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Kansas

  • Signs on the highway remind travellers that “every Kansas farmer feeds 75 people – and you”, giving a prominent reminder of the states vast areas of farmland which are given to grain crops, beef, cattle and buffalo. Ensconced In the geographical centre of the United States, Kansas enjoys a great amount of scenic parks all waiting to be explored. In addition the states reservoirs and rivers offer all kinds of outdoor pursuits.

    • Wheat Field

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    • Barn and Windmill in Kansas

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    • Wichita Sunset

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    • Kansas City

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    • Mushroom Rock State Park

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    This is true “Cowboy and Indian” territory. Settlers on the Oregon and Sante Fe trails drove their wagons through Kansas on their westward journeys in search of new homesteads whilst cowboys on the Chisholm Trail drove vast herds of longhorns north in search of the railroads and to cater for the growing population towns like Abilene and Dodge City. Fierce battles over land erupted and this is well documented with the wide variety of westerns which made people like John Wayne famous. The state boasts many monuments to its Old West past and visitors can visit some of the battles infamous forts.

    For those interested in aviation, Kansas has played a major role in the history of aviation with thousands of aircrafts being built by dozens of aircraft companies since 1899. The Kansas Aviation Museum housed in a grand art-deco style building is well worthy of a visit to explore the history of “flight though time”.

  • Cowboy Days & Indian Ways

    Begins in and ends in Kansas City, Kansas

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Oklahoma City

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    • Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita

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    • Red Earth Pow Wow Dancer

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    • Sunflower Field

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    • Haskell Cultural Center, Lawrence

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    • Moore Ranch Longhorns

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    • River City Brewing, Wichita

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    Arrive Kansas City

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Kansas City. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and take the short drive to Lawrence, where you are based for the first two nights of your stay.

    Hotel: The Eldridge

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    Lawrence

    Playing a crucial role in Kansas’ history, Lawrence is a thriving and unique town. Visit one of the four great museums, stroll the boutique shops or take a drive out of town to Fort Leavenworth, built to protect the Permanent Indian Frontier, the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Alternatively try the 172 acre National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame at Bonner Springs.

    Hotel: The Eldridge

    43Mi/69Km

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    Cottonwood Falls

    Depart Lawrence for the beautiful Flint Hills as you travel south to Cottonwood Falls. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve showcases the tallgrass prairie ecosystem; perhaps take the seven mile bus tour where narrative is offered. On your second day, why not take the Overland Wagon Tour, a western adventure highlighting the pioneers of the 1840’s and 1850’s?

    Hotel: Grand Central Hotel

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    Salina

    This morning head north on the Flint Hills Scenic Byway to Council Grove, which is designated a National Historic Landmark. En route, make a stop at Lindsborg, filled with unique shops, museums and art galleries. Discover Abilene’s history at the Dickinson County Historical Museum. On your second day, we suggest a circle day trip. First visit Kansas Safari at Rolling Hills Zoo, then head west to Ellsworth, renowned as the ‘wickedest cow town in the west’! The spirit of the Old West is still alive at Drover’s Mercantile, featuring 1870s style clothing. Next take the 16 mile Post Rock Scenic Byway, winding through the beautiful Smoky Hills.

    Hotel: Courtyard Salina Marriott

    121Mi/194Km

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    Wichita

    Today your journey takes you south to the largest city in Kansas. Wichita is located at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers join together and was named for The Wichita Indians. A dozen museums are scattered throughout the city, or, if you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors you’ll enjoy the 136 municipal parks which cover almost 3,000 acres of the city. Beautifully landscaped, many offer walking and biking trails.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Wichita

    81Mi/130Km

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    Oklahoma City

    Make an early start to Oklahoma City as there is plenty to keep you entertained. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum features art from the finest contemporary artists in the nation, as well as botanical and natural gardens, a turn of the century western town and American Cowboy and American Rodeo Galleries. On your second day Oklahoma City’s stockyards, the largest feeder cattle market in the world, is a must see.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel

    161Mi/258Km

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    Tulsa

    Today travel the ‘Main Street of America’ Route 66 to Tulsa. Quaint roadside diners, old fashioned service stations and eclectic shops line the route. You may wish to take a day to visit Tahlequah, the end of the Trail of Tears for the eastern Cherokees and the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Visit the Cherokee Heritage Centre and the National Museum and Murrell Home, the only remaining Antebellum Plantation home in Oklahoma. Perhaps call at Fort Gibson en route back to Tulsa, the first army post in the Indian Territory. Once the oil-producing capital of the nation, Tulsa is both an affluent and pretty city. Stroll Cherry Street and the historic shopping district in the heart of town.

    Hotel: The Mayo Hotel

    106Mi/171Km

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    Overland Park

    Your final full day takes you back along Route 66, along the historic Frontier Military Scenic Byway to Fort Scott National Historic Site, a restored 1842 frontier military fort. Before arriving in Overland Park you may choose to visit Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site.

    Hotel: Sheraton Overland Park Hotel

    233Mi/374Km

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    Journey Home

    Enjoy your last morning in Overland Park before making the short journey back to Kansas City Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    28Mi/45Km

    Prices

    From £2099 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Route 66

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California

    23 Days / 22 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Personalised Road Book

    One of the most renowned driving routes in the world, historic Route 66 spans across North America, from Chicago in the east to Los Angeles in the west. Covering over 2,000 miles, it takes three weeks or longer to complete the journey in its entirety so we have created three options to choose from: the entire journey (Chicago to Los Angeles); Chicago to Albuquerque or Oklahoma City to Los Angeles. The journeys shown are based on car rental, however motorbikes or motorhomes can be substituted should you prefer them.

    Alternative Durations

    Should you not have a full 23 days available to do the full length of Route 66, then we can offer shorter duration trips for you to enjoy 'the mother road'. Please see details below:

    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights 

    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

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    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    • Route 66 Museum

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    • Gas Station on Route 66

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    • Giant Bottle on Route 66

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    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Chicago is one of the most popular US cities and it’s easy to see why. A myriad of attractions and the fabled ‘Magnificent Mile’ of shopping keep its visitors entertained and the cultural mix provides for fabulous dining options too.

    Hotel: Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel

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    Springfield

    Make your way to Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive this morning, considered the official starting place of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Welcome Centre in Joliet, see a 28-foot-tall spaceman in Wilmington and have a bite to eat at the Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield before arriving at your hotel.

    Hotel: President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree, Springfield

    202Mi/325Km

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    St. Louis

    Have lunch at the Ariston Café in Litchfield, which is one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66. Stop at Henry’s Rabbit Ranch where a replica of a vintage gas station and displays of highway memorabilia can be found, and make a slight detour to walk across the old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Madison, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

    Hotel: St Louis Union Station DoubleTree

    96Mi/155Km

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    Springfield

    Leaving the Mississippi River behind today, you’ll travel through the picturesque Ozark Mountains towards the small city of Springfield, Missouri. A stop at the Meramec Caverns near Stanton is a must.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by HIlton Springfield

    289Mi/465Km

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    Tulsa

    You’ll cross three states today; you’ll leave Missouri, briefly drive through Kansas and arrive in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Along the way, stop at the ‘4 Women on The Route’ restored gas station in Galena, cross the Rainbow Curve Bridge in Baxter Springs, visit the Route 66 Packard Museum in Afton, see the world’s largest Totem Pole in Foyil and peruse the giant Blue Whale in Catoosa.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Tulsa

    113Mi/182Km

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    Oklahoma City

    It’s a short drive today past the Cherokee Outlet towards Oklahoma City. Walk around the Oklahoma City Zoo or botanical gardens and visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma Downtown

    107Mi/173Km

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    Amarillo

    Today’s drive brings you into the cowboy state of Texas. Stop en route at the entertaining Sand Hills Curiosity Shop in Erick, visit the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, the Devil’s Rope Barbed Wire Museum in McLean, the leaning water tower in Groom and the VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, where five VW Beetles are buried nose-down in the ground.

