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FACE TO FACE WITH NORTH AMERICA In 1979 two students returned from their travels, having experienced all the world has to offer. Inspired by their trip, they founded STA Travel to help young people get the most out of their travels abroad. More than thirty years on and millions of trips later, the ethos of STA Travel remains the same. We’re still convinced that experiencing the wonders of our planet will open your mind and stretch your horizons. Our approach is simple. We listen to our travelers, we visit faraway places ourselves, and we use this knowledge to create life-changing experiences from the ground-up. Inside this brochure you’ll find a raft of these real-value travel options in every pocket of North America to inspire your ultimate trip. From the iconic journeys to the little-known ventures, the best value tours to the niftiest shoestring digs, we’ve got you covered. We have some great new adventures to share with you this year, so dive on in and then get out there.


CONTENTS Responsible Travel Why STA Travel Planning your Trip Travel with STA Lets Get Social Sweet Dreams Your Amazing Adventure Face to Face with North America USA Campervans Amtrak Eaglerider Motorcycle Rental Bamba Experience Cross Country Touring WEST COAST West Coast Touring West Coast Self-Drive Los Angeles LA Beaches Anaheim San Diego California Coast San Francisco and Yosemite Las Vegas Bundu Bus Ranching National Parks Hawaii EAST COAST East Coast Touring East Coast Self-Drive New York Boston Washington D.C. Chicago Miami Florida Keys Orlando CANADA & ALASKA Rocky Mountaineer Via Rail Cruise Canada Car Hire Self-Drive Canada & Alaska Touring Moose Travel Network Vancouver Calgary & the Rockies Toronto & Niagara Falls Montréal Québec City TRAVEL INSURANCE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

STA Travel acknowledges the contribution of graduate photographers Coralie Tripier and Alex Beaven, capturing selected imagery featured in this brochure.

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responsible travel

Responsible travel is about lightening our tread on this planet and giving back to

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THE STA TRAVEL APPROACH

Responsible travel has been with STA Travel in various shapes and forms since our pioneering days. Over three decades, we’ve helped millions of travelers to make deep connections to the places they visit and to come away with a greater sense that we’re sharing this world. In 2011, we made it all official by signing up with Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), endorsed by the United Nations Foundation, an international initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism practices around the world. To ensure that we’re doing the right thing, we also went into partnership with Sustainable Travel International - a non-profit organisation helping travel providers to support environmental conservation and protect cultural heritage - to take part in their rigorous Eco-Certification program. Also endorsed by the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the holistic program tracks the good stuff we’ve done so far, measures our environmental footprint and highlights the gaps we must fill in order to gain the highest accreditation by 2015. Our goal is to earn the Eco-Certification Gold standard by 2015 and we’ll be audited by an external body along the way. No excuses. No shortcuts.

THE STA TRAVEL FOUNDATION

Established in 2012, the STA Travel Foundation works with partners around the world to support sustainable development projects within communities that will deliver benefits today and for years to come. The projects are based in parts of the world that STA Travel helps our travelers to experience and are targeted at improving the living conditions for people in socially and economically disadvantaged communities, empowering them to achieve sustainable economic growth and regeneration. Our goal is to promote responsible tourism involving all the people we touch and for you to be able to share this journey with us!

Saving Lives ONE DROP AT A TIME

Bocas del Toro in Panama is a tourist paradise but unfortunately there is another side to this beautiful area. A lack of safe drinking water means the indigenous population is susceptible to many water-born diseases. This, combined with a poor diet means many children become sick and can’t get to school. Without an education, the future is bleak for these communities. With this desperate situation in mind, the STA Travel team and our customers worked together to raise over $25,000 to install 10 rain catchment water tanks and purchase an ambulance services boat for the community. The water tanks were installed by STA Travel staff in June 2012 and the school principals have since reported that the absenteeism rate has dropped from 70% to 30%. This is a direct result of clean drinking water, keeping the local kids healthy.

THE RESPONSIBLE STA TRAVELER We can make a big difference if we all travel responsibly - check out our website for a few simple steps to set you on your way: statravel.com/green-travel.htm

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the places we roam responsible travel

AT A GLANCE

With your help, here’s what we’re doing to meet out goals...

VOLUNTEERING • We offer over 85 local projects from one day to six months worldwide, working with children, communities, animals, conservation, building and sports. • We have committed $1,000,000 over five years to work with our major non-profit volunteering partner, Planeterra, to develop volunteering projects and other sustainable tourism initiatives • We give our staff the opportunity to experience our volunteering projects first-hand • We support a Community Giving program for staff to lend a hand to local charities

FUNDRAISING • With a combined donation of $80,000 from STA Travel customers and staff, we have developed a community center and tourism training facility on the tsunami devastated island of Koh Phra Thong, Southern Thailand • Our customers and staff have raised $25,000 to install rain catchment systems and purchase an ambulance services boat in the Bocas Del Toro islands of Panama, providing safe drinking water to the indigenous Kuna people • Our customers and staff are raising $100,000 to build a hospital ward for children in Kikuyu, Kenya, to restrict their exposure to disease and make their hospital stay a happier one • After fundraising enough to purchase a house in Cuzco to be used as a child and youth drop in center, STA Travel is now focused on raising further funds to build an art workshop allowing the center to sell their arts and crafts • We match customer and staff donations towards our chosen projects (up to $28,000 annually)

OUR GREEN WORKPLACE • We track and measure our total operations-based carbon footprint • We recycle brochures, paper, cardboard and ink cartridges in our branches and offices • We print our brochures on chlorine-free paper sourced from fully sustainable forests • We replace business travel with webinars when face to face meetings aren’t necessary • We choose to work with suppliers with genuine sustainability awards and accolades • We have an army of ‘Green Plan’ champions to promote staff awareness of responsible travel and green workplace practices

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why sta travel? why sta travel

TOP 10 reasons to TRAVEL WITH US 1. Global Travel Help Wherever you are, we’re there

for you

2. World Class Travel Partners We only work with the best to

ensure you’re looked after

3. Exclusive Low Airfares

Our unique airline partnerships give you access to the lowest fares

4. Exclusive Flexible Airfares

You can change your plans at minimal cost and effort

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5. 100s of Branches Worldwide

Speak face to face with us on the other side of the world

6. One Stop Shop for All Your Travel Needs

With all your bookings in one place, it’s easy to manage your holiday

7. Extremely

Knowledgeable, Well Traveled Staff

They’re expertly trained with hands on experience to give you the best advice

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8. Over 30 Years Experience

We’ve got the experience to take you to the most exciting places for less

9. Price Beat Guarantee

If you find a price lower elsewhere we’ll beat it!

10. Massive Range

of Adventures Available to Everyone No matter your age you can enjoy

our extraordinary adventures in any corner of the world


planning your trip checklist Pick up my STA Travel North America brochure Book an appointment with a Travel Expert and checklist get planning! Get my flights booked Buy my ISIC or IYTC card for amazing discounts all over the world Get my Cashcard so I can manage my money easily while I’m away

Get a phone card so I can phone home cheaply Book somewhere to stay for at least my first few nights Check and arrange my visas Speak to my doctor about my shots Get packed and hit the road

Where should i go? Here’s the hardest bit. With so many treasures dotted across this colorful continent you’d need a lifetime to experience them all, so where do you spend your time? Let’s see, you’ve got the urban chic of New York, the rich landscape of Monument Valley and the glitz of Las Vegas. You could mingle with the stars in Hollywood, or just lie back on a beach or by a sun drenched pool, sip on a cold beer and let the sun regenerate every inch of your body. Now we’re talking!

getting around From wheel to water, hoof to foot, there are many ways to tackle the incredible terrain of North America. STA Travel uses the full mixed bag of transportation methods to make sure you get around as safely, comfortably and efficiently as possible. One day you’ll be watching the world go by from the comfort of your train seat, the next you’ll be cycling around one of its great cities. Or you might simply be using your own two feet as you explore the incredible wilderness of it’s National Parks. North America boasts long, scenic roads, modern highways, rail networks and shiny new airports, connecting this wonderful continent together.

Money Things are fairly straightforward here - the USA uses American Dollars and Canada uses Canadian Dollars. However, exchange rates can fluctuate quite a bit, so it makes sense to organize some in advance. Every town and city will have ATMs, so you’ll have quick and easy access to your hard-earned cash with your credit or debit card. We’ll help you work out a budget when you book a trip, based on your chosen destinations, activities, and time on the road. Many of our journeys include everything you need, so you’ll only need a small amount of cash per day to get by.


travel witH STA Aside from our unbeatable prices, many of our airfares are unique and exclusive, meaning we can offer something truly tailor-made just for you. We can book just about anything you desire, from one ways, simple return tickets and complex and exciting round the world itineraries. Below is just a snippet of what we can do for you: • The absolute lowest fares with the world’s leading airlines including exclusive discounts and flexible booking conditions for students holding an ISIC card and for youths under 26 holding an IYTC card. We even throw in discounts for teachers holding an ITIC card for good measure. • We offer you the flexibility to change your travel dates and route before and after departure. • Build your very own itinerary using our exclusive one-way fares! • 100’s of STA Travel branches worldwide giving you personal support as you travel the globe. • Sign up to our weekly newsletter by visiting statravel.com to receive our best offers and the chance to win amazing prizes!

GET THE BEST PRICE We’ve been helping our customers get the best airfares for over 30 years so our Travel Experts know exactly where to look and what to check to give you the deal of a lifetime! Talk to one of our Travel Experts or why not visit our website to explore what we have to offer and inspire the traveler within you! A few tips below on how to get the best deals: • Buy an ISIC, IYTC, ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive student, under 26 and teacher fares. • Being flexible with dates could save you loads and why don’t you ask whether flying out on a weekday instead of the weekend would be the cheaper option. • Keep it local and fly from your nearest airport. • We’ll beat any competitor on price and that’s a promise – see statravel.com or ask in store for details.

ROUND THE WORLD We practically invented the concept of flying round the world, so we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices and plenty of suggestions for you. Our fares are totally flexible and some even last up to 18 months; so you can work for a year and travel the other six! We think this is pretty amazing and it will save you a load of cash as well!

STOPOVERS The vast majority of our fares allow discounted, or even free, stopovers en route to your final destination. Bangkok, Hong Kong, Dubai, or LA are just a selection of the many exciting options that we can offer to break up your journey. You don’t need to limit it to a night or two as some of our fares allow stopovers of weeks or even months!! So, in effect you’re getting two countries for the price of one! Think sunning yourself in the Thai islands en route to Australia or skiing in the Rockies on the way to New Zealand! These aren’t bookable online so be sure to ask your personal travel expert what’s available for you.


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Pictures, quotes and stories to get you moving.

Our Travel Experts share their best advice”, from “Best Airport” to “Best Pizza in Asia.” 

Keep tabs on our interns, our travel videos and more.

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Being social is at the very heart of what we do; from the moment you step into one of our stores, it's all about engaging with you at a level which suits you. This way, we learn to understand your needs as an individual, and we learn where to tweak things to ensure you have an unforgettable adventure. And guess what? We extended that philosophy right across the web! Come join us...

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sweet dreams Where to stay? Star ratings are often not the best way to categorize hotels. Depending on what country you’re traveling through, perceptions of each standard can vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you, we’re giving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that we feature. We have four very straightforward accommodation categories to choose from: STAysimple, STAysmart, STAystylish and STAyapartments. Read below for a description of each.

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Look out for our STA Travel Bonus offers -  we’ve sourced the very best deals that will ensure you save money and make the most of your stay. Please ask your STA Travel Expert for applicable dates and terms and conditions. 

STAysimple For those who want their traveling money to stretch a little further. Clean, comfortable, secure and perfectly adequate, these are no frills budget options. All of our hostels and some of our more basic hotels come under this category. The majority of our STAysimple properties are in great locations in the heart of all the action and many of them boast popular bars and vibrant social scenes. Facilities are generally limited, but this is compensated for by the friendly staff and buzzing atmosphere. Many of these options will have shared bathrooms.

STAysmart Perfect for those who demand a little comfort when they travel and like to have a host of facilities close at hand. These are modern, international standard hotels that provide good value for money. Most rooms will have private bathrooms, A.C, TV, hairdryer and other facilities that make your stay comfortable. You’ll regularly find other features such as a pool, gym, bar and restaurants. STAysmart hotels are ideal for a city break, stopover or a couple of days of rest after a busy adventure tour, while keeping to a budget.

STAystylish These are a little bit special. Adjectives such as unique, funky and intimate are definitely very apt. Most will boast something absurdly indulgent, such as a private pool, pillow menu or a cigar lounge. Luxury, darlings! The utmost service and an unforgettable experience are more or less guaranteed. Whether you’re rounding off a fantastically hectic trip or if you’re after a really indulgent weekend, it definitely pays to splash a little cash and book yourself into one of these wonderful STAystylish hotels.

STAyapartments For a bit of home away from home comfort, why not spread out your suitcase contents in a STAyapartment? When you are done sightseeing for the day, head back to your apartment and cook up a storm using local ingredients to really feel like you are in the thick of it. What could be better? Perhaps the fact that you will save a small fortune on food and drink leaving plenty extra cash for those souvenirs! Most apartments are centrally located, come with kitchens or kitchenettes and offer comfort and ease from which to explore your city of choice. Pricing and Photography The accommodation prices featured in this brochure are based on per person, twin share. The ‘from’ pricing shown has been calculated using low season stays and is based on lead-in room types. We’re sourcing great deals all year long so we recommend using the prices in this brochures as guide and to ask your STA Travel Expert for the best available deal for your travel period. The accommodation photos featured are representative of the room types available at each property however this may not be the actual room type that you receive. If you have a preference for a particular room your Travel Expert will be happy to help. Just ask!


your amazing adventure G Adventures was founded more than 20 years ago, and set out on a journey to transform the way people think about travel. Combining the convenience of small group touring with the joys of independent discovery, they offer authentic and sustainable travel experiences. Better still, all departure dates with G Adventures are 100% guaranteed to operate, regardless of numbers booked for each trip. G Adventures don’t believe that unforgettable travel experiences have to be expensive, nor do they think single travelers should pay more for the privilege either, so you can choose to be paired up with a same-sex roommate at no extra cost. If you would prefer to have your own space, however, check out the ‘My Own Room’ prices available on most of their tours. Whether you opt for a basic, standard or comfort level trip, or for a more active holiday in the great outdoors, G Adventures will bring you face-toface with the world’s most fascinating cultures, customs and wildlife. Their (modest) aim is to change people’s lives, and they’ll do exactly that while showing you this amazing planet.

With Contiki, the original travel company for 1835s, holidays are all about discovering the cool corners of the United States and Canada with a bunch of like-minded people, and having fantastic fun along the way. Contiki’s experienced guides take care of all the day-to-day stuff, so you can just chill with your traveling friends and enjoy. Contiki’s easy-going tours feature all the sights you really need to see, plenty of free time, local culinary delights and an exciting range of exclusive optional activities. For your overnights, you’ll sleep easy in centrally-located hotels most nights with all your favorite home comforts, though you can also live like a local with special stays at lakeside cabins or overlooking the Rocky Mountains. Traveling with Contiki isn’t about ticking the boxes. The Tour Managers aren’t just expertly-trained professionals, they’re also great fun and will fast-track you to the must-see sights and open doors to authentic places that only locals could possibly know about. They know the coolest record stores, the tastiest cafés and the most thrilling optional activities from whitewater rafting to mountain biking.

Choosing your perfect trip isn’t just about working out which tour visits all your favorite destinations, it’s also important to know what style of travel is going to suit you best. For those who enjoy meeting new people and like to have plenty of free time for socialising, look for our ‘Easyrider’ tours where you’ll experience the very best of North America with up to 50 fun and friendly travel friends. ‘Small Group’ adventures encourage you to step off the beaten path and immerse yourself in your chosen destination. You’ll usually share your trip with no more than 13 like-minded travelers – though the average group size is often lower. Look out too for our ‘Hop-On, Hop-Off’ concept, designed to take the hassle out of traveling independently. We’ve developed this collection of logos to help you choose the trip style right for you – keep an eye out for them throughout this brochure. These fantastic group tours are perfect for the sociable 18 to 35-year-old traveler looking to make new friends while seeing the best of the United States and Canada. You’ll travel by private coach and stay near the sights in a mix of comfortable hotels and unique local stopover options. EASYRIDER

Perfect for anyone looking to get out there among nature and to experience the best of North America’s great outdoors, these participation camping trips get you back to basics at a very affordable price. Mix it up with a few nights in simple hotels in cities or where camping isn’t a feasible option. Excellent value for those looking to mix adventure with affordability. Your accommodation is basic, ranging from hotels and hostels to cabins, but is always clean and

well-kept. When it comes to getting around, you’ll generally travel by private, airconditioned touring vehicle. Designed with broad appeal, these trips are geared towards travelers who crave genuine discovery but with a little more comfort along the way. Stay in tourist-class hotels and guesthouses and travel on a mix of private and public transport. Combining the challenge of physical adventure with the thrill of exploration, these trips will include a mix of activities such as biking, rafting and trekking, and will have you working up a sweat as you venture off the tourist trail. Independent travel within North America needn’t be intimidating if you book yourself one of the

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fantastic Bamba Experience, Bundu Bus or Moose Travel Network hop-on hop-off bus passes, traveling on local public transport or private mini-bus. Safe, easy, affordable and fun, these flexible travel passes include all your transport along your chosen route, plus tons of included activities to enhance your enjoyment. Stay as long as you like in each destination, and jump back on the bus whenever you’re ready to move on. It’s really that simple. Alternatively if you’re looking for a little more structure, book one of the accommodated fixed-itineraries from Bundu or Moose. Offering unbeatable freedom, our self-drive routes in North America and Canada include all your accommodation together with a self-drive kit full of maps and directions, so all you have to do is concentrate on seeing the highlights. Car rental is bought separately, so you can choose the vehicle that’s right for you – see pages 19 and 120.

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your amazing adventure

We know that everyone wants something different from their big trip, and so we partner with leading worldwide tour companies to offer a variety of travel styles and experiences. Whatever your budget, we’re confident you’ll find your perfect trip. Whether you’re looking for a sociable group tour (we call these ‘Easyrider’) or an exciting small group adventure, all our partners have one thing in common – they share the same passion for travel as STA. We also guarantee you will not find the same trip cheaper anywhere else!


face to face with FACE TO FACE WITH NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (ALASKA)

ANCHORAGE

CANADA

JASPER EDMONTON BANFF WINNIPEG CALGARY

WHISTLER VANCOUVER SEATTLE

CHICAGO OTTAWA TORONTO SAN FRANCISCO

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

LAS VEGAS

LOS ANGELES

DALLAS

SAN DIEGO

PHILADELPHIA

QUÉBEC CITY MONTRÉAL BOSTON NEW YORK WASHINGTON D.C.

NASHVILLE

NEW ORLEANS ORLANDO MIAMI

HONOLULU UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (HAWAII)

PICK UP YOUR COPY OF OUR VOLUNTEER & LEARN BROCHURE AT YOUR NEAREST STA TRAVEL BRANCH and ask your Travel Expert about our new North America project - Conservation Experience in America

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NORTH AMERICA My NORTH AMERICA Wishlist FACE TO FACE WITH north america

FLIGHTS ACCOMMODATION ADVENTURE TRIPS ESSENTIALS MY SUMS

Been inspired, thinking about spreading your wings a little further? Then pick up one of our other destination brochures

EUROPE

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USA USA

Shop ‘til you drop, gamble 24-hours a day, hike mountains, ski down mountains, catch a rodeo, catch a baseball game, listen to blues, listen to jazz, visit a winery, visit a desert, be in awe of a canyon, be in awe of a bridge, chill by a lake or chill on the beach… Where else in the world but America can you get all of this in one country? The word ‘diverse’ just doesn’t do it justice! Whether you have a long weekend or a good few months to spare, you can be sure that the States will offer up the ingredients to make it the time of your life. Get reading the next few pages to gather ideas for your amazing adventure. Cities, mountains, deserts and beaches are all covered in just about every way you could think of. You can tackle this colossal country with likeminded travelers on an overland epic adventure or set off on your own on an independent journey – the choice is yours!


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Travelers autobarn WHY TravelERS AUTOBARN? • Perfect for the budget-savvy traveler • Help’s always on hand with 24/7 call center and on-road assistance (toll-free) • Vehicles for 21 yrs + • Multiple drivers at no extra cost USA

Legendary driving roads, jaw-dropping beaches, sleek cities, exquisite national parks, friendly locals and no set itinerary make campervan trips the perfect way to explore the sun-kissed west coast or the historic east coast, or travel between the two. With a Travelers Autobarn campervan you’ll blend in with the locals and their own brightly painted vans. Pick up and drop off from any of the five rental centers, located in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, Miami and New York and travel to any state in the US and even up to Canada for no extra cost. So get yourself stateside and let Travelers Autobarn sort the rest! These guys will help you plan where to go, what to see and where to stay as well as roadside cover if you need it! We love you America!

sunset camper

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malibu camper

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STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES! • Free GPS for the duration of the rental for all ISIC, IYTC & ITIC card holders

Pick-up / Drop off from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami & New York

$45

STANDARD Inclusions • 24hr on-road assistance • No worries liability insurance cover • Linen, bedding & camping kits • Free picnic chairs & free starter pack

• Sleeps 2 (1 double bed) • Sleeps & seats 4 if Rooftop Sleeper is booked (1 extra double bed) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Fridge & 2 burner propane stove • Kitchenette with sink, water supply & cabinet space • CD player & MP3 input • Power supply (via powered campsite) • 3-4 years old

maverick camper

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• Sleeps 3 (1 very large double bed) - also option to hire a tent • Sleeps & seats 4 if Rooftop Sleeper is booked (1 extra double bed) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Fridge, 2 burner propane stove, kitchenette with sink, water supply & cabinet space • CD player & MP3 input • Power supply (via powered campsite) • 6-7 years old

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• Includes 100 miles/161 kms per day (option to upgrade mileage to 200 miles/322 kms per day for $15 per day & upgrade to unlimited mileage for $19 per day)

• Sleeps 3 (1 very large double bed) - also option to hire a tent • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Fridge & 2 burner propane stove • Kitchenette with sink, water supply & cabinet space • CD player & MP3 input • Power supply (via powered campsite) • 7-11 years old

no worries cover • Includes full damage cover ($0 liability) & collision damage waiver • Includes liability insurance (3rd party claims) • Includes supplemental liability insurance ($1,000,000 3rd party personal & property liability cover)

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CRUISE AMERICA

Pick-up / Drop off from

Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Houston, Albuquerque, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago & Anchorage.

STANDARD Inclusions

EARLYBIRD DISCOUNTs

• Third party liability protection (up to $10,000,000) • Auto liability cover (statutory & excess supplemental insurance liability up to $1,000,000) • Vehicle damage/loss cover (only $1,000 of responsibility per incident) • Breakdown cover (up to $3,000) • 110-volt adapter, 9-volt battery, 25 ft power cord & water hose & 20 ft sewer hose • Renter assistance guide & regional campground guide • KOA campground guide & value card

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C19 COMPACT MOTORHOME

• Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 single bed) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Automatic transmission • Power steering, air-conditioning & cruise control • Fridge, freezer, hob & microwave • Stereo sound system • Fresh water toilet & shower • 2 on-board waste holding tanks • Generator

Jan 31 2013 - 10% off the daily flex rate Feb 28 2013 - 5% off the daily flex rate

C25 STANDARD MOTORHOME

• Sleeps 5 (2 double beds, 1 single bed) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Automatic transmission • Power steering, air-conditioning & cruise control • Fridge, freezer, hob & microwave • Stereo sound system • Fresh water toilet & shower • 2 on-board waste holding tanks • Generator

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Grab some friends, hit the road and work the rest out along the way! Road trip with your camper along the legendary Route 66, the super-cool California coast road of Pacific Highway 1 or maybe the Overseas Highway linking Miami to Key West! The road truly is your oyster! All you need to worry about is whether you want a cruise to mind-blowing national parks, sun-drenched beaches or cities bursting with phenomenal history. In the meantime let the guys at Cruise America sort out what is about to be a trip of a lifetime. USA, USA, USA!

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WHY cruise America? • Huge range of campervans • Vehicles for 21 yrs + • 25 departure points & rental centers • No extra cost for additional drivers • No extra cost for drivers under 25 • Help’s always on hand with included breakdown assistance cover

Save some money! • 10% discount at all KOA Kampgrounds • Depart between Apr - Oct & depending on the month choose from: free or halfprice one-way fees, 50% off unlimited mileage, free vehicle provisional kits & free personal kits!

E27 INTERMEDIATE MOTORHOME

• Sleeps 6 (2 double beds, 1 single bed) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Automatic transmission • Power steering, air-conditioning & cruise control • Fridge, freezer, hob & microwave • Stereo sound system • Fresh water toilet & shower • 2 on-board waste holding tanks • Generator

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AMTRAK You’ll immediately feel a sense of relaxation and freedom as you board a big, beautiful American train. Recline with a book in your comfortable seat, walk around and stretch your legs, or just gaze out of the window and lose yourself in your own thoughts as you marvel at the changing scenery.

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Amtrak’s national rail system serves over 500 stations in 46 states over 22,000 miles of track. The only states not served by Amtrak are Wyoming, South Dakota, Hawaii (that’s kind of difficult to reach by train!) and Alaska. Travel from the big cities of the East Coast, across the Mississippi River and the plains of the Midwest, and then climb into the Rockies to cross the Continental Divide at nearly 10,000 feet. Many of the trains you’ll travel on come equipped with large panoramic windows, making sure every stunning view is maximised.

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POINT-TO-POINT TICKETS

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Montréal • Grand Rapids

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RAIL NETWORK

USA Rail Passes are the same price yearround, but you must start your first journey within 180 days of purchasing the pass. One ‘segment’ of travel is counted each time you board a train, regardless of the length of the journey, so if you wanted to travel from NYC to L.A. you’d have to take one train from NYC to Chicago, and then another from Chicago to L.A., that would count as two segments. We recommend breaking up the journey along the way and our top suggestions are opposite.

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• Boston • Buffalo • Cleveland • • New York Pittsburgh • Quincy • Denver • Indianapolis • • Philadelphia Kansas City • • • St Louis • Baltimore Cincinnati • Flagstaff • Washington D.C. • Newport News • Albuquerque Raleigh Little Rock •• Selma • • Memphis Oklahoma City • Columbia • • Atlanta Tucson • Charleston • Fort Worth • • Dallas • Savannah El Paso •

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8 segments within 15 days FR $489 12 segments within 30 days FR $697 18 segments within 45 days FR $956

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Offering maximum flexibility and great value for money, Amtrak’s range of USA Rail Passes are one of the best ways to travel around America. Choose from three passes:

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St. Paul - • Minneapolis

Sacramento • Reno Oakland/Emmeryville • • San Francisco •

USA RAIL PASSES

Some of the most popular routes on the Amtrak network are as follows: Lake Shore Limited – daily service between New York, Buffalo, Cleveland and Chicago California Zephyr – daily service between Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City and San Fran Coast Starlight – three times weekly service between Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles Sunset Limited – three times weekly service between L.A., Houston and New Orleans The Crescent – daily service between New York, Washington, Atlanta and New Orleans We can arrange a full range of pointto-point tickets throughout the USA. Choose from economy reclining seats for the cheapest fares, twin roomettes, and bedrooms with en suite shower and WC. Please ask your Travel Expert for details and current prices.

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Boston – New York – Philadelphia – Baltimore – Washington DC – Charleston – Savannah – Orlando – Miami

12 SEGMENTS WITHIN 30 DAYS

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Starting in the historic city of Boston, check out the sights and sounds of the ‘Big Apple’, before jumping on the regional trains (sorry, you can’t use the Acela Express services on the USA Rail Passes!) down to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Spend a few days exploring the historic sites, monuments and political buildings before traveling on the ‘Silver Meteor’ down to the graceful Southern cities of Charleston and Savannah. Hop down into the sunshine state of Florida and take in a couple of the theme parks in Orlando before finishing up enjoying the salsa groove on Miami Beach.

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New York – Buffalo – Cleveland – Chicago – Milwaukee – Minneapolis – East Glacier Park – Spokane – Seattle – Portland – Sacramento – Oakland - San Francisco With a month to explore, it’s easy to make an epic coast-to-coast journey. Start in New York and head up to Buffalo (from where it’s easy to jump on an excursion to Niagara Falls). Head along the shores of Lake Ontario to the music city of Cleveland before taking in the urban excitement of Chicago. Tour the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee and shop ‘til you drop at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Take in the spectacular scenery of Glacier National Park before soaking up trendy Seattle and Portland. Wind down through California’s capital city of Sacramento to finish up in beautiful San Francisco.

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San Francisco – Sacramento – Reno – Salt Lake City – Denver – Omaha – Chicago – Kansas City – Albuquerque – Flagstaff – Los Angeles – San Diego – Los Angeles – Tucson – El Paso – San Antonio – Houston – Lafayette - New Orleans Six weeks to explore gives you the chance to zig-zag your way from San Francisco to Chicago, all the way back to L.A., then right across the south to New Orleans. Epic! Take in the casinos of Nevada before crossing the spectacular Rocky Mountains to the ‘Mile High City’ of Denver. Head for Chicago and then board the ‘Southwest Chief’ to visit quirky Albuquerque and jump off in Flagstaff to make an excursion to the Grand Canyon. From Los Angeles, head via Texas and celebrate with a margarita in New Orleans!

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EAGLERIDER MOTORCYCLE RENTAL

USA

In 1992, EagleRider pioneered the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle rental concept and the guided motorcycle tour business. Today, they are the world’s largest motorcycle travel and tourism company. EagleRider understands the needs of motorcycle enthusiasts and adventure travelers; offering over 4,000 perfectly maintained Harley, Honda, BMW, Triumph and many other motorcycle models in more than 100 locations worldwide. Their vast network of EagleRider corporate and franchise locations allows them the unique ability to offer one-way rentals and self-drive tours from the most desirable tourist destinations in the world. Check out our favorites on the next page.

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All Eaglerider motorcycle tours include: • All accommodations • Late model motorcycle • Unlimited mileage • Co-pilot book • Helmets for the driver and passenger • Transportation between hotel and EagleRider location (restrictions may apply at certain locations). • Detailed day by day or hour by hour itinerary • Routing with scenic drive specific for motorbikes • Hotel information • Maps • Tips for local areas • Sales tax • Environmental surcharge • VIP check-in at location


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Western Highlights

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LOS ANGELES  PISMO BEACH  MONTEREY  SAN FRANCISCO  SANTA ROSA  EL PORTAL  YOSEMITE  LONE PINE  LAS VEGAS  ZION NATIONAL PARK  PAGE  GRAND CANYON  KINGMAN  PALM SPRINGS Experience the best of the West on the back of a bike. Packed with fantastic motorcycle riding and scenery from the Joshua Tree National Park to a ride along Route 66, to the magnificent Grand Canyon. Stop by Las Vegas, ride into Death Valley through Northern California’s wine country and across the legendary Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Finish by riding down the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles.

BILLINGS  SHERIDAN  CODY  WEST YELLOWSTONE  BOZEMAN Ride through some of the most scenic land in the West including a tour through hundreds of miles of virtually untouched American Indian Territory. Climb on your Harley and get ready to experience what some say is the most beautiful 52 miles in America as you ride along the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway and head into Yellowstone National Park. For two days you will be surrounded by Mother Nature at its finest with the best forest and lake views anyone can ask for. Ride back to Billings with a new understanding of the great American outdoors.

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MIAMI  KEY LARGO  KEY WEST  FLORIDA CITY  NAPLES  ORLANDO

This tour begins in exciting Las Vegas and takes you on an eight day journey through some of America’s famous National Parks and attractions. You will visit the man-made Hoover Dam, cruise the world famous Route 66 highway, ride through the beautiful Red Rocks in Sedona and then make your way to the breathtaking Grand Canyon. Zion National Park is next before heading back to Las Vegas for some much needed relaxation. There is no doubt that this will be the ride of your life!

This tour was developed for motorcycle enthusiasts looking for an adventure that encompasses excellent riding with the spirit of Florida’s famous beach cities. Ride along Highway 1 through South Beach to Key West, and then head into Florida City. Next you cruise over to Southwest Florida and experience the Gulf of Mexico, including Naples, and on up to Orlando for a day at the amusement parks. Sunshine, beach and palm trees... You couldn’t ask for more as you ride the open road.

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bamba experience WHY BAMBA?

USA

Bamba Experience passes include both convenient transportation options and exciting activities along the route of your choice. You have the flexibility to choose your departure dates and make unlimited changes on the go. All you have to do is choose a route and when you want to travel; the rest is taken care of. Bamba strongly believe that the freedom to travel how you want will bring you happiness. It is for this reason that Bamba have a team dedicated to making sure they always have happy travelers, assisting them before, during and after their trip.

Public Transportation

Most of your traveling will be in safe, reliable and comfortable public buses, with some transport on shuttle vans, trains, planes and boats depending on your route.

Included Experiences

Experience tons of included day trips and multi-day trips encompassing a variety of adventure, history, nature and culture.

Travel Independently

Explore the world exactly as you have always dreamed by traveling freely at your own pace to the best hot spots with no tour leader or set schedule. It’s all up to you!

Guaranteed Daily Departures

Begin your journey anytime you wish, 365 days a year. (A few routes are seasonal and operate during certain times of year).

Unlimited Schedule Changes

Make unlimited changes to your schedule before and during your trip. Your pass is valid for 12 months so you can take all the time you need.

Online Trip Manager

Access your trip online to make as many changes to your itinerary as you wish.

Great Value

Bamba have the best quality transportation and activities with trusted and reliable local operators.

Top 6 Included Experiences

Las vegas & grand canyon

SAN FRANCISCO - BRIDGE & BEACH Trek

PHILADELPHIA - FOODIE EXPERIENCE

Miami - biscayne Bay & everglades airboat

NEW ORLEANS - FRENCH QUARTER WALKING

MEMPHIS - ELVIS GRACELAND MUSEUM

Ready Made itineraries

Do it Yourself

Choose from many of the ready made itineraries Bamba has to offer. All routes incorporate the best of each area ensuring you get from A to B without any hassle. Take your pick of routes on the next page or ask your Travel Expert to show you the rest of our selection in store.

Bamba can arrange transport to take you wherever your heart desires along the routes they operate. From the simplest of trips to intricate itineraries, just let your Travel Expert know where you want to go and we will give you a quote for your tailor-made adventure!

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Top Routes BAmba network Whether you want to discover the east or west coast, Bamba has covered all the major iconic cities of the US of A (plus a couple in Canada!) with their fantastic hop-on hop-off passes. Plan your own journey or select from one of the many Bamba routes. The five popular multi-city routes shown on the map below cover the key highlights of North America ensuring you have an unforgettable experience in this awesome part of the world. Bamba take care of all your transport and throw in some amazing activities to do along the way so you are sorted for the time of your life! CANADA

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New York Philadelphia

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San Francisco Carmel

Las Vegas Memphis Memphis

Nashville Nashville

Knoxville Knoxville

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New Orleans

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Canada & usa encounter ways

(New York City - New York City)wxx Fr $820 Recommended trip time 15-17 days Included Experiences: 4-8

Florida encounter ways

(New Orleans - Miami) Fr $806 Recommended trip time 11-13 days Included Experiences: 9 -10

Miami

into The land of elvis ways

(New York City - New Orleans) Fr $754 Recommended trip time 14-16days Included Experiences: 4-6,10-12

West coast ways

(Los Angeles - Los Angeles) Fr $726 Recommended trip time 13-15 days Included Experiences: 1-3

super usa ways

(New York City - New York City) Fr $415 Recommended trip time 9-11 days Included Experiences: 4-6

included experiences 1. Los Angeles and Hollywood Day Trip 2. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Day Trip 3. San Francisco: Bridge and Beach Trek 4. New York City Day Trip

5. Philadelphia Foodie Experience 6. Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley 7. Montreal: Quebec City & Waterfalls 8. Boston Bike City Trip

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9. Miami: Biscayne Bay & Everglades 10. New Orleans: French Quarter Walking 11. Memphis: Elvis Graceland Museum 12. Nashville Walking Experience

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Las Vegas Grand Canyon N.P.

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highlights • Hike among giant sequoias in Yosemite • Feel the raw power of Death Valley • Live the dream in Las Vegas • Enjoy a star-lit Grand Canyon barbecue • Learn about Navajo culture and beliefs • Party in New Orleans’ French Quarter • Drink at a cowboy bar in Nashville • Tour the monuments of Washington D.C.

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Get out on the road and follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac to discover the real America. This ultimate coast-to-coast road trip connects you to the iconic cities, natural wonders, national parks and monuments that make this land great. Learn about Navajo culture in the Southwest and what the odds are in Las Vegas. So slide on your cowboy boots in Texas and your dancing shoes in Nashville and Memphis - it’s time to embrace the spirit of this land by hitting the open road.

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San Francisco Arrive into San Francisco, the beautiful ‘City by the Bay’, and head out to explore the sights before meeting the rest of your group in the evening. If time permits, hop on a cable car and head over to Fisherman’s Wharf for some clam chowder, famously served in a sourdough bread roll, and take a boat tour over to Alcatraz.

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Yosemite National Park This morning, take a guided tour of San Francisco, one of the greatest cities in the world. Discover some of its most iconic attractions including the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and art-deco design. Afterwards, drive to Yosemite National Park where spectacular views of magnificent peaks and granite domes await. Take short hikes to waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walk among giant sequoias. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. (B, L, 2D)

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Bishop (or Lake Isabella) Marvel at further spectacular views of Yosemite National Park as you enjoy one of most scenic drives in California, the Tioga Pass. Then visit ancient Mono Lake and walk among its dramatic and fascinating tufa towers. The mountain town of Bishop sits directly in an area of incredible natural beauty surrounded by peaks which soar to over 14,000 ft (4,200 metres). Enjoy secluded hot springs where the star gazing is first rate. In spring and autumn, please note that Tioga Pass is often closed due to poor weather/snowfall, in which case you’ll detour south to spend the night at Lake Isabella. (B, L, D)

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Death Valley National Park / Las Vegas Visit one of the country’s most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest point in North America. It’s also the lowest point on the continent too, as the small water pool known as Badwater sits at an unbelievable 282 feet (85 metres) below sea level. In the evening, arrive into the city of lights, Las Vegas! Take a guided tour of the Las Vegas ‘Strip’ and experience this unique city with an optional VIP Limo tour. Try your hand gambling at the giant mega casinos, ride the rollercoasters, relax by the pool, hit the nightclubs or take in one of the spectacular shows performed in this dazzling city of entertainment. (B, L)

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Grand Canyon National Park Travel to the Grand Canyon, considered among nature’s most spectacular offerings. Hike along trails and admire awe-inspiring views or sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. With numerous viewpoints, the Grand Canyon will never look the same. Take an optional helicopter flight for a bird’s-eye view of the natural phenomenon; alternatively watch the IMAX Grand Canyon movie to learn a bit more about the place. Return to the campsite and enjoy a barbecue around the campfire. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Monument Valley Magnificent colored rocks and miles of mesas, buttes and pinnacles make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience, and anyone who’s ever seen a cowboy film will recognize the landscape instantly. Learn about the Navajo culture that has been passed on through generations to keep the sacred traditions, beliefs and ceremonies alive. Take an optional jeep tour led by a Navajo guide through Monument Valley and be inspired by a night under the spectacularly clear sky as you camp in this magnificent place. (B, L)

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Mesa Verde / Durango After watching the sunrise at Monument Valley, drive to Mesa Verde National Park which offers a spectacular glimpse into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans. Take a guided hike through history as you explore the cliff dwellings which are some of the most notable and best-preserved in North America. (B, L, D)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Centrally-located hotels (5 nts), hostel (1 nt), participation camping (16 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with WiFi Meals: 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners Budget: Allow USD $200-300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUFY

you might like Shorten Your Trip San Francisco to New Orleans Road Trip (16 days, San Francisco to New Orleans) (GANUFO) see page 36 Fr $2,099 Music, Mountains & Monuments (8 days, New Orleans to New York) (GANUOY) Fr $1,099 Extend Your Trip Best of the USA Tour (44 days, San Francisco to San Francisco) (GANUFB) Fr $4,999

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Santa Fe / Roswell / Carlsbad Head into New Mexico to the outstanding small city of Santa Fe, one of America’s oldest and most beautiful towns. See the adobe-style architecture, enjoy the art galleries and feast on the best Mexican-style food you’ll find this side of the border; the huevos rancheros for breakfast are particularly tasty... and spicy! On Day 12, pass through Roswell where conspiracy theorists say extra-terrestrial life forms crash landed in the 1940s! We’ll probably never know the truth, but the town does retain an eerie ‘middle of nowhere’ kind of atmosphere and makes for a quirky stop en route to the intricate Carlsbad Caverns. Enjoy a guided tour through the underground chambers before watching some 400,000 bats emerge at sunset. (2B, L, D)

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San Antonio / The Alamo / Houston Today visit historic Fort Stockton in Texas before cooling off in the beautifully clear blue-green waters of Paradise Canyon. This evening you will continue on to the historic city of San Antonio for the night. Discover the 18th Century battle of the Alamo while you walk among the largest concentration of missions remaining in North America. Continue your journey through Texas for an overnight stop in bustling Houston. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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New Orleans Time to head across the border into Louisiana for an orientation tour in the beautiful city of New Orleans. You can take optional tours of nearby swamps and historic plantation homes or jump on board a paddlesteamer for a cruise on the Mississippi River. Day 16 is all yours. Admire the wrought-iron balconies in the French Quarter, explore the ornate above-ground cemeteries or jump on the historic Charles Avenue Streetcar down to the charming Garden District. You could (and indeed should!) party until the wee hours in New Orleans, dancing to live jazz bands and sampling delicious Creole-influenced food. (B)

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Memphis / Nashville Hear the beat in Memphis, Tennessee! Explore the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, home of the blues and soul music. Legends including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B. King all made their marks on Memphis. You can also learn about a less savory chapter in America’s history at the fascinating National Civil Rights Museum, located where the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr took place. In the evening, stroll one of America’s most famous streets, Beale Street, and enjoy its live blues music and non-stop entertainment. In the morning you have the option to walk in the footsteps of ‘The King’ at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, or you can tour the most famous recording studio in the world, Sun Studios. Travel to Nashville where you’ll visit the Grand Ole Opry, the show that made country music famous. (B, L, D)

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Appalachian Mountains Drive the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway through the Appalachian Mountains to Wytheville this morning. You can take short hikes on the many wonderful trails throughout the park, it’s a perfect place to relax and enjoy the real true beauty of North America. (B, L, D)

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Shenandoah National Park / Washington D.C. Continuing on the Blue Ridge Parkway you’ll pass through Shenandoah National Park, a truly beautiful national treasure. Stand on top of the peaks and gaze across the silent mountains - it’s hard to believe you’re just a short distance from Washington D.C. Take a moment of silence as you gaze into the eternal flame of John F Kennedy’s grave at the Arlington Cemetery and pay respect to the fallen soldiers around you. (B, L, D)

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Washington D.C. Spend today exploring Washington D.C., the capital of the United States of America. Tour the National Monuments and Memorials including the White House, Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial. You can also visit the National Mall that includes 15 museums such as the Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History. Take a walk through the university district of Georgetown or return to the Mall after sunset for the magnificent sight of the illuminated monuments. (B)

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Philadelphia / New York City Travel up to Philadelphia in the morning where you’ll discover the path of American history. Visit Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and explore the facts and myth surrounding the iconic Liberty Bell, the symbol of freedom. Last but not least enjoy an afternoon city tour of New York City. View the Statue of Liberty, and opt to stand on top of the world at the Empire State Building. (B)

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Finger Lakes Yellowstone N.P. Devils Tower Grand Teton N.P. Custer Tonopah Yosemite N.P.

