Day 1: Australia –– San Francisco
Today depart Australia for San Francisco! On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: San Francisco, Napa Valley Region (B)
In the morning, take a look at San Francisco, a hilly city surrounded by water on 3 sides. Then visit the Golden Gate Bridge. Opened in 1937, the bridge remain the tallest in the United States, and is an international icon. Next, visit Fisherman’s Wharf, a popular attraction, famous for crab and clam chowder served in a ‘bowl’ of sourdough bread. Here you can take an optional cruise on the San Francisco Bay. Next, visit super-steep Lombard Street, or the Exploratorium – an experiential ‘museum’ of science, art, and human perception – with around 600 installations on show, it has been described as “a mad scientist’s penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one”. To end the day’s tour, we visit the only building remaining from 1915 world’s exposition, the Palace of Fine Arts – a beautiful building inspired by Greek and Roman architecture.
Please note – tonight’s hotel is located near the Napa Valley region.
Day 3: San Francisco – Napa Valley Region (B)
Today we’ll visit vineyards located in California’s famed Napa Valley – a world-renowned region for wine making with a Mediterranean-style buildings accented with classic furniture. Wine tasting is available (at your own expense). The tour usually ends at 5:00 pm, but there could be delays caused by traffic, weather and other circumstances. Usually two wineries will be visited – Robert Mondavi Winery and Bringers Vineyards, however this is subject to change, so please confirm with tour guide on the departure day.
Please note – tonight’s hotel is located near the Napa Valley region.
Day 4: San Francisco – Santa Barbara – Solvang – Los Angeles (B)
Today we go to Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key to the development of the entire region. Spanish colonial architecture is fused with modern details, giving the city a casual elegance. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community, to browse in the local shops. Brilliant sunshine, boundless open country and rolling hills are the characteristics of what the original Danish immigrants called ‘Sunny Field’. Pour yourself a cup of aromatic European-style coffee and nibble a world famous Danish pastry.
Day 5: Los Angeles (B)
Los Angeles city tour: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Staples Centre – experience movie magic at it’s best!
Optional tour: Universal Studios, which offers the Hollywood experience through amazing attractions and behind-the-scenes exclusives!
Day 6: Los Angeles – San Diego – Los Angeles (B)
Leave Los Angeles in the morning, and drive along the beautiful coast of southern California to San Diego, a beautiful seaport city in southern California . In San Diego, visit the port and view the world-famous, bustling home port of the United States seventh fleet. We then visit one of the earliest public parks in the United States – Balboa Park, which hosted the World Expo in 1915. The park has 15 major museums, and often hosts plays, musicals, and all kinds of big events in Balboa Park was registered as a national historic landmark in 1977. This is considered ‘the birthplace of California’. It was here in 1769 that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the first of 21 missions that became the cornerstones of California. Today, Old Town San Diego still preserves its rich heritage from the period of 1821-1871. In the evening, return to Los Angeles, ending our one-day tour of San Diego’s rich culture and history.
Day 7: Los Angeles – Las Vegas (B)
On leaving Los Angeles, we’ll stop by a factory outlet on the way to Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world. You will stay at a hotel located right in the thick of the action along the Las Vegas Strip, with famous attractions such as the pyramid Luxor Hotel, New York New York, Treasure Island, and Mirage all within walking distance.
Optional Tour: Enjoy a night tour or see the best-selling showgirl production ‘Jubilee’.
Day 8: Las Vegas – Grand Canyon West
Depart Las Vegas in the morning and proceed to Grand Canyon West. There you will have the option of stepping onto the world-famous Skywalk, suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. This 30-million dollar bridge affords sweeping views of the canyon below.
Optional Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter & Boat Ride
Please Note: Grand Canyon West is NOT part of Grand Canyon National Park. Grand Canyon West is located within the Hualapai American Indian Reservation and is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe.
Day 9: Las Vegas – Lake Powell – Antelope Canyon – Horseshoe Bend – Kanab
This morning visit Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in North America, with a shoreline stretching almost 3,000km. Desolate, vast, serene, magnificent; these are the changing faces of the lake as the morning sun rises over the water and creeps into the yawning gorges. Afterwards, go to Antelope Canyon to admire the intricate curves and ripples of the canyon walls carved out by many millennia of floodwaters. Next we’ll head to Horseshoe Bend to watch the Colorado River do a complete 180 around the red canyon walls. We’ll make one last stop at Glen Canyon Dam, before transfer to Kanab to rest for the evening.
Day 10: Kanab – Zion National Park – Bryce Canyon National Park – Salt Lake City (B)
In the morning, head to Zion National Park, where you can feast your eyes on the rich tapestry of different coloured sandstone. The afternoon takes us to Bryce Canyon National Park, where an elevation of over 2,400 meters affords vast panoramas of bizarrely-shaped rocks formed through millions of years of erosion. Then, transfer to your hotel in Salt Lake City.
Day 11: Salt Lake City – Big Sky (B)
Today, enjoy a tour of Salt Lake City before we drive interstate from Utah, to Big Sky in Montana. Enjoy the scenery along the way and the evening at leisure, and rest up for your big day tomorrow at Yellowstone National Park!
Day 12: Big Sky – Yellowstone National Park – Big Sky (B)
Today, visit Yellowstone National Park, the first and oldest national park in the United States. Highlights include: Yellowstone Canyon, Yellowstone Falls, Mud Volcano, and Mammoth Hot Springs. You may be lucky enough to see various wildlife that inhabit the park, such as bison, elk, moose, and bears.
Day 13: Big Sky – Grand Teton National Park – Jackson – Salt Lake City (B)
Today we continue on to nearby Grand Teton National Park. Twelve of the peaks in Grand Teton reach above 3,660 meters feet and support a dozen mountain glaciers, and the tallest peak rises to almost 4,300 meters. This region was been settled by the ancestors of Native American Shoshone people, over 11,000 years ago. In the afternoon, transfer to the state of Wyoming and visit the western town of Jackson, in the Jackson Hole Valley. Arches made of elk antlers decorate the central plaza in this town, and there are plenty of interesting shops and attractive restaurants to explore. We then return to Salt Lake City.
Day 14: Salt Lake City – Australia (B)
Today, transfer to Salt Lake City Airport to board your return flight home.
Day 15: In flight
Day 16: Australia
Arrive home today.