PACIFIC & PARKS FAMILY DISCOVERY

14 days departing LOS ANGELES from

Style: Family
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: P2D

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Trip Overview

Hidden coves and ocean beaches give way to desert vistas as you take in the best of Southwest USA. Leaving Los Angeles we start our adventure on a high with a full day at the San Diego Zoo. Lake Havasu lays on the watersports, the magnificent Grand Canyon takes your breath away and the non-stop entertainment Las Vegas is pure fun for young and old alike. You'll sleep under canvas surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of Yosemite National Park before walking across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Cruise the pacific coast highway and then top it off with a day at Universal... that's a wrap!

Included Highlights
  • Admission to Universal Studios
  • Grand Canyon IMAX Theater
  • Sightseeing in San Francisco
  • Beaches and watersports
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
  • Two nights in Yosemite National Park
  • Two nights at the Grand Canyon
  • Visit the Hoover Dam
  • Full day in San Diego
  • Cross the Sierra Nevadas
  • Travel on Pacific Coast's Highway 1
  • Sunset pizza dinner overlooking the Grand Canyon
  • Picnic dinner on Mission Beach
  • Visit Seligman on the Route 66
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 7 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation (some with swimming pools) + 6 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals whilst camping included
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 8+ (10% Child discount 8-16 years)
Wifi: Free wi-fi available in your vehicle (Max 5 users)

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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)
  • National Park hikes US$FREE
  • Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274
  • Lake Havasu watersports US$20-$80
  • Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • San Diego Zoo US$44
  • Watersports in San Diego US$10-$75
  • San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13
  • Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115
  • Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30
  • Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30
  • Baseball game in San Francisco US$15-$40
  • Rollerblading in San Diego US$5-15
  • Bike rental in San Diego US$5-$15


Itinerary Update

Please note from 01/01/2015, this tour will start and finish in San Francisco as opposed to Los Angeles. To read more click here >

Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

Day 1-2: Los Angeles & San Diego

Leaving LA we head south to San Diego for the start of our two week adventure. Mission Beach is the perfect place to relax and play, with loads of activities. Rent bikes or rollerblades or try your hand at surfing the Californian waves. Or why not start your family adventure with a day at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Enjoy an included picnic dinner on the beach, as the perfect end to a day under the Californian sun
Accommodation: Camping and meals included

Day 3: Lake Havasu

Home to the original London Bridge and designated as a recreational area, this desert oasis has become a mecca for watersport enthusiasts throughout the Southwest.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 4-5: Grand Canyon National Park

Desert turns to pine covered plateaus, as the earth opens up to reveal one of the world's natural wonders the Grand Canyon. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, whether standing at the rim or hiking down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven American and two Mexican states.

You have the opportunity to explore the park at your own pace. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers a unique perspective unavailable on foot. Venture down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, or just stroll along the more leisurely West Rim Trail and catch the shuttle bus to Hermit's Rest. Finish off the day by watching the amazing IMAX film and enjoy a dinner with a view as you tuck into pizzas and watch the sunset over the canyon.
Accommodation: Camping and meals included

Day 6-7: Las Vegas

En-route to Vegas we make a fun filled stop at the classic Route 66 town of Seligman and grab a milkshake at the all American Snow Cap Diner. Then, it's non stop to Vegas - the ultimate entertainment experience for adults and kids alike. With its rollercoasters and thrill rides, magic shows and all-you-can-eat buffets, there's plenty for the whole family to see and do.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 8: Sierra Nevadas

Leaving Las Vegas, we parallel Death Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountains upon our return to California, where desert and mountainous landscapes are only surpassed by a rich and colourful past.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 9-10: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California. Here rolling green forests lie under sheer granite walls rising thousands of feet over the valley floor. Yosemite Valley offers pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife. Whether inner-tubing down the meandering Merced River (in season) or a hike to the top of thundering Nevada Falls, Yosemite's towering cliffs, waterfalls and Giant Sequoias are sure to impress.

Leave the crowds behind and explore the park on the many trails leading up from the valley floor. We'll experience some of the famous sites situated along these trails including Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breathtaking from every angle-the white granite monoliths Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on our minds.
Accommodation: Camping and meals included

Day 11-12: San Francisco

Voted America's favourite city, you'll find no shortage of things to see and do! Walk the Golden Gate Bridge, take a cable car to Fisherman's Wharf and explore the largest Chinatown outside Asia. San Francisco's pace and charm will win your heart and leave you wishing for more.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 13: Monterey & San Luis Obispo

Head south along the coastal range to the spectacular Highway 1. Rolling hills turn to coastal plains, and as you walk along the coast look out for sealife such as sealions and possibly even whales. We continue along the coast and spend our last night near San Luis Obispo.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 14: Los Angeles

Rise and shine for the short drive back to Los Angeles and a day at Universal Studios. See where the magic is made and take a trip to Hollywood before the end of the tour.

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 fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

Children 16 years and under will receive a 10% discount off the published prices below. This will be deducted on the payment confirmation page. Discounts are available for triple or quad share rooms where available - please request at time of booking. The minimum age on this tour is 8 years old.

Itinerary Update: Please note from 01/01/2015, this tour will start and finish in San Francisco as opposed to Los Angeles.


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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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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 designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Custom hotel

LOS ANGELES - CUSTOM HOTEL
This full service hotel is luxury at LAX complete with a stadium-style sun deck and pool and minutes from Santa Monica and Venice.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.


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

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Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour 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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