    Hotel: Courtyard Amarillo Downtown

    260Mi/419Km

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    Santa Fe

    Briefly taking the I-40 which replaced the old Route 66, you’ll witness ghost towns which were once thriving when Route 66 was a major highway. Stop at the Midpoint Café in Adrian, which marks the midpoint of the old Route 66, equidistantly 1139 miles from Los Angeles and Chicago. We have allowed a full day in Santa Fe, which is America’s oldest state capital, to relax and explore.

    Hotel: Inn & Spa at Loretto

    279Mi/449Km

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    Albuquerque

    It’s a short but scenic journey to Albuquerque, so why not venture off the freeway along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway? You’ll enjoy breathtaking views from atop Sandia Crest, and pass through the mining towns of Los Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden. Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and is full of exciting attractions such as the historic downtown and city zoo.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque

    61Mi/98Km

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    Gallup

    Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the 66 Diner on Central Avenue before getting back on the road. Stop at Grants, where some of the historic Route 66 motels and shops still exist, before arriving in the old railroad town of Gallup on the western edge of New Mexico. Visit the historic El Rancho Hotel and drive down motel row, which sparkles with vintage neon motel signs.

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Gallup

    140Mi/226Km

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    Flagstaff

    Crossing the border into Arizona, today’s drive promises some great sights. Stop at the Petrified Forest; the only National Park to contain a section of historic Route 66, pass through the ghost town of Two Guns, stop for a photo in Winslow and visit the Meteor Crater. In Flagstaff, we recommend you take time to explore the historic downtown area.

    Hotel: Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

    186Mi/299Km

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    Kingman

    Back on the road, you’ll enjoy stops in Williams, where the Grand Canyon Railroad takes passengers to the Grand Canyon, and Seligman, which is rich in Route 66 nostalgia including the famous Snow Cap Drive-In. Kingman is home to the Route 66 Museum, as well as many scenic walking trails.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus, A Wayfarer's Inn

    167Mi/269Km

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    Barstow

    Leaving Arizona behind, you cross the magnificent Mojave Desert en route towards California - which is the last state on the Route 66 journey. We suggest a stop at the small Wild West-style town of Oatman, where gift shops, saloon bars and live shows are sure to entertain, before crossing the Colorado River and arriving in California.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Desert Villa Inn

    207Mi/333Km

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    Santa Monica

    There is plenty to see on the final stretch of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Museum in Victorville, see the Wigwam Motel and the McDonald’s Restaurant Museum in San Bernardino and enjoy a fresh orange juice at Bono’s Big Orange in Fontana. You’ll drive through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before reaching Santa Monica Pier, the official end of Route 66! We have allowed a three night stay in Santa Monica for you to relax and enjoy the many attractions of Los Angeles.

    Hotel: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

    131Mi/211Km

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    Journey home

    Take the short drive to Los Angeles Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    13Mi/21Km

    Prices

    From £2949 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Alternative Durations

    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights 

    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

    From £2070 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    From £2499 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    One way drop off charge on car hire is not included in these prices and is payable locally.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the route involved and locations visited, some hotels featured are tourist class only. Should you wish to stay in higher graded properties please let us know and we will amend the route accordingly.

  • Alaska Call Of The Wild

    Begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska

    10 Days / 9 Nights

    Departures: June, July & August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 4 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
    • Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park

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    • Float Plane

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    • Whales in Prince William Sound

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    • Anchorage, Alaska

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    • Talkeetna

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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel Captain Cook, meet your fellow travelling companions at the welcome dinner this evening.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (no meals included)

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    Anchorage

    Today you are free to explore the vibrant, modern city of Anchorage before returning to the hotel to meet your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

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    Talkeetna

    In Alaska, dog sledding is both a very popular sport and an important mode of transportation to remote places where roads still don't go. Drive from Anchorage this morning to Big Lake, where you'll meet the mighty dogs that respond to the cry of "Mush!" by racing off into the wild and pulling heavy sleds over the snow – Alaskan Huskies – on a visit to a facility where Alaskan huskies in training to run next year’s world-famous Iditarod Race learn how to be sled dogs, sure to be a highlight of your family's Alaska tour. Continue on to Talkeetna for a jet boat ride with a naturalist guide to look for bald eagles, beavers, moose and even bears that live along the river, and a nature walk in the Alaskan bush to see an authentic, turn-of-the-century trapper's cabin. If the weather is good, you'll have an incredible view of Alaska's famous Denali, meaning "the Great One" – en route to your wilderness lodge for a two-night stay. Once there, you and your family can compete in a high-tech treasure-hunting game – known as geocaching – where you'll use a GPS system to find hidden treasures... for Tauck Bridges guests only!

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Trapper Creek

    Nature is everywhere on a morning hike at Talkeetna Lake, with loons and kingfishers above you, and a forest brimming with wildflowers and wildlife surrounding you. As you walk, your local guide shares stories about how the first native peoples survived in this beautiful but wild land in the shadow of Denali, and about life in Talkeetna today – and, of course, about amazing encounters with wildlife. After lunch at your lodge, travel to Trapper Creek to visit the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness; her family's gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Denali for more than four decades. Later, back at your lodge in Talkeetna, enjoy an interpretive experience with storytelling, s'mores and more around an old-fashioned campfire tonight.

    Hotel: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Denali

    Depart your lodge in Talkeetna and soar over the Denali foothills in a small plane (weather permitting) for a breathtaking bird's-eye view of towering Denali (a.k.a. Mount McKinley), the tallest mountain in North America. After your flight, you'll have some free time to explore Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, before continuing on to the wildlife-rich Kenai Peninsula and a two-night wilderness lodge stay in Cooper Landing, nestled within Chugach National Forest.

    Hotel: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Kenai Peninsula

    Today, you can choose how you and your family will experience the wonders of the Kenai Peninsula, as your Alaska tour continues at your lodge in this wilderness wonderland between Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska. You can choose to go kayaking, take a scenic river-rafting trip, or embark on a hike into the wilderness with a local guide – they're included with Tauck Bridges! You might also want to take advantage of optional opportunities for fishing that may be available at an additional cost. Tonight, the prickly porcupine is the subject of a special wildlife presentation after dinner.

    Hotel: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Girdwood

    Get a close-up glimpse of Alaskan wildlife on a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on Turnagain Arm, meeting moose, bison, elk and other orphaned or injured animals being rehabilitated by this non-profit organization. Then head to the Crow Creek Mine in Alaska's historic gold rush country, where you'll meet a "prospector," pan for gold and dig into a barbecue lunch. Then it's on to your resort in Girdwood; your evening includes an entertaining mountaineering demonstration where you'll learn about the latest gear required for safe mountain climbing.

    Hotel: Hotel Alyeska (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Whittier & Prince William Sound

    Hop aboard the Alaska Railroad for a trip along Turnagain Arm to Whittier; there, a private boat for Tauck Bridges guests only awaits to take your family on a glacier adventure cruise on Blackstone Bay in Prince William Sound! With an expert wildlife guide aboard, you'll sail past thundering waterfalls and tidewater glaciers. Tonight, join us back at the hotel in Girdwood for our farewell dinner, where you'll share memories of your family's Alaska tour experience with your new-found friends.

    Hotel: Hotel Aleyska (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

    Prices

    From £4795 per person sharing a Standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, separate room for children and other date seasons are all available on request.

    America’s Canyonlands

    Begins in Scottsdale, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    9 days / 8 nights

    Departures: April, May, June, July, August, September and October.

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation (days 3-8)
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director (days 2-8)
    • Classic tour
    • America's Canyonlands

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    • Monument Valley

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    • Bryce Canyon National Park

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    Arrive Phoenix

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix, Arizona. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North. Scottsdale is the ideal place to start to relax and acclimatise before the start of your Tauck vacation. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North (no meals)

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    Scottsdale

    Enjoy a relaxing day by the pool, exploring the grounds of the hotel, or perhaps take a shopping trip to one of Scottsdale’s fabulous malls. This evening, join Tauck and your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North (Dinner included)

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    Sedona

    This morning you set out to the Red Rocks of Sedona, renowned for its stunning array of red sandstone formations which glow orange at dawn and sunset. Enjoy a guided walk taking you back in time to the days of the early settlers and meander around town, a favourite with artisans. Your journey continues through Oak Creek Canyon to the Grand Canyon. 

