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California & the National Parks



North America's most startling landscapes

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.

National Parks Tour Highlights

  • Discovering glorious San Francisco, the 'City by the Bay'
  • Steinbeck's Monterey and exquisite Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Staying overnight in California Gold Rush country
  • Yosemite National Park, one of America's natural wonders
  • A night on a ranch in fabled Death Valley
  • Three nights in jaw-dropping Las Vegas
  • Stunning Zion and other-worldly Bryce Canyon
  • Seeing the awesome Grand Canyon up close

What does the price include?

  • 13 nights room-only accommodation in San Francisco (2 nights), Tuolumne (1), Mammoth Lakes (1), Death Valley (1), Las Vegas (3), Flagstaff (2), Kayenta (1) and Bryce Canyon (2)
  • Return scheduled flights to San Francisco returning from Las Vegas (overnight on the way home)
  • Coach touring as described in the itinerary
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

National Parks Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to the USA

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: Optional San Francisco city tour

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: Coach travel through California

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: Included Yosemite National Park tour

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: Included Death Valley coach tour

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 the Ranch at Death Valley, one of only two 'oases' in the National Park. Don't miss the chance to star gaze here tonight.

Day Six: Coach travel to Las Vegas

Today's journey continues through the desert landscape to Nevada - and your first experience of Las Vegas, the extraordinary man-made entertainment capital.

This evening don't miss the optional dinner show 'The Rat Pack is Back'.

Day Seven: Coach travel to Red Rock Country and Flagstaff

Leaving Las Vegas, you'll head into Arizona on your way to Flagstaff, your base for the next two nights. Your journey will take you through the Route 66 town of Seligman and on, to the resort town of Sedona in Red Rock Country. Here, sandstone buttes and mesas rise from the valley floor to create the landscape so familiar from so many classic westerns.

Day Eight: Included Grand Canyon day trip

An unforgettable day awaits as you travel across Arizona to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, formed over millennia by the Colorado River. Look across the vast landscape, and down the tiered cliff formations to the silver ribbon of the river in the valley floor. You'll also have the chance to take an optional helicopter flight for even more stupendous views.

Day Nine: Included Monument Valley tour

Rising from the flat desert floor, Monument Valley's towering red mesas are among the most iconic of all American images, made famous by countless western movies, and the likes of John Ford and John Wayne. Take an afternoon tour of the park to see the sandstone behemoths up close, and to learn about lives and history of the Navajo people. This evening we'll stop in Kayenta to spend the night.

Day 10: Included Lake Powell day trip

This morning we'll visit Lake Powell. Set on the border of Utah and Arizona, surrounded by striking red-rock canyons and dramatic desert scenery, this huge man-made lake has over 2000 miles of shoreline and has become a popular holiday destination.

Continue to Bryce Canyon for the next two nights.

Day 11: Included Bryce Canyon National Park tour

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 12: Included Zion National Park tour

Spend the morning in beautiful Zion National Park, where forests and waterfalls are a lush contrast to the desert's desolation, then journey back to Las Vegas for the final two nights of your tour.

Day 13: Free time in Las Vegas

Today you're 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.

An optional helicopter flight offers the chance to view the night-time spectacle from the air.

Day 14: Morning in Las Vegas

Enjoy a final morning in Las Vegas, before transferring to the airport to check in for your overnight flight home.

Day 15: Flight home to the UK

Arrive back in the UK, this morning.

San Francisco and National Parks Touring Hotels 2018 

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.

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

2017 departure itineraries

Departures in 2017 are two nights longer, and will stay in Moab rather than Flagstaff. The 2017 itinerary will not visit Prescott or Palm Springs, but you will spend three nights in Las Vegas.

Tioga Pass

The high altitude of the Tioga Pass, taken on day four of the tour, means the road is susceptible to unusual weather throughout the year. Should it be closed, the tour will divert to the south on leaving Yosemite National Park and you'll stay overnight in Visalia, California, as opposed to Mammoth Lakes. This does not unduly affect the content of the holiday.

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.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.


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. 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.

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.

*Low deposit of £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 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.

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

San Francisco, the Grand Canyon & National Parks of the WestScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 49 reviews
(6 out of 10)


Stoke on Trent Couple
Most of the places which we visited exceeded our expectations. We were not impressed with some of the accomodation,which were not as described in the brochure. An example being Furnace Ranch ,described as a working ranch. In fact some of the area was a building demolition site and the 'cabins' were in fact two storey motel style accomodation, with modern supermarket type sheds.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 10 November 2017
(7 out of 10)


Galashiels Couple
For the price we paid, I Would have thought that some of the accommodations would have been a bit better especially in San Francisco.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(9 out of 10)


Bury St Edmunds Couple
Truly , an amazing adventure, we hit the ground running in San Francisco and didn't stop till we reached Palm Springs. It was a fascinating journey through fantastic parks and geological wonders. Paul , our tour manager, was very informative and together with an excellent coach driver , Dennis , they kept things running smoothly. Although our rooms at each location were good, sometimes the restaurant facilities were disappointing. Overall a great trip.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 06 November 2017
(9 out of 10)


A very busy holiday but the hard traveling was worth every mile. So much to see and take in the scenery was breathtaking and was truly a magical experience
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2017
Published on: 06 November 2017