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Can you find me a great value tour of the best of West USA
From Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California, the west of the USA offer some of the most familiar locations of the western world, featured in many films and feature many iconic sites.
It is possible to tour these taking in the very best at a relaxed comfortable pace with plenty of time for shopping and exploring.
We have found a great value tour incorporating all the best of the west, but first here is some information form the Official Tourist Site for California.
See a movie star. Sip a cocktail on a rooftop bar at sunset. Slip on a pair of designer shoes in an ultra-luxurious boutique in Beverly Hills. Play at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, explore world-class museums, or dance the night away in a starlet-filled club. Welcome to California’s liveliest city, America’s entertainment capital, with mega-star wattage and non-stop things to do.
“You know, you’re really a nobody in L.A. unless you have a really big door.” -comedian Steve Martin
The main hub is the city of Los Angeles, with legendary Hollywood north-west of down town, the San Fernando Valley to the east, and the inviting beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu to the west.
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Here is an outstanding and great value tour 15 Day Luxury Great Western American Adventure
First Day Arrive in San Francisco, the City by the Bay
Enjoy your complimentary private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Welcome to California! On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your transfer takes you to your tour hotel. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Second Day Explore San Francisco
Spend the morning taking in the sights of the city – the bustling activity in Union Square and the beautiful Golden Gate Park. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow passengers for an informative walking tour through Chinatown followed by an authentic Chinese banquet Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.
Third Day a taste of California’s Wine Country
Enter the Napa Valley in California’s lush premier wine country with a visit to the Benziger Family Winery for a fabulous private tram tour. Take a close up look at the vines and learn about the biodynamic farming approach and the history of the winery while enjoying the breathtaking views. See the terraced vineyards and visit the crush pad, barrel aging caves and Tasting Room where you’ll enjoy an exclusive tasting. Later this afternoon, peruse the quaint shops at Sonoma’s historic plaza. The evening is at leisure.
Fourth Day Visit Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Travel through California’s Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and abundant wildlife. Tonight, enjoy your newly refurbished rooms, at your hotel, located inside the park, close to North America’s highest waterfall.
Fifth Day Drive across Monterey, the Cradle of History
Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Purchase local fresh fruit at an historic fruit stand en route to picturesqu Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey. Enjoy a customized food tour upon arrival in Carmel where you’ll learn about local flavour, culture, art, architecture, and history. For your dining pleasure this evening, you are offered a selection of local restaurants to choose from.
Sixth Day Travel to Hearst Castle and the American Riviera
Head south to La Cuesta Encantada, ‘The Enchanted Hill’ high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle – the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south through the vineyards of the Central Coast to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the ‘American Riviera’. Check into your beachfront hotel.
Seventh Day see Santa Monica and the City of Angels
Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 missions along California’s El Camino Real. Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica. Take time to stroll along the popular Third Street Promenade. Visit the stunning Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house, for a guided tour. Continue on to your luxurious hotel at L.A. LIVE. This evening, set out for a popular restaurant to enjoy a glittering Highlight Dinner L.A. style.
Eighth Day enjoy Los Angeles Sightseeing
This morning, spot the Hollywood Sign during your sightseeing tour, view Grauman’s Chinese Theater and stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Experience the glitz and glam of Hollywood on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony.
Ninth Day go across the Mojave to Scottsdale
Travel across the Mojave Desert wilderness. Arrive in Phoenix where your idyllic resort is just next door in neighbouring Scottsdale.
Tenth Day Journey to Sedona and the Wonders of the Mighty Grand Canyon
Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, and browse the stores and galleries. Enjoy one of Arizona’s finest drives through Oak Creek Canyon, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park. Spend the night inside the park, enjoying the peace and quiet after the crowds have departed. During your stay, join a local expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. This evening, enjoy a private dinner in the Thunderbird Room while taking in the magnificent views.
