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CAMPING AMERICAS WEST

22 Days, San Francisco to San Francisco
CAMPING AMERICAS WEST

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IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 21nights accommodation (Hotels/hostels (6 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (15 nts)).
  • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Air-conditioned private touring van).
  • Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions.
  • Orientation to Las Vegas.
  • Entrance fee to Montezuma Castle.
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon.
  • Services of 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, depending on group size.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 250-300 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme
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Itinerary
Day 1 San Francisco
Day 2 San Francisco/Big Sur
Day 3 Big Sur/Lake Cachuma
Day 4 Lake Cachuma/Los Angeles
Day 5 Los Angeles/San Diego
Day 6 San Diego
Day 7 San Diego/Scottsdale
Day 8 Scottsdale/Grand Canyon National Park
Day 9 Grand Canyon National Park
Day 10 Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Powell
Day 11 Lake Powell/Monument Valley
Day 12 Monument Valley/Moab
Day 13 Moab
Day 14 Moab/Bryce Canyon National Park
Day 15 Bryce Canyon National Park/Las Vegas
Day 16 Las Vegas
Day 17 Las Vegas/Bishop
Day 18 Bishop/Yosemite National Park
Day 19 Yosemite National Park
Day 20 Yosemite National Park/Petaluma
Day 21 Petaluma/San Francisco
Day 22 Depart San Francisco
Departures
  • Mar
    2018
  • Apr
    2018
  • May
    2018
  • Jun
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Fri, 30 Mar '18
  • Fri, 20 Apr '18
  • Fri, 20 Apr '18
  • Fri, 11 May '18
  • Fri, 27 Apr '18
  • Fri, 18 May '18
  • Fri, 04 May '18
  • Fri, 25 May '18
  • Fri, 18 May '18
  • Fri, 08 Jun '18
  • Fri, 08 Jun '18
  • Fri, 29 Jun '18
  • Fri, 15 Jun '18
  • Fri, 06 Jul '18
  • Fri, 22 Jun '18
  • Fri, 13 Jul '18
  • Fri, 29 Jun '18
  • Fri, 20 Jul '18
  • Fri, 06 Jul '18
  • Fri, 27 Jul '18
  • Fri, 27 Jul '18
  • Fri, 17 Aug '18
  • Fri, 10 Aug '18
  • Fri, 31 Aug '18
  • Fri, 17 Aug '18
  • Fri, 07 Sep '18
  • Fri, 31 Aug '18
  • Fri, 21 Sep '18
  • Fri, 28 Sep '18
  • Fri, 19 Oct '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • San Francisco
  • Big Sur
  • Lake Cachuma
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Scottsdale
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Lake Powell
  • Monument Valley
  • Moab
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Las Vegas.
  • Bishop
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Petaluma
  • DAY 1 San Francisco

    Arrive at any time.

    There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city. Speak to
    your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    19:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 San Francisco/Big Sur

    Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way out of one of America's most popular cities. Stop in Monterey before following
    the winding roads of the coast and checking out Big Sur.

    Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs make this journey down California's Coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience.
    Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur.

    Private Vehicle
    San Francisco - Big Sur 7h
    Approximate distance to Monterey: 185km (115 mi) ; approximate distance from Monterey to Big Sur: 50km (31 mi)

    Monterey Visit
    Monterey
    Look out across the bay, check out the marine life and window shop along Cannery Row. Feeling hungry? Be sure to sample some of many varieties of clam chowder on offer. (Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Big Sur/Lake Cachuma

    Explore Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP. Continue the impressive journey along Highway 1, which offers breathtaking views of the classic Californian coast. Camp out at Cachuma Lake.
    Witness a waterfall cascading from granite cliffs into the ocean at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

    Private Vehicle
    Big Sur - Lake Cachuma 7h 380km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Elephant Seal Rookery
    San Simeon
    Marvel at this coastline consistently overflowing with marine-life. Once hunted for their blubber to the point close to extinction,
    elephant seals are now back in droves. Throughout the year, more than 17,000 elephant seals show up on this stretch of beach to
    give birth, breed, and moult. Bring your camera and capture some memorable moments. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Lake Cachuma/Los Angeles

    Be on the lookout for celebrities while passing a few popular sites on the way into California's most glamorous city, Los Angeles.

    The CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive into town.

