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Introduction In 1979, two students returned from their travels newly cultured, slightly jetlagged and on the biggest high of their lives. Bright-eyed and inspired by their wanderlust, they founded STA Travel to help other young people explore a world beyond textbooks and office desks. The real world. 32 years later, the ethos of STA Travel remain the same. We’ve grown up with our travelers and discovered that more people, not just students, want authentic real-value travel options. We’ve built our exclusive product range from the ground up in direct response to what you need and want from us. We firmly believe that experiencing the wonders of the world will expand your mind and enrich your understanding. Travel is the best education - there is nothing like it to open the eyes, mind and heart. Our commitment to responsible travel is something we are very excited about. We’ve partnered with the non-profit organization Planeterra to launch a new selection of volunteer projects designed to help communities globally - and to help you experience travel with purpose. We’ve also committed to raising a million dollars over the next five years to support Planeterra in its work. Inside this brochure, you’ll find a whole host of North American travel options, handpicked to inspire your socks off. We’ve got thousands of exclusive offers on flights, accommodation and all the essential extras to help you plan your ultimate North American escapade. Come and talk to us by popping into one of our many stores, giving us a call or visiting our website online.

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american road trips Car Rental Amtrak Cruise America Campervans Greyhound Cross Country Touring

West Coast Touring West Coast Self-Drives Los Angeles California Coast San Francisco Las Vegas Bundu Bus National Parks Hawaii - Oahu Hawaii - Maui & Kauai

East Coast Touring East Coast Self-Drives New York Boston Washington DC Chicago Miami & Key West Orlando

Car rental Cruise Canada Campervans Rocky Mountaineer Via Rail Canada Self-Drives Moose Tours Vanvouver and Beyond The Rockies Toronto Montréal Québec City

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‘Planeterra is a labor of love and a dream that came together in 2003 based on our belief that people and planet should be as important as profit in the travel business. Working together with travelers like you allows us all to give back to the local communities that provide us with unforgettable memories through the precious gift of sharing their culture.’ Bruce Poon Tip, founder, Planeterra

a perfect relationship STA Travel has embarked on a responsible travel journey, partnering with Planeterra; a non-profit travelers’ organization focused on global community development and sustainability. This new partnership will not only change the face of STA Travel but enables you to connect with community and conservation projects around the world, helping you travel with purpose. Planeterra works with local partners to develop projects and direct donations to fund needs such as tools, materials and other items that keep projects going. They also develop volunteer programs so that people can visit a project, live on-site or with a local family, and contribute to the well-being of the community. Since 2003, Planeterra has developed more than 25 projects spanning Asia, Africa and the Americas – and now with STA Travel as a partner, there are close to 80 volunteering projects. This is the launch of a totally new type of travel experience; a credible, authentic and real opportunity for you to give back directly. STA Travel has committed $1 million to the partnership with Planeterra to develop these new volunteer travel programs and support communities around the world. In addition to this investment, our goal this year is to raise $120,000 to support the building of a community tourism training center on Koh Phra Thong Island in tsunami-affected Thailand. The center will be accessible to communities throughout southern Thailand, providing a way for them to increase income and sustainable tourism in the area. Want to help at our volunteer project? We wholeheartedly welcome your involvement on Koh Phra Thong. Any donations made towards our project will be doubled by us, up to $30,000 annually. Want more details? Pick up a Travel with Purpose Travel Guide. There are a whole host of volunteer options to get involved in across the globe – help make a difference to the lives of children in Thailand, work with orangutans in Borneo or volunteer in Europe at a turtle conservation project in Greece. You can also have a crack at voluntouring, where a small stint of volunteering is mixed into a group tour (see our Travel with Purpose Travel Guide). Our partnership with Planeterra enables us to provide you with much more than travel. We’re passionate about offering you a chance to experience the real world. And what you gain from giving back is seriously priceless. To view our entire range of meaningful travel options, make sure you pick up our Travel with Purpose Travel Guide, packed full of volunteer and voluntour options the world over.

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Why STA Travel? Now if this is the first time you’ve heard of us then where have you been living? We could say in a cave but that would be too cliché and we revolt against all things cliché, so much so that we’ve made our mark specializing in all the impossibilities that used to seem just a little out of reach. We have a wild and wonderful enthusiasm for all the experiences both diverse and magnificent that travel provides.

No matter where you are in the world, the incredibly knowledgeable and friendly people who work for STA Travel are never far away. We’ve got more than 400 STA Travel stores in 85 countries worldwide and 24/7 global travel help - an essential backup for all travelers on the move. If you’ve lost your tickets, want to change your dates or just need some local advice our help is always at hand.

We’ve been providing these kinds of adventures for more than 30 years, so you should have heard of us by now! We’ve made it our mission to open up the world to eager, enthusiastic, adventurous travelers and are the world’s largest bona fide travel company for students and young adults – but whatever your age we enthusiastically await your call, email or visit as we’re more than happy to show you our unique perspective of planet Earth.

We’ve got thousands of exclusive offers on flights, accommodation, adventure trips and all the essential extras to help you plan your dream trip to the United States and Canada. This brochure showcases the best of them, so enjoy! Come and talk to us by dropping into one of our stores, calling us at 800.777.0112 or visiting statravel.com.

Top 10 reasons to travel with us 1.

Global Travel Help

Wherever you are, we’re there for you

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World Class Travel Partners

We only work with the best to ensure you’re looked after

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Exclusive Low Airfares

Our unique airline partnerships give you access to the lowest fares

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Exclusive Flexible Airfares

You can change your plans at minimal cost and effort

5. hundreds of STORES 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

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Extremely Knowledgeable, Well Traveled Staff

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

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MORE THAN 30 Years Experience

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

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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

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Getting there Why fly wth STA Travel?

Not only do we have great prices, many of our airfares are unique and exclusive, so we offer a wide range of flights negotiated just for you. We can book just about anything you want too, from simple return tickets to complex tailor-made Round-the-World itineraries. Here’s what makes us stand out from the crowd: • Lowest fares with leading airlines for students holding an ISIC card, under 26 year olds holding an IYTC card and teachers holding an ITIC card. • Flexibility to change your travel dates and your route before and after departure.

Get the best price

We’ve been helping folks get the best airfare deals since the dawn of time. We may be exaggerating a little, but we have seriously been doing this for ages! Our experts know exactly where to look and what to check. So talk to one of our Travel Experts or have a look at our website to find yourself a deal that won’t break the bank. To get you started, here are a few insider tips that’ll help you find the cheapest prices: • Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive student, under 26 and teacher fares. • If you can help it, don’t leave it to the last minute. Many of our best prices sell out!

• The option to build your own itinerary using our exclusive one-way fares.

• Try and be a little flexible with your dates and check out flying on a weekday instead of a weekend.

• Open Jaw tickets - fly into one airport and out of another.

• Keep it local and fly from your nearest airport.

• 24-hour travel help - so wherever you are in the world, there is always an expert available to handle your queries.

ONE-WAY Flights

• Hundreds of STA Travel stores in 85 countries worldwide, giving you personal service as you travel the globe. • Airfares that last up to 18 months, so you can travel the world longer. • Sign up for our email newsletter by visiting statravel.com to make sure you don't miss out on our latest offers.

Thinking about working overseas? If you like the idea of paying less upfront for your flight, let us introduce you to the concept of flying one-way. Just think - it’s cheaper now and soon enough you’ll be lapping it up in your chosen destination, earning plenty of moolah. In fact who says you’ll want to come back at all, right?! But when you do decide it’s time to jet home, one of our STA Travel stores in 85 countries across the globe will be just around the corner to help you.

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Add-On Flights

Add-ons are the best (kinda like fries with your burger or fresh lime in your Vodka). They let you get to pretty much anywhere in the world you want to go. Add-on one of our unique sector fares (a one-way or return flight added onto your international flight). Doing this means more gallivanting beyond the arrival city of your flight. If we really need to convince you, just think about hopping over to New York for some fun in Manhattan before jetting onto San Francisco for exquisite art and culture. After all that, why not add a Los Angeles shopping spree into the mix? It’s that easy.

Round the world

This is something we specialize in. 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. You can mix several North America destinations into one big Round-the-World trip - even do Asia and Europe while you're at it for ridiculously great value. Our fares are totally flexible and some last up to 18 months; so you could work for a year and travel the other six if you wanted! Pretty awesome. And they’ll save you big bucks too.


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Checklist  Talk to a STA Travel Expert

and start planning  Get an ISIC Card so you can use it to save on thousands of discounts while traveling  Book your arrival accommodation  Make sure your travel is free of hassles - get travel insurance!

planning your trip Where should I go? Think carefully about the places you’d like to visit and what you want to see and experience. The sheer diversity of everything in North America will leave you startled - whatever you want, you can have.

Choose those picture postcard views of Miami and its raucous nightlife. Go for the sandy beaches, fish-infested coral reefs and buzzing seaside towns of California. Maybe you crave the unfettered freedom of Colorado - its snow capped mountains, endless lakes, bungy jumps and skydives. Or maybe you just want the sun-drenched splendor of the Florida. So once you’ve flicked through this brochure and drawn up a rough plan, come into your nearest branch and chat to one of our friendly Travel Experts. All of our staff are seasoned travelers, so they’re full of helpful advice, tips and tales about the great places you’re planning to visit.

Getting around

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One day you might be bumping along on an exciting off-road track, the next you’ll be calmly sailing through beautiful azure waters, or you might simply be using your own two feet, as you trek through awesome monolithic landscapes.

Many of our adventure trips include nearly everything you need to survive, so you’ll only need a small amount of money per day to get by. This amount is normally calculated by establishing how many additional activities you want to enjoy and how much shopping and drinking you intend to do while you’re away. Make sure you book at least your first few nights accommodation before you leave. You’ll find that it’s quite a bit cheaper, so you’ll save yourself lots of cash. You certainly don’t want to find yourself scraping together a few dollars to afford a hotel bed after a long flight.

The United States and Canada boast long, scenic, well maintained roads, high speed trains and loads of well-connected airports. STA Travel takes full advantage of all of this to make sure you get around the continent as safely, comfortably and efficiently as possible. We feature loads of hop-on hop-off bus options, sailing adventures, 4WD tours and more.

If you’re keen to get yourself on one of our fantastic adventure trips, then please don’t be put off if it starts in one place and finishes up in another. We sell ‘Open Jaw’ tickets - which quite simply allow you to fly in and out of different locations.

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Every major town and city in the United States and Canada will have ATMs, so you’ll have quick and easy access to your funds with your credit or debit card. We’ll help you to work out a budget when you book your trip, but think about where you’ll be going, how long you’ll be away for and what you’ll be doing while you are there.


travel essentials  Travel insurance

 Visa

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.

Your trip of a lifetime will quickly grind to a screeching halt if you forget to sort out your entrance visas. Please don’t forget to check with the relevant embassy if you need to get a visa for the countries that you plan to visit.

STA Travel has partnered with CSA Travel Protection to offer exclusive insurance coverage to STA Travel customers.

STA Travel offers a complete range of International SIM cards and cell phones to help keep you in touch with family and friends back home, and around the globe.

CSA Travel Protection plans provide important insurance coverage, benefits and 24-hour emergency assistance services to take care of you while traveling and protect your hard–earned investment. We anticipate the unexpected so you don’t have to.

 Health

It’s your responsibility to obtain proper and detailed medical advice in good time before departure. We suggest that you check out the excellent Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov for up-to-date information. Your local doctor can also give advice on which vaccinations you’ll need for particular countries.

 tefl

Make the best use of your time away, immerse yourself in a new culture, add to your resume and gain a skill for life. Millions of people are learning English worldwide in the most far flung of places. Why don’t you teach English abroad? Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a recognized qualification. Anyone can do it and there is no need for prior teaching experience - just enthusiasm. Learn to teach English as a foreign language either online or as part of a weekend course with our Premier TEFL course. Once certified you can then take advantage of one of the many paid teaching opportunities available around the world. Fund your travels and never run out of cash. statravel.i-to-i.com/tefl Visit www.statravel.i-to-i.com/tefl for course options and pricing

What is ISIC? ISIC is the only globally

recognized student ID card that gets you more than 40,000 discounts in 120 countries.

For more information visit travel.state.gov

Discounts: ISIC is your guide to save on everyday expenses including travel, accommodation, entertainment, restaurants, electronics, museums, retail, and much more.

 INTERNATIONAL

Communication: ISIC comes with a pre-

CELL PHONES

• Save up to 70% on international calls • Excellent coverage in over 160 countries • Free to receive calls in at least 4 countries and up to 60 countries • Free to receive text messages worldwide • Prepaid - no contracts, no monthly fees • Add more call time anywhere, anytime • Includes free online journal as part of your service • Includes bonus call time credit • U.S. & global phone numbers available on the same phone! • Choose from a range of over 40 local country SIM cards

In addition to great savings, your online journal can automatically plot your location on a Google map. Send updates directly into the journal, and friends and family can keep up to date with your adventures. It’s that easy whether you’re riding on the bus over the Himalayas, tubing down the river or camel back riding, a quick text and everybody will know about it! Check out all offers and savings at www.statravelus.ekit.com

 isic

If you are a full-time student and at least 12 years old, the ISIC (International Student Identity Card) is your passport to savings on airfare, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping, and more. They’re only $22 and you’ll save more than that along the way!

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loaded $10 phone card and an optional FREE international SIM card with $20 bonus calling time.

ISIC iPhone™ App: Never spend more money than you have to when you travel abroad. With the ISIC iPhone™ app, you can search all global discounts from the palm of your hand. Just select a location, choose the type of discount and a map will generate showing you all the savings in that area. You can find the ISIC Discounts App in the iTunes Store™. Not a student? STA Travel offers full-time

teachers the ITIC (International Teacher Identity Card) and youth, ages 12-26, the IYTC (International Youth Travel Card). U.S. Discounts:

• Macy’s – 10% off all in store purchases • Target.com- 10% on all online purchases • Amtrak- 15% on your ticket • Firestone –15% on your oil change • Six Flags – Pay only the kids price • FedEx – 10% off printing

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Hit the sack 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 three very straightforward accommodation categories to choose from: STAysimple, STAysmart and STAystylish. Read below for a description of each.

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STAysimple

STAysmart

STAystylish

For those who want that traveling dollar to go 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.

Perfect for those who demand a little comfort when they travel. (Hotel prices vary around the world, but you won't find yourself out of luck with our rating system). Our STAysmart hotels always offer good value.

These are a little bit special. Adjectives such as unique, funky and intimate are definitely very apt. Ordinary, they are not! Most will boast something absurdly indulgent, such as a private pool, pillow menu or a cigar lounge.

The majority of our STAysimple properties have 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 and helpful staff. Many of these options will have shared bathrooms.

These are modern, international standard hotels, so expect a plethora of great facilities. All rooms will have private bathrooms, A/C and a host of modern amenities. You can also expect loads of great facilities – most will have a pool, gymnasium and a couple of restaurants. STAysmart hotels are ideal for city stopovers.

These hotels are relatively small in size, which means close and personal attention. Superlative service and an unforgettable experience are more or less guaranteed. After a fantastically hectic adventure trip or an early morning flight, it definitely pays to splash a little cash and book yourself into one of these wonderful hotels.

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your amazing adventure We partner with leading tour companies who provide fantastic adventures across the globe to give you a variety of styles of travel and experiences to choose from when planning your big trip. We consider them our ‘perfect partners’ as they share the same passion for travel as we do and we guarantee you will get the cheapest price on their trips through us. Check out our ‘perfect partners’ for North America.

Suntrek has been a leader in small group adventure tours in North America for almost 30 years. You'll share amazing experiences with a small group of up to 13 travelers, traveling in a customized maxi-van and accompanied by a Suntrek group leader. The small group size means you experience more of the local culture - not always possible in a larger group or by yourself. It’s not just a trip, it's an ‘experience’ with accommodation, transport, expert guide & entrance fees included. Trip Kitty - Where stated you contribute to a kitty, used to pay for some group meals. You'll pitch in to help shop for food and cook.

Contiki is the original travel company for 18-35s, offering great-value trips in over 40 countries on five continents. Because we’ve been traveling the world since ’62, no one knows travel like we do. We include more sights, activities, free time, definite departures & amazing accommodation plus loads of exclusive experiences. Whether it’s a long trip, quick get-away, first timers, seasoned travelers, going solo or with a group, you’ll find your perfect North America trip with Contiki.

Transportation - Specially equipped vans are used with A/C and music players. Perfect to get you off the beaten track!

But what really makes us stand out is our team – they are the best trained and committed to delivering amazing experiences. Our Tour Managers and Drivers manage all the details, so it’s hassle-free. We include some amazing overnight stays too - from our central city hotels to a cozy chalet nestled in the Rockies - our accommodation is genuinely unique. Plus get ready for our legendary culinary delights.

Guaranteed Departures - Regardless of the number of passengers, once your booking is confirmed, we don't cancel your trip.

We’re also dedicated to sustainable tourism wherever we travel and protecting the planet for future generations.

Early Bird Discount - 10% off all trip bookings made before February 28, 2011. Applies to departures in 2011, excluding July through August.

What does all this add up to? The most amazing travel experience, tailored specifically for each traveller.

Your trip leaders - All Suntrek leaders have graduated from an intensive training program which guarantees amazing knowledge.

Some of you can’t wait to get your hiking boots on and climb a mountain, while others look forward to exploring museums or trying new foods at the local markets. Everyone has different travel preferences and budgets, so we’ve built a style for anyone who wants to add a little (or a lot) of adventure to their holiday. Keep an eye out for the stamps below throughout the brochure so you know exactly what's in store and can find your perfect adventure! Backpacker trips are excellent value - expect amazing experiences, but none of the BACKPACKER LODGING inclusions that you may not want. You'll travel in groups of no more than 13 people, in a private van. The group leader will offer advice, helping you to uncover the region's hidden gems. There will be plenty of free time and optional activities. Ideal for those seeking fun and independence with some support or those making the most of their time with minimum hassle and maximum experiences.

BACKPACKER CAMPING

Backpacker camping: Most nights you'll be camping, with some exceptions in the cities where you'll be in hotels or hostels. Tents are provided but don't forget your own sleeping bag. Backpacker lodging: Wake up in the wilderness, but in the comfort of a hostel, hotel or rustic cabin. Don't forget your sleeping bag.

Explorer is your style of travel if you want all the experiences with more inclusions, meals and creature comforts. You'll stay in hotels and lodges in the best locations. Along the way you'll really experience the destination up close. You'll mingle with locals and gain special insights from your leader. This is not luxury travel but real world experiences, just with a softer landing.

Fantastic great value trips exclusively for 18-to-35-year olds, so you’ll be able to share the experience with a group of like-minded people. With stays in central quality hotels and authentic accommodation like cozy mountain chalets and a load of extras all included, the hard work is done for you. Simply sit back, relax and get on with having a good time!

Thrilling adventures is the simplest way to describe these trips. As you'd expect, activity is the key - we're talking hiking central here. You don't need to be super fit for Challenger trips, but they're ideal if you want a physical challenge, plenty of cultural interaction and incredible scenery.

Self-drives offer you unbeatable freedom and flexibility. We have selected the best routes to incorporate the best beaches, towns and sights along the way but of course you’re free to make your own detours. Self-drives include accommodations based on three or fourstar quality as well as some exciting activities. Please note that car rental must be purchased separately.

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TRAVEL EXPERTS

We’ve been selling trips over to this part of the world for years. The majority of our Travel Experts have traveled to the destinations in this brochure and all of them have been expertly trained to give you the best advice.

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NORTH FABULOUS AMERICA CITY BREAKS PICK UP THE EUROPE BROCHURE

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THE ALMIGHTY INCA TRAIL WANT IT ALL?

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Giveaways, sales information and the latest travel news and tips. We won’t bore you with tweets about what we’re eating or what the dog’s doing. We will tell you about new deals and the exciting stuff first - as soon as it happens. Follow us at twitter.com/statravel

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CAR RENTAL Certain feelings can’t be suitably described - they belong in a mystical, dream like sphere. The classic American road trip will stir those hidden chimeras and bring them wildly to the surface - as everyday promises the unimaginable. Prepare to experience a raw, untamed and unrestricted freedom on the open roads of North America. Will you choose Route 66, the California Coast or the Florida Keys for the time of your life?

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New York City fr $58 Chicago fr $49 Los Angeles fr $33 San Francisco fr $33 Miami fr $45 Boston fr $58 Hawaii fr $36 Denver fr $41

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426

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1,444

1,358

1,210

1,565

Naples

615

816

864

1,002

517

1,532

1,317

1,231

1,082

1,438

469

249

388

248

1,098

889

787

638

916

New Orleans

533

395

682

1,521

1,306

1,225

1,092

1,257

212

496

1,100

885

804

671

726

Memphis

636

1,311

1,096

1,016

883

936

Savannah

1,022

807

721

573

929

215

309

443

469

New York

94

229

410

L.A

121

San Diego

382

502

San Fran

296

416

196

Yosemite N.P

291

341

535

301

Death Valley

109

142

489

421

299

Palm Springs

271

332

571

491

139

282

726

356

751

684

403

265

293

Phoenix

788

813

1,088

1,008

683

705

573

465

Atlanta

Nashville

Las Vegas

Boston Albuquerquee

726

788

967

752

586

737

458

461

388

Moab

1,017

1,079

1,269

1,043

877

1,028

749

911

448

335

Denver

1,056

1,117

985

937

916

1,067

788

1,029

1,174

601

728

Yellowestone N.P

689

751

736

613

549

700

421

622

622

234

536

369

Philadelphia

141

417

Washington

478 Niagara Falls

Salt Lake City

961

1,082

634

758

946

1,069

1,051

1,332

1,386

998

1,258

832

767

Portland

1,135

1,255

807

931

1,119

1,242

1,124

1,505

1,460

1,072

1,332

759

841

174

WEST COAST DRIVING DISTANCES (MILES)

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ONE-WAY RENTALS One-way rentals are permitted throughout the U.S., subject to availability and must be prebooked. One-way fees may apply depending on routing, and are payable locally. Some routes may allow free one-way rentals.

RENTAL PERIOD Prices are based on 24-hour periods, meaning a car picked up at 10am must be returned by 10am on the last rental day to avoid any additional charges.

CHILD SEATS & OTHER EXTRAS Children up to five years old are required by law to be transported in approved child seats. These are available for an extra cost. Ski racks and GPS systems are also normally available.

DRIVING RESTRICTIONS Rental cars may be driven into Canada, but must usually be returned to the U.S. Oneway cross border rentals may be permitted in certain locations. Rental cars must not be driven into Mexico.

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USEFUL INFORMATION DRIVER AGES All drivers must be 21 or over (18 or over in New York State and Michigan) and carry a full drivers license. There may be a surcharge for drivers under 25.

CALIFORNIA

East Coast

Hawaii

CAR GROUP WEEK

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DAY

Economy

4 Door

$220

$46

$168

$33

$359

$58

$188

$36

Compact

4 Door

$231

$48

$179

$35

$365

$61

$200

$38

Intermediate

4 Door

$242

$50

$190

$37

$371

$63

$209

$41

Full-size

4 Door

$297

$59

$223

$44

$383

$68

$282

$52

Full-size SUV

7 Seat

$710

$141

$497

$104

$1,018

$187

N/A

N/A

Standard SUV

5 Seat

$398

$75

$387

$71

$808

$169

$418

$83

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AMTRAK You’ll immediately feel a sense of freedom and relaxation as you board a big, beautiful American train. Recline with a book in your commodious, comfy seat, walk around, stretch your legs and maybe grab a bite to eat. Or just gaze out the window and lose yourself in your own thoughts as you marvel at the everchanging scenery. Travel through the Continental Divide at nearly 10,000 feet. Cross the Mississippi River on one of the longest double-decked bridges of its kind. Cruise by New Mexico’s Florida Mountains, alongside ancient lava

• Vancouver • Seattle

• Spokane

Portland •

• East Glacier Park

flows that nearly touch the tracks. Many of the trains you travel in come equipped with large panoramic windows – making sure every stunning view is maximized. Amtrak’s national rail network serves over 500 stations in 46 states over 22,000 miles of track. The only states not included are Alaska, Hawaii, South Dakota and Wyoming.

USA Rail Passes are the same price all year round regardless of time of travel. But you must begin within 180 days of the date the pass is purchased. One segment of travel is counted each time a passenger boards a train.

Our Amtrak rail passes give you maximum flexibility and allow you to do things at your own pace. Choose from three passes:

However, you can mix things up if you like, but opposite this page are three fantastic options to get you thinking.

Wolf Point •

Grand Forks •

Minneapolis • Oakland/ Emmeryville • San Francisco •

Reno •

Bakersfield • Los Angeles • San Diego •

8 segments within 15 days FR $389 12 segments within 30 days fr $579 18 segments within 45 days fr $749

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Grand Rapids Milwaukee • • Detroit Boston • • Chicago • • Cleveland • Salt Lake City Omaha • Quincy Pittsburgh • New York • • Denver • Indianapolis • Philadelphia • Kansas City • • • St Louis • Baltimore Flagstaff Cincinnati • • Washington D.C. • Newport News • Albuquerque Little Rock • Raleigh • • Memphis Oklahoma City •

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or vice versa 12 segments Miami  Fort Lauderdale  West Palm Beach  Orlando  Jacksonville  Savannah  Columbia  Raleigh  Richmond  Baltimore  Philadelphia  Washington D.C.  New York Enjoy all the highlights of the East Coast from political buildings in the nation's capital to Orlando's theme parks.

los angeles New York or vice versa 18 Segments Los Angeles  Palm Springs  Yuma  Tuscon  El Paso  Alpine  San Antonio  Houston  Lake Charles  Lafayette  New Orleans  Birmingham  Atlanta  Greenville  Charlotte  Washington D.C.  Baltimore  Philadelphia  New York The ultimate cross-counry route will take you down the East Coast and through the deep south.

seattle los angeles or vice versa 8 segments Seattle  Portland  Redding  Sacramento  San Francisco  San Jose  San Luis Obispo  Santa Barbara  Los Angeles Enjoy stunning Pacific panoramas as you travel down the coast. Take your pick of a host of picturesque stops.

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CRUISE AMERICA Find an amazing spot to pull off the road and watch the colors of the sunset. Cook up some dinner and drift off to sleep by the fire. Rise as the birds awaken and gaze in wonder as the sun illuminates the landscape of a spectacular silhouetted horizon. Renting your own RV is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to see the ‘real’ America. With more than15,000 campgrounds in North America you can wake up to a different view and story every day. Do things exactly your way - if you like somewhere, stay longer.

• Minimum rental age 21 • No extra cost for under 25 drivers • No extra cost for additional drivers • 10% discount at all KOA Kampgrounds • 24 departure points/rental centers All our RVs boast the following: • Automatic transmission • Power steering & cruise control • Stereo sound system • Fresh-water toilet & shower • Refrigerator, freezer, stove and microwave

compact rv - C19 fr $59 per Day* • Sleeps up to 3 • Double & dinette single • Length 19’ to 20’ *daily rate for RV, tax and Insurance, excludes miles, transfers and kits

standard rv - C25 fr $59 per Day* • Sleeps family up to 5 • Two doubles & dinette single • Length 23’ to 25’ *daily rate for RV, tax and Insurance, excludes miles, transfers and kits

SUGGESTED itinerary: southern california highlights Relax on California's beaches and explore the exciting cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Spend time in spectacular Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Death Valley and Sequoia National Parks. EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: For all departures 1 Apr - 31 Oct 2011 BOOK BY: 31 Jan 2011 - 10% off the daily flex rate 28 Feb 2011 - 5% off the daily flex rate PLUS: Depart between April and October and depending on the month choose from: Free one-ways, half-price one-ways, 50% off unlimited mileage, free vehicle provisioning kit, free personal kits

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• Yosemite N.P. • Hearst Castle • Santa Margarita

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• Lone Pine • Barstow

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• Shower, sink and flush toilet • Air conditioning • Stereo sound system • Two on-board holding tanks for waste water You'll be provided with an Essential Client Information document when booking which goes into more detail about your RV. Please read this before departure.

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GREYHOUND The legendary Greyhound buses of North America have been shuttling lonesome poets, returning soldiers, roaming beatniks and adventurous STA Travel customers around the country since before the dawn of time. Serving more than 3,800 destinations in North America with more than 20 million passengers carried every year, Greyhound has been a safe and affordable way to travel for nearly 100 years.

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Traveling by Greyhound means you can sit back and let someone else take you up and down the open road. Grab some sleep, read some classic American literature, pore over photos on your camera or strike up some banter with the most interesting or best looking guy or girl on board.

Our Discovery Passes provide you with maximum flexibility, allowing you to ravel on any Greyhound service during a time period of either 7, 15, 30 or 60 days. There are no limits on mileage or stopovers. 7 day Pass fr $252 15 day Pass fr $357 30 day Pass fr $461 60 day Pass fr $566

The Greyhound coaches will keep you comfy and relaxed. They are all equipped with A/C, onboard toilet, reclining seats with headrests and tinted windows. New coaches are being rolled out and are now equipped with WiFi and electrical sockets. Break/meal stops are made at least every 3-4 hours.

The map shows just the key places you can travel to on our passes. Ask a Travel Expert to see if they can get you to exactly where you want to go.

Gaze out, daydream, be inspired and formulate plans, ideas and ambitions as the rich tapestry of America’s diverse landscape passes.

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Winnipeg •

Billings •

• Salt Lake City • Denver

San Francisco • Las Vegas •

• Montréal

Ottawa • Toronto •

Minneapolis • Sioux Falls • Chicago • Kansas City • St Louis •

Boston •

Cleveland •

New York • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh • Washington DC •

• Albuquerque Oklahoma City •

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• Nashville

Memphis •

• Atlanta

• Pheonix • Dallas

El Paso •

• Savannah

• Jackson • New Orleans

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• Orlando

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Travel Times in hours Boston

Chicago

Dallas

Los Angeles

Las Vegas

Miami

Montréal

New Orléans

New York

Seattle

San Francisco

Toronto

Vancouver

Washington

Boston

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43

72

64

32

8

38

4.5

75

72

16

82

10

Chicago

23

X

18

46

38

32

25

20

16

52

48

15

60

18

Dallas

43

18

X

30

30

34

45

12

36

56

36

32

62

32

Los Angeles

72

46

30

X

6

62

72

42

64

28

9

59

32

65

Las Vegas

64

38

30

6

X

66

65

46

56

32

14

52

39

57

Miami

32

32

34

62

66

X

37

22

26

87

70

64

96

72

Montréal

8

25

45

72

65

37

X

42

8

76

76

8

73

13

New Orléans

38

20

12

42

46

22

42

X

34

72

49

35

76

26

New York

4.5

16

36

64

56

26

8

34

X

70

68

11

74

4.5

Seattle

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52

56

28

32

87

76

72

70

X

20

62

4

72

San Francisco

72

48

36

9

14

70

76

49

68

20

X

64

24

70

Toronto

16

15

32

59

52

64

8

35

11

62

64

X

66

15

Vancouver

82

60

62

32

39

96

73

76

74

4

24

66

X

72

Washington DC

10

18

32

65

57

72

13

26

4.5

72

70

15

72

X

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roadtrip america

BACKPACKER CAMPING

22 DAYS, $2,215 fr

new york

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There is something truly liberating about the U.S.. A unique and visceral sense of freedom pervades each and every bit of this colossal chunk of land. This three-week adventure embellishes this atmospheric bewitchery and shoots sparkling vitality, moody romance and wild adventure straight into your soul from every imaginable angle. The classic coast-tocoast route, immortalized through generations of storytelling, poetry, music and film is ready and waiting for your naked and impressionable consciousness. Kicking off in the world-famous city landscape of New York, you’ll travel across the country, taking in a devilishly diverse mixture of states, cities and landscapes. You’ll travel to the powerhouse of Washington DC, admiring the grand avenues, museums and architecture. You’ll be left enraptured by the melancholic sweetness of New Orleans and you’ll be left in no doubt about this country’s ability to ooze with glamour in the corruptible and alluring lights of Las Vegas. But it’s all that glorious land in between that truly amazes on this awesome adventure. Marvel at some of the world’s most spinetingling panoramas – Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Mesa Verde National Park. Prepare to be startled by all that glorious ‘Great Outdoors’ as dreams come true and memories are indelibly forged. BEST BITS • Explore NYC - the city that never sleeps • Check out the sights of Washington DC • Crow with the crooners in Memphis • Prowl the jazz bars of New Orleans • Absorb the history of Texas at the Alamo • Witness the bats of Carlsbad Caverns • Marvel at Mesa Verde’s rock formations • Check out New Mexico’s capital, Santa Fe • Meet Monument Valley’s Navajo tribe • Peer into the cavernous Grand Canyon • Live it up large Las Vegas style • Hike the trails in Death Valley • Enjoy the natural wonders of Yosemite • Explore cosmopolitan San Francisco

Day 1: arrive new york Welcome to the mighty US of A. Arrive at any time and set out exploring the hustle and bustle of this incredible city that never sleeps. Days 2-3: washington DC Set off south into the sunshine heading to Washington DC Visit ‘Philly’ on the way checking out the sights of Liberty Bell and the place where Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Stop by the ‘District of Columbia’ and take in the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, among other famous landmarks on a guided city tour. Camp overnight with your camera handy. There’ll be lots to snap en route! Day 4: appalachian mountains Cross the Appalachian Mountains (also called the ‘Blue Ridge Mountains’). Stop for a few hikes and take in the breathtaking mountain scenery. Day 5: Nashville Arrive into Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, and turn up your love for country music. Music fans won’t be disappointed by a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame containing Elvis’ famous golden Cadillac and a trip to the Music Row Area - where more than 50 record studios and approximately 200 music publishing houses are located or the Grand Ole Opry. Day 6: memphis Head to magical Memphis, home of the Blues and take an optional visit to Graceland - 'The King’s' home and his tomb. Grab a chance to visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968. In the evening, head down to Beale Street’s traditional blues clubs where you’ll get better acquanted with the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and B. B. King before camping overnight.

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Days 7-8: new orleans Travel south and reach New Orleans, known as the ‘Heart of the South’ or the ‘Big Easy’. Most of the action in New Orleans takes place in the French Quarter. Spend your nights on Bourbon Street exploring the sultry jazz clubs, and the days visiting local shops and nearby mansions. In the summer months, when alligators are most active, there is also an optional swamp tour. You’ll spend the night in a hostel. Day 9: houston This morning you’ll make your way to Houston, the largest city in Texas and home of the NASA Space Center. There’s time for an optional visit before moving on to camp. Day 10: san antonio Drive the width of Texas and on to San Antonio, with it’s striking Mexican influences and home of the Alamo, an original reconstructed SpanishMexican 18th century fort. Take an evening stroll along San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk and get to know the city’s many canals and backstreets by night. Camp near San Antonio. Day 11: carlsbad caverns Enter New Mexico’s deserts on your way to Carlsbad Caverns - one of the largest in the world. Your hiking trail will take you deep into the 8.2 acre ‘Big Room’ and beyond. In the evening, pull up outside the park to witness the overwhelming sight of thousands of bats swarming out of the caverns. That night you’ll camp at a site near the caverns. Day 12: santa fe Continue your journey north following the Pecos River to Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico. Then drive onwards to the Aztec Ruins National Monument - famous for its sandstone pueblo built around the 11th century and containing almost 500 rooms. Take a self-guided half mile walk and discover skillful stone masonry, remarkably preserving the original walls.


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Days 17-18: las vegas Head for Vegas, leaving the peace of the national parks behind. Exuding decadence and wealth, Las Vegas is gluttony for the eyes but still a great place for those on a budget. Head to the best free shows, lively dance clubs and some seriously good value buffet restaurants. If you choose to sleep you’ll be in a comfy hotel.

Day 13: mesa verde national park Traveling through the Southern Ute-Native American Reservation you’ll make your way to the Mesa Verde National Park for a chance to explore the largest and best-preserved cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Native Americans. Drive on through Mexican Hat, where nature has transformed a monolith into a gigantic sombrero. Camp near the National Park.

Day 19: sierra nevada Drive through Death Valley - one of the hottest deserts on the planet. Temperatures can rise to record-breaking levels (132°F). Check out all the geological phenomena: vast sand dunes, sculpted rocks, isolated valleys and volcanic craters. Visit the lowest point in the U.S. and the two-mile Telescope Peak. Head over the Eastern Sierra to camp in Bishop or Lee Vining.

Day 14: monument valley After a ride through fascinating desert regions, reach Monument Valley - part of the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. More than 200,000 Native Americans of the Navajo Tribe live here. Take an optional Navajo-guided jeep tour further into the Valley, visiting the colorful monuments up close. The Navajo overnight experience is a great option.

Days 20-21: yosemite national park Reach the world famous Yosemite National Park, known for its colossal granite cliffs and amazing waterfalls. Explore the various hiking trails under the Nevada Falls or amid the serenity of Mirror Lake. Spot squirrels and bears along the way and settle into the unadulterated wilderness.

Days 15-16: grand canyon Travel out of the desert heat and into the mountains. Arrive awe struck at the Grand Canyon. Measuring 200 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and more than one mile deep, it’s a sight to behold! Take a scenic flight, walk along a rim trail or go for a hike. Camp under the stars against this magnificent backdrop.

Day 22: depart san francisco Leave Yosemite behind and hit the road, driving 150 miles west toward San Francisco, the ‘City by the Bay’. Why not stay longer and take the opportunity to see the famous Alcatraz Island prison. Say farewell to your new found friends and revel in your now deep-set memories.

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SAN FRANCISCO - NEW YORK fr $2,215 Tour Code: SUSSOD

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DEPARTURES

New York  Philadelphia • San Francisco • • Yosemite N.P. Lee Vining • Death Valley • Grand Canyon • Las Vegas •

Washington DC • • Appalachian Mtns

• Monument Valley • Messa Verde N.P. Memphis •

Santa Fe •

• Nashville

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FINISH MAY 04 MAY 25 JUN 15 JUL 06

START JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 24

FINISH AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 31 SEP 07 SEP 14

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FINISH SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 12

Houston • San Antonio •

• New Orleans

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MAY 02

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), multishare hostel (3 nts), camping (16 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$330 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on day 22 Tour Code: SUSSOS

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BACKPACKER LODGING

22 DAYS, $3,015 fr

new york

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With the wind in your hair and bucket loads of oxygen in your lungs this trip will give you enough get up and go to sprint yourself all the way from New York to L.A. on adrenaline alone. Over a fantastically filled 22 days you’ll zip in and out of some of North America’s finest and most fascinating cities, through the big warm heart so intricate to this country’s inner psyche and into the true natural landscape for which America is so well known, but also so often forgotten. Traverse rolling roads that’ll lead you to soulful cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Santa Fe, step out above and beyond your wildest dreams with a visit to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Drive through the incredibly majestic Monument Valley for wild memories in the making. Soak in raw, unadulterated nature in the cool waters of Lake Powell and watch the great colony of bats flying out of the Carlsbad Caverns. Find ample opportunity to reenact all your favorite movie lines with your new found buddies along the way. What can we say, if you’re looking for the ultimate adventure, you’ve got it right here. Get ready to blow your mind! BEST BITS • Discover the Big Apple’s captivating core • Visit the White House in Washington DC • Groove to country music in Nashville • Listen to the blues in Memphis • Soak in the ‘joie de vivre’ in New Orleans • Watch Carlsbad Caverns swarming bats • Shop Native American crafts in Santa Fe • Meet local Native American tribesmen • Stand awe-struck in Monument Valley • Laze on Lake Powell’s inviting shores • Be utterly mystified at the Grand Canyon • Take a chance at a casino in Las Vegas • Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo • Hang out with celebrities in Hollywood

Day 1: arrive new york Begin in the scintillating city of New York. Loud, fast and pulsating with energy this is the ideal spot to kick off the adventure. Arrive at any time and set out exploring. Days 2-3: washington DC Head down south to discover the country’s capital. Check out the site of the Liberty Bell along the way where Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Stop off at DC’s countless attractions, including the White House and Capitol Building during a walking tour of the city. Day 4: Appalachian mountains Cross the jagged Appalachian Mountains and stop by the roadside for leisurely hikes along the way. Breathe in the super clean air as you stare. Day 5: nashville Roll into Nashville. Country music fans won’t be disappointed by a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame - home to Elvis’ golden Cadillac. Check out the Music Row Area - where more than 50 record studios and approximately 200 music publishing houses are located on the Grand Ole Opry. Settle in for the night at your cabins. Day 6: memphis Go walking in Memphis, and get acquainted with its local charm. Home to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest - the largest pork barbecue cooking contest in the world. Head down to Beale Street’s traditional blues clubs in the evening where you’ll get better acquainted with the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and B. B. King - who all got their start in Memphis in the 1950s.

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Days 7-8: new orleans Travel south through the state of Mississippi and arrive into the ‘Heart of the South’ in Louisiana. Absorb the ‘joie de vivre’ of the French Quarter and spend your time dipping in and out of jazz clubs, local shops and nearby mansions. Enjoy some good traditional Creole and European inspired world-famous dishes. Sweet-toothed fiends should try the local praline. Spend your nights in a comfy hostel. Days 9-10: Austin Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the music, so get into the swing of this Southern state by enjoying some live tunes along the riverfront. Austin isn't called 'The Live Music Capital of the World' for nothing. Day 11: carlsbad caverns Enter the deserts of New Mexico on your way to Carlsbad Caverns. Hike into the heart of this gigantic site and witness thousands of bats swarm out of the cave into the inky night sky. Sleep overnight in cabins near the National Park. Day 12: White Sands National Monument Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating mounds of white sand dunes as far as the eye can see. Day 13: Tombstone Step back in time as you enter the town that hosted the most famous gunfight in Old West history - at the OK Corral in 1881. You'll be fascinated by the wild west stories and the town's mining history.


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AMERICAN ROAD TRIPS Days 18-19: las vegas Take in the bright lights and neon sights of The Strip. Lose yourself in the electric atmosphere and take your chance at becoming a millionaire at one of the many grand casinos. Your group leader will point out the best free shows and the most lively dance clubs. And if you plan on getting any sleep, it’ll be in a Vegas hotel. Day 14: Saguaro National Park Enormous cacti, silhouetted by the setting sun - for many of us the Giant Saguaro cactus is the universal symbol of the American West. However, these majestic plants are only found in a small portion of the United States and Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of these subtropical giants. Day 15: monument valley Discover the weird and wonderful landscape of Monument Valley, the setting for countless films and westerns of yesteryear. You’ll be inspired for hours! Head into the heart of the Navajo Native American Reserve - home to more than 200,000 Navajo Tribe Native Americans. Take an optional Navajo-guided jeep tour further into the Valley to get a closer look at these incredible colorful monuments.

