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Insight Vacations Great Western American Adventure (Summer 2017) (AGW)

15 Days from San Francisco to Las Vegas Print
Tour Style: Premium Tour
USA, Canada and South America 2017
Visits: United States

Glorious cities, wine country, dramatic canyons and coastal towns… this is truly a marvellous and diverse composition of the American West. Read 'Celebrating 100 Years of The US National Parks Service' on the Insight Vacations blog

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • San Francisco: See the cable cars, Union Square, Alamo Square and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Sonoma: Explore the shops of this Spanish Plaza.
  • Yosemite National Park: Experience the natural beauty and wildlife. See El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
  • San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops.
  • Santa Barbara: Drive down State Street, view the Court House and Stearns Wharf.
  • Santa Monica: Stroll along the Third Street Promenade.
  • Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theater.
  • Sedona: Visit one of the most scenic cities in the Southwest.
  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy outstanding views.
  • Cameron: Stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post.
  • Glen Canyon: Visit the dam.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Walk to Sunset Point to see the hoodoos.
  • Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive and Oak Creek Canyon.

HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS

  • San Francisco: Your boutique Omni hotel is a sophisticated, urban retreat that is only a short walk to Union Square.
  • Sonoma Mission: The Fairmont hotel is the ultimate Wine Country resort, surrounded by lush vineyards and blessed with natural hot springs.
  • Los Angeles: Located In the heart of the city and setting a new standard of luxury, the stunning JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE Hotel is the focal point of L.A.
  • Lake Powell: We guarantee lake-view rooms with picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets.
  • Las Vegas: Where else would you want to stay than the Cosmopolitan? A modern, luxury, upscale, resort, overlooking the heart of the strip.

SIGNATURE DINING

  • San Francisco: Enjoy a walking tour through Chinatown, followed by an authentic Chinese dinner.
  • Napa Valley: Visit Benziger Winery for a private tram tour including an exclusive tasting.
  • Monterey: Dinner with wine is available from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
  • Los Angeles: Taste your way through the historic L.A. Farmers Market with a Local Expert.
  • Los Angeles: A Highlight Dinner of American comfort classics with a Southern twist at Engine Co 28, a renovated firehouse from 1912.
  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Thunderbird Room while taking in views of the South Rim.
  • Las Vegas: Toast to the finale of your tour at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine before seeing all the glitz that Las Vegas has to offer.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 14 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Dinner (D), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Hearst Castle: Ascend the 'Enchanted Hill' for a guided tour of one of America's grandest private estates.
  • Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.
  • Los Angeles: Visit the Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house.
  • Los Angeles: Step beyond the red carpet. A behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre.
  • Grand Canyon: Join a Local Expert for an informative presentation and witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls.
  • Lake Powell: A testament to the power of water over rock, glide through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon during your cruise.
  • Monument Valley: Join a Navajo Guide in a special vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park, made famous in America's favourite Western movies.
  • Zion Canyon: The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of the canyon is by private shuttle with live commentary.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 San Francisco, the City by the Bay
Welcome to California. On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your transfer takes you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetizers.(WD)
Day: 2 Exploring San Francisco
Spend the morning taking in the sights of the city – the bustling activity in Union Square and beautiful Golden Gate Park. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow guests for a Highlight Dinner with an informative walking tour through Chinatown followed by an authentic Chinese dinner at a restaurant loved by the locals.(FB / HD)
Day: 3 A Taste of California’s Wine Country
Enter the Napa Valley in California's lush premier wine country with a visit to the Benziger Family Winery for a private tram tour. Take an up-close look at the vines and learn about the biodynamic, certified organic farming approach and the history of the winery. See the terraced vineyards and visit the crush pad, barrel aging caves and Tasting Room where you'll enjoy an exclusive tasting. Later, peruse the quaint shops at Sonoma's historic plaza. The evening is at leisure.(FB)
Day: 4 Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Travel through California's Gold Country to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations and abundant wildlife. At night, enjoy newly refurbished rooms at your hotel, located inside the park and close to North America's highest waterfall.(FB)
Day: 5 Monterey, the Cradle of History
Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Stop at Carmel-by-the-Sea, browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey. For your dining pleasure, you have a spectacular selection of local restaurants to choose from.(FB / DA)
Day: 6 Hearst Castle and the American Riviera
Head south to 'The Enchanted Hill', high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the 'American Riviera'. Check in to your beachfront hotel.Highway 1/Big Sur advisory – Travel along Hwy 1 between Carmel and Ragged Point/Hearst Castle is now restricted due to recent mudslides and bridge closures. Re-routing via US-101 may be necessary depending on conditions at time of travel.(FB)
Day: 7 Santa Monica and the City of Angels
Visit and learn about the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara.Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica where you can stroll the popular Third Street Promenade. Visit the stunning Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house. Continue on to your luxurious hotel.(FB)
Day: 8 The Glitz and Glam of L.A.
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.(FB / HD)
Day: 9 Across the Mojave to Scottsdale
Travel across the Mojave Desert wilderness. Arrive in Scottsdale, where you can spend the afternoon relaxing at your idyllic resort and spa.(FB)
Day: 10 Sedona and the Wonders of the Mighty Grand Canyon
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.(FB / HD)
Day: 11 Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell
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.(FB / D)
Day: 12 Leisurely Lake Powell
(Relaxed Start) 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(FB)
Day: 13 Bryce Canyon’s Stony Symphony
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. In the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner with drinks.(FB / CD)
Day: 14 Zion to Las Vegas - from Nature to Neon
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 commentary of 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.(FB)
Day: 15 Depart Las Vegas
Your adventure ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport or extend your stay in Las Vegas.(FB)

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