    Private Vehicle
    Lake Cachuma - Los Angeles 6h 195km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Hollywood Visit
    Los Angeles
    Wander around this iconic locale to find stars along the Walk of Fame; celebrities' handprints, footprints, and signatures in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre; and views of the Hollywood sign.

    Free Time
    Los Angeles Afternoon
    Spend the afternoon exploring Los Angeles.

    Optional Activities
    Santa Monica Pier Visit

    Los Angeles
    Free
    Check out the pier, boardwalk, and some of the city's best shopping at 3rd St Promenade in this beachfront city.

    Universal Studios Hollywood
    Los Angeles 2h-4h
    93-150USD per person
    Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience at Universal Studios, home to thrilling theme park rides, live shows, and a real working movie studio. In the evening, check out some of Los Angeles' best shops, restaurants, and cinemas at CityWalk.

    Universal Studios Hollywood
    Los Angeles 2h-4h
    93-150USD per person
    Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience at Universal Studios, home to thrilling theme park rides, live shows, and a real working movie studio. In the evening, check out some of Los Angeles' best shops, restaurants, and cinemas at CityWalk. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Los Angeles/San Diego

    Enjoy a free morning in LA. Cruise through Orange County then along the incredible Pacific coastline to San Diego.

    Free Time
    Los Angeles Morning
    Enjoy some free time. It's yours to use any way you want!

    Private Vehicle
    Los Angeles - San Diego 4h 190km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Venice Beach Visit

    Los Angeles
    Explore this hangout for the creative and the artistic. Venice is known for its circus-like Ocean Front Walk, and pedestrian promenade highlighting street performers, fortune tellers, artists, and vendors.

    Santa Monica Pier Visit
    Los Angeles
    Free
    Check out the pier, boardwalk, and some of the city's best shopping at 3rd St Promenade in this beachfront city.

    Old Town San Diego Visit
    San Diego 1h-2h
    Learn about San Diego while visiting its many historic sites. Enjoy local food and drinks in the heart of Old Town. (Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 San Diego

    Enjoy free time in San Diego. Try the fish tacos the city is famous for, and check out the Old Town.

    Free Time
    San Diego Full Day
    Use free time to have an adventure or just sit back and relax on the beach.

    Optional Activities
    Surf and Boogie Board Rental

    Boardwalk, bay, beach or surf, rent whatever you need to soak up the sun. Hire a surf board, paddle board, boogie board or kayak to
    catch the waves your way. Don't forget your sunscreen.

    Mission Beach Visit
    San Diego 1h-3h
    Free
    Yearn for a classic California beach experience complete with boardwalks, beach cruisers and even a historic roller coaster? Built on a sandbar between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay, this beach is perfect for swimmers, surfers, paddle boarders and kayakers Alike.

    Old Town San Diego Visit
    San Diego 1h-2h
    Learn about San Diego while visiting its many historic sites. Enjoy local food and drinks in the heart of Old Town.

    Coronado Island Visit
    Coronado
    Coronado Island's white-sand beach, mild surf and postcard worthy sunsets, is consistently rated one of the best beaches in the
    world. If the acclaimed beaches aren't enough, check out the charming bayside district with breathtaking views of the San Diego
    skyline. Walk, ride, motor in a golf cart; there are many options to get around that don't involve a car. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 7 San Diego/Scottsdale

    Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, the largest mass of sand dunes in California. Travel to Scottsdale, touted as "The West's Most Western Town."

    In the evening, enjoy a night out in historic downtown Scottsdale. Inspired by America's famous country music, opt to experience a
    real Western town.

    Private Vehicle
    San Diego - Scottsdale 8h 600km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Imperial Sand Dunes Visit
    North Algodones Dunes Wilderness 1-2km
    The Imperial Sand Dunes are part of the Algodones Sand Dune system, beginning in southeastern California near the Arizona border and stretching south to Mexico's state of Baja California. In summer, prepare for temperatures over 38 Degree C (100 Degree F). But luckily it's a dry heat and the nights are cool. Climb the dunes and look for beetles, weevils and wasps endemic to the area.

    Optional Activities
    Western Bar Visit

    Scottsdale
    Nighttime is the best time to experience Scottsdale's Western roots, especially in historic old-time saloons. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Scottsdale/Grand Canyon National Park

    Visit Montezuma Castle, enjoy a picnic, and cool off at Slide Rock SP. Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy a sunset at the canyon rim.

    Get out the camera for this next breathtaking experience while taking in Arizona's famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon to the Grand Canyon.

