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SOUTHERN CROSS COUNTRY WESTBOUND

23 Days, New York to San Francisco
SOUTHERN CROSS COUNTRY WESTBOUND

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Can one 23-day trip define the elusive essence of a complex nation with centuries of incredible history? Probably not, but it'd be a blast to try, no? Designed sp read more...

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).
  • 22 nights accommodation (Hotels/hostels (6 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (16 nts)).
  • 17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 10 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Air-conditioned private touring van).
  • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions.
  • Visit to Arlington Cemetery.
  • Orientation to Las Vegas, Washington DC and New York.
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents.
  • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, 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 325-425 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 New York City
Day 2 New York City/Washington DC
Day 3 Washington DC
Day 4 Washington DC/Appalachia
Day 5 Appalachia/Nashville
Day 6 Nashville/Memphis
Day 7 Memphis/New Orleans
Day 8 New Orleans
Day 9 New Orleans/Austin
Day 10 Austin
Day 11 Austin/Carlsbad
Day 12 Carlsbad/Santa Fe
Day 13 Santa Fe/Cortez
Day 14 Cortez/Monument Valley
Day 15 Monument Valley/Grand Canyon
Day 16 Grand Canyon
Day 17 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas
Day 18 Las Vegas
Day 19 Las Vegas/Bishop
Day 20 Bishop/Yosemite National Park
Day 21 Yosemite National Park
Day 22 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco
Day 23 Depart San Francisco
Departures
  • Apr
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  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sat, 28 Apr '18
  • Sun, 20 May '18
  • Sat, 05 May '18
  • Sun, 27 May '18
  • Sat, 19 May '18
  • Sun, 10 Jun '18
  • Sat, 02 Jun '18
  • Sun, 24 Jun '18
  • Sat, 23 Jun '18
  • Sun, 15 Jul '18
  • Sat, 07 Jul '18
  • Sun, 29 Jul '18
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  • Sun, 12 Aug '18
  • Sat, 28 Jul '18
  • Sun, 19 Aug '18
  • Sat, 04 Aug '18
  • Sun, 26 Aug '18
  • Sat, 11 Aug '18
  • Sun, 02 Sep '18
  • Sat, 01 Sep '18
  • Sun, 23 Sep '18
  • Sat, 22 Sep '18
  • Sun, 14 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
  • New York
  • Washington D.c.
  • Appalachia
  • Nashville
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Austin
  • Carlsbad
  • Santa Fe
  • Cortez
  • Monument Valley
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas.
  • Bishop
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco
  • DAY 1 New York City

    Arrive at any time. Consider arriving a few days early to see more of this famous city.

    Arrive to the joining hostel at any time. Welcome meeting at 7:00pm.

    From the Statue of Liberty to Ground Zero to Chinatown, New York City is full of things to do and see. We recommend spending extra time here; please speak to your sales agent to book pre-trip accommodation.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 19:00
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet our group. After introductions, our CEO will review the details of the tour.

    Optional Activities
    Empire State Building Visit

    New York City 1h-3h
    30-60USD per person
    Soak in stunning views of New York and beyond from the top of one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The Empire State Building's Observatory is a main attraction of New York's skyline, stretching 1,250 ft (381m) high.

    Times Square Visit
    New York City
    Come experience the hub of the city that never sleeps. Head to Midtown Manhattan at Broadway and Seventh Avenue - the heart of all the action. Covered in illuminated billboards and advertisements, Times Square is one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections and a major centre of the world's entertainment industry.

    Central Park Visit
    New York City 1h-3h
    Free
    Discover Central Park, an 843-acre masterpiece of landscape architecture. Much of the park appears natural, but it is almost entirely landscaped. Designed in the 19th century, it is one of America's greatest works of art and the nation's first public park. Explore its walkways and gardens, and, like many other visitors, fall in love with this spectacular green space. Central Park has become the most famous and beloved urban park in the world, featuring extensive walking tracks, bridle paths, an ice-skating rink, a swimming pool, the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, a wildlife sanctuary, a large area of natural woods, and an outdoor amphitheater.

    Staten Island Ferry
    New York City
    Hop on the Staten Island Ferry, "one of the world's greatest (and shortest) water voyages" (according to guidebooks), and enjoy a stunning view of New York Harbour for free! See the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, in perfect view, and get a unique viewpoint of Lower Manhattan's skyline and its skyscrapers and bridges. Long before any bridges were built, the ferry transported people between Manhattan and its boroughs; ferry service is offered between Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan and St. George on Staten Island.

