Escorted Tours


As well as our amazing fly drives, we also offer small and large group tours all over the US & Canada that take the hassle out of holidaying. These tours have been handpicked by us and include the services of a professional tour leader, transportation and some excursions and meals. 

Below are just a few of our most popular tours, however under each of our sections you will find a selection of tours for each area. If you wish to stay in the US & Canada a bit longer, you can always decide to extend your holiday with a fly drive, wildlife and wilderness adventure  or a city or beach break. The choice is yours! 

Recommended Tours

Thanksgiving in Brew England - Escorted Tour
Price includes, services of professional tour leader, flights, accommodation and tours. 

Guaranteed Departures 2017: 19 November
Guaranteed Departures 2018:  18 November

DAY 1 Boston
Check-in to hotel and this evening mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist. We’ll be given an introduction to our 7-day explo-ration of the New England coast and celebra-tion of the Thanksgiving holiday, all set as a backdrop to the region’s finest craft brewer-ies.

DAY 2 Boston
This morning we’ll take an orientation tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, architecturally significant Back Bay, and bustling waterfront. Boston continues to be an important center of commerce, technology, and the arts for both the region and the country—as well as craft beer. We’ll begin the afternoon with a visit to the Grand-daddy of the craft brew movement in America—the Boston Beer Co., makers of Sam Adams. While some may argue it’s no longer a craft brewery, the tour and specialty tast-ings are worth the visit.
From the big to the small. Sam Adams kicked off a proliferation of craft breweries in the area. We’ll tour and taste brews from some of the newest microbreweries in the city.
OPTIONAL: Boston’s other craft brewery hosts a pairing dinner to celebrate the city’s herit-age of freshly caught seafood and even more freshly made beer.

DAY 3 Boston-Portsmouth-Ogunquit (78mi/126km)
We head north to Portsmouth, a port city with cobblestoned streets, a downtown filled with charming shops and restaurants, significant examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style houses, and brewers who continue New England’s rich beer-making history. And like a true New Englander, the beers brewed here are approachable, dependable and impervi-ous to trends. After a tour and tastings we’ll continue along the coast to Ogunquit, a pop-ular beach resort whose name means “beautiful place by the sea”.
OPTIONAL: Tonight, enjoy an inventive dinner menu to match a selection of beers that would make any beer geek proud.

DAY 4 Ogunquit—Portland—Ogunquit (75mi/121km)
Start the day with a walk on the Marginal Way, a mile-long, paved foot path along the rocky coast with picture-perfect views worthy of any photography book.
In Freeport, there’ll be free time at world-famous outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean for some Christmas shopping before visiting Portland.
This afternoon we’ll travel to Portland, ranked #1 craft beer city in the world by Matador Network. With a population of 200,00, this “old” city with a young vibe is home to 19 craft brewing companies and an additional 15 craft brew pubs. We’ll tour several that interpret historic styles with unique twists. We’ll return to Ogunquit. Evening is free to explore the village, take a walk along the beach and enjoy the local restaurants.

DAY 5 Ogunquit—Plymouth (111mi/179km)
It’s Thanksgiving Day and we travel to “America’s hometown”, Plymouth. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Plimoth Plantation, where Pilgrim role players and Native interpreters host us. We’ll also visit the Mayflower II, Wampanoag Homesite, and 17th century English village.

DAY 6 Plymouth—Wrentham—Plymouth
It’s Black Friday and the sales begin.
We’ll transfer to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. With 170 outlet stores from high-end boutique and department stores to everyday clothing and electronic offerings, all your Christmas shopping can be completed here.
OPTIONAL: A final night dinner will include pairings from Plymouth’s local brewery. In 1620, the water couldn’t be trusted, so it was beer that quenched the Pilgrim thirst - as it will ours.

Day 7 Plymouth—Boston
We transfer to Boston this morning where we’ll have free time at Faneuil Hall Marketplace before a late afternoon transfer to Logan International Airport

This Trip includes-

  • 6 night Accommodation
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Plimoth Planta-tion
  • Welcome Reception
  • Transportation via air-conditioned small Coach, Sprinter, or Van
  • Professional Guide/Beerologist
  • Scheduled Brewery Tours/Tastings
  • Sightseeing to include: Boston and Cambridge including the Freedom Trail, Harvard Yard, Faneuil Hall Market Place, Portsmouth’s Histor-ic Center, Portland Head Light, Port-land’s Old Port, Plymouth Rock, Plimoth Plantation, Wrentham Village Premium Shopping Outlets
6 Nights
Prices from:
£1853 per person

Brew England, Beaches, Bluffs & Beer - Escorted Tour
Price includes, services of professional tour leader, flights, accommodation and tours. 

Guaranteed Departures 2017: 20 May, 3 June, 30 September, 7 October
Guaranteed Departures 2018:  19 May, 2 June, 29 September, 6 October

DAY 1 Boston
Check-in to hotel and this evening mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficiona-do and destination specialist. We’ll be given an introduction to our 7-day exploration of New England. From the historic streets of Boston, to the breathtaking beauty of Maine’s rocky coastline and the awe-inspiring mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, we’ll taste the holy grails of craft beer in each region.

DAY 2 Boston—Portsmouth—Ogunquit (78mi/126km)
This morning we’ll take an orientation tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, architecturally significant Back Bay, and bustling waterfront. Boston continues to be an important center of commerce, technology and the arts for both the region and the country—as well as craft beer, but we’ll save the tastings for the last day.
In the afternoon we head north to Portsmouth, a port city with cobblestoned streets, a down-town filled with charming shops and restau-rants, significant examples of Colonial, Geor-gian, and Federal style houses, and brewers who continue New England’s rich beer-making history. And, like a true New Englander, the beers brewed here are approachable, de-pendable and impervious to trends. After a tour and tastings we’ll continue along the coast to Ogunquit, a popular beach resort whose name means “beautiful place by the sea”.
OPTIONAL: Tonight, enjoy an inventive dinner menu to match a selection of beers that would make any beer geek proud.

DAY 3 Ogunquit—Portland—Ogunquit (75mi/121km)
MORNING OPTIONAL: Start the day with a walk on the Marginal Way, a mile-long, paved foot path along the rocky coast with picture-perfect views worthy of any photography book. Upon arrival at Perkins Cove, board a lobster boat for a one-hour cruise. See traps hauled and lob-sters caught by authentic Maine lobstermen. The tour guide will provide a detailed explana-tion of the lobster fishery and the many scenic points of interest along the way. This afternoon we’ll travel to Portland, ranked #1 craft beer city in the world by Matador Net-work. With a population of 200,000, this old port city with a young vibe is home to 19 craft brew-ing companies and an additional 15 craft brew pubs. We’ll tour several that interpret historic styles with unique twists.
We’ll return to Ogunquit. Evening is free to ex-plore the village shops and restaurants.

DAY 4 Ogunquit—Jackson (88mi/142km)
This morning we’ll travel through the lakes re-gion and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Spend time in North Conway for shopping at its famous tax-free outlets.
OR
OPTIONAL: Travel to Mt. Washington and ride the Cog Railway to the summit of the eastern seaboard’s tallest peak. The Cog is the world’s first mountain-climbing railway and a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Once at the top, one can visit the Observatory Museum and the historic Tiptop House before the trip down. On a clear day, the view extends all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
OPTIONAL: This evening enjoy a hearty, New England-style dinner paired with the best of New Hampshire’s booming craft beer scene.

DAY 5 Jackson—Stowe (125mi/201km)
Today we drive along the Kancamagus High-way, a 55 km long two-lane road, considered one of the most scenic drives in the region. It has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the US Department of Transportation. Cross over the border into Vermont, regularly ranked near the top of the list as having the most number of breweries per capita in the country. We taste our way to Stowe, a charm-ing resort town at the base of Mt. Mansfield.
OPTIONAL: For dinner this evening we’ll savor fresh, farm-to-table dishes featuring Vermont products, all expertly paired with Vermont craft brews.

