Westerner 2 Trip Notes

Viva Cuba OldAt 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 : AW2
  • Trip length : 14
  • Trip starts in :  Los Angeles
  • Trip ends in : Los Angeles
  • Maximum group size : 13
  • Ages: 18 - 34
  • Meals:  We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute CA$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Transport: Private transportation - The vans are also equipped with WiFi (USA & Alaska only) so you can keep in touch from the road
  • Pre-tour accommodation: As this tour departs at 0730 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.

 

highlights1

  • Sunset sailboat cruise on San Francisco Bay
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias trees in Yosemite
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • City tours of San Francisco, Hollywood and Las Vegas
  • Sightseeing in San Diego
  • Visit Haight Ashbury in San Francisco
  • Visit Salvation Mountain plus sand dunes views
  • Drive along the iconic Route 66 & stop at Seligman
  • Santa Barbara beach time
  • Chance to see whale and sea lions in Monterey
  • Incredible National Parks - Yosemite and Grand Canyon

This two week western USA gem is packed full of highlights to show you the real America's! Enjoy Pacific Coast highlights such as Hollywood, Venice Beach, Santa Barbara, Big Sur and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco as you travel up the California Coast. Step into the Old West and gaze in awe at the depth and grandeur of one of the world's natural wonders - the Grand Canyon; stare in disbelief at the world's largest trees - the Giant Sequoias of Yosemite; drive the Route 66 and watch night become day as the sun sets on the Las Vegas Strip.

 

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Day
1-2

Los Angeles & San Diego

Enjoy the chance to check out Hollywood and Venice Beach before saying goodbye to LA and hello to the city of San Diego. Laze in grassy Balboa Park or feel sand between your toes at Mission Beach and top up your tan. San Diego has the perfect environment for so many beachfront activities; go rollerblading, cycling and explore San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld Adventure Park. Later, cruise the Gaslamp Quarter and the heart of San Diego's nightlife.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day
3

Lake Havasu

This is A-grade Arizona. We drive to Salvation Mountain from the movie 'Into the Wild', a surprising colourful desert oasis which begs to be photographed and tells the story of one man's belief, plus a photo stop at the majestic sand dunes. We continue on to our final destination for the evening, Lake Havasu. Why not cool off with a refreshing dip and check out the original London Bridge. We kid you not!

Accommodation: Camping included

Day
4-5

Grand Canyon

Wow! You may be lost for words. Nothing you have ever seen before will prepare you for this spectacular site! Hike from the forest above to the desert below, red rock to white powder or take an optional helicopter flight for a birds-eye view and marvel at the brilliant colours. The canyon depths are nothing short of mind-blowing. Then again so is the sunrise and that's free.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day
6-7

Las Vegas

We travel along a section of the original Route 66, which at one time, was the only way to travel on the great American road trip, and stop at the town of Seligman. As the desert city comes into view, luminous Vegas ups the ante - the greatest show on earth! Catch some Vegas rays by the pool then dive into The Strip in style on an optional limousine tour. Indulge in an all you can eat buffet, take in a show or people-watch. Enjoy the neon attractions many hotel casinos have to offer, take an optional helicopter flight down The Strip or gamble in world class casinos before hitting the clubs.

Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

Day
8-10

Sierra Nevada & Yosemite National Park

Wind through peaks with views across the Sierra Nevadas that will have you itching to get your trekking boots on, and there is no better place than one of nature's greatest back yards, Yosemite National Park. Stretch your legs and walk amongst the Giant Sequoias, hike to one of the magnificent waterfalls or hire a bike to pedal along the park roads.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day
11-12

San Francisco

Making our way to San Francisco today (be sure to not call it Frisco as the locals hate it) we visit the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland. It was built in 1852 and is the oldest continuously operating saloon in California. Upon arrival to San Francisco, enjoy a driving tour visiting Haight Ashbury, the area that parked thousands of hippies to 'Turn on, tune in, drop out' and the chance to walk over the Golden Gate Bridge. During your free day you will fall for San Francisco's charm while touring Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf before an included cruise on the bay for an unforgettable sunset, before bar hopping 'til the tiny hours. Mission and Marina Districts usually check the right boxes.

Accommodation: Hotels included in tour price

Day
13

Monterey, Big Sur & Pacific Coast

Hit the city of Monterey, one of California's most historic cities and enjoy a walk along the coastline where it is common to see whales and sea lions frequenting these waters between April and October. Next we drive to see the iconic waterfall viewing point of Big Sur State Park before continuing onto our overnight campground on the California Coast and watch the sunset over the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Accommodation: Camping included

Day
14

Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

We drive to Santa Barbara, located between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean and has been described as the "American Riviera". Enjoy free time to absorb the last of the California sunshine on the beach, explore the lively pier area or hit the many shops. In the afternoon we head back to 'La La Land' for a chance to strut your stuff down the star studded Hollywood Boulevard and for a final holiday snap of the famous Hollywood sign.

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.

 

included1

  • Services of a tour leader
  • All accommodation - 9 camping & 4 hotel nights included.
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • Sunset sailboat cruise on San Francisco Bay
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Walk amongst Giant Sequoias trees in Yosemite
  • Scenic walks and hikes
  • City tours of San Francisco, Hollywood and Las Vegas
  • Sightseeing in San Diego
  • Visit Haight Ashbury in San Francisco
  • Visit Salvation Mountain plus sand dunes views
  • Drive along the iconic Route 66 & stop at Seligman
  • Santa Barbara beach time
  • Chance to see whale and sea lions in Monterey
  • Incredible National Parks - Yosemite and Grand Canyon

 

optional-extras

  • SeaWorld Adventure Park US$88
  • Grand Canyon helicopter flight US$244-$274
  • Grand Canyon IMAX theater US$15
  • Las Vegas clubs & casino shows US$10+
  • Limo ride in Las Vegas US$25-$30
  • Bike rental in Yosemite US$12-$32
  • San Diego Zoo US$44
  • Watersports in San Diego US$10-$75
  • San Francisco cable car ride US$5-$13
  • Las Vegas helicopter flight: US$115
  • Baseball game in San Francisco US$15-$40
  • Rollerblading in San Diego US$5-15
  • Bike rental in San Diego US$5-$15
  • Las Vegas Gun Range from US$30

 

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RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Active

Explore the world on two feet - or two wheels! Our active trips range from classic treks & trips where walking forms an integral part of the itinerary to cycling tours offering a totally new perspective on a destination.

Some of our active adventure tours include the classic treks such as the Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp as well as shorter one day or overnight hikes. Our cycling tours allow you to access hidden corners of a destination, discover remote villages and meet the locals – either en route or even by cycling alongside them. All our active trips are fully supported – with either porters and mules or by a support vehicle.

This tour is operated by our partners Trek America

 

visa1

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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Local Payment

We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute CA$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping.

 

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

 

responsible-travel1

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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