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Grand Journey of America's West

23 Days from $7,880 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Active

Journey across the West from the bohemian charms of San Francisco, to the lush landscapes of the Sierras, and the crimson hues of the Canyonlands.

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Journey across the West from the bohemian charms of San Francisco, to the lush landscapes of the Sierras, and the crimson hues of the Canyonlands.

  1. Arrive at San Francisco International Airport and transfer to your hotel on Union Square. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers at 6:00 for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Westin St. Francis
  2. Discover the city and its sights.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  3. Tour Haight-Ashbury with a former hippie. Enjoy a private wine tasting at an eco-friendly winery before a Highlight Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa
  4. See El Capitan and Half Dome.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Yosemite Valley Lodge
  5. Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea and drive across Monterey's 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy a delightful Highlight Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:InterContinental The Clement Monterey
  6. Take a guided tour of Hearst Castle before traveling to Santa Barbara.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
  7. Visit Mission Santa Barbara. Journey to L.A.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
  8. Join a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Los Angeles Theater. Tonight, Café Pinot welcomes you for your Highlight Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  9. Make your way to Scottsdale.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hotel Valley Ho
  10. Explore Sedona before heading to Grand Canyon National Park, where you'll join a Local Expert. A Highlight Dinner with wine awaits at the Thunderbird Room, overlooking the Grand Canyon.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:National Park Lodges
  11. Journey to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and explore with your Navajo guide.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with WIne
    hotel:Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (Lake View or Marina View Rooms)
  12. Cruise through Antelope Canyon.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  13. Explore Bryce Canyon National Park before traveling to Zion National Park. Join your Travel Director and new friends for a Highlight Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Zion National Park Lodge
  14. Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle. Later, arrive at your hotel on the Las Vegas strip.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:ARIA Resort and Casino
  15. Travel to Utah's capital, Salt Lake City.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Salt Lake City Center
  16. Take in Temple Square and the State Capitol building, before heading to historic Jackson.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Jackson Lake Lodge
  17. Enter Yellowstone, known for its unique geothermal activity, landscapes and wildlife.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:National Park Lodges
  18. See Old Faithful and Lower Yellowstone Falls.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  19. Continue on to the Wild West town of Cody. Dine like cowboys as you enjoy a ranch-style Highlight Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Ranch at UCross
  20. Begin your day with a horseback ride*. Make your way to Devils Tower.

    *Note: Participation in this activity is at your own risk, and a signed liability waiver will be required.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Spearfish Canyon Lodge
  21. Join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour with a Local Expert.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park
  22. View Crazy Horse Memorial before moving on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  23. Guests ending in Rapid City may depart at any time. Or, travel south to Denver International Airport, arriving at 4:30 pm.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $3,925.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $276 per person.

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  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

22 breakfasts, 10 dinners

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • UCross:Spend your morning doing as the locals do, exploring your surroundings by horseback with a gentle ride* led by a Local Expert.
  • Deadwood: Enjoy an audience with Lakota tribe members who share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Yosemite National Park: Experience the park's natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
  • Yellowstone: See Upper Geyser Basin, which boasts the highest concentration of spouting geysers, hot springs and steaming fumaroles in the world.
  • Black Hills: Witness Crazy Horse Memorial and the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial.


*Note: Participation in this activity is at your own risk, and a signed liability waiver will be required.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge Walk & Sausalito

Stroll across the 1.7-mile span of the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and learn how the bridge was an engineering marvel and about the people who gave so much time to build this icon of San Francisco. Arrive in the quaint seaside community of Sausalito and have time to leisurely browse the charming shops or have lunch along the picturesque bay. Your adventure concludes with a wondrous ferry cruise across the bay, passing haunting Alcatraz Island and catching an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Approx. duration: 3.5 hours
Adult Price: $39

Grand Canyon

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes.
Adult Price: $219

North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight, Bell Aircraft (April 1 - October 31)

Your tour takes you over the Kaibab National Forest and into the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Duration: 25-30 minutes.
Adult Price: $219

Grand Kingdom EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.
Adult Price: $309

Grand Discovery South Rim Airplane Flight

The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. The Vistaliner airplanes feature oversized windows that make every seat the best seat and allows for postcard-quality pictures! This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes.
Adult Price: $159

Lake Powell

Float Trip Down The Colorado River

Today’s journey, a smooth water float trip will encompass 15 spectacular miles of Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and historic Lees Ferry, gateway to the Grand Canyon. Begin with an exciting ride down the two-mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. With the dam soaring 583 feet above you, you will board a motorized pontoon raft for your journey downstream, where you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river found in the western United States. Your experienced guide will tell the area’s story of soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, native cultures, Major John Wesley Powell’s exploration, and the river’s modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system. You’ll also stop to view ancient petroglyphs left by Ancestral Puebloan peoples. (Includes $6 National Park Fee) Approx. duration: 4 hours
Adult Price: $115

Scottsdale

Hot Air Ballooning Experience

Your Arizona flight begins with the inflation of the balloon by motorized fans. Upon inflation, you will join your pilot in the beautiful hand-crafted wicker basket. The luxurious, over-sized basket has plenty of room to allow everyone to enjoy the Arizona flight to the fullest. As you gently leave the Earth, you'll be amazed at how light the balloon feels. During the flight you have unobstructed 360-degree views, allowing for breathtaking photographs. Your pilot will explore a variety of altitudes, up to 3,000 feet in the air for a marvelous overview of the valley. While in flight, commonly seen are jackrabbit, quail, roadrunner and coyote, and from time to time encounter deer, javelina and other desert animals. Your pilot will point out exotic desert plant life below and descend within inches of trees and cacti, much to everyone's delight. Breakfast, champagne and juice are included. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 3 hours
Adult Price: $209

Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sights & Lights

Join this exciting night on the town in the ‘City That Never Sleeps!’ You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the next. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises! Approx. duration: 2.5 hours
Adult Price: $35

Grand Teton National Park

Snake River Float Trip Through Grand Teton National Park

This gentle 10-mile float trip runs entirely within Grand Teton National Park and covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River in the Jackson Hole Valley. The Snake River is a lifeline to the park’s bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear and 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. Your experienced guide offers in-depth information on the geology of the Grand Tetons and the habitats of the animals you may see. Although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances of spotting wildlife on the Snake River—with its lush willows to feed on and deep-water pools for animals to swim in—are greater here than anywhere else in the park. Operates late May—mid-Sep, subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 3 hours
Adult Price: $83

Custer State Park

Buffalo Safari & Chuckwagon Cookout

Custer State Park is known for its beauty and serenity, but it is also a wildlife reserve that is home to a famous herd of 1,500 free-roaming bison plus elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions and feral burros. On this 90-minute scenic tour of the backcountry, you’ll get up close and personal with herds of buffalo and other species as your jeep driver and guide offer historical and educational information about the park and wildlife. Afterward, enjoy an authentic chuckwagon cookout and Western entertainment at a secluded canyon. Vegetarian option is also available. Approx. duration: 4 hours (Seasonal)
Adult Price: $125

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