National Parks Explorer

Historical and Cultural, Scenery and Nature
From £1799 per person
May 2017 – Sep 2017

Tour Highlights Inclusions

Welcome reception to meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of San Francisco including Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Tour the historic Old Town of Sacramento. Tour Yellowstone National Park, and witness the eruptions of geysers. Guided visit of Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Walk through Arches National Park. Stop at an iconic California lifeguard tower. Travel along Route 66 and stop in the historic town of Seligman. Comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, and Hollywood and the famous stars in the sidewalk (Walk of Fame).

Optional Experiences

Night tour of San Francisco with dinner in Chinatown. Cruise the Colorado on a float trip in Moab. Helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon. Fly over Lake Powell and enjoy a Monument Valley tour. Las Vegas by Night tour. Visit Universal Studios and learn how movies are made. “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route. Note: Admission fees not included.

Quick facts
Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights
Type: Escorted Coach Tour
Operator: American Tours International
Grade: 3 ½ Star
Start/Finish: San Francisco / Los Angeles

Itinerary


DAY 01 / SAT
San Francisco Arrival
Arrive into San Francisco Airport and transfer independently to your hotel. Your Tour Director will contact you in the evening.


DAY 02 / SUN
San Francisco
Enjoy a morning city tour which includes Union Square, the Civic Center and Fisherman’s Wharf. Standing on a hilltop, watching the fog swirl in through the Golden Gate, it is easy to understand why many consider San Francisco the most beautiful city in America. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure, perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where one may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic and play. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and ”Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated.


DAY 03 / MON
San Francisco – Lake Tahoe – Sierra Nevada Mountains – Reno
Depart for Sacramento, capital of the “Golden State.” A stop will be made in Old Town, once a bustling center of the Gold Rush and terminus of the Pony Express. Continue to gorgeous Lake Tahoe, nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the afternoon you will visit Virginia City, a 19th century mining metropolis where the Old West comes to life. A short drive takes you to Reno and your hotel, where you may be tempted to try your luck in the casino.


DAY 04 / TUE
Reno – Black Rock Desert – Twin Falls
Journey through the Black Rock Desert and across the plains of northern Nevada. Follow the Humboldt River along the route that was once used by early pioneers on the Oregon and California Trails. Visit Elko, the formerly rough and tumble town that once sat at the end of the tracks laid from the west by the Central Pacific Railroad. Cross the state line at Jackpot and enter Twin Falls, located within Idaho’s Magic Valley region.


DAY 05 / WED
Twin Falls – Craters of the Moon – Yellowstone National Park
Leaving Twin Falls, you will cross the Snake River, known as “The River of No Return.” Then visit Craters of the Moon National Monument. This eerie desert landscape so closely resembles lunar conditions that the training for the first men on the moon actually took place here. Later this afternoon you arrive at Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant as the nation’s first National Park.


DAY 06 / THU
Yellowstone National Park
Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland. Highlights of your tour will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls (seasonal).


DAY 07 / FRI
Yellowstone National Park – Grand Tetons – Jackson – Salt Lake City
This morning’s journey is through the rugged, snow-capped mountains which welcome you to Grand Teton National Park. 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. Continue to Jackson Hole, the sophisticated “Crown Jewel” of the Rocky Mountains. Travel through southern Idaho to Salt Lake City in the Mormon State of Utah. See the State Capitol building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening. May we suggest dinner at the Roof Restaurant for panoramic views of Temple Square? (optional)


DAY 08 / SAT
Salt Lake City – Moab
Spend the morning exploring Salt Lake City. Then travel to Moab, where the landscape is distinguished by thousand-foot-deep canyons as well as snow-capped peaks.


