12 days

Western Dream

Western Dream

Bryce Canyon National Park

Yosemite National Park

Grand Canyon

Monument Valley

Zion National Park

San Francisco

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  • Why we love it

    • Travel from the high deserts of the Sierra Nevada to the narrows of Zion Canyon
    • Admire the spires and turrets of Bryce Canyon
    • Relax in the tranquility of Lake Powell and revel in the mystique of Monument Valley
    • We end our journey amidst the bright lights of Las Vegas


    Day 1 - San Francisco - Yosemite National Park

    • Your tour starts at 7:30 am at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway in San Francisco. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour.
    • You will enjoy a short orientation tour around San Francisco that takes you to some great vantage points over the city before continuing on to enjoy a close-up view of the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937, this iconic suspension bridge stretches for 2.7 km (1.7 miles) and is probably the most photographed bridge in the world.
    • After departing San Francisco you'll head east through California’s historic gold country and set up camp at the scenic Yosemite National Park region – your ‘home’ for the next three nights.
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    Day 2-3 - Yosemite National Park

    • Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world.
    • You will visit the amazing giant sequoia trees.
    • In Yosemite Valley you can hire a bicycle for a ride, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows.
    • Hiking options include one of the many trails that enable you to leave the crowds behind. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breathtaking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever be etched in your minds.

    Day 4 - Death Valley

    • Today you will continue west, to Death Valley. You'll cover great distances and see the fascinating transformation from mountain to desert terrain on today’s road trip.
    • Death Valley National Park includes a wealth of geological phenomena: large sand dune formations, sculpted rocks, isolated valleys and volcanic craters. The canyon and mountain walls change colour with the changing sunlight. Elevations fluctuate from 85 m below sea level near Badwater Point (the lowest point in the United States) to 3756 m above sea level at Telescope Peak. Stop at the visitor centre and, heat permitting, take a walk on the stunning salt flats.
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    Day 5 - Zion National Park

    • You'll make your way to Utah today and your destination - Zion National Park. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their ‘promised land’.
    • Some of the best hiking in this desert terrain of southwest USA can be found here in and around the fertile Virgin River Gorge.
    • You will have plenty of time to explore after you set up camp for your two-night stay.

    Day 6 - Zion National Park

    • You will have a full day to further explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to chose from, ranging from easy to strenuous.
    • Warm up your legs with a short hike from the valley floor to view the magical Emerald Pools.
    • You can also cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk.
    • The challenging option is to ascend 760 metres (2500 feet) to experience unbeatable panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing.
    • If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows.
    • There is also a chance to partake in some horse riding.

    Day 7 - Bryce Canyon National Park – Kodachrome Basin State Park

    • Leaving Zion National Park you will climb to almost 2438 metres (8000 feet) and traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park.
    • Bryce Canyon is a fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as ‘hoodoos’. There are a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty.
    • The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable you to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations.
    • Remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky.
    • A short drive takes you to the lovely campsite at nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park.

    Day 8 - Lake Powell

    • Located on the border of Utah and Arizona and created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Powell has a shoreline that stretches longer than the western coast of the USA!
    • Many say that Glen Canyon was even more spectacular than the Grand Canyon before the dam was built. Now the lake is a haven for watersports or just relaxing in one of the many sandstone coves.
    • Enjoy a day of fun in the sun and spend an evening camping under the stars.

    Day 9 - Monument Valley

    • In the heart of the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley is sacred land to those who call it home. The red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless ‘westerns’ featuring cowboys riding off into the sunset.
    • Explore the incredible array of rock formations on an included guided 4WD tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture.
    • Your camp is also on the Navajo Tribal Lands of Monument Valley and is a true photographer’s paradise.

    Day 10-11 - Grand Canyon National Park

    • There is time to view a surreal sunrise at Monument Valley.
    • Traversing the eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon, you'll catch your first glimpse of the canyon at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon.
    • Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven US states and two Mexican states.
    • In your free time we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offer perspectives that you cannot see by visiting on foot.
    • Also recommended is the film show at the IMAX Theater, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed.
    • There are many walks that you can enjoy ranging from easy to moderate ones.
    • The Cameron Trading Post is a good place to browse and shop for local jewellery, crafts and cultural souvenirs.

    Day 12 - Las Vegas

    • Leave nature behind and head into Las Vegas and all of its neon splendour. Las Vegas is renowned as the ‘tacky capital of the world’ - home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place as nowhere else in the world will you find so many casinos. But if you really want to look at something different, stop by one of its countless wedding chapels.
    • The trip will finish on arrival in Las Vegas. The arrival time at the hotel depends on each group, but we generally aim for a 5pm. If you decide to fly out today, please don't book a flight before 9pml, this will give you enough time catch a shuttle from the hotel to the airport and be there two hours before departure.
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  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of a professional tour leader
    • Included sightseeing: San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley, Grand Canyon National Park and Las Vegas
    • Navajo backroads tour
    • Transport in a customised vehicle
    • All meals when camping

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Sleeping bag
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PNPWD
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: San Francisco, California, United States
End City: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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