    9/11 Memorial Visit and One World Trade Center Observation Deck
    New York
    24-58USD per person
    Remember 9/11 on a visit to Ground Zero. A Memorial and Museum have been created to commemorate those lost on 9/11. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 New York City/Washington DC

    Spend the morning exploring one of the best cities in the world, then arrive to the US capitol in time to wander the monuments by moonlight.

    Dive into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple on a brief orientation walk of the city with the CEO. Arrive at the capital of the USA, Washington DC, in the late afternoon.

    Orientation Walk
    New York City 30m
    Let the CEO point you in the right direction of must-see destinations during your free time.

    Private Vehicle
    New York - Washington DC 7h 375km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    New York City Morning
    Immerse yourself in this a one-of-a-kind destination.

    Monuments by Moonlight
    Washington DC 2km
    See a different side of the city by moonlight. Take a tour after the sun sets to see some of Washington DC's most popular monuments and memorials all lit up.

    Optional Activities
    Chinatown Visit

    New York
    Free
    Lively and diverse, New York City's Chinatown has so much to see and do for urban adventurers. This growing community is considered to have the largest Asian population in a city outside of Asia.

    Brooklyn Bridge Visit
    New York City
    One of the most iconic structures in New York City, cross the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn as you stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge. Make sure to bring your camera to snap shots of the iconic New York skyline and the bridge itself.

    Private Vehicle
    New York - Washington DC 7h 375km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 3 Washington DC

    Enjoy free time to explore.

    Today is all about the capital of the United States. There is so much to see and do in Washington DC that you can't see it all in one day. Take your time spending a full day exploring this fascinating city.

    Free Time
    Washington DC
    Use free time to explore some of the monuments and museums this city has to offer.

    Optional Activities
    White House Visit

    Washington DC
    Visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and learn more about where the president of the US lives and works.

    Washington Monument Visit
    Washington Monument 2h-6h
    Free
    Visit the massive obelisk built to honour George Washington, the United States' first president. The Washington Monument is the world's tallest structure made entirely of stone and the world's tallest obelisk. Reopened after suffering damage from an earthquake and hurricane, visitors can opt to travel to the top for a gorgeous view of the city.

    Lincoln Memorial Visit
    Lincoln Memorial
    Visit the monument dedicated to the 16th US president, Abraham Lincoln, who was instrumental in the abolition of slavery.

    National Mall Visit
    Washington DC 2h-8h
    Visit the National Mall, a park in downtown Washington DC, that occupies the area between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol. Wear comfy shoes - there's lots to explore in this spectacular green space. The National Mall includes the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Gardens, World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the District of Columbia War Memorial, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, and much more. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Washington DC/Appalachia

    Visit Arlington Cemetery before continuing on the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, a truly beautiful, historic national treasure.

    Standing on top of the peaks of Shenandoah National Park while gazing across the silent mountains, it's hard to believe Washington DC is just a short distance away.

    Opt to take a short hike on the many trails throughout the park.

    Private Vehicle
    Washington DC - Appalachia 9h 480km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Arlington Cemetery Visit
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Visit Arlington National Cemetery, a military cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Wander through the tombs, see the eternal flame at John F Kennedy's grave, and visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which represents the thousands lost in war. Spend some time at the memorial amphitheater or witness the changing of the guard.

    Optional Activities
    Hike through Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah National Park 1h-2h
    Free
    Enjoy a hike on one of the many trails and paths in Shenandoah National Park. Take in the tranquil natural beauty of its rolling green hills against a backdrop of mountains. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Appalachia/Nashville

    Continue through the Appalachian Mountains. Travel to the country music capital of the world.

    Continue through the Appalachian Mountains, a perfect place to relax. Enjoy the fresh, clean air and see the true beauty of North America. Travel to the country music capital of the world, and be immersed in the local music scene in downtown Nashville at night.

    Private Vehicle
    Appalachia - Nashville 8h 575km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Cowboy Bar Visit

    Nashville 1h-3h
    Free-20USD per person
    Hit the town and live it up in the country music capital of the world. This "Music City" will get you up and dancing and keep your toes tapping late into the night. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 6 Nashville/Memphis

    Explore the vibrant cultural and musical melting pot of Memphis. Take an optional tour of Graceland, opt to relive history at the National Civil Rights Museum, or tour the Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Head to Beale Street at night for great food and live music.

