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Desert & Rockies BLT

  • Code #WCB
  • 17 Days
Duration
17 Days
/16 Nights
Availability
Jun,2017-Aug,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
San Francisco
Ends in: 
Calgary
Accommodation
Budget Lodging

Trip Overview

It's not often you get to experience the red rock deserts of the USA and Canada's epic snowy mountains all in one single trip. Walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and gaze up at towering Giant Sequoia trees in Yosemite before hitting the bright lights of Las Vegas. Explore the epic Grand Canyon National Park and drive a section of the original Route 66. Head on to Canada with its incredible hiking trails in some of the world's most iconic national parks; you'll see one beautiful vista after another on this epic 17 day trip through two awesome countries!

Included Highlights 
  • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip in a stretch limo
  • Canoe on Maligne Lake for a true Canadian experience
  • Amazing views from the SkyTram in Jasper
  • Walk San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
  • Walk amongst Yosemite's towering peaks
  • Experience the neon lights and clubs of Vegas
  • Travel iconic Route 66, stopping in Seligman
  • Swim in the cool waters of the Colorado River
  • Tour Hollywood and see the Walk of Fame
  • Awesome sunset/sunrise over the Grand Canyon
  • Hike to incredible waterfalls in Wells Gray
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities - Grizzly Bear, wolves & caribou
  • Experience the beautiful Icefield Parkway scenic drive
  • Visit beautiful Lake Louise, the 'Gem of the Rockies'
  • Incredible hiking trails & views in the Rockies
  • International flight from LA to Vancouver
  • Admission to incredible national & provincial parks - Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Wells Gray, Jasper, Banff/Lake Louise
Treknical Details

Interests

Cities
Deserts & Canyons
Mountains
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Budget Lodging
8 Nights
Hotel
8 Nights

Food & Meals

  • All meals to be paid locally

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi (USA only)
  • 1 flight included in the itinerary (Los Angeles to Vancouver)
  • All accommodation

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
  • 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 all en route accommodation.

Resources

Desert and Rockies BLT
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San Francisco
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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!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

This tour links together our Western BLT and Canadian BLT tours. Your tour leader may change and your group will not be escorted during the en route flight (Day 8).

After a brief fling with San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, hit the old prospectors' trail to the east and let it take you smack bang into Yosemite National Park. You'll be blown away by the incredible views, from huge granite cliffs and the chiselled landmarks of El Capitan and Half Dome to the highest waterfalls in North America. Yosemite is also home to some of the oldest trees in the world, the mighty Giant Sequoias which tower above the park, and let's not forget the unbelievable array of incredible wildlife, from bear to coyotes. Throw in the colours of a picture perfect sunset, plus a chilled drink or two and you've got one awesome California experience with your new Trek buddies.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Bike rental US$12-$34

Time to put those lucky numbers to the test, not to mention your energy levels, in this 24/7 party town. A-list stars swarm here, although breaking the bank may be easier than blagging your way into their swanky celebrity hangouts. If that fails you can still cruise The Strip in a super-stretch limousine (included) or ease the pain with one of the famous all-you-can-eat buffets. Vegas knows how to party but it isn't all about the clubs. Why not hit the roller coasters, check out a show, take an evening flight down The Strip?

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Roller coasters US$25-$40
Helicopter flight US$124
Go karting US$26
Gun range US$20-$100
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100

Leaving Las Vegas behind, strike out across the desert in search of one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’, the Grand Canyon. As soon as you lay eyes on this super special place, you'll want to give Mother Nature a well-deserved high five! Take to the sky on an optional helicopter flight to witness the monumental red-and-gold formations from up high. Hike deep into the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail or check out the aptly named ‘Ooh Aah Point’ on the South Kaibab Trail. At sunset or sunrise, the views are particularly special and will leave you breathless!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Helicopter flight US$254-$284
IMAX Theater US$15

After a beautiful sunrise and well spent morning at the Grand Canyon, head west to Seligman on Historic Route 66. This town is full of quirky Americana, so why not grab some pop art and awesome road trip memorabilia for the folks back home? After all this exploring treat yourself to a super-super-thick shake at the Snow Cap Diner before heading to the Colorado River where you'll have the chance to swim and take in stunning views. You'll stay overnight in Laughlin, where you'll have one last chance to try your luck on the tables!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

Follow the sun back to the Pacific Coast, arriving in the sprawling ‘City of Angels’. Have your camera at the ready as you tour Hollywood and the Walk of Fame, and seek out the stars of your favourite film stars. You may want to head down to Venice Beach in the evening for a night of people watching and hanging with the cool kids, where there’s awesome street food and usually you’ll find live music playing. Alternatively why not spend an evening with an LA local introducing you to some of the city's famous historic bars on our 'Sips of Old Hollywood' city tour?

