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North America's most startling landscapes
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This wonderful holiday is bookended by stays in beautiful San Francisco and the desert playground of Las Vegas, but it's heart is a tour through five unforgettable National Parks. It takes in awe-inspiring Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, as well as the huge expanse of Lake Powell and the towering Hoover Dam. You'll also enjoy stays in western-themed hotels as you journey from scenic Northern California to the majesty of the West.
Fly to San Francisco and upon arrival meet your tour manager and transfer into the city for a two-night stay.
Take this morning's optional guided tour of San Francisco's major landmarks, including Union Square and stylish Nob Hill, before crossing the famously photogenic Golden Gate Bridge to spend some time in the beautiful bay-side artists' town of Sausalito, and taking the Bay Ferry back to the city, with views of infamous prison-island Alcatraz en route.
Journey south this morning, towards Steinbeck's 'Cannery Row' fishing town of Monterey. Take in the gorgeous 17-Mile Drive with its world-renowned golf courses and palatial homes, and visit exquisite, exclusive Carmel-by-the-Sea. You'll then turn east, heading inland toward the historic towns and the rugged landscape of 'mining country', to stay overnight in Tuolumne, near Yosemite National Park.
An unforgettable day awaits, as you journey further east into the Sierra Nevada and truly breathtaking Yosemite National Park, with its plunging waterfalls, forested valley floor and the towering peaks of El Capitan and Half Dome. Later continue over the heights of Tioga Pass and on to the mountain resort of Mammoth Lakes, for an overnight stay.
Today you'll travel into infamous Death Valley with its ancient mudflats, strangely shaped, coloured hills, and landmarks like Marble Canyon and fabled Zabriskie Point of movie fame. Don't miss the night sky - Death Valley is one of the best places on earth to in which to star gaze through the unpolluted atmosphere.
Today's journey continues through the desert landscape into Nevada, for an overnight stay in Las Vegas, the world's most famous 'oasis'. Enjoy your first experience of this extraordinary man-made entertainment mecca, in which perhaps more than anywhere else, night and day are treated as one. This evening, don't miss the optional and famous The Rat Pack is Back dinner show.
Leaving glittering Las Vegas, you'll travel into Arizona through the Route 66 town of Seligman, to 'Red Rock Country' and the resort town of Sedona. Witness sandstone buttes and mesas rising from the valley floor - a quintessential western movie landscape. Spend two nights in Flagstaff.
One of the tour's most unforgettable days awaits, as you travel to the edge of the abyss that is the Grand Canyon, perhaps nature's most startling wonder. Visit the South Rim to view the chasm, formed over millennia by the Colorado River, which still flows a mile below, and take an optional helicopter flight for even more stupendous views.
The towering red sandstone mesas of Monument Valley are today's destination; among the most iconic of all American images and famous from the countless western movies of the likes of John Ford and John Wayne. This afternoon enjoy a tour into the park to get up close to these sandstone masterpieces and learn about the lives of the Navajo people. Stay overnight in nearby Kayenta.
Journey north this morning to Lake Powell, which boasts over 2000 miles of shoreline. This popular holiday hotspot is surrounded by striking red-rock canyons and dramatic desert scenery. Spend two nights at spectacular Bryce Canyon.
Catch your breath as you take in the almost surreal rock formations of Bryce Canyon, where millions of years of erosion by ice and water have left hundreds of weird, towering red, yellow and orange pinnacles.
Today take the short journey to spend the morning in beautiful Zion National Park, where the forests and plunging waterfalls are a welcome, lush contrast to the desert's desolation. Later return back to glamorous, unbelievable Las Vegas for two nights.
Today is free to explore and enjoy yet more of Vegas' countless attractions, or join today's optional excursion to one of the 'engineering wonders of the world', Hoover Dam, which famously holds back the waters of vast Lake Mead. This evening, take an optional helicopter flight to view the night-time spectacle from the air.
Enjoy a final morning in Las Vegas, before transferring to the airport for your overnight return flight.
Arrive back in the UK.