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Adventure.. It’s in our DNA. Whether we’re haggling with the locals, trying weird and wonderful food or trekking new territory, we like to keep things interesting. It’s the whole reason we set up STA Travel in 1979. We love nothing more than getting to know a new language, culture or environment and, 35 years later, we’re still exploring. We’re convinced that experiencing the wonders of our planet opens your mind and stretches your horizons. We listen to our travellers, our expert staff visit faraway places and use this knowledge to create your very own life-changing experience. Inside, you’ll find no end of incredible adventures to inspire your ultimate trip to the USA or Canada, whether you’re looking for an iconic road trip, an exciting citybreak or the chance to commune with nature in breathtaking national parks. From shoestring hostels to luxurious hotels, and from great value camping tours to indulgent active adventures, we’ve also got all budgets covered. Our expert advice, unique experiences and amazing special offers will make sure you never look at the world in quite the same way again. So buckle up, you’re about to uncover a whole new way to travel.

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CONTENTS We Know Because We Go! Save With STA Travel Flying High Preferred Airlines Start The Adventure Sleep With Us Go Smart or Go Home Feeling Social? Making It Count Discover North America

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GETTING AROUND

20 21 22

Bamba Experience Amtrak Rail Car, Motorbike & Campervan Rental

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COAST TO COAST TOURING WEST COAST USA

CONTENTS

04 05 06 07 08 10 12 13 14 16

66 West Coast Self-Drive 68 Los Angeles, LA Beaches & Anaheim 74 San Diego & California Coast 76 San Francisco & Yosemite 80 Las Vegas 84 Bundu Bus 85 Ranching Holidays 86 National Parks 88 Hawaii

93 EAST COAST USA 102 New York 108 Boston 110 Washington D.C. 111 Chicago 112 Miami, Orlando & The Florida Keys

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CANADA & ALASKA

116 117 118 119 120 126 128 130 132

Car Hire Canada Self-Drive VIA Rail Cruise Canada Campervans Canada & Alaska Touring Moose Travel Network Vancouver, Whistler, Calgary & The Rockies Toronto & Niagara Falls Montréal & Québec City

133 travel insurance 134 Terms & Conditions facebook.co.za/statravelsouthafrica TWITTER.COM/STATRAVELSA Picture courtesy of G Adventures

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Save with STA Travel and make that hard-earned cash stretch a little further, by taking advantage of some of our amazing offers. We’ve come up with some great, exclusive discounts to make sure you get the best deals going.

No single supplements

Repeat traveller

Multi-trip deals

Free Nights +BONUS

Travelling alone but happy to share a room with a same-sex traveller? If so, you’ll save the single supplement on many of our tours.

Top 10

REASONS to travel with STA Travel 1.

Global travel help

Wherever you are, we’re there for you 24/7

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World-class travel partners

3.

Exclusive low Flexible airfares

We work with only the most reputable tour operators and accomodation providers across the globe Our unique airline partnerships mean you always get the lowest fares around and you can also change your plans at the last minute without breaking the bank

Buy two or more tours with the same operator and get up to 5% off your total price.

Cardholder discounts

Travel with the same tour operator more than once and you’ll often find your loyalty is rewarded with a discount.

Stay longer at many of our hotels and hostels and we’ll often throw in a free night, or two...

Flex

Great discounts on airfares and a load of free stuff too, just for being a student, teacher or young person. Check out our range of discount cards on page 12.

STA Travel’s unique range of flexible products aim to make travelling easier and cheaper. Check out our Multiflex pass on page 6 to reduce the cost of changing your travel plans.

Mates rates

EARLY BOOKING

Save cash if you travel as a group, or maybe earn a free place if there are enough of you.

Book your trip well in advance of your travel date and you may qualify for reduced rates.

Make it Happen Its pretty easy really - you’ve done the most important bit by picking up this brochure. Next step – go in and see one of our Travel Experts and start planning your route. There are all sorts of things we can help you with from here.

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HAND-PICKED

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100S of stores worldwide

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One-stop shop

Book everything with us and spend less time worrying and more time having fun

Pick up my STA Travel North America brochure

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We are the experts

Book an appointment with a Travel Expert and get planning!

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Over 30 years’ experience

Experiences, trips and accommodation options - all hand-picked and vetted by us With stores all over the world, you’re never far from one of our Travel Experts

Our Travel Experts are the go-to people for tips and advice, whatever your question

checklist

Get my flights booked

We know our stuff when it comes to travel adventures, we’ve been there, done that and bought the T-shirt!

Buy my ISIC or IYTC card for amazing discounts all over the world

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Price beat guarantee

Book somewhere to stay for at least my first few nights

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Adventures for all

We’ll beat any price that you find lower elsewhere* No matter what your age or budget, we’ll inspire you to create your ultimate trip *For full terms and conditions on our price beat guarantee please visit www.statravel.co.za/pricebeat-guarantee-round-the-world.htm

save with STA TRAVEL

We know because we go!

WE Know Because We Go!

Save with Sta travel

Check and arrange any visas required Speak to my doctor about my jabs Get packed, it’s time to hit the road

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FlIGHTS & OUR PREFERRED AIRLINES

FLYING HIGH

Aside from our unbeatable prices, many of our airfares are unique and exclusive, meaning we can book just about anything you desire, from one-ways or simple return tickets, to complex and exciting round the world itineraries. Below is just a snippet of what we can do for you. •

The absolute lowest fares with the world’s leading airlines including exclusive discounts and flexible booking conditions for students holding an ISIC card and for youths under 30 holding an IYTC card. We even throw in discounts for teachers holding an ITIC card for good measure!

The flexibility to change your travel dates and route before and after departure.

Build your very own itinerary using our exclusive one-way fares.

100s of STA Travel stores worldwide giving you personal support as you travel the globe.

GET THE BEST PRICE

We’ve been helping our customers get the best airfares for over 30 years so our Travel Experts know exactly where to look and what to check to give you the deal of a lifetime! Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive student, under 30 and teacher fares. We’ll beat any competitor on price and that’s a promise – see statravel.co.za or ask in store for details. Sign up to our weekly newsletter by visiting statravel.co.za to receive our best offers and the chance to win amazing prizes!

ROUND THE WORLD

We practically invented the concept of flying round the world, so we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices and plenty of suggestions for you. Our fares are totally flexible and some even last up to 18 months; so you can work for a year and travel the other six.

STOPOVERS

The vast majority of our fares allow discounted, or even free, stopovers en route to your final destination. You don’t need to limit it to a night or two as some of our fares allow stopovers of weeks or even months! So, in effect you could be getting two or more countries for the price of one. These aren’t bookable online so be sure to ask your Travel Expert what’s available for you.

MULTIFLEX PASS

On average, an STA traveller on a round the world trip will change their flight dates five times. By buying your date changes up front you could save over R1,000 and change your mind during your trip, without having to worry about the cost. You can get three date changes for R500 or unlimited date changes for R1,000, saving you heaps of cash!


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TOURING north america

TOURING north america

There’s no more convenient way to travel than on a tour, it takes all the hassle out of travelling, opens your mind to local cultures, gets you trying out a whole bunch of exciting new activities and is a great way to make new friends from all over the world. You’ll visit all the mustsee highlights, of course, but expert guides will also take you to authentic, out-of-the-way places that only those with insider knowledge would know. You’d probably never find them on your own! Taking a tour can usually be cheaper than trying to put it together yourself, so whatever your budget, we’re confident you’ll find your perfect trip. We also guarantee that you will not find the same tour cheaper anywhere else. To help you choose the trip style that’s right for you, see the ‘Inclusions’ box on each of the tour pages and look out for the following logos throughout the brochure:

These tours encourage you to step off the beaten path and immerse yourself in your chosen destination. You’ll usually share your trip with no more than 13 like-minded travellers, though the average group size is often lower.

As above, but aimed at younger travellers looking to experience the best of North America with a bunch of fun and friendly travel mates. Please note that some of our touring partners set an official age limit, while for others it is suggested as a guideline - see individual tour pages.

On these trips, which typically have a larger group size, you’ll travel only with 18-35 year olds who share your passion for travel. These trips are super sociable, ideal for making new friends through shared experiences.

For the ultimate flexibility, consider one of our self-drive tours which include your accommodation and a handy self-drive kit packed with maps and directions. Car rental is bought separately so you can choose your own vehicle

Independent travel in the USA & Canada is easy with Bamba Experience, Bundu Bus and Moose Travel Network, whose hop-on, hop-off networks of public transport and private minibus services allow you to explore at your own pace and according to your own itinerary. Stay as long as you like in each destination and jump back on the bus whenever you’re ready to move on. It’s really that simple! For those looking to put a bit of meat on the bare-bones plan, choose one of the fixed itineraries, complete with pre-arranged accommodation.

Exactly what it says on the tin. These exciting short tours can be booked on their own, added on to a longer tour or mixed and matched to create your own itinerary. You are likely to be travelling with other like-minded people but each tour is different, run by our local operators and designed for maximum enjoyment.

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Trip Styles STA Travel is proud to partner with G Adventures to deliver an amazing range of small group adventures worldwide. G Adventures has been redefining small group travel for over 20 years and their trips feature active exploration, cultural immersion and the creation of true, lifelong connections with the people and places they visit. All trip styles / service levels have a few things in common: 100% Guaranteed Departures – once you book, you’re going! Lifetime Deposits – if you need to cancel or postpone, your money’s protected for use against a future trip. No Single Supplements – you can be paired up with a same-sex roommate at no extra cost or, if you prefer your own space, look for the ‘My Own Room’ prices.

As a world leader in youth travel for 18-35s, Contiki’s experiences are designed with young travellers in mind. Their journeys are packed with culture, inspiring places, lifelong friendships & making every moment count. A trip with no regrets, no compromises and definitely no travelling with other people’s kids or grandparents. Contiki includes unrivalled access to blockbuster sights & experiences like

YOLO – popular with 18-39 year olds, Yolo trips are for those who want to take on the planet in a fun and affordable way. Classic – for travellers of all ages seeking extraordinary landscapes and wildlife, and real interaction with local cultures. Comfort – unforgettable trips with upgraded accommodation and transport, plus more meals and included activities. Active - geared towards adventurers with a love of the great outdoors who are hungry to hike, trek, bike, raft and more.

Service Levels

Standard – comfortable and central midrange accommodations; public and private transport; top highlights included. Upgraded – well-equipped hotels; private and upgraded transport, more included meals, activities and transfers.

Physical Grading

1. Easy – you can walk unaided, climb a few stairs and carry your own bag. 2. Light – some gentle walks or hikes, but still suitable for all fitness levels. 3. Average – includes moderate activities such as hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking.

Camping – great value trips with the odd hotel stay; public and private transport.

4. Demanding – some hikes at higher altitudes or other strenuous activities.

Basic – simple and clean hostels, hotels and guesthouses; public and private transport; great optional activities.

5. Challenging – serious high-altitude treks, climbing, cycling and heavy exercise.

the Grand Canyon, the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty to riding the ‘Maid of the Mist’ in Niagara. They offer amazing places to stay with comfy, centrally located hotels & Special Stays, and lots of free time to get even more from your trip. And with a dedicated Contiki team on-hand, you’ll have constant access to valuable insider knowledge. Best of all, on every date listed for Contiki tours in this brochure, you’ll benefit from: Guaranteed Departures – once you book, you’re going!

No Single Supplements – we don’t charge any extra if you’re travelling solo – we’ll match you up with a same-sex room-mate. Or you can opt for a ‘A room to myself’ for a small supplement.

Service LevelS

Superior – experience the best of North America travelling by plane, boat and convenient private coach. Stay near the sights in a mix of comfortable hotels and unique local stopover options. Add to this a raft of meals, local knowledge and amazing experiences and you have an epic trip!


SLEEP WITH US sleep with us

sleep with us

Star ratings are often not the best way to categorise hotels. Depending on what country you’re travelling 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’ve horizontally tangoed with the cool, the interesting, the enviable and the luxe to the off the wall to bring you our curated offering of hostels, hotels, lodges and apartments, all chosen especially for you.

Shoestring

Our wallet-friendly digs are hand-picked by us. No frills and no nasty surprises but a sociable atmosphere and fantastic locations! HI Alpine Banff - Banff

Glampacker

WHY SLEEP with us

Stay in some of the most expressive and one-of-a-kind hostels and budget hotels around, without breaking the bank. They are cool and unique, just like you!

There are loads of very good reasons to book your accommodation with us. Here are our favourite four.

Hand-picked

Ibis Bay Resort, Key West

Rock Solid

We’ve searched every corner of the globe for the very best properties around, in every conceivable style.

You want a comfy bed, a hot shower and a good range of amenities. Ranging from low key 2* hotels to well known 4* brands, you know its a safe bet!

Vetted Best Price Guaranteed

We’ve slept in it and vetted it for safety.

Best Western Beachside Inn, Santa Barbara

No hidden extras, no nasty surprises.

A-LiST

24 hour Concierge

These flash and funky hotels are worth splashing out on. Great facilities, classy interiors and a bit of luxury thrown in. Get your bling on.

With our worldwide network of stores, backed by our 24/7 global service desk, we won’t leave you stranded.

+BONUS

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

Hotel Helix, Washington D.C.

APARTMENT

Be like a local; live it up in an apartment. Wash your own socks, fix your own breakfast, share with your mates. It’ll be like a home from home, wherever you are. 888 Apartments, New York

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HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE, Big island, Hawaii

Pricing and Photography The accommodation prices featured in this brochure are based on per person, twin share. The ‘from’ pricing shown has been calculated using low season stays and is based on lead-in room types. We’re sourcing great deals all year long so we recommend using the prices in this brochures only as a guide and to ask your STA Travel Expert for the best available deal for your travel period. The accommodation photos featured are representative of the the room types available at each property however this may not be the actual room type that you receive. If you have a preference for a particular room your Travel Expert will be happy to help. Just ask!


Travel insurance

multiflex pass

Change your mind? Change your ticket without fees. Save R1,000s on date changes with our totally unique STA Travel Multiflex pass. Ask your travel Expert if your flights are eligible.

GLOBAL SIM CARD

It’s good to stay in touch whilst you’re away. It’s even better to keep your costs down and control your spending with it.

What’s the deal? • No more running up uncontrollable roaming bills • Excellent data rates • Great coverage in 190 countries • Free incoming calls in over 80 countries • Add call time from anywhere in the world • One number all over the world

Discount Cards

Thousands of travel, online and lifestyle discounts in the UK and worldwide. Grab an STA ISIC Cashcard for student benefits and an easy way to manage your money all in one, just R100. Also available: under 30 and teacher discount cards. Same great discounts worldwide, also priced at R100.

Visa SERVICE

Whether you’re touring the sights or planning on earning as you travel, it’s important you have the correct entrance visa. Check out your visa requirements with an STA Travel Expert. Our visa service for working and tourist visas is hassle free, efficient and the safest way to process your visas for your travels.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Land with cash in your hand! Order your foreign currency from us and enjoy great rates of exchange as well as quick and easy delivery to your home or nearest store. Ask a Travel Expert today about foreign exchange.

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FEELING SOCIAL?

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

Like us on Facebook Over 30,000 travel fanatics ‘like’ us on Facebook… are you one of them? If not, get in there right now! As well as giving away some of the world’s best travel prizes, we also smother you with inspiration. Whether you’re looking to connect with other travellers, share your best travel tips and ideas, or find the latest deals from STA Travel, hit the wall on our Facebook page and get involved today! Like us at www.facebook.co.za/STATravelSouthAfrica

Follow us on Twitter Get your tweet on and join the world’s biggest conversation! We’re on hand to answer your questions, and fuel your curiosity about the world’s most exciting destinations, as well as bringing our latest and greatest deals, straight to your Twitter stream. Wherever you are in the world, we’re only a tweet away. Follow twitter.com/statravelsa

Sign up to our Newsletter Be the first in line for our best deals and promotions, by signing up to our weekly email newsletter. We’ll slam it straight into your inbox, for when the urge to travel takes you. Sign up at www.statravel.co.za/sta_sa_newsletter.htm

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feeling social?

Go Smart or go home

OK, travel insurance might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it could be the most important purchase you make before you take off on your travels. You must take travel insurance before you leave, you won’t be able to get it once you have left your home country. The chances are that you’ll have the time of your life and you’ll return home with a big smile on your sun-bronzed face – but just in case things don’t quite go according to plan it’s wise to have a safety net in place for that extra peace of mind. So if you plan to cycle around colourful city streets, cross a few roads, eat weird and wonderful food, cart your expensive camera or iPod from hostel to hotel or get adventurous bungee jumping, skydiving or more, then make sure you ask us to organise the cover that’s right for you.


MAKING IT COUNT Despite its beautiful surroundings and the buzz that comes with a thriving tourism industry, Cuzco is a tough place to grow up for many children. For those living in extreme poverty there’s no room for big ambitions and many turn to begging, taking drugs and living on the streets. The Inti Runakunaq Wasin Centre (House of the People of the Sun) offers food, somewhere to safe to play, and educational support for children and young people. They learn valuable skills including jewellery making, leather working, sewing, cooking, music and English. Thanks to the amazing work of volunteers and supporters from around the world these guys can finally afford to dream big. We’re proud to be building a new art workshop for the centre, which will open up even more opportunities for local children and young people. This US$32,000 facility is just one of the many projects we’re involved in around the world.

“When I grow up you can work for me.”

100...

The number of volunteering projects we offer – from one day to six months worldwide. Whether you’re into working with children, communities, animals, conservation, building or sports, there’s something for everyone.

US$230,000.00.. That’s how much we’ve invested so

far in our projects.

US$25,000..

The amount our new water tank in Panama’s Bocas del Toro cost us. It’s been going strong for a year and it’s a lifeline for the local community, who had no safe drinking water up until then.

80..

Kids and young people are currently studying for their futures in the drop in centre in Cuzco.

4.in.right The number of countries we have projects now.

THE STA TRAVEL FOUNDATION Responsible tourism is at the heart of what we do, and our Foundation is something we’re hugely proud of. It allows us to use all our existing resources, expertise and experience and make sure every penny goes towards our chosen causes around the world. It’s a registered charity, so you can be sure that everything you donate goes right to the people who need it most. We focus on a number of different projects throughout the year, including conservation, clean water, kids’ projects and medical centres. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news and check out our Facebook to find out what we’re up to right now. To donate, ask one of our Travel Experts or visit www.statravelfoundation.org

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THE RESPONSIBLE STA TRAVELLER

We owe everything to the incredible communities who open their doors and allow us to experience their beautiful backyards. So it’s up to us to be courteous and understanding.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Coming from a 11-year-old girl in one of our projects in Peru, this was, without question, the best job offer we’ve ever had.

AT A GLANCE


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NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

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UNITED STATES OFUNITED AMERICA STATES OF AMERICA (ALASKA) (ALASKA)

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WHISTLER

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HONOLULU

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NEVADA

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (HAWAII)

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USA USA

USA

Average High Temperature (ยบC / ยบF) City New York City Chicago

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

3 38

6 42

10 50

16 61

22 71

26 79

29 84

28 83

-1 31

2 36

8 47

15 59

21 70

27 80

29 84

28 82

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

24 75

18 64

12 54

6 43

24 75

17 63

9 49

2 35

Miami

23 74

24 75

24 76

26 79

28 83

31 87

31 88

32 89

31 87

29 84

26 79

24 76

New Orleans

17 62

18 65

22 72

26 78

29 85

32 90

33 91

33 91

31 88

27 80

22 72

18 64

Las Vegas

14 58

17 63

21 70

26 78

32 89

37 99

40 104 39 102 34 94

27 81

19 67

14 57

Los Angeles

20 66

21 69

21 70

23 73

23 74

26 78

28 83

29 84

28 83

26 79

23 73

20 68

San Francisco

14 57

16 60

17 62

17 63

18 64

19 67

19 67

20 68

21 70

21 69

17 63

14 57

8 47

10 50

12 54

15 59

18 64

21 70

24 76

24 76

22 71

16 60

11 51

8 46

Honolulu

27 81

27 81

28 82

28 83

29 85

31 87

31 88

31 88

31 88

31 87

29 84

28 82

Anchorage

-6 22

-3 26

1 34

7 44

13 56

17 63

18 65

18 64

13 55

4 40

-3 27

-4 24

Seattle


BAMBA EXPERIENCE

comfortable buses. Depending on your route, you may travel on trains, boats or private shuttle vans, as well.

IExperience ncluded Experi ences tons of included day trips

Bamba Experience NORTH AMERICA

Salt Lake City

Denver

USA & CANADA

Montreal

Toronto Niagara Falls

Chicago

Buffalo

Buffalo

Boston

USA

New York Philadelphia

San Francisco

Washington D.C.

Carmel

Las Vegas

Santa Barbara

Nashville

Memphis

Knoxville

Los Angeles

New Orleans

Panama City Orlando

- start or finish your pass here Fort Myers Naples

Miami

BAmba network Explore the USA with Bamba who have all the country’s major iconic cities covered (plus a

POI NT-TO-POINT TICKETS Some of the most popular routes on the

couple in Canada!) with their fantastic hop-on hop-off passes. Plan your own journey or select from one of the many Bamba routes below. The five popular multi-city routes below cover the highlights of North America has to offer. Bamba take care of all your transport and throw in some amazing activities to do along the way so you are sorted for the time of your life!

Amtrak network are as follows:

encompassing a variety of adventure, historical, natural and cultural activities. All activities bundled in your passes have guaranteed daily departures, too.

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

cross country USA WAYS Los Angeles

R16,140

FR

New York City

Recommended trip time 21days

Included Experiences: 1-6

Eastern USA & Canada Ways New York City

New York City

R8,642

FR

Recommended trip time 15-17days

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

Florida Encounter Ways New Orleans

Miami

R8,642

FR

Recommended trip time 11-13days

Included Experiences: 7-8

8 segments within 15 days FR R5,020 12 segments within 30 days FR R7,140 18 segments within 45 days FR R9,800

california & vegas WAYS Los Angeles

Los Angeles

R6,672

Included experiences

Super USA ways New York City

New York City

R4,317

FR

Recommended trip time 9-11 days

• Vancouver • Seattle Portland • • Eugene-

Wolf Point

Omaha

• Salt Lake City • Denver

Bakersfield

San Diego

Montréal •

St. Paul - • Minneapolis

• • Chicago •

• Flagstaff • Albuquerque Tucson

El Paso

Quincy

Kansas City •

Oklahoma City •

Little Rock

Fort Worth •

Indianapolis

• St Louis

• Memphis

Detroit

Houston

San Antonio

• Cleveland

• Cincinnati

• Boston

• New York • Philadelphia • Baltimore

• Washington D.C. • Newport News •• Selma

Raleigh Columbia •

• Charleston • Savannah

• Dallas • •

• Buffalo

Pittsburgh •

• Atlanta

Austin

• St. Albans •

Portland

Grand Rapids

Milwaukee

Sacramento Reno Oakland/ • • Emmeryville • • San Francisco

Los Angeles

East Glacier Park

Spokane

Springfield

San Luis Obispo •

Grand Forks

• Jacksonville

New Orleans Tampa •

• Orlando •

Miami

8 Segments (15 DAYS) Boston New York Savannah Orlando

Philadelphia Miami

Baltimore

R5,020

FR Washington DC

Charleston

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

12 Segments (30 DAYS)

R7,140

FR

Buffalo Cleveland Chicago Milwaukee Minneapolis East Glacier New York Park Spokane Seattle Portland Sacramento Oakland San Francisco

Start in New York and head up to Buffalo where you can jump on an excursion to Niagara Falls. Head along the shores of Lake Ontario to the music city of Cleveland before taking in the urban excitement of Chicago. Tour the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee and shop ‘til you drop at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Take in the spectacular scenery of Glacier National Park before soaking up trendy Seattle and Portland. Wind down through California’s capital city of Sacramento to finish up in beautiful San Francisco.

FR

Recommended trip time 13-15days

Included Experiences: 1-2, 9

changes to your itinerary as you wish.

and activities with trusted and reliable local operators at the most affordable rates.

The Crescent – daily service between New York, Washington, Atlanta & New Orleans

USA RAIL PASSES Offering maximum flexibility and great

Included Experiences: 4-6, 10-11

Onli ne Trip Manager Access your trip online to make as many Best Value Bamba provides high quality transportation

California Zephyr – daily service between Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City & San Fran

Sunset Limited – three times weekly between L.A., Houston & New Orleans

wish, between the 1st of April and the 31st of October.

before and during your trip. Your pass is valid for 12 months, so you can take all the time you want to enjoy your journey!

Lake Shore Limited – daily service between New York, Buffalo, Cleveland & Chicago

Coast Starlight – three times weekly between Seattle, Portland & Los Angeles

Guaranteed Daily Departure Begin and end your journey anytime you Unli mited Schedule Changes Make unlimited changes to your schedule

You’ll immediately feel a sense of relaxation and freedom as you board a big, beautiful American train. Amtrak’s national rail system serves over 500 stations in 46 states over 22,000 miles of track. Travel from the big cities of the East Coast, across the Mississippi River and the plains of the Midwest, and then climb into the Rockies to cross the Continental Divide at nearly 10,000 feet. Many of the trains you’ll travel on come equipped with large panoramic windows, making sure every stunning view is maximised.

USA

USA

Publi c Transportation Travel will be in safe, reliable and

CANADA

USA

Why Bamba Bamba Experience passes include convenient transportation options and exciting activities along the way. Choose your departure dates and make unlimited changes on the go. Just pick a route and decide when you want to travel; the rest is taken care of. Bamba believe that the freedom to travel how you want will bring you happiness. It’s for this reason they have a team dedicated to making sure Bamba travellers are always happy, providing assistance before, during and after your trip.

AMTRAK

1. Hollywood Trolley Explorer 2. Grand Canyon Day Trip 3. Chicago River Cruise 4. Washington DC Unveiled 5. Foodie 9th Street Market 6. New York City Day Trip 7. French Quarter Walking Tour 8. Biscayne and Everglades Tour 9. Bridge and the Beach 10. Quebec City & Montgomery Falls 11. Boston Bike City Trip

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

18 Segments (45 DAY)

R9,800

FR

San Francisco Sacramento Reno Salt Lake City Denver Omaha Chicago Kansas City Albuquerque Flagstaff Los Angeles San Diego Los Angeles Tucson El Paso San Antonio Houston Lafayette New Orleans

Six weeks to explore gives you the chance to zigzag your way from San Francisco to Chicago, all the way back to L.A., then right across the south to New Orleans. Epic! Take in the casinos of Nevada before crossing the spectacular Rocky Mountains to the ‘Mile High City’ of Denver. Head for Chicago and then board the ‘Southwest Chief’ to visit quirky Albuquerque and jump off in Flagstaff to make an excursion to the Grand Canyon. From Los Angeles, head via Texas and celebrate with a margarita in New Orleans!

Included Experiences: 4-6

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CAR HIRE

EAGLERIDER MOTORCYCLE RENTAL All Eaglerider motorcycle tours include:

SELF DRIVE TOURING

Go as you please, or check out our great pre-planned self-drive holidays: • Western Impressions (page 66) • Historic Route 66 (page 67) • Rocky Mountain Trail (page 67) • Classic New England (page 101) • South Florida Explorer (page 101)

We can also tailor make an itinerary to your exact requirements and budget. Please ask your STA Travel Expert for details.

CAR TYPES

A self-drive holiday is a great way to see everything you want to see in the USA. You’ll have the freedom to explore the big cities, as well as stumble upon tiny, hidden towns along the way, all at your own pace. Our aim is to make your car hire experience as easy and stress-free as possible. We offer fully inclusive pre-paid car hire, and we advise you upfront of any locally-payable extras. We only work with the most renowned global suppliers and the best local operators, ensuring you the highest level of service.

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

Age Restrictions Generally the minimum age is 21 years old, but this can vary between the car hire company and location. Surcharges may apply for drivers under 25 years old. Please check terms and conditions with your STA Travel Expert when making a booking.

R24,790

FR

Los Angeles

15 DAYS

Distance: 2,217 miles / 3,569 Km

Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn

Pismo Beach Monterey San Francisco Los Angeles Yosemite Lone Pine Las Vegas Zion National Park Palm Springs Los Angeles

Santa Rosa El Portal Page Grand Canyon

Kingman

Experience the best of the West, including Joshua Tree National Park, Route 66 and the Grand Canyon. Stop by Las Vegas, ride through Northern California’s wine country into Death Valley, then across the legendary Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Finish by cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles. LAXEEE

Yellowstone Billings

R15,824

FR

8 DAYS

Billings

Distance: 992 Miles / 1,597 Km Sheridan

Billings

Cody

Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn

West Yellowstone

Bozeman

Billings

Las Vegas NATIONAL PARKS

(GUIDE ONLY)

Las Vegas

APPROX. DISTANCE

APPROX. TRAVEL TIME

Boston Niagra Falls

210 km / 130 miles 627 km / 389 miles

2hr 15min 6hr

New York

Philadelphia

571 km / 355 miles

5hr

Philadelphia

Washington DC

553 km / 343 miles

5hr 20min

Orlando

Miami

393 km / 244 miles

3hr 45min

Miami

Key West

511 km / 317 miles

4hr 45min

Atlanta

Nashville

185 km / 115 miles

2hr 15min

Nashville

Memphis

650 km / 404 miles

7hr 15min

Memphis

New Orleans

337 km / 209 miles

3hr 45min

San Diego

Phoenix

565 km / 351 miles

6hr

San Diego

Los Angeles

465 km / 289 miles

4hr 15min

Los Angeles

Las Vegas

931 km / 578 miles

9hr

Full Size FR R358* per day

Los Angeles

San Francisco

284 km / 176 miles

2hr 50min

* Minimum rental periods and other conditions apply. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and seasonal surcharges and will change depending on pick up or drop off destination. These are a ‘from’ guide only. Please speak to your STA Travel Expert for more details.

San Francisco

Las Vegas

265 km / 165 miles

2hr 45min

Las Vegas

Phoenix

531 km / 330 miles

4hr 50min

Las Vegas

Grand Canyon

331 km / 206 miles

3hr 25min

Seattle

Portland

300 km / 186 miles

3hr 45min

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Los Angeles

DRIVING DISTANCES IN USA New York New York

Intermediate FR R342* per day

Western highlights

pre-booked. One-way fees may apply depending on routing, and are generally payable locally. Some routes may allow free one-way rentals.

BETWEEN Compact FR R309* per day

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

Ride through scenic lands including a tour through hundreds of miles of virtually untouched American Indian Territory. Experience what some say is the most beautiful 52 miles in America as you ride along the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway and head into Yellowstone National Park. For two days, you will be surrounded by Mother Nature at its finest. BILEEE

ONE-WAY RENTALS One-way rentals are permitted throughout the USA, subject to availability and must be Economy FR R293* per day

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

USA

USA

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8 DAYS

Distance: 966 Miles / 1,556 Km Zion National Park

Las Vegas

R12,156

FR

Las Vegas

Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn Page

Grand Canyon

Sedona

Kingman

Las Vegas

This tour takes you on a journey through some of America’s famous National Parks and attractions. You’ll visit the man-made Hoover Dam, cruise the worldfamous Route 66, ride through the beautiful Red Rocks in Sedona and then make your way to the breathtaking Grand Canyon. Enjoy the tranquility of Zion National Park before returning to Las Vegas. LASEEE

MIAmi PARADISE Miami

R11,324

FR

8 DAYS

Miami

Distance: 895 Miles / 1,440 Km Miami

Key Largo

Key West

Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn Florida City

Naples

Orlando

Miami

This tour encompasses excellent riding with the spirit of Florida’s famous beach cities. Ride along Highway 1, through South Beach to Key West and into Florida City. Cruising over to sunny Southwest Florida, you’ll experience the Gulf of Mexico’s clear waters and sandy beaches. Then, ride the open road through Naples and up to Orlando for a day at the amusement parks. MIAEEE

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TRAVELLERS AUTOBARN

BRITZ CAMPERVANS

WHY TRAVELLERS AUTOBARN?

• Perfect for the budget-savvy traveller • Help’s always on hand with 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance (toll-free) • Vehicles for drivers aged 21 yrs + • Multiple drivers at no extra cost • Fuel efficient, funky campervans

USA

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE!

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

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

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

STANDARD Inclusions

• 24hr on-road assistance • No worries liability insurance cover • Linen, bedding & camping kits • Campsite & regional guides • Free picnic chairs & free starter pack • Includes 100 miles/161 kms per day (option to upgrade mileage to 200 miles/322 kms per day for R158 per day & unlimited mileage for R200 per day)

noIncludes: worries cover • Full damage cover ($0 liability) & collision damage waiver • Liability insurance (3rd party claims) • Supplemental liability insurance ($1,000,000 3rd party personal & property liability cover)

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malibu CAMPER • • • • • •

Sleeps 3 (1 very large double bed) - also option to hire a tent Minimum hire age 21 yrs old Cooler box & 2 burner propane stove Kitchenette with sink & water supply CD player & MP3 input Power supply (via powered campsite)

maverick CAMPER • • • • • •

• Simple more inclusive flex rates • One-way rental between 6 locations • Vehicles for 21 yrs + • Help’s always on hand with a 24/7 call centre and on-road assistance • Quality convenience kits in each vehicle • Early Bird and Long Term discounts • Free airport & airport hotel shuttles

R641

FR

Sleeps 3 (1 very large double bed); or 4 if Rooftop Sleeper is booked (1 extra double bed); optional tent hire also available Min hire age 21 yrs old Fridge, 2 burner propane stove Kitchenette with sink & water supply CD player & MP3 input Power supply (via powered campsite)

ventura CAMPER • • • • • • •

WHY BRITZ? • Perfect for your next adventure

R536

FR

• • • • • • • • •

Sleeps 4 Minimum hire age 21 yrs old Shower & toilet Camping table Fridge/freezer & sink Microwave, oven & stove burner Hot & cold water AM/FM radio Roof A/C

• • • • • •

Cookware set & roast slicer Corkscrew & bottle opener Coffee maker & tea kettle Toaster Whisk, measuring cup Plastic containers

R686

FR

• Save 10% on long hires over 42 nights

PiLosck-up / Drop off from Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas,

R683

Denver, New York, Orlando.

STANDARD Inclusions • 125 miles per day

minimum hire periods, one-way fees & long-duration hires Pick up location

Drop off location

One way fee (USD)

Minimum booking days

Fees for booking days over

LA

LA

$0

7

0

LA

San Francisco / Las Vegas

$150

7/10

35

LA

Miami / NYC

$500

21

60

Las Vegas

LA / San Francisco

$150

7/10

35

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

$0

7

0

Las Vegas

Miami / NYC

$500

21

60

San Francisco

LA / Las Vegas

$150

10

35

San Francisco

San Francisco

$0

7

0

San Francisco

Miami / NYC

$500

21

60

Miami

LA / San Francisco / Las Vegas / NYC

$350

21 (10 in NYC)

60

Miami

Miami

$0

10

35

NYC

Miami / LA / San Francisco / Las Vegas

$350

21 (10 in Miami)

60

NYC

NYC

$0

10

0

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4-BERTH

SAVE SOME MONEY! • Save 5% on long hires over 21 nights

FR

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

USA

The best way to really get out there and have great adventures in the USA is in a Britz mobile home/RV as this will give you the freedom to explore. Their 4 berth vehicles have all the space and equipment you need and even come with insurance, 125 miles per day allowance, 24/7 on-road assistance, bedding, towels, etc. Once again, Britz have got all the boxes ticked! All you need to bring along is a sense of adventure and let the good times roll!

• Kitchen & living gear (see adjacent) • Linen & bedding • Rates include taxes and standard insurance • 24-hr on-road assistance • Personal vehicle orientation provided by multilingual staff

• • • • •

Kitchen towel Glasses and cups Dinner plate Salad plate & mixing bowl Knifes, forks, spoons

• • • • • •

Comforter/quilt & cover Pillow & pillow protector Sheet & pillow case Bath towel Hand towel Wash cloth

Opti onal extras • SLI – supplemental public liability

insurance for US$9/day • GPS for US$70/rental • Camping chairs for US$9/rental (Camping table FOC) • WiFi hotspot per 30 day hire (1GB of data) for US$125/rental (uses cellular network) • Extra miles if needed for US$0.45/mile + local tax - payable at drop-off time

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CRUISE AMERICA • • • • • •

Huge range of motorhomes 31 pick-up depots in USA & Canada No extra cost for additional drivers Motorhomes for drivers aged 21+ No extra cost for drivers under 25 Breakdown assistance cover

Save some money! USA

• 10% discount at KOA Kampgrounds (full guidebook provided) • Book to depart between Apr-Oct and, depending on the month and vehicle chosen, select from: half-price one-way fees, 50% off unlimited mileage charges or free vehicle provisional kits!

Grab some mates, hit the road and work the rest out along the way! Drive along the legendary Route 66, the scenic California Coast or the Overseas Highway linking Miami to Key West. Or hit awesome festivals such as Burning Man, South by Southwest or Coachella, all in comfort and style! From mind-blowing national parks to buzzing cities, the guys at Cruise America can sort you out with a trip of a lifetime.

PiBoston, ck-up New / DropYorkoff(JFKfrom or Newark), Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Houston, Minneapolis, Billings, Denver, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle & Anchorage. Relocation Specials: Each spring, brand new motorhomes from the factory in Chicago need to be relocated to depots across the US. Ask about great discounts on these once-in-a-lifetime road trips!

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

EARLYBI RD DISCOUNTs BOOK BY: 31 Jan 2014 - 10% off the daily Flexrate 28 Feb 2014 - 5% off the daily Flexrate

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C19 COMPACT MOTORHOme • • • • • • • • •

• • • • • • • • •

• • • • •

• • • • • • • • •

R746

1. party in vegas & ‘the big easy’ 2. get your kicks on route 66 3. tune into jazz, blues and country 4. eat at authentic roadside diners 5. camp out at the grand canyon

FR

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

C30 LARGE MOTORHOME

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s

R578

FR

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

E27 INTERMEDIATE MOTORHOME • • • •

R515

FR

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

C25 STANDARD MOTORHOME

USA

Coast to coast touring

WHY cruise America?

Seattle

NEW YORK san francisco

R799

FR

Sleeps 7 (3 double beds, 1 single bed) Minimum hire age 21 yrs old Automatic transmission Power steering, air-conditioning & cruise control Fridge, freezer, hob & microwave Stereo sound system Fresh water toilet & shower 2 on-board waste holding tanks Generator

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CHICAGO

WASHINGTON

denver los angeles

nashville

las vegas memphis

san diego

BOSTON

dallas

new orleans miami


R31,990

COAST TO COast road trip San Francisco

FR

23 DAYS

New York C ANADA

New York Philadelphia Yosemite N.P. Washington DC Bishop Monument Valley Shenandoah N.P. Death Valley N.P. Mesa Verde N.P. Appalachian Mountains Durango San Francisco Nashville Las Vegas Grand Canyon N.P.

Santa Fe

USA

USA

Carlsbad Caverns

Houston

San Antonio

• • • • • • • •

Memphis

U SA

Highlights

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

New Orleans

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

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

11-12

San Antonio / The Alamo / Houston

DAY ITINERARY

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

13-14

San Francisco

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Apr 27 May 11 May 18 May 25 Jun 01 Jun 08 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 27 Jun 29 Jul 04

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Aug 29 Aug 31 Sep 05 Sep 07 Sep 12 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Oct 05

01

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

Yosemite National Park

02-03

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), hostel (1 nt), participation camping (16 nts) Transport: Air-con private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 12 dinners Budget: Allow USD $300-350 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUFY

My Own Room Available: Fr R9,190

04

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

15-16

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

Memphis / Nashville

Hear the beat in Memphis, Tennessee! Explore the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, home of the blues and soul music. Legends including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B. King all made their marks on Memphis and you can also learn about a less savoury chapter in America’s history at the fascinating National Civil Rights Museum, located where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. In the evening, stroll along famous Beale Street to enjoy its live blues music and non-stop entertainment. In the morning you have the option to visit Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, or you can tour the most famous recording studio in the world, Sun Studios. Travel to Nashville where you’ll visit the Grand Ole Opry, the show that made country music famous. Spend the night bar-hopping from one live music venue to the next in real cowboy bars along Broadway, drinking with the locals and getting some insider knowledge on the next big breakthrough acts in the country and western scene. (B, 2L, D)

17-18

Death Valley National Park / Las Vegas

05-06

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

Grand Canyon National Park

07-08

You might like Extend Your Trip Best of the USA Tour (44 days, San Francisco to San Francisco) (GANUFB)  Fr R55,651 Go In Reverse Southern Cross Country Westbound (23 days, New York to San Francisco) (GANUCW)  Fr R31,990

New Orleans

This morning, take a guided tour of San Francisco and discover some of its most iconic attractions including the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and art-deco design. Afterwards, drive to Yosemite National Park where spectacular views of mountain peaks and granite domes await. Take short hikes to waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walk amongst giant sequoias. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Day 3 is free for you to explore the park as you wish - perhaps hiking, biking or rock climbing. (B, L, 2D)

Bishop (or Lake Isabella)

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Santa Fe / Roswell / Carlsbad

Travel to the Grand Canyon, considered among nature’s most spectacular offerings. Hike along trails and admire awe-inspiring views or sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows from the numerous viewpoints. Take an optional helicopter flight for a bird’s-eye view of this natural phenomenon; alternatively watch the IMAX Grand Canyon movie to learn a bit more about the place. Return to the campsite and enjoy a barbecue around the campfire. (B, 2L, 2D)

Monument Valley

09

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

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Shenandoah National Park / Washington D.C.

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

20

Washington D.C.

