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Coast to Coast Express

  • Code #CCE
  • 15 Days
Duration
15 Days
/14 Nights
Availability
May,2018-Sep,2019
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
New York Area
Ends in: 
San Francisco
Accommodation
Camping
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Trip Overview

We've got the best of the East and West all wrapped up in one action-packed 15 day adventure! Experience the East, from its famous cities to its charming small towns and the incredible Niagara Falls. Then, fly across the continent to taste Western USA's top spots including the most loved national parks of California and Arizona - beautiful Yosemite and the epic Grand Canyon. Add the bright lights of the incomparable desert city of Las Vegas, all sandwiched between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and you've got yourself one amazing adventure!

Included Highlights 
  • Encounter Niagara Falls up close on the 'Maid of the Mist' boat
  • Party bus tour under the neon lights of Las Vegas
  • Take an Amish buggy tour in Pennsylvania
  • Climb Philadelphia's famous 'Rocky' steps & visit the Liberty Bell
  • Walk the revolutionary Freedom Trail through Boston
  • Explore Hollywood Boulevard
  • Take a dip in the cool waters of the Colorado River
  • Experience an awe-inspiring Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
  • Get your kicks on the original Route 66, stopping in Seligman
  • Hike amongst towering granite peaks & Giant Sequoias in Yosemite
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • Admission to incredible national parks - Yosemite & Grand Canyon
  • Flight from New York to Los Angeles (Day 8)
Treknical Details

Interests

Cities
Deserts & Canyons
National Parks
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
8 Nights
Budget Lodging
2 Nights
Hotel
4 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$10 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • 1 flight included in the itinerary (New York to Los Angeles)
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
  • This tour links the Freedom Trail and the Western Wonder

Resources

Coast to Coast Express
Download Trek Tips
New York
Download City Guide
Los Angeles
Download City Guide
Las Vegas
Download City Guide
San Francisco
Download City Guide

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 Freedom Trail and Western Wonder tours. Your tour leader may change and your group will not be escorted during the en route flight (Day 8).

 

2018 Itinerary

First stop is Philadelphia, or 'Philly' if you want to be down with the locals. Check out the Liberty Bell, eat a famous Philly cheesesteak sandwich and climb the steps from the movie 'Rocky'! Cast your eyes on Independence Hall where brave men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England, an event which helped shape the US Constitution. You may want to head down to Reading Terminal Market for local mouth-watering aromas and flavours. Then head to the nation’s capital, Washington DC. When it comes to DC's museums 'Land of the Free' is spot on and the sensational Smithsonian Museums are well worth a visit for all the culture vultures amongst you. Hiring a bike is a great way to get around the city.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Philly cheesesteak US$10
Bike rental US$16-$75
Smithsonian National Museums FREE

Turn up the music and enjoy the scenic drive through countryside. Enjoy an included visit to an Amish community where a local guide will show you a unique way of life on an included buggy tour. Be prepared to feel completely humbled as you see a community who lives for family life and keeps things simple with no mod-cons. Yep that's right, no mobile phones here! Tonight, your home is under a million stars in Pennsylvania, where you'll really start to settle into a simple life of your very own.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Amish museums US$10-$30

Niagara Falls is three waterfalls all rolled into one, so you can only imagine how epic it will be to witness this natural wonder with your own eyes. From the edge of Lake Ontario you'll see the crashing water is stupendous and the noise just as immense. For the ultimate front row seat, hop aboard your included 'Maid of the Mist' boat tour and get up close to the majestic falls...  just be prepared to get a little wet!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Cave of the Winds tour US$17

With two nights in ‘Bean Town’ you’ll have plenty of time to explore! Walk the Freedom Trail and relive the revolution, visiting historical sites that uncover America's significant past. Lounge on Boston Common or enjoy a local tipple at Trillium’s beer garden on the green way. For a delicious array of food stalls, Pop across to Faneuil Hall or Quincy Market. Boston is famous for its baseball and football teams, so sports fans can try to catch the Red Sox or New England Patriots in action!

Accommodation

Hostel included (multi-share)

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Walk the Freedom Trail  FREE
Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market FREE
Baseball game from US$20
Visit the famous 'Cheers' bar FREE

We head back to the 'Garden State' of New Jersey, where our adventure began, and the remainder of the evening is free for you to explore before you fly to the West Coast tomorrow. This is a great opportunity to head into the city and see neon New York at night, watch a Broadway show or hit the clubs.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge FREE

Transfer to the airport and after a flight with the other Trekkers on your tour to the cosmopolitan city of Los Angeles, it's time to meet your West Coast tour leader and head to the hotel where the remainder of the day is yours to relax. If you're ready for action, venture out and explore Venice Beach for some eclectic people watching and try some surfing or simply soak up the Californian sunshine!

