Great Western American Adventure - Insight Vacations

Great Western American Adventure (Summer 2018)

Duration: 15 days Visiting: United States

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Glorious cities, wine country, dramatic canyons and coastal towns - this is truly a marvellous and diverse composition of the American West.

  1. Day 1

    San Francisco, the City by the Bay.

    Welcome to California. On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your transfer will take you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

  2. Day 2

    Exploring San Francisco.

    Spend the morning with your Tour Director taking in the sights.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Haight-Ashbury and a Taste of Wine Country.

    Join a former hippie and your Local Expert during a walking tour of Haight-Ashbury for a flashback to the Flower Power era. Enter California wine country, walk through vineyards and enjoy a private tasting. In the evening, you are treated to a Highlight Dinner with local wine, overlooking the Sonoma Plaza.

  4. Day 4

    Yosemite National Park.

    Travel to Yosemite National Park and explore spectacular waterfalls, El Capitan, and Half Dome. At night, make the most of your hotel located inside the park.

  5. Day 5

    Monterey, the Cradle of History.

    Arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea, browse the galleries and shops, before a relaxing drive along scenic 17-Mile Drive, before passing the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million-dollar mansions, before arriving in Monterey. For your dining pleasure, you have a selection of local restaurants to choose from during your Dine-Around Evening with wine.

  6. Day 6

    Hearst Castle and the American Riviera.

    Head south, high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of William Randolph Hearst. Continue to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often called the 'American Riviera'.

  7. Day 7

    Santa Monica and the City of Angels.

    Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about California missions. Journey along Santa Monica Bay and enjoy a tour with a Local Expert of the Santa Monica Pier. Continue to your luxurious hotel.

  8. Day 8

    The Glitz and Glam of LA.

    In the morning, join a Local Specialist on a private tour of a historic theatre in Hollywood. Then join your Tour Director with a sightseeing tour including Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Spend time on your own at the historic LA Farmers Market. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine.

  9. Day 9

    Across the Mojave to Scottsdale.

    Travel across the Mojave Desert wilderness. Arrive in Scottsdale and relax at your resort.

  10. Day 10

    Sedona and the Wonders of the Mighty Grand Canyon.

    Head to the bohemian colony of Sedona, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park. Spend the night inside the park after the crowds have departed. During your stay, join a Local Expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with wine in the Thunderbird Room with magnificent views.

  11. Day 11

    Monument Valley and Lake Powell.

    Head to the historic Cameron Trading Post, featuring Native American crafts. Then, continue to Monument Valley, and board all-terrain vehicles to explore the valley with your Navajo guide. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam before arriving at your lakefront resort.

  12. Day 12 - Relaxed Start

    Leisurely Lake Powell.

    Relax and enjoy the resort's facilities, then later take an included leisurely cruise through Antelope Canyon.

  13. Day 13

    Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.

    Head to Bryce Canyon National Park for a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatre of hoodoos. Travel through more amazing scenery in Zion National Park. In the evening, join your newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner with wine.

  14. Day 14

    Zion to Las Vegas, from Nature to Neon.

    Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle, with live commentary, followed by free time to explore before continuing to Las Vegas.

  15. Day 15

    Depart Las Vegas.

