California, Nevada and Arizona vacation

Combine big city thrills with the best of mother nature on this small group tour of the western United States.
Los Angeles San Diego Joshua Tree National Park Grand Canyon National Park Las Vegas Death Valley Yosemite National Park San Francisco
Price
US $2260US $1921ToUS $2420excluding flights
Duration
11 Days
Type
Small group
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Single supplement $355.
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US $2260US $1921ToUS $2420excluding flights
Single supplement $355.
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National Parks of America
America's national parks are like a collection of kingdoms, with Nature seated firmly on the throne, yet each one donning unique crown jewels. Yes, th...

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Reviewed on 16 Aug 2015 by

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


The Bright Angel walk in the Grand Canyon, seeing the sunset from the South Rim of the GC and the Nevada Falls hike in Yosemite.

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


Involve yourself with the other tour members, joining in the group activities in the camp sites and excursions, and help create a team with your fellow vacation makers and tour leader.

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


Only in so far as we stayed in campsites run by local people. At other times we were in hotels and shopped in big stores.

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


Good memories, good experiences.

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2014 by

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


The time spent in Monument Valley was probably the most memorable for me, despite the (lack of) facilities for our overnight camping. Also quiet times in Arches National Park and an early morning walk by myself along the rim of the Grand Canyon. I loved being with the group, but having personal space sometimes is important for me.

Memories of my fellow travelers will last. We had fun.

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


Be prepared for anything, go with the flow as far as you can and know there are always options if you want to stand aside for a while. Everyone does.

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


It supported indigenous people in Monument Valley and local hotel/motel owners in small towns. It didn't proactively reduce environmental impact - we were burning fuel and drinking water which is in short supply.

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


This was an excellent last-minute choice for me and was one of the highlights of my two-month journey across the USA. I am very pleased I did this.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. We travel by these values wherever our groups go; whether exploring remote regions of South East Asia to road trips like this one from LA to San Francisco, exploring the famous National Parks along the way.

This trip takes in some outstanding wilderness areas including the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks. We not only take the opportunity to explore these stunning landscapes but also assist in the conservation efforts of these amazing natural wonders through the entrance fee we pay for access and through the camping fees we pay to stay overnight. We ensure that our visits leave no trace, taking away our rubbish, recycling where possible and staying at approved campsites within the parks with the infrastructure to support our small groups. There will be much opportunity during your park visits to explore on foot, and again in order to protect these conservation areas you’ll be asked to follow and stick to the paths while hiking.

These small steps combined make a big difference to the overall responsibility of touring vacations and you’ll notice other measures we take en route too. For example, you’ll be encouraged to travel with a refillable water bottle during the trip rather than purchasing a new plastic bottle each time you want a drink. The overuse of plastic bottles is becoming a massive problem and one which our travelers can easily stop contributing too.

People

As well as your local, American group leader and driver who will be with you for the duration of the tour, we also employ local site guides at certain points en route. Employing locally not only contributes financially to the local economy and assists employment opportunities, but it gives our travelers experiences those traveling with a UK group leader just can’t match. Exploring Monument Valley in the company of Navajo guide, offering fascinating insights about the largest Native American tribe in the US, whilst revealing the secrets of a region where more than two hundred thousand Native Americans currently live, is a truly memorable experience.

This trip involves a lot of camping and as such many meals will be prepared by the group as a whole using a food kitty system to buy supplies en route. We encourage the use of local, smaller suppliers who have often sourced the fresh foods they are selling regionally, reducing the food mile carbon emissions of our food. When eating out, we’ll tend to lean towards smaller, family run restaurants for the same reason. Not only does this allow us to sample local specialities, but it helps keep the money our visit is generating with those who will see the benefit from it most.

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