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CNA Western Camp Drive – Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, San Francisco, Yosemite, Los Angeles

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Total 14 nights


Day 1
Arrival San Francisco

 
Depart London Heathrow - 10:40
Arrive San Francisco - 13:35
Journey time - 10hr 55mins

On arrival make your way into San Francisco to your hotel. We can include a coach transfer or a private transfer from the airport to your San Francisco hotel by prior arrangement for additional cost. Please ask us for more details.

Overnight - San Francisco, CA (Galleria Park Hotel)


Day 2
San Francisco

Morning

This morning we suggest you take a city tour - especially if this is your first time to this fabulous city as it will allow you to get your bearings.

Afternoon

Enjoy a quick 10-minute ferry ride to the centre of the San Francisco harbour to the infamous former prison island - Alcatraz. The visit includes a taped tour of the prison (once home to such famous criminals as gangster Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly"). Note: We strongly suggest that you pre-book this very popular Alcatraz tour which in our opinion is not to be missed - let us know at time of booking. Do book early to avoid disappointment!

Evening

Seafood dinner at one of many restaurants along the waterfront or at one of the trendy restaurants in the SoMa (South of Market) area! After dinner, enjoy a musical show, an American Conservatory Theatre performance or a comedy club, and a nightcap in one of the many rooftop cocktail lounges.

Overnight - San Francisco, CA (Galleria Park Hotel)


Day 3
San Francisco

Morning

Take a tour to Muir Woods, a forest of giant California redwood trees - some of the biggest trees in the world. On the way back, stop for lunch and shopping in the beautiful little town of Sausalito. Return to San Francisco by ferry or by bus; or take a walking tour of Chinatown with a dim sum lunch.

Afternoon

Free afternoon to shop! Explore Union Square's department stores, small boutiques and art galleries; visit the neighbourhood shopping areas South of Market or Union Street; take a five-minute walk from downtown to the Embarcadero Centre, a three-level, four-building complex of 150 shops. Shop at the many complexes in the Fisherman's Wharf area such as PIER 39, Ghirardelli Square and The Cannery and enjoy the musicians and street performers. Take a jeep tour of the area, or rent a bike and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and ferr
y back to San Francisco.

Evening

San Francisco has over 3,000 restaurants! Take your choice: For instance, an authentic Chinese banquet in Chinatown - the largest Asian settlement outside of mainland China, an elaborate Korean barbecue or an Italian feast in The City's Italian section, called "North Beach" or how about a dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay. Enjoy dinner and dancing to a live band as you cruise past The City's famous skyline at sunset.

PLEASE NOTE: San Francisco is one of our favourite cities in the whole of North America and we would not recommend you spending any less than 3 nights in the city if this is your first visit. None of the tours or attractions mentioned in our suggested itinerary are included in your price, however, we would be very happy to make these arrangements on your behalf (subject to availability). In particular, as we have mentioned above, your visit to Alcatraz - as the ferry to the island can often be booked up days, or even weeks, in advance during the height of the season.

There are numerous festivals going on throughout the year in San Francisco, art, film and dance festivals and this is in addition to a packed sport scene, which includes the world famous San Francisco 49’ers. We are happy to help our customers with purchasing tickets and advising on events taking place during your stay, please ask for details.

Overnight - San Francisco, CA (Galleria Park Hotel)


Day 4
San Francisco to Monterey
120 miles

This morning you will collect your motorhome. The depot is located approximately 20 miles from downtown San Francisco and can be reached by metered taxi. Public transportation on the BART system will also take you from downtown San Francisco to San Leandro where the station is around 1.5 miles from the depot.

We recommend allowing sufficient time to collect your vehicle and to make yourself comfortable with the systems prior to departing the depot. An hour and a half should allow enough time. Staff at the depot will be able to point you in the direction of a local supermarket to stock up on provisions.