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highlights • View Lady Liberty in New York City • Ride the ‘Maid of the Mist’ at Niagara • Enjoy Chicago’s many famous blues bars • Explore the Badlands of South Dakota • Stargaze beside the Mississippi River • Marvel at Yellowstone’s geysers • Meet past presidents at Mt. Rushmore • Hike among Yosemite’s giant sequoias

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Centrally-located hotels (4 nts), hostel (1 nt), participation camping (17 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with WiFi Meals: 17 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 15 dinners Budget: Allow USD $175-200 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUYF

Yellowstone, the Badlands and Niagara Falls - once you’ve escaped the city limits, the USA is a country defined by its incredible wilderness. This affordable cross-country adventure keeps you on the ground between New York City, Chicago and San Francisco so you can experience the very best scenery and national parks along the way. Days feature magnificent sights like Yosemite and the Old Faithful Geyser, while the evenings offer experiences like a night on a ranch, line dancing in a Wild West bar and camping in the great outdoors. Travel coast to coast and embrace the soul of this great land.

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New York City Arrive at any time and get out exploring the ‘Big Apple’. This evening, you will have a welcome meeting where you will meet the rest of your group and can share the experiences of your day of sightseeing.

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New York City / Newburgh Enjoy an orientation walk of New York, taking in some of the sights in one of the most exciting cities in the world. You also have the option to take a boat tour to Liberty Island to visit the famous Statue of Liberty, before trading the city for your country campsite and a campfire this evening. (D)

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Finger Lakes Travel to the beautiful Finger Lakes region and visit towering Taughannock Falls, where you can cool off in, or beside, a crystal-clear lake. The adventurous can rent a canoe to explore further. (B, L, D)

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Niagara Falls Travel to Niagara Falls, the spectacular waterfall that forms part of the border between America and Canada. Get a seriously close view of the raging water aboard the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat, but be warned, you will get soaked! There’s also an optional excursion to the Cave of the Winds and you’ll have the opportunity to witness the Falls after dark to see their beautiful nightly illuminations. (B, L, D)

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Cleveland / Sandusky Dive into the history of rock ‘n’ roll at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which is packed with memorabilia, before continuing to the port of Sandusky for the night, on the banks of Lake Erie. (B, L, D)

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Chicago Spend the afternoon on a guided city tour of Chicago, one of America’s most vibrant cities and certainly the one to beat when it comes to modern architecture - this was the birthplace of the skyscraper! Stroll along the Navy Pier or take an optional trip up the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) for amazing panoramic views of the city. Day 7 is free for you to explore all the many attractions Chicago has to offer. (B)

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Milwaukee / Madison / Winona Stop in Milwaukee and take a tour through America’s oldest major brewing company, Millers. Explore the history and brewing process and don’t forget to taste what is said to be America’s favorite beer. Continue on to the funky student town of Madison, the capital of the US state of Wisconsin. End the day at a campground located along the banks of the Mississippi River; a great place to stargaze by a campfire. (D)

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Sioux Falls / Kennebec Leaving the cities behind you’ll cross native American Sioux terrain and America’s original western frontier, the Great Prairie. Take a break in Sioux Falls before driving past Garretson, famous for Devil’s Gulch, a footbridge that crosses the mini-canyon where Jesse James jumped to prevent from being captured. (B, L, D)

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Badlands National Park A stop at the original South Dakota 1880s town gives you the option to envision life on the prairie. In the early afternoon explore the spectacular, bizarre and moon-like landscape of Badlands National Park. The night is spent at a cowboy ranch where you have the option to take a horseback ride as well as witness an incredible sunset or sunrise over the Badlands. (B, L, D)

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Custer After a stop at Wall Drug, a roadside attraction dating back to the 1930s, you’ll reach the Black Hills in the heart of South Dakota. The area is filled with American history and legends of the wild west. Next you’ll take the scenic route to Custer State Park, named after the (in)famous General George Armstrong Custer. The park is home to the world’s largest free-roaming bison herds (about 1,500) and you can explore its terrain on short hikes. On Day 12, you will visit Mount Rushmore, an inspiring symbol of democracy and freedom where you will see the heads of four presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln - carved into the mountain side, each of them as high as a six-storey building. Take lunch in the former boom town of Keystone and then head to the spectacular memorial for the Lakota people, Crazy Horse Memorial, in time for a laser-light show. Indulge in an optional hot-air balloon ride to see incredible bird’s-eye views of the area. (2B, 2L, D)

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Deadwood / Devil’s Tower / Cody Visit historical Deadwood and take a self-guided walking tour into the past of the Wild West. Take the scenic highway through Spearfish Canyon for spectacular scenery en route to America’s first national monument, the Devil’s Tower, rising over 1,200 feet into the air. With crystal-clear lakes, alpine meadows and glacial-carved valleys, the Bighorn National Forest is one of the most scenic drives in Wyoming, and takes you to the town of Cody - the rodeo capital of the world. Cody is named after ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, and has long been a symbol of the American West. There’s an optional visit to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and this evening you have an optional visit to an authentic rodeo. (B, L, D)

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Yellowstone National Park Discover the wonders of Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park. It is beyond special, with geysers, waterfalls, wildlife and scenic beauty around every corner. In fact, Yellowstone National Park protects a ‘super volcano’ with the world’s largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The Park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the US, including roaming bison, grey wolves, elk, black bears and of course the grizzly bear. Start the discovery with the Beartooth Scenic Drive and then continue on to Lamar Valley and explore the Northern Loop which features beautiful scenery, exciting wildlife and spectacular hydrothermal features. Admire Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Day 16 has more highlights in store, taking you along the South Loop through some of the most famous landmarks of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, Lake Village and Grant Village. (2B, L, 2D)

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Grand Teton National Park / Jackson On the drive to Grand Teton National Park, which houses at least 12 peaks at an elevation greater than 12,000 feet (3,600 meters), stop at Jenny Lake for an optional boat ride to discover Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls. Continue on to Jackson, where you can marvel at the town square’s elk antler arches. Jackson offers a unique mix of boutique stores and country and western themed shopping opportunities. This evening, step back in time with a night out and dancing at the world-famous One Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. (B, L)

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Salt Lake City / Tonopah After an optional guided wildlife and scenic raft trip down the Snake River, drive to Salt Lake City where you’ll enjoy an orientation tour including a chance to relive the glory at Winter Olympic venues and visit one of the largest Mormon Temples in the world. This is the capital of the Mormon faith in America. Cross into Nevada to drive the ‘Loneliest Road in America’ across a series of parallel mountain ranges to the remote outpost of Tonopah. This evening, experience the night sky for some outstanding stargazing. (B, L, D)

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Yosemite National Park Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park’s magnificent peaks and granite domes as you enjoy one of most scenic drives in California, Tioga Pass. Take short hikes to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walk among giant sequoias. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer, coyotes or other wildlife that calls Yosemite home. (B, 2L, 2D)

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San Francisco Arrive into San Francisco and enjoy a guided tour of one of the greatest cities in the world. In the afternoon you are free to discover Fisherman’s Wharf for famous clam chowder at the Sour Dough Factory, or cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge for fantastic views over the bay. (B)

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highlights • Roll up and place your bets in Las Vegas • Watch a spectacular Grand Canyon sunset • Pay homage to ‘The King’ at Graceland • Party in New Orleans’ French Quarter • Tuck into a real Southern barbecue • Hold on tight at Florida’s theme parks • Blast off at the Kennedy Space Center • Tour the capital’s illuminated monuments

Southern delicacies include chicken and ribs, biscuits and gravy, and more curiously, Elvis’ favorite Graceland snack, a peanut butter and banana concoction. Get a taste of Texas, full servings of Memphis and New Orleans, a naughty nibble of Las Vegas before a final bite of the ‘Big Apple’, the almighty New York City.

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Los Angeles / Las Vegas Meet up with your group and head out across the vast Mojave Desert to the bright lights of legendary Las Vegas. Vegas is a Monopoly board of fun, fringed with palm trees, sublime Nevada sunshine, shiny hotels and casinos galore - fun is definitely on the cards here! Enjoy an evening tour of the world-famous and fabulously over-the-top ‘Strip’ and visit Fremont Street where you’ll see its epic overhead light and laser show. (D)

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Las Vegas Help yourself to another glitzy serving of Vegas as you hang out on the ‘Strip’, soak up some rays poolside, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Visit some of the world’s largest hotels and casinos with their incredible themes from Circus Circus to the Bellagio and the Venetian. Cruise this US hotspot VIP style in a limousine; Champagne please! Then dive into Vegas’ mischievous and 24/7 nightlife - think shows, bars, clubs and celebrity chef restaurants and you’ll be on the right track. (B)

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Grand Canyon National Park Get your kicks on historic Route 66 and stop for snaps and souvenirs before reaching the Grand Canyon! (D)

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Grand Canyon National Park The Grand Canyon is sure to blow your mind with its immense size and rugged landscapes. Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim admiring the panoramic views of the gorge. You can even take an optional helicopter flight over the Canyon for a bird’s-eye view of this phenomenal natural wonder. Visit a panoramic viewpoint in the evening to watch a sunset like no other and see the rocks change color with every minute. (B)

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Monument Valley / Durango Admire the beautiful Monument Valley’s ‘Wild West’ landscape that you may well recognize as it has been used as the backdrop for numerous western films since the 1930s! You’ll pass by the brightly-colored landscape of the Painted Desert before arriving into the hip and happening mountain town of Durango; the stunning gateway to the Rocky Mountains and an adventure seeker’s heaven. (D)

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Albuquerque Traverse through the utterly picturesque Rocky Mountains as you embark on a scenic drive to Albuquerque, the largest city in the state of New Mexico. This city is an essential stop on Route 66 for any traveler and boasts neon-lit diners, a historic Old Town and a thriving university district if you’re craving a night out! (B, D)

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Sante Fe / Amarillo Explore the exotic mix of Native American and Hispanic cultures in artistic Santa Fe, one of America’s most unique cities. Its traditional adobe-style architecture, boutiques, galleries and spicy New Mexican cuisine lends this gorgeous place an atmosphere all of its own. Later, stop by at the quirky ‘Cadillac Ranch’ where you can grab a spray can and graffiti old-school cars on your way into ‘Cowboy Country’, and to an overnight stop in Amarillo, where you will experience larger-than-life Texan culture and delicious food. (D)

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Dallas Get ready for Dallas and discover why everything is bigger in Texas! From big cars to big hair, big belt buckles to big attitudes – you’ll see it all as you explore this slick city nicknamed ‘Big D’. On Day 9 visit the John F. Kennedy 6th Floor Museum and the Fort Worth Stockyards to learn some of Texas’ history. (2B, D) Little Rock / Memphis Stop in Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, as you start your journey through the Deep South. Here, you can visit the Capitol Building, Bill Clinton’s home while he was serving as Governor of Arkansas. In the afternoon, continue across the Mississippi River on your way to glorious Memphis. (B)

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Memphis Memphis is the birthplace of blues, rock ’n’ roll and soul music. Pay homage to ‘The King’ on a tour of his mansion, Graceland. This afternoon, make your pilgrimage through this ‘musical Mecca’ before partying on happening Beale Street, home of live blues music bars. While here, you can also see the fascinating National Civil Rights Museum and legendary Sun Studios, where Elvis and Johnny Cash first began their careers. (B, D)

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New Orleans Head south through the state of Mississippi and let the good times roll as you sightsee through swingin’ and French-inspired New Orleans, a fun-spirited city that gave birth to jazz music. You’ll see the French Quarter, Jackson Square and the French Market. Day 13 is a free day for you to simmer in the warm and soulful culture of ‘The Big Easy’. Meander through the Garden District, feast on mouth-watering southern cuisine, feel the spell of voodoo and spend your evenings out dancing on Bourbon Street; the heart of this party town! (2B)

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Panama City Beach (or Tallahassee) Head through ‘Sweet Home’ Alabama to the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida. Tours departing in January 2013 will stay in Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee, with its Southern-flavored charm. All other tour departures stay in Panama City Beach, where you can relax and enjoy its dreamy white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. (B, D)

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Orlando Leave the beach behind you and get set for the energy of Florida’s entertainment hub, Orlando. Use your oneway transfers to the theme parks and get set for rollercoaster central. You also have Day 16 to take in the thrill and excitement of the many theme parks. Will you visit one of the four parks at Walt Disney World, see the animal shows at SeaWorld, or check out the awesome Harry Potter-themed rides at Universal’s Islands of Adventure? The choice is yours, but you’re guaranteed to be kept fully entertained all day and night! (2B)

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Miami Venture south to the hot and hip beach playground of Miami where a completely different vibe awaits. With a backdrop of glorious art-deco architecture, get into the up-tempo groove of this flashy global city. Chill out on one of the many beaches, grab some roller blades, or star spot in South Beach’s hottest clubs. (2B, D)

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Cocoa Beach Head north along the coast to the surfing capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach. Soak up the east coast rays or for the adventurous in the group get out there, hire surf boards and ride the waves with the pros! (B, D)

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Kennedy Space Center / St. Augustine Touch base with outer-space as you explore Kennedy Space Center. The tour will take you to the control room from where the missions to the moon were directed. Roger, Roger, do you copy? You’ll continue on to the picturesque Spanish-influenced resort of St. Augustine where you can visit Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a 300-year-old fortress and learn more about the early history of the States. (B, D)

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Savannah This morning, you will walk the cobblestone streets of America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, before heading to Savannah. See the historic squares, before an evening out along Savannah’s lively waterfront. (B)

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Charleston / Raleigh Get your last dose of Deep South charm in Charleston, a graceful old southern belle with stunning antebellum townhouses and mansions, en route to the college town of Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina. (B, D)

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Washington D.C. On your way to the nation’s capital, take a break in Richmond, a city steeped in American history. Tonight, experience an tour after dark around the illuminated national monuments of Washington D.C.. See the Pentagon, the White House, the US Capitol Building and the Washington Monument, as well as the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam War and Korean War Memorials. There’s plenty to do with two free days in this distinguished city. See the famous memorials and monuments and choose from an endless list of other must-do’s, including the many free museums of the Smithsonian Institute, shopping, sports and nightlife. (B, D) Philadelphia / New York City Stop in the historic city of Philadelphia, known as the birthplace of the nation, before arriving into the ‘Big Apple’, a.k.a. New York City. Sadly, the tour ends on arrival and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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highlights • Visit D.C.’s illuminated monuments • Hike the incredible Grand Canyon • Soak up the cool Californian beach vibes • Join an optional alligator swamp tour • Watch the sunset at Monument Valley • Explore Elvis’ Graceland mansion • Tour the legendary Las Vegas ‘Strip’ • Stroll down Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (7nts), hostels/cabins (10 nts), motels (2 nts), rustic cabin (1 nt) Transport: Airconditioned private touring van, with free WiFi access Meals: No meals included Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TASNB

This tour is like a sandwich, stacked high with top-quality fillings between two big slices of east coast and west coast bread - so we call it the BLT... Bacon, lettuce and tomato, right? Well, sadly not, it stands for ‘budget lodging tour’ and it checks out a kaleidoscope of deserts, mountains, cities and canyons all the way from the Big Apple to Tinseltown! Visit some of the most influential places in American history and to the heart and soul of music in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. Combined with the bright lights of Las Vegas and wonderful national parks, this tour really does showcase the best of the US of A.

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New York / Washington D.C. Leave the ‘Big Apple’ behind and make a beeline for the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., where big-hitting politicians shape the nation and iconic monuments dot the skyline. It’s the perfect place for an introduction to the cultural and political history of the United States. You have the option to go undercover at the International Spy Museum or make tracks to the zoo. The real highlight, however, is an evening illumination tour of the monuments which you will recognize from movies, the news and TV programs.

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Virginia Washington D.C.’s polished roads give way to the rocky paths of the Appalachian Mountains, lined by gorgeous pine-clad foothills. Take a short hike into the hills or maybe go whitewater rafting on the New River for a great taste of Virginia’s rugged outdoors.

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Nashville Tennessee is a musical medley of a state and the city of Nashville is the shining star of the country music scene. Spend the day lazing in parks or trawl the malls before hitting ‘The District’, the heart of the city’s pumping nightlife scene. Head out with your group and learn to line dance just like the locals, before checking out some of the live bands that play every night on Broadway. Cowboy boots and sequinned denim essential!

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Memphis A short distance away is Memphis, the birthplace of the blues. Strolling along Beale Street must be on your checklist to see the influences that blues and jazz music has had on America. Legends like Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters have played in the bars and clubs here. But top billing goes to ‘The King’ himself, so enjoy an included tour of Elvis’ Graceland mansion and learn about the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll. Then hit the town for an unforgettable night out in this musical dreamland.

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New Orleans Your soundtrack grows jazzier in the ‘Big Easy’. Spice up your trip with some lip-smacking Cajun and Creole fare, opt to ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River, relax to the sounds of a jazz or Dixieland band in the French Quarter and join the ongoing party on Bourbon Street. New Orleans has more than just food, drink and music to offer (although we’d be happy with that alone!). Join a swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana, to view all sorts of wildlife on the mysterious bayous of Cajun Country.

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Austin Today you will travel out of the bayou and onto the range as the Deep South turns to Wild West before your very eyes. Welcome to the Lone Star State, otherwise known as the great state of Texas! Austin is the ‘live music capital of the world’ and home of great barbecues – what a great recipe for a night out. This city is packed with ‘Texas-sized’ (that means B.I.G.) excitement and is sure to impress, especially with the authentic barbecue ribs!

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park Head into the state of New Mexico where you will visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Explore one of the largest cave systems in the world with a wonderful short hike. Gnarled limestone stalagmites like the Witch’s Finger reach upwards, while stalactites in the Bell Cord Room hang from the cavern ceilings. It’s quite a surreal fairytale world, so make sure you get some snaps in this stunning and unique setting.

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Santa Fe OK, it might be a little cheesy, but Roswell’s International UFO Museum makes for an entertaining stop on the Road to Santa Fe. The art-filled city Santa Fe lays on the Southwestern charm by the bucketload and with 325 days of sunshine per year, plus some of the best Mexican food in the USA, it won’t disappoint.

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Monument Valley You’ll hit the iconic Monument Valley next, used in countless Hollywood scenes from Westerns to 2001: A Space Odyssey and everything in between. If you choose, you can board a 4WD and let a Navajo guide show off the huge hunks of red rock and share the fables of their sacred lands. Browse the roadside markets for distinctive turquoise jewelery which is not only a great souvenir, but goes a long way in supporting the local Indian communities. Tonight, experience a stunning sunset overlooking the valley.

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Grand Canyon National Park Holy Cow! The Grand Canyon is a dead cert on your list of top stops! Its immense size, famed rim trails, blazing western sunsets and jaw-dropping optional helicopter flights are guaranteed to knock your socks off! Pack your boots and don’t forget your camera for hikes along the rim of this amazing natural phenomenon. If you’re up for a challenge, take the long hike down Bright Angel Trail, descending deep into the Canyon with great views of the snaking Colorado River below from Plateau Point. Watch as the sinking sun paints the rock amber, maroon and red - its breathtaking immensity will blow you away.

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Las Vegas Back to the modern world with a bang - Las Vegas - the greatest show on earth! Watch out the window as you drive in, the amazing sight of an illuminated city appears like magic out of the barren desert landscape. Opt to cruise the strip in a super-stretched limo taking in Vegas’ sheer decadence and hotspots, VIP style! While here take in a live show or just watch the amazing crowds, neon signs and attractions that many hotels have to offer, such as the fountains outside the Bellagio or the miniature Eiffel Tower at Paris. If that’s not enough, take a helicopter flight down the ‘Strip’ or just test your luck on some of the slot machines or tables in one of the world-class casinos.

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San Diego SeaWorld or San Diego Zoo? Both make a fantastic day out. Hold on, is that beach calling? Sure is! Rent bicycles, rollerblades and surfboards at the beach and don your shades to soak up a few final rays. You’ll love the chilledout California atmosphere of this sunshine city. California, we love you!

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Los Angeles On the final day of the tour you will head up to Los Angeles, the ‘City of Angels’. Take a guided tour along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and pop into the famous Kodak Theater. Say goodbye to your group when the tour ends at approximately 5pm. If you are staying on in LA you should head to Venice Beach (a.k.a. Muscle Beach) or Santa Monica for some sun, or wander around the vintage stores on Melrose Avenue. It’s a crying shame that the trip has to end, but at least Hollywood will help you script a fitting finale to this blockbuster adventure.

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highlights • Feel the student spirit at Harvard • Stroll through Québec on a walking tour • Explore Montréal’s cutting-edge vibe • Get soaked on Niagara’s Maid of the Mist • Visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame • Try Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza • Discover the Crazy Horse Memorial • Sip Champagne on the Las Vegas ‘Strip’

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Traveling across 20 states and two Canadian provinces, you’ll really get to know America’s north in just 26 days. Head through America’s Great Lakes area, taking in Chicago en route to Mt. Rushmore and the Wild West. See incredible national parks such as Yellowstone and Bryce Canyon before arriving into Los Angeles via the bright lights of Las Vegas at the amazing Grand Canyon.

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New York City / Boston Meet up with your tour group and Tour Manager in larger-than-life New York City. Take in America’s smallest state, Rhode Island, with a visit to its capital, Providence, as you head up to Boston. Here you can see Harvard University, Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall and the original bar from ‘Cheers’. (D)

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Québec City Today you will take the scenic drive through Maine and across the US / Canadian border to the uniquely French influenced Québec City – a little piece of old world Europe in the middle of North America. Explore the charms of the city and refresh with some delicious coffee and pastries. On Day 4, experience the ‘joie de vivre’ of this city as you take a guided walking tour of Old Québec. (2B, D)

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Montréal Today the multi-cultural theme continues through to your next stop, bilingual Montréal, where French combines with a diverse global population to serve up great food and cutting-edge culture. You’ll love this city’s mix of European charm and North American pizzazz. Spend the next couple of days visiting old town Montréal, the old port and Mt. Royal - Montréal’s largest city park. See St. Joseph’s Oratory, the Olympic Stadium and soak up the history of the city. There are plenty of great museums, an amazing range of food and hip boutiques to shop in. Later, party with the ‘oh so French’ Canadians! (B, D)

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Toronto This morning travel along the St. Lawrence River Valley and behold nature’s beauty as you drive through the ‘Thousand Islands’ region en route to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. This is another one of Canada’s fantastic, multi-cultural hotspots. On Day 8 maybe catch a baseball game or think about zooming to the top of the world’s tallest free-standing structure, the CN Tower. Feel the global groove of this city’s nightlife and explore the eclectic shops on Yonge Street as well as checking out the local University of Toronto. (B, D)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (25 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 19 breakfasts, 12 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 52, Min 25 Tour Code: COGNGN

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Toronto / Niagara Falls / Toronto Today take a trip to mighty Niagara Falls and get soaked in its mist as it cascades between the Canadian / US borders. An included ride on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat cruise will take you right to the base of the Falls. (D)

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Cleveland Leaving Canada behind, make a musical pilgrimage to the vibrant arts scene of Cleveland. Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and spend the afternoon wandering around this vibrant city. (B)

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Chicago Cross the Midwest as you road trip from one lake town to the next and arrive in bustling Chicago. See Lake Michigan, Buckingham Fountain and stroll down the Navy Pier. Alternatively, sports fans should pay a visit to Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears American Football team, and US Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball club. Day 12 is a free day for you explore the ‘Windy City’ - discover cutting-edge architecture, world-class museums, legendary blues music, fantastic dining and high-end shopping. Around the city you’ll see the Hancock Building, Willis Tower and the Magnificent Mile. (2B, D)

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Milwaukee / Madison Drive through America’s beautiful Heartland, stopping in Milwaukee to tour the Miller Brewery, one of the nation’s largest beer producers. Spend the afternoon exploring the university town of Madison, the capital of the state of Wisconsin. This charming small city is located on a narrow isthmus between two beautiful lakes and boasts not only a replica of the US Capitol Building, but a thriving nightlife thanks to its students. (B, D)

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Sioux Falls Catch the pulse of the true American Midwest on your way to Sioux Falls. Here you’ll see Falls Park and the stunning waterfall that gave the town its name. (B)

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Badlands National Park / Mt. Rushmore Journey through the unique, lunar-like landscape of Badlands National Park before arriving in the stomping grounds of the Wild West. See colorful buttes, pinnacles and spires, and walk the Fossil Trail. (B, D)

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Mt. Rushmore / Cody Today you can marvel at the American presidents’ faces on iconic Mt. Rushmore, carved to honour four of the country’s greatest leaders - Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln - each of them as high as a six-storey building! See the world’s largest mountain carving, Crazy Horse Memorial, honouring the famous Lakota Sioux warrior. Tonight you can see a laser-light show illuminating this wonderful work-in-progress. Visit Devil’s Tower National Monument and see the legendary Devil’s Tower as you steer toward Cody and the heart of the American West. The surreal scenery around this area was made famous by the blockbuster movie, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. Kick back in this cowboy town. (B)

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Yellowstone National Park / Jackson Hole Today, you head to Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. See the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the famous ‘Old Faithful’ geyser and wildlife such as buffalo, elk and possibly bears. You’ll spend Day 19 exploring this crown jewel of America’s national parks. It’s a masterpiece of wilderness, wildlife and natural wonders. Set your sights on the towering spires of the Grand Teton Range and arrive in the chic, yet western-styled ski and boarding town, Jackson Hole. (B, D)

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Salt Lake City You have time for an optional rafting trip before heading off on a scenic drive through Idaho towards Salt Lake City, Utah’s state capital and home of the Mormon faith. (B)

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Bryce Canyon National Park Hike among the richly-colored rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park, where you will see the bizarre shaped canyons and rock spires called ‘hoodoos’. Further down the road you’ll arrive at Kanab. (B, D)

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Grand Canyon National Park Hike, walk, or simply relax and watch the changing colors of this phenomenal natural wonder. There is free time to explore and to hike along the lesser-visited North Rim of the Grand Canyon where you will be able to capture incredible photos from a panoramic viewpoint. (B)

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Zion National Park / Las Vegas Before partying like a rock star in Las Vegas, get close to nature in the dramatic landscapes of Zion National Park. See soaring cliffs, sculptured canyons and dramatic landscapes, as well as the gigantic red and white stone formations of West Temple and Watchman. It will leave you feeling in awe! On arrival in Las Vegas, take an evening tour of the famous ‘Strip’ – it’s a million miles away from this morning’s nature. (B, D)

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Las Vegas It’s all glitz and glamour as you hang out on the ‘Strip’. Take the next couple of days to relax by the pool, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Experience some of the world’s largest hotels and casinos, and the non-stop nightlife. There is no better place to spend your final evening! (B, D) Los Angeles Leave the bling of Vegas behind and head through the vast Mojave Desert where you’ll see the famous Joshua Trees. Crossing into California your US adventure wraps up when you arrive in Los Angeles.

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If you’re short on time but want to maximize your fun while avoiding those long drives, then flying is the way to go! With four hot cities wrapped into one tour and comfy hotels to sleep in each night, these are two weeks you don’t want to miss. Start in the ‘City of Angels’ and see Hollywood and the Walk of Fame. Fly north to San Francisco, famous for its cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge, before partying with the high rollers in Vegas. After all the West Coast action, more excitement awaits in the bustle of the ‘Big Apple’, where the tour ends in style. Please note this tour is designed exclusively for 18-35 year olds.

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San Francisco Spend the next two days exploring the ‘City by the Bay’. Ride the historic cable cars and get a real feel for its hilly streets. Feel the hippie vibe in Haight-Ashbury or head out to tour notorious Alcatraz Island and discover the city’s gritty past. Take a walk through Golden Gate Park or hire a bike and cycle the Golden Gate Bridge. You won’t be short on culinary delights either – there are over 3,000 places to eat and drink! Head to the Mission District for Mexican tacos or hit North Beach for some mouth-watering Italian dishes. (2B, D)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York City, airport transfers between cities, 5 day Metro pass in New York, 3 day Muni pass in San Francisco Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 52, Min 25 Tour Code: COTUSA

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Las Vegas Leave your heart in San Francisco and fly down to the bright lights of Las Vegas, home to some of the world’s largest hotels and casinos where the non-stop nightlife is yours for the taking. (D)

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Las Vegas There’s only one way to ‘do’ Las Vegas, and that’s in style! You’ll do exactly that on a VIP limo tour, complete with a glass of bubbles. Cruising the world-famous ‘Strip’ on an evening illumination tour is an unforgettable assault on the senses, as is the overhead light-and-laser show at downtown’s Fremont Street. You’ll also have plenty of time to roam ‘Sin City’ at your leisure and take in all its glitz and glamour. (B)

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New York City Leave the party in the desert and fly to larger-than-life New York City. Sightsee your way round the city’s icons - Wall Street, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum. Wander through NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods like SoHo, TriBeCa and Greenwich Village and visit the World Trade Center site. Get a bird’s eye view of it all on an optional helicopter flight. (B, D)

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New York City You have two free days to explore the city your way. Check out the Manhattan skyline as you cruise to the Statue of Liberty, hop on a food tour or tick off all the famous movie and TV sights. Hire a bike in Central Park, visit a world-renowned museum like the Met or the MoMa, or cross the Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll also get a different city view as you head with the group to the top of the Empire State Building for unbeatable views of Manhattan by night. The tour ends on the morning of Day 14 – say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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itinerary Los Angeles / San Francisco Meet up with your group in the morning and get an insider’s look at LA on a walking tour of downtown. Later, move on to Hollywood to see Mann’s Chinese Theater, the Kodak Theater and the ‘Walk of Fame’. Then cruise down star-studded Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip – how many celebrities can you spot?! After that, shop ’til you drop or just chill among the sunny beach community of Santa Monica before hitting Venice Beach’s boardwalk and soaking up its vibrant energy. Two free days for a host of optional activities in ‘Tinsel Town’. Get behind the scenes of the movie world at Universal Studios, maybe visit the Grammy Museum, get a glimpse of the rich and famous on a Movie Stars’ Home Tour or see more on an optional hopon-hop-off tour of Los Angeles. Check out some all-American sports action with whatever basketball, baseball, soccer or football game is on, or get your adrenaline pumping at the world famous theme parks like Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. The choice is yours. Next stop San Francisco. Hop on a plane from Los Angeles up to the city of rollercoaster streets, countless cultures and a famously laid-back, tolerant approach to life. Get to grips with the city on a sightseeing tour encompassing Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and the famous row houses on Alamo Square. Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and take in the view of the Bay and the solitary former prison island of Alcatraz. (B, D)

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highlights • Casino-hop your way along the ‘Strip’ • Drive along America’s iconic Route 66 • Walk to the rim of the Grand Canyon • Marvel at stunning Monument Valley • Browse the galleries of Santa Fe • Learn about the Civil Rights Movement • Supersize your life in Dallas, the ‘Big D’ • Let the good times roll in New Orleans

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), cabins (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 52, Min 25 Tour Code: COGSLS

you might like Extend Your Trip Grand Southern (26 days, Los Angeles to New York) (COGSLA) see pages 28/29 Fr $3,665 Go in Reverse Southern Adventure (13 days, New Orleans to Los Angeles) (COGSNS) Fr $1,915

Make your way through 11 of the USA’s southern states on this unforgettable adventure staying in comfy hotels in the company of other 18-35 year old travelers. Take in the bright lights of Las Vegas with its non-stop entertainment and enjoy superb vistas of the Grand Canyon. Hang out with cowboys and dig into finger-lickin’ good ribs at a Texan barbecue. Steamboat on the mighty Mississippi, tap your feet to jazz tunes in New Orleans and get to grips with the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll!

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Los Angeles / Las Vegas Meet up with your group in Los Angeles before heading out across the vast Mojave Desert, bound for the bright lights and high rollers of Las Vegas. Enjoy an evening tour of the world-famous ‘Strip’, passing some of the biggest casinos and hotels in the world such as the Bellagio, Venetian and MGM Grand. Visit Fremont Street and see the spectacular overhead light-and-laser show. Be part of the glitz and glamour of Vegas as you take a limousine ride complete with a glass of Champagne and get to hang out on the ‘Strip’. Relax by the pool, catch a spectacular live show or hit up Sin City’s latest party hotspots. (D, B)

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Grand Canyon National Park Drive along the historic Route 66, one of America’s most famous roads. Stop for souvenirs and photos with the truckers. Tonight will be spent at a cabin near the Grand Canyon, one of nature’s finest spectacles. (D)

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Grand Canyon National Park Enjoy a guided bike tour along the South Rim of the incredible Grand Canyon and maybe take an optional helicopter flight for some truly thrilling views. Visit a panoramic viewpoint in order to watch a spectacular sunset and capture incredible photos. (B)

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Monument Valley / Durango Head to the iconic Monument Valley on the Navajo Indian Reservation, where you will learn about the Navajo culture. Check out the Wild West landscape, used in a variety of films, and experience the beautiful Painted Desert. Then visit the adventure seekers’ paradise of Durango, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. (D)

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Albuquerque Time for a Rocky Mountain high in Durango, before a scenic drive through the alpine scenery and across the border to New Mexico. Arrive into Albuquerque where you can visit the Old Town. (B, D)

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Santa Fe / Amarillo Explore the exotic mix of Native American and Hispanic cultures in the gorgeous artsy city of Santa Fe. Then stop by the quirky ‘Cadillac Ranch’ roadside attraction on your way into the ‘Cowboy Country’ of Texas. (D)

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Dallas On Day 8 you’ll head to Dallas where you’ll discover why everything is bigger and better in Texas! From big cars to big hair to big belt buckles to big attitude – you’ll see it all as you explore this slick city nicknamed ‘Big D’. You’ll visit the John F. Kennedy 6th Floor Museum and the Fort Worth Stockyards. (2B, D)

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Little Rock / Memphis Stop in Little Rock as you start your journey through the Deep South, where you can see the Capitol Building and Bill Clinton’s home while he was Governor of Arkansas. Cross the Mississippi River to Memphis, known as the birthplace of blues, rock ‘n’ roll and soul music. On Day 11, pay homage to ‘The King’, Elvis Presley, on a tour of his Graceland mansion. Continue your pilgrimage through this musical Mecca by touring Sun Studios where both Elvis and Johnny Cash started their careers and then party in the live blues bars on Beale Street. A visit to the National Civil Rights Museum is also an enlightening and sobering experience. (2B, D)

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New Orleans Let the good times roll as you sightsee through swingin’ New Orleans, a fun-spirited city that gave the world jazz music. Have a wander around the drop-dead gorgeous French Quarter and check out the delicious beignets at the French market, as well as the famous Bourbon Street, where you can spend your evening. (B) The tour ends this morning and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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highlights • Relive the hippie years in San Francisco • View awesome waterfalls in Yosemite • Experience the extremes of Death Valley • Soak it all up in over-the-top Las Vegas • Enjoy a Grand Canyon camp barbecue • Admire the ‘Mittens’ of Monument Valley • Taste spicy Mexican food in Santa Fe • Admire New Orleans’ French Quarter

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Centrally-located hotels (4 nts), participation camping (11 nts) Transport: Airconditioned private touring van with WiFi Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100-125 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUFO

When a road trip travels between two of America’s most unique and lovable cities, the bits in between had better be good. Thankfully, this is one amazing road trip and features wonderful national parks such as Death Valley, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, taking in quirky landmarks along the way. Learn about Navajo culture at Monument Valley, feed the slots in Las Vegas, bask in genuine Southern hospitality and live the cowboy dream in Texas.

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Yosemite National Park Enjoy a guided tour of San Francisco, taking in sights such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the marvel of engineering that is the Golden Gate Bridge, before heading inland to Yosemite National Park. Admire spectacular views of the magnificent peaks and giant granite domes while trekking past waterfalls, giant sequoias and beautiful meadows. Alternatively, you can rent a bike to see more of this beautiful park. (B, L, 2D)

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Bishop (or Lake Isabella) In summer, you’ll travel through more of Yosemite’s spectacular scenery along the breathtaking Tioga Pass, before marvelling at tufa rock towers at Mono Lake and enjoying secluded hot springs in the mountain town of Bishop where the stargazing is first-class. In spring and autumn, Tioga Pass is often closed due to poor weather conditions or snowfall, in which case a more southerly route to Lake Isabella will be taken. (B, L, D)

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Death Valley / Las Vegas Pass through the desolation of Death Valley, the hottest, driest and, at 282 feet below sea level, also the lowest spot on the continent. Then continue to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Take a guided tour of the ‘Strip’, try your luck in the mega-casinos, ride the rollercoasters, relax poolside or just soak up the atmosphere. (B, L)

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Grand Canyon Travel to the Grand Canyon, and embark on a hiking trail for seriously awe-inspiring views as you watch the changing play of light and shadow on its rocky depths. The incomprehensible scale of this natural phenomenon is perhaps best appreciated on an optional helicopter tour. Tonight, savor a campfire barbecue. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Monument Valley / Mesa Verde National Park / Durango One of the most majestic places on the planet, Monument Valley, will thrill with its colored rocks and miles of mesas, buttes and pinnacles. Learn about the sacred beliefs, traditions and ceremonies passed down through the generations by the local Navajo and be inspired by a night under the stars in a unique location. Watch the sunrise over Monument Valley, before exploring the lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people on a guided hike to well-preserved cliff dwellings at the remarkable Mesa Verde National Park. Spend the night in the archetypal old mining town of Durango, with its characterful Victorian-era saloons. (B, L, D)

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Santa Fe / Roswell / Carlsbad Head into New Mexico to the outstanding small city of Santa Fe, one of America’s oldest and most beautiful with its adobe-style architecture, art galleries and the best Mexican-style food you’ll find in the USA. On Day 12, pass through Roswell where conspiracy theorists say extra-terrestrial life forms crash landed in 1947! We’ll never know, but it’s a quirky stop en route to the intricate Carlsbad Caverns. Enjoy a guided tour through the underground chambers before watching some 400,000 bats emerge at sunset! (2B, L, D)

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San Antonio / Houston Discover historic Fort Stockton and cool off in the clear waters of Paradise Canyon before wandering the San Antonio Riverwalk, touring the Alamo to learn about the historic missions and staying in Houston. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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New Orleans Carry on to the beautiful and much-loved city of New Orleans for a guided city tour with time for optional swamp tours, plantation visits or steamboat rides on the Mississippi. Grab yourself a frozen margarita and enjoy a night out in the lively jazz bars along Bourbon Street. Depart at any time on Day 16. (B)

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Come and witness it on this tour. It’s an ideal trip for wildlife enthusiasts and outdoorsy folk who want to see the real country and some of its amazing national parks. Spend the night at a cowboy ranch, camp by the Mississippi or out under the stars. Witness geysers at Yellowstone, presidents at Mt. Rushmore and just about anything in San Francisco!