Day 16: Lake powell / western ranch Take an incredible drive across the northern Arizona desert plateau with open stretching views and unspoiled landscapes. Arrive into Glen Canyon / Lake Powell - an enormous and incredibly beautiful paradise for watersports with warm, crystal clear water. Take a dip in the lake or just laze on its sunny shores. Another short drive will lead you to a western ranch camp in the picturesque high desert country, where you'll spend the night. Here, you can have a taste of the wild west on an optional horse ride with a real life cowboy. Day 17: grand canyon Travel out of the heat of the desert into the coolness of the mountains. It’s time to check out the most important natural attraction in Arizona - the Grand Canyon. Measuring 200 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and more than one mile deep, it’s a sight to behold!

Days 20-21: san diego Journey south through the Mojave Desert to San Diego. You’ll have the whole of Day 21 free to explore. Check out the world-famous zoo, visit Sea World or spend some time at trendy Mission Beach. In the evening you’ll visit the charming Old Town, founded in 1824. From beaches to boardwalks, San Diego is made for outdoor activities. You’ll sleep overnight in cabins. Day 22: depart los Angeles Arrive onto L.A.’s celeb-lined streets where your adventure will come to an end. Say your farewells and swap those all-important contact details.

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LOS ANGELES - NEW YORK 22 days, FR $3,015 Tour Code: SUSSRX

DEPARTURES

New York  Washington DC • • Appalachian Mtns

Lake Powell • • Monument Valley Grand Canyon • Las Vegas • Los Angeles • Tombstone San Diego • White Sands • • • Sanguaro N.P.

Memphis •

• Nashville

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FINISH MAR 09 APR 20 JUN 01

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FINISH JUL 13 AUG 24 OCT 05 NOV 16

START DEC 07 2012 JAN 18 FEB 29

FINISH DEC 28 FEB 08 MAR 21

• New Orleans

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FINISH MAY 02 JUN 13 JUL 25

Accommodation: Multishare hotels/hostels/cabins (21 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$440 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest flight departure time is 4:00pm on Day 22 Tour Code: SUSSRA

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26 DAYS, $3,429 fr

LOS ANGELES

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NEW YORK

Those unanswerable pub quiz questions that challenge you to name a plethora of seemingly obscure American states will become satisfyingly straightforward if you make the wise decision to traverse a whopping 22 of them on this wonderful adventure. With a large group of fellow young folk – you’ll rewrite every American dream as you enjoy a glorious sense of freedom on an unforgettable road trip across this great country. Live out every film set fantasy; from the red-blooded effervescence of a Las Vegas night and the wild-west magnetism of New Mexico to the atmosphere of Louisiana and the sun-soaked sultry glitz of Miami’s South Beach. Stare down into unfathomably deep canyons, gaze into star-speckled desert skies and face up to every long suppressed desire lying dormant in your soul. That raw, untamed essence of Americana will seep into your consciousness – and every decision, action and impulse will feel that bit wilder as ephemeral pleasure becomes your only goal. This is America for the purists – unadulterated, intense and fantastically inclusive. You’ll return home with a beautifully sun bronzed face, a permanently implanted cowboy hat, a laid-back outlook on life and an insatiable yearning to get back there as soon as possible. bEST bITS • Bet your life away in Las Vegas • Drive the iconic Route 66 • Hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon • Go off-road to Monument Valley • Stare at the stunning Rocky Mountains • Visit the home of all things big, Dallas! • Pay homage to 'The King' in Graceland • Dance the night away in New Orleans • Hold on tight at Florida’s theme parks • Hang out with Miami’s beautiful people • Check out Kennedy Space Center • Run like Forrest along Savannah’s roads • Explore Washington DC's historic sights • Live it up in the city that never sleeps

Day 1: arrive Los Angeles / las vegas Meet the crew and head across the Mojave Desert to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Prepare for a sensory experience like no other. Watch the the one of a kind light show at Fremont Street, find out why they call Vegas, Sin City and hit up some flashy hot spots. (D) Day 2: Las Vegas It’s all glitz and glamour as you hang out on the ‘Strip’, relax by the pool, ride the amusements, meet Elvis and Marilyn and party on into the star-filled night! (B) Days 3-4: Grand Canyon National Park Get your kicks on historic Route 66 as you journey to the breath-taking Grand Canyon. Arrive into this vast natural park and gaze long into the distance that encompasses this magnificent natural worldly wonder. Hike, walk, or take an optional birds-eye view flight for an up close and personal experience that’ll cement your memories further. (B, D) Day 5: Cortez Monument Valley’s quintessential wild west landscape offers you unrivaled photo ops of dramatic desert backdrops, magnificent mesas, buttes and plateaus. Go for an off road trip of Monument Valley, on the Navajo Native American Reservation, and check out the landscape of America’s spectacular Southwest. Wind up in Cortez for the night, located in beautiful Colorado. (D) Day 6: Albuquerque Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Durango provides an absolute paradise for adventure seekers. Go rafting down the Animas River or bounce through the backcountry by jeep. Continue on to Albuquerque, New Mexico. (B, D)

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Day 7: Amarillo Float over Albuquerque on an optional morning hot air balloon ride. Explore the exotic mix of Native American and Hispanic cultures in artistic Santa Fe before visiting the quirky 'Cadillac Ranch' roadside attraction on your way into 'cowboy country'. On your way to Amarillo (singing required) you’ll get in some great examples of true Texan culture. (D) Days 8-9: Dallas Head to Dallas, where you’ll discover why everything is bigger and better in Texas! With cutting edge architecture, sophisticated shopping, cool nightlife and marvelous museums, find out why they call this city ‘Big D.’ Dust off your cowboy boots in the evening and head to the optional but highly popular Fort Worth Rodeo. (2B, D) Days 10-11: Memphis As you journey through the Deep South, stop in Little Rock - the city Bill Clinton called home while Governor of the state of Arkansas. Cruise over the meandering Mississippi River, entering Tennessee and the soulful city of Memphis, home of the blues, rock-n-roll and soul music. Rock the night away on Beale Street, then throw on your blue suede shoes as you head to the private home of Elvis Presley. Check out the wild 'Jungle Room', Elvis’ gold records and stage costumes, plus the grounds of Graceland including his grave. There’ll be free time to visit the Civil Rights Museum, as well as Sun Studios where musicians like U2, Elvis and Johnny Cash have recorded. (2B, D) Days 12-13: New Orleans Get set to let the good times roll on a tour through swingin’ New Orleans - a fun, spirited city that gave birth to jazz music. Simmer in the soulful culture of 'The Big Easy'. On your free day, meander through the French Quarter, feast on Creole cuisine, fall under the spell of voodoo and come evening, get dancing! (2B)


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Day 14: Tallahassee Head through 'Sweet Home Alabama' to Florida’s state capital, with its small-town feel and historic plantations and buildings. (B, D) Days 15-16: Orlando Drive across the state of Florida to the entertainment hub of Orlando for a full day of seam splitting fun! The fast-paced excitement of Orlando’s many theme parks will keep you hopping all day and night. (B, D) Days 17-18: Miami Head south to the trendy melting-pot of Miami. Get into the groove of this glitzy global city – play on sun-drenched beaches, max out your credit cards shopping, or star spot in South Beach’s hottest clubs. (B, D) Day 19: Cocoa Beach Head north along the coast to the surfing capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach. Relax in its laid back, easy beach vibe and enjoy some beachside nightlife.

Day 20: St. Augustine Touch base with outer-space as you explore Kennedy Space Center before arriving in picturesque St. Augustine - the country’s oldest city once thought to house 'The Fountain of Youth'. (B, D) Day 21: Savannah Mill around the cobblestone streets of St. Augustine before heading on to Savannah, Georgia. A charming Southern town full of historic city squares, picturesque gardens and fascinating history. See where 'Forrest Gump' was filmed and just try to stay away from the nightlife along the riverfront. (B) Day 22: Raleigh Practice your best Southern drawl, and get ready for a little Southern hospitality as you cross the Carolinas. You’ll see the gracious Old South live on with a stop in hospitable Charleston en route to the college town of Raleigh. (B, D)

Days 23-25: Washington DC Take a break in Richmond, a city steeped in American history, on your way to the nation’s capital, where you’ll experience an unforgettable illumination tour. Hustle and bustle for two free days around this distinguished city. You’ll get to see all the famous memorials and monuments as well as choose from an endless menu of fun must-dos, including museums, politics, shopping, sports, and nightlife. (B, 2D) Day 26: depart New York Stop in both Annapolis and Philadelphia before seeing the iconic sights of NYC, where the tour ends. Say farewell to your new friends before heading home. (B)

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NEW YORK - LOS ANGELES 26 days, FR $3,429 Tour Code: COGSNY

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inclusions

New York • Philadelphia • • Annapolis Washington DC • • Monument Valley Grand Canyon • Cortez • • Durango Las Vegas • Los Angeles  • Mojave Desert • Santa Fe • Amarillo Albuquerque •

• Superior hotel accommodation • Limo ride and champagne in Las Vegas • Roll Miami style on a guided bike tour

• Raleigh DEPARTURES

Memphis • Little Rock •

• Charleston • Savannah

Dallas • Tallahassee • • St. Augustine • New Orleans Orlando • • Cocoa Beach The Everglades •

• Miami

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START 2011 JAN 20 APR 07 APR 14 APR 28 MAY 05

FINISH FEB 14 MAY 02 MAY 09 MAY 23 MAY 30

START MAY 19 JUN 02 JUN 09 JUN 16 JUL 07 JUL 14

FINISH JUN 13 JUN 27 JUL 04 JUL 11 AUG 01 AUG 08

START JUL 21 AUG 11 AUG 18 AUG 25 SEP 08 SEP 22

FINISH AUG 15 SEP 05 SEP 12 SEP 19 OCT 03 OCT 17

START OCT 06 OCT 20 NOV 03 NOV 24 DEC 08 DEC 22

FINISH OCT 31 NOV 14 NOV 28 DEC 19 JAN 02 JAN 16

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel accommodation (25 nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach Group Size: 25-52 Group Leader: Tour manager and driver throughout Meals: 17 breakfasts, 14 dinners Please note: Please do not book onward flights before 9pm Tour Code: COGSLA


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BACKPACKER CAMPING

22 DAYS, $2,375 fr

NEW YORK

+trip kitty

San francisco

Drenched in a sparkling sea of stars, each night brings camaraderie around the campfire, a hearty meal and a drink or two. From the moment you awake you’ll be perfectly positioned to start exploring. The freshest air, the wildest animals and the most awesome scenery will be right outside your tent flap. Loads of this colossal country is taken in as you cross through the tip top northern states. Niagara Falls is one of the world’s biggest waterfalls on the combined surface area of Lake Erie, is larger than the Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) and among the tallest structures on the planet. The wilderness utopias of Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Badlands are mind boggling in size. These national parks dwarf many European countries – prepare for supersized vistas, panoramas, cliffs, mountains and geysers. This adventure is all about splendorous wide-open spaces and the wonderful splotches of America that are still dominated by Mother Nature. Physically you’ll feel miniscule, spiritually you’ll feel unconquerable. BEST BITS • Explore vineyards around Finger Lakes • Experience the grandeur of Niagara Falls • Make a splash at sprawling Lake Erie • Prowl the dynamic streets of Chicago • Camp at a cowboy ranch in the Badlands • Get face-to-face with Mount Rushmore • Spot brawny bison at Custer State Park • Check out the Crazy Horse Memorial • Get rowdy at a rodeo in Cody • Stroll by bubbling geysers in Yellowstone • Bet away your last few dollars in Reno • Follow pristine trails in Yosemite

day 1: Arrive New York Arrive at anytime and set out exploring. Get in some sightseeing and shopping, saunter through Central Park and mingle with artists in Soho. Day 2: finger lakes Travel to New York’s wine producing area and enter the lush countryside around Finger Lakes. These are the deepest lakes in the U.S. - each long and narrow in shape and orientated north-south. Take a leisurely walk and a dip in the fresh water before getting cozy around the campfire. Day 3: niagara falls Niagara Falls is simply awesome. Prepare for a stunning assault on the ears and eyes as 650,000 gallons of water-per-second plunge down 165ft and across a breadth of 900ft. There’s no better way to feel their true immensity than to approach them from the water so don your raincoat and head up to Horseshoe Basin for an optional ‘Maid of the Mist’ boatride. day 4: lake erie Your path will lead you along Lake Erie and Lake Michigan, two of America‘s Great Lakes. The area is a playground for all kinds of sports, from swimming in summer to ice fishing in winter. days 5-6: chicago On Highway 94 you’ll reach Chicago, the 'City of Skyscrapers' located on Lake Michigan. Discover the gangster legends at street level, or head to the top of the scarily high Willis Tower. day 7: milwaukee / madison Traveling north along Lake Michigan, you’ll arrive in Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin, whose population is composed of people from more than 30 European countries. Milwaukee is also famed for its beer industry and for the sitcom ‘Happy Days’. Later on, drive to Madison - reputedly the U.S. safest and friendliest town.

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days 8-9: badlands national park On Highway 90 you’ll cross the Great American Prairie. Towards evening you’ll reach the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. This impressive moon-like landscape is rich in bizarre cliff sculptures – a welcome change from the prairie. Camp out at a cowboy ranch and have a go at some optional horse riding. days 10-11: Mount Rushmore & custer There’s no missing the gigantic heads of four eminent American presidents carved into the cliff at Mount Rushmore. Each head is approximately 65ft high. You’ll then explore the fantastic Custer State Park - home to the world’s largest free-roaming bison herds (about 1,500). day 12: devils tower Visit Crazy Horse Memorial, where the 19th century Lakota Native American chief is being carved into the Black Hills as the centerpiece of the Indian Museum of North America. Afterwards you’ll visit the gold mining town of Deadwood before stopping at Devil‘s Tower National Monument, which was featured in the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. day 13: cody Journeying onwards, make your way to the famed cowboy town of Cody named after a legend of the old west - Buffalo Bill Cody. This is the rodeo capital of the world - boasting North America's only seven nights a week rodeo during summer. Opt to watch novice cowboys and cowgirls competing under the lights set against the picturesque backdrop of Heart Mountain. dayS 14-16: yellowstone national park Drive to Yellowstone, the first and most famous national park in America. Buffalo, bears, elk and many other animals roam freely. Prepare for amazing geological diversity – hot water bubbling from the ground, steam escaping from cracks in the rocks and thick flowing mud pools.


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day 17: Grand Teton / jackson hole Venture into Grand Teton National Park, home to dramatic scenery and iconic wildlife. Here, mountain biking, hiking and a rafting trip on the Snake River are options. Head onwards to Jackson Hole, home to rodeos, rafting and real country nightlife. day 18: salt lake city The first stop on Day 18 is to enjoy the turquoise waters of Bear Lake. You’ll then travel on to Salt Lake City - founded by the Mormons as a religious center in 1847. You'll visit the Temple Square Area and learn a little more about the religion. day 19: Reno / lake tahoe Highway 80 takes you westward to the Great Salt Flats, a huge salt desert with spectacular scenery. You’ll continue west to the gamblers town of Reno known as 'the biggest little town in the world' situated in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Continue on another 62 miles to Lake Tahoe and set up camp for the night.

dayS 20-21: yosemite national park Turning south, a short drive will lead to Yosemite National Park. Take some time to explore - gaze in awe at giant redwoods, colossal cliffs and rushing waterfalls. Hike under the cooling breeze of Nevada Falls or to the serenity of Mirror Lake and keep an eye out for squirrels, and perhaps even a bear, along the way. day 22: depart san francisco Drive over to San Francisco. Take a last opportunity for sightseeing and shopping, stand awe-stuck before the Golden Gate Bridge and munch on some top quality seafood. You may want to book another night for some time to see the fascinating Alcatraz Prison. And then it’s time to say goodbye, dreaming of your next action packed awesome adventure.

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SAN FRANCISCO - NEW YORK 22 DAYS, FR $2420 Tour Code: SUSSOQ

DEPARTURES START 2011 APR 27 MAY 18 JUN 08

Devils Tower Yellowstone N.P. • • Cody • • Mt Rushmore Jackson Hole • Custer S.P. • • Badlands N.P. • Reno San Francisco • • Yosemite N.P.

• Salt Lake City

Finger Lakes • Niagara Falls • New York  • Madison Chicago • Lake Erie •

FINISH MAY 18 JUN 08 JUN 29

START JUN 29 JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG 10

FINISH JUL 20 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 31

START AUG 17 AUG 31 SEP 07 SEP 14

FINISH SEP 07 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 05

FINISH OCT 12 MAY 16 JUN 06

Accommodation: Hostel (3 nts), camping (18 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$330 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag - recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 4:00pm on day 22 Tour Code: SUSSOT

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25 DAYS, $3,195 fr

NEW YORK

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LOS ANGELES

Everyone has a fantastical snapshot of North America locked inside their imaginations. Some might imagine bright city lights and lustrous promises of realizable impossibility. Many will conjure in their consciousness endless expanses of wilderness, solely inhabited by grizzly bears, wandering cowboys and lonely wolves. You may instantly dream of awesome natural wonders – the thunderous Niagara Falls, cavernous Grand Canyon or the gushing geysers of Yellowstone National Park. Alternatively, you might just perceive nothing but a simple idea and all its wonderful machinations – fullblooded freedom, beautiful individuality and intoxicating entertainment. This scintillating stretch of land can be anything you want it to be on an exploration of 20 American states and two Canadian provinces with loads of eager adventurers. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the big, beautiful cities of Boston, Québec City, Montréal, Toronto, Chicago and Las Vegas – and check out gorgeous out of the way spots like Bryce Canyon National Park, Badlands National Park, Maine, Milwaukee and Cody. Prepare for a deluge of super-sized surprises as you travel across this prodigious part of the world. BEST BITS • Enjoy the historical elegance of Boston • Absorb the European flavors of Québec • Go wild in Montréal’s amazing nightlife • Zoom to the top of Toronto’s CN Tower • Take a 'Maid of the Mist' Niagara cruise • Marvel at Chicago’s famous skyline • Visit the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee • Walk the Fossil Trail at Sioux Falls • Visit Mt Rushmore National Monument • Look out for Yogi in Yellowstone N.P. • Hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon • Bet the night away in Las Vegas Day 1: arrive New York Meet up with your crew and traveling companions in larger-than-life New York City. Dream about the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Rhode Island on your way up to historic and eclectic Boston for dinner. (D)

Day 2: Boston Hang out with the brains at Harvard University, roll up to the 'Cheers' bar, walk in the footsteps of great Americans, savor the sights and smells of Quincy Marketplace and Fanueil Hall or just hop on and off the optional trolley tour around this amazing town. With more universities than any other U.S. city, there is plenty of nightlife for you to discover and the seafood isn't bad either. You’ve got to try the clam chowder! (B) Days 3-4: QuÉbec City Today you’ll hit French influenced Québec City, North America’s only walled city. Absorb its European flavors as you check out its cool cafés and shops and soak up the 'joie de vivre'. Party late into the night with the hip and fashionable French Canadians. (2B, D) Days 5-6: MontrÉal Experience the charm of culturally sophisticated and charismatic Montréal. Enjoy a sightseeing trip, check out the countless museums, enjoy some delicious local food and dive in to the shopping, entertainment and vibrant nightlife that give Montréal its nickname - ‘Sin City of the North’. Ooh la la. (B, D) Days 7-8: Toronto Behold the beauty of Mother Nature as you drive through the ‘1000 Islands’ region en route to Canada’s largest city. Hop on an optional boat cruise before visiting diverse neighborhoods, catching a baseball game or zooming to the top of the world’s tallest freestanding structure - the CN Tower. After dinner you’ll be free to tap into the global groove of this city’s nightlife. (B, D)

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Day 9: Toronto / Niagara Falls Throw on that sexy plastic poncho and take a day trip to the mighty Niagara Falls. Get soaked in its mist as it cascades between the Canadian/ U.S. border and opt for an impressive helicopter ride over or thrilling boat ride right to the base of vast torrents of water. (D) Day 10: Cleveland Get your passports ready for hopping back into the U.S.. Make a musical pilgrimage to the vibrant arts scene of Cleveland, Ohio - home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Get some jamming in with your new found friends at one of Cleveland’s cool and quirky nightspots. (B) Days 11-12: Chicago Cross the Midwest on your road trip from one lake town to the next and arrive in the bustling and beautiful city of Chicago. Discover cuttingedge architecture, world-class museums, legendary blues music, fantastic dining (including famous thick crust pizza), and high-end shopping in the 'Windy City'. (2B, D) Day 13: Madison Stop in Milwaukee and tour the Miller Brewery, one of the nation’s largest beer brewers, en route to the university town of Madison. (B, D) Day 14: Sioux Falls Cross through America’s heartland and catch the pulse of the Midwest with a drive through Minnesota’s beautiful farmlands before arriving in South Dakota, home to the nation’s largest buffalo herds. (B, D)


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AMERICAN ROAD TRIPS Day 22: Grand Canyon National Park Take a day trip to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – the epic Grand Canyon. Visit the breathtaking, less visited North Rim for a bit of peace and tranquility. The day is yours to explore or simply relax in this phenomenal natural wonder. (B)

Days 15-16: Mount Rushmore Journey through the unique, lunar-like landscape of Badlands National Park. Take in this fascinating landscape with its colorful buttes, pinnacles, and spires carved out of the Great Plains before arriving in the wild west’s stomping ground. Marvel at iconic Mt Rushmore and the faces of four American presidents carved into the cliffs of South Dakota’s Black Hills. Then watch history in the making at Crazy Horse Memorial - a shrine to the heroic Great Sioux warrior. (2B, D) Day 17: Cody Visit the famous monument called Devil’s Tower as you steer towards Cody and the heart of the American West. Don your cowboy hat if you fancy checking out a local rodeo. (B)

Days 18-19: Yellowstone national park Kick back in Cody or hit the rapids on a whitewater rafting trip before scooting over to Yellowstone, the world’s first national park and the crown jewel of America. Watch the country’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful and explore the waterfalls, hot springs and wildlife. (2B, D) Day 20: Salt Lake City Set your sights on the towering spires of the Teton Range, then stop in the quaint, westernstyled town of Jackson Hole before arriving in Salt Lake City - home to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Check out the impressive golden spires that tower over Temple Square. (B) Day 21: Kanab Today you'll head off for Bryce Canyon National Park, where the bizarre shaped canyons and spires called 'hoodoos' explode with dazzling colors. Stay overnight in Kanab. (B, D)

Québec City • Montréal •

Yellowstone N.P. • • Cody Jackson Hole •

• Mt Rushmore • Badlands N.P. •

• Salt Lake City Zion N.P. • Las Vegas • • Los Angeles

Boston • Toronto • Niagara Falls • Newport • New York  • Madison Chicago • Cleveland •

Sioux Falls

• Bryce Canyon N.P. • Kanab

Days 23-24: Las Vegas Before partying like a rock star in Las Vegas, get back to nature in the dramatic landscapes of Zion National Park. Then it’s all glitz and glamour as you hang out on the ‘Strip’, relax by the pool, or check out the flashiest party spots. (2B, D) Day 25: depart Los Angeles Journey across the vast Mojave Desert to Los Angeles where the tour ends. It’s time to say your sad goodbyes to all your new friends.

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inclusions

• Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame • 'Maid of the Mist' Niagara cruise • Limo ride and champagne in Las Vegas

DEPARTURES START 2011 MAY 06 MAY 13 MAY 27

FINISH MAY 30 JUN 06 JUN 20

START JUN 03 JUN 17 JUL 01 JUL 08

FINISH JUN 27 JUL 11 JUL 25 AUG 01

START JUL 15 AUG 05 AUG 12 AUG 19

FINISH AUG 08 AUG 29 SEP 05 SEP 12

START FINISH SEP 09 OCT 03

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel accommodation (24 nts) Transport: Modern coach Group Size: 25-52 Group Leader: Tour manager and driver throughout Meals: 20 breakfasts, 12 dinners Tour Code: COGNGN

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LOS ANGELES

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northern adventure

EASYRIDER

13 DAYS, $1,985

NEW YORK

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chicago

• Hopscotch Hollywood’s 'Walk of Fame' • Relax in Venice Beach and Santa Monica • Cross the epic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco • Take a chance with lady luck in Las Vegas • Feel on top of the world at the Empire State building Days 1-3: arrive Los Angeles Explore Tinseltown! Cruise star-studded Hollywood Boulevard, feel the street energy in Venice Beach, shop your heart out in Santa Monica or check out the area’s world-famous theme parks. (2B, D)

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los angeles

• Check out Milwaukee’s Miller Brewery • Visit the presidents at Mt Rushmore National Monument • Look out for Yogi Bear in the wilderness of Yellowstone N.P. • Absorb the colors of Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon • Bet your life away on the roulette tables of Las Vegas Days 1-2: arrive Chicago / Sioux Falls Stop for a tour of Milwaukee's Miller Brewery en route to Madison. Drive through beautiful midwest farmlands to Sioux Falls. (B, 2D)

Days 4-6: San Francisco Fly to the roller coaster streets, countercultures, and salt-lick breeze of San Fran and get a taste for it all on a cool sightseeing tour. Ride the famous steep street cable cars, shop in trendy Union Square, tour Alcatraz Island, or chill out in Golden Gate Park. (B, D)

Days 3-5: Mount Rushmore / cody Journey through the lunar-like landscape of Badlands National Park to Mt Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. In Cody, check out Devil’s Tower National Monument and experience an optional rodeo (seasonal). (3B, D)

Days 7-9: Las Vegas Fly into the bright lights of Las Vegas and prepare for an unforgettable sight and sound experience as you cruise the world famous ‘Strip’. Try your skills as a high roller, hit the premier factory outlets, catch an eye-popping show or check out one of the city’s hot party spots. (B, D)

Days 6-8: Yellowstone national park / salt lake city After an optional rafting trip, head to Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. It's the crown jewel of America, a masterpiece of wilderness, wildlife and natural wonders. On Day 8 pass the Teton Range and call at western-styled Jackson Hole before arriving in Salt Lake City. (3B, D)

Days 10-14: depart New York Land in New York City in time to hop on an optional helicopter flight. On Day 10 you'll take a morning cruise out to Lady Liberty. Then there's plenty of time to explore NYC’s cool and vibrant neighborhoods, retreat to the urban oasis of Central Park, catch a Broadway show, peruse The Met or ride 'The Beast' on an optional Hudson River jet boat tour. After a farewell dinner, head to the top of the Empire State Building for an unforgettable night time view. Your trip ends on the morning of Day 13. (2B, 2D)

Days 9- 10: Kanab N.p. / Grand Canyon N.P. Hike among the bizarrely shaped and richly colored rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park and then travel onwards to Kanab. Day 10 is spent at the breathtaking North Rim of the Grand Canyon. (2B, D)

inclusions

• 3 domestic flights included • Limo ride and champagne in Vegas • Dinner in San Francisco’s Chinatown Accommodation: Twinshare hotel (12 nts) Transport: Modern coach, plane, included metro pass for 5 days in New York Group Size: 25-52 Group Leader: Tour manager and driver throughout Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners Tour Code: COTUSA Reverse Tour Code: COTUSR

Days 11-13: Las Vegas / depart Los Angeles Travel from the dramatic landscapes of Zion N.P. to the glitz and glam of the ‘Strip’. Then across the Mojave Desert to finish in Los Angeles. (2B, D)

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 08 FEB 12 MAR 05 APR 08 APR 22 MAY 06 MAY 20

FINISH JAN 20 FEB 24 MAR 17 APR 21 MAY 05 MAY 19 JUN 02

DEPARTURES START JUN 03 JUN 17 JUL 01 JUL 15 JUL 22 AUG 05 AUG 12 AUG 26

FINISH JUN 16 JUN 30 JUL 14 JUL 28 AUG 04 AUG 18 AUG 25 SEP 08

START SEP 09 SEP 16 OCT 28 NOV 25 2012 JAN 06 FEB 10 MAR 02

FINISH SEP 22 SEP 29 NOV 10 DEC 08 JAN 19 FEB 23 MAR 15

inclusions

• Visit the Harley Davidson museum • Limo ride and champagne in Vegas • Visit Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone N.P. • • Cody Jackson Hole • New York •

• Las Vegas

Zion N.P. • Las Vegas • • Los Angeles

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• Kanab

MAY 30 JUN 06 JUN 20

• Mt Rushmore • Badlands N.P. •

• Bryce Canyon N.P. • Grand Canyon

FINISH

START JUN 15 JUN 29 JUL 13 JUL 20

FINISH JUN 27 JUL 11 JUL 25 AUG 01

START JUL 27 AUG 17 AUG 24 AUG 31

FINISH AUG 08 AUG 29 SEP 05 SEP 12

Accommodation: Twin share hotel accommodation (12 nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach Group Size: 25-52 Group Leader: Tour manager and driver throughout Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners Tour Code: COGNNE Reverse Tour Code: COGNAL

• Salt Lake City

• San Francisco • Los Angeles

START 2011 MAY 18 MAY 25 JUN 08

Sioux Falls

• Madison  Chicago


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southern adventure

EASYRIDER

13 DAYS, $1,839 fr

los angeles

no local payment!

new orleans

Amarillo, Memphis and New Orleans all sound seriously inviting – and none disappoint on even the highest expectations. This fabulous adventure will take you to each one, as well as a host of other brilliant destinations over 13 action-packed days. You’ll check out some stunning landscapes that’ll make you gawk with wild wonder – glorious panoramas of rugged orange deserts, craggy cliffs and sun-drenched plateaus. You’ll stop off in some fantastically unique towns and cities – expect steaks the size of your head, real-life cowboys, Elvis impersonators and sultry sidewalk cafés that echo with moody jazz music. With lovely accommodation, loads of tasty 'American style' meals and a big group of fellow fun-loving travelers – this is a great way to get down and dirty in the Deep South while still staying comfy, well-fed and perfectly groomed. bEST bITS • Bet the night away in Las Vegas • Travel along the iconic Route 66 • Hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon • Marvel at stunning Monument Valley • Stare at the stunning Rocky Mountains • Visit the home of all things big, Dallas • Pay homage to 'The King' in Graceland • Explore Bourbon Street in New Orleans

Day 1: arrive Los Angeles / las vegas Meet your crew and head across the vast Mojave Desert to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Prepare for a sensory experience like no other this evening as we cruise the famous Vegas 'Strip'. After seeing the one of a kind light show at Fremont Street head out for a colorful evening at one of the many bars and clubs. (D)

Day 2: las vegas Explore and enjoy this big kids playground. Hang out on the ‘Strip’, relax by the pool, play poker or check out Sin City’s flashiest hot spots. (B) Days 3-4: Grand Canyon National Park Get your kicks on historic Route 66 as you journey to the breath-taking Grand Canyon. Hike, walk, or take an optional flight for an up close and personal experience with this phenomenal natural wonder. (B, D) Day 5: Cortez Monument Valley’s quintessential wild west landscape offers you unrivaled photo opportunities of dramatic desert backdrops, magnificent mesas, buttes and plateaus. Go for an off road trip of Monument Valley on the Navajo Native American Reservation and check out the landscape of America’s spectacular Southwest. Your hotel tonight is in Cortez, located in the beautiful state of Colorado. (D) Day 6: Albuquerque / durango Pass through the spectacular Rocky Mountain Range and explore the great outdoors in Durango. Raft down the Animas River or bounce through the backcountry by Jeep (both optional). Kick back in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (B, D)

Monument Valley • • Cortez • Durango Mojave Desert • • • Grand Canyon Memphis • Los Angeles  • Santa Fe Little Rock • Las Vegas • • Amarillo Albuquerque

Dallas • New Orleans •

Day 7: Amarillo Float over Albuquerque on an optional morning hot air balloon flight! Explore the exotic mix of Native American and Hispanic cultures in artistic Santa Fe before visiting the quirky 'Cadillac Ranch' on your way into 'cowboy country'. (B, D) Days 8-9: Dallas Journey to Dallas, where you’ll discover why everything is bigger and better in Texas! From big cars to big hair and big belt buckles to big attitude – you’ll see it all as you explore this slick city fondly nicknamed 'Big D'. (2B, D) Days 10-11: Memphis Stop in Little Rock on your way through the Deep South to Memphis - birthplace of blues, rock 'n' roll and soul music. Pay homage to 'The King' in Graceland. Wander this musical mecca before rockin’ all night on Beale Street. (2B, D) Days 12-13: depart New Orleans Get set to let the good times roll on a tour through New Orleans, a spirited city home to jazz music. Your adventure ends on Day 13. (B)

iNCLUSIONS

• Pay tribute to the 'King of Rock and Roll' at Graceland • Limo ride and champagne in Las Vegas • Tray some southern style BBQ

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Start & finish: new york This is our biggest, baddest and most brazen North American adventure – the mother of all road trips. Cue several cheap metaphors… If it was a hamburger it would be truly unrivaled in size and tastiness - with countless slabs of succulent grilled beef, luscious layers of crispy lettuce, chunky slices of juicy tomato, zingy sprinkles of fried onion, surreptitious rashers of smoky bacon and hot melting wedges of delicious cheese, drizzled in just the right places with tangy BBQ sauce and packed into a freshly baked bun. If it was a Hollywood blockbuster it would star several Oscar winning A-listers, be made on a limitless budget in a host of amazing locations, with a plot stacked full of action, adventure, romance, intrigue, drama and discovery. If it was a limo it would be longer than your local street, with a bar for every hour of the day, a driver willing to service even the most diva-esque of demands, 14 flat screen TVs, tinted glass, solid gold hub-caps, a pumping stereo and onboard Jacuzzi… I guess what we’re trying to say is that this trip is absolutely brilliant and we love it with a passion bordering on obsession. Just about every big American highlight is checked off and most of your nights will be spent camping out in the wilds – the only way to experience the immense great outdoors. For the absolute time of your life read on... BEST BITS • Explore NYC - the city that never sleeps • Delve into politics in the capital • Enjoy the music of Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans • Pay a visit to the NASA space station • Visit the Alamo in San Antonio • Go bat watching at the Carlsbad Caverns • Discover Native American life in Monument Valley • Camp out next to the Grand Canyon • Abound in the bright lights of Las Vegas • Check out San Francisco’s colorful soul • Marvel at Yosemite and Yellowstone • Don your cowboy hat in Cody • See the heads of state at Mt Rushmore Day 1: arrive New York Your adventure starts in 'the Big Apple'. Days 2-3: Washington DC Absorb history in Philadelphia, where the Liberty Bell hangs. Then delve into the nations past and present political history in the capital. Day 4: Appalachian Mountains Survey these grand peaks, also known as the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Day 5: Nashville Country music heaven - home to the Country Music Hall of Fame containing Elvis' golden Cadillac and Music Row Area - where more than 50 record studios and approximately 200 musicpublishing houses are located. Day 6: Memphis Journey to the home of the blues. Pay an optional visit to Elvis Presley's Graceland or the National Civil Rights Museum. Days 7-8: New Orleans Welcome to toe-tapping New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter, all the jazz clubs on Bourbon Street and nearby mansions. Opt for an alligator swamp tour in the summer months. Day 9: Houston Visit the NASA Space Center in Houston (and reenact that famous one-liner!). Wander around one of the 337 parks, catch a football or baseball game in state-of-the-art stadiums. Day 10: San Antonio Check out the Spanish-Mexican Alamo fort and peruse the Riverwalk. Get into the swing of the country and jazz themed nightlife. Day 11: Carlsbad Caverns Some of the largest caverns in the world and still only partially explored. Hike deep into the 8.2 acre ‘Big Room’ then watch as thousands of bats swarm out – a spectacular sight! Day 12: Santa Fe Discover the old Southwest as you wander the colorful Plaza district and visit the Governor’s Palace in New Mexico’s capital. Day 13: Mesa Verde National Park Travel to Mesa Verde, known for its wellpreserved cliff dwellings.

Day 14: Monument Valley Drive through the desert to Monument Valley’s Navajo Tribal Park. The red sandstone towers are a symbol of the American West. This is the biggest Native American Reservation in the U.S. - more than 200,000 Navajo Tribe Native Americans live here. Take a guided jeep tour to learn about its captivating mysteries. Days 15-16: Grand Canyon This is undoubtedly Arizona’s best natural attraction. Get snap happy in this incredible Canyon. Hop on an optional helicopter flight for even better views and check out the great hiking trails into and around the rim of the Canyon. Days 17-18: Las Vegas Roll up to the neon lights, gambling and exotic theme shows of Las Vegas. Have fun with Elvis impersonators, take in the greatest shows and if you get to bed, it'll be in a comfy hotel. Day 19: Death Valley / Sierra Nevada Death Valley is one of the hottest deserts on the planet. Check out the large sand dune formations, sculpted rock, isolated valleys and volcanic craters, en route to Sierra Nevada. Days 20-21: Yosemite National Park Discover awe-inspiring granite cliffs, majestic waterfalls and iconic wildlife. Hike to one of the lower Nevada Falls or stroll to Mirror Lake. Day 22: San Francisco Arrive in this majestic bay city with its' Golden Gate Bridge. Explore the hilly streets and take in all it's bohemian vibes. Days 23-24: Yosemite National Park Challenge yourself to one of the longer hikes. You'll be rewarded with unbridled views of the entire valley below from the top of Half Dome. Day 25: Lake Tahoe Take in the beauty and swim in Lake Tahoe.

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Day 26: Reno / Salt Lake City Call into Reno before arriving in Salt Lake City the Morman religious center founded in 1847.

Day 35: Badlands National Park Marvel at the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Camp over at a cowboy ranch.

Days 27-28: Jackson Hole / Grand Teton National Park Raft in Jackson Hole or hike in Grand Teton. Revel in the real country nightlife.

Day 36: Minnesota Drive Drive through the great American prairies, bound for Minnesota.

Days 29-30: Yellowstone National Park Make friends with Yogi Bear and a geyser called ‘Old Faithful’ in this geological paradise. Day 31: Cody Don your cowboy hats in Cody – the ‘Rodeo Capital of the World’. Day 32: Devils Tower National Monument See the Crazy Horse Memorial and hike around the impressive Devil’s Tower National Monument. Days 33-34: Mt Rushmore / Custer State Park Admire the huge sculpture of heads of state carved into the cliff face at Mt Rushmore. Spot bison at Custer State Park.

Day 37: Madison / Milwaukee Travel through Madison, along the shore of Lake Michigan to Milwaukee, famed for its beer production and ‘Happy Days’.

Day 42: Finger Lakes Try the local wine, take a dip in the water and camp out under the stars. Day 43: depart New York Technically you depart today, but we suggest you book a couple more nights in 'the city that never sleeps'. Enjoy all the attractions.

Days 38-39: Chicago Head into Chicago for some gangster and blues inspired evenings and a chance to explore this ‘city of skyscrapers’. Take a trip up Willis Tower for skyline views.

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Day 40: Lake Erie Part of the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, with a combined surface area similar in size to the UK! A playground for watersports.

JUST SEE THE NORTH

Day 41: Niagara Falls Be awed by these famous falls. Spectacular views and countless photo opportunities.

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‘EXPERIENCE AMERICA’ CHECK OUT PAGES 28

Just see the WEst coast ‘WILD WEST WONDERS’ CHECK OUT PAGE 48

DEPARTURES Devils Tower Yellowstone N.P. • • Cody National Monument • Jackson Hole • • Mt Rushmore • Badlands N.P. • Salt Lake City • Lake Tahoe • San Francisco • Yosemite N.P. Messa Verde N.P. Death Valley • • Las Vegas • • Monument Valley Grand Canyon • • Santa Fe

Finger Lakes

Niagara Falls • Madison • New York  • • • Chicago Lake Erie • Washington DC • Appalachian Moutains

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• Nashville

• Carlsbad Caverns

Houston • San Antonio •

• New Orleans

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Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), multishare hostel (6 nts), camping (34 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$645 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 43 Tour Code: SUSSOO

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california dreamin’

BACKPACKER CAMPING

15 DAYS, $1,685 fr

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start & finish: los angeles Is there a cooler place on the planet than California? The quick, simple and very correct answer is no. Just about everyone who resides in this sexy state can quite fairly be described as slick, hip, trendy, funky or chic – with the exception perhaps of David Hasselhoff, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hugh Hefner. So if you find yourself stuck in all too familiar routines, if your ideologies start to become dangerously conservative, if ‘Songs of Praise’ and ‘The Antiques Roadshow’ suddenly become essential viewing - let this radical road trip liberate you from the shackles of conformity and the siren calls of thoughtless contentment. Swap that tired, old shirt for something a little more colorful, shed that 1980s hair cut for a style straight from the 21st century and reenergize your tastes, ideas and beliefs from hoighty toighty to hippiedom. Over 14 days you’ll check out all of California’s best ‘hang out’ spots. Starting out in San Francisco, you’ll saunter down the Pacific Coast, taking in countless beachside sanctuaries – Monterey, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego are all on the itinerary. You’ll then swap laid-back living for the raw abandonment of the great outdoors – Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and Yosemite Then, dip into the hedonistic side of American life in Las Vegas. You’ll eventually arrive back into San Francisco beautifully sun bleached, dreamily enraptured and ready to take on the world. BEST BITS • Hit the road on meandering Highway 1 • Relax amid Big Sur’s dramatic coastline • Stroll the starry streets of Los Angeles • Bask on the golden beaches of San Diego • Check out the weird plants at Joshua Tree • Stare into the abyss at the Grand Canyon • Dance with Lady Luck in glitzy Las Vegas • Feel the mercury rise in Death Valley • Let Yosemite’s wild beauty amaze you • Visit the legendary Cannery Row • Unleash your inner boho soul in San Fran

Day 1: arrive los angeles Arrive at any time and set out exploring. L.A. will be gluttony for your star struck, celebritytransfixed eyes! Stroll along the Hollywood and Beverly Hills boulevards, or cruise down to Venice Beach, where body builders and bronzed goddesses dominate the landscape. Days 2-3: San diego Meet your fellow tour buddies and hit the road, cruising along to San Diego. You’ll have a couple of days here to enjoy the various highlights of this glorious ocean-view city. Check out Balboa Park, the famous San Diego Zoo or take it easy on one of the golden Mission Bay beaches. Day 4: Joshua Tree N.P. & Lake Havasu Driving through the hot deserts of Southern California, you’ll enter Joshua Tree National Park known for its many spectacular desert plants including Joshua Trees, cacti and Mojave Yuccas. This California desert country also contains striking rock formations and towering mountain ranges. Afterwards you’ll cross the Colorado River for the 45 mile-long Lake Havasu - ideal for a bit of watersport action. Days 5-6: Grand Canyon Measuring 200 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and more than one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is a sight to behold! You’ll have plenty of time to explore and enjoy the breathtaking views. The sunsets are especially impressive, the rich colors of the ancient rocks deepen as the night sky falls, creating a palette of moody hues. Make sure you have your camera loaded and ready. For those who want more - an optional helicopter flight gives you an amazing perspective.