For the short journey to the south of San Francisco we suggest you travel across town to pick up route US-1 South as this will take you along the more scenic coastal areas of the

Pacific Ocean. The route will pass many of the more popular California State Park and Beach areas as you travel to Santa Cruz. Here you may wish to pick up a local guidebook for touring among the historic district and Harbour. The route will now pass around the Monterey Bay to the community of Monterey. We recommend that you use a campsite in the Monterey bay area tonight.

This afternoon you may wish to take the short trip down to the charming coastal town of Carmel. Watch for the signs for the 17-Mile Scenic Drive (fee area). Although there is a fee to drive along this route, the ocean views and opulent lifestyle of this region is worth paying to see. The route will bring you out into the heart of Carmel where you may wish to check out the many “high end boutiques” or visit Carmel Beach - repeatedly voted one of the top beaches in the country.

Overnight – Monterey Bay area, CA (Camping)

Note: Campsite reservations are not included and are your own responsibility.


Day 5
Monterey to Yosemite
270 miles

This morning we suggest a short detour to the south along US-1 to see one of the most famous bridges along the west coast near to the area of Big Sur. This will be about a 70 mile very scenic round trip drive as you will need to return to Carmel and Monterey to proceed across the state to Merced and following the Merced River you climb into the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range as you close in on Yosemite National Park. The Big Sur area is really quite beautiful so you may well wish to take a short walk whilst here.

Yosemite National Park is popular and with limited campsites it is really important to book as early as you can. Reservations for campsites within the park boundaries are released in blocks on a specific date/time – it is not uncommon for the most popular dates to sell out within a matter of days. Please see http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm for more information.

Depending on your arrival time you may wish to drive into the main Valley Area (about 20 minutes from the entrance). We suggest stopping and hiking to Bridalveil Falls and then proceeding up the route to the south entrance to the overlook that will give you a good view back into the main Yosemite Valley.

Please note: Adverse weather conditions during the winter and spring months mean that we will have to alter your route slightly as the Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park remains closed from October to May/June dependant on the Spring Thaw. Areas around Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon are likely to be cold and snowfall is common during the winter months. The closure of Tioga pass will mean amending your route which will add considerable miles/time on to your journey from Yosemite to Death Valley. We therefore suggest inserting a one night stop-over (between Yosemite & Death Valley) in Bakersfield (staying at the Doubletree Hotel) & in order to keep your total holiday duration at 14 nights we therefore suggest reducing your stay at the Grand Canyon from 2 nights to 1 night. For further clarification of this part of the CNA Western camp drive during Winter & Spring, please do consult with a member of our team.

Overnight – Yosemite National Park or surrounding area

Camping Note: Campsite reservations are not included and are your own responsibility.


Day 6
Yosemite National Park

A full day for exploring and sightseeing in the main valley of the Yosemite Park. We suggest to first stop at the park visitor centre to pick up the latest information on hiking and other activities for this day. You will find many short hikes, but do suggest you take along water and snacks as there is nothing available along the main trails.

Yosemite National Park is one of the best known parks in the world, consisting of huge waterfalls, granite domes and peaks, wildflowers, meadows and forests of centuries-old sequoias, glacier-carved canyon and massive monoliths, A pair of waterfall cascades into a 20-mile long, half-mile wide and 1,000-foot deep canyon of eroded yellow stone.

The Tioga Road, California 120, crosses the Tuolumne Meadows and High Country. The highway, originally built as a mining road in 1182-3, was realigned and modernized in 1961. The road passes through an area of sparkling lakes, fragile meadows, domes, and lofty peaks that only 10,000 years ago lay under glacial ice. Scenic turnouts along the road afford superb views. At Tioga Pass the road crosses the Sierras crest at 9,945 feet, the highest automobile pass in California.

Yosemite Valley has sheer walls and a flat floor formed by alpine glaciers. You will see such amazing sights as El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks. The most rugged section of Yosemite is Tuolumne Meadows and the High Country. Bridalveil Falls is a must it cascades 620 feet and Yosemite Falls is the tallest is the world. Visit Half-Dome, elevation 8, 842 feet, an 87 million-year-old rock dome and is Yosemite's most famous monument.

