PACIFIC & PARKS FAMILY DISCOVERY

14 days departing SAN FRANCISCO 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. Unwind on San Diego's beaches, follow snaking trails into the Grand Canyon, be dwarfed by towering Sequoia tress in Yosemite, discover Universal Studios and visit the neon desert city of Las Vegas. This all-encompassing family tour showcases the gems of western America and you'll be left with some amazing memories of one special family holiday.

Included Highlights
  • Admission to Universal Studios in Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing in San Francisco including walk over Golden Gate Bridge
  • Beaches and watersports
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
  • Two nights in Yosemite National Park
  • Two nights at the Grand Canyon National Park
  • View of the Hoover Dam
  • Full day in San Diego
  • Visit Keough Desert Hot Springs for swimming
  • 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: 6 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation (some with swimming pools) + 7 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$274
  • Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15
  • Lake Havasu watersports US$20-$80
  • Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$34
  • San Diego Zoo US$48
  • 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$31
  • Las Vegas rollercoasters US$14-$30
  • Baseball game in San Francisco from US$20
  • Rollerblading in San Diego US$5-15
  • Bike rental in San Diego US$8-$32 (Tour from $65)


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: San Francisco, California Coast & Monterey

Departing the 'City by the Bay', head south along the coastal range to Monterey where you can walk along the coast keeping your eyes peeled for sea lions and depending on the time of year, whales. Monterey is a fun city, where you'll find great shopping opportunities and loads of restaurants serving up delicious fresh sea food. If shopping is not your thing, there are plenty of stunning coastal walks for you to enjoy.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 2-3: California Coast & Los Angeles

Rise and shine for the drive to Los Angeles, the 'City of Angels'. Enjoy an included tour of Hollywood with the chance to put your stamp on the Walk of Fame, take photos of the iconic Hollywood sign and enjoy a spot of people watching at Venice Beach. The following day you have an included visit to Universal Studios to see where the magic happens and ride the most exciting rollercoasters on the planet. This proves to be a fun day out for both children and adults alike and is the perfect way to experience Los Angeles after your Hollywood tour.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 4-5: San Diego

Next up are the golden sandy beaches of San Diego and if you're looking for the perfect place to relax, but with enough activities to keep the kids entertained, then make sure you visit Mission Beach. Rent bikes and rollerblades or for the more adventurous family try your hand at surfing the West Coast waves. The world-famous San Diego Zoo is definitely worth a visit with over 3,500 animals from Pandas to Tigers and Flamingos. Enjoy an included picnic dinner on the beach, for the perfect end to a perfect day spent under the gorgeous Californian sun.
Accommodation: Camping and meals included

Day 6: Lake Havasu

Home to the original London Bridge and designated as a recreational area, this desert oasis has become a mecca for water sports enthusiasts throughout the Southwest. With 300 days of sunshine a year and all the adventure you could possibly wish for, Lake Havasu is a great way to keep the kids entertained. Try a spot of fishing or simply relax and go for a swim to cool off after a long day.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 7-8: 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 and whether you decide to hike along the rim or take the more strenuous route into the canyon itself, you will be amazed at the sheer beauty of the place. 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 states and two Mexican states.

You have the opportunity to explore the park at your own pace and we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers a unique bird's eye view that will simply blow you away. 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 enjoying a dinner with a view as you tuck into pizzas and watch the sunset over the canyon, perfection!
Accommodation: Camping with all meals included

Day 9-10: Route 66, Hoover Dam & Las Vegas

Before arriving to the ultimate desert show stopper, Las Vegas, you'll travel down a section of the original Route 66 and stop at the town of Seligman, filled to the brim with pure Americana. Why not grab a milkshake at the all American Snow Cap Diner? Enjoy a photo stop at the mighty Hoover Dam and then, it's non-stop to the desert city of Las 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. Child friendly recommendations include Circus Circus and Treasure Island which are guaranteed to be a hit. In the evening walk The Strip and enjoy the bright lights and fountain displays as the hotels try to outdo each other.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 11: Keough Hot Springs

Make your way across the desert towards Keough Hot Springs, one of the largest natural hot springs in the Eastern Sierras. After all the excitement and the hustle and bustle from the previous day, Keough Hot Springs is the perfect place to relax. If you really want to be pampered then why not treat yourself to a massage or simply enjoy making a splash with the kids?
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

Day 12-13: Yosemite National Park

Next up is one of California's most treasured national parks, Yosemite. Nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California you'll be met with rolling green forest and 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 hiking to the top of thundering Nevada Falls, Yosemite's towering cliffs, waterfalls and Giant Sequoias are sure to impress the entire family.

Yosemite embodies the spirit of America's natural parks and its rugged, towering peaks and magnificent waterfalls have been immortalised by countless photographers. The most famous of photographers was Ansel Adams, whose gallery sits in the heart of Yosemite Valley and you'll have plenty of time to take a look at his iconic photographs. Trails throughout the park are as varied as the landscape and you'll no doubt find a trail that will appeal to you and your family. Take in the quintessential vistas of El Capitan, a 3,000 foot sheer rock face famous with rock climbers the world over. Other popular spots in the park are Bridalveil Falls, one of the most prominent waterfalls in Yosemite and then there is the famous granite Half Dome, a rock formation you will have seen before on countless postcards.
Accommodation: Camping and meals included

Day 14: San Francisco

You continue back to San Francisco, where you can finish where you left off. Take in the hippy vibes of Haight-Ashbury and then head over to Golden Gate Park where you will find brilliant views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay area. Another `must do' in San Francisco is the offshore prison of Alcatraz, here you can learn all about the infamous inmates and their failed escape attempts. If you plan to do this you will need to add on an extra day and make sure you book in advance direct with the cruise company as it tends to book up fast.

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.

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.

  • 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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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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