DAY 6 Stowe—Northern Vermont—Stowe (65mi/105km)
One can use the amenities of the resort this morning or choose an optional.
OPTIONAL: “Cooking with Vermont Beer“ will be the subject in this cooking class led by a Cook Academy chef. Learn the most delicious ways to incorporate local brews into cuisine.
OR
OPTIONAL: Take a guided, relaxed horse back ride through the foothills of the Green Moun-tains. Ride through serene woodlands with spectacular views of Mount Mansfield and Smugglers Notch. Keep the camera at the ready to capture pictures of wildlife and beauti-ful scenery.
This afternoon we’ll follow Vermont’s IPA High-way to some of the state’s most sought-after breweries renown for their India Pale Ale (IPA) and in between there’s lots of scenery and quintessential New England places to stop.
OPTIONAL: Final night dinner at the Trapp Family Lodge, owned and still operated by the von Trapp family, made famous in the movie The Sound of Music. Their beer is brewed on site and pairs perfectly with each course.

DAY 7 Stowe—Woodstock—Boston (212mi/341km)
We’ll make a short stop in Woodstock, named “the prettiest small town in America” by Yankee Magazine, while en route to Boston.
Upon arrival, we’ll visit the Grand-daddy of the craft brew movement in America—the Boston Beer Co, makers of Sam Adams. While some may argue it’s no longer a craft brewery, the tour and tastings of some of their more unique brews are worth the visit.
Departing members will be brought to Logan International airport by late afternoon.

This Trip Includes: 

  • 6 night Accommodation
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • Welcome Reception
  • Transportation via air-conditioned small Coach, Sprinter, or Van
  • Professional Guide/Beerologist
  • Scheduled Brewery Tours/Tastings
  • Sightseeing to include: Boston and Cambridge including the Freedom Trail, Harvard Yard, Faneuil Hall Market Place, Portsmouth’s Historic Center, Portland Headlight, Portland’s Old Port, White Mountains of New Hamp-shire, Kancamagus Scenic Byway, Woodstock VT, Stowe VT including Von Trapp Family Lodge


 

6 Nights
Prices from:
£2512 per person

Colorado Mountain Crest & Crafts Brews - Escorted Tour
Price includes, services of professional tour leader, flights, accommodation and tours. 

Guaranteed Departures 2017: 10 June, 22 July, 12 August, 16 September.
Guaranteed Departures 2018: 9 June, 21 July, 11 August, 15 September. 

DAY 1 Denver
This evening, after checking into our Denver hotel, mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist. We’ll be given an introduction to this 12-day exploration of breathtaking National Parks, regional culture, history, and—of course—fresh, local craft beer!

DAY 2 Denver
This morning we’ll take a tour through Denver. Catch stunning views of the Rocky Mountains in between stops at historic and cultural locations, emerging neighborhoods, and hidden gems of the Mile-High city.
In the afternoon visit the brewery district of River North (known as RiNo). We’ll tour some of the 45 breweries located in this capital city, each producing beer with very distinct aroma, body and finish.
OPTIONAL: Enjoy a dinner comprised of region-al cuisine paired with specially selected brews. Denver is known for its creative spin on beef and game dishes, and diners can expect the unexpected.

Day 3 Denver- Estes Park- Boulder (108mi/174km)
In the morning we’ll set out for Estes Park, at the eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. With over 100 mountains measuring over 11,000 feet, we’ll travel trails viewing majestic peaks in every direction—and see wildlife roaming the valleys below. After the tour we’ll travel to Boulder. Boulder is one of three points that make up the Denver Beer Triangle (along with Denver and Fort Collins).
The city is home to the University of Colorado and is frequently listed at the top of health and well-being rankings. We’ll visit a local brewery where classic standards such as lagers, porters, and ales are made year-round. Seasonal beers round out the selection.
OPTIONAL: Tonight’s dinner will celebrate Boulder’s craft brew and culinary reputation of unique and bold flavors.

Day 4 Boulder- Glenwood Springs(168mi/270km)
This morning’s scenic route passes jagged cliffs and takes us into Glenwood Springs, a mecca for mineral hot springs enthusiasts.
OPTIONAL: Take a relaxing soak in the thermal mineral waters at Iron Mountain Hot Springs’ 16 small, naturally-formed pools.
OPTIONAL: Enjoy a custom-designed dinner menu of fresh fish caught in local rivers com-bined with the perfect local brews.

DAY 5 Glenwood Springs—Grand Junction—Telluride (213mi/342km)
Today we travel through the Colorado Nation-al Monument. Here, towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. It is one of the great landscapes of the American West. There’ll be time in the western Colorado town of Grand Junction before traveling along by-ways with more spectacular scenery to the mountain village of Telluride. Upon arrival, we’ll quench our thirst with the smooth-tasting flavors of beer from one of the highest microbreweries in the world.
OPTIONAL: This evening enjoy a dinner consist-ing of farm-to-table ingredients paired with Telluride’s prized local beers.

DAY 6 Telluride
Today, explore on own or join the morning op-tional and included afternoon hike.
MORNING OPTIONAL: Get an up close view of the high country scenery in an exciting half day Jeep tour. This afternoon we’ll head into the San Juan Mountains on foot for a half-day guided hike.
The evening is free to enjoy the atmosphere of this historic Victorian mining town.

DAY 7 Telluride—Silverton—Durango (121mi/195km)
We’ll travel along the Million Dollar Highway today between Ouray, a charming town sur-rounded by steep mountains, and Silverton, an old silver mining town. Much of Silverton is con-sidered a National Historic Landmark and is the depot town of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 3 ft. narrow gauge herit-age railroad has been hauling freight and pas-sengers in continuous operation since 1882.
OPTIONAL: Ride the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad along the Animas River, through wilderness inaccessible by any road, for a steam-powered arrival into Durango.
Those who do not choose the optional will drive to Durango on the coach.
OPTIONAL: Durango breweries will be featured in this evening’s pairing dinner, alongside cui-sine influenced by a mixture of Old West history and contemporary flair.

DAY 8 Durango—Mesa Verde—Durango (112mi/180km)
Today we’re off to Mesa Verde National Park, the largest archeological preserve in the US. Here we’ll get a look at cave dwellings inhabit-ed by groups of nomadic American Indians as early as 7500 BC. Upon our return to Durango we’ll visit a couple of the oldest craft breweries in the state. Water born high in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado makes these hand-crafted brews taste so good.
The evening is free to explore Durango’s local culture and cuisine.

DAY 9 Durango—Great Sand Dunes Nat’l Park—Salida (258mi/415km)
We’ll travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve where we’ll find the tallest sand dunes in North America. We’ll spend the night in Salida, a quaint, west-ern style town with a creative arts scene and a selection of breweries, distilleries, and wineries.
Explore Salida’s restaurant dining options on own this evening.

DAY 10 Salida—Colorado Springs (112mi/180km)
Depart for Colorado Springs, stopping at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Hanging high above Colorado’s wild Arkansas River, the Roy-al Gorge Bridge is America’s highest suspension bridge and a legendary feat of engineering renowned the world over.
Upon arrival in Colorado Springs, we’ll savor brews from some of the city’s more than 25 tap rooms.
OPTIONAL: Tonight’s dinner and pairings will feature Colorado Springs’ internationally di-verse cuisine and big tastes from small, local beer companies.

This Trip includes: 

  • 11 night Accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Welcome Reception
  • Transportation via air-conditioned small Coach, Sprinter, or Van
  • Professional Guide/Beerologist
  • Scheduled Brewery Tours/Tastings
  • Sightseeing to include: Rocky Moun-tain National Park, Colorado National Monument, Telluride Hike, Million Dol-lar Highway, Ouray, Silverton, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, US Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs


 

11 Nights
Prices from:
£4146 per person

Pacific NorthWest Peaks and Pours - Escorted Tour
Price includes, Services of professional Tour Leader, flights, accommodation and tours.