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days 7-8: Las Vegas Venture into the wilds of Kaibab National Forest and then onto famous Route 66. Cross the iconic Mojave Desert and reach the neon lights of Las Vegas - capital of the gambling world. Enjoy the many casinos and nightlife of this glittering city, take a chance with Lady Luck and make friends with Elvis impersonators a plenty. day 9: sierra nevada Your drive today will take you through one of the hottest deserts on the planet - Death Valley. Here temperatures can rise to record-breaking levels of up to 132ºF. This national park includes a wealth of geological phenomena: large sand dune formations, sculpted rocks, isolated valleys and volcanic craters abound. The canyon and mountain walls change color with the changing sunlight. Elevations fluctuate from 50 miles below sea level, near Badwater Point (the lowest point in the United States) to two miles above sea level at Telescope Peak. Stop at the Visitor Center and at several viewing points along the way, then - heat permitting - you’ll hike up through the sand dunes. Day 10: yosemite national park Drive over the Tioga Pass into the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and to one of this trip’s highlights - the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Yosemite National Park. Enjoy hiking amid aweinspiring granite cliffs such as the world famous Half Dome, walk under the cooling breeze of majestic waterfalls or just relax and take in the scenery. There are a wide range of hikes in this park along with other activities, such as photo galleries, museums, restaurants, bike rentals and guided ranger talks.


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Days 11-12: san Francisco Cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. There’ll be time for a city tour with your tour leader and for visiting Union Square and Chinatown. Soak up the friendly atmosphere, wander the lively neighborhoods, dine on delicious seafood and check out optional activities that include cable car rides.

Day 14: santa barbara Head south through Santa Barbara along California’s coastline. Look out for sea lions and surfers. You’ll camp overnight near Malibu. Day 15: depart los angeles Take a last opportunity for sightseeing and shopping, before your adventure comes to an end. That’s all folks!

Day 13: big sur Drive along the magnificent coastal route, Highway 1. Your first stop is Monterey, where you’ll have time to visit the legendary Cannery Row, subject of John Steinbeck’s novel by the same name. From here it is on to the coast of Big Sur, with its coastal cliffs and Redwood forests. You’ll camp the night near the coast and cozy up under the stars for more storytelling and indelible memories.

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Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), hostel (2 nts), camping (9 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$225 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 4:00 pm on Day 15 Tour Code: SUSSOL

Yosemite N.P. • San Francisco • Monterey •

• Lee Vining • Death Valley

Big Sur •

• Las Vegas

Santa Barbara • Los Angeles 

Grand Canyon • • Joshua Tree N.P. • Lake Havasu

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wild western 14 DAYS, $1,709 fr

EASYRIDER

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Start & finish: LOS ANGELES Saddle up all you hard drinkin’, fast ridin’ and straight shootin’ guys and gals and get yourself ready for a two-week trip of a lifetime across the American Wild West. Follow in the footsteps of dangerous outlaws, rugged wranglers and heroic sheriffs and check out some of the country’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. You certainly won’t be a lone-ranger - as you ride side-saddle, stampeding through California, Arizona and Nevada in search of good times and new experiences. Whatever your favorite western movie is, now is the time to live it out. ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ - we’re sure you’ll be able to pick them out from among your group, ‘The Magnificent Seven’ - shots of tequila perhaps or ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ - get lucky in Las Vegas. You’ll explore the raw landscapes of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and the Mojave Desert and you’ll check out loads of especially cool cities – the beaches of San Diego, the desert atmosphere of Phoenix and the unrivaled cool of San Francisco. This itinerary will blow away any lingering scepticism about the beautiful United States of America and replace it with a passionate, life long affection that’ll keep you coming back for more. So giddy up and get yourself booked right this very second. bEST bITS • Relax on San Diego’s beautiful beaches • Absorb the desert vibe of Phoenix • Check out beautiful Oak Creek Canyon • Hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon • Journey along the iconic Route 66 • Bet the night away in Las Vegas • Explore Yosemite National Park • Travel through mystical Mojave Desert • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge • Check out San Francisco’s stunning sights • Chill in the coastal town of Carpinteria • Sightsee in Hollywood

Day 1: arrive Los Angeles Meet up with your crew and fellow travelers and head south to San Diego. Tap into the ‘California Dream’ on a tour through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Head out to a party at a hip downtown club or sip cocktails at a chic rooftop lounge and be a part of the city’s highlife. (D) Day 2: San Diego Located right by the Pacific Ocean, discover what 'America’s Finest City' has to offer – 70 miles of beaches, a world famous zoo, sailors, surfers, shopping, not to mention some of the world’s finest weather. You'll check out downtown, Balboa Park, Coronado Island and Mission Beach (weather permitting). (B) Day 3: Phoenix Leave the beach behind and head through the Anza Borrego and the Sonoran Desert towards Phoenix. This metropolitan desert oasis reaches sizzling temperatures throughout the summer. (B) Days 4-5: Grand Canyon national park From the ‘Valley of the Sun’, journey through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon to the majestic Grand Canyon with a stop in idyllic Sedona, nestled in ‘red-rock country’. Go shopping for some unique Native American jewelery, before you arrive at one of nature’s true splendors. Get up close and personal with this phenomenal natural wonder. The dazzling colors, intricate rock formations and sheer size of the Grand Canyon will leave you speechless. Visit a panoramic viewpoint, hike along the canyon rim or take an optional helicopter flight for a truly amazing perspective of what lies below. (B, D)

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Days 6-7: Las Vegas Enjoy one of the world’s most iconic drives as you get your kicks on Route 66 en route to the bright lights of Las Vegas. It’s all glitz and glamour as you hang out on the ‘Strip’, relax by the pool and check out Sin City’s flashiest party hot spots. Just about anything is possible in this outrageously over-the-top city. Included is an evening illumination tour and a visit to famous Fremont Street. (2B, D) Days 8-9: bass lake / Yosemite National park Say goodbye to the party in the desert and hello to the adventures awaiting you in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You’ll travel through the mystical Mojave Desert as you head to Bass Lake. Enjoy the diverse beauty of Yosemite National Park, from its mountains and meadows to its waterfalls, wildflowers, and world-famous rock formations, such as El Capitan. Hike and bike around (weather permitting) and soak up the awesome natural surroundings. (B, 2D) Days 8-11: Ski lake tahoe (Dec-Mar) If you’re traveling between December and March, this tour packs in three fun-filled days of snow sports action at Lake Tahoe (instead of Yosemite). Hit the slopes of three world class resorts. The area is legendary for skiing and snowboarding. Or try out one of the many other snow-based activities, like iceskating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or sledding. When you’re ready to start the skiing 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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Days 10-12: San Francisco Pack away your walking boots and dig out your dancing shoes as you head down out of the mountains and into one of America’s most colorful and character-filled cities. Fall under its spell and catch awesome bay views as you cross the Oakland Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Get out exploring over the next few days - ride the famous cable cars, shop in trendy Union Square, feel the hippie vibe in Haight-Ashbury, tour Alcatraz Island, visit Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown or stroll through Golden Gate Park. You’ll never want to leave this laid-back, liberal and cultured metropolis. (2B, 2D) Day 13: santa barbara / Carpinteria Journey south through wine country to the lush, sun-drenched American Riviera. Kick back on gold sand beaches and hit the shops and galleries in Santa Barbara before a night’s stay in the beautiful coastal town of Carpinteria. (D)

Day 14: depart Los Angeles Stop at L.A.'s famous market, The Grove, for lunch before heading over to Hollywood to see the famous Kodak and Mann's Chinese Theater's. Then it's time for a big group photo before you bid farewell to all your traveling buddies. (B)

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Accommodation: Twin-share hotel(9 nts) twin-cabins(2 nts) quad-chalet (2nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach Group Size: 25-52 Group Leader: Tour manager and driver throughout Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 dinners Tour Code: COWWAW

INCLUSIONS San Francisco • Monterey •

• Yosemite N.P. • Bass Lake

Mojave Desert • • Las Vegas Grand Canyon • Santa Barbara • • Sedona Carpinteria • Los Angeles  San Diego • • Phoenix Sonoran Desert •

• Sunset catamaran cruise in San Francisco • 3 day travel pass in San Francisco • Limo ride and champagne in Las Vegas

DO IT YOUR WAY GO IN WINTER

‘Wild Western Winter’ See days 8-11 Tour Code: COWWIN

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BACKPACKER CAMPING

8 DAYS, $1,000 fr

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The route between Los Angeles and San Francisco is commonly associated with dramatic coastline, sandy surf beaches and the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. All of which are undoubtedly fantastic, but why do what everyone else is doing, when you can see and experience quite a bit more by taking the less trampled route inland? So swap your flip-flops for a pair of hiking boots and pack away your floppy beach hat and don your sombrero – because you’re heading deep into the Wild West. Prepare for cacti studded landscapes, endless rusty red desert, copious canyons, unearthly rock formations and hazily hot temperatures as you check out some of America’s most distinctive locations – Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Havasu, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Yosemite National Park. Instead of being carted around in a huge group, you’ll be able to enjoy a more intimate and insightful experience in a gregarious gaggle of no more than 13 fellow explorers. For your four nights out in the wild you’ll camp out under stars that sparkle so distinctly you’ll feel like you can reach out and touch them. For your three nights in the iconic cities of Los Angeles and Las Vegas you’ll stay in central hotels and hostels – perfect for exploring all the fabulous sights and ideal if you fancy a big night out. So for a succinct shot of all that’s great about the U.S., look no further than this week long adventure. BEST BITS • Stroll the star-studded streets of L.A. • Camp out next to beautiful Lake Havasu • Check out the weird plants at Joshua Tree • Stare into the abyss at the Grand Canyon • Dance with Lady Luck in glitzy Las Vegas • Feel the mercury rise in Death Valley • Absorb the wild beauty of Yosemite • Unleash that inner bohemian in San Fran

Day 1: arrive Los Angeles Welcome to the U.S. Arrive at any time and set out exploring the myriad of malls, palms trees and beautiful people. Wind your way between the skyscrapers and stardust. Day 2: Joshua Tree N.P. / Lake Havasu Spot wild creatures scampering across the sand dunes and experience the extremities of the Californian climate on the way to Joshua Tree National Park. Discover spectacular desert plants including Joshua Trees, cacti, Mojave yuccas, and curious rock formations, then follow the western sun to your campsite beside Lake Havasu.

Day 6: sierra nevada Drive through Death Valley - one of the hottest deserts on the planet where temperatures can rise to record levels (up to 132ºF). Check out the large sand dune formations, sculpted rocks, isolated valleys and volcanic craters. Marvel at the stunning changing colors of the canyon and the mountain walls in the sunlight. Elevations fluctuate from 270ft below sea level (the lowest point in the U.S.) to two miles above sea level at Telescope Peak. Heat permitting, enjoy running through and exploring the sand dunes.

Day 3: Grand Canyon Check out the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Measuring 200 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and more than one mile deep, it’s a sight to behold! Take an afternoon hike along the rim or venture into the canyon itself. Finish the day with a fiery-hued Grand Canyon sunset.

Day 7: Yosemite National Park Journey over Tioga Pass to the center of the Eastern Sierra and enter Yosemite, a largerthan-life photographer’s dream. The stunning combination of hulking granite cliffs, roaring waterfalls and rippling green meadows set against a blasting blue sky make for an unforgettable day out. Follow the paved path to Mirror Lake in time for sunset - the reflection of Half Dome on the lake’s surface is awe-inspiring.

Days 4-5: Las Vegas Go west through the Kaibab National Forest and onto infamous Route 66. Cross the Mojave Desert and head towards Las Vegas. Discover a fast, loud world where neon lights shine bright and Lady Luck smiles at those who dance with chance. Peruse 'The Strip' and check out some of the mind-blowing shows brimming with color and electricity. Just enjoy the Vegas experience.

Day 8: depart San Francisco Good food, art, music, and architecture? Check. It’s all here in San Francisco, a laid back and liberal city with a thriving cosmopolitan culture. Extend your stay and experience the city’s many facets - from Chinatown to Golden Gate Park amid zany SoMa where you can browse a bundle of outrageous art venues - it's an anything-goes pocket of town. Say your sad goodbyes.

DEPARTURES START 2011 MAY 08 MAY 11 MAY 15 MAY 22 MAY 29 JUN 01 JUN 05 JUN 12

FINISH MAY 15 MAY 18 MAY 22 MAY 29 JUN 05 JUN 08 JUN 12 JUN 19

START JUN 19 JUN 22 JUN 26 JUL 03 JUL 10 JUL 13 JUL 17 JUL 20 JUL 24

FINISH JUN 26 JUN 29 JUL 03 JUL 10 JUL 17 JUL 20 JUL 24 JUL 27 JUL 31

START JUL 31 AUG 03 AUG 07 AUG 10 AUG 14 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 04 SEP 11

FINISH AUG 07 AUG 10 AUG 14 AUG 17 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 04 SEP 11 SEP 18

START SEP 18 SEP 25 OCT 02 OCT 09 2012 MAY 06 MAY 13 MAY 20 MAY 27

FINISH SEP25 OCT 02 OCT 09 OCT 16 MAY 13 MAY 20 MAY 27 JUN 03

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), multishare hostel (1 nt), camping (4nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$120 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 8 Tour Code: SUSSOW

go in reverse SAN FRANCISCO - LOS ANGELES 8 DAYS, FR $1000 Tour Code: SUSSOE

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• Lee Vining

• Las Vegas Grand Canyon • • Joshua Tree N.P. Los Angeles 

• Lake Havasu


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california discovery SAN FRANCISCO fr

Los angeles

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TO SEATTLE

BACKPACKER LODGING

8 DAYS, $1,115

san francisco

fr

• Discover iconic Joshua Trees in a sci-fi setting • Experience the wonder of the Grand Canyon • Dive into the non-stop energy of Las Vegas • Admire the bizarre rock formations in Death Valley • Munch on delicious seafood in San Francisco day 1: Arrive Los Angeles Arrive at any time and head out exploring the bright lights and glamour of Tinseltown in all its glory. Sightsee and shop in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Day 2: Joshua Tree National Park & Kingman Drive through Southern California’s deserts. Admire spectacular desert plants and striking rock formations. Cross the Colorado River into Arizona. Day 3: Grand Canyon Measuring 200 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and more than one mile deep, it’s a sight to behold! Hike around and into the canyon. Days 4-5: Las vegas Go west on Route 66. Arrive admist bright lights and enjoy the glitterati! Day 6: Death Valley Check out one of the hottest deserts on the planet, Death Valley. The area also contains a wealth of weird and wonderful geological phenomena. Day 7: yosemite national park From its cascading waterfalls to its gemstone lakes, Yosemite National Park truly will impress with jaw-dropping beauty evident at every turn.

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seattle

• Walk beneath Redwood’s huge and ancient trees • Gaze at the volcano from the shores of Crater Lake • Hike to beautiful waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park • Marvel at the volcanic wonders of Mt St Helens • Enjoy the amazing views from the top of Mt Rainier Days 1-2: arrive San Francisco / mendocino Sightsee in sunny San Francisco and set out exploring. Hit seaside Mendocino for sublime ocean views and vibrant arts scene. Day 3: Eureka & Redwood National Park Head to the old logging town of Eureka. Walk beneath Redwood’s 2,000-year-old, 300-foot-tall inhabitants. Day 4: Crater Lake National Park Travel through the rugged landscape of Six Rivers National Forest. Dwarfed by a volcano, Crater Lake is the deepest natural lake in North America. Day 5: Oregon Dunes Reach this unique area where amazing sand dunes rise from the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Try dune buggy rides and other adventurous activities. day 6: Eugene & Silver Falls State Park Hike among forested canyons to some of the Park’s ten waterfalls.

Day 8: Depart san francisco Bike the Golden Gate Bridge or visit Fisherman's Wharf before heading off.

days 7-8: MT St. Helens / depart seattle Drive through Portland to Mt St. Helens which erupted in 1980 and still dominates the horizon. Trek up to Mt Rainier, also active and covered in glaciers. Then wind up in Seattle, known as the ‘Emerald City’.

DEPARTURES

DEPARTURES

START 2011 JAN 30 FEB 13 FEB 27 MAR 06 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 03 APR 10 APR 17 APR 24 MAY 01

FINISH FEB 06 FEB 20 MAR 06 MAR 13 MAR 20 MAR 27 APR 03 APR 10 APR 17 APR 24 MAY 01 MAY 08

START MAY 08 MAY 15 MAY 22 MAY 29 JUN 05 JUN 12 JUN 19 JUN 26 JUL 03 JUL 10 JUL 17 JUL 24 JUL 31

FINISH MAY 15 MAY 22 MAY 29 JUN 05 JUN 12 JUN 19 JUN 26 JUL 03 JUL 10 JUL 17 JUL 24 JUL 31 AUG 07

START AUG 07 AUG 14 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 11 SEP 18 SEP 25 OCT 09 OCT 23 NOV 06 NOV 20 DEC 04 DEC 18

FINISH AUG 14 AUG 21 AUG 28 SEP 04 SEP 18 SEP 25 OCT 02 OCT 16 OCT 30 NOV 13 NOV 27 DEC 11 DEC 25

Accommodation: Multishare hotels/hostels/cabins (7 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$160 for meals not inc. Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 8 Tour Code: SUSSRN Please Note: Tour operates in reverse Tour Code: SUSSRN

START 2011 MAY 18 JUN 08 JUN 29 JUL 20

• Yosemite N.P. • San Francisco • Death Valley • Las Vegas Grand Canyon • Los Angeles  • Joshua Tree N.P.

FINISH MAY 25 JUN 15 JUL 06 JUL 27

START JUL 27 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 31 2012

FINISH AUG 03 AUG 17 AUG 24 SEP 07

START MAY 16 JUN 06 JUN 27 JUL 18 JUL 25

FINISH MAY 23 JUN 13 JUL 04 JUL 25 AUG 01

Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt), camping (6 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: Trip kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$120 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 8 Tour Code: SUSSOP

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• Seattle • Mt Rainier • Mt St Helens • Silver Falls N.P. • Eugene • Crater Lake N.P. • Redwood N.P. • Eureka • Mendocino

 San Francisco

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8 DAYS, $1,180


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California highlights 8 DAYS, $1,145 fr

las vegas

EASYRIDER

no local payment!

los angeles

We all have pre-conceptions of California, formed through countless movies, TV shows and very educational documentaries about Paris Hilton. But picking one highlight is probably a little harder. Thankfully you don't have to - this tour bundles together loads of highlights from the 'Golden State' and even sneakily throws in Nevada's gaming capital - fabulous Las Vegas. So why is it known as the 'Golden State'? Well, not only was its explosive growth due to the discovery of gold in 1848, but in springtime, fields of golden poppies appear, and there's the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco and of course stunning clear, golden coastal sunsets over the Pacific Ocean - California well deserves its name. Kicking things off in Las Vegas, party deep into the night and try not to get yourself accidentally married (however hot your tour mates are). From here to the fantastic cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles you've got fascinating desert, stunning national parks and picturesque coastal towns. Let's face it - a state that had Arnold as a governor must be awesome and definitely worth a vist. And how better to do it than with a big bunch of fellow young people - every second is there to be experienced, enjoyed and indulged. bEST bITS • Hit the party hot spots in Vegas • Enjoy outdoor activities at Bass Lake • Explore the natural beauty of Yosemite • Cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge • Soak up the character of San Francisco • Check out trendy Santa Barbara • Relax in beautiful coastal Carpinteria • Stroll down Hollywood’s Walk of Fame Day 1: arrive Las Vegas Meet your crew before heading out to Sin City’s flashiest party hot spots!

Day 2: Bass lake Say goodbye to the party in the desert and hello to outdoor adventures awaiting you in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Get your camera out for photos of iconic Joshua Trees, the famous symbol of the Mojave Desert, along the way. For the next two nights you'll stay at a lakefront chalet. From here you can relax in the stunning mountain paradise of Bass Lake - swim, soak up some sun and enjoy watersports. (D) Day 3: Yosemite National Park Spend the day in the beautiful natural surrounds of Yosemite National Park. Marvel at the massive El Capitan rock and the sheerest cliff in the U.S., Half Dome. You’ll see the breathtaking Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls. Hike or bike along the Park’s trails to experience this unique environment with its meadows, waterfalls and wildflowers first hand and close up. (B, D) Days 4-6: san francisco Head out of the mountains to one of America’s most colorful and character-filled cities. Fall under the city’s spell and catch awesome bay views as you cross the Oakland Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. There’s so much to do in this beautiful and cosmopolitan city. Ride the historic cable cars, shop in Union Square, tour notorious Alcatraz Island, stroll through Golden Gate Park or visit Fisherman’s Wharf. (2B, 2D)

Days 2-5: Ski Lake Tahoe (dec - Mar) If you’re traveling between December and March, this tour packs in three fun-filled days of snow sports action at Lake Tahoe (instead of Lake Bass and Yosemite). The area is legendary for skiing and snowboarding. Or try out one of the many other snow-based activities, like iceskating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or sledding. When you’re ready to start the skiing fun, get into the lake’s high-energy nightlife with its Vegas-style casinos and big-name entertainment. You’ll head to charming San Francisco on Day 5. (2B, 2D) Day 7: Santa Barbara / Carpinteria Today, journey south to the lush, sundrenched American Riviera. Kick back on the beach and hit the shops and galleries in Santa Barbara. Then stay overnight in the beautiful coastal town of Carpinteria. (D) Day 8: depart Los Angeles Motor down the spectacular California coastline before stopping at L.A.’s famous outdoor market, The Grove, where you can pick up a tasty lunch. Afterwards head over to star-studded Hollywood, where you can see the Kodak Theater home to the star-studded Oscar Awards, the famous Hollywood sign, Mann’s Chinese Theater and Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Then it's time to wrap up your U.S. adventure and say farewell to your new found friends. (B)

inclusions

• 3 day travel pass in San Francisco • Sunset catamaran cruise in San Francisco • Dinner and tour of San Francisco Chinatown

FINISH JAN 18 FEB 01 FEB 15 MAR 01 MAR 15 MAR 29

• Yosemite N.P. • Bass Lake

Mojave Desert •

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 11 JAN 25 FEB 08 FEB 22 MAR 08 MAR 22

San Francisco • Monterey •

START APR 12 APR 19 APR 26 MAY 03 MAY 10 MAY 17 MAY 24

FINISH APR 19 APR 26 MAY 03 MAY 10 MAY 17 MAY 24 MAY 31

START MAY 31 JUN 07 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUN 28 JUL 05 JUL 09

FINISH JUN 07 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUN 28 JUL 05 JUL 12 JUL 16

START JUL 12 JUL 19 JUL 23 JUL 26 AUG 02 AUG 06 AUG 09

FINISH JUL 19 JUL 26 JUL 30 AUG 02 AUG 09 AUG 13 AUG 16

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel accommodation (5 nts), quad-share chalet (2nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach with power points for charging Group Size: 25-52 Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 dinners Tour Code: COWWAV Please note: If traveling between Dec and Mar - you’ll enjoy 3 days of snow sport at Lake Tahoe Tour Code: COWWCA

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Santa Barbara • Carpinteria • Los Angeles •

 Las Vegas


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western highlights

EASYRIDER

8 DAYS, $1,019 fr

los angeles

no local payment!

las vegas

bEST bITS • Drive through the scenic O.C. • Tour San Diego's vibrant neighborhoods • Hang out with surfers by the beach • Enjoy the desert oasis of Phoenix • Admire brilliantly colored cliffs • Hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon • Take in the iconic Route 66 • Enjoy the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas Day 1: arrive Los Angeles / San diego Meet up with your crew and head south to San Diego via the O.C. and along the scenic Pacific Coast. Tap into the ‘California Dream’ on a tour through the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Tonight, party at a hip downtown club, chill out at a cool beach bar or sip cocktails at a chic rooftop lounge. (D) Day 2: San Diego Wander around and discover all this city has to offer. With 70 miles of beaches, a world famous zoo, sailors, surfers, shopping, culture and a gentle Mediterranean climate, this place is a little piece of U.S. paradise. (B)

Days 4-5: Grand Canyon national park From the ‘Valley of the Sun’ to the majestic 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 to your base in the national park. Hike, walk or maybe take an optional helicopter flight for an up close experience with this phenomenal natural wonder. Hike along the Canyon’s South Rim, watch a spectacular sunset and capture incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint. (B, D) Days 6-7: Las Vegas Get your kicks on Route 66 en route to the bright lights of Las Vegas. You'll take an evening tour of the famous Vegas ‘Strip’ and all its glitz and glamour. Relax by the pool or check out Sin City’s flashiest party hot spots. Gamble away the last of your spending money at some of the world’s largest casinos. (2B, D) Day 8: depart Las Vegas Say goodbye to the party in the desert as your U.S. adventure wraps up and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

Day 3: Phoenix Leave the beach behind and take a scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert and Sonoran Desert. Arrive into Phoenix, a metropolitan desert oasis. The sprawling city heats it up as a retail mecca, a melting pot of fun and funky dining and hip nightlife! (B)

inclusions

• Limo ride and champagne in Las Vegas • Traditional Mexican feast in San Diego • Hotel accommodation on the Vegas 'Strip' DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 05 JAN 19 FEB 02 FEB 16 MAR 02 MAR 16 APR 06 APR 13 APR 20

FINISH JAN 12 JAN 26 FEB 09 FEB 23 MAR 09 MAR 23 APR 13 APR 20 APR 27

START APR 27 MAY 04 MAY 11 MAY 18 MAY 25 JUN 01 JUN 08 JUN 15 JUN 22 JUN 29

FINISH MAY 04 MAY 11 MAY 18 MAY 25 JUN 01 JUN 08 JUN 15 JUN 22 JUN 29 JUL 06

START JUL 06 JUL 13 JUL 20 JUL 27 JUL 31 AUG 03 AUG 10 AUG 14 AUG 17 AUG 28

FINISH JUL 13 JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG 03 AUG 07 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 21 AUG 24 SEP 04

START AUG 31 SEP 14 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 05 OCT 12 OCT 19 OCT 26 NOV 02 NOV 16

FINISH SEP 07 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 05 OCT 12 OCT 19 OCT 26 NOV 02 NOV 09 NOV 23

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel accommodation (5 nts), twin-share cabin (2nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach with power points for charging Group Size: 25-52 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners Tour Code: COWWAT

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• Las Vegas Grand Canyon • • Sedona Los Angeles  San Diego • • Phoenix Sonoran Desert •

west COAST

California may have a good few highlights, but Arizona isn't short of them either. This tour gives you a taste of the O.C. - it really is everything the TV program promised - the best of Arizona and then wraps up in what is surely a highlight of the world - fabulous Las Vegas! Sometimes it's easy to forget that there's more to the country than those brash and brilliant cities that we see on our screens day in, day out. There are thousands of miles of stunning wilderness and some truly wild and rugged landscapes. This fantastic adventure gives you a taste for all that lovely space - cacti-studded deserts, craggy mountains, cavernous canyons, sizzling hot days and star-sprinkled nights. All of this is sandwiched between a touch of California charm and the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Prepare to fit in with the cooler than cool surfers in San Diego and get your party clothes on for Vegas - after a week on tour will you decide a late night trip to the Little White Wedding Chapel is a good idea? One thing is for sure - your fellow travelers will be thirsting for fun, adventure and unforgettable experiences - and everything is set up to provide just that. All you've got to do is book it with one of our travel experts.


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LA to the bay

EASYRIDER

11 DAYS, $1,415 fr

Los angeles

no local payment!

san francisco

The road between Los Angeles and San Francisco has long been a popular route for intrepid West Coast wanderers. Your average vacationer likes to take a couple of days and cruise up the coast – all very nice and perfectly enjoyable, but we at STA Travel like to make things a little bit more interesting. This 11-day trip zooms you up to San Fran in a not altogether straight line, taking in an abundance of spine-tingling sights. You’ll still have a chance to check out the lovely sunsplashed beaches that California is so famous for with a couple of days in San Diego, but from that point on you’ll head inland deep into cowboy country. The desert oasis of Phoenix, the awesome splendor of the Grand Canyon, the delightfully dangerous possibilities of Las Vegas and the stunning ecological artistry of Yosemite National Park are all extensively explored as you meander your way towards the ‘City by the Bay’. Enjoyment levels range from absurdly ecstatic to deliriously delighted as you and your fellow playmates experience a whole host of genuine American experiences – hike along the rim of crazily huge canyons, blow your last buck in Vegas, cruise along Route 66 and explore wild and remote mountains, meadows and waterfalls. Return home way cooler, way more relaxed and totally insightful...dude! BEST BITS • Relax on San Diego’s beautiful beaches • Absorb the lush oasis of Phoenix • Check out beautiful Oak Creek Canyon • Hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon • Drive along historic Route 66 • Bet your life away in Las Vegas • Spot iconic Joshua Trees in the desert • Explore Yosemite National Park

Day 1: arrive Los Angeles / SAN DIEGO Meet up with your crew and head south to San Diego. Enjoy the beautiful weather then head to the Gaslamp Quarter’s lively nightlife. (D) Day 2: San Diego Wander around and discover what 'America’s Finest City' has to offer – 70 miles of beautiful beaches, a world famous zoo, sailors, surfers, shopping, culture, not to mention a gentle Mediterranean climate. (B)

Day 8: Bass lake Awake with a sore head but a big smile and say goodbye to the party in the desert. Drive through the Mojave Desert past iconic Joshua Trees towards the adventures awaiting you in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (D)

Day 3: Phoenix Leave the beach behind and head towards Phoenix, a metropolitan desert oasis and haven of fun, funky dining and hip nightlife. (B)

Days 8-11: Ski Lake Tahoe (dec - Mar) If you’re traveling between December and March, this tour packs in three fun-filled days of snow sports action at Lake Tahoe (instead of Yosemite). Ski or snowboard in this legendary area or try one of the many other snow-based activities - ice-skating, sledding, snowmobiling. And did we mention the awesome skiing? (2B, 2D)

Days 4-5: Grand Canyon national park From the ‘Valley of the Sun’ journey to the majestic Grand Canyon with a stop in the quirky town of Sedona, nestled in red-rock country. Day 5 is all yours - staying in Grand Canyon National Park - hike, walk or take an optional helicopter flight for a birds-eye view of this phenomenal natural wonder. (2B, D)

Day 9: Yosemite National Park Staying in the stunning mountain paradise of Bass Lake, enjoy the diverse beauty of this treasured national park - from its mountains and meadows to its waterfalls, wildflowers and world-famous rock formations like El Capitan and Half Dome. Hike and bike around the valley floor to get the full experience. (B, D)

Days 6-7: Las Vegas Get your kicks on Route 66 as you head toward the bright lights and bling of Las Vegas. Day 7 is all yours - hang out on the ‘Strip’, relax by the pool or check out Sin City’s flashiest hot spots. Try not to gamble away all your savings! (B, D)

Days 10-11: depart San francisco Head down out of the mountains and into one of America’s most colorful and character filled cities. Fall under its spell and catch awesome bay views as you check out the sights of the rollicking ‘City by the Bay’. Say farewell to your new mates at any time on Day 11. (B)

inclusions

• Sunset catamaran cruise in San Francisco • Traditional Mexican feast in San Diego • Limo ride and champagne in Las Vegas

• Yosemite N.P. • Bass Lake

Mojave Desert • • Las Vegas Grand Canyon •

DEPARTURES 2011 JAN - MAR APR - JUN JUL - AUG SEP - OCT NOV - DEC 2012 JAN - MAR

San Francisco •

Selected Wednesdays Wednesdays Wednesdays & Selected Sundays Wednesdays Selected Wednesdays Selected Wednesdays

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel (5 nts), twin-share cabin (2nts), quad-share chalet (2nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach with power points for charging Group Size: 25-52 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Tour Code: COWWAF Please note: If travelling between Dec and Mar - you’ll enjoy 3 days of snow sport at Lake Tahoe Tour Code: COWWLA

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• Sedona Los Angeles  San Diego • • Phoenix Sonoran Desert •


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american gold rush 15 DAYS, $1,700 fr

san francisco

BACKPACKER CAMPING

no local payment!

los angeles

BEST BITS • Absorb the iconic vistas in Yosemite • Hike the trails in Zion National Park • Admire the kaleidoscope of rock color • Hike, bike or raft around Moab • Experience Navajo culture • Stay overnight at a western ranch camp • Take in the spectacular Grand Canyon • Play your cards right in Las Vegas Day 1: arrive san francisco Explore the steep streets of San Francisco think of it as a workout before tackling the country’s famous national parks.

Days 2-3: yosemite national park Leave urban life behind for the great outdoors. Home to El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park is vast and full of iconic vistas. Day 4: nevada desert Venture into the eastern Sierra Nevada, past breathtaking mountain scenery and tranquil lakes, to the Nevada Desert. Day 5: zion national park With a spectacular gorge snaking through dramatic desert and canyon country, Zion National Park will leave a lasting impression. Explore some of the Park’s many hiking trails. Day 6: bryce canyon national park Stop off for a hike in Red Canyon on the way to Bryce Canyon. Known for its stunning, sculpted rock formations, this area is best explored on foot. In the evening watch the hoodoos (tall, thin rock spires) showcase a kaleidoscope of color changes as the sun sets. Days 7-8: moab Discover prehistoric cliffs capped by white sandstone in the Capitol Reef National Park. Journey on to Moab and see the vast stretches of Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and Arches National Park. There’s plenty of ways to choose to see this fascinating region - hiking, mountain biking, scenic flights or rafting on the Colorado River.

Day 9: monument valley Part of the biggest Native American reservation in the U.S., Monument Valley is a marvel of giant sandstone formations strewn across the desert. Experience Navajo culture, watch as the sun paints the landscape with golden hues and sleep under the vast desert sky. Day 10: lake powell / western ranch With a dramatic backdrop of blood-red rock, Lake Powell’s canyons and waterways offer stunning vistas and idyllic hidden wonders. Cross the Glen Canyon Dam and head to the high desert country to spend the night at a western ranch camp - complete with real life cowboys. Days 11-12: grand canyon Meandering for 280 miles through the Arizona landscape, this canyon will take your breath away. Hike into the Canyon and around the rim or for an incredible birds-eye view take an optional helicopter flight. Days 13-14: las vegas Drive through the Kaibab National Forest and Mojave Desert en route to ‘Sin City’. Soak up the sights and sounds of Vegas and try your luck in the buzzing casinos. Day 15: depart los angeles ‘City of Angels’ and repository of dreams, Los Angeles is a sprawl of American life. Keep an eye out for celebrities before you head home.

DEPARTURES START 2011 MAR 26 APR 02 APR 09 APR 16 APR 23 APR 30 MAY 07

FINISH APR 09 APR 16 APR 23 APR 30 MAY 07 MAY 14 MAY 21

START MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 04 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 02

FINISH MAY 28 JUN 04 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 02 JUL 09 JUL 16

START JUL 09 JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 06 AUG 13 AUG 20 AUG 27

FINISH JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 06 AUG 13 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 03 SEP 10

START SEP 03 SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 01 2012 APR 07 APR 14

FINISH SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 01 OCT 08 OCT 15 APR 21 APR 28

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), hostel (1 nt), camping (11 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners while camping on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$225 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 15 Tour Code: SUSSOG

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• Yosemite N.P.

Nevada Desert •

Los Angeles •

Zion N.P. •

Moab •

• Monument Valley • Las Vegas • Lake Powell • Grand Canyon

west COAST

Drawn by the lure of gold, thousands of people flocked to this region in the mid-19th century. They made pioneering trips by sea and land, enduring substantial hardships, all in the hope of making their fortune. Many of those who came were Americans, but tens of thousands also came from Latin America, Europe, Australia and China. So, what has changed in the last century and a half? The international visitors still flock to the area, treasure still remains, hardships are still endured. Hold on, back up there hardship? No way. Well, we guess it depends on what airline you fly in on. But once you're on tour you'll be transported in the comfort of a small private van and most of the nights will be spent in tents of the highest standard. To be fair, the treasure has changed a bit too - we don't want you all booking expecting to come back millionaires. The gold may have gone, but the real treasure still remains in the form of the spectacular natural landscape - canyons, rivers, cliffs and desert. We've been wise enough to protect them with national park status - a clear indication that you should book this tour in order to stock up on treasure for your memory and photo bank.


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WILD WEST WONDERS 15 DAYS, $2,970 fr

BACKPACKER LODGING

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start & finish: San francisco We can’t promise that this exceptional excursion around Western America will deliver loads of highbrow culture – don’t be expecting any pompous museums, pretentious art-galleries or grinding violin concertos. We certainly can’t guarantee a plethora of weird and wonderful languages and lifestyles – no struggling through a phrase book or chance encounters with cannibalistic tribes on this trip. And we can definitely tell you with complete sincerity that the available food won’t be anything you haven’t encountered before – there’ll be no rat tail soup or monkey brain stew. So what exactly does this adventure promise? Well, this trip is about the culture of the 'Great Outdoors' – spiritual resonance, historical tangibility and boundless inspiration of Joshua Tree National Park, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Yosemite National Park. When it comes to personal interaction, the people you’re likely to bump into scream with diversity – wizened cowboys hopelessly clinging to a better way of life, big spending high-rollers prowling the casinos of Vegas and sun-bleached surf dudes dedicated to the variable tempers of the Pacific Ocean. And when it comes to food – you know exactly what you’re gonna get, and its absolutely fantastic – burgers bigger than your head, steak upon steak upon steak, and mountains of shoestring fries. Experience the very best of California, Arizona and Nevada. Prepare for a real American adventure. BEST BITS • Absorb the vibe of San Francisco • Cruise down the California coastline • Stroll Santa Cruz’s antique boardwalk • Check out Monterey’s amazing sea-life • Sightsee in the City of Angels • Bask on the golden beaches of San Diego • Check out the weird plants at Joshua Tree • Descend into the Grand Canyon • Absorb the wild west in Monument Valley • Dance with Lady Luck in glitzy Las Vegas • Experience the heat of Death Valley • Marvel at the beauty of Yosemite Day 1: arrive San Francisco The adventure begins among the atmospheric streets of San Francisco. Perhaps arrive early to enjoy all the delights of this charismatic city. Day 2: Santa cruz Drive along the scenic West Coast to Santa Cruz, a town famous for its beach boardwalk and entertainment center - established back in 1904.

Day 2: Monterey Continue to Monterey and drop into the worldclass aquarium to see sharks, sea otters and jellyfish. Overnight in Santa Margarita.

Days 10-11: las vegas Stop in Nevada’s glitzy oasis. Showgirls, cocktails and Elvis converge to form a hub of hedonism, fame and fortune!

Days 4-5: Santa Barbara / Los Angeles Cruise down the rugged coastline to Santa Barbara, known for its pearly-white beaches and star-studded address book. Further south, in L.A., why not head to Universal Studios or spot weird and wonderful characters at Venice Beach?

Day 12: death valley / central valley Drive through one of the hottest deserts on the planet, Death Valley. Marvel as the rocks change color with the sunlight. If temperatures permit, stroll onto the vast sand dunes. Continue on to Central Valley for the night.

Day 6: San Diego Hang ten at Ocean Beach, visit a museum or two in Balboa Park or enjoy a meal in Little Italy. Want to see how the other half live? Take a visit to Coronado Island, said to be one of the most expensive places to reside in America.

Days 13-14: yosemite national park Be cooled by the mist from majestic waterfalls and gaze up at the soaring granite face of Half Dome. The landscape is out-of-this-world, perhaps go for a hike or rent a bicycle to take it in. Be sure to pack a camera to capture it all.

Day 7: Joshua Tree National Park Sit back and enjoy the ride through the deserts of southern California to Joshua Tree National Park, known for its spectacular desert plants including Joshua trees, cacti and Mojave yuccas.

Day 15: depart san francisco Leave mountain vistas behind and return to beautiful, bayside San Francisco - stick around for further exploration if time permits.

Days 8-9: Grand Canyon Come sunset, the rich colors of the canyon’s ancient rocks deepen as the night sky falls, creating a palette of moody hues that is sure to stir emotions. Walk along the rim, take a hike or a helicopter ride! Whichever way this canyon is viewed, it is bound to impress.

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 01 JAN 15 JAN 29 FEB 12 FEB 26 MAR 12 MAR 26 APR 09 APR 23

FINISH JAN 15 JAN 29 FEB 12 FEB 26 MAR 12 MAR 26 APR 09 APR 23 MAY 07

START MAY 07 MAY 21 JUN 04 JUN 18 JUL 02 JUL 16 JUL 30 AUG 13 AUG 27 SEP 10

FINISH MAY 21 JUN 04 JUN 18 JUL 02 JUL 16 JUL 30 AUG 13 AUG 27 SEP 10 SEP 24

START SEP 24 OCT 08 OCT 22 NOV 05 NOV 19 DEC 03 DEC 17 2012 JAN 14 JAN 28

FINISH OCT 08 OCT 22 NOV 05 NOV 19 DEC 03 DEC 17 DEC 31 JAN 28 FEB 11

START FEB 11 FEB 25 MAR 10 MAR 24 APR 07 APR 21 MAY 05 MAY 19 JUN 02 JUN 16

FINISH FEB 25 MAR 10 MAR 24 APR 07 APR 21 MAY 05 MAY 19 JUN 02 JUN 16 JUN 30

Accommodation: Multishare hotels/hostels/cabins (14 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$300 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 15 Tour Code: SUSSRW

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• San Francisco • Yosemite N.P. Santa Cruz • Monterey • Death Valley Santa Barbara • • Central Valley Los Angeles • San Diego •

• • Las Vegas • Grand Canyon • Joshua Tree N.P.


