18 days departing SAN FRANCISCO from

Style: Eclipse
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PBU

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Trip Overview

On August 21, 2017, millions of people around the United States will enjoy nature's grandest show, a total eclipse of the sun. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder. You'll also hit all the top spots on this 18 day camping tour of America's Wild West, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and magnificent Grand Canyon National Park! Hike under towering waterfalls, climb to alpine lakes, witness erupting geysers, and meet the Navajo Nation on an included Monument Valley backcountry tour. Keep an eye out for bison, Grizzly Bear and Bald Eagles as you pass through some of the best wildlife reserves in North America. With so much to see and do, this tour embodies the true American spirit and is most definitely the best of the west!

Included Highlights
  • Enjoy nature's grandest show, a total eclipse of the sun
  • Full day wolf and wildlife tracking guide in Yellowstone
  • Navajo guided backroads tour of Monument Valley
  • Two days exploring Yosemite hiking trails
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias in Yosemite
  • Cross the Nevada Desert
  • Watch Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park
  • Western town of Jackson, Wyoming
  • Zion and Grand Teton National Park trails
  • See the Flaming Gorge reservoir
  • Two nights at Grand Canyon National Park
  • Walk amongst towering rock formations in Arches National Park
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
  • Scenic walks and inspiring hikes, wildlife encounters and incredible landscapes
  • National parks and monuments: Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Arches, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon and Zion
Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 13 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag), 2 hotel and 2 apartment nights in twin share accommodation. For your own tent and room request our optional Solo Sleeper see 'Dates and Prices' tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 17 lunches & 13 dinners
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader and local guides
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle. Maximum of 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$284
  • Western saloons - Jackson US$varies
  • Mountain biking - Moab US$45-$110
  • IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • Float trip on the Colorado River - Moab US$60-$91
  • Bike rental - Yosemite US$12-$34
  • Chuck wagon dinner - Jackson US$25-$35
  • Sunset champagne cruise - Lake Tahoe US$53
  • Ferry across Jenny Lake - Grand Teton US$15
  • Extreme off-road hummer tour - Moab US$90-$100

Day 1: Arrival day in San Francisco

Welcome to the 'City by the Bay' in sunny California. San Francisco is a city which the locals are fiercely proud of and for good reason. There's plenty to keep you entertained but the best introduction is to jump on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or book one of our 'Urban Adventures' around the city. If you want to visit Alcatraz today you'll need to book your ticket online in advance with Alcatraz Cruises. A welcome meeting will be conducted at 18:00 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: San Francisco and Yosemite National Park

You'll no doubt be sad to leave the San Francisco behind, but you have 17 adventure filled days ahead of you. As you head east through California's historic gold country, you'll soon reach Yosemite National Park, where everything is super-sized, including some of North America's tallest cliffs, waterfalls and trees. Enjoy an afternoon under the mighty Sequoia Trees before setting up camp just outside the park.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 3: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. Spend your time exploring Yosemite Valley where you can cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. You'll get the chance to hike on one of the many trails. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breathtaking from every vantage point with the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks sure to be forever etched on your mind.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4: Lake Tahoe

From Yosemite you continue the journey to the vibrant forest and deep blue hues of beautiful Lake Tahoe, the second deepest lake in USA with a maximum depth of 1645 feet. It contains enough water to provide every man, woman and child in the country with 200 litres of water a day, every day, for five years! Formed approximately two million years ago and shaped during the Ice Age, the lake is located right on the border of California and Nevada and sits on an altitude of 6,225 feet above sea level. It's a major tourist recreational area in both summer and winter with one of its ski areas, Squaw Valley, playing host to the 1960 Winter Olympics. You have the chance to enjoy an optional sunset cruise on a catamaran, which is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5: Elko, Nevada

From Lake Tahoe you delve deeper into the vast desert for some incredible scenery. The Great Basin Desert extends right across to California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. You cover a large distance today, but you'll also see some fascinating and contrasting scenery on your road trip. Tonight you overnight in a hotel in Elko.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 6-7: Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy copious amounts of exploring the wilderness and wildlife at your next destination, Yellowstone National Park. The world's first and largest national park in continental USA, Yellowstone was originally protected for it high concentrations of geothermal wonders, such as Old Faithful which you'll see erupt. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of it is in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana. Home to a large variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, wolf, bison and elk, watch herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers while steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s ravaged much of the park, but it has recovered to the extent that it is now a living monument to nature's power of regeneration. On day seven you'll spend a full day exploring with a wildlife and wolf tracking guide to help you delve into a side most visitors to Yellowstone don't have access to, but more importantly the ability to learn more about this wonderful park.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 8-9: Grand Teton National Park/Jackson - Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Drive through Yellowstone directly to the Grand Teton National Park with its iconic Tetons rising from the ground towards the sky. Take a walk up to Inspiration Point after crossing Jenny Lake for magnificent views of the surrounding area. The following day is the big event. It is August 21st 2017 and millions of people around the United States will enjoy nature's grandest show, a total eclipse of the sun. This is a rare opportunity to view this celestial wonder. The total eclipse will be visible from our location around Jackson and our private vehicle will be on hand to deliver you to the centre line of the eclipse track. Climate projections for the area are very positive, but if there is a possibility of local cloud, the coach can be diverted to another location. The eclipse is a certainty but weather is a factor and despite advertising a suggested itinerary for the day prior to the eclipse, it is important this be used as a guideline only in order to pick a site with a greater chance of visibility. Today is Wyoming at its very best! Please note it is still not clear the volume of traffic or people who will turn up however, if hotel and campsite reservations are anything to go by it will be busy. We are aiming to run this itinerary as advertised, but this is fully dependent on conditions at the time.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch )x2) and dinner (x2) included

Day 10: Flaming Gorge

Flaming Gorge is a spectacular reservoir, situated in Wyoming on the Green River, created by Flaming Gorge Dam. The area offers a mixture of climates, topography and recreation opportunities, well-suited to a variety of summer and winter interests. The way the sun radiates against the red canyon walls is well worth the trip to this more remote location.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 11-12: Moab and Arches National Park

The scenery just keeps getting more and more epic as you lay eyes upon the magnificent splendour of Arches National Park. Moab will be your home for the next few nights and is the perfect base with restaurants and activities. These stunning red sandstone arches have been created over millions of years by the wind whipping down the west slope of the Rocky Mountains. Here, you'll have the opportunity to hike to many of these incredible arches, including Landscape Arch and the famous Delicate Arch, the latter being the most iconic and more photographed of the arches in the park. Alternatively, why not tackle the desert terrain on a guided hummer tour across the slickrock or take a float trip down the Colorado River? Adventure is definitely out there in Moab.
Accommodation: Apartment included | Meals: Breakfast (x1) and lunch (x2) included

Day 13: Monument Valley

From red rock canyons to Indian tribal lands you travel out of Utah and into the heart of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Monument Valley is a sacred land to those who call it home and the sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless Western movies. You'll be met by a Navajo guide, where you'll be taken on an included tour of the Monument Valley Tribal Lands. Learn about the history and culture of the Navajo people and hear how Native Americans have embraced this harsh environment and learn about their relationship to the world around them as it constantly changes. Such a day could only be topped by a spectacular desert sunset at one of the most majestic and most photographed destinations on earth. Finally, it's time to head back to your campsite because tomorrow you'll visit the ultimate desert show stopper, the mighty Grand Canyon.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Day 14-15: Grand Canyon National Park

Travel south through the Navajo Reservation to the Cameron Trading Post to browse and shop for local jewellery, crafts and cultural souvenirs. You then traverse the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon and catch your first glimpse of this epic landscape at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon, nothing can prepare you for just how epic this place really is. Once again, you'll 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 perspectives you simply can't see visiting on foot. Venture down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, or stroll along the more leisurely West Rim Trail and catch a shuttle bus out to Hermit's Rest. Finish your day by watching the amazing IMAX film, `The Grand Canyon Experience' and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's natural wonders!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 16: Zion National Park

Make your way back to Utah and onto Zion, your final national park and one of the most spectacular destinations in the USA. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their 'promised land'. Some of the best hiking in Southwest USA can be found here, in and around the fertile Virgin River as it meanders below massive, cathedral-like sandstone walls. With two nights here, you'll have plenty of time to discover the park for yourself.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 17: Zion National Park

You have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to choose from, ranging from easy to strenuous. Warm up your legs by taking some of the short hikes from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald Pool then continue on to the sparkling Upper Emerald Pools. You'll pass more stunning scenery as you make your way to Zion's `beach'. Cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk section of the Virgin River. If you're feeling ambitious, enjoy the park's more challenging option and ascend 760 metres (2,500 feet) to experience unbeatable panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing. After a beautiful but strenuous hike along the knife-edge ridgeline you will be rewarded with one of the most breathtaking and striking panoramas you'll ever experience. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. Of course, horse riding is available if you'd prefer a seat with a view!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 18: Las Vegas

Leave nature behind and head into Las Vegas, Nevada, to embrace all of its neon splendour. Las Vegas is the fastest growing city in the United States and the entertainment capital of North America - home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. If you fancy trying your hand at a spot of gambling, you've definitely come to the right place! Nowhere else in the world will you find as many resort hotels, clubs and all-you-can-eat buffets. Finish this trip of a lifetime with a drive down the flamboyant Las Vegas Strip. If you have time, make sure you add on a few more days in Las Vegas to enjoy its world-class shows, nightlife and entertainment.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

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

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Solo Sleepers Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own tent & room for every night of the tour except the 2 nights in Zion National Park. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

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.

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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


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

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Alexis Park Resort Hotel


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

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