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Sioux Falls / Kennebec / Badlands National Park Leave the cities behind as you cross the Great Prairie, America’s original frontier. Take a break in Sioux Falls before exploring the bizarre and moon-like landscape of Badlands National Park. Enjoy hiking trails where you can look for miles and see no sign of civilization. Spend a night at a cowboy ranch where you have the option to take a horseback ride, as well as seeing an incredible sunset or sunrise over the Badlands. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Custer After a stop at Wall Drug, a roadside attraction dating back to the 1930s, you’ll reach the Black Hills in South Dakota, an area filled with history and legends of the Wild West. Custer State Park is home to a large herd of free-roaming bison, and you can explore its terrain on short hikes. On Day 12, you will visit Mount Rushmore, where the profiles of four presidents are carved into the mountain side. Take lunch in the former boom town of Keystone and then head to the spectacular Crazy Horse Memorial for a laser-light show. (2B, 2L, D)

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Deadwood / Devil’s Tower / Cody Visit historic Deadwood and take a self-guided walking tour into the past of the Wild West. Take the scenic highway of Spearfish Canyon for spectacular scenery en route to the Devil’s Tower, rising over 1,200 feet. With crystal-clear lakes, alpine meadows and glacial-carved valleys, the Bighorn National Forest is one of the most scenic drives in Wyoming and takes you to the town of Cody - the rodeo capital of the world. (2B, L, 2D)

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Yellowstone National Park / Grand Teton National Park / Jackson Discover the wonders of Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park. It is beyond special, with geysers, waterfalls, wildlife and scenic beauty around every corner. In fact, Yellowstone National Park protects a ‘super volcano’ with the world’s largest active geyser field, boasting more than 10,000 geysers. The Park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the US, including roaming bison, grey wolves, elk, black bears and of course the grizzly bear. Don’t miss the eruption of the Old Faithful Geyser! On the drive to Grand Teton National Park, which houses at least 12 peaks at an elevation greater than 12,000 feet (3,600 metres), stop at Jenny Lake for an optional boat ride. This evening in Jackson, step back in time with a night out and dancing at the world-famous One Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. (2B, L, 2D)

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Salt Lake City / Tonopah After an optional guided wildlife and scenic raft trip down the Snake River, drive to Salt Lake City where you’ll have a chance to see one of the world’s largest Mormon Temples. Cross into Nevada to drive the ‘Loneliest Road’ across a series of parallel mountain ranges for some outstanding stargazing in Tonopah. (2B, L, D)

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Yosemite National Park Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park’s magnificent peaks and granite domes as you enjoy one of most scenic drives in California, Tioga Pass (sometimes closed in spring/autumn). Take short hikes to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walk among giant sequoias. You also have Day 21 to explore – why not rent bikes in the spectacular surroundings of Yosemite Valley? (B, 2L, 2D)

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San Francisco Check out sights including Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge before the tour ends on Day 23. (B)

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itinerary Chicago / Milwaukee / Madison / Winona Arrive in Chicago at any time today, and head out to explore before meeting your group this evening. Stop in Milwaukee and take a tasting tour through America’s oldest major brewing company, Millers. Next, head to the funky student town of Madison with its unique shopping and entertainment district. End the day at a campground located along the banks of the Mississippi; a great place to stargaze by a campfire. (D)

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Skyscrapers, sequoias and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. This 15-day adventure through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona and Nevada is perfect for travelers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes. In the cities, you’ll traverse the concrete jungle by day and overnight in centrally-located hotels. Elsewhere, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and bike in Yosemite before tucking into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; it’s the Western USA like you’ve never seen it before.

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Los Angeles Arrive at any time today and start to explore. Hit the boutiques of Melrose Avenue, sample an all-American diner or head to the coast to check out Venice’s Muscle Beach. Tonight, you will have a welcome meeting where you will meet the rest of your group, and your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) who will run through your next fourteen days of epic West Coast adventures.

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San Diego This morning, see the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on a guided city tour. Drive through Beverly Hills and star spot along exclusive Rodeo Drive. Discover for yourself why Santa Monica Pier or Venice Beach are some of the highlights of Los Angeles and do as the locals do and opt to rent out a bike or some rollerblades. Later, travel down through Orange County and along the Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city of San Diego. History, food and fun awaits in its beautiful historic Old Town. When the sun sets, experience the hotspots of the Gaslamp Quarter district and sample the numerous pubs and nightclubs. (D)

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Phoenix Leaving California behind you, trade it all in for good old Arizona! On the way visit the spectacular Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California! As you arrive into Phoenix, spend the night living it up in its historic downtown. Prepare for a fun-filled, rowdy experience as you meet the locals and experience real country music in a cowboy bar. Yeehaw! (B, L)

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Grand Canyon Gaze through the windows of the past and discover one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America at Montezuma Castle. Get your camera ready for Arizona’s famous scenic drive: Oak Creek Canyon. Admire endless, incredible rock formations and enjoy a picnic before cooling off at Slide Rock State Park. Then continue to one of the earth’s greatest geological spectacles, drum roll please for the one, the only, the amazing, Grand Canyon! Take short hikes at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner and marshmallow toasting at the rim as you view the stunning sunset. The Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for you to explore on Day 5. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine on your face as you admire awe-inspiring views. With numerous viewpoints, the Grand Canyon definitely never looks the same twice! In the afternoon enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight or watch the most spectacular IMAX Adventure of all, the Grand Canyon Movie. Return to the campsite and enjoy a barbecue around the campfire to recapture the experiences from this memorable day. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Las Vegas Drive along the legendary ‘Route 66’, stopping at the Snow Cap Drive-In, one of the wackiest, off-beat burger joints around. Discover Hackberry, a town off the beaten path in the heart of the Arizona desert, then you’ll continue to the bright lights and dazzle of Las Vegas. Explore the city hotspots with an orientation tour along the famous Las Vegas ‘Strip’. For a true glitzy VIP experience opt for a limo tour or show this evening before trying your luck and hitting the casinos. Explore this desert city on Day 7 by walking the ‘Strip,’ taking in the over-the-top craziness of the mega casino resorts, each trying to outdo the others with fantastic themes and non-stop entertainment. Or maybe you fancy a spot of shopping, followed by chilling poolside? If you’re feeling adventurous, try out optional zip lining or rollercoaster rides! Vegas has it all! (B, L)

Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), participation camping (7 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with WiFi Meals: 7 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-175 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUAA

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Death Valley / Bishop (or Lake Isabella) Visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America, Death Valley. In summer, you’ll then head to Bishop which is surrounded by peaks soaring to over 14,000 feet and one of America’s coolest mountain towns, sitting at the center of an incredible area of natural beauty. Enjoy an evening soaking in secluded hot springs, chilling out under the stars and relaxing by the campfire. In spring/autumn, tonight may be spent at Lake Isabella. (L, D)

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Yosemite National Park In the summer months, you’ll spend this morning visiting ancient Mono Lake and walking among its dramatic and fascinating tufa towers. From here, you’ll drive the Tioga Pass, a stunning route into Yosemite National Park through the Sierra Nevada mountain range. In spring and autumn, Tioga Pass is often closed due to poor weather conditions or snowfall, in which case you will have spent the night of Day 8 at Lake Isabella and you will travel into Yosemite via an alternative southern route. Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park’s magnificent peaks and granite domes, and enjoy a series of short hikes to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows and giant sequoias. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot wildlife such as black bears, deer or coyotes. Get out there and explore this incredible landscape on Day 10, and be inspired after walking its many trails. There’s also the option to explore its natural beauty by bike too if you fancy! Don’t forget to look out for daredevil climbers attempting to conquer the near-vertical granite rock faces known as the Half Dome and El Capitan, they’re reported to be two of the hardest challenges any rock climber can hope to tackle. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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San Francisco Enjoy a guided tour of one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco. This is a wonderfully diverse city; you will meet people from all walks of life, and a fantastic combination of cultures. Take an optional traditional cable car ride over the steep hills or rent bikes and explore the city on wheels. You should head down to the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can glimpse the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and art-deco design. From here, you could catch a boat over the infamous prison island of Alcatraz for a rewarding tour and to learn of the very few men who successfully escaped. You could also pay a visit to Lombard Street, the most crooked street in the world! Little Italy and Chinatown are both exceptional for food and then there’s the option to enjoy a sunset sail in the evening, providing amazing views back to the harbor city. (B, L)

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Monterey / San Simeon Crashing waves, rolling fog and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California’s coastal Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. You’ll also get to visit one of California’s most historic cities, Monterey, famous for its aquarium and old dockyards which were immortalized as John Steinbeck’s ‘Cannery Row’. The coastal drive gets even better south from Monterey, signs of human habitation all but disappear leaving you to marvel at breathtaking mountain ranges and the rocky coastline of Big Sur. The road itself is a feat of engineering and was built as a work provision scheme during the Great Depression, thousands were employed building its succession of bridges and endless series of hairpin bends along a route that must at times have seemed impassable. At Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, witness a waterfall dropping from granite cliffs straight onto the beach, and end the day with a colorful sunset over the Pacific at San Simeon, tonight’s stop. (L, D)

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Santa Barbara / Los Angeles Travel farther along California’s Central Coast arriving into the historic resort of Santa Barbara to walk its beautiful beach and to admire its Spanish Mission-style architecture, before reaching your final destination: Los Angeles. As you meander the flashy district of Beverly Hills and the oh-so-elite Rodeo Drive, get your cameras at the ready for some potential celeb-spotting! Discover why Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach are two of LA’s pin-up icons before making the most of your last night out with the group. LA is famous for swanky night clubs and boasts a great party atmosphere, so what are you waiting for? (B)

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Los Angeles On your final day say goodbye to your group and depart at any time. If you have a spare couple of hours there are plenty of exciting things to do in Los Angeles, including a visit up into the hills to see the famous ‘Hollywood’ sign, sampling the delicious sushi California is famous for, or strolling along Sunset Boulevard to soak up the chilled-out West coast atmosphere. Bon voyage!

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The beautiful states of California, Arizona and Nevada are calling you, so it’s time to hold on to your hats and head west! This incredible Wild Western adventure, designed exclusively for 18-35 year old travelers, starts in sophisticated LA. Then you are beach-bound to beautiful San Diego. Next, admire the depths of the Grand Canyon and win big (you hope!) along the Las Vegas ‘Strip’. Then you’re going back to California for some fresh air and hiking among Yosemite’s stunning scenery and in winter you can hit Lake Tahoe’s ski slopes. Finish with San Francisco, Santa Barbara’s charm and finally a touch of Hollywood glitz.

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Los Angeles / San Diego Today you will meet up with your group in Los Angeles before driving through the O.C. (Orange County) and south along the scenic Pacific Coast to San Diego. Tap into the ‘California Dream’ on a tour through this sunny city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. You will have free time to explore so why not head to the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Old Town San Diego or Coronado Island for a panoramic view of the city’s skyline from the Coronado Bridge. Tonight, enjoy a mouth-watering Mexican dinner and party it up with your group at a hip downtown club, chill out at a cool beach bar, or sip cocktails at a chic rooftop lounge. (D)

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San Diego Today you will have another free day to discover all this city has to offer. With 70 miles of beaches looking out to the Pacific Ocean, a world-famous zoo, sailors, surfers, shopping, culture and a Mediterranean climate, this place is a USA paradise. Visit Mission Beach (weather dependent) and ride the waves like a true Californian, or relax on the sand and catch some rays. (B)

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Phoenix Leave the beach behind and head on a scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert and Sonoran Desert towards Phoenix, a metropolitan desert oasis. The sprawling city has plenty to offer, from great shopping and good restaurants to amazing nightlife. Pick up some bargains in your free time and then why not head out with the group to a club or chill out in a bar and get to know the locals. (B)

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Grand Canyon Travel from the ‘Valley of the Sun’ to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, stopping along the way in Sedona, a quirky town nestled in ‘red-rock country’. Here you can shop for unique Native American jewelery. The drive will take you past brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs and rugged peaks, and through the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. Tonight’s accommodation is in a cabin within the Grand Canyon National Park where you can sit around staring up at the incredible stars. (B, D)

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Grand Canyon A full day to explore this phenomenal natural wonder just the way you like. Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim for some fantastic views. You can also take an optional helicopter flight over the Canyon for a bird’s-eye view of the ever-changing colorful rock formations. A panoramic viewpoint will provide the perfect position from which to capture incredible photos and don’t miss the spectacular sunset - this is something you will definitely never forget!

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Las Vegas It’s time to hit legendary Route 66, the most well-trodden and famous stretch of road in the States. Stop en route at the oldest gas station in the world for some souvenirs and take photos of the desert landscape along the way to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Enjoy an evening tour of the Vegas ‘Strip’ and you can head to the edge of town to get some snaps by the famous Las Vegas welcome sign, before trying your luck with the high rollers in the casinos. Cocktail anyone? (B, D)

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Bass Lake Say goodbye to the party in the desert and hello to the outdoor adventures awaiting you in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. En route you will drive past Joshua Trees - the famous symbol of the Mojave Desert. Make sure you get some snaps of the beautiful scenery. From your comfy cabins on the edge of stunning Bass Lake, there are a range of optional activities available, depending on the season. (D)

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Ski or board at Lake Tahoe option (Dec-Mar) If you’re traveling between December and March, this tour packs in three epic days of snow sports action at Lake Tahoe (instead of Yosemite). Hit the slopes of three world-class resorts. The area is known for skiing and snowboarding. Or try out one of the many other snow-based activities, like ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or sledding. When you’re ready to start the aprés ski fun, get into the lake’s high energy nightlife with its Vegas-style casinos and big-name entertainment. You’ll head to San Francisco on Day 11. (2B, 2D)

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Bass Lake / Yosemite National Park / Bass Lake Today enjoy the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park, where you will see mountains, rock formations, meadows, waterfalls and wildflowers. Hike or bike around the valley floor, or head further up the hills for spectacular views over the park. See Yosemite’s famous rock formations, El Capitan and Half Dome, and the incredible Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls. You can walk among the giant sequoias, or chill out in a shady spot and soak up the beautiful scenery. In the afternoon return to your cabin in the stunning mountain paradise of Bass Lake and swim, soak up some sun and enjoy watersports (seasonal). (B, D)

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San Francisco Head out of the mountains and into one of America’s most colorful and character-filled cities, San Francisco. Catch awesome bay views as you cross the Oakland Bay and Golden Gate bridges. Stop in Chinatown for incredible dim sum, then head to North Beach or hippie Haight-Ashbury. Check out the city’s iconic cable cars, which you can ride all the way to the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf. While you’re down there, taste the amazing clam chowder, served in sourdough bread bowls, and watch the sunset over the bay. If you want some nature in the city, head over to Golden Gate Park, where you can relax in the beautiful gardens. (B)

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San Francisco There’s so much to do in this beautiful and cosmopolitan city for two full days. Head up to the City Lights Book store, home of the famous beat poets, then stop in Little Italy for fantastic food for lunch. Don’t miss a tour of the notorious former prison of Alcatraz Island, stop in Chinatown for incredible dim sum, then head to North Beach or hippie Haight-Ashbury. Alternatively, check out some of the brilliant museums and art galleries San Francisco has to offer. Another worthwhile trip is the walk up Lombard Street - as the world’s crookedest street, cars queue to drive down it, while pedestrians have to take stairs to climb the steep hill. Get some snaps, as the hairpin bends will astound you! (B, 2D)

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Santa Barbara / Carpinteria Leave San Fran and journey south to the lush, sun-drenched American Riviera. Kick back on the beach or hit the shops and galleries in the historic, Spanish-influenced resort of Santa Barbara. Visit famous Stearns Wharf, California’s oldest working wharf for a bit of history on the place. Tonight you will stay overnight in the beautiful coastal town of Carpinteria, where you will head out for a last group dinner. (D)

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Los Angeles On your final day you will drive down the spectacular California coastline before stopping in beachside Santa Monica, where you can pick up a tasty lunch and do some last-minute shopping. Afterwards you’ll head over to star-studded Hollywood where you’ll see the Kodak Theater, home to the Oscar Awards, and hike up into the hills to see the famous Hollywood sign. Check out Mann’s Chinese Theater and Hollywood’s Walk of Fame before your USA adventure wraps up and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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Dive into sleek city sights mixed with the natural beauty of the national parks; on this tour, you will experience the cultural and natural diversity America has to offer. Perfect for a shorter trip, your actionpacked holiday will take you around the West, stopping to view the highlights of Los Angeles, the Grand Canyon and San Francisco, as well as the iconic Joshua Trees and the mind-blowing Yosemite National Park.

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Los Angeles Arrive at any time today and explore the city. Head down to Venice Beach or Santa Monica to soak up some sunshine, or hit the shops for some LA bargains. A welcome meeting will be held in the evening so you can meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and get to know your new travel buddies.

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Joshua Tree National Park / Lake Havasu This morning a guided city tour of Los Angeles will take you along the legendary Walk of Fame, and show off the Hollywood Hills as well as the über-trendy districts of Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills. Witness some amazing natural wonders in Joshua Tree National Park and take short hikes among the famous Joshua Trees. Back on the road it’s on to Lake Havasu, cool off and enjoy the waters of the Colorado River. (D)

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Grand Canyon National Park Journey across vast desert landscapes to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Take short hikes around the natural phenomenon, to admire the changing play of light and shadow on its sandstone walls. Enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim at sunset before spending the evening camping under the stars. (B, L, D)

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Grand Canyon National Park / Las Vegas Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight, before traveling along the well-trodden Route 66, home to the world’s oldest gas station. You’ll stop at one of the wackiest burger joints around for a meal with the passing truckers. On arrival in Las Vegas you’ll be struck by the sparkling lights and will take a guided tour along the ‘Strip’ to get your bearings of all the fabulous hotels and casinos. If you fancy living the high life, then opt for a Vegas VIP limo experience to make you feel like a star. Then it’s time to catch a live show or hit the casinos and try your luck on the tables. (B, L)

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Las Vegas / Death Valley National Park / Bishop (or Lake Isabella) Time to visit the legendary Death Valley, America’s most desolate and rugged land, and the country’s hottest and driest spot. The desert landscape will provide some amazing sights - look out for birds of prey that are often spotted here. In summer, at the mountain town of Bishop you can enjoy secluded hot springs surrounded by towering peaks and amazing star gazing. In spring/autumn, you may instead stay at Lake Isabella. (D)

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Yosemite National Park Head to Yosemite National Park along one of most scenic drives in California, the Tioga Pass. In spring and autumn Tioga Pass is often closed due to poor weather conditions or snowfall, in which case you will have spent the night of Day 8 at Lake Isabella and you will travel into Yosemite via an alternative southern route. Once in Yosemite, enjoy short hikes to majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows or walk among giant sequoias. There is also the option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley so that you can explore the beautiful park and see its geological highlights such as El Capitan and Half Dome. (B, L, D)

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San Francisco Meet the gorgeous San Francisco! Enjoy a guided tour of the city to give you a bit of the history about this awesome harbor city. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills or rent bikes and explore the city on two wheels. Check out the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf and opt to take a sunset sail in the evening which will give you amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, an experience definitely not to be missed! You can depart at any time on Day 8, but with so much culture and sightseeing on offer, you’ll probably want to stick around a bit longer. Head down to Fisherman’s Wharf to taste delicious clam chowder at the Sour Dough Factory, or try a whole variety of other culinary delights that San Fran is known for including amazing sushi. A trip out to the former prison island of Alcatraz will provide you with plenty of stories to take home or head out to explore Golden Gate Park. The choice is yours. (B, L)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), participation camping (4 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-F Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-75 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, avg 10 Tour Code: GANUAF

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Explore the urban hotspots of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and the in-your-face attitude of Las Vegas. We haven’t even mentioned the region’s outstanding natural beauty yet - think towering redwood trees, arid deserts and phenomenal canyons. From roaming the neon lights of the Las Vegas ‘Strip’ to hiking the immense Yosemite National Park and from cool coastal drives along the Pacific Highway to exploring the rugged landscapes of Oregon with its giant sand dunes.

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Los Angeles / Joshua Tree National Park / Lake Havasu Arrive into glamorous LA at any time today, as you don’t meet your group until later this evening. Wander the Hollywood Hills, explore its chic boutques, celeb-spot over a skinny latté or head down to Venice Beach. Explore LA further on Day 2 with a guided tour of all its best bits! Then head out on the road to Joshua Tree N.P. to uncover some of the world’s most incredible natural wonders and see the variety of plants and animals that brave the extremes of climate. Hike the beauty of the desert, walking amidst the famous Joshua trees. (L, D)

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Grand Canyon National Park / Las Vegas Traverse across desert landscapes to the Grand Canyon! This US gem is known across the globe as one of the world’s greatest geographical spectacles - a whopping 277 miles (446 kms) long, up to 18 miles (29 kms) wide and with a depth of over a mile (1.6 kms)! Take short hikes here, with guaranteed drop-dead gorgeous views, before enjoying a pizza dinner at the rim as you watch the sun set! On Day 4, opt to fly over the mighty Grand Canyon by helicopter, before heading along world-famous Route 66 to the mischievous Las Vegas! (2B, 2L, D)

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Death Valley National Park / Bishop (or Lake Isabella) / Yosemite National Park Swap glitz for rugged landscapes today as you explore the Death Valley N.P., the driest spot in the US! It’s then onto the beauty of Bishop, which brims with peaks that soar to over 14,000 ft! On Day 6, enjoy one of the most scenic drives in California: the Tioga Pass! In spring and autumn Tioga Pass is often closed due to poor weather conditions or snowfall. In which case you will have spent the night of Day 5 at Lake Isabella and will travel into Yosemite via an alternative southern route. Marvel at the views of Yosemite National Park’s peaks and granite domes and hike to waterfalls and lakes, granite domes and huge sequoias. (B, L, 2D)

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San Francisco Next up San Francisco - one of the greatest cities in the world! Check out the busy and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf or the impressive Golden Gate Bridge. Opt to take a scenic cable car ride or rent a bike and explore! (B, L)

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Mendocino / Redwood State Park Goodbye San Fran and hello Highway 1! Drive along and admire the mountains and oceans of the cool California coast. Enjoy the ride before pulling up at Mendocino where you’ll enjoy a stunning sunset, a walk along its beach and round the day off with marshmallow toasting around the campfire. Start Day 10 with a walk among giant redwoods at Redwood State Park to hike one of the beautiful ‘fern canyons.’ (B, L, 2D)

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Oregon Dunes / Silver Falls State Park Discover breathtaking panoramic views of the Oregon Coast and travel to the unique Oregon Dunes N.P. which offers awesome scenery and the chance to take an optional dune buggy over its huge sand dunes. On Day 12, it’s all about the magnificent and largest state park in Oregon, or Silver Falls State Park to be precise. Wander the rainforest and hike the Ten Falls Trail through ferns, wildflowers and waterfalls. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Portland / Mount St. Helens / Mount Rainier National Park Passing the hip city of Portland on the way, you’ll check out Mount St. Helens - one of the most visited volcanoes in the States! On Day 14, explore Mt Rainier with over 300 miles of trails waiting to be explored. Soak up the sheer serenity and later enjoy a campside barbecue to reflect on an awesome day. (2B, L, 2D)

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Mount Rainier National Park / Seattle End your epic adventure in the arms of Seattle, a magnificent city with a modern skyline of glass skyscrapers. Check out Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market on a guided tour and opt to ride up the Space Needle for great views over the city. Enjoy your last night with the group before parting ways on Day 16. (B)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), participation camping (10 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with WiFi Meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners Budget: Allow USD $75-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUAS

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• Travel exclusively with a fun group of 18-35 year old travelers • Marvel at the incredible natural beauty of Yosemite National Park • Catch awesome bay views from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge • Check out the historic beach resort of Santa Barbara

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Los Angeles / San Diego Meet up with your group in Los Angeles, and head to San Diego via the O.C. (Orange County), along the scenic Pacific Coast. Tap into the ‘Californian Dream’ on a tour through the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods of downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island and Old Town. Tonight, party at a hip downtown club, a trendy beach bar or sip cocktails at a chic rooftop lounge. On Day 2, discover the highlights of this sunny city. With 70 miles of beaches, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, sailors, surfers, shopping, culture and a gentle Mediterranean climate, this place is a little piece of USA paradise. If the weather is good get involved with all the watersports down at Mission Beach. (D, B)

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Phoenix This morning you will leave the beach behind and go on a scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, the Anza Borrego Desert and the Sonoran Desert. Arrive into Phoenix, a metropolitan desert oasis. The sprawling city has lots of exciting places to explore, and a really vibrant nightlife! Head to a club with the group, or relax in a bar with the locals – you might even find some real western cowboys! Yeehah! (B)

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Grand Canyon National Park From the ‘Valley of the Sun’ to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Stop off in Sedona, a quirky town nestled in ‘red rock country’. You’ll drive along scenic routes, past brilliantly-colored sandstone cliffs and rugged peaks. You’ll pass through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and have the chance to shop for Native American jewelery. Tonight’s base is within the Grand Canyon National Park. On Day 5 hike, walk or take an optional helicopter ride over this natural phenomenon. (2B, D)

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Las Vegas Cruising down Route 66, you’ll feel the bright lights of Las Vegas beckon and you’ll get to see a whole load of them on an evening tour of the famous ‘Strip’ in all its glitz and glamour. Then check out its flashiest party hotspots and some of the world’s largest casinos. Chill your way on Day 7 and either explore the city some more or simply lie by the pool and soak up some rays. Check out some of the malls that make Vegas so good for shopping, and catch one of the fabulous Las Vegas live shows and enjoy your last night out with the group. (B, D)

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Bass Lake / Yosemite National Park / Bass Lake Head past the Mojave Desert’s Joshua trees and up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains where outdoor adventures await you. Relax in the stunning mountain paradise of Bass Lake - swim, soak up some sun and enjoy watersports. Spend Day 3 in the beautiful natural surroundings of Yosemite National Park including the massive granite rock of El Capitan and the sheerest cliff in the USA, Half Dome. Take a hike, or rent bikes to see the breathtaking Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls. (B, 2D)

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Ski or board Lake Tahoe option (Dec - Mar) If you’re traveling between December and March, this tour packs in three days of snow sports action at Lake Tahoe (instead of Yosemite). The area is legendary for skiing and snowboarding with many other snow activities and awesome après ski also on offer. You’ll head to San Francisco on Day 5. Check with your Travel Expert for prices and departure dates. (2B, 2D)

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Bass Lake / San Francisco Head out of the mountains to one of America’s most colorful cities. Catch awesome bay views as you cross the Oakland Bay and Golden Gate Bridges. There’s so much to do in this beautiful and cosmopolitan city - ride the historic cable cars, shop in Union Square, or visit Fisherman’s Wharf for delicious fresh seafood. Don’t miss the chance to explore Alcatraz, a notorious former prison. (2B, 2D)

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Santa Barbara / Carpinteria / Los Angeles Journey south to the sun-drenched American Riviera. Kick back on the beach and hit the shops and galleries of Santa Barbara. Stay overnight in the beautiful coastal town of Carpinteria. On Day 8, motor down the spectacular Californian coastline, stopping at LA’s farmers market for some shopping. Afterwards, head to star-studded Hollywood to see the sights before your USA adventure wraps up and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B, D)

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Check out the California’s sun-splashed beaches and then head deep into cowboy country. The desert oasis of Phoenix, the awesome splendour of the Grand Canyon, the dazzling lights of Las Vegas and the geology of Yosemite National Park are all explored as you make your way towards the ‘City by the Bay’.

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), cabins (2 nts), special stay experience (2 nts)Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 52, Min 25 Tour Code: COWWAF

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itinerary Los Angeles / San Diego Meet up with your group and head through the O.C. (Orange County) along the scenic Pacific coast, down to San Diego. Enjoy the beautiful weather that the city is known for and tap into the ‘California Dream’ on a tour through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, before experiencing the lively nightlife. Day 2 is free for you to wander around and discover what America’s ‘Finest City’ has to offer. The 70 miles of beautiful beaches, a world-famous zoo, sailors, surfers, shopping and culture should keep you thoroughly entertained! And with a perfect Mediterranean climate, there should be plenty of sunshine to ensure you have a perfect stay. (2B, D)

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Phoenix Leave the beach behind and drive through scenic Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert and Sonoran Desert towards the metropolitan desert oasis of Phoenix. The sprawling city has plenty for you to explore, great shopping and exciting nightlife to sample with the rest of your group. (B)

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Grand Canyon National Park From the ‘Valley of the Sun’, journey to the majestic Grand Canyon. The drive will take you past vibrantlycolored sandstone cliffs and rugged peaks to the quirky town of Sedona, nestled in ‘red rock country’. You can shop for Native American jewelery before continuing to the Grand Canyon National Park. Day 5 is yours to explore the Grand Canyon as you like. Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim or take an optional helicopter flight for a bird’s-eye view of this phenomenal natural wonder. Watch a spectacular sunset and capture incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint. (B, D)

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Las Vegas Today you will drive along the famous Route 66 as you head toward the bright lights and bling of Las Vegas! An evening tour of the ‘Strip’ will give you a glimpse of the famous hotels and casinos and if you want to feel like a real VIP then take a Champagne limo ride. You have the whole of Day 7 to hang out on the ‘Strip’, relax by the pool and work out what you got up to last night – how much did you win or lose?! Check out Sin City’s flashiest hot spots and enjoy a great party with the group. (B, D)

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Bass Lake Say goodbye to the party in the desert and drive through the Mojave Desert past iconic Joshua Trees towards the outdoor adventures awaiting you in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Your picturesque accommodation is on the shores of Bass Lake. (D) Ski or board at Lake Tahoe option (Dec - Mar) If you’re traveling between December and March, this tour packs in three days of snow sports action at Lake Tahoe (instead of Yosemite). Ski or snowboard in this legendary area, and try the many other activities – ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, as well as awesome après-ski fun! You’ll head to San Francisco on Day 11. See the ‘You Might Like’ box for pricing and ask your Travel Expert about departure dates. (2B, 2D) Bass Lake / Yosemite National Park / Bass Lake From the mountain paradise of Bass Lake, enjoy the diverse beauty of Yosemite National Park. This treasured spot is brimming with mountains, meadows, waterfalls, wildflowers and world famous rock formations like El Capitan and Half Dome. Hike and bike around the valley floor, or head up the hills for stunning views of the park. Back at Bass Lake soak up its mountain vibes, soak up the sun and go lake swimming. (B, D) San Francisco Head out of the mountains and into one of America’s most colorful cities. Fall under San Fran’s enchanting spell and catch awesome bay views as you check out the sights of the rollicking ‘City by the Bay’. See the engineering marvel of its Golden Gate Bridge as well as its iconic cable cars, Chinatown and busy Fisherman’s Wharf. Clam chowder anyone? Say farewell to your group as the tour finishes after check out on Day 11. (B)

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Speckled with national parks, bustling cities, natural treasures and must-see monuments, the Southwest - America’s Great Wide Open - is a living postcard. On this trip, you’ll venture down the Pacific Coast of California stopping for hikes and kayaking along the way. It then heads inland to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, camping outdoors and re-connecting with a side of this great country few rarely see. Finishing in the decadence and mischief of Las Vegas.

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San Francisco Rock up in vibrant and classy San Fran at any time today, before meeting the rest of your group and your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) this evening. Get in early and explore this awesome city, your way!

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Big Sur Inspect the city’s hotspots on an orientation tour today and head to the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf where you can tickle your tastebuds with some delicious clam chowder. Wander around and check out the architectural wonder of San Fran’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge. After absorbing all the big city has to offer you’ll soon be on that super-cool Highway 1 along California’s coast, passing crashing waves, rolling fog and sheer rocky cliffs - trust us, the views won’t disappoint! On the drive down the coast you’ll visit one of California’s most historic cities, Monterey. Here you can opt to check out the area’s sealife at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, regarded as one of the world’s leading marine life research institutions, or observe sea otters while kayaking the bay. Next up - marvel at the beautiful, raw coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur! (D)

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San Luis Obispo / Solvang / Cachuma Lake The coastal highway gets even better south of Monterey and you’ll make your way along precipitious cliff edges crossing bridges and negotiating an endless series of hairpin bends, all the while admiring the fact that there’s barely a sign of human habitation. This is California at its absolute pristine best! At Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, witness a waterfall dropping from granite cliffs onto the beach - breathtaking. Drive through Pismo Beach and then visit one of California’s historic landmarks as you stop in San Luis Obispo, which was originally founded by Spanish missionaries, and suss out why people travel from around the world to visit the wacky and eccentric Madonna Inn. Explore the cute Scandianvian-influenced town of Solvang, buzzing with Danish flavour and packed with irresistible bakeries where you can pick up a pastry or two! Later, you’ll see the wonders of the starry night sky while cozying up around a campfire at Cachuma Lake. (B, L, D)

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Santa Barbara / Los Angeles Hit the coast once again for a spot of escapism and relaxation on the beach in Santa Barbara, a delightful resort with distinctive Spanish-influenced architecture and a great range of independent and alternative shops and cafés. Continue to your next destination, ‘Tinsel Town’ also known as Los Angeles. See the names of the stars imprinted on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood as well as the flashy districts of Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills on a guided city tour. These areas are the haunt of film stars and celebrities, so don’t let your attention stray for a minute if you fancy yourself as a bit of a star-spotter! Discover for yourself why Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach (sometimes more commonly known as Muscle Beach) are highlights of this ultra-glam city. (B)

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San Diego Soak up LA’s charm this morning and chill on the beach or perhaps visit one of the world’s most exciting amusement parks - Universal Studios. It’s also the largest movie studio in Hollywood, so it’s just another day in the office for some of the world’s most famous actors and actresses. In the afternoon, travel down through the luscious Orange County and along the Pacific coastline to sunny San Diego, nestled almost on the Mexican border. Prepare for history, food and fun in this incredible city. When the sun goes down, experience the Gaslamp Quarter district, with its choice of pubs and clubs. This city promises to show you a good time! There’s no shortage of ways to spend your free day here in San Diego. Theme park junkies should head to the non-stop fun of SeaWorld, while animal fans might prefer the world-famous San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park. Beach bums should jump on the ferry across to Coronado Island to soak up its resort atmosphere and explore the Marilyn Monroe connections of its glamorous history. Take an optional surf lesson, rent yourself a boogie board and, in the evening, take time out to relax on Mission Beach. (B, L, D)

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Phoenix Visit the beautiful Imperial Sand Dunes en route to the desert city of Phoenix. There are plenty of real cowboy bars in downtown, so why not head out tonight for a proper slice of American culture. (B, L)

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Grand Canyon National Park Gaze through the windows of the past and discover one of America’s best-preserved ancient cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle, followed by an impossibly scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon. With its fabulous rock formations, Red Rock State Park is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch before reaching Sedona, a charming resort rich in history, nature and geology. Sedona is also famous as a wellness retreat for artists, hippies and New Age followers, and its main street is packed with interesting boutiques and day spas offering the full range of alternative therapies and indulgent treatments. Leaving Sedona this afternoon, you can cool off with swimming at Slide Rock State Park. You’ll arrive at the magnificent Grand Canyon in time for a pizza dinner while admiring the sunset at the South Rim. On Day 9, you can marvel at the Grand Canyon from a whole variety of angles, hiking around or below the rim or opting to take a thrilling helicopter flight. Return to the campsite after a hard day’s exploring for a well-deserved barbecue. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Lake Powell / Monument Valley It’s hard to believe it, but beautiful Lake Powell is an entirely man-made creation and offers a welcome break from the dusty deserts that surround it, not to mention all sorts of activities to get you out onto the water. We’re blaming the Glen Canyon Dam for creating this wonderful sight, which you can visit today as well as taking a short hike to an overlook from where you can admire the Horseshoe Bend, a famous beauty spot along the emerald-green Colorado River. In the afternoon, take time out to relax on the beach at Lake Powell or enjoy an optional horse ride or visit to Antelope Canyon, a narrow ‘slot’ canyon which is a favorite of artists and photographers for its beautiful and delicate colors. Drive to the instantly-recognizable landscape of Monument Valley whose miles of flat-topped mesas, buttes and pinnacles have played a starring role in countless cowboy movies. It’s also a Navajo Reserve and you have the option to take a Navajo-led jeep tour around this wonderful national park, which is also a great opportunity to learn more about Native Americans. Be inspired by a night under the stars and enjoy a traditional meal prepared by the local Navajos and sit around the campfire listening to their stories. (B, L, D)

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Canyonlands National Park / Moab / Arches National Park After witnessing the sun rise over Monument Valley from a perspective that few ever experience, visit Goosenecks State Park to take in the views of the San Juan River twisting its course around 1,000 feet (300 metres) below. Breathtaking views await in Utah’s largest national park, Canyonlands. This afternoon, enjoy the many viewpoints and short hiking trails, catching a gorgeous sunset at Dead Horse Point before arriving into the outdoors adventure resort of Moab for the night. In the morning of Day 13, you’ll hike in lovely Arches National Park, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion and home to the world’s largest collection of natural stone arches. This afternoon is free for optional activities, how about a rafting trip along the Colorado River, mountain biking or a back country adventure by Hummer or ATV? (2B, L, D)

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Capitol Reef National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park Hold onto your hats today for a thrilling drive along Scenic Byway 12, through an isolated landscape of valleys, canyons and plateaux, truly one of the most beautiful drives in America. Discover the twisting canyons, monoliths and sandstone spires of Capitol Reef National Park, and learn the history of the first Native American settlers in the region as you view authentic petroglyphs. Driving through the amazing scenery of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, you’ll reach Bryce Canyon. Experience this spectacular national park on hiking trails among its amphitheaters and multi-colored rock pinnacles called ‘hoodoos’. From the ridge above the canyon, these look like delicate and fragile spires in pastel shades of pink, red, yellow and white. (B, L, D)

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Zion National Park / Las Vegas Utah’s oldest national park, Zion, offers further hiking opportunities along the narrow canyon carved by the Virgin River to admire its striking towers, sheer sandstone walls and lush foliage. This evening, arrive into Las Vegas in time for a guided city tour of the famous ‘Strip’. You have the option to jump on a VIP limousine tour, a great start to any night out in the bright lights of Vegas. There’s no end to the possibilities in this 24-hour city of entertainment - big name shows, all-you-can-eat buffets piled high with king crabs and lobster, world-class casinos where you can win a fortune... and exclusive shopping malls where you can spend it! The tour comes to an end any time today, and you’re free to depart at any time. (B, L)

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highlights • Star-spot on the flashy Rodeo Drive • Watch a beautiful Grand Canyon sunset • Bask in Las Vegas’ glitz and casinos • Admire giant sequoias in Yosemite N.P. • Check out San Fran’s Golden Gate Bridge • Drive along the legendary Route 66 • Hike through rugged Death Valley • Check out the ghost town of Hackberry

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Once you’ve seen LA’s hotspots and checked out Muscle Beach you’ll capture the Old West spirit of Laughlin, be in awe of the almighty Grand Canyon, live the A-list life in high-rolling Las Vegas, explore the desolate and rugged Death Valley, trek among towering sequoias and bear-spot at Yosemite National Park. Finish this incredible 8-day jaunt in the arms of one of the world’s most incredible cities, San Francisco! California, you’re too good to be true!

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Los Angeles When you think of LA you’re probably thinking of celebs, trendy restaurants, clubs and cafés, Muscle Beach’s buff locals, Hollywood Hills, famous postcodes - ahem 90210 - and a star-encrusted sidewalk! Get here early and see it for yourself as you don’t meet your group and Chief Experience Officer (CEO) until this evening.

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Laughlin Start the day with a wander around this city that simply oozes sophistication with a guided tour. Star-spot along exclusive Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and then check out the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach, this is where the LA lifestyle comes to life. Leave the big city behind and head into the deserts towards the Nevada border and the old silver mining town of Laughlin. This will provide your first taste of the casinos that dominate the state of Nevada, but don’t for a minute think this is what to expect when you get to Vegas!

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Grand Canyon National Park Sit back and enjoy desert vistas as you drive to one the geological wonders of the Grand Canyon! You’ll be blown away by its staggering size and inexplicably fantastic views and will get to experience its splendour close up with a short hike through its gorge. Tonight, savor a delicious dinner at the Grand Canyon’s rim and prepare for an out-of-this-world sunset. There’s also the chance to get the best possible bird’s-eye view of all its natural beauty with an optional helicopter flight over it. Cameras at the ready! (D)

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Las Vegas After a final morning in the Grand Canyon you’ll head along the legendary Route 66 towards the decadence and bright lights of Las Vegas! On the way stop at the ‘Snow Cap Drive-In’, a wacky, off-beat roadside burger joint, and the eerie ghost town of Hackberry. When you rock up in Vegas you’ll be shown the hotspots on a guided tour, including the sparkling Vegas ‘Strip’- lined with palm trees, shiny hotels and giant casinos. Vegas promises fun, fun and more fun! Opt to take a VIP limo tour of Vegas and see the city in style! Then it’s party time - hit the clubs and try your luck on the slot machines, roulette wheels and card tables.

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Death Valley National Park / Bakersfield It will be hard to leave the 24/7 city of Las Vegas behind you, but the show must go on! On today’s itinerary: the incredible Death Valley. On the border of California this is the hottest, driest and lowest spot in the whole of North America. Marvel its desolate and beautifully rugged landscapes and enjoy a short hike or two before you pull up at tonight’s stop in Bakersfield.

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Yosemite National Park Yosemite National Park is a true masterpiece boasting spectacular rock formations, majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, endless meadows and giant sequoia trees. So it’s quite easy to see why Yosemite is one of America’s most popular national parks! Hike through the beautiful surroundings and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for black bears, deer or coyotes.

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San Francisco Drive to the eccentric city of San Francisco, where east meets west. Walk its radical streets and enjoy a guided city tour to discover cool areas like the busy Fisherman’s Wharf with its abundance of culinary delights and the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a true marvel of engineering. Opt to take a cable car ride over the city’s steep hills or explore it all on wheels and hire a bike. Make the most of your last night and enjoy and optional evening sunset sailing which boasts beautiful views of San Fran’s harbor. Feel free to depart at any time today once you’ve had your fill of San Fran’s museums and attractions including the infamous prison island of Alcatraz.

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From the Golden Gate Bridge to glowing canyon walls at sunset, this trip captures the beauty of the cities and wilderness of the Western US. It’s perfect for the traveler looking to breathe in the scent of sequoias of Yosemite by day but wanting the comforts of a hotel at night. Prepare yourself for otherworldly ‘hoodoos’ in Bryce Canyon National Park and the desert scenery in Death Valley before taking an optional helicopter flight above the incomparable Grand Canyon.