Please note: your group will not be accompanied on your flight, but will be met in Los Angeles by a new tour leader.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

After a short tour of Hollywood and the Walk of Fame, you'll leave city life behind you and travel through California to the vast cactus-prickled desert of Arizona. Take a dip in the Colorado River and spend the evening in nearby Laughlin. Get that campfire roaring and the s'mores toasting!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

It's time to head to America's premier national park, the epic Grand Canyon. You'll soon see why this natural wonder attracts tons of visitors each year. Keep your feet firmly on the ground or soar above the stunning landscape on an optional helicopter flight. One thing's for sure, this place looks incredible from any angle. To see it in all its majestic glory, head to the South Rim and watch the sunset. Trust us when we say you'll never have seen anything so beautiful!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

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

Today you drive along a section of the original route 66 to Seligman. A town frozen in time and a great place to pick up some fab Route 66 memorabilia for your friends and family back home. Treat yourself to a shake that’s as thick as they come at the Snow Cap Diner too! Once you've had your fill of pure Americana, next up is Las Vegas for the ultimate party pit stop! The Strip, the shows, the over the top hotels; Sin City's glitziest and hottest spots are sure to impress as you cruise the The Strip on an included party bus! If heights don't scare you, head to the top of the Stratosphere to ride some of the world's highest roller coasters or take a helicopter flight down The Strip and see this neon city from the sky. It's also possible to get married in Vegas…don't worry, it's not legally binding - unless you want it to be!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Clubs & casino shows from US$10
Roller coasters US$25-$40
Helicopter flight US$124
Go karting US$45
Gun range US$20-$100
Get married in Las Vegas (not legally binding) US$220
VIP club tour (includes 4 clubs & limo) US$100

Leave the desert behind you and head west through the beautiful Californian countryside, eventually arriving in Yosemite National Park. Here you'll get the opportunity to hike or bike through the extraordinary landscape of glacier-carved granite monoliths and spectacular waterfalls. Once you hit the trails, you may be lucky enough to enjoy incredible wildlife sightings. Bear often frequent the area, and when the sun goes down, listen out for coyotes howling amidst the pines and Giant Sequoias. This is a paradise for any lover of the outdoors and whatever activities you get up to in Yosemite, you're sure to have a blast.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Bike rental US$12-$34
Float trip on the Merced River US$31

Today is the final day of your Trek adventure, but that doesn't mean the fun is over, oh no! The end of your tour brings you to the awesome city of San Francisco. Famous for its waterfront full of tasty seafood, and what is probably one of the world's most iconic landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge. If you have extra time here, explore the quirky bars and cafes where the beatnik generation hung out, or grab a bite to eat in Chinatown. You'll never be bored in San Francisco!

This tour ends 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

Camping food kitty applies to this tour
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.

 

NEW YORK AREA - HILTON NEWARK AIRPORT

1170 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

The 4 star hotel offers free airport shuttle and many onsite amenities including fitness room, indoor pool, spa.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £80 | US$106 | Eur96 | AU$136 | NZ$143
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £140 | US$185 | Eur168 | AU$238 | NZ$250
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - NEWARK AIRPORT

Transportation from Newark International Airport is the cheapest and most convenient. From Baggage Claim at the airport, take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. The journey will take approximately 10mins, depending on traffic. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag).

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION - JFK & LA GUARDIA AIRPORTS

From both JFK and La Guardia airports you must first transfer to New York Penn Station located at 31st and 7th Streets in Midtown Manhattan and then take another transfer to Newark International Airport. 

1). To transfer from the airport to New York Penn Station: 
By Shuttle: You can pre-book your transfer on the Super Shuttle website by searching for "Penn Station" landmark when prompted. A shared transfer service costs US$19 plus tip. 

By Bus: The most convenient service is the "New York Airport Express Service Bus". This bus departs from both airports every 20-30 minutes (7am- midnight) and stops are located at the 'Express Bus Stop' at each airport terminal. Cost is US$15. For reservations or for more info call (718) 875-8200 or visit their website at www.nyairportservice.com/. Use taxis for transport during the hours of midnight-7am. 

2). To transfer from NY Penn Station to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station: 
Trains depart New York Penn Station every 10-15 minutes to Newark Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for approx. $12.50 and wait until the train board displays your track. ALL trains that go to Newark Liberty International Airport Train Station are displayed as "EWR." The train ride to the airport station is about 25 minutes and you will be asked to show you ticket while on the train. 

3.) To transfer from Newark Liberty International Train Station to the Hilton Newark Airport: 
After exiting the train follow the signs for the "AIRTRAIN". Take the AIRTRAIN to station P4 and wait for the Hilton Newark Airport Complimentary Shuttle. This will bring you directly to the Hotel and a shuttle arrives/departs every 15-20 minutes. It is customary to tip the driver who helps you with your bag ($1-$2 per bag). 

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 £83-91 | US$110-119 | Eur100-109 | AU$142-154 | NZ$148-162
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £145-158 | US$191-208 | Eur174-190 | AU$247-269 | NZ$259-283
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 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)
  • We are ATOL protected and IATA licensed
  • Personal service - you're more than just a number

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.

Reviews

What our trekkers say

4.5 out of 5

Coast to Coast Express 2014

Past Trekkers Review

AMAZING! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!

Reviewed September 2016

So for me this was my 'trial' travel. I've done short city breaks in the past, but recently i have been thinking more and more about just going travelling. I booked this tour in particularly as i thought it was an ideal time, and it encompassed the main sites i wanted to see. I wanted to...

Past Trekkers Review

Experience of a Lifetime! Loved it!

Reviewed July 2015

I have always been pretty apprehensive about booking a trip like this but one night I just rung up and did it - and it was the best thing I've ever done!I was worried about travelling alone and I had read lots of reviews saying 'you've got nothing to worry about' but you still have a...

Past Trekkers Review

THE BEST 2 WEEKS OF MY LIFE!

Reviewed October 2014

The Coast to Coast Express is AMAZING! I could not recommend it more, so if you can't be bothered to read on, my one piece of advise is to BOOK IT NOW!You start off doing the Freedom Trail on the East Coast which includes visiting Washington DC, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Niagara Falls and Boston....

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