Yellowstone National Park

15 day escorted tour itinerary

National Parks Explorer Tour

Cities and canyons

Explore some of the West Coast's most breath-taking parks, including the Grand Canyon, Arches and Yellowstone, and stop off in unique and iconic cities along the way. See LA's beautiful beaches, the bright lights of Las Vegas, the tranquillity of Lake Tahoe and learn about the history of San Francisco.

Selected departure dates are available between May and September.

 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Guided tours of San Francisco, Sacramento, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles
  • Visit Yellowstone, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Arches National Parks
  • Travel along part of the iconic Route 66
  • Tour the historic Sacramento Old Town
  • Walk through Arches National Park
  • Guided visit of Temple Square in Salt Lake City

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
15 days
Guide Price
£2,459 per person
Price based on
Based on 11 May 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Virgin Atlantic, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • Welcome reception to meet your tour guide and fellow travelers
  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of San Francisco including Union Square, and Fishermans Wharf
  • Tour the historic Old Town of Sacramento
  • Tour Yellowstone National Park, and witness the eruptions of geysers
  • Guided visit of Temple Square in Salt Lake City Walk through Arches National Park
  • Travel along Route 66 and stop in the historic town of Seligman
  • Comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, and Hollywood and the famous stars in the sidewalk(Walk of Fame)
  • Services of a Tour Director
Not included
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the guide and driver

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive into San Francisco International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel where your tour director will make contact with you in the evening.

Take a city tour which includes Union Square, the Civic Center and Fisherman’s Wharf. Standing on a hilltop, watching the fog swirl in through the Golden Gate, it is easy to understand why many consider San Francisco the most beautiful city in America. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure, perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where you may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghirardelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic and play. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and ”Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Carlton or similar

Depart for Sacramento, capital of the “Golden State.” A stop will be made in Old Town, once a bustling centre of the Gold Rush and terminus of the Pony Express. Continue to gorgeous Lake Tahoe, nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the afternoon you will visit Virginia City, a 19th century mining metropolis where the Old West comes to life. A short drive takes you to Reno and your hotel, where you maybe tempted to try your luck in the casino.

Points of Interest

  • Lake Tahoe

Overnight Accommodation

  • Harrah's Reno or similar

Journey through the Black Rock Desert and across the plains of northern Nevada. Follow the Humboldt River along the route that was once used by early pioneers on the Oregon and California Trails. Visit Elko, the formerly rough and tumble town that once sat at the end of the tracks laid from the west by the Central Pacific Railroad. Cross the state line at Jackpot and enter Twin Falls, located within Idaho’s Magic Valley region.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Shilo Inn Twin Falls or similar

Leaving Twin Falls, you will cross the Snake River, known as “The River of No Return". Then visit Craters of the Moon National Monument. This eerie desert landscape so closely resembles lunar conditions that the training for the first men on the moon actually took place here. Later this afternoon you arrive at Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by Ulysses S.Grant as the nation’s first National Park.

The following day enjoy a comprehensive sight seeing tour of this immense geothermal wonderland. Highlights of your tour will include Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful,Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone Canyon’s majestic falls (seasonal).

Points of Interest

  • Craters of the Moon National Monument

Overnight Accommodation

  • Gray Wolf Inn or similar

This morning’s journey is through the rugged, snow-capped mountains which welcome you to Grand Teton National Park. Visit the Snake River Outlook and try your eye at capturing the stunning landscape made famous by Ansel Adam’s iconic shot. This prairie land is home to wild buffalo (Tatonka), moose and elk. Continue to Jackson Hole, the sophisticated “Crown Jewel” of the Rocky Mountains. Travel through southern Idaho to Salt Lake City in the Mormon State of Utah. See the State Capitol building and visit famed Temple Square and the Tabernacle before arriving at the hotel for the evening. May we suggest dinner at the Roof Restaurant for panoramic views of Temple Square? 

Points of Interest

  • Grand Teton National Park

Overnight Accommodation

  • Little America Hotel or similar

Spend the morning exploring Salt Lake City. Then travel to Moab, where the landscape is distinguished by thousand-foot-deep canyons as well as snow-capped peaks.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Moab Valley Inn or similar

Journey today to two of America’s most spectacular National Parks. Your first stop, Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the awe-inspiring Delicate Arch. Then it’s on to Canyonlands National Park, where you will explore the colour drenched landscape of sandstone eroded into hundreds of canyons, mesas and buttes by the forces of time and the Colorado River. This evening enjoy an optional Jet Boat Float trip on the mighty Colorado River.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Moab Valley Inn or similar

Visit Capitol Reef National Park, a destination of extraordinary natural beauty, established in 1937 to protect a unique geological feature. Continue to spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured world of sandstone spires and pinnacles, “hoodoos”, will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and the aroma of pinewood campfires.

Points of Interest

  • Capitol Reef National Park

Overnight Accommodation

  • Bryce View Lodge or similar

Travel to stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red rock canyon walls. After crossing the Colorado, enter the Navajo Indian Reservation and drive through the Painted Desert via Cameron Trading Post. Arrive at the Grand Canyon, one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the rim to fully experience this mile-deep colourful canyon’s plunging gorges and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River. 

Points of Interest

  • Lake Powell

Overnight Accommodation

  • Days Hotel Flagstaff or similar

Descend the high Coconino Plateau into the Mojave Desert. Along the way, pass through Seligman, a town built along the famed Historic Route 66 that looks as if it were frozen in time 60 years ago. Onward to Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

The next day you have at leisure. Enjoy all that Las Vegas offers. In addition to shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-calibre shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip or take an optional trip to Death Valley, one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places on the surface of the Earth.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Luxor Las Vegas or similar

Today starts with a stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory before travelling on to Los Angeles via the Mojave Desert. Clusters of unique Joshua trees dot the mountainous landscape. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will enjoy a tour including Hollywood, Sunset Strip and parts of Beverly Hills, before reaching your hotel. The tour ends upon arrival at hotel at approximately 17:00 hours. Built into your holiday price is a final night staying at a Hotel in Los Angeles prior to flying home the following day. Please note that this is independent of the tour.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor or similar
  • San Francisco

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walk through Golden Gate Park
    • See the sea lions at Pier 39
    • Take a trip out to see Muir Woods
    • Visit Alcatraz
    • Cycle over Golden Gate Bridge
  • Yellowstone National Park

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Marvel at the mountains
    • See the famed geyser Old Faithful
    • Spot wildlife such as moose, elk and waterfowl
    • Visit Yellowstone Lake
    • Explore Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Las Vegas

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take a gondola ride on the Venetian's Grand Canal
    • Ride the Slotzilla Zip Line
    • Visit Downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street
    • See a Cirque du Soleil show
    • Ride the roller coaster at New York New York
  • Los Angeles

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Shop in Beverly Hills
    • Cycle Santa Monica Beach
    • See the iconic Hollywood sign
    • Visit Knott's Berry Farm
    • Stroll down Rodeo Drive