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San Francisco / Yosemite National Park / Bakersfield Arrive at any time in San Francisco and meet up with your group that evening. Head out on Day 2 for a guided tour of San Francisco to show off the harbor city at its finest. Afterwards you’ll drive over to the stunning Yosemite National Park. Spend the following day taking short hikes to majestic waterfalls, visiting clear lakes and beautiful meadows, or walking among giant sequoias. Explore Yosemite on wheels and opt to hire a bike out. Soak up the last of this natural beauty on the morning of Day 4 before driving to Bakersfield.

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Death Valley National Park / Las Vegas Today you’ll visit one of the country’s most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley. Arriving later in flashy Las Vegas, you can explore the city of lights with a guided tour along the famous Vegas ‘Strip’. There’s the option to feel like a VIP on a limo ride, head off to see a fabulous live show or hit the tables and slot machines! Vegas = bucket loads of fun. On Day 6, chill poolside or grab a bargain at one of the outlet malls.

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Zion National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park Visit Zion, Utah’s oldest National Park. Spend time exploring towering cliffs and massive canyon walls, hiking diverse and exciting trails in and around it. Back on the road, you’ll reach the extraordinary Bryce Canyon where you’ll witness one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Southwest.

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Lake Powell / Monument Valley Explore Bryce Canyon National Park on trails among the amphitheaters and multi-colored rock pinnacles called ‘hoodoos’ before heading to beautiful (though man-made!) Lake Powell. Tonight you have the option to enjoy a cowboy steak dinner and go sunset horse riding, showing off the Midwest at its finest. Yeehah! Visit the impressive Glen Canyon Dam and take a short hike to the famous Horseshoe Bend, shaped by erosion from the almighty Colorado River. Next, you will discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley, and can explore this sacred site on a jeep tour led by a Navajo guide.

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Grand Canyon National Park Continue to the Grand Canyon where you can wander along trails, admire awe-inspiring views and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim of the canyon. You have the option to take a helicopter flight for more incredible views or to watch the IMAX Grand Canyon Movie which will teach you the history of the place. (D)

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Phoenix During the hot desert morning cool off at Slide Rock State Park before reaching the chilled-out, New Age and wellness resort of Sedona. Gaze through the windows of the past at one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America, Montezuma Castle. Continue on to Phoenix and enjoy an authentic night out - you can visit a real cowboy bar and soak up the true culture of the Wild West.

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San Diego Today you will visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, before you head to sunny city beach life in San Diego. On Day 13 visit Coronado Island and Balboa Park on a guided city tour. You also have the option to visit SeaWorld or the San Diego Zoo, or, for those who like a physical challenge, take surf lessons and rent boogie boards.

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Los Angeles Welcome to Los Angeles! See the names of the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on a guided city tour, and drive through Beverly Hills for some celeb spotting. There is optional bike or rollerblade rental so that you can fit in with the locals and further explore Muscle Beach or Santa Monica. On Day 15, you can depart at any time once you’ve had your fill of the LA lifestyle.

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Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the quest for the perfect burger... all that’s missing from this quintessentially American experience is a big slice of Mom’s apple pie! Promising unadulterated fun from dawn to dusk in some of the West Coast’s finest cities, this trip mixes downtown excitement with all-natural, full-contact thrills exploring the Grand Canyon and camping under the stars in Yosemite National Park. All this in just one reasonably-priced week? Absolutely! This is America after all, the land of opportunity! Believe in the impossible.

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Yosemite National Park / Bishop (or Lake Isabella) Marvel at spectacular views of Yosemite’s peaks and granite landscape this morning before climbing up and over the magnificent Tioga Pass, the only road that links Yosemite with the Eastern Sierra, for a night in America’s coolest mountain town, Bishop. Tioga Pass closes with the first heavy snowfall of the winter (typically in October) and usually opens for the summer from May or early June. (B, L, D)

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Death Valley National Park / Las Vegas Travel through the harsh and unforgiving landscape of Death Valley, the hottest and driest point in North America where summer temperatures are off the scale! It’s also the lowest point in North America, sitting at 282 feet (84 metres) below sea level, but there’s much of interest to see along the way. From Death Valley, continue towards that glittering oasis in the desert, Las Vegas. Start your explorations with a guided tour along the famous ‘Strip’ ticking off the mega-casinos such as the Luxor, MGM Grand, Bellagio, Venetian and Planet Hollywood. You can kickstart a night out with a VIP limousine tour, bag yourself a ticket for a top-name show and explore the hip clubs where the rich and famous hang out. (B, L)

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Grand Canyon National Park Get your kicks on Route 66 today and stop for lunch at the Snow Cap Drive-in, one of the wackiest roadside burger joints around, en route to the spectacular Grand Canyon. One of nature’s greatest sights, the Grand Canyon defies all expectations. Even if we told you beforehand it was an incredible one mile deep (1.6kms), nothing will prepare you for your first glimpse of its enormous scale. Take some short hikes here and enjoy a pizza dinner as you admire sunset at the South Rim. (D)

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Lake Havasu After a morning hike at the Grand Canyon (it looks totally different in the early light), head to Lake Havasu where you can cool off and enjoy the waters of the Colorado River. Lake Havasu will forever have its own little piece of London, as they bought London Bridge, dismantled it and shipped it here to its new home! (B, L, D)

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Joshua Tree National Park / Los Angeles Little-known Joshua Tree National Park is an undiscovered gem, as you’ll find out on hiking trails through its desert landscape of rocky boulders and iconic Joshua Trees. It’s also home to unique varieties of plants, cacti and animals that have adapted to these climatic extremes. In the afternoon, see the names of the stars on Hollywood Boulevard as you hit the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. Drive through Beverly Hills and the exclusive shopping district of Rodeo Drive - look out for chihuahuas in celebrity handbags! Discover why Santa Monica and Venice Beach epitomise the Los Angeles’ lifestyle before enjoying a last night out with the group. Your trip comes to an end at any time on Day 8. (B, L)

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itinerary San Francisco / Yosemite National Park Arrive into beautiful San Francisco at any time today, and head out to explore. Start your stroll in the heart of downtown at Union Square before heading to trendy North Beach, the galleries of SoMa (South of Market) or the bohemian Haight-Ashbury, before meeting your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and group this evening. Start the day with a guided tour of one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco, to discover some of its iconic attractions like bustling Fisherman’s Wharf and the stately Golden Gate Bridge. Then cross the San Francisco Bay to the magnificent Yosemite National Park. Here you can enjoy a series of short hikes to towering waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, giant sequoias and beautiful meadows, while admiring the twin granite domes of El Capitan and Half Dome, which together make Yosemite a rock climber’s paradise. (D)

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Santa Barbara / Los Angeles / San Diego Relax on the beach in the gorgeous resort of Santa Barbara before continuing down to Los Angeles for a guided city tour taking in Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills. Day 5 is yours to relax or explore L.A. (anyone for Universal Studios?) before heading to beautiful San Diego. Take a tour of this sunny city and enjoy optional surf lessons on Mission Beach or excursions to SeaWorld or the famous San Diego Zoo. (2B, L, 2D)

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Phoenix / Grand Canyon National Park Travel via the impressive Imperial Sand Dunes en route to the desert city of Phoenix, where you can hang out in its authentic cowboy bars. On Day 8, visit the well-preserved cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle and drive through scenic Oak Creek Canyon for a picnic and visit to laid-back Sedona. Cool off at Slide Rock State Park before reaching the extraordinary Grand Canyon in time for a sunset dinner at the rim. (2B, 3L, 2D)

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Lake Powell / Monument Valley Travel to the man-made beauty that is Lake Powell and visit the enormous Glen Canyon Dam. Enjoy optional horseback riding or an excursion to the delicate splendour of Antelope Canyon. Head to the iconic Monument Valley to tour its mesas, pinnacles and buttes and enjoy learning about Native American culture with an optional Navajo-guided jeep tour. Listen to Navajo stories around the campfire this evening. (2B, 2L, D)

12-14

Canyonlands National Park / Moab / Arches National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park Visit Gooseneck State Park for some exceptional hiking in Canyonlands, enjoying the sunset at Dead Horse Point before hitting the adventure resort of Moab. On Day 13, visit the stone arches and fragile-looking rock formations of Arches National Park and try optional rafting, mountain biking or Hummer tours. Drive the spectacular Scenic Byway 12 to view petroglyphs at Capitol Reef National Park before continuing to the Bryce Canyon, whose red, pink, yellow and white rock pinnacles are simply awesome. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Zion National Park / Las Vegas / Death Valley National Park / Bishop (or Lake Isabella) Hike the narrow canyons of Zion National Park before swapping your hiking boots for your glad rags in non-stop Las Vegas, where you can enjoy a tour of the famous ‘Strip’. Day 16 is free to relax poolside, or take an optional VIP limo tour to kickstart an evening of fantastic nightlife. Travel via the harsh and desolate Death Valley to either the mountain resort of Bishop (summer) or Lake Isabella (spring/autumn). (B, 2L, D)

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Yosemite National Park Marvel at the tufa rock towers of Mono Lake and drive the scenic Tioga Pass (summer) or take an alternative southern route (spring/autumn) into the majestic surroundings of Yosemite National Park. Explore its granite rock faces, waterfalls and giant sequoias on hiking trails or an optional bike rides. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Napa Valley / San Francisco Journey to Napa Valley on Day 20, where you can savor some of its world-famous wines with a picnic lunch plus optional canoeing on the Russian River. Head back into San Francisco with further time for exploration and a last night out with the group, before departing at any time on Day 22. (2B, L, D)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), participation camping (15 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with WiFi Meals: 15 breakfasts,14 lunches, 13 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-175 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg10 Tour Code: GANUFF

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highlights • Admire glistening white sand dunes • Explore ancient cliff dwellings • Hike through the Garden of the Gods • Discover the Navajo’s Monument Valley • Star gaze beside beautiful Lake Powell • Hike past Bryce’s dramatic ‘hoodoos’ • Tour the Vegas ‘Strip’ and visit a casino • Pan for gold at Calico Ghost Town

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On this trip, you’ll journey back to a time when the only things a man needed to get by were a trusty horse and a steady six-shooter. From the gritty essence of Tombstone and the glorious architecture of Santa Fe, and from the ancestral cliff dwellings of New Mexico to the glorious mountains of Colorado, you’ll see both the colorful history and natural wonders of the Southwest.

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Phoenix / Tombstone Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California, before crossing into Arizona and enjoying a night out with the locals at a cowboy bar in downtown Phoenix. Day 3 takes you to the gun-toting Wild West town of Tombstone, America’s best example of the 1880’s western heritage where you’ll experience the famous shoot-out at the OK Corral between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. (D)

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White Sands National Monument / Santa Fe A scenic drive takes you through the ‘City of the Crosses’, Las Cruces, and then to one of the world’s great natural wonders - the glistening white dunes of New Mexico. In the evening, sit back and enjoy the sunset at the bizarre White Sands National Monument. On Day 5, visit the ‘Route 66’ stop-off point of Albuquerque and discover the world of the Native Americans at the fascinating Indian Pueblo Culture Center. You’ll then arrive into one of America’s oldest and most beautiful cities, Santa Fe, with its distinctive adobe-style architecture, art galleries, tree-shaded plazas and spicy Mexican-influenced cuisine. (2B, 2D)

06-07

Taos / Colorado Springs Step back in time at Taos with an optional visit to the Native American community of Taos Pueblo, the oldest continuously-inhabited settlement in the USA. Cross the border into Colorado and drive to Colorado Springs for a hike in the ‘Garden of the Gods’ where you’ll admire dramatic views of towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak. Spend Day 7 in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and walk through ancient cliff dwellings built by the Anasazi and visit the Air Force Academy to learn about cadet life. Spend the evening strolling around Colorado’s historic town of Manitou Springs. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison / Mesa Verde National Park Explore the Black Canyon of the Gunnison on a scenic drive and witness the spectacular narrow canyon walls dropping almost vertically to the Gunnison River. You can opt to visit the natural hot springs while the more adventurous can take a rafting trip on the Arkansas River. Drive to Mesa Verde National Park for a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans. The cliff dwellings are some of the best preserved, and certainly the most famous, in North America. (B, L, D)

10-11

Monument Valley / Lake Powell Home of the Navajo culture, Monument Valley, has magnificent colors and miles of pinnacles, mesas and buttes making it a truly wondrous place. Opt for a Navajo-led jeep tour to learn about their traditions. Spend the evening at picturesque Lake Powell, created when the Glen Canyon Dam was constructed. (2B, L, 2D)

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Bryce Canyon National Park / Zion National Park / Las Vegas Scenic Byway 12 passing through Red Rock Canyon delivers some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes anywhere in the country. In the otherworldy Bryce Canyon National Park, hike trails among the amphitheaters and multi-colored rock pinnacles called ‘hoodoos’. There’s an optional rodeo in the evening. Trek through Utah’s oldest National Park, Zion, exploring towering cliffs and massive canyon walls. In the evening arrive in the city of lights, fabulous Las Vegas! Take a guided tour of the ‘Strip’ and experience this unique city with an optional Limo VIP tour. (B, L, D)

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Los Angeles Try some gold-panning at Calico Ghost Town, maybe you will win back your casino money! Arrive in Los Angeles and enjoy a guided city tour – keep your eyes peeled for stars! You can depart at any time on Day 15.

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), participation camping (10 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with WiFi Meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-175 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUAW

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• Explore four of America’s most distinctive and dramatic national parks • Hike, rappel and scramble on a canyoning trip in impressive Zion N.P. • Camp by the banks of the Colorado River on an overnight rafting trip • Get a different perspective on the Grand Canyon by hiking below its rim

• View the desolate yet spectacular landscape of Death Valley • Marvel at the Half Dome and El Capitan granite domes in Yosemite • Stroll up and down the hilly streets of much-loved San Francisco • Sip wine from Napa Valley’s world-famous vineyards

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Zion National Park Take a morning drive along the spectacle of the Las Vegas ‘Strip’ where Egyptian pyramids, Venetian gondolas and Manhattan skylines make you feel like you’ve been around the world! Head into Utah to the beautiful Zion National Park for two days of hikes through its forests, deserts and narrow river canyons. The highlight is a canyoning trip where you’ll scramble over obstacles and swim through the seasonal pools. (B, L, 2D)

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Bryce Canyon Comprising a dozen small ravines eroded into the east side of a ridge, the otherworldly landscape of Bryce Canyon houses thousands of fragile and bizarre spires, pinnacles and rock formations known as ‘hoodoos’ in subtle shades of pink, white, yellow and red. Appreciate its beauty on hiking trails and learn the captivating history of the area. (B, L, D)

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Moab / Arches National Park An impossibly scenic drive brings you to the outdoors adventure resort of Moab, gateway to Arches National Park which is named after its spectacular sandstone features, including Delicate Arch. Enjoy hiking and a full day of cycling the sandy terrain and dirt tracks. (2B, 2L, D)

07-09

Cataract Canyon / Lake Powell Change your transport today for an overnight whitewater rafting trip to float through Cataract Canyon, braving Grade III-IV rapids and camping on the banks of the mighty Colorado River. Continue by road to the beautiful surroundings of man-made Lake Powell. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Grand Canyon National Park Words cannot describe either the scale or the sheer spectacle of the Grand Canyon, and you’ll see it from viewpoints at the South Rim as well as hiking deep into the heart of the Canyon on the Indian Garden and Plateau Point trail. Optional helicopter flight is also available. (B, L, D)

11-12

Las Vegas Transfer back to ‘Sin City’ for a final night out. Tour ends on Day 12. (B)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), participation camping (9 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with WiFi, minibus, rafting Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 13, Avg 8 Tour Code: GANUSA

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Las Vegas Arrive at any time in the city known for its glitz and glam. This evening you will have a welcome meeting to meet the rest of your group. Why not head out with everyone and bond over a few rounds of blackjack?

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Death Valley National Park / Bishop (or Lake Isabella) Travel to Death Valley, the hottest, driest and, at 282 feet (84 metres) below sea level, also the lowest spot in the USA. Surrounded by desert, this spectacular, desolate landscape holds much of interest. In summer, you’ll continue to the mountain town of Bishop, surrounded by peaks soaring to over 14,000 feet and where you can stargaze from secluded hot springs. In spring/autumn, Lake Isabella will be tonight’s stop. (L, D)

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Yosemite National Park In summer, head to Mono Lake and walk among its dramatic tufa rock towers before driving the scenic Tioga Pass, an incredibly beautiful road across the Sierra Nevada Mountains into Yosemite National Park. In spring/autumn, a more southerly route will be taken as Tioga Pass is often closed due to snowfall. Take this afternoon and Day 4 to explore Yosemite’s awesome natural beauty. Walk trails among the giant sequoias and hike or bike to discover stunning views of the granite rock formations Half Dome and El Capitan or the incredible waterfalls of Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Napa Valley / Petaluma Venture out to world-famous wineries in beautiful Napa Valley, which has produced some of the very best wines the New World has to offer. Enjoy a tasty picnic lunch of fresh Californian produce served, naturally, with delicious local wine. In the afternoon, you can opt for a canoeing trip along the scenic Russian River. (B, L, D)

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San Francisco Head to San Francisco and enjoy a guided tour of this eclectic city. Visit the varied neighborhoods and iconic attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s also the option to go on a sunset sailing trip. Known for its delicious fresh food, ranging from clam chowder to sushi, the city is the perfect place for a last meal with your group. Depart at any time on Day 7. (B)

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highlights • Roll with the locals at Venice Beach • Take in the sights of Hollywood • Explore San Diego’s historic quarter • Admire the huge Imperial Sand Dunes • See the cliff dwellings at Montezuma • Watch the sun set at the Grand Canyon • Savor an open-air campfire barbecue • Strike it lucky in a Vegas casino

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From the glamour and sparkle of Hollywood to the bright lights of Las Vegas, this is an action-packed, adventure movie with an all-star cast, plenty of drama, lots of laughter and a few surprising plot twists along the way, as you journey through Santa Monica, San Diego and along Route 66. Taking the top billing is the spectacular Grand Canyon, deeper and wider than any photo can ever prepare you for, and camping out under the stars here will really get you in touch with nature.

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Los Angeles Arrive at any time today and start your explorations of this star-studded ‘Tinsel Town’. This evening you will meet your group and Tour Leader, who will explain what lies in store over the next week.

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Santa Monica / San Diego Start the day with an orientation tour of Los Angeles where you can see the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood, drive through stylish Beverly Hills and be fascinated by the exclusive shops of Rodeo Drive - keep your cameras ready for some paparazzi-style snaps of celebrities! Discover for yourself why Santa Monica and Venice Beach epitomize the L.A. lifestyle, and maybe roll with the locals with optional bike or rollerblade rental. Travel down through Orange County on the way to San Diego where fun and great food await in its historic Old Town. When the sun goes down, head for the beautifully-restored Gaslamp Quarter district with its many pubs, bars and nightclubs. (D)

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Phoenix Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California, before crossing the state border into Arizona for an overnight stay in the rapidly-growing city of Phoenix. Tonight, enjoy a night out in the historic downtown of Phoenix where, inspired by America’s famous country music, you can soak up the fun and rowdy atmosphere of a real cowboy bar. (B, L)

04-05

Grand Canyon National Park Gaze through the windows of the past and discover one of the best-preserved ancient cliff dwellings in North America, Montezuma Castle. Then experience the breathtaking scenic drive of Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon. While admiring the beautiful rock formations, enjoy a picnic at Red Rock State Park before reaching Sedona and then cooling off at Slide Rock State Park. You’ll reach the Grand Canyon, the most spectacular gorge in the world, in time for a pizza dinner at the rim while you watch the sunset. Nothing can really prepare you for your first glimpse of the Grand Canyon; at 277 miles (446kms) long, up to 18 miles (29kms) wide and one mile (1.6kms) deep, its vast scale is almost beyond human comprehension. It is certainly one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular creations, eroded over time by wind and the power of the Colorado River and providing endless opportunities to explore. Wander along one of the hiking trails and feel the sunshine and wind on your face as you admire awe-inspiring views, while watching the changing play of light and shadows on the rock. Watch the most spectacular IMAX Adventure of them all, the Grand Canyon Movie, or take an optional helicopter flight over the Canyon for a ride you’ll never forget. Return to the campsite and enjoy a barbecue around the campfire to recapture the experiences of a memorable two days. (B, 2L, 2D)

06-07

Las Vegas Journey along a section of the historic and world-famous ‘Route 66’, stopping for lunch at the Snow Cap DriveIn, one of the wackiest, off-beat burger joints around. Make a stop at Hackberry, a small town off-the-beatenpath in the deserts of Arizona. Arrive into Vegas and get your bearings with an orientation tour along the Las Vegas ‘Strip’. Check out the different themes of the mega-casinos that line the ‘Strip’, and see highlights such as the giant pyramid of the Luxor, the lions of the MGM Grand, the rollercoaster at the New York New York, the gondolas of the Venetian and the replica Eiffel Tower at the Paris. Feed the slots or strike it lucky at the card or roulette tables. Grab yourself a ticket for a top-name show or an amazing ‘Cirque du Soleil’ performance, sign up for a VIP limousine tour, and enjoy a last night out with the group. Make sure it’s as fabulous as it should be in this non-stop city of entertainment! Sadly, this short but action-packed adventure comes to an end on Day 7, and you’re free to depart at any time. (B, L)

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• Stargaze from secluded hot springs at Bishop • Hike among giant sequoias in the Yosemite Valley • Cross the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge • Admire the rugged beauty of California’s coast

• Walk among giant redwoods and toast s’mores around a campfire • Explore the towering Oregon Sand Dunes with dune buggies • Visit North America’s most active volcano, Mt. St. Helens • Experience the urban buzz of Seattle, home of grunge and Nirvana

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Las Vegas / Death Valley National Park / Bishop (or Lake Isabella) Arrive at any time on Day 1 and meet your group in the evening. Start Day 2 with a guided tour of the infamous Las Vegas ‘Strip’. Visit the harsh and barren landscape of desolate Death Valley - the hottest, driest and lowest spot in North America, at 282 feet (84 meters) below sea level. Continue on to the mountain town of Bishop (summer tours) where you can stargaze from secluded hot springs, or to Lake Isabella (spring/autumn tours). (L, D)

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Yosemite National Park In summer, visit Mono Lake and walk among dramatic and fascinating tufa towers before crossing the Tioga Pass, one of the most scenic drives in California. In spring/autumn, when Tioga Pass may be closed, you’ll reach Yosemite via an alternative southern route. Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park’s peaks and granite domes as you spend your time hiking to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walking among giant sequoias. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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itinerary San Francisco Arrive at any time and head out to explore all the attractions of the ‘City by the Bay’, including the Golden Gate Park, Chinatown and the iconic cable cars. Meet your group in the evening.

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Mendocino / Redwood State Park Start Day 2 with a guided city tour of San Francisco, including iconic sights such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the scenic drive up the coast to Mendocino, where mountains pull back from the ocean creating spectacular views. Enjoy an evening walk on the beach, a breathtaking sunset and sample America’s delicious s’mores around the campfire. At Redwood State Park, walk among towering giant redwoods and take in the views from the Avenue of the Giant. Hike in this misty, mysterious world through a beautiful ‘fern canyon’ and look out for herds of elk that roam close to the beach. (B, L, 2D)

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Oregon Dunes / Silver Falls State Park Drive along the magnificent Oregon coastline to exquisite little fishing villages and lumber towns. Explore by foot in the massive Oregon Dunes, which rise from the shores of the Pacific Ocean or opt for a dune buggy ride. Spend Day 5 in Silver Falls State Park. Hike the Ten Falls Trail, taking you through amazing forest, its ground covered with ferns, mosses and wildflowers. Walk past six waterfalls and discover secret trails behind four. Truly, this is an Oregon treasure! (2B, 2L, 2D)

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San Francisco Travel to San Francisco and enjoy a guided city tour to discover some of the iconic attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf or the Golden Gate Bridge. On your free day, opt for a cable car ride over the steep hills and an evening sunset sail for amazing city views from the water. (B, L)

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San Simeon Crashing waves, rolling fog and sheer rocky cliffs will make the journey down California’s coastal Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Visit historic Monterey, marvel at the mountains around Big Sur and at a seaside waterfall in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Round off the day with a colorful sunset over the ocean. (L, D)

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Santa Barbara / Los Angeles Travel down the coast visiting landmarks such as San Luis Obispo and relax on the beach at the beautiful resort of Santa Barbara before rolling into Los Angeles with time for a guided city tour. Head out for a night on the town – keep your eyes peeled for stars. On Day 9, it’s time to say goodbye to the group and depart at any time. (B)

Portland / Mount St. Helens / Mount Rainier National Park Traveling north, make a stop in the hip and forward-thinking city of Portland, en route to Mount St. Helens. One of the most active volcanoes in North America, it erupted in spectacular fashion in 1980 and devastated its surrounding landscape. Spend Day 7 exploring the 300 miles of hiking trails around Mount Rainier, the highest volcano in the Cascade Range at 14,411 feet (over 4,300 metres). Wrap up a day of beautiful views with a campfire barbecue. (2B, L, 2D)

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Seattle Enjoy a city tour of Seattle with its modern skyline of glass skyscrapers, bustling Pike Place Market and iconic Space Needle which you can opt to ascend for incredible views. Depart at any time on Day 9. (B)

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highlights • View Idaho’s lakes and mountains • Hike trails in Glacier National Park • Gaze up at ‘The Gates of the Mountains’ • Explore the world’s first national park • Watch the active Mammoth Hot Springs • Don your cowboy boots for line dancing • Drive the ‘Loneliest Road in America’ • Marvel at Yosemite’s giant sequoias

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This ultimate journey through these iconic national parks offers the outdoor enthusiast plenty of time to spot wildlife, soak in the scenery and experience the gushing wonder of it all; there is more geothermal activity in Yellowstone than anywhere else in the world! Close your eyes, breathe in the clean park air, and then open them to reveal spectacular views and incredible natural wonders.

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Glacier National Park Continue through pristine mountain scenery into the ‘Big Sky Country’ of the state of Montana. Here you will visit a bison range and learn about the human impact on their herds. Picnic at expansive Flathead Lake before reaching Glacier National Park in time for a sunset over the mountains. Spend Day 4 exploring this spectacular park which houses over 50 glaciers and 200 lakes or streams within its boundaries; yours to explore on some of the 730 miles of hiking trails. In the height of summer, you can cross over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass traveling along the out-of-this-world scenery along the ‘Going to the Sun’ Road. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Glacier National Park / Helena Visit the ‘Gates of the Mountains’, towering walls of limestone that stand guard over the river and which were charted by Lewis and Clark on their great explorations of the American interior. Board an open-air boat for the best views and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including bighorn sheep and eagles. (B, L, D)

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Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park is a ‘super volcano’ and boasts more than 10,000 geysers on its active geyser field. The park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the US, including roaming bison, grey wolves, elk, black bears and of course the famous grizzly bear. Explore the North Loop on Day 7 which features beautiful scenery and spectacular hydrothermal features including Mammoth Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Take the South Loop on Day 8 including Old Faithful and Grant Village. (3B, 2L, 3D)

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Grand Teton National Park / Jackson View the towering peaks of Grand Teton National Park, many of them above 12,000 feet (3,600 metres) and opt for a boat ride across Jenny Lake to discover Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Spend tonight in Jackson and hit the One Million Dollar Bar, known worldwide for its Western dancing and live entertainment! (B, L)

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Salt Lake City / Tonopah Take an optional guided wildlife and scenic raft trip down the Snake River before heading to Salt Lake City, the capital of the Mormon faith. Get your bearings with an orientation tour including a scenic drive as you relive the glory at Winter Olympic venues and visit one of the world’s largest Mormon Temples. Climb up and over a series of parallel mountain ranges as you drive the ‘Loneliest Road in America’ across Nevada, through desolate land seemingly untouched by man. Take an underground adventure through a mine tunnel in Tonopah before viewing the stars and planets of the night sky. (B, L)

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Yosemite National Park In the summer months, take the famously scenic Tioga Pass into Yosemite National Park. The beautiful park has many trails taking you past giant sequoias and to amazing views of waterfalls and awesome rock structures such as Half Dome and El Capitan. In spring/autumn, Tioga Pass may be closed requiring an alternative route to be taken in order to reach Yosemite. (B, 2L, 2D)

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San Francisco After a guided city tour, enjoy a last night out with your group before departing at any time on Day 15. (B, L)

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you might like Shorten Your Trip Pacific Coast Highway & The Northwest (9 days, San Francisco to Seattle) (GANUFS) see page 57 Fr $1,249 Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (15 days, Seattle to San Francisco) (GANUSF) see page 58 Fr $2,099

Hike the pristine trails in national parks such as Yosemite, Glacier and Mount Rainier, and witness the extraordinary geysers, mudpools and hot springs of Yellowstone. You’ll get your urban fix too, in trendy Seattle and the hilly streets of San Francisco.

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San Francisco Arrive at any time and head out to explore the ‘City by the Bay’, before meeting your group in the evening.

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Mendocino / Redwood State Park Start Day 2 with a guided city tour of San Francisco, including iconic sights such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the scenic drive up the coast to Mendocino, where mountains and ocean combine to spectacular effect. At Redwood State Park, walk among towering giant redwoods and hike in this misty, mysterious world through a beautiful ‘fern canyon’, looking out for roaming herds of elk. (B, L, 2D)

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Oregon Dunes / Silver Falls State Park Drive along the magnificent Oregon coastline through little fishing villages and lumber towns and explore the massive Oregon Dunes on a dune buggy ride. At the treasure that is Silver Falls State Park, hike through forest, ferns and wildflowers. Walk past six waterfalls and discover secret trails behind four. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Portland / Mount St. Helens / Mount Rainier National Park Make a stop in the forward-thinking city of Portland, en route to the still-active volcano of Mount St. Helens, which devastated the landscape in a spectacular 1980 eruption. Walk the hiking trails at Mount Rainier, which stands at 14,411 feet (over 4,300 meters). Wrap the day up with a campfire barbecue. (2B, L, 2D)

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Seattle / Coeur d’Alene Enjoy a city tour of Seattle with its skyline of glass skyscrapers, bustling Pike Place Market and iconic Space Needle which you can opt to ascend for incredible views. (B, L, D)

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Glacier National Park / Helena Continue through pristine mountain scenery into Montana to visit a bison range and learn about the human impact on their herds. Stop for a picnic at Flathead Lake before reaching Glacier National Park, home to over 50 glaciers, 200 lakes or streams and 730 miles of hiking trails. In the height of summer, you can cross the Continental Divide at Logan Pass traveling along the out-of-this-world ‘Going to the Sun Road’. Visit the ‘Gates of the Mountains’ and board an open-air boat cruise for the best views and wildlife. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Yellowstone National Park With a three-day stay and plenty of touring you can discover the wonders of Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park. It’s a wonderland of geysers, waterfalls and scenic beauty, and boasts more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the US, including roaming bison, wolves, elk, and black and grizzly bears. (3B, 2L, 3D)

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Grand Teton National Park / Jackson / Salt Lake City / Tonopah View the towering peaks of Grand Teton National Park, many of them above 12,000 feet (3,600 meters) and opt for a boat ride across Jenny Lake to discover Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Spend tonight in Jackson and hit the One Million Dollar Bar, known worldwide for its western dancing and live entertainment! Take an optional guided raft trip down the Snake River before heading to Salt Lake City for an orientation tour featuring one of the world’s largest Mormon Temples. Drive the ‘Loneliest Road in America’ across Nevada to take an underground adventure through a mine tunnel before viewing the stars of the night sky. (2B, L)

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Yosemite National Park Travel via the scenic Tioga Pass (summer) or an alternative southern route (spring/autumn) into Yosemite National Park. The outstandingly beautiful park has many trails taking you past giant sequoias and to amazing views of waterfalls and granite structures such as Half Dome and El Capitan. (B, 2L, 2D)

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San Francisco After a guided city tour, enjoy a last night out with your group before departing at any time on Day 22. (B)

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highlights • Spot stars in swanky Los Angeles • Relax in beautiful Palm Springs • See colorful Lake Powell • Walk through Bryce Canyon at sunset • Catch a fabulous show in Vegas • Marvel at Yosemite’s granite rocks • Ride the cable cars in quirky San Fran • Drive California’s rugged coastline Los Angeles  Palm Springs (200 km)  Williams / Grand Canyon (650 km)  Lake Powell (241 km)  Bryce Canyon N.P. (260 km)  St. George (215 km)  Las Vegas (200 km)  Visalia (708 km)  Modesto / El Portal (410 km)  San Francisco (160 km)  San Simeon (420 km)  Los Angeles (370 km)

iNCLUSIONS Departs: Daily (Apr-Oct) Accommodation: Standard accommodation, room only basis (14 nts) Inclusions: Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps, all taxes and fees Tour Code: LAXSFD Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 19

snapshot This round trip from LA via the dusty desert in all its natural glory balances just the right amount of driving with plenty of opportunity to see the cultural and natural beauties of America’s west coast and desert. Travel from the shiny celebrity lifestyle of LA to sophisticated San Francisco via the flashing casinos of Las Vegas and the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon. You’ll return to LA down the stunning, rugged California Coast. Enjoy the beauty of independent travel without the hassles of scouring for decent accommodation.

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Los Angeles / Palm Springs / Williams / Grand Canyon Leave the city of Los Angeles and drive to Palm Springs, which stretches along a dry, hot desert valley. This pretty city, also famous for its golf courses, is a favorite weekend destination for wealthy Californians. A gondola ride up Mt. San Jacinto offers great views of the surrounding area. On Day 4 you’re back on the road heading for the small town of Williams. You’ll pass through the Indian reservation of the Hualapai.

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Williams / Grand Canyon / Lake Powell You will be in awe of the overwhelming landscape of the Grand Canyon. You may want to take a helicopter flight to see more breathtaking details of this spectacular canyon formation. Lake Powell is another highlight of your trip. The red rocks provide an impressive contrast to the blue water.

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Lake Powell / Bryce Canyon N.P. The park includes some of the Earth’s most colorful rocks which have been sculpted by erosion into pillars and other fantastic forms. Take a sunset walk through this fantasy world of sandstone.

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Bryce Canyon N.P. / Zion N.P. / St. George Zion National Park offers many hiking possibilities. See desert terrain and huge sculpted rock formations, which co-exist with hanging gardens. The sandstone formations and the view of the ‘Angels Landing’ are breathtaking.

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St. George / Las Vegas / Death Valley N.P. / Visalia Las Vegas is a unique world in the middle of the desert. The high luxury hotels with all their glitter, their famous casinos and spectacular shows create a world of fantasy. Let yourself be tempted in and try your luck on the roulette wheel. On Day 9 your drive takes you through Death Valley, the lowest point of the Western Hemisphere, almost 90m below sea level.

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Visalia / Yosemite N.P. / Modesto / El Portal The Yosemite Valley is 13km long and contains a wealth of steep, high granite rocks like Half Dome and El Capitan. Spectacular waterfalls, quiet mountain lakes and picturesque mountain areas make this a most beautiful national park which you will enjoy visiting and exploring.

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Modesto / El Portal / San Francisco Take time to explore this beautiful city by cable car or on foot, walking from Fisherman’s Wharf to Union Square with all the highlights on the way. Cross over the Golden Gate Bridge to enjoy the art galleries of Sausalito and advance to the Muir Woods where you find some of the last giant redwood trees.

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Chicago / St. Louis / Springfield Explore this chic lakeside city with its impressive cutting-edge architecture and spend your evenings in the famous blues clubs. Head out west and spend a couple of nights in St. Louis, on the banks of the Mississippi. Here you’ll hear tales of liberty. Stop off to stretch your legs at the Meramec Caverns, an almost 50km long cave system, before arriving into Springfield on Day 5.

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Springfield / Tulsa / Oklahoma City / Amarillo / Tucumcari This is cowboy and Indian country. Visit the art works in Tulsa, the museum in Oklahoma City and the ‘Indian Capital of the Nation’ at Anadarko. Crossing into New Mexico on Day 9, you’ll gain an hour and drive through the ancient hunting grounds of the Comanche Indians.

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Tucumcari / Albuquerque / Holbrook / Flagstaff Take a stroll through quaint and picturesque Old Town Albuquerque, surrounded by the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Take a day trip to the state capital Santa Fe, dominated by unique South-western Pueblo architecture. Visit the colorful local Indian crafts market and if time permits continue to Taos Pueblo, the ancient pueblo of a Northern Tiwa speaking Native American tribe that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years! On Day 12 continue into Arizona with its weird and wonderful Petrified Forest National Park and Meteor Crater.

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Flagstaff / Grand Canyon / Las Vegas / Los Angeles Marvel at the ever-changing colors of the magnificent Grand Canyon and hike to some of its best view points. Travel through dusty desert, along one of the oldest remaining segments of the original Route 66, to fabulous Las Vegas. Here you have a day to enjoy the spectacular sights, shows and casinos. The route to Los Angeles leads you through the Mojave Desert, past the Calico Ghost Town and across the San Bernardino Mountains before it becomes Santa Monica Boulevard, winding through Hollywood and Beverly Hills until it suddenly ends at the Santa Monica boardwalk and the Pacific Ocean! Spend your last night in buzzing LA and on Day 18 return your car and head home.

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iNCLUSIONS Departs: Daily (Apr-Oct) Accommodation: Standard accommodation, room only (17 nts) Inclusions: Road book with day-to-day routings, city maps, all taxes and fees Tour Code: ORDSFD Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 16-17

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Denver / Colorado Springs / Alamosa / Durango Arrive in Denver, a former gold mining town, high in the Rocky Mountains, with spectacular views. It also has the biggest brewery, world’s greatest bell collection, largest wine tasting place and the longest street in America. Explore this all before getting on the road on Day 3. At Colorado Springs don’t miss the ‘Garden of the Gods’ and admire the rock formations of red sandstone, particularly impressive in the early morning and late afternoon. From Alamosa visit the giant sand dunes at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Then in Mesa Verde National Park the Anazasi Indian cliff dwellings will be a highlight.

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Durango / Grand Junction / Moab / Arches N.P. / Salt Lake City You’ve got a choice of scenic routes, but both lead to picturesque Arches National Park. Its red, arid land is punctuated with oddly eroded sandstone forms such as fins, pinnacles, spires, rocks and arches – the world’s highest concentration of natural stone arches. Explore Salt Lake City, home of the Mormon religion and enjoy its spectacular mountain panoramas. More scenic views await in Jackson Hole.

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Jackson / Yellowstone N.P. / Cody / Sheridan You’ll pass through the impressive mountain chain of the Grand Tetons to the incredible Yellowstone National Park. You have a full day to explore its hot mud holes, thermal springs, shimmering lakes and geysers like the ‘Old Faithful’. Buffalo Scenic Byway and then Bighorn Scenic Byway take you through Cody and past forests, mountains and waterfalls before you climb the Granite Pass to Sheridan.

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Sheridan / Rapid City / Cheyenne / Rocky Mountain N.P. / Denver Visit the presidents at Mt. Rushmore National Park, Custer State Park and the impressive Crazy Horse Memorial. On an excursion to Badlands National Park you’ll discover bizarre rock formations and rare animals like bison or big horn sheep. The Trail Ridge Road, one of the highest paved roads in the US, and with breath-taking views, will bring you back to Denver.

Denver Colorado Springs (115 km)  Alamosa (265 km)  Durango (390 km)  Grand Junction (275 km)  Moab / Arches N.P. (182 km)  Salt Lake City (377 km)  Jackson (490 km)  Yellowstone N.P. (490 km)  Cody (210 km)  Sheridan (240 km)  Rapid City (400 km)  Cheyenne (500 km)  Rocky Mountain N.P. (145 km)  Denver (105 km)

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Chicago  St. Louis (475 km)  Springfield (355 km)  Tulsa (340 km)  Oklahoma City (185 km)  Amarillo (460 km)  Tucumcari (175 km)  Albuquerque (290 km)  Holbrook (410 km)  Flagstaff (170 km)  Grand Canyon (125 km)  Las Vegas (440 km)  LA (458 km)

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• Kick back and mingle on the relaxing garden patio • Fill up on delicious all-you-can-eat pancakes each morning • Get a good night’s sleep with a comfy duvet in your ‘privacy pod’ This bright and funky hostel is newly renovated so all dorms are en suite with comfy bedding and ‘privacy pods’. It’s within walking distance to tourist attractions and nightlife and the hostel also has a lively evening atmosphere in its comfortable lounge, guest kitchen and large patio. An Internet room provides high speed access and security lockers are available to use.

• Enjoy a sizzling barbecue on the superb Tiki Courtyard • Challenge new friends at pool in the buzzing games room • Have some down time in the funky TV lounge area Whatever your budget, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this modern hostel with vibrant colors and a laid back vibe. There’s a cool TV lounge, fun games room, equipped kitchen and the Tiki Courtyard, complete with music and palm trees, is perfect for barbecues. Sprawl in spacious, cozy en suite rooms or dorms, some with a balcony and views of the Hollywood Hills.

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Super hip, funky and providing non-stop activities like sports competitions, Karaoke and comedy nights, this is one of Hollywood’s best hostels! Sunbathe in the courtyard or hang out in the TV lounge and absorb the buzzing atmosphere. There’s free WiFi, luggage storage and lockers. Retro dorms and private rooms are en suite and most have their own kitchen. laxbbh

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This boutique, hybrid downtown hotel/hostel is perfect for saving pennies. Bright and trendy decor inspires a vibrant atmosphere and the restaurant serves up a tasty treat. There’s free WiFi and dorms come with brand spanking new bathrooms, ceiling fan and cable TV, while cozy private rooms boast cool gizmos including an iPod compatible clock radio. laxsta

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Don’t skimp on style while on a budget! This contemporary hotel set in a gorgeous building, boasts polished charm and offers a little luxury for those who’d rather save cash for sightseeing. Chat to friendly staff, make use of free WiFi or check out the nearby Fashion District. Cozy, elegant rooms offer TV, telephone, hairdryer and private or shared bathroom facilities. laxcec


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• Great downtown location opposite the Staples Center • Hang out in the Veranda Bar • Take a plunge in the outdoor pool and hot tub

• Bask in the glorious heated outdoor pool • Savor tasty Californian cuisine at the superb Bistro • Keep up with your fitness routine at the 24-hour gym

Casablanca collides with ancient Arabia at this lovely and quirky hotel in the heart of downtown LA. The terracotta colored rooms and Moroccan décor make this a refreshing change from most in LA. The flickering candles in the bar, well-worn wooden stalls and tranquil blue pool are the perfect place to enjoy a mojito with fresh muddled lime. LAXFIG

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Top-notch service is the ultimate priority at this chic hotel. If you’re not lazing in the heated outdoor pool, unwinding at the spa or using the 24 hr gym, sink into the fine leather loungers at the lobby bar, sip tasty cocktails on the terrace or enjoy fine dining at the top restaurant. Sleep in luxurious rooms with plush bedding, fluffy bathrobes!

