WESTERNER

13 days from

Westerner
DEPARTS LOS ANGELES to SAN FRANCISCO
Tour code:
W2W
Group size:
Max. 13
Destination:
USA West
Departs:
Oct-Mar
Accommodation:
Camping/Hotels
Age range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Stay at an authentic Wild West cowboy camp
  • > Spend a night in a traditional Navajo hogan
  • > Death Valley's arid desert to San Diego's sparkling sea
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Tour Overview

Hike, bike, and horseback ride in stunning settings, enjoy city nightlife and build everlasting friendships around glowing campfires. Leaving bustling Los Angeles, encounter sun kissed beaches, the mighty Colorado River and an exclusive overnight stay at Betty and Rusty's cowboy camp. Dip your toes in the red sand of the Navajo tribal lands at Monument Valley, staying overnight in a hogan. Marvel at the scale of the Grand Canyon, live it up in Las Vegas, visit Death Valley and hike in Yosemite National Park before arriving in San Francisco with its stunning Golden Gate Bridge.

Included Highlights
  • Overnight Cowboy Camp including a chuckwagon dinner
  • Navajo guided 4x4 tour of Monument Valley
  • Overnight in traditional Navajo hogan in Monument Valley
  • Sightseeing and beach time in San Diego
  • Spectacular Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Stop by Seligman on the original Route 66
  • Bright lights & driving tour of Las Vegas
  • Visit the hottest, driest and lowest place in North America, Death Valley
  • Hit the winter trails in Yosemite National Park
  • Walk the Golden Gate Bridge & explore Haight-Ashbury
  • City tours of Las Vegas, San Francisco & Hollywood
  • Admission to national parks & monuments - Monument Valley, Death Valley, Yosemite & Grand Canyon
Plus you get...
  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All accommodation - 5 camping, 4 hotel, 2 hostel & 1 hogan nights
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
Free Wi-Fi on the road

You can now check your email and update Facebook, Twitter and TrekAmerica Live while on the road with our Wi-Fi enabled vehicles. (Maximum 5 users at a time. Fair usage restrictions may apply. Only available in USA).

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Our Westerner Trek Tips include all you need to know about this Trek. They contain all the trip details, plus information on everything from visas to spending money and what to pack.

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Who travels with TrekAmerica?
Who travels with TrekAmerica

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world, aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.

Our tour price includes your own tour leader plus all transport and accommodation, so all you have to pay for are food, drinks and optional activities. Take a moment to add up all the costs of doing it yourself, and it soon becomes clear that a TrekAmerica trip offers fantastic value for money!

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

Optional Activities (paid locally)

There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the most popular activities for this trip which can be arranged via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note all costs are subject to change. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • > Helicopter flight - Grand Canyon US$284
  • > IMAX Theater - Grand Canyon US$15
  • > Clubs & shows - Las Vegas US$10+
  • > Limo ride - Las Vegas US$25-$30
  • > San Diego Zoo US$48
  • > Water sports - San Diego US$10-$75
  • > Cable car ride - San Francisco US$5-$13
  • > Helicopter flight - Las Vegas US$115
  • > Roller coasters - Las Vegas US$14-$30
  • > Rollerblading - San Diego US$5-15
  • > Western horseback riding - Cowboy camp US$70
  • > Snowshoeing - Yosemite US$21-$24
  • > Snowboard rental - Yosemite US$28-$38
  • > Gun range - Las Vegas US$20-$100
  • > VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) - Las Vegas US$100
  • > Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

  • Day 1-2: Los Angeles & San Diego

    Kick things off with a visit to Hollywood to see the stars on the Walk of Fame and the famous Hollywood sign. Next head to San Diego where there are over 300 days of sunshine a year - the odds are stacked in your favour! A perfect climate, great zoo and heaps of Spanish charm mean you won't want to leave and it's only your first stop! Unleash some long-lost skating moves then rub shoulders with the surf set on the laid-back California beaches. It's easy to agree with the locals who call San Diego `America's finest city'. If you're not too tired at the end of the all this action why not hit the clubs and bars which come alive as the sun sets.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 3: Salvation Mountain & Colorado River

    Any road trip worth its salt needs highways stretching as far as the eye can see, with nothing but stunning scenery flying past your window and that's exactly what you're going to get. Cruise through California's sun-drenched landscape and watch in wonder as it changes from beautiful forests to arid desert. En route, visit the colourful desert monument of Salvation Mountain which featured in the film `Into the Wild' and follow the yellow brick road to the top. Stop to admire views of the rolling sand dunes before finishing the day at your camp right by the Colorado River.
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 4: Betty & Rusty's Wild West Cowboy Camp

    This morning you'll have the chance to take a cool swim in the mighty Colorado River before heading further into Arizona for a night at an authentic cowboy camp to do the Old West thing. Saguaro cacti cast familiar shapes across the Sonora Desert bush with coyotes, hawks, and star-filled skies for company. Your hosts Betty & Rusty will cook you a cowboy steak dinner you won't forget and you can climb high atop one of their trusty horses for a ride under the desert sky. Tonight, prepare for a campfire party under the stars!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 5: Monument Valley

