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Western Express Northbound Adventure Tour

US & Canada

  • United States

From Joshua trees and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, this Los Angeles to San Francisco itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At any of the sights you'll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you're seeing. Best of all, national park entrances are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.


Highlights

Bask in the big
city lights of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, wind through the streets of San Francisco, hike through Yosemite, feel the heat in Death Valley, get your kicks on Route 66, marvel at the twisted trees in Joshua Tree National Park


What's Included

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Joshua Tree National Park Visit. Grand Canyon National Park Visit. Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Route 66 Visit. Fremont Street Experience. Death Valley National Park Visit. Tioga Pass drive (seasonal). Yosemite National Park Visit. Golden Gate Bridge Visit. Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.


Accommodation

Hotels (7 nts).


Meals Included

1 dinner


Transport

Air
conditioned private vehicle, walking, hiking


About our Transportation

We use 15
passenger vans for up to 14 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. This is not a physically demanding journey. However, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and limited space in the van. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above 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!


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 driver
this person is experienced 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. 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 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. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, as well as a light jacket. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.

Day 1 Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city.

Day 2 Los Angeles/Lake Havasu City

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city.

Day 3 Laughlin/Grand Canyon National Park

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city.

Day 4 Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city.

Day 5 Las Vegas/Bakersfield

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city.

Day 6 Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city.

Day 7 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city.

Day 8 San Francisco

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully experience this crazy city.

Details

Prices from: €1449.00

Duration: 8 Days

Trip Style: Classic

Service Level: Standard

Physical Demands Rating: 2 - Light

Group Size Notes: Max:



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My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

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