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West Coast Discovery - US & Canada Adventure Tour

US & Canada

  • Canada
  • United States

They say the west is best ' so why just visit one North American country to see if that's true? Take in the natural beauty of America's Grand Canyon and Canada's Banff National Park, go whale watching in Tofino, and get your glitz on in Las Vegas! Sound hectic? Explore the highlights of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. And with an itinerary that plays like the greatest hits of North America, you'll get the most bang for your buck.


Highlights

Stargaze in Los Angeles, experience a Grand Canyon sunset, roll the dice in Las Vegas, hike in Yosemite National Park, create a postcard
perfect photo in Jasper National Park, be awed by the mighty Rockies, get up close and personal with Canadian wildlife.


What's Included

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Banff. Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions. London Bridge visit (Lake Havasu). Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Death Valley visit. Columbia Icefield stop. Half
day canoeing excursion in Wells Gray PP. Half
day whale watching tour by Zodiac. Self
inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.


Accommodation

Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi
share), participation camping (16 nts).


Meals Included

16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 13 dinners


Transport

Air
conditioned private vehicle, hiking, ferry, plane, walking.


About our Transportation

UNITED STATES We use 25
passenger vehicles perfect for cross
country road trips on our 18
to
Thirtysomethings tours in the United States. Our new fleet of more cushy vehicles give travellers all the comfort of a big coach bus, but with a small
group experience. They put rider wellbeing first and foremost, with high
backed bucket seats and built
in headrests for all seats on board, huge 92cm
tall (36 in) windows that make every seat a window seat, an aisle way with enough headroom for most of stand upright, sliding seats that free up more shoulder room while on the road, A/C, charging stations, wi
fi, and loads of other features. We use a trailer to carry luggage and camping equipment. These are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. CANADA We use 15
passenger vans for up to 13 people plus the CEO/Driver for all our of our trips in North America. For groups of 8 and more travellers, we also use a trailer to carry luggage and camping equipment. These vans are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. Each van has a front passenger seat and 4 benches that will accommodate 3 people each. No standing is permitted in these vehicles, but there is air conditioning to cool things down on warm days and mandatory seat belts to us secure and safe. GENERAL This is not a physically demanding journey. However, please take note of the travel times and distances in the itinerary. Despite some of the long days, most clients feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience! A typical day of driving will include about six hours driving by one of the CEOs and two to five hours of stops along the way. Keep in mind that North America is a really big place ' New York to New Orleans alone is the equivalent of driving across most of Europe, and we cover that much ground in a single week. Driving time is the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep, relax, and swap stories with your fellow travellers. While we try to travel into and out of cities during non
rush hour times, heavy traffic is a reality of some of the places we visit. As a result, some drives may be a bit longer than listed in the day
to
day itineraries. Bring your patience and a smile, and we'll get through it!


Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and sometimes the driver
this person is knowledgeable in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups. As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. If a group exceeds 16 travellers, there will be a second CEO/CEO Driver co
leading the group to allow for a better overall experience. While our CEOs are trained and have resources to assist them along the way, the United States is the fourth largest country on the planet, and it is impossible for them to know everything about this massive country. We recommend local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting
we think it's the best of both worlds. Please note that specific tour guide licenses are required to guide in certain cities and regions, and as such, our CEOs will oftentimes provide brief orientation walks or drives to point out useful places like supermarkets, main squares and ATMs but for more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.


Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!


Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi
share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.


Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.


What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture
wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days spent hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet. We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium
sized suitcase if you prefer. Heavy luggage is not recommended for the health of the CEO, who will take a lead in loading the storage trailer. Due to space in the trailer, we will not be able to accommodate more than one piece of main luggage per person. A good size day
pack (20
35L) is also essential to carry your personal gear for the day, as access to luggage between destinations will be limited. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle. The American west is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas especially. The day time temperature could exceed 30 C, while the night time temperatures do regularly decrease to single digits, or even possible below freezing. It is therefore important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings
a light jacket is necessary. Seasonal temperature ranges: March
May ; September to December:
7 C to +30 C June ' August: 0 C to + 35 C Additionally, a set of smart casual clothes is also advisable. NOTE: Mountains in the Canadian Rockies can have unpredictable weather with snow and heavy rain even in Summer time. Spring time could be snowy (until end of June) and fall season could start as soon as mid
August. Make sure you have equipment and clothing for all conditions!

Day 1 Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 2 Los Angeles/Lake Havasu

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 3 Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 4 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 5 Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 6 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 7 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 8 San Francisco/Calgary

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 9 Calgary/Banff

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 10 Banff/Lake Louise

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 11 Lake Louise

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 12 Lake Louise/Jasper

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 13 Jasper

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 14 Jasper/Wells Gray Park

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 15 Wells Gray Park

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 16 Wells Gray Park/Whistler

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 17 Whistler

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 18 Whistler/Tofino

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 19 Tofino

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 20 Tofino/Victoria

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Day 21 Victoria/Vancouver

Arrive at any time.

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach. Consider booking pre-tour accommodation if you'd like to see all of the popular sights in the area.

Details

Prices from: €3399.00

Duration: 21 Days

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Service Level: Camping

Physical Demands Rating: 3 - Average

Group Size Notes: Max:



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