    Monument Valley, a land of classic western scenery, is the Navajo Nation's greatest natural treasure. For a very different experience we include a jeep tour of Monument Valley's back roads with a local Navajo guide and stay in a traditional hogan under a blanket of stars. What's a hogan? Well, it's a traditional clay and wood Navajo dwelling; after touring this wondrous natural movie set with our Navajo guide, there's no better place to lay your head. This is a rare experience which helps you delve beneath the surface of such a well-travelled path and you'll return home with some very special memories of this incredible place!
    Accommodation: Traditional hogan stay

  • Day 6-7: Grand Canyon National Park

    Just when the scenery seems unbeatable, journey to the Grand Canyon, one of the `Seven Wonders of the World'. With two days you have more than enough time to hike the rim trails for those incredible views looking down into the vast desert canyons. Why not hike down the snaking trails to reveal a very different side and become one of only 5% of visitors to venture inside. Alternatively, opt for a flight over the Grand Canyon for a bird's eye view! The best bit? Waking up to the most stunning sunrise nature can summon as the rocks change colour on brand new day in Southwest USA.
    Accommodation: 2 hotel nights included

  • Day 8-9: Route 66 & Las Vegas

    On to an incredible man-made wonder in the desert, Las Vegas! En route you'll travel a section of the original Route 66, stopping at the town of Seligman where time has stood still. You'll have plenty of time to fill your bags with some pure Americana goodies to remember your time in the States. After arriving to Las Vegas, catch a show, ride a roller coaster and enjoy the famous bright lights and non-stop nightlife. 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas'? So why not have a sham wedding and marry whoever (or whatever) you want! It's brash, it's bizarre, and it's brilliant, so enjoy!
    Accommodation: 2 hotel nights included

  • Day 10: Death Valley National Park

    Your desert experience is complete with this perfect winter destination: Death Valley National Park. The blistering summer heat is no more, so your camera will lap up sights like Artist's Palette, a giant egg-box of turquoise, orange and red mineral deposits, Zabriskie Point, and the immense perspectives of Dante's View. A perfect scene indeed!
    Accommodation: Camping included

  • Day 11-12: Yosemite National Park

    Prepare to be wowed. Thundering waterfalls, huge granite cliffs shaped by the elements and towering Sequoia Trees are all perfect camera fodder within this huge wilderness. You'll have two days to hike, snowshoe and explore this incredible national park decorated under a blanket of snow. Why not end this perfect day of exploring in the hostel sauna and hot tub? Pure bliss.
    Accommodation - Hostel on a multi share basis included

  • Day 13: San Francisco

    Make your way to your final destination on this epic tour, the `City by the Bay', San Francisco. Famous for having inspired a nation of hippies, writers, poets and filmmakers; there's no wonder why the locals are so fiercely proud of their city. Crowned by the Golden Gate Bridge make sure you enjoy the included city tour where you'll have the chance to walk across this astonishing structure. Visit the famed Haight-Ashbury to explore the eclectic shops before your road trip comes to an end. You'll definitely leave your heart in beautiful San Francisco.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

Grand Canyon Winter
  • Spend Christmas in the Grand Canyon!
  • Wake up to Christmas at the Grand Canyon. Take to the rim trail or go down deep into the canyon itself and celebrate at one of the wonders of the world.

    Book tours departing 19th December 2016


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Pay in monthly instalments

  • Book your tour with a 10% deposit per person (no hidden fees)
  • Pay your balance in instalments over the phone or via the website
  • Pay your final balance 8 weeks before departure
  • No additional fees if you choose to pay by credit card
  • We hold ABTA & ATOL licenses offering financial security for your tour

Essential Information

  • We run a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$100 which covers all your meals during the trip whilst camping.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote.
  • We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.


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Private Departures

For 8 or more travellers, we can organise a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a departure date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic 'Trek' style of travel. Can't find a trip that suits your needs exactly? Let us tailor one of our traditional trips, or even create a bespoke itinerary. We will work with you to plan your adventure and with the benefit of our in depth knowledge we can build you a unique experience within your budgets and bucket lists!

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Hotels Before and After your tour

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Good Hotel

SAN FRANCISCO - GOOD HOTEL
In addition to free Wi-Fi there's access to a heated outdoor pool and fitness room, plus complimentary bicycles for exploring San Francisco.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Aloft El Segundo

LOS ANGELES - ALOFT
This hotel offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, cable tv and ipod docks, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre and free shuttle service to LAX.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Book Flights

TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.

Book Flights

We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out travel insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed.

Travel insurance

TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.


City Tours

If you're spending extra nights in our gateway cities before or after your trip, then make the most of your time by pre-booking a unique city sightseeing tours or experience before you go.

Los Angeles City Tours
  • LOS ANGELES
  • Choose from unique city tours led by local experts who are dedicated to taking you behind the scenes, flexible hop on hop off bus tours or a range of unique city experiences.

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