WESTERN FAMILY DISCOVERY

12 days departing LAS VEGAS from

Style: Family
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PWC

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Trip Overview

A true American adventure for the whole family. Enjoy camping under the stars in the western national parks and explore the Navajo Indian's Monument Valley on this 12 day adventure holiday! The earth literally opens up at the indescribable Grand Canyon, mysterious hoodoos cast shadows over Bryce, swift rivers carve winding canyons in Zion, and granite peaks and waterfalls sparkle above evergreen forests in Yosemite Valley. Let your leader take care of the details as you experience these powerful lands, shaped and formed by the forces of nature.

HELLO SUMMER! SAVE UP TO 20%

Say hello to summer and save up to 20% on selected Western Family Discovery departures! Seats are limited so book by 4th July 2017 to take advantage of this offer (subject to availability).

See dates and prices tab for savings (discount applies to new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other promotional offer except loyalty discounts).

Included Highlights
  • Navajo guided backroads tour of Monument Valley
  • Overnight traditional Navajo Hogan stay
  • Attractions and optional activities for all the family
  • Experience the Las Vegas Strip
  • Visit Seligman on Route 66
  • Stunning sunrise or sunset at the Grand Canyon
  • Iconic view of Horseshoe Bend
  • Explore Bryce Canyon's mysterious hoodoos
  • Explore the trails and walk `The Narrows' in Zion National Park
  • Drive the Extraterrestrial Highway
  • Two full days in Yosemite National Park
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 8 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 1 hotel, 1 motel + 1 Navajo Hogan stay.
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 8+ (10% Child discount 8-16 years)
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle. Maximum five users at one time.

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.


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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Helicopter flight - Grand Canyon US$284
  • IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • Float trip on the Merced River - Yosemite US$31
  • Roller coasters - Las Vegas US$25-$40
  • Western horseback riding - Bryce Canyon US$65-$90
  • Western horseback riding - Zion US$45-$90


Day 1: Las Vegas

Welcome to the neon city in the Nevada desert. This brash, iconic city offers families the chance to explore the over-the-top resort hotels, see a show, shop or simply indulge in a spot of people watching. A welcome meeting will be held at approximately 18:00pm in the evening with free time afterwards to explore the cityscape at night and see the neon lights in all their glory.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Paid locally

Day 2-3: Route 66 - Grand Canyon National Park

Leaving Las Vegas your first stop is a dose of real Americana as you travel along an original section of Route 66 stopping at the quirky town of Seligman. Pick up some souvenirs for friends back at home and treat the kids to an ice cream from the classic Snow Cap Diner before arriving at the mighty Grand Canyon.

Your family will never forget the moment they lay eyes on one of the world's greatest natural wonders. For the ultimate thrill ride, take a scenic helicopter flight or a nature walk along the rim for some spectacular views. Did you know that only 5% of visitors to the famous canyon ever venture inside? Get your family hooked on being in the great outdoors with a great hike to Ooh Aah Point or Plateau Point for incredible views looking both up and down. After watching a glorious sunset make sure you head over to the Grand Canyon IMAX Theater for an incredible audio-visual experience and learn all about how the canyon was discovered and how the area has developed.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Day 4: Monument Valley

You've seen the movie; now it's your chance to run like Forrest Gump on the iconic stretch of road en route to Monument Valley! Discover the hidden secrets of this tribal land and learn more about the Native American culture and way of life on your included Navajo guided backroads tour. Arriving in this iconic landscape will have you thinking that you have stepped right into a Western movie set, and with tonight's overnight stay in a traditional Navajo mud Hogan, you'll never forget your time here.
Accommodation: Traditional Hogan overnight | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park - Kodachrome Basin

On the road again, and your next stop is at one of the most photographed places on the Colorado River, Horseshoe Bend. Believe us, it is nothing short of impressive. Next up is Bryce Canyon National Park with its fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as 'hoodoos'. There are a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty, so depending on what you and your family are after, there's plenty of choice! The Navajo Trail enables you to hike right in amongst the unique rock formations. Some of you may prefer to hike on the Queens Garden Trail or to remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing colours as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky. Transfer to the campsite at Kodachrome Basin State Park, named after a National Geographic Society exhibition which came to the park and was amazed by the changing colours of the sandstone chimneys, creating a beautiful spectacle as the sun crossed the sky. This quiet campsite will allow you to experience true desert life and enjoy some quality time with the family.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6: Zion National Park