    Private Vehicle
    Scottsdale - Grand Canyon National Park 8h 400km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Montezuma Castle Visit
    Montezuma Castle National Monument
    Glimpse back in time over 800 years, to view one the most preserved ancient cliff dwellings in North America. Once a 45-50 room residence, some 20 rooms remain tucked into the side of a limestone cliff.

    Slide Rock State Park Visit
    Sedona
    Jump, swim or slide into the refreshing natural waters at Slide Rock State Park. The red sandstone rock walls and swimming hole create the perfect place for an afternoon dip.

    Grand Canyon Sunset
    Grand Canyon National Park
    Head to the rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset. Point your camera in any direction and capture memorable shots as the shifting light plays off the layers of red, yellow, and brown rock. This is truly one of the great wonders. Enjoy the moment.

    Optional Activities
    Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

    Grand Canyon
    284USD per person
    The Grand Canyon helicopter ride is a must! Enjoy a bird's-eye view as you fly over the canyon, taking in the stark contrast of the blue-green Colorado River against the thousand shades of red rock found in the canyon. From above you can fully appreciate the greatness of the gorge and see why it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. (Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 9 Grand Canyon National Park

    Enjoy free time in Grand Canyon National Park.

    Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to wander throughout the park and take a hike. Hire a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.

    Free Time
    Grand Canyon
    Enjoy a full day in this Wonder of the World to explore your own way.

    Grand Canyon South Rim Visit
    Grand Canyon National Park
    Visit the south rim of the canyon for a great first impression. Marvel as the Grand Canyon unfolds before you. Don't get too close.
    The land drops almost straight down for more than 1,000m (3,280 ft) into the serpentine canyons below! The gorge is filled with rocky buttes, sheer limestone cliffs, and deep canyons all arrayed in a rainbow of colors. Words defy. This is truly one of the most magnificent sights on earth.

    Optional Activities
    Hiking

    Grand Canyon 1h-5h
    Free
    Opt to hike along the rim or down into the canyon. Experience breathtaking scenery with spectacular views. Bring lots of water, a hat and plenty of energy. Remember -- hiking down is optional, hiking back up is mandatory!

    Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
    Grand Canyon
    284USD per person
    The Grand Canyon helicopter ride is a must! Enjoy a bird's-eye view as you fly over the canyon, taking in the stark contrast of the the blue-green Colorado River against the thousand shades of red rock found in the canyon. From above you can fully appreciate the greatness of the gorge and see why it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

    Grand Canyon IMAX Movie
    Grand Canyon National Park
    15USD per person
    On a giant six-story movie screen, watch the most viewed IMAX film of all time, "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets". Escape, fly, and discover the history and beauty of this awe-inspiring landscape. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 10 Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Powell

    Travel to Lake Powell and enjoy its deep blue water surrounded by orange-red cliff walls. Take an optional tour of Antelope Canyon.

    Private Vehicle
    Grand Canyon National Park - Lake Powell 4h 240km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Opt to take a tour to Antelope Canyon and wander through this breathtaking cave to see beams of light, flowing rock walls, and spiral arches created by flash flooding, wind, and rain.

    Free Time
    Lake Powell Afternoon
    Relax at the lake or the pool. Soak up the sun.

    Optional Activities
    Powell Horseback Riding

    Lake Powell
    Take scenic trail rides into an area of unspoiled natural beauty with isolated mesas, valleys, buttes, and narrow canyons.

    Glen Canyon Dam Visit
    Glen Canyon Dam
    Visit this concrete arch dam, the second largest dam of its kind in North America, built to provide hydroelectricity and flow regulation on the Colorado River in Northern Arizona.

    Antelope Canyon Tour
    Antelope Canyon
    40-50USD per person
    Named for the pronghorn that used to roam the land, Antelope Canyon is a natural sandstone cathedral created by years of flash flooding, wind, and rain. Tour this breathtaking canyon to discover beams of light, flowing rock walls, and spiral arches and soak in the natural beauty of this surreal place. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Lake Powell/Monument Valley

    Take a short hike to Horseshoe Bend, which is shaped by the Colorado River. Opt to discover one of the most majestic places on
    earth, Monument Valley.
    Explore Monument Valley on an optional 4x4 tour led by a Navajo guide. Stay overnight in the Tribal Park to see the sun rise from a perspective very few ever experience!