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

From one world-class city to the next, you leave your USA tour leader in LA and take to the skies with the other Trekkers on your tour on a morning flight to the action-packed city of Vancouver. You will be met by your Canada tour leader at the airport, where you'll be transferred to the hotel using an airport shuttle. Surrounded by water and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is one heck of a beautiful city and a great introduction to Canada. You have free time today to explore the city, so why not check out the art galleries or explore the magnificent 400 hectare Stanley Park before departing on the next leg of your adventure tomorrow?

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Bike rental in Stanley Park CA$10-$65
Rollerblading in Stanley Park CA$10-$40

After a day in Vancouver it's time to head out on your Western Canada adventure, starting with Whistler, a mecca for thrill-seekers.  Hit the trails, get on your bike or even zip line through the trees. Whistler is known for its winter snow, but there's much more to this mountain resort than just the white stuff! The hiking and biking trails around town are some of the best, and will definitely get you excited for the rest of your time in Canada.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Mountain biking from CA$100
Extreme zip lining course CA$119-199
Gondola ride CA$57

Wells Gray has something to offer every lover of the outdoors, from lush alpine meadows to excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities. If it's waterfalls you're after then you've come to the right place! Helmcken Falls, a 141 metre waterfall on the Murtle River, is just one of the 40 named waterfalls around the park. With beautiful meadows full of wildflowers and bears roaming freely around the park, Wells Gray is a Canadian wonderland just waiting for you and your Trek mates to explore! For the ultimate rustic experience, you'll be staying in a rustic bunkhouse at an authentic guest ranch, within the park.

Accommodation

Rustic bunkhouse included (multi share)

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

The sprawling natural expanse of Jasper National Park is next on the itinerary, and it would just be rude not to hit the hiking and biking trails! You'll venture through some of the most spectacular scenery that the Canadian Rockies has to offer, where wildlife such as Grizzlies, wolves and caribou could be spotted at any moment! Savour the incredible views on an included trip on Canada’s longest and highest aerial tramway, the Jasper Skytram. One of the most scenic trails in the park is the hike to Maligne Canyon; cross bridges and follow the twisting river up through the deep limestone canyon for picture-perfect views. Join your leader for a hike to Athabasca Falls; it might not be the highest waterfall you've ever seen, but the sheer power and amount of water on display is definitely worth checking out! For a true Canadian experience, take an included canoe trip on Maligne Lake and soak up the beautiful scenery.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Mountain biking CA$15-$75

Enjoy what has often been referred to as one of the best drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway. It provides panoramic views of endless valleys, sheer ridges, spruce forests and glaciers - and there are opportunities for glacier walking too. Banff is Canada's oldest national park and however you choose to explore, you'll be left speechless by its endless beauty. With 1600km of trails, a town full of heritage and some incredible wildlife, you won't want to leave this mountain wonderland. Your leader will take you to Johnston Canyon, which is easily one of the national park's most popular day hikes. For more canyon action and stunning forest scenery, enjoy a leisurely hike to Stewart Canyon. Before you leave be sure to treat yourself to some time relaxing in the local hot springs; after hiking all those trails your weary feet will thank you!

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Guided glacier walk CA$100
Sulphur Mountain hot springs  CA$8
Aerial gondola/tramway CA$42
Horseback riding CA$65
Scenic glacier flight CA$195-$325

The turquoise hues and beautiful surroundings of Lake Louise are picture-perfect, there's no doubt about it! The nickname ‘Gem of the Rockies’ is well-deserved, it's hard to believe somewhere could be this stunning. Once you've stopped staring at the incredible colour, we suggest taking a hike out to the Plain of Six Glaciers or to the far end of the lake on the Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail. Today your tour ends only a short drive away in the Alberta city of Calgary, leaving you with a bunch of new friends and a whole lot of wonderful memories.

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

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00hrs

Meals Included

All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities

Canoeing CA$45
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

SAN FRANCISCO - RED ROOF INN

777 Airport Blvd, Burlingame, CA 94010

This hotel offers free Wi-Fi, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness centre, 24hr on-site restaurant and 24hr free airport shuttle.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £79-86 | US$130-112 | Eur95-103 | AU$134-146 | NZ$140-154
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £137-150 | US$179-195 | Eur165-180 | AU$233-255 | NZ$245-268
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The hotel operates a free shuttle service which runs every 20-30 minutes. After arrival and from either terminal 1, 2 or 3, the shuttle bus will arrive outside of the airport. Typically a tip of US$1-2 is expected.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

CALGARY - RAMADA DOWNTOWN

708 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H2

The hotel is an easy walking distance to local attractions and entertainment and complete with a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £89-190 | US$112-247 | Eur103-228 | AU$146-322 | NZ$154-338
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £150-331 | US$195-431 | Eur180-398 | AU$255-563 | NZ$268-591
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

To transfer to the hotel visit the Allied Shuttle airport service before exiting the airport terminal, which drops at multiple hotels and costs CAD$15 plus tax per person, a CAD$1-2 tip is also expected. Alternatively, take a taxi which costs approximately CAD$35-30 and takes between 35 to 40 minutes depending on traffic.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

  • Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per person
  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
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Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

Request a flight quote

At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. 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.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

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

There are loads of exciting optional activities available 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. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

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