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

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

Mesa Verde / Durango

10

Appalachian Mountains

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

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Philadelphia / New York City

22-23

Travel up to Philadelphia in the morning where you’ll discover the path of American history. Visit Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and explore the facts and myth surrounding the iconic Liberty Bell, the symbol of freedom. Last but not least enjoy an afternoon city tour of New York City. View the Statue of Liberty, opt to stand on top of the world at the Empire State Building and reflect on 9/11 as you stand at Ground Zero. Enjoy a last dinner with your group and have a night on the tiles; after all you are in the ‘city that never sleeps’! On Day 23, it’s time to say goodbye to your tour buddies as the trip draws to a close. You’re free to depart at any time. (B, L)

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R29,990

coast to coast camping New York

FR

23 DAYS

San Francisco

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

San Francisco

Cody Salt Lake City

Niagara Falls Newburgh

Winona

Milwaukee Chicago Sandusky Kennebec Badlands N.P.

New York

USA

USA

U SA

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Highlights

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

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

DAY ITINERARY 01 02

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), hostel (1 nt), participation camping (17 nts) Transport: Air-con private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners Budget: Allow USD $200-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUYF

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

11-12

Deadwood / Devil’s Tower

Visit historical Deadwood and take a self-guided walking tour into the past of the Wild West. Take the scenic highway through Spearfish Canyon for spectacular scenery en route to America’s first national monument, the Devil’s Tower, rising over 1,200 feet into the air. (B, D)

13

New York City

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

New York City / Newburgh

Cody

With crystal-clear lakes, alpine meadows and glacial-carved valleys, the Bighorn National Forest is one of the most scenic drives in Wyoming, and takes you to the town of Cody - the rodeo capital of the world. Cody is named after ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, and has long been a symbol of the American West. There are optional visits to the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre and to an authentic rodeo. (B, L, D)

14

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

Yellowstone National Park

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

Finger Lakes / Niagara Falls

03-04 05

Travel to the beautiful Finger Lakes region and visit towering Taughannock Falls, where you can cool off in, or beside, a crystal-clear lake. The adventurous can rent a canoe to explore further. On Day 4, travel to spectacular Niagara Falls, which forms part of the border between America and Canada. Get a seriously close view of the raging torrents aboard the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat, but be warned, you will get soaked! There’s also an optional excursion to the Cave of the Winds and you’ll have the opportunity to witness the Falls after dark to see their beautiful illuminations. (2B, 2L, 2D)

06-07

Dive into the musical history at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which is packed with memorabilia, before continuing to the port of Sandusky, on the banks of Lake Erie. (B, L, D) Spend the afternoon on a guided city tour of Chicago, one of America’s most vibrant cities and the birthplace of the skyscraper! Stroll along the Navy Pier or take an optional trip up the Willis Tower for amazing panoramic views of the city. Day 7 is free for you to explore all the many attractions Chicago has to offer. Why not head out to Lake Michigan and spend a lazy afternoon relaxing by the water, check out the world-class collections in the Art Institute or enjoy a spot of shopping along the ‘Magnificent Mile’? Hit the town for some great music and nightlife. (B)

Milwaukee / Madison / Winona

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15-16

Cleveland / Sandusky

Chicago

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Black Hills / Mt. Rushmore / Custer

Stop in Milwaukee and take a tour through America’s oldest major brewing company, Millers. Explore the history and brewing process and don’t forget to taste what is said to be America’s favourite beer. Continue on to the funky student town of Madison, the capital of the US state of Wisconsin. Pass by the Capitol Building itself and enjoy downtown Madison with its unique shopping and entertainment district. End the day at a campground located along the banks of the Mississippi River. (D)

Grand Teton National Park / Jackson

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

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Salt Lake City

After an optional guided wildlife and scenic raft trip down the Snake River, drive to Salt Lake City for an orientation tour that includes a chance to relive the glory at Winter Olympic venues and to visit one of the largest Mormon Temples in the world. This is the capital of the Mormon faith. (B, L, D)

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Tonopah

19

Cross into Nevada to drive the ‘Loneliest Road in America’ across a series of parallel mountain ranges to the remote outpost of Tonopah. This evening, look to the night sky for outstanding stargazing. (B)

Yosemite National Park

Sioux Falls / Kennebec

09

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

20-21

Badlands National Park

10

As you travel through original South Dakota towns dating from the 1880s, you can envisage life on the prairie. Admire the many props that were used in films such as Kevin Costner’s ‘Dances with Wolves’. In the early afternoon explore the spectacular, bizarre and moon-like landscape of Badlands National Park. Discover the park on short hiking trails and enjoy its true isolation as you can look for miles and see no sign of civilisation. The night is spent at a cowboy ranch where you have the option to take a horseback ride as well as witness an incredible sunset or sunrise over the Badlands. (B, L, D)

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Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park’s magnificent peaks and granite domes as you enjoy one of most scenic drives in California, Tioga Pass. Take short hikes to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walk amongst giant sequoias. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer, coyotes or other wildlife. You also have Day 21 to explore – why not rent bikes in the spectacular surroundings of Yosemite Valley? (B, 2L, 2D)

San Francisco

22-23

Arrive into San Francisco and enjoy a guided tour of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In the afternoon you are free to discover Fisherman’s Wharf for famous clam chowder at the Sourdough Factory, or cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge for fantastic views over the bay. Other options include travelling over the hilly city by traditional cable car, relaxing in Golden Gate Park or taking a sunset sail. On your last day say goodbye to your group and depart at any time. (B)

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grand southern Los Angeles

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New York Manitoba

New York Philadelphia Route 66 Las Vegas

Washington DC

Monument Valley Durango

Mojave Grand Desert Canyon

Richmond Raleigh

Santa Fe Albuquerque

3

Little Rock

Amarillo

Charleston 1 Savannah Panama City Beach St. Augustine

Jackson Dallas New Orleans

USA

USA

Los Angeles

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Memphis

Cocoa Beach

Orlando

Miami

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Highlights

Limo ride & champagne in Las Vegas See a stunning Grand Canyon sunset Pay homage to ‘The King’ at Graceland Party in New Orleans’ French Quarter Tuck into a real Southern barbecue Hold on tight at Florida’s theme parks Blast off at the Kennedy Space Centre Tour the capital’s illuminated sites

Southern delicacies include chicken and ribs, creole and cajun, and more curiously, Elvis’ favourite Graceland snack, a peanut butter and banana concoction. But here’s food for thought: this eclectic travel menu of mouth-watering southern destinations is nicely sandwiched between prime east and west coast stopovers, and has you travelling with a bunch of like-minded 18-35 year olds and staying in quality hotels along the way. Get a taste of Texas, full servings of Memphis and New Orleans, a naughty nibble of Las Vegas before a final bite of the ‘Big Apple’, none other than the almighty New York City.

DAY ITINERARY

Departures 2014

Los Angeles / Las Vegas

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Las Vegas / Grand Canyon National Park

02-03

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (23 nts), lodge (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 20 breakfasts, 14 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Note: Please do not book onward flights before 9pm Tour Code: COGSLA

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Meet up with your group and head out across the vast Mojave Desert to the bright lights of legendary Las Vegas. Vegas is a Monopoly board of fun, fringed with palm trees, sublime Nevada sunshine, glittering hotels and casinos galore - fun is definitely on the cards here! Enjoy an evening tour of the world-famous and fabulously over-the-top ‘Strip’ and visit Fremont Street where you’ll see its epic overhead light and laser show. (D) Help yourself to another glitzy serving of Vegas as you hang out on the ‘Strip’, soak up some rays poolside, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Visit some of the world’s largest hotels and casinos with their incredible themes from Circus Circus to the Bellagio and the Venetian. Cruise this US hotspot VIP style in a limousine; Champagne please! Then dive into Vegas’ mischievous and 24/7 nightlife - think shows, bars, clubs and celebrity chef restaurants and you’ll be on the right track. On Day 3, get your kicks on historic Route 66 and stop for snaps and souvenirs before reaching the breathtaking, the one, the only - the Grand Canyon! (B, D)

Grand Canyon National Park

04

Stop in Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, as you start your journey through the Deep South. Here, you can visit the Capitol Building, Bill Clinton’s home while he was serving as Governor of Arkansas. In the afternoon, continue across the Mississippi River on your way to glorious Memphis. (B, D)

10

Memphis

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

11

New Orleans

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

12-13

Panama City Beach / Orlando

Head through ‘Sweet Home’ Alabama to the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida. Stay in Panama City Beach, where you can relax and enjoy its dreamy white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. On Day 15, leave the beach behind you and get set for the energy of Florida’s entertainment hub, Orlando. Use your one-way transfers to the theme parks and get set for rollercoaster central. You also have Day 16 to take in the thrills and excitement of the many theme parks. The choice is yours, but you’re guaranteed to be kept fully entertained all day and night! (3B, D)

14-16

Miami / Cocoa Beach

Venture south to the hot and hip beach playground of Miami where a completely different vibe awaits. With a backdrop of glorious art-deco architecture, get into the up-tempo groove of this flashy global city. Chill out on one of the many beaches, grab some roller blades, max out your credit card shopping, or star spot in South Beach’s hottest clubs. On Day 19, head north along the coast to the surfing capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach. Soak up the east coast rays or for the adventurous in the group get out there, hire surf boards and ride the waves! (3B, 2D)

17-19

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

Monument Valley / Durango

05

Little Rock / Memphis

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

Kennedy Space Center / St. Augustine / Savannah

20-21

Charleston / Raleigh / Washington D.C.

Durango / Albuquerque

06

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

22-23

Sante Fe / Amarillo

07

Explore the exotic mix of Native American and Hispanic cultures in artistic Santa Fe, one of America’s most unique cities. Its traditional architecture, boutiques, art galleries and spicy New Mexican cuisine lends this gorgeous place an atmosphere all of its own. Later, stop by at the quirky ‘Cadillac Ranch’ where you can grab a spray can and graffiti old-school cars on your way into ‘Cowboy Country’. Next up, Amarillo, where you will experience larger-than-life Texan culture and delicious food. (D) Get ready for Dallas and discover why everything is bigger and better in Texas! From big cars to big hair, big belt buckles to big attitudes – you’ll see it all as you explore this slick city nicknamed ‘Big D’. On Day 9 visit the John F. Kennedy 6th Floor Museum and the Fort Worth Stockyards to learn some of Texas’ history and discover cowboy country and taste delicious barbecue ribs. (2B, D)

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Get your last dose of Deep South charm in Charleston, a graceful old southern belle with stunning antebellum townhouses and mansions, en route to the college town of Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina. On Day 23, it’s on to the nation’s capital with a break in Richmond, a city steeped in American history. Tonight, experience a tour after dark around the illuminated national monuments of Washington D.C.. See the Pentagon, the White House, the US Capitol Building and the Washington Monument, as well as the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam War and Korean War Memorials. (2B, 2D)

Washington D.C.

24-25

Dallas

08-09

Touch base with outer-space as you explore Kennedy Space Center. The tour will take you to the control room from where the missions to the moon were directed. You’ll continue on to the picturesque Spanish-influenced resort of St. Augustine where you can visit Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a 300-year-old fortress and learn more about the history of the States. In the morning of Day 21, you will walk the cobblestone streets of America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, before heading to Savannah. See the historic squares, homes and gardens made famous by the film ‘Forrest Gump’, before an evening out along Savannah’s lively waterfront. (2B, D)

There’s plenty to do with two free days in this distinguished city. See the famous memorials and monuments and choose from an endless list of other must-do’s, including the many free museums of the Smithsonian Institute, shopping, sports and nightlife. Visit Arlington National Cemetery and see the changing of the guard, or head over to the quaint university neighbourhood of Georgetown and eat lunch at a traditional diner. (D)

Philadelphia / New York City

26

Stop in the historic city of Philadelphia, known as the birthplace of the nation, before arriving into the ‘Big Apple’, a.k.a. New York City. Sadly, the tour ends on arrival and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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Los Angeles

Québec City Yellowstone National Park West Yellowstone Jackson Hole

Cody

Milwaukee Badlands N.P.

Mt. Rushmore Salt Lake City Zion N.P. Las Vegas

Madison

Montréal

Toronto Niagara Falls

Sioux Falls Chicago

Boston Providence

Cleveland

New York

Bryce Canyon N.P. Grand Canyon N.P.

USA

USA

Grand Canyon

Los Angeles

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Highlights

Feel the student spirit at Harvard Wander Québec on a walking tour Explore Montréal’s cutting-edge vibe Get soaked in Niagara Falls Visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Try Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza Discover the Crazy Horse Memorial Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride

Travelling across 20 states and two Canadian provinces, you’ll really get to know America’s north in just 26 days, enjoying the company of a bunch of like-minded travellers along the way. Start in the ‘Big Apple’ and jump north for a taste of Canada’s French-speaking and English-speaking cultures. Head through America’s Great Lakes area, taking in Chicago enroute to Mt. Rushmore and the Wild West. See incredible national parks such as Yellowstone and Bryce Canyon before arriving into Los Angeles via the bright lights of Las Vegas at the amazing Grand Canyon. This is one adventure trip that is guaranteed to thrill!

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May 02 May 27 May 23 Jun 17 Jun 06 Jul 01 Jun 27 Jul 22

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New York City / Boston Finish

Jul 04 Jul 29 Jul 18 Aug 12 Aug 01 Aug 26 Aug 08 Sep 02

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Finish

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Sep 09 Sep 23 Oct 07 Oct 14

01-02

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (25 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 19 breakfasts, 12 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COGNGN

Meet up with your tour group and Tour Manager in larger-than-life New York City. Take in America’s smallest state Rhode Island, and visit its capital, Providence, as you head up to Boston. Here you can see Harvard University, Boston Common, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall and the original bar from the comedy programme, ‘Cheers’. Enjoy Day 2 exploring this city at the forefront of American history and there’s plenty to do day and night in this bustling university city. Walk the historic Freedom Trail for an insight into the history of the United States. (B, D)

03-04

Today you will take a scenic drive through Maine and across the US / Canadian border to the uniquely French influenced Québec City – a little piece of old world Europe in the middle of North America. Explore the charms of the city and sample some delicious coffee and pastries. On Day 4, experience the ‘joie de vivre’ of this city as you take a guided walking tour of Old Québec. Stroll down cobblestone streets stopping in cool street side cafés and shops. With walled fortifications protecting Old Québec, towered over by the stunning Château Frontenac, this wonderful city has become a living museum. (2B, D)

Montréal

05-06

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

Badlands National Park / Mt. Rushmore

Journey through the unique, lunar-like landscape of Badlands National Park before arriving in the stomping grounds of the Wild West. See colourful buttes, pinnacles and spires, and walk the Fossil Trail with a guide to see all the spectacular nature surrounding you. (B, D)

15

Mt. Rushmore

Today you can marvel at the American presidents’ faces on iconic Mt. Rushmore, carved to honour four of the country’s greatest leaders - Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln - each of them as high as a six-storey building! See the world’s largest mountain carving, Crazy Horse Memorial, honouring the legendary Lakota Sioux warrior. (B)

16

Cody

Today you continue west as you steer toward Cody and the heart of the American West. The surreal scenery around this area was made famous by the blockbuster movie, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. Kick back in this cowboy town. (B)

17

Yellowstone National Park / Jackson Hole

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

18-19

Jackson Hole / Salt Lake City

Take in the views as you head off on a scenic drive through Idaho towards Salt Lake City, Utah’s state capital and home of the Mormon faith. Visit Temple Square and see the impressive six-spired Temple and Mormon Tabernacle. (B)

20

Bryce Canyon National Park

Get active and hike amongst the richly-coloured rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park. You’ll see the bizarre shaped canyons and rock spires called ‘hoodoos’. Further down the road you’ll arrive in Kanab, the gateway to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. (B, D)

21

Toronto

07-08

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

Toronto / Niagara Falls / Toronto / Cleveland

09-10

Today take a trip to mighty Niagara Falls and get soaked in its mist as it cascades between the Canadian / US borders. An included ride on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat cruise will take you right to the base of the Falls giving you incredible views from breathtaking angles. On Day 10, leaving Canada behind, make a musical pilgrimage to the vibrant arts scene of Cleveland. Visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and spend the afternoon wandering around this vibrant city. (B, D)

Chicago

11-12

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13-14

Québec City

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Drive through America’s beautiful Heartland, stopping in Milwaukee to tour the Miller Brewery, one of the nation’s largest beer producers. Spend the afternoon exploring the university town of Madison, the capital of the state of Wisconsin. This charming city is located on a narrow peninsula between two beautiful lakes and boasts not only a replica of the US Capitol Building, but a thriving nightlife thanks to its students. On Day 14, catch the pulse of the true American Midwest on your way to Sioux Falls. Here you’ll see Falls Park and the stunning waterfall that gave the town its name. (2B, D)

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Departures 2014 Start

Milwaukee / Madison / Sioux Falls

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

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Grand Canyon National Park

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

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Zion National Park / Las Vegas

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

23

Las Vegas

24-25

It’s all glitz and glamour as you head out on the ‘Strip’. Take the next couple of days to relax by the pool, or hit up Sin City’s party hot spots. Experience some of the world’s largest hotels and casinos and the non-stop nightlife. Go real Vegas style on an included limo ride and Champagne. There is no better place to spend your final evening! (B, D)

Los Angeles

26

Leave the bling of Vegas behind and head through the vast Mojave Desert where you’ll see the famous Joshua Trees. Crossing into California, your US adventure wraps up when you arrive in Los Angeles. It’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

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New York

Highlights

Stroll Hollywood’s Walk of Fame Relax in Santa Monica’s sunshine Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge Enjoy San Fran’s legendary Chinatown Limo ride & champagne in Las Vegas See the Statue of Liberty Check out SoHo and Greenwich Village Visit the Empire State Building

May 12 May 25 Jun 09 Jun 22 Jun 16 Jun 29 Jul 14 Jul 27

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Finish

Jul 21 Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 01

Aug 03 Aug 24 Sep 07 Sep 14

Sep 15 Oct 13 Nov 17 Dec 08

Sep 28 Oct 26 Nov 30 Dec 21

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York City, airport transfers between cities, 5 day Metro pass in New York, 3 day ‘Muni’ local transport pass in San Francisco Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COTUSA

If you’re short on time but want to experience some of the USA’s hottest destinations, then flying is the way to go! With four hot cities wrapped into one tour with comfy hotels to sleep in each night and included flights to get you there faster, these are two weeks you don’t want to miss. Start in the ‘City of Angels’ and see Hollywood and the Walk of Fame. Fly north to San Francisco, famous for its cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge, before partying with the high rollers in Vegas. After all the West Coast action, more excitement awaits in the bustle of the ‘Big Apple’, where the tour ends in some considerable style!

DAY ITINERARY Los Angeles

01-03 New York

San Francisco Las Vegas

Highlights

Limo ride & champagne in Las Vegas Drive along America’s iconic Route 66 Walk the rim of the Grand Canyon Marvel at stunning Monument Valley Browse the galleries of Santa Fe Learn about the Civil Rights Movement Supersize your life in Dallas Let the good times roll in New Orleans

Meet up with your group in the morning and get an insider’s look at LA on a walking tour of downtown. Later, move on to Hollywood to see Mann’s Chinese Theatre, the Kodak Theatre and the ‘Walk of Fame’. Then cruise down star-studded Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip. After that, shop ’til you drop or just chill amongst the sunny beach community of Santa Monica before hitting Venice Beach’s boardwalk and soaking up its vibrant energy. You have the next two free days for a host of optional activities in ‘Tinsel Town’. Get behind the scenes of the movie world at Universal Studios, maybe visit the Grammy Museum, get a glimpse of the rich and famous on a Movie Stars’ Home Tour or see more on an optional hop-on-hop-off tour of Los Angeles. Check out some all-American sports action with whatever basketball, baseball, soccer or football game is on. Or get your adrenalin pumping at the world famous theme parks like Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure or Knott’s Berry Farm. The choice is yours. (B, D)

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Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), lodge (2 nts) Transport: Modern, airconditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COGSLS

04-06

Next stop: San Francisco. Hop on a plane from Los Angeles up to the city of rollercoaster streets, countless cultures and a famously laid-back, tolerant approach to life. Get to grips with the city on a sightseeing tour encompassing Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and the famous row houses on Alamo Square. Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and take in the view of the Bay and the solitary former prison island of Alcatraz. Spend the next two days exploring the ‘City by the Bay’. Ride the historic cable cars and get a real feel for its hilly streets. Feel the hippie vibe in Haight-Ashbury or head out to tour notorious Alcatraz Island and discover the city’s gritty past. Take a walk through Golden Gate Park or hire a bike and cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. You won’t be short on culinary delights either – there are over 3,000 places to eat and drink! (2B, 2D)

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DAY ITINERARY Los Angeles / Las Vegas

01-02 03-04

Los Angeles Las Vegas Route 66

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Albuquerque Mojave Grand Desert Canyon

Little Rock Memphis Amarillo 2

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Jackson

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Dallas

07-09

New York City

12-14

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

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Head to the iconic Monument Valley on the Navajo Indian Reservation, where you will learn about the Navajo culture. Check out the Wild West landscape, used in a variety of films, and experience the beautiful Painted Desert. Then visit the adventure seekers’ paradise of Durango, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. On Day 6, it’s time for a Rocky Mountain high in Durango, before a scenic drive through the alpine scenery and across the border to New Mexico. Arrive into Albuquerque where you can visit the Old Town. (B, 2D) Explore the exotic mix of Native American and Hispanic cultures in the gorgeous artsy city of Santa Fe. Then stop by the quirky ‘Cadillac Ranch’ roadside attraction on your way into the ‘Cowboy Country’ of Texas. On Day 8, you’ll head to Dallas where you’ll discover why everything is bigger and better in Texas! From big cars to big hair to big belt buckles to big attitudes – you’ll see it all as you explore this slick city nicknamed ‘Big D’. You’ll visit the John F. Kennedy 6th Floor Museum, hang out with the cowboys at the Fort Worth Stockyards and tuck into a Texas barbecue. (2B, 2D)

Little Rock / Memphis

New York City

10-11

Drive along part of historic Route 66, one of America’s most famous roads, where you’ll stop for souvenirs and photos. Tonight will be spent at a cabin near the Grand Canyon, one of nature’s finest spectacles. On Day 4, enjoy a guided bike tour along the South Rim of the incredible Grand Canyon and maybe take an optional helicopter flight for some truly thrilling views. Visit a panoramic viewpoint in order to watch a spectacular sunset and capture incredible photos. (B, D)

Santa Fe / Amarillo / Dallas

New Orleans

Leave your heart in San Francisco and fly down to the bright lights of Las Vegas, home to some of the world’s largest hotels and casinos where the non-stop nightlife is yours for the taking. There’s only one way to ‘do’ Las Vegas, and that’s in style! You’ll do exactly that on a VIP limo tour, complete with a glass of bubbles. Cruising the world-famous ‘Strip’ on an evening illumination tour is an unforgettable assault to the senses, as is the overhead light-and-laser show at downtown’s Fremont Street. You’ll also have plenty of time to roam ‘Sin City’ at your leisure and take in all its glitz and glamour. (B, D) Leave the party in the desert and fly to larger-than-life New York City. Sightsee your way round the city’s icons - Wall Street, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum. Wander through NYC’s vibrant neighbourhoods like SoHo, TriBeCa and Greenwich Village then visit the World Trade Centre site. Get a bird’s-eye view of it all on an optional helicopter flight. In the evenings, hit the streets for the electric atmosphere of Times Square, catch a famous Broadway show and soak in nights out in the city that never sleeps. (B, D)

Meet up with your group in Los Angeles before heading out across the vast Mojave Desert, bound for the bright lights and high rollers of Las Vegas. Enjoy an evening tour of the world-famous ‘Strip’, passing some of the biggest casinos and hotels in the world such as the Bellagio, Venetian and MGM Grand. Visit Fremont Street and see the spectacular overhead light-and-laser show. On Day 2, you will get a chance to be part of the glitz and glamour of Vegas as you take a limousine ride complete with a glass of Champagne and get to hang out on the ‘Strip’. Relax by the pool or hit up Sin City’s latest party hotspots. (B, D)

Monument Valley / Durango / Albuquerque

Monument Valley Durango Santa Fe

Las Vegas

07-09

Make your way through 11 of the USA’s southern states on this unforgettable adventure staying in comfy hotels in the company of other fun and friendly young travellers. Take in the bright lights of Las Vegas with its non-stop entertainment and enjoy superb vistas of the Grand Canyon. Hang out with cowboys and dig into finger-lickin’ good ribs at a Texan barbecue, steamboat on the mighty Mississippi, tap your feet to jazz tunes in New Orleans and get to grips with the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll! You’ll experience everything from a Rocky Mountain high in Colorado to the Jailhouse Rock at Elvis’ home, Graceland.

Grand Canyon National Park

San Francisco

Los Angeles

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10-11

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

New Orleans

12-13

Let the good times roll as you sightsee through swingin’ New Orleans, a fun-spirited city that gave the world jazz music. Have a wander around the drop-dead gorgeous French Quarter and check out the delicious beignets at the French market, as well as the famous Bourbon Street, where you can spend your evening. The tour ends on Day 13 and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (2B)

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Los Angeles

New York Washington DC

U SA

Grand Canyon N.P.

Nashville Memphis

Santa Fe Lubbock Carlsbad Caverns N.P.

Texas/Louisiana Austin

Highlights

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

New Orleans

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

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Aug 26 Sep 09 Sep 23 Oct 07 Nov 04 Dec 23

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Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for 18-38s Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), hostels (7 nts), motels (3 nts), cabin (1 nt), guesthouse (1 nt) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van, with free Wi-Fi access Meals: No meals included Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TASNB

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Leave the ‘Big Apple’ behind and make a beeline towards Philadelphia in Pennsylvania where you will see the Liberty Bell, the famous steps from the Rocky movies, and opt to feast on a Philly cheesesteak! Next up is the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., where big-hitting politicians shape the nation and iconic monuments dot the skyline. It’s the perfect place for an introduction to the cultural and political history of the United States. You have the option to go undercover at the International Spy Museum or make tracks to the zoo. The real highlight, however, is an evening illumination tour of the monuments which you will recognise from movies, the news and TV programmes.

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

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Santa Fe

OK, it might be a little cheesy, but Roswell’s International UFO Museum makes for an entertaining stop on the road to Santa Fe. The art-filled city of Santa Fe lays on the Southwestern charm by the bucketload and with 325 days of sunshine per year, plus some of the best Mexican food in the USA, it won’t disappoint. Make sure to visit Canyon Road, an area of the city filled with art galleries, jewellery stores, historic adobe architecture, vibrant restaurants and colourful buildings.

13

Monument Valley

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

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New york - Los angeles Finish

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Monument Valley

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

03-04

Washington D.C.’s polished avenues give way to the rocky paths of the Appalachian Mountains, lined by gorgeous pine-clad foothills. Take a short hike into the hills or maybe go whitewater rafting on the New River for a great taste of Virginia’s rugged outdoors. On Day 4, it’s on to Tennessee, a musical medley of a state with the city of Nashville the shining star of the country music scene. Spend the day lazing in parks or trawl the malls before hitting ‘The District’, the heart of the city’s pumping nightlife scene. Head out with your group and learn to line dance, before checking out some of the live bands that play every night on Broadway. Cowboy boots and sequinned denim essential!

Memphis

05-06

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

14

Grand Canyon National Park

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

15-16

Route 66 / Las Vegas

Drive along a section of the original Route 66 on the way to Las Vegas. Stop off at of Seligman, a town frozen in time and full of vintage Americana. Then head back to the modern world with a bang - Las Vegas - the greatest show on earth! Watch out the window as you drive in, the amazing sight of an illuminated city appears like magic out of the barren desert landscape. Opt to cruise the strip in a super-stretched limo taking in Vegas’ sheer decadence and hotspots, VIP style! Whilst here, take in a live show or just watch the amazing crowds, neon signs and attractions that many hotels have to offer, such as the fountains outside the Bellagio or the miniature Eiffel Tower at Paris. If that’s not enough, take an optional helicopter flight above the ‘Strip’ or just test your luck on some of the slot machines or tables in one of the world-class casinos.

17-18

New Orleans

07-08

Your soundtrack grows jazzier in the ‘Big Easy’. Spice up your trip with some lip-smacking Cajun and Creole fare, opt to ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River, relax to the sounds of a jazz or Dixieland band in the French Quarter and join the ongoing party on Bourbon Street. New Orleans has more than just food, drink and music to offer (although we’d be happy with that alone!). Join an optional swamp tour into the alligator habitat of southern Louisiana, to view all sorts of wildlife on the mysterious bayous of Cajun Country, though note the alligators aren’t around much Dec-Feb.

Louisiana / Austin

09-10

Sign yourself up for an optional Louisiana swamp tour through the mysterious bayous of Cajun Country to check out some gators. Then travel out of the bayou and onto the range as the Deep South turns to Wild West before your very eyes. Welcome to the Lone Star State, otherwise known as the great state of Texas! Austin is the ‘live music capital of the world’ and home of great barbecues – what a great recipe for a night out. This city is packed with ‘Texas-sized’ (that means B.I.G.) excitement and is sure to impress, especially with the authentic barbecue ribs!

19-20

San Diego

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

Los Angeles

21

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

Lubbock

11

Today’s destination, Lubbock, is the birthplace of Buddy Holly and the world’s largest cotton growing region... this is Texas to a tee! After browsing the Buddy Holly Centre or the American Museum of Agriculture, hit the shores of Buffalo Springs Lake.

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21 DAYS

Los Angeles

Highlights

Tour Monument Valley in a 4x4 jeep Travel down the original Route 66 Stay in an authentic cowboy camp Marvel at the Grand Canyon at sunset Party until morning in Las Vegas Visit D.C.’s historic monuments Hike in the Appalachian Mountains Enjoy live blues music in Memphis

Feb 01 Feb 15 Mar 18 Mar 29 Apr 12 Nov 15 Nov 29

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2015 Jan 11 Jan 31 Feb 01 Feb 21 Feb 22 Mar 14

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard/Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-38s Accommodation: Hotel (8 nts), camping (7 nts), hostel (3 nts), Hogan stay (1 nt), cabin (1 nt) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van, with free Wi-Fi access Meals: No meals included Budget: Food kitty USD $150 Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TASNW

From East to West, nightlife to wildlife, cities to small towns, this 21-day winter tour has it all, and throws in plenty of warm winter sunshine to boot! Travel through stunning scenery in some of America’s most famous national parks, treat your ears to some great live music in trendy Nashville and New Orleans, eat like a king in Lafayette, and party until dawn in the bright lights of Sin City. From historical sights to mind-blowing natural landscapes, you’ll traverse across the country sampling the best each city has to offer. The problem is you’ll finish the trip only wanting more!

DAY ITINERARY New York area / Philadelphia / Washington D.C. / Appalachian Mountains

01-03 04-05 06-07

U SA

Death Valley N.P Las Vegas Monument Valley Grand Canyon

Los Angeles

New York Washington D.C.

Nashville Memphis Appalachian White Sands Mtns N.P Lafayette Big New Orleans San Bend N.P Antonio

Tombstone Betty & Rusty’s Cowboy Camp

08-09 10-11 12-13

Although New York is a favourite destination, don’t overlook nearby. Visit Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence before making your way to Washington D.C.? Wander around the Smithsonian Museums and enjoy the city’s iconic monuments, illuminated at night. On Day 3, visit the Appalachian Mountains and walk alongside cascades of Crabtree Falls.

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Highlights

Relive the hippie years in San Fran View awesome waterfalls in Yosemite Experience Death Valley’s extremes Soak up the atmosphere in Las Vegas Enjoy a Grand Canyon camp barbecue Admire the mesas of Monument Valley Taste spicy Mexican food in Santa Fe Admire New Orleans’ French Quarter

16-17 18-19

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Apr 20 May 04 May 11 May 18 May 26 Jun 01 Jun 08 Jun 15 Jun 20 Jun 22 Jun 27

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Jun 29 Jul 06 Jul 13 Jul 18 Jul 20 Jul 27 Aug 01 Aug 03 Aug 10 Aug 15 Aug 17

Aug 07 Aug 09 Aug 14 Aug 16 Aug 21 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13

Aug 22 Aug 24 Aug 29 Aug 31 Sep 05 Sep 07 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), participation camping (11 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $200250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUFO

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The epicentre of American country music; the rocking city of Nashville, Tennessee, is the next stop. Head for the Grand Ole Opry or take in a line dancing lesson at the Wild Horse Saloon. In Memphis, it’s all about Elvis. Tour his Graceland mansion to see many gold discs and sequinned costumes.

Lafayette / San Antonio

In Lafayette, Louisiana, spend the day learning about the city’s roots at the Acadian Cultural Centre. On Day 9, head east to the historic city of San Antonio, home to the Alamo, a symbol of Texan pride. Meander down the famous Riverwalk, stopping in the many boutique shops, restaurants and bars.

Big Bend National Park

Named for the sharp twist in the Rio Grande river, this desert wonderland is perfect for hiking enthusiasts. Explore the trails that snake through the stark wilderness and head to the Lost Mine trail to see the national park’s highlights. Treat your tired feet with a soak in the hot springs.

San Francisco

Monument Valley Mesa Verde N.P. Yosemite N.P. Durango

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, wander and take in the breathtaking sunset views from the viewing platforms. Opt for a helicopter ride to appreciate its magnificent depth and width!

Las Vegas

Head to Sin City for a whirlwind trip around its brash but brilliant sights. Catch a live show, try your luck at a casino, and take advantage of the glitzy non-stop night life!

Death Valley N.P. Santa Fe

Las Vegas Grand Canyon N.P. Carlsbad Caverns

Roswell

San Antonio

New Orleans

Travel through Death Valley National Park on your way to L.A. You’ll escape the summer heat and get amazing photos of Artist’s Palette, a mountainside covered in turquoise, orange and red mineral deposits, and pause at Zabriskie Point and Dante’s View for spectacular scenery. After enjoying the delights of L.A., kick back on Venice Beach before heading home on Day 21.

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Yosemite National Park

Enjoy a guided tour of San Francisco, taking in sights such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge, before heading inland to Yosemite National Park. Admire spectacular views of the peaks and granite domes while trekking past waterfalls, giant sequoias and beautiful meadows. (B, L, 2D) In summer, you’ll travel through more of Yosemite’s spectacular scenery along the breathtaking Tioga Pass, before marvelling at tufa rock towers at Mono Lake and enjoying secluded hot springs in the mountain town of Bishop. In spring and autumn, Tioga Pass is often closed due to poor weather conditions or snowfall, in which case a more southerly route to Lake Isabella will be taken. (B, L, D)

07-08

Houston

09

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Death Valley National Park / Los Angeles

20-21

Arrive in San Francisco any time today, and enjoy a spot of exploring before meeting your group.

05-06

With miles of desert, the White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of one of the world’s largest gypsum dune fields. On Day 13, learn about the Wild West history of Tombstone.

Grand Canyon National Park

San Francisco

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White Sands National Monument / Tombstone

Live like a cowboy at this authentic Western camp on the open range, horseback ride, experience a traditional chuck wagon dinner around an open fire, and learn how to throw a lasso. The next stop is Monument Valley, one of the Navajo’s greatest national treasures where you will tour the tribal lands by jeep and learn all about this proud people’s history and culture.

DAY ITINERARY

Bishop (or Lake Isabella)

New Orleans

New Orleans is famed for its vibrant nightlife and European atmosphere. Explore the enchanting French Quarter, float down the Mississippi River aboard a steamboat, brave an infamous, rum-filled Hurricane cocktail or venture into the St. Louis Cemetery on a spooky Voodoo and Graveyard tour.

When a road trip travels between two of America’s most unique and lovable cities, the bits in between had better be good. Thankfully, this is one amazing road trip and features wonderful national parks such as Death Valley, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, taking in quirky landmarks along the way. Learn about Navajo culture at Monument Valley, feed the slots in Las Vegas, bask in genuine Southern hospitality and live the cowboy dream in Texas. With so much life and soul on the road to New Orleans, don’t leave your heart in San Francisco... because you’re going to need it to fall in love with America!

02-03

Nashville / Memphis

Betty & Rusty’s Cowboy Camp / Monument Valley

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New Orleans

USA

USA

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Death Valley / Las Vegas

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

Grand Canyon

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

Monument Valley

One of the most majestic places on the planet; Monument Valley will thrill with its coloured rocks and miles of mesas, buttes and pinnacles. Learn about the sacred traditions and ceremonies passed down through generations by the local Navajo and be inspired by a night under the stars. (B, L)

Mesa Verde National Park / Durango

Watch the sunrise over Monument Valley, before exploring the lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people on a guided hike to well-preserved cliff dwellings at the remarkable Mesa Verde National Park. Spend the night in the old mining town of Durango, with its characterful Victorian-era saloons. (B, L, D)

Santa Fe / Roswell / Carlsbad

11-12 13-14

Head into New Mexico to the outstanding small city of Santa Fe, one of America’s oldest and most beautiful with its adobe-style architecture and awesome Mexican food. On Day 12, pass through Roswell where UFOs crash landed in 1947. Allegedly. Enjoy a guided tour through the intricate chambers of Carlsbad Caverns, before watching 400,000 bats emerge at sunset! (2B, L, D)

San Antonio / Houston

Discover historic Fort Stockton and cool off in the inviting waters of Paradise Canyon before strolling along the San Antonio Riverwalk. Tour the Alamo to learn about the Spanish missions and spend the night in Houston. (2B, 2L, 2D)

New Orleans

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

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Vancouver

Highlights

Hike at the Grand Canyon at sunset Sightsee around quirky San Diego Limo ride & champagne in Las Vegas Explore stunning Yosemite N.P. Picnic in the spectacular Rockies Discover the charms of Vancouver See Canada’s incredible Weeping Wall Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge

WEST COAST

WEST COAST

Departures 2014 Start

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Apr 30 May 21 May 21 Jun 11 Jun 04 Jun 25 *Jun 25 Jul 18

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Aug 06 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 03

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Additional departure dates are available, ask for details. * Tour is 24 days duration & includes Calgary Stampede, see below.

Inclusions

TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. HIT THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF VEGAS 2. HOP ABOARD SAN FRAN’S CABLE CARS 3. LOOK FOR BEARS IN YELLOWSTONE 4. RIDE A HELICOPTER AT GRAND CANYON 5. LEARN TO SURF IN HAWAII

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (15 nts), cabins (2 nts), special stay experience (4 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging, plane Meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and driver team Group Size: Max 52, Min 25 Tour Code: COLACR

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On Day 3, leave the beach behind and drive through the Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego and the Sonoran Desert for the metropolitan oasis of Phoenix. En route to the Grand Canyon, stop off in the charming town of Sedona to shop for some Native American jewellery. On Day 5, hike along the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and frame some panoramic shots as the sun sets. There’s also the option of a helicopter ride to truly appreciate the Grand Canyon’s natural splendour! On Day 6, it’s all about the neon lights of Las Vegas. Drive along iconic Route 66 before arriving at Sin City. Gamble and party the nights away and even enjoy a limo ride complete with Champagne! (4B, 2D)

Bass Lake / Yosemite National Park / San Francisco

08-10

After two days of partying, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors at the Sierra Nevada Mountains. En route, keep an eye out for Joshua Trees, the famous symbol of the Mojave Desert. Hike or bike around Yosemite National Park filled with mountains, unusual rock formations, and cascading waterfalls. Afterwards, unwind in the stunning mountain paradise of Bass Lake. Next, it’s San Francisco for some city sightseeing! Cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and hit the ground running. Indulge in a feast in Chinatown (the largest one found outside Asia), Fisherman’s Wharf and quirky Haight-Ashbury, known for its role in the 1960s hippie movement. (2B, 2D)

Vancouver / Whistler

Say your final farewells to the USA and catch a flight to Vancouver. Wind along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to the world-famous resort town of Whistler. Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics; you’ll be blown away by the sight of the majestic Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Stroll around the quaint village and indulge in some shopping or hike one of Whistler’s many trails. For the more adventurous, there’s a wealth of options, from zip lining and mountain biking to rafting and canoeing! (2B, D)

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Kamloops / Jasper / Banff

En route to Jasper, picnic in the Rockies at spectacular Mt. Robson and opt for a wild whitewater rafting trip on the rapids! In Jasper, visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest and longest limestone canyon of the Rockies, and picturesque Maligne Lake. Next, travel to Banff on what is simply one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Pass sweeping valleys and some of the area’s 200 glaciers before driving onto the Athabasca Glacier in an Ice Explorer. Wander around Banff National Park and see some of its fantastic sights, from vividly blue Peyto Lake and Lake Louise to the stunning Saskatchewan River Valley. On Day 18, choose from an exhilarating array of options float along on a gondola, go horse riding, hiking or even fly over the Rockies! (B, 3D)

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Meet your fellow travellers and head south to San Diego along the scenic Pacific Coast. Explore the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods such as the historic Gaslamp Quarter overflowing with theatres, galleries and museums. You’re just minutes away from Mexico, so what better place to tuck into a Mexican feast for dinner before enjoying a night on the town? Next day, stroll around the famous San Diego Zoo or catch a ferry to Coronado Island to discover some of the 70 miles of beaches! (B, D)

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You don’t have to choose between America and Canada with this fantastic 22 day tour! You’ll travel from the beaches of Los Angeles and San Diego and through the stunning landscapes of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Walk through the misty fog on San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge and go crazy in the neon-lit city of Las Vegas. Float down the crystal-clear waters of Canada’s lakes and rivers through breathtaking landscapes to discover Vancouver’s many charms, voted one of the top cities in the world! From the cityscape to countryside, it doesn’t get much better!