    Horseshoe Bend Hike
    Horseshoe Bend 1km
    Take a short hike to this spectacular horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River. Stand atop steep orange-coloured sandstone cliffs and look out at Horseshoe Bend. Peer down more than 300m (1,000 ft) at the emerald river below.

    Private Vehicle
    Lake Powell - Monument Valley 4h 225km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Monument Valley Overnight

    Monument Valley
    100USD per person
    Explore this magical and sacred place by 4x4. Tour the Tribal Park to see the magnificent colours, miles of mesas, buttes, and pinnacles that make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience. Stay overnight in a traditional Navajo Hogan or sleep under the endless shooting stars. Wake for a breathtaking monumental sunrise. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Monument Valley/Moab

    Magnificent views await in Canyonlands NP. Catch a gorgeous sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park.

    Travel amid spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Take a break and escape to one of the many trails, providing an unforgettable Canyon Country experience that will last a lifetime.

    Private Vehicle
    Monument Valley - Moab 6h 255km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Canyonlands National Park Visit
    Canyonlands National Park
    Uncover a wilderness of endless canyons and striking buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Four distinct districts make up this National Park, preserving a colourful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their tributaries. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 13 Moab

    Hike through the surreal rock formations of Arches NP. Opt to go rafting, mountain biking or on a Hummer tour.

    Explore Arches National Park, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. It contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. Explore the park's viewpoints and hike to sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, and soaring pinnacles.

    Arches National Park Visit
    Arches National Park
    Wander throughout this red rock wonderland filled with countless arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. Explore viewpoints and hike in this National Park that contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches.

    Free Time
    Moab Afternoon
    Free time to explore Moab or have an adventure in the great outdoors.

    Optional Activities
    Hummer Tour

    Moab 2h-4h
    70-130USD per person
    Experience a rush of freedom travelling by Hummer. Climb to the top of seldom-seen enchanting overlooks and visit secluded
    canyons and hidden arches.

    Rafting
    Moab
    Take the opportunity to hit the rapids and whitewater raft on the mighty Colorado River through red rock canyons and inspiring scenery. Get your adrenaline pumping while crashing through the waves aboard a raft with a highly trained river guide.

    Mountain Biking
    Moab 2h-4h
    Take a professionally guided tour in this mountain biking mecca and set your wheels in motion. Ride through stunning red rock terrain among views that go on forever. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Moab/Bryce Canyon National Park

    Drive along isolated Scenic Byway 12 into the heart of the American West before reaching Bryce Canyon NP.

    Private Vehicle
    Moab - Bryce Canyon National Park 8h 445km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Capitol Reef National Park Visit
    Capitol Reef National Park
    Travel through twisting canyons, massive domes, monoliths, and spires of sandstone in this stunning and surreal National Park. Stop to look at petroglyphs etched in rock walls and painted pictographs that are sacred remnants of ancient Indians.

    Optional Activities
    Bryce Rodeo

    Bryce Canyon National Park
    11USD per person
    Watch the bronco busters and cowboys show their skills and compete in this western tradition (seasonal). In Bryce Canyon, the traditional western Rodeo still lives and thrives. Grab a seat in the stands and get in on the excitement of this popular event Ruby's Inn hosts every summer. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 15 Bryce Canyon National Park/Las Vegas

    Travel past towering cliffs and massive canyon walls in Zion NP, and hike diverse and exciting trails (weather permitting). Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Opt to take a VIP party limo experience.

    Boasting endless hiking possibilities, the region that the Virgin River has sculpted into a profound landscape masterpiece is a great setting to spend the afternoon. High plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls surround visitors with their awe-inspiring beauty.

    For the night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel either at the end of or just a few blocks off the Strip.

    Private Vehicle
    Bryce Canyon National Park - Las Vegas 7h
    Approximate distance to Zion: 144km (89 mi); approximate distance from Zion to Las Vegas: 270km (168 mi)

    Zion National Park Visit
    Zion National Park
    Admire monumental sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that tower into the sky. Experience diverse plant and animal life in this narrow slot canyon as the park transitions from desert to forest. Gaze at the awe-inspiring beauty of the high plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls.

    Vegas Strip Visit
    Las Vegas
    Walk along Las Vegas Boulevard and soak in the lights, energy and pulse of the Strip. With an ever-evolving architecture and multitude of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, there's so much to see and do.