    Hotel: Kachina Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Grand Canyon & Navajo Islands

    The Grand Canyon both inspires and captures the imagination and is very special at sunrise, so enjoy an early morning view. Today you travel through the Navajo Indian Reservation and the Painted Desert en route to Page. This evening is a true highlight with a private dinner cruise on Lake Powell.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Lake Powell

    Glen Canyon Dam transformed the Colorado River into a massive lake 186 miles long fringed by fjord-like canyons that are accessible only by boat. For sheer spectacle, there is no lake like it on earth! Tower over the unusual rock formations and view Rainbow Bridge on a 30 minute flight. 

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Glen Canyon Float Trip & Bryce Canyon

    Enjoy a morning float trip through Glen Canyon on the Colorado River, then drive to Kanab for lunch, before continuing on to Bryce Canyon National Park. 

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park

    Take the morning and early afternoon to explore Bryce at your leisure. After lunch you’re off to neighbouring Zion National Park. 

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Zion National Park & Las Vegas

    Today is a day of contrasts. Zion is noted for narrow canyons and colourful mesa scenery. Wind deep into the canyon where great red precipices rise on either side, leading into a beautifully carpeted valley. Although a contrast from the rest of the tour, Las Vegas is the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’. See the casinos and drive the length of the Las Vegas ‘Strip’. This evening we invite you to a farewell reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Las Vegas (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    Following check-out you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay in Las Vegas!  

    Prices

    From £3915 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

     

    California's Gold Coast

    Begins in San Diego, California and ends in San Francisco, California

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, July, August, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Santa Barbara

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    • San Diego

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    • Yosemite National Park

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    • Hollywood Boulevard

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    • Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

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    • California Gold Coast

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    • Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

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    • Big Sur coast

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    • Scenic Carmel beach

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    Arrive San Diego

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Diego. Upon arrival, transfer to the US Grant. This evening, join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: US Grant

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    San Diego

    This morning, enjoy a guided visit to San Diego Zoo, followed by a city tour, which starts with the Gaslamp Quarter and the extensive harbor area. Then it is on to historic Point Loma before viewing the city’s unforgettable skyline from the Juan Cabrillo National Monument. There is time to explore Seaport Village at leisure before departing on an evening champagne cruise aboard a private yacht, showcasing San Diego’s beautiful harbour and skyline.

    Hotel: US Grant (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Los Angeles

    Following breakfast, your journey continues north to the historic ruin of Mission San Juan Capistrano which was founded in 1776. Next it’s on to glittering Los Angeles where lunch is enjoyed at the legendary Los Angeles Farmer's Market. A tour of the city includes the sights and sounds of Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills before reaching the TCL Chinese Theatre, where celebrities’ autographs, handprints and footprints are immortalized in concrete. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Santa Barbara

    This morning’s highlight is a visit to The Getty Museum, set high in the Santa Monica Mountains. Next, it’s just a short journey to Mediterranean-inspired Santa Barbara, filled with soft white beaches, terracotta buildings and an eclectic mix of shopping options. Your afternoon is at leisure to wander picturesque Stearns Wharf, before checking into your deluxe hotel and deciding where you’d like to enjoy dinner from a choice of restaurants.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Santa Barbara

    There is so much to see outside of downtown Santa Barbara and all is revealed on this morning’s city tour. Highlights include the city’s historic 1929 Courthouse and Mission Santa Barbara which is still active after 225 years of service. The afternoon is yours to relax by the hotel pool or explore further.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Central Coast and Morro Bay

    Get ready for scenic delights as you pass through rolling hills on this morning’s road trip along coastal Highway 101. Entering the Central California wine region, you’ll find microclimates where morning fog and ocean breezes encourage varieties such as pinot noir and chardonnay, and others where low-lying mountains are ideal for full-bodied reds – as you’ll learn on a vineyard tour and tasting. Lunch follows at a restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach, known for long white beaches and ocean views. Near the fishing village of Morro Bay, join our naturalist guide for a walking tour of this rich habitat for birds and wildlife; you'll also visit Morro Rock, an ancient volcanic plug. The evening is spent at The Cliffs Resort, a fabulous hotel overlooking the Pacific in Pismo Beach.

    Hotel: The Cliffs Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Big Sur & Hearst Castle

    Whilst in San Simeon you’ll visit Hearst Castle, before continuing on scenic Highway 1 – perhaps one of the most beautiful drives in America, along the famed Big Sur Coast. Your destination is the small coastal city of Monterey, where you’ll dine at your hotel on the pristine bay.

    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Monterey & Carmel

    Take a tour of the Monterey Peninsula, including 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach before heading to pretty Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch. A short stroll from your hotel is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where this afternoon you’ll discover the unexpected delights of marine life. 

    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey (Breakfast included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    This morning, you drive through the farmlands, orchards and vineyards of California’s Central Valley before heading high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Dinner is enjoyed at your hotel. 

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    Today, enjoy a full day exploring this famous landmark on a tram tour, including visits to the world-famous El Capitan and Half Dome cliffs, and the plunging waters of Bridalveil Falls. Following lunch at Wawona Village, you’ll visit Mariposa Grove – prepare to be amazed by the sheer size of the Giant Sequoias. 

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    San Francisco

    Your final destination is beautiful San Francisco, filled with amazing landmarks such as Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    12

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. 

    Prices

    From £4925 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Cape Cod, The Islands & Newport

    Begins and ends in Boston, Massachusetts

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August, September and October

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation as stated
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director 
    • Classic tour
    • Cape Cod

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    • Nantucket

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    • Newport

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Boston

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival at Logan International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel for this evening. A welcome reception and dinner tonight allows you to become acquainted with your new travelling companions.

    Hotel: The Lenox Hotel (Dinner included)

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    Martha's Vineyard

    Step back in time as you explore Plimoth Plantation, a re-created 17th century village filled with costumed actors who bring the locations history to life. You'll see Plymouth Rock, marking the Pilgrims' 1620 landing site, and enjoy some free time for lunch in Falmouth. In the afternoon you take the ferry to Martha's Vineyard, one of New England’s hottest vacation destinations. Here you spend the next two nights in the former whaling town of Edgartown.

    Hotel: Harbor View Hotel Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    03

    Martha's Vineyard

    Your day starts admiring the stately homes in Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven whilst being surrounded by the islands salt marshes, long beaches and picturesque harbours. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are yours to discover more of the island or perhaps relax on the beach! 

    Hotel: Harbor View Hotel & Resort (Breakfast included)

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    04

    Nantucket

    You’ll take a scenic 15 minute flight to the island of Nantucket this morning. Admire the colonial architecture, winding cobbled streets, and historic taverns in the quaint harbourside town before taking the ferry back to mainland. You’ll spend the next two nights in the quaint seaside village of Chatham, overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Tonight dinner is a traditional lobster and clam feast!

    Hotel: Chatham Wayside Inn (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    05

    Nantucket

    Today starts with a quaint drive along the Cape's scenic and remote landscapes and includes a visit to Cape Cod National Seashore, where massive sand dunes tower above crested seas. Later you’ll visit Provincetown, which is situated on the northern tip of the Cape. Weather permitting you'll enjoy a whale-watching cruise, a true highlight of the itinerary. 

    Hotel: Chatham Wayside Inn (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    06

    Newport

    Arriving in the historic seaport of New Bedford this morning, you’ll enjoy a guided visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Continuing on to Newport, you'll see some of the ostentatious mansions that served as summer houses for the affluent socialites during the Gilded Age. Your hotel for the next two nights in set right on Newport Harbour. 

    Hotel: The Newport Marriott (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    07

    Newport

    You may choose this morning to take a stroll with your Tour Director along the Cliff Walk, set between the sea and the mansions. Your morning also includes a guided tour through The Breakers, a 70 room Italian Renaissance mansion inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. With so many boats on the shores, it's no wonder that today's highlight is a cruise through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. This evening enjoy a cocktail reception and farewell dinner overlooking Cliff Walk and The Atlantic. 