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See the stunning Yoho, Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks on the way to Vernon. Take in the magnificent sights of the Spiral Train Tunnels and Kicking Horse Valley, stopping off at Roger’s Pass. On Day 20, pass through Okanagan Valley, Canada’s wine country, and visit beautiful Lake Okanagan and its floating bridge. In Vancouver, wander through historic Gastown and Chinatown and stop off at the First Nations totem poles in Stanley Park. Enjoy a dinner harbour cruise then party the night away out on the town for your last night! On Day 22, depart at any time. (3B, D)

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Highlights

Explore the sunny city of San Diego Check out the desert oasis of Phoenix Hike the Grand Canyon’s South Rim Drive along the famous Route 66 Live it up with a Las Vegas limo ride Stay on the edge of scenic Bass Lake Hike and bike around Yosemite N.P. Drive down California’s scenic coast

Phoenix

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

Bass Lake

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Jan 01 Jan 08 Jan 15 Jan 29 Feb 12 Feb 26 Mar 05 Mar 12 Apr 02 Apr 16 Apr 23 Apr 30 May 14 May 21 May 28 Jun 04 Jun 11

Jan 14 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 11 Feb 25 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Apr 15 Apr 29 May 06 May 13 May 27 Jun 03 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24

Jun 18 Jun 25 Jul 02 Jul 09 Jul 13 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 27 Jul 30 Aug 06 Aug 10 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 24 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 10

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

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

Grand Canyon

04

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

Grand Canyon

05

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

Las Vegas

06

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

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

San Francisco

San Diego

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Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), lodge (2 nts), special stay experience (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COWWAW/COWWIN

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

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

Yosemite National Park / Bass Lake

Los Angeles / San Diego

Departures 2014

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

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

San Francisco

11-12

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

Santa Barbara / Carpinteria

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

Los Angeles

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

Las Vegas

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Join the glitz and glamour of Vegas as you hang out on the ‘Strip’ or soak up some welcome Nevada sunshine by the pool. Feel like a real VIP as you take a limo ride (glass of Champagne included) through the city and experience some of the world’s largest hotels and casinos with their non-stop nightlife. Stop by the Bellagio to catch the dancing fountains, check out the mini Eiffel Tower at the Paris or catch one of the numerous live shows by top-name stars! (B)

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8 DAYS

Las Vegas

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Los Angeles

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11 DAYS

San Francisco

Highlights

Lie back on San Diego’s sunny beaches Snap the sunset at the Grand Canyon Drive along historic Route 66 Gamble on the Las Vegas ‘Strip’ See iconic Joshua Trees in the desert Relax by the stunning Bass Lake Take in incredible views of Yosemite Tour the eclectic ‘City by the Bay’

WEST COAST

WEST COAST

Departures 2014 Highlights

• Tour the vibrant neighbourhoods of beachside San Diego • Admire the changing colours on hiking trails at the Grand Canyon • Live the high life with an included limousine ride in Las Vegas

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Marvel at the incredible natural beauty of Yosemite National Park • Live it up with an included limo ride & champagne in Las Vegas • Enjoy the views on a boat ride under the Golden Gate Bridge

DAY ITINERARY

Meet up with your group in Los Angeles and head to San Diego via the O.C. (Orange County) along the scenic Pacific Coast. Tap into the ‘Californian Dream’ on a tour through the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods of Downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island and Old Town. Party at a downtown club or sip cocktails at a chic rooftop lounge. On Day 2, discover this sunny city with 70 miles of beaches, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, sailors, surfers, culture and a gentle Mediterranean climate. (B, D)

Meet your tour group this afternoon and hit up Sin City’s party hot spots on a VIP limousine tour. On Day 2, head past the Mojave Desert’s Joshua Trees and up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains where outdoor adventures await. Relax in the paradise alpine surroundings of Bass Lake. Spend Day 3 in the beautiful natural scenery of Yosemite National Park. Take a hike, or rent bikes to see the breathtaking Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls. (B, 2D)

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Ski or board Lake Tahoe option (Dec - Mar)

Phoenix / Grand Canyon National Park

Leave the beach behind and go on a scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, the Anza Borrego Desert and the Sonoran Desert. Arrive into Phoenix, a metropolitan desert oasis. Head to a club with the group or relax in a bar with the locals – you might even find some real western cowboys! Day 5 will take you from the ‘Valley of the Sun’ to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Stop off in Sedona, a quirky town nestled in ‘red rock country’. You’ll pass through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and have the chance to shop for Native American jewellery. Tonight’s base is within the Grand Canyon National Park. On Day 5, hike, walk or take an optional helicopter ride over this natural phenomenon. (2B, D)

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Las Vegas

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A quick glance at the map will show there’s a more direct route between Los Angeles and San Francisco but we’d like to suggest this little detour! Check out the Californian sunsplashed beaches then head deep into cowboy country. The sunny desert city of Phoenix, the awesome splendour of the Grand Canyon, the dazzling lights of Las Vegas and the stunning geology of Yosemite National Park are yours to explore as you meander your way towards the ‘City by the Bay’. If you’re looking for a wild west adventure, this mighty trip ensures you get plenty of all-American experiences.

DAY ITINERARY

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), lodge (2nts), special stay experience (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COWWAF/COWWLA

Los Angeles / San Diego

01-02

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

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Sedona

Today you will drive along the famous Route 66 as you head toward the bright lights and bling of Las Vegas. An evening tour of the ‘Strip’ will give you a glimpse of the famous hotels and casinos and if you’ll feel like a real VIP when you take the Champagne limo ride that’s been laid on for you! You have the whole of Day 7 to check out Sin City’s flashiest hot spots and enjoy some great times with your new tour mates. On Day 8, say goodbye to the party in the desert and drive through the Mojave Desert past iconic Joshua Trees towards the outdoor adventures awaiting you in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Your picturesque accommodation is on the shores of Bass Lake. (2B, 2D)

Ski or board at Lake Tahoe option (Dec - Mar)

Phoenix

San Francisco

08-11

Yosemite National Park Bass Lake

If you’re travelling between December and March, this tour packs in three days of snow sport action at Lake Tahoe (instead of Yosemite). Ski or snowboard in this legendary area and try the many other activities – ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, as well as awesome après-ski fun! You’ll head to San Francisco on Day 11. See the ‘You Might Like’ box for pricing. (2B, 2D)

Bass Lake / Yosemite National Park / Bass Lake

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

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

Las Vegas / Bass Lake

Yosemite National Park Bass Lake

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Santa Barbara Carpinteria Mojave Desert

Meet up with your group and head through the O.C. (Orange County) along the scenic Pacific coast down to San Diego lying close to the Mexican border. Enjoy the beautiful weather that the city is known for and tap into the ‘California Dream’ on a tour through the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, before experiencing the lively nightlife. Day 2 is free for you to wander around and discover what this unique destination has to offer. The 70 miles of beautiful beaches, a worldfamous zoo, sailors, surfers, shopping and culture should keep you thoroughly entertained! (B, D)

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Montana

Los Angeles

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San Diego

Departures 2014

07-08

Mar

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts), cabins (2 nts) Transport: Modern, air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COWWAT/COWWWH

Journey south to the sun-drenched American Riviera. Stay overnight in the beautiful coastal town of Carpinteria. On Day 8, motor down the spectacular Californian coastline, stopping at LA’s Farmers Market. Afterwards, head to star-studded Hollywood to see the sights before your USA adventure wraps up and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B, D)

Feb

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Catch awesome bay views as you cross the Oakland Bay Bridge on your way to San Francisco. There’s so much to do in this beautiful and cosmopolitan city - ride the historic cable cars, shop in Union Square, cross the Golden Gate Bridge or visit Fisherman’s Wharf for delicious fresh seafood. Don’t miss the chance to explore the island of Alcatraz, a notorious former prison. (2B, 2D)

Las Vegas

Cruising down Route 66, you’ll feel the bright lights of Las Vegas beckon and you’ll get to see a whole load of them on an evening tour of the famous ‘Strip’ with all its glitz and glamour. Then check out its flashiest party hotspots and some of the world’s largest casinos. Relax your way on Day 7 and either explore the city some more or simply lie by the pool and soak up some rays. Enjoy your last night out with the group before your trip wraps up on Day 8. (2B, D)

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Bass Lake / San Francisco

Jun

03-05

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

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Las Vegas / Bass Lake / Yosemite National Park

Los Angeles / San Diego

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From the mountain paradise of Bass Lake, enjoy the diverse beauty of Yosemite National Park. This treasured spot is brimming with mountains, meadows, waterfalls, wildflowers and world famous rock formations like El Capitan and Half Dome. It’s every rock climber’s ultimate playground! Hike and bike around the valley floor or head up the hills for stunning views of the park. Back at Bass Lake enjoy its mountain vibes, soak up the sun and go lake swimming. (B, D)

San Francisco

10-11

Head out of the mountains and into one of America’s most colourful cities. Fall under San Fran’s enchanting spell and catch awesome bay views as you check out the sights of the rollicking ‘City by the Bay’. See the engineering marvel of its Golden Gate Bridge as well as its iconic cable cars, Chinatown and busy Fisherman’s Wharf. Clam chowder anyone? Say farewell to your group as the tour finishes after check out on Day 11. (B)

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Death Valley N.P.

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Grand Canyon N.P.

Santa Barbara

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WEST COAST

San Diego

Phoenix

Highlights

Drive through famous Beverly Hills Soak in San Diego’s sublime sunshine Enjoy country music in a cowboy bar Camp by the awesome Grand Canyon Try your luck at a Vegas casino Hike among waterfalls at Yosemite Absorb the eclectic life of San Fran Drive down the cool Californian Coast

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

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Jul 05 Jul 12 Jul 17 Jul 19 Jul 26 Jul 31 Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 14 Aug 16

Jul 19 Jul 26 Jul 31 Aug 02 Aug 09 Aug 14 Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 28 Aug 30

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Sep 04 Sep 06 Sep 11 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 27 Oct 02 Oct 04 Oct 11 Oct 18

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Death Valley / Bishop (or Lake Isabella)

08

Yosemite National Park

09-10

Arrive at any time today and start to explore. Hit the boutiques of Melrose Avenue, sample an allAmerican diner or head to the coast to check out Venice’s Muscle Beach. Discover for yourself why Santa Monica Pier is one of the highlights of Los Angeles and do as the locals do and opt to rent out a bike or some rollerblades. Tonight, you will have a welcome meeting where you will meet the rest of your group, and your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) who will run through your next fourteen days of epic West Coast adventures.

02

11-12

Phoenix (Scottsdale)

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), participation camping (7 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 7 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $200-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUAA

03

Leaving California behind you, trade it all in for the sunny state of Arizona. On the way visit the spectacular Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest such dunes in California. As you arrive into Phoenix, spend the night living it up in the real southwest town of Scottsdale and prepare for a fun-filled, rowdy experience as you meet the locals and enjoy country music in a cowboy bar. Yeehaw! (B, L)

04-05

My Own Room Available: Fr R8,077

Las Vegas

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06-07

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

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

Monterey / Pismo Beach

Grand Canyon

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

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

San Francisco

San Diego

This morning, see the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on a guided city tour. Drive through Beverly Hills and star spot along exclusive Rodeo Drive. Later, travel down through Orange County and along the Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city of San Diego. History, food and fun awaits in its beautiful and historic Old Town. When the sun sets, experience the hotspots of the Gaslamp Quarter and sample the numerous pubs and nightclubs. (D)

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

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

Santa Barbara / Los Angeles

14

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

Los Angeles

15

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

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8 DAYS

Los Angeles

san diego, grand canyon & vegas Los Angeles

yosemite park & R11,017 napa valley

FR

7 DAYS

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

R10,492

FR

7 DAYS

San Francisco

Highlights

Ride the cable cars of San Francisco Hike the scenic trails in Yosemite N.P. Camp out under the stars Feel the extreme heat in Death Valley Cross your fingers in a Vegas casino! Get your kicks on Route 66 See nature at its best - Grand Canyon Go star spotting in Los Angeles

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Departures 2014 Start

Finish

Apr 05 Apr 19 Apr 26 May 03 May 17 May 24 May 31

Apr 12 Apr 26 May 03 May 10 May 24 May 31 Jun 07

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Finish

Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 05 Jul 05 Jul 12 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 19 Jul 26 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 02 Aug 09

Start

Finish

Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 23 Sep 06 Sep 20 Sep 27

Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 04

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), participation camping (4 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-75 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUFA

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Highlights

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

• Take in some celebrity-spotting in Hollywood and Beverly Hills • Explore San Diego’s historic quarter and relax on Mission Beach • See how the Ancestral Puebloans lived at Montezuma Castle

DAY ITINERARY 01

DAY ITINERARY 01

San Francisco

Arrive into beautiful San Francisco at any time today, and head out to explore. Start your stroll in the heart of downtown at Union Square before meeting your tour leader and group this evening.

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02

Yosemite N.P.

Las Vegas Grand Death Canyon N.P. Valley N.P.

03

Lake Havasu City

Los Angeles

03

Marvel at spectacular views of Yosemite’s peaks and granite landscape this morning before climbing up and over the magnificent Tioga Pass, the only road that links Yosemite with the Eastern Sierra, for a night in America’s coolest mountain town, Bishop. Tioga Pass closes due to snowfall in winter and so it’s possible on some of the early departure dates (May/Jun) that you might need to take an alternative southern route out of Yosemite, in which case you’ll overnight at Lake Isabella. (B, L, D)

04-05

Death Valley National Park / Las Vegas

Joshua Tree N.P.

04

Travel through the harsh and unforgiving landscape of Death Valley, the hottest and driest point in North America where summer temperatures are off the scale! It’s also the lowest point in North America, sitting at 282 feet (84 metres) below sea level. From Death Valley, continue towards that glittering oasis in the desert, Las Vegas. Start with a guided tour along the ‘Strip’, ticking off megacasinos such as the Luxor, Bellagio and Venetian. You can kickstart a night out with a VIP limousine tour, bag yourself a ticket for a top-name show and explore the city’s hip clubs and hang outs. (B, L)

Los Angeles

Arrive at any time today and start your explorations of ‘Tinsel Town’, perhaps rolling with the locals with bike or rollerblade rental on Venice Beach. Meet your group and tour leader in the evening. Start with an orientation tour of Los Angeles - see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, drive through stylish Beverly Hills and hit the exclusive shops of Rodeo Drive. Later, drive south to discover San Diego’s historic Old Town then head for the beautifully-restored Gaslamp Quarter district filled with bars and nightclubs. (D)

Phoenix (Scottsdale)

Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California, before crossing into Phoenix, Arizona. In the evening, head out into Scottsdale to have a blast at a real cowboy bar! (B, L)

01

Drive to the ancient cliff dwellings of Montezuma Castle and Arizona’s scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Picnic at Red Rock State Park before reaching Sedona then cool off at Slide Rock State Park. Next, it’s the Grand Canyon in time for a sunset pizza dinner at the rim! On Day 5, wander one of the hiking trails or take an optional helicopter flight over the Canyon for a ride you’ll never forget. (B, 2L, 2D)

02

06-07

Arrive at any time in the city known for its glitz and glam. This evening you have a welcome meeting to meet the rest of your group. Travel to the desolate yet spectacular Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot in the USA. In summer, continue to the mountain town of Bishop, surrounded by peaks soaring to over 14,000 feet. In spring/ autumn, Lake Isabella will be tonight’s stop. (L, D)

Yosemite National Park

03-04

In summer, head to Mono Lake and see its dramatic tufa rock towers before driving the scenic Tioga Pass across the Sierra Nevada range into Yosemite. An alternative route may be taken in spring/autumn. Soak up Yosemite’s awesome natural beauty on hiking or biking trails amidst waterfalls and giant granite outcrops. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Napa Valley / Petaluma

05

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

San Francisco

Las Vegas

Journey along the world-famous ‘Route 66’, stopping for lunch at the Snow Cap Drive-In, an off-beat burger joint. Arrive into Vegas and get acquainted with partying on the Las Vegas ‘Strip’. Opt for a VIP limousine tour, and enjoy a last night out with the group. On Day 7, this action-packed journey comes to end. Depart at any time. (B, L)

Las Vegas

Death Valley National Park / Bishop (or Lake Isabella)

Grand Canyon National Park

Yosemite National Park / Bishop (or Lake Isabella)

Bishop

San Francisco

Start the day with a guided tour of San Francisco to discover iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman’s Wharf and the stately Golden Gate Bridge. Crossing the San Francisco Bay, head inland through California’s Central Valley to magnificent Yosemite National Park. Here you can enjoy a series of short hikes to towering waterfalls, giant sequoias and beautiful meadows, whilst admiring the twin granite domes of El Capitan and Half Dome, which make Yosemite a rock climber’s paradise. (D)

DAY ITINERARY

Los Angeles / San Diego

02

Highlights

• Marvel at the Half Dome and El Capitan granite domes in Yosemite • Stroll up and down the hilly streets of much-loved San Francisco • Taste fine wines from Napa Valley’s world-famous vineyards

06-07

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

Grand Canyon National Park

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05

Get your kicks on Route 66 today and stop for lunch at the Snow Cap Drive-in, a wacky roadside burger bar, en-route to the spectacular Grand Canyon. One of nature’s greatest sights, the Grand Canyon defies all expectations. Even if we told you beforehand it was an incredible one mile deep (1.6kms), nothing will prepare you for your first glimpse of its enormous scale. Take some short hikes here and enjoy a pizza dinner as you admire sunset at the South Rim. You can even enjoy a bird’s-eye view with an optional helicopter flight or settle down to watch the world’s best IMAX movie. (D)

Lake Havasu

06

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

Joshua Tree National Park / Los Angeles

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

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Inclusions

Inclusions

U SA

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), participation camping (3 nts) Transport: Aircon private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUAV

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Departures 2014

Las Vegas

Grand Canyon N.P.

Los Angeles

San Diego

Phoenix

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), participation camping (4 nts) Transport: Aircon private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUVF

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Mar-Jun & Oct

Saturdays, typically 1-3 times monthly

Departures 2014

Jul-Sep

Every Saturday & regular Thursdays

May - Oct

U SA

Napa Valley Yosemite N.P. Bishop

San Francisco

Death Valley N.P.

Las Vegas

Alternate Saturdays

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Los Angeles

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8 DAYS

San Francisco

Highlights

Walk amid the famous Joshua Trees Take a dip into the Colorado River Roll the dice in a Las Vegas casino Hike in the incredible Yosemite N.P. Stroll the hills of San Francisco See the sunset over the Grand Canyon Explore the towering giant sequoias Star-spot in cosmopolitan L.A.

Apr 12 Apr 26 May 03 May 10 May 24 May 31 Jun 07

Apr 19 May 03 May 10 May 17 May 31 Jun 07 Jun 14

Start

Start

Finish

Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 27 Oct 04

Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 20 Oct 04 Oct 11

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), participation camping (4 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-200 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, avg 10 Tour Code: GANUAF

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Highlights

Drive California’s scenic Highway 1 Tuck into a Danish pastry in Solvang Relax on the beach at Santa Barbara Whet your whistle at a cowboy bar Swap stories with the native Navajo Capture a Grand Canyon sunset Play the slot machines in Las Vegas Sip locally-produced Napa Valley wine

Dive into sleek city sights mixed with the natural beauty of the national parks; on this tour, you will experience the cultural and natural diversity America has to offer. Perfect for a shorter trip, your action-packed holiday will take you around the West, stopping to view the highlights of Los Angeles, the Grand Canyon and San Francisco, as well as photograph the iconic Joshua Trees and the mind-blowing Yosemite National Park. Breaking a sweat in Death Valley or rolling the dice in a Vegas casino, you will become immersed in American culture, even stopping in a real cowboy bar to quench your desert thirst!

DAY ITINERARY 01

Los Angeles

Start

Finish

Apr 26 May 10 May 24 Jun 07

May 17 May 31 Jun 14 Jun 28

Start

Finish

Jun 21 Jul 12 Jul 05 Jul 26 Jul 19 Aug 09 Aug 02 Aug 23

Start

Finish

Aug 16 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 27

Sep 06 Sep 20 Oct 04 Oct 18

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), participation camping (15 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 15 breakfasts,14 lunches, 13 dinners Budget: Allow USD $250300 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUFF

02

U SA

Bishop

Death Valley N.P.

Los Angeles

Las Vegas

Grand Canyon N.P.

03

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

Lake Havasu Joshua Tree N.P.

04

Death Valley National Park / Bishop (or Lake Isabella)

05

San Francisco / Big Sur / San Luis Obispo / Solvang / Cachuma Lake

04-06

Napa Valley

San Francisco

Yosemite N.P. Bishop

Monterey Big Sur Santa Barbara

Bryce Canyon N.P. Zion N.P.

Las Vegas Death Valley N.P. Lake Powell Grand Canyon N.P.

Monument Valley

07-09

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San Francisco

07

Meet the gorgeous San Francisco! Enjoy a guided tour of the city to give you a bit of the history about this awesome harbour city. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills or rent bikes and explore the city on two wheels. Check out the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf and opt to take a sunset sail in the evening which will give you amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, an experience definitely not to be missed! (B, L)

Phoenix

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

10-11

Canyonlands N.P. / Moab / Arches N.P. / Bryce Canyon N.P.

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San Francisco

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You can depart at any time on Day 8, but with so much culture and sightseeing on offer, you’ll probably want to stick around a bit longer. Head down to Fisherman’s Wharf to taste delicious clam chowder at the Sourdough Factory, or try a whole variety of other culinary delights that San Fran is known for, including amazing sushi. A trip out to the former prison island of Alcatraz will provide you with plenty of stories to take home.

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Travel via the impressive Imperial Sand Dunes en-route to the desert city of Phoenix, where you can hang out in Scottsdale’s authentic cowboy bars. On Day 8, visit the ancient cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle and drive through scenic Oak Creek Canyon to visit laid-back Sedona. Cool off at Slide Rock State Park before reaching the extraordinary Grand Canyon. Day 9 can be spent hiking and admiring the viewpoints, or you can jump into a helicopter for an optional flight. (2B, 3L, 2D)

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Yosemite National Park

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

Phoenix (Scottsdale) / Grand Canyon National Park

Moab

Los Angeles

Time to visit the legendary Death Valley, America’s most desolate and rugged land, and the country’s hottest and driest spot, yet still home to a diversity of wildlife including birds of prey. In summer, at the mountain town of Bishop you can enjoy secluded hot springs surrounded by towering peaks and amazing star gazing. In spring/autumn, you may instead stay at Lake Isabella. (L, D) Head to Yosemite National Park along one of most scenic drives in California, the Tioga Pass. In spring and autumn Tioga Pass is often closed due to poor weather conditions or snowfall, in which case you will have spent the night of Day 5 at Lake Isabella and will travel into Yosemite via an alternative southern route. Once in Yosemite, enjoy short hikes to majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias. There is also the option to rent bikes too, so that you can explore the beautiful park and see its geological highlights such as El Capitan and Half Dome. (B, L, D)

Arrive at any time into vibrant San Francisco and meet your group. On Day 2, inspect some the city’s sights on an orientation tour before hitting Highway 1, the spectacular coastal route past crashing waves and rocky cliffs down to historic Monterey. Opt to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium or kayak with otters before heading to Big Sur. Enjoy stops in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, San Luis Obispo and the Danish village of Solvang before cosying up around the campfire at Cachuma Lake. (B, L, 2D)

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Las Vegas

Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight, before travelling along the well-trodden Route 66, home to the world’s oldest gas station. You’ll stop at one of the wackiest burger joints around for a meal with the passing truckers. On arrival in Las Vegas you will take a guided tour along the ‘Strip’ to get your bearings of all the fabulous hotels and casinos. If you fancy living the high life, then opt for a Vegas VIP limo experience to make you feel like a star. (B)

DAY ITINERARY 01-03

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

Grand Canyon National Park

Think every trail in the Great American West has been blazed by now? Think again, partner! Spread across 22 glorious days, this adventure takes you on an incredible loop from beautiful San Francisco and back again with stops in L.A., San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas. In between, you’ll have the chance to surf the Pacific, picnic in Arizona’s Red Rock State Park, raft the Colorado River, hike the Grand Canyon and stretch out under star-filled skies in the region’s top national parks. Give us three weeks of your life, we’ll give you memories that will last a lifetime.

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Arrive at any time today and explore the city. Head down to Venice Beach or Santa Monica to soak up some sunshine, or hit the shops for some LA bargains. Meet your group this evening.

Joshua Tree National Park / Lake Havasu

San Francisco

22 DAYS

San Francisco

Departures 2014 Finish

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Yosemite N.P.

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WEST COAST

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San Francisco

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Departures 2014 Start

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

12-14

Zion N.P. / Las Vegas / Death Valley N.P. / Bishop (or Lake Isabella)

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

15-17

Yosemite National Park

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

18-19 20-22

Napa Valley / San Francisco

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

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CANYON COUNTRY & COASTS San Francisco

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16 DAYS

Las Vegas

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Bryce Canyon N.P.

San Francisco

Moab

Zion N.P.

Big Sur

Las Vegas

Santa Barbara Los Angeles

Lake Powell

Monument Valley

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WEST COAST

Grand Canyon N.P.

San Diego Phoenix

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Highlights

Discover California’s coastal towns Star gaze at Cachuma Lake Laze on LA’s white sandy beaches Swim at Slide Rock State Park Marvel at the colourful Grand Canyon Hike through Arches National Park See Montezuma Castle cliff dwellings Take a tour of Monument Valley

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

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Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), participation camping (11 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $200250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUFV

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

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

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Soak up LA’s charm this morning and chill on the beach or perhaps visit one of the world’s most exciting amusement parks - Universal Studios. It’s also the largest movie studio in Hollywood, so it’s just another day in the office for some of the world’s most famous actors and actresses. In the afternoon, travel down through the Orange County to sunny San Diego, nestled almost on the Mexican border. When the sun sets, experience the pubs and clubs of the Gaslamp Quarter. (L, D)

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Phoenix (Scottsdale)

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

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

Zion National Park / Las Vegas

San Diego

There’s no shortage of ways to spend your free day here in San Diego. Theme park junkies should head to the non-stop fun of SeaWorld, whilst animal fans might prefer the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Beach bums should jump on the ferry across to Coronado Island to soak up its resort atmosphere, or you could take an optional surf lesson or rent yourself a boogie board. (B, D)

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

Capitol Reef National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park

San Diego

05

Today, you’ll drive to the instantly-recognisable landscape of Monument Valley whose miles of flat-topped mesas, buttes and pinnacles have played a starring role in countless cowboy movies. It’s also a Navajo Reserve and you have the option to take a Navajo-led jeep tour around this wonderful national park, which is also a great opportunity to learn more about Native Americans. Be inspired by a night under the stars and enjoy a traditional meal prepared by the local Navajo and sit around the campfire listening to their stories. (B, L)

Canyonlands National Park / Moab / Arches National Park

Santa Barbara / Los Angeles

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

It’s hard to believe it, but beautiful Lake Powell is an entirely man-made creation and offers a welcome break from the dusty deserts that surround it, not to mention all sorts of activities to get you out onto the water. We’re blaming the Glen Canyon Dam for creating this wonderful sight, which you can visit today as well as taking a short hike to an overlook from where you can admire the Horseshoe Bend, a famous beauty spot along the emerald-green Colorado River. In the afternoon, take time out to relax on the beach at Lake Powell or enjoy an optional horse ride or visit to Antelope Canyon, a favourite of artists and photographers for its beautiful and delicate colours. (B, L, D)

Monument Valley

San Luis Obispo / Solvang / Cachuma Lake

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San Francisco

Rock up in vibrant and classy San Francisco at any time today, before meeting the rest of your group and your tour leader this evening.

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

Lake Powell

Big Sur

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Jun 21 Jul 06 Jul 05 Jul 20 Jul 19 Aug 03 Aug 02 Aug 17

Grand Canyon National Park

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

Las Vegas

The tour comes to an end any time today, and you’re free to depart at any time.

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R18,474

PacifiC CoasT Los Angeles

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FR

14 DAYS

Seattle

Highlights

People watch on Venice Beach Hike around Yosemite’s granite domes Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge Hug the tallest trees in the world Visit the volcanic Mount St. Helens See the splendour of Mount Rainier Check out Seattle’s live music scene Camp on the stunning West Coast

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Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 26

Jul 11 Jul 25 Aug 08

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Aug 09 Aug 22 Aug 23 Sep 05 Aug 30 Sep 12

Inclusions

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-38s Accommodation: Camping (11 nts), hotel (2 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: Not included Budget: Allow $10 x 14 days for food kitty Group Leader: Tour leader Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TAPC

Mt St Helens NM

Relax in the serenity of isolated Californian beaches, lose track of time wandering around the vibrant cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, and breathe in the fresh, crisp air of stunning national parks. Trek through evergreen forests, hike up mountain glaciers and walk through snaking wilderness trails – you won’t ever get bored on this trip! Every time you think you’ve seen the best view in the world, you’ll hit the next destination. The Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington are home to some seriously spectacular sights, from volcanic Mount St. Helens to driftwood-strewn and deserted beaches.

Mt Rainier N.P.

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May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 Jun 07 Jun 14 Jun 21

May 23 May 30 Jun 06 Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 27 Jul 04

Jun 28 Jul 05 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul 26 Aug 02 Aug 09

Jul 11 Jul 18 Jul 25 Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 22

Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Sep 06 Sep 13

Aug 29 Sep 05 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 26

Inclusions

Service Level: Camping Age Group: Exclusively for 18-38s Accommodation: Camping (12 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Air-con private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $10 x 14 days for food kitty Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TAMTS

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Los Angeles/ Santa Barbara

On the first day of your travels you’ll find yourself touring celebrity-laden Hollywood and people watching on Venice Beach before spending two nights on the coast in the Spanish-flavoured resort of Santa Barbara on the ‘American Riviera’. Hit the beach and get working on your tan!

U SA

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Seattle / Montana

Seattle Montana

03-04

Santa Barbara

05-06 Extend your trip Pacific Dream (28 Days, Los Angeles to Los Angeles) (TAPDL)

Yellowstone NP Jackson/Grand Teton NP

U SA

01 02-03

Flaming Gorge

With the ocean in your rearview window, it’s time to head inland to the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the natural wonder of Yosemite National Park. Spend two days hiking, biking, or even floating on tubes down the Merced River, viewing granite monoliths, rushing waterfalls and groves of the largest living things on earth - sequoia trees.

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Stop at at the Iron Door Saloon, the oldest drinking establishment in California, you’ll drive into one of the state’s most charming cities, San Francisco. Walk through the wispy fog on Golden Gate Bridge and take an included sunset cruise on San Francisco Bay. Challenge yourself with the city’s steep hills (it’s harder walking down than up!) and explore Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and the famous old Victorian houses on Alamo Square.

Redwood National Park

The next destination is scenic Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees in the world. Relax on what’s likely to be virtually your own private beach or meander through the towering redwoods.

Oregon Coast / Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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Enjoy the scenic route along Oregon’s coast lined with breathtaking views of sandy dunes and sheer cliffs rising out of the ocean. Pass through the trendy city of Portland into the Cascades and stop off at one of nature’s volcanic wonders, Mount St. Helens. Watch footage of its earth-shattering 1980 eruption and then head to Spirit Lake, nestled below the still-smouldering crater.

Mount Rainier National Park

Hiking enthusiasts will love getting stuck into the hiking trails at Mount Rainier National Park! With over 300 miles available on the park’s network of trails, take it easy on forested routes or challenge yourself on heart-pounding treks up to the mountain’s glaciers.

Olympic National Park

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One last blast of adventure amongst Washington’s pride and joy, Olympic National Park. It has everything from snowy peaks and ancient forests to spectacular beaches where enormous pieces of driftwood are often the only company you’ll have on beautiful but often deserted beaches. After discovering the park, give your feet a well earned rest in the Sol Duc hot springs.

Seattle

En route to Seattle, travel by ferry across Puget Sound and say goodbye to the views of the majestic mountain. Finish up with optional activities such as taking in the city skyline from at the Space Needle or browsing Pike Place Market for delicious organic treats and irresistible souvenirs.

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Yellowstone National Park

For two days discover the wonders of Yellowstone, the world’s oldest and most famous national park. Amongst the explosive geysers, gurgling mudpools and rushing waterfalls lives an abundance of wildlife – keep your eyes peeled for roaming bison, bear, moose and elk!

Grand Teton National Park / Jackson Arches NP/Moab Zion NP

Dead Horse Point SP

Las Vegas Grand Canyon NP

San Francisco

Los Angeles

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Head up California’s famous Pacific Coast Highway, with scenes of forested hills, cliffs and the relentless Pacific Ocean pounding towards the shore. Stop off at McWay Falls, a spectacular 80 foot waterfall that flows directly onto its own private beach, then pitch tents on a sandy beach and curl up around the campfire underneath the California stars.

From the trendy Pacific Northwest city of Seattle - home of Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, Nirvana and Frasier - drive across Washington State and through Idaho’s Bitterroot Range into Montana. Known as ‘Big Sky Country’; the sparsely-populated state of Montana boasts wide open spaces and a skyline of rugged mountains.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite N.P.

Big Sur

If you ever wanted to visit America’s famously stunning national parks and dramatic landscapes, this is your chance! Spend 14 days touring the best of the best, from Yosemite to the Grand Canyon, and take in the sights of spectacular canyons, rushing rivers, and windswept deserts. Get cosy around crackling campfires, spot incredible wildlife grazing across wide open spaces, and explore on horseback, mountain bike, or even a Hummer. Top it all off with partying until dawn in Las Vegas and living it up in LA and you’ve got yourself a world-class adventure just waiting to be booked!

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Big Sur Redwood NP

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Highlights

Raft down the churning Snake River View the Grand Canyon at sunrise Party it up in ‘Sin City’, Las Vegas Explore Yosemite and Yellowstone Meet Monument Valley’s native Navajo Discover the sights of Tinseltown Optional cycling through Arches N.P. See the red rocks of Flaming Gorge

DAY ITINERARY Seattle

Oregon Coast

San Francisco

14 DayS

Los Angeles

Departures 2014

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Olympic N.P.

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Seattle

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Mountain Trail

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Monument Valley

Los Angeles

The unspoiled landscapes of Grand Teton National Park are next on the list. Jagged peaks rise from flat, green meadows against crisp, blue skies. Next, it’s time for whitewater rafting down the raging Snake River rapids in Jackson, Wyoming for some adrenalin-pumping fun! Pull up a bar stool and fit in a shot or two of ‘Red-Eye’ Whiskey at the Silver Dollar Saloon to top off your day.

Flaming Gorge

Say farewell to the mountains and hello to the red rocks of the desert Southwest. Wind past the Green River to the Flaming Gorge reservoir in Wyoming, named for the brilliant way the sun reflects off its red rocks, and take in your surroundings that look as if they’re on fire!

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Moab / Arches National Park

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It’s helmets on for some fantastic optional mountain bike riding across Moab’s amber terrain. Nearby Arches National Park, you’ll spend a perfect few days exploring both areas. Take a sunset stroll to Delicate Arch, mountain bike on Moab’s famous Slick Rock trail, or jump into a Hummer for an exhilarating optional tour across the mountains. If this isn’t enough, pay a visit to Dead Horse Point State Park for amazing canyon views.

Monument Valley

The awe-inspiring Navajo tribal lands of Monument Valley are covered in towering buttes and mesas. Loved by movie directors and sacred to the Navajo people, uncover their history with an optional Navajo guided 4x4 tour into the valley.

Grand Canyon National Park

Whether it’s watching the sunrise before walking down Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, spotting red-tailed hawks or majestic golden eagles traverse the blue skies, or flying high above on an optional helicopter ride, the Grand Canyon is a natural wonder sure to leave you in awe.

Zion National Park

Go for a dip or explore hidden canyons at Zion National Park. If you’re feeling up for a challenge, head up Walter’s Wiggles, the switchback trail, and be rewarded for your efforts with jaw-dropping, 360-degree views of one of America’s most spectacular national parks.

Las Vegas / Los Angeles

13-14

A neon mirage in the desert, the ‘Sin City’ of Las Vegas is a land filled with parties and casinos! Tour the casinos, take in a top-name cabaret show, ride a rollercoaster or go clubbing all night. On Day 14, head back to Los Angeles and finish in style with a tour of Venice Beach and Hollywood for celeb-spotting before your adventure comes to an end, here in the City of Angels.

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camping yosemite & yellowstone Seattle

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R23,094

FR

15 DAYS

San Francisco

Canyon Adventure Las Vegas

Pacific Coast R17,738 california express

FR

10 DAYS

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

R17,843

FR

8 DAYS

San Francisco

Highlights

See the iconic Space Needle in Seattle Admire Idaho’s lakes and mountains Hike the trails in Glacier National Park Three days to explore Yellowstone Capture the eruption of Old Faithfu Learn how to line dance with cowboys Drive the ‘Loneliest Road in America’ Marvel at Yosemite’s giant sequoias

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Departures 2014 Start

Finish

Jun 07 Jun 21 Jul 05

Jun 21 Jul 05 Jul 19

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Jul 19 Aug 02 Aug 02 Aug 16 Aug 23 Sep 06

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Sep 20

Highlights

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), participation camping (11 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 11 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150200 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUSF

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Imagine a land of lava and geysers, bears and bison, mountains and glaciers - now open your eyes to the possibilities of Yosemite and Yellowstone. This ultimate journey through these iconic national parks offers the outdoor enthusiast plenty of time to spot wildlife, soak in the scenery and experience the gushing wonder of it all; there is more geothermal activity in Yellowstone than anywhere else in the world! Close your eyes, breathe in the fresh air, and then open them to reveal spectacular views and incredible natural wonders. We’ll even throw in Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks for good measure!

DAY ITINERARY

• Go whitewater rafting then spend a night on the Colorado River • Explore incredible national parks and hike to Zion’s Angels Landing • Watch the stunning sunrise or sunset over the Grand Canyon

DAY ITINERARY Leave Vegas behind and head to Zion National Park. Hike to Angels Landing for stunning 360 degree views, visit the Emerald Pools or trek down into the Valley. On Day 3, discover the weird and wonderful landscape of Bryce Canyon and hike into the valley for a closer look.

01-02 Glacier N.P.

Coeur d’Alene

U SA

Helena

Yellowstone N.P.

03-05

Grand Teton N.P.

San Francisco

Tonopah

Yosemite N.P.

Explore the endless amount of eroded sandstone shapes in Goblin Valley State Park before heading into Moab’s desert landscapes. Mountain bike around the trail’s twists and turns, opt for an extreme Hummer tour, go for a stroll to Delicate Arch or marvel at the views of Canyonlands National Park from Dead Horse Point.

04-05

Glacier National Park / Helena

Seattle

Continue through pristine mountain scenery into the ‘Big Sky Country’ of Montana for a picnic at Flathead Lake. Spend Day 4 exploring spectacular Glacier National Park, which houses more than 50 glaciers and 200 lakes or streams; yours to explore on some of the 730 miles of hiking trails. In the height of summer, you can cross over the Continental Divide travelling along the out-of-this-world scenery along the ‘Going to the Sun’ Road. Visit the ‘Gates of the Mountains’, towering walls of limestone which were charted by Lewis and Clark on their great explorations of the American interior. Board an open-air boat for the best views and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including bighorn sheep and eagles. (3B, 3L, 3D)

06-08

Three days to discover the wonders of Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park. It’s beyond special with geysers, waterfalls, wildlife and scenic beauty around every corner. In fact, Yellowstone is a ‘super volcano’ and boasts more than 10,000 geysers on its active geyser field. The park is also home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the US, including roaming bison, elk, black bears and of course the famous grizzly bear. Explore the North Loop on Day 7 which features spectacular hydrothermal features including Mammoth Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Take the South Loop on Day 8 including Old Faithful and Grant Village. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Take an adrenalin-filled trip whitewater rafting down the Colorado River and pass Moab and Hite Marina, cutting through legendary Cataract Canyon where you’ll see some remote and protected wilderness. Spend the night on the banks of the beautiful Colorado.

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Salt Lake City

Take an optional guided wildlife and scenic raft trip down the Snake River before heading to Salt Lake City, the capital of the Mormon faith. Get your bearings with a city tour including your chance to relive the glory at Winter Olympics venues and visit one of the world’s largest Mormon Temples. (B, L)

Tonopah

Climb up and over a series of parallel mountain ranges as you drive the ‘Loneliest Road in America’ across Nevada, through desolate land seemingly untouched by man. Take an underground adventure through a mine tunnel in Tonopah before viewing the stars and planets of the night sky. (B)

It’s off to one of North America’s most iconic landscapes, loved by movie directors and used as the set for countless Western movies.

Monument Valley / Grand Canyon N.P. / Las Vegas

Uncover the land’s rich history when a Navajo guide takes you into Monument Valley on an optional 4x4 tour. Then for two nights, explore the Grand Canyon’s rim trails and venture deeper into the canyons. To fully appreciate its beauty, catch an early morning sunrise or opt for a breathtaking helicopter flight for an aweinspiring view of one of the world’s seven natural wonders. On Day 10, hit Route 66, then party Sin City-style in some of Las Vegas’ greatest clubs and casinos before your adventure comes to an end.