Eleventh Day its onto Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell
The choice is yours this morning: wake up early and see the sun rise over the canyon or ask your Tour Director about optional flightseeing experiences over this natural wonder. Later, move on to the Historic Cameron Trading Post. The journey carries on through the Painted Desert, a colourful fantasy land of mesas, buttes and badlands, and through the Navajo Indian Reservation. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort. Check into your room which has guaranteed lake views before taking a leisurely cruise on spectacular Lake Powell.
Twelth Day Excursion to Monument Valley
Today is entirely yours to do as you please. Relax and enjoy the resort’s facilities, or join an excursion to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for a guided tour.
Thirteenth Day Bryce Canyon’s Stony Symphony
Perhaps join an optional float trip down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River before heading to Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Enjoy a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of odd-shaped monoliths known as hoodoos. There is time at leisure before checking in at the lodge. In the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner including drinks.
Fourteenth Day Travel from Zion to Las Vegas – from Nature to Neon
Travel through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle with live commentary to experience the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some time to explore at your own pace. Later, arrive in Las Vegas, a collection of bright lights and shopping malls, huge themed hotels of unbelievable design and the omnipresent slot machine. Your hotel is a breath of fresh air – modern and luxurious.
Fifteenth Day Depart Las Vegas
Your adventure ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport or extend your stay in Las Vegas. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet you and escort you to your waiting car for your return private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer home.
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Please find me a tour of USA that encapsulates its diverse culture
Whilst American’s travelling abroad crave the ancient history, iconic castles and palaces of countries like Great Britain, a whole difference and equally appealing experience awaits you on an extended tour of the USA, encapsulating the countries diverse culture.
To mention a few to find on your incredible journey across the most diverse country in the world! Experience the dazzling lights of Vegas, Route 66, Dallas home of Cowboys and JFK, toe tapping Memphis, Graceland home of Elvis and the Blues, Atlanta world of Coca Cola, historic Washington, D.C. and amazing skylines of New York.
Here is some information from Discover America the official USA tourist site about the iconic Route 66
It’s a route so legendary that celebrated author John Steinbeck named it The Mother Road in his novel The Grapes of Wrath. The highway built in the 1920s that once served as a main thoroughfare from east to west, still beckons travelers seeking a classic piece of Americana.
The historic Route 66 runs from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California and crosses the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Spanning a distance of more than 2,000 miles, Route 66 passes through a cross section of the USA that lets you see the country’s heart and soul. Traverse the urban streets of Chicago and St. Louis, take in the expansive Grand Canyon, experience the Southwest’s Native American communities, and hit the beach in Santa Monica without leaving the route.
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Here is an outstanding and great value tour 22 Day Luxury America the Beautiful Reverse
First Day Arrive in New York
Enjoy your complimentary private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. On arrival in New York, enjoy some time to explore this vibrant city. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Second Day A Manhattan Masterpiece
Start the morning with a city tour revealing all of the amazing sites that make the city so famous. See the towering Empire State Building, the iconic Chrysler Building and expansive Central Park. Ascend to the “Top of the Rock,” the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Building, for a sprawling view of the booming island of Manhattan.
Third Day Head to Washington D.C.
Fourth Day A Monumental Time in Washington D.C.
Join a city tour of Washington, D.C. with a local expert and discover all of the amazing memorials and monuments in the nation’s capital city including the White House, Washington Monument and National Mall. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Fifth Day Visit the Tobacco Farms and the City of Oaks
Head to the other Carolina today, North Carolina that is! First stop at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, which takes you back in time to a simpler way of a life. In a genuine turn-of-the-century homestead, see how rural families lived, worked and cultivated one of the country’s most important crops. Arrive in Raleigh, the ‘City of Oaks’ for tonight’s Signature Dining Experience featuring North Carolina barbecue. Known locally as Pig Pickin’ – it’s not just a food, but an integral part of Carolina culture.
Sixth Day See Charleston – Embodiment of the Old South
Discover Charleston, South Carolina’s oldest city, during an historic tour featuring Rainbow Row, Antebellum Mansions, hidden gardens and courtyards, churches and elaborate graveyards. Visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the oldest plantations in the south dating back to 1676.
