Wonders of the West USA Tour
12 Day Fly & Tour Holiday with $1400 Bonus Value Including hotel stays, taxes and tipping
Deal Code: MC-112314
Your 12 Day Fly & Tour Holiday Highlights
From the gorgeous national parks to the thrilling cities, this western U.S. tour through California, Arizona, and Nevada features unique rock formations, scenic drives, deep canyons, and sparkling waterfalls and lakes—not to mention fun in some of the world’s most famous cities. Your tour starts in Los Angeles, ends in San Francisco, and overnights along the way in Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Williams, Las Vegas, Tulare, Merced, and San Francisco. You’ll visit two of the West’s most famous and beautiful national parks, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Yosemite National Park in California. Stroll the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and stand in awe as you witness the breathtaking scenery. In Yosemite National Park, have your camera ready for the giant granite domes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and more.
But that’s not all…you’ll also witness spectacular scenery on your drives. Between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon, you’ll see Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon, known as one of America’s most beautiful drives and home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone, and you’ll stop in Sedona, with the massive red-rock formations that make the area famous. Between Williams and Las Vegas, watch for Joshua trees, which can grow to be more than 40 feet tall. Between Las Vegas and Tulare, you’ll witness the vast Mojave Desert. Enjoy sightseeing in Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Perhaps take a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars or enjoy an optional outing to Alcatraz Prison, the federal penitentiary that once housed Al Capone and other notorious criminals—the choice is yours! Free time in each city—including Las Vegas—gives you time to explore on your own or to take optional excursions. Breathtaking scenery, exciting cities, scenic drives, and more…this western U.S. tour is a perfect holiday for savvy, value-minded travellers.
Please note: Itinerary is based on 2022, and is subject to change.
Your 12 Day Fly & Tour Holiday Includes
Flights to Los Angeles, returning from San Francisco
Breakfast: 3 Lunch: 0 Dinner: 0
Touring by private, air-conditioned motorcoach.
Free Wi-Fi (where available)
Rooms with private bath or shower. Includes hotel taxes, tips and service charges
Grand Canyon National Park
Route 66, Williams
Las Vegas, Nevada
Yosemite National Park
Bonus My Cruises Holiday Savings
Low Deposit from $499pp*
General Travel Date Information
28 April 2023
*26 May 2023
*16 June 2023
*11 August 2023
*01 September 2023
* $100 per person surcharge applies
Day 1: Los Angeles, USA
Welcome to Los Angeles! After arriving on your included flight from Australia, make your own way to your Los Angeles hotel. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2: Los Angeles
Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of Tinseltown. Drive through Hollywood and see the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. A historic gem, this world-famous cinema (formerly, Grauman’s) has hosted some of the most exclusive movie premieres in Hollywood history. The Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater) is the first permanent home of the glamourous Academy Awards. See the Hollywood Walk of Fame where iconic terrazzo stars grace block after city block of Hollywood Boulevard. Explore The Original Farmers Market, with more than 140 shops and restaurants. The remainder of your day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions for further exploration of the city.
Day 3: Los Angeles – Palm Springs
Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs. Ever since Hollywood stars first came here in the 1930’s, laying claim to ranch-style estates and holding up in elite hotels, the clean, dry air and sunshine have made Palm Springs irresistible.
Day 4: Palm Springs – Scottsdale
Travel through cacti-covered desert toward Old Town Scottsdale, where Western storefronts create an aura of the past. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore a taste of the Old West, with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels, and cowboy hats abundant, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time to the era of outlaws and saloons.
Day 5: Scottsdale- Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park – Williams
First stop today is a visit to Sedona, a centre for Southwestern and New Age arts. Climb through Oak Creek Canyon with its weather- sculpted formations of dramatic, colour-tinted crags. Then pass by the San Francisco Mountains and beautiful pine forests to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional helicopter flightseeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 6,093 feet into the Colorado River. Stay overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as its main street.
Day 6: Williams – Las Vegas
Cross the old Mohave gold-strike country, that still has traces of century-old ghost towns set in the natural desert beauty. Look out for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grows to 40 feet high and can live for more than 300 years. Today’s destination is the man-made oasis in the Nevada desert that is Las Vegas, a fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, and glamorous shows. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colourful “Strip.” (CB)
Day 7: Las Vegas
The day is free for exploring on your own. Your Tour Director will have plenty of activities to choose from and will recommend favourite restaurants and shopping areas.
Day 8: Las Vegas – Toulare
Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, we continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. See the vast Mojave Desert, which covers one-fifth of California. Pass through the agricultural land and overnight in Tulare in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Day 9: Tulare – Yosemite National Park – Merced
This morning, we enter Yosemite National Park, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, giant granite domes, towering pinnacles, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Next, drive to Merced. (B)
Day 10: Merced – San Francisco (B)
This morning, we continue west to the “Golden Gate City” of San Francisco, famous for its cable cars. After lunch, included sightseeing takes in the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf.