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Inclusions

Service Level: Camping Age: Exclusively for 18-38s Accommodation: Camping (9 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with free Wi-Fi Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $10 x 10 days for food kitty Group Leader: Tour leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Optional activities: Grand Canyon helicopter flight, 4x4 Navajo guided tour, Moab Hummer tour Tour code: TACY

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San Francisco

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

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Santa Barbara

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USA

Dead Horse Point SP Goblin Valley SP Bryce Canyon NP Zion NP

San Simeon

Drive along the scenic Pacific Highway 1 on the way to San Simeon with stops in Danish-influenced Solvang and the historic Spanish mission station of San Luis Obispo along the way. Stroll up Bishop’s Peak for panoramic views of the city below before a picnic and optional dune buggy ride at Pismo Beach. (L)

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Monterey

05-06

It’s back on Pacific Highway 1 to Monterey, with a stop off to visit the adorable elephant seals at their beachside colony. On Day 6, tour Monterey’s main attractions with bike rental, opt for an afternoon of kayaking or visit the outstanding Monterey Bay Aquarium.

San Francisco

07-08

Head to San Francisco and see the famous Golden Gate Bridge then take in the sights on a walking tour of Union Square, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. In the evening opt to unwind and take a sunset sailing trip. You’re free to depart at any time on Day 8.

Arches NP/Moab Lake Powell Monument Valley

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any Accommodation: Hotel (7 nts) Transport: Airconditioned private touring van Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $175-225 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUPC

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Grand Canyon NP Route 66

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En route to Santa Barbara on Day 2, stop off at a food truck, a local speciality, for lunch. Once in the city, check out the buzzing atmosphere at the beachside Arts and Crafts Market. On Day 3, you can pick from a host of exciting activities – take surf lessons, whizz around the beach on bike, kayak, or see if you can find a new favourite drink on a vineyard or microbrewery tour. For a spectacular experience, take to the seas for a session of whalewatching!

Inclusions

Las Vegas

Yosemite National Park

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

Land in Los Angeles and feel free to explore its many beaches, shops, theme parks and buzzing nightlife.

Monument Valley

07

Grand Teton National Park / Jackson

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

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Overnight Rafting Trip (Colorado River)

Yellowstone National Park Salt Lake City

Los Angeles / Santa Barbara

Moab / Arches National Park

Seattle / Coeur d’Alene

Arrive at any time on Day 1 and begin your adventure in Seattle, a magnificent city with a modern skyline of skyscrapers and the iconic Space Needle. Enjoy a city tour on Day 2, including famous Pike Place Market, the waterfront park and historic Pioneer Square. Travel west across the Cascade Range towards Idaho, where the lakeside resort of Coeur d’Alene boasts mountains, rivers and valleys. (L, D)

DAY ITINERARY

Las Vegas / Zion N.P. / Bryce Canyon N.P.

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Highlights

• Browse the independent shops and cafés in beachside Santa Barbara • Take in the breathtaking scenery of California’s Pacific coastline • Visit the fantastic variety of sealife at Monterey Bay Aquarium

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San Francisco Monterey San Simeon Santa Barbara

Los Angeles

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USA

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Western Express Loop Los Angeles

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R34,121

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15 DAYS

Los Angeles

Highlights

Drive the twists and turns of Hwy-1 Dine at Monterey’s Cannery Row Stroll around San Fran’s famous sights Go hiking in stunning Yosemite N.P. Feel the heat in dramatic Death Valley Party it up in ‘Sin City’ - Las Vegas Sunset pizzas at the Grand Canyon See the bronzed and beautiful in LA

May 10 May 24 Jun 14 Jun 28

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15 DAYS

Los Angeles

Highlights

Marvel at majestic Yosemite waterfalls Dive into the razzle dazzle of Vegas Hike the trails of Zion National Park Explore multi-coloured rock pinnacles Tour Monument Valley with a Navajo Cool off at Slide Rock State Park Hit the beach in sunny San Diego Finish in Los Angeles - it’s a wrap!

Departures 2014 Finish

Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 09 Aug 23

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Sep 20

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Western America is hopping with fantastic sightseeing opportunities, awe-inspiring natural landscapes, and trendy cities - who wouldn’t want to experience all that in this fast-paced ‘greatest hits’ tour? Hit the Pacific Coast Highway, make friends with elephant seals, explore glitzy LA and discover quaint oceanside resorts. See the desert sands of Death Valley, the natural grandeur of the Grand Canyon and the gorgeous Yosemite Park and never take your finger off your camera shutter button. One thing’s for certain - every trip from now on will pale in comparison!

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DAY ITINERARY

Finish

Start

May 31 Jun 14 Jun 28 Jul 12 Jul 26 Aug 09 Aug 23 Sep 06

Jan 04 Jan 18 Jan 18 Feb 01 Feb 22 Mar 08 Apr 26 May 10

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any Accommodation: Hotel (14 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van Meals: 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $375-400 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUWL

Finish

Sep 20 Oct 04 Oct 25 Nov 08 Dec 20 Jan 03

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (14 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $375-400 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUNP

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From the Golden Gate Bridge to glowing canyon walls at sunset, this trip captures the beauty of the cities and wilderness of the Western USA. It’s perfect for the traveller looking to breathe in the scent of sequoias of Yosemite by day but wanting the comforts of a hotel at night. Prepare yourself for otherworldly ‘hoodoos’ in Bryce Canyon National Park and the desert scenery in Death Valley before taking an optional helicopter flight above the incomparable Grand Canyon. With plenty of inclusions like city tours of Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas, you won’t just visit the West Coast; you’ll live it.

DAY ITINERARY

Los Angeles / Santa Barbara

U SA

Yosemite NP Bishop San Francisco Death Valley NP Monterey Las Vegas San Simeon Grand Canyon NP Santa Barbara Laughlin

Los Angeles

01-03

LA is filled with beautiful beaches and beautiful people - what better place to start this great tour? On Day 2, head up the coast towards the Spanish-flavoured resort of Santa Barbara, lunching en route at a food truck. Spend the afternoon at the Arts and Crafts Market, admiring the ocean views while trawling for treasures. On Day 3, hit the beach or explore the independent stores along the main street. Optional activities include surfboard or kayak rental, thrilling whalewatching cruises or drinking the day away on a vineyard or microbrewery tour!

San Francisco / Yosemite National Park / Bishop (summer) or Bakersfield (winter) U SA

Death Valley N.P.

San Francisco

Bishop Las Vegas

Zion N.P.

San Simeon

04

Take in coastal views while driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to the quaint town of San Simeon. On the way, you’ll visit the Danish settlement of Solvang to explore its many gift shops, bakeries and art galleries before journeying to San Luis Obispo. Famed for its Spanish mission architecture, awardwinning restaurants and historic museums, there’s plenty to explore. Picnic lunch on Pismo Beach. (L)

Monterey

05-06

On Day 5, it’s on to the waterfront city of Monterey, stopping along the way to visit the lovable elephant seals at their beachside colony. On Day 6, enjoy an included cycle tour in Monterey, surf or kayak in the ocean, shop in quirky boutiques or make some fishy friends at the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Make sure to refuel at one of the delicious eateries on famous Cannery Row!

Bryce Canyon N.P. Lake Powell

Yosemite N.P.

Monument Valley

Bakersfield

Grand Canyon NP

Los Angeles

San Diego

01-04

Sedona

Phoenix

07-09 Shorten your trip Western Express (Southbound) (8 days, San Francisco to Los Angeles) (GANUPS) Fr R16,793 Pacific Coast California Express (8 days, Los Angeles to San Francisco) (GANUPC) see page 59 Fr R17,843

Stroll around San Francisco on an orientation tour of Union Square and Chinatown, the largest one found outside of Asia. Day 8 is free for you to flit around the city and discover its many delights, from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf. Fit in an optional sunset sailing trip to complete your day and then, on Day 9, drive to Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite / Bishop

10 11 12

Yosemite National Park boasts 1,170 square miles of breathtaking natural splendour. Visit the granite domes and gushing waterfalls in Yosemite Valley, and wander past giant sequoia trees, the largest living things on Earth! On the way to Bishop, cross the Tioga Pass and visit Mono Lake, which is graced with unusual tufa rock formations and a favourite amongst a wide variety of birds.

Death Valley / Las Vegas

On Day 11, tour the hottest, driest, and lowest place on the continent, the famous Death Valley. Take in awe-inspiring panoramas from Zabriskie Point and Dante’s View and tour its surreal landscapes. From here, Las Vegas is so close you can’t pass on a night out in the infamous Sin City!

Grand Canyon

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is sure to impress! Hike along the rim and enjoy the views of the Colorado River snaking through the Canyon’s mile-deep chasm, or opt for a helicopter ride to fully appreciate its vast scale and splendour. (D)

Laughlin / Los Angeles

13-15

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Spend the morning saying farewell to the Grand Canyon then hit part of Route 66 to the casino resort of Laughlin. On the way, dig into delicious food at a traditional American burger joint. Drive back to LA and spend a final night enjoying the glitzy California lifestyle before heading home on Day 15. If there’s still more you want to see, ask us to book your accommodation and keep on exploring!

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Arrive at any time in San Francisco and meet up with your group. Head out on Day 2 for a guided tour of San Francisco to show off the harbour city at its finest. Afterwards you’ll drive over to the stunning Yosemite National Park. Spend the following day taking short hikes to majestic waterfalls, visiting clear lakes and beautiful meadows, or walking amongst giant sequoias. Soak up the last of this natural beauty on the morning of Day 4 before driving to the mountain town of Bishop across the stunning Tioga Pass (in winter, road conditions require a southerly detour to Bakersfield).

Death Valley National Park / Las Vegas

05-06

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

Zion National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park

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

07

Lake Powell / Monument Valley

San Francisco / Yosemite

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WEST COAST

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Departures 2014 Start

NATIONAL PARKS & Bright Lights

Bakersfield Route

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Add on the Pacific Coast Southwest Highlights (22 days, San Francisco to San Francisco) (GANUNL) see page 62 Fr R52,500

08-09

Explore Bryce Canyon National Park on trails among the amphitheatres and multi-coloured rock pinnacles called ‘hoodoos’ before heading to beautiful (though man-made!) Lake Powell. Tonight you have the option to enjoy a cowboy steak dinner and go sunset horse riding. Yeehah! On Day 9, visit the impressive Glen Canyon Dam and take a short hike to the famous Horseshoe Bend, shaped by erosion from the almighty Colorado River. Next, you will discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley, and can explore this sacred site on a jeep tour led by a Navajo guide.

Grand Canyon National Park

10

Continue to the Grand Canyon where you can wander along trails, admire awe-inspiring views and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim of the canyon. You have the option to take a helicopter flight for more incredible views or to watch the IMAX Grand Canyon Movie which will teach you the history of the place, and show you the view of it from above – an experience not to be missed. (D)

Sedona / Phoenix (Scottsdale)

11 12-13

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

San Diego

Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes before heading to the beachside city of San Diego. On Day 13 visit Coronado Island and Balboa Park on a guided city tour. You also have the option to visit SeaWorld or San Diego Zoo, or, for those who like a physical challenge, take surf lessons and rent boogie boards.

Los Angeles

14-15

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

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22 DAYS

San Francisco

USA

Yosemite NP Bishop

San Francisco

Death Valley NP

Monterey San Simeon Bakersfield

Bryce Canyon NP Zion NP Lake Powell

Las Vegas

Monument Valley Grand Canyon NP

WEST COAST

WEST COAST

Santa Barbara

Sedona

Los Angeles San Diego

Scottsdale

Bakersfield Route

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Highlights

Walk among Yosemite’s giant sequoias Stargaze from a relaxing hot spring Give it some attitude in Vegas, baby! Be amazed by Zion and Bryce Canyons Meet the Navajo in Monument Valley Hit the beaches of San Diego Flash the cash on Rodeo Drive Drive the awesome Pacific Highway

Finish

Apr 26 May 15 May 31 Jun 21

DAY ITINERARY San Francisco

Departures 2014 Start

This incredible 22-day small group adventure starts off fast and never lets up for a second, introducing you to the very best of the American West and much, much more. An unbeatable blend of big city life - Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and San Francisco - with a big slice of the great outdoors; that’s what you get on this trip. Explore the unusual ‘hoodoos’ of Bryce Canyon, take an optional helicopter ride over the magnificent Grand Canyon, sample fine New World wines in heavenly Santa Barbara and explore the biggest and brightest cities of the West. You’ll never want to go home!

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Jul 19 Aug 16

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Aug 23 Sep 13 Sep 20 Oct 11

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Arrive into San Francisco at any time today, and don’t waste a minute before you head out to explore its hilly streets and distinctive neighbourhoods such as Haight-Ashbury, the epicentre of the ‘Summer of Love’ where the hippie vibe lives on in its second-hand music and vintage clothing stores. This evening, you have the chance to meet the rest of your group while your tour leader runs through what lies ahead on this awesome three-week adventure.

San Francisco / Yosemite National Park

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (21 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $525-550 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUNL

02

Shorten your trip National Parks and Bright Lights (15 days, San Francisco to Los Angeles) (GANUNP) see page 61 Fr R34,647

03

Assuming the weather’s being kind, you can enjoy a series of short hikes along easy trails to lakes, waterfalls and across beautiful meadows. Feel very small as you walk through the groves of giant sequoia trees; they’re the largest living things on the planet! Keep a keen eye out for some of Yosemite’s wildlife too; the national park is home to deer, coyote and even black bears. In summer, you can explore the gorgeous landscape of Yosemite Valley with an optional bike rental - this is where you’ll see the astonishing granite rock domes for which the park is famous.

09

Grand Canyon National Park

Words seldom do justice to the Grand Canyon; it’s almost impossible to describe the sheer scale or spectacle of this magnificent national park. Feel the sunshine and wind on your face as you admire awe-inspiring views, or sit and contemplate the ever-changing play of light and shadows on its rocky depths. Walk the trails, take an optional helicopter flight and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim. (D)

10

Sedona / Phoenix (Scottsdale)

Head south today to the resort of Sedona, which is known for its arts, handicrafts and alternative wellness therapies. Stop at Slide Rock State Park, where you might be tempted in for a swim. Drive through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and visit Montezuma Castle, one of the best-preserved cliffside dwellings of the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people. Head to the desert city of Phoenix, where you can get your cowboy boots on to enjoy a night out in the honkytonk bars in downtown Scottsdale.

11

San Diego

Head back into California today and hug the Mexican border en route to San Diego, stopping at the incredible Imperial Sand Dunes along the way. Life is designed to be lived outdoors in San Diego, so opt for surf lessons or rent boogie boards to play in the waves, check out big-name attractions such as SeaWorld or the San Diego Zoo, and as the light fades head into the historic Gaslamp Quarter for great food and fun nights out with your tour buddies.

12-13

Los Angeles

The ‘City of Angels’ beckons today with its promise of Hollywood sparkle and glitz. See the stars immortalised in the pavement at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then perhaps see them for real on an orientation tour of Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills. Opt for bike or rollerblade rental to discover for yourself why Santa Monica and Venice Beach are one of the city’s highlights. Day 15 is a free day to explore all this vast city has to offer, you could stroll Sunset Boulevard, check out the revitalised downtown district or head over to Universal Studios for some theme park thrills.

14-15

Santa Barbara

Bishop

04

There’s time this morning for further explorations of Yosemite, before travelling over the stunning Tioga Pass route across the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Mono Lake, where there’s a stop to admire the very strange tufa rock towers. Next up is the cool little alpine town of Bishop, which sits in an area of astounding natural beauty and surrounded by mountain peaks which soar to over 14,000 feet in elevation. Tonight, enjoy a soak in a natural hot spring with mesmerising star gazing. Note that in cooler months, the Tioga Pass may not be open and an alternative southern route will be required.

Death Valley National Park / Las Vegas

05-06

The hottest place in North America, rugged Death Valley is an unforgiving landscape of dusty desert and colourful rock formations. After crossing it, and especially so in summer when the thermometer can rise to upwards of 45C, you’ll be glad of some air-conditioned comfort tonight as you check-in to your hotel in Las Vegas! On Day 6, you have the full day to explore all that ‘Sin City’ has to offer; from fantastically-themed casino resorts to factory outlet shopping malls, and from rollercoasters to all-you-can-eat buffets. If that all seems like too much effort, you could always just chill by the pool.

Zion National Park / Bryce Canyon National Park

07

Cross the border from Nevada to Utah for a stop in beautiful Zion National Park, whose towering cliffs and massive canyon walls are the perfect backdrop for a spot of hiking on well-marked trails. Head up to Bryce Canyon National Park, to arrive in time to witness one of the most spectacular sunsets you’ll ever see, watching the rock change colour as the sun dips below the horizon.

Bryce Canyon National Park / Lake Powell

08 62

Visit the Glen Canyon Dam and take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend, shaped by the mighty waters of the Colorado River - the viewpoint here can only be described as breathtaking. If you’ve ever watched an American road movie or cowboy film, you’ll have seen this afternoon’s views before - Monument Valley, one of the iconic images of the wild west. Miles of mesas, buttes and pinnacles stretch as far as the eye can see, and this magical and sacred place is brought to life on an awesome jeep tour led by an experienced Native American Navajo guide.

Yosemite National Park

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Spend the morning on an orientation tour of San Francisco, ticking off some of the must-see sights including the city’s elegant icon, the Golden Gate Bridge. Take time out to explore Fisherman’s Wharf, the bustling marina area where the sea lions hang out on Pier 39. This afternoon, it’s time to head across the Bay Bridge and inland towards the majestic landscapes of Yosemite National Park.

Lake Powell / Monument Valley

Though not as famous as the limelight-hogging Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon is quite possibly one of the finest sights ever created by Mother Nature. Its multi-coloured pinnacles of eroded sandstone look fragile and delicate from above, but a hike down into the amphitheatre reveals a whole different perspective. Next up, Lake Powell, quite possibly one of the finest sights ever created by humans - a man-made lake formed with the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam.

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Having stopped to enjoy lunch from a legendary local food truck, pull into Santa Barbara just in time for the weekly oceanfront Arts & Crafts Market. Santa Barbara is known as the ‘American Riviera’ for its laid-back beach lifestyle and gorgeous Spanish-influenced architecture. On Day 17, you can tour its microbreweries or the vineyards of the surrounding Santa Ynez wine country, opt to rent bikes or kayaks, sign up for a surf lesson or even hop aboard a whalewatching cruise. What’s not to love?

16-17

Solvang / San Luis Obispo / San Simeon

Go easy on the breakfast this morning, as we promise you won’t be able to resist the pastries on offer in the quirky Danish town of Solvang! Explore the old mission settlement of San Luis Obispo before enjoying a picnic lunch served at Pismo Beach. Dune buggy rides could be an optional activity here, if you haven’t over-indulged on the Danish pastries! Overnight at San Simeon. (L)

18

Monterey

19-20 21 22

Today’s drive, along the countless hairpin bends along the deserted Pacific Coast, is one of the finest in America. Pause at various viewpoints to admire the views of bridges, beaches and waterfalls as you drive north to Monterey. Explore the town on an included bike ride, and don’t miss the chance to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium - just make sure you time your visit for otter feeding time! When it’s feeding time for yourself, head down to the warehouse-style restaurants along Cannery Row; it was the setting for many a John Steinbeck novel.

San Francisco

Re-acquaint yourself with San Francisco with an orientation tour of Union Square and Chinatown, and perhaps wrap up this great tour tonight with an optional sunset sailing trip?

San Francisco

The tour ends today and you’re free to depart at any time.

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San Francisco

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winter touring & ski lake tahoe

12 DAYS

Las Vegas

just heavenly . . Lake Tahoe is one of America’s

Highlights

• Guided tours of the west’s three best cities - LA, Vegas & San Fran • Admire the changing sunset colours of the mighty Grand Canyon • Hike through the natural beauty of Yosemite’s granite landscape

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Explore four of Ameria’s distinctive and dramatic national parks • Hike, rappel and scramble on a canyoning trip in impressive Zion N.P. • Camp by the banks of the Colorado River on an overnight rafting trip

Los Angeles / Laughlin

01-02

Sit back and enjoy the vistas as you drive to the geological wonders of the Grand Canyon. You’ll be blown away by its staggering size and get to experience its splendour with a short hike. Savour a delicious dinner served at the canyon rim. Head along legendary Route 66 to the bright lights and decadence of Las Vegas. See the hotspots on a guided tour of the ‘Strip’, then hit the casinos, malls or nightclubs.

Death Valley / Bishop (summer) or Bakersfield (winter)

On today’s itinerary: the desolate and rugged Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot in North America. Head to the alpine resort of Bishop to soak in its hot springs or, in winter, to Bakersfield.

05

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is a true masterpiece boasting rock formations, waterfalls, lakes, meadows and giant sequoia trees. Hike through the beautiful scenery and keep your eyes peeled for black bears, deer or coyotes.

06

01-03

The otherworldly landscape of Bryce Canyon houses thousands of fragile spires, pinnacles and rock formations known as ‘hoodoos’ in subtle shades of pink, white, yellow and red. Appreciate its beauty on hiking trails and learn the captivating history of the area. (B, L, D)

04

Drive to the beautiful and forward-thinking city of San Francisco, to enjoy a guided city tour of Fisherman’s Wharf and the stately Golden Gate Bridge. Opt to take a cable car ride over the city’s steep hills, hire a bike or end your trip in style with a sunset cruise on the bay. You’re free to depart any time on Day 8.

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi, walking Meals: 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $200-225 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUPN

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Yosemite N.P. Death Valley N.P. Las Vegas

Bakersfield

Grand Canyon Laughlin

05-06

Feb-Apr

07-09

May-Oct

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Saturdays, 1 departure per month

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L.A.

San Francisco

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Grand Canyon National Park / Las Vegas

Words cannot describe the scale or spectacle of the Grand Canyon, and you’ll see it from viewpoints at the South Rim as well as hiking deep into the heart of the Canyon on the Indian Garden and Plateau Point Trail. Optional helicopter flight is also available. Transfer back to ‘Sin City’ for a final night. Tour ends on Day 12. (2B, L, D)

10-12

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), participation camping (9 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi, minibus, rafting Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 13, Avg 8 Tour Code: GANUSA

START

Bakersfield Route

Las Vegas

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

Departures 2014

Saturdays, 1 departure per month

14 DAYS

Cataract Canyon / Lake Powell

Los Angeles

Departures 2014

L.A.

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

Inclusions San Francisco

L.A.

Moab / Arches National Park

San Francisco

07-08

Bryce Canyon National Park

Wild Western & SKI california HIGHLIGHTS & LA TO THE BAY & SKI FR R21,834 SKI LAKE TAHOE FRR13,181 LAKE TAHOE FRR18,368 LAKE TAHOE

Arrive in Las Vegas, hit the casinos and meet your group this evening. On Day 2, drive along the spectacle of the Vegas ‘Strip’ before heading into Utah’s beautiful Zion N.P. for two days of hikes through its forests, deserts and narrow river canyons. On a canyoneering trip, you’ll scramble over obstacles and swim in seasonal pools. (B, L, 2D)

Grand Canyon National Park / Las Vegas

03-04

Las Vegas / Zion National Park

Lake Tahoe offers the perfect blend of spectacular scenery, pristine mountains and pumping après-ski nightlife. The average annual snowfall at Lake Tahoe is 10.67 metres, so fantastic snow conditions are pretty much the norm! The varied terrain around Lake Tahoe makes the resort equally suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers. If the slopes aren’t really your thing, there’s still plenty of reasons to come like ice skating, snowmobile tours and indulging in spa treatments. The lake itself hugs the border of California and Nevada, and on the Nevadan side you’ll find the round-the-clock bling of Vegas-style casinos and clubs. The three tours below are some of our most popular year-round, but from Dec-Mar, the regular summer itinerary is amended to include three nights in Lake Tahoe (Wild Western & California Highlights have one less night in San Francisco, and they all skip the visit to Yosemite).

DAY ITINERARY

Arrive into LA and explore before meeting your group this evening. Start Day 2 with an orientation tour of some of LA’s top sights with time for a bit of star-spotting along exclusive Rodeo Drive. Leave the big city behind and head across the desert towards the old silver mining town and casino resort of Laughlin, Nevada.

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WEST COAST

best-known and most beautiful lakes and, in winter, the aptlynamed resort of Heavenly also happens to offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding you’ll find anywhere on the planet! If you are heading Stateside from Dec-Mar, the tours below each build in three nights at Lake Tahoe into their regular itinerary.

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May 20 May 31 Jun 17 Jun 28 Jul 08 Jul 19

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USA

Moab

Bryce Canyon N.P. Zion NP

Lake Powell

Las Vegas

Grand Canyon N.P.

Highlights

• Discover Phoenix, the city in the desert • Take in the breathtaking winter lake views • Explore the glittering sights of Hollywood

Highlights

• Strike it rich in the casinos of Las Vegas • Carve up Heavenly’s pristine pistes • Warm up with clam chowder in San Fran

Highlights

• Catch the winter sunshine in San Diego • See the Grand Canyon without the crowds • Enjoy great après-ski and casino action

This classic loop of California, Arizona and Nevada ticks off many of the highlights of the West Coast. Pick up the tour in Los Angeles and head straight down to sunny San Diego. Enjoy the mild desert climate of Phoenix before visiting the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. Three nights on the slopes of Tahoe follow before you hit San Francisco and the Spanish flavours of Santa Barbara on your return to L.A.

California Highlights kicks off in Las Vegas but wastes no time getting you straight onto the slopes at Lake Tahoe. Snowboard and ski until your heart’s content before moving on to the beautiful ‘City by the Bay’, San Francisco. Don’t miss the chance to explore Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Head down to the American Riviera resort of Santa Barbara before the tour winds up in Los Angeles.

No prizes for guessing where this tour starts (LA) and finishes (San Francisco), but wait ‘til you see what lies between! Head first to San Diego to relax in its year-round sunshine. Take in the desert city of Phoenix and the new age resort of Sedona before admiring the Grand Canyon. Spend two days in Vegas then you’re headed for some ski time in Tahoe. Tour concludes in San Francisco.

Itinerary/Inclusions: See p.44 for details. Note: Ski passes, equipment and clothing hire is not included in the price. Tour Code: COWWIN.

Itinerary/Inclusions: See p.46 for details. Note: Ski passes, equipment and clothing hire is not included in the price. Tour Code: COWWCA.

Itinerary/Inclusions: See p.47 for details. Note: Ski passes, equipment and clothing hire is not included in the price. Tour Code: COWWLA.

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western impressions Los Angeles

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$7,257

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15 DAYS

Los Angeles

historic route 66 Chicago

R15,491

18 DAYS

Los Angeles

Denver

FR

20 DAYS

Denver

Highlights

Spot stars in swanky Los Angeles Relax in beautiful Palm Springs See colourful Lake Powell Walk through Bryce Canyon at sunset Catch a fabulous show in Vegas Marvel at Yosemite’s granite rocks Ride the cable cars in quirky San Fran Drive California’s rugged coastline

Inclusions Departs: Daily (Apr-Oct) Accommodation: Standard accommodation, room only basis (14 nts) Inclusions: Road book with day-today routings, sightseeing suggestions and area and city maps, all taxes and fees Tour Code: LAXSFD Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 22

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WEST COAST

Los Angeles Palm Springs (200 km) Williams / Grand Canyon (650 km) Lake Powell (241 km) Bryce Canyon N.P. (260 km) St. George (215 km) Las Vegas (200 km) Visalia (708 km) Modesto / El Portal (410 km) San Francisco (160 km) San Simeon (420 km) Los Angeles (370 km)

Highlights

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

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Williams

Leave Los Angeles and drive to Palm Springs, which stretches along a dry, hot desert valley. This pretty city, famous for its golf courses, is a favourite 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.

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To tailor-make a self-drive The itineraries on these pages are our most popular self-drives. However if you want to change the route or the duration then please contact your STA Travel Expert for a tailor-made quote.

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You’ll be in awe of the overwhelming landscape of the Grand Canyon. Take a helicopter flight for a bird’s eye view of this spectacular canyon formation. Lake Powell, with its red rocks, is another highlight. Boat tours, houseboats and watersports provide a lively atmosphere on the lake.

14-18

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

Chicago

Visalia / Yosemite N.P. / Modesto / El Portal

The Yosemite Valley is 13km long and contains a wealth of steep, high granite rocks like Half Dome and El Capitan. Spectacular waterfalls, quiet lakes and picturesque picnic areas make this a particularly beautiful national park. Head to San Fran today. 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 Muir Woods home to giant redwood trees. Or even spend the day tasting Californian grown wines in Napa Valley.

San Francisco / San Simeon / Los Angeles

13-15

Stroll through quaint and picturesque Old Town Albuquerque, surrounded by the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Take a day trip to the state capital Santa Fe, dominated by unique South-western Pueblo architecture. On Day 12, continue into Arizona with its weird and wonderful Petrified Forest National Park and Meteor Crater.

Flagstaff / Grand Canyon / Las Vegas / Los Angeles

Las Vegas is a unique, fantasy world in the middle of the desert, with luxury hotels, famous casinos and spectacular shows. Try your luck on the roulette wheel! On Day 9, your drive takes you through Death Valley, the lowest point of the Western Hemisphere, almost 90m below sea level. This desert area offers a great variety of landscapes which you shouldn’t miss like Zabriskie Point and Badwater. Continue on through fertile farmland to Visalia.

Modesto / El Portal / San Francisco

11-12

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

Tucumcari / Albuquerque / Holbrook / Flagstaff

St. George / Las Vegas / Death Valley N.P. / Visalia

08-09

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

Historic Monterey and lovely Carmel both enjoy a great location and are worth a visit. Monterey has its famous Cannery Row with its former canning factories and typical restaurants. Carmel has a mission, art galleries, boutiques and good restaurants. Do not miss the 17-Mile-Drive along one of the most fabulous coastlines. Hearst Castle at San Simeon is also well worth a visit. Day 14, continue via Solvang, a Danish town, to Santa Barbara, a beautiful city with a strong Hispanic background. Well worth a visit are the Mission, Court House, State Street with its beautiful boutiques and inviting restaurants. Return to bustling Los Angeles and hand back your car any time on Day 15.

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Denver / Colorado Springs / Alamosa / Durango

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Springfield / Tulsa / Oklahoma City / Amarillo / Tucumcari

Lake Powell / Bryce Canyon N.P. / Zion N. P. / St. George

Palm Springs

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Chicago / St. Louis / Springfield

Williams / Grand Canyon / Lake Powell

The park includes some of the Earth’s most colourful rocks which have been sculpted by erosion into pillars and other fantastic forms. Take a sunset walk through this fantasy world of sandstone. Day 7, explore the many hiking possibilities Zion National Park offers. See its desert terrain and huge sculpted rock formations, which co-exist with hanging gardens. The bizarre sandstone formations and especially the view of ‘Angels Landing’ are breathtaking.

• Drive stunning mountain passes with panoramic views • Explore giant sand dunes and Indian cliff dwellings • Marvel at the sandstone formations in Arches National Park

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Los Angeles

Pick up your car and explore glamorous Hollywood with its Walk of Fame and Beverly Hills, home to the stars. Head to the beach at Santa Monica, Venice or Malibu, where the Pacific Ocean laps at the shore.

Highlights

• Discover the history of the Native Americans • Marvel at the magnificent Grand Canyon • Roll through the desert to dazzling Las Vegas

Los Angeles / Palm Springs / Williams / Grand Canyon

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Albuquerque Tucumcari Amarillo Flagstaff

Holbrook

Inclusions

Departs: Daily (Apr-Oct) Accommodation: Standard accommodation, room only (17 nts) Inclusions: Road book with day-to-day routings, city maps, all taxes and fees Tour Code: ORDSFD Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 22

St. Louis Springfield Tulsa Oklahoma City

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

Set high in the Rocky Mountains, Denver offers the biggest brewery, world’s greatest bell collection, largest wine tasting place and the longest street in America. Head to the Colorado Springs on Day 3, where you can marvel at the beautiful ‘Garden of the Gods’ and incredible rock formations of red sandstone. As you move on to Alamosa, discover more of Mother Nature by visiting the sand dunes and the Anazasi Indian cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park.

Durango / Grand Junction / Moab / Arches N.P. / Salt Lake City / Jackson

06-09

There’s a choice of scenic routes to the picturesque Arches National Park. Its red, arid land contains oddly eroded sandstone forms such as fins, pinnacles, spires, rocks and arches – the world’s highest concentration of natural stone arches. Expect mountain panoramas at Salt Lake City and Jackson so get your camera at the ready.

Jackson / Yellowstone N.P. / Cody / Sheridan

10-13

On the way to Yellowstone National Park look out for the mountain chain of the Grand Tetons. See the hot mud holes, thermal springs, shimmering lakes and geysers like the ‘Old Faithful’. Buffalo Scenic Byway and Bighorn Scenic Byway take you through Cody, past mountains and waterfalls before climbing Granite Pass to Sheridan.

Sheridan / Rapid City / Cheyenne / Rocky Mountain N.P. / Denver

14-20

Visit the presidents at Mt. Rushmore National Park, Custer State Park and the impressive Crazy Horse Memorial. On an excursion to Badlands National Park you’ll discover bizarre rock formations and many rare animals. The Trail Ridge Road, one of the highest paved roads in the US, with incredible views, will bring you back to Denver.

Inclusions

Departs: Daily (May-Sep) Accommodation: Standard accommodation, room only (19 nts) Inclusions: Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions and city maps, all taxes and fees Tour Code: DENSFD Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 22

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

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FIGUEROA HOTEL, downtown

rock solid

crowne plaza, beverly hills

R1,208 SINGLE FR R641 TWIN/DOUBLE

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R2,763 SINGLE R1,387 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• Kick back and mingle on the relaxing garden patio • Fill up on delicious all-you-can-eat pancakes each morning • Get a good night’s sleep with a comfy duvet in your ‘privacy pod’

• Enjoy a sizzling barbecue on the superb Tiki Courtyard • Challenge new mates at pool in the buzzing games room • LA’s closest hostel to Sunset Strip

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

• Bask in the glorious outdoor pool • Savour tasty Californian cuisine at the superb Bistro • Maintain your fitness regime at the 24-hour gym

This funky hostel is newly renovated so all dorms are en suite with comfy bedding, ‘privacy pods’ and security lockers, and an Internet room provides high speed access. Within walking distance to tourist attractions and nightlife, the hostel also has a lively evening atmosphere in its lounge, guest kitchen and large patio.

Whatever your budget, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this modern hostel with vibrant colours and a laid back vibe. There’s a cool TV lounge, fun games room, kitchen and a Tiki Courtyard, complete with music and palm trees. Sprawl in spacious en suite rooms or dorms, some with views of the Hollywood Hills.

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

Top-notch service is the ultimate priority at this modern hotel. If you’re not lazing in the heated, outdoor pool, unwinding at the spa or using the 24-hour gym, sip tasty cocktails on the terrace or enjoy fine dining at the hotel’s top restaurant. Sleep in luxurious, modern rooms with plush bedding and fluffy bathrobes.

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laxeur

shoestring

FR banana R305 DORM bungalow, hollywood FRR505 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This hip hostel offers non-stop activities like sports competitions, Karaoke and comedy nights. Sunbathe in the courtyard, from where you can see the iconic Hollywood sign, chill in the TV lounge or surf the free Wi-Fi. Choose from retro dorms or private rooms with en suites, most with their own kitchen. laxbbh

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glampacker

stay on main, DOWNTOWN

R421 SINGLE R316 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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LOEWS, hollywood

R3,414 SINGLE R1,712 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

This vibrant hybrid downtown hotel/hostel is perfect for saving pennies. Expect bright and trendy decor, a restaurant serving up tasty treats, plus a daily complimentary brekkie. Wi-Fi is free in public areas, dorms come with new bathrooms and cable TV, while private rooms come complete with cool gizmos and iPod docking stations. laxsta

LAXFIG

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BW plus, hollywood hills

R2,122 SINGLE R1,061 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

With unparalleled views of LA and the infamous Hollywood sign, this modern 632-room hotel offers a choice of stylish rooms complete with chaise longues, or expansive luxury suites. Admire the Hollywood Hills from the fifth floor heated outdoor pool and sundeck, relax in the spa or refuel at the restaurant and cafe. TLAXLH

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doubletree by FRR1,765 SINGLE FR Hilton,downtown R883 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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

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grafton on FRR2,090 SINGLE sunset, w.hollywood FRR1,051 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Formerly the Kyoto Grand, this chic downtown hotel is situated in the eclectic Little Tokyo area. Chill out in the serene, terraced garden, relax in the whirlpool or unwind after a hectic day at the Terranova Lounge with a cocktail. Stylish rooms are fully equipped, boasting deluxe bedding, Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs. laxkgh

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Awaken your senses at this sleek hotel, set on the legendary Sunset Strip. Relax by the Mediterranean garden and saltwater pool, unwind at the lounge and try the exquisite, renowned restaurant. There’s Internet access, a fitness centre and the spacious en suite rooms offer great views, cable TV, air con, mini-bar, and fridges. laxgos

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hotel angeleno, uclA

rock solid

Best sunset plaza,

R1,786 SINGLE FR R839 TWIN/DOUBLE

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west hollywood

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apartment

toluca hills, hollywood hills

R2,426 SINGLE R1,219 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

On Sunset Boulevard, this hotel is the best spot to experience LA. Nearby are nightclubs, Universal Studios, amusement parks and beaches - you’ll never get bored! Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and complimentary American buffet breakfasts before relaxing in the hotel’s heated pool or the suites’ whirlpool hot tubs.

Set among gorgeous landscaped grounds and close to Universal Studios, these selfcatering apartments are an ideal home away from home. Enjoy modern decor, lush furnishings, air con, a lounge with TV, kitchen and Internet access. Relax in this huge complex with facilities including pools, a gym, spa and Jacuzzi and volleyball.

LAXBWS

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west hollywood

3 DAYS

SAN DIEGO & SEAWORLD® ADVENTURE

Depart from LA and head to Sin City on this three-day adventure which includes two nights’ accommodation! Pass the San Bernardino Mountains and enter the Mojave Desert, with a quick stop at the Tanger Outlets in Barstow. On arrival at Vegas, take an (optional) night tour. Day 2, explore the city and its glittering Strip at your leisure. On your final day, visit the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and its Botanical Gardens before returning to LA.

R4,926

FR

3 DAYS

Your package kicks off with an early morning pick-up from your LA hotel. Head to your respective San Diego hotel, the rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Next up, is a full day at the awesome SeaWorld® - feed dolphins, come face-to-face with a polar bear and a shark, plus a watery escapade on the Journey to Atlantis ride! Day 3, transfer back to LA late morning, where your tour ends.

Departs: Sun, Wed & Thu Accommodation: 3* hotel (2 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Bus transfers from/to Los Angeles Tour Code: LAXVEE

Departs: Daily, year-round Accommodation: 3* hotel (2 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Accommodation, luxury mini coach to/from San Diego, hotel transfers to/from LA, SeaWorld® admission Tour Code: LAXSAN

laxnor

R3,235 SINGLE R1,618 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

MR C, beverly hills

R3,424 SINGLE R1,712 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

go La card

R715

FR

1 - 7 days

la hop-on hop-off

R505

FR

1 - 2 DAYS

Universal STUDIOS®FRR956 FULL DAY HOLLYWOOD

DISNEY LAND RESORT HOPPER

Go behind the scenes on the world-famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. Then, enjoy rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies.

Hang out with all your favourite Walt Disney characters by grabbing this amazing admission pass to both the Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park. Buy 2-5 days and your ticket is valid for a whole 13 days from your first visit. Magic!

R1,744

FR

1-5 days

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

• Try delicious Californian cuisine at the hotel restaurant • Enjoy fantastic Hollywood views at the rooftop sundeck • Retreat to this urban oasis in the heart of Sunset Strip

• Indulge in a relaxing a massage or facial in the spa • Work up a sweat in the 24-hour fitness centre • Enjoy a Bellini in the elegant Lounge Bar

Once famous for its rock ‘n’ roll parties with celebrities like The Rolling Stones, this sophisticated hotel delivers a unique experience. Dine on delicious cuisine, enjoy views of the Hollywood Hills on the rooftop sundeck, relax at the bar or with in-room spa services. Rooms boast iPod docking stations and free Wi-Fi.

With modern European decor and panoramic views of Beverly Hills, this hotel is all about luxury. Rooms are elegantly decorated with handcrafted Italian furniture, rain showers, and flatscreen TVs. Relax at the hotel’s massive pool, which boasts a poolside bar or eat delicious Italian food at The Restaurant.

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R2,269

FR

4 days

Make the most of Los Angeles with this awesome package. Get transported from the airport to the USA Hostel Hollywood for a three-night stay, in the heart of the action just steps from the Kodak Theatre, Walk Of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The Hop-On Hop-Off tour is a great way to explore Hollywood, Downtown and Santa Monica and you can stop off at as many of the attractions as you like - ideal for the independent traveller. Departs: Daily Accommodation: USA Hostel Hollywood (3 nts) Transport: Return airport transfers Sightseeing: Stars and Bars tour, LA Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Code: LAXUSH/ LAXGAS/ LAXSAB/ LAXHOH

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la confidential

the great las vegas escape

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

LAXANG

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Stay 4 pay 3 - 01Jan14-30Apr14, 01Nov14-31Dec14 or book before 31may14 for $10 discount a night - 20aug14-31oct14

Los angeles & Grand canyon mini adventure

LAXMRC

R7,236

FR

4 DAYS

Tour LA’s hotspots such as Rodeo Drive and Venice Beach before seeing the incredible Mojave Desert, Colorado River and Lake Havasu. Traverse desert landscapes to the Grand Canyon and hike the South Rim Trail at sunset. Opt to take an awesome helicopter flight over the Canyon! Back on the road, you’ll cruise Route 66, stopping at the Hoover Dam before arriving at Las Vegas! Hit the ‘Strip’ VIP-style in a limo and party it up before returning to LA. Departs: Selected Weds (May-Oct) Accommodation: Camping (2 nts), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van, with free Wi-Fi access Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: TAXLA

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This fab sightseeing pass gives you access to more than 40 of the most popular attractions with savings of 35 per cent or more! Choose between 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7-day options. Check out Legoland California, LA Zoo, and Madame Tussauds’ Hollywood, to name just a few.

