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California & the National Parks

15 days from £2199*
Departing: October 2017 - May 2019
* Price shown: 27 April 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW
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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

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to San Francisco and upon arrival meet your tour manager and transfer into the city for a two-night stay.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

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.

Day Seven

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.

Day Eight

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.

Day Nine

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.

Day 10

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.

Day 11

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.

Day 12

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.

Day 13

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.

Day 14

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

Day 15

Arrive back in the UK.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Belfast City
Belfast City 11 October 2017 £2899
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 11 October 2017 £2899
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 April 2018 £2199
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 May 2018 £2399
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 September 2018 £2429
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 October 2018 £2369
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 26 April 2019 £2299
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 May 2019 £2499
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 October 2017 £2699
Newcastle
Newcastle 11 October 2017 £2899

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.

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 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.

Smoking

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.

Tipping

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 £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 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 9.2 out of 10 based on 40 reviews
(7 out of 10)

JOHN

Brighton Couple
Punishing itinerary, but worth the breathtaking views. Could have done with extra longmid tour break to rest up(down town Las Vegas is not restful).


Hotel staff always excellent, but location and ambience often poor.About time Newmarket paid their staff correctly, instead of relying on customers to make up their pay at the end of the trip. Especially after having paid out so many tips through out the tour.
Confirmed traveller: 02 June 2017
Published on: 20 June 2017
(6 out of 10)

INDRAVADAN

Coventry Couple
Too much cramped in short period, it would have better if little extra time was allowed at places visited, time too short in San Francisco, Las Vagas and Los Angeles, we covered fair bit in short period, weather was excellent all the time not very hot or very cold.
The accommodation was excellent, but would have preferred breakfast included, at many occasion we had start early without breakfast, we were given opportunities to purchase food from supermarkets to prepare for breakfast but not the same as not use to such arrangements.
Confirmed traveller: 28 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

JENNIFER

Highwood Essex Couple
This holiday is well organised we had Garrett as our tour guid and Danny as our driver they were both excellent
Garrett was very knowledgeable about the area
Confirmed traveller: 28 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016

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.