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review 15 Jun 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There were so many memorable parts of this vacation. I wanted to see San Francisco, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. This tour provided me with the opportunity and so much more. The other places visited were unknown to me but they all turned out to be fantastic with stunning scenery and landscape. Even Las Vegas was memorable but two nights in the place was quite enough for me. If I had to pick one memory, it would have to be Yosemite which everyone should see.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The tour is offered in two different directions. I went from San Francisco to Las Vegas with my major highlights at the start. If you take the opposite route you get Yosemite as your final highlight. Consider also when you go. The temperatures in the second half of May ranged from 29F (in the morning at Bryce) to the high 90sF but it was comfortable most of the time. It was due to get hotter after I left. The itinerary given in the trip highlights was largely followed. We were a party of nine with our excellent guide Albi and the transport was comfortable. There was a lot of traveling in the minibus but I expected that. If you want to do a lot of walking this might not be the tour for you. One member of our party didnt think he was getting enough. As a reasonably fit 60 year old, I was happy with the treks provided, and alternatives were offered for those who were less fit. I spent an extra two days in San Francisco and could happily have spent a week there. Go to the Golden Gate Park which was fantastic. I spent an extra day in Las Vegas so that I could visit the Hoover Dam. I took some travelers cheques as insurance but found no problem getting money from ATMs with a UK debit card.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To a limited extent. We stayed in hotels that provided local employment. I joined a group so that I would not be driving a car. We learnt about the Navajo nation and most if not all of us spent money at Navajo gift shops.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It did everything I wanted it to do and left me with a taste for more.

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