    Your adventure ends with a departure transfer to the Las Vegas International Airport or extend your stay in Las Vegas.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Grand Canyon: Join a Local Expert for an informative presentation and witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls.
  • Monument Valley: Join a Navajo guide in an open-air vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park.
  • San Francisco: Revisit the 'Summer of Love' with a Local Expert and former hippie at Haight-Ashbury, the iconic district where the hippie counterculture evolved.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lake Powell: A testament to the power of water over rock, glide through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon during your cruise.
  • Zion Canyon: The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of the canyon is by a private shuttle that includes live commentary.
  • Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sedona: Visit this Red Rock Country artists' colony
  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy stunning views
  • Cameron: Stop at the Historic Trading Post
  • Glen Canyon: Visit the dam
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Enjoy the rugged beauty with a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the hoodoos
  • Salt Lake City: View the headquarters for the Mormon religion
  • Jackson: See the town's iconic antler arch
  • Grand Teton National Park: Enjoy views of Jenny Lake
  • San Francisco: See the cable cars, Union Square and Golden Gate Bridge
  • Sonoma: Explore the shops of this Spanish Plaza
  • Yosemite National Park: Experience the natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations
  • San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand. Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops
  • Santa Barbara: Drive down State Street, view the Court House and Stearns Wharf
  • Santa Monica: Stroll along the Third Street Promenade
  • Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theater
  • Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive past the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Grand Canyon: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Thunderbird Room while taking in views of the South Rim.
  • Sonoma: Sample a private tasting at a local Sonoma vineyard.
  • Monterey: Dinner with wine is available from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Included Quality Dining: 14 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 7 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • San Francisco: Timeless yet modern, The Westin St Francis Union Square has a vibrant, directly located on Union Square, with cable cars stopping just outside the doors.
  • National Parks Hotels: Insight stays centrally located within the National Park. In these cases, the hotels are much more rustic and typical of the natural environment.
  • Lake Powell: We guarantee Lake View rooms at the Lake Powell Resort, with picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets.
  • Zion National Park: Stay in rustic charming lodges, located right inside the National Parks.
  • Las Vegas: Sleek modern decor and the luxurious furnishings make every guest feel like royalty at the ARIA Resort and Spa.
  • Sonoma: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, surrounded by lush vineyards and dotted with natural hot springs.
  • Yosemite: Stay in the park at the Yosemite Valley Lodge and enjoy Yosemite after the crowds have left, just a short walk to Yosemite Falls.
  • Monterey: Located on Cannery Row, Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is the most dramatic waterfront hotel in California.
  • Santa Barbara: Stay at the Double Tree Fess Parker in beautiful mission-style rooms, with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains.
  • Los Angeles: Stay at JW Marriott Los Angeles LA. LIVE. situated in downtown LA, within walking distance of the city's most noteworthy attractions.
  • Scottsdale: Wander the grounds of this desert oasis, leaving behind your hectic lifestyle to relax and renew.

ADDITIONAL 5 STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from San Francisco Airport and to Las Vegas Airport are available only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

The Westin St.Francis on Union Square

San Francisco (Central) - USA

Timeless yet modern, The Westin St. Francis on Union Square, San Francisco has a vibrant, directly located on Union Square, with cable cars stopping just outside the doors.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Sonoma (Heritage) - Usa

Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite (Traditional) - USA

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

Monterey (Central) - USA

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is dramatically located, literally over the Monterey Bay on Cannery Row on the great Monterey Peninsula. It is the highest rated of all hotels in Monterey and for the past three years it has been rated the #1 hotel in Monterey on Trip Advisor. From the resort, you'll be able to enjoy the best of Northern California such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, historic downtown Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf. These beautiful, 400 square foot, guestrooms offer the same plush beds and elegant furnishings you’ll only find at the Monterey Hotel & Spa.

Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort

Santa Barbara (Scenic) - USA

The Fess Parker is everything you want for an authentic California vacation. This dramatic mission-style hotel sits on 24 beautiful beachfront acres in Southern California. Its rich amenities and extensive array of activities are perfect for any need. Lounge by the pool, walk along the soft sand beach, dine on delicious cuisine at one of five restaurants, or relax in your luxurious accommodation, one of 360 guest rooms, each including a furnished patio or balcony, high speed internet access, mini bar and personal coffee maker.

JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at LA Live

Los Angeles (Central) - USA

Discover unparalleled luxury, style and convenience when you stay at the lavish JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. This 54-story Downtown LA hotel is within easy reach of some of the city's most popular attractions and a variety of restaurant cuisines. After an exhilarating day of exploring the city, unwind at the full-service spa, lounge at the spectacular rooftop pool. Or simply relax in your luxurious guest room, featuring contemporary decor, marble bathrooms, plush bedding and plasma TVs.