Day 11: San Francisco
The day is free for you to explore more of this fascinating city. Choose from a variety of optional tours.
Day 12: San Francisco
Your holiday ends with check out this morning. Make your own way to the airport or extend your holiday with extra nights to further explore San Francisco.
TOURING FINE PRINT
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Solo Price from: $5590 per person
Child Price from: $4190 per person, between the ages of 10 and 17 years inclusive
Children under 10 years old are not permitted on this tour. Children over 10 must travel with a responsible adult 21 years or older.
An initial deposit from $499 per person is required to secure your booking.
A second deposit from $1600 per person is required 8 months before departure.
The final balance will be due 5 months before departure.
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE
If you are unable to travel due to government restrictions or supplier cancellations, we will waive our administration fees and assist with a date change, credit or refund less any unrecoverable third-party costs. Credits are subject to supplier conditions and fare differences may apply upon rebooking.
Each amendment incurs a $55 per person administration fee.
Additional fees from third-party suppliers including airlines may apply.
Cancellation after initial deposit: $99 per person administration fee.
Cancellation after second deposit: $300 per person administration fee.
Additional fees from third-party suppliers including airlines may apply.
Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, regardless of any other baggage allowance.
Porter service is not included and you are expected to carry your own bags.
Luggage and personal effects are your own risk and we hold no liability for lost or damaged belongings.
Tourist visas / ESTAs are required for Australian and most other nationalities travelling to the USA.
It is the customer’s responsibility to check the country of departure and country of arrival’s COVID-19 restrictions. Our third party supplier partners (e.g. airlines, cruise lines, accommodation, tour operators etc) may also have additional restrictions. It is the customer’s responsibility to check that all travellers in your party also meet all requirements. The situation is fluid and as such country and state entry requirements, along with third party supplier requirements, are changing frequently. All travellers must comply with their final destination’s immigration and health requirements.
It is your responsibility to check all requirements with your local consulate, embassy or visa centre for the latest information regarding vaccination requirements. Should any mandatory quarantine or testing be required, this will be at your own expense and for you to arrange. Please be advised that any costs for these requirements will be at your own expense. Our consultants are not qualified to advise you on vaccinations. Please contact your doctor or a specialist vaccination clinic for advice.
Final documentation will be emailed within two weeks of departure of the respective travel component.
The itinerary and its order, sightseeing and transportation may be adjusted as deemed necessary for optimum safety, enjoyment and operation of the tour.
If attractions are not available due to reasons beyond our control such as closures or adverse weather, similar alternatives will be provided where possible.
Included admissions provide general entrance to the attraction and do not include secondary admissions or expenses inside the venue.
Any reference to ‘optional’, ‘not included’ or ‘exclusions/excluded’ means at your own expense.
The indicated length of trip does not include time in flight and is subject to change depending on the final flight schedule.
Flights are booked approximately 8 to 10 months prior to departure. The flights included in your package are based on a specific predetermined airfare allowance. Should there be a significant increase in airfares, taxes or government fees at the time of booking flights, then an airfare supplement may be imposed. The flights team will discuss options with you prior to ticketing, should this situation arise. Flights may not operate daily or directly to your destination.
Hotel star ratings are either local ratings or self-ratings provided by the supplier.
All rooms will be lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise stated.
Is not available on this package.
This tour is run in Europe by our trusted partner; Cosmos. All pre-tour enquiries and questions should be directed to My Holiday Centre on 1300 642 642.
These departure dates are all guaranteed and therefore not exclusive. Our customers may be joining a group made up from different agencies.
Minimum 10 passengers required to operate, maximum 48 passengers per vehicle.
In the USA gratuities are expected but the specific amounts are left to the discretion of passengers. Recommended budget per person, per day subject to the service being of a sufficiently high standard: Tour Director, USD$6.50; Driver USD$4; Tour Guides. USD$2. Hotel service fees and tips are included in this package.
It is a condition of booking that you must always remain with the tour according to the prescribed program.
Departure from the group or deviation from the set itinerary are not permitted unless written prior consent is obtained, otherwise you risk cancellation of remaining land and air arrangements.
All efforts must be made to resolve issues on tour with the tour leader.
Complaints must be submitted in writing with substantiated evidence within 10 days of trip completion.
Please notify your guide of any special dietary requirements but note that choices may be limited or not catered for.
Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for this holiday.
Force majeure means any natural disaster, accident, fire, act of God, act of war, terrorism, legally binding judgment, injunction, action of a court or other relevant authority, emergency, unplanned repairs, maintenance, strike, industrial dispute, work ban, blockade or picketing, travel ban, pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, or other event beyond our reasonable direct or indirect control.
In case of force majeure or other extraordinary event that prevents safe travel, we reserve the right to adjust, postpone or cancel the trip.
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