Western Discoverer 2014

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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USAPier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, USAYosemite National Park in California, USAZion National Park in Utah, USA
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA
Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, USA
Yosemite National Park in California, USA
Zion National Park in Utah, USA
  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
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  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Delve into the heartland of America's West on this guided holiday, from scenic Red Rock Country in Sedona, to glamorous Las Vegas and the luscious vineyards of Napa Valley. See the city sights in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, experience the cactus-dotted desert landscapes of Arizona and relax in the seaside towns along California's coast as you travel through this eclectic and diverse location.
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Optionals

On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.


A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.

  • GRAND CANYON

    • + SOUTH RIM AIRPLANE TOUR - 40-50 MIN FIXED WING AIRCRAFT FLIGHT The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. The wings on this aircraft are located over the windows which allows for spectacular panoramic sightseeing and picture taking. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

    • + NORTH CANYON TOUR 25-30 MIN HELICOPTER FLIGHT Experience the magnitude of the Grand Canyon and its splendor of ever-changing color in a perspective incomparable to any other method of seeing this “Wonder of the World.” Your tour takes you over the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim, where you view the incredible geological differences between the North and South Rims. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. $20.00 PRIMETIME Supplement applies from May 1-Oct 15 (7:30am - 10:00am & 1:00pm - 5:30pm) Flight duration: 25-30 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

    • + NORTH CANYON TOUR- 25-30 MIN ECOSTAR HELICOPTER FLIGHT Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopter in the Grand Canyon with larger windows. Your tour takes you over the deepest portion of the Grand Canyon, through the Dragon Corridor, and continues to the North Rim. During your return to the South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views of temples, shrines and rock formations sculpted by time while flying above the widest portion of the mighty Colorado River. Flight duration: 25-30 minutes. $20.00 PRIMETIME Supplement applies from May 1-Oct 15 (7:30am - 10:00am & 1:00pm - 5:30pm) Tour length: 2 hours. Subject to weather conditions. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

    • + IMPERIAL - 40-50 MIN HELICOPTER FLIGHT EASTERN AND NORTH GRAND CANYON Enjoy this tour of the panoramic magnificence of the Eastern Grand Canyon combined with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon. The spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River alone make this tour worth its weight in gold. With so much to see and experience, the Eastern Canyon tour is as unique as it is beautiful. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. $20.00 PRIMETIME Supplement applies from May 1-Oct 15 (7:30am - 10:00am & 1:00pm - 5:30pm) Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

    • + IMPERIAL - 40-50 MIN ECOSTAR HELICOPTER FLIGHT EASTERN AND NORTH GRAND CANYON Fly the EC 130, the “newest and quietest” helicopters in the Grand Canyon with larger windows, and all seats facing forward. Embark on this 45-50 minute tour of the Eastern Grand Canyon that combines with the renowned beauty of The North Canyon tour. Enjoy spectacular views of the Painted Desert and Colorado River. Subject to weather conditions. $20.00 PRIMETIME Supplement applies from May 1-Oct 15 (7:30am - 10:00am & 1:00pm - 5:30pm). Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

    • + SOUTH RIM AIRPLANE TOUR - 40-50 MIN FIXED WING AIRCRAFT FLIGHT The original air tour of the Grand Canyon and the best value! Board an ultra-quiet small aircraft for a 40-45 minute Grand Discovery flight over the Grand Canyon. This tour covers the most famous and beautiful parts of the Grand Canyon including the Eastern Zuni Corridor, the Confluence and the North Rim and returns through the Western Dragon Corridor. The wings on this aircraft are located over the windows which allows for spectacular panoramic sightseeing and picture taking. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 40-50 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Prices include taxes and $6 local fees).

  • LAS VEGAS

    • + LAS VEGAS SIGHTS AND LIGHTS Join this exciting night on the town in the ‘City That Never Sleeps!’ You’ll be amazed by the brilliant Fremont Street Experience, see countless wedding chapels, and, of course, be awed by the most spectacular collection of casino hotels in the world. There will be plenty of stops along the way to see some of the most extravagant casinos and attractions, each trying to outdo the other. Be prepared for an evening that’s full of surprises! Tour length: 3.5 hours.

    • + HIGHLIGHTS AIR TOUR - AERIAL TOUR OF HOOVER DAM LAKE MEAD WEST RIM Leaving the earth behind in Papillons custom Vistaliner aircraft, you’ll be lifted away to a landscape that has been forming, layer by layer, for billions of years! As you gain altitude and begin the adventure of a lifetime, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the majestic Hoover Dam, larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza, the mighty Colorado River snaking 4,000 feet beneath you, and the largest reservoir in the United States, Lake Mead. Banking wide around an ancient rock spire, your eyes will be opened to the West Rim of the grandest canyon, where strong geologic evidence suggests the Colorado River began carving its way through this ancient landscape, $20.00 Supplement applies for departures after 7am. 5 million years ago.

