Welcome to the USA! On arrival at San Francisco International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Discover More: Muir Woods and wine country tour. (Must be pre-booked and pre tour accommodation required to undertake this tour, Additional cost).
Two Night Stay: Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf
Take in the amazing views of the most recognised symbol of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge. Discover the colour, stories and charm of Haight-Ashbury, then visit the famous Painted Ladies at Alamo Square. After a visit to Union Square we cruise to the legendary Alcatraz prison for a tour. Finish the day at the historic and colourful markets and shops of Fisherman's Wharf.
Discover More: Sunset cruise with appetisers.(Additional cost)
Travel to one of the most beautiful areas of the USA, Yosemite National Park. Witness the powerful granite spires of Half Dome and El Capitan, as well as the phenomenal sites of Yosemite Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
Overnight Stay: Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station
Make our way to the picturesque California Coast. This area is known for its outstanding coastal beauty which is revealed on 17 Mile Drive. Skirt azure bays, pass lush forests, view the Lone Cypress Tree clinging to a rocky outcrop, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and visit the beautiful beachside town of Carmel by the Sea.
Overnight Stay: Hotel Pacific
Make our way south through what is known as the “Breadbasket of California”. This area is punctuated by charming towns and agricultural communities that are one of the largest suppliers of food in the world. Visit the historical Hearst Castle and finish the day in the American Riviera, Santa Barbara.
Overnight Stay: Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort
Pass through Malibu where Hollywood’s rich and famous reside, then on to Santa Monica to wander the famous boulevard and Venice Beach. In the afternoon we set out on a city tour. Start with a trip through the downtown area and a visit to the Grammy Museum, then walk along Hollywood Boulevard and see the Walk of Fame. Take a tour of the Dolby Theatre, the home of the Oscars and see the elaborate Grauman's Chinese Theatre. No trip to LA is complete without viewing the Hollywood sign, then drive down the famous Sunset Strip.
Two Night Stay: The Beverly Hilton
Today is free for you to explore the "City of Angels".
Discover More: Behind the scenes tour of Universal Studios, or tour Hollywood movie locations.(Additional cost)
Travel east through the suburbs before hitting the stark dry western deserts. The bright lights and big city of Las Vegas loom out like an oasis. You're Invited: Witness the spectacular Cirque du Soleil. See death defying acrobatics mixed with flamboyant costumes while the performers undertake seemingly impossible feats.
Two Night Stay: Paris Las Vegas
Spend the day enjoying this exciting city.
Discover More: Scenic flight over the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.
Make our way to the incredible Grand Canyon. On arrival you will see why this is considered one of the natural wonders of the world. The rugged landscape stretches for as far as the eye can see and it is a highlight of any journey. This evening we’re joined by a local guide for a sunset tour. Your guide will explain about the Canyon’s incredible geology while you watch the changing hues of the Canyon as the sun sets.
Discover More: Enjoy a scenic flight over the Grand Canyon. (Additional cost)
Overnight Stay: National Park Lodge
Travel along the south rim of the canyon and make a stop at the 70 foot high Hopi Watchtower. Make our way through Navajo country and the Painted Desert to one of the grandest landscapes in the United States, Monument Valley. Dominated by crimson mesas and surreal sandstone towers the area is known for dramatic, mesmerizing landforms. You're Invited: Take a jeep tour with a local Navajo guide into Lower Monument Valley visiting John Fords Point, Rain God Mesa, the Totem Pole and dramatic North Window. Finish the day in picturesque Lake Powell.
Overnight Stay: Lake Powell Resort
Take a spectacular boat ride through the breath taking canyons of Lake Powell. Your guide will explain the region’s history, geology and culture as you gaze in awe at the towering walls of these narrow sandstone canyons. Head into Utah and make our way to the extraordinary Bryce Canyon which is famous for its unique geology. The distinctive feature of this area is the fascinating pinnacles or hoodoos that rise from the valley floor and canyon wall. In the afternoon we'll journey along the rim of the canyon taking in these extraordinary structures.
Overnight Stay: Ruby's Inn Best Western Plus
Leave the deserts and canyons behind as you head north to Salt Lake City. Nestled in a fertile valley with a backdrop of Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City is a great mix of nature and cityscape. You will be taken on an orientation tour of the city including the historic Temple Square, the Mormon Tabernacle and the State Capitol building.
Overnight Stay: Sheraton Salt Lake City
Travel north across the Oregon Trail and into Wyoming to the picturesque town of Jackson. Surrounded on all sides by dramatic mountains and set in a picturesque valley, Jackson is a hub for wildlife watching and outdoor recreation.
Two Night Stay: The Lexington at Jackson Hole
Spend the day relaxing or exploring the town. Don't miss the famed Elk Horn Gates that lead into the town's lovely, tree-shaded town square where locals come to relax.
Discover More: Take a scenic and peaceful float trip along the Snake River.
Journey along the spine of the Rocky Mountains viewing snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, alpine terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Enter Grand Teton National Park and travel with your guide to the most significant parts of the park including Teton Glacier Turnout, the beautiful Jenny Lake, Jackson Lake and Oxbow Bend. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife such as moose, coyote, golden eagles, bison, elk and bears. The afternoon sees us in Yellowstone National Park.
Two Night Stay: National Park Lodge
Continue our journey through the famous Yellowstone National Park. Visit Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Lake Yellowstone. Throughout the day you are likely to see some of the local wildlife such as bears, wolves, elk, moose and bighorn sheep. (Itinerary may vary depending on time and lodging allocated).
Travel through Shoshone National Forest to the town of Cody, named after the famous showman Buffalo Bill Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West to learn more about the man and the legend as well as the colourful history of the American West. You're Invited: Take in a Western cowboy show before visiting the original abode and hotel of Buffalo Bill, the Irma Hotel. Enjoy a traditional meal at this unique hotel that is a true piece of American history.
Overnight Stay: The Cody
Pass through Little Bighorn National Forest and across the plains into South Dakota to Rapid City.
Two Night Stay: Rushmore Hotel
Visit the famous sculpture of Mt Rushmore that portrays the faces of the four famous American Presidents. Afterwards step on board a traditional 1880's steam train for a relaxing and historical journey through the Black Hills. Then visit Crazy Horse Memorial, a sculpture in memory of the famous Native American leader. Make our way back through Custer State Park which is home to large herds of Bison.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Rapid City Airport for your onward flight.
|May 2017||from AUD $9,495|
|Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in CAD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.|
|Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in USD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.|