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This superb hotel is nestled under the famous Hollywood sign, close to legendary LA sights. Each modern and spacious guest room offers all the amenities that make a difference while traveling including cable TV, WiFi, fridge and microwave. Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and get your caffeine fix at the fantastic 101 Coffee Shop.

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Formerly the Kyoto Grand, this chic downtown hotel is situated in the eclectic Little Tokyo area. Chill out in the serene terraced garden, relax in the whirlpool or unwind after a hectic day at the Terranova Lounge with a cocktail in hand. Stylish rooms are fully equipped with modern and comforting amenities with deluxe bedding, WiFi and flat screen TV.

Awaken your senses at this sleek, modern hotel set on the legendary Sunset Strip. Relax by the Mediterranean garden and saltwater pool, unwind at the seductive lounge and try the exquisite, renowned restaurant. There’s Internet access, a fitness center and the spacious en suite rooms boast great views, cable TV, A/C, mini bar, fridge and safety box.

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Set among gorgeous landscaped grounds and close to Universal Studios, these beautiful self-catering apartments are an ideal home away from home. Enjoy modern decor, lush furnishing, A/C, a lounge with TV, kitchen and Internet access. Kick back and relax in this huge complex with great facilities including pools, a gym, spa and Jacuzzi and volleyball.

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This fab attraction pass is the only card you will need for sightseeing in LA giving you access to over 40 of the most popular attractions with savings of up to 35% or more! Choose between 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7 day options. The longer the pass the more you save at amazing attractions such as Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland California, Los Angeles Zoo, Madame Tussauds Hollywood to name a few. This really is a must on any trip!

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Hang out with all your favorite Disney characters at Walt Disney’s original theme park by grabbing this amazing admission pass to the Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park. Purchase from 2 to 5 days and your ticket is valid for a whole 13 days from the day of your first visit. With access to both parks on the same day you’ll have the flexibility to create your own perfect, magical holiday moments. anadis

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• Try the acclaimed Chef Jorge Chicas’ French cuisine • Enjoy fantastic Hollywood views at the rooftop sundeck • Retreat to this urban oasis in the heart of Sunset Strip Once famous for its rock ‘n’ roll parties with celebrities like The Rolling Stones, this refined hotel is a sophisticated urban oasis that delivers unique service. Taste exquisite, renowned cuisine, enjoy views of the Hollywood Hills from the rooftop sundeck and relax at the bar or lush spa. Charming en suite rooms each boast an iPod docking station and free WiFi.

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Choose from either a 24 or 48 hour narrated tour that gives you the opportunity to see all that Los Angeles has to offer. Have the freedom to board the open air double decker bus at any of the 50 stops dotted around the city from glorious Santa Monica to Downtown LA, stopping at as many of the attractions along the way as you like. Once you’ve finished simply hop back on the bus and carry on your journey.

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• Feel at home with these well-equipped self-catering apartments • Start the day with a dip in the pool or a session in the gym • Check out the famous Universal Studios just 10 mins away

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Triple your chance of seeing a movie star by going behind the scenes of your favorite movies. Who will be working on a movie or commercial during your tour of the Studios? Who can you spot at home in Beverly Hills? And who will you see out at famous landmarks such as the Kodak Theater, the Walk of Fame or Hollywood Sign? Also included is a walking tour inside the ‘Heart of Hollywood’ for more famous sites. laxmse

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First, go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. Then, face action head-on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies. Be part of the battle as you embark on a mission to defend the Allspark from the evil clutches of the Decepticons® in Transformers: The Ride-3D. ©2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Tour the famous and infamous LA bars, some of which have appeared in movies and television. Learn about film lore and fact while savoring your favorite cocktail. Dating back to 1940’s, many of the historic lounges have beautiful wood carved features, funky decor and even an occasional 45rpm juke box. A great way to explore LA’s past, mix with the locals, and maybe even spot a superstar! laxsab


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highlights • Three nights accommodation and return airport transfers • Learn some movie trivia on a Stars and Bars tour • Explore this huge city on a Hop-On Hop-Off tour

Departs: Daily Accommodation: USA Hostel Hollywood (3 nts) Transport: Return airport transfers Sightseeing: Stars and Bars tour, LA Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Code: LAXUSH/ LAXTFR/ LAXMSE/ LAXHOH

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Kick off your trip in the heart of Hollywood, Los Angeles. Tour LA’s hotspots such as Rodeo Drive and Venice Beach before criss-crossing the Mojave Desert, passing the Colorado River and cooling off at Lake Havasu. Traverse desert landscapes on Day 2 to reach the almighty Grand Canyon! Hike the incredible South Rim Trail at sunset then kick back with a good old American barbecue. Make the most of this geological wonder on Day 3 and opt to take a helicopter flight over the Canyon unforgettable! Back on the road you’ll cruise Route 66, stopping at the Hoover Dam before arriving at Nevada’s one and only, drum roll please...Las Vegas! This neon metropolis of flashy hotels, glitzy casinos and an abundance of towering palm trees always shows you a good time! Tour the ‘Strip’ VIP-style in a limo and party it up before heading back to Los Angeles on Day 4. Departs: Selected Weds (May-Oct) Accommodation: Camping (2 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van, with free WiFi access Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TAXLA

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highlights • Spot wildlife along the rugged and spectacular Big Sur coastline • Explore the shops, cafés and markets of California’s chilled-out coastal towns • Enjoy iconic views of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge

Be charmed by sun-soaked delights as you cruise the USA’s most scenic coastline. Quaint towns, rugged cliff tops and crashing surf await on this fun-filled, three-day adventure along Highway 1 between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Depart LA early on Day 1 and head north to the first stop at Santa Barbara where you’ll explore the Spanish missionary influence on this beautiful American Riviera town. You’ll then cruise along the coast to the San Luis Obispo area. On Day 2 marvel the rugged shoreline of Big Sur. There will be spectacular vistas, sea lion spotting and, if you’re lucky, whale sightings. Explore remote beaches and savor an included picnic lunch before heading up the coast to the fashionable fishing town of Monterey. On Day 3 drive through the fertile Salinas Valley and stop at the fun and funky beach town of Santa Cruz. Roll into San Francisco, with a stop along the waterfront to soak up amazing views of the bay, city skyline and, of course, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Departs: Every Mon (May-Sep) Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts) Transport: Air-con private touring van, with free WiFi Meals: 1 lunch Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TAXCN

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Make the most of your time in Los Angeles with this awesome package. You’ll be picked up from the airport and safely transported to your accommodation for a three night stay at one of our all time favorites - the USA Hostel Hollywood. As the name suggests, this cracking hostel is in the heart of the action just steps from the Kodak Theater, Walk Of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater. LA can be tough to get around if you don’t have a car so the excellent value Hop-On Hop-Off tour is a great way to get around the city and explore Hollywood, Downtown and beautiful Santa Monica - a must see on any trip to LA with its glorious beach and amazing restaurants. You can stop at as many of the attractions along the way as you like - ideal for the independent traveler. Also included is our fabulous Stars and Bars tour. Spend the evening being guided around LA’s bars - the backdrop to various Hollywood movies. Fancy upgrading your accommodation? Ask your Travel Expert for details.


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santa 1 HI monica, Santa Monica

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$37 dorm

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Arguably the best hostel in the USA! Just one block from the beach, this fantastic hostel offers the ideal place to explore and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Santa Monica. It’s the perfect location for beach lovers and surrounded by local restaurants, bars and theaters. Watch a movie, play a game of pool or kick back and relax in the courtyard in front of the fountains.

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$181 Single $99 Twin/Double

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$41 dorm $41 Twin/Double

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Experience the delights of coastal California in this Spanish inspired hotel located on Santa Monica Boulevard. Start your day with a free continental breakfast then discover a new level of relaxation chilling by the outdoor pool. Rooms are clean and basic with pool or courtyard views which makes this a great affordable option for those on a budget.

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With delightful antique furniture and elegant decor all lovingly preserved to convey the grand days of early Santa Monica, this graceful hotel is full of vintage charm and sits pretty in the heart of the city. Only one block from the beach and all the main attractions, there’s 24-hour reception, Internet and the en suite rooms boast a flat screen TV - some even have ocean views! laxhcs

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5 belamar, manhattan beach

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$186 Single $93 Twin/Double

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6 pacific edge, laguna beach

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$187 Single $94 TWIN/Double

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Swim, party and live it up at this classic travelers’ hostel right on the Venice Beach Broadwalk. With a friendly atmosphere and outgoing staff, expect good times at the great TV lounge and funky BYOB bar. There’s Internet, a kitchen and if you’re recovering post big night out, roll out of the snug rooms and stroll down to the breathtaking beach, a stones throw away!

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Sizzle in style at this chic boutique hotel set in the hip LA enclave of Manhattan Beach. This modern oasis with swanky decor and a unique flair boasts a superb restaurant, a fab bar and a free gym. Relax in the sunset garden, soak in the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi and catch up with free WiFi. Indulge in plush en suite rooms complete with fridge, iPod dock and much more! laxtbh

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Your own endless summer awaits at this beautiful hotel as the sand is just steps from your room. On the beach guests have complimentary use of lounge chairs, umbrellas and beach towels. There are also two heated pools, a whirlpool Jacuzzi and a poolside lounge area, featuring daybeds and ping pong tables. Surf the WiFi before hitting the surf for real! lagpac


Anaheim

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1 hilton anaheim

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$115 single $58 TWIN/Double

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2 sheraton park

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$155 single $78 Twin/Double

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• Relax with great service, steps from Disneyland • Re-energize in the outdoor pool or spa tubs • Get your coffee fix at the onsite Starbucks outlet

• Enjoy views from your room of nearby Disneyland • Soak in the outdoor whirlpool or heated pool • Lie out on the sundeck after a day of action

Steps from Disneyland, you can count on impeccable service at this smart hotel. Enjoy fantastic dining options, a seasonal poolside bar and grill and a Starbucks outlet. Work off your meals in the gym and take a break in the sauna and spa or with a massage. The outdoor heated pool and three Jacuzzis are the perfect way to relax after a long day in the theme parks.

Longing to stay in the heart of it? If so this hotel, one of the closest hotels to the Disneyland Resort, is perfect. Set in 11 acres of tropical gardens it has an abundance of upscale amenities including a fitness center and WiFi. The guestrooms feature private balconies with views of either the lushly landscaped patio and pool area or the Disneyland Resort.

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Palms 3 Desert Hotel and Suites

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$145 single $73 TWIN/Double

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Grand 4 Disney’s Californian Hotel

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$435 single $218 Twin/Double

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• Take a plunge in the heated outdoor pool • Free hot buffet breakfast • Great facilities, great rooms, great times!

• Relax in one of the eight world class spa treatment rooms • Hang out by the log fire • Convenient location in the heart of the park

This clean and contemporary hotel provides spacious rooms that are fitted with a kitchenette, microwave and fridge. Forget the hustle and bustle of the theme park and unwind at the hotel’s heated outdoor pool, whirlpool spa and fully equipped fitness room. Check out The Sandbox Bar & Grille which offers a very eclectic menu and the all important happy hour specials.

Located within Disney’s California Adventure Park this hotel is just steps away from the downtown Disney District. The cool lobby is inspired by a national park lodge and is complete with roaring fire and sky high ceilings. Relax in one of the outdoor heated pools or feel like a kid again on the themed water slide.

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SAN DIEGO

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hostels 1 usa san diego

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$26 dorm

2 handlery hotel

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In the heart of the historic and happening Gas Lamp district, this hostel offers many freebies like breakfast, lockers, activities and tours. It now also provides ‘privacy pods’ with screening, a reading light, shelf and power outlet for dorm guests’ added comfort. Enjoy free videos in the TV lounge, jump on the Internet and use the well-equipped kitchen. sanusa

Vista 4 Porto Hotel

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$105 Single $53 TWIN/Double

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$139 Single $70 Twin/Double

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3 hilton san diego

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$170 Single $85 Twin/Double

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One of the top hotels in San Diego, the Handlery Hotel & Resort was completely renovated inside and out during 2010, setting a new standard for affordable luxury. As a family-owned hotel, it offers personal service and a laid-back social atmosphere. Located near major attractions, it’s set in beautifully landscaped grounds which feature an outdoor pool and spa tub.

Set on San Diego’s famous Mission Bay, this romantic paradise of palms and sandy bay fronts features an Asian-inspired spa and sparkling heated pool. From championship tennis courts to fine dining, buzzing bars and fire pits, this retreat is simply grand. Soak up the sun on the patio, re-energize at the gym and kip in stylish en suite rooms complete with deluxe bedding.

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Situated in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy neighbourhood, this vintage inspired hotel provides guests with a unique European style. All of the guestrooms offer bay views just minutes away from SeaWorld® and a mile from the airport. Why not try out the hotel’s day spa, relax on the 4th floor terrace sipping a cocktail or take part in sunset yoga.

This great card is an all access attraction pass that gets you in to each of the 50 included parks, museums, and tours. Choose from 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 day cards to visit top attractions. The San Diego Zoo, a whale watch cruise and Legoland are just some of the options. Plus free multi-day admission to SeaWorld® San Diego exclusively with the 3, 5 and 7 day cards.

The highlight of SeaWorld® are the sensational Shamu® shows – they create an incredible set from the killer whale behaviours. Get wet on the Journey to Atlantis, brave the waves on Shipwreck Rapids and get on board for a heart pounding ride to the Wild Arctic. Manta, the brand new launch coaster is incredible. Watch rays underwater then experience the sensation of being one.

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California Coast

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western 1 best beachside inn, santa barbara

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$195 single $98 TWIN/Double

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$171 single $86 Twin/Double

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• Take in the stunning views of the California Coast • Chill out in the quaint private courtyard • Make a splash in the heated outdoor pool

• Treat yourself with a soothing body massage • Relax by the pool within the tropical gardens • Enjoy the views from your private deck or balcony

This oceanfront hotel exudes effortless flair and friendly service. Spend the day relaxing by the heated outdoor pool, sunbathing at the beach or simply lounge on the private patio or open sun deck. En suite rooms feature cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, high speed Internet and many have poolside or courtyard views. sbabwb

3 carmel mission inn, carmel

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$165 single $83 TWIN/Double

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Nestled within five acres of tropical gardens lined with palms and cascading bougainvillea, this luxurious, Spanish-inspired resort hotel is a blissful oasis. Sample the Treehouse Restaurant and bar, enjoy two heated pools and whirlpools, spa, sauna and massage service. Beautifully decorated, spacious en suite rooms boast a private deck or balcony with views.

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4 casa munras, monterey

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$149 single $75 Twin/Double

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• Minutes away from great local beaches • Bring your dog at this pet friendly joint • Live music on Fri-Sat evenings from Carmel’s local talent

• Delve into the amazing tapas • In the heart of the old-town of picturesque Monterey • Rejuvenate your mind in the Sano Spa

Just minutes from the village of Carmel by the Sea, these cozy yet spacious rooms will fit all your lodging needs. The array of amenities include a heated pool, hot tub, a fitness room, free parking and complimentary WiFi. Fuse Lounge Cafe reflects the hotel’s edgy ambiance with trendy design elements and serves up speciality cocktails, appetisers and entrees.

This hacienda-inspired hotel featuring fantastic fireplaces displays its Spanish heritage and syncs beautifully with its setting. Stroll in the gardens, lounge by the pool or on the patio with a cocktail from the bar and relish Mediterranean-style tapas at the restaurant. The stunning en suite rooms provide the perfect retreat and have WiFi, cable TV and signature beds.

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san francisco

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1 usa hostels

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$31 dorm $45 Twin/Double

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This property’s newest amenity is its ‘privacy pods’ in all dorms, providing screening from other guests and featuring a light, shelf and power outlet. Adding to this hostel’s offerings are a large lounge with pool and football tables, communal kitchen and dining area, a 50-seat theater, library, free walking tours and free WiFi. Private rooms are also available.

2 amsterdam hostel

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This little gem is a real home from home, located only three blocks from trendy Union Square. All rooms – shared dorm and private - feature a marble en suite bathroom. There’s also a huge common room, well-equipped kitchen and sociable terrace. Freebies include linen, luggage storage, Internet and WiFi, movie nights and an all-you-can eat pancake and coffee breakfast!

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4 bw americania

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$135 Single $68 Twin/Double

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5 hotel triton

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3 mithila hotel

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$58 Single $33 TWIN/Double

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Established in 1920, this historic downtown hotel is small and intimate. Not only is the location perfect, the price is perfectly kind on your wallet! After a day of sightseeing, relax in your clean and cozy room which includes a private bathroom, color TV, fridge, microwave and unlimited free WiFi. Other facilities include laundry, guest parking and a simple bakery-style breakfast.

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Check into this modern, Mediterranean-style hotel and experience San Fran in style! Soak up the sun in the heated outdoor pool, custommake your own burgers in the funky diner, surf the web with the free WiFi, relax in the tranquil courtyards or sink a martini in the cocktail lounge. Bright guestrooms have retro furnishings and modern touches such as satellite TV.

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$27 dorm

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Triton is a dynamic, modern, eco-friendly hotel with wacky designs inspired by pop culture! Feast your eyes on the contemporary art, indulge in in-room spa services and join the free (yep free!) wine tasting each evening. Exquisite guestrooms feature WiFi, zebra print bathrobes and fabulous views over the city. Expect the unexpected at this very hip pad!

This charming hotel is located in the heart of San Francisco within walking distance to Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. The heated outdoor pool and sundeck provide a relaxing atmosphere with unrestricted city views. Check out the Interlude Bar and Grill for live sports coverage and a very tempting happy hour. All rooms have fridge, coffee maker, TV and WiFi.

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$114 Single $57 Twin/Double

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This hotel is super smart and boasts pretty Victorian architecture. Contemporary guestrooms feature little extras such as iPod docks, robes and you can choose from en suite or shared bathroom facilities. Annabelle’s Bar and Bistro offers delicious pizza and happy hour drinks, and if you fancy a record deal, The Mosser is home to a high-tech recording studio! sfomos

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Beyond San Francisco Calling all you oenophiles out there! If you’ve seen the movie Sideways then come and experience California’s wine country for yourself. Combining the beauty of Muir Woods and the lush countryside of Sonoma and Napa Valley, enjoy a series of free tastings without arguing over who’s going to do the driving. Alternatively go all Grizzly Adams and head into Yosemite National Park for a true Yankee wilderness experience. Go for the day, overnight or take a longer tour. See pages 76-77 for details.

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With a downtown location second to none, this hotel is the freshest and most innovative boutique hotel in the city. Fusing contemporary and classic San Francisco, beautiful brick walls and mosaic murals, all keep in check with the hotel’s Art Deco history. Enjoy the complimentary morning coffee and evening wine reception at this sophisticated, upbeat hotel.

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A modern, contemporary hotel that has all the basics covered and a whole lot more. Friendly staff will share their local knowledge and amenities include a 24-hour gym, same day laundry and a complimentary daily shuttle to Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. All rooms have modern furniture, plasma TV, free WiFi, coffee maker, spacious bathroom and French balcony.

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A hotel with a good conscience. Decor at this trendy and modern eco hotel features reclaimed and recycled construction materials. It’s still got loads of mod cons - flat screen , iPod docks and free WiFi. There’s an awesome pizzeria on-site and you can work off the calories in the heated outdoor pool across the street, or borrow one of the resident bikes and wander on wheels!

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Positioned on the Embarcadero waterfront this hotel is set in the perfect location to admire the views of the financial district and San Francisco Bay. Enter the world’s largest atrium lobby of over 42,000 sq foot and enjoy a signature cocktail at the Eclipse Lounge. All rooms are kitted out with flat screen TV, iPod docking station and luxury baths. tsfo03

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This urban retreat is perfectly located on beautiful Fisherman’s Wharf and overlooking the breathtaking bay. The hotel is steps away from the city’s best attractions such as Pier 39 and Alcatraz. The recently revitalised rooms are extremely comfy and come complete with iPod docking station and free WiFi. The hotel also has a heated outdoor pool open year round. sforad

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Day Tours Not content with simply being a stunning and cool city, San Fran offers a wide variety of attractions both within the city and nearby. Check out some of the very best on page 76 including hop-on hop-off tours, freestyle sightseeing passes and of course arguably the most famous prison in the world - Alcatraz.

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Enjoy all of San Francisco with this superb value ticket. It includes a 48 hour Hop on Hop off Downtown Loop where you can see all the major sites such as Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. Choose two entrances from the amazing attractions such as a cable car ride, bay cruise, Aquarium Of The Bay, Wax Museum Fisherman’s Wharf or a two hour bike rental.

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This package includes an unlimited pass for 48 hours on the All Loops tour of San Francisco and your choice of three popular attractions such as a bay cruise, Muir Woods tour, bike rental, Go Car and more. See downtown San Fran, the very charming Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy a vibrant evening tour of Chinatown and Alamo Square.

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$89

Less than an hour from San Fran lies California’s Wine Country set in incredibly beautiful scenery. Spend the morning exploring the stunning Redwood Sequoia trees at Muir Woods. In the afternoon you’ll visit three boutique, family run Sonoma and Napa wineries and enjoy a complimentary tasting at each. Also enjoy a scenic stop at the Golden Gate Bridge.

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An early start means you get the most out of your time at Yosemite. In the Yosemite Valley stop to see El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls and Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View). In the afternoon, walk among towering giant sequoia trees, the world’s largest living things. Enjoy sunset as you approach San Francisco’s city lights.

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Tour the infamous Alcatraz with a self-guided audio tour of the prison cellblock. As well as return ferry trips to the island the package includes four sightseeing loops of San Francisco; downtown, Sausalito, Golden Gate Park and a night tour. Book early! Tickets for Alcatraz often sell out in advance and are booked for a specific date and time and cannot be transferred. sfoala

Half city insider’s day

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Let a local show you the sights like only a local can! The tour is really flexible so voice your requests and add that personal touch. You might watch surfers at Ocean Beach, see Golden Gate Park, take in the view from Telegraph Hill or visit historic Fort Point in the shadow of Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a fascinating insight to life in the ‘City by the bay’!

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highlights • Explore one of North America’s most famous national parks • Pick up from San Francisco hotels • Stay inside the park or outside the park

This amazing overnight tour is perfect for you savvy independent travelers! You’ll be picked up in San Francisco and taken to Yosemite to immerse yourself in the beauty of one of North America’s most famous national parks and admire the breathtaking scenery of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and Inspiration Point all while learning along the way from your extremely knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Spend some time exploring the park independently by taking a hike on one of the walking trails, rafting down the Merced river, rock climbing on the beautiful Yosemite granite cliffs or relaxing on an open tram tour of Yosemite Valley. Choose to stay in a tent-style cabin within the park itself in Curry Village which has an outdoor pool, mountaineering store and several restaurants all set in the shadow of Glacier Point and Half Dome. For a little more luxury you can upgrade to stay outside the park in the cozy View Lodge where all rooms have views of the mountain or river. Departs: Daily year round Accommodation: Tent cabin (1nt) Transport: Private mini-van Inclusions: Guided commentary, no meals Tour Code: SFO2DO

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• Camp on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Tahoe • Explore Yosemite’s granite peaks and thundering waterfalls • Wander through a grove of towering redwoods • Criss-cross through the incredible Sierra Nevada Mountains

• Don’t just frame the photograph, get active and get right inside it! • Take in the views of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome • Enjoy an overnight trekking expedition into the high sierra backcountry • Get back to nature with participation camping in beautiful surrounds

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San Francisco / Lake Tahoe Leaving San Francisco, head for the hills and traverse across the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains en route to the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe, which straddles the border between California and Nevada. Upon arrival into this American gem you’ll discover why it’s a hotspot for locals to kick back and relax. Lake Tahoe is well-known for its meandering trails, incredible vistas and its casinos. Get out there and swim, hike or enjoy a myriad of water-based activities in a dreamy setting followed by an optional sunset sailboat cruise, with five-star views guaranteed! Tonight you can top off your evening setting up camp on the shores of the lake. There’s nothing better than sleeping outdoors listening to the gently lapping of the water.

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Lake Tahoe / Yosemite National Park After crossing the out-of-this-world 10,000 ft Tioga Pass, you’ll catch your first glimpse of Yosemite’s exquisite landscape of glacier-carved cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Down in Yosemite Valley, check out the famous Nevada Falls for unparalleled views of El Capitan’s sheer granite rock face. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife too, as bears have been known to make the park their home. See for yourself why this truly is one of America’s top national parks. You will be rewarded by some amazing photo opportunitiºes. Well, if Ansel Adams made a decent living out of it, why can’t you? (B, L)

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Yosemite National Park / San Francisco Leaving the incomparable beauty of Yosemite behind you, stop at a grove of towering redwoods on the way to the ‘City by the Bay,’ San Francisco. En-route, feast your eyes on another impressive display of Mother Nature’s handiwork. Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world, growing to a whopping 120 meters in height and gaze at the landscape of northern California. Later on, head back to San Fran, where your mini adventure comes to an end. San Fran is home to the prison of Alcatraz, hippie Haight-Ashbury and the engineering marvel of Golden Gate Bridge. There’s plenty here to occupy you for several days so it might not be goodbye to your new-found traveling friends after all! (B, L)

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itinerary San Francisco / Coloma Meet your group in San Francisco and drive to Coloma where the trip gets underway with four hours of whitewater rafting on the American River. Different levels of rafting are available, depending on the skill of the group, but you’re guaranteed a thrilling, wet and wild ride! (L, D)

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Yosemite National Park One of America’s most famous national parks, Yosemite is characterized by its granite rock formations, waterfalls and sequoia trees. Settle into your campsite in the Tuolomne Meadows area and head out for your first hike; either to the evergreen forest around Dog Lake or a scramble to the top of Lembert Dome for views across the surrounding peaks. Day 3 sees you hiking the floor of the Yosemite Valley on trails to Vernal and Nevada Falls. The views from here are unchanged since they were captured in the black and white photography of Ansel Adams. On Day 4, a short drive to Glacier Point promises an even more awesome view from an elevation of 7,214 feet (over 2,100 meters). Hike the Taft Point Loop back down to the Valley for sunset views. Yosemite’s sheer rock faces are an ultimate rock climber’s challenge and, on Day 5 after a full safety briefing, you’ll enjoy a gentler introductory climb. (4B, 4L, 4D)

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Yosemite National Park (Backcountry Trek) These three days are dedicated to backcountry hiking to experience the rugged and remote parts of Yosemite, away from the main trails, and you’ll be asked to carry tents, sleeping bags and food with you. Trek through the beautiful pine forests, clear blue lakes and glaciers in the Southern Yosemite and Alpine Lakes sections of the park. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Yosemite National Park Switch to two wheels for a bike ride following the trail down to Lewis Creek, cycling past tall cedars and pines and hopping over boulders. The afternoon is free for optional activities including horse riding. Return to the campsite at Bass Lake for one last night with the group. (B, L)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Participation camping (8 nts), lodge (1 nt) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with WiFi, rafting, hiking, cycling Meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUYA

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$93 Single $47 Twin/Double

This ultra-glamorous spot epitomises Las Vegas. Accommodation is fit for the celebrity A-list, and real movie memorabilia is scattered throughout the rooms along with high-tech necessities creating an atmosphere of excitement, luxury and fame! Enjoy everything from red carpet movie premieres to hip bars, chic lounges and of course, an entertainment packed casino. TLAS02

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Roll up! Roll up! Living up to its name, this hotel boasts three world famous circus acts performing acrobatics, magic and juggling. As well as the indoor theme park with exciting rides, golf course, shopping promenade, three large casinos and three pools, amenities include free parking and a whole host of lip smacking dining options from burgers to buffets.

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Where else would you expect to see an erupting volcano outside your hotel than in the center of the Vegas strip. This mega resort has its very own dolphin and wild animal habitat as well as an indoor aquarium. The ultra modern rooms are large in size and well equipped. Add in the eleven restaurants, nine shops, two pools and a giant casino, you couldn’t ask for any more!

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• Dine 24-hours a day in a range of restaurants • Pamper yourself with a day at Nurture Spa and Salon • Try your luck at the in-house casino

• Ride down a meandering river in an exotic paradise • Unwind and revitalise at the MGM Grand Spa • Enjoy a cocktail or two at Tabu Ultra Lounge

How many times in your life will you be able to say you stayed and played in a pyramid? Luxor features comfortable and spacious accommodations and offers everything from fabulous entertainment and dining, to non-stop Las Vegas casino action. Take time out and treat yourself to a soothing massage or dip into one of several luxurious swimming pools.

The Tower offers the ultimate in elegance and comfort while the West Wing is a modern alternative of sleek, stylish accommodations. The shimmering pools provide a tropical oasis, surrounded by lush foliage, bridges, fountains and waterfalls – a sunbathers paradise. Party the night away, sipping classic cocktails at Tabu Ultra Lounge, Studio 54 or Vida Latin Late Night!

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Grand Canyon Extended Tours While it might not be the largest, deepest or longest canyon in the world, it’s certainly the most famous. While a day trip will give you a taste for its incredible beauty, you can’t beat getting down and dirty on an extended tour giving you the opportunity to spend a night or two out in the desert. Look at our options on page 81. A M A Z I N G!

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Sample some of the fourteen different restaurants, soak up the Nevada sun in the Garden of the Gods Oasis with its six different pools, or relax in the spa and Roman baths. That’s all before you’ve hit the enormous casino with its dramatic décor and the most exciting poker room in Vegas. Plus, The Colosseum plays host to some of the biggest names in showbiz!

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Want to stay at the only Las Vegas hotel with an 18 hole golf course, then this is the perfect choice for you. These two world class hotels are situated on the northern end of the Vegas strip, they are home to the ultra chic and popular XS and Tryst nightclubs. They also offer a full casino, private lagoon and waterfall, designer shops and an award-winning spa.

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The inspiration for Ocean’s 11 and the most famous hotel in town - but there’s more to this opulent hotel than the dazzling water fountain! Experience the classy casino, the five outdoor pools, rejuvenating spa, outstanding shopping, remarkable restaurants and a world famous Cirque De Soleil performance. A stay at the Bellagio has to be the ultimate Vegas experience.

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• Experience pure relaxation at the Canyon Ranch Spa • Take an authentic gondola ride down the Grand Canal • Immerse yourself in La Dolce Vita

• Enjoy great views from the terrace studio rooms with kitchenette • Feel like a VIP by day or by night at the exclusive clubs • Make the most of the amazing swimming pools

A taste of Italian luxury in Las Vegas. These two hotels are among the select ‘all-suite’ hotels on the Strip. Both provide a choice of fantastic restaurants, lush landscaped pools, hot tubs, spas, casinos, fantastic shopping and world-class entertainment. For a real taste of Italy take a romantic glide down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola.

The newest hotel on the Strip offers an intimate feel with unexpected detail creating a unique impression. Almost every room features an oversized terrace and it has three distinct pools, all with panoramic views of the skyline. Treat yourself in the Sahra Spa and Hammam, hang out at the day club, dine with world-class chefs and dance all night in the nightclub.

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Vegas Baby! If the partying and gambling gets a little too much then take yourself off for the day for something a little more cultural. Think helicopters, Harley Davidsons and 4WD trekkers. Throw in a canyon or two and you’ve got an unforgettable experience just waiting to happen. If these tours give you a taste for the lifestyle of the rich and famous then party like one on our Rockstar Nightclub tour with guaranteed fast-track entry into three of the coolest clubs in Vegas. Check out all our options on pages 80-81


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This once in a lifetime experience will give you unrestricted panoramic views of North America’s Natural Wonder of the World; The Grand Canyon. Your expertly trained and knowledgeable pilot will give you live commentary when you fly past the Hoover Dam, Bypass Bridge, Black Canyon before descending across the Colorado River. This truly is a five star experience!

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Combine two incredible experiences on this thrilling day tour. Enjoy an all inclusive airplane tour of the Grand Canyon and take in the breathtaking sights of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Hop on the back of a Harley Davidson for a guided tour of the South Rim, where you will stop at the viewpoint to soak up the amazing panoramic views.

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HALF grand canyon DAY sunset tour

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Fly over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, enjoying sparkling views you can only get as the sun goes down. Land on Hualapai Indian land for a champagne picnic, before descending below the Grand Canyon for an unparalleled view of the canyon walls. As the sun sets and paints a spectacular colored horizon, fly back to Vegas over the dazzling neon lights.

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Head across the Hoover Dam to the historic Grand Canyon Ranch. Check into your authentic Indian Teepee and jump on an optional horse-back ride. Enjoy a candlelit dinner, live entertainment and campfire songs under the stars. After breakfast board your flight for spectacular views of the Grand Canyon concluding with a flight over the Vegas’ Strip. lasgco

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Party like a rockstar and cruise around the Las Vegas Strip in style. Hop on board the luxurious limo party bus with its own bartender on board. The bus includes a full complimentary open bar!! Through the night you will visit three of the hottest “A” list night clubs in Las Vegas. Don’t worry about waiting in long lines or expensive cover charges, this tour is VIP all the way!!

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FULL GRAND CANYON DAY EXPEDITION

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This tour combines both the Black Canyon and Grand Canyon. After soaring over the blue waters of Lake Mead, the mighty Hoover Dam and magnificent Grand Canyon you will land in historical Boulder City. From here board a gentle boat ride along the base of Hoover Dam and continue the awe-inspiring float down the dramatic Black Canyon.

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Half GRAND CANYON day PICNIC TOUR

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Travel in a luxurious 4WD Tour Trekker across the Mojave Desert passing the Joshua Tree Forest en route to Grand Canyon West. Take a snap of the Hoover Dam before an exhilarating helicopter flight from the West Rim, soaring 4,000 feet down into the canyon for a picturesque boat trip on the Colorado River. Visit the amazing Skywalk out over the canyon before returning to Vegas. laswrd

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A limousine will pick you up and then take you to your helicopter for a flight deep inside the famous Grand Canyon. Enjoy a picnic and glass of bubbles below the canyon rim. You’ll gaze upon the spectacular sights of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and extinct volcanoes. The flight concludes with an exciting view of the Las Vegas strip before you land and are delivered back to your hotel by limo.

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Escape the city and spend a day exploring one of the most renowned sights in the USA. Make multiple stops at the Canyon, visiting Mather Point, the deepest part of the Canyon, as well as Bright Angel. With a packed lunch included, you will have time to explore, walk around and tour the Canyon at your leisure. This tour is all about making sure you get the full Canyon experience! lasdgc


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• Tell tales around the campfire at a cowboy camp • Tour Monument Valley and stay overnight with the Navajo • Experience the magnificent Grand Canyon at sunset

• Celebrate the New Year in style with other fun travelers, all aged 18-35 • See in the New Year at a hip Vegas nightclub with open bar • Explore the dazzling ‘Strip’ and unique Fremont Street Experience

Canyons, cowboys and Indians - need we say more?! Depart from Vegas and head to Lake Powell for a refreshing swim before spending the evening tucking into an authentic western barbecue with tales around the campfire at the rugged Paria Canyon Ranch. Saddle up for an optional morning horse ride and enjoy a short hike to Horseshoe Bend. Next, jump on a guided 4WD tour deep into Monument Valley for an overnight experience with the Navajo, staying in a traditional mudhut ‘hogan’. Pass through the Painted Desert en route to the Cameron Trading Post on top of the Little Colorado River Gorge - there will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Arrive at the Grand Canyon in time for sunset. Take an optional scenic helicopter flight before traveling back to Las Vegas via Route 66 and the Hoover Dam. Departs: Selected Mondays (May - Sep) Accommodation: Bunkhouse at cowboy ranch (1 nt), camping (1 nt), traditional hogan (1 nt) - sleeping bag required Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Guide: Tour leader Tour Code: TAXLV

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There couldn’t be a more exciting place to spend New Year than Vegas! This fantastic package provides three nights’ hotel accommodation and a ready-made group of friends to celebrate with. Arrive on 30 Dec, meet up with your group, cruise the ‘Strip’ and take in Fremont Street, home to the famous nightly laser light show. End the night partying like a rock star at a hip club. Lets face it there are plenty to choose from. Why not spend New Year’s Eve on a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon or get your picture below the ‘Welcome to Vegas’ sign? Re-join the party and welcome in the New Year at a club - entry and an open bar is included! New Year’s Day is all about the recovery, chilling out, factory outlet malls, a session at the casinos or seeing a live show. Depart on 02 Jan, and remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! Departs: 30 Dec 2013 Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner Tour Guide: Tour Manager Tour Code: COLVNY

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• Take in the best viewpoints of the dramatic Grand Canyon • Hike to Horseshoe Bend for an amazing view of the Colorado River • Marvel at Bryce Canyon’s weirdly shaped hoodoos

• Take a guided tour of the spectacular Grand Canyon • Tour Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon with a Navajo guide • Marvel at Bryce’s hoodoos and Zion’s towering canyons

If you want to see magnificent, dramatic scenery while you’re staying in Las Vegas but only have a short amount of time, then this is the tour for you. Wind past Lake Mead and over Hoover Dam towards the South Rim for an exhilarating helicopter flight before continuing onto Page and opt to join your guide on a hike to Horseshoe Bend for amazing views of the Colorado River. A bit of exercise never did anyone any harm! Day 2 is a tour of striking Antelope Canyon led by a Navajo guide. Time permitting, stop for a look at spectacular Lake Powell before heading past the Grand Staircase Escalante N.M. to Bryce Canyon where you’ll marvel at the weirdly shaped hoodoos. The striking rock formations in Zion are the last stop before arriving back into Las Vegas. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (1nt ) Transport: Private mini-van Meals: 1 breakfast Tour Guide: Experienced local tour guide Tour Code: LASGCC

Leave the bright lights of Las Vegas behind with this action-packed tour. First stop the impressive Hoover Dam and then the Grand Canyon where adrenaline junkies can take an optional helicopter ride. Stop at the Desert View Watchtower before continuing to the shores of Lake Powell. Take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend for an incredible view of the Colorado River. Day 2 starts with an optional float trip on the Colorado River before heading to Monument Valley for a 4WD tour led by a Navajo guide. On Day 3 you will tour Antelope Canyon, an incredibly striking slot canyon, and travel through Grand Staircase-Escalante N.M. to arrive at Bryce Canyon. A leisurely drive through Zion provides plenty of photo opportunities before arriving back in Vegas. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts) Transport: Private mini-van Meals: 2 breakfasts Tour Guide: Experienced local tour guide Tour Code: LASCOO

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bundu bus The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon and Death Valley are some of the greatest sights in the world. Strange as it seems, until the Bundu Bus started, it was almost impossible to get to them and spend time there, without owning or renting a car.

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Now thousands of people have taken advantage of Bundu’s knowledge of the area and their ability to connect the Grand Canyon, and other parks and sights of the west, with five major western cities. The entire network runs from 1 March - 31 September. See the map below for routes that run outside this time on a less frequent basis. FLEXIBLE TRAVEL You can pick up the bus in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Grand Canyon or Yosemite. You can buy individual tickets for each leg of your trip or alternatively the hop-on hop-off ticket gives greater flexibility – allowing you virtually unlimited travel for a certain period of time. Please note: there are some restrictions and conditions – ask a Travel

Expert for more details. A bus schedule is available online. You can use the real time reservation system to make bookings until the evening before the scheduled departure of a vehicle. For same day departures you can call. Seats are subject to availability so booking as far as possible in advance is advised. Please note that some sections of the network are seasonal. NATIONAL PARKS Tickets sorted, you’ll then have the ability to spend as long as you like exploring the incredible sights of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Death Valley, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Lake Powell, St. George, Jackson Hole and more! The entry fee into the national parks is not included in your bus ticket. A great option is to buy a National Parks pass – either online or when you enter your first park – which allows you and up to three friends access to all national parks for a year.

