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Grand Tour of America's West

23 Day Luxury Tour NOW - from £6,265

This sprightly tour combines ‘Enchanting Canyonlands’ with the ‘American Parks Trail’ to form a complete experience of North America’s most popular parks, historic monuments and scenic grandeur.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Glamorous Los Angeles
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Monument Valley guided tour
  • Explore Yellowstone
  • Yosemite National Park

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Your Luxury Tour

Day 1: San Francisco, The City by the Bay

Welcome to California. On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your transfer takes you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening with drinks and a light meal.

Hotel: Westin St Francis San Francisco, 2 nights
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Exploring San Francisco

Spend the morning with your Tour Director, taking in the sights of the city, immersed in the bustling activity in Union Square and beautiful Golden Gate Park.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: A Taste of California’s Wine Country

Delve into San Francisco’s flower power history and revisit the ‘Summer of Love’ with a former hippie, your Local Expert. Tour Haight-Ashbury, the original iconic hippie district, where you’ll find colour and charm aplenty. Move on to California wine country, where you’ll walk through one of the state’s lush vineyards and enjoy a private wine tasting. End your day with a Highlight Dinner served with a local wine.

Hotel: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Yosemite National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Travel through California's Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and abundant wildlife. At night, enjoy your hotel, located inside the park and close to North America's highest waterfall.

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Monterey, the Cradle of History

Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley. As you arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey. For your dining pleasure, you have a spectacular selection of local restaurants to choose from.

Hotel: InterContinental The Clement Monterey
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Hearst Castle and the American Riviera

Head south to La Cuesta Encantada, 'The Enchanted Hill' high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south through the vineyards of the Central Coast to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the 'American Riviera'. Check in at your beachfront hotel.

Hotel: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Santa Monica and The City of Angels

Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 missions along California's El Camino Real. Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica. Take time to stroll along the popular Third Street Promenade. Visit the stunning Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house. Continue on to your luxurious hotel at L.A. LIVE, the city's one-of-a-kind entertainment destination.

Hotel: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: The Glitz and Glamour of L.A

In the morning, join a Local Specialist on a private tour of a historic theatre in Hollywood. Then join your Tour Director with a sightseeing tour including Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Spend time on your own at the historic LA Farmers Market. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: Across the Mojave to Scottsdale

Travel across the Mojave Desert wilderness. Arrive in Scottsdale, where you spend the afternoon relaxing at your idyllic resort and spa.

Hotel: Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Sedona and the Wonders of The Mighty Grand Canyon

Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, where you can browse the stores and galleries, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park. Perhaps take an optional flightseeing tour by helicopter or plane over this natural wonder. Spend the night inside the park, enjoying the peace and quiet after the crowds have departed. During your stay, join a Local Expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the Thunderbird Room while taking in the magnificent views.

Hotel: National Park Lodges, Grand Canyon
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11: Mounument Valley and Lake Powell

Head to the historic Cameron Trading Post, featuring Southwest American Indian arts and crafts. The journey carries on through the colourful Painted Desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you board all-terrain vehicles for a guided tour of the valley floor, used as a backdrop for many Western Films. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort.

Hotel: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 12: Leisurely Lake Powell

Relax and enjoy the resort's facilities or join an optional float trip down the scenic Colorado River. Take a leisurely cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its dramatic steep, sandstone walls.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks

Prepare for a day of Norse legend, as you head to the sandstone cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Here you will be met by pine trees, red rock pillars and Thor’s hammer. You’ll take a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of the odd-shaped monoliths, known as hoodoos, before travelling through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. A day of sightseeing deserves some evening festivities. Join your Travel Director and new friends for a Highlight Dinner and wine to discuss your take on the ethereal characters of Utah’s famous canyon.

Hotel: Zion National Park Lodge
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14: Zion to Las Vegas – From Nature to Neon

Depart the tranquil ambience of Zion National Park Lodge and board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle. Live commentary will take you through the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some downtime to explore on your own. Depart the natural beauty of the park to arrive in the bright lights and glamour of Las Vegas. With an array of shopping malls, live shows and dining opportunities, this dazzling destination is sure to entertain. And for those looking to hit the casinos, make sure you come with your poker face ready.

Hotel: ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Salt Lake City

Travel to Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city in the State of Utah, and headquarters of the Mormon faith.

Hotel: Hilton Salt Lake City Center
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Jackson and Grand Teton National Park

Join a morning orientation tour of Salt Lake City to see the famous Temple Square. Then travel north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to your lakeside lodge overlooking Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks of Grand Teton National Park.

Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17: Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Then enter Yellowstone, the world's first National Park and known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Hotel: National Park Lodges, Yellowstone, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 18: Geysers and Colourful Mudpots at Yellowstone

Walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. You will be joined by a Local Expert for an informative stroll through Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin. There is plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mudpots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) in the air. See free-roaming deer, elk and bear in their natural habitat and the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 19: Relaxing at the Ranch at UCross

Depart Yellowstone National Park and travel through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to reach the Wild West town of Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, built in honour of one of America's great Western legends. Head to Clearmont in Wyoming and after checking into your hotel, enjoy a ranch style Highlight Dinner.

Hotel:The Ranch at UCross
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 20: Devils Tower in the Black Hills

After a morning at leisure, head towards Devils Tower, an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the surrounding Black Hills and considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes. Then, travel to Spearfish Canyon, a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts, where the breathtaking limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon. Enjoy the scenery before sitting down to dinner.

Hotel: Spearfish Canyon Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 21: Custer and the Wild, Wild West

Keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. With a Local Expert, hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous during the gold rush of the 1870s. Then, hear stories told by members of the Lakota tribe who share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife. Perhaps get up close and personal with herds of buffalo on an optional jeep safari.

Hotel: The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast

Day 22: The Mountain Monuments of the Black Hills of South Dakota

View the Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all Native Americans. Move on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure before enjoying a farewell Celebration Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 23: Depart Rapid City

Those ending in Rapid City may depart at any time. Travel south from Custer State Park where your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

23 Day Luxury Tour NOW - from £6,265

with flights from £6,895

OPTIONS

  • Add extra nights in San Francisco – from £181
  • Add extra nights in Denver – from £80
  • Choose to fly economy, premium, business or first class

DEPARTURE DATES

26 April 2019
3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May 2019
21 & 28 June 2019
12 & 26 July 2019
2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August 2019
13 September 2019

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Your Touring Experience

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

Your luxury tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • 22 nights hotel accommodation
  • 22 breakfasts and 10 dinners
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options
  • Door to door UK transfers

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