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Western Bonanza

Classic Package, Escorted Tour
From £1849 per person
8 May 2021 – 18 Sep 2021

National Parks Explorer Tour Highlights

  • 4 complimentary breakfasts*
  • Enjoy a welcome reception where you will meet your fellow travelers
  • Take in the sites and sounds of the City by the Bay, San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Discover California’s State Capital, Sacramento, and get a sense of the Golden state’s young but rich history
  • Travel along the shores of Lake Tahoe and enjoy picturesque stops en route
  • Stroll the glitzy main street of the ‘Biggest Little City in the World’, Reno
  • Transport yourself to another planet, exploring the Craters of the Moon National Monument
  • Discover the limitless natural majesty of the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone
  • Witness the stunning rugged peaks of the Grand Teton Mountain Range
  • Experience Salt Lake City including Temple Square, home to the Mormon Tabernacle
  • Capture the ethereal mountain landscapes of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
  • Explore the unique rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Gaze at the majestic Grand Canyon
  • Traverse historic Route 66, stopping at the iconic roadside town of Seligman
  • Enjoy leisure time for shopping, gambling, eating, or all of the above in glitzy Las Vegas
  • Post an Instagram of yourself at the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign
  • Stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame and find your favorite celebrity’s star
  • Get a glimpse of all the glamour Los Angeles has to offer with stops at some of its most famous spots
  • Enjoy Santa Barbara, “California’s Riviera” known for its Mediterranean flair
  • Discover through the picturesque scenery of California’s central coast and its rich agricultural plains
  • Experience the charming sites and sounds of Monterey including Cannery Row, inspiration for American author John Steinbeck
  • Journey through America’s capital of technology innovation, Silicon Valley
Quick facts
Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights or 15 Days / 14 Nights
Holiday Type: Escorted Coach Tour
Grade: Standard/Superior
Start / Finish: San Francisco / Los Angeles or San Francisco
Flights: Additional Cost

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.


Day 15 / Sat:
Los Angeles – Departure

Transfer independently to the airport for your return flight.

Accommodation


Day City Standard/Superior
01-02 San Francisco Hotel Carlton
03 Reno Harrah’s Reno
04 Twin Falls Red Lion Hotel Twin Falls*
05-06 Yellowstone Gray Wolf Inn*
07 Salt Lake City Hotel RL Salt Lake City
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
14-15 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza LAX
16 Central Coast Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Santa Maria
17 San Francisco Hotel Carlton

* 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

  • Hop on board a cable car during an extensive night tour of San Francisco and enjoy dinner this evening in the “City by the Bay”
  • Ride a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge with vast views of the San Francisco Bay
  • Escape from the city to experience the natural beauty of Muir Woods and the quaint coastal hamlet of Sausalito
  • Fulfill a bit of adventure with a jet boat ride on the Colorado River
  • Enjoy a dinner at a rooftop restaurant in Salt Lake City with panoramic views of Temple Square
  • Discover the vast majesty of the Grand Canyon from above with helicopter flight
  • Fly over scenic Lake Powell and enjoy western film landscapes of Monument Valley during a tour
  • Experience the glitz and glam of Las Vegas during an extensive evening tour
  • Enjoy more of the excitement that Vegas has to offer with a dinner show
  • Take an excursion to Death Valley National
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:

Saturday Departures – English Narration  
2021 2022
April January
May 8*, 29* February
June 19* March
July 17*    
August 21*    
September 18*    
October    
November    
December    

* Guaranteed to operate.

15 Day / 14 Nights
Standard/Superior Hotels
From £1849.00 Share Twin/Double

18 Day / 17 Nights
Standard/Superior Hotels
From £1975.00 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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