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The Wonders of the West, 22 days, 20 nights

Highlights :

  • 8 national parks and many other natural sites,
  • 3 cities to discover : Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco,
  • Various activities : hiking, Grand Canyon flyover, ATV ride in Monument Valley,
  • Lots of photo opportunities : cities, natural sites, flora, fauna,
  • Balance between travel, visits and activities.

Your trip :

Nature
Cities
Sport and adventure
Art and culture
Rythm
Budget

Your service

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Gold

You are fully attended by a bilingual USA expert guide.

Las Vegas by nightDesert View, Grand Canyon National ParkGrant Grove, Kings Canyon National Park

The Wonders of the West, 22 days, 20 nights

From July 13 to August 3, 2017 - 10 participants

Here is yet another incarnation of the 1,001 classical Wonders of the West, with a carefully crafted balance between cities, visits and travel, strictly limited despite the huge distances of the West.

Reserved to a very restricted group in order to preserve friendliness and flexibility, this attended road-trip goes well beyond the customs of its kind. It will know how to please those who wish to take this last picture or make that last purchase.

Your driver-attendant, who designed this program specifically for you and traveled it way more than once, will introduce you to the many faces of the West. Totally bilingual, he attends you from Paris to Paris, takes part in your activities, drives you around and acts as your middleperson between you and local hotelkeepers or guides. You are totally freed of organization, day-to-day and language constraints.

You will visit 8 National Parks including Sequoia, Yosemite, Death Valley, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon, many other outstanding natural sites, such as monument Valley or Horseshoe Bend, and a ghost town.

You will also discover one of the most authentically preserved sections of famous Route 66.

From Los Angeles to Los Angeles, join us on board for three weeks of nature, Western scenery and legendary landscapes.

The West is yours !

Air transport

From Paris to Los Angeles and back, regularly scheduled flights, economy class.

Lodging

★★ ou ★★★ (local standards) hotels or lodges, as close as possible from the visits, accessible by car, with parking, breakfast and internet access.

Travel

12-seat minivan

Comfortable chauffeured 12-seat minivan

  • Automatic air conditioning,
  • GPS,
  • Sirius XM satellite radio.

Roadmap

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From Los Angeles to Los Angeles

3,100 mi.

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Your trip

Los Angeles Airport

Day 1 :

Departure (20 mi., 45 mins)

  • Meet at our airline counter, check-in and departure to Los Angeles,
  • Arrival in the afternoon, rental vehicle collection, hotel transfer.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Be at the airport at least 3 hrs before take-off, for customs and security procedures,
  • We recommend travelers from outside Greater Paris to travel to Paris the day before,
  • We do not schedule a visit on the first day. A short walk will allow you to stretch out after a long flight.
Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, Los Angeles

Day 2 :

Los Angeles and the movies (40 mi., 1 hr 15 mins)

What you will see

  • Visit of a movie studio (Warner or Paramount),
  • Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Grauman's Chinese Theater and its forecourt of famous hand- and footprints,
  • Looking for your favorite celebrities on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,
  • Dinner in Hollywood.
Universal Studios, Universal City, Los Angeles

Day 3 :

Los Angeles (40 mi., & hr 15 mins)

What you will see

  • Universal Studios,
  • Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • One day at Universal Studios,
  • Sunset at Griffith Park (Hollywood Sign),
Joshua Tree National Park

Day 4 :

From Los Angeles to Twentynine Palms (170 mi., 3 hrs 30 mins)

What you will see

  • Joshua Tree National Park.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • The visitor center and its themed presentations,
  • Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park.
Oatman, Historic Route 66

Day 5 :

From Twentynine Palms to Kingman (200 mi., 4 hrs 15 mins)

What you will see

  • Amboy, a derelict village on Historic Route 66,
  • Oatman, an old mining town in the mountain,
  • Route 66 Museum in Kingman

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Mojave Desert and its lunar ladscapes,
  • A section of Historic Route 66 and its legend,
  • The visit of Route 66 Museum in Kingman commented by your attendant.
General Store, Historic Route 66, Hackberry

Day 6 :

From Kingman to Grand Canyon (190 mi., 3 hrs 45 mins)

What you will see

  • Historic Route 66,
  • Hackberry and its general store,
  • Peach Springs and its abandonded service stations,
  • Seligman, its historic center and souvenir shops,
  • Exit 139, where Historic Route 66 meets Interstate 40.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • The commented history of Route 66 from 1926 to 1985,
  • A few sites among the most iconic of Main Street of America,
  • The crossing of beautiful Kaibab Forest.
Grand Canyon

Day 7 :

From Grand Canyon to Page (145 mi., 3 hrs)

What you will see

  • Grand Canyon National Park,
  • Horseshoe Bend.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Grand Canyon airplane flyover,
  • South Rim Trail and its many viewpoints,
  • Desert View,
  • If weather allows, sunset at Horsehoe Bend.
The View, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Day 8 :

From Page to Monument Valley and back (280 mi., 5 hrs 30 mins)

What you will see

  • Monument Valley.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • ATV ride in Monument Valley with a Navajo guide,
  • Goulding Lodge, the history of Monument Valley,
  • Forrest Gump Point, an iconic view of Monument Valley.
The amphitheater, Bryce Canyon National Park

Day 9 :

From Page to Bryce Canyon (185 mi., 4 hrs 30 mins)

What you will see

  • Upper Antelope Canyon,
  • Bryce Canyon National Park.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Upper Antelope Canyon early in the morning, for best photographic light,
  • Stop on the rim of Lake Powell,
  • Red Canyon and its orange cliffs,
  • The red limestone needle amphitheater at Bryce Canyon, an absolute must.
The canyon, Zion National Park

