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Travel from the City of Angels through Death Valley to fabulous San Francisco and awe at the immense beauty of North America's most spectacular landscapes. Admire the contrasts of nature’s wonders and man-made marvels, and experience the vastness of America’s romantic wild wilderness.

Hollywood Boulevard to Santa Monica
What a way to start our tour! Witness some serious glitz and glamour as we tour Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown LA and Santa Monica Beach. Keep an eye out for your favourite stars along the Walk of Fame!

Wild America
We'll experience some of the country's most breathtakingly beautiful scenery on this tour. From the sheer grandeur of the Grand Canyon and the towering sandstone buttes of Monument Valley, to the Giant Sequoias of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the sheer immensity of Yosemite National Park, we'll be reminded just how big, beautiful and precious nature can be.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 45 years+
  • Duration:
    20 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    North America
  • Destinations:
    United States of America
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices:
    @ early bird price $ 17095 tour and airfare*
  • Transport:
    Coach,Air,4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    20
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

TRAVEL

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to USA with taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour*
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $160pp pre-paid

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 staR) 
  • 2 nights in the Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite National Park  
  • 20 Breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 Dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

TOUR GUIDES & SIGHTEEING

  • English-speaking, locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • All sightseeing as per itinerary, detailed as ‘Sightseeing Inclusions’

PORTERAGE

  • Porterage included where available   

*Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour included when you book your airfare with us as part of the package

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares if you book tour only package
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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29 SEP - 21 OCT 2019
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$17345 tour and airfare*
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THE ‘SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING’

SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STC)

In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price.  Offer is not available when you book to share a room or in conjunction with any Reduced Single Supplement Offer (RSS)

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $3850 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

Prices per person (in AUD)

Single

Standard: Tour & Airfare Package

$  17345

 


Trip Code: usawest19-9

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Take in the sights of Palm Springs by aerial tramway
  • Learn about beautiful Scottsdale on a sightseeing tour
  • See the awe-inspiring Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon
  • Traverse the red sands of Monument valley before sharing a Navajo BBQ under the stars
  • Spend a day in stunning Zion National Park
  • Meet some of the world's biggest trees in Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park
  • Enjoy a full day tour in Yosemite National Park

Included Sightseeing

  • Take in the sights and sounds of Hollywood on a guided tour.
  • Get stars in your eyes as you walk down the Walk of Fame.
  • Visit the iconic Santa Monica Beach.
  • Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Palm Springs desert aboard the Aerial Tramway.
  • Explore the famous San Andreas fault line and beautiful night sky on a stargazing jeep tour.  
  • Tour stunningly beautiful desert city of Scottsdale, nestled among desert and mountain ranges.
  • Watch a Grand Canyon IMAX screening in Tusayan.
  • Experience the sheer grandeur of the Grand Canyon on a full day tour.
  • Enjoy a picturesque walk around the beautiful Horseshoe Bend.
  • Explore Antelope Canyon one a guided tour.
  • Visit Monument Valley to see the towering sandstone buttes jutting out of the landscape.
  • Tuck into a delicious Navajo BBQ dinner under a blanket of stars.
  • Stop to visit the Navajo Bridge and the city of Kanab.
  • Discover Bryce Canyon and it's many spire-shaped rock 'hoodoos' on a tour.
  • Be mesmerised by the many faces of the beautiful Zion National Park.
  • Stop for some sightseeing in the Valley of Fire.
  • Delve into the expanse that is Death Valley National Park, seeing sights such as Dante's View, Badwater Basin and Furnace Creek.
  • Visit some of the world's largest trees at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
  • See some of Yosemite National Park's most iconic sights on a tour, including Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls.
  • Spend a day touring Los Angeles, including Hollywood Boulevard and Beverly Hills.
  • Explore the Las Vegas nightlife on a city tour.
  • Enjoy a full day at leisure in Las Vegas.
  • Lose yourself in San Francisco with a full day at leisure. 

 

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs. 

DAY 1
Arrive Los Angeles 

Welcome to the United States of America and the city of Los Angeles! From the shores of Santa Monica to the glamour of Rodeo Drive and Hollywood, and everything in between, Los Angeles has long been a drawcard for dreamers and tourists alike. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2
Los Angeles

Today we’ll have stars in our eyes as we take in the sights and sounds of Hollywood on a guided tour, ticking off Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame and Mann’s Chinese Theatre, Beverly Hills, Downtown LA and the iconic Santa Monica beach. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3
Los Angeles – Palm Springs 

On our way to Palm Springs this morning we’ll stop for a ride on the Aerial Tramway for 360-degree views of the surrounding desert and canyon landscape.

Special Experience : Enjoy a stunning sunset and stargazing jeep tour along the San Andreas fault line.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 4
Palm Springs - Scottsdale 

This morning we drive to Scottsdale, Arizona, via the vast Joshua Tree National Park. The Colorado River makes for a great place to stretch our legs and enjoy some lunch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5
Scottsdale 

There is much more to the sprawling desert city of Scottsdale than meets the eye. While it’s famous for its resorts and high-end boutiques, the heart of the city still celebrates its Western heritage. Today we’ll see a different side of Scottsdale with visits to Old Town, the Museum of the West and Railroad Park.