Guaranteed Departures 2017: 21 June, 12 July, August 9, September 20
Guaranteed Departures 2018: 20 June, 11 July, 8 August, 19 September.

DAY 1 Seattle:
This evening, mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination spe-cialist. We’ll be given an introduction to our 9-day exploration of the Pacific Northwest’s unri-valed beauty; spectacular waterfalls and lakes, magnificent mountains and volcanic monu-ments, young, vibrant cities—and some of the most imaginative craft beers in the country.

DAY 2 Seattle
This morning we’ll tour Seattle, an unpretentious port city populated with natural and cultural amenities that epitomize the attraction of the Northwest. Visit its colorful neighborhoods and iconic attractions such as historic Pioneer Square, the Space Needle,Pike Place Market. This afternoon will be for tastings. The prolifera-tion of Seattle craft breweries is mind boggling. The city’s small-batch producers tend to know their stuff, producing solid line-ups of supremely drinkable IPAs, stouts, and more.
OPTIONAL: Tonight, enjoy a dinner comprised of regional cuisine paired with specially selected brews. Seattle dishes are heavily influenced by Asian and Native American traditions and typi-cally feature locally-caught seafood.

DAY 3 Seattle—Portland (175mi/281km)
Portland sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. Upon arrival we’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city and its iconic gardens. This after-noon, one can explore more of the city on own or take part in one of the offered optional tours.
OPTIONAL: Join a bicycle tour that will take us to breweries featuring local classics as well as innovative and fresh flavors.
OR
OPTIONAL: Taste Portland during this walking tour to some of the downtown area’s most unique restaurants, food emporiums and food carts, all while experiencing the City of Roses’ eclectic mix of neighborhoods.

DAY 4 Portland—Columbia River Gorge—Portland (124mi/200km)
Spend this day taking in the beauty of two ma-jor Pacific Northwest rivers: the Columbia and Hood Rivers. We’ll visit Columbia River Gorge and experience the power and beauty of na-ture up close at Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall (186m) roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water.
Award-winning breweries align the towns along the Hood River. We’ll stop at some of the 10 breweries in this area. Imaginative flavors are created here using local malts, hops and fresh fruit in its beers.
OPTIONAL: Enjoy a dinner consisting of farm-to-table ingredients expertly paired with beer from Portland’s innovative breweries.

Day 5 Portland- Eugene-Ashland (291mi/468km)
This morning we’ll tour the city of Eugene, home to the University of Oregon and a prominent arts community. After a short walking tour, we’ll stop in an area of Eugene aligned with local breweries, all part of Eugene’s Ale Trail. There’ll be time on own for lunch and tastings before heading to Ashland, home to Oregon’s year-round Shakespeare Festival.
OPTIONAL: Enjoy dinner at one of this foodie mecca’s favorite restaurants before attending a performance of the town’s year-round Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Warm summer nights move some performances outside to enjoy under the stars.

DAY 6 Ashland—Crater Lake—Ashland (150mi/241km)
Today we’ll take a day trip to Crater Lake Na-tional Park. Created by a collapsed volcano after a violent eruption more than 7,000 years ago, scientists marvel at its purity. Fed only by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the US at nearly 600m. Stand in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting. A National Park Ranger will talk to us about the Park’s origins and spe-cial features before we take a leisurely hike filled with breathtaking views and photo oppor-tunities.
Back in Ashland we’ll have time on our own for dinner in the downtown area.

DAY 7 Ashland—Santa Rosa (360mi/580km)
Today we travel to Northern California’s Sono-ma County. Well-known for its rolling hillsides of grape vines, it has also become a haven for craft beer with at least two dozen operating breweries and more opening seemingly every day.
End the day by enjoying the amenities of the hotel. The hotel has a full-service spa and health club, two Olympic-sized pools, and ten-nis courts. OPTIONAL: We’ll visit the neighboring town of Healdsburg to discover its unique treasures. Here one will find world class shopping, renowned art and sculpture, and plenty of wine tasting and tap rooms. Then sit down to one of the town’s distinctive eateries for a pairing dinner.

DAY 8 Santa Rosa—Sonoma/Napa—Santa Rosa (80mi/129km)
We’ll journey to Armstrong Forest and walk among the giant Redwoods. Then follow the coast to Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchcock filmed “The Birds”. We’ll see the sites from this classic movie before visiting historic Sonoma Plaza.
Or choose from one of the following optionals:
OPTIONAL: Board the Napa Valley Wine Train for a two-hour excursion through wine country’s rolling hillsides to Grgich Hills Estate for a tour of its winery and tastings. Lunch will be onboard the train en route, followed by dessert on the return journey in the train’s vintage 1915 Pullman lounge cars.
OR
OPTIONAL: Take a casual bicycle tour along country roads and historic streets through charming sections of Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, stopping at three different breweries to taste locally crafted beers. The knowledgeable guide will share Sonoma secrets and the history of brewing in the area, while you soak up the gorgeous scenery of wine country rolling hills and vineyards.
Before dinner, enjoy the amenities of the hotel; go for a swim or reserve a treatment at the spa.
OPTIONAL: This evening cap off the tour by dining on fresh Northern California dishes paired with the region’s local beers and wines.

DAY 9 Santa Rosa—Sausalito—SFO
Depart Santa Rosa for San Francisco. We’ll stop in Sausalito, a unique and picturesque community, perched on a hillside between the San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands. After our visit, we’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.
Departing members will be brought to SFO by late afternoon.

The trip Includes:

  •  8 night Accommodation
  • ​4 Breakfasts
  • Welcome Reception
  • Transportation via air-conditioned small Coach, Sprinter, or Van
  • Professional Guide/Beerologist
  • Scheduled Brewery Tours/Tastings
  • Sightseeing to include:
    Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Portland’s Washington Park Rose Gardens, Columbia River Gorge & Multnomah Falls, Eugene walking tour, Crater Lake, Armstrong Forest, Bodega Bay, Sausalito
8 Nights
Prices from:
£3390 per person

National Park Lodges - Escorted Tour

Guaranteed Departures 2017- 22 May - 05 Jun, 09 Jun - 23 Jun, 15 Jun - 29 Jun, 18 Jun - 02 Jul, 02 Jul - 16 Jul, 24 Aug - 07 Sep, 03 Sep - 17 Sep, 15 Sep- 29 Sep.

2018-  21 May - 04 Jun, 08 Jun - 22 Jun, 14 Jun - 28 Jun, 01 Jul - 15 Jul, 23 Aug - 06 Sep, 02 Sep- 16 Sep, 14 Sep - 28 Sep.

This unique tour explores the crown jewels of America's National Park system, whilst enjoying the luxurious comfort of its historic lodges. Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon showcase some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the US, and their expansive vistas and abundant wildlife have been attracting visitors for over 100 years. Lodges that were built at the turn of the century to cater to this early wave of tourists are still operational in all their former glory, and today they're more than just places to stay, they're pieces of history!

Day 1: San Francisco 
Welcome to the 'City by the Bay' in sunny California. San Francisco is a city which the locals are fiercely proud of and for good reason. There's plenty to keep you entertained but the best introduction is to jump on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or book one of our 'Urban Adventures' around the city. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel.

Day 2: San Francisco and Yosemite National Park
After departing San Francisco you head east through California's historic gold country then high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the magnificent Yosemite National Park. You begin with an easy trail walk to the Giant Sequoia Trees before your two night stay at your Yosemite Lodge.

Day 3: Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. The Yosemite Valley beckons. Here you may cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. 

You will get to hike on one of the many trails enabling you to leave the crowds behind. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breathtaking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on your minds. In the evening you return to your historic lodge and have the chance to relax with a cocktail on the veranda.