    In the afternoon, opt to walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Elvis Presley's home, Graceland. See how the legend lived and discover videos, pictures, stage costumes, and much more. Then hear the music in Memphis, Tennessee! Explore the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, Home of Blues, and the starting point of soul. Music legends, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King, made their marks on Memphis.

    Opt to check out the National Civil Rights Museum, located where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

    Private Vehicle
    Nashville - Memphis 5h 380km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Visit Elvis Presley's home

    Memphis2h-4h
    36-77USD per person
    See how the legend lived and discover Elvis videos, pictures, stage costumes, and much more. All tickets include an interactive media tour of Graceland Mansion and grounds as well as a self-guided tour of Elvis' Tupelo. Want to see more? Opt to include the Graceland Archives Experience, and a self-guided tour of Elvis' Automobile Museum, Elvis: Live from Vegas, and Elvis' Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!

    National Civil Rights Museum
    Memphis 1h-3h
    15USD per person
    Visit the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Tour exhibits and collections to learn about key episodes of the American civil rights movement and its legacy in inspiring global civil and human rights efforts.

    Rock & Soul Museum Visit
    Memphis 1h-3h
    12USD per person
    Learn all about the birth of rock and soul music at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Discover the stories of this genre's musical pioneers, who blazed a path and created a cultural revolution.

    Sun Studio Visit
    Memphis
    Visit the reputed birthplace of rock and roll and see where it all began. First opened in January of 1950, this historic recording studio will deepen your understanding of the origins of rock music in Memphis. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 7 Memphis/New Orleans

    Crank up the jazz and drive into the home of Mardi Gras. Explore the French Quarter, and join the revellers on Bourbon Street till the early hours.

    The CEO will point out a few things on the drive in, then get out and experience the city at its best. Enjoy a night out with the group.

    Private Vehicle
    Memphis - New Orleans 8h 640km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 8 New Orleans

    Enjoy a free day to explore New Orleans.

    New travellers may join you today for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

    Free Time
    New Orleans Full Day
    Head out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Swamp and Bayou Tour

    New Orleans
    Take a captivating boat tour into swamps and bayous, through the preserved wetlands in Louisiana. Get up close and personal with alligators, wild boar, snakes, and more in their natural habitat.

    Historical Tours
    New Orleans 1h-4h
    Free-30USD per person
    Learn more about this fascinating city by discovering its past. New Orleans has all kinds of tour options for all kinds of tastes. Opt for a voodoo tour, ghost tour, cemetery tour or vampire tour - you name it, there's probably a tour for it. All the tours bring a different historical side of New Orleans to life, with a little bit of creepy thrown in.

    Creole Cooking Class
    New Orleans 2h-3h
    Learn to cook authentic Creole food and savour the fruits of your labour.

    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 New Orleans/Austin

    Leave New Orleans behind and continue on to Austin for the night.

    Travel day from New Orleans to Austin. Sit back and gaze at the scenery while travelling through the southern United States. Upon arrival in the 'Lonestar' state, settle in at the campsite for a night under the stars.

    Private Vehicle
    New Orleans - Austin 9h 820km
    Approximate distance to Austin: 820km (510 mi) (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Austin

    Spend a free day in Austin, or opt for a day trip to San Antonio to visit the Alamo and stroll along the River Walk.

    Free Time
    Austin Full Day
    Get out and explore Austin, or opt for a day trip to San Antonio!

    Optional Activities
    San Antonio River Walk

    San Antonio
    Enjoy one of this city's most popular attractions. Stroll the festive walkways along the San Antonio River bank lined with bars, music, art, shops, and restaurants.

    Discover the Battle of the Alamo
    San Antonio 1h-2h
    Visit "The Alamo," a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound built by the Spanish in 1744, and the site of the infamous Battle of the Alamo. Mexico gained independence and control of the mission in 1821. In 1836, the infamous Battle of the Alamo transitioned control to Texas.

    Tubing on the Guadalupe River
    Grab a tube and enjoy how the locals like to beat the heat - floating down the Guadalupe River. Soak up the sun and take the occasional dip while slowly travelling down river from Austin to San Antonio. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Austin/Carlsbad

    Explore Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.

    Travel to one of the oldest and most famous cave systems in the world. Explore a cave on self-guided trails and be fascinated by the largest underground chambers and countless formations. In the evening, witness a stunning spectacle as nearly 400,000 Mexican free-tail bats exit Carlsbad Cavern.