Seventh Day enjoy Charming Charleston
Start the day with a journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for an up-close look at global news in the making. An exclusive guided walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes with exclusive access to the working studios. Continue to Charleston where this evening’s Highlight Dinner is an event in itself, prepared with perfection and served with Southern hospitality.
Eighth Day Travel to Atlanta, Cultural Capital of the New South
Travel from one amazing Southern city to another on your way to Atlanta today! Upon arrival, set out in search of the secret formula with a visit to the World of Coca Cola! Learn the history of one of the planet’s best loved beverages and take your taste buds on a trip around the world with more than 100 different varieties of Coke products to sample. The evening is at leisure to relax or explore.
Ninth Day your off to Graceland and Everything Elvis
Today is dedicated to Graceland, home and final resting place of Elvis Presley. Enjoy the Platinum tour which includes an audio-guided tour of Graceland Mansion and grounds, a self-guided tour of Elvis’ two custom air-planes, the Auto-mobile Museum and much more! This evening, soak up the atmosphere on famous Beale Street as you join your friends for drinks and a delicious Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.
Tenth Day Journey to Memphis, Birthplace of the Blues
After breakfast this morning, visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum dedicated in 2004 to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. The museum features replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room and showcases a timeline and alcoves which highlight life at the White House. Then it’s on to Memphis, legendary home of the Blues, barbecue and The King, Elvis Presley.
Eleventh Day A Taste of Bourbon in Little Rock
Bid farewell to Texas and travel to Little Rock for a private tour of Rock Town Distillery – sample Arkansas whiskey and learn about the production process, all the way from grain to glass. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with your travelling companions.
Twelfth Day see Dallas, JFK and the Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are one of the country’s richest sports franchises and football fans are in for a real treat this morning during a guided VIP tour of Cowboy Stadium. In a fascinating look behind the scenes, you are privy to places normally off limits during game days – the field, the media press box, the Cowboys and even the Cheerleaders locker rooms are all included. After free time for lunch, one of the pivotal moments in US history is brought to life during a visit to the JFK Sixth Floor Museum, the site of the President’s assassination.
Thirteenth Day go Deep in the Heart of Texas
Today, get out your dancin’ shoes for a true Western experience – a private Country Western dance lesson! In Fort Worth, a professional dance instructor teaches you 3 basic dances at the world’s largest Country Western bar! Later, visit the Stockyards National Historic District, established to preserve Fort Worth’s livestock history, where they are working to promote the history of one of the greatest livestock and meatpacking industries in the world.
Fourteenth Day Is This the Way to Amarillo
There is free time this morning to continue your exploration of Santa Fe on your own. Then, travel along Route 66 towards Amarillo; get those cameras out because you are in for a surprise. Yes, those are 10 classic Cadillacs buried nose down in the dirt at the famed Cadillac Ranch pop art installation! Tonight, you’re in for a real Texas treat during a Highlight Dinner at a famous Route 66 Mainstay.
Fifteenth Day Santa Fe – the City Different
Enjoy a photo stop in Winslow Arizona this morning to meet the ‘Man Standin’ on the Corner’! In homage to the Eagles song “Take It Easy”, the town has erected a giant mural and life-size bronze statue of, you guessed it, a man standing on a corner! Continue to Santa Fe where you will enjoy a guided trolley tour of the historic city discovering the local art colony, Pueblo traditions, architecture, the Palace of the Governors and the Loretto Chapel. The evening is at leisure.
Sixteenth Day Visit Mystical Sedona and Flagstaff
Leave the Grand Canyon behind and wind down stunning Oak Creek Canyon, one of Arizona’s finest drives. Admire the red rock formations used as backdrops for many Western movies as you arrive in mystical Sedona. Here, there is free time to explore the town at your leisure, or perhaps join an optional jeep excursion through the superb landscape. Continue on to Flagstaff for the evening.
Seventeenth Day Get your Kicks and Grand Canyon Fix
Bid farewell to the neon lights of Vegas and head towards the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon. Travel along Route 66, stopping at the Americana hotspots Kingman and Seligman. Driving along these desert oases is like cruising back in time to see the classic motels, diners and gas stations of a simpler time. As the fading sun starts to turn up the technicolor, arrive at the majestic Grand Canyon for a Highlight Dinner designed to match the awe-inspiring landscape.