Yosemite National Park is also home to the largest stand of giant sequoias trees and home of the Grizzly Giant, one of the oldest giant sequoias in the world

Why not treat yourself to an incredible experience by hiring a private guide for a personalised hike?

These hikes are designed specifically for you, based on your interests and ability. The guides will go at your pace, whether that is a stroll with children across a meadow, or a marathon day to the summit of Half Dome. The experienced local hiking guides are a wealth of information about Yosemite so that you can learn about what you are interested in - history, geology, or even figuring out what you want to do and see for the rest of your visit. Prices start from £67 per person (based upon 2 people travelling) for a private guide for half a day (4 hours) & we do highly recommend that you pre-book this when you confirm your holiday with us.

Alternatively, you could take a Guided ‘Yosemite Valley Floor Tour’ (2 hours)

On this two-hour tour, Rangers introduce some of Yosemite’s most famous sightseeing points in Yosemite Valley (You Will See: Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls and more) and describe the history, geology, plant and animal life of the region. This year-round Yosemite Valley Floor tour provides a fuller knowledge and enjoyment of the park. Open-air trams operate from late Spring through early Fall. Late October through April, ride in an enclosed and heated motor coach with large windows allowing unimpeded views of Yosemite’s famous sights. Bring your camera along for postcard-perfect pictures. Pre-book this tour at a cost of £21 per adult / £11 per child.

Overnight – Yosemite National Park or surrounding area (Camping)

Note: Campsite reservations are not included and are your own responsibility.


Day 7
Yosemite to Death Valley
310 miles

Start early today, whilst 310 miles does not seem a lot the stunning drive will take time and today is a full day for sure. You will leave your campsite and join The Tioga Pass road across to the East Park Entrance. Here you will pick up the route of US-395 South heading towards Death Valley.

Death Valley is a land of complete extremes. It is one of the hottest places on the surface of the earth with summer temperatures averaging well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It encompasses the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere and is the driest place in North America. The valley is also a land of subtle beauties, morning light creeping across the eroded badlands of Zabriskie Point to strike Manly Beacon, the setting sun and lengthening shadows of the sand dunes at Stovepipe Wells and the colours of the wildflowers on the golden hills above Harmony Borax, Death Valley is a truly unique place and a complete contrast to what you have left behind at Yosemite.

Overnight – Death Valley National Park or surrounding area (Camping)

Note: Campsite reservations are not included and are your own responsibility.

*NOTE: Jucy does not permit vehicles to operate in Death Valley from May 15-Sep 15. At other times you may visit at your own risk and are responsible for all recovery and other charges.


Day 8
Death Valley to Las Vegas
160 miles

There is some sightseeing to do in the Death Valley area this morning, mainly to the south before heading east into the state of Nevada. Here you may take a more northern route into Lathrop Wells, or a southern route that will bring you into Pahrump. Either route will allow you to travel around the Toiyabe National Forest and into the city of Las Vegas.

There really is so much to do and see in Las Vegas that on leaving Death Valley we recommend you make a beeline for the bright lights to make the most out of your 2 nights there.

In Las Vegas we have included hotel accommodation for that authentic Vegas experience!

Overnight - Las Vegas, NV (Tropicana Hotel)


Day 9
Las Vegas

A full day to enjoy the sights and attractions of this most exciting city.

During you day be sure to catch the Volcano Fountain eruption at the Mirage Hotel every 15 minutes, the fountain show on the lake at Bellagio, also every 15 minutes, take a gondola ride at the Venetian, take a ride up to the observation deck on the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel, take the Big Shot ride atop the Stratosphere Tower, Bungee jump at Circus Circus Hotel, visit the amazing Fremont Street experience, take a trip out to see the Hoover Dam or maybe even book a helicopter trip to fly over the Grand Canyon. Or if shopping is important to you there are two Premium Outlet Stores within 3 miles of the strip - both offer amazing prices for the latest designer brands.

As your day nears an end choose from the endless choices of places to eat before finishing the night off at one of the world class shows that entertain nightly across the city that never sleeps.

