An Independent 14 night tour inc San Francisco, Las Vegas & San Diego

Trails West For the traveller who wishes to see and experience the best of the west without driving, and for whom the option of an escorted coach tour does not appeal, this 14 night/15 day flexible air tour includes many of the major highlights and allows plenty of time to add a wide range of optional sightseeing excursions.   This holiday is based on Wednesday departures from the UK, however we can provide prices for other departure dates on request.  We can also adapt the itinerary to suit your personal tastes and requirements, you can add or reduce the number of nights in each location, we can add excursions, include a few nights in Hollywood and much more, just let us know what you would like to do.  Click on the links below to view the sightseeing and excursion opportunities in San Francisco and Las Vegas.

  • Day 1. Arrive San Francisco.
    Days 2, 3 & 4, San Francisco.
    Day 5. Fly San Francisco to Las Vegas.
    Days 6, 7, 8 & 9 Las Vegas.
    Day 10. Fly Las Vegas to San Diego.
    Days 11, 12, 13 & 14. San Diego
    Day 15. Depart San Diego.

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    San Francisco cable car

    Day 1.  Arrive San Francisco.  Upon arrival at San Francisco’s International airport, make your way to your city centre hotel.   Overnight: Hotel Whitcomb (Standard) or Galleria Park Hotel (Superior).

    Days 2, 3 & 4, San Francisco.  Ample time to enjoy the sights and attractions of San Francisco.  By choosing a city centre hotel you will find getting around very easy using a combination of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, a Big Bus Tours pass, walking and the famous cable cars. We can offer a wide choice of optional excursions with Gray Line and California Parlor Car Tours. For example take a day, or overnight trip to Yosemite National Park, Monterey, the Napa Valley or Lake Tahoe. If you are taking an overnight, or two night excursion, we will make an allowance in your holiday cost for the unused accommodation in San Francisco.  See our Sightseeing California options. Overnight: Hotel Whitcomb (Standard) or Galleria Park Hotel (Superior.

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    Big Bus Tour San Francisco

    Day 5. Fly San Francisco to Las Vegas.  Make your way to San Francisco International airport and check in for your US Airways non-stop flight to Las Vegas. After checking in to your hotel relax and enjoy the your hotel, or take the trolley along Las Vegas Boulevard – The Strip, and see the many famous landmarks and incredible hotels. Book a show and enjoy one of the great bargains of Las Vegas.  Overnight: Excalibur Hotel & Casino (Standard) or Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino (Superior). 

    Welcome Sign saying "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada"
    Welcome to Las Vegas!


    Days 6, 7, 8 & 9 Las Vegas. 
    There are several optional excursions we can offer from Las Vegas including a visit to the mighty Hoover Dam, rafting on the Colorado River (float trip – not white-water!), flights to Monument Valley, jeep tours to Zion National Park. We can arrange optional overnight or day sightseeing excursions by air, or coach, to the Grand Canyon. If you are taking an overnight excursion to the Grand Canyon we will make an allowance in the holiday cost for the unused accommodation in Las Vegas. See our Sightseeing Las Vegas options.  Overnight: Excalibur Hotel & Casino (Standard) or Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino (Superior).

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    Grand Canyon National Park

    Day 10. Fly Las Vegas to San Diego.  Make your way to Las Vegas airport and check in for your US Airways flight to San Diego for the final stage of your holiday.  Overnight: Best Western Plus Hacienda Old Town (Standard) or Westin Gaslamp Quarter  (Superior).

    Days 11, 12, 13 & 14. San Diego.  Four days in this lovely city are barely enough to allow you time to explore its many attractions. The world-famous San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, Balboa Park, the beaches, Old Town and the Gas Lamp district are all within an easy trolley or taxi ride, and Gray Line Tours offer a full range of city and local excursions. Take a day trip to Tijuana just across the border in Mexico; enjoy a cruise of San Diego harbour, home of America’s Pacific fleet. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are only a couple of hours drive north in Anaheim and Gray Line offer full-day excursions to both parks.  Overnight: Best Western Plus Hacienda Old Town (Standard) or Westin Gaslamp Quarter (Superior)

    Day 15. Depart San Diego.  On your final day depart from San Diego for the overnight flight to the U.K.

    Just America will be pleased to assist with transatlantic flights from the UK and onward travel within North America.

     

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    Prices from 1335 825 672 599 Prices from 2139 1085 On request On request

    Prices based on Wednesday departures from the UK – prices for other departure dates available on request.

    Prices include:
    * 14 nights hotel accommodation including local taxes.
    * Scheduled internal flights with United Airlines/American Airlines.

    Not included: Transatlantic flights, transfers, travel insurance, optional excursions, meals and personal expenses.

    Children under 12 years pay £255 when sharing a room with 2 adults and using existing bedding at hotels (max. 2 children per room).