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HIKING YOSEMITE & CANYONS 12 DAYS, $1,735 fr

san francisco

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las vegas

BEST BITS • See the best of the U.S. by foot • Explore the vibrant streets of San Fran • Check out the views in Yosemite • Cool off in Lake Tenaya • Take a morning hike to Lembert Dome • Try your luck in Las Vegas • Enjoy a show and dancing on the strip • Visit a Native American reservation • Take a dip in crystal clear waters • Hike deep into Havasupai Canyon • Marvel at the size of the Grand Canyon • View surreal surrounds in Death Valley

Day 1: Arrive san francisco Arrive early to see the best of San Francisco, a chilled-out city with a vibrant, multicultural heart. Ride a trolley bus, enjoy the sea lions at Pier 39, take a bay cruise or visit Alcatraz. Days 2-4: yosemite national park Located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite is unbelievably beautiful. With free time here, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to explore amid granite cliffs and majestic waterfalls. Hike the Clouds Rest Trail for fantastic views of Half Dome before cooling off in Lake Tenaya. Look out for iconic wildlife, from coyotes and black bears to golden eagles and big horn sheep. Day 5: sierra nevada Enjoy a morning hike to Lembert Dome, which soars more than 750ft above the Tuolumne Meadows. Then drive via the Tioga Pass heading towards the township of Bishop for the night.

Days 7-8: Havasupai Canyon Hike in to Havasupai, a Native American reservation, and visit its picture-perfect waterfall. Be sure to bring a swimsuit as a refreshing dip in the blue-green waters beneath these falls is an absolute must. Days 9-10: grand canyon Set off on an early hike out of the Havasupai and hit the road bound for the most famous canyon on earth. The dimensions of the Grand Canyon are nothing short of impressive and it’s simply awe-inspiring from any angle. Perhaps enjoy a bird’s-eye perspective of this natural marvel on an optional helicopter ride. Days 11-12: depart las vegas Travel west through Kaibab National Forest and back to the bright lights of Vegas to celebrate the end of the adventure in style.

Day 6: death valley / las vegas Huge dune formations, sculptured rocks, isolated valleys and volcanic craters all combine in the super-hot sandpit of Death Valley. Drive through this impressive landscape and arrive in the showy capital of the gambling world, Las Vegas. Enjoy a night out on the strip - take in a show, a dance club and of course the roulette wheel.

DEPARTURES START FINISH 2011 JUL 11 JUL 22

START FINISH JUL 25 AUG 05 AUG 08 AUG 19

START FINISH AUG 22 SEP 02 SEP 05 SEP 16

START FINISH SEP 19 SEP 30

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), hostel (1 nt), camping (8 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$225 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 12 Tour Code: SUSSXY

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San Francisco • • Yosemite N.P. Death Valley Sierra Nevada • • • Las Vegas • Havasupai Canyon • Grand Canyon

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Far from the average ‘drive-thru’ you might associate with America and its certain ‘golden’ culture, on this trip you’ll do way more than simply sit and stare. Rewrite the norm on your own, differently styled and majorly epic ‘drive through’. There will be some seriously spectacular scenery. This trip, as the name suggests is all about the hiking – something we love to rave about to people who have vast amounts of expendable energy built up from far too many hours sitting in stuffy classrooms, lonely lecture halls or grey and dreary offices. Lighten up your lifestyles and get that sparkle back in your eyes with some mind-blowing, extremely exhilarating and overly exciting entertainment. Hike through awesome canyon country, through national parks, to lakes and waterfalls and awesome views. With dancing in Vegas and a visit to a Native American reservation, there is certainly variety. Best of all, you’ll camp out most nights close to all this glorious American natural wilderness, setting you well on track for the absolute time of your lives. Just what are you active people waiting for?!


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northern rockies

BACKPACKER CAMPING

15 DAYS, $1,785 fr

seattle

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san francisco

The Rocky Mountains boast some of the world’s most impressive scenery – stretching 3000 miles from Canada all the way down to New Mexico, they are home to an abundance of fantastical wildlife and are a playground for anyone who relishes wild, beautiful and unpredictable outdoor environments. Their sheer natural beauty has the capacity to transform the most ardent cynic into an outrageous optimist, the most logical conformist can become the most free spirited dreamer and those who worship the non-stop energy of the city will soon come to realize that things are way better out in the rampant open air. This trip focuses on the northern swathe running through the great states of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and California - you’ll camp each night under the glittering galaxy. BEST BITS • Soak up the scenery of Glacier N.P. • Visit lunar lands at Craters of the Moon • Admire the ferocity of Shoshone Falls • Stroll by bubbling geysers in Yellowstone • Bike, hike or raft in Jackson Hole • Bet away your last few dollars in Reno • Follow pristine trails in Yosemite • Pan for gold in sunny Sacramento

Day 1: aRRIVE Seattle Arrive at any time and set out exploring this wonderous ‘Emerald City’, birthplace of rock legend Jimi Hendrix and famous for grunge music, coffee and many other things. Day 2: Coeur d’alene Travel into the wilderness towards the hub of the Idaho panhandle and camp near Coeur d’Alene. Days 3-4: Glacier National Park After traversing Idaho, reach Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana, which contains a huge area of America’s finest mountain scenery. Prepare for sculpted mountain peaks, decorated with dramatic glaciers and glassy lakes. Day 5: Helena Move south to the former Gold Rush Town of Helena. By 1888, about 50 millionaires lived here - more per capita than any city in the world. Days 6-8: Yellowstone national park Marvel at Yellowstone’s geological curiosities bubbling geysers, sulphuric springs and boiling mud. Spot grizzlies, elk, deer, wolves, coyotes, and bison. Explore this stunning wilderness. day 9: Jackson hole Hop over to Jackson Hole where exciting options such as mountain biking, hiking and rafting trips on the Snake River are all waiting.

Day 10: twin Falls Visit Idaho Falls and explore the Craters of the Moon region - home to the continent’s largest area of lava fields and cinder cones. Day 11: Humboldt-Toiyabe forest Admire the size and beauty of this natural wonder before traveling toward Shoshone Falls also known as the Niagara of the West. Day 12: lake tahoe Travel through northern Nevada to the gambling town of Reno. Check out the casinos, colorful streets, a 24-karat gold-plated DeLorean and stunning wide-open spaces. Continue to the lake. Days 13-14: Yosemite National Park Explore Yosemite National Park, one of the most famous parks in the U.S. Colossal granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls and redwood trees attract visitors from all over the world. The whole of Day 14 is yours to explore - keep an eye out for squirrels and perhaps even a bear along the way. Day 15: Depart San francisco Travel to Sacramento, the state capital of California. The historic old town is a fun place to relive the Gold Rush era of the 1800’s. The district is buzzing with shopping, dining, entertainment and world-renowned museums. Cross the Bay Bridge and say farewell to your fellow adventurers in San Fran.

DEPARTURES START 2011 MAY 25 JUN 15 JUL 06

FINISH JUN 08 JUN 29 JUL 20

START JUL 27 AUG 03 AUG 17 AUG 24

FINISH AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 31 SEP 07

START SEP 07 2012 MAY 23 JUN 13

FINISH SEP 21

START FINISH JUL 04 JUL 18 JUL 25 AUG 08

JUN 06 JUN 27

Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt), Camping (13 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$225 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 15 Tour Code: SUSSON

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Seattle  Coeur d’Alene •

• Glacier N.P. • Helena

Yellowstone N.P. • Grand Teton N.P. • Craters of the Moon N.M. • • Idaho Falls • Snake River Canyon Humboldt-Toiyabe N.F. • Sacremento • Reno • San Francisco • • Yosemite N.P.


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los angeles to seattle

BACKPACKER CAMPING

15 DAYS, $1,895 fr

los angeles

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seattle

BEST BITS • Hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon • Dance with Lady Luck in glitzy Las Vegas • Feel the mercury rise in Death Valley • Let Yosemite’s wild beauty amaze you • Unleash your inner bohemian in San Fran • Marvel at amazing views of Crater Lake • See pristine vistas in Silver Falls • Trek volcanic craters at Mt St Helens

Day 1: arrive Los Angeles Arrive any time and explore the 'City of Angels.' Mingle with celebrities and soak up some sun.

Day 9: mendocino Head to quaint, historic Mendocino. The ocean views have made it popular with many artists.

Day 2: joshua tree n.P. / lake havasu Travel through the desert. Spot Joshua Trees, cacti and Mojave yuccas. Cross the Colorado River to Lake Havasu.

Day 10: Redwood National Park Travel along the Avenue of Giants, a road lined by ancient Redwoods, before stopping at the historic logging town of Eureka, California - now a preserve of Victorian architecture.

Day 3: Grand Canyon Marvel at one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Opt to take a hike around the rim or a helicopter flight for more impressive views. Days 4-5: Las Vegas Drive down Route 66, cross the Mojave Desert and reach Sin City. Enjoy a wild night out in one of America’s raciest destinations. Day 6: sierra nevada Try to keep cool traveling through Death Valley. Seek reprieve from the heat in the mountains. Day 7: Yosemite National Park Take in the sprawling landscape of the Sierra Nevada en route to the impressive granite cliffs and cascading waters of Yosemite. Day 8: San Francisco Chill out in the 'City by the Bay', opt to head to Alcatraz or cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge. Stroll through the colorful neighborhoods.

Day 11: Crater Lake National Park After journeying north through the rugged landscape of Six Rivers National Park, prepare for some truly amazing views of Crater Lake. Day 12: oregon dunes Reach the unique Oregon Dunes that rise from the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Opt for a dune buggy ride and other adventure activities. Day 13: silver falls state park Stop by Oregon and head to Salem. Hike among the forested canyons and waterfalls. Day 14: Mt St Helens Pass Portland en route to an active volcano. Negotiate the narrow, hardened-lava path and soak up the otherworldly landscape. Day 15: depart seattle Party in edgy Belltown, explore Scandanavian Ballard, sightsee, shop and say your farewells.

DEPARTURES START FINISH 2011 JUN 01 JUN 15

START FINISH JUN 22 JUL 06 JUL 13 JUL 27

START FINISH JUL 20 AUG 03 AUG 03 AUG 17

• Seattle

START FINISH AUG 10 AUG 24

Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts), multi-share hostel (1 nt), camping (10 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$225 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 15 Tour Code: SUSSOZ

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• Mt St Helens • Silver Falls N.P. • Oregon Dunes • Crater Lake N.P. • Redwood N.P.

• Mendocino Yosemite N.P. • • Lee Vining • San Francisco

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west COAST

At some point on this 15-day odyssey though Western America something will click inside your soul – the vicissitudes and vagaries of your seemingly strenuous life will suddenly appear far easier to manage. Maybe this will happen when you’re hiking along the rim of the Grand Canyon, with the end of the world to one side and the rest of the world enveloping you from every other angle. Maybe it’ll occur after a drink or five in Las Vegas when you’re chucking one chip too many onto the gambling tables. Maybe it’ll kick in as you’re marveling at one of the many waterfalls of Yosemite, as the invigorating vapor leaves its sheen on your sun drenched face. Or maybe you’ll know it as you’re strolling through the volcanic landscapes of Mt St Helens, knowing that the ground beneath your feet has the potential to erupt and spout out the red-hot juices of the earth’s crust. From the truly unique atmosphere of Los Angeles right up to the edgy and esoteric vibe of Seattle – this road trip boasts potential epiphanies around every corner. Most of your days will be concentrated around the great wilderness areas of the west. To fully max out your experience you’ll camp out with your small group of traveling buddies in some truly spectacular locations - there aren’t many things in life more inspiring than the sparkling American night sky.


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american southwest

BACKPACKER CAMPING

22 DAYS, $2,240 fr

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start & finish: san francisco Sunshine, sea, sand and a seriously super saunter through the appropriately nicknamed ‘Sunshine’ or ‘Golden’ State and beyond. These three fantastical weeks will leave you reeling with love and affection for the good old North American culture. Starting at the aptly named ‘Golden Gate’ in San Francisco, you’ll frolic your way around this tremendous part of the U.S. Transform yourself into the Hoff or Pamela as you graciously leap over wonderous waves along California’s cool and captivating coast. Don your racy red swimmers and try out some water based activities on Lake's Havasu and Powell. Embrace the Wild Wild West and practice your sexy southern drawl in saloon bars as you cruise through Monument Valley. Get married to Elvis or Marilyn in Vegas. Hike deep into canyon country and drink golden nectar galore in the Napa and Sonoma wine valleys. We could go on and on... The action on this 21-day adventure just doesn’t let up! BEST BITS • Stroll Santa Cruz’s antique boardwalk • Mingle with the stars in Hollywood • Laze on San Diego’s beautiful beaches • Marvel at the magnificent Grand Canyon • Absorb the Wild West on a horseride • Hike through spectacular National Parks • Dance with Marilyn Monroe in Vegas • Drink fabulous fine wine in Napa Valley Day 1: arrive San Francisco Arrive at any time and spend your first day biking the Golden Gate Bridge or on a bay cruise. Day 2: Santa cruz Drive along the scenic west coast to Santa Cruz, a coastal town famous for its beach boardwalk and entertainment center - established in 1904. Day 3: santa barbara Drive through Monterey along Highway 101, winding down the pretty Pacific Coast. Arrive into seaside Santa Barbara - relax on the beach go rollerskating, skateboarding or biking. Day 4: Los angeles Reach the heavenly City of Angels. Stroll Hollywood and Beverly Hills world-famous streets, go shopping on Rodeo Drive or take an optional excursion to Universal Film Studios. Days 5-6: San diego Spend your free time lazing on the golden sandy beaches, check out the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and visit the charming Spanish Old Town, founded in 1824.

Day 7: lake havasu Drive along the Mexican border to Lake Havasu a haven for watersport geeks. Check out ‘London Bridge’ - dismantled in London in 1968 and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.

Day 14: Bryce canyon national park Journey through this impressive landscape to Capitol Reef N.P. Spot reef-like cliffs capped by white sandstone. Reach Red Canyon and Bryce Canyon - noted for its sculpture-like formations.

Days 8-9: grand canyon Travel out of the desert and into the mountains to the breathtaking Grand Canyon. Walk along the rim, visit a museum, take a hike or for breathtaking views - hop on a helicopter ride.

Days 15-16: Las vegas Stop is Zion National Park en route to glitzy Las Vegas. Meet many an Elvis impersonator along The Strip and take your chances with Lady Luck.

Day 10: lake powell / western ranch Drive through unspoilt landscapes to Glen Canyon and Lake Powell. Take a dip in the water or laze on the lake’s sunny shores. Head to a western ranch camp where you can horse ride with a cowboy before camping for the night. Day 11: monument valley Monument Valley - part of the biggest Native American reservation in the U.S. Marvel at the film-quality scenery and opt to join a Navajoguided Jeep tour through this epic landscape. Days 12-13: moab Moab is Utah’s center for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Discover some of America’s most fantastic areas. Admire natural sandstone bridges and arches, created thousands of years ago, hike scenic trails, raft the Colorado River, mountain bike or take a scenic flight or jeep tour.

Day 17: death valley / sierra nevada Drive through Death Valley - one of the hottest deserts on the planet. Check out the wealth of geological phenomena: sand dunes, sculpted rocks, isolated valleys and volcanic craters. Day 18: sierra nevada Visit Bodie, a former gold mining town from the late 1800s and now a State Historic Park. Days 19-20: yosemite national park Cross the Tioga Pass into the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Enter Yosemite N.P. and gaze at its awe-inspiring cliffs and majestic waterfalls. Day 21: napa valley / sonoma valleys Visit historic Sacramento before winding into California’s world-class wine regions. Day 22: depart san francisco Cross the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s time to depart.

DEPARTURES START 2011 APR 13 APR 27 MAY 11 MAY 25 JUN 01 JUN 08

FINISH MAY 04 MAY 18 JUN 01 JUN 15 JUN 22 JUN 29

START JUN 15 JUN 22 JUN 29 JUL 06 JUL 13 JUL 20 JUL 27

FINISH JUL 06 JUL 13 JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG 03 AUG 10 AUG 17

START AUG 03 AUG 10 AUG 17 AUG 24 AUG 31 SEP 07 SEP 21

FINISH AUG 24 AUG 31 SEP 07 SEP 14 SEP 21 SEP 28 OCT 12

START OCT 05 2012 APR 11 APR 25 MAY 09 MAY 23 JUN 06

FINISH OCT 26 MAY 02 MAY 16 MAY 30 JUN 13 JUN 27

Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), hostel (1 nt), camping (18 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$330 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 4:00pm on Day 22 Tour Code: SUSSOV

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Napa Valley • San Francisco  • Yosemite N.P. • Moab • Lee Vining • Bryce Canyon Santa Cruz • Zion N.P. • • Lake Powell Santa Barbara • Las Vegas • • Monument Valley Lake Havasu • • Grand Canyon Los Angeles • San Diego •


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grand canyon discovery 14 DAYS, $2,740 fr

san francisco

los angeles

BEST BITS • Soak up dramatic vistas at Yosemite • Snap incredible shots of Nevada Desert • Stroll through magical Zion Park • Watch spectacularly colored sunsets • Spend an evening with the Navajo • Witness all angles of the Grand Canyon • Drive through epic Monument Valley • Hit the crazy nightlife in Las Vegas Day 1: arrive san francisco Arrive early to explore this eclectic city. Take a stroll through the Castro, wander past Fisherman’s Wharf or meander along the streets of Chinatown. Days 2-3: Yosemite national park Make tracks to Yosemite National Park - big, beautiful and impressive however you choose to explore it. In free time, why not stroll along Mirror Lake or hike to the lower Nevada Falls? Day 4: nevada desert Travel to the eastern Sierra Nevada to enjoy spectacular mountain scenery and crystal-clear lakes. Get your camera ready as there will be countless photo opportunities today.

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In homage to one of America’s finest exports who’s sadly no longer with us, this trip will incorporate some of those all essential aspects that this country just can’t help but offer: sunshine, moonlight, good times - and infinite opportunities to boogie! And where else gets the good times rolling better than Las Vegas? Home to glitz, glamour, hyperbole, and happiness. Not quite pop, but definitely ‘King of Canyons’ this awesome adventure will leave you unbelievably high on emotion (especially if you take our optional helicopter flight) and satiated in incredible experiences as you journey your way through lands oozing with color, nature stripped raw and a whole load of eye-boggling breathtaking vistas. Make your own bit of merry and memorable history, get 'Off the Wall' with your fellow touring troop and delve into this plethora of enigmatic encounters. You’ll stay one night at a ranch - closer perhaps to your own ideas of Neverland than MJ’s where you can giddy up with real life cowboys in all their finest gear. Explore countless sensational crevasses and crevices in the Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley and the most famous canyon of them all - the Grand Canyon. If there’s any adventure trip out there that has it all, This is it.

Days 5-6: zion national park Hike through the Zion National Park and take in this strangely-colored land. See the hulking masses of the Watchman and the West Temple as well as the huge white, pink and red rocks that make this park so visually stunning.

Days 10-11: grand canyon Overwhelming in real life, the Grand Canyon is a natural wonder and awe-inspiring at any angle. Why not take a helicopter flight to get a true idea of its magnitude? Top off this memorable day with a fiery-hued Grand Canyon sunset.

Day 7: bryce canyon national park Peruse the rust-colored steeples and pinnacles that pierce the terrain of the Red Canyon before continuing to Bryce Canyon. Watch the sunset color the hoodoos (tall, thin rock spires) of the national park in gold and red light.

Days 12-13: las vegas The hedonistic world of Las Vegas has to be seen to be believed. Dance with Lady Luck, catch a show and make friends with an Elvis or two.

Day 8: lake powell Drive through the unspoiled landscapes of the Navajo Native American Reservation on the way to Glen Canyon and Lake Powell. Take a dip in the cool, fresh waters or laze on the Lake’s sunny shores.

Day 14: depart los angeles Journey through the Mojave Desert en route to the ‘City of Angels’.

Day 9: monument valley Discover the flaming-red freestanding rock formations that have served as a backdrop for countless Hollywood westerns. Choose to explore the terrain on a guided Jeep tour, learn about the Park’s significance to the Navajo and enjoy a traditional dinner with them.

DEPARTURES START 2011 JAN 24 FEB 21 MAR 21 APR 18 MAY 02 MAY 23 JUN 06

FINISH FEB 06 MAR 06 APR 03 MAY 01 MAY 15 JUN 05 JUN 19

START JUN 27 JUL 04 JUL 25 AUG 08 AUG 22 SEP 05 SEP 19 OCT 03

FINISH JUL 10 JUL 17 AUG 07 AUG 21 SEP 04 SEP 18 OCT 02 OCT 16

START OCT 17 NOV 14 DEC 19 2012 JAN 23 FEB 20 MAR 19 APR 16

FINISH OCT 30 NOV 27 JAN 01 FEB 05 MAR 04 APR 01 APR 29

START MAY 07 MAY 21 JUN 04 JUN 18 JUL 02 JUL 16

FINISH MAY 20 JUN 03 JUL 17 JUL 01 JUL 15 JUL 29

Accommodation: Hotels/lodges (13 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow USD$350 for meals not included Please note: Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 14 Tour Code: SUSSKS

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San Francisco 

• Yosemite N.P. • Zion N.P. • Nevada Desert Las Vegas • Los Angeles •

• Bryce Canyon • Lake Powell • Monument Valley • Grand Canyon


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western impressions 15 DAYS, $750 fr

Car rental IS EXTRA

START & FINISH: LOS ANGELES • Spot stars in swanky L.A. • Explore the national parks of the west • Catch a fabulous show in Vegas • Ride the cable cars in quirky San Fran • Relax in beautiful coastal towns Days 1-2: Los Angeles Pick up your car and explore the city - from glamorous Hollywood with its Walk of Fame to Beverly Hills and the houses of the stars. Head to the beach in Santa Monica, Venice or Malibu, where the Pacific Ocean laps at the shore. Days 3-4: Los Angeles  Palm Springs  Williams / Grand Canyon Leave the boisterous city of L.A. and drive to Palm Springs, which stretches in 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 Native American reservation of the Hualapai. Day 5: 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. Boat tours, houseboats and water sports provide a lively atmosphere on the lake. Day 6: 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. A walk at sunset through this fantasy world of sandstone is particularly rewarding. Day 7: Bryce Canyon N.P.  St. George / Springdale Zion N.P. offers many hiking possibilities. See its desert terrain and huge sculpted rock formations, which coexist with hanging gardens. The bizarre sandstone formations and the view of the 'Angels Landing' are breathtaking. Day 8: St. George / Springdale  Las Vegas 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 and try your luck on the roulette wheel.

Day 9: Las Vegas  Death Valley N.P.  Visalia The drive through Death Valley, the lowest point of the Western Hemisphere, almost 300ft below sea level, is quite an experience. This desert area offers a great variety of landscapes which you should not miss like Zabriskie Point and Badwater. Continue on through fertile farmland to Visalia. Day 10: Visalia  Yosemite N.P.  Modesto / El Portal The Yosemite Valley is eight miles 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. Days 11-12: 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. Or even spend the day tasting California grown wines in Napa Valley.

Day 13: San Francisco  San Simeon / Pismo Beach Historic Monterey and lovely Carmel, both enjoy a great location and are worth a visit. Monterey's famous Cannery Row with its former canning factories and typical restaurants and Carmel with its mission, art galleries, boutiques and good restaurants. They'll both impress you. Do not miss the 17-mile drive along one of the most fabulous coast lines. Hearst Castle at San Simeon is also well worth a visit. Days 14-15: San Simeon / Pismo Beach  Los Angeles Continue via Solvang, a Danish town, to Santa Barbara, a beautiful city with a strong Hispanic background. The highlights are well worth a visit - the Mission, Court House, State Street with its beautiful boutiques and inviting restaurants. Continue on back to bustling Los Angeles and return your car any time on Day 15.

Los Angeles  Palm Springs (124 m)  Williams / Grand Canyon (403 m)  Lake Powell (150 m)  Bryce Canyon N.P. (160 m)  St. George / Springdale (133 m)  Las Vegas (125 m)  Visalia (440 m)  Modesto / El Portal (255m)  San Francisco (100 m)  San Simeon / Pismo Beach (260 m)  Los Angeles (230 m) Tour Code: STA595

SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS: Accommodation: 17 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way • Up to 2 children under 12 years stay free when sharing with 2 paying adults • Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps • All taxes and fees CAR RENTAL FR $33 CHECK OUT PAGE 16

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Bryce Yosemite N.P. San Francisco Zion N.P. • • Modesto • El Portal • • Springdale • • St George • Death Visalia • • Page • San Simeon • Valley N.P. • Las Vegas • Pismo Beach • Grand Canyon • Santa Barbara • Williams Los Angeles  • • Palm Springs


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historic route 66 Car rental IS EXTRA

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chicago

20 DAYS, $1,517

los angeles

fr

• Hang out in Chicago's blues clubs • Discover the history of the Native Americans • Marvel at the magnificent Grand Canyon • Roll through the desert to the bright lights of Las Vegas • Drive segments of the original, legendary Route 66 DAYS 1-4: CHICAGO  ST. LOUIS  SPRINGFIELD Explore this chic lakeside city and spend your evenings in the famous blues clubs. Head out west to St. Louis, on the banks of the Mississippi and stop off at the Meramec Caverns before arriving in Springfield. DAYS 6-9: SPRINGFIELD  TULSA  OKLAHOMA CITY  AMARILLO  TUCUMCARI This is cowboy and Native American country. Visit the works of art in Tulsa, the museum in Oklahoma City and the 'Native American 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. DAYS 10-13: TUCUMCARI  ALBUQUERQUE  HOLBROOK  FLAGSTAFF A quaint and picturesque area – admire the Pueblo architecture and visit the colorful Native American crafts market. If time permits, continue to Taos Pueblo, an ancient town of a Native American tribe of Pueblo people. Enter Arizona with its wonderful Petrified Forest National Park and Meteor Crater. DAYS 14-18: FLAGSTAFF  GRAND CANYON  LAS VEGAS  LOS ANGELES Marvel at the ever-changing colors of the magnificent Grand Canyon. 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. From here, drive through the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles where you can return your car and head home.

CHICAGO  ST. LOUIS (295 M)  SPRINGFIELD (220 M)  TULSA (211 m)  OKLAHOMA CITY (115 m)  AMARILLO (285 M)  TUCUMCARI (108 m)  ALBUQUERQUE (180 m)  HOLBROOK (255 M)  FLAGSTAFF (105 M)  GRAND CANYON (77 M)  LAS VEGAS (273 M)  LOS ANGELES (285 M) Tour Code: STA596

CAR RENTAL FR $33 CHECK OUT PAGE 16

SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS: Accommodation: 17 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way • Up to 2 children under 12 years stay free when sharing with 2 paying adults • Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps • All taxes and fees

• Chicago

start & finish: denver • Drive stunning mountain passes with panoramic views • Explore giant sand dunes and Native American cliff dwellings • Marvel at the sandstone formations in Arches N.P. • Discover the incredible Yellowstone N.P. • Visit the Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorials Days 1-5: Arrive Denver  Colorado Springs  Alamosa  Durango From 'Mile High' Denver you'll begin your drive through this incredible mountain range with its stunningly colored rock formations. Visit giant sand dunes and the the Anazasi Native American cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde N.P. Days 6-9: Durango  Grand Junction  Moab / Arches N.P.  Salt Lake City  Jackson You've got a choice of scenic routes, but both lead to the oddly eroded sandstone forms of Arches N.P. Explore Salt Lake City, home of the Mormon religion, and enjoy its spectacular mountain panoramas. Days 10-13: Jackson  Yellowstone N.P.  Cody to Sheridan Passing through the impressive mountain chain of the Grand Tetons you'll come to the incredible Yellowstone National Park, with its hot mud holes, thermal springs, shimmering lakes and geysers like 'Old Faithful’. The scenic byways of ‘Buffalo’ and then ‘Bighorn’ bring you to Shell. Days 14-20: Sheridan - Badlands  Rapid City  Cheyenne  Rocky Mountain N.P.  Denver Visit the presidents at Mt Rushmore N.M., Custer State Park and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Then take an excursion to Badlands N.P. before one last drive of breathtaking views through the Rocky Mountain N.P. to Denver.

Denver  Colorado Springs (71 m)  Alamosa (165 m)  Durango (242 m)  Grand Junction (170 m)  Moab / Arches N.P. (113 m)  Salt Lake City (234 m)  Jackson (304 m)  Yellowstone N.P. (304 m)  Cody (130 m)  Sheridan (150 m)  Rapid City (249 m)  Cheyenne (310 m)  Rocky Mountain N.P. (90 m)  Denver (65 m) Tour Code: STA597

SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS: Accommodation: 17 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way • Up to 2 children under 12 years stay free when sharing with 2 paying adults

St. Louis • Las Vegas • • Grand Canyon N.P Tucumcari • Los Angeles • Flagstaff • • • • Albuquerque Amarillo Holbrook

Springfield • • Tulsa • Oklahoma City

Car rental IS EXTRA

• Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps • All taxes and fees CAR RENTAL FR $41 CHECK OUT PAGE 16

call 800.777.0112 to book

Yellowstone N.P. Sheridan • • • Cody • Jackson

Rapid City •

Cheyenne • • Salt Lake City • Estes Park • Dinosaur NM  • Denver • Moab

• Colorado Springs

• Durango • Alamosa

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Los angeles

Airport Transfer fr $20

STAysimple

STAysimple

1 orbit hostel, hollywood

2 BANANA BUNGALOW, west hollywood

3 BANANA BUNGALOW, hollywood

The Orbit Hostel has a funky, retro feel to it. The restaurant, lounge and television area are all brightly decorated and spacious. All rooms have private facilities, phone, TV and A/C, plus there’s Internet access and a garden/terrace where you can sit back and relax. STA204

This modern hostel has spacious rooms, which all have a private bathroom. Some even have sunny balconies with a beautiful view of the Hollywood Hills. The Tiki Courtyard is perfect for barbeques and dinners, complete with music and palm trees – great for meeting people. STA598

Super hip and funky providing non-stop fun activities like sports competitions, comedy nights and even a karaoke bar. The tiki garden is perfect for sunbathing and there’s a TV, free WiFi and personal lockers. The retro-style dorms come with a bathroom and kitchen. STA599

STAysimple

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$35 DORM $47 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$29 DORM $43 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$31 DORM

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

STAysmart

STAystylish

STAystylish

7 hotel carmel, santa monica

8 kyoto grand, LOS ANGELES

9 the crescent, beverly hills

Elegance, beauty, and enjoyment sum up this hotel, which has been completely renovated in a way that has lovingly preserved the old world resort charm of Santa Monica. Some rooms have an ocean view and the staff are warm, friendly and multi-lingual. STA604

The chic Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens blends Asian-fusion style with contemporary elegance. It offers complimentary shuttle transportation to Los Angeles attractions, delicious restaurants and a serene rooftop garden that overlooks the stunning Los Angeles skyline. STA601

This elegant hideaway, housed within an original art deco building, offers peaceful, minimalist design rooms. Sip a cocktail at the Zebra Wood Bar or relax fireside under the palms. Enjoy the spa services, complimentary WiFi, flat screen TVs and iPods outfitted with custom playlists. STA602

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$197 single $98 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$128 SINGLE $64 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$244 SINGLE $112 TWIN/DOUBLE

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 22km 

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4 the cecil hotel, LOS ANGELES

5 Stay Hotel, LOS ANGELES

6 Hacienda, LOS ANGELES

The Cecil provides comfort, style and a little luxury for those who'd rather save their pennies for sightseeing. Chat with the friendly staff, use the free Internet and check out the BBQ and table tennis. Rooms have everything you need with private or shared facilities. STA200

Perfect for saving pennies, while getting a little more luxury than typical hostels. Dorms come with a radio, bathroom, ceiling fan, telephone and TV while private rooms have loads of gizmos including iPod compatible clock radios. Internet access and WiFi are also available. STA203

This comfortable hotel offers complimentary airport transfers and transport to shopping, restaurants and theaters. Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and whirlpool or use the fitness center before heading to the bar, which kicks off with music and dancing. STA202

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$64 SINGLE $32 TWIN

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$50 DORM $37 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$106 SINGLE $53 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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STAystylish

STAystylish

10 crowne plaza, beverly hills

11 Grafton On Sunset, west hollywood

12 belamar hotel, manhattAn beach

Superb service is the number one priority here. Make use of the 24-hour gym and the heated outdoor pool, sink into one of the fine leather lounges in the lobby bar or enjoy a tasty cocktail on the terrace. Sleep well with plush duvets and mountains of big, fluffy pillows. STA603

Arouse your senses at this sleek, modern hotel. Relax by the Mediterranean garden and salt water pool or enjoy the seductive lounge and restaurant – renowned for its exquisite cuisine. The spacious guest rooms have luxury amenities to ease guests into a blissful state of mind. STA600

Sizzle in style at this chic boutique hotel ensconced in the hip L.A. enclave of Manhattan Beach. This modern oasis has glam décor, a funky vibe and unique style without pretence or attitude. Calm your soul in the Sunset Garden or soak in the outdoor pool and jacuzzi. STA605

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$226 single $113 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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$231 SINGLE $116 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

fr fr

$151 SINGLE $76 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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september - october, 2011 L.A. Country Fair

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los angeles to the california coast grand canyon 3 Days, $455 fr

4 Days, fr $601

los angeles

Start & Finish: los angeles • Hike the spectacular South Rim Trail at the Grand Canyon • Bond around a campfire in the desert • Tour Las Vegas in a limousine and party on the Strip Tour Hollywood’s highlights then head across the vast Mojave Desert to the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. On Day 2 continue to the Grand Canyon where you can hike the spectacular South Rim Trail. Bond with a hearty BBQ around a campfire. Take an optional helicopter flight over the canyon on Day 3, then hit Route 66, stopping for a snap of Hoover Dam. Jump into a limousine for an included tour of Vegas and a big night on the town! Hit the outlet malls before returning to L.A., via Peggy Sue’s 50's Diner for lunch. Accommodation: Camping (2nts), hotel (1nt) Transport: Private van Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Tour Code: TRXLA

san francisco

• Laze on the beach in beautiful Santa Barbara • Take in the spectacular views from Highway 1 • Explore the towns of Monterey and Santa Cruz along the way Cruise one of the most scenic coastlines with quaint towns, surfer beaches, rugged cliff tops and crashing surf. First stop is Santa Barbara where you can enjoy some beach time. Continuing up Highway 1 on Day 2, take in the spectacular vistas and watch out for the wildlife - sea lions, birds and whales. Take time to explore remote beaches and stroll through the famous fishing town of Monterey. Day 3 heads through the fertile Salinas Valley stop to pick up fresh Californian produce. Enjoy an afternoon stop at Santa Cruz, a fun and funky beach town before rolling into San Francisco. Accommodation: Twin share hotel (2nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals: 1 Lunch Please note: An upgrade to STAysmart is available - ask a consultant for details Tour Code: SUSSAP

city of angels & three cities & the zoroaster temple valley of death 4 Days, fr $928 los angeles

3 Days, fr $764

las vegas

los angeles

san Francisco

• Enjoy a guided tour of the incredible Grand Canyon • Take an off-road tour with a Navajo guide in Monument Valley • Marvel at the weird shapes and stunning colors of Bryce Canyon

• Feel the heat of Death Valley en route to Mammoth Lakes • Marvel at towering El Capitan and Yosemite Falls • Enjoy city views as you cross the Bay Bridge to San Francisco

After a night in fabulous Las Vegas, you'll stop to admire Hoover Dam and enjoy a guided tour of the Grand Canyon. Traveling through the Navajo Reservation to Lake Powell, take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend or a trip on the Colorado River. At Monument Valley go on an off-road tour with a Navajo guide. On the final day tour Antelope Canyon, marvel at the shapes and colors in Bryce Canyon and drive through Zion N.P. to Las Vegas.

After a night out on the Vegas 'Strip', on Day 2 you'll head into Death Valley, the lowest, hottest and driest part of North America. Visit Badwater and pass Mt Whitney en route to Mammoth Lakes. After an early start, enter Yosemite via the less-visited east entrance on the Tioga Pass. Towering El Capitan and Yosemite Falls are highlights of this stunning scenery. Heading on to San Francisco, take in the city views as you cross the Bay Bridge.

Accommodation: Hotels (3nts) Transport: Private van Meals: No meals included Tour Code: STABUN1

Accommodation: Hotels (2nts) Transport: Private van Meals: No meals included Tour Code: STABUN2

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La Confidential 3 DAYS,

fr

$207

2 nights accommodation and return airport transfer • Stars and Bars tour • Hollywood Walk of Fame City Pass Make sure you make the most of your time in L.A. with this awesome package. Though it's a truly fantastic place it can sometimes get a little mad so being pre-organized is a must. You'll be picked up from the airport and safely transported to your accommodation. Choose from our STAysimple Orbit Hostel, STAysmart Stay Hotel or STAystylish The Crescent.

Hollywood Walk of Fame city pass fr $69

Lose the ticket lines and take free admission to the top attractions in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Each ticket is valid for one use within 30 days, so hop on a movie star home tour, check out the Kodak Theater and absorb the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. Then choose from the Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building or a Hollywood Behind the Scenes Tour. STA206

disneyland full Day fr $95 Want to hang out with all your favorite Disney characters at Walt Disney's original theme park? Then grab this multi-day admission pass to the Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park. Purchase from two to five 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. STA607

So all there is to do is decided between STAysimple, STAysmart and STAystylish. If you want to extend your stay in this amazing city then extra nights are available with this package - just ask a travel experts for details. STAysimple - FR $207 STAysmart - FR $209 STAystylish - FR $251

stars and bars half Day fr $64 Tour the famous and infamous L.A. 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 décor and even an occasional 45rpm juke box. A great way to explore L.A.’s past, mix with the locals and maybe even spot a superstar! STA282

L.a. getaway

universal studios hollywood

full Day fr $106 Visit Mann’s Chinese Theater, stroll along the Walk of Fame and see the Kodak Theater with the famous Hollywood sign backdrop. Enjoy the tantalizing food stalls of the Farmer's Market before heading to exclusive Rodeo Drive for some window shopping. Cruise past the homes of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills and finish up with a walk and cycle along the Venice canals and quirky, colorful Venice Beach. STA283

full Day fr $87 Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience! Thrilling theme park rides put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies and TV series. A legendary Studio Tour will explore where Hollywood movies are made and take you onto the largest movie set street expansion in Hollywood history. Feautring King Kong 360 3-D, created by Peter Jackson, the world’s largest, most intense 3-D experience. STA606

hollywood movie star experience full Day fr $101 Triple your chance of seeing a movie star by touring their work, homes and hotspots. Who will be working on a movie or commercial during your tour of the Sony Pictures Studios? Who can you spot at home in Beverly Hills? And finally round off your day with visits to famous landmarks such as the Kodak Theater, the Walk of Fame and of course the Hollywood sign. STA608

call 800.777.0112 to book

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Speed things up by losing the ticket lines and gaining free entry to the top attractions with the Hollywood Walk of Fame City Pass. Check out everything from the famous Kodak Theater to a Hollywood Behind the Scenes Tour.

Also included is our fabulous Stars and Bars tour - spend the evening being guided around L.A.'s bars - some of which have been featured in top Hollywood movies. If you are fanatical about film this tour is a perfect way to combine learning about the movies you love while enjoying your favorite cocktail. It's a great way to experience L.A.'s past and make friends with the locals.


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california coast

STAysimple

STAysmart

STAystylish

usa hostels, san diego

handlery hotel, san diego

hilton, san diego

Surrounded by the coolest bars and clubs, in the exciting Gaslamp Quarter. All room rates include bed linen, in-room lockers for each dorm room guest, all-you-can-make pancakes every morning, and free coffee and tea all day. They also lead a free pub crawl each Wednesday! STA609

The hotel boasts 217 rooms, some of which are poolside or with views of the beautifully landscaped grounds. The hotel is ideally located, just minutes from all the great attractions – and after an action packed day relax with a dip in the pool or a drink in the lounge. STA610

Located right on San Diego's famous Mission Bay - a romantic paradise of palms and perfect sandy bayfronts, this retreat is complete with an allnew spa and beautifully refreshed guestrooms. From championship tennis courts and waterfront fine dining - it's simply luxurious. STA611

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$37 DORM

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$148 single $74 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

go san diego card

seaworld san diego

full Day fr $50 This great card is an all access attraction pass – it gets you in to each and every one of the 50 included parks, museums, and tours. Choose from 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 day cards to visit top attractions on consecutive days. The San Diego Zoo, a whale watch cruise and Kodak Theater tour are just some of the options. Plus free multi-day admission to SeaWorld San Diego exclusively with the 3, 5 and 7 day cards. STA615

full Day fr $87 The highlight of SeaWorld has to be the sensational Shamu shows – they create an incredible set from the killer whale behaviors. But there is so much more – 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. Plus you could have the chance to have a dolphin encounter or swim with dolphins or Beluga Whales. STA616

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$196 single $98 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Destinations san diego Beach living, action sports (home of the legend Tony Hawk), SeaWorld and the world famous San Diego Zoo!

SAN FRANCISCO

santa barbara Great food, great shopping, great culture, miles of beautiful sandy beach, fabulous wine and an abundance of festivals and concerts.

MONTEREY

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CARMEL

SANTA BARBARA

monterey county Hillside vineyards, Big Sur's redwood groves, Highway 1, Monterey Bay Aquarium and crashing surf breaks.

LOS ANGELES

SAN DIEGO

STAysimple

STAysmart

STAysmart

inn by the harbor, santa barbara

BW pepper tree inn, santa barbara

bW beachside inn, santa barbara

This enchanting resort escape is nestled among tropical gardens. The rooms have Mediterranean style furnishings and many feature full kitchens. Relax by the outdoor heated swimming pool or in the enclosed sundeck courtyard and mingle at the afternoon wine and cheese reception. STA61

Nestled on five acres of tropical gardens, this is a luxurious, Spanish-inspired resort hotel. The hotel offers two heated tile pools, two whirlpools, an exercise room, sauna and massage facilities. The spacious, well-appointed guest rooms feature private decks or balconies. STA613

Check-in and relax on your private patio or on one of the open sun decks. Unwind! The rooms all feature cable TV, coffee making facilities and high speed Internet access. From your hotel balcony you are afforded an uninterrupted panorama of palms, sea and sand. STA614

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$180 single $90 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$182 single $91 TWIN/DOUBLE

fr fr

$154 single $77 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

STAysmart

STAystylish

carmel mission inn, carmel

casa munrAs, monterey

Cozy, yet spacious rooms are available to fit all your lodging needs, featuring a host of generous amenities - indulgent massage services, a heated pool and room service, to the touches of home that include luxury bath amenities, a refrigerator and in-room coffeemaker. STA617

Located in the old town, this hacienda-inspired hotel is true to its Spanish heritage and embraces its outdoor spaces - take a dip in the pool, a stroll in the gardens or a seat on the patio. Each guest room provides the perfect retreat from the bay breeze. STA618

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$175 single $87 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

call 800.777.0112 to book

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$143 single $72 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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carmel European charm, beautiful white-sand beach, performing arts and hundreds of shops, art galleries and great restaurants.