Eighteenth Day see the Dazzling lights of Las Vegas
Today is yours to enjoy as you please. Relax by the swimming pool, try your luck at the casinos, or explore the famous Strip – look out for pirates sinking a galleon at Treasure Island and the musical water ballet of the Bellagio’s fountains. Shoppers will enjoy browsing the Forum Shops at Caesars or the ultra-luxurious Crystals at the City Center featuring the world’s most elite designers. For this evening’s Dine Around experience, choose from three of Las Vegas’ prized restaurants for your dining pleasure.
Nineteenth Day Free Time in Vegas
Maybe you’ll find your fortune in Las Vegas, where the afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Twentieth Day Travel to Calico Ghost Town on route to L.A.
Depart the thriving metropolis of Los Angeles for the glittering lights of Las Vegas. En route, stop in Calico Ghost Town. Calico saw its glory days during California’s largest silver strike, but turned into a tumble-weed town during the late 1880s when silver lost its value.
Twenty-First Day Visit the City of Angels and Tinseltown
[Immerse yourself in Tinseltown today. See Grauman’s Chinese Theater, spot the Hollywood sign and stroll along the Walk of Fame. Enjoy a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, current home of the Oscars. If all the sightseeing has made you hungry, you’ll find plenty of choices to sate your appetite during a tour and tasting at the historic LA Farmer’s Market with its colourful collection of restaurants and shops. This evening, set out for a popular local restaurant to enjoy a delicious Highlight Dinner.
Twenty-Second Day Depart Los Angeles
Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Los Angeles. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet you and escort you to your waiting car for your return private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer home.
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Please find me a great value National Parks of America Tour
America is famous for an array of the worlds most stunning National Parks, including some designated as Nesco world heritage sites of outstanding natural beauty and an extended tour taking in the best of these will be one of the most memorable life time experiences.
Here is some information from The National Park Foundation
There are 84 million acres of iconic, treasured and sacred places protected in America’s over 400 national parks – and it all belongs to you.
The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s national parks and their programs. As the non-profit partner of the National Park Service, we invite you to explore all our national parks have to offer.
Discover each one of America’s national parks from fellow park supporters and the visitors that have been there. From park tips to videos, photos and stories – learn about your national parks and share your own experience. Together we can celebrate and support our parks.
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First Day Arrive Phoenix and Scottsdale
On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet you and escort you to your waiting car for your return private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer home. Welcome to Arizona! Your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy the superb facilities and grounds of this desert oasis. At 6 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Second Day its Sedona and the Wonders of the Mighty Grand Canyon
Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, where you can browse the stores and galleries. Enjoy one of Arizona’s finest drives through Oak Creek Canyon, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park, where you can take an optional flight-seeing tour by helicopter or plane over this natural wonder. Spend the night inside the park, enjoying the peace and quiet after the crowds have departed. Take time to experience the breathtaking vistas and sunset on the canyon walls. During your stay, join a local expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner in the Thunderbird Room while taking in the magnificent views of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.
Third Day Excursion to Monument Valley and Lake Powell
Today, move on to the Historic Cameron Trading Post, featuring South west American Indian arts and crafts. The journey carries on through the Painted Desert, a colourful fantasy land of mesas, buttes and badlands, and through the Navajo Indian Reservation. Later, join an excursion to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for a guided tour. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lake front resort. Check into your room which has guaranteed lake views.
Fourth Day Leisurely Lake Powell
Today is entirely yours to do as you please. Relax and enjoy the resort’s facilities or join an optional float trip down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River. Take a leisurely cruise through scenic Antelope Canyon with its dramatic steep, sandstone walls.
Fifth Day Travel to Bryce Canyon’s Stony Symphony
Head to Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah today and enjoy a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of odd-shaped monoliths known as hoodoos. In the evening, join your Tour Director and new-found friends for a Highlight Dinner including drinks.
