America’s Great Desert National Parks

Delve beneath the desert sands and see first-hand the abundant life that flourishes in its midst as you chart a course through some of America’s beautiful landscapes and soul-stirring sights.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Las Vegas

America’s captivating desert landscapes take centre stage on this epic journey which begins in the playground of Las Vegas. Relax after your journey or tame Lady Luck. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and then soar 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, for sweeping 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.

Hotel: Harrah’s Las Vegas

Day 2: Red Rock Canyon – Death Valley National Park

Admire the towering red cliffs and sandstone peaks of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area this morning. Keep a keen eye out for its highest peak, La Madre Mountain, before continuing to Death Valley, on of the largest national parks in the USA. Aptly named for its unforgiving landscapes, Death Valley is a stunningly beautiful land of extremes. Join your travel companions for dinner with wine, before settling into your oasis hotel, located within the borders of the national park.

Hotel: The Ranch at Death Valley, 2 nights

Day 3: Death Valley National Park Sightseeing

Immerse yourself in the solitude and desolation of Death Valley on a guided tour of the park’s most famous sites including Zabriskie Point, and of course Badwater Basin and its massive salt flats – the lowest point below sea level in the western hemisphere. Today will be a photographer’s dream so bring your cameras. Free time this afternoon to enjoy our desert oasis and relax at one of the most remarkable spring fed swimming pools in the world.

Day 4: Death Valley – Palm Springs

Heading south today you leave Death Valley and travel along the Mojave National Preserve, visit the desert Ghost Town of Calico. Our destination tonight is gorgeous Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley. Tonight, you’ll have a your choice dining experience at one of three local restaurants.

Hotel: Palm Mountain Resort & Spa, 3 nights

Day 5: Palm Springs Free Time and Sightseeing

Start your morning with a celebrity and lifestyle tour of Palm Springs shedding light on the city’s unique mid-century architecture, featuring an amazing collection of custom homes. This afternoon, join a ride on the Palm Springs’ Aerial Tramway and walk along the top of the mountain, with spectacular views of the valley. Then, don’t miss VillageFest in downtown Palm Springs this evening. A festive pedestrian street fair is located just across the street from the hotel.

Day 6: Joshua Tree National Park – Free Time

See the peculiar outstretched boughs of the Joshua Tree when you explore the national park that bears the name of this unusual-looking desert plant. Learn how the Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems come together here and keep an eye out for the incredible variety of plants and animals that find sanctuary in its vast protected wilderness. You’ll have some free time at the resort this afternoon to soothe body and mind at the Spa before an evening at leisure.

Day 7: Palm Springs – Yuma

This morning, visit Salvation Mountain, a hillside visionary environment created by local resident, Leonard Knight, whose passion has lovingly created this brilliant “outsider art” masterpiece resplendent with flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Travel on through the Coachella Valley and past the Salton Sea, before heading through the shifting patterns of the stunning Imperial Sand Dunes. ‘Connect With Locals’ at the Imperial Date Gardens in the Bard Valley, and you’ll enjoy an exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dinner where Medjool dates are the star of the show, all washed down with date beer, of course.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Yuma Pivot Point

Day 8: Sonoran Desert National Monument – Tucson

Spot the saguaros as you travel through the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Touted as the most biologically diverse of all North America’s deserts, the Sonoran Desert is also home to an array of significant archaeological and historic sites. Our next stop is Tucson, a culturally diverse town surrounded by mountains, which holds the distinction of being a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Indulge in desert flavours during an unforgettable guided Gastronomy Tasting Tour before enjoying the evening at leisure.

Hotel – El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort, 2 nights

Day 9: Saguaro National Park and Kartchner Caverns State Park

Celebrate the symbol of America’s west. The giant saguaro is America’s largest species of cacti and you’ll learn how this national park strives to protect this majestic plant. We trade the desert for caverns during our visit to Kartchner Caverns State Park with its colossal and colourful cave formations. Tonight, savour a Farewell Dinner followed by an evening with the stars. Gaze up at the Arizona skies and embark on an exclusive tour of the universe with a professional astronomer and a telescope that’s all yours for the night.

Day 10: Depart Phoenix

Our journey through desert landscapes is at its end as you take a transfer to Phoenix Airport, arriving at approximately 11:00 AM. Please be aware when booking your flights.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 19$4,075.00$5,470.00
February: 23$4,150.00$5,545.00
March: 15$4,195.00$5,590.00
September: 20$3,995.00$5,390.00
October: 11$3,995.00$5,390.00
December: 06$3,895.00$5,290.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 10$4,125.00$5,520.00
January: 24$4,295.00$5,690.00
February: 21$4,225.00$5,620.00
February: 28$4,250.00$5,645.00
March: 14, 28$4,250.00$5,645.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Southern California with Death Valley & Joshua Tree National Parks

Vibrant cities, unique experiences, and striking landscapes…all of this and more await you on this Southern California tour—with 2 – night stays in Los Angeles , San Diego, Palm Springs, and Death Valley National Park, as well as an overnight in Las Vegas. Tour highlights include time in three unique settings: Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Joshua Tree National Park contains two deserts and two large ecosystems. Here, enjoy a jeep tour to learn about the area’s geology, fascinating plants and animals, and rich history. Ash Meadows National Refuge is the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert and home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anyplace else on earth. Here, stroll the boardwalks and learn about this unique area.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Los Angeles

Welcome to sunny California! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Hotel: LA Grand Hotel Downtown, 2 nights

Day 2: Los Angeles

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of “Tinseltown” that takes you from Olvera Street to Hollywood where you can step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Also see Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip, known for nearly 100 years of free expression and escapism. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the “City of Angels” on your own.