    Private Vehicle
    Austin - Carlsbad 9h 802km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Carlsbad Caverns Tour
    Carlsbad
    Trek underground into the Carlsbad Caverns, one of the oldest and most famous cave systems in the world. Explore the caves and be fascinated by the underground chambers formed by sulfuric acid, which dissolved the surrounding limestone. Witness a stunning spectacle in the evening when nearly 400,000 Mexican free-tail bats exit Carlsbad Cavern. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 12 Carlsbad/Santa Fe

    Stop by infamous Roswell before taking in Southwest culture in Santa Fe.

    On the night of July 2nd in 1947 something (or someone) crashed into the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico. Was it a balloon, or really extra-terrestrial life? Find out what all the hype is about when passing through this funky town.

    Continue the journey back in time and explore one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities, Santa Fe.

    Private Vehicle
    Carlsbad - Santa Fe 8h 470km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Explore Roswell
    Roswell
    Explore the mystery-steeped Roswell. On the night of July 2, 1947, something (or someone) crashed into the desert outside of town. Was it a balloon, military craft, or really extra-terrestrial life? Find out what all the hype is about while passing through this funky town.

    Free Time
    Santa Fe
    Take time to explore, shop, and eat in this cultural city. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Santa Fe/Cortez

    Explore Santa Fe in the morning before travelling towards Cortez for the night.

    Free morning to explore Santa Fe's downtown and enjoy some world-famous roasted green chilies before continuing on to Cortez.

    Free Time
    Santa Fe Morning
    Use free time to explore or just sit back and relax.

    Private Vehicle
    Santa Fe - Cortez 6h 350km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Cortez/Monument Valley

    Wind up the side of a mountain through Mesa Verde National Park's rocky slopes and inspiring vistas. Hike to ancient cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde. Opt to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley.

    Hike through history while exploring Mesa Verde National Park - it offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans.

    In Monument Valley, opt to explore on a 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!

    Private Vehicle
    Cortez - Monument Valley 6h
    Approximate Distance to Mesa Verde NP: 315 km

    Mesa Verde Guided Tour
    Mesa Verde National Park 1h-2h
    Take a guided hike through history while exploring the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, some of the most notable and best preserved sites in North America.

    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 15 Monument Valley/Grand Canyon

    Hike the trails of the Grand Canyon or take an optional helicopter flight over the natural wonder. Enjoy a sunset at the edge of the Grand Canyon.

    Considered among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for exploration. Return to the campsite and recapture the experiences from this memorable day!

    Private Vehicle
    Monument Valley - Grand Canyon 5h 290km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    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
    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. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 16 Grand Canyon

    Free time in Grand Canyon NP.

    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 Full Day
    Enjoy a full day in this Wonder of the World to explore your own way.

    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 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.

    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. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 17 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

    Travel Route 66 and stop at a wacky burger joint. Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP party limo.

    Private Vehicle
    Grand Canyon - Las Vegas 7h 475km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Vegas Strip Visit
    Las Vegas 1h
    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
    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)

  • DAY 18 Las Vegas

    Free time in Las Vegas.

    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 chilling poolside. In the evening, opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.

    Free Time
    Las Vegas
    Indulge in Sin City your own way.

    Optional Activities
    Las Vegas Show

    Las Vegas3h-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. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 19 Las Vegas/Bishop

    Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park. Opt to stargaze at secluded hot springs.

    Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley - the hottest and driest spot on earth 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 590km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    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 20 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 330km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Mono Lake Visit
    Mono Lake 30m
    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 2h-4h
    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.

    Yosemite National Park Visit
    Yosemite National Park 1h-8h
    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. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 21 Yosemite National Park

    Enjoy free time in Yosemite NP.

    Admire spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes. Yosemite has many trails to offer. Be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape and opt to rent a bike to better explore the Yosemite Valley.

    Yosemite National Park Visit
    Yosemite National Park 1h-8h
    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.

    Optional Activities
    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.

    Yosemite National Park Hike
    Yosemite National Park1h-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. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 22 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

    Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills 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
    Yosemite National Park - San Francisco 8h 225km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities

    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 Francisco 1h-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 Francisco 2h-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,Lunch)

  • DAY 23 Depart San Francisco

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-tour accommodation to enjoy more of the city.

    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 all await.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

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

  • TRIP DETAILS

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    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 325-425 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.


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