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Western USA Highlights, Seattle & Alaska Cruise

Holiday Ref: 16221

Available Weekly May - September 2018 - call for details.

 

Unearth the beauty and history that makes the West so special. Large cities, such as San Francisco and Las Vegas, will delight tourists with their cosmopolitan flair, while the striking natural wonders of the land in Yosemite, Zion and Bryce Canyon have a special allure of their own.

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Itinerary
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Day 1 - Fly UK To San Francisco

Arrive at San Francisco International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel. Your Tour Director will meet you this afternoon. Overnight: San Francisco

Day 2 - San Francisco

This morning, join a half-day city tour which includes Union Square, the Civic Center and Fisherman's Wharf. From the top of Twin Peaks, enjoy the spectacular view and see for yourself why many consider San Francisco the most beautiful city in America. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in "the City by the Bay", perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman's Wharf where one may enjoy a "Taste of San Francisco": local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli's Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions' Marina to observe 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. Or visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy's Department Store. Your ATI Tour Director will be on hand to assist you in planning your next two days in the city. Overnight: San Francisco

Day 3 - San Francisco

Join an optional tour to Monterey and Carmel. Travel along the Pacific Coast to the Monterey Bay Peninsula. Visit Cannery Row, made famous by the John Steinbeck novel. Your optional package includes admission to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, showcasing some 200 exhibits on marine life and one of the most respected aquariums in the world. Continue on the 17-Mile Drive, admiring the natural scenery and gorgeous homes. Enjoy time in the charming community of Carmel, known for its art galleries and shops before returning to San Francisco. Overnight: San Francisco

Day 4 - San Francisco

Join the group for an included all day adventure to Yosemite National Park. Known for its magnificent waterfalls, granite peaks and remarkable wildlife, Yosemite is one of America’s favorite National Parks. We will explore the park by motorcoach, but you will also have time on the valley floor to enjoy the spectacular scenery and enjoy an included all American picnic. This evening enjoy an included reception with your tour director and fellow passengers. Overnight: Yosemite

Day 5 - Yosemite - Mojave Desert - Las Vegas

Today, travel through the Mojave Desert on your way to Las Vegas. A late afternoon arrival in the dazzling "Entertainment Capital of the World" will give you enough time to start enjoying this fantastic city right away. Your Tour Director will assist you in arranging all you want to do whether it is shopping, seeing a show, enjoying the fine dining, or joining an optional evening tour. Overnight: Las Vegas

Day 6 - Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Las Vegas

This morning we stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture a photo memory of Las Vegas before making your way to an included day trip to the Grand Canyon. On the way, admire the beauty of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S. formed by the Hoover Dam. At the Grand Canyon, you will have time to explore the views on your own and if you choose, join an optional helicopter trip over the canyon, a rafting trip on the Colorado, or walk on the Skywalk platform. Overnight: Las Vegas

Day 7 - Las Vegas

The day is yours to choose how you spend it. Maybe do a little shopping at one of the fine shopping outlets in Las Vegas, lounge by the pool, or join an optional tour. One of the possibilities would be a full day trip to Zion National Park. Zion is known for its majestic canyons, waterfalls, and amazing wildlife. Your day visit will include a guided walk as well as an All-American picnic lunch. Overnight: Las Vegas

Day 8 - Las Vegas - Palm Springs - Los Angeles

Today your journey takes you from Las Vegas through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown area and immaculately kept golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains. This city in the desert was once known as the winter retreat of stars like Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell and Elvis Presley. Today it is a flourishing resort town with great shops, restaurants and year round desert climate. A sea of wind turbines mark the entrance to this desert oasis. Along the way you will pass through Indio, home to the International Date Festival due to the abundance of this crop in the Coachella Valley. In the late afternoon, arrive in Los Angeles. Overnight: Los Angeles

Day 9 - Los Angeles - Hollywood - Beverly Hills - Los Angeles

This morning, you will enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles including the hip Santa Monica, glamorous Hollywood and posh Beverly Hills. You will be able to stop by the "finish line" of Historic Route 66, see an iconic Californian lifeguard tower made famous by "Baywatch", walk on the boulevard of stars and take a great photo of the famous Hollywood sign. The afternoon is yours to explore more on your own or join an optional excursion to Universal Studios where you will learn all about how movies are made. Overnight: Las Vegas

Day 10 - Los Angeles

Today enjoy an optional full day excursion to San Diego. Travel south through San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente to San Diego, the second largest city in California. San Diego enjoys year round mild weather and a location on the San Diego Bay. Enjoy a city tour including the historic Old Town, the Gas Lamp district, and the bay front picturesque Seaport Village. For a different view of the city, you can join an optional cruise on the bay before returning to Los Angeles in the late afternoon. Overnight: Los Angeles

