• Mill Park Cityscape, Chicago, Illinois
  • Badlands, South Dakota
  • Grand Teton National park Landscape, Wyoming
  • Lake Powell Rainbow Bridge, Utah
  • Golden Gate Bridge with Fog in the Bay, San Francisco, California
  • Chicago to Golden Gate Map

Chicago to the Golden Gate

Escorted Tour, Adventure Enthusiast, Route 66
From £1675 per person
12 May 2021 - 29 Sep 2021

Chicago to the Golden Gate Tour Highlights

  • 4 complimentary breakfasts*
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of downtown Chicago including Lake Shore Drive
  • See the famous carving of the 4 American Presidents’ faces at Mount Rushmore
  • Discover the world’s first National Park: Yellowstone
  • Tour Salt Lake City including Temple Square, home to the Mormon Tabernacle
  • Explore Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Travel the historic Route 66, stopping at the iconic town of Seligman
  • Photo stop at the landmark “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign
  • Travel across the Mojave Desert and see its indigenous Joshua Trees
  • Orientation tour of Los Angeles including stops at some of its most famous spots
  • See Hollywood and its ‘Sidewalk of the Stars’
  • Travel California’s central coast and its rich agricultural plains
  • Visit Monterey including Cannery Row, inspiration for American author John Steinbeck
  • Journey through one of America’s most renown technology hubs: Silicon Valley
Quick facts
Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
Holiday Type: Escorted Coach Tour
Grade: Standard
Start / Finish: Chicago / San Francisco
Flights: Additional Cost

Itinerary


Day 01 / Wed:
Chicago Arrival
Arrive in Chicago and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet with your Tour Director in the evening.


Day 02 / Thr:
Chicago
A full day at leisure in Chicago. Perhaps join your guide and fellow travellers on an Architectural River Cruise, the best way to see Chicago’s impressive and famous architecture up close (optional).


Day 03 / Fri:
Chicago – Mississippi River Crossing – Sioux City
Travel through Midwest farm country abundant in corn fields, wheat fields and dairy farms. Then we cross the mighty Mississippi River and travel into the state of Iowa to arrive just as Lewis & Clark did 200 years ago on the banks of the Missouri River. Overnight in Sioux City.


Day 04 / Sat:
Sioux City – Badlands National Park – Mt. Rushmore National Memorial – Deadwood/ Rapid City
Travel westward through the grasslands of South Dakota and onwards to Badlands National Park, once home to the buffalo and antelope, and filled with strange shaped and colourful rock formations. Then we continue on to the Black Hills, sacred to the Plains Indians and home to Mount Rushmore, an enormous monument to four of the great presidents of America: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. Spend an evening at leisure.


Day 05 / Sun:
Deadwood/Rapid City – Bighorn Mountains – Cody
Enter the “Equality State,” Wyoming, which has twelve mountain ranges intermixed with deserts and rolling grasslands, and continue to Cody for the night. If overnight in Cody is not possible due to weather or adverse road conditions in Yellowstone, overnight will be in Billings/ Livingston, Montana.


Day 06 / Mon
Cody – Yellowstone National Park
Drive past the mountains in Wyoming to Yellowstone, America’s first National Park, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland including: geysers, waterfalls, wildlife and canyons. Highlights will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls, and the beautiful Hayden Valley.


Day 07 / Tue
Yellowstone National Park – Grand Teton National Park – Salt Lake City
Travel through Grand Teton National Park (weather permitting) and see awesome mountain peaks towering over 13,000 ft. (4,000 meters). Visit the Snake River Outlook and try your eye at capturing the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam’s iconic shot. This prairie land is home to wild buffalo (Tatonka!), moose and elk. Later, arrive in the Mormon State of Utah and take a short city tour of its capital, Salt Lake City. The followers of Brigham Young built one of the best-planned cities in the country. See the State Capital building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening. May we suggest dinner at the Rooftop Restaurant for panoramic views of Temple Square (optional)?


Day 08 / Wed:
Salt Lake City – Bryce Canyon National Park
Continue today to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured world of sandstone spires and pinnacles, “hoodoos”, will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars & brilliant constellations and the aroma of pinewood campfires.


Day 09 / Thr:
Bryce – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff
Depart Bryce Canyon this morning and journey to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Lake Powell is the second-largest man made lake in America, and one in a series of lakes formed by the damming of the Colorado River. Then visit colossal Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the East Rim to fully experience this mile-deep canyon’s plunging gorges, rising spires, extinct volcanoes and, below the rim, the winding Colorado River. Overnight in Flagstaff, a famed stop on historic Route 66.


Day 10 / Fri:
Flagstaff – Seligman/Route 66 – Las Vegas
This morning depart Flagstaff and travel on to Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World”. Along the way, pass through Seligman, a town built along the famed Route 66 that looks as if it were frozen in time sixty years ago. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore the famous Las Vegas strip.


Day 11 / Sat:
Las Vegas – Mojave Desert – Beverly Hills – Los Angeles
Travel to Los Angeles via the Mojave Desert, home of the world’s tallest thermometer, at 134 feet (41 meters) high. Clusters of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy a tour through the City of Angels including star studded Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel.