Opt for a one or two-day narrated tour, boarding the open air double decker bus at any of the 50 stops dotted around the city, from glorious Santa Monica to Downtown LA. Once you’ve finished, simply hop back on the bus and continue with your journey.

LAXGOL

WARNER BROS studio TOUR

R1,450

FR

FULL DAY

Gain a rare, behind-the-scenes insight into your favourite films and TV shows. Who will be working on a movie when you visit the Warner Bros Studios? Who can you spot at home in Beverly Hills? And what A-list stars will be at Tinseltown landmarks? laxmse

LAXHOH

NEIGHBOURHOODS FOOD & CULTURE

R893

FR

HALF DAY

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beverly hills golden triangle

laxuns

R725

FR

HALF DAY

Get off the tourist trail and discover LA’s diversity of ethnic eateries. Feast in Koreatown, Little Armenia and Thai Town. By Metro or on foot, you’ll also explore historical and cultural hotspots, such as Robert Kennedy’s assassination site and the infamous Hollywood sign!

Get a taste of the high roller lifestyle - celeb-spot on Rodeo Drive, visit the Beverly Wilshire where ‘Pretty Woman’ was filmed, enjoy a Vietnamese restaurant lunch and a cupcake at the original LA bakery, ending the day with a Mai Tai at the glamorous Beverly Hilton.

LAXETH

LAXBEV

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anadis

stars & bars

R725

FR

HALF DAY

Stroll along the Walk of Fame and soak up the atmosphere of Hollywood’s most historic bars while tasting their signature drinks. Learn about the roles these iconic hotspots played in film and celebrity history. Mix with the locals, you might even spot a superstar! laxsab

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At the crossroads of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and UCLA, Hotel Angelo offers sweeping cityscape views, a relaxed ambience and tasteful surroundings. All rooms come with private balconies, luxurious bathroom smellies and comfy beds. Cool off in the outdoor pool or work up a sweat in the fitness centre.

R2,237 SINGLE R1,124 TWIN/DOUBLE

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anaheim

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shoestring

samesun venice beach

R442 DORM R442 TWIN/DOUBLE

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glampacker

HI santa monica

R431 DORM

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Swim, party and live it up at this classic travellers’ hostel right on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. With a friendly atmosphere, ocean views and outgoing staff, expect good times! There’s Internet, a kitchen, lounge and if you’re recovering after a big night out, stroll down to the breathtaking beach, a stone’s throw away!

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

LAXVBC

rock solid

comfort inn, santa monica

R2,153 SINGLE R1,166 TWIN/DOUBLE

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a-list

belamar, manhattan beach

R1,964 SINGLE FR R988 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

This freshly re-designed, beachfront hotel is a luxurious getaway with modern and chic decor. Spacious rooms have either Pacific or pool views, private balconies, plush beds and organic smellies. Indulge in decadent al fresco dining options, keeping body-beautiful in the luxurious spa and state-of-the art fitness centre. TLAXLS

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

With antique furniture and classic decor preserved to convey the grand days of early Santa Monica, this hotel is full of vintage charm and sits pretty in the heart of the city. Only one block from the beach and all the main attractions, rooms come with flatscreen TVs and there’s Internet and a 24-hour reception. laxhcs

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hotel carmel, FRR1,922 SINGLE FR santa monica R967 TWIN/DOUBLE

LAXHIS

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Experience the delights of coastal California in this Spanish-inspired hotel on Santa Monica Boulevard. Start your day with a free continental breakfast before discovering a new level of relaxation chilling by the outdoor pool. Rooms are clean and basic with pool or courtyard views – it’s the perfect choice for those on a budget!

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rock solid

hilton anaheim

rock solid

r1,628 SINGLE FR r862 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

laxtbh

r1,628 SINGLE FR r904 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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

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

Steps from Disneyland, you can count on impeccable service at this smart hotel. Enjoy fantastic dining options, a seasonal poolside bar and grill and a Starbucks outlet. Unwind at the sauna and spa or relax by the outdoor heated pool and three Jacuzzis – the perfect way to relax after a long day at the theme park.

Longing to stay in the heart of it? Sheraton Park, one of the closest hotels to the Disneyland Resort, is perfect. Set in 11 acres of tropical gardens, guestrooms boast private balconies with views of the landscaped patio and pool area or the Disneyland Resort, with shops, restaurants and entertainment just moments away.

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tanaSP

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rock solid

howard johnson anaheim resort

rock solid

r998 SINGLE r505 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Sizzle in style at this chic, boutique hotel set in the hip LA enclave of Manhattan Beach. With swanky decor and unique flair, the hotel boasts a superb restaurant, a fab bar and a free gym. Relax in the sunset garden, outdoor pool or Jacuzzi and lounge in plush en suite rooms, some with private balconies and garden views.

sheraton park

disney’s grand californian hotel

r5,115 SINGLE r2,573 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

• Shop at the brand new Anaheim GardenWalk nearby • Cause a splash at the hotel’s free, private waterpark • Feast on yummy American dishes at Mimi’s Cafe

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

A mere eight-minute walk away from Disneyland, you’ll waste no time getting stuck into the fun! After a long day at the parks, relax by the the secluded pool, unwind in the hot tub and spa or take a stroll through the hotel’s seven acres of landscaped gardens. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs and most have a balcony.

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

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california coast

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shoestring

usa hostels san diego

R284 DORM

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

In the heart of the historic Gaslamp district, this hostel offers many freebies such as all-you-can-eat breakfasts, lockers, activities and tours. It now also provides ‘privacy pods’ with screening and reading lights. Enjoy free movies in the TV lounge, jump on the Internet or cook up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen.

rock solid

glampacker

porto vista hotel

R1,187 SINGLE FR R599 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

Handlery hotel san diego

r1,544 SINGLE FR r778 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

bw beachside FRr2,059 SINGLE FR inn, santa barbara r1,030 TWIN/DOUBLE

A top hotel in San Diego, the Handlery Hotel & Resort was completely renovated during 2010, setting a new standard for affordable luxury. A family-owned hotel, it offers personal service and a laid back, social atmosphere. Near major attractions, it is set in beautifully landscaped grounds which feature an outdoor pool and spa tub.

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This oceanfront hotel exudes effortless flair and friendly service. Spend the day relaxing by the heated outdoor pool, sunbathing at the beach or simply lounge on the private patio or open sundeck. En suite rooms come with cable TV and Internet, and many have poolside or courtyard views.

R1,702 SINGLE FR R851 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

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Nestled within five acres of tropical gardens, this luxurious, Spanish-inspired resort is a great oasis. Sample the Treehouse Restaurant and bar and enjoy two heated pools, whirlpools, a spa, and massage service. Well decorated, spacious en suite rooms boast a private deck or balcony with views. Stay 4 pay 3 - 01Nov13-30Apr14, 02Sep14-31Dec14

Seeking out relaxed luxury in stunning natural beauty? Look no further. This beachside resort is full of graceful charm and landscaped gardens. Tear yourself away from the gargantuan 42,000-square foot spa and infinity pools to indulge in award-winning fine dining. Or, hit the tennis courts and nearby hiking trails.

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This great card is an all-access attraction pass that gets you into each of the 50 included parks, museums, and tours. Choose from 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7-days to visit top attractions, from a whale watch cruise to Legoland. There’s also free multiday admission to SeaWorld® San Diego exclusively with the 3, 5 and 7-day cards. sangoc

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The highlight of SeaWorld® are the sensational Shamu® shows – they create an incredible set from the killer whale behaviours. Get wet on the Journey to Atlantis, brave the waves on Shipwreck Rapids and get onboard for a heartpounding ride to the Wild Arctic. Manta, the brand new launch coaster, is incredible! sansws

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

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Situated in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy neighbourhood, this vintage-inspired hotel provides guests with unique European style. A mile from the airport, all rooms offer bay views just minutes away from SeaWorld®. Try out the hotel’s day spa, relax on the fourth floor terrace with a cocktail or take part in sunset yoga.

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casa munras, monterey

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• Near attractions such as Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf • Soak in the hot tub or indulge in the spa services • Explore the hotel’s private gardens, followed by a dip in the outdoor pool

• Rooms with iPod docks, plush bedding and top quality smellies • Brimming with historic charm, located in Old Town Monterey • Take time out, before or after a treatment, in the lush Spa Garden

Just minutes from Carmel by the Sea village, these cosy yet spacious rooms will fit all your lodging needs. There’s a heated pool, hot tub, fitness room and complimentary Wi-Fi. Fuse Lounge Cafe exudes an edgy ambiance with trendy design elements and serves up speciality cocktails, appetisers and entrees.

This Spanish-inspired hotel is located in beautiful surroundings and even has cosy fireplaces! Stroll in the gardens, lounge by the pool or on the patio with a cocktail and relish Mediterranean-style tapas at the restaurant. The stunning en suite rooms, with Wi-Fi and cable TV, provide the perfect retreat.

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Following major renovation in 2013, this downtown hostel boasts a new yoga room, along with a theatre, communal kitchen and screened ‘privacy pods’ in all dorms. Each comes with a light, shelf and power outlet for extra comfort. Added to this, there’s a large lounge with pool and football tables, free walking tours and free Wi-Fi. Wow!

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Located three blocks from trendy Union Square, all rooms – shared dorm and private - feature a marble en suite bathroom. There’s also a huge common room, well-equipped kitchen and sociable terrace. Freebies include all-you-can eat pancake and coffee breakfasts, movie nights, linen, luggage storage and Wi-Fi!

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cova HOTEL

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

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A modern hotel that covers all the basics, plus extras such as a 24-hour gym, same-day laundry, complimentary deluxe continental breakfasts and a daily shuttle service to Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. Feel right at home in rooms that come with a plasma TV, free Wi-Fi, and a French balcony. book by 31mar14 for 10% off 01Apr14-31Dec14 (excluding premium dates)

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With a downtown location second to none, this hotel fuses contemporary and classic San Francisco, beautiful brick walls and mosaic murals, all in check with the hotel’s Art Deco history. Don’t forget to take advantage of the complimentary morning coffee and evening wine reception at this sophisticated, upbeat hotel. sfohus

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radisson fisherman’s wharf

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In the heart of downtown San Fran, this stylish and sophisticated hotel offers easy access to Chinatown and the famous cable cars. One of the West Coast’s tallest hotels, it boasts spectacular city skyline views. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool, unwind in the hot tub or indulge in the restaurant’s gastropub-style cuisine.

Triton is a vibrant, eco-friendly hotel with modern design inspired by the independent spirit of San Fran. Admire the contemporary art, indulge in in-room spa services and join the free (yes, free!) nightly wine tastings. Exquisite rooms come with zebra print bathrobes, free Wi-Fi and use of bikes and yoga mats is complimentary.

Positioned on the Embarcadero waterfront, this hotel has views of the financial district and San Francisco Bay. Enter the world’s largest atrium lobby, covering more than 42,000 square foot and enjoy a signature cocktail at the Eclipse Lounge. All rooms are kitted out with flatscreen TVs, iPod docking stations and luxury baths.

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A trendy hotel with a clear conscience; its decor features reclaimed and recycled construction materials. It still has loads of mod cons however, with flatscreen TVs, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. There’s a heated outdoor pool and fitness centre across the street or you can rent one of the hotel’s bikes and tour the city using pedal power!

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Established in 1920, this historic downtown hotel not only boasts the perfect location but the price is also kind on your wallet! After a day of sightseeing, relax in your room with private bathroom, TV, fridge, microwave and unlimited free Wi-Fi. Other facilities include laundry and a bakery-style breakfast.

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Check into this modern, mid-century style hotel and experience San Fran in style! Soak up the sun in the heated outdoor pool, custom-make your own burgers in the funky diner or relax in the courtyards or cocktail lounge. Bright rooms have retro furnishings and modern touches, such as flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi and iPod docks.

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This newly renovated retreat is perfectly located on beautiful Fisherman’s Wharf, overlooking the breathtaking bay. Steps away from the city’s best attractions such as Pier 39 and Alcatraz, the rooms are kitted out with iPod docking stations and free Wi-Fi and the hotel benefits from a heated outdoor pool open year-round. Stay 3 nights and get 1 free breakfast at Pier 39 - 01Nov14-31Dec14 (blackout dates apply)

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Beyond San Francisco Mad about wine? Experience California’s wine country for yourself! Combining the beauty of Muir Woods and lush countryside of Sonoma and Napa Valley, enjoy a series of free tastings without arguing over who’s driving. Alternatively, head into Yosemite National Park for a true Yankee wilderness experience. See pages 78-79 for details.

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YOSEMITE & TAHOe MINI ADVENTURE San Francisco

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This package includes an unlimited pass for 72 hours on the 4-in-1 tour of San Fran. Pick three attractions to see, such as a Bay cruise, Muir Woods tour, bike rental, Go Car and more. See Downtown San Fran, Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy a vibrant evening tour of Chinatown and Alamo Square.

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Explore infamous Alcatraz with a self-guided audio tour of the prison cellblock. As well as return ferry trips to the island, the package includes four sightseeing loops of San Fran; Downtown, Sausalito, Golden Gate Park and a night tour. Tickets often sell out in advance so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Shop more and save big with complimentary discount vouchers at San Fran’s biggest outlet malls, offering premium designer brands at unbeatable prices and the lowest sales tax in California! Celebrate your purchases with wine tasting in Napa Valley. A scenic stop-off at the Golden Gate Bridge and hotel transfers are also included.

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Less an hour away from San Fran lies California’s wine country. Explore the stunning Redwood Sequoia trees at Muir Woods and visit three boutique, family-run Sonoma and Napa wineries, enjoying a complimentary tasting at each. End the day at Golden Gate Bridge for a perfect photo opportunity.

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An early start sees you exploring the Yosemite Valley stopping at El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls and Inspiration Point (AKA Tunnel View). In the afternoon, weather permitting, walk amongst towering giant Sequoia trees, the world’s largest living things! Enjoy sunset as you return to San Fran’s city lights.

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Departs: Daily year-round Accommodation: Tent cabin (1nt) Transport: Minibus/van Inclusions: Guided commentary Meals: No meals included Tour Code: SFO2DO

This amazing overnight tour is perfect for savvy independent travellers! Head to Yosemite to immerse yourself in the beauty of one of North America’s most famous national parks and admire the breathtaking scenery of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and Inspiration Point all while learning from your knowledgeable guide. Take a hike on one of the walking trails, raft down the Merced river, rock climb on the beautiful Yosemite granite cliffs or relax on an open tram tour of Yosemite Valley. Stay in a tent-style cabin within the park itself in Curry Village which has an outdoor pool and several restaurants, all set in the shadow of Glacier Point and Half Dome. For a little bit of an upgrade, stay outside the park in the cosy View Lodge where all rooms have river or mountain views.

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After crossing the out-of-this-world 10,000 ft Tioga Pass, you’ll catch your first glimpse of Yosemite’s exquisite landscape of glaciercarved cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Down in Yosemite Valley, check out the famous Nevada Falls for unparalleled views of El Capitan’s sheer granite rock face. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife too, as bears have been known to make the park their home. See for yourself why this truly is one of America’s top national parks. You will be rewarded by some amazing photo opportunities. (B, L)

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

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OUTLET SHOPPING & WINE TASTING

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This superb value ticket includes a 48-hour Hop-on Hop-off Downtown Loop so you can see all the major sights, such as Union Square. Choose two entrances from amazing attractions, such as the Walt Disney Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Aquarium of the Bay, Sausalito Ferry, two-hour bike rental and a Bay cruise.

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Leaving the incomparable beauty of Yosemite behind you, stop at a grove of towering redwoods on the way to the ‘City by the Bay,’ San Francisco. En-route, feast your eyes on another impressive display of Mother Nature’s handiwork. Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world, growing to a whopping 110 metres in height and litter the landscape of northern California. Later on, head back to San Fran, home to the prison of Alcatraz and the engineering marvel of Golden Gate Bridge. Your adventure wraps up today in San Fran. (B, L)

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Service Level: Camping Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Camping (2 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van, with free Wi-Fi access Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Group Leader: Tour Leader throughout Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TAXSF

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

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One of America’s most beautiful national parks, Yosemite is famous for its granite rock formations, waterfalls and sequoia trees. Settle into your campsite in the Tuolomne Meadows area and head out for a hike either to the evergreen forest around Dog Lake or to the top of Lembert Dome for panoramic views. Day 3 sees you hiking the floor of the Yosemite Valley on trails to Vernal and Nevada Falls. Day 4 involves a short drive to Glacier Point for awesome views from an elevation of 7,214 feet (over 2,100 metres). Hike the Taft Point Loop back down to the Valley for sunset views. Yosemite’s sheer rock faces are an ultimate rock climber’s challenge and, on Day 5 after a full safety briefing, you’ll enjoy a gentler introductory climb. (4B, 4L, 4D)

Yosemite National Park (Backcountry Trek)

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Three days dedicated to backcountry hiking to experience clear lakes, glaciers and pine forests in the remote areas of Southern Yosemite and Alpine Lakes, away from the main trails. You’ll be asked to carry tents, sleeping bags and food with you. (3B, 3L, 2D)

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Switch to two wheels for a bike ride following the trail down to Lewis Creek in the Bass Lake area, cycling past tall cedars and pines and hopping over boulders. The afternoon is free for optional activities including horse riding. On Day 10, return to San Francisco, where the tour concludes with a mid-afternoon arrival. (L)

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San Francisco / Coloma

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Lodge (2 nts), participation camping (7 nts) Transport: Air-con private touring van with Wi-Fi, rafting, hiking, cycling Meals: 7 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners Budget: Allow USD $50-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUYA

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the mirage

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Living up to its name, this hotel boasts three world-famous circus acts performing acrobatics, magic and juggling. As well as the indoor theme park with rides, golf course, shopping promenade, three large casinos and three pools, there’s also free parking and a whole host of dining options from burgers to buffets.

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With an erupting volcano outside, this mega resort also has its very own dolphin and wild animal habitat plus an indoor aquarium. The ultra-modern rooms are large in size with flatscreen TVs and mp3 docks. Chuck in 11 restaurants, nine shops, two pools and a giant casino, you couldn’t ask for more!

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MGM GRAND

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

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

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Sample some of the 14 different restaurants, soak up the sun in the Garden of the Gods Oasis’ six different pools and relax in the spa and Roman baths before hitting up the enormous casino with the most exciting poker room in Vegas. The inhouse Colosseum venue plays host to some of the biggest names in showbiz!

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Tower offers elegance and comfort while the West Wing is a modern alternative of sleek, stylish accommodation. The pools provide a tropical oasis, surrounded by lush foliage, bridges, fountains and waterfalls and you can party the night away, sipping cocktails at Tabu Ultra Lounge, Studio 54 or Vida Latin Late Night!

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

The newest hotel on the Strip brings a lot to the table! Almost every room features an oversized terrace and it has three distinct pools, all with panoramic views of the skyline. Treat yourself in the Sahra Spa and Hammam, hang out at the day club, dine with world-class chefs or dance all night long in the nightclub.

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Take to the skies in your luxurious helicopter with wrap around windows offering 180-degree bird’s eye views. See the breathtaking Grand Canyon, magnificent Hoover Dam and stunning Lake Mead. The perfect trip for anyone pressed for time but wanting to see as much as possible of the Grand Canyon.

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grand canyon sunset tour

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Fly over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam enjoying stunning sunset views before landing deep inside the Grand Canyon. While on Hualapai Indian land, you’ll savour a champagne picnic 3,200 feet below the canyon rim. As the sun sets and paints a breathtaking horizon, fly back to Vegas over the dazzling neon lights of the Strip.

rockstar nightclub tour

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Party like a rockstar and cruise around the Las Vegas Strip in style. Hop onboard the luxurious limo party bus, complete with a complimentary bar and bartender. Through the night you will visit three of the hottest A-list nightclubs in Vegas. Don’t worry about waiting in long lines or expensive cover charges, this tour is VIP all the way!

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GRAND CANYON EXPEDITION

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This tour combines both the Black Canyon and Grand Canyon. After soaring over Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon you will land in historical Boulder City. From here, enjoy a smooth water rafting adventure along the base of Hoover Dam and continue the awe-inspiring float down the dramatic Black Canyon.

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GRAND CANYON PICNIC TOUR

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las VEGAS & grand canyon mini adventure Las Vegas

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Canyons, cowboys and Indians - need we say more? Leave Vegas and head to Lake Powell for a swim before tucking into an authentic western barbecue at the Paria Canyon Ranch. Saddle up for an optional morning horse ride and enjoy a short hike to Horseshoe Bend. Next, take a guided 4WD tour into Monument Valley for an overnight experience with the Navajo, staying in a traditional mud hut ‘hogan’. Pass through the Painted Desert en route to the Cameron Trading Post and arrive at the Grand Canyon in time for sunset. Take an optional scenic helicopter flight before travelling back to Las Vegas via Route 66 and the Hoover Dam. Departs: Selected Mon & Thu (May-Oct) Accommodation: Bunkhouse at cowboy ranch (1 nt), camping (1 nt), traditional hogan (1 nt) - sleeping bag required Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Tour Code: TAXLV

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Departing from Las Vegas, this scenic tour takes in unique views of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Colarado River and the Grand Canyon from the ground and above! Aboard an A-Star helicopter you’ll experience an exhilarating 70-minute roundtrip, before enjoying superb views from the Skywalk. Includes meal voucher and hotel transfers. LASVIP

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

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This fantastic package provides three nights’ hotel accommodation and a ready-made group of friends to celebrate New Year with! Arrive on 30 Dec, cruise the ‘Strip’ and take in Fremont Street, home to the famous laser light show, and end the night partying like a rock star at one of the city’s clubs. Go for an optional helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon or get your picture snapped below the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign before seeing in the New Year - club entry and open bar included! New Year’s Day is all about recovery – malls, casinos or seeing a live show. Depart on 2 Jan and remember – what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

A limousine will pick you up and take you to your helicopter for a flight deep inside the famous Grand Canyon. Enjoy a champagne picnic below the canyon rim with spectacular views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and extinct volcanoes. Fly back with exciting views of the Vegas Strip before being returning to your hotel by limo.

LASEXP

WEST RIM DRIVE, FLY & FLOAT

R8,455

FR

Departs: 30 Dec 2014 Accommodation: Twin share hotel (3 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner Tour Guide: Tour Manager Tour Code: COLVNY

LASCAN

COOL CANYONS, GRAND CANYON & MORE Las Vegas

R7,793

FR

3 DAYS

Highlights

R4,096

Las Vegas

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

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

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Highlights

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

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VIP SKYWALK Express

LAS VEGAS NEW YEAR

GRAND CANYON ONE DAY TOUR

R977

FR

FULL DAY

Escape the city and spend a day exploring one of the most renowned sights in the USA. Make multiple stops at the Canyon, visiting Mather Point, the deepest part of the Canyon, as well as Bright Angel. With lunch included, you will have time to explore, walk around and tour the canyon at your leisure. LASDGC

Leave Vegas behind with this action-packed tour. First stop the impressive Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon, with an optional helicopter ride. Stop at the Desert View Watchtower before continuing to Page on the shores of Lake Powell. Then, it’s a short hike to Horseshoe Bend for incredible Colorado River views. Day 2, take an optional trip on the Colorado River before heading to Monument Valley for an off-road tour led by a Navajo guide. Day 3, you’ll tour Antelope Canyon and travel through Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument to arrive at Bryce Canyon. A drive through Zion provides plenty of photo ops before returning to Vegas. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts) Transport: Private mini-van Meals: 2 breakfasts Tour Guide: Experienced local tour guide Tour Code: LASCOO

GRAND CIRCLE OF CANYONS

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

R5,451

FR

2 DAYS

Highlights

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

If you want to see magnificent scenery while visiting Las Vegas but are short time, this is the tour for you. Wind past Lake Mead and over Hoover Dam towards the South Rim for an optional helicopter flight. Next, onto Page for a hike to Horseshoe Bend for amazing views of the Colorado River. Day 2, take a tour of striking Antelope Canyon led by a Navajo guide. Stop for a look at spectacular Lake Powell before heading past the Grand Staircase Escalante N.M. to Bryce Canyon where you’ll marvel at the weirdly shaped hoodoos. The striking rock formations in Zion are the last stop before arriving back into Vegas. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (1nt ) Transport: Private mini-van Meals: 1 breakfast Tour Guide: Experienced local tour guide Tour Code: LASGCC

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

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FLEXI BLE TRAVEL Board the bus in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Grand Canyon or Yosemite. You can buy individual tickets for each leg of your trip or opt for the hop-on hop-off ticket, giving you greater flexibility and allowing you virtually unlimited travel for a certain period of time. Please note: there are some restrictions and conditions – ask your STA 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.

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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 ability to connect the parks and sights of the west with five major western cities. The entire network runs from 1 March - 31 September. See the map below for routes that run outside this time on a less frequent basis.

NATI ONAL 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 most National Parks for a year. See page 86 for the current price.

DRI VER GUIDES Bundu Bus offer an intimate service, generally using personal, small group, comfortable vehicles for up to 13 guests. Although some routes are long, they

HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASSES Travel anywhere on the network, as much as you like within the duration of your pass. Choose from 4, 7, 14 or 31-day passes: 4 days Fr R2,878 7 days Fr R3,918 14 days Fr R5,167 31 days Fr R6,270

ONE WAY TICKETS For those just wanting to get from A to B, opt for a one-way ticket. Many routes are available. Ask your STA Travel Expert for more details.

ROUTING PRICE

Los Angeles to Las Vegas (vv) Fr R473 Los Angeles to San Francisco (vv) Fr R610 Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon (vv) Fr R946 San Francisco to Yosemite (vv) Fr R1,030

ACCOMMODATI ON Accommodation around the National Parks can have limited availability. It’s best to book as far in advance as possible - ask your STA Travel Expert for help. In certain hard to reach areas, where it may be expensive to spend the night, the Bundu Bus schedule is arranged to allow you to take a tour of the area and then hop on the bus a few hours later. This is particularly true at Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite

Yellowstone N.P. Grand Teton

Tanque Verde ranch Tuscon, Arizona

R2,542

FR

2 DAYS

Highlights

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

mayan dude ranch

R2,227

FR

Bandera, Texas

2 DAYS

Highlights

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

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San Francisco

Salt Lake City

Yosemite N.P. Bryce Canyon St George Zion Monument Valley Death Valley Kanab Page/Lake Powell Las Vegas Antelope Canyon Grand Canyon Sedona YEAR-ROUND ROUTE Los Angeles SEASONAL ROUTE Phoenix

Book a 14 or 31 Day HOHO pass and get a free bryce canyon & zion tour

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travel through some of the most beautiful scenery on earth and you get to tour them for the price of your ticket! There are frequent photo opportunities – just tell your driver when you want to stop. Some routes are even free tours through the parks themselves.

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This is the best known ranch programme in Arizona, nestled among the majestic natural beauty of the Rincon Mountains, on the east edge of Tucson and adjacent to the Saguaro National Park. Prices include accommodation, three great ranch meals per day and all regular scheduled ranch activities. Who hasn’t dreamed of saddling up a horse and riding out across the Old West in search of adventure? With more than 180 well-trained horses and 60,000 acres of pristine natural beauty to explore, there are plenty of desert horse riding experiences to be had. Take an early morning ride with the reward of a delicious trailside breakfast. Head off for a leisurely walk, ride or more experienced riders can go loping. Lessons are available for all abilities. Between rides there are desert hiking trails to explore on foot or mountain bike, tennis courts, swimming pools, a sauna and Jacuzzi.

Get your cowboy boots shined and throw your straw hat on! This authentic, family-run ranch that is ‘horse-shoed’ by picturesque trails wandering over 348 acres will certainly blow you away. Saddle up on horse back and trot from the lowlands of the Medina River to the high hills of Hill Country to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of valleys beyond. Get involved in fun activities such as outdoor barbecues and cookouts, hayrides, country music and dancing, shows and entertainers, fishing, exploring nature trails and much more! You’ll receive two trail rides a day interspersed with an action-packed schedule and three tasty meals. Hit the tennis courts or laze by the wonderful outdoor pool, where you can gaze at the views or get some strokes in. Gather around at night, mingle with folks and end the day on a chilled note with a complimentary beer or wine in the evenings.

Accommodation: En suite room (1 nt) Meals: Full board - 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Inclusions: Scheduled activities Transport: Transfers from Tucson are available for a charge Note: Min 3 nt stay (Jan-Apr) Tour Code: TUCTVR

Accommodation: En suite room (1 nt) Meals: Full board - 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Inclusions: Weekly activity schedule Transport: Transfers from nearest airport San Antonio are available for a charge Tour Code: SATMAY

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NATIONAL PARKS

MOAB

YELLOWSTONE N.P.

2014 DATEs FOR YOUR DIARY

ARCHES

CANYONLANDS N.P.

UTAH COLORADO

NEVADA BRYCE ZION N.P.

MONUMENT VALLEY

GRAND CANYON N.P.

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NEW MEXICO

TUSAYAN

10 Oct - 2 Nov - Arizona State Fair This fair offers everything from the All Indian Rodeo and the US Armwrestling Championships to the ultimate in redneck entertainment...a demolition derby! All free with the admission.

CALIFORNIA 50 MILES

SCOTTSDALE/PHOENIX

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ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Home to more than 2,000 natural, red sand-stone arches including the iconic Delicate Arch. Explore via a loop road and take hikes through brilliantly coloured, eroded canyons.

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

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

Grand Canyon HOLIDAY INN

R883 SINGLE R442 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

This homely Holiday Inn is the perfect reststop for a busy trip to the Grand Canyon. Start the day with signature cinnamon rolls and a swim in the beautiful pool. After a day of sightseeing, refuel at any of the nearby restaurants, soak your muscles in the whirlpool or hook up to the free Wi-Fi to share your photos.

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FR MASWIK R1,313 SINGLE LODGE, GRAND CANYON FRR662 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Rose-coloured spires called ‘hoodoos’, fins and mazes beckon you to explore on foot or by horse. A shuttle system operates from May to September and private vehicles are allowed.

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

A great option if you’re planning on visiting a few different parks. Purchase it online or when you first enter a park. It allows you and up to three friends access to all National Parks for a year and currently costs USD$ 80. Price is subject to change.

EXPLORE THE PARKS with ease GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

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

The South Rim, open year-round, is home to the visitors centre and a shuttle bus operates between different areas. The North Rim, at a higher elevation, is only open from May to October.

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SQUIRE INN, grand canyon

R1,114 SINGLE FR R557 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

Two miles from the Grand Canyon National Park, this hotel provides the perfect end to a day. Rooms are inviting, but with so many activities to choose from you might not spend too much time there! Splash about in the pool, go bowling in the fun centre or if all the hiking hasn’t worn you out, try out the modern fitness centre. gcnsqi

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Home to towering waterfalls, lush meadows, ancient giant sequoias and a vast wilderness area. The Tioga Pass is simply stunning and the granite cliffs are heaven for rock climbers.

NATIONAL PARKS PASS

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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

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BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

28 Aug – 8 Sep - Moab Music Festival Join the 22nd Anniversary Festival set in the Utah canyonlands. The event promotes traditional music and performs it ‘in concert with the landscape’.

Go with the Bundu Bus: see page 84 Hire a campervan: see page 25 Take a trip from Las Vegas: see page 83 Self-drive: see pages 66-67

BW PLUS GREENWELL INN, MOAB

R1,114 SINGLE FR R557 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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

BRYCE VIEW LODGE, BRYCE CANYON

R904 SINGLE R463 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

ZION LODGE, ZION N.P.

R1,471 SINGLE FR R736 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

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

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

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16-26 Jan – Sundance Film Festival, Utah This is the largest independent cinema festival in the US, showcasing new work from American and international independent filmmakers.


HAWAII - OAHU

island hopper self-drive

KAUAI

R18,263

FR

13 DAYS

Highlights

NIIHAU

• Kileaua Volcano, the world’s most active • Maui’s powdery, palm-fringed beaches • The tropical rainforests of Kauai

OAHU

HONOLULU

MOLOKAI LANAI

MAUI

KAHOOLAWE

WEST COAST

BIG ISLAND

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SHOESTRING

WAIKIKI

R442 DORM

FR

BEACHSIDE HOSTEL

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Ewa Hotel

R1,198 SINGLE FR R599 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

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Conveniently located, a block away from Waikiki Beach, Kapiolani Park and Honolulu Zoo, Ewa Hotel offers affordable rooms that are a perfect mix of island charm and comfort, with rattan decor, kitchenettes, and Wi-Fi, some with their own private balcony. Relax on the rooftop sundeck for amazing island views of Hawaii. Special deals apply at certain times – ask for details

GLAMPACKER

Pagoda Hotel

R1,324 SINGLE FR R662 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Special deals apply at certain times – ask for details

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HNLPAG

R1,198 SINGLE FR R599 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

Just two blocks from the palm-fringed shores of Waikiki Beach, this boutique hotel embodies the relaxed island lifestyle with its newly refreshed, surf-themed decor. Choose from great value, stylish and comfy standard rooms to one-bed suites. Tuck into the free daily brekkie, followed by a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool. Special deals apply at certain times – ask for details

Ramada plaza FRR1,334 SINGLE FR waikiki R673 TWIN/DOUBLE

AQUA WAIKIKI WAVE

R1,702 SINGLE FR R851 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

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SHERATON WAIKIKI

R2,027 SINGLE R1,019 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

R3,477 SINGLE R1,744 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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

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

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

This sophisticated resort is known for its breathtaking oceanfront views and one-of-a-kind Edge of Waikiki infinity pool. Enjoy the hotel’s waterslide, whirlpools and indulge in spa treatment (or two!) before wine tastings in the Leahi Club Lounge and dinner at its award-winning dining venues serving up locally grown produce.

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FR ASTON R2,857 SINGLE WAIKIKI BEACH FRR1,418 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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

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Perfectly located just one block from Ala Moana Shopping Centre and a short stroll to Waikiki Beach. If that’s not enough entertainment, there’s always the hotel’s pool and sundeck. Rooms are fresh from a recent renovation and offer free Wi-Fi and cable TV. A great value option for those on a tight budget.

SHERATON PRINCESS KAIULANI

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Near Ala Moana Centre, the biggest openair shopping centre in the world, you’ll find this oasis - a comfy and affordable hotel with an award-winning, floating restaurant surrounded by koi ponds and a tranquil Japanese garden. Take part in the daily feeding of these giant, prized fish or make a splash in one of the two outdoor pools.

Aqua Aloha Surf

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Minutes from the beach, this laid back hostel will give you a top-notch breakfast before you head out to rent boogie boards, surfboards and mopeds nearby. After the sun come back to fun with a beachside cafe and free Wi-Fi! All rooms have air con, TV and there’s a private bathroom and full kitchen in each unit.

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Hyatt place waikiki

R2,384 SINGLE R1,198 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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MOANA SURFRIDER

R3,435 SINGLE R1,723 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Located on a scenic stretch of beach, this Waikiki hotspot is all about fun. Take in the amazing views from the comfort of your room or soak up the sun by the gorgeous pool. Tiki’s Grill and Bar is a hip open-air restaurant that draws in the crowds with its live entertainment and tasty menu - the coconut shrimp is legendary!

This cool hotel is perfect for budgetminded travellers. All rooms have balconies, stylish decor and media centres - the ideal haven for your Hawaiian journey. Relax in the outdoor swimming pool and sundeck before visiting one of the tempting restaurants. Don’t forget to try out one of the speciality cocktails!

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

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Explore the four main islands of Hawaii at your leisure. As part of this self-drive tour you’ll get 12 nights’ accommodation on a room-only basis, three internal flights (Oahu-Kauai-Big Island-Maui) a full map and day-to-day itinerary plus sightseeing suggestions. Start with three glorious nights in Waikiki, before flying to lush Kauai for a further three days. Big Island, home of Kileaua Volcano, is next up before ending your holiday on Maui and its postcard-perfect beaches. Note, car hire is not included, see page 22.


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OUTRIGGER REEF ON THE BEACH

HILTON

R3,435 SINGLE R1,712 TWIN/DOUBLE

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LOTUS HONOLULU

R3,193 SINGLE R1,597 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

HAWAIIAN VILLAGE

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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Special deals apply at certain times – ask for details

This newly renovated, boutique hotel exudes luxurious style and warm Hawaiian hospitality. All rooms have private balconies with views of either the Pacific Ocean or Diamond Head, beautiful hardwood floors and platform beds. Enjoy a sociable glass of vino at the free daily wine service or take a relaxing yoga class.

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PARK SHORE WAIKIKI

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Imagine lush tropical gardens, waterfalls, exotic wildlife and priceless artwork. Set within 22 acres of oceanfront paradise, take a dip in one of the six pools and get involved in daily activities, ranging from Hula classes to snorkelling lessons. Enjoy a romantic seaside sunset before retiring to your spacious and comfy guestroom.

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R2,763 SINGLE R1,387 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Following an extensive renovation this stylish hotel boasts a delicious poolside and oceanfront restaurant, where you can feast on fresh island cuisine, and a luxurious 5,000-square foot spa. A stone’s throw away from the inviting sands of Waikiki Beach and sights such as Honolulu Zoo, there’s always plenty to do and see!

HAWAII - maui & KAUAI

HNLLOT

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R1,681 SINGLE FR R841 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

OUTRIGGER WAIKIKI ON THE BEACH

R3,498 SINGLE R1,754 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

• Dine at Duke’s Waikiki Restaurant - it’s a must • Check out the cultural and educational Aloha Program • Ride the waves and learn to surf - Hawaiian-style!

Located between sprawling, lush Kapiolani Park and bustling Waikiki and Honolulu, this newly renovated beachfront hotel serves up stunning views. All rooms come with balconies, free Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs. Feast on steaks and catch of the day at LuLu’s Waikiki Surf Club or delicious Japanese cuisine at Yoshitsune.

Right in the heart of Waikiki, spend your evenings at the lively, legendary Duke’s Canoe Club or check out the ‘Society of Seven’ voted the best show in Waikiki! Stretch out on the beach, join in with activities such as Ukulele lessons or chill at the beachfront pool during the day. Paradise!

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R2,111 SINGLE R1,061 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

• Perfect your serve at the neighbouring tennis courts at Kapiolani Park • Enjoy a refreshing dip in the freshwater pool with spacious sundeck • Unwind with an in-room Shiatsu or Hawaiian Lami Lami massage

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MAUI BEACH HOTEL, maui

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HOTEL WAILEA, maui

R3,487 SINGLE R1,744 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

This stylish hotel is perfect for getting active, whether it’s hiking, windsurfing or biking, and it’s ideally located for exploring Maui, near to many beaches, restaurants and malls. Re-energise with the hotel’s all-you-can-eat shrimp and prime rib buffet before heading to your room with garden courtyard or ocean views and free Wi-Fi. Special deals apply at certain times – ask for details

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R1,523

FR

FULL DAY

PALI MAKANI TOUR

R1,996

FR

30 MINS

KAUAI SANDS, kauai

R1,082 SINGLE FR R547 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Gain a colourful insight into the history, traditions and culture of the indigenous people of Polynesia and the Pacific on this fun, hands-on day tour, including native song, dance and a tasty Luau dinner. Following a scenic drive, you’ll be greeted at the 42-acre Polynesian Culture Centre in Honolulu with a complimentary orchid lei. Take advantage of activities on offer, including spear throwing in Tonga, fire knife dancing in Samoa and Maori war canoe building! Otherwise, simply sit back and enjoy a recreation of an ancient royal ceremony, a canoe show plus IMAX films.

Take to the skies to enjoy a unique, bird’s eye view of Hawaii! Your 30-minute aerial tour starts with views of Keehi Lagoon before continuing on over historic Honolulu Harbour. Here, you’ll see Aloha Tower, once the island’s tallest structure. Next up is Downtown Honolulu and its Royal Palace, followed by Waikiki Beach, a dramatic view of the Diamond Head crater and playground to the multi-millionaire residents, otherwise known as the ‘Gold Coast’. Your tour winds up with stunning views of Mt. Olomana, Pearl Harbour, the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri.

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Offering oceanfront accommodation, minus the hefty pricetag, this hotel is located on a mile-long, secluded beach with six acres of lush lawns and two pools with BBQ grills. All rooms are bright with island-style decor, have balconies and include complimentary brekkie. A great all-rounder for a peaceful getaway. Special deals apply at certain times – ask for details

LIHKSH

R4,159 SINGLE R2,080 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Located at the dramatic point at which the legendary Black Rock of Kaanapali meets the ocean, most rooms are ocean facing, with private lanais for soaking up the awesome views. The hotel displays the craftsmanship of old Hawaii and there are numerous dining options and endless ocean activities to take part in.

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POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE ALI’I LUAU PACKAGE

SHERATON MAUI , maui

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Nestled on 15 acres of tropical hillside, Hotel Wailea offers a peaceful sanctuary with breathtaking ocean views, an indulgent spa and some of the world’s best golf courses. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails at the Martini Bar, tasty, Italian cuisine at its award-winning restaurant and live music accompanied by postcard-perfect sunsets.