    • + HOOVER DAM BOULDER CITY EXCURSION Depart Las Vegas with your Travel Director to one of the most famous Modern Marvels of our time, the Hoover Dam.  First view the dam from the newly completed Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the largest concrete arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere just completed in 2010.  Stand 900 feet above the Colorado River and gaze in amazement at the largest dam of its time, holding back the United State’s largest man made reservoir, Lake Mead.  Enter the base of Hoover dam on a guided tour and hear the vibrating hums of rushing water and Hydroelectric Turbines.  Visit Boulder City, a town created just to support the building of the dam, including frontier style outdoor cafe's and unusual shops. Tour Duration: 5.5 hours

    • + RAT PACK IS BACK DINNER SHOW Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – The Rat Pack is indeed back alive and kicking in Sin City! Enjoy a buffet dinner before the show, a throwback to the Golden Era of Las Vegas showrooms when booths were the norm and doormen walked you to your table. The Los Angeles Times might have said it best when they claimed, “Some would swear they’ve stepped into a time machine!” Neither the original gang, nor the Sands Hotel, is still around – but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive some of the most memorable times in Las Vegas history. Tour length: 4 hours.

  • PHOENIX

    • + HOT AIR BALLOONING Discover the awesome beauty of the desert at sunrise as you float in your hot air balloon over the distinctive landmarks of the Valley of the Sun. You will fly close to the ground - usually under 400 feet. At this altitude you’ll be able to see the sights and sounds of desert life. Breakfast, champagne and juice is included. Tour length: 3-4 hours.

  • SAN DIEGO

    • + SAN DIEGO SCENIC HARBOR CRUISE USS MIDWAY MUSEUM After lunch in one of San Diego's popular areas, embark on a one-hour narrated boat tour of San Diego Harbor. Take in incredible views of San Diego and Coronado Island along with busy harbor sites including the Star of India, the U.S. Navy surface fleet, Coronado Bay Bridge and bustling shipyards. Next, visit the USS Midway Museum where every admission includes a self-guided audio tour of 25 restored aircraft and 60 exciting exhibits; from the powerful engine room to the Captain’s bridge. Enjoy one of the thrilling flight simulators or stop and listen to one of the many story-telling docents throughout the ship. Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 15 passengers)

    • + SAN DIEGO ZOO Explore the world-famous San Diego Zoo, located in beautiful Balboa Park. Caring for over 4000 animals of 800 different species from the forests and jungles of the world, the zoo is a unique walking experience that exhibits animals in the most natural way possible, adding shows and animal presentations throughout the day. Take the zoo bus tour to help you decide which areas you want to spend more time in – be sure to visit the Lost Forest to watch the gorillas in action and stop at the Giant Panda Research Station, which is now home to three Giant Pandas including Yun Zi born in 2009. Your admission includes the zoo bus tour, round-trip Skyfari Aerial Tram Ride, all shows and children’s zoo. Transfers included. Tour length: 4 hours. (Minimum: 10 passengers)

  • SAN FRANCISCO

    • + GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE WALK SAUSALITO Begin your afternoon adventure with a wondrous cruise across the bay, passing haunting Alcatraz Island - catching an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge - before arriving in the quaint seaside community of Sausalito. Leisurely browse the charming shops or have lunch along the picturesque bay. Time to walk off those calories with a stroll across the 1.7 mile span of the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. Learn how the bridge was an engineering marvel and about the people who gave so much time to build the icon of San Francisco Tour length: 3.5 hours. (Minimum: 10 passengers).

    • + GUIDED CHINATOWN WALKING TOUR CHINESE BANQUET RIDE THE CABLE CAR AND CITY ILLUMINATIONS TOUR Enjoy this illuminating and exciting experience of San Francisco by night. Start with a guided walking tour of Chinatown, one of the largest Chinese communities outside of China. Explore Chinese markets, herb shops, a fortune cookie factory and more (weather permitting). Then experience an authentic family-style Chinese feast at ward winning Hunan Home's Restaurant. After dinner, ride one of San Francisco's fabled Cable Cars along one of the city's most scenic routes. Then, board your motorcoach for the City Illuminations Tour. Drive past the colorful signs and glittering lights of North Beach, the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower, the Broadway Strip and the historic Ferry Building. After crossing the Oakland Bay Bridge to Treasure Island, top off your evening with a spectacular night panorama of sparkling San Francisco! Tour length: 4 hours. (Minimum: 15 passengers)

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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