San Francisco, the Grand Canyon and National Parks of the West
This wonderful tour is bookended by stays in beautiful San Francisco and desert playground Palm Springs. It takes in glittering Las Vegas, awe-inspiring Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and a quartet of stunning national parks. You'll also enjoy stays in western-themed hotels as you journey from scenic Northern California to the majesty of the West.
- Discover glorious San Francisco, the 'City by the Bay'
- Call at Steinbeck's Monterey and exquisite Carmel-by-the-Sea
- Stay overnight in California Gold Rush country
- Yosemite National Park, one of America's natural wonders
- Stay on a ranch in fabled Death Valley
- Enjoy two nights in jaw-dropping Las Vegas
- Stunning Zion and other-worldly Bryce Canyon
- Enjoy a cowboy-style 'cookout'
- Discover Canyonlands' sandstone wonders
- Visit the awesome Grand Canyon
- Enjoy two nights in Palm Springs
- Hollywood, movie capital of the world
- 15 nights room-only accommodation in San Francisco (2 nights), Tuolumne (1), Mammoth Lakes (1), Furnace Creek Ranch (1), Las Vegas (2), Bryce Canyon (2), Moab (2), Monument Valley (1), Prescott (1) and Palm Springs (2)
- Return scheduled flights to San Francisco returning from Los Angeles
- Coach touring as described in the itinerary
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
- Single rooms are available for a supplement
This evening, why not head for bustling Chinatown or to Fisherman's Wharf's shops, bars and restaurants? Perhaps board the 'little cable car' to 'climb halfway to the stars' - or at least the enjoyable ride from Market Street over Powell and Hyde.
You'll then head inland toward the historic towns and rugged landscape of 'mining country', where the desperate days of the California Gold Rush were played out in the 19th Century.
San Francisco and National Parks Touring Hotels
The hotels used on this tour will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.
Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco (nights 1 to 2)
This contemporary hotel is well positioned close to the iconic Fisherman s Wharf waterfront, with lots of shops, restaurants and attractions just a short walk away. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a gym, while all rooms have air conditioning, TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities and safes.
The Hotel at Black Oak, Tuolumne (night 3)
This new hotel has a casino and four restaurants and bars, as well as an outdoor swimming pool with a hot tub. All the rooms are comfortably furnished and well equipped.
Mammoth Mountain Inn, Mammoth Lakes (night 4)
Set in stunning scenery, this mountainside hotel has a heated swimming pool and four hot-tubs. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar and a gift shop.
Please note that should Tioga Pass be closed, the coach will re-route south and you will stay overnight at an alternative hotel en route.
Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley (night 5)
This hotel, in western themed grounds, will transport you back to the 1800s when this was a working ranch. There s a spring-fed pool and all rooms are in cabins, equipped with air conditioning and modern amenities. There is a restaurant, a cafe, a saloon and a General Store.
Golden Nugget, Las Vegas (nights 6 to 7)
This hotel is a downtown Vegas landmark where you will find an award-winning casino, a host of restaurants and bars, a buffet, a show room, a spa and an outdoor pool complex (including a shark tank and a three-storey waterslide). The rooms are elegant, and each offers private facilities, a plasma TV, a hairdryer and an iron and ironing board.
Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon (nights 8 to 9)
Established in 1916, this hotel s scenic setting is very close to the park. The hotel has a western theme, a great restaurant, a large gift shop and an indoor swimming pool. Rooms are very spacious.
Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab (nights 10 to 11)
Set on the Colorado River and beneath dramatic red rock cliffs, in a classic, rugged western landscape worthy of Hollywood. There is a restaurant, a winery, and a swimming pool. The rooms are spacious, and most have lovely river or creek views.
Gouldings Lodge, Monument Valley (night 12)
Virtually inside Monument Valley and surrounded by stunning red rock scenery, this basic yet comfortable hotel has a restaurant and an indoor swimming pool as well as a gift shop.
Springhill Suites, Prescott (night 13)
Close to the downtown area with its restaurants, saloons and museums, this modern hotel has an indoor swimming pool and a gym.
Palm Mountain Resort, Palm Springs (night 14-15)
A popular resort close to Mercado Plaza, with its shops and restaurants. Pretty gardens surround the swimming pool and all the rooms have terraces or balconies.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in a conveniently located, alternative hotel of a similar standard.
*Low deposit of £149 per person applies to new bookings made between 5th and 30th April 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
The high altitude of the Tioga Pass, taken on day four of the tour, means the road is susceptible to unusual weather throughout the year. Should it be closed, the tour will divert to the south on leaving Yosemite National Park and you'll stay overnight in Visalia, California, as opposed to Mammoth Lakes. This does not unduly affect the content of the holiday.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Passports and visas
When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
Casino age restrictions
Local laws stipulate that that there must be at least one person aged 21 or over occupying each room booked. Casino floors cannot be entered by under 21s unless they are accompanied by an adult aged over 21.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
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