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New Orleans to San Francisco Road Trip
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Bats in Texas, aliens in Roswell, pretty much everything else in San Franciscoget off the well-worn tourist trail and really discover the South and West of the United States. After leaving fabulous New Orleans, you'll explore some of the most incredible natural wonders anywherethe Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemitethen trade wildlife for nightlife in Las Vegas. It's the ultimate roadtrip. Now, let's get rolling.

North America
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: NUNF.B/201702
  • Starts: New Orleans, United States
  • Finishes: Yosemite National Park, United States
You will Visit
  • New Orleans
  • Austin
  • Carlsbad
  • Santa Fe
  • Cortez
  • Monument Valley
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas
  • Bishop
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco

Itinerary

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Day 1: New Orleans

Arrive at any time.
Arrive to the joining hotel at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.

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Day 2: New Orleans/Austin

Drive across Louisiana into Texas and take in the scenery on the way to Austin.
Travel day from New Orleans to Austin. Sit back and gaze at the scenery while travelling through the southern United States. Upon arrival in the 'Lonestar' state, settle in at the campsite for a night under the stars.

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Day 3: Austin

Spend a free day in Austin. Opt to visit the SoCo area for thrift shopping, take a dip in the Barton natural pool, or let loose at a local country bar in the evening.

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Day 4: Austin/Carlsbad

Explore Carlsbad Caverns, dodging the 400,000 bats heading out to hunt at sunset.
Travel to one of the oldest and most famous cave systems in the world. Explore a cave on self-guided trails and be fascinated by the largest underground chambers and countless formations. In the evening, witness a stunning spectacle as nearly 400,000 Mexican free-tail bats exit Carlsbad Cavern.

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Day 5: Carlsbad/Santa Fe

Stop by infamous Roswell before taking in Southwest culture in Santa Fe.
On the night of July 2nd in 1947 something (or someone) crashed into the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico. Was it a balloon, or really extra-terrestrial life? Find out what all the hype is about when passing through this funky town.

Continue the journey back in time and explore one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities, Santa Fe.

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Day 6: Santa Fe/Cortez

Explore Santa Fe in the morning before travelling towards Cortez for the night.
Free morning to explore Santa Fe's downtown and enjoy some world-famous roasted green chilies before continuing on to Cortez.

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Day 7: Cortez/Monument Valley

Wind up the side of a mountain through Mesa Verde National Park's rocky slopes and inspiring vistas. Hike to ancient cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde. Opt to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley.
Hike through history while exploring Mesa Verde National Park – it offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Puebloans.

In Monument Valley, opt to explore on a 4x4 tour led by a Navajo guide. Stay overnight in the Tribal Park to see the sun rise from a perspective very few ever experience!

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Day 8: Monument Valley/Grand Canyon

Hike the trails of the Grand Canyon before enjoying a sunset at the rim.
Considered among nature's most spectacular offerings, the Grand Canyon provides spectacular opportunities for exploration. Return to the campsite and recapture the experiences from this memorable day!

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Day 9: Grand Canyon

Free time in Grand Canyon NP.
Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to wander throughout the park and take a hike. Hire a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.

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Day 10: Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

Travel Route 66 and stop at a wacky burger joint. Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip. Take an optional VIP party limo.

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Day 11: Las Vegas

Free time in Las Vegas.
Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or chilling poolside. In the evening, opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.

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Day 12: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley National Park.
Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley – the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America.

Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,267m) in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" sits directly in the centre of an incredible area of natural beauty.

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Day 13: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers. Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes, and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes, and meadows.
In the morning, visit ancient Mono Lake and walk among dramatic and fascinating tufa towers.

Be in awe of the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of the most scenic drives in California: the Tioga Pass!

Hike one of the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape.

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Day 14: Yosemite National Park

Enjoy free time in Yosemite NP for hiking and exploring.
Admire spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes. Yosemite has many trails to offer. Be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape and opt to rent a bike to better explore the Yosemite Valley.

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Day 15: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Trip ends upon arrival to San Francisco. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills or set sail into the setting sun.
There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city. Speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the city's famous cable cars await you.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrance fees to all national parks with hiking and walking excursions
    • Orientation walk in Las Vegas
    • Guided tour of the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde
    • Visit to Carlsbad Caverns
    • Death Valley visit
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (3 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (11 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Hike Yosemite National Park
  • Try your luck in Las Vegas
  • Savour a sunset at the Grand Canyon
  • Learn about Navajo culture.