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Western Discoverer

Two Week USA Tour of California, Arizona & Nevada

Usa San Diego Pier Oceanside Western Discoverer
14 Days
1 Country

United States

12 Cities

Los Angeles, San Diego, Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Oakhurst, San Francisco, Monterey, Paso Robles

19 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 13 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, 2 Lunchs

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Your epic Western Discoverer begins in glitzy Los Angeles where you’ll walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, take in breath-taking views of the Grand Canyon, see the splendor of Yosemite National Park and bet your luck in the desert oasis of Las Vegas, all before heading to world-famous San Francisco and descending upon coastal towns along the California coast.

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Day 1

Hello Los Angeles

Welcome to Los Angeles! We begin our two-week trip uncovering the must-sees of the American West at our Welcome Reception in your hotel. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers this evening for light appetizers and refreshments before your first full day.

Palm Trees and downtown Los Angeles, USA
Accommodation Beverly Hills Marriott, Los Angeles
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Relax and Explore San Diego

This morning, unlock all the glitz and glam that Los Angeles has to offer. Cruise around Beverly Hills, known for its mansions, high end shopping and celebrity sightings. Snap a picture of the iconic Beverly Hills sign as we drive down Santa Monica Blvd. Your next stop is Hollywood, a larger-than-life symbol of the entertainment business that beckons tourists with landmarks like the TCL Chinese Theater and star-studded Walk of Fame, historic music venues like the Hollywood Bowl, and the Dolby Theater, which is home of the Oscars. We'll have some free time to find your favorite celebrity star and grab some lunch on Hollywood Blvd before making our way to San Diego for two nights.

Rodeo Drive sign in Beverly Hills, USA
Accommodation Embassy Suites, San Diego
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Rodeo Drive sign in Beverly Hills, USA
Sightseeing in Los Angeles

Unlock all the glitz and glam that Los Angeles has to offer. Cruise around Beverly Hills, known for its mansions, high end shopping and celebrity s...

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Day 3

Balboa Park and Sightseeing

Embark on a sightseeing tour with your Travel Director, taking in some of the key sights of San Diego, California's second largest city. Travel through the city's historic Gaslamp Quarter and learn about its past, present, and local secrets. Move on to Balboa Park, one of America's most famous urban cultural parks and home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Finish up at historic Old Town, the first European settlement in present-day California, with free time for lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax or enjoy an optional experience of touring the USS Midway or taking a San Diego Harbor cruise.

Balboa Park in San Diego, USA
Accommodation Embassy Suites, San Diego
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Balboa Park in San Diego, USA
Sightseeing in San Diego

Embark on a sightseeing tour with your Travel Director, taking in some of the key sights of San Diego, California's second largest city. Travel thr...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences
Visit USS Midway

With more than 30 restored aircraft and nearly 10 acres of exhibits and displays, the Midway brings you the most complete cross-section of carrier ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
San Diego Best of the Bay Cruise - City Experiences by Hornblower

Enjoy the best professionally-narrated harbor tour of the San Diego Bay. We’ll cover over 20 miles on the Big Bay, passing by Seaport Village, Shel...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Travel Across the Desert to Scottsdale

Cross large swathes of the desert southwest on your way through California and Arizona. Spot the iconic saguaros as you traverse the great Sonoran Desert stopping in Yuma and Gila Bend en route to the trendy Arizona town of Scottsdale. This evening, the Valley of the Sun shines brightly as you enjoy free time to explore its galleries, boutiques, and chic eateries. Perhaps dine on Southwest cuisine or sip on a cool margarita as the sun sets.

Desert Trail in Scottsdale, USA
Accommodation Sonesta Suites Scottsdale Gainey Ranch
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Sonoran Desert, USA
Sonoran Desert

Spot the iconic saguaros as you traverse the great Sonoran Desert stopping in Yuma and Gila Bend.