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san francisco

Airport Transfer fr $20

STAysimple

STAysimple

STAysimple

1 USA Hostels

2 european hostel

3 mithila

‘All-you-can-make’ pancakes every morning? Good enough to book now? Well we haven’t even mentioned the large lounge with billiards and foosball tables, free WiFi, and Thursday night pub crawl, which is a great way to meet fellow travelers. STA207

The entire property has just been renovated to offer sunlit hallways, a full service kitchen and free WiFi and computer use. For those looking to have a good time and meet other backpackers, you can enjoy the bar area and rooftop balcony, from which you can see the whole city. STA619

This intimate downtown hotel is not only perfectly located, but has everything to keep you contented. It offers guests a relaxing stay in clean, cosy rooms which all include a private bathroom, colour TV, free WiFi, telephone, hairdryer and iron. STA208

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$34 DORM $48 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$22 DORM

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$70 single $39 DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

STAysmart

STAystylish

STAystylish

7 tuscan inn

8 Triton

9 cova hotel

Inspired by the elegance and warmth of an Italian countryside villa, this unique San Francisco hotel offers the amenities only expected from the best of boutique hotels. Relish the nightly fireside wine reception, luxurious rooms and spacious marble bathrooms. STA622

Dynamic Hotel Triton is hip and eco-friendly, inspired by fun, style and creativity! Feast your eyes on the modern and contemporary art and indulge your taste buds at the leading French bistro or wine bar. Each room has fantastic city views or calming courtyard vistas. STA623

This modern, contemporary hotel has all the basics covered and a whole lot more. All the rooms have modern furniture, spacious bathrooms, French balconies, plasma TVs, and WiFi! Plus there is a complimentary daily shuttle to Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. STA282

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$167 single $83 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$156 single $78 DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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$137 single $68 TWIN/DOUBLE

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ALCATRAZ ISLAND

 GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT: 20km 

february 3 - 20, 2011 Chinese New Year festival & Parade

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Check into this Mediterranean-style hotel and soak up the sun in the heated outdoor pool or in the sauna. Colorful rooms combine original artwork, rich fabrics, and comfortable furnishings. Munch in the restaurant, use the WiFi and relax in the lounge. STA216

This hotel is super smart and boasts lovely Victorian architecture. Sleek and elegant with contemporary rooms, it's even home to a state of the art recording studio. Choose from en suite or shared bathroom facilities. Little extras like CD players and robes will complete your stay. STA210

The freshest, most innovative boutique hotel in the city fuses contemporary and classic San Francisco - beautiful brick walls and mosaic murals – all in keeping with its Art Deco history. Enjoy the complimentary evening wine reception at this sophisticated and yet casual hotel. STA621

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A hotel with a conscience - décor at this stylish eco-friendly hotel features reclaimed and recycled construction materials. It’s still got lots of amenities including flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. There's an awesome pizzeria on-site and a heated outdoor pool across the street. STA212

The Serrano embodies the spirit of San Francisco with it's beautifully restored Spanish revival building complete with plush furnishings, original high ceilings and exotic Spanish and Moroccan accents. Indulge your taste buds with the Asian fusion restaurant. STA624

Housed in a historic warehouse, many of the spacious guestrooms boast unobstructed breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay and the city skyline. Enjoy the comfort and unique nautical decor of each guestroom, the hosted evening wine hour and complimentary WiFi. STA625

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full Day fr $105 Ride a historic street car into the Mission District to visit San Francisco’s first European settlement. Take a cable car through the financial district and explore Chinatown’s historic Portsmouth Square, local markets and a fortune cookie factory. Enjoy a delicious, included dim sum lunch. Walk to North Beach to visit City Lights Book Store and Washington Square then take a bay cruise from Fisherman’s Wharf. STA215

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This is a no-brainer if you intend to do any sightseeing in this fantastic city. You’ll have nine days to work your way around seven attractions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Arts Museum, the California Academy of Sciences and a cruise around the beautiful Bay. It also includes a seven-day passport for the otherwise expensive cable cars. Get the pass, skip the lines and enjoy huge discounts! STA213

half Day fr $43 Watch a Pacific sunset after completing a brilliant walk from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Cliff House Restaurant. You’ll be guided along spectacular coastline with a fantastic combination of urban and remote experiences. Walk rugged cliffs and beaches known only by the locals. Marvel at San Fran’s architecture, soak in its history and discover sea life, diverse fauna and great bird watching. STA214

san francisco freestyle

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This ultimate package combines the most comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city and a choice of three popular tours and attractions. Four diverse sightseeing loops allow you to see downtown San Fran, charming Sausalito, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy an evening tour of the vibrant neighborhoods. Then choose three of eight attractions – perhaps Muir Woods, a Bay cruise and the aquarium. STA626

Tour infamous Alcatraz with an award winning, self-guided audio tour of the prison cellblock. The price includes a return ferry to the island, where you can stay as long as you like and 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. They are for a specific date and time and cannot be transferred. STA627

half Day fr $20 Discover the city from the water with three different cruise options. Sail under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz by day, or enjoy an amazing sunset, appetizers and live entertainment on an evening cruise. Take the Explorer cruise to discover the city’s natural history, architecture and Native American culture, while cruising under the Bay Bridge, around Treasure Island and past Alcatraz. STA628

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Nestled in the heart of Golden Gate Park, two and a half acres of native plants camouflage an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest. Simply experience the Academy's world-class exhibits or pay a bit extra to go behind the scenes! On Thursdays it's Nightlife - enjoy an evening of music, science, entertainment and cocktails. STA629

half Day fr $49 Enjoy the freedom of this self-guided bike ride with spectacular views from the Bay Trail and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don’t panic about San Francisco’s hills – this is an easy ride. Descend through East Fort Baker along the North Bay coastline to Sausalito, a Mediterranean-style village with hillside homes, beautiful city views, chic cafés and shops. Then return on a relaxing ferry boat ride to San Francisco. STA216

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65 Day 1: san francisco / lake tahoe Depart San Francisco early in the morning and arrive at Lake Tahoe in the early afternoon with enough time to hike, swim, rent bikes or just relax along the lake. A sailing cruise across the clear blue waters is optional. The evening is spent at a camp near the lake. (Please note: In the event the Tioga Pass is closed, the tour will spend two nights in Yosemite).

yosemite & tahoe 3 days, fr $365 start & finish: san francisco

Day 2: yosemite national park More hiking, swimming and biking in Yosemite National Park. Explore the majestic beauty of Yosemite Valley’s granite peaks and thundering waterfalls. Camp among scented pines and breathe the mountain air. View impressive Giant Sequoias, some of the tallest of trees and many of them more than one thousand years old. (B, L)

• Enjoy the clear blue water of Lake Tahoe • Explore Yosemite's granite peaks and thundering waterfalls • Hike, bike and swim in the fresh country air

Accommodation: Camping (2nts), use of equipment and sleeping bag included Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals: 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch. Please note: An upgrade to STAysmart is available - ask a travel expert for details Tour Code: SUSABS

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START AND FINISH: SAN FRANCISCO

• Explore Muir Woods with its towering Redwood trees • 3 winery visits and a unique winery cave tour • Marvel at the world famous view of the Golden Gate Bridge

• Enjoy the stunning scenery of Yosemite National Park • Marvel at El Capitan, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls • Hike through a forest of towering Giant Sequoia trees

Don't miss a trip to the California Wine Country while staying in the city - it's only a short drive away. You'll spend the morning beneath the spectacular Redwood Sequoia trees at Muir Woods before relaxing in the afternoon while being introduced to the California Wine Country. You'll visit three small boutique Sonoma wineries. Included at one of them is a unique cave tour where you'll learn how the wines are aged and see an underground wine cellar first-hand. You'll top off a great day with a photo stop high above the water, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean with an amazing view of the San Francisco Bay, the city, the Bay Bridge, the East Bay Hills and Alcatraz. Perfect! STA630

This tour is a great way to get the most out of your time in Yosemite. An early start means that both Yosemite Valley and the Giant Sequoias can be covered and you can spend more time in the park than any other one day Yosemite tour available. In the Yosemite Valley you'll stop to see El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View), and Yosemite Village. Unlike on most tours, in the afternoon you'll drive to a higher altitude, to a less visited part of Yosemite National Park, for a chance to hike in the evergreen forest and see the Giant Sequoia trees, the world's largest living trees. Driving back through great scenery and enjoy the sunset as you approach San Francisco's city lights. STA631

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Day 3: yosemite national park / san francisco Head back to San Francisco with a stop at an old growth grove of redwoods. Arrive back in San Francisco late afternoon. (B, L)


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Save your money for the casinos and bag a bed in this brilliant hostel. Start your day with an allyou-can-eat pancake breakfast, then have a lazy day in the pool and hot tub. Go for a dorm or opt for a double, which also includes an en suite and TV. Oh, and Sunday night is BBQ night. STA217

Living up to its name, the hotel boasts three world-famous circus acts: performing acrobatics, magic and juggling. The indoor theme park, shopping promenade, three large casinos and a pool should keep you busy. And there’s always the wedding chapel if you get a little bored! STA220

Get a taste of Egypt the extravagant Las Vegas way! Check out the pharaoh style rooms and the Giza Galleria. Try your luck in the casino, relax in one of the five swimming pools, sauna or Jacuzzi, feel decadent at the cocktail bar and enjoy a delicious meal at one of nine restaurants. STA219

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Sample one of fourteen different restaurants, soak up the Nevada sun in the Garden of the Gods Oasis, with six different pools, or relax in the spa and Roman baths. That’s all before you’ve hit the enormous casino of this hotel with its dramatic décor. STA634

The Tower offers the ultimate in elegance and comfort while the west wing is a modern alternative of sleek, stylish accommodations. The hotel boasts five shimmering pools, awardwinning restaurants, exquisite cocktail bars and unrivalled entertainment. STA635

This ultra-glamorous spot epitomizes Las Vegas. Real movie memorabilia is scattered throughout the rooms and high-tech necessities create an atmosphere of excitement, luxury and fame. Enjoy everything from red carpet movie premieres to hip bars and chic lounges. STA218

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Paris Las Vegas captures all the intricate details of Paris, right down to the cobblestone sidewalks and half-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy the stylish, spacious, beautifully appointed rooms, enormous rooftop pool and luxurious spa. STA632

The rooms are rated 'Best-in-Class' and the tropically landscaped pool area was named best in Vegas. The hotel is home to Nikki Beach Las Vegas - the world's hottest beach club with swim up blackjack. You won't be bored by the range of restaurants and entertainment. STA633

The inspiration for Ocean’s 11 and the most famous hotel in town - there’s more to this opulent hotel than the dazzling water fountain. Experience the classy casino, five outdoor pools, world class shopping, amazing restaurants and possibly the wedding chapel. STA221

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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. STA222

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 there are three distinct pools, all with panoramic views of the skyline. Treat yourself in the Sahra Spa & Hammam, hang out at the day club, dine with world-class chefs and dance all night in the nightclub. STA637

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sunrise balloon flight half day, fr $237 Your hot air balloon ride begins when you meet your pilot and crew about half an hour before sunrise. After a briefing, you will watch with awe as your balloon takes shape before your eyes, ultimately standing more than 10 stories tall. Once fully inflated and ready for take off, you'll climb into the gondola and begin the adventure of a lifetime.

3 days, fr $485 start & finish: las vegas • Experience the towering sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park • View the second largest man-made lake in the U.S. at Lake Powell • Be awed by the most majestic of canyons, the Grand Canyon

During your flight, you will get a spectacular bird's-eye view of the gorgeous Red Rock Mountains and the famous Las Vegas Strip. You will drift silently, at about 1,000ft, over the city and countryside where you can watch for wildlife and envious onlookers down below. After drifting serenely for approximately an hour, you’ll prepare for landing.

Take various hikes through Zion National Park to explore its towering sandstone cliffs. On Day 2 continue to Lake Powell, the second largest man-made reservoir in the U.S. At the Grand Canyon, marvel at the magnificent colors and geology of this world wonder and take an optional helicopter ride. Return to Las Vegas on Day 3 via the iconic Route 66.

Once on the ground, you’ll share in the oldest of ballooning traditions, a champagne toast and revel in the peace, tranquility and beauty that you never before knew existed. STA799

Accommodation: Twin share hotel (2nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Please note: An upgrade to STAysmart is available - ask a travel expert for details Tour Code: SUSAPN

Grand Canyon & more

circle of canyons 2 Days, fr $99

3 Days, fr $547

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start & finish: las vegas • Guided tour of the spectacular Grand Canyon • Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon • Tours of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park

• Guided tour of the incredible Grand Canyon • Off-road tour at Antelope Canyon with a Navajo guide • Weird and colorful Bryce Canyon

First up, the Grand Canyon - take a helicopter ride through the deepest and widest parts. At Lake Powell hike up to Horseshoe Bend for spectacular views of the Colorado River and take an optional float trip. Both your tour of Monument Valley and striking Antelope Canyon are conducted by a local Navajo guide. Admire Bryce Canyon's colorful hues and take a horseback or ATV ride. Lastly, enjoy the striking rock formations of Zion.

From Las Vegas you’ll head to the iconic Grand Canyon (via the Hoover Dam) where you’ll enjoy an eye opening tour. Arrive later into the little town of Page and opt for an awesome hike to Horseshoe Bend for an incredible view of the Colorado River. The next day you’ll head out in an off-road vehicle with a Navajo guide for a tour of Antelope Canyon - one of the most striking canyons known to man. You’ll head back to Las Vegas with stops at Lake Powell, weird and colorful Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Take a last look at the stark, desolate, yet eerily beautiful scenery.

Accommodation: Hotel (1nt) - normally within park, but subject to availability Transport: Private van Tour Code: STABUN3

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full Day, fr $305 Departing from Las Vegas, this mini-coach and helicopter adventure includes a stop and presentation at Hoover Dam and a trip through an ancient Joshua Tree forest - your guide will know the watering and feeding routes of the herds of wild mustang horses, so keep your eyes peeled! At the historic Grand Canyon Ranch you'll enjoy a Western-style lunch, a horse-drawn wagon ride, cowboy entertainment, a photo shoot at the Western Town and a spectacular helicopter flight 'above and below' the rim of the Grand Canyon. There's even the option to do a horseback ride. STA640

Ultimate Las Vegas $247 Experience the spectacular Las Vegas 'Strip' by luxury helicopter combined with the ultimate Las Vegas dinner at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Pre-flight champagne, a three-course dinner and guest list access makes this the ultimate night out in Las Vegas! STA643

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$106 This is the ultimate Las Vegas Strip tour. Enjoy a glass of champagne before you board your luxurious A-Star jet helicopter and rise above the City of Lights, to see spectacular views of the dazzling Las Vegas Strip! Cruise past famous landmarks such as the Bellagio and Luxor Pyramid. STA641

overnight, fr $355 Departing from Las Vegas, your Grand Canyon journey by ground and helicopter begins as you are driven across Hoover Dam and through the Joshua Tree Forest to historic Grand Canyon Ranch. Check into your authentic Native American Tipi and jump on an optional horse-back ride. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner, live entertainment and campfire songs under the stars. After breakfast board your luxurious A-Star jet helicopter for a spectacular and exclusive flight below the rim of the Grand Canyon. Your flight concludes with a 'cruise' down the Las Vegas Strip. STA642

Grand Canyon Expedition

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full Day, fr $423 This tour combines both the Black Canyon and the Grand Canyon. After soaring over beautiful Lake Mead, the mighty Hoover Dam and the magnificent Grand Canyon, your helicopter will touch down in historical Boulder City. You’ll board a raft at the base of Hoover Dam and experience an awe-inspiring rafting ride for around three hours through the dramatic Black Canyon. It’s a journey into a world few people have seen. With a free limo hotel transfer back to your hotel to cap it off, how can you resist this epic tour of thrills and spills? STA223

full Day, fr $252 Jump on board your custom Tour Trekker from Las Vegas and head through the Mojave Desert along historic Route 66. Your guide will narrate through the beautiful mountains and ponderosa pine forests of the Coconino Plateau en route to the Grand Canyon. At the South Rim, you’ll enjoy a guided tour and a scrumptious lunch at a restaurant on the rim. Spend the afternoon at various Rim Trail viewing areas for stunning panoramic views of the widest and deepest parts of the Grand Canyon. STA638

Picnic Tour

full Day, fr $369 From Las Vegas, travel in a custom 4WD vehicle across the vast Mojave Desert to the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and a Joshua Tree forest before entering Grand Canyon West. The adventure continues with an exhilarating helicopter flight from the rim, soaring 4,000ft down into the canyon where you'll get onboard for a picturesque pontoon boat trip on the mighty Colorado River. Then go on the amazing Skywalk, a glass and steel walkway that extends 70ft beyond the rim and nearly 4,000ft above the canyon floor, before heading back to Las Vegas. STA639

Las Vegas Apollo Night 'Strip' Flight

half Day, fr $368 Sounds like a dream. A limousine will pick you up from your hotel and take you to your helicopter for a flight deep inside the famous Grand Canyon where you'll enjoy a lovely champagne picnic 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. STA225

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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. 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 March through 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 or Salt Lake City. Either buy individual tickets for each leg of your trip or purchase a hop-on hop-off ticket

for greater flexibility – allowing you virtually unlimited travel for a certain period of time. Please note that there are some restrictions and conditions – please 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. TRANSPORT Bundu Bus offer an intimate service, generally using personal, small group, comfortable vehicles for up to 13 guests. DRIVER GUIDES Many routes 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 park themselves.

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 $331 7 days $458 14 days $605 One month $762 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. ROUTING (OR VICE VERSA ) PRICE Los Angeles to Las Vegas fr $46 Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon fr $85 Las Vegas to Death Valley fr $55 San Francisco to Yosemite fr $108 Salt Lake City to Yellowstone fr $97 Las Vegas to Zion fr $63 Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon fr $96 Bryce Canyon to Lake Powell/Page fr $61 Bryce Canyon to Salt Lake City fr $105 Bryce Canyon to Zion fr $35 Death Valley to Yosemite fr $138 Lake Powell/Page to The Grand Canyon fr $54 Lake Powell/Page to Monument Valley fr $49 Lake Powell/Page to Zion fr $48 Las Vegas to Zion fr $63 Phoenix to The Grand Canyon fr $126

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recommended Minimum travel time: 5 days Los Angeles San francisco (or vice versa)

HIGHLIGHTS • Tour the Grand Canyon South Rim and be mesmerised with views from the Desert View Watchtower • Shop for Indian jewellery at the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Indian reservation • Scenic drive through the Grand Staircase Escalante N.M. • Tour through Zion National Park • Breathtaking Bryce Canyon

HIGHLIGHTS • Fabulous Las Vegas • Stand 200ft below sea level in Death Valley! • Experience the hottest, lowest and driest place in North America • Explore the towering rock faces, plunging waterfalls and incredible beauty of Yosemite National Park Accommodated version available FR $306

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES • Grand Canyon helicopter flight • Hike to Horseshoe Bend, high above the Colorado River • Stay longer in Page and go on an off-road Monument Valley tour with a Navajo Indian • Float trip along the Colorado River • Navajo led off-road tour at Antelope Canyon • ATV riding at Bryce Canyon Accommodated version available FR $268

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HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Yellowstone, one of the most amazing places on earth (entry to the park included) • Check out geysers, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles • Day tour of Yellowstone’s upper loop • Day tour of Yellowstone’s lower loop • See legendary Old Faithful erupting • Visit Salt Lake City and tour Temple Square • Visit to Bryce Canyon • Visit to Zion National Park OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES • Horseride over the Continental Divide Accommodated version available FR $523

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• Salt Lake City Bryce Canyon • St George • • Zion Las Vegas

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national parks ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Arches, as the name implies, is a wonderland of more than 2,000 natural, red sandstone arches, including the iconic Delicate Arch. They frame this area's amazing beauty and stand as monuments to geologic history a million years in the making. A 18 mile paved loop road introduces visitors to a brilliantly-coloured landscape filled with pinnacles, outcrops, faults and fossils. Many trails take hikers through eroded canyons, under soaring arches and around windows of stone. BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK Bryce's original inhabitants, the Paiutes, believed that the rock figures were people turned to stone by angry gods. Rose-colored spires, fins and mazes will haunt your imagination and beckon you to explore them more closely. Hiking and horse back trails wind through the park, both along the rim and down among the towering rock formations called 'hoodoos'. A shuttle system, from late May until mid-September, connects all major amphitheatres along the western rim. Private vehicles are also allowed. CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK This sprawling national park is comprised of countless canyons, mesas and buttes seperated into three districts - Island in the Sky, the Needles and the Maze. Island in the Sky has many hiking trails and amazing scenice viewpoints, with Grand View Point offering a 360 degree panoramic view of the deep canyons below. The Needles District offers a very different beauty with remote loop hikes to spectacular red rock gardens. Off-road vehicles and bikes are permitted on the 100 mile White Rim Trail. The remote Maze District is Canyonlands' most jumbled stone playground, requiring backcountry use permits year-round.

ZION NATIONAL PARK Zion National Park is a spectacular sanctuary of towering mountains, sandstone cliffs, narrowslot canyons, soaring arches and waterfalls that create a setting of unparalleled beauty. It's without question a photographer's dream. Trails for hikers of all abilities allow exploration of the main canyon, with its emerald pools and wooded valley, and into the park's upper reaches of sandstone and open desert. A multi-passenger shuttle is the only motorized transportation allowed in the main canyon from April until the end of November. MONUMENT VALLEY NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK Perhaps the most photographed landscape in America, this valley of monoliths and buttes has been a favorite Hollywood backdrop for 80 years. Still a traditional Navajo homeland, the valley is now accessible by private vehicle and guided tours on entry-limited road. While no backcountry hiking or biking is allowed, horseback tours are available. GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Designated as a World Heritage Site, the Grand Canyon is an inspiring landscape. It is one of the most studied geological landscapes in the world and you will be overwhelmed by its immense size; 446 rivers miles long, up to 18 miles wide, 1 mile deep and encompassing 1,218,375 acres. The South Rim is open all year and is the most visited area. The Visitor Centr is located here and a free shuttle bus connects this with many, but not all, other areas of the South Rim. Experience the ever-changing canyon by taking a peaceful walk along the Rim Trail. The North Rim is more remote with less development. Because of its higher elevation, 1.5 miles, its facilities are only open from Mid-May to Mid-October. The West Rim does not fall within the National Park, but a number of tours visit here as it is the closest scencic Grand Canyon Rim to Las Vegas.

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YELLOWSTONE Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including Grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park is Old Faithful, a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Yellowstone is open every day of the year. Most entrances (except the North and North East entrances) close in November while roads are being prepared for the winter season and again in the late March and early April months to clear the roads for the summer season. Interior park roads are only open to over-snow vehicles during the winter season. NATIONAL PARKS PASS The national parks pass is a great option if you're planning on visiting a few parks throughout your trip. You can 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. EXPLORE THE PARKS However you decide to travel you can explore the national parks with ease. • • • • •

Hop-on and hop-off at your leisure with the Bundu Bus: see page 70. Hire a campervan with Cruise America: see page 20. Take a short tour or day trip from Las Vegas: see page 68. Jump in a car and self-drive: see page 54. Get all the inside knowledge of the national parks on an adventure tour: see pages 22-52.


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MOAB

UTAH COLORADO

LAS VEGAS

march 12 - 14, 2011 Zion flute and drum festival

BRYCE

ZION N.P.

MONUMENT VALLEY

mid march, 2011 Rodeo of Rodeos, phoenix

January 20 - 30, 2011 Sundance film festival

GRAND CANYON N.P.

LAS VEGAS

NEW MEXICO

may 28 - 29, 2011 Annual Moab Arts Festival september 1 - 12, 2011 Moab Music Festival

CALIFORNIA

SCOTTSDALE/PHEONIX

september 20 - 23, 2011 26 Mile Adventure Race, Grand Canyon Marathon

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Hospitality Suites, scottsdale

FireSky resort, scottsdale

State-of-the-art loft-inspired design meets Southwest spirit at Aloft Phoenix Airport. Grab a snack from re:fuel, the 24/7 pantry, meet and mingle with friends at the wxyz bar and play in our re:mix lounge. Plus stay connected with complimentary WiFi. STA644

Meet up with fellow guests over complimentary cocktails during happy hour every afternoon or if you're tired after hiking, soothe those muscles in one of the three outdoor pools or hot tub. Feeling more virtuous? Play a game of tennis or catch up with the family on WiFi. STA645

This elegant hotel is an oasis of personalized service and stunning surroundings. Sun yourself in one of the two luxurious pools, and relax in the hot tub before heading to the spa for a rejuvenating treatment. Feast on delicious Italian food in the hotel's renowned restaurant. STA646

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$83 single $42 dOUBLE

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Holiday Inn, grand canyon

Maswik Lodge, grand canyon

BW Squire Inn, Tusayan

Get ready for the Grand Canyon at this homely Holiday Inn. Check in with your friends on the Internet, limber up for a day of sightseeing in the beautiful pool or indulge yourself in the whirlpool. Refuel at the end of the day at any of the nearby restaurants or burger bars. STA647

A great combination of modern facilities spread throughout the scenic Ponderosa Pine forest and just a short trip to reach the Grand Canyon make this an excellent choice for your stay. Rooms are motel style and American sized. In the summer months go rustic in the woodland cabins. STA648

The warm relaxed ambience of this hotel is the perfect end to a day in the magnificent American Southwest. Rooms are inviting but, with so many activities to choose from in the hotel, you might not spend too much time there! Get sporty in the gym or pool or go bowling in the fun center. STA649

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$91 single $46 dOUBLE

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ARIZONA

april, 2011 Arizona Barbecue Festival, Scottsdale


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BW Greenwell Inn, Moab

BW Ruby's Inn, Bryce

Just minutes to Arches National Park, the Colorado River, and close to Canyonlands National Park, the hotel is the perfect downtown Moab base from which to enjoy the activities available nearby - rafting, mountain biking, ATVs, Jeep Trails, and mountaineering. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and the large lagoon pool is perfect for a refreshing dip. STA650

As the closest lodging to Bryce Canyon National Park and its proximity to other beautiful landmarks, like the Grand Staircase, Ruby's Inn allows visitors to stay near the attractions that they come to see. Knowledgeable staff will tell you the best way to experience the area - whether by bike, foot or horseback. All rooms are comfortable with modern facilities. STA651

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Szechuan Restaurant l rock waterfall l lobby coffee bar outdoor heated pool l spa and fitness centre l guest laundry

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Zion Lodge, Zion National park

Gouldings Lodge, Monument Valley

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 historic cabins with two double beds, full bath, gas log fireplace and a private porch. Motel rooms are also available, some with a king-size bed, full bath and private porch or balcony. STA652

Relax on your own private balcony and savour the spectacular views of Monument Valley, including Eagle Mesa, Stagecoach and King On His Throne, just to name a few. After the sun has set on another perfect day, get cosy in one of the 62 non-smoking rooms. Each room includes the comforts of home: flat screen TVs with DVD and WiFi. STA653

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tanque verde ranch, arizona

grapevine canyon ranch, arizona

1 night stay

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• Riding lessons for all abilities • Early morning rides with trailside breakfast in the foothills • Three exquisite ranch meals per day

• Riding trails into the rugged and serene Dragoon Mountains • Individually matched to a horse for the duration of your stay • Three delicious, hearty meals per day

This is the best known ranch 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. Rates include accommodation, three exquisite ranch meals per day and all regular scheduled ranch activities.

This small, family-operated ranch is set in the heart of Apache country about an hour and a half outside of Tucson near the community of Tombstone - the real southwest! It’s an authentic and intimate working cattle and guest ranch, known for its riding for all skill levels, with trails to the nearby, rugged and serene Dragoon Mountains and to abandoned ghost towns.

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 over 60, 000 acres of pristine natural beauty to explore, there are plenty of desert horse riding experiences to be had. Take an early morning breakfast ride into the desert foothills, with the reward of a delicious trailside breakfast. Head off for a leisurely walk ride and enjoy a feast of nature and grand mountain views. Or more experienced riders can go loping – where a whole new horseback view of desert landscape will unfold. Lessons are also available for all abilities. Between rides there are desert hiking trails to explore on foot or mountain bike, tennis courts, fishing, indoor or outdoor pools, a sauna, Jacuzzi and basketball and volleyball courts.

Accommodations are all private, individual cabins or casitas with their own refrigerators, sun decks and porches. Three hearty meals per day are included as well as all ranch activities and riding. On the first day you'll be matched to a horse and from the second day you will be able to head out on the morning ride, or full day ride - getting to know your horse throughout your stay. On some days you can even ride out with the cowboy to check the cattle. Between rides you can go sightseeing, spend lazy hours around the pool or hot tub, go hiking, birdwatching, or watch movies in the video room. In the evenings, enjoy a drink at the Cook Shack bar and discuss your day’s rides over a game of pool, darts or ping pong in the Buffalo Room.

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ohana waikiki west, honolulu

princess kaiulani, honolulu

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. All rooms have A/C, TV, a phone with free local calls, and a private bathroom and full kitchen in each unit. STA285

This hotel is like staying in a little village there’s so much going on. Rooms all come with bathrooms, A/C and TV. Slip into the rooftop pool or lie back on a sundeck with a cocktail from the poolside bar. STA286

Built on Hawaii’s last princess’ former estate this hotel is certainly majestic. Get involved with pineapple carving, hula lessons, lei-making and Hawaiian quilting. Taste some Polynesian culture with the hotel’s nightly poolside shows and enjoy some relaxing 'me time' at the tranquil spa. STA289

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$43 DORM

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$171 SINGLE $86 DOUBLE

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Parc waikiki, honolulu

Moana Surfrider, honolulu

Aston Waikiki beach, honolulu

Combine a bit of chic lifestyle with vacation luxury at this classy hotel studded with rich ebony wood and bold works of art. Check into the lush contemporary rooms, all with A/C and large bathrooms. Then dive into the Parc Blue rooftop pool illuminated under Hawaii’s starlit sky. STA290

This ‘First Lady of Waikiki’ has been offering first class Hawaiian hospitality since 1901. Enjoy a wide selection of activities and dining options, or simply relax by the pool or in Waikiki's first and only beachfront spa. All of the rooms feature their signature beds and flat-screen TVs. STA654

Located on a scenic stretch of Waikiki Beach, thist hotel 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 and occasionally enjoy the sounds of the live bands in the distance on the beach. STA655

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY December through april HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING SEASON

KAUAI NIIHAU

january 20-22, 2011 ALOHA STATE SQUARE & ROUND DANCE FESTIVAL

OAHU

HONOLULU

MOLOKAI LANAI

february 4, 2011 Buffalo's Big Board Classic, surf comp

MAUI

KAHOOLAWE

early march, 2011 HAWAII DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

BIG ISLAND

october 9, 2011 Molokai Hoe outrigger race November - december, 2011 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series

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aqua waikiki wave, honolulu

Outrigger on the Beach, honolulu

Marriott Courtyard, honolulu

An urban oasis, decked out in sleek decor, with tributes to famous Hawaiians. You will always find a personal and intimate service here and rooms have interesting extras like microwaves. Dine on site, slip into the pool and watch the sunset from your balcony. STA287

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 and stretch out on the beach or chill at the beachfront pool and whirlpool during the day. Paradise! STA656

Check-in, then grab a surfboard and head to Waikiki Beach or enjoy a private dip in the saltwater pool. Signature libations await you in this Waikiki Beach hotel's lobby bar, as well as a poolside massage, as palms sway and a tropical waterfall provides a soothing rhythm. STA657

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hawaii five-o 6 Days fr $407

• 5 nights at Aqua Waikiki Wave • Return airport transfers • Kayak adventure and Go Oahu Card Hawaii oozes beauty and tranquility, so why ruin it with having to organize the details of your holiday. Grab this wonderful package to ensure you'll be greeted at the airport by a friendly face and taken to your accommodation at Aqua Waikiki Wave. With five nights here you have plenty of time to take a kayak adventure out into the beautiful waters to explore reefs filled with tropical fish and discover isolated beaches. And take your pick from the many attractions with the Go Oahu Card, before being returned to the airport for your flight. If you'd like to stay longer, just ask your consultant for details. STA659

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Kayak Adventure full Day fr $88 Take a kayak out for a day and explore the beautiful protected reef, turquoise waters filled with endangered sea turtles and sea birds. Find a secluded cove to spend the day swimming, hiking, snorkeling and sunning. STA658

go oahu card fr $54 Go Oahu Card is your ticket to the best Oahu has to offer. For one price, you can enter more than 30 attractions – including the Battleship Missouri, Pacific Aviation Museum, Sea Life Park, Grand Circle Island Tour, and much more. One and two-day cards are available but if you purchase a three, five or seven-day card, you can take your pick from Germaine's Luau, Polynesian Cultural Center, Surf Lessons, or a day's car rental. STA660

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Maui Coast hotel, maui

Royal Lahaina, Maui

Sheraton Maui, maui

With spacious sophisticated guest rooms, your own private lanai, outdoor pool and hot tubs – this is the ultimate island getaway. A wide stretch of beautiful beaches of surf and sand are on its doorstep and several shopping, dining and entertainment venues are just a stroll away. STA661

Set amidst 27 tropical acres, this oceanfront resort enjoys a prime beachfront location along a stretch of Kaanapali Beach. Swim in one of three pools - two of which are located oceanfront relax in a beachside cabana, snorkel, play a set of tennis, or enjoy a round of golf. STA662

Most rooms are ocean-facing, with private balcony for soaking in the awesome view. Inside the hotel you will experience the craftsmanship of old Hawaii. This is the perfect base to enjoy endless ocean activities such as snorkeling with turtles and deep sea fishing. STA663

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Aston Aloha Beach, kauai

Kauai Beach Resort, kauai

Sheraton Kauai, kauai

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 and fitness room. Dine at the Palms Restaurant, an ideal place to sip a cool drink or enjoy a Kauai sunset. STA664

A magnificent oceanfront resort on Kauai's wild eastern coast. Retreat to beautiful rooms with vistas of the ocean, the plantation-style rooms surround you in tropical ambiance, island décor and bountiful amenities, such as Serenity beds, cable TV and iPod docks. STA665

Perfectly situated to greet the morning sunrise, every guest room in the Beach and Ocean Wings faces the sea. A total of 394 rooms, including suites, are found in small, easily accessible buildings no taller than coconut trees, scattered throughout the 20-acre tropical resort. STA666

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$175 SINGLE $87 TWIN/DOUBLE

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79 Day 2: waikiki beach Today you’ll spend two adrenaline-fuelled hours learning the ways of the waves with a surf lesson. Enjoy the thrills and spills and, of course, the admiring glances from onlookers. After collapsing in a heap back in your hotel room, the night is yours to venture out - if your knees can handle it! Day 3: Kauai Today it’s back to the airport for a quick flight to Kauai! After 20 minutes you’ll be on solid ground again and checking in to your next cozy accommodation - the Plantation Inn! But don’t get too settled. Soon it's off to explore the many exciting corners of this beautiful island.

6 DAYS, $1,399 fr

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Day 4: kauai / big island Rise and shine! Time for more exploring. Discover canyons and waterfalls on a hiking adventure, try out your scuba diving skills, go horse riding, windsurfing, or simply coast the roads. Day 5: big island / circle island The morning is yours to roam, but make sure you’re back in time for one of this tour’s highlights - the Circle Island Volcano Tour! See amazing rock formations from thousands of years of lava eruptions. Spend your final night back at the Kona Seaside Hotel.

start & finish: honolulu • Spend long days lazing in the sunshine • All inter-island air fares included • Enjoy an island breeze luau • Take part in a surf lesson at Waikiki • Hop-on a circle island volcano tour

Day 6: FINISH HONOLULU It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends. Today you’ll be flying back to Honolulu in good enough to catch your onward journey.

Day 1: START HONOLULU After being whisked from the airport to your hotel the evening is yours to kick back, relax and experience your first Hawaiian sunset complete with refreshing cocktail in hand.

We also offer a ‘Happening Hawaii Package’ - more activities, more fun, more va va voom! Please enquire for details. Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts) Inclusions: All accommodation and transfers to and from hotels Inter-island air fares Island breeze Luau- Surf Lesson at Waikiki Circle Island volcano tour Meals: No meals included Please note: The Island Breeze Luau operates on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Tour Code: STA291

Days 4-6: Oahu  Kauai Transfer back to the airport for your inter-island flight to Lihue on Kauai. From the soaring cliffs of the Napali Coast to the vast chasms of the Waimea Canyon, Kauai enchants the senses like no other island, with its lush, tropical setting and extraordinary natural heritage. Kayak down Wailua River or hike up Waimea Canyon for stunning views of the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific' and enjoy the incredible view of Kauai from Hanalei Valley Lookout. For a different perspective, take a helicopter ride along the Napali Coast.

Hawaii Island Hopper 13 DAYS, $1,735 fr

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Car rental IS EXTRA

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• Visit famous Waikiki beach and Pearl Harbor • Enjoy the islands' natural, lush landscapes • Marvel at the fireworks of the world's most active volcano • Relax beneath palm trees on powdery white beaches • Drive around mountains, past black beaches and waterfalls Days 1-3: arrive oahu After arriving into Honolulu, in a burst of tropical flowers and wafting smells of coconut, grab your rental car and head to your hotel. Settle in because you've got three glorious nights in beautiful Waikiki. On Oahu, the timeless natural radiance of the islands meets the modern luxuries of today. Visit famous Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, enjoy the view from Diamond Head or watch world class surfers charge the big waves of the North Shore.

Days 7-9: Kauai  hawaii (big island) Transfer back to the airport for your inter-island flight to the Big Island and its active Kileaua Volcano - be prepared for a fire show, as this is probably the world's most active volcano! The 11 different climate zones on Big Island generate everything from lush rain forests to arid deserts, black sand beaches to snow-capped mountaintops. Days 10-13: big island  maui Back in the air on your inter-island flight to Maui, where palm-shaded, powdery beaches and lush rainforests await you. The perfect opportunity for some well-earned R&R and reflecting on the excitement already enjoyed! Maui is everything you dreamed Hawaii to be. Watch the sunrise atop the 10,000 foot Halekala Crater and drive the scenic, Hana Highway, curving around mountains and passing by black sand beaches and waterfalls. SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS: Accommodation: 11 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way • Up to 2 children under 12 years stay free when sharing with 2 paying adults • Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps

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MOLOKAI

KAHULUI LANAI

MAUI KAHOOLAWE

• All taxes and fees CAR RENTAL FR $36 CHECK OUT PAGE 16 Tour Code: STA667

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15 DAYS, $2,190 fr

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Start & finish: New York A two-week package holiday to the Mediterranean doesn’t guarantee a great deal, but the chances are that you’ll eat too much, drink too much, get painfully sunburned, and fall in love with some kind of human creature that you’ll very quickly forget about as soon as you land back home. If this is the kind of trip you’re after then you’re unfortunately reading the wrong brochure. Our adventures in North America are particularly intense and exciting. They are focused around providing you with some truly unique experiences - and it just so happens that this little beauty of a trip delivers on every single one of our very high demands. So instead of shopping your life away in fabulous New York City, get yourself out of the city and discover some of North America’s major highlights. Traveling in a little group and staying in comfy hotels, hostels and rustic cabins you’ll head inland before turning northwest when you’ll hit Chicago, and loop back towards Manhattan. Over two gratuitously pleasurable weeks you’ll absorb the grandiose historical sights of Washington, the sonorous sensuality of Nashville, the genuine big-city spirit of Chicago and the alluring elegance of Boston. You’ll check out some bewilderingly brilliant wilderness areas – the soaring peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, the ancient undulations of the Great Smoky Mountains, the reverberating rumble of Niagara Falls, and the tranquillity of Cayuga Lake. Each location dishes up a plethora of lifeaffirming, unforgettable and absolutely authentic awe-inspiring experiences. BEST BITS • Check out Washington DC’s iconic sights • Marvel at the mountains of Shenandoah • Enjoy the musical charms of Nashville • Explore the awesome Mammoth Caves • Stroll the lively streets of Chicago • Relax on the shores of Lake Eerie • Feel the spray of Niagara Falls day 1: arrive new york Welcome to NYC! Arrive at any time and set out exploring the city that never sleeps. dayS 2-3: philadelphia & washington DC Head to Philadelphia, where Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Then wander historic Washington DC. Day 4: shenandoah national park Shenandoah is one of the highest and most scenic portions of the Appalachian Mountains. Marvel at the gorgeous views as you continue to Roanoke, rich in history and Virginian tradition.

dayS 5-6: smoky mountains & nashville Check out the Great Smoky Mountains and discover the highest mountain range on the East Coast - one of the oldest uplands on Earth. Go for a hike and try to spot a bear. Later on, travel to Nashville, the capital of country music. day 7: louisville / mammoth cave n.p Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, where Elvis’ golden Cadillac is on display. You’ll then check out the stalactites of Mammoth Cave National Park, before traveling on to Louisville. days 8-9: chicago Reach Chicago, the 'City of Skyscrapers', on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Willis Tower is one of the highest buildings in the world and offers a fantastic view of the city and lake.

Day 12: finger lakes Hike or relax at gorgeous Cayuga Lake, the largest of the beautiful Finger Lakes. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you drive on past Syracuse and Utica. days 13-14: boston After a stop in Albany, you’ll arrive in historic Boston. You’ll have the opportunity to stroll along the British colonial streets and eat copious amounts of seafood chowder. dAY 15: DEPART new York Return to Manhattan, the heart of New York. Extend your stay a while to take in all the sights - the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, and of course fabulous shopping. Make the most of everything the Big Apple has to offer.

day 10: lake erie En route to Lake Erie, you’ll stop at the Indiana Dunes and visit Shipshewana, home to one of the largest Amish communities in the world. The town itself is less than one square mile in size with a population of less than 600, but still manages to boast more than 150 shops! day 11: niagara falls Niagara Falls is one of the most well-known waterfalls in the world. Head right into the spray on an optional 'Maid of the Mist' boat ride.

