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  • North Dakota

    Medora

    North Dakota, one of the most rural states in the USA, is famous for its scenery and Old West heritage. Visitors can enjoy the western experience and pick up the trail of some of America’s greatest legends, like Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea, Theodore Roosevelt, Custer and Sitting Bull.

    • Badlands River Bend

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    • Bison in Badlands

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    • Buggies-n-Blues Diner

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    • Enchanted Highway Sculptures

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    • Fargo Air Museum

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    • Badlands Hiking

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    • Fort Lincoln Trolley

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    • Fort Stevenson Marina

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    • North Dakota Sunset

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    • Petrified Forest

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    • Rodeo Country

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    • Salem Sue

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    • State Museum at North Dakota Heritage Center

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    • North Dakota Heritage Center

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    These Northern Plains saw the passing of the big game hunting native cultures when fur traders and explorers opened up routes westward to the Pacific Ocean.

    North Dakota is now famous among outdoor adventurers for its world-class walleye and perch fishing, plus unbeatable upland game, waterfowl and big game. For a scenic drive and interesting art experience, head for the Enchanted Highway near Regent. The numerous metal sculptures along the road include The World's Largest Tin Family, Pheasants on the Prairie and Fisherman's Dream.

    Visit the Frontier Village and Albino Buffalo in Jamestown where the lives of prairie pioneers are showcased with original prairie town buildings housing many frontier antiques and artifacts. Features of the village include the Kirkpatrick Gallery, the Louis L'Amour Writer's Shack and outdoor amphitheater, as well as stagecoach and pony rides. The National Buffalo Museum has a buffalo herd on its property with three albino bison, traditionally held by Native Americans as sacred.

    The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora North Dakota pays tribute to Native American and cowboy cultures, including trail drives, ranching and rodeo. The Knife River area was inhabited by Native Americans for over 11,000 years and today the remains of three Hidatsa villages illustrate that legacy at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in Stanton.

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    • Top Tip 1

      If time allows, divert along the Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile stretch between Regent and Gladstone, featuring a series of large metal sculptures including 'Pheasants on the Prairie', 'Deer Crossing' and 'Grasshoppers in the Field'.

    • Top Tips 2

      Meet White Cloud, an extremely rare female albino bison, at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown.

  • Real America Uncovered

    Begins in Rapid City, South Dakota and ends in Glacier National Park, Montana

    15 Days / 14 Nights

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurance and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • South Dakota

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    • Devils Tower

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    • Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming

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    • Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

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    • Deadwood, South Dakota

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    • Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

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    • Bison in Badlands, North Dakota

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    • Whitefish Lake, Montana

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    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Rapid City. Upon arrival, transfer independently to The Rushmore Hotel.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City, South Dakota

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    Rapid City & Badlands National Park, South Dakota

    Make your way east toward Badlands National Park - a maze of buttes, canyons and gullies formed by millions of years of erosion. On your way back to Rapid City, stop in at the small gateway town of Wall to visit Wall Drug. Rapid City is home to the Journey Museum and a newly-revamped downtown scene.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City, South Dakota

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    The Black Hills of South Dakota

    Today you will visit the majestic Mount Rushmore National Memorial - a 60-foot-high mountain carving of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. You will also have chance to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial – a massive granite carving honoring the Native American warrior will stand 563 feet high and 641 feet long when complete. It's then on to Custer State Park, the second largest state park in the nation and home to 1,500 bison and granite outcroppings. Drive the 18 mile Wildlife Loop Road. Head to the Old West town of Deadwood where the legends of Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane live on. Why not visit the Days of 76 Museum or try your luck at one of the town’s numerous gaming parlours.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Deadwood, South Dakota

    42Mi/68Km

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    Medora, North Dakota

    Head north to Medora, diverting slightly east en route to admire the Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile stretch of paved county highway that features spectacular giant concrete and metal sculptures. In Medora take in the nightly outdoor Medora Musical and Pitchfork Fondue dinner in the summer with the dynamic landscape of the North Dakotan Badlands as your backdrop.

    Hotel: The Rough Riders Hotel, Medora, North Dakota

    216Mi/348Km

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    Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

    Spend the day exploring Theodore Roosevelt National Park and North Dakota’s Badlands which have been shaped by millions of years of wind, rain, erosion, fire and the meandering Little Missouri River.

    Hotel: The Rough Riders Hotel, Medora, North Dakota

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    Billings, Montana

    Make your way into Montana, known as Big Sky Country, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument which serves as a symbol for both sides – the U.S. Cavalry and Native American Indians, who fought on the banks of the Little Bighorn River.

    Hotel: The Northern Hotel, Billings, Montana

    282Mi/454Km

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    Cody, Wyoming

    Explore downtown Billings before heading across state borders into Wyoming toward Buffalo Bill’s Cody. Lose yourself in the expansive Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a complex of five thematic museums, visit the Old Trail Town, view the live shootout performances in front of the Irma Hotel, and take in the daily Summer Cody Night Rodeo.

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Ivy Inn & Suites

    104Mi/168Km

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    Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    An early start is required for the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone - best known for the geysers, hot springs and mud pots that make the park one of the most active geothermal areas on the planet. The awe-inspiring landscape covers 2,000,000 acres with over 10,000 thermal features and hundreds of animal species. Popular sites include Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Lamar and Hayden Valleys and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its inspirational view of Lower Falls.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    80Mi/129Km

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    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

    Take a day trip south to Grand Teton National Park, dominated by the Tetons, a 40-mile mountain range that is part of the famed Rocky Mountains. Spend the day exploring the park – drive the 42-mile Scenic Loop, visit Grand Teton National Park Visitors Center, or take the Aerial Tram. Enjoy a hike or wildlife safari, take a boat trip on one of the lakes and visit the town of Jackson.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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    Butte & Anaconda, Montana

    Make your way north and back into Montana towards Bozeman. Visit the Museum of the Rockies, home to one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils, as you pass through on your way to Butte. Explore the historical downtown of Butte before continuing to your hotel, which is located 15 miles away in the town of Anaconda.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Anaconda, Montana

    148Mi/238Km

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    Whitefish, Montana

    Take the scenic route to Philipsburg, one of the ‘Prettiest Painted Places in America’ to mine for authentic Montana sapphires! As you head north stop in at the artsy town of Missoula to visit the Smoke Jumper Visitor Center which tells the story of how elite, highly trained firefighters fight forest fires in remote areas throughout the country, and admire the crystal clear waters of Flathead Lake.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, Montana

    241Mi/388Km

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    Glacier National Park, Montana

    Spend the day in the spectacular Glacier National Park, to explore glacial-scoured valleys, towering peaks, tumbling waterfalls, verdant forests and wildflower-strewn meadows. Keep an eye out for grizzly bears, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Drive the magnificent 85km Going-To-The-Sun-Road and hike some of the 1,126km of trails.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, Montana

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    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute sightseeing, before making the journey back to Glacier Park International Airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2839 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    A one way drop off charge on the car hire of $300 is not included and payable locally.

  • Alaska & Kenai Fjords National Park

    Begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    7 Days / 6 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August & September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Tour leader and specialist guides
    • In-Depth tour
    • Snow Covered Mountains in Seward

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    • Humpback Whale in Resurrection Bay

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    • Homer Scenery

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    • Bear Watching in Lake Clark National Park

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    • Sea Plane in Reboubt

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome meeting and dinner this evening.

    Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel (Dinner included )

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    Kenai Fjords National Park

    Today you will hike the spectacular trail from Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield in the magical Kenai Peninsula for views of deep crevasses and huge ice ridges on the glacier. From 900m up, you'll get staggeringly beautiful scenic views and wonderful wildlife and bird watching opportunities amidst dramatic fjords and glaciers. This has been rated as one of the finest hikes in Alaska. If you prefer, there is also a more accessible trail to reach a different viewpoint of the glacier. Later, explore Seward and the impressive Alaska SeaLife Center, which houses a remarkable public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue centre.

    Hotel: Seward Windsong Lodge (Breakfast included)

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    Resurrection Bay

    Today you set off on a full day wildlife viewing cruise around Resurrection Bay and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Your guide will give a detailed commentary on the wildlife you see including sea lions, otters, Dall's Porpoise and an endless variety of seabirds including puffins and eagles. Orcas and Humpback whales are also often spotted. Enjoy a fresh salmon and prime rib lunch before continuing on to visit two active tidewater glaciers, Holgate and Aialik, where you'll be close enough to hear them creaking and cracking and see large ice rocks plummet into the water below.

    Hotel: Seward Windsong Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included )

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    Homer

    From Seward, you make your way towards the city of Homer where you spend the afternoon exploring Kachemak Bay, by kayak. With snow-capped mountains and forest as your backdrop, sea kayaking is a great way to discover the peacefulness of this wilderness area, it is commonplace to spot sea otters and porpoise as well as Bald Eagles circling overhead.  

    Hotel: Land's End Resort (Breakfast and dinner included )

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    Soldotna

    Today take a 40-minute seaplane flight past Mount Redoubt and on to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve where a waiting boat will shuttle you around the lake in search of bears in their natural habitat. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and the surrounding area comprises of sleeping volcanoes, ice fields and glaciers and an abundance of wildlife, with lakes and streams teeming with trout and spawning salmon which tempts lots of bears to the lake's shores to capture a tasty meal.

     

    Hotel: Land End's Resort (Breakfast included )

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    Anchorage

    Driving through the Alaskan wilderness, you’ll stop at Alyeska in the Chugach Mountain Range, ideal for a final wilderness walk before returning to the State's capital, Anchorage. Take a forest walk and pulley system over a stream to Alyeska Resort which is where you begin the trail. Ascend on the gondola to the top of the mountain for beautiful views of snow-capped mountains, wildflowers and Alaskan wilderness. This afternoon, explore the art galleries and craft shops where you can see the beautiful Eskimo handicrafts being made. Your tour with Grand American Adventures ends at 17:00.

    Hotel: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel (Breakfast included )

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    Journey Home

    There'll be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer independently back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £4241 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Alaska Call Of The Wild

    Begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July & August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly

     

    • Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park

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    • Float Plane

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    • Whales in Prince William Sound

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    • Anchorage, Alaska

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    • Talkeetna

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel Captain Cook, meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome dinner this evening.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

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    Talkeetna

    In Alaska, dog sledding is both a very popular sport and an important mode of transportation to remote places where roads still don't go. This morning you will drive from Anchorage to Big Lake, where you'll meet the mighty dogs that respond to the cry of 'Mush!' by racing off into the wild and pulling heavy sleds over the snow – Alaskan Huskies – on a visit to a facility where Alaskan huskies in training to run next year’s world-famous Iditarod Race learn how to be sled dogs, sure to be a highlight of your family's Alaska tour. Next, you will continue to Talkeetna for a jet boat ride with a naturalist guide to look for bald eagles, beavers, moose and even bears that live along the river, and a nature walk in the Alaskan bush to see an authentic, turn-of-the-century trapper's cabin. If the weather is good, you'll have an incredible view of Alaska's famous Mount Denali – the Athabascan Indians called the mountain Denali, meaning 'the Great One' – en route to your wilderness lodge for a two-night stay. Once there, you and your family can compete in a high-tech treasure-hunting game – known as geocaching – where you'll use a GPS system to find hidden treasures!

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Trapper's Creek

    Nature is everywhere on a morning hike at Talkeetna Lake, with loons and kingfishers above you, and a forest brimming with wildflowers and wildlife surrounding you. As you walk, your local guide shares stories about how the first native people survived in this beautiful but wild land, life in Talkeetna today and the amazing encounters with wildlife.  After lunch at your lodge, travel to Trapper Creek to visit the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness. Her family's gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Mount Denali for more than four decades. Later, back at your lodge in Talkeetna, enjoy an interpretive experience with storytelling, s'mores and more around an old-fashioned campfire.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included )

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    Denali

    Depart your lodge in Talkeetna and soar over the Denali foothills in a small plane (weather permitting) for a breathtaking bird's-eye view of towering Mt. Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. After your flight, you'll travel to Anchorage for a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and museum where you'll come away with a greater understanding of Alaska's Indigenous people. Following a dance performance, a tour and lunch, continue on to the wildlife-rich Kenai Peninsula and a two-night wilderness lodge stay in Cooper Landing, nestled within Chugach National Forest.

    Hotel: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Kenai Peninsula

    Today, you can choose how you and your family will experience the wonders of the Kenai Peninsula, as your Alaska tour continues at your lodge in this wilderness wonderland between Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska. You can choose to go kayaking, take a scenic river-rafting trip, or embark on a hike into the wilderness with a local guide. You might also want to take advantage of optional opportunities for fishing and horse riding that may be available at an additional cost.

    Hotel: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Girdwood

    Get a close-up glimpse of Alaskan wildlife on a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on Turnagain Arm, meeting moose, bison, elk and other orphaned or injured animals being rehabilitated by this non-profit organization. Then head to the Crow Creek Mine in Alaska's historic gold rush country, where you'll meet a "prospector," pan for gold and dig into a barbecue lunch. Then it's on to your resort in Girdwood. Your evening includes an entertaining mountaineering demonstration.

    Hotel: Hotel Alyeska (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Whittier and Prince William Sound

    Hop aboard an Alaska Railroad self-propelled rail car for a trip along Turnagain Arm to Whittier, where you'll board a boat that takes you and your family on a glacier adventure cruise on Blackstone Bay in Prince William Sound. With an expert wildlife guide aboard, you'll sail past thundering waterfalls and tidewater glaciers. Listen out for the sounds of glaciers groaning and cracking and keep an eye out for eagles, otters and harbor seals along the way. En route back to your hotel, you’ll travel through the Whittier Tunnel, the second longest highway tunnel in North America. Tonight, travel back to your hotel in Girdwood for your farewell dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Alyeska (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £4241 per person sharing a Standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, separate room for children and other date seasons are all available on request.

    America’s Canyonlands

    Begins in Scottsdale, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    8 days / 7 nights

    Departures: April, May, June, July, August, September and October.

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • America's Canyonlands

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    • Las Vegas Strip

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    • Bryce Canyon National Park

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    • Spectacular Scottsdale Scenery

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    • Monument Valley

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    Arrive Phoenix

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North. Scottsdale is the ideal place to start to relax and acclimatise before the start of your Tauck vacation. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North (no meals)

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    Sedona

    This morning you set out to the famous Red Rocks of Sedona, renowned for its stunning array of red sandstone formations which glow orange at dawn and sunset. Enjoy a guided walk taking you back in time in this intriguing town shaped by early settlers, cowboys, artists and Hollywood celebrities, a favourite with artisans. Later, your journey continues through Oak Creek Canyon en route to Grand Canyon National Park. Arrive at your lodge on the South Rim of the amazing Grand Canyon, carved over millions of years by the Colorado River, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants on the canyon's rim at El Tovar, the Arizona Room or Bright Angel Café.

    Hotel: Kachina Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Grand Canyon & Navajo Islands

    Take advantage of your lodge's ideal location on the South Rim by waking early enough to watch the spectacular sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Learn about the geology and wildlife of the region from a local geology expert and no exploring the canyon rim and Canyon Village at your leisure, witnessing the rugged landscape's vast grandeur and changing colours as the sun climbs in the sky. Travel through the Navajo Reservation en route to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, for a two-night stay. Tonight, take a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard the sleek double-decked yacht 'Canyon Princess'.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Lake Powell

    See the remote corners of the 186-mile-long Lake Powell – created from the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s – from a variety of perspectives. First take an early morning flight to see the unusual red-rock formations reflecting in the lake and see Rainbow Bridge, the world's largest natural arch. Later, take a private boat cruise and guided tour past some of the incredible sandstone slot canyons in the Navajo Nation, among the most beautiful in the Southwest.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Glen Canyon Float Trip & Bryce Canyon

    This morning’s float trip on the Colorado River takes you through Glen Canyon. Your experienced river adventure guide imparts a wealth of knowledge about the canyon as you glide past colourful walls of Navajo sandstone. Utah’s iconic landscapes have served as ideal locations for movie and TV westerns over the years, which you can view on an afternoon drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon hosts a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations known as hoodoos, resembling the towers of fairy-tale castles. Magnificent spires, tinted with shades of pink, orange and red, put on a captivating show as the light changes throughout the day. Keep an eye open for the park’s abundant wildlife, including elk, coyotes, marmots, and prairie dogs, as you explore the park from your sought-after accommodations at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon. Listed on the National Historic Register, The Lodge is nestled in a forest of towering ponderosa pines in the heart of the park.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park

    Wake up early this morning and be rewarded with an awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon sunrise, as the light of dawn slowly spreads across the hoodoos and other unique geological features of the park. Take time to explore the park’s renowned hiking trails to observe a great variety of bird species, beautiful wildflowers and diverse wildlife. After lunch, travel across southwestern Utah to Zion National Park, where colourful sandstone canyons and 3,000-foot-high palisades tower above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. The park’s shuttle system and network of hiking trails afford access to its key geologic features. The thriving vegetation includes cottonwood trees and dry desert plants and wildlife ranges from mule deer to hundreds of bird species.

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    Today is a day of contrasts. Zion is noted for narrow canyons and colourful mesa scenery. Wind deep into the canyon and diverse geological features, from dramatic peaks and cliffs, odd geologic formations, desert oases featuring abundant pools to waterfalls and mighty canyons splashed with vivid colours. Depart Zion for a memorable journey across the vast, colourful vistas of the northeastern Mojave Desert. Although a contrast from the rest of the tour, Las Vegas is the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’. See the casinos and drive the length of the Las Vegas ‘Strip’. This evening you are invited to a farewell reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Las Vegas (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    Following check-out, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay in Las Vegas! 

    Prices

    From £4133 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

     

    Appalachian Trail

    Begins and ends in Boston, Massachusetts

    9 Days / 8 Nights

    Departures: July, August and September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Tour leader and specialist guides
    • In-Depth tour
    • White Mountain National Forest

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    • Boston

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    • Mount Washington

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    • Hiking the Appalachian Trail

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    • Zealand Falls

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    Arrive Boston

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your Hotel and spend an evening at leisure before you meet your Appalachian Mountain Guides tomorrow morning.

    Hotel: Sheraton Boston (No Meals )

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    White Mountains National Forest - Highland Center at Crawford Notch

    This morning, leave Boston for the start of your backcountry walking adventure in the beautiful White Mountains National Forest in the East. You'll meet your Appalachian Mountain Guides and your fellow tour companions for a welcome meeting, where your guides will brief you on the adventure ahead. After lunch, you will enjoy an easy four and a half mile hike which is a great way to get to know your group and stretch your legs before heading into the stunning White Mountains National Forest. Your accommodations throughout the week are the White Mountain huts located in the stunning natural beauty of the national forest.

    Hotel: Hut accommodation (Dinner included )

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    Mount Galehead

    Start the day early with a drive to the Gale River Trailhead and hike up to the Garfield Ridge. Your destination is Galehead Hut, which is the most remote of the White Mountain huts and boasts stunning views from the porch. After arriving at the hut, climb the summit of Mount Galehead before dinner. Later, have your camera at the ready for a picture-perfect sunset over this surreal landscape.

    Hotel: Galehead Hut accommodation (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included )

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    Zealand Falls

    Today you'll reach South Twin, a wonderful section of the trail, and ascend the 350 metres to a beautiful vantage point. En route to the next hut, you'll scale the trail over Mount Guyot and Mount Zealand. Along the way, you'll pass lakes on the trail where you can take a dip to cool off. In the evening you can enjoy talks conducted by the hut hosts who are specialists in the flora and fauna of the area.

    Hotel: Zealand Falls Hut (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included )

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    The Crawford Path

    Choose to hike one of the oldest maintained trails in the USA, the Crawford Path, or climb to the summit of the 'Southern Presidential Peaks' on the Webster Cliff Trail, part of the official Appalachian Trail. The Crawford Path is a hike along the Webster Cliff Trail and allows you the opportunity to summit Mount Webster and Mount Jackson.

    Hotel: Mizpah Hut (Breakfast, lunch and dinner )

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    The Presidential Range

    Today you'll hike to the wonderfully named Lakes of the Clouds Hut. This is the highest hut on the tour and you'll be treated to some incredible views of the Presidential Range. The Webster Cliff Trail goes from the hut up to summit of Mount Clinton. Just beyond the summit, you pick up the Crawford Path to go over Mount Eisenhower, Mount Franklin, and Mount Monroe. In the afternoon you'll hike up to Mount Washington, famed for its incredible views.

     

    Hotel: Lakes of the Clouds Huts (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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    Mount Madison

    Hike along the backbone of the Presidential Range where you'll be in for a real treat. With the opportunity to take on a selection of peaks, make sure you also take the short and easy hike to Star Lake, which offers beautiful reflecting views of Mount Madison.

    Hotel: Madison Hut (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Boston

    This morning you'll have the chance to summit Mount Madison or take a less strenuous route back down. When returning from Mount Madison down the Air Line, you'll enjoy excellent views of King Ravine. In the late afternoon, make your way back towards Boston where your tour with Grand American Adventures ends at 17:00.

    Hotel: Sheraton Boston Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included )

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    09

    Journey Home

    There'll be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer independently back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £2159 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Bluegrass and Blue Ridges: Louisville to Nashville

    Begins in Louisville, Kentucky and ends in Nashville, Tennessee

    9 Days / 8 Nights

    Departures: May, June, August and September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • My Old Kentucky Home

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    • General Jackson, Nashville

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    • Equestrian Kentucky

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    • Derby Museum

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Blueridge Parkway

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    Arrive Louisville

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Louisville. A transfer is included from Louisville International Airport to The Brown Hotel, a landmark in the heart of downtown Louisville near the theatre district. Since 1923, this gracious hotel has entertained celebrities and dignitaries with its opulence, charm, and impeccable Southern hospitality, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. A welcome reception and dinner is held at the hotel this evening.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel (Dinner included)

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    02

    Churchill Downs & Stephen Foster

    You'll begin the day with a visit to Churchill Downs, the legendary thoroughbred racetrack that has hosted The Kentucky Derby since 1875. Your visit includes a Tauck Exclusive tour of the backstretch with a professional jockey who’ll share insider views of the track’s history and daily operation while the horses take their morning exercise. On the racetrack grounds, you’ll also visit The Kentucky Derby Museum for insights into the race’s celebrated history, and what goes into the breeding and training of a thoroughbred champion. A short drive to Bardstown takes you to another iconic landmark, Federal Hill, a Georgian-style plantation house built in 1795 by Judge John Rowan that once entertained dignitaries like Andrew Jackson and Marquis de Lafayette, but is better known as the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s 'My Old Kentucky Home'. You'll tour the impeccably preserved mansion and formal gardens. After lunch at a historic tavern, you head to Frankfort for a guided tour of the Buffalo Trace Distillery, famous for its fine Kentucky bourbon, which it has produced continuously since 1775. During Prohibition, the distillery was permitted to output whiskey 'for medicinal purposes'. You arrive late afternoon in Lexington where the evening is free.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

    Day
    03

    Shakers, Bourbon & Bluegrass

    This morning you'll drive to Pleasant Hill, site of what was once the largest, most successful Shaker community in America. Founded in England in the 18th century, the sect known as Shakers had a profound effect on 19th century America, as documented in Ken Burns’s film, Hands to Work, Hearts to God. Known locally as 'Shakertown', the village, which flourished here from 1805 to 1910, comprises 34 original buildings, wonderfully restored as a living museum with costumed interpreters, where you’ll gain insights into the hearts and minds of the Shakers, and marvel at their engineering achievements; besides their fame for furniture making, the Shakers invented the circular saw, the clothespin, the wheel-driven washing machine, and numerous other labor-saving devices. Following lunch at the village, delve deeper into equine culture at The Kentucky Horse Park, a working horse farm and theme park showcasing breeds from around the world; you’ll also visit the International Museum of the Horse. Next, you return to your hotel for a special, private 'Bluegrass & Bourbon' evening, including a banquet dinner, a live band, and bourbon tasting.

