WESTERN WONDER Trip Notes

 

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

  • Trip code : AW1S
  • Trip length : 7 days
  • Trip starts in : San Fransisco
  • Trip ends in : Los Angeles
  • Maximum group size : 13-38
  • Ages : Min 18
  • Meals : We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.
  • Accommodation : 4 camping & 2 hotel nights included.
  • Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
  • Pre-tour accommodation: As this tour departs at 07:30 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.
  • Post-tour accommodation: This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly straight after the tour, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • Explore Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Park
  • Tour Vegas in style with an included limousine ride
  • Travel along the original Route 66

What a week in Southwest USA! A double dose of National Park adventure, sandwiched right between three of its most unforgettable cities. Follow the route as shown below or go in reverse. In any case, we promise canyons, casinos and cacti, and the iconic Route 66.

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Day
1-2

San Francisco & Yosemite National Park

Bid San Francisco a reluctant farewell and head east through California's gold country, where in 1848, the finding of a single nugget triggered a stampede of gold-seekers known as the 49'ers. With a scenic drive into the Yosemite National Park region, here you will get the opportunity to hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Once inside Yosemite, keep your eyes peeled and your cameras at the ready for some incredible wildlife sightings. Bears often frequent the area and when the sun goes down listen out for coyotes howling amidst the pines and sequoias. This is a paradise for any lover of the outdoors and whatever activities you get up to in Yosemite, you're sure to have a blast.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day
3-4

Las Vegas

As you cruise into the bright lights of Las Vegas you'll see why this place captures the imaginations of travellers from across the globe. See the best of this spectacular desert city as you cruise The Strip on an included limo ride. The shows, the casinos, the clubs; Sin City's glitziest and brashest spots are sure to impress and just remember, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas"! If it's excitement you're after take a helicopter flight down The Strip and see the neon lights from above and if you've still got a head for heights hop onto one of the world's highest thrill rides at Vegas' Stratosphere. It's also very possible to get married in Vegas (don't worry, it's not legally binding unless you want it to be!) so live for the moment, and marry whoever (and whatever) you like!
Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

Day
5

Grand Canyon National Park

Today you will visit the grandest canyon of them all and as soon as you lay eyes on this natural wonder you will soon see why the park attracts over 5,000,000 visitors every year. Keep your feet firmly on the ground or swoop above and see the Grand Canyon in all its glory on an optional helicopter flight. The Grand Canyon is magnificent from any angle, but it is when the sun is rising or setting that this place looks truly magical. One thing is for sure you will never forget your first glimpse of the canyon, whether it be from a walk along the rim or the ultimate birds eye view.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day
6

Colorado River

Travel along the original Route 66 stopping at the quirky town of Seligman. Home to some of the country's finest Route 66 memorabilia, Seligman is a town that captures the very heart of life on the road. Prepare to be wowed by vast swathes of Arizona's cactus studded desert and take a refreshing dip in the Colorado River. Enjoy one last blast on your final evening together, before striking out for the beautiful Californian coast.
Accommodation: Camping included

Day
7

Los Angeles

Fresh from nature's most dramatic sets, you've stepped right into Movieland itself. Take an included tour of Los Angeles' famous Hollywood Boulevard and snap away as you wander past some of the cities iconic sights. No visit to La La Land would be complete without a stroll along the boardwalk at Venice Beach, famous for its street performers and skate park, this is definitely where all the cool kids hang out.

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 22:00 hrs.

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  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • All accommodation - 4 camping & 2 hotel nights included.
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • Limousine ride in Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon sunrise and sunset
  • See towering granite peaks in Yosemite
  • Get your kicks on Route 66 and visit Seligman
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • Incredible National Parks - Yosemite and Grand Canyon
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • City tour of San Francisco and Hollywood

optional-extras

  • Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$254-$284
  • Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15
  • Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+
  • Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115
  • Float trip on the Merced River in Yosemite US$30
  • Las Vegas rollercoasters US$4-$30
  • Las Vegas Gun Range from US$50
  • Go Karting in Las Vegas US$25
  • Las Vegas VIP Club Tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100

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Discovery

Discovery tours are all about exploring & experiencing the world with like-minded people, dipping your toe beneath the usual tourist surface & discovering the real essence of a region. They are genuinely innovative, exciting & imaginative tours that offer that little bit more to travellers.

Style Facts

  • Enjoy a destination in depth and comfort
  • Tourist class hotels and family homestays
  • Both private and local transport
  • A number of included activities and meals throughout
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Plus

Our Plus tours allow you to immerse yourself within a destination or culture whilst travelling and sleeping in comfort. They are packed with highlights to ensure you get the most out of your valuable time away yet are also slower paced allowing you time to savour the culture, traditions and sights of your destination – the perfect balance.

On some trips we’ll push you out of your comfort zone to ensure an authentic experience, on other trips you will stay in amazing places where there is no ‘roughing it’ involved. There is plenty of choice so you can select a trip with as much activity or as little as you wish. Our small groups ensure a more intimate experience and that the impact on the local environment and community is kept to a minimum. Extra Comfort tours offer rich and rewarding adventures and are stress-free, safe and, most importantly, fun!

Style Facts

  • Innovative itineraries offering authentic travel encounters
  • A mix of active adventure, culture, wildlife, sightseeing and relaxation
  • Well appointed, quality hotels in central locations
  • Arrival transfers, transport (mostly private) and accommodation included
  • Many meals and adventure activities also included
  • Fully trained and experienced local leaders

 This tour is operated by our partners Grand American Adventures

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A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information

health-and-fitness

If you have any medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, take prescribed  medicines, or have a condition that will affect your participation in the trek, you must tell us at the time of booking. Please be aware we may require a doctor’s note prior to travel for some conditions. This information is essential in case of emergency. All the vehicles carry a basic first-aid kit, but for everyday use you should bring your own medical supplies, such as, pain relievers, antibiotic cream, upset stomach relievers, in addition to sunscreen and insect repellent.

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Your spending money needs to cover meals not included in the tour, drinks personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs and snacks along the way. For hotel based tours we recommend you take at least US$50 dollars per person per day, but it’s better to bring more than you need rather than run short on tour. You will also need to budget for any optional activities you wish to do. ATM/Cash points are widely available in all major cities and small towns, but may be limited in some off the beaten track destinations, so we suggest you have US$150 with you in cash. Please ensure that your credit or debit cards have international access and a PIN number to access your funds at the start of the tour.

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.

As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

For further information about responsible travel please click here.

other-important-information

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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