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California & Canyonlands

1 country
4 states12 cities
2 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
9 national and state parks
Travel from the City of Angels through Death Valley to fabulous San Francisco and awe at the immense beauty of North America's most spectacular landscapes. Admire the contrasts of nature's wonders and man-made marvels, and experience the vastness of America's romantic wild wilderness.Hollywood Boulevard to Santa MonicaWhat a way to start our tour! Witness some serious glitz and glamour as we tour Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown LA and Santa Monica Beach. Keep an eye out for your favourite stars along the Walk of Fame!Wild AmericaWe'll experience some of the country's most breathtakingly beautiful scenery on this tour. From the sheer grandeur of the Grand Canyon and the towering sandstone buttes of Monument Valley, to the Giant Sequoias of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the sheer immensity of Yosemite National Park, we'll be reminded just how big, beautiful and precious nature can be.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to USA. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $160pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in the Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite National Park
  • 20 Breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 Dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking, locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

California dreaming

  • Take in the sights and sounds of Hollywood on a guided tour.
  • Get stars in your eyes as you walk down the Walk of Fame.
  • Visit the iconic Santa Monica Beach.
  • Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Palm Springs desert aboard the Aerial Tramway.
  • Explore the famous San Andreas fault line and beautiful night sky on a stargazing jeep tour.

Wild Country

  • Tour stunningly beautiful desert city of Scottsdale, nestled among desert and mountain ranges.
  • Watch a Grand Canyon IMAX screening in Tusayan.
  • Experience the sheer grandeur of the Grand Canyon on a full day tour.
  • Enjoy a picturesque walk around the beautiful Horeshoe Bend.
  • Explore Antelope Canyon one a guided tour.
  • Visit Monument Valley to see the towering sandstone buttes jutting out of the landscape.
  • Tuck into a delicious Navajo BBQ dinner under a blanket of stars.
  • Stop to visit the Navajo Bridge and the city of Kanab.
  • Discover Bryce Canyon and it's many spire-shaped rock 'hoodoos' on a tour.
  • Be mesmerised by the many faces of the beautiful Zion National Park.
  • Stop for some sightseeing in the Valley of Fire.
  • Delve into the expanse that is Death Valley National Park, seeing sights such as Dante's View, Badwater Basin and Furnace Creek.
  • Visit some of the world's largest trees at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
  • See some of Yosemite National Park's most iconic sights on a tour, including Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls.

Bright lights, big cities

  • Spend a day touring Los Angeles, including Hollywood Boulevard and Beverly Hills.
  • Explore the Las Vegas nightlife on a city tour.
  • Enjoy a full day at leisure in Las Vegas.
  • Lose yourself in San Francisco with a full day at leisure.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $13,245
Start Location
USA
End Location
USA
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
10 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
29 Sep 201921 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $12,830
ItineraryExpand
California & Canyonlands

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Los Angeles

Welcome to the United States of America and the city of Los Angeles! From the shores of Santa Monica to the glamour of Rodeo Drive and Hollywood, and everything in between, Los Angeles has long been a drawcard for dreamers and tourists alike. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 2. Los Angeles

Today we'll have stars in our eyes as we take in the sights and sounds of Hollywood on a guided tour, ticking off Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame and Mann's Chinese Theatre, Beverly Hills, Downtown LA and the iconic Santa Monica beach. [B]

Day 3. Los Angeles - Palm Springs

On our way to Palm Springs this morning we'll stop for a ride on the Aerial Tramway for 360-degree views of the surrounding desert and canyon landscape. [B]

Special Experience : Enjoy a stunning sunset and stargazing jeep tour along the San Andreas fault line.

Day 4. Palm Springs - Scottsdale

This morning we drive to Scottsdale, Arizona, via the vast Joshua Tree National Park. The Colorado River makes for a great place to stretch our legs and enjoy some lunch. [B]

Day 5. Scottsdale

There is much more to the sprawling desert city of Scottsdale than meets the eye. While its famous for its resorts and high-end boutiques, the heart of the city still celebrates its Western heritage. Today we'll see a different side of Scottsdale with visits to

Old Town, the Museum of the West and Railroad Park. [B,L]

Special Experience: Learn more about Arizona's deserts with a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden, including a cooking demonstration, tasting and tour.