Day 4: Death Valley National Park
One of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth, Death Valley is blessed with some of the most extreme and beautiful landscapes. Sculpted by erosion, richly tinted mudstone hills and canyons await exploration, with sand dunes and salt pans making for some exceptional photos. You cover a long distance today and you'll see some fascinating and contrasting scenery on your journey.

Day 5: Zion National Park
Make your way back to Utah and onto the soaring red and white cliffs of Zion, one of the most spectacular destinations in the USA park system. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their 'promised land'. Some of the best hiking in this desert terrain of Southwest USA can be found here, in and around the fertile Virgin River as it meanders below massive, cathedral-like sandstone walls. Upon arriving you'll enjoy a hike along the narrows of the Virgin River.

Day 6: Zion & Bryce Canyon National Park
With an early morning rise you have half a day to spend as you wish, perhaps spend some time hiking the wonderful park trails. Warm up your legs by taking some of the short hikes from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald Pool and then continue on to the sparkling Upper Emerald Pools, passing a beautiful waterfall along the way. Cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk section of the Virgin River. Zion is also home to epic red rock vistas, tiny grottoes, hanging gardens and meadows of mesa-top wildflowers - it's a wonderful place to spend a couple of days.

Leaving Zion National Park you climb in elevation to almost 2,438 metres (8,296ft.) and traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a fascinating natural amphitheater of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as hoodoos. There are a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty. The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop Trails will enable you to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations. Some may prefer to hike on the Queen's Garden Trail or remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky.

Day 7-8: Grand Canyon National Park
Head to the Grand Canyon, for the ultimate desert showstopper! Traversing the eastern entrance of the canyon, you'll catch your first glimpse at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, stretching for almost 300 miles and plunging to depths of over 6,000ft., there's plenty of rock to go round and viewing points from the south and west rims enable some jaw-dropping moments. Aside from the views, you'll also discover plenty of opportunities to get active with hiking trails. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 1,450 miles (2,330km) through seven US states and two Mexican states. 

In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offers a perspective that you simply can't see visiting on foot. Also recommended is the film show at the IMAX Theater, which'll give you an excellent overview of the area and how it developed. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's natural wonders.

Day 9: Monument Valley
In the heart of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Monument Valley is sacred land to those who call it home. The red sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless Westerns and the best way to experience this special place is on a Navajo guided backroads tour, where you'll be taken to parts of the park that you can only reach by jeep. Listen to traditional stories and learn more about the history of the Navajo Nation. As you come across geological wonders, petroglyph drawings of animals and pottery crafted by local people, you'll soon realise why this place is so special to all who visit. There's also ample time to relax and view the valley's surreal sunset.

Day 10-11: Moab & Arches National Park
Today you are treated with yet more spectacular scenery amid the magnificent splendour of Arches National Park. Your base will be in Moab, the perfect place for restaurants and activity providers and your home for the next two days. These stunning red sandstone arches have been created over millions of years by the whipping wind down the west slope of the Rocky Mountains. Here you have the opportunity to hike to many of these incredible arches, some of which are known as Landscape Arch and the famous Delicate Arch, the latter being the most iconic and more photographed of the arches in the park. Alternatively, why not tackle the terrain high above on a guided `hummer' tour or take a float trip down the Colorado River. Arches National Park is a photographer's playground with many a sandstone edifice providing the foreground against a clear blue or flame red sky. With hardly any light pollution there's plenty to see after dark too.

Day 12: Salt Lake City
Your next destination is the capital of Utah, Salt Lake City. With a city population of 186,000 and a metropolitan population of 1.13 million, it's the largest city in the state. Founded in 1847 by Brigham Young and his Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) followers. Salt Lake City is still the base for the religion although less than half the population in the city today are Mormons. Enjoy a city tour with a local Mormon guide and see the city from a local's perspective.

Day 13 - 14: Salt Lake City and Yellowstone National Park
Arrive in Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park and home to a large variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, wolves, bison and elk. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of the park sits in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana. Yellowstone has one of the highest concentrations of geothermal activity on the planet. Herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers and steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s destroyed much of the park, but it has recovered to the extent that it is now a living monument to nature's power of regeneration. From lush mountain meadows and vast freshwater lakes to sensuous pine forests and flower strewn hillsides, lovers of infinite wilderness will be in their absolute element in Yellowstone National Park.

Day 15: Grand Teton National Park & Jackson
You continue your journey in Wyoming, travelling through Grand Teton National Park where you have a scenic ferry included across Jenny Lake and the chance to hike up to Inspiration Point past waterfalls to a viewpoint that will take your breath away. Your tour finishes in the Western town of Jackson.

It's recommended to spend a few extra nights to experience this truly authentic Western town. Once home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now the base for hikers to take on some lovely hiking trails, as well as a town renowned for its cafes and Western style saloons! With a permanent population of around 8,600 people and a far greater transient tourist population, it attracts many of the rich and famous and is a great base for exploring the nearby wilderness.

14 Nights
Prices from:
£4371 per person

Western Explorer - Escorted Tour
 

Guaranteed Departures 2017- 29 Mar- 10 Apr, 13 Apr- 25 Apr, 30 Apr- 12 May , 17 May - 29 May, 09 Jun - 21 Jun, 27 Jun - 09 Jul, 25 Jul - 06 Aug, 30 Jul- 11 Aug, 10 Aug - 22 Aug, 30 Aug- 11 Sep, 09 Sep - 21 Sep, 25 Sep - 07 Oct, 08 Oct - 20 Oct, 17 Oct - 29 Oct, 26 Nov - 08 Dec, 17 Dec- 29 Dec 

2018 Departures- 28 Mar - 09 Apr, 12 Apr - 24 Apr, 29 Apr- 11 May, 16 May - 28 May, 08 Jun- 20 Jun, 26 Jun- 08 Jul, 24 Jul - 05 Aug , 29 Jul - 10 Aug, 09 Aug - 21 Aug, 29 Aug - 10 Sep, 08 Sep - 20 Sep , 24 Sep - 06 Oct, 07 Oct - 19 Oct, 16 Oct- 28 Oct

A medley of man-made and natural wonders, are on full display on this popular tour of Western USA. Las Vegas Boulevard, Yosemite Valley and the Grand Canyon, are rivaled only by the power and beauty of the Navajo's sacred Monument Valley. Hike under the world's largest sandstone cliffs at Zion Canyon, swim in the clear blue waters of Lake Powell and gaze upon the ever-changing colors of Bryce Canyon. Adventure awaits around every corner in the most geographically diverse region of the United States.

Day 1: San Francisco
Welcome to the 'City by the Bay' in sunny California. San Francisco is a city which the locals are fiercely proud of and for good reason. There's plenty to keep you entertained but the best introduction is to jump on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or book one of our 'Urban Adventures' around the city. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel.

Day 2 San Francisco to Yosemite National Park
After departing San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, you head east through California's historic gold country and make tracks for Yosemite where everything is super-sized, including some of North America's tallest cliffs, waterfalls and trees. You check into your hotel in the scenic Yosemite National Park region - your 'home' for the next two nights.

Day 3-4: Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park sits nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range of northern California. Here green forest meets granite walls measuring several thousand feet in height. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale the rocks whilst hikers get to walk to the base of some of the largest waterfalls in the world. After a visit to see the amazing giant sequoia trees, Yosemite Valley beckons. Here you may cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows. You get to hike on one of the many trails that allow that enables you to leave the crowds behind. The famous sites situated along these trails include Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Mirror Lake and Half Dome. The views are breathtaking from every vantage point - the granite formations of Half Dome, El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks are sure to be forever etched on your minds.

Day 5: Death Valley
One of the hottest, driest and lowest places on earth, Death Valley is blessed with some of the most extreme and beautiful landscapes. Sculpted by erosion, richly tinted mudstone hills and canyons await exploration, and sand dunes and salt pans make for some exceptional photos. You cover some great distances today, but also get to see some fascinating and contrasting scenery on our road trip.