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KAUAI BEACH RESORT, kauai

R1,817 SINGLE FR R914 TWIN/DOUBLE

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GRAND HYATT, KAUAI

R7,614 SINGLE R3,813 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

An oceanfront resort on Kauai’s wild eastern coast. Retreat to plantation-style rooms equipped with cable TV, Wi-Fi and private lanais with beautiful views of the ocean, lagoon, garden or mountains. Don’t miss out on the four pools, spa, private beach and lively evenings with classic cocktails and live music! Special deals apply at certain times – ask for details

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This stunning oceanfront resort boasts lagoons, freshwater pools, and lush landscapes, with three Jacuzzis and a150foot waterslide to keep you entertained. Unwind in the 45,0000-square foot spa or dine at one of six restaurants. With lu’au’s, a golf course and loads of onsite activities, you’ll never want to leave. TLIHGH

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WEST COAST

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VOLCANO HOUSE

R3,477 SINGLE R1,744 TWIN/DOUBLE

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HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE

R4,191 SINGLE R2,101 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Located on the rim of the Kilauea volcano, it’s the only hotel in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This newly restored historic hotel (dating back to 1846!) now has rustic island-themed rooms with free Wi-Fi and The Rim restaurant which serves up delicious seasonal fare with astounding views of the Halema’uma’u Crater below. Special deals apply at certain times – ask for details

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With so much going on at this high-end hotel, you’ll never be bored. Take a free yoga, lei-making, hula or ukelele lesson or make a splash on the 200-foot waterslide with connecting pools. Throw in nightly entertainment, the world’s only restaurant with manta ray viewing and a bevvy of spa services, and you’ve got a great stay.

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THE REAL HAWAII PACKAGE Honolulu

R2,321 SINGLE R1,166 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Explore this sprawling 1,240-room resort by canal boat or tram to make the most of its endless facilities. These include a spa, various dining options, its very own saltwater lagoon teeming with tropical fish and rare turtles plus a unique, interactive dolphin programme - touch, feed, play and learn about these magical mammals!

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R14,987

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6 DAYS

Honolulu

Highlights

• Visit three of the Hawaiian Islands Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island • See one of the world’s most active volcanoes • View miles of dramatic coastal scenery

Inclusions

Arrive at Honolulu’s airport to a traditional lei greeting before taking your transfer to your hotel. For your first two days on Oahu kick back and relax with Hawaiian sunsets and enjoy the dramatic mountain views of Nuuanu Pali and swim in the world famous Waikiki Beach waters. Head to the airport and grab your inter-island flight to the island of Kauai. Over the next two days explore the magnificent sights, dramatic coastal scenery, charming sandy beaches and beautiful canyons before catching your flight to the Big Island. Experience the Grand Circle Island Tour and visit one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea) and all but two of the world’s climate zones that generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountain tops to beautiful black sandy beaches. Your tour ends with a flight back to Honolulu.

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts) Transport: Inter-island flights - Honolulu to Lihue, Lihue to Kona and Kona to Honolulu including all taxes and fees, 3 roundtrip airport transfers, Grand Circle Island Tour from Kona Tour Code: HNLREA


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TOP 5 MUST-DO’s 1. take a bite out of ‘the big apple’ 2. delve into history in philadelphia 3. savour a southern-style barbecue 4. learn to line dance in nashville 5. rollerblade along miami beach Minnesota

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NEW YORK

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CHICAGO

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St. Louis

WASHINGTON dc

Virginia

KENTUCKY

Missouri

NORTH CAROLINA

Nashville Memphis

TENNESSEE

Arkansas Alabama Louisiana

Philadelphia

MisSissippi

South carolina Atlanta

Georgia

Charleston Savannah

FLORIDA NEW orleans

Orlando Miami


R18,894

TOUR EAST COAST USA New York

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FR

9 DAYS

New York

Highlights

Take a bite out of the Big Apple Enjoy a history lesson in Philadelphia Look out for the President in D.C. Explore the capital’s many memorials Meet a traditional Amish community Marvel at the illuminated Niagara Falls Relax in the beautiful Finger Lakes Explore the colonial streets of Boston

15 DAYS

New York

Highlights

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

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Jul 12 Jul 20 Jul 26 Aug 03 Aug 09 Aug 17 Aug 23 Aug 31

May 17 May 25 May 31 Jun 08 Jun 14 Jun 22 Jun 28 Jul 06

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Sep 06 Sep 20 Oct 04

Sep 14 Sep 28 Oct 12

Inclusions

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van Meals: No meals included Budget: Allow USD $225-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUEC

My Own Room Available: Fr R13,853

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May 10 May 24 May 24 Jun 07 Jun 07 Jun 21 Jun 21 Jul 05

This amazing tour takes in four of America’s finest cities: New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Boston, and contrasts this with the beautiful rural scenery of the Finger Lakes plus the showstopper that is Niagara Falls. For anyone with a passing interest in America’s history, it’s hard to beat a tour which will see you reliving the revolution in Boston, exploring the great museums in Washington D.C. and meeting anachronistic Amish communities in rural Pennsylvania. You’ll also see modern history in the making, with two days to explore the energy of the nation’s capital.

DAY ITINERARY

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Jul 05 Jul 19 Jul 19 Aug 02 Aug 02 Aug 16 Aug 16 Aug 30

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Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 13 Sep 27

Inclusions

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), hostels (2 nts), participation camping (9 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-175 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUYH

My Own Room Available: Fr R11,542

New York City C A N A DA

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Finger Lakes

Harrisburg

Albany Boston

New York

U SA

Philadelphia

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Washington DC

Head off to discover the foundations of American history in Philadelphia. It was here in 1776 that George Washington and his compatriots signed the Declaration of Independence, which triggered war against Britain. It was here in 1787, when Philadelphia was the first capital of the newlyindependent nation, that the 13 colonies came together to debate the US Constitution, drafted by Thomas Jefferson. Both these momentous events took place in Independence Hall, and you’ll visit this beautiful building today for a guided tour before exploring the facts and myth surrounding the Liberty Bell, an enduring symbol of freedom despite its distinctive crack which means it will remain forever silent. Continue the short drive to Arlington Cemetery and pause for a moment of silence as you gaze into the eternal flame of John F. Kennedy’s grave, before enjoying some free time to explore Washington D.C. and the many free museums of the Smithsonian Institute.

Washington D.C. / Lancaster County / Harrisburg

03-04

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Spend the day exploring the capital’s many National Monuments and Memorials including the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Visit the National Mall and see the US Capitol Building before enjoying a stroll through the happening university district of Georgetown. On Day 4, travel through Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and enjoy an included Amish buggy ride followed by an optional meal at a classic Pennsylvania Dutch restaurant. Visit the Hershey’s chocolate factory, then head to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital city.

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Boston

07

Head east into Massachusetts and take a guided city tour in Boston including the famous Freedom Trail. This red-brick walking trail reveals the history of America’s Revolutionary War and the events that led to independence from Britain. Stroll the narrow cobbled streets, enjoy a bowl of clam chowder down at the waterfront or cross Boston Common for a few pints of Sam Adams in the trendy bars of the Back Bay.

DAY ITINERARY

C A N A DA

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

02-03

Montreal Algonquin PP

Ottawa Boston

Toronto

Allegheny NF

New York U SA

Philadelphia

Enjoy a morning tour of New York to see the Statue of Liberty and to reflect on 9/11 with a visit to Ground Zero. Opt to stand at the top of the world and take in the views from the Empire State Building, before you head south to Philadelphia. Visit Independence Hall, where America’s first leaders drafted both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and explore the facts and myth surrounding the Liberty Bell, the symbol of freedom. Continue on to Washington D.C. and spend a full day exploring the USA’s fascinating capital city. Tour many of the National Monuments including the White House, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. (B, 2D)

Allegheny National Forest / Niagara Falls

Cape Cod

Niagara Falls

04-05

Washington DC

Leave the city behind and get back to nature in the Allegheny National Forest. The scenic drive hugs the shoreline of the Allegheny Reservoir providing stunning vistas. Hike in the beautiful surroundings and then relax in the clear waters within the Allegheny National Forest. On Day 5, travel to Niagara Falls and take the famous ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat tour to feel the rushing waters. Be warned – you’ll get a good soaking from the misty air! You can also opt to take a tour of the Cave of the Winds. You’ll stay until darkness sets in to witness the falls illuminated in a rainbow of colour. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Toronto / Algonquin Provincial Park

06-08

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Cross the border into Canada and head to the diverse and thriving city of Toronto. An orientation walk gives you the full Toronto experience, showing off sights such as the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the CN Tower which you have the option to ascend for incredible views of the city. On Day 7, trade the city for pristine nature in Algonquin Provincial Park with its lush maple and fir woods, sparkling lakes and plentiful wildlife. Hike the many trails and keep your eyes peeled for moose, beavers and other wildlife. On Day 8, take an optional canoeing trip or hike further trails into the wilderness. (3B, 2L, 3D)

Ottawa / Montréal

09-10

Stop for lunch in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, which straddles the border between anglophone Ontario and francophone Québec. Continue on to the exciting and vibrant city of Montréal with time for a guided tour around the biggest French-speaking metropolis in the world, after Paris. On Day 10 opt to go cycling, jet boating or thrill yourself at La Ronde theme park. (B)

Boston / Cape Cod

11-13

New York City

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

New York City

Philadelphia / Washington D.C.

Niagara Falls / Finger Lakes / Albany

Travel back into New York State to witness the raging torrents of Niagara Falls and get well and truly soaked on a fantastic ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat tour taking you right to the base of the Falls, before diving into a world of discovery with an optional visit to the Cave of the Winds. Return to the Falls after dark to see them illuminated in a rainbow of colour. On Day 6, take in the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region to view the towering Taughannock Falls, dropping an impressive 215 feet (64 metres) into a steep gorge. Explore this outdoors adventure area on foot; cool off in the crystal-clear water or just relax by the lake. Spend the night in Albany, capital of New York State.

A whistle-stop tour of the eastern USA combined with the astonishing natural beauty of Canada, this tour is perfect for nature-loving city slickers. The man-made sights and sounds of New York City will impress you just as much as the natural Niagara Falls, while visits to memorials, monuments and museums in both Philadelphia and Washington D.C. will help you learn about the history of America. Guided tours of Canadian cities Montréal and Toronto will highlight the cultural and linguistic differences between these neighbouring provinces and a trip to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory will entertain your taste buds!

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

Philadelphia / Washington D.C. Niagara Falls

R21,519

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EAST COAST

EAST COAST

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HIGHLIGHTS OF EASTERN USA & CANADA

14-15

Cross back into the States and stop for some ice cream and a tour at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in the rural state of Vermont. On arrival in Boston, take a guided city tour, which includes Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail to discover the history of America’s Revolution. Depending on the season you might be able to catch a baseball or football game. Tour Harvard University before heading out to beautiful Cape Cod on Day 12. Set up camp and enjoy a sunset on the beach. On Day 13, hang out and relax on the beach or take an optional whalewatching tour. (B, 2L, 2D)

New York City

Travel back to New York stopping for lunch in charming Mystic. Enjoy one final dinner with your group and a night out on the town. You are free to depart at any time on Day 15. (B)

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EASTERN ESCAPADE New York

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13 DAYS

New York

New Orleans

Highlights

Re-live Philadelphia’s historical past See the White House in D.C. Visit Gettysburg Military Park Cruise the stunning Niagara Falls Sample some of Niagara’s finest wines Soak up the French vibe of Montréal Indulge in ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s Feel the student spirit at Harvard

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Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

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C A N A DA

If you’re looking for maximum urban excitement but can’t decide which city to head for, you can’t beat this Eastern Escapade loop tour starting and ending in the ‘Big Apple’ and taking in Canada, as well as the historic charm of Philadelphia and Washington D.C.’s monuments and memorials. Step back in time in the Amish Country and feel the spray from the mighty Niagara Falls before sampling the big city buzz of Toronto and the French influences of Montréal. There’s plenty going on during this action-packed adventure, which has been designed to offer the perfect feast of natural, cultural and big city treats!

Ottawa

01 Concord Boston

Toronto Michigan

Erie

Pittsburgh

New York

USA

Gettysburg

02-03

Philadelphia Amish Country

ana

Washington DC

Meet your group in New York this morning and head to the beautiful, hip, art-filled city of Philadelphia. Site of many of the defining moments of American history, including the signing of the Declaration of Independence, you’ll see the city sights on a walking tour. (D)

Gettysburg / Pittsburgh / Niagara Falls

04-05

Visit the important Civil War site of Gettysburg, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his groundbreaking Gettysburg Address, before travelling on to the increasingly trendy former ‘Steel City’ of Pittsburgh. On Day 5, say farewell to the USA and cross into Canada for a day exploring Niagara Falls. Get the best views from the base of the falls on the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat cruise. Don’t forget to come back and take another look after the sun goes down as the Falls are beautifully illuminated in a rainbow of colours after dark.

Niagara-on-the-Lake / Toronto

06-07

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

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Aug 19 Aug 26 Sep 02 Sep 06 Sep 16 Sep 30 Oct 04 Oct 14 Nov 04 Nov 18 Dec 02 Dec 23

Sep 01 Sep 08 Sep 15 Sep 19 Sep 29 Oct 13 Oct 17 Oct 27 Nov 17 Dec 01 Dec 15 Jan 05

Inclusions

New York City / Philadelphia

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

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Jan 07 Jan 21 Feb 11 Apr 15 Apr 29 May 06 May 20 May 27 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jun 28

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin share hotels (13 nts) Transport: Modern, air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Note: Do not book onward flights before 9pm Tour Code: COGSLE

Washington D.C.

Providence

Niagara Falls

Highlights

Feast on traditional Creole cuisine Relax on Florida’s sandy beaches Get your thrills on Orlando’s coasters Explore art-deco Miami by bike Blast off at Kennedy Space Center Feel the southern charm of Savannah See Washington’s monuments by night Stop for a cheesesteak in Philadelphia

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

DAY ITINERARY

Montreal

14 DAYS

New York

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Aug 29 Sep 10 Sep 12 Sep 24

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin share hotels (12 nts) Transport: Modern, airconditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COESTE

New York Iowa

Philadelphia Washington DC

08-10

Drive through the stunning ‘Thousand Islands’ region, past the Rideau Canal, towards the Canadian capital of Ottawa. It’s a charming city built on the very border of English-and French-speaking Canada and designed to unite the two communities. The parliament buildings are modelled on the British Houses of Parliament. On Day 9, it’s on to Montréal that combines its French heritage with a diverse global population, resulting in a cool cosmopolitan vibe and an unmistakable style all of its own. Visit the Old Town, the Olympic Stadium and the Mount Royal, Montréal’s largest park on a city tour. Spend Day 10 exploring at your own pace, soaking up its wonderful mix of old European charm and modern North American lifestyle. (B, 2D)

Boston / Providence / New York

11-13

Today it’s on to historic New England with a tasty stop at the home of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. See Boston’s sights including Fanueil Hall, Boston Common and the original ‘Cheers’ bar, on a city tour followed by a free day to explore as you wish - don’t miss the chance to visit Harvard University, included on us. See the capital of Rhode Island, Providence, before heading back to the bright lights of NYC where the tour ends and its time to say goodbye to your tour buddies. (2B, D)

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This exciting trip, designed exclusively for 18-35 year olds, will give you both action and adventure as well as time to chill out and unwind. From the relaxed beauty of the Southern States to the fast-paced lifestyle of the East Coast hotspots, you’ll get a good taste of diverse North American culture! Chill on beaches down in the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida, explore Orlando’s high-octane theme parks, be charmed by traditional southern hospitality and pay your respects in the nation’s capital. Whether you’re a nature lover, city slicker or rollercoaster addict, this tour gives you the best of the East Coast.

DAY ITINERARY New Orleans

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

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Panama City Beach

02

Travel through Sweet Home Alabama to the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida. Stay in the fun and lively beach resort of Panama City, where you can relax on the beach and swim in the warm waters. (B, D)

Orlando

03-04

Richmond Raleigh

05-06

Arkansas

Charleston Savannah Louisiana

Panama City Beach 1

New Orleans

Orlando

St. Augustine Cocoa Beach

Head inland to the non-stop fun and excitement of Orlando, Florida’s world-famous entertainment hub. Take full advantage of your one-way transfers to explore the various theme parks. There’s nowhere quite like Walt Disney World, but with thrilling rides such as The Simpsons and Harry Potter opening at Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, it’s a tough call! (2B)

Miami

U SA Missouri

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

Cocoa Beach

07

Head north along the beautiful coast to the surfing capital of Atlantic Florida, Cocoa Beach. (B, D)

Kennedy Space Center / St. Augustine

Touch base with outer-space as you explore Kennedy Space Center and learn about the exciting history of American space travel. Travel on to picturesque St. Augustine and explore its Spanish heritage, visiting Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a 340-year-old fortress. (B, D)

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Savannah / Charleston / Raleigh Miami

Ottawa / Montréal

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EAST COAST

Departures 2014 May 23 Jun 04 Jun 06 Jun 18 Jun 27 Jul 09

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EASTERN DISCOVERY

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09-10 11 12-13

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

Richmond / Washington D.C.

Stop off in Richmond, a city steeped in American history, on your way to Washington D.C. Tonight, experience an after-dark tour to see all the monuments and buildings beautifully illuminated. (B, D)

Washington D.C.

You have two full days to explore this distinguished city. See the Pentagon, the White House and the Vietnam War Memorial, and get your cultural fix at the free museums of the Smithsonian Institute. Head over to the university district of Georgetown or visit Arlington National Cemetery. (D)

New York

14

Stop in the historic city of Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation, before reaching New York where your tour sadly comes to an end. If you’ve got some extra time in the ‘Big Apple’, then head to the Guggenheim Museum or opt for a helicopter ride over the city’s skyline. (B)

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Atlantic BLT New York

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13 DAYS

Miami

MUSIC, MOUNTAINS & MONUMENTS New York

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE R12,067 DEEP SOUTH

R20,994

FR

8 DAYS

New Orleans

Charleston

FR

9 DAYS

New Orleans

Highlights

See Washington’s monuments by night Walk in the Appalachian Mountains Learn to line dance in Nashville Optional cruise on the Mississippi Tan on Florida’s stunning beaches Dance until the early morning in Miami Free time to hit Orlando’s theme parks Optional visit to Elvis’ Graceland

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EAST COAST

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2015 Mar 10 Mar 22

Inclusions

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for18-38s Accommodation: Hotel (8 nts), hostel (4 nts) Transport: Air-con private touring van with free Wi-Fi access Meals: Not included Group Leader: Tour leader Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TAANB

From New York City to Cuban-flavoured Miami, discover the eastern and southern states of the US on this fantastic BLT (budget lodging tour). Learn about America’s rich history in Washington D.C., stand in awe of the Appalachian Mountains, take in the thriving music scenes of Tennessee, lounge on beaches, fly through the air on thrilling rollercoasters and party the night away in Florida. You can’t help but be charmed by the locals, the diverse landscapes and the non-stop excitement of the amazing cities. From the trendy eastern states to the warm hospitality of the south, you won’t be able to pick your favourite!

DAY ITINERARY New York / Philadelphia / Washington D.C.

New York

01-02

Washington DC

Nashville

Appalachian Mtns

03

Orlando

Miami

01 02-03

05-06

Arrive in Tennessee’s capital for a free day to uncover the city’s rich history. Nicknamed ‘Music City’, and known as the home of country music, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and the revered Grand Ole Opry where thousands of country stars have struck the big time. In the evening, make your way to the Wild Horse Saloon to sample some live music and try your hand at line dancing!

05-06

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Make your way into the charming French Quarter of New Orleans and succumb to its spicy food, the smooth sounds of jazz and blues, and the buzzing nightlife of raucous Bourbon Street. Catch a music show at Preservation Hall, float down the timeless Mississippi River or spot gators in the mysterious swamps nearby. For a unique lesson on the city’s rich history, opt for the Voodoo and Graveyard tour.

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09-10

Panama City, located in Florida’s Panhandle, promises 27 miles of stunning white sandy beaches with emerald green waters – perfect for lazy days and fun afternoons zipping along on jet skis or windsurfing through the sea. At night, things heat up in the resort, which boasts some of the hippest bars and clubs on the Gulf of Mexico.

Orlando

11-12

No matter what your age, Walt Disney World brings out your inner child. Pack in as much fun and rides as you can manage in two days – slip and slide around Wet’n’Wild, be drenched by killer whales at SeaWorld or cross the final frontier at Kennedy Space Center, where you can see live shows, get up close to massive rockets and NASA facilities, or even meet a real life astronaut.

Miami

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The trendy nightlife of South Beach, its glorious art-deco seafront, endless shopping, white sandy beaches – Miami has it all! Relax in a café and watch this pulsing city parade by or book a hop on/ hop off bus to make your way around this spectacular destination. It is time to toast the end of your fantastic trip as it all wraps up today and you are free to depart at any time or stay longer in Miami (see page 112) and explore its cool nightspots.

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Enjoy an included lunch en route to D.C. and spend an afternoon and Day 3 touring the many monuments and memorials that line the National Mall, including the US Capitol, White House and Lincoln Memorial. In the evenings head to Dupont Circle for nightlife. (B, L, D) The Blue Ridge Parkway through the Appalachian Mountains is filled with beautiful scenery. Relax and enjoy the fresh, clean air as you stand on top of the peaks of Shenandoah National Park, gazing across the silent mountains. (B, L, D) Continue on to Nashville, the capital of country music where you’re sure to have a great night out in its real cowboy bars. On any given night, up to 50 of the bars on Broadway have live music, so if you don’t like the band, it’s not a problem, just go next door! Your next musical destination is Memphis, where you can start with an optional tour of Elvis’ mansion, Graceland. Explore the Rock & Soul Museum, Sun Studios and the Gibson guitar store. At night, the bars of Beale Street promise world-class live blues and rock. (2B, 2L, D)

New Orleans

07-08

New Orleans

07-08

Arrive and start to find your way around the Big Apple. Meet the rest of your group in the evening.

Charleston

01-02

There aren’t many places in the world that can match the Deep South for charm, character and quirkiness. And there aren’t many places in the Deep South that can match Charleston for history and style! Tour its graceful streets this morning before a ‘low country’ cooking class and optional visits to elegant antebellum homes. (L)

03

Head south into Georgia to another southern belle, Savannah. Tour the Bonaventure Cemetery and historic squares before an evening out exploring the lively riverfront bars and restaurants.

Savannah

Atlanta

Drive to Atlanta, where you can enjoy a tour of the Coca-Cola Factory or tour the sights associated with Martin Luther King Jr. Grab burgers and milkshakes at The Varsity, an all-American diner from the 1920s.

04

Nashville / Memphis

Memphis

It’s off to Memphis, located on the Mississippi River. Take an optional tour to Elvis’ Graceland mansion, the second most-visited private home in the US (after the White House)!. Later, enjoy a night out in the bars and blues clubs of Beale Street. On Day 6, head south through Mississippi.

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• Discover the charms of Charleston and the darker side of Savannah • Take a Southern cooking class and tuck into barbecue and beignets • Get your dancing shoes on for the live music of Memphis & Nashville

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Over 1,500 miles long and a couple of hundred miles wide, there’s good reason why a trip to see the Appalachian Mountains should be on everyone’s wish-list! Stretch your legs in this fantastic landscape with a short walk to a series of cascades in the forested hills, and breathe in the crisp, mountain air. Keep your eye out for amazing wildlife, including the American black bear!

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Leave New York and head first to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the American nation to view the Liberty Bell and the Art Museum steps, made famous in the ‘Rocky’ movies. From here, it’s on to Washington D.C. a bustling, verdant metropolis and the ideal place to learn about the country’s political, social and cultural history. Filled with top sights, from the Smithsonian Museum to the White House, you can see the monuments illuminated at night or with optional bike rental.

• Explore the monuments, memorials and museums of Washington D.C. • View the Appalachian Mountains along Blue Ridge Parkway • Visit Nashville and Memphis; Tennessee’s twin musical Meccas

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

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Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), hostel (1 nt), participation camping (5 nts) Transport: Air conditioned private touring van Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $75-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUNN

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If you want some whiskey to go with your Coke, pick up a limited edition bottle on a visit to Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg. Later, try line dancing at the Wild Horse Saloon in the country music capital of Nashville, where there are live bands every night on Broadway.

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Head to Memphis, home to Graceland, Sun Studios and the National Civil Rights Museum. Enjoy a Southern barbecue dinner before hitting the blues bars on Beale Street. (D)

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Make a beeline for New Orleans to explore the French Quarter and the jazz bars on Bourbon Street. Day 8 is free for optional activities such as swamp or ghost tours. Depart at any time on Day 9. (B)

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Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $300-350 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUSH

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Tuck into buffalo wings in Buffalo Feel the raw power of Niagara Falls Stroll the ethnic quarters of Toronto Catch the ‘joie de vivre’ in Montréal Get your adrenalin pumping in Stowe Savour the flavours at Ben & Jerry’s Walk the ‘Freedom Trail’ in Boston Check out famous Harvard University

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Service Level: Standard Age Group: Exclusively for 18-38s Accommodation: Hostel (6 nts), guesthouse (2 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private touring van with Wi-Fi access (whilst in the USA) Meals: Not included Group Leader: Tour leader Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TANEB

Highlights

Embrace the highlights of the northeastern USA on this fantastic small group adventure, from superstar cities such as Boston to the beautiful scenery of New England and upstate New York. Cross the border into Canada to admire the thundering power of Niagara Falls before checking out the multi-cultural city of Toronto. Parlez-vous français? You don’t really need to, but throw in the odd ‘merci’ or ‘bonjour’ and you’ll make loads of new friends in the trendy, French-speaking city of Montréal. This trip also comes with heaps of fun-filled optional activities, from jet boating in Montréal to wintertime skiing in Stowe.

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Cross the Rainbow Bridge from the USA into Canada, and gaze your eyes on the crashing spectacle that is Niagara Falls where, outside the winter months, there’s time for an optional cruise aboard the fantastic ‘Maid of the Mist’. The boat takes you close to the base of the cascades and pretty much guarantees the poncho-less amongst you will get soaked! From here, skirt the shoreline of Lake Ontario around to the trendy city of Toronto. You have the option to visit the CN Tower to take in the superlative views over the lake and city skyline, or browse the high-fashion stores and cosy cafés on College and Queen Streets.

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Enjoy two days in New England’s largest city. Walk the Freedom Trail, which highlights the most important historical spots and visit the site of the Boston Tea Party, Harvard University or head out whale watching. A scenic drive along the coast takes you into Portland, a historic city with a charming restored waterfront, the perfect place for a spot of Maine lobster.

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

Key West / Naples / Clearwater

Bar Harbor is the entrance to the Acadia National Park, boasting more than 47,000 acres of lakes, mountains and ocean shoreline. Travel through the White Mountain National Forest with over 700,000 acres of protected forest and the East’s tallest peak, snowcapped Mt. Washington.

White Mountains / Green Mountains / Connecticut River Valley

En route to Vermont, treat yourself to an ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory! Manchester Village is a lovely stop on your way to the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts and visit the Hancock Shaker village, a restored 19th Century settlement.

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

Stop for a picnic in one of the State Parks or take a snorkelling tour. Travel through the Everglades National Park, stopping to enjoy one of the famous airboat tours – watch out for the alligators! Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and beautiful beaches of Naples. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset from the beach. Continue along the Gulf Coast to Clearwater, known for being the sunniest city in Florida.

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Only in Orlando can you find such a variety of theme and adventure parks. Channel your inner child at the Disney Parks, hang on tight at Universal Studios and cool off at Wet ’n’ Wild. At SeaWorld don’t miss the incredible ‘Shamu’ show and feel yourself fly like a ray on ‘Manta’.

Orlando / Fort Lauderdale / Miami

Connecticut River Valley / Newport / Cape Cod / Boston

Montréal

Though pretty much everyone here is fully bilingual, there are more French speakers in Montréal than any other city outside of Paris, which gives the city a distinctive European feel and a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. Museums, galleries and nightclubs mix a cocktail of the best bits of both continents and the restaurants here rank with Canada’s very best. Lose yourself in the vast ‘Underground City’, some 30kms of shop-lined passageways linking the buildings of downtown, or climb to the summit of Mont Réal for a fantastic cityscape.

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• Hang out on Miami’s trendy South Beach • Soak up the Caribbean atmosphere of Key West • Take an airboat tour of Everglades National Park

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New York area / Buffalo

Meet your group this morning and turn your back on New York City to head into the beautiful scenery of ‘upstate’ New York. If you ever wondered why spicy chicken wings are often called buffalo wings, given that buffalo are way too heavy to fly(!), then today provides the answer. It was here in the city of Buffalo, New York, that this delicious treat was invented back in 1964, and tonight you have the option of sampling them in their original birthplace, the Anchor Bar. Buffalo is bustling waterfront city situated on the eastern shores of Lake Erie, and you can dip into its thriving music scene this evening to provide you with ample entertainment.

Highlights

• Feast on delicious Maine lobster • Admire the stunning spectrum of colour in the forests • Get a tasty tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory

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

Stowe

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Cross back over the border into the US state of Vermont, whose name translates from the French as ‘green mountains’. During the winter, however, they’re anything but green as the village of Stowe doubles as the ‘Ski Capital of the East’, boasting a fantastic range of winter sports suitable for all levels of ability. Stowe remains a highlight during the summer months, too, with hiking and biking amongst the many outdoor adventures on offer. If you can’t hit the slopes but are still hankering after something frozen, a visit to the original Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory should do the trick!

Boston

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Head from Vermont into Massachusetts to the city of Boston, for another slice of history with a walk along the ‘Freedom Trail’; it was here in 1773 that the infamous Boston Tea Party protest prepared the ground for what was to become the American Revolution. If all that history’s gone to your head, join us for a trip over to Cambridge to visit Harvard University, to see some of America’s finest brains hard at work. In the evenings, grab a bite to eat at an Italian trattoria, some delicious microbrews at one of the city’s Irish-themed pubs or head to the original ‘Cheers’ bar as featured in the much-loved television programme from the 1980s and 1990s.

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Cut through the state of Connecticut as you head back to New York, where your tour comes to an end. For a storybook ending to a fabulous trip, we highly recommend adding on a night or two in New York City, to give you time to stroll along Fifth Avenue, cycle round Central Park, hit the heights on the Highline and really get under the skin of this buzzing metropolis.

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Boston Portland (178 km) Bar Harbour (282 km) White Mountains (405 km) Green Mountains (250 km) Conneticut River Valley (334 km) Newport (210 km) Cape Cod (130 km) Boston (120 km)

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Accommodation: Standard accommodation, room only, (14 nts) Includes: Road book with day to day routings, city maps, all taxes & fees. Car rental not included, check out page 22 Tour Code: BOSCNE

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Miami Key West (277 km) Naples (400 km) Clearwater (260 km) Orlando (142 km) Fort Lauderdale (325 km) Miami

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Accommodation: Standard accommodation, room only (10 nts) Includes: Road book with day to day routings, sightseeing suggestions and city maps, all taxes and fees Tour Code: MIASFD Car Rental: Not included, check out page 22 Not exactly what you want? Ask your STA Travel Expert to tailor-make a self-drive itinerary for you.

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• Cook up a storm in the huge, modern self-catering kitchen • Get involved in the daily activities and party nights • Grab a morning coffee from the chic café

• Overlooks the man-made wonder of Central Park • Hit Midtown in 15 minutes with the subway just a block away • Rooms are small but spotlessly clean and comfortable

• Fantastic location - only two blocks from the Empire State Building • Most certainly the best value hotel in town • Feel a little regal in its opulent lobby

• Freewheel the trendy Nolita area on Bowery’s Dutch-inspired rental bikes • Great location, with bars, galleries and boutique stores aplenty • Panoramic Manhattan views from the large, landscaped rooftop

This hostel is the biggest in the country, and you won’t be disappointed with its mile-long list of facilities including a stylish café, private patio, TV and games room, free Wi-Fi and a massive kitchen. It’s not lacking in the location department either as it’s located on the fashionable upper West Side.

Across the street from Central Park, this inexpensive hotel is ideal for experiencing both the busy streets and the green oasis of upper-central Manhattan. Rooms come with cable TV, air con, and marble bathrooms. When hunger strikes, the friendly staff can recommend a good restaurant, café or deli nearby.

Elegant, opulent and oozing class, this gem is like the baby sister to the famous Waldorf Astoria. Set in a classic NY building the luxurious lobby is something to behold. The large rooms are traditional in style and have cable TV and Internet access and there’s a gym to work off those excess holiday calories.

Part museum, part hotel, this historical hotel has restored and preserved what was a haven for World War II soldiers. Its small, quirky ‘cabin’ rooms don’t scrimp on those little extras, including exclusive artwork, free Wi-Fi, Italian marble fixtures, Ralph Lauren towels, 300-thread-count sheets and rain showers.

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This large hostel has great facilities, including an excellent canteen serving affordable hot and cold meals. The fantastic sporting facilities comprise of two swimming pools, fitness centre, running track and basketball and volleyball courts. The bunk or single rooms have communal baths, perfect for bargain hunters. NYCWES

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This hostel, fabulously located in New York’s fashionable East Side, offers amazing value. There’s 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi in the common areas, cable TV, air con, laundry facilities, and access to a swimming pool and gym. Rooms are clean and cosy – choose from a single or bunk bed room with shared bathroom. NYCVAN

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Spend your money on the city, not your room – the Pennsylvania offers an unbelievable price and an unbeatable location. After a day of sightseeing, return to your back-to-basics room with amenities including cable TV. The coffee shop is open 24 hours a day and the hotel is comfortable with friendly service. Stay 3 nights get 10% Off 02Jan14-31Mar14 (blackout dates apply)

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

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Housed in a Beaux Arts building, this hotel oozes style. Modern guest rooms are delightfully decorated in cherry red and cream tones and feature cable TV, air-con and a marble en suites with divine bath products. Chink glasses in the Martini lounge before heading out to the exciting city sights on your doorstep. Stay 3 nights get 20% Off - 01Jan14-31Mar14

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Calling all bargain hunters! This traditional hotel is the best bang for your buck you will find on Times Square. Just a short walk away from NY’s hotspots, there’s a small coffee shop on site for a caffeine kick after a shopping spree and a bar to grab a pre-dinner cocktail. Rooms come with cable TV, private bathrooms and air-con. TNYCCA

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• Sip on delicious cocktails in the hotel’s swanky lounge • Shop to your heart’s content in the nearby Fashion District • Feast on tasty Mediterranean cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant

• Freshly renovated rooms, following a multi-million dollar revamp • Enjoy a topnotch performance at Carnegie Hall - just across the street! • Shop for high-end brands on nearby Fifth Avenue and 57th Street

• Lounge in District M, a digital gallery featuring iconic celebs • Fantastic Manhattan location, close to all NY attractions • Freshly renovated, modern and comfortable rooms

Small, boutique and aimed at the budget-conscious, this hotel is nestled in the heart of midtown Manhattan, offering affordable and attractive accommodation for savvy travellers, with free Wi-Fi throughout. Most rooms have private bathrooms and there’s an economy option offering shared bathrooms.

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

Built in the roaring 20s, the design of this hotel echoes the elegance of a bygone era. Think classic sophistication with a modern twist. Near a host of attractions, such as Central Park and the Museum of Modern Art, Park Central is the perfect base for a jampacked New York getaway.

Recently renovated, this fab hotel, one of Manhattan’s largest, occupies an unbeatable position in the theatre district. Rooms are vibrant and colourful with platform beds and iPod docking stations. Some may feature twin beds. Check out District M, a European cafe by day, a hip lounge by night.

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• Dine on regional American cuisine at the hotel’s Cooper’s Tavern • Watch a show in the Theatre District, a few blocks away • Attractive rooms with TV and en suite

• Recently renovated rooms offer maximum comfort • Head to Niles for great food, stylish decor and lively atmosphere • Choose your own pillows with six different styles

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

• Order room service from one of NY’s best-reviewed Indian restaurants • Enjoy a sociable glass of vino at the Club Room’s nightly wine hour • Curated furniture and eclectic touches create a ‘home from home’ vibe

This popular hotel is one of midtown’s more established and is conveniently located close to Penn Station. Fresh from a recent re-design, rooms are medium in size and come with free Internet. Chow down any time you like at the 24-hour American diner or get active and work up a sweat at the gym.

True to the famous Affinia trademark of luxurious style, this fully renovated Manhattan gem is polished to perfection. Rooms come with iPod docks, flatscreen TVs and your very own pillow menu. Head down to trendy Niles Restaurant for contemporary cuisine or wind down with a SPAffinia inroom treatment - pure bliss!

These funky studio apartments sleep two people. They are perfect for short or extended stays in the Big Apple when independence and comfort are your priorities. Flop in front of the flatscreen TV in the living room, cook up a storm in the fully fitted kitchen, get active in the fitness room or go online using the free Wi-Fi.

Stay at this boutique hotel and you’ll feel like you’re in your very own NY city apartment. Having recently undergone a complete re-design, its quirky rooms come with pillow menus and luxurious smellies. Some also have kitchens and pullout sofas. Relax by the fire or play a board game in the bright and inviting Club Room.

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• Just 10 minutes by subway to Midtown Manhattan • Tour the bustling neighbourhood on complimentary hotel bikes • Amazing value and a great hotel. Go on stay somewhere different!

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

• Dine in style at hip, hydraulically-designed Latin-Asian restaurant, Dojo • Enjoy ‘all you can eat’ weekend brunch with live music and DJs • Stunning, skyscraper-studded views from NY’s largest hotel terrace

• Enjoy speciality tequila cocktails on the rooftop lounge • Customisable, stylish pods - control your climate, lighting and audio • Interact with guests ahead of your stay using its online social network

Set along NYC’s East River, this boutique hotel is decorated in a sleek Jazz Age theme. Admire panoramic city views from the rooftop bar, browse stunning art at Z Gallery or hop on the courtesy transportation to/from Manhattan. Or, simply relax in your room, complete with free Wi-Fi and luxury waterfall showers.

This recently renovated, luxurious hotel is centrally located, towering above Grand Central Terminal. Its sleek and modern rooms are comfortable with contemporary décor. Check out New York Central with its open kitchen, illuminated bar, custom-made chandelier and wall of windows overlooking the city! Wow.

Innovation meets comfort at this unique, state-of the-art hotel, four blocks from Time Square. Cabin accommodation includes handmade organic mattresses, monsoon showers and ‘techno walls’ that stream audio. With a choice of dining, lounge and bar options, framed by knock-out views, this really is the place to stay.

Small but perfectly formed and right in the heart of Manhattan, The Pod offers hip, convenient and personalised accommodation for the stylish traveller. Quirky, comfortable pods come with free Wi-Fi, mp3 docking stations and flatscreen TVs. Enjoy panoramic city views and tasty tacos at the Mexican-themed rooftop lounge.

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Give your tastebuds a treat, experiencing the vibrant, small and locally-owned artisanal food shops of Brooklyn’s Smith and Court Streets. Stopping at Italian and Middle Eastern shops plus New American cafes, you’ll sample both traditional flavours and daring dishes.

Globetrot in one neighbourhood on this unique cultural walking tour. Gain a glimpse into NY’s colourful immigrant heritage, strolling through the streets and markets of Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy, tucking into tasty, ethnic dishes en route.

If you’re a shopaholic, make the most of NY’s fashion-forward Soho and Nolita districts. Ever-changing, these sprawling areas are best explored with an expert. Check out independent clothing and accessory boutiques, snapping up those one-of-a-kind hidden gems.

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Guaranteed to make your Big Apple trip a memorable one, this tailor-made welcome package includes airport transfer to your accommodation, an NY Pass, giving free entry to over 80 top attractions and the ability to queue-jump, plus three fun-filled nights at North America’s largest hostel. Based near the subway, there’s tons of cool restaurants on its doorstep ideal for fuelling up before hitting the streets of the city that never sleeps!

Leave the Big Apple for your tour to the world-renowned Niagara Falls, Washington DC and Philadelphia. Travel to Howe Caverns, where you’ll discover spectacular rock formations and glimpse mysterious passages. As darkness looms, head to Niagara Falls to see the colourful illumination on a magical night tour, and return on Day 2 to see the tumbling waters by daylight. Finally, make your way to the historical landmarks in the US capital and Philly.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: HI NYC Hostel, option to upgrade, ask your STA Travel Expert for details (3 nts) Transport: Return airport transfers Sightseeing: New York Pass Tour Code: NYCHIN/ NYCPAS/ NYCAIR

Departs: Mon-Sat (May 6 - Aug 31) & Mon, Wed, Fri (year-round) Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Accommodation, land transfers & English speaking tour guide Tour Code: NYCNIA

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NEW YORK TV & MOVIE SITES

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Visit over 40 sites from TV shows and movies set in NYC. Guided by actors and actresses, you’ll see where your favourite characters live, work and play. You’ll also learn tons of TV and movie trivia and even get tips on how to access tickets to live shows!

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Drink where they drank, shop where they shopped and gossip where they gossiped. See Manhattan’s neighbourhoods, taking in more than 40 locations from the show! And as you drive by the exciting landmarks, you’ll view the original clips from SATC.

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NEW YORK PASS

Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride as you pass the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city - from Wall Street and Ground Zero to Central Park, the Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge and beyond.

Offering great value, convenience and free entry to over 80 must-sees, this pass enables you to jump the queues at selected attractions. There are also special offers such as discounts on tours and at restaurants and stores. Choose from a 1, 2, 3 or 7 day pass.