Day 12 / Sun:
Los Angeles
Today we suggest an optional full-day tour visiting the world’s largest movie studio and theme park: Universal Studios, where Hollywood puts you so close you can hear the cameras rolling. Get an inside look at the sets and uncover the behind the scenes secrets of legendary films or perhaps, for the more adventurous, take one of the Studio’s feature rides including Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy. A universe of excitement awaits in one of California’s premier attractions.


Day 13 / Mon:
Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – Shell/Pismo Beach
Leave Los Angeles in the morning and travel north through one of California’s favourite vacation spots, Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. The city is famous for its mission and Spanish heritage. Along the way, stop at an iconic California lifeguard tower made famous in “Baywatch”. Continue along the coast to Shell/Pismo Beach.


Day 14 / Tue:
Shell/Pismo Beach – Carmel/Monterey – San Francisco
Dip your toes in the cool, refreshing waters of the Pacific during an early morning beach stroll, then we leave Shell/Pismo Beach and make our way north to Carmel, home of actor/director Clint Eastwood. Enjoy browsing the shops and galleries of this famous artists’ colony. Traveling further north, visit Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Stroll the Pier to Cannery Row, brought to fame by John Steinbeck’s novel. In the afternoon pass the fertile valleys of Castroville and Santa Clara en route to San Francisco, the “City by the Bay.” Tour concludes upon arrival at the hotel.

Accommodation


Day City Standard/Superior
01-02 Chicago Inn of Chicago
03 Sioux City Comfort Suites*
04 Rapid City Baymont by Wyndham Keystone near Mt Rushmore*
05 Cody Buffalo Bill Village/Holiday Inn Cody
06 Yellowstone Park Gray Wolf Inn/Clubhouse Inn*
07 Salt Lake City Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
08 Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce View Lodge
09 Flagstaff Days Hotel Flagstaff*
10 Las Vegas Luxor Las Vegas – Pyramid Rooms
11-12 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza LAX
13 Central Coast Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Santa Maria

* Complimentary continental breakfast offered by hotel. May be discontinued without prior notice.

Standard Hotels

Standard hotels offer quality, style, comfortable accommodations, yet they are still considered “affordable”. Typically located in central areas.

Superior Hotels

With above-average service, upscale, high quality and comfortable, with a variety of amenities located in town. Rooms will be well furnished to a high standard.

National Parks Accommodations

Please be advised that accommodations near and in the National Parks are rustic in nature and not always of the same level of comfort as accommodations in metropolitan areas.

Info & Extras


Optional Experiences

  • Enjoy a river cruise in Chicago, seeing the works of famous American architects
  • Ride to the top of Willis Tower and enjoy the spectacular view (weather permitting)
  • Dinner at the Roof Restaurant in Salt Lake City with panoramic views of Temple Square
  • Dinner and boot stompin’ fun to country music at Bryce Canyon
  • Grand Canyon helicopter flight
  • Fly over Lake Powell and enjoy a Monument Valley tour
  • Las Vegas Night Tour
  • Dinner at Bubba Gump’s in Santa Monica
  • Visit Universal Studios
International long-haul flights and pre/post tour hotels available at additional cost

Minimum Participation
Minimum participation on all motor coach tours is 20 passengers unless the tour is identified as a guaranteed. For non-guaranteed departure dates, we reserve the right to cancel or operate the departure by van.

Breakfast
Hotel services in the US customarily do not include breakfast. If you do not wish to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant (where available), you may frequently find coffee shops and restaurants close by which serve good and inexpensive breakfasts. Some hotels do offer a continental breakfast. Usually, this continental breakfast is basic and contains coffee, pastries and sometimes cereal, cheese or fruit. Complimentary breakfast offered by a hotel may be discontinued at any time with or without notice.

Luggage
Each passenger traveling on an escorted motor-coach tour is allowed one piece of checked baggage per person due to space limitations. Additional luggage will be charged at $7.00 per person per day.

Operates & Prices


Departures:

Wednesday Departures – English Narration  
2021  
May 12* August 11*
June 2*, 16* September 1*, 15*, 29*
July 7*, 21*    

* Guaranteed to operate.

Standard/Superior Hotels
From £1675.00 Share Twin/Double

  • Lead prices per person based on a Twin/Double Room.
  • Single & Triple/Quad Rates on request.
  • Pre/post touring accommodation available
Special Discounted airfares available if booked as part of this package – request a quote.

Inclusions
  • Information kit
  • Services of a Tour Director throughout (excluding Hawaii)
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor-coach
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage, per person – from the first morning the coach departs (excluding Hawaii)
  • Accommodation, Sightseeing and Excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • All State & Local taxes
Exclusions
  • Long-haul International Flights
  • Meals, admissions and/or optional tours unless specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Transportation upon arrival to/from airport (available at additional cost)
  • Gratuities to driver and guide at travelers discretion
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc
  • Use of hotel rooms before / after normal check in / out times and resort fees if applicable
  • No refunds for unused services or hotel nights

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