DAY 09 / SUN
Moab – Arches N.P. – Canyonlands N.P. – Moab
Journey today to two of America’s most spectacular National Parks. Your first stop, Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the awe-inspiring Delicate Arch. Then it’s on to Canyonlands National Park, where you will explore the colour drenched landscape of sandstone eroded into hundreds of canyons, mesas and buttes by the forces of time and the Colorado River. This evening enjoy an optional Jet Boat Float trip on the mighty Colorado River.


DAY 10 / MON
Moab – Capitol Reef N.P. – Bryce Canyon N.P.
Visit Capitol Reef National Park, a destination of extraordinary natural beauty, established in 1937 to protect a unique geological feature. Continue 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 and brilliant constellations and the aroma of pinewood campfires.


DAY 11 / TUE
Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff
Travel to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red rock canyon walls. After crossing the Colorado, enter the Navajo Indian Reservation and drive through the Painted Desert via Cameron Trading Post. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the rim to fully experience this mile-deep colourful canyon’s plunging gorges and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River. Overnight in Flagstaff.


DAY 12 / WED
Flagstaff – Seligman/Route 66 – Las Vegas
Descend the high Coconino Plateau into the Mojave Desert. Along the way, pass through Seligman, a town built along the famed historic Route 66 that looks as if it were frozen in time 60 years ago. Onward to Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World.”


DAY 13 / THU
Las Vegas (Death Valley)
Day at leisure! Enjoy all that Las Vegas offers. In addition to shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-calibre shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip or take an optional trip to Death Valley, one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places on the surface of the Earth.


DAY 14 / FRI
Las Vegas – Mojave Desert – Beverly Hills – Los Angeles
Today starts with a stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory. Travel to Los Angeles via the Mojave Desert. Strands of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy a tour including Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel. Tour ends upon arrival at hotel at approximately 17:00 hours.

Accommodation


DAY CITY HOTEL
01-02 San Francisco Hotel Carlton
03 Reno Harrahs Reno
04 Twin Falls Shilo Inn Twin Falls
05-06 Yellowstone Gray Wolf Inn / Bradin Iron Inn
07 Salt Lake City Little America Hotel
08-09 Moab Moab Valley Inn
10 Bryce Canyon Bryce View Lodge
11 Flagstaff Days Hotel Flagstaff
12-13 Las Vegas Luxor Las Vegas – Pyramid Rooms

Hotels may be substituted with comparable standard hotels during high demand periods or for operational reasons.

Info & Extras


“Compulsory Daily Resort Fee” if applicable will be advised at time of booking. A resort fee is a mandatory nightly surcharge imposed by hotels, nominally to cover the cost of certain amenities. Unlike room rates, which vary hugely according to season, the resort fee is generally a fixed amount per night.

International Long-haul Flights; Special discounted fares available if booked as part of this package – ask our friendly team for a quote.

Pre & Post Tour Hotels available on request.

Operates & Prices


Departures:

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Saturday Departures

2017
MAY 27*
JUNE 10*
JULY 1*, 15*
AUG 19*
SEPT 9*, 23*

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Starts: San Francisco Ends: Los Angeles – 14 Days / 13 Nights
From £1799.00 Twin Share

  • Lead prices per person based on a Double/Twin Room.
  • Single, Triple/Quad and Child Rates on request.
  • Pre and Post Tour Hotel Accommodation available on request.

Inclusions
  • Welcome kit and day-to-day itinerary with points of interest.
  • Passenger Assistance and Service Desk Hotline.
  • Motor coach with Tour Director/Escort.
  • Porterage for one piece of luggage, per person (from the first morning the coach departs).
  • Sightseeing and Excursions as specified in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation x13 Nights including sales tax as specified.
Exclusions
  • International Long-haul Flights; Special discounted fares available if booked as part of this package – ask our friendly team for a quote.
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
  • Use of hotel rooms before / after normal check in / out times.
  • Admissions &/or optional experiences unless mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel upon arrival.
  • Tips for Escorts and Drivers.
  • Compulsory Daily Resort Fee if applicable payable locally will be advised at time of booking.

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