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Accommodation: Multishare hostels/cabins (14 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD300 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag - recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on day 15 Tour Code: SUSSRP

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start & finish: new york

BEST BITS • Discover Washington DC’s iconic sights • Feel the spray of the Niagara Falls • Hang out in the hip bars of Toronto • Hike Algonquin’s stunning landscapes • Explore Ottawa, Montréal & Québec City • Wander Boston’s historic streets • Marvel at Acadia’s spectacular coastline • Feast on lobster in Cape Cod

Day 6: Algonquin Provincial Park Covering 2,982 square miles, immerse yourself in the breathtaking swamps, forests, cliffs, and beaches of Algonquin by following a hiking trail or paddling a canoe down the rivers. Day 7: Ottawa Venturing through pristine wilderness, reach Ottawa, the capital of Canada. The city has wonderful examples of neo-Gothic architecture. Day 8: montrÉal Soak up the French atmosphere of this unique Canadian city. Perhaps take a trip to the top of Mont Royal, explore the eclectic Plateau district or polish up on our French-speaking skills. Day 9: QuÉbec city Wander down cobbled alleyways in the walled historical downtown area of Vieux Québec (Old Québec). Stroll the Terrasse Dufferin for beautiful views of the Saint Lawrence River and sample poutine, a local dish of fries, topped with cheese curd and gravy.

Day 12: Boston Find a shady spot to relax on Boston Common, or head to Fanieul Hall marketplace - it’s the redbrick building with the grasshopper weathervane. Day 13: Plymouth & Provincetown Take to the seas and watch the whales or travel to Cape Cod for a seafood lunch. Otherwise, hit one of the beautiful beaches of Provincetown. Day 14: Connecticut The old New England fishing village of Mystic boasts the top-notch Mystic Seaport, while the Aquarium houses more than 6,000 aquatic species, including penguins, sea lions and Beluga Whales. Admire them at your leisure. Day 15: Depart New York Enjoy the street-corner hot dogs, designer boutiques and shady parklands of NYC, before your adventure finally comes to an end.

Days 10-11: Acadia National Park New England’s only national park contains loads of wildlife and a spectacular array of towering sea cliffs, coastal mountains and tranquil ponds. Nothing beats a sunset kayak tour.

Day 1: arrive New York Begin with a bang amid the bright lights of NYC. Arrive at anytime and set out exploring. Days 2-3: Washington DC Venture to Philadelphia where Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Head on to Washington DC - a city that boasts a vibrant mix of history, politics and cosmopolitan culture. Check out the iconic sights on a guided tour around town. Days 4-5: Niagara Falls & Toronto Admire the astonishing Niagara Falls. Go right into the spray on an optional 'Maid of the Mist' boat tour. Cross over to Canada and explore Toronto - one of the world’s most liveable cities.

DEPARTURES START 2011 MAY 11 MAY 25 JUN 08 JUN 22

FINISH MAY 25 JUN 08 JUN 22 JUL 06

START JUL 06 JUL 20 AUG 03 AUG 17 AUG 31

FINISH JUL 20 AUG 03 AUG 17 AUG 31 SEP 14

START SEP 14 SEP 28 OCT 12 2012 MAY 09

FINISH SEP 28 OCT 12 OCT 26

START MAY 23 JUN 20 JUL 04 JUL 18

FINISH JUN 06 JUL 04 JUL 18 AUG 01

MAY 23

Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt), Camping (13 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners while camping on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD225 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on day 15 Tour Code: SUSSOB

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• Algonquin P.P.

Québec City • Acadia N.P. •

Montréal • Ottawa • Toronto • Niagara Falls •

Washington DC •

Boston • Cape Cod • Clinton •  New York

EAST COAST

For a two-week holiday with more razzmatazz than anything you’ve ever experienced before, look no further than this extraordinarily enjoyable sojourn around the Eastern side of North America. All you need to do is get yourself on one of our exceedingly affordable flights out to New York, then the adventure takes care of itself. You’ll head out on a fabulous road trip up into Canada and back down into the U.S. Prepare to have the strains and stresses of the ‘real world’ propelled forcibly to the back of your mind as your senses atune themselves to the good things in life - cities that harmoniously blend hundreds of different cultures, waterfalls that can be heard from miles away and national parks gloriously dominated by nature. Over 15 fabulous days you’ll perfectly blend urban environments and outdoor playgrounds. Big, brilliant cities are suitably represented by the dynamic North American populations of Washington DC, New York and Boston, and the diverse Canadian settlements of Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City. Wild expanses of endless exploration are perfectly showcased by the forests, cliffs and beaches of Algonquin Provincial Park and the maritime marvels of Acadia National Park. You’ll eventually arrive back into Manhattan with an unmistakable skip in your step and a very big grin on your face.


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niagara falls discovery 8 DAYS, $1,260 fr

+ trip kitty

north by north east 13 DAYS, $1,835 fr

new york

BACKPACKER LODGING

start & finish: new york • See the bright lights and exciting sights in the Big Apple • Chomp on seafood chowder along Boston’s colonial streets • Witness the awesome sight of Niagara Falls • Soak up the political atmosphere of Washington DC • Check out Philidelphia where independence was declared in 1776 Day 1: Arrive new york Arrive at any time and set out exploring the city that never sleeps. Day 2: boston Travel east and stroll along Boston’s historical British colonial streets. Day 3: Albany Stop in Cambridge to look around Harvard. Reach the state capital, Albany. Day 4: niagara falls Visit the breathtaking Niagara Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. Admire this natural wonder and take an optional boat ride. Day 5: gettysburg Journey south through Pennsylvania to Gettysburg where one of the most important battles of the American Civil War took place in 1863. Days 6-7: washington DC Spot the White House, Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial among other famous landmarks on a guided city tour. Day 8: depart new york Head through Philadelphia and into Manhattan where your tour will end.

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chicago

• Stroll the elegant and historic streets of Boston • Experience the European flavors of Québec City and Montréal • Sightsee in Canada’s largest city, Toronto • Enjoy a 'Maid of the Mist' boat cruise at the Niagara Falls • Lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of Chicago Days 1-2: arrive New York / Boston Meet your crew and travel to Boston via the picturesque Rhode Island. Explore Boston on Day 2. Enjoy a tour of the world renowned Harvard University and visit the ‘Cheers’ bar. (2B, D) Days 3-4: QuÉbec City Visit French-influenced Québec City, North America’s only walled city. Enjoy its cool cafés and shops and party with the hip locals. (2B, D) Days 5-6: MontrÉal Dive in to the shopping, entertainment and vibrant nightlife that gives Montréal its nickname as ‘Sin City of the North’. (D) Days 7-9: Toronto / Niagara Falls Behold nature’s beauty as you drive through the ‘1000 Islands’ region en route to Toronto. Catch a baseball game or zoom up the CN Tower. On Day 9 you'll enjoy a day trip to the mighty Niagara Falls and get soaked in its mist. (2B, 2D) Day 10: Cleveland Travel to musical Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (B) Days 11-13: depart Chicago Check out Chicago’s cutting edge architecture, legendary blues music, world class dining and shopping. Your trip finishes on Day 13. (2B, D)

DEPARTURES START 2011 MAY 14 MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 04 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 02

FINISH MAY 21 MAY 28 JUN 04 JUN 11 JUN 18 JUN 25 JUL 02 JUL 09

START JUL 09 JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 06 AUG 13 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 03

FINISH JUL 16 JUL 23 JUL 30 AUG 06 AUG 13 AUG 20 AUG 27 SEP 03 SEP 10

START SEP 10 SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 01 OCT 08 2012 MAY 19 MAY 26 JUN 02

inclusions • Guided tour of Québec Old Town • 'Maid of the Mist' Niagara cruise

FINISH SEP 17 SEP 24 OCT 01 OCT 08 OCT 15 MAY 26 JUN 02 JUN 09

Accommodation: Multishare hostels/cabins (7 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD160 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on day 8 Tour Code: SUSSRE

see the best of the west ’California Discovery’ 8 days, FR $1180 Tour Code: SUSSRN

Québec City • Montréal •

DEPARTURES Boston • • Albany

Niagara Falls •

New York  • Gettysburg Washington DC •

START 2011 MAY 06 MAY 13 MAY 27 JUN 03

FINISH MAY18 MAY 25 JUN 08 JUN 15

START JUN 17 JUL 01 JUL 08 JUL 15 AUG 05

FINISH JUN 29 JUL 13 JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG 17

START AUG 12 AUG 19 SEP 09 SEP 16

FINISH AUG 24 AUG 31 SEP 21 SEP 28

Accommodation: Twinshare hotels (12 nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach Group Size: 25-52 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners Tour Code: COGNNN

gO IN REVERSE CHICAGO - NEW YORK Tour Code: COGNNC

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Toronto • Niagara Falls •

Boston • • New York 

• Chicago

• Cleveland Newport Rhode Is.


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eastern discovery rock & soul 14 DAYS, $2,025 fr

new orleans

no local payment!

12 DAYS, $1,579

EASYRIDER

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new york

chicago

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EASYRIDER

new orleans

• Explore the chilled out, sexy soul of New Orleans • Enjoy the fast paced excitement of Orlando’s theme parks • Hang out with stars in the glitzy global city of Miami • Touch base with space at Kennedy Space Center • Visit Washington DC’s famous monuments and museums

• Discover legendary blues music in the Windy City • Tour the Budweiser Brewery in St Louis • Visit the home of the Kentucky Derby • Learn about musical legends in Nashville and Memphis • Let the good times roll in the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans

Days 1-2: Arrive New Orleans / Tallahassee Simmer in the soulful 'Big Easy' before heading out on Day 2 through 'Sweet Home Alabama' to Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee. (B, D)

Days 1-2: arrive chicago Hit 'Windy City' Chicago to discover cutting edge architecture, world-class museums, legendary blues music plus fantastic dining and shops. (B, D)

Days 3-4: Orlando Head to Orlando. Day 4 is yours to visit the famous theme parks. (B, D)

Day 3: St. louis Visit Abraham Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield. In St. Louis get panoramic views from the top of Gateway Arch and tour Budweiser's brewery. (B, D)

Days 7-8: Cocoa Beach / St. Augustine Head north along the coast to the surfing capital of the East Coast. Check out Kennedy Space Center before arriving into St. Augustine. (B, D) Days 9-10: Savannah / raleigh Enjoy America’s oldest city and a night out in free-spirited Savannah. Stop in hospitable Charleston en route to the college town of Raleigh. (2B, D) Days 11-13: washington DC Stop off in Richmond on your way to Washington DC You have two days to explore this distinguished city. Enjoy the endless menu of must-dos. (B, 2D) Day 14: depart new york See Annapolis and Philadelphia before wrapping up your tour in NYC. (B)

inclusions • Guided bike tour of Miami • Boat ride in St Augustine

• New Philadelphia • York Annapolis •

Day 4: louisville Enjoy an optional southern-style breakfast at the home of the Kentucky Derby. Stop at the Jim Beam Distillery en route to Nashville. (B) Days 5-6: nashville Learn about the legends that made Nashville a musical mecca at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Tap into some live music performances. (2B, D) Days 7-8: memphis Tour Graceland, the home of the 'The King' and learn about other musical legends at the Rock and Soul Museum. Get into the city’s nightlife in the party hub, Beale Street and enjoy a delicious Memphis BBQ dinner. (2B, D) Days 9-12: depart New Orleans Enjoy a tour of the city that is the birthplace of jazz and get a taste of the south at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Visit the Big Easy's French Quarter and historic Garden District. Depart at any time on Day 12. (3B, D)

inclusions • Cooking school in New Orleans • Visit Elvis’ home, Graceland

 Chicago

Washington DC • DEPARTURES START 2011 FEB 01 APR 19 APR 26 MAY 10 MAY 17 MAY 31 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUN 28

FINISH FEB 14 MAY 02 MAY 09 MAY 23 MAY 30 JUN 13 JUN 27 JUL 04 JUL 11

START JUL 19 JUL 26 AUG 02 AUG 23 AUG 30 SEP 06 SEP 20 OCT 04 OCT 18 NOV 01

FINISH AUG 01 AUG 08 AUG 15 SEP 05 SEP 12 SEP 19 OCT 03 OCT 17 OCT 31 NOV 14

START NOV 15 DEC 06 DEC 20 2012 JAN 03 JAN 24 JAN 31

• Raleigh

FINISH NOV 28 DEC 19 JAN 02

• Charleston

JAN 16 FEB 06 FEB 13

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel accommodation (13nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach Group Size: 25-52 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 dinners Tour Code: COGSLE Reverse Tour Code: COGSNE

• Savannah Tallahassee •

 New Orleans

• St. Augustine

Orlando • • Cocoa Beach

The Everglades •

• Miami

DEPARTURES START 2011 APR 30 MAY 07 MAY 21 JUN 04

FINISH MAY 11 MAY 18 JUN 01 JUN15

START JUN 18 JUL 09 JUL 16 JUL 23 AUG 20

FINISH JUN 29 JUL 20 JUL 27 AUG 03 AUG 31

START AUG 27 SEP 10 SEP 24

FINISH SEP 07 SEP 21 OCT 05

• St. Louis

• Louisville • Nashville

• Memphis

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel accommodation (11nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach with power points for charging Group Size: 25-52 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners Tour Code: COROTR

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• New Orleans

EAST COAST

Days 5-6: Miami Venture through the subtropical Everglades to glamorous Miami. Spend Day 6 chilling on the beach before heading into the sultry night. (B, D)


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eastern escapade 13 Days, $1,825 fr

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15 Days, $843

Start & Finish: New york

fr

Day 1: Arrive New York / Philadelphia Head to historic and art filled Philadelphia for a walking tour of the city. (D) Days 2-4: Washington DC / Pittsburgh Turn back the clock with a visit to Amish Country en route to the capital. Enjoy an illumination tour of its famous monuments and spend a day sightseeing. Visit Gettysburg's Civil War site and the moving 9/11 Flight 93 National Memorial before arriving into Pittsburgh on Day 4. (2B, 2D) Days 5-6: Niagara Falls / TORONTO Cross into Canada for a day exploring Niagara Falls including a 'Maid of the Mist' boat cruise to the base of the falls. Tour a winery and sample some regional drops before arriving in Toronto on Day 6. (B, D) Days 7-10: Toronto / Ottawa / Montréal Explore multicultural Toronto and zoom to the top of the world’s tallest freestanding structure, the CN Tower. Drive through the stunning ‘1000 Islands’ region en route to the capital, Ottawa. Spend Days 9 and 10 in Montréal - combining its French heritage with a diverse global population it's created a cool cosmopolitan vibe and a range of food. (2B, 2D) Days 11-13: Boston / depart new york After a tasty stop at the home of Ben & Jerry’s, arrive in the university town of Boston. Visit Providence before saying farewell in NYC. (2B, D)

START 2011 MAY 20 JUN 03 JUN 10

FINISH JUN 01 JUN 15 JUN 22

START JUL 01 JUL 15 AUG 05 AUG 19

FINISH JUL 13 JUL 17 AUG 17 AUG 31

START SEP 09 SEP 23 OCT 07

FINISH SEP 21 OCT 05 OCT 19

• Feast on delicious Maine lobster • Admire the stunning spectrum of color in the forests • Pop in for a tasty tour of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream factory • Hang out with America's first millionaires in Newport • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod Days 1-3: Boston  Portland Explore all the historical sights of Boston. Travel north through Salem, famous for its witch trials and on to Portland for a spot of Maine lobster. Days 4-7: portland  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. The White Mountain National Forest is home to 700,000 acres of protected forest which creates the stunning spectrum of color that the region is famous for. Days 8-10: White Mountains  Green Mountains  Connecticut River Valley Treat yourself to an ice cream at Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory! Then enjoy the classic New England landscape and architecture - a mountain ridgeline, a winding river, hillside farms, and quaint villages. Days 11-15: Connecticut River Valley  Newport  cape cod boston Experience scenic Route 20, across southern Massachusetts to quaint 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.

Boston  Portland (110 m)  Bar Harbor (175 m)  White Mountains (405 m)  Green Mountains (155 m)  Connecticut River Valley (207 m)  Newport (130 m)  cape cod (80 m)  boston (74 m

SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS:

Montréal • Toronto • Niagara Falls •

DEPARTURES

Boston •

Philadelphia • Washington DC •

• New York

Accommodation: 14 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way

Ellsworth • Stowe •

North Conway

• Bar Harbor

• • • Portland Lincoln

• Up to 2 children under 12 years stay free when sharing with 2 paying adults

Vergennes •

• Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps

• Greer Mountain Boston  • West Springfield • • • Hyannis • Newport

• All taxes and fees Accommodation: Twinshare hotels (12 nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach Group Size: 25-52 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners Tour Code: COESTE

Car rental IS EXTRA

Start & Finish: boston

• Turn back the clock with a visit to Amish Country • Feel the spray of the majestic Niagara Falls • Sample some of Niagara's best wine • Absorb the cosmopolitan culture in Montréal’s cafés • Mingle with the university elite in Boston

inclusions • Tour the 'Ben and Jerry's' factory • 'Maid of the Mist' Niagara cruise

discover new england

CAR RENTAL FR $58 CHECK OUT PAGE 16 Tour Code: STA668

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Sturbridge


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Atlantic Coast Explorer

south florida explorer

18 days, $1,350

11 Days, $409

fr

new york

Car rental IS EXTRA

miami

Car rental IS EXTRA

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Start & Finish: miami • Hang out on Miami's trendy South Beach • Soak up the caribbean atmosphere of Key West • Take an airboat tour of Everglades National Park • Relax on the sunny beaches of Clearwater • Hold on tight at Orlando's theme and adventure parks

Days 1-6: New York  Philadelphia  Washington DC This is going to be a packed few days of sightseeing. Perhaps the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station and the urban oasis of Central Park in NYC. Continue on to Philadelphia and the Liberty Bell. Then you've got all the historical and political sights of the nation’s capital.

Days 1-3: Miami  Key West Soak up the sun on trendy South Beach and admire the Art Deco District. Head down to Key West and jump on a trolley tour with the Conch Train to see this beautiful island. It's a great place to relax and soak up the Caribbean atmosphere in the old town around Duval Street.

Days 7-9: Washington DC  Charlottesville  Virginia Beach  Atlantic Beach Drive through the scenic Shenandoah National Park to Charlottesville, home of ‘Founding Father’ Thomas Jefferson. Beautiful beaches are waiting for you in the resort town of Virginia Beach and at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

Days 4-5: Key West  Naples  Clearwater Stop for a picnic in one of the State Parks or take a snorkeling tour before heading through the Everglades National Park where you can enjoy one of the famous airboat tours – watch out for the alligators! Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and beautiful beaches of Naples and then continue along the Gulf Coast to Clearwater, known for being the sunniest city in Florida.

Days 10-13: Atlantic Beach  Charleston  Savannah  st. Augustine In the ‘Old South’ stroll past Charleston's elegant plantation homes, admire Savannah's beautiful architecture and visit the oldest city in North America.

Days 6-8: Clearwater  Orlando Only in Orlando can you find such a variety of theme and adventure parks. Find your inner child at the Disney Parks, watch the incredible show at SeaWorld and hang on tight at Universal Studios.

Days 14-18: St. Augustine  Orlando  FT Lauderdale  Miami It's a fun-packed few days in Orlando with the Disney parks, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. Back to reality, but not back down to earth, visit the Kennedy Space Center before finishing your trip in Miami.

Days 9-10: Orlando  Fort Lauderdale  Miami The best way to discover Fort Lauderdale is by water taxi. Its waterways have earned it the name ‘Venice of America’. Hang out with the rich and famous in Palm Beach before returning to hip Miami.

New York  Philadelphia (102 M)  Washington DC (139 M)  Charlottesville (161 M)  Virginia Beach (175 M)  Atlantic Beach (223 M)  Charleston (267 M)  Savannah (111 M)  St. Augustine (177 M)  Orlando (114 M)  Fort Lauderdale (209 M)  Miami (31 M)

Miami  Key West (141 M)  Naples (248 M)  Clearwater (161 M)  Orlando (88 M)  Fort Lauderdale (201 M)  Miami

SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS: Accommodation: 17 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way • Up to 2 children under 12 years stay free when sharing with 2 paying adults

New York  • Philadelphia • Washington DC • Shenadoah N.P. • Charlottesville • Virginia Beach • Atlantic Beach •

• Charleston • Savannah

• Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps • All taxes and fees CAR RENTAL FR $45 CHECK OUT PAGE 16 Tour Code: STA669

• St Augustine Orlando • • Ft. Lauderdale Miami •

SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS: Accommodation: 10 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way • Up to 2 children under 12 years stay free when sharing with 2 paying adults • Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps

Orlando • Clearwater • Naples •

• Ft. Lauderdale Miami  •

• All taxes and fees CAR RENTAL FR $45 CHECK OUT PAGE 16 Tour Code: STA670

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Key West •

EAST COAST

• Shop your heart out in the Big Apple • Visit the political and historical sights of Washington DC • Admire the elegant plantation homes of the 'Old South' • Take a stroll down the long beaches of the Atlantic Coast • Take a trip to the Kennedy Space Center at Fort Lauderdale


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STAysimple

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1 Chelsea International

2 Vanderbilt YMCA

3 Broadway Hotel & hostel

A popular hostel with knowledgeable and friendly staff - it's a real Big Apple bargain. The comfy dorms have linen provided, there’s a communal kitchen, Internet access, 24-hour reception and a host of weekly events such as pizza parties, pub crawls, cookouts, and movie nights. STA227

This hostel offers amazing value for the quality and comfort you get. There's free WiFi, cable TV, a fitness room, A/C, laundry facilities, safedeposit boxes, and luggage storage. The 24hour reception means there's always someone to point you in the right direction. STA671

The vibe's friendly, the dorms are delightful and the private rooms are decorated with silks, Buddhas and crisp white sheets - making for an Asian-style oasis. Newly renovated with a communal kitchen if you’re watching the dollars, the rooms come with a balcony or terrace. STA673

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$39 DORM $51 double

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$97 single $59 TWIN

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8 Wolcott

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 dissapointed 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 has a great location on the Upper West Side. STA015

Elegant, opulent and oozing class, this gem is the baby sister to the famous Waldorf Astoria. Set in a classic New York building the luxe lobby is something to be seen and rooms spoil you with everything from Nintendo to Web TV. There's a fitness center to work off the morning coffee and muffins. All this only two blocks from the Empire State Building! STA676

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4 Cosmopolitan at Tribeca

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A haven from the hustle and bustle of New York’s exciting streets, the Tribeca is friendly and relaxed, with lovely rooms. WiFi and A/C are available in all the rooms. Check out its art-deco style café or head to one of the trendy restaurants that surround the hotel. STA229

Every one of the Wellington's rooms and suites is designed for your comfort and convenience. They features cable TV and some even have a kitchenette – perfect if you’re saving your pennies for all the NYC attractions. High speed wireless Internet is also available. STA674

Oh-so sleek and über chic, this highbrow hotel gives you an up-market, cozy, inviting, and very modern atmosphere. Join the weekly wine tasting, try the Native American flavors of the hotel's own Mint restaurant and debate over the pillow menu. STA675

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$240 single $120 Twin/DOUBLE

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$276 single $138 DOUBLE

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$260 single $130 DOUBLE

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9 70 Park Avenue

10 The new yorker

11 murray hill

Setting a new standard for comfort and style this hotel offers the perfect Park Avenue getaway that feels like a second home. Graceful rooms, ivory-colored leather couches, a glassenclosed fireplace, and hosted wine evenings create a welcoming atmosphere. STA677

A fantastic midtown hotel with all the amenities you would expect including a friendly 24-hour reception with staff waiting to help. Chow down anytime you like at the 24-hour diner, work up a sweat at the great gym and surf to your heart's content with free Internet. STA678

This cute European-style hotel offers affordable accommodation in the heart of the city with spacious and neat rooms. A short stroll to the Empire State Building, Times Square and Macy's department store there's plenty to see and do nearby, including lively night spots. STA679

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$320 single $160 DOUBLE

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$250 single $125 DOUBLE

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$182 single $91 DOUBLE

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new york, new york 4 Days fr $186

3 nights accommodation and return airport transfer • New York Pass • The Beast

Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the iconic Empire State Buidling.

Make your stay in New York City easy with this great welcome package. You will be met by a friendly face at the airport and taken to your comfortable accommodation. Choose from our STAy simple HI New York, STAy smart Wolcott Hotel and STAy stylish Gershwin. There is so much to see in New York, it really is hard to choose what to cram into your day. But trust us, you can cram a lot! The New York Pass is included in this package meaning you have free entry to over 40 top attractions. And it allows you to skip the line - saving those precious minutes! Check out the Museum of

Take to the waters on 'The Beast'. If you are the ultimate thrill seeker this boat trip is a perfect adrenaline pumping experience. Take to the city's waters at 45mph and take a quick snap of Lady Liberty before racing off again. An experience not to be missed. So just take your pick of accommodation types and look forward to your trip! Extra nights are available, so if you are wanting to extend your stay in the Big Apple, just ask your consultant for details. STA680 STAysimple - FR $186 STAysmart - FR $366 STAystylish - FR $394

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12 waldorf Astoria

13 muse

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As one of the first ‘grand hotels’ to combine elegance with luxurious amenities and services, The Waldorf Astoria has been world renowned for over a century. Luxurious guest rooms are all individually decorated and the dining options are divine. A favorite to society elites. STA681

This super stylish, boutique hotel is the only place to stay for hip trend setters. It's uniquely styled and features the latest technologies including iHome stereo and iPod docking stations. There's a luxury spa and vibrant bar serving up killer cocktails. STA682

A sophisticated charmer with more than 100 years experience, the Carlton knows its game. Unparalled service and luxurious amenities mean it's an urban getaway in Midtown New York. Spacious rooms have free WiFi and and the lobby bar is perfect for a nightcap. STA683

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A luxury design hotel that is as vibrant as New York City itself! Sophisticated rooms offer style and comfort with floor to ceiling windows, custom-made Frette linens, original artwork, and marble baths. Dining is an experience with an award winning 'Food Parc'. STA690

INK48 makes an impression. Set in a former printing house in central Manhattan, this one-of-a-kind urban retreat features openair gardens, panoramic city and Hudson River views, and the kind of services, and amenities that address the moods and desires of guests. STA691

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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. STA685

Definitely one of the funkiest hotels in New York with it's Warhol-esque artistic flare. Beyond the eye-catching exterior and reception, every corner is filled with fantastic art. Exihibitons, wine and cheese evenings and poetry slams are held each month. You won’t be disappointed whether you’re in the opulent private rooms or 'bunker' dorms. STA232

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19 888 apartments

20 32nd street apartments

Exclusive to STA Travel, these funky studio apartments are perfect for short or extended stays in the Big Apple when independence and comfort are your priorities. Flop in the living room in front of the flat-screen TV, cook up a storm in the fully-fitted kitchen, work out in the fitness room, and get online using the WiFi before heading out into town. STA686

These luxuriously furnished apartments offer complete independence right in the center of Manhattan. Live like a local 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, plus a rooftop terrace for fabulous views over the skyline - best enjoyed with your favorite drink in hand. STA687

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21 aloft harlem Experience life in one of the bright and breezy Aloft rooms, in NYC’s most happening neighborhood. Surrounded by urban energy, it’s located steps from the legendary Apollo Theater and Columbia University. Enjoy the bar, 24/7 pantry, re:mix lounge and free WiFi. STA689 fr fr

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liberty helicopter tours

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Put your glad rags on and prepare for some star treatment as you cruise the streets sipping bubbly in a stretch limo. Beginning at Time Square, party your way through the city’s streets passing highlights like the Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden and 5th Avenue. This hour long tour is the perfect way to start your night. STA237

Want FREE entry to more than 40 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. STA292

Join a local guide to get a slice of the best of New York. Join eclectic New Yorkers on the subway to Battery Park, ride the Staten Island Ferry, explore Manhattan's Financial District, reflect at Ground Zero and revel in Times Square. Top off the day with fantastic views from the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center - Top of the Rock. STA692

New york sightseeing bus

NYC PUB CRAWLS

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fr $45 Over 48 hours you can hop-on and hop-off uptown to downtown Manhattan, as well as Harlem. Also included are a range of privileges head out on a New York Water Taxi take a Statue Express Harbor Tour, meet a Broadway performer for a private performance, or jump on a Discover Staten Island Tour. STA293

Cruise 'Alphabet City' with famous authors, sports stars and politicians, travel back to the 1930s at the art deco Empire State. Quench your thirst at twilight rooftop gardens and with locals at Jack Dempsey’s Pub. Find out where shady gang leaders rubbed shoulders in formerly notorious neighborhoods and drink up! STA297

Three must-see attractions are combined in this one great value package! Skip the line at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with access to all special exhibitions, head to the 86th Floor Observatory at the Empire State Building and enjoy close up views of the Statue of Liberty on a Circle Line Cruise or Beast speedboat ride. STA693

A spectacular way to see New York! Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride as you pass the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. There’s nothing like a birdseye view to help you get to grips with the size and layout of the city - from Wall Street and Ground Zero to Central Park and beyond. STA236

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Take a fabulous bike ride along the new Hudson River Park Greenway and through Central Park. Enjoy top views of the river and city skyline before heading into Central Park’s 843 acres. Visit the Strawberry Fields Peace Garden, Belvedere Castle, Shakespeare Garden, concert sites, and more! STA295


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75 minute Liberty cruise When you’ve shopped 'til you’ve dropped but still want to sightsee minus the effort, cruise NYC’s skyline, Statue of Liberty, and 'Little Oyster Island'. full island cruise Circle the home of the United Nations and one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. Rub shoulders with Lady Liberty and 25 other top NY attractions. semi cruise and harbor lights Experience the grandeur of New York on this top two-hour city highlights tour. the beast Roll up thrill seekers! Take to the city’s waters at 45mph, screeching to a halt for a quick snap of Lady Liberty before racing off again!

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start & finish: new york area • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Pocono Mountains • Enjoy hiking and swimming at the beautiful Finger Lakes • Experience a Maid of the Mist boat tour at Niagara Falls • Marvel at the amazing night-time views of the Niagara Falls • Go shopping at the enormous Woodbury Common Outlet Mall Day 1: start New York area / Finger Lakes Stop along the beautiful Delaware Water Gap on the famous Appalachian Trail before a picnic lunch in the Pocono Mountains and set up camp on the shore of the Finger Lakes. Collectively they reminded early map-makers of the fingers of a hand. The two longest, Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, are among the deepest in America. Hike to nearby waterfalls for a refreshing swim or sample a local vintage at one of the regions many wineries. (L, D)

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Day 3: Syracuse / Return New York area On your return south to New York, you’ll stop by for lunch in the AllAmerican college town of Syracuse before embarking on a shopping spree at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Mall. With a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants and 220 department stores - this is the place to get your hands on all those iconic American labels. (B)

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gossip girl sites Addicts can mingle with local guides and the actors themselves! Cruise the city, school, mansions, and shops that are home to this latest TV craze. new york tv and movie sites Lights, Camera, Action! Visit over 40 sites from 60+ TV shows and movies! sex and the city hot spots Live the ‘Sex and the City’ lifestyle in your own Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda personas. Shop, gossip, drink and flirt at all the real locations.

DEPARTURES START 2011 MAY 15 MAY 29 JUN 12 JUN 19 JUL 03 JUL 10 JUL 17

FINISH MAY 17 MAY 31 JUN 14 JUN 21 JUL 05 JUL 12 JUL 19

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FINISH SEP 06 SEP 13 SEP 20 SEP 27 OCT 04 OCT 18

Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: TRXNY

The sopranos sites Bada bing! Visit Father Phil’s Parish and Pizzaland. You can even sit at the restaurant booth where Tony was filmed for the series’ final scene.

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Day 2: Niagara Falls Next stop, the one-and-only Niagara Falls! Straddling the border with Canada - more than six million cubic feet of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow - that’s way more than your average power shower - this is the most powerful waterfall in North America! You’ll get up close and personal (and very wet!) on an included 'Maid of the Mist' boat cruise to the thundering base of the falls, before crossing over the Rainbow Bridge into Canada for an illuminated nighttime view. (B, L)


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This basic hotel has European-style rooms which have everything you need for your stay. It’s located in the theatre district, close to the city’s attractions. Start your day with a tasty breakfast at the Courtyard Cafe and then check your emails – free WiFi is available in public areas. STA696

You’ll get top dollar value and service at this pet-friendly 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. STA239

Friendly and welcoming, this hotel is the perfect choice for a comfortable, affordable boutique hotel experience. Its intimate size gives guests personalized service and individual attention – use the free WiFi or let the staff help with reservations for dinner, theatre or concerts. STA240

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'cheers' boston 4 days fr $362

• 3 nights accommodation • Return airport transfer • Boston City Pass This action packed welcome package encompasses all that the city of Boston has to offer. You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your comfortable accommodation. Choose from our STAy simple 40 Berkley, STAy smart Chandler Inn and STAy stylish Onyx. Experience six of the city’s most famous and loved attractions with ease with the fantastic Boston City Pass. It allows you to skip all the ticket lines and is jam-packed with useful information. You have the choice of extending your stay - just ask a consultant for details. STA698

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whale watching half Day, fr $42 Get out to see the ocean's most fascinating and magnificent creatures. You will travel out into the open sea by catamaran meaning less time traveling and more time watching these amazing mammals. Catamarans feature three outside decks for optimum viewing and professional researchers will narrate throughout the tour. Daily departures mid-April through October. STA699

old town trolley tour full Day, fr $40 Hop aboard one of Boston's Old Town Trolleys for an informative and fun journey around the city. Hop-off whenever you want allowing you to explore at your own pace. The loop consists of 18 stops and you can spend the entire day touring this elegant city. STA670

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boston city pass $53 This booklet provides free admission and allows you to bypass ticket lines for six of the city’s most famous and loved attractions. It’s packed with helpful information and valid for nine days. Work your way round the Skywalk Observatory and New England Aquarium, before absorbing the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. STA244

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The eco-friendly rooms shimmer with sultry sophistication, yet are comfortably inviting with their soothing colours and rich textures. Enjoy the urban cool Ruby Room Bar or for a little luxury, indulge in a full-service day spa in the calm of your own hotel room. STA242

Rich in history and one of the most recognized and renowned landmarks, the hotel has distinguished itself with classic elegance and personalised service. Sophisticated and elegant, the rooms are graciously appointed with contemporary conveniences. STA697

This upscale hotel offers rooms with firstclass amenities, overlooking the Charles River, Cambridge or Boston’s stunning skyline. Sample its fine dining and health club including pool with retractable roof and sun deck, extensive exercise facilities, saunas and luxury spa services. STA695

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Boston & Cape Cod 6 DAYS, $289 fr

$163 single $82 twin/DOUBLE

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start & finish: boston Days 1-2: Arrive Boston 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.

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Days 3-5: boston  Cape Cod On the way out of Boston 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 watch cruise or an excursion to nearby islands. Day 6: cape cod  Boston Heading back to Boston, stop for lunch at picturesque Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town. Drop the car and then head home.

Boston • • Cape Cod

Boston  Cape Cod (47 M)  Boston (74 M) SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS: Accommodation: 5 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis • Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps • All taxes and fees CAR RENTAL FR $58 CHECK OUT PAGE 16 Tour Code: STA700

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quality inn washington

hilton washington

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The hotel is conveniently located just minutes from the heart of the nation's capital and many historic landmarks. Between sightseeing, laze by the seasonal outdoor pool. Perfect if you’re on a budget – the rooms all have a microwave and refrigerator, plus there’s free WiFi. STA701

This legendary 1960’s building offers panoramic views of the DC skyline. Its recent makeover has created enticing rooms. Enjoy a variety of dining experiences and the Heights Courtyard and Gardens - an outdoor oasis with cascading water features, fire pits and stunning views. STA702

You’ll be treated like a super star from the moment you sashay into the swanky lobby of this central hotel. Playing off the pop arts theme of the hotel, the cocktail and lounge menu offers a modern spin to classic favorites. The colorful rooms offer both comfort and style. STA253

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tv and movie tour

bike & roll

$44 Crawl into the TV for real and see where some of the world’s most famous dramas were shot. With more than 30 locations, you’ll see the city’s historic neighborhoods in a new light. Revisit the scenes where political players made their justfor-the-camera deals and sneak up on sinister stairways and secret parking lots. Find out how and where ‘Independence Day’ was shot and visit the house used in The Exorcist. STA254

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$44 Experience Washington DC’s history and culture by bike. This tour provides an overview of the city as you bike the major sites on and around the National Mall and Capitol Hill, including Union Station, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House, the World War II Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and more. Learn about the interesting history and local events. STA705

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Chicago Getaway Hostel

RED ROOF

essex inn

This friendly hostel is set in trendy Lincoln Park, surrounded by tourist attractions. Join in the social events from pub crawls to BBQs, strum the hostel guitars, play pool, rent a bike, chill in the TV room or grab a beer and mingle on the lovely patio or in the large kitchen. STA703

This comfortable and affordable motel is located in a historic building with European charm, just one block east of Michigan Avenue and the glittering Magnificent Mile. Check your mail using the free WiFi and relax in the lobby with complimentary coffee and the daily papers. STA246

This hotel is located in downtown Chicago on the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile with breathtaking panoramic views of Grant Park. The tastefully decorated rooms have colorful tones and floorto-ceiling windows. Head to the fitness center or relax by the all-season rooftop pool. STA704

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HOTEL ALLEGRO

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The mission of this hotel is to 'Treat every guest like the star that they are'. Enjoy its central location and the style and sophistication of its recent makeover, creating sumptuous, ecofriendly rooms. Absorb the glitz and glamour of the hotel at the hosted evening wine hour. STA248

Steps away from Michigan Avenue, this is a stunningly contemporary urban hotel. The spacious rooms are sure to make you feel at home. Enjoy dining at the rooftop Sky Lounge or the pub-style Elephant and Castle. The spectacular rooftop pool is open seasonally. STA706

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$138 SINGLE $69 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$117 SINGLE $59 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Chicago City Pass $79 Head to Chicago’s six most popular cultural attractions. This pass will get you in while avoiding ticket lines. The Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Hancock Observatory and Sears Tower Skydeck are all included. You’ll have nine whole days to use the pass and all its handy insider tips. STA249

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At this historic hotel you'll find an authentic and unpretentious blend of old-world glamour and beach chic. Appreciate the tropical outdoor courtyards, fully equipped kitchens and patio dining areas. The stylish, comfortable rooms are all en suite and have A/C. STA255

The newly remodeled hostel, with its trendy and cozy ambiance, is the only Miami hostel with a bar where you can meet other travelers. It has A/C in each room, a kitchen, movie theater and pool table. Take advantage of the freebies breakfast, WiFi and airport transfer. STA256

A fantastic, fun boutique hostel offering free breakfast, lunch and dinner, WiFi and linen. Each room has a private bathroom and TV plus there’s a game room, lounge and outdoor terrace. Events include beach parties, movie nights, DJs at the hostel club and live music. STA257

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7 hilton downtown

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9 grand beach hotel

You'll be exhilarated by the fresh new feel of this attractive hotel. Its engaging colors, sharp lines, and modern design elements combine perfectly with majestic skyline views and first-class service. Escape to the heated rooftop pool and sip cocktails in the Gallery Lobby Lounge. STA712

This is one of Miami's newest and trendiest! Savor a martini in the swanky Safari bar or catch some rays on the rooftop deck. The ultra modern decor of the rooms combines an eclectic array of mahogany furnishings, raw materials and aluminium accents. STA711

Built in 2009, this all-suites hotel overlooks tropical white sand beach. Soak in one of the seven pools, including the seventh floor Tranquility Pool designed for tanning and relaxation. Try fresh food at the restaurant and enjoy a cocktail at the Sunset Bar. STA710

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This is a charming boutique hotel with attentive service. The modern amenities include complimentary WiFi and the warm Mediterranean ambiance of the rooms carries through to Barolo Restaurant. Enjoy outrageous ocean views from the brand new Stylish Bar and Cigar Lounge. STA707

Built in 1936, this hotel blends the charm of its past with all of today's modern conveniences. It features hardwood floors, comfortable airconditioned rooms and WiFi. Enjoy a delicious meal in the new restaurant, Creek 28, recharge by the pool or laze in the tropical gardens. STA241

Retro in all the right ways, this recently renovated 1930s hotel boasts a glamorous clientele. The stylish rooms feature blonde wood floors and brushed steel accents with retromodern coolness. You’ll love the impeccable South Beach service and free WiFi. STA241

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$128 SINGLE $64 DOUBLE

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11 crest hotel & suites

go miami card

This hotel provides a flawless marriage between comfort and affordability. The vibe is chilled and rooms feature uncomplicated designs with ultracozy beds. The earthy tones and lush lounge chairs make the Shelly's lobby bar and veranda the ideal spot to get a good night started. STA710

This art-deco building has been completely restored to create an award-winning boutique hotel, with friendly staff that deliver excellent personal service. Savor the culinary delights of Al Fresco restaurant in the surrounds of the lush courtyard or while sunbathing by the pool. STA709

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$71 SINGLE $36 DOUBLE

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$157 SINGLE $79 DOUBLE

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$72 This great card is an all-access attraction pass – it gets you into 35 Miami attractions and can save you up to 55% on the ticket prices. Choose from 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 day cards to visit top attractions on consecutive days. The Miami Seaquarium, Gatorland and The Kennedy Space Center are just some of the options. STA708

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Relax around the king-sized pool or take advantage of this hotel's great location in the lovely South Beach area of historic Old Town Key West, just one block from Duval Street's many shops and restaurants. The comfortable rooms all have A/C and cable TV. STA713

Recently refurbished, this hotel offers stylish rooms with plasma TVs and comfortable queen or king sized beds. Soothe aching muscles after a work out in the state of the art fitness room by sipping your pina colada in the largest tropical freshwater pool in Key West. STA714

This hotel has a myriad of facilities including two restaurants, three bars, a swimming pool and the lively sunset pier where you can enjoy live music over a cocktail at the end of a hard day relaxing! Take in the scenery looking out over the Gulf of Mexico and the vast Atlantic Ocean. STA715

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Day 4: Everglades National Park / Naples Check out Everglades National Park. This slow-moving system of freshwater rivers stretches 50 miles across but is only a few feet deep. It is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. and alligators, snakes and sea turtles are common sights in this amazing labyrinth of mangrove waterways and saw grass. Opt to take a thrilling airboat ride, gliding over swamps at exhilarating speeds. This is one experience not to be missed. Continue on to Naples, the trendiest vacation spot on Florida’s west coast. Days 5-6: Fort Myers / Orlando Take in the 14 miles of McGregor Boulevard, lined with more than 2,000 palms, in the city of Fort Myers. Consider taking a trip to Sanibel Island - famed for its shell collecting and looped by scenic bike paths. The adventure continues in Orlando, America’s theme park capital. Why not spend a day here at Disney World or Universal Studios?