DRIVER GUIDES Bundu Bus offer an intimate service, generally using personal, small group, comfortable vehicles for up to 13 guests. Although some routes are long they travel through some of the most beautiful scenery on earth and you get to tour them for the price of your ticket! There are frequent photo opportunities – just tell your driver when you want to stop. Some routes are even free tours through the parks themselves. ACCOMMODATION Accommodation around the national parks can have limited availability. It’s best to book as far in advance as possible - ask your STA Travel Expert for help. In certain hard to reach areas, where it may be expensive to spend the night, the Bundu Bus schedule is arranged to allow you to take a tour of the area and then hop on the bus a few hours later. This is particularly true at Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASSES Travel anywhere on the network, as much as you like within the duration of your pass. Choose from 4, 7, 14 or 31 day passes: 4 days FR $274 7 days FR $373 14 days FR $492 31 days FR $596 ONE WAY TICKETS For those just wanting to get from A to B, simply opt for a one-way ticket. Many routes are available. Below are a few of the most popular and are also available in reverse. ROUTING PRICE Los Angeles to Las Vegas (vv) FR $45 Los Angeles to San Francisco (vv) FR $58 Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon (vv) FR $90 San Francisco to Yosemite (vv) FR $90

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• Take an early morning ride with trailside breakfast in the foothills • Choose from more than 180 well-trained horses • Keep your energy up with three tasty ranch meals per day

• Take two trail rides a day from the lowlands to the high hills • Get involved with cookouts, hayrides and country music • Gaze at the surrounding mountain views from the pool

This is the best known ranch program in Arizona, nestled among the majestic natural beauty of the Rincon Mountains, on the east edge of Tucson and adjacent to the Saguaro National Park. Prices include accommodation, three exquisite ranch meals per day and all regular scheduled ranch activities. Who hasn’t dreamed of saddling up a horse and riding out across the Old West in search of adventure? With more than 180 well-trained horses and 60,000 acres of pristine natural beauty to explore, there are plenty of desert horse riding experiences to be had. Take an early morning ride with the reward of a delicious trailside breakfast. Head off for a leisurely walk, ride or more experienced riders can go loping. Lessons are available for all abilities. Between rides there are desert hiking trails to explore on foot or mountain bike, tennis courts, swimming pools, a sauna and Jacuzzi. Accommodation: En suite room (1 nt) Meals: Full board - 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Inclusions: Scheduled activities Transport: Transfers from Tucson are available for a charge Note: Min 3 nt stay (Jan-Apr) Tour Code: TUCTVR

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Get your cowboy boots shined and throw your straw hat on! This authentic, family-run ranch that is ‘horse-shoed’ by picturesque trails wandering over 348 acres will certainly blow you away. Saddle up on horse back and trot from the lowlands of the Medina River to the high hills of Hill Country to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of valleys beyond. Get involved in fun activities such as outdoor barbeques and cookouts, hayrides, country music and dancing, shows and entertainers, fishing, exploring nature trails and much more! You’ll receive two trail rides a day interspersed with an actionpacked schedule and three tasty meals. Check out the tennis courts or laze by the wonderful outdoor swimming pool, where you can gaze at the views or get some strokes in. Gather around the buzz, mingle with folks and end the day on a chilled note with a complimentary beer or wine in the evenings. Accommodation: En suite room (1 nt) Meals: Full board - 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Inclusions: Weekly activity schedule Transport: Transfers from nearest airport San Antonio are available for a charge Tour Code: SATMAY

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WEST COAST ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Home to more than 2,000 natural, red sandstone arches including the iconic Delicate Arch. Explore via a loop road and take hikes through brilliantly colored, eroded canyons.

ZION NATIONAL PARK Sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, soaring arches and waterfalls make this park a photographer’s dream. A shuttle system is the only transport allowed between Apr and Nov.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK America’s first National Park is home to a large variety of wildlife and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hotsprings. The park is open all year round.

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Rose-colored spires called ‘hoodoos’, fins and mazes beckon you to explore on foot or by horse. A shuttle system operates from May – Sept and private vehicles are allowed.

MONUMENT VALLEY NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK A Hollywood backdrop favorite, this valley of monoliths and buttes is still a traditional Navajo homeland. It is accessible by private vehicle and guided Navajo tours.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Home to towering waterfalls, lush meadows, ancient giant sequoias and a vast wilderness area. The Tioga Pass is simply stunning and the granite cliffs are heaven for rock climbers. NATIONAL PARKS PASS A great option if you’re planning on visiting a few different parks. Purchase it online or when you first enter a park. It allows you and up to three friends access to all National Parks for a year.

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK Countless canyons, mesas and buttes make up the three distinct areas of this park. They offer amazing hiking and scenic viewpoints but each with a very different beauty.

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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK The South Rim, open all year, is home to the visitors center and a shuttle bus operates between different areas. The North Rim, at a higher elevation, is only open from May – Oct.

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EXPLORE THE PARKS with ease Go with the Bundu Bus: see page 78 Hire a campervan: see pages 16-17 Take a trip from Las Vegas: see pages 74-77 Self-drive: see page 61


dates for your diary

ARCHES

YELLOWSTONE N.P.

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CANYONLANDS N.P.

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NEVADA

17-27 January – Sundance Film Festival, Utah This is the largest independent cinema festival in the US, showcasing new work from American and international independent filmmakers.

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MONUMENT VALLEY

19-20 May - Arizona Barbecue Festival Enjoy mouth watering barbeque accompanied by live bands. Last year over 10,000 people came to be inspired by barbecue chefs making incredible dishes for the range of competitions.

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NEW MEXICO

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12 October - 4 Nov - Arizona State Fair The fair offers everything from the All Indian Rodeo and the US Armwrestling Championships to the ultimate in redneck entertainment...a demolition derby, all free with the admission.

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The Grand Canyon will take your breath, and your energy, away, so make sure you get some decent rest at this homely Holiday Inn. Start the day with hot Arabica coffee, signature cinnamon rolls and a swim in the beautiful pool. After a day of sightseeing refuel at any of the nearby restaurants, soak your muscles in the whirlpool or hook up to the free WiFi to share your photos.

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This modern resort is spread throughout the scenic Ponderosa Pine forest and is just a short trip away from the Grand Canyon, making this an excellent choice for your stay. Dining options include a café with ‘ready to go’ lunches ideal for hikers, and a sports bar with cold beer and wicked pizza. Rooms are motel style and in the summer months go rustic in woodland cabins.

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Located close to the South Rim entrance, the warm, relaxed ambience of this hotel is the perfect end to a day in the magnificent Southwest. Rooms are inviting, but with so many activities to choose from you might not spend too much time there! Splash about in the pool, go bowling in the fun center or if all the hiking hasn’t worn you out, try out the modern fitness center.

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Just minutes to Arches National Park, the Colorado River and close to Canyonlands National Park, this hotel is the perfect downtown Moab base from which to enjoy the activities nearby - rafting, mountain biking, ATVs, jeep trails and mountaineering. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. The large lagoon pool is perfect for a refreshing dip after an active day.

Nestled at the edge of a pine forest and at the entrance to the Bryce Canyon National Park, this clean and comfortable lodge has a restaurant and use of swimming pools and a spa at sister resorts located just across the road. By night, Ebenezer’s Barn hosts a fun evening with delicious western dinner, cowboy entertainment and live music by the Bar G Wranglers!

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This beautiful lodge lies in the middle of a hiker’s paradise among 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons and uninterrupted beauty. The lodge features complimentary WiFi, and historic cabins have a gas log fireplace and private porch. Motel rooms are also available. Relax on your porch, admire the spectacular views and wait for the wildlife to appear. spzzio

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29 August – 9 September - Moab Music Festival Join the 20th Anniversary Festival set in the spectacular Utah canyonlands. The event promotes music that has stood the test of time and performs it ‘in concert with the landscape’.

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• A stone’s throw away from the beach • Tuck into the free peanut butter & jelly toast breakfast • Hire out a moped and explore the island

• Take a dip in the tempting outdoor pool • Just one block from shopping at Ala Moana Shopping Centre • Try the great Chinese buffet

Just minutes from the beach action, this laid-back hostel will give you a top notch breakfast before you head out to rent boogie boards, surfboards and mopeds nearby. After a day in the sun, come back to fun with a nightly barbecue, free WiFi and no curfew! All rooms have A/C, TV and phone with free local calls. There’s a private bathroom and full kitchen in each unit.

Perfectly located just one block from Ala Moana Shopping Centre and a short stroll to Waikiki Beach. For those who don’t fancy the sand between their toes, check out the hotel’s pool and sun deck. The rooms are fresh from a recent renovation and are very clean and comfortable offering free WiFi, and cable TV. This a great value hotel for those on a tight budget.

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• Have breakfast on the beach with signature Hawaiian dishes • Treat yourself to delicious ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery • Located right on the beach

• Enjoy tropical drinks and entertainment at the nearby tiki bar • Watch the sunset from your room’s balcony • Check out the Hawaiian surfing history hanging on its walls

Located on a scenic stretch of beach, this Waikiki hotspot is all about fun and is bursting with vibrant colors. From the comfort of your room, you can sit back and take in the amazing views, or catch some rays by the gorgeous pool. Tiki’s Grill and Bar is a hip open air restaurant that draws in the crowds for its live entertainment and tasty menu - the coconut shrimp is legendary!

The cool Aqua Waikiki Wave is a hip boutique hotel steps from the sparkling sands of Waikiki Beach. Its sleek decor is filled with tributes to famous Hawaiians. The stylish rooms have interesting extras like microwaves, but you’ll probably prefer to dine on American fare at Da Big Kahuna or a taste of Hong Kong at the China Garden Restaurant.

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hopper 13 island self-drive Days

KAUAI NIIHAU

This is the perfect opportunity to explore the four main islands of Hawaii at your leisure. You’ll get 12 nights accommodation on a room only basis, three internal flights (Oahu-Kauai-Big Island-Maui) a full map and day to day itinerary plus sightseeing suggestions.

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Spend days 1-3 on Oahu with three glorious nights in Waikiki. Visit Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbour and watch the world class surfers on the North Shore. Grab your flight to Kauai and enjoy its lush tropical setting and extraordinary natural heritage for the next three days.

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• Steps away from the famous Waikiki Beach • Take part in the wine tasting social hour • Enjoy poolside entertainment from local artists and bands

• Enjoy varied dining from tapas to pool-side bites • Dip your feet in the pool as you laze on a chaise • Soak up incredible beach and ocean views

Built on Hawaii’s last princess’ former estate, this hotel is certainly majestic. Get involved with pineapple carving, hula lessons, lei-making, Hawaiian quilting or taste some Polynesian culture with the hotel’s nightly poolside shows. Elegant guestrooms are full of special touches and have a balcony with pool, city or ocean view.

This hotel is a modern monument to traditional Hawaiian hospitality. Whether you’re in search of a romantic break or seeking a rejuvenating escape, it is your gateway to Hawaii’s favorite playground, Waikiki Beach. It’s known for its breathtaking ocean-front views, its Edge of Waikiki infinity pool and award winning dining venues serving up locally grown produce. thnl02

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• Try the delicious cocktails at the Bakery Café • Live music every Friday • 24-hour access to the fitness center - gym bunnies rejoice!

• Enjoy traditional afternoon tea at the Beach House • Visit the Moana Lani Spa for Hawaiian healing treatments • Prime location on Waikiki Beach

This effortlessly trendy hotel is the perfect choice for budget minded travelers. All rooms have balconies, stylish décor, media center and modern amenities which makes it the ideal haven for your Hawaiian journey. Relax in the outdoor swimming pool and sundeck before visiting one of the ever so tempting restaurants. Don’t forget to try out one of the speciality cocktails.

This ‘First lady of Waikiki’ has been offering first class Hawaiian hospitality since 1901, and has a dazzling location in the heart of Waikiki Beach. Enjoy a wide selection of activities and dining options, and relax by the pool or in Waikiki’s first and only beachfront spa. All of the rooms feature signature beds, luxury amenities, flat-screen TVs and many have superb ocean views.

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Imagine lush tropical gardens, waterfalls, exotic wildlife and priceless artwork. This exquisite hotel is the only true resort in Waikiki, set within 22 acres of oceanfront paradise. Take a dip in one of its six pools and get involved in daily activities ranging from Hula classes to snorkeling lessons. Enjoy a romantic seaside sunset before retiring to your spacious guestroom. thnl06

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Dubbed “the pink palace of the Pacific” this fab hotel is located in the heart of Waikiki. Bask in the sun at the pool while admiring the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. All rooms offer custom dark wood, elegant furnishings and modern comfort. This hotel is perfect for relaxation and revitalisation, try out the award winning restaurant for delicious regional cuisine. thnl07

Right in the heart of Waikiki you’ll get to enjoy the spirit of tradition with a contemporary island style. Spend your evenings at the lively, legendary Duke’s Canoe Club or check out the ‘Society of Seven’ - voted the best show in Waikiki! Stretch out on the beach, join in with activities such as Ukulele lessons or chill at the beachfront pool during the day. Paradise!

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• An icon of luxury recognized around the world • Check out of the Abhasa Spa located in a tropical garden • Follow the tradition of brunch at the Surf Lanai Restaurant

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Following an extensive renovation this hotel provides Hawaiian tradition, with a modern and stylish twist. Its prime location means you are just a stone’s throw away from the inviting sands of Waikiki Beach where you can try canoeing and catamaran sailing. All the rooms provide total comfort with luxury amenities, Internet access and a mini-fridge.

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• Experience Hawaiian traditions with flower lei-making • Feast on the fresh and exciting island cuisine • Indulge yourself at the renowned Serenity Spa

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Arrive at Honolulu’s airport to a traditional lei greeting before taking your transfer to your hotel. For your first two days on Oahu kick back and relax with Hawaiian sunsets and enjoy the dramatic mountain views of Nuuanu Pali Lookout or swim in the warm waters of the world famous Waikiki Beach. Head to the airport and grab your inter-island flight to the island of Kauai. Over the next two days explore the magic of Kauai with magnificent sights, dramatic coastal scenery, charming sandy beaches and beautiful canyons. Take in as much of this beautiful island as possible before heading to the airport for your flight to the Big Island. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a journey off the beaten path the Big Island has it all. Experience the Grand Circle Island Tour and visit one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea) and all but two of the world’s climate zones that generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow capped mountaintops to beautiful black sandy beaches. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts) Transport: Inter-island flights - Honolulu to Lihue, Lihue to Kona and Kona to Honolulu including all taxes and fees, 3 roundtrip airport transfers, Grand Circle Island Tour from Kona Tour Code: HNLREA

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Expect a very warm Hawaiian welcome at this stunning hotel. Set amidst 27 tropical acres, this oceanfront resort enjoys a prime location along a the pristine Kaanapali Beach. There are three pools to choose from, two of which are located oceanfront, plus beachside cabanas to relax in. Snorkel, play tennis or enjoy a round of golf before retiring to your lavish room.

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Located at the dramatic point at which the legendary Black Rock of Kaanapali meets the ocean, this is a spectacular hotel for a dream Hawaiian vacation. Most rooms are ocean facing, with private lanais for soaking up the awesome view. The hotel displays the craftsmanship of old Hawaii and there are numerous dining options and endless ocean activities to take part in.

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This lavish beachfront resort is situated next to the scenic Wailua River. Each guest room offers breathtaking ocean views or intimate garden views. Enjoy Kauai’s only protected swimming and snorkeling beach, two swimming pools, jet spa, tennis court and fitness room. Dine at the Palms Restaurant for heavenly cuisine, cool cocktails and stunning Kauai sunset views.

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Nestled in the heart of Kihei with the Kamaloe Beach Park just across the road, this lovely little hotel combines sophistication with tranquillity. All of the stylish rooms feature artwork by local artist Avi Kiriaty. There is a complimentary shuttle to Kihei and Wailea which means exploring the island is easy! Check out the outdoor hot tubs and unwind with a mojito in hand while the sun sets. discounted rates available - 01apr13-30jun13 & 25aug13-20dec13

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A magnificent oceanfront resort on Kauai’s wild eastern coast. Retreat to beautiful rooms with patios and vistas of the ocean. Facilities include four pools, spa, private beach and lively evenings with classic cocktails and live music. The plantation style rooms surround you in tropical ambiance, island decor and bountiful amenities, such as cable TV and iPod docks.

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highlights • Gaze at Times Square’s billboards • Tour national monuments in D.C. • Get soaked by Niagara Falls mist • Enjoy pristine nature in Algonquin • Tour French-speaking Montréal • Sample flavours at Ben & Jerry’s • Visit world-famous Harvard University • Watch the sunset from Cape Cod

A whistle-stop tour of the eastern USA combined with the astonishing natural beauty of Canada, this tour is perfect for nature-loving city slickers. The man-made sights and sounds of New York City will impress you just as much as the natural Niagara Falls, while memorials, monuments and museums in both Philadelphia and Washington D.C. will help you learn about the history of America.

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New York City Arrive at any time and start to check out the sights of the Big Apple. There’s a welcome meeting in the evening where you will meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the rest of your group.

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Philadelphia / Washington D.C. Opt to stand at the top of the world and take in the views from the Empire State Building, before you head south to Philadelphia to discover the path of American history. Visit Independence Hall, where America’s first leaders drafted both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and explore the facts and myth surrounding the Liberty Bell, the symbol of freedom. Continue on to Washington D.C. and spend a full day exploring the USA’s fascinating capital city. Tour many of the National Monuments including the White House, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. (B, 2D)

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Allegheny National Forest Leave the city behind and get back to nature in the Allegheny National Forest. The scenic drive hugs the shoreline of the Allegheny Reservoir providing stunning vistas. Hike in the beautiful surroundings and then relax and cool off in the clear waters within the Allegheny National Forest. (B, L, D)

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Niagara Falls Travel to Niagara Falls and take the famous ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat tour to feel the rushing waters. Be warned – you’ll get a good soaking from the misty air! You can also opt to take a tour of the Cave of the Winds. You’ll stay until darkness sets in to witness the falls illuminated in a rainbow of color. (B, L, D)

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Toronto Cross the border into Canada and head to the diverse and thriving city of Toronto. An orientation walk gives you the full Toronto experience, showing off sights such as the Elgin and Winter Garden Theaters, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the CN Tower which you have the option to ascend for incredible views of the city. (B, D)

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Ottawa / Montréal Stop for lunch in Ottawa, the nation’s capital. Continue on to bilingual Montréal with time for a guided tour around the biggest French-speaking metropolis in the world, after Paris. You’ll instantly pick up its French influences. On Day 10 why not go cycling, jet boating or thrill yourself at La Ronde theme park? (B)

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Boston Cross back into the States and stop for some ice cream and a tour at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in the rural state of Vermont. On arrival in Boston, take a guided city tour, which includes Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail to discover the history of America’s Revolution. (L)

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You can’t beat this Eastern Escapade loop tour starting and ending in the ‘Big Apple’ and taking in the historic charm of Philadelphia and Washington D.C.’s monuments and memorials. Step back in time in the Amish Country and feel the spray from Niagara Falls before sampling the big city buzz of Toronto and the French influences of Montréal.

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Washington D.C. Turn back the clock with a visit to the timeless Amish Country, where the descendents of German settlers live a traditional, agricultural lifestyle free from the temptations of modern technology. You’ll also visit Arlington National Cemetery, burial place of John F. Kennedy, en route to the nation’s capital where you’ll enjoy a tour of many of Washington D.C.’s famous monuments illuminated after dark. Day 3 is a free day to see the White House, the US Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials. Browse the fabulous (and free!) museums of the Smithsonian Institute. (2B, D)

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Gettysburg / Pittsburgh Visit the important Civil War site of Gettysburg, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his groundbreaking Gettysburg Address, before traveling on to the increasingly trendy former ‘Steel City’ of Pittsburgh.

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Niagara Falls Say farewell to the USA and cross into Canada for a day exploring Niagara Falls. Get the best views from the base of the falls on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat cruise. Don’t forget to come back and take another look after the sun goes down as the Falls are beautifully illuminated in a rainbow of colors after dark.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake / Toronto The area around Niagara is famous for its orchards and vineyards, and especially for its ‘ice wines’ where the grapes are left to sweeten on the vine until the early frosts of winter. Start Day 6 with a winery tour and tasting session near the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, before skirting the shores of Lake Ontario to arrive in Toronto. Canada’s largest city is a multi-cultural mix of ethnic neighbourhoods and there’s plenty to see with a free day to explore on Day 7. Maybe catch a baseball game or zoom to the top of the world’s tallest freestanding structure, the CN Tower. (2B, D)

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Montréal Montréal combines its French heritage with a diverse global population, resulting in a cool cosmopolitan vibe and an unmistakable style all of its own. On a city tour, visit the Old Town, the Olympic Stadium and the Mount Royal, Montréal’s largest park. Spend Day 10 exploring at your own pace, soaking up its wonderful mix of old European charm and modern North American lifestyle. (B, D)

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Boston Today it’s on to historic New England with a tasty stop at the home of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. See Boston’s sights including Fanueil Hall, Boston Common and the original ‘Cheers’ bar, on a city tour followed by a free day to explore as you wish - don’t miss the chance to visit Harvard University. (B, D)

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Providence / New York See the capital of Rhode Island, Providence, before heading back to the bright lights of NYC where the tour ends and its time to say goodbye to your tour buddies. (B)

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This amazing tour takes in four of America’s finest cities: New York, Philadephia, Washington D.C. and Boston, and contrasts this with the beautiful rural scenery of the Finger Lakes plus the showstopper that is Niagara Falls. For anyone with a passing interest in America’s history, it’s hard to beat a tour which will see you standing in the room where George Washington signed the Declaration of Independence and walking on the Civil War battlefield where Abraham Lincoln delivered his epic Gettysburg Address.

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New York City Arrive at any time and get out exploring the sights of the Big Apple. From the buzz of Times Square to the locals’ hangouts on Bleecker Street and Greenwich Village, there is certainly no shortage of excitement here in the ‘city that never sleeps’. This evening, meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and your group at the welcome meeting.

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Philadelphia / Washington D.C. / Gettysburg / Harrisburg Head off to discover the foundations of American history in Philadelphia. It was here in 1776 that George Washington and his compatriots signed the Declaration of Independence, which triggered war against Britain. It was here in 1787, when Philadelphia was the first capital of the newly-independent nation, that the 13 colonies came together to debate the US Constitution, drafted by Thomas Jefferson. Both these momentous events took place in Independence Hall, and you’ll visit this beautiful building today for a guided tour before exploring the facts and myth surrounding the Liberty Bell, an enduring symbol of freedom despite its distinctive crack which means it will remain forever silent. Continue the short drive to Arlington Cemetery and take a moment of silence as you gaze into the eternal flame of John F. Kennedy’s grave, before enjoying some free time to explore Washington D.C. and the many free museums of the Smithsonian Institute. Spend the day exploring the capital’s many National Monuments and Memorials including the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Visit the National Mall and see the US Capitol Building before enjoying a stroll through the happening university district of Georgetown. This evening, make your way back to the National Mall to experience the magnificent sight of the monuments illuminated after dark. Visit the historic site of Gettysburg, scene of one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War and where Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

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Niagara Falls Travel back into New York State to witness the raging torrents of Niagara Falls and get well and truly soaked on a fantastic ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat tour taking you right to the base of the Falls, before diving into a world of discovery with an optional visit to the Cave of the Winds. Return to the Falls after dark to see them illuminated in a rainbow of color.

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Albany / Boston Take in the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region to view the towering Taughannock Falls, dropping an impressive 215 feet (64 meters) into a steep gorge. Explore this outdoors adventure area on foot; cool off in the crystal-clear water or just relax by the lake. Spend the night in Albany, capital of New York State. Head east into Massachusetts and take a guided city tour in Boston including the famous Freedom Trail. This red-brick walking trail reveals the history of America’s Revolutionary War and the events that led to independence from Britain. Stroll the narrow cobbled streets, enjoy a bowl of clam chowder down at the waterfront or cross Boston Common for a few pints of Sam Adams in the trendy bars of the Back Bay.

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New York City Enjoy the last afternoon with a city tour in New York City. View the Statue of Liberty, stand on top of the world of the Empire State Building (optional) and take a look back on 9/11 as you stand at Ground Zero. Enjoy a last dinner with your group tonight before finding a cool bar to say goodbye over a few beers. The tour sadly comes to an end on Day 9, and you’re free to depart at any time.

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Airconditioned private touring van with WiFi, walking Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow USD $225-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUEC

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Starting in the ‘Big Apple’ and winding up amidst the art-deco architecture and salsa vibes of Miami’s glamorous South Beach. Check out the monuments of Washington D.C., stretch your legs in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains and soak up the hospitality and culture of the Deep South. Party like there’s no tomorrow in New Orleans, then enjoy all the chills and thrills of Florida - chill on the beach at Panama City and thrills on the white-knuckle rollercoasters in Orlando!

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New Orleans Now we’re talking all that jazz! Head into the enchanting French Quarter of New Orleans, the ‘Big Easy’, where the Preservation Hall and the lively bars of Bourbon Street echo with chirpy trumpet and smooth sax. Do the Huckleberry Finn thing and chug along the Mississippi River on an optional steamboat cruise, head down to the beautiful Garden District on the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar or grab a strong coffee and sugar-coated beignets down at the Café du Monde. Look out for gators on an included swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun Country, a unique but fragile ecosystem and a world apart from the nightlife of New Orleans.

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Panama City Beach / Florida Coast Travel along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline to the Florida Panhandle and relax on the beaches at Panama City. Lounge on the sand, catch some rays, devour the pages of your favorite novel or jetski the afternoon away. Pack your glad rags and dancing shoes as the party simmers into the small hours at the hippest, hottest beachfront clubs of the Gulf Coast. Day 9 may be the perfect day to recover on the beach. On Day 10, head farther along the Florida Coast keeping your eyes peeled for that perfect beach stop. Spend another day in paradise working on your tan or try snorkeling or tubing in one of Florida’s many crystal-clear natural springs.

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Orlando Forget your age, admission to DisneyWorld is included and it makes a big kid of one and all. With three nights here you also explore any number of Orlando’s other outstanding theme parks. Battle with Voldemort at the new Harry Potter World at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, meet The Simpsons at Universal Studios, be drenched by killer whales at SeaWorld or cross the final frontier with a trip to the Kennedy Space Center. If you want to cool off, you can slip-slide your way around Wet ‘n’ Wild, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon or SeaWorld’s Aquatica, the only difficult decision is which of those four great water parks to choose!

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), participation camping (11 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with free Wi Fi access Budget: Food Kitty USD $10 per day, en route hotels to be paid locally approx USD $55 x 2 nights Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Activities: Louisiana swamp tour, admission to DisneyWorld Note: Do not book an onward flight before 9pm Tour Code: TAAN

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New York City / Newburgh Enjoy a city tour of New York. Take an optional boat tour to Liberty Island, home of the famous Statue of Liberty, or ride to the top of the Empire State Building for the awesome views. Later, enjoy your first night camping with the group and chill out around the campfire. (D)

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Finger Lakes Discover the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes. Visit towering Taughannock Falls and explore this beautiful area on foot, cool off in the crystal-clear water or just relax by the lake. There is also the option to head off exploring in a canoe. (B, L, D)

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Niagara Falls Travel to Niagara Falls, and get close up close to the thundering torrents on a ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat tour. This afternoon, there’s an optional excursion to the Cave of the Winds, returning in time to see the falls spectacularly illuminated once darkness falls. (B, L, D)

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Cleveland / Sandusky Dive into the history of rock ‘n’ roll at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which houses a world-class collection of memorabilia and traces the history and social context of rock music and the artists that made it their own. (B, L, D)

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Philadelphia / Washington D.C. Discover the path of American history with a visit to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where George Washington and his compatriots signed both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Explore the facts and myth surrounding the Liberty Bell, the symbol of freedom, before continuing to Washington D.C., the nation’s capital. On Day 3, enajoy a full day touring the many monuments and memorials that line the National Mall, including the US Capitol, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. Browse the free museums of the Smithsonian Institute or take a trip out to Arlington Cemetery to see the eternal flame of John F. Kennedy’s grave and to pay your respect to the fallen soldiers. (B, 2D)

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Appalachian Mountains The Blue Ridge Parkway through the Appalachian Mountains is filled with beautiful scenery. Relax and enjoy the fresh, clean air as you stand on top of the peaks of Shenandoah National Park. (B, L, D)

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Nashville / Memphis Continue on to Nashville, the capital of country music where you’re sure to have a great night out in its real cowboy bars. On any given night, up to 50 of the bars on Broadway have live music, so if you don’t like the band, it’s no problem, just go next door! Your next musical destination is Memphis, where you can start with an optional tour of Elvis’ mansion, Graceland. Explore the Rock & Soul Museum, Sun Studios and the Gibson guitar store. Don’t miss the rewarding National Civil Rights Museum, located on the site of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination. At night, the bars of Beale Street promise live blues and rock. (2B, 2L)

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New Orleans Travel to New Orleans in time for an orientation tour or an optional visit to nearby plantation homes. Spend a final night of fun with your group in the uniquely historic and liberating French Quarter, dancing to jazz and enjoying tasty Creole food. Depart at any time on Day 8. (B, L)

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From the relaxed beauty of the Southern States to the fast-paced lifestyle of the East Coast hotspots, you’ll get a good taste of diverse North American culture! Chill on beaches down in the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida, be charmed by traditional southern hospitality and pay your respects in the nation’s capital.

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New Orleans Meet up with your group in the ‘Big Easy’ and meander through the warm and soulful culture of the French Quarter. Feast on spicy Creole cuisine, fall under the spell of voodoo and hit the bars along Bourbon Street for a night of dancing, live jazz music and an ‘anything-goes’ atmosphere!

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Panama City Beach (or Tallahassee) Travel through Sweet Home Alabama to the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida. Tours departing in Jan/Feb 2013 will stay in the state capital, Tallahassee. Tours departing after this date stay in the fun and lively beach resort of Panama City, where you can relax on the white beaches and swim in the warm, crystal-clear waters. (B, D)

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Orlando Head inland to the non-stop fun and excitement of Orlando, Florida’s world-famous entertainment hub. Take full advantage of your one-way transfers to explore the various theme parks. There’s nowhere quite like Walt Disney World, but with new rides including The Simpsons and Harry Potter opening at Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, it’s a tough call! If you want to cool off, hit one of the water parks, such as Blizzard Beach, Wet ‘n’ Wild or SeaWorld’s Aquatica. (2B)

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Miami / Cocoa Beach Venture south to glamorous Miami and spend the next two days getting into the up-tempo, Latin-influenced groove of this flashy global city. Chill out on one of the many beaches, max out your credit card shopping, or star spot in South Beach’s hottest clubs. Admire the art-deco architecture and the white sands of South Beach on an included bike tour. Head north along the beautiful coast to the surfing capital of Florida’s east coast, Cocoa Beach. (2B, D)

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Kennedy Space Center / St. Augustine Touch base with outer-space as you explore Kennedy Space Center and learn about the exciting history of American space travel. Travel on to picturesque St. Augustine and explore its Spanish heritage, visiting Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a 400-year-old fortress. (B, D)

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Savannah / Charleston / Raleigh Walk the cobblestone streets of America’s oldest city before heading to Savannah, with its lively waterfront. See the historic city squares, homes and gardens made famous by the film ‘Forrest Gump’. On Day 10 see the Old South in all its graceful glory with a stop in Charleston where there are a number of large antebellum mansions. Arrive in the evening in the college town of Raleigh, capital of North Carolina. (2B, D)

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Richmond / Washington D.C. Stop off in Richmond, a city steeped in American history, on your way to Washington D.C. Tonight, experience a tour after dark to see all the monuments and buildings beautifully illuminated. You have two full days to explore this distinguished city - enjoy the endless menu of must-do’s. See the Pentagon and the White House, the Capitol Building and Washington Monument to learn about the history of the States. Pay your respects at the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam War and Korean War Memorials, and pay a visit to the Smithsonian Institute and other museums for some cultural history. Head over to the quaint university district of Georgetown or visit Arlington National Cemetery to see the changing of the guard. (B, D)

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While the East and West Coasts of America tend to hog the limelight, the Midwest and Deep South are just bursting with interest, and this 15-day adventure serves it up right! Get a taste of the heartland of America with a barbecue in St. Louis, a Cajun dinner in New Orleans or a slice of deep-dish pizza in the ‘Windy City’. Burn off the calories hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains or learning how to line dance in the country music bars of Nashville and Memphis.

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Louisville / Nashville Head south into the state of Kentucky to the city of Louisville, whose claim to fame is the Kentucky Derby, the first and most famous of the thoroughbred horse races that make up the Triple Crown. Enjoy an optional visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum or take a free tour of the Jim Beam distillery to learn how bourbon is made. Welcome to the world’s undisputed capital of country & western music, Nashville, where you can visit the incredible Country Music Hall of Fame or catch a performance at the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Dinner tonight is included at a country music bar where you can learn a few line dancing moves, before heading down to the bars of Broadway. Live music can be enjoyed every night of the week here, and if you don’t like the band, just head next door, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste and there’s rarely a cover charge. (D)

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Asheville / Atlanta Set amidst the wonderful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smokey Mountains, Asheville is a hip little place with a forward-thinking arts and music scene, chilled-out cafés and great veggie restaurants. It is also home to around 50 micro-breweries, earning this mountain town the name ‘Beer City USA’. Spend the morning hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains, one of America’s most-visited national parks with its huge variety of natural flora and fauna, before heading down to Georgia’s capital city, Atlanta, famous as the home of Coca-Cola and CNN, and as the host city of the 1996 Olympic Games.

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Panama City Beach As the main beach resort in Florida’s Panhandle, the lively and unpretentious town of Panama City offers nine miles of sandy beach and emerald-green waters, and is well worth a visit. Optional activities here include jetski rental, boat trips, parasailing and fishing charters. Compulsory activities are pure fun and relaxation!

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New Orleans Travel along the southern edges of Alabama and Mississippi and cross into Louisiana for a guided city tour of the ‘Big Easy’, New Orleans, including a visit to world-famous plantations. Take an optional swamp tour or a steamboat ride along the Mississippi River, and taste the spicy Creole-influenced food that defines the city. Grab a frozen margarita and bar-hop your way along the live jazz bars of Bourbon Street, admiring the beautiful French Quarter architecture and getting yourself ready for a legendary night out. (D)

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Memphis Head to the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, the blues and soul music, Memphis, a city defined by Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Johnny Cash. Tour the legendary Sun Studios and re-live history at the fascinating National Civil Rights Museum, built around the shell of the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968. Elvis fans won’t want to miss an optional tour of his small but extravagant mansion, Graceland, and no selfrespecting music fan can fail to enjoy a good night out in the live blues joints along Beale Street.

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St. Louis On the banks of the Mississippi, St. Louis is famous for two things - the best barbecue in America (that’s tonight’s dinner sorted!) and the Gateway Arch, which stands at an impressive 630 feet (189 metres) tall. (D)

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Chicago Return to Chicago for an afternoon city tour and time for further exploration before a last night out and a farewell dinner of (what else while in Chicago?) deep-dish pizza! Your tour ends at any time on Day 15. (D)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (14 nts) Transport: Airconditioned private touring van with WiFi Meals: 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $300-350 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUCC

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Boston / Portland Enjoy two days in New England’s largest city. Spend some time walking the Freedom Trail, which highlights the most important historical sites in the city. Visit the site of the Boston Tea Party, Harvard University or from April to October you can head out whale watching. A scenic drive along the coast takes you north through Salem, the site of the infamous witch trials of 1694. Arrive into Portland, a historic city with a charming restored waterfront, the perfect place for a spot of Maine lobster.

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Portland / Mid Coast Maine / Bar Harbor / White Mountains Bar Harbor is the entrance to the Acadia National Park, boasting more than 47,000 acres of lakes, ponds, mountains and ocean shoreline. Enjoy the striking scenery and mountain trails in the park. You’ll travel through the White Mountain National Forest with a backdrop of over 700,000 acres of protected forest and the tallest peak in the East, snowcapped Mt. Washington. Enjoy the meandering road through vast forests, old logging roads, and Indian hunting paths.

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White Mountains / Green Mountains / Connecticut River Valley On your way to Vermont treat yourself to an ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory! Enjoy the classic New England landscape and architecture - a mountain ridgeline, winding river, hillside farms and quaint villages. Manchester Village is a lovely stop on your way to the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts and visit the Hancock Shaker village, a restored 19th century settlement.

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Connecticut River Valley / Newport / Cape Cod / Boston Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be more scenic roads in New England, you’ll experience US Route 20 across southern Massachusetts through Sturbridge and the Blackstone River Valley on your way to Newport, Rhode Island. Here you can visit some of the summer mansions of America’s first millionaires. Relax on the beautiful beaches and sand dunes of the Cape Cod peninsula before returning to Boston via Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town.

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Miami / Key West Soak up the sun on trendy South Beach and admire the Art-Deco District of buzzing Miami. Follow the coast south to Key West and jump on a trolley tour with the Conch Trainto see this beautiful island. It’s a great place to relax and you can soak up the Caribbean atmosphere in the old town around Duval Street. Don’t miss a wonderful sunset, best viewed from Mallory Square.

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Key West / Naples / Clearwater Stop for a picnic in one of the State Parks or take a snorkeling tour through the clear waters of this area. Travel through the Everglades National Park where you can stop to enjoy one of the famous airboat tours – watch out for the alligators! You can also visit an alligator farm to see the amazing creatures up close. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and beautiful beaches of Naples. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset from the beach. Continue along the Gulf Coast to Clearwater, known for being the sunniest city in Florida. What a wonderful combination of sun, sea and sand.

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Clearwater / Orlando Only in Orlando can you find such a variety of theme and adventure parks. Find your inner child at the Disney Parks, hang on tight at Universal Studios and cool off at Wet ’n’ Wild. At SeaWorld don’t miss the incredible ‘Shamu’ show and feel yourself fly like a ray on ‘Manta’. Spend a couple of days getting your thrills at whatever combination of theme parks you choose – we recommend them all!

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Orlando / Fort Lauderdale / Miami The best way to discover Fort Lauderdale is by water taxi. Its uncountable waterways have earned it the name ‘Venice of America’. You’ll then travel on to Palm Beach where the rich and famous hang out. You may well be able to catch a polo game – but make sure you’ve got your best outfit for it! Return to hip Miami where you can drop your car before heading home or on to the next part of your trip.

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• Walk to Midtown’s most popular attractions in minutes • Work out in the well-equipped fitness center • Coffee is always at hand at the 24-hour café

America is all about BIG and this hostel is no exception boasting to be the biggest in the country. We all know bigger is better and you won’t be disappointed with a list of facilities a mile long including a chic café, private patio, TV and games room, free WiFi and a massive kitchen. It’s not lacking in the location department either located on the chic upper West Side.

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Spend your money on the city not your room – the Pennsylvania offers an unbelievable price and an unbeatable location. After a long day of sightseeing, return to your back-to-basics room with features including hairdryer, iron and cable TV. The coffee shop is open 24 hours a day and the hotel is comfortable and relaxed with friendly service.

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This hostel, fabulously located in New York’s fashionable East Side, offers amazing value. There’s 24-hour reception, free WiFi in the common areas, cable TV, A/C, laundry facilities, safe deposit boxes, luggage storage and access to a swimming pool and gym. Rooms are clean, cozy and sufficient – choose from a single or bunk-bed room with shared bathroom. nycvan

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Calling all bargain hunters! This traditional hotel is the best bang for your buck you will find on Times Square. Just a few minutes walk to… well, everything New York is famous for! There’s a small coffee shop on site for a caffeine kick - all that shopping is tiring you know, and a bar to grab a pre-dinner cocktail. Guestrooms have cable TV, private bathroom and air-con. tnyC02


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Elegant, opulent and oozing class, this gem is like the baby sister to the famous Waldorf Astoria. Set in a classic New York building the luxurious lobby is something to behold. The large rooms are traditional in style and have cable TV and Internet access. Some rooms even have three full beds. There’s a fitness center to work off the free morning coffee and muffins. nycwol

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• Overlooks the man-made wonder of Central Park • Hit Midtown in 15 mins with the subway just a block away • Rooms are small but very clean and comfortable Directly across the street from Central Park, this inexpensive hotel is ideal for experiencing both the busy streets and the green oasis of upper-central Manhattan. Clean and quiet rooms are equipped with cable TV, A/C, iron, hairdryer and marble bathroom. When hunger strikes, the friendly staff can recommend a good restaurant, café or deli nearby.

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This sweet hotel has a trendy Tribeca postcode, great value rooms and a subway opposite the hotel – ideal for zipping around New York’s hotspots. Guestrooms have beds with luxury linen, iPod docking stations and complimentary WiFi. Wake up to tasty blueberry pancakes in the art-deco style café, and check out Robert De Niro’s ‘Tribeca Grill’ just a few blocks away.

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Housed in a Beaux Arts building, this refined hotel just oozes style with its sleek furnishings and shiny floors. Modern guest rooms are delightfully decorated in cherry red and soothing cream tones and feature cable TV, A/C and a marble en suite with divine bath products. Chink glasses in the Martini lounge before heading out to the exciting city sights on your doorstep.

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This popular hotel is one of Midtown’s more established and enjoys a convenient location close to Penn Station. Fresh from a recent re-design, rooms are medium in size and come with all the amenities you would expect. Chow down anytime you like at the 24-hour American diner, work up a sweat at the gym or surf to your heart’s content with free Internet as standard.

As the name suggests this hotel has an unbeatable location just two blocks from the Rockefeller Center and steps away from the bright lights of the Broadway theater district. Rooms are surprisingly spacious and offer everything you need for a comfortable stay. The hotel has an indoor pool and fitness center but does not feature a restaurant.

Located in the heart of Murray Hill, one of Manhattan’s fastest growing neighbourhoods, this fab hotel is set among New York’s trendiest new boutiques, restaurants and bars. Fresh from a recent restoration, the rooms offer great comfort, plush bedding, sleek and spacious bathrooms and luxury amenities such as complimentary WiFi.

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• Recently renovated rooms offer maximum comfort • Head to Niles for great food, stylish decor and lively atmosphere • Choose your own pillows with six different styles True to the famous Affinia trademark of luxurious style, this fully renovated Manhattan gem is polished to perfection. Guestrooms are equipped with iPod dock, flat-screen TV and a your very own pillow menu. Head down to Niles Restaurant for a trendy vibe and contemporary cuisine or wind down your day with a SPAffinia in-room treatment - pure bliss!

• Enjoy the monthly art exhibitions and social events • Find a stylish room to fit every budget, including bunk bed dorms • Stay in one of the funkiest buildings in NYC Definitely one of the funkiest hotels in New York with its Warhole-esque artistic flare. Beyond the eye-catching exterior and reception, every corner is filled with fantastic art. Exhibitions, wine and cheese evenings and poetry slams are held each month. You won’t be disappointed whether you’ve splashed out on an opulent private room or bagged a ‘bunker’ dorm.