Special Experience: Learn more about Arizona’s deserts with a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden, including a cooking demonstration, tasting and tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 6
Scottsdale to Grand Canyon

This morning we'll visit the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Centre on our way to Tusayan, a small town on the outskirts of the Grand Canyon, to enjoy a Grand Canyon IMAX screening. En route to Tusayan we'll stop to enjoy some relaxed sightseeing in Sedona. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 7
Grand Canyon

We’ve got a full-day tour of the Grand Canyon today. Carved out by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is 445 kilometres long, up to 18 kilometres wide and as much as 1,857 metres deep. The layers of red rock reveal millions of years of geological history.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 8
Grand Canyon - Page

A great day of sightseeing ahead today. On our way to Page we stop at beautiful Horseshoe Bend for a walk that will present some amazing photo opportunities. We’ll also take a guided tour of Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon in the Navajo Nation 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 9
Page

We’ll be driving through the red sands of Monument Valley accompanied by a Navajo guide today. Famous for the towering sandstone buttes that dot its landscape, the valley has been used as a backdrop in a number of Western movies, epitomising the valley as the quintessential image of the American West for moviegoers.

Special Experience: Share a special Navajo BBQ dinner in the desert under a blanket of stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 10
Page – Bryce Canyon 

Crossing the border into Utah today, we’ll make stops at the Navajo Bridge and Kanab on our way to the sprawling reserve of Bryce Canyon National Park, known for its spire-shaped rock formations called ‘hoodoos’.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 11  
Bryce Canyon – Zion National Park

This morning we have a tour in the dramatic Bryce Canyon, which will allow us to explore the eerily beautiful sandstone hoodoos that have been shaped over centuries by the elements.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 12
Zion National Park

Zion National Park is our destination today, where we'll enjoy a day at leisure. Fondly known as Utah’s first national park, it’s hard to deny the breathtaking beauty on display here. Don’t let the imposing sandstone cliffs of red, pink and cream draw your eyes upwards for too long, as you may miss some of the beautiful wildlife that call the canyon home - Great Blue Herons, Canyon Wrens and the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl all reside here. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 13
Zion National Park – Las Vegas 

A trip through America’s deserts wouldn’t be complete without a few nights in the bright lights of Nevada’s premier oasis, Las Vegas! On the way we’ll stop for some sightseeing at the Valley of Fire, known for its bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in grey and tan limestone. Tonight we’ll get to experience the Las Vegas nightlife on a tour.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 14
Las Vegas

Are you feeling lucky? Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this diamond in the desert. If you look beyond the twinkling lights of the endless casinos, there’s plenty to see and do here that doesn’t involve gambling, including world-class shows, exhibitions and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 15
Las Vegas - Bakersfield 

It’s back to nature today as we travel to California’s Death Valley, the country’s biggest national park outside of Alaska. We’ll visit some of the valley’s more sinisterly named sites, such as Dante’s View, Badwater Basin and Furnace Creek before enjoying lunch at The Oasis at Death Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 16
Bakersfield - Sequoia 

Special Experience: Meet five of the world’s largest trees, including the largest of all—General Sherman—on a guided tour of lush Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 17
Sequoia – Yosemite National Park 

This morning we set off for UNESCO World Heritage-listed Yosemite National Park, stopping on the way to visit Mariposa Grove to see some more sequoias. After a bit of sightseeing from Yosemite's valley floor we’ll enjoy a relaxing evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 18
Yosemite National Park 

Special Experience: See some of Yosemite National Park's most iconic sights on a tour today, including Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 19  
Yosemite National Park – San Francisco 

We’ve got San Francisco in our sights today - home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the world’s last manually operated cable car system, some seriously good food and, of course, the notorious Alcatraz prison. Enjoy a morning of sightseeing around this iconic city. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20
San Francisco 

Enjoy a full day at leisure today to explore more of beautiful San Francisco at your own pace. This evening we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 21
Depart San Francisco 

Today we begin our journey home. 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 22
In Transit 

DAY 23
Arrive Australia

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour. 

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights
of Stay

Los Angeles

Marriott Marina Del Rey

2

Palm Springs

Palm Mountain Resort

1

Scottsdale

Hyatt Place Old Town

2

Grand Canyon

Red Feather Lodge

2

Page

Best Western View of Lake Powell Hotel

2

Bryce Canyon

Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn

1

Zion National Park

La Quinta Springdale

2

Las Vegas

Bally’s Hotel and Casino

2

Bakersfield

Hilton Garden Inn

1

Fresno

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Fresno

1

Yosemite National Park

Tenaya Lodge

2

San Francisco

Villa Florence

2

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Palm Mountain Resort, Palm Springs, CA

La Quinta Springdale, Zion National Park, Springdale, UT

Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite National Park, Fishcamp, CA

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

MARIOTT MARINA DEL REY, LOS ANGELES
Featuring modern, elegant rooms in one of the most desirable California locations. Enjoy the chic outdoor lounge, pool and spa, and on-site dining.

