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The Great National Parks

The Great National Parks

Dates Available:

  1. 27-Apr-2015
  2. May-2015:
    1. 11,
    2. 25. 
  3. Aug-2015:
    1. 17,
    2. 24. 
  4. Sep-2015:
    1. 07,
    2. 14,
    3. 21. 
  5. 05-Oct-2015

This extraordinary tour showcases some of North America's most eye-popping wonders of nature, including the startling landscapes of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and mesmerising Zion. Join us for a wonderful holiday suffused with the history, the vast sweep and the sheer majesty of the West.

 

What The Price Includes
  • Return scheduled flights
  • Coach touring as described in the itinerary
  • 16 nights' room-only accommodation in a series of good standard hotels
  • Entry to National Parks including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore
  • A tour through Monument Valley
  • Visits to Canyonlands, Arches, Grand Teton, Little Bighorn, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks
  • A visit to Custer State Park
  • Free time in Las Vegas
  • The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
  • Government taxes and service charges

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly west to Las Vegas, Nevada. Meet your Tour Manager upon arrival and transfer by coach to your overnight hotel in the resort-town of Laughlin, known as 'Vegas in Miniature', on the banks of the mighty Colorado River.

Day Two

On this unforgettable day you'll travel into Arizona, to the edge of the abyss that is the Grand Canyon. Marvel at its vastness on an optional Helicopter Flight over the chasm.

This afternoon you'll continue into the heart of 'Indian Country', where the Hopi and Navajo tribes are guardians of an ancient land, and where the Navajo National Monument is home to some beautiful cliff-dwellings. Your overnight stay will be in Kayenta, gateway to Monument Valley.

Day Three

Famous from the movies of John Ford and John Wayne, Monument Valley's towering red sandstone mesas - rising from the flat desert floor - are among America's most iconic sights. En route to Utah, we'll stop for lunch and panoramic views at the historic Gouldings Lodge, before continuing to Moab for a two-night stay.

Day Four

More stunning scenery awaits today, at the Canyonlands National Park, with its extraordinary 'Island in the Sky' sandstone butte towering 1,500 feet above the ancient, river-carved valley. Rest and relax this evening in Moab, a colourful former mining town and a mecca for western adventurers.

Day Five

At Arches National Park, the world's largest concentration of sandstone arches creates a spectacular landscape. Discover its countless viewing - and photo - opportunities.

Afterwards, enjoy one of the tour's most scenic journeys as we head into the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado, through a region dotted with world-class resorts such as Vail and Aspen. Spend the evening on friendly Denver's 16th Street or enjoying Lower Downtown's pubs and bars.

Day Six

The legends of the 'Wild West' will be brought vividly to life on today's journey across the Great Plains - into Wyoming to the frontier-town state capital, Cheyenne, and on to South Dakota, where the Black Hills saw one of North America's most famous gold rushes.

Day Seven

See one of America's most iconic and astonishing monuments - famous Mount Rushmore - its quartet of US presidents' faces carved into the granite cliff. Journey on through the beautiful acres of Custer State Park, an area of forested slopes and idyllic lakes that is home to elk, deer and bison.

Day Eight

Discover Deadwood, "Wildest of the Wild West Towns", today. This National Historic Landmark was the stomping ground - and burial place - of 'Calamity Jane' and Wild Bill Hickok. Next, travel through the High Plains, once the scene of 'range wars' and cattle-rustling.

Day Nine

American history is once again brought to life at the Little Bighorn Battlefield, site of Custer's famous Last Stand. A scenic journey will take you on to Buffalo Bill's historic hometown of Cody, Wyoming, where wooden boardwalks and the swing doors of saloon bars are authentic recreations of a colourful past.

Day 10

Enter majestic Yellowstone, America's most celebrated national park, with its rugged beauty, lakes, canyons and bubbling cauldrons. See the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, roaring through a 24-mile-long gap in the ancient plateau. You'll also visit the park's fascinating headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs.

Day 11

Cross back into Wyoming, travelling south through Yellowstone's glories. You'll pause in the hope of seeing an eruption of the famous Old Faithful geyser, then pass through the breathtaking Grand Teton National Park, its jagged peaks rising abruptly from the valley floor, and stay overnight in the celebrated western town of Jackson.

Day 12

Today you'll continue south to Salt Lake City, Utah, beautifully set at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. 'Hometown' of the Mormon Church, the multi-spired Temple and adjacent Tabernacle lie at its heart. You'll stay overnight in this friendly, easy-going place.

Day 13

Drive south across stunning southern Utah, passing from desert scrubland into wooded hills, heading to the rock formations of Bryce Canyon. Millions of years of erosion by ice and water have left hundreds of weird, towering, red, yellow and orange pinnacles here that resemble nothing else on Earth.

Day 14

A final full day's sightseeing begins in otherworldly Bryce, before an afternoon in beautiful Zion National Park, where the forests and plunging waterfalls are a welcome, lush contrast to Bryce's desolation.

Day 15

Glittering, glamorous, unbelievable Las Vegas, the world's most famous 'oasis', hosts your final two-night stay. This evening, don't miss the optional 'Vegas by Night' excursion, culminating in the 'dancing' fountains at the Bellagio Hotel.

Day 16

Rest, relax or explore on your last day in Las Vegas. Alternatively, take the opportunity to join an optional excursion - perhaps to the legendary Hoover Dam, or this evening, as a fitting finale to your stay, viewing 'Vegas' from the air on the City Lights Helicopter Ride.

Day 17

After the opportunity for some last-minute shopping, transfer to the airport to board the overnight return flight to the UK.

Day 18

Arrive home at the end of a truly spectacular, unforgettable, south-western adventure.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 20 minutes.

Passports and visas

British citizens require passports, valid for 90 days after the return date, when travelling to the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must register online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure. Full details of how to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. The current visa charge is $16 USD for British Citizens.

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kgs.

Helicopter flights

Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lbs. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

 

 

 

Departing From:

  • London Gatwick Airport

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