Day 10 :

From Bryce Canyon to Hurricane (110 mi., 2 hrs 30 mins)

What you will see

  • Zion National Park.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • The checkered mesas,
  • In Zion, use the shuttles rather than the minivan,
  • Hike up to the Emerald Pools, 2.5 mi. roundtrip,
  • Riverside Walk, a very quiet hike along the river,
  • The mesas at sunset between Springdale and Hurricane.
Las Vegas by night

Day 11 :

From Hurricane to Las Vegas (170 mi., 3 hrs 15 mins)

What you will see

  • Valley of Fire State Park,
  • Las Vegas.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • The scenic Virgin River Gorge, along Interstate 15,
  • Valley of Fire State Park and its limestone waves,
  • The famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign,
  • Las Vegas, its neons and the Bellagio fountains.
Dunes de Mesquite Flat, Death Valley National Park

Day 12 :

From Las Vegas to Ridgecrest (280 mi., 5 hrs 30 mins)

What you will see

  • Red Rock Canyon,
  • Death Valley National Park.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Zabriskie Point and its petrified sand wrinkles,
  • Artist's Palette and its brightly colored rocks,,
  • The beautiful Mesquite Flat sand dunes,
  • Mosaic Canyon, slightly remote from the main road.
Town entrance, Calico Ghost Town

Day 13 :

From Ridgecrest to Bakersfield (265 mi., 5hrs 15 mins)

What you will see

  • Calico Ghost Town,
  • Bagdad Café at Newberry Springs

Passion USA suggests you :

  • The Mojave Desert landscapes,
  • Calico Ghost town and its Western setting,
  • Bagdad Café, the one from the movie, on Historic Route 66.
The Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park

Day 14 :

From Bakersfield to Fresno (220 mi., 4 hrs 30 mins)

What you will see

  • Sequoia National Park,
  • Kings Canyon National Park.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Tunnel Rock, a natural tunnel under a fallen giant boulder,
  • The Giant Forest and General Sherman, a giant sequoia,
  • The hike up to Tokopah Falls, 3 mi. roundtrip, no difficulty,
  • Grant Grove and its giant sequoias, including General Grant.
Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

Day 15 :

From Fresno to Modesto (200 mi., 4 hrs 30 mins)

What you will see

  • Yosemite National Park.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Mariposa Grove, a short hike in a grove of giant sequoias,
  • Tunnel View, a stunning viewpoint of Yosemite Valley,
  • Bridalveil Fall, a beautiful cascade on the edge of a cliff,
  • El Capitan, a 3,000-ft high vertical cliff,
  • The beautiful Yosemite Valley,
  • The walk-thru tree at Tuolumne Grove.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Day 16 :

From Modesto to San Francisco (120 mi., 2 hrs 30 mins)

What you will see

  • Sausalito, a small town on San Francisco Bay,
  • Le Golden Gate Bridge.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • A walk thru Sausalito to discover the town,
  • The two promontories and the view of Golden Gate Bridge,
  • A walk on the piers in San Francisco,
  • If weather allows, bike thru Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito (9 mi.), back with the ferry.
The Painted Ladies, the painted houses on Alamo Square, San Francisco

Day 17 :

San Francisco

What you will see

  • Walk thru San Francisco.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Lombard Street and its famous hairpin curves,
  • Telegraph Hill and its viewpoint on the Bay and the city,
  • Victorian houses on Hyde Street,
  • Chinatown and its chinese gate,
  • The famous cable car.
Alcatraz, San Francisco

Day 18 :

San Francisco

What you will see

  • Alcatraz.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Commented visit of the prison-island (French and English audioguides available),
  • Walk along the shore to Ghirardelli Square,
  • Shopping (Pier 39 or Union Square),
  • In the evening, if weather allows, sunset at Twin Peaks,
  • Dinner in Castro (gay and lesbian neighborhood).
Shark, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Day 19 :

From San Francisco to San Luis Obispo (270 mi., 5 hrs 30 mins)

What you will see

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium,
  • Paso Robles and its wineries,
  • Morro Bay and its view of the Pacific Ocean,
  • San Luis Obispo.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium is an oceanographic wonder,
  • Visit of a winery in Paso Robles,
  • Walk in downtown San Luis Obispo to enjoy the city.
The beach, Santa Monica

Day 20 :

From San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles (220 mi., 4hrs 30 mins)

What you will see

  • Santa Barbara,
  • Point Mugu,
  • The mountains behind Malibu and Paramount Ranch,
  • Santa Monica.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Pacific Coast Highway and its unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean,
  • The wild mountains scenery near Malibu,
  • Route 66 Western End sign,
  • The huge beach in Santa Monica.
Beverly Hills

Day 21 :

Los Angeles (25 mi., 1 hr)

  • Free morning in Los Angeles,
  • In the afternoon, transfer to the airport, check-in and boarding to Paris.

Passion USA suggests you :

  • Shopping at Rodeo Drive,
  • Beverley Hills and its stars' mansions,
  • Make sure to be at the airport at least 3 hrs before take-off, for customs and security procedures.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2

Day 22 :

Return to France

In the morning, landing at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Our services include

Our services do not include

Insurance

We very strongly recommend subscribing an insurance specifically for this trip. This moderately-priced (3-4% of the overall price of the trip) insurance usefully complements those included with usual premium credit cards. Cancellation and refund conditions, specifically, are much wider, as well as covered persons.

Deliverables

Price

From 2800€ to 4400€ per person, all taxes, charges and duties included.

Price varies according to the number of people sharing the same hotel room.

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