Day 6. Scottsdale - Grand Canyon

This morning we'll visit the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Centre on our way to Tusayan, a small town on the outskirts of the Grand Canyon, to enjoy a Grand Canyon IMAX screening. En route to Tusayan we'll stop to enjoy some relaxed sightseeing in Sedona. [B]

Day 7. Grand Canyon

We've got a full-day tour of the Grand Canyon today. Carved out by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is 445 kilometres long, up to 18 kilometres wide and as much as 1,857 metres deep. The layers of red rock reveal millions of years of geological history. [B]

Day 8. Grand Canyon - Page

A great day of sightseeing ahead today. On our way to Page we stop at beautiful Horsesh Bend for a walk that will present some amazing photo opportunities. We'll also take a guided tour of Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon in the Navajo Nation. [B]

Day 9. Page

We'll be driving through the red sands of Monument Valley accompanied by a Navajo guide today. Famous for the towering sandstone buttes that dot its landscape, the valley has been used as a backdrop in a number of Western movies, epitomising the valley as the quintessential image of the American West for moviegrs. [B,D]

Special Experience: Share a special Navajo BBQ dinner in the desert under a blanket of stars.

Day 10. Page - Bryce Canyon

Crossing the border into Utah today, we'll make stops at the Navajo Bridge and Kanab on our way to the sprawling reserve of Bryce Canyon National Park, known for its spire-shaped rock formations called 'hoodoos'. [B]

Day 11. Bryce Canyon - Zion National Park

This morning we have a tour in the dramatic Bryce Canyon, which will allow us to explore the eerily beautiful sandstone hoodoos that have been shaped over centuries by the elements. [B]

Day 12. Zion National Park

Zion National Park is our destination today, where we'll enjoy a day at leisure. Fondly known as Utah's first national park, it's hard to deny the breathtaking beauty on display here. Don't let the imposing sandstone cliffs of red, pink and cream draw your eyes upwards for too long, as you may miss some of the beautiful wildlife that call the canyon home - Great Blue Herons, Canyon Wrens and the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl all reside here. [B]

Day 13. Zion National Park - Las Vegas

A trip through America's deserts wouldn't be complete without a few nights in the bright lights of Nevada's premier oasis, Las Vegas! On the way we'll stop for some sightseeing at the Valley of Fire, known for its bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in grey and tan limestone. Tonight we'll get to experience the Las Vegas nightlife on a tour. [B]

Day 14. Las Vegas

Are you feeling lucky? Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this diamond in the desert. If you look beyond the twinkling lights of the endless casinos, there's plenty to see and do here that dsn't involve gambling, including world-class shows, exhibitions and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. [B]

Day 15. Las Vegas - Bakersfield

It's back to nature today as we travel to California's Death Valley, the country's biggest national park outside of Alaska. We'll visit some of the valley's more sinisterly named sites, such as Dante's View, Badwater Basin and Furnace Creek before enjoying lunch at The Oasis at Death Valley. [B,L]

Day 16. Bakersfield - Sequoia

Special Experience: Meet five of the world's largest trees, including the largest of all General Sherman on a guided tour of lush Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon. [B]

Day 17. Sequoia - Yosemite National Park

This morning we set off for UNESCO World Heritage-listed Yosemite National Park, stopping on the way to visit Mariposa Grove to see some more sequoias. After a bit of sightseeing from Yosemite's valley floor we'll enjoy a relaxing evening at leisure. [B]

Day 18. Yosemite National Park

Special Experience: See some of Yosemite National Park's most iconic sights on a tour today, including Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls. [B]

Day 19. Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

We've got San Francisco in our sights today - home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the world's last manually operated cable car system, some seriously good food and, of course, the notorious Alcatraz prison. Enjoy a morning of sightseeing around this iconic city. [B]

Day 20. San Francisco

Enjoy a full day at leisure today to explore more of beautiful San Francisco at your own pace. This evening we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 21. Depart San Francisco

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 22. In Transit
Day 23. Arrive Australia