    Hotel: The Newport Marriott (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    08

    Journey Home

    After breakfast it's just a short drive back to Boston. Your journey ends at Boston Airport, where you board your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay with a few additional nights in the wonderful city of Boston before returning home. 

    Prices

    From £3085 per person based on twin occupancy of standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Charleston & Savannah

    Begins in Jacksonville, Florida and ends in Charleston, South Carolina

    9 Days / 8 Nights

    Departures: March, April, May, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director (days 2 to 9)
    • Classic tour
    • Charleston & Savannah

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    • Charleston & Savannah

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    • Charleston & Savannah

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    01

    Arrive Jacksonville

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Jacksonville. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel the Jekyll Island Club, a beautiful resort off Georgia’s historic South-Eastern coast.

    Hotel: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

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    Jekyll Island

    With over eight miles of beaches, 63 holes of golf and a myriad of cycling and hiking trails, Jekyll Island is a great place for outdoor adventure. Spend your day exploring before returning to the hotel to meet with your travelling companions for a welcome reception. Enjoy dinner at your leisure.

    Hotel: Jekyll Island Club Hotel (Dinner included)

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    03

    St. Simons Islands & Savannah

    Today you commence your adventure with a tour to Jekyll Island’s 240 acre historical district which includes stops at Faith Chapel and Rockefeller’s Indian Mound. Following a visit to St Simons Island it’s on to Savannah where your hotel is located in the restored historic district. This evening’s highlight is a traditional dinner 45 Bistro.

    Hotel: Hilton Savannah DeSoto (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Savannah

    Accompanied by a local expert, today is dedicated to discovering Savannah. Board the ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and see the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the girl scouts of the USA. The remainder of today is free for you to explore this historic, Deep South city and perhaps sample local culinary delicacies.

    Hotel: Hilton Savannah DeSoto (Breakfast included)

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    05

    Fort Pulaski & Hilton Head Island

    En route to Hilton Head Island, take in a historic view of Fort Pulaski National Monument. The scenery changes as you head along the rugged southern coastline of South Carolina. Hilton Head Island is one of the state's premier beach resorts and borders the unspoilt marine estuaries of the eastern coast.  After tonight's dinner, you'll be taken on a journey through the roots of Gullah Culture with folktales from a local story teller. 

    Hotel: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Beaufort & Charleston

    Known as the queen of the Carolina Sea Islands, this morning is spent in the city of Beaufort. Rich with history and culture it boasts quaint shops, historic homes and scenic waterfront charm. A private harbour cruise this afternoon brings centuries of Charleston’s maritime history to life.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    07

    Charleston

    Following a morning sightseeing tour with highlights which include pre-Revolutionary war buildings and graceful antebellum homes, you have the remainder of today at your leisure. We suggest visiting some of Charleston’s art galleries and taking a historic horse drawn carriage ride.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast included)

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    08

    Historic Plantations

    An early start this morning as you tour some of the finest 17th and 18th Century gardens and plantation homes, one of which is at Drayton Hall, a plantation built in 1738, where a knowledgeable guide takes you behind the scenes to see centuries of history come alive. Walk through America’s oldest landscaped gardens at the 18th Century Middleton Place, the grandest of Ashley River Plantations and visit the stable yards. This evening share a farewell dinner with your new-found friends.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    09

    Journey Home

    Spend your final morning in Charleston, perhaps shopping for souvenirs before heading to the airport for flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2465 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Grand Alaska

    Begins in Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia

    16 Days / 15 Nights

    Departures: May, June, July, August and September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 15 nights as specified
    • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • 7 night Alaska cruise
    • Classic tour
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    Arrive Anchorage

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Anchorage. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening, located in Anchorage.

    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

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    02

    Anchorage

    Today you are free to explore the vibrant, modern city of Anchorage before returning to the hotel to meet your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.


    Hotel: Hotel Captain Cook (Dinner included)

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    03

    Talkeetna & Denali

    Following a brief tour of Anchorage, you'll learn about the lifestyles, traditions, and crafts of Alaska's indigenous tribes on a visit to the Anchorage Museum; hundreds of artifacts share the enduring cultures and histories of people from across the circumpolar North. Next it is on to Lake Lucille to board a floatplane which offers aerial sightseeing en route to Talkeetna, near the base of Mount McKinley. The next two nights are at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge in Trapper Creek.

    Hotel: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Trapper Creek

    Begin the day with a visit to the private homestead of Joanne Porterfield, nestled in the Alaska wilderness. Located in Trapper Creek, her family gardens and farm have flourished here in the shadow of Denali for more than four decades. Next, take a jet boat cruise into untamed wildlands, where the views of Denali are made richer by the insights of a trained naturalist. Returning to the lodge late afternoon, you'll enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure.

    Hotel: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Denali National Park

    Today's rail journey takes you from Talkeetna to Denali National Park, where you'll visit the Husky Homestead and meet a former Iditarod champion. Dinner is in your choice of restaurant at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.

    Hotel: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Denali National Park

    A highlight of any Alaska travel experience is a visit to Denali National Park, a six-million-acre UNESCO Biosphere Reserve dominated by North America’s highest mountain – 20,320 ft Denali. Look for grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and other Denali denizens on a Tundra Wilderness Tour accompanied by a local guide. There may be time for some free exploring before enjoying a fun Denali dinner show featuring tales told through music.

    Hotel: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Copper Centre

    Depart Denali this morning, travelling through high alpine country with views of the Alaska Range peaks, to your wilderness lodge in the small town of Copper Center - considered the gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. A regional favourite, Alaskan Salmon is on tonight's menu for dinner.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    08

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    On a private tour you'll discover Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which is home to more glaciers and mountains above 16,000 feet than any spot in North America, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you’ll also view the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which transports crude oil from wells at Prudhoe Bay in the north to the port city of Valdez. Back at the lodge there is time to walk one of the hiking trails or perhaps go whitewater rafting before dinner.

    Hotel: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    Valdez & Whittier

    This morning it's a drive through the Chugach Mountains where the plants and wildlife are amazing, followed by a stop at Worthing Glacier, before arriving at Valdez. Sea conditions permitting, you'll cross Prince William Sound by private boat to Whittier. Keep watch for whales, seals and soaring eagles as you enjoy the mountain views. Next you board your Princess ship in Whittier to start the 7 night cruise portion of your itinerary.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    10

    At Sea - Hubbard Glacier

    It's a day of scenic cruising as you journey toward Alaska's Hubbard Glacier, arriving mid-afternoon. Known as the Galloping Glacier this is North America's largest tidewater glacier. Soaring 40 storeys high, its blue color is created by the denseness of the ice, which absorbs all colors of the spectrum except blue. Tonight, join the ship's captain for a welcome reception.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    11

    At Sea - Glacier Bay Cruising

    Your inspirational journey continues as you cruise the waters of Glacier Bay, west of Juneau. Your ship cruises along shorelines and islands completely covered by ice some 200 years ago. By the time naturalist John Muir visited the area in 1879, the ice had retreated some 30 miles to form the bay you'll be exploring. Rugged mountains, spruce and hemlock forests, deep fjords, emerald waters and crisp fresh air are the day's companions, possibly along with sea otters, porpoises, seals and bald eagles. Early evening, enjoy the company of your fellow Tauck cruisers at a private cocktail party followed by dinner.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    12

    Skagway & Haines

    On arrival in historic Skagway, the gateway to the Klondlike region, you'll disembark for a tour of the town and a ferry ride to Haines on the Lynn Canal; the deepest and longest fjord in North America. Here you'll begin a quiet rafting trip through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to world's largest congregation of bald eagles. Next you'll travel back in time on the exciting White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway, which was built in 1898 during the gold rush. This vintage rail excursion heads up steep grades, around cliff-hanging turns, and over high bridges.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Juneau

    Arrive in Alaska's capital city of Juneau, set on a narrow strip of land between the Coast Mountains and the Gastineau Channel, for sightseeing that includes a stop at the Mendenhall Glacier. Gather insights on the traditions of the indigenous Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest during a private cultural presentation before enjoying your afternoon at leisure. Spend a free afternoon in Juneau where a ticket is included for a scenic gondola ride on the Mt. Roberts Tramway; departing from downtown Juneau and rising 1,800 ft into Mount Roberts.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    14

    Ketchikan

    Today you'll dock in Ketchikan, the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes, for an inside look at the role that Tlingit heritage plays in the local culture. See some of the city’s numerous totem poles, and watch local totem carvers at work at Saxman Native Village; catch a performance of traditional Tlingit and Haida dances. You'll also have time to explore this colourful town on your own. Perhaps with a walk along its historic boardwalk lined with eclectic houses and shops or take in the waterfront promenade.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    At Sea - Inside Passage

    Enjoy spectacular views of the fabled Inside Passage from your stateroom, or a variety of decks and lounges, on a full day of cruising amongst the densely forested islands and coastal communities of this renowned waterway. This evening, join your fellow travelling companions for a farewell cocktail party before a delicious dinner.