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

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Departs: Selected Thu & Sun (Apr-Oct) Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts) Transport: Private mini-van with Wi-Fi Meals: None included Group Leader: Tour Leader Group Size: Max 13 Tour Code: TAXNY

Leave the bright lights of New York City behind, and experience the thundering wonder of Niagara Falls before venturing deep into upstate New York with a night by the shores of the Finger Lakes. On Day 1, head for the Delaware Water Gap on the famous Appalachian Trail. After a scenic stop in the Pocono Mountains, you’ll make your way to Niagara Falls. Cross over Rainbow Bridge into Canada for an illuminated night-time view. On Day 2, it’s time to get up close (and very wet!), on an included ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat cruise to the base of the Falls. You’ll then make your way through wine country to the shores of the beautiful Finger Lakes, where you can hike to nearby waterfalls or go for a refreshing swim. Return south to the New York area on Day 3, stopping for a shopping spree at the hundreds of stores at Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Mall.

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See NY your way, with no stuffy itineraries or reservations. Enjoy four bus tours (uptown, downtown, Brooklyn, Bronx and night) plus a choice of three attractions, such as the Empire State Building Observatory, ferry to the Statue of Liberty and downtown cruise.

This great value package is valid for 14 days once exchanged. Skip the line at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, head to the Empire State Building’s 86th floor Observatory and see the Statue of Liberty on a Circle Line Cruise or the Beast speedboat.

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Leave from New Jersey or NY and get ready to explore the best of beautiful Boston. First, you’ll travel to the stunning campus of Yale University and nearby Mystic Aquarium. Next up is the seaside town of Newport and the Breakers Mansion before stopping in historic Boston with time for exploring Quincy Market. Day 2, take a city tour, explore Harvard and MIT then relax on a scenic harbour cruise before returning to the Big Apple early evening. Departs: Mon, Wed, Sat (year-round) Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt) Meals: Not included Transport: Bus Includes: Tour guide, accomodation Tour Code: NYCBOS

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• Visit the top of the Empire State Building for endless views over Manhattan and beyond • Cruise the harbour and Hudson River for an up-close view of the Statue of Liberty • See in the New Year with a fantastic dinner and an open bar in the heart of Times Square

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Departs: Dec 30, 2014 Accommodation: Twin share hotel (3 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Transport: Metro pass for duration of stay Tour Guide: Tour Manager Tour Code: CONYNY

Celebrate an awesome New Year in New York! Arrive and head out into the buzzing city with your ready-made group of new mates. Check out the city’s iconic sights or get a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan’s skyscrapers on an optional helicopter tour. New Year’s Eve kicks off with a cruise to the Statue of Liberty with the rest of the day free for your own sightseeing - how about a food cart tour, shopping on 5th Avenue or ice skating at the Rockefeller Center to really get you into the festive spirit? Save some energy as you get the New Year’s Eve party started with dinner and an open bar right near the action at Times Square. Celebrate the first day of 2014 with an optional Broadway show before finishing up the experience by heading up the Empire State Building for a spectacular nighttime view. Your trip comes to an end the following morning.

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Sightsee minus the effort! Choose from three cruise options: 1, 1.5 or 2.5 hours. You’ll get a live, narrrated tour as you view NY’s skyline, the World Financial Centre, the Statue of Liberty and the US gateway for millions of immigrants, Ellis Island.

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40 berkeley hostel

R912 SINGLE R632 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Recently named a US Top Ten Hostel, 40 Berkeley offers affordable private rooms with shared facilities, just steps from Tremont Street. Relax in the private patiogarden, the TV area, or in the spacious living room with a large fireplace. Socialise around the billiards table, surf the free WiFi or tuck into free hot brekkie daily! BOSBER

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royal sonesta FRR1,399 SINGLE FR cambridge R700 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Expect top-dollar value and service at this retrostyle hotel. A clean, comfortable and quiet home away from home, its rooms are traditional, big and bright. The outdoor pool will cool you down after a day’s sightseeing in the summer heat and Wi-Fi access is a bonus. Feeling peckish? Try the vending machine’s hot pizza. Handy! Stay 3 pay 2 - 01Jan14-31Mar14 & 16Nov14-31Dec14

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

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Ideally positioned between the eclectic college town of Cambridge and the bright lights of downtown Boston, this upscale hotel offers rooms with fabulous views of the city skyline or river. Sample fine dining, admire the collection of contemporary art, cool off in the atrium-style pool or treat yourself to a ‘Royal Treatment’ massage. Receive 15% discount at Art Bar (excluding alcohol) - 01Jan14-31Mar14

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: 40 Berkeley Hostel / Midtown or Westin Waterfront (3 nts), supplements apply for Rock Solid & A-List options Sightseeing: City Pass Tour Code: BOSBER/ BOSCPB

This tailor-made welcome package gives you the freedom to choose a three-night stay at one of our top-selling properties such as 40 Berkeley, voted one of the best hostels in the USA, The Midtown - a great all-rounder, or why not splash the cash on our A-List option at the Westin Waterfront. Experience five of the city’s most famous attractions with ease using the Boston City Pass. Work your way around the New England Aquarium and Skywalk Observatory, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts before checking out the Harvard Museum of Natural History or JFK Presidential Library or Museum. The pass allows you to skip ticket queues and is packed with useful information. Just ask if you’d like to extend this package and add a few more tours and maybe head out and see the ocean’s most fascinating and magnificent creatures and go whale watching.

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westin waterfront

R1,496 SINGLE FR R748 TWIN/DOUBLE

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THE COLONNADE FRR1,885 SINGLE FR HOTEL R943 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Hotel onyx

R2,455 SINGLE R1,228 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Overlooking Boston Harbour or the sparkling city, light and airy rooms feature oversized towels and pampering bath amenities. However you choose to relax – whether it’s working out in the gym, floating in the heated indoor pool, sampling a few cocktails or cosying up by the fireplace in the Irish pub - it’s all here.

Following a $25 million renovation, The Colonnade has emerged as a sleek, edgy boutique hotel. Think blonde woods, touches of chrome, floor to ceiling windows, rain showers, marble baths and plush bedding. Enjoy cocktails in the art deco-inspired bar, relax by the rooftop pool or dine in the fab brasserie. Pure luxe.

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

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

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Departs: Daily Apr-Oct Accommodation: Standard, room only (5 nts) Inclusions: Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions, area & city maps, all taxes & fees Tour Code: BOSBCC Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 22

Famous for everything from the Red Sox to clam ‘chowdah’, Boston is a popular destination for many reasons. Hop on the Freedom Trail, a well-preserved pedestrian path that weaves amongst historic neighbourhoods. Or, shop in Newbury Street’s fab stores, enjoy a delicious authentic Italian meal in the North End or browse the antique shops of Beacon Hill. On the way out of Boston on Day 3, stop to see the dramatic multimedia exhibits at the John F Kennedy Library that give a firsthand experience of JFK’s life. Head on to Cape Cod with its sandy beaches, historic villages and excellent seafood. Relax on the beach interspersed with lobster and fried clam lunches, take a whale watching cruise or an excursion to nearby islands. On Day 6, stop for lunch at picturesque Sandwich, the Cape’s oldest town before dropping the car off in Boston.

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EAST COAST

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rock solid

nORMANDY HOTEL

R1,809 SINGLE FR R905 TWIN/DOUBLE

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capitol skyline

R1,610 SINGLE FR R805 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON

R1,886 SINGLE FR R943 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Located just blocks from the US Capitol and with city skyline views, this eclectic hotel is aptly named! There’s a huge seasonal outdoor pool with regular lively pool parties, a relaxing lounge with happy hour cocktails and possibly the most attentive staff in the city. Rooms are colonialinspired with a bright twist and free Wi-Fi.

Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, this hotel resides in the K Street business district and is walking distance to the Verizon Centre, home of the Washington Wizards. The hotel has everything you would expect of this popular brand. The medium size rooms offer great comfort and come with cable TV, air-con and Wi-Fi.

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R1,299 SINGLE FR R650 TWIN/DOUBLE

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R1,624 SINGLE FR R812 TWIN/DOUBLE

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BIKE & ROLL

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FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST for 2 people - Now-31Dec14 Book by 28feb14 for 10% off 02Apr14-31DEC14 (blackout date apply)

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R1,055 SINGLE FR R528 TWIN/DOUBLE

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

• Take a dip in the year-round pool • Panoramic views of Lake Michigan from the rooftop garden • Hop onboard the free shuttle bus and hit the shops

With a central downtown location, HI Chicago is very close to Lake Michigan and within walking distance to Millennium Park. Hostel activities include free walking tours and city excursions. Free Wi-Fi, breakfast, linens and towels are provided for all dorms and private rooms. Laundry and friendly staff on hand 24-hours a day.

This popular hotel is located in one of the city’s best spots on the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile, with breathtaking panoramic views of Grant Park. The colourful rooms have re-modelled bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows. Head to the fitness centre, relax by the all-season rooftop pool or unwind in the sauna. 2 Field Museum complimentary tickets for 5 consecutive nights stay

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travelodge chicago downtown

R764 SINGLE R382 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Located in the Logan Circle neighbourhood, the Helix has hip vibes and quirky features. The theme here is fame with blown-up photos of pop culture icons. Vibrant rooms come with animal print robes and ‘Pop Rocks’ candy in the minibar. Enjoy classic cocktails with a modern twist plus a free evening wine hour in the lounge.

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Choose from large, luxurious rooms and suites with black granite bathrooms at this trendy boutique hotel situated near historic Georgetown, in the heart of Washington. Relax with a martini in the vibrant lounge, enjoy delicious, fresh ‘farm to fork’ cuisine at the Jardenea Restaurant or hit the fitness centre.

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Nestled amongst Rock Creek Park and the Kalorama neighbourhood, this boutique hotel oozes old-world charm with a modern twist. Luxurious rooms have cable TV, free Wi-Fi and a Nespresso machine. The stylish lobby is a great place to kick back and relax in the handcrafted furniture by famed British designer George Smith.

Melrose Hotel

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PUBLIC CHICAGO

R1,422 SINGLE FR R711 TWIN/DOUBLE

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INN OF CHICAGO

R1,106 SINGLE FR R553 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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

Located in Chicago’s South Loop, a short distance from Millennium Park and The Magnificent Mile, is this affordable and comfy mid-range hotel. After a long day’s sightseeing, kick back in your room with cable TV and complimentary HBO, catch up with friends back home using the free Wi-Fi or relax with a drink in the hotel bar.

Tastefully decorated in neutral colours with custom handpicked furnishings, this hotel oozes old-school glamour. Catch a movie in the screening room, enjoy tapas-style dining and specialty cocktails at The Pump Room or unwind at the 50s-inspired Library & Coffee Bar. Heading out? Explore the city on the free, chrome trek bikes available.

Looking for a comfortable and chic boutique hotel? In the heart of the city, just half a block from the Magnificent Mile, this gem offers both traditional and contemporary style rooms. Tucked away inside the lobby is a seriously stylish bar with amazing cocktails - hang out here before heading out in search of some blues.

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cool stuff in & around miami

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 20km

Go Miami Card Fr R725 An all-access attraction pass getting you into over 30 must-see attractions while saving you up to 55% on ticket prices! Choose from 1,2,3,5 or 7-day cards to visit top sites on consecutive days. Options include: The Miami Seaaquarium, Gatorland and the Kennedy Space Centre.

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THE chesterfield

R1,411 SINGLE FR R706 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

R1,446 SINGLE FR R723 TWIN/DOUBLE

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• Tuck into a complimentary daily brekkie • Daily happy hour drinks - hit the beer pong table if you dare! • Just two blocks from the beach

• Rent a custom beach cruiser bike and hit the road • Sip on speciality cocktails at The Broken Shaker bar • Fresh, vibrant rooms featuring artwork by local artists

• Relax in the surrounds of calm, Mediterranean-inspired decor • Surf the complimentary Wi-Fi before hitting the beach • Enjoy authentic, Italian cuisine at Barolo Restaurant

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

This newly re-modelled hostel, with its trendy and cosy ambience, is the only Miami hostel with a bar where you can meet other travellers – and it’s open ‘til 5am! There are free lockers and there’s complimentary Wi-Fi. Get creative in the kitchen, play some pool, do your laundry, then chill in the movie theatre.

A brand new hostel and the reinvention of the historic Indian Creek Hotel, one of Miami Beach’s classic art deco buildings. Created for a new generation of travellers, it’s a blend of handcrafted design, local food and drink and a comfy community atmosphere. Opt for shared or private rooms - all just one block from the beach.

Ocean Five is a charming boutique hotel with attentive service. The Mediterranean decor provides a quaint and intimate setting, perfectly enhanced by original artwork. Plus there’s complimentary Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. Over at the restaurant next door, enjoy a drink at the stylish bar and cigar lounge.

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

book by 28feb14 for 10% off - 02Jan14-28Feb14, 01Apr14-31Jul14 & 01Sep14-25Dec14

book by 31mar14 for $10 off per night - 03Jan14-30Nov14 (Certain room types apply)

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A boutique hostel offering free breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even Spanish and English classes! All rooms have private bathrooms, plus there’s a kitchen, games room, lounge and outdoor terrace. Events include beach parties, movie nights with popcorn, DJs at the hostel club and live music. It’s fun and has a great atmosphere.

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the clay

R1,042 SINGLE FR R521 TWIN/DOUBLE

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the SAVOY hotel

R2,242 SINGLE R1,121 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

A historic hotel offering an authentic and unpretentious blend of old-world glamour and beach chic, just two blocks from the oceanfront. Its stylish rooms are all en suite with fridges and air-con. Enjoy time out in the tropical outdoor courtyards, patio dining areas and lively downstairs bar – not forgetting the apple martinis!

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SAGAMORE art hotel

R3,616 SINGLE R1,808 TWIN/DOUBLE

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This 75-room charming, Art Deco retreat has a lush, two-acre courtyard and rare private access to the beach. Just steps away from Ocean Drive Promenade, its large, comfy rooms come with free Wi-Fi and some have terraces. Enjoy a refreshing dip in its two pools with ocean views and dine al fresco at The Terrace restaurant. MIASAV

COMPLIMENTARY COCKTAILS 7PM-8PM 2 COMPLIMENTARY BEACH LOUNGE CHAIRS PER ROOM & Stay 4 pay 3 - Sun-Wed only - 01Jun14-19Jul14, 21Jul14- 09Oct14 &14Oct14-30Nov14

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FONTAINEbleau FRR3,501 SINGLE miami beach FRR1,751 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Also known as ‘The Art Hotel’, this oceanfront property oozes South Beach elegance. Choose from suites or bungalows with kingsize beds, Aveda smellies, whirlpool tubs, high-speed Wi-Fi and beautiful artwork. Check out the swanky pool and grill, Restaurant Terrace and lounge and the unique Video Garden. MIASTA

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CATALINA hotel FRR1,624 SINGLE FR & BEACH CLUB R812 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Some hotels you can describe as beautiful and then there are those that leave you speechless - this hotel definitely falls in the latter category. Expect a spectacular blend of golden era glamour and modern luxury in the middle section of Miami Beach. Indulge in amazing cuisine at the world-renowned Hakkasan or Gotham Steak. Perfection. Stay 5 pay 4 - 01May14-31Oct14

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Affordable luxury and great value, Catalina offers stylish surroundings with funky, retro rooms, if a tad on the cosy side! Take the plunge in the tropical oasis of the bamboo pool or, for beach views, try the rooftop! Enjoy delicious meals at the Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi plus free airport shuttle, Wi-Fi and drinks 7-8pm! COMPLIMENTARY COCKTAILS & Stay 4 pay 3 Sun-Wed only - 01Jun14-19Jul14, 21Jul14-09Oct14 & 14Oct14 -30Nov14

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Florida Keys For more than a city vibe, head down to the Florida Keys. A short plane hop or a leisurely four-hour incredibly scenic drive and you’re there. Think Ernest Hemingway, cocktails and sunsets and a laid-back Caribbean feel. Take a look at our choice of hotels on page 114.

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FR R1,821 SINGLE IBIS BAY RESORT, KEY WEST FRR927 TWIN/DOUBLE

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Infused with the island’s artistic flair and Cuban influence, Ibis Bay offers white coral rock cottages, brightly coloured decor and your very own garden hammock or beach deck. Lounge poolside, on the floating swimming platforms or on the white sands of the resort’s private beach. Alternatively, rent a kayak, paddle board or even a jetski! TEYWIB

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Located in the enchanting old town, this is one of the only hotels set right on Mallory Square. Facilities include two restaurants, three bars, a pool and a spa with indulgent treatments. Enjoy nights at the sunset pier bar with delicious seafood, live music and cocktails, or opt for waterfront fine dining at the exclusive ‘Hot Tin Roof’ restaurant. Stay 7 pay 6 - 01Jun14-22Oct14

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Discover pristine coral reefs and an abundance of marine life found nowhere else on earth, on this three-hour waterworld tour from Key West. On completion of your snorkelling adventure, enjoy complimentary ice cold beer or white wine. Snorkelling equipment is provided. Bring sunscreen, a towel and lunch or snacks. EYWKAT

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BUENA VISTA PALACE, ORLANDO

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UniVERSAL ORLANDO® RESORT

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Located on International Drive and minutes from Universal Studios and SeaWorld, this mid-range hotel is set in lushly landscaped grounds with a pool. Experience food being cooked right at your table at the Japanese restaurant. For night owls, the hotel bar offers late-night dinner and drinks and there’s a 24-hour grocery store onsite. MCOQUD

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ROSEN iNN, ORLANDO

CATAMAran & snorkelling tour

Tucked in Lake Buena at Walt Disney World Resort, at the heart of the action, this impressive hotel boasts everything you could possibly want: three pools, seven restaurants, a 10,000-square-foot spa and a Tropical Recreation Island to name but a few. In to golf? Enjoy preferred tee times at the four championship golf courses.

Enjoy two amazing theme parks and nonstop nightlife all in one location! Immerse yourself in movie action at Universal Studios Florida®. Feel the adrenalin rush at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. Enjoy live music, dining, shopping and dancing at Universal CityWalk®. Stay in the heart of it at one of the resort’s themed onsite hotels.

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CAR HIRE

Mountain EXPRESS Calgary

R7,478

FR

8 DAYS

Vancouver

Highlights

• Try all the activities in Banff National Park • Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway • View the brilliant turquoise waters of Lake Louise

Departs: Daily May-Oct Accommodation: standard accommodation, on a room only basis (7 nts) Includes: Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions, city maps, all taxes & fees Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 116 Tour Code: YYCCTV

SELF DRIVE TOURING

Please see the page opposite page for three of our favourite self-drive routes in both Western and Eastern Canada. Many other routes are available, including the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia and the Alaska Highway, which heads north to the Yukon.

We can also tailor make an itinerary to your exact requirements and budget. Please ask your STA Travel Expert for details.

CAR TYPES

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

Dri ving Licence A full valid driver’s licence, with photo, is valid from your home country, otherwise an international licence is required.

Economy FR R358* per day

DRIVING DISTANCES IN CANADA

Intermediate FR R488* per day

Full Size FR R504* per day * Minimum rental periods and other conditions apply. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations seasonal surcharges and will vary depending on pick up or drop off location. These are a ‘from’ guide only. Please speak to your STA Travel Expert for more details.

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

Toronto

R11,539

FR

Highlights

• Explore the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park • Get involved with all the activities at the resort of Tremblant • Discover enchanting, European feeling Québec City

ONE-WAY RENTALS One-way rentals are permitted throughout Canada, subject to availability and must be prebooked. One-way fees may apply depending on routing and are generally payable locally.

Explore Toronto, then traverse the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula to reach spectacular Niagara Falls. Take a boat ride to the falls’ base for amazing views before moving on through the Grand River Valley and eastwards to the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park. Float up the picturesque Rideau Canal and head into the Laurentian Mountains of Québec and visit St. Jovite, Mont Tremblant Park and the luxury resort of Tremblant. Discover enchanting, European-esque Québec City, then it’s on to Montréal through the Thousand Islands region before returning to Toronto.

Extras Extras such as child seats, ski racks and GPS are available at extra cost, payable locally.

Departs: Daily May-Oct Accommodation: standard accommodation, on a room only basis (13 nts) Includes: Road book with day-to-day routings, sightseeing suggestions, city maps, all taxes & fees Car Rental: Not included. Check out page 116 Tour Code: YTOEST

APPROX. DISTANCE

APPROX. TRAVEL TIME

Toronto

Niagara Falls

133 kms / 82 miles

1 hrs 30 mins

Toronto

Ottawa

449 kms / 278 miles

4 hrs 30 mins

Toronto

Montréal

542 kms / 336 miles

5 hrs 26 mins

Montréal

Québec City

254 kms / 157 miles

2 hrs 40 mins

Québec City

Halifax

1,017 kms / 631 miles

10 hrs

Halifax

Charlottetown

326 kms / 202 miles

3 hrs 30 mins

Calgary

Edmonton

298 kms / 185 miles

3 hrs 10 mins

Calgary

Banff

129 kms / 80 miles

1 hrs 30 mins

Calgary

Jasper

415 kms / 257 miles

5 hrs

Banff

Jasper

289 kms / 179 miles

3 hrs 40 mins

Banff

Kamloops

495 kms / 307 miles

5 hrs 40 mins

Kamloops

Vancouver

352 kms / 218 miles

3 hrs 40 mins

Vancouver

Banff

845 kms / 525 miles

9 hrs 20 mins

Vancouver

Jasper

794 kms / 493 miles

8 hrs 30 mins

Vancouver

Whistler

125 kms / 77 miles

1 hrs 40 mins

Vancouver

Calgary

971 kms / 603 miles

10 hrs 30 mins

Victoria

Tofino

317 kms / 196 miles

4 hrs 50 mins

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Toronto

(GUIDE ONLY)

BETWEEN Compact FR R374* per day

Age Restrictions Generally the minimum age is 21 years-old,

WHALES, BEARS & VANCOUVER ISLAND Vancouver

R23,851

FR

9 DAYS

Vancouver

Highlights

• Set off on thrilling whale watching trips from Victoria and Tofino • Experience a floatplane landing before searching for bears • Spot coastal wildlife and see native rock carvings

Explore Vancouver before taking the ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Launch into the Pacific to seek out orca, minke and grey whales, seals and porpoises on a cruise. Venture into the Pacific Rim National Park, a marvel of ecological diversity and spot grey whales and sea lions on a thrilling Tofino whale watching expedition. Hike along trails along the coastline, stopping at native rock carvings and picturesque waterfalls. Arrive at your floating lodge accommodation by floatplane and head out on a search for bears in the lush West Coast rainforests. Return to Vancouver by plane and car. Departs: Daily May-Oct Accommodation: Hotel (8 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch,1 dinner Includes: Whalewatching, bearwatching & wildlife tour, ferry crossings, return floatplane Campbell River-Knight Inlet, road book with day-to-day routings, city maps Car Rental: Not included, see p116 Tour Code: YVRWBV

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Hitting the Yellowhead Highway, a route first explored by trappers and traders, you’ll see Mount Terry Fox and Mount Robson, the highest peak in The Rockies. Continue to Sun Peaks, a heaven for sports enthusiasts. Driving past Kamloops, you’ll cross the stunning ranch lands. Be amazed at Fraser Canyon’s towering rock walls and the whitewater rapids below. Further downstream, the lush Fraser Valley opens up into the maritime basin as you approach Vancouver. Visit Grouse Mountain, take a scenic flight over the city or enjoy the parks and restaurants, before returning your car on Day 8.


VIA RAIL

CRUISE canada WHY cruise CANADA?

• Huge range of motorhomes • 5 pick-up depots in Canada (plus 26 in the USA) • No extra cost for additional drivers • Motorhomes for drivers aged 21+ • No extra cost for drivers under 25 • Breakdown assistance cover

Churchill

Prince Rupert

Prince George

Pukatawagan Edmonton Jasper

The Pas

Save some money!

Saskatoon

Courtenay Vancouver

Winnipeg

Victoria

Senneterre

Jonquière Gaspé

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

CANRAIL PASS CORRIDOR PASS

Moncton Halifax

CANRAIL – SYSTEM PASS

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

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

ADULT STUDENT / YOUTH

R3,998 R3,594

FR FR

ADULT STUDENT / YOUTH

R11,143 FR R10,028 FR

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POINT-TO-POINT TICKETS

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

Toronto to Winnipeg

FR

R2,577

Toronto to EDMONTON

FR

Toronto to JASPER

FR

Toronto to VANCOUVER

FR

R3,831 R4,318 R5,223

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

R6,964 R6,282

FR FR

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EXPLORE CANADA BY MOTORHOME Grab some mates, hit the road and work

C19 COMPACT MOTORHOME

the rest out along the way! Canada boasts picture-perfect scenery that will blow your socks off. Fact. Travel legendary routes like the Icefields Parkway through the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler or the stunning Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. Let the good times roll and chill out knowing the guys at Cruise Canada are there to sort out the nitty-gritty for you.

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Calgary, plus Anchorage in Alaska (and 25 other locations across the USA).

Prices for economy reclining seats on ‘The Canadian’ start from as little as:

High Season (01 Jun - 15 OCT)

• 10% discount at KOA Kampgrounds (full guidebook provided) • Book to depart between Apr-Oct and, depending on the month and vehicle chosen, select from: half-price one-way fees, 50% off unlimited mileage charges or free vehicle provisional kits!

PiHalifax, ck-up Montréal, / Drop offToronto, fromVancouver &

CANRAIL – CORRIDOR PASS

canada & alaska

canada & alaska

Canada is the second-largest country on earth, and VIA Rail provides the easiest and most comfortable way of travelling around; joining the Atlantic to the Pacific and linking the wine regions of the south to the barren beauty of the tundra. Journey through the lakes and forests of the eastern provinces, across the majestic prairies of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and then start to climb up into the spectacular mountain scenery of the west. Climb on board, sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Relocation Specials: Each spring, brand new motorhomes from the factory in Toronto need to be relocated to depots across Canada. Ask about great discounts on these once-in-a-lifetime road trips!

STANDARD Inclusions • Third party liability protection (up to CAD $10,000,000) • Auto liability cover (statutory & excess supplemental insurance liability up to CAD $1,000,000) • Vehicle damage/loss cover (only CAD $1,000 of responsibility per incident) • Mechanical breakdown cover (up to CAD $3,000) • 110-volt adapter, 9-volt battery, 25 ft power cord, water hose & sewer hose

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

C25 STANDARD MOTORHOME • • • • • • • •

• • • • •

R402

FR

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

C30 large MOTORHOME • • • •

R342

FR

R563

FR

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

EARLYBIRD DISCOUNTs

BOOK BY 31 Jan 2014 - 10% off the daily Flexrate 28 Feb 2014 - 5% off the daily Flexrate

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Alaska ACTIVE ESCAPE Anchorage

QUEBEC & R24,990 ONTARIO EXPLORER

R25,990

FR

6 DAYS

Anchorage

Montréal

FR

9 DAYS

Toronto

The powder Rush Vancouver

canadian rockies R15,569 active escape

FR

8 DAYS

Calgary

Calgary

R24,990

FR

6 DAYS

Calgary

canada & alaska

canada & alaska

Highlights

• Paddling among towering peaks and icebergs in the wilderness • Hiking among a glacial icefield, learning about the local wildlife • Experience the views and splendid isolation of the Kenai Peninsula

DAY ITINERARY

Highlights

• Embrace the cultural and linguistic diversity of Toronto and Montréal • Figure how maple syrup gets from the trees onto your pancakes • Appreciate the evening call of a loon beside a lakefront campsite

DAY

ITINERARY

Anchorage

This morning you will have a welcome meeting to introduce you to this raw Alaskan adventure. Spend the day hiking among a glacial icefield in Kenai National Park to beautiful Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield, and keep your cameras at the ready for black bears. (L, D)

01

Seward

Discover Resurrection Bay on an adventurous kayaking tour. Paddle along the stunning shoreline and keep your eyes peeled for sea otters, sea lions, bald eagles, jumping salmon or even whales. (B, L)

02 03

Kenai / Homer

Enjoy a scenic rafting trip on the Kenai River at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Munch on a good picnic lunch before crossing to Skilak Lake. This afternoon, you’ll take your transfer to Homer. (B, L)

04

Arrive at any time and get your first hit of urban decadence in the vibrant and fully bilingual city of Montréal, before meeting your group this evening. Day 2 starts with a guided walk through the historic quarters and the afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure. (B)

01-02 03

Algonquin Region

04-05

05

Niagara-on-the-Lake / Niagara Falls

06-07

06

Inclusions

Skirt the shoreline of Lake Ontario to the magnificent spectacle of Niagara Falls. See the cascades beautifully illuminated after dark and sign up for a cruise aboard the ‘Maid of the Mist’. On Day 7, head to charming Niagara-on-the-Lake for a winery visit and tasting. (2B, L) Head into Toronto, Canada’s largest city and a fascinating mosaic of multi-cultural neighbourhoods. After an orientation walk downtown, you have free time to scale the CN Tower, take a harbour cruise or enjoy a spot of shopping along Yonge Street. (B)

08

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Anchorage

My Own Room Available: Fr R7,490

Kenai

Algonquin PP

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Montreal

Ottawa

Toronto Niagara Falls

Seward

Make the most of your last morning in Whistler before heading back to Vancouver, a bustling metropolis of waterfront forests, snowcapped peaks and sandy beaches. Wander through the kaleidoscope of shops on offer in Chinatown, burn some cash in the endless stores on Robson Street, or see the famous totem poles of the First Nations peoples in sprawling Stanley Park.

03

Kelowna

04

Head to the beautiful Okanagan Valley, famous for its fruit orchards and delicious wine. Try some out for yourself with a wine tasting! (D)

Land in Calgary early and meet your group. Sightsee around Calgary before heading to Kananaskis Provincial Park. Take in the snowcapped mountains and abundant wildlife then journey on to Chester Lake Trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Take a hike through the Canadian Rockies before arriving in Banff in time for dinner. (L, D)

01

Banff / Jasper

02-03

05-08

Pass through three stunning national parks on the way to Banff National Park - keep your camera handy at all times, the views are incredible and we’ll even throw in a sleigh ride for good measure! For the next two days spend your days skiing and snowboarding across not one, but three, resorts: Mt Norquay, Lake Louise or Sunshine. Afterwards, simmer in the hot springs and unwind with a post-piste drink with friends. On Day 8, go for a gondola ride high above the sights of Banff and drink in the stunning views with breakfast atop the majestic Sulphur Mountain. Later, it’s back on the road to Calgary where this snowy adventure ends. (4B, D)

Service Level: Hotel Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (4 nts), Rocky Mountain chalet (3 nts, triple share) Transport: Modern, air conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners Note: Lift passes, ski lessons, equipment and clothing hire are not included in the price Group Leader: Experienced Tour Manager Group Size: Max 40: Avg 25 Tour Code: COSKIR

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Enjoy the views from Icefields Parkway en route to Jasper. You’ll drive past lush forests, glistening lakes and rushing cascades. Hike on Parker Ridge and Bow Falls and enjoy lunch in the Canadian Rockies. Come morning, cycle to Maligne Canyon then onto Maligne Lake for a picnic lunch. Later, opt for a Bald Hills hike, canoe ride or Spirit cruise. Look out for fantastic wildlife, from bears to elks. (2B, 2L)

Jasper / Lake Louise

Back on the Icefield Parkway, the next stop is Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield. Once at breathtaking Lake Louise, head to Lake Agnes Tea House. After, go on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, rent a canoe or just relax on Château Lake Louise’s beautiful terrace. (B, L)

04

Banff / Calgary

Inclusions

C A N A DA

Trip Style: Comfort Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Comfort hotels (6 nts), lakeside cottages (2 nts) Transport: Air-con private touring van Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow CAD $150200 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 9, Avg 7 Tour Code: GANCQO

Calgary

Vancouver

The tour ends after breakfast and you’re free to depart any time. (B)

Inclusions

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Comfort hotels/lodges (5 nts) Transport: Air-conditioned private van, kayak, boat Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100-150 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUAE

01-02

Toronto

09

DAY ITINERARY

Travel along the stunning Sea-to-Sky Highway to the world-renowned Whistler Blackcomb resort. Settle in and let the fun begin - zoom down a zip line or hop on a snowmobile for a ride around the resort. In the evening, get to know your fellow travellers over dinner. It’s time to hit the slopes on Day 2 - experienced or novice, there’s something for every level! (B, D)

Toronto

Anchorage

After a hearty breakfast, hike with a naturalist in the Carl E Wynn Nature Center, before returning to the rugged spirit of Anchorage where your adventure will end at around 5pm. (B, L)

Trade the nation’s capital city for pristine nature in the Algonquin region and spend two nights in lakeside cottages enjoying the great outdoors. Go fishing, canoeing or on guided hikes, keeping a lookout for moose, beavers and other Canadian wildlife. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Highlights

• Take in the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains • Cycle among the towering Rockies and check out alpine wildlife • Hike in legendary national and provincial park settings

Vancouver / Whistler

Ottawa Make a stop at an authentic sugar shack to see how maple trees are tapped for their sweet and sticky syrup. In Ottawa, stroll along Parliament Hill and browse the stalls of Byward Market. (B, L)

Homer

Take a chilled boat ride across Kachemak Bay then hike amongst a glacier icefield in Kachemak Bay State Park. Enjoy lunch in view of the nearly mile-wide glacier face before getting a boat to Homer. (B, L, D)

DAY ITINERARY

Montréal

Seward / Kenai

Visit the Alaskan Sealife Center for a behind-the-scenes tour this morning. Head on to one of the best hiking opportunities in Alaska, the serene Kenai Peninsula, where you’ll take the trail up to Carter Lake. Enjoy a picnic lunch taking in the incredible views and isolation of the Alaskan wilderness until time to hike back to civilisation. (B, L)

Highlights

• Ski and snowboard around Canada’s world-renowned winter resorts • Discover the charms of Vancouver, with its beautiful setting • Visit the Okanagan Valley for a taste of its world famous wine

Yoho National Park

Venture into Yoho National Park and head to the famous Takakkaw Falls, fed by the Daly Glacier, before moving on to Emerald Lake, surrounded by evergreen forests and mountains. (B, L, D)

05

Calgary

Enjoy a short walk at Moraine Lake, one of the Rocky Mountains’ most iconic sights, and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Stop at Johnston Canyon for a short hike en route to Banff where you’re free to do whatever you please, whether it’s biking, canoeing or rafting! Then, drive back to Calgary where the adventure ends. (B)

06

Inclusions

C A N A DA

Lake Louise Whistler

Kelowna

Vancouver

Banff

Calgary

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Comfort hotels/lodges (5 nts) Transport: Air-con private van, bicycle Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow CAD $150-175 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANCCR

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Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

Jasper National Park

My Own Room Available: Fr R5,990

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Jun 20 Jul 04 Jul 18

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canada & the rockies Vancouver

• • • • • • • •

R19,825

FR

11 DAYS

Vancouver

Highlights

Breathe fresh alpine air in Whistler Drive through the Lillooet Mountains Picnic in the spectacular Rockies Explore scenic Jasper National Park Roll onto the Athabasca Glacier Visit beautiful Lake Louise Gondola ride for new heights in Banff Optional dinner cruise in Vancouver

15 DAYS

Calgary

Highlights

Explore Vancouver and Victoria Search for whales on a Zodiac trip Stroll through Whistler’s Douglas-firs Picnic and swim at Green Lake Canoe to towering Helmcken Falls View spectacular Mt. Robson Venture onto the Columbia Icefield Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway

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canada & alaska

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Vancouver - Calgary

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin share hotels (8 nts), Rocky Mountain chalet (2 nts, triple share) Transport: Modern, air-con coach with powerpoints for charging Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COCRCR

Chill out in the company of 18-35 year old travellers and challenge yourself in Canada’s dynamic duo of provinces, Alberta and British Columbia. The diverse physical beauty from Vancouver to Whistler and Banff features the great outdoors at its absolute greatest! Bear witness to snow-capped mountains, azure blue lakes, endless alpine forests, frosty glaciers and fast-paced rivers. The natural beauty is overwhelming and provides the perfect setting for a catalogue of outdoor activities. There are chances to ride a gondola, horse, helicopter or whatever improves your viewpoint for the endless, to-die-for photo opportunities!

DAY ITINERARY Vancouver / Whistler C A N A DA

01-02

Mt. Robson Jasper Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff

Kamloops Vernon

Calgary (Stampede only)

03

Vancouver USA

Meet up with your group and wind along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to the world famous resort town of Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics and boasting the hugely scenic Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. On your second day in North America’s top alpine resort, make the most of this outdoor playground for high-energy activities like zip-lining, mountain biking and rafting. There’s a gondola ride for views over the town, plus canoeing opportunities and numerous trails to hike. The quaint village is great for shopping too! (B, D)

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My Own Room Available: Fr R3,490

The scenic drive along the Yellowhead Highway takes you into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Stop for a picnic at spectacular Mt. Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. Adventure seekers have the chance to ride the rapids on an optional rafting trip. In Jasper, the combination of fresh mountain air, the laid-back vibe and a cool, crisp beer will leave you perfectly content. On Day 5, you’ll visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest and longest limestone canyon in the Rockies. You might catch a glimpse of the impressive wildlife in the area. Depending on the season you’ll also visit Maligne Lake, the largest in the Canadian Rockies and chill out on a scenic boat tour. (B, D) Journey on one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. You’ll see some of the 200 glaciers in the area and roll right onto the Athabasca Glacier’s icy slopes in a custom-designed ‘Ice Explorer’. Walk to Athabasca Falls and see the vivid blue colour of Peyto Lake (seasonal), the Saskatchewan River Valley and the Weeping Wall. You’ll also see Lake Louise overlooked by its enchanting château-style hotel and see the majestic Banff Springs Hotel before arriving into your Rocky Mountain chalet, home for the next two nights. On Day 7, choose your own adventure in the mountains around Banff. There’s so much offered like a flight over the Rocky Mountains, horseback riding, hiking and shopping. After hours, get into the pumping nightlife! (B, D)

Yoho N.P. / Glacier N.P. / Mt. Revelstoke N.P. / Vernon

Today’s travels take you through three national parks - Yoho, Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke. You’ll stop at the famous Roger’s Pass and see the incredible Spiral Train Tunnels and Kicking Horse Valley. Travel onwards to Vernon, snugly located in the heart of Canada’s wine country. (B, D) Journey through the stunning Okanagan Valley, and through Kelowna, the largest city in the interior plains of British Columbia. Along the way you’ll see Lake Okanagan and its floating bridge. Arrive in Vancouver and start to check out the sites of this cosmopolitan city. See Gastown, Chinatown and Lion’s Gate Bridge or visit the totem poles of Canada’s First Nations people in beautiful Stanley Park.

Vancouver’s North Coast Mountains are just the appetiser for this back-to-nature journey from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. Start the trip in beautiful Vancouver, regularly voted one of the world’s most ‘liveable’ cities, where you will hit the ocean in search of whales. Head into the enveloping mountain wilderness of Banff and Jasper National Parks, where sulphur springs, canoeing expeditions and glaciers older than time abound. And since you camp out most nights, you’re guaranteed maximum natural contact at a minimal price. The Great Outdoors is now all yours – explore it.

DAY ITINERARY Vancouver / Victoria

01-02 03-04

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Mt Robson P.P. Jasper N.P.

Wells Gray P.P. Whistler Tofino

Yoho N.P.

Banff N.P.