The next destination is Zion National Park, named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their 'promised land'. Some of the best hiking in this desert terrain of Southwest USA can be found here in and around the fertile Virgin River Gorge. With an early arrival today and two nights here, you'll have plenty of time to explore after setting up camp. The perfect thing to do today is walk along a section of the Virgin River called 'The Narrows', if weather conditions permit. In The Narrows, dry feet are not an option as you are actually hiking through the Virgin River in between towering walls, and as the day heats up, the cool water and shadows of the canyon can be very pleasant indeed and you and your family can enjoy a quick dip.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7: Zion National Park

You have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. Hire a bike or enjoy some western horseback riding. For the more adventurous, there's the challenging option to ascend 450 metres (1,500 ft.) to experience unbeatable 360 degree panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8: Rachel, Nevada - Great Basin Desert

Enjoy a free morning in Zion National Park before journeying down the Extraterrestrial Highway.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast and lunch included

Day 9-11: Yosemite National Park

Today you make a stop in at the town of Rachel and the Little A'Le' Inn, a tribute to all things alien! Then you traverse your way from east to west traversing the 3,000 metre-high (10,000 ft.) Tioga Pass over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You'll travel past the eerie shores of Mono Lake before arriving at Yosemite National Park, which sits nestled in the Sierra Nevadas of Northern California. Here green forest meets towering granite walls. After a visit to see the amazing Giant Sequoia trees, Yosemite Valley beckons. Here you may cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. Hike the Mist Trail, arguably one of the most outstanding day hikes from Yosemite Valley. The trail has some superb views as you walk across picturesque bridges up towards Vernal Falls, where the spray from the falls will cool you down on a hot summer's day and create rainbows along the trail. Continue walking to reach another beautiful waterfall, Nevada Falls, and return via the John Muir Trail for perfect afternoon views and - if you're lucky - you may even spot Black Bears and coyotes that sometimes roam the surrounding areas. Junior Ranger programs are available at most national parks which gives kids and families the opportunity to uniquely explore and learn about the national parks and how they can help protect them today and into the future.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast (x3), lunch (x3), dinner (x3) included

Day 12: Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

Make your way through California's historic gold country to the 'City by the Bay', or San Francisco as it's more commonly known! Enjoy a brief orientation tour around the city including a close-up view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the chance to walk across it. Completed in 1937, this iconic suspension bridge stretches for 2.7 km (1.7 miles) and is probably the most photographed bridge in the world. Unfortunately, your tour must come to an end but if you decide to stay on, there's plenty to keep you entertained but the best introduction to the city is to jump on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or book one of our Urban Adventure tours to introduce you to the fascinating neighbourhoods. If you want to visit Alcatraz on this day, you'll need to book your ticket online in advance with Alcatraz Cruises.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to take fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 30 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.

Children 16 years and under will receive a 10% discount off the published prices below. This will be deducted on the payment confirmation page. The minimum age on this tour is 8 years.

HELLO SUMMER! SAVE UP TO 20%

Say hello to summer and save up to 20% on selected Western Family Discovery departures! Seats are limited so book by 4th July 2017 to take advantage of this offer (subject to availability).

Discount applies to new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other promotional offer except loyalty discounts.


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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Hotel Tomo

SAN FRANCISCO - THE BUCHANAN HOTEL (formely Hotel Tomo)

Centrally located in Japantown with shops, boutiques and restaurants all nearby and close to Union Square and Lower Pacific Heights.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


Alexis Park Resort Hotel

LAS VEGAS - ALEXIS PARK RESORT HOTEL

An all-suite hotel features 3 outdoor pools and gym. All rooms have flat screen TV, mini bar and refrigerator.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


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Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on +44 208 682 8921 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday.

Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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City Sightseeing Tours

If you are spending extra time in our gateway cities, you can now plan in advance by pre-booking unique city sightseeing day tours in addition to your trip.

San Francisco City Tours

SAN FRANCISCO & LAS VEGAS

All city day tours are operated by local experts who are dedicated to take you behind the scenes so you know it like a local! When booking your trip, simply select your chosen city tours from the Tour Extras section on the online booking form.

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