    Hotel: Aboard your Princess Ship (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    16

    Journey Home

    Your cruise itinerary ends in Vancouver, where you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your holiday with a stay in Canada.

    Prices

    From £6065 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms / Inside Cabin in low season. Other prices available on request

    Grand New England

    Begins and ends in Boston, Massachusetts

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: June, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round Trip Scheduled Flights
    • Accommodation for 11 nights as specified
    • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
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    • Boston

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    • Bar Harbor

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    • Ogunquit

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    Arrive Boston

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Boston. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, The Langham, Boston. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day familiarising yourself with this wonderful walking city. This evening join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Langham, Boston (Dinner included)

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    Boston

    There’s so much to see this morning as you embark on an orientation tour of Boston, visiting Boston Common, Beacon Hill and the USS Constitution Museum. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Walk the Freedom Trail, shop at famous Quincy Market or join a ‘Duck Tour’ to see the city from both land and water.

    Hotel: The Langham, Boston (Breakfast included)

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    Concord & Williamstown

    You’ll learn about the American Revolution today as you visit the battle sites of Lexington Green and Concord, before enjoying a traditional New England lunch in a restored 1705 colonial home. There’s time for a stop in historic Deerfield this afternoon before arriving at your hotel in Williamstown.

    Hotel: Orchards Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Stockbridge & Williamstown

    Following breakfast you’ll enjoy a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, and Edith Wharton’s mansion in Lenox, best known as the author of The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence. Continuing on to Williamstown you’ll tour the Clark Art Institute then have some free time to explore this historic area.

    Hotel: Orchards Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Stowe

    Leaving Massachusetts, it is on to New England state. In Vermont, you’ll visit the Shelburne Museum of Art and Americana, spreading over 45 acres, before arriving in the picture postcard town of Stowe in the Green Mountains. Spend the afternoon exploring this classic New England town with its quaint shops and restaurants. 

    Hotel: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Montpelier & Bretton Woods

    Following breakfast, this morning you’ll visit Vermont’s state capital; Montpelier, before learning how maple syrup is made at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. Continuing out of Vermont and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire, you’ll arrive at Bretton Woods, where you’ll spend the next two nights at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort. 

    Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    White Mountains

    Get your camera ready today for magnificent views of Mount Washington. Next you embark on a fall foliage tour, winding down New England’s back roads seeing the fabulous crimson reds and orange leaves. Arriving back at your hotel you’ll enjoy a presentation on the local ecology and wildlife, before enjoying a sumptuous dinner. 

    Hotel: Omni Mount Washington Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    08

    Portland & Brunswick

    Arriving in Portland, Maine, this morning you’ll have a hands-on experience in the lobster trade as a local lobsterman takes you into the harbour on his working boat. Back on land a guided tour will introduce you to the historic Old Port area of Portland, then, the afternoon is yours to explore and settle into your hotel before a fabulous dinner in a local lobster house.

    Hotel: The Inn at Brunswick Station (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    Bar Harbor

    Travelling up the rugged Maine coastline you’ll arrive at the historic town of Bar Harbor, where you’ll spend the next two nights in a luxury cliff-side inn. After lunch you’ll cruise the harbour aboard a traditional wooden schooner, experiencing the picturesque coves, islands, lighthouses and seaside cottages. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. 

    Hotel: Bar Harbor Inn & Spa (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    10

    Acadia National Park

    Today is all about scenery! You’ll visit Acadia National Park, where autumn colours cover the pristine forests, beaches, plunging cliffs and rock islands. A highlight is a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic roadways within the park. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing in your hotel’s spa, or explore Bar Harbor’s charming shops, galleries and restaurants.

    Hotel: Bar Harbor Inn & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    11

    Camden & Ogunquit

    Following lunch in Camden, it’s on to your final destination of Ogunquit, whose name translates to beautiful place by the sea. This evening you’ll share a farewell reception and dinner with your new-found friends. 

    Hotel: The Cliff House Resort & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    12

    Journey Home

    After breakfast, it’s just a short journey to Boston Airport, where you check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4399 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    In Freedom's Footsteps

    Begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and ends in Washington, DC

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Capitol Building, Washington DC

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    • Washington Monument

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    • Shenandoah National Park

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    Arrive Philadelphia

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Philadelphia. Upon arrival, a transfer to your hotel, the Sofitel Philadelphia, is included. This evening meet up with your fellow Tauck travellers for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia (Dinner included)

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    02

    Philadelphia

    Steeped in history, Philadelphia combines the old with the new. Enjoy a day exploring the many attractions. Tour Independence Hall, ride a horse-drawn carriage along cobblestone streets, see Liberty Bell and visit the National Constitution Centre. 

    Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia (Breakfast included)

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    03

    Amish Country & Gettysburg

    Travel through rolling Pennsylvania farmland to Lancaster County for a guided tour that reveals the cultural traditions of the Amish. Continue on to Gettysburg National Military Park for a visit to the amazing interpretive center and the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War which features 12 exhibit galleries. Following dinner, a storyteller recounts the harrowing experience of civilians trapped in the town of Gettysburg during the ferocious fighting. 

    Hotel: The Gettysburg Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Harper's Ferry & Shenandoah National Park

    A morning drive with a Gettysburg expert takes you through some of the battlefields, viewing pivotal sites and hearing their stories. Travel on to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where you’ll visit to the site of John Brown’s failed 1859 raid on the town’s federal arsenal. Later, ride the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the gorgeous Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. 

    Hotel: Big Meadows Lodge/Skyland Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    05

    Monticello & Charlottesville

    Today you travel to Charlottesville for a visit to the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello, hilltop house. After lunch featuring colonial fare and servers in 18th-century period attire, visit the University of Virginia’s landmark Rotunda and Grounds. You’ll end the afternoon with a private presentation on “Slavery, the Plantation and the Civil War” by Dr. Leni Sorensen. 

    Hotel: Omni Charlottesville Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Richmond & Jamestown

    Meet with Richmond Civil War historian and author Mark Howell, who share insights about the impact of the Civil War in Virginia. Next, you’ll gain further insights into Union, Confederate and African American viewpoints when you visit Historic Tredegar and the Tredegar Iron Works. Following lunch, travel to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Today’s final destination is Colonial Williamsburg, where you’ll spend the next two nights. 

    Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg is yours to explore as you please. Discover the recreated cobblestone streets which bring a bygone era back to life. Encounter local residents, from artisans and tradespeople to militiamen and ordinary citizens. Visit authentically restored buildings such as the Governor’s Palace, Raleigh Tavern and Bruton Parish Church. 