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First stop is Duncan where you can observe some First Nations art; it’s home to 80 totem poles. Head to Old Country Market in Coombs to grab a meal, explore the stalls and watch the goats grazing on the roof! Continue to Tofino just in time for sunset and spend Day 4 on a Zodiac excursion through Clayoquot Sound, which will reveal sensational scenery, wildlife such as gray and killer whales, porpoise and sea birds including bald eagles. Take a walk to relax in the pool at Hot Springs Cove before returning to camp. (2B, L, 2D)

MacMillan Provincial Park / Whistler

Icefield Parkway

Lake Louise

At MacMillan Provincial Park you can stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas-fir trees. Return to the mainland by ferry and continue to Whistler, arriving in the late afternoon. In the morning of Day 6, hike one of the most beautiful trails in the Whistler area, leading through fields crowded with blueberry bushes and a grove of old-growth cedars. (2B, L, D)

Wells Gray Provincial Park U SA

07-08

Relax at Green Lake in Caribou County and enjoy swimming in the lake while a great picnic is prepared for you. Continue to Wells Gray Provincial Park, a spectacular area with stunning mountain vistas, deep canyons, volcanic cones, brooding old-growth forests and raging whitewater rivers. End the day with a barbecue at the campsite, your home for the next two nights. From here, you can take a fullday canoeing trip through the Canadian wilderness to view towering Helmcken Falls. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Jasper National Park

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09-10

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This morning’s hike up Trophy Mountain will lead you past several small streams before breaking out into the open expanses of the sub-alpine meadow. En route to Jasper National Park you’ll stop at Mt. Robson Provincial Park to take in one of the finest views in the Rocky Mountains. On Day 10, you’ll visit Maligne Canyon, one of Jasper’s most spectacular landmarks. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. In the afternoon hike Bald Hills before relaxing in the Miette Hot Springs. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Yoho National Park / Banff National Park

11-12

Travel the beautiful Icefield Parkway (if there’s a more scenic drive anywhere, we want to know about it!) to Peyto Lake with a stop at the spectacular Columbia Icefield. Take the Ice Age adventure on a snow coach onto the glacier before continuing to Yoho National Park, with its towering walls of rock and spectacular waterfalls. Visit Emerald Lake and stand in awe of Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest in Canada. In the afternoon, optional activities include whitewater rafting, grizzly bear viewing or the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre. In the afternoon, drive to Banff National Park. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Banff National Park / Calgary

Vancouver

Feel the young vibe of the city while exploring its hip shops and cafés. Spend your last night with the group on an optional dinner cruise around the harbour before heading out for a night on the town! Your Canadian adventure ends on the morning of Day 11, so swap e-mail addresses and say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Arrive at any time and meet your group before heading out into Vancouver’s vibrant downtown to sample its nightlife. Take the morning of Day 2 to explore this cosmopolitan city and then take the ferry across to Vancouver Island and the ‘Garden City’ of Victoria. Surrounded by sparkling ocean and splendid mountain views this city is known for its myriad of beautiful flower gardens. (L)

Tofino

Photo opportunities of Canada’s awesome mountain and lake scenery are everywhere on the way to Kamloops. The scenic drive takes you through the Lillooet Mountain Range and you’ll be able to see Seton Lake reservoir and picturesque Lillooet, Duffy and Kamloops Lakes. (D)

Vancouver

09

Finish

Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Camping Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Recommended for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), participation camping (12 nts) Transport: Air-con private touring van with Wi-Fi, canoe, ferry Meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow CAD $140160 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANCUR

Jasper

04-05

Start

Aug 09 Aug 23 Aug 16 Aug 30 Sep 13 Sep 27

Kamloops

Banff

Join the Stampede ‘Canada and the Rockies’ plus Calgary Stampede - join the additional departures on Jun 05 or Jun 06 (runs in reverse) to be in Calgary for the legendary Stampede (13 days, Vancouver to Vancouver) (COCRST / COCRSTR)  Fr R23,769

Start

Jun 28 Jul 12

Calgary - Valcouver

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

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R22,490

FR

Departures 2014

Start

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• • • • • • • •

Departures 2014

Whistler

national parks of the canadian rockies

13-15

Drive back to Lake Louise and embark on the iconic hike to Agnes Lake Tea House. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Victoria Glacier, moraine fields and the lake itself. Continue hiking the Six Glacier Trail and return to Banff in the afternoon. On Day 14, visit Johnston Canyon for a great hike that should provide plenty of wildlife viewing. Ride the gondola up Sulphur Mountain and soak in the spectacular view before driving to Calgary. Here you’ll enjoy a short tour before heading out for your last night with the group. Depart at any time on Day 15. (2B, 2L)

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R38,385

grand canadian New York

• • • • • • • •

highlights of alaska

FR

20 DAYS

Vancouver

Anchorage

Highlights

Follow American history in Boston Stroll Québec on a walking tour Feel the French vibe in Montréal Explore the ethnic districts of Toronto Feel the spray of mighty Niagara Falls Get active in alpine Whistler Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway Walk on the ice of Athabasca Glacier

• • • • • • • •

Finish

Start

Finish

Start

Finish

May 02 May 23 Jun 06 Jul 18

May 21 Jun 11 Jun 25 Aug 06

Aug 01 Aug 08 Aug 15 Aug 29

Aug 20 Aug 27 Sep 03 Sep 17

Sep 12 Sep 19

Sep 19 Oct 08

Inclusions

Service Level: Superior Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (17 nts), chalet (2 nts, triple share) Transport: Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging, flight and transfers from Toronto to Vancouver Meals: 10 breakfasts, 10 dinners Group Leader: Tour Manager and Driver team Group Size: Max 54, Min 25 Tour Code: COGCNY

01-02 03-06

Days 10-20 Mt. Robson Jasper Columbia Icefield Lake Louise Banff

Kamloops Vernon

Finish

In North America, you can’t get much further off the grid, both mentally and physically, than Alaska. Perched at the top of the continent, it’s practically its own planet; an otherworldly land of massive glaciers, towering peaks and rare wildlife. Your adventure up here will be suitably out-of-this-world, dropping you deep into the heart of northern nature with glacier cruises, kayak-borne fjord excursions and the raw natural beauty of Denali National Park. It’s a huge place, but this tour shows off Alaska’s hot spots, allowing you to tame this vast, sprawling land for just long enough to be utterly blown away.

DAY ITINERARY Anchorage / Homer

U SA

Meet your group early this morning in the ‘Big Apple’ and head via Providence, the state capital of Rhode Island en-route to Boston. A city tour introduces sights such as Boston Common, Harvard University, Quincy Marketplace and Faneuil Hall. Day 2 is yours to explore Boston as you see fit, but do take time out to walk the well-marked Freedom Trail for the lowdown on Boston’s important role in American history, visit Harvard University and enjoy the buzzing nightlife. (B, D) Drive through the scenic state of Maine and cross the border into Canada to the unique, Frenchinfluenced Québec City, a little slice of ‘Old World’ Europe in the middle of North America. On Day 4, enjoy a guided walk around the walled fortifications and cobbled streets of Old Québec with time to enjoy its ‘joie de vivre’. On Day 5, the multi-cultural theme continues in Montréal, whose French history and diverse global population serves up some great-tasting food and cutting-edge culture. Explore the Old Town, Olympic Stadium and the Mount Royal on a city tour, followed by a day to explore its chic shopping, food markets and great museums. (3B, 2D)

Toronto / Niagara Falls

07-09

Calgary (Stampede only)

Vancouver

01-03

Denali N.P. Tangle Lakes

Valdez EGYPT

Wrangell St Elias N.P.

Anchorage

04-05

Seward

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Fly to Vancouver and then wind along the Sea-to-Sky Highway for a first taste of the beautiful scenery that lies ahead in the alpine adventure resort of Whistler. Day 11 is free for you to experience a range of outdoor activities - hiking, zip-lining, mountain biking or whitewater rafting, to name but a few. From Whistler, the scenic drive to Kamloops takes you past the lakes and reservoirs of the awesome Lillooet Mountain Range. (B, 2D)

06-09

Jasper / Banff

13-16 17

Picnic in the shadow at spectacular Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and ride the rapids on an optional whitewater rafting trip before arriving in Jasper. On Day 14, Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake provide scenic trails, impressive wildlife and, in summer, an optional boat cruise. Start Day 15 with a drive along the incredible Icefields Parkway, passing mountain peaks, glacially-fed lakes and thundering waterfalls. Roll right onto the Athabasca Glacier’s icy slopes in a custom-designed ‘Ice Explorer’ touring vehicle. With two nights at a Rocky Mountain chalet in Banff you have time to explore, enjoy the great nightlife and visit enchanting Lake Louise. (2B, 2D)

18-20

Get Active Alaska Active Escape (6 days, Anchorage to Anchorage) (GANUAE)  Fr R24,990

10

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Drive through the scenic Copper River Valley en route to Tangle Lakes. Copper River Country is where the wilderness meets the tarmac in accessible Alaska. Check out the fishwheels (for salmon) along the way. Copper River salmon are fattier than others as they have to travel hundreds more miles, and need more reserves. They are also considered the best in the world. (L)

Denali National Park

11-13

Travel through Yoho, Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks, and stop at the famous Roger’s Pass en route to Vernon. See the incredible Spiral Train Tunnels and Kicking Horse Valley. (B, D) Journey through the beautiful Okanagan Valley to Vancouver. Pass through Kelowna and the floating bridge of Lake Okanagan along the way. Explore the vibrant city of Vancouver on a guided tour, taking in Gastown, Chinatown and the amazing totem poles of Stanley Park - it’s like having your own rainforest right on the edge of downtown! On Day 19, enjoy an optional dinner cruise around the harbour as a great way to say goodbye to the group. Your trip ends on Day 20. (B)

Take the ferry through the Inside Passage, across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound. View Portage Glacier and Whittier before arriving to Valdez, where crashing glaciers and the towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make it absolutely picturesque. On Day 7, travel towards the wild Wrangell St. Elias National Park with a stop at Worthington Glacier, located in the Chugach Mountains. It is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska, passing within a few feet of the car park! Discover Kennicott, a ghost town frozen in time, and visit historic McCarthy, surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in the state. Optional activities include a scenic flight, glacier walk or ice climbing. (B, 2L)

Tangle Lake

Yoho N.P. / Glacier N.P. / Mt. Revelstoke N.P. / Vernon

Vancouver

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Explore Kenai Peninsula and the Kenai Fjords where the ice age still lingers and glaciers, earthquakes and ocean storms are the main architects. Opt to take a boat cruise or kayak for a different view of this remote splendour. On Day 5, head out on an amazing hike to Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield. Considered one of the greatest hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll experience up close glaciers and the forces that shaped the landscape. Black bears are spotted almost every day from the Harding Icefield Trail! You can also choose to visit the Sealife Centre. (B, 2L)

Valdez / Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Homer

Travel along the St. Laurence River Valley through the beautiful ‘Thousand Islands’ region to Toronto, Canada’s largest city and another multi-cultural hotspot. Spend Day 8 discovering the city or exploring the Toronto Islands with an afternoon of bike rental for a new angle on the area. The mighty Niagara Falls is calling on Day 9, where you get soaked in its refreshing mist and spray as you enjoy a boat cruise on the legendary ‘Maid of the Mist’. (B, 2D)

Arrive at any time and meet the rest of your group in the evening. On Day 2, travel along the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Enjoy a hike and keep an eye out for beluga whales playing out at sea while travelling along the Turnagain Arm on the journey to Homer. On Day 3, you can choose to take a water taxi to explore Kachemak Bay or try your hand at a local sport - halibut fishing. (B, L, D)

Seward

Vancouver / Whistler / Kamloops

10-12

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Québec City / Montréal

Providence

Days 10-20

Finish

DAY ITINERARY

Boston

New York

Start

Jul 05 Jul 19 Jul 19 Aug 02 Aug 02 Aug 16

New York City / Boston

Montréal

Niagara Falls

Finish

Jun 21 Jun 28 Jul 05

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Standard hotels (3 nts), basic hotels (5 nts, shared facilities), cabins (4 nts, shared facilities) Transport: Air-con private touring van, ferry Meals: 3 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $300-350 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 13, Avg 10 Tour Code: GANUGG

This tour is called the Grand Canadian but before you and your fellow bunch of 18-35 year old travellers even set eyes on Canada, you get to enjoy the buzzing nightlife of historic Boston. From here it’s all about the big country north of the 49th parallel, and it kicks off by saying ‘bonjour’ to the oh-so-French elegance of Québec City and stylish Montréal. You could climb the CN Tower in Toronto before feeling the power of Niagara Falls aboard the ‘Maid of the Mist’, before flying all the way out west for 11 days exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains and living the west coast lifestyle in Vancouver. Canada, eh?

Québec City

Toronto

Start

Jun 07 Jun 14 Jun 21

Inclusions

Additional departure dates are available, ask for details.

Whistler

Highlights

Hike Exit Glacier and Harding Icefield See the Kenai Peninsula and Fjords Watch glaciers calving ice in Valdez Marvel at Wrangell St. Elias N.P. Discover the ghost town of Kennicott Gaze up in awe of Mt. McKinley Spot abundant wildlife in Denali N.P. Tour the frontier city of Anchorage

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canada & alaska

Start

Michigan

15 DAYS

Anchorage

Departures 2014

Departures 2014

Days 01-09

R31,990

FR

You’ll view the highest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley, as you drive to the spectacular Denali National Park. It has been the goal of aspiring high altitude climbers since it was first climbed in 1913. Mt. McKinley is also known by its Athabascan name, Denali, meaning ‘The Great One’. Everything about Denali National Park is big, the scenery, the mountains, the incredible beauty and the animals. The shuttle in Denali is an excellent way to spot the wildlife for which Alaska is so famous; moose, bear, wolves, caribou, Dall sheep and more. You have the whole of Days 12 and 13 to explore. On hikes you’ll discover the dynamic glaciated landscape providing large rivers, countless lakes and ponds and unique landforms which form the foundation of the ecosystems that thrive in Denali. Enjoy a picnic lunch and just be in awe of this amazing place. (3L)

Anchorage

14-15

Transfer back to Anchorage, a frontier city beautifully settled between the base of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. An urbanised wilderness, humans are not the city’s only inhabitants, it’s shared with bears, moose and a small wolf pack. Discover this amazing city on a city tour and then head out to enjoy one last group dinner. Depart at any time on Day 15. (L)

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plus local payment CAD 195

mohawk pass Toronto

R10,230

FR

12 days

Toronto (Fixed Itinerary)

caribou

Vancouver

plus local payment CAD150

what’s included • • • • •

why choose Moose travel network Moose Travel Network is Canada’s

FR R8,270 no local payment Accommodation in mixed dorms

Tadoussac Mont-Tremblant •

C A N A DA

Departures 2014 Apr: 30 May: 14, 28 June: 18 July: 02, 09, 23, 30

Aug: 13 Sept: 03,17, 24 Oct: 01

Ottawa Ft. Coulonga • Algonquin Park

Lake Louise

Departures 2014

Montréal

Banff

Mar 27 - May 08 & Sep 29 - Nov 10: Mon & Thu May 10 - Jul 21 & Aug 21 - Sep 27: Mon, Thu & Sat Jul 23 - Aug 20: Mon, Wed, Thu & Sat

U SA

• Vancouver •

Kelowna

U SA

YVRcar/YVRBOU plus local payment CAD 230

pacific pass Vancouver

Jasper •

C A N A DA

Québec City

Toronto

YTOMOO/YTOMOH

Moose bonuses Each passenger will receive a free Moose

3 dinners National Park entrance fees Houseboat tour Jetboat tour

ACCOMMODATED TOUR

FR R16,412 no local payment Accommodation in mixed dorms

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. Accommodated versions of the East and West Coast trips are available. They include accommodation in a shared dorm and cover all costs, so there is no local payment.

R8,222

FR

14 DAYS

Vancouver

what’s included

t-shirt. On the East Coast fixed intineraries Moose will throw a wrap up party at the end of the tour for you!

• • • •

5 dinners Jet boat tour Houseboat tour National Park entrance fees

ACCOMMODATED TOUR

What’ s for dinner Many of the trips include some meals, each

FR R13,728 no local payment Accommodation in mixed dorms

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 organise group meals.

local payment All the trips, except accommodated tours

the prices of our passes. If you book

plus local payment CAD 245

schooner tour

R13,297

FR

min 20 DAYS

Toronto (Fixed Itinerary)

Edith Cavell •

May 04 - Sep 28: Sun, Tue & Fri

plus local payment CAD 150

R8,369

FR

9 days

what’s included

Vancouver

• Banff/ Lake Louise

Kelowna

Vancouver

U SA

plus local payment CAD 60

Island explorer

R2,440

FR

4 DAYS

Vancouver

what’s included • • • • •

Tofino

Whistler

Victoria

YVRPAC/YVRFIC

Toronto (Fixed Itinerary)

• 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners (including clam dig) • Thousand Island cruise, lobster cruise and supper • Brewery tour and wine tasting • Bay of Fundy beachcombing • Hopewell Rocks tour • Anne of Green Gables tour • All ferry crossing fees

Rampart Creek •

Departures 2014

big east tour

Toronto

• Jasper

C A N A DA

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.

Where do you sleep Accommodation is included in some of Toronto

• • • •

Vancouver

• • • •

ACCOMMODATED TOUR

4 dinners National Park entrance fees Houseboat tour Jetboat tour

ACCOMMODATED TOUR

FR R4,037 no local payment Accommodation in mixed dorms

FR R12,557 no local payment Accommodation in mixed dorms

10 DAYS

what’s included

• 1 dinners • National Park entrance fees • Ferry fees

ACCOMMODATED TOUR

R5,184

FR

Vancouver

what’s included

4 breakfasts, 4 dinners Thousand Island boat cruise Omega Park entry fee All park fees Moose t-shirt

plus local payment CAD 170

big west pass

FR R9,495 no local payment Accommodation in mixed dorms

ACCOMMODATED TOUR

FR R23,261 no local payment Accommodation in mixed dorms Riviere du Loup C A N A DA

Departures 2014 May: 26 June: 20

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Ottawa

Aug: 15 Sept: 1, 12

Toronto YTOSCH/YTOMST

Montréal

U SA

Québec City

Charlottetown •

Digby •

Mont-Tremblant •

Moncton •

C A N A DA

• Québec City

Tofino

C A N A DA •

Halifax

Cape Breton

Departures 2014 April: 30 May: 14, 28 June: 11, 18, 25 July: 2, 9, 23, 30

YTOBIG/YTOBET

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Ottawa • Aug: 13, 20 Sept: 3, 17, 24 Oct: 1, 8

Montréal

Departures 2014 May 04 - Sep 28: Sun, Tue & Fri

Toronto

Jasper •

C A N A DA

YVRISL/YVRAND

May 01 - Sep 27: Tue, Thu & Sat

Victoria

U SA

Departures 2014

• Vancouver

Shuswap Lake • Whistler • Vancouver •

U SA

YVRBIG/YVRBNT

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Banff/ • Lake Louise

• Kelowna U SA

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canada & alaska

Hop-on, hop-off – take up to 6 months and create your own itinerary (on West Coast trips only) • Fixed itineraries - if you prefer a little more guidance, our fantastic East Coast tours follow set itineraries • Door to door transportation - you’ll get picked up and dropped off at the hostel or hotel of your choice • Get off the beaten track - check out some amazing places that many bus companies wouldn’t dare to go • Canadian drivers & guides – the local drivers and guides will provide you with a unique perspective • Discounts – take advantage of loads of discounts on activities and attractions along the way

8 days

what’s included

6 breakfasts, 6 dinners Thousand Island boat cruise Canoe rental All park entrance fees Moose t-shirt

ACCOMMODATED TOUR

adventure bus system for backpackers, students and ‘young at heart’ travellers. 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!

R4,694

FR

Vancouver


vancouver & WHISTLER

Calgary & the rockies

canada & alaska

canada & alaska

shoestring

hi vancouver central

R355 DORM R494 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

Wake up to a free all-you-can-eat breakfast at this lively, clean and secure hostel. Located in the city centre, it offers sociable chill out areas, free Wi-Fi and rooms with private bathrooms. Join in fun activities such as pub crawls, tours and comedy nights, then head out to experience Granville’s great nightlife.

shoestring

samesun vancouver

R310 DORM

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

On top of free Wi-Fi and brekky, the kitchen and bathrooms have been recently renovated, and there’s a TV room and pool table. Daily activities include walking tours and pub quiz nights and the restaurant is a great hangout with dinner and drink specials. Choose from dorms or private rooms with or without en suite.

YVRHVC

R1,290 SINGLE FR R645 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

A comfortable hotel with super-friendly service and an unbeatable downtown Vancouver location. Spacious rooms have free Wi-Fi, cable TV and private bathrooms. Jump into the indoor pool, relax in the sauna, work out in the gym and enjoy a delicious meal at Unwind restaurant followed by a few cocktails in the stylish bar. yvrhol

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YWCA vancouver

R812 SINGLE R427 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

R2,192 SINGLE R1,096 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

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R432 DORM R681 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Hi Whistler

R373 DORM R503 TWIN/DOUBLE

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YWSHYI

hi calgary city centre

FR days inn r1,593 SINGLE calgary south FRr797 TWIN/DOUBLE

Feel right at home at this central and newly renovated hostel, offering shared dorms and private rooms. Like freebies? You’ll love it here – breakfast, linen, towels, Wi-Fi and coffee are all on the house! Hang out in the activity room complete with 50” TV and pool table, relax on the sunny patio or cook up a storm in the fully-equipped kitchen.

Offering good value for money, this hotel is conveniently located with easy access to downtown Calgary and steps from the light rail transit system. Enjoy complimentary continental breakfasts, free Wi-Fi and soothe ski-sore limbs in the indoor, heated saltwater pool and hot tub. Dine at the Grill for great Canadian grub and live music!

yychic

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FR

ROCK SOLID

LAKE LOUISE INN, LAKE LOUISE

r1,341 SINGLE FR r671 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

rock solid

LOBSTICK LODGE JASPER

r1,625 SINGLE FR r813 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

columbian ice fields LAKE LOUISE

r1,767

FR

FULL DAY

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

This modern resort is surrounded by soaring pines and sweeping mountain views. Most rooms have floor to ceiling windows and some feature a fireplace, balcony or Jacuzzi. After the day’s activities, enjoy the indoor pool, fitness centre, steam room and hearty mountain cuisine in a variety of dining venues. BOOK BY 31MAR14 FOR 10% off 01May14-31Oct14

rock solid

r351 DORM r479 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Originally used as part of the Athletes’ Village during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, HI-Whistler sets the standard in hostelling. Relax in the media room complete with a 52-inch HDTV, play some pool in the games room, grab a beer at Cheaky’s Cafe or soak up the cracking mountain views from the outdoor deck.

shoestring

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

An authentic wood and log-framed hostel with a cosy fireplace. Opt for small, simple but comfy dorms or private en suite rooms. Take advantage of the city transport and free fun activities. With movie nights, an ice climbing wall (seasonal), a brand new pub and an activities co-ordinator to get you in the mood – you won’t be bored!

shoestring

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Floor to ceiling windows showcase the hotel’s spectacular views of Vancouver harbour and majestic mountain peaks behind. Take a tour of the herb garden and honey bee apiary, then sample the fresh produce in Herons restaurant. Relax in the eucalyptus steam rooms or hot outdoor pool, then enjoy live music in the bar.

hi alpine banff

yvrywc

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fairmont waterfront

shoestring

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

This downtown YWCA hotel is a safe and affordable option for all travellers. Comfortable, clean rooms range from singles to quads and come with air-con, mini-fridges, Wi-Fi and most have TVs. Peckish? Rustle up a snack in the large kitchens, chill in the TV lounges or grab a flat white from the coffee shop.

yvrsva

rock solid

holiday inn downtown

shoestring

FCJLLI

This family-run lodge offers a great base for the bars and restaurants in town. After a day’s skiing, treat yourself to a hot stone massage, relax in the indoor pool or soak and socialise in the outdoor spas. Enjoy the majestic mountain views from your comfortable and spacious room or over a warming Irish coffee at the Skyline Lounge. 15% off - 01May14-31Oct14

YJPLOB

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Prepare yourself for the experience of the vast Columbia Icefield! Start at Lake Louise, then continue along the Icefields Parkway, rated as one of the most scenic in the world. Marvel at glaciers remaining from the last ice age. After an alpine picnic, jump on an Ice Explorer to travel right into the glacier itself. YBAGLT

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hi toronto

r339 DORM r636 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

global village

r303 DORM r447 TWIN/DOUBLE

FR FR

PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST

HI Toronto is a fantastic backpacker’s pitstop in this exciting city. With free Wi-Fi, tourist information, guest kitchen and an onsite restaurant, you’ll find yourself well taken care of. Enjoy barbecues on the roof deck, trips to the islands and bar tours to help you get to know your fellow travellers and explore the city.

Share stories with like minded travellers over a beer of two at Toronto’s largest youth hostel. Free Wi-Fi, a pancake breakfast, huge common areas, an outdoor patio and a backpacker bar make for a perfect place to relax. Opt for a bargain dorm, or try the boutique private rooms, with custom decor and a double bed.

ytohit

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Superbly run, this hostel is only three blocks from the CN Tower and the centre of downtown Toronto and has spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi. Tuck into a free all-youcan eat pancake breakfast and kick back in the 18-seat movie theatre. Daily activities include karaoke, barbecues, guided city tours plus a free dinner every week!

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r1,151 SINGLE FR r576 TWIN/DOUBLE

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This downtown hotel is loaded with amenities. Rooms have TVs, free highspeed Internet access and the triple-sheeted bed will ensure a great night’s sleep. Start the day with a complimentary breakfast - winner! Treats such as an indoor pool, spa and sauna will help you relax after a long day’s exploring.

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EATON chelsea

r1,676 SINGLE FR r838 TWIN/DOUBLE

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With fresh, urban decor, Wi-Fi access and a popular café for delicious meals, this hotel is a great base for exploring Toronto. The British-style pub with large screens ensures sports fans won’t miss out on that all-important match and gym bunnies will be equally happy with access to the fitness facilities that are right next door.

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Having recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, Canada’s largest hotel offers a range of premium, contemporary but comfortable rooms and suites. Choose from a range of bars and dining options, the exclusive 25th floor E-Club Lounge, an adult-only indoor pool, fitness centre and access to the adjacent Elmwood Spa. Slick. BOOK BY 28FEB14 FOR 20% off 01May14-26Jun14, 29Jun14-07Sep14 & 11Sep14-31Oct14

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R1,792

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Highlights

• Stay three nights with daily all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast • Marvel at the mighty Niagara Falls • Get the Airport Express into town - easy squeezy!

sheraton on the falls

r1,032 SINGLE FR r516 TWIN/DOUBLE

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NIAGARA FALLS

r656

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MAID OF THE MIST

r242

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PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Quad share (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Included: Day tour to Niagara Falls Tour Code: YTOCIT

On arrival at Toronto Airport, jump onto the Express bus to take you to your centrally located accommodation. Check in for three nights at Global Village Backpackers, set in the heart of the entertainment district. Take advantage of the attractions, shops, bars and restaurants all in close proximity. Your daily all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will set you up for a day of sightseeing or your day tour to Niagara Falls. Heading out of Toronto, you’ll get to sample some locally grown vino at an award-winning winery and spend time in the quaint village of Niagara before continuing on to the falls. Upon arrival, you have the option of the popular ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat tour of the falls or, alternatively, take a helicopter ride for the perfect viewpoint (both at own expense). The rest of your time in Toronto is at leisure.

The superb location of this hotel guarantees awesome views of the falls from the restaurant, pools and even the spa. Spacious and comfortable rooms offer the perfect retreat or pop to the sauna to steam away your troubles. An indoor walkway connects the waterpark, casino and other attractions. XLVSTF

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Depart Toronto and travel down to the beautiful Niagara wine region, stopping for a tour and tasting at an award-winning winery. In the village of Niagara, browse the shops and cafés before continuing to the majestic falls. Opt for a ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat ride or even a helicopter ride over the falls before returning to Toronto. YTONFM

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Put on your souvenir rain jacket and step aboard for the ride of a lifetime! The ‘Maid of the Mist’ takes you to the base of the falls before sailing through crashing waters and massive rock formations to the basin of the magnificent Horseshoe Falls. This half-hour tour allows you to experience firsthand the true intensity of the falls. XLVMOM

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Self-Drive Touring Canada is ready-made for self-drive touring and we have the perfect itinerary for exploring the East Coast. Get to grips with cosmopolitan Toronto, the Grand River Valley, Rideau Canal, Ottawa, the Laurentian Mountains of Québec, Mont Tremblant Park and Québec City before returning back to Toronto. All accommodation along the way is included, plus a road book, itinerary and sightseeing suggestions. See page 117.


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travelodge montrÉal

r1,058 SINGLE FR r529 TWIN/DOUBLE

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Centrally located in downtown Montréal, this fantastic hostel has a self-service kitchen, free Wi-Fi and tourist information to help you figure out the city. The onsite restaurant and bar are the perfect place to catch up with fellow travellers over a few beers. Get your tickets for all the major Montréal events from reception. YMQHMO

Set in a vibrant part of town, you’ll instantly feel the welcoming ambience of the Travelodge and be impressed by the tasteful interior. Relax in this snug, home-like accommodation, enjoying the complimentary continental buffet-style breakfast at La Mezzanine Restaurant with free Wi-Fi and newspapers. YULTMC

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chateau laurier, quÉbec

r1,419 SINGLE FR r710 TWIN/DOUBLE

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FR le nouvel r1,264 SINGLE HOTEL & SPA, MONTRÉAL FRr632 TWIN/DOUBLE PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT

Tucked in the streets of downtown Montréal, this hotel offers an impressive mix of comfort and elegance with spacious, homely rooms. Be pampered in the day spa or enjoy the restaurant’s casual atmosphere, where you can experience innovative cuisine or a hearty breakfast to set you up for a day’s sightseeing! BOOK BY 31MAR 14 FOR 10% off 01May14-31Oct14

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Tryp quÉbec Hotel pur

r1,754 SINGLE FR r877 TWIN/DOUBLE

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With a superb location between the Grand Allee and the Plains of Abraham, you get the best of both worlds. The hotel offers a bilingual service steeped with rich francophile traditions. Large rooms provide a fusion of old Québec style and elegance with all the modern conveniences. For time out, head to the Four Season Garden Spa.

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delta quÉbec

r1,754 SINGLE FR r877 TWIN/DOUBLE

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This hotel is perfect for travellers willing to stay outside of Old Québec City in the revitalised hip neighbourhood of the historic Saint Roch district. The rooms provide everything you need to unwind after exploring the city, with exceptionally good beds, floor to ceiling windows with city views and a sleek designer bathroom. BOOK BY 30APR14 FOR 10% off 01May14-31Oct14

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Located in the heart of North America’s only walled city, this hotel boasts exceptional views of the Laurentian Mountains and Parliament Hill from its stylish and modern rooms. After a session in the gym, head to the bistro bar or the heated outdoor pool and terrace - perfect for unwinding whatever the weather. book by 28feb14 15% off - 01May14-16Aug14, 20Aug14-06Sep14, 10Sep14-12Sep14, 16Sep1421Sep14, 23Sep14-24Sep14 & 27Sep14-31Oct14

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CHOOSI NG THE RIGHT POLICY When choosing a policy, it’s really important to understand what it does and doesn’t cover. While some policies may appear to be the same, quality cover is more than just high policy limits. A good policy will cover more than just your luggage - it will cover the costs of you having to unexpectedly cancel or amend your trip, emergency transport, accommodation and medical costs should you become ill or get injured. Most importantly, it will give you access to 24 hour emergency assistance and cover should you require evacuation for medical treatment. Make sure you check policy luggage item limits; you might find that you need to purchase additional cover for valuable items (e.g. a new camera). Also, check what excess you will be liable for in the event you need to make a claim - all our international policies give you a choice of excess, including a nil option, which means no excess will apply.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT Some of the benefits of booking travel insurance with us… Having help at hand when you need • 24 hour multilingual assistance line for medical emergencies, hospital treatment and/or repatriation. • 24 hour STA Travel Global Health Line - over the phone advice on your travel arrangements. • STA Travel Help branches ready to assist you in over 40 countries worldwide

Cover to suit your needs • 2 levels of cover, choose the level that suits your trip • Cover available from 1 day up to 365 days • Policy extensions available up to a maxi mum of 24 months

There is no one–size-fits all with travel insurance, each traveller and each trip is unique, this is why we provide 2 different types of policies, so you can choose the option which suits you. Think about what type of trip you’ll be having and decide on which type of policy you might need. Our friendly consultants will be able to tell you all about each and every level of cover.

• Optional additional cover for up to110 adventure sports - we cover loads of fantastic adrenalin pumping activities • Earn as you travel – temporary work abroad is covered

Gallbladder in Germany Insured was admitted to hospital for acute cholecsystitis which amounted to medical costs of R165,000.

DI• SUpCOUNTS to 25% discounts on groups

Fracture in France The insured fell and fractured their face. Medical costs amounted to R110,000.

• Accompanied infants 2 or under get cover free of charge

TOP TIPS • Don’t leave travel insurance to the

PRI• NCover CIPALisEXCLUSI ONS provided to limited pre-existing medical conditions • Cover is available to anyone between 16 and 32 years • Insurance is available to South African residents, only. • Excesses apply to some areas of STA Travel’s insurance policies Information contained on this page, was correct at the time of going to print and intends to give an outline of the cover provided by STA Travel’s insurance products. We recommend you read the policy wording in full. Full policy details can be viewed on the website: statravel.co.za/ travel_insurance

SOME OF THE CLAIMS PAID TO DATE* Accident in the Alps

last minute. If you purchase cover for cancellation, cover starts from the time you take out the policy. • Ask for your emergency assistance card and keep it with you at all times while you’re away. • Read the PDS and ask your STA Travel Expert if you have any questions.

MORE INFO Your STA Travel Expert can answer any travel insurance questions you might have and guide you through your travel insurance purchase. Chat to your STA Travel Expert or go to statravel.co.za/ travel_insurance. Please request a copy of the Product Disclosure Statement for more details of your travel insurance policy.

The insured had an accident whilst skiing which resulted in a fractured collarbone. Medical costs amounted to R81, 500.

STA Travel Ltd is a juristic representatibe of Regent Insurance Ltd who is a licenced financial services provider. FAIS no, 25511

Lightning in Louisville The insured was struck by lightning whilst on a work programme in the USA. The insured passed away a day later. The medical costs and repatriation amounted to R190, 000.

* Case studies obtained from Regent Travel Insurance

Renal Failure in Reno Insured was admitted to hospital for abdominal pains only to discover the insured had acute renal failure. Costs amounted to R1,000,000.

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TRAVEL INSURANCE

Leaving on your travels without getting yourself adequately insured is bonkers! So we won’t say this again: Make sure you get Travel Insurance! Just in case the worst happens, the chances are that you haven’t budgeted for millions of Rands worth of hospital and relocation fees.


IMPORTANT BOOKING CONFIRMATION Terms & CONDITIONS Our Agreement With You We are STA Travel (ZA) Limited (STA Travel) and our agreement with you sets out what you are legally entitled to expect from and your obligations to us. We sell products and service as an agent on behalf of airlines, wholesale companies and other service providers including accommodation and transportation services (Third Party Suppliers). You should make sure that you understand the terms and conditions which apply to your particular arrangements in addition to these general terms and conditions, and we will make available to you the terms and conditions or websites of the Third Party Suppliers.

Your Travel Booking When you make a booking:

This refund will not affect your statutory or other rights. We will only make one payment for each full fare paying adult in the booking. Any children not paying the full adult fare will receive 50% of the listed amount. If the value of your booking is less than the compensation outlined, we will pay compensation only to the value of the booking. You agree that this is the only compensation payable in connection with such an error.

Period before departure when a significant change is notified

Compensation payable per person

More than 56 days

R0

(b) it is your responsibility to ensure that all of the details on your travel documents are correct and to bring to our attention any errors or discrepancies immediately on receiving this document. The names in your booking must be exactly the same as they appear in the traveller’s passport.

55-29 days

R100

28-15 days

R200

14-7 days

R300

(c) you enter into a legally binding contract to acquire the relevant travel or travel related products and/or services with the Third Party Suppliers.

7-0 days

R400

(d) if you make a booking on behalf of someone, you warrant that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of that person to be bound by STA Travel’s general terms and conditions and the relevant Third Party Suppliers’ terms and conditions.

Important note – changes beyond our control.

STA Travel’s role is to assist you to plan your travel arrangements, facilitate your bookings, and arrange payment and refunds as applicable. STA Travel is not a provider of any travel products/services as such and has no responsibility for products or services provided or not provided by any Third Party Suppliers. We give and make no warranty or representation regarding the standard of any services or products supplied by Third Party Suppliers and no person has authority to make any such representation or warranty on behalf of STA Travel.

If for any reason, any Third Party Supplier is unable to provide the products/ services you purchased through STA Travel, your remedy lies against that Third Party Supplier and not STA Travel.

These general terms and conditions together with the relevant terms and conditions of the Third Party Suppliers apply to any travel products/services you purchased through us.

Deposits and Payment Deposits are non-refundable. Payment of a deposit enables STA Travel to hold a reservation for you but does not guarantee the fare and/or price. The fare and/or price can only be guaranteed once we receive full payment and tickets and/or other travel documents have been issued. The Booking Fee is also non-refundable.

STA Travel will advise you of the date that full payment is required. All prices shown are ’from prices’ and we reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the holidays shown in our brochure. You will be advised of the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed. Additional deposits for certain travel arrangements may also be required by Third Party Suppliers. Failure to make payment in full by the due date may result in the forfeiture of any deposit paid.

We reserve the right to refuse personal cheques. After full payment the conditions of the contract with your Third Party Supplier may permit them to increase the cost of your arrangements. We will pass any such increase on to you.

Documentation Travel documentation will not be issued until full payment with cleared funds is received. STA Travel’s general practice is to send documents to our customers electronically whenever possible. We reserve the right to charge you an administration fee if we send you such documents in hard copy form, at your request. All travel documents are non transferable. It is your responsibility to collect all paper travel documents prior to departure. Your travel documents are valuable and should be safeguarded as if they were cash. It is not always possible to replace travel documents in the case of loss, theft, damage etc.

Cancellations and Changes Your contract with your Third Party Suppliers may allow suppliers to cancel or amend bookings. We will ensure that you are promptly notified of any significant changes, but accept no liability for any changes or costs incurred which may result.

If we make a significant change to your booking, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. These may include (but are not limited to) the following changes: a change of accommodation to that of a lower category, a change of departure airport, a change of supplier, a change in time of your departure or return flight by more than 12 hours. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting

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If You Cancel Your Booking If you cancel your booking, the cancellation terms and conditions of your Third Party Suppliers will apply as well as STA Travel fees outlined on your itinerary and receipt. We need to receive from you written notification of cancellation and your original ticket/voucher before any refund can be considered. If you decide to cancel arrangements before the balance due date, any deposits paid are non-refundable. Refunds will only be paid to you once we have received the funds back from Third Party Suppliers. Generally flight tickets cannot be refunded if they are partially used. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your travel insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim your cancellation charges through your insurer.

If You Have A Complaint If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant Third Party Supplier (e.g. your hotel) immediately. Should they be unable to resolve the matter, please contact STA Travel in South Africa, either through the office where you made your arrangements, or through customerrelations@ statravel.co.za. If you fail to contact STA Travel, we will not be permitted the opportunity to investigate your complaint and rectify any error whilst you are away and this may affect your rights under your contract. Please note that the dealing with a complaint by STA Travel or a Third Party Supplier is done without prejudice and does not imply any fault of any kind on the part of either aforesaid party.

Compensation will not apply if a significant change is made for reasons beyond our control. These include (but are not limited to): force majeure, war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemics, health risks, and changes due to rescheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline or alteration of the airline or aircraft type; closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes and other actual or potential severe weather conditions, and any other similar event.

Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements

If you have booked a flight and we are alerted to a significant schedule change by your airline before you depart from South Africa, we will contact you by email to advise you of this. Please ensure that you have given your contact email address to STA Travel and that you regularly check for messages before you leave. STA Travel has no control over airline schedule changes and accepts no liability for costs which may arise as a result of such changes.

After you have left South Africa, it is your responsibility to check with the airline that any onward or connecting flights (whether local or international) you have confirmed are operating as booked. We strongly recommend that you contact your airline at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of each flight to do this. Please note that for some airlines it is mandatory to confirm with them your intention to fly.

It is exclusively and entirely your responsibility to fulfill the passport, visa and other immigration requirements for your entire itinerary including all transiting and stopover destinations applicable to your itinerary. You should confirm these with the relevant High Commissions, embassies and/ or consulates. We do not accept any responsibility in the case of you being unable to travel due to not complying with any such requirements. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date into South Africa and all South African passport holders are required to have a minimum of three blank pages in their passport excluding the front and back cover to enable entry visas to be issued. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry will be denied and the person is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin. Please ensure that all passports are renewed.

Our Responsibility For Your Arrangements

Insurance

We have taken all reasonable care to make sure that all the services that make up the arrangements made by STA Travel are provided by efficient and reputable businesses. These businesses should follow the local and national laws and regulations of the country where they are provided. However, please be aware that overseas safety standards may be lower than in South Africa. You acknowledge and agree, however that, STA Travel has no liability for any act, omission or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of any Third Party Supplier.

Travel insurance is a vital part of your arrangements. We strongly recommend that you have taken out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insurance is a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We can arrange travel insurance for you and can provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we offer. However in making or not making insurance arrangements for you, we do so exclusively as agents on your behalf and any right of recourse will be exclusively against the insurer.

In circumstances where liability of STA Travel cannot be excluded, such liability is limited to the value of the purchased travel arrangements.

Once the insurance has been confirmed and paid for, you will be issued with a policy document of the insurer. It is a complex document, which must be read before you initiate your travel so that you can address any queries you may have to the insurer prior to your departure.

STA Travel reserves the right to decline to provide services to any individual, legal entity, group or party of travellers.

Please note that various credit card companies offer limited levels of travel insurance, which may not be sufficient for international travel. Check with the credit card companies in order to obtain the specific details of the cover.

YOUR AGREEMENT WITH US

Travel Advice and Vaccinations

By finalising your arrangements with us, you are accepting that the terms of this Agreement (and conditions of any contract made with any Third Party Supplier(s)) apply to your booking and your travel arrangements. You also consent to our processing personal information about you and other members of your party. We and the Third Party Suppliers may disclose your personal information to others where directly connected with facilitating your travel arrangements and bookings and the provision of travel services and products. For example, we may disclose your personal information to airlines, hotels, car rental companies and other service providers in facilitating your travel arrangements.

South African residents should refer to the travel advice in the Consular Information section posted by the International Relations & Cooperation Department at www.dfa.gov.za. Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged all necessary vaccinations for your itinerary. Health, vaccination and inoculation compliance is exclusively and entirely your responsibility. You should ensure that your physical condition is adequate for the intended itinerary and if you are not sure, you should consult your physician.

If You Change Your Booking If you wish to change your booking and such a change is permitted and possible, STA Travel will charge you a service fee to process the change. You may also be charged a service fee by your Third Party Supplier. For changes after departure please see the ‘Global Travel Help’ section of www.statravel. co.za for details of how to request changes. Please note that all reservation changes are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the product or service purchased. For changes before departure please contact your original branch that booked your ticket.

Changes to name details are not allowed by many airlines and other service providers. Whilst we will do our best to make such a change if necessary, please bear in mind that most airlines and other service providers treat a name change as a cancellation, to which standard conditions and charges would apply.

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Flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on your ticket or e-ticket confirmation. If you plan not to take a flight as booked e.g. you may decide to do that ‘leg’ of the journey by car or train, please contact the airline as far in advance as possible to discuss your options. If you do not do the aforesaid or check in on time for a confirmed reservation, the airline may register you as a ‘no-show’, which could result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerary being cancelled and/or render your ticket void.

an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us, (we will refund any price difference if the alternative has a lower value), or cancelling your booked arrangements and receiving a full refund.


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