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Day 7: Cape Canaveral / Florida Coast Space fans are highly recommended to visit the John F Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, where, in 1969, Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from to be the first men to land on the moon. Walk among recovered satellites and rockets of yesteryear and get the latest update on NASA’s future developments.

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start & finish: miami • Discover beachside bliss in hip Miami • Snorkel through the reefs off the Florida Keys • Spot alligators in the amazing Florida Everglades • Be a space cadet at Cape Canaveral • Explore the waterways and canals around Fort Lauderdale Day 1: arrive miami With a focus on fun in the sun, sand and surf, there’s plenty to do in downtown Miami. Why not hit the beach for some eye-popping beautiful people watching, then head to one of the many lively restaurants or thumping nightclubs to celebrate the start of this Florida adventure? Day 2: Key West With pearl-white beaches and turquoise waters, the Florida Keys are just begging to be enjoyed. Snorkel, scuba dive or join a glass-bottom boat tour over the coral reef. When the sun sets, check out Key West town, where its funky, laid-back vibe has long attracted artists, renegades and free spirits.

Day 8: Fort Lauderdale / Depart Miami Head south to Fort Lauderdale, the ‘Venice of America’, and find a stylish city that is abuzz with café-lined riverside walkways. End the journey back in cosmopolitan Miami.

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Accommodation: Multishare hotels/hostels/cabins (7 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/ Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$50 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$160 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on day 8. The trip departing on 27 Dec 2011 will spend NYE in Orlando Tour Code: SUSSRF

stay longer in miami CHECK OUT PAGE 98

Day 3: Key Largo / Homestead On the way back to the mainland stop off at Key Largo, the longest of the Florida Keys. Spend the night in cabins near the city of Homestead.

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• Cape Canaveral

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Minutes away from many local attractions the hotel provides a free shuttle service to Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Wet 'n Wild. The hotel boasts free WiFi, an outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Some rooms come equipped with a microwave, fridge and whirlpool bathtub. STA716

Its excellent location makes it convenient to walk to a variety of interesting attractions such as Wet 'n Wild and there is a free shuttle to other parks. Spacious rooms include two double beds, microwave and mini-fridge. There are two tropical pools and free WiFi. STA717

Stay in a hotel fit for rock stars! Relax on the real sand beach by the large pool and browse the memorabilla from legendary rock icons before heading to the ultra hip Velvet Bar for a predinner cocktail. The hotel is uniquely connected to Universal Studios via a private walkway. STA718

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$50 SINGLE $25 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$64 SINGLE $32 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$330 SINGLE $165 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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seaworld orlando

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Embark on mankind's ultimate journey. At the Kennedy Space Center, you get the unique chance to tour NASA’s launch and landing areas. The Maximum Access Admission includes a tour through the Kennedy Space Center, IMAX space movies, all exhibits and shows, the Astronaut Hall of Fame and interactive space-flight simulators. This is an out of world experience not to be missed. STA721

$94

SeaWorld Orlando is the world's premier marine adventure park with 200 acres of thrilling rides, shows and exhibits. You can watch world class shows such as 'Shamu' and have close encounters with sharks, dolphins, manatees and stingrays. Rest your feet and refuel in one of the park's many restaurants, choosing from places such as the Antarctic Market or Shark's Underwater Grill. STA720

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Universal Orlando is more than a theme park - it's an entire universe of action and thrills. Go behind the scenes and jump right into the action of your favorite movies. Enjoy the world's most cutting edge rides, shows and interactive attractions that bring your favorite stories, cartoons and comic book heroes to life. Plus, now take a tour of Hogwarts in the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. STA719

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Get wet and wild under Niagara

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Party all night long in whistler

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Feel the french chic of MontrÉal

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make bear friends in banff

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Get into Vancouver’s easy vibe

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36

43

54

61

64

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41

28

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Banff

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28

36

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57

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72

70

59

46

37

25

Calgary

28

30

37

50

61

68

72

70

63

54

36

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Montréal

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25

34

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64

72

79

75

64

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28

Niagara Falls

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34

37

55

64

75

81

79

70

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34

Ottawa

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25

34

52

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73

79

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39

27

Québec

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21

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61

70

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36

23

Toronto

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37

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72

79

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43

36

Vancouver

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45

50

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61

64

70

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64

55

46

43

Whistler

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34

45

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37

34

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CAR RENTAL If you want to explore the glory of Canada at your own pace then we can organize a car rental for you. Get up into the stunning scenery of the Rockies in summer, or drive to a ski resort in winter. Explore Vancouver Island or wonderous Eastern Canada. We have a range of cars for your to choose from - see below. For a full list of cars available and U.S. car rental, see page 16.

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USEFUL INFORMATION DRIVER AGES 21+ All drivers must be 21 or over (25 or over in Newfoundland), carry a full drivers license and produce a passport and return airline ticket. There is normally a surcharge for drivers under 25.

Rates per day from the following big cities:

for inspiration check out our self-drives packages:

TORONTO fr $47 Vancouver fr $33 MontrÉal fr $37

pages 108-109 mountain Express great parks of the west eastern spirit splendid nature of quÉbec page 121 Whales bears & vancouver island

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CROSS BORDER & ONE-WAY RENTALS One-way rentals are permitted throughout Canada, subject to availability and must be pre-booked. One-way fees may apply. Cars may be driven into the U.S., but crossborder rentals are always are always subject

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to a one-way drop charge and are available between certain Canadian and U.S. cities only. EXTRAS Child seats, ski racks and GPS etc are available for an extra cost.

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CRUISE CANADA Find an amazing spot to pull off the road, crack open a can and watch the colors of the sunset. Cook up some dinner and drift off to sleep by the fire. Rise as the birds awaken and gaze in wonder as the sun illuminates the landscape of a spectacular horizon. Renting your own RV is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to see Canada. With more than15,000 campgrounds in North America you can wake up to a different view and story every day.

• Minimum rental age 21 • No extra cost for under 25 drivers • No extra cost for additional drivers • 10% discount at all KOA Kampgrounds • 6 departure points/rental centers All our campervans boast the following: • Automatic transmission • Power steering & cruise control • Stereo sound system • Refrigerator, freezer, stove and microwave

• Fresh water toilet & shower • Shower, sink and flush toilet • Air conditioning • 2 on-board holding tanks for waste water You'll be provided with an Essential Client Information document when booking which goes into more detail about your RV. Please read this before departure.

Check out the page 20 for other motorhome types available, then get planning your trip!

intermediate rv - e27 fr $99 per Day* • Sleeps family up to 6 • 2 doubles & dinette double • Length 28.5’ *daily rate for RV, tax and Insurance, excludes miles, transfers and kits

large rv - C30 fr $69 per Day* • Sleeps family up to 7 • 2 doubles, dinette double & single • Length 28’ to 30’ *daily rate for RV, tax and Insurance, excludes miles, transfers and kits

SUGGESTED ITINERARY: best of canada's west Marvel at the incredible scenery of the Rockies as you visit the year-round playground of Revelstoke, iconic Banff and Lake Louise National Park and spectacular Jasper National Park.

BOOK BY: 31 Jan 2011 - 10% off the daily flex rate 28 Feb 2011 - 5% off the daily flex rate PLUS: For departures between April and October depending on the month of your departure you will be able to choose one option from: Free one-ways, half-price one-ways, 50% Off unlimited mileage, free vehicle provisioning kit, free personal kits

• Jasper

Shuswap Lake •

• Banff/Lake Louise • Revelstoke

Vancouver •

Terms & conditions apply. Please ask a consultant for details.

call 800.777.0112 to book

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ROCKY MOUNTAINEER Traveling onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train is the only way to see the Canadian Rockies. The two-day rail journey offers an unforgettable Canadian train experience considered by many to be a trip of a lifetime. Recapturing the romance of rail travel, the Rocky Mountaineer follows the historic route constructed more than100 years ago through Canada's West and the Canadian Rockies,

uniting the country. 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.

Travel in exceptional style in panoramic bilevel GoldLeaf Dome Coach and savor regional

First Passage to the West

cuisine prepared by talented onboard chefs and served in the dining room on the lower level.

Experience a great daylight train adventure and enjoy delicious chilled breakfasts and luncheon selections served at your seat by your onboard attendant.

2 DAYS, fr $800

Journey through the Clouds

Vancouver

2 DAYS, fr $800

Banff or Calgary

Vancouver

Jasper

Named for the pass over which it crosses the Canadian Rockies, the First Passage to the West train route takes you between Vancouver, British Columbia, and either Banff or Calgary, Alberta. This route traces the historic transcontinental rail line that united Canada's East and West. Among other highlights, it includes the legendary Spiral Tunnels.

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 • Yellowhead Pass • Mount Robson • Jasper National Park

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

Westbound departures: 28 Apr - 6 Oct - most Thurs and Sun Eastbound departures: 26 Apr - 4 Oct - most Tues and Fri

• Quesnel

• Jasper

Whistler •

• Kamloops

Lake Louise

• • Calagary Banff

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Rainforest to Gold Rush 2 DAYS, fr $800 Whistler

Whistler Sea to Sky Climb

Jasper

The Rainforest to Gold Rush Route links the mountain resorts of Whistler, British Columbia and Jasper, Alberta. 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. Route Highlights • Anderson and Seton Lakes • Cariboo Plateau • Fraser River and Canyon • Rocky Mountain Trench • Mount Robson Westbound departures: 18 May - 21 Sep - most Wed Eastbound departures: 23 May - 29 Sep - most Thurs

half DAY, fr $138 Vancouver

Whistler

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-toSky corridor is famous for: cities and old-growth forests, bustling action and natural serenity, deep valleys and snow-capped peaks, seascapes and mountain views. Westbound and Eastbound departures: 20 May - 26 Sep 2011 - Daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (Additional departures on: 27 & 28 Sep 2011)

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VIA RAIL CANRAIL PASS Canrailpass offers unlimited travel throughout Canada on VIA trains – Canada’s leading rail operator. It’s the perfect choice for people who want to go a long way on a limited budget. The pass includes 12 days of unlimited travel in Comfort class (Economy). Just show the Canrailpass each time a ticket is obtained for a trip during this 30-day period. The pass can be used anywhere VIA goes, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and up to Hudson Bay, and travelers can make as many stops as they like during the journey. Add up to three extra days of travel, which can be bought in advance or at any time during the 30-day validity period. This offers 13, 14 or 15 days of unlimited travel. There are two periods of travel - Peak and Off-Peak.

CORRIDOR PASSES Discover southern Québec and southern Ontario. Get the Corridorpass for 10 days of unlimited travel in southern Québec and southern Ontario. Québec City  Montréal  Ottawa  Toronto  Kingston  Niagara Falls  Kitchener  Stratford  London  Sarnia  Windsor * including all stations between these cities

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• Churchill Pukatawagan • Prince Rupert •

Prince George Edmonton • • • Jasper

• The Pas

• Saskatoon Courtenay • • Vancouver • Victoria

CAN RAIL PASS CORRIDOR PASS

Winnipeg •

Senneterre •

Jonquière •

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

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MOUNTAIN EXPRESS Great Parks of The West 8 DAYS, $746 fr

Car rental IS EXTRA

14 DAYS, $1,172

calgary to vancouver

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• Try all the activities in Banff National Park • Drive via the spectacular Icefields Parkway • View the brilliant turquoise waters of Lake Louise • Traverse stunning ranch lands, home to cattle and cowboys • Marvel at the surging water through Hell’s Gate Gorge DayS 1-3: CALGARy  BANFF National Park Calgary prides itself on holding ‘the greatest outdoor show on earth’ – the Stampede. From this city in the prairies, you will feel the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as you travel through the foothills to Banff N.P. where craggy peaks loom. Take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, a boat tour of beautiful Lake Minnewanka or try rafting on the Bow River. Day 4: BANFF  JASPER Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway, said to be one of the most scenic routes in all the world. Stop at Lake Louise en route to marvel at the reflection of the awesome snow-capped mountains. Day 5: JASPER  SUN PEAKS The Yellowhead Highway will take you on a route first explored by trappers and traders, past Mt Terry Fox as well as Mt Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. If time permits, explore the untamed and pristine Wells Gray Provincial Park before arriving into the year-round resort of Sun Peaks. Days 6-8: SUN PEAKS  vANCOUvER Driving past Kamloops, you’ll traverse the stunning ranch lands, home to cattle and cowboys. Entering Fraser Canyon, you’ll be amazed at the whitewater rapids of the Fraser River and the surging water through Hell’s Gate Gorge. As you approach Vancouver, the lush Fraser Valley opens up – it’s Canada’s Gateway to the Pacific. Vancouver is a fantastic city to explore. Enjoy all of its parks, gardens, galleries and restaurants.

start & finish: vancouver • Enjoy the picturesque coastal setting of Vancouver • Take a gondola up Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park • Hop on an Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield • Get involved with all the outdoor activities at Whistler • Absorb the stunning mountain vistas in Jasper National Park DAYS 1-4: vANCOUvER  PENTICTON  REvELSTOKE Enjoy Vancouver's picturesque coastal setting before heading through the Coastal Mountains and Manning Provincial Park. You'll drive past the lush orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan Valley and then by the waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes en route to the Revelstoke area. Days 5-6: REvELSTOKE  BANFF It's an incredibly scenic drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass en route to Canada's oldest national park and the bustling resort town of Banff. Raft, take a gondola up Sulphur Mountain or visit Bow Falls. Days 7-8: BANFF  JASPER Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway and stop at Peyto Lake for an Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield. Admire the stunning vistas created by the mountains and brilliant turquoise lakes of Jasper N.P. Visit the Miette Hot Springs or go on a rafting trip on the Athabasca River. Days 9-14: JASPER  100 MILE HOUSE  WHISTLER  vANCOUvER Scenic drives take you first past Mt Robson, then along the Thompson River to 100 Mile House set in prime cattle ranching land. Further on you'll reach the popular year-round resort of Whistler. Enjoy all the outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, golfing, tennis and boating. Head back to Vancouver for one last night - sample the fine cuisine and nightlife.

CALGARy  BANFF (80 M)  JASPER (177 M)  SUN PEAKS (242 M)  vANCOUvER (252 M)

vANCOUvER  PENTICTON (245 M)  REvELSTOKE (174 M)  BANFF (174 M)  TO JASPER (177 M)  100 MILE HOUSE (288 M)  WHISTLER (186 M)  vANCOUvER

DEPARTURES: Daily: 1 May - 25 October

DEPARTURES: Daily: 1 May - 20 October

SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS:

SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS:

Accommodation: 7 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way

Jasper N.P. • Sun Peaks•

• Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour of Vancouver • Roadbook with day-by-day routing, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights and provincial maps with city guides • All taxes CAR RENTAL FR $33 CHECK OUT PAGE 104 Tour Code: STA722

Vancouver •

• Banff

• Calgary

Car rental IS EXTRA

Accommodation: 13 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way • Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour of Vancouver • Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps • All taxes and fees CAR RENTAL FR $33 CHECK OUT PAGE 104 Tour Code: STA723

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• Banff • Revelstoke

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Eastern Spirit 14 DAYS, $1,102 fr

Car rental IS EXTRA

15 DAYS, $1,259

Start & finish: Toronto

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• Marvel at the views of Toronto from the top of the CN Tower • 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 • Enjoy the magnificent views on a Thousand Island cruise Days 1-3: TORONTO  NIAGARA FALLS Explore this cosmopolitan city, enjoy its fine cuisine and don’t miss the views from the top of the CN Tower. Head south, traversing the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, to reach spectacular Niagara Falls. Days 4-7: NIAGARA FALLS  KITCHENER  MIDLAND  PEMBROKE  OTTAWA The Grand River Valley is world renowned for its natural beauty and from the rural town of Midland you can explore the picturesque 30,000 islands. Explore the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park, renowned for its hiking trails and canoe routes that show off the area’s flora and fauna. Days 8-9: OTTAWA  TREMBLANT  QUÉBEC CITy The scenery changes dramatically as you head north into the Laurentian Mountains of Québec. Visit St. Jovite and Mont Tremblant Park before arriving at the luxury resort of Tremblant. Enjoy all that it has to offer, whatever the season - explore mountain trails by bike or foot, try all the watersports and stroll through the beautiful pedestrian village. DayS 10-14: TREMBLANT  QUÉBEC CITY  MONTRÉAL  GANANOQUE  TORONTO Discover enchanting Québec City with its European feel, historic buildings and cobbled streets, and distinctly Québécois Montréal. At the magnificent Thousand Islands region, where forested islands lie amid tranquil lakes, you'll enjoy an included guided cruise, before returning to Toronto.

• One hour Thousand Islands cruise • Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps • All taxes and fees

Start & finish: MontrÉal • Enjoy a guided cruise along the St. Lawrence river in Montréal • Soak up the European charm of Québec City • Absorb the extraordinary maritime beauty of Percé • Spot the amazingly diverse wildlife in the Saguenay Fjord • Enjoy hiking, biking and canoeing amid beautiful scenery Days 1-4: MONTRÉAL  QUÉBEC CITy  RIvIÈRE-DU-LOUP Explore this vibrant French-Canadian city and enjoy a guided cruise along the St. Lawrence River. Soak up the European feel of Québec City before driving up river to distinctively Québécois Rivière-du-Loup. Days 5-9: RIvIÈRE-DU-LOUP  BAIE DES CHALEURS  PERCÉ  PARC DE LA GASPÉSIE Uncover the scenery and maritime lore of the Gaspé Peninsula, visiting Baie des Chaleurs, Port-Daniel and the resort town of Percé, renowned for the extraordinary beauty of its surroundings including the Percé Rock. Visit Forillon National Park with its vertical cliffs and lighthouse and enjoy hiking trails, mountain biking, canoeing and picnicking in the Parc de la Gaspésie. Days 10-12: PARC DE LA GASPÉSIE  TADOUSSAC  SAGUENAy Take a ferry over the mighty St. Lawrence River to Tadoussac. Explore Saguenay Provincial Park along the shores of the Saguenay Fjord – here, cold salt water from the St. Lawrence pushes under warmer fresh water from the Saguenay, resulting in amazingly diverse marine life. Days 13-15: LAC ST. JEAN  SAINT-ALEXIS-DESMONTS Both the uniquely circular Lac St. Jean and the tranquil Saint-Alexis-desMonts offer a huge range of outdoor activities including seaplane flights and ATV-tours. Enjoy it all before returning to Montréal.

DEPARTURES: Daily: 4 May - 13 October Québec City • Tremblant • • Montréal • Pembroke Ottawa • •

Midland Kitchener • • Gananogue Toronto • • Niagara Falls

SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS: Accommodation: 14 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way • 1.5 hour 'Stories of an Explorer' cruise in Montréal • Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps • All taxes and fees

CAR RENTAL FR $47 CHECK OUT PAGE 104

CAR RENTAL FR $37 CHECK OUT PAGE 104

Tour Code: STA724

Tour Code: STA725

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Tadoussac Saguenay Region

Gaspé •• Percé

Lac Saint-Jean • • Saint-Alexisdes-Mounts •

• Baie • des Chaleurs • Rivière-duLoup • Québec City

• Montréal

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DEPARTURES: Daily: 1 May - 19 October

Accommodation: 13 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way

Car rental IS EXTRA

MONTRÉAL  QUÉBEC CITy (158 m)  RIvIÈRE-DULOUP (127 m)  BAIE DES CHALEURS (254 M)  PERCÉ (75 M)  PARC DE LA GASPÉSIE (174 M)  TADOUSSAC (177 M)  SAGUENAy (78 M)  LAC ST. JEAN (78 M)  SAINT-ALEXIS-DES-MONTS (170 M)  Montréal (93 M)

TORONTO  NIAGARA FALLS (80 M)  KITCHENER (90 M)  MIDLAND (140 m)  PEMBROKE (233 M)  OTTAWA (93 M)  TREMBLANT (105 M)  QUÉBEC CITy (242 M)  MONTRÉAL (155 M)  GANANOQUE (226 M)  TORONTO (161 M)

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grand canadian 19 DAYS, $3,185 fr

new york

EASYRIDER

no local payment!

vancouver

Make the sensible decision to get yourself booked on this all-encompassing Canadian adventure. To understand why, simply check out the tremendous itinerary – and prepare for all kinds of energetic excitement as a host of seemingly out-of-reach imaginings and aspirations mutate into tantalizingly touchable possibilities. This 19-day adventure proves without any reasonable doubt that Canada is surely the most awesomely magnificent country in the world, with a plethora of cosmopolitan cities, all splashed with European charm, and a superabundance of startling scenery – who wouldn’t love it? For those interested in numbers – this trip travels through six American states and four Canadian provinces, while covering thousands of miles. Every day offers fascination, exploration and something new and unique, each evening promises a wild night of over-exuberance with your jolly big group of traveling companions. This is Canada for those who like to smile, laugh, wonder and have loads and loads of fun. BEST BITS • Enjoy the historical elegance of Boston • Absorb the European flavors of Québec • Lose yourself in Montréal’s fab nightlife • See the 'Thousand Islands' • Experience alpine utopia at Whistler • Explore the scenic sights of Jasper N.P. • Gaze on the azure waters of Lake Louise • Dive into the mountains around Banff • Check out Yoho Glacier • Enjoy the young, hip vibe of Vancouver Day 1: arrive new york / boston Meet your crew in New York. Dream about the lifestyles of the rich and famous as you check out the yachting capital of the U.S., Newport in Rhode Island. Head onwards to Boston. (D) Day 2: Boston Shop at Quincy Marketplace, stop at the famous ‘Cheers’ bar, check out Boston Common or stroll the historic Freedom Trail. There’s plenty to do day and night in this bustling university town. (B) Days 3-4: QuÉbec City Take a scenic drive through Maine, the home state of the novelist Stephen King, before you hit French-influenced Québec City, North America’s only walled city. Check out its cool cafés and shops and enjoy a walking tour of the Old City. Head out in the evening and party with the hip and fashionable French Canadians. (2B, D)

Days 5-6: MontrÉal Day 5 is all about sightseeing in culturally sophisticated Montréal - check out Mt Royal, St. Joseph Oratory and the Olympic Stadium. Day 6 is all yours to explore - dive into the shopping, entertainment and vibrant nightlife that gives this place its nickname - ‘Sin City of the North’. You will not be disappointed! (B, D) Days 7-8: Toronto Behold nature’s beauty as you drive along the scenic St. Lawrence River and the ‘1000 Islands’ region en route to Canada’s largest city. Visit diverse neighborhoods, maybe catch a baseball game or zoom to the top of the absurdly tall CN Tower. Later on, tap into the global groove of Toronto’s sensational nightlife. (B, D) Days 9-10: Whistler Fly to Vancouver, meet your new crew and see the sights in this cosmopolitan city. Later, wind along the beautiful Sea-to-Sky Highway towards Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. North America’s top alpine resort is your playground on Day 10. Optional activities include ziplining, a stunning gondola ride, canoeing and much more! Alternatively, simply strap on your boots and go hiking. (B, D) Day 11: Kamloops Enjoy a drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range. Have your camera at the ready for the stunning scenery en route to Kamloops. (D)

Days 12-13: Jasper Stop in the heart of the Rockies at stunning Mt Robson on the way to Jasper - opt for a white-water rafting adventure (seasonal). Day 13 is yours to explore - look out for elk, caribou, moose, beavers or maybe even a grizzly bear. Chill on an optional scenic boat tour or relax in the quaint alpine village. The combination of the fresh mountain air, the laid-back vibe and the cool, crisp beer will leave you very content. (B, D) Days 14-15: BANFF Just when you thought your surroundingings couldn’t get more beautiful, journey on one of the world’s most scenic highways. Roll onto the Athabasca Glacier’s icy slopes in a custom designed 'Ice Explorer' and visit Château Lake Louise. On Day 15 choose between great optional activities - 4WD trips, horseback riding, hiking, and then enjoy the nightlife! (B, D) Day 16: Vernon Journey through three national parks. Check out Yoho Glacier and Mt Revelstoke - stop for views of the Spiral Train Tunnels and visit Roger’s Pass. Travel on to Vernon, snugly located in the heart of Canada’s wine country. (B, D) Days 17-19: Vancouver Feel the young, hip vibe of this city. Enjoy a dinner cruise around the harbor then head out on the town for one last big night out before your adventure finishes on Day 19. (B)

DEPARTURES START FINISH 2011 MAY 13 MAY 31 JUN 03 JUN 21

START JUL 01 JUL 15 AUG 05

FINISH JUL 21 AUG 02 AUG 23

START AUG 12 AUG 19 SEP 09

FINISH SEP 30 SEP 06 SEP 27

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Accommodation: Twin-share hotel (15 nts), quad-share chalet (2 nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach Group Size: 25-52 Group Leader: Tour Manager & Driver Meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 dinners Tour Code: COGCNY Please note: The trip starting on July 1 is 21 days long and conincides with the Calgary Stampede Tour Code: COGCST

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EASYRIDER

11 DAYS, $1,765 fr

no local payment!

start & finish: vancouver We have a theory here at STA Travel that beautiful scenery makes you think a bit better. It opens up your mind to all kinds of ideas that never seem to pop up when you're trudging through the endless routine and repetition of everyday life. Tricky decisions are made so much easier, complicated theories suddenly make perfect sense and petty squabbles and pointless grudges suddenly become easily resolvable. So just imagine what might happen in your head if you get yourself aboard this excellent adventure. This is 11 days of unrivaled, unadulterated and completely overwhelming natural beauty. Prepare for a complete cleansing of the consciousness as you bear witness to angelic snow-capped mountains, azure-blue lakes, endless alpine forests, gorging glaciers and fast-paced rivers that rip through uninhabited, utopian landscapes. Either sit back and absorb it all in the company of a beer or three, or get out and about in all that irresistible wilderness and enjoy a multitude of amazing outdoor activities. This adventure concentrates on the west side of Canada - Whistler, Jasper and Banff take center stage on your itinerary. The Rocky Mountains are never far away as you and a group of similarly aged young people explore this truly magnificent part of the world. You’ll stay in comfy hotel accommodation throughout and many of your meals are included – all in the company of an expert guide and experienced driver. BEST BITS • Experience alpine utopia at Whistler • Drive through Lillooet mountain range • Explore the scenic sights of Jasper N.P. • Walk on the Athabasca Glacier • Visit beautiful Lake Louise • Dive into the mountains around Banff • Check out wine country around Vernon • Get into the young, hip vibe of Vancouver

Day 1: arrive Vancouver / whistler Meet up with your crew and see the sights in this cosmopolitan city. Later, wind along the Seato-Sky Highway to Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. (D) Day 2: Whistler North America’s top alpine resort is your playground - exhilarating outdoor activities on offer include ziplining, a stunning gondola ride, canoeing and much more! Alternatively, simply strap on your boots and go hiking. (B) Day 3: Kamloops Enjoy a drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range. Enjoy some great photo opportunities of Canada’s best scenery en route to Kamloops. (D) Day 4: Jasper Stop in the heart of the Rockies at spectacular Mt Robson on your way to Jasper, with the option to ride the rapids on a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure (seasonal). (B) Day 5: Jasper You might catch a glimpse of some impressive wildlife at Maligne Canyon and Lake. Chill out on an optional scenic boat tour or relax in the quaint alpine village. The combination of the fresh mountain air, the laid-back vibe and a cool, crisp beer will leave you perfectly content. (D)

Day 6: Banff And just when you thought your surroundings couldn’t get anymore beautiful, journey on one of the most scenic highways in the world. Roll onto the Athabasca Glacier’s icy slopes in a custom designed 'Ice Explorer'. Also visit the enchanting Château Lake Louise. (D) Day 7: Banff Choose your own adventure in the mountains around Banff. There’s so many great optional activities - 4WD adventures, horseback riding, hiking, shopping and a vibrant night scene! (B) Day 8: Vernon Revel in the rare opportunity to journey through three national parks in a single day. Check out Yoho, Glacier and Mt Revelstoke - stop for views of the Spiral Train Tunnels and visit Roger’s Pass. Travel onwards to Vernon, snugly located in the heart of Canada’s wine country. (B, D) DayS 9-10: Vancouver Feel the young, hip vibe of this city as you explore its sights, shops and cafés. Enjoy a dinner cruise around the harbor and head out on the town afterwards. Have one last big night out with your traveling buddies. (B) Day 11: depart Vancouver Your adventure comes to an end in the morning. Say farewell to your new friends.

• Take a gondola ride in Banff • The ‘Ice Explorer’ on Athabasca Glacier • Hike the many tracks of Whistler Mt Robson •

DEPARTURES START 2011 MAY 21 JUN 02 JUN 11

FINISH MAY 31 JUN 12 JUN 21

START JUL 01 JUL 09 JUL 16 JUL 23

FINISH JUL 13 JUL 21 JUL 26 AUG 02

START AUG 04 AUG 13 AUG 20 AUG 27

FINISH AUG 14 AUG 23 AUG 30 SEP 06

START SEP 01 SEP 17 SEP 22

FINISH SEP 11 SEP 27 OCT 02

Accommodation: Twin-share hotel accommodation (7nts), quad-share chalet (2 nts) Transport: Modern air conditioned coach Group Size: 25-52 Group Leader: Experienced and professional Tour Manager & Driver Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners Tour Code: COCRCR Please note: The trips starting on Jul 1 and Jul 9 are 13 days long and coincide with the Calgary Stampede Tour Code: COCRST

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• Lake Louise • Banff

• Vernon

• Calgary

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EXPLORE CANADA

BACKPACKER CAMPING

22 DAYS, $2,540 fr

+trip kitty

START & FINISH: SEATTLE Those whose main aim on vacation is to sit back and do absolutely nothing – please turn away now. This three-week adventure is strictly for the sprightly, agile and energetic among our customers. Those who prefer daytime TV to daytime glacier treks or the smoke from a soggy cigarette to the smoke from a freshly made campfire – need not apply. You certainly don’t need to be mega-fit, but you definitely must have the desire to get out and about in some very rough and ready environments. No amount of exuberant adjectives can do this trip justice – but we'll try and give you an idea of some of the thrilling experiences you have in store. Options include white-water rafting down the Kicking Horse River, ice-mobile rides on the Athabasca Glacier, mountain bike trips to the Valley of Lakes and salmon fishing off Vancouver Island. You’ll hike, trek, walk, stroll and wander through some of the world’s very best scenery. Your 22 days will be concentrated in a specific part of the county, making sure you get the absolute most out of the spectacular destinations on your itinerary. Vancouver Island and the national parks that surround Jasper, Banff, Yoho and Mount Revelstone are all extensively explored with a small group of fellow adventurers. Every night means stories around the cozy fire and a dreamy slumber under the luminescent stars. Prepare to feel gloriously alive and heartpumpingly energized as you dive head first into a kingdom dominated by Mother Nature. BEST BITS • Camp at a cowboy ranch at Wells Gray • Check out the mountains of Jasper N.P. • Experience the wonder around Banff • Marvel at tranquil Lake Louise • Discover the outrageous beauty of Yoho • Feel the spray of Takakkaw Falls • Visit the icy landscapes of Glacier N.P. • Explore Mt Revelstoke’s rainforest • Wander the intriguing streets of Hope • Get out and about on Vancouver Island • Admire the grand architecture of Victoria • Enjoy the diverse nightlife of Vancouver

Day 1: arrive SEATTLE Arrive into the rainy city and set out exploring. Hook up with your traveling companions at a welcome meeting and get to know your new buddies throughout the day. Days 2-4: wells gray provincial park Depart for Canada and Wells Gray Provincial Park. The scenery becomes wilder as you approach British Columbia’s third largest provincial park. Today’s journey will cover nearly 280 miles. You’ll spend the next three nights camping at a cowboy ranch where the ‘Old West’ comes alive. Your camp provides a great base to explore this vast wilderness region. Over the next two days, there will be time to canoe on one of Wells Gray’s quiet lakes, explore the backwoods on ATV’s, or get a different perspective on a horseback ride in the park. Needless to say, your leader will be sure to point out the numerous hiking trails available. Nights will be spent around the campfire, re-telling the day’s events. Days 5-7: Jasper National Park Along the Thompson River you’ll drive 186 miles northeast, towards Jasper National Park. On the way you’ll cross Red Pass in Mount Robson Park, which is home to the highest mountains in the Canadian Rockies. Throughout this journey, you’ll have photo opportunities of this majestic mountain setting. Jasper, the largest of Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks, is famous for its wildlife such as elk, moose, deer, coyotes, bears and mountain lions, as well as many smaller mammals and birds. Options include a gondola ride to Whistler Mountain, mountain biking in the Valley of Five Lakes or hiking on a nearby trail. If you are looking to take it a bit easier, there is also an option to ride the Jasper Tramway.

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Days 8-10: Banff National Park Breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery awaits on the famous Icefields Parkway which connects Jasper and Banff National Parks. You’ll stop at many viewpoints and waterfalls as you enjoy this scenic drive. One stop is the Athabasca Glacier, where you can take a ride on a special IceMobile. Afterwards you’ll arrive at the beautiful lakes of the Canadian Rockies. Lake Louise is one of the highlights - take a short walk along its shore and visit the Chateau Lake Louise for a warm drink. Its only a short drive down the highway to Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park. Its valleys and mountain chains were formed 75 million years ago and today present a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Take a gondola ride up Sulfur Mountain for a dip in its natural hotsprings or explore Bow River Valley on foot. The town of Banff offers quaint shops, bars and eateries, with lively nightly entertainment. Days 11-12: GOLDEN Stop at Yoho National Park and the Kicking Horse River, a lesser known paradise in the Canadian Mountains. You will visit the amazing Takkakaw Falls, which at 833ft tall, are the highest falls in Canada. You’ll then continue your short journey through unspoiled mountainous terrain to Golden. Here, you’ll have a chance to riverraft some of the best white water in Canada. Rapids range from grades 2-5. Golden is also one of the top five places in the world for paragliding. Alternatively, you can try downhill biking at Mount 7. If you are feeling less active there is also the option to relax by the shore of this beautiful river setting or visit the grizzly bear sanctuary at Kicking Horse Resort.


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Day 13: MT Revelstoke NATIONAL PARK It may be a fairly long drive but for the photo opportunities it's well worth it. Travel through Rogers Pass to reach Glacier National Park and its 400 or more glaciers. The icy landscapes are truly extraordinary. You’ll then head to Mt Revelstoke National Park, which contains part of the world’s only temperate inland rainforest. You’ll have time for an afternoon hike before setting up camp. Day 14: Hope Leave the mountains behind and travel 279 miles, to the picturesque town of Hope, situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla Rivers. You can visit the Hope Museum, which depicts the history of the Hudson Bay Company fur trading fort and the Gold Rush town that used to line Hope’s shores. This is also the chainsaw carving capital of Canada, with largerthan-life statues displayed throughout town. For those movie buffs, you might remember this town as the backdrop in Rambo - First Blood.

Days 15-18: Vancouver Island Head back towards Vancouver and take the ferry to Vancouver Island - notable for having the mildest climate in Canada. Here, you can choose from a multitude of outdoor activities. Sea kayaking is one of the best ways to discover the smaller islands that sit off the coast of Vancouver Island. There are also beautiful hikes, whale watching tours and short coastal cruises available. With three nights on the Island, there is even time to go salmon fishing (seasonal). Day 19: Victoria Staying on the Island, you’ll travel south to the beautiful city of Victoria, capital of British Columbia. It is thought that Captain Cook was the first westerner to set foot on British Columbian soil, but it was the Hudson Bay Trading Company which established the area as their trading post and fort. You’ll have a full day to explore the lush English gardens, colonialstyle architecture and historical buildings.

START FINISH 2011 MAY 14 JUN 04

START FINISH JUN 04 JUN 25 JUN 25 JUL 16

START FINISH JUL 16 AUG 06 AUG 06 AUG 27

START FINISH AUG 27 SEP 17

Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt), camping (20 nts) Transport: Private van, ferry, bicycle Group Size: Max 13 Meals/ Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners while camping on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of CAD70 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow CAD440 for meals not included Please note: Bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 4:00pm on Day 22 Tour Code: SUSSOL

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Jasper N.P. • Wells Gray P.P. • Golden • Mt Revelstoke N.P. • Hope • Vancouver Is. • • Vancouver • Victoria

• Banff N.P.

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Day 22: depart seattle Squeeze in any last minute shopping before you say goodbye to your buddies as the trip finishes.

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Days 20-21: Vancouver Return to Vancouver by ferry. Vancouver is famous for its historic Gastown, Chinatown, and the popular Stanley Park. It has an incredibly scenic coastal setting, bordered with an ocean harbor to the north and a wide reaching river to the south. All the time, with the majestic Rocky Mountains providing the eastern horizon. On Day 21, you’ll have a full day to take in this wonderful city. Explore Stanley Park on bikes or rollerblades, go walkabout in town, discover the waterfront on a sea kayak or simply go shopping.


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BACKPACKER CAMPING

15 DAYS, $1,735 fr

+trip kitty

start & finish: SEATTLE Everyone in Canada seems to be annoyingly fresh faced, absurdly healthy and ferociously fit. Even the local moose seem to exude perfect vitality and well-being. You won’t catch them parked up in a pub with a bucket of beer and a super sized pack of Marlboro Lights. The majority of the country just wants to be outside. Indeed, in a recent survey it was discovered that Canadians spend 77% of their daily lives outdoors, compare that to those from London, 31%, and those from Houston, 3%, (these statistics could be completely made up). So why on Earth does this maple syrup loving, funny talking and overtly peaceful race of people love to get themselves out of the house? Well, just a quick look at the pictures on display on this page might give you quite a good idea. This country is astoundingly beautiful – and there is mile after mile of magnificently unpopulated open space. For those who have the audacity to doubt this, get yourself on this two-week adventure and prepare to fall crazy in love with Canada. Prepare for lakes that reflect every nuance of your physiognomy, forests that pump out gallons of the cleanest air, wildlife that rules comfortably over their kingdoms, glaciers that seem impossibly beautiful and mountains that’ll make you feel spectacularly small, but spiritually enormous. Starting and finishing in Vancouver, this trip checks out the amazing Canadian Rockies, camping out under the stars each night. BEST BITS • Camp at a cowboy ranch at Wells Gray • Check out the mountains of Jasper N.P. • Marvel at the scenery around Banff • Encounter the hulking Athabasca Glacier • Get magically lost in the wonder of Yoho • Feel the spray of Takakkaw Falls • Explore Mt Revelstoke’s rainforest • Sightsee in easy-going Vancouver DAY 1: Arrive seattle Arrive into Seattle and get exploring. The city offers plenty of entertainment, from museums and galleries to cozy cafés, parks and beaches. DAYS 2-4: Wells Gray Provincial Park Travel out of the city to Wells Gray Provincial Park, 3,000 square miles of wilderness in British Columbia, where there is the option of horse riding or canoeing. Spend your evenings camping at a cowboy ranch. Day 5: MT robson Provincial park Drive through the stunning Cariboo Mountains and Mt Robson Provincial Park, stopping regularly along the way for short hikes.

days 6-7: Jasper National Park Hearts will skip a beat upon seeing Jasper’s palette of snow-white or summer-grey mountains and brilliant turquoise lakes, laced by dense pine forests and colossal glaciers. Spot the Canadian Rockies’ Big Five - elk, moose, deer, wolf and bears. Perhaps take a gondola ride to Whistler Mountain, hike the park’s trails or go mountain biking in the Valley of Five Lakes. Days 8-10: Banff National Park Visit Canada’s oldest national park a wonderous collection of valleys and mountain chains. Traverse the famous Icefields Parkway through breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery, stopping on the way at the Athabasca Glacier. Ever wanted to hitch a ride in an ice-mobile? Here, it’s possible. Later, arrive at the Canadian Rockies’ lakes region and admire the views. Lake Louise is a particular highlight. Take a gondola ride up Sulfur Mountain or explore Bow River Valley.

Day 13: kamploops With more than 400 glaciers, Glacier National Park is a stunning stop on the way to Kamloops. Pay a visit to Mt Revelstoke National Park which contains part of the world’s only temperate inland rainforest and offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains and jagged valleys. Day 14: vancouver Check out the sights - the historic Gastown, Chinatown and the popular Stanley Park. Vancouver also boats an incredible coastal setting, bordered with an ocean harbor to the north and a wide reaching river to the south. All the time, with the majestic Rockies, often snowcapped, providing the eastern horizon. Day 15: depart seattle Drive the 150 miles to Seattle were your adventure finishes. Say your sad goodbyes.

Days 11-12: Yoho National Park One of the lesser-known spots in the Canadian Rockies, Yoho shelters Canada’s highest waterfall and a wealth of unique plant and animal species. With ice-blue Kicking Horse River flowing through the valley of the same name and a symphony of peaks, falls, glacial lakes and meadows, Yoho is a masterpiece. Get active and tackle white-water rapids or simply relax and enjoy the stunning surrounds.

DEPARTURES START FINISH 2011 MAY 21 JUN 04 JUN 04 JUN 18

START JUN 18 JUL 02 JUL 16

FINISH JUL 02 JUL 16 JUL 30

START JUL 30 AUG 13 AUG 27

FINISH AUG 13 AUG 27 SEP 10

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Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt), Camping (13 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of CAD70 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow CAD $300 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 4.00pm on day 15 Tour Code: SUSSOR

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CLASSIC CANADA

BACKPACKER LODGING

10 DAYS, $2,010 fr

NO LOCAL PAYMENT!

start & finish: seattle Spend 10 days among the domineering mountains, pristine panoramas, ethereal valleys, cobalt colored lakes and the rich, clean and beautifully fresh air of Western Canada - this is a truly monumental traveling experience. Out and about, in and around and face-to-face with Mother Nature’s most extreme sculptures - you’ll initially struggle to comprehend the crystalized beauty of all your surroundings. Heading across the border into Canada, you’ll travel to Kelowna and Golden, which means ferocious rivers, gargantuan glaciers, temperate rainforest and miles and miles of vineyards. The vast landscapes of Canada are on full show within Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and Wells Gray Provincial Park - and there’ll be plenty of opportunities for alpine hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, dog sled riding and other exhilarating outdoor activities. Or you may just want to lie back, absorb all the mind-boggling beauty and contemplate how you’ll ever assimilate back into everyday life back home - but while you’re doing this you may want to keep one eye open for resident grizzly bears, moose or mountain lions! From here you’ll head to the buzzing resort town of Whistler. Finally, you come to the scenically startling city of Vancouver - you’ll burn with envy as you imagine how amazing it must be to live in such a stunning place. What a shame it all has to end and it's back to your less envious reality of home. BEST BITS • Check out Glacier National Park • Get wet in the spray of Takkakaw Falls • Gaze at the azure waters of Lake Louise • Marvel at the Icefields Parkway • Look out for Grizzly Bears in Jasper N.P. • Spend the night on a cowboy ranch • Experience Whistler’s buzzing nightlife • Soak up Vancouver’s vibrant energy

Day 1: arrive Seattle Vibrant and modern, there’s much to do in downtown Seattle. Arrive early to pick up fresh produce at Pike Place Market or tackle the Space Needle before heading out to catch some great live music - a great way to spend the first night with your tour mates. Day 2: Kelowna Cross the border into Canada and head to Kelowna, located in the heart of British Columbia’s wine region. Day 3: Golden Discover the world’s only temperate inland rainforest in Mt Revelstoke National Park. Travel through Rogers Pass en route to Glacier National Park. Home to more than 400 glaciers, this park is a spectacular stop. Spend the night in Golden. Day 4: Banff National Park The combination of wild whitewater, spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife makes rafting the Kicking Horse River a thrilling adventure of a lifetime. Or you may just want to relax by the shore of this beautiful river in Yoho National Park. Gaze up at huge Takkakaw Falls, the highest in Canada, before continuing on to Banff National Park.