Day 5: Zion National Park
You make your way to Utah and your destination - Zion National Park. Like an oasis rising up from the desert floor, Zion's multi-coloured cliffs and spring-fed hanging gardens are spectacular. Zion Canyon was named by the early Mormon settlers of Utah who thought of it as their 'promised land'. Some of the best hiking in this desert terrain of southwest USA can be found here in and around the fertile Virgin River Gorge. With an early arrival today and two nights here, you will have plenty of time to explore.

Day 6 & 7: Zion National Park
Explore the delights of Zion National Park. There are various hikes to choose from, ranging from easy to strenuous ones. You can warm up your legs by taking some of the short hikes from the valley floor to view the Lower Emerald pool and then continue on to the sparkling Upper Emerald pools, passing a waterfall along the way to discover Zion's "beach." You can also cool off from the summer sun by exploring the Riverside Walk section of the Virgin River.

If you are feeling ambitious, enjoy the park's more challenging option and ascend 760 metres (2500 feet) to experience unbeatable panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing. After a beautiful but strenuous hike along the knife-edge ridgeline you will be rewarded with one of the most breathtaking and powerful panoramas you will ever experience. If weather conditions permit, you may choose to hike deep into the Zion Narrows. Of course, horse riding is available if you would prefer a seat with a view!

Day 8: Bryce Canyon National Park
Leaving Zion National Park you climb in elevation to almost 2438 metres (8000 feet) and traverse a high plateau to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a fascinating natural amphitheatre of pink, orange and white sandstone spires, known locally as 'hoodoos'. There are a variety of scenic overlooks and trails that range from easy to moderate in difficulty. The Navajo or Peek-a-Boo Loop trails will enable you to hike right in amongst these unique rock formations. You may prefer to hike on the Queen's Garden or Peekaboo Loop trails or remain on the rim and photograph the ever-changing shadows and hues as the sun makes its way across the wide-open sky.

Day 9: Lake Powell & Antelope Canyon
Returning south along Scenic Highway 89, you descend from the high plateau to the arid plains and past the Vermillion Cliffs en route to Lake Powell. Located on the border of Utah and Arizona and created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Powell has a shoreline that stretches longer than the western coast of the USA! Many say that Glen Canyon was even more spectacular than the Grand Canyon before the dam was built. Now the lake is a haven for water sports or for relaxing in one of the many sandstone coves. Included is a Navajo guided visit to stunning Antelope Slot Canyon which in Navajo language means 'the place where water runs through rocks'. Your guide will show you how flash floods have carved and sculpted this beautiful area. In the late afternoon you have the chance to swim before spending the night in a hotel near this beautiful lake.

Day 10: Monument Valley
Stop at Horseshoe Bend for an amazing view of the Colorado River. Then to the heart of the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley, a sacred land to those who call it home. The red sandstone monoliths and spectacular sunsets and sunrises have been the backdrop to countless 'westerns' featuring cowboys riding off into the desert. You can explore the incredible array of rock formations on an optional guided backroads tour and learn the magic and myth of the rich Native American culture. The Navajo Tribal Lands of Monument Valley are a true photographer's paradise. You enjoy a guided 4X4 exploration of the tribal lands with a Navajo guide, and in the evening enjoy an included dinner by dining out on the famous Navajo tacos.

Day 11-12: Grand Canyon National Park
After a spectacular sunrise you leave Monument Valley onwards to Grand Canyon. Traversing the eastern entrance of the canyon, you catch your first glimpse of it at Desert View. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven US states and two Mexican states.

In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offer a perspective that you cannot see by visiting on foot. Also recommended is the film show at the IMAX Theater, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. Alternatively, stroll the easy meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the World's natural wonders. There is also time to shop for local souvenirs.

Day 13: Route 66, Hoover Dam & Las Vegas
En route to Vegas you travel a section of the original Route 66 and visit the quirky town of Seligman before stopping for a view of the mighty Hoover Dam - now for the hedonistic Sin City, which really has to be seen to be believed. Las Vegas is the fastest growing city in the United States and renowned as the 'tacky capital of the world' - home to pirates and pyramids, weddings and waterfalls. Upon arrival enjoy a driving tour down the famous Las Vegas Strip, this desert city really comes alive at night with casinos, shows and the Bellagio Fountain's regular displays. We recommend booking extra nights to explore the city which should be done at the time of booking.

12 Nights
Prices from:
£2782 per person

Historic Route 66 – Escorted Tour
 

Guaranteed Departures 2017- 01 Jul - 14 Jul, 19 Aug - 01 Sep, 02 Sep - 15 Sep

2018- 30 Jun-13 Jul, 18 Aug-31 Aug, 01 Sep-14 Sep

Immortalized in folklore, cinema and song, Route 66 remains the iconic symbol of the great American road trip; a journey of adventure, discovery and the freedom of the open road. Cruising 'America's Main Street', the first paved highway linking Chicago with the West. You'll cross eight states and make a small detour for the biggest sight in the West, the magnificent Grand Canyon. From snow-cones and corndogs, to cowboys, country music and rock'n'roll - it's classic Americana all the way, as you travel from the heartland to the coast on the world's most famous road.

Day 1: Chicago
You've arrived in Chicago, the official start of Route 66. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs in your hotel for you to meet you tour leader and fellow travelling companions with the remainder of the day free to explore. Grab yourself a slice of deep-dish pizza, venture up the Willis Tower or take to the streets for your very own walking tour along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Day 2: Chicago to Springfield
After leaving Chicago, You will head south to the first iconic Route 66 stop, Springfield, the capital of the state of Illinois. Springfield's favourite son was Abraham Lincoln and you pay a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, which is the home that he lived in with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, from 1844 until 1861 when he became US president. Springfield is also the birthplace of the corndog and drive-thru restaurants.

Day 3: St Louis
From Springfield, Illinois, it is only a couple of hours driving to St Louis, Missouri. St Louis is one of the largest cities in USA with a metropolitan population of over 2.8 million. Founded in 1764 it became a major port on the Mississippi River and even hosted the Olympic Games in 1904. The Gateway Arch commemorates the settlement of America's West and it was from here that countless pioneers set out to conquer the wild frontier. Stop at Ted Drewes, an Iconic Route 66 attraction, and try a `Concrete' - über-thick milkshakes made from vanilla frozen custard. Perhaps you can spend the evening checking out the city's vibrant nightlife.

Day 4: Branson
Home to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and their version of 'The Strip', Branson has become to country music what Las Vegas is to gambling. With over 50 dinner theatres, shows and other entertainment oddities, Branson is where it is at in Missouri.

Day 5-6: Oklahoma City
Oklahoma, with more driveable miles of the old highway than any other state, is a mecca for fans of the Mother Road. Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state. You spend a couple of nights here and enjoy a full day to discover some of the city's many cultural attractions. Visit the Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the Coleman Theatre, built in the late 1920's, it defines an era of vaudeville and silent films. Oklahoma is also the gateway to cowboy country so what could be a better introduction to the 'Wild West' than an optional visit to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Originally established in 1955 as the Cowboy hall of Fame and Museum, it has broadened its scope to encompass both Western and Native American artwork and artefacts as well as historic photographs.

Day 7: Amarillo
Amarillo in the state of Texas is our destination for today. On the 'Way to Amarillo' and before you leave Oklahoma, you will visit the 'official' Route 66 Museum, where you will learn about the legends surrounding the road we are travelling on and a short stop at Lucille's Service Station & Roadhouse. Then it is on to Amarillo where you will make your way to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for a steak meal (optional). If you can eat a 72 Oz steak in less than one hour, you get it for free! This is man versus food for real!