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Iconic Experience

Day 5

Admire the Incredible Grand Canyon

Explore the iconic red rocks of Sedona, awestruck by the majestic crimson rock formations. Spend the morning ambling through the various shops along the main road or opt for one of our jeep tours into the backcountry. Continue north along Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive, one of the Top 5 Most Scenic Drives in America, climbing 4,500 feet from Sedona to the top of the Mogollon Rim where the canyon opens to the foliage of oaks interspersed with evergreen pines, and the incredible backdrop of red-faced rocks and cliffs. Arrive at the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon National Park where you’ll meet your Local Specialist, Canyon Tim, for an informative talk about the origins of the five-million-year-old canyon, its rock formations and impact now.

Toroweap Point at Grand Canyon, USA
Accommodation Grand Canyon Yavapai (Grand Canyon Village)
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Red Rock Country, Sedona, USA
The Route to Sedona

Take the scenic route down into the serene, artistic town of Sedona to take in the surrounding red rock and pine forests.

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Visit The Grand Canyon National Park in USA
Explore Grand Canyon National Park

One of the seven natural wonders of the world and the second most visited national park in the United States. Explore the Visitor Center and get fa...

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Iconic Experience Toroweap Point at Grand Canyon, USA
Meet Canyon Dave

Meet Canyon Dave, who shares fascinating stories about this extraordinary feat of nature and its development over the past 40 million years.

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Walk through Red Rock Sedona, Arizona USA
Canyons and Cowboys

Your  Red  Rock  Western  Guide  takes  you  through  a  scenic wonderland  surrounded  by  seven  majestic  canyons  into  historic  Dry  Creek  B...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Bell Rock Of Arizona, Sedona, USA
Easy on the Asphalt (90 minutes)

A “Sedona snapshot” with great photo opportunities! Join us on this informative and relaxing, yet breathtaking tour of some of Sedona's most magnif...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Voyage to Las Vegas

Early risers, seize the morning on an optional helicopter flight over the heart of the Grand Canyon where incredible views of the south rim, north rim and Colorado River await. This morning, pack your bags and head to buzzy Las Vegas along Route 66, a symbol of the ultimate American road trip. Stop by Seligman and Kingman, two iconic outposts for a taste of all things Americana, complete with classic motels, kitsch petrol pumps and steaming slices of Apple pie. As if by magic, spot the neon lights of Las Vegas looming in the distance; an entertainment oasis surrounded by dry desert with a reputation almost as big as the fortunes many have made (and lost) there. Choose to join a Sights and Lights Sightseeing Tour or rest up for another big day.

Sign in Las Vegas, USA
Accommodation Horseshoe Las Vegas
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Along Route 66

Route 66, home to many Americana landmarks, museums and icons from the bygone days. On your journey along this historic route, stop at Kingman and ...

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Optional Experiences Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim on a fascinating 45 minute aerial tour, USA
Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

There’s no better way to experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim than on a fascinating aerial tour offering unobstructed views. Sit b...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Take a Helicopter ride to the top of Tower butte, Grand Canyon, USA
Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Soar across the canyon rim on a helicopter flight, watching as the bottom seemingly drops out from under your feet. Gaze deep into the core of the ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a memorable 25-30 minute helicopter experience over the southern and northern rims of the Grand Canyon, USA
North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft - 25 minutes

The Grand Canyon opens up before you on a memorable helicopter experience over its southern and northern rims. After flying over the Kaibab Nationa...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
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 we...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Enjoy the Neon Lights of Las Vegas

Today is all about you. Spend it as you wish and perhaps join one of our many optional experiences in Sin City. Delve into an engineering marvel on the Hoover Dam Tour. View the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere standing 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time. Or, go back in time to experience the iconic stars and personalities that helped define the soul of Sin City at "Vegas! The Show".

View of Las Vegas, USA
Accommodation Horseshoe Las Vegas
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Hoover Dam Visitor Centre in Las Vegas, USA
Hoover Dam Visitor Center

Depart Las Vegas to one of the most famous modern marvels of our time, the Hoover Dam. First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Skull in Desert, Death Valley, USA
Death Valley Day Tour

An enthusiastic guide will bring Death Valley to life while showing you the most spectacular highlights of the largest national park in the contigu...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Vegas Show Three Course Dinner Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
VEGAS! The Show and Dinner

Come and experience what is hailed as the only show in Vegas, about Vegas! VEGAS! The Show will take you by the hand back in time to experience the...