     

    Location No. nights Standard Hotels Superior Hotels
    San Francisco 4 Hotel Whitcomb Galleria Park Hotel
    Las Vegas 5 Excalibur Hotel & Casino Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino
    San Diego 5 Best Western Plus Hacienda Old Town The Westin Gaslamp Quarter.

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  • Tour prices:

    The prices shown in the price panels are for the accommodation elements only, they do not include flights or car rental (unless indicated). This enables you to choose the airline and car of your choice and add them to the accommodation package to create your holiday. Our reservations staff will be pleased to help you with flight availability, to suggest which is the best airline for your itinerary and to advise you of any special offers the airlines may have introduced.

    Hotels:

    Hotels featured in our flydrive and independent tours are chosen for their location, value for money and facilities. Whenever possible we offer a choice of Standard or Superior hotels. There is no recognised 'star' system throughout North America for classifying hotels, motels and resorts. The hotel ratings for our tours are subjective and are provided to give you an understanding as to the level of facility. They are either the hotel's official categorisation as per the Official Hotel & Resort Guide, or Just America's. Standards vary from location to location, therefore ratings in the remote areas can differ from those in the cities. Standard hotels would be those classified as Moderate, and Superior hotels would be First Class, in the Official Hotel and Resort Guide. National Park accommodations are more rustic and are chosen almost entirely because of their location. It should not be assumed that because an hotel is listed as Superior that it has certain amenities. Often a hotel is classified as Superior due to its position, views or room standard, it does not always follow that a superior hotel will have a swimming pool, hair-dryers, room service etc. We will try to provide information on individual hotels on request although the internet is usually the quickest and most accurate source of information.  Hotel rooms in North America usually have one or two double beds.  Triple and Quad rooms have two double beds.  Very few hotels in North America have three or four beds.  It is sometimes possible to have a rollaway bed which can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally hotels are chosen purely for their location - i.e. half-way between two points of interest - and may be included as a one night stop to break up an otherwise long journey. Such hotels may not have the full facilities normally associated with a Standard or Superior hotel, but sometimes we don't have any other choice. Where possible hotels providing free car parking have been included, however in some locations, such as city centres, the hotels may make a charge.

    Note:

    Hotels are not usually ready to accept guests until after 3 or 4 pm, so please try not to check in before mid-afternoon. Check out time is usually before 11 am or 12 noon. It is sometimes possible to arrange late check out, or the storage of luggage, but this is at the discretion of the hotel.

    Tour notes and itineraries:

    On several of our tours the tour notesand itineraries are provided at the first hotel. On other tours this information is forwarded with the travel documents approximately 14 days prior to departure. We will endeavour to provide the best information we can to help you, but it is not our policy to provide mile by mile detailed route guides, the frequent changes to local road conditions, layouts etc., makes this impossible. We do provide maps, guides to the major attractions en route, and directions to hotels whenever possible. These are independent self-drive holidays and you will be required to read a map and locate attractions and hotels. Sat.Nav. is available from the car rental companies - at a charge - and you may find this useful, however all technology is prone to failure so we always recommend that you keep the maps handy.

    Tailor-made holidays:

    We will be pleased to discuss your own ideas and itineraries and help you plan your holiday. If you would like to email, fax or mail an outline of your tour with dates, number of people, ages of children etc., to us we will be happy to advise you. We request that you include your daytime telephone number on all correspondence. Where you have chosen the route and we have designed a tailor-made holiday for you, it may not be possible to provide you with a detailed tour itinerary. We recommend that you purchase a road atlas such as the excellent National Geographic Road Atlas to the USA and Canada (Just America can provide these - currently £15 plus P & P).  We suggest that you read up about the area you are planning to visit well in advance, preferably before you book the holiday.  Insight Guides cover almost every region of North America and are about the best on the market.  Just America can also provide a some tourist information subject to availability, but we do not have detailed route information to cover every area of the Continent.  You might find the internet to be the best source of free, up-to-date information.

    National Park Passes:

    Both the US and Canada charge entrance fees for their national parks, and if you are visiting a number of parks, this cost can add up to a significant amount.  We recommend that you purchase a Parks Pass at the first national park you visit.  For the US the pass costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free).  In Canada a family pass costs $136.40.  Both passes provide unlimited visits to that country's parks for 12 months.  The passes can only be used in the country of purchase.  Full details available at www.nps.gov (for USA) and www.pc.gc.ca/index_e.asp

Please note: This is very much a suggested itinerary. If you would like to vary the number of nights, the locations, hotels, add car rental, or spend some time in Los Angeles, we will be pleased to offer advice and a price quotation.

Airport-hotel transfers are NOT included. We recommend using taxi or airport shuttle service from the airports to/from the hotels; estimated prices are available on request. All hotels, internal flights and excursions are subject to availability at the time of booking.