Day 8: Albuquerque
Your Route 66 road trip continues with a visit to the Cadillac Ranch, where 10 classic cars are buried nose-down in the dirt. The owners encourage graffiti so grab a spray can and leave your mark! After a short driving time you reach the Midpoint Café, the midway point between Chicago and Los Angeles, famous for hot coffee and rolls. Activities include driving through the Tijeras Canyon and stopping at Tucumcari Post and Curios.

Day 9: Gallup
From modern cultures to ancient civilizations you make a stop by the 'Sky City' ruins on the Acoma Native American Reservation. You will spend the night in Gallup, New Mexico, home to a diverse population with a third of its residents being of Native American decent. Stay at the El Rancho Hotel, a little slice of history, counting John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn amongst its famous guests.

Day 10-11: Grand Canyon National Park
So it is not on the original Route 66, but it is so close it would be a crime to pass it by! The Grand Canyon is an iconic symbol of the Desert Southwest and a spectacle not to be missed. This incredible spectacle is difficult to comprehend, even as you stand at the rim or hike down into the canyon. Carved over several millennia, this massive wonder of nature is 445 kilometres (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometres (18 miles) wide and over 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) deep. Snaking through the canyon floor is the mighty Colorado River, which runs 2330 kilometres (1450 miles) through seven US states and two Mexican states.

In your free time, we highly recommend a scenic flight over the canyon, which offer perspectives that you cannot see by visiting on foot. Also recommended is the film show at the IMAX Theatre, which will give you a good overview of the area and how it developed. There are many walks that you can enjoy ranging from easy to moderate ones. There is also time to shop around for local souvenirs.

Day 12-13: Las Vegas
The historic Route 66 town of Seligman and the Snow Cap Diner make for a quirky stop en route to the Hoover Dam before we hit Vegas, renowned as the 'tacky capital of the world'. If it is gambling you want, you have come to the right place as nowhere else in the world will you find so many casinos. But if you really want to look at something different, stop by one of its countless wedding chapels. In Las Vegas we enjoy a city tour that takes you to some of the quirky things that epitomises this city, as well as learn about some of its colourful history. You will also have time for some last-minute bargain shopping and relax by a pool before nights out on the town amidst the bright lights, casinos and world-class shows. You may also like to enjoy a buffet dinner at one of Las Vegas' famous all-you-can-eat dining places.

Day 14: Las Vegas to Los Angeles
On your final day you return to California and follow Route 66 across the great Mojave Desert to the city of Los Angeles. The tour finishes at the very end of the road at Santa Monica Pier.

13 Nights
Prices from:
£3177 per person

California's Coast - Escorted Tour

Guaranteed Departures 2017- 
Mar 25 - Apr 3, Apr 29- May 8, May 6- May 15, May 27 - Jun 5, Jun 3- Jun 12, Jun 10 - Jun 19, Jun 17 - Jun 26, Jun 24 - Jul 3, Jul 1 - Jul 10, Jul 8 - Jul 17, Aug 12 - Aug 21, Aug 19- Aug 28, Sep 2 - Sep 11, Sep 9 - Sep 18, Oct 7 - Oct 16, Oct 14 - Oct 23, Oct 21 - Oct 30, Oct 28 - Nov 6

Guaranteed Departures 2018-
Feb 24 - Mar 5, Mar 3 - Mar 12, Mar 10 - Mar 19, Mar 17- Mar 26, Apr 7- Apr 16, Apr 21- Apr 30

From the big cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, to Mother Nature’s masterpiece, Yosemite National Park, you’ll see the sights and landmarks that make California so unforgettable. Witness the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Tour glorious Hearst Castle and explore some if its 165 rooms and 127 acres. Travel along the breathtaking Big Sur Coast. Stay in the quaint sea-side village of Santa Barbara, often called “America’s Riviera”. Visit Old Mission Santa Barbara established in 1786 and enjoy the spectacular view of the city from the the stunning Courthouse. Get to know the best of Los Angeles with visits to Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Discover California’s treasure trove of beauty and excitement.

Day 1: San Francisco, California - Tour Begins
Our door to door airport transfer service takes you from your home to your departure airport for your flight. Join us on a scenic journey along California’s thrilling coast. Arrive in “the City by the Bay,” San Francisco.

Day 2: San Francisco
Enjoy time at leisure for independent exploration. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner on Pier 39, overlooking San Francisco Bay.

Day 3: San Francisco 
After breakfast the choice is yours! Perhaps you’ll choose to take an hour-long cruise on San Francisco Bay featuring an in-depth narration on its history and landmarks including Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Or join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of the city. Hear stories of the city’s past and present as you drive past its famous landmarks including the Twin Peaks, Seal Rocks and the Golden Gate Bridge. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the shops at either Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square. Perhaps you’ll take a ride up and down the city’s thrilling hills on a classic cable car.

Day 4: San Francisco - Yosemite National Park
Today you wind through the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains en route to one of Mother Nature's greatest masterpieces – Yosemite National Park. Whilst camping at the park in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt called Yosemite "the most beautiful place in the world." Yosemite’s amazing waterfalls, remarkable rock formations, deep valleys, Alpine meadows and groves of beautiful trees will leave you awestruck as they did Ansel Adams, who lived in the park while taking his famous portfolio of striking photographs. Upon arrival, join your fellow travellers on an open-air cable-car* to view sites such as Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and El Capitan, as well as learn about the park's history, geology and wildlife.

Day 5: Yosemite National Park - Monterey
Travel to Monterey, the city often called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky. Monterey is home to the famed 17 Mile Drive, also known as one of the most breath-taking coastlines in the world. Along the drive you will pass through the Del Monte Forest and see such famous sights as the Lone Cypress Tree, perhaps the most photographed tree in the world; Seal Rock, where the seals may actually bark at you; and the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Next, travel to Old Monterey, the place where California’s statehood began in 1849, filled with lovingly restored historic buildings and Spanish adobes. An afternoon arrival will allow you time to independently explore charming Old Monterey and shop at Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Monterey - San Simeon - Santa Barbara
Journey 90 miles along the Big Sur Coast, flanked by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the sea sprayed, rocky Pacific, for a trip that will surely take your breath away. Upon arrival in San Simeon you will visit one of the world’s greatest showplaces, the palatial mountaintop retreat of Hearst Castle, built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Tour the Castle, built on a 40,000 acre ranch that Hearst frequently camped on as a child. Now a National Historic Landmark, Hearst was constantly building and rebuilding what he simply called "the ranch." As a result, the estate was not completed during Hearst's lifetime and was later donated to the State of California in 1957. Explore some of its 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways. Later, arrive in enchanting Santa Barbara, famous for its breath-taking setting and natural beauty fused from the dramatic mix of mountains, valleys, beaches, islands and the sea. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Santa Barbara
This morning your local guide will show you some of Santa Barbara’s most historic sites. You’ll be fascinated by a guided tour of the Old Mission Santa Barbara, established in 1786. As California’s tenth mission, it’s referred to as the “Queen of the Missions.” A walk through the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is breath-taking and the view of the city from the top of the clock tower is one of the best views in California. Continue your tour with more history, views of the water and a drive through the neighbourhood of the rich and famous, Montecito. Some free time allows you to explore the downtown area laced with pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and paseos, with the Santa Ynez Mountains as a lovely backdrop. You may prefer to grab a pedicab (Santa Barbara’s answer to the rickshaw) or hop aboard an eco-friendly electric shuttle to the waterfront area famous for Stearns Wharf which has been a part of the scene since 1872. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: Santa Barbara - Los Angeles - Long Beach
This morning, your coastal journey takes you to glittering Los Angeles, the “City of Angels,” and home to Universal Studios, as well as a host of your favourite musical and film celebrities. A local expert will board our coach to take you on an exciting tour of Los Angeles and the surrounding area. You’ll begin your tour at the Grand Central Market, then continue past Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Staples Center. A real treat is planned for you with a stop at The Original Farmers Market. Have time on your own to explore. Perhaps you’ll browse the shops or partake in some farm-fresh fare. Continue on to two of the most famous sections of town, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.