The McCormick Scottsdale

Scottsdale (Scenic) - USA

National Parks Lodges

Grand Canyon South Rim (Scenic) - USA

Grand Canyon National Park is home to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. And while most of the visitor’s leave the park at the end of the day and overnight outside the park – the saying goes “When you stay at Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, you’re not just close – you’re there!” Stay at well-appointed lodges that maintain the character of the Grand Canyon. All rooms feature air conditioning and television with dining options always nearby. And of course the rim of the grand canyon is never far away. A complimentary shuttle system is available to help get around to various points inside the national park.

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas

Lake Powell (Scenic) - USA

Lake Powell Resort is located at Wahweap Marina in Page, Arizona - right in the heart of all your "down-lake" activities and adventures. With comfortable hotel rooms and suites, spectacular meals, and all the comforts of home, there's no better place on the down-lake shores of Lake Powell.

Zion National Park Lodge

Zion (Traditional) - USA

The name “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, diverse plant and animal life, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion is well-named. Its massive sandstone walls, some as high as 3,800 feet, offer an opportunity for serenity and reflection for all who visit - and Zion Lodge offers the only in-park lodging inside this hiker’s paradise. Enjoy a selection of comfortable and spacious accommodations, a year-round restaurant serving local favorites and a wide variety of ways to keep you entertained during your stay in Zion National Park.

Aria Resort and Casino

Las Vegas (Contemporary) - USA

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11407 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 16 November, 2018

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    Trip: The first part of the tour was a bit rushed

    Service: The guide LINDA was very caring and talked to everyone

  • 12 November, 2018

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    Trip: A little rushed in first week

    Service: Everything quite good except that some activities in the first week were rushed.

  • 23 October, 2018

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    Trip: Too long spent touring some places eg Hearst Castle .

    Service: Tour Director was first class. Would recommend to a friend.

  • 19 October, 2018

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    Trip: Gave us what was promised in the sales brochure.

    Service: Well run, seamless trip.

  • 07 September, 2018

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    Trip: We stopped at all the big locations we had dreamed of seeing, and then some. We had insider access to e.g national park lodges that we couldn’t have got had we not booked with this tour

    Service: Very helpful and knowledge trip director and driver who both went out of their way to accommodate travellers. Great hotels and restaurants. Local knowledge that we couldn’t possibly have accessed alone. Extra special “flourishes” and treats. Lots of variety in terms of stops and locations .

  • 31 August, 2018

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    Trip: We saw what was expected of the tour and the highlight was the helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. Bryce and Zion were also amazing.

    Service: The Tour guide Jason was so knowlegeable but gave us just enough info to keep our attention and made it humerous where appropriate. Also the organisation of the whole tour was excellent and I would definitely travel with them again and could also recommend them to friends. Although some journeys on the bus were quite long there were plenty of breaks in between.

  • 27 August, 2018

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    Trip: Should not have stayed in Monterrey and should have had more time in saulsilto and stayed in Carmel and Sonoma not outside of town

    Service: We liked the professionalism and service from our tour director Carol and coach driver joe

  • 20 July, 2018

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    Trip: Parks were great. Felt rushed at the Cameron trading post. Not enough time there. Felt the organization and timing could have been better.

    Service: Had a medical issue in our group and the tour director saw we got to an emergency room.

  • 20 July, 2018

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    Trip: I will be repeating my earlier statement

    Service: You have a great tour director by the name of Todd Geoff and he should be promoted to your management team, Or your company will miss a talented candidate in your industry

  • 29 June, 2018

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    Trip: Varied ant top quality in most rexpects

    Service: Everything was superb about Insight...from hotel choices to venues to coach comfort to luggage postage to quality of tour director.

  • 08 June, 2018

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    Trip: Drop Ca cities and focus on parks.

    Service: Thorough planning for details though an unusual change of a hotel. Worked out ok.

  • 03 June, 2018

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    Trip: Breakfast at the service only breaks was a bit of an ordeal .otherwise top class

    Service: A n very good way to see California .Well organised, run by professionals from the shop floor to the bus driver. Pick up service when arriving left a lot to be desired! Sloppy service.

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