Day 3: Los Angeles – Catalina Island – San Diego

This morning, travel to the coast and board a high – speed Ferry for beautiful Catalina Island. Located just 35 kilometres (22 miles) off the coast of southern California, the island has a rich and colourful past. On an island Tour, you’ll learn the history of this unique place and admire beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is time to explore the village of Avalon on your own, shop for unique island gifts or enjoy a delicious lunch at a seaside restaurant. Later, Ferry back to the mainland and continue south along the stunning California coast to San Diego for an evening at leisure.

Hotel: Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown, 2 nights

Day 4: San Diego

Today, enjoy a city sightseeing tour featuring Old Town, Balboa Park, and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. End your tour in Coronado, home to beautiful beaches and elegant mansions. Lunch will be served at the historic Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego’s legendary seaside resort. The resort, known by locals as “the Del” celebrates a rich heritage as the proud host to celebrities, royalty, and U.S. Presidents. After lunch, take a scenic Ferry back to San Diego where your afternoon is free for exploration. You may wish to relive history on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, spend time at Mission Beach, or do some window shopping in one of the city’s neighbourhood shopping districts. Your Tour Director will have additional ideas.

Day 5: San Diego – Temecula – Palm Springs

Today, travel east stopping in picturesque Temecula for a tasting of some of the region’s best wines at a local Vineyard. Continue to the desert playground and mid – century architecture mecca of Palm Springs. Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram to the top of Mount San Jacinto for amazing views of the valley below. Then, hear tales of the town’s famous celebrity residents, past and present, and of the city’s colourful past on an orientation tour.

Hotel: Riviera Palm Springs Resort, 2 nights

Day 6: Palm Springs – Excursion to Joshua Tree National Park

Adventure awaits today in the Mojave Desert as we explore the fascinating landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. The park contains more than 700,000 acres, two deserts, two ecosystems. This unique habitat is also home to the ancient Joshua trees; twisted, spiky trees that oddly soar in all directions skyward. See the park on a JEEP TOUR and learn about the area’s rich history, as well as the geology, flora, and fauna of the California desert. Return to Palm Springs, where the remainder of the day is yours. Relax by your hotel’s pool, stroll the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, or join the locals at the popular VillageFest, offering more than 200 booths of beautiful art, hanDCrafted items, and unique food.

Day 7: Palm Springs – Barstow – Death Valley National Park

Leave the desert oasis of Palm Springs and travel to Barstow, located on the famed Route 66. Take a step back in time with a visit to the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, home to vintage cars, signs, photos, and other memorabilia. Continue to Death Valley National Park, an International Dark Sky Park, the hottest and driest place on earth, and the lowest elevation in North America. Spend the next two nights at the energetic resort, the Ranch at Death Valley.

Special Feature: The Ranch at Death Valley sits in the middle of Death Valley National Park providing visitors an oasis from the surrounding desert. This former working ranch has been thoughtfully transformed into a classic mid – century resort with sprawling lawns, natural springs, towering date palms, and even a spring – fed pool to enhance the experience of this historic gem

Hotel: The Ranch at Death Valley, 2 nights

Day 8: Death Valley National Park

Spend a full day exploring the wonders of Death Valley. Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America (86 metres  – 282 feet below sea level) and home to a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. At Stovepipe Wells, witness the ripples and patterns of the breathtaking sand dunes that rise 30 metres(100 feet) above the Mesquite Flat. After dinner this evening, enjoy a Stargazing Program with a local expert. Due to its vast area and absence of man – made light, Death Valley National Park is the world’s largest International Dark Sky Park and one of the best places to star gaze. Stand in awe as daylight fades and the planets, stars, and constellations come into view.

Day 9: Death Valley National Park – Ash Meadows National Refuge – Las Vegas

A morning stop is made at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, a desert oasis with a rare and unique ecosystem. The refuge is home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that do not exist anywhere else on earth, including desert fish that have existed since the time of the mammoths. Stroll the boardwalks and learn about the early pioneers and the mysterious Devils Hole. Continue on to the bright lights of Las Vegas for a brief orientation tour. Your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner this evening – the perfect ending to your holiday.

Hotel: Treasure Island

Day 10: Depart Las Vegas

The tour ends today with guests departing on individual schedules.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
March: 21, 28$4,649.00Price on Application
September: 19$4,529.00Price on Application
October: 03. 17$4,529.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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