Day 9: Long Beach
The day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Explore the area independently or choose to join an optional tour of Hollywood to learn secrets of the stars and catch a glimpse of their homes and hangouts. Your Tour Manager will help you make the perfect choice. Tonight, gather with your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

Day 10: Long Beach - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today, but the memories will stay with you forever.

Day 10: Arrive Home
 

9 Nights
Prices from:
£3860 per person

Colours of New England - Escorted Tour

Guaranteed Departures 2017- Sep 23 - Sep 30, Sep 26- Oct 3, Sep 28- Oct 5, Sep 29 - Oct 6, Oct 1- Oct 8 , Oct 3 - Oct 10, Oct 7 - Oct 14, Oct 8- Oct 15, Oct 10 - Oct 17, Oct 13 - Oct 20.

Be charmed by the colours of New England on this 8-day tour that brings you from the heart of historic Boston to the farms, coast and mountains of the north. Tour historic Boston during a two-night stay. Explore Woodstock, Vermont, a quintessential New England village. Tour Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and sample some of its delicious creations. Watch apples transform into cider before your eyes at Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Learn about the maple sugaring industry of New England on a farm tour of the Rocks Estate. Relax as your cruise along Lake Winnipesaukee, admiring the splendid views. Dig in at a traditional New England lobster dinner. Admire Maine’s dramatic coast and discover the seaside communities of Boothbay Harbor and Kennebunkport. This is New England.

Day 1 - Boston, Massachusetts - Tour Begins
Welcome to Massachusetts, the beginning of your journey through New England’s charming and vibrant northern states. Relax during a two night stay in the heart of Boston.

Day 2 - Boston
Start your day with a sightseeing tour that features the Old South Meeting House, Public Gardens, Old North Church, Beacon Hill and the U.S.S. Constitution. Stop at the famed Faneuil Hall marketplace, bustling with various street performers and colourful kiosks of local handiwork. Tonight, the atmosphere becomes very “Ye Olde New England” when you enjoy a welcome dinner at America’s oldest Oyster House, located on the historic Freedom Trail. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 3 - Boston - Woodstock, Vermont - Stowe
Set out for Vermont, the “Green Mountain State.” Traditional white steeple churches, quaint villages and tree-covered mountainsides dot the charming landscape of your journey. In Woodstock, a covered bridge in the town centre, along with the beautifully restored Georgian houses that surround the town green, add credence to its reputation as “the quintessential New England village.” Visit the impressive 165 foot deep, mile-long Quechee Gorge before continuing to Stowe for a two night stay. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4 - Stowe
Watch apples transform into cider the old-fashioned way - using a rack and cloth press - during a trip to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. A tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory teaches you about the ice cream process and ends with a delicious sample of their sweet treats. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in Stowe, a lovely New England town. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5 - Stowe - North Conway, New Hampshire
Today you are New Hampshire-bound! Soak in the lovely New England countryside as you journey through the White Mountains of New Hampshire to North Conway. En route, visit the Rocks Estate, home to the North Country Conservation & Education Center. Tour the farm and learn about the history and importance of maple sugaring in the region, including a visit to a virtual tap room. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6 - North Conway - Lake Winnipesaukee - North Conway
Begin your day with a visit to New Hampshire’s picturesque lakes region, a popular vacation spot for visitors year-round. Board the m/s Mount Washington and spend the next hour cruising stunning Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake. After your cruise, visit the charming town of Wolfeboro, the “oldest summer resort in America.” Later, return to North Conway via the Kancamagus Highway, a scenic byway offering spectacular views of the White Mountains region. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7 - North Conway - Boothbay Harbour, Maine*
Depart New Hampshire for Maine, arriving in beautiful Boothbay Harbour, the “boating capital of New England.” View the rugged coastline on a drive along picturesque Ocean Point Road. This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise through Boothbay Harbour for spectacular views of the coast, including lighthouses, summer homes, and even local wildlife, such as the harbour seals. Learn about New England’s lobster industry and watch as a lobster trap is pulled aboard the boat to view the day’s catch. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a very special farewell dinner featuring the fresh native lobster for which coastal Maine is renowned. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8 - Boothbay Harbour - Kennebunkport - Boston, MA - Tour Ends
Today you travel through the seaside community of Kennebunkport, along spectacular Ocean Drive. See Walker’s Point, former President George H. W. Bush’s summer home, which is situated on a rocky promontory, before returning to the Boston airport. The many pleasant memories of your Colours of New England adventure will last a lifetime. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9 - Arrive Home

7 Nights
Prices from:
£3165 per person

Hawaiian Adventure - Escorted Tour

Guaranteed Departures 2017- Jan 19- Jan 28, Feb 9- Feb 18, Feb 16- Feb 25, Feb 19- Feb 28, Mar 9- Mar 18, Apr 20,- Apr 29, Apr 27- May 6, May 11- May 20, Jun 8- Jun 17, Jun 22 - Jul 1, Jul 6- Jul 15, Jul 13- Jul 22, Aug 10- Aug 19, Sep 14- Sep 23, Oct 5- Oct 14, Oct 12- Oct 21, Oct 19- Oct 28, Oct 26- Nov 4, Nov 2 - Nov 11, Nov 9- Nov 18, Dec 7,- Dec 16.

Guaranteed Depatures 2018- Jan 11- Jan 20, Jan 18- Jan 27, Jan 21- Jan 30, Jan 25- Feb 3, Feb 1- Feb 10, Feb 4 - Feb 13, Feb 15- Feb 24, Feb 18- Feb 27, Feb 22- Mar 3, Mar 1- Mar 10, Mar 8- Mar 17, Mar 15- Mar 24, Apr 12- Apr 21, Apr 19- Apr 28, Apr 26 - May 5.

Let the spirit of “Aloha” be your guide on this leisurely three-island tour of Hawaii featuring three-night stays each in Oahu, Kauai and Maui. Enjoy your luxurious beach-front hotel in Waikiki. “Remember Pearl Harbor” and visit the USS Arizona Memorial. Embark on a wonderful journey along Oahu’s famous North Shore. Visit a historic plantation and the largest Hawaiian coffee estate in Kauai. See Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Experience a traditional Polynesian luau.

Day 1: Honolulu, Oahu
Your adventure in the sun-drenched Hawaiian Islands begins in Honolulu. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed with a traditional Hawaiian floral lei and whisked off by private car to your Waikiki Beach hotel. Relax and “hang loose” — you are in Hawaii!

Day 2 Oahu
This morning “Remember Pearl Harbor” as you embark on a historic journey. Begin at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument to view artifacts from the attack and a short documentary on the Day of Infamy. Travel by naval launch to the white marble-clad USS Arizona Memorial. In the silence, reflect on history as you gaze upon the thousands of names inscribed on the wall of remembrance. After this poignant experience, take a city tour of Honolulu highlighting the historic Iolani Palace, the impressive state capitol building, King Kamehameha’s statue, and the moving National Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore Oahu your way.

Day 3: Oahu
Embark on a wonderful journey along Oahu’s famous North Shore. If there is such a thing as a perfect wave, you’ll likely find it here. The large waves of this legendary surf mecca attract the best surfers. Several television series and movies were filmed in this area. A stop in the surfing town of Haleiwa will surely be a highlight as you learn why surfers gather from all over the world with waves ranging from 2 to 40 feet! Rich with island history, Haleiwa is now the social and artistic hub of the North Shore. Here you will find surfers fueling up at the restaurants in its plantation-era buildings before hitting the famous beaches of Waimea Bay, Ehukai (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach. No trip to the North Shore is complete without making a stop to savour one of Hawaii’s favourite treats…shaved ice. Hawaiians consider this the perfect treat any time of day. Return to Waikiki and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 4: Oahu - Kauai
A short flight takes you to the “Garden Isle” of Kauai, the oldest island in the chain. Only here, on the outer islands, can you find the timeless world of ancient Polynesia. Upon arrival, visit Kilohana Plantation and ride on an authentic historic railway. Discover local culture and the history of this working farm as your guide highlights animals, vegetables and exotic fruits along your journey.