Sixth Day go from Zion to Las Vegas – from Nature to Neon
Travel through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle with live commentary to experience the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some time to explore at your own pace. A complete change of scenery awaits you in the afternoon when you arrive in Las Vegas; a collection of bright lights and shopping malls, huge themed hotels of unbelievable design and the omnipresent slot machine. Your hotel is a breath of fresh air – modern and luxurious.
Seventh Day Head to Salt Lake City
Travel to Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city in the State of Utah, and headquarters of the Mormon faith.
Eighth Day its onto Jackson and Grand Teton National Park
This morning, join an orientation tour of Salt Lake City seeing the famous Temple Square. Then travel north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to your lakeside lodge overlooking Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks and glaciers of Grand Teton National Park.
Ninth Day Nature on the Boil at Yellowstone National Park
The Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 ft (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Stop to admire some of the incredible views at Jenny Lake. Then enter Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world’s first National Park and known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife. You are joined by a local expert for an informative stroll through Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin.
Tenth Day see the Geysers and Colourful Mudpots at Yellowstone
After breakfast, walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. There is plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mud pots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120 ft (37 metres) in the air. View free-roaming deer, elk and bear in their natural habitat. Then experience the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls as they thunder down the steep canyon walls.
Eleventh Day visit Buffalo Bill, Billings and Bills of Fare
Depart Yellowstone National Park and travel through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to reach the Wild West town of Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, built in honour of one of America’s great Western legends. Head onward to the old cattle town of Billings, Montana. For your dining pleasure this evening, there are a selection of restaurants to choose from.
Twelfth Day its Deadwood, Custer State Park and Black Hills of South Dakota
Relive Custer’s Last Stand, learn all about Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and the history of the Indian Wars at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner’s Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. With a local expert, hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous during the gold rush of the 1870s. Also meet Chief Bald Eagle who will share a living narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife. Look out for buffalo, deer and elk, or stroll through the pristine pine forest. After dinner, relax on the porch and take in the serenity.
Thirteenth Day enjoy South Dakota and the Presidents
Today, view the Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all American Indians. Move on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Perhaps get up close and personal with herds of buffalo on an optional jeep safari, followed by an authentic chuck-wagon cook-out at a secluded canyon.
Fourteenth Day Live like a King at Estes Park
Leave South Dakota to travel across the grasslands and high plains of Wyoming. This area witnessed the sweeping saga of America’s western expansion during the 19th century. Once over the Colorado border, head for your hotel in the shadow of Rocky Mountain National Park. Boasting spectacular views in every direction, your neoclassical heritage hotel is most famous for being the inspiration for the fictional ‘Overlook Hotel’ in Stephen King’s novel ‘The Shining’. In the evening, tantalize your taste buds and toast the culmination of a fantastic adventure at a Celebration Dinner.
Fifteenth Day Travel to The Rocky Mountains National Park – Denver
Travel south and climb high into the breathtaking Rocky Mountain National Park, across the Continental Divide and over Trail Ridge Road to follow the beginnings of the great Colorado River (weather permitting). Your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport. Please do not schedule any flights before 3 pm. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet you and escort you to your waiting car for your return private V.I.P. door-to-door transfer home.
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Please find me a great value Hawaii tour:
The stunning Hawaiian Islands have always been considered one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world, but in the 1050’s became iconic featured in the acclaimed Elvis Presley film Blue Hawaii.
Here is some information from The Official Hawaiian Tourism Site
Hawaii is like no other place on earth. Home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the world’s tallest sea mountain. Birthplace of modern surfing, the hula and Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Former seat of a royal kingdom and home to the only royal palace on US soil. Hawaii is one of the youngest geological formations in the world and the youngest state of the union. But perhaps Hawaii’s most unique feature is its aloha spirit: the warmth of Hawaii’s people that wonderfully complements the Islands’ perfect temperatures.