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Optional Experiences Las Vegas Foodie Tour Expert Guides Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Las Vegas Foodie Tour

Discover the locals’ favorite destination, the newly revitalized booming downtown that showcases a completely different side of Vegas, away from no...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Travel Through the Mojave Desert to Mammoth Lakes

We leave Sin City behind as we head towards the mountains of Mammoth Lakes. To get there, we’ll travel through the vast arid landscapes of the Mojave Desert. Keep your eyes peeled for photo ops as we journey through this otherworldly terrain. When we arrive in Mammoth Lakes, you’ll have an evening at leisure to enjoy this outdoor adventure playground amidst the rolling peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Convict Lake and Mammoth Mountain in USA
Accommodation Mammoth Mountain Inn, Mammoth Lakes
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience
Mojave Desert

Travel through the vast arid landscapes of the Mojave Desert. Keep your eyes peeled for photo ops as we journey through this otherworldly terrain.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 9

Explore Yosemite National Park

Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through stunning Tioga Pass and enter UNESCO-listed Yosemite National Park. We journey through Yosemite Valley, admiring the natural wonders of Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan's imposing granite cliffs. Spend the rest of the day learning about the natural history, flora, and fauna of one of the world's oldest national parks. Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area and much more.

* Please note that the Tioga Pass visit will be subject to weather conditions.*

Vernal Falls in Yosemite, USA
Accommodation Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Oakhurst Yosemite
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Yosemite National Park in USA
Stay Inside Yosemite National Park

Spend two nights at Yosemite National Park where you'll be able to explore the valley floor with a multitude of hikes and activities.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 10

On to San Francisco

Today we leave California's Central Valley en route to Northern California. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience in Oakland for a Black Foodie Walking Tour where you’ll learn about the rich culinary offerings and growing business scene of the Black community here. Then, it's off to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Embarcadero, and the infamous trolleys. Continue your discovery of the local cuisine or dine on dim-sum joining an optional Chinatown Illuminations Tour in the evening.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, USA
Accommodation Hilton Union Square (CA)
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Black Foodie Tour in Oakland, California, USA
Black Foodie Tour

Join a guided walking exploration of the rich culinary history and foods of the Black community in Oakland. As the home of the original Black Panth...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Enjoy a guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Chinese Dinner and City Illuminations Tour in San Francisco, USA
Guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Pier 39 and City Illuminations Tour

Explore the Chinese markets, herb shops, a fortune cookie factory and more (weather permitting), before dining family-style with a Chinese feast at...

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Optional Experiences

Day 11

Wander the Iconic Streets of San Francisco

San Francisco is your playground today with several optional experiences to choose from. Get acquainted with the must-see sights of the city on a San Francisco Sightseeing Tour led by your Travel Director. Admire the eclectic mix of architecture (Victorian and Modern), culture and cuisines. Stroll through the lively hotspot of Fisherman's Wharf to Union Square, a historical landmark linked to the American Civil War, lined with interesting shops. This afternoon, choose to join a walking tour across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge before making the short drive down to quaint seaside Sausalito for some free time before we take a ferry on the Bay back to San Francisco passing famous Alcatraz Island.

Pier in San Fransisco, USA
Accommodation Hilton Union Square (CA)
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Archictecture in San Francisco, California, USA
San Francisco City Tour

Indulge in the many sites that San Francisco has to offer. From the eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture to its vibrant culture and tasty cuisines. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences
Golden Gate Bridge Walk and 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 g...

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Optional Experiences

Day 12

Taste the Freshness of Monterey

Arrive in Monterey’s Cannery Row, named in honor of John Steinbeck and his novel that described a colorful past. Now, Cannery Row's buildings are updated, shinier versions of turn-of-the-century canneries with eclectic shops, local artists' galleries, and restaurants. Stop for a Be My Guest lunch at Happy Girl Kitchen Co. where owners Todd and Jordan Champagne host a three-course vegetarian-based lunch highlighting locally sourced ingredients. Then, learn about Jordan’s fun and unconventional methods and secrets for making fruit preserves from the comfort of your home kitchen. You'll even get to take home a sample of preserves she makes onsite. This afternoon, cruise the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove passing famous golf courses, mansions, and scenic attractions, including the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees.