Rooms come equipped with HDTVs, a coffee maker, an iron with ironing facilities and bottled water.

PALM MOUNTAIN RESORT, PALM SPRINGS
The Palm Mountain Resort is centrally located in Palm Springs – a great base to explore! In-house amenities include an outdoor pool and spa.

Rooms feature WiFi (surcharge), coffee/tea makers and complimentary bottled water.

HYATT PLACE OLD TOWN, SCOTTSDALE
When you stay at Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town the charming neighbourhood sights of Old Town Scottsdale are right at your doorstep. The hotel features a bar and an outdoor pool.

Room include free WiFi, a flat-screen cable TV and a small refrigerator.

RED FEATHER LODGE, GRAND CANYON
Located just a few kilometres from the Grand Canyon National Park Southern Rim entrance, the Red Feather Lodge is a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing. Amenities include a seasonal heated outdoor pool and spa.

Rooms feature flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and coffee/tea making facilities.

BEST WESTERN VIEW OF LAKE POWELL, PAGE
Best Western View of Lake Powell Hotel is located in picturesque settings, surrounded by views of the Glen Canyon Rim. The hotel features a season outdoor pool and hot tub.

Rooms equipped with a 46” flat screen TV, free WiFi and coffee/tea making facilities. 

BEST WESTERN PLUS RUBY’S INN, BRYCE CANYON
Located under 2 kilometres from the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, the Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn is more than just convenient. The hotel features a swimming pool.

Room is air conditioned and equipped with free Wifi, a TV and coffee machine. 

LA QUINTA SPRINGDALE, ZION NATIONAL PARK
Located just minutes from the highly acclaimed Zion National Park, La Quinta Springdale offers attentive service and modern amenities to make your stay enjoyable. The hotel features an indoor pool.

Rooms include free WiFi, flat-screen cable TVs and coffee machines. 

BALLY’S HOTEL & CASINO, LAS VEGAS
Located on the Las Vegas Strip, Bally’s Hotel and Casino features an extensive casino and shows on site, a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, an extensive fitness centre and 8 restaurants. 

Spacious rooms offer cable TV and free WiFi. 

HILTON GARDEN INN, BAKERSFIELD
The newly renovated Hilton Garden Inn offers comfortable guest rooms, free WiFi, a fitness centre, on-site restaurant and an indoor pool with hot tub. 

Each spacious room is equipped with a microwave and refrigerator, traditional décor and a cable TV.

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON, FRESNO
An outdoor pool and a restaurant and bar are featured at the DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno. Styled in modern décor, each room provides a flat-screen cable TV and free WiFi. 

TENAYA LODGE, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
An elegant resort in the California High Sierra, Tenaya Lodge is the gateway to your Yosemite adventure. Nestled in the mountains just 3.2 kilometres from Yosemite National Park, this hotel include modern amenities such as a bar and full-service spa.

Each air-conditioned room comes equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, free WiFi and a refrigerator.

VILLA FLORENCE, SAN FRANCISCO
Experience the heart of downtown San Francisco when you stay at the contemporary, Italian-inspired boutique hotel that is Villa Florence. Featuring an Italian restaurant and sophisticated décor, any stay here promises to be memorable. Enjoy the on-site gym and free WiFi throughout. 

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


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GETTING THERE

 

Arrive to: Los Angeles, California
Depart from: San Francisco, California

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section on our website.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
The flight itinerary is provided with your quote.

TRANSFERS
When you travel on the group flights booked with us as part of your package arriving on day 1 and departing on day 21 of the tour, airport transfers on arrival and departure are included as part of your package.

When you travel on other dates or not with the group flight additional charges apply for airport transfers on arrival and departure.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this experience with a maximum group size of 20 travellers. This is a SOLOS MIX tours; couples and solo travellers may join this tour.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
A moderate to faster pace. There are some days with early starts and full days of touring.  There are 1 and 2 nights of stay for this itinerary.

Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements:
A minimum level of fitness is required to be able to participate and you are required to at least:

  • Be able to walk 3.5kms on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid
  • Carry your own luggage
  • Walk up two flights of stairs with ease

Passengers must inform us and the service provider of any medical conditions which may affect their ability to participate in the tour.

At our discretion we, including the service provider, can exclude you in a tour or in any activity if we consider that you are unable to safely participate in that tour or activity or if we consider your participation may place the safety of other guests at risk.

We exclude all liability for any illness, injury or death sustained by you on tour because of any pre-existing medical condition. You release us from all liability arising out of your medical condition, illness, or injury that you may suffer during the tour or as a result of the tour. 

ABOUT THE MEALS
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

GROUP TOUR DIRECTOR
This is a group tour with a coach driver and locally based English speaking tour director. Your tour director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
Coach, jeep and cable car

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Due to the handling of luggage on our tours and coaches, checked baggage is limited to 20kg and a minimum of hand luggage.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 

Wifi is readily available at all hotels.  Some hotels may charge for this service. 

You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to.  

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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