There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island. You’ll find each island has its own distinct personality and offers its own adventures, activities and sights. Mark Twain called Hawaii, “That peaceful land, that beautiful land… the climate, one long delicious summer day, and the good that die experience no change, for they but fall asleep in one heaven and wake up in another.” We invite you to explore the Islands of Aloha to find your own heavenly Hawaii experiences.
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First Day Arrive in Oahu, Honolulu in Waikiki
Welcome to Hawaii! In the traditional Aloha spirit, you’ll be greeted at the airport with a flower lei. Explore your hotel in the heart of Waikiki Beach and spend the rest of the afternoon as you like: dive into the warm gentle waves of the Pacific or relax with a tropical drink poolside. At 6 p.m., gather for a Hawaiian-style Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
Second Day enjoy Oahu Sightseeing and Free Time
Begin your exploration of Oahu today. Traverse the island, passing through colourful villages, rainforests and pineapple plantations. See panoramic views of the deep blue waters from rugged cliffs, marvel at idyllic golden beaches and look out on the world-famous surf along the North Shore (seasonal), known for its huge waves during the winter. Back in Waikiki, the rest of your day is free; swim in the gentle waves or perhaps explore the shopping opportunities in Waikiki.
Third Day its Honolulu Free Time
Enjoy a full day today to explore on your own. For the more adventurous, try an outrigger canoe ride, take a surfing lesson or grab a snorkel and mask to spot sea turtles and dazzling tropical fish at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.
Fourth Day visit Pearl Harbor with Honolulu Sightseeing
Begin your day with a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, a moving tribute to the military personnel who lost their lives in the 1941 attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. Return to down town Honolulu to see the splendid Iolani Palace, the iconic King Kamehameha I statue, and the state capitol building. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own. Tonight, join your travel companions for a dinner.
Fifth Day see the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona
Your morning begins with a short, scenic flight to the Big Island of Hawaii followed by an included lunch. Travel through forest preserves before arriving at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to both the world’s largest volcano and its most active. At an interpretive museum, learn about the fiery geology of the islands and walk through a real lava tube. Reach the coast and check into your ocean front resort.
Sixth Day have Free Time in Kona
Wake to the sound of the sea and explore one of the most beautiful areas in the world on your own today. Options abound: don a snorkel and mask to see some of Hawaii’s colourful and varied marine life; descend into the ocean depths on a submarine to explore a natural coral reef and its marine inhabitants; experience a spectacular helicopter flight-seeing excursion over Big Island; or just relax and enjoy the pool and other facilities at your ocean-front resort. This evening, perhaps join an optional excursion to a working ranch for dinner and entertainment.
Seventh Day Travel to Maui
Soar high above the Pacific again as you fly to Maui, the Magic Isle. Travel into the countryside to visit a local farm and learn about the sustainable agriculture on the islands. Then toast your host with a glass of wine and indulge in a Be My Guest lunch serving up delicious Hawaiian specialities made with the freshest local ingredients. Formerly a royal retreat, magnificent Kaanapali Beach is often ranked as one of America’s finest beaches. Check in to your beach-front resort and relax for the evening.
Eighth and Ninth Day enjoy Free Time in Maui
Enjoy two full days in paradise as you chart your own course through Maui’s wonderlands. Spend some time on the long white-sand beaches. Explore the old whaling village of Lahaina with its trendy art galleries and welcoming cafés. Play 18 holes at a championship golf course overlooking the sea. See the sunrise from the summit of Mount Haleakala. Or make the scenic journey to the remote town of Hana. Maybe get a bird’s-eye view of Maui on a helicopter excursion. During your stay, meet with a Local Expert and learn about the flora and fauna of the islands. On one evening, join your travelling companions for a Luau Regional Meal, featuring a sumptuous buffet, tropical cocktails and the songs and dances of old Hawaii and the South Pacific.
Tenth Day flight to Kauai
A brief flight takes you to the Garden Isle of Kauai. Head into the interior on a Wailua River cruise, passing by rainforests and the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge. Stroll to the gorgeous Fern Grotto. In this natural amphitheatre, Hawaiian singers and dancers will perform traditional songs and hula. A riverside lunch completes the day’s events before heading to your beautiful ocean front resort.