Days 5-6: Jasper National Park Stunning Rocky Mountain scenery awaits on the Icefields Parkway connecting Banff and Jasper. Be left breathless by turquoise lakes - including lovely Lake Louise - reflecting majestic snowcapped peaks. This park is famous for its wildlife so keep an eye out for elk, moose, bears and even mountain lions. Optional activities on Day 6 include a gondola ride to Whistler Mountain and mountain biking in the Valley of Five Lakes. Day 7: Wells Gray Provincial Park Spend the night at a cowboy ranch surrounded by the beauty of Wells Gray Provincial Park. During the day there’s plenty of free time for hiking, canoeing or even horseback riding. Day 8: Whistler Try mountain biking, alpine hiking and a full roster of outdoor activities in this pretty resort town high in the Canadian mountains. Day 9: Vancouver Check out the historic Gastown, Chinatown, and the popular Stanley Park. With the Rockies on the horizon and scenic coastal setting, this cosmopolitan city has the best of both worlds - a dynamic culture and close to some of the world’s best national parks. Day 10: depart Seattle Head back across the border to Seattle before saying a sad farewell to your group.

START START 2011 MAY 21 JUN 01

FINISH FINISH MAY 30 JUN 10

START START JUN 11 JUN 22 JUL 02

FINISH FINISH JUN 20 JUL 01 JUL 11

START START JUL 13 JUL 23 AUG 03

FINISH FINISH JUL 22 AUG 01 AUG 12

START START AUG 13 AUG 24 SEP 03

FINISH FINISH AUG 22 SEP 02 SEP 12

Accommodation: Hotels/lodges (9 nts) Transport: Private van Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of CAD70 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow CAD400 for meals not included Please note: Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 10 Tour Code: SUSSRC

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 Seattle

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• Banff N.P.

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MOOSE TOURS why choose Moose travel network? Moose Travel Network is Canada's adventure bus system for backpackers, students and ‘young at heart’ travelers. 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! You’re guaranteed to have the adventure of a lifetime! • Hop-on Hop-off – take up to six 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

big east tour local 7 DAYS, fr $562 +payment

STUDENTS

FR

$552

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start & finish: toronto (fixed itinerary) This is one of the best trips to get a taste of the real Canada. Travel through the Thousand Islands resort area to Montréal - the largest French speaking city outside of Europe. Spend time in old Québec City - the only walled city in North America. Next, visit Mont Tremblant a beautiful ski village in the Laurentian Mountains. Then on to the nation's capital Ottawa, before returning to Toronto. Local Payment: CAD 75 Tour Code: MO5

highlights • Visit Montréal - the festival capital of North America! • Visit historic Québec City • Practice your French in Québec • Camp out in the Laurentian Hills • Shop at the Byward Farmers Market • Explore Ottowa's parliament buildings

• 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 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 $20-35 for a dorm bed.

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. Moose bonuses Each passenger will receive a free moose t-shirt. And on the East Coast fixed itineraries they'll even throw a wrap up party at the end of the tour for you!

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.

what’s included • 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners • Thousand Island boat cruise optional extras • Canal Cruise • Voyageur Canoe • Aerial Adventure Park with zipline • Jetboat ride on the Lachine Rapids departures May: 2, 16, 30 June: 13, 20, 27 July: 4, 11, 18, 25 August: 1, 8, 15, 22 September: 5, 12, 19, 26 October: 3 ACCOMMODATED TOUR FR $919

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Mont-Tremblant • • Québec City

Accommodation in mixed dorms

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Mohawk pass 12 DAYS, $883 fr

STUDENTS

FR

$873

+ local payment

start & finish: toronto (fixed itinerary) Experience the best of both English and French cultures as you travel the old upper Canada trade routes through Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto. You’ll also visit some truly spectacular wilderness areas.

what’s included • 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners • Thousand Island boat cruise • All park entrance fees • Canoe and kayak rentals optional extras • Whale watching • Sea kayaking • Camping Experience • Helicopter ride at Niagara Falls • Luge Run • Rafting on Ottawa River

Local Payment: CAD 160 Tour Code: MO6

highlights • Visit the 'City of Festivals', Montréal • Walk the cobblestone streets of Québec City • Hike, bike or swim at Mont Tremblant • Tour the nation’s capital, Ottawa • Learn about Aboriginal history and culture on Turtle Island • Look out for Algonquin Park's wildlife • Listen for wolves howling as you huddle around the campfire • Canoe to Moore Falls • Hike and swim at Ragged Falls

Schooner tour min.

local 20 DAYS,FR $1,033 +payment

STUDENTS

FR

$982

+ local payment

start & finish: toronto (fixed itinerary)

Local Payment: CAD 240 Tour Code: MO7

highlights • Experience the European charms of Montréal and Québec City • Wander along the Bay of Fundy • Visit the Titanic graveyard in Halifax • Check out beautiful Peggy’s Cove • Explore the famous Cabot Trail • See Cape Breton's stunning coastline • Marvel at Montmorency Falls

• Tadoussac • Québec City • Mt Tremblant

ACCOMMODATED TOUR No local FR $1,563 payment Accommodation in mixed dorms

Ft. Coulonge • Algonquin Park •

• Montréal • Ottawa

Toronto •

what’s included • 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners, plus lobster boat tour and dinner • Hopewell Rocks • Thousand Island boat cruise • Keith’s Brewery tour • Beachcombing on the Bay of Fundy • Anne of Green Gables tour • Whiskey distillery tour • Winery tour and tastings • All ferry crossing fees optional extras • Whale watching on the Bay of Fundy • Tidal bore rafting experience departures June 1, 27 July 22 August 1, 15 September 7

• Riviere du Loup • Québec City • Moncton Charlottetown • Cape Breton • • Montréal • Ottawa

ACCOMMODATED TOUR No local

FR $1,886 payment

Accommodation in mixed dorms

call 800.777.0112 to book

• Digby • Halifax • Toronto

CANADA & ALASKA

Travel over from Toronto down the east coast of Canada to Halifax and the famous Bay of Fundy. This incredible tour offers plenty of activities and experiences as well as beautiful east coast villages - settled since the 1700’s. Try your hand at whale watching, fish aboard a real lobster boat and dig for clams along the Prince Edward Island shoreline.

departures May: 13, 27 June: 10, 17, 24 July: 8, 15, 22 August: 5, 12, 19 September: 2, 16, 30 October: 7


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hoodapus pass minimum

local 7 DAYS, fr $452 +payment

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FR

$432

+ local payment

start & finish: VANCOUVER (hop-on hop-off) This pass showcases the major highlights of the Canadian Rockies. The 1,500-mile route zips you through the ecological paradise of British Columbia, passing mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and more. You’ll get the chance to explore Banff and Jasper national parks along the Columbia Icefields parkway one of the most scenic roads in the world! Local Payment: CAD 110 Tour Code: MO1

highlights • Check out the cascading waters that tumble down Mt Cheam • Drive the Coquihalla Highway through wild mountain terrain • Visit Natural Bridge and Emerald Lake • Explore Banff and Jasper N.P.s • Absorb the beauty of Lake Louise, Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake • Marvel Icefields Parkway vistas

mustang pass minimum

local 13 DAYS, fr $753 +payment

STUDENTS

FR

$723

+ local payment

start & finish: VANCOUVER (hop-on hop-off) This brilliant pass covers over 2,000 miles, taking in everything on the Hoodapus Pass plus quite a bit extra. So as well as enjoying the raw wonders of the Canadian Rockies, you’ll also experience the natural wild west coast of Vancouver Island and the alpine playground of Whistler. Local Payment: CAD 180 Tour Code: MO2

highlights • Check out the giant trees of Cathedral Grove • Enjoy the amazing coastline of Pacific Rim National Park • Visit Victoria - 'The Garden City' • Drive the amazing Sea to Sky Highway • Check out the cascading waters that tumble down Mt Cheam • Drive through BC’s wild terrain • Visit Natural Bridge and Emerald Lake

• Explore the Athabasca Glacier • Hike down Maligne Canyon • Check out the awesome Takakkaw Falls - more than 1,000ft high! • Visit stunning Kalamalka Lake • Stay in lovely lakeside Kelowna what’s included • 3 dinners • Wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley • Park entrance fees optional extras • White-water rafting • Exploring a wild cave near Banff • Horseback riding • Canoeing or kayaking on a glacier lake • Go-karting near Shuswap Lake • Tandem skydiving Vancouver departures Mar 29 - Apr 26: Tue & Sat Apr 28 - Jun 4: Tue, Thu & Sat Jun 6 - Jun 21: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat Jun 23 - Aug 30: Daily Sep 1 - Sep 29: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat Oct 1 - Oct 25: Tue, Thu & Sat Oct 29 - Nov 19: Tue & Sat

• Jasper

Shuswap Lake •

• Banff/Lake Louise • Kelowna

Vancouver •

• Explore Banff and Jasper N.P.s • Absorb the beauty of Lake Louise, Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake • Marvel Icefields Parkway vistas • Explore the Athabasca Glacier • Hike down Maligne Canyon • Check out the awesome Takakkaw Falls - more than 1,000ft high! • Stay in lovely lakeside Kelowna what’s included • 5 dinners • Wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley • Park entrance and ferry fees OPTIONAL EXTRAS • Whalewatching, surfing or kayaking • Relax in hot springs • Adventure activities in Whistler • Whitewater rafting • Horseback riding • Go-karting near Shuswap Lake • Tandem skydiving

• Jasper

Shuswap Lake •

Vancouver departures May 1 - Sep 21: Sun, Wed & Fri

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• Banff/Lake Louise

• Whistler • Kelowna • Tofino Vancouver • • Victoria


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pacific pass minimum

15 DAYS, fr $863

STUDENTS

FR

$823

+ local payment

+ local payment

start & finish: VANCOUVER (hop-on hop-off) The Pacific Pass is our most extensive pass in Western Canada. This 2,000 mile route takes you from Vancouver to the wild west coast of Vancouver Island and onwards to the alpine playground of Whistler. You’ll then get a detailed look at the Canadian Rocky Mountains, with plenty of hiking opportunities and amazing viewpoints. Finally, you’ll head back to Vancouver through the rugged interior of British Columbia. Local Payment: CAD 200 Tour Code: MO11

highlights • See the giant trees of Cathedral Grove • Enjoy the coastline of Pacific Rim N.P. • Visit Victoria - 'The Garden City' • Drive the amazing Sea to Sky Highway • Check out the cascading waters that tumble down Mt Cheam • Drive through wild mountain terrain

big west pass minimum

local 9 DAYS, fr $502 +payment

STUDENTS

FR

$482

+ local payment

start & finish: VANCOUVER (hop-on hop-off) This 1,500 mile route takes you to Whistler, one of the world’s great resorts in both summer and winter - before you head to the outdoor playground of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll check out Banff and Jasper National Parks as you travel the Icefields Parkway, exploring mountains, lakes, glaciers and more! Local Payment: CAD 130 Tour Code: MO12

what’s included • 5 dinners • Wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley • Park entrance and ferry fees optional extras • Whalewatching, surfing or kayaking • Adventure activities in Whistler • Whitewater rafting • Hiking and horseback riding • Go-karting near Shuswap Lake • Tandem skydiving

• Jasper Edith Cavell • Rampart Creek • Shuswap Lake •

vancouver departures May 20 - Sep 16: Sun, Wed & Fri * May 22 departure is minimum 16 days

• Banff/Lake Louise

• Whistler • Kelowna • Tofino Vancouver • • Victoria

• Marvel at Icefields Parkway's vistas • Explore the Athabasca Glacier • Hike down Maligne Canyon • Check out the awesome Takakkaw Falls - 1,200ft high! • Visit stunning Kalamalka Lake • Stay in lovely lakeside Kelowna what’s included • 4 dinners • Wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley • Park entrance fees OPTIONAL EXTRAS • Whitewater rafting • Adventure activities in Whistler • Canoeing and kayaking in Banff • Horseback riding • Go-karting near Shuswap Lake • Tandem skydiving • Jasper

vancouver departures May 1 - Jun 2: Sun, Tue & Thu Jun 4 - Jul 12: Sat, Sun, Tue & Thu Jul 14 - Aug 23: Daily Aug 25 - Sep 25: Sat, Sun, Tue & Thu

call 800.777.0112 to book

Shuswap Lake • • Whistler Vancouver •

• Banff/Lake Louise • Kelowna

CANADA & ALASKA

highlights • Drive the amazing Sea to Sky Highway • Check out the cascading waters that tumble down Mt Cheam • Drive the Coquihalla Highway through BC’s wild mountain terrain • Visit Natural Bridge and Emerald Lake • Explore Banff and Jasper N.P.s • Enjoy a big night out in Banff • Absorb the beauty of Lake Louise, Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake

• Visit Natural Bridge and Emerald Lake • Absorb the beauty of Lake Louise, Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake • Marvel Icefields Parkway's vistas • Explore the Athabasca Glacier • Check out the awesome Takakkaw Falls - 1,200ft high! • Visit stunning Kalamalka Lake • Stay in lovely lakeside Kelowna • Stay in remote wilderness hotels


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1 hi vancouver central

2 samesun vancouver

3 Cascadia Hotel

A lively, fun, secure, comfortable and clean hostel. All rooms have comfortable mattresses, free WiFi, linens and towels. Join in the awesome daily activities such as pub crawls, museum tours and comedy nights, then head out to experience Granville’s great nightlife. STA261

On top of free WiFi and breakfast, the kitchen and bathrooms have been recently renovated. There’s a TV room, pool table and laundry room. The Beaver Restaurant is a great hangout with nightly dinner and drinks specials. Daily activities include movie, poker and comedy nights. STA263

Kick back at the Cascadia where cozy rooms, many with balconies overlooking the North Shore Mountains and English Bay await. Check your email using the WiFi and plunge into the pool before heading to the Mi Bistro and Bar for some West Coast cuisine and classic cocktails. STA726

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$38 DORM $50 DOUBLE

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$30 DORM

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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$147 SINGLE $74 DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

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7 Best Western Tin Wis, tofino

8 Executive House, victoria

9 Hi Whistler, whistler

The hotel is set in the pristine heart of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, two miles outside Tofino. Each newly renovated room has an ocean view with a balcony or patio for full appreciation of the surroundings. Many have fireplaces, kitchenettes and jetted tubs. STA730

This European-style boutique hotel is located in the heart of Victoria. All of the spacious rooms have a panoramic view of the historic city and complimentary WiFi. The four on-site restaurants range from an English-style pub to an oyster bar and there’s a quiet spa to retreat to. STA731

Originally used as part of the Athletes' Village during the 2010 Winter Olympics, this brand new hostel boasts outdoor decks with mountain views and a storeroom for bikes, boards and skis. Grab a coffee at Cheaky's Café, watch the 52" HDTV or play pool in the games room. STA732

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$172 SINGLE $86 DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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$122 SINGLE $61 DOUBLE

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$37 DORM

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july 31, 2011 Vancouver Pride parade

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november 24 - december 24, 2011 vancouver's christmas markets

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4 Holiday inn Downtown

5 Fairmont Waterfront

6 Renaissance Vancouver

This is a refreshed, comfortable hotel with friendly service. Spacious, well-appointed rooms offer pleasing amenities such as free WiFi. Jump into the indoor pool, relax in the sauna, work out in the health center and enjoy a delicious meal at Medley’s Restaurant. STA727

Floor to ceiling windows showcase the hotel's spectacular views of the harbor and majestic mountain peaks behind. Sample the freshest regional and seasonal cuisine in Herons Restaurant or relax in the eucalyptus steam rooms, or by the outdoor heated pool. STA728

This hotel has been uniquely transformed to feature stylish, whimsical design with local touches. You'll appreciate every detail from the cotton-rich linens to flat-screen TVs in the bathrooms. Dine in the casual bistro serving fresh, local ingredients. STA729

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$122 SINGLE $61 DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

fr fr

$207 SINGLE $104 DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

fr fr

$152 SINGLE $76 DOUBLE

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Whales, Bears and VanCouVer island

vancouver by bike

Days 4-5 : vICTORIA  TOFINO Venturing into true wildlife territory, the Pacific Rim National Park is a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity. On your thrilling Tofino whalewatching expedition you’ll search for the Pacific Grey Whale, sea lions and puffins. Enjoy the network of hiking trails along the coastline.

FULL DAY fr $86 An easy ride passing by Vancouver’s best beaches and local hot spots. You'll bike through the beautiful Stanley Park along the sea wall, explore trendy Yaletown, take a water taxi to Granville Island Market and view the 2010 Olympic village, Science World, Chinatown and the brand new Convention Center. STA734

9 DAYS $2,249

• Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner at Knight Inlet • Whalewatching - 3 hours on Day 3 at Victoria, 3 hours on Day 5 at Pacific Rim National Park • Ferry crossings (car and passengers) • Return floatplane from Campbell River to Knight Inlet • Bearwatching and wildlife tour on Day 7 • Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps • All taxes and fees CAR RENTAL FR $33 CHECK OUT PAGE $104

Departures: Daily: 14 May - 6 October Tour Code: STA736

call 800.777.0112 to book

• Knight Inlet Campbell River • Tofino • • Vancouver • Victoria

CANADA & ALASKA

Days 6-9: TOFINO  CAMPBELL RIvER  KNIGHT INLET  vANCOUvER Stop to marvel at native rock carvings and Car rental fr picturesque waterfalls. At Campbell River see IS EXTRA salmon, eagles or even whales. Arrive at floating Knight Inlet Lodge by seaplane and head out on start & finish: vANCOUvER a search for bears among the abundant wildlife of the lush West Coast rainforests. Head back to Days 1-3: vANCOUvER  vICTORIA Vancouver by plane and car for one last night. Explore Vancouver for a day before taking the ferry over to Victoria on Vancouver Island. SELF DRIVE INCLUSIONS: Launch into the Pacific to seek out Orca, Minke Accommodation: 8 nights standard accommodation, on a room only basis at various stops along the way and Grey Whales, seals and porpoises.


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the rockies

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hi Alpine centER, banff

Banff Caribou Lodge, banff

Fairmont Banff Springs, banff

An authentic wood and log framed hostel, with a cozy fireplace. The small dorms are simple but comfortable. With movie nights, rafting tours, a man made ice-climbing wall (available during winter), a restaurant, plus a brand new on-site pub – you won’t be bored! STA267

Impressive hand hewn logs create the spectacular 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. STA737

For more than a century, 'The Castle in the Rockies' has been providing a unique blend of luxurious comfort, service, timeless beauty and stunning vistas. World-class golf courses and skiing are moments away, which you can follow with exceptional cuisine or relax in the spa. STA738

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$36 DORM $54 DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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$130 SINGLE $65 DOUBLE

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$302 SINGLE $160 DOUBLE

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HI Calgary City CentER, calgary

Sandman Downtown, calgary

delta bow valley, calgary

Feel right at home in this newly renovated, central hostel. It offers free coffee and tea, linens, towels and WiFi. After using the laundry facilities and kitchen or fully equipped BBQ, hang out in the activity room complete with 50" TV and pool table or relax on the sunny patio. STA739

Enjoy casual dining at Moxie’s Classic Grill or meet up with friends at Mbar Lounge, conveniently located within the hotel. The rooms are comfortable and enjoy Internet access plus access to the indoor pool and whirlpool. STA740

Close to the cultural district and Stampede Park this hotel offers a flair of urban sophistication. Take a jog along the Bow River trail systems – complimentary maps, bottled water and hand towels are available. The rooms offer the comforts of home and stunning city views. STA741

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$35 DORM $42 DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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$127 SINGLE $64 DOUBLE

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$182 SINGLE $91 DOUBLE

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Destinations jasper Mountains are Jasper's calling card. Breathtaking vistas, Mountain Sheep, bears, wolves, elk and stunning lakes.

JASPER N.P.

WHISTLER

BANFF, LAKE LOUISE

lake louise Spectacular scenery, 4,200 skiable acres of world class terrain, turquoise waters and towering Victoria Glacier. 

calgary It's all about the Stampede! 'The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth'. (July, 2011)

CALGARY

VANCOUVER

banff Thundering waterfalls, towering peaks and misty canyons, plus perfect virgin powder snow. First Passage To The West Journey Through The Clouds Rainforest To Gold Rush Whistler Sea To Sky Climb

200km

Rocky mountaineer For incredible train journeys, including the Whistler Sea to Sky Climb, see page 106.

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Lake Louise Inn, lake louise

Fairmont Chateau, lake louise

Lobstick Lodge, jasper

This modern mountain resort is nestled in a picturesque setting, providing beautiful views from the tastefully-appointed rooms. Return from outdoor activities to the heated indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room and a variety of places to eat and drink. STA742

At the heart of this historic resort, the hotel prides itself on responsible tourism. After an invigorating day in the wilderness, pamper yourself at the spa and enjoy an eclectic dining experience in an outstanding setting - afternoon tea to fine dining and an intimate wine bar. STA743

Recently renovated, the lodge is conveniently located in the town of Jasper. Enjoy the majestic mountain views from your large room or over a drink at the Skyline Lounge. Soak in the indoor or outdoor Jacuzzis or the heated indoor pool and enjoy a meal in the restaurant or café. STA744

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$126 SINGLE $66 DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

calgary

local 4 DAYS, fr $671 no payment! Welcome to the ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’! First up, the Rodeo. The best of the best saddle-up for a ground shaking showcase of world-class rodeo action. You’ll be on the edge of your seat for the saddle bronco, bareback riding and most dangerous of all - bull riding. Spend the evening enjoying the Grandstand Show including a skyride over Stampede Park. Day 3's action is the Rangeland Derby - heart-stopping chuckwagon races - an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. The show culminates with a lavishly produced musical variety grandstand show. STA745

$160 SINGLE $80 DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

glacier trail,

banff

local full DAY, fr $160 no payment! Prepare yourself for the experience of the Columbia Icefield! Covering an expanse of 200 square miles and reaching depths of up to 1,500ft, this impressive icefield forms one of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Departing from Banff, your route along the scenic Icefields Parkway provides a spectacular view, but your experience will be enhanced as you venture directly onto the Athabasca Glacier – which represents a substantial portion of the entire ice blanket - in a special Ice Explorer. An alpine picnic lunch is included as is the Ice Explorer ride. STA746

Accommodation: Hotel (3n) Tickets: One afternoon rodeo ticket (Platinum Section), One evening ticket to the Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand Show (Gold Section), 2 skyrides over Stampede Park

call 800.777.0112 to book

CANADA & ALASKA

stampede package,

$302 SINGLE $160 DOUBLE


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1 hi toronto

2 global village

3 canadiana

The hostel provides facilities for all backpackers – comfy rooms with bedding and towels, laundry, Internet, café and shared kitchen. Join the regular BBQs on the rooftop deck and the host of other weekly events including museum crawls, soccer games, quizzes and movie nights. STA275

Toronto’s largest youth hostel offers free WiFi and Internet, a pancake breakfast, huge common areas, an outdoor patio and Toronto’s only inhouse backpacker bar. Opt for a bargain dorm or experience the newly renovated boutique private rooms, with custom decor and a double bed. STA274

This superbly run hostel is known for its style, service and atmosphere. The rooms are spacious and you can start the day with an all-you-caneat pancake breakfast. Chill in the 18-seat movie theater or get involved in daily activities from karaoke to BBQs and art gallery visits. STA276

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$33 DORM $59 TWIN

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Starter pack 4 DAYS, $92 fr

start & finish: toronto Departs: daily • 3 nights quad share accommodation • All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with unlimited tea and coffee • One-way airport transfer to Global Village Backpackers hostel • Welcome drink at the hostel bar • Ticket to the CN Tower • Guided daytrip to Niagara Falls • Linens and local taxes included

$30 DORM $43 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

Jump onto the Airport Express bus at the airport and be whizzed to your Toronto accommodation. Here you’ll spend three merry evenings staying at the Global Village Hostel. Make the most of this colorful newly renovated building, with extensive fun time facilities and a lively atmosphere. It’s also centrally located in the heart of the Entertainment District with major attractions, shops, restaurants and pubs all within close proximity - leaving you no excuse for staying inside! You’ll receive a free welcome drink and delicious daily all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. You can then head out for a day of sightseeing either in terrific Toronto at the CN Tower, or book a day trip to Niagara Falls - both are included totally free when you book this package - and they say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. STA252

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$31 DORM $44 DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT including breakfast

Toronto City Pass fr $66

Save time, money and hassle with this six-in-one ticket for Toronto’s top attractions. The pass will allow you to skip the lines to the Art Gallery of Ontario, CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum and the Toronto Zoo. Valid for nine days and with ‘insiders tips’, this is all you need for a simple and savvy way to see this city’s stunning sights. STA281


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4 Holiday Inn Express

5 strathcona hotel

6 Delta Chelsea

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 – everything from cinnamon rolls and eggs to bacon and fresh fruit. STA251

The hotel has undergone renovation to create rooms with contemporary amenities and a fresh, urban design. The hotel is WiFi equipped, plus it offers a popular on-site café, a British style pub with large screens for sports fans and the fitness facilities are just across the road. STA278

The rooms are comfy and the range of bars and dining options means you won’t be disappointed by the fresh local produce on offer. For kids there’s the Family Fun Zone and for adults the top floor health club with pool – an urban retreat complete with a panoramic view of Toronto. STA277

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$106 single $53 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$114 single $57 TWIN/DOUBLE

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$162 single $81 TWIN/DOUBLE

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7 Sheraton on the Falls, niagara

Niagara Falls day Tour

maid of the mist

The superb location of this hotel guarantees awesome views of the falls from the restaurant, pools and even the spa. If you want to guarantee your room has them too, then book the Falls view room. An indoor walkway connects you to the waterpark, casino and other attractions. STA748

1 day fr $52 Departing Toronto, you’ll stop in the Niagara wine region for a tour and tasting at an award winning winery. Browse the shops and cafés in the beautiful village of Niagara on the Lake before continuing to Niagara Falls where you can witness the spectacular natural display that is world-renowned. There is free time to take the famous 'Maid of the Mist' boat ride or even a helicopter ride over the falls! STA280

fr $21

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$127 single $64 TWIN/DOUBLE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

call 800.777.0112 to book

Put on your rainjacket and step aboard for the ride of a lifetime! The 'Maid of the Mist' will take you to the American Falls before sailing past massive rock formations to the magnificent sight of the thundering Horseshoe Falls. As the 'Maid of the Mist' battles the waters, take advantage of the unsurpassed photo opportunities. This half-hour tour will leave you breathless. STA749

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hi montrÉal, montrÉal

travelodge, montrÉal

hotel Place Dupuis, montrÉal

This fantastic hostel provides a self-service kitchen, on-site restaurant and bar, A/C, free WiFi, lockers in dorm rooms and spacious rooms that all have private bathrooms. They organize free activities through the week and can get you tickets for all the major Montréal events. STA282

This downtown European style hotel offers just the right blend of value, comfort and amenities. Its rooms are tastefully decorated and include a flat-screen cable TV and A/C. Its central location means no matter where you want to go, it's just a short metro ride away. STA750

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 the Vignoble dining room. Take time out from exploring the city and head to the indoor pool, sauna or exercise room. STA751

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$33 DORM $43 TWIN

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$115 SINGLE $57 DOUBLE

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$150 SINGLE $75 DOUBLE

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Le Nouvel, montrÉal

ice hotel package, montrÉal

Fairmont, Mont Tremblant

This hotel offers an impressive convergence of comfort and elegance with spacious rooms that offer a homey feel. Treat yourself in the day spa or enjoy the casual atmosphere of the restaurant where you can experience imaginative, delicious cuisine without leaving the hotel. STA758

You will be welcomed with a cocktail served ‘on the rocks’ before you snuggle up for the night in a Nordic sleeping bag. Awake to a warm drink and then relax in the hot tubs and sauna. If you you find yourself in need of heat, a room and shuttle to the Sheraton is also available. STA759

Set at the foot of Mont Tremblant, this worldclass resort boasts a dazzling array of lakes and trails, gourmet restaurants, charming bistros, nightclubs and a casino, providing an abundance of year-round activities. Many of the rustic, elegant rooms offer spectacular views. STA760

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The hotel is located near the tourist attractions of the old city and is only a 15 minute walk from the walls of Old Québec. The clean, comfortable rooms and the indoor pool and hot tub make this the perfect place to chill out after a busy day exploring the city. STA756

Set on the Plains of Abraham, this historical hotel is at the heart of all the major tourist attractions of old Québec City. It has a tranquil inner courtyard and magnificent salt-water pool with Finnish sauna and a spa. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant before retiring to your room. STA283

Located in the heart of North America’s only walled city, this hotel boasts exceptional views of both the Laurentian Mountains and Parliament Hill from its rooms, bistro and even the gym. Enjoy the heated outdoor pool, open year-round, and the seasonal outdoor terrace. STA757

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1 day fr $66 This thrilling ride will take you jetboating through the historic Lachine Rapids of the St. Lawrence River. Your experienced captain will take you over the tumbling waters, through whirlpools and waves as high as 10ft. These once unnavigable waterways offer you the challenge and adventure of a lifetime on this exciting, hour-long whitewater jetboating experience from Québec City. STA761

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alaskan adventure

BACKPACKER CAMPING

22 DAYS, $2,350 fr

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start & finish: anchorage This is surely our most adventurous American trip. On the edge of the hemisphere, at the top of the planet, in one of the world’s last frontiers – get ready to discover a natural universe far removed from anything you’ll have ever witnessed before. Alaska is one of the 50 states of America – but any association with the U.S. ends right there. Don’t be expecting any hamburger stalls, overpaid movie stars or sky scraping urban sprawls. The material world and all of its pros and cons is nowhere to be seen among the snow scattered mountains, alpine waterfalls, glimmering inlets and slow moving glaciers. The vast majority of the state is entirely devoid of human influence. For those who believe with a hint of sadness that all of the Earth has been trampled on and explored – prepare to place your feet on some patches of land that have potentially never been disturbed by man, woman or child. This three-week adventure takes in a lovely little chunk of this awesome state and also crosses the border into some of the more remarkable areas of Canada. You’ll check out the enormous Mt McKinley, witness the shimmering lakes and snowy prominences of the Yukon, pan for gold and play in hot springs, and see so many glaciers that you’ll lose count and encounter all kinds of beautiful wildlife. Best of all, each night will be spent camping out, immersed in your resplendent environment. BEST BITS • Admire mammoth Mt McKinley • Encounter a Bald Eagle at Chilkat • Pan for gold in Whitehorse • Soak in Takhini’s mineral springs • Bet away a buck or two in Dawson City • Marvel at the grandeur of Mt St. Elias • Explore the amazing Prince William Sound • Check out the glaciers around Seward Day 1: arrive Anchorage Arrive into Anchorage and set out exploring this old railroad construction port. Days 2-4: Denali National Park Hike, raft or take a scenic flight over Denali. Visit mammoth Mt McKinley - at a formidable 20,320ft, it’s North America’s tallest mountain. Day 5: Delta Junction Spend a day traveling through Fairbanks, Alaska’s second largest city, then set up camp at scenic Delta Junction.

Days 7-8: Skagway Check out America’s favorite bird at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Take the ferry to Skagway, a historical port town from the gold-rush era. Day 9: Whitehorse & Takhini Hot Springs Relive the glory days at White Pass Yukon Route Station - former terminus of the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway - and in free time, try panning for gold. Head to Takhini’s springs for a relaxing mineral soak. Days 10-11: dawson city Travel deep into the heart of the Klondike, Dawson City, once the El Dorado of gold diggers. Visit Bonanza Creek and learn about the Gold Rush era, before enjoying a night out at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall. Day 12: Tok Traveling along the ‘Top of the World Highway’ - you’ll struggle to comprehend the vastness of this landscape. You’ll camp that night in the dogsledding town of Tok. Days 13-14: Wrangell & St. Elias N.P. This park boasts the continent’s largest assemblage of glaciers, mountain ranges and peaks above 15,677ft. There is an option to cycle, hike, fish or take a scenic flight. Spend the night camping in nearby McCarthy.

Days 15-16: Valdez The Trans-Alaska Pipeline ends in the coastal Valdez, also known as the 'Switzerland of Alaska'. Fish, hike, bike, trek or cruise Prince William Sound to view the Columbia Glacier. Day 17: Anchorage Explore Anchorage at night or rest at the camp. Days 18-19: Seward Look out for the blue ice of Portage Glacier en route to Seward. Opt to take a cruise around the glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park and admire the Harding Icefield and tidewater glaciers, before following the road up to spectacular Exit Glacier. In your free time, whiz through the cold air on a dog sled or try halibut fishing. Day 20: Homer Be enchanted by the ethereal beauty of the Kenai Peninsula. The lakes, glaciers and coastline make for a moving nature experience. Days 21-22: depart Anchorage Look out for Beluga Whales on the way back to Anchorage, where the trip finishes on Day 22.

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Accommodation: Hostel (1 nt), camping (20 nts) Transport: Private van, ferry Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD$70 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD$550 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 4:00pm on day 22 Tour Code: SUSSOY

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alaskan DISCOVERY 15 DAYS, $2,215 fr

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start & finish: anchorage Way back in 1867, the U.S. paid Russia $7.2 million dollars to acquire Alaska. To call this the bargain of the millennium wouldn’t be an understatement. These days it would you cost you that kind of figure to pay an average pro football running back, purchase one of Picasso’s lesser known works, or to send about 4,157 people on this trip (please enquire, as we have to add some extra departures). With 17 of the highest peaks in the U.S. in Alaska, more than half of the world’s glaciers, a land area twice the size of Texas, and an abundance of natural resources - it’s pretty clear why the U.S. got such a good deal! Alaska represents something entirely different from the rest of the surrounding world - nearly one third of this amazing state lies on the Arctic Circle and it is almost as close to Tokyo (3,520 miles) as it is to New York (3,280 miles). This two-week adventure will send you and your fellow explorers deep into this fantastical land. For just about the entirety of your trip you’ll be surrounded by sulky mountains drenched in deep, fluffy snow. Turn a corner and be confronted with glacial panoramas, azure lakes, surging rivers and possibly the odd moose, grizzly bear or iceberg. So suck in the planet’s cleanest air, strap on your snowshoes, dig out your Eskimo phrasebook and prepare for something that’s nothing short of startling. BEST BITS • See snow-capped mountains in Denali • Gaze at the enormous Mt McKinley • Explore Wrangell-St Elias National Park • Marvel at Lake Louise’s azure waters • Spot the wildlife of Prince William Sound • Discover the stunning Kenai Peninsula • Choose to take a dog sled ride • Join the gold rush at Crow Creek Mine

Day 1: Arrive Anchorage Located in south-central Alaska on the shores of Cook Inlet, Anchorage is a unique urban environment in the heart of the wilderness. Days 2-4: Denali National Park Be vigilant in heritage-listed Denali - grizzlies, wolves, elk, and caribous are afoot. Follow a short trail near the park’s entrance and venture into the wilderness. The highlight of this trip is Mt McKinley - standing at 20,320ft, it is the highest mountain in North America. Stroll, hike or raft through the park. Alternatively hop on a scenic helicopter jaunt. Days 5-6: Wrangell-St Elias N.P. Admire the glacier-formed geography and spectacular views of the Alaska ranges on the drive to Wrangell-St. Elias. Referred to by locals as the Mountain Kingdom, this National Park is the largest in the country, with glaciers upon glaciers and peaks upon peaks. It’s hard to miss the 18,008ft Mt St. Elias, the second highest point in the U.S. You’ll spend these two nights camping in nearby McCarthy - optional activities include hiking, canoeing, fishing, or boating. Day 7: Chickaloon Continue on the scenic Old Richardson Highway to the quaint town of Chickaloon. Traveling through the stunningly beautiful mountainous landscape, you’ll stop on the way to admire the deep azure waters of Lake Louise.

Day 8: Anchorage Travel back to Anchorage - take some time to eat at one the city’s great seafood restaurants. Days 9-10: Homer 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. Days 11-12: Seward Here you can opt for a boat cruise around the glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park, hike up Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield, ride on a dog sled or go halibut fishing. Watch out for marine mammals such as sea lions, orcas and dolphins. Days 13-14: Prince William Sound / Valdez Journey to the coastal town of Whittier and take a ferry to Valdez. Travel through Prince William Sound and admire the creaking, frozen expanse of the Columbia Glacier. Ringed by soaring snow-capped mountains, Valdez is a very scenic spot. If the season’s right, see salmon swimming up stream. Hike to Bridal Veil and Horsetail Waterfalls, discover the impressive Worthington Glacier or go on a kayak tour to Shoup Glacier. Day 15: Depart Anchorage Traverse the rugged Alaskan landscape on the journey back to Anchorage.

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• Denali N.P. Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts), camping (12 nts) Transport: Private van, ferry, scenic bus Group Size: Max 13 Meals/Trip Kitty: The kitty covers some breakfasts & dinners while camping on this trip - the kitty is an optional payment of USD70 per week of your trip and is used to pay for some group meals Budget: Allow USD375 for meals not included Please note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Recommended earliest possible flight departure time is 8:00pm on Day 15 Tour Code: SUSSOA

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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 exclusive insurance coverage 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 traveling and protect your hard–earned investment. We anticipate the unexpected so you don’t have to.

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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 traveling, we can get you to a trusted provider and even handle the payment for acute, one time treatments up to $1,000.

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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 $250 $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 traveling 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 traveling 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.

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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, 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. 14795254/15618840

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3. Additional Terms Warranties, Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, REFERENCES HEREIN TO “US” “WE” AND “OUR” SHALL ALSO REFER TO OUR AFFILIATES. THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY US OR OUR SUPPLIERS OR PUBLISHED ON OUR WEBSITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR ERRORS, INCLUDING PRICING ERRORS. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF, AND DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR OTHER INACCURACIES RELATING TO SUCH INFORMATION THAT APPEARS ON OUR WEBSITE. WE EXPRESSLY RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CORRECT ANY PRICING ERRORS ON OUR WEBSITE AND/OR ON PENDING RESERVATIONS MADE UNDER AN INCORRECT PRICE. IN SUCH EVENT, IF AVAILABLE, WE WILL OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP YOUR PENDING RESERVATION AT THE CORRECT PRICE OR WE WILL CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION WITHOUT PENALTY. ANY RATINGS FOR SUPPLIERS ARE INTENDED ONLY AS GENERALGUIDELINES, AND WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF THE RATINGS. WE MAKE NO GUARANTEES ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF SPECIFIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY US OR CONTAINED ON OUR WEBSITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. THE INCLUSION OR OFFERING OF ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES BY US DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OUR ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION OF SUCH PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES THAT OUR WEBSITE, ITS SERVERS OR ANY EMAIL SENT FROM US OR OUR SUPPLIERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. WE HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT. WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS MAY VARY FROM STATE TO STATE. THE CARRIERS, HOTELS AND OTHER SUPPLIERS PROVIDING TRAVEL OR OTHER SERVICES ON THIS WEBSITE ARE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS AND NOT AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES OF THE US. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTS, ERRORS, OMISSIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, BREACHES OR NEGLIGENCE OF ANY SUCH SUPPLIERS OR FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING THEREFROM. WE HAVE NO LIABILITY AND WILL MAKE NO REFUND IN THE EVENT OF ANY DELAY, CANCELLATION, OVERBOOKING, STRIKE, FORCE MAJEURE OR OTHER CAUSES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, AND WE HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSE, OMISSIONS, DELAYS, RE-ROUTING OR ACTS OF ANY GOVERNMENT OR AUTHORITY. IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF, OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH, YOUR ACCESS TO, DISPLAY OF OR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR OUR SERVICES OR WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO ACCESS, DISPLAY OR USE OUR WEBSITE WHETHER BASED ON A THEORY OF NEGLIGENCE, CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, AND EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IF, DESPITE THE LIMITATION ABOVE, WE ARE FOUND LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE WHICH ARISES OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH ANY OF THE OCCURRENCES DESCRIBED ABOVE, THEN OUR LIABILITY WILL IN NO EVENT EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, THE GREATER OF (A) THE SERVICE FEES YOU PAID TO US IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH TRANSACTION(S) ON THIS WEBSITE, OR (B) ONEHUNDRED DOLLARS (US$100.00) OR THE EQUIVALENT IN LOCAL CURRENCY. THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY REFLECTS THE ALLOCATION OF RISK BETWEEN THE PARTIES. THE LIMITATIONS SPECIFIED IN THIS SECTION WILL SURVIVE AND APPLY EVEN IF ANY LIMITED REMEDY SPECIFIED IN THESE TERMS IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. General

We are acting as an independent contractor and no joint venture, partnership or employment relationship exists between you and us or our Suppliers as a result of this Agreement or your use of our website. We reserve the right at any time to modify this Agreement without prior notice to you. Please refer to our website at www. statravel.com from time to time to review the most current version of the Agreement. Your continued access or use of our website or services signifies your acceptance of the modifications to the Agreement. You may not assign your rights or obligations under this Agreement to any third party. We may terminate this Agreement at any time for any reason, and such termination shall not affect any right to relief to which we are entitled at law or in equity. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Texas without regard to its conflicts of laws principles. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the enforceability of the remaining provisions will not in any way be affected or impaired.

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