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Make your stay in New York City a memorable one with this great tailor-made welcome package. You will be met by a friendly face at the airport and taken to your comfortable accommodation. Spend three fun-filled nights at HI NYC, the largest hostel in North America which is close to the subway and has lots of cool restaurants on its doorstep. There is so much to see in the city that never sleeps, it really is hard to choose what to cram into your day but we’ve thrown in the New York Pass which covers all bases. With free entry to over 70... yes 70 top attractions such as the iconic Empire State Building, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and Yankee Stadium to name a few! Departs: Daily Accommodation: HI NYC Hostel (3 nts) Transport: Return airport transfers Sightseeing: New York Pass Tour Code: NYCHIN/ NYCPAS/ NYCAIR

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• Hang out in the Hudson, The Hall or The Library bars • Laze on the stunning roof terrace with cocktail in hand • Explore Central Park, right on your doorstep

This recently renovated, luxurious hotel is centrally located, towering above Grand Central Terminal. The sleek and modern rooms create a feeling of home with exceptional comfort, peaceful color tones and contemporary décor. Check out New York Central with its open kitchen, illuminated bar, custom-made chandelier and wall of windows overlooking the city! Wow.

Urban adventure, daredevil design and true affordability meet in the Hudson. It’s stylish, young at heart and utterly cool. Grab a coffee from the lobby and head round the corner to Central Park. It has some of the hottest bars in town, including the cozy Library bar and a stunning roof terrace in summer perfect for sunbathing and cocktails. It will be hard to leave.

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• Live like a real New Yorker in your own apartment • Awesome location nestled between 5th and 6th Ave • Check out the rooftop terrace boasting fabulous views

• Minimum four night stay in these convenient apartments • Feel independent with your own kitchen and living room • Feeling energetic? Hit the fitness room

Feel like a true New Yorker in your very own luxuriously furnished apartment right in the center of Manhattan. With all the amenities you could possibly need - a fully fitted kitchen, flat screen TV, WiFi access and free laundry facilities. There’s a gym and a small rooftop terrace - best enjoyed over drinks with friends before heading out into the city.

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These funky studio apartments sleep two people. They are perfect for short or extended stays in the Big Apple when independence and comfort are your priorities. Flop in front of the flat screen TV in the living room, cook up a storm in the fully fitted kitchen, use the fitness room or get online with the free WiFi.

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• Superb location with great transport links across the city • Slurp on cocktails in The Lounge • Grab a munch 24/7 at Market


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When you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped but still want to sightsee minus the effort, hop on this Circle Line Cruise. You’ll get a live narrated tour as you view New York’s skyline, the World Financial Center and the Statue of Liberty. See Ellis Island, the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States. It’s a great way to see more of the city.

Get your camera ready because this cruise will take you on a journey the whole way around Manhattan Island. A live guide will narrate you up three rivers, under seven bridges and point out over 25 famous landmarks including the Empire State Building, Wall Street, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium and Brooklyn Bridge.

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A spectacular way to see New York! Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride as you pass the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge. There’s nothing like a bird’s eye view to help you get to grips with the size and layout of the city - from Wall Street and Ground Zero to Central Park, the Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge and beyond.

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A comprehensive ticket giving you 48-hrs of hop-on hop-off doubledecker fun. The Downtown and Uptown Loop will take you through diverse neighbourhoods to view some of the most recognisable landmarks. The sparkling Night/ Holiday Lights Tour and fascinating Brooklyn Loop are also included but are not hop-on hop-off.

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On this guided New York tour, follow in the footsteps of the girls - drink where they drank, shop where they shopped and gossip where they gossiped. It’s an entertaining way to see Manhattan’s neighborhoods taking in more than 40 locations from the show! And as you drive by the exciting landmarks, you’ll view the original clips from SATC scenes.

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Don’t miss The Beast...New York’s very own white-knuckle thrill ride. Your captain will take you for a wet ‘n’ wild ride through the New York harbor. Hold onto your hats because you’ll be soaring past the skyscrapers at a heart-pounding 45mph. Stop for a quick close-up photo opportunity of the Statue of Liberty. Its a pure thrill! nycbes

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Three must-see attractions combine to create this great value package! It’s valid for 14 days once exchanged allowing you to skip the line at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and access all exhibitions. Head to the 86th Floor Observatory at the Empire State Building and see the Statue of Liberty on a Circle Line Cruise or the Beast speedboat.

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Visit over 40 sites from TV shows and movies set in NYC. Guided by actors and actresses you’ll get to see where your favorite characters live, work and play. The guides will test your knowledge of every TV theme song you can remember, share lots of TV and movie trivia with you and even give you tips on how to get tickets to live shows!

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This cruise provides remarkable views of the New York City skyline as the ship sails down the Hudson, cruises around the Battery, up the East River and back to the 42nd Street Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises pier. As you enjoy the landmark backdrop, colorful commentary from expert NYC tour guides punctuates the experience.

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Get your dose of gossip on this tour of all the Gossip Girl sites - great locations from North America’s most popular teen drama. Take a look at the Upper East Side elite society of sex, drugs, jealousy and the pressures of the prestigious academic institutions they attend. You’ll also see where the young cast hang out in trendy Lower East Side.

$83

Want FREE entry to over 80 top attractions? The New York Pass offers great value and convenience, and also enables you to jump the queues at selected attractions. There are also special offers such as discounts on sightseeing tours, and at restaurants, theaters and departments stores. Choose from a 1, 2, 3 or 7 day pass.

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Do you want a real-life peek into the Sopranos? You’ll tour through the Jersey suburbs where Tony Soprano and his mafia buddies hang out. Tour guides are actors that have appeared as stand-ins or extras and will share little known facts and behind the scenes info with you. This one-of-a-kind tour is a must for any Sopranos fan! nycsop


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highlights • Get a true taste of the ‘Big Apple’ with a half-day sightseeing tour and an authentic pizza lunch • Stroll the National Mall in Washington D.C. & tick off all the monuments and presidential memorials • Wander the cobbled streets and cultured landmarks in Philadelphia, birthplace of the nation

Departs: Select Wednesdays (May-Oct) Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts - 1 nt multishare) Transport: Private mini-van with WiFi Meals: 1 lunch Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TAXNW

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highlights • Get soaked (or buy a poncho!) at the base of Niagara Falls on a ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat cruise • Hike to waterfalls and go for a swim while camping at New York State’s Finger Lakes • Stop at the Woodbury Common Outlet Mall for top-name brand shopping galore

Leave the bright lights of New York City behind, and experience the thundering wonder of Niagara Falls before venturing deep into upstate New York with a night by the shores of the Finger Lakes. On Day 1 head for the Delaware Water Gap on the famous Appalachian Trail. After a scenic stop in the Pocono Mountains, you’ll make your way to the incomparable Niagara Falls. Cross over Rainbow Bridge into Canada for an illuminated night-time view. On Day 2 it’s time to get up close (and very wet!), on an included ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat cruise to the thundering base of the falls. You’ll then make your way through wine country to the shores of the beautiful Finger Lakes, where you can hike to nearby waterfalls or go for a refreshing swim. Return south to the New York area on Day 3, stopping for a shopping spree at the 228 stores at Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Mall. Departs: Every Sun, plus Wed (May-Sep) & Thurs (Jul-Aug) Accommodation: Budget lodges (2 nts) Transport: Private mini-van with WiFi Meals: none included Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TAXNY

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highlights • Celebrate the New Year in style with a group of fun and up-for-it fellow travelers, all aged 18-35 • Take a cruise to the Statue of Liberty and ride the elevators 86 floors up the Empire State Building • See in the New Year with a fantastic dinner and an open bar right in the heart of Times Square

Celebrate an awesome New Year in New York! Arrive on 30th December and head out into the buzzing city with your ready-made group of new friends. Check out the city’s iconic sights, and get a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan’s skyscrapers on an optional helicopter tour. New Year’s Eve kicks off in style on a cruise to the Statue of Liberty, then you have the rest of the day for your own sightseeing - how about a food cart tour, a ‘Sex and the City’ tour, shopping on 5th Avenue or ice skating at the Rockefeller Center to really get you into the festive spirit? Save some energy as you get the New Year’s Eve party started with dinner and an open bar right in the heart of the action at Times Square. Celebrate the first day of 2014 with an optional Broadway show before heading up the Empire State Building for a spectacular view of Manhattan by night. The tour comes to an end on the morning of 02 January, and you’re free to depart at any time. Departs: Dec 30 2013 Accommodation: Twin share hotel (3 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Transport: Metro pass for duration of stay Tour guide: Tour Manager Tour Code: CONYNY

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If you’re short on time but still wanting to explore some of America’s most iconic cities, then check out this baby! A little teaser trip from the neon and skyscrapers of New York City to the culture and history of the nation’s capital. Kick off with a half-day ‘Slice of New York’ tour including the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan and Ground Zero, views of the Brooklyn Bridge and share some authentic NY pizza. Later that afternoon head off to Washington DC arriving in time to explore the city’s nightlife. Day 2 dawns and what better way to sink your teeth into the diverse history of the US than a tour of DC’s impressive historical sites including The Capitol, Supreme Court, Union Station and Botanic Garden. It’s then off to Philadelphia (Philly to those in the know) in the late afternoon. Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philly offers a host of culinary and cultural treasures. Check out Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and a locally-brewed ale or two before heading back to New York.


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$74 Single $52 Twin/Double

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40 Berkeley was recently named a Top Ten Hostel in the US and offers affordable private rooms with shared facilities just steps from Tremont Street. Relax in the private, walled patio-garden, the TV area, or in the spacious living room with couches and a large fireplace. Socialize around the billiards table, surf the free WiFi or tuck into free hot breakfast daily! bosber

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sonesta 3 royal cambridge

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$132 Single $66 Twin/Double

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Expect top dollar value and service at this retrostyle hotel. It offers guests a clean, comfortable and quiet home away from home with traditional rooms that are big and bright. The outdoor pool will cool you down after a day of sightseeing in the summer heat, and the parking and WiFi access are a bonus. If you are feeling peckish, the vending machine is handy - try the hot pizza!

Situated in an ideal position between the eclectic college town of Cambridge and the bright lights of downtown Boston, this upscale hotel offers rooms with first class amenities and fabulous views of the city skyline or river. Sample the fine dining, admire the collection of contemporary art, cool off in the atrium style swimming pool or treat yourself to a ‘Royal Treatment’ massage.

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$220 Single $110 Twin/Double

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This restored 1925 historic hotel has updated rooms, complimentary WiFi, fitness center and hearty American breakfast. Guestrooms are clean and modern with air-con, fluffy pillows, flat screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms. Best of all - it’s located in the theater district, close to the best entertainment, restaurants and bars the city has to offer.

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This vibrant boutique hotel is nestled on a charming side street in downtown Boston. The eco-friendly rooms shimmer with sultry sophistication, with their soothing colors and rich textures. Tempt your palette at the hosted evening wine hour, enjoy the urban cool Ruby Room Bar or for a little luxury, indulge in an inroom full service day spa – heaven! tbos01

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Talk about a room with a view! Overlooking Boston Harbor or the sparkling city, light and airy rooms feature signature beds, oversized towels and pampering bath amenities. However you choose to relax – whether it’s working out in the high-tech gym, floating in a heated indoor pool, sampling a few cocktails or cozying up by the fireplace in the Irish pub - it’s all here. tb0s02


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highlights • Choose between three of our top selling properties that best suits your budget • See five of the city’s most famous attractions • Explore this historical city at your own pace

This fab tailor-made welcome package gives you the freedom to choose a three night stay at one of our top selling properties such as 40 Berkeley which was voted one of the best hostels in the USA, The Midtown - a great all-rounder or splash the cash on our STAystylish option at the Westin Waterfront. Experience five of the city’s most famous and loved attractions with ease using the fantastic Boston City Pass. Work your way around the New England Aquarium and Skywalk Observatory, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts before checking out the Harvard Museum of Natural History or JFK Presidential Library or Museum. The pass allows you to skip ticket queues and is packed with useful information. Just ask if you would like to extend this package and add a few more tours and maybe head out and see the ocean’s most fascinating and magnificent creatures and go whale watching. Departs: Daily Accommodation: 40 Berkeley Hostel (3 nts) or Midtown or Westin Waterfront (supplements apply for STAysmart and STAstylish options) Sightseeing: City Pass Tour Code: BOSBER/ BOSCPB

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highlights • Walk the Freedom Trail to find out about Boston’s fascinating history • Savor Cape Cod’s delicious seafood including its legendary clam chowder • Watch the changing colors of the sunset from beautiful sandy beaches

Famous for everything from the Red Sox to Cheers and clam ‘chowdah’, Boston is a popular destination for so many reasons. Hop on the Freedom Trail, a well-preserved pedestrian path that weaves in and out of historic neighborhoods. Or simply shop the fabulous stores on Newbury Street, enjoy a delicious authentic Italian meal in the North End or browse the antique shops of Beacon Hill. On the way out of Boston on Day 3 stop to see the dramatic multimedia exhibits at the John F Kennedy Library that give a ‘first-hand’ experience of JFK’s life. Head on to Cape Cod with its sandy beaches, historic villages, great shopping and excellent seafood. Relax on the beach interspersed with lobster and fried clam lunches, take a whale watching cruise or an excursion to nearby islands. Watching the sunset from the beach is an experience not to be missed. On Day 6 it’s time to head back to Boston. Stop for lunch at picturesque Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town before dropping the car off. Departs: Daily Apr- Oct Accommodation: Standard accommodation, room only (5 nts) Inclusions: Road book with dayto-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps, all taxes and fees Tour Code: BOSBCC Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 19

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$157 Single $79 Twin/Double

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Nestled among the fine surroundings of Rock Creek Park and the Kalorama neighbourhood this fab boutique hotel is full of old-world charm and character but with a modern twist. Luxurious rooms offer cable TV, free WiFi and a Nespresso machine. The stylish lobby is a great place to kick back and relax in the hand crafted furniture by famed British designer George Smith.

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$136 Single $68 Twin/Double

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Located just blocks from the US Capitol and with views of the city skyline, this eclectically designed hotel is aptly named! Features include a huge seasonal outdoor pool with regular lively pool parties, a relaxing lounge with happy hour cocktails and possibly the most attentive staff in the city. Guestrooms are colonial-inspired with a bright twist, and WiFi is complimentary.

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HALF BIKE & DAY ROLL

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$38

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This convenient hotel is located directly above the Metro and steps from Capitol Hill. The rooms are large and some have a balcony with views over the city. WiFi is available upon request and there’s a fitness room to work out in. Add some flavour to your stay with delicious options at the upscale Grill, casual Foggy Brew Pub, the Coffee Cart or in the summer enjoy poolside service. TWAS03

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Located in the heart of the nation’s capital this hotel resides in the K Street business district and is walking distance to the Verizon center, home of the Washington Wizards. The hotel has everything you would expect of this popular brand. The medium size rooms offer great comfort and are well equipped with cable TV, A/C, free bottled water and WiFi.

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In the Logan Circle neighborhood, the Helix is just oozing with hip vibes and quirky features. The theme here is fame with blown-up photos of pop-culture icons. Vibrant guestrooms are full of fun – such as animal print robes and ‘Pop Rocks’ candy in the minibar. The Helix lounge hosts a free evening wine hour and the alluring cocktail menu adds a modern spin to classic favorites.

+Bonus free continental breakfast - 01jan13-31dec13

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call 800.777.0112 to book

Experience Washington D.C.’s history and culture by bike. Get up close and personal to all the city’s major sites. See the National Mall and Capitol Hill, take in Union Station, the Library of Congress, Supreme Court, The White House, World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and much much more. This excellent tour comes highly recommended! wascap


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1 HI chicago

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$42 Dorm

2 essex inn

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Located in the center of downtown Chicago the hostel is very close to Lake Michigan and within walking distance to Millennium Park. Activities from the hostel include free walking tours and excursions throughout the city. Free WiFi, breakfast, linens and towels are provided for all dorms and private rooms. Laundry and friendly staff on hand 24-hours a day. OROHIC

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$108 Single $54 Twin/Double

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$99 single $50 Twin/Double

• Take a dip in the year-round pool • Panoramic views of Lake Michigan at the rooftop garden • Hop on board the free shuttle bus around downtown Chicago This popular hotel is located in one of the city’s best spots on the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile with breathtaking panoramic views of Grant Park. The colorful rooms have re-modelled bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows. Head to the fitness center, relax by the all-season rooftop pool, unwind in the sauna or hop on the free shuttle bus to do some shopping.

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$107 Single $54 Twin/Double

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This comfortable and affordable downtown motel is located in a historic building with European charm, just one block east of Michigan Avenue and the glittering Magnificent Mile. Check your Facebook using the free WiFi or relax in the lobby with complimentary coffee and the daily papers. Super friendly staff are available 24/7 to give you the low-down on what to see and do.

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• Super location in the heart of the action. • Free breakfast, including muffins, bagels, fruits and cereals • Friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you with all you need

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$121 Single $61 TWIN/Double

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If you’re looking for a comfortable and chic boutique hotel, then this is the place to be. Situated in the heart of the city just half a block from the Magnificent Mile this little gem offers both traditional and contemporary style rooms. Tucked away inside the lobby is a really cool bar with amazing cocktails - a great place to hang out before heading out in search of some blues.

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Steps away from Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile, this contemporary hotel is bursting with seductive colors and sleek furnishings. Spacious guestrooms have complimentary WiFi, iPod dock, coffee maker with Green Mountain coffee and luxury bath amenities. Enjoy dinner in Hoyts – an all American tavern with remarkable river views. tchi02

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beach 1 south hostel

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$27 Dorm

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$98 single $49 Twin/Double

• Nestled on the corner of quaint Espanola Way • Home to Al Capone’s gambling ring in the 1930’s • Rooms are basic but clean - this place is all about location.

This newly remodelled hostel, with its trendy and cozy ambience, is the only Miami hostel with a bar where you can meet other travelers – and it’s open ‘til 5am! There are free lockers in each room, hairdryers, linens and towels are provided plus there’s free WiFi. Cook up a storm in the kitchen, play some pool, do your laundry and then chill in the movie theater. miasob

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$24 dorm $63 Twin/Double

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Freehand Miami is a brand new hostel and the reinvention of the historic Indian Creek Hotel, one of Miami Beach’s classic art deco buildings. Created for a new generation of travelers it has incorporated handcrafted design, local food & beverage and a comfy community atmosphere that offers both shared and private rooms - all just one block from the beach. 5 pay 4 - 01APR13-23MAY13, 27MAY13+Bonus stay 04DEC13 & 10DEC13-22DEC13

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• Consistently voted one of the top 10 hostels in the US • Get to the airport easily and safely with the free transfer • Enjoy a drink with new friends in the late night bar

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A historic hotel offering an authentic and unpretentious blend of old-world glamour and beach chic, just two blocks from the oceanfront. Appreciate the tropical outdoor courtyards, fully equipped kitchens, patio dining areas and the lively downstairs bar – don’t miss the apple martinis! The stylish yet affordable rooms all have an en suite, air-con, fridge and satellite TV.

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5 Eloquence on the bay

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A fantastic, fun boutique hostel offering free breakfast, lunch and dinner, WiFi, linen and even Spanish and English classes. Each room has a private bathroom and there’s a kitchen, games room, lounge and outdoor terrace. Events include beach parties, movie nights with popcorn, DJs at the hostel club and live music. It’s clean, it’s fun and has a great atmosphere.

These luxury apartments are set in the idyllic North Bay Village of Miami. Gaze out from your balcony and take in the beautiful clear water of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The bright and spacious rooms are beautifully furnished with upscale amenities, fully fitted kitchen and modern design. These apartments make the perfect base for your Miami adventure.

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Go Miami Card This great card in an all-access attraction pass which can get you into over 30 Miami attractions and save you up to 55% on the ticket prices. Choose from 1,2,3,5 or 7 day cards to visit top must-sees on concecutive days. The Miami Seaaquarium, Gatorland and the Kennedy Space Center are just some of the included attractions. Fr $65 MIAGMC

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• Relax in the surrounds of calm Mediterranean decor • Surf the complimentary WiFi before hitting the beach • Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Barolo Restaurant

• Great location in the heart of South Beach • Get the evening started with free drinks from 7-8pm • Catch some rays or soak in the hot tub on the rooftop deck

Ocean Five is a charming boutique hotel with attentive service. Modern amenities include complimentary WiFi and iPod docking stations while Mediterranean decor provides a quaint and intimate setting perfectly enhanced by original artwork. Over at the restaurant next door enjoy a drink at the stylish bar and cigar lounge.

This is one of Miami’s coolest and vibiest spots! This intimate hip South Beach boutique hotel is only steps from Ocean Drive. Savor a martini in the trendy Safari Bar complete with African masks, or catch some rays on the rooftop deck. The ultra modern decor of the rooms combines an eclectic array of mahogany furnishings and raw materials with aluminium accents.

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catalina hotel fr $104 Single 10 the fr & beach club $52 TWIN/Dbl Prices are per person per night

This hotel provides a flawless marriage between comfort and affordability. It has an unpretentious atmosphere and prime location at a good price. Staff are gracious and the vibe is chilled. Rooms feature uncomplicated designs with ultra-cozy beds while the nightly open bar makes Shelly’s lobby and veranda the ideal spot to get a good night started.

There are some hotels that you can describe as beautiful and then there are those that leave you absolutely speechless and this hotel is a 5 star paradise. There is a spectacular blend of golden era glamour and modern luxury in the middle section of Miami Beach. Tuck in to amazing cuisine at the world renowned Hakkasan or Gotham Steak.

Looking for a hotel that offers affordable luxury and great value in a stylish, sophisticated environment? Rooms here are funky and retro if a tad on the cozy side! Take a plunge in the tropical oasis of the bamboo pool or for beach views try the rooftop! Enjoy delicious meals at the Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi plus free airport shuttle, WiFi and drinks from 7-8pm!

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Florida Keys If you want more than a city vibe from your Florida visit then don’t miss the opportunity to head down to the Florida Keys. A short 45 minute plane hop or a leisurely four-hour incredibly scenic drive and you’re there. Think Ernest Hemingway, cocktails and sunsets and a laid-back Caribbean feel. Take a look at our choice of hotels on page 108 and maybe consider hiring a campervan (see page 16/17). Alternatively book yourself onto our Miami & Everglades Mini Adventure and spend two nights in Key West after you’ve done a spot of alligator spotting on the way!

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Florida Keys

EAST COAST

bay 1 banana resort, key west

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$210 Single $105 Twin/Double

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at 2 inn key west, key west

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$195 Single $98 Twin/Double

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This fabulous colonial-style boutique hotel offers stylish rooms with plasma TVs, complimentary WiFi and heavenly rain showers. Soothe your muscles after a work out in the state of the art fitness room by sipping a Pina Coloda in the largest tropical freshwater pool in Key West. Wind down your day with a soak in the Jacuzzi, romantically lit by Tiki torches at night.

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miami, everglades & florida keys mini adventure miami 

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$255 Single $128 TWIN/Double

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Leave the kids at home; this is a playground for adults only! Start your day with breakfast on the poolside veranda, then enjoy a quiet walk through the jungle-like gardens. Rent bikes to go exploring or simply enjoy the sunshine by the tranquil pool. Bask in the romance of sunset on the private beach before sampling cocktails at the Tiki Bar and hitting the famous Keys nightlife.

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key 3 ocean resort, key west

Located in the enchanting old town; this is one of the only hotels set right on Mallory Square. The myriad of facilities includes two restaurants, three bars, a swimming pool and a signature spa with indulgent treatments. Enjoy lively nights at the sunset pier bar with delicious seafood, live music and cocktails, or opt for waterfront fine dining at the exclusive ‘Hot Tin Roof’ restaurant.

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$939

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highlights • Take a thrilling airboat ride through the Everglades looking for swamp critters and alligators • Search for manatees and sea turtles on a snorkel trip in the coral reefs of Biscayne National Park • Drive the stunning ‘Overseas Highway’ across the many islands and bridges down to Key West

‘I’m in Miami baby!’ Well at least you were before you embarked on this fab round up of all the best bits of southern Florida. Head west from the city towards the Everglades for a splash through the swamps on an airboat river trip and a buggy tour for some alligator spotting. Retire for the night in a ‘chickee’; a native-style thatched roof dwelling complete with campfire - perfect for swapping tales and for some star gazing. On Day 2 hit Biscayne National Park - 95% water and the largest marine park in the USA. Spend the afternoon snorkeling over the reef before crossing the series of bridges that link the Florida Keys all the way down to Key West. Once there lap up the Caribbean atmosphere of the most southerly tip of America and hit the numerous bars and clubs for some ‘mingling’. Day 3 is at leisure to either head out on a snorkeling trip, laze on the beach, people watch or stuff your face with a couple of slices of Key Lime Pie. It’s a hard life and there’s more of the same on Day 4 before your return to Miami. Departs: Select Fridays (Jul-Sep) Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), basic chickee (1 nt) Transport: Private mini-van with WiFi Meals: None included Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TAXFK

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orlando

EAST COAST

Inn 1 Quality i drive

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$58 Single $29 Twin/Double

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FULL KENNEDY DAY SPACE Center

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$178 Single $89 Twin/Double

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Prices are per person per nighT

The excellent location makes it convenient to walk to or hop on the free shuttle to a variety of top attractions. Parking is free, as is the WiFi. Spacious rooms include two double beds, microwave, safe and mini-fridge. There are two tropical pools, a ‘Kids Eat Free’ restaurant and a lively lounge with live entertainment and happy hour cocktails. BOOKING DISCOUNT AVAILABLE 03MAY13+Bonus EARLY 31JUL13 & 10AUG13-31OCT13

REGENCY 2 hYATT GRAND cypress

$56

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$132 Single $66 TWIN/Double

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This luxurious resort is set on a 1,500 acre plot, around a private lake with its very own sandy beach. All rooms are hypo-allergenic and are purified before you arrive! The expansive swimming pool covers half an acre and comes complete with twelve waterfalls. The resort even has its own golf course, exclusively designed by Jack Nicklaus.

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Relax around the tropical lagoon pools or wander through 48 acres of private gardens at this central I-Drive hotel. There’s a free shuttle service to nearby attractions, and after a day of thrills and spills, enjoy seafood and steak in the Bar and Grill. You’ll sleep soundly in the twostorey, Floridian-style villas equipped with high speed Internet, A/C and in-room movies.

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FULL seaworld DAY orlando

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$101

Embark on mankind’s ultimate journey at the Kennedy Space Center with the chance to tour NASA’s launch and landing areas. This Maximum Access Admission includes a tour through the center, IMAX space movies, all exhibits and shows, the Astronaut Hall of Fame and interactive space-flight simulators. See giant rockets, train in space-flight simulators and discover your inner cosmologist.

SeaWorld® Orlando is the world’s premier marine adventure park with 200 acres of thrilling rides, shows and exhibits. Watch the world class Shamu® shows or opt for a close encounter with sharks, dolphins, manatees and stingrays. Walk through an amazing underwater ray habitat before finding out what it’s like to spin, glide, skim and fly like a giant ray on Manta® the flying roller coaster - the only coaster of its kind in the world!

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FULL UNIVERSAL ORLANDO® DAY RESORT

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$145

At Universal Orlando® Resort you’ll find TWO amazing theme parks and non-stop nightlife all in one location. Jump into the action of the movies at Universal Studios Florida®. Feel the rush of adrenaline at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. Enjoy live music, dining, shopping, dancing, movies and more at Universal CityWalk®. Plus, stay in the heart of it all at one of three spectacular on-site hotels. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2013 Universal Studios. © 2013 Universal Orlando. All rights reserved. mcouso

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CANADA & ALASKA CANADA & ALASKA

The land of maple syrup, turquoise lakes, soaring mountains, moose, beavers and at least one province where they speak French – Canada is the place to be. Let your jaw drop and your eyes pop at its beauty and amazing scenery. For those outdoorsy types, there is a whole range of national parks to explore, treks to hike, kayaks to row and nature to get up close to. Anyone who needs a bit more civilization can be sure of a good night in any of Canada’s fantastic cities from Vancouver to Montréal. And let’s not forget Alaska with its breathtaking rugged wilderness for the ultimate exploration. So what are you waiting for? Get those walking boots on! This part of the world can be explored on a self drive itinerary, on a hop-on hop-off bus network, aboard a scenic train journey or with fellow travelers on an overland adventure tour. Accommodation ranges from quirky hostels to cabin lodges to flash hotels so you can choose how you want to travel. Read on for all this information and much much more.


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rocky mountaineer CANADA & ALASKA

Traveling onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train is the only way to see the Canadian Rockies. The two-day rail journeys offer an unforgettable Canadian train experience considered by many to be a trip of a lifetime. Recapturing the romance of rail travel, you’ll follow the historic routes constructed over 100 years ago through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies, uniting the country. Select your service level from the following:

Travel in exceptional style in panoramic bi-level GoldLeaf Dome Coach and savor regional cuisine prepared by talented onboard chefs and served in the dining room on the lower level.

Exclusive to First Passage to the West. Enjoy panoramic views through oversized windows in a single level dome coach, with delicious meals served at your seat.

C A N A DA

Quesnel

Whistler

Kamloops

Vancouver

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Experience a great daylight train adventure. Enjoy delicious chilled breakfasts and lunch selections served at your seat by your Onboard Attendant. Whichever route or service level you choose the entire train ride takes place during daylight hours to ensure you enjoy every minute of the breathtaking scenery of glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountain ranges and ferocious rivers.

Jasper

Banff

Lake Louise Calgary


CANADA & ALASKA

First Passage to the West

Journey through the Clouds

2 DAYS, fr $1,104

2 DAYS, fr $1,104

Named after the pass over which it crosses the Canadian Rockies, the First Passage to the West train route takes you between Vancouver and either Banff or Calgary. It traces the historic rail line that united Canada’s East and West.

Journey between Vancouver, British Columbia and the picturesque resort town of Jasper, Alberta. This rail route is known for scenic valleys, plentiful wildlife including bears and majestic Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Route Highlights • The Last Spike • Spiral Tunnels • Stoney Creek Bridge • Fraser and Thompson Canyon • Kicking Horse Pass

Route Highlights • Fraser and Thompson Canyon • Pyramid Falls • Mount Robson • Yellowhead Pass • Jasper National Park

Westbound and Eastbound departures regularly between the end of April and beginning of October

Westbound and Eastbound departures regularly between the end of April and beginning of October

Whistler Sea to Sky Climb

Rainforest to Gold Rush

half DAY, fr $208

2 DAYS, fr $1,104

An exclusive rail journey between the two spectacular cities of Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia. The Whistler Sea to Sky Climb route delivers the unique blend of contrasts the Sea-to-Sky corridor is famous for: cities and old-growth forests, bustling action and natural serenity, deep valleys and snow-capped peaks, seascapes and mountain views.

The Rainforest to Gold Rush Route links the mountain resorts of Whistler and Jasper. Journey through the historic Cariboo Gold Rush region, lush forests of northern B.C. and awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain Trench past Mt. Robson to Jasper.

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Banff or Calgary

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whistler

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Westbound and Eastbound departures: 17 May - 23 Sep 2013 - Daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (Additional departures on: 24 & 25 Sep 2013)

Jasper

Jasper

Route Highlights • Anderson and Seton Lakes • Cariboo Plateau • Fraser River and Canyon • Rocky Mountain Trench • Mount Robson Westbound departures:15 May - 18 Sep - most Wed Eastbound departures: 20 May - 23 Sep - most Mon

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via rail Canada is the second-largest country on earth, and VIA Rail provides the easiest and most comfortable way of traveling around; joining the Atlantic to the Pacific and linking the wine regions of the south to the barren beauty of the tundra. Watch the landscape change as you journey through the lakes and forests of the eastern provinces, across the majestic prairies of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and then start to climb up into the spectacular mountain scenery of the west. What better way to explore than by train? Climb on board, sit back, relax and watch the world go by. CANADA & ALASKA

Churchill Pukatawagan Prince Rupert

Prince George Edmonton Jasper

Courtenay Vancouver

The Pas Saskatoon

Winnipeg

Victoria

Senneterre

Jonquière Gaspé

White River Québec Ottawa City Sudbury Montréal Toronto Sarnia Niagara Falls Windsor

CANRAIL PASS

Moncton Halifax

CORRIDOR PASS

CANRAIL – SYSTEM PASS

The Canrail Pass is the perfect choice for people who want to go a long way on a limited budget. You’ll get 7 trips anywhere within Canada in economy class (seat only) during a 21-day period. A ‘trip’ is any continuous journey between two VIA Rail stations, regardless of the duration of the trip. Use it for quick hops between nearby cities or for longer trips to far-flung places like Churchill, if you fancy seeing the polar bears of Hudson Bay. If you wanted, you could even take the epic three-day journey from Toronto to Vancouver and count it as one trip – though you’d miss a stack of cool places along the way! There are two pricing structures, for travel in low season and for travel in high season. Prices shown are for ‘Supersaver’ tickets, where journeys must be booked with VIA Rail at least three days in advance of travel. Those who require a little more flexibility in their travel plans should ask for a ‘Discounted’ ticket, it costs a little more but allows travel to be booked 24 hours in advance. HIGH SEASON (01 Jun – 15 Oct) ADULT STUDENT/YOUTH

FR $1,290 FR $1,161

LOW SEASON (16 Oct – 31 May) ADULT STUDENT/YOUTH

FR $806 FR $727

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CANRAIL – CORRIDOR PASS

This pass is a cheaper option for those intending to travel exclusively within the Québec City to Windsor ‘corridor’ in eastern Canada, providing a very convenient way to travel through southern Ontario and into the French-speaking province of Québec. Fast, efficient and with comfortable on-board accommodation, VIA Rail trains allow you to hop between the cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City, and enjoy a little side trip to Niagara Falls thrown in for good measure. You’ll get 7 one-way journeys along the route in economy class (seat only) during a 10-day period. Unlike the System Pass, there is no price difference between low and high season, though again the prices shown here are for ‘Supersaver’ tickets, where journeys must be booked with VIA Rail at least three days before you want to travel. For more flexibility, please ask your Travel Expert for a price for the ‘Discounted’ version of the Corridor Pass, where journeys need only be reserved 24 hours in advance. ADULT STUDENT/YOUTH

FR $463 FR $416

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POINT-TO-POINT TICKETS

‘The Canadian’ train is a legendary journey traveling between Toronto to Vancouver (and vice-versa) either two or three times per week, depending on the season. This epic adventure takes four nights and three days to complete the journey, but you can stop off along the way in places such as Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Jasper. Trains leave Toronto on Tuesdays and Saturdays (plus Thursdays from May-Oct), and from Vancouver on Tuesdays and Fridays (plus Sundays from May-Oct). Choose from economy reclining seats for the cheapest fares, upper and lower curtained berths or, for more comfort, a sleeper cabin that accommodates from one to four people. Prices for economy reclining seats on ‘The Canadian’ start from as little as: Toronto to Winnipeg Toronto to Edmonton Toronto to Jasper Toronto to Vancouver

FR $299 FR $444 FR $500 FR $605

We can also arrange a full range of other point-topoint tickets throughout Canada, including between the eastern cities and for ‘The Ocean’ service which travels overnight from Montréal to Halifax. Please ask your Travel Expert for details.


CRUISE Canada

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£19 PER DAY

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WHY cruise CANADA?

Grab some friends, hit the road and work the rest out along the way! Canada boasts picture-perfect scenery that will blow your socks off, fact. Cruise along in your allsinging-all-dancing campervan and marvel at the incredible backdrop of the Rockies, Revelstoke, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper as well as some of the world’s finest cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Let the good times roll Canadian style and chill out knowing the guys at Cruise Canada are there to sort the nitty-gritty for you!

Pick-up / Drop off from

Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver & Calgary

STANDARD Inclusions • Third party liability protection (up to CAD $10,000,000) • Auto liability cover (statutory & excess supplemental insurance liability up to CAD $1,000,000) • Vehicle damage/loss cover (only CAD $1,000 of responsibility per incident)

C19 COMPACT MOTORHOME

• Sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 single bed) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Automatic transmission • Power steering, air-conditioning & cruise control • Fridge, freezer, hob & microwave • Stereo sound system • Fresh water toilet & shower • 2 on-board waste holding tanks

•M  echanical breakdown cover (up to CAD $3,000) •1  10-volt adapter, 9-volt battery, 25 ft power cord & water hose & 20 ft sewer hose •R  enter assistance guide & regional campground guide • KOA campground guide & value card

C25 STANDARD MOTORHOME

• Sleeps 5 (2 double beds, 1 single bed) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Automatic transmission • Power steering, air-conditioning & cruise control • Fridge, freezer, hob & microwave • Stereo sound system • Fresh water toilet & shower • 2 on-board waste holding tanks

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• Small, medium & large campervans • Vehicles for 21 yrs + • 5 departure points & rental centers • No extra cost for additional drivers • No extra cost for drivers under 25 • Help’s always on hand with included breakdown assistance cover

Save some money! • 10% discount at all KOA Kampgrounds • Depart between Apr - Oct & depending on the month choose from: free or halfprice one-way fees, 50% off unlimited mileage, free vehicle provisional kits & free personal kits! • Travel in winter to make the most of a great range of offers

EARLYBIRD DISCOUNTs BOOK BY Jan 31 2013 - 10% off the daily flex rate Feb 28 2013 - 5% off the daily flex rate

C30 LARGE MOTORHOME

• Sleeps 7 (2 double beds, 2 single beds) • Min hire age 21 yrs old • Automatic transmission • Power steering, air-conditioning & cruise control • Fridge, freezer, hob & microwave • Stereo sound system • Fresh water toilet & shower • 2 on-board waste holding tanks • Generator

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car hire CANADA & ALASKA A self-driven trip is a great way to see everything you want to see in Canada. You’ll have the freedom to explore the big cities, as well as take in the spectacular scenery this big country is famous for. Our aim is to make your car hire experience as easy and stress-free as possible. We offer fully inclusive pre-paid car hire, and we advise you upfront of any locally-payable extras. We only work with the most renowned global suppliers and the best local operators, ensuring you the highest level of service.

Driving Licence

car types

Economy FR $34* per day

Compact FR $36* per day

Intermediate FR $46* per day

Full Size FR $47* per day

A full valid driver’s licence, with photograph, is valid from your home country, otherwise an international licence is required.

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years old, but can vary between the car hire company and location. There is normally a surcharge for drivers under 25. Please check terms and conditions with your Travel Expert when making an enquiry or booking.

One-Way Rentals

One-way rentals are permitted throughout Canada, subject to availability and must be prebooked. One-way fees may apply depending on routing and are payable locally.

Extras

Extras such as child seats, ski racks and GPS are available for an extra cost. Please note that the above prices are subject to change depending on city of pick up or drop off and season. These are a ‘from’ guide only. Please see your STA Travel Expert for more details.

self-drive touring Please see the page opposite page for three of our favorite self-drive routes in both Western and Eastern Canada. Many other routes are available, including the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia and the Alaska Highway, which heads north to the Yukon.

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DRIVING DISTANCES IN canada (GUIDE ONLY) BETWEEN Toronto Toronto Toronto Montréal Québec City Halifax Calgary Calgary Calgary Banff Banff Kamloops

Niagara Falls Ottawa Montréal Québec City Halifax Charlottetown Edmonton Banff Jasper Jasper Kamloops Vancouver

Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver Victoria

Banff Jasper Whistler Calgary Tofino

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APPROX DISTANCE (KMs / MILES)

APPROX TRAVEL TIME

133 kms / 82 miles 449 kms / 278 miles 542 kms / 336 miles 254 kms / 157 miles 1,017 kms / 631 miles 326 kms / 202 miles 298 kms / 185 miles 129 kms / 80 miles 415 kms / 257 miles 289 kms / 179 miles 495 kms / 307 miles

1 hrs 30 mins 4 hrs 30 mins 5 hrs 26 mins 2 hrs 40 mins 10 hrs 3 hrs 30 mins 3 hrs 10 mins 1 hrs 30 mins 5 hrs 3 hrs 40 mins 5 hrs 40 mins

352 kms / 218 miles 845 kms / 525 miles 794 kms / 493 miles 125 kms / 77 miles 971 kms / 603 miles 317 kms / 196 miles

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mountain express 

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SELF DRIVE TOURING

$750

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highlights • Try all the activities in Banff National Park • Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway • View the brilliant turquoise waters of Lake Louise

Departs: Daily May-Oct Accommodation: 7 nts standard accommodation, on a room only basis Includes: Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions, city maps, all taxes and fees Tour Code: YYCCTV Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 116

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SELF DRIVE TOURING

$1,150

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highlights • Explore the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park • Get involved with all the activities at the resort of Tremblant • Discover enchanting, European feeling Québec City

Explore Toronto before heading south on Day 3, traversing the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, to reach spectacular Niagara Falls. Don’t miss a Maid of the Mist boat ride to the base of the falls for amazing views. Continue on through the Grand River Valley and the town of Midland where you can explore the picturesque 30,000 islands. Venturing further east you’ll explore the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park. Before arriving in Ottawa you will also have the opportunity to float up the picturesque Rideau Canal. Head into the Laurentian Mountains of Québec and visit St. Jovite, Mont Tremblant Park and the luxury resort of Tremblant. On Day 10 discover enchanting Québec City with its European feel, historic buildings and cobbled streets before heading on to Montréal, through the magnificent Thousand Islands region before heading back to Toronto for your last night. Departs: Daily May-Oct Accommodation: 13 nts standard accommodation, on a room only basis Includes: Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions, city maps, all taxes and fees Tour Code: YTOEST Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 116

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whales, bears & vancouver island 

FR SELF DRIVE TOURING

$2,400

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highlights • Set off on thrilling whale watching trips from Victoria and Tofino • Experience a floatplane landing before searching for bears • Spot coastal wildlife and see native rock carvings

Explore Vancouver for a day before taking the ferry over to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Launch into the Pacific to seek out orca, minke and grey whales, seals and porpoises on a three hour cruise. Venturing into true wildlife territory, the Pacific Rim National Park is a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity. On your thrilling Tofino whale watching expedition you’ll search for the Pacific grey whale, sea lions and puffins. Enjoy the network of hiking trails along the coastline. Stop to marvel at native rock carvings and picturesque waterfalls. At Campbell River see salmon, eagles, or even whales. Arrive at floating Knight Inlet Lodge by floatplane (included) and head out on a search for bears among the abundant wildlife of the lush West Coast rainforests. Head back to Vancouver by plane and car for one last night. Departs: Daily May - Oct Accommodation: Hotel (8 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch,1 dinner Includes: Whalewatching - 2 x 3 hrs on Day 3, bearwatching and wildlife tour, ferry crossings, return floatplane Campbell River-Knight Inlet, road book with day-to-day routings, city maps Tour Code: YVRWBV Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 116

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CANADA & ALASKA

The Yellowhead Highway will take you on a route first explored by trappers and traders. You will see Mount Terry Fox as well as Mount Robson, the highest peak in The Rockies. If time permits, you can explore Wells Gray Provincial Park, a nature reserve priding itself on the untamed and pristine state of its wilderness. Continue to Sun Peaks, a year-round resort which will be heaven for sports enthusiasts. Driving past Kamloops, you’ll traverse the stunning ranch lands. At Fraser Canyon you’ll be amazed at the towering rock walls and the whitewater rapids gushing below. Further downstream, the lush Fraser Valley opens up into the maritime basin as you approach Vancouver. You have a full day to explore: visit Grouse Mountain, take a scenic flight over the city or enjoy the city’s parks, gardens, galleries and restaurants. Spend your last night here before returning your car on Day 8.


