California and Canyons

8 Day Small Group Tour - from £1,529

A medley of man-made and natural wonders are on full display on this exciting tour of Western USA. The Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas Strip are rivalled only by the incredible hiking trails and unbelievable opportunities to spot wildlife in Yosemite National Park.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Get your kicks on Route 66
  • Enjoy a stay on the Las Vegas Strip
  • City tour of San Francisco
  • Incredible national parks – Yosemite and Grand Canyon

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Your Small Group Adventure

Day 1: Los Angeles

Welcome to Los Angeles, or 'The City of Angels', as it is also known. Stroll along the coast to Santa Monica Boulevard to ride the famous ferris wheel and take in the city views. With the California sunshine on your face you'll have a welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in the hotel lobby to meet your tour leader and fellow traveling companions.

Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites LAX

Day 2: Prescott, Arizona

Today you journey across California and through the Mohave Desert to Prescott in Arizona. Take time to explore the old town and Whiskey Row a place where dusty cowboys could once enjoy a drink or two in one of the 40 odd saloons. Today, Whiskey Row is still a vibrant centre of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly in the last century, you'll be at no loss to find a great place to eat or people watch. Court House Square is beautiful and in the summer month's there is often live music and bustling markets to enjoy here.

Hotel: Quality Inn, Prescott or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 & 4: Grand Canyon National Park

Leaving early, you make your way towards Grand Canyon National Park for the ultimate desert showstopper! Crossing the eastern entrance of the canyon, you'll catch your first glimpse at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this huge wonder of nature is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and over one mile deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 1,450 miles through seven US states and two Mexican states.

In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon which offers a perspective that you cannot see by visiting on foot. Also recommended is the IMAX Theater's film, Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets, at the National Geographic Visitor Centre, which will give you an excellent overview of the area and how it developed. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's most incredible natural wonder.

Hotel: Red Feather Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Route 66 and Las Vegas

En route to Vegas, you travel a section of the original Route 66 and visit the quirky town of Seligman, a stop-off that's full to brim with Americana wares and the perfect place for some souvenir shopping. Continue your journey until you enter hedonistic 'Sin City', which really must be seen to be believed! Las Vegas is the fastest growing city in the United States and is renowned as the 'tacky capital of the world' - home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and water fountains. Upon arrival enjoy a driving tour down the famous Las Vegas Strip and see first-hand the casinos and hotels that make this desert city tick. Vegas really comes alive at night with casinos, shows and the Bellagio Fountain's regular water displays. This city is a real spectacle!

Hotel: Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Day 6 & 7: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of Northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come to Yosemite from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. As you explore the park keep your eyes peeled for varied wildlife such as deer, elk, and if you're lucky, bear. After a visit to see the amazing Giant Sequoia Trees, Yosemite Valley beckons, offering the chance to cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. The views are breathtaking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched in your mind.

Hotel: Yosemite View Lodge or similar

Day 8: Yosemite National Park and San Francisco

Leave Yosemite's towering Sequoias behind and make your way towards the 'City by the Bay', where your tour ends. Don't despair, you still have time for an orientation tour around the city including the Haight-Ashbury area and its throwback to the 1960's, plus the chance to walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937, this iconic suspension bridge stretches for 1.7 miles and is one of the most photographed bridges in the world. Another `must do' in San Francisco is the offshore prison of Alcatraz where you can learn all about the infamous inmates and their failed escape attempts. To do this you'll need to book directly with Alcatraz Cruises in advance for the day after your tour finishes.

8 Day Small Group Tour - from £1,529

with flights from £2,139

OPTIONS

  • Extend your stay in Los Angeles – from £87
  • Add extra nights in San Francisco – from £88
  • Choose to fly economy, premium, business or first class

DEPARTURE DATES

2019 2020
30th July 28th July
30th August 28th August

Tours are subject to availability. Call 0333 234 0922 or enquire online to check your departure date

All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom America for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply - call 0333 234 0922 or enquire now for more details** Note: Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2020 onwards.

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Your Touring Experience

First class small group touring with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your small group tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing and activities
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with free WiFi
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights in a lodge
  • 2 breakfasts
  • A friendly and knowledgeable tour leader

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