Overnight - Las Vegas, NV (Tropicana Hotel)


Day 10
Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
275 miles

Head out early this morning for a long but spectacular day of driving. First head south and over the Hoover Dam. If you have not already visited this engineering feat then stop and take the guided tour otherwise continue on across the dam and into the state of Arizona. Now you will be crossing the high desert lands as you head towards the community of Kingman and then on to Williams. Another option but somewhat slower is to take the old Route 66 through Peaches Springs which will eventually bring you out onto the same Interstate route to Williams. This is one of the few remaining sections of the famed highway from Chicago to L.A. Continue north finally reaching the awesome destination that is the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon National Park is popular and with limited campsites it is really important to book as early as you can. Reservations for campsites within the park boundaries are released 6 months in advance and sell out quickly. Please see http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm for more information.

Overnight – Grand Canyon National Park or surrounding area (Camping)

Note: Campsite reservations are not included and are your own responsibility.


Day 11
Grand Canyon

Take a full day to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. First stop should be the Visitor Centre located at the South Rim Village. Here you can pick up information on short hikes, special areas that you may wish to visit during the day and helicopter or airplane rides over the Grand Canyon. A visit to see the El Tovar Lodge is a must, but we also suggest any of the scenic stops or even taking one of the guided coach tours that will explain the history and geology of the area. Another must is a visit to the IMAX Theatre located in Tusayan just outside the park for a thrilling 3D show based around the Grand Canyon.

We strongly suggest you that spend one of your evenings and maybe even an early mo
rning at the Grand Canyon Rim to experience the spectacular sunrise and sunset.

Overnight – Grand Canyon National Park or surrounding area (Camping)

Note: Campsite reservations are not included and are your own responsibility.


Day 12
Grand Canyon to Lake Havasu City
225 miles

Today you leave the Grand Canyon and head through Williams and Kingman on to 'Arizona's Playground' - Lake Havasu City. The off-roading, ultralight-flying, speed boating, rock climbing capitol of the Southwest! It’s also a great place to kick back, relax and watch the world pass by.

The lake, being the largest man-made lake in North America, sits along the Colorado river where you can also visit the London Bridge which was transported out to Lake Havasu from London in 1968 after being bought at auction by the founder of Lake Havasu City. The bridge was re-constructed brick by brick over the next 3 years and opened in 1971 linking the mainland to a small island in the Colorado River.

Overnight – Lake Havasu City or surrounding area (Camping)

Note: Campsite reservations are not included and are your own responsibility.


Day 13
Lake Havasu City to Los Angeles
310 miles

From Lake Havasu City you continue south along the route of AZ-95, which follows the Colorado River, and you will pass the Colorado River Indian Reservation. You will then pick up Interstate 10 which will take you into the state of California and en route to Los Angeles you will pass by Joshua Tree National Park where you have the option to take a loop drive through the park to Twentynine Palms and then back onto I-10 near Palm Springs.

Overnight - Los Angeles, CA (Beverly Garland Holiday Inn Hotel)


Day 14
Los Angeles

Most first-time visitors to LA are instantly confused by its size and sprawl. Unlike other metropolises like New York or Paris, LA is a decentralized hodgepodge with no clearly defined hub. It helps to know that what is commonly referred to as 'LA' is really 'LA County', a conglomeration of 88 cities of which LA is just one. The heart of the city of Los Angeles is Downtown, about 12 miles east of the ocean and hemmed in by the I-10, I-5 and US 101.

East LA, a Latino-dominated area, edges against Downtown, as do the historically African-American neighbourhoods of South Central. Most areas of interest to visitors are west of Downtown LA, including Hollywood and the epicentre of gay and lesbian culture, West Hollywood.

Farther west is lifestyles of the rich and famous territory: Bel Air, Brentwood and Beverly Hills. Hugging the northern country coast are the posh beachside areas of Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. Farther south along the coast is Venice, with the international airport farther again. The Hollywood Hills, a continuation of the Santa Monica Mountains, are a physical and (some might say) ideological separation between Los Angeles 'proper' and the San Fernando Valley, which forms the northern boundary of LA County. This quintessential suburbia is characterized by unsightly strip malls and major TV and movie studios. Orange County, home of Disneyland, extends along the coast to the southeast of Los Angeles County.

Overnight - Los Angeles, CA (Beverly Garland Holiday Inn Hotel)


Day 15
Depart Los Angeles

Today sees the conclusion to your discovery tour of the western United States. As your flight does not depart until this evening you still have time to do some last minute shopping, visit Knots Berry Farm, Disneyland, Universal Studios or maybe just relax and soak up the last few rays in the California sunshine before you head to Hawthorne where your will say goodbye and return your motorhome. Make sure you arrive in good time to finalise all arrangements before heading to the airport. JUCY can recommend a shuttle service (advance booking required) or you can take a metered taxi.

Depart Los Angeles - 21:30
Arrive London Heathrow - 15:50*
Journey time - 10hr 20mins

* Arrival time into the U.K is the following day

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Introduction

Follow in the footsteps of our most famous Fly Drive - the CNA Western in a Jucy Champ Motorhome. The 'CNA Western' is a truly amazing and diverse 14 night trip. Start with three nights in the beautiful 'City by the Bay' - San Francisco, then take the stunning coastal drive down to Monterey, unwind & explore in magnificent Yosemite National Park, discover dramatic desert scenery in Death Valley, let your hair down in fabulous Las Vegas before spending two nights at the awesome Grand Canyon and ending in The City of Angels, Los Angeles!

This package, more than any other we have on offer, caters for the myriad of possible desires you may have. You want to sample the chilled-out atmosphere of the West Coast but not be forced to miss out on the Grand Canyon. You want to slip on you're your lucky socks and chance your arm in a Las Vegas Casino but you don't want to forgo the chance of a visit to Yosemite - well with this package you can. As we all know, The West is a land of opportunity where everything is possible and this itinerary is for the energetic who want to squeeze in as much as possible and enjoy the open road! What are you waiting for...?

Accommodation

For all but three nights of this itinerary you will be basking in the glory of the amazing Jucy Champ. The small Champ has all the modern features of a small RV including a fridge, gas cooker, sink, DVD player and has two comfortable double beds to sleep up to 4 people and the minivan base makes it super easy to drive. For the the other three nights, we have designated Galleria Park for San Francisco, the Tropicana in Las Vegas and the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in Los Angeles.

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.

Financial Protection

By booking this complete package with Complete North America you benefit from reduced rates on flights, accommodation and car rental along with complete financial protection. Package holidays are sold by Complete North America Limited as a member of the Hays Travel Independence Group. All payments will be handled by Hays Travel Limited and will be financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under Hays Travel Limited's ATOL Number 10531. The ATOL scheme ensures that you will not lose the money you have paid over and will not be stranded abroad should the ATOL holder fail.

'CNA Western Camp Drive' Inclusions:

  • Scheduled non-stop flights
  • UK & US Airport taxes
  • Accommodation - 14 nights as mentioned or similar.
  • Jucy Champ Motorhome - 14 day rental.
  • Exclusive travel documentation portfolio including personalised maps, itinerary and driver directions along with all applicable tickets and vouchers
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Hawaii add-on 

From £699 per person

Paradise awaits...

Extend your trip with a visit to the beautiful island of Oahu, the Heart of Hawaii. Oahu is home to the State capital of Honolulu, which offers magnificent palaces, museums and art galleries as well as the world famous Waikiki Beach. Indulge in world class hotels, shopping and dining and visit the Memorial of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor or the Polynesian Cultural centre to experience the rich island tradition.

6 days/ 5 nights add-on to include: Roundtrip Transpacific flights (Between Mainland USA & Hawaii), Lei Meet & Greet at airport in Hawaii, Round-trip Airport Transfers and 5 nights hotel accommodation*

*'From' price based upon a Standard room at the Aqua Aloha Surf Hotel, Oahu (Upgrade options available)... Contact us for more details

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