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Great Western American Adventure

15 Days from $4,856 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Active

From glorious cities and California wine country to dramatic canyons and coastal towns, this trip introduces you to the highlights of America's West.

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From glorious cities and California wine country to dramatic canyons and coastal towns, this trip introduces you to the highlights of America's West.

  1. You'll be picked up at San Francisco International Airport and taken to the Westin St. Francis, the only hotel on Union Square.  Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers at 6:00 pm for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Westin St. Francis on Union Square
  2. Get ready for a fun-filled day exploring the city and its sights.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  3. Tour Haight-Ashbury and revisit the 'Summer of Love' with a former hippie, your Local Expert. Enjoy a private tasting at an eco-friendly winery. End your day with a Highlight Dinner served with local wine. 

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa
  4. Travel on and see El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations before arriving at Yosemite Valley Lodge, located inside the park.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Yosemite Valley Lodge
  5. Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea and browse a range of art galleries and local shops. Enjoy a relaxing drive across Monterey's 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy a delightful Highlight Dinner this evening.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:InterContinental The Clement
  6. Head south for a guided tour of Hearst Castle before making your way to sunny Santa Barbara.

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    hotel:The Fess Parker A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, Oceanfront Rooms.
  7. Visit and learn about the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara.Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, and enjoy a tour of the Santa Monica Pier with a Local Expert. 

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    hotel:JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE (2 nights).
  8. In the morning, spot the Hollywood Sign during your sightseeing tour and view Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and join a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony. Spend the afternoon at the historic L.A. Farmers Market with a Local Expert to take you through the collection of restaurants and shops for a tasting taking time to explore on your own. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner of American comfort classics with a Southern twist at Engine Co 28, a renovated firehouse from 1912.
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    hotel:JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.
  9. Travel across the Mojave Desert wilderness. Arrive in Scottsdale, where you can spend the afternoon relaxing at your idyllic resort and spa.
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    hotel:Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains.
  10. Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, where you can browse the stores and galleries, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park. Perhaps take an optional flightseeing tour by helicopter or plane over this natural wonder. Spend the night inside the park, enjoying the peace and quiet after the crowds have departed. During your stay, join a Local Expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the Thunderbird Room while taking in the magnificent views.
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    hotel:National Park Lodges, Grand Canyon.
  11. Head to the historic Cameron Trading Post, featuring Southwest American Indian arts and crafts. The journey carries on through the colourful Painted Desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you board all-terrain vehicles for a guided tour of the valley floor, used as a backdrop of many Western Films. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort.
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    hotel:Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas, Lake View Rooms (2 nights).
  12. Relax and enjoy the resort's facilities or join an optional float trip down the scenic Colorado River. Take a leisurely cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its dramatic steep, sandstone walls
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    hotel:Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas.
  13. Head to Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah and enjoy a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of odd-shaped monoliths known as hoodoos before heading to Zion National Park.
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    hotel:Zion National Park Lodge.
  14. Travel through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle with a live commentaryof the scenic highlights of the park, followed by time to explore at your own pace. Later, arrive in Las Vegas and marvel at the bright lights, huge themed hotels and the omnipresent slot machine. In the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner including drinks before seeing all the lights and glitz that Las Vegas has to offer.
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    hotel:The Cosmopolitan™ of Las Vegas.
  15. Your adventure ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport or extend your stay in Las Vegas.
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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: $2,450.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $174 per person

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

14 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners.

Included Highlights

  • Join a Local Expert for a behind-the-scenes tour of a historic downtown Los Angeles theater
  • Join a Local Expert for an informative presentation and witness the burnt orange hues of the Grand Canyon walls
  • Experience Yosemite National Park's natural beauty and wildlife; see the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations
  • Enjoy the rugged beauty of Brice Canyon National Park with a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the hoodoos
  • The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of Zion National Park is by a private shuttle that includes live commentary

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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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