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$1,839

 vancouver

CA N ADA

Mt. Robson

CANADA & ALASKA

Jasper Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff

Kamloops Whistler

Vernon

Calgary (Stampede only)

Vancouver USA

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highlights • Breathe fresh alpine air in Whistler • Drive through the Lillooet Mountains • Picnic in the spectacular Rockies • Explore scenic Jasper National Park • Roll onto the Athabasca Glacier • Visit beautiful Lake Louise • Hike the mountains around Banff • Enjoy a dinner cruise in Vancouver

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Chill out in the company of 18-35 year old travelers and challenge yourself in Canada’s dynamic duo of provinces, Alberta and British Columbia. The diverse physical beauty from Vancouver to Whistler to Banff features the greatest of the great outdoors. Bear witness to snow-capped mountains, azure blue lakes, endless alpine forests, frosty glaciers and fast-paced rivers. The natural beauty is overwhelming and provides the perfect setting for a catalogue of outdoor activities.

DAY

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Vancouver / Whistler Meet up with your group and wind along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to the world famous resort town, Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Along the way you’ll see Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. (D)

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Whistler North America’s top alpine resort is your playground for high-energy outdoor activities like zip-lining, mountain biking and rafting. There’s a gondola ride for views over the town, canoeing and numerous trails to hike. The quaint village is great for shopping too! (B)

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Kamloops Photo opportunities of Canada’s awesome mountain and lake scenery are everywhere on the way to Kamloops. The scenic drive takes you through the Lillooet Mountain Range and you’ll be able to see Seton Lake reservoir and picturesque Lillooet, Duffy and Kamloops Lakes. (D)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), special stay experience (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 52, Min 25 Tour Code: COCRCR

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Jasper The scenic drive along the Yellowhead Highway takes you into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll stop for a picnic at spectacular Mt. Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. Adventure seekers have the chance to ride the rapids on a whitewater rafting trip. In Jasper, the combination of fresh mountain air, the laidback vibe and a cool, crisp beer will leave you perfectly content. Today you’ll visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest and longest limestone canyon in the Rockies. You might catch a glimpse of the impressive wildlife in the area. Depending on the season you’ll also visit Maligne Lake, the largest in the Canadian Rockies and chill out on a scenic boat tour. (B, D)

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Banff Just when you thought your surroundings couldn’t get any more beautiful, journey on one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. You’ll see some of the 200 glaciers in the area and roll right onto the Athabasca Glacier’s icy slopes in a custom designed ‘Ice Explorer’, with time to explore. Walk to Athabasca Falls and see the vivid blue color of Peyto Lake (seasonal), the Saskatchewan River Valley and the Weeping Wall. You’ll also see Lake Louise overlooked by its enchanting château-style hotel and see the majestic Banff Springs Hotel before arriving into your Rocky Mountain chalet, home for the next two nights. Choose your own adventure in the mountains around Banff. There’s so much offered like a flight over the Rocky Mountains, horseback riding, hiking and shopping. After hours, get into the pumping nightlife! (D, B)

you might like Join the Stampede ‘Canada and the Rockies’ plus Calgary Stampede - depart on the Jul 06 / Jul 07 departures to be in Calgary for Stampede. Jul 07 departure runs in reverse (13 days, Vancouver to Vancouver) (COCRST / COCRSTR) Fr $2,229

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Yoho N.P. / Glacier N.P. / Mt. Revelstoke N.P. / Vernon Today’s travels take you through three national parks - Yoho, Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke. You’ll stop at the famous Roger’s Pass and see the incredible Spiral Train Tunnels and Kicking Horse Valley. Travel onwards to Vernon, snugly located in the heart of Canada’s wine country. (B, D)

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Vancouver Journey through the stunning Okanagan Valley, and through Kelowna, the largest city in the interior plains of British Columbia. A See Gastown, Chinatown and Lion’s Gate Bridge or visit the totem poles of Canada’s First Nations people in beautiful Stanley Park.

10-11

Vancouver Feel the young vibe of the city while exploring its hip shops and cafés. Spend your last night with the group on an optional dinner cruise around the harbor before heading out for a night on the town! Your Canadian adventure ends on the morning of Day 11, so swap e-mail addresses and say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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$2,199 MY OWN ROOM FR $299

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Mt Robson P.P.

Whistler

Icefield Parkway

Yoho N.P.

Tofino

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Jasper N.P.

Wells Gray P.P.

Vancouver

Banff N.P.

Calgary

Victoria USA

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highlights • Explore Vancouver and Victoria • Search for whales on a Zodiac trip • Stroll through Whistler’s Douglas-firs • Picnic and swim at Green Lake • Canoe to towering Helmcken Falls • View spectacular Mt. Robson • Venture onto the Columbia Icefield • Drive the magnificent Icefields Parkway

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Vancouver’s North Coast Mountains are just the appetiser for this back-to-nature journey from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. Beginning in beautiful Vancouver, you will hit the ocean in search of whales before heading into the enveloping mountain wilderness of Banff and Jasper National Parks, where sulphur springs, canoeing expeditions and glaciers older than time abound. And since you camp out most nights, you’re guaranteed maximum natural contact at a minimal price.

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Vancouver / Victoria Arrive at any time on Day 1 and meet your group in the evening before heading out into this vibrant city to sample its nightlife. Take the morning of Day 2 to explore the cosmopolitan city and then take the ferry across to Vancouver Island and the ‘Garden City’ of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Surrounded by sparkling ocean and splendid mountain views this city is known for its myriad of beautiful flower gardens. (L)

03-04

Tofino First stop is Duncan where you can observe some First Nations art; it’s home to 80 totem poles. Head to Old Country Market in Coombs to grab a meal, explore the stalls and watch the goats grazing on the roof! Continue to Tofino just in time for sunset and spend Day 4 on a Zodiac excursion through Clayoquot Sound, which will reveal sensational scenery, wildlife such as gray and killer whales, porpoise and sea birds including bald eagles. Take a walk to relax in the pool at Hot Springs Cove before returning to camp. (2B, L, 2D)

05-06

MacMillan Provincial Park / Whistler At MacMillan Provincial Park you can stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas-fir trees. Return to the mainland by ferry and continue to Whistler, arriving in the late afternoon. In the morning of Day 6, hike one of the most beautiful trails in the Whistler area, leading through fields crowded with blueberry bushes and a grove of old-growth cedars. Explore Whistler in the afternoon. (2B, L, D)

07-08

Wells Gray Provincial Park Relax at Green Lake in Caribou County and enjoy swimming in the lake while a great picnic is prepared for you. Continue to Wells Gray Provincial Park, a spectacular wilderness area with stunning mountain vistas, deep canyons, volcanic cones, brooding old-growth forests and raging whitewater rivers. End the day with a barbecue at the campsite, your accommodation for the next two nights. From here, you can take a full-day canoeing trip through the Canadian wilderness to view towering Helmcken Falls. (2B, 2L, 2D)

09-10

Jasper National Park This morning’s hike up Trophy Mountain will lead you past several small streams before breaking out into the open expanses of the sub-alpine meadow. En route to Jasper National Park you’ll stop at Mt. Robson Provincial Park to take in one of the finest views in the Rocky Mountains. On Day 10, you’ll visit Maligne Canyon, one of Jasper’s most spectacular landmarks. Follow the trail along the canyon and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. In the afternoon hike Bald Hills before relaxing in the Miette Hot Springs. (2B, 2L, 2D)

11-12

Yoho National Park / Banff National Park Travel the Icefield Parkway to Peyto Lake with a stop at the spectacular Columbia Icefield. The breathtaking views are a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, pristine mountain lakes and broad sweeping valleys. Take the Ice Age adventure on a snow coach onto the glacier before continuing to Yoho National Park, with its towering walls of rock and spectacular waterfalls. Visit Emerald Lake and stand in awe of Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest in Canada. In the afternoon, optional activities include whitewater rafting, grizzly bear viewing or the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center. In the afternoon, drive to Banff National Park. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Banff National Park / Calgary Visit Johnston Canyon which shows the power of nature and time - rushing water carves a path through the limestone canyon and plunging waterfalls have created potholes. It’s a great hike and should provide plenty of wildlife viewing – keep an eye out for elk, deer, bears, coyotes and marmots. Ride the gondola up Sulphur Mountain and soak in the spectacular view before driving to Calgary. Depart at any time on Day 15. (B, L)

iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), participation camping (12 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with WiFi, hiking, canoe, ferry Meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow CAD $140-160 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANCUR

you might like Go In Reverse National Parks of the Canadian Rockies (15 days, Calgary to Vancouver) (GANCRU) Fr $2,199

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Toronto

Boston

Niagara Falls Michigan

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Providence

Days 10-20 Jasper Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff

Kamloops Whistler

Vernon

Calgary (Stampede only)

Vancouver

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highlights • Follow American history in Boston • Admire the Château Frontenac in Québec • Learn a few words of French in Montréal • Explore the ethnic districts of Toronto • Feel the spray of mighty Niagara Falls • Get active in alpine Whistler • Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway • Walk on the ice of Athabasca Glacier

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This tour is called the Grand Canadian but before you even set eyes on Canada, you get to enjoy the buzzing nightlife of historic Boston. You could climb the CN Tower in Toronto before feeling the power of Niagara Falls aboard the ‘Maid of the Mist’, before flying all the way out west for ten days exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains and living the west coast lifestyle in Vancouver. Canada, eh?

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New York City / Boston Meet your group early this morning in the ‘Big Apple’ and head via Providence, the state capital of Rhode Island en route to Boston. A city tour introduces sights such as Boston Common, Harvard University, Quincy Marketplace and Faneuil Hall. Day 2 is yours to explore Boston as you see fit, but do take time out to walk the well-marked Freedom Trail for the lowdown on Boston’s important role in American history. (B, D)

03-04

Québec City Drive through the scenic state of Maine and cross the border into Canada to the unique, French-influenced Québec City, a little slice of ‘Old World’ Europe in the middle of North America. On Day 4, enjoy a guided walk around the walled fortifications and cobbled streets of Old Québec and time to enjoy its ‘joie de vivre’. (2B, D)

05-06

Montréal The multi-cultural theme continues in Montréal, whose French history and diverse global population serves up some great-tasting food and cutting-edge culture. Explore the Old Town, Olympic Stadium and the Mount Royal on a city tour, followed by a day to explore its chic shopping, food markets and great museums. (B, D)

07-09

Toronto / Niagara Falls Travel along the St. Laurence River Valley through the beautiful ‘Thousand Islands’ region to Toronto, Canada’s largest city and another multi-cultural hotspot. Spend Day 8 climbing the CN Tower or exploring the Toronto Islands with an afternoon of bike rental. The mighty Niagara Falls is calling on Day 9, where you get soaked in its refreshing mist and spray as you enjoy a boat cruise on the legendary ‘Maid of the Mist’. (B, 2D)

10-12

Vancouver / Whistler / Kamloops Fly to Vancouver and then wind along the Sea-to-Sky Highway for a first taste of the beautiful scenery that lies ahead in the alpine adventure resort of Whistler, the host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Day 10 is free for you to experience a range of outdoor activities in Whistler - hiking, zip-lining, mountain biking or whitewater rafting, to name but a few. From Whistler, the scenic drive to Kamloops takes you past the lakes and reservoirs of the awesome Lillooet Mountain Range. (B, 2D)

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Jasper / Banff Picnic in the shadow at spectacular Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and ride the rapids on an optional whitewater rafting trip before arriving in Jasper. On Day 14, Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake provide scenic trails, impressive wildlife and, in summer, an optional boat cruise. Start Day 15 with a drive along the incredible Icefields Parkway, passing mountain peaks, glacially-fed lakes and thundering waterfalls. Truly, this is one of the world’s most epic drives! Roll right onto the Athabasca Glacier’s icy slopes in a custom-designed ‘Ice Explorer’. With two nights at a Rocky Mountain chalet in Banff you have time to explore, enjoy the great nightlife and visit enchanting Lake Louise. (B, D)

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Yoho N.P. / Glacier N.P. / Mt. Revelstoke N.P. / Vernon Travel through Yoho, Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks, and stop at the famous Roger’s Pass en route to Vernon. See the incredible Spiral Train Tunnels and Kicking Horse Valley. (B, D)

18-20

Vancouver Day 18 takes you through the beautiful Okanagan Valley, known as one of Canada’s premier wine regions, to Vancouver. Pass through Kelowna and the floating bridge of Lake Okanagan along the way. Explore the vibrant city of Vancouver on a guided tour, taking in Gastown, Chinatown and the amazing totem poles of Stanley Park - it’s like having your own rainforest right on the edge of downtown! On Day 19, enjoy an optional dinner cruise around the harbor as a great way to say goodbye to the group. The tour ends on day 20 and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (17 nts), special stay experience (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging, flight and transfers from Toronto to Vancouver Meals: 10 breakfasts, 10 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 52, Min 25 Tour Code: COGCNY

you might like Join the Stampede ‘Grand Canadian’ plus Calgary Stampede - depart on the Jun 28 departure to be in Calgary for Stampede (the Western Canada section of this departure date runs in reverse) (22 days, New York to Vancouver) (COGCSTR) Fr $3,915

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highlights 15 days of alaska  ANCHORAGE 

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$2,399 MY OWN ROOM FR $299

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Denali N.P.

CANADA & ALASKA

Tangle Lakes

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highlights • Hike Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield • Explore the Kenai Peninsula and Fjords • See crashing glaciers in Valdez • Marvel at Wrangell St. Elias N.P. • Discover Kennicott ghost town • Gaze up in awe of Mt. McKinley • Spot abundant wildlife in Denali N.P. • Tour the rugged city of Anchorage

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iNCLUSIONS Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), participation camping (12 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van, ferry, hiking Meals: 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners Budget: Allow USD $75-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUGG

In North America, you can’t get much further off the grid, both mentally and physically, than Alaska. Perched at the top of the continent, it’s practically its own planet; an otherworldly land of massive glaciers, towering peaks and rare wildlife. Your adventure up here will be suitably out-of-this-world, dropping you deep into the heart of northern nature with glacier cruises, kayak-borne fjord excursions and the raw natural beauty of Denali National Park.

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Anchorage / Homer Arrive at any time and meet the rest of your group in the evening. On Day 2, travel around the coast of the Kenai Peninsula, where glaciers tumble down from the mountains towards the ocean. Keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while traveling along the Turnagain Arm on the journey to Homer. (L, D)

03

Homer Explore the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge before heading off on a hike to view local wildlife such as bald eagles, sandhill cranes, moose and shorebirds. (B, L, D)

04-05

Seward After a hearty breakfast, head out on an amazing hike to Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield. Considered one of the greatest hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll experience up close glaciers and the forces that shaped the landscape. Black bears are spotted almost every day from the Harding Icefield Trail! Enjoy a dinner out and reflect on the spectacular natural wonders of the Alaskan wilderness. Spend Day 5 exploring Kenai Peninsula and the Kenai Fjords. Here the ice age still lingers and glaciers, earthquakes and ocean storms are the main architects. Take a boat cruise or kayak for a different view of this remote splendour. (2B, 2L, D)

06-07

Valdez / Wrangell St. Elias National Park Take the ferry through the Inside Passage, across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. Valdez is a must-see - crashing glaciers and the towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make it absolutely picturesque. On Day 7, visit the ever-changing Columbia Glacier which itself is receding, leaving huge blocks of ice and an impassable moraine. Continue to the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline terminus, located at Valdez. It is 800.5 miles from its origin in the Arctic Ocean, is one of the largest pipelines in the world and has a capacity of 2 million barrels of oil per day! You’ll also stop at Worthington Glacier, located in the Chugach Mountains. It is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska. Spend the night in Wrangell St. Elias National Park. (2B, L, 2D)

08-10

Wrangell St. Elias National Park / Tangle Lake The Chugach, Wrangell and St. Elias mountain ranges converge in this national park and what is often referred to as the ‘Mountain Kingdom of North America’. This provides fantastic scenery and great hiking. On Day 9, explore Kennicott, a ghost town frozen in time. Abruptly abandoned in 1938, the tales of lucky fortunes, tenacious frontiersmen and tragic endings, live on – your guide will bring it to life. Afterwards, visit the historic town of McCarthy, surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in the state, and discover the real Alaska! Day 10 takes you through the Copper River Valley towards Tangle Lake. (3B, 3L, 3D)

11-13

Denali National Park You’ll view the highest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley, as you drive to Denali National Park. It has been the goal of aspiring high altitude climbers since it was first climbed in 1913. Mt. McKinley is also known by its Athabascan name, Denali, meaning ‘The Great One’. Everything about Denali National Park is big, the scenery, the mountains, the incredible beauty and the animals. The shuttle in Denali is an excellent way to spot the wildlife for which Alaska is so famous, moose, bear, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep and more. You have the whole of Days 12 and 13 to explore. On hikes you’ll discover the glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Anchorage An urbanised wilderness, humans are not the city’s only inhabitants, it’s shared with bears, moose and a small wolf pack. Discover this amazing city on a city tour and then head out to enjoy one last group dinner. Depart at any time on Day 15. (B, L)

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moose travel network CANADA & ALASKA

why choose Moose travel network? Hop on a Moose trip to see breathtaking vistas, pure wilderness and wildlife such as bears, beavers and wolves in their natural habitat. Swim in a clear lake, sit around a campfire, go rafting on a wild river, watch whales breach in the ocean, enjoy the nightlife and much, much more!

SCHOONER tour

• Hop-on, hop-off – take up to 6 months and create your own itinerary (on West Coast trips only) • Fixed itineraries - if you prefer a little more guidance, our fantastic East Coast tours follow set itineraries • Door to door transportation - you’ll get picked up and dropped off at the hostel or hotel of your choice • Get off the beaten track - check out some amazing places that many bus companies wouldn’t dare to go • Canadian drivers & guides – the local drivers and guides will provide you with a unique perspective • Discounts – take advantage of loads of discounts on activities and attractions along the way

Local Payment: CAD $245 Tour Code: YTOSCH

Where do you sleep? Accommodation is not included in the price of our passes. If you book the basic trip, the minimum number of nights accommodation in every overnight destination is pre-reserved. You pay directly to the hostel at check-in, prices range from CAD$20-35 for a dorm bed. Accommodated versions of the East Coast trips are available. They include accommodation in a shared dorm and cover all costs, so there is no local payment.

MINIMUM

20 DAYS, fr $1,388 + local payment

start & finish: toronto (fixed itinerary) what’s included • 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners (including clam dig) • Thousand Island cruise, lobster cruise and supper • Brewery tour and wine tasting • Bay of Fundy beachcombing • Hopewell Rocks tour • Anne of Green Gables tour • All ferry crossing fees

Riviere du Loup • • Québec City • Moncton Charlottetown • Montréal • • Cape Breton • Ottawa • Digby • Halifax

C A N A DA

Toronto U SA

departures May: 31; June: 26; July: 22; Aug: ACCOMMODATED TOUR FR $2,489 no local payment 16; Sept: 11 Accommodation in mixed dorms

What’s for dinner? Many of the trips include some meals, each one will detail what's included. The buses make regular stops at local grocery stores for you to purchase your own supplies and the trip leaders will often organize group meals. local payment All the trips, except accommodated tours in the east, require a local payment to be made right before departure. This covers some items such as local taxes, fuel surcharge and included meals and activities.

big east tour

MOHAWK PASS

start & finish: toronto (fixed itinerary)

start & finish: toronto (fixed itinerary)

what’s included • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners • Thousand Island boat cruise • Omega Park entry fee

what’s included • 5 breakfasts, 6 dinners • Thousand Island boat cruise • Canoe and kayak rentals • All park entrance fees

7 DAYS, fr $673 + local payment

13 DAYS, fr $1,132 + local payment

Local Payment: CAD $75 Tour Code: YTOBIG

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ACCOMMODATED TOUR FR $993 no local payment Accommodation in mixed dorms departures May: 6, 27; June: 10, 24; July: 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug: 5, 12, 19; Sept: 2, 9, 16, 30; Oct: 7

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Local Payment: CAD $195 Tour Code: YTOMOO

ACCOMMODATED TOUR FR $1,816 no local payment Accommodation in mixed dorms departures May: 17; June: 7, 21; July: 5, 19; Aug: 2, 16, 23; Sept: 6, 20; Oct: 4

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Ft. Coulonga Algonquin Park Toronto

Ottawa

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U SA


hoodapus pass MINIMUM

pacific PASS

7 DAYS, fr $480 + local payment

15 DAYS, fr $897 + local payment

start & finish: VANCOUVER

start & finish: vancouver

what’s included • 3 dinners • Park entrance fees • Houseboat tour

what’s included • 5 dinners • Park entrance and ferry fees • Houseboat tour

Local Payment: CAD $130 Tour Code: YVRHPT

Local Payment: CAD $220 Tour Code: YVRPAC

departures Mar 26 - Apr 23: Tue & Sat Apr 25 - Jun 1: Tue, Thu & Sat Jun 3 - Jun 18: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat Jun 20 - Aug 27: Daily Aug 29 - Sep 26: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat Sep 28 - Oct 22: Tue, Thu & Sat Oct 26 - Nov 16: Tue & Sat

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Lake Louise

Whistler

Vancouver

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Lake Louise

Tofino

Whistler

Kelowna

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start & finish: VANCOUVER

start & finish: vancouver

Local Payment: CAD $200 Tour Code: YVRMGT

Local Payment: CAD $150 Tour Code: YVRBIG

what’s included • 5 dinners • Park entrance and ferry fees • Houseboat tour

what’s included • 4 dinners • Park entrance fees • Houseboat tour

Jasper • C A N A DA

departures May 1 - Sep 20: Sun, Wed & Fri

9 DAYS, fr $534 + local payment

• Banff/

Lake Louise

Whistler

Tofino

• Kelowna • Vancouver

Victoria

departures Apr 30 - Sep 24: Sun, Tue & Thu

Jasper • C A N A DA

Banff/ Lake Louise • Shuswap Lake • Whistler • Vancouver •

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CANADA & ALASKA

hi vancouver 1 central

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$37 dorm $52 Twin/Double

Prices are per person per night including breakfast

2 samesun vancouver

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$32 DORM

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3 ywca vancouver

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$79 Single $41 TWIN/Double

Prices are per person per night

Wake up to a free all-you-can-eat breakfast at Vancouver’s newest hostel. This is a lively, clean and secure hostel with a city center location, small kitchen and sociable chill out areas. Rooms have 2-4 beds, free WiFi, linen, towels and a private bathroom. Join in the fun activities such as pub crawls, tours and comedy nights, then head out to experience Granville’s great nightlife.

On top of free WiFi and breakfast, the kitchen and bathrooms have been recently renovated and there’s a TV room, pool table and laundry room. Daily activities include walking tours and pub quiz nights, and the Beaver restaurant is a great hangout with dinner and drink specials. Choose from shared dorms with communal bathrooms, or opt for a private room with or without en suite.

This downtown YWCA hotel is a safe, comfortable and affordable option for all travelers. Rooms range from singles to quads and are equipped with hairdryers, A/C and mini-fridges. Most rooms have TVs, WiFi is available. There are large kitchens and TV lounges and a coffee shop in the lobby. In addition, your stay supports many YWCA community programs.

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inn 4 holiday downtown

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$124 Single $62 Twin/Double

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5 fairmont waterfront

$211 Single $106 Twin/Double

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This is a refreshed, comfortable hotel with super friendly service and an unbeatable downtown location. Spacious, well appointed rooms offer welcome amenities such as free WiFi, cable TV and private bathroom. Jump into the indoor pool, relax in the sauna, work out in the gym and enjoy a delicious meal at Unwind restaurant followed by a few cocktails in the stylish bar.

Floor to ceiling windows showcase the hotel’s spectacular views of the harbor and majestic mountain peaks behind. Take a tour of the herb garden and honey bee apiary, then sample the fresh produce in the delicious cuisine offered in Herons restaurant. Relax in the eucalyptus steam rooms, soak in the hot outdoor pool then enjoy honey-infused cocktails and live music in the bar.

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half vancouver day scenic flight

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Take a thrilling floatplane flight across picturesque Vancouver and see an array of attractions from the air including the city, the harbor and the North Shore Mountains. Photographers will especially enjoy a bird’s eye view of Horseshoe Bay, English Bay and Deep Cove. The greatest thrill comes at the end with a sensational water landing. yvrvsf


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alpine 1 hi center, banff

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$39 dorm $53 Twin/Double

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$166 Single $83 Twin/Double

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$139 Single $70 Twin/Double

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This family run Jasper lodge offers a great base for the bars and restaurants in town. After a fantastic day skiing, treat yourself to a hot stone massage, relax in the heated indoor pool or soak and socialize in the outdoor spas. Enjoy the majestic mountain views from your comfortable and spacious room or over a warming Irish coffee at the Skyline Lounge. discounted rates available - 01may13-31oct13

louise 3 lake inn, lake louise

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$137 Single $69 TWIN/Double

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Impressive hand hewn logs create the splendid ambience of this mountain lodge. The crackling fireplace is inviting and the lively Keg Steakhouse and Bar serves up delicious food. Treat yourself at the Red Earth Spa or dip into the hot pool and steam room. Charming rooms feature Mountain Luxury bedding, flat screen TV, a mini-fridge, free WiFi and of course fresh mountain air!

This modern resort is surrounded by soaring pines and sweeping mountain views. Most guestrooms have floor to ceiling windows with beautiful views and some feature a fireplace, balcony or Jacuzzi tub. Return from outdoor activities to indulge in the heated indoor pool, fitness center, whirlpool, steam room and hearty mountain cuisine in a variety of dining venues.

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calgary 5 hi city center, calgary

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$38 dorm $47 Twin/Dbl

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full Columbia day icefields, Lake Louise

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$169

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An authentic wood and log framed hostel with a cozy fireplace. The small dorms are simple but comfortable and there are private en suite rooms if you’re feeling flush. You get WiFi, city transport and free fun activities. With movie nights, an ice climbing wall (seasonal), restaurant, a brand new pub and an activities co-ordinator to get you in the mood – you certainly won’t be bored!

4 lobstick lodge, jasper

caribou 2 banff lodge, banff

Feel right at home in this central and newly renovated hostel, offering both shared dorms and private rooms. If you love getting freebies then you’ll love it here – breakfast, linen, towels, WiFi and tea and coffee are all on the house! Hang out in the activity room complete with 50” TV and pool table, relax on the sunny patio or cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen. yychic

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Prepare yourself for the experience of the Columbia Icefield! Covering an expanse of 325 sq. km, it reaches depths of up to 320 m! Start at Lake Louise then continue along the Icefields Parkway, rated as one of the most scenic in the world. Marvel at glaciers remaining from the last ice age. After an alpine picnic, jump on an Ice Explorer to travel right onto the glacier itself. ybaglt

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1 hi toronto

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$36 dorm $66 Twin/Double

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$30 dorm $45 Twin/Double

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As a part of the large HI family, HI Toronto is a fantastic backpacker’s pit-stop in this exciting city. With a 24-hour reception, tourist information, free WiFi, guest kitchen and on-site restaurant you will find yourself well taken care of. Enjoy barbecues on the roof deck, trips to the islands and bar tours to help you get to know your fellow travelers and explore the city.

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2 global village

fr $31 DORM 3 canadiana fr backpackers inn $46 TWIN/Double Prices are per person per nighT including breakfast

At Toronto’s largest youth hostel you are sure to find some like minded travelers to share stories with over a beer or two. Free WiFi, a pancake breakfast, huge common areas, an outdoor patio and an in-house backpacker bar make for a perfect place to relax. Opt for a bargain dorm, or try the newly renovated boutique private rooms, with custom decor and a double bed.

This superbly run hostel is only 3 blocks from the CN Tower and the center of downtown Toronto. The spacious rooms feature free WiFi. Start the day with a free all-you can eat pancake breakfast, then chill in the 18 seat movie theater. Get involved in daily activities such as karaoke, barbecues, art gallery visits, and guided city tours.

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highlights • Stay three nights with daily all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast • Marvel at the mighty Niagara Falls • Get the Airport Express into town - easy squeezy!

This welcome package has been designed to make sure you start your Canada adventure with ease. On arrival at Toronto Airport jump on to the Airport Express bus to take you to your centrally located accommodation. Check in for three nights at Global Village Backpackers, where you’ll be welcomed with a complimentary drink. Set in the heart of the entertainment district take advantage of the attractions, shops, bars and restaurants all in close proximity. Enjoy your colorful home for the next few days and make the most of the extensive facilities and lively atmosphere. Your daily all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will set you up for a day of sightseeing or your day tour to Niagara Falls. Heading out of Toronto you get to sample some locally-grown vino at an award winning winery and spend time in the quaint village of Niagara before continuing on to the falls. Upon arrival you have the option of the popular Maid of the Mist tour of the falls or alternatively take a helicopter ride for the prefect viewpoint (both at own expense). The rest of your time in Toronto is at leisure. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Quad share (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Included: Day tour to Niagara Falls Tour Code: YTOCIT Note: if you want to work in Canada please see our BUNAC Work Canada program on page 116

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$134 Single $67 Twin/Double

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Self Drive Touring Canada is ready-made for self-drive touring and we have the perfect itinerary for exploring the cool cities, stunning scenery and national parks of the East Coast. Fourteen days is all you need to get to grips with cosmopolitan Toronto, the Grand River Valley, Rideau Canal, Ottawa, the Laurentian Mountains of Québec, Mont Tremblant Park and the European feel of Québec City before returning back to Toronto. All your accommodation along the way is included plus a road book, itinerary and sightseeing suggestions. For further details see page 121.

5 strathcona hotel

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$120 Single $60 Twin/Double

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‘Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn....’ (cue for a song!). This downtown hotel is loaded with amenities. Rooms have TVs, free high-speed Internet access and the triple-sheeted bed will ensure a great night’s sleep. Start the day with a complimentary breakfast - winner! Treats such as an indoor pool, spa and sauna will help you relax after a long day exploring the sights.

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$107 Single $54 Twin/Double

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full niagara falls day day tour

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$170 Single $85 TWIN/Double

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Prices are per person per night

The fresh, urban design of Strathcona Hotel makes it the perfect place to chill out while exploring Toronto. The hotel is WiFi equipped and offers a popular café for delicious meals. The British style pub with large screens will ensure you sports fans don’t miss out on that all important match and for the gym bunnies, fitness facilities are right next door.

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With comfortable rooms to chill out in after seeing the sights of this fantastic city and a range of bars and dining options, you will be spoilt for choice at the Delta Chelsea. For kids there’s the Family Fun Zone to explore, while the adults pay a visit to the top floor health club with a pool – an urban retreat complete with panoramic views of Toronto.

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$23

Prices are per person per night

The superb location of this hotel guarantees awesome views of the falls from the restaurant, pools and even the spa. The spacious and comfortable rooms offer the perfect retreat to chill out, or pop to the sauna to steam away your troubles. An indoor walkway connects the water park, casino and other attractions, or take time out for an amazing relaxation massage.

Depart Toronto and travel down to the beautiful Niagara wine region, stopping for a tour and tasting at an award winning winery. In the beautiful village of Niagara browse the shops and cafés before continuing to Niagara Falls. Opt for a ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat ride or even a helicopter ride over the falls before returning to Toronto in the evening. ytonfm

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Put on your souvenir rain jacket and step aboard for the ride of a lifetime! The Maid of the Mist takes you to the base of the Falls before sailing through crashing waters and massive rock formations to the basin of the magnificent Horseshoe Falls. This 150 year-old half-hour tour allows you to experience firsthand the power and intensity of the falls. xlvmom

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$110 single $55 Twin/Double

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• Take part in the free pub crawls, bike tours and sunset walks • Check out Café Bistro which turns into a lively bar in the night • Perfectly situated to discover this amazing city Centrally located in downtown Montréal this fantastic HI hostel is in the midst of the action. It provides a self-service kitchen, free WiFi and tourist information to help you figure out the city. The onsite restaurant and bar are the perfect place to catch up with fellow travelers over a few beers. Get your tickets for all the major Montréal events from reception. ymqhmo

gouverneur 3 hotel place dupuis

2 travelodge montrÉal

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$161 single $81 TWIN/Double

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Prices are per person per night

• Located in the Chinese quarter of Montréal • Surf the net with the free WiFi • Bring your cats, dogs or parrots to this pet friendly hotel Set in a vibrant part of town, you’ll instantly feel the welcoming ambience of the Travelodge and be impressed by the tasteful interior. Relax in this snug, home-like accommodation and in the morning enjoy the complimentary continental buffet-style breakfast in the hotel’s La Mezzanine Restaurant. Free WiFi and newspapers keep you up to date with the real world.

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$131 single $66 Twin/Double

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Prices are per person per night

• Steps away from Old Montréal and Saint-Denis Street • Make a splash in the indoor swimming pool • Catch up on the daily news with free newspapers in the lobby

• Pamper yourself for the day at Spa Tais • Relax in the seasonal outdoor pool • Feast on the hot or cold buffet breakfast

Located in the trendy Latin Quarter of Montréal, this newly renovated hotel offers luxurious suites overlooking the city or the St. Lawrence River. Enjoy the relaxing and friendly atmosphere of the Bistro Bar, or try the Vignoble dining room for fantastic food. Take time out from exploring the city and head to the indoor pool, sauna or exercise room to truly chill out.

Tucked in the streets of downtown Montréal, this hotel offers an impressive mix of comfort and elegance with spacious rooms that offer a homely feel. Treat yourself in the day spa or enjoy the casual atmosphere of the restaurant where you can experience imaginative and delicious cuisine or a hearty breakfast to set you up for a day of sightseeing!

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CANADA & ALASKA

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$174 single $87 TWIN/Double

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2 chateau laurier

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$145 single $73 Twin/Double

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Prices are per person per night

• Contemporary mix of minimalist design and urban sophistication • Enjoy tapas style cuisine with an American-Asian twist • Indulge at the health club, indoor pool and sauna

• Unbeatable location in Old Town Québec • Bathe at the indoor saltwater pool • Sample French cuisine with local flavour at St. Hubert restaurant

This hotel is perfect for travelers willing to stay outside of Old Québec City in the revitalised hip neighbourhood of the historic Saint Roch district. The rooms provide everything you need to unwind after exploring the city, with exceptionally good beds, floor to ceiling windows with views of the city and a sleek designer bathroom.

Boasting a superb location between the Grand Allee and the Plains of Abraham, you get the best of both worlds. The hotel offers a bilingual service steeped with rich francophile traditions. The large spacious rooms provide a fusion of old Québec style and elegance with all the modern conveniences. For time out head to the Four Season Garden Spa.

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• Glorious views of the Laurentian Mountains • Chill out in the comfortable atmosphere of Le Bistro • Outdoor pool is heated year round Located in the heart of North America’s only walled city, this hotel boasts exceptional views of the Laurentian Mountains and Parliament Hill from its stylish and modern rooms. The outdoor pool and terrace is heated all year round - the perfect place to unwind whatever the weather. After a session in the gym head to the bistro bar for an evening cocktail to admire the views. yqbdel

Located just 10 minutes from Québec City, the Ice Hotel is a magical universe with huge snow vaults and crystalline ice sculptures. Spend two nights in Québec City with an included city tour. The following day head out to the fabulous Ice Hotel and take a guided tour of the hotel and sculpture park before a four course dinner and welcome cocktail served ‘on the rocks’. Afterwards soak in the hot tubs under the stars, snuggle up for the night in a Nordic sleeping bag and awake to a delicious breakfast. The following day head back to Québec City for one last night in a hotel. Departs: Daily (Jan-Mar) Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), Ice Hotel (1 nt) Includes: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner. Note: Transfers not included Tour Code: YQBICE

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Travel Protection travel insurance

Even the best-planned travel can be impacted by the unexpected. Illness… medical emergencies…severe weather…delayed flights…lost passports or luggage. Troubles can occur when you least anticipate them forcing you to cancel or interrupt your trip, lose your vacation investment, and incur unplanned expenses. And when you’re away from home, things like medical emergencies and illness are even more difficult to manage. STA Travel has partnered with CSA Travel Protection to offer insurance coverage exclusively to STA Travel customers. CSA Travel Protection plans provide important insurance coverage, benefits and 24-hour emergency assistance services to take care of you while on a covered trip and protect your hard–earned investment. We anticipate the unexpected so you don’t have to.

INSURANCE COVERAGES

Through CSA’s designated provider Getting sick on vacation is never fun, but it doesn’t have to be difficult to find what you need. With just one call, we can provide you with immediate access to on-call physicians, medical advice, even referral to a physician near you using CSA’s designated provider network of 30,000 physicians and 850,000 service providers worldwide.

Consult a Doctor™ Connect instantly with a network of physicians for information, advice, and treatment, including prescription medication, when appropriate. Save time and money and get back to enjoying your vacation. No Out of Pocket Medical No claims to file! If you get sick or injured while on a covered trip, we can get you to a trusted provider and even handle the payment for acute, one time treatments up to $1,000.

24-hour Worldwide Emergency Services:

Underwritten by Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company

Trip Cancellation up to 100% of Trip Cost Provides reimbursement for unused, non-refundable pre-paid trip expenses if you are prevented from taking your trip due to a covered reason. Trip Interruption up to 100% of Trip Cost Provides reimbursement for unused, non-refundable pre-paid expenses if your trip is interrupted due to a covered reason. Also provides reimbursement for the additional transportation cost to return home or rejoin your group. Travel Delay $500 $150 per person per day Provides reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred such as accommodations, meals and local transportation if you are delayed 6 hours or more during your trip due to a covered reason. Baggage and Personal Effects $1,500 Provides coverage for loss, theft or damage to your baggage and personal effects during your covered trip. Baggage Delay $500 Provides reimbursement for the emergency purchase of necessary personal effects if your baggage is delayed for more than 24 hours during your covered trip. Medical or Dental Expense $100,000 Provides coverage for the necessary medical, surgical and emergency dental care costs in excess of your standard coverage if you become sick or accidentally injured while on your covered trip. Emergency Medical Transportation $250,000 Emergency Assistance Benefits include transportation to the nearest suitable medical facility, help to return home and companion airfare to visit you if you are traveling alone and are hospitalized for more than 7 days. Air Flight Accident $50,000 AD&D Flight Only Provides coverage for loss of limb or life in the event of an accident while on a covered trip as a ticketed passenger on a certified passenger aircraft. Travel Accident $20,000 AD&D Provides coverage for loss of limb or life in the event of an accident while on a covered trip or within 180 days of that event.

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• Medical Referral • Traveling Companion Assistance • Emergency Cash Transfer • Legal Referral • Locating Lost or Stolen Items • Replacement of Medication and Eyeglasses • Embassy and Consular Services • Worldwide Medical Information • Interpretation/Translation • Emergency Message Relay • Pet Return • Vehicle Return Concierge Services Through CSA’s Designated Provider Provides assistance with arranging golf tee times, sporting, amusement park and entertainment ticketing, fine dining reservations and special events. 10-Day Free Look We stand behind our products and services. We offer a 10-day Free Look on our travel protection plans. You’ll have that ability to cancel your coverage and receive a full refund if you aren’t completely satisfied –– as long as you haven’t left for your trip or filed a claim.

Excellent Customer Service

CSA is committed to providing the best customer service in the industry. Representatives are available seven days a week with 24-hour coverage. Calls are answered live, without an automated phone attendant. Customer service call: 800.351.8109 For 24-Hour Emergency Assistance Call: In the U.S. 877.243.4135 Collect worldwide 240.330.1529 Benefits, services and purchase requirements are described on a general basis. For information regarding coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please contact CSA for a sample certificate/policy. Maximum limits above are per person. Travel Insurance Is Underwritten By: Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, an AEGON company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC # 10952 (all states except as otherwise noted) under Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5000. In CA, CT, HI, NE, NH, PA, TN and TX, Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5100 and TAHC5200. In IL, IN, KS, LA, OR, OH, VT, WA and WY, Policy Forms TAHC5100IPS and TAHC5200IPS. Certain coverages are under series TAHC6000 and TAHC7000.

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