    Hotel: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

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    04

    Cumberland Gap

    Once you've stood at the Cumberland Gap you’ll never forget it. You’re standing at the first frontier, the first gateway to the west. Off the beaten pathway, it was a break in the Appalachian Mountains that provided a gateway to the west for migrating buffalo herds, American Indian tribes, and restless pioneers – including Daniel Boone, who blazed a trail known as the Wilderness Road here in 1775. And today you will join that long list of travellers when you pass through the gap yourself. Explore its rich history and cultural currents at a private presentation at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park visitors’ centre. The park also features unique geologic sandstone formations, magnificent underground caverns, and restored log cabins from an early 20th-century pioneer settlement. Next, its on to Asheville, North Carolina, where your accommodation is both historic and gracious, exemplifying the best of Southern hospitality. Asheville has emerged as one of America’s top culinary destinations – a 'foodie haven' with many new twists on traditional southern cuisine.

    Hotel: The Inn on Biltmore Estate (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

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    05

    The Biltmore Estate

    Back in 1895 George Vanderbilt II, grandson of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, decided to build himself 'a little mountain escape' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The result was the Biltmore Estate, a fabulous 250-room French château for which he employed architect Richard Morris Hunt for the castle design and Frederick Law Olmsted (the designer of Central Park) to lay out the woodlands and formal gardens. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about this magnificent estate on tours of both the estate grounds and through the mansion itself. See Antler Hill Village, a town built to house the employees who worked on the estate and tended its crops and livestock. After lunch on the estate, return to Asheville where the remainder of the day is free to spend as you please.

    Hotel: The Inn on Biltmore Estate (Breakfast & lunch included)

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    06

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Today you’ll experience one of the most beautiful, and one of the oldest, places on Earth – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the US. Historically, it is known as a place of refuge; the fascinating story of its creation includes the heroic efforts of Horace Kephart, George Masa and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Ecologically, it is one of the world’s best examples of a deciduous hardwood forest – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth, it is dedicated as an international biosphere reserve. Scenically, the grandeur and beauty of the Southern Appalachians is at its very core – from mist-shrouded mountains with their wide range of elevations to fresh streams and miles of forests; it is the very definition of the word 'vista'. In Cherokee, North Carolina, you'll explore 19th-century wilderness settlement life with period interpreters at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors’ centre. You’ll also visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian for a guided tour and exclusive private viewing of its archival collection of artefacts. A catered private lunch at the museum includes samples of traditional Cherokee flavours and is accompanied by a Cherokee flute musician. You arrive into Knoxville late afternoon.

     

    Hotel: Hilton Knoxville (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

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    07

    Nashville

    You'll travel today to what has emerged as the music capital of America, the infamous Nashville, Tennessee. First up is a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where you’ll truly get a behind-the-scenes look at the industry during lunch with a Nashville songwriter. Enjoy time on your own to explore the museum, then head to the Ryman Auditorium for a private front-of-house and backstage tour. The venerable hall is best known as the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, from 1943 to 1974, having hosted the biggest country stars of its day. Your downtown hotel is a palatial Beaux-Arts landmark built in 1910.

    Hotel: The Hermitage (Breakfast & lunch included)

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    08

    General Jackson & Grand Ole Opry

    Today you will visit The Hermitage, the plantation home of Andrew Jackson, military hero, populist, and 7th President of the United States. Dayton Duncan notes that you can understand Andrew Jackson by his own words – “I was born for a storm. And a calm does not suit me.” Jackson lived here until his death in 1845 and his brick mansion is considered the most accurately preserved presidential home in the US, with restored décor and original furnishings. Drive along Music Row to your hotel and enjoy some free time to explore Nashville as you please before an early farewell reception and dinner.

     

     

    Hotel: The Hermitage (Breakfast & dinner included)

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    09

    Journey Home

    A transfer is included from the hotel to Nashville International Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4,781 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    California's Gold Coast

    Begins in Los Angeles, California and ends in San Francisco, California

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, July, August, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic / Delta Air Lines
    • Accommodation for 11 nights as specified
    • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 6 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Santa Barbara

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    • San Diego

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    • Yosemite National Park

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    • Hollywood Boulevard

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    • Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

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    • California Gold Coast

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    • Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

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    • Big Sur coast

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    • Scenic Carmel beach

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    01

    Arrive Los Angeles

    Depart the UK on your Virgin Atlantic / Delta Air Lines flight to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, transfer to the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. This evening, join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

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    02

    Los Angeles

    Southern Californians have a legendary passion for cars and today you’ll begin exploring the dynamic city of Los Angeles with a tour of the historic automobiles, Hollywood cars, hot rods, and other extraordinary vehicles at the Petersen Automotive Museum. After lunch, explore downtown Los Angeles for a walking tour with visits to a historic Broadway theatre and the Bradbury Building, a 19th-century landmark with a magical Victorian courtyard featuring open cage elevators. Visit Grand Central Market, an iconic showcase for the diverse cuisines and cultures of Los Angeles. Take a ride on Angel’s Flight Railway and see some of the city’s most striking modern architecture, The Broad museum and Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Los Angeles (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    03

    Los Angeles

    Enjoy a tour through Beverly Hills, along Sunset Boulevard, and to the TCL Chinese Theatre movie palace on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll see the handprints of many celebrities. Then you’re off to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum for a guided tour and lunch. The museum and grounds are spectacular, with sweeping views of the Simi Valley, the surrounding mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. View an Air Force One aircraft that flew seven presidents, a recreated Oval Office, an exhibit on the Berlin Wall featuring parts of the wall itself, and more. Drive north to Santa Barbara, on the “American Riviera,” where you’ll dine at your hotel.

    Hotel: Belmond El Encanto (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Santa Barbara

    Go on a guided tour of 18th-century Old Mission Santa Barbara, home to an active Franciscan parish for more than 200 years. Get a feel for the quiet beach community of Santa Barbara, long a celebrity hideaway, and visit the 1929 Courthouse, surrounded by lush gardens. Inside you’ll find murals depicting scenes of the city’s past, painted by a self-taught artist, whose illustrations appeared in the novels of Joseph Conrad and Jack London. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is California’s oldest, and a guided tour reveals the diversity of the state’s native flora and vegetation. This evening you’ll have free time to enjoy your ocean-view resort or explore downtown Santa Barbara.

    Hotel: Belmond El Encanto (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    05

    Central Coast and Morro Bay

    Get ready for scenic delights as you pass through rolling hills on this morning’s road trip along coastal Highway 101. Entering the Central California wine region, you’ll find microclimates where morning fog and ocean breezes encourage varieties such as pinot noir and chardonnay, and others where low-lying mountains are ideal for full-bodied reds – as you’ll learn on a vineyard tour and tasting.  Discover picturesque Solvang, a town with a distinctive Danish heritage, and enjoy lunch, a tour, and a tasting at Presqu’ile, a small family-owned winery. The evening is spent at The Cliffs Resort, a fabulous hotel overlooking the Pacific in Pismo Beach.

    Hotel: The Cliffs Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Big Sur & Hearst Castle

    Drive along stunning Pacific Coast Highway 1 to San Simeon and Hearst Castle, a national and California Historical Landmark designed by revered California architect Julia Morgan. This elaborate estate created for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst takes you back to the opulent era of the early 20th century; the castle was the inspiration for Xanadu, the over-the-top mansion in Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane. After your guided tour, it’s nature’s opulence that will impress you as you continue along the Pacific Coast, hundreds of feet above crashing surf and remote, rocky beaches, to the Big Sur Coast. Your destination today is the coastal city of Monterey, where you’ll dine at your hotel on Monterey Bay.

    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Monterey & Carmel

    Today’s tour of the Monterey Peninsula takes in the beauty of Pacific Grove, famed 17-Mile Drive, and Pebble Beach before you arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea, which has been named one of the “most romantic cities of the world". Enjoy free time to explore the town’s galleries and find an appealing spot for lunch, before heading off to the award-winning Monterey Bay Aquarium to discover the delights of marine life, from cuttlefish to whales.

    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey (Breakfast included)

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    08

    Yosemite National Park

    Agriculture takes center stage as you leave the coast and drive through the fertile farms, orchards, and vineyards of California’s Central Valley en route to Yosemite National Park. Abundant sunshine, superb soil, and year-round growing conditions make this region an important crop-basket for American households. Broccoli, chard, asparagus, pistachios, pomegranates, and many other varieties of produce grow here. After lunch in Merced, your route continues from the valley to the oak-lined roadways and Victorian towns of Gold Country. In 1848, news of this precious metal spread like wildfire, leading to explosive population growth. From men seeking their fortune in mining to the merchants, bankers, and women followed. At the Mariposa Museum & History Center, you’ll learn about the lives of the miners and others who shaped this area. Arrive at Yosemite National Park in the late afternoon, where you'll spend the next two nights at the historic Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

    Hotel: Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    Yosemite National Park

    Despite Yosemite Valley being only seven miles long and less than a mile wide, it hosts an array of national treasures within its sheer, high walls. World-famous cliffs like El Capitan and Half Dome, plunging waterfalls like Bridalveil Falls, wild meadows and the meandering Merced River, birds to delight any birdwatcher and much more. Get acquainted with the valley on a morning walk guided by a naturalist, then spend the rest of the day exploring Yosemite National Park as you please.

    Hotel: Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Breakfast included)

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    10

    San Francisco

    On your way from Yosemite to San Francisco, visit Jamestown for lunch at the historic National Hotel built during the height of the Gold Rush. Arrive in San Francisco late this afternoon, with time to rest, relax, or explore the area surrounding Union Square. Your hotel is in a vibrant retail and cultural area in the heart of the city where you’ll discover a favourite city square where you will be entertained by musicians, artists, or performers. Sample a range of cuisines inspired by fresh ingredients at one of the recommended restaurants in this city.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    11

    San Francisco

    A sightseeing tour takes you up and down San Francisco’s hills with views of San Francisco Bay as you see Chinatown and the Marina District, rows of Victorian gingerbread houses, and Coit Tower. Go for a walk along the Golden Gate Bridge and feel the breezes of the bay on a private catamaran cruise. Head to the salty atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf for free time for lunch and checking out its historic ships, sea lions, seafood stalls, and sourdough bread bakeries. This evening enjoy farewell festivities at a Chateau Montelena winemaker reception with tastings followed by a wine-paired chef’s dinner.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    12

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer to the airport to check-in for your flight back to the UK with Virgin.

    Prices

    From £4896 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Canyon Country

    Begins and ends in Durango, Colorado

    7 Days / 6 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners
    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Tour leader and specialist guides
    • In-Depth tour
    • Canyon Walk

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    • Double Arch, Arches National Park

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    • Downtown Durango

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    • Monument Valley

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    • Mesa Verde

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    01

    Arrival Day Durango

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Durango, Colorado. Upon arrival transfer independently to the General Palmer Hotel and meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome meeting and dinner this evening.

    Hotel: General Palmer Hotel (No meals)

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    02

    Monument Valley

    Today you'll travel to the Monument Valley, via the iconic monument of the Mexican Hat. A sacred land to those who call it home, the red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless Western movies. After arriving at your hotel, you'll set out on a backcountry driving tour, heading deep into the heart of the valley. Your local Navajo guide will then lead you even deeper into the park on foot where you'll be walking to explore places that very few non-Native Americans ever to get to see. Finish your day with yet another unforgettable sunset in the heart of the valley, where the Navajo prepare a meal and tell stories of their ancient cultures and customs.

    Hotel: Goulding's Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    03

    Arches National Park

    Explore the stunning red sandstone arches, created over millions of years by the whipping winds that rush down the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The park offers leisurely hikes through spectacular landscapes. One of the more widely recognised arches is Delicate Arch, a 65ft freestanding arch that has become one of Utah's most famous icons. Your leader will take you through the desert, locating various points of interests and arches within the borders of the national park. Spend an afternoon at leisure experiencing the charms of Moab, the small eclectic town that serves as the gateway to both the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast included )

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    04

    Canyonlands National Park

    Explore the Needles District and Chesler Park today, by four wheel drive on this exciting excursion through the backcountry of Moab. Your route takes you over famous Elephant Hill, renowned for its difficulty as one of the most challenging trails in Southeastern Utah. View Devil's Kitchen along the way and cruise down Devil's Lane before encountering SOB Hill. This landscape is pleasing to all the senses, with views of colourful inspiring rock formations and the scents of pinion, juniper and sage brush filling the air. Numerous species of cacti, bird life, various lizards, Mule Deer and Big Horn Sheep are frequently observed, as well as incredible petroglyph rock art along the way. After lunch, hike the Joint Trail to the open pastures of Chesler Park, one of the most spectacular sights in Canyonlands.

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    05

    Canyonlands National Park

    Spend the first half of your day at leisure and enjoy the activities that Moab has to offer. You could choose to explore on a Hummer tour, canyoneering, a float trip on the Colorado River or mountain biking the slick rock. In the late afternoon, you’ll take a drive out to Canyonlands National Park and enjoy a hike along the rim for the iconic view at Dead Horse Point of the Colorado River, snaking its way through the water channels. This is the perfect place to watch the sunset and observe how the rocks change hue with the lowering sun.

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast included )

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    06

    Mesa Verde National Park

    This morning you travel west back into Colorado and to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde National Park, located in Montezuma County. Discover how the Ancestral Puebloans lived and be awestruck by this archaeological masterpiece as you explore the 600 cliff dwellings. You'll spend the day here with your tour leader, exploring and learning about the area before arriving back to Durango. Your tour with Grand American Adventures ends at 17:00.

    Hotel: General Palmer Hotel (Breakfast included )

    Day
    07

    Journey Home

    There'll be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer independently back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3928 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Cape Cod, The Islands & Newport

    Begins and ends in Boston, Massachusetts

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation as stated
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director 
    • Classic tour
    • Cape Cod

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    • Nantucket

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    • Newport

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    Arrive Boston

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival at Logan International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel for this evening. At a welcome reception and dinner tonight you will meet your new travelling companions.

    Hotel: The Lenox Hotel (Dinner included)

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    02

    Martha's Vineyard

    Step back in time as you explore Plimoth Plantation, a re-created 17th century village filled with costumed actors who bring the locations history to life. You'll see Plymouth Rock, marking the Pilgrims' 1620 landing site, and enjoy some free time for lunch in Falmouth. In the afternoon you take the ferry to Martha's Vineyard, one of New England’s hottest vacation destinations. Here you spend the next two nights in the former whaling town of Edgartown.

    Hotel: Harbor View Hotel Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    03

    Martha's Vineyard

    Your day starts admiring the stately homes in Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven whilst being surrounded by the islands salt marshes, long beaches and picturesque harbours and the towns of West Tisbury and Aquinnah. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are yours to discover more of the island. Bird watch at the bluffs, watch the lobstermen pull up their traps offshore, hang out at the fishing pier, or seek out what interests you most in this idyllic New England holiday spot or perhaps relax on the beach! 

    Hotel: Harbor View Hotel & Resort (Breakfast included)

    Day
    04

    Nantucket

    You’ll take a scenic 15 minute flight to the island of Nantucket this morning over the home of unspoiled beaches, lone lighthouses, sea captains’ houses and art galleries. Admire the colonial architecture, winding cobbled streets, and historic taverns in the quaint harbourside town before taking the ferry back to the mainland. You’ll spend the next two nights in the quaint seaside village of Chatham, overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Tonight dinner is a traditional lobster and clam feast!

    Hotel: Chatham Wayside Inn (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    05

    Nantucket

    Journey up along the outer Atlantic side of the Cape to visit Cape Cod National Seashore, with its giant sand dunes towering above crested seas. Arrive in Provincetown on the tip of the Cape, world-renowned as a thriving arts colony and a major summer resort.  "P-Town" is set near the summering grounds for a number of whale species. Take a guided whale-watching cruise to see these amazing aquatic mammals roll, flip their tails, and blow through their blowholes. Have dinner back at your resort in Chatham this evening.

    Hotel: Chatham Wayside Inn (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    06

    Newport

    Head along the coast to historic Newport, Rhode Island, with a stop en route for lunch in the town of Sandwich. Newport is renowned as a long-time haven for yachting enthusiasts, former home of the America's Cup, and one of the great playgrounds of the rich in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Drive past some of the ostentatious mansions that served as summer "cottages" for affluent socialites during the Gilded Age, and explore the celebrated Ten-Mile Drive; your home for the next two nights of your New England holiday is set right on Newport Harbor.

    Hotel: The Newport Marriott (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    07

    Newport

    You may choose this morning to take a stroll with your Tour Director along the Cliff Walk, set between the sea and the mansions. Your morning also includes a guided tour through The Breakers, a 70 room Italian Renaissance mansion inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. With so many boats on the shores, it's no wonder that today's highlight is a cruise through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. This evening enjoy a cocktail reception and farewell dinner overlooking Cliff Walk and The Atlantic. 

    Hotel: The Newport Marriott (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    08

    Journey Home

    After breakfast, it's just a short drive back to Boston. Your journey ends at Boston Airport, where you board your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay with a few additional nights in the wonderful city of Boston before returning home. 

    Prices

    From £3072 per person based on twin occupancy of standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Cowboy Country

    Begins in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and ends in Rapid City, South Dakota

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 6 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
    • Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone NP

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    • Grand Teton National Park

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    • Horses on a Ranch

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    • Buffalo Bill Historical Centre

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    • Mount Rushmore

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    01

    Arrive Jackson

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Jackson. This evening you'll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (Dinner included)

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    02

    Jackson

    Enjoy spectacular views of Grand Teton National Park this morning, before embarking on a gentle float trip on the Snake River, looking out for beavers, eagles, elks and other animals that live in the park. Following lunch, the rest of the day is yours to explore historic Jackson or relax at the hotel.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    03

    Yellowstone

    This morning you’ll have the unique opportunity to join a park insider for an exclusive peek into the story of Grand Teton National Park. Later you’ll travel from the Tetons to America’s first national park; Yellowstone. Your hotel for the next two nights is just steps away from the famous Old Faithful Geysers. This evening you’ll enjoy dinner at the lodge, and have the option of joining a Ranger program. 

    Hotel: Old Faithful Inn (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    04

    Yellowstone

    Start the day in remarkable Yellowstone National Park with an expert from The Institute of the Yellowstone Association, hearing information about the park’s abundant wildlife and unique geology. After a picnic lunch, you’ll see some of the 10,000 hot springs within the park and watch the mighty Old Faithful geyser shoot its plume of steam high into the air.

    Hotel: Old Faithful Inn (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Cody

    You’ll leave Yellowstone this morning and continue your Wyoming adventure to the historic town of Cody, gaining a glimpse into the history and culture of the heyday of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre. It’s a true cowboy experience tonight with a western-style dinner and rodeo with bucking broncos, steer wrestlers, calf ropers and barrel riders.

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    06

    The Ranch at Ucross

    Journeying through Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains you’ll pass deep canyons, vast grasslands and blankets of wildflowers en route to the TA Guest Ranch, where an authentic ranch experience awaits. You’ll enjoy a cookhouse lunch, go horseback riding, a horse whispering or roping demonstration. Later you’ll continue to your overnight stay and dinner at another working Wyoming ranch, the Ranch at Ucross, where you’ll enjoy an old-fashioned, traditional campfire.

    Hotel: The Ranch at Ucross (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    07

    Mount Rushmore

    You’ll depart the Ranch at Ucross this morning and head for the Black Hills of South Dakota. Arriving at Mount Rushmore you’ll see the towering stone portraits of four American presidents carved into the stone. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: K Bar S Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £4120 per person based on twin occupancy of standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Grand Alaska

    Begins in Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May, June, July and August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 15 nights as specified
    • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • 7 night Alaska cruise
    • Classic tour
    • Denali Park

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    • River Rafting

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    • Prince William Sound

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    • Dog Sledging

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    • Skagway

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    • Breaching Humpback Whale

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    • Spectacular Wildlife in Denali National Park

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Anchorage and meet your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

    Day
    02

    Talkeetna and Denali National Park

    Learn about the lifestyles, traditions, and crafts of Alaska's indigenous tribes on a visit to the Anchorage Museum where hundreds of artefacts and two multimedia installations share the enduring cultures and histories of people from across the circumpolar North. Then take a scenic flight to Talkeetna, near the base of Denali (North America's highest peak, formerly known as Mount McKinley), followed by a drive to your wilderness lodge in Trapper Creek for a two-night stay.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    03

    Trapper Creek

    Begin the day with a visit to the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness. Her family's gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Mount McKinley for more than four decades. Set off on a wilderness jet boat adventure this afternoon. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.

    Hotel: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    04

    Denali National Park

    Drive today to Denali National Park, one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers and arrive at your lodge near the entrance to the park, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, in time for lunch. This afternoon, visit Husky Homestead to meet former Iditarod champion musher Jeff King and his family and their indomitable Husky sled dogs who live and train there. Enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants at your lodge tonight.

    Hotel: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Denali National Park

    Rise early for a “Tundra Wilderness Tour” that takes you deep into the wilds of Denali National Park, a six-million-acre UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, through the forest and alpine tundra and over high mountain passes. Along the way, you may see moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bears and the awe-inspiring Denali itself, North America’s highest peak at 20,310 feet. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure, and enjoy dinner on your own tonight.