Day 11 - Angeles To Seattle

Today check out of your Los Angeles hotel and may your way independently to the Airport for your flight to Seattle and the next part of your adventure. Arrive Seattle and make you way independently to your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Seattle

Day 12 - Seattle

Today sit back and relax in a spacious coach as you listen to your knowledgeable guide present Seattle’s neighborhoods and attractions like Pike Place Market, the waterfront, historic Pioneer Square, Chinatown and International District, Lake Washington, I-90 Floating bridge, Fremont neighborhood & Troll, Fisherman’s Terminal, Ballard Locks/salmon ladder, Discovery Park and the Space Needle. You will have plenty photo opportunities along the way.   Overnight: Seattle

Day 13 - Seattle

Today sit back and relax in a spacious coach as you listen to your knowledgeable guide present Seattle’s neighborhoods and attractions like Pike Place Market, the waterfront, historic Pioneer Square, Chinatown and International District, Lake Washington, I-90 Floating bridge, Fremont neighborhood & Troll, Fisherman’s Terminal, Ballard Locks/salmon ladder, Discovery Park and the Space Needle. You will have plenty photo opportunities along the way.   Overnight: Seattle

Day 14 - Seattle

Visit Mt. Rainier with your drive/guide on a full day tour. You will experience old-growth forests, wildflower-filled meadows, and thundering waterfalls on this tour of glacier-clad Mt.Rainier. Hike and walk a little or not at all. You can also visit the interpretive centre at Paradise or Sunrise to learn about the mountain’s glaciers, plants and animals. You will return to Seattle through pastoral farmlands and memorable Pacific Northwest scenery. Overnight: Seattle

Day 15 - Seattle

Full day at leisure. Optional Tour (Not included – ask for prices) Snoqualmie Falls & Woodinville Wine Tasting. Duration 81/2 hrs

Experience the essence of Washington’s wild beauty and independent spirit on this journey to Snoqualmie Falls and Woodinville Wine Country. Start your day at Snoqualmie Falls where you’ll watch the powerful waters plunge 268 feet into the river canyon below. The waterfall is nestled in the evergreen forests of the Cascade Mountains, which cut across the state and divide the lush coastal climates of the West from the dry, vineyard- rich regions of the East. Your guide will use these evocative settings to tell stories of Snoqualmie tribe members who lived off these lands and settlers who fought to tame the wild environment with agriculture and logging. After exploring the Falls, you’ll travel northwest to Woodinville Wine Country for a gourmet picnic lunch and wine tastings at three wineries that deliver on elegance but leave pretense at the door Learn to sip like a sommelier with a fun lesson on wine tasting techniques and the flavor profiles of different varietals. Meet wine makers

and hear the passionate processes used to craft the wine in your glass. Experience Woodinville’s tight-knit community and taste award-winning

wines that are rarely found outside of the state. Washington is the second biggest wine-producer in the country but exports only 1% of its wine! From trails to terroir, you’ll come away with an understanding of how Washington is intertwined and influenced by its dramatic surroundings and enthralling natural history.   Overnight: Seattle

Day 16 - Embark on 7 night Alaska Cruise onboard Ruby Princess

Day 17 - At Sea

Day 18 - Juneau, Alaska

In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans." From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government. Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau's 3,248 square miles. Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.

Day 19 - Skagway, Alaska

Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn't the easiest. Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail. The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska's largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome. Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.

Day 20 - Glacier Bay National Park Scenic Cruising

Princess is one of a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay, the highlight of our 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. Just west of Juneau, this breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world's most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea. Not surprisingly, Glacier Bay National Park and its epic ice giants are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising Alaska's magnificent park system. During your scenic cruise, friendly Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place and host a fun Junior Ranger program for kids. They may even be able to help you identify Glacier Bay's abundant wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and large colonies of seabirds. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery as you enjoy an unforgettable day of sailing through this dazzling park, where you'll glide along emerald waters and past calving icebergs, and can breathe in the crisp, fresh air to your heart's content.

Day 21 - Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town. In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city. Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument

Day 23 - Seattle, Washington

Disembark your cruise ship and make your own (independently) to the airport for your return flight back to the UK

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What's Included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 10 night fully escorted tour beginning in San Francisco and ending in Los Angeles. Highlights include: San Francisco (3nts), Yosemite National Park (1nt), Las Vegas (3nts), Los Angeles (3nts).
  • Flight from Los Angeles to Seattle
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in Seattle
  • 7 night Alaska Cruise onboard Ruby Princess
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