    Optional Activities
    Gambling at Vegas Casino

    Las Vegas
    Free
    Hold some cards, toss some dice, place a bet or sit at the slots. Try your luck at gambling in one of the many casinos along the Strip.

    VIP Party Limo Experience
    Las Vegas
    40USD per person
    Channel your inner celebrity and set off in this party on wheels. Luxuriate in the leather seats, and feel like a star with the neon lights,
    flat screen TV and booming stereo system. Tour the highlights of Vegas and love the limo life. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 16 Las Vegas

    Free time in Las Vegas. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show.

    Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or poolside. In the evening opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.

    Free Time
    Las Vegas Full Day
    Use free time to explore all this city has to offer.

    Optional Activities
    Las Vegas Show

    Las Vegas 3h-4h
    25-200USD per person
    Leave the world behind, give in to your senses and prepare to be amazed. Take in one of the many shows available in this entertainment mecca. Live music, burlesque, comedy, magic, Cirque Du Soleil, and more. Whatever your passion, no other city can compete with the range and scale of shows on offer 24 hours a day.

    Gambling at Vegas Casino
    Las Vegas
    Free
    Hold some cards, toss some dice, place a bet or sit at the slots. Try your luck at gambling in one of the many casinos along the Strip.

    Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of the group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

    Vegas Strip Visit
    Las Vegas
    Free
    Walk along Las Vegas Boulevard and soak in the lights, energy and pulse of the Strip. With an ever-evolving architecture and multitude of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, there's so much to see and do. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 17 Las Vegas/Bishop

    Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley NP. In the evening, opt to stargaze at a secluded hot spring.

    Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot and home to the lowest point in North America. Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,267m) in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" sits directly in the centre of an incredible area of natural beauty.

    Private Vehicle
    Las Vegas - Bishop 7h 430km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Death Valley National Park Visit
    Death Valley
    The Death Valley is one of America's most extreme locations - from sand dunes and desert, to badlands, towering peaks, and a basin that actually registers below sea-level, this is sure to be an unforgettable stop. Hottest. Driest. Lowest. There's a bit of everything here on the border of California and Nevada.

    Optional Activities
    Soak in Hot Springs

    Bishop 1h-2h
    Free
    Take a dip and relax in the natural springs that flow from the ground. Slip in. Exhale. Heal. (Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 18 Bishop/Yosemite National Park

    Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers. Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes, and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes, and meadows.

    In the morning, visit ancient Mono Lake and walk among dramatic and fascinating tufa towers.

    Be in awe of the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of the most scenic drives in California: the Tioga Pass!

    Hike one of the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape.

    Private Vehicle
    Bishop - Yosemite National Park 7h 236km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Mono Lake Visit
    Mono Lake
    Unusual rock towers created by underwater springs line the shore of this stunning lake. Walk along the shore and imagine what existed here nearly a million years ago. The salt waters are home to trillions of brine shrimp and alkali flies. Mono Lake also attracts nearly 100 species of migratory birds each year.

    Tioga Pass Drive
    Tioga Pass
    Take this scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range connecting Bishop with the Yosemite Valley floor. Pass by lakes, meadows, and groves, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 19 Yosemite National Park

    Use free time to explore by foot, bike or shuttle.

    Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Opt to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley.

    Yosemite National Park Visit
    Yosemite National Park
    Picturesque valleys, vast wilderness, powerful waterfalls, ancient sequoias and more than 16 types of granite make up this internationally recognized National Park. Hike the trails, get up close to ancient rock formations and take panoramic photos of this gorgeous landscape.

    Free Time
    Yosemite National Park Full Day
    Go out and become one with nature.

    Optional Activities
    Yosemite National Park Hike

    Yosemite National Park 1h-6h
    Free
    Panoramic vistas, gushing waterfalls, and elusive wildlife await. Bring water, wear a hat and sunscreen, and hike Yosemite NP. Keep an eye out for black bears, deer, and coyotes.

    Yosemite Bike Rental
    Yosemite National Park
    12USD per person
    Set your wheels in motion with tandem, hand crank or mountain bikes, and opt to cycle some of the 20km (12mi) of paved trails throughout the valley floor. Bring a water bottle, stop to shoot photos, and enjoy some of the most picturesque spots in Yosemite NP. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 20 Yosemite National Park/Petaluma

    Trade in rugged wilderness for the vineyards of beautiful Napa Valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch, then opt for a wine tasting or a canoe trip on the scenic Napa River.
    Venture out to world-famous wineries in beautiful Napa Valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch, then opt to taste delicious wine and leave the driving to us or opt to kayak on the scenic Napa River.