    Hotel: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    06

    Copper Centre

    Traverse the Alaskan wilderness today from Denali along the Alaska Range to your lodge situated on the Copper River in the small town of Copper Center, a gateway to the massive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, known as "North America's Mountain Kingdom." Dinner this evening features a regional favourite, Alaskan salmon.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    On a private tour, you'll discover Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which is home to more glaciers and mountains above 16,000 feet than any spot in North America, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you’ll also view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which transports crude oil from wells at Prudhoe Bay in the north to the port city of Valdez. Back at the lodge, there is time to walk one of the hiking trails or perhaps go whitewater rafting before dinner.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    08

    Valdez & Whittier

    This morning it's a drive through the Chugach Mountains where the plants and wildlife are amazing, followed by a stop at Worthing Glacier, before arriving at Valdez. Sea conditions permitting, you'll cross Prince William Sound by private boat to Whittier. Keep watch for whales, seals and soaring eagles as you enjoy the mountain views. Next, you board your Princess ship in Whittier to start the 7-night cruise portion of your itinerary.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    At Sea - Hubbard Glacier

    It's a day of scenic cruising as you journey toward Alaska's Hubbard Glacier, arriving mid-afternoon. Known as the Galloping Glacier this is North America's largest tidewater glacier. Soaring 40 storeys high, it's blue color is created by the denseness of the ice, which absorbs all colors of the spectrum except blue. Tonight, join the ship's captain for a welcome reception.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    10

    At Sea - Glacier Bay Cruising

    Your inspirational journey continues as you cruise the waters of Glacier Bay, west of Juneau. Your ship cruises along shorelines and islands completely covered by ice some 200 years ago. By the time naturalist, John Muir visited the area in 1879, the ice had retreated some 30 miles to form the bay you'll be exploring. Rugged mountains, spruce and hemlock forests, deep fjords, emerald waters and crisp fresh air are the day's companions, possibly along with sea otters, porpoises, seals and bald eagles. Early evening, enjoy the company of your fellow Tauck cruisers at a private cocktail party followed by dinner.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    11

    Skagway & Haines

    On arrival in historic Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike region, you'll disembark for a tour of the town and a ferry ride to Haines on the Lynn Canal, the deepest and longest fjord in North America. Here you'll begin a quiet rafting trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to world's largest congregation of bald eagles. Next, you'll travel back in time on the exciting White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway, which was built in 1898 during the gold rush. This vintage rail excursion heads up steep grades, around cliff-hanging turns, and over high bridges.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    12

    Juneau

    Arrive in Alaska's capital city of Juneau, set on a narrow strip of land between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, for sightseeing that includes a stop at the Mendenhall Glacier. Gather insights on the traditions of the indigenous Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest during a private cultural presentation before enjoying your afternoon at leisure. Spend most of the afternoon aboard a private whale-watching cruise off Juneau. Reboard your Princess ship late this afternoon, and sail on to Ketchikan.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    13

    Ketchikan

    Today you'll dock in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes, for an inside look at the role that Tlingit heritage plays in the local culture. See some of the city’s numerous totem poles, and watch local totem carvers at work at Saxman Native Village; catch a performance of traditional Tlingit and Haida dances. You'll also have time to explore this colourful town on your own. Perhaps with a walk along its historic boardwalk lined with eclectic houses and shops or take in the waterfront promenade.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    14

    At Sea - Inside Passage

    Enjoy spectacular views of the fabled Inside Passage from your stateroom, or a variety of decks and lounges, on a full day of cruising amongst the densely forested islands and coastal communities of this renowned waterway. This evening, join your fellow travelling companions for a farewell cocktail party before a delicious dinner.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    15

    Journey Home

    Your cruise itinerary ends in Vancouver, where you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your holiday with a stay in Canada.

    Prices

    From £6158 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms / Inside Cabin in low season. Other prices available on request

    Grand New England

    Begins and ends in Boston, Massachusetts

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round Trip Scheduled Flights
    • Accommodation for 11 nights as specified
    • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Edgartown Lighthouse

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    • Boston

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    • Bar Harbor

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    • Ogunquit

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    • Authentic Lobster House in Maine

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    • Portland Head Light Sunset

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    Arrive Boston

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, The Langham, Boston. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day familiarising yourself with this wonderful walking city. This evening join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Langham, Boston (Dinner included)

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    02

    Boston

    There’s so much to see this morning as you embark on an orientation tour of Boston, visiting Boston Common and Beacon Hill, with its elegant townhouses and narrow cobblestone streets, North End and the USS Constitution Museum. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Walk the Freedom Trail, shop at famous Quincy Market or join a ‘Duck Tour’ to see the city from both land and water.

    Hotel: The Langham, Boston (Breakfast included)

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    03

    Concord & Williamstown

    The Berkshires of western Massachusetts glow with autumn colours on a fall foliage tour that shows you why this area has long been a retreat for artists and writers. You'll begin today's discoveries in Lenox at The Mount, the hilltop Georgian mansion of Edith Wharton, which the celebrated author of The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence called her 'first real home.' The house and gardens were built to her own meticulous designs in 1902, and reflect the taste and personality of the author. Next, you continue on to Williamstown for a docent-led tour of the internationally renowned Clark Art Institute, an institution which combines a public art museum with research and academic programs. You'll arrive late afternoon at your historic resort in Manchester, Vermont, for a two-night stay.

    Hotel: The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Stockbridge & Williamstown

    The classic New England town of Manchester, Vermont is tucked between the Green Mountains and the Taconic Range and is home to Equinox Mountain, the Taconics’ tallest peak. After a morning at leisure, followed by lunch, you'll set off on a self-guided visit to Hildene. This is the former summer estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, US President Abraham Lincoln’s eldest son, who himself served as US Secretary of War and minister to Great Britain. The 1905 Georgian Revival-style mansion, today on the National Register of Historic Places, is furnished largely with Lincoln family furniture and artefacts. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration and locally sourced farm-to-table dinner at the Manchester Country Club.

    Hotel: The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Stowe

    Today you depart Manchester and stop at the iconic Vermont Country Store before heading out across Vermont's classic New England landscapes. After lunch, arrive in Shelburne for a visit to the Shelburne Museum of Art and Americana. Spread over 45 acres, this unique museum holds a vast collection of prints, paintings, folk art and quilts reflecting 19th-century American life, in historic buildings which include barns, a meeting house, a jail, a lighthouse, and a railroad station. The village is set around the Ticonderoga, a 220-ft. steamboat that once ferried passengers and livestock on Lake Champlain. Today’s final destination is Stowe, an iconic Vermont ski resort town tucked away in the Green Mountains, for an overnight at a resort in the foothills of Mount Mansfield.

    Hotel: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Montpelier & Bretton Woods

    Head out from the Green Mountains of Vermont via the state capital, Montpelier, and the elegant gold-domed State House. Just outside the city, Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks offers you a taste of pure maple syrup and an education in how it’s made, from the tapping of trees to the distillation of sap and the subtle shades and grades that result from an art they’ve perfected over eight generations in the family business. Continue on out of Vermont and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire, arriving in Bretton Woods for a two-night stay at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort, one of New England's last grand resort hotels. Since its opening in 1902, this palatial hotel has been a magnet for presidents, robber barons and celebrities. Babe Ruth and Thomas Edison loved to golf here.

    Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    White Mountains

    The harshest winter weather on the planet can be found at the summit of Mount Washington, where a wind speed of 231 mph was once recorded in 1932, and the stone houses are anchored to the ground with chains. But at this time of year, you’ll meet only temperate temperatures and magnificent views, as well as the scientists at the meteorological observatory who will brief you on their work in this unique environment. It’s a day for indulging in the colourful quintessence of a fall foliage tour as you wind down New England back roads to return to your luxury resort at Bretton Woods, where you'll enjoy a presentation on the local ecology and wildlife and enjoy dinner.

    Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    08

    Portland & Brunswick

    This morning it is on to Portland, Maine where a local lobsterman takes you out into the harbour aboard his working boat for an authentic, hands-on experience in the lobstering trade. Back on land, enjoy time on your own along the waterfront, rich with restored 19th-century architecture and cobblestone streets, and settle in at your hotel before dinner, which is at a Bailey Island lobster house overlooking Casco Bay.

    Hotel: Brunswick Hotel & Tavern (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    Bar Harbor

    Today you make your way up to historic Bar Harbor, home to your luxury cliffside inn featuring lush gardens and panoramic waterfront views. This afternoon, you'll cruise the harbor aboard a traditional wooden schooner, experiencing the picturesque coves, islands, lighthouses, and seaside cottages with the romance of a windjammer under sail. Spend the rest of the day and evening as you please in Bar Harbor.

     

    Hotel: Bar Harbor Inn & Spa (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    10

    Acadia National Park

    Luminist painters like Thomas Cole and Fitz Hugh Lane were among the first to document the awesome beauty of Bar Harbor, attracting Gilded Age high society who created an exclusive summer resort community to rival Newport. Discover exquisite examples of Victorian architecture that adorn the area en route to exploring the natural wonders of nearby Acadia National Park, colour-drenched in autumn, the highlight of any fall foliage tour. Today is filled with coves, pristine forests, beaches, plunging cliffs and rocky islands. You'll also enjoy the stunning view from the summit of Cadillac Mountain and a horse-drawn carriage ride along historic roadways within the park.

    Hotel: Bar Harbor Inn & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    11

    Camden & Ogunquit

    Your journeying southward this morning from Bar Harbor along the beautiful, rugged Maine coast. Following lunch and some free time in Camden, you'll arrive in Cape Neddick, near the quaint coastal town of Ogunquit – whose name translates as 'Beautiful place by the sea.' Classically New England, the region boasts tranquil coves and beaches and was once a fishing and shipbuilding center. Settle in at The Cliff House, a legendary seaside resort hotel that opened in 1872. This evening you join your new found friends for a farewell reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Cliff House Resort & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    12

    Journey Home

    After breakfast, it’s just a short journey to Boston Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4434 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Hidden Gems of New England

    Begins and end in Boston, Massachusetts

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour 
    • Evening in Boston

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    • Maple Trees in Vermont

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    • Boston City

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    • Mount Washington

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    • Cape Neddick

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    Arrive Boston

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival, transfer to The Westin Copley Place. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day before joining your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Westin Copley Place (Dinner included )

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    02

    Boston

    Start off your first full day in Boston with a walking tour of Fenway Park stadium where past glories come alive and you'll see famous landmarks such as the Triangle, Pesky’s Pole, the former location of Duffy’s Cliff, and the legendary Green Monster of left field. Next, an orientation tour of the city follows the historic Freedom Trail from the Back Bay’s Copley Square to Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ memorial to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw in Boston Common, the State House, the Old North Church, the Old State House and the South Meeting House. Enjoy lunch at the Union Oyster House with a 'foodie' walking and tasting tour at Boston Public Market. 

    Hotel: The Westin Copley Place (Breakfast and lunch included )

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    03

    The Berkshires

    Depart the city of Boston for the nearby flashpoint of the American Revolution, the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord. First, travel to the Lexington Battle Green, where the 'shot heard ‘round the world' that signaled the beginning of hostilities was fired and also, where Concord’s Old North Bridge and iconic Minuteman statue, cast from the bronze of Civil War cannons, in Minute Man National Historic Park. Head west across the center of Massachusetts, stopping for lunch en route to the city of Pittsfield in the Berkshires, for a late afternoon arrival at your boutique hotel created from a pair of 19th-century commercial buildings on the National Historic Register.

    Hotel: Hotel On North (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Manchester

    Begin today's discoveries in Stockbridge at the Norman Rockwell Museum, dedicated to the beloved illustrator whose hundreds of covers for the Saturday Evening Post depicting scenes from small-town America, including here in Stockbridge, where he spent the last 25 years of his life illuminating the lives of ordinary people with humour and pathos. You'll have the opportunity to view many original works by Rockwell and visit his preserved studio. Next, head to Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield for a private 'Lunch, Grace & Song' tour of this former Shaker settlement. Today it’s a living history museum featuring 20 authentic Shaker buildings, costumed interpreters, rich collections of Shaker furniture and artefacts, a working farm with extensive gardens and heritage-breed livestock and more. Continue on to Manchester, Vermont, for an overnight at a historic New England mountain resort, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa.

    Hotel: The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included )

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    05

    Walpole and Mount Washington

    Depart your Vermont resort and drive into the New Hampshire countryside for an exclusive insider look at Ken Burns’s private film studio in Walpole and some free time in town. Embracing ideas of sustainable land use and forest conservation from a book called Man and Nature, Frederick Billings created a model farm whose cows and produce gained national attention. Meet the Jersey cows at Billings Farm and Museum back in Vermont and get a firsthand look at its farming and forestry methods, which changed ideas about farming in turn-of-the-century New England. Have lunch in town and indulge in stunning panoramas of New Hampshire's White Mountains, arriving for a two-night stay at a true New England classic, the spectacular Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, a National Historic Landmark.

    Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Resort (Breakfast and dinner included )

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    06

    White Mountains

    Your day in the beautiful White Mountains starts with a New Hampshire Maple Experience, an interactive virtual tour revealing the art of creating authentic New Hampshire maple syrup, including the sap-boiling process in the sugarhouse, a maple museum and, of course, a tasting of maple syrup, other maple sugar products, and homemade sour pickles. Back at the Omni Mount Washington, enjoy lunch and a free afternoon. If you wish, you may join us for a scenic drive through the White Mountains region or a hotel history tour of your famous Bretton Woods resort, where you’ll have dinner at your leisure tonight.

    Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Resort (Breakfast and dinner included )

    Day
    07

    Cape Neddick

    A wildlife talk at your White Mountains resort this morning offers an appreciation of the ecology of the glorious landscapes that you’ll journey through today as you wind your way to Maine. You'll arrive midday at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, named by the Abenaki tribe because the word means 'beautiful place by the sea'.  The area is known for its stunning walking trails which you'll have an opportunity to explore with a walk along the famed Marginal Way trail that hugs the coast. Arrive for an overnight stay at your celebrated oceanfront resort, Cliff House, perched on the craggy cliffs of Cape Neddick. Cap your tour of New England with a farewell reception and classic lobster bake dinner at your resort tonight.

    Hotel: The Cliff House Resort & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included )

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    08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    In Freedom's Footsteps: Philadelphia to Washington, DC

    Begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and ends in Washington, DC

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Capitol Building, Washington DC

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    • City of Philadelphia

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    • Washington Monument

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    • Shenandoah National Park

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    • President Jefferson's Hill Top House, Monticello

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    Arrive Philadelphia

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Philadelphia. Upon arrival, a transfer to your hotel, the Sofitel Philadelphia, is included. This evening, meet up with your fellow Tauck travellers for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia (Dinner included)

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    02

    Philadelphia

    Steeped in history, Philadelphia combines the old with the new. Enjoy a day exploring the many attractions. Begin the morning with an early-opening private tour of the Museum of the American Revolution, followed by a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district. Tour Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and view the Liberty Bell, before spending the rest of the day as you please.

    Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia (Breakfast included)

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    03

    Amish Country & Gettysburg

    Travel through rolling Pennsylvania farmland to Lancaster County for a guided tour that reveals the cultural traditions of the Amish. Continue on to Gettysburg National Military Park for a visit to the amazing interpretive center and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War which features 12 exhibit galleries. Following dinner, a storyteller recounts the harrowing experience of civilians trapped in the town of Gettysburg during the ferocious fighting.

    Hotel: The Gettysburg Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Harper's Ferry & Shenandoah National Park

    A morning drive with a Gettysburg expert takes you through some of the battlefields, viewing pivotal sites and hearing their stories. Travel on to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where you’ll visit to the site of John Brown’s failed 1859 raid on the town’s federal arsenal. You'll travel through some of these towns as you continue on this afternoon to Charlottesville, Virginia for a two-night stay.

    Hotel: Omni Charlottesville Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Monticello & Charlottesville

    Today you travel to Charlottesville for a visit to the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello, hilltop house. After lunch featuring colonial fare and servers in 18th-century period attire, visit the University of Virginia’s landmark Rotunda and Grounds. You’ll end the afternoon with a private presentation on “Slavery, the Plantation and the Civil War” by Dr. Leni Sorensen. 

     

    Hotel: Omni Charlottesville Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    06

    Richmond & Jamestown

    Begin the day with a private guided tour of the historic Virginia State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson and French architect Charles-Louis Clérisseau, and modeled after an ancient Roman temple in southern France. Following lunch at a local bistro, enjoy a walking tour of Richmond's historic center led by guides from the city's celebrated 120-year-old history museum, The Valentine. Today’s final destination is Colonial Williamsburg, where you’ll spend the next two nights. 

     

    Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg is yours to explore as you please. Discover the recreated cobblestone streets which bring a bygone era back to life. Encounter local residents, from artisans and tradespeople to militiamen and ordinary citizens. Visit authentically restored buildings such as the Governor’s Palace, Raleigh Tavern and Bruton Parish Church. You’ll enjoy activities and demonstrations throughout the day.

    Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge (Breakfast included)

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    08

    Washington DC

    This morning visit magnificent Mount Vernon, the estate of America’s first president, George Washington. Overlooking the Potomac River, explore the state-of-the-art interactive museum, the 18th century mansion and landscaped grounds. You’ll have a late afternoon arrival in Washington, DC, and dine at a local restaurant.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    Washington DC

    Today you’ll start with a sightseeing tour of iconic Washington sights, including the White House, Capitol Hill, the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. On a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, you’ll have an opportunity to see the poignant memorials to those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Then it’s on to Newseum, a captivating museum featuring interactive exhibits about the world of media.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast included)

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    10

    Washington DC

    This morning it’s an early admission to the Rotunda of the National Archives for a private viewing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The afternoon is free for you to take in more attractions, or perhaps go shopping. This evening, a memorable week concludes with a farewell reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    11

    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute shopping before you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4239 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Majestic California: San Francisco, Yosemite & the Pacific

    Begins in San Francisco, California and ends in Monterey, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
    • Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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    • Giant Redwoods

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    • Streetcar in San Francisco

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    • Yosemite Valley

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    • Monterey Bay

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    01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer to the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square. This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your fellow travelling companions. 

    Hotel: JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square (Dinner included)

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    02

    San Francisco

    This morning, enjoy a private catamaran cruise of San Francisco’s Bay area, taking you under the Golden Gate Bridge and past Alcatraz Island. Back on land, enjoy a guided visit to the Sourdough Bread Museum, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon you'll embark on a sightseeing tour, taking you to some of the city’s most famous attractions including Nob Hill, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Lombard Street. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore this iconic cit. Perhaps enjoy some shopping, take a trip over to Alcatraz Island or stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf.

    Hotel: JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    03

    Sierra National Forrest

    You’ll leave San Francisco behind this morning as you travel towards the Sierra Nevada. En route you’ll visit the Altamont Wind Farm, one of the earliest wind farms in the United States. Continuing on to Jamestown, you’ll enjoy lunch in a historic 1859 hotel. Tonight’s accommodation is a mountain resort just outside Yosemite National Park. Have dinner at leisure before embarking on an interpretive hike into the Sierra National Forest, using flashlights to light your trail. 

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Yosemite National Park

    Your day in Yosemite National Park begins with a privately guided visit to Glacier Point. Towering 3,200 feet above the valley floor, this impressive scenic overlook offers commanding panoramic views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite's high country and the stunning High Sierra. After lunch at the lodge, you could put your rock-wall climbing to the test or try your hand at archery. This evening, have a go at panning for gold, just like the old prospectors. Later enjoy a BBQ dinner while being entertained by the Sugar Pine Singers. Board The Logger for a narrow-gauge rail excursion powered by a vintage Shay steam locomotive through Sierra National Forest and gather around the campfire for a sing-along during a stopover in the canyon.

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    05

    Yosemite National Park

    You'll learn about Yosemite National Park's history, geology, plant and animal life, and must-see attractions from park rangers during a two-hour open-air tram tour along the Yosemite Valley floor. See waterfalls such as Bridalveil, Horsetail and Ribbon Falls with their spectacular rock formations, nearly vertical granite cliffs, quiet pools and open meadows. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore the wonders of Yosemite National Park.

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    06

    Monterey

    En route from Yosemite to the coast of the blue Pacific, stop in historic Mariposa, reminiscent of the Gold Rush era. Visit the Mariposa Museum & History Center, whose exhibits tell the stories of indigenous Miwuk Indians, Chinese immigrants who came to California seeking a better way of life and the oldest county courthouse west of the Rockies. Continue your California travel through the San Joaquin Valley where you'll see vineyards, nuts, citrus fruits and vegetables basking in the sun. After lunch, traverse the Coast Mountains to California's Pacific coast, winding your way along the Monterey Peninsula via the 17-Mile Drive to the renowned Pebble Beach golf course. Your family will spend the next two nights in seaside Monterey at InterContinental The Clement Monterey, ideally situated in historic Cannery Row next to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Monterey Bay.

    Hotel: Intercontinental The Clement Monterey (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    07

    Monterey

    Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, your hotel is ideally located to explore the pretty town of Monterey. This morning you can choose between a bicycle tour along the coast, a kayak adventure or a self-guided walking tour. During a visit to the Monterey Aquarium, you will learn all about marine life, with over 200 galleries and exhibits including giant octopuses, jellyfish, large green sea turtles, barracuda, sharks and coral reefs, as well as natural displays that showcase playful otters and endearing black-footed penguins. Tonight, enjoy a private farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: Intercontinental The Clement Monterey (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3642 per person sharing a standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, separate rooms for children and other date seasons are all available on request.

    Michigan's Lakes & Mackinac Island

    Begins in Traverse City, Michigan and ends in Detroit, Michigan

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Michigan Lakes

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    • Mackinac Bridge

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    • Classic Schooner Tall Ship

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    • Traverse City

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    • Mackinac Island Transportation

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Traverse City

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Traverse City. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, a beautiful resort set on 900 acres. Join your tour director and travelling companions for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner this evening.

    Hotel: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (Dinner included)

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    Great Lake Dunes

    Today, journey along the west coast, passing through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You'll enjoy great views of the protected 35 mile-long shoreline which has an amazing palette, ranging from pale champagne to burnt sienna, and dunes which spike up to 400ft! This afternoon, board the 114-foot schooner Manitou for a private tall ship cruise on the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. The season's fruits from the vine are sampled in a private wine tasting tour at Black Star Farms. This evening, enjoy a private winery dinner.

    Hotel: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    03

    Straits of Mackinac

    Visit the Music House Museum this morning, home to antique musical instruments and music-making machines, before continuing your scenic journey to the Straits of Mackinac, where visits to Petoskey and the historic Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse will be enjoyed. In the afternoon, you take the ferry to Mackinac Island, which is only accessible by water or air. On arrival, a horse-drawn carriage awaits and transports you back in time to the Victorian era of the late 1800s. Your two-night stay is at the most celebrated hotel in America.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Mackinac Island

    First inhabited by the Europeans more than three centuries ago, Mackinac Island measures just two miles by three miles and remains an unspoiled treasure. Motorised vehicles are not allowed, so all visitors and residents travel by foot, bicycle and carriage. In this spirit, your private tour of the island is by horse-drawn carriage. Visit Fort Mackinac which has stood watch over the Straits of Mackinac for over 200 years and enjoy a presentation by a local resident historian who shares unique anecdotes about you famous landmark hotel, then the remainder of the day is free for exploration.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    05

    Bay City

    This morning you visit Midland for a tour of the architect Alden B. Dow's home. The home is a national historic landmark. You'll spend tonight on the east bank of Saginaw River, in the heart of historic downtown Bay City.

     

    Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Bay City Riverfront (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Frankenmuth

    Today, visit the little village of Frankenmuth, founded by German pioneers in the 1840s and stop for lunch and some free time to wander around. Continue on to Dearborn, a city instrumental in America's automobile culture, where a guided visit to The Henry Ford Museum is a fascinating experience. Historic trains, automobiles, airplanes and more help illustrate the American experience of 150 years of progress and innovation. You'll also visit Dymaxion House, created by R. Buckminster Fuller and the homes and workplaces of ground-breaking innovators such as Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Harvey Firestone. During dinner at your hotel tonight, enjoy a private Motown musical performance by a live band.

    Hotel: The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Dearborn

    Your final full day includes a private guided visit this morning to the impressive Ford Rouge Factory Tour in Dearborn. Then head to Detroit to see the Renaissance Center, Comerica Park Journey, the Fox Theatre and more. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon back in Dearborn, take an included spin in a Model T before your farewell reception and dinner with your new-found friends.

