic, stylish Georgetown district.
Enjoy a day in the 'most powerful city on Earth'. Our optional guided tour will reveal the giant, domed Capitol Building on 'the Hill', the vast Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.
Stretching two miles from the Capitol to the Potomac River, the vast, manicured acres of National Mall boast the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Smithsonian museums and - at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - the White House itself.
This morning we'll journey north to the original US capital, historic Philadelphia.
Our orientation tour, which will bring to life the colourful story of America's birth and the characters of the men, like Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, who brought it to life.
After a fascinating day, you'll continue north to New York City.
The "city that never sleeps" is among the world's most exciting, most colourful and most welcoming destinations. The Manhattan skyline towers over the oasis of Central Park, while the Statue of Liberty stands watch over the sea. Spend two days soaking up the atmosphere - from Fifth Avenue's famous stores and bustling Times Square to the world-class collections of Museum Mile and the irrepressible buzz of Harlem. Discover the city's secrets on our optional excursions.
Transfer to the airport, this morning, and fly west to San Francisco. Our coach will transfer you into the city to the hotel once you arrive, and you'll be free to rest and relax, and enjoy your first evening in the city by the bay.
Join this morning's optional guided tour of San Francisco to discover Union Square, quirky North Beach, hippie hang-out Haight-Ashbury and stylish Nob Hill, before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to the pretty artists' colony of Sausalito and then riding the Bay Ferry back to the city.
This evening, why not head to colourful Chinatown, or take the cable car down to bustling Fisherman's Wharf?
Journey inland and east into the Sierra Nevada, to Yosemite National Park. Renowned for its magnificent valley, spectacular granite domes and peaks, plunging waterfalls and giant sequoias, this stunning wilderness offers an unforgettable spectacle that is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. Tonight you'll stay in Visalia, in California's fertile central valley.
Today's long journey takes you into the desert landscape of Nevada, to spend two nights in Las Vegas, the world's most famous 'oasis'.
Today you're free to explore Vegas' countless attractions. Check out the 'megaresorts' of the Strip and Downtown - with their gaming rooms, shopping malls, diverse entertainments and endless dining opportunities - or join today's optional excursion to the Hoover Dam, which holds back the waters of mighty, man-made Lake Mead.
This evening, discover the city's lights on an the optional 'Vegas Nights' helicopter flight, and perhaps take in a show in one of the famous lounges.
After a relaxed morning, board the coach for a trip through the desert landscape to Laughlin, a 'Vegas in Miniature' on the Colorado River, and your base for the next two nights.
One of the tour's most unforgettable days awaits, today, as you journey to the edge of the startling and spectacular Grand Canyon. The vast chasm, carved out by the Colorado River, is one mile deep and six miles wide, and is filled with sandstone pinnacles and stark promontories. Survey the scene from the South Rim, and perhaps take an optional helicopter flight for even more stupendous views.
This morning we'll cross back into California heading for our final hotel, in Buena Park close to Los Angeles.
Rest and relax in the hotel, enjoying the sunshine for which southern California is renowned, or join an optional excursion to explore Santa Monica. Stroll down the boardwalk, see the pier and Ferris wheel and enjoy the exceptional shopping on Third Street Promenade, then take the beautiful coastal drive along the bay to chic, picturesque Malibu.
Bidding farewell to the hotel, this morning you'll enjoy a visit to the star-studded streets of Hollywood, where landmarks include Mann's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then transfer to Los Angeles Airport to board your overnight flight home.
Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a wonderful holiday.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
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 www.cbp.gov/esta . 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.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
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.
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.
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.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th February and 31st March 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.