Eleventh and Twelve Day its Free Time in Kauai
Spend two glorious days on Kauai, savouring its many natural wonders. Maybe take a trip to immense Waimea Canyon, resplendent in the changing island light. Or travel by helicopter to the Na Pali Coast, where Jurassic Park was filmed. And don’t forget to leave some time to enjoy your resort’s stunning pool and gardens. On your final night on Kauai, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a festive Farewell Dinner.
Thirteenth Day Depart Kauai
A hui hou…until we meet again. Take your transfer to the airport or extend your stay on Kauai.
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Please find me a great value Canadian Rockies Tour
The Canadian Rockies are one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world and for those looking to get a little off the beaten track, this is an opportunity for an amazing holiday.
Here is some information from The Official Canadian Tourism Site
300 kilometres of wilderness highway
200 square kilometres of glaciers and ice fields
04 national parks, 3 provincial parks, 1 border
Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway: a wilderness corridor lined by the sky-piercing peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter a world of plunging waterfalls, turquoise-blue lakes, yellow-leaved aspens, and historic hotels. Slip into low gear and glimpse a bighorn sheep as you reach the Bow summit.
In Banff, enter a mineral-crusted, natural hot-spring cave. In Lake Louise, follow an old-growth trail past the famous emerald lake and up to a tiny, secret teahouse. Crunch onto Columbia Icefield’s blue-tinted snow. Pull into the tiny village of Jasper and settle in by the roaring fire of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, where Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe stayed. Sip an excellent burgundy and make plans for tomorrow: a tram ride to a peak, a float down the Athabasca River, or a journey onwards, towards rare fossils and Cree legends.
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First Day Arrive in Calgary
Welcome to beautiful Canada! Get settled in at your hotel, located in the heart of downtown Calgary, and spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. Visit the arts district or make use of easy access to public transportation to see all that Calgary has to offer. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Second Day from Calgary to Icefields Parkway, Columbia Icefield and Jasper
Head north along the stunning Icefields Parkway driving alongside snow-capped peaks, thundering waterfalls and glistening glaciers. Keep an eye out for wildlife including grizzly and black bears, moose, elk and mountain goats. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, board an Ice Explorer for a unique journey onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. Stay tonight in the heart of Jasper National Park.
Third Day enjoy Jasper National Park Free Time and Sightseeing
Start the day with a morning at leisure, enjoying the superb vistas, strolling Jasper’s quaint streets, or, if you like, take an optional float trip down the Athabasca River before an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon’s trail past waterfalls and jagged rock formations. Later this afternoon, cruise Maligne Lake, followed by a rustic dinner along the lake. Learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert.
Fourth Day go from Jasper to Yoho and Emerald Lake Banff
Head south and cross the Continental Divide as you set out for Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, spectacular scenery and natural bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. See Emerald Lake, sparkling with the blue-green hue of a precious jewel. Ice-blue glaciers, pounding waterfalls and surging rivers abound on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park. Your day ends with a Highlight Dinner in the quintessential alpine village of Banff.
Fifth Day visit Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Free Time in Banff
Visit postcard-perfect Lake Louise and take a narrated stroll along the lakeshore to learn about the geology and history of the area. Continue on to stunning Moraine Lake, nestled in the dramatic Valley of the Ten Peaks. Spend the rest of the day as you like—perhaps ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s-eye view of six mountain ranges or a river float trip down the Bow River. The evening is yours to enjoy.
Sixth Day enjoy Free Time in Banff
Today is yours to explore as you please. Browse the shops along Banff Avenue, take a hike and enjoy your spectacular setting or be wowed by aerial views of the Rockies with an optional scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine. Your Travel Director will be happy to assist you in planning your day. This evening, join your new-found friends at a festive Farewell Dinner and learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during a “Meet a Mountie” Local Expert presentation.
Seventh Day Depart Calgary
This morning, descend from the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival in Calgary, a complimentary transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport or the Delta Bow Valley hotel in Calgary for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 2 p.m.
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