     

    Hotel: The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There's time this morning for a spot of shopping before returning to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3583 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

    Begins and ends in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: April, May, July, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Santa Fe

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    • Taos

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    • Rio Grande

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    • Market in Sante Fe

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    • Albuquerque Skyline

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    Arrive Albuquerque

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel Chaco, an ultra-modern hotel inspired by the ancient local Chacoan culture and nestled between Albuquerque's historic Old Town and the vibrant Sawmill district, against a backdrop of New Mexico’s mesas and the Sandia Mountains. Tonight you join your fellow Tauck companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Chaco (Dinner included)

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    02

    Sandia Peak

    After lunch,Today your fascinating New Mexico itinerary explores the state's myriad cultural influences, from Pueblo tribes to innovations of the Atomic and Nuclear ages. A guided sightseeing tour of Albuquerque includes historic Nob Hill, the University of New Mexico, downtown districts and Old Town Albuquerque.  Visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science, a private welcome and introductory talk by a museum docent provides insights on New Mexico’s unique role in the history of the Nuclear Age. After lunch, take a closer look at the history and accomplishments of the Pueblo people, from pre-Columbian to modern day, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Dine at your resort tonight.

     

    Hotel: Hotel Chaco (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    03

    Bandelier National Monument

    Depart Albuquerque this morning and stop at Jemez State Monument to see the ruins of its 17th-century mission church before peeking into the lives of the ancient Anasazi Pueblo culture at Bandelier National Monument, one of North America’s oldest human settlements. Lunch is held in a 100-year-old adobe home, enhancing today’s journey to the Taos region, which has long attracted a thriving and talented community of artists and craftsmen with the scenic beauty of its contrasting forests and deserts. Visit Santuario de Chimayo and the iconic 18th century San Francisco de Asís Mission Church en route to your Taos resort, where you'll spend the next two nights and enjoy dinner at your leisure tonight.

    Hotel: El Monte Sagrado (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Taos

    Start your day with a private lecture sharing insights on Pueblo life, culture and arts. A guided excursion to continually inhabited multi-storied Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases a unique way of life that has remained unchanged for almost ten centuries. A storyteller enriches your journey with regional tales and legends as you cross Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. The remainder of the day is yours to explore or relax.

     

    Hotel: El Monte Sagrado (Breakfast included)

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    05

    Rio Grande

    Today’s gentle float trip on the Rio Grande, accompanied by a native guide, ends with a traditional Pueblo Indian cooking demonstration and lunch at the side of the river. Watch local artisans weaving baskets and crafting drums, before continuing your journey alongside the mighty Rio Grande waterway to Santa Fe. En route there is a memorable guided visit to Ghost Ranch, immortalized in the work of artist Georgia O’Keeffe; where you'll explore the area's stunning landscapes, and view trees and mountains as O'Keeffe saw and painted them. Arrive at your luxury hotel and spa in historic Santa Fe in time for dinner at your leisure.

    Hotel: Inn and Spa at Loretto (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Santa Fe

    As the crossroads of the historic Southwest, Santa Fe's unique culture and ambiance are a blend of Spanish, Native American and Old West influences. Experience this diverse cultural mix on a guided walking tour of Santa Fe's centuries-old center, including America's oldest public building, the Palace of the Governors; your hotel is just steps from the city's historic plaza, terminus of the storied Santa Fe Trail. Discover the tasty secrets of southwestern cuisine at a private presentation by a local chef, followed by lunch highlighting the city's diverse heritage at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Next its a private guided tour of the New Mexico History Museum, for a guided look at the legacy of the Spanish Colonial era. 

     

     

    Hotel: Inn and Spa at Loretto (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    07

    Santa Fe

    Enjoy an exclusive private morning visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe – revealing the sensuous landscapes and other works by this renowned 20th-century artist, who so loved this part of the Southwest that she made it her home later in life. The collection contains over 1,100 paintings, sculptures and drawings by O'Keeffe herself, and nearly 1,800 works by her contemporaries, including many photos chronicling her life and career. Later you'll visit the home and studio of an acclaimed local artist, for an in-depth understanding of the art styles of New Mexico. This evening a farewell reception and dinner brings your journey to a close.

    Hotel: Inn and Spa at Loretto (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3870 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    New Orleans & Mississippi River Plantation Country

    Begins and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: March, April, May, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Street Art in New Orleans

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    • Kayaking in Lafayette

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    • New Orleans

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    • Alligator

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    • Houmas House Gardens

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    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, take the complimentary transfer to your hotel, which is located in the heart of the French Quarter. This evening, meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Dinner included)

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    02

    New Orleans

    As your hotel boasts a wonderful location, today you set out on foot for a walking tour from picturesque Jackson Square to bustling Bourbon Street. En route, discover the cool sounds of jazz as you meander through Canal Street, the waterfront and the Warehouse District. Discover the French Quarter from venerable Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and Bourbon Street on a guided walking tour. Savour local culinary delights including beignets and etouffee, whilst enjoying a private demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Later, you’ll be introduced to the magical world of Mardi Gras, with an insider's view of how this festivity is planned and created. This evening, enjoy a private jazz experience at the legendary Preservation Hall. 

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    03

    New Orleans Nature & Music

    Begin the day with a flightseeing tour of New Orleans for views of the French Quarter, Mississippi River, canals, and wetlands, with commentary by your pilot. Sitting below sea level, New Orleans has experienced the destructive force of mother nature, which you'll learn more about at a private lecture by Nellie Watson, an expert on the interplay of humans, architecture and the environment. In the city that many consider the birthplace of jazz and the hometown of prominent jazz greats from Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet to Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr., you'll check out the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, where the focus is on jazz as an art form. For dinner tonight, get a true taste of New Orleans' famous cuisine at a restaurant of your choosing.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    04

    Vermilionville & Lafayette

    Leaving New Orleans, you'll head out into the countryside for an alligator bayou tour in an excursion boat with a local guide, then begin your discovery of Louisiana's "River Road" plantations with a visit to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens along the "big bend" of the Mississippi River. Enjoy a private Houmans House tour,  have lunch at the plantation and stroll at your leisure through some of its 38 acres of exquisite gardens. Continue on to Nottoway Plantation & Resort, home to the largest existing antebellum mansion in the South, where's you'll spend the next two nights. Your stay begins in style in the Mansion House with a guided tour and a private mint julep reception, followed by an elegant private dinner accompanied by a string quartet in the White Parlor.

    Hotel: Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Baton Rouge

    Travel to Baton Rouge today and step back in time at the LSU Rural Life Museum, a living-history museum re-creating the lifestyles and folkways of rural Louisianans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Continue on to downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital city, and learn about the life and legacy of Huey P. Long, Louisiana's controversial populist Governor of the 1930s, in a guided visit to the Old State Capitol. After lunch at a local restaurant, head back to Nottoway Plantation for an afternoon and evening spent as you please.

    Hotel: Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Atchafalaya Basin

    Return to New Orleans this morning for another two-night stay in the Crescent City, which begins with a guided visit and time on your own at the National World War II Museum. Your visit begins with a viewing of the award-winning “4-D” multi-media experience Beyond All Boundaries, produced and narrated by Tom Hanks and featuring the voice talents Brad Pitt, Viola Davis, and more. Enjoy brunch accompanied by an entertaining USO-style musical show at the museum’s BB’s Stage Door Canteen, featuring cuisine by The American Sector restaurant. Take time to explore the museum’s many state-of-the-art exhibits at your own pace. Late this afternoon, check into your stylish accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, on Canal Street in the French Quarter, then spend an evening as you please in this unique American city.

    Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    07

    New Orleans

    Visit more iconic destinations as you continue to tour New Orleans today. Begin with sightseeing in the Garden District, then hop aboard an authentic New Orleans streetcar for a private tour along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue, accompanied by a New Orleans resident. Return late morning to your hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring more of New Orleans at your leisure. Tonight, experience the best of the Cresent City as you head to celebrated Arnaud's Restaurant to enjoy a private farewell jazz reception, followed by dinner at this French Quarter institution.

    Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There’s time for some last minute souvenir shopping before taking your transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3459 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Olympic National Park & Vancouver Island

    Begins in Seattle, Washington State and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: May, June, July, August and September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Tour leader and specialist guides
    • In-Depth tour
    • Moss Lined Trees in Olympic National Park

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    • Orca's Breaching in Victoria

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    • Scenic Seattle Skyline

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    • Evening in Victoria Harbour

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    • Bear Watching in Tofino

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    Arrive Seattle

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Seattle. Upon arrival transfer to the Roosevelt Seattle, meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome meeting and dinner this evening.

    Hotel: The Roosevelt Seattle (Dinner included )

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    Olympic National Park

    Olympic National Park is one of the most unique and diverse parks in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you'll visit the Hoh Rain Forest, an old-growth forest located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest rainforest. The forest constantly renews itself from fallen trees, moss drips from tall branches and deer seek refuge amongst the dense camouflage. Tonight you’ll stay in the cabins by beautiful Lake Crescent, which provides the ideal location to relax and watch the sunset.

    Hotel: Lake Crescent Lodge Cabins (Breakfast included )

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    03

    Olympic National Park

    This morning, you'll visit the Rialto Beach on the park's wild Pacific coast. Rocky beaches, giant drift logs, pounding waves and views of small islands called 'sea stacks' make up the stunning scenery. Take a hike along the two mile beach trail to Hole-in-the-Wall, home to an array of trees and a number of different creatures, from whales, sea lions and otters offshore to birds circling overhead and starfish lining the rock pools. When the tide is out, you can scramble through the rocky arch for panoramic views of the other side. In the afternoon, take to the calm waters on a kayaking adventure.

    Hotel: Lake Crescent Lodge Cabins (Breakfast and dinner included )

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    04

    Port Angeles to Victoria

    This morning you make your way to Port Angeles to board the ferry for Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.  Victoria is well-known as an ideal place to spot Orca Whales and you will be setting off on an Orca viewing Zodiac RIB tour designed to search for these magnificent mammals on an exhilarating ride in the open air.

    Hotel: Hotel Grand Pacific (Breakfast included)

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    05

    MacMillan / Pacific Rim National Park

    Make your way around the coastal road before heading inland and up to Cathedral Cove in MacMillan Provincial Park. Here you will find the rare and endangered remnants of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem. The oldest trees date back roughly 800 years and can grow as tall as 75 metres with a diameter of around nine metres. Later, continue inland until you reach Pacific Rim National Park where you walk the Schooner Cove Trail. The trail meanders through lush rainforests and over streams before arriving at the coast. Tonight you will arrive in Tofino for a two-night stay at the WAY Point Resort Yurts. The Yurts are set up along the beach, just steps from the ocean and provide a unique platform tenting experience.

    Hotel: WYA Point resort (Yurts) (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    06

    Tofino

    Today, enjoy a scenic boat ride on the waters of the Clayoquot Sound inlets to explore the protected wilderness beaches and inlets which the local bears call home. You might also spot whales and bald eagles from the boat on this exciting excursion. It is common for bears to come down to the beach after hibernation, to feed on shellfish and crustaceans. The boat allows for a close encounter without disturbing or causing the animals any distress. You'll witness mother bears teaching their young cubs new tricks and watch them mischievously climbing trees and playing on the beach. This evening, enjoy a salmon BBQ on the beach to round off an incredible day. 

    Hotel: WYA Point resort (Yurts) (Breakfast and dinner included )

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    07

    Vancouver

    Set off from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, on a scenic ferry to the mainland across the Salish Sea, admiring small islands and the breath-taking panorama of the city of Vancouver as it comes into view. This cosmopolitan city is a real contrast to the rest of British Columbia. Enjoy a scenic drive through Stanley Park, a 400-hectare green wonderland and stop by Prospect Point, a scenic lookout where you can gaze out at spectacular views of Lions Gate Bridge, North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Your tour with Grand American Adventures ends at 17:00.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (Breakfast included )

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer independently back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3535 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Red Rocks & Painted Canyons

    Begins in Phoenix, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: April, June, July and August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
    • Purple Scottsdale

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    • Lake Powell

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    • Narrow Falls, Zion National Park

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    • Bryce Canyon

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    • Cathedral Creek

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    • Grand Canyon

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    01

    Scottsdale

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix. Upon arrival transfer to the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. You'll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening, with your new fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (Dinner Included)

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    02

    Red Rocks & Grand Canyon

    Visit the picturesque town of Sedona, surrounded by towering red-rock formations with names like Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. The scenery is awe-inspiring. Next, it's on to Grand Canyon National Park, the matriarch of national parks! Spend the night near the canyon’s rim from where you will be able to enjoy nature’s masterpiece after the day’s crowds depart. This is sure to be a highlight of your family's adventure. Dine at a choice of park restaurants this evening.

    Hotel: Kachina Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    03

    Grand Canyon

    If you choose to do so, watching the Grand Canyons glorious sunrise is worth the early start to your day. Enjoy some time exploring the area, whilst keeping an eye out for mule deer, squirrels and other wildlife roaming the cactus-studded landscape. Next, it's a guided driving tour of the Canyon's East Rim and stops at several scenic points including Desert View Lookout. The next destination is a unique, man-made lake in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Lake Powell. Have fun at the evening,s private pizza party taking place at your lakefront resort, followed by a campfire and s'mores!

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Lake Powell

    Take to the skies and discover Mother Nature's handiwork on a flightseeing excursion over the world's largest natural bridge; Rainbow Bridge spans 275 feet across Rainbow Creek in an almost perfect parabolic arch. This afternoon, take a private lake cruise and guided tour to view Antelope Canyon, one of the colourful slot canyons in the Navajo Nation. They are revered for their special beauty and change color as the sun moves overhead. You also have the option (at an additional cost) to go on a 4-hour flightseeing excursion to Monument Valley in the morning.

     

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Glen Canyon Rafting & Kanab

    This morning is an adventure - floating along the Colorado River and through Glen Canyon aboard a pontoon raft. Next its a change of pace and scenery with a taste of western entertainment during lunch in Kanab, Utah, a favourite location for famous cowboy movies. You'll be staying in Bryce Canyon National Park tonight, naturally painted in shades of pink and orange.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Wake up to nature’s palette of brilliant colours in the canyon and get a closer look at the whimsical hoodoos and intricately carved pillars of rock just a short walk from your lodge. Weather permitting, you can saddle up for an exciting trail ride on a horse or a mule, accompanied by a cowboy who highlights hidden sights in this geologic fantasyland. Depart for Zion National Park this afternoon. On arrival enjoy a private tram tour of the park's highlights.

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    07

    Zion National Park

    The morning is at leisure to explore as you wish. Read the rocks in Zion's cliff-and-canyon landscapes, take a hike through narrow pink-coloured gorges and dramatic canyons or discover creamy-pink Navajo Sandstone cliffs that reach up to 2,200 feet in height! Travel to Las Vegas for an overnight stay and a farewell dinner amidst the city's blazing neon lights..

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4113 per person sharing a standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, seperate room for children and other dates are available on request.

    Spirit of the Desert: The National Parks of the Southwest

    Begins in Grand Junction, Colorado and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: May, June, August & September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 9 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Mesa Arch

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    • Monument Valley

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    • Angels Landing, Zion National Park

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    • Ampitheatre at Bryce Canyon National Park

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    • Las Vegas

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    • Grand Canyon

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    Grand Junction

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Grand Junction, Colorado. Upon arrival, independently transfer to DoubleTree by Hilton at Grand Junction.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Grand Junction (No meals )

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    Moab

    Transfer from Grand Junction to Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, Utah, your base for the next three nights. This evening, learn about the days ahead through filmed vignettes by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan join Tauck and join your traveling companions for a welcome reception and cowboy cookout dinner. 

     

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Dinner included)

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    03

    Arches National Park

    An early start this morning to witness the sunrise in the Windows section of Arches National Park; the first light of day on Turret Arch and Double Arch creates picture-postcard photography. Arches National Park holds the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches with over 2,000 throughout the park. View Delicate Arch, the amazing Balanced Rock, and a variety of sensational geological formations during guided sightseeing before returning to the lodge for lunch. Get set for adventure this afternoon when you depart on a scenic float trip along on the Colorado River. There is an optional Sunset Scouts walk, before spending your evening in the lodge, where you dine at your leisure and are steeped in the authenticity of an architectural style that defines the West.
     

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Canyonlands National Park

    Enjoy a morning trip to Castle Rock with spectacular views of Book Cliffs and Arches National Park – from the top of a mesa, enjoy views that extend out to Arches National Park, Colorado, and the La Salle Mountains. A lecture by a local Navajo connects you to the sacredness of the desert, to the ancient spiritual life that transcends today’s world. Depart for the little town of Moab, then on to Canyonlands National Park, whose countless canyons, mesas and buttes shadow the Colorado River and the Green River. These rivers divide the park into four districts – today you’ll explore the northern section, Island in the Sky, where among other formations you’ll see a famed pothole arch, Mesa Arch, overlooking Buck Canyon. There is no better way to experience Canyonlands than at sunset – and the setting sun, during a picnic dinner at Dead Horse Point overlooking the U-turn in the Colorado River, is nothing short of inspirational.

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    05

    Bryce Canyon

    Enjoy some free time this morning – go on an optional Dawn Patrol or visit the Film Museum at the lodge. For the past 70 years, many of the most famous western movies were filmed in and around Moab – learn about the filming locations and the stars who brought them to life. Gain insight from Dayton Duncan as to the best way to access the major sights in the national parks; some are available at a turnout, while others are inaccessible and require back-country hiking or an aerial overview – and that is exactly how you’ll tour Capitol Reef National Park today. Cross the Waterpocket Fold, which is sort of a “warp” in the Earth’s crust that runs nearly 100 miles, and see Strike Valley, the spectacular sandstone Capitol Domes that give the park its name, colourful cliffs and soaring spires. Arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park, home to some of Earth’s more whimsical geologic formations; spend some time at the Visitor Centre and enjoy some free time before dinner – there is an optional Sunset Scouts this evening.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    06

    Zion

    Another independent Dawn Patrol is available this morning – a hike along the rim of Bryce Canyon to catch the shocking array of colours illuminated by the first rays of light on the hoodoos below. More of a series of horseshoe amphitheatres than a canyon, morning walks reveal millions of pinnacles positively glowing. This afternoon, depart for Zion National Park; en route you’ll learn about the park’s complicated creation via a film by Ken Burns, who shares his favourite memories of the park. Upon arrival, Ryan Paul, Curator of Frontier Homestead State Park Museum (formerly Iron Mission State Park), entertains with a lecture on 'singaways' and the contribution of the Union Pacific Railroad to the story of the national parks. There is an independent Sunset Scouts opportunity tonight to the historic Virgin River bridge located at the mouth of the canyon.

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    07

    Zion

    Zion’s most striking images are unique sandstone cliffs that range from towering monoliths to narrow canyons, changing in colour from light cream to pink to red. Tour the park, with walks to Weeping Rock and the Court of the Patriarchs, then have some free time to explore as you please. Late afternoon, internationally acclaimed environmental historian and author Alfred Runte gives a talk on the history of the railroad in the national parks. This evening, you may choose to do an independent Sunset Scouts’ visit to the Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado River that earned the designation “wild and scenic".

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Grand Canyon

    Leave Zion, and en route to Grand Canyon National Park get a guided tour of fascinating Pipe Spring National Monument to learn about Paiute Indian and Mormon pioneer history. Drive to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, a place more intimate and less crowded than the South Rim, with fewer than 10% of the park’s total annual visitors. Following lunch, explore the North Rim, including the vistas from Point Imperial. Dinner tonight is at the Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim.

    Hotel: Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    09

    Grand Canyon

    Spend today exploring the Grand Canyon at your leisure. Optional activities include mule rides and additional ranger talks about history and geology.

    Hotel: Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    10

    Las Vegas

    Today you fly from Kanab over the western regions of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas for your return home. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

    Day
    11

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before returning to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £5218 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head Island & Charleston

    Begins in Savannah, Georgia and ends in Charleston, South Carolina

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: March, April, May, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Blooming Savannah, Georgia

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    • Charleston Coastline

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    • Historical Church Building, Savannah

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    • Historical Downtown Charleston

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    • Hilton Head Island

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    01

    Arrive Savannah

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Savannah. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel The Desoto located in Savannah's historic center, just a few blocks from the bustling waterfront.

    Hotel: The DeSoto (Dinner included)

    Day
    02

    Savannah

    Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, magnificent homes, and architectural gems, your hotel in the historic heart of Georgia's First City offers a mix of warm Southern charm and modern style. Begin your day of exploring with a visit to the Massie Heritage Center. Originally founded as the Massie School in the mid-1800s, the historic institution is now an interactive museum preserving Savannah’s rich cultural heritage. Next, engage in a hands-on culinary demonstration focusing on dishes representing the unique cuisine of the coastal Low Country region, followed by lunch. Spend the afternoon sightseeing aboard a touring trolley with a local guide, admire the city's elegant architecture and geometric city design, featuring 24 park squares highlighted by live oaks draped with Spanish moss. One of the first planned cities in America, Savannah's National Historic Landmark District is the largest in the nation and features more than 1,000 architecturally significant buildings.

    Hotel: The DeSoto (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    03

    Savannah

    Today you'll embark on a guided excursion through the Low Country region along the Georgia coast. Begin with an opportunity to experience firsthand the unique Gullah / Geechee culture that developed in the wetlands approaching the outlying Sea Islands of Georgia at the Pin Point Heritage Museum. The museum's exhibits and multimedia presentations interpret the oyster fishing traditions and folkways of the residents of Pin Point which for nearly a century survived as an isolated, self-sustaining Gullah / Geechee enclave. Continue past old Spanish fortifications to Wormsloe State Historic Site, Georgia's oldest plantation and its original "tabby" house, now complemented by a museum, theatre and Colonial Life area. Return to Savannah for a free afternoon, followed by a celebration of the city’s Madeira wine traditions at the Davenport House Museum, featuring a tour and a tasting in the historic home's private gardens. Later enjoy an after-hours admission to the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force for a private tour of its exhibits and a private dinner in the museum's reception hall.

    Hotel: The DeSoto (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    04

    Fort Pulaski and Hilton Head Island

    Bid Savannah farewell and head off to a key site of the Civil War, Fort Pulaski National Monument, an impressive brick fortress captured by Union forces in 1862. It was here that military history was forever changed during a Civil War battle that saw the introduction of "rifled cannons." Continue on to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, boasting one of the most pristine marine estuaries on the east coast, where you'll find miles of barrier beaches outside of your oceanfront resort that are ideal for walking and beachcombing. Dine this evening at the resort.