    Private Vehicle
    Yosemite National Park - Petaluma 7h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Free Time
    Napa Valley
    Enjoy some free time in this beautiful region.

    Optional Activities
    Napa Valley Wine Tasting

    Napa Valley 1h-3h
    10-25USD per person
    Discover some of Nappa Valley's hundreds of wineries, and spend the afternoon tasting at a few. The area's known for its smooth Chardonnay and impressive Cabernet Sauvignon; swirl and sip a flight of wines on an outdoor patio or in a historic wine cellar.

    Kayak Napa River
    Napa Valley 2h-4h
    85-110USD per person
    Grab a paddle and cut through the waters of Napa River. Take time to float and soak in the stunning scenery of the rolling hills and sky that stretches forever. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 21 Petaluma/San Francisco

    Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to ride a cable car over the steep hills, explore by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun.

    Arrive at one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. The CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town.

    Private Vehicle
    Petaluma - San Francisco 2h 75km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    San Francisco Afternoon
    Get out and explore!

    Optional Activities
    Golden Gate Bridge Visit

    San Francisco
    What trip to San Fran would be complete without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge? Depending on time, step foot on this famous red suspension bridge or find a great viewing point to take some photos.

    Cable Car Ride
    San Francisco 1h-3h
    6USD per person
    Iconic to San Francisco, travel back in time and hop on the world's last manually operated cable car system.

    Bike Rental San Francisco
    San Francisco1h-5h
    8-32USD per person
    Rent a bike to peddle across the Golden Gate Bridge, through the scenic Marina district or perhaps to Golden Gate park.

    Sunset Sailing San Francisco
    San Francisco2h-3h
    45USD per person
    Depart from Fisherman's Wharf and catch a glimpse of marine life as we sail around San Francisco Bay. Admire the city's remarkable skyline, get up close and personal with the infamous Alcatraz Island, and sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy the sunset and make a mental note to return. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 22 Depart San Francisco

    Depart at any time.

    There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city. Speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the city's famous cable cars await you.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

    Optional Activities
    Alcatraz Visit

    San Francisco
    30USD per person
    Travel out to Alcatraz Island for a cell-house audio tour of the infamous federal penitentiary. While there, check out the natural side
    of the rock-with its gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and stunning views of San Francisco Bay.

    Haight-Ashbury Visit
    San Francisco
    Free
    Check out this neighbourhood known as the centre of counterculture ideals, drugs, and music during the hippie movement in the
    60s. Today, find locally-owned restaurants and bars, boutiques, booksellers, head shops and record stores. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 250-300 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 22 passengers, at an average there are 16 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. An essential part of your trip is participation - from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing it away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEO will do all the meal planning, but we do ask the clients to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Self-inflating mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable.

  10. Sleeping bags are a necessary for this tour, and can be purchased upon arrival if required.

  11. In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.

  12. All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It's a healthy way to discover North America's beauty and landscape.

  13. Tioga Pass is a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, and we travel through the pass en route. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.

  14. Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments.

  15. 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. Please be prepared for such extreme conditions.

  16. Regarding our wi-fi equipped vehicles: we have limited bandwidth, and in the interests of allowing all travellers to access the wi-fi, travellers should limit their access to reasonable levels. Please note that wi-fi is not always available due to areas with limited or no cell phone service (e.g. in parts of national parks).

  17. Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind.

  18. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.

  19. A NOTE ON HOMELESSNESS:

  20. San Francisco hosts a considerable population of homeless. Homelessness is a crisis in America, and nowhere is it more evident than here; with as many as 10,000 people without permanent homes, San Francisco has become the homeless capital of America.

  21. As you explore San Francisco with your G Adventures group, you will likely encounter the city's homeless. While we understand the urge to help those in need, we recommend that you not donate directly to people you meet on the street. The best response is to smile, say that you do not have any money and continue on your way.

  22. San Francisco is a beautiful and safe city, and our hotel is ideally situated for further exploring on your own. That said, when exploring independently, we suggest you avoid the area to the southwest of the hotel.

  23. We completely understand that stifling the urge to help out can make you uncomfortable. There are dozens of shelters, food banks and aid organizations dedicated to helping the city's needy, and your CEO will be more than happy to help you make a donation. It really is the best way to make a change.


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