    Hotel: Williamsburg Lodge (Breakfast included)

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    08

    Washington DC

    This morning visit magnificent Mount Vernon, the estate of America’s first president, George Washington. Overlooking the Potomac River; explore the state-of-the-art interactive museum, the 18th-century mansion and landscaped grounds. You’ll have a late afternoon arrival in Washington, DC, and dine at a local restaurant.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    Washington DC

    Today you’ll start with a sightseeing tour of iconic Washington sights, including the White House, Capitol Hill, the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. On a visit to the Lincoln Memorial, you’ll have an opportunity to see the poignant memorials to those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Then it’s on to Newseum, a captivating museum featuring interactive exhibits about the world of media.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast included)

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    10

    Washington DC

    This morning it’s an early admission to the Rotunda of the National Archives for a private viewing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The afternoon is free for you to take in more attractions, or perhaps go shopping. This evening, a memorable week concludes with a farewell reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Willard Washington, DC (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day
    11

    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute shopping before you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3995 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Majestic California: The Pacific, Redwoods & Yosemite

    Begins in San Francisco, California and ends in Monterey, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
    • Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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    • Yosemite National Park

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    • Giant Redwoods

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    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer to the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square. This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with you fellow travelling companions. 

    Hotel: JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square (Dinner included)

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    San Francisco

    This morning, enjoy a private catamaran cruise of San Francisco’s Bay area, taking you under the Golden Gate Bridge and past Alcatraz Island. Back on land you’ll visit the California Academy of Sciences before embarking on a sightseeing tour, taking you to some of the city’s most famous attractions including Nob Hill, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Lombard Street. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore this iconic city; perhaps enjoy some shopping, take a trip over to Alcatraz Island or stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf.

    Hotel: JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square (Breakfast included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    You’ll leave San Francisco behind this morning as you travel towards the Sierra Nevada. En route you’ll visit the Altamont Wind Farm, one of the earliest wind farms in the United States. Continuing on to Jamestown, you’ll enjoy lunch in a historic 1859 hotel. Tonight’s accommodation is a mountain resort just outside Yosemite National Park. Have dinner at leisure before embarking on an interpretive hike into the Sierra National Forest, using flashlights to light your trail. 

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    You’ll come face-to-face with humungous Sequoia trees this morning on a sightseeing walk through The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park, home to around 500 ancient trees. This evening try your luck panning for gold before boarding The Logger train for a narrow-gauge rail excursion through the Sierra National Forest.

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    You’ll learn about Yosemite’s history, geology and wildlife this morning during a two hour tram tour. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore the wonders of Yosemite National Park.

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    06

    Monterey

    During a stop at the Mariposa Museum & History Center you’ll learn about the area’s unique history, from the Gold Rush era to the indigenous Miwuk Indians. Continuing on through the San Joaquin Valley you’ll travel along California’s Pacific coast towards your destination of Monterey, where you will spend the next two nights.

    Hotel: Portola Hotel & Spa (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    07

    Monterey

    Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, your hotel is ideally located to explore the pretty town of Monterey. This morning you can choose between a bicycle tour along the coast, a kayak adventure or a self-guided walking tour. During a visit to the Monterey Aquarium you will learn all about marine life, before enjoying a private farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions. 

    Hotel: Portola Hotel & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3710 per person sharing a standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, separate rooms for children and other date seasons are all available on request.

    Michigan's Lakes & Mackinac Island

    Begins in Traverse City, Michigan and ends in Detroit, Michigan

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July, August, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
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    Arrive Traverse City

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Traverse City. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, a beautiful resort set on 900 acres. Join your tour director and travelling companions for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner this evening.

    Hotel: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (Dinner included)

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    Great Lake Dunes

    Today, visit the Music House Museum, home to antique musical instruments and music-making machines, then journey along the west coast, passing through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You'll enjoy great views of the protected 35 mile-long shoreline which has an amazing palette, ranging from pale champagne to burnt sienna, and dunes which spike up to 400ft! The season's fruits from the vine are samped in a private wine tasting tour at Black Star Farms. This evening, enjoy a private winery dinner.

    Hotel: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    03

    Straits of Mackinac

    Your scenic journey continues to the Straits of Mackinac, where visits to Petoskey and the historic Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse will be enjoyed. In the afternoon, you take the ferry to Mackinac Island, which is only accessible by water or air. On arrival, a horse-drawn carriage awaits and transports you back in time to the Victorian era of the late 1800s. Your two night stay is at the most celebrated hotel in America.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Mackinac Island

    First inhabited by the Europeans more than three centuries ago, Mackinac Island measures just two miles by three miles and remains an unspoilt treasure. Motorised vehicles are not allowed, so all visitors and residents travel by foot, bicycle and carriage; in this spirit, your private tour of the island is by horse-drawn carriage. Visit Fort Mackinac which has stood watch over the Straits of Mackinac for over 200 years, then the remainder of the day is free for exploration.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    05

    Bay City

    This morning you visit Midland for a tour of the architect Alden B. Dow's home. The home is a National Historic landmark. You'll spend tonight on the east bank of Saginaw River, in the heart of historic downtown Bay City.

    Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Bay City Riverfront (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Frankenmuth

    Now it's out onto the water! You'll take a narrated cruise aboard a 'Tall Ship' schooner up the Saginaw River to Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron. Your next stop is at the Bavarian inspired town of Frankenmuth for lunch and some additional time at your leisure. 

    Hotel: The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Dearborn

    Your final full day includes a private guided visit this morning. Journey through living history exhibits dedicated to the American Experience, including Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. There's even a ride on a Model T! Enjoy a leisurely afternoon before your farewell reception and dinner with your new-found friends.

    Hotel: The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There's time this morning for a spot of shopping before returning to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3345 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

    Begins and ends in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
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    Arrive Albuquerque

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon arrival, transfer to the award-winning Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, sculpted into New Mexico’s spiritually soothing landscape at the foot of the Sandia Mountains. Tonight you join your fellow Tauck companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa (Dinner included)

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    Sandia Peak

    Today your fascinating New Mexico itinerary explores the state's myriad cultural influences, from Pueblo tribes to innovations of the Atomic and Nuclear ages. Take a closer look at the history and accomplishments of the Pueblo people, from pre-Columbian to modern day, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. You'll also visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science, where a private welcome and introductory talk by a museum docent provides insight on New Mexico’s unique role in the history of the Nuclear Age. The height of discovery continues when you board our private tram car for a ride 1,000 feet up over the canyon floor to Sandia Peak, where lunch is served accompanied by amazing views. The afternoon is free to enjoy the many activities available at your hotel. You may choose dinner from a choice of restaurants at your resort tonight.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    03

    Bandelier National Monument

    Discover the lives of the ancient Anasazi Pueblo culture at Bandelier National Monument, one of North America's oldest human settlements. Lunch in a 100-year-old adobe home whets your appetite for the mountain vistas that enhance today’s journey to the Taos region, which has long attracted a talented community of artists and craftspersons to its scenic beauty of contrasting forests and deserts. There are visits to Santuario de Chimayo and the iconic 18th-century San Francisco de Asís Mission Church en route to your Taos resort. Dinner this evening is at your leisure tonight.

    Hotel: El Monte Sagrado (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Taos

    Start your day with a private lecture sharing insights on Pueblo life, culture and arts. A guided excursion to continually inhabited multi-storied Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases a unique way of life that has remained unchanged for almost ten centuries. A storyteller enriches your journey with regional tales and legends as you cross Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. The remainder of the day is yours to explore or relax.

    Hotel: El Monte Sagrado (Breakfast included)

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    Rio Grande

    Today’s gentle float trip on the Rio Grande, accompanied by a native guide, ends with a traditional Pueblo Indian cooking demonstration and lunch at the side of the river. Watch local artisans weaving baskets and crafting drums, before continuing your journey alongside the mighty Rio Grande waterway to Santa Fe. En route there is a memorable guided visit to Ghost Ranch, immortalized in the work of artist Georgia O’Keeffe; where you'll explore the area's stunning landscapes, and view trees and mountains as O'Keeffe saw and painted them. Arrive at your luxury hotel and spa in historic Santa Fe in time for dinner at your leisure.

    Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Santa Fe

    As the crossroads of the historic Southwest, Santa Fe's unique culture and ambiance are a blend of Spanish, Native American and Old West influences. Experience this diverse cultural mix on a guided walking tour of Santa Fe's centuries-old center, including America's oldest public building, the Palace of the Governors; your hotel is just steps from the city's historic plaza, terminus of the storied Santa Fe Trail. Discover the tasty secrets of southwestern cuisine at a private presentation by a local chef, followed by lunch highlighting the city's diverse heritage at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Next its a private guided tour of the New Mexico History Museum, for a guided look at the legacy of the Spanish Colonial era. 

    Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    07

    Santa Fe

    Enjoy an exclusive private morning visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe – revealing the sensuous landscapes and other works by this renowned 20th-century artist, who so loved this part of the Southwest that she made it her home later in life. The collection contains over 1,100 paintings, sculptures and drawings by O'Keeffe herself, and nearly 1,800 works by her contemporaries, including many photos chronicling her life and career. Later you'll visit the home and studio of an acclaimed local artist, for an in-depth understanding of the art styles of New Mexico. This evening a farewell reception and dinner brings your journey to a close.

    Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3315 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    New Orleans: Bayous & The Big Easy

    Begins and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: March, April, May, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
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    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, take the complimentary transfer to your hotel, which is located in the heart of the French Quarter. This evening, meet your fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Dinner included)

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    02

    New Orleans

    As your hotel boasts a wonderful location, today you set out on foot for a walking tour from picturesque Jackson Square to bustling Bourbon Street. En route, discover the cool sounds of jazz as you meander through Canal Street, the waterfront and the Warehouse District. Savour local culinary delights including beignets and etouffees, whilst enjoying a private demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Later, you’ll be introduced to the magical world of Mardi Gras, with an insider's view of how this festivity is planned and created. This evening, enjoy a private jazz experience at the legendary Preservation Hall. 

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    03

    New Orleans Nature & Music

    Sitting below sea level, New Orleans has experienced the destructive force of mother nature. Today you’ll witness some of the damage and hear from an environmental expert about the city's defences for the future. Later, you'll visit the New Orleans' Jazz National Historical Park and enjoy dinner in one of the French Quarter's legendary restaurants.

    Hotel: Hotel Monteleone (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    04

    Vermilionville & Lafayette

    Leaving New Orleans, you'll head out along the Mississippi River into the heart of 'Cajun Country'. Enjoy a private Bal de Maison (house party) with a home-style lunch, Arcadian music and storytelling. A stop at Vermilionville, a living history park recreating Arcadian village life, immerses you into the French-speaking culture of the Arcadians. Interpreters share details of life here in the early days and local dancers introduce the Cajun two-step.

    Hotel: Hilton Lafayette (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Jefferson Island

    Continue your discovery of the Cajun culture today with a visit to the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Centre, followed by a visit to Shadows-on-the-Teche: a pre-Civil War home on Bayou Teche in New Iberia preserved by the National Trust. Following lunch, you’ll set out to visit Jefferson Island. Dinner this evening comes Cajun style in the town of Breaux Bridge, the 'Crawfish Capital of the World', and includes food, music and dancing.

    Hotel: Hilton Lafayette (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Atchafalaya Basin

    Filled with bayous, marshes and cypresses, the Atchafalaya Basin is the largest swamp in the USA, and today you’ll venture into these wetlands to observe their abundant wildlife on a guided boat tour. Your route back to the ‘Big Easy’ takes you along scenic Highway 90.

    Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    07

    New Orleans

    Following breakfast, you may choose to meander through Magazine Street and New Orlean’s Garden District before boarding a private streetcar for a tour along St Charles Avenue to the National World War II Museum. Spend the afternoon at leisure before enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter to your farewell jazz reception and dinner at Arnaud’s Restaurant.

    Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    08

    Journey Home

    There’s time for some last minute souvenir shopping before taking your transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3330 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Red Rocks & Painted Canyons

    Begins in Phoenix, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: April, June, July and August

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
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    Scottsdale

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Phoenix. Upon arrival transfer to the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. You'll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening, with your new fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (Dinner Included)

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    02

    Red Rocks & Grand Canyon

    Visit the picturesque town of Sedona, surrounded by towering red-rock formations with names like Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. The scenery is awe-inspiring. Next it is on to Grand Canyon National Park, the matriarch of national parks! Spend the night near the canyon’s rim from where you will be able to enjoy nature’s masterpiece after the day’s crowds depart. This is sure to be a highlight of your family's adventure. Dine at a choice of park restaurants this evening.

    Hotel: Kachina Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    03

    Grand Canyon

    If you choose to do so, watching the Grand Canyons glorious sunrise is worth the early start to your day. Enjoy some time exploring the area, whilst keeping an eye out for mule deer, squirrels and other wildlife roaming the cactus-studded landscape. Next it's a guided driving tour of the Canyon's East Rim and stops at several scenic points including Desert View Lookout. The next destination is a unique, man-made lake in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Lake Powell. Have fun at the evenings private pizza party taking place at your lakefront resort, followed by a campfire and s'mores!

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Lake Powell

    Take to the skies and discover Mother Nature's handiwork on a flightseeing excursion over the world's largest natural bridge; Rainbow Bridge spans 275 feet across Rainbow Creek in an almost perfect parabolic arch. This afternoon, there's a choice of fun ways to explore Lake Powell or the local area. Hop aboard a cruise on Lake Powell, where you'll discover spectacular views of Glen Canyon Dam, or perhaps take an off-road adventure in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to one of the mysterious slot canyons of the Southwest. You also have the option (at an additional cost) to go on a 4-hour flightseeing excursion to Monument Valley in the morning.

    Hotel: Lake Powell Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Glen Canyon Rafting & Kanab

    This morning is an adventure - floating along the Colorado River and through Glen Canyon aboard a pontoon raft. Next its a change of pace and scenery with a taste of western entertainment during lunch in Kanab, Utah, a favourite location for famous cowboy movies. You'll be staying in Bryce Canyon National Park tonight, naturally painted in shades of pink and orange.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Wake up to nature’s palette of brilliant colours in the canyon and get a closer look at the whimsical hoodoos and intricately carved pillars of rock just a short walk from your lodge. Weather permitting, you can saddle up for an exciting trail ride on a horse or a mule, accompanied by a cowboy who highlights hidden sights in this geologic fantasyland. Depart for Zion National Park this afternoon. On arrival enjoy a private tram tour of the parks highlights.

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    07

    Zion National Park

    The morning is at leisure to explore as you wish. Read the rocks in Zion's cliff-and-canyon landscapes, take a hike through narrow pink-coloured gorges and dramatic canyons or discover creamy-pink Navajo Sandstone cliffs that reach up to 2,200 feet in height! Travel to Las Vegas for an overnight stay and a farewell dinner amidst the city's blazing neon lights..

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
    Breakfast included

    Prices

    From £3139 per person sharing a standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, seperate room for children and other dates are available on request.

    Spirit of the Desert: The National Parks of the Southwest

    Begins in Grand Junction, Colorado and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: May, June, August & September

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 9 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
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    • Monument Valley

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    • Angels Landing, Zion National Park

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    • Ampitheatre at Bryce Canyon National Park

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    • Grand Canyon

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    Grand Junction

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Grand Junction, Colorado. Upon arrival, independently transfer to DoubleTree by Hilton at Grand Junction.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton. Grand Junction (No meals)

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    Moab

    Transfer from Grand Junction to Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, Utah, your base for the next three nights. This evening, join Tauck and your traveling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Dinner)

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    03

    Arches National Park

    An early start this morning to witness the sun rise in the Windows section of Arches National Park; the first light of day on Turret Arch and Double Arch creates picture-postcard photography. Arches National Park holds the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches with over 2,000 throughout the park. View Delicate Arch, the amazing Balanced Rock, and a variety of sensational geological formations during guided sightseeing before returning to the lodge for lunch.

    Get set for adventure this afternoon when you depart on a scenic float trip along on the Colorado River. There is an optional Sunset Scouts walk, before spending your evening in the lodge, where you dine at your leisure and are steeped in the authenticity of an architectural style that defines the West.
     