    Hotel: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    05

    Beaufort & Charleston

    Take time for an early morning walk on Hilton Head's pristine beaches at your leisure before setting off for historic Beaufort, where you’re joined by a local Gullah resident and guide for an in-depth look at the unique culture and heritage of the Gullah people on the nearby islands. In Beaufort, "Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands," you'll view the timeless architecture of a National Historic Landmark District. Continue on to Charleston, the historic first capital of South Carolina. A private boat cruise of Charleston Harbor this afternoon imparts a wealth of information about the city's centuries of maritime history. Your home for the next three nights is an elegant 150-year-old hotel, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, at the center of Charleston's historic district.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    06

    Charleston

    This morning, a local guide takes you on a tour of Charleston to see centuries-old cobblestone streets and well-preserved homes representing a range of architectural styles. From the Revolutionary War period to Antebellum mansions, classic Georgia, Federal, Adamesque, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian. Visit the famed military school known as The Citadel, and the Battery. The rest of the day is free to do as you please, Charleston is a great city to explore by foot, or you might decide to see it by horse-drawn carriage. Alternatively, visit the Gibbes Museum of Art, or Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shot of the Civil War was fired in 1861. There are also many restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy the easy living this city is so well known for.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast included)

    Day
    07

    Historic Plantations

    Visit some of the finest historic plantations and gardens in America today. A morning trip takes you first to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for a tour of the magnificent Romantic-style garden. Some sections of the gardens are more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. Then it's on to one of the grandest of the notable Ashley River Plantations, Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark that is home to America's oldest landscaped gardens. Tour its mansion built in 1755, the stables and the formal gardens. Return to Charleston mid-afternoon, then join your travel companions this evening for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your historic hotel.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    09

    Journey Home

    Spend your final morning in Charleston, perhaps shopping for souvenirs before heading to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3275 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

    Begins in Jackson, Wyoming and ends in Rapid City, South Dakota

    9 Days / 8 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August and September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Mount Rushmore

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    • Spectacular wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

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    • Buffalo Bill Historical Centrer

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    • Grand Teton

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    • Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone’s number one attraction

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    • Old Faithful Inn

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    • Old Faithful Inn Lobby

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    01

    Arrive Jackson

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Jackson, Wyoming. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Jackson Lake Lodge, which is fabulously located within Grand Teton National Park.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (no meals)

    Day
    02

    Jackson

    Spend your first full day exploring the quaint town of Jackson, which is filled with boutique shops and casual eateries, or head out into the national park. This evening, meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (Dinner included)

    Day
    03

    Grand Teton National Park

    Watch out for the spectacular wildlife, ranging from moose and elk to beavers and bald eagles, during an exhilarating ten-mile rafting trip along Snake River. This afternoon and evening are yours to explore Grand Teton National Park at leisure or make the short trip into the historic town of Jackson.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    04

    Yellowstone National Park

    This morning, you’ll be enriched with the story of Grand Teton National Park and the immense efforts in place to preserve the environment. Next, it’s on to Yellowstone National Park where you will learn about the phenomenon of the world's first National Park, globally known for its unique geothermal activity. There’s an opportunity to witness Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone’s number one attraction, shooting 184 feet in the air, before enjoying dinner at leisure at Old Faithful Inn.

    Hotel: Old Faithful Inn (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    05

    Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone National Park has so much to see you need a second day. Witness some of Yellowstone’s abundant geysers, thundering waterfalls, bright coloured hot springs, bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and other geothermal wonders, before following the Lower Grand Loop Road to Fountain Paint Pot. Then view the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, carved by the churning waters of the Yellowstone River. Make your way through Hayden Valley before arriving at your accommodation for this evening, a historic 19th century hotel which is located on the shores of Lake Yellowstone.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    06

    Cody & The Wild West

    Leaving the National Parks behind, today it is out into the open planes of western Wyoming and the 1890s town of Cody, named for its founder William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody. You’ll experience the authentic “Wild West” at Buffalo Bill Historical Center, which includes the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Draper Museum of Natural History, the Plains Indian Museum and the Buffalo Bill Museum. Tonight, enjoy a western themed evening at the Cody Rodeo or the Cowboy Music Revue (depending on the season).

     

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Cody at Buffalo Bill Village (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    07

    Clearmont Ranch

    You will witness spectacular Bighorn Mountain scenery of rugged canyons, sparkling waterfalls and colourful vegetation en route to Buffalo, where a fabulous cookhouse lunch, horseback ride, roping demonstrations and a horse whispering session at the TA Ranch await your arrival. Then it’s on to a second Wyoming ranch where you will enjoy dinner and spend the evening at leisure.

    Hotel: The Ranch at Ucross (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Mount Rushmore

    Today is a journey into the Black Hills of South Dakota, a spectacular location, where you’ll have lunch at the Crazy Horse Memorial, a grand rock sculpture that will stand as the largest stone carving in the world once completed. Next, it's on to famous Mount Rushmore, a majestic mountain where the faces of former presidents are carved into the granite. Later, arrive in Rapid City and enjoy a farewell reception and dinner tonight.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    09

    Journey Home

    There’s time for some last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping before your transfer to Rapid City Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4184 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Yellowstone & The Tetons, American Safari

    Begins and Ends in Jackson, Wyoming

    9 Days / 8 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August and September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Culture tour
    • Geyser's in Yellowstone National Park

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    • Horses on the Ranch

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    • Spectacular Yellowstone Scenery

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    • Wildlife Safari in Yellowstone

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    • Grand Teton National Park

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    01

    Arrive Jackson

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Jackson, Wyoming. Upon arrival, transfer to the Wort Hotel and join your fellow travel companions for a welcome reception and dinner at your historic hotel in downtown Jackson, rich in Wild West lore.

    Hotel: The Wort Hotel (Dinner included )

    Day
    02

    Snake River

    Embark on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip on the Snake River this morning, learning more about the sights you’ll see with your naturalist guide. Then, after lunch on your own in Jackson, channel your inner cowboy for an afternoon at Snake River Ranch, a working cattle ranch run by the same family since the 1920s. Saddle up for a ride with seasoned ranch hands through the pastures of this 3,000 plus acre ranch, learning about, and experiencing, a day in the life of a real American cowboy. Alternatively, travel like a pioneer on a horse-drawn wagon. Tonight enjoy some traditional cowboy entertainment at the ranch before returning to The Wort Hotel for the rest of the evening.

    Hotel: The Wort Hotel (Breakfast )

    Day
    03

    Yellowstone National Park

    After breakfast, drive from Jackson to Yellowstone National Park for a naturally inspiring stay in the heart of a thermal wonderland, entering through the South Entrance and continuing to Grant Village and along the western shore of Yellowstone Lake. Walking and hiking are must do activities in Yellowstone. Following lunch at the historic Lake Hotel, you can stretch your legs with a short hike to take in the otherworldly sights and smells of the geothermal wonders of the Norris Geyser Basin, at sites such as Mud Volcano and Sulphur Cauldron. Continue exploring through the beautiful Hayden Valley, and arrive late afternoon at the newly renovated Canyon Lodge and Cabins for a two-night inside-the-park stay. Have dinner at your leisure at the hotel this evening.

    Hotel: Canyon Lodge and Cabins (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included )

    Day
    04

    Lamar Valley

    Depart your lodge in the Canyon region this morning and head north through the ruggedly beautiful Dunraven Pass, taking in vistas of Mount Washburn, Tower Falls and other sites along the Yellowstone River. Next, you'll embark on a wildlife safari in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley and the Northern Range, promising a peek into the world of local residents such as bears and wolves. A naturalist guide serves as your safari tracker as you hunt for signs of elk, grizzlies and gray wolves. After a midday stop in the isolated village of Cooke City, continue your drive through the Yellowstone wilderness, learning about the habits and habitats of the park’s population of wildlife. Visit wildlife photographer Dan Hartman at his log cabin this afternoon to learn about his work, then head back through Dunraven Pass to Canyon Lodge for dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: Canyon Lodge and Cabins (Breakfast and dinner)

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    05

    The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

    The best way to appreciate the grandeur and diversity of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is on foot. Your hike along its trails this morning will reveal the immensity of the canyon and the river below as you stop at various viewpoints, taking you to the brink of the Upper Falls. Learn about conservation, ecology and wildlife along the way to enrich your explorations. Journey next to Uncle Tom’s Viewpoint, where you'll walk to Artist Point. Then head west and north through Yellowstone from the Canyon region, stopping for photos, wildlife sightings and a picnic lunch along the way. Later, arrive at Mammoth Hot Springs, where you'll walk on boardwalks along its steaming thermal features and travertine terraces. Continue on to famous Old Faithful Geyser and the Upper Geyser Basin, arriving at Old Faithful Snow Lodge for a two-night stay.

    Hotel: Old Faithful Snow Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included )

    Day
    06

    Yellowstone's Geysers

    Today begins with a morning walk with a naturalist guide among the marvels of the Lower Geyser Basin to take in the sights, smells and sounds of this amazing area. From then on, the rest of your day is free to explore the nation's first national park as you wish. You may want to make it a point to watch Old Faithful erupt, or listen to a presentation by a park ranger. After a talk by a historian early this evening, have dinner tonight next door to your lodge at the Old Faithful Inn, a true historic landmark built of lodgepole pine in 1904.

    Hotel: Old Faithful Snow Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    07

    Grand Teton National Park

    Depart Yellowstone today for a journey south to Grand Teton National Park, a showcase of picture-perfect snow-covered mountains. The youngest mountain range in the Rockies, the Tetons tower above Jackson Hole with craggy peaks, rugged canyons, glacial lakes. Undulating valleys, carpeted by sagebrush, cottonwood and aspens make way for rivers and ponds that provide homes for beaver, coyotes, moose, swans, eagles and more. Flat floors invite bison and pronghorn to the lower regions. Explore Jenny Lake, the “Three Sisters” and Mount Moran. Your late afternoon arrival at Jackson Lake Lodge allows you to take in vistas of the Tetons at dusk, from the 60-foot picture windows in the upper lobby. The views you'll enjoy during dinner at the Lodge are pretty spectacular.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included )

    Day
    08

    Grand Teton National Park

    The entire morning is yours to enjoy as you wish in Grand Teton National Park. There are lots of optional activities including hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding and more to engage in. Alternatively, you may want to simply relax by the pool. This afternoon, a leisurely, guided bicycle ride across the new Teton Mountain Trail increases your appreciation of the history and scenic splendor of Grand Teton National Park. Watch out for bison, pronghorn and other wildlife as you marvel at the grandeur around you. Join your fellow travel companions this evening for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at the Jackson Lake Lodge.

    Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included )

    Day
    09

    Journey Home

    There’s time for some last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping before your transfer to Jackson Hole Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    Yellowstone & Teton

    Begins and ends in Jackson, Wyoming

    6 Days / 5 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August and September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    1. Round trip scheduled flights
    2. Accommodations as specified
    3. 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
    4. Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    5. Tour leader and specialist guides
    6. In-Depth tour
    • Flora in Grand Teton

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    • Yellowstone National Park

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    • Mammoth Hotsprings

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    • Grand Teton National Park

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    • Yellowstone National Park Wildlife

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    01

    Arrive Jackson

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Jackson Hole. Upon arrival, transfer independently to The Lexington at Jackson Hole and meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome meeting and dinner this evening.

    Hotel: The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel (Dinner included)

    Day
    02

    Yellowstone National Park

    Arrive in Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park and home to a large variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, wolves, bison and elk. Today you'll explore Yellowstone by vehicle and on foot. Hit the boardwalks at Mammoth Hot Springs to explore the various geothermal pools and features and gaze upon the ‘Grand Canyon of Yellowstone’. You'll also visit Grand Prismatic Spring, which is the most spectacular of all the springs and is known for its colourful features.

    Hotel: Under Canvas Yellowstone (Breakfast and lunch included )

    Day
    03

    Lamar Valley

    Home to an incredible array of wildlife such as wolves, elk, bison and Bighorn Sheep, the Lamar Valley is often referred to as the 'America's Serengeti'. For the first time in more than 70 years, wolves have recently been reintroduced to the park. Today you'll travel around Yellowstone tracking wildlife accompanied by a professional wildlife tracker who has dedicated their life to working with the park's wildlife, including wolves.

    Hotel: Under Canvas Yellowstone (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    04

    Grand Teton National Park

    This morning you'll depart Jackson and make your way to Grand Teton National Park where a geology guide will bring the park to life and uncover the secrets which lie hidden beneath the surface. Discover the science of the physical structure and substance of the earth and how it is pertinent to the Teton’s rising from the earth’s surface. This afternoon, you’ll enjoy a half day scenic mountain bike tour, travelling along the sagebrush flats on the eastern slopes of Grand Teton National Park, home to roaming antelope and other wildlife. Finish the day back at Spring Creek Ranch where you can unwind with a cool drink.

    Hotel: Spring Creek Ranch (Breakfast included)

    Day
    05

    Grand Teton National Park

    Enjoy a guided tour this morning with a wildlife and ecology guide in Grand Teton National Park to learn about the interactions among organisms and their environments. Later, cross Jenny Lake by ferry and hike towards Inspiration Point and beyond. This hike is not only a wonderful way to search for wildlife and enjoy some of the finest views of the area, but it is also a good opportunity to learn more from your knowledgeable guide.

    Hotel: Spring Creek Ranch (Breakfast included)

    Day
    06

    Journey Home

    There'll be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing in Jackson Hole before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £4129 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Yellowstone Winter Wildlife

    Begins and ends in Bozeman, Montana

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departs: January

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners
    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Tour leader and specialist guides
    • In-Depth tour
    • Bighorn Sheep, Yellowstone National Park

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    • Mammoth Hotsprings

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    • Cross Counrty Skiing

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    • Yellowstone's Wolves

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    • Winter Scenery, Yellowstone

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    • Geothermal Geysers in Winter

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Bozeman

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Bozeman, Montana. Upon arrival, transfer independently to C'mon Inn Hotel and Suites and meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome dinner this evening.

    Hotel: C'mon Inn Hotel and Suites (Dinner included)

    Day
    02

    Mammoth Hot Springs

    This morning, you'll drive to Mammoth Hot Springs to explore this bubbling and steaming geothermal area and take your first opportunity to witness Yellowstone under a blanket of snow. Follow the easily accessible boardwalks to explore and photograph this unique geothermal wasteland that surrounds you. The perfect place to warm up after a day on the trails is with a nice drink in front of the lodge’s fireplace, or whilst relaxing in the hot springs for the quintessential Montana experience.

    Hotel: Chico Hot Springs Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    03

    Lamar Valley

    Home to an incredible array of wildlife such as wolves, elk, bison and Bighorn Sheep, the Lamar Valley is often referred to as 'America's Serengeti'. For the first time in more than 70 years, wolves have recently been reintroduced to the park. Today you'll travel around Yellowstone tracking wildlife accompanied by a professional wildlife tracker who has dedicated their life to working with the park's wildlife, including wolves. This evening, soak in the lodge's hot springs or relax with a drink at the bar area. 

    Hotel: Chico Hot Springs Resort (Breakfast included )

    Day
    04

    Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone National Park is the oldest and grandest of the national parks in the USA. With magnificent mountain scenery, abundant wildlife and spectacular geothermal activity it draws people here from all over the world. Today, you'll experience a private guided snow-coach tour on the way to Old Faithful Snow Lodge, where you'll spend the next three nights. Along the way, you'll stop at various scenic points of interest and spot plenty of wildlife. Tonight watch Old Faithful erupt into the night sky, just moments from your accommodation.

     

    Hotel: Old Faithful Snow Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included )

    Day
    05

    Yellowstone National Park

    For the next few days, you'll be exploring from your excellently situated lodge in the epicentre of the park. Although the roads are covered with snow, you'll still be able to experience the trails which make Yellowstone so popular. Take a two-hour cross country skiing lesson before navigating your way through this winter wonderland, with your group or at your leisure, on a trail of your choice.

    Hotel: Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins (Breakfast included)

    Day
    06

    Yellowstone National Park

    Today you'll have more time to wander the geothermal pools at leisure after a three-hour guided snowshoe tour to help you find your ‘snow legs’. Your guide will point out interesting facts about Yellowstone and the flora and fauna you encounter surrounding your lodge. This evening, take a walk along the boardwalk at the Upper Geyser Basin in your snowshoes, or enjoy some time with a warm drink around the lodge.

    Hotel: Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins (Breakfast included )

    Day
    07

    Bozeman

    This morning, keep an eye out for wildlife on the scenic route back to Bozeman. Your guide will point out various points of interest along the way. You'll arrive at Mammoth Hot Springs in the early afternoon where you'll transfer independently back to Bozeman. Your tour with Grand American Adventures ends at 17:00.

    Hotel: C'mon Inn Hotel and Suites (Breakfast included )

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There'll be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer independently back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3399 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Yosemite and Sequoia: John Muir's California

    Begins and ends in San Francisco, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: May, June, July, August, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Yosemite Valley

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    • The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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    • Sequoia National Park

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    • San Francisco Houses

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    • Yosemite National Park

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    01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel The Westin St Francis, the elegant Grand Dame of Union Square, ideally located amidst the city's attractions. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Dinner included)

    Day
    02

    Muir Woods

    This morning you cross the city for a visit to the Presidio, a former Army base and now a National Historic Landmark rich with history; the base was home to the “Buffalo Soldiers,” the African-American cavalry troops who earned their fighting reputation in the Indian Wars, and were among the U.S. troops who served as the earliest caretakers of the national parks. From here, a short drive over the Golden Gate Bridge brings you under the green canopy of Muir Woods, a coastal redwood forest preserved as a national monument. These towering ancient trees, some 20 stories high, are among the last remnants of a fog-shrouded primeval forest that once blanketed the northern coast. Following lunch in the picturesque town of Sausalito, you hop aboard a ferry for the return trip to San Francisco. After docking at the historic Ferry Building terminal with its famous clock tower and arcade of shops and cafés, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore the sights.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    03

    Sequoia National Park

    Before there was a National Park Service, the job of policing and protecting the national parks belonged to the U.S. Army. At Sequoia and Yosemite, the parks’ guardians were the Buffalo Soldiers, who rode out every spring from the Presidio, crossing 300 miles on horseback to the Sierra Nevada. Your route follows the Buffalo Soldiers’ path across the agricultural Central Valley. A stop for lunch is made in Fresno before making the 7,000-foot climb to Sequoia National Park. In the afternoon, an expert from the Sequoia Field Institute describes how John Muir found and documented the “Giant Forest” in 1875, offering a perfect introduction to the park. This evening at your lodge, a naturalist guides you through the spectacular constellations that fill the night skies.

    Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    04

    Sequoia National Park

    Today begins with a privately guided walk among ancient Giant Sequoias soaring to the height of skyscrapers. Walking through the Giant Forest Grove you'll see the General Sherman Tree, estimated to be over 2,500 years old (and still growing) before strolling beautifully restored Round Meadow. Enjoy a private barbeque lunch before taking a tour of Sequoia National Park accompanied by a guide who will tell you stories of Muir, Charles Young and other park pioneers. Climb the steps to the top of Moro Rock for stunning views of the park and Great Western Divide. The rest of the day is yours to explore as you wish.

    Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    05

    Yosemite National Park

    Today you leave Wuksachi Lodge and journey to Fresno and the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Your Yosemite tour begins with a film by Ken Burns describing Muir’s passion for the Yosemite Valley, and his activism to preserve it for future generations. Lunch is at the Wawona Hotel, an inn that was once a stagecoach stop, where you’ll meet a National Park Service ranger for a private lecture on the unique history and legacy of Yosemite National Park. Next, visit Glacier Point for a stirring view of the Valley, overlooking Half Dome and a panorama of glacier-formed peaks. It was on this spot in 1903 that John Muir stood with Teddy Roosevelt during a private tour of the area and persuaded the President that Yosemite should be under federal protection as a National Park. This evening, settle into your room at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, a historic masterpiece of stone, timber and soaring stained glass windows in the heart of Yosemite, and dine at leisure.

    Hotel: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Yosemite National Park

    'Yosemite is the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter' wrote Muir, who regarded such settings of awesome natural beauty as sacred places with restorative powers, 'where the galling harness of civilization drops off and wounds heal, ere we are aware'. Today you discover the park's power on a guided Yosemite tour in a special open-air vehicle. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the park at your own pace, with optional activities including biking, a hike over the footbridge at Vernal Falls, and a visit to the Yosemite Indian Cultural Museum and Village.

     

    Hotel: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Breakfast included)

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    07

    San Francisco

    This morning you depart Yosemite for the return to San Francisco, first visiting the Mariposa Museum and then driving across the populous Central Valley with a stop for lunch. Filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan weave together the past seven days of history and nature, with insights you won’t get anywhere else. One of the stories you'll hear relates to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a glacial valley that Muir fought unsuccessfully to save. In the 1920s, the federal government allowed its river to be dammed, turning the valley into a reservoir for the city of San Francisco - a campaign continues today to restore the valley to its original state. This afternoon you arrive at The Fairmont San Francisco, a Beaux Arts-style, premier hotel on Nob Hill, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In the evening, celebrate your journey with a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.

     

    Hotel: The Fairmont San Francisco (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    Spend your final morning in San Francisco, perhaps shopping for souvenirs before taking your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4122 per person based on twin occupancy of standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Yosemite and Tahoe

    Begins and ends in San Francisco, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departure: June to October

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 6 breakfasts and 3 lunches
    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Tour leader and specialist guides
    • In-Depth tour
    • Yosemite National Park

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    • Golden Gate Bridge

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    • Yosemite National Park

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    • Lake Tahoe

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    • Mountain Biking in Lake Tahoe

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    Day
    01

    Arrival San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Kimpton Buchanan Hotel and meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome meeting and dinner this evening.

    Hotel: Kimpton Buchanan Hotel (Dinner included)

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    02

    Monterey

    Make your way to Monterey this morning along California’s rugged central coast. The magnificent Monterey Peninsula has been called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky and is recognised as an ideal place to spot whales. Walk along the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail, keeping your eyes peeled for harbour seals and otters in the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Later, venture out to sea on a spectacular whale watching tour. In the evening, discover the excellent nightlife and countless restaurants that Monterey has to offer.

    Hotel: Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa (Breakfast included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    Depart Monterey this morning on a beautiful scenic drive to Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its rugged, towering peaks and magnificent waterfalls have been immortalised by countless photographers and you'll have the chance the recreate their best works upon arrival. Visit the gallery of Ansel Adams, one of the most famous of the park’s photographers, in the heart of the Yosemite Valley before setting off on a short hike to gain spectacular views of Vernal Falls and the babbling river below.

    Hotel: Rush Creek Lodge (Breakfast included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    Head back out on the trails this morning with a Yosemite Ranger who will lead you along the Upper Yosemite Falls trail. This is one of Yosemite's oldest and historic trails which leads to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall. Pass through oak woodlands before continuing above the tree line and on to exposed areas where you'll have unspoiled views of the Yosemite Valley, some of the most beautiful natural vistas on planet earth. At Columbia Rock, you’ll be rewarded by views of Half Dome and Sentinel Rock and upon reaching the top of the trail, discover Half Dome and Lost Arrow Spire up close, as well as panoramic views of the various peaks.

    Hotel: Rush Creek Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    05

    Lake Tahoe

    Beautiful skies, clean air and the cobalt blue lake awaken the senses today at Lake Tahoe, the second deepest lake in the USA. Upon arrival, you’ll walk the Moraine Hiking Trail, a relatively flat trail through the forest and along the shore of the wonderful Fallen Leaf Lake. Cool down with a swim stop at the end of the one mile trek through the woods and explore the flora and fauna that the surrounding area has to offer.

    Hotel: Beach Retreat and Lodge at Tahoe (Breakfast )

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    06

    Lake Tahoe

    Today you’ll explore off the beaten track and see panoramic views of the area. Alternatively, you'll have the option to explore by mountain bike or kayak to experience the lake at a different pace. The Mount Tallac Trail is a 9.6 mile trail along the mountains which ring Lake Tahoe. Mount Tallac offers unparalleled and uninterrupted views of the area, standing at 9,735ft above sea level at it's highest peak. This route traverses through lush forest, scenic ridgelines, small alpine lakes and meadows well-known for their beautiful wild flowers. You can also expect to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife with plenty of chipmunks and the occasional Black Bear.