Enjoy a coastal drive around Big Sur, USA
Accommodation Paso Robles Inn
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Trafalgar Difference
Paso Robles Inn

Established in 1889, the same year that El Paso de Robles was founded as a city, the Paso Robles Inn hotel has been at the heart of Paso Robles his...

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Trafalgar Difference

Be My Guest Enjoy a Farm-to-Table dinner in Monterey Bay, USA
Farm-to-Table Dinner in Monterey

Visit Happy Girl Kitchen in Monterey, where your hosts share their knowledge and love of food using the freshest ingredients during an outstanding farm-to-table experience. 

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit 17 Mile Drive Monterery, USA
17-Mile Drive

The stunning California coast passes by you, cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive. This drive is full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests and iconic golf courses.

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Iconic Experience

Day 13

California's Central Coast

The morning is yours to do as you please. We’ll start with a visit the quaint seaside town of Morro Bay before exploring the rest of California's central coast. This evening, say goodbye to your fellow travelers and enjoy one final three-course dinner together.

Experience Morro Bay and its wildlife, USA
Accommodation Paso Robles Inn
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14

Depart Los Angeles

Kick off your final day in the American Riviera of Santa Barbara. Located on a pristine stretch of California’s central coastline, Santa Barbara brings together the Golden State’s Spanish influence, laid-back vibe, and upscale sensibility in a way few places can. You’ll have some time to explore State Street, the Old Mission Santa Barbara, the Museum of Natural History, or the Museum of Art. You’ll also have time to get lunch on your own today before we head to Los Angeles International Airport arriving at approximately 3:30 PM.

Venice Beach in Los Angeles, USA
Included Meals Breakfast

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Sightseeing in Los Angeles

Unlock all the glitz and glam that Los Angeles has to offer. Cruise around Beverly Hills, known for its mansions, high end shopping and celebrity s...

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Sightseeing in San Diego

Embark on a sightseeing tour with your Travel Director, taking in some of the key sights of San Diego, California's second largest city. Travel thr...

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Iconic Experience
Sonoran Desert

Spot the iconic saguaros as you traverse the great Sonoran Desert stopping in Yuma and Gila Bend.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
The Route to Sedona

Take the scenic route down into the serene, artistic town of Sedona to take in the surrounding red rock and pine forests.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Grand Canyon National Park

One of the seven natural wonders of the world and the second most visited national park in the United States. Explore the Visitor Center and get fa...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Meet Canyon Dave

Meet Canyon Dave, who shares fascinating stories about this extraordinary feat of nature and its development over the past 40 million years.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Along Route 66

Route 66, home to many Americana landmarks, museums and icons from the bygone days. On your journey along this historic route, stop at Kingman and ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Mojave Desert

Travel through the vast arid landscapes of the Mojave Desert. Keep your eyes peeled for photo ops as we journey through this otherworldly terrain.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Stay Inside Yosemite National Park

Spend two nights at Yosemite National Park where you'll be able to explore the valley floor with a multitude of hikes and activities.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Black Foodie Tour

Join a guided walking exploration of the rich culinary history and foods of the Black community in Oakland. As the home of the original Black Panth...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
San Francisco City Tour

Indulge in the many sites that San Francisco has to offer. From the eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture to its vibrant culture and tasty cuisines. 

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Paso Robles Inn

Established in 1889, the same year that El Paso de Robles was founded as a city, the Paso Robles Inn hotel has been at the heart of Paso Robles his...

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Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Farm-to-Table Dinner in Monterey

Visit Happy Girl Kitchen in Monterey, where your hosts share their knowledge and love of food using the freshest ingredients during an outstanding farm-to-table experience. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
17-Mile Drive

The stunning California coast passes by you, cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive. This drive is full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests and iconic golf courses.

Included in Trip

About this trip

All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Optional Experiences and free time
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
All transport and transfers shown
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Grand Canyon with a Local Specialist and Bilboa Park
Discover Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and San Francisco
Visit Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Monterey, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara
View Half Dome in Yosemite, Hollywood Sign and Golden Gate Bridge
Scenic Drive along 17-Mile Drive and Oak Creek Canyon Drive

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Visit USS Midway

With more than 30 restored aircraft and nearly 10 acres of exhibits and displays, the Midway brings you the most complete cross-section of carrier ...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
San Diego Best of the Bay Cruise - City Experiences by Hornblower

Enjoy the best professionally-narrated harbor tour of the San Diego Bay. We’ll cover over 20 miles on the Big Bay, passing by Seaport Village, Shel...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Canyons and Cowboys

Your  Red  Rock  Western  Guide  takes  you  through  a  scenic wonderland  surrounded  by  seven  majestic  canyons  into  historic  Dry  Creek  B...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Easy on the Asphalt (90 minutes)

A “Sedona snapshot” with great photo opportunities! Join us on this informative and relaxing, yet breathtaking tour of some of Sedona's most magnif...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Grand Discovery Air Tour South Rim - 45 Min. Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight

There’s no better way to experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon South Rim than on a fascinating aerial tour offering unobstructed views. Sit b...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Grand Kingdom - 40 Min. EcoStar Helicopter Flight

Soar across the canyon rim on a helicopter flight, watching as the bottom seemingly drops out from under your feet. Gaze deep into the core of the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
North Canyon Tour Helicopter Flight. Bell Aircraft - 25 minutes

The Grand Canyon opens up before you on a memorable helicopter experience over its southern and northern rims. After flying over the Kaibab Nationa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 we...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hoover Dam Visitor Center

Depart Las Vegas to one of the most famous modern marvels of our time, the Hoover Dam. First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Death Valley Day Tour

An enthusiastic guide will bring Death Valley to life while showing you the most spectacular highlights of the largest national park in the contigu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
VEGAS! The Show and Dinner

Come and experience what is hailed as the only show in Vegas, about Vegas! VEGAS! The Show will take you by the hand back in time to experience the...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Las Vegas Foodie Tour

Discover the locals’ favorite destination, the newly revitalized booming downtown that showcases a completely different side of Vegas, away from no...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Pier 39 and City Illuminations Tour

Explore the Chinese markets, herb shops, a fortune cookie factory and more (weather permitting), before dining family-style with a Chinese feast at...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Golden Gate Bridge Walk and 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 g...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across USA: English the official language of USA.
  • Currency used in USA: The currency of USA is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital:: The capital of USA is Washington, DC.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA: Several time zones are used across different regions of the USAs to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Standard Time (AKST), Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

 

The climate and weather in the United States vary greatly due to its large size and diverse geography. The country experiences a wide range of climate types, including temperate, Mediterranean, subtropical, arid, and alpine climates. In general, the eastern and central parts of the United States have a humid continental climate, characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The western coastal regions, such as California and the Pacific Northwest, have a more Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The southern states have a subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The southwestern and western regions, including states like Arizona and Nevada, have a desert or arid climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. The northernmost parts of the country, particularly Alaska, have a subarctic and alpine climate, with extremely cold winters and cool summers.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. North and Central America, along with Canada, offer a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling on Hawaii's beaches to dining at a sophisticated restaurant in Toronto.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the steamy jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while traveling.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include COVID, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Friday, June 8, 2018
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Je suis satisfaite du service de GET. Le tour était excellent et j'ai beaucoup aimé et mon aventure et mes découvertes . Le guide et le conducteur étaient plus qu'excellent et très professionnels .Dès la 2e journée , on s'est rendu compte que les gens qui avaient fait affaire avec Trafalgar avaient tous reçu l'iténéraire avec ses corrections et les options en surplus . Donc , les autres voyageurs ont dû nous prêter leurs copies afin de nous permettre de faire nos choix des options . Ceci devrait être remis à chaque client.
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Nous sommes si heureux d'apprendre que vous avez passé un merveilleux moment sur vos vacances à l'Ouest! Merci beaucoup de partager votre expérience et d'avoir choisi GET pour vous aider à planifier votre voyage.
Friday, June 8, 2018
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