Day 5: Kauai
The day is yours to enjoy this beautiful island at leisure. Stroll along the beach or take advantage of your resort’s activities. You may also choose to experience the island through the eyes of Hollywood with a tour of the island’s famous movie filming locations.

Day 6:  Kauai
Travel to breathtaking Waimea Canyon. Carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods, each of the lines in the canyon walls represent a different volcanic eruption or lava flow. At 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500 feet deep, it is considered the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Later, visit the largest coffee estate in Hawaii and discover the coffee bean’s journey from tree to your morning cup. Learn about sustainability practices and taste several of their coffees.

Day 7: Kauai - Maui
Board an inter-island flight to the “Valley Isle” of Maui, one of the most beautiful and popular outer islands. Visit the stunning Iao Valley and view the 2,000-foot-high Iao Needle, one of Maui’s famous natural landforms. Visit the old royal capital of Lahaina, once home of the world’s largest whaling fleets, where you can stroll through historic streets. Travel through sugar cane fields to the resort area of Kaanapali and arrive at your deluxe beachfront hotel.

Day 8: Maui
Spend a day at leisure to see for yourself why locals say “Maui no ka oi” (Maui is the best). Perhaps you will take an optional cliffside drive on the legendary Road to Hana. Or you may choose to take a stroll along the beach, shop for souvenirs or simply relax at your luxurious Maui resort. There is no limit to the adventures you can have on the gorgeous island of Maui!

Day 9: Maui
Enjoy another day in paradise. To cap off your visit, you may decide to view the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala. Tonight, complete your wonderful trip with a farewell dinner, Hawaiian-style, at a traditional Polynesian luau featuring endless tropical drinks and a sumptuous feast.

Day 10: Maui
Bid "Aloha" to Hawaii as your memorable tour ends in Maui* as you depart for your overnight flight. Now, wherever your home is, you’ll always be part of the Hawaiian “ohana” — family.

9 Nights
Prices from:
£4948 per person

Canadian Rockies - Escorted Tour

Guaranteed Departures 2017- 27 May- 06 Jun, 08 Jul- 18 Jul, 22 Jul- 01 Aug, 05 Aug- 15 Aug, 26 Aug- 05 Sep, 02 Sep- 12 Sep , 09 Sep- 19 Sep, 

Guaranteed Departures 2018- 26 May- 05 Jun , 23 Jun- 03 Jul, 21 Jul- 31 Jul, 07 Aug- 17 Aug, 25 Aug- 04 Sep, 01 Sep - 11 Sep, 08 Sep- 18 Sep.

Get ready for mountains, lakes and glaciers, Canadian style! Explore some of North America's grandest scenery and take advantage of the hiking and adventure activities available on this lodging tour. Walk to stunning waterfalls and aquamarine lakes, spot wildlife in wilderness parks and enjoy the spectacularly scenic Icefields Parkway. Add on as much adventure as you want, from zip lining to mountain biking, and white water rafting to canoeing. See Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, then return to city life in Calgary. This 11 day Canadian Rockies tour is one great big adventure,

Day 1: Fly UK to Vancouver
Start your experience in one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in the world, Vancouver. There is plenty to fill your time ahead of the welcome meeting this evening, but we highly recommend a stroll around this cosmopolitan city to get a feel for it. Treat yourself to some moreish maple cookies in Stanley Park, a 400-hectare green wonderland where you can see the authentic totem poles erected in the 1920s, or sit in one of the cafes and enjoy a spot of people watching. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs, where you'll meet your tour guide and fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally.


Day 2/3: Whistler
Depart the bustling city of Vancouver and travel to the `adventure capital' of Western Canada! Perhaps better known as a winter resort, Whistler has plenty on offer all year round. Take the opportunity to hit the trails, jump on a bike to explore at a different pace or zip line through the trees! Whether you're an adrenaline junkie, foodie or someone who likes to get close to nature, there's something for everyone in Whistler.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally


Day 3/4: Wells Gray Provincial Park  
Don't let the fact that Wells Gray is not a national park fool you, this place is stunning! After your drive along the old Gold Rush Trail, stretch your legs with a walk to the edge of Helmcken Falls, Canada's fourth highest waterfall, stopping at various viewpoints to admire the lush valley below. Wells Gray is also home to many smaller but equally beautiful waterfalls. Embrace the stillness, silence and isolation, and never venture too far without your camera so you can capture the beautiful meadows full of wildflowers or a roaming bear. Tonight you'll stay in a log cabin at a guest ranch.

Accommodation: Log cabin included | Meals: Paid locally


Day 5/6: Jasper National Park  
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 10,878 square km. It's much less developed than other areas of Western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. There are several options on offer in Jasper, including the SkyTram cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird's-eye view of this splendid park. There's also ample opportunity for mountain biking or hiking amidst glorious lakeside scenery, and visiting spectacular Maligne Lake.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally


Day 6: Banff National Park  
Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada's oldest national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers. Take a ride up the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain or opt to view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter. Outstanding hikes are available and with an abundance of wildlife around, there's always a chance of seeing something special, so keep your camera at the ready. There's nothing better after a hard days hiking than an included soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs. Banff's nightlife offers great live music and a fine selection of restaurants which you can most definitely sample your way through over a two night hotel stay.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally


Day 7: Icefields Parkway - Golden
The Icefields Parkway, cutting through the heart of the Rockies, is recognised as being one of the top scenic drives in the world, travelling for 230km (140 miles) past hanging glaciers, sheer rock walls and broad sweeping valleys. You have a chance to traverse a portion of the imposing Athabasca Glacier on an optional guided glacier hike and be amazed by Peyto Lake's turquoise hues. End your day at Golden, close to Yoho National Park.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally


Day 8: Yoho National Park - Golden  
Yoho National Park is considered the hidden treasure of the Canadian national park system, and you have a full day to explore. It's a photographer's dream with several hiking opportunities which showcase the stunning mountains, lakes and waterfalls of this pristine alpine landscape. You can experience the Kicking Horse River first hand with an exhilarating half-day optional white water rafting excursion, or choose to hike at the magnificent Emerald Lake. An excellent alternative option is walking the challenging trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls - you're bound to be impressed by its beauty. Make the most out of this spectacular national park before returning to Golden tonight.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally


Day 9: Lake Louise - Canmore  
Lake Louise has always been a popular tourist destination, and it's no surprise that it is the most photographed destination in the region! With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is known as the `Gem of the Rockies'. The vibrant glacial hue of Lake Louise will take your breath away. It almost doesn't look real, but believe us when we say it most certainly is! Your next two nights will be spent in the nearby town of Canmore.

Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally


Day 10: Banff National Park - Canmore  
Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada's oldest national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers. Take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain or opt to view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter. Outstanding hikes are available and with an abundance of wildlife around, there's always a chance of spotting something special, so keep your camera at the ready. There's nothing better after a hard day's hiking than an included soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs.
 
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally
 

Day 11: Canmore - Calgary  - Fly Calgary to UK in the evening.
This morning is your last chance to take in the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies before driving back to Calgary for the end of your adventure.

Sandwiched in between the Rocky Mountains and the winding Bow River, Calgary is at the epicentre of Alberta's oil industry. The high-rise buildings and urban parklands create a balanced modern city. Climb the Calgary Tower if you want impressive 360 degree views and visit the interpretive centre to discover the heritage of the First Nation People.

Meals: Paid locally

10 Nights
Prices from:
£2396 per person