    Hotel: Beach Retreat and Lodge at Tahoe (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    07

    San Francisco

    Departing Lake Tahoe, you'll make your way towards the outskirts of San Francisco. Nestled on a beautiful harbour on the bay, Sausalito is undeniably picturesque. With houseboats lining the bay and beautiful views of San Francisco and Angel Island, it’s easy to see why Sausalito is favoured by the locals. Finish the day off with a leisurely stroll across the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. Your Grand American Adventures tour ends at 17:00. 

    Hotel: Kimpton Buchanan Hotel (Breakfast included )

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There'll be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer independently back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3411 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Canyons and Indian Lands

    Begins and ends Las Vegas, Nevada

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: Year round

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    • Accommodations as specified
    • 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner 
    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Services of a Grand American Adventure tour leader
    • Active Tour
    • Fall in Zion National Park

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    • Bryce Canyon

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    • Mesa Arch

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    • The Watchman

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    • Angels Landing

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    Arrive Las Vegas

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Las Vegas. Upon arrival, transfer to Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome meeting this evening.

    Hotel: Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

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    Zion National Park

    Today you'll arrive in Zion National Park. Zion effortlessly mixes serene beauty with powerful landscapes to bring you the best of the great outdoors. The tree lined Virgin River supports a fragile flora and fauna ecosystem, running gently below huge, cathedral-like sandstone walls. Zion Canyon was named, by the early Mormon settlers of Utah, as the 'promised land' and today it offers some of the best hiking in Southwest USA. 

    Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites

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    Zion National Park

    Enjoy a full day in Zion today, further exploring all of the parks unique delights. There are various hikes to choose from, ranging from easy to strenuous. Of all the walks within the park, the most famous and challenging hike leads to Angels Landing where stunning panoramic views await you upon arrival. For a less strenuous walk, there are numerous short hikes from the valley floor to view the Lower and Upper Emerald Pools, passing waterfalls and Zion's beach. Cool off by exploring the riverside walk section of the Virgin River. You may also have the opportunity to hike deep into the Zion Narrow. Wade through the cool waters of the Virgin River between towering sandstone walls for a truly breathtaking experience.

    Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites (Breakfast included )

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    04

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Leaving Zion National Park today, you'll climb to almost 8,296 feet and traverse high along the open roads to Bryce Canyon National Park. The mysterious and breathtaking natural amphitheater of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as hoodoos will fascinate you. With a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty, you'll definitely want to bring your camera along with you. The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable you to hike into the heart of these unique rock formations. Witness the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky for some incredible picture-perfect moments.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn (Breakfast included )

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    Monument Valley

    Today you travel southeast along the border of Utah and Arizona and make a stop at the immense Glen Canyon Dam en route to Monument Valley in the heart of the Navajo Nation. Monument Valley is a sacred land to those who call it home and the red sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless Western films over the years. Explore the incredible array of rock formations on an included guided back roads tour to learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture. Enjoy a traditional meal with the Navajo around the camp fire as the sun sets.

    Hotel: Kayenta Monument Valley Inn (Dinner included)

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    Grand Canyon National Park

    Continue south through the Navajo Reservation to the Cameron Trading Post to shop for local jewellery, crafts and cultural souvenirs. Traverse the eastern entrance of the mighty Grand Canyon where you'll catch your first glimpse of it at Desert View.  Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and over a mile deep. The mighty Colorado River snakes along the floor of the canyon, which runs 1450 miles through seven US states and two Mexican states. You'll have two days to explore these exciting landscapes. 

    Hotel: Red Feather Lodge

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    07

    Grand Canyon National Park

    In your free time, you could take a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers a new perspective than the one you'll get from hiking through the majestic canyon trails. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's most fantastic natural wonders.

    Hotel: Red Feather Lodge

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    08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing in Las Vegas, Nevada, before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £2310 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Western Dream

    Begins in Las Vegas, Nevada and ends in San Francisco, California

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: May, June, July, August and September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Camping accommodations as specified
    • 9 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners  
    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Services of a Grand American Adventure tour leader
    • Camping tour
    • Yosemite National Park

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    • Las Vegas

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    • Monument Valley

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    • Zion National Park

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    01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Las Vegas. Upon arrival, transfer to the Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome meeting this evening.

    Hotel: Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

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    Grand Canyon (South Rim)

    Leaving vibrant Las Vegas, make your way towards the Grand Canyon National Park stopping en route at the Route 66 town of Seligman, filled to the brim with pure Americana and echoing a time when it was the main highway across America. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and over a mile deep. The mighty Colorado River snakes along the floor of the canyon, which runs 1450 miles through seven US states and two Mexican states. You'll have two days to explore these exciting landscapes. 

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    03

    Grand Canyon (South Rim)

    In your free time, you could take a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers a new perspective than the one you'll get from hiking through the majestic canyon trails. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's most fantastic natural wonders.

    Hotel: Camping (Lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    04

    Monument Valley

    Discover the sacred lands in the heart of the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley, via a 4X4 vehicle, before continuing on foot. The red sandstone monoliths have been the backdrop to countless Western film sets. Explore the incredible array of rock formations on a guided back roads tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture. Your campsite is located on the Navajo Tribal Lands of Monument Valley and is a photographer's paradise, with ample time to relax and view the valley's surreal sunset. 

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Bryce Canyon National Park

    This morning you traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. The mysterious and breathtaking natural amphitheater of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as hoodoos will fascinate you. With a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty, you'll definitely want to bring your camera along with you. The Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable you to hike into the heart of these unique rock formations. This 5.9-mile loop is a combination of three trails that offer the best of the park. There's a narrow canyon, arches and hoodoos galore and a tough hike to finish of a great day as you ascend back to the top.

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    06

    Zion National Park

    Next up is Zion National Park with its incredible mountains and beautiful valleys stretching as far as the eye can see. 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 in and around the fertile Virgin River as it meanders below massive, cathedral-like sandstone walls.

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    07

    Zion National Park

    Warm up your legs by taking a short hike from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald Pools before continuing to the sparkling Upper Emerald Pools, passing waterfalls along the way to Zion's `beach'. On day 8 the group will enjoy one of the park’s more ambitious walks to Angels Landing, to experience unbeatable 360-degree panoramic views. After a beautiful but strenuous hike along the knife-edge ridgeline, you'll be rewarded with one of the most breathtaking and powerful panoramas you are ever likely to cast your eye upon. Hike deep into the Zion Narrows for a completely new perspective.

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    08

    Death Valley National Park

    Today you make your way to one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth: Death Valley. Located in Eastern California's Mojave Desert, this arid area has only 5cm of rainfall each year and offers some incredible vistas and natural formations. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.

    Hotel: Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    09

    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. 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. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls and Mirror Lake. Views are breathtaking from every vantage point and the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on your mind as some of the most beautiful scenery you've ever seen.

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    10

    Yosemite National Park

    Today, you’ll walk the Mist Trail, arguably one of the most outstanding day hikes from Yosemite Valley. The Mist Trail has some superb views as you walk across picturesque bridges up towards Vernal Falls, where the spray from the falls will cool you down on a hot summer's day, creating striking rainbows along the trail. Continue walking and you reach another beautiful waterfall, Nevada Falls. Return via the John Muir Trail for the perfect afternoon views and if you're lucky you may even spot Black Bear and coyotes that roam the surrounding areas. 

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    11

    Yosemite National Park

     

    Continue your exploration of Yosemite National Park today at your own pace and revisit the activites you enjoyed the most.

    Hotel: Camping (Lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    12

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing in San Francisco, California, before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £2675 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Historic Route 66

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • Transportation in a custom-made vehicle
    • Services of a Grand American Adventure tour leader
    • Classic tour
    • Historic Route 66

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    • Route 66

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    • Pontiac Town Mural, Illinois

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    • Gateway Arch, St. Louis

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    • Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Branson

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    • Route 66 Museum, Oklahoma

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    • Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

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    • El Morro National Monument

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    • Grand Canyon National Park

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    • Las Vegas

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    • Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

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    01

    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, where a welcome meeting will be held in your hotel for you to meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day by grabbing a slice of deep-dish pizza before venturing up the Willis Tower, or take to the streets for your very own walking tour along the shores of Lake Michigan.

    Hotel: Cambria Hotel

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    Springfield

    After leaving Chicago, your first stop on your Route 66 holiday is the town of Pontiac to see the fantastic Main Street murals celebrating Route 66, the Pontiac automobile brand, and local cultural and political history. A collection of more than 150 artists known as the `Walldogs' painted a collection of 18 murals in just four days in the summer of 2009. Then you'll head south to the iconic Route 66 stop of Springfield, the capital of Illinois. Springfield's favourite son was Abraham Lincoln and you'll pay a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the home that he lived in with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, from 1844 until 1861 when he became US President. Springfield is also the birthplace of the corndog and drive-thru restaurants, so make sure you arrive with an empty stomach!

    Hotel: The State House Inn

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    03

    St Louis

    From Springfield, it's only a couple of hours drive to St Louis, Missouri. St Louis is one of the largest cities in the USA with a metropolitan population of over 2.8 million. Founded in 1764 it became a major port on the Mississippi River and even hosted the Olympic Games in 1904. The Gateway Arch commemorates the settlement of America's West and it was from here that countless pioneers set out to conquer the wild frontier. Stop at Ted Drewes, an iconic Route 66 tour attraction, where you can try a 'Concrete', an extremely thick milkshake made from vanilla frozen custard. Spend the evening checking out the city's vibrant nightlife at your leisure.

    Hotel: Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch

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    04

    Branson

    Home to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and considered an alternative version of The Strip, country music is to Branson what gambling is to Las Vegas. With over 50 dinner theatres, shows and other entertainment oddities, Branson is where it's at in Missouri. It unleashes a hefty dose of pure Americana and a wonderful playlist to enjoy it to.

    Hotel: Grand Plaza Hotel Branson (Breakfast included )

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    Oklahoma City

    Today you will make your way to Oklahoma, with more driveable miles of the old highway than any other state, it's a mecca for fans of the 'Mother Road'. Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state. You spend a couple of nights here and can enjoy a full day discovering some of the city's many cultural attractions. Visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the historic Coleman Theatre - built in the late 1920s in the era of vaudeville and silent films. Oklahoma is also the gateway to cowboy country so what could be a better introduction to the 'Wild West' than an optional visit to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. A top tip is to swing by the many food trucks scattered around the city and sample some local flavours at reasonable prices.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel (Breakfast included)

    Day
    07

    Amarillo

    Amarillo in the state of Texas is your destination for today. Before you leave Oklahoma and get on your 'Way to Amarillo', you'll visit the 'official' Route 66 Museum to learn about the legends surrounding the road you're travelling on, and make a short stop at Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse. Then you make your way to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for a steak meal (optional). If you can eat a 72-oz. steak in less than one hour, you get it for free! This is 'Man Vs Food' for real!

    Hotel: Drury Inn and Suites (Breakfast included)

    Day
    08

    Albuquerque

    Your Route 66 road trip continues with a visit to the Cadillac Ranch, where 10 classic cars are buried nose-down in the dirt. The owners encourage graffiti, so you can grab a spray can and leave your mark! After a short driving time, you reach the Midpoint Café, the midway point between Chicago and Los Angeles, which is famous for hot coffee and rolls. Today you make a stop at Tucumcari Post and Curios, an eccentric souvenir store and drive through the Tijeras Canyon which cuts the Southern Rocky Mountains from east to west.

    Hotel: Nativo Lodge (Breakfast included)

    Day
    09

    Gallup

    Drive along the Rio Puerco Valley to Inscription Rock, a cliff face at El Morro National Monument where you can observe Native American petroglyphs. Cross the Continental Divide en route to Gallup. Stay at the El Rancho Hotel, a little slice of history which counts John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn amongst its famous guests.

    Hotel: El Rancho Hotel

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    Grand Canyon (South Rim)

    Stop at the Petrified Forest National Park to see the different colours of rock layered on top of each other. Pass through Winslow and see the location mentioned in The Eagles' lyric, "standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona". The Grand Canyon is the ultimate symbol of the Desert Southwest and a spectacle not to be missed. It's not on the original Route 66, but it's so close it would be a crime to pass it by! This incredible natural wonder is difficult to comprehend. You'll have plenty of opportunity to explore the park at your own pace. In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic helicopter flight over the canyon, which offers perspectives that you simply can't see visiting on foot. Venture down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, or stroll along the more leisurely West Rim Trail and catch a shuttle bus out to Hermit's Rest. Finish your day by watching the amazing IMAX film, 'The Grand Canyon Experience', and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's natural wonders!

    Hotel: Red Feather Lodge

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    Las Vegas

    The historic Route 66 town of Seligman and its Snow Cap Diner makes for a quirky stop on route to Vegas, especially since it’s filled to the brim with pure Americana. Once in Vegas and if it's gambling you want, you’ve come to the right place, as nowhere else in the world will you find so many casinos. In Las Vegas you'll enjoy a city tour to discover some of the quirky things that epitomise this city, as well as learning about some of its colourful history. You also have time for some last-minute shopping and to relax by the pool before a night out on the town amidst the bright lights and world-class shows.

    Hotel: Golden Nugget Hotel

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    14

    Journey Home

    On your final day, you have the endless sunshine of California in your sights, following Route 66 across the great Mojave Desert to the city of Los Angeles. You'll toast farewell to an epic American road trip and to your new friends, from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3199 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Deep South and Delta Blues

    Begins and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: Year round

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 11 breakfasts and 1 dinners 
    • All transportation by private vehicle
    • Services of a Grand American Adventure tour leader
    • Classic tour
    • Jazz band, New Orleans

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    • Reverend Fred Shuttleworth Statue, Birmingham

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    • Houmas House Plantation, Natchez

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    • Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale

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    • Beale Street, Memphis

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    • Stax Museum of American Soul, Memphis

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    • Johnny Cash Cowboy Boots

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    • Deep South and Delta Blues

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Downtown Atlanta, Georgia

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Atlanta

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Atlanta, Georgia. Upon arrival, take the complimentary transfer to your hotel, which is located just a short ride away from the airport. The rest of the day is free for you to explore before an evening welcome meeting at your hotel. A self-guided walking tour of downtown Atlanta is highly recommended and if you fancy a bite of Southern cuisine, stop by Empire State South.

    Hotel: Country Inn and Suites Atlanta Airport South

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    02

    Birmingham

    Today you will head west into Alabama and to the state's largest city - Birmingham. This city was the primary site of the Civil Rights Movement and where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. began his campaign of civil disobedience. Make a visit to the Civil Rights Institute for an excellent introduction to the region's volatile history before setting off on your journey through the South

    Hotel: Drury Inn and Suites Birmingham Grandview (Breakfast included)

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    New Orleans

    Welcome to the cultural melting pot of the Deep South, New Orleans. Otherwise known as the 'Big Easy', the eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture manifests in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and musical scene. Take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and absorb the ambiance of the French Quarter. Founded by French traders in 1718, there are many layers of history in this city, and all its many attractions combined make it one of the most visited cities in the USA. Step back in time to when life was gracefully slow and enjoy an included Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise, dining on a delicious local cuisine buffet that is directly influenced by the myriad of cultures that together make up Louisiana. Enjoy a visit to Jean Lafitte Nature Preserve for a guided walk around the swamp boardwalks. Your evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is much to do, not least of all enjoying some of the many live music performances that take place nightly in this vibrant city. This includes the famous Preservation Hall, where top-drawer jazz musicians play every evening to a small audience in an intimate space - but be prepared to queue!

    Hotel: The Whitney Hotel (breakfast included and one dinner)

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    06

    Natchez

    This morning you visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. This antebellum estate was completed in 1828 and with 38 lush acres of gardens, ponds and a majestic live oak alley, Houmas House makes for a wonderful stop. Next, you follow the river road north to the very first established settlement on the Mississippi River. The original capital of the Mississippi Territory, Natchez, was at the heart of the slave trade and is the birthplace of the Mississippi riverboat. Why not go on a self-guided walking tour through the streets of Natchez' historic district with over 50 antebellum homes and historic churches. Worthy of a visit is the 'Under the Hill' area made famous by Mark Twain, or explore one of the most interesting cemeteries in the South.

    Hotel: The Guest House Natchez (Breakfast included)

    Day
    07

    Clarksdale

    Next you will head to Clarksdale and the Hopson Plantation, which is the former home of legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. It is also where they tested the International Harvester automated cotton picker. Your leader will give you some history including the system of sharecropping and the evolution of the cotton industry. Clarksdale is also home to the infamous 'Crossroads', where legend has it that blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Within the town itself you'll find the Delta Blues Museum, a literal blues shrine of artefacts and memorabilia, as well as actor Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club. Red's is definitely worth a visit for live music - an authentic 'juke joint' where you'll be transported to the real heart of the South!

    Hotel: Hampton Inn Clarksdale (Breakfast included)

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    Memphis

    Today you and your group will cross into Tennessee. Located near the Mississippi River, Memphis has a long and colourful past. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters and the late B.B. King helped to put Beale Street on the musical map. A highlight of your stay in Memphis is an included excursion to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, who influenced country, blues and rock 'n' roll music. You also have the chance to visit Sun Studio which opened in 1950 and is a place where many great names have passed through, from Howlin' Wolf to Johnny Cash; or the Gibson guitar factory to completely immerse yourself in the fascinating musical heritage of this city. Outside of music, the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel, at the site where Martin Luther King was assassinated, is well worth a visit.

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown (breakfast included )

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    Nashville

    Leaving Memphis behind, today you will make your way to Nashville - the undisputed capital of country music. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the famous Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville offers the perfect opportunity to try some line dancing (select nights only). Broadway is lined with honky-tonks and intimate live music venues playing not only country, but all genres of music. As well as its indelible country music links, Nashville is also the capital of Tennessee and the state's second largest city after Memphis. Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River it was established as a major river port by settlers in 1779. Your time in Nashville is free for you to indulge in your choice of the many music and entertainment options available (entrance fees apply). The Grand Ole Opry is the world's longest running radio show and a recommended highlight. You can enjoy performances at the famous Grand Ole Opry House located 24 km east of the city. Book before you arrive to avoid missing out as these shows are popular!

    Hotel: The Capitol Hotel Downtown Nashville (breakfast included)

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    12

    Journey Home

    Your Deep South USA tour ends where it all began in the modern-day metropolis of Atlanta. There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3175 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    The Sumptuous Soul of America

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: May, June, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 13 nights as specified
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Travel Concierge
    • Classic tour
    • The Sumptuous Soul of America

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    • Arrive into Chicago, Illinois

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    • Fox Theatre, St. Louis

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    • Visit the top of the famed St. Louis Arch

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    • Bourbon Distillery, Louisville

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    • Churchill Downs, Louisville

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    • Honky Tonk Highway

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Grand Ole Opry, Nashville

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    • Houmas House Plantation, Natchez

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    • Jackson Square, New Orleans

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    • Farewell Dinner at Arnauds

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    01

    Arrive Chicago

    Enjoy a toe-tapping trip of rock, jazz and country music, as you delve into the sumptuous soul of America. Depart the UK on your chosen flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your exclusive retreat The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Chicago. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a scrumptious welcome dinner.

    Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Dinner included)

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    02

    Chicago

    You'll begin the day with a 90-minute architectural river cruise and discover how the Great Fire of 1871 paved the way for the birth of the skyscraper. Continue your discovery with one of the Windy City's greatest highs - the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine at Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, a classic Chicago-style chophouse. You'll be served with a fixed steak menu that comes with roasted corn, potatoes and seasonal veggies.

    Hotel: The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    03

    St. Louis, Missouri

    Today you will make the journey to St. Louis where you'll take an exclusive guided tour of the Fabulous Fox Theatre which opened in 1929. This vibrant city played host to the World's Fair and Olympics of 1904, with both being held at St. Louis' prestigious Washington University.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis (Breakfast included)

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    04

    St. Louis Arch to Louisville

    Get a bird's-eye view of the city with a visit to the top of the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch standing 630 feet (190 metres) tall. Next, head east through the Hoosier National Forest to Louisville, before enjoying a dinner with wine at The English Grill in the evening. This elegant venue is situated at your hotel and offers a refined menu of contemporary American cuisine with a Kentucky twist.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast and dinner with wine included) (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    05

    Louisville, Kentucky

    Continue your immersion into Louisville culture with an up-close look at some of Kentucky's celebrated four-legged residents during a visit to a retired horse farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn about some of the horses before taking time for lunch (at your own expense). Later, visit a bourbon distillery, where you will discover the secrets and meticulous details involved in the making of the South's signature spirit, before indulging in a sampling. The evening is yours to enjoy at your own leisure.

    Hotel: The Brown Hotel, Louisville (Breakfast included)

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    06

    The Honky-Tonk Highway

    The fun continues with a guided historic walking tour of Churchill Downs to learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby, followed by a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Once here you'll gain an insider's perspective during a private visit with retired jockey, Charles Woods Jr. Next, discover the history behind one of America's favourite sports cars at the National Corvette Museum, where you'll grab lunch. The museum features over 80 Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design.

    Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Nashville, Tennesse

    After breakfast you will be taken for a tour of the historic Studio B including 30 minutes with a professional sound engineer for a choir-style recording session. You'll be able to take home a copy of the recording as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Head on to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full of memorabilia from stars such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. Once there, you'll join your Local Expert, a songwriter and singer, who will tell you the stories behind the biggest hits sung by well-known country music stars (subject to departure date). End your day with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry, for a live performance.

    Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown (Breakfast included)

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    08

    Memphis

    Today you will be taken from the home of country music to the birthplace of blues and Rock 'n' Roll. The evening is devoted to a private, after-hours, and docent-led tour of Graceland - as much an object of pilgrimage as a museum dedicated to the late, great, Elvis Presley. From the flowers and painted signs outside the gates, to the tear-streaked cheeks of fans inside, see the effect that Elvis and his music had on popular American culture. Enjoy a memorable dinner with wine at the Graceland mansion itself.

    Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    09

    Memphis

    Experience Memphis your way by visiting Sun Studios or the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum. Later, visit the National Civil Rights Museum and trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. Offering over 260 artifacts and more than 40 new films, you'll be guided through five centuries of American history.

    Hotel: The Westin Memphis Beale Street (Breakfast included)

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    10

    Natchez

    Leaving Memphis behind, today you will depart for Natchez, founded by the French in 1716 when it became home to a flowering colonial culture. There you will experience a private, owner-led tour of Sunnyside, a restored antebellum cottage. At your charming luxury country mansion inn, wet your palate during a mixology class and learn the 'science' behind the signature drink of the South, the Mint Julep. Then enjoy a delectable three-course Highlight Dinner with wine, in the stunning main house.

    Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens, Natchez (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    11

    Frogmore, Houmas House and New Orleans

    Today you will stop at Frogmore Plantation and journey back to a time when cotton was king. With your costumed hosts, you will tour a reconstructed 19th century plantation. Next, get a glimpse into the sweet side of the South with a visit to Houmas House plantation, once the largest producer of sugar in the country. In the evening, you'll visit the New Orleans School of Cooking to learn about Creole cuisine during a lively cooking demonstration. Enjoy these culinary creations over a special highlight dinner with wine.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    12

    New Orleans

    A local expert will join you for a tour of the city as you learn about its rich history steeped in the myriad of cultures that have found a new home here. See Jackson Square and the Treme neighbourhood before exploring City Park. Take in this picturesque scene and admire the oak trees with a warm coffee in hand. Next, visit one of the city's famous above ground cemeteries and learn about their uniquely joyful perspective on life and death.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast included)

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    13

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Start the day with a bayou expert on the rural side of the Crescent City, as you board a boat to meet the resident alligators and other fauna and flora. Enjoy some free time before gathering with your new friends and toasting to lifelong memories during a farewell celebration dinner with wine at the famous New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's, with toe-tapping live jazz as your backdrop.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    14

    Journey Home

    Bid 'au revoir' to the Big Easy in the morning. A transfer is included from the hotel to New Orleans International Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £5630 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park

    Begins and ends in Calgary, Alberta

    10 Days / 9 Nights

    Departures: June to September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 9 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Rocky Mountain Wildflowers

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    • Lake Louise

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    • National Park Wildlife

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    • Snow Covered Mountains of Jasper National Park

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    • Lake Canoe Ride

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    01

    Arrive Calgary

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Calgary. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tauck Tour Director and travelling companions for a Wild West themed welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Palliser (Dinner included)

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    02

    Waterton Lakes & Glacier National Park

    Today you visit two national parks on the border of Canada and the USA, Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park with 50 glaciers, 200 lakes and 1,000 miles of streams. Although rustic, your accommodation for the next two nights are considered to be the best in the parks.

    Today you visit two national parks on the border of Canada and the USA, Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, where the prairie abruptly hits the mountains. En route, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a prehistoric site, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit its interpretive centre before continue to Waterton Lakes, where you'll have lunch at the celebrated Prince of Wales Hotel. Then cross the border to Montana's Glacier National Park, which in 1932 was joined with Waterton Lakes to form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, where you might see grizzly or black bears. Your rustic accommodations in a historic lakeside hotel built in 1915 is situated within Glacier National Park.

    Hotel: Many Glacier Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    03

    'Going-to-the Sun' Road

    After a morning cruise on the alpine lakes, you drive the narrow, curving and spectacular 'Going-to-the-Sun' road. Crossing the Continental Divide, you enjoy majestic peaks, graceful valleys, blue glaciers and alpine wildflowers. Nestled on the shores of the largest lake inside Glacier National Park, your Swiss chalet-style lodge accommodation offers magnificent views.

    Hotel: Lake McDonald Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Kootenay National Park

    Today you're heading into the heart of western Canada’s great timberlands, then continuing into lovely Kootenay National Park through Sinclair Canyon and Radium Hot Springs. Your final destination is Lake Louise, where Victoria Glacier glistens in the waters of the lake. Your hotel, located directly on the lake, offers a picture-postcard setting.

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Moraine Lake & Lake Louise

    After a guided trip to Moraine Lake, which is one of the most photographed spots in all of Canada, it's back to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Choose to relax in the hotel or hike, kayak or canoe on Lake Louise. Perhaps take one of the guided walks offered by the hotel, to learn about the areas flora and fauna.

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    06

    Icefields Parkway & Jasper

    Breathtaking Icefields Parkway reveals spectacular scenes of peaks, canyons, waterfalls and glaciers, plus moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bear. Resplendent Jasper Park is your home for the next two nights. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    07

    Jasper

    Enjoy a full day of leisure in the stunning mountain setting of Jasper. There’s hiking, riding, golfing, white-water rafting or simply lounging at the lakefront lodge. Share your stories with your new found friends tonight at dinner.

    Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Columbia Icefield

    Today you discover the incredible Columbia Icefield en route to Banff, where you take a ride in a special glacier vehicle on the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. This ice mass spawns a host of rivers that flow into the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    Banff

    You have the entire day free to enjoy Banff National Park, including the many shops and museums. Nearby activities include canoeing, riding, hiking and golfing, so to be adventurous and head outdoors.

    Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    10

    Journey Home

    After breakfast, your journey takes you from Banff to Calgary, where your tour ends at Calgary Airport in time for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4443 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Yukon and Alaska Walking Tour

    Begins and ends in Whitehorse, Yukon

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 13 nights as specified (includes 12 nights of camping)
    • 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 12 dinners
    • Private transportation
    • Services of a tour guide
    • A full range of guided hikes and wilderness trails
    • Scenic boat trip to Haines
    • Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Hiking in Tombstone Territorial Park

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    • Downtown Whitehorse

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    • Eagle spotting in Haines

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    • Kluane National Park

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    • Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park

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    • Skagway

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    • Endless wildlife viewing - Seals

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    • Endless wildlife viewing - Black bears

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    • Dawson City

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    • Tombstone Territorial Park

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    Arrive Whitehorse, Yukon

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Whitehorse and meet your travelling companions for a welcome meeting. Your guides will run through your equipment with you and you'll have a chance to pick up any missing items. This evening is free to explore as you wish.

    Hotel: Hotel included (TBC)

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    02

    Skagway & Haines, Alaska

    This morning you set off for Skagway, Alaska, a famous gold rush town set at the northern end of a fjord, amongst high snowy peaks (no hiking today!) and along the popular Inside Passage cruise route. It is now preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. From here you will board the ferry to Haines another coastal town in the Alaskan fjord with a fascinating history and culture, not to mention breathtaking scenery. You will spend the next three nights at the same campground, with beautiful natural surroundings and sweeping fjord and mountain views, so no need to worry about packing up after your first taste of hiking in Alaska tomorrow.

    Hotel: Camping (Lunch and dinner included)

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    03

    Haines, Alaska

    Today you will start your hiking adventure following a spectacular trail through old growth coastal forest to the Mount Riley summit and the highest point on the Chilkat Peninsula. From the top, you are rewarded with 360-degree views of surrounding craggy glaciated mountains, as well as views down the Chilkoot and Chilkat inlets. In the afternoon you will visit is the ancient Tinglit Indian village of Klukwan, which is nestled along the banks of the Chilkat River. Local history reveals that Klukwan was originally settled many years ago by a group of Gaanaxteidi (Raven Clan) men and their Kaagwaantaan (Eagle Clan) wives. The village site was chosen because of the rich natural environment found here. A wander around the village with local information helps paint the picture of the area’s history. In addition, you will visit the world-famous Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which boasts the largest gathering of Bald Eagles anywhere in the world. Enjoy an 18-mile drive on the Haines Highway to find excellent eagle viewing areas. Newly-created pull-outs along the highway are provided for eagle watchers and photographers.

    Hiking details:

    • Distance: 7.5 miles (12km) 
    • Duration: 4 hours (approx)
    • Elevation gain: 461m 
    • Rating: moderate to difficult

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Haines, Alaska

    Today is all about peaks, with your goal being the summit of Mt. Ripinski. You’ll encounter many different Alaskan ecosystems along the way including lush forest, subalpine stunted trees, alpine meadow, and rocky summit. You begin your ascent through the forest, passing blueberries that the bears come to raid to fatten up in late August. The climb through the forest lasts several hours before reaching subalpine space, where you walk beside a small creek and alpine tundra dotted with wildflowers, including the white bell-shaped flowers of mountain heather. Views from the top are simply amazing in every direction, including the emerald blue Chilkoot Lake and Lutak Inlet, Haines town, Cathedral Peaks, the Chilkat River drainages and Takshanuk Mountains.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 5.5 – 6.5 hours (approx)
    • Mileage: 8 miles (13 kms) 
    • Altitude gain: 3690 ft. / 1125 m 
    • Rating: Strenuous

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Kluane National Park and Preserve

    You leave Haines for your next stop, Kluane National Park (3.5 hours drive) stopping off en route to hike the Three Guardsmen Trail. You will set up camp in Haines Junction Village for three nights and visit the ancient town. A nearby reserve offers the perfect hiking opportunity, the Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park, as well as a river rafting experience for those who seek higher thrills (optional activity). Kluane Park is located in Yukon's southwest, which is dominated by North America's highest mountain range, the Saint-Elias range. There, Mount Logan peaks at 5959m. Amidst these giants sleeps the world's largest non-polar ice field from which entire seas originate, the Kaskawulsh Glacier. This heritage site is as challenging as it is fascinating: crossing vast ice steppes on which silence reigns, dwarfed by immense mountains, steering clear of Grizzlies and camping out underneath the Yukon sky.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 5 hours (approx)
    • Mileage: 4.5 miles (7kms) 
    • Altitude gain: +780 meters 
    • Rating: Moderate

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    06

    Kluane National Park and Preserve

    The Cottonwood Trail in the Kluane National Park is still an absolute insider tip for nature travelers. Today you will hike through a true wilderness paradise to experience some of the most breathtaking landscapes of Canada. The Kluane Park is also known for the biggest Grizzly population of North America, although you'll take preventions from seeing them on the trail, you may have the opportunity to view various wildlife close by, along with the particularly impressive view of the south side of Mount Logan on a clear day.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 7 hours (approx) 
    • Mileage: 13km 
    • Altitude gain: 300m
    • Rating: Moderate

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Kluane National Park and Preserve

    Another day, another trail - but they just keep getting more beautiful! Today you’ll hike the Auriol Trail which does not go above tree level. It was originally an old wagon trail used by cross country skiers until the land became part of the Kluane National Park and Reserve. The Auriol Trail is a loop trail, crossing over creeks and passing through aspen and spruce tree forests. There are footbridges to cross and switchbacks with plenty of elevation hiking.

    Hiking Details:

    • Duration: 4.5 hours (approx) 
    • Mileage: 9.3 miles (15 kms) 
    • Altitude gain: 367 m (1204 ft.) 
    • Rating: Easy to Moderate

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Tok, Alaska

    Today you transfer from Kluane to Tok, stopping to admire beautiful landscapes, virgin territory and typical Klondike villages along the way. You will be traveling for approximately five and a half hours, not including stops. Tok is an outdoor person's paradise teeming with birds, mammals, and fish. The world famous Forty Mile Country, which inspired the likes of Jack London, lie to the north; while the Mentasta and Wrangell mountains lie to the south. Residents are forced to embrace the true frontier lifestyle, and there’s plenty of bird watching, camping, hiking, fishing, float trips and other exploring to be done in the area. In town, attractions include gold panning, museums, and horse riding.

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    09

    Dawson City, Yukon

    Today you will transfer from Tok for Dawson City, crossing yet another American border only to head back into Canada a few hours later. You will go through old western style villages, both alive and deserted –‘ghostly’, some might say. You’ll see ancient mines and appreciate outstanding panoramas across the Kluane range. After approximately five and a half hours, you reach Dawson City, by way of the ‘Top of the World Highway’. A lot of traveling will be done today but it is decidedly more than worth it as you'll visit the depths of Yukon and its people. Tonight, you’ll camp near the banks of the Yukon River at a campsite which offers a free gold panning activity. Please note that whilst your campsite has all the expected facilities, it is more basic in nature due to its location.

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    10

    Dawson City, Yukon

    This morning you enjoy a walking tour of Dawson City, the Klondike's most famous town, located along the 64th of latitude, 154 miles within the Polar Circle. This city was once called ‘the Paris of the North’ for its bustling activity. Each spring, hundreds of gold diggers still flood the town in search of the precious stone, but you will be experiencing a different kind of treasure – its ancient mines, its hot springs, its saloons' cold beer, the midnight sun, and the Jack London interpretation centre.

    Dawson City’s crowning glory is the spectacular panorama that can only be seen atop the Midnight Dome. Standing like a sentinel over the city, Midnight Dome has provided the backdrop for one of the wildest migrations in history...the Klondike Gold Rush. Between 1897 and 1899, roughly 50,000 people descended on the area around Dawson City to stake claims in the Klondike Gold Fields. So be sure that your camera batteries are charged and there is room on your memory card because you don’t want to miss an opportunity to capture this enchanting vista. Once you have recovered from the breathtaking view, make your way to Canada’s first (and friendliest) gambling hall, Diamond Tooth Gerties. Be entertained by Gertie’s powerhouse vocals and her high-kicking ‘Gold Rush Girls’.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 3-4 hours (approx)
    • Mileage: 5 miles (8.4 kms) 
    • Altitude gain: 1700 feet 
    • Rating: Easy to moderate

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    11

    Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    After a two hour transfer, the next three days are going to be spent exploring the Tombstone range, a hiking paradise. This specific region is the spirit of the Yukon territory: virgin nature, Grizzlies, and solitude.

    Today you’ll enjoy a half-day hiking option on the Angelcomb Peak, which is a nice easy going trail before you venture deeper into the park. The trail itself is shorter and offers great views up the East Blackstone River, as well as the peaks and valleys to the east of the Dempster Highway. This area is an important sheep habitat.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 3 hours (approx)
    • Mileage: 3.72 miles (6 km) 
    • Altitude gain: 590 m (1936 ft.) 
    • Rating: Easy

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    12

    Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    Enjoy a day hike to Alpine Lakes Viewpoint. This route follows one of the many ridges that lead up to an open alpine plateau and a rocky ridge above two picturesque alpine lakes. There is often caribou on the plateau, and you get amazing views all the way up the ridge.

    Hiking details:

    • Duration: 6 hours (approx) 
    • Mileage: 4.97 miles (8 kms) 
    • Altitude gain: 772 m (2533 ft.) 
    • Rating: Moderate

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    13

    Tombstone Territorial Park and Range

    Enjoy a day hike to Grizzly Ridge, which is one of the most popular trails in Tombstone Territorial Park, and for good reason. Within about an hour you get a view of Mount Monolith at the end of Grizzly Valley. The trail is well established, and you can continue along the ridge towards Grizzly Lake for as long as you like.

    • Duration: 2-3 hours (approx) 
    • Mileage: 3.1 miles (5 km) 
    • Altitude gain: 423 m (1388 ft.) 
    • Rating: Easy

    Hotel: Camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    14

    Whitehorse, Yukon

    Today is your final day in Canada’s Yukon but your adventure is not yet over. Today is mainly a drive day, which gives you the perfect chance to sit back and watch what the Yukon does effortlessly without even trying; offering perfect postcard views. It is also a great day for wildlife spotting so be prepared to stop along the way at viewpoints and as wildlife ambles throughout the area. You’ll finish your tour back in Whitehorse.

    Hotel: Best Western Gold Rush Inn (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    14

    Journey home

    Once the tour ends you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your holiday with a stay eslewhere in Canada!

    Prices

    From £3565 per person based on twin occupancy in low season. Other prices available on request

    The Best of Hawaii

    Begins in Oahu, Hawaii and ends in Maui, Hawaii. Stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

    16 days / 15 nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 15 nights as specified
    • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation (days 4-14)
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director (days 3-13)
    • Classic tour
    • Hawaiian Blossoms

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    • Fairmont Kea Lani

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    • Clear Blue Hawaiian Waters

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    • Waikiki Beach From The Royal Hawaiian

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    • Hawaiian Surf

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    • Hawaiian Dancers in Waikiki

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    Day
    01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Fairmont, located on prestigious Nob Hill, your base for the next two nights whilst you explore this wonderful city. 

    Hotel: Fairmont San Francisco

    Day
    2

    San Francisco

    Your escorted tour does not begin until you arrive into Hawaii, so today you are free to explore this enchanting city. There are a myriad of attractions to enjoy, but be sure to visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Alcatraz and Union Square. San Francisco boasts an eclectic mix of neighbourhoods, including Chinatown and Little Italy, so you are sure to find delectable cuisine to suit your palate. A visit to Fisherman's Wharf allows you to peruse Pier 66 and taste the local seafood.   

    Hotel: Fairmont San Francisco

    Day
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    Oahu

    Today you make your own way back to San Francisco Airport for your chosen flight to Honolulu. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to The Royal Hawaiian which will provide your base for the next three nights. This evening enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Azure Restaurant.

    Hotel: The Royal Hawaiian (Dinner included)

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    Oahu

    Today your exploration begins! Visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, a tribute to the military personnel who lost their lives in the December 7, 1941 attack, called the 'Day of Infamy'. Further Honolulu sightseeing includes a drive through Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery and historic Honolulu, where you'll have views of Washington Place, the sumptuous state capitol building and other sites. Tonight, you'll enjoy an exclusive evening – a private after-hours tour, welcome reception and dinner with entertainment at Iolani Palace, the opulent official residence of Hawaii's former monarchy. Built in 1882, this National Historic Landmark reigns as the only official state residence of royalty in the United States.

    Hotel: The Royal Hawaiian (Breakfast and dinner included.)

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    Oahu

    Circle the windward side of Oahu this morning for a tour of its southeastern beaches, bays and birds, including the beach featured in the film 'From Here To Eternity'. Back on Waikiki Beach, you'll meet a beach boy who will advise on the water skills required for this coveted job; before hopping on board a traditional outrigger canoe to catch the waves for an exhilarating ride – a true highlightr!

    Hotel: The Royal Hawaiian (Breakfast included.)

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    Big Island, Hawaii

    Leaving Oahu, you’ll fly to Kona on Big Island, Hawaii. This island is home to Mauna Loa and Kilauea, two of the world’s most active and accessible volcanoes; the gentleness of their eruptions allows visits to the edges of their active vents. In 1866, when Mark Twain saw the sizzling lava of Kilauea, he wrote, 'Here was room for the imagination to work!' At Volcanoes National Park, you’ll drive across the Kilauea Caldera (crater), where views vary from desert to lush tropical rainforest to alpine tundra. UNESCO named the park an International Biosphere Reserve because of its outstanding scenic and scientific values. The park protects a wide diversity of ecosystems and habitat for native Hawaiian plants and animals; it is also rich in cultural and historic sites. Your day ends at your resort on the Kohala Coast in the area once known as Kalahuipua’a, the birthplace of King Kamehameha I, who unified the Hawaiian Islands in the early 19th century. The area is crisscrossed by early Hawaiian footpaths, royal fishponds and lava formations.

    Hotel: The Fairmont Orchid (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.)

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    Big Island

    Spend the day doing whatever interests you most on the Big Island of Hawaii. You can set off on an optional two-hour helicopter excursion for a thrilling view of Kilauea's fiery lava vents and the Big Island's coastal rainforests (available at an additional cost). Or you can indulge in other optional activities offered by your resort. You'll join a catamaran sail along the Kohala Coast as the sun sets on another perfect day.

    Hotel: The Fairmont Orchid (Breakfast included.)

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    Big Island

    To get the day started just right, you'll head to a Kona coffee plantation and living history farm. Kona coffee is prized the world over; see how a typical coffee farming family of the early 20th century lived and worked, and learn the secrets of cultivating the bean, from the coffee tree to the freshly brewed coffee cup. Later, visit the Painted Church overlooking Kealakekua Bay; built in 1899, this historic Roman Catholic church features extensive hand-painted scenes throughout its interior. Back at your Fairmont resort, have dinner tonight at your choice of restaurants.

    Hotel: The Fairmont Orchid (Breakfast and dinner included.)

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    Kauai

    Today you fly to the Garden Isle of Kauai, where the landscape is lush with orchids, hibiscus and plumeria. You'll have lunch as you enjoy the scenic views of Hanalei Bay in Princeville before setting off to take in a multitude of natural wonders around the island. Pass through the Tunnel of Trees – formed by walls of eucalyptus trees towering above the road – and see Spouting Horn, a fascinating volcanic blowhole, en route to your beachfront resort.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Kauai

    Start your day with an optional 45 minute helicopter flightseeing adventure (additional cost) over the rainforests and mountains of the lush 'Garden Isle'. Then the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. You may want to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, spot the island's abundant marine life from monk seals to green sea turtles, or simply enjoy all your resort has to offer. Your afternoon includes an informative interpretive lecture on the ecology of the Hawaiian Archipelago before dining à la carte at your hotel.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included.)

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    Maui

    On your eleventh day you fly to Maui, named for an ancient god. Travel through the mist-shrouded Iao Valley to see the famed Iao Needle, then past sugar cane fields to the historic port of Lahaina, an old whaling center and former island capital. Following some time on your own to explore Lahaina as you please, it's off to the The Fairmont Kea Lanai, your beachfront resort home for the next three nights, set on the Wailea Coast.

    Hotel: Fairmont Kea Lani (Breakfast and dinner included.)

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    Maui

    You'll be free to spend the early morning hours indulging at the resort before discovering the secrets of island cuisine. Maui chefs take delight in the abundance of locally raised beef, tropical fruits and vegetables grown in fertile volcanic soil, and fresh fish – often preparing them with a fusion of Asian, Californian and Hawaiian flavors. You’re invited for a look behind the kitchens attracting Maui foodies during a hands-on gourmet cooking experience with chefs during lunch at a well-known local restaurant. The remainder of the day is yours to explore or relax as you please on this island known for wildlife-rich waters and perfumed gardens.

    Hotel: Fairmont Kea Lani (Breakfast and lunch included.)

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    Maui

    Today, you're taken to the 10,023-foot-high rim of Mount Haleakala (meaning 'house of the sun'), the world’s largest dormant volcano and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The crater is more than seven miles across, and hosts two endangered species, the nene (Hawaiian wild goose), and the silversword, a specially adapted plant. After enjoying extraordinary views from the mountaintop, learn about island agriculture as you descend through Maui's upcountry farmland and return to your oceanfront resort for an afternoon spent as you wish. This evening, join your new friends for a farewell feast of authentic Hawaiian culture at a private luau.

    Hotel: Fairmont Kea Lani (Breakfast and dinner included.)

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    Los Angeles

    Today you leave the Hawaiian Islands behind and travel independently on your chosen flight to Los Angeles. Your base for the next two nights is Mr. C Beverly Hills, which holds a great location for exploring the delights of this renowned city.  

    Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills

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    Los Angeles

    We've allowed a full day for you to discover 'The City of Angels'. You may choose to hit the tourist trail and visit Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive or the Hollywood sign. Alternatively, you could try the beaches of Santa Monica, Huntington and Venice, all offering a very different atmosphere than those you've enjoyed in Hawaii. Whatever you choose, you are sure to sample some wonderful food and experience the relaxed California lifestyle.

    Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills

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    Journey home

    Perhaps enjoy some last minute sunshine or souvenir shopping, before returning to Los Angeles Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £7295 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    The Wonders of Oregon

    Begins and ends in Portland, Oregon

    13 Days / 12 Nights

    June 2019 to August 2020

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights to Portland with American Airlines
    • Accommodation for 12 nights as specified
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation with professional tour guide
    • Tours as specified
    • Hood River

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    • Mount St Helens

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    • Cascade Lakes byway, Bend

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    • Smith Rock State Park, Bend

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    • Old Mill District, Bend

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    • Crater Lake National Park

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    • Downtown Ashland

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    • Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport

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    • South Falls in Silver Creek

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    • Willamette Valley Wine Country

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    • Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area

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    • Downtown Portland

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    Arrive Portland

    Depart the UK on your American Airlines flight to Portland. Upon arrival, transfer to the Jupiter Hotel. This evening, join your traveling companions for a welcome reception and find out a bit more about your next 12 days.