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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    Canyonlands National Park

    Enjoy a morning trip to Castle Rock with spectacular views of Book Cliffs and Arches National Park – from the top of a mesa, enjoy views that extend out to Arches National Park, Colorado, and the La Salle Mountains. A lecture by a local Navajo connects you to the sacredness of the desert, to the ancient spiritual life that transcends today’s world. Depart for the little town of Moab, then on to Canyonlands National Park, whose countless canyons, mesas and buttes shadow the Colorado River and the Green River. These rivers divide the park into four districts – today you’ll explore the northern section, Island in the Sky, where among other formations you’ll see a famed pothole arch, Mesa Arch, overlooking Buck Canyon. There is no better way to experience Canyonlands than at sunset – and the setting sun, during a picnic dinner at Dead Horse Point overlooking the U-turn in the Colorado River, is nothing short of inspirational.

    Hotel: Red Cliffs Lodge (Breakfast and dinner)

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    05

    Bryce Canyon

    Enjoy some free time this morning – go on an optional Dawn Patrol or visit the Film Museum at the lodge. For the past 70 years, many of the most famous western movies were filmed in and around Moab – learn about the filming locations and the stars who brought them to life. Gain insight from Dayton Duncan as to the best way to access the major sights in the national parks; some are available at a turnout, while others are inaccessible and require back-country hiking or an aerial overview – and that is exactly how you’ll tour Capitol Reef National Park today. Cross the Waterpocket Fold, which is sort of a “warp” in the Earth’s crust that runs nearly 100 miles, and see Strike Valley, the spectacular sandstone Capitol Domes that give the park its name, colourful cliffs and soaring spires. Arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park, home to some of Earth’s more whimsical geologic formations; spend some time at the Visitor Centre and enjoy some free time before dinner – there is an optional Sunset Scouts this evening.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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    06

    Zion

    Another independent Dawn Patrol is available this morning – a hike along the rim of Bryce Canyon to catch the shocking array of colours illuminated by the first rays of light on the hoodoos below. More of a series of horseshoe “amphitheatres” than a canyon, morning walks reveal millions of pinnacles positively glowing. This afternoon, depart for Zion National Park; en route you’ll learn about the park’s complicated creation via a film  by Ken Burns, who shares his favourite memories of the park. Upon arrival, Ryan Paul, Curator of Frontier Homestead State Park Museum (formerly Iron Mission State Park), entertains with a lecture on “singaways” and the contribution of the Union Pacific Railroad to the story of the national parks. There is an independent Sunset Scouts opportunity tonight to the historic Virgin River bridge located at the mouth of the canyon.

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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    07

    Zion

    Zion’s most striking images are unique sandstone cliffs that range from towering monoliths to narrow canyons, changing in colour from light cream to pink to red. Tour the park, with walks to Weeping Rock and the Court of the Patriarchs, then have some free time to explore as you please. Late afternoon, internationally acclaimed environmental historian and author Alfred Runte gives a talk on the history of the railroad in the national parks. This evening, you may choose to do an independent Sunset Scouts’ visit to the Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado River that earned the designation “wild and scenic".

    Hotel: Zion Lodge (Breakfast and dinner)

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    08

    Grand Canyon

    Leave Zion, and en route to Grand Canyon National Park get a guided tour of fascinating Pipe Spring National Monument to learn about Paiute Indian and Mormon pioneer history. Drive to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, a place more intimate and less crowded than the South Rim, with fewer than 10% of the park’s total annual visitors. Following lunch, explore the North Rim, including the vistas from Point Imperial. Dinner tonight is at the Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim.

    Hotel: Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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    09

    Grand Canyon

    Spend today exploring the Grand Canyon at your leisure. Optional activities include mule rides and additional ranger talks about history and geology.

    Hotel: Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim (Breakfast and dinner)

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    10

    Las Vegas

    Today you fly from Kanab over the western regions of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas for your return home. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

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    11

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before returning to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £5180 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    Yosemite and Sequoia: John Muir's California

    Begins and ends in San Francisco, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, August, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
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    • Sequoia National Park

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    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel The Westin St Francis, the elegant Grand Dame of Union Square, ideally located amidst the city's attractions. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

     

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Dinner included)

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    Muir Woods

    This morning you cross the city for a visit to the Presidio, a former Army base and now a National Historic Landmark rich with history; the base was home to the “Buffalo Soldiers,” the African-American cavalry troops who earned their fighting reputation in the Indian Wars, and were among the U.S. troops who served as the earliest caretakers of the national parks. From here, a short drive over the Golden Gate Bridge brings you under the green canopy of Muir Woods, a coastal redwood forest preserved as a national monument. These towering ancient trees, some 20 stories high, are among the last remnants of a fog-shrouded primeval forest that once blanketed the northern coast. Following lunch in picturesque town of Sausalito, you hop aboard a ferry for the return trip to San Francisco. After docking at the historic Ferry Building terminal with its famous clocktower and arcade of shops and cafés, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore the sights.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    03

    Sequoia National Park

    Before there was a National Park Service, the job of policing and protecting the national parks belonged to the U.S. Army. At Sequoia and Yosemite, the parks’ guardians were the Buffalo Soldiers, who rode out every spring from the Presidio, crossing 300 miles on horseback to the Sierra Nevada. Your route follows the Buffalo Soldiers’ path across the agricultural Central Valley. A stop for lunch is made in Fresno before making the 7,000-foot climb to Sequoia National Park. In the afternoon, an expert from the Sequoia Field Institute describes how John Muir found and documented the “Giant Forest” in 1875, offering a perfect introduction to the park. This evening at your lodge, a naturalist guides you through the spectacular constellations that fill the night skies.

    Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    04

    Sequoia National Park

    Today begins with a privately guided walk among ancient Giant Sequoias soaring to the height of skyscrapers. Walking through the Giant Forest Grove you'll see the General Sherman Tree, estimated to be over 2,500 years old (and still growing) before strolling beautifully restored Round Meadow. Enjoy a private barbeque lunch at Wolverton Meadow and an opportunity to climb the steps to the top of Moro Rock for stunning views of the park and Great Western Divide. Next you'll explore the Giant Forest on a narrated guided tour with stories of Muir, Charles Young and other park pioneers.

    Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    05

    Yosemite National Park

    Today you leave Wuksachi Lodge and journey to Fresno and the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Your Yosemite tour begins with a film by Ken Burns describing Muir’s passion for the Yosemite Valley, and his activism to preserve it for future generations. Lunch is at the Wawona Hotel, an inn that was once a stagecoach stop, where you’ll meet a National Park Service ranger for a private lecture on the unique history and legacy of Yosemite National Park. Next, visit Glacier Point for a stirring view of the Valley, overlooking Half Dome and a panorama of glacier-formed peaks. It was on this spot in 1903 that John Muir stood with Teddy Roosevelt during a private tour of the area and persuaded the President that Yosemite should be under federal protection as a National Park. This evening, settle into your room at The Ahwahnee, a historic masterpiece of stone, timber and soaring stained glass windows in the heart of Yosemite, and dine at leisure.

    Hotel: The Ahwahnee (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    06

    Yosemite National Park

    'Yosemite is the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter' wrote Muir, who regarded such settings of awesome natural beauty as sacred places with restorative powers, 'where the galling harness of civilization drops off and wounds heal, ere we are aware'. Today you discover the park's power on a guided Yosemite tour in a special open-air vehicle. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the park at your own pace, with optional activities including biking, a hike over the footbridge at Vernal Falls, and a visit to the Yosemite Indian Cultural Museum and Village.

    Hotel: The Ahwahnee (Breakfast included)

    Day
    07

    San Francisco

    This morning you depart Yosemite for the return to San Francisco, first visiting the Mariposa Museum and then driving across the populous Central Valley with a stop for lunch. Filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan weave together the past seven days of history and nature, with insights you won’t get anywhere else. One of the stories you'll hear relates to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a glacial valley that Muir fought unsuccessfully to save. In the 1920s, the federal government allowed its river to be dammed, turning the valley into a reservoir for the city of San Francisco - a campaign continues today to restore the valley to its original state. This afternoon you arrive at The Fairmont San Francisco, a Beaux Arts-style, premier hotel on Nob Hill, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In the evening, celebrate your journey with a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Fairmont San Francisco (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day
    08

    Journey Home

    Spend your final morning in San Francisco, perhaps shopping for souvenirs before taking your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3656 per person based on twin occupancy of standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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