Day 1: New Zealand– – San Francisco
Depart New Zealand today for your flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival at San Francisco Airport (SFO), you will be met by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: San Francisco (B,L)
Get ready to explore San Francisco today and take in some of the city’s most famed sights, including Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Market Street, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown.
Day 3: San Francisco – Yosemite National Park (B,L)
Leave the big smoke behind as you journey to Yosemite National Park. Located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, thundering waterfalls and rugged mountain ridges. On your afternoon spent exploring the park, expect highlights to include Tunnel View, Bridal Veil Falls, El Captain, Merced River, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. The tour continues to Fresno, a city situated in the San Joaquin Valley.
Day 4: Fresno – Calico Ghost Town – Las Vegas (B,D)
The itinerary takes a spooky twist this morning with a visit to Calico Ghost Town. Calico was once an old west mining town that flourished in the silver strike of the 1880s. The town was abandoned however once silver began to lose its value. Today, Calico has been converted into a county park and restored to its former glory. This afternoon, the itinerary continues to Las Vegas.
Day 5: Las Vegas – Grand Canyon South Rim (B)
The agenda today takes you towards the legendary Grand Canyon, however not before you pass Route 66. Arrive at the Grand Canyon South Rim and take a moment to look out across the dramatic view and deep inner gorge of the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an icon of this landscape.
Day 6: Monument Valley – Gooseneck State Park (B,L)
Head to Monument Valley, Utah after breakfast. This area lays claim to being one of the most photographed places in America’s south west and is recognisable thanks to its cluster of sandstone buttes, mesas and spires. You might recognise this red-desert valley from one of your favourite Western TV shows or movies. Continue with a jeep ride to some of the valley’s most famous sites on an excursion led by Navajo Indians. Feast on a Native American-style barbecue for lunch and then move to Gooseneck State Park.
Day 7: Arches National Park – Bryce (B)
Visit Arches National Park this morning to see its large concentration of natural sandstone arches. Take in the park’s striking geological features and sites including Park Avenue, Courthouse Tower, Double Arch, North and South Windows, and Delicate Arch. Tonight is spent in Bryce.
Day 8: Bryce Canyon National Park – Lake Powell (B)
It is an early start this morning but the reward for this wake-up call is being able to watch the sunrise from Bryce Canyon. The Bryce Canyon National Park is particularly known for its limestone spires, fins and arches, known as hoodoos. This afternoon takes the group to Lake Powell. This reservoir sits on the Colorado River, smack-bang on the state border separating Utah and Arizona.
Day 9: Upper Antelope Canyon – Las Vegas (B)
Visit Antelope Canyon this morning. Known as a slot canyon, this site is popular with visitors for its eroded passageways and corridors, and for the light that filters down the curved sandstone walls. Your next destination is Las Vegas, the USA’s legendary glittering desert metropolis. Wander along the glitzy Las Vegas strip, catch a residency show by an A-lister musician, or give your wallet a workout in one of the high-end shopping malls.
Day 10: Las Vegas (B)
You have an entire day of free time to explore Las Vegas however you like.
Day 11: Las Vegas –– New Zealand (B)
Today, at the appropriate time, make your own way to the airport for your flight back to New Zealand.
Day 12: In flight
Day 13: New Zealand
Arrive home today.