    Hotel: Jupiter Hotel

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    Mount St Helens

    Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest. You will learn about the 1980 eruption which destroyed the almost perfectly symmetrical cone which stood roughly 9,600 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level. The eruption left a horseshoe-shaped crater and a barren wasteland, which although devastating, proves natures ability to endure and rejuvenate. Next, you will venture (with head torches) into the lava tube at the Ape Caves. While you will visit a micro-Brewery in the evening.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

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    Hood River

    Today you will explore two of the greatest attractions of the Pacific Northwest – the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood! Learn the ins and outs of the gorge while spotting for wildlife and hearing tales of historic grandeur, before visiting the historic Timberline Lodge at 6,000 feet on Mt. Hood. You’ll visit Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon and hike to two or three other secluded falls within the region. Why not hit the vineyards surrounding the Hood River in the evening?

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

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    Bend

    Say goodbye to the lush green landscapes of the Gorge as you travel south and over the Cascades to central Oregon for a three-night stay in Bend.

    Day 4 - Stretch your legs with a short nature hike at Smith Rock State Park while watching rock climbers scramble up the geological wonder. Then enjoy an afternoon exploring downtown Bend. If you’re interested in discovering the Cascade Lakes by paddle, join a starlight canoeing tour this evening with a local beer and dessert pairing to end on. Experiencing the lakes at night provides you with a unique perspective. Learn about the fascinating wildlife who come out at night and enjoy the peacefulness of water reflecting the night's stars.

    Day 5 - This morning you will head to Mt. Bachelor, a world-class ski resort in winter, to ride the alpine chair for an unbelievable vantage of the surrounding mountains. While you descend the mountain, enjoy scenic waysides and nature trails along the Cascade Lakes byway. After lunch get ready to get your feet wet on an afternoon float on the Deschutes River.

    Day 6 - This morning is free to explore the area. There is plenty of coffee and culture to occupy your time. Or if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, how about exploring on two wheels? Cycling enthusiasts worldwide flock to bend to experience the impressive bike routes on offer. The city’s idyllic location under the Three Sisters peaks and Mount Batchelor on the eastern edge of the cascades, means you’re never far from trails into nature. In the afternoon you’ll visit the High Desert Museum to learn about the native cultures and wildlife that live in this beautiful landscape.

    Hotel: Shilo inns

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    Crater Lake and the Ashland Area

    As the sun rises over the rolling desert valley, you make your way to the rim of Crater Lake, Oregon’s amazing National Park. Explore the historic lodge, snap ample photos of the blue lake and learn about the unique geological history that formed this iconic natural wonder. Spend some time exploring the beautiful Ashland area. We recommend a day of hiking or go thrill seeking on a whitewater rafting excursion while in the Ashland Area. Why not sample some local wine at one of the nearby vineyards while your here too.

    Hotel: Best Western Windsor Inn

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    09

    Newport

    Newport has been a playground for visitors since the late 1800s - nestled between the Coastal Mountains, Pacific Ocean, and Yaquina Bay, the natural beauty of the area draws those seeking a unique and exciting coastal experience.  On arrival, you will visit Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the tallest on the Oregon Coast - soaring 93 feet in the air.  If you would like a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding area, be prepared to walk circles up a number of lighthouse stairs!

    Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites

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    Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

    Today you will walk along the central coast’s expansive Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area, these impressive dunes stretch for 40 miles along the coast from Florence to Coos Bay, formed over time by wind and water. From sandy dunes to quaint riverfronts, wander around old town Florence, before watching the sunset from Nye Beach in Newport’s oceanfront district.

    Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites

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    11

    Silver Falls State Park

    Known as the 'Crown Jewel' of Oregon's State Park system. Silver Falls State Park, located at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, is blessed with breath-taking falls, winding creeks and backcountry trails, all awaiting your arrival.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Mill Creek Inn

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    Willamette Valley and Portland

    Boasting more than 300 wineries and tasting rooms, Willamette wine country delivers on elegance but leaves pretense at the door. Tour the vineyards and taste at four award-winning wineries today, while learning about the art of viticulture from an expert guide and sometimes the winemakers themselves. Once the tour ends you will make your way to Portland where you will have free time to explore this beautiful city. 

    Hotel: Hotel Modera

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    13

    Journey Home

    It is a short transfer back to Portland International Airport. So you may have some free time in the morning to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping. On arrival at Portland International Airport, you will check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3485 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices are available on request.

    Alaskan Highlights

    Begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    12 days/11 nights

    Departures: June 2019 to August 2020

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation 12 nights as specified
    • 2 breakfasts
    • All transportation by private vehicle and ferry
    • Services of a professional tour leader
    • Wilderness float plane trip
    • Scenic ferry journey through Prince William Sound
    • One day bus pass in Denali National Park
    • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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    • Scenic walks and hikes

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    • Hike to Exit Glacier

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    • Denali National Park

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    • Seward Marina

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    • Kenai Fjords National Park

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    • Prince William Sound, Valdez

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    • Wildlife viewing opportunities

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    • Breaching Whale

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    • Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park

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    • Downtown Talkeetna

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    • View of Anchorage through the wilderness

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Anchorage and meet your traveling companions for a welcome reception.

    Hotel: Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

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    Kenai Peninsula and Seward

    Leaving Anchorage, your first stop is to visit Portage Glacier before rounding Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm and venturing onto the Kenai (pronounced `keen eye') Peninsula followed by the chance to walk the Byron Glacier Trail. This short trail takes you along a rushing glacial river into a dramatic, steep valley all the way to the base of Byron Glacier. From here you make your way to the colourful fishing village of Seward - the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. In its past life, Seward was a railroad port so there is now plenty of great shopping and a picturesque old-time downtown area.

    Upon arrival, you have the option of a five-hour guided wildlife cruise to view sea mammals, including pods of orca, an array of birdlife and be able to experience the sights and sounds of icebergs being calved into the sea. What you'll see on this cruise cannot be guaranteed however, this day has always proven to be a popular and rewarding tour with loads of wildlife sightings.

    Hotel: Harbourview Inn

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    Kenai Fjords National Park

    Today is a full free day to hike one of the most beautiful trails in Alaska - the Harding Icefield. This is not an easy hike but the views are worth it. This trail is popular for spotting wildlife and delivers breathtaking views of Exit Glacier along the way. Nothing will prepare you for the incredible views so it's worth saving your lunch to eat at the top if the weather is good.

    Hotel: Harbourview Inn

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    Valdez

    Board a scenic ferry through Prince William Sound to Valdez (pronounced 'Val-dees'). Take in the rugged coastline and the snow-capped Chugach Mountains as you pass striking icebergs and a myriad of forested islands. Tucked away at the end of a glacier-carved fjord and called the 'Switzerland of Alaska' due to its surrounding snow-capped mountains, Valdez is the most northerly ice-free port in the Western Hemisphere and the terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline that stretches over 800 miles to Prudhoe Bay. There's no better way to experience this pristine environment than with an optional (and highly recommended) sea kayaking trip up to the mouth of the glacier. A variety of hiking trails make this area a walker's paradise.

    Hotel: Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn

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    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    Bordering Canada's Yukon Territory, Wrangell-St Elias National Park is the largest in the United States, containing glaciers five times the size of Manhattan and nine of the sixteen highest peaks in North America! With endless hours of daylight, you'll never tire of such magnificent glaciers and remote vistas. To explore the historic area of McCarthy and the Kennecott Mine, why not take the Kennecott Copper Mill Ghost Town tour or if you're feeling adventurous, try glacier walking or ice climbing? You stay at the McCarthy Lodge, a comfortable and quirky hotel without the modern trappings of the chain hotel. The atmosphere is welcoming and is often described as a 'home away from home'.

    Hotel: Mccarthy Lodge (breakfast included)

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    Alaska Range

    Head into the heart of the Alaska Mountain Range on what is considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the state enjoy sweeping views of the Alaska Range on the Denali Highway before arriving at the Maclaren River Lodge. With spectacular views of the surrounding valley, this rustic lodge provides the ideal setting for an authentic Alaskan experience. This is a birder's paradise with many species often sighted and with the chance to fish for grayling (permit purchased locally) the activities are plentiful.

    Hotel: Maclaren River Lodge (breakfast included)

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    Denali National Park

    As you travel the old Denali Highway to Denali National Park, keep your eyes open for wildlife while enjoying the peaceful, unspoiled Alaskan wilderness. Surrounded by the tallest mountain peak in North America, Denali offers a variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, Caribou, Dall Sheep, marmots, and wolves. Activities such as river rafting, dog sled demonstration and walks on quiet nature trails are available, all nearby to your campground setting which borders the park. Take the included Denali shuttle bus, for scenic views of the taiga and sub-arctic tundra as well as superb opportunities to view wildlife and hike the park's trails. Denali is one of the few national parks where visitors are encouraged to walk off the beaten track and make their own path. As a real treat and highly recommended, why not opt for a scenic flight over Denali National Park with the chance to land on an ice sheet under the watchful gaze of Mount Denali's towering peak, North America's tallest mountain?

    Hotel: Carlo Creek Lodge

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    Talkeetna and Anchorage

    Departing Denali, make your way towards Anchorage stopping en route in the town of Talkeetna where you can sample a local specialty; reindeer sausage. You also take in a visit to the Talkeetna Ranger Station depending on availability.

    Continue on towards the Anchorage where your tour ends upon arrival. Why not add on a half day bear viewing extension for a float plane flight and landing in the wilderness? This wonderful experience with local guides allows you to get up close to the four-legged animals that call this place home. This tour ends at the Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites at approximately 17:00 hrs. The rest of the evening is at your leisure to relax and grab a spot of dinner.

    Hotel: Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

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    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £3369 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices are available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend.

    Alaska, Wildlife & Wilderness

    Begins in and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: June 2019 to August 2020

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation and camping for 14 nights as specified
    • 11 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 10 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a professional tour leader and specialist guide
    • Wilderness float plane trip
    • Scenic ferry journey through Prince William Sound
    • Full day wildlife cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park
    • Brown bear with her cub

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    • Alaska Range

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    • A variety of wildlife

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    • Denali National Park

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    • Seward landscape

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    • Harbour Seals, Wragnell

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    • Whale breaching the water

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    • Endless wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities

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    • Wildlife cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park

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    • Impressive hikes in the foothills

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    • Anchorage skyline

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    • Kayaking adventure

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Anchorage and meet your traveling companions for a welcome reception.

    Hotel: Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

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    Talkeetna and Denali National Park

    Leaving Anchorage, you enter the wilderness pretty much instantly and make your way towards Talkeetna where you stop for the opportunity to try a local delicacy, reindeer sausage, before arriving in Denali National Park. Home to the highest mountain in North America, legendary Mount Denali (6,194m), the park covers six million acres and houses some of the most unspoiled wilderness and spectacular scenery in the whole of Alaska.

    Hotel: Camping (lunch and dinner included)

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    Denali National Park

    Enjoy two full days exploring the park with an included bus pass - the only way to get out into the incredible (and vast) wilderness. Try to spot Alaska's 'Big Five'; Caribou, Dall Sheep, moose, Grizzly Bears, and wolves. Denali is one of the only national parks where you are encouraged to find your own path off the trails, great for those of you looking for pure unadulterated adventure. There are plenty of optional walks and activities in Denali or you can take to the skies on a scenic (and highly recommended) glacier landing helicopter flight. As the trails are wild and unmarked, the hiking opportunities are endless. Your tour leader will suggest some local spots of scenic beauty and the best spots to the view wildlife.

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Alaska Range

    Head into the heart of the Alaska Range to spend the night in local cabins at Maclaren Lodge. With spectacular views of the surrounding valley, this rustic lodge provides the ideal setting for an authentic Alaskan experience. Although rooms are basic bunkhouse style, its remote location is something to savor with the chance to look out for grazing caribou near the quiet lakes of the tundra. This is also a birder's paradise with many species often sighted.

    Hotel: Maclaren River Lodge (breakfast and lunch included)

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    Wrangell and St. Elias National Park

    The scenery keeps on coming thick and fast, and today is no different. Drive through the dramatic Copper River Valley and stop for a short walk on the Liberty Falls Trail, just off the Edgerton Highway en route to the small town of McCarthy (population 40 in the summer, 17 the remainder of the year). This quaint settlement at the centre of a mass of mountains, glaciers, and wilderness will be your base to explore Wrangell-St Elias for the next two nights. Wrangell and St Elias National Park and Preserve contain nine of the sixteen highest peaks in the United States, including the second highest, Mount. St. Elias (5,488m), and is the most glaciated region in the North American continent.

    You’ll discover an imposing area of glaciers, mountains, forest, and wilderness, with wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities. Dall Sheep, mountain goats, caribou, moose, Grizzly, and Black Bears are just some of the park's inhabitants. An optional experience, and highly recommended, is the chance to fix crampons to your boots and hike around the Root Glacier, exploring its deep blue pools and carved ice shapes.

    Hotel: Camping (1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included)

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    Valdez

    Your journey continues towards Valdez, passing through the Chugach Range. On the rivers, fish wheels have been built to catch salmon migrating upstream to spawn. Stop at the famous Worthington Glacier, adjacent to the Thompson Pass, for a short walk. Explore the busy seaside town of Valdez, a return to civilization after the mountainous isolation of McCarthy. Valdez is a new town, as a major earthquake destroyed the old one in 1964. There are various hiking trails in and around Valdez such as the Mineral Creek Trail or the Keystone Canyon Pack Trail. You can also visit the historical museum to learn about the native culture, gold rush history, and the famous pipeline. Why not opt for a sea kayaking excursion to get up close to the glacier?

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Seward

    Board the Alaska state ferry, leaving Valdez behind and crossing Prince William Sound to reach Whittier. The views of the mountains, bays, fjords, and glaciers are unforgettable and the water is home to a unique array of marine life, Harbour Seals and sea lions. On arrival, explore the small fishing town of Seward. In its past life, Seward was a railroad port which means there is now plenty of great shopping and a picturesque old-time downtown area.

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Seward

    Set off on a full day wildlife viewing cruise around Resurrection Bay and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. To maximize your experience on board your guide will give a detailed commentary on the wildlife you see and the local area. On previous trips, travelers have spotted sea lions, otters, Dall's Porpoise and an endless variety of seabirds including puffins and eagles. Orcas are often spotted and if you're lucky, Humpback Whales can also be seen! Enjoy an included fresh salmon and prime rib lunch on board (vegetarian options available).

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast and lunch included)

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    Kenai Fjords National Park

    The staggeringly beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park offers wonderful wildlife and bird watching opportunities amidst dramatic fjords and glaciers. Within the park is the huge Harding Icefield, claiming 300 square miles in its entirety. If weather conditions permit, take a spectacular walk from Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield for views of deep crevasses and huge seracs. At an elevation of 900m, you will eventually reach a lookout point over the icefield and the views will be out of this world. The walk is strenuous and entirely dependent on weather conditions; if there are too much snow and ice on the trail, it may be impassable. There's an easier option available if you prefer, using an accessible trail to reach a different viewpoint of the glacier.

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Soldotna

    Head to Soldotna, your launch site for the bear float plane activity. Float planes are a way of life for many of the more remote Alaskan communities, particularly those who still have no road access and too little space amongst the mountains to build runways. Float planes generally seat a maximum of 10 people and you'll take to the air for a beautiful flight across the Cook Inlet. Land in the Big River Lakes area and transfer to the waiting boats to explore the river and lake system keeping your eyes open for bears. The lakes are just on the fringe of the Lake Clark Park and Wilderness Reserve but a long way from any roads and civilisation and the chance of bear sightings is excellent; you can usually see Brown (Grizzly) or Black Bears here. You may see thousands of salmon pushing upstream to spawn and if you're lucky, you'll see bears catching and feeding upon them. This is Alaska at its best, almost completely untouched wilderness with a backdrop of ice-clad 

    Hotel: Camping (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Alyeska and Anchorage

    After breakfast and packing up camp, you'll drive for a couple of hours to Alyeska in the Chugach Mountain Range which is ideal for a final wilderness walk before returning to the state's capital, Anchorage. Containing around half the population of the state, Anchorage in some ways looks just like any other sprawling American town and after nearly two weeks in the small towns and villages, the bustling streets of the city will feel somewhat different. Explore the art galleries and craft shops where you can see the beautiful Eskimo handicrafts being made.

    This tour ends at the gateway Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites at approximately 17:00 hrs. The rest of the evening is at your leisure to reflect and an unforgettable last two weeks. 

    Hotel: Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites

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    15

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £4039 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms/camping tents in low season. Other prices are available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend.

    Yellowstone Wildlife Trails

    Begins in Seattle, Washington and ends in Salt Lake City, Utah

    14 days / 13 nights

    June 2019 to July 2020

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 4 breakfast
    • Transportation in a custom-made private vehicle
    • Tour leader and specialist guides
    • Dedicated wolf and wildlife tracking guides

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    • Bison in Yellowstone National Park

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    • Elks of Yellowstone

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    • Yellowstone Wildlife Trails

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    • Yellowstone National Park

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    • Grand Teton National Park

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    • Endless wildlife viewing opportunities

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    • Spectacular views

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    • Seattle Skyline

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    • Salt Lake City

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Seattle

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Seattle. Upon arrival transfer to the Hyatt at Olive 8, for a night of relaxation before you set off on your Yellowstone Wildlife Trail.

    Hotel: Hyatt at Olive 8

    Day
    02

    Seattle

    The morning is free for you to explore this wonderful city before you independently transfer to your starting point and meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome meeting. A great way to spend your afternoon ahead of your meeting is to visit Pike Place Market to try local specialties and enjoy a spot of people watching.

    Hotel: Clarion Hotel Seattle

    Day
    03

    Coeur d'Alene

    This morning you venture out across Washington State, to the lakeside city of Coeur d'Alene. Swimming, walking and enjoying the sunset with a glass of fizz are all perfect ways to complete your first day in Idaho. Don't forget to pack your swimwear, as the lake makes for a great place to cool off. Take a refreshing dip in secluded spots around the lake, but remember, it can be quite cold!

    Hotel: Days Inn Coeur D'Alene

    Day
    04

    Glacier National Park

    Continue through the mountains of Montana to the famed Glacier National Park where you'll spend the next three nights exploring this immense landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and bears which frequent this area, as well as stunning scenery and glacial lakes.

    NB: The National Park Service regulates guided hikes in Glacier. Tomorrow you'll be led by a national park guide but on other days your tour leader is not permitted to walk with you on trails. They will, however, provide detailed briefings, directions, maps, and transportation.

    Hotel: Swiftcurrent Motor Inn

    Day
    05

    Glacier National Park

    Spend the day exploring the ins and outs of this superb park with a Glacier National Park wilderness guide. Your guide will help you try to spot some of the huge variety of animal species for which this park is renowned, including Grizzly Bears, wolverines and lynx. Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, coyotes, and bears are also commonly sighted here. If conditions are suitable, your guide will take you on the Iceberg Lake or Hidden Lake Trail for dramatic mountain scenes, wildflowers and a glaciated lake that will take your breath away.

    Hotel: Swiftcurrent Motor Inn

    Day
    06

    Glacier National Park

    Today is one to be taken at your own pace - make use of the national park bus and choose the perfect trail to suit your preference. That may be an easy paced meander down to the lake, or a strenuous hike into the backcountry in search of bears. Your leader will provide you with a map, list of trails and any advice you need. You have the whole day at your own leisure, to tailor the park to your liking.

    Hotel: Swiftcurrent Motor Inn

    Day
    07

    Yellowstone National Park

    Today's drive reveals the wide open 'Big Sky' scenery that Montana is so famous for. Journey through the ever-changing landscape of forest and mountain backdrops, all the way to the Yellowstone area. Although today is very much a driving day, it is ideal for taking in the dramatic and changing scenery ahead of your Yellowstone experience in the world’s first national park.

    Hotel: Comfort Inn Yellowstone North

    Day
    08

    Yellowstone National Park

    Today you'll encounter Yellowstone's amazing array of geothermal features including mud pools, hot springs and steaming fumaroles. The park is famous for its volcanic history and there are estimated to be around 10,000 thermal features - nowhere else on earth can boast Yellowstone's concentration of geysers which are scattered amongst several distinct geyser basins. Benefit from the enthusiasm and knowledge of a local geologist who will no doubt enable you to learn more as you walk from one seismic hotspot to the next.

    Hotel: Comfort Inn Yellowstone North (breakfast included)

    Day
    09

    Yellowstone National Park

    Last night you may have heard the distant sounds of a howl far away in the mountains and today you'll get to learn all about the wolf packs that may have sung out such a nocturnal greeting. You'll spend a full day with a specialist wolf and wildlife tracking guide, venturing into the park's wilderness to learn about these extraordinary animals. Your guide will explain how wolves live and hunt together in Yellowstone and how the pack hierarchy works. It's important to note that you may not always be lucky enough to see wolves, but this is our aim and at the same time you're likely to see numerous other wildlife species.

    Hotel: Comfort Inn Yellowstone North (breakfast included)

    Day
    10

    Yellowstone National Park

    Even though this is your last day in Yellowstone there's still plenty of time to enjoy the wildlife, landscapes and geothermal activity away from the usual tourist sites. As you leave the crowds behind you'll be treated to a hike to the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls, the latter of which has the highest volume of water in the American Rockies and is almost twice as high as Niagara. You'll also visit the Mammoth Hot Springs which literally feels like being on another planet.

    Hotel: Comfort Inn Yellowstone North (breakfast included)

    Day
    11

    Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

    Today, you'll be leaving the borders of Yellowstone but there'll be no let-up with the incredible landscapes surrounding you. As you enter the realms of the mighty Tetons you'll no doubt be aware that you're in the presence of some quite formidable giants. The drama unfolds almost instantly after crossing the border into the Grand Teton National Park. An optional ferry journey across Jenny Lake takes you to the start of a climb to Inspiration Point, where you'll be able to catch your breath and take in some absolutely scintillating views. You have the option of following the river and continuing further on your hike in the hopes of spotting moose, commonly noted on this trail.

    Next stop is Jackson Hole, which is regarded as one of Wyoming's premier ski resorts as well as being a haven for walkers and lovers of the great outdoors. Take a short walk to Rock Springs Overlook and opt for an incredibly scenic aerial tram ride. This completes your first day in the Grand Tetons and as you settle down for the night you'll be pleased to know that there are plenty more adventures left in store for tomorrow.

    Hotel: Mountain Modern Motel (breakfast included)

    Day
    12

    Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

    Using all the knowledge and hiking expertise that you've garnered throughout your time away, you'll be able to undertake a self-guided hike to numerous scenic spots which your tour leader will explain to you. The park is perfect for seeing those all-important, breathtaking vistas and with excellent views of the Tetons as well as the chance to spot bison, moose, elk, and deer, this is one of the best areas to make the most of the great outdoors. As the sun goes down you'll no doubt be able to look back over the previous 11 days as some of the most worthwhile and fulfilling times that you've ever had.

    Hotel: Mountain Modern Motel

    Day
    13

    Jackson - Salt Lake City

    Enjoy some free time exploring Jackson this morning before transferring to the base of the Wasatch Mountains and the urban delights of the Mormon capital of Utah, Salt Lake City. The tour will end this afternoon at approximately 17:00 hrs. You will then independently transfer to the Little America hotel where your evening is free to explore Salt Lake City and do a spot of shopping before you head back to the UK.

    Hotel: Little America Hotel

    Day
    14

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4145 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms/camping tents in low season. Other prices are available on request.

    Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend.