13 days departing LAS VEGAS from
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: PWD
Our most popular itinerary traverses the varied wilderness of the West Coast of America, experiencing nature's transformation from pristine alpine forests to expansive arid deserts. Marvel at Yosemite's granite cliffs, the spectacular Antelope Slot Canyon and explore Zion and Bryce Canyon's winding trails. Also included are the hidden secrets of the Navajo nation on an included back roads tour of Monument Valley. The Western Dream will take you to some of the finest national parks in the USA, making this one amazing West Coast American holiday.
- Navajo guided backroads tour of Monument Valley
- Explore Antelope Slot Canyon
- Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
- Travel along the classic Route 66 and stop at the town of Seligman
- Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
- Desert oasis of Lake Powell
- View iconic Horseshoe Bend
- Bryce Canyon trails and overnight at Kodachrome Basin
- Full day in Zion National Park
- Visit the ecological playground of Death Valley National Park
- Two full days in Yosemite National Park
- Cross the Sierra Nevadas
- Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
- City tour of San Francisco
- Scenic walks and hikes
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.
|Accommodation:||10 nights camping with equipment (except sleeping bag) and 2 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. For your own tent and room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates & Prices' tab).|
|Transport:||All transportation by private vehicle and 4WD in Monument Valley|
|Meals:||10 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 9 dinners|
|Guided:||Services of a professional tour leader and local guides|
|Group size:||Maximum 13|
|Wi-Fi:||Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle. Maximum of five users at one time.|
From 2016 you'll travel in a new upgraded vehicle which has been designed with your comfort in mind. Our private, air-conditioned vehicles are custom-built to suit our style of travel, so getting from one destination to the next will be an even more enjoyable experience.
Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with more leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Electric bi-fold entry door for quicker and easier access
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and on-board TV screen
13 days from SAN FRANCISCO
Explore National Parks and cities with plenty of time for activities.
9 days from SAN FRANCISCO
Hike along the California coast and explore Yosemite's wonders.
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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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
- Western horseback riding - Bryce US$60-$80
For departures in 2017, we have introduced a wine and cheese evening at Death Valley National Park.
Enjoy a free day in the desert neon city of Las Vegas before your epic adventure begins. Take a stroll along the Strip to discover the resort hotels that make this desert city tick. A welcome meeting will be held at approximately 18:00 hrs in the evening with free time afterwards to explore the neon cityscape.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally
Leaving vibrant Las Vegas, make your way towards the Grand Canyon National Park stopping en route for a visit to the unique Route 66 town of Seligman. The incredible spectacle that is the Grand Canyon is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 277 miles (445km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide and over one mile (1.6 km) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the Colorado River, which runs 1450 miles (2330 km) through seven US states and two Mexican states.
In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that cannot be seen by foot. Also recommended is the film show at the IMAX Theater, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's natural wonders.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfasts (x1), lunches (x2) and dinners (x2)
Discover sacred land in the heart of the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley. The red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless Westerns featuring cowboys riding off into the sunset. Here you'll explore the incredible array of rock formations on an included guided back roads tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture. Your camp is also on the Navajo Tribal Lands of Monument Valley and is a photographer's paradise with ample time to relax and view the valley's surreal sunset. This is set to be one of the highlights of your American adventure, there's no doubt about that!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Visit Horseshoe Bend for that classic Colorado River view en route to beautiful Lake Powell. Located on the border of Utah and Arizona, created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Powell has a shoreline that stretches longer than the western coast of the USA! Many say that Glen Canyon was even more spectacular than the Grand Canyon before the 500 ft. tall dam was built. Now the lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and a place for people to relax in one of the many sandstone coves. A Navajo guided visit is included to the stunning Antelope Slot Canyon which in Navajo language means 'the place where water runs through rocks'. Your guide will show you how flash floods have carved and sculpted this beautiful area. End this great day with a swim in the afternoon sunshine depending on what you finish at Antelope Canyon, before spending an evening camped out under the desert stars.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
This morning you traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. "Mysterious", "breathtaking" and "out of this world", are only a few of the descriptions offered by past visitors to describe this fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as hoodoos. There's variety of scenic viewpoints and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty. The Navajo Trail will enable you to hike in amongst these unique rock formations. You may prefer to hike on the Queen's Garden Trail or to remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the sky. A short drive takes you to your wonderful and ever so colourful campsite at nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Next up is Zion National Park with its incredible mountains and beautiful valleys stretching as far as the eye can see. 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 this desert terrain of Southwest USA can be found in and around the fertile Virgin River as it meanders below massive, cathedral-like sandstone walls. Warm up your legs by taking a short hike from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald Pools before continuing on to the sparkling Upper Emerald Pools, passing waterfalls along the way to Zion's `beach'. If you're feeling ambitious, enjoy the park's more challenging option and ascend 760 metres (2500 ft.) to experience unbeatable 360 degree panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing. After a beautiful but strenuous hike along the knife-edge ridgeline you'll be rewarded with one of the most breathtaking and powerful panoramas you are ever likely to cast your eye upon. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows for a completely new perspective.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfasts (x2), lunches (x2) and Dinner (x1)
Day 9: Death Valley National Park
Today you make your way to one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth, Death Valley. Located in Eastern California's Mojave Desert, this arid area has only 5cm of rainfall each year and offers some incredible vistas and natural formations. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley but with temperatures regularly topping 40 degrees plus, you'll be glad your hotel has air conditioning!
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of Northern California. Here, green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand ft. 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. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls and Mirror Lake. The views are breathtaking from every vantage point and the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on your mind as some of the most beautiful scenery you've ever seen. After a visit to see the amazing giant Sequoia Trees, Yosemite Valley beckons. Here you can cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the lush meadows.
Accommodation: Camping included I Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x3), dinner (x3)
Leaving Yosemite's towering Sequoias behind, make your way towards the 'City by the Bay' where your tour comes to a close. That's not before an orientation tour around the city including the Haight-Ashbury area with its hippy vibes and the chance to walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937, this iconic suspension bridge stretches for 1.7 miles (2.7km) and is one of the most photographed bridges in the world. Another 'must do' in San Francisco is the offshore prison of Alcatraz where you can learn all about the infamous inmates and their failed escape attempts. To do this you'll need to book directly with Alcatraz Cruises in advance for the day after your tour finishes.
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.
- A 10% deposit per person is required to confirm your booking.
- Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
- We charged no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
- ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
- Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)
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 for every night of the tour. 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.
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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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
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.
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: per room per night Based on single, twin or double room.
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: per room per night Based on single, twin or double room.
Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our travel destinations.
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.
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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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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 & LOS ANGELES
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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