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National Parks Explorer

Duration:14 days 13 nights
Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:National Parks
Tour Region:Mountain Region, Pacific Region (includes Hawaii and Alaska), Southwest Region

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National Parks Explorer

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Tour Information

The National Parks Explorer tour begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles.

VISIT 9 NATIONAL PARKS !

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Tours and holidays in Usa - San Francisco Arrival

Day 1

San Francisco Arrival

Arrive into San Francisco International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel. Your Tour Director will contact you in the evening.

Tours and holidays in Usa - San Francisco

Day 2

San Francisco

Take a city tour which includes Union Square, the Civic Center and Fisherman’s Wharf. Standing on a hilltop, watching the fog swirl in through the Golden Gate, it is easy to understand why many consider San Francisco the most beautiful city in America. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure, perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where one may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic and play. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and ”Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated.

Tours and holidays in Usa - San Francisco – Lake Tahoe – Sierra Nevada Mountains – Reno

Day 3

San Francisco – Lake Tahoe – Sierra Nevada Mountains – Reno

Depart for Sacramento, capital of the “Golden State”. A stop will be made in Old Town, once a bustling center of the Gold Rush and terminus of the Pony Express. Continue to gorgeous Lake Tahoe, nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the afternoon you will visit Virginia City, a 19th century mining metropolis where the Old West comes to life. A short drive takes you to Reno and your hotel, where you may be tempted to try your luck in the casino.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Reno – Black Rock Desert – Twin Falls

Day 4

Reno – Black Rock Desert – Twin Falls

Journey through the Black Rock Desert and across the plains of northern Nevada. Follow the Humboldt River along the route that was once used by early pioneers on the Oregon and California Trails. Visit Elko, the formerly rough and tumble town that once sat at the end of the tracks laid from the west by the Central Pacific Railroad. Cross the state line at Jackpot and enter Twin Falls, located within Idaho’s Magic Valley region.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Twin Falls – Craters of the Moon – Yellowstone National Park

Day 5

Twin Falls – Craters of the Moon – Yellowstone National Park

Leaving Twin Falls, you will cross the Snake River, known as “The River of No Return”. Then visit Craters of the Moon National Monument. This eerie desert landscape so closely resembles lunar conditions that the training for the first men on the moon actually took place here. Later this afternoon you arrive at Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant as the nation’s first National Park.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Yellowstone National Park

Day 6

Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland. Highlights of your tour will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls (seasonal).

Tours and holidays in Usa - Yellowstone National Park – Grand Tetons – Jackson – Salt Lake City

Day 7

Yellowstone National Park – Grand Tetons – Jackson – Salt Lake City

This morning’s journey is through the rugged, snow-capped mountains which welcome you to Grand Teton National Park. Visit the Snake River Outlook and try your eye at capturing the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam’s iconic shot. This prairie land is home to wild buffalo (Tatonka!), moose and elk. Continue to Jackson Hole, the sophisticated “Crown Jewel” of the Rocky Mountains. Travel through southern Idaho to Salt Lake City in the Mormon State of Utah. See the State Capitol building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening. May we suggest dinner at the Roof Restaurant for panoramic views of Temple Square ? (optional)

Tours and holidays in Usa - Salt Lake City – Moab

Day 8

Salt Lake City – Moab

Spend the morning exploring Salt Lake City. Then travel to beautiful Moab, where the landscape is distinguished by thousand-foot-deep canyons as well as snow-capped peaks.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Moab – Arches National Park – Canyonlands National Park – Moab

Day 9

Moab – Arches National Park – Canyonlands National Park – Moab

Journey today to two of America’s most spectacular National Parks. Your first stop, Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the awe-inspiring Delicate Arch. Then it’s on to Canyonlands National Park, where you will explore the color drenched landscape of sandstone eroded into hundreds of canyons, mesas and buttes by the forces of time and the Colorado River. This evening you may enjoy an optional Jet Boat Float trip on the mighty Colorado River.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Moab – Capitol Reef National Park – Bryce Canyon National Park

Day 10

Moab – Capitol Reef National Park – Bryce Canyon National Park

Visit Capitol Reef National Park, a destination of extraordinary natural beauty, established in 1937 to protect a unique geological feature. Continue to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles, “hoodoos”, will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and the aroma of pinewood campfires.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff

Day 11

Bryce Canyon – Lake Powell – Grand Canyon – Flagstaff

Travel to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red rock canyon walls. After crossing the Colorado, enter the Navajo Indian Reservation and drive through the Painted Desert via Cameron Trading Post. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the rim to fully experience this mile-deep colorful canyon’s plunging gorges and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River. Overnight in Flagstaff.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Flagstaff – Seligman/Route 66 – Las Vegas

Day 12

Flagstaff – Seligman/Route 66 – Las Vegas

Descend the high Coconino Plateau into the Mojave Desert. Along the way, pass through Seligman, a town built along the famed historic Route 66 that looks as if it were frozen in time 60 years ago. Onward to Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World”.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Las Vegas (Death Valley)

Day 13

Las Vegas (Death Valley)

Day at leisure! Enjoy all that Las Vegas offers. In addition to shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-caliber shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip or take an optional trip to Death Valley, one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places on the surface of the Earth.

Tours and holidays in Usa - Las Vegas – Mojave Desert – Beverly Hills – Los Angeles

Day 14

Las Vegas – Mojave Desert – Beverly Hills – Los Angeles

Today starts with a stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory. Travel to Los Angeles via the Mojave Desert. Clusters of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy a tour including Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel. Tour ends upon arrival at hotel at approximately 17:00 hours.

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DEPARTURES 2017 PRICE FROM
MAY 27 2162
JUNE 10 2162
JULY 1, 15 2162
AUG 19 2162
SEP 9, 23 2162

YOUR ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR INCLUDES
- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT INCLUSIONS
- Welcome reception to meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers
- Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of San Francisco including Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf
- Tour the historic Old Town of Sacramento
- Tour Yellowstone National Park, and witness the eruptions of geysers
- Guided visit of Temple Square in Salt Lake City
- Walk through Arches National Park
- Travel along Route 66 and stop in the historic town of Seligman
- Comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, and Hollywood and the famous stars in the sidewalk (Walk of Fame)

NIGHT CITY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
1-2 San Francisco Hotel Carlton
3 Reno Harrah's Reno
4 Twin Falls Shilo Inn Twin Falls
5-6 Yellowstone National Park Gray Wolf Inn / Brandin Iron Inn
7 Salt Lake City Little America Hotel
8-9 Moab Moab Valley Inn
10 Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce View Lodge
11 Flagstaff Days Hotel Flagstaff
12-13 Las Vegas Luxor Las Vegas

PRE & POST HOTELS
PRE: San Francisco, Hotel Carlton
POST: Los Angeles, Marriott LAX

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
- Night tour of San Francisco with dinner in Chinatown
- Cruise the Colorado on a float trip in Moab
- Helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon
- Fly over Lake Powell and enjoy a Monument Valley tour
- Las Vegas by Night tour
- “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route